The-Dream and the latest signee to his Radio Killa imprint, Christina Milian, stopped by Big Boy’s Neighborhood radio show this week to discuss their ‘business relationship’, Milian’s new LP ‘Elope’ and much more.
These two really did little to dispel the rumors that they are an item LOL…
Tidbit: The-Dream’s ‘Love vs Money’ album is set to debut at #2 on the Billboard 200, with sales in the region of 150, 000. Not bad at all.
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Alexandra To Work With Akon, Pharrell
When X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke signed a $3 Million US deal with Epic last month, it quickly became apparent that a ‘worldwide superstar’ is what label honchos are anticipating the 20 year old become. Therefore it comes as little surprise that some of the US biggest hitmakers have been drafted in for Burke’s debut LP (due November), in the form of Akon and Pharrell Williams:

Akon, super producer and international rapper has signed up to help produce Alexandra Burke’s debut album.

Only yesterday it was reported that Miss Burke would also be working alongside none other than N*E*R*D and The Neptunes front man Pharrell Williams.

Akon has already worked with Leona Lewis and told tabloid newspaper The Daily Star: “I’ve had calls to work with Alex and I’m going to do it. I love the X Factor and I love helping to break new artists.”

The newspaper claims that Alexandra is over the moon about working with Skateboard P “She can’t believe her luck. She’s a massive fan and thinks Pharrell will help her distance herself from Leona (Lewis) comparisons.”

With Pharrell onboard as well, the record label are basically making sure that Burke’s debut album is an international hit. {Source}

I’m definitely anticipating Alexandra’s debut. Her all-rounder nature has me genuinely excited as to what she and the enlisted producers will come up with.
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50 Cent To Release 2 New Albums This Year
MTV caught up with rapper 50 Cent recently, with the G-Unit general exclusively revealing that he is readying not one, but two album’s for release this year:

“What they don’t know … the new announcement is that I’m dropping two albums,” Fif smiled. “I’ve had an opportunity to record since I thought I was releasing an album in December. But the portion of my record that I recorded with Dr. Dre was incomplete, because there was no opportunity to mix it. The only song that was mixed that I worked on with Dr. Dre is ‘I Get It In’ — that one is out now. It’s cool, but I need the rest of them to be mixed before I can present my project to the public.”

Fif projects Before I Self Destruct will drop in June, after Eminem’s Relapse hits stores on May 19 — and 50’s second album will come one month after Em’s second album, according to the current game plan.

With 50’s relevance in today’s Hip-Hop world dwindling at a rapid rate, I’m itching to see how well these records perform. Ol’ Curtis couldn’t catch a hit with any of his recently released material (See: ‘I Get It In’)and yet still feels 2 albums are gonna do something. I guess time will tell, but I can’t say it’s looking good.

Randomness: What happened to Ja Rule’s ‘comeback’?

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R&B singer LeToya has hit the promotional trail for her new single ‘Not Anymore’ and LP ‘Lady Love’, most recently stopping by San Antonio’s 95.5’s The Beat radio station. As well has her latest project, Ms. Luckett spoke on her 1st record, as well as giving her hilarious, yet very insightful perspective on the Chris Brown / Rihanna drama. Peep part 1 above and part 2 below:

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Check out Lil’ Kim’s 2nd week performance on Dancing With The Stars. The rapper and dance partner Derek Hough performed a Ballroom routine, much to the pleasure of the judges. Kim really is doing her thing on the show. More power to her.
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While the news of Michael Jackson’s return to the stage has largely been greeted by mass positivity, there seems to be select arms of the media, as well as the public, who seem to question whether today’s Michael can still ‘thrill’ like times of past. Though being snapped in wheelchairs and looking somewhat frail in recent years hasn’t helped his cause, MJ hasn’t actually had a wack performance or flopped on the dancing tip for folk to be so steadfast in their ‘he can’t do it’ stance.
A lot of MJ’s more recent work and performances have unfairly been overlooked for one reason or the other, yet this performance of Billie Jean at his 2001/2002 30th Anniversary special, shows that even as the Michael of today he can still deliver one hell of a performance. THIS is the Michael I’m expecting to show at the London 02 this summer. This is the Michael that I really feel will silence the naysayers. Roll on July!
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Lady GaGa: 'I Used To Be A Stripper'
One of the industry’s biggest break-out stars in recent times, Lady GaGa, spoke recently on her ‘colourful’ past as well as the inevitability of her rise to stardom:
POP sensation Lady GaGa, quite outrageous in her music videos, used to be a stripper.
“I have a strong sense of my own sexuality. I love the naked human body and I have huge body confidence,” she tells the News of the World newspaper in the UK.
“I was working in strip clubs when I was 18. Girls from my background weren’t meant to turn into someone like me.
“I come from a wealthy Italian family, went to a good school (she was at the same super-rich Manhattan Catholic girls’ school – Convent Of The Sacred Heart – as Paris Hilton). You’re meant to live with Mom and Dad until they die.
“I went against all I was brought up to be; I moved out of home, wouldn’t take any help from my parents (her internet entrepreneur dad and his business partner wife) and supported myself with waitressing jobs and stripping.
“My act was pretty wild. I’d wear black leather and dance to Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses and Faith No More. Very rock ’n’ roll.”

The woman wrote songs for Britney Spears and The Pussycat Dolls before deciding she wanted a taste of the limelight. She transformed herself from a brunette in braces and jeans to the bleached blonde siren.

“Some people are just born stars,” she says.

“You either have it or you haven’t, and I was definitely born one.

“Even as a kid I always had eyes on me, like bees on honey. I was always outrageous and I was always very smart.

{Source}

Interesting…

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Kelis Flaunts Baby BumpKelis Flaunts Baby Bump
R&B singer Kelis hit the town with friend Damon Perruzi in the Los Angeles over the weekend. It’s the first time the heavily pregnant wife of rapper Nas has been seen since announcing that she was expecting. The couple have confirmed they are having a boy.
About the ‘look’…she’s looked better LOL…much better. She does look well though.
Kelis Flaunts Baby Bump
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The hilarious video for rapper 88 Keys’ single ‘Stay Up (Viagra)’, which features Kanye West, premiered today. I’m not particularly feeling the song as such, but it’s hard to deny it’s accompanying clip is funny. Good stuff.
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Rihanna Talks Money, Relationships & New LP
According reports, Rihanna is being lined up to play Whitney Houston’s role in a remake of ‘The Bodyguard’:
Battered singer Rihanna could soon be singing ‘I will always love you’ but not to bad boy lover Chris Brown, instead for a new acting role in Whitney Houston’s Bodyguard. Insiders claim Rihanna’s return to the public eye in New York over the weekend was not only to party to but to discuss acting work.
She has been linked to talks to star in a ‘younger and sexy’ take on Houston and Kevin Costner’s 1992 box office smash. The 21-year-old is reportedly poised to take on Whitney’s role while G.I Joe heartthrob Channing Tatum could take on Costner’s role. ‘Before the situation with Chris, Ri was getting a lot of scripts. She’s been wanting to do movies for a while now,’ a source claimed.
She is also linked to a new Charlie’s Angel film, while she works on her new album. Her team are currently dismissing acting plans. Houston, 45, reached out to Rihanna, telling, ‘Don’t make the same mistakes I did’, following claims the Barbadian star was hit by Brown before the Grammys in February. {Source}
This one would be real interesting to see. I’m constantly left scratching my head as to why success on the chart is supposed to translate into great acting ability. I mean from what I’ve seen, Ms. Fenty isn’t just lacking in the musical talent department, her acting skills leave a lot to be desired. While I’m really not big on directly comparing artists, I genuinely feel someone like Beyonce (whose acting has been at best ‘so-so’) would be more suited to the role. I sure as hell know the soundtrack would be ALOT better. Granted the film would likely come with new tracks, Rihanna’s take on ‘I Will Always Love You (Eh Eh Eh)’ would be a must see.
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EnVogue Cover JET
Peep the ladies of EnVogue (including Dawn Robinson) on the cover of the latest issue of JET magazine – in which they talk on their ‘comeback’ with the original line-up. I say ‘comeback’ as such because the ladies haven’t been idle in their time away from the limelight; they have been racking in the cash from touring internationally (they are still a force live).
Believe it or not, each of the ladies are in their 40s. I can only imagine that the stars of today would wish they looked as good when they reach this age. Stunners.
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Ray J stopped by The Chelsea Lately Show recently to promote his VH1 reality show ‘For The Love Of Ray J’. Can’t say Ray J paints himself in the best of lights, however, as ever, Chelsea is hilarious in this one.
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