23 | THE VOICE JUNE 28 - JULY 4, 2012
Kelly Rowland admits she was jealous of Beyoncé
Reggie Yates on lack of black faces on TV
VERONICA V Cash Money’s new princess
24 ! THE VOICE MAY 23 -29, 2013
CELEBRITIES WHO DIVERSIFY
Theyâ€™ve made a name for themselves in one field, but these famous faces have blossomed in other areas too
LETHAL BIZZLE He rose to prominence with hit single Pow, but the UK rapper is reaching new heights (and audiences) with his line of Dench clothing
RIO FERDINAND The Manchester United defender, known for his skills on the pitch, has made a whole new fan base with celebrity magazine 5 and a range of hats
RIHANNA The singer, who has her hand in so many pies at the moment, recently launched a clothing line with River Island
JAY-Z Heâ€™s a multi-million selling US rapper, so what better business venture then to buy a New York nightclub to play and endorse his hits
JLS UK boyband JLS, who last month announced they would split, raised eyebrows when they launched their own line of condoms with Durex
MARIAH CAREY With a voice and a fortune like hers, we would just sit back and watch the cash roll in. Not our Mariah, she has a line of fragrances under her belt too!
TINIE TEMPAH Heâ€™s disturbed nearly every city around the world, so itâ€™s only right he starts disturbing other avenues too. The UK rapper launched the Disturbing LDN clothing range in 2011
THE KARDASHIANS If they can do it, they will. The Kardashian trio recently launched a line in UK fashion retailer Dorothy Perkins. Of course, this is just one of their business ventures
BEYONCĂ‰ Mrs Carter has a voice as smooth as chocolate, so itâ€™s only right she smells as sweet. The former Destinyâ€™s Child star recently launched her second fragrance, Heat
TINCHY STRYDER Our â€˜Strydermanâ€™ is one astute businessman. He balances a music career with his line of popular Star In The Hood clothing
KANYE WEST Heâ€™s got a baby on the way, so US rapper Kanye West is maximising all of his revenue streams. He debuted his spring/summer fashion collection in Paris last year
JORDIN SPARKS Singer Jason Derulo canâ€™t get enough of his girl Jordin. Want to know her secret? We think it lies in her debut perfume Because of You
P DIDDY With a lifestyle that involves lots of drinking and partying, itâ€™s advised to rehydrate with plenty of water. Do you think thatâ€™s why P Diddy launched his own brand?
CHRIS BROWN When Chris Brown isnâ€™t busy organising his chaotic love life, heâ€™s spending time working on his new clothing line, Black Pyramid
LEONA LEWIS The UK singer has one of the most enchanting voices, we wonder if her fragrances have the same effect? She launched her self-titled scent in 2011
:DUVDQ6KLUH USHER He may have a very successful music career, but Usher is becoming quite the perfumer, with a growing list of fragrances under his belt!
NICKI MINAJ Everything is pink when it comes to US rapper Nicki Minaj; her hair, her album title and her debut perfume Pink Friday
UPON LEARNING that her mother had been in a car accident, Warsan Shire could only think in poems. â€œEvery person I spoke to and every scene seemed to be happening to me in the form of a poem,â€? the 24-year-old said. â€œThatâ€™s when I realised that if I didnâ€™t have poetry, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d be able to function normally as a human being â€“ I donâ€™t think Iâ€™d be able to experience things and come out the other side,â€? she added. But at the time of learning about her motherâ€™s unfortunate
circumstance, Shire heard some other news: she had been awarded the inaugural ÂŁ3,000 Brunel University African Poetry Prize, founded by creative writing lecturer Bernardine Evaristo, also a published novelist. More than 655 entries from emerging poets were received, which was then whittled down to a shortlist of six. Shire was a clear winner. One of the judges, Sharmilla Beezmohun, described her work as â€œbeautifully crafted, subtle and understatedâ€?.
MAY 23 - 29, 2013 THE VOICE ! 25
US singer Veronica V talks to YVâ€™s Dionne Grant about signing to Cash Money Records, working with Lil Wayne and empowering women
ERONICA V is a firm believer in the adage, â€˜everything happens in its timeâ€™, because her journey into music has been testament to this. Starting life in the church, often â€œforcedâ€? to sing notorious chorus Jesus Loves Me at her mumâ€™s request, and tirelessly seeking a record deal independently, the US singer was then headhunted by Cash Money Records. The popular label, founded by rapper Birdman and Ronald â€œSlimâ€? Williams, also the parent company of Lil Wayneâ€™s Young Money empire, got in touch with the owner of the Miami studio where Veronica would frequent to express their interest in the rising star. She explains: â€œThe owner of the studio called me and was like, â€˜Slim and Birdman heard
your music and they want to sign you.â€™ I was like, â€˜What?â€™ â€œIâ€™m a true believer in thinking that God has his timing. I just think that all the other scenarios just werenâ€™t meant to be and thatâ€™s why they didnâ€™t happen. When itâ€™s meant for you, itâ€™s effortless and it just flows. When I got that phonecall, I was at home playing a puzzle. There was no pressure and there was no drama.â€? The singer/songwriter, born Vanity Gardner, hails from Chicago and already had a portfolio of work, which included recordings with renowned producers Timbaland and Mr Beatz, to name a few, pre-signing. Despite her past experience, she admits she was still â€œintimidatedâ€? at the prospect of working with her new label mates, which include Young Money rappers Drake and Nicki Minaj and, of course, founder Lil
Wayne. â€œAlthough itâ€™s a great honour, I will admit that I was a little intimidated to begin with. But I believe that God doesnâ€™t make mistakes, so I just roll with the punches and learn from the veterans on the label. Itâ€™s actually funny because the pressure I feel is more fun than being bad,â€? she reveals. On being dubbed the labelâ€™s â€œnew princess of R&Bâ€?, she says: â€œOne thing I love about Cash Money is that they allow the artist to be themselves. They try and find the true essence of you. Initially you would think that itâ€™s a rap label, so theyâ€™re going to make you do this and that, but they totally let you be you and I think thatâ€™s completely awesome.â€?
And if one was in any doubt, Veronicaâ€™s debut single What Happened To Us is proof of this artistic freedom. Veronica V, who worked on the sassy and sensual track with songwriter and record producer Polow The Don, explains that her personal experiences played out on the banger about lost love. â€œIt was actually going to be called The Break Up,â€? she explains. â€œI definitely get inspiration from things Iâ€™ve gone through, things that Iâ€™ve seen my mum go through and my friends go through. For me, going through a break up it was, youâ€™re happy, youâ€™re sad, youâ€™re â€˜Oh My God, Iâ€™ll never find better!â€™ Then the next day youâ€™re like, â€˜Oh My God, I found better! Iâ€™ve actually experienced these things.â€? We both laugh at the familiarity. She continues: â€œThereâ€™s so many rollercoasters that women - and men - go through. I think What Happened To Us is a great starter record because it introduces this character and sheâ€™s not saying, â€˜I want you backâ€™. Sheâ€™s saying, â€˜Hey, I see youâ€™re telling this girl over here the same lies.â€™ Itâ€™s showing a sign of strength.â€? And itâ€™s that strength she hopes will filter to the women who listen to her music. â€œI want women in particular to hear it and feel like, â€˜Iâ€™ve always
wanted to say thatâ€™. I think so many women are victims of bad relationships, but at some point we have to show strength and show that we can overcome.â€? The video, which features rapper 2 Chainz and has racked up over 80,000 hits on YouTube, is sure to raise a few temperatures as she cavorts in bum-skimming hot pants and shows off her perfectly toned midriff in a crop top. â€œIt shows a strong woman who has not lost sense of her sensuality,â€? she retorts when I ask her about the over sexualisation of women in R&B and hip-hop. â€œI think itâ€™s cool to touch on sexuality and itâ€™s cool to show people that youâ€™re a woman, but at the same time, you still need to do it as classy as possible because it can affect all women negatively.â€? KELLY ROWLAND:
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The singer, who is keen to stand as a role model for young women, hopes to diversify into acting and modelling after she has made her mark on the music industry. She hopes the latter will show women â€œthat you donâ€™t have to be a stick figure to be a model. You can be a normal-sized girl who is successful.â€? â€œI would love to be the face that promotes that,â€? she says. â€œOne thing I donâ€™t believe in is perfection. I believe that everyone has flaws and flaws are beautiful. Right now I want women to hear themselves in my record and my album. There is a lot of great music, a lot of great production and a lot of great lyrics. I think it will touch a lot of people.â€? What Happened To Us is out now through Cash Money Records. For more information follow @Veronicaymcmb on Twitter
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25 BUSTED? F F U B
I met this guy recently and we exchanged numbers. We have been talking every day since meeting and have gone on a few dates, but now he has gone cold. He doesnâ€™t start any conversations with me and takes ages to reply to my messages or missed calls when I try and reach out. Iâ€™m confused because we were getting on so well. I donâ€™t want to ask him if thereâ€™s a problem in case he thinks Iâ€™m paranoid, but at the same time, I really want to know whatâ€™s wrong. Iâ€™m writing to you because I really like him and donâ€™t want to lose him or chase him away. What do I do? Anon
There are plenty of reasons why he may have withdrawn. They might include school, college or work commitments, family issues or things concerning a past relationship. I can understand why youâ€™re upset at the way things have gone, but youâ€™re only torturing yourself by wondering what those reasons could be. Just ask him. Explain that heâ€™s been on your mind and youâ€™re just wondering if heâ€™s okay. If he doesnâ€™t want to answer, he wonâ€™t, but on the flipside, he may really like the fact youâ€™ve noticed and taken an interest in his well-being. Itâ€™s obvious he likes you, he wouldnâ€™t have met you after date number one if he didnâ€™t. Be brave and call.
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TWEET OF THE WEEK UK comedian Richard Blackwood, who is currently starring in the West End adaptation of Shrek, has announced that he will launch a line of hats in the coming months
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Published on May 23, 2013
US singer Veronica V talks to `Young Voice's Dionne Grant about signing to Cash Money Records, working with Lil Wayne and empowering women.