Music Biz Headlines, June 1, 2018

TPOH celebrates a milestone, Greg Keelor muses on a possible end of touring for Blue Rodeo, and Joan Baez and Slayer are on swansong treks. Others in the headlines include Hall & Oates, Drake, Coleman Hell, Venues, UK drill. NXNE, Postdata, Live Nation, Linda Ronstadt, and Lief Hall.

Music Biz Headlines, June 1, 2018

By Kerry Doole

30 Years of Love Junk with The Pursuit of Happiness

Some things in life you just don’t forget. For me, one is some guy screaming, screaming, screaming in a leather jacket!  – Andre Gagne, Ottawa Life

Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor explains why the band is winding down tours

Last year’s cross-country tour wasn’t Greg Keelor’s first rodeo, but it may be his last. He says that Blue Rodeo, the beloved country-rock band he co-fronts with Jim Cuddy, will never tour extensively again – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

How Hall & Oates keep the all-time favourites fresh

Daryl Hall and John Oates can still pack arenas with fans who can sing along to the entire set list. They play Toronto's ACC on June 5 – Dan Gelston, AP


Drake vs. Pusha T makes me wonder if I've aged out of rap beefs

As addictive as a good roast can be, this time it's left me feeling very, very tired – Nick Flanagan, NOW

Slayer says farewell to Toronto in blazing concert at Budweiser Stage

No one wants to say goodbye to Slayer forever, of course, but if this is indeed it for the living metal legends they’re going out in spectacular form – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Coleman Hell calls from the canyon

A change of scenery helped him get through some dark times and chart new musical directions – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Joan Baez review – queen of folk bids a poignant farewell

Royal Albert Hall, London: Eco-protests met lover’s laments as the 77-year-old marked her final tour with a stirring reminder of her fighting spirit  – Stephen Moss, The Guardian

With Venues, Oculus and FB push social VR into new territory

Oculus Venues is bringing VR users concerts, sporting events, and movie nights—all live, in three dimensions, and surrounded by hundreds of strangers. What could go wrong? – Wired

Inside UK drill, the demonised rap genre representing a marginalised generation

Until recently, mainstream media have actively ignored drill, but are now jumping on a bandwagon of blame - not hesitating to pinpoint blame on the music and its disciples for perpetuating a recent spike of violence in London – Yemi Abiade, The Independent

6 reasons why we have high hopes for NXNE this year

Among several things, we're looking forward to the return of free shows at Yonge and Dundas, Tinashe and Game Land –  Staff, ontheaside

Postdata’s wild heart 

On Let’s Be Wilderness, Wintersleep's Paul Murphy expands the intimacy of his debut without sacrificing an ounce of feeling  – Tara Thorne, The Coast


Live Nation buys Texas indie promoter ScoreMore Shows

The live concert giant has announced it has acquired a majority stake in ScoreMore Shows, one of the largest indie concert promoters and festival producers in the country, and the largest in Texas –  Joe Reinartz, celebrityaccess

Sonia Reid Noble doubles up after smash Bassment debut

"The amount of support that I felt from the community here was tremendous. I’ll never forget that moment," says the gospel/soul singer – Cam Fuller, Star-Phoenix

Local artist Lief Hall experiments with pop

For left-field Vancouver musician Lief Hall, Berlin proved the perfect place to explore her solo project – Kate Wilson, Georgia Straight

Linda Ronstadt back in public eye, and it’s not so easy

Afflicted by Parkinson's Linda Ronstadt doesn’t feel like company much these days. At least, not too much company. And on a recent visit, she is definitely not going to put on clothes and makeup  – Joel Selvin, SF Chronicle

YouTube deletes 30 music videos after Met link with gang violence

Content removed as police chief associates drill lyrics with surge in stabbings and murders  – Jim Waterson, 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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