Recently Matthew Knowles has brought the idea of adding another member to Destiny’s Child, most likely to be Solange Knowles. He said to TRL and the LA Times that he’s gonna act by the crowd’s response to the idea. If you think that this decision is a mistake, please add your name to the petition against adding Solange or any other person to the trio, here (update: link has since been removed).
Matt Ashare of the Boston Phoenix weighed in on the situation surrounding R. Kelly and how it compares to famed director Roman Polanski. Ashare writes, “Unlike Polanski, whose films have never centered on sex, Kelly has built his reputation as a soul man on a foundation of playfully steamy songs filled with the kind of barely veiled double entendres and unabashed bedroom boasts that are almost as crucial to R&B as a good groove… Fortunately for Kelly, ‘jailbait,’ as underage women were charmingly referred by ’70s rockers, is considered something of an occupational hazard in the realm of pop music, perhaps even more so than in the world of film. That may not hold much water in a court of law, but the court of public opinion hasn’t come down any harder on Kelly than it did on Polanski.” The full story at bostonphoenix.com has since been removed.
Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly shared his thoughts following word that R. Kelly topped the charts with ‘Chocolate Factory’, selling 532,000 copies in its first week of release. “Precious few people will admit to supporting pedophilia, even as an abstract notion, and the idea of child pornography is repugnant to most of us,” he said. “But it wasn’t that many years ago that people looked the other way when male rock stars flaunted their dalliances with underage females.” The full story at ew.com has since been removed.
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A number of people have set up a petition online stating that Ashanti is undeserving of the ‘Aretha Fanklin Entertainer of the Year Award’ at Soul Train this year.
The petition reads:
To: Soul Train
Soul Train has decided to award their Aretha Franklin Award “Entertainer of the Year” to Ashanti. We, the undersigned, feel that there are many superior entertainers that are more worthy of this award than Ashanti. It is an insult to other entertainers who are more deserving of this award and Aretha Franklin. Ashanti simply lacks singing ability and stage presence. She doesn’t demonstrate the qualities of an entertainer and hasn’t been out in the public for a full year. Better candidates for this award should be Faith Evans, Alicia Keys, India.Arie, or Aaliyah.
Please sign this and you will help our current, hardworking artists by protesting against ordinary, mediocre artist from getting a highly praised award.
Petitiononline.com, which hosted the petition, has since shut down.
Jim Farber of the New York Daily News profiled the upcoming chart battle between Ashanti and Tweet ahead of both artists album releases tomorrow. Farber writes, “Now Ashanti and Tweet have been portrayed as catfighting rivals, vying for the same audience. They pooh-pooh the idea of any tension, of course, but they shouldn’t complain too hard. It’s the surest sign yet that they’ve arrived.” The entire article at nydailynews.com has since been removed.
Cynthia Fuchs of poppolitics.com gave her thoughts on Pink’s move to breaking her R&B classification on her latest album. Fuchs said, “In a perfect world, this designation might mean that years of crossover marketing and politics have come to a logical and progressive end, such that hybrid categories no longer signal race or more precisely, limitations assigned to race, but a variety of musical distinctions and fluidities. To an extent, this is true, but it is also true that Pink, who is decidedly more like Destiny’s Child than Mandy Moore, is able to move across industry categories more easily than most minority acts precisely because she is white.” Read more.
Roger Catlin of the Harford Courant submitted a list of 21 facts about Alicia Keys including number 8, “Although she’s about the same age as Britney Spears, nobody ever referred to Alicia Keys as a teen pop star, possibly because the songs, which she largely writes herself, show a maturity beyond her years. She’s steeped in a soulful history more akin to the traditions of Roberta Flack and Nina Simone than Britney and Christina Aguilera.”
The full list of facts at jsonline.com has since been removed.
Fans of 3LW have formed a petition over news that Sony has the new 3LW release on hold. The petition states, “We have all been anticipating the release of 3LW’s new album, but guess what? As of right now it’s not going to happen without the help of YOU, their Label has 3LW on hold indefinitely. To put you guys in more depth to what is going on, they want 3LW to be something they ain’t and real ghetto, and as we all know 3LW has a unique style that we love and we should let the label know that.” Petitiononline.com, which hosted the petition, has since shut down.
Patrick MacDonald of the Seattle Times is previewing the pair of Luther Vandross shows at the Paramount Theatre next week as the singer looks to reach “for a wider audience, after being unfairly pigeonholed as solely an R&B crooner who provides background music for lovemaking and weddings, a kind of male diva appealing only to women.” Read more.
Over 2,000 fans have signed a petition trying to fight Virgin Records plans to shut down the official sight of the late Aaliyah. The petition states: “In the wake of the tragic death of Aaliyah Dana Haughton, her fans have converged at Aaliyah2001.com to pay tribute, remember, and honor her memory. These same devoted fans have also come to the site to grieve and mourn her openly amongst others around the world who love and treasure her. It is at the website, Aaliyah2001.com, that her fans feel comfortable expressing their emotions during these dark times and Aaliyah is the light that sustains them. In order to keep her name alive, we ask that Virgin Records keep Aaliyah2001.com up an running because this site means the world to the fans and it was at this site that Aaliyah herself posted messages to her devoted fans. Please Save Aaliyah2001.com!” Petitiononline.com, which hosted the petition, has since shut down.