A radiant looking Alicia Keys made an appearance on MTV’s TRL today (August 23rd) to promote her new move ‘The Nanny Diaries’, as well as speak on her new album ‘As I Am’. Alcia has really stepped it up it – she was looking on-point.
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In other Alicia news, the singer recently spoke of her forthcoming single on her blog. Check out what she had to say:

The single is called “Noone” and I’m LOVING IT!!! I hope it’s a bit unexpected and something that completely surrounds you, engulfs you and sweeps you away. I hope it makes you feel good and strong and passionate and makes you scream the words at the top of your lungs. I hope it does things to you!!!!

I really can’t wait for Alicia to drop this new CD of hers. Genuine talent in R&B is a hard find nowadays and Alicia is just that. The release date of ‘As I Am’ has apparently been pushed back from October 16th to November 13th. Whatever the case, I’m sure she’ll bring ‘it’ – as she has done with her last two albums.

Will you be checking for Alicia’s new CD?

It seems all of Foxy Brown’s foolishness has caught up with her. The troubled rapper will now serve time behind bars, according to TMZ. Check out their report below:

TMZ has learned that Foxy Brown is headed to jail, after a Manhattan judge ordered the reportedly three-months-pregnant rapper to serve time for violating her probation.

We’re told that just minutes ago, Judge Melissa Jackson remanded Brown to the custody of the state, and threw her in the clink until her next hearing, which is Sept. 5. Brown had been on probation on assault charges, but two incidents in recent weeks violated her probation, thus leading Judge Jackson to send Foxy to jail.

A source tells TMZ that Foxy’s face was “priceless” when the judge handed down her decision, and that Brown had not expected to see jail time. It has yet to be determined where Brown will be serving her time.

Good! It’s about time too. For the longest time, it’s like she wanted to get locked up. A mess.

Any thoughts?

R&B singer and Broadway star Fantasia recently gave a commentary on her role in the ‘The Colour Purple’:

“Miss Celie takes a lot out of me. I’m being told everyday that I’m ugly. … you can’t play the part if you don’t kind of put yourself in her shoes and live her life. So it’s like, I carry that stuff with me. I put myself in her shoes in having (daughter) Zion at such a young age and dropping out of school and being in just bad relationships and disrespected. I just feel like God won’t put too much on me than I can bear. As long as I feel like I’m touching somebody … as long as I’m blessing somebody, I know that I’ll be blessed.”

Pretty deep. I’m still hoping to see Fantasia in the show one day – the reviews of her performance have been phenomenal. More power to her.

Any thoughts?
Having got caught up in this whole ‘Kanye vs 50 Cent’ hype, I kinda forgot that Kanye can say some dumb sh*t sometimes. Check out extracts of his interview in the latest issue of XXL magazine:

NEW YORK — Kanye West considers a certain “SexyBack” singer his biggest rival.

“My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake,” the 29-year-old rapper tells XXL magazine in its October issue, on newsstands Sept. 11. “He’s the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level — black radio, white radio.”

“If Justin hadn’t come out and killed the game, I can’t say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they’re on,” he says. “We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day.” {Source}

Up until that last part, I was like ‘ok, you may have a point’; but after that I was lost. Put simply, Michael Jackson and Prince they are not. Yes Justin has been successful, but neither of them are at that level of superstardom.

What do you think of Kanye’s comments?

A naked Mariah Carey graces the cover of the September issue of Interview magazine. Despite her efforts, there is something not quite right with Mariah here. Aside from the ‘uncomfortable’ look in her face, the pose is real awkward – she just looks plain wrong standing there. Moving on, Mariah addresses her multi-million dollar divorce, her breakdown and more in the main feature. The issue hits newsstands August 28th.

What do you think of the cover?
Following the news last week that Beyonce is to release another album next year, the ‘Deja Vu’ singer has gone on record to, once again, confirm that a new CD is in the works. According to the star, she will begin recording in towards the end of this year. Check out the video below:

Why she feels the need to come out with another album so soon is anyone’s guess. A few years (hell, even one) out of the limelight may do her career some good – build the anticipation-but no. I can’t front though, I will be watching closely to see how things go down with her next project. Pre-‘Irreplaceable’, ‘B’ Day’ was largely considered a commercial failure; even with a re-release the total sales failed to top those of her first album ‘Dangerously In Love’. So it’ll be interesting to see how she fares this time around.

Do you think Beyonce’s next CD will be successful?

Rumors have been swirling that Bow Wow and longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri are beefing and for that reason JD won’t be producing on the rapper’s joint project with Omarion – ‘Face Off’. sat down with both Bow Wow and JD to find out whether there is any truth to the specualtion. Click here to check out the video.
I feel what Bow Wow is saying about wanting to grow, but I think his judgement is wrong. There’s ‘growth’ and there’s knowing what works for you; name any Bow Wow hit and you’ll find it’s JD that produced it. This isn’t the first time Bow Wow’s tried to go it alone, most seem to forget that he dropped an album in his mid-teens called ‘Unleashed’ (which they was garbage). Without JD’s presence, the album lacked any hits and ultimately flopped. Time will tell if ‘Face Off” suffers the same fate.

Your thoughts?
Lil’ Wayne, T-Pain, Cee-Lo (of Gnarls Barkley), Common and Nelly Furtado have been added to the list of performers at this year’s MTV VMA’s. They will join previously-announced performers Kanye West, Chris Brown, Fall Out Boy. Rihanna, Foo Fighters and Amy Winehouse (TBD). The 2007 VMA’s will broadcast live from Las Vegas on September 9th.
The VMA’s have been slacking for years now and the BET Awards has become ‘the’ award show to watch. What happened to the ‘shock’ factor? I remember being in awe of Michael Jackson’s surprise performance with Justin and co at the 2001 show, as well as Beyonce tearing the house down at the 2003 ceremony. Since then it’s been kinda ‘blah’. I will be watching this year, though, and not because of any of the above performers. Like many, I’ll be looking out for the rumored comeback (or train wreck) performance of Britney Spears…that ought to be great television either way.

Will you be tuning into the VMA’s?
R&B star LeToya appeared at the 2nd International Hip Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment in Toronto, Canada this past week. As usual, she was looking great; but I’m hoping she switches up her image (even if just a little) soon. She’s starting to look real ‘samey’. Still, why fix what’s not broken? Check out more pics below:

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What do you think of the pics?
Our American visitors will probably be well clued up on the whole Michael Vick situation as it’s been pretty big news over here. For those not yet in the know, Vick – an NFL player – has been charged with financing and organising the illegal sport of dogfighting. Click here to read more on the story.
After his two co-defendants plead guilty, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback has decided to follow-suit and enter a guilty plea also. Vick now faces up to 18 months in prison. Check out his lawyer’s statement:

“Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made,” Martin said in a statement. “Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter.” {Source}

I’m undecided as to where I stand on the case; on the one hand, I’m not an animal person at all and believe there are more serious crimes i.e. rape, drugs etc that need to be addressed first, yet ‘if you do the crime, you do the time’…

Your thoughts?

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Capitol recording artist J. Holiday for the longest time, but I hadn’t managed to check out his songs/video. Since being out here in LA, there’s been no escaping his debut single ‘Bed’. Apart from being slightly on the repetitive side, I’m liking the song. So it was great to see the Washington DC native being able to carry his own with the song, when he performed it live on BET’s 106 & Park this week – where it occupies the top spot on the show’s countdown. J’s album ‘Back of My Lac’ hits stores October 2nd.

What do you think of the performance?

Following the massive success of ‘The Breakthrough’, Mary J. Blige has been hard at work on her next album. This new track ‘Grown Woman Complex’ was initially featured on an episode of HBO’s ‘Entourage’ earlier this month- which Mary guest starred in. A long snippet of the track has now surfaced and I must say that I’m liking this. Both the production and Mary’s flow on the song are on point; making me anticipate her new material all the more. {Thanks Kevipod for the heads up}

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