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Mariah Carey!

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey!

  • By Dennis Petrone

Mariah Carey was undoubtedly a chart-popping queen in the 1990s with a whopping five out of her seven studio albums having cumulatively gone platinum a total of 26 times! But then the 2000s hit. Her music fell flat and she took a hiatus until that famed, head-scratching New Years Eve performance in 2014 to promote her then newly released come-back album. When that album was largely considered to have also fallen flat, the best her critics and fans alike could muster was that at least her legacy was intact.

With Carey’s 15th studio album, Caution, released in November by Epic Records, she is back! Finally an album that plays to her strengths. A mature R&B album that sparks and shines. With addictive singles including “With You” and powerful preaches including “A No No,” she’s putting her naysayers to rest and living her most famous lyrics once more: “You a mom and pop, I’m a corporation; I’m the press conference, you’re a conversation.”

The quarterly print magazine, Paper, that allowed Kim Kardasian to “break the internet” a few years back with their cover of her bare backside recently ranked Carey’s new album as number one on their list of 2018 Best Albums. It also peaked at number one on Billboard’s list of U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as well as on OCC’s list of U.K. R&B Albums. While we won’t know if Caution will be her 27th platinum for some time, we do know Carey’s legacy is more than just intact, it endures.

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Dolly Parton!

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton!

  • By Dennis Petrone

With “Girl in the Movies” from the original motion picture soundtrack for Dumplin’, Dolly Parton may have done more than just secure a nomination for Best Original Song at the 2019 Golden Globes, she might have won America’s heart. Take note: This is how you write a movie soundtrack album and continue to cement a singer-songwriter legacy.

Dumplin’ is the new coming-of-age comedy film on Netflix directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Kristin Hahn. It is based on the young adult novel of the same name by Julie Murphy and stars Danielle Macdonald as Willowdean “Dumplin'” Dickson with Jennifer Aniston playing her mother. Parton performs every track on the album and wrote 12 new ones exclusively for the film. She also re-recorded six favorites including a string version of the famed “Jolene.” Guest appearances on the album include Sia, Macy Gray and Miranda Lambert just to name a few.

Dumplin’ is one of those heartfelt journey movies pushed out by Netflix as part of their massive volume play of original productions in recent years. This is probably one of those rare moments when a soundtrack outshine the film it supports. But while the film’s critical reception has been mixed, if you love Parton and you like a tearjerker, this may be a watch for you. Or, as Parton is famously-sourced as saying, “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

For everything Dolly Parton, click here.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN!

Carly Rae Jepsen

CARLY RAE JEPSEN!

  • By RICH ANDREW

Canadian chanteuse Carly Rae Jepsen taunts us with new music and breakout single Party For One. Trading her brunette bangs for a fierce blonde bob, this is not the squeaky clean Carly Rae we’re used to. In the song’s music video, Carly shows off her more sensual side, shedding her clothes and that adolescent cutesiness along with them. We find Carly alone in a hotel room, wallowing over another breakup, where she and her fellow unloved guests indulge themselves in bubble baths and booze, movies and makeovers, comfort food and the quickest breakup cure-all — dancing on their own — “to get back on their beat.”

The song delivers on Jepsen’s signature bubblegum pop, her breathy rasp supported by electrically-charged synths that take Party For One from hit to anthem for anyone who desperately needs a bit of self-care and self-love. Flirty but simplistic lyrics make for an infectious chorus, proving again this singer-songwriter knows how to write a tune that gets effortlessly stuck in your head. No doubt fans have been salivating for a follow-up to the just desserts of her last album Emotion from 2015, and this video serves as a giant tease for a delicious fourth studio album set for release this year with an edgier sound and an all new Carly Rae we just can’t get enough of.

For all things Carly Rae Jepsen, click here.

80’s WEEKEND!

80s Weekend at Microsoft Theater

80’s WEEKEND!

  • By RICH ANDREW

If heaven was ever a place on earth, it was back in the 80’s — when singers’ voices were real and their music was synthesized. British bands killed our radio stars, Bangles became more than just bracelets, and the only cure we needed was Robert Smith. We fell in love with Molly Ringwald, hated anyone named Heather, and took our vacations with the Griswold family. We donned huge hair, ripped jeans, skinny ties, and bras on our heads while computers converted culture into pop culture through some psychedelic weird science. From Michael to Madonna, Whitney to Wilson Phillips, the 80’s were totally rad.

In conjunction with L.A. Live, the Microsoft Theater, located in downtown Los Angeles, is proud to flash us back to this definitive decade with its seventh 80’s Weekend extravaganza. This concert promises to be both a showcase and Lovesong to some of the greatest music of our generation. But it’s a one night only affair, rocking out on January 26th, so get your tickets fast, which start as low as $67, or dole out a little extra to enjoy the VIP experience. Come celebrate the 80’s and let the timeless tunes of icons OMD, The Bangles, Bananarama, Jody Watley, Rob Base, Tiffany, Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann (original members of When in Rome), and The Flirts get you into the groove.

 For tickets to 80’s Weekend, click here.

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