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Motown Records Celebrates Six Decades of Music with Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson

February 7, 2019

[MSN Entertainment]: Detroit-Born Motown Records is turning 60, and the Grammys is throwing a big birthday celebration next week.

Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder will represent the Motor City during a star studded evening on Tuesday February 12, 2019 for the recording of Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration is being hosted by Robinson and co-hosted by comedian Cedrick the Entertainer.

The Easter bunny is coming early this year for Motown, so some other popular Motown artist will get little sleep following the Grammy Award show on Sunday February 10, 2019. Guests including John Legend, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, Chloe x Halle, Ciara, Pentatonix, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, Ne-Yo, Pentatonix and Meghan Trainor are also set to appear, performing songs made famous by Hitsville.

The original recording studios now occupy to homes in Detroit's New Center Area and serve as a very popular museum.

Lady Detroit holds a special place in both music and black history.

It was right here in Detroit where Berry Gordy sealed the deal to record Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Walk to Freedom in Detroit recorded live at Cobo Arena on June 23, 1963 just a couple of weeks before he gave the iconic "I have a Dream" speech at the Great March on Washington. Dr. King requested that the royalties from the sale of the album go to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Gordy was deeply humbled, and agreed.

Former Detroit City Councilwoman Martha Reeves, Valerie Simpson, Thelma Houston, Mickey Stevenson and the songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland will also be there. The Motown celebration, coming as the company marks its 60th anniversary, is the latest in a recent tradition of Grammy-presented tribute concerts, including shows devoted to Wonder, the Beatles and Frank Sinatra.

Robinson and Wonder were both here in Detroit, Michigan to attend the funeral of their dear close friend Aretha Franklin who died August 16, 2018 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Just last month a tribute concert was recorded to honor the Queen of Soul. It is scheduled to air next month.

Mark your calendars and set your DVR because you don't want to miss out when CBS will air the Motown show on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.

Ozzy Osbourne Cancels 2019 European Tour while Fighting the Flu

February 6, 2019


[MSN Entertainment]: Rock star Ozzy Osbourne , 70, is in the hospital as he battles the combination of the flu and bronchitis.

His wife, Sharon Osbourne, revealed on Twitter on Wednesday. The news comes a week after Ozzy announced to fans that he would be postponing his No More Tours 2 tour following his flu diagnosis. 

"As some of you may have heard, Ozzy was admitted to hospital following some complications from the flu. His doctors feel this is the best way to get him on a quicker road to recovery," Sharon explained. "Thanks to everyone for their concern and love," she added.

Just last week someone from his team announced that he is under doctor’s orders to halt his “Live” performances for now, so that he can focus on his full recovery.

"After seeing his physician again, OSBOURNE has been diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection which the doctor feels could develop into pneumonia given the physicality of the live performances and an extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions,” read the statement. 

Ozzy released a personal statement to his fans about the situation, writing on Facebook, "I’m completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour. It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to s**t. First, the staph infection in my thumb, and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis.” 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly.

Strict medical treatment is imperative in Ozzy’s case because the CDC says adults over the age of 65 face a greater risk of increased complications from the illness.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications. Always talk to your doctor and pharmacist about your medical history to best determine if the flu shot is right for you.

 In 2006, he was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, and Geezer Butler.

His website reports that his tour dates will be rescheduled after he recovers.

Mariah Carey’s New Single Claims Top 10 Adult Contemporary Music Chart


[Billboard]:  For Mariah Carey, 48, fantasies seems to come true for her music career that spans three decades.

Carey’s new hit single “With You” just claimed the No. 10 spot on the Billboard Adult Contemporary radio airplay music chart. It’s her first AC top 10 as a lead artist since another  holiday hit, "Oh Santa!," became her seventh No. 1, reigning for four weeks in 2010-11.

Plus, "With You" is Carey's first non-holiday, original song to reach the AC top 10 since "We Belong Together," which hit No. 3 in 2005. In between, she notched one other non-holiday top 10: a remake of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" (No. 10, November 2009).

The AC chart measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 84 adult contemporary stations.

Carey ups her career count to 23 AC top 10s. Having first reached the region with her debut hit, and first No. 1, "Vision of Love," on July 7, 1990, she extends her mark for the most top 10s by any artist since then. Celine Dion is next with 21 top 10s in that span, followed by Elton John (19) and Michael Bublé and Rod Stewart (18 each).

"With You" is from Carey's album Caution, which debuted as her 18th top 10 (at No. 5) on the Billboard 200 chart and eighth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in December.

On the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart, "With You" holds at its No. 3 high. It's Carey's highest rank on the survey since 2006, when "Fly Like a Bird" spent six weeks at No. 1.

While "With You" continues to be promoted to AC and adult R&B, "A No No" will be the next radio single released from Caution.

Carey has won five Grammy Awards along with a very long list of other music awards.

According to her website Carey is scheduled to perform at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI on March 8, 2019. Prices start at about $50.00.

Ariana Grande to skip Grammys following disagreement with producers


[Yahoo]: Ariana Grande, 25, will not be attending the 2019 Grammy Award Show this Sunday.

Grande was scheduled to perform for the award show, but a battle with Grammy producers over what songs she was supposed to sing has caused her cancel her attendance and performance.

Understandably, Grande wanted to perform her hit new single “7 Rings” from her latest album, Thank, U Next. Producers would only allow her to sing the song if it were part of a medley of her songs. They wouldn’t even let her pick the songs for the medley, so now Grande feels “insulted” and informed the Grammys to delete her invitation.

Grande’s 2018 LP, Sweetener, is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, while her song “God Is A Woman” is up for Best Solo Pop Performance.

“7 Rings” just hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 last week, becoming her second single in a row (and overall) to top the charts. It also made Grande the third female artists with multiple number-one debuts behind Mariah Carey (3) and Britney Spears (2). Click to watch her new single below:

Grande was personally invited by the family of The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin to perform for the funeral services at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, MI after they saw her moving tribute and performance on “ the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon of Franklin’s1967  hit song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”

Her performance at the funeral even impressed former United States (U.S) President Bill Clinton you can watch her performance below: 

Grande’s next concert in Detroit is scheduled for Friday April 5, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena.

Michael Bolton’s Tweeting Mistaken as Him Falling Asleep during a Live Television Interview


Michael Bolton’s Tweeting Mistaken as Him Falling Asleep during a Live Television Interview

[Yahoo]: Balancing social media and multi-tasking can be quite a task for most of us today, but for singer Michael Bolton it looked like he fell asleep “Live” On-air.

Grammy-Winning singer/songwriter Michael Bolton, 65, was doing a “Live” television interview with the host of Australia’s Morning Show to kick off the release of his newest 50th anniversary album, A Symphony of Hits.

Bolton is well-seasoned when it comes to dealing with things that can go wrong during a broadcast or recording session, but this time he looked sleepy and exhausted. His eyes appeared to be shut and his posture was slouched. When the anchors of The Morning Show introduced Bolton he could not hear them, so he had no idea that he was on the air. It is not uncommon for this to happen in broadcast. Even as they checked in again, the singer did not flinch and remained in the same position.

“Maybe he’s just updating Instagram,” joked host Larry Emdur, as the awkward silence continued.

“What time is it in Florida?” co-host Kylie Gillies asked

“Cocktail time,” Emdur joked.

At one point, Bolton sat up straight and appeared to open his eyes to announce, “It’s gone silent,” before returning to his slumped position. The hosts were ultimately unable to catch the crooner’s attention and explained that they would “check the technical side of things.”

When they were finally able to get the connection working, the hosts acknowledged the “technical difficulties,” before welcoming Bolton to the program and conducting the interview as originally planned.

“I can hear you perfectly,” the singer told the hosts, which prompted Emdur to pump his fist in victory.

Bolton continued with the interview only confirming that he could the anchors talking to him, but he later explained via twitter what happened.

“I got my first record deal when I was 15 and I haven’t slept since!!” Bolton joked, alongside a GIF of him wearing pirate attire from his “Jack Sparrow” music video with The Lonely Island.

“In all seriousness there were technical issues with the live feed and they caught me tweeting!” he added. “We had a great interview once they fixed the glitch. #FakeNews #50thAnniversary #SymphonyOfHits”

The city of Detroit, MI has a special place in the Bolton’s heart.

Bolton said that beyond his love of Motown and Hitsville USA, he was moved by all the ways the people of Detroit are working to bounce back following the Great Recession, which nearly crippled the once powerful city.

Said Bolton, “For about five years, we started following people and places and witnessing the determination of the city as a whole — made up of diverse, amazing individuals from all walks of life — to create opportunity out of challenge, to make art from its scars.”

As for why the New Haven, Connecticut, native says the citizens of Detroit means so much to him, “These people have become my heroes,” said Bolton. “I was so immediately and irresistibly inspired by this relentless will, because it renews the spirit for me of the American Dream that I grew up with and that fueled me to chase my own dream.”

Bolton fans will enjoy his rerecorded and remastered greatest hits, along with a full symphony orchestra.

Bolton has won 6 various American Music Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995.

Symphony of Hits drops Friday February 8, 2019. 

Grammy-Award R&B Singer James Ingram Dies


[Los Angeles, CA]: Sadly, the American music industry is mourning the loss of another music icon. XM Radio confirmed that James Ingram, 66, has made his transition to evolve on another plain of life after a prolonged battle with brain cancer.

The superstar dancer from the hit dance television series “Fame” Debbie Allen was first to break to news of the death of her close friend. "I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir," she tweeted. "He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity. I am blessed to have been so close. We will forever speak his name," she said via twitter.

 Music producer Quincy Jones, who also expressed his grief to Billboard Magazine. He loved Ingram like a little brother. "There are no words to convey how much my heart aches with the news of the passing of my baby brother James Ingram," Jones said. "With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical. From the minute I first heard his voice on the demo tape for 'Just Once,' to 'One Hundred Ways,' his classic duet with Patti Austin 'How Do You Keep the Music Playing,' 'Secret Garden,' 'We Are the World,' and all of our recordings, every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home. But it was really no surprise because James was a beautiful human being, with a heart the size of the moon. James Ingram was, and always will be, beyond compare. Rest in Peace baby brother. You will be in my heart forever."

Ingram was a jack of all trades. He was known for singing all kinds of music ranging from the hip danceable hit music video “It’s Real” to some of the most beautiful ballads as his brother mentioned. Ingram was a two-time Grammy-winner. He collected the prestigious award for his 1981 performance of "One Hundred Days" and another one for his 1984 duet with Michael McDonald, "Yah Mo B There." He also received nominations for best original songs at the 1993 and 1994 Oscars for writing "The Day I Fall in Love" from Beethoven's 2nd and "Look What Love Has Done" from Junior respectively.

Since 1983 Ingram has recorded five studio albums. His first album, It’s Your Night hit number 10 on the Billboard R&B chart and was certified Gold. Ingram was also an actor appearing in three films:

1997: The Fearless Four as Buster (voice – English version)
2012: Suburgatory; himself (episode: "The Motherload")
2016: The Two Wedding as Michael Mercado

Ingram is survived by his wife and family. No word on funeral/memorial tribute arrangements at this time. Ingram and Quincey Jones are not biological brothers, but rather Jones loves and respects Ingram as his baby brother.
Watch the video below as Ingram gives men ways to love their women.

Rapper DMX Gets Released from Prison

 [Billboard]: Hip-Hop Rapper DMX, 48, whose real name is Earl Simmon s has been in the Federal Slammer since last year for income tax evasion and now he’s a free man. His attorney says he wasn’t supposed to be released until Sunday, but since his release day fell on the weekend the Federal Bureau of Prisons decided to let him out of the slammer a couple of days early. Murry Richmond, DMX’s attorney confirmed his release when he said “I spoke to him he’s very happy, looking forward to being home. He’s never been hotter than now—people have been seeking him all over. He’s terrific; he’s been terrific,” he said.

He’s not totally off the hook though. He’ll have to pony up a whopping $2.3 million dollars to the government, but he’ll be on a payment plan based on his gross yearly income. His plans include a new album and possibly a biopic which will help him repay his debt to the feds.

Once released, he’ll be on supervised release for a period of three years. That may not be easy for him since he is no stranger to clashes with the Law for crimes ranging from drug possession to animal cruelty, and he served time in the slammer for a probation violation. DMX has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and has won two American Music Awards for favorite rap/hip-hop artist. His career includes both music and television. His last single was in 2017.

DMX will have to be careful how he celebrates his new found freedom while “Partying Up,” that earned him a hit record may not be in his best interest, right now.

He spent a year in the Gilmer Federal Correctional Institution in Glenville, West Virginia.

Thelma Houston Broken Grammy Replaced

 [Billboard]: R&B dance diva Thelma Houtson, 72, is sharp as a tac, still perfortming, and she has no plans of stopping any time soon. Now she no longer has to sport a smashed Grammy Music Trophy. Houstons award from 1979 was badly smashed when an earthquake registering a whopping 6.7 on the richtar scale shook the City of Northridge, CA leaving her crying “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” for real. The song was her version of the same song made popular by R&B group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes Ft. Teddy Pendergrass, and it became a hit all over the globe taking the number one spot on the Billboard U.S R&B/Pop Dance Charts.

Gladys Knight to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

 [Billboard]:( Updated) Adorned in a beautiful all white dress and grey ankle lenght boot Glad ys Knight, 74, may not have been on “The Midnight Train to Georgia” that he sung about in her hit song, but in 2019 she came back home to sing at the Super Bowl. Knight saved her overtime for the National Anthem causing one betting complany to have to pay up a substantial amount of money. She sung the Star-Spangled Banner (America’s National Anthem). The bet was that the song was supposed to end at 1:50 from the start, but knight did what she does best. She hit the high note on " Brave" several times during her performance bringing the song to a total of 2:00 minuteds. said that because of the confusion it would pay out both sides. Knight is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who said she’s honored to have the chance to use her voice to unite and represent our country in her hometown of Atlanta. She also told the people of Atlanta via Twitter that she’s coming back home.

Gladys Knight and The Pips are well known for hits that include “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Love Over board” just to name a couple. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame back in 1996.

Maroon 5, Big Boi, and Travis Scott is scheduled to perform for the half-time show.

Knight was last in Detroit, MI for the funeral of The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.
CBS will broadcast the 2019 Super bowl on February 3, 2019

R-Kelly Reputation Continues Downward Slope

 [Chicago, IL]: The State of Illinois threw a huge curveball in the Pied piper of R&B singer R- Kelly-s performance schedule. R-Kelly 52, won’t be stepping in the name of love at the Illinois state fairgrounds anytime soon after the state denied a permit that would have allowed him to perform at a spring break festival. Kelly was scheduled to perform for the Spring Break Jam Festival in April, but the state says they simply can’t afford the extra security that would be needed to protect both the community and Kelly following the tremendous public outrage following the “Surviving R-Kelly docuseries. Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) spokeswoman Denise Albert made it clear that the rejection was based solely on security and not on any allegations made against Kelly. “ Because of the public outcry stemming from the docuseries, Spring Break Jam organizers could not meet the criteria including reasonably foreseeable problems with security caused either by the nature of the usage or the identity of the proposed lease or his/her patrons” and “ The welfare of the general community” necessary to obtain the fairgrounds permit, she said.

Festival organizers have the option to reapply for the fairgrounds permit and get approved, if Kelly is removed from the festival lineup of performers, she added.

The Spring Break Jam is scheduled for April 6, 2019.

While there are no criminal charges pending against the singer RCA/Sony Music has decided to drop Kelly from their label after protest erupted outside of their New York Studios. His music is still available, but right now Kelly is without an active recording contract. He’s been recording with RCA/ Sony since 2012. Misconduct allegations have followed the singer for over a decade. He was cleared of all 21 counts of child pornography charges back in 2002, and he’s been in the headlines for sexual abuse and/or misconduct numerous times since then.

Kelly has become a well-known R&B artist in the urban community since he released the hit album 12 Play in 1993 that included the hits “Bump and Grind” and “Sex Me”. He has sold over 30 million records earning him the title of one of the best-selling music artist in the United States.