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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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Kanye – A Good Ass Job?

Congratulations to Erykah Badu on her win at the MTV Video Music Awards in LA yesterday – she scooped Best Direction for the ‘Honey‘ video.

There were also wins for Gnarls Barkley (‘Run‘ – Best Cinematography & Best Choreography) and Kanye West (‘Good Life‘ – Best Special Effects). Click to view full winner’s list.

The ceremony will be broadcast in the UK tonight by MTV at 9pm BST.

Check out KanYe‘s performance of ‘Love Lockdown‘, reportedly the new single from his forthcoming album A Good Ass Job:

Job well done?

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No Vibe for white artists?

Robin Thicke recently criticised Vibe magazine for not putting him on their cover due to the colour of his skin.

“When I did a recent interview with Vibe Magazine I asked, ‘Why can’t I get the cover? This is a magazine I love. If there’s one magazine that I’d want to be on the cover of, it’s Vibe,” Thicke told Billboard. “Their response was they don’t have white artists on the cover; that the only white artist they’ve had on the cover was Eminem.”

Speaking to SoulCulture.co.uk in 2007, Robin said “[Being white] always is affecting my career. I mean the world is racist and the world is stereotyped, and you know everybody has a tendency to go with what they see rather than what they feel and I’ll forever be seen as the ‘soulful white guy’ and I don’t mind that, just as Ray Charles will forever be seen as the soulful black blind guy. We all have our labels depending on who we are visually, but when I listen to Ray Charles’ CD I don’t see anything except what I feel from his music, and that’s what I’d like people to do – is open their hearts, and just be touched by the music. But you gotta make great music for that to happen, for you to be able to break down visual barriers.”

Danyel SmithVibe‘s Editor-In-Chief, released a statement regarding Robin Thicke and his comments on the magazine:

“We have a great deal of respect for Robin Thicke and his music, and we remain flattered by his desire to be on a Vibe cover,” Smith explained in her statement. “A Vibe cover is a huge milestone in any artist’s career — recent cover stars include Young Jeezy, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Usher, Senator Barack Obama, Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Robert De Niro, to say nothing of our 15-year history. We wish Thicke the best, and we’re glad he discusses his thoughts on race and R&B in the new October 2008 issue of Vibe.”

Robin Thicke‘s interview will appear in Vibe‘s October issue with Ciara on the cover.

Source: HipHopDX

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