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The Point Blog Archives for 2020-09

Rolling Stone Names the 500 Best Albums of All Time

On Tuesday, Rolling Stone released a list of their 500 best albums of all time. The list was voted on by musicians, critics, music industry members, and staff. Here are the top 20; the rest are found at the link.

 

  1. Marvin Gaye, What's Going On (1971)
  2. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (1966
  3. Joni Mitchell, Blue (1971)
  4. Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
  5. The Beatles, Abbey Road (1969)
  6. Nirvana, Nevermind (1991)
  7. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (1977)
  8. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (1984)
  9. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks (1975)
  10. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  11. The Beatles, Revolver (1966)
  12. Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)
  13. Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
  14. The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main St. (1972)
  15. Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  16. The Clash, London Calling (1979)
  17. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
  18. Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
  19. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
  20. Radiohead, Kid A (2000)

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Eddie Murphy Wins 1st Emmy, Dave Chapelle Wins 3 & Tells Critics to "Shut the F**k Up Forever"

On Saturday, the last night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Eddie Murphy won his first Emmy, according to E! News. 

The former SNL star won the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on the show. Murphy was a cast member from 1980 to 1984 and hosted the show on December 21, 2019. 

"I don't have an Emmy. This is 40 years since I started Saturday Night Live, this is my first Emmy, so thank you so much," said Murphy from his home. "This was a very, very special thing for me to come back and have the show turn out the way it did. I'm still floating from it," he said. 

 

Rolling Stone reports that Dave Chappelle won a trio of Emmys for his special Sticks and Stones, which was roundly panned by critics when it was released. Chappelle remembered those critics in his acceptance speech. 

 

“Boy, this comes as a complete surprise. I mean, I read all the reviews and they said so many terrible things. That they were embarrassed for me. That I lost my way and wasn’t even worth watching,” Chappelle said. “I hope all you critics learn from this. This is a teachable moment. Shut the f**k up forever," he said.

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Jon Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles Team Up Again

Jon Bon Jovi and Sugarland vocalist Jennifer Nettles have teamed up again for a country remix of his band's song "Do What You Can," according to Rolling Stone. 

“I got a feeling it will be a country Number One,” says Bon Jovi. 

Bon Jovi and Nettles already hit the top spot on the charts fourteen years ago with the song "Who Says You Can't Go Home," and he's hoping for a repeat hit. “It’s twanged up a bit with Dann Huff, the way we did ‘Who Says,’ and [Jennifer] is a powerhouse voice.” 

 

The new collab comes with a new video as well; the two singers meet in New York City while observing social distancing. By the time the song ends, Nettles dances on a rooftop and Bon Jovi sings on the desk of the USS Intrepid. 

 

The original version of "Do What You Can" was released over the summer. The song will also appear on Bon Jovi’s upcoming album 2020; that album will drop on October 2.

 

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Prince Estate Issues Unreleased Version of Funky "I Need a Man"

 

In advance of the much-anticipated Sign O' the Times boxed set, the Prince estate has dug up another gem from the late singer's vault.

The funky "I Need a Man" originates from 1981--he initially wrote it for a girl group that turned into Vanity 6--but Prince recorded this version in 1987 after he was possibly collaborating with Bonnie Raitt.

The tune is well worth the wait, as it features horns, sax and a super-funky bassline.

The Sign o' the Times box is due September 25.

 

 

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Samuel L. Jackson Promises to Teach Master Class in Swearing if Enough People Check Their Voting Status

If you're someone who doesn't vote, then Samuel L. Jackson hopes you burn in hell!

 

This week, the actor promised on Twitter to teach a master class in the art of swearing if enough fans check to make sure they're ready to vote in the 2020 election this November.

 

"Listen up. If 2,500 of you click a voting action below to make sure you’re #GoodToVote, I will teach you to swear in 15 different languages," Jackson tweeted and said in an accompanying video.

 

He also provided a link to "headcount.org/samjackson," where anyone can register to vote, double-check their registration or make a voting plan.

 

No word on whether Jackson will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to NOT VOTE!

 

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12 Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

On Wednesday, the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, announced this year's finalists for its Class of 2020.

The list includes the classic board games Sorry, Yahtzee and Risk, plus several toys that have been considered for induction before, including My Little Pony dolls and Jenga.

Three of the toys on this year's shortlist will be inducted into the institution on November 5. “These 12 toys represent the wide scope of playthings — from simple sidewalk chalk that has its roots in ancient times, to Baby Nancy, which proved a turning point in the representation of race in dolls, to the more recent, highly innovative Tamagotchi,” Toy Hall of Fame vice president Christopher Bensch said in a news release.

The three inductees will be chosen by a national selection committee that casts ballots for the winners, but the public can also weigh in on the final selection through September 16 with an online “Player’s Choice” ballot. Cast your vote here.

Below are this year's nominees:

 

  • Baby Nancy: Introduced by Shindana Toys, a company dedicated to making toys that reflect Black pride.
  • Bingo: a staple of fundraisers for churches and charities that descended from a lottery game first played in Italy around 1530.
  • Breyer Horses: collectibles produced by the Breyer Molding Co. for the past 70 years.
  • Jenga: the stacking game created by Englishwoman Leslie Scott based on wooden blocks from her childhood in Africa. The name has Swahili roots.
  • Lite-Brite: colorful plastic pegs are backlit when placed in a black background.
  • Masters of the Universe: a Mattel-produced line of action figures led by He-Man and She-Ra.
  • Risk: the war and strategy board game first published in the United States in 1959.
  • Sidewalk chalk: the medium of masterpieces, as well as generations of driveway hopscotch games.
  • Sorry: the board game that relies on cards, rather than dice, to move players’ pawns from start to home.
  • Tamagotchi: the palm-size digital pets considered a fad by some but credited with helping to shape the electronics toy market in the 1990s and early 2000s.
  • Yahtzee: the dice game that maker Hasbro estimates is played by 100 million people on a regular basis.

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