In a video statement to the Associated Press, teen rapper Soulja Boy stresses that he wants to become a role model for young children, hence is taking a U-Turn with his music’s message, so as to be a ‘positive example’:

LOL. I guess someone has an album to plug. This PR/marketing stunt is so transparent it’s a joke. Baring in mind he is still in ‘one-hit wonder’ territory, it makes me wonder who these supposed ‘fans’ are. I mean, does anyone still even do the ‘Crank That’?

That said, maybe I should stop going in on the boy; label-influenced or not, more ‘positive’ message music is always a welcome contribution to the industry…

Or maybe not LOL…

Your thoughts?

Akon Pleads Guilty In Fan-Tossing Case

Remember that video of Akon throwing a fan into the crowd last year? Well it seems it’s gotten the Senegalese singer into a spot of trouble – not as much as it could have, however. Check out the report below via Billboard.com:

Hip-hop star Akon is pleading guilty to harassment after he tossed a fan off stage at a concert last summer. He will serve no jail time as long he performs 65 hours of community service and pays a $250 fine.

Akon declined comment as he left court in Fishkill, N.Y.

The Senegalese-American singer, born Aliaune Thiam, was accused of picking up a teenage boy and throwing him off the stage during a June 2007 concert at a minor league baseball stadium near Poughkeepsie. Another concertgoer said she suffered a concussion when the teen landed on her.

With teen-grinding and fan-tossing being just a few of the controversies Akon has been able to escape(ish), here’s hoping he uses his brain a bit more. SMH…

Any thoughts?

After three film hiatus, Tyler Perry once again dons his Madea get up in the latest movie adaptation in the Madea series – ‘Madea Goes To Jail’. You can watch the extended official trailer for the movie, which comes out in the US in February 2009, above. Definitely looks like it’ll be worth a look-see.

Randomness: UK’ers, did you know – true story – that the reason films like Madea often never are released in Cinemas on this side of the globe is because, according to the big film companies, ‘there isn’t a large enough market for them’ here. SMH…

Will you be going to see ‘Madea Goes To Jail’?

R&B crooner dropped his new album ‘Intuition’ this week. One of his promotional stops a few days back was The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Foxx spoke on Obama, Diddy, his Bond ambitions and a whole lot more. Very funny, I must say. Tidbit: A performance of Jamie’s new single ‘Just Like Me’ is also included.

Randomness: For those who have listened to ‘Intuition’, what do you think of it?

Your thoughts?

LeToya Preps 'Lady Love' For 09 Release

Our friends over at Rap-Up.com are reporting that former Destiny’s Child star LeToya Luckett is set to release her sophomore effort ‘Lady Love’ on March 24th next year.

Luckett has been working with Chris Brown, Missy Elliott, Ne-Yo and more on the follow-up to her 2006 Platinum certified (self titled) debut. It’s being said that a track written by Mr Irreplaceable himself (Ne-Yo) is a strong contender for first single.

I’ve said this many a time, but LeToya’s first album stands as one of the most solid and consistent R&B efforts in recent times IMO, so I sure anything am looking forward to this new record.

Are you checking for LeToya’s new album?

That Grape Juice: End Of Year Awards 2008
Many thanks to the hundreds of you who submitted suggestions for the nominations for the That Grape Juice: End of Year Awards 2008.
The final list of nominee list will now be announced on December 18th, also the day in which voting starts. Winners will be announced on December 27th.
Two new Janet Jackson tracks surfaced today in the form of ‘Clap Your Hands’ & ‘What Can I Say’. Both produced by ‘Crazy In Love’ supremo ‘Rich Harrison’, the songs were recorded for Janet’s criminally underrated 2004 effort ‘Damita Jo’. You can listen to both cuts below:

Clap Your Hands

Can’t say I’m liking this one at all. Having followed Ms. Jackson’s career for some time now, I know that this track had taken on a cult status of sorts, after being discussed, yet not heard not for so long. After listening to it I’m thinking it may have been better left that way – that is (left) unheard, I mean. I could barely understand a word she was saying and the production was so-so.

What Can I Say

Liking this one a little more. Still nothing album worthy here IMO.

With label drama sinking Janet’s latest effort ‘Discipline’, I’m still itching for new material from her – successful new material. If Madonna can still go out there and thrust her waist and crank out hits – there sure ain’t any reason why Janet can’t. Everything just needs to be right; here’s hoping it works out next go round.

Hit(s) or Miss(es)?

Beyonce Adds Another London Date To 'I Am...' Tour

For those of you still trying to get tickets to Beyonce’s London stop on her hotly anticipated ‘I Am…’ tour, you will be pleased to know that ol’ Bouncy has added another date to the mix in the nation’s capital – May 26th 2009, at The 02 Arena. Tickets are on sale now!

Click here to purchase tickets

The added date comes on the heels of Beyonce’s recent appearance on the X-Factor, when 18 million people watched her duet with Alexandra Burke on ‘Listen’ – a duet which many believe sealed Burke’s subsequent victory. What’s more, Beyonce’s ‘Listen’ is also enjoying a resurgence on the UK charts as a result – the track is currently sitting at #6 on the iTunes chart, which is a major indicator of where she’ll end up on Sunday’s final tally. A win/win for all no doubt.

Your thoughts?

Britney Spears is currently in Japan promoting her chart-topping comeback LP ‘Circus’ – stopping by the show Hey, Hey, Hey to perform her smash ‘Womanizer’ today.

Just like her other performances of the song, this was rubbish. That spark, that certain something just doesn’t seem to be there anymore. Whether it’s the crappy choreography/choreographer, Britney herself or whatever, she just isn’t selling her true value in the way she once did. I mean does she not watch herself back? There are only so many times one can say ‘I hope she gets her act together’. For her sake, she needs to and needs to do so fast.

What do you think of the performance?

The official video for X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s debut single ‘Hallelujah’ made its debut today. Put simply, it’s pretty much standard-fare in terms X-Factor winner’s first single video – i.e. interwoven clips from the show and a simple concept. Alex does look great though.

Update: Alex’s version of ‘Hallelujah’ has become the fasting selling European single of all-time – in just 3 days. Congrats!

What do you think of the video?

A brand new cut, said to be from Ciara’s ‘Fantasy Ride’ LP (due early 2009), surfaced today – a collaboration with singer/song-writer The Dream titled ‘Keep Dancing’.

The airy, laidback feel of the song is a real juxtaposition to the song’s title- which suggests something more uptempo and hard-hitting. For what it is – a decent R&B slower paced effort – it’s works. Though, I sure hope Ms. Harris is cooking up something of a higher caliber than this, as much of the material I’ve heard thus far sounds very hit or miss.

Hit or Miss?

Madonna took a tumble during her recent concert in Brazil’s Rio De Janeiro. Peep the clip above

By all means funny stuff, but the Pop superstar is likely to be the last one laughing; her Sticky & Sweet tour continues to break records across the globe, already amassing a whopping $213 Million for the singer already.

Randomness: I really wish Michael and Janet would take note. Record sales may not be what they once were (even for ol’ Madge), but hitting the road is increasingly becoming ‘the’ way to go. One can only hope…

Your thoughts?

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