Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 19, 2018

Alex Lifeson is enjoying life after Rush, and Drake's Raptor ties are boosting basketball in Toronto. Others in the headlines include Dolores O'Riordan, Cadence Weapon, Spice World, Prince, Richard Lloyd, Dolly Parton, K.Flay, and teen social media stars.

Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 19, 2018

By Kerry Doole

How the end of Rush let Alex Lifeson be 'as creative as I want to be'

The guitarist and charter member of the legendary Canadian prog-rock trio says he's been 'busier lately than I have been in a while' since the band stopped touring and recording  –  Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

Drake, Raptors to debut new court, help fund local basketball with ‘Welcome Toronto’ program

Six Welcome Toronto-themed home games this season will see a new black and gold court and the Raptors wearing their OVO uniforms–  Doug Smith, Toronto Star

Dolores O'Riordan: anguished star whose voice lingers on

The Cranberries’ singer faced down tremendous darkness, but her vocal lines could still have the lightest of touches – Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

Too much music: A failed experiment in dedicated listening

"I've begun to feel that my rabid consumption of music, when coupled with the unprecedented access encouraged by new technology, has endangered my ability to process it critically" – James Toth,


How moving to Toronto helped Cadence Weapon level up

About to release his most accessible album yet, the Edmonton-born rapper feels like he's finally getting where he's needed to go – Jordan Sowunmi, NOW

Spice Girls: 20 years later, many things have changed — except the need for girl power

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the movie Spice World. On Jan. 22, Cineplex is reprising it in theatres across Canada –  Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun

Positive ideas about migration take flight in Tafelmusik’s Safe Haven

The latest multimedia presentation by Alison Mackay is about the benefits of mixing cultures. It has just opened in Toronto – John Terauds, Toronto Star

Prince estate reveals big-screen concert with unreleased material

The Minneapolis show on April 21 will contain video of Prince along with a live band of former collaborators, and special guests –  Elias Leight, Rolling Stone

Television guitarist Richard Lloyd talks his new rock & roll memoir

Punk-rock god and Television founding band-member Richard Lloyd discusses Everything is Combustible and '70s life in NYC – Brad Cohan,

Raising a Social-Media Star

The parents of teen internet celebrities get a crash course in a new kind of fame while trying to maintain boundaries for their newly rich and powerful children – Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic

Dolly Parton drops the 'Dixie' from her dinner show due to 'changing attitudes'

The noun 'dixie' has carried negative connotations for years, alluding to the blackface minstrel song of the same name  –  Sadaf Ahsan, National Post


Suspenseful Django imagines the King of Gypsy Jazz at war

In this new fictionalized film, our hero is given a chance to triumph over fascism using his art –  Alan Scherstuhl, LA Weekly

A hoodie put K.Flay’s politics front and centre

The records released over her 13-year career have focused more on the struggles of negotiating relationships and the aftermath of partying than interrogating the U.S. Bill of Rights. That all changed last year –  Kate Wilson, Georgia Straight

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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