As many of you know, rapper Kanye West gave a heartfelt tribute performance of ‘Hey Mama’ at last Sunday’s Grammy Awards, in remembrance of his late mother Dr. Donda West. The song originally featured on Kanye’s ‘Late Registration’ LP. A new version of the track was recorded in the studio -the version performed at the Grammy’s – and surfaced recently. Listening back to this kinda makes me feel for Kanye all the more. I definitely have a lot of respect for the way he’s soldiered on since the unfortunate event.
I will be interviewing D. Woods from R&B/Pop collective Danity Kane tomorrow (fourth from left). Apologies for the short notice, I’ve just received confirmation of this a few moments ago.
Currently starring in the latest instalment of the show that catapulted them to stardom, MTV’s Making The Band, D. Woods and her Danity Kane bandmates are set to release their sophomore effort ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse’ on March 18th via Bad Boy/Atlantic Records.
Please drop any questions that you wish to present to D. Woods in the comments section. As usual, only genuine/appropriate questions will be considered. Thanks guys
Pop superstar Janet Jackson was awarded with the Best Supporting Actress award at the NAACP Awards yesterday for her role in Tyler Perry’s ‘Why Did I Get Married’. Check out her acceptance speech below:
She looked genuinely surprised to have won. Congratulations to her. Here’s hoping she achieves success with her new LP ‘Discipline’.
Disturbing The Peace songstress Shareefa is back with new song ‘On Fire’. Set to feature on the 24 year old’s sophomore effort ‘The Black Dahlia’ (due later this year), the track is a solid uptempo that showcases Shareefa’s oft-underrated vocal ability. Saying this, the track sounds like something that could easily have been featured on her first album; and in an industry with the Keyshia Cole’s and Mary J. Blige’s (who Shareefa is often compared to), the song doesn’t do much to set her apart. Still, I’m anxious to hear what her album will be serving up. She’s too talented to go unnoticed.
Hit-maker Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins spoke with our friends over at Rap-Up.com about some of the projects he’ll be working on this year. As well as revealing that he’ll be going into the studio with, among others, Keyshia Cole, Ludacris and The Pussycat Dolls, he confirmed that he’s currently working with Beyonce. He also shed some light on the direction the ‘Irreplaceable’ singer’s next LP will be going in.
For the last couple of months, speculation has been mounting as to whether R&B stars Rihanna and Chris Brown have been dating. Following the surfacing of the pic above, taken at LA Reid’s post-Grammy party this past Sunday, PEOPLE.comreport Brown, 18, was spotted at the ‘Umbrella’ singer’s 20th birthday party recently:
When partygoers (like Kanye West and Wilmer Valderrama) weren’t flinging cupcakes, they offered a standing ovation after Chris Brown sang an acapella version of “Happy Birthday.” While Brown has denied that he and the birthday gal are dating (”We’re just friends … we hang out,” he told PEOPLE at a post Grammy party), a party guest tells us the two were cuddling and acting “very cozy all night.”
Add to this the fact Rihanna came to visit Chris on the set of Jordin Sparks ‘No Air’ video (which he features in), I’m thinking there may be truth to the rumors. Hmmm..
In other Rihanna news, her club-ready, bassline-heavy new single ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ is performing fantastically well here in the UK. After a whopping 27 weeks on the Official Singles Chart, the song continues to hold steady, rising #5-#4 this week. The track is available at most music stores and iTunes.
This is news to me. I didn’t know there was any ‘beef’ and, judging by this video, I don’t think there is – from Janet’s end, anyway. While Khia does bring up some valid points (‘So Excited’ should have been the first single), she comes across kinda bitter and ungrateful. I mean, Janet and Khia sharing the stage. That would have been a hot mess.