Sadly the list in 2016 continues to grow as over the weekend Leon Russell bid us farewell. You can read words from the New York Times, here. Time to dig in, crank it up and hit play. If you’re unfamiliar, get familiar because they sure don’t make them like this anymore.
Quite the band being assembled upstairs. Today we say goodbye to one of the uber talented musicians of our lifetime and one of New Orleans’ finest, Allen Toussaint. More words HERE via the New York Times. Rest in peace Mr. Toussaint.
Sad day in music to hear that Ben E. King has passed away. Most will know him or rather his voice from his songs “Stand By Me” and “Spanish Harlem” as well as his time in The Drifters. My Father shared with me THIS great piece from the New York Times on Mr. King. Give a read, the music industry lost another legend.
Give a listen to Australian, George Maple’s “Vacant Space,” swoon! The songstress is getting set to drop her second EP December 1 and my guess is that 2015 is going to be a massive year for her. You may recognize her voice from Flume’s “Bring You Down” and now the Producer/DJ has returned the favor to drop some killer beats for this future star.
You can read more about the 24-year old Aussie via the New York Times HERE.
Yes, you read that headline correct, music tweets are about to get their own Billboard chart.
You can read the entire New York Times article HERE but essentially Billboard and Twitter are joining forces to gather real time content of all the music chatter.
“On Thursday, the two companies will announce a deal to create the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts: continuously updated lists of the music that are being talked about and shared on Twitter in the United States. The charts, to be published on Billboard.com and through the publication’s Twitter feed, are expected to be introduced in May.”
“For Twitter the partnership is also a chance to prove its value to the music business after the failed experiment of the #Music app. Bob Moczydlowsky, the company’s head of music, called the Billboard partnership “part of an ongoing effort to make Twitter the universal signal of real-time music measurement.””
Open a hip-hop museum inside the Kingsbridge Armory with Afrika Bambaataa, as the museum’s chairman? Check out THIS read from the New York Times.
Here’s a really cool five minute video tribute to artists who passed away in 2010 courtesy of The New York Times. Nicely done by WM Ferguson.
Great piece in the New York Times today by Jon Caramanica about Bruno Mars, his rise to fame and new album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Check it out here.