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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Singer Anita Baker attends Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Legendary singer announces concert series on New Year’s Day

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Anita Baker surprised fans on New Year’s Day when she announced that she would be doing a farewell concert series to mark her retirement from music.

“[S]O Much 2 CELEBRATE with you #2018. 60th Bday in 25 days,” Baker tweeted. Farewell Concert Series, beginning in March… We’ll paint pictures together 2 last a Lifetime… “Let’s Party!”

sO Much 2 CELEBRATE with you #2018. 60th Bday in 25 days👑… Farewell 🎶Concert 🎹Series, beginning in March… We’ll paint pictures together 2 last a Lifetime… “Let’s Party!” 🎤abxo❤ damn… “Where does the time go?!

Last year, the legendary singer announced that she would end her 30-year career.

She told fans that there was “no new music or tour” ahead of her.

But apparently, Baker couldn’t live with leaving her fans on such a sad note. So, she announced a new farewell tour, which will kick off in March.

There is no word yet on the concert locations, dates, and ticket pricing. But we do know that this is the perfect way for Anita Baker to ring in 2018, and say goodbye to a phenomenal career.

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Stevie Wonder Sings National Anthem On His Knees, Calls Out Trump

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Stevie Wonder took the stage in Texas and got down on both knees with his harmonica to play and sing the national anthem before calling out President Donald Trump.

“And the home of the united people of America. Not just some, but all. Feel me, feel me, Mr. President,” the 67-year-old legendary singer told the crowd at the 2017 Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin Sunday night, according to on Tuesday. (RELATED: Stevie Wonder Kneels ‘For America’ At Global Citizen Festival [VIDEO])

“I’ve never seen the color of my skin, nor the color of your skin,” he added. “Not to get political, because I don’t like to do that. It is time for the leader of this nation, the leaders in the varied political positions that they hold, the people, we as artists–all of us come together as a united people of these United States of America.”

It was the second time during a concert that the singer’s gotten down on his knees to show his support for NFL players who have used the moment during the signing of the “Star Spangled Banner” to protest racial injustice.

Last month, during the Global Citizen Festival, the singer announced that he was taking a knee to pray for our country.

“Tonight, I’m taking a knee for America,” Wonder told the crowd. “But not just one knee! I’m taking both knees. Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world, and our globe.”

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, and beloved icon of Detroit, said she plans to close out her career where it began, in her beloved hometown.

In an exclusive interview Wednesday, Franklin said she plans to move from her longtime Bloomfield Hills home into a residence in the city of Detroit and open a nightclub where she will occasionally sing.

The 75-year-old Franklin, who announced her retirement earlier this year, said she had been talking to officials at Bedrock about the idea for a couple of years — and she has mentioned it in previous news interviews — but she’s tired of Think — ing about it and is ready to move.

“I’m interested in doing a small nightclub downtown, and he (Bruce Schwartz, Detroit relocation ambassador for Bedrock Real Estate Services) and I have been talking about this for a couple of years now…,” she said. “In my retirement plan, I’d like to have a small club here in Detroit.”

Bedrock President Dan Mullen said in a statement Thursday that the company “would love to work with Aretha, and we look forward to hearing her ideas for a club downtown.”

The name, the Queen said, is easy.

“It would be Aretha’s!”

“From time to time I would sing, and of course, I would have special artists come in to perform for the city that people in Detroit like —  Detroit favorites.”

Franklin said that while she would love to partner with Bedrock and was “talking to (Schwartz) about the possibility of Dan Gilbert” partnering with her, Franklin said she’s willing to listen to other possible investors as well. Schwartz could not be reached for comment.

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The move would be a new phase of a 57-year career that has seen Franklin record more than 100 singles that made the Billboard charts, including 17 Top Ten pop singles, 100 R & B singles and 20 No. 1 singles. She had the most Billboard Hot 100 hits of any female artist until Nicki Minaj passed her earlier this year (76 to 73, although the Queen is not done yet). Franklin had held that record for nearly 40 years.

Franklin said the club is part of a retirement plan that includes moving back into the city and finishing her new CD, which will be executive-produced by Clive Davis.

The singer told WDIV-TV in February that the CD,  with several tracks produced by Stevie Wonder, (who wrote my favorite Aretha hit “Until You Come Back To Me,”) was nearly finished and that this would be her last year of doing concerts.

She said she would do “some select things, maybe one a month, for six months out of the year” but that 2017 would be her “last year in concert.”

“I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it,” she told WDIV.

As for the move, she didn’t disclose the location of her new residence, which she said was undergoing extensive renovations. But she said she’s getting ready for the return to the city where she grew up.

“I’m cleaning house,” she said. “I’m going to be moving back into Detroit, and I’m just getting things ready for that. My granddaughter just went to college, so I’m spending time with my grandchildren, and I’m also readying the new CD.”

Contact Rochelle Riley: Follow her on Twitter @rochelleriley.


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Shaina Auxilly

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Article Image: Stevie Wonder to Marry 3rd Wife, Tomeeka Bracy

Third time’s the charm? Music icon Stevie Wonder is getting hitched again. The 67-year-old singer is getting married for the third time to his long-term girlfriend, 42-year-old Tomeeka Robyn Bracy. The wedding ceremony is set to take place beachside in Jamaica on June 17 with celebrity guests including Elton John. Stevie’s 9 children (from five women) will be in the wedding as bridesmaids and best men. His kids range in age from three to 42-years-old.

Stevie and Tomeeka have been dating for five years and have two children together. They have reportedly signed a prenuptial agreement.


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It’shere One of her favorite songs the soul ballad “A Love Thang” of soul vocalist Rena Scott was released on February 25th, 2017 in the Netherlands as a soulful dance song. The song is written by the talented Lloyd Tolbert and Rena Scott is now soulfully remixed at TheRoomRecordings here in Holland.
The song A Love Thang received a Grammy nomination in 2005 for Best New R&B Album in the Urban Adult Contemporary Category. It is time to do a new release of this major hit. She is pushing her legacy and music forward with her experiences toward the young and the gifted singers, writers and producers.With her new release single ‘A Love Thang’ Rena also reaches out to her fans here in Europe. Rena Scott performs with several new young and established artists, producers creating the musical bridge towards the future. Please Support her by purchasing the new single for only 99 Cents on the link is below :

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Listen to songs from the album A Love Thang (Bm Soulful Remix) – Single, including “A Love Thang (Bm Soulful Remix)”. Buy the album for € 0,99. Songs start at € 0,99.…

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Jamie Foxx and Marvin Gaye (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Billboard)
Jamie Foxx and Marvin Gaye (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Billboard)







After many others’ efforts to produce a Marvin Gaye biopic were shot down, Jamie Foxx has emerged triumphant. The actor-singer earned the approval of the Gaye family to bring the “Let’s Get It On” singer’s life story to television screens after a three-year process.

“I’ve been a huge fan my whole life,” Foxx said to The Hollywood Reporter. “His brilliance in music [is] unparalleled. Marvin Gaye’s story has always fascinated me.”

The currently untitled limited series is executive produced by Foxx and Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones of de Passe Jones Entertainment, which is responsible for projects such as “Songbird: The Miriam Makeba Story,” and “The Temptations” miniseries on NBC. De Passe’s involvement should come as no surprise considering her ties to Motown, the label Gaye was signed to. She served as founder Berry Gordy’s creative assistant in the 1960s before becoming president in 1981.

As for the Gaye series, de Passe’s production company will promote it to traditional and stream-based TV services. Plus, she and Jones are discussing which songs in the singer’s catalog will be used in the show with Gaye’s music rights holders, Sony/ATV.

In a first, Foxx’s project on the Motown star, who died in 1984 after being shot by his father, was approved by Gordy and Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III. The singer’s estate is famously protective of the star’s content, so past efforts by the likes of Lenny Kravitz, F. Gary Gray and Jesse L. Martin to produce a biographical film have been shot down by the family.

“We’ve been involved in a number of attempts to get this done, and now we’ve been able to marshal all the forces,” de Passe said. “And Jamie’s come on board as a partner, so we’re excited to get going.”

“This project will be a powerful and definitive telling of Marvin Gaye’s life story,” Gaye III said.


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