Monday, 18 May 2015

BB King die at home in Las Vegas

BB King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89.

His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 pm, PDT. He said funeral arrangements were under way.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg confirmed the death.

He is known for songs including The Thrill Is Gone and There Must Be a Better World Somewhere.

Bills At Number One by LunchMoney Lewis

AMERICAN hip hop artiste LunchMoney Lewis, son of Inner Circle bassist Ian Lewis, is number one on the UK pop chart this week.

His single Bills replaced Jamaican singer OMI's Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix) which spent two weeks at number one.

Bills also hit in the United States where LunchMoney Lewis has featured on top-rated programmes, such as The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show.

Lewis, who is in his mid-20s, was born in Miami, Florida. Two years ago, he began working with hot producer Dr Luke, but first gained recognition in the United States after appearing on the Nicki Minaj album The Pinkprint. He was featured on the song Trini Dem Girls.

He also co-wrote British pop singer Jessie J's song Burnin' Up and American group Fifth Harmony's single Bo$$.

Bills, released by Kemosabe/Columbia Records, peaked at 79 on the Billboard Hot 100. It spent two weeks at number one on the ARIA Charts in Australia, where it has been certified platinum for sales of 70,000 copies.

The song went to number six in neighbouring New Zealand and has been certified gold in that country for sales of 7,500 copies.

Bills also made number one in The Netherlands and number two in Belgium. It has also charted in Canada (number 71), Germany (number 66), Ireland (number 12), Slovakia (number 63) and Spain (number 37).

Lewis released an EP titled Bills on April 24. It contains his new single Real Thing.

He is working with No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani on her upcoming solo album.

This latest news was provided by Jamaica Observer

Dancehall Artiste Toya Die

Although Toya had been suffering from diabetes for some time, her spouse, Josef Bogdanovich, said her death came at a time when they were planning to get married.

In a solemn interview with THE Jamaica Star, the CEO of Downsound Records explained that despite his fiancée's ailment, they were still planning on getting married.

"We have been together for 13 years, from she was 19. We were engaged to get married and we were talking about it a couple weeks ago and that she was going to get well; we had the donors, and then she died," he said.

"We loved each other a lot. We had good times together and we were very close. Toya was exceptional as an artiste and as a fashionista. I miss her a lot. She is the only one I trust in Jamaica. She was a real beauty inside and out. She was great."

However, Toya's life was cut short on May 7 after suffering from diabetes for a few years. She got dialysis treatment at the Diabetic Association of Jamaica in St Andrew and she got additional treatment at the University Hospital of the West Indies. She also received treatment in Los Angeles, Miami and Brooklyn.

But Bogdanovich said he was amazed by the level of positivity Toya displayed throughout her illness.

"It was hard for her because the diabetes took her eyes, her kidney and then it took her heart, and then she died," he said.

"I don't know how she did it to keep positive that she would get well. She was blind for eight months and she still kept the faith and remained positive. I enjoyed her company. She was funny, witty, but above all, very uplifting. She gave freely."

Bogdanovich added that their six-year-old son has been coping well with the situation.

"He is doing exceptionally well. He is a great boy, and he has a lot of traits of his mother," he told THE STAR.

And although Toya was positive, Bogdanovich said dialysis treatment in Jamaica was very difficult.

"I've been to several dialysis centres with Toya and I have seenoften that all the bedsare full. These patients have a community and they come there several days a week every week, if they can afford it, and they develop a bond of hope, pulling for one another, and then asit happens, one dies. Then another one. This diabetes epidemic is trulyfrightening," he said, adding that doctors and nurses are ill-equipped to administer dialysis treatment properly.

Toya's funeral service will be held on May 24 and Her body is expected to be flown to Jamaica from the United States on May 21.