Friday, October 31, 2008

"Cadillac Records" Deluxe Soundtrack Cover

Here's the cover for the deluxe edition of the soundtrack for "Cadillac Records" (December 2nd). The film, which stars Beyonce, will hit theaters on December 5th. It is unknown at this time whether this edition of the soundtrack will feature more music from Beyonce or not, so stay tuned for that.


Nicole Scherzinger & LeBron James' Nike Commercial

Check out the new Nike ad starring Nicole Scherzinger & LeBron James. This is cracking stuff. You gotta check it out!

Britney Spears "Circus" Cover & Tracklisting + More

Check out Britney Spears' lovely album cover for Circus (December 2nd) above. The picture is really nice & I'm liking the circus theme. My only issue is that I don't think the picture particularly fits the album title, but it's all good. The tracklisting for Circus is below:

1. Womanizer
2. Circus
3. Out From Under
4. Kill The Lights
5. Shattered Glass
6. If U Seek Amy
7. Unusual You
8. Blur
9. Mmm Papi
10. Mannequin
11. Lace & Leather
12. My Baby
13. Radar (Bonus Track)

So, we're all thinking it. What the heck is up with "Radar" being a bonus track?! Anyway, it has been confirmed that "Circus" will be the second single off the new album of the same name. Sweetness.

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Preview David Archuleta's Self-Titled Album

A snippet of each track off David Archuleta's upcoming self-titled debut album (November 11th) is available for streaming HERE. This album is going to be insanely awesome. I don't even know if I'll be able to handle listening to all 12 of these songs at one time when the album comes out. David Archuleta is such a special talent & I definitely recommend taking advantage of this sneak peek--even if you've never been a fan before.

Beyonce Performs "If I Were A Boy" On Music Station

Beyonce performed her new single "If I Were A Boy" for the very first time on Japan's Music Station recently. She did an amazing job. This is a really good song for Beyonce live. Her third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce hits stores on November 18th.

Leona Lewis On GMTV

"Forgive Me"


Leona Lewis has begun promotion in the UK for her upcoming re-release Spirit: The Deluxe Edition by performing the new single "Forgive Me" & doing an interview on GMTV. Leona is such a charming celebrity & she did well with the performance. Spirit: The Deluxe Edition arrives on November 17th across the pond.

Toni Braxton Album Update

According to JET magazine's issue with Toni Braxton on the cover (see: left), her first single is titled "Get Loose." I thought I'd let you all know since I posted news about the single not too long ago. We should expect to hear it soon. Toni's new album is set to be released early next year, so get ready!


Ciara, Mary J. Blige Collaborate With T-Pain

Ciara & Mary J. Blige are a couple of the many collaborators featured on T-Pain's new album Thr33 Ringz, which drops on November 11th. As the album recently leaked, I thought I'd share their tracks with you. Ciara is featured on "Blowing Up" [Listen HERE], which is very typical T-Pain. I'm big on the electronic sound, but this one is almost overboard with it. In other words, I prefer their other collabo "Go Girl." Mary J. Blige joins Akon & Diddy on "Change" [Listen HERE]. The song has a good message, but I guess I just don't buy a serious track from T-Pain. I like the vocoder effect on singers, but I really hate T-Pain.


John Legend Performs "Green Light" On Letterman

John Legend performed his first single "Green Light" off the new album Evolver, which was released earlier this week, on The Late Show With David Letterman. Honestly, it's nothing we haven't seen before. I finally gave Evolver a full listen & it's a solid effort.

Maroon 5 "Call & Response" Cover & Tracklisting

Check out the cover for Maroon 5's upcoming remix album Call & Response (December 9th) above. The group had some of their favorite artists remix their biggest hits & this is the result. The tracklisting, which includes the production credits, is below:

1. If I Never See Your Face Again -- Swizz Beats
2. Wake Up Call (ft. Mary J. Blige) -- Mark Ronson
3. Sunday Morning -- Questlove
4. Makes Me Wonder -- Just Blaze
5. This Love -- Tricky Stewart
6. She Will Be Loved -- Pharrell Williams
7. Shiver -- DJ Quik
8. Wake Up Call -- David Banner
9. Harder To Breathe -- Cool Kids
10. Little Of Your Time -- Bloodshy & Avant
11. Little Of Your Time -- Of Montreal
12. Goodnight Goodnight -- Deerhoof
13. Not Falling Apart -- Tiesto
14. Better That We Break -- Ali Shaheed Muhammad
15. Secret -- DJ Premier
16. Woman -- Sam Farrar of Phantom Planet
17. This Love -- Cut Copy
18. If I Never See Your Face Again (ft. Rihanna) -- Paul Oakenfold

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Leona Lewis "Evening Standard" Magazine Cover

To use their wording, Leona Lewis dazzles on the cover of the latest issue of Evening Standard. The international superstar will re-release her debut album in the form of Spirit: The Deluxe Edition next month in the UK.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Keyshia Cole ft. 2Pac "Playa Cardz Right" Video Premiere + More

"Playa Cardz Right," featuring 2Pac, is the first single off Keyshia Cole's upcoming album A Different Me (December 16th). The thing that struck me most about this video is how beautiful Keyshia looks! She is stunning in the Benny Boom-directed clip, which is very much a tribute to 2Pac. I'm still not sure about the song as a lead single, but there's no doubt that Keyshia sounds great on it. In related news, the third season of Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, her BET reality show, will premiere on November 11th.

Estelle & John Legend On MySpace's Artist-On-Artist

John Legend & his artist Estelle interviewed eachother on MySpace's Artist-On-Artist. It's an entertaining clip to say the least. His new album Evolver dropped this week, while her latest Shine is out now.

Mario Album Update

Mario has been hard at work on his fourth studio album, which is set for release in March of next year. He has worked with several of today's hottest producers on his follow-up to Go, including Tricky Stewart, Babyface, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Stargate, & Polow Da Don. Mario is aiming for a combination of old school & new school with his new album. As I've mentioned time & time again, Go was seriously slept on, so I'm excited about what else Mario has to offer.

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The Caffeine Patch: Alvin & The Chipmunks "Shake Your Groove Thing" Video Premiere

"Shake Your Groove Thing" is the first single taken from the new Alvin & The Chipmunks album Undeniable, which drops November 4th. How can you not love these guys?

Billboard Update

^This week's #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^

See full charts HERE.

AC/DC's Black Ice tops the Billboard 200 album chart, while "Whatever You Like" by T.I., which just won't die, remains at the pole position of the Hot 100 singles chart. Beyonce is making a strong play for #1, however, as her new single "If I Were A Boy" jumps 68-3 this week.

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Kanye West "808s & Heartbreak" Cover + More

Above is the simple, yet effective cover for Kanye West's upcoming album 808s & Heartbreak (November 25th). Also, for those who have yet to see them, check out the single covers for Kanye's first two singles off the album ("Love Lockdown" & "Heartless") below. Brilliant:

New Britney Spears Promo Ad

Thought this was too cool to pass up. I guess it says it all too.

Avant Self-Titled Album Cover & Tracklisting

Here's the cover of Avant's self-titled album, which is due out December 9th. This is one talented, yet underrated guy. I'm very interested in what he will offer with this new album. Check out the set's tracklisting below:

1. Sensuality
2. Perfect Gentleman (ft. Alfamega)
3. Involve Yourself
4. When It Hurts
5. Out Of Character
6. Material Things
7. French Pedicure
8. Attention (ft. Snoop Dogg)
9. Break Ya Back
10. Y.O.U.
11. Sailing


New Christina Aguilera Promo Pics

I know what you're thinking. It's just been so long since I last posted some of these lol. Christina Aguilera just looks so dang hot in this shoot! Her greatest hits album Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade Of Hits comes out November 11th.

Deborah Cox "The Promise" Cover & Tracklisting

Check out the cover of Deborah Cox's new album The Promise, which drops on November 11th, above. After some time away from the contemporary R&B scene, Deborah is back & apparently 'promises' to bring it (I tried). Some of you, like myself, may know her from her biggest hit to date "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here," but it appears that we should be paying attention to her this time around. The tracklisting for The Promise is below:

1. Love Is Not Made In Words
2. You Know Where My Heart Is
3. Did You Ever Love Me
4. Saying Goodbye
5. Beautiful U R
6. Promise
7. All Over Me
8. All Hearts Aren't Shaped The Same
9. Down 4 U
10. Where Do We Go 2

"Beautiful U R" is the business, so I look forward to this new album from Deborah. Nice cover as well.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Brandy Performs "Right Here (Departed)" On TRL

OHMYGOSH. This is incredible. Brandy heard my request & properly performed her first single "Right Here (Departed)" on TRL earlier today. If you didn't think you were going to buy B-Rocka's new album Human on December 9th before, this video will change your mind.

*UPDATED* New Beyonce Promo Pics

The promotional photos keep rolling in for Beyonce's new album I Am... Sasha Fierce, which comes out on November 18th. I think somebody knows how to take a picture!

UPDATE: Here's a new Sasha Fierce promo with *GASP* a hint of color!?!--

Leona Lewis Performs "Forgive Me" On The National Lottery + More

Leona Lewis performed her current overseas single "Forgive Me" on The National Lottery in the UK recently. I'm really enjoying her live offerings of this song. Her upcoming re-release Spirit: The Deluxe Edition is set for release on November 17th across the pond.

In related news, Leona has been added as a performer at this year's American Music Awards. The show goes down on November 23rd.


Beyonce (Partially) Performs "Single Ladies" On Power 105.1's Powerhouse

Beyonce surprised a Jay-Z crowd by performing part of her new single "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" at Power 105.1's Powerhouse event. It was fly, though I didn't like the camera angles & I don't even think she was using a microphone lol. Don't forget (like you would): Beyonce's new album I Am... Sasha Fierce will be released on November 18th.

Melinda Doolittle "Coming Back To You" Tracklisting

Melinda Doolittle will finally release her debut album Coming Back To You in January '09 & although we don't even have a set release date yet, you can check out the album's tracklisting right now:

1. Fundamental Things
2. It's Your Love
3. Coming Back To You
4. Declaration Of Love
5. The Best Of Everything
6. Wonderful
7. Dust My Broom
8. I'll Never Stop Loving You
9. I Will Be
10. If I'm Not In Love
11. Walkin' Blues
12. We Will Find A Way
13. Wonder Why

Like I've said before: it doesn't matter to me what she is singing. I just want a Melinda CD already!


Pink On The View

Pink sat down with the ladies of The View for an interview & then performed her first single "So What" off the new album Funhouse (out now). The interview is great, especially thanks to the audience's reactions to Pink's music video clips, which are played on the screen behind them. Pink screwed up a tad during the performance, but it was still good.

Usher "Hush" Video Premiere

Here's Usher's video for his new single "Hush," which is available on iTunes now. Hold up. Is that American Idol season 6's Stephanie Edwards?! I loved her!

Shontelle "Battle Cry" Video Premiere

"Battle Cry" is (I believe) the second single off Shontelle's forthcoming album Shontelligence (November 18th). I wonder who she is supporting in the upcoming election...

Lily Allen "It's Not Me, It's You" Tracklisting

This may not be my typical kind of artist, but Lily Allen really is worth a shot. The British singer will release her sophomore album It's Not Me, It's You on February 10th. Check out the tracklisting for the set below:

1. Everyone's At It
2. The Fear
3. It's Not Fair
4. 22
5. I Could Say
6. Go Back To The Start
7. Never Gonna Happen
8. F*** You
9. Who'd've Known
10. Chinese
11. Him
12. He Wasn't There

To be honest, many of these songs are, at least at some point in the recording process, already on the internet, so a simple Google search could send you on the path to finding out whether or not Lily is for you. The outspoken artist, who worked with a producer from her debut Alright, Still on this project, wrote the last track about her absent father, while she plays xylophone on "Everyone's At It," which is currently streaming on her MySpace. I look forward to what Lily has to offer with this new album.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Solange Performs "6 O'Clock Blues" On Ghost Whisperer

Here's Solange's appearance on Ghost Whisperer in music video form. She performed her song "6 O'Clock Blues" from her latest album SoL-AngeL & The Hadley St. Dreams, which is out now. Check out this lovely (official) montage of the show's main couple Melinda & Jim. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the song.

The Pussycat Dolls & Missy Elliott Perform "Whatcha Think About That" On Dancing With The Stars

The Pussycat Dolls have finally started pushing that second single ... & in a big way too. PCD performed "Whatcha Think About That" off their new album Doll Domination (out now) on Dancing With The Stars with special guest Missy Elliott. While Nicole took over Missy's part at the beginning, the woman herself showed up as a surprise later in the performance. The Dolls did a great job with this one. In news that should shock no one, Missy's new album Block Party has been pushed back to February 10th. I'm sad, but I know it'll be worth the wait. (Plus, I'll have Brandy to occupy me through the year's end anyway!)

T.I. ft. Rihanna "Live Your Life" Video Premiere

"Live Your Life," featuring Rihanna, is the latest single off T.I.'s new album Paper Trail. This one just didn't do it for me. The clip, which was (not surprisingly) directed by Anthony Mandler (Rihanna's "Disturbia"), was boring & Rihanna didn't seem to be incorporated into the video very well. People keep saying she looks good in this, but I just don't see what's so hot about that boy. As far as the concept, I'm glad T.I. has turned that corner in his own life, but I didn't find it translating to film very well.

Michelle Williams Performs On Pepsi Smash

Don't Stop The Music

Hello Heartbreak

Michelle Williams stopped by Yahoo! Music's Pepsi Smash recently to perform a cover version of Rihanna's "Don't Stop The Music" as well as her own "Hello Heartbreak," which is taken from Michelle's newly released album Unexpected. I was actually rockin' Unexpected today. Anyway, I thought she did a nice job with "Don't Stop The Music." Personally, I really enjoyed the "Hello Heartbreak" performance.

Brandy Performs "Right Here (Departed)" On JAM'N 94.5's Monster Jam

Brandy performed her first single "Right Here (Departed)" off the highly anticipated new album Human (December 9th) for the first time at JAM'N 94.5's Monster Jam yesterday. Though it's only a partial clip & was performed at a concert rather than an awards show or something, I think B-Rocka did well. I'm all for supporting your family, but couldn't Ray J (who was on-stage & wouldn't shut up the whole time) have just been in the audience? Anyway, I'm really looking forward to seeing a proper live performance of this song (&, for that matter, "Long Distance").

Mya "Sugar & Spice" Cover

Here's the cover of Mya's new album Sugar & Spice, which will be released exclusively in Japan on December 3rd. I like. I just wish she'd give us American fans a chance.


John Legend Performs "Green Light" On The Early Show

John Legend released his third album Evolver today & performed its first single "Green Light" solo (with a background vocalist on Andre's parts) on The Early Show. He actually brought them back from commercial with a bit of his new song "It's Over" & gave a short interview before giving his main performance, which was good. I haven't listened to his entire new album yet, but I like what I've heard so far pretty well. Of course, he gets bonus points for the Brandy collabo.

Pink Performs "So What" On Today

Pink is getting her promo on for the release of her new album Funhouse, which came out today. She performed first single "So What" earlier, coincidentally on Today. The performance follows a funny short interview. Good stuff, but don't strain yourself too much, Pink--you're just getting (this party) started!

New Christina Aguilera Promo Pic

Here's yet another promotional photo of Christina Aguilera to be used for the release of her greatest hits album Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade Of Hits at Target stores on November 11th. This one's a bit more puzzling than the others (what is she sitting on anyway?), but lovely just the same.

David Archuleta Self-Titled Album Tracklisting

The incredible David Archuleta will be releasing his self-titled debut album on November 11th & that day can't come soon enough. From the clips I've heard thus far, this album is going to be beyond amazing. Check out the tracklisting for the album below:

1. Crush
2. Touch My Hand
3. Barriers
4. My Hands
5. A Little Too Not Over You
6. You Can
7. Running
8. Desperate
9. To Be With You
10. Don't Let Go
11. Your Eyes Don't Lie
12. Angels

"Angels" is actually available for purchase now! Also, if you pre-order the album on iTunes, you get the bonus track "Somebody Out There." But wait--there's more! A deluxe edition of the album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, & it features the "Crush" video & 3 additional tracks: "Waiting On Yesterday," "Falling," & "Let Me Go." You can take advantage of all these wonderful offers by clicking HERE. You're welcome. :)

*UPDATED* The Caffeine Patch: Alvin & The Chipmunks "Undeniable" Cover & Tracklisting + More

I'm really excited because I just found out that Alvin & The Chipmunks will be releasing a new album entitled Undeniable on November 4th. Obviously being released thanks to the success of their recent film, this release is just an album & not another soundtrack. Check out the tracklisting for the album below:

1. We're The Chipmunks (DeeTown Remix)
2. Shake Your Groove Thing (w/ Drew Seeley)
3. Livin' On A Prayer
4. Three Little Birds
5. Thank You
6. All The Small Things
7. Acceptance
8. Don't Stop Believing
9. Ho Ho Ho
10. Rock & Roll
11. Home
12. Undeniable
13. We're The Chipmunks (Original Recording)
14. The Time Warp (Original Recording)

I know I'm not the only one who can't wait for this. Also, for those of us who aren't too cool to admit how awesome we think Alvin, Simon, & Theodore are, here's some more exciting news: "Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel" is hitting theaters on Christmas Day 2009!

UPDATE: Listen to a snippet of each track on the album HERE. Seriously--do it. They are amazing!

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*UPDATED* New Music Tuesday: Pink "Funhouse"

Pink drops her fifth studio album Funhouse today. The new album features the #1 "So What." I reviewed it positively recently & according to my recent poll, 57% of you are already interested, so check it out! You can purchase your copy by clicking on the album cover on the widget to your right.

UPDATE: Just so you know, Usher released a new digital single called "Hush" today & you can purchase it HERE.

Monday, October 27, 2008

*UPDATED* Mariah Carey "I Stay In Love" Video Premiere

"I Stay In Love" is the fourth single taken from Mariah Carey's latest album E=MC². I cannot stress enough how beautiful this ballad is. Thankfully, the video, which was directed by Mariah's husband Nick Cannon, matches the song. I really hope the public picks up on this one.

UPDATE: If your DVR hates you like mine hates me, then you are in luck because the entire episode of Access Granted for "I Stay In Love" can be viewed on YouTube! (Pt. 1 // Pt. 2)

Christina Aguilera "Keeps Gettin' Better" Video Premiere

"Keeps Gettin' Better" is the new single off Christina Aguilera's upcoming greatest hits album Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade Of Hits (November 11th). I don't know about y'all, but I could use something that isn't depressing right about now & this is it. Christina did an awesome job with her new video! I love the special effects & her whole new look. I even like the song more & more each time I hear it. Bring on that new album!

Jennifer Hudson's Nephew Found Dead

Tragically, the missing 7-year-old nephew of Jennifer Hudson, Julian King, was found dead in an abandoned SUV in Chicago. He was the son of Jennifer's sister Julia Hudson. I really hope whoever did this gets what they deserve.

R.I.P. Julian King

Jordin Sparks Performs On Sunrise

One Step At A Time

No Air

Australia's luck seemingly never runs out, as they had Jordin Sparks perform a couple of singles off her self-titled debut album on Sunrise recently. Jordin sounded wonderful, but I sure miss her over here. How awesome would a new Jordin album be sometime (early) next year?!

Kelly Rowland & Nadiya "No Future In The Past" Video Premiere

Kelly Rowland's duet with French singer Nadiya entitled "No Future In The Past" has finally surfaced here with the premiere of the song's video. I like the video & Kelly looks flawless. French R&B singers just don't do it for me, but Kelly sounds great.

Britney Spears Records New Version Of "...Baby One More Time"

To celebrate the recent 10th anniversary of her first single, Britney Spears has re-recorded "...Baby One More Time" with the song's original producer Max Martin. The song, renamed "One More Time," will have "the same feel to it," but with an urban twist. Though likely to be used in Britney's upcoming performances & world tour, it is unknown exactly the manner in which the track will be released, though it could possibly show up as a bonus track on her forthcoming album Circus (December 2nd). Sounds awesome!

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Craig David ft. Lynnsha "Walking Away" Video Premiere

Here's another one of the several new versions of "Walking Away" that Craig David recorded to help promote his upcoming greatest hits collection, which hits UK stores on November 24th. This one features French artist Lynnsha. The video is just about as plain as the last one.

The Veronicas Perform On Sunrise

Take Me On The Floor


The Veronicas performed two songs from their sophomore album Hook Me Up, which is available now in the US, on Australian TV show Sunrise. These girls are just too cool to pass up.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Album Review: Pink "Funhouse"

Pink has evolved quite a bit throughout her career. She has gone through many different sounds, ranging from R&B to pop to rock & everything in between. One thing is for certain though: the girl is talented. I've always followed Pink because of that fact. As she prepares to release her fifth studio album Funhouse, I find it very exciting that she is having so much success with its first single "So What." As I'm sure others have noticed as well, it seems that Pink has really found the sound she is most comfortable with & is therefore making some of the best music of her career. This fact is further proven after listening to Funhouse in its entirety.

After starting off with the excellent "So What," Pink gets rolling with "Sober," an insightful, yet catchy pop/rock track. "I Don't Believe You," my favorite song on the album, follows & is a beautiful ballad that has Pink showing a more vulnerable side of herself. The decent "One Foot Wrong" was unfortunately placed during the sequencing of the album because though it is not a bad song by any means, it pales in comparison to the track that comes before it.

"Please Don't Leave Me" is one of those songs that proves that Pink has really found her place in music where she can shine. The track is also a personal one, but it has a great beat as well. Another one of the uptempos that Pink is best known for can be found in "Bad Influence." The title track "Funhouse" comes next & has Pink appropriately displaying her 'fun' personality. Pink goes for an almost folk sound with "Crystal Ball," which works for her.

Even for Pink, I wasn't quite expecting the country twang that started off "Mean." Still, the track is a solid one & shines mainly thanks to its lyrical content. "It's All Your Fault" is definitely a standout track on Funhouse. The song features great vocals, a lovely mix of piano & guitar, & just a tad bit of vocoder. I know what you're thinking, but it's only on one line in the song, so it gets just the right reaction. Another track saved by Pink's exceptional talent is "Ave Mary A," which doesn't do a whole lot for me, but is still alright. Funhouse closes up shop with "Glitter In The Air," a gorgeous & inspirational song that is perfectly placed.

I always find a new Pink album to be a breath of fresh air. With Funhouse, Pink easily accomplishes that task once again. People may sometimes expect an album full of the pop anthems she is famous for, but they should be aware that Pink has much more depth than that. She can't really be placed in one genre, but that isn't a bad thing. It's true that it can be more fun to listen to her sing as outrageously as she talks, but it's great to hear her more vulnerable side as well. Funhouse has, at the very least, everything one might expect from Pink & just might be her best album yet.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Estelle ft. Sean Paul "Come Over" Video Premiere

"Come Over," featuring Sean Paul, is the fifth single off Estelle's latest album Shine. I think I prefer the original version of the song without Sean Paul, but it's the same song either way. The video is nice, though watching Estelle & Sean Paul all over eachother isn't my ideal activity. I'm not sure how these singles are doing in the UK, but they just keep puttin' 'em out, don't they? I wonder if they plan on pushing any of them here in the US.

Ashanti "Rock The Vote" PSA

Ashanti has teamed up with Rock The Vote to help make clear how important it is to vote in the upcoming election. The big day is November 4th!

Carrie Underwood Performs National Anthem On World Series

Carrie Underwood is the latest talented star to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the World Series. Yet again, Carrie proves what an astounding talent she truly is.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Weekend Flashback Performance: Christina Aguilera At The 2007 NBA All-Star Game

A little while ago, I posted Toni Braxton performing at this very halftime show. Now, I would like to share Christina Aguilera's part with you. Christina performed both "Ain't No Other Man" & "Candyman" at the event. As she looks to the future with her new project, it seems fitting to take a look back at Christina's last album. While she always rocked "Ain't No Other Man," Christina always made her performances of "Candyman" very special. The Back To Basics era was an incredible time for her visually. However, I'm sure Christina will just 'keep gettin' better' as time goes on.

New Keyshia Cole Promo Pic

Keyshia Cole looks stunning in this promotional photo for her upcoming album A Different Me (December 16th). Who knew Keyshia had this in her? As far as her being 'different' on her new album, I hope she means different in this kind of way because musically, Keyshia has always been on-point.


In Theaters Now...

Grade: A

I was finally able to check out "The Secret Life Of Bees," which stars Jennifer Hudson & Alicia Keys, & I was very impressed. All the actresses gave wonderful performances & the film was a breath of fresh air.

Keyshia Cole "Playa Cardz Right": Behind-The-Scenes

Keyshia Cole has offered us a sneak peek of the video for her first single "Playa Cardz Right" off her upcoming third album A Different Me (December 16th). Keyshia is lookin' good in this clip & I look forward to the video, though I hope they stray away from the beach set-ups a bit so as to avoid having the video look a lot like the one for "Heaven Sent." I'm still not so sure about this single choice, but Keyshia always brings it with her albums, so I'm not too worried.

*UPDATED* New Beyonce Promo Pics

Fierce. Sasha Fierce. ... I couldn't help myself. Check out these beautiful new promotional photos of Beyonce for her forthcoming album I Am... Sasha Fierce (November 18th). Two from the 'I Am...' portion of the album are below:

UPDATE: Another new Sasha Fierce promo has surfaced--

*UPDATED* Christina Aguilera "Keeps Gettin' Better": Behind-The-Scenes

Check out this short sneak peek of Christina Aguilera's video for "Keeps Gettin' Better," the first single off her upcoming greatest hits album Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade Of Hits (November 11th). This one is definitely shaping up to be a winner! I can't wait to see the finished product.

UPDATE: Christina thanks the fans in this continuation of the above clip--

UPDATE #2: Here's Part 3--

Jennifer Hudson's Mother, Brother Killed

In some of the saddest news I have ever reported, Jennifer Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson & brother Jason Hudson were found shot to death Friday afternoon in Chicago. Also, Jennifer's 7-year-old nephew has been reported missing. A suspect is in custody & is being questioned, but the missing boy was not found with the suspect. Jennifer is reportedly flying home from Florida to be with her family at this very difficult time. My condolences & prayers to Jennifer & her family. What a horrible, horrible thing.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

"A Night For Vets" Performance Highlights

Angels & Airwaves "Secret Crowds"

Kanye West "Jesus Walks"

Tonight, a special aired entitled "A Night For Vets: An MTV Concert For The BRAVE." Kanye West performed "Jesus Walks" in a pre-recorded segment from his "Glow In The Dark" tour that was entertaining, but the stars of the show imo were Angels & Airwaves. Their performance of "Secret Crowds" was totally awesome. You can't blame Tom for his silliness, but what I love about AVA is that they really seem to understand music, which makes for some great music indeed.

Beyonce "Cadillac Records" Trailer

Check out this TV spot for Beyonce's new movie "Cadillac Records," which hits theaters December 5th, to watch her as Etta James in action for the first time. Lookin' good! I'm pretty darn excited about this film.

Pink Performs "Funhouse" On Sunrise

Pink switched things up a bit & performed the title track off her upcoming album Funhouse (October 28th) on Sunrise in Australia recently. I really enjoyed watching her perform this song. She did an awesome job. (Funhouse album review coming soon!)

Beyonce Enlists Kanye West For "Ego" Remix + More

The second urban single off Beyonce's third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce (November 18th) will be "Ego." Beyonce had been looking to get Kanye on the track, but the pair weren't able to make it happen in time to make the album. However, Kanye West has now recorded his verse for "Ego," which will be included on an upcoming remix of the song. Also, the second pop single off the forthcoming album will be "Halo." Sounds cool.

I would like to clear up a couple things. Beyonce's new album will be called I Am... Sasha Fierce, the I Am... part referring to the pop half of the album & the Sasha Fierce part referring to the urban half. Therefore, the covers I posted for the album are in fact the only covers, not just the ones for the 'Sasha Fierce' half. Sorry about the mix-up. Also, for those interested, you can check out the tracklisting for the standard edition of I Am... Sasha Fierce HERE.

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Kardinal Offishall ft. Keri Hilson "Numba 1 (Tide Is High)" Video Premiere

"Numba 1 (Tide Is High)," featuring Keri Hilson, is the second single off Kardinal Offishall's new album Not 4 Sale (out now). Keri is everywhere! I love it & I hope this means no more pushbacks for her debut album In A Perfect World..., which is slated for a December 9th release.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Nickelback "Dark Horse" Tracklisting

Nickelback is set to release their new album Dark Horse on November 18th. Check out the tracklisting for the project below:

1. Something In Your Mouth
2. Burn It To The Ground
3. Gotta Be Somebody
4. I'd Come For You
5. Next Go Round
6. Just To Get High
7. Never Gonna Be Alone
8. Shakin' Hands
9. S.E.X.
10. If Today Was Your Last Day
11. This Afternoon

They may be giving Beyonce a run for her money, but I suppose we'll have to wait & see. I'm looking forward to the releases from both of them though.


Keri Hilson ft. Timbaland "Return The Favor" Video Premiere

"Return The Favor," featuring Timbaland, is the second single taken from Keri Hilson's upcoming debut album In A Perfect World... (December 9th). WOW. The song is hot, but the video is hotter. I love all the looks & the choreography in this Melina-directed clip. Keri is on fire!

1000th Post! Vonzell Solomon "Classy" Song Premiere

After almost 10 months of dedicated blogging, I have finally reached my 1000th post milestone! This has been one of the most fun rides of my life & I only see better days ahead. Thanks for all of your support! I thought I would dedicate this post to the premiere of Vonzell Solomon's first single "Classy." My favorite American Idol contestant of all time will soon be releasing her debut album & we finally have a taste of what she has to offer. I love the song & Vonzell is so deserving of much success--& she is the only person I can say that for from personal experience.

Jordin Sparks Performs "Tattoo" On Loose Women

It wasn't too long ago that Jordin was over in the UK on this very show promoting her single "No Air." Now, Jordin Sparks has returned to Loose Women to perform her new UK single "Tattoo" off her self-titled debut album. It's great to hear Jordin perform this song again. There is no end to my love for Ms. Sparks.

Mariah Carey "Tennessee" Trailer + "I Stay In Love" News

The theatrical trailer for Mariah Carey's new movie "Tennessee," which hits theaters on December 19th, has finally surfaced. It looks great! I can't wait! I just rhymed!

On the music front, Mariah is prepping for the release of her fourth single off E=MC², "I Stay In Love." Check out the single cover for the gorgeous ballad below:

The video for "I Stay In Love" will premiere during BET's Access Granted this Monday, October 27th. In fact, if you'd like to preview the video now, click HERE.


Backstreet Boys Perform National Anthem On World Series

The Backstreet Boys performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Game 1 of the World Series. Pop music sure has gotten rather awful as of late. Those poor Jonas children would kill to have half as much talent as these guys.

Billboard Update

^This week's #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^

See full charts HERE.

Kenny Chesney's Lucky Old Sun tops this week's Billboard 200 album chart, while Whatever You Like by T.I. reclaims the top spot on the Hot 100 singles chart this week. I thought we were done with that one.

"Crush" Watch
TW: #21 - LW: #22 - Peak: #2 - Week: #10

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Cassie Album Update

Cassie has recently added Pharrell Williams & Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins to the long list of producers working on her as-yet-untitled sophomore album, which is due in the spring of 2009. The other producers that have been enlisted thus far include Kanye West, Danja, Ryan Leslie, Mario Winans, Bryan-Michael Cox, The-Dream, & Tricky Stewart. All I have to say is that she's lucky they moved her release date to next year because there are way too many much better R&B ladies slated for releases this year.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Katharine McPhee, Others Featured On "Hit Man: David Foster & Friends"

Another day, another random album appearance for Katharine McPhee. I'm only kidding, as I'll always take what I can get, but Katharine McPhee will, among others, be featured on the new album from David Foster called Hit Man: David Foster & Friends (November 11th). The collection will cover David, a pianist, playing during his "David Foster & Friends" concert earlier this year. Check out some of the highlights of the CD/DVD's tracklisting below:

Katharine McPhee

Celine Dion - "Because You Loved Me" (CD & DVD)

Brian McKnight

  • "Mornin'" (DVD)
  • "After The Love Has Gone" (DVD)
  • "Bridge Over Troubled Water (w/ Josh Groban)" (CD & DVD)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

*UPDATED* Toni Braxton Eliminated From Dancing With The Stars

Sadly, in her fifth week on the show, Toni Braxton was eliminated from Dancing With The Stars. Rocking a shorter 'do, Toni did dance the west coast swing very well in my untrained eye's opinion. Toni was doin' that moonwalk! She did a wonderful job during her time on the show & I only wish her the best in her future endeavors. Now, Toni, you can concentrate on that new album we are all very excited about! Anyway, as an added bonus/farewell, check out Toni & her partner Alec on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday below (Is Toni or Ellen the comedienne?):

UPDATE: Last night & this morning, Toni stopped by a couple shows to discuss her time on DWTS. Check out her appearances below (sorry about the tags)--

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Good Morning America

Will.I.Am "I Like To Move It" Video Premiere

Here, we have's music video for "I Like To Move It," which is from Dreamworks' latest animated movie "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," hitting theaters on November 7th. Gotta love it.

Brandy Interview On On-Air With Ryan Seacrest

Check out this interview Brandy did on the radio show On-Air With Ryan Seacrest recently. It sure is an entertaining one. Brandy's new album Human drops on December 9th.

Craig David ft. Alex Ubago "Walking Away" Video Premiere

Here is the video for one of the several remakes of Craig David's hit "Walking Away" that he recorded for his forthcoming UK greatest hits album (November 24th). This one features Spain's Alex Ubago. They really went all out for this video lol.

Brandy "Human" Update

In what is likely at least partially the reason behind the pushback of Brandy's long awaited fifth studio album Human (December 9th), she recently logged studio time with Timbaland, the man behind B-Rocka's last album Afrodisiac. On a side note, Brandy will be shooting the video for her second single "Long Distance" this week. I am one of the world's biggest Brandy fans & I loved Afrodisiac. Here's the thing: I really do believe that Brandy & Darkchild have a magical chemistry, & I was looking forward to hearing a full album of tracks from the duo (a la Full Moon, my current favorite B-Rocka album). That on top of the fact that I really, really wanted Human to drop sooner than later. Still, I am absolutely positive that Brandy will bring it with this new album & that it will no doubt be worth the wait.


New Christina Aguilera Promo Pics

A TON of new Christina Aguilera promotional photos have hit the net. They are to be used in conjunction with the release of her upcoming greatest hits album Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade Of Hits (November 11th). This girl takes the best pictures, I'm tellin' ya.