Another day, another Beyonce endorsement; the R&B superstar’s latest foray into the advertising market is for cable company DirecTV. Don’t get me wrong, I like her just as much as the next person, but this is bordering on overkill. What’s next? I mean, she’s already had her name slapped on almost everything saleable. I must say that the whole play on the ‘Upgrade U’ concept was pretty good, though.
Beyonce & Ads: Overkill or not?
R&B songstress Alicia Keys performed her new single ‘Like You’ll Never See Me Again’ recently for Power 105.1. Great stuff. Alicia’s third studio album ‘As I Am’ drops next week (November 13th), and in light of the success of ‘No One’ and the buzz of this single, she’s set to debut with big numbers.
What do you think of the performance?
The second single to be lifted from J.Holiday’s debut album ‘Back of My Lac’ premiered today on BET’s 106 & Park countdown. In my opinion, the video couldn’t have come at a better time – I was beginning to get tired of ‘Bed’. Anyway, I’m really liking both the single and the vid. J’s debut, for me, is one of this year’s better music offerings.
What do you think of the song/video?
R&B singer Mya is hard work on her 6th album, with two out of those being scratched and shelved due to label conflicts, but she has not given up! She is hard at work on her new album tentatively titled Smoke & Mirrors which should be out 1st or 2nd quarter of 2008! Mya stated in a recent interview I did with her, “I feel as though Liberation was my best project to date, of course I wanted it released in the US, but things happen, so maybe it wasnt meant to be”. She also stated that she would be working with better producers on this album such as Timbaland, The Dream, The Underdogs, Scott Storch, Dre & Vidal, and Brian Michael Cox again. She also said she has been working on the album since Liberation was completed at the of 2005, and that its more fresh, up to date, and different. She also said that since Liberation won’t be released in the US, that she will be using 2 or 3 of the best songs from that album for this new one, but the album will still have all new material, because she is sure her fans have heard Liberation now being that it was released in Japan and probably made its way back to the US.
“I’ve fallen for him (Hartnett) big time. I would be lying if I (said) we were not more than just friends.
“He is so hot and he is really sweet to me. When we hang out it feels right – even though it’s still pretty new.”
The video for Jay-Z’s new single ‘Roc Boys’, the second to be lifted from his ‘American Gangster’ album, premiered recently. Directed by Chris Robinson, the video is a star-studded affair, with cameos made by, among others, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Nas, Swizz Beatz and Cassie. As much as I had my doubts, I can’t deny that Jay really brought his ‘A-Game’ with this project; the song/video, as well as the whole album are on-point.
What do you think of the video?
Disgruntled webmasters have banded together against the demands by forming the ‘Prince Fans United’ group. Here’s an extract of what they feel about the orders:
“It is our opinion that these threats are not made in an attempt to enforce valid copyright as Prince alleges in his threats, rather we believe they are attempts to stifle all critical commentary about Prince.
We strongly believe that such actions are in violation of the freedom of speech and should not be allowed. Prince claims that fansites are not allowed to present any artwork with Prince’s likeness, to the extreme that he has demanded the removal of fans’ own photographs of their Prince inspired tattoos and their vehicles displaying Prince inspired license plates.”
This has to be a joke, right? Some of these artists are forgetting who made them famous in the first place. A mess.