Monthly Archives July 2007

Amerie: ‘Appreciate Me For My Music’

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R&B star Amerie has appealed to fans to appreciate her for her talent and not just her stunning looks. The 1 Thing hit maker, famed for performing in mini skirts or tiny shorts, is keen to win fans over with her records alone because she insists it is her music which differentiates her from her peers. Looks can be deceptive cos they are usually done by the make man or the grooming team, so people just get fantasized by those pics appearing on the cover pages of magazines and elsewhere. Voice and singing talents are something others cannot make and create for you, you either have it or you don’t. Some chaps in the music industry fool people by releasing their albums with another person’s voice and their picture on the label. Once on stage they can be seen lip singing the song...

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Mom Sheryl Crow

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Mom Sheryl Crow waits offstage as hired nanny Marva keeps her 3-month old adopted son Wyatt at bay. He’s quieted with a pacifier at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago on Saturday. Sheryl also put on some noise-canceling headphones on baby Wyatt to keep the kid from going deaf as she performed on stage with Eric Clapton.

But it seems to me that the noise should be the least of her worries. Does anyone else think that baby Wyatt looks tortured? And why does nanny Marva look like she doesn’t give a damn? Mommy needs to figure something out and fast.

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Heart ailment sidelines Kiss singer

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Kiss lead singer and guitarist Paul Stanley had to bow out of a Southern California concert because of heart problems before the show, according to his Web site.

Band-mates Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer played the Friday night gig at Soboba Casino, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles, as Stanley was taken to the hospital.

“During sound check yesterday, my heart spontaneously jumped to 190 plus beats per minute where it stayed for over an hour necessitating paramedics to start an IV and give me a shot to momentarily stop my heart and get it into a normal pattern,” Stanley said in the Saturday Web site posting.

“Not knowing if this episode was life threatening made it even more exhausting,” the statement continued.

Phone and e-mail messages for Kiss manager Doc McGhee seeking co...

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Fabolous feat. Ne-Yo – Make Me Better [OFFICAL MUSIC VIDEO]!

Rapper Fabolous performed his new single “Make Me Better” with r&b singer Ne-Yo

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Queen guitarist wraps studies for doctorate

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Brian May, the lead guitarist from rock band Queen, is close to earning his doctorate in astrophysics — more than 35 years after quitting his studies to become a rock star.

May arrived on the island of La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands several days ago to conduct astronomical observations in support of his thesis, according to a statement by the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands.

His thesis, “Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud,” is the last component of his PhD studies, and May expected to complete his work on Wednesday.

“Maybe you’d like to see the Telescope we are working in,” May, 60, wrote on his Web site on Wednesday.

“Galileo … Galileo … how full of coincidences life is,” he added, referring to the lyrics in Queen’s hit song “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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Blues singer Etta James hospitalized in LA

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Blues singer Etta James is in stable condition in a Los Angeles hospital, suffering from complications following abdominal surgery, her manager said on Wednesday.

The 69-year-old rock ‘n’ roll pioneer was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, following the mid-June surgery, Lupe De Leon wrote in an email to Reuters.

James hopes to be well enough by the end of August to join blues icon B.B. King and soul veteran Al Green on a tour that began in Florida on Tuesday.

“If it had been left solely up to her, she would have checked herself out of the hospital and started the tour regardless of her delicate health,” De Leon said. “However, her doctor advised that were she to do so, it would put her at very great risk.”

R&B singer Chaka Khan is substituting for James on the tour.

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Pearl Jam to play private club show in Chicago

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Pearl Jam will play a private show for fan club members in Chicago on August 2, three days before its headlining stint at the city’s Lollapalooza festival, the rock group said on Tuesday.

Tickets for the show at the Vic Theatre will go on sale on Thursday, priced at $150 per pair (plus applicable fees). The Vic’s capacity is about 1,400 people, according to the venue’s web site.

Lollapalooza is Pearl Jam’s only U.S. appearance planned for 2007. Apart from a three-week European tour last month, the group has been laying low this year. The Seattle quintet spent much of 2006 on the road in support of a new self-titled album, its first studio release in almost four years.

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Starbucks label signs Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is following the lead of Paul McCartney in joining with the coffee giant Starbucks to release her comeback album.

Hear Music, a record label formed in partnership with Starbucks Corp. and the Concord Music Group, said Wednesday that Mitchell is its second signing. “Shine,” her first album of new compositions since 1998, will be released on Sept. 25.joni-mitchell.jpg

McCartney’s album “Memory Almost Full” came out last month and was played relentlessly at Starbucks franchises, where listeners could purchase it with their coffee. The disc has sold 447,000 copies, 45 percent of them in Starbucks stores, the company said.

The new venture has attracted interest from veteran artists both because the music business is collapsing around them, and their fans are much more likely to be spending time in...

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Father-son reunion a “blessing” for jazz fans

Contact between father and son had been rare and publicly cool for nearly 50 years, and few thought they would ever see Bebo Valdes, 89 in October, and his son Chucho, 66, on tour together.

And yet the Cuban jazz pianists are not only playing 10 concerts in Spain, but on July 10 they finished recording their first collaborative album. The currently untitled release is set for an October launch on Madrid-based Calle 54 Records, with distribution by Sony BMG Spain.

The tour, which includes Chucho’s vocalist sister and Bebo’s daughter, Mayra Caridad, began July 6 in Tenerife and ends August 5 in Huesca after passing through seven cities including Barcelona, Madrid and Zaragoza.

“The tour means not only the re-encounter of father and son, but a review of the history of Cuban music in the 20th ...

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Isaiah Inspires Stevie

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Inspiration and Isaiah Washington can hardly be put in the same sentence together. Unless of course Isaiah inspires you to spit in his face. But things are starting to look up for the homophobic former cast member of Grey’s Anatomy.

First, he scored himself a part on one of the hottest new shows in the Fall, ‘Bionic Woman’, a developmental deal with NBC and he’s got Stevie Wonder singing songs in his praises. Whoa! What?

Isaiah was a guest on Stevie’s radio show on KJLH in Los Angeles on Thursday when Stevie and his crew suddenly broke into a tune about Isaiah. It started of as a mere chant but then Stevie added his flare and it is on! It’s kinda hard to be mad at that.

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