Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst “It’s My Party” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me” has died. Lesley Gore was 68.
According to her partner of 33 years, Gore died Monday of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.
Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-raised, Gore was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records.
Gore’s other hits include “She’s A Fool,” ”That’s the Way Boys Are” and “Maybe I Know.” She co-wrote with her brother, Michael, the Academy Award-nominated “Out Here On My Own” from the film “Fame.”
She also played Catwoman’s sidekick in the cult TV comedy “Batman.”
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Congrats - Drake Fan didn’t see this coming. Drake’s 'If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late' (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) will debut at #1 on the HITS Album and SPS charts next week, spoiling what looked less than 24 hours ago like a slam dunk for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack—but the marketshare goes to the same place, so Republic can’t complain. What’s more, the surprise mixtape could see first-weekend sales of 500k. Strangely, as of 8am PT, the album has yet to appear on the iTunes chart. But there’s a precedent: It took Beyoncé’s 2013 surprise release several hours before landing at #1.
So will If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late be the best-selling or highest-debuting mixtape ever? Our research gnomes have come up dry in their attempts to find evidence of any mixtape exploding like this one. But is If You’re Reading This really a mixtape, or is it actually a proper album disguised as one?
Michelle S. points out, mixtapes usually have rappers over other people’s beats, Drake doesn’t do that here—it’s all original material from Noah 40 and Boi-1da on production. Mixtapes typically have interludes as well, but again, not in this case. So if it is an album in disguise, what’s Drake’s rationale? Drake is just flexing his muscles, in light of the 'potential' shake up over at 'Cash Money' records, I think Birdman, might want to correct the errors of his wicked ways.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
1993 - Billboard Music Awards. It was Whitney Houston's night she won a 'staggering' 11 coveted Billboard Awards. I was lucky enough to be in attendance that night, to witness her bring the house down with 'I Have Nothing' the capacity crowd leap to our feet with a thunderous ovation. Moments like that, made it so easy to fall in love with Houston. She was a singer who without gimmicks had the goods. Awards shows today IMO are lacking iconic LIVE raw talent. Its hard to believe that today marks the 3 year anniversary of her passing. I can honestly say that my soul hasn't been the same.
Witness below her ICONIC performance of 'I Have Nothing'. At the top of her game ... very few could compete with. RIP Whitney ... You're always in my heart.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Return - TDE was nowhere to be found at the 2015 Grammy Awards. That show is political, the 'new' version is how much $$$ you have, gets you the most Grammys. One year he's nominated for seven awards. A shut out, very India Arie. The next year, he's presented with two, to save face at NARAS. Its propaganda at its finest.
Lamar fans can FINALLY breathe a sigh of relief, his new track, "The Blacker The Berry" is here. With the gritty, bass-pounding production supplied by Boi-1da, The Koz, and Terrace Martin, this record is exactly what Kendrick fans have been waiting for, as he returns to his rapping ways with his usual fierce flow and toughness that has levitated him to one of the best MCs in hip-hop right now. The title of the song seems to be derived from Wallace Thurman's 1929 novel of the same name, which was considered groundbreaking for digging into racial discrimination inside the black community, particularly in regards to women. The song's single art is by Italian photographer Giordano Cipriani of a mother and her twins from the tribe of the Surma, in the Valley of the Omo of Ethiopia.
Kendrick certainly doesn't pull any punches on the song, as he brings forth an intense lyricism and flow with lines like, "You hate me don't you, I know you hate me just as much as you hate yourself, jealous of my wisdom and cards I dealt, watching me as I pull up, fill up my tank to peel out, muscle cars to pull up, show you what these big wills about." Additionally, the song features background vocals from the reggae artist Assassin, who was previously featured on Kanye West's Yeezus album.
The record was actually released by Taraji P. Henson (or Cookie from Empire) on Twitter, which she said is her favorite song from Kendrick's upcoming album. Not much is known about the upcoming project, but it is thought to be coming sooner than later.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Mariah Carey did not have the best 2014. Despite releasing a solid late career record, the iconic singer experienced a record low in album sales, with Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse still sitting at just over 100,000 sold. She also split with husband and father to her children Nick Cannon, but she's ready to start a new page with a new deal, which pairs her once again with L.A. Reid.
Carey was not in the best place in 2003 either, but signing with Island/Def Jam and working with Reid that year resulted in her extremely successful comeback album, The Emancipation Of Mimi. Her new deal is with L.A.'s new home at EPIC records, and while it's not the lucrative offer she was looking for (according to sources, her request for a $3 Million advance was not met), it should ultimately be a better place for her.
Mariah will re-release her 1998 compilation #1s (likely with quite a few new additions, though unfortunately nothing from her last project) later this year. Before then, she'll have a residency at Las Vegas' Caesar's Palace in promotion of the album.