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Aretha Franklin Sets Luther Vandross Straight

Aretha and Luther eventually became pretty good friends, but not before the drama that Aretha said happened, causing her and her fur coat to storm out.

It seems as if Aretha didn’t want to take Luther’s instructive criticism. "All of a sudden Luther wanted to tell me how to sing, when it was me whom he had learned much about how to sing. My point was simple: If he wanted to tell the artists how to sing, why didn't he sing it himself? His job was to produce and advise the artists about phrasing, diction, melody, and to be adventurous and say certain things, but definitely not say, 'Sing it like this.'" "I picked up my coat and walked out of the studio as he and I continued shouting at each other," Aretha wrote. "When I say this, I say it with respect and I say it in a positive vein. Luther and I really do like each other. We have a lot of mutual respect for each other even when we are not talking, we are still cool. I guess you could call it Aries butting heads, because he's an Aries too. We are very opinionated people."

How Sean Combs Get His Nickname

Sean Combs said that he was given the nickname "Puff" as a child because he would "huff and puff" when he was angry, and "Daddy" is another version of "player".

 

Sean Combs sleeps with 15 pillows. 

 

Sean Combs once worked as a doorman at a Marriott hotel. 

 

Diddy admitted that one of his biggest fears is of people who have long second toes. 

 

He produced MTV's Making the Band and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group for "Shake Ya Tailfeather.

Alicia Keys "Blended Family"

NEW YORK, NY, OCTOBER 7, 2016 – Fifteen-time Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Alicia Keys, will release her new highly-anticipated sixth studio album, HERE, on November 4th on RCA Records. From the human condition to global politics, HERE offers a keen glimpse of everything that matters most to Keys.

 

Today, Alicia released the beautiful new song “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” featuring A$AP Rocky from the upcoming album. Co-written by Alicia Keys and produced by Keys and Mark Batson, the song is a reflection of the honesty portrayed throughout all of HERE. 

 

“My new song “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” is inspired by my family's personal journey to cultivate deeper understanding, compassion, support and love,” says Keys. “To me, family has no singular definition and the modern family is made up of all kinds of beautiful people willing to put love first.” You can listen to “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” here: 

 

Urgent, intimate and musically daring, HERE is Keys’ truth laid bare: each track a confession; every melody a prayer. 

 

The majority of HERE’s production credits belong to a creative force Keys calls theILLuminaries, comprised of herself; songwriter/producer Mark Batson; rapper/producer Swizz Beatz; and long-time Keys songwriting collaborator Harold Lilly. With this album, Keys made a list of things she wanted to talk about, themes she wanted to explore. The result is HERE speaking to Alicia’s roots in NYC and hip-hop culture. The music on the album blends her perspective of the raw humanity of the world and who she is today as a woman and artist. 

 

“On this album, I've arrived HERE,” Keys says. “A place where I'm willing to truthfully look at myself in the mirror and to also see the reality of who we have become in this world. The good, the ugly, the shadows and the light. I've come to realize that in order for us to grow and to understand and accept each other we have to recognize the complexity of ourselves. We have to be able to talk about it and meet each other where we are, HERE.” 

 

Keys will showcase new music from the powerful and moving album with a special free concert for fans at a secret, iconic location in her hometown of NYC on Sunday, October 9. 

 

HERE is available for pre-order now. A full track listing, list of performances and more information for HERE will be announced shortly.

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