Legendary daredevil Evel Knievel died on November 30, 2007 just days after announcing his meeting with Kanye West that led to a settlement over the rapper’s video for "Touch the Sky."
17-year-old DeAndre Way – AKA Soulja Boy Tell’em – utilized internet marketing to make his production and raps a must-have by music consumers. With tens-of-millions of people visiting his website and Myspace page, his single “Crack That” became a #1 hit, and one of the most popular singles of 2007. Signed to Collipark Music/Interscope Records, Soulja Boy Tell’em’s career, like his website, could remain popular for years to come.
I first became acquainted with Marcus Johnson’s music with his release of a CD entitled “Just Doing What I Do” in 2004, and I immediately fell in love with it. “Just Doing What I Do” was an excellent CD, and it was good enough to make me want to search for more of Johnson’s music.
Ne-Yo is one of the most requested writers in the music business today. He has penned hit songs for Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mario, Rihanna, and himself. Both of his platinum-selling albums – “In My Own Words” and “Because Of You” – reached the top of the sales charts off the strength of Ne-Yo’s writing ability; ability he began to fine-tune by going to school. He pushed his pen and paper aside to speak with us about his education and songwriting skill.
By Joe Walker
The New Citizens Press
Since coming to America from Barbados, 19-year-old Rihanna has become one of the nations biggest Pop and R&B stars. Her first two albums – “Music of The Sun” (2005) and “A Girl Like Me” (2006) – are both certified platinum, each spawned huge hit singles. Rihanna’s more mature new release, “Good Girl Gone Bad”, is on pace to do the same. With her life moving continuously at high speed for the past three years, time to herself is not as abundant as radio requests. We slowed Rihanna down to ask her a few questions.