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Akon: “Christina Is Copying GaGa”

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Following hitmaker Claude Kelly’s recent claims that comparisons between Christina Aguilera and Lady GaGa are ‘crap’, GaGa’s mentor and label head Akon has given his own two cents on Aguilera. Speaking to VIBE, the ‘Smack That’ singer’s comments are sure to get tongues wagging. Check out what he had to say after the jump…

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Hot Shots: Whitney Wows Birmingham

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Diva Whitney Houston made a triumphant return to the stage tonight, when she kicked off the European leg of her ‘Nothing But Love Tour’ in Birmingham’s LG Arena. The ‘I Will Always Love You’ singer had been battling a respiratory infection, an illness which forced her to re-schedule a number of dates at the start of the tour’s most recent leg.

According to sources in attendance, Nippy nailed it! More power to her!

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Ciara Set To Unleash Her ‘Basic Instinct’

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As anticipation for Ciara’s new material reaches fever-pitch, the sultry songstress has revealed that her forthcoming LP is titled ‘Basic Instinct’.

Revealing the news at the premiere for Chris Rock’s ‘Death at a Funeral’ last night in LA, the singer added that the album is “even more sensual, confident, and cocky…in a fun way”. The record was executive produced by the 24 year old, and hitmakers The-Dream & Tricky Stweart.

‘Basic Instinct’, which will be preceded by first single ‘Ride (ft. Ludacris)’, is due in stores this summer.

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Great title; probably one of the best I’ve heard in a while. One can imagine it’ll refer to the singer re-engaging with her earlier sound – a point both Ciara and the album’s producers have commented on previously. Now, if only ‘Ride’ would hurry up and drop!

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Kelis Scores Big In Court; Nas To Pay Up

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Rapper Nas’ wallet will no doubt be feeling lighter today, following the latest ruling in his divorce settlement with ex Kelis.

TMZ report that documents filed in L.A. County Superior Court reveal that the 36 year old star has to immediately pay a sum of $47,249.42 in back-child support and $40,454 in back spousal support to the ‘Milkshake’ singer.

Worse still, the presiding judge further ordered Nas to pay $10,000 a month in spousal support until he pays off the $299,015.50 total he owes Kelis.

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Nas also has to pay 90% of Kelis’ legal fees to the tune of $155,787.28, as well as $48,549.83 to cover Kelis’ accounting expenses.

Legal analysts suggest that the rapper could have avoided such financial blows had he settled from the jump; particularly considering the fact that Kelis was repped by hotshot divorce attorney Laura Wasser.

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Can you say ‘taken to the cleaners’ or what?! Wow….

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Hot Shots: Rihanna Shoots ‘Rockstar 101′ Video

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Peep Bajan model Rihanna on the set of the video for her latest single ‘Rockstar 101′, along with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. While it’s great to see that her team have finally decided on a single (after changing it three times), it’s not so great to see that Ms. Fenty has reverted back to her dark/faux-edgy look.

Surely with ‘Rude Boy’ being the only thing that actually caught on from ‘Rated R’, the aspiring singer and her team would have got the memo that that spooky ish was just not gonna cut it. It’ll be interesting to see how this particular release pans out…

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Sade Performs ‘Baby Father’ On Leno

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Sade performed ‘Baby Father’ on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno a few hours ago. Check out the performance of the song, which is the second single to be lifted from their Platinum selling ‘Solider of Love’ LP,  after the jump…

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Hot Shots: Ciara At ‘Death At A Funeral’ Premiere / ‘Ride’ Update

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Peep R&B star Ciara posing it up on the red carpet at the Los Angeles première of the movie ‘Death At A Funeral’ last night. Nice.

In other Ciara news, it appears there has either been a change of plans on her label’s end regarding the premiere of new single ‘Ride’or the source-cited by her usually-reliable fansites may have been inaccurate. While many a fan sat waiting in vein at their radios yesterday, expecting to hear the song, That Grape Juice reached out to her label Jive to get to the bottom of the situation. Interestingly, the label informed us that they knew nothing at all of a planned ‘Ride’ premiere for yesterday. Even more confusing, Ciara’s usually-active Twitter was silent yesterday, with no updates posted. Kinda has us thinking the whole thing may be a buzz-generating plan; smart, yet one which could easily backfire, should the song not deliver.

Still, with an anticipated iTunes release date of April 20th, it can’t be long until the Ludacris-assisted cut makes its debut.

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Hot Shots: Lady GaGa Arrives In Japan

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Always one to live up to her eccentric nature, Lady GaGa was snapped in this daring ensemble as she arrived at Japan’s Narita International Airport. The 24 year old is set to kick off  the Asian leg of her ‘Monster Ball Tour’. There’s only one GaGa…

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Nicole Scherzinger On Dancing With The Stars (Week 4)



Check out Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger shaking it to the Rumba on week 4 of the current season of Dancing With The Stars. Scherzinger is a favourite to win, along with former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.

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Ginuwine Lashes Out At Timbaland

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In a recent interview with VIBE, R&B crooner Ginuwine hit out at former mentor Timbaland. The 39 year old expressed his displeasure at being shunned by the hitmaker when recording his most recent LP, ‘A Mans Thoughts’, which debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 last June.

Some visitors will remember Ginuwine, along with Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and the late Aaliyah, were a clique of sorts back in the 90′s. Now, it appears relationships are fractured to say the least.

Check out what the former ‘Bachelor’ had to say about his ol’ pal after the jump…

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