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Check out songstress Mariah Carey’s appearance on BET’s 106 & Park yesterday (October 22nd) to promote her new fragrance, ‘M By Mariah Carey’.

Mariah spoke with the Associated Press recently regarding her new album. Here’s what she had to say:

“It’s hard for me to sit here and talk about it without sounding like I’m bragging if I’m in love with it, but I’m in love with this album,” she says. “I think that having the success with the last record allowed me to have more freedom and just make records that I like. It’s kind of a really fun record” Mimi’s new CD is out on February 2008.

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I’m really hoping she comes with the goods. Sources are claiming that the album’s sound is somewhat different to her last effort, with several rappers reportedly featured. I guess, like the rest, we’ll have to wait to next February.

Your thoughts?

For those who still care….ok, that was bad lol. It has been confirmed that Mya’s oft delayed album ‘Liberation’ will now be released on December 11th. I’m guessing her label are hoping to cash in on the holiday season. Yet, with all the push backs, I’m wondering if anyone still cares.

Will you be checking for ‘Liberation’ if and when it drops?
The third single from Chris Brown’s forthcoming album ‘Exclusive’, ‘With You’ has surfaced. Produced by Stargate, the song has a distinctive resemblance to Beyonce’s ‘Irreplaceable’ (hence similar to Rihanna’s ‘Hate That I Love You also) and doesn’t really blow me away. Having said that, the track is solid and has a lot of cross-over potential.
I’m still of the opinion that Chris’ new album won’t be as good as the first, however it may not tank, as the lack of hype surrounding the project would make one believe. The current single ‘Kiss Kiss’ is #1 on the iTunes chart – meaning it’s set for a big rise on the Billboard chart in this coming week. Anyway, about the song…

Hit or Miss?

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I haven’t got much to say when it comes to T-Pain; by still being around, people somewhere out their must like his music (why I don’t know). Anyway, check out the video for his latest single ‘Church’. I’m actually kinda liking the song and the vid serves it’s purpose.

What do you think of the video?

In what seems like more bad news for Kelly Rowland and her fans, speculation is mounting that the singer’s recently announced North American tour has been axed. More and more dates have steadily been cancelled with the most recent being shows in Seattle, San Fransisco and Hollywood. {Source}

What if there left to say with this whole Kelly situation? It’s a mess, I know, she knows, everybody knows. Still, I believe in her talent and potential, so will continue to support. At this stage, I doubt a re-release is worth anyones time – the ‘Ms. Kelly’ tag seems kinda tainted. She’d be better off dropping a new album early next year. If Rihanna can release album’s every 6 months, I don’t see why Kelly, who is much more talented IMO, can’t.

Your thoughts?

Black Eyed Peas front man will.I.am performed Michael Jackson’s classic ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’ on a show over here in Europe this past week. I can’t deny I enjoyed the performance – even if parts of it were terrible. A tidbit: is it me or did Will’s album disappear as soon as it came out?

What do you think of the performance?

Check out the vid above of the Queen of Hip Hop/Soul Mary J. Blige on the set of her new video ‘Just Fine’. Though a number of her fans appear to not be feeling the song, I’m really feeling it. Be sure to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for the vid (which, I must say, looks like it’s going to be good) which premieres this Friday (October 26th).

Any thoughts?

Hit-maker and Janet Jackson’s boyfriend Jermaine Dupri breaks his silence on Justin Timberlake in his autobiography ‘Young, Rich and Dangerous’. Check out what he had to say about the ‘SexyBack’ singer:

“I think Justin Timberlake is a talented performer. But he’s very ordinary-looking. He could be any skinny white kid from the suburbs of Orlando. You could go to the mall and find another Justin. He doesn’t make his style interesting even when he’s onstage. To me, he just doesn’t look like a star.”
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Though there’s a little uncertainty as to what context the comment was meant in, I’d have preferred if he addressed his opinion of Justin in regard to the Superbowl incident directly. It would be pretty interesting to hear his take on that. I, personally, find it hard to get over the fact that he basically left Janet out to dry.

Your thoughts?
As reported earlier this week, Whitney Houston made a triumphant return to the public eye at the Fashion Rocks 2007 event here in London. Check out the video of her appearance, as well the performance she introduced- Sugababes and Patti Labelle performing ‘Lady Marmalade’:

Sugababes & Patti Labelle – ‘Lady Marmalade’

Whitney really looks to have gotten herself together; she looked and sounded great. I enjoyed the ‘Lady Marmalade’ performance – until Patti came out. She’s a legend, no doubt about that, but vocally she was a mess – nearly killing the performance with random and annoying screaming.

What do you think of Whitney’s appearance / the performance?

Breakout star Leona Lewis performed her new single ‘Bleeding Love’ as part of her homecoming appearance on UK talent show the X Factor. Lewis, who won the show last year, gave a rousing performance of the song (which hits stores here in the UK next week). Though I’m not totally sold on the song, I definitely see her career soaring; the (early) Mariah comparisons are not far fetched at all; she nailed the performance vocally better than on the actual record IMO. Great stuff.

What do you think of the performance?

Just a quick reminder to let those who have yet to enter the Keyshia Cole ‘Just Like You’ album give-away competition, to enter now for your chance to win a copy of the CD. The competition ends tomorrow (October 20th).

Popular MTV reality show ‘Run’s House’ is back for it’s fourth season starting October 25th at 10pm. Though I feel the show to be overly-scripted at times, it is pretty entertaining and I will be tuning in whenever it starts over here in the UK.

Will you be tuning into the new season of ‘Run’s House’?

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