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With warm weather approaching, it seems that weddings are going to be on the rise before Labor Day Weekend.
As many prepare to attend or be in a wedding, the impending season will be full of anxiety, excitement, great food and cherished moments to be had by all. For those who are the lucky bride and groom, you’ll have the hard part of memorizing vows, and making sure you don’t sweat out your tux and gown.
But those in the audience, well, you’re in for a treat, as you’ll have the honor of watching the couple’s first dance as newlyweds. Traditionally, the first dance is the most moving part of the wedding ceremony going into the reception. It is the moment where everyone—friends, family, whoever—all fade away and the spotlight focuses on the bride and groom. As someone who is close to either party (or just one creepy lurker), you get to see just how close and intimate the love between two souls is simply by the way they hold each other to the pulsating beat.
With wedding season soon in full swing, and everyone from your co-worker to your third cousin eagerly waiting to say “I do” to their significant other, MadameNoire highlights the top 15 weddings songs in no particular order your betrothed pals could play for their first dance.
Hear all the tracks in the list below, and share your own suggestions for the first dance song you want to hear at your next wedding.
If you’re anything like me, you probably gathered that the story Boyz II Men told about their bass, Michael McCary, being too sick to tour or perform with them was a bit of a half truth.
We always knew there was something missing with this story, though for years, perhaps even a decade, it was one the three remaining members of the group, Shawn, Nathan and Wanya, were committed to telling.
Recently, the three men sat down with Marc Lamont Hill during a Huffington Post Live segment. During which they told another story, one a bit closer to the truth.
Shawn Stockman said, “Let’s start from the beginning. Mike was kind of always an odd guy in a sense. He was in the group. Obviously, he was a freak of nature vocally. There’s nobody that we’ve encountered outside of Melvin [Franklin] from The Temptations that actually spoke the way that he sang. Like, he was a true bass. You got guys that act like basses and sing like basses but aren’t basses. We put him in the group and I think Mike enjoyed it but not as much as we did. It wasn’t in his heart.”
Marc Lammont Hill: Which part, the fame? The Grammy nominations?
Nathan: I think he enjoyed the wrong parts. He didn’t want the rehearsal parts.
Nathan: He didn’t want the dance rehearsal. Every now and then he’d want to do some of the studio stuff. But he enjoyed the fame and everything else that we enjoyed. But I mean like Shawn said, it seemed like he kind of gave up when things didn’t go well. It was great when everything was fine because you can make mistakes and nobody cares. But when you put out records and nobody buys them and your career takes a dip. The heart of the group was these three that kept it going because he was just off on his own thing. Some gigs he didn’t show up. He wouldn’t come to rehearsal. Some records he wasn’t on. When it was bad, he wasn’t there and that’s when we really needed him the most.
Shawn: And then on top of that he back issues that took him out even more psychologically. He had really bad scoliosis.
Marc: Does that really stop you from performing if you want to?
Shawn: It doesn’t but when you’re really not into it wholeheartedly, the physical thing kind of just augments it.
Marc: He said he was coming back, I remember he made an announcement. Then he said there were negotiations, contractual issues that didn’t go right…
Nathan: Here’s the deal, make it really simple. He had been gone for nine years at that point.
Nathan: …and we were doing our 20th anniversary album and we thought it would make sense to bring him back. Our fans deserved that for 20 years to try to do that. I gave him a call, he was interested. We came back, brought him out to a couple of shows, we hung out, talked about it. Now, we never did this type of contractual stuff with him because he was in our group for years ago. But because he left us hanging so many times, we had to cover what we had been doing the last nine years he wasn’t there. Like, ‘Yo, you just can’t run out one day and don’t show up.’ So we had to draw up some type of contractual agreement to make sure he was going to be there for everything and he was cool about it.
And here’s the other thing, he was gone for nine years. You can’t just come back in and be a full fourth member, even financially, of the group. You kind of have to work yourself back into it. We didn’t put you out, you left. So we set it up for him to come back in and get back with us and grow, the whole nine. And one day, a switch went off in his head and he gave us the call about ‘This album’s going to be the biggest thing since sliced bread. And I’m a full fourth member of the group and I need to be…’ And we were like ok cool, we’ll call you right back and we just went on with the record because it just didn’t make sense. It was very unfair to be gone that long and just feel like you can just come in and be in that slot. It’s unfair to not just us but it’s unfair to our fan base that have been there when we were down and you weren’t even there.
To Mike’s defense, I think what happened was he left when the group was at a high and he came back when the group was coming back up again. So he never experienced the down times. So when he came back, his mentality was ‘We’re back on the road again.’ He wasn’t with us when it wasn’t working. So you’ve got to feel where we come from. He never got a chance to feel that.
Marc Lamont Hill: Any chance of a reconciliation?
Shawn: There’s always a chance. We experienced that with Mike, so his slot will always be open, for him. He has to go about things correctly, in order for it to happen.
Nathan: If we could be a four like we were, the way we are right now, we’d take it. But that’s the only way we’re going to take it.
Glad they finally told the real deal.
Would you like Mike to come back to the group? Do you think they can make it work?
You can watch their entire interview, in the video below.
What’s better than a musical powerhouse taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans? Two musical powerhouses taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans. It is all too rare an occurrence that singers join forces for an epic concert experience for the fans that adore them. But the union of Mr. and Mrs. Carter “On the Run” together has given us renewed hope that there are years of superstar-duo tours in our future. Here are the musical duets we would love to see.
Sometimes a director will create a music video so raw and emotional we can’t help but think “darn you” as we reach for tissues and wipe away tears after a three-to-five minute emotional roller coaster of a video. That’s precisely the reaction we had when it comes to the items in this list. Here are 15 of the saddest music videos ever made.
Aaron Hall – “I Miss You”
Aaron Hall first started out with the group Guy, but after Teddy Riley decided to take his New Jack Swing to Blackstreet, Hall forged on with a solo career. His biggest hit by himself is the tender love song “I Miss You.” In the video, Hall is over the moon that his lady is expecting his child He showers her with love and affection but his world is turned upside down when she starts having complications from the pregnancy. He ruses her to the hospital but it’s too late.
Although they may have started out as a cohesive group, fame, fortune and/or conflict drove a wedge within these musical acts and they were forced to carry on the torch after losing a member.
Boys II Men
Four young men in matching sweater vests and striped ties from the city of brotherly love emerged on the music scene bringing back that old Motown sound of acapella harmonies and emotional ballads in the ’90s. Co-signed by New Edition’s Michael Bivins, Boyz II Men dominated the R&B airwaves with their hits “I’ll make Love To You,” “Water Runs Dry” and “End of The Road,” which stayed at the number one spot on the Billboard charts for 13 straight weeks, breaking the record previously held by Elvis Presley. Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockton, Wanya Morris and Michael McCary would record six albums together until McCary left the group in 2003 due to his battle with scoliosis. After a brief hiatus, the three remaining members re-emerged on an independent label and continued to release more music but never reached their previous height of success. McCary tried to rejoin the group in 2011 for their 20th anniversary but negotiations broke down. Boyz II Men went on the road with boy bands New Kids On The Block and 98 Degrees as part of The Package Tour in 2013.
Do you long for the days of “No Diggity” and “Independent Women”? So do we. While we love the sweet sounds of today’s best R&B, there is definitely a part of us that longs for our favorites ’80s, ’90s and 2000s jams. In the spirit of nostalgia, we’re taking a look at the 14 musical groups that we wish would make a surge back into relevance in 2013 … or the not so distant future.
We all love music for the feelings it evokes within us but sometimes singers and songwriters get just a little too desperate with the baby, baby, please begging and pleading for somebody’s love and affection. We’ve put these 15 songs in that category, but hey, like the Temptations say, these singers right here simply “ain’t too proud to beg.”
On Bended Knee
Obviously you’re not really begging for someone to stay until you’re down on bended knee begging. At least that’s the bar Boyz II Men set with one of the best – and thirstiest – joints of the 90’s.
There was a time when Motown Records owned and ran the music scene. You couldn’t turn on a radio without hearing the collaborative harmonies of The Temptations or the fabulosity of Diana Ross. These artists made you shake your hips and groove before it was even acceptable. You’ll also be surprised that some of these artists weren’t even conceived when the famous record company was at its height. Check out the 15 best artists in Motown’s history!
He had good looks, sex appeal and music that made you think and want to make love all at the same time. With hits like “What’s Going On?” and “Sexual Healing,” Mr. Gaye helped Motown remain at the top.
Well, there’s something to be said for innovation, right?
Russian President Vladimir Putin is hoping that a few love songs will boost the country’s population starting Valentine’s Day. He’s called on legendary group Boz II Men to put on a show for all the lovers (or perhaps, soon-to-be lovers) out there.
According to The Daily News, a concert will be held on February 6th featuring the trio and President Putin is apparently confident that the love songs will lead people to go forth and prosper, if you will.
While no one is sure how he got in touch with the group, he clearly piqued their interest. The group are putting their rehearsals for their Las Vegas residency and tour with New Kids On The Block and 98 Degrees on hold while they practice and head to Europe for the show.
This isn’t the first time President Putin has taken drastic measures to boost the fertility rate. In 2007, he announced a program that gave women $9,000 for having another child. According to The Daily News, it worked out pretty good.
Honestly, this whole thing sound a bit silly but he’s doing what he feels is necessary for his country.
What love song(s) gets you in the mood?
Many stars dream of having a Las Vegas run. Boyz II Men have achieved it. They have just announced a deal to perform weekend shows at the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage starting March 1. Tickets, which are on sale now, start at $40. It’s not a full-residence gig like Celine Dion, but they have signed on for a healthy number of shows. The Grammy-winning 1990s R&B trio will perform 78 weekend shows through the end of the year, reports The Grio.
“Vegas residencies are usually reserved for seasoned or veteran artists; legacy artists. Boyz II Men have been around 20 years now. They are a bit younger than most of the entertainers who do Vegas residencies,” explains David Mitchell, publisher of music industry trade publication Amalgamation. The group’s broad appeal — across demographics, genre, and even families, is their biggest asset. “They would attract thirty-somethings who grew up on their music, and that audience is prime target for Vegas shows and nightlife. The cool thing about Boyz II Men is they have a string of pop crossover hits so their appeal will be across age and racial lines. They can appeal to the entire family. And not every group from the ´90s era can replicate this move.”
Some artists turn to Vegas to revive their careers. Toni Braxton is a case in point. After her half-year Vegas residency at the Flamingo, which was interrupted due to her health problems, the singer was back into the spotlight. She went on to snag a reality show and become a media attraction — financial drama aside. There aren’t many opportunities for artists without current hits and Vegas gives them an option.
“Opportunities in the music industry aren’t what they once were, especially in the States, so a Vegas residency isn’t necessarily a bad thing,” Mitchell tells us in an email.
Vegas can also give bigger-name acts a chance to do more extravagant stage shows. It’s costly to take shows with special effects on the road, but if done in Vegas at one location, the costs are kept in check. “A Vegas move could place Boyz II Men in a position to create more spectacle since they are in one place night to night. I would think an Usher or Beyonce tour, featuring all of the stage effects, could be a cost benefit from being in one place nightly,” Mitchell points out.
It’s also a big pay day for major acts. Celine Dion’s first five-year residency in Vegas from 2002 to 2007 was a multi-million dollar deal. She performed her “A New Day…” show for more than three million fans and the series of shows grossed more than $400 million, reports Ace Showbiz. Dion re-upped in 2010 — again for a multi-million-dollar contract — for a three-year run at the Caesars Palace theater, which was originally built for her concerts.
But there can be some downside to playing in Vegas. Braxton says her financial troubles started with her stint in the city. According to TMZ.com, “[W]hen Toni’s heart condition started to act up — in the middle of the show’s run — she had to pull the plug, but she was still on the hook to the hotel for big bucks.” The singer expected her insurance policy to cover the bill, but reports TMZ, the company claimed “Toni had an undisclosed, preexisting medical condition, rendering the policy void.”
Braxton’s case is unique, but Mitchell says there are other downsides to a long-term Vegas gig. “Some critics think once you’ve done Vegas, you’re old. I think that notion is changing, especially since seeing an artist like Toni Braxton leading the same path.”
And for big name acts, they “miss a large part of your audience by not touring. Not everyone is going to make a pilgrimage to Vegas,” he adds.
Would you go see Boyz II Men in Vegas?