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As reported a few weeks ago, Mariah Carey has returned to the studio to work on a new album. The news encouraged a wave of speculation among her fans as many wondered whether she was indeed working on a new studio album or a Christmas album as the decision regarding which project the diva will be undertaking was yet to be finalised by her management. However, according to MariahDaily, famed photographer David LaChapelle has confirmed that Carey is in fact working on a Christmas album.

Nevertheless, LaChapelle’s news does not mean that Carey may not be working on both a Christmas project and a new studio album as well. Having entered the studio with Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Johnta Austin, Teddy Riley and now Randy Jackson, a studio LP seems to be a strong possibility. Possible release dates for the project(s) have yet to be scheduled.

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Jennifer Lopez made yet another appearance to promote her new film, ‘The Backup Plan’, this time on ‘George Lopez Tonight’. The struggling entertainer also spoke about motherhood and taking up permanent residency in Los Angeles. Check out Lopez’s interview below:

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Maxwell hit the stage on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ recently. The soul singer performed his new single, ‘Fistful of Tears’, from his platinum-selling ‘BLACKsummers’night’ LP. Check out Maxwell’s amazing showing below:

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British boyband JLS made their US television debut today on NY PIX 11, performing new single ‘Everybody In Love’.

From our standpoint, this was another ‘by-the-numbers’ performance of the song (which, as UK’ers, we’ve seen a million times already). However, we’re really keen to hear what folk think of the Jive-signed group’s first live American showing.  Peep their performance below…

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Our good friends over at Rap-Up recently caught up with hitmaker Rico Love, who dished the goods on Kelly Rowland‘s eagerly awaited new album, as well as it’s lead single ‘Commander’. Peep the video above.

She’s coming…….

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Siblings Brandy and Ray J have been doing the promotional rounds for their hit VH1 reality show ‘A Family Business’, most recently stopping by The Wendy Williams Show –bringing along their mother and father, Sonia and Willie Norwood.

As ever, Wendy left no stone unturned, which made for a an awesomely candid interview; topics discussed included lace-fronts wigs, Brandy’s tragic car accident, and Ray J’s infamous ‘tape’ – which Mother Norwood had some choice words about. Check it out below….

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell lived up to her no-nonsense reputation, after abruptly cutting short an interview with ABC News when asked about receiving blood diamonds. Check out the footage after the jump. {Spotted over at our friends Punch Bowl}

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After a few hiccups, it appears things are back on track with Fantasia‘s new album. Now set for release in June, the LP will be preceded by first official single ‘Bittersweet’ – which surfaced a few moments ago.

An Old School inspired mid-tempo, this one really creates a worthy backdrop for the richness of Fantasia’s voice to take centre stage. As a first single, however, it could could go either way for the American Idol alum; many (myself included) expressed such concerns when Fanny’s label mate Monica released ‘Everything to Me’ – and we all know what happened there. So, here’s hoping Fantasia’s situation echoes that – as I’m sure her label are hoping (I say this, as it first looked as if they opted for a more Pop route with ‘Even Angels’, only to return with a bonafide R&B cut).

Tidbit: As previously reported, Fantasia’s VH1 reality show, ‘Fantasia For Real’, has been renewed for another season.

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Peep Pop diva Kelly Rowland on the set of a new photoshoot for Cosmo Magazine. She looks smokin’!

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Tidbit: ‘Commander’ is coming soon.

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R&B star Ciara posed it up on the red carpet at the Us Weekly Hot Hollywood Style Issue party last night, which took place in Hollywood at the W Hollywood Hotel last night. She looks stunning!

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R&B star LeToya recently shot an ‘Alter Ego’ photo-shoot with noted photographer Derek Blanks. Check out the finished shots, which surfaced a few moments ago. The theme centres on ‘Strong vs Weak’; her strong alter pulls the weak one out of the rain an covers her.

In other LeToya news, her movie, ‘The Preachers’ Kid’, is released on DVD on May 4th.

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Lin Yu Chun shot to International stardom after his cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ became an overnight internet phenomenon.

Now, the Taiwan-bred singer has put his own spin on another Houston classic, ‘Saving All My Love For You’. Check out his performance on The George Lopez Show below…

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