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Fans mourn death of legendary Indian singer SP Balasubrahmanyam
Singer SPB performing in Singapore
Singer SPB performing in Singapore Credit: Sundar / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Famous Indian singer SP Balasubrahmanyam died on Friday after being in intensive care following a Coronavirus infection. He was 74.

Balasubrahmanyam recorded over 40,000 songs in his 50-year-long career, for which he held a Guinness world record. He later become the singing voice for Bollywood superstars.

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Jack Sherman, former guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, dies aged 64
Jack Sherman, former guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, dies aged 64
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Jack Sherman has died on August 20 at the age of 64. His cause of death has not been disclosed as of yet.

"We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed. Jack played on our debut album as well as our first tour of the USA. He was a unique dude and we thank him for all times good, bad and in between. Peace on the boogie platform," the band said in a post to Instagram.

Sherman was the guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1983 to 1984 and co-wrote much of the band's second album "Freaky Styley".

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Neil Young is suing Donald Trump over use of his music at campaign rallies
Neil Young in 2011
Neil Young in 2011 Credit: Ross from hamilton on, Canada / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Neil Young has filed a claim in US federal court in the Southern District of New York against Donald Trump for copyright infringement over the use of his music at Trump's campaign rallies, which the artist refers to as a "campaign of ignorance and hate". The lawsuit further names two songs specifically: "Rockin' In The Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" that both have been used "numerous times at rallies and political events for the entertainment and amusement of those attending those rallies and political events."

"This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing. However, [Young] in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate," so the complaint.

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Peter Green, blues guitarist and Fleetwood Mac co-founder, dies at age 73
Peter Green with Fleetwood Mac in 1970
Peter Green with Fleetwood Mac in 1970 Credit: W.W.Thaler - H. Weber, Hildesheim / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Peter Green has died "peacefully in his sleep" at age 73. Green, who was an English blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, co-founded Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967. He left the band four years later, though Mick Fleetwood told the Associated Press in 2017, that Green deserved the "lion’s share of the credit for the band’s success."

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Nigeria: Musician Mr Eazi raises $20 million for African music creatives
Mr Eazi
Mr Eazi Credit: YouTube (Reproduction)

Nigerian singer and entrepreneur Mr Eazi raised $20 million with his Africa Music Fund. The musician wants to offer funding and financial support for African music creatives. One of his main investors is Pan-African seed fund 88mph.

Mr Eazi said: "Artists cannot go to banks to get money for their music because financial institutions don't understand how to secure intellectual property. They get it for physical properties but not for music. So, because not a lot of people understand the music business, there is no finance product for musicians."

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Neil Young publishes open letter to Donald Trump
Neil Young performing with Paul McCartney on October 8, 2016
Neil Young performing with Paul McCartney on October 8, 2016 Credit: Raph_PH / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Neil Young, who previously voiced his aversion over the president's usage of his music, has published an open letter to Donald Trump on the official Neil Young Archives website.

Young writes: "Dear Mr. President: Although I have repeatedly asked you to please not use my music because it indicates that I support your agenda, you have always played my songs anyway at your gatherings, with no regard for my rights, even calling me names on twitter. I did notice that you played my music at your latest rally in Dakota despite my previous requests."

Young, who has condemned Trump and his actions on multiple occasions, further states that he wouldn't sue Trump as he was in charge of the Covid-19 response and wouldn't want to distract him from "protecting and saving American lives". He ends the letter with the suggestion that Trump might listen to his song "Looking For a Leader 2020," as Young believes "it would be an interesting addition to your next rally."

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Italian composer Ennio Morricone dies aged 91
Ennio Morricone at the Festhalle Frankfurt in 2015
Ennio Morricone at the Festhalle Frankfurt in 2015 Credit: Sven-Sebastian Sajak / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Ennio Morricone has died at age 91. The Italian composer composed over 400 scores for television and cinema, including a score for the 1966 movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly which is considered one of the most influential soundtracks in movie history. Morricone was nominated for 6 Academy Awards and received an Oscar for his score to Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. His work influenced many artists, including Hans Zimmer, Dire Straits and Metallica.

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Neil Young tweets "This is NOT ok with me" regarding Trump using his songs
Neil Young tweets "This is NOT ok with me" regarding Trump using his songs
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A tweet by @NeilYoungNYA retweeted a video of footage of Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore, adding "This is NOT ok with me." He later added a second Tweet, stating "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me." Trump played three Neil Young songs during his speech at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

"Donald Trump was not authorised to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement," so an official statement from Neil Young's management.

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Bob Dylan becomes the first artist ever to have Top 40 Album in every decade since the 60s
Bob Dylan at the "In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement" concert in the White House, Feb 2010
Bob Dylan at the "In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement" concert in the White House, Feb 2010 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Bob Dylan's newest album "Rough and Rowdy Ways" debuted at Number 2 in the Billboard 200 charts. With his latest album hitting the Top 10 of the charts, Dylan becomes the first artist ever to have an album in the Top 40 Billboard 200 charts in every decade since the 1960s.

Politics • American • US
Tom Petty family issues cease and desist notice against the Trump campaign
Tom Petty
Tom Petty Credit: Takahiro Kyono (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Tom Petty's family issued a cease and desist notice against the Trump campaign for using the song "I Won't Back Down" the president's Tulsa rally on Saturday.

In a tweet, the Petty family stated: "Trump was in no way authorised to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,"

The Trump campaign received other cease and desist notices from musicians, including R.E.M., Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Neil Young.

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Mikel Jollett releases memoire 'Hollywood Park'
Mikel Jollett performing with The Airborne Toxic Event
Mikel Jollett performing with The Airborne Toxic Event Credit: Brennan Schnell / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Mikel Jollett, lead singer of The Airborne Toxic Event, has released his first book, a memoir 'Hollywood Park'. In it, he chronicles his life, from growing up in the cult Synanon and his subsequent escape to his struggles with relationships in his later years. The memoir is accompanied by an album with the same title.

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Queen guitarist Brian May suffered heart attack
Brian May at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland
Brian May at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls / Public domain

Brian May, 72-year old lead guitarist of Queen, said in an Instagram post that he recently suffered a heart attack after he had ripped his buttock muscles. The attack caused him 40 minutes of chest pain and, after being driven to the hospital, his doctors found three blocked arteries, which May described as being "very near death". Instead of heart surgery, May decided to have three stents inserted into his blocked arteries.

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Soul and R&B singer Betty Wright dies age 66

Betty Wright, legendary Soul and R&B singer, dies of cancer at age 66. She died at her home in Miami, according to Billboard. Wright is known for hits such as "Tonight Is The Night" and "Clean Up Woman".