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Janelle Monae Covers UPTOWN Magazine

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Janelle Monae covers the latest issue of UPTOWN magazine.

The Electric Lady dishes on being a covergirl, explaining her aesthetic,  her music, changing the world and more.

Check out some snippets from her interview below.

You are tired of explaining your aesthetic?

Yes. Interviews are like marriages sometimes, and things become old. It’s time to spruce up this sex life! We need to try some new things. I am always asked, “Why do you wear that tuxedo?” Or, “We know that your parents wore uniforms, is that why you wear a uniform?” [Her mother worked as a janitor and her father a garbage truck driver.] I want to tell them, “You know good and darn well [a scant southern accent emerges] that you read that somewhere! I am wondering “Why are you asking me the same question?” Let’s talk about the music, the message and why my eyelashes are long!

How excited were you to become a Cover Girl?

To be on a roster with Queen Latifah, Ellen DeGeneres and Sofia Vergara is incredible. It’s so diverse. It’s breaking down barriers and changing the definition of beauty.

Do you feel a social responsibility with your artistry and celebrity?

If I were not a woman, or African-American, or have people in my life that have not been directly discriminated against, then I would not feel a social responsibility. When you love and care about people and you see young people dying, it’s impossible to ignore. Let me be clear: When I speak of androids, I am speaking of the new form of the ‘other.’ You can parallel that to people who are gay or lesbian, those whose skin is considered too dark; women still are not receiving equal rights. I write music that fights against self-hate. It is about loving yourself even if it makes others uncomfortable.

You told me back in 2006 that you wanted your music to change the world. Do you still feel as optimistic?

Yes! I want the music to make people burn their cubicles down and then pay for a new cubicle. I want people to not feel afraid to ask for help. Not feel afraid to crawl. Not feel afraid to dance in front of strangers. It’s about shaving your head, saving your hair and never looking back. I want people to do things that they never thought they would do before.

What do you want to do?

I don’t want to know what’s next. I have a lot of things up my sleeve. But I have to be careful [and watch] these pop artists that are bigger than me. They will take your ideas! I have to keep knocking down doors, crowd-surf and keep having Diddy professionally slap people. Oh, and I also want to eat ice cream with 17 electric ladies. Let’s not forget that.

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Jennifer Lopez for COSMOPOLITAN Magazine

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Jennifer Lopez goes edgy for the new issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

In this October issue, the returning American Idol judge chats with the magazine about why she will not be ignored.

Lopez is  set to release her twentieth fragrance “JLove” in 2013.

JLo was photographed by Matthias Vriens-McGrath.

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Ciara: “I Pray That My Label Will Release Me”

 

 

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Last week, various blogs reported that Ciara had been dropped from her record label. But now we are learning that Ciara is still signed, but she wishes that her label would drop her. Ciara took to her Facebook page and posted a heartfelt letter to her fans. I the letter Ciara expresses her frustration with her label.  View the letter in its entirety below.

 

To my fans:

This week the net has been a buzz of the rumor that I have been dropped from my label. At this point that rumor is false..It is true that I have asked and I pray that my label will release me. I have had some great times and success with my label, but sometimes like all great things, it’s at that point where I feel we don’t share the same views on who I am as an artist.

The past two albums have been very frustrating for me. At times there were songs I chose to lead a project and I was ignored! This project, I even tried to get “Gimmie Dat” started I spent tens of thousands of my own money only to hear the radio PDs tell me my label didn’t want the song played. I even spent more than one hundred thousand dollars out of my pocket on the video to bring my vision to it and still no label support. I do understand that some labels are not financially supporting their artists and I have become one of them.

You, my fans, know that I strive to do my best to deliver to my you the best songs and creative vision I possibly can. I’m dedicated to my music, performance and to my fans! I’ve tried to be a team player with the label only to have compromised what I truly believed and was not given the right opportunity to promote and inform my fans of the release of this album. I have so much of me as an artist I still want to give to the world and my fans. A release would allow me to go be creative with people who care and understand me as an artist. In a short time, I will be able to bring to you a new music energy and a visual excitement! Thank you so much for standing by me through the good, bad, and the confusion. I love you all.

Love,
Ciara

Usher Is Being Sued By A College Student?

 

 

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A student from Morehouse College has a bone to pick with Usher. Kameron Glasper filed a lawsuit with DeKalb Superior Court to reclaim control over the songs he wrote for a publishing company. One of these songs jsut so happens to be Monstar,from Usher’s 2010 album, Raymond vs. Raymond.
Glasper claims he signed a contract with Legendary Poets Music Publishing in October of 2009 to write 10 songs for them. Unfortunately, in the process, he signed away half of his interest in the tracks.

Kameron said that when he signed away his royalties, he was taken advantage of and vulnerable due to his desire to want to work in the music industry.  According to YR, he also said that Bethel Harris, the owner of the publishing company, claimed to be “the only person that Usher Raymond’s representatives would negotiate with for the song Monster.”

Glasper  is seeking 100 percent ownership of the songs he wrote and wants Legendary Poets to reimburse him for legal fees affiliated with this case.

 

(Source- YR)

Ne-Yo doesn’t support new Michael Jackson album

 

 

Looks like the Michael album has one less supporter. R&B singer Ne-Yo told TMZ, that he doesn’t want to listen to the new Michael Jackson album because he thinks The King of Pop would have never wanted it to be released.

Here’s how TMZ is reporting it:


The singer/songwriter/producer was in NY this weekend — where he explained MJ was such a perfectionist, “If Michael was still alive … I don’t think the album would be out yet.”

He added, “I’m gonna stick to my old Mike.”

 

He has a point :Kanye Shrug:

 

 

Source: TMZ

 

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