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90’s R&B trio Blaque are hoping to make a comeback later this year. The ladies are hoping to steer their way back into the limelight via their new reality show ‘Blaque In The House’, which will document their lives as well as the recording of their brand new album. Check out the trailer for the show below:

Granted some of the wording in the intro is highly questionable ‘…changed the face of R&B forever’ (errm…), I’m really looking forward to this. With the barrage of girl-groups that flooded the music scene in the mid-late 90’s, I definitely considered Blaque to have shown the most promise (Destiny’s Child aside). What’s more, right up to their most recent release, they continue to show a lot of artistic growth. here’s hoping things work out for the best.

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Leona Lewis - 'Forgive Me'With the US release of Leona Lewis’ debut LP ‘Spirit’ just around the corner (due April 8th), a new track from the anticipated set has surfaced. Produced and written by Akon, ‘Forgive Me’ is a funky Pop/R&B cut that sees the UK sensation embrace a much more edgier sound, as well as subject matter. Though perhaps slightly premature, I’m hoping this is the direction Leona explores more on her sophomore LP.

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Following the debut of Michelle Williams’ great new single ‘We Break The Dawn’ yesterday, the singer kick-started her official video blog on Youtube. Thanking everyone for their support, she also discussed the video shoot for the single, as well as her new look. I’ve long felt that Michelle’s personality is very magnetic. {Thanks Angel!}

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Khia Is Still Talking The self-proclaimed ‘Queen of The South’ Khia is still bitching about rival Trina and Pop superstar Janet Jackson – this time via her MySpace page:

On Trina / Lil’ Wayne:

WHAT DA HELL IS BOBBLE HEAD DOING ON DAT BITCH TRINA PAGE. CUZ ONLY A FOOL’S ALBUM WILL DROP ON APRIL FOOLS. DA JOKE IS ON ANYBODY WHO BUYS IT!!!yESSSSSSSS!!!

DIS NUT BUCKET BITCH, DONE PROMOTED NASTI MUZIK!!! SHE DONE PUT POSTERS OUT WITH THE THUG MISSES NAME ON IT. THANK U BITCH!!! SOMEBODY DONE GAVE DIS HO COURAGE JUICE. I THOUGHT SHE LEARNED FROM THE DISS RECORD. HELL…. YALL SEEN WHAT HAPPENED AFTER DAT SHE LOST HER MAN…… FROM WHOM I HAVE EVER INTENTION ON MAKING MINE…… DATS RIGHT WEEEEEEZY!!!!!YESSSSSSSSS!!! THE QUEEN HAS CHOSEN. YALL AINT SEEN HER SHE DONE LOST WEIGHT AND FROM DA LOOKS OF THANGS. THIS IS WRONG TIME FOR HER TO EVEN THINK TO PUT OUT A ALBUM. ALL I COULD THINK OF IS HOW SHE NEEDED TO CONTINUE WITH PEDIALITE AND ENSURE. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE BREAST FEED DIS BITCH? OR SHOULD I DO IT SINCE MY TITTIES LOOK LIKE DEY SLEEP!!!! OR IS IT DAT IM DA ONLY BITCH DAT CAN PRODUCE SWEET MILK. ASK WEEEEEEEZY!!!!! I LUVVVVVVVV HIM. I WANNA BE HIS LADY!!!!!!!!

YA SEE!!! DATS THE DIFFENCE BETWEEN ME AND DA BITCH TRINA!! SHE SINGLE AGAIN AND BACK ON DA PROWL. I WANNA BE WEEZY’S LADY AND HAVE HIS BABY. DA DIFFENCE BETWEEN QUEENS AND HO’S!!!!

ALL MY FANS….. LETS ALL SAY IT TOGETHER……….. THANK U TRINA FOR ALL DA PROMOTION!!!!!!

PS. MS NIVEA…… GO BACK TO YA HUSBAND…… AND QUIT CREEPIN WIT MY MAN!!!! UR A MOTHER NOW!!!!!!!

THUG MISSES “LIVE AND OUTLOUD!!!!!!!”””

On Janet:

LET’S TALK BOUT JANET!!!!!!!!!!MS. JACKSON IF U NASTI!!! BEIN A KHIA HATA. U KNOW DERS A LOT OF DEM….. LURKIN AROUND….UNDERCOVER HATIN!!! CUZ YESSSSSSSSS!!!!! DATS WHAT SHE DID. IM SICK AND TIRED WITH THEM CONFUSING DA TRUTH WIT ME TRYNA PROMOTE MY NEW ALBUM. MY FANS KNOW I DONT NEED HER TO DO SHYT TO HELP PROMOTE NO ALBUMS!!!!!

DA QUESTION WAS…… WHY WAS I ON DAT IN TV….. LOOKING LIKE A OLD ALFRED HITCHCOCK FILM!!!!!!! IN BLACK AND WHITE!!!!! TELL ME WHATS REALLY GOING ON. WHEN I LEFT DA SET THE VIDEO DIDNT LOOK LIKE DAT!!!! FURTHERMORE….. THE FULL VIDEO WAS WORLD PREMIERE WAS FEATURED ON ACCESS GRANTED. SO WHY WAS DA QUEEN EDITED OUT!!! I KNOW IT WASNT JERMAINE….. CUZ I KNOW IT WASNT JERMAINE. HE GAVE MUCH LUV AND SHOUT OUT ON DA SHOW!!!! SO WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM JANET!!! MS. jACKSON IS A LEGEND…….. DONT MAKE ME BURN WITH DA IRON. PENNY ON GOODTIMES.

STOP IT!!!!! ULL NEVA BE MARIAH!!!!! SHE DONT HAVE TO BE INTIMIDATED BY ME. PUTTIN ME ON DAT DAMN TV!!! SHE AT HATA. DIVAS CAN BE HATAS TOO!!!

NOWWWWWWW!!!!!MYT ADVICE TO JANET. MS. JACKSON IF U NASTI!!! STOP TRYNA TO COMPETE WITH THE LITTLE GIRLS. GO TO VEGAS AND DO SIDE SHOWS WITH CELINE DION AND MAKE REAL MONEY…….. WITH DOSE TRAMPESE CIRCUS ACTS!!!

WE ALL KNOW YO TEA SINCE DA VALET ROPE. LET IT GO JANET. IF U NASTY!!!!

THE THUGMISSES SAID DAT ON LOUD AND OUTLOUD!!!!!!!!!

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Beyonce  - 'Kick 'Em Out'Beyonce’s new material seems to be coming thick and fast. Following the hysteria that ensued upon the surfacing of ‘Beautiful Nightmare’ last week, a snippet of another recently recorded track called ‘Kick ‘Em Out’ has hit the net. I’m really feeling the song, from the production to Beyonce’s flow to everything. Judging by the material heard thus far, I’m thinking she may just deliver the album we’ve been waiting to hear from her for some time now.


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Review in a bit…

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This week’s edition of ‘The Best You Never Heard’ serves up tracks from the likes of Fantasia, FDM, Mashonda and the Southern Hummingbird Tweet. You can drop me your suggestions for future installments at [email protected]

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Fantasia – Two Weeks Notice

Though the success story from Fantasia’s underrated self-titled sophomore effort was undeniably ‘When I See You’, the album definitely boasted several equally as solid tracks. One of the standouts IMO is ‘Two Weeks Notice’. With its clever word-play, as well as Fantasia’s stellar vocal delivery, this stands as one of my favourite R&B songs from the last few years.

Listen: Two Weeks Notice

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FDM – Playground

Some of our UK visitors may be aware of homegrown R&B trio FDM (formerly known as Fundmental’03). Having burst onto the scene back in 2005, the guys served up what I feel to be their best release yet in the form of ‘Playground’. Arguably ahead of its time (or market aka UK), the track didn’t really garner the attention it deserved. Still, the uptempo cut goes hard, even today. {FYI: FDM have relocated to the US having signed a joint-venture deal with Geffen/Interscope late 07. Their debut album should be hitting stores before the year is out.}

 

Listen: Playground

 

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Mashonda – Blackout (ft. Nas)
Most noted for her 2005 smash ‘Back of the Club’, as well as being the wife of hit-maker Swizz beats, R&B singer Mashonda served up the club-banger ‘Blackout’ as the second release from her admittedly terrible debut ‘January Joy’. Unsurprisingly produced by Swizz, Mashonda’s swagger compliments the gritty, street sounding beat really well. Nas’ verse adds to what is an already great track.

Listen: Blackout (ft. Nas)

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Tweet – Taxi

Lifted from Tweet’s sophomore LP ‘It’s Me Again’, ‘Taxi’ serves as a reminder of the Southern Hummingbird’s oft under-appreciated appeal. In an industry filled with gimmicks and microwaveable hits, the soulful ‘Taxi’ highlights that there is still good music and genuine talent out there.

Listen: Taxi

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Check out this video preview of Mariah Carey recording her confirmed next single ‘Bye Bye’:

At this rate, much of Mariah Carey’s ‘E=MC²’ album will have been heard before it drops. I can’t complain though, the more I hear of the album, the more amped I get for its release. Reiterating what I said yesterday, the ballads really do seem like they’ll be the saving grace of this album. ‘E=MC²’ drops April 15th.

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Estelle Vents About 'White Soul Invasion'Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, songstress Estelle expressed her views on what she described as the blindness to black talent here in the UK. Taking aim at some of the artists at the forefront of the ‘White Soul Invasion’, the 28 year old singer, whose song ‘American Boy’ is currently #1 on the Official Singles Chart, laments on the lack of press attention paid to black singers over here:

Singling out Adele and Duffy, who she knocked off the number one spot at the weekend, she says:

“I’m not mad at them, but I’m wondering – how the hell is there not a single black person in the press singing soul? Adele ain’t soul. She sounds like she heard some Aretha records once, and she’s got a deeper voice – that don’t mean she’s soul. That don’t mean nothing to me in the grand scheme of my life as a black person. As a songwriter, I get what they do. As a black person, I’m like: you’re telling me this is my music? Fuck that!” {Continue reading…}

Granted I feel music is one of the few ‘universals’ that exist today, I definitely see where Estelle is coming from – especially as a black person who lives here in the UK.

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Mario BarrettWhile Mario continues to impress on Dancing With The Stars, the 21 year old’s music career seems to be receiving a much-needed new lease of life. According to AllAccess.com, fan-favourite ‘Music For Love’, from his grossly underrated ‘Go!’ album, has been lined up as his next single and will be going for adds on radio tomorrow (April 1st). Whether or not the release will get the video treatment is unknown, however I must say I’m glad the masses will get a chance to listen to this track – which IMO is Mario’s best song, hands-down.

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Michelle Williams - 'We Break The Dawn'The full version of Michelle Williams’ new single ‘We Break The Dawn’ made its debut on People.com earlier today. Set to be the first release from Williams’ forthcoming LP ‘Unexpected’ (due August), the Synth-heavy track sees the former Destiny’s Child member embrace a more Pop/Dance/International sound – something we can expect to hear more of on the album as well. I’m loving the fact that Michelle wasn’t afraid to step outside of her comfort zone and try something new, as the results are evidently fantastic. A solid cut, that should (and most likely will) have many anticipating more of what Michelle has on offer. I really feel as though Michelle has a great chance of hitting it big (solo) this time around. As I’m sure most of you all know, we will be interviewing Michelle very soon. Click here to submit any questions you may have for her.

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Sean Levert Dead At 39Sean Levert, brother of the late Gerald Levert and son of Eddie Levert Sr of The O’Jays, died late last night:

Levert, 39, died at 11:57 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital after being transported to the facility from the Cuyahoga County Jail – where he was serving time for not paying child support. Sean Levert had gone to the jail infirmary complaining he was sick.

It was in November that Sean Levert started singing again. He talked with NewsChannel5 about finishing a project — bringing the group back together — that his brother started.

Gerald Levert died Nov. 10, 2006. He was found dead in his bed at his Newbury home. {Source}

One has to really feel for Levert’s father Eddie, who has lost two sons in such a short space of time. Condolences to the Levert family.

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