NICK ASHFORD PASSES AWAY
According to the New York Times, Nick Ashford from Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson passed away on Monday at a New York Hospital after a battle with throat cancer. He was only 70 years old. We’ll keep you posted with funeral arrangements.
· Nick and his wife, Valerie Simpson, were known for duets including “Solid,” “You’re All I Need (To Get By)” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
TWITTER REACTIONS TO NICK ASHFORD’S DEATH
· Alicia Keys tweeted, “I’m so sad that he’s gone…..So many of the greatest are going to a greater place….what a legacy of infectious music… man!”
· Lenny Kravitz wrote, “Left rehearsal. Heard Nick Ashford passed. A legend. My heart goes out to Valerie. My Lord, ain’t no mountain high enough. Solid as a rock.”
· Ashanti wrote, “R.I.P Nick Ashford one of the most Soulful & Amazing Singer/Songwriters Timeless Classic Music. Many Prayers & Blessings to his Family.”
· Russell Simmons tweeted, “R.I.P. Nick Ashford has left his body Most cannot see his everlasting spirit, but the eyes behind the eyes remain w/us.”
· MC Hammer wrote: “Nick Ashford (RIP) your songs and melodies touched millions of lives and will never fade. We #Salute your Life.”
WATCH THE THRONE SINGLES ANNOUNCED
Wanna know what the next singles off Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne are? It looks like the next songs to receive the single treatment off their collaborative effort will be the Hit-Boy produced banger “N*ggas In Paris” as well as “Why I Love You” featuring Mr. Hudson. Fans can expect both tracks to impact radio on September 13th.
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ROBIN THICKE LEAKS “I’M AN ANIMAL”
Just when we were starting to wonder what Robin Thicke has been up to, the singer just issued a new song called “I’m An Animal.” The track is likely to appear on his fifth studio album, which will arrive early next year. Perfect timing, as the crooner just performed at Kim Kardashian’s much-hyped and soon-to-be-televised wedding. Head to his official fansite to hear the tune now!
· The singer reportedly performed “Lost Without You,” “Angel” and “Still In Love” at the reality star’s ceremony.
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SCARFACE RELEASED FROM JAIL
According to XXLMag.com, Scarface has been released from Harris County Jail in Texas after serving nearly a year in prison. The rapper was being held for failing to pay child support in four separate child support cases. A rep said in a statement, “Face is home and he’s already busy working on releasing new material. It’s not going to take him long to fall right back into the swing of things.”
· In related news, Scarface is currently working on his 12th album, The Habit.
LAURYN HILL TALKS RECORDING MISEDUCATION LP
During an interview with Reebok Classics, Lauryn Hill spoke of recording her classic debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The singer, who is headlining this year’s Rock the Bells 2011 Festival, said of the disc, “I think we understood that it was going to be landmark, but I didn’t understand to what degree other people would be really impacted by what was done,” she said. “I was really trying to express myself. Like I say all the time, I make music not necessarily for selfish reasons, but I make the music that I want to hear. And when you find out that other people want to hear that too, how could you not be excited about that?” The singer is said to be working on new material, which will mark her first album in over in 13 years.
JAY-Z, BEYONCE NAMED ON HIGHEST PAID COUPLE LIST
According to Forbes.com, Jay-Z and Beyonce appear on the newly released World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples list. The power couple took second place after earning an impressive 72-million combined, only to be beat out by NFL/supermodel couple, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, who raked in 76-million. Interestingly enough, no other music couples are featured on the list. Visit Forbes.com to see which famous faces made the cut.
· Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt came in third on with a combined income of 50-million dollars.
Q-TIP ANNOUNCES MJ TRIBUTE SHOW
According to his official website, Q-Tip has announced that he’ll be hosting this year’s Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Show alongside DJ Spinna. The rapper said in a statement, “Michael Jackson was a huge influence on my music and was an inspiration to me and so many others. I want to bring people together to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy that will undoubtedly live on forever!” The event will take place at New York’s Irving Plaza on Saturday at 9 PM.
· Tickets are currently available for $20.
DIDDY’S SON OFFERED SCHOLARSHIP
According to the NYPost.com, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ son, Justin, has just received an athletic scholarship to attend UCLA. The cornerback also received offers from schools including Illinois, Iowa, West Virginia and Virginia. While we’re happy for the mogul’s kid, we’re sure Puff would have been just fine paying the full tuition.
TWEET OF THE DAY: CHRIS BROWN
Following the unexpected earthquake that hit the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon, Chris Brown tweeted, “Please pray for Virginia.” This prompted a Twitter user to respond back with: “Oh, God. What did you do to her?”
T.I. TO RELEASE A BOOK?
T.I. has less than a month to go before he’ll be released from prison and the rapper has plans to soon release his first book. Close friend DJ Drama told HipHopDX.com that Tip has a book in the works and he’s also ready to record the follow up to last year’s No Mercy. Drama stated, “We talked via email about two weeks ago. He should be home in a couple of weeks; he’s ready to get back to work.” In terms of the direction of Tip’s comeback project, the hitmaker shared that fans can “expect some good records.” We’ll keep you posted on when the rapper completes his sentence for probation violation.
WALE, KID CUDI WORKING ON COLLABORATION
During an interview with MTV News, Wale revealed that his reconciled relationship with Kid Cudi will lead to their first collaboration. Wale told MTV that the former rivals have “figured it all out,” adding, “We went from not having s**t to having money at our disposal, so it kind of f***ed up our friendship.” Fans can expect to hear the duo on a song called “Focused,” which will appear on Wale’s sophomore effort, Ambition. Look for the disc on November 1st.
BEYONCE CONFIRMS 4 DVD RELEASE
According to NeonLimeLight.com, Beyonce recently confirmed that there will be a special DVD from her recent 4 Intimate Nights With Beyonce shows in New York City. The diva, who had her first four-night residency at the city’s Roseland Ballroom, secretly filmed the final show. She said to the unsuspecting crowd, “You may not know this, but tonight I’m filming the show for a DVD.” We will keep you posted on when she announces the date the concert film will be released.
RIHANNA DROPS NEW VIDEO
Rihanna’s new video for “Cheers (Drink To That)” is out now. The singer debuted the clip on iTunes this morning. The song is the latest single off Rihanna’s Loud album, which has sold over 1.4-million copies to date.
· Rihanna has just helped to launch a new flavor of Vita Coco water called Coco Tropical Fruit. The drink is a blend of coconut water, pink guava, orange, red dragon fruit and pineapple.
MJ FAN CLUBS WORKING TO CANCEL TRIBUTE CONCERT
According to Reuters, a group of Michael Jackson fan clubs across the world have banded together in an open letter to event organizers, asking for the cancellation of a Jackson tribute concert scheduled for October in Wales. The 35 fan clubs said that the event, which will include performances by Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Beyonce is “doomed to fail.” The letter goes on to explain that the show is set to take place during the trial of Conrad Murray, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson back on June 25th, 2009.
· The stadium in Wales holds about 75-thousand people, but organizers have not yet said how many tickets, which range in price from around 90 to 360 dollars, have been sold or how many are still available to the public. The concert is scheduled to be broadcast around the world on paid television channels.
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