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The video for Timbaland’s new single ‘Apologize’ – featuring rock collective One Republic – premiered on UK music channel B4 yesterday. Though the song is good, the video continues Timbaland’s trend of sub-par videos. Very unimaginative.

What do you think of the vid?

It seems Nas is going for ‘controversial’ on his forthcoming album. Check out the report via MTV:

On Friday night at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, Nas announced the title of his next album: He said it will be called Nigga and released in December. A source close to the project confirmed the name on Saturday.

Though he’s undeniably one of Hip Hop’s most talented MC’s, this all seems a little desperate on Nas’ part. It’s no secret that his sales have been drying up with each album, so i guess, when all else fails, resorting to shock value is the answer.


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As many of you will have heard, rapper T.I. was arrested over the weekend on weapons charges (click here to read the full story) . T.I., real name, Clifford Harris, was due to perform at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Saturday, but was arrested and jailed just hours before his scheduled performance.

According to sources, the case against the rapper is pretty strong and a long jail sentence is a likelihood. The Atlanta native is set for a court hearing this coming Monday. Having served time in the slammer only a few years back, you’d think he’d know better.

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Rapper Eve spoke with Entertainment Weekly about why her album ‘Here I Am’ has been been pushed back to 2008. She had the following to say:

EW: What’s going on here? Why so many delays with this album? Are you scrapping the whole thing and starting over?

EVE: No, I’m not completely starting over. I’m definitely gonna keep some of the records that I had because I love a lot of the stuff that I did. So I’m keeping a lot of it. I’m just going back in to kinda make it a well-rounded album. I think what kind of delayed us this time was that I went in and did two records that sound a lot like the Pharrell record — the singing record…. I don’t think the movement was right and I’d rather put out an album and feel 100 percent connected to it than just to put out an album, especially the way music is right now.

EW: So what’s the latest release date for the album?

EVE: Some time next year. I know [Laughs]. It’s like I’ve been trying to push this baby out for a year, okay! Trust me, it is really crazy. It’s the longest labor on earth! But honestly, I feel okay about it. It’ll be some time next year.

Though it’s good to hear her talk candidly about the delay, I can’t help but still wonder if there is even a point releasing the album, when any hype she had surrounding the project disappeared with ‘Tambourine’. This year has really been a mess in regard to all the push backs.


Will you still be checking for Eve come 2008?

R&B singer Mario is to feature in his own MTV special in the lead-up to the release of his new album ‘Go!’ (due October 30th). As well as promoting the record, it appears the show will focus on Mario’s mother’s drug addiction. I remember reading about his mom’s problems in an interview he did a while back; though, then, he gave the impression it was a thing of the past. Whatever the case, here’s hoping they can overcome their issues.

Be on the lookout for a review of ‘Go!’ sometime next week.

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As some of you may know, R&B Ashanti appears on the cover of the latest issue of KING magazine(click here to view more scans). In her feature, the ‘Only You’ singer spoke on, among other things, her new album, as well as her current standing with INC boss Irv Gotti. Check out extracts from the interview below:Ashanti On Her New Sexy Music

 

K- So if we can’t talk about relationships, let’s talk about sex. The new album has a few tracks that would make Salt N Pepa proud.

A- That’s a beautiful thing, and I hope I’m more within my right.

K- Guess Nelly’s brought out the inner freak in you? huh? Lucky Bastard!

A- I hope this isn’t being said wrong. I don’t want to come off as a slut bucket. I’m not that chick, but I am a adult. I am a woman.

Ashanti On Irv Gotti

K- When we talked to Irv Gotti, he said you were doing your own thing and that you felt you’d outgrown The Inc. Is that accurate?

A- Uh, how do I address this? I feel like, creatively, I wanted to try some new stuff, just to see, because there was a lot of stuff going on. Now, I wasn’t on trial, so obviously Irv’s focus and my focus were a little bit different.

K- But just because you weren’t at the trial everyday doesn’t mean you weren’t riding for the team.

A- Exactly, and I was filming, so it was hard. People underestimate the word business. Loving someone and being creative and passionate, that’s all easy. It’s hard when it turns into business.

She looks great! I can’t stop cracking up at her ‘slut bucket’ comment lol. For real though, switching up her oft ‘safe’ subject-matter may just be what she needs to do to show people her growth both artistically and in age (she turned 27 yesterday). In regards to Irv, like everyone else, Ashanti must know The INC is a sinking ship, hence why she’s trying to spread her wings. Irv just seems bitter.

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In a recent interview with Scratch magazine, hit-maker Timbaland revealed that he has been enlisted to produce the majority of Beyonce’s forthcoming new album (due Summer 2008). According to the super-producer, the album will be “huger than life”. The last time the pair collaborated was on the Destiny’s Child hit ‘Get On The Bus’ back in 1997. {Source: Thanks Toya!}
It’s evident that Beyonce’s trying to switch things up with this new CD and I, for one, am anxious to hear whatever they come up with. On the one hand, Timbaland’s unconventional style is a much needed change for Beyonce – whose last album IMO, despite A-list producers – was sub-par. Yet, at the same time, everyone and their ‘momma’ is jumping on the Timbaland bandwagon..it’s becoming old, fast. Whatever the case, it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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That Grape Juice is giving you a chance to win a copy of R&B star Keyshia Cole’s great new album ‘Just Like You’!
The critically acclaimed set, Cole’s sophomore effort, features the smash hit ‘Let It Go’ (ft. Missy Elliot & Lil’ Kim) and the Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins produced new single ‘Shoulda Let You Go’. ‘Just Like You’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Album chart following it’s release late last month.
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R&B star Alicia Keys performed her current single ‘No One’ on the Jay Leno show last night (October 12th). She did fantastic! Each time she performs the song, she really brings it to life; makes you believe what’s she’s singing. A true performer. ‘No One’ is doing great on the Billboard Hot 100, having cracked the top top (at #8) this week. Alicia’s new album ‘As I Am’ will hit stores November 13th.
What do you think of the performance?
Ok, this becoming overkill now. Rihanna is featured on yet another magazine cover – this time the November issue of Teen Vogue. Yes, she looks good, but she needs to disappear for a while. With four months gone since the release of ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ and the monster hit that was ‘Umbrella’, the album has sold 722,440 copies – I doubt she’s gonna be able to squeeze much more out of it.

What do you think of the cover?
R&B superstar Beyonce was on hand at the Samsung Experience store in New York City yesterday for the launching of the ‘B Phone’ – a ‘Beyonce’ branded Samsung model. Not feeling the phone myself. Whatever the case, Matthew and co are really prepping her for total world domination. I mean, in between her mega-star music status, these endorsements just keep pouring in. I can’t hate on her hustle.

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Since reuniting with Ludacris’ Disturbing The Peace’ collective over at Def Jam this past April, rapper Chingy has been hard at work on his fourth studio album ‘Hate It Or Love It’. This new track ‘Fly Like Me’, which features R&B songstress Amerie, is slated to be the album’s first single. Though I’m feeling this one, particularly Amerie on the hook, I’m kinda looking it as it a missed opportunity. With his sales having been on a downward spiral recently, it may have better for him to switch things up a bit, yet this seems like a typical ‘it’s good now, but I won’t care for it later’ Chingy track.

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