Saturday, July 23, 2011
A press release from the Metropolitan Police, which doesn't specifically name Winehouse, says:
"Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased.
On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained."
Winehouse famously battled addiction to drugs and alcohol and was in and out of rehab several times throughout the years.
Last month, Winehouse canceled her European tour after a performance in Serbia where she seemed completely out of it.
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Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011 was an English singer-songwriter, known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, and jazz. She received extensive publicity over her substance abuse and mental health issues. Winehouse died on 23 July 2011 in, as yet, unexplained circumstances.\
After toying with her brother's guitar, Winehouse received her first guitar when she was 13, and began writing music a year later. She began working soon after, including as a showbiz journalist for the World Entertainment News Network, in addition to singing with a jazz band. Her sometimes boyfriend at the time, soul singer Tyler James, sent her demo tape to an A&R person. Winehouse signed to Simon Fuller's Management in 2002. While being developed by the management company, the artist was kept an industry secret. Her future A&R representative at Island/Universal, Darcus Beese, heard her by accident when the manager of The Lewinson Brothers showed him some productions of his clients on which Winehouse featured as vocalist. When he asked who the singer was the manager told him he was not allowed to say. Having decided that he wanted to sign her it took several months of asking around for Beese to eventually discover who the singer was. By this time Winehouse had already recorded a number of songs and signed a publishing deal with EMI. Through the publishers she formed a working relationship with the producer Salaam Remi.
Beese introduced Winehouse to his boss, Nick Gatfield, and the Island head shared his enthusiasm in signing the young artist. Winehouse was signed to Island/Universal as rival interest in Winehouse had started to build, with representatives at EMI and Virgin also starting to make moves. Beese told HitQuarters that he felt the reason behind the excitement over an artist who was an atypical pop star for the time was due to a backlash against reality TV music shows with audiences becoming starved for genuine young talent.
Major label success
Winehouse's debut album, Frank, was released on 20 October 2003. Produced mainly by Salaam Remi, many songs were influenced by jazz and, apart from two covers, every song was co-written by Winehouse. The album received positive reviews with compliments over the "cool, critical gaze" in its lyrics and brought comparisons of her voice to Sarah Vaughan, Macy Gray and others.
The album entered the upper levels of the UK album chart in 2004 when it was nominated for BRIT Awards in the categories of "British Female Solo Artist" and "British Urban Act". It went on to achieve platinum sales. Later in 2004, she won the Ivor Novello songwriting Award for Best Contemporary Song, alongside Salaam Remi, with her contribution to the first single, "Stronger Than Me". The album also made the short list for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize. In the same year, she performed at the Glastonbury festival, on the Jazzworld stage, and at the V Festival. After the release of the album, Winehouse commented that she was "only 80 percent behind [the] album" because of the inclusion by her record label of certain songs and mixes she disliked.
In contrast to her jazz-influenced former album, Winehouse's focus shifted to the girl groups of the 1950s and 1960s. Winehouse hired New York singer Sharon Jones's longtime band, the Dap-Kings to back her up in the studio and on tour. In May 2006, Winehouse's demonstration tracks such as "You Know I'm No Good" and "Rehab" appeared on Mark Ronson's New York radio show on East Village Radio. These were some of the first new songs played on the radio after the release of "Pumps" and both were slated to appear on her second album. The 11-track album was produced entirely by Salaam Remi and Ronson, with the production credits being split between them. Ronson said in a 2010 interview that he liked working with Winehouse because she was blunt when she did not like his work. Promotion of Back to Black soon began, and in early October 2006, Winehouse's official website was re-launched with a new layout and clips of previously unreleased songs. Back to Black was released in the UK on 30 October 2006. It went to number one on the UK Albums Chart numerous times, and entered at number seven on the Billboard 200 in the United States. It was the best-selling album in the UK in 2007, selling 1.85 million copies over the year.
Joe Budden announced that he will be releasing a free EP in the fall. Budden's currently working on the upcoming release, which has yet to be titled but is confirmed for a fall 2011 release. He also revealed that the EP will feature Production from Araabmusik, Dub B, J. Cardim and The Klasix. All true Hip-Hop listeners will enjoy this project we are sure but why not sell the project is our question?
To all the viewers leave some feedback on this! How do you feel about signed ARTIST giving projects away for free?
Looks like 2011 will be another solid year for Common. The rapper/actor who has been filming a movie, who made headlines when performing for President Obama earlier this year, and who switched from Geffen Music to Warner Bros, has finally announced a name and date for his new album.
Common will release The Dreamer, The Believer on Novemeber 22nd, the first single Ghetto Dreams with Nas is already getting a lot of buzz.
Just as he did with Kanye and Pharrell, one producer will work on the project in its entirety; this time it will be No I.D.
Look out for Common on the Rock the Bells tour.
Story Source HipHopBlog.com
Friday, July 22, 2011
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Foxy Brown did a photoshoot with the New York Post and sat down to talk about everything from Jay-Z, her recent court cases to her hearing loss. She also touched on her upcoming projects and more.
She talked about her friendship with Jay-Z:
“Jay and I are each other’s history. We discovered each other, basically. Our first record together was what blew both of us up. We became Bonnie and Clyde . It was 2005 and Jay said to me, ‘You and Naomi are the most misunderstood female celebrities ever. You have to meet. “. “He set up a meeting in office at Def Jam . We came in, and we’ve been like sisters ever since.”
On her Hearing loss:“I lost one of my senses, and that’s the hardest thing I went through. It’s a miracle I got it back. I can hear running water again. I can hear my mother say, ‘I love you.’ I’m on an assignment from God.”
On her childhood:“All my friends were in the park smoking weed and getting pregnant. I didn’t want to be the young black girl having a baby, a baby’s father, being on welfare. That wasn’t going to be my story. I wanted to be a criminal-justice attorney.”
She talks about her case and prison time:“The mooning thing bothered me more than anything else in the past — because I’m a lady. I’m cut from a different cloth. I would never moon someone. I was raised in a good family.”
“The prosecutors just wanted my head. If Lindsay Lohan was black, she would have done two years, at least. Is there no equal standard? You’d have thought Obama was in the building when I walked in: The girls loved me. The officers were jealous because I was getting hundreds of thousands of letters a week.”
And, on her future projects:
"I live a different life, I'm not at every party; I'm not seen everywhere. That's why people still care about my brand. I've never whored myself out."
She says she's still debating whether to accept Hugh Hefner's $2 million offer to pose on the cover of Playboy.
Brown says she plans to release a long-delayed album in 2011. She is also suing New York City for $100,000 for civil-rights violations, false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She's also writing a memoir about fame, titled "A Gift and a Curse."
To read the whole article on Foxy Brown click here.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
(A MESSAGE TO THE LISTENER: When i say we are "FREE AT LAST" I am not speaking on Jail, Prison etc. I am speaking on being FREE from the mind frame of thinking we need a RECORDED LABEL to sign us in order for us to make it big, And that we are fully aware of the power of our own INDEPENDENT GRIND.)
Ciara will add some more heat to Miami's already scorching atmosphere when she touches down in the southern zone Saturday (July 16) to kick off her summer tour as part of the Malibu Radio Maliboom Boom Station Invasion.
The 'Ride' creator, known for her fit frame and bold dance moves, will embark on the 10-city trek to celebrate the season with her "team Ciara" supporters. The first stop on the tour will be Miami's Finnegan's on the River. "It's gonna be a lot of fun," Ciara tells the BoomBox. "It's gonna be sexy. We want people to get ready to have a really fun, sexy summer experience. That's the whole goal of the tour."
While the gifted chanteuse thinks of herself as a "social drinker" and doesn't usually partake in throwing back libations, she occasionally indulges in Malibu, which she dubs a "sexy drink."
The 'Basic Instinct' performer, who has four albums under her belt, is keeping mum on specific details of her performance -- like special guests and tricks up her sleeve -- but she promises music enthusiasts will be properly served with what she has to offer. "It's only right that I drop 'Goodies,'" Ciara admits of the famed record that skyrocketed her to the top of the charts in 2004. "It's gonna be a combination of my newer music as well as the classics. More than anything it's just about the energy and having fun. I want my fans to walk away feeling like they had a really good experience and that they really enjoyed themselves."
Taking a break from rehearsals for the tour, she did reveal a bit about what she'll be wearing when she graces the stage. "Let's just say I switched up the color from my normal, typical colors on my [past] tours," the Atlanta native reveals.
DJ Skribble joins Ciara on the dates as well as crooner Taio Cruz, who will pick up the last three scheduled shows.
Check out the Malibu Radio Maliboom Boom Station Invasion tour dates below.
7/16: Miami, Fla. -- Ciara
7/21: Virginia Beach, Va. -- Ciara
7/23: Jersey Shore, N.J. -- Ciara
7/30: Boston, Mass. -- Ciara
8/4: New York City, N.Y. -- Ciara
8/13: Dallas, Texas -- Ciara
8/18: Chicago, Ill. -- Ciara
8/25: Los Angeles, Calif. -- Taio Cruz
8/27: San Diego, Calif. -- Taio Cruz
9/1: Phoenix, Ariz. -- Taio Cruz
For more information on the event, visit MalibuConcertTour.com
Story Source TheBoomBox.com
What's up MicBullyBlog Viewers. Just wanted to add this lil statement. ACE HOOD has been making a lot of good music as of late. I hope people support his up coming project. At first i was not to into this ARTIST music but i must say he has grown a lot on me. Now watch his brand new Music Video Below.
Rihanna has surpassed Lady Gaga's massive Facebook following to become the new "queen" of the social networking site.
RiRi reigns supreme, having just passed Gaga in number of Facebook fans -- 40,523,918 to 40,514,982! The achievement earns Rihanna the honorary title of "Queen of Facebook" from social media statistical tracker
Story Source TheBoomBox.com
I think i am just a lil to HIP-HOP cause i am over here wishing PHAROAHE and STYLES would do a complete Album together. That would be some real COLD WORLD MUSIC. I am sure they would create something amazing. Do you HIP-HOP HEADS remember "MY LIFE" That's one of HIP-HOP's best tracks ever recorded. IF NOT WATCH IT REMIND YOURSELF.