Eddie Blazonczyk Dies

Eddie Blazonczyk Dies
GRAMMY-winning polka artist Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. died May 22. A cause of death was not revealed. He was 70. Considered the king of Chicago-style polka music, Blazonczyk founded the Versatones in 1963, pioneering a brand of polka that mixed in elements of rock, Tex-Mex and other genres. He won a GRAMMY win came in 1986 for Best Polka Recording for Another Polka Celebration. Additionally, in 1963 Blazonczyk founded the polka label Bel-Aire Recordings. "Eddie Blazonczyk Sr. was one of the true leaders and beloved voices of polka," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. (5/22) 

Hip Hop Hall Of Fame To Return
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame, which inducted its last honorees in 1997, is returning with a new home for the Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Museum in New York, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. While further details are not expected until later this year, the museum will reportedly feature a restaurant, arcade, concert lounge, and television studio, among other amenities. Additionally, the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards will return in November with a live broadcast from the Apollo Theater in New York. (5/22) 

AEG Live Leads Bids For HMV Live
Following news in December 2011 that UK entertainment retailer HMV Group was considering selling its live operation, HMV Live, AEG Live is reportedly in the lead to purchase the division, according to the Daily Mail. Additional companies that have also submitted bids include Oakley Capital and Sony Music Entertainment are also in the running. The sale of HMV Live is expected to bring in between $96.1 million and $112.1 million to the entertainment retailer, which in posted $77.8 million loss at the end of 2011. (5/22)


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