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9/18/18

Album Review: Carrie Underwood Straddles Perfection On 'Cry Pretty'

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It took thirteen years, but Carrie Underwood is finally on the verge of the artistic breakthrough that we have been waiting for since her career began with her ‘American Idol’ victory in 2005.

On her sixth studio album, ‘Cry Pretty’, her first release in three years, the 35-year-old superstar took some bold chances starting with her decision to leave her longtime label Arista Nashville after 5 platinum or multi-platinum studio albums (plus a platinum hits compilation), 7 Grammy Awards and 26 chart-toppers in search of a bigger global push.

It is hard to imagine the woman who has basically ruled the genre for more than a decade potentially expanding her reach, but that seems to be the goal and with the freedom provided by her new label, Universal Music Group Nashville, she taps into herself in a way that she never has before by writing 9 of the album’s 13 tracks and co-producing the project with David Garcia ("Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line).

“I’m sorry, but I am just a girl. Not usually the kind to show my heart to the world”, she sings on the resilient title track that sees her acknowledging that she has held her cards close to her vest - a pretty accurate description of a catalog that has mostly been told in third person.

This time around there is more “I” and “we” than “he” or “she”, and because of that there is an emotional connection present that has often evaded her music. Whether she is getting over an ex by listening to the country greats of yesterday (“Ghosts on the Stereo”), reminiscing on old escapades (“That Song That We Used To Make Love Too”), making love in the backseat (“End Up With You”) or sipping on two-for-one margaritas (“Southbound”), it is all experimental and most importantly, it is all her.

However, the real magic happens when she teams with co-producer Garcia and her go-to-girl Hillary Lindsey, who has been a main fixture in her writing credits since her Grammy-winning debut “Jesus, Take the Wheel”. Aside from penning “Backsliding”, the Sam Hunt-tinged stunner about an impromptu rendezvous with an ex, the trio also craft the striking beautiful “Low” and the tear-jerking “Spinning Bottles”.

The latter is piano-laced cut about the downfalls of alcoholism (“He’d quit if he could.”), while the former is building heartbreaker that unfolds gorgeously (“Like a cigarette without a light.”) and features a dynamic vocal performance that starts subtle and ends with palpable force. Underwood has long been the best singer in country music and the most consistent in any genre of music, and the unparalleled range that is shown here and on the soulful “Drinking Alone”, only reinforces her prowess as a vocalist.

The riskiest (and bravest) moments form with two songs about gun violence. True to form, she tries her hardest to enlighten and not offend, but it’s a controversial issue regardless of what side of the political aisle you are on and she deserves credit for going anywhere near a subject that her peers have answered with silence.

Co-written with Garcia and Brett James, “Love Wins” begins with a stray bullet that leaves a mother in tears and builds into a romping celebration of love that is at times cliché, but always effective. She openly embraces love over hate by celebrating the differences that make us “sisters and brothers”, while simultaneously acknowledging the current state of the world (“Politics and prejudice, how the hell’d it ever come to this?”).

The impact is felt, and it only gets stronger with “The Bullet”, a sweeping tale about the unstoppable damage and sting that a single bullet has through several generations, long after it has been fired. Still, none of those moments feels as authentically real for Carrie Underwood (the person, not the persona) as “Kingdom”, the closing track that sees her singing about the highs and lows of a family that is “perfectly imperfect”.

Final Verdict

‘Cry Pretty’ is brave, emotional, vulnerable, soulful, experimental and unshakably real, and although you can tell that Underwood hasn’t completely let her guard down, she pivots into new directions with pop and R&B influences and is more open than she has ever been.

By the end of the twelve tracks (thirteen with the Ludacris-assisted bonus “The Champion”), the picture is still pretty perfect, but you can finally see some cracks and as a listener, you only hope that she continues to expand and lift the veil on the struggles of real life.


OUT OF 5

Celebrity Bug’s Key Tracks
“Low”
“Backsliding”
“That Song That We Used To Make Love To”
“Spinning Bottles”
“Kingdom”
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9/17/18

2018 Epitome Of Television Awards: Full List Of Winners

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We are about an hour away from the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, but before all of the winners are revealed, the winners of the 2018 Epitome of Television Awards are here.

Honoring outstanding achievement in television, the complete list of winners see the top three performers in each category bestowed with first, second and third place labels.

2018 EPITOME OF FILM AWARDS : WINNERS

Outstanding Drama Series
1st: The Handmaid's Tale
2nd: The Americans
3rd: The Crown

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama
1st: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
2nd: Matthew Rhys, The Americans
3rd: Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama
1st: Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
2nd: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
3rd: Keri Russell, The Americans

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama
1st: Matt Smith, The Crown
2nd: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones
3rd: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Drama
1st: Thandie Newton, Westworld
2nd: Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
3rd: Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Comedy Series
1st: Atlanta
2nd: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
3rd: Barry

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy
1st: Donald Glover, Atlanta
2nd: Bill Hader, Barry
3rd: William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy
1st: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
2nd: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
3rd: Allison Janney, Mom

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Comedy
1st: Henry Winkler, Barry
2nd: Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
3rd: Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Comedy
1st: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
2nd: Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
3rd: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Limited Series
1st: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
2nd: Patrick Melrose
3rd: Godless

Outstanding Television Movie
1st: Black Mirror: USS Callister
2nd: The Tale
3rd: Fahrenheit 451

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series or Television Movie
1st: Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
2nd: John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
3rd: Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series or Television Movie
1st: Laura Dern, The Tale
2nd: Regina King, Seven Seconds
3rd: Michelle Dockery, Godless

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Limited Series or Television Movie
1st: Edgar Ramirez, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
2nd: Jeff Daniels, Godless
3rd: Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Limited Series or Television Movie
1st: Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
2nd: Letitia Wright, Black Mirror: Black Museum
3rd: Penélope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Outstanding Host
1st: RuPaul Charles, RuPaul's Drag Race
2nd: Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game of Games
3rd: Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Outstanding Reality Program
1st: RuPaul's Drag Race
2nd: The Voice
3rd: The Amazing Race

Outstanding Talk Series
1st: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2nd: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
3rd: The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Outstanding Special or Documentary
1st: Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018
2nd: The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special
3rd: Dave Chappelle: Equanimity

Outstanding Annual or Unique Class Program
1st: Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
2nd: 70th Tony Awards
3rd: 60th Grammy Awards
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9/15/18

2018 Epitome Of Television Awards: Full List Of Nominations

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The nominations for the 2018 Epitome of Television Awards, which honors outstanding achievements in television, are finally in and 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' lead the field with 6 nominations, followed by 'Game of Thrones' and 'This Is Us' with 5 nominations.

Sterling K. Brown, Kit Harington, Matthew Rhys, Milo Ventimiglia and Jeffrey Wright are the five nominees competing for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama, while Claire Foy, Mandy Moore, Elisabeth Moss, Sandra Oh and Keri Russell will vie against each other in the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama category. Peep the nominees below:

2018 EPITOME OF TELEVISION AWARDS : NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Drama Series
The Americans
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid's Tale
This Is Us
Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama
Claire Foy, The Crown
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Keri Russell, The Americans

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
Justin Hartley, This Is Us
Matt Smith, The Crown

Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Drama
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid's Tale
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Comedy Series
Atlanta
Barry
Black-ish
Glow
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney, Mom
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Comedy
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry

Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Comedy
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

Outstanding Limited Series
American Horror Story: Cult
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

Outstanding Television Movie
Black Mirror: USS Callister
Fahrenheit 451
Flint
Paterno
The Tale

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series or Television Movie
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror: USS Callister

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series or Television Movie
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Cult

Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Limited Series or Television Movie
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
John Leguizamo, Waco
Ricky Martin, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Edgar Ramirez, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Limited Series or Television Movie
Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
Penélope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Merritt Wever, Godless
Letitia Wright, Black Mirror: Black Museum

Outstanding Host
W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul's Drag Race
Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen’s Game of Games
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Outstanding Reality Program
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Project Runway
RuPaul's Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Talk Series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Special or Documentary
American Masters
The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special
Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018
Dave Chappelle: Equanimity
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Presents: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It's Complicated)

Outstanding Annual or Unique Class Program
The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards
60th Grammy Awards
Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert
The Oscars
70th Tony Awards

The winners for the third annual awards will be announced on Sunday, September 16th.
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9/14/18

Video: Carrie Underwood - 'Love Wins'

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Country superstar Carrie Underwood promotes love and unity in the Shane Drake-directed music video for "Love Wins", the official second single from her new 'Cry Pretty' album, which hits stores tomorrow on September 14th. Watch the colorful treat beneath:


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Featured Artist: Tamia

9/14/2018 0


R&B treasure Tamia released her newest album 'Passion Like Fire' last week and now, she earns the honor of becoming Featured Artist of the Month for September.

The album is preceded by the singles "Leave It Smokin" and in support of the project, she will embark on the 'Passion Like Fire Tour', which will launch on September 18th.



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8/23/18

Video: Drake - 'In My Feelings'

8/23/2018 0


Riding high for the sixth consecutive week on the Billboard Hot 100, Drake quickly issued a fun-filled video for "In My Feelings" after the challenged caught fire on social media and he brought a string of high-profiled guests along for the ride. Watch it beneath:


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