BET Networks today announced plans for the upcoming BET Music Matters ‘The All of Me Tour’, headlined by Estelle. Kicking off February 2nd at Ohio’s House of Blues in Cleveland, the Homeschool/Atlantic recording artist will be joined by special guests Elle Varner, Stacy Barthe and Luke James on various dates throughout the tour. For complete details and ticket information, visit estellemusic.com.
Estelle has also announced plans to perform at the 2012 Essence Music Festival, slated for July 6th in New Orleans. The event will see Estelle sharing the stage with Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, and Steve Harvey. For details and ticket information, please see essencemusicfestival.com.
BET Music Matters “The All of Me Tour”, Headlined by Estelle
Special guests include Elle Varner, Stacy Barthe and Luke James
*all supporting artists performing on various dates*
Feb. 2 Cleveland, OH House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
Feb. 3 Chicago, IL Double Door
Feb. 4 Cincinnati, OH Mixx Lounge
Feb. 6 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
Feb. 8 San Diego, CA Anthology
Feb. 9 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
Feb. 10 Oakland, CA The New Parish
Feb. 13 Dallas, TX House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
Feb. 14 New Orleans, LA The Howlin Wolf
Feb. 15 Houston, TX House of Blues (Peacock Room)
Feb. 16 Austin, TX Antones
Feb. 18 Birmingham, AL Old Car Heaven
Feb. 20 Atlanta, GA CenterStage
Feb. 22 Washington, DC The Birchmere
Feb. 23 Boston, MA Regata Bar – 2 Shows
Feb. 26 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
Feb. 28 New York, NY Irving Plaza – Album Release Show
Mar. 3 Nashville, TN Indulge
Mar. 5 Philadelphia, PA World Café Life
David Guetta is out with the video to his new single ‘David Guetta’, featuring vocals from Estelle. The song is the title track off the French DJ’s fourth studio album, out now on Positiva / Virgin. Watch it via YouTube below.
R&B acts on television include:
Estelle performs with Cobra Starship on ‘The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’ (NBC) on Tuesday.
Corneille visits ‘Tavis Smiley’ (PBS) on Wednesday.
After walking away empty handed last year, Leona Lewis didn’t show for this year’s BRIT Awards, so what did the stars make of the ‘X Factor’ winner’s no-show? ITN spoke with Calvin Harris, who reckoned she should have attended, since he showed up without even being nominated. The latest ‘X Factor’ winner Alexander Burke believes Lewis should have received more than one nomination, in the best single category which went to Girls Aloud. Watch footage, also featuring comments from Katie of The Ting Tings and Estelle below.
Grammy-nominated artist Estelle Swaray’s hit single ‘American Boy’ is up for “Song of the Year.” Swaray says that song was written in fun and joked that she’s getting flak from British boys. “For me this year, I’m pretty excited to be there,” Estelle said of tonight’s awards. “There’s a bunch of British people there this year as well. Adele, Coldplay and so it’s gonna be a good year I think.” Watch the interview below.
Estelle checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@estelleonline) on Monday (January 26), talking about songwriting, watching DL Hughley on CNN, and Michelle Obama. The British R&B singer tells readers:
Hey guys… so I decided to write.. I’m on the road with the Evolver tour and John Legend… Opening up for him no less… and having a cool time…
I’m actually as I type listening to beats for the new album… I think (at the risk of me sounding defensive but fu** it I’ma say it anyway) contrary to seemingly popular opinion… just because I work with a great songwriter does not mean he wrote or writes all my songs.. No my friends… I write also, have always written and will continue to do so.. I think that’s the only way to be completely honest as a musician…
Estelle offered fans an update on New Year’s Eve in a video posting at her MySpace TV channel. “Really I can say my year has been fantastic and it’s gonna be even better in the new year,” the British singer said. “I lived a life that helped me to write this album, and I met you guys.” Watch the message via MySpace below.
Estelle spoke with RTL Boulevard in a feature aired Wednesday (December 3). The singer advised women that men all around the world are crazy and American men don’t make any difference – she’s tested it out and they’re all nuts. She also says complained about her braces, since she hates pain, and her advised folks to get them while you’re young. As for the Sarah Palin and John McCain ‘American Boy’ parody (see below), she said, “I was so irritated because I’m completely against politics. I don’t want anything to do with this. It irritates the crap out of me. So I was sending e-mails, ‘Take that down! This is Estelle. I hate this! Take it down!'” The video segment at rtl.nl has since been removed.
Lisa of FredFlare.com caught up with Estelle for a Q&A, asking the singer who her role model is. “Mary J. Blige! I love her,” Estelle said. “I met her, she’s lovely, it was amazing, she actually knew my name. It was so cool, especially because I never had vocal lessons and I used to listen to her CD and taught myself to sing from there. Basically she’s one of the main reasons why I do what I do, we bonded over that when we met, she feels the same way about Aretha Franklin!” The entire interview at fredflare.com has since been removed.
Estelle checked in with fans on her YouTube channel while in a series of locations, saying hello from Broolyn and Los Angeles, offering a shout out to Kevin Liles, Ne-Yo, and her fans, and advising people to pick up Gym Class Heroes and Kardinal Offishall’s new albums.
The video has since been removed.