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You have a right to your thoughts and feelings. Your feelings are always valid. -Iyanla Vanzant
Oct. 18: Singer-guitarist Chuck Berry is 87. Actor Joe Morton is 66. Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is 52. Singer Nonchalant is 40. Actor Wesley Jonathan is 35. Singer Ne-Yo is 34. Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is 29.
Oct. 18, 1968: World long jump was beaten by Bob Beamon, record at 29 ft, 2.5 in., at the Mexico City Olympics.
*TLC has dropped a new single ahead of its biopic on VH1.
“Meant to Be,” co-written by Ne-Yo, appears on the group’s forthcoming album “20,” due next week. The mid-tempo track features original members Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T Boz” Watkins. Listen below.
The new album will be a compilation of the band’s previous hits such as “No Scrubs,” “Waterfalls,” “Unpretty” and “Creep.”
The band played live for the first time in four years at Pennsylvania’s Hershey Festival in July, with rapper Lil’ Mama filling in for the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
Lil’ Mama also plays Left Eye in VH1’s “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” which premieres Oct. 21 at 9 p.m.
Singer Beyoncé attends the 10th anniversary party of Billionaire Boys Club presented by HTC at Tribeca Canvas on June 4, 2013 in New York City
*Beyonce is believed to have auditioned more than 50 songs for her much-anticipated fifth studio album but has decided to scrap them all and start over, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Among the writers potentially affected are Ryan Tedder, The-Dream, Sia, Diane Warren and Ne-Yo, who said in June that Beyonce was “still trying to figure out” a direction for the album.
The singer’s label, Sony-owned Columbia, had hoped to have new Beyonce music out by spring, which turned out to be a pipe dream. Now, it looks like a fall release may not be feasible.
Columbia had its sights set on a big fourth-quarter bow by Beyonce, both to compete with high-profile releases by Universal Music’s Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and to capitalize on her massive Mrs. Carter tour.
“Beyonce has had some of the biggest hits of our format, and we’re ready for the next,” says Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms at Clear Channel.
But while the stage show goes on without new material — save for a snippet of “Grown Woman,” the song most commonly heard as the soundtrack to a Pepsi commercial — it wasn’t initially the plan to take a singer around the world for an ambitious eight-month trek (so far, 36 shows have grossed $55.6 million) while trying to juggle time in the studio.
In turn, the label is getting increasingly more anxious as it looks back to the costly 2011 album, “4.” Recorded around the globe as she accompanied her husband, Jay Z, and his rap partner Kanye West for their own Watch the Throne sessions, Beyonce was given nearly complete autonomy over the finished product, which also was her first release since excising her father, Mathew Knowles, from her business dealings (she is now self-managed).
“4” was her lowest seller at 1.4 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and it failed to produce a buzzy pop hit, despite decent positioning on the R&B charts. Poleman says he hopes for “another ‘Single Ladies,’ ” which spent four weeks at No. 1: “Anticipation is high and expectations are, too,” he says.
A rep for the singer tells THR that “there was never an album release date” slated for Beyonce but that she is currently working on new music while multitasking her many business endeavors. Columbia Records would not comment.
*Gayle King, Al Roker, Ne-Yo, Mark Hamill, Robin Williams and Rahm Emanuel were among the celebrities spotted in Chicago on Saturday to celebrate the wedding of George Lucas and Windy City native Mellody Hobson.
The couple, who tied the knot June 22 at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif., hosted well-wishers at the city’s lakeside Promontory Point under a huge tent, where Prince and his 22-piece band provided the music.
CNN contributor Van Jones, Jesse Jackson, “Star Wars” prequel star Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson were also in attendance.
“They wrote a check to the city for the whole thing,” said a police officer on duty, as he shooed rubberneckers from a pathway that overlooked carts shuttling guests from the check-in desk. Those spotted at the main gate tilted towards Chicago political and business figures from the Hobson side of the aisle — with assorted TV news personalities from national outlets.
Hobson, the chair of DreamWorks Animation and head of the Chicago-based investment management firm Ariel Investments and chairman of Ariel Mutual Funds, also contributes financial analysis for CBS News.
Other attendees included Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley; his brother Bill, now running for Illinois governor; former White House Social Secretary Van Jones, Jesse Jackson, “Star Wars” prequel star Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson, who is now CEO of Johnson Publishing Company; University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer; Chicago Metropolis 2020’s Paula Wolff; radio host Tom Joyner; former Congressman Harold Ford Jr.; and Patrick Daley, a classmate of Hobson’s from St. Ignatius College Prep.
Actor Andrew Shue, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast Tina Brown, CNN pundit Paul Begala and MSNBC PoliticsNation host Rev. Al Sharpton were also in attendance at the event.
Singer Ne-Yo spotted at the wedding party of George Lucas and Mellody Hobson in Chicago
The Hyde Park neighborhood, which hosted the event, is the site of the University of Chicago and was President Barack Obama’s home prior to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The Chicago Tribune reported the reception was organized by New York party planner Van Wyck & Van Wyck, who has previously overseen bashes for Sean “Diddy” Combs, Alicia Keys, Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama.
Guests staying at the Chicago Peninsula Hotel found a gift bag awaiting them Friday. The bags were filled with some of the couple’s “favorite local flavors,” which included chocolate cookies from Carol’s Cookies, popcorn from Garrett Popcorn, and Marshall Field’s Original Frango Mints. There were also Skywalker Ranch hats, T-shirts and a tote.
Last weekend, Bill Moyers officiated a ceremony for the couple, which was attended by Ron Howard, Oprah Winfrey, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg. The couple made their engagement public in January.
Watch local news coverage of the event from ABC below.
Singer Ne-Yo attends the “Kevin Hart:Let Me Explain” New York Premiere at Regal Cinemas Union Square on June 19, 2013 in New York City
*Ne-Yo gave Billboard an update Tuesday on his numerous endeavors, including his contribution to Beyonce’s upcoming fifth studio album.
“I’m still putting stuff together for Beyonce’s album,” he said. “They’re still trying to figure out what they want that to be, which I’m not mad at. Beyonce’s the kind of artist where you’re not gonna see it till it’s right. And her fans — they love her so they’ll be patient.”
Beyonce has been hard at work on her fifth album ever since secret songwriting sessions began last summer in the Hamptons, where writers and producers like Ryan Tedder, The-Dream, Greg Kurstin, Sia and others stayed for over a week to write and collaborate on potential tracks. Though no official single has yet to be released, snippets of songs like “Grown Woman” and “Standing On The Sun” have premiered in ads for Pepsi and H&M, respectively, while another Sia track “Rise Up” recently appeared on the soundtrack for animated movie “Epic.”
Ne-Yo and Beyonce are best known for making magic with 2007′s Hot 100 No. 1 “Irreplacable.” He’s also waiting to see if his contributions to Jay-Z’s just-announced “Magna Carta Holy Grail” album will make the cut for the July 4 release. “The thing about Jay is again you don’t know until it’s done,” he said.
“I went in, I did a session where I laid down a couple hooks but I have no idea what’s going to be kept. I heard some of the new stuff. It’s amazing. With Jay-Z it’s hard not to be amazing.”
Ne-Yo spoke to Billboard in New York while promoting his latest project, a new single called “It’s All Good” for Unilever’s Fruttare ice cream bars.
Jay-Z’s off-script approach to writing inspired Ne-Yo, who co-wrote “It’s All Good” using inspiration from tweets and Instagrams. “I’m trying to escape the shackles of a pen and a pad,” he said. “I’ve sat in sessions with Jay-Z where he doesn’t write anything down. He’ll come up with the most incredible triple entendre all in his head — it’s amazing. That was the main thing that attracted me was just trying something new, which could be a new revenue stream in that regard.”
Ne-Yo is also busy these days supporting his late 2012 release “R.E.D.,” his David Guetta/Akon single “Play Hard,” signing new acts as an A&R rep at Motown, and guesting on Ciara’s new “Body Party” remix.
Additionally, he’s still actively working on Celine Dion’s still-unscheduled upcoming album, for which they’ve already recorded a cover of Adele and Daniel Merriweather’s “Water And A Flame” and contributed other tracks for more than a year now. “I’m still writing for her,” he says. “I just recently got a call to do some more songs, so I know she’s doing some more work.”
And then there’s his own next album, which is still in the conceptual phase but will likely be “predominantly R&B,” he says. His latest top 10 on the Hot 100 was the Sia-penned “Let Me Love You,” a four-on-the-floor dance ballad that overshadowed the performance of R.E.D.’s R&B-leaning singles like “Lazy Love” and “Jealous,” both of which failed to crack top 40.
“I’m really excited about what’s happening in R&B right now,” he says. “I want to see what my place is in the whole thing. That’s not to say I’m abandoning the EDM genre. I’ve gotten so much unimaginable love from that fanbase and that genre. It’s really rare that an entire genre of music allows an artist from a different genre to come and live there. By no means am I abandoning that, but I definitely know I need to take care of my core — the thing that got me here in the first place. I don’t feel like I’ve given it the attention it deserves.”