Ashanti made an appearance at the 20th annual NAACP Theatre Awards at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles last evening. The singer/songwriter was awarded with the ‘Spirit Award’ for her contribution to the arts.
BET aired a special on the history of women in Hip-Hop last evening. ‘My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women & Hip Hop’ highlighted the rise of women in the male -dominated Hip-Hop industry and that struggles they encountered. Guest commentators included Missy Elliot, Trina, MC Lyte, Lil Mama, Eve and others. Check it out below:
Lady GaGa surprised her fans at her ‘Monster Ball’ tour with something special: a new song. The singer/songwriter performed a new track, entitled ‘Living On The Radio’, during her concert at the Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. Check out the fan footage below:
John Legend visited the Recording Academy Headquarters last week to replace one of his Grammy Awards that was broken by his nephew. The R&B singer used the opportunity to talk about his collaborative project with The Roots, ‘Wake Up!, that hits stores on September 21st as well as perform several of his hits. Peep the performances below:
After struggling to make a mark with their initial US promotional push, British chart-toppers JLS have joined forces with Shontelle for what is being billed as their first Stateside single (I guess we’ll pretend they never released ‘Everybody In Love’ then?)
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Peep Pop vocalist Leona Lewis posing with her brother Bradley Lewis, 29, at his wedding this past weekend. Happy days…
Pop singer Kelly Rowland stopped by the Today Show yesterday. The 29 year old stunner was there to promote Soul Train’s 40th Anniversary DVD (random, I know) as well as her forthcoming new album. Ms. Kelly looked unbelievably beautiful.
While there Rowland reaffirmed the fact that she is still recording her LP, which sources revealed had a working title of ‘One Woman Show’ – yet is apparently now not called that.
Granted we’re glad to see Kelly being meticulous with the album (recently hitting the studio with Tricky Stewart & The-Dream), this title situation is being stretched a bit much now. For, even her label-mate Nicki Minaj, whose LP is dropping after Kelly’s (November 23rd), has revealed the name of her album.
Yet our dear Ms. Rowland appears to be clinging to the fact that she’s still recording as the reason for the hold-up. However, with the theme of the album being trumpeted for the longest by Kelly herself (“being free, independent, in charge, in command”), there kinda isn’t any excuse any more. I mean, music and video hold-ups are understandable, yet from a business standpoint, knowing the name of the product is essential in ensuring widespread awareness of it BEFORE it’s released. With a November release window being cited, time really is not of the essence.
Also, we’re hearing murmurings that Kelly’s latest recording sessions have been more Urban-geared, kinda calling into question the actual direction of the album – which until now had been touted as a Dance record. There has been some talk of there being two versions of the LP, yet not much in the way of clarity on the matter.
It’s pretty much a given that we love us some Kelly here at That Grape Juice, however it’s important to keep it real. As the case of Keri Hilson showed (see: numerous delays, a million singles, etc), it’s all still to play for. However, things need to start moving…and fast.
Peep the official album cover for Faith Evans‘ latest effort ‘Something About Faith’. The independently released LP, is preceded by lead single ‘Gone Already’, as is set to hit stores October 5th.
Lauryn Hill sat down for a rare interview with MTV News following her stint at Rock The Bells recently. The Hip-Hop icon used to opportunity to explain why she decided to alter the tempo of many of her classic songs in a effort to be “spontaneous”. Check out what she had to say below: