Dionne Warwick is responding to comments made by Radio One’s Cathy Hughes to Essence, criticizing Warrick for campaigning for the Performance Rights Act, which Hughes says could be a “tax” that prompts the death of black radio. “Nobody is playing Dionne Warwick. When was the last time she had an album,” Hughes said.
Warwick writes on the Huffington Post:
I was surprised when Radio One’s Cathy Hughes added my name to the list of African American artists and civil rights activists she’s attacked in her vicious campaign against fairly compensating musicians for their work. Then again, since smearing African American leaders to protect her profits has become Ms. Hughes siren song, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised at all.
Every time we buy a CD or download a song, the artist is paid for their work. You might not know that this isn’t the case when a musician’s work is played on the radio. That’s because corporate radio CEOs like Cathy Hughes are exploiting a legal loophole that allows them to play these artists songs without paying them for their work.
Read more on what Dionne had to say here.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Dionne Warwick is putting the finishing touches on her new album for the Concord label — featuring duets with Britney Spears, Gladys Knight and her cousin, Whitney Houston. Suntimes.com has since removed the article.
Ashford & Simpson and BeBe Winans were on hand for the Dionne Warwick 45th Anniversary Spectacular at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on January 26th. Check out pictures from RexFeatures and GettyImages (arrivals / show / afterparty).
Music legend Dionne Warwick performed an exclusive concert for Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra, from The Mermaid in London, England.
A replay of the performance and pictures at BBC.co.uk has since been removed.
Dionne Warwick performed her last ever London date, as part of her farewell tour, at the Hackney Empire in east London, England on September 3rd. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
Ashanti will portray Dionne Warwick on the NBC series ‘American Dreams’, which will air December 15 at 8 PM ET/PT. Ashanti will sing Warwick’s song ‘Walk On By’, which is featured on Warwick’s 1964 breakthrough album ‘Make Way For’.