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Former Glory Vs. Future Gain: The Plight of the (Aging) Pop Queen

An array of awards line their shelves. Millions line their bank accounts and album sales statistics.  Adoring fans line concert venues, fan pages, and front stan wars in defense of them.  Yet, interestingly, even with all the aforementioned, stars like Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and Madonna find themselves placed in quite the pop pickle.  For, in their hey day, they revisited, revamped, and, to then contemporary music fans, replaced the divas of old.  Putting the Chers, Diana Rosses, Aretha Franklins, Barbra Streisands, and co.s ‘out to pasture’ while they dominated the pop charts.

But, insert a 20 year fast forward, and they find themselves in (or approaching) somewhat of the same jam.

Redefining the standards of pop excellence, the latter 21st century divas (unlike those before them) used the music video medium to push their agenda.   Glossy visuals, accompanied by high octane choreography, cinematic quality themes, and live performances to match.  But, now the pop queens that paved the way for Britney Spears, Beyonce, Rihanna, and more are now finding themselves in their direct competition – sonically and visually.  Some will argue that no copy will ever trump the original, while others say they’ve had their day and should step aside.

We at TGJ want to know:  when one reaches a level of legendary status…what’s to gain from continuing?  You’ve paved the way, had the fame/fortune, and the adulation.  What’s next?  As Madonna’s 12th LP ‘MDNA’ landed on shelves this week, and Janet and Mariah (amongst others 40+ year old divas) are hard at work at their latest offerings,  sales dwindle and once universal praise turns into mock.

The inescapable age/gender bias leads us to ask:

Former Glory Vs. Future Gain:  Do stars who continue to push “pass their prime” ruin their legacies?  Is the gain – at the risk of ridicule, changing one’s sound for the sake of sounding “current”, or dressing/acting much too young – worth the gain of a new generation of followers?

Your thoughts?

 

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New Music: Chris Brown – ‘Sweet Love’

Courtesy of Chris Brown’s twitter, comes a brand new song called ‘Sweet Love’ lifted from the singer/dancer’s upcoming ‘Fortune’ album.

What are you waiting for?

Listen to the alleged first single after the jump and sound-off below.

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Chart Check: Madonna Set To Land 5th Consecutive #1

Queen of Pop Madonna is on course to remind heiresses that she is indeed still ruling the charts.  For, just one week after the debut of her Youtube (partially) banned number ‘Girls Gone Wild’, her faithful following have gone to task to put the Material Girl’s latest material atop Billboard charts.

Boasting her best first week number’s since 2005’s ‘Confessions On A Dance Floor’, ‘MDNA’ marks Madge’s 5th consecutive #1 album and 8th overall (starting with 2000’s ‘Music’).

Find out how much the ‘Holiday’ hitmaker is expected to move:

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New Song: Rihanna/Rick Ross/Chris Brown – ‘Birthday Cake’ Remix

 

‘The Biggest Boss’ Rick Ross slides in for a slice of Rihanna‘s ‘Birthday Cake’.  Lending his vocals to Da Internz-produced cut, Ricky Rozay plays assistant to Ri and controversial collaborator Chris Brown on this revamp.

Does Ricky have the goods to make this sweet track even sweeter? You decide after the jump:

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Trey Songz Gets Deep With ‘The Breakfast Club’

With Chris Brown back on the scene, Trey Songz needs all the help he can get to promote his new single ‘Heart Attack‘ and its  supporting album.

So, armed with a ‘strictly R&B’ agenda and some thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case, he took to ‘The Breakfast Club’ today.

Watch below…

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Hot Shots: Janet Jackson Lands In LAX In Fighting Form

Janet Jackson looked fit to kill walking through LAX airport wearing a camouflage jacket with boyfriend jeans and a Goyard bag.

We can’t wait to see 45 year old tearing up the stage again [hopefully] in the near future!

See more shots of the hard-bodied diva below.

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Watch: Drake Does Lil Wayne

Rapper, actor…celebrity impersonator? Yes. Young Money‘s Drake does it all!

During an interview with BBC Radio‘s Tim Westwood the former ‘Mr. Jimmy Brooks’ gushed over his mimicking skills, “Impersonations are my thing amongst my friends,” before proceeding to give a spot-on impression of his idol and mentor, Lil Wayne.

Check out the triple treat bring the funny after the jump and sound-off below.

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’ Certified Platinum

Men lie, Lil Kim lies,numbers don’t.

Yes, in what can only cement her status as Pop’s leading starlet, Nicki Minaj scored quite the feat this week- days before the release of her new LP ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded‘.

Because, less than a month since its release, her new single ‘Starships‘ has been certified platinum.

Details below…

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Watch: Justin Bieber Promotes MTV ‘Punk’d’ On Kimmel

As earlier reported, MTV‘s Punk’d is set to return to screens tomorrow!

Boasting weekly celebrity host, stars of the show Justin Bieber and Aston Kutcher stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show last night to plug tomorrow’s big reboot.

Check out the hilarity below and let us know…

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Must See: Rihanna ‘Shades’ Journalist

Currently in the UK to promote ‘Battleship’, Rihanna joined the flick’s cast for a press conference today, weeks before it hits theaters on April 11th.

However, as you will see in the clip below, it was Ms.Fenty’s patience- and not promo skills- that were put to the test when she was quizzed on her relationship status. In particular, her involvement with Ashton Kutcher.

Hilarity below…

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