Teen Pop star Justin Bieber has set the charts alight with hits such as ‘One Time’, ‘One Less Lonely Girl’, and ‘Baby (ft. Ludacris)’ – the video of which premièred a few moments ago on VEVO. Check out the Ray Kay directed clip above. Bieber’s friend and fellow Canadian Drake makes a cameo…
Granted the 15 year old’s music doesn’t necessarily rock my world, I must give props where props are due; Bieber is vocally gifted (for his age) and is serving up material, which dually manages to appeal to his age range as well as older listeners (working with producers/writers such as The-Dream and Tricky Stewart). A great move by his label Island (who are backing him B-I-Gtime), as doing so will ensure his longevity.
Tidbit: Biber’s album ‘My World’ is being released rather interestingly as a two parter. The first half was released as an EP back in November last year, while the second half will be released on March 23rd.
Singing sensation Alexandra Burke strut her stuff on the runway at last night’s ‘Fashion For Haiti’ event here in London. The 21 year old was one of many celebrities who participated in fund-raiser, which was organised by supermodel Naomi Campbell.
In other Burke news, she is set to film the video for new single ‘The Silence’ this weekend.
The video for Timbaland‘s latest single ‘Carry Out’ has premiered. Featuring Justin Timberlake (whose absence from the music scene has been well noted), the song is one of the better cuts on the producer’s otherwise underwhelming ‘Shock Value 2′ LP. As for the Bryan Barber directed clip, it’s nothing to scream about, yet it serves purpose I guess.
Cash Money’s (soon-to-be) latest addition Sabrina Washington is creating quite the buzz with catchy new single ‘OMG (Oh My Gosh)’ (out March 22nd). The video for the track has been out for a few weeks now and is on rotation on several networks; check out a behind the scenes look at how it all came together (above).
Janet Jackson‘s former boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, has opened up to MTV about the superstar’s forthcoming single ‘Nothing’, which is lifted from the ‘Why Did I Get Married Too’ soundtrack – the movie of which Jackson stars in. Check out what he had to say about the cut – which he produced:
Jermaine Dupri recently told MTV News he had produced a new Janet Jackson song for the upcoming Tyler Perry film in which the singer also stars, “Why Did I Get Married Too?”
According to the So So Def boss, the track is slated to be the first single from the movie’s soundtrack — the film is scheduled to arrive in theaters April 2.
“I watched the movie with [Jackson and Perry] and it’s incredible,” Dupri said. “I’m not married but married people go through what I seen in this movie. I think Tyler hit it on the head again. But the song is perfect for the movie and it’s a good record.”
The producer was tight-lipped about the track, only revealing that the title was “Nothing.” He promised, however, that the song will showcase a Jackson that fans haven’t seen in a while.
“I can say this — y’all haven’t heard her sound like this in a long time,” he teased.
Granted I’ve been punk’ed by many a producer touting how ‘amazingly different’ a song is going to be enough times to greet such promises with pessimism, I am admittedly uber excited about this. This really is Janet’s time to silence the naysayers and re-position herself as a musical force, which I’m confident she will if the material, label situation etc is right. In any case, ‘Nothing’ should be premièring any time from now…
Tidbit: A little birdy has informed us that Ms. Jackson’s new label, Interscope, will likely include ‘Nothing’ on her as-yet-untitled LP which is pencilled in for a May/June release – if it performs well.
After first appearing on the music radar with underground smash ‘Surveillance’ two years ago, Atlantic Records singer/songwriter Wynter Gordon is finally set to release her debut single ‘Dirty Talk’, her official website has confirmed. Produced by the industry’s most sought-after hitmaker David Guetta, the song is a blissful blend of Pop and Dance, with a unique Urban undertone. Lyrically, ‘Talk’ is neither deep nor ground-breaking (and is actually rather suggestive), yet boasts many a catchy hook to ensure you’ll be singing along upon first listen. If there is any justice in the world, this just has to be a smash somewhere! Great track!
A stunning looking Alicia Keys features on the cover of the March issue of Gotham Magazine. The 12-time Grammy winner’s look was put together by celebrity stylist June Ambrose, who donned the singer in a Catherine Malandrino ensemble.
Hands-down the most beautiful I’ve seen Ms. Keys look to date!
Brandy’s music career has come to a halt. As one of the rising stars of the 1990′s, she seemed primed to be amongst the most successful artists of the 2000′s. Yet, since the release of her ‘Full Moon’ LP in 2002, her music career has been on a steady decline, with her impact on the charts diminishing with each subsequent release. The root cause of this decrease in sales, however, remains a mystery.
Despite achieving critical success with her ‘Afrodisiac‘ and ‘Human’ albums, both records represent the lowest sales in Brandy’s entire career. Indeed, the latter of the two projects sold little over 200k units since it’s release on December 5th, 2008 although she made several major promotional appearances. It seems that regardless of how good her material may be or how hard she tries to promote it, the general public hasn’t paid attention.
There is no denying that Brandy will always have a presence on television, thanks to the massive success of her syndicated show ‘Moesha’ and her upcoming reality show, but her notable absence on radio continues to baffle both her fans and critics alike. Her brother Ray J offered his perspective on the issue, asserting that a lot of her problems result from her label conflicts. Nevertheless, many contend that EPIC Records gave her substantial support during her ‘Human’ campaign.
So what is real reason for the decline of Brandy’s chart success? Is it really her label situation? Or is it something else? Her material could certainly find a place on contemporary radio as ‘Human’ had all the elements of a mainstream hit. It’s anyone’s guess why people just aren’t interested.
The cover art for Lady GaGa and Beyonce’s ‘Telephone’ single has finally been released. The song has thus far peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video to support the record is set to be released any day now.