New Song: Ciara - 'Love, Sex & Magic (ft. Justin Timberlake)'
Though the release date of Ciara’s ‘Fantasy Ride’ LP is a still a few months away (April 7th), more new material from the set continues to surface – this time, a collaboration with label-mate Justin Timberlake called ‘Love, Sex & Magic’. The funk-inspired cut, which was also produced by Timberlake, may sound familiar, as his demo version of the track was making the rounds on the ‘net a late last year. Put simply, about the song, I’m liking this one – although it does feel like something, which I can’t put my finger on is missing.
Interestingly, this is set to be the next single from ‘Fantasy Ride’, with CiCi and Justin filming the video today(!) in New York with Diane Martel who was at the directorial helm of ‘Promise’ and ‘Like A Boy.’
As CiCi’s current single  ‘Never Ever’ continues to struggle on the charts, we want to know…
Do you think ‘Love, Sex & Magic’ will save ‘Fantasy Ride’?

Hit or Miss?
Police Pic: Rihanna After Chris Brown 'Assault'
TMZ have obtained a police pic taken of Rihanna following her ‘assault’ by boyfriend Chris Brown. And yes, it really is Rihanna (peep the shoulder tattoo on the right).
WOW! Shocking stuff, no doubt. No matter what spin is put on this, I really do see this being curtains for Chris Brown’s career – whatever his reasoning. By the time this pic makes the rounds (which I know it is as I type), there will be little question as to the severity of the ‘attack’.
Your thoughts?
Rihanna's Record Sales Rocket Following 'Assault'As many a media outlet continue to pimp the Chris Brown and Rihanna drama, the age old adage of ‘any publicity is good publicity’ is showing itself to be true, as Rihanna’s record sales have soared following the incident:
Rihanna has seen an increase in US sales of her Good Girl Gone Bad album following the recent press coverage of her alleged altercation with Chris Brown.
Sales of the 20-year-old star’s third LP have surged by 31% amid allegations that she was attacked by Brown.
The record has risen to 31 in the US Billboard Album chart, while Chris Brown’s 2007 album Exclusive failed to register in the Top 200.
Meanwhile, the singer’s collaboration with T.I. ‘Live Your Life’ is at number 16 in the Billboard Hot 100, with solo single ‘Disturbia’ at 33. {Source}
Though some of you disagreed with me, I repeat that I feel Ms. Fenty will be the real winner in all of this. Disclaimer (LOL): By no means did she deserve what went down and we don’t condone violence, but IMO her career will ultimately benefit from this all.

R&B star Brandy performed the US national anthem – The Star Spangled Banner – at the Pistons v Grizzlies NBA game on Marin Luther King day recently. 
Though not the best rendition of the song I’ve heard, still a great effort on Ms. Norwood’s part. Good stuff.
For those who have yet to check out our interview with Brandy, click here to check it out!
What do you think of the performance?
Beyonce On Set Of New Video
Beyonce, who has seemingly been keeping a low-ish profile as of late, was snapped in Malibu this week shooting a new video. While it’s not known which video the 27 year old superstar was shooting, word has it that the singer is currently filming her second video anthology, this time for the cuts on her current LP ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’.
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What do you think of the pics?

Sullivan 'Unfazed' By Grammy's Snub
Despite being nominated for 5 awards at this year’s Grammy’s, the event passed with Jazmine Sullivan walking away without any. Speaking to Billboard, the 22 year old Atlantic Records artist doesn’t seem to be letting it get to her:
With “Lions, Tigers & Bears” — the third single from her debut album, “Fearless” — climbing the charts, going 0-for-5 at this year’s Grammy Awards did not phase Jazmine Sullivan.
“I’m not at all upset,” the Philadelphia singer and songwriter, who was nominated for best new artist and in five R&B categories, tells “Everybody who was nominated pretty much was deserving. I have a long career ahead of me, so this is not my last Grammys, hopefully.”
Sullivan is looking forward to conquering another world this year, however — acting. In April she’ll fly to Prague to start shooting “Red Tails,” director Anthony Hemingway’s Tuskegee Airmen story. “I play a singer who entertains soldiers,” reports Sullivan, who will appear alongside current touring partner Ne-Yo. “I’m really just entertainment for them, but I kind of get a little relationship going with one of them. So that’s very exciting.
“I used to act when I was younger, in little plays,” adds Sullivan, who attended Philadelphia’s Creative and Performing Arts high school. “It never was really a passion of mine. It’s just something I did and I could do. Anything where I can be creative, I like to do.”
Sullivan also has a TV project brewing but says she can’t reveal details yet.
Her humbleness is quite endearing. Though, I must say, I’m still baffled at how she was completely shut out from the Grammy’s – her ‘Fearless’ album is quite an album. Here’s hoping her future is as bright as it’s looking to be moving forward.
Your thoughts?

Grammy winner Estelle took to the stage at last night’s BRIT Awards here in London, as the show’s sole Urban performer (rolls eyes). Performing worldwide smash ‘American Boy’, Estelle joined with UK collective The Ting Tings for the performance, which I must say I enjoyed.
What do you think of the performance?

The video for T.I.’s latest single, the Justin Timberlake assisted ‘Dead and Gone’, premiered within the last hour. While the clip does a good job of driving home the song’s message, it was one boring video if there ever was one. Decent song, yet a sleep-inducing video. That said, I guess it serves its purpose.
What do you think of the song / video?

Random(ish), I know, but I couldn’t resist (LMAO!) Check this contestant’s on South African Idol unique spin on ‘Killing Me Softly’…

Your thoughts?
Kanye: 'I Am The End All, Be All Of Music'
Peep Kanye West on the cover of the latest issue of Details Magazine. As ever with Kanye, the article had many an interesting quote:
Kanye on his music career: 

“There’s nothing more to be said about music. I’m the f–king end-all, be-all of music. I know what I’m doing. I did ‘808s’ in three weeks. I got it. It’s on cruise control … Man, we talked about music for God knows how long! Now let’s talk about how my f–king sweater didn’t come back right from Korea. That’s what’s interesting me.”

Kanye on his image: 

“I had a style that was over-the-top, overly expressive, and it forced me to just lay back and be a little cooler. One of the problems with being a bubbling source of creativity — it’s like I’m bubbling in a laboratory, and if you don’t put a cap on it, at one point it will, like, break the glass. If I can hone that … then I have, like, nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on.”

Kanye on the woman he wants to marry: 

“What I feel like — ’cause I wanna be married, of course—I feel like the type of girl I would be with is a fellow superhero. So we get that ‘already flying and now we’re just flying together’ thing.”

Kanye on the word ‘Gay’: 

“Titles are very important. I like to embody titles, y’know, or words that have negative connotations, and explain why that’s good. Take the word gay — like, in hip-hop, that’s a negative thing, right? But in the past two, three years, all the gay people I’ve encountered have been, like, really, really, extremely dope. Y’know, I haven’t, like, gone to a gay bar, nor do I ever plan to. But where I would talk to a gay person — the conversation would be mostly around, like, art or design — it’d be really dope. From a design standpoint, kids’ll say, ‘Dude, those pants are gay.’ But if it’s, like, good, good, good fashion-level, design-level stuff, where it’s on a higher level than the average commercial design stuff, it’s, like, gay people that do that. I think that should be said as a compliment. Like, ‘Dude, that’s so good it’s almost … gay.’”

As with most things Kanye has to say, there’s mix-mash of ego, self-indulgence, wackiness and above all – truth.
Your thoughts?

R&B singer Teairra Mari has finally hit the televised promo trail for her new single ‘Hunt 4 U’ – performing on Fox’s Morning Show yesterday. With the host, a little unfairly, labelling her the next Beyonce, Ms. Marie was going to need to deliver one hell of a performance to make this anything other than sub-par. Unfortunately, she didn’t. From the throwback/ancient mics (with the wires), to the strained vocals, to the lack of anything going on on-stage, everything about this came across distinctly ‘amateur’. For what it’s worth, she looked stunning.
I’ve said it many a time, Teairra – who arrived on the scene at the same time and on the same label as a certain Ms. Fenty – is very talented and is deserving of success. However, it’s evident both she and her team need to step it up (how long has her video been out and his is her first TV showing? SMH). It’s a tough time to be trying to establish oneself in the industry at the moment, that extra ‘something’ is essential in making an impact.
What do you think of the performance?