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…

Kanye West: “Vh1 Storytellers”

Today, January 5, 2010, Kanye West released his second live album, “VH1 Storytellers.” This performance was taped while West was still working on the recording of his fourth studio album “808’s & Heartbreak.” “VH1 Storytellers” shows West as a timeless entertainer, and perfectionist. The set is complete with nine songs from his riveting repertoire: ‘See…

HomageCollage: Ciara, “Jackie”

🔊💜Today, May 1, 2015, Ciara released her sixth studio album “Jackie.” This album peaked at no. 17 on the US Billboard 200, while it’s lead single ‘I Bet’ peaked at no. 43 on the Hot 100. Harmony Samuels and Chris “TEK” O’Ryan produced ‘I Bet,’ and it’s been remixed by a few artists, including T.I.,…

Music Birthday: George Burns

🔊🙏🏾Today, March 9, 1996, George Burns passed away in Beverly Hills, California. In 1973, Burns covered ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ by The Beatles. The song is a composition by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, a production by George Martin, included on their eighth studio album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” ‘With…

HomageCollage: Heather Headley, “In My Mind”

🔊💜Today, January 31, 2006, Heather Headley released her sophomore studio album, “In My Mind.” This album peaked at no. 5 on the US Billboard 200, and spawned the titular single. ‘In My Mind’ was written by Drew and Shannon, and it peaked at no. 75 on the Hot 100. The song has since been homaged…

HomageCollage: Fifth Harmony, “Reflection”

🔊💜Today, January 30, 2015, Fifth Harmony released their debut studio album, “Reflection.” This album peaked at no. 5 on the US Billboard 200, and spawned three singles. Each of the singles saw the Hot 100: ‘Bo$$’ (no. 43), ‘Sledgehammer’ (no. 40), and ‘Worth It’ ft. Kid Ink (no. 12). StarGate and Ori Kaplan produced ‘Worth…

Music Birthday: Kid Cudi

🔊🎉Today, January 30, 1984, Kid Cudi was born Scott Ramon Serguro Mescudi, in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2016, Cudi collaborated with Kanye West for “The Life of Pablo,” on the song ‘Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.’ The song samples ‘Father Stretch My Hands’ by Pastor T.L. Barrett, and ‘Jumpman’ by Future & Drake. ‘Father Stretch…

Music Birthday: Jody Watley

🔊🎉Today, January 30, 1959, Jody Vanessa Watley was born in Chicago, Illinois. Watley’s 1998 song ‘Lovin’ You So’ sampled ‘Pack’d My Bags,’ by Rufus & Chaka Khan. The song comes from Watley’s sixth studio album, “Flower.” Another hit from this album was ‘Off the Hook.’ The song reached no. 73 on the US Hot 100,…