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Do You Want To Hear An Adele And Beyoncé Collaboration? Because I Don’t.

November 18th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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With the addition of Rihanna and Taylor Swift (based on sales and influence), I would say that the most powerful women in music are Beyoncé and Adele.

Their fans cover all age groups. Their fans are also very diverse. And whenever these ladies drop new music, as Beyoncé said, “world stop…”

And both women have expressed their admiration of one another publicly. When speaking of Adele’s voice, Beyoncé reportedly compared it to “listening to God.” And Adele has talked about how thinking of Beyoncé’s famous alter ego helped her get through performance anxiety: “What would Sasha Fierce do?‘”

So you could probably understand why some were puzzled by rumors that spread earlier this month that the British singer turned down the opportunity to sing alongside ‘Yonce on a track.

According to an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, Adele was also puzzled by that report.

“There’s a rumor going round that I turned Beyoncé down. I’d never disrespect her like that.”

She continued, “I’m such a fan, oh my god [sic]. Obviously, like, Queen Bey to the day I die.”

And while you won’t hear a collaboration with Mrs. Carter on Adele’s 25, which drops on Friday, it sounds like a joint effort could be on the way soon enough.

Can’t say I want to hear it, though. And I say that as a fan of both women.

Honestly, I just don’t know if it’s necessary. More than anything, I just think their voices and music are completely different, and those same voices may not complement one another very well on a track. Adele is a powerhouse all about her sweeping ballads and Beyoncé, while also vocally gifted, is about everything else: The swag, the sex, the party anthems and joints that start a movement (i.e., how “Flawless” had everyone saying, “I woke up like this”). What exactly would they put together? “Who Run The World (Girls) Pt. II”?

And while I am a Beyoncé fan, I often wonder if she collaborates with certain people these days not because she really wants to, but because they are the individuals everyone is talking about–and who happen to be soaking up a lot of the spotlight that she’s used to. Like the two times she collaborated with Lady Gaga when Gaga’s career was on fire (that “Video Phone” remix was all over the place). Or her recent collaborations with Nicki Minaj on “Feeling Myself” and the “Flawless” remix. Considering that Adele is the darling of mainstream music (“Hello” set records in no time, and is the fastest song to hit No.1 on the radio since Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover” in ’93), it would make sense to team up with the singer. There is a lot of power behind her name, and she also happens to be well-liked by damn near everybody. Working with people who are hot, keeps you cooking too.

But more than anything, I don’t think everyone needs to collaborate on everything. Case in point: Eddie Murphy getting Michael Jackson to sing on “Whatzupwithu.” DMX collaborating with Marilyn Manson on “The Omen.” That random time the Jonas Brothers sang alongside Common for “Don’t Charge Me For The Crime.” Or the uncomfortable time Beyoncé sang “Irreplaceable” with Sugarland at the American Music Awards. All of these were efforts that left you asking “Why?”

Some musicians do their best work on their own, especially those known for their voice. Like a Sade. Or an Amy Winehouse. And yes, an Adele. Once they start working with other people (as in performing on a track together, not production), it’s a trap. One collabo turns into one of many. Artists end up attempting to keep up with the other individual’s mannerisms and sounds. And in the end, the song ends up leaning toward one artist more than another. And I’m sorry, but I don’t want to hear Adele trying to keep up and sound like Bey, and I don’t want to hear Beyoncé trying to sound like or keep up with Adele. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

So while I love the support they offer one another and that both of these powerful women have no problem expressing their fandom for the other, that’s enough for me.

Pass Or Play? Adele Is Back With New Single “Hello”

October 23rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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She’s done it again. For a young woman of just 27-years-old, Adele sings like a woman with the life experiences of an octogenarian. Her voice is seasoned and soulful but still clear and punctuating. I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to call her something like this generation’s Teena Marie.

It’s been four years since her last studio album. And earlier this week the singer confirmed, via Twitter, that her album 25 would indeed be released this year.

And in an act that should be lauded as nothing short of a humanitarian effort, Adele released the video for her first single, “Hello.”

The song is about reaching out to the one who got away in order to heal…and, let’s be real, see if he’s still checking for you.

Tristan Wilds also stars in the video as Adele’s love interest. Wilds is so adorable, we’re always happy to see him. Even though he’s not delivering pages of dialogue, you still see the range of emotion in his face.

Anyway, listen to the song, check out the visuals and let us know what you’re thinking. Are you ready for this album or nah?

Wobble, Won’t You Wobble: The 15 Best First Dance Songs For Your Wedding

March 26th, 2015 - By Kevin L. Clark
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The 15 Best First Dance Songs For Your Wedding

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With warm weather approaching, it seems that weddings are going to be on the rise before Labor Day Weekend.

As many prepare to attend or be in a wedding, the impending season will be full of anxiety, excitement, great food and cherished moments to be had by all. For those who are the lucky bride and groom, you’ll have the hard part of memorizing vows, and making sure you don’t sweat out your tux and gown.

But those in the audience, well, you’re in for a treat, as you’ll have the honor of watching the couple’s first dance as newlyweds. Traditionally, the first dance is the most moving part of the wedding ceremony going into the reception. It is the moment where everyone—friends, family, whoever—all fade away and the spotlight focuses on the bride and groom. As someone who is close to either party (or just one creepy lurker), you get to see just how close and intimate the love between two souls is simply by the way they hold each other to the pulsating beat.

With wedding season soon in full swing, and everyone from your co-worker to your third cousin eagerly waiting to say “I do” to their significant other, MadameNoire highlights the top 15 weddings songs in no particular order your betrothed pals could play for their first dance.

Hear all the tracks in the list below, and share your own suggestions for the first dance song you want to hear at your next wedding.

Aretha Franklin Is Asked About Today’s “Divas,” Adele, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift And Nicki Minaj, And She’s Not Impressed

November 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Queen diva Aretha Franklin has been promoting her new hit album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, and stopped to chat with The Wall Street Journal about it. During her conversation with Christopher John Farley, he asked her why she decided to take on the songs of others, including her decision to sing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

“It was Mr. Davis, the chairman’s idea…he brought the list to me, the list of singers and so on. But it was great because I had already bought some of these records and enjoyed them so it was natural.”

“Rolling in the Deep, I liked it when I first heard it…I said, ‘you know what? I like that melody and I like that song.’ So when Clive presented it to me, I said ‘absolutely.'”

Farley also asked her about today’s singers, and how many choose to use auto-tune, something Franklin isn’t feeling: “Oh please. That’s ridiculous.” So when he asked her to tell him the first thoughts that come to her head when she thinks of today’s divas (she did laud the late Whitney Houston: “She had a gift”), she didn’t have that much to say. She gave a thumbs up to Adele and Alicia, but that was about it.

Adele : “Young singer. Good singer.”

Alicia: “Young performer. Good writer. Producer.”

Taylor Swift: “Okay…Great gowns. Beautiful gowns.”

Nicki Minaj: “Nicki Minaj…Hmmm…I’m going to pass on that one.”

Gotta love ‘retha! She keeps it all the way real. Check out her chat with the WSJ below. The conversation about divas starts at the 3:50 mark.

“This Cover Is Just Painful”: About That Time Aretha Franklin Decided To Cover Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”…

September 30th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I think we can all agree that Aretha Franklin can sing just about anything. She is THE voice, and that voice was the standard for a long time in R&B and soul music (and she is a massive influence to many of today’s performers).

But when she released her cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” yesterday, which will be featured on Franklin’s upcoming cover album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, the reviews were mixed.

“I’m glad that Aretha is still with us and performing. She did a good job, and her voice is still powerful.

She is called ‘Lady Soul’, for a reason!”

“Very disappointing. A dull, uninspired arrangement. Ms. F sounds good but deserves a better arrangement. Better still. How about Adele writing her a new song???”

“It started great for the first 20-23 seconds, and then after she immediately started taking significant liberties with the song that made it a bit too excessive IMO.”

“I absolutely loved this cover. I for one thought her voice was amazing in this. I actually can’t stand the sound of Adele’s voice and very much prefer this over the original.”

“I hope I’m not alone in thinking that sounded awful.”

“She is the one and only Aretha.  No one else compares.”

“She would’ve TORE this song up! Back in 1965. But, in 2014. Aretha is 70+ years old & her voice is no longer the same. That’s why she is using Auto-tune. I would have LOVED to hear her sing this song back in 1965 tho. It would’ve been WAY better than Adele’s version. She still the Queen Of Soul.  #Legend”

Personally, I think Franklin sounded good (I didn’t hear auto-tune, but something weird was going on with the production at times), but the karaoke chorus and inclusion of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was a little much.

But what do you think? Check out the cover below and let us know if it’s a pass or play for you. The album comes out on Oct. 21!


How Adele’s 1-Year-Old Son Won A Five-Figure Sum From Lawsuit

July 24th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Adele wasn’t too pleased to learn that UK photo agency Corbis Images had been providing paparazzi photos of her son’s “milestone moments” to British tabloids. As a result, she and her partner, Simon Konecki, decided to go after the agency, BBC News reports.

The “Someone Like You” singer’s lawyers told the High Court yesterday that she is adamant about her son never becoming “public property.”

“It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes,” Adele’s solicitor, Jenny Afia, said. “These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client’s right to privacy.”

In response to their legal filing, Corbis U.K. has agreed to pay damages, legal fees and has also agreed not to use the images again. As for the big payout, Jenny says that the funds will be placed into little Angelo’s trust fund. She says that the couple will also “continue to do all they can to protect Angelo’s rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary.”

“They will also continue efforts to improve the laws relating to paparazzi and children generally, building on the successful campaign Adele helped fund in California resulting in far stricter harassment laws.”

Lastly, the couple has vowed to go after any freelance photographers who continue to photograph their son in this manner.

Gimme A Break: Celebrity Moms Who Stopped Working To Raise A Family

June 30th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Some women can’t afford to stay at home after becoming a mother while others are career-orientated and look forward to returning to work. However, these celebrity moms decided to take some time off and raise a family.

Celebrity Moms Who Stopped Working


Christina Milian

Christina Milian teamed up with producer/songwriter The Dream to work on some music together but things turned into something more in no time. Soon after rumors began to make their way around that the two were dating, the couple eloped and then announced they were expecting a baby. Milian gave birth to little Violet in early 2010 but by that time, she and The-Dream had split up. Taking some time off from her career to become a first-time mother, the “Dip It Low” singer was hired as the social media correspondent for the reality singing competition show “The Voice” in 2012. Marking her return to music, she also signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label.

No Shame In Their Game: Celebs Who Dated Online

June 24th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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These days people are resorting to different measures than heading to their local supermarket to find a mate; they’re heading online. And even celebrities are using modern technology to find a date. Check out this list of celebs who dated online.

Celebs Who Dated Online


Charlie Sheen

Following his split from second wife Denise Richards, Charlie Sheen decided to use the internet to find the next future Mrs. Sheen. The former “Two and a Half Men” star signed up with and has reportedly chatted with several women online. But then he found love with fellow actress Brooke Mueller and the two were happily wedded for three years. Nowadays, the father of five is engaged to a former adult star.

#DoBetter: Celebrity Children Unfairly Attacked By The Internet

June 13th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Coming into the world of show business, stars know their lives will be dissected under the microscope by the media and the public but unfortunately these celebrity offsprings were also unfairly targeted and picked on online.

Celebrity Children Unfairly Attacked


Blue Ivy Carter

Before she was even born, Blue Ivy was one of the most talked about celebrity spawns. Parents Jay Z and Beyonce have done a great job of shielding their daughter Blue Ivy from the limelight during her first year but as soon as the R&B singer started sharing candid snapshots of mother and child, people started talking. Now the talk has reached a fever pitch in the form of a petition on to get Blue Ivy’s parents to comb her hair. The petition’s alleged creator Jasmine Toliver has publicly defended herself saying it was a joke and that she is a fan of natural hair.

Celebs Who Were Bullied Because Of Their Weight

March 11th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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No one could dispute that being a celebrity certainly comes with privileges, but there’s a downside to everything. Unfortunately, because these stars spend so much time in the limelight, they’ve been the target of negative criticism after being bullied because their weight.

Celebs Who Were Bullied Because Of Their Weight



Ke$ha doesn’t fit the stereotype of how the average singer/rapper is supposed to look. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old marches to the beat of her own drum, so when it was revealed that the “Die Young” rapper checked into rehab for an eating disorder earlier this year, fans were shocked. Even worse, her mother revealed that Ke$ha was bullied to lose weight by people within her own inner circle. Soon after checking in, Ke$sha released a statement: “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself but I’ve found it hard to practice.” She continued that she was aiming “to learn to love myself again. Exactly as I am.”