Check out the latest happenings around the music world…
- While at a rehearsal for her upcoming role in the Broadway musical Fela!, Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams revealed her fight with depression over the years. The 32-year-old singer says she suffered her first bout of depression at 15 or 16, but was able to avoid medication. Of course, that doesn’t mean she’s been afraid to seek help. “We’re taught, ‘Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you,'” she told the Associated Press. “Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that’s your healing. Take advantage of it. Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s OK if you’re going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help.” In addition to prepping for her stage return, Williams gearing is up for her upcoming solo album and a rumored appearance (with Kelly Rowland) during Beyonce‘s Super Bowl halftime performance.
- Heard about that Outkast reunion on Frank Ocean‘s “Pink Matter“? Yeah, it’s not a reunion. According to Andre 3000, the remixed album cut with Big Boi was NOT the group’s big comeback. “It’s important for me to be clear about the origins of my contributions to ‘Pink Matter’ and ‘Sorry.'” he said in a statement. “I was approached as a solo artist by both Frank Ocean & Tip. I discussed musical direction with each artist and completed my verses. It was after that when Big Boi’s name came up. I never want to mislead our audience – I worried that some would think these were Outkast collaborations. These songs are not Outkast collaborations. I discussed this rationale with Big, Frank and T.I. and everyone agreed. That is why I was surprised to read about these remixes.”
- Anthony Hamilton says he was pretty shocked about his recent Grammy nominations, because he didn’t think anyone was paying attention. (Yeah. Right. Love him!) “My music didn’t have much of a buzz, so I was amazed about what I heard,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s great to know that my music is still being recognized. It shows that all the hard work is paying off. [..] It proved that my music is good enough. It proved to the record labels that even though my last album didn’t sell much, I’m still that same guy [people want to hear].” Hamilton, a 12-time nominee and 1-time winner, is up for Best R&B album (Back to Love) and Best R&B Song (“Pray for Me”).
- And finally: Jon B, anyone?