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From The Vault : Kelly Rowland – ‘Like This’

In 2007, after a short musical hiatus, TGJ-favorite Kelly Rowland showed those who had doubted her that she could in fact “bump like this”. Our pick for this week’s From The Vault comes in the form of her club-classic ‘Like This’

Produced by Polow Da Don and written by Sean Garrett and Rowland herself, the track – which features a rap verse by the amazing Eve – was released as the first single from her sophomore effort ‘Ms. Kelly’.

It peaked at #30 on the US Hot 100, a respectable feat if you ask us, still we are sure you would agree when we say it deserved an even higher ranking – as it is often the case with Kelly’s material. On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart though, the tune managed to reach the 7th position and was her very first single to ever top the Hot Dance Club Songs tally. It also proved to be an international hit placing inside the Top 20 in Australia and Top 5 of the British and Irish charts.

The house party-themed accompanying visual, helmed by Canadian director Mike Ruiz does a stellar job capturing the carefree vibe of the song and at the time presented us with a brand new Kelly, a sassier and more confident Kelly. The performance bits are particularly stunning and the night-vision shots make for a nice addition.

With ‘Ice’ generating quite the buzz ever since its release last week and ‘Motivation’ standing as one of the biggest achievement of her career, let’s only hope the ex-X-Factor judge doesn’t forget to feed us with the club-bangers on her next project.

For as much as us and radios alike live for her mellow material, cuts such as this one, ‘Work (Put It In)’, ‘I’m Dat Chick’ or ‘Turn It Up’ as well as her more Dance-oriented tunes only testify of the diversity Ms. Kelly has to offer.

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Wireless Festival: Drake Performs ‘Make Me Proud’ Live With Nicki Minaj

For fans of Rap collective Young Money, London was the place to be last night.

Sending in their chart topping cash cows, Drake and Nicki Minaj, to represent them at the 2012 Wireless Festival at  which the ‘Practice‘ perfectionist headlined.

Now watch the pair perform their budding hit ‘Make Me Proud’ below…

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Hot Shots: Nicki Minaj Takes ‘Pink Friday Tour’ To Paris

As further proof of her global star power, last night saw Nicki Minaj take her ‘Pink Friday World Tour‘ to the French capital,Paris.

The latest stop on the global event, the Rapper touched down at the Zénith de Paris armed with the upbeat stage show and the benefit of its hype.

This, spearheaded by the recent success of her new single ‘Pound The Alarm‘ which is well on its way to becoming one of the fastest selling UK singles to be released any artist , of any genre.

Her Parisian set also comes before she launches her UK arena tour this winter, marking the first time a Female Rapper will headline her own show at London’s 02 Arena.

However, until that happens peep more from Paris below…

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Hot Shots: Keyshia Cole And Trey Songz Kick Off ‘Essence Festival’

Yesterday marked the first day of the 2012 Essence Festival, the three day event taking place in New Orleans.

Welcoming D’Angelo and  Trey Songz to the stage, the Fest also saw ‘Enough Of No Love’ singer Keyshia Cole rock the house with a set of her more recognizable numbers, which include her aforementioned new single.

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Hot Shots: Justin Bieber Shoots ‘As Long As You Love Me’ Video

It seems Justin Bieber is taking the ‘no expense spared’ approach to his latest video ‘As Long As You Love Me’.

For, by way of  emerging snaps from its LA shooting yesterday, fans are now aware the visual may feature appearances from the tune’s collaborator Big Sean, his mentor Usher and the creative force that is  Will.i.am.

The latest release spawned by the #1 album ‘Believe‘, ‘Love’ has  peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100- an indicator as to how well it will do once its video emerges.

Listen to the song and peep more video shoot snaps below…

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Must See: No Doubt Release Fresh ‘Settle Down’ Teaser

If you’re a No Doubt fan, we’re sure the last few days have been exciting to say the least.

For, days after unveiling behind the scenes footage of their new video, ‘Settle Down’, the foursome has released yet another peak into the clip.

A clip, that awaits you below…

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Hot Topic: Would You Welcome A Destiny’s Child Reunion?

Yesterday saw ‘From Above‘ mastermind Mathew Knowles wow fans with news of a ‘Destiny’s Child’ reunion.

Announcing the release of two re-packaged LPs by the trio this November, his news sparked questions surrounding the trio’s status as an ‘actual group‘, considering their successes as respective solo artists.

Solo artists, who have risen to become just as groundbreaking as the group they once soared in collectively.

So now we ask rhetorically…

Would You Welcome A Destiny’s Child Reunion?

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Beyonce Hails Frank Ocean’s ‘Letter’

When singer Frank Ocean shared his truth with the masses this week, his actions were hailed as revolutionary. Indeed, a bevy of big industry names have come out in support of the talented star, who revealed that his first love was a man.

Alas, joining the likes of Russell Simmons and Busta Rhymes in endorsing Ocean’s courageous move is Pop megastar Beyonce.

The 30 year old, who invited Ocean to work on her ‘4’ LP (the result of which was the Ocean inked ‘I Miss You’), took to her official website today, posting a simple, yet potent note of support.

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Exclusive: Michelle Williams Talks New Gospel Album

Destiny’s  Child graduate Michelle Williams recently announced that she is returning to her first true love – Gospel.

We caught up with the ‘Do You Know’ singer during the BET Awards festivities, where she dished on the project and its potential collaborators.

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Hot Shots: Lady GaGa Pulls Attention In Perth

Lady GaGa was the centre of attention in Perth last night, as she stepped out to catch a late dinner in the city.

Snapped on her way to ‘Nobu’ at the Crown Perth Hotel, the Mother Monster and her entourage hit the spot hours after their arrival, in further support of her ‘Born This Way Ball‘s Oceania leg.

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