Eight years after ‘Idol,’ Leah LaBelle to debut solo album A few years ago, after a hiatus from music, Leah LaBelle realized that music was indeed what she was supposed to do. “Fans were writing on my MySpace asking if I was still singing,” LaBelle said. “I started making YouTube videos for them to let them know that I still was.” Now, LaBelle, 26, is working on her debut album with star producers Pharrell Williams and Jermaine Dupri. No stranger to rough times — LaBelle’s parents fled communist Bulgaria for Canada right before she was born (she was raised in Seattle) — LaBelle knows that the music business is one that is difficult to break into.
“I did [‘American Idol’] because I was in Seattle,” LaBelle said. “I was young and just wanted to see what happened.” At the age of 17, LaBelle made it to the top 12 on Season 3 of “American Idol” in 2004, the same season that launched Chicago native Jennifer Hudson’s career. LaBelle, though, wasn’t destined for immediate stardom. She said it just wasn’t her time to break through at that young age. “I still had to finish high school,” LaBelle said. “It was a matter of getting out there and pursuing the right people. It’s a grind this music industry. For me, it was just timing.” Even though a post-“Idol” breakthrough wasn’t in the cards, it didn’t take long for people to start taking notice of LaBelle’s voice and look.
Hitmaker Pharrell Williams is hoping to make a killing in the property market in Miami, Florida after putting the penthouse he bought in 2007 on the market. The singer/producer bought the pad for $12.5 million (£7.8 million) and it’s up for sale five years later for $16.8 million (£10.5 million), according to property website RealEstalker.com.
The high-rise South Beach penthouse comes with five bedrooms, a home theatre and breathtaking views of Miami and the ocean. Insiders claim Williams housed his impressive sneaker and art collection at his Miami pad and he also used it as a showroom of sorts for his furniture designs.
Tokyo’s DJ Daruma began rising in Tokyo’s hip-hop scene at age 15 as a dancer in the Digital Junkies crew. After taking an interest in house music, he translated elements of the two musical genres into a t-shirt line called HECTIC. Daruma and his crew went on to form the brand Roc Star before finally developing his defining brand Crepeman, a brand devoted to creating designs “for tomorrow.”
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