ITS MUSIC MONDAY
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, film producer, and former fashion model. Houston rose to international fame in the mid-1980s and her crossover success opened doors for many other African American women to find success pop music and movies.She has been referred to as "The Voice", and is known for her "powerful, penetrating pop-gospel voice".In the 1980s, Houston was one of the first African-American female artists to receive heavy rotation on MTV in its early years, even when the network was leaning more towards a white male rock dominated format.Her debut album became the biggest selling debut album of all time for a solo artist, her follow up was the first album by a female artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, and she holds a record seven consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
Houston continued her success into the 1990s, starting with the box office hit The Bodyguard. The soundtrack to the movie is the best-selling soundtrack of all time, and the single "I Will Always Love You" the best-selling non-charity single of all time, biggest selling song in history by a female artist and the 3rd best-selling song in the history of music.She continued the decade with other successful and culturally significant projects before returning to the studio in 1998. Houston was named the 8th most successful artist of the 1990s by Billboard Magazine.
Clive Davis announced at rehearsals for the event that Houston will be recording a song called "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" with David Foster in the near future. Other people including Akon, R Kelly, Stargate, Bryan Michael Cox, Timbaland and Ne-Yo are said to be working with Houston for her upcoming album
HERE'S Her Greatest Hit
" I will always love you"
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. A prominent figure in popular music during the latter half of the 20th century, Wonder has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits, won twenty-two Grammy Awards (a record for a solo artist), plus one for lifetime achievement, won an Academy Award for Best Song, and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. He has also been awarded the Polar Music Prize.
Blind from birth, Wonder signed with Motown Records at the age of eleven, and continues to perform and record for the label. He has ten U.S. number-one hits on the pop charts as well as 20 R&B number one hits, and album sales totaling more than 100 million units. Wonder has recorded several critically acclaimed albums and hit singles, and writes and produces songs for many of his label mates and outside artists as well. Wonder plays the piano, synthesizer, harmonica, congas, drums, bass guitar, bongos, organ, melodica, and clavinet. In his childhood, he was best known for his harmonica work, but today he is better known for his keyboard skills and vocal ability. Wonder is the first Motown artist and second African American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his 1984 hit single "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from the movie The Woman in Red.
Wonder's success as a socially conscious musical performer influenced popular music. Some major musicians and other public figures who cite Wonder as a major influence, inspiration or idol on themselves are Stevie Ray Vaughan, India.Arie, Barack Obama, Blackstreet, Gloria Estefan, Musiq Soulchild, George Michael, The Neptunes, Luciano Pavarotti, Tupac Shakur, Will Smith, Coolio, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Kelis, Donnell Jones, Jermaine Jackson, Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross, N'Sync, Glenn Lewis, Dru Hill, Boyz 2 Men, Alicia Keys, Eric Hutchinson, Carrie Underwood, Elton John, John Legend, Prince, Anthony Kiedis (lead vocalist of Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Sting, Beyonce, Aaliyah, Brandy, Justin Timberlake, Ashanti, Shogo Hamada, Jason Kay (lead vocalist of Jamiroquai), Utada Hikaru, Ken Hirai, Whitney Houston, Wang Leehom, Lenny Kravitz, Glenn Hughes, and Erykah Badu.Wonder has appeared as guest musician/vocalist on numerous recordings by other artists, including Carly Simon, Busta Rhymes, Quincy Jones, Sting, Pointer Sisters, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Jeff Beck, Snoop Dogg, Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Preston, James Taylor, Roberta Flack, Smokey Robinson, Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Queen Latifah, The Supremes, Babyface, The Beach Boys, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Luther Vandross, The Temptations, Gloria Estefan, Andrae Crouch, Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, John Denver, BeBe Winans, Julio Iglesias, Don Henley, Take 6, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Rod Stewart, The Gap Band, 'NSYNC, The Manhattan Transfer, Donna Summer, Eurythmics, B.B. King, Jon Gibson ("Have a Talk With God"), Paula Abdul, and Whitney Houston.
Wonder's songs are renowned for being quite difficult to sing. He has a very developed sense of harmony and uses many extended chords utilizing extensions such as 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, b5s, etc. in his compositions. Many of his melodies make abrupt, unpredictable changes. Many of his vocal melodies are also melismatic, meaning that a syllable is sung over several notes. In the American Idol Hollywood Performances, judge Randy Jackson repeatedly stated the difficulty of Wonder's songs. Some of his best known and most frequently covered songs are played in keys which are more often found in jazz than in pop and rock. For example, "Superstition", "Higher Ground" and "I Wish" are in the key of E flat minor, and feature distinctive riffs in the E flat minor pentatonic scal
here's one of his greatest hits
See more of Stevie Wonder Songs soon here in "a song to remember"
Friday, March 6, 2009
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey is a British singer. She performed the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). She is the only singer to have recorded more than one James Bond theme song. Bassey is an international artist who has accumulated 20 silver discs for sales in Britain, Europe and the Middle East; fifty-plus gold discs for international record sales; and countless greatest hits compilation albums including one gold and two platinum.
In recognition of her career longevity, and admiration from the Royal Family, Bassey was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) on 31 December 1999 by HM Queen Elizabeth II. She was invited to perform in 2002 at the Party at the Palace, a public celebration of The Queen's Golden Jubilee. She was also awarded France's top honour, the Legion d'Honneur, to signify her popularity and importance in the culture of France. She now resides in Monaco and has recently sold her London apartment - many of its furnishings were auctioned for charity. On 16 December 2007 Dame Shirley celebrated her 70th birthday with a party for friends at Cliveden, a stately home in Buckinghamshire.
LIST OF BASSEY'S AWARDS
- 1972 - Best Female Singer - TV Times, UK
- 1973 - Best Female Singer - TV Times, UK
- 1974 - Best Female Entertainer - American Guild of Variety Artists
- 1976 - Best Female Singer - Music Week, UK
- 1976 - 22-day British tour to mark twenty years as a recording artist
- 1976 - EMI Award for twenty years as a recording artist - UK
- 1977 - Best British Female Singer in the Last 50 years of Recorded Sound - (BRIT Awards winner)
- 1977 - BBC TV show nomination for the Golden Rose of Montreux
- 1985 - Star of Sopot Festival (International Song Festival), Poland
- 1991 - Walk of Fame, Star Boulevard - plaque unveiled in Rotterdam
- 1993 - CBE - Commander of the British Empire
- 1995 - Showbusiness Personality of the Year - Variety Club of Great Britain
- 1996 - Europe's Lifetime Achievement Award - Ceremony held in Germany
- 1997 - Grammy nomination - The Birthday Concert (recorded live at Althorp Park)
- 1998 - Longest run by a solo artist (ten shows) - Royal Festival Hall, London
- 1999 - Légion d'Honneur - France
- 1999 - DBE - Dame of the British Empire
- 1999 - Madam Tussaud's waxwork unveiled in London (second model in Las Vegas)
- 1999 - 100 most famous people of the 20th century - Hello magazine
- 2000 - Most Successful British Female Singer - Guinness Book of Records
- 2003 - Outstanding Contribution to Music - National Music Awards, UK
- 2003 - Woman of the Year - Western Mail Welsh Woman of the Year Awards
- 2004 - Greatest Black Briton, Shirley voted into the top ten - BBC
- 2004 - Artist for Peace Award - UNESCO
- 2005 - Avenue of Stars - plaque unveiled in London
- 2008 - "Goldfinger" - United Artists single (1964) inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER