- Bruce Lundvall, Former Blue Note President, Dies At 79
Former President of Blue Note Records, Bruce Lundvall has passed away after a battle with Parkinson's disease at 79 years old. Bruce was a lifelong jazz lover that spent 20 years at Columbia Records, signing artists including Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, and Wynton Marsalis. In 1984, he was given the opportunity to relaunch the jazz record label Blue Note Records. Under Lundvall’s 30 year leadership, Blue Note's popularity soared with artists including Bobby McFerrin, Us3, Norah Jones, Al Green and Amos Lee.
Lundvall was a loved and respected record label executive that believed in putting artists first. Bruce received countless awards including the 2011 GRAMMY Trustees Award and the Jazz Foundation of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as the Chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); Director of the National Association of Recording Artists and Science (NARAS); Director of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia Research, the industry's most prestigious charity.
- Janet Jackson New Album and Tour
Janet Jackson recently announced a new album AND tour on her Twitter feed. "I promised you'd hear it from my lips and now you will," Jackson says in the of the video. "This year: new music; new world tour; a new movement. I've been listening. Let's keep the conversation going."
- B.B. King Passes Away
The legendary B.B. King passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40pm on May 14 2015 in Las Vegas. He was 89. Mr. King had played over 15,000 shows during his career, most with his favorite guitar "Lucille". He has influenced countless other musicians and was named the 3rd best guitarist by Rolling Stone magazine.
Read his complete obituary by BBC News.
See Eric Clapton's heartfelt video about his dear friend on his Facebook page.
BB King a dear friend and inspiration to me....Posted by Eric Clapton on Friday, May 15, 2015
- Michael McDonald- American Idol
Michael McDonald will performing tonight on the American Idol finale. He will be performing with contestant Clark Beckham.
On his Facebook page, Michael described Beckham as, "A phenomenal young talent from Nashville Tn. and backed up by LA's finest. A great house band w vocalists directed by renowned band leader Ricky Minor!" American Idol will air tonight at 8pm ET on Fox.
- David Benoit 2 In Love
GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer David Benoit has been making contemporary jazz albums for over 30 years. For his new album, he wanted to try something different.
Benoit’s new album, 2 In Love, will be his first with a vocalist. Set for release on June 16, on Concord Records, 2 In Love, features Jane Monheit, the GRAMMY®-nominated, singer from New York. “I’ve done records where I had a token vocal tune, all the way back to my first album,” Benoit says. “But I never did an entire record [with vocals]. So the thought here was to do something really different.”
Hear samples from 2 in Love on DavidBenoit's website now.
2 in Love (release date: June 16, 2015) is available for pre-order from Amazon now!
- Sam Smith cancels shows due to surgery
Sam Smith has cancelled his Australian tour along with US dates including the Billboard Music Awards and Rock and Rio in Las Vegas. He is scheduled to have surgery on his vocal cords next week.
Smith recently posted on his Facebook page: "I am very upset to announce I have been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days but unfortunately they haven’t recovered and I am going to need surgery. I’m so gutted to be missing all the shows and events I was meant to be playing at. The doctors say I will be back in 6-8 weeks and I cannot wait to sing for you all soon."
His US tour is still scheduled to start in July.
- Boney James The Future Is Here
futuresoul- the new album from saxman Boney James is on sale now!
4-time GRAMMY nominee and best-selling saxman Boney James continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic futuresoul. Fusing his love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, Boney has created another genre-bending work following on the heels of his 2014 GRAMMY nominated album The Beat. 10 original songs written or co-written by Boney, with special guests Stokley of Mint Condition on vocals and Thelonious Monk Competition winner Marquis Hill on trumpet. futuresoul is retro music for the modern age.
Purchase futuresoul today at major retailers, like Amazon.com
Get your day started right by spinning "Drumline" from the new futuresoul album - available now!
- New Mariah Carey album
Mariah Carey is releasing a new greatest hits album "#1 To Infinity" on May 18th!
The best-selling female performer of the 1990s and one of the most popular artists through the 2010s, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice. An elastic talent who moved easily from glossy ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance-pop, she earned frequent comparison to rivals Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but did them both one better by co-writing almost all her material. Like all artists with lengthy periods in the mainstream spotlight, Carey experienced creative and commercial lulls, yet each one of her proper studio albums peaked within the Top Five of the Billboard 200.
Pre-order now at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1-to-infinity/id989380334
Or watch her lyric video for her new single "Infinity":
- Ben E. King
NEW YORK (AP) — Ben E. King, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm 'n blues classics as "Stand by Me," ''There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," has died. He was 76.
King died Thursday of natural causes in Teaneck, New Jersey, his longtime residence, publicist Phil Brown told The Associated Press on Friday.He is survived by his wife, Betty; three children and six grandchildren.For his complete bio, please visit the AP via Yahoo News.
- BB King Elder Abuse Dispute
Blues legend B.B. King's daughter called police on Thursday alleging elder abuse claims.
According to TMZ, King's daughter, Patty King, wanted to take B. B. King to the hospital, and his longtime manager Laverne Toney refused. Toney has power of attorney. Ms. King called police and B.B. was taken to the hospital by paramedics. 89-year-old King was treated at the hospital , and Patty says he suffered a minor heart attack.
We wish B.B. a full recovery.