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Retro Rewind: Whitney Houston – ‘Try It On My Own’

The untimely passing of Whitney Houston has seen much of the singer’s hits rocket into to the upper echelon of the charts.

However, for as much as we love Houston’s classic cuts, we’re also keen ardent appreciators of her latter material. Case, point, 2003’s ‘Try It On My Own’.

Lifted from the late star’s 5th studio album ‘Just Whitney’, the song and its accompanying were initially hailed upon release – with  ample reason too. Vocally, the track would become one of the last recorded showcases of ‘The Voice’ (see: potent, textured, and effortless); while the visual underlined the track’s compelling lyrics. Lyrics which relayed a narrative of going it alone after years of corporate scaffolding.

All rather fascinating stuff given that the song’s housing album was the first and only to not feature creative input from Houston’s  long-time mentor Clive Davis. Indeed, it was then-head of Arista LA Reid who took creative helm of the project.

And yet it was this juxtaposition of Whitney being in control versus a reality which saw her life spinning out of it which sunk the song and the album moreover. The media (and the masses they influence) were simply not entertaining any such “in-control” notion. Indeed, it seemed the more Whitney proclaimed it, the less people believed.

As such, ‘Try’ peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100, while ‘Just Whitney’ peaked at #9 on the US album tally.

Still, neither can take away from the “stellar” that was the Babyface produced song and the ‘Just Whitney’ album moreover. Both earn a well-deserved spot next to the legend’s best material. Commercially successful or not.

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Hot Shots: Beyonce & Blue Ivy Take Another Stroll

“Strong enough to bare them children, then get back to business”

Indeed, that’s exactly what Beyonce seems to be doing.

Never one to sit down, the tour de force -who gave birth just last month-was snapped out and about again with Billboard record-breaker Blue Ivy.

Armed with bodyguard Julius, the ‘Crazy In Love’ singer rocked the same outfit as the day prior, when she has husband Jay-Z made their first public outing with their young one.

This go round we hear the star was meeting up with family and running errands. We patiently await the time she’ll ready to do what she does best – run the stage.

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Watch: Rebecca Ferguson Covers Drake’s ‘Take Care’

Platinum songbird Rebecca Ferguson is celebrating a year of trailblazing success with her first headline tour.

And while the trek sees the X Factor star serve up stirring renditions of her own material (such as chart-topper ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’), it also sees her give a soulful nod to other acts – including Drake.

Peep her take on the Young Money MC’s ‘Take Care’ at the jaunt’s Oxford stop below…

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Hot Shost: Jessie J Glows Gold In ‘The Voice’ Promo’s

Cop a gander at Jessie J!

The Pop powerhouse strikes a diva pose in this newly unveiled promo shot for ‘The Voice UK’.

Set to kick off on BBC1 on March 24th, the British incarnation of the show sees J serve as a “coach” alongside will.i.am, Tom Jones, and DannyO’Donoghue.

We’ll be watching. Will you…

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Hot Shots: J.Lo Looking Lovely on Oscars’ Red Carpet

‘All I Have’ hitmaker Jennifer Lopez certainly had all eyes on her at the 84th annual Academy Awards tonight.  The Billy Crystal-hosted affair, held at Hollywood’s ‘Hollywood & Highland Center’, saw J.Lo’s low plunging neckline courtesy of her Zuhair Murad gown.

Already one of the events most talked about subjects, Miss Lopez was one of many musicians rocking the red carpet of Hollywood’s biggest night.  Pharrell and J. Lo’s former boo Diddy were also in attendance.

Peep some pics below (thanks, in part, to Rap-Up):

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Nicki Minaj Rocks NBA All Star Game *Updated*

‘Starships’ performer Nicki Minaj was one of many lending her star power to the NBA All Star Game tonight.  With Mary J. Blige, Pitbull, and Ne-Yo also heading the hip hop heavy sporting event, Minaj brought her colorful personality to the set.  Moving the crowd with a medley of her hits including ‘Super Bass’, ‘Moment 4 Life’, and more, her performance, as ever, had people talking.

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Mary J. Blige Delivers Stunning ‘Star Spangled Banner’

Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige royally showed up and out at the 2012 NBA All Star game tonight.  Kicking things off with a rousing rendition of the U.S. National Anthem, Blige brought the house down with her soulful showing at the game moments ago.

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Guess Who?!

Can you guess who saddled up on this monster cycle? Find out after the jump…

Hint: One of her signature hits centres on exactly what she’s doing!

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Nicki Minaj Joins V Festival Line Up /Breaks Female Rap Record

Seriously though, could the day get any better for Nicki Minaj?

For, hours after she became the first Femcee to have two songs chart simultaneously in the UK top ten,  the last hour brought more good news for the star and her fans.

She is to perform at this year’s V Festival.

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Chart Check: Adele’s ’21’ Tops UK Chart For 21st Week



Despite being released 57 weeks ago, Adele’s ’21‘ is the UK’s #1, following her performance at the 2012 Brit Awards last week.

The LP, which has now sold over 18 million copies worldwide, rose by two spots this week, forcing Emeli Sande’s ‘Our Version Of Event‘s to #2, and Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Born To Die‘ to #4.

Elsewhere, Whitney’s Houston‘s ‘The Essential‘  rises to #17 after spending last week at #40, placing it one spot above Rihanna‘s ‘Talk That Talk’ and two places above ‘Heaven’ by Rebecca Ferguson.

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