Grapevine: Beyonce and Jay Z team up for dual album

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Beyonce and Jay Z team up for dual album

Music’s power couple Beyonce and Jay Z will release a new album together as early as this year, E! News reports. According to the Daily Mail, the pair renewed their wedding vows in Corsica earlier this month while also celebrating Beyonce’s 33rd birthday. TMZ says the couple is house hunting, too, and has had their eyes on an $85 million cliffside mansion in Los Angeles, which they’ve visited twice. It has eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms and a 16-car garage.

eBay vase has Joni Mitchell, Detroit connection

Joni Mitchell fans with some cash to burn in their pockets may want to check out an eBay listing put up by the singer’s first husband, former Detroiter Chuck Mitchell. Up for sale until Sept. 26 is an ornate, red and gold 19th-century Austrian vase, reputedly by J & L Lobmeyr, as well as a black and white 1966 snapshot of a pensive Joni standing in front of a pine-paneled wall, a mantel and the vase. Starting bid: $3,000. Folk singer Chuck confirms, “It’s my listing.” Chuck lives in Iowa now, but returned to Michigan last week for his Rochester High School 60th reunion. He also returns to Michigan occasionally for folk gigs, including a yearly event in support of the Detroit nonprofit Focus: HOPE.

Meredith Vieira reveals she was once in an abusive relationship

Journalist and talk show host Meredith Vieira was driven by fear and guilt to stay with an abusive ex-boyfriend when she was younger, she told the audience on her show Wednesday. “It started out, we’d have a fight and he’d just sort of grab my arm ... then it turned into pushing me against the wall,” she said on “The Meredith Vieira Show,” which airs on NBC. “Then it went beyond that to actually taking his hand and grabbing my face and saying, ‘I could ruin your career if I wanted to.’ ” She said she was afraid if she tried to leave something worse would happen to her. “When people talk about domestic violence, it is really a complicated issue. It’s not so easy to just get away ... having said that, if my daughter Lilly, who is now 21, was in an abusive relationship, even if she thought she loved this man, I would say go. Just go.”

Also ...

■University of Michigan associate professor Khaled Mattawa has won a MacArthur genius grant. A translator and poet, Mattawa has authored many books, including “Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation.”

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Susan Whitall contributed

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