Party Over Here
Beyonce’s fans will get a chance to join the entertainer on stage at the upcoming Super Bowl.
Pepsi announced that 100 fans will hit the stage when the Grammy-winning diva performs on Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. A contest that kicks off Saturday will allow fans to submit photos of themselves in various poses, including head bopping, feet tapping and hip shaking.
Those pictures will be used in a TV ad introducing Beyonce’s halftime performance, and 50 people — along with a friend — will be selected to join the singer onstage.
The photo contest — at www.pepsi.com/halftime — ends Jan. 19, but Jan. 11 is the cut-off date for those interested in appearing onstage with Beyonce.
Snoop transform in Rebirth
Rapper Snoop Lion set down with GQ magazine in the January issue, to discuss his love of marijuana, as well as his spiritual “rebirth.”
In previous interviews, Snoop Lion has stated that he smokes as much as 80 marijuana blunts each day.
While he would never encourage his kids to smoke marijuana, the rapper said he would “love” to show them how to properly consume the drug, should they decide to partake.
“It’s not that I would ever push weed on our kids,” Snoop Lion told GQ. “But if they wanted to, I would love to show them how, the right way, so that way they won’t get nothing put in their shit or overdose or trying some shit that ain’t clean.”
Snoop Lion is preparing to release his 13th studio album, titled Rebirth.
The new album showcases Snoop’s evolving image and emphasizes his new, Rastafarian beliefs.
According to Snoop Lion, he’s changed his lyrical content, in order to reflect his new, clean way of living.
“As you become a man, you start having kids and living,” Snoop Lion explained. “You put the guns away, and your music becomes Hey, I’m with my kid and I’m living now… as opposed to F**k that—I’ll shoot you on sight. …If I focus on death, it’s going to come closer than what it’s supposed to be. You’ll become it.”
Snoop experienced this in his own career, in 1993 when he and a bodyguard were accused of gunning down a gang member named Philip Woldermarian, in Long Beach.
With the help of a high-profile team of lawyers that included Johnnie Cochran, Snoop was acquitted of all charges in 1996.
“Write songs about being shot at and then the shit happens,” Snoop said. “And I don’t want to dwell on it long, but I wrote a song called ‘Murder Was the Case,’ and I never had a murder case in my life. But when that song came out, I had a real murder case.”
Snoop Lion album Rebirth is due in stores later this year.
T-Boz has battled a slew of medical conditions, including sickle cell anemia and brain surgery to remove a tumor in 2006. Now, she's opening up about what's been through -- and just how difficult the road has been.
In a new interview with CNN, the TLC singer recalled the harrowing day she found out she had a brain tumor. After experiencing constant headaches, the doctor told her it was caused by a tumor, which took her by complete surprise.
"I said 'Say huh? Say huh?'" she shares.
But T-Boz says she didn't let the news ruin her spirit.
"I had that fight," she told CNN. "I want to live. I didn't have time to die."
Doctors told her the surgery could have many complications, including a stroke, and T-Boz decided on a surgeon in Los Angeles to operate on the tumor. Before the procedure, she had to tell her doctor which motor functions she was willing to sacrifice.
"I had to give the order of what I wanted to be saved," she explains. "So I said my face first, because you couldn't look at me and tell I'm deaf or blind. My hearing second, because I still want to hear and sing and have my speech. And then my balance. So they took my balance completely from the right."
After the surgery, she was left partially blind and deaf, but spent three years in physical therapy. Now, she's regained more of her vision, speech and hearing.
"I had to take three years to heal and fight for everything that I wanted back," she said. "But ... yes, I'm returning."
T-Boz says she just feels lucky to be alive, since her diagnosis was grim.
"I was told I wouldn't live past 30, I would be disabled my whole life and I would never become a mother," she shares with CNN. "My daughter is Chase. She's 12. I've travelled the world in one of the best groups ever. I'm 42 ... I still have a crooked smile and just certain things I deal with, but I'll take all of that to be back here and be Chase's mother ... I am blessed."
The singer is currently starring in her reality show, "Totally T-Boz," and is working on new music with former TLC member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.
From Compton to Paris
Kendrick Lamar made one of the most critically acclaimed rap albums in 2012. Good kid, m.A.A.d city not only went gold within a few months of release but also topped many year-end lists.
It wasn't until 2012 was officially over that the Compton-based rapper released the first video from the record, creating visuals for the vicious "Backseat Freestyle," which he dropped last night.
Directed by JeremeD, Dave Free and Kendrick, the video alternates between the two extremes of Paris and Compton, reflecting the lyrics of the song with surprising accuracy.
Although most of the shots come in quick bursts and depict the 25-year-old freestyling at Churches Chicken or the Compton mall, there is a lengthy section dedicated solely to introducing his muse Sherane. Her enthusiastic booty-shaking is actually the one part of the video during which Kendrick stands completely still.
About halfway through the song comes a short interlude that serves to introduce K-Dot's dad and his eccentric tendencies. He's shown getting on his son's case for taking his beloved dominoes and lights up some weed with relish.
Womack diagnosed with Alzheimer
Soul singing legend Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. The 68-year-old singer and songwriter opened up to Gilles Peterson of BBC 6 Music about his diagnosis and frustrations with forgetfulness.
"The doctor said you have signs of Alzheimer's. He said it's not bad yet but it's going to get worse. How can I not remember songs that I wrote? That's frustrating," he shared.
In the past, Womack has struggled with various health concerns including hospitalization for pneumonia and collapsed lungs plus surgery for prostate and colon cancer, from which he fully recovered.
After beginning his career singing with The Valentinos and playing guitar for Sam Cooke, Womack struck off on his own and had a very successful solo career.
One of his earliest songs "It's All Over Now" was recorded by The Rolling Stones back in 1964 and became their first UK number one hit. Aside from Sam Cooke, he also played guitar for Aretha Franklin and Sly & the Family Stone.
Last year he released his first album in nearly 18 years entitled The Bravest Man in the Universe which was met with critical acclaim. Rolling Stone named it as one of their top 50 albums of the year and it won the Q Magazine prize for best album of the year.
Womack worked with Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn on the record, and cited forgetting his collaborators name as another frustration from his condition.
"The most embarrassing thing was when we were getting ready to announce Damon and I can't remember his last name. That's so embarrassing," the "Lookin' For a Love" singer said. "I don't feel together yet because negative things come in my mind and it's hard for me to remember sometimes."
Womack was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.