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Motown songwriter Whitfield dies

Norman Whitfield, a Motown songwriter and producer of hits including Marvin Gaye‘s “Heard It Through The Grapevine“, has died this week.

Working at Motown in the ’60s and ’70s, Whitfield often co-wrote with Barrett Strong and the pair enjoyed recognition in the form of a Grammy in 1972 for “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” (The Temptations), and Whitfield collected another Grammy in 1976 for the theme tune to Car Wash (Rose Royce). The songwriting pair were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002.

Whitfield was the chief producer for The Temptations for almost a decade, his work going into all their chat hits. He also produced Edwin Starr‘s number one hit “War“, many songs for Gladys Knight and The Pips, and he was hailed by Smokey Robinson as “one of the most prolific songwriters and record producers of our time”.

[Source: BBC News]

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MOBO Nominations 2008

The 13th annual MOBO Awards will take place at Wembley Arena in London on Wednesday 15th October. Spice Girl Mel B will co-host the awards alongside Rev Run, founding member of iconic hip hop outfit Run DMC.

And the nominees are…

Best UK Female Best UK Male

Adele Dizzee Rascal

Duffy Jay Sean

Estelle Sway

Leona Lewis Taio Cruz

M.I.A. Wiley

Best UK Newcomer Best International Act

Bryn Christopher Akon

Chipmunk Alicia Keys

DJ Ironik Chris Brown

Skepta Jay Z

T2 Kanye West

Mariah Carey

Mary J Blige




Best Reggae Best Jazz

Beenie Man Courtney Pine

Busy Signal GuyBarker

Etana Lizz Wright

Mavado Tony Kofi

Tarrus Riley Yolanda Brown

Best Gospel Best African Act

Ekklesia 9ice

GreenJade Asa

Jahaziel D’Banj Mo Hits Allstars

Kirk Franklin Faze

Tye Tribbett Hip Hop Pantsula


Jua Cali

Magic System



Best Song Best R&B / Soul

‘American Boy’ – Estelle Chris Brown

‘Dance Wiv Me’ – Dizzee Rascal Estelle

‘Lollipop’ – Lil ‘ Wayne Jay Sean

‘Low’ – Flo Rida Ne-Yo

‘Wearing My Rolex’ – Wiley Usher

Best Hip Hop

Dizzee Rascal


Lil’ Wayne

Lupe Fiasco


Best Video in association with MTV Base

‘Kidulthood to Adulthood’ – Bashy

“American Boy’ – Estelle

‘Bleeding Love’ – Leona Lewis

Stryderman’ – Tinchy Stryder

‘Heartbreaker – Will.i.am

Best Album

‘As I Am’ – Alicia Keys

‘Shine’ – Estelle

‘Spirit’ – Leona Lewis

‘The Carter III’ – Lil’ Wayne

‘Here I Stand’ – Usher

Best Radio DJ in association with Sony Ericsson

DJ 279

Ace and Invisible



Robbo Ranx


Shortee Blitz

Steve Sutherland

Tim Westwood

Trevor Nelson

The UK public can vote for their favourite nominees on the MOBO website to decide the ultimate winners: www.mobo.com

www.wembleyarena.co.uk www.seetickets.com

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Ciara nude on the cover of VIBE

The nude Ciara cover VIBE promised. For the full spread [wink] of photos, 2dopeboyz got you all in check.

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A Decade of Miseducation

An 11-page article in Rolling Stone magazine well worth checking out, 10 years on from the release of Lauryn Hill‘s debut solo album

– Read Inside “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

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