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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Whitney Houston Hosts Free Song Download

As the momentum builds towards the release of a brand new Whitney Houston album, her promotional push is in high gear.

During July, listening parties were held in Los Angeles and New York City for her fans to preview new tracks.

"I Look To You,” the title track from the album, is a simply arranged, emotionally sung ballad, reminiscent of the slow jam style that appeared on The Bodyguard soundtrack.

Whitney’s voice navigates the tune effectively.  Her pipes resonate with less sonic command than I was expecting, but this song doesn’t need exaggerated drama.

You can grab “I Look To You” right now, but you have to move fast.  A free mp3 download of the appealing song is available at WhitneyHouston.com through Friday, July 31.

The release date for the album has been moved up to Tuesday, August 31, 2009.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

David Ruffin - Eddie Kendricks - Family Affair

Thanks to their mid-1980’s collaboration with Daryl Hall & John Oates, former Temptations David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks captured another brief post Motown era curtain call in the spotlight.

The four performed together at 1985’s Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, and recorded a set at the Apollo Theater in New York City, (also in 1985).

David and Eddie went on to record an album on RCA in 1987: Ruffin and Kendricks.

You won’t find any iconic Detroit chestnuts on this release, but notable is their ‘new jack swing’ version of Sly Stone’s, “Family Affair."

Within the next 5 years, both Ruffin & Kendricks would pass away (Ruffin in 1991, and Kendricks in 1992).

Listen to a 2 minute highlight of “Family Affair” by David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bill Withers Sings 9 for the Sunshine

  1. “Ain’t No Sunshine”
  2. “Lean On Me”
  3. “Lovely Day”
  4. “Just The Two of Us” (featuring Grover Washington Jr.)
  5. “Use Me”
  6. “Grandma’s Hands”
  7. “Who Is He? (and What Is He To You)”
  8. “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh”
  9. “Harlem”

These 9 Bill Withers songs are classics.

The West Virginia, singer - songwriter achieved most of his success in a relatively short period, 1971 - 1978.

Still, Bill eclipsed the trendy, harder edged dance and pop music of his heyday by commanding graceful instrumentation, great lyrics, genuine emotion, and subtle soul in his songs.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Marlena Shaw Sends a Message to Mr. Right

What do music makers Marlena Shaw, Steve Lawrence, and Donny Osmond all have in common?

They injected the same sugary Carole King ‘lovers lament’ song, “Go Away…,” with unique spins turning the poetic story into a popular favorite.

Although she didn’t record the original, when Ms. Shaw turned “Go Away Little Girl” into “Go Away Little Boy,” Marlena created a catchy, original update combining a rap introduction with a charming, memorable pop melody sung with spirit.

In the liner notes of her 1999 best of CD collection, we learn that “with no nonsense and no niceties, Marlena sings “‘Go Away Little Boy’ for all the men who don’t have the courage to satisfy a real W-O-M-A-N."

The first couple of minutes of the song present a ‘rap/monologue’ sprinkled with humor and passion, equal to the best ramblings from Millie Jackson, Barry White, or Isaac Hayes.

"Go Away Little Boy” originally appeared on Marlena Shaw’s 1977 Columbia album, Sweet Beginnings.  The monologue portion of the song is called “Yu-Ma."

Listen to 30 seconds of New Rochelle, New York, native Marlena Shaw sing the main theme from her sassy hit.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Michael Jackson's A Place with No Name

It’s probably a step down for Michael Jackson to sample another artist, but lifting a melody with permission is the sign of the times.

"A Horse with No Name” by America was always one of my favorites.

Listen to a portion of Michael Jackson’s new “A Place with No Name."

Yes, he did get permission to use the melody.  Look for this posthumous Michael Jackson release soon.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Whitney Houston Looks Good in New Cover Art

Here’s Whitney Houston featured on the cover of her forth coming album I Look To You, slated for a September, 2009 release.

As we all know, there’s more substance to Whitney than just eye candy.

Take a look back at some of the outstanding Whitney Houston recording industry achievements.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Smokey Robinson Passes the Time Flying High with Hits

Bill (William) Smokey Robinson has been apart of the music scene since Motown captured the hearts of young America way back when.

Smokey’s sincere comments regarding fond memories of Michael Jackson have been well received in the media during the aftermath of the Jackson tragedy.

Time Flies When You Are Having Fun is the brand new Smokey Robinson album, scheduled for release on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, on his own label, Robso Records.

Smokey is on the road during his 2009 tour:

  • Wednesday, July 15, Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre
  • Friday, July 17, Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino
  • Saturday, July 18, Fort Worth, TX, Bass Performance Hall
  • Thursday, July 23, Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • Saturday, July 25, Lisle, IL, Morton Arboretum
  • Friday, July 31, Kelseyville, CA, Konocti Field Amphitheater
  • August:
  • Saturday, Aug. 1, Oakville, CA, Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Friday, Aug. 7, Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
  • Wednesday, Aug. 12, Vienna, VA, The Filene Center
  • September:
  • Friday, Sept. 4, Shreveport, LA, Sam’s Town Casino
  • Sunday, Sept. 6, Vinton, LA, Delta Downs Casino
  • Friday, Sept. 18, Galveston, TX, The Grand Opera House
  • Saturday, Sept. 19, Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort
  • October:
  • Wednesday, Oct 28, Newark NJ, NJ Performing Arts Center
  • November:
  • Friday, Nov 13, Agoura Hills, CA, Canyon Club

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

MichaelJackson.com Shares Fan Memories

You can find one of the best collections of Michael Jackson fan memorial messages at MichaelJackson.com.

Share your own memories by writing your tribute to the King of Pop.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Michael Jackson Tribute Video

The Michael Jackson memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles will be broadcast today worldwide, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

Watch our Powerhouse Radio tribute video as we remember Michael Jackson in 60 seconds.

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Harlem Remembers Michael Jackson

In 1967, The Jackson 5 won an amateur night contest at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, when Michael Jackson was only 8 years old.

The Apollo honored the King of Pop this week.

Listen to 2, excellent, short audio reports, (2 minutes 43 seconds, and 2 minutes, 46 seconds) as featured on NPR…

  1. Harlem’s Apollo Theater Honors ‘King of Pop’
  2. Apollo Holds Tribute To Michael Jackson

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Michael Jackson's Secret Songs

Does Michael Jackson have a secret song library bulging with almost 200 unreleased tracks?

Several reliable sources are reporting that MJ bequeathed a massive music catalog to his three children Michael Joseph Jr., Paris Michael Katherine, and Prince Michael II, just weeks prior to his death.

The secret song catalogue could be worth at least $100 million to Jackson’s children.

Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson had such high standards rolling with the “A list” tracks, that it’s completely believable that a number of potential “B list” hit tracks were recorded and remain in secure vaults.

A “B list” Jackson track may still be better than another artist’s best material.

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