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7 items from 2014

Soundtracking: Get On Up

5 August 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

James Brown finally got the biopic treatment this weekend with the release of Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as The Godfather of Soul himself.

What’s most intriguing about the cinematic treatment of Brown’s life – both on- and off-screen – is that so much of it took place in front of a camera. In fact, Elvis Presley aside, it’s hard to think of a more physical performer that spent so much time being captured on film in the early days of the rock n’ roll/rhythm and blues era.

Brown’s popularity rose and sustained itself for so long that it’s often easy to forget that while he was a fixture well into his more funk-driven days of the 1970s alongside the likes of George Clinton, he got his start as a contemporary of Little Richard.

By time 1964 rolled around and The Beatles and The Rolling Stones »

- Shane McNeil

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Marine Who Lost Leg in Iraq Inspires Judges on America's Got Talent

2 July 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

A brave Marine who lost part of his leg in Iraq inspired all four judges on America's Got Talent Tuesday as he shared how music helped him through his pain. Sal Gonzalez, 29, who lives in Nashville but grew up in Los Angeles, earned "yes" votes and praise for not only his singing but his work with the Wounded Warrior Project, in which he helps other injured veterans re-adjust to life back home. "You are very, very inspirational … You can sing!" judge Mel B said after Gonzalez delivered a soulful rendition of the Bill Withers Grammy Award-winning classic "Ain't No Sunshine. »

- Andrea Billups

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C.J. Harris on 'American Idol': My peak moments -- 'Gravity' and mom (exclusive video)

25 April 2014 5:10 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Looking back over his performances on "American Idol," exiting contestant C.J. Harris tells Gold Derby (in the webcam chat below) that two were his best. "I think the Marshall Tucker Band 'Can't You See' worked really good for me and 'Gravity' by John Mayer. I think those two are probably my strongest performances. "I was hoping to get further down in the competition and do more things that fit my voice, but, unfortunately, I didn't get to," he adds. "I would've done some Gary Clark Jr., Dobie Gray, Bill Withers --- that old soul music that really fits me." -Break- Aside from music moments, Harris says how happy it was to have his family join him at the telecast. " Me and my mom and my sister -- we've been through a lot as a family. For me to make it that far and for my mom being able to come »

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Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam Blu-ray/DVD/CD Concert Sets to be Released March 25th

19 February 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[Press Release] Los Angeles, Feb. 19, 2014 -- On March 25, hot on the heels of their Grammy nomination, force-of-nature blues-rock vocalist Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa will deliver Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Live In Amsterdam (2Dvd/Blu-ray/2Cd) – the very first live experience from one of music's most powerful female voices and one of the world's greatest guitar players. Against the backdrop of the beautiful, historic Koninklijk Theater Carre in Amsterdam, the performance wows with scorching soul covers from the duo's 2011 debut album Don't Explain and 2013 follow-up Seesaw, originally made famous by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Bill Withers, Delaney & Bonnie, Buddy Miles, »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Michael Davis: Steranko – Who Is He, And What Is He To You?

28 January 2014 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

My subtitle is the title of a great Bill Withers song, but an even greater Creative Source song. If you are of the age where you think of Twilight as a classic film, chances are you have never heard of Bill Withers, Creative Source or that song.


I could understand not being aware of Creative Source. They were a bit off the beaten path. However any music fan not aware of Bill Withers should drop less Ecstasy and lighten up on the trance. People, Boom, Boom, Boom with an occasional auto corrected voice may be music, but a song it is not.

Whatever age you are, if you are a fan of comics you should have heard of Jim Steranko, or simply Steranko as he is better known.

A comic fan, a true fan of the medium, not aware of Steranko is akin to a history buff thinking Lincoln is only a carmaker. »

- Michael Davis

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Inside the Grammy Awards: 24 Things You Didn’t See on TV

26 January 2014 11:52 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

TV audiences may have grown bored with the 56th annual Grammy Awards, but the audience at Los Angeles’ Staples Center maintained a high level of excitement throughout the show Sunday. The audible thrills started with Beyonce and Jay Z’s sexy performance and plateaued during collaborations between Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons and later when Stevie Wonder joined Daft Punk. TheWrap was inside the Staples Center for all the action — as it happened. Here of 24 of the seen-and-heard highlights from our reporter on the scene: 3:15 Grammy Award winning music legend Bill Withers’ wife and daughter, all dressed up for the. »

- Pamela Chelin

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Grammys 2014: Full winners list

26 January 2014 3:30 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Which music stars went home with awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards? Find out with this full winners list.

Winners in each category are bolded.

Record of the Year

"Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons

"Royals" -- Lorde

"Locked Out of Heaven" -- Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines" -- Robin Thick feat. T.I. and Pharrell

Album of the year

"The Blessed Unrest" -- Sara Bareilles

"Random Access Memories" -- Daft Punk

"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" -- Kendrick Lamar

"The Heist" -- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

"Red" -- Taylor Swift

Song of the year

"Just Give Me a Reason" -- Jeff Bhasker, Pink and Nate Ruess (Pink feat. Nate Ruess)

"Locked Out of Heaven" -- Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Bruno Mars (Bruno Mars)

"Roar" -- Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry and Henry Walter (Katy Perry)

"Royals »


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