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By J.D. Considine | August 28, 1997
Le ClickLe Click Featuring Kayo (RCA/Logic 07863-67528)In many ways, the central paradox of contemporary dance pop is how electronic music, which normally seems cold and mechanical, can become hot enough to make a dancing crowd sweat. The obvious answer is simple enough - a beat is a beat is a beat, and the metronomic insistence of drum machines makes that rhythmic imperative all the more irresistible. But there's more to it than that, as Le Click demonstrates with "Le Click Featuring Kayo."
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Last month, on the night Rihanna won her seventh Grammy award, the 25-year-old singer performed "Stay," a sparsely arranged ballad from her latest album, "Unapologetic. " Often known for bombastic performances of uptempo dance songs, Rihanna instead gambled on raw emotion and vulnerability. The lack of flash, and flesh, was uncharacteristic, but the risk paid off. It was one of the few highlights of an otherwise lackluster night. Unsurprisingly, CBS panned to Chris Brown, dressed all in white, for the first reaction.
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November 24, 1993
Anthony SeminozziUnion leaderAnthony F. Seminozzi, a retired United Steelworkers Union local president who had been a boxer, pop singer and composer, died Monday of heart failure at his home on South Rappolla Street in Baltimore. He was 81.Known as Tony or Tootsie -- the last from his boxing name -- Mr. Seminozzi retired in 1984 after 21 years as president of Local 3185 at the Armco Steel Corp. plant where he had begun working as a machine operator in the mid-1940s.He was born in Baltimore and educated at St. Leo's School.
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By Mary Clare Fischer, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2012
Adam Lambert waited until after he was crowned runner-up of American Idol's eighth season to reveal that he was gay (which came as a surprise to almost no one). Since then, he's become the first openly gay man to top the Billboard 200 album chart with his second album, "Trespassing. " Now, he's lending his support to the push toward marriage equality in Maryland. On Tuesday, Lambert headlines a fundraising concert for Marylanders for Marriage Equality at the 9:30 Club in D.C. Lambert was eager to discuss his feelings on the bill, his identity as a gay artist and whether or not marriage is in the cards for him. Do you have plans to get married?
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By Kathy Lally and Kathy Lally,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 16, 1999
MOSCOW -- The crowd pressed close together in the corner of a muddy apartment courtyard yesterday, people fragrant with garlic, sausages, beer and French perfume.A father balanced a toddler on his shoulders and a video camera in his hand; old women rested heavy shopping bags; model-like beauties strode about, mobile phones pressed to their ears; women in fluorescent orange work jackets put down cups of ugly green paint, to watch and dream.They all awaited Alla Pugacheva, a national heroine who turned 50 yesterday.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Last winter, Leann Kwak put her senior year at Arundel High School on hold to pursue her dreams as a chart-topping pop singer. For nearly three months, thousands of TV viewers determined whether or not she'd move on to the next round of the competition. But this wasn't "American Idol. "Kwak, a Korean-American born and raised in Odenton, was a Top 24 finalist on "K-Pop Star," the South Korean equivalent to "Idol. " And while she didn't win, Kwak says that concentrating on her goal kept her motivated while living in a foreign country.
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By Jerelyn Eddings and Jerelyn Eddings,Johannesburg Bureau of The Sun | January 12, 1992
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Pop star Paul Simon has been singing about troubled waters for almost 30 years, but never until he hit South Africa for a concert tour did he plunge into seas as stormy as this country's volatile politics.The American singer began his concert series yesterday under heavy guard and facing threats of demonstrations and violence from left-wing blacks opposed to his decision to come to South Africa.Almost 1,000 police and security guards were stationed around Ellis Park Stadium in east Johannesburg as the concert, called "Born at the Right Time," got under way. One local radio disc jockey suggested the name should be changed to "Came At the Wrong Time" because of all the trouble it encountered.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2010
Johnny Mathis, he of the vocal velvet and distinctive purr, sounds today almost uncannily close to the way he did when he first stirred up the music world in the mid-1950s. The singer has a new album out this month, adding to his remarkable 130-plus discography with a laid-back, lushly sung collection of country classics, "Let It Be Me — Mathis in Nashville. " This week, he marks his 75th birthday with a concert in Baltimore. Before heading on the road, he called from his California home for an interview: Question: "Country music" and "Johnny Mathis" are not often uttered in the same sentence.
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October 27, 2004
Let's hope the roof stays on the place as Regina Belle, Jennifer Holliday, Stephanie Mills and Melba Moore - four celebrated, mighty-voiced pop-soul singers - command the stage at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum's 2nd Annual Gala Celebration at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Combined, the divas possess enough vocal power to threaten the foundation of the hall. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, in partnership with Comcast, will host the event at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Meyerhoff, 1212 Cathedral St. A pre-gala reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. The concert will also feature a performance by the Morgan State University Choir in honor of its recently deceased conductor, Nathan A. Carter.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | March 13, 2008
To convey what she wanted for her latest album, Lizz Wright assembled a slide show. About a year ago, the jazzy pop singer-songwriter met with executives at Verve, her recording home for the past five years. She didn't have any concrete ideas for the follow-up to her sophomore album, 2005's meditative Dreaming Wide Awake. So to help explain how she wanted her new record to feel, Wright showed pictures of her grandparents, country dirt roads and old oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Last winter, Leann Kwak put her senior year at Arundel High School on hold to pursue her dreams as a chart-topping pop singer. For nearly three months, thousands of TV viewers determined whether or not she'd move on to the next round of the competition. But this wasn't "American Idol. "Kwak, a Korean-American born and raised in Odenton, was a Top 24 finalist on "K-Pop Star," the South Korean equivalent to "Idol. " And while she didn't win, Kwak says that concentrating on her goal kept her motivated while living in a foreign country.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2010
"Since I was a kid, I've lived for holiday songs, secular and nonsecular," Maureen McGovern said this week. "I'm what my mother called a sentimental slob. " The singer will get to slobber, so to speak, as much as she likes during the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2010 Holiday Spectacular, which will pack in a lot of secular and nonsecular seasonal favorites. McGovern, best known for the 1973 hit "The Morning After" from "The Poseidon Adventure," will serve as the production's host and vocal soloist.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2010
Johnny Mathis, he of the vocal velvet and distinctive purr, sounds today almost uncannily close to the way he did when he first stirred up the music world in the mid-1950s. The singer has a new album out this month, adding to his remarkable 130-plus discography with a laid-back, lushly sung collection of country classics, "Let It Be Me — Mathis in Nashville. " This week, he marks his 75th birthday with a concert in Baltimore. Before heading on the road, he called from his California home for an interview: Question: "Country music" and "Johnny Mathis" are not often uttered in the same sentence.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,rashod.ollison@baltsun.com | January 15, 2009
Adele, the much buzzed-about British pop-soul singer, wasn't even old enough to buy her favorite lager in an American bar when 19, her debut album, became a hit last year in the United States. Named for her age at the time, the CD was a much bigger smash in her native England, where it topped the charts and quickly went platinum. Critical acclaim for her elastic, strikingly mature vocals has abounded on both sides of the pond. Next month, the 20-year-old artist born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins will compete for four Grammys, including nods for best new artist and song of the year.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | July 24, 2008
In the "junior" stage of her career, Vanessa Carlton looks for creative and "warm" ways to express her music. On her latest album, Heroes and Thieves, the piano-playing pop star feels listeners are getting a real sense of who she is - at the moment. "It's a record inching more toward my true aesthetic," says the singer-songwriter, who headlines the Recher Theatre in Towson on Saturday. "You would think when you're writing a song you're reflecting yourself. That's not true." Although Carlton has written all of her material - including her inescapable breakout single, 2002's "A Thousand Miles" - she says previously she wasn't very involved in the technical sound of the music.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | March 13, 2008
To convey what she wanted for her latest album, Lizz Wright assembled a slide show. About a year ago, the jazzy pop singer-songwriter met with executives at Verve, her recording home for the past five years. She didn't have any concrete ideas for the follow-up to her sophomore album, 2005's meditative Dreaming Wide Awake. So to help explain how she wanted her new record to feel, Wright showed pictures of her grandparents, country dirt roads and old oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | July 24, 2008
In the "junior" stage of her career, Vanessa Carlton looks for creative and "warm" ways to express her music. On her latest album, Heroes and Thieves, the piano-playing pop star feels listeners are getting a real sense of who she is - at the moment. "It's a record inching more toward my true aesthetic," says the singer-songwriter, who headlines the Recher Theatre in Towson on Saturday. "You would think when you're writing a song you're reflecting yourself. That's not true." Although Carlton has written all of her material - including her inescapable breakout single, 2002's "A Thousand Miles" - she says previously she wasn't very involved in the technical sound of the music.
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By Mary Clare Fischer, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2012
Adam Lambert waited until after he was crowned runner-up of American Idol's eighth season to reveal that he was gay (which came as a surprise to almost no one). Since then, he's become the first openly gay man to top the Billboard 200 album chart with his second album, "Trespassing. " Now, he's lending his support to the push toward marriage equality in Maryland. On Tuesday, Lambert headlines a fundraising concert for Marylanders for Marriage Equality at the 9:30 Club in D.C. Lambert was eager to discuss his feelings on the bill, his identity as a gay artist and whether or not marriage is in the cards for him. Do you have plans to get married?
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,Sun Staff | April 1, 2007
Kinshasa, Congo -- Under the swirling lights at the nightclub L'Atmosphere, Congolese music's hottest new star is in full swing. "This love was like a novel by Shakespeare," croons Fally Ipupa as his backup singers harmonize and the single-plucked guitars run circles around each other. "You turn it into one by Daniel Dafoe/ I stay isolated like Robinson Crusoe." Fally, as everyone calls him, has a weakness for Americana. His hat of choice is a New York Yankees cap. His jeans ride low in belated emulation of the boxers-baring hip-hop style.
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October 27, 2004
Let's hope the roof stays on the place as Regina Belle, Jennifer Holliday, Stephanie Mills and Melba Moore - four celebrated, mighty-voiced pop-soul singers - command the stage at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum's 2nd Annual Gala Celebration at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Combined, the divas possess enough vocal power to threaten the foundation of the hall. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, in partnership with Comcast, will host the event at 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Meyerhoff, 1212 Cathedral St. A pre-gala reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. The concert will also feature a performance by the Morgan State University Choir in honor of its recently deceased conductor, Nathan A. Carter.
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