Music News: Sampha wins Mercury Prize

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Sampha arrives at the 2017 Mercury Prize ceremony.
Sampha arrives at the 2017 Mercury Prize ceremony. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Singer-songwriter Sampha is the winner of this year's Mercury Prize, an award given each year to one outstanding album from the U.K. The London artist's debut album Process won out over nominees including Ed Sheeran, the xx, Alt-J, Kate Tempest, and the group who were the favorites going into Thursday's ceremony, Glass Animals. (The Guardian)

Selena Gomez receives kidney transplant

Pop star Selena Gomez has revealed that this summer she received a kidney transplant from her friend Francia Raisa. In 2015, the now 25-year-old singer revealed that she has Lupus, an inflammatory disease that led to her need for a transplant. (CNN)

I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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Lady Gaga hospitalized

Lady Gaga has been hospitalized for "severe pain," forcing her to cancel a scheduled performance at the Rock in Rio festival. Gaga "recently revealed that she suffers from a chronic illness called fibromyalgia, a disorder that causes muscle pain, fatigue, sleep issues, and more," notes Pitchfork)

Kendrick Lamar reveals the first concert he attended: his own

Do you remember the first concert you attended? You probably would if it was your own. That was the case with Kendrick Lamar, who tells Billboard that he couldn't afford concert tickets until he started rapping himself, going on tour with The Game in 2006.

Beastie Boys make rare ad appearance

Since MCA’s death in 2012, the Beastie Boys have been very sparing in granting permission for their music to be used in advertisements. They've made an exception for an upcoming video game called Destiny 2, with "Sabatoge" featuring in a video trailer. Ad Week reports that the trio's surviving members "watched the two-minute mix of cinematic action and winking humor and gave their blessing."

Remembering Hal Tulchin

TV director Hal Tulchin has died at age 90. He's best-known among music fans for making a concert film that's almost never been seen: he documented the Harlem Cultural Festival in August 1969. He ended up with approximately 40 hours of performances at an event that went down in history as "the black Woodstock," featuring artists including Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone, Glady Knight & the Pips, B.B. King, and the Staple Singers.

Tulchin took personal initiative to record the footage, since he knew it would ultimately be of immense historical value — but no network took him up on the offer to produce a special, and the legendary status of the footage grew as it went unseen for decades. Nothing ever came together, and the most footage that's been publicly released was incorporated into two different documentaries about Simone, focusing on her set. Tulchin was still trying to get the footage out even in the last weeks of his life, and a new producer hopes to finally release it for the festival's 50th anniversary in 2019. (New York Times)


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