Cee-Lo Green (born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, 30.5.1974)
Cee-Lo Green is an American hip-hop and soul artist. As well as being a singer, rapper and songwriter, he is also a record producer. He is known as a solo artist, as well as a member of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley.
Childhood: Cee-Lo Green was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied at Benjamin E. Mays High School. Both of his parents were ministers and he cut his musical teeth at church. Cee-Lo's father died when he was just two years old and his mother was paralysed in a car accident, eventually dying two years later. At the time, Cee-Lo was 18 and his career with Goodie Mob was just taking off. He wrote a number of songs about his mother, including 'Free', as well as 'A Little Better' and 'She Knows' from their album The Odd Couple.
Music Career: Cee-Lo formed Goodie Mob with Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo. However, he left the group during the making of their World Party album. However, they continued to collaborate together, such as on the Dungeon Family album, Even In Darkness. The title of one of their albums, One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, was considered by many to be a dig at Cee-Lo for leaving the group.
In 2005, it was reported that the group had been reunited and had recorded 'Hold On', by Big Boi of OutKast, though Khujo later stated that they had recorded that track almost 10 years earlier.
Cee-Lo's first stab at a solo career with Arista Records was short-lived and he was dropped after two albums, after they failed to sell well. His debut album, Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections, was a self-produced effort and featured appearances from Backbone and Big Gipp. Although the album did not sell very well, the track 'Closet Freak' did get Cee-Lo some much-needed airplay. His second album for Arista was Cee-Lo Green. Is This the Soul Machine, featured performances from Timbaland, Pharrell, Ludacris and The Neptunes.
His track 'What Part of Forever' was included on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
In August 2010, Cee-Lo released 'F*ck You!' on YouTube before his planned album release. The song became an instant internet hit and eventually debuted at number one in the UK charts, followed by the release of the album, The Lady Killer.
Cee-Lo has also had success as one half of Gnarls Barkley, with DJ Danger Mouse. They first met in 1998 when Danger Mouse came second in a talent contest and got to open for OutKast and Goodie Mob at a gig in Georgia. Danger Mouse later gave Cee-Lo a mixtape and suggested they work together in the future. It wasn't until Cee-Lo featured in a remix of the Danger Mouse and Jemini song 'What U Sittin' On' that the pair actually worked together. In 2005, they worked together again on the Danger Doom album (MF Doom and Danger Mouse), when Cee-Lo sang on the track 'Benzi Box'.
The debut album from Gnarls Barkley was St. Elsewhere, released in 2006. The track 'Crazy' was a hit in the UK, reaching number one on download sales alone. The track has sold over 3 million copies around the world. The pair's second album, The Odd Couple, was released in 2008.
Cee-Lo went on to work with Jazze Pha, releasing an album entitled Happy Hour. The title track (remixed by Snoop Dogg, Bun B and Tone Tone), as well as 'Disco Bitch', featuring Pussycat Dolls, were both released as singles.
2010 saw Cee-Lo recording a song for the soundtrack of Sex and the City 2, with T-Pain. The track was entitled 'Language of Love'. It was rumoured that he would be appearing on a new Paul Oakenfold album, along with The Red Hot Chili Peppers and One Republic's Ryan Tedder.
Personal Life: Cee-Lo has two daughters, Sierra and Kalah, from his former marriage to Christina Johnson. He also has a son, Kingston. Sierra appeared in the MTV series My Super Sweet 16.
Cee-Lo Green and Bishop don Magic Juan - Big Gipp performs under his new Moniker 'Zagga' at the Viper Room in West Hollywood at West Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th May 2015
Cavie, Cee Lo Green and Mike Marasco - Super Producer/Hip-Hop artist Cavie filming with Cee-Lo Green for their music video 'When You're Rich'. The video features Cavie looking homeless at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as Cee-Lo walks by. The video will be released under Cavie's Label Kannon Entertainment at lacma - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 23rd December 2014
Christina Aguilera is returning to the American swivel chair for the eighth season
Christina Aguilera is back in the red, swivelling chair of The Voice, USA. The platinum pop diva will be back for the eighth season, starting in early 2015, making the new line-up look suspiciously similar to the programme’s initial foursome.
Christina has announced she'll be back on The Voice USA for its eighth season
Xtina was part of the originals with Maroon 5 star Adam Levine, country singer Blake Shelton and singer-songwriter CeeLo Green: the quartet that steered the show for the first three seasons. Shakira and Usher took on the coaching roles in season four before the Genie in a Bottle singer returned with CeeLo for season five.
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CeeLo Green has been dropped from the Navy sponsored Freedom Concert line up after allegedly writing offensive comments about rape on Twitter.
CeeLo Green may have apologised for the comments about rape he allegedly tweeted on Sunday (31st August) but the bad publicity has caused a concert organiser to drop him from their line up.
CeeLo Green at a event for The Voice in 2013.
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Cee Lo Green posted some disturbing views on rape before deleting the posts, and his Twitter account.
In a series of tweets, the singer Cee-Lo Green has questioned the definition of rape after he pleaded no contest to supplying ecstasy to a woman. The former judge on 'The Voice' was sentenced to three years' probation after supplying the drug to the woman and having "consensual relations", despite the fact that she had no recollection the following day.
Cee-Lo Green outside the courtroom [Getty/David Buchan]
Green's attorney Blair Berk had argued that anything happening in the period between dining at a sushi restaurant and the woman waking up naked in the singer's bed was entirely consensual.
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CeeLo Green has been sentenced to 3 year probation and 360 hours community service after pleading no contest to charges relating to a 2012 drug incident.
CeeLo Green appeared in an L.A. court on Friday (29th August) and pleaded no contest to the felony charge against him relating to an incident in 2012 where a woman accused Green of drugging her with MDMA/Ecstasy without her knowledge or consent.
CeeLo Green has been sentenced to three years probation and 360 hours of community service.
R ’n’ B star escaped jail but will also have to complete 360 hours of community service.
Cee-Lo Green has been sentenced to three years probation and 360 hours of community service after pleading no contest to the charge of ‘furnishing a controlled substance’. The former judge on ‘The Voice’ appeared in court on Friday to answer the charges which stem from a July 2012 incident where he was accused of secretly slipping ecstasy into the drink of a 33 year old female during a dinner date.
Cee-Lo Green has been given three years probabtion
According to TMZ as part of the ‘no contest plea’ entered by Green the ‘Forget You’ singer admitted to sharing ecstasy with the female but said he did not "slip" her the drug as she had originally claimed.
The 39 year old star was instead given probation and community service as part of his sentence.
R&B star Cee Lo Green has escaped jail time after pleading no contest to a count of furnishing a controlled substance. The case stems from an incident in July 2012 where Green was accused of providing ecstasy to an unsuspecting 33 year old female.
Cee Lo Green escaped jail time after pleading no contest to ecstasy furnishing allegations
As part of the no contest plea, the singer was not given jail time but he was instructed that he must return to court for a progress report in March 2015. He must also complete 52 Alcohol / Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
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The stars of the upcoming James Brown biopic 'Get On Up', Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis and Octavia Spencer, talk about the legendary musician alongside artists Ice Cube, Pharrell, Mick Jagger, Cee-Lo Green and Aloe Blacc in a short featurette ahead of the film's release on September 26th 2014.
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Fans of the Oscar-winning 2006 Irish film Once (and its more recent stage-musical adaptation) may find this American drama a little derivative, but it's a strong story in its own right. This time writer-director John Carney has assembled a starry cast to nicely capture the rhythms of New York's streets. And the songs, while not quite as integral to the story, are gorgeous.
The opening sequence sets up the story from two perspectives, as music producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo) hears songwriter Greta (Keira Knightley) reluctantly perform at a bar's open-mic night. Both of these people are at their rope's end: always seeking offbeat talent, Dan is on the outs with his record label partner (Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def), and wants to reconnect with his estranged wife and teen daughter (Catherine Keener and Hailee Steinfeld). Meanwhile, Greta has just been dumped by her rising pop-star boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine), who got his big break from a song she wrote. To stop her moping, her pal Steve (James Corden) encourages her to start singing her own songs. In Greta, Dan sees the kind of artist he longs to make records with, so with nothing to lose the two set out to record her songs at locations around the city for a new album.
Like Once, this is a love story that doesn't actually involve romance: these two people need each other to discover their life's passions. So Ruffalo and Knightley get the chance to create some terrific chemistry without much of a threat that they'll fall for each other. Indeed, each has other fish to fry, as they try to sort out their emotional connections elsewhere. Their flirty friendship plays out in a fresh, effortless way that generates some complex emotions and ideas. Ruffalo is always great at creating these kinds of loose, slightly hapless characters, while Knightley delivers an even more earthy performance, letting her own sparky personality emerge on-screen for the first time along with some serious skill as a singer. And the supporting cast add texture in just the right places.
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Keira Knightley talks about working on her new movie 'Begin Again', in which she stars as a dejected singer-songwriter in New York alongside Hailee Steinfeld, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine. Although not a natural singer, Keira had to pull off a few tunes of her own in the movie.
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