Janet dropped by MTV’s TRL to promote her upcoming ‘Rock Witchu’ tour. Check out the vid below:

September needs to roll around quickly, as I’m real amped to see what her show will be serving up.
In other Janet news, it is being reported that she has been lined up for a collaboration on Mel B of the Spice Girl’s new solo record:

Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown will duet with Janet Jackson to make sure her solo career is a success, Metro can reveal.

Speaking exclusively, she vowed to hit back in the singles chart following her first failed attempt.

Her last single ‘Today’ failed to make the UK singles top 40.

‘I not scared of having another try. I am working with the best producers ever. I am now ten tracks in to my new record.’

‘I am doing something with Janet Jackson which should be amazing. I am also going to hook up with Missy again.’ {Source}

Not an obvious pairing. Should be interesting. {Random tidbit: Does anyone remember Mel’s ‘Tell Me’ and/or ‘Feel So Good singles? They were pretty good lol’}

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Usher Speaks On Chilli; More Tidbits In a recent interview with popular UK urban publication RWD Magazine, Usher spoke out on Chilli’s recent comments about her feelings for him:

RWD: Chilli was quoted as saying you were the one she ‘truly did love. I’m not in love with him anymore, but I can’t say I don’t love him.’ Do you think it’s appropriate for her to make these comments considering you’re married with a child?

Usher: I mean, I think it’s a little unrealistic, I’m married (laughs), I’m not a boy. It’s been three years past, you know? But we all have unrealistic goals too. Like shoot, I will always forever love Katie Holmes and Halle Berry. I don’t feel anyway about it. It does appear maybe to be a plug for something. She got a record coming or something?

Is it me or did her come across rude as hell. I personally don’t see anything wrong with what Chilli said, yet his response sounded real catty. He really needs to go sit down somewhere.
Anyway, his latest effort ‘Here I Stand’ is #1 on the Billboard charts this week, after shifting roughly 445, 000 copies of the record first week, according to Hits Daily Double

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R&B star Kelly Rowland seems to be enjoying massive success everywhere apart from the US these days. Currently on a promotional trip in Australia, she she performed her smash ‘Work’ on popular TV show Rove there. Check out the performance below:

Awesome performance. It still baffles me till this day as to why the US seem to be sleeping on her? Hopefully that will change upon the release of her third solo LP, which is due early 2009.

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Ashanti Promo BlitzThe Ashanti promotional blitz hit New York yesterday. As well as putting in an appearance on MTV’s TRL earlier in the day (click here to watch), the singer dropped by Virgin Megastores, Times Square to perform and sign copies of her brand new LP ‘The Declaration’.
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The 27 year old also put in an appearance at Planet Hollywood, New York for a special hand-print ceremony:

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Pop icon Janet Jackson is doing the media rounds this week to promote her highly-anticipated ‘Rock Witchu Tour’. Yesterday she stopped by BET’s 106 & Park:

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I’m pretty interested to see if her tour will be heading to this side of the pond, after all she did say it was to be a world tour. ‘Discipline’s’ poor standing on the UK/European charts (thanks in part to zero promo on Janet’s part etc), has me thinking that he show may not be coming our way. I guess time will tell…

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R&B songstress Amerie was snapped at the Converse One Star after party for the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. Looks like someone is flaunting her inner-Diva. She looks great.
In other Amerie news, the singer confirmed that she is working on her new album, the follow-up to last year’s ‘Because I Love It’. reliable word has it that she’s signed to a new (major) label. I’m definitely anticipating her new material; ‘Because I Love It’ still receives regular play from me.

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Mariah Lines Up Third Single According to Mariah Daily, the third official single to be lifted from Mariah Carey’s ‘E=MC²’ will be ‘I’ll Be Loving You Long Time’. At a press conference held during the 38 year old’s promo blitz in Japan, she confirmed that the video will be shot in Hawaii later this week. Chris Applebaum, who directed Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ as well as Mary J’s ‘Just Fine’, will be directing the clip. {Source}

No surprises there, seeing as she performed the song at the MTV Japan VMA’s last week. ‘I’ll Be Loving You Long Time’ is one of my favourite tracks from the, otherwise, lackluster album, so I’m glad it’s getting the single treatment. Saying that, the likelihood of the smash-in-waiting ‘Migrate’ being as big as it could be is lessened with each other single release she places before it. At this rate, I really can’t see ‘E=MC²’ having as much longevity as ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’…it seems after ‘Touch My Body’ the project ceased to be handled properly. Yes, she’s everywhere, but the single release order is baffling to say the least.

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No, this isn’t anything ‘Urban’ related, but I couldn’t resist. Peep this clip from Dr. Phil’s show that’s making the rounds on the net:

I actually squirmed a lil bit watching that. What my mother would have done to me if…SMH…

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*Back to your regularly scheduled programming lol*

Burgeoning R&B star Solange performed her current single ‘I Decided’ on the Kansas City tour stop of her joint ‘The Art of Love Tour’ with Raheem DeVaughn and Christette Michelle on June 1st. Check out the performance below {Video credit: Bryan W. Thanks}:

I’m pleasantly surprised, she sounded even better than the record. Her vocals have most definitely matured, as has her stage presence. With the right promotion and single releases, Solange, IMO, really has the potential to be one of the biggest celebrity siblings to make a major impact in their own right – in the same way Janet emerged from Michael’s shadow more than 20 years ago. Great performance.

Solange’s video for ‘I Decided’ premieres tomorrow. Keep it locked on That Grape Juice for the goods…

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More Ashanti Tidbits Ashanti will be everywhere this week promoting her latest offering ‘The Declaration’. Check out her promo schedule as per Ashanti Daily:

* Today – MTV TRL – 3.00pm: Interview

* Today – Virgin Megastore in Times Square – 6.00 PM: Live performance and CD signing.

*Today -Planet Hollywood, New York: -Hand-Printing Ceremony.

* Friday (June 6th) – Good Morning America Summer Concert Series – Performing a set; will be joined on stage by special guest Ja Rule to perform a medley of their hits.

With a slew of more promotional spots lined up in the coming weeks, including Jay Leno and a performance on TRL next Monday, it’s evident that her promo team are not playing.
I must say, though, that I’m kinda surprised by the Ja Rule guest spot for Good Morning America. It’s good to see that they’ve settled their differences now; should be an interesting watch.

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BET Awards 2008 News; Host, More Performers AnnouncedWith the 2008 BET Awards just a few weeks away, more information about the much anticipated show has been announced
Comedian D.L Hughley has been unveiled as this year’s host, while nominees Alicia Keys, Chris Brown and Kanye West have joined the performer line-up – which already boasts showings by Mariah Carey, Usher, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Nelly and more.

The show takes June 24th live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. (Note to UK visitors: the show will air on BET UK July 1st…but you know where you can get the goodies before that lol). {Source}

Will you be tuning into the 2008 BET Awards?

Lil' Kim CFDA Fashion Awards Pint sized rapper Lil’ Kim made an appearance at the Council Of Fashion Designers Of America (CFDA) Awards in New York yesterday. This, hands-down, is the best Kim has looked years. Word has it she had her nose re-done again to get rid of them ridiculous dents in them. Whatever she’s done, it’s working a charm because she looks (and I never thought I’d say this again)…on point!

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