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.

‘Heartfelt vocals’

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.. Prince Is Recording A Tribute Song For Baltimore

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Prince has recorded a song to address the uprising in Baltimore that began after Freddie Gray was killed by six Baltimore officers.

A spokesperson told Billboard that the track is a “tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore” and that it Prince will also speak his mind about the wave of police killings of black men across the nation.

There is no word on when the song will be released, but the cover art was unveiled. Take a look below.

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RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. D’ Angelo Announces The Second Coming Tour

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After dropping his comeback album, Black Messiah, with short notice but to rave reviews, D’ Angelo is heading out on the road. With The Vanguard behind him, D hitting the stage in the states but also overseas for The Second Coming Tour. The road trip kicks off on June 7th in Oakland and will then come to cities like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, PA, Queens, NY, Norfolk, VA and wraps up state side on June 28th in Sayreville, NJ. In July, he will be passing through Poland, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Jun 07 — Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Jun 08 — Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
Jun 10 — Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
Jun 11 — Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Jun 13 — Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Jun 14 — Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Jun 16 — Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
Jun 17 — Houston, TX @ The Warehouse
Jun 20 — Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
Jun 21 — Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
Jun 23 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Keswick
Jun 25 — Washington, DC @ The Fillmore
Jun 27 — Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Jun 28 — Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

International Dates:

Jul 03 — Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
Jul 06 — Rome, Italy @ Parco della Music
Jul 07 — Milan, Italy @ Estathe Market Sound
Jul 08 — Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
Jul 10 — Rotterdam, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Festival
Jul 12 — Liege, Belgium @ Les Ardentes
Jul 13 — London, United Kingdom @ Roundhouse
Jul 15 — Grimstad, Norway @ Skral Festival
Jul 16 — Oslo, Norway @ Fjord Festival
Jul 17 — Molde, Norway @ Molde International Jazz Festival

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Questlove Visits Cuba For Goodwill Performance

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Drummer/producer Questlove visited the island of Cuba this past week. The Roots member DJed in Havana on April 16 and 17th with the purpose of fostering more cultural exchanges with Cuba’s civil society.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to DJ in Havana” says Questlove. “I’ve been to Cuba before with The Roots and its monumental and humbling to be considered an Ambassador of Hip-Hop to this great nation.”

Questlove performed at the La Fabrica de Arte Cubano in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood. The venue’s founder, X Alfonso, is one of Cuba’s most respected artists.

“What makes Cuba so beautiful is the open mind to all forms of music that permeates from all of its people. It’s a rarity for me to be able to construct a genre-spanning DJ set of 585 songs and have the crowd embrace every single song,” added Quest. “The energy of the crowd reflected the cultural infusion and overall appreciation of music that one should expect when performing in Cuba. I honestly can’t wait to return.”

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.. CEO Of Jay Z’s Tidal Company Has Been Replaced

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Even with the huge roll-out and focus on hi-fi sound, Jay Z’s new Tidal streaming service has taken some hits. Almost immediately after its launch, music listeners complained that the $20 cost for the premium service was too expensive and some artists even denounced the brand altogether.

There are now reports Tidal’s staff is facing major upheaval as well. Andy Chen has been replaced as CEO and other positions are being reduced. Peter Tonstad, former chief executive of Tidal’s parent company Aspiro, has returned as the interim head of Tidal.

Business Insider published a statement from Tidal about Chen’s departure:

TIDAL’s new [interim] CEO is Peter Tonstad – a former CEO of parent company Aspiro Group. He has a better understanding of the industry and a clear vision for how the company is looking to change the status quo. He’s streamlining resources to ensure talent is maximized to enhance the customer experience. We’ve eliminated a handful of positions and refocused our company-wide talent to address departments that need support and cut redundancies. TIDAL’s offices globally will remain and grow: we are already hiring for several new positions now. We’re excited about our future and what’s in-store for fans who want the best listening experience.

Peter Tonstad also gave a statement to the Swedish news site Breakit:

I believe in TIDAL and what the team is doing to affect the change the music industry needs. We’re streamlining the company and refocusing our resources to ensure the platform continues to grow, and listeners can make a connection to their favorite artists. No one else is doing this.

While stars like Beyoncé, Madonna, Kanye West, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, and J. Cole have signed on as part owners of Tidal, there are also musicians that are not supportive of the “artist-owned” platform. Rock band Mumford & Sons criticized the streaming payout for independent acts.

“I think smaller bands should get paid more for it, too. Bigger bands have other ways of making money, so I don’t think you can complain,” said frontman Marcus Mumford in an interview withThe Daily Beast . “A band of our size shouldn’t be complaining. And when they say it’s artist-owned, it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists.”

British singer-songwriter Lily Allen also blasted Tidal’s potential unfair treatment of rising artists. In a series of tweets, she wrote, “People are going to swarm back to pirate sites in droves, sending traffic to torrent sites. Up-and-coming (not yet millionaires) artists are going to suffer as a result… my concern is that Tidal may set emerging artists back.”

RWS RADIO.. WORD ON THE STREETS.. Garbage’s Shirley Manson To Kanye West: “You’re Making Yourself Look Like A Complete Twat”

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Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson felt some type of way about Kanye West’s comments on Beck winning “Album Of The Year” over Beyoncé. During a post Grammy Awards interview, West stated the 44-year-old rocker needed to “respect artistry.” Manson took issue with the statements, and she penned an open letter to Kanye.

Dear Kanye West

It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.
You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.
You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.
Grow up and stop throwing your toys around.
You are making yourself look like a complete twat.

Ps.I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.

Kanye later spoke about his Beck comments. The producer/rapper clarified that he did not mean to suggest the Morning Phase album creator was not an artist. Ye claimed his commentary was directed more toward the Grammys, but the “Only One” performer did not reverse his opinion that Beyoncé was more deserving of the award.

“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.”

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