Thursday, September 29, 2016

Almanac: September 29, 2016

  • 1907 - Gene Autrey (d. 1998)
  • 1910 - Bill Boyd (Bill Boyd & the Cowboy Ramblers) (d. 1977)
  • 1935 - Jerry Lee Lewis (81)
  • 1937 - Joe “Guitar” Hughes (d. 2003)
  • 1939 - Tommy Boyce (Boyce & Hart) (d. 1994)
  • 1942 - Jean-Luc Ponty (74)
  • 1943 - Manuel Fernandez (Los Bravos) (d. 1967)
  • 1944 - Mike Post (72)
  • 1946 - Nick Taylor (Bloodrock) (d. 2010)
  • 1946 - Ian Wallace (King Crimson) (d. 2007)
  • 1948 - Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) (68)
  • 1948 - Mike Pinera (Blues Image, Iron Butterfly) (68)
  • 1950 - Alvin Crow (Alvin Crow & the Pleasant Valley Boys) (66)
  • 1954 - Mari Wilson (62)
  • 1956 - Suzzy Roche (Roches) (60)
  • 1956 - Bob Carlisle (60)
  • 1958 - John Payne (Asia) (58)
  • 1958 - Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Birthday Party) (58)
  • 1963 - Les Claypool (Primus) (53)
  • 1965 - Iain Baker (Jesus Jones) (51)
  • 1967 - Brett Anderson (Suede) (49)
  • 1968 - Brad Smith (Blind Melon) (48)
  • 1968 - Luke Goss (Bros.) (48)
  • 1968 - Matt Goss (Bros.) (48)
  • 1968 - Alex Skolnick (Testament) (48)
  • 1973 - Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) (46)
  • 1973 - Debelah Morgan (46)
  • 1980 - Dallas Green (Alexisonfire, City and Colour) (39)
  • 1981 - Suzanne Shaw (Hear'Say) (38)
  • 1987 - Josh Farro (Paramour) (29)
  • 1992 - Paul Jabara - AIDS (44)
  • 2003 - Wesley Tuttle (85)
On This Day
  • 1956 - Rose Maddox made her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1963 - The Rolling Stones opened their first tour of the U.K. in support of Bo Diddley and the Everly Brothers.
  • 1966 - Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding meet for the first time while auditioning for Eric Burdon's New Animals in London.
  • 1967 - Mickey Hart joined the Grateful Dead.
  • 1967 - The Rolling Stones and manager Andrew Loog Oldham parted ways.
  • 1971 - Gilbert O'Sullivan made his first live appearance at Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 1976 - While celebrating his 41st birthday, Jerry Lee Lewis was shooting holes in a door and accidentally hit his bass player, Norman Owens, in the chest.
  • 1977 - James Brown's band walked out on him in Helendale, FL, charging that his pay was too low. Brown hired a different group of musicians.
  • 1991 - Metallica opened their Wherever We May Roam tour in Peoria, IL.
  • 1994 - The Pointer Sisters receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1997 - Bobby Sheehan of Blues Traveler is arrested for cocaine possession in Winnipeg, Manatoba.
  • 1999 - The Manic Street Preachers were charged for the equipment they smashed during their appearance at the T in the Park festival in Scotland.
  • 2000 - Keith Urban made his solo Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2001 - Farm Aid 2001: A Concert for America was held in Noblesville, IN with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Doobie Brothers and Martina McBride.
  • 2003 - Ozzy Osbourne said that he is writing a musical based on the life of Rasputin.
  • 2004 - Randy Travis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2006 - Weezer sued Miller Brewing alleging that the company used their image in print ads.
  • 2007 - Two of rap's greatest faced off with big releases on the same day with Kanye West's Graduation selling 957,000 copies while 50 Cent's Curtis only moved 691,000.
  • 1930 - Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee
  • 2001 - Jennifer Lopez and Chris Judd
  • 2012 - Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) and Elisa Yao
  • 2012 - Jarod Followell (Kings of Leon) and Martha Patterson
  • 2007 - Lorrie Morgan and Sammy Kershaw (filed by Morgan)
  • 1959 - Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop - Little Anthony & the Imperials
  • 1967 - I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips (single)
  • 1969 - Okie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard (single)
  • 1969 - My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy - Dolly Parton
  • 2009 - Revolution - Miranda Lambert
  • 2003 - Eve (UPN) - DMX
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1958 - It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards (6 weeks)
  • 1973 - We're an American Band - Grand Funk (1 week)
  • 1984 - Let's Go Crazy - Prince & the Revolution (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - (Can't Live Without Your) Love & Affection - Nelson (1 week)
  • 2001 - Fallin' - Alicia Keys (3 weeks (3 previous weeks at number 1))
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1962 (Mono Albums) - West Side Story - Soundtrack (3 weeks (7 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2001 - The Blueprint - Jay-Z (3 weeks)
  • 2007 - Graduation - Kanye West (1 week)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tom Petty Chosen as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year

by VVN Music

Tom Petty has been chosen by the Recording Academy as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year.

MusiCares, which was established in 1989, is one of the charity arm of the Academy, offering programs and services to members of the music community including emergency funds for basic living and medical expenses.

Petty was chosen "in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists' rights, and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll."

Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation and the Recording Academy said "Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go. His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees, and the musical community around this special event."

Petty said "I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry. I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor."

The previous honorees:
  • 1991 - David Crosby
  • 1992 - Bonnie Raitt
  • 1993 - Natalie Cole
  • 1994 - Gloria Estefan
  • 1995 - Tony Bennett
  • 1996 - Quincy Jones
  • 1997 - Phil Collins
  • 1998 - Luciano Pavarotti
  • 1999 - Stevie Wonder
  • 2000 - Elton John
  • 2001 - Paul Simon
  • 2002 - Billy Joel
  • 2003 - Bono
  • 2004 - Sting
  • 2005 - Brian Wilson
  • 2006 - James Taylor
  • 2007 - Don Henley
  • 2008 - Aretha Franklin
  • 2009 - Neil Diamond
  • 2010 - Neil Young
  • 2011 - Barbra Streisand
  • 2012 - Paul McCartney
  • 2013 - Bruce Springsteen
  • 2014 - Carole King
  • 2015 - Bob Dylan
  • 2016 - Lionel Richie
  • 2017 - Tom Petty

Tom Jones Returning to The Voice UK Along With Gavin Rossdale, Jennifer Hudson &

by VVN Music

After unceremoniously being dismissed from his coaches chair on The Voice UK last season, Tom Jones will return for the shows sixth season.

Jones had been a coach from the premier of the series in 2012 through season 4 but was replaced by Boy George for the fifth round. Tom went off on the producers of the show at the time, saying:
About The Voice UK: In good faith, as part of the team, I’d put the time in my schedule to be involved in Series 5, as I’ve done so for the last 4 years. I’ve supported the show and the BBC since the beginning. I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any kind, that I would not be returning. Having been through plenty of transformations throughout the years, I support and admire creative change. But being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships. This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing. I will always admire the courage of the performers who participate in the show, as well as all the production staff who worked tirelessly to make a great family viewing experience for the audience at home. I wish the show well.
Somehow, ITV and Jones worked things out as his name was on the coaches roster when it was announced today along with Gavin Rossdale, Jennifer Hudson and who is now the only person who has been a part of the show through all six seasons.  Jones, Rossdale and Hudson replace Paloma Faith, Boy George and Ricky Wilson.

Jones posted:
So pleased to be back on The Voice UK !

Looking forward to working with the team, my friend Will and new coaching partners Jennifer and Gavin, it’s going to be great!

Robbie Robertson Collection to Include Music From Dylan, The Band, Ronnie Hawkins, Levon & the Hawks

via Press Release

Robbie Robertson's contributions to popular music have made him one of the most renowned songwriters and guitarists of his time. In the 1960s, Robertson achieved worldwide fame and acclaim as a co-founder of The Band, laying a strong foundation for his broad range of solo work since The Band's disbandment in 1976. On November 11, UMe will release Testimony, a new anthology of 18 recordings personally curated by Robertson to accompany his new memoir of the same name, to be released November 15 by Crown Archetype. Testimony journeys across studio and live recordings spanning Robertson's storied music career, before, during and after The Band's heyday.

Testimony spotlights early 1960s recordings from Robertson and his future Band-mates' tenure with Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks (and the subsequent lineup of Levon & The Hawks); live and studio cuts by The Band; Bob Dylan recordings featuring The Band; and post-Band solo tracks, including the release debut for a new mix of Robertson's Testimony, featuring Gil Evans and his horn section, U2, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Daniel Lanois, and Ivan Neville.

With songs like The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, and It Makes No Difference, Robertson and his partners in The Band fashioned a music that has endured for decades, influencing countless musicians. In his captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, Robertson employs his unique storyteller's voice to explore the trajectory that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history. He recounts the adventures of his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and on the gritty streets of Toronto; his odyssey at 16 to the Mississippi Delta, the fountainhead of American music; the wild early years on the road with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks; his unexpected ties to the Cosa Nostra underworld; the gripping trial-by-fire "going electric" with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour, and their ensuing celebrated collaborations; the formation of The Band and the forging of their unique sound, culminating with history's most famous farewell concert, brought to life for all time in Martin Scorsese's acclaimed documentary and The Band's timeless concert album, The Last Waltz, filmed and recorded in 1976.

On the same date as Robertson's Testimony anthology release, Rhino will release four new 40th Anniversary Editions of The Band's The Last Waltz in various CD, Blu-ray, and vinyl formats. A special Collector's Edition to be released on December 9 features a leather-bound, 300-page book with a replication of Martin Scorsese's original shooting script from the film.

Robertson's Testimony book and companion album deftly complement one another to capture time and place--the moment when rock 'n' roll became life, when legends like Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley criss-crossed the circuit of clubs and roadhouses from Texas to Toronto, when The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and Andy Warhol moved through the same streets and hotel rooms. It's the story of exciting change as the world tumbled through the 1960s and early '70s and a generation came of age, built on music, love and freedom. Above all, it's the moving story of the profound friendship between five young men who together created a new kind of popular music.

Testimony is Robbie Robertson's story, lyrical and true, as only he could tell it.

The track list:
  • Testimony (Unity Mix) – Robbie Robertson
  • Bessie Smith – The Band
  • Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Bob Dylan
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down / Live At The Academy Of Music, 1971 – The Band
  • He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart) – Levon & The Hawks
  • Somewhere Down The Crazy River – Robbie Robertson
  • Life Is A Carnival / Live At The Academy Of Music, 1971 – The Band
  • It Makes No Difference – The Band
  • The Weight / Live At The Academy Of Music, 1971 – The Band
  • Out Of The Blue – The Band
  • I'm Gonna Play the Honky Tonks – Levon & The Hawks
  • Obviously 5 Believers – Bob Dylan
  • Soap Box Preacher – Robbie Robertson
  • Twilight (Song Sketch) – The Band
  • Come Love – Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
  • When The Night Was Young – Robbie Robertson
  • The Shape I'm In / Live At The Academy Of Music, 1971 – The Band
  • Unbound – Robbie Robertson

Garth Brooks Becomes the First Artist Ever to Have Seven Albums Sell 10 Million or More; More RIAA Certifications

by VVN Music

Move over Beatles, there's a new record holder in town.

Garth Brooks' album The Ultimate Hits has been certified Diamond for sales of ten million or more copies, the seventh time one of his albums has received the honor. Brooks passes the Beatles who have six and is two ahead of Led Zeppelin with five. No other artist has more than two Diamond awards.

Brooks' Diamond Award albums:
  • Double Live (21 million)
  • No Fences (17 million)
  • Ropin' the Wind (14 million)
  • Sevens (10 million)
  • The Hits (10 million)
  • Garth Brooks (10 million)
  • The Ultimate Hits (10 million)
For comparison, The Beatles' six Diamond albums:
  • The Beatles (19 million)
  • The Beatles 1967-1970 (17 million)
  • The Beatles 1962-1966 (15 million)
  • Abbey Road (12 million)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (11 million)
  • 1 (11 million)
Led Zeppelin's:
  • Led Zeppelin IV (23 million)
  • Physical Graffiti (16 million)
  • Led Zeppelin II (12 million)
  • Houses of the Holy (11 million)
  • Led Zeppelin (10 million)
The Garth Brooks certification is the biggest since the last time we looked at the RIAA awards in early-July. Other veteran artists who have received awards:

Platinum Albums (1,000,000 units per certificate)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guarldi Trio (4x's Platinum)
  • Pinkerton - Weezer
Gold Albums (500,000 units per certificate)
  • Mac & Devin Go to High School - Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifia
  • Rise - Skillet
Platinum Singles (1,000,000 units per certificate)
  • Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (4x's Platinum)
  • Young, Wild & Free - Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifia (4x's Platinum)
  • Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake (3x's Platinum)
  • You're My Best Friend - Queen
  • Humble & Kind - Tim McGraw
  • All the Way Up - Fat Joe & Remy Ma
Gold Video (50,000 units)
  • Farewell Concert - Statler Brothers

A Very Pregnant Janet Jackson Spotted in London, Ending Rumors That She is Using a Surrogate

by Newsdesk

Pregnant Janet Jackson was absolutely radiant as she shopped for baby products in London on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old That's the Way Love Goes singer confirmed she and her husband Wissam Al Mana are expecting their first child together back in May and the baby news prompted the star to suspend performances on her Unbreakable World Tour so she could focus on her expanding family.

Now, Entertainment Tonight has captured her doing just that as she shopped at a baby furniture store in London earlier this week. The photographs obtained by the outlet feature Janet, who has remained out of the spotlight since her baby announcement, in comfortable oversized clothing - but her baby bump was only slightly concealed in the baggy outfit.

Her protruding belly further dismisses all speculation she and Wissam decided to use a surrogate to expand their family, a rumor that was dismissed by her brother Tito Jackson in June.

Janet's other sibling Jermaine Jackson has previously revealed the entire family is delighted by news of the impending new addition.

"My sister Janet is my baby. She is fine but she’s having a baby," he smiled to Us Weekly weeks after her pregnancy news grabbed headlines. "A baby having a baby. We look at her like our little baby. And now she’s grown up and she’s having a baby. I’m proud to be an uncle and I can’t wait to see how this baby is going to look.

"She’ll be a great mother because she is very tough, very strict. I tell her, 'If you need any parenting skills or any baby skills, let me know because I’m the best diaper changer there is on this planet, still to this day'."

Fans Trash Richie Sambora Show in Melbourne

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Richie Sambora fans have been scathing following a performance in Melbourne for the one-time Bon Jovi guitarist.

Sambora is touring Australia with Adelaide guitarist Orianthi who also played with Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper.

Fans took to the Richie Sambora Facebook page in the dozens to rip the performance apart.

Robyn Webb wrote, “What a disappointment, maybe come on sober next time & maybe some rehearsal might be an idea. The sound was a dirge & we left early. I went to hear Richie Sambora & his amazing solo albums, leave Bon Jovi to Bon Jovi. The rehash of those songs was truly awful. A night to forget.”

According to Wesley Edwards, “The RSO logo on the back of the stage was a give away on how this show would turn out – amateur at best. That thing was designed by a year 7 design student. Pretty sure it was the Orianthi show for the most part. Very disappointing show actually worst gig I’ve been to in recent times. It’s a shame because Richie’s show at the espy 2 years ago was probably one of the best rock gigs I’ve seen”.

Haley Edwards said, “Such a disappointing show. Stick to small gigs like the Espy. Sound was terrible, the band amateur (seen a tighter band at my local pub!) Richie didn’t even sing half the words to the songs. Get off the Bonjovi train and show us your amazing solo work. Unfortunately won’t be buying tickets to see you perform again”.

A bit of what Paul Crea said was:
Dear Richie Sambora,

You’re a drunk, old, has been Rockstar and your Meatloaf type performance was a fucking train wreck!1
I’m pretty sure that your singing and guitar playing…


The sound was shit.
The lighting was shit.
You couldn’t even see half of the stage in Margaret Court Arena which is tiny!
The biting comments continued … from Jo Vermeend, “So sad, second time trying and second time disappointed. Not even so much about the show. I bought meet and greet for a reason and it wasn’t to watch your manager roll his eyes and make smart remarks about how long everyone was taking. It wasn’t to stand in lines for more time than the show went for and It wasn’t to hear your manager say people were getting illegal autographs either. He needs to remember who makes you guys rock”.

From Josie Masucci, “RSO- I’m not sure if I’m happy I only paid $55, or regret paying that! I have never witnessed RS in that state. Disappointing and heartbreaking. He will never be a frontman with dignity preforming like that. He had it good being in a structured band! Looks like he needs it! He has 3 great solo albums and not nearly enough was played! Just the one song?….Never thought is say it, Ori held that shit together.. props where it’s due!”

The Melbourne show was the second RSO show for Sambora and Orianthi after Adelaide the night before.

RSO Richie Sambora and Orianthi in Melbourne 27 September 2016

Main Set
  • Livin’ on a Prayer (Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet, 1986)
  • When Love Comes to Town (U2 cover)
  • Pride and Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan cover)
  • Heaven in This Hell (from Orianthi, Heaven In This Hell, 2013)
  • Black or White (Michael Jackson cover)
  • Lay Your Hands on Me (Bon Jovi, New Jersey, 1988)
  • How Do You Sleep? (from Orianthi, Heaven In This Hell, 2013)
  • Every Road Leads Home to You (from Aftermath of the Lowdown, 2012)
  • What’s It Gonna Be (from Orianthi, Believe, 2009)
  • I’ll Be There for You (Bon Jovi, New Jersey, 1988)
  • According To You (from Orianthi, Believe, 2009)
  • I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher cover)
  • Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet, 1986)
The tour heads to Sydney on Thursday then Brisbane on Friday.

New David Bowie Hits Collection to Be Released November 11

by VVN Music

Even though there are a number of hits collections from the great David Bowie already on the market, Legacy Recordings has decided that a new one is needed that will take Bowie from his earliest days up through his final album.

David Bowie Legacy not only includes some of the singer's best known music but also a brand new mix of his 1971 single Life on Mars? that was mixed by the song's original producer, Ken Scott.

Legacy will be released as a 20 track single CD, a 40 track double CD set and, on January 7, a 20 track double vinyl LP along with digital versions. Interestingly, the single CD set has the tracks in random order while the 2-CD set presents the songs in chronological order.

The track lists:

1 CD
  • Let's Dance (single version)
  • Ashes To Ashes (single version)
  • Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
  • Life On Mars? (2016 mix)
  • Changes
  • The Man Who Sold The World
  • Space Oddity
  • Starman (original single mix)
  • Ziggy Stardust
  • The Jean Genie (original single mix)
  • Rebel Rebel
  • Young Americans (original single edit)
  • Golden Years (single version)
  • Modern Love (single version)
  • China Girl (single version)
  • Fame
  • Sound And Vision
  • 'Heroes' (single version) 
  • Where Are We Now?
  • Lazarus (radio edit)
2 CDs

Disc 1
  • Space Oddity 
  • The Man Who Sold The World
  • Changes
  • Oh! You Pretty Things
  • Life On Mars? (2016 mix)
  • Starman (original single mix)
  • Ziggy Stardust
  • Moonage Daydream
  • The Jean Genie (original single mix) 
  • All The Young Dudes
  • Drive-In Saturday
  • Sorrow
  • Rebel Rebel
  • Young Americans (original single edit)
  • Fame
  • Golden Years (single version)
  • Sound And Vision
  • 'Heroes' (single version)
  • Boys Keep Swinging
  • Fashion (single version)
  • Ashes To Ashes (single version)
Disc 2
  • Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
  • Let's Dance (single version)
  • China Girl (single version) 
  • Modern Love (single version)
  • Blue Jean
  • This Is Not America - with The Pat Metheny Group 
  • Dancing In The Street - David Bowie & Mick Jagger
  • Absolute Beginners (edit)
  • Jump They Say (radio edit)
  • Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) - with The Pet Shop Boys
  • Little Wonder (edit) 
  • I'm Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit)
  • Thursday's Child (radio edit) 
  • Slow Burn (radio edit) 
  • Everyone Says 'Hi' (edit)
  • New Killer Star (radio edit) 
  • Where Are We Now? 
  • Lazarus (radio edit) 
  • I Can't Give Everything Away (radio edit) 
2 LPs
  • Side 1
    • Let's Dance (single version)
    • Ashes To Ashes (single version)
    • Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie
    • Life On Mars? (2016 mix)
    • Changes 
  • Side 2
    • Oh! You Pretty Things
    • Space Oddity
    • Starman (original single mix)
    • Ziggy Stardust 
    • The Jean Genie (original single mix) 
  • Side 3
    • Rebel Rebel 
    • Young Americans (Original Single Edit) 
    • Golden Years (single version)
    • Modern Love (single version) 
    • China Girl (single version)
  • Side 4
    • Fame
    • Sound And Vision
    • 'Heroes' (single version)
    • Where Are We Now?
    • Lazarus (radio edit)

Mary J. Blige Criticized For Hillary Clinton Interview, Fires Back

by Newsdesk

Mary J. Blige's chat show career hasn't started well - an awkward new interview clip with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has earned her a large group of Internet critics.

Apple bosses posted a teaser for the chat the musician had with the former First Lady as part of her The 411 With Mary J. Blige show online on Tuesday, a day after Clinton took on rival presidential candidate Donald Trump in their first debate.

The "interview special" will air in full on Apple Music Friday, and critics are already mocking the Family Affair singer after watching the trailer, during which Mary's "intimate conversation" with Hillary tackles race.

The R&B icon actually sings one of her questions to an embarrassed Hillary, who doesn't seem to know where to look.

Blige crooned: "If an officer stops you always be polite, and never ever run away. Promise momma you’ll keep your hands inside. Is it a gun? Is it a knife? Is it a wallet? This is your life. It ain’t no secret. It ain’t no secret, no secret my friend. You can get killed just for living in your American skin."

Twitter users quickly lashed out against the clip after it debuted, with one Apple follower stating: "If Trump wins it's absolutely Mary J Blige's fault", while another added: "mary j blige gotta moderate the next debate. HAS TO."

Blige fired back at her critics on Twitter, writing, "EVERYBODY SHUT THE F**K UP!!!!!!" followed by a megaphone emoji and the hashtags, "#takethat #Haters #crabinabarrel #simpleminded #411."

However, she proved she wasn't afraid to poke fun at herself by sharing a parody video of her chat on Twitter too. The parody has been edited with a voiceover by Gary with da' Tea, who says what he thinks Clinton is thinking during Mary's song.

For example, he says, "Is she trying to be shady or not?" and "Oh my God, she's grabbing my hand..."

Meanwhile, Mary has far more important personal matters to attend to after filing new legal documents urging the judge overseeing her divorce from estranged husband Kendu Isaacs to sign off on her pre-nuptial agreement, so she can make sure it's iron-clad, leaving the music executive no room to cash in on her fortune.

Isaacs' lawyer insists that the contract, drawn up in December, 2003, is "immensely invalid, unenforceable and unconscionable".

Mary filed for divorce in July and she has already asked the judge to block Isaacs' bid for spousal support, according to TMZ.

Watch: Preview For the Netflix Concert Film "Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids"

by VVN Music

As if movies, TV series, talk shows and comedy specials weren't enough, Netflix is about to try their hand at original concert films.

On October 12, the service will premier Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids but this isn't just any concert film. This is another in a longs series of such documentaries as shot by acclaimed director Jonathan Demme whose films not only include The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, but also the films Stop Making Sense with the Talking Heads and Heart of Gold, Trunk Show and Journeys with Neil Young.

Here is the first trailer for the special: