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In somewhat of a surprising news, it has been announced that Jay-Z will release a new full-length album on November 6th. Titled ‘American Gangster’, the CD’s theme was inspired by the upcoming Denzel Washington movie of the same name (set to hit theatres November 2nd). The rapper was reportedly taken with how much the film mirrored past aspects of his life and subsequently decided to record an album with a similar concept. Be on the lookout for the album’s first single – the Pharrell produced ‘Blue Magic’ – which should be debuting anytime from now. {Source}
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The legendary Aretha Franklin has teamed up with Fantasia for what is an awesome slow jam. ‘Put You Up On Game’ sees the two vocal power-houses trade verses on the cheating ways of men. The track is the first single to be lifted from Aretha’s upcoming album ‘Jewels In the Crown: All Star Duets with The Queen’ – which will also feature John Legend, Mary J. Blige, the late Luther Vandross and more. I really fell for this track as soon as I heard it and I’m really anticipating Aretha’s CD.
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Rihanna continues her assault on the magazine circuit, this time covering the Canadian version of Fashion Magazine. The Bajan beauty is really looking great here.

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The album cover for Chris Brown’s upcoming album ‘Exclusive’ has been revealed. I’m liking the whole 80’s throwback vibe to the pic. ‘Exclusive’ hits stores November 6th.

Also check out new promotional pics for the album:
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R&B star Ashanti is doing the promotional rounds this week to support the ‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ movie which she stars in. On Tuesday, the singer appeared on BET’s 106 & Park and today she dropped by MTV’s TRL. Say what you want about her, but she’s looking on-point! ‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ opens in theatres on September 21st.

MTV TRL – September 19th
BET 106 & Park

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R&B star Usher is the latest in a long line of celebrities to launch his own line of fragrances. The vid above shows the four commercials for his ‘Usher He/She’ brand. Aside from the ads being so-so, I’m surprised he’s jumping on the fragrance-line bandwagon: doesn’t everyone have one nowadays?

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It has been confirmed that the Queen of Hip Hop/Soul, Mary J. Blige, will release her new album ‘Growing Pains’ on November 20th. The CD will be the follow-up to Blige’s hugely successful 2005 effort ‘The Breakthrough’. What’s more, it has also been confirmed that the first single is the titled ‘Just Fine’ – the track is scheduled to debut next week (September 26th)! ‘Growing Pains’ is set to feature contributions from the likes of Bryan Michael Cox, Babyface, Ne-Yo and The Game. Interestingly, Mary will be going head-to-head with Mariah Carey’s upcoming album which also drops on the same date (November 20th).
I’m kinda surprised by this, as, even though I knew Mary has been recording, I didn’t think she was ready to drop her album just yet. Still, I always welcome any new Mary material; here’s hoping she delivers like she did with the last.

Are you checking for Mary’s new album?

The video for R. Kelly’s latest single ‘Rock Star’ (ft. Ludacris & Kid Rock) debuted on Yahoo Launch yesterday (September 18th). I’m really feeling the single choices from Kelly’s current LP ‘Double Up’ so far; ‘Rock Star’ is an album highlight. It’s a shame, then, that the video doesn’t really do the track any justice. Budgeting must have been an issue, because the video comes across real cheap – especially for an artist of his caliber. There’s no positive spin to put on this one; a case of good song, ruined by a crappy video.

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It has been confirmed that Kanye West has emerged victorious in his chart ‘battle’ with 50 Cent. According to figures released by Billboard today, West’s ‘Graduation’ album sold a staggering 957,000 copies in it’s first week – besting 50’s album sales by quite a margin. ‘Curtis’ sold roughly 691,000 copies. ‘Graduation’, the third full-length from West, also charted higher than 50 in the UK, where it debuted atop of the official album chart this past Sunday.
While I’m glad (mainly because Kanye’s CD was generally better), it’s kinda unfortunate that 50 has gone back on his promise to retire if Kanye beat him. Still, I’m guessing the damage has been done. Put simply, people aren’t checking for 50 they way they once were and this shows it.

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Beyonce attended the GQ 50th Anniversary bash in New York City last night (September 18th) sporting a new darker hairdo. Yes, there are things of more importance lol, but it’s kind of refreshing to see the ‘Deja Vu’ singer do away with her blonde wigs…at least for the time being.

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The video for Mario’s latest single ‘Crying Out For Me’ premiered earlier this week on BET’s Access Granted. Things have been moving really slow with Mario’s ‘Go!’ project, so it’s good to see him finally put out a second single from. I’ve had the Polow Da Don track on heavy rotation for a many months. Anyway, about the video – I’m liking it. The storyline closely mirrors that of the track and stands as one of his better vids. Following numerous delays, ‘Go!’ is set to hit stores on October 30th.

What do you think of the video?

It’s kinda been a busy couple of weeks for me recently, but I’ve tried to keep things afloat as much as possible. With that said, I’ve not actually managed to get a listen to Keyshia Cole’s new CD ‘Just Like You’ – which ‘surfaced’ (lol) last week. For those who have heard the album, let me know what you think of it in the comments section.
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