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Fantasia Announces Pregnancy

For months, speculation has been rife that soulful singer Fantasia is with child. Beyond a simple celebrity pregnancy, the 26 year old’s pregnancy would carry with it much controversy, given reports that the father was supposedly Antwaun Cook.

Many will remember Cook as the married man who hid his relationship status with his wife from the American Idol alum, arguably serving as the cause of her suicide attempt last summer.

Well, if you thought the ‘Bittersweet’ singer’s story was already complex, her “special announcement” yesterday at a Jacksonville show will raise more than a few eyebrows.

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Hot Shot: JLS’ Oritse Lends Skills To Virgin Active

Check out JLS founder Oritse at the Virgin Active Triathlon event this weekend, in support of the fitness organisation’s bid to encourage healthy living.

He and his fellow group members had cause to celebrate hours ago when it was announced that they had scored their fifth #1 single with ‘She Make Me Wanna’.

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Leona Lewis & Sean Kingston Join ‘Major’ Mentors

As previously reported, R&B diva Brandy is just one on a growing list of singers set to mentor on the upcoming reality talent show ‘Majors & Minors’.  Now,  reports have surfaced that list will include chart-toppers Leona Lewis, Sean Kingston, and Avril Lavigne. The announcement joins previous reports that indicated pop singers Adam Lambert and Colbie Caillat were already tapped to advise on the new talent show.

The show’s concept is based on ‘Majors’ (established acts) acting as mentors for ‘Minors’ (contestants aged 8-16) on their quest for musical stardom.  The brainchild of songwriter Evan Bogart (who boasts Beyonce‘s ‘Halo’ and Rihanna‘s ‘SOS’ to his credits), the show is set to debut September 23, 2011.

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Rihanna Readying Homecoming Documentary?

Grammy award-winning NOcalist vocalist Rihanna is said to be in talks to bring her LOUD tour homecoming concert in Barbados to video.  To be held at the Kensington Cricket Oval on August 5, 2011, Barbados’ Nation News said:

“…aspects of the concert will be included in a video documentary which forms part of the $4 million deal reached between the BTA and Rihanna’s production company, RocNation, which is producing the concert. The documentary is entitled Coming Home and elements of the costs are being shared between RocNation and the [Barbados Tourism Authority].”

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Cher Lloyd Graces T4

She remains one of the hottest topics in the UK even an entire year after she rose to fame on X Factor UK.

Now, Cher Lloyd has further intensified the promotion for her single ‘Swagger Jagger‘ with an appearance on British programme, T4.

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Watch: Guess Who?

Can you guess what diva was feeling the love (in a very interesting way) this weekend?

Hint:  Man Down!

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Hot Shot: Jennifer Hudson Dazzles For Art

Check out ‘I Remember Me‘ singer lending her celebrated talents to the 12th ‘Annual Art For Life Benefit’. Joined by Mary J Blige and others, the starlet performed numbers from her last two LPs for those in attendance.

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From The Vault: Fergie – ‘Glamourous’

From the very moment she’d been heard singing lead vocals on ‘Shut Up’ with the Black Eyed Peas, the masses figured out that it was only a matter of time before Fergie pursued a career of her own.

Three years later, the songstress unleashed her solo debut, ‘The Dutchess’. A worldwide smash, the LP spawned five Billboard top 5 hits, including three #1 records.

This week’s From The Vault is dedicated to the album third single, the Ludacris-assisted ‘Glamorous’.

With producer Polow Da Don revealing that the instrumental was initially offered to Gwen Stefani (as a remix to her track ‘Luxuriou’s), this cut serves as solid proof that one person’s trash is indeed another’s treasure. For after Ms. Stefani’s refusal, it went on to become not only one of Fergie’s biggest hits (BEP catalogue included), but also one of 2007 highest sellers.

Although the “I’m-still-the-same-even-though-I-have-money” theme has been done to death and will undeniably continue to live on, Fergie-Ferg’s take on the subject sounds surprisingly “legit”. Trading her trademark belting for a  frank, almost talky tone, she seems rather detached from that “flossy” world that is the showbiz industry (whether actually true or not is another question).

The accompanying video compliments the song’s lyrics and production – albeit a bit too literally. Indeed, the singer is depicted living the high-life, movie sets and all, while reminiscing on her humble start.

With the Black Eyed Peas on hiatus, Ms. Ferguson is reported to use that time to concentrate on her family and not to further her promising solo endeavours. As such, for those who were waiting for some more Fergalicious flavour, you’ll have to wait a little bit more. Whether the industry will welcome her back as openly as they embraced her initial foray into solo stardom will be interesting to see.

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JLS Land 5th #1

British boyband JLS continue to prove their naysayers wrong, after scoring yet another chart topper with their latest release ‘She Makes Me Wanna’.

The colourful four will be celebrating tonight following the announcement that they nabbed what serves as their 5th #1 single on the Official UK Singles Chart. Aston and co’s previous chart topping efforts include ‘Everybody In Love’ and ‘The Club Is Alive’.

At this point it’s as clear as a number of other things about the group that they can release whatever they want and it’ll still sell by the bucketload. That said, the truth of the matter is that not every act needs to deliver on a critically acclaimed tip. There is, as their success shows, space enough for cheese.

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