*The singer and dancer known as Big Freedia (pronounced “free-duh”) taking his hypersexual, booty-shaking moves from the streets of New Orleans to cable television with a reality show in the Fuse network, reports Billboard.com.
The performer’s real name is Freddie Ross but his Big Freedia stage persona is a woman.
“Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” will focus on Ross and the New Orleans music scene known as “bounce” – a fusion of hip-hop and quick, repetitive dance beats with heavy bass. Bounce music often includes call-and-response vocals, a nod to early rap and New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian roots music.
Big Freedia is one of the few bounce artists with international exposure, having toured in the United States, Europe, Australia and other countries. He says he’s thrilled with the opportunity to expand his audience and share his story about his rise to stardom in the largely underground genre.
“I’m very excited to have the spotlight on bounce music and culture,” Ross said. “I won’t lie though. Having cameras on you all the time is stressful, and this show is not short on drama.”
The eight-episode series premieres Sept. 18.
Big Freedia is also scheduled to tour this summer with the electronic pop music group The Postal Service. That tour launches in Vancouver on July 16.
Mariah Carey is interviewed for the special "Mariah Carey: On The Record with Fuse"
*Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe, are less than a year old, but according to the pop star, they’re already relatable.
“It’s so funny … there’s a picture of the two of us together and we look identical and we have the identical smile,” Carey says in a new interview special, “Mariah Carey: On The Record with Fuse.” “I recognize the joy that’s in him. There’s something that was always free about me, it just got stifled as things grew in my career.”
The slimmed-down singer adds that if you walked up to her son, whom she calls “the life of the party,” he would “just smile and be your best friend.”
As for twin sister, Monroe, she’s got a bright personality of her own, too.
“We have Miss Monroe Cannon — that’s what I call her, Miss Monroe,” Carey says. “She’s very dainty and she holds her own bottle. She’s Miss Independent, definitely Miss Independent.”
*This is one of those “Crazy” stories where somebody is minding their own business and then out of nowhere they become a TV show host.
Such is the case for that “Crazy” Gnarls Barkley rapper-singer-songwriter Cee-Lo Green.
What happened was the cable network Fuse went to Green with the idea for a new music show, “Lay It Down,” and things just progressed from there, reports the LA Times’ Pop and Hiss blog.
“It’s more than me wanting to do this, it’s someone wanted me to do it, which was very flattering and a compliment in the fact that I was asked to be a part of it,” Green said. “That was gratifying for me.”
As host and collaborator of “Lay It Down” — an interview and performance-based show — set to premiere in October … Green will put artists such as Lil Jon, Ludacris, T-Pain, N.E.R.D., Janelle Monáe and Public Enemy in the hot seat to break down their biggest hits and discuss the inspiration behind specific verses and beats. It’s a setting reminiscent, says Green, of a “modernized midnight television special.”
He said he hopes the show will provide fans an inside look at and artist’s creative process and offer little-known details behind some of the hits. For instance, Public Enemy’s “Yo! Bum Rush the Show” was written in the back of a U-Haul truck by Flavor Flav.
By the way, production on the first season of the show is already in the can and Green is back to focusing on his upcoming solo album, “Lady Killer,” as well as a new Goodie Mob album — his first with the group since 1999′s “World Party.”
*A slew of Michael Jackson programming is set to air on June 25, the one-year anniversary of his death.
ABC News is set to air a new two-hour “20/20″ special chronicling the ongoing investigation into Jackson’s death, as well as how his children are adjusting without their father. It will also include interviews with Jackson’s personal makeup artist and his stylists, as well as what the network is billing a “new tour” of Neverland Ranch.
MTV’s June 25 slate includes a “Michael Jackson’s Top 10 Video Countdown” and the one-hour special “Michael Jackson’s Influence on Music,” which chronicles artists that have been inspired by the artist’s songs, choreography and style. A two-hour block of Jackson videos will air on June 26.
Sister net VH1, meanwhile, is running five-hour 1992 telepic “The Jacksons: An American Dream.”
Airing throughout the day and evening of June 25 on E! Entertainment Television are the hour-longs “E! True Hollywood Story: Michael Jackson,” “E! Investigates: The Last Days of Michael Jackson” and the special “Michael Jackson.”
The TV Guide Network will air its recently-acquired documentary “Michael Jackson: Gone Too Soon,” from Shine Intl. The network is supplementing that two-hour movie with the specials “Michael Jackson’s Entourage: Where Are They Now” and “Michael Jackson: His Family Dynasty,” as well as a special edition of “Hollywood 411.”
Fuse is running two new specials, “Michael Jackson: The Inside Story” and “Michael Jackson: A Tribute,” on June 25.