Friday, November 23, 2007
ALICIA KEYS: WOOFIN' GIRL PHOTO SPREAD....
The gorgeous Alicia Keys graces the December 2007 issue ofJapanese magazine Woofin' Girl and looks absolutely stunning. Check out her spread:



Her new album As I Am has done phenomenally. I wonder if she'll be PLATINUM next week. That will be awesome. Thanksgiving week was definitely a good move to release her album but it would have done great all the same because the production was rock solid. Have a nice weekend everyone!

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CELEB SPOTTINGS: R&B SINGERS OUT & ABOUT ....
Can't a chick catch a break? Every time Rihanna is trying to eat a light snack, the paps are always in her face. This week, she was spotted having a pre-Thanksgiving lunch, with pals at a Hollywood eaterie:



It also looked like she rolled out of bed. Must feel nice and free to not feel obligated to look all glammed up at every opportunity.

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Daggone. She is tall and has great legs. Forget Amerie. It's Rihanna who should be insuring her legs. After all, Venus Breeze DID present her with the "Celebrity Legs Of A Goddess" accolade.

Jordin Sparks debut album was released on Tuesday and she celebrated its release by riding in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade:



She looked adorable. I wonder how she'll do sales-wise. We will soon find out next week.

Spice Girl Mel B and her hubby Stephen Belafonte were spotted leaving an LA nightclub this week:




She looked fantastic. Mel has a body to die for. Reportedly, her rehearsals for the Dancing With The Stars final have thrown the Spice Girls tour preparations into chaos. Mel made final three after her stunning waltz and paso doble routines and scored top marks on last week's show. But because she's desperate to win the show, her dance commitments mean she won't be ready for their big comeback tour – which kicks off just six days after next Monday's final. Apparently, she is not rehearsing enough with the Spice Girls and is spending all her rehearsal time with her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. I hope she wins. She's worked so hard for it.

A week ago, the Cheetah Girls attended Disney's Enchanted premiere:



It's good they are collecting their Disney cheques and get to attend all the Disney events but isn't Adrienne starting to outgrow Disney a bit? She turned 24 last month. Keep it locked.

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ASHANTI: STAR SPANGLED BANNER [PERFORMANCE] ....
Earlier today, Ashanti performed the US national anthem 'The Star Spangled Banner' which took place at the NFL Thanksgiving Game (The Dallas Cowboys vs. The New York Jets):


She sounded terrible. Her rendition was pitchy, off-key and all over the place. She is also tone-deaf as well. Don't mistaken loudness with range because there's a difference with the two. And that last note was ear-cringing. I personally thought she did slightly better the first time round.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007
MARIAH CAREY: ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW....
As I reported yesterday, Mariah Carey was interviewed when she attended "The Ellen DeGerenes Show" on Wednesday:



She was on the show to do more promotion for her perfume "M by Mariah Carey". Parts two and three are after the cut.

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posted by Toya @ 8:03 PM   |
BEYONCE: ATTENDS DR DONDA WEST FUNERAL....
Beyonce and her man Jay-Z attended the funeral of Dr. Donda West who was laid to rest at the True Vine Ministries Chapel on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [SEE MORE]:



Other big named music stars who attended included John Legend and Anita Baker who performed at the funeral. Kanye wore a dark suit, dark glasses and a black glove at the service. But it was the famous faces that attracted many attendees as if they were attending a concert of some sort. One asshole who was interviewed at the event vibrantly chirped: "I was just so lucky and excited to be in the funeral with so many celebrities". Dr. Donda West died on Nov. 10 in Marina Del Rey, California after suffering complications from cosmetic surgery, according to the Los Angeles County coroner. More flicks and Beyonce news after the cut.

KANYE was also spotted at his mother's funeral:





In other Beyonce news, The Beyonce Experience DVD was released this week, but MANY American viewers can now save their money and watch the concert for free because BET is airing "The Beyonce Experience" tonight on BET from 8 - 10 p.m. for those interested. I hope someone uploads all of the concert to stage 6 so I can download it and burn it to DVD.

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posted by Toya @ 6:16 PM   |
MARQUES HOUSTON: ENGAGED TO JENNIFER FREEMAN....
According to Bossip and a couple of other sites, R&B singer Marques Houston is engaged to actress Jennifer Freeman of MY WIFE AND KIDS fame.



They were last seen last month hand-in-hand attending the premiere for his movie 'Somebody Help Me' in LA. Jennifer has been passed around the TUG family like 3rd hand furniture. She also dated both Omarion and Lil Fizz of B2K. Aw, Marques is getting the left-overs. She may be beautiful but that's not a good look Marques. I'd have said Raz-B is next but rumours suggest he likes cock whereas J.Boog is already in a serious relationship with his baby mama. But if they truly love each other, good luck to them.

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posted by Toya @ 5:17 PM   |
ALICIA KEYS: BEATS MARY J BLIGE'S RECORD + MARY'S IPOD COMMERCIAL....
On Tuesday, I reported that Alicia Keys sold 723K of new album As I Am in her first week. However, chart sales aren't finalised until WEDNESDAY so those first week sales weren't accurate:



The reality is that Alicia's finalised numbers have her as selling 742,000 copies (confirmed by nielscan/Billboard), breaking Mary J Blige's record for highest first week sales for a female R&B artist. I know Mary fans must be seething now that Mary has lost her record. Who knows, she may even reclaim it when she drops new album Growing Pains on Dec 18. But I wouldn't count on it. There just isn't that much hype surrounding this album like last time as much as I'm looking forwards to it. You can check out Mary's iPod/iTunes commercial after the cut.

MARY J BLIGE: IPOD/ITUNES COMMERCIAL:

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BEYONCE: ALLEGEDLY DECIDES TO PIMP OUT COUNTRY MUSIC FOR NEW ALBUM....
On Sunday night, Beyonce performed a country version of "Irreplaceable" at the American Music Awards. So inspired by the performance that she has supposedly decided to put out a country album instead. Apparently, she has decided she wants her next album to feature just country and western songs. Beyonce is reported to have contacted Amanda Ghost earlier this week, the songwriter behind James Blunt's smash hit single "Your Beautiful" [READ MORE]:



First it was reported that
Timbaland was to produce a large bulk of Beyonce's album. Then it was reported that Beyonce's new album will take the euro pop/dance route and now Beyonce's new album will be Country one instead. If Beyonce abandons her R&B fanbase she will flop. How are you going to abandon the very fanbase who put you where you are today? R&B is what Beyonce stands for. She has the voice for it and she has put out some extremely catchy R&B songs. B'Day wasn't as good as Dangerously In Love and previous Destiny's Child records (The Writings On The Wall, Destiny Fulfilled), but Beyonce has proven she can carefully put together a well crafted, infectious R&B number. Take Crazy In Love for instance. They still play that at the clubs, more than any of the joints on the B'Day album. I'm all for a light change, but I can't respect an artist who will pimp out a sound just because it's favourable especially if she's not notorious for producing music of that genre. Leave country alone to those who have a severe passion for it and for whom it suits - Leann Rimes, Carrie Underwood, etc.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
CELEB SPOTTINGS: R&B SINGERS OUT & ABOUT ....
Last night, Mariah Carey did a signing at the Glendale Galleria in California for her fragrance M by Mariah Carey:



Earlier today, the super diva put in an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, where she plugged her perfume some more. Mariah looked great. It's amazing what losing 8lb can do for someone. But more importantly, she wasn't rocking her usual hooker attire.

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Who cares about a shoddy perfume? Everybody and their mama are putting out perfumes. I am waiting on that album.

Rihanna was spotted out and about in LA doing shopping:




Her manager Evan Rogers has just announced that after July 2008, Rihanna will concentrate on movies. And there are two more songs to be released from her Good Girl Gone Bad album. Wowsers. Is she going to release every song off the album? I hope they release Breakin' Dishes. The Bajan beauty is currently in the middle of a European sold-out tour (yup that's right - SOLD OUT) and she is also set to visit Africa, South America and Japan early in the new year, and then do a major United States tour from May to July.

Yesterday, Alicia Keys performed to a massive 4000+ strong march down Hollywood Blvd. After selling 723K in first week sales with new album As I Am, Alicia currently has the #1 album in the country:




At the event, she was quoted as saying the following: "As a SAG member and a writer, I am there to support the cause." After performing As I Am tracks No One and Go Ahead, the red army took to the street.

Tuesday night saw Mary J Blige perform at the new Nokia Theater in Los Angeles:



Mary is the REAL ghettofied diva and until you've challenged a journalist to a fight, Keyshia Cole ought to start taking some notes.

The Cheetah Girls attended the High School Musical 2 DVD Premiere on Monday:



Adrienne Bailon was spotted getting close and personal to Kim Kardashian's younger brother
Robert.

Christina Aguilera did a Britney Spears and had a vagina malfunction when she was spotted out and about in LA earlier this week:



Click the pictures if you dare. Never thought I'd see the day happen. I mean Christina was always seen as the trashy one compared to her 'innocent' rival Britney Spears and then marriage to Jordan Bratman made Christina turn her life around into a classy respected diva. Whilst Britney went from innocent to trailer trash, Christina went from trailer trash to class act. I guess pregnancy makes her miss her scandalous moments. Oh well. And she was doing soooo well. Stay tuned.

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