Music Biz Headlines, May 16, 2018

Brian Eno turns 70, Pink goes hiking in Vancouver, and Kiefer Sutherland gets personal. Also in the headlines are Charlotte Day Wilson, Wild T., Wiley, Liam Gallagher, Sean McCann, Bishop Briggs, and Stephen Malkmus.

Music Biz Headlines, May 16, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Pink finds time to hike with son Jameson during Beautiful Trauma World Tour stop in Vancouver

Pink, a.k.a. Alecia Beth Moore, brought her Beautiful Trauma World Tour to Rogers Arena. The show included some of the usual high-wire acrobatics that her fans have come to expect and love – Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight

Brian Eno at 70: Why he still matters

Brian Eno turns 70 this week. Here are some of the reasons the pioneering composer and producer remains important – Nick Bollinger, Radio NZ

Charlotte Day Wilson's 'Work' wins Prism Prize for top Canadian Music Video, as industry seeks support

The Field founder Cherie Sinclair seized the moment at the podium to reference last year's dissolution of long-running Canadian funding bodies for independent music videos MuchFACT and BravoFACT –  Karen Bliss, Billboard

Kiefer Sutherland gets personal on country-music stage

TV and film star says the new album and tour has him 'opening up in a way that I never had'. He is currently playing Canadian shows  –  Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette


Move over Sia: how young Australian songwriters are making it big in LA

They’re the brains behind the catchiest songs on Spotify, but they’re rapidly becoming celebrities in their own right  –  Jenny Valentish, The Guardian

Fans upset with last-minute Liam Gallagher, Richard Ashcroft concert cancellation

Event promoter Live Nation cited electrical issues at the Toronto venue as the reason for the cancellation  – Toronto Star

Wild T's passion has taken him past the marketing machine to make his own music

“Every time they see a black guy with a Stratocaster (guitar) people expect to hear Jimi (Hendrix), but I always play it my own way.” -Tony Springer, a.k.a., Wild T. –  Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Biopic of grime pioneer Wiley in development

Trespass Against Us director Adam Smith will direct the story of the Bow MC who rose to the top of the charts –  Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

Sean McCann shares the truth of finding light in the darkness

Embracing sobriety seven years was a life-changing experience for former Great Big Sea member Sean McCann  –  Jeff DeDekker, Regina Leader-Post

Bishop Briggs brings her monstrous voice to sad-girl anthems

Before being found by an A&R man in L.A. and gaining 80 million plays on Spotify, like many musicians, the pop star performed to empty rooms –  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Stephen Malkmus doesn’t think he was a jerk

The acerbic Pavement mainman now leads the Jicks, who have a seventh album coming soon – Rob Tannenbaum, New York Times


Charlotte Day Wilson is creating a grant for female music video directors

The singer and Work director Fantavious Fritz are using their $15,000 Prism Prize money to create a one-time grant. They're also donating a portion of it to a women's shelter – Richard Trapunski, NOW

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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