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R&B/Pop collective Danity Kane stopped by TRL earlier this week to perform their hit ‘Damaged’. The brief downtime seems to have worked; this stands as the best performance of the song thus far IMO. From the vocals to the choreography to the stage presence, the girls were on-point. Good stuff.

What do you think of the performance?

Solange - 'Sandcastle Disco' (Snippet)Having tweaked the title of her forthcoming album ‘Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams’, Solange continues to ready the set for its August release. Meanwhile, a new snippet from the LP has surfaced in the form of ‘Sandcastle Disco’. Judging by the lengthy clip, the uptempo cut is a winner – definitely one of the better cuts I’ve heard from the record thus far.

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A preview of the video for Mary J. Blige’s latest single ‘Stay Down’ aired yesterday on BET’s 106 & Park. I’ll reserve my judgement for the Hype Williams directed video until seeing it in its entirety. In the meanwhile…

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Mariah Carey performed her new single ‘Bye Bye’ on American Idol yesterday. Check out the performance below:

She did pretty good, though gone seem to be the days where a Mariah performance ‘Wowed’ me. Also, I’m not sure if it’s just me but, it seems as if she lip-synching during certain parts. In any case, it’s unlikely to affect her sales as, according to Billboard ‘E=MC²’ is on-course to debut atop of the US album chart at #1 next week – knocking off Leona – with sales in excess of 500,000. More power to her.

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Beyonce Set To Retire? According to the NY Daily News, Beyonce may be retiring (you read right) following the release of her upcoming LP:

The diva is currently working on a new album, but her cousin Angelica Knowles tells our source that it will be her last. Instead, Beyonce plans to spend her days scouting talent for new hubby Jay-Z’s upcoming label, The Carter Music Group.

Beyonce’s first protege is rumored to be an R&B artist named Chelsea Thomas. Her reps couldn’t be reached for comment.

I have a hard time believing this; as we all know, it’ll be a cold day in hell before Papa Knowles ever allows such a thing to happen. The way I see it, if there’s an ounce of truth to this, then be prepared for ‘Jay-Z / Blackout’ round 2. Anyway, hate it or love it, the industry needs Beyonce IMO. Granted I’m still waiting on her to come with her ‘A-Game’ musically, her performing skills (in comparison to her peers) are second to none.

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Danity Kane Perform On SoundcheckDanity Kane recently performed a set for Walmart’s online concert series SoundCheck in New York. The setlist included:

* Poetry
* Showstopper
* One Shot
* Damaged
For the most part, they nailed it! Watching this really shows how far they’ve come both vocally and performance-wise. While all the performances were great, their vocal runs and riffs on ‘Showstopper’ were overly on-point.

What do you think of the performances?
Chilli: In a recent interview with our good friend Necole Bitchie, former TLC member Chilli spoke candidly about her ex. Usher and her feelings towards him now:

Necole: I mean because everyone was rooting for the two of you. You were like the cutest couple ever

Chilli: Well you know what’s funny. I will say this and I know it’s gonna be everywhere. Lord, Tameka gonna be trying to fight people. But honestly I will say, although Marlon (Wayans) is the one that got away, Usher is the one that I truly did love. Like that was truly my first adult love. I love him very much and I will always love him. I don’t know how you love someone that deeply and just stop loving them. I’m not in love with him anymore but I can’t say that I don’t love him anymore. And of course I do want him to be happy and all but me and him had what I never had in any of my other relationships, and that was chemistry. Even in that picture that you have up. Any picture that you see with the two of us, you see it. It’s just there! I could be standing next to him til this day and people will be like “Wow”. It’s not that you are wondering if we are back together again, it’s just that we look like we just go together.{Click here to read the rest of the interview}

I applaud Chilli for not giving the ‘media-trained’ answer and talking around the topic. Still, I wonder exactly what caused the break-up…

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Steve Harvey Unveils New BodyComedian Steve Harvey and his team of radio staff are particiating in a ‘Take Your Shirt Off’ campaign, which promotes weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle.
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What do you think of Steve’s new look?

R&B singer Ray J performed his hit ‘Sexy Can I’ on The Tonight Show Jay Leno yesterday night. I can’t front, I’m really liking the song and tip my hat to Ray J on his success (the song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100). About the performance, it was pretty decent.

What do you think of the performance?

Mariah Carey -  'E=MC²'Exactly three years after release of Mariah Carey’s 2005 smash ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’, the Diva serves up her 11th studio effort in the form of ‘E=MC²’. Billed as the emancipation of the 38 year old superstar ‘to the next power’, the age old adage ‘sequels never top originals’ echoes loudly throughout the set. By no means bad, it’s worse – mediocre; which after associating itself with its career-rivalling predecessor, doesn’t bode well for the record overall.

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Ne-Yo - 'Let's Just Be' As Ne-Yo readies his third studio album ‘Year Of The Gentleman’ for a June 24th release (via Def Jam), a new track from the set has surfaced. ‘Let’s Just Be’ sees the singer/songwriter re-embrace a more smooth R&B sound (in comparison to the album’s material heard thus far). The solid mid-tempo cut is laced with Ne-Yo’s trademark melodic harmonies and compliments the album’s title well. Still, I’ve yet to be ‘Wowed’ by anything I’ve heard thus far from the project. Here’s hoping the best is yet to come.

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With the release of Mariah Carey’s much anticipated new LP ‘E=MC²’ today, there’s no doubt the multi-octave songstress will seemingly be everywhere this week. Carey’s first stop was the Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday. As well as performing current single ‘Bye Bye’, she spoke on, among other things, her new slim-line figure, marriage to Tommy Mottola and of course the new record. Check out the interview and performance below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

‘Bye Bye’ Performance

Great interview and pretty decent performance; shame about the lip-synching at the end though.

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