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Amerie Buys a Vowel, Now Goes by ‘Ameriie’

Imagine you are a female R&B star who peaked with a megahit pop song in 2005 and hasn’t been able to reclaim any sort of buzz since. You’ve tried releasing some other great songs. That didn't work. You don’t want to stoop to a VH1 dating reality show. You’re not quite ready to give up all your cred and sign on for Dancing With the Stars. What would you do to drum up some chatter and maybe even get yourself onto Twitter's Trending Topics list? Well, if you answered “Add a vowel to your name,” you and Amerie are of the same mind. The “1 Thing” singer has added an “i” to her name and will now be called “Ameriie.” The announcement comes as she continues work on her upcoming album (of course), titled Cymatika Vol. 1. Here’s her explanation for the change: “I operate on vibes and intuition, and I believe everything is energy; the vibration of the double I is right for me. Slightly different spelling, completely same pronunciation!” [Rap-Up via Just Jared]

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