I was a little miffed when during the talks about who would sit on The Voice (UK) judging panel, that there was no mention of one of Britain's best young singers, Joss Stone. Well though there was no mention of her name, it turns out that the singer was in fact asked, and guess what, she turned it down! Her reason:
"The thing is I love music and I love singing with other people and I don't see it as a competition at all. I feel that those things are really good to get exposure but they kind of make it into a competition and that is just sad.
"Other than that it is great because they get to be heard by millions and they never would have been before."
I love how this woman has her own mind, and sticks to her principles. The Voice would have been a perfect platform to get Joss Stone back into the public eye, but from that exert it's clear that Joss Stone isn't here for anything but the music. A strategy that doesn't seem to be doing too badly for Joss as her latest album, The Soul Sessions Volume 2, has entered the UK charts at number six this week!!
A refreshing presence in the sometimes bleak, overexposed and do-anything-for-a-sale world of celebrity.
Mariah Carey tweeted a picture from the set of the video for her new single TRIUMPHANT (Get 'Em). The song is expected to air on radio sometime this week, but there is no word when the Nick Cannon directed video, from which the picture above is taken, will hit our screens.
To say I'm excited about new Mariah Carey music is an understatement, however the leaked teaser has brought my expectations down just a smidgeon!
Listen to said teaser of TRIUMPHANT (Get 'Em) :
And finally more controversy from Madonna's MDNA tour. Having recently been (reportedly) booed while on stage in France, the singer decided to address, and in the process confirm the rumours, via her website:
"Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them," she said.Source: madonna.com
"Unfortunately at the end of the show - after I left the stage - a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans. The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening.
"But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again."
I'm glad Madonna chose to focus on the positive, and decided not to comment on the theories surrounding who the thugs were (they were rumoured to be people loyal to a right-wing political party whose leader, Marine Le Pen, Madonna had compared to a Nazi). Only time will tell what further havoc she will bring as the tour continues its journey around the world.