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That Grape Juice Interviews Michelle Williams (Part 2)

a550925877cba43c1617fadfb4d03585 That Grape Juice Interviews Michelle Williams (Part 2)Michelle Williams sat down with That Grape Juice during her recent promotional visit to the UK. The 28 year old star spoke very candidly about a number of things including the push back of her forthcoming LP ‘Unexpected’, her love for That Grape Juice as well as offering a surprising response to those age-old Destiny’s Child reunion rumors. Enjoy! For those of you who missed Part 1 of our interview with Michelle back in May, click here to read.

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Sam: Hey Michelle

Michelle: It’s so good to see you!!!…

Sam: It’s great to see you too…

Michelle: I am on That Grape Juice everyday, keeping up with everything. I’m trying to figure out…did you have the story up there about my engagement the other day?

Sam: I did…

Michelle: Did you add you add some of your own little….

Sam: No (laughs)…I just added my own comments on…

Michelle: I was gonna say (laughs!!!)…Ok, Ok (laughs).

Sam: How are you today, Michelle?

Michelle: I’m doing good now that I see you. My publicist from the United States flew in and surprised me too. I’m so happy, happy, happy, happy.

Sam: How are you enjoying the UK so far?

Michelle: You know I love it! I just could not wait to get here. I’ve been telling everyone that I was coming, but the trip kept getting pushed back. The fans were cussing me out, saying “hurry up and get your butt over here”. So I’m like ‘Ok, I’m finally here’ (laughs).

Sam: You’re finally here…. That’s fantastic. This will kind of serve as a Part 2 to the interview you did with us back in May…

Michelle: Ok, sounds good…I knew you’d have more questions…

Sam: Yeah, definitely. What have you been up to since you spoke with That Grape Juice last?

Michelle: Wow. More promotion, rehearsals, doing shows. Had I done my video (for ‘We Break The Dawn’) at that time?…

Sam: I think it’d been filmed, but it hadn’t premiered yet…
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Michelle: Oh yeah, it hadn’t premiered. So the video is out. I’m working on the next one, now that the next single is coming out. Trying to get this album out; as you know it’s been pushed back, which I’m pissed about. Sony say they need more time, so I’m going to hold them to that and we’ll get it cracking.

Sam: Cracking indeed. That was actually part of my next question

It was recently announced that the album had been pushed back till October time, why exactly was this?

Michelle: They (Sony) said they needed more time. I was like “I wish you guys would have told me that three months ago”, you know what I’m saying?

Sam: Uh huh…as you highlighted in your MySpace blog…

Michelle: Yeah…I mean what I say, I don’t hold my tongue. August was such a good time. October is like…it’s not an October album. I mean half the damn songs are on the internet. It’s very disappointing. Like I said, I’m not discouraged; this is definitely a blessing in disguise. I did not record the album for my health…

Sam: (laughs!)

Michelle: I know God has my back and I will not be embarrassed. Na-Uh…

Sam: Amen!

Do you feel any added pressure with the album having been pushed back?

Michelle: Well, at this point, not anymore. Everybody knows what the songs are about…

I want it (the album) to sell and I want it to do well. I just hope the pushback doesn’t affect that.

Sam: The majority aren’t always in loop about what goes on behind the scenes, the ‘oh she needs to change her label and management’ is something that is thrown about quite a bit, with both yourself and Kelly, you know what I mean?

Michelle: Uhmmm

Sam: What’s your response to such comments?

Michelle: You know what? I am a grown woman and there are decisions that will have to be made. I do know that for my career to progress, I just have to be in constant communication with my management and label and if we don’t see eye-to-eye, then…(long pause)…

Sam: dot dot dot?

Sam & Michelle: (laughs)

Sam: Ok, so we’ve seen the video for your awesome single ‘We Break The Dawn’, which if I’m correct was directed by a British director?…

Michelle: Yes! Phil Griffin. I got to call him too and let him know I’m here…

Sam…power ballad ‘The Greatest’, which I must say I like most (out of the material heard thus far) is the next single, along with ‘Hello Heartbreak’. Can we expect a video for either of the two anytime soon?

Michelle: (Tells Sam, however wishes it remains a surprise for the fans). Sam knows the surprise.

Sam: (laughs) You’ve been in the industry for so long and achieved so much with Destiny’s Child, as well as on a solo tip too; does it frustrate you when people, sometimes, underestimate you?

Michelle: It does, but it just makes me work harder. Like Lil’ Wayne says, ‘don’t get too comfortable’. Of course, I’m tired of having to prove myself, but it’s to be expected. It’s ok that a lot of people don’t know what I can do; that’s when I’m able to shock them and floor them, doing my best.

Sam: As I think I detailed in the last interview, a lot of people, from an objective perspective, really loved the ‘Do You Know’ performance from the Destiny Fulfilled & Lovin’ It concert…

Michelle: Yeah (laughs)

Sam: I remember everyone just going crazy. With it being a ballad people , expectedly, weren’t going to stand up. However by the end – that long note – everyone was up, just in awe. Great performance.

Michelle: Awww. Thank you. Thank you.

Sam: No worries. Ok, the UK music scene is thriving now, more so than ever; If you could collaborate with any UK artist or producer, who would it be?

Michelle: UK artist? There’d be a couple. Amy Winehouse. I love Estelle. Who else do you think?

Sam: Taio Cruz?
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Michelle: I’ve yet to hear of him, I’ll have to check him out.

Sam: Yup, there’s a first time for everything. He’s real good.

Though you’ve probably been asked this question time and time again, scratch that, I know, you’ve been asked this question over and over (laughs):

Will there be a Destiny’s Child reunion anytime soon? I ask as there has been mounting murmurings about a 2009 comeback…

Michelle: I…I wouldn’t say 2009, I wouldn’t even say 2010. I’m just being honest, unless there has been some kind of conversation I haven’t been involved in. I mean, we haven’t talked ‘business’ in a couple of years, so I really don’t know…I have no idea.

Sam: Never say never?

Michelle: Never say never. I’ve learned that. It hasn’t been ruled in, but it hasn’t necessarily been ruled out.

Sam: Just to clarify, when the group parted ways, was it more of a hiatus or was it a split?

Michelle: It was a split, it was a ‘we’re done’. Even our publicist was like ‘when are we going to have this conversation, ladies?’ We were kinda hesitant to have ‘the’ conversation. That’s why she (our publicist) flew to Barcelona (where the announcement was made). She was like ‘y’all got to make this decision… this announcement’. We kinda knew recording the Destiny’s Fulfilled album, but we were all still in denial, still touring like everything was cool…and it was. We were like ‘we seriously have to announce this?’ She was like ‘who is going to make this announcement?’ Me and Bey(once) both looked at Kelly like ‘I guess you’re going to have to say it as I’m not saying nothing’ (laughs).

Sam: Interesting. I ask, because a lot of people seemed to think that, as with the ‘Survivor’ album, you all were breaking away to do your own thing again (with the intent of getting back together), just that, this time, you guys didn’t want to keep being asked individually, like with Beyonce ‘are you going to get back with Destiny’s Child’, same with Kelly and yourself. That’s why there was confusion as to what the real situation was. I’m glad you cleared that up, though.

Michelle: No worries.

Sam: Have you met up with any of the ladies recently?

Michelle: Yes! Me and Kelly were out in Miami this past weekend for my birthday…

Sam: Happy Belated Birthday

Michelle: Aww…thank you. We hung out, we were on the beach, we ate good food. We had such a good time; I think I’m going to see her again this weekend.

Sam: That’s awesome. So, ‘Unexpected'; describe the album with one word other than ‘unexpected’?

Michelle: Dope. Unexpected dope. You know what? I’m proud to say that I have one of the hottest album’s coming out this year, (an album) that can stand alongside the other great music coming out this year. I’m g44964ee2b7aece2fc6ebbea0624565b6 That Grape Juice Interviews Michelle Williams (Part 2)lad that Michelle could come out with all the other great material coming out this year. This year really is a great year for music. Whitney, John Legend…everybody’s coming out!

Sam: Rounding up, album release date?

Michelle: September 29th in the UK…

Sam: We’re getting it first here in the UK?

Michelle: Yes! It will be released October 7th back home in the States.

Sam: Will you be doing any shows over here?

Michelle: I will be! My publicist is here, as is my project manager. Everyone is working on my schedule. We’re just trying to get it popping. Sony say they want more performances, so here we are!

Sam: Will you be back anytime soon?

Michelle: Probably within the next few weeks

Sam: Lastly, the MOBO Awards (Music of Black Origin Awards) are coming up soon here in the UK. Are you familiar with the show?

Michelle: Yes. Most definitely.

Sam: What does “MOBO Music” mean to you?

Michelle: It means everything. It is life. I think black music has shaped this world.

Sam: Michelle Williams, thank you very much for your time…

Michelle: Thank you, sweetie.

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27 Comments

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    August 11, 2008 at 8:16 am
    Jonathan says:
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    Shes real honest, I’m glad she has cleared the rumor up about destiny’s child reuniting..even though its still disappointing cause really we are missing that #1 Girl Group….the groups we have now aren’t the same but…I’m looking forward to MICHELLE ALBUM I’m buying like 3 copies.lol

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    August 11, 2008 at 8:29 am
    Anonymous says:
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    Loved the interview keep it up sam

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    August 11, 2008 at 8:31 am
    Anonymous says:
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    MAN FORGET DESTINY CHILD..ITS TIME FOR MICHELLE TO GET HER OWN SHINE!!!

    I LOVE HER HONESTY ABOUT EVERYTHING!! HER AND SOLANGE AREN’T HOLDING THEIR TONGUES…AS IT SHOULD BE!! IF YOU SIT BACK AND LET PEOPLE b******* YOU THEN YOU’LL GET s*** ON..POINT BLANK!!

    SONY AND MUSICWORLD NEED TO STEP UP OR MICHELLE NEEDS TO WALK AWAY!!

    AND SHE NEEDS TO RELEASE “HUNGOVER” TO US URBAN RADIO

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    August 11, 2008 at 8:33 am
    k says:
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    Keep your head up Michelle. But I must say this, Matthew Knowles is not a good man, you can see it and sense it instantly. And it is in your best interests to leave his management if this album flops (which I hope it doesn’t). Good luck from a major fan who will most definitely be buying your album even though I’ve heard all but two of the songs, and I must say they are all fantastic!

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    August 11, 2008 at 9:00 am
    Anonymous says:
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    Mich….is doin her thang!
    I wish she would let us know when she is doin the videos for 'Hello Heartbreak' and'The Greatest'
    Gotta Love Chelley
    Phabian & The Michelle Williams Campaign

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    August 11, 2008 at 9:19 am
    Anonymous says:
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    waits for ne-yo interview

    2 weeks overdue

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    August 11, 2008 at 9:22 am
    Anonymous says:
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    WUOOO..great interview!! CONGRATSSSS!! Thank u! I love her honesty talking about everything. She needs more more and mroe promotion, can’t wait to see her on stages and buy her album!

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    August 11, 2008 at 9:30 am
    Anonymous says:
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    Now that i know , that Michelle come every day her ..
    MICHELLE , I WAN’T YOU TO KNOW THAT I REALY REALY LOVE YOU SO SO MUCH
    YOUR SO TALENTED , YOUR WONDERFUL , YOUR A GOOD PERSON , AND YOU HAVE ONE OF THE BIGGEST HEART THAN I NEVER EVER SEE !
    MICHELLE I HOPE THAT UNEXPECTED GONNA BE HUGE FOR ALL OVER THE WORLD!
    I HOPE TOO THAT YOU GONNA SELL MINIMUM 1MILLIONS OF THIS ALBUM COZ I THE HOTTEST RECORD OF THE MOMENT !
    FOR ME YOUR A QUEEN !AND I HOPE THAT HER IN BELGIUM , IN FRANCE .. EVERYBODY GONNA LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC COZ YOU DESERVE IT !BUT FOR THAT WE NEED MORE PROMOTION !
    ANYTHING CAN’ DID I’M GONNA BUY THIS ALBUM!
    I LOVE YOU YOUR MY IDOLE

    GAWOUZ

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    August 11, 2008 at 9:53 am
    Anonymous says:
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    Good interview

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    August 11, 2008 at 9:58 am
    Anonymous says:
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    good interview sam, love michelle!! and yay uk release 1st :p

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    August 11, 2008 at 10:02 am
    Anonymous says:
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    Great interview!

    But what’s the surprise with the music videos!!!

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    August 11, 2008 at 11:18 am
    ND says:
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    That’s good news, we get the album first!! That’s great!!!!

    Sam, I like that MOBO question, that was a nice touch to the ending. I hope she then called the publicist and got her people to call the MOBO’s people cos its on my birthday and dis year im going!!!!!!

    Sam, we need to talk about one of the questions tho asap….

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    August 11, 2008 at 12:08 pm
    Thiago Acquaviva says:
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    OMG! i LOVE YOU GUYS!
    this site is AMAZING!
    thanks for clear it up all the questiosn that us fans have on mind!
    and the description of the interview with the “(” “)” things to clear up some doubts…i mean, i’m from Brazil, my english is PRETTY GOOD but sometimes i make some mistakes on some lines but here on this site i can fully understand everything cuz y’all explain it and transcript the interview in a GREAT WAY!
    congrats!

    and can’t wait to unexpected album comes out and the video (or videos) for the New Singles

    Love U MICHELLE!
    You’re THE BEST!

    By: Thiago Acquaviva

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    August 11, 2008 at 12:29 pm
    Mark says:
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    We seem to be getting all the top albums first in the UK, it's a good look…

    I can see Michelle going the way of Kelly & spending most of her time over hear. That Euro synth sound that Michelle has gone for will be appreciated in the UK.

    Well done Sam, your killing it!

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    August 11, 2008 at 12:41 pm
    DJ Triumph says:
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    love the interview great job sam.

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    August 11, 2008 at 12:42 pm
    Mellie Mel says:
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    Gotta love Michelle!!! She’s so humble but DETERMINED and she KNOWS that she’s good!! I got your back, Michelle!

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    August 11, 2008 at 1:09 pm
    Anonymous says:
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    I luv Michelle but I will admit all the pushbacks and stuff, I’m losing interest. I was sooo hype for her album but now since I’ve heard damn near the ENTIRE project, its not much else to look forward too. When its released in October, all the songs will be played out.

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    August 11, 2008 at 3:03 pm
    Anonymous says:
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    i love michelle williams. she is so real and down to earth. really hoping there is a destiny’s child 2009 album coming our way. can’t wait for october 7. the real fans, like me, will buy the album no matter what happens. i think after “the greatest” and “hello heartbreak” she should release “stop this car”, “unexpected” and “hungover”. i can see all of these being #1 hits in the u.s. i really hope the album and its songs receive grammy nominations this year.

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    August 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm
    Anonymous says:
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    y would they even try to make a reunion n 2009 that is an matthew trick michelle album comes out few months later u wanna reunite let michelle shine for once n SAM PLEASE TELL US WUT SHE SAID BOUT THE VIDEO DATS NOT FAIR U KNO N WE DONT IM SICK N TIRED OF SURPRISES JUST TELL US

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    August 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm
    Anonymous says:
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    didn’t quit answer that question about management!!!???

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    August 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm
    Anonymous says:
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    Do the damn thang Michelle! Girl you just go!! I’ll definitely be looking out for the new album. Great interview Sam keep it up!

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    August 12, 2008 at 12:46 am
    Anonymous says:
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    Isn't Jay-z in an age of having kids!How long has jay been together with bey until they have kids?
    I think 2009 Beyonce goes on world tour and late 2009 new Destiny's child album and 2010 new Destiny's child tour and 2010 divorce Jay-z & Beyonce à la Brad Pitt!

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    August 12, 2008 at 7:01 am
    dondizm says:
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    Destiny’s child or not, it’s ok…

    I just hope Mich shines this time.. she deserves it soo much!!!

    Love you michelle…
    :D

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    August 12, 2008 at 7:21 am
    Nick says:
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    I jst dnt undrstnd the push back to OCT-thts toooo far/I luv Michelle & will DEF support her, but her time is NOW, nobdy is out doin naything, ITS PERCT TIMING 4 new music-IM SICK OF RIHANNA! :)

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    August 12, 2008 at 11:36 am
    Anonymous says:
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    Michelle sucks

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    August 12, 2008 at 6:04 pm
    Anonymous says:
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    Run Michelle, run as fast as you can and don’t look back. You’re not going to be a success on any level if you continue fooling yourself to believe Matthew Knowles is in your corner. Solange is all over the place, asserting her psychotic rants on the web to promote her album and it’s like dag-gone, I thought Chelle was comin’ out. Then that other over rated yodeling machine gettin ready to oversaturate the airways with her puff soon. Lawd have mercy, Chelle you ain’t finn-to get no love from Musicworld. Pay attention and keep your nostrils flared so you can smell their bullshish cause it’s coming from them money hungry attention whoring wanna be legendary family.

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    August 13, 2008 at 1:30 am
    Anonymous says:
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    Chelle,
    I just heard ‘Stop this Car’ has leaked in its entire form? U better do some damage control and get working on some nu tracks. How is it possible that more than 95% of ur album has leaked and you seem not to be bothered? How is it a blessing in disguise? If you are not worried then, I am! Pls add some nu tracks to the unexpected project at least 2 nu tracks. Michelle Williams Campaigners 08, Y’all best help me plead with Chelle to save this projet.
    Signed
    Worried Fan!!!!

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