The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer passed away today, after losing her battle with breast cancer at 63 years old. She was without a doubt, the biggest star of the Disco era. Some of her hits include “Last Dance”, “Bad Girls”, “Hot Stuff”, “She Works Hard For The Money” and many more and she is the first artist to have 3 consecutive double albums go to #1 on the U.S. Billboard chart. She is a music legend and her legacy will live on for a long time to come. Disco is what helped to shape modern Pop music and without Disco and her as the most influential artist of the genre, music would have been very different over the course of the past 40 years or so and on. I grew up listening to her songs with my Mother, who was a big Disco and Donna Summer fan growing up. R.I.P. Donna Summer.
Legendary R&B singer, Etta James passed away earlier today from complications related to Leukemia. She would have been 74, next Wednesday (January 25th). She is widely know as one of the best singers of the 20th century and has inspired scores of R&B singers. She is best know for her biggest hit “At Last”, but has given so much more to the music world. Etta James had many struggles, from poverty to drug addiction, throughout her life, but has left a legacy of classic records and an indelible style that will live on for years and years to come. It’s very eerie that after decades of not being on the music charts, she is currently featured on Flo Rida’s new song, “Good Feeling” which is currently at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s weird how things happen sometimes, but very fitting that she passed away on top. Below is a live performance of her singing “At Last” and the music video for “Good Feeling”. R.I.P. Etta James.
I posted Jay-Z’s new song, “Glory”, a couple days ago. It was written for and featuring the coos of his and Beyonce’s less than 1 week old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter A.K.A. B.I.C.. Yesterday it charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 74, making Blue Ivy the youngest person ever to appear on the charts, at 5 days old!!! Congrats Blue!!! She’s already making history. I wish her continued success on the charts, but maybe next time on her own terms and with her actually singing/rapping. Below is the song again if you missed it before.