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Monday
Dec172012

VH1 Divas 2012 Recap: Whitney Houston and Donna Summer Remembered as Stars Celebrate Divas of Dance

LENNART PREISS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The stars of this year's edition of VH1 Divas celebrated the music of the late Donna Summer and Whitney Houston on Sunday night, and paid tribute to the divas of dance, including Blondie and Madonna.

Demi Lovato opened the show at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium with a somber dedication to the victims of Friday’s shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Here are some of the show's musical highlights:

-- Host Adam Lambert got things under way with a cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” after having been put through his “diva” paces by NeNe Leakes and Paula Abdul in his dressing room during a sketch.

-- The newly-engaged Kelly Clarkson flashed her ring as she performed her single, “Catch My Breath.”

-- Ciara showed off her dance moves with a tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean," before breaking into her own “Got Me Good.”

-- Sheila E introduced a video montage of hits by Donna Summer as the show remembered the disco diva, who passed away in May. Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson and Adam Lambert then sang a medley of Summer’s songs, including “Love to Love You Baby,”  “Bad Girls,” “She Works Hard for the Money,” “Last Dance" and “Hot Stuff.”

-- Kelly Osbourne introduced a tribute to Blondie by saying, “I always admired my dad but I really wanted to be Debbie Harry.” Canadian pop-rockers Metric played “Heart of Glass,” led by singer Emily Haines in front of a Parallel Lines black and white backdrop.

-- Miley Cyrus boosted her pop-rock-goddess cred, dressed in leather and studs for a raunchy version of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell.”

-- There was a version of Deee-Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart” by Natasha Bedingfield, Iggy Azalea and Parliament-Funkadelic bass player Bootsy Collins, who played on the original track.

-- Glee’s Amber Riley introduced clips of Madonna’s greatest hits. Adam Lambert then hit the stage with his version of “Ray of Light.”

-- The tribute to Whitney Houston, who died in February, was introduced by Brandy. A medley of Houston’s songs, including “I’m Every Woman,” I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “It’s Not Right but it’s Okay” and “How Will I Know,” was performed by Jordin Sparks, Melanie Fiona and Ledisi.

-- The show also featured performances by Demi Lovato, Paloma Faith and Pitbull, who gave a shout-out to the late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, who perished in a plane crash last week. House DJ Havana Brown kept the wheels spinning throughout the night.

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Wednesday
May232012

Prince, Donna Summer Records Tapped for Library of Congress

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- The Library of Congress Wednesday tapped 25 recordings, from spoken-word pieces to Donna Summer‘s 1977 hit “I Feel Love” and an album from A Charlie Brown Christmas, to be inducted into its National Recording Registry in its 10th year.

To be considered for selection, the recordings had to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and at least 10 years old.

The recordings -- which now total 350 with Wednesday’s additions -- will be located in the library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va.

The Edison Talking Doll cylinder, created in 1888, was the registry’s oldest selection. It was found in 1967 in the desk of Thomas Edison’s assistant and had been made to allow children’s dolls to “talk.” It plays a recording of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” but had been considered unplayable because of the cylinder’s poor condition. In 2011, its surface was scanned in 3-D with digital mapping tools.

The most contemporary pick was Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain from 1984. In a first for Prince, this album -- his sixth -- consisted of a band, not simply the artist playing several instruments to create his unique sound. According to the Library of Congress, portions of the album were recorded in his hometown of Minneapolis.

Below is a complete list of the registry’s picks.

  1. Edison Talking Doll cylinder (1888)
  2. “Come Down Ma Evenin’ Star,” Lillian Russell (1912)
  3. “Ten Cents a Dance,” Ruth Etting (1930)
  4. “Voices from the Days of Slavery,” Various speakers (1932-1941 interviews; 2002 compilation)
  5. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” Patsy Montana (1935)
  6. “Fascinating Rhythm,” Sol Hoopii and his Novelty Five (1938)
  7. “Artistry in Rhythm,” Stan Kenton & and his Orchestra (1943)
  8. Debut performance with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein (Nov. 14, 1943)
  9. International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Hottest Women’s Band of the 1940s (1944-1946)
  10. “The Indians for Indians Hour” (March 25, 1947)
  11. “Hula Medley,” Gabby Pahinui (1947)
  12. “I Can Hear It Now,” Fred W. Friendly and Edward R. Murrow (1948)
  13. “Let’s Go Out to the Programs,” The Dixie Hummingbirds (1953)
  14. “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1954, 1958)
  15. “Bo Diddley” and “I’m a Man,” Bo Diddley (1955)
  16. “Green Onions,” Booker T. & the M.G.’s (1962)
  17. “Forever Changes,” Love (1967)
  18. “The Continental Harmony: Music of William Billings,” Gregg Smith Singers (1969)
  19. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Vince Guaraldi Trio (1970)
  20. “Coat of Many Colors,” Dolly Parton (1971)
  21. “Mothership Connection,” Parliament (1975)
  22. Barton Hall concert by the Grateful Dead (May 8, 1977)
  23. “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer (1977)
  24. “Rapper’s Delight,” Sugarhill Gang (1979)
  25. “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution (1984)

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Friday
May182012

Donna Summer Died of Cancer 'Not Related to Smoking'

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Donna Summer died of lung cancer, but her condition was “not related to smoking,” according to a statement released by her publicist Friday.

“Although she lost her battle to lung cancer at the age of 63, it was not related to smoking,” the statement said. “Ms. Summer was a non-smoker. Obviously, numerous factors can be attributed to the cause of cancer in general, but any details regarding the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of Ms. Summer’s case remain between her family and team of doctors.”

Summer, popularly known as the Queen of Disco, died at her Naples, Fla. home on Thursday.

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Thursday
May172012

Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, Dead at 63

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Disco and pop music icon Donna Summer has died, ABC News has confirmed.  The singer passed away after a battle with cancer and died in Florida.  She was 63 years old.

A statement from the family of Summer's husband, Bruce Sudano, reads: "Early this morning, surrounded by family, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith. While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.  Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time."       

The statement ends with a request to make a donation in Summer's name to the Salvation Army, in lieu of flowers.

[ VIEW SLIDESHOW: Donna Summer Through the Years: 1948-2012 ]

Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, Summer -- a five-time Grammy Award winner known as the Queen of Disco -- revolutionized dance music with her seminal hits "Love to Love You Baby" and "I Feel Love."  Those tracks established her career and were followed by a string of hits, including "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," "MacArthur Park," "Bad Girls" and "Dim All the Lights."

Summer continued her career into the '80s with hits like "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real." The first woman and the first African-American Artist ever to win a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, for "Hot Stuff," Summer was shortlisted for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but to date has never been inducted.

Summer's chart achievements and awards were numerous.  She was the first artist ever to score three consecutive number-one double albums.  She scored at least one Top 40 hit in every year from 1976 to 1984. Her presence on Billboard's Disco/Club Play chart spanned from 1975, with "Love to Love You Baby," through 2010, with "To Paris with Love."

In addition to her five Grammy Awards, Summer won six American Music Awards and was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, for "She Works Hard for the Money."  She was honored twice by the Dance Music Hall of Fame; she herself was inducted as a recording artist, and her song "I Feel Love" was also inducted.

According to Billboard, Summer is survived by her husband, three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Nile Rodgers, founder of Chic and one of dance music's architects, tweeted, "For the last half hour or so I've been lying in my bed crying and stunned. Donna Summer RIP."

Summer was most recently seen performing with Seal in David Foster's 2010 PBS special Foster & Friends and on America's Got Talent, performing with former contestant Prince Poppycock.

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