R&B superstar Mary J. Blige features on the cover for the November issue of fashion and beauty magazine Genlux. As has been the case recently, Mary’s looking great. ‘Growing Pains’, Mary’s forthcoming studio album, is set for release on December 18th.

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The video for Alicia Keys’ new single ‘Like You’ll Never See Me Again’ premiered on TRL yesterday (November 13th). Considering the, somewhat, lacking nature of her last vid ‘No One’, I’m really found this to be much more engaging. Rapper Common makes a cameo in the vid. Alicia’s new album ‘As I Am’ is in stores now.

What do you think of the video?

Like myself, I’m sure many of you are tired of Soulja Boy’s ‘Crank That’ song/craze, but this remix caught my attention. Last month I posted a performance of the 17 year old performing a more edgy-rock inspired version of the song on the Jimmy Kimmel show with former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker. Since then, this studio version of the remix has surfaced; I’m liking this one alot and think it’s actually better than the original.

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A short preview of Beyonce’s forthcoming ‘The Beyonce Experience Tour’ DVD has surfaced. Having attended the London show back in June (click here to read my review), I feel it definitely captured the spectacle of what was one of the best live shows in a long while IMO. The DVD will be released on November 20th.

Will you be picking up ‘The Beyonce Experience’ DVD?

As reported a couple of weeks back, ‘I Still Will’ is the latest single to be lifted from 50 Cent’s ‘Curtis’ LP. The video for the track, which features R&B star Akon, premiered yesterday. Jesse Terrero (‘Wanksta’, ‘Candy Shop’) directed the clip; I can’t lie, I’m feeling this one.

What do you think of the video?

Rapper Lil’ Wane covers three special edition covers of the January/February (Love/Hate) issue of XXL. Check the two below:

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I’m kinda lost for words with Weezy and these covers. Damn.

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As many of you by now Kanye West’s mother, Dr. Donda West, sadly passed away over the weekend. West was 58. Whilst no official word has been given on the cause of death, some reports have cited ‘complications from cosmetic surgery’. Check out the reports below, both via TMZ:

A plastic surgeon refused to perform plastic surgery on Dr. Donda West because he thought there was a risk of a heart attack. Dr. Andre Abolian told her she needed to get clearance from an internist but Dr. West went ahead with a tummy tuck and breast reduction without the co-sign from the internist.

The fire service were called to Ms West’s residence, following a 911 call:

A hospital spokesperson tells TMZ that an unresponsive West was brought to their ER around 8:00 PM Saturday night. They attempted to resuscitate her, but were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead around 8:30 PM that night.

Whatever the cause, this really is sad. When I heard the news on Saturday, I was in shock. Evidently Kanye and Donda were close and it’s probably near impossible to identify with what he’s going through right now. Having been in London when he received the news, I can’t help but think what the plane journey home must have been like for him. My condolences go out to the entire West family. RIP Dr. Donda West.

Your thoughts?
Rihanna appears on the cover UK magazine YOU’s November issue. She looks good, but it’s starting to become….

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It appears yet another defunct group are jumping on the reality show bandwagon in hopes of resurrecting their careers – this time it’s B2K. Before I continue, I’m literally cracking up right now at the ‘realty show’ spelling – very professional lol. About the trailer, it was pretty interesting to see the guys back together, as well as the hinting at there still being unresolved issues with Omarion. Saying that, this kinda screams desperation to me; none of the group, aside from Omarion, have achieved any solo success. Hmmm…

Would you be checking for a B2K reunion?

Following a lengthy spell away from the music scene, new material from R&B star Usher has surfaced. Produced by Rich Harrison (‘Crazy In Love’, ‘One Thing’), ‘Dat Girl Right There’ is a welcome departure from the established sound of all those involved. The uptempo track differs from Harrison’s typical Go-Go inspired production style – in fact he’s switched things up altogether. It’s good to see Usher coming from a different angle musically this time around too.

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With ‘Exclusive’ having hit stores last week, R&B star Chris Brown is hitting the promotional trail in support of the CD. The 18 year old star stopped by BET’s 106 & Park earlier last week for an interview and to perform current single ‘Kiss Kiss’ along with T-Pain. You can check out their performance below:

I’m thought the performance was pretty solid, the 106 crowd were hyped (as It’s great to have seen Chris step his live performance game up compared to soem of performances in the past – he seems to be focusing on getting his vocals on-point instead of dancing like he’s having a seizure lol. Good stuff.

What do you think of the interview / performance?
Apologies for the lack of updates over the weekend, other commitments and whatnot. Anyway, things should be getting back to normal as from now. Bare with me as I play catch up…
The Mario interview will be up before this week is out.
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