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Publicist Sarah French Awarded Keeping The Blues Alive Award from The Blues Foundation

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Sarah French at the Maple Blues Awards Toronto 2018. Photo by Randall Cook

Sarah French, a long-time supporter of Canadian blues & roots artists is pleased to announce that she will be awarded the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from Memphis-based, world-renowned Blues Foundation in January 2019. French is the 13th Canadian recipient of the KBA since the award’s inception in 1981.

French, 40, started her boutique publicity agency, Sarah French Publicity as a part-time venture a decade ago with one client, a handful of contacts and the support of her mentor, Richard Flohil. Since then she has grown the company to become one of the busiest blues & roots publicity agencies in Canada. “I am honoured and extremely grateful to The Blues Foundation and all involved for this award,” she says. “I am also eternally thankful to Richard Flohil, Derek Andrews, Holger Petersen, The Toronto Blues Society, my friends & family, and the scores of musicians and record labels who have supported me and given me the opportunity to do what I love for a living.”

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Taking Back Sunday Commemorate Their 20TH Anniversary

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Taking Back Sunday has unveiled the track listing and format details for their 20-year anniversary compilation, Twenty. The 21-song collection will be released on January 11, 2019, and spans all seven of their full-length albums; 2002’s Tell All Your Friends, 2004’s Where You Want To Be, 2006’s Louder Now, 2009’s New Again, 2011’s Taking Back Sunday, 2014’s Happiness Is and 2016’s Tidal Wave.

The set also features two new studio recordings, All Ready To Go and A Song For Dan, tracks which hint at the direction that Taking Back Sunday are heading in the coming years. Available via Craft Recordings, Twenty will be released on CD, digital, and a 2-LP gatefold vinyl package. The album can be pre-ordered now, with an instant grat of All Ready To Go available on November 19th.

Sony Music Revenues Up 5.8% So Far This Year

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Sony global recorded music revenues surpassed $2.87bn in the first nine months of 2018 – up by $158m, or 5.8%, on the same period of 2017.

That’s according to MBW’s calculations based on Sony Corp’s newly-published results for its fiscal Q2 (calendar Q3), converted into USD at constant currency.

As well as that 5.8% overall rise in revenues, streaming revenues were up $300.1m (+26%) year-on-year to $1.46bn during the Jan-Sept 2018 period.

Physical revenues dropped $114.4m (-14.6%) to $669m in the nine-month period, while download sales dropped $58.8m (-16.6%) to $295m.

On the same USD constant currency basis, Sony’s recorded music revenues in the past quarter (to end of September 2018) fell slightly year-on-year, down 3.8% to $945.9m.

That was partly due to an accounting adjustment made by the company versus 2017, and partly due to growth in streaming not quite offsetting double-digit declines in quarterly physical and download revenues.

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T-Rextasy Announce New Lp Prehysteria + January Tour Dates + SXSW

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New York, October 24 - Find a van. Drive to upstate New York. Record a new album in two days. Eat tuna sandwiches. Swap the tuna with hummus. Too spicy. Throw away expired half and half. Come back to New York. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. Wait, no, that’s not right. Wait a year to release the record. The perks of being an indie band.

Your favorite indie queens T-Rextasy are back with Prehysteria, ten bangers that are the result of that fateful trip upstate. The much-anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed Jurassic Punk debut, Prehysteria is out 1/3 on the digital maze we call the internet. Everything and nothing has changed: their songs are still pop-punk empowering anthems, blistering with unhinged humor and quirky lyrics, mixing theatrical smarts with a streetwise attitude. Hints of ska, reggae, and pop-punk powered by Lyris Fanon’s idiosyncratic voice and impeccable riffs make for a high energy, hard-rocking but sugar-coated new record about growing up and realizing high school never ends.

Brazilian Licenses: Latin America’s Biggest Market Now Includes Legal Lyrics

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LyricFind seals deals with Brazil’s main publishers and PRO creates new legally licensed market for Brazilian lyrics.

Brazil is Latin America’s largest music market, and now its writers and publishers will be paid for lyric displays online thanks to LyricFind. These partnerships embrace major publishers like Som Livre and MK Music, as well as UBC, Brazil’s largest Performing Rights Organization, and finally Brazil’s biggest digital distributor, ONErpm. In the near future, these publishers will also have the opportunity to see their lyrics licensed on shirts, mugs, and other wares through LyricFind’s direct-to-fan platform, LyricMerch.

“Brazil’s music business is significant, accounting for over 15% of the revenue generated in South America. It is by far the largest Portuguese speaking/singing market in the world,” notes LyricFind’s VP of Music Publishing Robert Singerman. “In addition to a dedicated representative working on the ground to cultivate relationships in Brazil, LyricFind’s content team in Toronto, has Brazilian employees verifying and implementing Brazilian and Portuguese content,” - this legitimacy being a key aspect of LyricFind’s approach to vetted lyrics and lyric translations.

RJ Curtis Named Incoming Executive Director of Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar

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The Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar has announced long-time radio and industry veteran, RJ Curtis as the incoming Executive Director of the non-profit organization. Curtis, who currently serves as the Nashville Editor for All Access Music Group, will start his new position on Nov. 12 and until then, can then be reached at rjcurtis@allaccess.com.

Curtis fills the position most recently held by Bill Mayne, who has served as Executive Director of the organization for nearly a decade. This past April, Mayne announced that he would be leaving his position following the 50th Anniversary year of Country Radio Seminar. Curtis will work alongside Mayne through the end of his term, which is May 2019.

Award Winning Journalist Kevin Kelly Joins Cashbox Canada

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With the recent attendance of Cashbox Canada at Live at Heart Newfoundland, Cashbox Canada realized the importance of covering all the great stories and talent that are just waiting to be heard around the world.

With the emergence of Great Big Sea to the recent success of the Broadway hit, ‘Come From Away’, Newfoundland has been garnering attention far and wide.

It is with great pleasure we have Kevin Kelly join the ranks as a contributing journalist for Cashbox Canada.

"I'm very excited to be joining the Cashbox Canada team and spotlighting the tremendous talents present in Newfoundland & Labrador," Kelly told Cashbox Canada. "To be working for such a prestigious online national music outlet like Cashbox Canada is a special thing, but writing about Newfoundland & Labrador musical talent makes the job extra special."

Kevin Kelly is an award-winning journalist from Marystown, Newfoundland. A three-time Music NL Media Person of the Year, a former East Coast Music nominee for Media Person of the Year, he served on the Polaris Music Prize Grand Jury in 2008. With over a decade of experience in print & radio journalism in the province, Kelly is known as a passionate supporter of Newfoundland & Labrador culture in all its forms.

Look for Kevin Kelly’s stories soon online here at www.cashboxcanada.ca


Bob Lefsetz and Jason Flom Announce 'No Holds Barred' Tour

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Music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz and outspoken veteran music industry executive Jason Flom have joined forces for a live show set to hit the road for a limited run of dates this October.

Lefsetz, who is known across the music industry for his regularly published “Lefsetz Letter,” which is always packed with colourful and often illuminating music biz commentary, as well as his podcast “The Lefsetz Podcast,” has described the show as a an opportunity to “get up close and personal with personalities who refuse to hold back and will speak the truth about not only the music business, but politics and law.”

Flom, who is the Founder and CEO of Lava Records, Lava Music Publishing, and Lava Media, LLC., and previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records, and Capitol Music Group, is personally responsible for launching acts such as Lorde, Katy Perry, Kid Rock, and Greta Van Fleet. He is also a leading philanthropist and expert on criminal justice issues, is the founding board member of the Innocence Project, and serves on the boards of numerous criminal justice reform organizations. His podcast, “Wrongful Conviction,” now in its sixth season, features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit.

Foster & The Pranksters are as "Live As It Gets"

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Brad and Kimberly Paisley Giving Back Brick by Brick

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Country singer Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have teamed with Belmont University to open The Store, a modern version of a food pantry that is set up like a free grocery store.

“This is a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times,” said Paisley, president of The Store’s board of trustees. “All of us are one unforeseen disaster away from rock bottom. It’s nice to think about a place where when that happens to someone, they can use it to get back on their feet.”

Located at 2005 12th Ave. S. next to Belmont University’s Ministry Center, The Store will partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and other organizations to provide both fresh and nonperishable groceries to individuals and families in need for one year. Customers will be referred by nonprofit and government agencies. The nonprofit has an initial goal to serve 3,000 people per year.

"It’s that Billy Hill song, 'There’s Too Much Month at the End of the Money,'" said Pete Fisher, co-chair of The Store’s board of trustees and CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “A lot of times when people fall on tough times, they don’t need a lifeline for a lifetime, they just need a bridge and the store affords those families a dignified way to cross that bridge and achieve that self-sufficiency.”

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