Young singer Chris Brown sat down with ‘Radio One’ for an interview recently. The energetic entertainer answered questions about a wide range of topics including his fears, marriage, dating and explained the meaning behind the song ‘I’ll Go’ from his new album, ‘Graffiti’. After its release on December 8th, Brown’s new LP debuted on the Billboard 200 selling a disappointing 102, 000 units.
Isn’t it interesting how Brown remained notably silent when asked about the recent Tiger Woods controversy? Undoubtedly, he identifies with Woods’ situation because of the media backlash that they both have been enduring in recent times. Given all of the antics that Brown displayed in this interview that many may deem ‘childish’, his response to that topic depicted a true sense of maturity and media savvy on his part. A very wise decision indeed.
Controversial MC Kanye West returned to the US stage on Tuesday evening. The rapper alluded to his infamous MTV Awards moment by slamming his industry counterparts for “being to scared to stand up for something” because they are “afraid to lose their record deals”. West also brought out his girlfriend, Amber Rose, to the stage to thank her for standing by him during the recent months.
Wow! This is certainly going to have many his fans and critics buzzing. West has always been one to encourage public dissent with his actions but there is no denying his talent as a rapper after hearing this spit those lines. Without a doubt, he is one of the best in the game today.
Sidebar: I bet the Illuminati theorists are going crazy after his “I sold my soul to the devil” statements This is the best Christmas present that he could have given them.
Sexy siren Shakira performed on CBS’ ‘A Home For The Holidays’ last evening. The singer did a rendition of the 3rd single from her ‘She Wolf’ LP, ‘Gypsy’. To date, ‘She Wolf’ has sold over 158, ooo copies in the US and 1.5 million units worldwide.
Surely Shakira’s camp could have selected a different song to release from ‘She Wolf’. This song is painfully boring and the live showings that Shakira has done for the record have not managed to sway my opinion in any way. I remain adamant that ‘Did It Again’ should have been promoted in the US as a single, especially after seeing its thrilling music video. Either way, with such strong sales on the international front, I doubt that her team is feeling complacent at this point.
Mary J. Blige has been working non-stop promoting her new album, ‘Stronger With Each Tear’. The singer took the stage last evening on CBS’ ‘A Home For The Holidays’ to perform her new single, ‘I Am‘. The song has thus far peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #18 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts.
That was yet another solid performance from Blige. She sang wonderfully and she engaged the audience like a true performer. It goes without saying that Blige is one of the best in the game right now and very rarely disappoints. Hopefully her hard work pays off and she receives the sales figures that reflect the high quality material that she has put forward on the album.
Flash mobs have been popping up all over world this year. Dancing along to the hits from Michael Jackson, the Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce and Janet Jackson, the collectives pay tribute to many of music’s biggest stars. Keeping this trend alive, over 300 people stunned unsuspecting shoppers recently at the Carousel Center in Syracuse, New York to honor Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.
This looked like so much fun! Groups like these seem to come out of no where and even though they barely rehearse, they always put on a good show. Furthermore, I can’t think of a better song that this collective to have performed. ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, which was written and produced by Mariah and Walter Afanaseiff, is undeniably the only Christmas song of the last 25 years to gain such popularity, becoming a classic in every sense of the word.
Jennifer Lopez has been hard at work putting the final touches on her new album, ‘Love?’. In the midst of one of her recent studio sessions, the performer was interviewed by ‘Access Hollywood’ and used the opportunity to defend her vocal abilities which have been the subject of extensive criticism since her debut. ‘Love?’ hits stores in March 2010.
Even though I was impressed by her genuineness and humility regarding her voice, I must admit that Jennifer has never struck as a immensely gifted vocalist. She rarely experiments with her range and has shown little dynamism. In contrast, although she may not be a powerhouse singer like Mariah Carey or even Beyonce, Jennifer definitely stands head and shoulders above many of her younger contemporaries who continue to go ‘hard’ (*hint hint*) with their reliance on auto-tune and studio mechanics to help them imitate actual talent.
Singer Amerie has just released the video for her new sing’e ‘More Than Love’ from her ‘In Love & War’ album. The clip for the Del Pearson and Lenny Nicholson-produced track features rapper Fabolous. To date, ‘In Love & War’ has yet to surpass 30, 000 units in US sales.
Simple and to the point, this video really encapsulates the message of the song. Although the extended narration at the beginning was quite tedious to endure (it was over a minute long), the rest of the clip served its purpose. Conversely, one has to wonder if this single has the potential to save Amerie’s project. With Fabolous’ verse being the most interesting facet of the track, I am still baffled as to why the label chose to release this song as a single. However, the mere fact that her camp is still supporting her by releasing this is a sign that maybe they still have hope that ‘In Love & War’ has some life left after all.
Christmas seems to have come a few days early for Beyonce fans, as not one but two new cuts from the 28 year old superstar have surfaced today – the previously posted ‘Black Culture’ and now ‘Waiting’. Though little is known about the track in terms of when it was recorded (‘B’Day’ or ‘I Am…’ sessions), it has been confirmed that the cut was produced by hit-makers Stargate.
With this sounding very much like an early demo, it’s hard to judge it as anything other than that. For if I was to, the words ‘dated’ and ‘repetitive’ would pretty much sum it up.
Icon Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon were spotted in Aspen, Colorado yesterday. The duo were delighted to show off their new puppy, Dolomite, to the paparazzi. Cannon has been busy directing both of Carey’s upcoming videos for the ‘Up Our My Face (Remix)‘ and the ‘Angels Cry (Remix)’ which feature Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo, respectively. Enjoy more of the photos below: