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Peter Shapiro, Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco, p. 237:

early rap star Kurtis Blow opening for Chic on one of their tours and playing at the legendary disco club Paradise Garage shortly after their first single, ‘Christmas Rappin’’, was released.

How does that look with neutral apostrophes?

early rap star Kurtis Blow opening for Chic on one of their tours and playing at the legendary disco club Paradise Garage shortly after their first single, 'Christmas Rappin'', was released.

Now let’s try that in U.S. or Canadian English:

early rap star Kurtis Blow opening for Chic on one of their tours and playing at the legendary disco club Paradise Garage shortly after their first single, “Christmas Rappin’,” was released.

Just a tiny bit better, don’t you think?

Note that things get even worse online, given that Unicode pulled a WCAG and were too stupid to give closing single quotation mark and apostrophe their own separate character numbers.

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