Friday, February 29, 2008
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^
"Push," featuring Lil' Wayne, is Enrique Iglesias' fourth single from his most recent studio album Insomniac & the 867th single from the "Step Up 2: The Streets" soundtrack. I like the song for some reason. That's why I'm posting this corny, err, porny video. What, exactly, is up with him filming those two ... Adam & Eve-style, gettin' familiar? Btw, Lil' Wayne is not in the video.
(Disclaimer: I do not support porn. I linked to an outlet through which one might purchase (at a steal!) the third season of the best show of all time, Veronica Mars, which I quote often.)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
"There's Nothin'," featuring rapper Juelz Santana & newcomers The DEY, is the fourth single from Sean Kingston's hit self-titled debut album. This is a cool video. Sean is here to stay, I guess! I like this guy, but I was afraid the world would make him a one hit wonder with "Beautiful Girls." Guess I was wrong, which is good!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Here it is, folks! Janet performing "Feedback" yesterday on TRL as promotion for her newly released album Discipline, which is incredible & I will be reviewing it soon. I love this performance. This was a part of TRL's Spankin' New Ladies Week, as was Jordin Sparks performing "No Air" Monday, which you can check out HERE.
"Touch My Body" is the lead single off Mariah Carey's new album E=MC², due to be released on April 15th. I don't think I've been more excited about posting something since I started this blog. Amazing. That's the best way to describe how I feel about this video. Mariah looks as beautiful & youthful as ever, & the comedy WORKS! It's hilarious & makes me like the song even more. It's really not healthy to love Mariah this much.
UPDATE: When Mariah appeared on TRL today (to premiere the video), she let a little info on her album out of the bag. She explained her album title, which was quite obvious, as meaning "Emancipation equals Mariah Carey to the second power." So we should expect the second, & better, coming of The Emancipation Of Mimi? Excellent.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The day has finally arrived! Janet Jackson is set to release her latest album Discipline TODAY! This set looks to be one of her best. I don't think I've ever looked forward to a Janet album so much. Check out the above preview for the bonus DVD attached to the deluxe edition package that I will be picking up! You can HERE.
Monday, February 25, 2008
(Disclaimer: The sound isn't very loud, so you might have to turn up those speakers! Sorry.)
Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland has recently made a video blog through her fan club, letting fans know the latest on the re-release of her sophomore album, originally released last summer, Ms. Kelly. The part that one might find interesting is the middle & largest chunk of the video, in which Kelly confirms that the recently leaked track "No Man, No Cry," as well as a track by the name of "Unity" and another as-yet-untitled song, will be included on the re-release. She is still recording and stated that she plans to have the single "Daylight" out in the US by this spring or summer. Silly me, thinking it already was. And heck, I was expecting the album to be released before summer--ha! Gotta love Kelly, though.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
As Janet Jackson will be MTV's artist of the week this coming week to promote her new album Discipline, out Tuesday, she has shot these spoofs of their popular reality shows My Super Sweet 16, A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila, The Real World, Rob & Big, and Making The Band to be shown throughout the week. Hilarious!
So, I just got around to watching the "Celine Dion: That's Just The Woman In Me" CBS special on my DVR since I was out of town last Friday when it aired and I quite enjoyed it. Though it's nothing much compared to her "A New Day..." DVD, it was nice to see her perform some of the new songs, even if she lip-synched many of them (which bugs the crap out of me because I KNOW she could sing them live flawlessly). Anyway, I wanted to share the performance that would fit in with this blog the best. It is really cool and unexpected.
Friday, February 22, 2008
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^
UPDATE: Mariah Carey had the top debut of the week on the Hot 100 with "Touch My Body" at #57, Billboard reports. Exciting!
So, a while back, I posted the nominees for this show, which included several for Leona Lewis, who was sure to have a great night. While her performance was good, she walked away *shockingly* empty-handed, despite breaking numerous records with her debut album Spirit. Kate Nash, who I also reported on, did win one for British Female Solo Artist. As for the only other notable performance, Rihanna (below), her 867,549th performance of "Umbrella" was visually appealing, but no one cares about that song anymore. Check out the performances below:
Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love"
Thursday, February 21, 2008
"Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" is actually the first single off Randy Jackson's new album Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, which features several guests, one of which is obviously his fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul. I like the song, even though I was not expecting to, and the video is pretty good imo. It's kinda hard to judge from these crappy little versions we have to watch on the internet, but I wasn't let down (probably because, again, I wasn't expecting much).
Monday, February 18, 2008
- Christina Aguilera "People" Magazine Cover (with baby Max!)
- Leona Lewis Performs "Bleeding Love" At ECHO Awards (as she continues her world domination in Germany.)
- Alicia Keys & Jordin Sparks To Tour Together (The Idol winner may be the opening act, but she is why I would go! Love 'em both, though.)
- Vanessa Carlton "Hands On Me" Video Premiere (2nd single off Heroes & Thieves. I like it.)
- Trey Songz "Last Time" Video Premiere (3rd single off Trey Day. I don't like it.)
- Jordin Sparks, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys Win At 39th NAACP Image Awards
- Jack Johnson, Flo Rida Top Billboard 200, Hot 100, Respectively (I hate Jack Johnson & I'm sick of "Low." Request "Feedback" & "Touch My Body" everybody!)
- Danity Kane "Welcome To The Dollhouse" Cover (Nice.)
- Kanye West ft. Dwele "Flashing Lights" Video Premiere? (I hope not!)
- Ashanti "The Way That I Love You" (Premature) Video Premiere (Seems like it could be really good ... once it's mastered ... maybe?)
- Keyshia Cole Performs "I Remember" On Ellen (I'm feeling that new hair. I really like her...)
- Beyonce "House Of Dereon" Ad & Cassie "Sean John" Ad + Single News (They look nice, but Beyonce is always so fierce!)
- Mya Lands Part In Broadway's "Chicago" (Good for her ... bad for us who can't see her & now have to wait longer for new music.)
If I have to go away again, I'll do all I can not to leave ya hangin'! Hope you enjoy =D
Monday, February 11, 2008
Beyonce & Tina Turner "Proud Mary" (Pt. 2)
Kanye West "Stronger" (Pt. 1)
Though I figured out a few years back that the awards will always be given to the worst and/or oldest nominees in each category, I watched this year, not only for that *surprise* Janet performance (I'm still waiting...), but because I figured they might not completely suck for their 50th anniversary, considering all the special events planned, but I was sadly mistaken. The best of the night were Beyonce and Tina's mediocre duet, Kanye's surprisingly cool "Stronger" offering, and Fergie's not-too-great singing with John Legend's excellent piano playing. Here are the night's other performances...
Beyonce's (odd) Intro / Tina Turner (Pt. 1)
Kanye West "Hey Mama" (Pt. 2)
Alicia Keys & Frank Sinatra
Alicia Keys & (randomly) John Mayer "No One"
Rihanna (lookin' like a boy in a potato sack) "Umbrella/Don't Stop The Music"
Carrie Underwood('s enjoyable performance of) "Before He Cheats"
Before the show, the stars arrived and many displayed new looks. Keyshia Cole debuted her new black hair, which I liked. Fantasia's new hair, on the other hand ... too unique for words. Love her, but ... ya. Beyonce looked, imo, great. I loved everything about it. She changed it up, which is cool. I must say, though, that I do also like her with that black hair. In related news, Whitney Houston showed up at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party looking awesome. Can't wait for her comeback!
To be quite honest, short of Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do" winning Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, nothing won that is even worth mentioning. One notable award, though, was Best Score Soundtrack Album, received by Ratatouille, the Disney/Pixar movie that could, which also picked up 9 Annies, including Best Animated Feature, and the BAFTA (British Oscar) in the same category. (I guess it was only a good night for movie music then!) As the latter show is typically a good indicator of the Oscar results, good luck to Ratatouille at winning that one, too!
Kelly Rowland, former Destiny's Child member, sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" in Hawaii this past weekend at the Pro Bowl. She did an amazing job. As big of a fan of hers as I am, honestly, I didn't know she had it in her. For anyone saying Jordin was better, though I am a HUGE fan of her as well, I have to disagree solely because I don't think you can really compare the 2. Jordin has a sweeter, pop-ier, more mainstream voice, while Kelly have a more mature-sounding, soulful voice, so I think they both did well in their own right. Kelly even had to do it acapella! I like both equally, so Kelly's is worth a watch.
"Single Again" is the 1st single off Trina's upcoming 4th album Still Da Baddest, supposedly in stores on April 1st. The album title, btw, is a reference to her debut (and best-selling so far) album Da Baddest B****. As far as the song goes, I'm not a huge fan, but I can see why people would like it. The video, on the other hand, is pretty good and actually looks like it was given somewhat of a budget, which isn't always the case.
Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love"
Fantasia "I'm Here"
Clive Davis' Annual Pre-Grammy Party had several highlights this year, including performances from Leona Lewis, Fantasia, and Alicia Keys. You can check out Leona singing "Bleeding Love" for the first time in America as well as Fantasia belting out "I'm Here" from her recent run on "The Color Purple" above, while Leona's rendition of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and Alicia Keys' performances of "Superwoman," "Like You'll Never See Me Again," and "No One," among others, can be viewed HERE. Leona sounds great, as does Fantasia, though 'Tasia did take it to town a bit!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Check out a sneak peek of Kelly Rowland's "Comeback" music video above in the form of a promo for her Ms. Kelly album, which is to be re-released this spring. This looks incredible. I do hope Kelly adds a DVD of music videos to the repackaging of the album because it would completely be worth the investment then, especially for those of us who own the first edition. Is it just me, or is there a hint of some of the "Umbrella" video in this? Like a blinged-out version.
Check out Janet Jackson at a recent listening session for her upcoming album Discipline, due February 26th, above. In the clip, she is interviewed about the album. It's always good to hear more about the project, especially from the woman herself. Below, you can watch an official promo trailer for the new album, which, I believe, was shown at the session:
Again this week (3rd time in 4 weeks)...
^This week's #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^
UPDATE: Check out Christina's first post-pregnancy TV interview below with Entertainment Tonight's Jann Carl HERE. It's great to see her talk and see how good she looks!
California radio station KHOP @ 95.1 recently announced the exclusive premiere of Mariah Carey's new single (title currently unknown) on their station. While initially advertised to occur tomorrow (January 29th), they announced on the air moments ago that the premiere had been delayed a week to Tuesday, February 5th. This is to be the first single from Mariah's new album That Chick, which will be released April 1st. I think it is complete insanity that we have yet to hear any new music from Mariah. They are delaying the release of any kind of this single like they are afraid the timing will be wrong and the world will not care. Newsflash--we care! We want it now and we've waited long enough. She will still sell a ton of records, but the only way that won't happen is if no one knows she has material coming out because there is no single on the radio. I don't know about you, but I am ready for new Mariah. She's gonna bring it...I can feel it.
UPDATE: Bad news--The radio release of Mariah's new single has been delayed yet another week to February 12th. Good news--The title of the song has been confirmed! Mariah's new single is called "Touch My Body." All of this from Mariah Daily Journal. Now, if only we could hear it...
UPDATE #2: Deja vu, anyone? Bad news--The radio release of Mariah's new single has been delayed yet ANOTHER week to February 19th. Good news--It has recently been reported that Mariah's new single, whenever it's released, will sound like "classic midtempo Mariah with a BIG hook." Once again, all of this from Mariah Daily Journal. Is anyone else getting completely sick of this? I just wonder if there's truth to the rumor that these pushbacks keep occuring so that Mariah's new music won't overshadow Janet's new album that's due out by the end of the month. I think they'd be fine to release Mariah's single, especially if they want to keep that 4/1 release date, but if they wait until, say, Janet's release date, then they may have a problem...
UPDATE #3: The final news? I believe we have it! According to All Access' countdown clock, it appears as if Mariah's new single (the first off her upcoming album That Chick, due April 1st..?) "Touch My Body" WILL premiere February 12th, while it will impact on the 19th. I guess they read on the blogs about people being upset about all the pushbacks, so YAY! I'm excited. In other words, just good news this time!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
In related news, the Writers Guild of America, currently on strike, has agreed not to picket the event, leaving stars free to attend without having to cross picket lines. Also, I updated my previous post about Beyonce performing at the Grammys to add a very exciting detail! Check it out.
UPDATE: More confirmed performers now include Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, and Carrie Underwood. Blige will, along with Aretha Franklin, among others, perform in a gospel segment, while Rihanna will perform alongside some band, I believe, named the Time that is reuniting for the event. Information via Billboard. I will continue to update this post for any possible further Grammy news!
UPDATE #2: In addition to the fact that Janet performing at the Grammys could turn out to be only a rumor, as there has been no official announcement by them as of yet, Alicia Keys was, in fact, recently confirmed (via Billboard) as a performer at the show. Hey, that's cool!
UPDATE #3: In their recent article featuring news of the Grammy night's unique duets, Billboard announced that Fergie has been added to the performer line-up. She will be performing with John Legend. Awesome. Also, Michael Jackson will reportedly be making an appearance! Still holdin' out for Janet!
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“It’s just one continuous journey. I started out just making music that showed the other sides of me. I am still exploring that. I don’t think I have found any definite number of songs that says, ‘This is it; this says who I am as a solo artist coming out.’ I haven’t found that yet. I am continuously being challenged and inspired. It’s safe because it’s not out yet, but it’s also scary because you really want to challenge yourself as an artist, to take risks. You want to do things that you’re not used to doing. I got to work with a lot of people that I wouldn’t have expected to work with. I was in the studio the other night, and I was like, ‘I didn’t even know I could do this. This is great!’”
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Christina Aguilera's latest tour for her most recent album Back To Basics comes to DVD in the form of this "Back To Basics: Live And Down Under" 2-disc set, sold exclusively at Best Buy. It looks fantastic, so you know I gotta get mine! You should too, so HERE's all you need to know. Only $14.99! Check out a sneak peek in the form of Christina's live performance of "Dirrty," featured above.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Mary J. Blige And Ne-Yo can be seen here performing the remix of "Do You," the original version of which is from Ne-Yo's sophomore effort Because Of You, out since last year, at the Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash, which recently aired on VH1. Though I liked his debut album, I lost interest with Ne-Yo with his dull 2nd album. Still, with MJB on the track, this remix of his former single is a hot track. They did well together.
UPDATE: Mary also performed "Fade Away," "Hurt Again" (her 2nd single), "Roses" (all from her current album Growing Pains) and the remix to "Wake Up Call" with Maroon 5, the original version of which is featured on their latest album It Won't Be Soon Before Long. I particularly like the song "Fade Away," so this is a treat. Simply click to view!
During Super Bowl XLII, in between all that football mess, there were a select few decent moments. Or at least one, which came in the form of a new TV spot for Disney/Pixar's upcoming film "WALL-E," which hits theaters June 27, 2008. This will be their 9th movie together. I quite enjoyed this spot, especially since it featured, to my surprise, "Toy Story" characters Woody and Buzz Lightyear! I can't wait to see it. Btw, in case the video gets deleted (because they were going after them last night, anyway) or if you do happen to like it well enough, you can watch and download this ad in multiple forms HERE.
That's encouraging. He also tells MTV how hard it is to follow up a lead single like hers, and that when other producers get involved, "it messes up the formula." I suppose I get what he is saying, but dang! I also think that they should have released the album when "Tambourine" was hitting it's peak because the single probably would have shot up the charts with the extra promotion and all. But whatever because it doesn't matter now. I am anxious to hear Eve's return, though.
"It ain't over until it's out," he said. "Everybody wants the best for her. We just regrouping and starting back."
Sunday, February 3, 2008
And, wow, did she ever! Jordin Sparks sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" amazingly at this year's big game and, imo, took her place amongst the greats [see below]. I find her voice so refreshing and she was always able to hit those big, high notes on American Idol. I just reeeally hope this boosts her record sales.
UPDATE: Jordin's rendition is now available to purchase HERE. If you loved her interpretation as much as I did, you can show your support by purchasing the mp3. I've posted the cover art of the digital single to the left.
Alicia Keys performed a medley of 5 songs: "Go Ahead," from her current chart-topping album As I Am, previous hits "Fallin'" and "If I Ain't Got You," and "Teenage Love Affair" and "No One," both also from As I Am. She rocked it! Who knows whether people are lip-synching bits and pieces of whatever at the Super Bowl, big stadium and all, but she sounded great. Just showing us all why she is selling so many dang records.
Whether this is going to be the official music video or not (because it was rumored that her Super Bowl comeback was the video for "DLTNT," then just a performance), I quite enjoyed Paula Abdul's return to the music scene in this way! I've never been a fan, as she was, I guess, a little before my time honestly, but I liked this song when it leaked, so she caught my attention. Doin' it big!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
At the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005, at the peak of her success with The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah Carey performed a medley of her mega-successful hits "Shake It Off" and the remix of "We Belong Together," which features rappers Jadakiss and Styles P. Jermaine Dupri, one of the main producers of the album, was there for support. Mariah looked stunning as she performed on a special set just for her. This is one of my favorite Mariah performances of recent memory. I also love that during her TEOM period, she was able to have some more of her signature DJ Clue remixes. I can't wait for her new album That Chick to drop either April 1st or whenever after that they (probably) end up pushing it back to.
The remix of Trey Songz's "Can't Help But Wait," featuring rapper Plies, comes from the soundtrack to the movie "Step Up 2: The Streets." I actually do like the song, the original release of which brought Trey Songz to my attention, though the video isn't too impressive. And honestly, no matter how much they push the music from it onto us, I doubt the movie will be very good and I don't plan on seeing it. Still, I've compiled all you need to know about the soundtrack HERE. Note: Sorry about the audio/video not quite matching up. All 5000 videos on dailymotion of this were like that.
Kelly Rowland performing "Work (Freemasons Remix)" on BBC's "Sound." It's cool to finally see Kelly perform her huge UK hit, especially since it is the remix version.
Mary J. Blige performing "Feel Like A Woman" on "Later With Jools Holland." I'm really glad she decided to perform a song somewhere that is not a single because her album Growing Pains is full of great songs, this one included. She does some nice ad-libs on the end, too.
Jermaine Dupri has posted this video on YouTube featuring himself in the studio with Mariah Carey. It just shows some behind-the-scenes of them while making Mariah's new album. Mariah can be seen and heard in it, as, approximately 2:41 into the clip, what many speculate to be Mariah's new song "Thanks For Nothing" can be heard in the background. Nice to actually see Mariah after a while.