Kelis Recorded ‘Flesh Tone’ By Herself


SFR Music caught up with Kelis for an interview, where the singer talked about branching out into dance music with ‘Acapella’, how there is no business or politics on her new album ‘Flesh Tone’, collaborating with David Guetta, and being a really visual person.

“I recorded [‘Flesh Tone’] by myself. I was pregnant,” Kelis explained. “I could care less about what anybody had to say about it. I had no A&R or manager or label, anybody, anyone’s opinion really. It was me in my garage just like, ‘I guess I’ll work for two hours in the afternoon’. It was very leisure.”

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Kelis: I’m A Moody Kind Of Dresser


AllSaints Basement Sessions: Bestival Special featured an interview with Kelis. She talked about how the UK is a “home away from home”, how a career in music wasn’t always the plan despite growing up in a musical household, getting her visual inspirations aren’t calculated and come from everything around her, wearing what she likes and what’s exciting.

“I wear what I like and I wear what’s exciting,” Kelis explained. “As a woman, especially I feel like the way that I dress, everyday kind of gives you an idea of how I’m feeling. I’m a moody kind of dresser. It all depends on the day and where I’m going and I love a theme… This is a way that I can express myself so that if you don’t know me and I walk into a room, I’m like walking art, and that’s what it should be.”

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Kelis Loves Gold


Robin James of Sky Living caught up with Kelis after the Topshop Unique show to see what she thought. The singer talked about how she’s a catsuit kind of girl, how she’s been wearing gold since she was 2-years old, other shows she planned on attending, and how she always wears a lot of jewelry and she likes to wear leather pants in the winter.

“I love gold. It looks good on my skin, it always has and always will,” Kelis explained. “I’m glad people are agreeing, but I love gold.”

Watch the brief interview via YouTube below.

Kelis Called “Slave” & “Kunta Kinte” In London


Kelis checked in with her Twitter followers (@iamkelis), alleging that she was a victim of racism when arriving in the UK (apparently at London’s Heathrow Airport) by a middle aged English man. Kelis says the “fat red faced sweaty” person thought she was cutting in line and called her a slave, who was “probably a disgusting Nigerian”, and then referred to the singer as “Kunta Kinte”, the central character in ‘Roots’. The singer Tweets:

There’s a show in the states, I think it’s on Dateline or something like that. The host is a Spanish man. Basically the premise of the show is “what would you do”? Or how do people react when they see injustices. I love the show. It’s interesting. However today that didn’t happen

We just landed and I had the midget with me. We get in the passport control line and apparently pissed this one man off cause he thought I cut the line. Which wouldn’t be far fetched of me but this time I actually didn’t (not entirely anyway) well the point is from 0 to 60

This fat red faced sweaty “man” (I use the word man loosely here) started calling me a slave and told me to call him sir and how I was probably a disgusting Nigerian. He called me Kunta Kinte and ranted and raved some more. The man behind the passport desk laughed, shook his head in agreement I guess, and said “Kunta Kinte”. All the while the entire line full of people I just sat on a plane with for almost 3 hours

Over 50 people said nothing. I mean literally nothing. Didn’t flinch. We all no I’m no saint, so I retaliated. Not the way I wanted to or how that pig deserved. But #1 my gorgeous baby boy was literally sitting on my hip and #2 I’m a believer. And we are better. Supposed to be.

Anyway, it made me think. This person was approximately a 50 year old English man. I didn’t say anything at the time of the riots in London for a lot of reasons. But I am in London all the time and today I’m gonna say that the racial issues in the UK are disgusting. It’s racially decades behind progression because everything is swept under the rug. People don’t talk about it. People don’t fight about it.

Not mentioning a problem doesn’t make it go away. I bring it up now because as an American it is abundantly clear that my country has a smorgasbord of disgusting racial problems. We are the poster child for racial inequality even still with a black president

But its NO SECRET! And that I can fight against. I can try to prepare and teach my son. Because its out there. But you can’t fight for or against something no one is willing to talk about or even admit exist. Everyone wants to be politically correct. But who really cares?

And what does that help. I could go on and on. I won’t. But maybe someone will start to talk about it from here.

Kelis Gets Really Honest With ‘Flesh Tone’


Tatiana Diana of Young Hollywood spoke with Kelis backstage in Hollywood after the opening night of her All Heart Tour, which she is co-headlining with Robyn. Kelis talked about how her sound has evolved on her new album ‘Flesh Tone’, and what it was like working with and David Guetta on her new hit singles and more.

“I hope its evolved,” Kelis said about the ‘Flesh Tone’ sound. “It’s been four years since my last album, so it’s just who I am right now and how I feel. It’s really honest.” Kelis added that writing your own songs is “therapy, you get to flush it all out and get rid of it.”

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Kelis Stiffing Her Maid?


Though Kelis’ ex-husband Nas was ordered to pay the singer $25,000 a month in child support, the 31-year-old is now being accused by a housekeeper of failing to pay $150 a day for her work as a maid. TMZ reports that since the maid is an illegal immigrant, there’s a problem trying to recoup the $900 in back pay. The housekeeper is trying to get a lawyer to determine if she can file a complaint with the California Labor Commission.

Kelis Signs With Next Models London


Kelis and Next Models recently announced they have exclusively signed the singer to their Special Bookings department of Next Models London. Melanie Maw, Head of Branding at AAB, Kelis’ branding agents who secured the deal with Next, said, “Kelis has established herself as a fashion icon, alongside an amazing music career and it’s fantastic that in Next Models we have found an internationally like minded agency that understands and believes in her vision. This partnership will continue to push her to the forefront of fashion. Other agencies came forward but with Next we felt it was a natural fit and we are thrilled.”

Kelis Aimed To Make ‘Acapella’ Video As Impactful As The Record

Kelis caught up with singer-songwriter Kelis to talk about her new album ‘Flesh Tone’, how much say she has when it comes to her videos, and about the connection between fashion and music.

“Well it’s a story,” she said about the unique concept for the ‘Acapella’ music video. “I wanted the visuals to be as impactful and as strong as the record was for me, and so it was kind of how to get that feeling across. If you could turn the sound off, what do you see, does it still give you that kind of feeling.”

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Kelis ‘4th of July (Fireworks)’ Video


Kelis is out with the video to her new single ‘4th of July (Fireworks)’, the second release from the American R&B signer’s fifth studio album ‘Flesh Tone’, out now on Interscope Records. The video was co-directed by Kelis, John “Rankin” Waddell and Nicole Ehrlich and shot in the desert outside of Los Angeles. Kelis is depicted as the four natural elements (Earth, wind, water and fire) in the video. Watch it via Vevo below the cut. (more…)

Kelis Talks Fashion & PETA Objections To Her Wearing Fur


Kelis recently spoke with MTV Buzzworthy about fashion. The singer said she doesn’t have regrets about her fashion choices over the years and feels she dresses honestly. Kelis also reviewed photos of some of her recent attire to events, including one that got her a letter from PETA. “I wrote back to PETA because I felt like, ‘Who on earth are you to tell me what I wear?’,” Kelis said. “Quite frankly I find them to be completely hypocritical and I was reading something recently saying that they euthanize 97% of the dogs and cats and animals that are brought to them, just completely hypocritical.” Watch the comments below the cut. (more…)