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Aunt Bey shared a very cute photo of her grasping the tiny hands of her former Destiny's Child band mate's newborn baby.
Kelly Rowland and her manager husband Tim Witherspoon welcomed a baby son, Titan Jewell Witherspoon, into the world on November 4th, and former Destiny's Child band mate Beyoncé has already met the little guy!
Aunt Bey has already met young Titan
The 'Halo' singer took to Instagram on Thursday (Nov 6th) to congratulate the happy couple as she shared the first photo of young Titan, whose tiny hands were holding hers.
Continue reading: Beyoncé Recalls Meeting Kelly Rowland's Son Titan In Adorable Photo
The former Destiny's Child singer and her husband Tim Witherspoon are now parents to baby boy, Titan Jewell Witherspoon.
Kelly Rowland is a mother for the first time! The former Destiny's Child singer and her manager husband Tim Witherspoon welcomed a baby son into the world on November 4th, and named him Titan Jewell Witherspoon.
Rowland is now a mother to a baby boy
A rep for Rowland confirmed to People magazine that she gave birth around 1.30 p.m. to a healthy baby boy who weighed 7.5 lbs.
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Gives Birth To First Baby Son
Williams' latest single is a spiritual summer anthem.
Are we all sufficiently in love with Destiny’s Child still? For those fans, who still live for the trio’s reunion, Michelle Williams just dropped the video to her latest, Jesus-praising song, Say Yes!
Michelle's new album, Journey to Freedom, is due out in September.
The video focuses on the feel-good tone and the message of unity, instead of the religious aspect of the song. It’s an endearing video, as Michelle, Beyonce and Kelly pop up in succession in their respective scenes, before the actual reunion takes place at what looks like a giant party towards the end.
Continue reading: The Ladies Of "Destiny's Child" Back Together In Summery "Say Yes" Video
Kelly Rowland seems to have confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child with manager and husband Tim Witherspoon.
Kelly Rowland has hinted on Instagram that she’s pregnant with her first child. The ex-Destiny’s Child singer posted a photo on June 10 of two pairs of Air Jordans. Not so unusual, huh? Well, it just so happens that one set of the sneakers were a teeny tiny pair designed with a little baby in mind! Next to the suspicious photo, Rowland put the caption: “I’ll be stuntin like my daddy…..” further fuelling rumours that the singer is having a baby with husband Tim Witherspoon.
Rowland and Witherspoon began dating in 2011 and were married in Costa Rica in May this year. Witherspoon had previously been Rowland’s manager. She announced their engagement on The Queen Latifah Show in December 2013, revealing: “He put a ring on it…it’s been a while. We’ve kept it very, very low - for years, to be completely honest.”
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Hints At First Pregnancy On Instagram
It's too early to tell, but Cowell hopes that third time really is the charm.
The panel has been revealed, the dust has settled and now Simon Cowell believes the X Factor is finally on the right track. Besides the axing of Britney Spears and La Reid and the addition of their replacements Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, there are several changes to the show format this season as well.
Cowell has been tweaking the American show for the past three years.
There is only one host now. Mario Lopez will take on hosting duties all on his own, following Chloe Kardashian’s departure. During auditions, the contestants will have to go through an additional middle round: an added surprise for the contestants, who will be separated into four groups as usual – Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups. With these subtle changes, but mostly with the new judging panel, Cowell believes that the show is finally closer to the mark.
Cowell was remarkably nice in reference to Britney's time on the "X Factor."
Simon Cowell’s recent appearance on Ellen was certainly eye-opening. Like so many celebrities before him, the surly X Factor producer opened up to the likeable talk show host about the Britney experiment – Britney Spears’ brief run as an X Factor judge.
He had his reasons.
Surprisingly, Cowell was relatively mild in his Britney comments and didn’t actually bash anything about her judging prowess. Instead, he simply commented: "There was a time where I think everybody was trying to up themselves in terms of who could find the biggest known star to be on a panel," Cowell said, naming American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez and the "other one...blondie" on The Voice, in reference to Christina Aguilera.
The Billboard chart is all about rappers this week - and religious references, apparently.
With all the buzz surrounding Kanye West’s Yeezus lately, it comes as no surprise that the release topped the Billboard 200 album chart this week. Everyone wants to know if Yeezus is as godlike as its creator claims and it’s selling out like hotcakes – whatever those are. In any case, Yeezus has shifted around 327, 000 copies in its first week – not exactly topping Kanye’s 2007 success with Graduation, but it was enough for the album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard, which is still pretty respectable. Those numbers also place Yeezus as the third bestselling album of the year – behind Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339, 000).
These days, Yeezy has a lot to celebrate.
Congratulations, Kanye! Despite what some of the songs claim, it isn’t exactly a godlike performance, but still – a solid week for West, who should probably be cut some slack, He is a newly appointed dad, after all. Following closely in the chart is – surprise, surprise – J Cole’s Born Sinner with 297, 000. Not a bad debut for what can be considered the rapper’s breakout album. Though for those, who were pitting Yeezus against Born Sinner, it’s pretty obvious who is winning at this point.
Continue reading: In The Billboard Chart, Kanye West's "Yeezus" Dominates Again
The singer insisted that the two, as well as Michelle Williams, are still the best of friends
Kelly Rowland's latest single, the deeply personal 'Dirty Laundry,' airs out some unpleasantries between herself and Destiny's Child bandmate Beyoncé Knowles, in which she discusses her jealousy and resentment for the mega-star while she watched from the sidelines. Despite what is implied in the song, in a recent interview with Yahoo's 'Omg! Insider' the singer debunked any rumours that the two of them are no longer friends, admitting they are in fact stronger than ever.
"While my sister was on stage … I was enraged … Went out separate ways, but I was happy she was killing it … Bittersweet, she was up, I was down," sings rowland in her new track, but as bitter as it sounds, Kelly has insisted that she and Bey were alway "sister" and it was her who "checked out" of their friendship because of her envy. In her interview she goes on to say that Beyoncé always stood by her even when she was unresponsive and regardless of any hard feelings in the past the two have put it behind them and if anything, have benefitted form their distance in the mid-2000s.
She said, "I think the people wanted those stories for years, and that's just so sad on them because it's not like that. It's so crazy, and I just think it's so sad that we live in a world where people don't want to see women get along and encourage and empower each other, and that's what we do for each other." The new new X Factor judge went on to say that she "loves" Bey "to death," and the same applies to all of her inner-circle of friends, including fellow DC 'sister' Michelle Williams and Beyoncé's mother Tina and sister Solange.
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland Laughs Off Talk Of A Feud Between Herself And Beyoncé
Star also breaks down in tears on first night of tour following rendition of 'Dirty Laundry'
Kelly Rowland looks to have revealed a new track that has been credited to all three members of Destiny's Child. 'You've Changed' features on Rowland's forthcoming studio album Talk A Good Game but has been credited on the LP to all three of the girlgroup (Michelle Williams and Beyonce Knowles) according to the NME.
In what promises to be the most intensely personal record of Rowland's solo career to-date, the star has already been out on the road performing some of it, and her first night in Washington DC was particularly eventful as she broke down in tears during the performance of new single 'Dirty Laundry'. Rowland has already commented in the press that the track is particularly sensitive one to her, given that is addresses not only past relationships, but also her friendship with former Destiny's Child band mate Beyonce. And the star was in tears as she sang the song to the mass crowd in the US capital (read more).
In yet more Rowland news, she was recently confirmed to be appearing on the US X Factor as a judge, along side Mexican singer and actress Paulina Rubio, Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato. Rowland and Rubio replace LA Reid and Britney Spears, and Rowland does have previous X Factor experience, having appeared as a judge on the UK version of the show.
Continue reading: Has Kelly Rowland Revealed A New Destiny's Child Song?
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A Week In Albums... Vampire Weekend have been getting some much deserved props for their comeback LP, Modern Vampires Of The City and our man Jim Pusey was more than happy to join in the chorus of praise. Marking the group's second US Billboard number one charting album to-date - not to mention their best selling first week effort - Modern Vampires... looks like it's only going to set the indie rockers onto greater things. Pusey commented: "While it's an album that may struggle to repeat the phenomenal commercial success of Vampire Weekend's debut, I'd argue in the long run there's more to love on Modern Vampires. It's not just because the band's affection for New York seeps through every pore of the record, but also because sonically it's a far more interesting album. If this is indeed the end to a trilogy of records, Vampire Weekend have set themselves an extremely high bar to reach for the next chapter of their career."
Collaborator-happy party bringers Major Lazer have returned with a new album in the form of Free The Universe. A record that does little to change the act's sound, it doesn't necessarily need to, says Andy Peterson, with the array of people brought on board, including - there he is again - Ezra from Vampire Weekend, Peaches and Wyclef Jean, meant to enhance the party not the sound evolution. Peterson writes, "At times it's fair criticism that the formula isn't saying anything new, but the main objective here is far less about innovation but instead about being what it is; a no-nonsense party record made to be turned up to eleven and put on after twelve. Righteous."
The pair could make up a 75% female judging team
Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are set to replace L.A Reid and Britney Spears as X-Factor judges. This would not only complete the judging team, but ensure that Simon Cowell is the only male on it – now we see what this whole X-Factor thing was about.
Rowland and Rubio - ready for The X-Factor gauntlet
Rowland, of course, has pedigree; she was successful as a judge on the U.K X-Factor, handing out opinions on the eighth season of the talent show. The transition for her should be smooth. Rubio has experience, but not on the same level. She worked on the popular La Voz…Mexico, which shares a similar format. "Rowland was on the highest-rated UK season," a source close to the show tells E! "We have a lot of faith in her as a judge." Hilary Duff, Katy Perry and Cheryl Cole have all been rumoured to return for the show, but they look to have missed out. Cole certainly would be a surprise considering her ill-fated attempt to judge in the U.S. Production on the next season of 'The X Factor' begins on Tuesday.
Continue reading: Kelly Rowland And Paulina Rubio In Talks For X-Factor Shakeup
Can the youngest ever Oscar Nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis upset the odds?
Considering she’s the shortest actress in the category, Quvenzhané Wallis represents the longest odds to win Best Actress at The Oscars come this Sunday.
Should the miniature force of nature – as she’s been called – win the award, she won’t have just thrown the betting form out the window, she’ll beat the previous youngest winner, Marlee Matlin, who was 21 when she was honored for 1986's Children of a Lesser God, by around 12-years.
"If I don't win, at least I was nominated. And if I do win, at least I was nominated—so either way it goes, I am still nominated," Quvenzhané said in an interview last Friday, when she was visiting New York. Wise words from one so young. Quvenzhané – and we have it on good authority, is pronounced ‘kwav-en-ja-nay’ – has been mixing it with the biggest of celebs at Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Continue reading: The Oscars 2013 – Quvenzhané Wallis Represents Longest Odds
After a show-stopping half-time show at this year’s Super Bowl, what exactly does the future hold for Destiny’s Child? They’ve admitted that their new track ‘Nuclear’ was recorded in a hurry. Will they be trying to make amends by spending a bit more time in the recording studio and trying to better their back catalogue with a new slew of songs? Or was Beyonce merely using Michelle and Kelly as pawns in a bid to build the hype around her post-baby career and Super Bowl performance?
The bulk of the hype surrounding Beyonce (ok, putting aside all the lip-sync nonsense) was over whether or not the band would reunite for the performance. We all knew they would, of course and they did a terrible job of pretending otherwise but the build-up was half the fun. When it came to the actual performance, though, there was no pretending who the real star of the show was. Whilst Beyonce oozed sass and confidence, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams showed the nerves of two performers unused to performing to such a huge audience (let’s not forget the TV viewers at home, let alone those in the stadium) and ended up looking like little more than Beyonce’s hand-picked backing dancers / vocalists. Does Beyonce really need a Destiny’s Child reunion? We think not.
Looking at Beyonce’s recently announced tour dates, she’ll be heading off in a few weeks to start the tour on April 15 and won’t be done until August. The pop world is unforgiving and has a short memory - much of the Destiny’s Child reunion hype will have died down by then. Plus, as career driven as she clearly is, she will most likely want a bit of quality time with Blue Ivy and Jay Z once she’s done shaking her thighs all across the globe. Fun though that reunion was, we don’t think Kelly and Michelle should sit waiting for Bey’s call for too long.
Continue reading: Can We Expect A Full Destiny's Child Reunion? What Are The Chances?
Is this a cryptic comment from Beyonce? The Destiny’s Child singer has made no comment since she faced a barrage of abuse for apparently lip-syncing the national anthem at the Presidential Inauguration last week. On Saturday night, though, she posted a picture of herself on Instagram, wearing a sweater emblazoned with the words “Can I live?”
Was Beyonce asking, ‘will you let me get on with my life now?’ Or perhaps it was a play on whether or not she can sing live? It looks as though the photo was taken at a stadium, most likely the Mercedes-Benz Arena in New Orleans where her half time performance for this year’s Super Bowl will take place. Given that the singer hasn’t made any comment so far, we’re certain that she wanted to make some kind of statement over the drama surrounding her Super Bowl appearance, whether it was an implicit statement, or an ambiguous one. Having said that, she could just have been playing the loyal wife and helping promote her husband’s music, as Jay-Z has a song entitled ‘Can I Live?’
Anticipation is mounting over her Super Bowl performance now – not least because of the recent scandal. The Super Bowl entertainment is always a big deal, though usually the gossip / outrage (remember Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake?) comes after the performance, rather than before. Still, Beyonce’s never been one to do things by the book. It’s expected that she will be joined by her Destiny’s Child band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Continue reading: Cryptic Comment? What Was Beyonce Telling Us With 'Can I Live' Sweater?
The setlist for Beyoncé's much anticipated Super Bowl halftime show has emerged online, confirming what many of us had expected all along: Destiny's Child will be returning to the stage to perform a medley of past hits, US Weekly have reported.
The leaked document states that Bey will open with 'Crazy In Love' before being joined midway through the performance by her Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to perform a three song medley that will include the hits 'Survivor', 'Bills, Bills, Bills' before ending the on-stage reunion with the new track 'Nuclear', which was released earlier this year. Beyoncé will then close the show by premiering her new song, which is yet to be unveiled to the public.
According to a source close to Beyoncé, speaking to Us, Mrs Jay Z can't wait to "knock them dead" in New Orleans next weekend, especially considering the fallout from her presidential inauguration performance, in which she was accused of lip-syncing. "She did sing," the source confirmed to Us, adding that there was a background track playing in tandem with Bey, but Beyoncé sang regardless. "The track was only there as a backup," the source added.
Alicia Keys will perform at the beginning of this year's Super Bowl XLVII, taking to the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 3 to perform a rendition of the American national anthem, the NFL and CBS announced today.
Keys' performance will air on CBS just prior to kick off and will be the singer's third overall performance at American Footballs grandest platform, having performed in 2005 and 2008, each time appearing as part of the pre-game entertainment. The news of Keys' appointment joins the announcement that fellow R&B star Beyoncé will be serving as the half-time entertainment for the sporting extravaganza, with her performance increasingly being dogged by rumours that she will be joined on stage by her Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Last years Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVII, drew in a massive audience of over 111.3 million viewers in the U.S. alone, making it one of the most-watched sporting programs of all time. It comes as no surprise then to learn that this year the NFL are pulling out all the stops to ensure that this year's final surpasses the massive target set by the last final. Both the pre-game and halftime entertainment is being overseen by the NFL Network Production, with Ricky Kirshner serving as the executive producer of the whole extravaganza. We already can't wait to see what's in store next year.
Destiny's Child haven't just promised to return, they really have. Their first single, called 'Nuclear', has been uploaded online today and the jury's out on the track so far.
Comments on the YouTube video are indecisive. Some are dubbing it very '90s, which it isn't really. To call it 'oldschool' even is inaccurate. While there are certain aspects of the track that are reminiscent of a Brandy track or two, the production is distinctly contemporary. Despite being an R&B group, there is something of underground alternative bands such as MS MR, or even (and we're pushing the boat way out here) School of Seven Bells, in there somewhere too. Of course the sultry tones of Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Roland keep it very much 'Destiny's Child'. Dreamy and low tempo but repetitive and with a catchy melody, it's primed and ready for remixes and acoustic covers.
Having said this, it's understandable for fans to be somewhat downhearted. Their music has reached a level of maturation that fans may not have wanted them to read. The days of 'Bootylicious' are not gone, per se, but it is certainly a product of the past. Beyonce is married and has a child now, while that isn't necessarily the be all and end all of being young and fun, singing a song with the lyrics "They want to know how we keep our sh*t together / They're wondering / It's just evolution / We're just getting better" makes sense.
The R&B world rejoiced this week with news that Destiny's Child are to return with new material. Though website and blogs - us included - have been banding about the words "comeback" and "reunion" with regards to Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, are we all getting ahead of ourselves?
We do know that the multi-million selling trio have recorded a new track, 'Nuclear' produced by Pharrell Williams, though there's no guarantee the women were even in the studio at the same time and there's certainly no indication of further releases or live shows. In a week that has seen the surprise comeback of David Bowie, Beyonce posted an excited message on her website, "I am so proud to announce the first original Destiny's Child music in eight years!" she wrote. However, for now, all we know is that the girls have recorded the track to sell their forthcoming compilation album, Love Songs, set for release on January 29, 2013. The song closes out the new album, which comprises of the group's greatest love songs, including Second Nature, Now That She's Gone, Emotion and If You Love. It's difficult to envisage Beyonce teaming up with Williams and Rowland for anything substantial and she seems far more concerned with her fifth studio album, telling GQ recently, "I've been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and [The] Dream.We all started in the '90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us."
In their first spell together, Destiny's Child became the biggest R&B group in the world with hits including Bills, Bills, Bills and Bootylicious and Survivor.
Continue reading: Are Destiny's Child Trying To Pull The Wool Over Our Eyes?
We don't want to polarize Destiny's Child as being Beyoncé's and Beyoncé's alone, but she's definitely Queen B in more ways than simply nominatively. It was via her website that the official announcement that we'll be able to indulge in brand new Destiny's Child material in just a month's time was released. It's extraordinarily exciting piece of news, and one which is the cherry on the top of a Beyoncé Knowles 2013 dessert.
As well as the return of the band that brought us Bootylicious and Independent Women, advocating all aspects of the power of women, Beyoncé is continuing to take over the world, one enormous step at a time, Beyoncé's 2013 is really rather full. She'll be performing at the Superbowl half time show in February, she has also been in the studio with hubby Jay-Z recording new music for her own new album, plus she signed an enormous deal with Pepsi recently. It was reportedly worth $50m, and wouldn't just be a standard contract in which she traditionally appear in print and film ads, but one which included financial support from Pepsi to fund Beyoncé's creative projects. Plus, she'll be starring in an animated adventure from Blue Sky, called 'Epic' which will be released later in the year.
While Beyonce is, of course, amazing, we must turn to what can be expected from the new record. With pre-release sale price that would indicate it to be a full album, that much is clear. But with a name like 'Love Songs' what can be expected from it in terms of the most important aspect of any album: the sound. Will it be a return to the upbeat, strong, feminist sound of Survivor, or will Destiny's Child have toned down in their maturation after 8 years since their last original music was released? We suspect, given the music created most recently by Beyonce and Michelle Williams, for it to be a little softer. But, with Knowles, Williams and Kelly Rowland at the helm, whatever it is, it'll be great.
Kelly Clarkson was the star of last night’s VH1 Divas show (Sunday December 16, 2012)… or rather her huge engagement ring was!
Clarkson’s partner, Brandon Blackstock proposed last week and the American Idol was looking radiantly happy as she took to the stage for the VH1 show. The Daily Mail have published snaps of the star, in her multi-fabric, figure hugging gown, her “canary yellow” diamond ring taking centre stage as she clutches the microphone stand in front of her.
Kelly joined a number of other female stars for the VH1 show, which was held in aid of the Save the Music foundation, which funds music programmes and has done so for the last decade. Kelly Rowland, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Jordin Sparks were amongst the performers. The event paid tribute to Whitney Houston and Donna Summer, both of whom passed away this year.
Outkast’s Big Boi is adding another string to his bow, by featuring in a videogame, along with his friend and collaborator B.o.B. The two of them will reportedly feature in the Electronic Arts shoot-em-up entitled Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel. It’s the third release in the successful Army of Two franchise.
According to Los Angeles Times, Big Boi will star as Charles “Chuy” Rendall and B.o.B. will be Anthony “Baker” Barnes, both agents, who appear in the game to help players in their quest. Sadly, players won’t be able to control Big Boi and B.o.B’s characters in the main issue of the game but apparently, anyone who pre-orders the game will receive an additional mission in their package, which will allow them to do so. BigBoi and B.oB. have also written the theme tune for the game, entitled ‘Double or Nothing.’
In addition to his foray into the world of video games, Big Boi will also be releasing a new album on December 11. Entitled Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours, it will be released via Island Def Jam. The single ‘Mama Told Me,’ featuring Kelly Rowland, was described by The Los Angeles Times as “As catchy as a classic Outkast collaboration.” The reviewer added “Mama Told Me' features a Kelly Rowland hook that weaves through a wobbly, melodic rhythm. Big Boi illustrates why he's one of the most mellifluous rappers in hip-hop by offering floating verses that move through the measures like sing-along bouncing balls."
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