Frankie Knuckles, a pioneer of house music who also mixed records for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 59, news reports said early Tuesday. The death of a man dubbed the "godfather" of Chicago house music was confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, the Chicago Tribune reported. Dunson said Knuckles died unexpectedly at home. The cause of death for Knuckles, who over the weekend deejayed at the Ministry of Sounds' club in London, was not immediately known.
Frankie Knuckles, a pioneer of house music who mixed records for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 59, news reports said early Tuesday. His death was confirmed by his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, the Chicago Tribune reported. Besides developing the sound and culture of house music, Knuckles mixed records for performers like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode, the Tribune said.
The microblogging and social media platform might still be in the process of shutting down its initial music streaming app #Music, but that doesn't mean it's walking away from the market or from music lovers. According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter's second attempt to break into the music business could be unveiled as soon as Friday. Pretty much every mainstream musician in the world has a Twitter presence, and, according to the report, Twitter is planning to build on this access with video clips, access to music sharing services and, potentially, some sort of tie-in with Beats Music. As well as the recently launched Beats Music service, YouTube and Apple are both hotly tipped to be launching their own rival services in 2014.
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Award-winning Irish author Roddy Doyle brings a few of his earliest characters back in his latest book, "The Guts", an achingly funny novel about some of life's more serious issues. Doyle is on his familiar Dublin turf in the book about Jimmy Rabbitte, the former manager of an Irish soul band who appeared in his first book "The Commitments" in 1987. "The Commitments" has also been adapted for the stage and opened in London in October. The former secondary school teacher who won the Booker Prize in 1993 for "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha," spoke to Reuters about writing novels, middle age and returning to old friends.
CHICAGO (AP) — Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year's three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane's Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Wednesday.
By Alicia Powell NEW YORK (Reuters) - On her 72nd birthday on Tuesday, soul singer Aretha Franklin is hoping her next year brings a new album for herself and record deals for the musical members of her family. Franklin, known as the "Queen of Soul" for her powerful voice and range, celebrated the milestone at a star-studded birthday party in New York over the weekend, attended by Denzel Washington and record label executive Clive Davis. The singer forged her career as a towering figure of popular music during the 1960s and 1970s, with a long string of hits including the empowered anthem "Respect" and funk-infused "Chain of Fools." Franklin talked to Reuters about her love for New York City, whether she'll take the Broadway stage and what she gave to U.S. President Barack Obama around the time when she sang at his first inauguration. But he's also in 'After Midnight' with Toni Braxton so we're just waiting for him to finish so he can finish my tracks.