Soul singer Aretha Franklin looks great for 75! The "Natural Woman" and music executive Clive Davis pose for pictures backstage at the 'Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives' Premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday in New York City.
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin celebrated her 74th birthday at an intimate party at the Ritz Carlton in NYC last night. Franklin turned 74 on March 25th. Special invited guests included openly gay recording mogul Clive Davis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, CNN's openly gay anchor Don Lemon, and MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall, among others. ReRe announced her long-delayed biopic is back in the works. “Good news, we’re ready to sign for the movie,” she told her guests. She told the well-heeled crowd that she is in negotiations with Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein. “We’ve agreed on all the key points. There's very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that’s all I wanted.” Franklin added she wanted biracial actress Halle Berry to play her, but Jennifer Hudson will likely get the nod, according to Page Six. Read more details about the party here.
Clive Davis is gay. Who Knew? Not once have I heard any rumors that the most famed recording executive in Hollywood was gay. But then again, who wants to imagine a 80-year-old man in compromising positions with another male?
The chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment dropped his tell-all autobiography, “The Sound Track of My Life,” in which he discusses his bisexuality, probably for the first time.
Davis, who was twice married, told ABC news he knew he was bisexual after the end of his second marriage in 1985. That's when he freely threw himself into sexual relationships with other men.
Is anyone else tired of reading about this Beyonce/Kelly Clarkson story? If you're like me, you don't care if one wack song sounds like another wack song. Don't they all sound the same nowadays anyway?
They're saying Clive Davis is about to kick the American Idol winner to the curb for running her mouth off about her song, “Already Gone”, being recorded over the same track as Bey's track "Halo." It seems that Kelly is pissed at a songwriter for pawning off the same track on both singers. I'm thinking that maybe Kelly never head Beyonce's "Halo" until she recorded over the track herself and then she said, "Hey, that lame Beyonce song sounds a lot like mine!"
Songwriter Ryan Tedder took to his Myspace blog yesterday to respond to the media gossip that Kelly threw him under the bus for basically reusing the same track and pawning it off on both singers.
Today he released an official statement denying he used the same track. He claimed that “Already Gone" -- the track he co-wrote with Kelly, and "Halo," the song he gave Bey, are two "entirely different songs conceptually, melodically, & lyrically." He goes on to deny trying to rip off the two singers with the same corny track.
But Kelly begged to differ. Speaking on Canadian radio yesterday, Kelly complained bitterly about Ryan duping her, and about J Records releasing "Already Gone" as a single against her wishes once she realized it was the same wack track. Now word is, an angry Clive Davis retaliated by threatening to cut the budget for her new album. The last time Kelly butt heads with Davis, sales of her last CD My December suffered big time.
So what's poor Kelly to do? Well, there's always iTunes and ringtones.
Due to popular demand, the release date for Whitney Houston's 6th studio CD "I Look To You" has been moved up to August 31st, according to a label press release! You can also download the full HQ single on Whitney's website http://www.whitneyhouston.com/ until July 31st!
Here is a low quality snippet of Whitney Houston's 1st single "I Look To You" off the album of the same name. Sounds like someone recorded it surreptitiously during one of her listening parties. I don't expect much from Whitney's new CD after hearing her sing live last month. She waited too long and now the magic is gone.
Last night, pop legend Whitney Houston thrilled and regaled the industry elite at a listening party for her sixth studio album "I Look To You." The J/RCA Records listening event at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC was well attended by everyone from Alicia Keys to Martha Stewart. The only one missing was me because a RCA rep repeatedly hung up on me when I requested credentials to cover the event. The rep kept asking who I was as if she'd never heard of me before. That's fine with me since I'm not trying to be famous anyway.
Whitney pretended to be excited to see singer Alicia Keys. We wish we could read her mind to see what she was really thinking.
According to a Press release from Whitney Houston's record label, sheer pandemonium broke out as the audience full of VIPs, press and tastemakers raved and danced in the aisle while listening to tracks from Whitney’s new album titled, I Look To You!
The “Queen Of All Divas” was greeted by a standing ovation after Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, Clive Davis presented select tracks from the album.
There will be two more listening sessions -- in New York and L.A. next week -- before Whitney's sixth studio album drops on September 1st. I guess I'll make my plane reservations right now!
NY magazine is speculating on whether Sony-BMG's Arista Records head honcho Clive Davis had a hand in the Beyonce-Aretha Grammy snub. As you know, Beyonce made Aretha's blood boil when she introduced Tina Turner as "the queen" during their Grammy duet.
But NY magazine thinks Davis may have written Beyonce's introduction - since we know it was clearly scripted by someone other than Bee. In a post on NYmag.com, the writer theorizes that Davis wrote the intro to get back at Aretha for not renewing her recording contract:
Aretha told Variety that she'd split with Sony-BMG's Arista Records after Clive Davis failed to make her an acceptable offer for her forthcoming album and would instead be releasing it through the AARP (yes, really). All of this must have happened pretty recently, because, in his profile in this week's Rolling Stone (sadly not online) Davis talks excitedly about putting out said record. And doesn't everybody at the Grammys just do what he tells them to do? Isn't that how Alicia Keys got two performances? Could he also have had a hand in Beyoncé's intro? Or was it just crappy writing, like every other part of Sunday's ceremony? We have no idea, but we're certainly not above baseless speculation! (Source)