March 25th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Web Pulse: KC and the Sunshine band, Xtina, Johnny Maestro

Christina Aguilera's new album Bionic will be released June 8.

Christina Aguilera - Christina Aguilera's public relations team really knows how to drum up support. Her Web site has been littered with countdowns over the past few days, causing the public to speculate we'd get to hear long-awaited new song. But it's been drip, drip, drip, according to her fans, myself included, with little payoff. Her first countdown just gave us the name of her song. Then there was a new countdown - the song surely. Nope, just the lyrics. New countdown - the song again, right? Nope. The announcement of her album Bionic, which most people already knew about, and a placeholder for a video that will show up on Friday.

I'm all for building up hype (see: Lady Gaga and the Telephone video lead-up) but only when there's a payoff. Because I miss her brilliant vocals on the airwaves, I'm willing to forgive - for now. Here's hoping Christina and her single, in the words of Randy Jackson, will "blow it out the box."

KC and the Sunshine Band - Richard R. Finch, co-founder of the band, has been arrested after he admitted he had sex with teenage boys. Lots of chatter on the Web surrounding the news and the band that made popular songs such as "Get Down Tonight" and "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty."

Cornell and Kentucky - It's the biggest match-up of the day, and one of the most unlikely. If you happen to have this match in your bracket, consider yourself one of the very lucky ones. After knocking off big dog Wisconsin, Cornell gets its hand on the #1 seeded Kentucky Wildcats. It'll be a tough challenge for Cornell in the Sweet Sixteen, but if they can pull off the upset and make it into the Elite Eight, boy, what a Sweet victory it will be.

Johnny Maestro - The singer, known for his performance of the 1958 doo-wop hit "16 Candles" with The Crests, died of cancer at the age of 70, according to the AP. Maestro also worked for decades with group The Brooklyn Bridge.

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  1. Maureen Rath

    There will never be another performer as great as Johnny Maestro who continued to stay as strong a singer as when he first started out. One of our oldies Icons has left this world but is now singing in heaven and boy, what a vocal group that must be. We love you and will miss you.

    "All my tears, MO"

    March 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Linda Pilla

    Johnny "will Never Walk Alone" for he will remember in the hearts of his fans forever...The world has lost a tremendously talented performer who will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to his family and his extended family (Les, Lou and the Brooklyn Bridge). I had the pleasure to see Johnny and the group perform live many times over and was never disappointed, in fact i became a bigger fan each time I saw them. Johnny, we love you and your music will live on forever.

    March 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chuck dickerson

    What a shame the hall of fame didn't honor him. A great, great singer and person. I never met him but feel like I've lost a lifelong friend.

    March 26, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. frank

    He was and always will be the best that could happen.

    March 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stephen S.

    Was very saddened to hear of Johnnie's passing. Never realized he was so ill. My wife and I saw him many times by Surf Ave in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn perform with many oldies artist during the summer. His voice never wethered with time. He sounded the same as he did back in the 50's. My deepest sympaties go out to his family and the guys that made of his band. A terrible loss to the music community!

    March 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |