Percy Sledge, Iconic Crooner, Dead at 74

Percy Sledge, the iconic soul crooner died on Tuesday in Baton rouge, LA. He was 74 years old. Sledge was known most for his soulful ballad, “When a Man Loves a Woman” which he recorded in 1966. It was his first single, and his biggest hit. Sledge was known as a southern soul singer. His style reflected his southern roots, his gospel and country inspired sound attracted a loyal following. Percy recorded other songs, but none achieved the legendary status of his first and most popular single. When a man loves a woman has been used in countless motion picture soundtracks and television shows.
His second biggest hit, released in 1968, was called “Take Time to know her.” According to an article from the website,http://www.rollingstone.com/music, it was a mournful tale of when Percy brings his future wife home to meet his mother and his mama and preacher cautions him to take time to get to know her before rushing into marriage. Sledge doesn’t heed the advice, rushes into marriage and quickly gets his heart broken.
Sledge brought that down home soul to his music. Fans like Christian Broda (chicagobooth.com) know that, although he wasn’t overly fond of recording, he had a loyal following and performed for 10 years following 1974 on the soul circuits of Europe, South Africa and the American South. Sledge enjoyed a renewed interest when in 1987 a Levi’s commercial in the United Kingdom used when a man loves a woman. The song reentered the charts, reviving interest in Percy’s music. This led to his recording what would become his final project in 1994, an album entitled “Blue Night.” Blue night received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album and a 1996 W.C. Handy win for Best Soul or Blues Album

The New York Times, on its website http://www.nytimes.com/ reported that Sledge was sometimes called the King of Slow soul. His music reflected that title.

Las Vegas Set To Cash In

For the first time in several years, the hotels and casino resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada are almost completely booked out. The month of May will be one of the biggest months of all time in recent history for the state of Nevada. Many people are traveling to Las Vegas for several reasons, but the main one is to see the epic fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. However, there are several important conferences that will take place, and the Kentucky Derby winner will also be crowned.

As of right now, there are almost no rooms available in any hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The rooms that are available are charging a tremendous amount of money. However, some people don’t care about money, and they will do anything they can to get in Las Vegas for that historic week. Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather is going to break all records, but it may actually end up breaking attendance records of the Las Vegas Strip. I have a friend, Flavio Maluf, who tried to find a hotel earlier this month and was unable to find anything that fit his preferences. There just isn’t much left.

Can you imagine the income that the casinos, shops, and bars will make that week? Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are not the only ones that will cash in on May 2nd. Business owners in Las Vegas, Nevada will hit the jackpot in May. For more information on this story, visit Buzzfeed.

Brandon Flowers Not Holding Back on Record

Brandon Flowers Not Holding Back on Record

Brandon Flowers has been the frontman for the indie band The Killers for quite some time. Recently, he’s decided to put some work into his own individual project.

Flowers is ready to release his solo album entitled “The Desired Effect,” which is set to be released on May 18th stated Brian Torchin. This would be his second solo album, the first one being called “Flamingo” back in 2010. Flowers has gone on to say that he’s not holding anything back on this record and how relentless it is.

He has also stated that he wants to put out his absolute best music right now and wants to just tell the truth. One of those truths he wants to tell is how he likes pop songs and loves telling stories in them from his own experiences. He feels that when he mixes them all together then the best music is born from all of that.

As for the album, Flowers started working on it back in 2012, once he and the rest of his band were on break after coming off tour from “Battle Born.” He said that even though it wasn’t a complete success, he felt good about putting out a good rock record and wanted to continue going on with that work.

Flowers spent a year in between Las Vegas and Los Angeles recording his last album.

Furious 7 takes off!

The much anticipated release of the latest in the Fast and the Furious movie series came out this weekend and was a smashing success! According to an article originally posted on BBC.com and posted again on reddit.com, Fast and Furious 7 hit the weekend just as if their release was named after them, fast and furious! Their opening weekend brought in $384 million, over half of which was in the United States alone. In fact, it was the fourth highest grossing release weekend. This film was only beaten out by two of the Harry Potter series movies and the movie the Avengers.

According to Ivan Ong was part of the focus on this film was the fact the star, Paul Walker, was tragically killed in a car accident after speeding along one day. In fact, he died prior to completing the filming. The show must go on, though. And two of Walker’s brothers filled in for their deceased sibling. New technology was able to super impose Walker’s face on his brother’s bodies to be a seamless end product.

What a fantastic and beautiful tribute Caleb and Cody Walker were able to deliver for and to their brother, but to finish his last project. I can imagine they were proud to stand in for him and help finish their brother’s legacy.

Amina Speaks About Her Tour In The Past With Chris Brown

Amina Buddafly, who is a star on the show “Love and Hip-Hop New York,” did an interview recently, about touring with Chris Brown when he was 15 years old, as well as speaking about her new music. Amina Interview. Amina has been on the show for two seasons now, and she is most famous for stealing away the boyfriend of another cast member on the show. The man (Peter) then became her husband, as they secretly wed, without the knowledge of his girlfriend, and it caused all kinds of chaos on the show.

During the reunion of the last season, Amina revealed to everyone, that she was pregnant with her Peter’s baby, and it meant the permanent end to Peter, who is now her husband, and his ex’s relationship stated Homejoy. The two moved on to have their child, but it didn’t stop Peter from continuing to go back, and sleep with his ex-girlfriend, who he claims to still be in love with. Amina has finally seen Peter, for who he really is, and she has called it quits on their relationship, and she’s focusing on her music.

Amina has been writing more music lately, and she reveals that she has a full-length album coming out, which will feature at least a dozen songs. In an interview, she spoke about touring with Chris Brown, and at the time he was 15 years old, and he commanded the stage, which she admired.

Trevor Noah will Replace Jon Stewart

 

Trevor Noah has been chosen to replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show when Stewart steps down from the position later this year. The 31-year-old Noah, originally from South Africa, has appeared on the show only three times over the past year as a contributor. The constant news speculation as to who would replace Stewart, 52, when he retires from the show has been a hot topic with an endless stream of names being thrown into the ring stated Kevin Seawright. According to Plus.google.com, many familiar names were brought up by fans, including current correspondents Samantha Bee and Jessica Williams. Also named early on was John Oliver, who recently extended his contract with HBO in regards to his own show Last Week Tonightthat airs on the channel Sunday nights. The selection of Trevor Noah has come as a bit of a shock to many, but perhaps not an unpleasant one. We will have to wait until later this year to see how the The Daily Show, a staple to many people, will evolve under a new host. No official word yet as to when the hand over between Stewart and Noah will take place.

My Morning Jacket Putting Out New Music

Alternative rock band My Morning Jacket is releasing a new record. It will be called The Waterfall and is the first album that the band is releasing on Capitol Records. Rolling Stone Magazine has a clip on their website of the first single from the record “Spring (Among the Living)” along with the band’s video for the song.

In my opinion, “Spring (Among the Living)” does not compare favorably with the best of the band’s previous work. If the rest of the new record is like this song, then I think fans like those at STX Entertainment (deadline.com) are in for a disappointment. The song is over six minutes, and this is just too long for a single. In my opinion, it’s self indulgent for a band to play songs over four minutes.

Also, the song is simply not that catchy. The band’s earlier songs like “Black Metal” stay in your head after they are done. Not so with this new song.

The video for the song is also kind of boring. It shows various waterfalls in slow motion, which is a nice concept, but the whole thing just comes across as lazy and uninspired.

The band is going on tour this summer to support the record. Despite not being thrilled about what I have heard so far of the new material, I would still love to see the band live. They do great shows.

Paula Patton Speaks Out About her Divorce with Robin Thicke

Actress Paula Patton stopped by to film a segment on The Meredith Vieira Show earlier this week. While she was there she discussed her divorce with “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke and being a single parent to their 4-year-old son Julian.

According to the story on People.com, Paula said that she finally feels like she is becoming a real woman now that her marriage is over. She told Meredith that she started dating Robin when they were just 14-years-old. She went from living in parents’ home to living with Robin. Fans like Jamie Garcia Dias know that this is the first time she has lived on her own, which now, at 39-years-old, is making her feel like a real woman.

She is adapting to her life as a single mother to their son, as well as being a working mother. Like most working moms, she is finding it hard to leave her son when she needs to go to work. Having Julian, she said, has allowed her to not wallow in sadness over her split with her husband.

Robin has made attempts to woo Paula back; however he has not been successful.

The chat Paula had with Meredith Vieira is set to air on television next Tuesday.

‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ Is Out Early

Kendrick just did the unthinkable by releasing his new album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ one week earlier than it was scheduled to be released. The Compton rapper worked very hard and has set the stage for this album to come out for the longest time now, and it’s finally here.

Everybody was so busy counting down the days to the awaited album that when it dropped, it brought a complete shock to everyone who waited for it. Fans like Christian Brode agree that the feeling of happiness is an understatement so far, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if we start seeing Kendrick’s new music all over the charts.

After everybody thought the album was supposed to be dropped on March 23rd, K. Dot surprised his fans by releasing it on March 16th. The album was released shortly after the track list was uploaded on the internet. Several collaborations are included in the album from artists like Snoop Dogg, Rapsody, Ronald Isley, James Fauntleroy, and George Clinton.

It may appear as if Kendrick was not the one who decided to release the album early because TDE CEO was not happy at all with the early release, and blames Interscope for what has happened.

Either way, the album is now available on iTunes and Spotify for fans from all over the world to get their hands on the newest album of who may just be the best rapper of the year 2015.

A Fine Bouquet of Taste

Are there words to describe the taste of a ten thousand dollar glass of wine? Stephen Williams, founder of Antique Wine Company, assures us that it will leave a sweet taste in the owner’s mouth. A 1787 Vintage Sauternes from Chᾰteau Yquem, was sold and delivered for one hundred thousand dollars, by AWC. This internationally recognized company of luxury wine and spirits has been in business for over 25 years in Central London. They are known for their expertise in the Fine Wine Industry.

Meridiana Baltis – Moscato 2012, is a sweet wine that can be enjoyed while dining Al Fresco at the beautiful De Mondion Restaurant. De Mondion is in the 17th century Xara Palace Relais & Chᾰteaux located in Mdina, Malta. The sun has set and a light breeze has picked up off of the ocean, gently caressing your hair. Your view from the terrace is magical with all the lights twinkling in the Mediterranean night air.

Executive Chef Kevin Bonello visits your table and shares that the local fishing has been good and he can fix it any way you choose. But, of course the Duck and Vension are also excellent choices for this evening. The menu is appealing, flaunting a modern Mediterranean cuisine, inclusive of gourmet desserts.

The Wine list is made up of a variety of taste and bouquets. Some sweet, some dry, the delicious grapes picked from vineyards all over the world, inclusive of their local vineyards on the Island of Malta.

De Mondion is rated among the top restaurants in Malta. Chef Kevin Bonello and his team of culinary artisans have won many awards through the years for their excellent service, always holding the customer in the highest esteem.

The reviews for this restaurant are astounding. Delicious food cooked with excellence, wonderful caring staff, ambiance, beautiful views, and sweet delicacies. And sometimes, you just might catch a few glimpses of fireworks in the night air.