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15 Famous Artists We Were Surprised To Learn Started Out In Boy Bands And Girl Groups

July 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Everyone has to start out somewhere and somehow, and in the music industry, it’s not easy. Beyoncé started with Destiny’s Child, Justin Timberlake got his start with N’Sync. The following famous folks named in this slideshow have had some crazy success solo (some more than others), but at one point, they tried to get their careers off the ground or hone their skills in bands and groups. These are 15 singers who started in groups.

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Missy Elliott

Around the time that New Jack Swing was still everything in music, Elliott was a part of a group called Fayze, and good friend Timothy Mosley (Timbaland) was the group’s producer. Eventually, Fayze’s music was heard by musical genius and Jodeci member DeVante Swing when they sang for him after a Jodeci concert, and he signed them to his Swing Mob label. The women went from Fayze to Sista, and though they worked on an album with Timbaland and DeVante, it was shelved. When Swing Mob went down in ’95, Sista went their separate ways, and Elliott focused on working with Timbaland, and other former Swing Mob members, Ginuwine, Tweet and Playa.

 

Wendy Williams On Rihanna: “You Do Her, Then You Take Your Penicillin.”

July 16th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Honey, this is why I just cannot rock with Wendy Williams. As entertaining as I find her and as inspirational as her story is, I think she’s just mean. She picks and chooses which celebrities she’s going to defend and which she’s going to defame. I know some of y’all like the fact that she keeps it real but sometimes that realness is just messy for messy’s sake. Recently on her show, during her infamous hot topics segment, Wendy spoke about Chris and Drake burying the hatchet and appearing the studio together, leading many to believe they’re working on an album.

And you know what it is, when you mention Drake and Chris, you almost always have to mention Rihanna. She started by saying Drake told Chris that the fling he had with Rihanna… was just that, a fling. It wasn’t serious.

Here’s what Wendy had to say in response:

“I don’t think anyone but Chris has been serious about Rihanna ’cause Rihanna…don’t take this the wrong way because this is an observational observation. Rihanna is like you hit the skins and scram.

Well I didn’t make that up! She puts it out there. Like Rihanna is not girlfriend material. Am I wrong? Rihanna is the kind of girl she’s hot, she’s sexy. You do her, then you take your penicillin.

Let me get out of this while I can. Let’s move on.”

Come on. That’s far too much. And what’s so foul about it is that in one breath Wendy encourages women in their twenties (the current age group in which Rihanna now finds herself) to live their lives, be out and free and sexually expressive. But in another she shames Rihanna for essentially being dirty, in her opinion..

Can we just state as a matter of fact that Wendy doesn’t know Rihanna’s vagina?

Furthermore, let’s not pretend that both Drake and Chris Brown have not been out here. And neither one of them has ever attempted to keep it a secret. And yet I don’t recall anyone–specifically Wendy– calling either one of them dirty because of it.

Foul.

Take a look at the video below and let us know what you think about Wendy’s comments.

“I’m Fighting A Battle With Her 14 Million Fans”: Karrueche Tran Opens Up About Dealing With Rihanna And “The Navy”

July 14th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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You would think that dating a celebrity would be fun, but in reality, it can be extremely stressful–especially when you’re dating Chris Brown of all people. Just ask Karrueche Tran. Not only does he have legal trouble that weighs heavily on his relationship with Tran, but his ex-girlfriend and friends (and fans) have made their disdain for her very clear over the last two years or so on social media. And did I mention that Brown and Tran break up like every two weeks?

Tran decided to sit down with Keke Palmer on her new show “#JustKeke” to give some insight into what it’s really like for her, as she receives a lot of shade from people who just see her as an opportunist. The full interview airs on Wednesday, and on the show, she will discuss how she met Brown, their relationship ups and downs and more. Until then, here’s what was said about Tran dealing with public scrutiny and Rihanna:

Palmer: Now I remember when you and I had a conversation right before everything started getting really crazy with Chris Brown. And I said to you, how is it? Is everything okay? And you were like, “Well it’s not me. It’s just my boyfriend’s a celebrity.” I actually felt really bad in that time because you have a girl, who’s just a girl from California, who ends up falling in love with one of the big pop stars of our time. And you’re hit with all of this drama. I mean what was that like? Were you a bit down about it? Were your friends there for you? How did you find a way to really move forward through all of this and keep going?

Tran: Keeping a level head and positivity. I never dated a celebrity before so it was very new to me. Paparazzi and all that. And then, even the situation with Rihanna, you know the reason why people tuned into this so much was because it’s relatable. I have girlfriends, I have family who’s gone through the same situation–it’s the case of the ex. However, my boyfriend is a celebrity, whose ex-girlfriend is an even bigger celebrity. So not only am I fighting a battle with her, I’m fighting a battle with her 14 million fans or however else. So imagine how that feels for me when I have to get on Twitter.

Palmer: And people are trying to make you constantly prove yourself. I see that a lot. I’m like looking and your comments…

Tran: They make up all kinds of crazy stuff and they know nothing about me, and I stay so mute sometimes, that leaves open space for them to say whatever they want.

Palmer: What would you say the hardest part of it all was for you?

Tran: I guess I would say, the heartbreak. It was a real situation [Tears up].

Palmer: What was the heartbreak, mami? It’s okay, we can take a second…We all feel you, we all feel you. 

Tran: Yeah, it was a real life situation.

While Tran is used to shade from some Rihanna fans (the Navy), Palmer is not. She received quite an earful from upset Rihanna fans who scolded her for talking to Tran on the show. Palmer decided to respond on Instagram today:

As always, fans go way too hard sometimes.

And as for Rihanna…well, just a couple hours ago, she posted this Vine interview to Twitter with a sad face. Please excuse the language.

 

 

*Sigh* Well, check out a clip from the interview that has people talking below, and share your thoughts.

 

Are Chris Brown And Drake Making Music Together?

July 11th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Several months ago, there were reports that Chris Brown and Drake had squashed their epic 2012 beef with one another that started whenpeople from their camps were seen throwing bottles in a Soho nightclub. Late last year, sources say Drake and his crew came out to see Brown perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. And then afterward, they were backstage hugging, drinking and talking about collaborating with one another.

Apparently the mediator was music executive Abou Thiam, Akon’s brother and Tracee Ellis Ross’ rumored on-again, off-again boo.

And the proof that the two have ended the madness came in the form of an Instagram picture featuring both Drake and Chris is the studio together early this morning.

No word on whether they’ve actually worked on a track together or if they’re just kicking it but we’ll see.

If they do collaborate, we wonder if their common link will come up…

 

Bend It Like Bey: The Funniest Beyonce Impersonations

July 2nd, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Since her start with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has amassed a legion of fans who cheer her on at every move. She’s also inspired a lot of people to channel their inner Sasha Fierce and impersonate the “Bootylicious” singer. Here are some of the best and funniest Beyonce impersonations.

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When the public got its hands on the now infamous video of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator while her big sister Beyonce silently watched, we all knew an “SNL” parody was right around the corner. Show regulars Sasheer Zemanta and Jay Pharoahe played the younger sister and the Brooklyn rapper respectively but when Maya Rudolph walked on as the R&B diva, she stole the show.

Change We All Can Believe In: Celebs Who Tip Well

June 26th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Some stars have a reputation of being a tight wad when it comes to money even though they have more than enough of it. But these stars are quite to opposite and don’t mind sharing the wealth when it comes to leaving a tip. Check out this list of celebs who tip well… very well.

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Jay Z

Jay Z has 99 problems but money certainly isn’t one. After the Brooklyn rapper teamed up with his mentee Kanye West for their collaborative “Watch The Throne” album, Hov went all out during the party thrown to celebrate its release. Jay Z ordered a quarter of a million dollars worth of champagne and when it came time to pay for the bill, he didn’t bat an eye dropping an extra $50,000 for the wait staff.

Doing The Most: Celebrities With Insanely Ridiculous Demands

June 26th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Sometimes even stars can take themselves a little too seriously and request the oddest things in exchange for making an appearance or scheduled performance at an event. Check out some of these celebrities with insanely ridiculous demands.

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Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey made her musical debut almost two and a half decades ago. Since then she’s sold over 200 million albums worldwide and is one of the best-selling artists of all time. That’s why the “Butterfly” singer had no qualms about her over-the-top demands. Before appearing on a talk show, Carey demanded a “staircase assistant” to help her navigate the steps and a $1,700 bottle of champagne. A recent concert rider revealed a request for a three-seat couch that should be a plain color, no busy patterns; eight tall, leafy plants; two vases of white roses; and a private bathroom.

15 Short Celebrity Romances You Probably Missed

June 24th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Sometimes it’s over just as quickly as it starts – it being these ridiculously short celebrity romances you might’ve missed if you blinked an eye.

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Jennifer Lopez and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

When Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony tied the knot back in 2004, it seemed like a match made in heaven so fans were understandably shocked when they announced their split in 2011. J. Lo moved on to back-up dancer Cris Smart and they remained a couple until early June of 2014. While hot on the promo trail to get the word out about her upcoming album, Lopez started making different headlines. Reports leaked that Lopez had hooked up with “Dancing with the Stars” dancer and recent mirror ball champ Maksim Chmerkovskiy. But as quickly as it started, things have seemed to fizzle out. Reportedly, Chmerkovskiy was turned off by the media attention Lopez garnered and was looking for something a little more low-key.

Evening Eye Candy: Model, Dancer And Singer, Alvester Martin

June 20th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Meet Alvester Martin, ladies. He’s a burgeoning singer and dancer (classically trained at that) who has shown off his talents while on tour and performing with the likes of Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and most recently, Tamar Braxton. That’s right, he can bust quite the move on the dance floor. The cutie moved to LA to launch his singing career, but found himself looking to pay the bills and get his foot in the door working as a background dancer for Beyoncé. But he’s been getting the chance to step in the spotlight and share his delightful pipes with the world. Seriously, he’s really good. Check out his cover of Bruno Mars’ “Locked out of Heaven.” Killer voice.

He’s obviously very talented, but Mr. Martin is also very attractive. Just ask the folks drooling over his pictures on Instagram. We wanted to help you get more acquainted with the beauty of this man, so we decided to pick him as our evening eye candy of the week. Check him out in all his ab-a-licious glory and let us know if he’s your cup of tea. Clearly we’re already big fans of him…

The 15 Most Popular Black Female Singers Of All TIme

June 17th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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Powerhouse voices, big hair, smooth dance moves, glamorous dresses, beautiful songwriting, torch songs, female empowerment, fierceness, diva attitude and breaking down barriers in the music industry are what black women in the music industry represent.

Now many black female legends have touched the hearts of others and moved generations with their music and artistry — from the gospel of Mahalia Jackson; the lady blues of Billie Holiday; the soulful sounds that get you caught up in a rapture with Anita Baker; the bridging the gap of R&B, and Rock and Roll of Etta James; the soulful leadership of Gladys Knight; the powerful vocals of Patti Labelle; and the eclectic, political sounds of Nina Simone.

Many of today’s black female artists owe a debt of gratitude to their foremothers. Some of those foremothers made it on this lists and some of today’s artists made it on this list because of how these black women managed to overcome so many obstacles and reach the top.

In celebration of Black Music Month, MadameNoire compiled a list of 15 black women in music who managed to become some of the most popular solo acts in music ever! This list is based on record sells (albums and singles), longevity, legacy and overall popularity in both mainstream and urban-marketed music.