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‘The Four’ final: Zhavia should have won, say 76% of readers

‘The Four’ final: Zhavia should have won, say 76% of readers
On the final of “The Four” on Feb. 8, Evvie McKinney pulled off a stunning upset by winning over frontrunner Zhavia. Heading into the night, Zhavia was the top pick of a whopping 76% of our readers while McKinney managed a mere 12% of the vote. The other two finalists — Candice Boyd and Vincint Cannady — earned just 8% and 4% respectively. If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, be sure to do so at the bottom of this post and then sound off in the comments section about this new reality competition series hosted by Fergie.

McKinney was named iHeartRadio’s “On the Verge” artist and was signed to Republic Records. That label’s head of talent, Charlie Walk, had been a judge on the first five episodes of this new reality competition series but he stepped aside following allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Without Walk, it was left to judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled
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‘The Four’: Who will win the Feb. 8 final – Candice Boyd, Vincint Cannady, Evvie McKinney or Zhavia?

‘The Four’: Who will win the Feb. 8 final – Candice Boyd, Vincint Cannady, Evvie McKinney or Zhavia?
The finale of “The Four” airs on Fox this Thursday (Feb. 8). The final four singers hoping to be named iHeartRadio’s “On the Verge” artist are Candice Boyd, Vincint Cannady, Evvie McKinney and Zhavia. The winner will also be signed to Republic Records. That label’s head honcho, Charlie Walk, was a judge on the first five episodes this new reality competition series but he stepped aside in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Walk was seen alongside rival judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor on the Feb. 1 pre-taped episode. They, along with the studio audience, set this surprising line-up for the finale. None of the eventual four finalists started off this week five show with a spot. Rather, each won a place in the final when they challenged one of the four favorites and beat them in a sing-off.

See ‘The Four’ episode 5 recap: Did the
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Which of ‘The Four’ finalists is Least deserving of their place: Candice Boyd, Vincint Cannady, Evvie McKinney or Zhavia? [Poll]

“The Four” finale is set to air on Fox this Thursday (Feb. 8). Four artists — Candice Boyd, Vincint Cannady, Evvie McKinney and Zhavia — will sing one final time to try and win over the studio audience and claim the title of iHeartRadio’s “On the Verge” artist. The winner will also be signed to a deal with Republic Records. However, that label’s executive Charlie Walk, who was a judge on the first five episodes of the show, has stepped aside in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Walk did appear alongside Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor on the pre-taped fifth episode, which aired on Feb. 1 and set the line-up for the finale. None of the eventual four finalists started off that show with a seat. Rather, each successfully challenged one of the four favorites and won the right to bounce them from their place in the final.
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‘The Four’ episode 5 recap: Did the right artists win seats in the finale? [Poll]

‘The Four’ episode 5 recap: Did the right artists win seats in the finale? [Poll]
On episode five of this first season of “The Four,” two new challengers and two comeback artists won the right to challenge one of the quartet of contestants for a seat. Do you think that the right four were put through to the finale by the audience on Feb. 1? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post and then sound off in our comments section about this new reality competition series hosted by Fergie. (Episode five was taped before the decision that record executive Charlie Walk will not be a judge in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behavior.)

First up was Vincint Cannady, who impressed the panel of judges — singers Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor and Walk — with his soaring rendition of “Magic” by Coldplay.

Cannady decided to go after the seat won by Jason Warrior in week two. Back then, he’d won the
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2018 Grammys post-mortem slugfest: Dissecting Bruno’s sweep, Kendrick’s snubs & controversy over women in the industry [Watch]

2018 Grammys post-mortem slugfest: Dissecting Bruno’s sweep, Kendrick’s snubs & controversy over women in the industry [Watch]
With the 60th Annual Grammy Awards behind us, Gold Derby senior editor Daniel Montgomery and I had quite a bit to talk about regarding the ceremony, the winners and the thorny cultural issues regarding race and gender that continue to be at the center of much of the Grammy debate. Watch our complete video slugfest above.

First, consider the sweep for Bruno Mars, who won all six of his nominations including trophies for Album of the Year (“24K Magic”), Record of the Year (“24K Magic”) and Song of the Year (“That’s What I Like”). I think Grammy voters took away the wrong lesson from last year when the recording academy was criticized over Beyonce‘s loss to Adele for Album of the Year. “It was a conventional choice which is why I think the win was somewhat disappointing,” I noted. “After going so conventional last year … I think there
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Cardi B Says She Was a 'Little Bit Happier' Pre-Fame: 'I Feel Like the World Owns Me'

Cardi B Says She Was a 'Little Bit Happier' Pre-Fame: 'I Feel Like the World Owns Me'
We all know by now that Cardi B can not only afford those expensive “red bottoms,” but she can even “get ’em both” if she doesn’t want to choose. But in her new Cr Fashion Book magazine cover interview, she reveals the good and bad aspects of getting to make those “bloody moves.”

“Well, one positive thing is that, my family, whatever they want, they get,” she tells the magazine in an interview by Zendaya. “Everything that I want to buy, I can get. I don’t have to worry so much about my future.”

But as the saying goes,
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Best New Artist Grammy: Alessia Cara joins these 58 past winners of Grammy Awards prize for music newcomers

Best New Artist Grammy: Alessia Cara joins these 58 past winners of Grammy Awards prize for music newcomers
Alessia Cara pulled off an upset at the 2018 Grammy Awards when she won Best New Artist over Sza. She became the 26th solo female singer to claim this awards since it was introduced at the second Grammys ceremony in 1959. While the first winner was “Mack the Knife” singer Bobby Darin won) , only 12 more male artists have taken this prize home since then. Groups or or collaborative acts have won this top honor 18 times. (Take a tour of all 59 winners in the photo gallery above.)

The Grammy Award for Best New Artist has been given out every year since 1959, with the exception of 1967. The most dubious winner has to be the duo Milli Vanilli, which won the award in 1989 only to have it rescinded a year later when it was revealed that they were lip syncing.

They were just one of the winning acts that have been cursed by this award.
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Who Is Sza? 5 Things to Know About the Grammy-Nominated Singer and Star of Gap's New Campaign

“Love Galore” may be the title of Sza’s hit single, but it’s also what the R&B star has been receiving since she burst onto the mainstream music scene last year. With famous fans like Kendrick Lamar and Solange, she’s currently the singer everyone is talking about.

In 2017 Sza (pronounced “Siz-zah,” — her real name is Solána Imani Rowe) climbed the charts and catapulted to stardom with her sultry debut album Ctrl. Now the 27-year-old singer and newly named star of The Gap’s new Logo Remix campaign, is gearing up for a big Grammy performance while in
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A Woman's Wisdom... Lyla June

Lyla June is Taos, New Mexico-based singer/songwriter who lives her life according to "the path of service." Besides being a musician, she's also a poet, anthropologist, educator, community organizer and public speaker. She is of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) Native American lineages. CultureCatch sat with her recently. Here's that interview:

David Ashdown: What role did music play in your upbringing in the Diné tradition?

Lyla June: In the Diné language (Diné Bizaad) Hataałii means both "singer" and "doctor". Also, in our language Sodizin means both "song" and "prayer." So in my upbringing, music was all about deep intention to make the world a better place. Music was seen as a healer and singers were viewed as doctors. I was born into a world of struggle, as Native Americans continue to live in post-war conditions after the Native American holocaust. There's a lot of work to do to improve our communities.
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Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound,’ Divorce and ‘Messing Up in Front of the World’

Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound,’ Divorce and ‘Messing Up in Front of the World’
The transition from music to acting has been a bridge too far for many musicians, but Mary J. Blige isn’t just any singer. She brought multiple talents and skills to the daunting role of Florence Jackson in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” the story of a sharecropper’s wife trying to raise her family in the Jim Crow-era South.

Blige had acted professionally before, appearing opposite Tom Cruise in the hair-metal musical “Rock of Ages” in 2012, channeling the Wicked Witch of the West as Evillene in a live production of “The Wiz,” and even played Dr. Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife, opposite Angela Bassett in the TV movie “Betty & Coretta.”

Of course, channeling emotion is an essential element of singing, and as a vocalist, Blige, who is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Jan. 11, is practically without peer: For more than a quarter-century, over a dozen-odd studio albums, nine Grammy Awards,
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Lorde Faces Backlash for Cancelling Israeli Concert: ‘Shame and Disgrace’

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Many Lorde fans took to Twitter to blast pop star Lorde for cancelling a planned June 2018 concert in Tel Aviv under heavy pressure from anti-Israel activists and organizations. “Boycott this bigot,” Roseanne Barr tweeted following the New Zealand singer’s decision to pull out of the gig, citing an “overwhelming number of messages and letters.” Others slammed the “Royals” singer’s willingness to perform in Russia — a country with a shaky human rights record — and giving in to the same pressures that caused Elvis Costello, Lauryn Hill and Gorillaz to cancel scheduled shows in Israel. Also Read: Lorde Cancels Tel Aviv Concert,
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10 Things About Clueless You Never Knew

10 Things About Clueless You Never Knew
"Ugh, As If!" After The Crush and before Batgirl, there was Clueless, the catchphrase packed 1995 high school rom-com that somehow made us all love Alicia Silverstone even more than before, with a supporting cast of future stars including Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer, the late Brittany Murphy, and of course, Paul Rudd. Here, we look at 10 things you never knew about Clueless.

Clueless began as a TV series.

No, we're not talking about the spinoff TV series, which ran from 1996 till 1999, with most of the cast reprising their roles, minus, of course, Alicia Silverstone. Amy Heckerling, who directed National Lampoon's European Vacation, Johnny Dangerously, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and a few episodes of its short-lived TV spinoff, initially pitched Clueless as a teen soap series in the vein of Beverly Hills, 90210. The show would have been called No Worries. Heckerling figured Jeff Spicoli was so popular because he was always so positive,
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Lauryn Hill Sued by Fired Trombone Player

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Lauryn Hill and her team hired a trombone player to record some songs and hit the road with her, but then fired him before ever paying him ... or so he claims in a lawsuit. Lauryn, her touring manager and her touring company are being sued by Matthew Hartnett, who says he joined L-Boogie's team last summer for some live recording sessions. Apparently it went well, he says she offered him a touring gig through the fall.
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Cardi B Makes Hot 100 History as 'MotorSport' Breaks Top 10

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Cardi B Makes Hot 100 History as 'MotorSport' Breaks Top 10
No matter how the online throngs feel about that “Trap Selena” reference, Cardi B’s rapping on Migo’s “MotorSport” has stamped her name into the history books. On Dec. 18, when the single, also featuring Nicki Minaj, climbed to the No. 6 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, the 25-year-old became the first female rapper to have her initial three singles in the Top 10.

Since signing with Atlantic Records in February 2017, this year has been the gift that keeps on giving for the former stripper whose big break came with 2015’s Love & Hip Hop: New York. The Bronx-born rapper’s debut, “Bodak Yellow,
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Lady Gaga Announces Las Vegas Residency: ‘I Was Made for This Town’

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Lady Gaga Announces Las Vegas Residency: ‘I Was Made for This Town’
Calling all Little Monsters! Lady Gaga announced on Instagram Tuesday that she will soon begin a residency at the Park Theater in Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo Casino, confirming rumors that have recently been circulating to her fan’s delight. “The rumors are true!!!!!” she said in a series of posts. “I’m gonna be a Las Vegas girl!!” Also Read: Coachella Scene and Heard: Leo Dicaprio, Lauryn Hill, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga (Updating Photos) “Thank you Richard, Bill and Chris for making my dream come true! I was made for this town, and I can’t wait
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All of 2017’s Best Music, Ranked

All of 2017’s Best Music, Ranked
Damn. it was a good year for music.

It didn’t always feel that way, though. While Kendrick Lamar’s aforementioned fourth studio album -- which hit like a meteor on the Friday before the rapper’s monster set to close out Coachella -- much of 2017 was defined by growers rather than out of the gate jams and much of the summer passed without a bona fide “Song of” said season. (Barely. More on that in a second.)

Really, it's only on looking back at the cavalcade of "Best Of" lists that footnote every year that you realize how full of noteworthy sounds 2017 in particular was. And now, with the nearly ubiquitous acceptance of streaming as the primary method of song consumption, not only is the roster of artists who find both large audiences and critical acclaim more diverse and democratized than ever, but the entire idea of a publication-determined "Best Music of the Year" feels almost silly. After
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Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ Nominated for Grammys

Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ Nominated for Grammys
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Latin artists Cardi B, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee nabbed big nominations at the upcoming 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Cardi B is competing for the Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song trophies for “Bodak Yellow,” while Fonsi and Yankee’s record-breaking hit “Despacito” got nods in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories.

If “Despacito” wins in the either of the latter two categories it will make history as the first Spanish-language song to do so.
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Latinos Are Dominating the Billboard Hot 100 Chart

Latinos Are Dominating the Billboard Hot 100 Chart
Latinos have had a big year in music. First, there was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s summer hit “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, which sat on the Billboard‘s Hot 100 for 16 weeks, making history as the longest running No. 1 song since Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 “One Sweet Day.” That megahit seemed to set the tone for the rest of 2017.

For the week of Nov. 18th on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart four Latin artists ranked among the top ten: Camila Cabello’s “Havana” parked in the No. 3 spot; Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” made it to No.4; Demi Lovato
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Fergie Says Making Her New New Album Was a 'Therapeutic' Experience

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Fergie Says Making Her New New Album Was a 'Therapeutic' Experience
Fergie fans waited 11 years for her new album to drop, but it was well worth it. More than a collection of pop bangers, Double Dutchess is a rallying cry for female empowerment. It’s a message that she held close to her heart while recording her solo comeback.

“From all the reactions to the album, it’s interesting how the songs that are more serious and more emotional and vulnerable are ones that are really connecting to people,” she told People at the weekend re-launch of The Cove resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas, where she performed some of those emotional
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Fans Angry at Cardi B for Comparing Herself to Selena Quintanilla

Fans Angry at Cardi B for Comparing Herself to Selena Quintanilla
2017 has been a standout year for Cardi B. She topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with megahit “Bodak Yellow,” which went platinum; her first studio album is forthcoming; and last Friday, she got engaged to Migos’ rapper Offset. For the Bronx-born rapper from humble roots, it’s not a stretch to compare her rising star to that of the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, but some disagree – and vehemently so.

The offending lyrics appear on Migos’s hit track, “Motor Sport,” on which Cardi B and Nicki Minaj collaborated: “Let me wrap my weave up, I’m the trap Selena, Dame más gasolina,
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