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ARETHA FRANKLIN Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died today.  She was seventy-six. The cause of death was advanced pancreatic cancer.  This is according to sources.  Franklin, an intensely private woman, allowed very few details about herself to escape over her final years. How she died is not as important

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GREATEST ALBUMS What makes an album great?  I suppose there are many criteria.  Great Albums are like great short story collections.  Not novels.  A novel is a long narrative that tells a cohesive story.  Some albums (especially concept albums) are like that, but most of them carry not a story

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COVER SONGS Cover songs are a staple of the music business.  Sometimes bands who are looking to break out cover a favorite song from the past.  Other times an already established group wants to pay tribute to an artist that inspired them. No matter what the reason, cover songs offer

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DEMI LOVATO Paramedics rushed Demi Lovato to an LA hospital Tuesday after an apparent overdose.  She is now in stable condition. A 911 call obtained by TMZ revealed that first responders revived the singer with Narcan, which is a drug used to reverse the effects of opiate-based overdoses.  Speculation has

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Swedish DJ, Avicii (real name Tim Bergling) is dead today at 28. Avicii had battled health issues, including pancreatitis (due to excessive drinking) for several years.  After getting his appendix and gallbladder removed in 2014 he decided to stop touring. Avicii rose to fame with his 2011 song “Levels”.  He followed

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The Significance of Kanye West My grandmother likes to tell me stories about my dad in the 1980’s.  He and his cronies would play RUN DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Kool Moe Dee, and my grandfather would tell them “Oh, that stuff you guys play won’t last.” Not only

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Sometimes I hear people complain about awards shows being political.  These complaints come from a very specific group of people.  No, I’m not talking about conservatives.  I’m talking about non-creative people.  Acting, writing, singing, they are all artistic endeavors, and any good work of art includes at least a small

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  Show Info: DD White are coming back to Detroit on Friday, December 29 for not just a rock show, but a holiday party that should not be missed. They will be performing at Ant Hall in Hamtramck as part of the Detroit RockHop. In the lead up to the

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