News

    Lambert Reponds to Complaints About American Music Award Performance; Jackson Items Auctioned

    Adam Lambert responds to ABC viewer complaints by saying 'There are a lot of double standards as far as that goes'; The white glove Michael Jackson wore during a 1983 performance auctioned for $350,000 November 21.



    ABC received 1500 complaints over 2009 American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert's provocative performance on the November 22 American Music Awards.  That led ABC to cancel his November 25 live appearance on Good Morning America.  ABC released a statement that said, "Given his controversial live performance on the AMAs, we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning."  Lambert responded to the complaints by saying, "There are a lot of double standards as far as that goes.  We've seen female pop and rock performers do that for the last 10 years. They've been very provocative, owning their power and sexuality.  You just don't see men doing it very often. And I'm hoping to break down that double standard with this number."

    Michael Jackson Items Auctioned


    Lambert Reponds to Complaints About American Music Award Performance; Jackson Items Auctioned
    Lambert Reponds to Complaints About American Music Award Performance; Jackson Items Auctioned

     

    A Hong Kong businessman paid $350,000 for the white glove Michael Jackson wore during his performance at the 1983 "Motown 25" television special.  It was among hundreds of rock and roll items up for bid by Julien's Auctions on November 21.  The auction took place at the Hard Rock Café in New York's Time Square.  A black jacket Jackson wore during his 1989 "Bad" world tour drew $225,000.

    New Mayer Album Tops Billboard Album Chart


    LL Cool J's 'G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)' CD
    LL Cool J's 'G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)' CD

     

    John Mayer sold 286,000 copies of his new album Battle Studies its first week of release.  That was enough for the collection to debut in the top spot on the Billboard 200 (week ending December 5).  Several other albums enter in this week's Top 5, including Norah Jones (Number 3 with The Fall), Casting Crowns (Number 4 with Until the Whole World Hears) and 50 Cent (Number 5 with Before I Self Destruct).

     

    LL Cool J, Black Eyed Peas to Perform in Grammy Nominations Concert


    Lambert Reponds to Complaints About American Music Award Performance; Jackson Items Auctioned
    Lambert Reponds to Complaints About American Music Award Performance; Jackson Items Auctioned

     

    On December 2, CBS-TV will air "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night."  Hosted by two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J, the one-hour special takes place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.  Performers will include the Black Eyed Peas, Sugarland, Maxwell, Nick Jonas & The Administration, and others.  This marks the second time Grammy Award nominations will be announced live on primetime television.

    Carrie Underwood Hosts Television Special


    The Beach Boys '15 Big Ones' CD
    The Beach Boys '15 Big Ones' CD

    Other television specials airing this week include "Invitation Only: Carrie Underwood" on Country Music Television December 1.  The one-hour show will feature Carrie singing some of her biggest hits, plus a question-and-answer segment with the audience.  And, the 12 annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" will air on December 2.  Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Alicia Keys, Shakira and the Radio City Rockettes will perform.< /p>

    Beach Boys, Jose Feliciano Among New Grammy Hall Of Fame Inductees


    Paul McCartney during 26 Oct concert performance
    Paul McCartney during 26 Oct concert performance

    The Recording Academy has announced the latest additions to its Grammy Hall of Fame.  Among the 25 inductees are classics by the Beach Boys, James Brown, Jose Feliciano, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bo Diddley and Judy Garland.  President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow says, "This year's Grammy Hall of Fame inductees highlight a diverse array of masterpiece recordings that have had a profound impact on our musical history.  The selections are timeless staples that span six decades and represent a wide range of genres from comedy to rock, reggae, jazz and R&B.  They all greatly deserve to be memorialized."  The Grammy Hall of Fame now includes 851 titles.  (Complete list can be found at www.grammy.com)


    New Album Releases December 1:

    "Just Like You" by Allison Iraheta (2009 fourth place American Idol finalist), "Untitled" by R. Kelly, "An Evening With Il Divo - Live In Barcelona" by Il Divo, "Stir The Blood" by The Bravery, "Cocky & Confident" by Juvenile, "Thalia en Primera Fila" (first live CD/DVD) by Thalia, "Eye Of An Eagle" by Primal Fear, "Don't Stop" by Annie, "The Very Best of Enya" by Enya and the original motion picture soundtracks to "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" and "Up In The Air."

    Look Who's Going On Tour!

    On December 2, 67-year-old Paul McCartney will kick off his first European tour in five years.  He'll perform eight shows on the tour, which begins in Hamburg, Germany.  The former Beatle will also play concerts in the Netherlands, France and Ireland before wrapping up the outing at London's O2 arena on December 22.
     

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Uganda Unveils its First Solar-powered Busi
    X
    July 28, 2016 4:16 AM
    A solar-powered bus described by its Ugandan makers as the first in Africa has made its public debut. Kiira Motors' electric bus, Kayoola, displayed recently at a stadium in Uganda's capital. From Kampala, Maurice Magorane filed this report narrated by Salem Solomon.
    Video

    Video Uganda Unveils its First Solar-powered Bus

    A solar-powered bus described by its Ugandan makers as the first in Africa has made its public debut. Kiira Motors' electric bus, Kayoola, displayed recently at a stadium in Uganda's capital. From Kampala, Maurice Magorane filed this report narrated by Salem Solomon.
    Video

    Video Silicon Valley: More Than A Place, It's a Culture

    Silicon Valley is a technology powerhouse and a place that companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple call home. It is a region in northern California that stretches from San Francisco to San Jose. But, more than that, it's known for its startup culture. VOA's Elizabeth Lee went inside one company to find out what it's like to work in a startup.
    Video

    Video Immigrant Delegate Marvels at Democratic Process

    It’s been a bitter and divisive election season – but first time Indian-American delegate Dr. Shashi Gupta headed to the Democratic National Convention with a sense of hope. VOA’s Katherine Gypson followed this immigrant with the love of U.S. politics all the way to Philadelphia.
    Video

    Video Philadelphia Uses DNC Spotlight to Profile Historic Role in Founding of United States

    The slogan of the Democratic National Convention now underway in Philadelphia is “Let’s Make History Again” which recognizes the role the city played in the foundation of the United States in the 18th century. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, local institutions are opening their doors in an effort to capitalize on the convention spotlight to draw visitors, and to offer more than just a history lesson.
    Video

    Video A Life of Fighting Back: Hillary Clinton Shatters Glass Ceiling

    Hillary Clinton made history Thursday, overcoming personal and political setbacks to become the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. If she wins in November, she will go from “first lady” to U.S. Senator from New York, to Secretary of State, to “Madam President.” Polls show Clinton is both beloved and despised. White House Correspondent Cindy Saine takes a look at the life of the woman both supporters and detractors agree is a fighter for the ages.
    Video

    Video Dutch Entrepreneurs Turn Rainwater Into Beer

    June has been recorded as one of the wettest months in more than a century in many parts of Europe. To a group of entrepreneurs in Amsterdam the rain came as a blessing, as they used the extra water to brew beer. Serginho Roosblad has more to the story.
    Video

    Video First Time Delegate’s First Day Frustrations

    With thousands of people filling the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, VOA’s Kane Farabaugh narrowed in on one delegate as she made her first trip to a national party convention. It was a day that was anything but routine for this United States military veteran.
    Video

    Video Commerce Thrives on US-Mexico Border

    At the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this week, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, is expected to attack proposals made by her opponent, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Last Friday, President Barack Obama hosted his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, to underscore the good relations between the two countries. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Tucson.
    Video

    Video Film Helps Save Ethiopian Children Thought to be Cursed

    'Omo Child' looks at effort of African man to stop killings of ‘mingi’ children
    Video

    Video London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunities

    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
    Video

    Video Recycling Lifeline for Lebanon’s Last Glassblowers

    In a small Lebanese coastal town, one family is preserving a craft that stretches back millennia. The art of glass blowing was developed by Phoenicians in the region, and the Khalifehs say they are the only ones keeping the skill alive in Lebanon. But despite teaming up with an eco-entrepreneur and receiving an unexpected boost from the country’s recent trash crisis the future remains uncertain. John Owens reports from Sarafand.
    Video

    Video Migrants Continue to Risk Lives Crossing US Border from Mexico

    In his speech Thursday before the Republican National Convention, the party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reiterated his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if elected. Polls show a large percentage of Americans support better control of the nation's southwestern border, but as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from the border town of Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora, the situation faced by people trying to cross the border is already daunting.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora