In this one, the girls talk about what they wanted to be when they grew up. I know! Sooo punny, right? The Pussycat Dolls' sophomore album Doll Domination is set to drop on September 16th.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Continuing her UK promotion, Solange performed the song "Be My Baby" with Charlotte Church today on The Charlotte Church Show. Another nice job from the younger Knowles. Solange's sophomore album SoL-AngeL & The Hadley St. Dreams is set for release on August 26th.
Currently doing promotion in the UK, Solange gave a short interview & performed her current UK single "I Decided (Pt. 2)" (also known as the 'Freemasons Remix') on GMTV earlier today. Solange is a wonderful talent & did a lovely job. Personally, I can't wait for the release of her new album SoL-AngeL & The Hadley St. Dreams on August 26th.
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^
TW: #67 - LW: #79 - Peak: #67 - Week: #3
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The fabulous Jazmine Sullivan recently visited the staffers at Seventeen magazine & performed her song "In Love With Another Man" from her debut album Fearless, due September 16th, for them. For those unfamiliar with the song, you are in for a real treat. I first heard it a while back on Concrete Loop &, quite honestly, I couldn't believe my ears. To think that ANYONE, let alone someone in her 20s, could sing a song so beautifully ... I was beside myself. This is an instant classic imo, & it is a real treat to watch her sing it live. Jazmine did a wonderful job.
"Sumthin's Gotta Give," featuring Mary J. Blige, is the first single from Big Boi's upcoming second solo CD Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty. It's a political one. Look out for cameos from people like John Legend & CSI: NY's Hill Harper.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
"She introduces him to the world of sexuality. It's a very strong song. I'm just thrilled I get to play a character."
Previously, Fergie has appeared in movies like "Poseidon," but not really as a character. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt when it comes to her acting chops. Musically, Fergie is back recording with The Black-Eyed Peas. The group is working on "a new sound," which is exciting. I'm glad her solo success hasn't split the Peas apart.
Leona Lewis continues to broaden the spectrum of her international superstardom by performing her latest single "Better In Time" off her mega-hit debut album Spirit in Japan recently. She looked & sounded wonderful as always. The clip starts off with a look at her rise to fame (in Japanese), followed by an impossible-to-follow interview involving Japanese hosts & a translator without a microphone. Anyhow, the song starts at mark 6:42. Here's to Leona's return to the US (or even the UK--thank you internet!) soon with a brand-new single!
Monday, July 28, 2008
The details of Monica's reality show have now been revealed. The show, "The Single: Monica," has been reduced to a one-hour special & will air Tuesday, August 5th @ 10 p.m. on Atlanta's Peachtree TV. The special shows the process Monica went through recording the first single off her upcoming project Lessons Learned. The clip above features a peek at what to expect. The special looks like an interesting watch, however, I hope it presents itself online shortly after airing because most of us don't live in the ATL. I mean, could they find no major--or even cable--network to spare an hour of their time? I don't really feel like "The Single" is really gonna help her in the way she might have wanted, but it still looks good.
Check out this new video India.Arie has made for her song "Beautiful Flower." The song is her most recent single, per say, although it doesn't appear on any of her albums & has been out for a while. I'm not sure why she takes so long to make videos &, for that matter, to release albums that have been in the works for a long time, but I am certain she will not disappoint because she never has imo. I'm also not positive that this is the official music video (though I doubt any others will ever be produced), as it only features footage from the studio, but it's the only one she's ever made for the song.
Check out this interview with JoJo about her new Lifetime movie "True Confessions Of A Hollywood Starlet." The video also features clips from the movie. It looks like an interesting watch. I know they won't say it, but there's no way, for instance, Lindsay Lohan didn't help inspire this movie. It's cool though, I must say, to see someone who has their head on straight take on a role like this. It will be interesting to see if JoJo can meet the challenge, but I have faith in her. "True Confessions Of A Hollywood Starlet" premieres Saturday, August 9th @ 9/8c on Lifetime.
Musically, JoJo has her third album All I Want Is Everything set to be released by the end of the year.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Toni Braxton has been occupied for a while doing her show in Las Vegas entitled "Toni Braxton: Revealed." Although she recently ended her run for medical reasons, fans have been, for the most part, unable to see Braxton without taking the trip to Vegas. I, for one, would have absolutely loved to have seen her Vegas show, but I'm too young anyway. Fans like me were however granted a treat when Toni performed during the halftime show of the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. Performing a short medley of the songs "You're Makin' Me High" & "Take This Ring," the performance gives us a hint of what "Revealed" would have been like. Here's to a DVD of the show *crosses fingers* & new music from Toni as soon as she gets well!
Friday, July 25, 2008
"Bad Girl," featuring Missy Elliott, is the second single off Danity Kane's sophomore album Welcome To The Dollhouse. DK really pulled it off with this video! I really like the concept & how it was presented. It's also good to see Missy in her element. Good stuff.
Best Female Video
- Mariah Carey "Touch My Body"
- Jordin Sparks "No Air"
- Britney Spears "Piece Of Me"
- Rihanna "Take A Bow"
- Katy Perry "I Kissed A Girl"
Best Male Video
- Usher "Love In This Club"
- Flo Rida "Low"
- Chris Brown "With You"
- Lil' Wayne "Lollipop"
- T.I. "No Matter What"
Congrats to Mariah Carey, as well as Jordin Sparks & Britney Spears(?), for the well-deserved nominations, but I am really hoping "Touch My Body" takes that one. As far as the males go, here's to Keri Hilson leading Usher to a win for "Love In This Club."
Thursday, July 24, 2008
See full charts HERE.
Jennifer Hudson continued to make the rounds recently by stopping by Live With Regis & Kelly to promote her new single "Spotlight" off her self-titled debut album that is set for release on September 30th. Following the interview, she performed "Spotlight." J-Hud was as entertaining, beautiful, & pleasant to listen to as ever.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Watch The Pussycat Dolls film their music video for "When I Grow Up," the first single off their sophomore album Doll Domination, due September 16th, above. On a random note, that white girl with the long blonde hair kinda looks like Ashlee Simpson imo (I know she isn't--just sayin'...).
Sean Kingston has made a video for the Kidz Bop version of his hit "Take You There." "We can go to the tropics, we can get it poppin'..." LOL. So this is what it's come to ... already? I hope the payday's worth it.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Jennifer Hudson appeared on Good Morning America earlier today & performed her new single "Spotlight" taken from her self-titled debut album, which is due out September 30th. It was preceded by a short interview. I am SOOO glad to see J-Hud out there promoting before the week her album comes out! I'm so tired of people doing that. She did a wonderful job & she looks awesome!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
1. Unexpected Intro
2. Hello Heartbreak
3. We Break The Dawn
4. Lucky Girl Interlude/Lucky Girl
5. The Greatest
6. Till The End Of The World
7. Private Party
9. We Break The Dawn (Part 2 ft. Flo Rida)
10. Stop This Car
12. Thank U
13. Too Young For Love
This comes not only as realistic news, with the addition of the more urban-friendly version of first single "We Break The Dawn" that features rapper Flo Rida, but good news, as this listing has the most tracks. Whatever the content, I can't wait for the release of this title on August 12th.
1. 90's Baby
2. Baby, Baby (ft. Lil' Mama)
3. Can't Find The Words
4. 16 @ War
6. Can You Handle It
7. The Love We Got
8. They Ain't Gotta Love You
9. Slow Motion
10. Can't Bring Me Down
11. First Love
I am loving this extremely talented youngster right now. Her singles "16 @ War" & "Can't Find The Words" are musts on my current playlist, so I am definitely looking forward to the album.
"Work" & "Dilemma"
Destiny's Child Medley
Kelly Rowland performed as a headlining act at the UK event T4 On The Beach & rocked the house. She did a really great job of performing & had a pretty awesome crowd as well. My only complaint is that I wish she would perform more of her current solo material, but I guess she does what she has to.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
In what I believe to be somewhat of a hidden gem, Jennifer Hudson, fresh off her Academy Award win, sang one of the songs from "Dreamgirls" that helped her win the award, "One Night Only," at the 2007 Soul Train Music Awards. Just a microphone, spotlight (lol), & her, Jennifer proved yet again just how powerful that voice she has is. I truly hope talents like Ms. Hudson can make it in this industry & continue to entertain us for years to come because it's talent like her's that reminds us all what music is really about.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Lil' Mama performed her freestyle version of Lil' Wayne's "A Milli" recently on BET's 106 & Park. Not just because she is the Lil' I prefer, Mama killed it. Her album VYP: Voice Of The Young People is in stores now & I recommend picking it up!
"Body On Me," featuring Ashanti & Akon, is the new single off Nelly's forthcoming album Brass Knuckles, due September 16th with guests such as Ciara & Fergie. The video, shot in Las Vegas, is a bit more entertaining than I gave it credit for from the clip, but still nothing too spectacular. I might add that the video version is somewhat different--at the very least mixed up--from the version on Ashanti's The Declaration album, but that is expected, as the video is supposed to be primarily for Nelly.
Kohl's got together several popular music artists to sing Lenny Kravitz's song "Love Revolution" for their new ad. Among them are the likes of Avril Lavigne & Vanessa Carlton. Pretty cool.
Check out this behind-the-scenes look at what Janet Jackson's new MTV reality show (working title: The Janet Jackson Project) will be like. I'll probably watch. Good to hear a little music from Discipline being played there. I hope we haven't seen the last from that wonderful album.
In the clip above, you can watch Elliott Yamin in the studio singing with Lisa Tucker, 10th place finalist on American Idol the year Elliott placed 3rd. He is working with her as well as Jermaine Dupri on his new album. Feel free to watch Elliott play basketball with JD HERE. I am excited to hear Elliott's new material, as he was one of my favorite finalists during season 5 of Idol.
"Angel" + Interview
"Pocketful Of Sunshine"
Natasha Bedingfield performed today on Today to promote her latest album Pocketful Of Sunshine. She performed the successful title track, as well as the album track "Angel" & old hit "Unwritten" with a choir from Harlem. She sounded great. The two singles have been run completely into the ground for me, but I like "Angel."
Check out this short preview for the new video "Body On Me" from Nelly, Ashanti, & Akon. I say it like that because the song is technically Nelly's new single, though the song is also featured on Ashanti's latest album The Declaration. It doesn't look to be anything too special, but the video should be available for viewing in full very soon.
Now, granted, I hate Rihanna as a performer, which is why I don't often post her, well, performing. But "Breakin' Dishes" is one of the best & most overlooked songs off Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad album, so that justified a post in my mind. RiRi did, in fact, perform the song at the MTV Mobile Bang Concert ... & the performance didn't impress me much, as usual, but it was basically the best of the worst for her.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
"Better In Time"
Leona Lewis performed her two singles "Bleeding Love" & "Better In Time" off her debut album Spirit in celebration of Victoria Day. One thing I will say: it was refreshing to hear live versions of the songs being performed.
"Good Good" is the second single off Ashanti's latest album The Declaration, out now. The song is alright. ... With that said, I L-O-V-E this video! It's so refreshing to watch a truly enjoyable music video. Director Melina (Keri Hilson, Solange) did a great job! Real life boyfriend Nelly plays Ashanti's love interest in the video.
"Crazy" & "Heaven"
On the day of the second show in Salt Lake City, Utah, David Archuleta's hometown stop of the American Idol tour, Archey performed on Utah's Studio 5. He sang "Crazy," same as yesterday, & "Heaven," a song he sang in Hollywood on American Idol, in full. He also sat down for an interview & took a few questions from the audience. Love that kid & his voice. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the tour, but from footage online that I've seen, David Archuleta blows 'em away every night.
Check out this brand new trailer for Disney's upcoming computer animated flick "Bolt." For anyone who has seen "WALL-E" or "Journey To The Center Of The Earth 3D" (in which it is actually played in 3D!), you've already seen this trailer. However, I would like to introduce the film to everyone else. I think it looks hilarious & I LOVE the hamster! It will probably be good, despite Miley Cyrus' voice "talent" lol. "Bolt" hits theaters in Disney Digital 3D(!) on November 26th.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
While it looks as if The Pussycat Dolls will release their new album before Nicole gets to release her own solo CD, some hope for us fans of Nicole Scherzinger has just surfaced. A sampler for her unreleased album Her Name Is Nicole is featured above & includes snippets of the following tracks:
2. Just Say Yes
3. Who's Gonna Love You (New Version)
4. Save Me From Myself
Note: The snippet for "Physical" is of a previously unleaked part of the song! Exciting ... when it comes to Nicole, I'm easy to please.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
UPDATE: The countdown clock on Brandy's myspace has been set back two weeks, so the new music is now set to premiere in 24 days. It sucks to have to wait longer, but how can we complain when it's only a matter of days compared to the four years it's been since the release of her last studio album, Afrodisiac?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Yes, the one with the snake. When it came time for her third album, Britney, to be released, Britney Spears was ready to show the world that she was more than just your average pop princess. And, for her, what better place than the Video Music Awards to debut a totally new sound? In 2001, Britney premiered her single "I'm A Slave 4 U" by performing it on the annual MTV awards show & it became yet another of her classic career moments. All in all, this was one hot performance from the pop star.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Christina Aguilera, along with baby Max, recently shot a public service announcement for Rock The Vote to encourage young people to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Christina sings "America The Beautiful" amazingly well in the clip.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
1. Sex Education
2. Girls Around The World (ft. Lil' Wayne)
3. Treat U Good
4. Year Of The Lover
5. I Can Change Your Life
6. Lose Your Love
7. Have My Baby
8. Love Making 101
9. Party All Over Your Body
10. A Day In The Life
11. Touched By An Angel
12. I’m Wit It
13. Heart Attack
Interestingly enough, a new song featuring Ludacris that Lloyd even shot a video for, "How We Do It (Around My Way)," will not be featured on his new album. It's too bad ... I like that song. Go figure.
Just wanted to share this clip with all of you. Though the video recently premiered, Keri Hilson wasn't featured much visually. This insider's look at the making of Nas' new video for "Hero" shows some of Keri's scenes that were cut from the final product. Such a shame.
Keyshia Cole recently appeared on Good Morning America for a short interview & to perform her latest single "Heaven Sent," the fourth from her sophomore album Just Like You. She seems to really be promoting this single for whatever reason. I do like this particular performance of the song from her the best I think though.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008