As some of you may know, R&B star Mario is currently a contestant on ‘Dancing With The Stars’. Check out his performance on this week’s episode of the show:

I’m feeling a lot more positive about Mario’s involvement with the show. He’s doing well, having scored the top score on last week’s show and 26/30 this week. I’m hopeful is that he goes far in the competition and is able to use it as a launch pad to bigger things for his music career. Can’t knock his hustle.

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New Mariah Carey Promo Shot {Click pic to enlarge}
With Mariah Carey currently being everywhere at the minute, it kinda properly dawned on me that her much anticipated new album ‘E=MC²’ is just a few weeks away from release (April 15th). The above pic is the the latest promotional shot for the LP to surface. Granted she looks good and whatnot, I can’t help but think that the pose, Photoshop job etc has Mimi looking like a certain Miss Knowles (Hint: It’s not Solange)…just a thought.

What do you think of the pic?
This new Cassie track, ‘Thirsty’, is slated to feature on the singer’s (using the term loosely) forthcoming album. Light-hearted and easy-on-the-ear, the catchy cut is actually kinda good. Still, I admittedly greet anything related to Cassie with skepticism, as, for the life of me, I don’t understand how she ever got a record deal. Anyway, as it looks like she isn’t heading anywhere anytime soon…what do you think of the track…

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Solange - 'God Given Name' As Solange Knowles preps the release of her sophomore effort ‘Soul Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams’ (due in August), another track from the set has surfaced. Titled ‘God Given Name’, the soulful jazz-inspired cut sees the youngest of the Knowles clan delve into more personal territory lyrically. With lines such as ‘I’m no sister…I’m just my God-Given name’, the song does provide an interesting listening experience. Saying that, I’m still undecided as to whether I’m sold on this ‘Solange the Soul Angel’ idea just yet. I guess time will tell. It’s also worth noting that Michelle Williams is also set to drop her album ‘Unexpected’ in August too…hmmm.

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Day26 - 'Day26' ReviewAt one point the standard-bearer for R&B/Hip-Hop, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Bad Boy Empire has undeniably fallen on hard-times in recent in years. Following the departure of several of the label’s key acts, Bad Boy has been MIA on the charts for longer than their supporters and more so Combs would have liked. Enter Day26; a five-piece consisting of Willie, Qwanell, Robert, Mike and Brian. Formed on the popular MTV show, aptly titled ‘Making The Band’, the guys are part of Combs’ plan to stage a Bad Boy revival of sorts. With this their self-titled debut (out March 25th), Day26 show that there may be hope yet for Diddy’s once-sinking ship.


Erykah Badu & Q-Tip Cover Trace Soul songstress Erykah Badu and rapper Q-Tip appear on this interesting cover for Trace magazine’s latest issue.

What do you think of the cover?

As the US release of Leona Lewis’ hugely successful ‘Spirit’ LP draws nearer (due April 8th), the UK songstress stopped by ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ last night to perform current single ‘Bleeding Love’. Granted this is probably the 100th time I’ve seen her perform the song, especially being here in the UK, I still enjoyed it. I really have no choice to, considering she nails it each and every time. Great performance. ‘Bleeding Love’ sits atop of the iTunes chart, as at writing.

What do you think of the performance?

Aide: A Talent Booker at the ‘Wendy Williams Experience’ show has filed papers with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that she was hounded to have sex with Wendy Williams’ husband Kevin Hunter – by Hunter himself. What’s more, the worker, Nicole Spence, also claims that Hunter physically abused the radio personality around the studio. See the report via NY Post below:

“Mr. Hunter repeatedly sexually propositioned me at work in the most crude and vulgar ways, telling me over and over that he wanted to ‘f- – -’ me,” Spence charges.

I also feared Mr. Hunter because he repeatedly physically assaulted Ms. Williams at or near the WBLS studio,” Spence says in the complaint.

In one instance, Mr. Hunter stormed into the studio, demanded that other employees leave and openly physically abused Ms. Williams, pinning her against the wall with his hand around her neck, choking her while repeatedly pounding his fist into the wall directly by her head.”

It’s no secret that Williams and the younger Hunter have had a turbulent relationship – one filled with drugs, abuse and infidelity. Though Wendy asserts that things have changed, one has to wonder if there’s truth to these claims.

Any thoughts?

As reported earlier on today, Mariah Carey performed at the season 3 premiere of popular MTV show ‘The Hills’ yesterday night. Check out her renditions of ‘Touch My Body’ and ‘We Belong Together’ below:

I’ve got a love/hate thing going on with Mariah this go-round. ‘Touch My Body’ has grown on me considerably, but these performances are not cutting it. Whether comparing them to ‘Old Mariah’ or the standard of any good performance, her showing last night still falls short. Though ‘We Belong Together’ was better, the years of wear and tear are made overly evident when Mariah tries to reach for them notes she sadly cannot hit (live) anymore.

The following may sound controversial, but IMO 2008 Mariah Carey seems little more than a studio singer (the best of the bunch, of course). Some may be quick to think ‘WTF’ as she obviously is leaps and bounds more talented than artists labelled as such. Yet, the simple fact that she can’t do her own songs justice live any more, IMO makes her a studio singer. Even the oh-so-critiqued performances to support her last LP weren’t as cringe worthy as her most recent. What makes the whole episode worse is that she seems to put more effort into her look/image than how she sounds. I guess much of this won’t be of much relevance, as Mimi is cruising toward her 18th #1 single with ‘Touch my Body.

Your thoughts?

Kelly Rowland Heads Back To The Studio Following the success of Kelly Rowland’s recent releases here in Europe, it is being reported that the ‘Like This’ singer is set to start recording her third solo album next week. No further details are available at time of writing. {Source}

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Mariah Performs At 'The Hills' Premiere Diva Mariah Carey was snapped leaving Gotham Hall in New York yesterday night in New York City. The singer was there to perform at the season 3 premiere and after party of popular MTV show ‘The Hills’. At 37, Mariah really is giving the young ones a run for their money…she’s looking on-point.
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Remy Ma's Lawyer: Remy Ma’s attorney admitted in the closing arguments of rapper’s case today that the former Terror Squad star did, in fact, shoot her friend during disagreement in July last year. Check out the report via

Lawyer Ivan Fisher called the shooting, which left Makeda Barnes-Joseph hospitalized, an accident. Fisher claimed Remy Ma (real name: Reminisce Smith) and Barnes-Joseph struggled over the latter’s bag when the two argued over missing money after leaving a birthday celebration for a mutual acquaintance. The former Terror Squad star accused Barnes-Joseph of pocketing upward of $3,000 in cash.

Fisher told the jury the women’s hands hit the rearview mirror of Barnes-Joseph’s car during the tussle and the gun then went off, according to AP.

“There is no other explanation for why Remy Smith would have chosen that unique moment in time to shoot her,” Fisher said.

The surprising admission was a far cry from Fisher’s opening remarks when he attempted to characterize Barnes-Joseph as a celebrity groupie who was misrepresenting the nature of the events in order to win money from the “Lean Back” rapper. In December, Barnes-Joseph filed a multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit against Remy Ma.

In July, Remy vehemently denied shooting Barnes-Joseph. When reporters gathered around the rapper’s New Jersey home, she maintained her innocence.

“I didn’t shoot my friend!” she yelled.

Jury deliberation in the case begins Tuesday. If convicted, Remy Ma could face up to 25 years in prison.

Looks like it’s a done deal for Remy. I really cannot see a jury believing her paper-thin alibi, I mean come on now. Then again, with celebs increasingly getting preferential treatment by what’s supposed to be a justice system, anything could happen.

Any thoughts?
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