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Check out some recent footage of Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox and Johnta Austin in the studio. The ‘Song of the Decade Crew’ is currently hard at work on Carey’s next studio album. The diva, who was in fine vocal form (as you can tell from her playful singing), used the opportunity to reveal that she will be releasing multiple fragrances later this year in time for the holidays. Peep the video below:

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The unstoppable force that is Lady GaGa has reportedly been meeting with the heads of Interscope to renegotiate the terms of her contract. The entertainer, with the assistance of manager Troy Carter and attorney Gary Stiffelman, is seeking to reach a new deal in time before her next studio release in the fall of this year. GaGa’s 1st album, ‘The Fame’, has sold over 3.25 million copies in the US and its followup, ‘The Fame Monster’, has already surpassed the one million mark since it’s release in November last year. Add those figures to the 15.5 million singles that she sold since her debut in 2008 and GaGa has a lot to bring to the bargaining table. Ching ching! {Source}

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Fantasia has finally set an official release date for new album. The LP, which remains untitled, will hit stores on July 13th. The project will be preceded by her new single, ‘Bittersweet’, which impacts radio on May 10th. The above image, which was shot by Derek Blanks, serves as a sneak peek of the album’s official artwork. {Source}

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Despite giving a high-profile performance on American Idol a few weeks ago, R&B crooner Usher has hit out at the show and like-branded series’ for ‘killing the music industry’. The 31 year old’s comments were made during a recent interview with WENN. Check out the reason for his, somewhat, ironic statements below…

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For a minute, it appeared as though things were beginning to improve for troubled R&B star Chris Brown. However, a recent run-in with a radio personality, culminated in the 20 year old lashing out at the station for not playing his music, and abruptly bringing the interview to an end. Check out the report via Contact Music, after the jump…

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As reported, International mover and shaker Kelly Rowland premièred her hot new single ‘Commander’ at the Winter Music Conference in Miami last month. While a low quality version of the performance has been floating around, you can now peep a much better-quality version of Ms. Kelly’s high-octane showing below. {Thanks Jonelle & T}

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While her ‘Last Girl On Earth’ tour may be in high gear in Europe, things don’t seem to be so favourable in the US for the Bajan star. A reliable source has just informed That Grape Juice that ticket sales for many of her tour dates have yet to surpass 30% capacity despite having fellow ‘it’ girl Ke$ha as her opening act. The US leg of the ‘Last Girl On Earth’ tour kicks off on July 2nd at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn.

What exactly does this mean for Rihanna? After having 3 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 (1 of which held the top spot for 5 weeks), a platinum-shipping album and a massive promotional campaign, it’s evident that many consumers in the US don’t consider one hour of crotch rubbing a wise investment. Hopefully this will give Rihanna the cue to get the vocal training that she so desperately needs instead of wasting her time pretending to play musical instruments and changing her hairstyle every 5 minutes.

Sidebar: It looks like other people heard the news as well.

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Look out everyone, Ciara is gearing up to take the dance floor by storm. The elastic entertainer, whose new single, ‘Ride (Ft. Ludacris)’, recently debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #93, had a new song called ‘Blauw’ hitting the airwaves today. However, there is no indication as whether the track will be featured on her upcoming ‘Basic Instinct’ LP. Give ‘Blauw’ a listen below:

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Monica performed at V-103 Soul Session at the Midtown ‘W’ Hotel in Atlanta last evening. The songstress, who was promoting her ‘Still Standing‘ LP, used the opportunity to pay tribute to her idol, Whitney Houston, by performing a medley of two of her biggest hits, ‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘You Give Good Love’. Check out the performance below:

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The highly anticipated video for Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Not Myself Tonight‘ premiered literally seconds ago on VEVO. The Hype Williams-directed clip was shot to support the song which has fallen to #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 since debuting at #23 last week. Check out the video below:

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Rihanna was spotted on the set of her new music video today. Matt Kemp’s girlfriend was hard at work flaunting her usual nakedness while filming the Anthony Mandler-directed clip for her new single, ‘Te Amo’, in Paris. Check out more images below (courtesy of RihannaDaily):

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TIME magazine has released its annual list of the most influential people in the world and none other than Lady GaGa has topped the list. The Pop phenomenon ranked higher than Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Elton John and Prince. Check out GaGa’s message to her fans about her own inspirations below {Source}:

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