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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 21, 1999
Critics may carp that the Grammy Awards are overly commercialized and under-representative of musical quality, but one thing they're not is predictable.Just look at this year's ballot. Even though the artists earning the most nominations were all women -- Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain and Madonna -- this year's Grammy race is more about genre than gender, as most of the major nominees owe their success to having crossed over from a pop pigeonhole to the anything-goes mainstream.That may be why the Grammy guessing game has grown harder in recent years.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
During this week 16 years ago, Google Inc. was founded in Menlo Park, Calif., legendary film director Akira Kurosawa died and these were the most popular songs in America, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive. 10. "Lookin' at Me,' Mase featuring Puff Daddy Remember when Mase (or Ma$e as he sometimes preferred) was a such a big deal? "Lookin' at Me" was the third single from his debut album -- and his third consecutive top 10 hit. He's now a pastor, but plans to release a new album this year.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
During this week 16 years ago, Google Inc. was founded in Menlo Park, Calif., legendary film director Akira Kurosawa died and these were the most popular songs in America, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive. 10. "Lookin' at Me,' Mase featuring Puff Daddy Remember when Mase (or Ma$e as he sometimes preferred) was a such a big deal? "Lookin' at Me" was the third single from his debut album -- and his third consecutive top 10 hit. He's now a pastor, but plans to release a new album this year.
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By J.D. Considine and By J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | December 23, 1999
Shania Twain Come On Over: The International Version (Mercury 088 170 123) Like many other aspects of American popular culture, country music is eminently exportable. Garth Brooks, for example, is a huge star in Britain and Ireland, Jim Reeves is revered in Nigeria, and country music has been steadily building an audience in Australia. Nor should we forget Shania Twain, whose 1997 album "Come On Over" has sold spectacularly around the world. But don't dub Twain an international country star just yet. True, she is a country star, and her popularity is definitely international.
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By J.D. Considine and By J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | December 23, 1999
Shania Twain Come On Over: The International Version (Mercury 088 170 123) Like many other aspects of American popular culture, country music is eminently exportable. Garth Brooks, for example, is a huge star in Britain and Ireland, Jim Reeves is revered in Nigeria, and country music has been steadily building an audience in Australia. Nor should we forget Shania Twain, whose 1997 album "Come On Over" has sold spectacularly around the world. But don't dub Twain an international country star just yet. True, she is a country star, and her popularity is definitely international.
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By J.D. Considine Christian Kirk Franklin | October 15, 1998
Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain and Mariah CareyVH1 Divas Live (Epic 69600)Are we in the midst of a diva devaluation?It certainly seems so. Everywhere you look, somebody is being hailed as a diva. An Entertainment Weekly cover story recently listed some 31 different kinds of divas - and didn't even touch on the world of operatic divas (Maria Callas was, by most accounts, la diva de tutte dive).But the strongest proof that we're facing a diva glut is "VH1 Divas Live."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | November 25, 1999
Faith HillBreathe (Warner Bros. 47373)It would be nice to think there was more to country-to-pop crossover success than mere luck.After all, Shania Twain has managed to maintain impressive commercial momentum over the last couple years as her current album, "Come On Over," attracted a steady flow of fans from the pop/rock mainstream. Nor is Twain the only country star to court Top-40 success, as acts ranging from Tim McGraw to the Dixie Chicks have made their mark on the pop charts.For the most part, however, making it in the mainstream is less a matter of talent or direction than of having the right song at the right moment.
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By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1999
A fuzzy New YearCan't resist 12 months of cuddly kitties basking in the sun? Aaaaaw! Have a thing for wide-eyed puppies on porch swings? Get over it. Here are the un-corniest animal calendars we found.Amazing Frogs (Avalanche Publishing, $11.99): Colorful, slimy and slick, for an exotic, amphibious New Year.Classic Cats (Graphique De France, $11.95): Yeah, they've got flowers on their heads and are slyly peeping out of drawers. But they're in black and white, so that makes it art, OK?Baby Animals (Graphique De France, $11.95)
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | December 21, 1998
The Baltimore Police Youth Choir has entertained at weddings, performed at ethnic festivals and sung the national anthem at Camden Yards. But last night the group got its chance at the big time.Nine members of the choir sang backup for country music star Shania Twain at a sold-out concert at the Baltimore Arena.Six hours before they were to go on stage, the seven girls and two boys took their first crack at the song, following along with a cassette tape in the waiting room of the Police Athletic League offices at city police headquarters.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | November 5, 1997
She has sold more albums than the Spice Girls, spent more weeks on the pop charts than Jewel and has had as many hit videos as Alanis Morissette.But unless you're a country music fan, there's a very good chance that the name Shania Twain won't ring any bells. Even though the 32-year-old Canadian's last album, "The Woman In Me," has sold more than 9 million copies in the United States alone, she hasn't had much of a pop presence at all. Her videos aren't on MTV, her singles don't get played on Top-40 stations, and she has been almost entirely ignored by music magazines like Spin and Rolling Stone.
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By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1999
A fuzzy New YearCan't resist 12 months of cuddly kitties basking in the sun? Aaaaaw! Have a thing for wide-eyed puppies on porch swings? Get over it. Here are the un-corniest animal calendars we found.Amazing Frogs (Avalanche Publishing, $11.99): Colorful, slimy and slick, for an exotic, amphibious New Year.Classic Cats (Graphique De France, $11.95): Yeah, they've got flowers on their heads and are slyly peeping out of drawers. But they're in black and white, so that makes it art, OK?Baby Animals (Graphique De France, $11.95)
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | November 25, 1999
Faith HillBreathe (Warner Bros. 47373)It would be nice to think there was more to country-to-pop crossover success than mere luck.After all, Shania Twain has managed to maintain impressive commercial momentum over the last couple years as her current album, "Come On Over," attracted a steady flow of fans from the pop/rock mainstream. Nor is Twain the only country star to court Top-40 success, as acts ranging from Tim McGraw to the Dixie Chicks have made their mark on the pop charts.For the most part, however, making it in the mainstream is less a matter of talent or direction than of having the right song at the right moment.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 21, 1999
Critics may carp that the Grammy Awards are overly commercialized and under-representative of musical quality, but one thing they're not is predictable.Just look at this year's ballot. Even though the artists earning the most nominations were all women -- Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain and Madonna -- this year's Grammy race is more about genre than gender, as most of the major nominees owe their success to having crossed over from a pop pigeonhole to the anything-goes mainstream.That may be why the Grammy guessing game has grown harder in recent years.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | December 21, 1998
The Baltimore Police Youth Choir has entertained at weddings, performed at ethnic festivals and sung the national anthem at Camden Yards. But last night the group got its chance at the big time.Nine members of the choir sang backup for country music star Shania Twain at a sold-out concert at the Baltimore Arena.Six hours before they were to go on stage, the seven girls and two boys took their first crack at the song, following along with a cassette tape in the waiting room of the Police Athletic League offices at city police headquarters.
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By J.D. Considine Christian Kirk Franklin | October 15, 1998
Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain and Mariah CareyVH1 Divas Live (Epic 69600)Are we in the midst of a diva devaluation?It certainly seems so. Everywhere you look, somebody is being hailed as a diva. An Entertainment Weekly cover story recently listed some 31 different kinds of divas - and didn't even touch on the world of operatic divas (Maria Callas was, by most accounts, la diva de tutte dive).But the strongest proof that we're facing a diva glut is "VH1 Divas Live."
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | November 5, 1997
She has sold more albums than the Spice Girls, spent more weeks on the pop charts than Jewel and has had as many hit videos as Alanis Morissette.But unless you're a country music fan, there's a very good chance that the name Shania Twain won't ring any bells. Even though the 32-year-old Canadian's last album, "The Woman In Me," has sold more than 9 million copies in the United States alone, she hasn't had much of a pop presence at all. Her videos aren't on MTV, her singles don't get played on Top-40 stations, and she has been almost entirely ignored by music magazines like Spin and Rolling Stone.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | October 16, 2003
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / The Funk Box The band's new album, Save My Soul!, celebrates American music by way of New Orleans swing. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy jams at the Funk Box Saturday night. The show starts at 8, and tickets, available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-481-SEAT or visiting www.ticketmaster.com, are $36. Shania Twain / MCI Center Shania Twain is one of the most successful acts in country (or some would call her music market-conscious pop with a little twang.) Whatever it is, it works.
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By Knight Ridder / Tribune | September 25, 2003
Top 40 singles 1. Black Eyed Peas, "Where Is The Love?" 2. Nelly featuring P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" 3. Christina Aguilera featuring Lil' Kim, "Can't Hold Us Down" 4. Beyonce featuring Jay-Z, "Crazy In Love" 5. Justin Timberlake, "Senorita" Urban singles 1. Nelly featuring P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" 2. Youngbloodz featuring Lil' Jon, "Damn!" 3. Pharrell featuring Jay-Z, "Frontin'" 4. Beyonce featuring Sean Paul, "Baby Boy" 5. Fabolous featuring Tamia, "Into You" Light Rock singles 1. Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray, "Drift Away" 2. Celine Dion, "Have You Ever Been In Love" 3. Matchbox Twenty, "Unwell" 4. Luther Vandross, "Dance With My Father" 5. Shania Twain, "Forever And For Always" Alternative singles 1. Staind, "So Far Away" 2. Linkin Park, "Faint" 3. A Perfect Circle, "Weak And Powerless" 4. Audioslave, "Show Me How To Live" 5. Nickelback, "Someday"
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