Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 3, 2018

Bono incites feminist ire with his comments and a Leonard Cohen collection at the U of T offers gems. Those also featured in today's headlines include Lady Gaga, Major Love, Cheapies, Doug Paisley, Lorde, Rihanna, The Killers, and more Best of 2017 albums lists.

Music Biz Headlines, Jan. 3, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Take off your shades, Bono; girlies are on top

The U2 singer seems to have missed what happened for women in 2017 –  Barbara Ellen, The Guardian

U of T’s Leonard Cohen collection digs up diamonds in the mine

Within the library of Leonard Cohen’s materials, what may strike you isn’t uncommonness, but familiarity  – Cathal Kelly, The Globe and Mail

Colleen Brown finds Major Love in both Edmonton and Kingston

The acclaimed singer/songwriter's new band will release a debut album soon – Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal

On the heels of Lady Gaga, the economics of Las Vegas residencies reach new highs

The race to lock down Las Vegas’ highest-paying residency is heating up with Gaga announcing a two-year engagement at the MGM Park Theater –  Shirley Halperin, AP 

Cheapies’ 40th Boxing Day bash may have been the last

The owner of the famed downtown record store in Hamilton mulls its future –  Paul Wilson, Hamilton Spectator


The best music of 2017, from Alvvays to the xx

Music critic Ben Rayner’s hopelessly subjective opinion after a year of far too many albums to evaluate – Toronto Star

David Bowie book club launched by his son

“My dad was a beast of a reader,” says Duncan Jones –  Pitchfork

Doug Paisley on being inspired by Canadian poet Al Purdy

The Toronto roots songsmith is beloved by critics and his peers – Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

Lorde cancels Israel concert after pro-Palestinian campaign

The New Zealand singer cites an ‘overwhelming number of messages and letters’ she received as having led to her decision – The Guardian

Vice founders apologize for allowing a “boy’s club” culture at the company

Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi say they are “truly sorry” for not doing enough to stop inappropriate behaviour at the company –  Catherine Shu,

The 36 best overlooked albums of 2017

All the good stuff that might've flown under your radar in a hectic year –  Noisey

Year-End Roundup: Vancouver albums you may have missed, Part 1

Presenting the best local releases of the first half of 2017 –  Shawn Conner Inside Vancouver

Rihanna calls for end to gun violence after cousin shot and killed in Barbados

The singer posted that she “can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!” –  AP

The Killers, together and apart

The hit US rock band is united behind a new album although Dave Keuning and Mark Stoermer are taking a break from touring – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

2017 Year-End Roundup, Part I: Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia

This year’s roundup of favourite albums begins on the East Coast. The choices include Mo Kenney, The East Pointers and Florian Hoefner  –  Great Dark Wonder


The lost art of music snobbery

Snobs derive enormous pleasure from lording their refined taste over the great unwashed. And there are no more odious snobs than music snobs, at least as they existed before the advent of streaming services such as Spotify  –  Marc Weingarten, Globe and Mail

Kendrick cruises, Wiley confuses, and Gaga goes OTT: the essential pop for 2018

Can Lady Gaga get away with murder? Will Kendrick Lamar stay on top? Are Franz Ferdinand set to blossom? And has Harry Styles’ transformation only just begun? We preview the new year’s pop highlights – The Guardian


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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