Silk Sonic and Bootsy Collins bring soul and funk to the mainstream again
In 2021, Silk Sonic saved our eardrums by surprising us with their debut single “Leave the Door Open”. Recently, Silk Sonic released their album, “An Evening with Silk Sonic.” Fans were elated to find out that funk legend Bootsy Collins appeared on the album. Silk Sonic is made up of multi-talented artists Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak. “An Evening with SIlk Sonic” also features songwriting credits from James Fauntleroy and D’Mile. Last weekend, Silk Sonic performed twice at the 50th Anniversary of the Soul Train Awards.thewestsidegazette.com
Is pop music dying or just reinventing itself?
To get listeners back on their side, many pop stars found themselves reinventing their sound, deviating from genre traditions and separating from the pack. Initial Gaga albums are predictive of what pop was and would become, as electronic music and synth use increased in the genre. Embed from Getty Images2010’s hitmaker Charli XCX is consistently among the best at predicting the direction of pop. Other pop stars pulled deeper from their influences. Hayley Williams and Avril Lavigne will live forever as the representation of younger pop stars like Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish’s punk rock, emo phase.themiamihurricane.com
Silk Sonic drops an ‘album of the summer,’ but just in time for the holidays
It’s hard to imagine two Grammy-winning artists developing this much chemistry as quickly as Silk Sonic members Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars. Mix in funk icon Bootsy Collins to host “An Evening with Silk Sonic” and D’Mile to help produce and the party starts. Embed from Getty Images“An Evening with Silk Sonic” captures its hosts’ most entertaining qualities and shows them at their most charming. Silk Sonic does an incredible job staying away from trappings that have bogged down similar throwback albums. Silk Sonic has the makings of music’s next great bromance.themiamihurricane.com
After top Grammy win, singer H.E.R. is heading to the Oscars
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)NEW YORK – A night after winning the top Grammy Award for songwriting, R&B singer H.E.R. Leslie Odom Jr. will also compete for best original song with “Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami...," which he wrote with Sam Ashworth. AdSongs by John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Janelle Monae and Robert Glasper were shortlisted for best original song but didn't make the final cut. The duo of Reznor and Ross have won a number of awards for their scoring work, including an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe. Terence Blanchard (“Da 5 Bloods"), Emile Mosseri (“Minari") and James Newton Howard (“News of the World") round out the best original score nominees.
The joy of music returns for Grammy winners, performers
Beyonce, left, and Megan Thee Stallion accept the award for best rap song for "Savage" at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish made history at the Grammy Awards. Just as joyously, dozens of creators largely sidelined for a year due to the pandemic got to make music again. 's topical “I Can't Breathe” won song of the year and Megan Thee Stallion was named best new artist. ___This story has been corrected to show the ceremony was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, not Staples Center.
Grammys' in memoriam especially long, grim in pandemic year
Brandi Carlile performs during the "In Memoriam" section of the 63rd Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)LOS ANGELES – Brandi Carlile paid tribute to John Prine, Bruno Mars celebrated Little Richard and Lionel Richie honored Kenny Rogers during an in memoriam segment on Sunday night's Grammy Awards that featured an especially long list of names after a year of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier Sunday, Prine won two posthumous Grammys for best American roots song and best American roots performance, a year after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys. Carlile told The Associated Press that it didn't bother her to be performing without an audience at the pandemic-restricted Grammys because "this time I’m just performing for John Prine. Corea, who died of a rare form of cancer at age 79, won the trophy for best improvised jazz solo and best jazz instrumental album.
Ladies night: Beyoncé, Swift make history as others win big
Four women won the top four prizes Sunday, including Swift, who became the first female performer to win album of the year three times. Beyoncé — with her 28th win — became the most decorated woman in Grammy history. And 9-year-old Blue Ivy Carter — who won best music video alongside her mother — became the second youngest act to win a Grammy in the show’s 63-year history. Megan Thee Stallion, who won three honors, also made history and became the first female rapper to win best rap song. She's also the fifth rap-based act to win best new artist.
For Trevor Noah, Grammy Awards a return to in-person hosting
FILE - Trevor Noah arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Noah will host the 2021 Grammy Awards on Sunday. “If you get asked to host the Grammys, I don’t think you take long to say ‘yes,’” said the Emmy winner, who will host Sunday's Grammy Awards from downtown Los Angeles. Ad“Unlike most award shows, the Grammys also are about the performances,” said Noah. So far, Noah said venturing out to prepare for his Grammy hosting duties around other people has been “amazing” and “surreal.” While watching rehearsals, he said the performances gave him and others life.
Billboard: Interscope Geffen A&M named No. 1 label of 2020
Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA), the home to Eilish, Lady Gaga and Lamar, has been named the No. (AP Photo)NEW YORK – Interscope Geffen A&M — the home to Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga — has been named the No. Billboard announced Thursday that the label, which is also known as IGA, tops its year-end chart for the first time since 2013. IGA is also the top Billboard 200 label with 68 albums released during the tracking period, 25 of which hit the Top 10. Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records was 2019’s top Billboard 200 label.
New this week: 'Saved by the Bell,' Miley Cyrus & McCarthy
(Trae Patton/Peacock via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. The Melissa McCarthy comedy, her latest with director-husband Ben Falcone ("Tammy," “The Boss"), had been headed to theaters but will instead debut Thursday on HBO Max. —AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Miley Cyrus is ready to rock ‘n’ roll on her new album. The pop star recruited some famous rock stars to help on her seventh studio release “Plastic Hearts,” including Stevie Nicks, Billy Idol and Joan Jett. Everyone wears wear full hazard protection gear as they navigate a “giant house of cards.”— Can you have a “Saved by the Bell” without Screech?
Country star and hit Elvis songwriter Mac Davis dies at 78
FILE - Musician Mac Davis performs at the Texas Film Awards in Austin, Texas on March 6, 2014. Davis, a country star and Elvis songwriter, died on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 after heart surgery. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country star Mac Davis, who launched his career crafting the Elvis hits “A Little Less Conversation” and “In the Ghetto,” and whose own hits include “Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me,” has died. He was named 1974’s entertainer of the year by the Academy of Country Music and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “A small town boy who’d achieved the greatest kinds of fame, he remained a good guy, a family man,” said country star Kenny Chesney.
J-pop stars ARASHI release English surprise before hiatus
Members of Japanese pop music band ARASHI listen to a question during an interview with The Associated Press in Tokyo on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Japanese pop sensation Arashi has a big surprise for fans as they near their planned hiatus at year's end: a collaboration with Bruno Mars on their first all-English single. The band told The Associated Press the multi-Grammy Award-winning musician delved into their back catalogue to understand their unique sound while working on the single that was released last week. Despite their success, ARASHI shocked fans by announcing their hiatus, halting all band activities at the end of this year. With about three months left until their hiatus, the band is keeping busy despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Pharrell, Beastie Boys, RZA, halftime show score Emmy nods
Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez And Shakira picked up four nominations, including outstanding variety special (live). It was not clear if Lopez and Shakira were specifically nominated, though past halftime singers, including Beyonc, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars, have earned Emmy nominations as performers. For their work on Watchmen, they scored a second Emmy nomination for outstanding music composition for a limited series, movie or special. They earned nominations as producers for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special and as writers for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program. Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who composed music for the Michelle Obama documentary Becoming, picked up a nomination for outstanding music composition for a documentary series of special.
Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future
This combination of photos shows country singer Rissi Palmer, from left, Chuck Harmony, left, and Claude Kelly of Louis York and country rapper Breland. Black artists say the country music industry still needs to do the hard work of addressing the systematic racial barriers that have been entrenched in country music for decades. The genre has historically been marketed to white audiences and reinforced white male artist stereotypes. (Chris Charles via AP, left, Jeremy Ryan via AP, center and Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP)
Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future
Black artists say the country music industry still needs to do the hard work of addressing the systematic racial barriers that have been entrenched in country music for decades. I was called colored, like, I didnt know colored people like country music, said Palmer, who had three singles reach the Hot Country Songs Chart. Both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association started diversity task forces more than a year ago when country music was being criticized for a lack of female voices and women were being left out of major categories like entertainer of the year. But just as country artists outwardly reflect a predominantly white image, there are few Black country music executives working behind the scenes. Theres a dismantling of culture that needs to happen.Palmer, who is recording a podcast that focuses on the experiences of women of color in country music, said she feels optimistic that the current discussions about race and country music can lead to progress, if real changes are implemented.
The ultimate sex playlist
Putting on music to set the mood before sex can make things less awkward and more pleasurable. Backed by science, neuropsychologist Dr. Rhonda Freeman says that music is likely to affect three regions of the brain: the reward or pleasure system, the bonding system and the limbic system. Partition by BeyoncHonestly, if your playlist is just this song on repeat, thats fine. Our First Time by Bruno MarsEach time you have sex with a different person, it feels like your first time all over again. To listen to the Vs sex playlist, click here.themiamihurricane.com
VMAs 2019: See the complete list of winners
NEWARK, N.J. - MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards, hosted by Sebastian Maniscalco, are Monday night. Going into the ceremony, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande tied for the most nominations with 10 each. The full list of winners and nominees is as follows, which will be updated as each category is announced. Lil Nas XLizzoROSALABEST COLLABORATION"Old Town Road (Remix)," Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus"Shallow," Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper"Seorita," Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello"ME!," Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco"I Don't Care," Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber"Boy With Luv," BTS ft. HalseyPUSH ARTIST OF THE YEARBazziCNCOBillie Eilish *WINNERH.E.R.
Jason Momoa joins protesters at Hawaii's Mauna Kea
CNN video(CNN) - Protesters trying to stop construction of a giant telescope atop Hawaii's tallest mountain were visited by The Rock last week. Actor Jason Momoa, who has born in Hawaii, visited the hundreds of demonstrators encamped at the base of Mauna Kea on the Big Island on Wednesday. Mauna Kea -- which rises more than 13,000 feet above sea level and is already home to a number of telescopes -- is considered sacred ground by some Native Hawaiians. Protesters got support from The RockDwayne Johnson made a surprise visit to the Mauna Kea camp late last month to lend his support. It featured a picture of some of the older Mauna Kea protesters with the message "I love you Hawaii, and I'm with you" and the hashtag #protectmaunakea.
Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift lead MTV VMA nominations
(CNN) - Ladies rule the 2019 Video Music Award nominations, with Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift leading this year's list of contenders for the annual MTV award show at 10 nominations each. Hannah Lux Davis, who directed "thank u, next," and Drew Kirsch and Swift, who directed "You Need to Calm Down," were also recognized in the directing category. The VMA nominations have also recognized recent break-through talent Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X. They both also received nominations for video of the year -- Eilish for "Bad Guys" and Lil Nas for "Old Town Road (Remix)," which features Billy Ray Cyrus. Lil Nas XLizzoROSALABEST COLLABORATION"Old Town Road (Remix)," Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus"Shallow," Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper"Seorita," Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello"ME!," Taylor Swift ft. Brendon Urie of Panic!