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New Song: Amerie – ‘Who’s Gonna Love You?’

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After a brief hiatus from the spotlight, following the poor performance of her ‘In Love & War’ LP, Amerie is back with new track ‘Who’s Gonna Love You?’ Lifted from the recording sessions for her as yet untitled new album, the song – which was released on Twitter moments ago – is believed to be a buzz track. Check it out after the jump…

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The-Dream Reveals ‘Love King’ Cover

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The-Dream has just unveiled the cover of his upcoming studio album, ‘Love King’. The record hits stores on June 29th and is preceded by the released title track and ‘Makeup Bag (Ft. TI)’. {Source}

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Hot Shot: Janet Jackson Debuts New Short Hairstyle

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It looks like Janet Jackson still knows how to shock her fans. The icon was spotted in London recently with a new short hairstyle and noticeably slimmer figure. Production on the new Tyler Perry film, ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf’, in which Jackson stars alongside Mariah Carey and Whoopi Goldberg, among others, is expected to start on June 1st. Shout out to PunchBowlBlog.com for the pics!

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Sneak Peek: Trey Songz – ‘Yo Side Of The Bed’

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Check out this glimpse of Trey Songz’s video for his new single, ‘Yo Side of the Bed’. The clip, which was filmed in December 2009, features Keri Hilson and will support the 6th track to be lifted of his gold-certified LP, ‘Ready’. The preview can be seen below:

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Janelle Monáe Walks On A ‘Tightrope’ For ‘Letterman’

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Janelle Monáe made her network television debut on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ last evening. The singer performed the 1st single from her debut studio album, ‘The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV)’, ‘Tightrope’. ‘The ArchAndroid’ hit stores yesterday, May 18th. Check out the performance below:

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Hot Shot: Christina Aguilera Spotted In Beverly Hills

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Christina Aguilera was spotted shopping in Beverly Hills yesterday. The singer, whose ‘Bionic’ album hits stores on June 8th, is undoubtedly gearing up for the heavy promotional campaign that her new LP is going to need to make a splash on the Billboard charts.

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Is The US Music Market Divided By Colour Lines?

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Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Justin Timberlake. These artists are among the very best of their generation; each dominating a completely different genre of music. However, they all have one thing in common: the inability to successfully branch out beyond the confines of their primary music markets and into different genres. It seems that unlike international territories, the US music industry remains segregated; governed by unspoken rules regarding race and ethnicity; refusing to allow artists to explore new sounds that do not match established audience perceptions of what they acts “should” be performing.

Indeed, the US music scene remains intent on suppressing the talents of artists; stuffing them into box marked by  various stereotypes. For instance, when Ciara first emerged on the charts in 20o4, she was hailed as one of the hottest newcomers in R&B, partially filling the void that was left by the late Aaliyah. From her Hip-Hop-inspired sound to her full-fledged Urban appeal, she easily dominated the R&B charts for most of that year. Yet, Ciara found herself on the receiving end of severe criticism when she indulged in Pop/Dance music on her ‘Fantasy Ride’ LP, with several US critics and DJ’s claiming that she had abandoned her Urban audience in an effort to to appeal to a more “white” following.

Kelly Rowland has encountered a similar backlash in recent years as well. Despite struggling to score a hit after her initial solo smash, ‘Dilemma‘, Rowland seems to have finally found her niche with her new Dance-oriented sound; amassing incredible success in the UK, Europe and Australia. Nevertheless, such triumphs were not reflected in the US, where her 2009 hit, ‘When Love Takes Over’, only peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100. Like Ciara, many of individuals in the US refused to acknowledge her artistic growth and criticised Rowland for abandoning her Urban roots.

Nonetheless, these pressures are not only encountered on the charts. Justin Timberlake had several incredible accomplishments across all formats, especially with his TI-assisted hit, ‘My Love’. However, his music was blatantly ignored by his own peers at the Grammy Awards where they refused to nominate his straightforward Urban recordings in any of the R&B categories; an occurrence many attribute to the colour of his skin.

So, while many many aspects of life in the US are slowly being liberated, the music industry remains an area of tension and unfair categorisation. In light of new reports that even Jennifer Hudson is being forced by industry pundits to rework the Euro-dance sound of her upcoming album and stick to her R&B roots, it is clear that full artistic freedom continues to be subjected to underlying pressures involving race and ethnicity. However, with Rihanna and Beyonce managing to successfully branch out and evade such conflict, there may yet be hope for other acts as well.

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Hot Shots: Kelly Rowland At The 2010 WMA

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Kelly Rowland hit the stage at the 2010 World Music Awards yesterday. The Urban/Dance performer was one of many celebrities who attended the event which was held in Monte Carlo, Monaco in it’s 21st year of proceedings. Check out more images of Rowland below:

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Scherzinger Readies New Single

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Despite the dismal performance of Nicole Scherzinger‘s first trek into solo stardom, the Pussycat Doll lead singer is making another attempt at cracking the charts. Speaking during a press call for Dancing With The Stars – which she is currently the favourite to win – with partner Derek Hough, Scherzinger confirmed details regarding her new single. Check out the details below:

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Mariah Carey Performs ‘Without You’ In Egypt

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Diva Mariah Carey performed at the Etisalat’s 3rd Anniversary celebration in Egypt on Monday. During her set,  the songbird, 40, took a stab at her classic ‘Without You’. Check out how she fared below…

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