Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper and Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds have been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Linda Perry and Jerry Garcia are also on the shortlist.
The inductees will be announced at a ceremony in New York next summer (15).
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honours those whose work represents "a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook"
Songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond founded the organisation.
Past inductees have included Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Desmond Child, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren and Leonard Cohen.
Daft Punk's luck is refusing to run out - the French electronic music duo has just picked up another major music industry award for the hit tune Get Lucky. The track was named Song of the Year at the BMI Awards in London, beating out hits by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding.
The song picked up the win for being the most performed song on U.S. radio and television in the past 12 months.
Lyricist Sir Tim Rice was honoured with the BMI Icon Award at the ceremony, which was held at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Monday night (13Oct14), and songwriter Sacha Skarbek, who co-wrote James Blunt's You're Beautiful, was rewarded for his work on Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball.
Van Morrison was another big winner - his song Brown Eyed Girl was honoured.
Soul legend Aretha Franklin has become the first woman to score 100 hits on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart since 1958 thanks to her cover of Adele's Rolling In The Deep. The song debuts at number 47, making Franklin only the fourth act to land at least 100 hits on the countdown - she joins rappers Jay Z (127) and Lil Wayne (135) and the Godfather of Soul James Brown (111).
Franklin first hit the chart 54 years ago this month with Today I Sing the Blues, and she last hit the countdown in 2012 with How Long I've Been Waiting.
Her take on Adele's hit features on Aretha's new covers album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.
A new James Brown documentary produced by Sir Mick Jagger and directed by Alex Gibney is set to be broadcast on America's HBO cable channel later this month (Oct14). Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, which was made in co-operation with the late superstar's estate, will feature previously-unseen footage of the music icon. It is Jagger's second Brown project - he also helped to bring his life story to the big screen with the summer (14) release of biopic Get On Up, which featured Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul.
Jessica Brown Findlay's ex-boyfriend has spoken out to condemn the hackers who stole saucy pictures of the actress and leaked them online.
The Downton Abbey star was among the female celebrities caught up in the Hollywood hacking scandal when Internet criminals broke into cloud storage devices and stole hundreds of personal files. Findlay was featured in a number of explicit pictures and a video, and her former partner Thomas Campbell, who dated the star for two years, admits he felt shocked and outraged by the leak.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "It was a huge invasion of privacy, I feel really sorry for her. The video was nothing to do with me. I haven't even seen it. But I do hope that anybody who sees it understands that grown adults do stuff for them that they don't expect the world to see."
Campbell and Findlay dated after meeting at art school in London.
James Brown's kids are set to release grisly new books about the Godfather of Soul covering his reputation as an abusive husband and reports suggesting the singer was murdered. The soul man's daughter, Yamma Brown, offers chilling details of her father's domestic abuse in her book Cold Sweat, while his son Daryl insists his dad's death was not natural in Inside the Godfather.
Yamma, who also opens up about her own abusive marriage in her memoir, recalls one violent row between her father and mother when she was five, writing, "My mother was dressed in her blue and white robe. Her legs were splayed wide open and my father was straddling her, pummeling her with clenched fists. Doosh. Thud. Doosh. Thud. Blood spurted from my mother's face. She started thrashing around, kicking her legs, holding up her arms to ward off the punches and trying to break free, trying to save herself."
Meanwhile, in an extract from Daryl's book, he states, "My father was murdered... I just have a gut feeling that he was killed", and and goes on to suggest members of Brown's were responsible.
Brown's son also alleges that his sister Yamma's abusive husband Darren Lumar's murder in 2008 was tied to his father's. He also believes his brother Teddy's car accident death in 1973 was actually a planned murder, insisting his sibling was shot before crashing his car.
Actor Chadwick Boseman showed off his singing skills on the Late Show With David Letterman on Thursday (21Aug14), when he performed James Brown's It's A Man's Man's Man's World. The 42 star portrays the legendary singer in biopic Get On Up, which is currently in theatres.
Mos Def and Samuel L. Jackson have emerged as the frontrunners to play Bobby Womack in a biopic about the soul legend, who died earlier this year (14). The Across 110th Street singer's longtime tour manager and friend Don Smalls is masterminding the movie and admits he already has a 120-page script that Womack approved before his death in June (14).
Smalls tells WENN, "There has been talk of Mos Def and Samuel L. Jackson, but we're also interested in casting an unknown.
"I think with the right producer and director, this could be a real blockbuster. The new James Brown biopic (Get On Up) is one thing, but this has the makings of becoming a classic. There's such a story to tell.
"I've got a great script and we're in the process of tweaking that as I speak."
British dance stars Rudimental have landed their dream collaboration after hitting the studio with funk legend George Clinton. The Waiting All Night hitmakers' songwriter Kesi Dryden reveals they are trying to recreate the vibe of the soulful dance hits of the 1960s and 1970s for their upcoming second album and they have received a little help from Clinton and U.S. jazz rockers Steely Dan.
Dryden tells the BBC, "One of our dreams came true recently. We managed to do two songs with George Clinton from Parliament Funkadelic. We worked with Steely Dan, as well. These are really big influences on us."
He adds, "We want to bring it back to what James Brown and Parliament were doing back in the day. It was dance music, but it was live.
"We're really digging deep in that side of things and trying to bring back that energy to the stage."
Rudimental are hoping to release the follow-up to 2013's Home by the end of the year (14).
A Los Angeles judge has praised R&B star Chris Brown for following his probation rules since his release from jail in June (14). The singer appeared in court on Wednesday (13Aug14) for a progress report and was told he's doing well.
Judge James Brandlin reduced Brown's drug test requirement from three times to twice a week and denied a request from probation officials who wanted the star's community labour requirement to be increased from three to four days a week.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was jailed in March (14) after violating his probation when he was kicked out of a rehab facility, where he was seeking court-ordered treatment for anger management issues following an altercation outside a Washington, D.C., hotel last year (Oct13).
He was still on probation after he attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.