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Jennifer Hudson: Product vs Promotion

Peruse of the Pop charts may give fans a new reason to ask ‘Where You At’ to R&B belter Jennifer Hudson.  The Dreamgirl, who seemingly saw her rise to fame happen overnight, has now found audiences sleeping on her material.  But, to doubt Hudson’s celebrity would be ill as her star in other formats seems to burn as brightly as ever with endorsement deals and silver screen appearances showing without shortage.  However, the platform that originally put the ‘Spotlight’ singer in the spotlight has found itself fading.

Fans first saw Hudson make her way through the ranks of American Idol with fellow belter Fantasia.  The latter walked away with the crown, but Hudson (later) walked away with the gold.  Her 2006 film debut in ‘Dreamgirls’, opposite Pop megastar Beyonce, and 2008 self titled debut album lifted the Idol alum to dizzying heights of decoration (Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy).  But, as Hudson’s headlines fluctuated from chart toppers to personal tragedies and triumphs (that later led to an extended break from the public eye), every year of her absence still saw her active on the big screen but not Billboard (‘Sex and the City’, ‘Secret Life of Bees’, and ‘Fragments’).  Of course, only leaving fans that much more anxious (and angry) for new material from the Chicagoan songbird.

3 years after her first tread on charts, the singer returned with ‘I Remember Me’ led by the ballad ‘Where You At’.  With stiff competition from R&B comeback kid Chris Brown, Hudson’s promotional promenade left no stone unturned, hitting (what seemed like) every major hotspot available at the time.  It seemed to pay off.  With no single in sight on Billboard’s Hot 100 upper half, the singer still managed to move 165k her first week.  However, fans quickly forgot ‘I Remember Me’.  And with watch for its follow-up single ‘No One Gonna Love You’ fading due to everlasting press for the singer’s Weight Watching, ‘Remember Me’ was ironically minimized to a distant memory.

So, what is the problem?  As Brandy, Mya, and many other R&B divas can attest, extended breaks in an ever-changing Pop landscape doesn’t lend many favors.  But, many will argue Hudson’s entire package (look and sound) have improved since her debut effort.  On the other hand, with Electro-Pop still being the dominating force in the industry, is there just not a place for R&B acts who curtail choreography and a troop of background dancers bumping to a beat?  Or, though Hudson’s promo schedule saw no shortage of stops (even months after its release), was there just too much promotion of the wrong single? Material not up to scratch?

We want you to weigh in:  Jennifer Hudson – Product or Promotion?  What’s to blame?

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Hot Shot: Mary J. Blige’s Alternate Ebony Cover

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Fans all over the world take a collective sigh of relief as Ebony magazine has unveiled the alternate Mary J. Blige cover for its October issue.  Regal indeed, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul shines on the simplistic cover.  With fans and non-fans alike lending mixed reviews of the original cover, here’s hoping this second-go-round satiates the critics.

For, as evidenced by the behind the scenes video, there were mountains of better shots to choose from.  We’re just glad they at least picked one.

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Hot Shots: Solange Sizzles at Rimmel Press Conference

Solo StarSolange Knowles was in the spotlight channeling her inner Diana Ross at the Rimmel press conference celebrating 10 years with fashion it-girl Kate Moss.  As fans know, the songstress acts as the face of the brand and also recently introduced a new line of lipstick with the cosmetics company.

There, word has it, the youngest of the Knowles clan revealed The Carters recently learned the sex of their baby. But, of course, the ‘I Decided’ singer decided to keep tight-lipped on the story from there.

See Solange strike a pose below (Via BlackHairMedia):

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J. Cole Cleans Up In ‘GQ’, Talks Rihanna Sextape

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You can expect to see more and more of rising rap star J. Cole on the promo rounds as the date for his debut LP ‘Cole Word: The Sideline Story’ draws nearer.  Seems fans ‘can’t get enough’ of the Roc rapper as anticipation for his September 27th released studio effort builds.

And while Cole has most recently made headlines for his appearance in the October issue of GQ magazine and newly released Trey Songz-assisted ‘Can’t Get Enough’ video, there’s another alleged video that’s recently landed him in headlines as well – featuring none other that ‘Can’t Get Enough’ co-star/cameo Rihanna.

To address that rumor, as well as others, Cole dropped by MTV’s Sucker Free to share the scoop.  Find out his thoughts after the jump:

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New Video: Frank Ocean – ‘Thinking About You’

Yes, ‘Thinking About Forever’ is now Roc Nation’s budding star Bridget Kelly’s “buzz record” of sorts, but Frank Ocean’s previously released demo version, ‘Thinking About You’, seems to have taken on a life of it’s on. So much so, Ocean recently released the High 5 Collective directed visual for his original take on the tune.

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Brandy Bitten By Acting Bug, Drops More ‘Diva’ News

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R&B beauty Brandy is readying a full-on comeback to the public eye with a host of television appearances and new music.  While we’ve already learned of her schedule appearances on 90210 and reality talent show ‘Majors & Minors’, fans can first expect to see the diva on Lifetime’s ‘Drop Dead Diva’ this Sunday, September 18th.

Speaking most recently with VLN TV, the ‘Full Moon’ singer dished about flirting with acting ‘full time’ as well as dropped dibs on her yet-untitled upcoming record.

Fans should get ready because B-Rocka is ready for a comeback!  Until then, find out this and what else is new with Ms. Norwood after the jump:

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R. Kelly: “Trey Songz Needs To Humble Himself”

R&B crooner R. Kelly may be an industry veteran, yet he’s showing no signs of slowing. While visiting Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI’s The Morning Riot today, the 44 year old revealed that the title of his forthcoming album is ‘Black Panties’. The LP, he claims, is a follow-up of sorts to his classic ’12 Play’.

And while we’re sure the public will be the deciders of that, Kelly’s choice words for Trey Songz were equally as notable.

Find out what the ‘Ignition’ singer had to say about Trigga, and interestingly Chris Brown, after the jump…

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New Song: Ashanti – ‘Never Too Far Away’

‘The Way That I Love You’ songstress Ashanti has been away from radio and charts alike for sometime now, but that absence could soon be ending with the surfacing of her latest musical venture ‘Never Too Far Away’. The track, to be featured on the motion picture Dream House, sees Douglas leave her signature, decorative bass bumps and catchy hooks behind in favor of a stripped down piano arrangement to let her voice be the centerpiece.

With her 2008 release ‘The Declaration’ failing to make much of a statement on charts,  fans and critics have been itching for its follow-up (which TGJ learned the songbird is readying for release in the coming months) to see if the ‘Good Good’ singer really has the goods.

Does Douglas deliver?  You be the judge:

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JLS Preview New Single ‘Take A Chance On Me’

At the rate JLS release singles, it’s fair to say the group’s projects are almost becoming one in the same.

Still, numbers speak louder than words, and the colourful quartet have delivered a plenty on that tip. As such, keeping the momentum going, Aston and co are gearing up to drop the latest single from their third studio album (in as many years) ‘Jukebox’.

Due in full in the next few week, the guys previewed the track, titled ‘Take A Chance On Me’, today. Listen after the jump…

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