Tina Turner Talks Beyonce, Aretha & Ike While promoting her brand new 36 date world tour, legend Tina Turner spoke with US Today about performing with Beyonce at this year’s Grammy’s, Aretha Franklin’s anger at her being introduced as the ‘The Queen’ at the same show, as well as her thoughts on the death of controversial ex Ike Turner:

On Performing With Beyonce:

People said, ‘You looked better than Beyoncé.’ Well, that’s not possible. It’s nice that young people hold me up as a model. Beyoncé is elegant and is handling her career well. A lot of new stars go overboard on sex. They’re half-naked up there. My dresses were a bit short, but I stayed respectable.”

On Aretha Franklin’s Declaration ‘I Am The Queen!’:

She was mum at the time, but Turner now says: “Aretha has always been like that. We’ve always accepted that from her. She’s the queen of soul, and I’m the queen of rock ‘n’ roll. There were so many kings and queens there that night. Her ego must be so big to think she was the only one.” Turner laughs. “That’s how queens are!”

On Ignoring Ike’s Death:

“It meant nothing to me,” she says. “He had been dead to me for 20 years.”

While it’s good to see Tina give kudos to those after her in the form of Beyonce and handle the Aretha situation with class, I’m a little shocked at her response about Ike though. I guess it’s a case of ‘each to their own’.

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Usher’s third release from his ‘Here I Stand’ LP, ‘Trading Places’ saw its video premiere on Yahoo Music a few moments ago. The steamy Chris Robinson directed clip, continues the R&B crooner’s trend of top notch videos this go round, in comparison to the so-so music on the album. That said, I’m definitely a fan of this cut and I’m glad it’s received the single treatment.

Randomness: Where art thou Tameka?

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Despite all the rumors and subsequent denials, it really seems as if there may be trouble in Danity Kane – with a line-up change or complete dissolve looking like an increased certainty. The above trailer for the season finale of the current season of Making The Band 4 eerily seems to echo the reports about members being kicked out a couple of months back. Of course, this could all be for publicity – as the girls have been seen together once or twice this month, however I don’t see how persistent break-up rumors can be seen as good promotion. I guess we’ll all know the answer come next week.

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Stars Come Out For Thicke Album LaunchHip-Hop heavyweights Jay-Z & Diddy were just some of the few that came out to celebrate the release of Robin Thicke’s latest offering ‘Something Else’, which was released this week, in New York last night. Peep more pics below, including Thicke with wife Paula Patton.

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With T.I.’s latest effort ‘Paper Trail’ having hit stores this week, the Atlanta-bred rapper took to the stage at New York’s Highline Ballroom for what turned out to be star-studded show. Helping him rock NYC were Jay-Z, who joined him for ‘Swagga Like Us’, Swizz Beats on ‘Bring Em Out’ (both above) and Lupe Fiasco for ‘Superstar’ (below).

Great performances.

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More Chris Brown & Keri Hilson Set PicsMore pics have surfaced from the video shoot of Chris Brown & Keri Hilson’s new single ‘Superhuman’. From the looks of it, this will be a pretty big budget affair. Good stuff.

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I’ve been meaning to drop my 2 pence on the latest series of The X Factor for a while now.

{For those unfamiliar with the show; The X Factor is the UK’s version of American Idol – with a twist in that groups and over 25’s are eligible to enter. The show also birthed the career of a certain Leona Lewis}
Thus far, this year’s show is showing a lot of promise talent-wise. Two of my favourite hopefuls are 19 year old Alexandra Burke and 26 year old mother of 5 Rachel Hylton. Check out their auditions and most recent performances (at the ‘bootcamp’ stage) below:



It’s very refreshing to see the level of talent this year after the utter crap we were subjected to last year (can you say Leon Jackson?). I’m really hoping these talented young ladies go far in the competition.

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New Christina Milain Promo PicsAs Christina Milian preps her MySpace Records / Interscope debut (due early 2009), new promotional shots for her project have surfaced. She looks stunning. Stunning.
The lead single from the LP, power-ballad ‘Us Against The World’ will premiere on…you guessed it…MySpace (lol) on October 6th.
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Check out these new promotional shots for Christina Aguilera’s forthcoming greatest hits collection ‘Keeps Getting Better – A Decade of Hits’ (due November 11th). Interestingly, the LP will only be available (in CD form) at Target stores across the US. Other countries will receive the release more wholly.

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Ciara On The Set Of 'Go Girl' Video
Peep these shots of Ciara on the set of the Melina directed video for new single ‘Go Girl’. Judging by these pics, the video looks like it’ll be a winner; liking the edgy/futuristic feel. Good stuff. {Spotted at Concrete Loop}

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In what has to be her first ‘proper’ interview in years, Britney Spears made a surprise visit to Z100 radio station in New York yesterday to promote new single ‘Womanizer’. During the course of the interview, the 26 year old discussed going on tour, winning 3 VMA’s this year and more. Good to see Ms. Spears acting her old self again.

Randomness: Did anyone else think ‘errrm ok then’ when Britney was explaining the concept of ‘Womanizer’ LOL?

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Janet Hospitalised; Cancels ShowPop superstar Janet Jackson has been forced to cancel / re-schedule the latest stop on her ‘Rock Witchu’ tour after being rushed to hospital last night:

After she “got suddenly ill during the sound check” of her concert in Montreal Monday, the singer was rushed to a local hospital, according to W&W Public Relations.

Jackson, 42, is being monitored at the hospital and hopes to reschedule the show.

No further information has been released. {Source}

Here’s hoping she makes a speedy recovery.

UPDATE: Reports confirm Janet has been released from the hospital.

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