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India.Arie criticises Grammy Awards ceremony for lack of diversity

January 28th, 2014 8:40pm EST
India Arie
R&B singer India.Arie has posted an open letter online criticising Grammy Awards bosses for the lack of diversity during Sunday's (26Jan14) telecast.

The Brown Skin hitmaker took to Tumblr.com on Monday (27Jan14) to express her dismay over claims the prizegiving is becoming more of a "popularity contest" instead of focusing on the music itself, and she has called for the voting system of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences event to be revamped.

She was also disappointed not to see more African American performers and winners take the stage at the Staples Center in Los Ange...
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6 of Today’s Most One Dimensional Music Artists

November 3rd, 2013 2:00pm EST
John Mayer Paradise Valley
Some artists constantly change up their formula, while others are content.  There is nothing wrong with being content, but sometimes it puts your artistry into serious questioning.  There are many artists I could characterize as ‘one dimensional’, but I chose five who truly epitomize this description.  And yes, some of these are artists I highly respect and listen to.  I’m a meanie, I know.

India. Arie

I really do respect and enjoy India. Arie’s music, but I feel that she hasn’t truly ‘spread’ her wings for a couple of albums.  I’m all about “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but stil...
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India.Arie creating video tribute to Trayvon Martin

July 22nd, 2013 3:20am EDT
India Arie
R&B star India.Arie has asked fans to send her their family photos to use in a video which will honour slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges after fatally shooting the 17 year old in Florida last year (12), and the verdict on 13 July (13) has caused controversy across the U.S.

Arie has now announced plans to make a special online video for her new single, Brother's Keeper, to remember Martin, and she wants fans to send in their most treasured family snaps to make the feature especially poignan...
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India.Arie Slams Zoe Saldana's Nina Simone Role

November 8th, 2012 8:51am EST
India Arie
R&B star India Arie has slammed Zoe Saldana's casting as jazz legend Nina Simone, branding the move "ridiculous".

Cynthia Mort, director of upcoming biopic Nina, has been forced to defend her choice of Saldana for the title role following a wave of criticism, including from the late singer's daughter Simone Kelly.

Now, Arie has waded into the controversy after seeing photographs of the Avatar actress wearing prosthetics while filming the movie, insisting Saldana looks "weird".

In a message posted on NinaSimone.com, she writes, "I saw the images of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone... and I t...
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India.Arie Settles Legal Battle With Ex-Manager

May 2nd, 2012 8:43am EDT
India Arie
R&B star India.Arie has settled a lawsuit with her former manager, who alleged the singer failed to pay for her services before ending their professional relationship.

Noreen Nalli, who served as Arie's manager between 2005 and 2009, filed a lawsuit at a federal court in Tennessee claiming her former client dumped her without warning two years ago and failed to pay for her services in full.

The legal papers suggested Arie owed money to Nalli, but the singer counter-sued, claiming she overpaid her former representative.

Nevertheless, after a year of legal wrangling, the pair's lawyers ...
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India.Arie Sued By Her Former Manager

December 20th, 2011 8:06am EST
India Arie
R&B star India.Arie is embroiled in a legal battle with her former manager over allegations she ended their professional relationship without settling her bill.

Noreen Nalli, who served as Arie's manager between 2005 and 2009, has filed a lawsuit at a federal court in Tennessee claiming her former client dumped her without warning two years ago and failed to fully pay up.

The legal papers suggest Arie owes money to Nalli, but the singer has counter-sued claiming she overpaid her former representative, according to TMZ.com.

A representative for the star tells the website the singer "re...
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'Ladys' Night at the Grammys as Lady Antebellum & Lady Gaga win big (Full List of Grammy Winners)

February 14th, 2011 12:31am EST
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga were the toast of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after picking up nine awards between them.

Country trio Lady Antebellum claimed five accolades for their single and album "Need You Now," including Record and Song of the Year, while Gaga scored wins for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for "Bad Romance" and Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Album for "The Fame Monster."

But the surprise of the night came right at the end of the ceremony when indie darlings Arcade Fire picked up Album of the Year honors for "Th...
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Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ciara & More Were all out for Clive Davis' Annual Pre-Grammy Awards Bash (Pics!)

February 13th, 2011 3:37pm EST
Katy Miley Ciara
The stars were out in full-force Saturday night at music mogul Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy Gala & Salute to Industry Icons. This year's event honored Davis' fellow music mogul David Geffen and was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

Several guests even performed during the party - Jennifer Hudson and Barry Manilow performed a duet together; and R. Kelly played a short set. And Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Cee Lo Green and Rod Stewart also joined the festivities and sang some of their hits.

But Whitney Houston's performance was the big highlight of the evening as she took th...
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India.Arie Thinks Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' Video Goes Too Far, Is Socially Irresponsible

March 23rd, 2010 8:32am EDT
India Arie
Singer/songwriter India.Arie has taken aim at Lady Gaga and Beyonce's saucy new video for "Telephone," calling the promo "socially irresponsible."

The "Video" hitmaker launched her blistering Twitter.com attack on the 10-minute promo last week, asking followers, "Am I the only one who thinks the telephone video is going a bit too far?"

Her comments sparked a weekend of debate between her fans and Gaga's.

India.Arie revealed she was troubled by the imagery of the video and "the unspoken back story, the language, the message."

In the promo, Beyonce and an incarcerated Lady Gaga appear to ...
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2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

February 1st, 2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...
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Bruce Springsteen Mocks Sarah Palin

October 17th, 2008 2:42pm EDT
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen used his latest fundraising bash for Democrat Barack Obama to poke fun at one of the presidential candidate's Republican rivals, Sarah Palin.

Springsteen dueted with fellow rocker Billy Joel for the first time ever at the bash, at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday. And the Born to Run hit-maker jokingly compared the pair's inexperience to criticism of Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Palin.

He told the crowd, "Billy and I have rehearsed a little, but you have to consider this more like the vice presidential debate: you have to Palin-ise...
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Joss Stone: 'Pay Attention To Soul Lyrics Boys'

February 29th, 2008 8:16am EST
Joss Stone
Singer Joss Stone has urged men to pay attention to the lyrics of soul classics - because the words offer tips on how to be the perfect lover. The British soul star insists Stax and Motown standards offer clues on how to woo a woman - and even modern singers like herself and India.Arie know how to turn a song into a love anthem.

She says, "It's in all those household songs: 'Love me better, I want to love you right, don't stand me up, don't disrespect me.' Soul lyrics are the guide to the way women think. India.Arie wrote a song called "Talk To Her." It goes, 'Don't get smart with her,...
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Will.i.am Releases Third Solo Disc, 'Songs About Girls'; Win A Copy!

October 15th, 2007 11:21am EDT
will.i.am
First things first. The Black Eyed Peas are not breaking up. will.i.am, frontman and producer behind the multi-platinum group, wants to get that out of the way right from the start. "We're not going anywhere," he says, by way of introducing his new solo album, Songs About Girls. "I made the choice in high school to be with a crew and that's never going to change. It was just really important for me to try some things out on my own, with my own artistry and imagination."

Indeed. will.i.am has helped steer The Black Eyed Peas into one of the most popular groups in music. They have sold 1...
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Rihanna Continues To Top Billboard Hot 100

June 7th, 2007 4:12pm EDT
Rihanna
R&B star Rihanna is enjoying a second week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with Umbrella. The Bahamian singer has again managed to see off competition from Party Like A Rockstar by Shop Boyz, which sits at number two.

Moving up a place to three is T-Pain's Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin') featuring Yung Joc, while Fergie jumps four places to number four with Big Girls Don't Cry.

The highest debut this week is India.Arie's Beautiful Flower, which enters the Hot 100 at number 56.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Chris Tucker & India.Arie Are Reportedly A Couple

February 20th, 2007 9:11am EST
India.Arie
Chris Tucker is reportedly dating soul singer India.Arie. The couple have been spotted together at star-studded events in Los Angeles and were seen at the opening of Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy For Girls In South Africa last month.

A source tells PageSix.com, "They traveled together to South Africa over the holidays for Oprah Winfrey's party and school opening, and they were also together at Mary J. Blige's pre-Grammy party at Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's house in L.A."

Tucker's representative would not confirm the alleged romance.

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Robin Thicke Claims Top Spot On Both Album & Singles Chart

February 18th, 2007 11:00am EST
Robin Thicke
Grammy Award-winner writer/producer Robin Thicke's album has anchored at the #1 spot as the biggest selling R&B album for a second straight week. Bolstered by the success of the #1 hit "Lost Without U," the album sits at #6 this week on the Top 200 Album chart and remains the #1 most played song ever at the Urban Adult Contemporary format. "Lost Without U" currently sits at #1 on the R&B Singles Chart, #25 on Billboard's Hot 100, and is the most requested video on both MTV and VH1.

A self-taught musician, Robin's talents as a producer/songwriter can be heard on albums by Usher, Christi...
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'Dreamgirls,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Beyoncé' & 'Mary J. Blige' Lead NAACP Nominations

January 10th, 2007 8:53am EST
Dreamgirls
Movie musical Dreamgirls looks set to steal the major accolades at the 38th NAACP Image Awards after landing seven nominations yesterday. The movie was among the Outstanding Motion Picture nominees, while the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack was nominated for Outstanding Album at the annual National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People ceremony.

Stars Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose all claimed top acting nods.

Medical drama Grey's Anatomy landed four nominations, while Ugly Betty picked up three.

In the music categories,...
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Jonny Lang's "Turn Around" Garners Grammy Nomination

December 17th, 2006 9:00am EST
Jonny Lang
Platinum-selling artist and soulful-voiced guitar hero, Jonny Lang, is turning heads again with his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Turn Around (released Sept. 19 on A&M Records). The album garnered a 49th Annual Grammy Awards nomination for Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album. Lang’s first Grammy nomination was received for 1998’s Wander This World.

In 1997, Newsweek listed Lang in the Century Club of the 100 Americans expected to be influential in the next millennium. Ten years into his recording career, Jonny Lang is fulfilling the promise critics hailed at the outset of his ca...
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"James Taylor: A MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute" DVD To Be Released On October 3

September 28th, 2006 11:52am EDT
James Taylor
During the 2006 Grammy week in Los Angeles, MusiCares brought together a group of legendary artists to pay tribute to James Taylor and his famous works at their annual Person of the Year gala. The event honored Taylor for his outstanding contributions to the world of music and for his exemplary philanthropic efforts. The amazing lineup featured Taylor's friends and contemporaries performing great songs from his catalogue of music. The highlights of this exclusive music industry evening - from The Dixie Chicks performing "Shower the People" and Jackson Browne, David Crosby and Sheryl Crow jo...
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Robert Randolph and the Family Band's "Colorblind" Hits Stores Sept. 25; Listen To "The Thrill Of It"

September 6th, 2006 1:22pm EDT
Robert Randolph
"We wanted to take our time and find ourselves," says Robert Randolph. "Find out what was really inside of me and the band and bring that out. Really try to come up with the best songs, dig deep within, and let all of the experiences that we have had in the last three years come out in the music."

With Colorblind, Randolph and the Family Band have taken the difficult leap from being great performing artists to being great recording artists. Since emerging from a House of God church in Orange, New Jersey steeped in the "sacred steel" tradition, Randolph's astonishing pedal steel playing...
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Upcoming Guests on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'

July 21st, 2006 11:35am EDT
India.Arie
Check out who will be appearing on The Late Show With David Letterman next week:

Monday, July 24

Actor Colin Farrell; musical guest India Arie; toy demonstration

Tuesday, July 25

Actor Greg Kinnear; musical guests Tapes 'n Tapes

Wednesday, July 26

Actress Scarlett Johansson; American Chopper stars Paul Teutul Jr. & Sr.

Thursday, July 27

Actor Johnny Depp; musical guests The Spinners

Friday, July 28

Actor Jamie Foxx; comedian Tom Dreesen
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India.Arie: 'I Don't Have To Be Number One'

July 17th, 2006 10:24am EDT
India.Arie
Soul sensation India.Arie insists she isn't bothered about chart positions, she's just grateful that people buy her music and attend her concerts. The singer's latest album Testimony, Vol 1: Life & Relationships recently hit the top of the Billboard album charts in America.

She says, "It's cool to hear my songs on the radio but I don't have to be number one. Number one is nice, but I just want to be able to sing my truth. I want to be classy and honest and have fun with music, and if I can't really express who I am through my music, then it's not really fun anymore."

-See some ph...
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Johnny Cash Has First Number One Album in Almost Thirty Years

July 12th, 2006 4:08pm EDT
Johnny Cash
Country legend Johnny Cash has scored his first US album chart number one in almost 30 years - three years after his death.

Cash recorded "American V: A Hundred Highways" from a wheelchair at his home in Tennessee as he battled blindness and diabetes in his final four months.

And his swan songs have earned Cash his first US chart topper since live album "Johnny Cash At San Quentin" went to number one in 1969.

The new album, which earned a number one debut today with just 88,000 first-week sales, also ends the Dixie Chicks' seven-week reign atop the Billboard Country Albums ch...
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India.Arie Debuts at Number One

July 6th, 2006 9:23am EDT
India.Arie
India.Arie has stunned chart watchers in America by taking her new album to the top of the charts. Boosted by a show-stealing Chaka Khan tribute that she performed at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards on June 27, the singer scored her best sales week ever (161,000) to land at number one with Testimony Vol. 1, Life & Relationship (click for review).

Rockers Dashboard Confessional also scored a career-best week - the group's Dusk & Summer album debuted at number two with 134,000 sales. Nelly Furtado's former chart-topper, Loose, slipped to number three on the new Billboard...
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Mary J. Blige And Kanye West Tie At BET Awards

June 28th, 2006 9:45am EDT
Kanye West
Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and Jamie Foxx were big winners at the BET Awards last night. All three stars walked away from the ceremony, which celebrates black artists, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, with two prizes each.

Blige won Best Female R+B artist but had to share the prize for Best Video with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx who got nods for their hits Be Without You and Gold Digger respectively. Gold Digger also took the award for Best Collaboration.

Other winners at the BET Awards - the Black Entertainment Television Awards - included Chaka Khan who received the covet...
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Grammy Nominated India.Arie Returns With "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship"; In Stores Today!

June 27th, 2006 5:15pm EDT
India.Arie
Get ready to share India.Arie's testimony... Grammy nominated India.Arie is back with her long awaited studio album Testimony: Vol.1, Life & Relationship. The new album features the hit song "I Am Not My Hair" feat. Akon and the new single "There's Hope." The album hits stores today!

Head over to the Starpulse.com Contest page and enter another fantastic India.Arie contest! One lucky winner will take the Grand Prize of an Autographed Carlos Robelli C6 full size acoustic guitar, signed by India, and a copy of her "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship" album. Three runners-up will rece...
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Jamie Foxx Dominates BET Award Nominations

May 17th, 2006 1:11pm EDT
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes and Mary J. Blige are leading the nominations at this year's Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards. Singer/actor Foxx heads the field with five nods for Best Male R&B Artist, Best Actor, Video Of The Year for "Gold Digger" with Kanye West and twice in the Best Duet/Collaboration category for "Unpredictable" with Ludacris and Kanye West.

Busta Rhymes is up for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best Duet/Collaboration, Video Of The Year and Viewers' Choice for "Touch It (Remix)," while Missy Elliott has been named in the Best Female Hip-Hop Artis...
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India.Arie Returns June 27 With "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship;" Listen To First Single Right Here

April 6th, 2006 11:06am EDT
india.arie
Nominated 11 times for Grammys within two short years, India.Arie came onto the national music scene in 2001 with her Motown Records debut Acoustic Soul and then followed up in 2002 with her sophomore CD Voyage To India. Both CDs have sold over 6 million copies worldwide and have helped Ms. Arie garner numerous awards including 2 Grammys and 3 NAACP Image Awards, along with awards from BET, Billboard Music, Radio Music, MTV, VH1 Vogue Fashion, Essence Magazine and others.

She has received critical acclaim from USA Today to VIBE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly to People Magazine. A voice...
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Aretha Franklin Forgives NFL for Snub

February 1st, 2006 11:41am EST
Aretha Franklin
Soul legend Aretha Franklin has forgiven America's National Football League (NFL) for choosing The Rolling Stones to perform the prestigious half-time Super Bowl slot instead of a Detroit artist. The Detroit, Michigan, native will sing the national anthem at the American football final in her hometown on Sunday and initially berated sports bosses for failing to include other local musicians on the playbill.

After adding Michigan man Stevie Wonder, as well as Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Joss Stone, John Legend and Indie.Arie, Franklin has been appeased. She explains, "I didn't think there ...
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New Sergio Mendes Album 'Timeless' Is Loaded With Guests

January 26th, 2006 12:00pm EST
Sergio Mendes
It's not often an album comes along that truly blends two distinct cultures in an innovative way. That album is Timeless (click for review) by Sergio Mendes, due out on February 14 as a co-release by Concord Records and Starbucks Hear Music. Produced by and featuring will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Timeless is a wholly original blend of music from one of the most internationally successful Brazilian musicians of all time, Sergio Mendes, who--40 years ago--brought Brasil '66 and "Mas Que Nada" to the world.

Will and Sergio brought in the Black Eyed Peas, one of hip-hop's premier arti...
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