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From The Vault: Lucy Pearl – ‘Dance Tonight’

R&B-Soul ensemble Lucy Pearl and their debut single ‘Dance Tonight’ serve as this week’s From The Vault pick.

Comprised of the great Raphael Saadiq, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and funky diva Dawn Robinson, the trio were somewhat of a super-group, having been part of Tony! Toni! Toné!, A Tribe Called Quest and En Vogue respectively. (Neo-Soul pioneer D’Angelo was intended to be part of the line-up but such plans fell through when he decided to concentrate on finishing his own record.)

Lifted from their eponymous album, ‘Dance’ was released during the Spring of 2000 and was hailed by critics who raved about its lush production and noted an incredible vocal chemistry between Saadiq and Robinson.

And yet, commercially, this piece of R&B-Soul only managed to reach the lower tier of the Top 40 (#36).  A respectable feat for a new band you’d say; only this song had (and still has #1 inked all over it) and was an edible anthesis to the Bubblegum-Pop that was flooding the airwaves at that time… and stays superior to most of the fast-food pop that is topping iTunes today.

Still, justice was soemwhat served when the cut was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001 in the Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group or a Duo category.

From its vintage sets and an overall ‘zen’ vibe, the groove’s accompanying video is a perfect fit, bringing an already shy-high track to even higher grounds.

With the likes of Nas & Damian Marley, The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye) and Duck Sauce (Armand Van Helden & A-Trak) killing in more ways than one the charts and stages of the world, it seems the music industry is slowly re-embracing the idea of supergroups like Lucy Pearl. Leading us to ask you…

Which artists would you put together in a supergroup?

 

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Hot Shot: Monica Unveils ‘New Life’ Promo Pic

R&B veteran Monica poses it up with sons Rodney (6) and Romello (4) in this stunning promotional portrait for her forthcoming album ‘New Life’.

The set which arrives via RCA on April 10th is preceded by singles ‘Until It’s Gone’ and current effort ‘It All Belongs To Me (w. Brandy)’.

Boasting producers such as Missy Elliott, Polow Da Don, Bryan Michael Cox, and Salaam Remi, we quite literally can’t wait to hear the set.

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Watch: Nicki Minaj ‘Bears’ All In Japan


Following her promo stint in Japan, Nicki Minaj welcomed fans to an intimate Ustream session, debuting a new pair of furry friends.

Speaking on her upcoming album, her time in Tokyo and when her fans across the globe can expect to see her, the session comes before she performs her latest single ‘Starships‘ on American Idol, this Thursday.

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Watch: ‘The Voice UK’ (Series 1 / Episode 1)

The search for ‘The Voice UK’ is finally underway!

Already a smash in the US (and its original home of Holland), the show has arrived on British shores by way of the BBC. Coaches this side of the pond are Jessie J, will.i.am, Danny O’ Donoghue, and the legendary Tom Jones.

Billed as the definitive talent-search, many are predicting it to serve as a true contender to The X Factor‘s strong hold.

Judge for yourself below with highlights from episode 1 / series 1 below…

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Hot Shots: Rihanna Checks In To ‘China’ Set

While new hair colors generally indicate a new project is on the horizon, here’s hoping this switcheroo is a one-time deal.

For, as earlier reported, Pop princess Rihanna is hard at work on the video set of the Coldplay-led single ‘Princess Of China’.  Already rocking U.S. charts with a short reign in the top 20, the single is sure to be revived when full view of the clip is available.

The Barbadian yodeler, who is said to have just wrapped her own ‘Where Have You Been’ video (lifted from ‘Talk That Talk’), is also gearing up for promotion of her latest venture into film ‘Battleship’.   The Peter Berg-directed flick is set to sail into theaters on May 18th.

Until then, get into these snaps of Rih times 3 (courtesy of RihannaDiva):

The girl is undeniably one of the hardest working chicks in the game.  Too bad her vocal coach wouldn’t say the same.

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Watch: Nicki Minaj – ‘Starships (Live In Japan)’


The proof- as they say- is always in the pudding.

Indeed, in what is a testament to the ethic of her team and the strength of her brand, Nicki Minaj has developed quite the audience in the Eastern world, despite travelling there for the first time last week.

Not sure what we mean?

Peep the Rapper performing her #1 single ‘Starships’ in Japan nights ago, and let us know what you think below…

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MTV ‘Punk’d’ Is Back! Watch Extended Trailer

As earlier reported, MTV have commissioned a brand new season of ‘Punk’d’. The celebrity prank show is set to return to screens on March 29th, with a guest-host featuring each week. Peep the extended trailer below! (more…)

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Watch: ‘The Voice UK (Series 1/ Episode 1)’

The search for ‘The Voice UK’ is finally underway!

Already a smash in the US (and its original home of Holland), the show has arrived on British shores by way of the BBC. Coaches this side of the pond are Jessie J, will.i.am, Danny O’ Donoghue, and the legendary Tom Jones.

Billed as the definitive talent-search, many are predicting it to serve as a true contender to The X Factor‘s strong hold.

Judge for yourself below with highlights from episode 1 / series 1 below…

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Azealia Banks Cooks Up ‘212’ EP

Much to horror of her ‘hater’s, Azealia Banks is slowly but surely exceeding all expectations.

Proving, by way of chart ranking and fan response, that she is anything but the flavor of the month, the Rapper is now capitalizing on the success of her single ‘212‘, by releasing an EP of the same name.

Details below…

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Must See: Whitney Houston Honored With Flash Mob

In honor of her legacy, many Whitney Houston fans have found unique ways to thank the icon her work, following her untimely passing in February.

However, in what truly captured the life and joy her music brought to so many, Californian fans staged a flash mob of sorts in Castro Street, San Francisco yesterday.

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