Music Biz Headlines, Feb.22, 2019

Reid Jamieson (pictured) delivers his finest work yet, AOF rocker George Pettit's other career, and a star-studded new podcast. Also in the headlines are Motley Crue, Jeff Burke, Deerhunter, Joshua Zubot, CSO, Songtradr, Led Zeppelin, Ryan Adams, Soul Train, Stones tix, R. Kelly, Peter Hook, Bananas Music, Chaka Khan, Bryan Ferry, and Richard Thompson.


Music Biz Headlines, Feb.22, 2019

By Kerry Doole

Alexisonfire rocker George Pettit squeezes in band reunion around his firefighting career

When Alexisonfire announced their breakup eight years ago, lead vocalist George Pettit stood before an opportunity to hit reset on his career.  – David Friend, CP

No One Receiving podcast draws a dream team of Toronto artists and musicians

Maggie MacDonald's apocalyptic space comedy features Owen Pallett, Fucked Up's Mike Haliechuk, Laura Barrett and many more. Hear the first clip here.  – Richard Trapunski, NOW

Five things to know about Me Daza by Reid Jamieson

Sweet-voiced singer Reid Jamieson has explored everything from the music of Leonard Cohen to vintage rock ‘n’ roll over the course of his recording career. This latest album might be Jamieson’s finest moment.  – Stuart Derdeyn, The Province

The Dirt is bound for Netflix, raising questions whether Motley Crue fans will see Bullwinkle jet her jizz

It's a book so captivatingly debauched, you're not alone if the first couple of sentences were instantly and permanently burned into your grey matter: "Her name was Bullwinkle. We called her that because she had a face like a moose."  – Mike Usinger Georgia Straight


Toronto overjoyed after TTC busker is reunited with his stolen instrument

Jeff Burke's bassoon is returned, after a crowdfunding campaign to replace it raised $14K.  – Blog TO

Interview: Deerhunter's Bradford Cox does not mince words

On why James Blake is not the new Bowie, why you shouldn't ask "Jylie Kenner" about politics and how Deerhunter's new album is like an animated corpse.  – Kevin Hegge, NOW

Joshua Zubot finds his place on the West Coast

Violinist Joshua Zubot is making an easy transition into West Coast life, after spending most of his adult existence in the very different climate and culture of Montreal. Granted, he’s still learning the ins and outs of his new locale, but so far he likes what he’s found.  – Alex Varty, Georgia Straight


Ryan Adams and the perils of the rock-genius myth

The allegations of Ryan Adams’s abuse are a reminder that the music industry must reckon not only with the alpha abusers but also with the enablers who surround them.  – Amanda Petrusich, New Yorker

Chicago Symphony musicians vote to authorize a strike on March 10

Discussions have been ongoing for more than 11 months, according to the musicians, who held a press conference in the lobby of Orchestra Hall last week.  – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune


Songtradr buys music licensing agency Big Sync in multi-million dollar deal

The acquisition was a multi-million dollar cash and equity transaction and resulted in Big Sync’s co-founder, Unilever Ventures, the venture capital arm of Unilever, exiting and becoming a minority shareholder in Songtradr.  – Murray Stassen, MBW

People laughed when this Philly lawyer sued Led Zeppelin. Nobody’s laughing now.

Francis Malofiy may be the most hated man in the Philadelphia legal community. He may also be on the cusp of getting the last laugh on rock’s golden gods.  – Jonathan Valania, Philly Mag

Things to consider when breaking up your band

First, there’s always going to be financial questions. Then, there’s going to be disagreements and fights, and somebody will be hurt. Then there’s questions about lingering shows, loose ends and how to send the band off right. Well, here’s my experience.  – Liam Duncan, Music Industry How To

'An ad for blackness': how Soul Train made America do the Hustle

It was the ultra-hip music show that put black culture centre stage – with the enigmatic Don Cornelius as its impresario.  – Dorian Lynskey,The Guardian

Rolling Stones fans frustrated after pre-sale ticket ‘bait-and-switch’

Fans of The Rolling Stones are feeling swindled after trying to buy pre-sale tickets to see the legendary rockers in Canada this year. Ticketmaster and promoter Republic Live admit to errors.  –Ticket News

These are the 10 most viewed YouTube videos of all time

YouTube is closing in on its decade and a half birthday and what better way to celebrate the streaming site’s awkward teenage years than by taking a look back at the most viewed YouTube videos of all time? There's only one Canadian here, and it's not Drake.  – Jon Martindale Digital Trends


Prosecutors face tough task charging and convicting R. Kelly, even if there’s video evidence

Prosecutors will have to clear a series of high legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if there’s video evidence. One case illustrates the difficulties: The R&B star’s own 2008 trial at which he was acquitted.  – Michael Tarm, AP

Get your hands on Peter Hook's personal Joy Division and punk memorabilia

Over the years, legendary New Order and Joy Division bassman, Peter “Hooky” Hook has been collecting almost every single piece of memorabilia relating to his long career in music. Now he has decided to auction off all his prized personal collection to raise money for charity.  – Dangerous Minds


Bananas Music, the world’s largest collection of vinyl records, houses over three million titles.

Bananas Music (also known as Bananas Records) is an American record store that operates two locations in St. Petersburg, Florida. Opened in 1977, Bananas Music unofficially claims to be the largest record store in the United States, housing over 3 million vinyl records.  – Part Time Audio

Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry has no plans to farewell the touring scene

 “Every tour is potentially a farewell tour when you get to a certain age,” Bryan Ferry joked earlier this week after arriving in Perth to kick off an Australian tour at Kings Park on Thursday evening.  – Simon Collins, The West Australian

Chaka Khan on artistic freedom, her side hustles  and Joni Mitchell

It’s been 12 years since Chaka Khan released a studio album, but “I wasn’t sitting, twiddling my thumbs,” the singer known as the Queen of Funk said recently.  – Melena Ryzik, NY Times

Review: Guitarist Richard Thompson schools the crowd — no brags, boasts or egotism necessary

Embodying the voice of the biblical prophet Micah, the Fairport Convention co-founder, who helped introduce British folk-rock to America starting in the late 1960s, warned in his opening song of false prophets, heartbreak, ruins, and rubble.  – Randall Roberts, LA Times

Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services
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Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services

There's a more explicit Biggie verse in the vault, according to the NBA legend.

Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

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