Soul sensation Joss Stone has laughed off rumors she has embarked on a romance with British R&B crooner Lemar. Antennas flew up when Lemar, who shot to fame in the UK after appearing on BBC talent show Fame Academy in 2002, was spotted leaving Stone's home in the south-west of England at the weekend. Both parties insist their relationship is purely platonic despite further reports of flirting and cuddling at last month's Brit Awards. Lemar's spokeswoman is adamant Stone and Lemar are just friends who are collaborating in the studio, saying: "It's all above board." Stone split from her ex-boyfriend Beau Dozier six months ago.
R&B/Soul singer Joss Stone has found a new home at Showtime, by the end of the summer the singer, whose hits include "You Had Me" and "Spoiled,"will don English attire fitting of a royal queen on the networks hit drama "The Tudors." Stone, a popular British Soul and R&B singer makes her acting debut as Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII on the third season of the drama which is loosely based on the early reign of English monarch Henry VIII according to the Hollywood Reporter. A daughter of a German nobleman, Anne was betrothed to Henry in a marriage treaty between the Cleves Court and the king's chancellor after Henry was shown a portrait of her. Upon Anne's arrival to England, Henry was disappointed in her looks and soon found a legal way to have the marriage annulled. According to Showtime, the upcoming season of the racy royal drama will follow the king as he weds third queen Jane Seymour (Anita Briem) and then Anne of Cleves. Stone, who has released three albums in the U.S. including her 2003 multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, is currently working on her fourth album. The third season of "The Tudors" is currently in production and is slated to air during the first quarter of 2009.
When nineteen year old British R&B singer Joss Stone started work on her third album, ‘Introducing Joss Stone,’ she knew there was one person she needed to collaborate with, Lauryn Hill. Instead of stalking Hill's management or record-label folks, Stone turned to a more intimate source to make the magic happen. "I called her mum every day for like a month and a half," Stone tells MTV. "I couldn't get a hold of [Lauryn], and there was no answer from [her camp] — I couldn't get a yes or a no. So I just kept calling her mother." And Stone's persistence eventually paid off, with Hill hopping on board to contribute to the track "Music," which Joss described as her love letter to song. Another collaboration to look out for on the disc is one with Stone's favorite hip hop star, Common. Stone tells MTV, "with rappers it's difficult, because sometimes you can get all that gangsta rap, which means nothing. Sometimes it's good to listen to, in certain situations, but there's no substance to it. With people like Common or Lauryn or Nas [who she did not work with on the album], they're real poets. They're really saying something, and that's why I needed them on the record. ... I wanted artists who had something to say." Stone began writing the follow-up to 2004's ‘Mind, Body & Soul’ last April and brought over 50 songs with her into a studio in Barbados in September. According to MTV, ‘Introducing’ will boast a dozen tracks, including "Girls, They Won't Believe It," "Tell Me 'Bout It" (the first single) and "I Wish," which she said is a "calm 'F--- you' that just needed to be done. The album, co-producer Raphael Saadiq, is expected to hit shelves this March.
British Soul/R&B star Joss Stone insists she "deserves a punch" for attacking pop star Christina Milian over a misunderstanding. Stone, who claims she heard from a credible source that Milian had been bad mouthing her in an interview, immediately went on the offense without contacting the “Say I” singer first. After her public attack, Stone realized that her “credible” source had been lying to her and quickly contacted Milian to apologize for her actions. Stone tells Complex magazine, "The person who told me is a complete w**ker. "I did feel bad, so I called Christina to say sorry, and she was so sweet about forgiving me. She understood. "Sometimes, I get a little too honest about how I feel. If I'm in the wrong, I'm the first to say I'm wrong. I deserve a punch for it, to be.