Diminutive English rapper Lady Sovereign’s first album showcased a mélange of sounds, repping everything from UK garage to punked-up drum n’ bass. In the subsequent whirlwind of attention, the cheeky singer signed to Def Jam (Jay-Z inked the deal himself), scored Missy Elliott for a remix of the TRL-topping track “Love Me Or Hate Me,” and hit the road with Gwen Stefani. Music media built on the buzz, championing the pint-sized powerhouse as grime’s ambassador in America.
So what happened to her? After a bit of soul searching, Sov realized she didn’t want to be on a major label or be considered grime’s great white hope, and she went into incubation. Finally ready to poke her head back in the stage door, Sov is rather humbly releasing her second album, Jigsaw, April 7th on her own label, Midget Records. Three recent stateside gigs revealed a more mature, subdued side of Sov, who has traded in Adidas tracksuits and a side ponytail for streetwear and a down ‘do. Earplug rang her in London to chat about tossing her cookies at McDonald’s, ditching her trademark tracksuit, dropping diss tracks for Lady Gaga, and getting down with Playboy’s wee ol’ wabbit.
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Celebrity Apprentice‘s cast of crazies KILLS: Joan Rivers, Andrew Dice Clay, Dennis Rodman, T-Boz, and even that coo-coo figure skater Scott Hamilton! But this bit is troubling: Pro-golfer Natalie Gulbis had only nice words to say about her fellow cast members. Of the always salacious Joan Rivers, Gulbis told USA Today:”I thought of her when I picked out my outfits in the a.m. Is she going to put me on the ‘Worst Dressed List’ with this? Turns out she is just as sweet and motherly as can be.” Joan Rivers and sweet in the same sentence? Stop hiding under your visor, Gulbis. We see right through you and we cannot wait for the drama!
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Brown wins everything at AMAs: Chris Brown swept the American Music Awards yesterday, winning three prizes including Artist of the Year, which he claims should have gone to Coldplay. (Incidentally, Coldplay went home empty-handed, which might explain why they’re breaking up.) Rihanna — Brown’s girlfriend and everybody’s obsession — was named favorite female artist for both R&B and pop/rock. We’re imagining they went home and talked about how cool they are. [Reuters]
No Doubt back in action: After Gwen Stefani did a little solo stint and had a baby, No Doubt is back. The band will allegedly be recording and touring in 2009. After a long hiatus will they have lost their charm? We doubt it. [Stereogum]
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