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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 3

October 13th, 2013 2:50pm EDT
Ariana Grande
Welcome to the final part of my Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions of 2013.  Here is where I housed my honorable mentions, which were many.  If you missed the previous two posts, here’s how I opened them up respectively, beginning with Favorites and ending with Least Favorites:

Favorites:

“As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and som...
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Seven-Time Grammy Winner Al Jarreau Releases CD Featuring His Favorite Love Songs

January 25th, 2008 8:30pm EST
Al Jarreau
Al Jarreau's unique vocal style is one of the world's most precious treasures. His innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time with seven Grammy Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide. A heart-melting crooner who signed with Reprise in 1975, Jarreau remains the master of the ballad. The only artist to ever win Grammy awards in pop, jazz and R&B, Jarreau handpicks his favorite romantic tunes for Love Songs. Spanning three decades, this 14-song compilation will be available January ...
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The Temptations Return With 48th Studio Release

November 5th, 2007 7:30pm EST
The Temptations
With 2006's Grammy-nominated Reflections, The Temptations performed the Motown classics they always loved but never had the chance to previously record. Now, with Back To Front (New Door Records/UMe), released October 23, 2007, you'll find these Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of the most popular and enduring singing groups of all time performing some of the biggest Pop and R&B songs in history.

For Back To Front, their 48th album of new recordings, and second for New Door Records/UMe, The Temptations put their incomparable stamp on such classics as "Never Never Gonna Giv...
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Deniece Williams Returns After A Decade With 'Love, Niecy Style,' Out April 24

March 30th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Deniece Williams
Deniece Williams will forever be one of the great all-time R&B divas. Processing an infectious, angelic and soulful honey -coated voice with an awe-inspiring range, Deniece Williams set the bar high for R&B singers back in the 70s and to this day her influence can be heard on everyone from Mariah Carey to Beyoncé. Her songs have been sampled by dozens of artists including Will Smith and Master P. Deniece's pure, rich and spine-tingling vocal quality, along with her impeccable diction and ability to honestly connect with any song has resulted in a vast catalog of hits. Some of her timeless a...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 22

March 22nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Reese Witherspoon
"Walk the Line" star Reese Witherspoon (1976), "Into the West" star Matthew Modine (1959), actress/singer Stephanie Mills (1957), Swedish actress Lena Olin (1956), British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), jazz guitarist George Benson (1943), Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (1941), British singer/songwriter Roger Whittaker (1936), character M. Emmet Walsh (1935), "Star Trek" captain William Shatner (1931), American composer Stephen Sondheim (1930), French mime Marcel Marceau (1923), "The Streets of San Francisco" star Karl Malden (1912), and Marx Brother Chico Marx (1887; d. 1961).
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Rena Scott's 'Let Me Love You' In Stores Now

March 19th, 2007 11:00pm EDT
Rena Scott
On the sultry title track of her new independently released breakout recording Let Me Love You, Rena Scott is right at home, singing soulfully about the first spark of romance. Yet the seductive invitation taps into something much deeper, reflecting the passion of her relationship to audiences worldwide over a fascinating musical lifetime.

Starting out at 12 in her native Detroit singing for the local Baptist congregation, Scott won her first talent contest at 13—where she performed with The Temptations--and was soon playing two or three gigs a night on the weekends at local R&B clubs...
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Paul Brown's Latest Album, "White Sand," Set For Feb. 27 Release; Win One Of Three Signed Copies!

February 22nd, 2007 7:30pm EST
Paul Brown
His name is synonymous with smooth jazz - with a staggering 50 #1 charting airplay hits, and the unique experience in 2006 of scoring a #1 Radio & Records chart hit as both an artist and producer. He is Grammy® award winning mega producer, composer/arranger and recording artist Paul Brown, and he will make his label debut on Peak Records with the release of his latest solo CD White Sand, February 27.

Peak Records president Andi Howard stated: "We welcome Paul to our family of artists. His success is truly unparalled and we are very excited about the release of White Sand."

Drive...
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Dixie Chicks Win Most Grammy Awards; Full Winners List

February 12th, 2007 10:37am EST
Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks were the big winners at the Grammy Awards, scooping five awards. The country band fought off stiff competition from the likes of Justin Timberlake, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mary J. Blige to win the prizes for album, song and record of the year as well as best country album and best group country performance. Full Winners List Below!

Lead singer, Natalie Maines, said: "I, for the first time in my life, am speechless."

Mary J. Blige, who received eight nominations cried as she accepted her award for best R'n'B album for Breakthrough. She said: "This is the fir...
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Dionne Warwick To Release New Album Of Duets, "My Friends and Me," Out Nov. 7

November 1st, 2006 4:02pm EST
Dionne Warwick
"Walk On By." "Say a Little Prayer." "Anyone Who Had a Heart." "Windows of the World." "Wishin' and Hopin'." "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" These unforgettable songs are all inextricably linked to an extraordinary vocalist: Dionne Warwick. With her gorgeous tone, nuanced phrasing and stunning emotional range, Warwick remains firmly ensconced in the upper echelon of popular music.

Now this iconic artist, who has spent 2006 celebrating her 45th year in show business, revisits these and other classic compositions with a stellar array of female guests on My Friends and Me (Concord R...
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New CD Reviews, October 24, 2006 (My Chemical Romance, John Legend, Brooke Hogan & more)

October 24th, 2006 10:58am EDT
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
A number of big releases hit stores this week, including the highly-anticipated return of My Chemical Romance with 'The Black Parade.' Plus look for the John Legend's sophomore album 'Once Again' and debuts from Brooke Hogan, Jibbs and more. Continue reading for reviews and info on this week's CD releases...

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
My Chemical Romance intended to dispel all such misconceptions with their third album, The Black Parade, an unabashed, old-fashioned concept album, complete with characters wandering through a vague narrative that concerns very big themes like...
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Grammy Winning Jazz Superstars George Benson And Al Jarreau Unite For First-Ever Collaboration

October 19th, 2006 12:36pm EDT
Givin It Up
On October 24th, the music world will be dazzled by a harmonic convergence of superstars when singer/guitarist/songwriter George Benson teams with vocalist extraordinaire/songwriter Al Jarreau for Givin' It Up. Friends and label-mates for over three decades, this outing marks the first time that the two artists, both multiple Grammy® winners with Gold and Platinum selling albums, have recorded together as equal partners.

This much-anticipated 13-track recording features each of the stars on a new arrangement of one of the other's biggest hits - Jarreau adding lyrics to and singing Bens...
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Faith Evans, Esthero, George Benson And More Join Boney James On His Latest CD, "Shine"

September 18th, 2006 1:29pm EDT
Boney James
Concord Records is delighted to announce the release of Shine, the new album by acclaimed saxophonist Boney James, on Sept. 26. Shine, the two-time Grammy nominee’s 10th album – and first for Concord – features guest appearances by hip-hop/soul diva Faith Evans, jazz-guitar icon George Benson, R&B vocalists Dwele and Phillip Bailey, keyboard wizard George Duke, alternative-pop singer Esthero and Sounds of Blackness powerhouse Ann Nesby.

Boney produced the disc and played tenor, soprano and alto saxes, keyboards and flute. He wrote or co-wrote nine of Shine’s 12 tracks.

Faith Eva...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 22

March 22nd, 2006 3:04am EST
Reese Witherspoon
Oscar-winner ("Walk the Line") Reese Witherspoon (1976), "Into the West" star Matthew Modine (1959), actress/singer Stephanie Mills (1957), Swedish actress Lena Olin (1956), British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948), jazz guitarist George Benson (1943), Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (1941), British singer/songwriter Roger Whittaker (1936), character M. Emmet Walsh (1935), "Star Trek" captain William Shatner (1931), American composer Stephen Sondheim (1930), French mime Marcel Marceau (1923), "The Streets of San Francisco" star Karl Malden (1912), and Marx Brother Chico Marx (1887; d. 1961).
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