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Review: There is simply no one like Beyonce

There simply aren’t words to describe Beyonce’s show at a sold-out Gillette Stadium Friday night. Riveting. Brilliant. Otherworldly. Magical. All come close, but none truly convey what it was like to witness the greatest performer of this generation at the height of her career command the stage for two hours. Smoke wafted across the stage, […]

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Beyonce’s “Lemonade” is a testament to the power of vulnerability

It’s been a tough year for music fans. Not even halfway through 2016, we’ve lost legends including David Bowie, Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, Phife Dawg of the groundbreaking hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest and most recently, Prince, one of the most innovative, talented artists of our […]

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Concert review: Beyonce and Jay Z are ‘flawless’ in Foxboro

FOXBORO — Two-and-a-half hours, more than 40 songs and too many wardrobe changes to count. Music’s reigning supercouple Jay Z and Beyonce delivered an eye-popping, breathtaking show at Gillette Stadium Tuesday night that raised the bar for joint tours — and tours in general. It was a concert that featured lengthy dance interludes, video snippets […]

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5 questions I still have about the Jay Z-Solange elevator brawl

I know, I know. Elevatorgate has already been discussed to death. There are more important things to focus on and more constructive things I could be doing with my time than writing about the family strife between Beyonce, Jay Z and Solange. Just because I share the last name Carter with two-thirds of the clan does […]

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Justin Timberlake and the disappearance of black R&B artists

Justin Timberlake is everywhere. Or at least he seems to be. The actor and pop/R&B phenom recently hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the fifth time — a historic event that drew appearances from comedic heavyweights like Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase — and followed that up by co-hosting “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” […]

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Paltrow’s tweet heard ’round the world

It was the tweet heard ‘round the world — at least the portion of the world that pays attention to Twitter. One weekend in early June, actress Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted a picture while onstage at Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” concert in Paris, with the caption “Ni**as in paris for real” (the asterisks […]

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CD Review: “Cadillac Records” soundtrack can’t measure up to music legends

[Music World Music/Columbia] Measuring up to music legends such as Etta James, Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry is virtually impossible. So you’ll have to forgive the soundtrack to “Cadillac Records” — the movie that chronicles Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess, who gave rise to some of the greatest blues, R& B and rock music to […]

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