Karen Bliss

Karen Bliss is the Canadian correspondent for Billboard, in addition to writing for Rolling Stone, MSN, AOL and many others publications and sites in Canada. She is also founder/editor-in-chief of www.samaritanmag.com, a music-heavy original news magazine, and runs Canadian music column musiclowdown.com.

CBC's Digital Music Service Attacked by Canadian Media Companies

CBC's Digital Music Service Attacked by Canadian Media Companies

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s recent launch of a free digital music service has come under fire from some of Canada’s biggest private media companies, which claim the site infringes on their ability to make money. The coalition includes Quebecor Inc. Stingray Digital, the Jim Pattison Group, Coegco Cable Inc. and Golden Weshas who claim the national broadcaster receives preferential royalty rates and is in violation of its mandate.
Slash Q&A: 'Cathartic' New Band, Guitar Lessons and Hall of Fame 'Bias'

Slash Q&A: 'Cathartic' New Band, Guitar Lessons and Hall of Fame 'Bias'

Slash talks to Billboard about his new band, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, as well as he comments -- before Axl Rose dropped out -- on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. "I must say, I was hoping in my hearts of hearts that we might be able to get it together and play, but wishful thinking; that's not gonna be able to happen."
Backbeat: How Canadian Boxing Legend George Chuvalo Inspired Our Lady Peace's New Album

Backbeat: How Canadian Boxing Legend George Chuvalo Inspired Our Lady Peace's New Album

Just prior to their North American tour, a 74-year boxing legend who went the distance with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman joined Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace in a cramped Toronto hotel suite. The occasion: a preview of the Canadian band’s eighth studio album, “Curve,” inspired by the figutre George Chuvalo due out in the U.S. on April 22.
Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Announces Cutbacks, Layoffs, Adding Commercials To Music Stations

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Announces Cutbacks, Layoffs, Adding Commercials To Music Stations

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has responded to the Conservative Government’s Deficit Reduction Action Plan, which will cost the national public broadcaster $115 million, by announcing a wide-randing plan that includes, cutting 650 full-time jobs and original programming, shutting down analogue television and adding commercials or sponsorship to music radio stations CBC Radio 2 and Espace Musique.
New Canadian Music Site Launches In The Wake of FYIMusic's Shuttering

New Canadian Music Site Launches In The Wake of FYIMusic's Shuttering

Canada’s only dedicated music industry trade source, FYIMusic.ca, has shut down. In its place FYIMusic publisher David Farrell and backer Gary Slaight of Slaight Music have launched a new site, NewCanadianMusic.ca, a database of 35,000 artists and counting, which focuses on new Canadian releases each week from all genres and levels, signed and unsigned.

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