MUSIC NEWS// U.K’s Emeli Sande Gears Up For U.S. Invasion, Afeni Shakur Praises Tupac Holographic Performance at Coachella & Michelle Obama Responds To Beyonce’s LetterPublished by Blair Bedford on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am.
1. Emeli Sandé Gears Up for Her U.S. Invasion
If you don’t know Emeli Sandé, you will soon. The 24-year-old Scottish-born singer and songwriter has already topped the charts in the UK with her debut album Our Version of Events, and she’ll head stateside this summer as the opening act for the world-conquering rock band Coldplay.
With a shock of blonde hair and a soulful voice that alternates between power and intimacy, Sandé is a distinctive presence even in a crowded field. After serving as a songwriter for UK stars like Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and Tinie Tempah, the life-long singer’s own music has swiftly earned her similar levels of notoriety. [MORE]
2. Afeni Shakur Praises Tupac Coachella Performance
A representative for Tupac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, shared her reaction to her son’s surprise appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival last night (April 15). According to TMZ, reps said that Afeni was excited to see her son perform on stage.
In case you missed it, concertgoers in attendance last night at Dr. Dre’s closing set at the Coachella music festival were treated to a barrage of special surprise guests including Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and most notably Tupac, in the form of a hologram. [MORE]
3. Michelle Obama Responds to Beyoncé’s Letter
Last week, Beyoncé penned a letter of appreciation to First Lady Michelle Obama to praise her for her good work and being “the ultimate example of a truly strong African American woman.”
The handwritten letter, which was posted on Beyoncé’s revamped website, goes on to describe the FLOTUS as being a caring mother and a loving wife while handling the task of being the first lady of the United States with such grace. [MORE]