Pharrell, Beyoncé Lead in MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

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2014, just like 2013, continues to be the year ofPharrell. AndBeyonc.

MTV just announced its Video Music Awards nominations and the hat-wearing singer and the mother to Blue Ivy have taken the lead.

Pharrell is up for Video of the Year and Best Pop Video for “Happy” and has two nominations in Best Male Video for “Happy” and “Sing,”Ed Sheeran‘s song on whichhe’s featured.

Meanwhile, Beyonc scored a monster eight nominations, including Video of the Year for “Drunk in Love,” Best Choreography and Female Video for “Partition” and Best Video With a Social Message for “Pretty Hurts.”

The other video of the year nominees includeIggy AzaleaandCharli XCX’s”Fancy,”Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” and “Chandelier” bySia.

Iggy Azalea also earned two noms in the Best Pop Video categoryfor “Fancy” andAriana Grande’s”Problem.” Though odds are in her favor…

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Word Crimes by “Weird Al” Yankovic

I just saw this Weird Al video for “Word Crimes,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s megahit, “Blurred Lines,” and it had made laughing like crazy! Al copied nearly everything from Robin’s falsetto to T.I.’s rap bit. Check it out!

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Country Dan Collins

Of all of the musicians whom I have met at my open mic nights over the years, one of the most influential and humourous has been Winston-Salem’s very own Country Dan Collins. Aside from his duties as a sportswriter for the Winston-Salem Journal, he writes music that contains themes ranging from sports to politics, and his baritone voice is one of the most powerful that I have ever heard. Dan even gave me the nickname, the Thomasville Troubadour, at one of the open mic nights at the Garage in 2007 because I lived in Thomasville, and I performed at open mic nights at almost every opportunity I sought.

Check out Dan’s videos at, including this one which is titled Gospel Of V Foundation, in memory of the late NC State University basketball coach Jim Valvano.

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’90s R&B star faces murder charges in wife’s death


How sad. I loved Hi-Five’s music, and I Like The Way and I Can’t Wait Another Minute were among my favourites. It’s a shame how one of the group’s former members is finding himself on the wrong side of the law like this.

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HOUSTON – Former Hi-Five R&B singer Russell Neal is in custody after turning himself in to police on July 2, saying his wife was dead in their Houston apartment.

After Houston Fire Department paramedics forced entry into the apartment, they pronounced Catherine Martinez, 24, dead of multiple stab wounds and blunt force head trauma.

Officer Richard Ridel of Houston Police Department’s homicide unit initially questioned Neal, 40, when he turned himself in at the station. According to Ridel, after Neal was read his Miranda rights, he refused to provide further statements without a lawyer present. Neal did, however, say he and his wife had been in an argument before her death.

Police don’t know if Neal and Martinez’s two sons, ages 3 and 4, were at the scene of their mother’s killing. The children are now in the care of Neal’s mother.

Officers say they will interview the couple’s family and…

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Happy 4th!


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Happy Birthday, America!

At this time, I want to wish my fellow Americans a very happy, safe, and blessed 4th of July holiday weekend.

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The Graveyard Shift Radio Show

I just got through listening to the Graveyard Shift Radio Show on the TuneIn app. This is a radio show that plays hip hop music, and it airs every Saturday night from 10pm until midnight on WSCA-FM in Portsmouth, NH. The show can also be streamed online at I’m not really a huge fan of hip hop, but I’ve listened to the Graveyard Shift a few times, and it featured some pretty good music, including old school rap from the 80s and early 90s which I prefer over most of the newer hip hop.

I actually live in North Carolina, but I’ve heard of the Graveyard Shift Radio Show through a dear friend who lives in Portsmouth.

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