Rest in Paradise: Maurice White

Today, February 4, 2016, Maurice White passed away in Los Angeles, California. At the 18th Annual Grammy Awards, White won Best R&B Vocal Performance, By A Duo, Group or Chorus for his production on ‘Shining Star’ by Earth, Wind & Fire. The song comes from the funk band’s sixth studio album, “That’s the Way of…

Music Birthday: Shakira

Today, February 2, 1977, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born in Barranquilla, Columbia. 19 years after its fall 2001 release, Shakira’s hit single ‘Whenever, Wherever’ is still a popular jam. The single’s appearance atop the American iTunes Songs Chart on February 3, 2020, served as a sweet belated birthday gift to the ‘Hips Don’t Lie’…

Music Birthday: Harry Styles

Today, February 1, 1994, Harry Edward Styles was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England. The One Direction training wheels were completely removed with the 2019 release of “Fine Line,” his second solo studio album. This album reached no. 1 on the American iTunes Chart, 10 points higher than his eponymous debut two years prior. Too, it…

Music Birthday: Shellback

Today, February 1, 1985, Shellback was born Karl Johan Schuster in Karlshamn, Sweden. Alongside Justin Timberlake and Max Martin, Shellback produced ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ performed by Justin Timberlake. The song comes from the original soundtrack to animated musical comedy, Trolls. Shellback’s work on ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ earned him a Grammy Award for Best…

Music Birthday: Big Boi

Today, February 1, 1975, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton was born in Savanna, Georgia. At the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, as part of iconic rap duo Outkast, won three awards: Best Rap Album and Album of the Year (“Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”), and Best Urban/Alternative Performance (‘Hey Ya!’).  It was on September 23, 2003 when Outkast released…

Music Birthday: Rick James

Today, February 1, 1948, Rick James was born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. in Buffalo, New York City, New York. James was featured on a 2020 single from Anthony Hamilton called ‘Back Together.’  The song, produced by 9th Wonder, pays homage to the 80s classic, ‘Fire and Desire’ by Rick James and Teena Marie.  Hamilton is…

Migos: “Culture”

Today, January 27, 2017, Migos released their second studio album, “Culture.” This Grammy-nominated album includes the hit singles ‘Bad and Boujee’ ft. Lil Uzi Vert, ‘Slippery’ ft. Gucci Mane, and ‘T-Shirt.’  On the American iTunes Chart, “Culture” reached no. 5, becoming their second top 10 album on the chart since 2015’s “Yung Rich Nation.” “Culture”…

Lady A: “Need You Now”

Today, January 26, 2010, Lady A released their sophomore studio album “Need You Now.” This album peaked at no. 1 on the American iTunes Albums chart, their first album to reach no. 1 on the chart.  Production on “Need You Know” was handled by Paul Worley, and Lady A themselves. The album was so well…