Poet and jazz legend Gil Scott-Heron is set to return to the charts from beyond the grave with his first posthumous album.
Plans for the release of Nothing New were announced on Tuesday (01Apr14), on what would have been the icon's 65th birthday.
The project will include stripped-down versions of some of his greatest tracks, including Did You Hear What They Said, Pieces Of A Man, Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams) and The Other Side, which Scott-Heron recorded during studio sessions for his last album, I'm New Here, in 2008.
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One of Gil Scott-Heron's daughters has filed legal papers in a New York court to have her half-brother removed as the administrator of the jazz great's estate amid allegations they are not actually related.
Raquiyah Kelly-Heron is convinced Rumal Rackley "defrauded" the iconic musician in his later years into believing that the 36 year old was his biological son, even though a Dna test taken in 2011 reportedly proves they do not share a common lineage.
She recently asked a judge at Manhattan Surrogate's Court to remove Rackley from Scott-Heron's estate based on the test results.
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Jay Z playing to less than 3,000 people wouldn't have been a bother to one of the most successful rap artists in history. Izzo has consistently raised the bar for himself in terms of popularity and commercial success, appearing to larger and larger crowds as a result - it took the Usa's largest stadiums to house both he and Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' live show. Yet when the 3,000 people are guests in New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall, some of whom have paid up to $2,500 a ticket, you might begin to realise why Hova might have felt the heat for this one.
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Jay Z became only the second hip-hop star in history to perform a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall on Monday evening (January 6, 2012). Wyclef Jean graced the stage in 2001, with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston, and Jay Z brought along a similarly star-studded list of friends for the historic evening.
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Drake's hugely anticipated album 'Take Care' has leaked online a week ahead of its official release date. However, instead of attacking those responsible, the superstar rapper has told fans to enjoy the record, but pay for it if they like it.
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Drake has responded to the premature leak of songs from his hugely anticipated album 'Take Care', nine days before its official release. Two Blaze-produced tracks surfaced on the internet this weekend, 'Lord Knows', featuring Rick Ross and the record's title track, featuring Rihanna.
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Kanye West performed his track 'Lost in the World' in tribute to Gil Scott-Heron at the poet and musician's funeral yesterday (02.06.11).
The rapper appeared at the memorial service at Harem's Riverside Church to give a rendition of 'Lost in the World', which includes a sample of Gil's recorded poem 'Comment #1'.
Gil - often hailed as the 'Godfather of Rap' for his politically charged spoken word pieces - died last Friday (27.05.11) after contracting an illness during a recent trip to Europe.
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The rapper performed an emotional rendition of his Lost in The World tune, which samples Scott-Heron's poem Comment#1, at Harlem's Riverside Church.
The late icon's longtime backing musicians also performed a medley of his most famous songs Better Days Ahead and The Bottle.
Scott-Heron's daughter Gia read an inspired piece of prose she'd written for her father, called Time, and dedicated a rendition of Bette Midler's The Rose to her father, who died last week (ends27May11).
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Legendary jazz and soul musician Gil Scott-Heron has died at the age of 62.
The iconic artist, poet and activist passed away in New York on Friday afternoon (27May11) after falling sick following a trip to Europe.
Born in Chicago, Illinois to Jamaican soccer player Gilbert Heron and singer Bobbie Scott, the star spent his early years in Jackson, Tennessee before moving to the Big Apple with his mother following his parents' divorce.
He began his recording career in 1970 with his debut album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, a disc containing songs about social and political topics of the time, including the spoken-word piece The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. The track, which was regularly used for black power campaigns, is credited with influencing some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including rappers Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and Kanye West, who sampled Scott-Heron on his latest, critically-acclaimed album My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy.
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Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice has taken aim at Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron and other acts who have boycotted shows in Israel, branding them "real wimps" for allowing politics to get in the way of their music.
Paice and his band will play two shows in the Middle East nation this weekend (14-15May11) and he can only apologise to music fans there for his peers' political views.
Costello announced a boycott last summer (10) and Scott-Heron and acts like Snoop Dogg and the Pixies have pulled out of concerts and festivals after receiving pleas from peace groups to scrap shows as part of a protest against Israel's policy towards Palestinians in Gaza.
Meanwhile, outspoken Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has urged all bands to consider a boycott of Israel - in a TV interview earlier this year (11), the rocker said, "I'm against Israel for exactly the same reasons that I was against South Africa: it's a two-tiered racist system. They (Israelis) have pass books (and) they have to carry identity cards that say whether they're a Jew or an Arab. It's insane.
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Date of birth
1st April, 1949
Date of death
27th May, 2011