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Who has Azealia Banks gone and upset now?

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I- Octane

Ready to set the world alight

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The Destiny’s Child story Days after the R&B trio announced their long-awaited comeback, we take a look back at their journey 1



BABY FACED: A young group of singers, including Beyoncé, Kelly and LaTavia, form to make up Girl’s Tyme. They are cut down to four by manager Matthew Knolwes. LeToya Luckett is added to line-up

STUDIO TIME: After a few name changes, Destiny’s Child release their self-titled debut album. No No No is the first single and reaches No 1 on the Billboard R&B/hip-hop and No 3 on the Billboard Hot 100



NEW DAY: The DC girls, now down to three members, record Independent Women Part 1, the theme song for the Charlie’s Angels film soundtrack. It was their longest-running No 1 single of their career


IT GETS BETTER: Beyoncé stars alongside Mike Myers in the box office hit, Austin Powers in Goldmember. She also releases her first solo single, Work It Out for the film’s soundtrack


WISHING ON A STAR: Destiny’s child’s achievements are immortalised when the trio are inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame


ON THE UP: With a slew of awards under their belt, they record their third album, Survivor. It went four times platinum in the US and sold 12 million copies worldwide


A STAR IS BORN: Beyoncé’s first solo album Dangerously In Love is released in 2003. It debuts at No 1, selling 317,000 and is headed by single Crazy In Love


THE 2013 COMEBACK: The ladies go on to release more solo material, Beyoncé gets married and gives birth and Kelly judges on the UK X Factor. They shock the world in January by announcing they will reform for Love Songs


The DC ladies go on to release The Writing’s On The Wall, which becomes their breakthrough album. Single Bills Bills Bills becomes their first US No 1


TROUBLE IN PARADISE: Group members LaToya and LaTavia, who complained that manager Matthew had taken a disproportionate share of the group’s profits, were replaced with new members Michelle Williams and Farah Franklin


SOLO STARS: In late 2000, the trio announce that they will embark on solo projects


BACK TOGETHER: In 2004, and after a three-year hiatus, the ladies get back together to release the aptly titled Destiny Fulfilled. It failed to top the success of its processor Survivor

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS: After five months of performing with Destiny’s Child, Farah leaves the group. Michelle reportedly said that her former bandmate, ‘couldn’t handle the stress’.


HEAVENLY MUSIC: Michelle releases gospel album Heart to Yours. The offering reaches No 1 on the Billboard gospel charts

SOLO SUCCESS: Kelly collaborates with rapper, Nelly on summer smash Dilemma. The song becomes a worldwide hit and earns Kelly a Grammy award. She becomes the first member to go No 1 as a solo artist



GOODBYE FOR NOW: The following year, DC announce that after ‘some deep soul searching’ they are to split via an exclusive letter to MTV.

Daniel Stone

AFTER BEING elected to the Junior Common Room (JCR) Presidency of St Peter’s College, Oxford, Daniel knew that he would have to strike a balance between his responsibility to his fellow students and his degree. Raised in Birmingham and state school educated, Daniel admits that moving to Oxford was “a huge shock to the system”. Rather than letting the change of environment faze him, he saw the opportunity to encourage open-mindedness and diversity amongst his peers. “I grew up in an area which is infamous for gangs and crime and I just wanted to go somewhere like Oxford and use my position to make a change”. Before taking up his place to read eco-


nomics and management at Oxford, Daniel took a gap year to serve his community. He spent the year shadowing a local councillor and getting involved in community projects. The massive football fan, who plays for St Peter’s First team, set up a local football team after friends complained of lack of entertainment in the area. Daniel was able to secure £3,000 to establish the team, which has now been running for three years. He co-ordinated the kit design and purchase, found a pitch to play regularly on and hired a manager. Daniel is also involved in the Christian Union and University Labour Club.


ONE FOR THE ROAD: The trio give their farewell performance at the NBA All-Star game in 2006. Beyoncé comments: "It's the last album, but it's not the last show."



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Jamaican reggae star I-Octane talks to YV’s Dionne Grant about his journey, respecting your elders and representing himself in every genre


HROUGH HIS misfortune, reggae star I-Octane found fortune. His dreams of becoming an architect were thrashed when his mother was unable to raise the funds to send him to college to study the art form forcing the reggae star to consider turning a hobby into a viable vocation. Friends had long told IOctane, real name Byiome Muir, that he was musically gifted, but it was only when his back was against the wall, that he gave it some serious thought. “After I left school, my friends in the community told me to pursue a career in music. They moti-

vated me because whenever they listened to my music, my lyrics and the sentences I constructed, they said it sounded better than some of the men on radio,” he says. “I always loved music, I always loved noise. My mum used to beat me because I used to make noise all the time, but I did love architecture too. I was good at that. After I left school my mum didn’t really have the money to finance that course, so I wasn’t able to continue it at college. Looking back, I give thanks that it never went that way.” I-Octane grew up in Jamaica’s Sandy Bay in the musically fruit-

ful parish of Clarendon. He was a boisterous and ambitious teen whose talent began attracting attention from far and wide, but his extracurricular performances took a back seat as he prepared for a career in architecture. Once he made the difficult decision to default on further studies, the 24-year-old was introduced to the island’s top record producers who started building his portfolio and in his own words, “the rest is history”. He began voicing hardcore dancehall songs for the Penthouse label under the name Richie Rich. He later moved to the Arrows international stable

and re-launched himself as IOctane. Upon moving away from Arrows, I-Octane came under the guidance of Robert Livingstone, the man who took Shaggy to his heights of international popularity. He reflects: “I started off with nuff songs like Jeans and them songs there. One of the main hits was Gunrise.” But it was arguably 2007’s Stab Vampire that solidified his path to stardom. A slew of heavily rotated singles and show bookings followed before I-Octane, a reference to his energetic temperament, made the transition to established star with an attention-grabbing performance at the annual Reggae Sumfest in 2011. Then came the release of last year’s L.O.V.E.Y.O.U taken from his No 1 debut album, Crying To The Nation, which introduced the star to the international market. His raspy vocals on the seductive reggae track has notched up almost half a million hits on YouTube and is a crowd favourite all around the world. “Well the UK is my home ground you know, trust me. I’ve been to the UK about three times already and I did a UK tour. I performed in London, Birmingham, Liverpool and all of those places. All of those shows sold out. I was booked for the One Love concert, but it was cancelled because of security reasons. The UK people love me. I worked at Brixton Academy; already I’ve done a lot of things in the UK. I think the fans know me as much as they

do in the Caribbean,” he says. On a debate that ravished last year’s annual St Kitts Music Festival, where he performed alongside fellow stars Popcaan and Morgan Heritage, does he think that the UK is doing enough to support reggae music? He sighs: “From my perspective, I don’t think they don’t support reggae enough, I think they support reggae quite well, but there is always room for improvement.” But the star is giving the UK no reason not to support his catchy new single with one of Jamaica’s finest exports, Bounty Killer. Badmind Dem A Pree, a dancefloor filler, shows off the artists vocal dexterity as he goes head to head with one of his “biggest influences.” “I have a whole heap of artists that influence me. Internationally they include Sade and locally there’s Sizzla, Beres Hammond,

Buju Banton, Spragga Benz, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, everybody!”, he laughs. When asked whether his sound fell more into the dancehall or reggae genre, he replied: “I could do both, but I represent myself on any rhythm on any genre of the music. I stick to the same positive vibrations. I don’t limit myself to one genre, I see myself as a musician, players of instrument and make a joyful noise onto the Lord. I just see myself as a musician.” His advice for upcoming stars? “Believe in your material, believe in the Almighty, put nobody above him, and respect the elders in the business who paved the way for you. He adds: “Just leave room for growth and learn how to accept other opinions.” For more information, visit:



The superstar is set to perform the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan 21.

The R&B star impressed critics with his acting skills in new film Chainsaw 3D, which recently topped the US box office.

BUFF OR BUSTED? Dear Kat, I want to dedicate my life to charity and become a philanthropist, but my parents don’t think that I can turn it into a career. They said they will not kick me out if I go to university, but I don’t want to feel forced. I think doing work for others is better than living a life selfishly. It’s crazy because I have no idea why it’s such a big deal? What can I do to make them see that this is something close to my heart and something that I’m giving some serious thought to? Rohan, 19 AZEALIA BANKS:

Anti-homophobia campaigners blasted the rapper for a ‘gay slur’ she directed at celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton.

Hi Rohan, First, I’ll start by telling you that I truly respect your decision. To say you can’t make a career out of philanthropy is harsh. Have you looked at the possibility of seeking employment within a charitable organisation and maybe volunteer on the side? Your parents are probably scared about finance should you choose this as a vocation. Maybe try and present them with this idea instead? This will not only please them, but ensure that you can be financially independent too! Not everyone wants to go to university, but there is no harm in considering it. I can understand why it may not seem like such a big deal to you, but parents care about the choices their children make because they’ve been there.




The rising hip-hop star was accused of being the reason behind the suicide of rapper, Freddy E.

TWEET OF THE WEEK Chief Keef took to Twitter to mourn the loss of his step brother, who was gunned down in Chicago last week.


“R I P Bro BooMan #NoWorries #Bang.”


Simple, effort less, pretty

: Bright, slick, confident Chief Keef


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