New Kelly Rowland Promo Pic Peep Kelly Rowland’s new promotional shot with French singer Nadiya. The pair teamed up for a duet called ‘No Future, No Past’, which is being released in France. Awesome pic.

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Word has it Jay-Z’s final Def Jam LP, ‘The Blueprint 3’, is set to drop sooner than we many had anticipated. Peep Jay performing the Kanye West produced ‘Jockin’ Jay-Z’, from the new album, at his recent Madison Squared Garden show in New York city:

Good stuff.

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Joe: 'R. Kelly Tried To Sabotage My Career'R&B crooner Joe, seemingly, out of nowhere has taken aim at R. Kelly, blaming the singer for trying to ruin his career. Check out the report via Contact Music below:

R&B singer JOE has accused R. KELLY of pressuring radio DJs not to play his records – in a bid to scupper his growing stardom.

The Stutter singer released six albums with Jive Records over an 11 year period, but left the label earlier this year (08) after the company pushed back the release of his 2007 LP, Ain’t Nothin Like Me, several times.

And the Grammy-winning star believes his rival labelmate Kelly was to blame, insisting he would call Jive bosses and radio stations and urge them not to promote the singer too strongly.

Joe says, “R. Kelly was very instrumental in making a lot of decisions when it came to my records being played on the radio.

“He would make a call to the radio station or to the label and say, ‘Hey, this Joe record is too hot right now. Y’all (sic) need to pull that back.’ And they would oblige. It’s incredible that now I get the opportunity to, I don’t know, maybe pay (R. Kelly) back in some sort of side bar kind of thing.”

And Joe, who left Jive to release his forthcoming LP New Man through Kedar Entertainment Group, insists he is still a prevalent musician despite R. Kelly’s alleged intervention.

He says, “I’m still very relevant in the game. But yeah, he did try to make some decisions when it came down to my records being on fire, and climbing up the charts and on the radio stations. He felt like they should pull back because he felt he was more important. And with their loyalty to him, they obliged.”

Though I do support Joe, it does kinda seem like he’s a little bitter about being…well…not all that relevant in the contemporary music scene and is taking aim at R. Kelly because of it. I mean, I find it a little odd that he’s only coming out of the woodwork now. Anyway…

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Check out this behind the scenes footage of Nelly’s new Sean Jean Underwear shoot:

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Confirmed: Usher Re-Hires Mother In a statement to the press, Usher’s record label have confirmed that the Grammy winner has re-hired his mother Jonetta Patton as his manager. Check out the report via Billboard:

In a short statement issued by LaFace/Zomba, it was announced that the artist “has dissolved his management arrangement with Benny Medina and has re-engaged Jonnetta Patton as his manager.”

Usher split his mother as his manager in May 2007. He then hired Medina, who was integral in the launch of the artist’s recent album, “Here I Stand.” In 10 weeks, it has sold 948,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the No. 8 best-selling album of 2008 so far.

However, it hasn’t come close to matching the gaudy numbers of its predecessor, 2004’s “Confessions,” which sold 3.77 million copies in its first 10 weeks and is at 9.6 million to date.

Let the ‘I told you so’s’ ensue lol. For real, this is definitely a good look for Usher IMO; maybe not for the ‘Here I Stand’ LP (which IMO was dead on arrival), but for his long-term prospects.

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A lengthy snippet of Monica’s new single ‘Still Standing’ (also the titled of her forthcoming album)surfaced today. The Ludacris assisted sound sounds pretty good IMO. check it out below:

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This past week, R&B star Ashanti performed at Six Flags new Jersey. Check out her performance of current single ‘Good Good’, which featured a medley mix of Lil Wayne’s ‘A Milli’ and ‘Grillz’. Check out the performance below:

Good performance.

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Watch: ‘The Single: Monica’ SpecialFor those who were unable to catch Monica’s Peachtree TV reality show special last night, you can watch the entire thing online via DimeWars.

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Fantasia Covers Sister 2 Sister R&B star Fantasia appears on the cover of the September 2008 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine.

The season 3 American Idol winner opens up about her relationship with Young Dro, her stint in The Colour Purple, her new album and more.

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Peep Beyonce’s latest promo shot for L’Oreal. Now, while I take on the ‘more power to her’ stance with Ms. Knowles and her never-ending endorsement deals, I can’t say I’m all too thrilled with this one. I don’t even know where to begin, so I’ll address the most obvious; she looks a completely different colour.

No, just no…

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As previously reported, ‘IT girl of the moment’ Rihanna headlined MTV Italia’s Mobile Bang show a few weeks back. During her set the 2o year old performed a string of covers of hits by the likes of Beenie Man, MIA and Lauryn Hill. Check out the medley of ‘Who Am I / Paper Planes/ Doowop (That Thing)’ below:

Call me a hater or whatever else you choose, but there is no denying that was the pits. She sounded like Billy Goat Gruff with all that bleating. Horrible.

Randomness: It would be great to hear a little of ‘pre-industry cleansing’ Rihanna (aka Caribbean flavoured sound) on her new music – even if just a little. Just a thought…

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