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Tuesday 28 December 2010
The R&B singer and songwriter Teena Marie, best known for the hit 1980s singles "Lovergirl" and "Ooo La La La", died at her home in Los Angeles on Boxing Day. She was 54.
Friday 12 November 2010
The cover shot, of tiny Tinchy's image expanded to the size of a tower block, surely reflects the rapper's ambition, which is substantial: "Me, I'm having meetings with the President," he claims unfeasibly in "Gangsta".
Sunday 12 September 2010
Sunday 08 August 2010
Friday 23 July 2010
The popular young soprano's third album is a bit of a cheat, being largely comprised of arias plucked from her two previous albums dedicated to Handel and Mozart, including the splendid duet from Don Giovanni with Bryn Terfel, "Là Ci Darem La Mano".
Friday 25 June 2010
Harvey's three pieces here are based around the notion of instruments simulating not so much the sound as the mannerisms of human voices. "Scena", for instance, features five tableaux in which the violin behaves like a diva.
Sunday 06 June 2010
As Aggy returns to the diva fray, naysayers are suggesting that a certain other Warhol-loving exhibitionist has rendered her passé.
Sunday 28 March 2010
A whiff of Partridgean "People like them, let's make some more" thinking surrounds the distinctly Kesha-like Kid Sister – aka 29-year-old Melisa Young from Chicago – but the Kanye West-affiliated crunk diva (West appears on the single "Pro Nails", and the whole thing's exec-produced by his DJ A-Trak) has enough in her locker to justify her existence.
Sunday 21 March 2010
Oh dear. Having scored themost played record of2009 with the still-notthat-irritating "SweetAbout Me", the Italian-Aussie songstress hasplugged into her "innerdisco diva" for this, hersecond album. It's a disastrousdecision: moreTeena Marie than DonnaSummer; all backcombedbeats and 1980s powerchords.Ten calls to mindKylie's early 1990s discodabblings, when she maderecords aimed at crossingfrom the dancefloor to theradio, when her naturaltrajectory was alwaysthe other way around.
Sunday 07 February 2010
Friday 18 December 2009
A budget boxed set of four divas' Christmas albums, Christmas With The Divas represents good value, but not much fun. The earliest, a Leontyne Price release from 1961, illustrates a shared problem: all good on the sober arias, but too starchy for joyous release. However, Price's "Ave Maria" is a thing of beauty. Joan Sutherland nimbly negotiates "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" from 1965, and Renata Tebaldi sticks to the classical canon from 1971. But Kiri Te Kanawa is the worst offender; it's all stiff shirts.
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