West: I am the ‘voice of this generation'
Kanye West is to music what Michael Jordan was to basketball – at least that's what West thinks, in his humble estimation.
“I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice,” he said in an interview. “It's me settling into that position of just really accepting that it's one thing to say you want to do it and it's another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan.”
The Grammy-winning rapper-producer said Justin Timberlake had a chance to be music's MVP but hasn't put out enough material. (Timberlake's last album was in 2006, while West released a CD last year and is releasing his latest, “808s and Heartbreak,” on Nov. 24.)
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“There were people who had the potential to do it but they went on vacation, so when Justin went on vacation I made albums,” said West, 31. “And it just came out to be that.”
Rolling Stone: Franklin is No. 1
Remember when Aretha Franklin got upset because Beyonce referred to Tina Turner as a “queen” of music, too? Maybe it was more than just pride or jealousy behind her hissy fit, at least if you go by what Rolling Stone is saying.
The music magazine says Franklin is No. 1 on its list of the top 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, as chosen by a group of musicians, music writers and music industry insiders. Coming in second is Ray Charles, followed by Elvis Presley and Sam Cooke.
No. 5 is John Lennon. Others making the top 10 include Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and James Brown. And bringing up the rear on the list at No. 100: Mary J. Blige. Associated Press
New shows on chopping block?
Question: What may actors Christian Slater and Brooke Shields soon have in common? Answer: unemployment. The skinny on Entertainment Weekly's Web site Thursday was that NBC plans to cancel Slater's show “My Own Worst Enemy” and Shields' “Lipstick Jungle.” Philadelphia Inquirer
Goldberg to produce musical
Whoopi Goldberg is getting in the act again with “Sister Act.” The performer will produce but not star in a London stage version of her hit 1992 movie about an on-the-lam singer who hides out in a convent. The musical will open June 2, 2009, at the London Palladium, with preview performances beginning May 6. Associated Press
‘Pregnant man' expecting again
Leave it to Barbara Walters to ferret out all the real news. Walters, talking on “The View” about her TV special “What Is a Man, What Is a Woman?,” revealed Thursday that “pregnant man” Thomas Beatie is expecting again. Beatie was born female but underwent sex-change surgery in order to wed his partner, Nancy, legally. He's in his first trimester and fesses up to Walters that after his daughter Susan's birth in July, he purposely did not “resume taking testosterone … so he could have another baby,” the People magazine Web site reports. The baby's due in June. Philadelphia Inquirer
Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 86. Writer P.J. O'Rourke, 61. Zydeco singer-musician Buckwheat Zydeco, 61. Britain's Prince Charles, 60. Pianist Yanni, 54. Actress Laura San Giacomo, 47. Actor D.B. Sweeney, 47. Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC), 44. Actor Patrick Warburton, 44. Actor Josh Duhamel, 36. Rock musician Travis Barker, 33. Actress Olga Kurylenko, 29.
This day in history Nov. 14
1970: A chartered Southern Airways DC9 crashed while trying to land in Huntington, W.Va., killing all 75 on board, including the Marshall University football team and its coaching staff.