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NYPD cop in trouble for drunken antics in Canada
A city cop could be in trouble after getting busted for drunken antics in Canada — and allegedly failing to inform his NYPD bosses.
195 points by Daily News | Intoxication Alcohol intoxication Police Mary J. Blige Stevie Wonder Plane The Cop Andrew Grove
Usher receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- "No Limit" singer Usher received the 2,588th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with wife Grace Miguel and sons Usher and Naviyd by his side.
19 points by UPI | United Press International Michael Jackson International News Service News World Communications William Randolph Hearst Album Stevie Wonder Single
Maroon 5 and Adam Levine bring ever-varying catalog to Quicken Loans Arena
Maroon 5, led by frontman Adam Levine, has refused to remain musically stagnant, and that diversity will be on view when the band takes the stage at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 22. PREVIEW Maroon 5 When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Where: Quicken Loans Arena. Openers: Tinashe, R. City. Tickets: $30.50 to $126, plus fees, at the box office, online at, at Discount Drug Mart locations and by phone at 1-888-894-9424. CLEVELAND, Ohio - It's all about having the right tools in the kit, and that's as true with music as it is with a race car. Just look at Maroon 5 for proof. Around 2001, guitarist James Valentine joined a band fronted by Adam Levine that was going by the name of Kara's Flowers that was formed while they were still in high school. Valentine's addition and a name shift to Maroon 5 began the transformation. Now Levine IS the guy behind the wheel. Was then and is now. But having Valentine's Berklee College of Music background added some RPM to the motor. "The first time I saw them play, I could see they were a great rock 'n' roll band,'' said Valentine, calling from his Los Angeles home. "They'd been playing straight-ahead rock up until that, but they were starting to experiment with rhythm & blues and soul influences. "For me, coming from a jazz background, it gave me a tool kit to really fit in and to complement the band and help them realize that sound,'' said Valentine, who at the time was heavily into the music of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers. "For musicians coming up, I always recommend learning jazz harmony and jazz theory,'' he said. "If you can play that, you can play anything,'' said Valentine. It's clearly been a successful partnership; Maroon 5, which is at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 22, has more than 20 million albums worldwide since then. And yet, the union required a bit of a learning curve. "I think it was about 10 years in when I started to feel like I'm one of the guys,'' Valentine said, laughing. "There was a long hazing period. "Sometimes, those guys still talk about someone they knew in junior high or were their old friends and once again, I'm the new guy,'' he said, mixing a little chuckle with an amused sigh. Throughout its history - be it as Kara's Flowers or Maroon 5 - the band has thrived on never remaining stagnant. That's especially true on an as-yet unnamed album that's probably due out just before summer. The proof? The first two singles off it "Don't Wanna Know'' and "Cold'' featured rappers Kendrick Lamar and Future. "This is a shift, or at least I think it's a shift,'' said Valentine. "The last record ('V,' which reached No. 1 on Billboard's album charts) was pretty straight-ahead pop. "Maybe we're taking a slight turn back toward R&B, and I think everybody's excited about that,'' he said. Maroon 5 also is well known for its use of guest stars, so the presence of Lamar and Future isn't that big a surprise. "You hope for the best and come up for a wish list,'' Valentine said of the process for choosing guest artists. "Obviously, Kendrick is at the top of that list. He's my favorite rapper on the planet right now, and it's great that he was able to do it.'' The band's success has had one not-so-surprising consequence: Choosing a set list has become more and more of a challenge. "On the one hand, it's pretty easy because we have a well-established catalog of hits - songs people want to hear,'' Valentine said. "But that's where the challenge comes in: rotating in the other songs, the ones the more hardcore fans want to hear. "Unfortunately, because we are very fortunate to have al these hit songs people expect to hear we can't play as many of the deep cuts that hardcore fans would like to hear,'' he said. "It's a good problem to have, and I'm not complaining but I guess you can figure out how Bruce Springsteen ends up playing four hours.'' Ah, the obvious solution: the concert equivalent of a bigger toolkit.
852 points by The Plain Dealer | Maroon 5 Adam Levine Grammy Award winners James Valentine Songs About Jane Bruce Springsteen Stevie Wonder Jesse Carmichael
Solange took home her first Grammy, joining sister Beyoncé in the gold trophy party
Grammys 2017 live updates: Bruno Mars transforms into Prince for a guitar shredding tribute Feb. 12, 2017, 8:43 p.m. Who will win album of the year? Will Beyoncé or Adele make history? How music's biggest night pans out is anyone's guess. But one thing is certain: The 59th Grammy Awards are live...
348 points by Los Angeles Times | Grammy Award for Song of the Year 51st Grammy Awards Grammy Award for Record of the Year Kanye West Grammy Award winners Alicia Keys Marvin Gaye Stevie Wonder
Dreamers find plenty to float their boat
The nine-day show kicked off Saturday and ends Feb. 19 at the Cobo Center        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Stevie Wonder Boat Detroit Raft Watercraft Ferry Cobo Center Boats
Thank you, Ms. Aretha Franklin, for changing my life
Aretha Franklin's retirement has me thinking about her contributions.        
371 points by Detroit Free Press | Aretha Franklin Barack Obama 2007 singles Inauguration of Barack Obama Stevie Wonder 2008 singles Love Erma Franklin
New HLN series, 'How It Really Happened,' explores the death of Prince, airs Feb. 10 at 9 p.m.
The new HLN series, "How It Really Happened," hosted by actor/author/activist Hill Harper, will examine the last days of the ultra-talented musician. "Prince: The End" will air Friday, February 10 at 9 p.m. ET. CLEVELAND, Ohio --  It's been nearly a year since the sudden death of musical genius Prince Rogers Nelson, and many fans are still stunned. The new HLN series, "How It Really Happened," hosted by actor/author Hill Harper, will examine the last days of the ultra-talented musician. "Prince: The End" will air Friday, February 10 at 9 p.m. ET. In a recent interview with the New York Post, Harper expresses his personal connection to the Prince episode. "Prince was a friend of mine and some of my favorite memories of him are at his house for dinner parties and celebrations," says Harper. "I remember one night in particular when he and Stevie Wonder jammed in his living room until 8 a.m. in front of about 12 of us. Probably the best night of my life. He was an artist, a genius and a friend." "How It Really Happened" is a 12-episode series closely examining the shocking deaths of such high profile figures as Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith.
172 points by The Plain Dealer | Stevie Wonder Michael Jackson Lenny Kravitz Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance The Jackson 5 Prince English-language films
Berlinale: BBC Films Boards Documentary on Singer Teddy Pendergrass
BBC Films will co-finance a feature documentary on the life of legendary R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass. The film, titled “Pendergrass,” is being introduced to buyers for pre-sales by international sales agent Content Media at the European Film Market alongside the Berlin Film Festival. It is set to go into production in April. “Pendergrass” will be... Read more »
57 points by Variety | Teddy Pendergrass Producer Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes Stevie Wonder Whitney Houston Film festival Berlin International Film Festival Movie theater
Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s daughter rocks the Cutting Room
Emily “played the drums and guitar flawlessly,” a spy said.
234 points by New York Post | Gloria Estefan Grammy Award winners Stevie Wonder Dionne Warwick English-language singers American film actors Music The Outsiders
Grammys 2017: 'Lemonade' could finally earn Beyonce Album of the Year
This is the third time Beyonce has been nominated for Album of the Year. So far, she's come up empty handed. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Beyonce's "Lemonade" arrived in April 2016 like a force of musical nature. Leave it to Bey to reinvent the concept of the surprise release, by accompanying her riveting new album with a film that aired on HBO. The visuals alone will likely earn Beyonce an award at the 59th Annual Grammyes on Sunday. But is "Lemonade" strong enough to beat out the major names nominated in this year's Album of the Year category? Album of the Year Adele - "25" Beyonce - "Lemonade" Drake - "Views" Justin Bieber - "Purpose" Sturgill Simpson - "A Sailor's Guide to Earth" Many consider it to be a showdown between Beyonce and Adele. But the former will have to overcome much more than Adele's star-power to secure her first Album of the Year win. Why it could win: "Lemonade" wasn't just an album. It was a movement, designed around a social climate that has consumed the nation. More so than any other album nominated, Beyonce's work feels like a reflection of America's current worries and struggles. That's mattered in the past when it comes to Album of the Year, from Dixie Chicks' 'Taking the Long Way" and U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" to Paul Simon's "Graceland" and Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life." Beyonce has 20 Grammy Awards. And while she has failed to win Album of the Year before, she has captured other top honors like Song of the Year. It's true that "urban" albums don't tend to do very well in the Album of the Year category. However, when they have won, it's been for a impactful body of work like "Lemonade." Why it won't win: In 2010, Beyonce lost Album of the Year to America's sweetheart Taylor Swift. In 2015, she lost to Beck's "Morning Phase." If you think that was stiff competition, look at what she faces this year in hitmakers Justin Bieber and Drake and the favorite Adele. Typically, R&B albums like "Lemonade" appeal to Grammy voters on the strength of hits. But the rollout and concept of "Lemonade" doesn't lend itself to that. "Formation" was the only song to crack the top-10 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Adele, Drake and Bieber had multiple top-10 hits.
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Grammy Award for Album of the Year Grammy Award for Record of the Year Grammy Award for Song of the Year Grammy Award winners 52nd Grammy Awards 51st Grammy Awards Stevie Wonder Paul Simon
Big Sean strives for balance on new album ‘I Decided’
Detroit rapper’s fourth release deals with bouncing back from loss        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Album Eminem Stevie Wonder Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child I Decided Like You 2007 singles Hip hop
Motown star Smokey Robinson receives award, nods to Detroit
DETROIT (AP) - Motown star Smokey Robinson has reflected on his humble Detroit roots while accepting a prestigious lifetime contributions award in Washington, D.C. The Detroit Free Press ( ) reports that Robinson received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song amid multiple standing ovations from an audience filled with political ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Stevie Wonder Paul Simon Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Washington D.C. Detroit Tin Pan Alley Motown
Smokey emotional as he gets top music prize
The Detroit-born Motown star was celebrated in the nation's capital for his life's songwriting work        
1436 points by Detroit Free Press | Stevie Wonder The Miracles Smokey Robinson Motown The Temptations Marvin Gaye The Jackson 5 Berry Gordy
Cop accused of boozy spill at airport plans to sue city for $250M
An NYPD cop accused of falling down drunk in a Canadian airport is claiming he was stricken by vertigo and not intoxicated.
8 points by Daily News | Toronto Pearson International Airport Delta Air Lines Stevie Wonder Police Mary J. Blige Airline hub Comair World's busiest airports by passenger traffic