One of my favorite R&B singers Teena Marie, best known for her 80s hits “Square Biz,” “Ooo La La La” and “Portuguese Love” died last night of unknown causes in her LA home. She was 54.
Teena Marie was one of the few female artists who not only sang, but wrote, produced and arranged most of her material.
She was signed to Motown by Berry Gordy when she was 19, but years later got into a legal battle with the label. In the end she won a landmark lawsuit that declared it illegal for labels to keep artists under contract while refusing to release their work. It became known as the “Brockert Initiative,” after Marie’s real name. “It wasn’t something I set out to do,” she told the Los Angeles Times in 2004. “I just wanted to get away from Motown and have a good life. But it helped a lot of people, like Luther Vandross and the Mary Jane Girls and a lot of different artists, to be able to get out of their contracts.”
Check out Teena Marie’s collection of soulful grooves on iTunes
2010 was a tumultuous year for popular music, with most of the biggest stars enjoying a bumpy ride especially in their “private” lives. A rejuvenated Kanye West used Twitter to apologize to Taylor Swift and let us know how misunderstood he is. Mariah Carey announced her pregnancy, while a newly married Alicia Keys gave birth to Egypt. Rapper T.I. failed to leave his legal troubles behind, and even die-hard fans couldn’t get with M.I.A.’s disappointing 3rd album. Michael Jackson’s estate released his first posthumous album of new material, “Michael,” but some of his family members questioned whether the vocals were his.
I read this very interesting article on DJ Tech Tools and thought I’d share it with you. Essential if you are a DJ, or curious about club culture / politics.
If you’re opening for another dj here are a few very important rules
* Know your place and don’t over rock the floor. Your job is to warm up the room not beat it into submission. If you want to impress the headliner, don’t do it with 15 peak anthems. Impress them by showing restraint and setting up the headliner to look good. This WILL lead to more gigs.