Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams will follow former bandmate Kelly Rowland in the reality TV world.
The gospel singer, 30, was tapped for UK’s hit dance competition “Strictly Come Dancing,” which kicks off in September.
Michelle will reportedly pocket over a 100K for the new gig.
Industry big wigs like Big Boi and Eminem have boldly co-signed Yelawolf, yet the Alabama MC constantly receives comparisons to his white counterpart. Rap’s rising star recalls coming face-to-face with Slim Shady for the first time.
“It was overwhelming at first,” he tells Rap-Up.com. “I thought, ‘I’ll just be cool,’ but when I saw him it was different. This dude is like history. I felt the same when I met Big Boi and [André] 3000. These megastars and culturally-influential people, the first couple minutes you’re just in awe.”
During his long-awaited meeting with Eminem, the two chatted more about life in general rather than cranking out raps. Naturally, Em had some wisdom to share with Yelawolf, who has a hedonist edge with alcohol at times. “We talked about shows and touring and shit,” reveals Yela. “I like to drink a lot, but I sobered up. I got some advice from him about getting shit under control based on his experiences.”
Em also gave Yelawolf a chance to play new music for him and vice versa. “I just gave him my story—where I was from, how my music developed, and I let him listen to some material on the new album,” he says. “He did me the honor of letting me hear his shit before it came out and it was dope.”
Yelawolf’s upcoming album, Trunk Muzik 0-60, won’t have a Marshall Mathers feature, but he remains positive about a future collaboration. “We haven’t done any work together yet, but I got a lot of work to do, just payin’ my dues makin’ records and I think it will happen in the future,” states Yelawolf.
Jim Jonsin, another industry associate the young rapper looks up to, entered the picture when Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment founder KP Prather invited the beatmaker to one of Yelawolf’s studio sessions while recording at Columbia Records. The two white boys with a shared penchant for Southern rap hit it off quick. “We come from the same path—white boy trailer park—and we just became homies,” shares Yelawolf. “We hang out and go on motorcycles and kick it. We’ve got a record coming out called ‘Billy Crystal Meth’ and I’m sure we will be working together again.”
Usher is currently on the promotional campaign trail for his new EP Versus, the sequel to his platinum release Raymond v. Raymond. But the “OMG” singer recently hinted that the EP, slated to hit stores tomorrow, may not be the final chapter in the Raymond saga.
“There’s an array of new music that you guys actually haven’t heard,” he toldABC News in a backstage interview at last week’s “GMA” taping. “There’s another episode coming later on this year as well.”
Though Usher kept mum on the details of the next release, the next installment of the saga could potentially surpass the success of its predecessors. Released this past March, Raymond vs. Raymond has become one of Usher’s most successful albums, boasting the hits “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home),” “Lil Freak” featuring Nicki Minaj, “There Goes My Baby” and the international smash “OMG” featuring will.i.am. The album crossed the platinum threshold this past June.
Versus is already off to a good start. The 9-track release includes the hits “Hot Tottie” featuring Jay-Z, “Somebody to Love (Remix)” featuring Justin Bieber and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” which he performed last Friday during his GMAconcert.