The passing of Tina Turner was a tough loss for the music industry. Millions of people across the globe celebrated the life of the rock and roll legend, who lived to the age of 83. Prior to passing away, Turner took matters into her own hands to preserve her music. As previously shared by AfroTech, the late entertainer sold the rights to her music catalog to BMG in October 2021.
May 30, 2023
There’s no rock and roll without recognizing the Queen. Following the announcement of her passing on May 24 at the age of 83 , we remember the talent and tenacity that made her a legend. Anna Mae Bullock was born on Nov. 26, 1939, in the small town of Nutbush, TN. Coming from a sharecropping family, she found herself leaning into her musical talents. The exploration led her to join Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm. Bullock hit her stride in the 1960s, and after marrying Ike Turner, the powerful vocalist started performing under the stage name Tina Turner with “Proud Mary” the highlight of their show.
May 25, 2023
It’s no exaggeration to say that Tina Turner is an American icon. With more than 200 million records sold and a genre-defining sound, Tina Turner is one of the greatest artists of all time. Her life, of course, wasn’t easy. Born into poverty in Tennessee, she overcame the odds to land a spot with Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm. But, as her autobiography “I, Tina” — and, later, the film “What’s Love Got To Do With It” — showed, life with Ike was far from a walk in the park. But, she persisted, and finally got away from him. She would go on to rebuild her life in ways no one could dream possible , and went on to become more successful as a solo artist than she ever did as part of the Ike and Tina Revue. In 2021, Tina Turner sold her music, likeness, and image rights to BMG for a tidy sum of $50 million. This only further added to her $250 million net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and it’s clear that the icon’s legacy is in a class all by itself. But Tina Turner also has...
Jan 27, 2022
This week, the National Recording Registry announced that Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” will be archived in the Library of Congress. According to Rolling Stone , the Compton music mogul ‘s debut album is one of 25 recordings deemed “worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.” “The National Recording Registry is the evolving playlist of the American soundscape. It reflects moments in history captured through the voices and sounds of the time,” Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, said in a statement . Other records include Whitney Houston’s Grammy Award-winning single, “I Will Always Love You,” Selena’s 1990 LP “Ven Conmigo,” Tina Turner’s 1984 album “Private Dancer,” and Village People’s disco hit, “Y.M.C.A.” Songs from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” have also been inducted. “We received over 800 nominations this year for culturally, historically or aesthetically significant recordings to add to the...
Mar 26, 2020