Common and Andra Day “Stand Up for Something” with new track

Common; ABC/Fred WatkinsCommon and Andra Day‘s new song “Stand Up for Something,” from the upcoming movie Marshall, has arrived at a time in our history when many people are taking a stand against injustice in the world.  

And as Common tells ABC Radio, “We just can’t watch now.”

“Before…some of us felt like things were O.K. and everything is getting better,” he continues.  

“But we see [there are] still some difficulties and challenges out there, and now as human beings, we gotta stand up for humanity.”  

Andra adds, “I truly believe that our purpose as people on this earth, as citizens of this earth, is to serve. So, if you see a need or if there’s something that breaks your heart or you see injustice, then you have to do something or say something.”

She adds, “For me, this song really just means…’it all means nothing if you don’t stand up for something.'”

Common says that the song is “really just an affirmation, and something to inspire any human being to figure out what their purpose is.”

He echoes Andra’s comments, saying, “Purpose is very important in all of our lives, ’cause we all have a greater purpose…[and] I feel like when I hear this song, it makes me want to do something better in life and to do something for others.”

“Stand Up for Something” can be found on the soundtrack to Marshall, which is out now.  

The movie arrives in theaters October 13. 

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Fan throws shoe at Jennifer Hudson mid-concert: “I could barely finish my song”

ABC/Fred LeeWhen one excited fan threw a shoe at Jennifer Hudson on Friday while she was in the midst of performing a concert, the singer took it in stride — because it was the Grammy Award-winning singer who started the trend.

Jennifer, who considers shoe-throwing a compliment, was seen doing the same thing on The Voice Tuesday to contestant Chris Weaver.

Weaver, a church singer by day and drag queen by night, was doing his own soulful rendition of Otis Redding’s hit “Try a Little Tenderness,” when Hudson, a new Voice judge this season, turned her chair around, and later threw co-judge Miley Cyrus‘ footwear.

“Where I come from, that’s a compliment,” Hudson explained on the show. “And we know at times when you sing like that, you better be prepared to what? Duck.”

During her Friday night concert in Boston, a fan and member of the orchestra decided to share the same compliment while Hudson performed her version of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” from her Oscar-winning Dreamgirls role.

On stage, the singer laughed off the incident, saying: “I got a job to do. I’ve gotta finish this song.”

Hudson shared the moment on Instagram Saturday, writing in a caption, “I told my crew, I said Lord people [are] going to start throwing shoes at me after @nbcthevoice and yall that just what happened tonight! I got my first shoe thrown at me tonight!”

The singer added that she “could barely finish my song after this guy got done!”

Hudson did go onto finish the song by shaking hands with members of the audience and eventually singing offstage, according to a video she shared on Instagram.

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Tina Campbell says new album, “It's Still Personal,” “gave her life” and could do the same for you

Derek Blanks/DB PhotographyGospel singer Tina Campbell says her solo album, It’s Still Personal, is “more of a re-release” of her debut disc, It’s Personal, but “with new music on it.”  

The Mary Mary artist adds that every track on the studio project is “life-giving music,” not just for fans but also for herself: “This music gave me life. I actually got a song on there called ‘Life’ and it says ‘Jesus came to give me life.’ But, these songs gave me life.”

Tina continues, “They gave me life before I could listen to a preacher preach. They gave me life before I felt like sitting in church.”

“I was mad at God. I was mad at church. I was mad at church people. I thought this whole world of faith failed me. Really they didn’t. I was just mad at my life and so I figured let’s blame somebody, right?” 

“And so, I went through all of that and I realized, ‘No, God did not fail me.’ Sometimes, bad things happen to good people and that’s not God’s fault. And so, God didn’t cheat on me. God didn’t cause distance in my marriage. That was me and my husband’s choices.”

Tina’s marriage to husband Teddy Campbell was previously on the rocks as a result of Teddy’s past infidelity. 

Still, Tina explains that music was God’s answer to saving her life after finding out about her husband’s multiple affairs.  

“I wouldn’t listen to nobody or nothing, but music was my language,” she says.  “And he gave me music. And now I’m giving music to the world on It’s Still Personal.”

It’s Still Personal is available everywhere now. 

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