Today, aged just 62, Bee Gees co founder Robin Gibb passed following a long fight with cancer.
Announcing his death, his family explained:
Sunday 20 May, 2012 at 10:46: The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.
Today, in what marks another philanthropic effort by the star, Keri Hilson walked 10km in aid of AIDS research, in New York City.
Representing the ‘MTV Staying Alive Foundation‘, the chart topper joined the likes of Wendy Williams, Joe Jonas and Adrienne Bailon in Central park- all in a bid to raise awareness for the disease and the preventative methods that can be taken to avoid catching it.
Last week, Rap icon 50 Cent surprised fans when he spoke in favor of same- sex relationships, revealing he himself had engaged in- as he put it- ‘fetish areas’ in the past.
Commended for cosigning with popular opinion, the MC’s remarks on the matter followed support for gay marriage by President Obama and ROC President Jay Z. However, what many do not know is that 50’s comments on the matter did not end there.
It goes without saying that we love our divas we do here at That Grape Juice. So imagine our excitement when 2008 brought with it the ‘Artists Stand Up to Cancer’ project and its larger-than-life line up.
Helmed by the legendary combo of L.A. Reid and Babyface, ‘Just Stand Up!’ was released released in August 2008 as part of the ‘Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C)’ charity / cancer research campaign. Fronted by somewhat of a “super-group”, consisting of Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Natasha Bedingfield, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Keyshia Cole, LeAnn Rimes, Ashanti and Ciara; this project was many a fan’s dream come true… or worst nightmare.
The single achieved moderate success in the US where it peaked at the 11th position of the Billboard Hot 100 and was also popular in Canada where it reached at #10 on the official charts. It was a Top 40 hit in the UK (#26) and in Australia (#39)
Following the initial buzz of the recorded track, the featured artists assembled to perform the cut live during the ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ TV special; a huge feat in itself given the schedules of the largely A-list line-up. And while Etheridge, Crow and Rimes couldn’t hit the stage, the stars (who were joined by replacement Nicole Scherzinger) put on quite the show.
While staged for an amazing cause, any such showing, naturally, calls for comparison. We’re sure you know we feel nailed it vs those who sounded like they were gargling concrete; but we want to know what you think: