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Monica Performs On 106 & Park

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R&B star Monica hit the promotional trail yesterday for her eagerly awaited new album ‘Still Standing’ (which is out now!) by co-hosting BET’s flagship show, 106 & Park with Terrence J (above).

You can check out her ‘Hits Medley’ below, as well HQ pics from the show courtesy of our good friend, and celebrity photographer Freddy O (you can also check out the full gallery of snaps over at his site)…

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Artists Heat Up MTV’s ‘Spring Break’

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‘MTV Spring Break 2010′ is here. Crowds of drunk college students were entertained by the likes of Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz and Drake at the event held in Acapulco, Mexico. Check out the performances below:

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Sneek Peek: Usher’s ‘Lil’ Freak’ Video

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Peep this short preview of the video for Usher‘s latest US single ‘Lil’ Freak’, featuring Nicki Minaj. We’re going to hold judgement on the TAJ directed clip until seeing it in its entirety when it premières later this week. Check out the vid after the jump…

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Janet Jackson On Today Show

Pop royalty Janet Jackson stopped by The Today Show a few moments ago to promote her new movie ‘Why Did I Get Married Too’, along with the film’s driving force Tyler Perry. Check out their interview above…

Pretty standard-fare interview; that said, I can’t wait to see the film! Few folks know, but Janet actually filmed ALL of her parts after the passing of her brother Michael, so we can expect an authentic emotionally-charged performance from the 43 year old.

Tidbit: Janet seems to be ageing backwards. She looks amazing!

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Manager: Mariah Readying New Album

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After breaking the story exclusively about Mariah Carey shelving her new ‘Angel’s Advocate’ LP, not only has the diva’s manager Chris Lighty come forward to confirm the news, he has also revealed that the situation at her label is in ‘disarray’ and that a new LP is in the works.

It appears management was compelled to speak up on the issue, as word of our report begun to spread on the net; Lighty not only confirmed the news to  Mariah’s top fansite, but also to fans on Twitter. Speaking to Mariah Daily Journal, he said:

“We are looking to go possibly to another studio album or Christmas album. The decision hasn’t been totally made yet. It’s a creative process that cannot be rushed.” In regard to the fate of ‘Angel’s Advocate’, he added “It won’t go to waste”, insisting that they are looking at a means of releasing the tracks.

Yet a much more frank Lighty opened up to disgruntled fans on Twitter, responding to one dissatisfied supporter saying: “That is an issue we are dealing with. The label is in disarray”

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It pretty much goes without saying that a ‘quick-fix’ album is not the answer to MiMi’s problems. Granted she may be having a tough time with her label, in being entirely honest, that isn’t the only issue. A change from within Mariah is essential if she’s to enjoy the dizzy heights of success she had just a few years ago again. Such a change is something, I feel, will come over time. For a while now it’s felt as if ol’ MiMi has been making music in ‘auto-pilot’ mode, aka doing it for the sake of it. Surely disappearing for a while, living a little, and giving herself more to experience, would benefit her music and image greatly.

I mean it would be so unfortunate if she dropped another album, still trying to sell her sex appeal – which expired about 10 years ago now.  Time will tell…

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Sugababes’ ‘Sweet 7′ Has Sour Debut; Group’s Future In Jeopardy

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The future of the Sugababes looks uncertain today, as the group’s ironically titled ‘Sweet 7′ album bombed on the Official UK Album Chart. Despite boasting top notch US producers and huge promotional backing, the LP, could only manage a #14 charting – the brand’s group’s lowest entry ever.

Worse still, on the Official Irish Album Chart,  the record could only manage a #35 placing; again their lowest ever charting on that tally too. Ouch.

Reliable word has it that bosses, over at their label Island, are weighing up their options in light of of the album’s disastrous performance and the so-so success of its singles.

A That Grape Juice insider tell us:

“It’s not looking great for the girls. The label are funding the project at a loss, and are unlikely to come anywhere near breaking-even with this project. It’s been a disaster from the moment Keisha was axed. There are serious talks going on at the moment about the fate of the group. Do not be surprised if they quietly ‘take a break’ (never to return) later this year. Keisha-Gate really seems to have sealed the deal”

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I can’t say this comes as much of a surprise; it was always going to be an uphill struggle trying to force-feed this original member-less line-up to the public. I mean, despite the album actually boasting some pretty good tracks (‘She’s a Mess’, ‘Wait For You’, ‘No More You’), something was clearly missing, something neither Amelle, nor Heidi, nor Jade, were able to channel.

It’ll be particularly interesting to see how this all plays out in the weeks and months ahead…

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Alexandra Burke Performs ‘All Night Long’ On Dancing On Ice

Alexandra Burke stopped by last night’s recording of Dancing on Ice to give the first televised performance of her brand new single ‘All Night Long’. You can check out the performance above…

I’m not particularly a fan of show or its stage setup; despite turning in a great vocal, it appeared Alex was keen to command the stage like she usually does, yet was restricted to standing on the podium while the skaters danced around her. That said, Ms. Burke made the best of an an awkward set-up. Definitely amped to see her perform the song ‘properly’ i.e. with her dancers and all that jazz.

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Kelly Rowland Performs US National Anthem

R&B star Kelly Rowland was invited to perform the US National Anthem (‘The Star Spangled Banner’) at the new Red Bull Arena last night, as the New York Red Bulls took on Brazil’s Santos FC. Check out how the Destiny’s Child alumni fared above…{Many thanks to Steffan for the video!}

While not the uber best rendition of the song we’ve heard, Ms. Kelly certainly held her own, and really nailed it at the end. Great performance!

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Lady GaGa & Beyonce’s ‘Telephone’ Hits #1

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Pop superstars Lady GaGa and Beyonce will have much cause for celebration tonight, as their smash ‘Telephone’ has hit the top spot on the Official UK Singles Chart.

No doubt spurred on the the song’s epic viddeo, the feat brings GaGa’s tally of #1′s on the chart to 4 (‘Just Dance’, ‘Poker Face’, ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Telephone’) and Beyonce’s to 5 (‘Crazy In Love’, ‘Deja Vu’, ‘Beautiful Liar’, ‘If I Were A Boy’, and ‘Telephone’). Impressive!

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Official: Mariah’s ‘Angel’s Advocate’ Shelved

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Following our exclusive report on the cancellation of Mariah Carey’s ‘Angel’s Advocate’ LP, there has, today, emerged fresh reports indicating the record has officially been shelved. Prior to now an air of silence has plagued suggestion of the album’s axe, with calls to Carey’s rep going unanswered. However, as per CD Now‘s updated listings, ‘Advocate’ page, which previously indicated a  March 30th store date, now reads ‘Released Cancelled’. Ouch.

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It appears ol’ Mimi’s team are set to quietly pretend this remix LP was ever in the pipeline, which – truth be told – shouldn’t prove too difficult; as no one knew/cared for the album in its original form (see: ‘Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel’ and its sales).

At this junction, it’s perhaps best Mariah gather herself together, re-assess her musical output, and hit us with something worth buying/playing a few years down the line. A serious image assessment during this period too wouldn’t go amiss either.

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