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Jessie J Rocks BRIT Awards Nominations Launch

Singing sensation Jessie J rocked the crowd at the 2011 BRIT Award Nominations Launch earlier this week. Check out the burgeoning star’s acoustic performance of ‘Do It Like A Dude’ – which currently sits at #2 on the Official UK Singles Chart – below…

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New Song: Jennifer Lopez – ‘Venus’ (Full)

With the season premiere of American Idol around the corner, new judge Jennifer Lopez appears to be actioning a flood of the meda scape. Amidst a sea of new material surfacing from her this week, another new cut has hit the net – this time the full version of ‘Venus’.

Produced by Red One, the song serves as the theme for the diva’s new Gillette Venus TV campaign and is, as you may have guessed, a cover of  Shocking Blue‘s 1960’s hit of the same name.

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Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ Certified Platinum

Hip-Hop star Kanye West will no doubt be toasting to the “douchebags, a-holes”, and everyone inbetween. For, his latest LP ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ has been certified Platinum.

The album, released on November 22nd last year, has shipped 1 million copies according to the RIAA – selling 915,000 copies to-date.

Congrats are most certainly in order for Mr West. Beyond reasserting his sales consistency, the numbers are even more impressive when compared to the performance of recent releases from his chart rivals. Indeed, Diddy‘s ‘Last Train To Paris’ has only managed to shift a paltry 172,000 copies, while T.I’s ‘No Mercy’ has performed marginally better – selling through 353,000 records.

Clearly this is evidence enough that people will part with their hard earned cash if you give them reason enough to. For, particularly in the case of Diddy, his promotional push was on-par, if not, bigger than Kanye’s – only for his sales to be almost 9 times less. Interesting.

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Hot Shots: Brandy Celebrates Ray J’s Birthday In Vegas

Brandy visited Las Vegas to celebrate her brother Ray J’s birthday last evening. The songstress’ attended a birthday party at PURE nightclub. More images are available below for The YBF:

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Hot Shots: The 2011 BET Honors

The 2011 BET Honors were taped at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC last evening. Several artists including Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and Trey Songz appeared at the show which honored Jamie Foxx, actress Cicely Tyson and supermodel Iman. Peep below for more images:

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Chris Brown Readies New Single

Chris Brown has already chosen his 2nd Pop single from his upcoming ‘F.A.M.E’ album. The entertainer will release the Benny Benassi-produced ‘Beautiful People’ as the followup to his worldwide hit ‘Yeah 3x’. The latter, his 11th top 20 hit in the US, has thus far peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. {Source}

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Whitney Readying New LP

Following the Platinum success of Whitney Houston‘s comeback effort ‘I Look To You’, reliable word has it that the legendary diva is soon set to return to the studio to record its follow-up.

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From The Vault: Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim & Mya – ‘Lady Marmalade’

This week’s From The Vault feature comes from Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim and Mya. On March 27, 2001, the group released a cover of the Labelle classic ‘Lady Marmalade’ for the film ‘Moulin Rouge!’. Produced by Missy Elliott, the song was a monster hit, climbing to #1 in almost every major territory in the world including the US where it won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals’.

Vivacious and powerful, this record was enjoyably inescapable when it was released. All 4 women delivered on their parts and brought something distinctly unique to the table.

The thought of any such collaboration occurring amongst today’s younger crop of singers, however, is almost frightful. Can you imagine Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj doing something like this? With the exception of Minaj’s contribution, the song would amount to nothing less than blaspheme.

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Mariah Carey’s ‘Merry Christmas II You’ Is Certified Gold

Mariah Carey has yet another reason to celebrate as her ‘Merry Christmas II You’ album has become her 16th gold-certified album in the US. The icon’s 2nd Holiday collection was released on November 2nd and sold over 435k units in stores (with shipments exceeding 500k) after only 8 weeks in the US despite limited promotion. The gold certification was officially issued on January 11th.

These latest figures have taken Carey’s total album sales in the US to 53.2 million since 1991, giving her the highest numbers amongst women in the SoundScan era ahead of Celine Dion (51.1 million), Shania Twain (34 million) and Britney Spears (31.6 million). Moreover, Carey has the 3rd highest album sales of any artist (male or female) in that territory in the last 20 years.

In terms of shipments, the diva has moved over 63.5 million units in the US since her debut in 1990, placing her 3rd amongst women behind only Barbra Streisand (71.5 million) and Madonna (64 million). Legendary.

Sidebar: unlike conventional releases, Carey could promote this album during every Christmas season like she did with her 1st Holiday project. This means that ‘Merry Christmas II You’ has the potential to keep selling at the end of each year, eventually achieving platinum status and beyond. That is the key difference between Christmas records and standard LPs.

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Sneak Peek: Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Good Hit’ Video

Jennifer Lopez’s long-awaited video for her new single ‘Good Hit’ is nearing release. However, before the visual is premiered, the superstar has put forward a teaser to build buzz for the project. Look below for the clip:

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