Posts tagged "Stevie Wonder"

Barbra Streisand Announces New Duets LP ‘Partners’ Featuring John Legend, Stevie Wonder & Elvis (!)

Barbra Streisand has been on Instagram for less than a week and she’s already putting it to good use. The veteran diva announced her upcoming LP Partners on the social media platform this morning (August 11) and named an impressive list of duet partners that includes John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Babyface, John Mayer, Michael Buble, Billy Joel, Josh Groban, her son Jason Gould and even Elvis Presley from beyond the grave!

The 72-year-old previously released a compilation of duets in 2002 (titled Duets, funnily enough) but Partners appears to be comprised of original material, so don’t be surprised if Barbra adds to her incredible tally of 32 top 10 entries on the Billboard 200. Expect details on the tracklist and lead single to emerge in the next few days. In the meantime, stay glued to Babs’ Insta! More »

See What Songs Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran & Others Are Singing For Beatles Tribute Special

Come Together
Fresh off their on-stage reunion at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, surviving Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr headed to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday (January 27) to tape the performance segments for the upcoming CBS special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles. The program airs on February 9, exactly 50 years after the Fab Four were first broadcast into the living rooms of America on The Ed Sullivan Show.

A virtual all-star lineup of artists was on hand last night to tape performances of various Beatles songs for the show, including Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Maroon 5, Brad Paisley and Imagine Dragons. Head below to see who will be singing which songs by the legendary Liverpool quartet in the CBS special. More »

Daft Punk To Perform With Stevie Wonder, Pharrell & Nile Rodgers At Grammys

When Daft Punk were announced as one of the performers at this year’s Grammy Awards, the ceremony’s executive producer said they’d be doing “a collaborative and celebratory stage performance” — the key word being “collaborative.” And so, for their first live performance of the Random Access Memories era, it’s fitting that Pharrell and Nile Rodgers are taking part, but in a nice surprise, the legendary Stevie Wonder will also be joining them for the occasion.

This won’t be the only big collaboration of the night. Pink and Nate Ruess are teaming up for the network debut of their smash “Just Give Me A Reason,” while poor Kendrick Lamar has been paired with Imagine Dragons, because the Grammys are apparently still afraid to just let rap have its momentMore »

Stevie Wonder Covers John Lennon’s “Imagine” At Global Citizen Festival: Watch

Imagine That
Stevie Wonder covered John Lennon‘s “Imagine” at this year’s Global Citizen Festival, in efforts to advocate stricter gun control laws. “Can you believe that they let blind people carry guns? Come on,” he said. The crowd laughed as the blind singer mimed a misfire.

The one-day festival, on September 28 at New York’s Central Park, is held in efforts to end extreme poverty worldwide — so it’s a slightly different cause than what Wonder championed during his headlining set. Still, as the enduring musician explained why he performs “Imagine,” he showed why his protest cover song was relevant. More »

Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Samsung App is Being Investigated By The FTC: Morning Mix

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:: Jay-Z finally got his 100th problem. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Hov’s Magna Carta Holy Grail app after complaints that users had to provide too many details to Samsung — including call histories — before using it. [Pigeons & Planes]

:: Start knitting those blue jumpsuits — Fergie has confirmed that she’s expected a baby boy! The Black Eyed Peas vocalist also changed her legal name to Fergie Duhamel, so don’t freak out when she makes a comeback.  [Access Hollywood]

:: Stevie Wonder is boycotting the state of Florida after the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. The R&B legend refuses to return until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished. [MTV]

:: Congratulations go out to Adam Levine. The Maroon 5 singer just announced his engagement to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. She’s 10 years his junior and an underwear model, so it’s clearly going to last. [Hollywood Life]

:: Nas has been honored with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship. The program will help artists and scholars with an interest in hip-hop. Coolest scholarship ever. [Rap Radar]

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Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder Wrote Letters To Judge On Behalf Of Lauryn Hill, According To Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill on Monday (May 6) was sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes. Last night, Hill posted a note on her Facebook page to “extend a sincere thank you” to people who had written letters to the judge on her behalf. She mentioned 30 people by name — including Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder — though it’s unclear if these pleas (or Hill’s $900,000 zero-hour payment) factored into the judge’s ruling. More »

Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert Sing “Ebony And Ivory” But ‘Ebony’ Is Not Present

Watch Jimmy Fallon And Stephen Colbert Make Love, Not War.
Stephen Colbert was the special guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (February 22nd). The playful interview started off with a little pre-Oscars beef, where Fallon and Colbert exchanged Papyrus greeting cards with each other and opened at the count of 23. To their surprise, the contents of both cards were invites…to each others’ Oscar-viewing parties. Whoops. More »

Grammy Awards: 8 Moments Time May Have Forgotten, But We Didn’t

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The 55th Annual Grammy Awards are just hours away, and like the rest of you pop fanatics out there, we’re impatiently counting down every second until showtime. With a lineup that includes Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Taylor Swift, as well as exciting collaborations from Ed Sheeran and Elton John, plus Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna, 2013 is looking like it will be quite a memorable year for the Grammys.

But (you knew there had to be a but, right?), if we’ve learned anything from the last 54 years, it’s that no matter how seemingly strange the paired performance, or how many pop stars are paying tribute to an icon, or who bum rushes the stage (we’re looking at you, Mr. “Soy Bomb” and Ol’ Dirty Bastard), the mind tends to forget these occasions. We’ve set out to fix that! Your BFFs at Idolator have rounded up eight Grammy moments so memorable, you wonder how they ever escaped from the clutches of your memory.

Give your mind a refresher starting above, with that time that Jay-Z performed with Linkin Park and Sir Paul McCartney at the 48th Annual Grammys. (Please note: Jay is wearing a John Lennon t-shirt.)
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Rihanna Crowned MTV’s Rock Star Of The Year, Remains Unapologetic: Morning Mix

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:: Rihanna was crowned MTV News’ Rock Star of the Year for a number of reasons, including but not limited to the fact that she was thoroughly #UNALOPOGETIC in 2012. If Rihanna sees the news, we imagine that she will say something to the effect of “#phuckyorockstar,” although she may be too busy Instagramming selfies to notice. (We love you, Riri!) [MTV News]

:: During a brief stop by a radio station, T.I. premiered a much-hyped collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B and Kris Stephens called “Memories Back Then.” It’s not making the album, for reasons that aren’t altogether clear, so listen to it here while you have the chance. [Complex]

:: Y’know that spare $16.8 million in pocket change that you found the other day? Finally, here’s something useful for you to do with it: Buy Pharrell‘s expansive Miami penthouse, which has five bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms and more swag than any one person has any right possessing. [Freshome]

:: Stevie Wonder is demanding stricter gun laws. This aligns him with almost all celebrities on Twitter besides Blake Shelton. “I think people can’t think like they’re living in the wild, wild west going into 2013,” he said. “With guns and their accessibilities [sic], there have to be stronger and stricter gun laws.” [WENN]

:: Y’know that spare $7.72 million you had left over after buying Pharrell’s Miami penthouse? You could have used it to pay the back taxes on Lil Wayne‘s Miami home, except the rapper just did that himself. The IRS had three liens out on Weezy’s Miami Beach manse, which were released after Wayne paid the hefty back tax debt on the 15,501-square-foot home. [The Grio]

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Stevie Wonder Clarifies Comments Regarding Frank Ocean And Homosexuality

After facing a barrage of criticism, Stevie Wonder is backtracking on comments he made in an interview regarding homosexuality and Frank Ocean‘s decision to come out. When asked about Ocean’s revelation that his first love was a man, Wonder told The Guardian “Some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused…People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I’m not saying all [gay people are confused].” Read on to see the part-apology, part-clarification Wonder released to MTV News. More »