Daily Archives: August 22, 2011

R.I.P. Nick Ashford

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Nick Ashford of the powerhouse songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson passed today from throat cancer. Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson are responsible for writing some of the most important songs of the 20th century including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need To Get By,” “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing,” and “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand.)” The husband and wife team joined Motown’s staff of writers in the ’60’s after Berry Gordy noticed their songwriting for the 5th Dimension, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. At Motown they wrote and produced all but one of the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell hits as well as songs for Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Marvelettes, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. They also wrote “Is It Still Good To Ya” for Teddy Pendergrass and penned Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman” and “Clouds.” As performers they had hits with “Don’t Cost You Nothin’,” “It Seems To Hang On,” “Is It Still Good To Ya,” “Street Corner” and “Solid.” Quincy Jones used their vocals on “Stuff Like That” and they helped write songs for “The Wiz” soundtrack. In the ’90’s they opened the Sugar Bar restaurant and bar where many known entertainers came to perform. In ’96 they recorded the album Been Found with Maya Angelou. They were also included in Oprah’s entourage to Africa when she opened her all girls school in 2007.

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Moments At MADE I Chapter Two With Erykah Badu, Jaybo & Miki’s String Quintet

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MADE is an artistic collective from Berlin and they invited Erykah Badu to perform with Jaybo & Miki’s String Quintet as part of their Moments At MADE series. The results produced artier versions of Erykah’s music that sounded almost maudlin at some points.

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Wale prepares for “Ambition”; “The Eleven One Eleven Theory” mixtape crashes Hulkshare server

Maybach Music Group continues to solidify it’s stake in the rap game with the release of a new mixtape from DC’s-finest Wale. Wale took to Twitter last Wednesday at 1:11pm EDT to upload “The Eleven One Eleven Theory” as a make-good to fans who helped him reach 1 million followers on the social networking site disrupting service for not only Hulkshare, but another download portal, Sendspace. According to Hulkshare, the traffic surrounding the downlad to its server resulted in temporary crash to the site. CEO Ted Brinkofski commented, ”This is actually the first time it’s due to an exisitng file. It’s certainly an exciting milestone, but not a pleasureable one.” While other major acts have used Hulkshare to release music, Wale’s newest effort was the first time the site experienced such technical difficulties. The result lead to 7 trending topics on Twitter associated with Wale and the mixtape.

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Mayer Hawthorne’s Album Cover

Mayer Hawthorne’s How Do You Do comes out October 11th.

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Dudley Perkins-Interplanetary Peace Talks (Trailer)

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A.J. Calomay and Paul Dan spent 5 years from 2003-2008 with Dudley Perkins to make a documentary about his life. “Interplanetary Peace Talks” is the bonus DVD companion to Perkins’ next CD entitled Self Study that comes out August 30th.

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