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Solange - 'I Decided' ‘I Decided’ has been confirmed as the first single to be lifted from Solange Knowles forthcoming sophomore album ‘Soul Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams’ (due this summer). Produced by The Neptunes, the track is a soulful/jazzy number that should sit well with the adult contemporary audience.
One has to wonder, though, if the idea of Solange going down the (Neo)soul route was because it’s what she wanted or to avoid the the inevitable comparisons to her elder sister Beyonce. Whatever the reason, I’m hoping Solange achieves some level of success with this project. The material I’ve heard thus far has been very promising.

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Madonan - 'Hard Candy' Cover Pop superstar Madonna is set to release her latest album ‘Hard Candy’ on April 29th, boasting contributions from the likes of Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams. The above pic has been revealed as the LP’s official cover. Though I’m kinda feeling the look she’s gone for, the background is a mess, as is the ‘Hard Candy’ font.

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Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson is set release her debut album ‘In A Perfect World’ this summer. Check out this promotional video, in which Keri is captured during a photoshoot for the record:

I’m really amped for Keri’s album, as I’ve been patiently awaiting its release for the last two or so years now. With the exposure and success that came with Keri’s features on a number of Timbaland’s singles, including the chart-topping ‘The Way I Are’, there’s no time better than now IMO to launch her record. Random point: For those who didn’t know, Keri is also apart of the writing collective The Clutch, who have penned hits for the likes of Usher, Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears.

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Danity Kane - 'Welcome To The Dollhouse' ReviewWithin the two years that followed the release of Danity Kane’s self-titled debut, the group – consistent of Dawn, Audrea, Aubrey, Shannon and D. Woods – amassed a legion of loyal fans and experienced Platinum sales. Yet speculation about rifts between the ladies and management, as well as among themselves, threatened to dissolve the group just as quickly as they were formed. Having ironed out their issues, Danity Kane are back with their sophomore effort ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse’ (due March 18th). An eclectic Pop/Urban/Dance fusion, with ‘Dollhouse’ the ladies prove their worth and then some.

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That Grape Juice To Interview Michelle WilliamsThat Grape Juice serves up yet another interview first. Your 1# source for Urban Pop Culture will very soon be interviewing Michelle Williams, one third of the biggest-selling female group of all time, Destiny’s Child.
After a successful stint on the Broadway adaptation of ‘The Color Puple’ as Shug Avery, Michelle has just wrapped up the recording of her first secular album.
Have a burning question for the Grammy Award winning star? Please drop them in the ‘comments’ section below. As usual, only legit questions will be considered – but don’t hold back : ) Thanks guys.
Seemingly out of nowhere, the latest single from Rihanna ‘Take A Bow’ premiered this morning on Ryan Seacrest’s ‘On Air’ radio show on 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles. The mid-tempo R&B/Pop cut, from the re-release of ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ (due May 27th), is pretty much standard ‘Rihanna’ fare, so nothing groundbreaking here. Having said that, the 20 year old’s ‘studio’ vocals seem to have matured and she holds her own vocally on the track more so on this than I’ve heard before. It’ll be interesting to see if she can pull this off live….

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Now, my rant. How in the hell is she releasing another album already?! Before the stans chew me out; yes, it’s almost a year since ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ was released, but considering she’ll likely be dropping the album soon after her ongoing tour (in support of her current record), it’ll still IMO be a case of ‘Rihanna dropping an album every 5 minutes’. Not even the arguably ‘over-exposed’ Beyonce drops albums so frequently. I doubt a new Rihanna record, at this stage, will offer any real artistic growth…just more microwavable nonsense. SMH… All of this still applies…

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Eddie Murphy According to The Daily Mail, actor Eddie Murphy has claimed the reason he refuses to be a part of his daughter Angel’s life is because he was ‘tricked’ into conceiving her with Spice Girl Mel B:

Although Eddie accepts that Angel is his daughter, he has said that he won’t see the little girl, because he doesn’t want to set eyes on Mel.

A source said: “He says he will have to wait until Angel is older before he can get to know her without any interference from her mother.”

Secrets behind the couple’s doomed three-month fling have been revealed in legal papers in which Eddie, 46, states that Mel allegedly asked him for a $9 million (£4.5million) house, plus living expenses for 18 years in exchange for her silence while she was pregnant.

But Eddie baulked at the demands and it is claimed he has since refused to see the baby and the Spice Girl.

What little respect I had for Eddie disappeared by the time I finished reading that. What an idiot.

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Day26 - 'Don't Fight This Feeling'As the current season of Making The Band draws nearer to its end and the release of the groups’ albums ever-closer, more material from the guys of Day26’s has surfaced. Bryan Michael Cox, who seems to have several cuts on the group’s album, produced this new track called ‘Don’t Fight This Feeling’. With its throwback 90’s vibe, this slow jam is straight-up R&B in the vein of the 112’s and Jagged Edge’s before them (Day26). Saying that, parts of the track echo Ciara’s ‘Promise’ as well. Definitely a solid album track, that has me anxious to see what the rest of their debut will be serving up.

 

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Check out this video of Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson singing ‘Stand Up’, a track that may be featured on her much-anticipated debut album, in her bathroom lol:

Wow! That was my first time hearing the track and I’m literally blown away. A-mazing…she really nailed it. With the ‘Dreamgirls’ hype having subsided, this really reminded me of why the anticipation is so high for Jennifer’s album. I’m hoping the song gets a placement on the final tracklisting. Random note: the guy in the video with her is her boyfriend James Payton – who she has been dating since 1999.

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Tina Knowles Collapses On Set Of Beyonce MovieBeyonce’s mother and stylist, Tina Knowles, required the attention of paramedics this week after she collapsed on the set of the star’s latest movie ‘Cadillac Records’ in new Jersey. See an extract of TMZ’s report below:

TMZ spoke exclusively to Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles, who said medics were called because Tina has the flu and began to experience shortness of breath. Paging Janet Jackson!

Matthew tells us Tina’s blood pressure was a little high and she was checked out by medics — but she was not transported.

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Alicia Keys Covers German CosmopolitanR&B songstress Alicia Keys features on the cover of the April issue of the German Cosmopolitan magazine. She looks great. The ‘No One’ singer is currently in Germany on the European leg of her world tour.

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Lil' Mama - 'VYP: Voice of The Young People' CoverThe pic above is the official album cover for Lil’ Mama’s debut effort ‘VYP: Voice of the Young People’, which is due in stores on April 29th. I’m kinda liking this; it’s very much in-line with the style the 18 year old has been rocking since coming out.

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