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DJ June New York Club Chart ニューヨーク・クラブチャート– May 6, 2014

DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Jay Z, Yo Gotti, Rick Ross

DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Jay Z, Yo Gotti, Rick Ross

Знаменитый японский женщин-ди-джеем в Нью-Йорке

1.         They Don’t Love You No More – DJ Khaled feat. Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross & French Montana

DJ Khaledらしいトラック。Jay Zと Rick Rossが入ってる時点でもうネクストレベルですよね。ヒップホップの教祖さま的存在。それにクラブの黒人お兄さんたちから絶大な指示を受けてるMeek Millまで入ってる。曲がうんぬんと言うより、メンバーが凄いので間違いないです!

“They Don’t Love You No More” is DJ Khaled’s signature track. This song proves next level just being featured Jay Z and Rick Ross and it will probably do very well with a frenetic Meek Mill and a hangdog Auto-Tuned French Montana.

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“Motown: The Musical” review by Ken Simmons

Motown: The MusicalLunt-Fontanne Theatre

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“Motown: The Musical” review

by Ken Simmons

“Motown: The Musical” is a joyously delightful play featuring the classic R&B music of Berry Gordy’s historic label created in Detroit, Michigan that revolutionized the record industry in the 1960’s with its superstars Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and The Jackson Five. Starring Brandon Victor Dixon in a superb performance as Gordy, this dazzling production tells the story of how Motown was founded in the Motor City and became “the sound of young America.”

More of a concert than a traditional play highlighted by an amazing 60 songs, “Motown: The Musical” captures the historical significance of the era as the company thrived and provided the soundtrack for the civil rights movement, the protests against the Vietnam War, and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Written and produced by Gordy, the story begins in 1983 as he feels so betrayed by so many of his artists, composers and producers leaving him for bigger contracts at other companies that he’s refusing to attend the “Motown 25th Anniversary” television special. Eventually he changes his mind and joins all his past and current stars on stage for the reunion, but not after recalling the joy and the pain of the rise and fall of Motown.

Motown: The Musical Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

The core of “Motown The Musical” is the relationship between Gordy and Diana Ross which began when he discovered her teen group The Supremes, leading to their love affair and launching her solo career as one of the greatest female solo artists. Valisia LeKae, who is nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Musical, perfectly captures the persona and the voice of the Motown diva. One of the most memorable moments of the play is when she strolls into the audience and recruits people to join her in singing Ross’ signature song, “Reach Out and Touch.” Gordy was simultaneously her lover and her boss, and the play illustrates the dilemma caused by their business and romantic relationship. Eventually they break up, and Ross, like Gaye and the Jackson Five, abandoned Motown for bigger pay days at major labels.

“Motown: The Musical” also presents the ongoing creative battle Gordy had with Gaye who rebelled against Gordy’s direction. Gaye demanded to express his social consciousness, leading to his classic What’s Going On album which Gordy initially refused to release. Unlike Gaye, Robinson was Gordy’s close friend and his strongest supporter. Charl Brown masterfully portrays the falsetto crooner and earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance By An Actor In A Featured Role In A Musical. Robinson was by Gordy’s side from the beginning of Motown, comforting and inspiring his mentor as an artist, the label’s principal composer, and later as a company Vice President.

Motown: The Musical Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

“Motown: The Musical” is one of the most entertaining plays you will ever witness featuring some of the greatest songs of the all time from Ross and The Supremes, Robinson and his group The Miracles, Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and many more. Gordy faced a monumental task telling the Motown story in only two and a half hours. Unfortunately due to the concentration on his relationship with Ross and wanting to spotlight the enormous Motown song catalog, two of Motown’s legends are unjustly relegated to cameo appearances. We do hear The Jackson Five’s first four number one hits, “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There,” but there is very little dialogue from the brothers. Their appearance is one of the highlights of the play and leaves you wanting more of their music and their history, especially from Michael Jackson. Stevie Wonder receives even less attention with a much too brief three song segment–“Fingertips, Part 2,” “For Once In My Life,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” and virtually no dialogue at all.

The story is scattered, incomplete, and fails to consistently flow and provide depth and meaning to many aspects of the Motown legacy. But the essence of “Motown: The Musical,” the incredible music that is as relevant and exhilarating today as it was fifty years ago, makes this a very special production worthy of its four Tony Award nominations. The exceptional talent and charisma of Dixon as Gordy, LeKae as Ross, Brown as Robinson, and the entire cast who expertly recreate the voices of the Motown artists make “Motown: The Musical” must see Broadway!

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Motown: The Musical Opens Soon!!

Motown: The Musical

Motown: The Musical

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The Debut For Motown: The Musical Is Just A Week Away.

“Motown: The Musical” which boasts the largest ensemble of any show currently on Broadway (over 35 performers and nineteen musicians), is scheduled to open at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York City.

The show begins previews on March 11 and officially opens on April 14. It was written by Motown Records’ founder Berry Gordy Jr. and features music and lyrics from the Motown catalog.

Berry Gordy Jr.

Berry Gordy Jr.

The show traces Gordy’s rise from a struggling boxer and autoworker to a music mogul who made stars of Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and others.

The musical features hits ranging from The Contours’ “Do You Love Me”, “Dancing In The Street” by Martha and The Vandellas, “My Girl” by The Temptations.

Although the show is from Gordy’s perspective and pivoting around his romance with Diana Ross, it doesn’t duck some of the criticism that surrounded him.

Gordy told the hardest part in bringing Motown to the stage, was putting the story on paper.

Diana Left Him For $20 Million

“The hard part was writing it in the first place. When Diana left me for $20 million I was crying inside. I was crying. It was like horrible for me,” the 83-year-old admitted. “But I had to do what was best for her, because I promised her when we had our love affair that I wanted her to be the biggest star in the world, and would never let our relationship interfere with that.”

The show’s co-producer Kevin McCollum believes that “Motown: The Musical” will resonate well with audiences and he can envision the show being turned into a major motion picture.

Chris Tucker is Baaack!! Two Sold Out Shows at Harlem’s Apollo Theater

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Chris Tucker is Baaack!! Two Sold Out Shows at Harlems Apollo Theater

When Chris Tucker wrapped up his sold out “Guess Who’s Back” Tour at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on December 13th and 14th, it was a homecoming for the actor/comedian who performed at the Apollo’s Amateur Night at the beginning of this career.

Tucker recalled that first night: “I found out the crowd was really hard, so you have to be really good, and you have to really connect with them right away, or you’re in trouble.” Tucker was at the top of his game and had the crowd roaring from his opening words. This was a night the infamous “Executioner” was not waiting in the wings to sweep him off stage.

The show kicked off with two warm up comics: newcomer London Brown and  Def Comedy Jam’s Terry Hodges. Brown proved he belonged on stage with the veterans with his impressions of Jay-Z, Denzel Washington, and even Tucker.

Tucker hit the stage dancing to James Brown’s funky “Pay Back” as he greeted his fans. Most of his material focused on finance, and in his case, owing money. Five years ago he was the highest paid actor earning $25 million for “Rush Hour 3.” Since then, he spent and lost his entire fortune, and due to unpaid taxes, his net worth is negative $11.5 million.

“The IRS doesn’t play,” said Tucker, who blamed his business manager for his problems. “She didn’t pay my taxes, but she paid her own. It’s the last time I’ll let Wesley Snipes help me with taxes, talking ’bout we don’t have to pay taxes. He said he’s a super hero he doesn’t pay tax. Can’t trust nobody.” Snipes is now serving three year sentence for three misdemeanor counts of failing to file tax returns.

Tucker recalled when he talked to Chan about his dilemma, his “Rush Hour” co-star responded, “Chris, you broke. Your whole country broke.”

Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan

Chris Tucker & Jackie Chan

Born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 31, 1971, Tucker built his reputation appearing on “Def Comedy Jam” and appearing in the mid-90s in “House Party 3″, “Friday”, and “The Fifth Element.” His star rocketed to the stratosphere in 1998, co-starring with Jackie Chan in Brett Ratner’s “Rush Hour.” After the film’s massive success, Tucker demanded and received $20 million to appear in the sequel. He then negotiated a $40 million, two-movie contract with New Line Cinema of which $25 million would be for “Rush Hour 3.”

Ice Cube & Chris Tucker in Friday

Ice Cube & Chris Tucker in Friday

Tucker’s breakthrough role was Smokey in 1995’s “Friday,” and he joked he was paid in “CDs and weed.” He blamed Ice Cube, stating, “He’s a rapper. He didn’t know what’s he was doing.” Tucker says he pleaded with fans to stop referring to him as Smokey in public. “Don’t call me Smokey no more, it was a character and I was just a good actor.”

The blockbuster “Rush Hour” films soon followed, immediately vaulting Tucker to Hollywood’s A-list.  He and Michael Jackson formed a mutual admiration society, and their close friendship led to Tucker starring in Jackson’s “You Rock My World” video playing the King of Pop’s partner in crime.

“Michael invited me to his Neverland,” Tucker fondly remembered. “I was sitting by the window and saw two giraffes are looking at me and I said, ‘Michael, what these two giraffes are doing there?’ and he said, ‘there’s three, you wanna meet them?’ That’s crazy.” He also revealed that Michael changed his name to ‘Christmas.’ “When I was talking to Michael on the phone, he started calling me Christmas. He said, ‘It sounds nice, Christmas. Don’t you think?’ So now my name is officially changed to Christmas Tucker.”

Chris “Christmas” Tucker has definitely made a comeback with his return to standup comedy and his feature role in “Silver Linings Playbook” starring Robert De Niro.  With rumors of “Rush Hour 4,” hopefully we will once again see the hilarious team of Detective James Carter and Detective Inspector Lee traveling the globe performing the song they love to sing, “War, what is it good for?, Absolutely nothing.”

Sing it again, Chris!