R&B star LeToya continues to work on her sophomore effort (tentatively titled ‘Lady Love’) for a Spring 2008 release. The breakout solo star was recently filmed in the studio working with renown producers The Underdogs. I’m definitely liking the track they were working on – hopefully it’ll make the CD’s final cut.

Your thoughts?

R&B breakout star Tiffany Evans’ performed her current single ‘Promise Ring’ on BET’s 106 & Park a couple of weeks back. A few shaky notes aside, she nailed it! From the choreography to the vocals to the overall energy, she was great. At just 15 years old, this girl is destined for big things; talent like this can’t (and hopefully won’t) be ignored.

What do you think of the performance?

After years of dodging rumors of drug usage, US sprinter Marion Jones has finally admitted to using steroids during her career. Check out the story below, via The Washington Post:

Track star Marion Jones has acknowledged using steroids as she prepared for the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney and is scheduled to plead guilty today in New York to two counts of lying to federal agents about her drug use and an unrelated financial matter. Jones, who won five medals at the Sydney Olympics, said she took the steroid known as “the clear” for two years beginning in 1999, according to the letter. A source familiar with Jones’s legal situation who requested anonymity confirmed the relevant facts that were described in the letter. Marion Jones, who won five medals at the Sydney Olympics, says she took the steroid known as “the clear” for two years beginning in 1999, according to a letter Jones sent to close family and friends.

“I want to apologize to you all for all of this,” Jones said. “I am sorry for disappointing you all in so many ways.”


I personally am very disappointed in her. Growing up, I remember watching Marion at the Atlanta Olympics and being a fan since. I even defended her when all this drug mess came about. SMH…

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Rihanna stopped by the David Letterman show last night to perform ‘Shut Up & Drive’. I don’t know if I’m alone in thinking this, but it seems like since ‘Umbrella’ Rihanna’s project has been all over the place. I mean, why is she still trying to promote this single when: a) it’s already semi-tanked and b) she has another single out ‘Hate That I Love You’? Anyway, the performance was the same ol’, same ol’ – nothing more, nothing less.

What do you think of the performance?

Pussycat Doll front-woman, Nicole Scherzinger, recently performed her new single ‘Baby Love’ on Pepsi Smash. Blah. Sorry but the song is straight garbage. What’s worst is that her label really seem to be hoping for this song to do big things, so much so that they are billing it as the album’s ‘first official single’. I guess they are hoping we forget about the major flop that was ‘Whatever You Like’.

What do you think of the performance?
The cast of Tyler Perry’s ‘Why Did I get Married’ glammed it up for the movie’s premiere in Hollywood, California yesterday. The film which opens in theatres across the US on October 12th, stars, among others, Perry, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott and Sharon Leal.
A host of big names from the entertainment industry were also came out to support the film. Inclusive were Janet’s new Island Def Jam label head LA Reid, her brothers Tito and Jermaine, Jimmy Jam, Eva Pigford and Magic Johnson.
Janet and her brothers Tito and Jermaine

Everyone looked great, but the night evidently belonged to ‘Miss Jackson’, who at 41 doesn’t looked to have aged in the last 5 years. Flawless.

The video for the 2nd single from Keyshia Cole’s sophomore effort ‘Just Like You’ premiered on AOL yesterday (October 4th). I’ve been feeling this Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins produced track for the longest time and knew it was ready-to-go as a single when I first heard it. Keyshia definitely switched it up with the video and it’s a welcome change seeing her get her sexy on. My only (minor) gripe is the random rapper (Amina), who kinda ruins the flow of the song for me. Still, with ‘Let It Go’ still riding high on the charts, Keyshia is keeping the momentum going with this sure-fire hit.

What do you think of the video?

R&B singer Kelly Rowland will be embarking on a North American concert tour in support of her recently released ‘Ms. Kelly’ album. The two month trek will begin on October 28th in Seattle, Washington and run through till December 1st. R&B crooner Mario will be serving as the opening act on the majority of the dates. Check out the full tour stop details below:

Sun 10/28 Seattle, WA Showbox
Tues 10/30 Sacramento, CA Empire Events Center
Wed 10/31 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine
Thu 11/1 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
Sat 11/3 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Casino (Kelly only)
Thu 11/8 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
Sat 11/10 Albuquerque, NM Route 66
Sun 11/11 El Paso, Texas Blu
Thu 11/15 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Sat 11/17 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Wed 11/21 Verona, NY Turningstone
Fri 11/23 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
Sun 11/25 Detroit, MI Plan B
Thu 11/29 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Casino (Kelly only)
Fri 11/30 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Casino (Kelly only)
Sat 12/1 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Casino (Kelly only)

Wlll you be checking for Kelly in your town?

With Tyler Perry’s ‘Why Did I Get Married’ set to hit theatres on October 12th, Perry along with co-stars Jill Scott and Janet Jackson were guests on the Oprah show yesterday (October 3rd). Check out the videos from thier appearance below:

Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6 / Part 7 / Part 8

It was a really great interview, with all of the cast coming across well. A tidbit for the Janet fans (and stans lol): it is rumored that the ‘cheating fiance’ situation she was talking about pretty much explains her broken friendship with former choreographer Tina Landon. Anyway, back to the film; it looks like it’s going to be good. Be sure to check it out when comes to a theatre near you as from next week.

What do you think of the interview?

As the release date for Jennifer Lopez’s new album ‘Brave’ draws nearer, the singer/actress is making the promotional rounds in support of the CD. This time she features on cover of the October/November issue of GIANT magazine. The rumored to be pregnant Lopez is currently on a world tour with her husband Marc Anthony.

What do you think of the cover?
Despite selling close to 300,000 copies of her sophomore album ‘Just Like You’ this week (debuting at #2), R&B singer Keyshia Cole was not in high spirits during a recent radio interview. While being questioned on the Big Phat Morning Show to promote the CD, Cole came across snappy, rude and very unprofessional. Thankfully, the radio host called her out and let her know that her attitude was unnecessary considering that they were showing her love and support.

Though the situation was ironed out before the end of the interview, Keyshia really needs to fix up with her attitude. It’s not the first time her unprofessional behaviour has been brought to light. With her increased success, you’d think she’d be humble, but obviously that is not the case. She really needs to remind herself of the industry she is in, because an attitude like that won’t go far.

Your thoughts on the interview?

R&B singer Chris Brown is giving his fans the chance to pick the cover for his forthcoming album ‘Exclusive’ (due November 6th). Though I’m feeling like the album will be the pits (judging by the material so far), the cover above is pretty good. Click here to vote for your favourite cover

In related news, Artist/producer, The Dream has told Billboard that he will never work with the ‘Wall to Wall’ singer again. Dream, the writer of ‘Umbrella’ and Nivea’s husband said Brown showed a bad attitude towards him, stemming from the handling of Dream’s track ‘Bed’ – which later saw success when recorded by J. Holiday:

“The track was considered for Chris Brown — he thought it was his — but it was my record and I decided to give it up to J. Holiday,” The-Dream explained to Billboard.com. “Chris said the record won’t be No. 1 unless he’s on it. I bet someone $500,000 that it would go to No. 1 and I collected my money just last week.”

I’ve been saying it quite a alot recently, but I’m not feeling Chris’s whole attitude this time around. I find it even more hard to understand his ‘cockiness’ when his singles are flopping all over the place. SMH.

Which cover would you choose? Your thoughts on the quote?