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The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below. »
- Katie Atkinson
After a week of incredible performances, it was Caroline Pennell and Ray Boudreaux who were sent packing during the Nov. 26 episode of ‘The Voice.’ HollywoodLife.com caught up with Caroline backstage after the show, where the emotional singer did her best to hold it together.
On the Nov. 26 episode of The Voice, Cee-Lo Green lost his final team member when Caroline Pennell was sent home. Read on to find out what Caroline told HollywoodLife.com about her shocking elimination!
Caroline Pennell shook things up with an amazing rendition of Florence And The Machine‘s “Dog Days Are Over” this week, so her departure from The Voice was a major upset. Caroline choked back tears as she caught up with HollywoodLife.com backstage, but she assured us that she was still confident with her decision to change her performance style this week. Here are Caroline’s thoughts, »
- HL Intern
Who was your favorite singer this week? Read our thoughts on the top eight, then drop a comment with your own review(s)!
With only a few weeks until The Voice crowns its Season 5 winner, the top 8 singers converged Nov. 25 for another intense sing-off. While a ton of worthy singers took the stage, it was Team Christina’s Jacquie Lee that truly blew us away, coming out of her shell and delivering a killer rendition of Smokey Robinson‘s “Who’s Loving You.” Two more singers will be booted from the competition tomorrow night, so let’s talk about who we love — and who deserves to head on home.
‘The Voice’ Top 8 Perform: Best & Worst Of Nov. 25 Episode
Bespectacled crooner James Wolpert kicked off the evening, pulling out a surprisingly awesome rendition of Queen‘s “Somebody To Love.” I loved it, the coaches loved it, and once again, it’s »
- Andy Swift
After her heart-stopping performance of Smokey Robinson‘s “Who’s Loving You” on Nov. 25, Jacquie Lee talked to HollywoodLife.com all about her plans for next week to take on a song by Christina Aguilera. We know she’s got the voice to conquer it. So which of XTina’s many hits will she take on? Keep reading to find out!
Jacquie Lee: ‘I Want To Do A Christina Song’ Take Our Poll
“Next week I want to do a Christina song, because I feel like everyone has been expecting it and they are asking where it is. They are all like, ‘C’mon!’” Jacquie told HollywoodLife.com ”I want to do a Christina song and I »
- Emily Longeretta
“American Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson and R&B legend Smokey Robinson will be among the performers at this year’s Soul Train Awards, Bet Network Centric said Thursday. The performers’ roster will also include K. Michelle, Ron Isley, Wale, Eric Benet, Candice Glover, Kem, Chrisette Michele, Bobby Caldwell and Joss Stone. See video: Jennifer Hudson Hunts for ‘Scandal,’ Only to Spread the Gospel of Obamacare Anthony Anderson (“Law & Order,” “Scream 4″) will host the ceremony. The Soul Train Awards will tape Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, and air Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. on Centric and Bet. See video: Jennifer Hudson, »
- Tim Kenneally
Detroit — She didn't sing a note or write a lick of a lyric, but Smokey Robinson contends that Maxine Powell was as essential to Motown Records' operation as the legendary label's songwriters, producers and musicians.
Powell was in charge of the artists' personal development. And Robinson, a bard of the American romantic songbook and one of the chief architects of "the Motown sound" produced in Detroit from the late 1950s to the early `70s, paid tribute to Powell on Monday night during an invitation-only event at the former Hitsville, U.S.A., studio in Detroit that now serves as the Motown Historical Museum.
"She was such an important, integral part of what we were doing here at Motown," said Robinson, who has upcoming Michigan gigs in the Detroit area and Grand Rapids and is working on an album of duets with various artists due out next year.
"It didn't matter »
Grand Theft Auto V digital Playstation 3 pre-orders were made available for pre-load overnight throughout the UK. This has led fans to uncover mysterious info through searching of the game’s files. The most significant pieces of info to come out of this leak was the finding of information of a number of music stations and songs. The list below shows the traditional mix of Hip Hop, Rock and Country while including artists such as Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears and Muse.
Please take this information with a pinch of salt as the legitimacy of this information has yet to be clarified by Rockstar. Hopefully within the next few days more will be revealed. If true, what do you make of the soundtrack and which artists were you hoping would make an appearance?
The source of this leak came from GTAForums
An updated list can be viewed at on Reddit
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- Niall McLoughlin
New York — Aretha Franklin won't say what caused her latest health problems, but says she's had a "miraculous" recovery and is looking forward to performing soon.
"My treatments are going very well. My last Cat scan, my doctor at the Cat scan and everyone who sees this says that this is miraculous, absolutely miraculous," Franklin said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.
"I was talking to Smokey Robinson, my oldest best friend Smokey, talking about the fact that some doctors are not very well acquainted with faith healing. And Smokey said, `Well, they just don't know who your healer is.'"
The 71-year-old Queen of Soul has canceled several concerts and public appearances over the last few months due to unspecified health concerns. On Monday, she said she was unable to personally accept an award honoring her work with civil rights from Major League Baseball on Saturday in Chicago. »
New York — George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67.
A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Duke's son, Rashid, thanked his father's fans in a statement Tuesday.
"The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father's friends, fans and the entire music community has been overwhelming," he said. "Thank you all for your concern, prayers and support."
Duke was born in San Rafael, Calif. He appeared on a number of Frank Zappa albums and played in the Don Ellis Orchestra, Cannonball Adderley's band and with jazz musician Stanley Clarke. Duke also played keyboard on Michael Jackson's multiplatinum 1979 album, "Off the Wall."
His wife, Corine, died from cancer last year. »
George Duke, legendary jazz, R&B, funk musician has died at age 67.
According to New York Daily News, Duke passed away on Monday, August 5, in Los Angeles. His cause of death has not yet been determined.
Throughout his career, which spanned over 40 years, the eclectic musician crafted a string of hits including the timeless classic “No Rhyme No Reason,” and worked alongside music legends including Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson and Barry Manilow, to name a few.
Former Supremes member, Sherrie Payne, who was a close family friend, released a statement on the news of Duke's passing;
I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A. It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. »
- Brennan Williams
New York (AP) — A representative says Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer George Duke, whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul, has died. He was 67. The representative said Duke died Monday night in Los Angeles. He was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. During his 40-year-plus career, Duke appeared on a number of Frank Zappa's albums and played in the Don Ellis Orchestra and Cannonball Adderley's band. He played keyboard on Michael Jackson's multiplatinum 1979 album, "Off the Wall," and was a producer for Miles Davis, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Natalie Cole. He »
- Mesfin Fekadu (AP)
“Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records” is a film that’s full of inspired detours, colorful non sequiturs, inside jokes and unexplained phenomena that will likely give hip-hop fans paroxysms of pleasure while leaving the uninitiated alternately amused and confused. In other words, it’s a perfect cinematic distillation of the storied underground record label’s ethos. The esoteric nature of the subject will limit its potential audience, but for anyone who’s spent hours in a dorm room puzzling over “Madvillainy,” Jeff Broadway’s music documentary will be greeted as a godsend.
Despite the gleeful absurdity that characterizes so much of the music released through Stones Throw, the label had its roots in tragedy. Founder Chris Manak (aka Peanut Butter Wolf) grew up an omnivorous music fan and DJ in San Jose, Calif., making playful hip-hop with his childhood friend, the rapper Charizma. Shortly after signing a record deal, »
- Andrew Barker
Oprah Winfrey may have retired from her self-titled talk show after 25 years, but that doesn't mean she isn't pulling in the star power over at her Own network. "Oprah's Master Class" (airing Sundays) features stars hand-picked by Oprah to share the lessons they've learned along the way, as well as their successes, failures, triumphs, disappointments and heartbreaks. As you might expect, stars Diahann Carroll (best known for breaking the color barrier as the first African-American woman to headline her own sitcom) and Berry Gordy (the music mastermind behind stars like the Jackson 5 and Smokey Robinson) have plenty to share. The stars' »
- Liane Bonin Starr
The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Nickelback, Petula Clark, Wiz Khalifa, Jordin Sparks and a video message from Bill Clinton.
John and writing partner Bernie Taupin received the Johnny Mercer award, and Sting kicked off the night with a performance of "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting." Sting also called John and Taupin "my two heroes."
John, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in 1992, said songwriting is often taken for granted. »
As the legendary founder of Motown, Berry Gordy Jr. signed many now-iconic music stars to his 1960s record label -- Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson, to name a few. Berry admits that he never liked children's groups, but that changed the day he saw a very young Michael Jackson audition for Motown with the Jackson 5.
In this video from Berry's upcoming appearance on "Oprah's Master Class," he vividly recalls watching Michael's performance and being blown away by Michael's talent. Not only was Berry impressed with Michael's moves, but he was also amazed by the boy's on-stage presence.
"On stage, he was one kind of person -- he was like this master of what he was doing," Berry says. "When he was through, he was very quiet and almost shy."
Even though the Michael's talent was undeniable, Berry says that he wasn't sure if »
- Lisa Capretto
Leon Knoles has been tapped to serve as director for the new The Arsenio Hall Show, which will debut this fall, September 9, 2013, late night, on CBS. The news was announced today by exec producers Arsenio Hall, John Ferriter and Neal Kendall. Knoles has worked in the television industry for over two decades, directing programs for PBS, TV One, Comedy Central, and others, and working as a technical director with for 3 seasons on American Idol, five seasons of Last Comic Standing, Bet Honors, and Comedy Central Roast. Knoles has directed a wide range of talent including Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Mumford and Sons, Sting, Neil Young, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, the Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, and hosts Jon Stewart, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris and Jamie Foxx.Congrats on the new gig Mr Knoles. I hope it's lengthy stay.
- Tambay A. Obenson
This story first appeared in the May 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. An unprecedented air of uncertainty surrounds the once-dominant American Idol as the Fox show continues to slide in the ratings. Down 22 percent this season, its May 2 episode was the least-watched ever, drawing just under 11 million viewers. Battles between freshman judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj -- both onscreen and on Twitter -- have combined with near-geriatric theme nights (among season 12's guest mentors: Smokey Robinson and Harry Connick Jr.) and led producers to put all options on the table. Here are
- Shirley Halperin
Country gal Miranda Lambert got into the Kentucky Derby spirit Friday night - with a little help from her girlfriends. "The House That Built Me" singer, 29, danced, drank, pumped her fists in the air and eventually performed at the annual black-tie Barnstable Brown Gala event, hosted by Grey Goose, held at a mansion near Churchill Downs on Derby Eve. The Texas native and animal lover was dressed like a southern belle - complete with a peach fascinator perched on her head - hung out at a table flanked by four girlfriends and looked like she was having a blast during the other performances. »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
There were plenty of surprises in the Tony nominations this morning, starting with the fact that the most-recognized show was Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots (with 13 total nominations, including Best Musical) — and not presumed front-runner Matilda (with 12). Of course, the Roald Dahl-inspired Matilda might have picked up a tying 13th nomination had the four young actresses rotating in the title role not been ruled ineligible for Best Actress in a Musical (the quartet will share special Tony honors instead).
Plenty of familiar Hollywood names made the cut for nominations, including three in the Best Actor in a Play category: »
- Thom Geier
New York (AP) — Matthew Morrison has a guy crush, and it's someone more than twice his age: Smokey Robinson. "I love women, but just looking into his green eyes, he can melt you," the 34-year-old "Glee" star said with a laugh. "He's just an amazing, beautiful man. I love him so much." Robinson, 73, appears on a duet with Morrison on "The Wiz" classic "Ease on Down the Road." It's from Morrison's sophomore album, "Where It All Began," due out June 4 on Adam Levine's 222 Records. Morrison said he recorded before Robinson, but wanted to redo his vocals after »
- Mesfin Fekadu (AP)
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