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Hot Cocoa: Alexandra Set To Sing The Blues

Alexandra Burke Lady Sings Promo

YES, this is exactly the career boost that Alexandra Burke needed! The opportunity to display her vocal skills and rid herself of the drama, controversy and unfortunate song and image choices that have been plagued her since her 2008 X Factor(y) win. For those who haven’t got a clue what I’m harping on about, well it was recently announced that Ms Burke will be taking residency at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in June to perform the songs from Lady Sings The Blues, the classic 1972 biopic about troubled jazz chanteuse Billie Holiday,  portrayed brilliantly by Diana Ross. Performing with a full jazz band, Alex will sing her own interpretations of Billie’s classic jazz/blues standards like Good Morning Heartache, God Bless The Child and Strange Fruit. I love Alex’s voice and have always said that her raspy alto would be better suited to traditional adult/contemporary R&B as opposed to saccharine pop and disposable dance music. It will be interesting to see where her career will head after this show, but it looks like it’s finally moving in the right direction.

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The trailer to the 1972 biopic Lady Sings The Blues – maaan, I loved that film

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MUST SEE TV: Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker, BBC Four

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Happy Good Friday folks! How are you planning on spending your day? If you are around this evening at 9pm, be sure to tune into BBC Four to watch a profile of music producer extraordinaire Nile Rodgers. I assumed every music lover was familiar with Mr Rodgers, but apparently not. Nile is the founding member of the disco group Chic, who reinvented himself as a pop producer after Disco died a sudden death in the late ’70s/early ’80s. Whether you know his name or not, you are bound to know at least several of his hits. From Madonna’s Like A Virgin, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, Sister Sledge’s We Are Family  and Diana Ross’ Upside Down and I’m Coming Out – Rodgers was one of the most prolific pop/soul hit makers of his generation and the predecessor of the ‘star producer(s)’ who would later follow like Jam and Lewis and LA & Babyface.

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