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The X Factor 2012: Eliminations (Week 2)

The X Factor 2012 saw its 2nd set of eliminations tonight. Find out who’s heading home this week…

{An international phenomenon, local versions of the show show now air in the US, Italy, France and beyond. The brain-child of Simon Cowell, The X Factor is responsible for birthing the careers of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, One Direction, Cher Lloyd and JLS.
Judging the hopefuls are Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, original panelist Louis Walsh, and newcomer Nicole Scherzinger}.

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From The Vault: Amerie – ‘1 Thing’

This week’s From The Vault pick is lifted from the catalogue of one of R&B most underrated acts, Blasian beauty Amerie and her signature smash ‘1 Thing’.
Boasting incredible production from Grammy-winning producer Rich Harrisson, ‘1 Thing’ was taken from Ms Rogers sophomore set, ‘Touch’, and served as her breakthrough single, giving her an exposure that was lacking at the time she released her fantastic debut ‘All I Have’.
The Go-Go cut was a Top 10 hit in the US where it charted at #8 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Its #4 placing on the UK Singles Chart as well as it reaching #13 on both the Australian one and the European Hot 100 Singles Chart has cemented its status as a global blockbuster.
Also notable about the gem is its incredible music video. Directed by Chris Robinson and the singer herself, it depicted the diva in a markedly different light than on her previous visuals. Leaving the girl-next-door image in her periphery, Amerie channels her inner femme-fatale sporting high-fashion clothing and engaging in stellar choreography courtesy of Tanisha Scott.
Regrettably, the ‘Why Don’t We Fall In Love’ belle was never quite able to reproduce the triumph of ‘1 Thing’, although her subsequent material has always been qualitatively up-to-par.
And while this has never prevented us from enjoying her more recent offerings – especially the classic ‘Because I Love It’ LP, we feel she should definitely get a share of the “commercial success pie”. After all, she is part of modern R&B’s finest.

What is keeping Amerie from commercial relevance?


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‘Styled To Rock’: Rihanna ‘Fashion Show’ Faces Cancellation

Without a doubt, Rihanna is and will be for sometime Pop’s reigning singles Queen.

However, much to her dismay, she has always struggled to impress outside of the charts- facing the shame of ‘Battleships’ Box Office bombing and her lack of a US #1 album seven years into her glowing career.

Now, her latest project ‘Styled To Rock’ is facing the axe after pulling in lack luster viewing figures in the UK.

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Hot Shots: Rita Ora Shines Bright At ‘Atlanta Pride Festival’

Rita Ora continued on in her international promo efforts last night, when she wowed fans on the first day of the 2012 ‘Atlanta Pride‘, in support of National Coming Out Day.

Performing numbers from her #1 album ‘ORA‘, her arrival at the event precedes the launch of her new single ‘Shine Ya Light’, armed with a video shot in her homeland of Kosovo.

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Hot Shots: The Stars Align For BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock’

The stars came out to play in LA last night, in celebration of the BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock’ which boasted appearances and performances by Ciara, Missy Elliott, Eva Longoria and Keyshia Cole.

Tuck into pics, courtesy of She Is Diva below…

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Hot Shots: Ciara, Missy Elliott & Brandy Bring It At BET Black Girls Rock 2012

BET brought out many a star last night for their annual Black Girls Rock extravaganza.

Filmed at New York’s Paradise Theater and set to air on November 4th, the event celebrates the successes of Afro-American women in the entertainment, literary, and philanthropic arenas.

Providing the night’s performances were a who’s who of R&B. Ciara performed new single ‘Sorry’ and brought out Missy Elliott who rocked the house with her own buzz cut ‘9th Inning’. Also on the bill was vocal bible Brandy, who memorized with her ‘Wildest Dreams’.

Great to see the ladies, all of whom have new projects to boot, given the platform to showcase their ever-shining talent. Needless to say November 4th couldn’t come sooner! In the meanwhile, peep more pics below…

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Ashanti Brings In Birthday With Impromptu Club Performance

Atlanta’s Reign Nightclub saw ‘Rain On Me’ maestra Ashanti ring in her 32nd birthday with a few impromptu live performances – much to the delight of the club’s attendees.

Hosted by rumored beau Nelly, the songstress hit the stage last night to cover hits ‘Good Good’, ‘Only U’, and more while receiving well-wishes from onlookers.

Undoubtedly warming up chops for promotions of her upcoming LP ‘Braveheart’, see the ‘That’s What We Do’ diva show ATL exactly how she does below:

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Watch: ‘The X Factor UK’ / (Series 9 – Live Shows – Episode 2)

The X Factor 2012 aired its second Live Show this evening. This portion of the talent search sees the contestants’ ability showcased before a live audience – with an act being sent home each week.

Judging the hopefuls are new additions Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, original panelist Louis Walsh, and newcomer Nicole Scherzinger.

{An international phenomenon, local versions of the show show now air in the US, Italy, France and beyond. The brain-child of Simon Cowell, The X Factor is responsible for birthing the careers of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, One Direction, Cher Lloyd and JLS.}.
Peep the best of this week’s Live Shows below…

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The Spill On…Q. Parker (formerly of 112)

Ever keen on keeping the masses abreast of fresh and/or often underrated talent, That Grape Juice presents ‘The Spill’ – a renewed look at not-so-new, yet active, acts.

Much like its ‘Freshly Squeezed’ sister segment, this revived assay aims to put the magnifying glass on talents who may not appeal to the buying public on a broad scale yet are still serving material that could easily spin side-by-side with some of today’s top hits.

Covering a kaleidoscope of genres, ‘The Spill’ is set to feature some names you probably know and love as well as some you’ll (soon) be glad to know.  Click below to find out the spill on crooner Q. Parker

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Dawn Richard Inks Major Distribution Deal

Dawn Richard is heading to a store near you!

Yes, in what we’d say is an answer to many a prayer this last year, the avant garde artist has inked a major distribution deal for her debut album ‘GoldenHeart‘.

Thus, pushing her presently niche brand to the masses.

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