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By Wesley Case, b | July 25, 2011
It's been two days since the news of Amy Winehouse's death, and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all. While Twitter and Facebook feeds filled with appreciations and ugly jokes (did you hear the one about "Rehab"?), I returned to Back to Black , her second and best album, to remember the gifted and troubled singer. With celebrity and addiction, the public loves to try its best Dr. Drew impression and dissect the inner-workings of troubled stars. Amy's case was even more rare - she wasn't an heiress or even a marginal talent; she possessed one of the most unforgettable voices of her generation.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2011
Anderson's Cooper's syndicated daytime talk show opened strong Monday with the CNN host interviewing family and friends of singer Amy Winehose who died in July. He got the first interview with Mitch and Janis Winehouse, the singer's father and mother, and even made a little news with what they said -- that their daughter died of a siezure brought on by trying to detox from alcohol, not from a drug overdose. "She'd been clean for about three years," Mitch Winehouse said of his daughter's drug history.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | February 10, 2008
She generated almost deafening buzz last year, but industry insiders, pop culture bloggers and pop music fans weren't just going on about Amy Winehouse's music. Sure, her sound -- a self-consciously retro blend of vintage Motown beats and punchy Stax horns overlaid with wry, self-penned lyrics -- stood out. It was all showcased on Back to Black, the British star's American debut, which is up for the album of the year award on tonight's 50th Annual Grammy Awards show. Behind Kanye West, who leads with eight nominations, the blue-eyed soul sensation is up for six shiny gramophones, including record and song of the year for her ironic hit "Rehab."
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By Luke Broadwater | July 26, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. Articles  • From the school of truly stupid arguments: Congressman links Amy Winehouse death to debt ceiling. ( Gawker )  • Even more stupidity: 6-year-old girl put on terrorist watch list. ( Mediaite )  • Say it ain't so:  Newt Gingrich closes Tiffany's account.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | April 28, 2007
It is sure to be the hottest two days in Baltimore. For 48 hours this summer, some of the most daring and exciting acts in classic and alternative rock and pop will take over the city. The full lineup for the Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile, which comes to Pimlico Race Course for the second time Aug. 4 and 5, was announced yesterday. The 40 acts include perhaps one of the most talked-about artists of the past few months, British soul revivalist Amy Winehouse. The beehive-sporting singer-songwriter has recently garnered as much press for her rowdy, alcohol-fueled behavior as for her distinctive, full-throttle vocals.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 11, 2008
She was a continent away, but that didn't stop troubled British soul-singer Amy Winehouse from being the main attraction at last night's Grammy Awards as she took home five awards, including best new artist. But the singer herself struggled to live up to the preshow hype as the visibly jumpy 24-year-old labored through shaky but stirring performances of "You Know I'm No Good" and her signature smash "Rehab." In a towering rose-accented beehive and a black ruffled minidress, she hit a few ragged notes before a supportive audience in a London club.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | February 10, 2008
This year's Grammy nominations in the four major categories offer a mix of last year's most ubiquitous stars and artists whose work floated under the mainstream pop radar. Given the highly fragmented state of pop music and the Recording Academy's unpredictable tastes, picking a shoo-in for the major awards isn't easy. But here are my picks for those who deserve the golden gramophone and those who will probably win it anyway. Record of the Year Nominees: "Irreplaceable," Beyonce; "The Pretender," Foo Fighters; "Umbrella," Rihanna featuring Jay-Z; "What Goes Around ... Comes Around," Justin Timberlake; "Rehab," Amy Winehouse My pick: "Irreplaceable."
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By [Nielsen Media Research, Pollstar, Exhibitor Relations Co. and Billboard magazine] | February 28, 2008
TELEVISION 1.Academy Awards, ABC 2.American Idol (Tuesday), Fox 3.American Idol (Wednesday), Fox 4.American Idol (Thursday), Fox 5.Oscar's Red Carpet, ABC FILMS 1.Vantage Point, Columbia Pictures 2.Jumper, 20th Century Fox 3.The Spiderwick Chronicles, Paramount Pictures 4.Step Up 2 the Streets, Walt Disney Studios 5.Fool's Gold, Warner Bros. SINGLES 1.Low, Flo Rida featuring T-Pain 2.With You, Chris Brown 3.Don't Stop the Music, Rihanna 4.No One, Alicia Keys 5.Love Song, Sara Bareilles ALBUMS 1.Sleep Through the Static, Jack Johnson 2.Back to Black, Amy Winehouse 3.As I Am, Alicia Keys 4.2008 Grammy Nominees, various artists 5.River: The Joni Letters, Herbie Hancock DVDS (SALES)
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | October 14, 2008
Little Honey Lost Highway Records *** cds The roots-rock queen of heartbreak has finally found her sweet spot. On Little Honey, the ninth studio album from Lucinda Williams, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter counterbalances tales of bitter love with songs of newfound bliss. The former approach is her forte, but the latter isn't very convincing. That doesn't mean that the happy tunes, partly inspired by her romance with her manager-fiance Tom Overby, are a bust. They're just not as affecting or as nuanced as her melancholic cuts, making Little Honey uneven.
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February 16, 2009
DR. WILLIAM CLOSE, 84 Former physician of the president of Zaire Dr. William Close, a self-proclaimed country doctor who became the personal physician of Mobutu Sese Seko, former president of Zaire, and who played a key role in halting the 1976 outbreak of the lethal Ebola virus that terrified Zaire and surrounding countries, died of a heart attack Jan. 15 at his home in Big Piney, Wyo., according to his daughter, actress Glenn Close. During his 16 years in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dr. Close was for a time the only surgeon at the 1,500-bed Mama Yemo hospital in the capital, Kinshasa; he eventually became its administrator.
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By Wesley Case, b | July 25, 2011
It's been two days since the news of Amy Winehouse's death, and I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all. While Twitter and Facebook feeds filled with appreciations and ugly jokes (did you hear the one about "Rehab"?), I returned to Back to Black , her second and best album, to remember the gifted and troubled singer. With celebrity and addiction, the public loves to try its best Dr. Drew impression and dissect the inner-workings of troubled stars. Amy's case was even more rare - she wasn't an heiress or even a marginal talent; she possessed one of the most unforgettable voices of her generation.
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By Paul Mathews | July 25, 2011
When Amy Winehouse's album "Back to Black" first appeared on American charts, I was teaching the History of Rock at Johns Hopkins. Given my focus on the history of musical genres, I was immediately struck by her innovative use of the past. Ms. Winehouse was interested in the "girl groups" of the early 1960s, a music that was generally dismissed as frivolous. She heard those songs differently and created a contemporary version of that music style that is still fresh and relevant. Amy Winehouse was to the girl groups of the 1960s what the Stray Cats were to the rockabilly of the 1950s.
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February 16, 2009
DR. WILLIAM CLOSE, 84 Former physician of the president of Zaire Dr. William Close, a self-proclaimed country doctor who became the personal physician of Mobutu Sese Seko, former president of Zaire, and who played a key role in halting the 1976 outbreak of the lethal Ebola virus that terrified Zaire and surrounding countries, died of a heart attack Jan. 15 at his home in Big Piney, Wyo., according to his daughter, actress Glenn Close. During his 16 years in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dr. Close was for a time the only surgeon at the 1,500-bed Mama Yemo hospital in the capital, Kinshasa; he eventually became its administrator.
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By From Sun news services | January 2, 2009
Web site aims to stop inaugural look-alikes Ladies, picture this: You search for weeks before finding the perfect gown for an inaugural ball. You're thrilled; its silhouette and color are exactly what you had imagined. Then, on the night of the fete, you spot another woman wearing the same dress. Oh, the horror! A new Web site, www.dressregistry.com, hopes to limit these social nightmares by allowing you to "register" the gown you're wearing to a specific inaugural ball. It includes a place to detail the color, length, designer, neckline description and other distinguishing characteristics.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | October 14, 2008
Little Honey Lost Highway Records *** cds The roots-rock queen of heartbreak has finally found her sweet spot. On Little Honey, the ninth studio album from Lucinda Williams, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter counterbalances tales of bitter love with songs of newfound bliss. The former approach is her forte, but the latter isn't very convincing. That doesn't mean that the happy tunes, partly inspired by her romance with her manager-fiance Tom Overby, are a bust. They're just not as affecting or as nuanced as her melancholic cuts, making Little Honey uneven.
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By [Nielsen Media Research, Pollstar, Exhibitor Relations Co. and Billboard magazine] | March 6, 2008
TELEVISION 1.American Idol (Tuesday), Fox 2.American Idol (Wednesday), Fox 3.American Idol (Thursday), Fox 4.Oprah's Big Give, ABC 5.Deal or No Deal (Monday), NBC FILMS 1.Semi-Pro, New Line Cinema 2.Vantage Point, Columbia Pictures 3.The Spiderwick Chronicles, Paramount Pictures 4.The Other Boleyn Girl, Columbia Pictures 5.Jumper, 20th Century Fox SINGLES 1.Low, Flo Rida featuring T-Pain 2.With You, Chris Brown 3.Don't Stop the Music, Rihanna 4.Love Song, Sara Bareilles 5.No One, Alicia Keys ALBUMS 1.Sleep Through the Static, Jack Johnson 2.As I Am, Alicia Keys 3.Back to Black, Amy Winehouse 4.Kidz Bop 13, Kidz Bop Kidz 5.Step Up 2 the Streets soundtrack, various artists DVDS (SALES)
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 11, 2008
She was a continent away, but that didn't stop troubled British soul-singer Amy Winehouse from being the main attraction at last night's Grammy Awards as she took home five awards, including best new artist. But the singer herself struggled to live up to the preshow hype as the visibly jumpy 24-year-old labored through shaky but stirring performances of "You Know I'm No Good" and her signature smash "Rehab." In a towering rose-accented beehive and a black ruffled minidress, she hit a few ragged notes before a supportive audience in a London club.
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