Headlines: Fantasia on Her Roller Coaster Life

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Clark Beckham of ‘American Idol’ to perform charity concert – MOBILE, AL (WALA) – Clark Beckham started off as a street performer in Tennessee. He made it to the top two and was the runner-up on the 14th season of “American Idol” on Fox. Now, he’s coming to the Gulf Coast for a special performance to benefit the Children’s Rehabilitation Engineering Team, or CRET. Beckham joined FOX10 News anchor Lenise Ligon at the FOX10 Studios Thursday on FOX10 News at 4 p.m. That interview — and a special performance of his unreleased song “I’m Just What You Need” — can be watched in the accompanying videos. – Watch the Video at FOX10TV

Fantasia on Her New Album and Not Being Afraid to Do It Her Way – “Sleeping With The One I Love,” the latest single from the singer Fantasia, is surely one of the more unusual songs on radio at the moment. At a time when nearly all beats on the airwaves, regardless of genre, bear the influence of hip-hop, this one is reminiscent of 1966—James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” or a towering James Bond theme performed by Shirley Bassey. “I wasn’t scared [to put out the song],” the 32-year-old singer tells Vogue.com on the phone ahead of the release of her fifth studio album, The Definition Of . . . . “Everybody else was. Everything is so boxed in, and everyone has a certain view of what an artist should be,” she adds. “Well, that’s weird. If you know what I should be, that doesn’t make me an artist, correct? You’re prostituting my gift, telling me what to wear and how to sing so it can sound like what’s hot right now.” – Read more at Vogue.com

Fantasia Opens Up About Her Suicide Attempt: ‘I Was a Broken Woman – Getting to that place of self-worth though has been “a roller coaster” ride, says the 32-year-old singer. After the dizzying heights of Idol fame came more peaks — a platinum-selling album (2004’s Free Yourself) and critical acclaim on Broadway for her 2007 stint in The Color Purple — only to be followed by depression and financial woes. Today, she insists, those dark days are behind her, as the new album announces a self-confident, fully realized Fantasia, emboldened by a wave of fresh starts: In addition to her marriage, she signed with new ­management, Primary Wave (Cee Lo Green, Melissa Etheridge); connected with a new producer, Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Keyshia Cole); and set course on a different, free-flowing musical ­direction, incorporating jazz, country, funk and pop in songs she deems “rock soul.” – Read more at Billboard.com

See Leona Lewis in Costume as Grizabella in Broadway’s Cats Revival: FIRST LOOK – The “Bleeding Love” singer stars as Grizabella, “The Glamour Cat,” in the upcoming Broadway revival of Cats – and PEOPLE has an exclusive look at Lewis in feline form. The production is now in previews and will open on July 31 at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. – See the Photo at People.com

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