This is not a test. This is not a joke. Music’s newest ‘odd couple’ Aretha Franklin and Andre 3000 (of OutKast) are joining forces to produce brand new music for the legendary diva. Team Aretha is promising a brand new album sometime in early Fall and Andre 3000 has signed on to be one of the co-producers of the project.
To know Ms. Franklin is to know that she has always been on the forefront of music- she is an iconic songwriter and has never shied away from taking risks with her music or persona. Aretha is not straying too far from her trusted team as Clive Davis will function as the executive producer of the album while further contributors are said to include Babyface and Daryl Simmons.
It’s not clear if the album will be a blend of new and old material yet Franklin has confirmed the album will feature covers of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, Donna Summer’s “Last Dance”, and Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia”. Aretha is staying mum as far as more details of the album are concerned yet she did promise, ”You won’t be disappointed; we’re going to give you exactly what you’re expecting and what you’re not expecting.”
Long live the queen! It’s time for those legendary pipes to be celebrated once again!
It’s a great day today! Know why? Because it’s someone’s birthday! Happy birthday to everyone celebrating. We wish nothing but the best for you today and the days after. Special birthday shout out goes out to these celebrities:
New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick turns 34 today.
Venus Williams carries quite a remarkable resume. She is often regarded as the best grass court player of her generation and she is widely considered as one of the all-time greats in women’s tennis history. She was also the first black woman to be ranked No. 1 in her sport ever. With such glorious athletic accolades Venus can now profess another claim to fame: nude model. Williams is featured posing in the upcoming issue of ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue.
(Photo: ESPN Magazine “The Body Issue”, July 2014)
The 34-year-old tennis star poses (tastefully) nude in a beach theme spread and surprisingly credits her sister, Serena Williams, for getting her to say yes to the photo shoot. Serena too posed nude for the same magazine a few years past.
Even as a superstar athlete, Venus divulged she still had to mentally and physically prepare for the photo shoot. Back in 2011, Venus was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that destroys the glands that produce tears and saliva and causes fatigue. The syndrome has reportedly plagued Williams as she’s fought to maintain a healthy lifestyle while compromising with her body’s new limitations.
To read and see much more of Williams, in all her goddess glory, grab a copy of ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue when it hits newsstands July 11.
It looks like someone has caught ‘Puff Daddy Syndrome’ …or is it ‘P. Diddy Syndrome’ or ‘Diddy Syndrome’? Rapper Bow Wow aka Lil Bow Wow is saying goodbye to the name that carried him to musical fame years ago. The MC just announced via his Instagram that he’d like to be identified by his birth name, Shad Moss. Check out his explanation below:
“We made a lot of history as bow wow,” he wrote on Instagram. “Now its time for the next chapter and challenge. Bow Wow does not fit who I am today. Ima father, business man, TV host, Actor, and rapper! Time for MR Moss to take over!” Additionally, Moss declared that the name change will take effect after the BET Awards, which airs Sunday. If you recall, Moss originally got the nickname “Lil Bow Wow” from Snoop Dogg.
The name change will hopefully bring some positive momentum back to the one-time rappers ailing musical career. True, Shad has been holding down the host position on 106 & Park for a while now, still the man has not had any commercial success musically in years. Hopefully Shad has some bark left in him after all.
Happy birthday to my people celebrating today! Cancer Season is in full swing and you’re bringing it in the right way! Here are the celebrities who are celebrating their birthdays today too:
DJ, actress and TV personality Lala Vasquez turns 35 today.
With so many submissions, we had to choose randomly. The winner of the tickets is Andrea Kerlegan.
This year MrsGrapevine.com has partnered with ESSENCE Fest to give one lucky reader a chance to attend Saturday Night’s concert, featuring Mary J Blige and The Roots. Details on how to enter are below.
Every year ESSENCE provides top of the line talent, and this year’s line up is no different. Headlining the 20th ESSENCE Festival: Year of Empowerment, July 3-6 in New Orleans, is legendary singer and musician Prince, plus the talented Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Ledisi and Charlie Wilson. But the list does not stop there other artists performing include 112, Amel Larrieux, Doug E Fresh, Elle Varner, Eve, Leela James, Marsha Ambrosius, Naughty by Nature, Raheem Davaughn, Sevyn Streeter, and legendary vocalist Stephanie Mills.
Trey Songz, K Michelle, and Jazmine Sullivan will kick-off the festival Thursday night at the ESSENCE #NowPlaying concert. That’s four full nights of music!
Music is just one of the many things that the ESSENCE Festival offers. This year’s 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage series will feature Alicia Keys speaking on
It’s been nearly ten years since Fantasia Barrino made entry into the music industry as a singer, and she’s still excited about the business. The entertainer recently sat down with Billboard to talk about her experience as an artist, and how she plans to do more in coming years.
“There hasn’t been an easy part at all, not in my journey,” explained the singer. “But I’m grateful because it made me the woman I am now. I’ll be 30 on June 30. So I can say wow, I’m so glad I’ve touched the things I don’t want to touch at 30 and done the things that I don’t want to do at 30.”