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Grammy Winning Singer Irene Cara Dies at 63

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Grammy Winning Singer Irene Cara Dies at 63

Irene Cara, the Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy award-winning singer-actress, starred in and sang the title track from the hit film “Fame” and then belted out the era-defining hit “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from 1983′s “Flashdance,” has died. She was 63 years old.

Judith A. Moose, her publicist, announced her death on social media, writing that the cause of death was “currently unknown.” On Saturday, Moose confirmed the death to an Associated Press reporter. Cara died at her Florida home. The precise date of her death was not revealed.

“Irene’s family has asked for privacy as they grieve,” Moose wrote. “She was a wonderfully gifted soul whose music and films will live forever.”

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Irene Cara had three Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits during her career, including “Breakdance,” “Out Here On My Own,” “Fame,” and “Flashdance… What A Feeling,” which spent six weeks at No. 1. She was responsible for some of the most upbeat, high-energy pop anthems of the early 1980s.

On Saturday, tributes poured in, including from Deborah Cox, who called Cara an inspiration, and Holly Robinson Peete, who recalled seeing Cara perform: “The insane combination of talent and beauty was overwhelming to me.” This breaks my heart so deeply.”

She rose to prominence as one of the young actors who played performing arts high school students in Alan Parker’s “Fame,” alongside Debbie Allen, Paul McCrane, and Anne Meara. Cara portrayed Coco Hernandez, an aspiring dancer who faces various hardships, including a creepy nude photo shoot.

“How bright our spirits shoot out into space depends on how much we contributed to this world’s earthly brilliance.” And I intend to make a significant contribution!” she says in the film.

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Cara sang the chorus to the soaring title song, “Remember my name/I’m going to live forever/I’m going to learn how to fly/I feel it coming together/People will see me and cry,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song. She also contributed to the songs “Out Here on My Own,” “Hot Lunch Jam,” and “I Sing the Body Electric.”

Allen took to Twitter on Saturday to express his grief, posting photos of them together and describing Cara as a “gifted and beautiful genius.” Her talent and music will live on in perpetuity! “I’ll never forget her name!”

Three years later, she and the “Flashdance” songwriting team — music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Keith Forsey and Cara — were accepting the Academy Award for best original song for “Flashdance… What a Feeling.”

Jennifer Beals plays a steel-town girl who dances in a bar at night and aspires to attend a prestigious dance conservatory in the film. It featured the hit song “Maniac,” in which Beals’ character leaps, spins, and stomps her feet, and the slow-burning theme song.

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“There aren’t enough words to express my love and gratitude,” Irene Cara said in her acceptance speech.

“Last but not least, a very special gentleman who, I believe, began it all for me many years ago.” I thank Alan Parker, wherever he may be tonight.”

Cara began her Broadway career with small roles in short-lived shows, though a musical called “The Me, Nobody Knows” ran for over 300 performances. In the mid-1990s, she toured as Mary Magdalene in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Her songs were featured in a tour of the musical “Flashdance” from 2012 to 2014.

Irene Cara also formed the all-female band Irene Cara Presents Hot Caramel and released a double CD that included the single “How Can I Make You Luv Me.” Her filmography includes “Sparkle” and “D.C. Cab.”

Source: AP, VOR News

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Beyoncé Announces Renaissance World Tour, As Fans Brace For Ticket Rush

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Beyoncé has announced a 43-city world tour supporting her critically acclaimed Renaissance album, which will include five UK dates.

The concerts will begin in Sweden on May 10 before moving to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium a week later.

Additional UK dates will be held in Edinburgh on May 20, Sunderland on May 23, and London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 29 and 30.

Ticket sales for her first solo tour since 2016 are expected to be extremely high.

Pre-sales for the singer’s UK shows will begin on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. GMT, followed by a general sale on Tuesday.

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Beyonce Fans Brace For Ticket Master Sales

Before ticket pre-sales begin on Monday in North America, fans are asked to register for Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan process, which the company claims will filter out touts.

Those who have registered will be put through a “lottery-style process” if demand exceeds the number of available tickets.

Politicians in the United States, who are already investigating Ticketmaster for the botched sale of Taylor Swift’s Eras tour, will be watching how the systems handle Beyoncé’s concerts.

Beyoncé performed her first headlining concert in four years last week at the opening of a luxury hotel in Dubai, but she did not perform any new material.

She was reportedly paid $24 million (£19.4 million) for the one-time performance, but she was criticized for doing it in a country where homosexuality and gender reassignment are illegal.

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Beyonce Wrote The Album During The Pandemic

Critics said that this went against the message of her most recent album, which celebrates black and queer dance culture.

During the pandemic, Beyoncé wanted the album to be “a place to dream and find escape.” She filled her songs with samples and references to club music, from Nile Rodgers’ Studio 54 disco grooves and Grace Jones’ imperious soul to less well-known movements like bounce and dancehall.

Exclaim magazine called it “the sound of a once-in-a-generation superstar at the top of her game,” and the Guardian called it “a breath-taking, maximalist tour de force.”

Beyoncé has avoided making music videos for the album, so the Renaissance tour will be the first opportunity for fans to see her visual interpretations of songs like Break My Soul, Alien Superstar, and Cuff It.

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Nominated For Nine Awards

The former Destiny’s Child member could reveal more details at the Grammys this weekend, where she is nominated for nine awards, including album of the year.

In October, the singer hinted at a world tour when she raffled off tickets to a show at the fifth annual Wearable Art Gala.

Images from the auction revealed that the “unique” prize, valued at $20,000 (£16,200), included:

  • First-class plane tickets.
  • A three-night hotel stay.
  • Two concert tickets.
  • A guided backstage tour led by Beyoncé’s mother.

SOURCE – (BBC)

 

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Ozzy Osbourne Cancels 2023 European Tour Because Of Injury

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Ozzy Osbourne, a big name in hard rock, has canceled his shows in the UK and continental Europe in 2023.

Osbourne said early Wednesday morning that he would not be touring because of damage to his spine from a car accident four years ago.

“Your patience truly humbles me in holding onto your tickets all this time, but in all good conscience, I have now come to the realization that I am not physically capable of doing my upcoming European/UK tour dates, as I know I couldn’t deal with the travel required,” Osbourne said.

The 74-year-old Grammy winner and former Black Sabbath vocalist said, “my singing voice is fine,” but he was still physically weak after three operations, stem cell treatments, physical therapy, and Hybrid Assistive Limb treatment, to help improve movement and balance.

He thanked his family, his fans, the people in his band and crew, and his fellow metal pioneers Judas Priest.

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Osbourne Already Had Cancelled Dates

“I never imagined that my touring days would end this way,” Ozzy said. “Right now, my team is thinking of places I could perform without having to go from city to city and country to country.”

According to the statement, ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

Osbourne had already canceled 2019 tour dates in Europe and North America because of health problems, including a “bad fall” he said hurt vertebrae in his neck.

After leaving Black Sabbath, the singer found solo success before announcing in 2020 that he had Parkinson’s disease, a nervous system disorder that affects movement.

In 2006, Ozzy and the other three Black Sabbath members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Osbourne and his family, which included his wife, Sharon, and two of his three children, starred in their reality show, “The Osbournes.”

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‘Dr. Phil’ Talk Show To End Daytime TV run After 21 Years

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NEW YORK – “Dr. Phil” McGraw, the daytime television psychologist, says he plans to end his talk show after 21 years in the coming months, but viewers haven’t seen the last of him.

“Dr. Phil” was the most famous spinoff of Oprah Winfrey’s show, which used to be the most popular show on daytime TV. The Texan’s show started in September 2002. Before that, he was a regular guest on Winfrey’s show.

“With this show, we’ve helped thousands of guests and millions of viewers deal with issues ranging from addiction and marriage to mental health and raising children,” McGraw said in a statement. “This has been an incredible chapter in my life and career, but as I transition from daytime to nighttime, there is so much more I want to do.”

The traditional broadcast television season concludes in the spring; no date was given for Phil’s final show.

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More Projects Coming Soon For Dr. Phil

McGraw, 72, said he wants to focus on prime-time programming and has an unnamed project planned for early next year.

Meanwhile, while new “Dr. Phil” episodes will not be produced, the show will remain on the air. CBS Media Ventures, which distributes his show, has said that for future seasons, it will offer stations a package of reruns with some new content to wrap around them.

That is the path taken by “Judge Judy,” which aired its final original show in June 2021 but remains popular in reruns.

“We intend to be in the ‘Dr. Phil’s business with the library for many years to come and welcome future opportunities to collaborate,” said Steve LoCascio, president of CBS Media Ventures.

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