"Massive Attack," featuring Sean Garrett, is the first single off Nicki Minaj's upcoming debut album. It's Barbie, snitches! If it's not already obvious with my obsession over "Up Out My Face" & "Lil' Freak," I LOVE Nicki Minaj. Therefore, I'm pleased to say that the video for this HOT song is BLAZING! Keep an eye out for her BFF Amber Rose in the Hype Williams-directed clip. We got tom-toms over here bigger than a monster!!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Here's Sean Kingston on the set of his video for "Eenie Meenie," the first single off his upcoming third album, with some fetus. It looks like it'll be exactly what you thought it was gonna be. I must admit, the song's a bit catchy, but I'm kinda over Sean's sound...
"Don't Let Him Get Away," featuring Cherish, is the new single off Rasheeda's latest album Certified Hot Chick. Guess this clarifies those 'Fallon & Felisha' rumors: It IS just the two of them, but they're still calling themselves Cherish. They're in their element here, singing the hook... exactly where Ashanti should've stayed. As for Rasheeda, who else has a newfound appreciation for Nicki Minaj?
The time has come for Christina Aguilera to debut "Not Myself Tonight," the first single off her upcoming fourth studio album Bionic (June 8th). I like it! I don't know about you, Ester, but Polow, you did your thing on this one! I think things are about to get reeeal serious. :)
"OMG," featuring will.i.am, is the first international single lifted from Usher's new album Raymond Vs. Raymond... but the video for the craptacular song sure isn't. Well, except that I couldn't believe he actually started the video as if it were "Yeah!" all over again. And then the ladies were GETTIN' IT, but without Usher... in his own video?! Once I got over all of that though, the video really wasn't that bad. I'd say this one keeps him in about the same mediocre place as all of the videos from this album so far.
AH! Thanks to this extended sneak peek of the show, now I'm REALLY excited for the premiere of Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business on April 11th @ 9/8c on VH1! Aww, Brandy, don't cry! And, uh, Rodney,
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
"There Goes My Baby"
"Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)"
Interview (Pt. 1)
Interview (Pt. 2)
Usher performed on Good Morning America this morning, which followed up a sit-down interview on Monday's show, both in support of his new album Raymond Vs. Raymond. "There Goes My Baby" was the more enjoyable of the two performances, although I can't quite wrap my head around the fact that someone who is supposed to be such a good singer can't hit a couple of high notes.
My girl Nicole Scherzinger worked it OUT to the Jive in her second week on Dancing With The Stars, earning the season's first (pair of!) 10(s) ... already! Therefore, you KNOW she made it through the first elimination onto next week. (I actually voted!) And will you look at that: Melody was in the audience. What now?!
It's alright; it definitely fits her, as she's had 3 #1's on the dance charts already. I know it only seems natural, but I haven't actually read anything about this being the first single off an upcoming album, so I'll keep you posted. These days, you really gotta embrace anything & everything any of the talented former Idols are offering up because it appears that the mill has stopped producing them! It even looks like Randy Jackson agrees.
Monday, March 29, 2010
"Acapella" is the first single off Kelis' upcoming album Flesh Tone, which is due this summer. Kelis unleashes more of her unique style with this one & I dig it. In all honesty, I hadn't really even listened to "Acapella" since it leaked, but she had me liking it more than I thought I did. I could use me some Kelis right about now!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Ludacris-assisted title track "Still Standing" kicks off the album. It's hard to describe exactly how I feel about the song now that it's been out forever & played during the opening credits of Monica's reality show every week for a three-month period, but I do know that when it leaked, I loved "Still Standing," so we'll leave it at that. Next up is "One In A Lifetime," which is nice & has some lovely sections in it. While the album doesn't have any bad tracks, this one is probably the weakest, so it baffles me as to why in the world the label wanted to release it as the lead single. Moving on, we have "Stay Or Go," a gorgeous slow jam. Then, of course, there's "Everything To Me," which is absolutely incredible vocally & enjoyable to listen to regardless.
The only song on the album that could even remotely be labeled an uptempo is (the annoyingly retitled) "If You Were My Man." This Missy Elliott production is terrific & still hasn't gotten old after having been leaked for quite some time. "Mirror" is another excellent track, while "Here I Am" is definitely a highlight. It sounds like, despite their differences, that Polow Da Don & Monica have great musical chemistry! I also quite like "Superman," which serves as a solid bridge connecting "Here I Am" to another big vocal display on "Love All Over Me." Girl, you need to work more with Jermaine Dupri cause this song is gooood! Speaking of which, & I almost can't believe I'm saying these words together, but the Stargate-produced closer "Believing In Me" is another highlight. Monica is powerful on the song, which recently took on a whole new meaning, with her passionate lyrical delivery. I love it!
Hopefully it's evident that I really like Still Standing. Monica is so talented & really has amazing chemistry with pretty much every producer she works with. In fact, most of the problems I could point out about the album (Hello! 10-song cap!) are not her fault, but her label's... not to mention that she completely pulled through despite their restrictions! If there is anything I could say that I think will help Monica continue to excel in the future, it would be to work more with Missy Elliott. I know she knows that, but people are obviously digging the vibe of "Everything To Me" & I LOVE "Let Me Know," a very early leak, which probably led to its non-inclusion. The two of them had incredible chemistry back in the day with "So Gone," but its only gotten better with time. None of that takes away, however, from the fact that Still Standing is, from beginning to end, an outstanding album & one of the best R&B efforts in recent memory.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
"Hallucinations" is the first single off Angels & Airwaves' third album Love, which is available to download for FREE on their official site. This video is really cool & gives a very nice visual representation of the sound of the song. If you like what you hear, get their album (no strings attached!) because, I promise you, it'll be worth it!
Check out some highlights of Melinda Doolittle currently starring as the narrator of "Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in Pigeon Forge, TN. Melinda is so talented ..enough to be worthy of more than this, I almost hate to say. However, ironically enough, I visited there last year. How lucky of me...
Friday, March 26, 2010
Amerie performed her single "Heard 'Em All" with Korean girl group 4minute on the show Music Bank in Korea. Umm... it was interesting to see! Amerie's (all-English) latest album In Love & War is out now, here at least.
Sarah McLachlan sang her hit song "Angel" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a duet (just like at the '08 AMAs), but instead of being joined by Pink this time, she was assisted by Emmylou Harris. I've heard the name--don't know who she is though--but she was horrible! At least Sarah sounded brilliant. Sarah's highly anticipated new album The Laws Of Illusion arrives June 15th.
Jermaine Dupri takes us behind-the-scenes at the video shoot for "Nothing," the single he produced for Janet Jackson that will be featured during the end credits of her new movie "Why Did I Get Married Too?," which opens next Friday. The video looks simple, which is fine, but... was Janet not the most adorable thing in that?! Gotta love her! "Nothing" is actually available already on iTunes, so feel free to click HERE & get it.
"Bury Me Alive" is the first single lifted from We Are The Fallen's upcoming debut album Tear The World Down (May 11th). So, the song's called "Bury Me Alive" & what do they do in the video but bury.. someone... alive...! Heh. I must admit though that by the end, they had me. Carly is killin' those vocals! Be aware, however, that the video is not nearly as ..frightening.. as that screenshot lol.
Amerie, who's half Korean herself, visited the country's show M Countdown to perform her single "Heard 'Em All" off In Love & War. We've seen this performance a million times, but maybe they haven't. Here's to some overseas success for Amerie!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
"Lil' Freak," featuring Nicki Minaj, is the second official single domestically off Usher's sixth studio album Raymond Vs. Raymond (March 30th)... & should've been the first one outta the gate! I like the TAJ-directed video. I'm not jumping out of my seat, but it's better than I thought it would be initially. Loving that Ciara cameo though!
"There was a time where I was actually in the studio & I was recording, but I'm not working on an album. There have been a lot of record labels that have asked me to sit down & talk with them, but I don't know if I want to do something completely independent, or go with a major."
So, you're saying you're not signed then, Janet? I don't know if I really buy that or not. If she didn't sign with Interscope/A&M, then, what, did they just release the Number Ones album & pay for the "Make Me" video out of the goodness of their hearts? Ya, no way. Anyway, as for more reasoning behind why she's not currently working on an album, Janet says she hasn't "decided on exactly where [she] want[s] to go or what [she] want[s] to do." Well, alright; that's acceptable enough reasoning. I mean, do we really want another 20 Y.O. on our hands? Speaking of which, I guess if Janet was only working with Jermaine Dupri on "Nothing"--not to mention the favor she did for Darkchild (see below)--then the rumor mill got the best of me & I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up for a new album anyway. One thing about releasing an album independently though: I 100% do NOT support it UNLESS she can get the same collaborators & create the same quality music as she can on a major label. Major labels may be crap (see: J Records--Monica, Mario, etc.), but I would rather deal with the stress of them than receive crappy material (see: Mya...sorry!). Anyway, at least Ms. Jackson has the movie "Why Did I Get Married Too?" coming out on April 2nd!
Kelis has offered up a sneak peek of her video for "Acapella," the first single off her upcoming album Flesh Tone, which drops this summer. Yes! Do you, Kelis!! I may not adore the song, but I still can't wait to see the full video on Monday.
"Impossible" is the first US single lifted from Shontelle's forthcoming sophomore album No Gravity. The video, which was directed by TAJ (Anthony Mandler's protege), is pretty good, but what I REALLY like is that song! As for the end of the video though, don't you get the feeling sometimes that they just shoot too much footage & overestimate the length of the song... ya know lol? Nah, I'm looking forward to Shontelle's new album!
"Everything To Me"
Monica co-hosted & performed on 106 & Park Monday & Tuesday in what is apparently the only promo idiotic J Records bothered to schedule for her this week of her Still Standing album release. She really took advantage of the opportunity though, taking her fans to church with her first single &, the day before, back to the early days with "Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)," "So Gone," & "Before You Walk Out Of My Life." Monica is so awesome! "So Gone" is my jam too!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Nicole Scherzinger made her Dancing With The Stars debut with the Viennese Waltz & blew the competition away! She also showed off her charming personality. It should be quite a run for Nicole & I can't wait!
"You're The One" is the lead single off Dondria's forthcoming debut album Dondria Vs. Phatfffat, which arrives this spring. It's so cool to see things like this happening for Dondria! Pay attention, now, because this girl can SANG. The video is nice, if not perfect, but I'm just so excited, so I'll leave it at that.
It Kills Me
Melanie Fiona belted her signature hit "It Kills Me" off The Bridge on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after dedicating her new single "Ay Yo" to the host backstage. I only wish for bigger & better things to come for Melanie.
"Daydreaming," featuring Cee-Lo, is the second single lifted from Kid Sister's debut album Ultraviolet. I like this song(!) & even though Cee-Lo didn't bother to show up in another chick's video (see: Estelle's "Pretty Please (Love Me)"), I like him on the track as well. I haven't listened to Ultraviolet since it leaked cause I kinda found it monotonous, but I think I shall give it another listen!
Check out this 30-second clip of the video for Usher & Nicki Minaj's "Lil' Freak," easily the best song on his upcoming album Raymond Vs. Raymond (March 30th) & one that I STILL can't stop playing. Unfortunately, after I've been so loyal to this song ever since it leaked a zillion years ago, it appears that the best they have to offer is another "Love In This Club." *Sigh*
Monday, March 22, 2010
For one night only on Tuesday, March 30th, The Black-Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." tour is coming to movie theaters across the country. The two-hour concert will be shown live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles & be preceded by 30 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the tour. To find a theater near you, click HERE.
Kelly Rowland sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the inaugural New York Red Bulls soccer game at Red Bull Arena on Saturday. Considering the video isn't the best to begin with, I'd say Kelly did a good job. She'll more than deliver though with her upcoming third album, I'm sure!
"Until You Were Gone," featuring Esmee Denters, is the latest single from British rapper Chipmunk. Heh. I can't take British rap seriously (not that he was looking to be taken seriously with a name like Chipmunk anyway lol). Esmee sounds nice though. When are you gonna release your album over here, girl?
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Here are Katharine McPhee's scenes from the episode of Community that she guest-starred on last week. I know I'm late with this, but I wanted to watch the episode before posting to be able to review it properly & I finally did. Kat was a very, very bad, bad girl! The show was bad too, but not in the same way... on the music side of things, Katharine's latest album Unbroken is available now.
Put It In A Love Song (ft. Beyonce)
Empire State Of Mind (ft. Jay-Z)
Love Is Blind
At the hometown stop of her 'Freedom' tour in NYC, Alicia Keys brought both Mr. & Mrs. Carter out onto the Madison Square Garden stage, & courtesy of Billboard, we have HQ (if not full-length) footage of the performances. Alicia & Beyonce shared the stage for the first time to sing their duet "Put It In A Love Song." Later, after starting "Empire State Of Mind" off solo, Alicia brought out her man Swizz Beatz, who spit a few bars of his collabo with Jay-Z, "On To The Next One," before Jay came out himself to join Alicia on their #1 hit. Alicia's fourth album The Element Of Freedom is out now.
Back for another musical session in the bathroom is Brandy & this time, she's belting "At Last." Did she JUST do that? Oh yes, she did! It *just so happens* that she just launched her new official site 4everBrandy.com, so head on over & check it out.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Beautiful! The structure of the song is interesting, which is a good thing, as is how refreshing hearing this kind of track again is. I'm also excited to see the movie when it hits theaters on April 2nd.
"Rollacoasta," featuring Estelle, is Robin Thicke's latest single off Sex Therapy. Despite Robin's silly talk-singing throughout, I actually quite like this song & its vibe.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
This week, the remaining 12 contestants took to the big stage & the competition heate... zzzzzzzzzz--oh, sorry. Michael Lynche was up first & sucked as always. Didi Benami was her typically dull self & Casey James talked his way through a song yet again. Then there was Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens, Tim Urban... blah blah blah (*unpleasant flashback to the results show*). I've really got to bring the world back to reality though re: Siobhan Magnus. She's like an overgrown child who loves the sound of her own voice, yet can't tell the difference between singing & screaming. How in the WORLD is she even ON this show?! She's absolutely terrible & she's most likely going to make the finale... like, for real?!? On a related note, Lee Dewyze was awful again. Now, Paige Miles: I've included her performance above. I'm not saying she was nearly as good as divas past at all, but she actually showed her voice off for once--on the week that she was sick, no less--& gave me a teeny, tiny something to look forward to. Then, that silly little Aaron Kelly went up there & tortured me. In the pimp spot, naturally, was Crystal Bowersox. Without really saying anything negative, the judges tried to de-pimp her a little bit anyway in an effort to avoid the Archuleta/Lambert backlash. But, she's horrible. She, along with just about every single one of these people, belongs in her nearest hometown bar--one that I'd be sure to avoid! This show's ability to find talent officially began with Kelly Clarkson & ended with Adam Lambert. Oh, Lacey Brown. I wasn't really a fan; I might've kept her around a couple weeks longer than a few of these people, but I'm fine with her leaving. Time for something to make you smile! Below is the birthday special of The BabyV Show. Everybody wish Vonzell & Boonq a happy birthday!
Dreamworks Animation is planning to release a record three computer-animated movies this year. Following March's "How To Train Your Dragon" & May's "Shrek Forever After" will be "Megamind," the story of a villain who finds life meaningless after defeating his archrival. Maybe I'm outgrowing some of these movies, but I'm really gonna need to see more before I'm sold on "Megamind." We have time for that though: The film opens in 3D on November 5th.
Adam Lambert has been promoting his For Your Entertainment album in Japan lately & he performed the title track on the Japanese TV show Sukkiri. This is actually the first performance I've seen of the song since the AMAs (I watched it right before the Stripped one below) & how I've missed this Adam! I love this look & the performance vocally was quite a step up from November. There's also a short interview after the performance that you can kinda follow.
Ciara is one of a handful of stars chosen to be included in the new ad campaign for adidas Originals. See her in the first ad alongside Adrienne Bailon, while they're joined by Snoop Dogg & David Beckham, just to name a few, in the second. You're killin' em, CiCi! Now, just bring it with that new music & it'll be all good.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
For Your Entertainment
Whataya Want From Me