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Beyoncé, Gaga, Nicki, Miley: Patti LaBelle Finally Identifies Which “Divas” Actually Deserve The Title
Diva is NOT the female version of a hustler anymore, guys. According to Patti LaBelle, a diva is either someone with at least 25 to 30 years in the game or a woman with real, undeniable talent.
Of course, Patti has made her distress clear in the last month or so over female performers being called “divas” so soon, and when so many can barely hold a note. And I can somewhat agree with her grievances, especially since every lineup for the VH1 Divas show since the golden days of Mary J Blige and Whitney, Aretha and Tina Turner, have been divas-in-training like Demi Lovato, Keri Hilson and Jordin Sparks.
On Watch What Happens Live, LaBelle was given a cow bell to ring when the image of a performer from today flashed on the screen and she didn’t agree that they were the divas people had pegged them as. I guess this was done to finally put some names and faces to who the modern-day divas are and who has falsely been labeled as one.
Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift were featured, but I’ll let you check out the video to see who she said was diva-worthy and who wasn’t. But LaBelle did reiterate her initial complaints when defining what a “diva” is:
“These heifers have to get on stage and show that they can perform. Not with 20 people up there with them. No.”
So what do you think of the women LaBelle believed were true divas? There are some surprises, right? Talk about it below.
These days not only can we watch celebrities in movies and on TV, buy their music, attend their concerts and follow them on social media, we can also study them in college. From Beyoncé to Michael Jackson – check out our list of celebs who’ve inspired college courses. Which courses would you take?
If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. And you might want to try a new way to reach your goals. That’s exactly what these uber-famous folks did before they finally made it to the top. They were fired from media jobs, kicked out of talent competitions, and denied record deals left and right. Yet and still, they’re Academy Award winners, multi-million making moguls, and the big dogs in Hollywood. Here are 10 celebrities who tried, failed, tried again, and succeeded massively.
Talk about the come up of a lifetime! Jennifer Hudson, once a Disney Cruise Lines singer, auditioned for American Idol in 2004. This was the same season that brought us Fantasia Barrino, and while we assumed the two women would be singing against each other in the final two or maybe three, Hudson was voted off seventh, just two weeks after receiving the highest votes for her performance of Elton John’s “The Circle of Life.”
Of course, most American Idol contestants who don’t win are usually rarely heard from again, but Hudson would go on to have the most success of any contestant who didn’t take home the title. She of course won an Academy Award for her work in Dreamgirls, has released two albums and just received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Winning!
Sometimes an artist takes the stage and blows everyone away with a great performance. And sometimes, the performance is overshadowed by an embarrassing outfit blunder. Hey, it happens to the best of them. Check out the worst celebrity performance outfits ever.
After living in the shadows of her big sister Toni Braxton, and then her other sisters, Tamar has finally stepped into the spotlight all on her own. The “Love and War” singer took to the stage at the 2013 Soul Train Awards in a risqué outfit and immediately there was a backlash on social networks. Many believed the sheer outfit, complete with black sequins to cover up her goodies, was a distraction from her singing ability. Not one to let the criticism keep her down, Braxton responded to the flack via twitter: “I’m NOT on the red carpet & if u like my performance & outfit thank u if not pray 4 me.”
They’re international, baby!
It’s no surprise Mrs. Sasha Fierce and her equally ferocious husband have taken the world by storm landing on Forbes’ 2013 list of the World’s Highest-Paid Musicians. Beyonce took ninth place in a tie with country singer Kenny Chesney, while Jay Z landed in the 18th spot. The wife and husband duo earned $53 million and $42 million this year, respectively.
Beyoncé snapped back with a quickness after the birth of Blue Ivy and launched the Mrs. Carter World Tour, an homage to her husband. She grabbed $2 million in every city she performed in and let’s not forget the steady flow of cash she collects from her old hits. The sultry songstress, endearingly called “Queen Bey” by fans, also accumulated her wealth through endorsement deals with Pepsi and H&M.
Her husband, making $11 million less than his wife, made his 2013 fortune with his keen eye for business. His ventures with Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac, and his Roc Nation management firm helped place him on Forbes’ coveted list.
Jay Z’s bad girl protégé, Rihanna, sits right on top of her mentor in 16th place. The Bajan beauty pulled in $43 million in 2013. With the release of her seventh album, Unapologetic, and dishing out hit-after-hit, like Diamonds and Stay, Rihanna’s rockstar persona continues to rake in the dough.
Dr. Dre, Jay Z’s former partner in rhyme, ranked 20th along with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, earning $40 million. Diddy outdid them all, and even his former lover, Jennifer Lopez who’s in 15th place, and ranked 12th on the list. Hip-hop’s richest artist earned himself $50 million in 2013 thanks to his Ciroc vodka deal, Bad Boy label, Sean John clothing line, and marketing firm Blue Flame. That $50 million might grow exponentially if Diddy’s new TV network, Revolt, takes off.
As for the top three richest musicians of the world, the honor go to Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Bon Jovi, who reaped in $125, $80, and $79 million, respectively.
To come up with their list, Forbes looked at the musicians’ income between June 1st of 2012 and June 1st of this year, taking into account concert ticket sales, royalties for recorded music and publishing, merchandise sales, endorsement deals, and other business ventures. Their data sources included the RIAA, Pollstar, Nielsen SoundScan, attorneys, managers, and even many of the artists as well.
It’s really hard to know where to begin with this performance from Saturday Night Live. Let’s start with Gaga’s hair: it looked like the blonde version of the wig Gina wore after her head got stuck in the headboard of the Nefertiti 2000 on Martin. Then, and most shockingly, the performance between Lady Gaga & R. Kelly was so awkward that it was laughable.
This is the first time Gaga has performed “Do What You Want,” her second single and since she was the musical guest on SNL, it seemed appropriate that she invite the Kellz to perform it with her since he’s featured on the song. But before we could even get to him popping up onstage, we had to deal with Gaga getting reacquainted with her crotch area.
Then, R. Kelly came out for his verse and there was a lot pf her jumping up on him, him carrying her while singing, bending over so he could give her a tap on the booty. Granted, the song is about a man doing what he wants to her body so the point was seemingly to give us a performance that lived up to the lyrics.
But then…but THEN, Gaga laid down on her back and R. Kelly hovered over her doing push ups, essentially simulating sex. IT was actually more funny that I think it was supposed to be.
Anyway, do yourself a favor and watch the clip from last night.
First it was his daughter and now, “singer” and producer Teddy Riley is suing the Queen Monster, Lady Gaga, over a fairly old song. A song that, arguably, helped to make her famous.
Okay, so a few months ago, we told you that Teddy Riley was suing his daughter Taja for trying to claim co-writing credit and partial ownership for the 2009 Lady Gaga hit, “Teeth,” a song he actually wrote with Gaga and her team. Riley said his daughter lied about having co-written the song and should not have been given a publishing deal from EMI from it
Well now, Teddy Riley is suing Lady Gaga herself…over the same song. According to the lawsuit, Riley says he was promised 25 percent of the writing fees from the song but so far, he hasn’t received one dollar.
According to TMZ, Riley now feels betrayed by the Queen Monster and isn’t going down without a fight. He’s suing her for $500,000 and punitive damages.
Teddy Riley is a producer extraordinaire when it comes to his production work in the music industry. He has worked with everyone, including the late, great Michael Jackson. If anyone knows about contracts, fees, and payments, it would be him so it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this case.
No word from the Gaga camp yet.
If he really hasn’t received any writing fees from the song, we’re pretty sure it’s safe to say daughter Taja’s bank account isn’t looking too full from it either.
Fresh out of her “ARTPOP” oven, Lady Gaga has just released “Do What U Want,” her new single featuring R&B crooner, R. Kelly. Over ’80s inspired synthesized beats Lady Gaga vocalizes that although her man can do what he wants with her body, he does not own her life (and the same goes for her haters, who Gaga lashed out on Twitter about over the weekend).
“You can’t have my heart and you won’t use my mind but
Do what you want with my body, do what you want with my body
You can’t stop my voice cuz u don’t own my life but
Do what you want with my body, do what you want with my body”
Both Kelly and Gaga melodically suit each other despite the fact that they come from two totally different sides of the musical tracks, but we expected nothing less from these musical game-changers.
Check out “Do What U Want” and tell us if you love it!
We’re not the only ones who post sometimes cute, other times embarrassing photos from way back in the day. On Thursdays, now designated in social media world as Throwback Thursday (aka, #TBT), sometimes celebrities share photos of themselves too. Here are a few photos of some of our favorite celebrities taking us on a walk down memory lane with them.
Queen Bey actually posted this photo today of herself as a newborn. We get to see a lot of photos of Mrs. Carter from her childhood, but not a whole lot from straight out the womb. But she definitely looks the same, expressive eyebrows already arched and all.
Who thought they’d see the day when R. Kelly of all people would be jumping on a track with the avant-garde…dutchess…princess maybe…whatever Gaga is, of pop? But it looks like that’s what you can expect from her new album, ARTPOP. Lady Gaga dropped a sneak peek of the song “Do What U Want” for a new Beats Studio headphones commercial with Best Buy. On it, she’s singing “Do What you want, what you want with my body,” and in turn Kells jumps in with, “Takin’ these haters and we roughin’ ‘em up and we lay in the cut like we don’t give a…” The song is definitely a smooth dance track, though it sounds nothing like her current hit, “Applause.”
My expectations for the track weren’t the highest, and of course, the preview is only about 30 seconds, but so far it sounds pretty good. I did a little jig and everything, and it takes a lot for me to do a body roll in my chair. But don’t be too shocked about this collabo, because Gaga has also teamed up with Too $hort, T.I. and Twista for a recent track called “Jewels & Drugs.” As for “Do What U Want,” the full song will be ready to go on Monday, Oct. 21. Her new album as a whole, ARTPOP, will be released on Nov. 11 for the Little Monsters to go gaga over.
Check out the snippet of the track below and let us know if you think it will be hot.