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.
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
With a week to go until her album release, Fantasia unleashes her superpowers on “Supernatural Love,” her collaboration with Big K.R.I.T. The R&B songstress belts from her heart on the rock-soul record, which features a verse from the Mississippi MC.
“I’m a lady, I’m a woman, I’m a mother, I’m a daughter/ But when I’m with you, I have powers,” sings Tasia. “Baby, this how you make me feel.”
Just last week, Fantasia debuted “Without Me,” her collaboration with Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland.
Side Effects of You is due April 23 featuring the single “Lose to Win,” plus contributions from Harmony Samuels, Emeli Sandé, Andrea Martin, and Eric Bellinger.
Fantasia puts her man on blast on her new single “Without Me.” The “American Idol” champ calls on her pals Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott on the ladies’ anthem, helmed by Kyle Stewart, Harmony Samuels, Al Sherrod Lambert, Missy, and Fantasia.
“What would you be without me?” asks Fantasia, while Kelly adds her sultry vocals and Missy spits a hot verse.
“So Thankful For These Two Beautiful Ladies,” said Tasia. “We Created A Monster on this Album.. Missy is Going STUPID HARD ON THIS 1!!! OMG!!! Kells VOCALS On Here!! Cra!! Thanks to my BABIES.”
The collaboration can be found on Fantasia’s fourth album Side Effects of You, in stores April 23. Listen to snippets of the entire album.
Rap-Up.com has your first listen to “Without Me” below.
Nearly 10 years after winning “American Idol,” Fantasia prepares to release her fourth and most personal album yet, Side Effects of You, on April 23.
The R&B powerhouse penned several of the 13 tracks alongside Andrea Martin, Eric Bellinger, Sherrod Lambert, Courtney Harrell, and Harmony Samuels, who wrote and produced the majority of the album. Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland are featured on “Without You,” while Emeli Sandé penned the title track.
“Side Effects of You reflects a body of work that I call ‘Rock Soul,’ where I’m exploring a new and refreshing sound that reflects my vocal versatility and appreciation for international appeal,” said Fantasia.
Sample Tasia’s latest work with the snippets below.