Check out these snaps of ‘King Of Hearts‘ darling Cassie partying it up with ‘Motivation’ mastermind Rico Love recently.
Hitting Miam’s ‘Bamboo‘ to celebrate the writer’s 30th birthday, the pair were spotted months after the mastermind penned ‘Hardly Breathing‘ for Brandy’s ’2/11′ and Trey Songz‘ R&B smash, ‘Heart Attack‘.
Their partying also arrives two months after Cassie released the video for her new single ‘King Of Hearts‘, which failed to chart…anywhere.
As evidenced by the rant of ‘Believe’ beau Justin Bieber‘s manager, it’s pretty safe to say that some camps are still up-in-arms about the 2013 Grammy nominations unveiled last night.
Indeed, every year sees some scorned team or artist supporter feel “cheated” due to an absence from the nominations tally (see: Jill Scott’s rant last year), but this year marks a noted difference in that A) the male domination of categories, B) the absence of hip-hop and R&B from major categories, and C) the glaring, 2011-instated removal of “gender-specific” categories.
With only acts who released material from September 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 eligible for consideration, the wealth of overlooked talent is earning a collective side-eye from many-a-music lover. Just ask fans of Brandy & Monica‘s ‘It All Belongs To Me’, Mary J. Blige, Lana Del Rey, Madonna, and, of course, Nicki Minaj & Justin Bieber…
Monica pictured above with RCA Records CEO Peter Edge
As exclusively reported here, R&B/Hip Hop hitmaker Rico Love is set to rejoin ‘It All Belongs To Me’ co-star Monica for her 7th studio LP.
Boasting ‘executive producer’ rights, news has now surfaced that Love will not be the only big name listed under production credits. For, per the suggestions of many-That Grape Juice-faithful, Mo took to Twitter to unveil a full list of hitmakers set to contribute to the album’s sound:
Camera were all over ‘Love All Over Me’ maestra Monica as she and b-baller husband Shannon Brown took to Chicago for his long-promoted WoodStar Music Festival (already in progress this weekend at Chi-Town’s Union Park).
And, while the festival is set to feature some of R&B’s leading acts, a private dinner recently attended by the couple also brought out some of the genre’s most noticeable acts including ‘Bombs’ beauty Dawn Richard, Rico Love, and Destiny’s Child‘s/Illinois native Michelle Williams. See more shots below (viaY.I.F):
As fans know, Williams got her start in the industry as a backup singer for the ‘Angel of Mine’ maestra over 10 years ago. Something to note as the ladies seem to look even better with age!
It’s 14 years since Brandy and Monica shook up the scene with their blockbuster hit ‘The Boy Is Mine’.
Fast forward to today and the still-young divas are confirmed to be cooking up another duet. And while their last outing saw Darkchild wear the producer hat, this go round sees the ladies hook up with ‘Motivation’ hitmaker Rico Love.
Check out what Love had to say of the collaboration after the jump…
Earlier today, footage of R&B upstart Teairra Mari recording her upcoming album surfaced online, setting the promotional campaign for the project in full motion.
Set to hit stores in coming months, the project’s success- if we’re really going to be honest- could reward Mari with the stardom and notoriety some say she was robbed of back in 2005. Or see her follow in the steps of many an R&B belle before her and face a perpetual struggle to convince the world that she is worth paying attention to.
So, as open supporters of Teairra and her cause, we here at TGJ HQ are curios:
Do you intend on buying her album when it comes out and if not- why not?
R&B/Hip-Hop hitmaker Rico Love was definitely feeling the love from fellow hitmakers Usher, Mary J. Blige, Diddy, Melanie Fiona, and more at his recent birthday celebration. The Grammy-winning producer, who has lent his signature ‘Turn The Lights On’- introduced beats to many-a-hit over the past two years, turned 29 last night (December 2) at Italian bistro Vic & Angelo’s before pressing on to the after-party at Club Play.
A new video was T.I was released today. ‘Lay Me Down (Ft. Rico Love)’ is yet another buzz single being utilised to promote his latest album, ‘No Mercy’, which is currently struggling to match the multi-platinum success of its predecessor, ‘Paper Trail’. Check out the clip below: