Monthly Archives: December 2018

Throwback: Jamiroquai-Little L

Jamiroquai’s “Little L” was the first single from their fifth studio album A Funk Odyssey. The funk and disco styled song was another win for their catalog of dance-oriented music. Lead singer Jay Kay wrote “Little L” with late keyboardist Toby Smith wrote the song about Kay breaking up with a girlfriend because of his cocaine use. The video features Kay at the club with mirrored balls and pretty woman surrounding him. A song about the end of relationship sounded like a party and had a visual to support the festive vibe. “Little L” was another Jamiroquai song to receive a noteworthy remix for clubs. New Jersey house music veterans Blaze retooled “Little L” and stretched out the groove with handclaps, synthesizer and congas. A Funk Odyssey was another platinum album that added to Jamiroquai’s status as the third-most successful act in the U.K. during the ’90s. They released their eighth album, Automaton in 2018 and had their first United States performance in 13 years at Coachella where they were joined onstage by Snoop Dogg. 

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Media Questions Of The Year (2018)

 

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What happened to Kanye West?

 

Will President Trump be impeached? 

How did Michelle Obama go from being criticized daily when she was the first lady to becoming the most admired woman in America? 

Why didn’t Justin Timberlake invite Janet Jackson or NYSYNC to join him for his Super Bowl halftime show? 

Why is The Grammy’s still having a hard time giving hip-hop its proper recognition 30 years after Jazzy Jeff & Will “The Fresh Prince” Smith won the first one in the category?

Will the #MeToo movement create permanent change in the entertainment industry?

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Sly And The Family Stone Documentary Coming In 2019

A documentary about Sly And The Family Stone is coming out in 2019. Dance To The Streaming Music is a 10 year in the making film about Stone’s impact on music and his relationship with the Music Modernization Act. Sly And The Family Stone were the first co-ed, multiracial band to succeed in the mainstream with their unique sound of funk and soul. Independent film director Brady Spensor was able to develop a rapport with Stone through his son Sly Jr. who he knew from other previous projects. Spensor was able to chronicle Stone’s financial problems at the time. Stone won a lawsuit in 2015 against his former manager, an attorney and a production company for $5 million dollars in royalties but a judge ruled later that year he would not be able to collect the money because he signed his royalties over to the company for an ownership stake. The singer was living in a van and desperately needed the money to live. The recently passed Music Modernization Act has changed his financial situation by paying him streaming royalties hence the title of the documentary. 

Sly And The Family Stone dissolved in 1975 and Stone released four solo albums. His well-known issues with drugs stopped him from reviving his career but he has sporadically performed through the years by collaborating with Jesse Johnson and George Clinton and appearing with The Family Stone. 

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Surviving R. Kelly: New Trailers Of Survivors Parts 1 & 2

 Lifetime shares the latest trailers for Surviving R.Kelly which has anecdotes from various women who were previously involved with him. The R&B singer has been accused of running a sex cult and keeping a harem of abused women. Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, singer Sparkle, Lisa Van Allen and Kitti Jones share their past experiences with Kelly on camera. The New York premiere earlier this month was canceled after a gun threat was called in from Chicago. Surviving R. Kelly will premiere January 3rd at 9 PM ET. 

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Tyler Perry To Host Grammy Celebration For Aretha Franklin

Tyler Perry will host a Grammy tribute to Aretha Franklin that will air on CBS next year. Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul is a live concert that will be taped January 13, 2019, at 6 PM at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Janelle Monáe, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Patti LaBelle, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Alicia Keys, Common, Celine Dion, BeBe Winans, Kelly Clarkson, Sza, H.E.R. Chloe X Halle, John Legend, H.E.R. and Brandi Carlisle are scheduled to perform songs from Franklin’s catalog at the concert. Franklin passed in August at age 76 from pancreatic cancer. 

Tickets for the concert are available via AXS.com.

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