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Singer/Actress Keshia Chante Offers Update On ‘Aaliyah’ Movie

 

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The world may be presently mourning the passing of one pop icon, but another R&B/pop starlet is still being sorely missed.  Over 10 years may have passed since the passing of R&B beauty Aaliyah, but the once touted ‘Sparkle’ star’s shine is still bright as she is regularly mentioned in comparison with today’s chart topping contemporaries.  Like most fallen stars, especially after the success of hit 2009 film ‘Notorious’, chatter spread across the industry about a movie depicting the starlet’s life and – most importantly – who would be tapped to play her.

With rumors swirling that ‘Dreamgirls’ (2006) director Bill Condon had signed on to direct the movie, Canadian songstress Keshia Chante had long been rumored to be depicting the ‘Hot Like Fire’ hitmaker in the film.  Sharing an uncanny resemblance to Haughton, Chante was once thought to be the perfect fit.

Now, the Canadian chanteuse, speaking with Chris Yandek, tells a different story.  Will there ever be an ‘Aaliyah’ movie?  Find her thoughts below:

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Katy Perry Claws To #1, Bests Nicki Minaj And Chris Brown In Billboard Battle With Biggest Debut Since Gaga

Due greatly in part to the passing of pop icon Whitney Houston, this week’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards drew in its second largest audience ever.  In such, stars slated to perform, namely Adele, Katy Perry, Chris Brown, and Nicki Minaj, have seen the showing give them considerable boosts in their own individual endeavors.  Adele, the long running Billboard champion, saw her triumphant stage return encourage album sales of 500k in the week following the show and now reports indicate her songs ‘Rolling In the Deep’, ‘Set Fire To the Rain’, and ‘Someone Like You’ are on track to sell 250k, 220k, and 170k downloads respectively.

Also, following reports of Houston’s untimely passing, the pop starlet moved over 1 million singles and albums in less than 5 days and landed her signature hit ‘I Will Always Love You’ back in the top 10. Next week will see the full download sales realized and are expected to land in the 250,000 to 300,000 range of this song alone.

Unlike Adele and Houston, Minaj, Perry, and Brown all unveiled new music this week to spearhead promotions of their forthcoming ventures.  Perry, who has already clocked 5 #1s from her ‘Teenage Dream’ album, is readying its follow-up, ‘Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection” (March 26th), and may be on the road to notching her 6th!  While fans were disheartened with news, due to new Billboard ruling, that number 1s from the re-released set won’t be included in her ‘Dream’ tally, it certainly hasn’t stopped their support…

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‘Waiting To Exhale’ Stars Talk Moving Forward Without Whitney

As the world prepares to memorialize fallen pop Icon Whitney Houston, news of her recently finished (and unfinished) ventures has increased circulation in media headlines.  Much like her recently completed ‘Sparkle’ remake, opposite Jordin Sparks (now in theatres August 17th), fans were highly expecting Whitney’s return to the big screen as another beloved character – Savannah Jackson (of ‘Waiting To Exhale’).

With Houston, as well as co-stars Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine, very vocal about interest in rebooting the classic film, creator Terry McMillan and FOX studios were certainly on the fast track toward making it happen.  Unfortunately, with last week’s news of Houston’s untimely passing, she marks the second of the film’s beloved cast to pass (Gregory Hines, 2003).

With saddened fans bittersweet about reports the movie’s sequel, ‘Getting To Happy’, will go forward in honor of both lost stars, rumors of recast and film plans have only increased chatter about long awaited movie.  Speaking with our friends at HipHollywood, some of its cast members talk about the future of the film:

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Chris Brown Teases ‘Turn Up The Music’ Feature

Earlier today, Chris Brown released the clip for his latest single, ‘Turn Up The Music’.

In support of his upcoming ‘Fortune‘ LP, the jam received an impromptu promo boost hours ago when Brown hinted at a possible collaborator for its remix.

This, following the controversy he is currently facing after allegedly teaming up with ex girlfriend Rihanna for her ‘Birthday Cake’ remix, years after they split.

His suggestive tweet below….

Who do you think his mystery collaborator  is?

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Billboard Urge Rihanna Not To Work With Chris Brown

Much to our horror, this week saw reports of a Chris Brown and Rihanna duet emerge online, three years after their explosive split.

Said to have lent his vocals to Fenty’s ‘Birthday Cake (Remix)‘, their alleged reunion has led many to question the star’s motives for teaming up with the oft ridiculed singer.

Now, our friends over at Billboard have weighed in, warning Rihanna against the collab.

Excerpts from their open letter below…

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Ray J On Whitney Houston : “I Lost My Close Friend”

As one of Whitney Houston‘s closest friends, the world has waited to see how R&B star Ray J would respond to her untimely passing now.

Today, he has released an official statement with pertains to her passing.

Get into it below…

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Britney Spears: “Whitney’s Death Is Devastating”

On Saturday night, those on their way to Clive Davis‘ pre-Grammy party learned of Whitney Houston‘s death upon reaching the event.

Quizzed on her death while on the  Beverly Hilton red carpet, Britney Spears shared her thoughts on the tragic news, revealing how much of an influence the late star was on her own career.

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Janet Jackson To Judge On X Factor USA?

After Simon Cowell‘s colossal cast cull on the X Factor USA, speculation has been rife about just who will replace ousted judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul.

And while names such as Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have been touted as potential successors, a surprise name has reportedly thrown her wig into the mix – Janet Jackson.

Details after the jump…

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Listen : Jessie J Takes On Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’

Earlier today, Jessie J graced BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in support of her debut album, taking on Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love‘.

Lending her vocals to the #1 track, the star also performed her very own ‘Domino’ , weeks after it held court on the US Billboard Hot 100.

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New Video: Chris Brown – ‘Turn Up The Music’

With his single ‘Strip’ instantly taking off, giving R&B star Chris Brown a bevy of buzz for his forthcoming LP ‘Fortune’, he returns to turn up the heat with ‘Turn Up The Music’.

‘Music’, Brown’s second offering from the highly anticipated ‘F.A.M.E.’ followup, already sent fans into a frenzy when the behind the scenes footage of its accompanying visual made rounds across the net.

Now, fans have been invited for a full view of what Brown’s been up to.  Are you ready?  Get you first look at its after the jump:

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