Mariah's 'Bye Bye' Tanking It would that seem in between the quickie marriage to Nick Cannon, questionable live performances etc, Mariah Carey’s ‘E=MC²’ is in relative free-fall. Though the set has sold over a million copies since its release back in April, things aren’t looking too good for the LP at present.

Currently sitting at #21 on the Billboard 200, the album’s second single ‘Bye Bye’ only peaked at #19 on the Hot 100, and, even with a physical release this week, isn’t even top 40 in the UK mid week charts.
I’m interested to hear what you guys think is the reason for this….
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It seems the ‘beef’ between Soulja Boy and Ice T isn’t going to subside anytime soon. The 17 year old ‘Crank That’ star has responded with this cartoon to Ice T’s response (if that makes any sense lol):

…and the drama continues…

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Beyonce On The Set of 'Obsessed' Check out Beyonce on the set of her new movie ‘Obsessed’ in Los Angeles yesterday. The ‘Crazy In Love’ star plays the wife of a successful businessman, whose life (and that of his family) is threatened by a crazy office worker of his who turns out to be a stalker. Interesting stuff lol.
I’m thinking this will be the make or break role for Beyonce’s quest to be taken seriously as an actress. ‘Dreamgirls’ was definitely a step in the right direction, however, this is obviously the more challenging role. ‘Obsessed’ hits theatres worldwide in March next year.

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What do you think of the pics?

In a pretty odd happening, Danity Kane performed on Country music’s version of American Idol, Nashville Star last night. Yes, I have no idea why they were booked to perform there either. Anyway, about the performance, it was pretty good. The ladies have definitely had better live vocal showings, however their stage presence compensated for that 100%, they really worked the stage like the seasoned performers they’ve become.

What do you think of the performance?

R. Kelly - 'Playas Get Lonely'Following the ‘Not Guilty’ verdict that was handed down in the R. Kelly trial a few weeks back, the singer is pressing ahead with the release of his new album ’12 Play: 4th Quarter’ (due this summer). A track said to feature on the set titled ‘Playas Get Lonely’ has surfaced. I must I’m quite feeling this mid-tempo cut. Here’s hoping the album itself is pretty good, as I feel, excluding 2005’s ‘Trapped In The Closet’ episodes, Kelly’s LP’s have gotten progressively worse since

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Yesterday, Bad Boy five-piece Day26 performed their single ‘Got Me Going’ on BET’s 106 & Park, which aired from Los Angeles in preparation for tonight’s BET Awards:

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Great performance. I was about to go off though when I realized they were performing ‘Got Me Going’ again, seeing they have a new single out. The ‘Since You Been Gone’ acapella was a nice touch, though. As reported, the video for the single will premiere on MTV this Friday.

What do you think of the performance?
Lil' Mama: In a recent interview with our friends over at, Lil’ Mama expressed her disappointment with her label’s handling of her debut album ‘VYP: Voice Of The Young People’, which debut at #25 with just 19, 000 units sold. Here’s what the teen star had to say:

“I’m very disappointed in my label, Jive Records, for not promoting my record properly. I’m not a rapper first and foremost. I’m the birth of hip-pop. I’m an innovator and everything that I do is fresh. When you have something so new and fresh in your hands, you’re supposed to know what to do with it. By signing with a label, I signed knowing that everyone was on the same page as me and understanding what was going on. But that wasn’t what I thought it was.”


Whatever happens, I’m hoping we see a lot more from this talented young lady.

Your thoughts?

Janet & Jermaine Ready To Start FamilyAfter more than 7 years of dating, Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri have publicly expressed their desire to start a family together in the very near future. Check out what JD had to say in the matter when spotted at Nelly’s dinner party this past week end in West Hollywood:

“Yeah, soon. Right after the tour.’ Jackson recently announced she’ll be on the road this fall. The 42-year-old pop icon, who has been married and divorced twice, once quipped that she was ‘allergic to marriage.’ Dupri is reportedly so excited to procreate with Jackson, he doesn’t care if it’s a boy or a girl. ‘It really doesn’t matter, Janet would be a great mom. She was around so many brothers and sisters all her life, so she’s got to know what that is [like]. And her mom is a great mother.”{Source 1} {Source 2}

I’m assuming I speak for most when I say: ‘It’s about time already!’ LOL. On a side note, it’s doubtful, in view of this, that we’ll be hearing any new Janet material for a while…

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As Estelle’s ‘American Boy’ continues to blow up around the globe, the Londoner performed the smash with Kanye West for the first time at France’s Fête de la musique festival, which took place in Paris over the weekend:

I really enjoyed the performance. Though I’ve seen Estelle offer more polished live showings of the song, having Kanye on stage as well as the 30, 000 strong crowd really made for an awesome atmosphere.

‘American Boy’ is lifted from Estelle’s fantastic new album ‘Shine’ which is in stores now.

What do you think of the performance?

That Grape Juice 2008 BET Awards Coverage As with last year’s show, That Grape Juice will be providing live on-the-minute coverage of the 2008 BET Awards which take place this coming Tuesday (June 24th) live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. News, arrivals and of course performances, will be the spot for them all. Things have been, somewhat, streamlined from last year show and will consist of three main post areas:
* Arrivals: Thorough red-carpet coverage.

* Performances:
All the show’s performances minutes (it’s hoped lol) after they’ve aired. Visitors around the time of last year’s show will know what I mean 🙂
* Your Shout: Here you’ll be able to express your thoughts on the show as it’s taking place. Anything and everything goes; randomness, observations, views etc.
So for ‘net’s most thorough live coverage of Urban entertainment’s biggest date on the calender, do be sure to keep it locked on!

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This week’s From The Vault journeys back to Beyonce’s showing at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Featuring the now infamous ‘upside down’ entrance, this performance of ‘Baby Boy’ and ‘Crazy In Love’ IMO was Beyonce’s ‘Motown 25’ moment – officially cementing her place as, hate it or love it, ‘The Hottest Chick In The Game’:

Your thoughts?

Entertainment Tonight caught up with Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson on the set of her much anticipated video for first single ‘Spotlight’. Check it out:

Jennifer looked great and came across very well. Though ‘Spotlight’ didn’t ‘wow’ me initially, it’s grown on me considerably as of late. Here’s hoping Jennifer’s project lives up to the high expectations.

Any thoughts?

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