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Michelle Williams Does AOL Sessions

Undeterred by the disappointing sales of her solid new album ‘Unexpected’, Michelle Williams performed a range of songs from the set for AOL Sessions recently. Check out the performances below:

Hello Heartbreak
Private Party

Hungover

We Break The Dawn

The Greatest

For the most part, I really enjoyed the performances – particularly the ‘Hello Heartbreak’, ‘We Break The Dawn’ and ‘The Greatest’ showings. Here’s hoping things pick up with the project soon. It’s too good of an album IMO to go unheard by the masses.

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Naturi Covers KING

naturi+lil+kim+king Naturi Covers KINGPeep Naturi Naughton on the cover of the latest issue of KING Magazine. Some of you may remember her from her stint in R&B trio 3LW. Well, the 23 year old, having put her solo ambitions on hold, is set to star as none other than pint-sized rapper Lil’ Kim in the upcoming Biggie Smalls biopic ‘N.O.T.O.R.I.O.U.S’ (which hits theatres early 2009).
I definitely saw Naturi as having the standout voice in the now defunct 3LW and didn’t like the way she was ousted from the trio. For that reason, I’m kinda rooting for her to be successful in her own right – so much so that I’m overlooking that atrocity of a single she tried to drop last year (anyone remember ‘Real Chicks’?). Providing she turns in a good performance in her role in the movie, she may well establish herself in her own right.

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Alicia Keys Performs On Good Morning America

Grammy award winning songstress Alicia Keys stopped by Good Morning America to promote the re-release of her multi-Platinum selling LP ‘As I Am’. Keys performed a medley of hits including ‘No One’, ‘Like You’ll Never See Me Again’, and recent single ‘Superwoman’. As always, Alicia nailed it. Great performance.

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Jay-Z’s ‘Blue Print 3′ Delayed

jayz jay1 Jay Zs Blue Print 3 Delayed According to MTV, Jay-Z’s eagerly awaited ‘Blueprint 3′ has been pushed back until next year, after initially being expected to hit stores before 2008′s end:

Jay-Z has all but confirmed that The Blueprint 3 is not coming out in 2008. When Hov premiered his new record, “History,” on Angie Martinez’s Hot 97 New York radio show last week, Martinez playfully reminded him that he was supposed to be coming out with an album this year. Jigga countered that he’d never told anyone that the album would be dropping this year and didn’t know where the speculation came from.

While in Europe for the EMAs last week, Kanye West, who has produced a gaggle of tracks for Jay’s new album, shed a little light on what’s holding up the highly anticipated album.

“I mean, it’s phenomenal,” West told MTV Base. “We went in and we done the whole album. He wanted to do a few more joints, so he kinda pushed it back. Now we’re gonna go in and just work on some more records. So I got some more stuff to kill it with! I think [Jay pushed the album back because] ‘Swagger’ just did so incredible. We wanted to go up [and make sure] everything was on that level.”

The likelihood of the album dropping between now and December was slim anyway IMO. With Jay seemingly back at his best, I’m sure a few more months wouldn’t hurt. In fact, I feel the anticipation will be more. Roll on next year…

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Ne-Yo: Usher Wasn’t Focussed On ‘Here I Stand’

Though R&B star Usher is out on the road supporting his latest effort ‘Here I Stand’, Ne-Yo who he is currently working with on the follow-up (due 2009), has gone on record to express his feelings of a lack of direction with the lukewarmly received album. Here’s what he had to say to MTV:
I really couldn’t agree more. Usher is undeniably very talented – possibly one of the best in this New-Post-Michael Jackson-Era. However he seemed a little out of touch musically on this recent effort. What’s more over he turned a lot of folk off with his insistence on shoving his personal life down our throats, something which only served to heighten the media circus surrounding it all, as well as the negativity. I’m hopeful that he gets it together for the next album and delivers what we all know he can.

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Beyonce Performs ‘Single Ladies’ At World Music Awards 2008

It seems as of late Beyonce is everywhere. The singer performed her smash singles ‘If I Were A Boy’ and ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’ at the 2008 World Music Awards last night in Monte Carlo’s Sporting Club arena. Though her live showings of ‘If I Were A Boy’ continue to be solid, many have been keen to see what she’d deliver live with ‘Single Ladies’ – myself included.

Watching the ‘Single Ladies’ performance back, however, has me a little disappointed. I can’t put my finger on what exactly it was; but between the distracting hordes of weave on her head, the tacky outfits and the generally unpolished feel of the performance of the song, something wasn’t quite right. Here’s hoping she irons out the messiness of it all and makes it work next time.

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Brandy On The Set Of ‘Long Distance’

ld+1 Brandy On The Set Of Long DistanceCheck out a stunning looking Brandy on the set of her brand new single ‘Long Distance’. The Chris Robinson directed clip will be premiering soon. I must say, Brandy looks stunning.

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Beyonce’s ITN Q & A

As reported, Beyonce has been over here in the UK promoting her new single ‘If I Were A Boy’. ITN caught up with the Bootylicious beauty for a pretty random, yet hilarious interview.

Tidbit: I guess those looking forward to a Destiny’s Child reunion of sorts may be in luck.

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Balfour To Remain Behind Bars

William%2520Balfour Balfour To Remain Behind BarsThe prime suspect in the murders of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew, William Balfour, was denied release from prison today by the Chicago authorities:

The man police have called a suspect in the murder of actress Jennifer Hudson’s family will remain in prison while investigators continue to investigate the triple slaying.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board ruled this morning that there was reason to believe that William Balfour, 27, had violated his parole. The major reason was that his girlfriend had said that she had seen him with a gun that matched the murder weapon, according to Jorge Montes, chairman of the review board.

In addition, the board said he had violated parole by being in places where drugs were sold. That stems from a June 19 drug arrest, but Balfour’s parole was not revoked at that time.

During the hearing, Balfour protested the use of the evidence that authorities presented to hold him, Montes said. Balfour was not represented by a lawyer. {Source}

The whole situation is still beyond sad. I hope this guy gets locked for life.

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Keyshia Cole Covers Billboard

keyshia Keyshia Cole Covers Billboard R&B songstress Keyshia Cole features on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard Magazine. Speaking on her third studio album ‘A Different Me’, Cole said the following in her feature:

“The first two albums were more … painful,” she tells Billboard over lunch in Los Angeles. “It’s a different me this time: a young woman who’s still growing and finding myself, exploring life through different routes musically and in other areas. I wrote more about other people’s situations than my own. I’m moving forward.”

The article goes on to read…

“A Different Me” features Cole collaborating with a combination of marquee names and newcomers, including Polow Da Don, the Runners, Neffu, Kwame, Orthodox & Ransom and the Trackmasters. On her previous albums, Cole worked with such songwriter/producers as Greg Curtis, Missy Elliott, Scott Storch, Bryan-Michael Cox, Rodney Jerkins and Sean Garrett.

And while the pain quotient is definitely lowered on “Me,” the emotional realness and accessibility that fans have come to love in Cole’s music remain — as do her searing vocals.

As part of a 360 deal she recently inked with Interscope, Cole is developing a movie based on her life. A screenwriter has been hired to go on the road with the artist in 2009 to begin developing the script. {Source}

The set, due December 1th, is also set to feature a collaboration with Monica. Interesting.

I’m definitely paying a lot of attention to this record, as I really feel as though her team scored an own-goal by releasing ‘Playa Cardz Right’ as the first single. It’s just not first, second or even third single material IMO. I guess this will be a case of wait and see…

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