Daily Archives: January 14, 2010

The New Music Seminar Announces Keynote Speaker Daniel Ek Of Spotify-Feb 2nd In L.A.

January 14th, 2009, New York, NY – The original New Music Seminar (NMS) www.newmusicseminar.biz, is pleased to announce Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, as the keynote speaker for the upcoming Los Angeles New Music Seminar taking place on February 2nd at the Henry Fonda Theater. Spotify, under the leadership of Ek is the innovative new music technology and service that has taken Europe by storm and is now poised to enter the US market with equal force.

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Freeway & Jake One Deliver The Stimulus Package, Live In Select Cities This February

Armed with some of their most dynamic and engaging work to date, Philadelphia-based rapper Freeway and producer Jake One are seizing the moment and setting out to stimulate the hip-hop economy with three album release parties in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. The heralded collaboration, The Stimulus Package, marks Freeway’s third official album and his first release for Rhymesayers Entertainment, voted best label of the decade by URB Magazine. The album features cameos from industry heavy-weights Beanie Sigel, Bun B, Raekwon, Birdman & more and is already garnering attention as one of the strongest releases this year. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 15th 2010.

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Freeway-Touchdown

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R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass


The legendary Teddy Pendergrass died yesterday of colon cancer. Pendergrass was born in Philadelphia and he was two and a half years old when his mother discovered his singing talent. His mother worked at a supper club and he would go with her to work and see performers like Bobby Darin and Chubby Checker. It was at this time that he discovered he also had a talent for drumming but it was after seeing a Jackie Wilson performance that he knew he wanted to be a professional entertainer. In 1969 Pendergrass got a job as the drummer for Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes and when the group broke up for a second time in 1970 Pendergrass became a vocalist for the group. They got a deal with Gamble and Huff’s Philly International Records in 1971 and started having hits right away with “I Miss You” and then “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” in 1972. By 1975 Teddy went solo and became immediately successful with many classic songs like “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” “Close The Door,” “Love TKO,” “Come Go With Me,” “Turn Off The Lights” and “You Can’t Hide From Yourself” and much more. He was so successful that he became the first Black male artist to have five consecutive platinum albums. His concert tours were celebrated for the spellbinding power he had over his female audience and his ability to sell out concert tickets wherever he went. His infamous car accident in 1982 that left him paralyzed did not stop him from singing. He recorded more albums and had the most post accident success with the single “Joy.” He performed at Live Aid in 1985 and toured with the gospel musical “Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God” in 1997. Pendergrass continued to perform in the 2000’s including a Valentine’s Day show at the Wiltern Theater in 2002 that became a pay-per-view special on cable. Pendergrass will be remembered for his blustery masculinity and sensuality will continue to infiltrate the dancefloor and the bedroom forever.

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