Dionne Warwick On Her May 9th Livestream Event Via Mandolin, Becoming “The Queen Of Twitter,” MJF, Luther Vandross & More – The Hype Magazine


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Published on April 20th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

Back in 2019, legendary GRAMMY Award winner Dionne Warwick released her first new album in 5 years, She’s Back. Produced by her son Damon Elliot, She’s Back was released via Elliot’s label Kind Music in conjuction with Entertainment One (also known as “eOne”). The lead-off single was an updated version of Bacharach/David’s “What The World Needs Now,” which she recorded in the 1960s.

In addition to 10 tracks of new songs, as well of remakes of pop/soul gems, She’s Back was packaged with a (remastered) bonus disc of Ms. Warwick’s 1998 album, Dionne Sings Dionne. She’s Back included duets with Kenny Lattimore (“What Color Is Love”), Musiq Soulchild (“Am I Dreaming?”), and Bone, Thugs & Harmony co-founder Krayzie Bone (“Déjà Vu”). She’s Back was ultimately Ms. Warwick’s 36th full-length studio recording, and her first dedicated R&B/soul album in 50 years.

She’s Back is only 1 thing which has kept Ms. Warwick busy in recent years. 2019 also brought the release of Dionne Warwick & The Voices of Christmas via BMG, which included collaborations with Andra Day, Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, Aloe Blacc and Jason Scheff. Albums aside, many have begun calling Warwick “the Queen of Twitter,” based on her hands-on approach to managing her social media and directly interacting with Twitter followers. Also on the tech end, she performed her first ever livestream-based concert last month, and will be doing another on May 9, 2021 via Mandolin.

On April 20, 2021, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dionne Warwick for a second time, as embedded below. We not only about her May 9th livestream event and She’s Back, but also technology, performance, Luther Vandross and her recent Twitter beef — if you want to call it that — with AEW star Maxwell Jacob Friedman. More on Warwick can be found here, here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren’s writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being “Editor At Large” for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018’s “Pocket Change: Your Happy Money” (Book Web Publishing) and 2019’s “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling” (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.






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