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Our friends over at Real Talk NY caught up with R&B star Ciara at one of the stops on her 5 city 22nd birthday tour. The singer spoke on recording the follow-up to her Platinum-selling LP ‘Ciara: The Evolution’ as well as her futures goals and ambitions.

It’s a pretty interesting interview and she comes across really well. Considering I felt ‘The Evolution’ could have been much better than it was, I’m hoping she comes hard with her next project; I really see her as one of the few artists out now who has the potential to be great.

What do you think of the interview?

To be honest I was kinda surprised to see that John is still cranking out singles from his sophomore album ‘Once Again’ ; I thought it was done with. Like the entire album, I’m not really feeling ‘Another Again’ and it’s accompanying video – finding it be pretty much a snooze fest. Whereas John’s debut LP was one of my favourites from 2005, the follow-up was a collection of songs that could easily pass for elevator music. Here’s hoping he delivers with his future efforts.

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It seems there’s no end to the album push back’s – the latest on the list being rapper Ja Rule. Check out the report below via Murder Inc Online:

MurderIncOnline can reveal that Ja Rule’s highly anticipated new album ‘The Mirror’ has been pushed back to 2008 with no confirmed release date. We contacted Irv Gotti to ask him the reason behind this set back and he told us that they have received ‘Sample clearance issues’ so therefor they had to push it back.

“Highly anticipated”? Ok then….So, would I be wrong in assuming that the poor performance of the album’s two singles had something to do with the delay? What I’m yet to understand is why it’s mainly the artists whose albums aren’t going to sell anyway that keep pushing their albums back. As cut-throat as it may sound, they should just release it and if it flops then keep it moving. SMH…


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With Snoop Dogg set to release his new album ‘Ego Trippin” early nex year, the set’s first single ‘Sexual Eruption’ has surfaced. To be honest, I can’t say I’m liking this one all that much. IMO Snoop has yet to recapture that ‘something’ that made his 2004 effort ‘Rhythm and Gangsta’ such a hit-spawning CD. For the record, it isn’t T-Pain on the song’s hook.

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A very revealing Keyshia Cole appears on the cover of the December issue of VIBE magazine. Though the pic is overly airbrushed, she doesn’t look bad – at all. Keyshia’s new album ‘Just Like You’ is in stores now.


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UK singing sensation Leona Lewis really appears to be on the road to super stardom. Her current single ‘Bleeding Love’ stormed to the top of the Official UK Singles Chart today with sales in excess of 220,000. In the wake of her chart success, Leona’s next single ‘Angel’ has surfaced. Prodcued by Stargate, the song’s sound is very similar to the many overplayed ‘Irreplaceable’-type songs that have been making the rounds as of late. The track isn’t bad, however it lacks originality. I expected better. Anyway, Leona’s highly-anticipated debut album ‘Spirit’ is set to hit stores in the UK on November 12th and the US early next year.

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R&B star Keyshia Cole recently appeared on the Tyra Banks show. The interview was pretty interesting; Tyra questioned Keyshia on a number of things including the constant comparisons to Mary J. Blige as well her personal life. Check out the second part of the interview below:

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Nicole Scherzinger has really been hitting the promo trail as of late in support of her forthcoming album ‘Her Name Is Nicole’ – this time performing a set for AOL Sessions. Check out the vids of her performances below: –

Baby Love

Super Villain

Happily Never After
By now, I’m sure most of you know how I feel about Nicole and her project. So…

What do you think of the performances?
It has been confirmed that singer Kelis has been released her record label Jive. The ‘Milkshake’ singer saw the most success with her 2003 album ‘Tasty’, however her most recent effort, 2006’s ‘Kelis Was Here’, didn’t fare too well on the charts. “She’s a different kind of artist — very image and style-driven. It’s either something you get or you don’t” said her manager Jeff Rabhan. He went on to confirm that she is currently shopping around for a new ‘non-traditional’ deal. {Source}

I’m surprised, yet not at the same time. Despite her last album pretty much tanking, she still released three singles (and videos) and toured as well. – so I assumed the label support was there. Here’s hoping she gets picked up by another label soon.

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With Mario set to drop his third studio LP ‘Go!’ on November 27th, an exclusive new track titled ‘If’ has surfaced. Upon first listen, some of you will recognize the lyrics from Beyonce’s rendition of the song (from the ‘B’Day Deluxe), as well as the beat – which samples Trey Songz current single ‘Can’t Help But Wait’. Though the track will not be featured on the album, it’s still definitely worth a listen. Be on the lookout for a potential Mario feature in the coming weeks.

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Kelly Rowland touched down in London yesterday for a series of PA’s across the city. She first performed a set at EA’s ‘Be The One – X League’ event last night in Trafalgar Square.
Woah is all I can say! The catwoman-esque outfit is definitely working for her. Ms. Kelly also made an appearance today at Virgin Megastores on Oxford Street to sign copies of ‘The Sims 2: Castaway’.
Like myself, you’re probably wondering why she’s signing copies of a game instead of her album?? Rumor has it, she has inked a partnership with EA Games – which would explain the performance at the showcase, as well as promoting their product.
In other Kelly news, the singer confirmed that she has recorded a track with Gym Class Heroes and the track will be released as a single here in the UK. Hopefully things start to look up for Kelly’s career from here on out.

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Check out this new promotional pic for R&B collective Cherish. The sisters are currently prepping the release of their sophomore effort ‘The Truth’ – which is set to drop March 28th 2008. I’m guessing this pic is indicative of the look they’re going for this time around; I’m liking it.
In other news, it has been confirmed that ‘Killa’ (ft. Yung Joc) will be the first track to be lifted from their new CD.

What do you think of the pic?
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