Weekly Music News: Sugarhill Gang, The Knife and more

November 13, 2014

Henry Lee Jackson, aka Big Bank Hank of hip hop group The Sugarhill Gang, died on Nov. 11 after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

The Sugarhill Gang had the first rap single to become a Top 40 U.S. Billboard hit with "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. [via CNN]

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The Knife play final show, disband

Swedish electronica group The Knife have played their final show and will no longer perform together. Back in August the group told Dazed magazine: "When we finish the tour now in November we will close down, it’s our last tour. We don’t have any obligations to continue, it should only and always be for fun."

The final performance took place Nov. 8 in Iceland. Their final tour saw them perform at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium last April. [via Pitchfork]

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YouTube launches new music subscription service

Video-sharing website YouTube has unveiled a new music streaming service called Music Key. The paid subscription service will go live in 2015 and is targeted towards mobile devices, letting users “play music while simultaneously using other apps." It is not intended to change the actual YouTube website. [via Consequence of Sound]