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The 31 year old model penned an article for Glamour about her struggles with PPD since giving birth to daughter Luna last year.
Married to John Legend, a swimwear model and a new mother, Chrissy Teigen seems to have it all. However, the star has opened up for the first time about her post-partum depression since giving birth to her daughter last year in a new article for Glamour magazine.
She and her singer husband welcomed their first daughter, named Luna, eleven months ago in April 2016. The couple, who have been married since 2012 and had dated for five years before that, had tried unsuccessfully for many years to conceive, turning to IVF treatement.
Chrissy Teigen has revealed her struggles with post-partum depression
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen Opens Up For First Time About Post-Partum Depression
Having a wife and daughter has made John Legend concerned for the future.
Despite John Legend's stunning performance of 'La La Land' tunes 'Audition (The Fools Who Dream)' and 'City of Stars' at the 89th Academy Awards, the night was marred by the mix-up over Best Picture with 'Moonlight'. While his face might have visibly dropped at the time, these days he has a lot more to worry about than not getting awards.
John Legend opens up about his feelings on Trump's America
'Hi guys. Here joined by Oscar winner John Legend - not this year', Chrissy Teigen joked after the ceremony, ribbing her husband of three years. But the truth is, John considers himself a winner just to have her and their daughter Luna in his life.
Continue reading: John Legend Wants To Protect His Daughter From Trump's America
The model luckily walked away from the incident unhurt
Model, cookbook writer, mother-of-one and Twitter slayer, Chrissy Teigen has escaped unhurt from a hit and run car accident. The Sports Illustrated cover girl was involved in the accident as a passenger in the car in Hollywood but walked away from the crash injury free.
The model has escaped unharmed from a car accident
The incident happened around 7:30pm on Tuesday night (7 Feb) as the car Chrissy was travelling in was hit.
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen Involved In Hit And Run Car Accident
Legend will play 29 live dates across the U.S. and Canada from May to June 2017, in support of his fifth album 'Darkness and Light'.
Seemingly not content with becoming a movie soundtrack maestro, John Legend has a busy summer ahead of him in 2017, announcing a new North American tour to support his recently released album Darkness and Light.
The singer, 38, announced an extensive tour of Canada and the United States beginning on May 12th in Miami and ending on June 30th in New Orleans, taking in 27 more live dates in between.
When he hits the road, Legend will be supported by R&B singer Gallant, whose first album Ology recently earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Urban Contemporary Album category.
Continue reading: John Legend Announces 'Darkness And Light' North American Tour
They couldn't have picked a better pair for this legendary song.
Ariana Grande and John Legend recreate the Grammy and Academy Award winning 'Beauty and the Beast' title song for the forthcoming live action Disney reboot. The song won myriad awards when it was first released with Celine Dion, and there is no doubt that they do it justice this time around.
Ariana Grande performs with John Legend for 'Beauty and the Beast'
The original title theme was composed by the 8-time Oscar winning Alan Menken alongside Howard Ashman (who died during the release of the 1991 animation), and written by Tim Rice. Menken is responsible for the bulk of the film's soundtrack, and has returned to work on this hugely exciting remake having also been acknowledged for his work on the likes of 'The Little Mermaid', 'Aladdin' and 'Pocahontas'.
Continue reading: Listen To Ariana Grande And John Legend's Rendition Of 'Beauty And The Beast'
Teigen is the queen of shutting down the online haters.
Chrissy Teigen shut down another Twitter troll on Monday, who criticised the model for using IVF to conceive.
Over the weekend Chrissy, who has been open about her experiences with IVF, told Extra that she and husband John Legend plan on having a son next, saying they have “have a boy on ice.”
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are planning on having a baby boy next
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen Shuts Down Another Twitter Troll After Revealing Baby Plans
The singer voiced his objections to Trump’s immigration ban during the PGA Awards.
John Legend is using his voice to slam President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban.
On Friday Trump signed an executive order barring U.S. entry to citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. The move was met with a wave of protests across the US and was talking point during Saturday night’s Producers Guild of America Awards.
John Legend has slammed Trump’s immigration ban
Continue reading: John Legend: "America Has To Be Better Than Donald Trump"
The incident happened last week while Legend was at JFK airport with wife Chrissy Teigen.
John Legend has spoken about the racially charged harassment he suffered last week, when he was called a ‘monkey’ by a photographer at JFK airport.
Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen, who was with him at the time, tweeted about the incident last Thursday, saying the paparazzi had shouted: "if we evolved from monkeys, why is John Legend still around?”
John Legend has spoken about suffering racial harassment from a photographer last week
Continue reading: John Legend Responds To Racist Attack By Paparazzi Who Called Him A Monkey
John Legend hopes his music will ''bring light and inspire'' people.
John Legend wants his music to ''bring light and inspire''.
The 'Love Me Now' hitmaker ''starts with his own background'' when it comes to choosing the projects he takes on as he wants to help bring ''beauty into the world''.
He said: ''I start with my own background: I was an English major and also concentrated in African-American literature, history, and culture. Even as a young person, I used to read a lot about Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr.
Continue reading: John Legend: I Hope My Music Inspires
All hail Chrissy Teigen, the Queen of Twitter.
Twitter trolls should know by now not to mess with Chrissy Teigen, but on Friday one tweeter learned the hard way when he attempted to call out the model’s husband John Legend.
Chrissy Teigen, wife of John Legend and all-round twitter legend
It all started when Donald Trump addressed claims that no A-list music stars were willing to perform at his inauguration next month. “The so-called "A" list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!,” the president-elect tweeted.
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen Schools A Twitter Troll After He Calls John Legend "Illiterate"
The singer and songwriter called the get together a "publicity stunt"
Kanye West’s meeting with President-elect Donald Trump has caused quite a stir among a lot of people and even surprisingly some of his closest friends, including singer and songwriter John Legend.
John Legend is disappointed his friend and collaborater Kanye West met with Donald Trump
Legend is one of Kanye’s closest allies - even singing his beautiful ballad, All Of Me, at the rapper’s wedding to Kim Kardashian West in 2013 - but even he found West’s visit to Trump Tower one step too far.
Continue reading: John Legend Disappointed With Kanye's Meeting With Trump
John Legend will ''always'' be grateful for Kanye West for having his ''music back'',e specially at the start of his career when he was rejected from other record labels.
John Legend will ''always'' be grateful for Kanye West for having his ''music back''.
The 37-year-old singer believes he wouldn't have landed a record deal without the assistance of the 'Famous' rapper, because he was rejected by ''every major record label'' when he was trying to break into the music industry, and Legend is thankful for his support throughout his music career.
Speaking on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on Friday (02.12.16), he said: ''I don't know if I would've gotten signed to Columbia and Sony without [Kanye's] help and his work with me on my music back then. So I'll always be grateful to him for that.
Continue reading: John Legend Will 'always' Be Grateful For Kanye West
Kim has previously shared that she may not be able to carry another child due to health risks.
Chrissy Teigen has said she would be friend Kim Kardashian’s surrogate “in a heartbeat”, if the reality star asked.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, the model was asked if she’d consider being a surrogate for Kim, who might not be able to carry a third child.
While the question may have seemed a little out of the blue to some, Chrissy was unfazed and said she loved being pregnant and would be willing to do it all again for Kim.
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen Would Be Kim Kardashian's Surrogate "In A Heartbeat"
Katy Perry, Beyonce and One Direction have all also scored multiple nominations.
Iggy Azalea is leading the pack at this year’s American Music Awards, amassing six nominations including one for ‘artist of the year’. The Australian rapper has had quite the 2014, hitting the Billboard number one spot for the first time earlier this year with ‘Fancy’ and releasing her debut album, The New Classic.
Iggy Azalea leads this year's AMA nominations
The 24 year old is nominated for artist of the year, new artist of the year, favourite female pop/rock artist, favourite rap/hip hop artist, favourite rap/hip hop album (for The New Classic) and single of the year for ‘Fancy’.
Continue reading: How ‘Fancy’! Iggy Azalea Leads AMA Nominations With Six Nods
Barbra Streisand has set a new world record with the release of her latest album.
It's not easy to be a pioneer in music nowadays, but Barbra Streisand seems to have managed it with the release of her thirty-sixth album 'Partners'. The record has debuted at the top spot on the US Billboard Chart, making Streisand the first singer to have a number one album in six consecutive decades.
Streisand (72) is continuing to break records in the music world
Her first album to reach the top spot was 'People' back in 1964, and she has gone on to have a further nine reach number one in the US, including her latest one. With her ten number one albums, she is now tied for fourth place with the most number one albums alongside Elvis Presley. Ahead of her are The Beatles (19), Michael Jackson (13) and Bruce Springsteen (11), but Streisand is still the most successful female artist. She has also scored six number ones in the UK album chart and thirteen in other countries. She has also achieved five number one singles, her last being 'Woman in Love' which was released in 1980.
Continue reading: Barbra Streisand Makes Chart History With New Album
We nominate these two for most beautiful celeb newlyweds.
Congrats to Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade, who just tied the knot on Saturday, August 30. The couple kept the celebrity habit of marrying in castles – fitting for modern day aristocracy, really – and had their big (well, not that big) do at Chateau Artisan in Miami.
Beautiful couple award? We think so.
The intimate gathering was attended by a small group of close friends and family, including John Legend, who performed at the wedding reception. This is a second marriage for both 41-year-old Union and 32-year-old Wade, who plays for Miami Heat. His proposal back in December was a rather endearing moment, aided by his two children from a previous marriage, sons Zaire and Zion, and his nephew, Dahveon, whom he's raising.
Continue reading: Bring On The Union Puns: Gabrielle Union Ties The Knot With Dwayne Wade
Wait, what was that about BET?
Lionel Richie’s Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony during the BET Awards on Sunday was moving, inspiring and… wrong. Well, part of it was, anyway. Richie received musical tributes by Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Yolanda Adams, each of whom performed a song by the soul legend.
Despite the typo, the ceremony and musical tributes marched on.
Even though his name was repeated multiple times during the show and we’re guessing BET staff know how to use spell check, someone still misspelled Richie’s name as Ritchie on screen. Before the mistake was noticed or acknowledged, Twitter took the typo and ran with it. The misspelled name quickly started trending on the website and many people seemed unaware of the mistake.
Continue reading: Lionel Richie Inspires From The BET Stage, Despite Unfortunate Typo
You'd think they'd have bothered to double-check the name spelling of the recipient of the 'Lifetime Achievement Award'!
Whoever was in charge of the captioning at last night's BET Awards should hang their head in shame after they misspelled the name of the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award, Lionel Richie. During the televised coverage of the Black Entertainment Television Awards on Sunday night (29th June), which was watched by millions around the world, the broadcasting team managed to spell Richie's surname as "Ritchie."
Sure, plenty of worse things could have happened, but it's still a pretty embarrassing move considering Richie was practically the guest of honor at the bash. To make matters worse, the mistake flashed on the screen in large lettering as the 65 year-old soul star headed to collect his prize.
Soon the hashtag "#lionelritchie" began trending on Twitter as viewers picked up on the blunder and quickly spread the news leading to embarrassment for the show's production team.
Continue reading: Fail! Lionel Richie's Name Spelled Wrong At The BET Awards
The victim was in stable condition as of Sunday night.
BET Awards weekend started with a tragedy this year, when a guest at Meek Mill’s pre-awards party ended up in hospital with stab wounds. The incident took place on Saturday night, June 28, at Lure nightclub. Meek Mill was hosting a rousing pre-BET bash, when a fight broke out. The 20-something man was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital, but TMZ has obtained footage of him laying on the curb waiting for help while a friend yells at the police officers to hurry the ambulance.
Meek Mill himself was not directly involved in the brawl.
The man incurred two stab wounds in the stomach, but his condition is stable, the website also reports. The reason for the fight has not been uncovered so far. The man’s identity and that of his attacker are being withheld. The party was also attended by The Game, Lil Boosie, Mase and actress Kyla Pratt.
Continue reading: Despite Stabbing At Meek Mill's BET Pre-Party, Award Show Proceeds As Normal
On the eve of the award show, BET has announced a performance by Lifetime Achievement honoree Lionel Richie.
It’s almost time for the BET awards and tonight’s show promises some memorable moments. Lionel Richie has been tapped to perform during the annual award show, as well as being this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree. He joins this year’s lineup, which also includes stars like Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Drake.
Richie is being honored for over four decades of transformational music.
Currently in the fifth decade of his career, Richie’s list of achievements is quite impressive. He has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and won five Grammy awards. His music has changed the face of soul and R&B, but Richie frequently crosses genre lines to experiment with pop, soft rock and even country.
Continue reading: Lionel Richie Crowns The BET Awards 2014 Performers List
Emma Watson recently graduated from Brown University. What are some other celebs that have pursued a higher education?
It’s no Hogwarts, but it just might be the next best thing. Actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the hit franchise Harry Potter, recently graduated from the Ivy League school Brown University for a degree in English literature. Enrolling in the school in 2009, the degree had been a work in progress as Watson took breaks in between to finish off the remaining Harry Potter films, and she even worked on her schooling abroad as she studied at Oxford University in England, as well. You’d think adapting to the college life could be difficult for someone with such a star status, but Watson said it was pretty easy adjusting. "I've never even been asked for an autograph on campus," she said in an interview in 2013. "I threw a party for nearly 100 students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook."
Emma Watson graduated from Brown University
Watson joins the list of quite a few celebrities that have graduated from top tier schools, and it’s an admirable accomplishment whether it was done before they became famous, or after. In fact, there’s probably a ton of your favorite celebrities that you never even knew had a degree in some weird categories completely unrelated to their career choice. Either way, for these actors and musicians, they’ve proven that at one point or another, an A mark was once a more important accolade than an Oscar or a Grammy.
Continue reading: Emma Watson Joins The List Of Celebrity Graduates
John Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen has made headlines after slamming internet users who criticized her weight, but who is the 'Sports Illustrated' model?
Chrissy Teigen has been hitting the news a lot lately, since her rant to those rude Instagram followers who criticised her weight. Earlier this month, Teigen hit back at the nasty commenters, writing, “In what other real life situation would you walk up to someone and tell them they’re fat or gained weight? Seriously you are POS.”
Chrissy Teigen slammed internet trolls who criticized her weight
Teigen’s act of bravery slamming internet bullies has thrust her into the spotlight, but who is John Legend’s wife? 28 year old Chrissy Teigen was born in Utah to a Norwegian father and a Thai mother. The family moved regularly, with Teigen living in Seattle, Idaho, Washington and Hawaii, before settling in California. It was while working in a surf shop in California that she was ‘discovered’ by a photographer.
Continue reading: Who Is John Legend's Model Wife, Chrissy Teigen?
The Sports Illustrated cover girl definitely isn't shy when it comes to her relationship.
Sports Illustrated covergirl Chrissy Teigen’s sexual exploits made news this week, as the model talked to Cosmopolitan about her career and making a name for herself... but mostly about her sex life with husband John Legend. Said sex life is apparently going great, at least judging by the escapades she shared in her Cosmo interview.
The classy couple apparently has a pretty adventurous sex life.
“We’re by no means freaky-deaky, but let’s just say, we’re open to things. We’re very okay with PDA. When we go to a restaurant, he loves when I wear a dress, so he can do some upper-thigh rubbing."
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen's Mile-High Escapades Make Cosmopolitan Cover Story
The 28 year-old model revealed how she and her Grammy-Award winning husband shared a PDA moment while on board a commercial flight.
Chrissy Teigen is not shy when it comes to public displays of affection.
As the Sports Illustrated model bared all for the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, posing nude in a bathtub with bubbles covering her sensitive areas, she revealed details on some very personal moments herself and husband John Legend have shared.
The 28 year-old married the Grammy-Award winning musician last September (2013) after dating for seven years, and although it is a loving relationship, she isn't scared to admit his status only helped her career.
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen Claims To Be A Member Of The Mile-High Club With Husband John Legend
Mr Probz is No.1 in the UK singles chart.
The Dutch rapper-turned-singer Mr Probz has gone straight in at No.1 with his tune 'Waves'. Probz sold 127,000 copies of the track, which is his debut UK release. He is the latest Dutch artist to top the UK singles chart, following the 2013 success of Bingo Players, Martin Garrix and Nicky Romero.
Mr Probz [L] and Jameela Jamil [R]
Elsewhere in the chart, last week's number one, Hideaway by Kiesza, fell to number one. Sigma were at number three with Nobody To Love - a dance reworking of Kanye West's Bound 2. John Legend is at number four, while Cash Cash complete the top five with Take Me Home.
Continue reading: Mr Probz Snags UK No.1 Single With 'Waves'
Possibly the singularly most romantic album of 2013, John Legend's Gold certified fourth offering 'Love in the Future' was a critical and commercial success - and it's really not hard to see why. With a collection of songs so poignant and appropriate following his subsequent marriage to model Chrissy Teigen, we knew we'd be in for something special.
'All Of Me', the third single from the album, is a fine example of this. Directly written in reference to Chrissy, it shows us that there's no doubt whatsoever that John Legend is a man in love - and that's one of the things that makes this single so remarkably beautiful.
It's a piano and voice only song (only appropriate for a mushy love tune) and John's vocals are at their most unrefined. You can hear every crack in his raw, soulful verses and thus you are forced to listen intently to his heartfelt lyrics. While it's highly difficult to write a love song that isn't nauseating and with originality, John certainly doesn't go by the 'roses are red' romance formula that so many of his contemporaries do nowadays: "You're my downfall, you're my muse/ My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues". It's a genuine song that truly feels like it's been composed for someone special.
Continue reading: John Legend - All Of Me Single Review
The singer and the model tied the knot at intimate Italian ceremony.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have finally gotten married at an intimate wedding at an estate overlooking the idyllic Italian Lake Como: a favourite amongst celebrities.
Chrissy & John Are Now Happily Married.
The pair, who've been dating since 2007, became engaged two years ago whilst holidaying in the Maldives and have been busily planning their big day ever since. "In my mind it's just like an explosion of ideas, but on paper it is just absolutely nothing," model Teigen told E! News, adding "I'll tell you this: the ceremony will be short."
Continue reading: John Legend & Chrissy Teigen Wed By Stunning Lake Como
It was an intimate wedding in the Italian countryside.
Congratulations, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen! The Grammy award-winning singer and the world famous model tied the knot at long last. According to Us Weekly, the pair had a small, private at Villa Pizzo in Lake Como, Italy on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Continue reading: A Weekend Wedding In Italy Means John Legend And Chrissy Teigen's Marriage Is Off To A Great Start
Among arrivals at the 2013 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton were 'Pitch Perfect' star Rebel Wilson with her sister Liberty, 'House of Cards' star Robin Wright, Oscar winning movie director Steven Spielberg and the Grammy winning John Legend.
Continue: Video - Rebel Wilson, Robin Wright And Steven Spielberg At The 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner - Part 1
John Legend is excited to perform on the same bill as Beyonce and a host of other famous acts, in aid of Chime for Change - an initiative, focusing on women's issues worldwide.
John Legend is excited to team up with Beyonce for a London concert, endorsing Chime for Change – a charity, aimed at helping girls and women around the world. The singers will perform at London’s Twickenham stadium on June 1st alongside a host of other international acts, including Florence + the Machine, Haim, Ellie Goulding, Iggy Azalea, Laura Pausini, Rita Ora and Timbaland. Chime for Change was founded by Gucci and profits from the initiative go to various NGOs around the world, which aim to affect change in the lives of underprivileged women.
John Legend himself has been working with various organisations, focusing on women’s rights, for a long time. For The Huffington Post, the singer said he was “inspired” to act after traveling to Ghana with Millenium Promise co-founder Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who wrote The End of Poverty.
The Grammy Award winner is excited to perform alongside Beyonce.
Continue reading: John Legend Would Love To Duet With Beyonce In Aid Of Women's Rights
John Legend will be part of a huge charity project called Chimes For Change that aims at endorsing female empowerment on a global scale.
Singer John Legend has spoken of his overwhelming excitement after being asked to join the likes of Beyonce, Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and actress Salma Hayek Pinault for the Chime For Change charity project. Speaking to the Huffington Post, the singer discussed his involvement in the charity concert and discussed what Chimes For Change hopes to achieve, as well as detailing his admiration for Mrs Carter, with whom he will be sharing a stage with at the Twickenham-based festival this summer.
'It's a pretty dynamic group of people and I'm proud to be part of it,' he told the online journal during his recent visit to London, before going on to detail his admiration for the show's host and headliner Beyonce and why it makes 'it makes perfect sense' for the show to be held in the UK capital. The charity movement itself aims to curtail poverty and give everyone an equal chance, and as Beyonce put it in a recent video message addressing the charity, 'Our goal is to call for change for girls and women in the loudest voice possible.'
The global campaign for female empowerment will culminate with the Chimes For Change concert at London’s Twickenham Stadium on 1 June will feature, as well as Beyonce and Legend, Ellie Goulding, Florence + the Machine, HAIM, Iggy Azalea, Laura Pausini, Rita Ora and Timbaland. Full details of the event and ticket information is available at the Chimes For Change website.
Continue reading: John Legend Proud To Be Part Of 'Chime For Change' As Charity Movement Is Unveiled
Star hints at possible collaboration for women's empowerment concert
John Legend and Beyonce are among the stars who have signed for a special concert at London’s Twickenham stadium on June 1st in aid of Chime For Change, a global campaign for girls’ and womens’ empowerment. Founded by Gucci, it aims to raise funds for nonprofits working to improve girls' and women's lives.
Legend has been talking to the Huffington Post about the event and bigged up the fact that he and Beyonce would be taking to the same stage, even teasing - very slightly mind – that they could do a duet together. Discussing his fellow performer, Legend commented that “we have a very high mutual respect for each other," adding “I don't know, I'll have to talk to Mrs Carter about that," regarding any sort of possible live team-up. As well as Beyonce and Legend, the line-up includes Ellie Goulding, Florence + the Machine, HAIM, Iggy Azalea, Laura Pausini, Rita Ora and Timbaland, prompting Legend to comment "It's a pretty dynamic group of people and I'm proud to be part of it."
Commenting on the concert via a video message, Beyonce said "Our goal is to call for change for girls and women in the loudest voice possible.” It’s part of a busy year for Be, with the star set for a world wide tour, with some fans in uproar over decision to tour under the name of her husband Jay Z’s surname Carter.
Continue reading: John Legend And Beyonce In For 'Chime For Change' London Show
Having dated for seven years and being engaged since December 2011, Chrissy Teigan told her fiancé that they had to marry by the end of this year or it's over.
American model Chrissy Teigen has given an ultimatum to her Grammy Award-winning boyfriend John Legend: he has until the end of the year to marry her. Teigen has been dating Legend for seven years, before the 27-year-old became engaged to him in December 2011. However, after the date being pushed back several times, Teigen has finally announced that Legend is to marry her by the end of 2013, or she's "out". She lamented: ''We keep pushing the date.''
Related: Reason #3496 To Like Chrissy Teigen: Her "Drunk" First Pitch
After being asked about when they might be married, Teigen revealed:'' Definitely this year, but this year just started. If it's not this year, I'm out.'' The model, known for being a Sports Illustrated cover girl, suggested that they got engaged for the first time because they had been receiving a lot of pressure from family and friends, and said harassment has not stopped since the engagement.
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigan's Marriage Ultimatum To John Legend: "If It's Not This Year, I'm Out"
Sting, Alabama Shakes, Neil Young, Elton John Mumford & Sons and John Legend all paid tribute to Bruce Springsteen as he was named Musicares Person of the Year for 2013 at last night's pre-Grammy award show.
The event recognises a star's philanthropic work as well as their efforts as an artist, something that "The Boss" - as Springsteen has become known - can't separate. "Whatever philanthropy I've ever done usually involved playing the guitar," he said. "I was going to play the guitar anyway." In attendance were some previous honourees: Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and Bonnie Raitt. Springsteen is a deserving honoree "because he lives his life in such an exemplary way," Raitt said before the gala. "He's committed to his art. He's a good family man. He's a real inspiration for how to give back. I couldn't fault him in any aspect of his life."
Springsteen said of receiving the award, "It's kind of a freaky experience. This is the huge Italian wedding Patti and I never had. I had one of the loveliest nights of my life ...John Legend made me sound like Gershwin. Neil Young made me sound like the Sex Pistols. What a night." He also talked about the power and magic of music, adding, "The Taliban will never win, not now or ever, by banning music and dancing. The minute you do that, you label yourself a tyrant and your cruel days are numbered."
Well, this is the soundtrack to a western, but it's also the soundtrack to the bloody new vision of Quentin Tarantino so while it hints at it, it's not exactly the most classical collection of dusty old desert songs you could imagine. It's a soundtrack that packs just as many punches as his movie and brands those wincingly visceral scenes into your mind as if it was an 'r' on Jamie Foxx's face.
From Ennio Morricone to Rick Ross it's a thrilling OST that somehow manages to modernise the western without completely ruining it in the process, I mean perhaps Rick Ross out of context is a little jarring, but John Legend's 'Who Did That to You?' is the smarmy second gun in Foxx's hand after you think he's all out of bullets. It's drawling guitar line wails with a lone gunman swagger as Legend's R&B vocals cry out with an over the top pulp. This more than any other song on the soundtrack encapsulates your thoughts of not what a Tarantino western is, but what it should be.
It's difficult to pick out tracks here that are better than the rest, they're all good, but this isn't a record in the usual sense, it's a soundtrack, obviously, and therefore it's about the feeling it brings with it and Tarantino's choices of tracks like 'Freedom' ring with the authenticity of classic slavery hymnals. It's a record that feels as sadistic and redemptive as the tale is on screen and it's a testament to these musicians that you don't need to see the film to understand the tale. It's spliced with some of the finest cuts of dialogue and death from the movie which add an extra layer of texture to this inspired collection and mean that you get to hear Christoph Waltz say, 'five thousand dollar n***a, that's practically my middle name' as much as you bloody well please.
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album Review
On the same day that the NRA calls for there to be armed guards at all schools, celebrities have come together to film a campaign video for 'Demand a Plan', which asks the government to do just that- come up with a plan to tackle the national epidemic of gun violence. The plan that the NRA offers is definitely not the answer that these celebs are after.
As stars, including Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel and John Legend, among many more, speak the names of cities, and the names of places, they also ask their core question: How many more? Fundamentally, there can't be any more, enough is enough. And this is precisely why they are demanding a plan. The video- which you can see below- is linked to the Demand a Plan website, the homepage of which has three main requests:
1. Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America
Continue reading: 'Demand A Plan' PSA: Hollywood's Biggest Stars Unite Against Gun Violence
With Django Unchained featuring a soundtrack including the likes of John Legend, Ennio Morricone, Tupac and James Brown, there’s as much hype about its music as there is the actual film itself.
Legend sat down with Rolling Stone to describe the track that he’s contributed to, a soulful number called ‘What He Did To You’. "I had been reading about the film, very early on when it was in development, and I knew I wanted to write something for it," Legend told the publication. "But he didn't ask me to write it.” Expanding on the themes of the song, he commented "It's about retribution, it's about avenging your lover's honor, it's about a desire to find your love and exact retribution on whoever harmed her, which obviously fits perfectly with the plot of Django."
The film’s issues of slavery and racism are deeply ingrained in the current generation of black Americans, and Legend is no different; much of his reading at University concerned African American history, and he saw a chance to take that and pin it to the Django soundtrack. "A lot of my undergrad studies were about reading about American history and African American history, and America's long struggle with racism and how we deal with race and how important that struggle has been to the forming of this country," he said, a University of Pennsylvania grad. "These are things that I have thought about for years."
A mixed week for US albums releases; old classics given an airing, a major movie soundtrack launched and hip-hop arTIsts new and old having a stab at chart success. Currently, the top of the US album chart is dominated by Taylor Swift, who’s back at the top with Red, Wiz Khalifa, riding high at number two with O.N.F.C. and Rod Stewart’s festive compilation album, Merry Christmas, Baby.
Eric Clapton’s Slowhand gets a 35th anniversary reissue, having been remastered from the original “1/4 tape. There are four album session outtakes, entitled ‘Looking at the Rain,’ ‘Alberta,’ ‘Greyhound Bus,’ and ‘Stars, Strays and Ashtrays.’ A second disc contains a live performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, from April 27, 1977.
One for the completists, then – and more a case of Clapton’s record label rubbing their hands in glee at a cash in, than any real significant moment in his career. The re-release of Slowhand has hardly set the music press alight and we probably don’t need to fetch any fire blankets for the albums chart, either.
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