- Created on 29 June 2013
Late TLC member's family upset
In 1995, TLC — the popular trio consisting of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and the late Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes — had a giant hit with a song titled "Waterfalls."
It was featured on their hugely successful album "CrazySexyCool" that had been released the year before.
Thomas and Watson recently decided to do a new remix of "Waterfalls," for release only in Japan, but the family of Lisa Lopes, who died in 2002, is upset that on the new version Lopes is replaced by Namie Amuro, a well-known pop singer in Japan.
Reigndrop Lopes, sister of the late star, said, "I did not know about it until a fan posted it online. It would have been nice if they would have given us a heads up."
However, there would be far more to be upset about if the remix had been intended for international release.
In recent years TLC has been a popular attraction in overseas markets, including Japan. In addition to "Waterfalls," their hits include "Baby-Baby-Baby," "No Scrubs," "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," "Creep" and "Red Light Special."
- Created on 29 June 2013
Aside from B.B. King, there has been no bigger name in blues than Bobby "Blue" Band, who made his transition on Sunday, June 23, at the age of 83. And it is interesting to note that before he became a star himself, Bland worked as valet, chauffeur and opening act for King.
Bland had a unique voice and was noted for frequently tossing in a "squall shout" that became a trademark. He said he got the squall from listening to the sermons of Rev. C.L. Franklin, father of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. (Bland referred to him as "Aretha's daddy.")
Some of the greatest blues and rhythm & blues recordings of all time were those of Bobby "Blue" Bland. The lengthy list includes "I Pity the Fool," "This Time I'm Gone For Good," "Turn on Your Love Light," "Cry Cry Cry," "I'll Take Care of You," "Ain't Nothing You Can Do," "That's the Way Love Is" and "Share Your Love With Me."
From 1957 to 1985, Bland placed over 60 singles on the national charts.
- Created on 24 June 2013
Electronic Music on the rise?
Every so often the desire for mainstream music taste shifts. In the 60s it was all about precision and soul, followed by the disco and heavy metal of the 70s and 80’s. 1990s saw the resurgence of boy bands then DJ’s and MC’s ushered in rap and hip hop of the 2000s. Now, the tables, literally are turning, and electronic music is again on the rise; again the DJ is getting some shine.
Electronic Music, better known as Dance music or more specifically Techno or House, has again hit mainstream. A style of music with a pulsating heavy bass beat, initially popularized in underground all-night parties; it’s largely associated with pill-popping teens or hypnotized adults who relate it to a religious experience.
The music genre is again coming from the underground roots and into the mainstream money-making consciencness. The emergence of techno music festivals like Coachella and Detroit’s Electronic Music festival have become sell-out staples, bringing in hundreds of thousands of gyrating fans.
“I don’t believe my entire generation is only listening to hip hop,” says Dantiez Saunderson, 20, DJ and son of Kevin Saunderson, credited as one of the creators of techno music. “I think people just sometimes want something new.”
Just as international recognition enriched the likes of The Supremes, Jay-Z, Prince, Tina Turner and DJ Clue, house DJ’s are on the road, making music and igniting a movement that could just as well become a lifestyle like Rock and Roll and Hip Hop. Because Techno music garnered over 300,000 fans both internationally and locally to Detroit’s downtowm Hart Plaza Memorial Day weekend, it prompted the Michigan Chronicle to release its first ever Electronic DJ Kings List.
Whose on The List (Click here to see the list)
Detroit born and bred, Derrick May tops the list with over 30 years in the music business and credited as inspiring the likes of DJ Minx and Steve Rachmad to take up the tables. Traveling more than 200 days a year to Berlin, Paris, the Netherlands, Amsterdam and Europe yet making his home across from the Eastern Market near downtown Detroit for more than 29 years, Derrick May is credited as one of three men, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson - who created the now recognized genre of Techno Music.
“I never listen to my music in the house...,” says May. “Its important for me that it stays fresh and in the moment with the crowd and the energy.”
It’s not just the top three DJ’s who just happen to be from Detroit that’s taking all the crowd, Netherlands bred yet Detroit influenced Steven Rachmad claims a spot with over three CD’s and endorsement deals in Amsterdam. DJ Minx, the only female DJ on the list played to over hyped diverse yet moving crowd during the 3-day festival. She’s quoted as saying that after seeing May as a teenager, she knew she wanted to DJ.
Other DJ’s on the EDJK list include the Godfather of Techno Kevin Saunderson and son, Dantiez, as well as, Allan C. Ester, Jr. and Bruce Bailey.
Though these Electronic DJ Kings have taken different roads to their turntable dreams, they’ve got at least one thing in common; they all have been influenced by Detroit. Often praising the tough love tactics that pushed them to a career in music, unlike rap and pop artists who typically take all the credit.
These music creators earning from live shows, recording music sales, endorsements and in the case of Saunderson and May, label ownership.
Photography by Dedan Photography @dedanphotography
- Created on 21 June 2013
Maverick filmmaker Tyler Perry, who has become an industry unto himself, was responsible for a lot of smiles recently at Finland Middle School in Columbus, Ohio. Perry, who was born Emmitt Perry, Jr. in New Orleans and now lives in Atlanta, showed up at a school concert unannounced and handed over a check in the amount of $100,000. The money went to a foundation set up by teacher Mary Mulvany to provide college scholarships for students from the region's schools.
Mulvany said, "Hundreds of kids will be helped by what he did," and Perry, who heard about the foundation while watching television, said, "I want to sponsor as many kids as I can."
This is not the first time Tyler Perry has made donations to worthy causes. For example, he donated $1 million for Haiti hurricane relief, gave $1 million to the NAACP in celebration of the organization's 100th anniversary, and contributed $110,000 to Covenant House in Atlanta as well as a 15-passenger van.
It's about giving back. "God has been good to me," said Perry, whose films, TV shows and plays have grossed over $400 million.