HOUSE MUSIC VOCALIST KIM ENGLISH HAS DIED

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House music vocalist Kim English has died.

The Chicago singer’s death was announced by Nervous Records, a label she worked with on numerous occasions on tracks such as ‘Nite Life’ and ‘Learn 2 Luv’.

Having started out as a gospel singer, she went on to work continuously with Nervous from 1994 until 2016, releasing both of her albums – 1998’s ‘Higher Things’ and 2006’s ‘My Destiny’ – on the New York label. She had eight number one songs on the US Club/Dance charts, the first coming in 1999 with ‘Unspeakable Joy’.

Her career included collaborations with the likes of Mood II Swing, Masters At Work and François K. A recent collaboration came with Paul Woolford on his 2018 track ‘Hang Up Your Hang Ups’.

DJs and members of the dance music community have been paying tribute to the singer. See some of them below.

 

MYSPACE HAS LOST ALL MUSIC UPLOADED TO THE SITE BETWEEN 2003 AND 2015

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Myspace has confirmed that all photos, videos and audio files uploaded to the site by users between its launch in 2003 and 2015 have been lost, including more than 50 million songs from more than 14 million users.

Music links stopped working on the site around a year ago, at which point Myspace said they were working on a fix for the issue.

The social media platform has now confirmed all the data has been lost during a server migration operation.

An announcement at the top of the website reads: “As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at DPO@myspace.com.”

Although Myspace’s popularity has dropped significantly this decade, the platform was very popular with musicians in the 2000s and hosted archives of music history that, if not backed up, have now gone forever.

This data loss serves as a warning that cloud storage is not as secure as we may believe it to be, and the likes of YouTubeFacebookSoundCloud and Instagram are no invulnerable to similar disasters. Those concerned about personal data they have stored on such sites may want to seek alternative storage options.

LuckyMe commented on the Myspace data loss on Twitter, writing: “They had demos. First songs. They had communications. Connections between artists. An important archive of youth culture. And completely fucked it.”