Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 20, 2017

US Tops World in Vinyl Record Shops Overall, The Island of Palau Leads Per Capita

New research from Discogs places Canada No. 5 on list of countries with the most record stores – Kat Bein, Billboard

Into the perilous night: An essay by Patterson Hood

Three years ago, in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, protests, Drive-By Truckers co-founder Hood wrote a song called “What It Means.” Ever since, the song has pulled him and his band into conversations they never thought they'd have – bittersoutherner.com

Here's what happened at the 2017 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards

The conference included panels featuring Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and Diplo – April Salud, Billboard

One band from Finland inspired the Sunset Strip hair metal scene

In the mid and late 1980s, you couldn’t throw a drink ticket in L.A. without hitting a group that was created in Hanoi Rocks' image –  Tim Sommer, LA Weekly

Singer Tom Wilson faces his voice and his story in memoir

Beautiful Scars produces a picture of growing up on the east side of Hamilton Mountain in the late 1950s and into the ’60s  – Deborah Dundas, Toronto Star

Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew searches for answers with debut play 'A&R Angels'

Drew is frustrated with the failed promises of the digital era – David Friend, CP

For Dustin Bentall leather is better

The Vancouver singer/songwriter launches a new leather goods company –westender.com

Singer-songwriter Son Little has the ‘blue magic’

Son Little’s music is a mix of southern acoustic sounds, chilled neo-soul, and minimalist R&B. He plays Toronto's Horseshoe on Nov. 21  – Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

Meet the musicians who gave Isaac Hayes his groove

A recent boxed set, The Spirit of Memphis: 1962-1976,” not only gives an overview of the most fertile years of Hayes’s career, but also shines a light on the versatile musicians who consistently backed him – Sean Howe, New York Times

The open-hearted pop of LeRiche is Your New Favourite Thing

His likeable compositions seem bound for big audiences — especially fans of Ed Sheeran and James Blunt – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Kinky Friedman on the night Bob Dylan, Jack Nicholson crashed his wild house party

New book 'Everything's Bigger in Texas' details the renaissance man's drug-fueled adventures with musical and Hollywood A-listers – Rolling Stone

Local music artists step up for one of their own

Winnipeg artists unite for WECC concert fundraiser for the wife of New Meanies bassist Sky Onosson  – Kevin King, Winnipeg Sun

Memories play in these little-known Canadian songs

Former MuchMusic host John Roberts, Canada’s top big band leader/arranger Christine Jensen The Canadian duo and singer/songwriter Eliana Cuevas list unheard-of songs that had an impact on their lives – Peter Goddard, Toronto Star

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