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Monday, December 17th, 2012
When it comes to work and family, Gwen Stefani is struggling to find the perfect balance.
Covering the January 2013 issue of Vogue, the 43-year-old No Doubt frontwoman opens up about why she was hesitant to record new material with her bandmates after an 11-year hiatus. (The band released their sixth studio album, Push and Shove, in September 2012.)
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
On Saturday, Gwen joined BUSH on stage at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas for the song Glycerine! Credits to irabrianmiller for the photo:
Sunday, November 11th, 2012
We’ve all heard the statistic: Microsoft’s allegedly spending a whole truckload of money to market Windows 8. And we’ve all heard about what that’s going to mean: Essentially, Windows 8 on every corner; advertisements in every place you read; mentions in everywhere you frequent.
And, now, how about endorsements from the very celebrities you admire, follow, and chat about?
According to a new report by The Sun, British actor James Corden — of the Broadway play One Man, Two Guvnors — is joining Jay-Z and Gwen Stefani to help Microsoft hawk Windows Phone 8 to the masses. And they’re hardly the end-all, be-all list of Microsoft celebrity endorsers: Jessica Alba helped Microsoft show off Windows Phone 8 at the company’s official launch event for the platform, and the company’s already been pushing out TV ads featuring Will Arnett and Holly Willoughby, to name a few.
The ads themselves – well, minus Arnett’s – are clearly attempting to combine celebrity appeal with simplicity. In Willoughby’s, for example, she’s shown briefly interacting with the common features and apps found on her Nokia Lumia 920 and describing how they allegedly help out her life as a parent. It’s an easy, conventional advertisement that looks to show viewers that celebrities – and people of all ages – can tap into (and benefit from) all the conventions that Windows Phone 8 has to offer.
Microsoft’s ad campaign is all about relationships: The notion that Windows Phone 8 can better the lives of people from a variety of backgrounds and professions, and with an equally diverse group of interests. As The Next Web’s Emil Protalinski wrote in a late October article:
“If Microsoft can get a few movie actors, pop stars, professional athletes, and famous celebrities in general to use Windows Phone 8 devices, customize them, and narrate an ad like the one above, the company could have a great campaign on its hands. It could feature a few famous people, and mix in ‘normal individuals’ such as food lovers, movie lovers, roadtrippers, music mentors, gamers, fashion hunters, page turners, single dads, socializers, working moms, play makers, deal seekers, twin brothers, and the up-all-nighters.”
Still, we’re most curious to see who else Microsoft has tapped to endorse its new Windows world. Here’s hoping Nick Offerman shows off a mustached Windows Phone 8 at some point in the future.
Sunday, November 4th, 2012
“As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history. Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realize now that we have offended people. This is of great concern to us and we are removing the video immediately. The music that inspired us when we started the band, and the community of friends, family, and fans that surrounds us was built upon respect, unity and inclusiveness. We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are.
- No Doubt”
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
Monday, July 16th, 2012
‘Settle Down’ has premiered on NoDoubt.com – listen to it HERE!
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Monday, August 1st, 2011
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Thursday, April 7th, 2011
We’ve always loved Gwen Stefani‘s immaculate makeup: the signature bright red lips, those luscious long lashes. So it’s no surprise to hear that the singing star learned the tricks of the trade at a young age. “I started in seventh grade,” Stefani shares in the latest issue of ELLE. “We had home economics, and they’d bring someone in to show you how to put your makeup on.” And her studies in cosmetology continued through college, where she majored in art.
“I can draw and paint. That’s my background,” she explains. When touring solo, or with her No Doubt bandmates, the L’Oreal Paris spokesmodel does all her own stage makeup. “I learn from makeup people now, but in the past I had a real problem with makeup artists,” Stefani admits. “I remember my first experience with a makeup artist was doing the first No Doubt album, the one that was shelved. Go back and look at how ugly I look. It is the worst makeup … From that time on, I’m thinking, I’m not going to let someone do my makeup, because they don’t know how to do it.” She’s happy to let hair stylists work their magic, though.
“For the last couple tours I’ve had hair people, which is the luxury of my life,” she says. “I’m like, ‘Why did I do it myself this whole time?’” And in an industry where looks mean everything, Stefani isn’t ashamed to admit she cares about her ultra-glam outward appearance. “I mean, I’m very vain. That would be my middle name,” she says. “Of course I am, you know what I mean? I love the visual.” For more on Stefani and other women in music, visit ELLE.com or pick up the May issue of ELLE, on newsstands April 12.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Whether she’s on a red carpet or taking her sons to school, Gwen Stefani is always dressed to the nines — and with good reason.
“I mean, I’m very vain,” she tells Elle’s May issue (on stands April 12). “That would be my middle name. Of course I am, you know what I mean? I love the visual.”
Just don’t compare Stefani’s rocker style to fellow pop stars Lady Gaga, 25, Rihanna, 23, or Katy Perry, 26.
“I don’t see myself in those girls,” the L.A.M.B. designer says. “I usually put pants on. I see these girls as more going for the sex-symbol thing. I was more, in the band, like a tomboy. Of course, I think every girl is sexy, so there’s going to be a little of that. But I see a lot of younger artists going more toward the sexy thing.”
Fashion aside, the singer (and mom to sons Kingston, nearly 5, and Zuma, 2) also opens up about her eight-year marriage to Gavin Rossdale, 45.
“The first time we ever kissed was right around Valentine’s Day; we were in New Orleans on tour,” she recalls. “I always think about that because it’s unbelievable that we’ve been able to stay together. I feel so proud of us. It’s one of my biggest achievements.”
Though she hasn’t released an album since 2006′s The Sweet Escape, Stefani, 41, promises her third CD will be her best yet.
“Prince, who is one of my idols, gave me some advice when I worked with him: ‘Have you ever just tried writing a hit? Like, don’t just try writing a song; try and write a hit song.’ I remember him saying that and me thinking, ‘Yeah, you’re right. Why would you write anything else?”
“When we were growing up, some of the hits were legendary ones that you hear your whole life. But certain songs, I don’t know if you’ll ever hear them again,” she continues. “Because that’s what that music is, like a guilty pleasure, it’s right at the moment. It’s like fashion — it’s now, then it’s gone.”
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
Gwen Stefani donated $1,000,000 today to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to help in the relief and recovery effort in Japan.
“I’ve been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.”
– Gwen Stefani
Gwen has not only made a personal donation but created a mechanism whereby her fans will be able to participate in her efforts. A charity auction will be announced next week where fans can bid on the chance to join Gwen at a special fundraiser in Los Angeles. Also available next week, a limited edition Harajuku Lovers T-shirt designed by Gwen will be available through nodoubt.com with 100% of proceeds benefiting the relief effort in Japan. Plans for further fundraising initiatives are also in current discussion.
Those who wish to participate more immediately may donate now at www.savethechildren.org.