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Michael Jackson completes 30 yrs as solo entertainer

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Mumbai, Apr 25 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Its three years since the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, said good-bye to the world and his millions of fans.
As MJ completes 30 years as solo entertainer, Big CBS Prime and Spark will be telecasting his exclusive 2001 concert on Apr 28 and 29 as a tribute to him.
The concert wrapped up just hours before two hijacked jet planes crashed into the Twin Towers of Lower Manhattan’s World Trade Center.
The shows sold out in five hours. Ticket prices were pop’s most expensive ever; the best seats cost $5,000 and included a dinner with Michael Jackson and a signed poster.
Jackson reportedly earned $7.5 million for each of the two concerts, which is over $150,000 per minute.

Popular pop acts of the day were by Destiny’s Child, N*Sync, Usher, Myra, Whitney Houston and Shaggy graced the stage to perform some of their own hits along with some of Michael’s.

The biggest highlight of the show was young Billy Gilman performing Jackson’s 1972 #1 U.S. hit “Ben”.
Among other performers and guests were Liza Minnelli singing “You Are Not Alone”; James Ingram with Gloria Estefan singing Jackson’s 1987 ballad, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (another #1 U.S. hit).Marc Anthony also sang “She’s out of My Life”.

Playing to a sold-out audience, Destiny’s Child also performed “Bootylicious” and Shaggy performed “It Wasn’t Me” – two chart hits personally requested by Michael Jackson himself.

The second hour of the show is by far the best remembered, featuring the exciting reunion of Michael and his brothers Jermaine, Jackie, Randy, Marlon, and Tito for a “greatest hits” medley.

As Michael glided and danced his way across the floor, the crowd roared all the louder in appreciation. Immediately afterward, Slash was properly introduced for a rendition of “Black or White”.

While this two-hour special was to also prepare the world for the release of Michael’s album “Invinclibe”, it also showcased the talents of the original Jackson 5 line-up as they performed such hits as “ABC” and “I Want You Back”.

 Perhaps the biggest roar in the audience went up when Michael performed his famous dance moves in his solo acts.
The concert closed out with Michael performing his latest hit from “IInvincible”, “You Rock My World” with Chris Tucker providing a few un-choreographed dance moves for laughs.

Other highlights of the night would include the ‘unification’ of three former child stars of separate generations, Michael, Elizabeth Taylor and Macauley Culkin who sat together in the audience while enjoying the concert.

This concert showcased both Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and was widely received by his fans and critics alike with lots of praise and admiration for the man who gave us such timeless hits as “Thriller”, “Beat It” and “Bad”.

Grammy Awards: British Singer Adele sweeps six awards

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Los Angeles, Feb 13 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): British singer Adele dominated the 54th Annual Grammy Awards as she grabbed six awards here on the star studded Sunday night.

Adele clinched the ‘Album of the Year’ award for her album ’21′ and even bagged the ‘Record of the Year’ title for the “Rolling in the Deep”.

Earlier, renowned singer Beyonce had made a significant mark at the grand event by winning six awards in one night.

Grohl’s Foo Fighters also made an impressive performance on Sunday night by winning five Grammys including the Best Rock Performance for “Walk” and Best Rock Album for “Wasting Light.”

Singing sensation Taylor  Swift clinched the ‘Best Country Solo Performance’  award for her country number titled ‘Mean’. She also received the ‘Best Country Song’ title for the same number.

‘The Best Country Album’ award was won by Lady Antebellum for ‘Own The Night’.

Bon Iver received the ‘Best New Artist’ award on the glitzy night.

One of the most memorable moments of the night was when singer Jennifer Hudson paid a tribute to six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston and performed a soulful track-”I Will Always Love You.”

Houston, who passed away recently, was remembered by the artists on the most important night for the singers.

As for the Indian connection, Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra was present at the gala event this year.

An excited Priyanka had tweeted: “Ok guys!! Grammy time!Just landed into LA.. options of gowns.. Indian designer or western..?Hmmm..I’m biased towards wearing Indian talent.”

Pop legend Whitney Houston dead

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Los Angeles, Feb 12 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Countless fans of her music across the world were shocked as many woke up to the sad news that queen of pop and six time winner of Grammy Whitney Houston is no more. She died on Saturday at a hotel in Beverly Hills at age 48 on the eve of Grammy Awards.

Police said she died at 3: 55 pm after efforts to revive her failed. She was found in an unconscious state at the Beverly Hilton hotel in a room on the fourth floor and emergency services was alerted.

“There was no obvious signs of criminal intent,” said Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen. However, the cause of her death is being probed.

The hotel in which she died was to be the scene of an annual pre-Grammy party hosted by music industry leader Clive Davis, who discovered Whitney Houston, media reports said.

Whitney’s fairy tale singing career was however rocked by drug abuse and her tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown- which was fodder for tabloid press- that ended in divorce after 14 years.

She had been to rehabilitation homes for drugs and had admitted using marijuana, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs.

Her list of honours includes two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010.

Houston was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.

Houston often had performed since 11 at church choirs and as a teenager with her mother Cissy in nightclubs. In was around 1985-86 that she shot into big fame.

With production from Michael Masser, Kashif, Jermaine Jackson, and Narada Michael Walden, Houston’s debut album Whitney Houston was released in February 1985. Rolling Stone magazine praised Houston, calling her “one of the most exciting new voices in years” while The New York Times called the album “an impressive, musically conservative showcase for an exceptional vocal talent.” Arista Records promoted Houston’s album with three different singles from the album in the US, UK and other European countries.

Houston’s second album, Whitney, was released in June 1987 and the album’s first single, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” was also a massive hit worldwide.

She then met R&B singer Bobby Brown around 1989 and after a three year courtship, the two were married on July 18, 1992. Nearly a year later, Houston gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, her first and only child.

But Brown would go on to have several run-ins with the law, including some jail time.

Whitney had acted in the 1992 Hollywood film The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner playing a singer with a life threat from a stalker.

Performances in the film include her singing hits such as “I Will Always Love You” and “I Have Nothing”. “I Will Always Love You” won the record of the year at Grammy.

Reactions are pouring in as the news spread.

“Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth,” said Mariah Carey.

Singer Rihanna tweeted: ”No words! Just tears #DearWhitney.”

Etta James passed away

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

New York, Jan 23 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Veteran American singer Etta James passed away on Friday after fighting a long battle with leukemia. She was 73.

She died at the Riverside Community Hospital in California.

Besides leukemia, she also suffered from diabetes, kidney problems and dementia.

James stole the hearts of her listeners with popular numbers like  “Dance With Me, Henry”, “At Last”, “Tell Mama”, and “I’d Rather Go Blind”.

She bagged six Grammy Awards in her career.

James was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Singer Bryan Adams tweeted: “Etta James…one of the best voices of all time…RIP.”

Songwriter Nile Rodgers posted on Twitter: “When I was a kid, I remember walking all the way to Flash Record Shop in LA to buy a 45 rpm single by Etta James RIP.”

Singer Mariah Carey called James as one of the most ‘influential’ singers in the world: “Rest in peace to one of the world’s most influential singers Etta James, you will be missed.”