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June 1, 2010
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construction-06eSpot Entertainment News has moved. I couldn’t load mp3s and videos on this site, so I had to find a new home. All of the archived posts will remain here, but any new posts will be at the new spot.  detour  Please follow me over to:  http://espotentertainment.onsugar.com/

Black Music Month

June 1, 2010

For the entire month of June eSpot Entertainment News will be celebrating Black Music Month.

Spurred by the songwriter and record producer Kenny Gamble, President Jimmy Carter in 1979 designated June as Black Music Month.

I am kicking off the feature with songstress Chaka Khan.

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens, March 23, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter best known for such hit songs as “I’m Every Woman”, “Ain’t Nobody”, “I Feel for You” and “Through the Fire”. She sang a modernized theme song for the popular children’s TV show Reading Rainbow in the show’s later years. Khan was featured vocalist in the funk band Rufus with hit songs, “Tell Me Something Good”, “You Got The Love”, “Once You Get Started”, ‘Sweet Thing”, “Everlasting Love” and “Stay”, before launching a solo career. To read more, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaka_Khan.

I have so many favorite Chaka Khan favorites. What are some of your favorite Chaka Khan songs?

For more Chaka Khan news, visit her website: http://www.chakakhan.com/

The Essential Carole King

April 25, 2010
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Carole King official sites – including James Taylor Troubadour Reunion Tour info:

http://www.caroleking.com
http://www.facebook.com/CaroleKing

Carole King “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” video:
http://www.legacyrecordings.com/videos/carole-king/you-make-me-feel-like-a-natural-woman

From her earliest forays into music at the age of four, it was Carole King’s destiny to pursue a career as a composer, musician and vocalist. A decade before the mid-’60s folk boom put the term “singer and songwriter” into American and British pop music vernacular, Carole was, in fact, exactly that – a singer and songwriter. As a fledgling songsmith still in her teens in the late 1950s, her sophisti­cated demo recordings startled music execs who, within five years, would fully appreciate the unerring Top 40 sensibility that Carole’s demos possessed.

As THE ESSENTIAL CAROLE KING suggests, there is an aspect of her career for which she has never received the full measure of credit – her role in jump-starting the singer and songwriter movement at the beginning of the 1970s. As Kubernik writes, “There was Sam Cooke, Dylan, Brian Wilson, Lennon & McCartney, Neil Diamond, John Phillips, Smokey Robinson, and others, but no other female artist, up to that point, had so forged the writer, folkie, rock, R&B, singer, songwriter, performer, hitmaker, life style maker as Carole did on Tapestry.”

In presenting a new persona for herself at the dawn of the decade, Tapestry unquestionably set the stage for Top 40 radio and television’s commercial acceptance of the new popular singer/songwriter stylists. The genre that was set in motion by James Taylor, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, Roberta Flack, Bill Withers, Don McLean and many other singer/songwriters at the start of the 1970s has reverberated through­out the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s and continues to have an effect on pop music today.

The duality of her musical career as a singer and songwriter is at the heart of THE ESSENTIAL CAROLE KING. With liner note essays written by Sirius/XM rock and roll legend Andrew Loog Oldham (founding manager and producer of the Rolling Stones) and by L.A.-based music journalist/historian Harvey Kubernik, THE ESSENTIAL CAROLE KING uniquely profiles the career of this beloved singer and songwriter. Compilation producers Lou Adler, Steve Berkowitz, and Rob Santos present an overview of her own recordings as an artist on Disc One/The Singer, while Disc Two/The Songwriter reveals a collection of her compositions (co-written with Gerry Goffin, among others) recorded throughout the ’60s by pop’s greatest names.

One would be hard-pressed to find another female American composer whose career compares to Carole King’s. With a veritable life soundtrack of ’60s standards penned by her, and her decades of recordings as a solo artist (on her own albums plus songs for films, television, Broadway shows, and more), Carole King is one of a kind. If industry credentials are the yardstick, she has them all – top-charted records, RIAA Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum, and Diamond Certifications, 4 Grammy Awards in a single year, Oscar recognition, induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, Lifetime Achievement awards (including the esteemed Grammy Trustees’ Award), tribute albums, and performances at the Presidential Inaugural Galas for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

When Carole King accepted the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall Of Fame in June 2002, it reaffirmed her position among the most important music figures of the last 100 years. In one of his earliest songs, “Little Road and a Stone to Roll,” the late Daydream Believer singer/songwriter John Stewart put it best: “Ev’rybody needs a Carole King tune…!”

THE ESSENTIAL CAROLE KING will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting April 27th through Ode/Epic/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

Legacy Recordings:  http://www.legacyrecordings.com

MTV’s “The Dudesons In America” & “Ultimate Parkour Challenge”

April 25, 2010
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FOUR LOVABLE LUNATICS AND LIVE ACTION SPORTS TO DOMINATE THURSDAY NIGHTS ON MTV WITH TWO NEW EXTREME STUNT REALITY SERIES

 

Premiering on Thursday, May 6

“The Dudesons In America” at 10pm ET/PT

“Ultimate Parkour Challenge” at 10:30pm ET/PT

 

For the new “The Dudesons In America” trailer, check out

http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/500744/the-dudesons-in-america-trailer.jhtml#id=1635487

 

 

New York, NY (April 14, 2010) – Thursday nights on MTV will be filled with pranks, stunts, leaping and sprinting as two new extreme stunt reality series create humor and excitement. “The Dudesons in America” introduces the U.S. to four internationally well-known Finnish childhood best friends who take rough-housing to the next level with off the wall stunts and pranks.  MTV’s “Ultimate Parkour Challenge” brings live action to MTV with the world’s fastest growing extreme sport that showcases the thrilling level of action experienced in Hollywood movies. “The Dudesons in America” and “Ultimate Parkour Challenge” will premiere on Thursday, May 6 starting at 10PM ET/PT

 

The Dudesons in America (10PM ET/PT)

The Dudesons, four Finnish extreme stuntmen and pranksters, are totally lovable, yet totally lunatic friends from the Arctic Circle who want to live out their American dream – to do even stupider stunts and pranks than they did back home.  In “The Dudesons in America,” Jukka (the ringleader), Jarppi (the fat funny guy), HP (Mr. Sensitive), and Jarno (the filmmaker) want to take over America as they try to win over local townsfolk and whatever authorities they’ll likely encounter while doing the dumbest things imaginable. In the spirit of the American West, the Nordic knuckleheads try to become cowboys by walking on stilts into a bullring with a very angry bull.  And when they’ve conquered enough of what’s on the ground of the U.S.A., they follow the American dream of space exploration; the Dudesons try to reach Uranus in their self-built space rocket.

On April 19, viewers can go to mtv.com to experience the show trailer, and learn more about the Dudesons through cast bios and photos.  Beginning on May 6, fans will have unprecedented access to full episodes, sneak peaks, exclusive bonus stunts, point-of-view footage from stunts, and episodic photos at dudesons.mtv.com

The Dudesons in America is executive produced by Jukka Hilden, Jarno Laasala, Jarppi Leppala and HP Parviainen for Rabbit Films; Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine for Dickhouse Entertainment; and Ross Breitenbach. Liz Gateley and Lauren Dolgen are the MTV executives in charge of production.

MTV’s Ultimate Parkour Challenge (10:30PM ET/PT)

With cast members from around the world, MTV’s “Ultimate Parkour Challenge” showcases the world’s fastest growing extreme sport, parkour.  In each episode, the series takes us live every week from locations around southern California including The Queen Mary, Venice Beach, Hollyridge Castle, and many others.  Some of the best athletes in the world including Danny Ilabaca, Ryan Doyle, Oleg Vorslav, and Tim Schieff will challenge themselves and each other as they put their parkour skills to the test in different urban environments.  Each episode ends in a thrilling live speed round; the winner of that round will then be awarded a prize. The essence of parkour is as simple as a game of chase.  Athletes move as efficiently as possible from point A to point B.  However, unlike a regular track and field race, parkour is performed in any and every environment.  Athletes must jump, roll, climb, leap, sprint, flip and fly, flowing over walls, cars, stairs, railings, and 10-foot rooftop gaps between 5 story buildings.

Viewers can find exclusive cast photos, cast bios, and Parkour 101 video packages which will be an insider’s guide into the world of Parkour on parkour.mtv.com.  Parkour 101 will introduce the sport, explain the techniques used, and help viewers appreciate the art behind the sport.

Executive produced and created by Francis Lyons and Bob Kusbit of One Louder Productions. Executive produced by Kemp Curley of Transition Productions. Co-executive produced by Victor Bevine and David Thompson of the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation. Liz Gateley, Matthew Parillo and Amy Emmerich are the MTV executives in charge of production.

About MTV:
MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 28 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries — giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen. On-air, MTV is the number one rated full-day ad-supported cable network for P12-24 and P12-34.  Online, MTV.com averaged 24.5 million monthly unique visitors during the first quarter of 2010 — up +8% from Q4/2009 and up +13% year-over-year. Average video streams for the first quarter of 2010 increased +8% from the Q4/2009 and is up +6% over the same time period last year.  And MTV’s successful sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving young males, music fans, and college students like no one else. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Wanna know more? Come on in… http://www.mtvpress.com

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K. Michelle – Fallin’ Official Video

April 25, 2010
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HiTz Committee/ Jive Records presents K. Michelle and her debut video
“Fallin”. The SMASH HIT is tearing up radio right now and is from her
debut album, “Pain Medicine”. Hit her up on Twitter @kmichellemusic
and check out her new mix-tape coming May 28th at 9:01am, “What’s The
901?”

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UotNTzq-esw 

Erykah Badu New Amerykah Part Two Return of the Ankh

April 6, 2010


Erykah Badu’s CD New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh contains the hit single Window Seat. Ignore the video controversy and order your copy, CLICK HERE.

3 Word Review: Extraordinary, Deep, Satisfying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Monica Still Standing Review

April 6, 2010

Monica’s new CD Still Standing is in constant rotation in my CD player. To order your copy, CLICK HERE.

3 Word Review: Reflective, Catchy, Laid-back
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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