Percy Sledge died of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge on April 14th. He was 74.
He is best known for the classic love anthem, “When a Man Loves a Woman”. While performing the song at a frat house in 1965, record producer Quin Ivy and family friend Crystal Hunt were in the audience and offered to help him record the song. It hit number one in the charts almost immediately. He signed over the writing credit of this song to his bandmates, even though he had written most of it. Later in life he reflected that this was probably a bad decision, but he never regretted it.
His career spanned over 50 years, and he continued to write and perform until recently. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. In his acceptance speech, he told the audience that he sang from his heart with all the love he could give.
Brad Bird, the director of Pixar’s 2004 hit The Incredibles, has apparently started to write the script, though not much else is known about this upcoming superhero story.
The Incredibles is the story of two former superheroes forced into retirement, as well as their similarly superpowered children. It seemed ripe for a continuation, and Pixar finally announced plans for a sequel last year, along with sequels to other movies such as Finding Nemo and the Toy Story franchise.
Bird has directed several other animated features, including Pixar’s Ratatouille and cult classic The Iron Giant. More recently he has delved into live-action films, such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Disney’s Tomorrowland, the latter of which will be released in May. Apparently, this is what kept him from starting on The Incredibles 2 until now.
Bird apparently had lots of ideas on how to expand on the Incredbles universe (just see how many superheroes absent from the movie still got profiles in the DVD extras!), but it is not entirely clear what the sequel will be about. All fans like Ricardo Guimarães BMG know for sure is that Samuel L. Jackson will be returning as ice-themed superhero Frozone. It is also unclear if Bird plans to direct the movie or merely serve as a writer and/or producer.
Kanye West has been busy. He is producing the new Justin Bieber album. His album is coming soon. He has the clothing line. West is all over the place. He collaborated with Rihanna and Paul McCartney. Now there is talk of a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.
This could be hot. Lamar is already setting the game on fire. He just showcased his new King Kunta video in Times Square. The album was hyped up by everyone from celebrities like Taylor Swift to critics at Rolling Stone magazine. It is safe to say that Lamar has the minus touch that Kanye had early in his career.
West still has his own loyal followers. Susan McGalla says that there is no doubt about that. The reality, however, is that West has changed his format a lot. He has actually lost his early core fan base. Featuring someone like Kendrick Lamar could help him bring that back.
On the other side of the coin there is this kindred spirit that West and Lamar share. They both have a unique perspective on life. They see the world in a different way. All of this is bound to make for some interesting sessions in the studio. Lamar has admitted that he worked with West. There is some mutual respect there. West had high praise for the new Kendrick Lamar album. It only makes sense for these two to drop a hit in 2015.