One Direction: “Made in the A.M.”

Today, November 13, 2015, One Direction released their fifth studio album, “Made in the A.M.” This album peaked at no. 1 on the UK Official Albums chart, becoming the band’s fourth album to top that particular chart.  “Made in the A.M.” has the hit single, ‘Drag Me Down’ – a production by Julian Bunetta and…

Music Birthday: BeBe Winans

Today, September 17, 1962, Benjamin “BeBe” Winans was born in Detroit, Michigan. His third solo studio album, “Love and Freedom,” was released by Motown Records in 2000, and it peaked at no. 30 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album includes the hit single Brian McKnight and Joe collaboration, ‘Coming Back Home.’ It also has…

Music Birthday: Jonathan McReynolds

Today, September 17, 1989, Jonathan Caleb McReynolds was born in Chicago, Illinois. McReynolds is a masterful urban contemporary gospel artist, incorporating Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Soul in his music. On April 24 of this year, McReynolds released a short, but impactful project called “People.”  This album has only one feature, as compared to his…

Rest in Paradise: Norman Whitfield

Today, September 16, 2008, Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Norman Jesse Whitfield passed away in Los Angeles, California. Whitfield co-wrote and produced several Motown hits, including ‘You’re My Everything,’ by The Temptations.  Yesterday, September 15/67, the song peaked at no. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100. ‘You’re My Everything’ was released as a single…

Rest in Paradise: 2 Pac

Today, September 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur passed away from gunshot wounds in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dying a true icon of conscious hip-hop, Tupac further paved the way for artists like J. Cole, Logic, and Kendrick Lamar to be so well-received in today’s music.  Tupac spoke truth, and demanded respect through real-life lyrics and bomb beats….

Music Birthday: KYGO

Today, September 11, 1991, Kygo was born Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll in Singapore. Kygo has a song with Ellie Goulding called ‘First Time,’ and it reached no. 6 on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart. The song was co-produced with Kygo by Hitimpulse – producer of Cher Lloyd’s ‘Lost,’ and remixer of Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have…

Music Birthday: Ludacris

Today, September 11, 1977, Ludacris was born Christopher Brian Bridges in Champaign, Illinois. Two of Luda’s songs peaked on the US Billboard Rap Airplay Chart in the month of September: ‘Move B*tch’ ft. Mystikal and Infamous 2.0 (no. 3), and the Shawnna collaboration ‘Shake dat Sh*t’ (no. 16). Timbaland produced the latter single, and it’s…