Disturbing The Peace songstress Shareefa is back with new song ‘On Fire’. Set to feature on the 24 year old’s sophomore effort ‘The Black Dahlia’ (due later this year), the track is a solid uptempo that showcases Shareefa’s oft-underrated vocal ability. Saying this, the track sounds like something that could easily have been featured on her first album; and in an industry with the Keyshia Cole’s and Mary J. Blige’s (who Shareefa is often compared to), the song doesn’t do much to set her apart. Still, I’m anxious to hear what her album will be serving up. She’s too talented to go unnoticed.

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Hit-maker Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins spoke with our friends over at Rap-Up.com about some of the projects he’ll be working on this year. As well as revealing that he’ll be going into the studio with, among others, Keyshia Cole, Ludacris and The Pussycat Dolls, he confirmed that he’s currently working with Beyonce. He also shed some light on the direction the ‘Irreplaceable’ singer’s next LP will be going in.

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Eva Pigford At 39th Annual NAACP Awards America’s Next Top Model winner Eva Pigford sported this ‘interesting’ do at the 39th Annual NAACP Awards, which aired last night on Fox. SMH….

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This remix to Mariah Carey’s new single ‘Touch My Body’ has been gathering steam on the net for the last couple of days. Dare I say, it actually sounds better than the original.

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Rihanna & Chris Brown: A Couple?For the last couple of months, speculation has been mounting as to whether R&B stars Rihanna and Chris Brown have been dating. Following the surfacing of the pic above, taken at LA Reid’s post-Grammy party this past Sunday, PEOPLE.com report Brown, 18, was spotted at the ‘Umbrella’ singer’s 20th birthday party recently:

When partygoers (like Kanye West and Wilmer Valderrama) weren’t flinging cupcakes, they offered a standing ovation after Chris Brown sang an acapella version of “Happy Birthday.” While Brown has denied that he and the birthday gal are dating (”We’re just friends … we hang out,” he told PEOPLE at a post Grammy party), a party guest tells us the two were cuddling and acting “very cozy all night.”

Add to this the fact Rihanna came to visit Chris on the set of Jordin Sparks ‘No Air’ video (which he features in), I’m thinking there may be truth to the rumors. Hmmm..

In other Rihanna news, her club-ready, bassline-heavy new single ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ is performing fantastically well here in the UK. After a whopping 27 weeks on the Official Singles Chart, the song continues to hold steady, rising #5-#4 this week. The track is available at most music stores and iTunes.

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This is news to me. I didn’t know there was any ‘beef’ and, judging by this video, I don’t think there is – from Janet’s end, anyway. While Khia does bring up some valid points (‘So Excited’ should have been the first single), she comes across kinda bitter and ungrateful. I mean, Janet and Khia sharing the stage. That would have been a hot mess.

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New Michelle Williams Song SnippetsAs former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams preps the release of her first R&B solo effort (due May), more snippets from the as-yet-untitled set have surfaced.

Both tracks, ‘Break The Dawn’ and ‘Unexpected’, are stark departures from the sound found on Destiny’s Child’s material as well as Michelle’s previous solo LP’s. It appears she has embraced a more Euro-Pop/R&B sound. Still, the tracks are promising, all the same – especially ‘Break The Dawn’.

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Danity Kane - 'Welcome To The Dollhouse' Cover

Check out the official album cover for Danity Kane’s forthcoming LP ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse’ (due March 18th). The ladies are looking great, if I must say so.

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Sales for Michael Jackson’s re-packaged ‘Thriller’ album are exceeding initial expectations:

JACKSON STEPS OUT: Early reports show Sony Legacy’s 25th anniversary re-release of Michael Jackson’s deluxe Thriller is overperforming, with a first-week sales prognosis that could put it in the 80-90k range, which would seemingly be good enough for a Top 5 bow.

If Thriller 25 goes on to sale up to 90k the 1st week in the USA considering it’s a re-release after 25 years and without any new videos or live performances,then i think that means MJ still has great sales potential with a brand new album.

If the music is hot and the brand new album leads off with a blockbuster single,i can still see MJ selling between 350-400k the 1st week in the USA and over 3 million total sales in the US. The key will be the lead single. It has to be hot and hopefully a soulful r&b style that relates to r&b and hip hop radio stations. {Source}

I’m really hoping Michael releases his new album this year. If anything, this shows there is a large audience awaiting him.

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As some of you may know, singing legend Aretha Franklin was none too pleased with Beyonce’s introduction of Tina Turner as ‘The Queen’ at this past Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Franklin branded it a ‘cheap shot for controversy’, yet added ‘love to Beyonce anyway.’ Beyonce’s father and manager Matthew Knowles released the following statement slamming Franklin’s comments:

“As a manager I am not taking something this ridiculous to Beyonce. Beyonce referred to Tina Turner as a ‘queen’. Not queen of gospel, queen of soul, queen of blues, Queen of England. I consider my wife a queen and sometimes call her that. Does Aretha have a problem with that?” {Source}

As much as I r-e-s-p-e-c-t Aretha, I have to side with Matthew on this one. I mean, come on now. Anyway, Aretha should have other things to worry about (hint hint: treadmill).

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Pop/R&B vocalist JoJo revealed in a blog entry on her official MySpace that she is currently working on her third album:

I am in the process of recording my third album, presently. I hope to have it out this fall, but I will be releasing a single before then. I have written alot of new music.

I’m actually pretty amped to see what she’s gonna come with on this new album. For a number of reasons, I wasn’t really drawn to JoJo as an artist before, but her last LP ‘The High Road’ was one of the best R&B, yes R&B, albums released in a long while. Having enlisted hit-makers from the urban world such as Swizz Beats, Sean Garrett, Scott Storch and J.R Rotem, JoJo really delivered a stellar effort with ‘The High Road’ It’s a shame the album didn’t garner the recognition it deserved.

About the new record, word has it the record will be released via Universal Motown instead of Blackground/Universal, after the 18 year old singer’s disappointment with Blackground’s treatment of her last LP.

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Snoop Dogg Covers XXL
Rapper Snoop Dogg features on the cover of the latest issue of XXL magazine, which is on newsstands now. Snoop’s new album ‘Ego Trippin’ will hit stores on March 11th.

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