September 4, 2012 |
Clint Eastwood's soliloquy about unoccupied furniture has been the most entertaining spectacle to emerge from this year's party conventions so far, although the Democratic Party will make its own go of it with a big roster of pop musicians this week. The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., wraps up with a concert at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, with headliners including Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, Earth Wind & Fire, James Taylor and Marc Anthony singing the national anthem.
September 10, 2012 |
When D'Angelo sat at his electric piano Sunday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre and played the first bars of his hit “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” women screamed with Pavlovian memories of the song's video, which starred his oiled abs, pelvic muscles and, it's rumored, the rest of the singer as well. Grown men leaped to their feet and yelled, “Give 'em more, D!” like they were cheering an action-movie hero. But then D'Angelo stopped. He walked out from behind the piano, stood before the crowd and waited.
July 10, 2012 |
Following showings at the BET Awards and the House of Blues that earned D'Angelo stellar reviews, the soul singer is continuing his (extremely welcomed) return to form by announcing a late summer tour. The performer, who is carefully making a comeback after more than a decade in seclusion, is set for a co-headlining trek, dubbed the Liberation Tour, on which he will be joined by the reigning Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,Mary J. Blige. Only six dates were unveiled on Monday, the first being an Aug. 18 stop in Virginia Beach, Va. Blige told Rolling Stone the tour will be 20 dates.
November 22, 2011 |
Mary J. Blige blinked back tears and buried her head in her hands when she recently heard "Need Someone," an emotional ballad off her new album "My Life II ... The Journey Continues (Act 1). " The song, said Blige, is actually an ode to her younger, more troubled self. "From where you stand there's no way to change it, no way to make it make sense and it's lonely there in the spotlight," she sings over lush strings and piano. "Well honey, don't I understand you need someone to love you. " Blige, 40, is revisiting — and comforting — her 23-year-old self for a reason.
August 28, 1999 |
Mary J. Blige's fifth album does nothing to threaten her reign as the queen of hip-hop soul. The collection entered the Southern California sales chart at No. 1, and nationally at No. 2. On the singles chart, TLC is back in the picture, while Enrique Iglesias remains No. 1 in the Southland for the second week. TOP 10 ALBUMS *--* Title, Artist (Nat'l Rank) Last Week 1 Mary, Mary J.
September 5, 2006 |
Veteran hip-hop soul diva Mary J. Blige had all the trappings of a live pop-R&B extravaganza during her sold-out Sunday concert at Gibson Amphitheatre: a sprawling set, costume changes, video screens, eight-piece band, guest appearances, even pyrotechnics. But all that faded into the background as Blige remained the focal point with her blend of Aretha Franklin-style vocals, testifying and learn-from-my-life motivational speeches -- always aimed at the ladies, who shouted, "Yeah!"