That sounds like ONE HELL OF A LINE-UP. I bet there are songs on that album that sound much better than Hold It Don't Drop It (which will be released 1st October 2007). I just don't think that track is good enough to be a lead single and I don't think a hot video will make me change my mind about the song. But I will say one thing - a hot video is in deed needed to compensate for this lackluster sorry excuse of a track.
LETOYA LUCKETT: ON THE SET OF DIDDY'S NEW VIDEO ....
Letoya Luckett will appear in Diddy's new video for "Diddy Rock". It's highly likely that she'll be playing the leading lady by the looks of things. She looks really pretty:
The shoot took place on 25th June 2007. I guess Letoya is keeping herself out there for when she drops her new album Lady Love in November. You can view more pictures of the shoot by CLICKING HERE.
Over the weekend, Letoya also had a party to celebrate the one year anniversary of her debut album "Letoya". The party took place at a luxury yacht just outside of Houston:
Letoya had all her friends and family turn up to celebrate. The picture at the bottom left hand corner sees Letoya and her younger brother Gavin just chillin'. Her brother also worked up some hot beats on her debut album. I think he did the intro (or outro or both). I wonder if he will do some mixing on her new album as well. CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PICTURES.
ADDED - Usher says wedding will STILL go ahead .... bah! .... [READ ON] 1. Maneka Foster responds to rumours regarding wedding cancellation but STILL doesn't confirm shit .... [READ ON]. 2. Maneka Foster also shows what a true liability she is to Usher's career by sending blogger Sandra Rose a petty email .... [READ ON]. 3. Usher's papa is a crack daddy (hehehe, I love how usherforever.com has now turned into a hate site, hehehe) .... [CLICK]. 4. Rihanna is coming out with her own set of Um-ber-ell-a ella ella's, ey, ey, ey .... [READ ON]. 5. For those that didn't catch that latest Teedra Moses mixtape, then here's YOUR LAST CHANCE. So all of ya'll can stop flooding my inbox dammit!!! 6. Angel Face has just informed me that Jennifer Lopez's new single Hold It, Don't Drop It was written by upcoming R&B singer Cynthia Lisette who also sings background vocals on the track. Thanks for that tidbit Angel! I didn't know this. 7. Toni's lil sister Tamar Braxton is coming out with a new album on J Records next year and I can't wait. Her debut album was tha shiiizzz! Get None will always be my fuggin' jam!!![READ ON]. 8. Rihanna has an official reggae remix of Umbrella which features Shaggy .... [CLICK]. 9. Another Rihanna remix, not that anybody cares about the SUPER wacktacular Shut Up & Drive .... [CLICK]. 10. Bonafide trailer trash at its finest. Can Britney's pants get any lower? I don't think the world can take any more vagina slips .... [CLICK]
NICOLE SCHERZINGER: GOES CLUBBING WITH WILL.I.AM ....
Yesterday, leading Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and her collaborator Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas were spotted leaving Joseph's nightclub and it appears that Nicole drank a little too much cider:
Will.i.am has worked on Nicole's upcoming solo album Her Name Is Nicole which drops 12th October 2007.
On the show, she talked about celebrating her 38th birthday and claims that her hubby didn't get her anything. She also celebrated her third anniversary which is a miracle regarding her track record with marriages. And she will also be performing her new single Hold It Don't Drop It at the FASHION ROCKS show in September.
Spice Girl Mel B and her fiance Stephen Belafonte attended The Inspi(RED) Event which took place at Mood Nightclub on July 30, 2007 in Hollywood, California:
Scary Spice stays rocking that tight satin but if you need to suck in that stomach for dear life, maybe satin just isn't your best friend (didn't she rock the very same dress in pink at the Beckham LA party last week?). Such material is one that should be worn freely and effortlessly and unless you have a Jessica Alba/Kiera Knightly type body, you should just leave it alone.
Socialite Kim Kardashian, Pussycat Doll singer Melody Thornton, rapper Ja Rule and Diana's daughter Chudney Ross were also at the event:
I posted the snippet to this new Cassie track last week and here it is in full. I already explained that Is It You is a track Cassie recorded for the Step Up 2 soundtrack. Cassie also has a role in the movie:
According to Jermaine Dupri, his girlfriend Janet Jackson will no longer appear on 'Rush Hour 3' soundtrack. He wrote the following message on his Myspace page: "I ended up not doin' it 'cause the movie takes place in Paris and alotta [sic] the music didn't fit," he said in the post. "So all of you lookin' for that Janet record, you gotta wait 'till she's finished with the new album, sorry."
In April, he posted a bulletin on MySpace.com announcing that Janet would have a single on the soundtrack. COME IN HERE MR MONTY!!!
My sexy cutie Daniel aka Mr Monty turned 19 last week Thursday:
No honey, I didn't ignore your email. Fabizzle sent me the new Chris Brown joint on Friday and I didn't see the email until Sunday because that is when I saw it. I didn't check my mail until late last week so soweee! But I hope you had a blessed birthday and many thoughts and dreams were with me *lol*. The love will NEVER fade out. REMEMBER THAT!
Marriage is something that shouldn't be taken lightly instead of treating it like a new pair of rockports that just got put on the market. And it appears that Usher has figured that one out for himself because over the weekend, the wedding didn't go ahead. It was apparently called off at the last minute. There have been many reports in the press dogging Tameka depicting her as a control freak with an attitude problem who has the singer right where she wants him. Well, if this wedding cancellation is anything to go by, I seriously doubt that now. For all we know, this could be a ploy to throw off the media to stop any kind of mass invasion. It was also revealed last week that Tameka was also a con artist who did time in prison.
Eddie hasn't dated Tracey for long. And Mel B hasn't dated Stephen for long either. So it sickens me that they're treating marriage as some vengeance ploy to show one another that they are well and truly over each other. I actually think Mel decided to get engaged to Stephen just to show Eddie that she's no longer stressing over him. However, it appears Eddie wanted to dethrone their happy news with his own, kind of like a tit-for-tat battle ground. And marriage shouldn't be used in this way at all. These people hardly know each other (1 year of dating is not enough time to know someone properly). I miss the days when you stay with someone for 5 years before getting hitched.
Mel should continue to enjoy her relationship without jumping the gun and if in the long run, they are still together, then sure, get married! Eddie is dog poo and should man up and take responsibility for his daughter, and I don't think this marriage will last (if they go ahead with it). As for Usher, canceling the wedding is a sensible move and should make great musical concept for that upcoming album which has no release date yet. According to Sandra Rose, Usher canceled the wedding because he was furious that Tameka spoke to the National Enquirer and shared the profits with her sister Valencia Foster. Now of course Usher will be mad at this considering that he has written open letters regarding his disdain at bloggers and the media for speculating on the state of his relationship with Tameka and the lack of privacy. But these celebs need to stop making spectacles of themselves with these premature engagements because they'll only end up with egg on their faces when it all goes awry.
KERI HILSON ENDS RIHANNA'S 10-WEEK UK RUN AT THE TOP ....
Last week, Rihanna broke records when her track "Umbrella" made it a 10th week at the top in the UK singles chart. But who else other than another R&B starlet being the one to topple the R&B Bajan beauty?
Yup, that's right, another short-haired R&B beauty - Keri Hilson. She actually features on Timbaland's latest new single "The Way I Are" and the track shot straight in at no 1 yesterday evening. Keri is a top class act. Congrats. Her debut album "In a Perfect World" is set to drop this fall which will be followed by possible lead single "Happy Juice" which features Snoop Dogg.
I'm mad he only gave 25 seconds after all this time away from the biz but it's better than nada I guess. Craig has been recording his new album stateside as well as Cuba and London. He will continue polishing up the finishing touches. I am really excited about this new album. I think his last album (The Story Goes) was mad underrated and is possibly his most personalised album to date. I loved that last album. I have to say that Craig is one of those few artists in R&B music who always stays consistent. Look forwards to the new single when it hits airwaves in September.
On 27th July, 2007, R&B songstress Ashanti was spotted in midtown Manhattan with a new look:
I usually admire this chick's style and will be the first to say this chick can usually dress her ass off but I'm not feeling her look or the hair this time round. Bangs simply aren't for everybody. In other Ashanti news, her movie is just around the corner. Inside this post, check out the trailer for her upcoming movie Resident Evil: Extinction. The movie is released on Sept. 21. I previously written about Ashanti's role in the movie where she plays a character called Nurse Betty. Her new album The Declaration is expected to drop this fall.
Here is a 1:52 snippet of yet another Chris Brown track taken from his new upcoming album Exclusive. The track is called Kiss Kiss, another song with content showing the young singers maturity. No, it's not the crappy version that's been floating on You Tube over the past couple of weeks. This is actually a high quality radio rip:
The song features rapper T-Pain and it sounds decent. Again, this track is produced by The Underdogs. I still pick Take U Down over this any day of the week but his new album is shaping up to be a good one. And all the tracks I've heard so far sound waaay better than the extremely amateurish Wall To Wall.
Jennifer Lopez's new single Hold It, Push It has finally leaked in full and high quality. I thought I would soften up towards the song once hearing it in full, but I just can't get into the song at all. It's weak and her vocals are much weaker than ever before:
The track is the official first single taken from her new album which is to be released later on this year. This is not a promising comeback by any means and she needs to come much harder than this, as this first single just isn't cutting it. Sorry.
I guess the aggressiveness of Rihanna's track "Breakin Dishes" had an affect on the crowd earlier this week. She played a gig in Canada and whilst she performed the track, a fight had erupted in the audience:
During mid-song, she told her band to stop the music and threatened to cut the show if those in the scrap did not stop. LOL! Breakin Dishes? Breakin' Fights more like. Check it out.
JENNIFER LOPEZ: EL CANTANTE NEW YORK PREMIERE ....
Jennifer Lopez wore a salmon-coloured gown to her New York premiere of her latest new movie El Cantante, which looked nice. However, Jen's age was starting to show. Over the past couple of days she has been looking great but here, not so much:
The make-up is ghastly! As her hubby Marc Anthony looks like death warmed over, maybe the rogue-looking troll is having an effect on why she looks so aged.
JEN ALSO PROMOTED THE MOVIE ON THE TODAY SHOW YESTERDAY:
I don't really care for her movies but I may just check this one out!
Our recent Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has been endorsed by Avon to be the new face of their latest perfume Imari Seduction:
Big things have been in the pipeline for Jen because not only is she shooting a new movie with Forrest Whittaker, but she's also recording her debut album which will be released on J Records next year. Jennifer also attended and performed at the UJA-Federation of New York's Music Visionary Award which honoured J Records boss Clive Davis. The pics are after the jump. Go get 'em girl!
TODAY'S THROWBACK R&B VID: DAYDREAMIN' - TATYANA ALI
Tatyana Ali was a fresh-faced 19-year-old when she first shot into the R&B scene with her impressive debut album Kiss The Sky back in 1998. The first single was the fun and infectiously catchy Daydreamin'. After her stint playing Ashley Banks in huge US sitcom Fresh Prince of Belair, it was her co-star Will Smith who encouraged her to pursue a pop career, after an episode which actually depicted her singing talent. Tatyana went on to have hit single after hit single (Boy You Knock Me Out, Every Time, etc) but her sophomore album didn't see the time of day (maybe because her debut album only sold 293,168 copies to date, damn):
After appearing in a couple of cheesy movies, Tatyana seemed to have disappeared from the celebrity radar altogether and put all her concentration into her studies at Harvard University. So at the ripened age of 28, what is Tatyana up to now? Last year, I've read that she's supposed to be playing Ertha Kitt in her latest new movie role. Alongside Tatyana, another R&B singer Monifah is also supposed to be in the movie as Billie Holiday. The movie was supposedly based about old-time singers. Kenya Moore and Angie Stone were also reported to be in the movie, but since then I haven't heard anything about the project. There's been no confirmation of a musical comeback though but Tatyana still makes her presence felt at many celebrity parties and events from here on out.
Just over a week ago, Tatyana attended a fundraising event for New Orleans: