Music Biz Headlines, Aug. 30, 2017

Taylor Swift's Concert Cash-Grab Scheme Is a Big Blow to her Reputation: Rayner

She may be the hottest music entertainer of the moment, but Taylor Swift's blatant money grab to entice fans to qualify for buying tickets is damaging her image -- Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Music Industry Will Hit $41B By 2030 According to New Goldman Sachs Report

Led by (U.S.) $34B in streaming revenues, the global music industry value will hit $41B in value by 2030  --  Ed Christman, Billboard

Power Station, One of New York's Last Iconic Recording Studios, Closes Its Doors; Will Berklee Re-open Them?

Avatar, the New York City recording studio formerly known as The Power Station, has been reportedly sold to Boston's Berklee School of Music for a sum rumoured to be between (US)$23M - $28M. The deal will reportedly close on September 1, although Berklee has not announced plans for the facility, studio home to such milestone albums as Bruce Springsteen's Born In the U.S.A., Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell and David Bowie's Let's Dance.  --      Shirley Halperin, Variety

The Salvation Of Brian Wilson 

Beach Boy founder Brian Wilson beat depression and, at 75, is having the time of his life on the road -Jason Fine, Rolling Stone

Taylor Swift bathed in $10M Worth of Diamonds in New Music Video

All that precious ice covering Taylor Swift's body during the bathtub sequence of her "Look What You Made Me Do" video added up to be $10M worth of Neil Lane diamonds on loan from the upscale shop owner --  The Toronto Sun

CNE 2017: Why Is There No Hip-Hop At The Bandshell?

You'll find rock, country, reggae and even Keifer Sutherland at the CNE Bandshell in 2017. What you won't find? Hip-hop --  Paul Salvatori, NOW

David Bowie Reaches a Billion Streams on Spotify

"Heroes," "Let's Dance" and "Space Oddity" are the top three Bowie tracks that are streamed on Spotify, which found the late artist reaching his latest milestone on August 24 -- Jem Aswad, Variety

Metallica Detail Mammoth Master Of Puppets Reissue

Back when they were an L.A. thrash metal band, Master of Puppets served as their breakthrough. Now they're reissuing it as a massive box set on November 10 that includes three LPs, 10 CDs, a cassette, 2 DVDs, a lithograph, a 108-page hardcover book , a folder with handwritten lyrics and six buttons.

Although this one will set you back (US) $174, there are several, cheaper configurations available -- Kory Grow - Rolling Stone

A Rapper Sends A Suicide Lifeline

Rapper Logic's "1-800-273-8255" drives calls to a suicide hotline as he heats up the charts -- John Jurgenson, Wall Street Journal.

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