Rest in Paradise: Vic Damone

Today, February 11, 2018, Vic Damone passed away in Miami Beach, Florida. Spotify indicated Damone is still poppin’ today, with more than three million streams on ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ alone. ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ was included in Damone’s 1956 album, “That Towering Feeling.” Another hit from that album is ‘You Stepped Out of a…

Music Birthday: Anderson .Paak

Today, February 8, 1986, Anderson .Paak was born Brandon Paak Anderson in Oxnard, California. Now a three time Grammy winner, .Paak earned his first Grammy at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, for his single called ‘Bubblin’.’  The song is a production by Jahlil Beats and Antwon Wonder, and it was released on May 17, 2018….

Rest in Paradise: Big Pun

Today, February 7, 2000, Christopher “Big Punisher” Rios passed away in NYC, New York. Big Pun proves eternal with the constant sampling of his music making many of today’s songs. For example, Eminem sampled Big Pun’s ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ in his chart-topping single, ‘Rap God.’ ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ comes from Big Pun’s solo debut studio…

Music Birthday: Tinashe

Today, February 6, 1993, Tinashe Jorgensen Kachingwe was born in Lexington, Kentucky. Tinashe did a song with British EMD duo Snakehips, and Chance the Rapper called ‘All My Friends.’ The song comes from Snakehips’ 2016 extended play of the same name. ‘All My Friends’ was released in October 2015, and peaked at no. 3 on…

Music Birthday: Natalie Cole

Today, February 6, 1950, Natalie Marie Cole was born in Los Angeles, California. On February 12, 2016, Cole’s “Unforgettable… with Love” album peaked at no. 25 on the American iTunes Chart.  Originally released in 1991, “Unforgettable… with Love” earned Natalie Cole a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards….

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: 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…