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‘Glee’ Season 6 premiere spoilers: Rachel’s new job, a ‘Frozen’ cover and more

Posted by Ali in Sep 03,2014 with No Comments

Zap2It gives us some heads up on the new (and final) season of Glee!

Now that “Glee” is back in production for its sixth and final season, details about the new episodes are finally starting to leak out. For starters: What is it that brings Rachel, Blaine, Kurt Sam and more back to Lima, Ohio from their big city lives?

MJ’s Big Blog got a hold of details and song spoilers from the premiere episode, “Loser Like Me,” and Klaine fans aren’t going to be too happy about it. The biggest revelation? Kurt and Blaine, who seemed happy at the end of Season 5, broke up. When the season begins, Blaine is back home, coaching the Warblers — and dating KAROFSKY.

Rachel moves home too, and tries to re-start a glee club at McKinley, which she will lead.

As for the music, naturally the show’s resident theater diva will take on “Let it Go” from “Frozen” (which will probably sound spectacular, and was originally sung by Lea Michele’s “Glee” mom, Idina Menzel). There’ll be some more theater with a “Little Shop of Horrors” cover by Rachel and Blaine and some more contemporary tunes courtesy of the Warblers’ Ed Sheeran cover, “Sing.”

How do you feel about the Karofsky news? Are you excited to hear Lea Michele take on Adele Dazeem’s big hit?



Lea Michele’s Inspiration List: The People, Places, and Things That Changed Her Life

Posted by Ali in May 07,2014 with Comments Off

Teen Vogue spoke with Lea who shared with them her Inspiration List of the things that have inspired and changed her life.

Let’s be honest—we could all take a few pages out of this superstar’s book.

If we had to choose one way to describe Lea Michele (besides “funny,” “gorgeous,” and “extremely talented”), we would pick “inspirational.” Not only does she play one of the most musically dynamic characters on television, she also has an incredible outlook on life and a repeat-worthy album to boot.

But off the stage and outside the studio, the star is (somehow) even more admirable, supporting charities for everything from LGBTQ youth to homelessness, and serving as an ambassador for L’Oréal’s Women of Worth, which is all about celebrating those who make a difference in their communities through philanthropy. “I feel so blessed to have such a cool job and a great life and family,” she says, “but at the end of the day, giving back is truly what makes it all worth it.” Um, role model much?

So obviously Lea inspires us, which got us thinking: Who (and what, and where) inspires her? We asked her to share her biggest influences—and now they can be yours, too.

Favorite Songs
“Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You)’ is one of my favorite songs about strength and power. It was written by Ali Temposi who also wrote ‘On My Way’ for my record Louder.”

“‘Firework’ by Katy Perry gives me strength and makes me smile.” (You might also remember that Glee did an excellent rendition of the track.)

Favorite Female Performers
From one Teen Vogue cover girl to another, “Lorde is amazing. She writes all her own songs and they’re like poetry.”

“Sia is an incredible singer but also a fierce song writer. Her songs are so powerful, raw, and truthful.”

“I love Alanis Morisette. She’s so amazing! All of her songs are lyrically so beautiful and vocally she’s so strong.”

Favorite Movie
If you’ve ever seen an episode of Glee, this answer may not come as a surprise to you: “My favorite movie is Funny Girl. I love Barbra Streisand and her character Fanny Brice is so inspiring. She’s a woman trying to balance fame and love and she always leads with her heart which I admire. But she’s so strong and true to herself.” (How stunning does Lea look playing Fanny in a Glee episode?)

Favorite Place
“Anywhere in New York City brings me inspiration. Just walking down the street while listening to music makes me feel strong and confident.”

Favorite people
“My family and friends are such great inspiration for me all the time. I think it’s so important to surround yourself with positive strong people who motivate you and make you a better you.”

And some last advice on confidence and self-worth: “Being your true self is the best, most empowering thing you can do. Finding joy and peace within is the greatest thing and makes you feel invincible and unstoppable.”



Glee Will Time Jump—and Won’t Be in New York—for Final Season

Posted by Ali in Apr 15,2014 with Comments Off

E!Online spoke with Glee creator Ryan Murphy on the plan for the final season!

Let the Glee mystery begin!
Creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has dropped quite the unexpected little bomb about the Fox hit’s sixth and final season:

It won’t be New York-centric. It will jump forward in time. And it will directly involve only a handful of core characters—although Murphy insists that for the final year, “anybody who wants to come back can come back.”

“Everything sort of builds to a head [in the current season's finale],” Murphy explained to a small group of reporters Monday. “I would say explosion is too harsh of a word, but something big happens and then the final season is the aftermath of that.”

Tonight’s episode, “Tested,” gives fans a flavor of what the new “young adult” era of Glee is about: The storylines are heartfelt, intimate and at times, funny, and center on more mature topics, like STD testing, and complex relationship drama for Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Sam (Chris Colfer), and Mercedes (Amber Riley).

Murphy admits the current season of Glee has had its kinks, but believes the show is undergoing a significant creative resurgence in the next few episodes.

“When Glee first started out, there were six kids in glee club as I recall,” Murphy told reporters. “At one point, I felt like it was a cast of thousands, and the Lima stories were all supposed to be through the prism of Cory [Monteith]‘s character, and that didn’t work out. So you know, we had to punt for a little bit but I think once we got our bearings back, the idea of let’s concentrate on six people that we know and love and really work hard on their evolution I think has really served the show well. And that’s where we’re going.”

Murphy also revealed that writers are still grappling with the question of whether Rachel (Lea Michele) should get a new love interest after the tragic passing of Finn (Monteith), saying, “To be quite honest, we just haven’t been able to crack it,” and adding that he will once again look to Lea for direction. “She’s always been so sensitive and so wise in how to handle that stuff,” Murphy says.

Murphy also answered definitively whether there were any plans for a spinoff of any character after Glee ends, what fans can expect from the episode that Chris Colfer wrote (and how he might direct next season), and what Murphy is now planning for the very final scene of the series. Read on for the full scoop and conversation….

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Lea Michele Q&A: Talks ‘Difficult’ Cory Song, Finding Her Voice and Life After ‘Glee’

Posted by Ali in Mar 04,2014 with Comments Off

Billboard spoke with Lea as she prepared to release her debut album. She talks about Louder, Cory and her desire to be on American Horror Story.

This week, “Glee” star Lea Michele releases her debut album “Louder,” an 11-song set of club-ready dance anthems and soaring ballads that showcase the 27-year-old actor’s voice in a whole new light. The album delves into a slew of different ways of thinking about relationships, from good ol’ fashion pining, hooking up with someone who you know isn’t right, as well as the grief she experienced after Cory Monteith passed away last July. And it’s something she hopes will let her stand out in the pop landscape.

“I didn’t want to find songs that I had to change myself for,” she says of the tracks on “Louder.” “I wanted to find songs that would only highlight my sound and were unique to me. I didn’t want to fit any mold. I wanted it to be something that couldn’t be replicated by anyone else.”

Billboard spoke with Michele about the emotional aspects of “Louder,” how music is therapeutic for her, and the TV show she’s begging to be on after “Glee.”

The pop world is dominated these days by Katy, Miley, Taylor and Gaga. What’s unique about yourself as a pop singer?
I love all of those women. They were all inspirations for this record and I just love and respect women who make great music and focus on the vocals. For me as a performer, I really rely on my emotion coming from an acting background. I really use the performance aspect of it in conveying the emotion in my sound. Everything that I sing on this album is incredibly personal to me. It’s all things I’ve experienced. Sharing a part of yourself in your music is really important and that’s just what I’m trying to do.

Did you have any studio rituals when you were making “Louder”?
When I started out, my only prior experience to being in a recording studio was for “Glee.” The “Glee” process is so fast-paced. You go in, you have to record three songs in two hours. It’s like jumping out of a plane, making “Glee.” Before you hit the ground, you have to learn all your numbers and sing all your songs and film and entire episode. At the beginning [of recording "Louder"], I would get into the studio and I would say “we gotta do this, come on, lets record three songs today!” By the end, I was coming in, taking a nap, ordering food.

You co-wrote and recorded “If You Say So” after Cory’s passing. Did you find that therapeutic or pretty difficult?
It has both sides of the spectrum. Listening to it, it’s therapeutic and difficult. It will always represent the most devastating thing that’s every happened to me in my whole life. But at the same time, music is therapy. It’s been therapy for me in the entire grieving process and in my entire life. I’m grateful that Sia collaborated on that song with me and it’s a moment in my life … music has just been so important and so helpful to me this whole year.

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Lea Michele: ‘I’m So Grateful I Experienced True Love’

Posted by Ali in Feb 27,2014 with Comments Off

People shares this article where Lea talks how grateful she was for the love she shared with Cory Monteith.

For millions of Glee fans, Cory Monteith and Lea Michele will always be the quarterback and the diva – a picture perfect TV pair. Since Monteith’s death last July from a toxic cocktail of heroin and alcohol, Michele’s fans are wondering how she’s doing.

Though she’s spoken about her grief before, Michele, 27, was able to open up through her music at a small listening party for her first album, Louder, held in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

In the days following Monteith’s passing, Michele spoke about meeting songwriter Sia Furler, who let her listen to the song “Cannonball.”

“I just literally keeled over,” Michele said. “Grief is a very scary thing, and there comes a point where it can really take you down.” The song, which features inspirational lyrics – “And now I will start living today, I’ve got this new beginning and I will fly,” she sings – is the first song on the album.

“When I heard ‘Cannonball,’ it lifted me up. It was what I needed to get through my difficult situation.”

“A lot of people don’t know how to touch this situation. It’s like walking on eggshells,” she continued. “It puts it all out there. It’s really hard, we’re not denying that it’s hard, and we’re gonna get through it … I really hope it helps people the way it helps me.”

Though most of the album was finished by last June, Michele explained the release was delayed, allowing her to add both “Cannonball” and “If You Say So” which pleads, “And I can’t get away / From the burning pain / I lie awake / The fallen hero / Haunts my thoughts / How could you leave me this way?”

As for her favorite song “You’re Mine,” also written by Furler, Michele said, “It’s really about making that commitment in your relationship. I’m so grateful to get to say that I experienced true love and I think that a lot of people unfortunately don’t. They’ll go a whole lifetime without this experience. I did and I consider myself so lucky. It takes me back to the best time of my life, so whenever I need to remember that, I play that song.”

Michele added, “If I’ve learned anything from this past year it’s that you have one life. I didn’t really understand what that meant until recently. You have to live your life to the fullest and you have to love as hard as you can love.”

While the songs are reflective, Michele also emphasized that’s there’s plenty of pop on the album.

“A lot of the songs are pop heavy, which is what I wanted. I’m a huge fan of Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry.”

In the end, “It’s really been the greatest medicine for me.”



Lea Michele Talks New Album: “Emotional, Powerful, Freeing”

Posted by Ali in Feb 27,2014 with Comments Off

MTV Australia shared some of Lea’s thoughts on her new album, Louder!

The star reveals the inspiration behind her new album ‘Louder’ on Facebook…

Lea Michele has celebrated the launch of her brand new album ‘Louder’ by hosting an exclusive Facebook Q & A with her adoring fans.

Taking to the social media website yesterday, fans were given the opportunity to ask the ‘Glee’ star questions about her latest album as well as some candid questions about her private life.

When asked what her favourite track is, Michele told fans it was the moving tribute she wrote for her late boyfriend and ‘Glee’ fan favourite, Cory Montheith.

“I have so many favorite songs but I really love ‘You’re Mine.’ It is really special to me.” Michele wrote.

“Having the opportunity to be creative I have the opportunity to record for glee every week but this experience gave me a chance to bring my own personal experience into the music.” She wrote to another fan. “ It was extremely cathartic and enjoyable!”

The singer also teased at a new music video after her recent ‘Cannonball’ clip, “Absolutely!! I loved making the Cannonball video and I can’t wait to make my next video soon.” She explained.

While the star proceeded to answer any question fans posted from the trivial “what’s your favourite food?” – Which is ‘NY Pizza’ by the way- to her favourite movie, she also spoke about a possible tour coming up.

When asked about her next move, the star replied, “Getting the chance to travel worldwide to meet you all!”



Lea The Brave

Posted by Ali in Feb 24,2014 with Comments Off

Lea is featured in the new issue of V magazine and some outtakes from her shoot have been released for you to enjoy!

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AFTER SUFFERING A VERY PUBLIC TRAGEDY, LEA MICHELE HAS SPENT THE BETTER PART OF A YEAR CHANNELING HER ENERGIES INTO HER CAREER. THIS SPRING, WATCH AS THE MULTITALENTED SPITFIRE FROM NEW JERSEY ASCENDS LIKE A CANNONBALL INTO THE POP STRATOSPHERE WITH A DEBUT ALBUM, A NEW BOOK, A FEATURE FILM, AND THE BITTERSWEET GLEE FINALE

The first thing I notice about Lea Michele is that she has perfect eyebrows. They are strong, angular, and likely shaped for the day, since we’re meeting on the set of her music video shoot for the first single “Cannonball,” off her debut album, Louder. The tea-cup petite singer is taking a lunch break, a delectable-looking mélange of cubed tofu and tangled kale with a smattering of quinoa set before her. Glee’s leading glamour gal tells me she’s a vegetarian most of the time (“I eat fish occasionally”). Her bright eyes and springy skin attest to it—or maybe she just has dynamite genes.

The 27-year-old was born in the Bronx to a Turkish father, who was famous for bringing heros from his deli to the Spring Awakening set for cast mates when she was on Broadway, and an Italian-American mother. Complementing her Mediterranean good looks today are blunt, shiny bangs, and she is wearing a short, white cotton slip with Uggs, uncomely yet comfortable footwear, perfect for someone in need of an on-set shoe. Lea is kicking them off beneath the coffee table with nonchalance. Not that the star hasn’t earned the right to put her pedicured feet up for a minute.

Michele has been going full throttle for the release of Louder, slated for March fourth (as in, “march forth,” she says). It’s an 11-song distillation of a woman who took the time to find her voice. “I started working with Anne Preven, Felicia Barton, and Bonnie McKee right out of the gate, and we came up with some great, awesome pop songs,” she says. “But closer to the beginning of this year—four or five months into making the album—the label was like, “This is great, but we need more of you in here. You sound like you’re singing awesome songs that are similar to Katy or Kelly. We need more Lea Michele.”

So back to the studio she went, this time with a lot more on her mind. “My album was completed in June. We had 12 songs. And then my boyfriend passed away, in July. [The singer’s Glee costar and long-term boyfriend, Cory Monteith, died from a drug overdose, a passing for which nobody was prepared, least of all Lea Michele.] So I met with Sia [Furler], because she’s a friend and because we were thinking, Do we want to add anything to the record now? And we wrote ‘If You Say So,’ on the same day she played me ‘Cannonball.’”

“If You Say So” is a cathartic tribute to her lost love. “It’s the only song that no one’s heard,” says Michele. “I can’t talk about it until people hear it. I just feel like people should hear it and I don’t know if I’m ever going to talk about it. It’s just one of those things where I understand what it means and you can take it or leave it. That song is for me.”

Alternatively, Furler’s song, “Cannonball,” is an earwormy number that Michele can’t get enough of, and neither can anyone else, apparently. “That’s what everyone tells me,” says Michele with a laugh. “Everybody’s like, Fuck you, I can’t stop singing it! My friends call me just singing ‘Cannonball! Cannonball!’ What’s crazy is that I can’t stop listening to it either. Since the minute Sia played me this song it’s been my personal anthem. It’s helped me so much. I still listen to it. If I’m having a down moment, I will play this song.”

While the lyrics are telling (“I let go of fear and the peace came quickly / Freedom / I was in the dark and then it hit me / I chose suffering and pain in the falling rain / I know, I gotta get out into the world again”), there’s a positive triumph-over-anguish message to be discerned amid the fist-pumping beats. And, with this tune in particular, Michele knows exactly to whom she is singing: girls and gays. “I’ve managed to have a wide range of fans,” she says, “but if ‘Cannonball’ isn’t playing at the Abbey in West Hollywood, I will go there and I will play it. Those are my people.”

Which just goes to show that while she may project a Goody Two-shoes persona, she’s also not afraid to dole out a bit of sass, as further evidenced by the photos seen here. “My friends call me Grandma, but, like, Grandma’s killing it right now,” she says. “I’m pretty sure Grandma nailed it in a half-naked Terry Richardson shoot, okay? So I’m fine with it. I just do my thing. I do what’s best for me. That’s it.”

To read the entire article pick up your copy of V Magazine starting Thursday!



‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele Is About To Embark On Something ‘Really Scary’

Posted by Ali in Dec 16,2013 with Comments Off

Glee spoke with MTV about releasing her first album and how this is a scary leap.

‘Glee’ star opens up to MTV News about making the transition to pop star with her album Louder.

After dropping the empowering lead single, “Cannonball” last week, “Glee” star Lea Michele is preparing to make the full transition to pop singer on her debut album, Louder, and she admits she’s feeling the pressure.

“It’s really scary ’cause this is all me. But I think that this is the obvious, like, natural next step. I think that ‘Glee’ is the greatest blessing that’s ever come into my life,” she told MTV News. “I am so grateful to [show creator] Ryan Murphy and to, especially, to Adam and Alex Anders, who are the two guys we work on the music with. These guys have made so many dreams come true for me and they’ve helped me create such an awesome platform to continue in my life and accomplish more of my dreams.”

And while fans know her small-screen persona Rachel Berry pretty intimately after five seasons of shenanigans on Fox, she says now it’s time for them to know who she is as a person.

She explained, “What’s funny I was talking to my mom and she’s like ‘This is the opportunity for people to really get to see you, who you are in a personal way,’ ” she said. “And I’m excited about that because I’ve played a character for so long, singing these cover songs, which has been so awesome, and now I’m kind if ready to let people know who Lea Michele really is.”

With Louder only months away from its March 4 release, Michele broke down a bit of what fans will see when it drops.

“It’s emotional and uplifting. It’s empowering, and at the same time there’s still those really great songs in it that are just fun and that are happy,” she said of the album, which will also include two tracks written after the death of boyfriend Cory Monteith in July. “There’s still those bright lights and those shining moments within the album. It’s just a really an incredible, somehow, explanation of what this past year of my life has been like.”

And, that means that when she gets the time, she also has plans to eventually take Louder out on the road.

“Hopefully, eventually, at some point I’ll be able to tour,” she said. “I know that ‘Glee’ we are so lucky to have the most incredible fanbase all over the world, so I really, really hope I get the opportunity soon to do a tour, to get to see all the fans all over the world and bring this album to them.”

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Lea Michele: My Family Gives Me the Strength I Need

Posted by Ali in Dec 05,2013 with Comments Off

Lea Michele is finding comfort in those closest to her and in her music.

“My family has experienced a lot of loss in their life and they’ve been so wonderful in being there for me and giving me the strength I need,” the Glee star told PEOPLE at the L’Oreal Women of Worth event on Tuesday.

Michele, 27, who will release the first single, Cannonball, off her debut album on Dec. 10, says the song that she recorded in August following the loss of her boyfriend Cory Monteith is “more than just a song to me. It completely helped to lift me up at a time where I needed it.”

“Music can really help you in times of need, and that’s what this song did for me and I hope that’s what it does for others as well,” she says.

And as expected, emotions were running high during recording.

“I brought my dad to the studio and he cried the entire time,” Michele says. “But for me it’s been very empowering. I’ve used this song as a rock.”

The star, who is “doing much better” will spend the holidays “with mom and dad, simple this year,” she says. “Maybe going to take a little holiday over New Year’s and just enjoy ourselves.”

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Stevie Nicks Talks to Rolling Stone About Glee & Lea!

Posted by Ali in Dec 04,2013 with Comments Off

Stevie Nicks recently spoke with Rolling Stone magazine about her upcoming appearance on American Horror Story which was created by Glee creator Ryan Murphy. In the article she talks about her love of Glee and about how she offered support to Lea after the passing of Cory Monteith.

Sitting in the foyer of her Los Angeles home, she said that she did the show because of her love of Glee. “I was very attracted to Glee, and to Ryan and Brad’s writing of misfits. They write about people who don’t fit in.” Nicks identifies with outsiders, having spent her childhood moving around the western United States. (Her father was the president of soap manufacturers Armour-Dial, which was acquired by the Greyhound bus company.) “I was always the new girl,” she explains. “I was lucky, because I managed to be such the chameleon that I did fit in.”

Nicks had visited the Glee set in 2011 when they were covering her “Landslide” (the show later devoted a whole episode to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours). “I was devastated when Cory [Monteith] died,” she remembers. “I wrote a letter to the cast, and I wrote a letter to Lea [Michele]. I tried to be of some solace.”

To read the entire article go here.