American Idol: What Should the Top 8 Sing for (Yet Another Installment of) Motown Week?

American Idol: What Should the Top 8 Sing for (Yet Another Installment of) Motown Week?
The American Idol Season 12 Top 8 will be faced with a tricky theme this Wednesday (8/7c on Fox): Detroit: The Music of Motor City.

Yep, it’s essentially another way of saying Motown Week, and as such, I’m gritting my teeth bracing for an onslaught of songs we’ve already heard one too many times in prior Idol seasons — “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Let’s Get It On” to name a few.

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Still, hope springs eternal,
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DJ Megatron Killed; Tom Hanks to Guest Star on ’30 Rock’

DJ Megatron Killed; Tom Hanks to Guest Star on ’30 Rock’
Getty DJ Megatron in 2008.

DJ Megatron killed; Tom Hanks will guest star on “30 Rock”; Aretha Franklin celebrates her birthday…

DJ Megatron Killed: Popular radio and TV figure DJ Megatron, whose real name was Corey McGriff, was killed near his home on New York City’s Staten Island. The “106 and Park” personality was reportedly shot at 2 a.m. while headed to the store. The 32-year-old’s manager released this statement: “Mega’s family is grateful for all of the condolences and
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Aretha Franklin sings at birthday party

Aretha Franklin sings at birthday party
Aretha Franklin proved that she was in fine health on Friday evening by singing publicly for the first time in months. According to Yahoo News, Franklin made the impromptu performance during her 69th birthday celebrations, joining former Temptations singer Dennis Edwards on stage for a rendition of 'The Way We Were'. Among the celebrities in attendance at the event were the likes of actress Bette Midler, jazz singer Tony Bennett and original Motown star Smokey Robinson. Bennett himself paid tribute to the so-called Queen of Soul by giving a speech in which he described Franklin as "one (more)
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Inside Aretha Franklin's Big Birthday Bash

Inside Aretha Franklin's Big Birthday Bash
When it's Aretha Franklin's birthday, you don't just sing any old tune. At the Queen of Soul's swanky, star-studded 69th birthday party in New York City late Friday night - where Bette Midler, Smokey Robinson and Tony Bennett topped the guest list - revelers joined Dennis Edwards of The Temptations in wishing her well with a personalized version of "My Girl." It went a little something like this: "I guess … you'll say … what can make me feel this way …. Aretha, Aretha, Aretha ..." And then the woman of the hour took the mic. As guests screamed and applauded, the slimmed-down
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The Temptations singer Ali-Ollie Woodson dies

Legendary Motown singer Ali-Ollie Woodson has died. The hitmaker - who fronted The Temptations in the 80s and 90s - passed away on Sunday (30.05.2010) in southern California after an 18-month battle with cancer. Billy Wilson, president of the Motown Alumni Association, said: ''He had this swagger about himself. He was cool. He had a coolness about himself that was really very inviting.'' The pair first met in 1980 just before Woodson joined the group and was charged with the task of replacing former The Temptations frontman Dennis Edwards. Wilson revealed despite the 58-year-old singer's fame, he was ''always a gentleman and always polite ..
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The Temptations Star Ali-Ollie Woodson Died

Former The Temptations star Ali-Ollie Woodson has died following a battle with leukaemia. The singer, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, passed away in California on Sunday, May 30, according to Motown Alumni Association President Billy Wilson. He was 58.

Born Ollie Cregget in Detroit, Michigan, Woodson began his career as a member of Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters in the early 1970s, but he rose to fame as a member of the Motown quintet in the 1980s, joining the group as a replacement for Dennis Edwards after he was fired in 1984.

He co-wrote, co-produced and sang lead vocals for the hit single "Treat Her Like a Lady" but left the band in 1986. However, Woodson returned in 1988 for an eight-year tenure before quitting again after the release of the group's 1995 album "For Lovers Only". He reunited with the band in 2002 for a Japanese tour, stepping in for Barrington 'Bo' Henderson after he was
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Martin Lawrence To Be Honored At Foster Youth Gala

We just discovered that Martin Lawrence will be honored today at the Beverly Hills Hotel headlining the Carry’s 2009 Annual Fundraising gala to benefit Foster Youth throughout the city of Los Angeles. We also discovered that The Temptations,

featuring Dennis Edwards are also performing.

Actress Jennifer Lewis is set to serve as Master of Ceremonies. The night’s special guest honoree presentation will be presented to Lawrence, best known for his hit television series, Martin, Hosting The original Def Comedy Jam series, and his many hit films including the Bad Boys Franchise and the Big Momma's House franchise..

Carry, the Coalition For At-Risk Youth, is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the lives of foster care youth. Founded by renowned dermatologist, Dr. Pearl Grimes, Carry has achieved some significant successes since its creation in 2005. Carry established a special grant of $90,000 awarded to A Place Called Home, an award-winning Los Angeles
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