Rock Hall Announces 2012 Nominees

Rock Hall Announces 2012 Nominees

Rock Hall Announces 2012 Nominees
Beastie Boys
, Guns N' Roses, Heart, Freddie King, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Donna Summer are among the nominated acts for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2012. Other nominees are the Cure, Donovan, Eric B. & Rakim, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Laura Nyro, Rufus with Chaka Khan, the Small Faces/the Faces, the Spinners, and War. Inductees will be announced in November and honored at a ceremony on April 14, 2012, in Cleveland. (9/27)

Report: Android Gains Popularity Over IPhone
According to a recent survey of U.S. smart phone users by Nielsen, 43 percent of all smart phone users own a device that runs on Google's Android platform, with 56 percent reporting they purchased an Android device over the last three months. Apple's iPhone came in second, making up 28 percent of the smart phone market, followed by Research In Motion's BlackBerry (18 percent). Devices operating on all other systems accounted for 11 percent of the U.S. market. (9/27)

Jessy Dixon Dies
GRAMMY-nominated gospel singer/songwriter Jessy Dixon died Sept. 26 in Chicago. A cause of death was not provided. He was 73. With a career that spanned more than 50 years, Dixon wrote songs for several artists, including Cher, Randy Crawford, Natalie Cole, Amy Grant, and Diana Ross. Dixon also performed with several artists, including Earth, Wind & Fire and Paul Simon. His first GRAMMY nomination came in 1970 for Best Soul Gospel Performance for "Hello Sunshine." He went on to receive six additional nominations, his last in 1987 for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male, for The Winning Side. One of his last releases, 2006's Touch Me, Lord Jesus, peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart. (9/27)

Spotify Adds Radio Feature In U.S.
Online music streaming service Spotify, which launched in the United States earlier this summer, has added a radio feature that was previously only available to European users. The feature includes 27 buttons that can be activated to create a customized playlist of songs from 24 genres and three decades, including the '60s, '70s and '80s. However, Spotify does not currently allow for personalized stations as do other Internet radio services such as Pandora. (9/27)

MTV O Music Awards 2 Nominees Announced
announced nominations for the O Music Awards 2 with GRAMMY-nominated artists Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, and GRAMMY winners Lady Gaga and Sinéad O'Connor garnering two nods each, including Best Artist with a Cameraphone, Best Lyrics Video, Must Follow Artist on Twitter, and Best Vintage Viral Video, respectively. Additional artists garnering nominations include Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Marilyn Manson, Tyler, The Creator, and the Weeknd, among others. The O Music Awards will honor online creativity and winners will be determined by fan voting. The awards will be streamed online on Oct. 31. (9/27)

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