Blu Cantrell
American musician
Blu Cantrell
Blu Cantrell is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter.
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Juliette Bains: Bare-faced truth as models give the airbrushing a miss
Yorkshire Evening Post - about 3 years
Britney’s done it. Cara’s done it. Even David Cameron’s done it. And these days it’s something we can all try. The art of airbrushing isn’t just restricted to picture editors at magazines and national newspapers anymore. Now there’s apps and websites that allow us mere civilians to zap away zits, banish blemishes and even whiten those teeth at the click of a button. In fact, most smart phones now have an ‘edit photo’ option before you even think about potentially posting those selfies on the web. I was stunned at my graduation when the university gave me the choice of having my professional photo airbrushed – for a small additional charge of £10. Back in my day, which wasn’t really that long ago, I remember when airbrushed photos were the anomaly rather than the norm. The huge Top of the Pops posters of boybands adorning my bedroom walls saw an almost life-size version of 911 and Take That in all their pimple-faced glory staring back at me. The boybands in question may have been ...
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Think Shopping Will Cure Loneliness? Think Again
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If hitting up the mall and picking up a new purse is your idea of dealing with life's problems, a new study may convince you to re-think your coping strategy. The Journal of Consumer Research has just released an article examining the relationship between loneliness and materialism -- and the results make a good case for keeping your wallet safely in your bag in times of crisis. By examining a group of people from the Netherlands over the course of six years, researchers discovered the vicious cycle: Higher initial levels of materialism increased loneliness, while higher initial levels of loneliness increased materialism. Oy vey. So who experienced this phenomenon at the most startling rate? Males, lower educated people and singles. But it was the latter group that seem to suffer the most in their solitude. More than other demographics, single people shopped in an effort to increase happiness but were left sorely disappointed, with their loneliness levels only spiking t ...
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Black Bluegrass: Carolina Chocolate Drops drum up interest in little-known genre
Metro Weekly - almost 5 years
Music: The black string music tradition predates the blues. It even influenced and echoes what is today commonly known as traditional folk and bluegrass. But don't worry if you haven't heard of it. Even one of today's most popular practitioners of what you might call black bluegrass only discovered it less than a decade ago. And to think Rhiannon Giddens's family is from the same town in North Carolina where one of the genre's greatest fiddlers lived. Carolina Chocolate Drops ''It just goes to show how underground it's been,'' Giddens says. ''Now it's definitely getting a bigger profile, and that's really great.'' Giddens is leading that charge as the lead singer and multi-instrumentalist of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Formed in 2005, the jam band won a Grammy for its brilliant 2010 set Genuine Negro Jig -- in the Traditional Folk Album category. The band works to entice more people to the genre by performing in schools and finding other ways to drum up interest es ...
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Live: Carolina Chocolate Drops at Royce Hall
LATimes - almost 5 years
About halfway through the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ gig at Royce Hall on Friday night, singer, stringed-instrument player, dancer and all-around show-stopper Rhiannon Giddens picked up a big, old banjo with a body the size of a hubcap and covered in goatskin. Called a minstrel-style banjo, it’s a replica of an instrument from the mid-1800s, and when played reproduced the same deep, echoed plonk that traveled over from Africa with the slave trade. Giddens and co-founder Dom Flemons had already swapped out instruments a few times, juggling guitars, banjos, harmonicas, jugs, bones and fiddles among themselves and the phenomenal New York instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins while cellist Leyla McCalla bowed and plucked roaming bass lines. But this minstrel-style banjo was so filled with symbolic importance that it deserved its own introduction, and as Giddens and her kindred spirits plucked out “Brigg’s Corn Shucking Jig,” from the group’s new album, “Leaving Eden,” the sound of early American ...
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That Awkward Moment: Daddy Hov’s Ex-Boo Thang Blu Cantrell Speaks Her Piece On Baby Blue Ivy’s Name!
Bossip - about 5 years
In case you’ve been under a rock, out of the loop, or in jail for the past 15 years, then you know the proud papa Hov used to date R&amp;B singer <a class="fplink fp-33117" href="/blu+cantrell">Blu Cantrell</a> some years back (see where we’re goin’ with this?). As you may have seen there is tons of speculation and conspiracy theories behind why Jay and Bey named their baby girl Blue Ivy Carter, so let’s just add this lil’ tid bit to the already ridiculous rumor mill shall we? On sunday, the first Blu in Jay-Z’s life took to Twitter to congratulate the new parents and toss her two-cents in about the baby’s controversial and convenient name: Now, we’re not saying that Hov coerced Bey into naming their first born child after his washed up singer ex-girlfriend, but he did just name is first-born child after his washed up singer ex-girlfriend. Ladies, would you be in favor of naming your child after some broad that your husband used chop down??? Hate it or love it?!?! More On B ...
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Jason Derulo to host Mobo Awards in Glasgow in October - Radio 1
Google News - over 5 years
The annual ceremony recognises urban music genres such as R&amp;B, hip hop, reggae, gospel and jazz. The event traditionally has two hosts who share presenting duties. Previous hosts include Alesha Dixon, Keri Hilson, Lil&#39; Kim, Blu Cantrell and Wyclef
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Black to the Future - Willamette Week
Google News - over 5 years
Although the group&#39;s most famous song is an old-timey makeover of Blu Cantrell&#39;s 2001 R&amp;B smash, “Hit &#39;Em Up Style (Oops!),” when it got together six years ago it took on the role of a de facto historical preservation society
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Sean Paul - RMF FM
Google News - over 5 years
W tym czasie Sean zremiksował także utwór Busta Rhymes (&quot;Make It Clap&quot;), zaśpiewał z Blu Cantrell (&quot;Breathe&quot;) i Beyonce Knowles (&quot;Babyboy&quot;). Album &quot;Dutty Rock&quot; sprzedał się w ponad 6 milionach egzemplarzy na całym świecie, az Seana Paula uczynił
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Famous Beautiful Black Women Praise Patti LaBelle, LOL-Style - BestWeekEver.tv (satire)
Google News - over 5 years
(OMG AND BLU CANTRELL!!!) This is gold (as is the accompanying fake Patti LaBelle Twitter), especially for my fellow gay Jews who secretly grew up wishing Miss Patti was their Bubbe, but they would never tell their grandma because she would have
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U2 from the cheap seats - Chanhassen Villager
Google News - over 5 years
The slate included memorable acts Blu Cantrell, American Hi-Fi and O-Town. Exactly. I remember having a total blast and being really excited to wear my tie-dyed Last Chance Summer Dance T-shirt at school the next day, because I was so cool
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Satsuki Mitchell on Daniel Craig Leaving Her for Rachel Weisz: Charge It! - The Hollywood Gossip
Google News - over 5 years
How did Mitchell respond? She reportedly went all Blu Cantrell on Craig, racking up approximately $1 million in charges on his credit card. And with the bombing of Cowboys &amp; Aliens, that&#39;s money the actor could really use!
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Seasoned veterans charge up Newport Folk Festival - Providence Journal
Google News - over 5 years
They kept the pedal to the metal for most of the set, with highlights including “Trouble In Your Mind&#39; and “Sourwood Mountain,” the latter visually spiced with Dom Flemons&#39;s guitar flips, as well as their trademark version of Blu Cantrell&#39;s “Hit &#39;Em Up
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Newport Folk 2011: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Live In Concert - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
But this is no mere trio of nostalgia-miners: Members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson are as likely to work with a progressive orchestra, or to reinvent Blu Cantrell&#39;s R&amp;B hit &quot;Hit &#39;Em Up Style,&quot; as they are to draw on old-time
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Bela Fleck and the Carolina Chocolate Drops - Metro Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
The band&#39;s bawdy cover of Blu Cantrell&#39;s 2001 R&amp;B hit &quot;Hit &#39;Em Up Style (Oops!)&quot; is a jaw-dropper -- and its lively full set, Genuine Negro Jig, was one of last year&#39;s best releases in any genre -- and the deserving winner of the Grammy for Best
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STEVIE CROOKS AT THE COMMON GROUND - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Tara King also did her thing and has the style of the oft forgotten Blu Cantrell but with the edge of a young Badu. I think she also is another artist that fans should be on the look out for. The thing that makes her interesting is her ability to take
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'American Idol' draws would-be stars to Portland - OregonLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
&quot;I sang &#39;Hit &#39;em Up Style,&#39; by Blu Cantrell, but only for about 30 seconds&quot; before he was rejected. &quot;I will admit, I&#39;m kind of irritated,&quot; he says. &quot;I&#39;m sleep-deprived. I don&#39;t know. I think I&#39;m a good singer.&quot; Rebecca Alexander Pickrel, a 24-year-old
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Carolina Chocolate Drops return to Sugar Grove July 9 - Boone Mountain Times
Google News - over 5 years
The Chocolate Drops were soon invited to Brooklyn to join the Luminescent Orchestrii and their friend, Adam Matta, to record &quot;Knockin&#39;,&quot; from the Lumiis&#39; record, &quot;Too Hot to Sleep,&quot; and Blu Cantrell&#39;s &quot;Hit &#39;Em Up Style,&quot; which was on the Drops&#39;
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Chicago's Derrick Carter Goes Essential On BBC Radio 1 - Chicagoist
Google News - over 5 years
Carter&#39;s beefy 2-hour mix includes tracks from everyone from John Legend to DJ Phase to Blu Cantrell, many of which are unreleased. We recommend taking a listen, especially if you need to be reminded of just how good Derrick Carter is
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Naima and Ashthon of American Idol Reveal Future Plans - BET (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... reminisced about her favorite judge, Jennifer Lopez (“We had a connection”) and the best performances she gave, “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls, and the group performance of Blu Cantrell&#39;s “Hit &#39;Em Up Style (Oops)” during Hollywood week
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Blu Cantrell
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 39
    It was reported that Cantrell will be participating in The Hit Network's RnB Fridays Live Tour in Australia in November 2016, alongside TLC, Nelly, 112 (band), Blackstreet, Mýa, Dante Thomas, Fatman Scoop, Montell Jordan and Kevin Lyttle.
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  • 2014
    Age 37
    Cantrell was taken into custody by police for a psychological evaluation on September 3, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details She was seen running around the streets of Santa Monica at around 2am, screaming that someone had "poisoned her with gas". Cantrell, according to witnesses, went 'berserk' and referred herself as a "one-hit wonder", questioning authorities if they recognized her; when her "erratic" behavior failed to cease, someone called the police. She was taken to a nearby hospital and was evaluated by medics.
  • 2008
    Age 31
    The first episode aired with a ninety-minute kick-off special on June 11, but Cantrell was eliminated in the second week, June 18, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details This made her the first celebrity to be eliminated from the show. However, she returned for the final episode to perform her single "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)".
    In 2008, Cantrell appeared in NBC's Celebrity Circus.
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  • 2007
    Age 30
    In 2007, Cantrell starred alongside LisaRaye and Kenya Moore in the musical stage play Gossip, Lies and Secrets.
    More Details Hide Details Tour dates ran from September 27, until November 25, 2007.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 26
    In 2003, Cantrell released her second album, Bittersweet, which peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details The success of Bittersweet was much greater worldwide than in the U.S. due to the success of the single "Breathe". The song became number one in the charts without the support of any major radio syndication, and eventually was added to major rotation after it had already become independently worldwide. The record earned Cantrell a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Album and entered the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at number eight. The album produced two hit singles, the Sean Paul collaboration "Breathe" and "Make Me Wanna Scream". "Breathe" was hugely successful in the United Kingdom, where it spent four weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart in August 2003 and broke Madonna's song "Lucky Star" for the most played single on British radio. It eventually became one of the most successful singles of the year in Europe, Australia, South Africa, and several other countries worldwide. That same year, Cantrell was slated to appear in Playboy magazine, but decided against it at the last minute, explaining, "I felt it was going to make me more of a sex symbol and I didn't want anything to take away from the fact that I can sing".
    Later in 2003, Cantrell released her second album, Bittersweet, which was nominated for a Grammy Award and spawned the single "Breathe" (featuring Sean Paul); written & produced by Ivan Matias. "Breathe" was a major success worldwide in 2003, topping the European Hot 100 Singles and the UK Singles Chart for four consecutive weeks and also reaching the top ten of several other charts across the world.
    More Details Hide Details Tiffany Cobb was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Her father was of Narragansett, Cape Verdean and African-American ancestry. Her mother, Susi Franco, a former "Mrs. Rhode Island", was an actress, and jazz vocalist. She also has French, Scottish, English, and German ancestry. Cantrell's parents split when she was a child, and she and her five siblings—Adam, Tino, Nick, Kelli, and Summer—were raised by her mother.
  • 2002
    Age 25
    Cantrell also featured in a small cameo role in the 2002 film Drumline, where she could be seen singing the American National Anthem.
    More Details Hide Details The film starred Nick Cannon and Orlando Jones.
    During this era, Cantrell helped write and compose, along with several other writers, the song "It's Killing Me (In My Mind)" for the soundtrack of the 2002 film Bad Company.
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    The song earned Cantrell Grammy Award nominations for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song, as well as an American Music Award nomination for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist, both in 2002.
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  • 2001
    Age 24
    In 2001, her debut album, So Blu, was released.
    More Details Hide Details The record saw major success when it peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart, eventually going gold in the United States. The album's hit single "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)", which peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, became the number one most added record to radio in the country, breaking Elvis Presley's record for most played on all genres of radio.
    After several demos, recordings, and singing backup for artists such as Puff Daddy, Cantrell was discovered by Red Zone Entertainment heads Tricky, Tab and Laney Stewart in early 2001.
    More Details Hide Details She also did collaborations with Babyface, Usher, Dionne Warwick, will.i.am, Fat Joe, Lil' Kim, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock. The producers promptly placed her with Antonio "L.A." Reid who offered the singer a contract with his label Arista Records after hearing one song she wrote and sang in front of him and his staff. After a bidding war with five different labels, Arista's bid was the highest. It was said of Cantrell, "Since she was a little girl she always dreamed of being on Arista Records." Afterwards, Cantrell went straight into recording sessions with Dallas Austin and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
    Cantrell rose to fame in 2001, with the release of her debut single, "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)", which peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the US Mainstream Top 40 chart, along with charting across several countries and being included in her debut album, So Blu.
    More Details Hide Details The song earned Cantrell two Grammy Awards nominations.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Born
    Born on March 16, 1976.
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