Monday, May 31, 2010

Celine Dion Pregnant With Twins

After six in-vitro attempts, Celine Dion has finally become pregnant again--with twins! The 42-year-old, who even turned to acupunture to increase her chances of conception, is 14 weeks along & plans on finding out the gender of the babies next month. What an incredible blessing for Celine!

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lil' Wayne ft. Nicki Minaj "Knockout" Video Premiere

"Knockout", featuring Nicki Minaj, is the single off Lil' Wayne's Rebirth that matters. I guess I like the video. I don't really know how I feel about it. I don't hate it, but I don't love it.

Album Review: Janelle Monae "The ArchAndroid"

How do you put Janelle Monae into words? You can't, really. I first became acquainted with this unique artist through her Metropolis: The Chase Suite EP, which serves as the first of four suites in Ms. Monae's Metropolis series. The ArchAndroid, her full-length debut, is made up of the second & third Metropolis suites, & if you haven't completely dived into Janelle's world, now is the time. Janelle's style may be a little out there, but her pure tone & outside-the-box compositions are what attract me to her. Love it or hate it, The ArchAndroid is undeniably an impressive piece of work.

"Suite II Overture": This instrumental gets you in the proper mind-set for the suite to come. No complaints here.

"Dance Or Die" (ft. Saul Williams): It's interesting that the first real taste you get of Janelle on the album is the only time she really raps. That said, she does it well! 5/5

"Faster": Keeping with the uptempo vibe, this one's a very nice display of her creativity. 5/5

"Locked Inside": This song wraps up the upbeat-fest that kicks off the set well. 5/5

"Sir Greendown": A gorgeous ballad that appropriately displays her gorgeous tone. I almost wish it was longer! 5/5

"Cold War": Janelle doesn't take long to get back to jamming. This fun track is juxtaposed well by its lyrics. 5/5

"Tightrope" (ft. Big Boi): Being the album's first single, you probably know by now that it's frikkin'-frakkin' awesome! 5/5

"Neon Gumbo": To my knowledge, this is a portion of The Chase Suite's "Many Moons" backwards. It works just fine for an interlude. Nothing wrong with it. 5/5

"Oh, Maker": She slows it down again with this one & the result is pretty good. She hasn't gone wrong yet! 4.5/5

"Come Alive (The War Of The Roses)": I don't know about this song. Janelle rocks out on it, which would be fine, but I'm not too keen on the screaming. It's not horrible though. 3/5

"Mushrooms & Roses": To close out the second suite, she gets a little retro--& more in the style of the former than the latter... if you know what I mean. I'm not in love with the effect on her voice (personal preference, keep in mind), but generally, I like the song. 4/5

"Suite III Overture": An interesting way to kick off the third suite. A little on the stranger (in a good way) side as compared to the intro at the start of the album.

"Neon Valley Street": Very pretty & cool at the same time. 5/5

"Make The Bus" (ft. Of Montreal): This song is bad. In a bad way. I can't even tell when Janelle is singing! 1/5

"Wondaland": Now THIS is whimsical done well. Sweetness. 5/5

"57821" (ft. Deep Cotton): Another track with a throwback feel to it, which, while decent, is apparently not exactly my cup of tea when it comes to Ms. Monae. The challenge with this one is that it's elevator music-y (Weird to hear about her, huh?!), so I have to pay extra-close attention to it or it'll fade into the background. 3.5/5

"Say You'll Go": This song has some of the most beautiful music & vocals in it, I swear! It's funny because you wouldn't think she could truly pull this kinda track off if you just listened to the preceding song, yet she does it brilliantly here! 5/5

"BabopbyeYa": I guess I lied to you just a little bit because this one has a retro feel to it, but it's great! Well, the first part, that is. This track has multiple personalities, as it also sort of serves as the album's outro. It's long enough though (almost nine minutes!) that there's plenty of room. 5/5

To me, there is a distinct difference between Suite II & Suite III, with the second being more uptempo overall & the third having a more laid back feel to it. I would also have to say that I prefer Suite II, as it's more consistent. Due to it's vibe, Suite III could easily seem like it's full of tracks that should've been left on the cutting room floor, but I tried not to let myself look at it that way & I managed to find some treasures (see: "Neon Valley Street", "Say You'll Go"). That said--& her performances are perfect evidence of this--Janelle really shines (more often anyway) with the upbeat flair she delivers on Suite II. Overall, I personally find the many different sides of the multi-talented Janelle Monae that The ArchAndroid displays quite charming... & I'm sure you will too.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Beyonce "Me, Myself & I (Alternate Version)" Video Premiere

Beyonce's third surprise video for us comes in the form of an alternate version of her "Me, Myself & I" video from 2003's Dangerously In Love. Also featuring numerous additional looks, this version is likely the original cut of the video that plays forward that Beyonce expressed her disapproval of, leading to the video that plays in reverse that we all know. It's terribly interesting to see this after so many years.

The Black-Eyed Peas Premiere Theme Song For "Knight & Day"

The Black-Eyed Peas have recorded the theme song for the new movie "Knight & Day", which opens June 25th starring Tom Cruise & Cameron Diaz. Entitled "Someday", the song was recently premiered by the Peas themselves in front of a lucky crowd in London. Tom Cruise also made an appearance to show his support. "Someday" is a little easier on the ears than their recent series of obnoxious uptempos... I'll leave it at that.

American Idol Finale Performance Highlights

Christina Aguilera "You Lost Me"

Janet Jackson & Finalists - Medley

Idols Tribute Simon Cowell

Carrie Underwood "Undo It"
Kris Allen "The Truth"
Christina Aguilera & Top 6 Girls - Medley
Paula Abdul Roasts Simon Cowell
General Larry Platt & William Hung "Pants On The Ground"

Christina Aguilera & tributes to Simon made the finale of American Idol this year's best episode, sad as it may be. Christina rocked the house with one of my favorite songs off her new album, reminding America what singing actually sounds like in the process. While I enjoyed Janet Jackson's performance (& I hate to be a party pooper)... 1) I wish she hadn't lipsynched "Nothing", 2) she could've actually danced during "Nasty", & 3) her hair looked better when it wasn't stuck to her head. Now that I have that off my chest, I'm fully aware that Janet simply being on that stage is more entertaining that anything any contestant did this season. And Siobhan, don't try to sing "Again". The Simon tribute was cool, as all the previous winners (except David Cook) & several other former finalists shared the stage together. Kelly, Fantasia, & Jordin sure did their thing too! As for Old Yeller 2.0 winning... I don't reeeally care, but considering he's a poor man's David Cook, it would've been a decent change of pace to have a girl win. I mean, I was so used to hearing such awful singing that when Crystal sang with Alanis, it actually sounded OK..! (Heck, I thought Katie & even Michael almost sounded talented during the finale.) Mainly, I just wish people would realize how pathetic & detrimental to the show it is that they vote for the winner like it's a popularity contest rather than a singing competition. If you continue to change your minds about who should win in the last few weeks of the competition & instead of picking the contestant who deserves it, you pick the one whose personality you like best, the winners are going to continue painting a bad picture of the show by not selling anything & it will spell the end of Idol. I guess it doesn't matter much though, since this show has apparently lost its ability to find people who can actually sing anyway. But speaking of people who can actually sing, check out Vonzell singing part of her single "Dirt Bag" on this week's episode of The BabyV Show:

Billboard Update

^#1 Album #1 Single^

Glee: Volume 3 - Showstoppers is on top of this week's Billboard 200 album chart, which sees Janelle Monae debut at a respectable #17 with The ArchAndroid. Usher's "OMG" remains atop the Hot 100 singles chart, where Christina Aguilera & Nicki Minaj debut @ #79 with "Woohoo".

See full charts HERE

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Rihanna "Te Amo" Video Premiere

"Te Amo" is the new international single off Rihanna's fourth album Rated R. The video is directed by Anthony Mandler & while I don't particularly care for the videos they do together, the fact that RiRi's love interest is a woman in this one is undoubtedly a point of interest. Props to my dude James Fauntleroy for snagging Rihanna's latest single!

Backstreet Boys Split With Jive

The day has arrived. The once mega-successful boy band Backstreet Boys have parted ways with their longtime record label Jive Records. I'm not sure why this is good news (like the group is trying to pass it off as) because no one ever leaves a major record label during successful times, but I'm sure they'll be fine without Jive because the fans they already have are dedicated & they don't really have any hope of gaining new fans at this point anyway. I just wonder what this means as far as AJ's solo album getting released in the US goes...

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OneRepublic On Today


"All The Right Moves"



Interview (Web Exclusive)

OneRepublic took part in the Today show's summer concert series by performing a few songs, some of which were lifted off their sophomore album Waking Up. I particularly enjoyed the "Secrets" performance myself.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Janelle Monae Performs "Tightrope" On Lopez Tonight

Janelle Monae performed her lead single "Tightrope" off The ArchAndroid, which was followed by a short interview, on Lopez Tonight. She killed another performance!

Backstreet Boys On The Early Show

"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"

"Bigger" + Interview

"I Want It That Way"

The Backstreet Boys kicked off The Early Show's summer concert series (Have they always had this?) with some of their biggest hits as well as the latest single "Bigger" off This Is Us. Ah, reminiscing. I don't know why, but it always depresses me. lol

Brandy Performs On RnB Live Hollywood

At Last

Almost Doesn't Count

Brandy recently performed some songs at RnB Live Hollywood, including "Almost Doesn't Count" & Etta James' "At Last", which Bran is famous for covering in her bathroom. These phenomenal live performances further prove how untouchable her unique singing skills are. Brandy is everything!

Alicia Keys Pregnant, Engaged

Alicia Keys has finally confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child. Also, she is engaged to the baby's father Swizz Beatz, who already has two sons from a previous marriage. Congrats to the happy couple!

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Toni Braxton On Lopez Tonight

"Hands Tied"


Toni Braxton stopped by Lopez Tonight for a chat & to perform her latest single "Hands Tied". Hair's a mess, but she KILLED that performance! Toni's new album Pulse is out now... best R&B album so far this year..!

Beyonce "C&A" Commercial

Going on a break as only she knows how, Beyonce gets all Tom Cruise/Mission: Impossible on our behinds in this new ad for international clothing store chain C&A promoting her Dereon line. What can I say? It's cool!

Dirty Money "Last Train To Paris" Cover

Dirty Money has unveiled the cover art for their upcoming album Last Train To Paris (June 29th). Someone please tell me there's some significance to this utter foolery. (Can someone say "a marketer's nightmare?!")


Janelle Monae Performs "Tightrope" On Ellen

The incomparable Janelle Monae lit The Ellen DeGeneres Show's stage on fire displaying her signature moves & on-point vocals with a performance of "Tightrope". Janelle's new album The ArchAndroid is available now.

Nicole Scherzinger Appears On Regis & Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel

Live With Regis & Kelly

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Pt. 1)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Pt. 2)

Nicole Scherzinger made her rounds after winning this season of Dancing With The Stars with appearances on Live With Regis & Kelly, which included a Jive with her partner Derek Hough, & Jimmy Kimmel Live! Enjoy your victory, Nicole--you deserved it!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mariah Carey Drops Out Of Tyler Perry Film

Mariah Carey was set to begin shooting Tyler Perry's adaptation of the play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf" alongside Janet Jackson in June, but she has dropped out of the film. No reason was given for her withdrawal, but it certainly hasn't helped stop speculation that the singer is pregnant. I'll believe it when I see it, but it really would've been nice for her to give a reason if her dropping out DIDN'T have anything to do with her being pregnant. I just hope everything's alright.

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Keri Hilson Stars In Trey Songz's "Yo Side Of The Bed"

Keri Hilson has to say goodbye to her man Trey Songz & baby, & head off to war in the video for Trey's "Yo Side Of The Bed" off his third album Ready. (Keri's not featured on the song.) I have to hand it to them--they put together a nice little mini-movie. An emotional one, at that.

Alicia Keys Collaborates With Drake

The "Un-thinkable" duo (see below) are at it again, but this time, it's for Drake's debut album Thank Me Later. Alicia Keys is featured on the album's opener "Fireworks", which you can listen to below:

*Sigh* I am just not a Drake fan. I didn't even feel like I was listening to a song... it was more like slam poetry or something--& I hate slam poetry. Just my opinion though...

Un-thinkable (I'm Ready) (Remix ft. Drake)

Dirty Money "Hello Good Morning (Remix)" Behind-The-Scenes

Check out this footage on the set of Dirty Money's "Hello Good Morning" video, which includes our first look at the remix video with Nicki Minaj. I'm really excited to learn that there's going to be a remix video that features Nicki Minaj's verse! Dirty Money's album Last Train To Paris drops June 29th.

Brandy, Chilli, Fantasia VH1 Shows Renewed + More

Both VH1's Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business as well as What Chilli Wants have received second season pickups. This news comes after the network's decision to also renew Fantasia For Real for a sophomore year to air late this year. While Fantasia's show has already concluded its first season, Chilli's dating adventures come to an end (for now) this coming Sunday & the Norwoods don't finish up their current business endeavors until June 27th. It's great to hear that we'll continue to be welcome into the lives of these ladies!

While we're on the subject of VH1, the network is revamping one of its signature series, Behind The Music, to feature some younger artists. Check out the list below for the artists they will be featuring & when each of their episodes will air:

  • Sunday, June 13th (9/8c): Christina Aguilera
  • Monday, June 14th (9/8c): Eve
  • Monday, June 28th (9/8c): Jennifer Hudson
  • Sunday, July 4th (9/8c): Jennifer Lopez
  • Monday, July 19th (8/7c): Usher


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lil' Wayne ft. Nicki Minaj "Knockout" Video Preview

Lil' Wayne is finally releasing the video for "Knockout", his Nicki Minaj collaboration from Rebirth. Obviously, they shot it a while back since he's currently in jail, so a lot of the video was put together in post. We should see the video in full sometime during or around this weekend.

Kid Sister "Big & Bad" Behind-The-Scenes

Kid Sister gives us a look behind-the-scenes of the video for her third single "Big & Bad" off Ultravioliet. It looks fun! I'm just surprised she's getting so many singles.

New Fefe Dobson Promo Pics

Now that Fefe Dobson has been re-signed to Island Def Jam, she has a shiny new set of promotional photos to go along with her upcoming album Joy (June 15th). I'm happy for Fefe & I'm looking forward to Joy, but it's just a shame that they let her go & shelved Sunday Love, only to re-sign her, because "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" & "As A Blonde" are my jams! At least Jordin Sparks got "DLIGTYH"... "As A Blonde" on the other hand...

The Caffeine Patch: Toy Story 3 "USPS" Commercial

Disney is going above & beyond with the promotional campaign for the new Pixar film "Toy Story 3" before it hits theaters on June 18th. The characters we all know & love are currently being featured in a commercial for the United States Postal Service. I love how Pixar went all out & actually created an ad, rather than just having the USPS use a few scenes from the movie.

Nicole Scherzinger WINS Dancing With The Stars!

She did it! Nicole Scherzinger took the crown on the tenth season of Dancing With The Stars!! On the final performance night of the season, Nicole danced (a redemptive) Rumba & left it all on the floor with an incredible, underrated freestyle. It was a joy to watch Nicole & her partner Derek Hough & get blown away every week, so congratulations to the very deserving pair! Meanwhile, check out Nicole's new single below (I love it!):

Nobody Can Change Me

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Music Tuesday: Rihanna "Rated R: Remixed"

Today, Rihanna releases Rated R: Remixed, a reimagining of her fourth album of the same name. You can purchase your copy for a low MSRP HERE or by clicking on the cover Rihanna's picture(?!) on the widget to your right!

Keri Hilson Collaborates With T.I.

Keri Hilson is the hook girl for another rapper & this time, it's T.I. Hear their collaboration on "Got Your Back", a new single off his upcoming album King Uncaged (August 17th), below:

She sounds good & all, but I wonder when we're gonna get her sophomore album!


Monday, May 24, 2010

Rihanna "Rockstar 101" Video Premiere

"Rockstar 101" is the fourth single off Rihanna's latest album Rated R. Let's start off with the positives: I love the different looks throughout the Melina-directed video & I think the clip fits the song well. That said, I'm disappointed that it's not in color. I mean, even the preview was! It just comes across as lazy. Also, while her imitation of Slash is amusing, it doesn't fit in with the mood of the video, ya know? It ain't that serious though. Keep an eye out for a cameo from Travis Barker... behind the drums, of course.

We Are The Fallen Covers "With Or Without You" For Billboard

We Are The Fallen participated in Billboard's Mashup Mondays with a cover of U2's "With Or Without You". I don't know much about U2, but after Mary J. Blige fit right in doing "One", I think Carly has an excellent voice to sing Bono's vocals, as she displays well here. We Are The Fallen's debut album Tear The World Down is out now.

Preview Sarah McLachlan's "Laws Of Illusion"

You can find clips of every track on Sarah McLachlan's upcoming album Laws Of Illusion (June 15th) HERE. This is what I'm talking about! I hope these clips aren't leading my astray because everything besides the first single sounds just like I was hoping it would.

Jennifer Hudson Covers "Believe" On Brooks & Dunn: The Last Rodeo

Jennifer Hudson tried her hand at country music when she performed at Brooks & Dunn: The Last Rodeo, singing their tune "Believe" as a tribute to the retiring duo. I don't know the original, but lemme tell ya, if country music sounded like that..! This woman is incredible!

Radio 1's Big Weekend Performance Highlights

Rihanna - Hard & Disturbia

Rihanna - Rude Boy & Te Amo

Rihanna - Russian Roulette & Don't Stop The Music

Rihanna - SOS & Umbrella

Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down

Alicia Keys - No One

Rihanna & Alicia Keys both performed during Radio 1's annual Big Weekend. Rihanna's set was full of shiny distractions so that we might not notice her inability to perform, with the results varying from decent (see: "Rude Boy"... she didn't perform that song enough times when it was #1. I know she didn't have to. Still.) to boring (see: "Don't Stop The Music")--except for "Russian Roulette", which was downright painful. Meanwhile, Alicia Keys stayed trying to hide her obvious pregnancy & singing about how awesome New York is to a crowd of Europeans. That backup singer was sure beltin' though!

Toni Braxton Performs In Austria



In addition to singing "Yesterday", Toni Braxton performed "Woman" for the first time at a private show in Austria recently. I love her so much! Toni, you give me so much life!! Her wonderful new album Pulse is in stores now.

Leona Lewis Performs On Rock In Rio

Love Letter


Take A Bow

I Got You

Better In Time


Bleeding Love


Leona Lewis performed a lengthy set as a part of this year's Rock In Rio in Lisbon, Portugal. The main thing to take away from these performances is that Leona, who is currently prepping for her first tour, has improved her stage presence immensely (see: "Take A Bow"). Unfortunately, during the moments when she is the most entertaining, her vocals are uncharacteristically lacking... but they do make a comeback on the duller ballads. That said, I'm liking how some of the songs' tempos have been brought up a bit (see: "Better In Time"). I'll bet her tour would actually be worth watching--& not just listening to--now. Leona's latest album Echo is available now.

Toni Braxton Performs "Yesterday" On Benissimo

Making her way to Switzerland, Toni Braxton also performed "Yesterday" off her new album Pulse on Benissimo, with a short interview following. Another great showing!

Adam Lambert Performs At KISS Concert 2010

Adam Lambert performed a set at KISS 108's concert on Saturday night in Boston. The songs included were "Whataya Want From Me", "Music Again", "Strut", "Sleepwalker", & "If I Had You". Adam did his thing during the well-rounded set. His debut album For Your Entertainment is out now.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Toni Braxton Performs "Yesterday" On Loose Women

During her recent Pulse promo tour throughout Europe, Toni Braxton stopped by Loose Women in the UK to perform her single "Yesterday". See, Toni? You can sing live & sound great! Was that so hard?! lol

Adam Lambert Performs "If I Had You" On Leno

Adam Lambert was on fire both vocally & with his moooves during his performance of "If I Had You" on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Get it! No, you... Adam's album For Your Entertainment..! ;)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Caffeine Patch: News Roundup

Pixar: It appears that "Newt", the studio's film originally scheduled for the summer of 2011, has been cancelled. Following rumors that the movie was "dead," "Newt" is now "off of [Pixar's] development schedule." While this news is disappointing, we have no reason not to be optimistic about Pixar's upcoming work... speaking of which, their slate for 2012 now includes "Brave" (formerly known as "The Bear & The Bow"), which opens that year on June 15th, & *drumroll* "Monsters, Inc. 2", which will hit theaters on November 16th, 2012!

Dreamworks Animation: I've been meaning to mention for a while that the sequel to "Kung Fu Panda", which hits theaters on June 3rd, 2011, has received a new name: "Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom Of Doom". And just so you have an idea, the Dreamworks peeps have more up their sleeves as far as their franchises are concerned (a "Shrek" spinoff for Puss in Boots & a third "Madagascar" movie) for 2012!

Blue Sky: They've announced their plans for 2012 to be... a fourth "Ice Age" movie called "Ice Age: Continental Drift", which will be released in 3D on July 13th of that year. Yay, I think.

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Rihanna "Rockstar 101" Behind-The-Scenes

I'm so pleased that this making-of footage of Rihanna's new video for "Rockstar 101" off Rated R has surfaced because I had totally forgotten that they shot this video. (No, seriously.) I can't wait for it to premiere on Tuesday!

Goo Goo Dolls "Something For The Rest Of Us" Cover

The Goo Goo Dolls go the simple route with the cover art for their forthcoming album Something For The Rest Of Us, which comes out in July. Works for me! They also just premiered their lead single "Home", which you can listen to below. It makes me happy.

Sarah McLachlan Performs "Loving You Is Easy" On Leno

Sarah McLachlan performed her entire first single "Loving You Is Easy" for the first time on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Still not loving the song, but I am still excited about her upcoming album Laws Of Illusion dropping on June 15th.

The Caffeine Patch: Pixar's Day & Night: First Look

Check out this clip of the new Pixar short "Day & Night" that will accompany "Toy Story 3" when it hits theaters in 3D on June 18th. Pixar's shorts are the best!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Idol Review: Top 3

By now, you know I'm appalled by this season of American Idol, but this week especially... wow. In particular, I'm talking about Old Yeller 2.0's final performance. It would be a compliment to even say that he sounded just like the original--& although it was incredibly inappropriate for him to be accompanied by a black choir, if only for the sake of a fabricated "moment," I'm willing to forgive even that--but what absolutely kills me is that he performed JASON CASTRO's "Hallelujah" & they acted like he did a brilliant job! Only idiots perform songs that previous contestants have had "moments" with (Yes, I'm looking at you, Aaron Kelly & Tim Urban...) & the best they can hope for is mediocrity, which just proves that if Simon Cowell himself has to stoop to this level to create a "moment" that would never have happened organically, this show has undeniably lost it. Not that his other performance wasn't awful... or Casey's... or either of Crystal's terrible or tone-deaf (respectively) performances. But, hey, at least the producers got the finale they wanted (Bye Casey!)... that is, the worst finale ever, which fits in just grand with the rest of this pathetic season! Get excited though because on this week's episode of The BabyV Show, Boonquisha plays a snippet of a new Vonzell song called "Moma's Boy":

Billboard Update

^#1 Album #1 Single^

Looks like Mr. Raymond is having the 'best week ever!' His lil' artist Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 returns to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, where We Are The Fallen debut @ #33 with Tear The World Down. Usher finds himself back atop the Hot 100 singles chart this week with his "OMG", which earns the Airplay Gainer title for a fifth consecutive week.

See full charts HERE

Beyonce "Halo (Alternate Version)" Video Premiere

Finally (& miraculously?), we have the alternate version of Beyonce's video for "Halo" off I Am... Sasha Fierce that features those mysterious dark scenes that were shown being shot during the "Above & Beyonce" behind-the-scenes featurette. This version is far & away superior to the trash that is the original "Halo" video. The dark scenes make the extreme brightness of the others make sense. Maaaybe they could have executed the dark part of the video a little better, but they certainly should have left it in if they weren't going to reshoot the entire video.

*UPDATED* The Caffeine Patch: New Megamind Trailer & Poster

A theatrical trailer that actually gives us a clue as to what the movie's about has surfaced for "Megamind". While I'm still not seeing the intriguing plot that the movie is supposed to have displayed in this preview, "Megamind" does look kinda funny. The movie hits theaters in 3D on November 5th.

UPDATE: Check out the ..very blue.. first poster for "Megamind" below:

Preview Christina Aguilera's "Bionic (Deluxe Edition)"

Listen to clips of all 23 tracks on the deluxe edition of Christina Aguilera's fourth studio album Bionic (June 8th) right HERE. It sounds like the time she spent on the album resulted in some pretty awesome music! I'm liking the blend & both the ballads & the uptempos sound great!! I can't wait!!!

Adam Lambert "If I Had You" Behind-The-Scenes

Adam Lambert invited Entertainment Tonight to the set of his video for "If I Had You", the third single off his debut album For Your Entertainment. By the look of it, I'd say this is definitely a Glambert video! I'm glad though--a nice change of pace from "Whataya Want From Me".

Alexis Jordan "Happiness" Video Premiere

"Happiness" is the first single off Alexis Jordan's as-yet-untitled debut album, which will be released on Jay-Z's Roc Nation. A friend got me bumpin' this song a little while back & while I'm not 100% sold on her as a whole just yet, she's cute & she can sure dance, as displayed in her cool video. I'll say this though: those "mmm"s are perfection & I can't get them outta my head!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Caffeine Patch: Rio Teaser Trailer

From the creators of the "Ice Age" movies & "Horton Hears A Who" comes "Rio", which is set to hit theaters in 3D on April 8th, 2011. This looks like another winner from Blue Sky, so take a look at the film's teaser trailer above.

Amerie Album Update

Following the disappointing reception of her last album In Love & War, Amerie isn't wasting any time dusting herself off & moving on. She has just dropped a buzz track entitled "Who's Gonna Love You" (listen below). In addition, her next album title has been revealed: Cymatica Vol. 1. Leave it to Amerie to come up with something like that! I'm always a little iffy about artists putting out 'volumes' because Vol. 2 often never comes... lol, but I'll concern myself with that later. As for the song, not that it's groundbreaking, but I think I can already tell that I'm gonna like this album even better than her last one! This is a lot closer to the sound I like to hear from Amerie. It's what she does well--signature Amerie--& I think people should pretty much stick with what they do best.

Swerv ft. Teairra Mari & Cardan "Will 2 Win" Video Premiere

Teairra Mari kicks off the new video for "Will 2 Win" from Swerv, which also features Cardan. No clue who they are... Teairra, you do some pretty ghetto strange things!

Adam Lambert On Ellen

"If I Had You"


Adam Lambert premiered his new single "If I Had You" off For Your Entertainment with a performance & interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. That performance was a bit more pre-Idol Adam (if you know what I mean) than we're used to at this point, but I'm glad because you can tell it's more like what he wants to do.

Janelle Monae Performs "Tightrope" On Letterman

Janelle Monae made her network TV debut on the Late Show with David Letterman with a performance of "Tightrope" off her debut album The ArchAndroid. After her incredible performance, Diddy made his way to the stage to show his support.

Sarah McLachlan Performs On Dancing With The Stars

Sarah McLachlan got some great exposure for her new single "Loving You Is Easy" off Laws Of Illusion (June 15th) when she performed it following "Angel" as part of a medley on Dancing With The Stars this week. Her voice is so gorgeous. Glad to have it back!

Estelle & Reflection Eternal Perform "Midnight Hour" On Jimmy Kimmel

Estelle joined Reflection Eternal on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform their collaboration "Midnight Hour". Estelle's gonna be everywhere this year & I love it!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nicole Scherzinger On Dancing With The Stars: Semifinals

Following a perfect 30 for her Argentine Tango & an equally impressive Cha Cha Cha, Nicole Scherzinger danced her way to the final three during her ninth week on Dancing With The Stars. You're so close, Nicole, & you're doing so well! Nicole FTW!!

Rihanna "Rockstar 101" Video Preview

Despite her performance of the song on American Idol not sparking much of a sales increase, Rihanna is going ahead with the release of a video for "Rockstar 101", the fourth single off her fourth album Rated R. I'm excited to be receiving a video for the track at all, but I'm gonna need more than a red wig & a blank background to actually get anything out of it.

2010 BET Award Nominees Announced

Nicki Minaj is leading the pack with five nominations (two solo, three with Young Money) for the 2010 BET Awards, where she will also be performing, as will fellow nominee Dirty Money! Other multiple nominees include Beyonce, Alicia Keys, & Melanie Fiona with four each, Rihanna with three, & Monica, while sadly left out of the Best Female R&B Artist race, with a pair. As always, I've listed out the nominations with my pick emphasized in each category below. The 2010 BET Awards will go down live on June 27th @ 8/7c & be hosted by Queen Latifah.

Viewer's Choice
Beyonce "Sweet Dreams"
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys "Empire State Of Mind"
Monica "Everything To Me"
Rihanna ft. Young Jeezy "Hard"
Trey Songz ft. Fabolous "Say Aah"
Young Money ft. Lloyd "Bedrock"

Best Female R&B Artist
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona
Alicia Keys

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Beatdown
Raheem DeVaughn
Trey Songz

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Ester Dean
Lil' Kim
Nicki Minaj

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Best Collaboration
Beyonce ft. Lady Gaga "Video Phone"
B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars "Nothin' On You"
Drake & Trey Songz "Successful"
Drake ft. Lil' Wayne, Kanye West, & Eminem "Forever"
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys "Empire State Of Mind"
Trey Songz ft. Fabolous "Say Aah"

Best New Artist
The Fetus
Melanie Fiona
Nicki Minaj
Young Money

Best Group
The Black-Eyed Peas
Dirty Money
New Boyz
Young Money

Video Of The Year
Beyonce ft. Lady Gaga "Video Phone"
B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars "Nothin' On You"
Melanie Fiona "It Kills Me"
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys "Empire State Of Mind"
Jay-Z, Rihanna, & Kanye West "Run This Town"

Video Director Of The Year
Benny Boom
Gil Green
Anthony Mandler
Chris Robinson
Hype Williams

Best Movie
Michael Jackson's This Is It
The Blind Side
Law Abiding Citizen

Best Gospel
The Anointed Pace Sisters
Kirk Franklin Presents Artists United For Haiti
Tamela Mann
Marvin Sapp
Vickie Winans

Centric Award
Melanie Fiona
Chrisette Michele

Best International Act
Kojo Antwi (Ghana)
Chipmunk (UK)
Dizzee Rascal (UK)
Estelle (UK)
Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) (South Africa)
K'NAAN (Somalia)
M.I. (Nigeria)
P-Square (Nigeria)
Corinne Bailey Rae (UK)
Sade (UK)

Kelis Performs "Acapella" On GMTV

Kelis gave another performance of her first single "Acapella" off Flesh Tone (July 6th) on GMTV during her UK promo tour for the album. Another solid performance & yes--I have indeed had the song stuck in my head for quite a while now.

Alicia Keys On Later With Jools Holland

"Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down"

"No One"


Alicia Keys (& company ;) ) performed a pair of her annoying hits while promoting her new album The Element Of Freedom in London on Later With Jools Holland. Well, at least she changed up "No One" to make it bearable.

Dirty Money "Last Train To Paris" Update

Details are starting to emerge as Dirty Money's album Last Train To Paris (June 29th) approaches. Diddy, being who he is, has enlisted an all-star lineup of guests for the project that includes Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Lil' Wayne, Chris Beatdown, Swizz Beatz, Bilal, & Drake, who is featured on the mediocre leaked track "Hurt", which isn't confirmed to be on the album yet. These are in addition to the previously announced Nicki Minaj ("Hello Good Morning" remix), T.I. ("Hello Good Morning"), & Rick Ross ("Hello Good Morning" & "Angels" remixes), who may or may not be featured on more, but hopefully more in Nicki's case! Add the world's greatest songwriter James Fauntleroy into the mix & you've got yourself one album that I'm sure anticipating!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

David Guetta ft. Fergie, Chris Willis, & LMFAO "Gettin' Over You" Video Premiere

David Guetta keeps the hits from his latest album One Love coming with "Gettin' Over You", which features Fergie, Chris Willis, & LMFAO. Naturally, Fergie steals the show by both sounding & looking amazing! I was actually impressed by Chris Willis too though--I had never even heard of him before. Btw, keep your eyes peeled for the JabbaWockeeZ from ABDC.

Kelis On Later With Jools Holland (Again)

"4th Of July (Fireworks)"

Interview + "Sweet Dreams" (Eurythmics Cover)

Although I already posted Kelis' performance of "Acapella" from this show, her performance of "4th Of July (Fireworks)", interview, & cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" on what may or may not have been the same episode of Later With Jools Holland (same taping, different airdate?) have only just surfaced. While I've had time to warm up to "Acapella", I have yet to do so with "4th Of July (Fireworks)", so I feel a bit more recording > live about it at the moment. I dunno whether its Kelis' new single or not yet, but I still need to listen to her new album Flesh Tone, which is out now in the UK & drops July 6th in the US, in full, so I don't have too strong an opinion on that front quite yet.

Sarah McLachlan "Laws Of Illusion (Deluxe Edition)" Details

Sarah McLachlan will also be putting out a deluxe edition of her new album Laws Of Illusion when it comes out on June 15th. The CD/DVD set will feature the same 13-song tracklisting as the regular version, but the deluxe edition DVD will include five live performances of tracks from the album: the single "Loving You Is Easy", "Forgiveness", "Rivers Of Love", "Love Come", & "Illusions Of Bliss". I looove Sarah live, so I'll be getting this version on 6/15 for sure!


Preview Rihanna's "Rated R: Remixed"

Rihanna is set to release her latest remix album Rated R: Remixed next Tuesday, May 25th. To listen to snippets of each track on the album, you can click HERE. When it comes to remix albums, I can't really make any judgments based on short clips, so we'll see!

Sarah McLachlan "Laws Of Illusion" Tracklisting

The release of Sarah McLachlan's long-awaited new album Laws Of Illusion on June 15th is now just under a month away. As the album's release date approaches, we now have its tracklisting, which you can check out below:

1. Awakenings
2. Illusions Of Bliss
3. Loving You Is Easy
4. Changes
5. Forgiveness
6. Rivers Of Love
7. Love Come
8. Out Of Tune
9. Heartbreak
10. Don't Give Up On Us
11. U Want Me 2
12. Bring On The Wonder
13. Love Come (Piano Version)

So, it's not exactly longer than her last studio album--the 10-track Afterglow--since tracks 11 & 12 were featured on Sarah's previously released greatest hits collection Closer, but I'm definitely not complaining. Not to mention that there was certainly nothing lacking about Afterglow!


New Music Tuesday: Janelle Monae "The ArchAndroid"

Today, The Emotion Picture AKA Janelle Monae's debut album The ArchAndroid arrives. Made up of Suites II & III of her 4-part Metropolis series, the album includes the Big Boi-assisted single "Tightrope". Janelle is the kind of talent this industry desperately needs, so if you'd like to support her by purchasing The ArchAndroid for the low price her label is offering it for, click HERE or on the cover on the widget to your right!