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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

BET Awards Captured by Kanye & Keys

Here are some of the 2008 BET Award Winners:

  • Best Female R&B Artist: Alicia Keys
  • Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
  • Best Group: UGK
  • Best Gospel: Marvin Sapp
  • Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Missy Elliott
  • Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Kanye West
  • Video of the year: UGK featuring Outkast - “International Player’s Anthem”
  • Best Video Director: Erykah Badu and Mr. Roboto
  • Best Actress: Halle Berry
  • Best Actor: Denzel Washington
  • Best Female Athlete: Candace Parker
  • Best Male Athlete: Kobe Bryant
  • Best New Artist: The Dream

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

BET Awards Hype Hughley as Host

Comedian D.L. Hughley will pilot the 2008 BET Awards scheduled for Tuesday, June 24th at 8:00 pm Eastern.

BET loves to air this showcase several times, so look for it to be repeated often on your TV screen in the coming weeks.

Quincy Jones, who has more trophies than he can count, will be honored with a humanitarian award.

Al Green will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Among the scheduled performers: Usher (shown here), Alicia Keys, Nelly, Kanye West, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, and Al Green.

There are 16 categories in which various nominees will be honored.

For the 2 R&B categories, we have...

Best Female R&B Artist:

  • Mary J. Blige
  • Mariah Carey
  • Keyshia Cole
  • Alicia Keys
  • Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist:

  • Raheem DeVaughn
  • J. Holiday
  • Ne-Yo
  • Trey Songz
  • Chris Brown

Interestingly, the nominated guys are mostly new school, whereas most of the ladies have been around for awhile with significant track records.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Stevie Wonder Welcomes Summer-Fall Dates

When child prodigy Stevie Wonder was signed to Motown’s Tamla Records in the early 1960’s, few could have predicted his monumental body of musical work or his influential staying power.

Still relevant, still vibrant, and still performing, Motown Stevie has an evening full of tunes and fun just waiting for his worldwide legion of eager fans.

Here are some 2008 tour dates for Stevie Wonder:

  • June
  • Thursday, June 19, Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
  • Saturday, June 21, Atlantic City, NJ, Trump Taj Mahal Arena
  • Sunday, June 22, Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center
  • Tuesday, June 24, Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • July
  • Tuesday, July 1, Englewood, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
  • Friday, July 4, Reno, NV, Reno Events Center
  • Saturday, July 5, Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • Tuesday, July 7, Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion
  • Friday, July 11, Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
  • Saturday, July 12, Vancouver, BC, Canada, General Motors Place
  • September
  • Monday, September 8, Birmingham, United Kingdom, National Indoor Arena
  • Tuesday, September 9, Manchester, United Kingdom, Manchester Evening News Arena
  • Thursday & Friday, September 11-12, London, United Kingdom, O2 Dome
  • Sunday & Monday, September 14-15, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Ahoy Rotterdam
  • Monday, September 22, Cologne, Germany, Koln Arena
  • Tuesday, September 23, Mannheim, Germany, Sap Arena
  • Thursday, September 25, Munich, Germany, Olympiastadion
  • Friday, September 26, Assago, Italy, Datch Forum Di Assago
  • Sunday, September 28, Paris, France, Palais Omnisports - Bercy
  • Tuesday, September 30, London, United Kingdom, O2 Dome

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

En Vogue with Funky Divas

The quartet turned trio En Vogue are keeping their fans entertained with a few selected tour dates this Summer.

Since 1990, original members Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, and newest En Voguette Rhona Bennett continue to sustain the “Funky Diva” tradition.

En Vogue has recorded 7 albums with sales of over 8 million units.

Whether these songbirds combine their voices for sweet harmonies or rhythmic vamps, the ladies of En Vogue are tuned into you.

Catch En Vogue during the Summer of 2008:

  • Friday, July 11, Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois (with Morris Day and the Time)
  • Friday, August 22, Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Saturday, August 23, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill, New York, New York

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Marvin Gaye: You're The Man by a Landslide

I recently rediscovered a vintage, activist, gem of a song tailor made for the neurotic 2008 USA presidential election year.

As several documentaries and books have revealed, Marvin Gaye was a creative kindred spirit who could not be held back by the predictable Motown hit machine.

One year after releasing what many believe is the greatest classic soul album of all time, 1971’s What’s Going On, Marvin dropped a song to the streets that surged with social commentary: “You’re The Man,” in May, 1972.

It was left off the Trouble Man album, and is one of those lost 45 rpm vinyl singles that featured part 1 only.  The full version of the song (parts 1 & 2) can now be found on compilations (including 2001’s The Very Best of Marvin Gaye 2 CD set).

Given the histrionics of the George McGovern vs. Richard Nixon presidential election of 1972, “You’re The Man” remains timeless even today with it’s critical message.

Check out the words, then listen to the last 60 seconds of this famous Motown piece.

“You’re The Man”
Written by Marvin Gaye & Kenneth Stover
Performed by Marvin Gaye
© Motown Records
Released May, 1972
Chart peaks: #7 R&B, #50 pop

Talking, talking to the people
try, get them to go your way
tellin’ us not to worry
that we won’t be led astray

So blind, from signify
their opponents always lie
think about the mistakes you make
I believe that miracles at stake

We no busin’, busin’ is the issue
Do you have a plan wager
If, if you have a plan
If you have a master plan

I got to vote for you
Hey hey, got to vote for you
Cause, you’re the man

We don’t want to hear no more lies
About how you plan to economize
We want our dollar value increased
and employment to rise

The nation’s taxation
causin’ all of this inflation
Don’t give us no peace sign
Turn around, and rob the people blind

Economics is the issue
Do you have a plan, wager
Cause if you got a master plan
I got to vote for you
You’re the man

repeat:

Don’t you understand
There’s misery in the man

Don’t you understand
There’s misery in the man

People marching on Washington
Why not hear, what they have to say
Because the tables just might turn against you brother
sit around election day

Politics and hypocrites
Is turning us all into lunatics
Can you take the guns from our sons
Right all the wrongs this administrations done

Peace and freedom is the issue
Oh, do you have a plan, wager
Ah, cause if got the plan
If you got the master plan, Ohh

I got to vote for you
Hey hey, got to vote for you
Cause, you’re the man, Ahhh

repeat:

Got to vote for you

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Irene Cara with Hot Caramel is a Cool Smoothie

Remember “Flashdance,” “Fame,” and one of my favorites, “Anyone Can See?” Irene Cara was the vocal talent behind those memorable songs.

The Oscar and Grammy Award winning composer, actress, and vocalist has been grooming an all-girl band called Hot Caramel.  They are due to release a new song in June, 2008.

Hot Caramel members include; Errica Poindexter - bass, Yvonne Poindexter - vocals, Audrey Martell - vocals, Donna Hairston - bass guitar, Lafrae Olivia Sci - drums, Sheryl Bailey - guitar, and Irene Cara - lead vocals, acoustic piano, synths, and keyboards.

While listening to their material and auditioning a few tracks, I picked up on Hot Carmel’s distinctive blend of R&B, rock, jazz, Latin dance, pop, and soul.  Not too many artists embrace this kind of eclectic mix.

Watch for their new album, and listen to about 30 seconds of the ballad “How Can I Make You Love Me."

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

New Edition Collects Cool Candy Award

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor New Edition at their 21st Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 23, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary as a group, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe and Johnny Gill helped create the popular new jack swing sound of the early 1980’s.

New Edition Albums:

  1. Candy Girl
  2. New Edition
  3. All For Love
  4. Christmas All Over the World
  5. Under the Blue Moon
  6. Heart Break
  7. Home Again
  8. One Love

New Edition Hits:

  • “Candy Girl”
  • “Popcorn Love”
  • “Cool It Now”
  • “Mr. Telephone Man”
  • “Count Me Out”
  • “A Little Bit of Love (Is All It Takes)”
  • “Earth Angel”
  • “Can You Stand the Rain”
  • “If It Isn’t Love”
  • “You’re Not My Kind of Girl”
  • “Hit Me Off”

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Bo Diddley Remembered

Bo Diddley, along with Little Richard and Chuck Berry, created the core of what we now call rock and roll...music that has since splintered into scores of different sub genres.

Diddley passed away of heart failure on Monday, June 2, 2008.

Recently, his health was failing, as he had suffered a heart attack, and a stroke, this past year.

Why is Bo Diddley important?

His songs have been covered and recorded by artists such as the Rolling Stones, the Animals, Manfred Mann, the Kinks, the Yardbirds, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Doors, Tom Rush, and Bob Seger, (among others).

He is a pop music icon of enormous influence.  Diddley’s custom-made rectangular guitar, and his playing style, complete with distorted amplification, became a trademark by the mid 1950’s.

He was born in McComb, Mississippi, in 1928.  Ellas McDaniel, also known as Bo, received his nickname from his early years as a boxer.

Diddley played the blues clubs of Chicago, Illinois, in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

His early legendary recordings were made for the Chess label.  Diddley hits include “Who Do You Love,” “Hey! Bo Diddley,” “Pretty Thing,” and “Hush Your Mouth."

Bo played on several Chuck Berry classics including “Memphis, Tennessee,” and “Sweet Little Rock N’ Roller."

Diddley’s 1959 “Say Man” was a rap styled dialogue 20 years ahead of its time.

In 1962, he performed for President John F. Kennedy at a private set at the White House.  He toured Great Britain in the 1960’s and 1970’s, performing on shows with the Everly Brothers, the Rolling Stones, and the Clash.

Diddley continued his presence through the 1980’s, with a film appearance in Eddie Murphy’s Trading Places (1983).  Bo’s music was featured in films including La Bamba (1987), and Dirty Dancing, (1987).

Diddley was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.  He performed for President George Bush at the Inaugural Gala in 1989.

Diddley rocked at 1992’s Democratic National Convention celebration for Bill Clinton.

In February of 1996, Bo Diddley received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, an acknowledgment, for among other accomplishments, pioneering the famous “Bo Diddley beat."

biography elements courtesy of Empower Encyclopedia ©

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