RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. (EXCLUSIVE) BB King, the King of Blues, dies at 89

 

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Blues Legend B.B. King performs his 10,000th concert at B.B. KIng Blues Club & Grill in Times Square on April 18, 2006 in New York City. King is a nine time solo Grammy Award winning musician who started his career in 1947.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

The “King of the Blues”, guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89.

King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas.

Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians, and working with Eric Clapton and U2.

Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months.

He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness.

Fellow musicians paid tribute to King, including Lenny Kravitz who tweeted: “BB, anyone could play a thousand notes and never say what you said in one.”

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora added: “My friend and legend BB King passed. I’m so so sad, he was so great to me. We’ve lost the King. My love and prayers to his family.”

Former Beatle Ringo Starr tweeted: “God bless BB King, peace and love to his family.”

Actor Hugh Laurie said: “Oh God. BB King. Let the sad times roll.”

And singer Will Young added: “BB King- the most wonderful blues singer and guitarist. I suggest everyone gets one of his records to hear true soul and spirit.”

A former farmhand, King was awarded his 15th Grammy award in 2009 for his album One Kind Favor.

He was also inducted into both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Until recently, King performed in at least 100 concerts a year.

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He fused together both jazz and blues on his beloved guitar, a Gibson ES-355 he lovingly dubbed “Lucille”.

In the early part of his career, he played to exclusively black audiences, but his heartfelt vocals and undeniable talent saw him embraced by a much broader fanbase as time went on – touring Europe and topping the charts.

Younger musicians such as Clapton and Steve Miller, who admired his work, introduced him to a new generation of fans in the late ’60s with hits like The Thrill is Gone.

Albums such as Live at County Cook Jail and BB King in London followed.

His career was reignited in the late 1980s when he duetted with U2 on When Love Comes To Town.

At the turn of the millennium, aged 75, he once again achieved major commercial success with the Eric Clapton collaboration Riding With the King.

“King’s is now the name most synonymous with the blues, much as Louis Armstrong’s once was with jazz,” critic Francis Davis wrote in his 1995 book The History of the Blues. “You don’t have to be a blues fan to have heard of King.”

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Amy Winehouse Documentary To Be Released In July (VIDEO)

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A documentary chronicling the rise and fall of troubled songstress  Amy Winehouse will be released in the U.S  on July 10th, VIBE reports. The doc, Amy, is comprised of archived footage of the “Rehab” singer, interviews with her closest confidants and unreleased music.

Though fans may be excited to get a closer look into the controversial singer’s life, her family has distanced themselves from the project. They released a statement last month saying that the film is “misleading” and “contains some basic untruths.”

“I felt sick when I watched it for the first time,” Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, told The Sun on Sunday. “Amy would be furious. This is not what she would have wanted.”

Mr. Winehouse claims that not only does the film portray him as an absentee father but it ignores the influence of her ex-husband Blaker Fielder-Civil.

Amy will make its international debut at the Cannes Film Festival this month.

Watch the trailer below.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. (BUZZ) PRAYERS UP: Blues Legend B.B. King Not Doing Well

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Blues legend B.B. King’s daughter believes he is being abused and called police Thursday to settle a dispute over whether he needed to be hospitalized.

TMZ has learned there’s a huge battle over B.B.’s care — between his daughter Patty King and his longtime manager Laverne Toney. Patty, who lives with her father in Las Vegas says she wanted to take him to the hospital because his urine was orange and he wasn’t eating.

She claims Toney — who has power of attorney over B.B. — refused, so Patty called police. Responding officers called in paramedics, who agreed B.B. needed to be checked out by doctors. 89-year-old King was treated at the hospital — and Patty says he suffered a minor heart attack. She also says this photo was taken during his brief stay, and she hopes the image will convince authorities something needs to be done to protect him…

Patty and her boyfriend filed a police report last November claiming elder abuse, and burglary. They accused Toney and her assistant of fleecing $20-$30 million from B.B., withholding his medications while on tour — and jacking several Rolexes and a ring valued at $250k.

Police are investigating, but no charges have been filed yet. Patty says she’s meeting with her attorney to discuss wrestling power of attorney away from Toney.

Let’s keep him in our prayers.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Spotify Is Worth More Than The U.S Recording Industry At $8 Billion

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Not only is Spotify one of the top competitors when it comes to streaming services but it is also the most valuable. The Wall Street Journal reports that Spotify is now worth more than the U.S music industry. They recently acquired $400 million more in funding, which made their worth skyrocket to $8.4 billion. The recording industry is reportedly worth about $6.8 billion.

Spotify also topped their competitor Pandora, who ranks below them with a worth of $3.5 billion. The service needs the cash to fund their business model where artists and rights holders are paid 70 percent  of their revenue as royalties.

Spotify’s worth has spiked since last year, being valued at $5 billion.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Beck Responds To Kanye West’s Grammy Statements; Kanye Clarifies His Comments

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 Kanye West became the talk of the 2015 Grammys when the Yeezus creator jumped on stage after Beck won the award for “Album Of The Year” over Beyoncé. West sparked even more buzz when he later stated in an interview with E! the veteran musician needed to “respect artistry” and give his trophy to Bey.

“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t finna play with them no more,” said Kanye. “And Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should have given his award to Beyoncé.”

Beck spoke about the incident with Us Weekly. The man that released the classic 1994 song “Loser” was not upset about Ye almost stealing his moment. He even called Kanye a “genius” and admitted he also thought Beyoncé was going to win the Grammy that night.

“I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody,” Beck said. “How many great records has he put out in the last five years right?”

Meanwhile, paparazzi caught up with Kanye at the airport in New York City. When asked if his E! interview was meant to imply that Beck was not a real artist, West stated he was speaking about the Grammys, not Beck.

“I wasn’t saying Beck. I said the Grammys. Beck knows that Beyoncé should have won,” said Kanye. “Come on man, I love Beck, but he didn’t have album of the year.”

RWS RADIO… WORD ON THE STREETS.. Kanye West On Beck’s Win Over Beyonce: “The Grammys Need To Stop Playing With Us

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For a split second, it seemed the world was about to experience another “Kanye Moment” when legendary performer Prince revealed Beck had won the 2015 Grammy award for “Album Of The Year.” Most of the crowd – including Beck – was stunned the alternative rocker’s Morning Phase was honored for the biggest prize of the night, and Ye jumped on stage in protest of Beyoncé self-titled LP not winning.

Unlike his infamous Taylor Swift microphone snatching incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye did not say a word. He just walked toward to the mic, smirked at the cameras, and returned to his seat. The “Only One” performer held his tongue during the event, but he voiced his frustrations during E!’s after show.

“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t finna play with them no more,” said Kanye. “And Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should have given his award to Beyoncé.”

As West made his way to the satge, cameras captured the reaction of Bey’s husband and Kanye’sWatch The Throne collaborator Jay Z. The Roc Nation boss initially looked disturbed that his “little brother” was about to repeat his VMA rant, but Jay and most of the crowd ended up laughing off Kanye’s move.

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Even though Jay, Beyoncé, and many of the viewing audience saw the situation as simply a funny reference to Kanye’s Swift incident, Ye later expressed that he was very serious about making a statement on what he saw as disrespect by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. According to the Chicago native, his family and his business were what blocked him from speaking out during the Grammy broadcast.

“I got my wife, I got my daughter, and I got my clothing line. So I’m not finna do nothing to put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity,” West added. “That’s the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight, but y’all know what it meant when Ye walked out on that stage.”

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RWS RADIO… WORD ON THE STREETS.. Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Pharrell & Beyonce Among Winners At 2015 Grammys

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“Music’s Biggest Night” took place in Los Angeles on Sunday. Hip Hop legend LL Cool J was on hand to host the festivities as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded numerous golden gramophones to musicians across all genres.

British singer Sam Smith was the big winner of the night. The “Stay With Me” performer won 4 awards including “Record of the Year” and “Best New Artist.” Global icon Beyoncé had a good night as well. Mrs. Carter walked away with 3 Grammys. Those victories lifted her career total to 20, second most for a woman behind Alison Krauss (27).

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Iggy Azalea went into the night as the favorite to pick up the “Best Rap Album” trophy, but she lost the award to Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Slim Shady was also honored with “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” for his song “The Monster” featuring Rihanna.

Pharrell Williams 3 nabbed awards including “Best Urban Contemporary Album” (G I R L) and “Best Pop Solo Performance” (“Happy”). The evening’s biggest surprise came when Beck’sMorning Phase was announced as the winner for “Album Of The Year” over Beyoncé’s Beyoncéand Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour.

Kendrick Lamar was famously shut out at the 2014 Grammys when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis swept most of the Rap categories. The TDE emcee got love from the Academy this year. He scored two awards – “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song” for “i.”

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Jay Z To Take On Spotify & Beats Music By Purchasing Music Streaming Company Aspiro

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One of the big 2014 business stories involving the music industry was the fact that consumers are now leaning more towards streaming music as opposed to purchasing albums. It appears one Hip Hop mogul is looking to get in on the growing trend by buying his own streaming services.

Reuters reports Jay’s S. Carter Enterprises subsidiary Project Panther put in a $56 million bid for Aspiro. The Scandinavian company controls the streaming services WiMP and Tidal. Aspiro’s main shareholder, Schibsted, has accepted the offer.

This will put Jay in direct competition with other streaming giants like Spotify and Apple’s Beats Music. Project Panther refered to Aspiro as “an innovative high-quality company with strong future growth potential.”

Aspiro’s WiMP reportedly has 512,000 paying subscribers in Europe. Its more expensive HiFi version, Tidal, is said to have 20,000 subscribers. Tidal launched in the U.S. in October 2014 with a monthly subscription price of $19.99.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. LL Cool J Set To Host The 2015 Grammys

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LL Cool J will be handling the hosting duties once again for the 2015 Grammys. This will be LL’s fourth time hosting the annual ceremony.

“I’m thrilled to again be part of Music’s Biggest Night,” the NCIS: LA star said in a statement. “The performances and moments you see on the Grammy stage are nothing less than amazing throughout the years and this year’s show is shaping up to be one you will never forget.”

The self-proclaimed G.O.A.T of hip-hop first hosted the awards back in 2012.

Performers include Usher, Pharrell, Common and John Legend, Sam Smith and more. Tune into the awards at 8 p.m EST on CBS Feb. 8th.

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Could More Music From Kanye West & Paul McCartney Be On The Way?

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 Kanye West brought in the New Year by dropping the heartfelt song “Only One” featuring Rock legend Paul McCartney. The question remains: Did the Beatles member and the G.O.O.D. Music founder record more tracks together?

According to Rolling Stone, “Only One” emerged from an extended studio session with West and McCartney in Los Angeles. A representative for Kanye said the track was the first “publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists.”

In August, the New York Post reported the two music icons could be releasing a full album. The article also stated there was another Kanye/Paul song titled “Piss On My Grave.”  The Huffington Post confirmed the Chicago rapper did have a song called “Piss On Your Grave,” but Kanye’s camp would not address whether McCartney was on the record.

The British performer seems to be a big fan of Yeezy’s music. McCartney said on Twitter that a West album was one of the last he purchased. He has also stated he thought adding Kanye or Jay Z on his song “Appreciate.”

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