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Hot Shot: Mariah Carey & John Legend’s ‘Christmas’ Artwork

‘Vision of Love’ diva Mariah Carey offers a view of her new holiday release ‘When Christmas Comes’ featuring soulful crooner John Legend.  The cut rejoins the hitmakers for a reboot of the track originally featured on Mimi’s 2010 ‘Merry Christmas II You’ collection.

As the accompanying visual is set to debut in the coming weeks, those unfamiliar with the yuletide tune can take a listen here.

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Watch: Beyonce – ‘Party’ (Extended Behind the Scenes)

Beyonce is drumming up a bevy of buzz for her ‘Live at Roseland: Elements of 4’ DVD (released today).  With her already devoted legion of fans pledging purchase of the project, the singer looks to entice to undecided with more releases from the set.

Hosting a live visual of her greatest hits (and gems from acclaimed album ‘4’), the album also contains official video accompaniment to most of the songs on the parent album.  And, as ‘Countdown’ and ‘Love On Top’ quickly became fan favorites, Bey’s succeeding venture ‘Party’ (featuring J. Cole) has surely joined the bunch.

Now you can get into all the (extended) behind the scenes action of the beloved visual below:

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Hot Shot: Mariah’s Making Moves In the Studio

Hot mama! ‘Touch My Body’ diva Mariah Carey has taken every opportunity to show off her new body as she makes her rounds as the new spokesperson for ‘Jenny’.  Exciting her ever-faithful legion of fans, Roc and Roe’s mom tweeted this photo of her hard at work at her forthcoming, yet-titled album (the follow-up to 2009’s quickly forgotten ‘Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel’).

With claims that ‘pregnancy has made her voice stronger’, here’s hoping that ol Mimi can deliver on that claim.  For it is certainly unbecoming of a diva whose vocals once soared to the high heavens and shattered windows on Mt. Olympus to back-track and autotune her way through generic R&B hits.  While the world anxiously awaits her return, we definitely hope the singer is collecting an assortment of producers who can help her remain relevant with contemporary R&B while reviving the sound that made her famous in the first place.

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Janet Jackson and Blackglama Together Again?

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Blackglama, world renowned marketing cooperative of mink/fur farms, has re-teamed with pop icon Janet Jackson for the launch of the ‘Janet Jackson Blackglama collection’.  The 45-year-old songstress, who was the face of the company’s most successful ad campaign to date, will see her line of luxury fur outerwear and accessories debut in stores this month.

PR Newswire reports:

“The collection is comprised of 15 pieces ranging from coats, jackets, vests, scarves, gloves and other accessories.  The line is priced for the luxury market and will retail in the Fur Salon at select Saks Fifth Avenue and the Maximilian Fur Salon at select Bloomingdales.”

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In related news, the diva took control over the BBC airwaves Friday night with ‘Janet Jackson:  Taking Control’ – a documentary detailing her childhood and meteoric rise to fame.  See it in its entirety after the jump:

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Is Nicki Minaj Disingenuous?

Since her well documented arrival on the music scene four years ago, Ms. Onika Maraj has found it impossible to escape polarized opinion.

Revolutionary to some whilst repulsive to others, it wasn’t long before she had found her way to the forefront of Urban culture for more than just her animated lyrical style and Pro-beauty approach to her aesthetic.

Lending her talents to the likes of Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Kanye West all before the release of her record-breaking LP ‘Pink Friday‘, the former waitress built up a fan base of keyboard happy mini-me’s who unknowingly helped her publicists to turn the entertainer into a social media magnet.

YouTube and Twitter being responsible for the acquistion of many of her international fans who were not yet able to access her in their own domestic market.

With her debut album now the third highest selling LP to be released by a female artist for 2010/2011, Nicki Minaj is undeniably Rap’s most celebrated sensation.

However, seemingly in sync with the consistency of her record sales is one undying criticism of her.

That she is inauthentic.

That Nicki Minaj is nothing more than a gimmick with a Mattelic heartbeat.

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Watch: Rihanna Talks Love, Life And Fame With ‘Ellen’

 

Today, fans of chart topper Rihanna can get their hands on her latest singles collection album ‘Talk That Talk‘.

Sure to be hoping the project fares just as well as its lead single ‘We Found Love‘ has, the song bird took to ‘The Ellen Show‘ in a bid to promote it and flaunt the larger than life personality the world has grown to love her for.

 

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Hot Shot: J.Cole Covers ‘Respect’ Magazine

 

Peep this snap of J.Cole  on the cover of ‘Respect Magazine‘s latest edition, due out November 29th.

Discussing a wide range of issues, from the commercial feats scored by his debut album ‘Cole World: The Sideline Story‘ to the criticism he continues to face from his detractors, the arrival of his spread in the magazines comes weeks after he shared the screen with Beyonce in her clip for the song ‘Party‘.

 

 

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Beyonce To Fans: “Tone It Down”

 

Last night while Rihanna’s voice made a fool of itself on X Factor UK and Jennifer Lopez brought the house down at the 2011 American Music Awards, Pop force Beyonce was hosting the screening of her    ‘Live at Roseland – Elements of 4′  in New York City.

During a discussion with the Associated Press, the creative chameleon spoke candidly about her motivation to film the showing, which was the undying support her fan base have shown her over the years.

Find out what she thinks of her Killer Bees’ never ending quest to defend her below…

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TI Confirms New ‘Trouble Man’ Album

 

To say the last year has been eventful for the Rapper T.I would be an understatement.

From being released from jail to scoring his very own VH1 Reality show, the last twelve months have certainly seen him enjoy numerous highs and a number of well publicized lows.

Now, he is using these experiences  to lay the foundations for his eighth studio album, Trouble Man‘.

All the details below…

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Chart Showdown: Rihanna vs Mary J. Blige – Who Will You Be Buying?


With the annual holiday season upon us, it’s only natural that labels have targeted this window for their biggest releases this year; few of such records are bigger than Rihanna and Mary J. Blige‘s latest efforts –‘Talk That Talk’ and ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues’.

Beacons of different generations, Rihanna is currently breathing out #1 singles, while Blige  has seen the latter part of her career bring with it unsurmountable album sales.

And, as they prepare to duke it out on the Billboard 200 this week, we can’t but note how significant this “duel” of sorts is.

For, beyond it being the first “proper” Urban chart spar this year, it comes at a time when Ms. Fenty desperately needs to prove she can hold her own as an album seller (if the smoke she calls a career is to ever truly be legitimised). It comes at a time when Mary’s singles are struggling to do much on the Hot 100. And, above all, it comes at a time when the public are becoming more savvy and selective with who they spend their $$££ on.

So, in of course knowing that the real winner will always be Universal Music (who serve as the recording home for both ladies), we’re still keen to know…

Who will you be buying?

Disclaimer: Yes, we know Michael Jackson‘s ‘Immortal’ also hits stores today. However, as the biggest of MJ supporters, we’ll only pay attention when the estate give fans what they really want – new material. Not “re-imagined” versions of past hits. Please and thank you.

 

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