GRAMMY Nominee Nick Ashford Dies

GRAMMY Nominee Nick Ashford Dies
GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Nick Ashford died Aug. 22 in New York after a battle with cancer. He was 70. Ashford, along with songwriting partner and wife Valerie Simpson, penned some of Motown's biggest hits for artists such as Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross, among others. Ashford garnered five GRAMMY nominations throughout his career, including three as part of the Ashford And Simpson team. As a duo, Ashford And Simpson garnered two GRAMMY nominations for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for 1984's Solid and 1985's Real Love, the former cracking the Top 40 on the Billboard 200. Ashford And Simpson were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. (8/24)

Layoffs At RCA
Following yesterday's news on the reorganized executive team at RCA Music Group, the company has let go approximately 20 employees, according to sources reported by Billboard.biz. Among those listed in the report are Jeff Aldrich, senior vice president of A&R; Dave Dyer, vice president of Top 40 promotion; Joan Fallon, vice president of promotion administration; Janet Kleinbaum, senior vice president of video and DVD production for Jive Records; Scott Seviour, senior vice president of artist development; and Michael Williams, senior vice president of rhythm-crossover promotion. (8/24)

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