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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'.
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
The singer voiced his objections to Trump’s immigration ban during the PGA Awards.
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.
John Legend has spoken about suffering racial harassment from a photographer last week
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.
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.
The singer and songwriter called the get together a "publicity stunt"
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.
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.
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"
The ‘X Factor’ hopeful has found an ally in rapper 50 Cent.
Rapper 50 Cent has defended ‘X Factor’ contestant Honey G, whose act has been branded ‘racist’ by some viewers.
The 35-year-old, whose real name is Anna Georgette Gilford, has become this year’s most controversial contestant, thanks to her take on a number of rap tracks.
But 50 has hit back at accusations that Honey G is ‘appropriating black culture’ or making a mockery of rap and hip hop, by saying that anyone who thinks the act is racist doesn't ‘know what racism really is’.
John Legend has teased he will release a new LP ''real soon'', and he already has ''an inkling'' as to when he will drop the album.
John Legend has teased he will release a new LP ''real soon''.
The 'Ordinary People' hitmaker, who unveiled his latest record 'Love Me Now' last week, has hinted he will be dropping his first album in three years soon, and although he has yet to confirm a date he has ''an inkling'' as to when he plans to launch it.
Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper about the forthcoming musical venture, he said: ''The album's coming real soon, nothing is certain but I have an inkling of the date.''
Continue reading: John Legend Will Release New Album 'real Soon'
The song is from his soon to be released album 'Darkness and Light'.
John Legend unveiled 'Love Me Now' yesterday, the first song from his upcoming fifth studio album 'Darkness and Light' which is yet to be given a release date. He performed a live acoustic version of the track on his piano at home for his latest Facebook Live video.
John Legend shares his newest single 'Love Me Now'
Premiering the song on Thursday night (October 6th 2016), John Legend also announces the impending launch of his latest album. 'Love Me Now' It's a sensational ballad and the lyric video is a tearjerking endeavor with lots of people including children communicating in sign language. It appears to explore all kinds of love, the familial and romantic.
Morgan wrote a response to Aniston’s op-ed about the media’s constant speculation that she is pregnant, criticising the actress for being airbrushed on magazine covers .
Chrissy Teigen engaged in a war of tweets with Piers Morgan on Wednesday (July 13) over his criticisms of Jennifer Aniston’s op-ed piece about body shaming and her constant pregnancy rumours. The model and presenter called the former CNN host a ‘piece of shit asshole’, after reading the column he had penned for Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.
Chrissy Teigen has called out Piers Morgan on twitter.
Teigen tweeted: “@piersmorgan saw your piece on Jennifer Aniston. Why do you ALWAYS take the road of being the piece of shit asshole? Particularly with women and people of color. tell me it's just for clicks?? Please tell me you aren't TRULY this vile.”
The adorable pic was shared on the model’s Snapchat.
Model Chrissy Teigen has shared the cutest pic yet of her five-week-old daughter Luna Simone with her Snapchat followers. On Friday (May 20) Teigen posted an adorable photo of little Luna enjoying a nap with dad John Legend, while the family appeared to be heading back home on a private jet to LA.
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen Shares Super Cute Pic Of John Legend And Daughter Luna
She and husband John Legend welcomed their daughter Luna Simone five weeks ago.
Chrissy Teigen has given a new interview about her experience of motherhood so far, having given birth to her first daughter just over a month ago, saying she’s enjoying every moment but describing her baby as a “milk monster”.
Teigen welcomed her baby girl, Luna Simone Stephens, with her husband John Legend on April 14th, and she spoke to Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday (May 17th). The 30 year old Sports Illustrated swimsuit model said that breastfeeding was proving to be the toughest challenge so far, although it is a “loving and sweet” experience.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend photographed with their daughter Luna in May 2016
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen Speaks About The Challenges Of Motherhood
Teigen and husband John Legend welcomed their first child on April 14th.
Chrissy Teigen has shared the first photo of her newborn daughter Luna on Instagram and she’s just as precious as you’d imagine. Luna was born last Thursday (April 14th) and is the first chid for the model and her husband, singer John Legend.
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen Debuts Newborn Daughter Luna On Instagram
It’s the first child for the superstar couple, who have been married since 2013.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter named Luna Simone Stephens. The couple announced the happy news in separate social media posts on Sunday (April 17th), with the model saying she was ‘so in love’ with her new daughter.
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Welcome Daughter Luna Simone
Legend gave the theme song some much needed lyrics, which really got to the heart of what the show is all about.
US fans bid farewell to ‘Downton Abbey’ on Sunday night (March 6th), after six seasons of the British drama. While the show’s ending might have disappointed some, on Monday night's episode of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, fans were given what they really wanted, a reworking of the theme with lyrics by John Legend.
John Legend has reworked the ‘Downton Abbey’ theme.
Describing the series, which aired on PBS, as ‘a show set in a more dignified time, a time when marrying your cousin was seen as a classy thing to do,’ Kimmel introduced Legend and his piano to perform the lyrical version of the theme.
Continue reading: Watch John Legend Rework The 'Downton Abbey' Theme
Through preimplantation genetic screening, Teigen says that she chose to have a daughter as she thinks John Legend will be a better father to a girl.
Chrissy Teigen has revealed that it’s not merely down to chance that she and husband John Legend are expecting a daughter later this year, saying that she chose the sex of their first child together while undergoing IVF treatment.
For a long time, the 30 year old Sports Illustrated model has been open about her and her singer husband’s struggles with fertility, before announcing back in October last year that she was finally pregnant. Two months later, she announced that they were expecting a baby girl, and now she admits that they had specifically chosen to have a daughter.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend in February 2016
Continue reading: Chrissy Teigen Reveals She Chose Her Baby's Sex During IVF Treatment
The movie hasn't really clicked with the critics, but its Sundance premiere was something special.
It’s Sundance weekend again and the star of the show this year is definitely What Happened, Miss Simone? The Netflix-produced Nina Simone documentary traces the life of the famed Jazz singer from her beginnings as a classical pianist, through her rise to fame on the jazz and blues scene. What Happened, Miss Simone does not gloss over Simone’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement or her struggles with mental illness.
John Legend performed a stunning tribute at the What Happened, Miss Simone? Premiere
The Park City premiere was made into a real event, followed up with a concert by soul star John Legend in tribute to Simone’s life and work.
Continue reading: "What Happened, Miss Simone?" Makes Waves With Sundance Premiere
She will be joined by John Legend who will sing 'America The Beautiful'.
We're already hugely excited for the Super Bowl XLIX this February, but the announcement of who's going to be crooning out the National Anthem is the icing on the cake! 'Frozen' star Idina Menzel will be performing at the play-off, alongside John Legend.
Idina Menzel to sing the national anthem
Following the stunning performance of 'The Star Spangled Banner' at Super Bowl XLVIII last year by Renée Fleming, Idina Menzel has got a lot to live up to. Her incredible pipes on the world's favorite tune 'Let It Go' may have rocked the globe, but America's biggest football event has seen some unimaginable talent open the event in song in previous years, including Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson.
Continue reading: Idina Menzel Is Set To Sing The National Anthem At Super Bowl XLIX
The 87th Academy Award ceremony is already off to a controversial start for certain film and actor emissions.
The reaction to this week's Oscar nominations was a loud one, because Academy voters played it so safe in a year when films expanded to explore a diverse array of themes. Throughout 2014, actors and filmmakers bravely took on big challenges, and many were recognised with nominations. But critics have been quick to point out that all of the acting and directing nominees are white, and #OscarsSoWhite was the trending hashtag on Twitter.
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting this year's Academy Awards
The most obvious snub was for Selma, which only received nods for Best Picture and Best Song (for Common and John Legend's 'Glory'), leaving out the acclaimed actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay, who would have been the first African-American woman ever nominated for Best Director.
Continue reading: Oscar Nominations Court Controversy
Common's speech seemed to call back to the Ferguson protests, without explicitly mentioning them.
Guys, we gotta talk about Ferguson again. The protests have been off the radar lately, with so much other horribleness going on, but at last night’s Golden Globes, Common took the chance to remind everyone: it’s still going on.
Common used the Golden Globes stage as a soapbox.
The reference made sense after the rapper, along with singer John Legend won Golden Globes for Original Song for the Selma soundtrack, Glory. And here’s how Common made us all squirm in our seats.
Continue reading: Common, Ferguson, The Golden Globes: It Was A Long Night
Turns out even Yeezus can get things wrong on occasion.
On Thursday night stars gathered to celebrate the 37th birthday of John Legend at nightclub ‘Catch’ in New York’s trendy Meatpacking district. But while the guests enjoyed a fancy meal and a piano shaped cake, the real treat came during a speech made by the one and only Kanye West, who actually admitted he was once wrong about something.
Kanye West was wrong, but only the once
In his speech Kanye revealed he had advised his friend not to use the word ordinary in the title of his what would be his breakout single, 2005’s ‘Ordinary People’. “I was incorrect about that one,” West acknowledged.
Brazilian music festival Rock in Rio is to launch in America.
Good news for American music fans! The organisers of the massive Rock in Rio music festival have announced plans to hold an event in Las Vegas.
Taylor Swift will be headlining the brand new festival
According to Nation, the concert will take place in May next year over two weekends, with Metallica and Taylor Swift the top names on the bill. Also performing will be Linkin Park, No Doubt, and John Legend. There aren't many other festivals where you would catch all those acts on the same bill! Roberta Medino, daughter of the festival's founder Roberto Medino, also announced they will spend $25 million on a publicity campaign to drive ticket sales, but with such a star-studded bill, they might not have to push too hard!
Continue reading: Rock In Rio Festival Expanding To America, Taylor Swift To Headline
The pair own Wireless this year.
Wireless Festival, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z – a match made in heaven as far as festival organizers, reporters, fans – all those involved really – are concerned. The pair are splitting up the headlining duties on the three nights of the festival between the two of them, with Justin having performed last night and bringing in Jay for an encore. Tonight it’ll be Hova who takes center stage, as Timberlake only comes on for a couple of tracks. On Sunday, they will share the main stage at the festival for an entire set.
Timberlake's performance was nothing short of spectacular.
'Law & Order' actor Chris Noth, 'Sin City' actress Rosario Dawson and 'Gossip Girl' star Jessica Szohr were all among the star arrivals at the annual Samsung Hope For Children Gala held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
It has been said over and over, but 2013 truly is the year of the comeback. Justin Timberlake has been going all out on his return to music and having unveiled the first track of his new album, The 20/20 Experience, 'Suit and Tie' with Jay Z, his musical resurrection was nothing short of a revelation. Continuing to keep up the momentum JT will be headlining London's Wireless Festival in the Queen's Olympic Park this summer, along with Jay.
As the Guardian reports, the prior venue for the urban festival - Hyde Park - had suffered with noise complaints. At the Queen's Olympic Park (where the Olympics were held), there's few more appropriately grand locales for the festival. If you were excited about the headliners, the rest of the acts will delight you too; Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Emeli Sandé. Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Calvin Harris, Dj Fresh and Rita Ora, are just the tip of the iceberg.
With such great acts, there's a price to go with it. For two days you'll be paying £110, or £57.50 for just either the Friday or the Saturday. Solo tours for many of the performers could reach £50 easily, so it's excellent value for money. They go on sale on Friday morning so snap them up while you can.
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.''
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.
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."
Didn't get your fill with the last dose of State-side halftime entertainment, well the NBA All-Star Weekend is here to help, with the show's line-up trying its best to out do Beyonce and co. last Sunday.
Taking place in Houston on Feb. 16-17, the showcase will be an all-star event in more than just b'ball-ability terms. Alicia Keys will be holding down the reigns at the halftime performance, whilst Ne-Yo will be performing before the main event. John Legend will perform the United States national anthem before the game. On the Saturday before, the newly reformed Fall Out Boy will be providing the half-time entertainment, their first live performance sine their 2009 split, whilst Ellie Goulding will play before the game.
The entertainment isn't just resigned to the match schedule though, as the full weekend of entertainment will also see American Idol winner Phillip Phillips performing on Saturday during the day, which will coincide with the time-honoured Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest — all of which will be presided over by Nick Cannon.
Continue reading: Alicia Keys, Fall Out Boy And More Confirmed For NBA All-Star Weekend
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.
Tarantino is famous for the music in his films, while Django should be no different, this is the first time that he's employed tracks written specifically for his work. "[I've] never really asked an artist to write a composition for any of my movies because I don't know if I'm going to like it, and even if I do like it, I don't know if it will work with one of my films," Tarantino explained to MTV News during a recent press event for the film, "I never wanted to put myself in that embarrassing situation."
So how did 9-time Grammy award-winning artist John Legend manage to convince the auteur that his tunes were right for the film? He went retro and sent him a cassette tape. Not a cd, USB flash drive, or an email - a cassette tape. "He had heard about the movie," Tarantino explained. "I think he had seen the commercial or something, and he liked the idea of what the movie was about so he wrote a song, not having read the script, he wrote a song that he thought could fit into what he thought I was trying to do and put it on cassette tape. I don't know if I would have actually listened to it if he hadn't have put it on a cassette tape. Well, I might have listened to a CD. If he had sent [a flash drive] to me, that would have sat in my hotel room never to be listened to."
Continue reading: Quentin Tarantino Opens Up On Original Score For Django Unchained
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
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.
The 'Django Unchained' New York premiere saw high profile celebs flock to the red carpet in droves. Arrivals included 'Gossip Girl' star Olivia Wilde, Don Johnson's daughter Dakota, 'Kill Bill' star Uma Thurman, Liv Tyler from 'Lord of the Rings', former 'America's Got Talent' judge Sharon Osbourne, 'St Trinian's' actress Lucy Punch, The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood with his fiancée Sally Humphreys and 50 Cent.
Neil Young and Foo Fighters were among the star attractions at Saturday night’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. The concert was held in order to raise awareness about issues surrounding poverty and according to the Washington Post, organisers “used an innovative approach to ticket distribution so that many concert-goers were forced to learn about an array of global problems in order to get a ticket.”
Anyone wanting to attend the concert, which also featured performances from the Black Keys, John Legend and Band Of Horses, had to register for tickets at globalcitizen.org. They earned ‘points’ towards a ticket for every poverty-related video they watched, of piece of information that they read. Around 71,000 people signed up for tickets and 60,000 of those crowded into Central Park for the unique event. The bands played for a round an hour each and were interspersed with guest speakers talking about global poverty issues.
Neil Young was joined, for his set, by Dave Grohl and members of the Black Keys, for a rendition of his classic track ‘Rockin’ In The Free World.’ When Foo Fighters played their own set, Grohl told the audience “Feels good to be here.” John Legend made a “surprise appearance,” playing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ just a short way from where Lennon used to live. The concert had been deliberately scheduled to coincide with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month, to increase public consciousness of the presence of poverty.
R Kelly makes history with 21st nomination for the Soul Train Awards. He is now the most nominated act ever, reports CBS News.
R. Kelly's double nomination at this year's Soul Train Awards, makes him the most nominated act ever at the awards show. Kelly brings his career total to 21 nominations and is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter's award and album of the year. Two was enough to steal the headlines, but it's Usher that leads the way this year with five nominations, whilst Estelle/em>, Nas, Trey Songz and John Legend are also in the running for various awards. Posthumous nominations include Whitney Houston for best gospel inspirational performance and Amy Winehouse for best international performance. New Edition will receive a lifetime achievement award. The Soul Train Awards - hosted by Cedric the Entertainer - will be filmed on Nov. 8 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show will air Nov. 25 on BET and Centric.
R&B singer Usher will join pop singer Shakira as they fill in for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera during the spring cycle of singing competition series The Voice" NBC says. The move will give Green and Aguilera a break from the show's schedule to focus on other pursuits.
There's a right way and a wrong way to cover bona fide classics. The wrong way involves politely and tastefully recreating the originals note by note, dutifully paying tribute to the song while tacitly suggesting that it is a dead, inert form, something so holy that it should not be changed or reinterpreted by its disciples, only ritually worshipped. The right way, as modelled here by John Legend and The Roots, is to treat the songs like living, breathing things, to play them with the passion and intensity with which they were first performed, and to play with them in order to bring out the elements that make them important and relevant pieces of music in 2010. Wake Up! collects eleven pulsating covers of politicised soul and funk songs from the sixties and seventies, plus one original composition. It demonstrates that those songs have a message which is just as relevant today as it was when they were first recorded, and an emotional force which is just as powerful.
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