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Billboard: Queen B closed out the Grammys with Take My Hand Precious Lord, but the performance sparked drama when fans were upset that R&B vocalist Ledisi was not chosen to sing the same hymn she recorded for (the movie) Selma, (in which) Ledisi portrayed the late soul singer Mahalia Jackson...
Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier asked Ledisi about the drama on the Grammys red carpet...(T)he singer responded, "I don't have a clue...Take My Hand Precious Lord...started with the queen Mahalia, the queen of soul Aretha Franklin, then I was able to portray and sing my version of the song and now we have Beyonce. Her generation will now know the song so I'm a part of history. I look it at like that instead of looking at it as a negative."
Frazier also asked John Legend how Beyonce was selected to open his performance with Common for the Oscar-nominated song Glory..."We were actually approached by Beyonce," Legend told Frazier. "She wanted to do an intro to our performance and introduce us. You don't really say no to Beyonce if she asks to perform with you."
Ledisi coincidentally lost to Beyonce in the Best R&B Performance category. (She) took the award for Drunk in Love over Ledisi's track Like This...
Unless Ledisi struck a deal to sing at the Oscars on Feb. 22, she got stung big time. But it all depends on whose idea was it to do a MLK/Selma tribute to begin with. I'm betting it was the Grammy people, simply because it makes sense -- and because inviting Ledisi as well as John Legend and Common (all Grammy nominees, but not for Selma) makes sense, too. But Beyonce threw a monkey wrench into the timeline, and not "coincidentally."
Forcing herself on Legend (and forcing Ledisi out) solved several problems for Queen Bey simultaneously:
1) She could join Katy Perry in presenting a more sedate stage image in the face of Obama's message to change the culture away from sexual exploitation and violence. They both wore long white dresses and stood still, in stark contrast to what they did at last years' Grammies:
So here's how I think it went down: Grammies invite Legend/Common and Ledisi to do a Selma/MLK tribute, Beyonce invites herself to be part of the tribute, Grammies dis-invite Ledisi.
And now for the benediction: Ledisi's version of the song from the Selma album:
She sings it a capella? That suggests another possible problem for Beyonce: 6) Maybe she was either just plain jealous, worried about being out-sung, or both!
Posted by rocktivity | Mon Feb 9, 2015, 11:24 PM (1 replies)
the Gangster Disciples diplomatically hinted to him that a royalty payment was due:
I think Suge is thinking along these same lines: he wants either a creative or financial piece of the NWA movie. He and Dr. Dre ran a record label together until 1996, so he might even feel entitled -- but that's what intellectual property law is for. By the way, here's what happened to Rick Ross:
Posted by rocktivity | Sun Feb 1, 2015, 11:38 PM (0 replies)
New York Times (2007): Huckabee ordered soup and a sandwich without drama or comment...and began talking about rock ’n’ roll...I...asked who he would like to play at his inaugural. ‘‘I’ve got to start with the Stones,’’ Huckabee said.
The governor regards 1968 as the dawning of ‘‘the age of the birth-control pill, free love, gay sex, the drug culture and reckless disregard for standards.’’ The Rolling Stones album Their Satanic Majesties Request provided the soundtrack for that annus terribilis.
But Mike Huckabee wanted me to know that he believes in the separation of church and stage. The governor’s musical wish list also included John Mellencamp, who, he noted, would be welcome despite their differing political views; the country duo Brooks & Dunn; Stevie Wonder; and, surprisingly, Grand Funk Railroad. ‘‘That’s a groundbreaking group,’’ he said earnestly. ‘‘The bass player, Mel Schacher, is very underrated. ’’
And Mr. Huckabee wins the gold medal for completing a two-and-a half twisting self-contradiction with a pike! Doesn't he know that "the rock beat" is:
...a dominant and repetitious offbeat which competes with the melody and distracts from the words of a song. The contradictory messages in the beat, the words, the melody, the style of the presentation, and the appearance of the musicians all create a subtle confusion in the minds, wills, and emotions of the listeners, which leads them to question the absolute moral standards of God...
In this letter, a member of the band 98 Degrees tries to intercede with an associate of Huckabee's in hopes of saving him:
I learned that you and Governor Huckabee are longtime associates and that you were photographed together at a recent “Huckabee for President” campaign event at a Houston home...Though it’s been widely reported in the media, it may have escaped your attention that Gov. Huckabee not only loves rock music, he plays bass guitar in a rock band!
Do you want a Commander in Chief who willfully violates your “Ten Commandments of Rock”? Do you want The Star-Spangled Banner performed with the “ROCK BEAT”? I’m sure you recognize this Commitment to Reject the Deception of the ‘Rock Beat’ in Any Form, a pledge you have asked others to sign:
“Almighty Father, based on the authority of your Word and the testimony of others, I now purpose to remove from my life any music that contains a 'ROCK BEAT'; and to replace it with melodious music that glorifies You and edifies others.”
For decades, you’ve been blaming rock music for society’s problems. Now’s your chance to...take some personal responsibility (and) make an international public statement...I’m now calling on you to make a public request for your good friend Mike Huckabee to sign it, too.
Oh, and here is he is performing the ultra wholesome Catch Scratch Fever with the ultra wholesome Ted Nugent (link):
Posted by rocktivity | Sun Jan 18, 2015, 03:30 PM (2 replies)
Hello, and welcome yet again! First of all, sorry about the unscheduled delay of this year's ceremonies. The last time they were held late was out of respect to Gabby Giffords. This time, I got caught between being gentrified by my web host AND my internet service provider deciding to take a weekend vacation. But I am now comfortably settled in my new cyber-digs, and the ISP is giving me a one-month credit!
I suppose I should be depressed about the Republicans re-taking congress, but if anything, it puts us in that much better a position to bring more progressivism into the White House. And I hope Obama sees the wisdom of holding the line on net neutrality -- with the mainstream media in an even tighter right-wing grip, it's more important than ever that the netroots have room to blossom. So I'd like to dedicate this year's ceremony to Chuck Todd for media charlatanism below and beyond the call of duty -- from trying to compete with us with his First Read blog to directing politics at MSNBC to running the ratings of Meet the Press into the ground!
And now, on to 2014's other false media prophets -- unless you'd like to refresh your memories by going through the archives first:
PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS
2003 - Bush's Ancestor's Bank Seized (Grandad - Germany/Nazi)
2004 - Cheney May Help or Hinder Bush's Chances
PREVIOUS AWARD CEREMONIES
2005 - U.S. Army Report: Military Lost Dominance In Iraq After Invasion
2006 - Iraq On Brink Of Becoming A Failed State
2007 - Iraqis Blame U.S. Invasion For Discord
2008 - Bush sees no recession coming
2009 - Bottled water sales dry up - Industry Asks 'Why?'
2010 - Former Head of FEMA says Bush Administration Downplayed Severity of Hurricane Katrina
2011 - Wal-Mart: Our Shoppers Are "Running Out Of Money"
2012 - CIA Docs Confirm: Cheney Is A Liar!
2013 - It's official: Pope has not abolished sin, says Vatican
SPECIAL ACHEIVEMENT AWARD
The New York Times Just Issued the Best Correction You'll Read All Week
Media Source: Mother Jones.com
Posted by: N2doc
An earlier version of a summary with this article misstated the former title of Dick Cheney. He was vice president, not president.
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "Is Judith Miller running the paper?"
-- NYtoBush-Drop Dead
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:
THE "YOU FORGOT THE 'NOT FROM THE ONION' DISCLAIMER" CATEGORY
Pimp sues Nike for $100 million for lack of warning label after beating victim with Jordans
Media Source: Oregon Live.com
Posted by: Alp227
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "I admire a pimp who's willing to beat his slaves on behalf of oppressed children."
John Boehner’s Lawyer Quits Because Lawsuit Against Obama Could Harm His Credibility
Media Source: PoliticsUSA.com
Posted by: CatWoman
Best Posts (Other Than Mine):
"Bought to you by the party who claims to be against frivolous lawsuits."
43 House Republicans Are Suing President Obama For Being The President of the United States
Media Source: PoliticsUSA.com
Posted by: MrScorpio
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "The problem with the...GOP is real simple: There's a black man in the White House and he's NOT the butler."
THE "TO FIGURE THIS OUT, YOU HAD TO DO A FREAKING STUDY?" CATEGORY
Gun access tied to greater suicide, murder risk
Media Source: Yahoo.com
Posted by: Onehandle
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "Totally shocking to me that a piece of equipment designed to kill people makes it easier to kill people, including oneself. "
THIRD RUNNER UP
Non-White Prisoners are more Profitable for Private Prisons
Media Source: AllGov.com
Posted by: The Straight Story
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "Oh, great. Another example of the white man getting passed over.."
SECOND RUNNER UP
Juan Williams Suggests Calls To Impeach Obama Have Racist Undertones
Media Source: Talking Points Memo.com
Posted by: Alp227
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "At long last, the Clue Bird has pooped on Juan Williams' head."
-- The Velveteen Ocelot
FIRST RUNNER UP
Corey Knowlton, who won auction to kill endangered black rhino, now fears for his life
Media Source: Raw Story
Posted by: Judi Lynn
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "How's it feel, f*cker?"
Congrats to all the posters and commenters, and that goes double for Alp 227 for winning twice and Judi Lynn for winning her second! And for this year, let's send the bar bill for the after party to Elizabeth Warren -- since she's not running, she'll need SOMETHING to do with the money being raised to draft her!
Posted by rocktivity | Tue Jan 13, 2015, 11:11 PM (19 replies)
...The blue areas are remaining brain tissue but most of the scan shows black areas which are essentially fluid (cerebrospinal fluid). The normal body reaction to irreversibly damaged tissue is to replace it with fluid and this is clearly what has happened after Mrs. Schiavo suffered severe anoxic damage to her cerebral cortex. Most of what remains of her brain is essentially a fluid filled sac surrounded by a thin shell of brain tissue rather then the solid structure we normally associate with a brain...
At the time, Terri Schiavo was neither persisting, vegetating nor pining for her native Florida Everglades; she had passed on. She was no more; she had ceased to be. She had expired and gone to meet her maker: Terri was late. She was a stiff, bereft of life and resting in peace. If she hadn't been impaled by feeding tubes, she'd be pushing up the daisies. Her metabolic processes were history; she was off the twig. She had kicked the bucket, shuffled off her mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible -- SHE WAS AN EX-TERRI!
Posted by rocktivity | Thu Dec 18, 2014, 11:19 AM (0 replies)
"Disintermediating the labels" -- is that the legal term for "We are no longer ON a record label because our last album proved that Queensryche minus Tate equals zero, so we've gone into desperation mode"?
I was wrong about the record deal. But I wasn't wrong about this:
...(S)eeing as (new singer) Todd (Le Torre) won't be getting anything out of the holding company, is it unreasonable to conclude that "enhancing" HIS income will depend on the crowdfunding?
I've dug up original singer Geoff Tate's side of the story:
I think it really began around February of (2012)...about moving our merchandising to a third party. We had control over our own merchandising company for years and years and we ran it ourselves. It's a very successful entity, and the other three guys wanted to...hand it over to somebody else and pay them more money to operate it...Our manager found another company that would do it for considerably less...
(W)e had a gig in Sao Paolo, and before the show we had a meeting...They said that they weren't planning on replacing me, but they had just fired our manager, our office assistant and one of our guitar techs, who all happened to be my family members...They had worked for us for ten years...
Of the 144 songs that Queensryche has released, I've written 116...I'm a 25 percent holder in our companies... (They want to) cut me out...split (my) 25 percent...and hire some young guy that's gonna work for a weekly wage...
And this info from their label, Century Media:
...Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton have successfully agreed to...buy out their former lead singer's share of the Queensr˙che corporation while allowing him the ability to be the only one to perform Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II in their entirety.
(Tate)...can only refer to himself as the "Original Lead Singer of Queensr˙che or "Formerly of Queensr˙che" for a period of two years...(after which)...he can(not) mention Queensr˙che at all...As of September 1 (2014), there will be only one Queensr˙che entity (who) will continue to perform selections from their entire musical catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime...
But if they still have a record deal, WHY are Queensryche trying to raise $2 million dollars AND crowdfunding so desperately? Proof yet again that the simplest explanation tends to be the right one: After buying Tate out -- which most likely included giving him all the rights to their back catalog -- Queensryche are just plain flat broke!
It also explains why one of their lawyers owns a piece of the holding company while Le Torre and guitarist Parker Lundgren will have to depend on the crowdfunding -- it's in lieu of their salaries. Tate, meanwhile, has already signed a record deal, putting his ex-colleagues just one Operation Mindcrime Live album away from being just another Queensryche tribute band.
I was wrong about the record deal, but I wasn't wrong about the desperation. I love the smell of vindication in the morning.
Posted by rocktivity | Wed Dec 3, 2014, 12:46 AM (0 replies)
A classic one:
A new one:
And a carol:
Posted by rocktivity | Wed Nov 26, 2014, 07:24 PM (0 replies)
New York, New Jersey Set Up Mandatory Quarantine Requirement Amid Ebola Threat
On Friday, a health care worker landed at Newark after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at the news conference. A legal quarantine was issued for the woman, who was not a New Jersey resident and was set to go on to New York afterward.
“This woman, while her home residence is outside the area, said her next stop was going to be here in New York,” Christie said. “Governor Cuomo and I discussed it before we came out here, and a quarantine order will be issued.” The woman will be quarantined in either New York or New Jersey, Christie said.
Cuomo and Christie said it no longer matters if someone is showing symptoms or not...
In Lincoln, Christie stumps for Ricketts, catches NU-Rutgers
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stopped by Lincoln on Saturday to take in some of the football game and to stump for fellow Republican Pete Ricketts.
“I’m here because I want people to focus on this race in these last 11 days,” before the election, he said. “I want the people of Nebraska to not take anything for granted and to know that their vote matters. We want Pete to have a big, comfortable victory on Nov. 4.”
Christie credited his confidence, in part, to advertisements the GOP governors group sponsored this fall in Nebraska...
While blistering Obama, Christie praises George W. Bush’s leadership
Governor Christie argued Saturday night that President Obama did a lousy job as a world leader. But Christie also made the case that Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, did a better job.
“When we have folks around the world who wonder any longer (sic) what’s it mean(s) to be a friend with the US, and what would the United States do in return for our friendship, that never, never had to be worried about in the past administration (sic). Everyone knew where George Bush stood and who he stood with,” Christie said during a fundraiser-birthday party for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in a Des Moines suburb.
...Bush...nominate(d) Christie for United States Attorney in 2001. It was the role that elevated Christie and positioned him for his 2009 campaign for governor, in which he soundly defeated then-Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat. Christie would not be standing on any stage in Iowa or the Jimmy Fallon Show, as a potential 2016 presidential candidate if not for George Bush.
That quickly turned into milligrams:
Christie defends Ebola quarantine announcement, saying he's trying to protect N.J. residents
The governor, speaking to reporters along the Republican Governor Association campaign trail in Iowa, stood by his Friday announcement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to quarantine some travelers reentering the country...
“My first and foremost obligation is to protect the public health and safety of the people of New Jersey,” Christie said. "And so I’m sorry if in any way she was inconvenienced, but the inconvenience that could occur from having folks who are symptomatic and ill out and amongst the public is a much, much greater concern of mine. This is a difficult situation to deal with and my heart goes out to her because she’s someone who’s been trying to help others...
Obama forces Chris Christie into embarrassing U-turn to allow Ebola nurse to leave New Jersey quarantine tent
Chris Christie was forced on Monday to allow a nurse being kept in a tent in a hospital parking lot to go home after intense White House pressure to relax a mandatory 21-day quarantine the New Jersey Governor had imposed at a state level.
The embarrassing turnaround came after Obama chaired a White House meeting on the rules and successfully lobbied Christie's New York counterpart, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to relax their quarantine rules – even as Americans grow more concerned about the possibility of a pandemic emergency.
Cuomo gave in on behalf of New Yorkers. But as of Sunday Christie was still pushing for more aggressive measures to protect New Jerseyans, saying he had 'no second thoughts' about the policy.
Unapologetic, Christie Frees Nurse From Ebola Quarantine
“I didn’t reverse my decision,” Mr. Christie said from the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Fla., where he was campaigning for that state’s governor, Rick Scott, a fellow Republican. “She hadn’t had any symptoms for 24 hours. And she tested negative for Ebola. So there was no reason to keep her. The reason she was put into the hospital in the first place was because she was running a high fever and was symptomatic.”
“If people are symptomatic they go into the hospital,” Mr. Christie said. “If they live in New Jersey, they can quarantine at home. If they don’t, and they’re not symptomatic, then we set up quarantine for them out of state. But if they are symptomatic, they’re going to the hospital.”
And he wants to be seen as a Bush II-like leader? Proceed, governor!
Posted by rocktivity | Tue Oct 28, 2014, 12:35 AM (1 replies)
because it was considered "normal" and "proper" child-rearing -- spare the rod and spoil the child, the Good Book says.
My parents (Mom mostly, Dad was only called in for major infractions) would qualify as abusers by today's standards, I suppose. But it's a moot issue anyway, because it didn't work on me. I came to resent not being physically punished as the only reward of "being good" -- it's sparing positive reinforcement that "spoils" a child. And since my parents' brand of discipline also proved to me that might makes right, I came to derive more pleasure in getting revenge against authority figures than trying to appease them.
I know Peterson is barely 30, and I hope I'm not being unfair, but I do think he should have known better. Reacting to all child rearing situations with anger and physical force has long since been disproven. If he'd done just a little basic research, he would have known his son is at least a year away from truly grasping the concept of taking turns, and just cutting off access to the toy would have worked better.
Posted by rocktivity | Sat Sep 13, 2014, 12:20 AM (2 replies)
But seriously, folks, here's the backstory:
The NFL Buffalo Bills football team is for sale. Rock star Jon Bon Jovi has always wanted to own an NFL team -- he owned the Philadelphia Soul arena football team for a while. Amid rumors that he's ready to retire from making music, he has partnered with Larry Tanenbaum, owner of the Tornoto Maple Leafs hockey team, and Edward Rogers III of the Toronto-based Rogers media conglomerate.
The key word there being "Toronto."
Buffalo New York and Toronto Ontario are 100 miles apart around the western rim of Lake Ontario, and Buffalo Bills fans are VERY nervous about the team being moved if Bon Jovi and his Toronto-based partners succeed in buying it. They're so nervous, in fact, they've organized a Buffalo Fans Alliance and gotten the band's music banned from local venues and radio stations. Why? Because they rightfully suspect that Jon would be running the team in name only.
While Jon's net worth is estimated at 350 million dollars, Tanenbaum's is at $1.78 billion and Rogers' at $7.6 billion: their AVERAGE net worth exceeds Jon's a dozen times over. It's obvious why Tanenbaum needs Rogers: he doesn't have the operating capital that would be needed. It's obvious why Rogers needs Tanenbaum: he has no experience running a major league sports franchise. It's obvious why Jon needs Rogers and Tanenbaum: As a "mere" millionaire, he won't have ANY operating capital to contribute once he puts up his share of the franchise fee (the current bid is alleged to be $1.2 billion). But why do Tanenbaum and Rogers need Jon? As far as the Bills fans are concerned, he is to be the crowbar with which his partners will pry the Bills out of Buffalo, since Jon wouldn't have the money or the power to stop them.
There's a lease deal where the Bills would have to stay through the 2020 season. But it would be easy to run the team into the ground by then: All the "Toronto Brothers" would have to do is cut Jon off financially. Between that and his "inexperience" as an NFL team owner, his partners would be left with no recourse but restore the team's financial viability by moving the franchise to Toronto!
Thus, the T-shirt. While Jon may be too starry-eyed to see what his partners have the potential to do to him (ironic much?), I think it makes him more like a innocent babe in the woods than a genocidal dictatorial despot. And since his entire band are public figures, I think a visit from the FBI is in order: a $16.99 price tag is a crime indeed!
Posted by rocktivity | Tue Aug 19, 2014, 06:56 PM (2 replies)