musical-notesSad news out of the world of R&B. Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings passed away Friday, Nov. 18, after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 60 years old. According to her website, she was surrounded by her family and band, The Dap Kings. Her manager, Alex Kadvan, stated that she passed away on Friday evening in Cooperstown, New York. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings were known for their authentic funk-soul sound. In 2014, she was nominated for a Grammy award for the album “Give The People What They Want.” Both singer Chaka Khan and guitarist/songwriter Nile Rodgers tweeted their condolences to the singer’s family. She will be missed. The political season continues for singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger, who has debuted the short film style for the singles “G.O.A.T.” and “In My Prime.” Both tracks are featured on his recently released EP “Eric B. For President.” The R&B crooner scores victories amid scandals in the visuals, which co-star actor Columbus Short and singer/actress Keri Hilson. Bellinger stated that he wanted something along the lines of  his project, so when he was contacted by director Sat regarding doing music videos with a “House Of Cards Theme”, he felt the time was right. For “G.O.A.T”, Bellinger plays a presidential candidate who sabotages his opponent’s chances of winning an election by creating a sex  tape scandal that allows him to secure the win. Interesting. After teasing what some have called a Kim Kardashian diss track, singer/actor Ray J has finally released “Famous.”. The track, taken from Ray J’s forthcoming album “Raydemption”, certainly seems to allude to his infamous sex tape  with the reality star. The Drumma Boy produced track features singer Chris Brown, who alludes to ladies he’s made famous. Ray J previewed the track last month while promoting “Raydempation.” With the holiday season quickly approaching, singer/songwriter Earl St. Clair wants to help listeners get in the mood with the dance heavy lyric video for  his new single. The track’s infectious groove will put listeners in a dance trance, as various people pass the “Good Time” to one another throughout the clip. After being hospitalized yesterday for exhaustion, rapper Kanye West is on a lot of people’s minds. Many celebrities took to social media site Twitter to send prayers out to the Chicago native, whom they all hope has a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, as most now know, West cut his show at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento CA short on Saturday night following a lengthy monologue that targeted Hilary Clinton, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Taylor Swift and the radio industry. A representative for West confirmed with Billboard magazine that that would be the last show of 2016 and that the remaining dates of the “Saint Pablo Tour” have been cancelled. It will also reportedly be the last time West’s music will be played on Sacramento’s KHHM Hot 103.5 for a very long time, according to station program director Justin “JayMarzz” Marshall, who delivered a lengthy monologue of his own on Hot’s Sugarbear in the Morning a.m. show. A video was uploaded to You Tube explaining the reasons for the band. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.