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Donna Summer's Hall of Fame induction came too late

Posted by Sarah Rodman December 12, 2012 10:49 AM

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.


Rihanna, Nicki Minaj lead American Music Awards nominees

Posted by Rachel Raczka October 9, 2012 04:10 PM

rihanna-400.jpgChristina 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.

Check out the full list of this year's nominees.

(Image via Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Amy Winehouse appears on Nas's 'Cherry Wine'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe July 4, 2012 02:35 PM

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.

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds to headline Life is good festival

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 7, 2012 12:13 PM


Chad Batka for The New York Times

Dave Matthews of the American jam band Dave Matthews Band performs at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

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
Sara Bareilles
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Eric Hutchinson
The Infamous Stringdusters
Ryan Montbleau Band
Sarah Jarosz
Allen Stone
Katie Herzig
Muck And The Mires
Orange Television

For more information, head to the Life is good website.

Masspike Miles 'Love Come Down' video

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 25, 2012 04:32 PM

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."

Donna Summer, Prince, more songs inducted into National Recording Registry

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 23, 2012 01:29 PM


AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File

TIn this May 21, 2008 file photo, Donna Summer performs during the finale of "American Idol" at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Donna Summer's hit "I Feel Love" is joining The Grateful Dead's famous 1977 Barton Hall concert as sounds of cultural significance, among 25 additions that are being announced Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by the Library of Congress as part of its National Recording Registry.

"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.


Listen: Whitney Houston's last song, 'Celebrate'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 21, 2012 12:38 PM


Alicia Gbur/TriStar Pictures

In this undated file image provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment, singer-actresses Jordin Sparks, left, and Whitney Houston are shown in a scene from the 2012 film "Sparkle," directed by Salim Akil.

Whitney Houston's final song has hit the Web months after her sudden Feb. 11 death. The track, titled "Celebrate," is a duet with her "Sparkle" co-star Jordin Sparks produced by R. Kelly.


Beastie Boys sued by record label over sampling

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe May 9, 2012 11:51 AM

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

In this 1989 file photo originally provided by Capitol Records, members of the Beastie Boys, from left, Adam Horovitz, known as Adrock, Michael Diamond, known as Mike D, and Adam Yauch, known as MCA, are shown. Yauch, the gravelly voiced Beastie Boys rapper who co-founded the seminal hip-hop group, died, Friday, May 4, 2012, at age 47 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. Yauch was diagnosed with a cancerous salivary gland in 2009.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, who lost Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA to cancer last week, were sued by record label TufAmerica the day before Yauch's death on May 4.


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