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Bobby Caldwell, R&B Singer Songwriter Dies at Age 71

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Bobby Caldwell, a soulful R&B singer and songwriter who had a major hit with “What You Won’t Do for Love” in 1978 and a voice and musical style adored by generations of his peers, died Wednesday, his wife announced.

According to Mary Caldwell, he died in her arms on Tuesday at their home in Great Meadows, New Jersey, after a long illness. He was 71.

“What You Won’t Do for Love” peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 6 on what was then known as the Hot Selling Soul Singles chart. Caldwell’s song, which he also wrote, became a long-term standard and a career-defining hit.

Tupac Shakur sampled the song on his posthumously released song “Do For Love,” which artists such as Boyz II Men and Michael Bolton covered.

Hip-hop artists like The Notorious B.I.G., Common, Lil Nas X, and Chance the Rapper have sampled other Caldwell songs.

There are numerous stories, many of which were shared on social media after his death, of listeners being surprised to learn that Caldwell was white rather than black.

On his self-titled debut solo album, Booby Caldwell appeared only in silhouette, on which “What You Won’t Do for Love” appears.

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“Bobby Caldwell was the final chapter in a generation where record executives wanted to hide faces on the album covers so maybe their artist could have a chance,” Questlove wrote on Instagram.

“Thank you for your voice and gift, #BobbyCaldwell,” Questlove wrote on Instagram.

Chance the Rapper posted a screenshot of a direct message exchange with Caldwell last year when he asked to use his music on Instagram.

“If you sample my song, I’ll be honored,” Bobby Caldwell wrote.

“You’re an inspiration to me and many others,” Chance said. In the post, he stated that he had never been thanked for sampling a song before and that he had “not felt broken like this at the passing of a stranger in so long.”

Bobby Caldwell was born in New York and raised in Miami, the son of singers who hosted a musical variety TV show called “Suppertime.” He began performing professionally as a multi-instrumentalist at 17 and started playing guitar in Little Richard’s band in the early 1970s. Bobby Caldwell played in various Los Angeles bar bands in the mid-1970s before landing a solo record deal.

Caldwell never had a hit like “What You Won’t Do for Love,” but he did release several respected albums, including 1980’s “Cat in The Hat” — on which he appeared prominently on the cover wearing a fedora — and 1982’s “Carry On,” on which he was his producer and played all the instruments.

His “Cat in the Hat” song “Open Your Eyes” was covered by John Legend and sampled by Common on his Grammy-nominated 2000 single “The Light.”

Caldwell shifted to recording and performing American standards in the 1990s, including songs made popular by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole that he grew up listening to.

Bobby Caldwell is survived by his wife of 19 years, Mary, and daughters Lauren, Tessa, and stepdaughter, Katie.

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After Drake Battle, Kendrick Lamar Turns Victory Lap Concert Into LA Unity Celebration

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Inglewood, California – Kendrick Lamar’s Juneteenth “Pop Out” event at the Forum became an emotional live-streamed celebration of Los Angeles unity rather than simply taking a victory lap after defeating fellow rap artist Drake.

Lamar organized a three-hour event that included a combination of up-and-coming LA rappers and stars such as Tyler, The Creator, Steve Lacy, and YG. When it came to his turn to take the stage, the 37-year-old rapper pushed through a set with Black Hippy collaborators Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock, performing his Drake diss songs “Euphoria” and “6:16 in LA,” before being joined on stage by Dr. Dre.

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After Drake Battle, Kendrick Lamar Turns Victory Lap Concert Into LA Unity Celebration

The two West Coast titans played “Still D.R.E.” and “California Love” before Dre called for silence to calm the raging crowd. It was a misdirect. He then gave the “Sixth Sense” phrase that opens Lamar’s smash hit “Not Like Us”: “I see dead people.”

A crowd of 17,000 people, including The Weeknd, LeBron James, Ayo Edebiri, and Rick Ross, rapped along to every word of the biting-but-jubilant DJ Mustard track, which Lamar resumed twice after the first verse and repeated four times in total.

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After Drake Battle, Kendrick Lamar Turns Victory Lap Concert Into LA Unity Celebration

NBA stars Russell Westbrook and DeMar DeRozan, Mustard, rapper Roddy Ricch, and even a juvenile dance group led by krumping inventor Tommy the Clown were shuffling, frolicking, dancing, and twirling around him as Lamar approached the stage in a red sweatshirt.

Lamar delighted in the situation, saying, “Y’all ain’t gonna let nobody disrespect the West Coast.” “You’re not going to let anyone imitate our legends, huh,” he asked, referring to Drake’s usage of an AI program to mimic 2Pac’s voice on one of his diss tracks.

But Lamar had bigger plans, inviting select men and women to join him onstage for a group portrait.

“Let the world see this,” he urged. “For all of us to be on this stage together, unity, from the East side… LA, Crips, Bloods, Piru— this… is great, dude. We put this together exclusively for you guys.

“This… has nothing to do with any song at this time, nothing to do with any back-and-forth albums; it has everything to do with this particular moment. That’s what this… was about bringing us all together.

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After Drake Battle, Kendrick Lamar Turns Victory Lap Concert Into LA Unity Celebration

After the final song, Lamar exited, stating, “I promise you, this won’t be the last of us.” The slicing horns of the “Not Like Us” instrument rang out again, and the audience rapped the words without Lamar as they flowed down the hallways and out to the parking lot.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Rapper Travis Scott Arrested In Miami Beach For Misdemeanor Trespassing And Public Intoxication

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Miami Beach, Florida – Miami Beach police detained rapper Travis Scott early Thursday on misdemeanor charges of trespassing and public drunkenness.

Miami Beach police verified the arrest but could not immediately release any information. According to Miami-Dade County prison records, Scott, 33, paid his $650 bond and is scheduled to be released later Thursday.

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Rapper Travis Scott Arrested In Miami Beach For Misdemeanor Trespassing And Public Intoxication

His publicists, Jamie Sward and Alexandra Baker, have yet to respond to emails requesting comment, and Scott’s counsel is not listed on jail records. His agent, David Stromberg, waited to respond to a message sent to his LinkedIn profile.

Scott, born Jacques Webster, is one of hip-hop’s biggest artists. He has over 100 tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 and four singles that have topped the chart: “Sicko Mode,” “Highest in the Room,” “The Scotts,” and “Franchise.”

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Rapper Travis Scott Arrested In Miami Beach For Misdemeanor Trespassing And Public Intoxication

A crowd rush murdered ten people during Scott’s 2021 concert at Houston’s Astroworld festival. Many attendees could not breathe or lift their arms due to the crowd’s density. The victims, aged 9 to 27, died from compression asphyxia, which an expert compared to being crushed by a car.

Lawyers for the victims claimed in lawsuits that the deaths and hundreds of injuries at the concert were caused by poor planning and a lack of regard for the event’s capacity and safety.

Scott, promoter Live Nation, and the others sued have refuted the allegations, claiming that safety was their priority. They claimed what happened could not have been predicted.

The final lawsuit was resolved last month.

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Rapper Travis Scott Arrested In Miami Beach For Misdemeanor Trespassing And Public Intoxication

Following a police inquiry, a grand jury declined to charge Scott and five others associated with the festival.

SOURCE – (AP)

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Carrie Underwood Unharmed After House Fire in Tennessee

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Carrie Underwood and her family must be relieved right now… because they were able to escape a house fire in their Tennessee home over the holiday weekend.

A source for the country artist tells TMZ, “There was a fire on the property on Sunday night, which was immediately put out. The primary residence had no fire damage, and the family and their dogs were unhurt.

According to Williamson County & Fire, a fire broke out in Carrie and husband Mike Fisher’s garage just before 10 p.m. on Sunday evening, Father’s Day. Responders were able to extinguish the fire fast thanks to a 10,000-gallon water tank… situated on the singer’s estate.

Williamson County Fire & Rescue published an update in the aftermath of the fire, including a few images from the area, which appear to be quite dramatic.

Hey, added… “Almost instantly, the call was upgraded to a structure fire. Crews from each of our eight stations responded… Firefighters continue to extinguish hotspots to avoid further spread. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. There are currently no injuries.

While it was a sad way to end Father’s Day, Carrie had a relatively serene Sunday afternoon, posting photos with a couple sheep on Instagram Stories.

Carrie Underwood’s stage fall

Nonetheless, June has been a difficult month for the “American Idol” graduate. We broke the story. Carrie fell onstage last week after headlining a music festival in South Carolina.

ICYMI… Carrie tripped and fell while exiting the stage after her headlining performance at the Carolina Country Music Fest, which took place in a thunderstorm.

She posted on social media that she was unharmed by the fall, even making a sly jest about it… “Had a great time last night! And, despite the unexpected finish, it made for an unforgettable night!”

For Carrie’s sake, we hope the rest of her June is an uneventful one TMZ reported.

Carrie Underwood is a superstar in country music. She originally gained attention by winning “American Idol” in 2005, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Her debut album, “Some Hearts,” featured singles such as “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats.” These songs not only topped the charts, but also earned her numerous prizes.

Carrie has recorded several CDs that highlight her vocal range and emotional depth. Songs like “Blown Away” and “Cry Pretty” demonstrate her talent to create stories with song. Carrie has tried her hand at acting and fashion in addition to singing.

She has appeared on television shows and even has her own clothing brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood. Her influence on country music is evident, and her following continues to expand.

Carrie Underwood continues to be a powerful force in the music industry thanks to a combination of skill, hard effort, and real charm.

Source: TMZ

Tony Bennett, Masterful Stylist Of American Musical Standards, Dies At 96

Tony Bennett, Masterful Stylist Of American Musical Standards, Dies At 96

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