Fantasia

Apr
29
Fantasia Shares Her Testimony on ‘The View’

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Fantasia brought some sunshine to “The View” on Monday morning. Following the release of her fourth album Side Effects of You last week, the 28-year-old singer sat down with the ladies and guest host Jenny McCarthy, and spoke about the “dark moment” in her life and how she’s moved on.

“I wanted away, I wanted peace,” she said of her attempted suicide. “I was taking care of everybody, holding everything down. And there were so many things that were going wrong in the career, being so young, winning ‘American Idol’ at 19, nobody really preps you. It just all goes so fast.”

But she has learned to appreciate the small things in life including her two kids. “God put me here for a reason. It’s not my time to go anywhere,” said Tasia.

The resilient singer showed her strength with a powerful performance of her testimonial “Lose to Win.”

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Apr
28
Fantasia Honored at Planet Hollywood Handprint Ceremony

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After a busy week promoting her album Side Effects of You, Fantasia was honored with a handprint ceremony at Planet Hollywood’s Times Square studio. The “Lose to Win” singer planted her hands in the cement and signed autographs for her young fans. She also grabbed a bite to eat at Buca di Beppo next door, posing with a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

On Saturday, Tasia played an intimate show for her fans at New York’s Beacon Theatre, performing new material off her album including “Lighthouse” and the Emeli SandĂ©-penned title track.

Next up, she plans to shoot a video for “Without Me,” her collaboration with Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland. “I want [Missy] to do the video for me,” she told Rap-Up TV. “You look back at all her videos and they’re all amazing. She’s a genius.”

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Apr
24
Win Tickets to Fantasia’s NYC Show!

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Fantasia is bringing some soul to the Big Apple. Fresh off the release of her album Side Effects of You, the Grammy-winning diva will perform her biggest hits and new material at NYC’s famed Beacon Theatre on Saturday, April 27.

Rap-Up.com is giving one lucky reader the chance to see her live. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets below!

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Apr
24
Fantasia Performs ‘Lose to Win’ on ‘GMA’

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Fantasia has been all over the country promoting her new album Side Effects of You. After her trip to L.A. last week to tape “American Idol,” the 28-year-old soulstress visited “Good Morning America” on Wednesday to perform her single “Lose to Win.”

“Those that are watching this morning, I hope that this song blesses you,” said Tasia, who delivered a stirring set with her band.

During her visit to VH1′s “Big Morning Buzz Live,” she weighed in on the rumors that “Idol” wants to bring Jennifer Lopez back to replace Mariah Carey. “I would say bring J.Lo on, but don’t take Mariah off,” she said.

Fantasia was joined by Missy Elliott as she celebrated her album release last night in New York City. The project is expected to sell 90-95,000 copies in its first week.

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Apr
22
Rap-Up TV: Fantasia Wants Missy Elliott to Direct ‘Without Me’ Video

With her fourth album Side Effects of You in stores tomorrow, Fantasia is moving forward with plans for her next single, “Without Me” featuring Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland. During her interview with Rap-Up TV, the “American Idol” winner explained how the collaboration came together.

“Missy Elliott was the first person I thought about because we’re friends as well as we do business together,” she said of the hip-hop legend, who she met while working on her debut album Free Yourself. “And I knew that she would just lyrically kill the verse.”

After hearing Missy rhyme on J. Cole’s single “Nobody’s Perfect,” she reached out. “She just gave you that old Missy, so I called her and I was like, ‘Hey, I want that. Give me that vibe.’”

She also praised Kelly, who sings on the track. “Right now she’s doing her thing. We both kinda have that same story where you started from the bottom now you’re here,” she said. “She’s doing so well. She’s a strong black woman with strong black features, so I thought I can’t do this record with anybody else but Kelly and Missy.”

Fantasia is already planning a video, and wants Missy to direct it. “I want her to do the video for me. You look back at all her videos and they’re all amazing. She’s a genius. So me, her, and Kelly, we’re gonna get together and do this thing on our own.”

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Apr
18
Fantasia Performs ‘Lose to Win’ on ‘American Idol’

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Nine years after winning “American Idol,” Fantasia returned to where it all began. Looking elegant in a white gown, the 28-year-old songstress put on a powerful performance of “Lose to Win,” the first single off her upcoming fourth album Side Effects of You, due April 23. She received a standing ovation and praise from the judges.

“Fantasia just had the best performance of this season. wow. Chills,” tweeted Nicki Minaj, while Mariah Carey added, “Go Fantasia, L O V E you, beautiful voice..beautiful person.”

Watch Fantasia’s triumphant return to the “Idol” stage below and check out our exclusive interview with her.

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Apr
18
Rap-Up TV: Fantasia Makes ‘American Idol’ Return, Talks Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey

Fantasia will make her return to the “American Idol” stage tonight, nine years after winning the title. She will perform her new single “Lose to Win,” but she’s not sweating it.

“This is the very first time that I’m not really, really nervous,” says the 28-year-old singer, whose fourth album Side Effects of You is due April 23. “Going back always reminds me of where it all started, which is a good thing. It’s a humbling thing for me.”

But instead of singing in front of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, she will face new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

So what does Fantasia think of Nicki as a judge? “Whatever floats their boat. I always believe in change. Everything can’t stay the same,” she tells Rap-Up TV. “The fact that they changed it up, brought somebody else in, a little younger that can relate to the younger crowd and a whole ‘nother different type of music, hey do it.”

As for Mariah, “I would have to say that that was a perfect choice as well. Mariah is a legend. She is music.”

Fantasia has been watching the latest season. “I think that they have some very, very good talent on this year. I will always say that my season was the best season,” she says of Season 3, which produced stars including Jennifer Hudson.

While she wouldn’t name her favorite on Season 12, she is partial to one particular contestant from South Carolina.

Look for more from our interview with Fantasia in the coming days.