*CeCe Peniston, once a fixture on the pop, r&b and dance charts with hits like “Keep On Walkin’” and “Finally,” is back with a new single that broadens her musical style even more.
“When I heard the music, it was just something I was feeling, and something just said go with it,” Peniston tells EUR exclusively about the rock-flavored sound of her new single “Stoopid!,” the first release from her forthcoming album “CeCe.”
“It is a little bit different than what people have heard from me in the past, and I feel like that’s good because that’s what’s going to get people’s attention.” [Scroll down to listen.]
Due in August, the singer’s fifth studio album, and first solo effort since 1996’s “I’m Movin’ On,” is the result of a record deal she inked in February with West Swagg Music Group/Bungalo Records, which has distribution through Universal Music Group. “Stoopid!,” currently available on iTunes and Amazon.com, is intended to set the tone of her return.
“It’s going to say CeCe has something new, she’s grown and she’s not afraid to try new things,” says Peniston, 41.
One of those new things is a commitment to getting and staying fit. About a year and a half ago, Peniston underwent liposuction and has since lost more than 30 pounds – going from a size 10 to a size 6. Before the surgery, the singer had been working out and shedding weight, but grew impatient when she wasn’t seeing the results she expected.
“When I kept losing and I didn’t see what I needed to see, I’m like – being on stage, people want to see a certain look, and I got a YouTube reality check, and that’s why I decided to do it,” said the artist, who stands all of 5’4”. “I saw myself from afar, and I was like you know what? That is the last time I’m going to ever see that again.”
In the audio bonus below, CeCe tells us how it’s been going since the procedure, and how she’s been “able to maintain my size 6.”
*Reality star NeNe Leakes, currently on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” is reportedly looking to get more plastic surgery done, and her friends are growing concerned that she’s become too obsessed with it.
RadarOnline.com is reporting that Leakes, 41, is planning to get liposuction to have a totally flat stomach — this after she had the procedure done on her thighs, hips and stomach, as seen in an episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
Radar quotes a source as saying, “NeNe is determined to have a flatter tummy, and she intends to have more liposuction done so she looks her very best this summer.”
Friends of the reality diva are worried for her, according to the source. “Her friends are worried that she has become too obsessed with plastic surgery and have warned her about the dangers, but she just wants to be the best image of herself that she can be. She intends to have the procedure done sooner rather than later.”
The source also added, “The truth is that despite being loud and overconfident in public, NeNe has some issues regarding her self-image. She has always wanted to be famous, and now that she is those insecurities have been heightened for her to look perfect.”
Radar is reporting that the TV personality has already gone under the knife in the past and has had several procedures done including a nose job, breast reduction and lift, new veneers on her teeth and the previously mentioned liposuction procedures. In addition, Leakes recently lost 15 pounds by exercising more and eating healthier.
*It’s no secret. Everyone knows something changed on NeNe Leakes. And it’s not her lovely, endearing personality. No, it sure isn’t ’cause she doesn’t have one. But we digress.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star opened up recently to People magazine about why she decided to go through plastic surgery.
“I’m very comfortable and confident in myself. I just wanted a tune up,” Leakes, 42, says, admitting she got a nose job, smaller breast implants and a lift, and liposuction around her waist for contouring in April.
But Leakes says she didn’t want a full transformation. “I still wanted to look like NeNe, the black woman that I am,” she says, “but a better version.”
Check out her visit to the surgeon on Monday on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
For more on Leakes’s surgeries, and how she slimmed down to a size 8-10, you might wanna check out the latest issue of People.