On the radio and now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
When I interviewed Donna Summer last year, she had just been passed over again for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I asked if it was, as is so often said, just an honor to be nominated.
"No, it's an honor to win," she said with a laugh. "That's a bunch of baloney. I don't care about the honor of being nominated, honor me and let me win! After about the third time, stop nominating me, I'm starting to feel like a loser." Summer, a Boston native, continued to laugh a robust laugh and added "I'm just kidding. It is an honor to be nominated, seriously."
When the inductees for the 2013 Rock Hall class were announced yesterday I was excited that Summer's name was finally on the roster. I was also sad-- and to be honest a little angry-- that she was not here to experience the moment, having passed away earlier this year at 63 after a battle with cancer. Even though she clearly understood that no one is entitled to any particular honor and had a sense of humor about it, the induction obviously meant a lot to her.FULL ENTRY
Christina Aguilera announced the nominees for the 40th annual American Music Awards today, listing fellow pop divas, Rihanna (pictured) and Nicki Minaj, as the leaders of the pack with four nods each. Male domination followed close behind with Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, One Direction, and Usher each receiving three nods and award season favorite, Taylor Swift, shockingly landing herself a lone spot in the Favorite Female Artist - Country category after a clean sweep at the 2011 show. Viewers can vote for their favorites online before the show airs on ABC on Nov. 18th, at 8 p.m.
(Image via Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
The voice of the late Amy Winehouse hasn't been silenced.
Hip-hop luminary Nas has used one of the singer's unreleased vocal performances for "Cherry Wine," which premiered on July 3 and is from his forthcoming album, "Life Is Good."
The recording dates back to 2008, when the two paired up for some sessions. Nas spoke to NME about how the jazz-inflected production came together:
Yeah, Salaam worked on her last album, and they were working. We donít even have an explanation for how it happened. It was just magic. It just happened. It was supposed to happen. She made it happen.
Another collaboration from the pair's session, "Like Smoke," was released on the posthumous Winehouse album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures."
Winehouse's "Back to Black" cut "Me and Mr. Jones" is reportedly about Nas.
Chad Batka for The New York Times
The full lineup for the 2012 Life is good Festival has been revealed, and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds are set to headline. Other acts include Sara Bareilles, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Michael Franti & Spearhead.
This year's festival will take place from Sept. 22-23 at Prowse Farm in Canton. Check out pictures from last year's event, and see more acts listed below:
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
The Infamous Stringdusters
Ryan Montbleau Band
Muck And The Mires
For more information, head to the Life is good website.
Boston native Masspike Miles recently unveiled his the video for his latest single "Love Come Down." Miles, who is a part of Miami hip-hop boss Rick Ross's camp, keeps it minimal yet sensual in the video, which is mostly black and white scenes of curvy ladies with windswept hair. The song is from his album "Say Hello to Forever."
AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File
"I Feel Love," one of the disco-era hits of the late Boston-bred diva Donna Summer, is one of 25 sounds saved by the Library of Congress. "Purple Rain" by Prince, "Green Onions" by Booker T and the M.G.'s, " and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio are also among the 2011 National Recording Registry inductees.FULL ENTRY
Alicia Gbur/TriStar PicturesFULL ENTRY
As if losing the third member of their crew wasn't enough, the Beastie Boys have been slapped with a lawsuit.
AP Photo/Capitol Records
About Sound Effects
ContributorsSarah Rodman is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
James Reed is a staff music critic for the Boston Globe.
Jonathan Perry is the Globe's Scene & Heard columnist, covering local music.
Michael Brodeur is the assistant arts editor for the Boston Globe, covering pop music, TV, and nightlife.
Julian Benbow is a staff writer at the Boston Globe, covering sports and music.
Katie McLeod is Boston.com's features editor.
Rachel Raczka is a producer for Lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment at Boston.com.
Emily Wright is an Arts & Entertainment producer at Boston.com.