R&B singer Omarion hit many a net headline recently for his ‘interesting’ fashion choices at New York Fashion Week. Since then more snaps of the former B2K star have emerged via Ultimate-Omarion. Check them out below (Tyson Beckford, Ciara, and Iman feature)…
R&B singer Omarion debuted an ‘interesting’ new look at New York Fashion Week. The former B2K star was spotted front row at the L.A.M.B. Spring 2011 fashion showcase on Thursday (September 16th).
R&B singer Omarion has vented his frustrations at not being included in this Sunday’s Grammy tribute to the late, great King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The former B2K front-man opened up to VIBE about the matter; peep an extract from the piece below:
The R&B singer tells VIBE that a tribute without himself, however, wouldn’t be the same. “If I’m not a part of that, then that’s not… I’m not gonna say it’s wack,” he says. “But I’m just saying, everyone knows what I do, so if you gon’ have an MJ tribute…”
Still, a lighthearted O, who recently released his solo album Ollusion, acknowledged that since so many artists were influenced by MJ, the options are plenty. “I take that back because Stevie [Wonder] did an MJ tribute. Everyone loved Michael. I’m not gon’ say that,” he says. “I’m just meaning the performance [aspect]. How you gon’ have a Michael tribute without the playboy? [Laughs]. That’s my only thing, and I mean this in the humblest and the most competitive way. I’m competitive — that’s what the game is about.
“Especially after Mike passed away, I feel like the stage, it’s more important now. It’s a responsibility to me when I hit the stage to not play with it,” O continued. “If you walk back and forth that’s cool, too. If that’s how you entertain, that’s cool, but for the performances and for the dances and for the people that look up to Michael in the fashion I look up to Michael? I hope they bring it. Because if they don’t, then I will.”
It goes without saying that Omari is gifted. However, moaning about not being selected just makes the fact he was overlooked that much worse LOL. I mean, for as political as the industry can be, if he was meant to be picked, he would’ve been…and he wasn’t. The end. What’s more, with the tribute song being ‘Earth Song’ and seemingly more a vocal / theatrical affair – with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Usher, and Celine Dion performing in it – I can’t see how ol’ Omari would have fit the bill. Oh well…
Despite the dismal sales of his latest effort ‘Ollusion’, Omarion is continuing along the promotional trail (as he should), a few hours ago performing ‘I Get It In’ on the George Lopez Tonight show.
Aside from the fact I find ‘I Get It In’ pretty damn awful, it’s really puzzling to see him performing this instead of new single ‘Speedin’, which is leaps and bounds better than this garbage. In any case, the performance wasn’t bad; however, it’d be a whole lot better watching on mute – if only for the dancing. That auto-tune and Omari’s voice are a no-no of a combo.
What do you think of the performance?
While his new album ‘Ollusion’ failed to make waves on the charts, Omarion has found himself a new job. In an official press release issued by MTV today, the singer has been highlighted as the new judge on ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’. Omarion will replace Shane Sparks on the judging panel after the latter faces allegations of child molestation. The 5th season of the hit show premieres on Thursday, January 28th at 10pm ET. Here is an excerpt from the release:
“Omarion is one of the most accomplished, multi-talented young stars of his generation. His music and music videos have influenced hip-hop dance going back to his B2k days and in more recent years as a platinum-selling solo artist,” said Liz Gateley, Senior Vice President of Series Development for MTV. He is an accomplished dancer, artist and actor who knows what makes a good dance crew performance. We are very excited for him to join Lil Mama and JC Chasez as our third judge.”
“Omarion is a great friend and I am looking forward to him joining the ABDC family,” said Randy Jackson, executive producer of “America’s Best Dance Crew.” “Season Five is going to be blazing hot.”
“I’m so excited to be a judge on MTV’s ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’,” says Omarion. “Dancing and performing is what I do and being a judge on this show will allow me to give creative feedback to the newest and hottest dancers on the rise.”
I sense that this is a good move for Omarion. Although he is not the ‘King of Dance’, as he has led himself to believe, he can definitely share his experiences in the business with the next generation. Hopefully the learning goes both ways and he picks up some new tricks from the watching them perform. That way he won’t have to resort to doing the ‘robot’ every single time he goes on stage.
It looks like people took Omarion’s advice and decided not to buy his new album. HitsDailyDouble reports that his ‘Ollusion’ LP will debut on the charts with a dismal tally of 18-22k next week. This places him over 70k units behind Susan Boyle’s ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ which on track to sell another 95-100k copies. ‘Ollusion’ was released on January 14th.
Raise your hand if you didn’t see this coming. Backed by generally weak material and awkward live performances, I doubt that anyone was expecting this album to generate higher numbers. Omarion has a lot of potential to be a major player on the charts but lacked direction on this album, capitalising on all of the most overused trends in music, especially auto-tune. On the hand, he continues to show determination and I sense that it is only a matter of time before he finally finds his niche.