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The music world is currently mourning the passing of yet another legend, as Nick Ashford succumbed to throat cancer. Over the past two years we have lost the likes of Amy Winehouse (twitterpage), Gil Scott-Heron, Teena Marie  (@msteenamarie), and of course, Michael Jackson, to name just a few.

Sometimes it really does seem as though you never fully appreciate what you have until it’s gone. So now, rather than waiting to shed tears after another musical great makes their final transition from this world to the next, this blog is to celebrate the gifts of unmatched artistic talent we are able to enjoy now, while the artist is still around to share in the personal joys their professional career brings to the lives of millions.

In a great example of this practice, this past Monday, NoYouAintRadio.com posted backstage footage from The OVO Fest in Toronto… where one of Hip-Hop’s biggest superstar’s of the moment, Drake, brought out Motown music legend Stevie Wonder to perform with him during one of his shows. As one of the industry’s undisputed legends, this act of deference towards Stevie and the introduction of his legacy to an entire new generation of fans is what showing love to music’s living legends is all about.

In fact, did you know that today marks a moment of time that Stevie made history? That’s right, on this day in musical history, August 24th, 1963, Stevie Wonder became the first artist to score a U.S. #1 album and single in the same week. Wonder was at #1 on the album chart with “Little Stevie Wonder: The 12 Year Old Genius” and had the #1 single “Fingertips – Part 2.”

This blog is about giving props to artists of both the golden era and beyond, while they are still here to receive them. Through their musical careers, the following five acts have forever changed the face of the harmonic landscape forever, and deserve all the accolades they can be heaped with and much more.

As you go through the list, think about this: How has the music of these artists played a role in your life? What are some of your favorite songs or memories of the 5 Alive? And perhaps a question most intriguing, what would YOUR Top 5 Alive look like and why?

– @SamanthaGberry

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Welcome to the Frequency-News-Sheet (FnS) on The Urban Daily. Our blog is all things industry news related from a fans voice, with an insider’s experience.

Focused on the urban music industry, it keeps you up-to-date on the who, what and where questions about your favorite artists, new music and the industry in general.

THE FREQUENCY NEWS is the official print and digital music industry publication of one of the nation’s largest radio and media conglomerates, Radio One, INC. To find out all things relating to urban and gospel music go to www.frequencynews.com and download the latest edition.

And now we are blogging on our sister site Theurbandaily.com every Monday and Wednesday. On Mondays, we will post the music charts and analyze what is happening with some of your favorite artists and music. And on Wednesdays, our staff writer Samantha Granberry will sound off on a variety of music industry related topics.

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