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Legendary Motown Songwriter Nick Ashford Dies

Today is a sad day for music.

Nick Ashford, one half of Motown songwriting duo Ashford and Simpson, died today in a New York City hospital at a young 70 years old.  He was recently diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent radiation treatments.  He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

With wife Valerie Simpson, they wrote a handful of  Motown’s classic hits, mainly for singing duo Marvin Gaye  and Tammi Terell (“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Your Precious Love,” “Ain’t Nothin Like the Real Thing,” “You’re All I Need to Get By”). They were inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame back in 2002.

Rest in peace.


Kid Cudi Leaves Record Label


I love how all of the celebs use Twitter to make important announcements.  Soon, they won’t need publicists.

Kid Cudi took to his newly revived Twitter account to announce that he’s left his record label and is starting his own.  Yes, he’s still affiliated with G.O.O.D Music.  Let him explain the situation:

“Pat and Emile are doing their own thing, i wish them well. I have a diff vision, for music, for the world. im just doing the right thing, i come from a different place. people lose sight of the mission. cant expect everyone to be built like me. when people have different visions, you gotta go your own way. Dream on is over, new label announcement soon. always f—-n with yeezy, for life. period. a true friend.  GOOD Music affiliate for life.

As far as my movement, i have to lead it. cant expect people to have the same morals as me … i am still with GOOD music, with that being said im just changin my side of things up a bit. so it will be ?/GOOD. Still distributed through Motown.  the jams will be the same, but more real and true to me. the new label will be formed with @DotDaGenius. i have a new name [for the label], i just wanna lock it in contractually first. this is a day to rejoice, this isnt bad news. things are gonna be so epic, im like a kid on xmas eve im so excited bout this new chapter.”

Sometimes you gotta take matters into your own hands.  Best of luck to Cudder.

Nelly Is Mad at His Record Label


Nelly is mad at his record label, Motown.  After debuting at a disappointing #10 on the Billboard charts with his new album, Nelly 5.0, the rapper is placing the blame on his record label….via Twitter of course:

“A record deal is a 50/50 partnership! As (an) artist it’s your job to provide the record company with music that they (record company) can sell! Thing about the partnership is that (in) the public eye the responsibility is not 50/50! The artist is always the 1 who catches 90 per cent of the blame. When (an) artist doesn’t deliver sufficient material they gets its budget cut for (their) next album or worse dropped from the label!… Who should be held responsible wen (sic) (an) artist has a history for selling records so it’s not like a new artist (and) no1 (sic) knows his (or) her name?…

The fact is that some1 (sic) needs to hold up there (sic) end of the partnership!… If u (sic) only ship 200thound (200,000 copies) of an album how many are u f**king tryen (sic) to sell?? The artist does (not) control that nor does he or she control marketing.”
Damn…I guess once you fall off, people aren’t as willing to pick you back up.