1971 represented an inflection point in Stevie Wonder ’s career. The prodigious singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist had already put out more than a dozen albums and scored nearly as many Top 10 hits. But he had been part of the famously regimented Motown system for the entirety of his career. Now that he turned 21, his contract with Berry Gordy had expired, granting Wonder new freedoms. So when he heard Zero Time , an album full of swirling, keening electronics and smeared, warped effects recorded by Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, he decided to seek out the men behind the record in New York City. The resulting partnership led to four LPs released between 1972 and 1974 — Music of My Mind , Talking Book , Innervisions , and Fulfillingness’ First Finale — that are widely viewed as Wonder’s greatest work. In addition to spawning modern standards like “Superstition” and “Don’t You Worry About a Thing,” Innervisions and … [Read more...] about Stevie Wonder Remembers Malcolm Cecil: ‘An Endless Love and Respect for His Genius’
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A wild thing happened on Monday, March 1st. The share price of Live Nation Entertainment hit an all-time high — even though the last time the concert company had hosted a full-scale live show was 12 months prior. That stock-price peak sent the market cap of the Los Angeles-headquartered Live Nation surging above $20 billion for the first time. And this happened even as the company announced that, thanks to the prolonged Covid-19 lockdown, its fourth-quarter revenues for 2020 were just a tenth of the size they were in the same quarter of 2019 (a puny $237.3 million compared to $2.89 billion, to be exact). Why does Live Nation look so powerful on Wall Street even as a pandemic cripples its core business at the knees? The company’s counterintuitive, irrepressible market cap is likely about two things: one, the steady management of the company through the crisis under veteran CEO and president Michael Rapino, and two, investors’ confidence that the world will bounce back quickly from … [Read more...] about How Will Live Nation Bounce Back From the Concertless Year?
WandaVision creator and head writer Jac Schaeffer has teased further turmoil for Wanda Maximoff going into upcoming MCU sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness . The character has had a tough time ever since her debut in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron , but unfortunately things are going to get tougher, with Schaeffer even teasing a move to villainy for The Scarlet Witch as she struggles with questions of morality. "From where I'm sitting, the intention was to land Wanda in this place of acceptance, but also with this enormous amount of new power, and we all know the saying 'With great power...' And so I also think her exchange with Agatha gives her so much confidence, she so fully steps into herself that the enormity of her power, in my mind, starts to make some normal human concerns about what's right and wrong drift away because she is this being that is so, so different." RELATED: Ash Meets Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness Joke Script Page … [Read more...] about WandaVision Creator Hints at Scarlet Witch’s Villainous Turn in Doctor Strange 2