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23 | THE VOICE JUNE 28 - JULY 4, 2012

IN THE CHARTS

Jahmene Douglas debuts at No.1

IN THE MONEY

Rihanna wins ÂŁ3m from Topshop

J-SOL Per fect gentleman


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TO HAVE AND TO HOLD

Last week, our favourite UK couple, JLS star Marvin Humes and The Saturdays’ Rochelle, celebrated their first wedding anniversary. We take a look at some other couples enjoying wedded bliss 









MARVIN & ROCHELLE HUMES MARRIED: July 2012 CHILDREN: Daughter Alaia Mai

DENZEL & PAULETTA WASHINGTON MARRIED: June 1983 CHILDREN: Two sons, John David and Malcolm and daughters, Katia and Olivia

MEAGAN GOOD & DEVON FRANKLIN MARRIED: June 2012 CHILDREN: None

ASHLEY WALTERS & DANIELLE ISAIE MARRIED: June 2013 CHILDREN: A total of four from previous relationships

KERRY WASHINGTON & N N A M D I A S OMUGHA MARRIED: July 2013 CHILDREN: None









JESSICA ENNIS & ANDY HILL M A R R I E D : July 2013 C H I L D R E N: None

EMELI SANDE & ADAM GOURAGUINE M A R R I E D : Sept 2012 CHILDREN: None

BEYONCE & JAY Z MARRIED: April 2008 CHILDREN: Daughter Blue Ivy

ALICIA KEYS & SWIZZ BEATZ M A R R I E D : July 2010 CHILDREN: Son Egypt. Swizz has three children from previous relationships



SNOOP LION & SHANTE BROADUS MARRIED: June 1997 CHILDREN: Sons CordĂŠ and Cordell, and daughter Cori







NICK CANNON AND MARIAH CAREY MARRIED: April 2008 CHILDREN: Twins Moroccan and Monroe

WIZ KHALIFA AND AMBER ROSE M A R R I E D : July 2013 CHILDREN: Son Sebastian



LL COOL J & SIMONE SMITH M A R R I E D: August 1995 CHILDREN: Son Najee and daughters Anita, Samaria and Nina

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ M A R R I E D : July 2013 CHILDREN: Berry has a daughter, Nalla, from a previous relationship

5H3KLOOLSV KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM MARRIED: Sept 2009 CHILDREN: Lamar has two children, a son and daughter, from a previous

ROBIN THICKE & PAULA PATTON MARRIED: July 2005 CHILDREN: Son Julian

SHELLY-ANN FRASER PRYCE & JASON PRYCE M A R R I E D : January 2011 C H I L D R E N : None





WHETHER IT is the marginalisation of the Mexican community in the US, victims of human rights abuses in China, the forced migration of Nubians or Bengali migrants living in slum communities in New Delhi, RĂŠ finds a way through song, visual art, performance and qualitative research to stand in solidarity with them all, while promoting a message of justice and peace. “Ideas that bring people together are really important,â€? said the Oxford student, who is studying an MPhil in



International Development. Her first culture linking project started in 2004 when she joined with her local community centre in her native America to found !Viva EspaĂąol, an exploratory Spanish learning programme designed for local African American youth to learn Spanish, thereby bridging the language and cultural barrier between themselves and the local Latino population. RĂŠ herself speaks Spanish, Mandarin, Hindi, and Arabic.


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UK singer J-Sol talks to YV’s Dionne Grant about his BRIT School past, the pressure of living up to expectations and why music is his only love – for now!

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MAGINE THE pressure of graduating from an institution that has spawned the likes of international chart toppers Adele and Jessie J and then attempting to launch a career in music yourself. The constant comparisons, the high expectations and, of course, the No.1 enquiry that will top any journalist’s list of questions. “There’s definitely a bit of pressure where that’s concerned,” says former BRIT School student J-Sol when I, on cue, ask the question that will probably haunt him throughout most of his media campaign. “People will automatically think that you’re suddenly going to make a name for yourself and that’s never really the case. [The BRIT School] is just like a stepping-stone. Obviously, it’s a great opportunity to go to

that school, but you still have to work just as hard as anyone else to keep up to that level and standard.” The Essex-born singer adds: “That being said, there haven’t been a lot of male artists from there, especially singers. I know [UK duo] Rizzle Kicks and [UK rapper] Bashy, went there, but there has never really been a male singer from the BRIT School that has really crossed over to that commercial level.” J-Sol released his debut single Alien featuring UK rapper Cashtastic last year with huge support from BBC Radio 1xtra and Choice FM, but those in the know will already be familiar with the 20-year-old’s talent in the industry. Although his foray into music is relatively new, the singer spent many years making a name for

himself as the ‘chorographer to the stars’. However, despite boasting a CV that includes work with the likes of Afrobeats star D’banj, Bajan quartet Cover Drive and popular south London rapper, Giggs, J-Sol decided to turn his back on dance to focus on his one true love: music. “Music is what I love,” says the singer, who also doubles up as an accomplished songwriter. “I remember one day I was watching [music chart show] Top of The Pops and I saw [US singer] Usher performing. I remember saying to myself, ‘I want to do that’. The way the girls went crazy was a good selling point too,” adds the self-confessed ‘ladies man’. “I’m a gentleman too,” he retorts when I highlight his smooth-talking ways. “Let’s just say that I’m a

bit of both. I know how to treat a woman like a lady”. His response provides the perfect cue for us to move into the thinking behind his aptly titled new single, Treat Her Like A Lady. “At the time of writing the song, I was talking to a lot of females who had gone through abusive or hard relationships,” he explains. “I’m one of those people who can’t stand a guy who would lay his finger on a female. I don’t like the idea of a man leaving his kids. All of these things inspired me to write the song. The lyrics in that song really touch on what I was thinking and highlight the things that I would do if I was in a relationship.” Of course my natural follow-up question is whether he has a girlfriend. He pauses. For ages. “I don’t,” he finally manages. When I question what took him so long to answer, he bursts out laughing. “Because I had to think about it! What are you trying to get out of me? Let’s just say, it’s new beginnings.” Something tells me that his relationship status on Facebook would read: ‘It’s complicated’. I leave it there. Thankfully, his future in music looks a lot more certain than his current relationship status. Just two years ago he opened up for celebrated R&B quartet Boyz II Men at

London’s sprawling O2 Arena and has worked with the likes of US singer Bobby V and UK rappers Wretch 32 and Chip. “You know when something so good happens, you find it hard to make sense of it? Performing with Boyz II Men was one of those moments. When I was asked, I was like, ‘What Boyz II Men? Is there a new band? That whole day was a blur, but I do remember watching them and thinking, ‘wow!’ They sound exactly like the CD.” He adds: “There are not many artists who make you want to get on the stage. They are one of them, as is Usher, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé.” Can the same be said for his UK peers? “Bar Jessie J, Tinie Tempah,

Wretch 32 and a few others, there are not many UK artists that make me want to get onto the stage. Jessie doesn’t even need to dance or anything, she just naturally has it.” On the absence of young black male R&B singers in UK mainstream music, J-Sol, who was last year described as former Choice FM presenter, Jenny Francis’ ‘favourite male artist’, said: “I just feel like the right person hasn’t come. There are a lot of labels in the UK that don’t know how to brand a black R&B artist, but there’s going to be a change and I hope that I can be a part of it.” Treat Her Like A Lady is out now. For more information, visit: www.jsolworld.co.uk or follow @Jsolworld on Twitter

JAHMENE DOUGLAS:

RIHANNA:

The Bajan star won her £3m lawsuit against high street retailer Topshop after they used her image without permission

The X Factor runnerup’s debut album Love Never Fails made it to No.1 in the charts

OR BUSTED? F F U B

Dear Kat

I’ve put on quite a bit of weight recently and feel like my boyfriend has lost interest in me. He has become quite distant and when I ask him what’s wrong he says nothing. He never tells me that I look good in my clothes anymore. He used to tell me that all the time - even when I didn’t. I don’t know if I’m being super sensitive, but the other day when I sat on his lap he said I made his legs numb and pushed me off. My friends think I’m being silly, as we’ve been together for almost two years and he’s never said or acted negatively towards me, but I’m beginning to wonder. What could make him change like that? I need your advice. Anon

DMX:

The rapper filed for bankruptcy last week. He reportedly owes $1.24m in child support

Hi Anon,

Why not just ask him? It’s that simple! Cut out all of the thinking time by having a discussion with him. At least that way you’ll be in no doubt. Ask him whether your weight gain is to blame for his actions. If he does have a problem with your extra pounds, he’ll say – even if it’s in a roundabout way. You must listen carefully to his answer and be careful not to become too emotional or irate at his response. Show him that whatever his answer may be, you’re mature enough to accept it. He needs to feel comfortable to talk. On the other hand, there’s a very strong possibility that your insecurities have built up this extravagant story and your boyfriend has something else on his mind. Is he in school, college or university? Could there be a chance that work has gotten too much? How about problems in his family? At work? Be sure to look at the picture as a whole. My advice: ask and ye shall receive.

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CHIEF KEEF:

The teenage rapper is being sued $230,019 by a UK promotion company for failing to turn up to a London gig

TWEET OF THE WEEK UK rapper Chip issued a warning to ex girlfriends who had “hurt my feelings” by announcing he would be using their actions as material for his new music.

Slick, simple, sw

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“To the girls that have hurt my feelings just know I’m in the studio for a month yeah… And ANYONE CAN GET IT LOL!!! Names and everything loool”. Chip


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