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First Pic Of Christina Milian & The-Dream’s Baby Girl

milian baby First Pic Of Christina Milian & The Dreams Baby Girl

US Weekly‘s latest issue features the first public photo of Christina Milian and The-Dream‘s baby daughter, Violet. The youngster, who was born in February, is the newly-wed couple’s first child together. The Dream has 3 children from his previous marriage to R&B singer Nivea. {Spotted over at Miss Jia!}

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Brandy & Ray J On Lopez Tonight

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Siblings Brandy and Ray J stopped by the Lopez Tonight Show this week to promote their VH1 show ‘Family Business’, which kicks off this coming Sunday (April 11th).

The pair chatted it up with host, George Lopez, about a number of topics – including Brandy’s rumoured relationship with Flo’Rida, Ray J’s infamous ‘tape’, their brother-sister dynamic, of course the show, and much more. Peep the interview after the jump…

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Whitney Hospitalised; Postpones UK Shows

whitney ama Whitney Hospitalised; Postpones UK Shows

Things do not seem to be going well with the European leg of Whitney Houston‘s ‘Nothing But Love Tour’.

After postponing the trek’s first date in Paris this week, Houston’s label have announced that another 3 shows have been postponed due to the singer coming down with a  respiratory infection. The illness being one which saw the 46 year old have brief spell in a French hospital yesterday.

Sony Music UK sent That Grape Juice the following press release, elaborating on the issue, as well as advising on re-scheduled dates and refunds. Here’s hoping Whitney makes a speedy recovery…

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New Video: Taio Cruz – ‘Dirty Picture (ft. Ke$ha)’

{UPDATED: Non-UK visitors now able to watch}

Taio Cruz looks set to follow-up the chart success of ‘Break Your Heart’, with new single ‘Dirty Picture’. The video for the Ke$ha-assisted single debuted a few moments ago. Check it out above…

Pretty standard-fare. As a UK’er whose seen many of Taio’s videos, a bit of variety from the singer/songwriter/producer really wouldn’t go amiss. I say this as the video has a look and feel much like the that of his past offerings. In any case, the song – though lyrically empty, goes hard. Here’s to another smash!

Tidbit: Ke$ha looked so classy on that toilet-seat, right?!

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Monica Readies New Single With Jamie Foxx

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R&B star Monica is set to follow-up her Urban smash ‘Everything To Me’ with new single ‘Here I Am’. Confirming the news just moments ago on Twitter, the Grammy winner also revealed that she and label-mate Jamie Foxx have put an interesting new twist on the song, alluding to a re-worked / collaboration serving as the single version.

To say I’m ecstatic would an understatement! From the standpoint of yours truly, ‘Here I Am’ is not only Monica’s best offering on her ‘Still Standing’ LP, it’s one of her best songs period. Besides the stunning vocals and production (courtesy of Polow Da Don), the purely R&B  track is lyrically on another level; something which lends itself to some great video concepts.

With ‘Still Standing’ selling another 80,000 copies in its 2nd week, it’s fair to say that Monica is doing it BIG all over again. It honestly is great to see R&B making a comeback, and Monica serving as the face of it’s revival. Awesome.

For those who haven’t heard ‘Heard I Am’, check it out below…

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Kelis Performs ‘Acapella’ On Kimmel

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Eclectic singer Kelis stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show last night to perform new single ‘Acapella’. With label head will..i.am spinning on the decks behind her, Kelis delivered a rousing performance of the #1 Billboard Dance smash (while a slightly unenthusiastic audience looked on ). Check out how she fared below…

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Hot Shots: Ciara On Set Of ‘Ride’ Video

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R&B star Ciara is gearing up for the release of new single ‘Ride’, the first to be lifted from her forthcoming 4th studio album. Check out these official shots from the recently-shot video, courtesy of ThisIsRNB.com; by the look of them, it’s fair to say Ms. Harris is very much a grown-up now…

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Jackson Family Attend Conrad Murray Hearing

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Members of the iconic Jackson family were on hand yesterday for the latest hearing in the case against Dr Conrad Murray – the man charged with causing the death of Michael Jackson.

Hundreds of fans greeted sister Janet, brothers Jermaine and Randy, as well parents Joe and Katherine, at the California court-house.

Check out more shots from the hearing below…

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Rihanna: “I Hate Product Placement”

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In a recent interview with NME, Rihanna hit out against artists who use product placement in their videos; this, despite receiving heavy corporate backing from Nokia herself for the recent release of her ‘Rated R’ LP. Speaking on the issue, the model said:

“I don’t like things to be so commercial. I hate product placement in my videos. Videos should just tell the story of the song. With product placement it becomes this big ad campaign. I just don’t like that. Sometimes we have to, for whatever political reason, but it’s never my first choice.”

The 22 year old went on to critique the inauthentic nature of the industry, citing her own ‘rebellious’ streak with her ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ LP as to how she combated it:

After my first two albums I just said, ‘I’m ready to do it my way, completely.’

“So a few of us went into the studio, cut my hair, dyed it black. The label hadn’t seen anything, they didn’t know what was going on.

The mystique I have kept has been because I don’t say a lot. There are a lot of rumours about me, every day it’s something new.

I guess by not replying people never know what’s true and they never know what’s not true.

So that kinda leaves them wondering – they see me, but they never know what’s in my mind.”

Erm…yeah. Videos should tell the story of the song, and singers should actually be able to sing. Things that make you go ‘hmmm’

As for the image thing, I’m finding it a little hard to muster up anything other than ‘whatever’ at Ms. Fenty’s apparent rebellion against the label. It’s well-known in the industry and beyond that her darker image was cooked-up by her team as a last-ditch effort to garner sales for an artist, who besides a few moderately successful hits, was not bringing in the $$$.

It’s actually quite funny to see her trying to stake her claim as a credible artist now, when she’s in the middle of a move to a softer, less-edgy image; something only occurring because folk weren’t buying into that uber dark ish. I mean, 4 years into the game, and many are still struggling to understand who she is an artist (see: her album sales). Hell, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know either. I’m just saying…

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Drake’s Debut Album Gets Pushed Back

Drake Drakes Debut Album Gets Pushed Back

With his new song, ‘Over’, climbing the charts and his fans begging for the release of the music video for the track, Drake has decided to add even more suspense to the mix. The rapper’s debut album, ‘Thank Me Later’, has been delayed from it’s original release date of May 25th to June 15th. Drake embarked on the Away From Home Tour last evening at Slippery Rock University and is expected to perform material from the album at some of the shows including a track entitled ‘Fireworks’. {Source}

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