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Bad Boy’s Cassie is currently readying her still-untitled sophomore LP for a September release. In the meanwhile, another cut from the set has surfaced – the Bryan Michael Cox produced ‘2 The Morning’. I’ll be honest in saying that I greet much of Cassie’s material with a lot of scepticism (for obvious reasons), however I’m really feeling this. B. Cox switched it up from his trademark ‘crunk ballad’, delivering a sure-fire club banger in the process; and, let’s face it, a Cassie track is only as good as its beat.

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Rapper Nelly co-headlined the 2nd day of the BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. During his set he was joined by Kelly Rowland to perform their smash ‘Dilemma’. Check out their performance below:

Granted Nelly forgot some of the words (which they convincingly played down), I liked the performance – the crowd seemed to as well.

What do you think of the performance?

Cherish - 'I Ain't Trippin'‘I Ain’t Trippin’ is a cut from Cherish’s solid sophomore ‘The Truth’, due this coming Tuesday (May 13th). Produced by Tricky Stewart, the song, with it’s club-driven beat and the girls’ tightflow, is defnitely a winner IMO.

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Michelle Williams - 'We Break The Dawn' (Remix) (ft. Flo-Rida) Check out this new remix of Michelle Williams’ single ‘We Break The Dawn’, featuring rapper Flo-Rida. I’m really liking this; the more Urban-inspired beat knocks, while still complimenting the song’s overall flow.
In other Michelle news, starting tomorrow you can log on to Music.AOL.Com and go to the sections marked the Boom Box & Popeater to see exclusive making the video footage from Michelle’s shoot all leading up to the AOL May 15th premiere of the ‘We Break the Dawn’ video

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With the June 3rd release of Ashanti’s ‘Declaration’ fast approaching, a snippet of a track set to feature on the LP titled ‘Mother’ has surfaced. Dedicated to her mother Tina, check out Ashanti recording the song in the studio:

Good stuff.

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Usher Performs At BBC Radio 1's 'Big Weekend' R&B star Usher performed here in the UK at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival yesterday. Co-headlining with Madonna, the Grammy award winning singer delivered a set filled with a mixture of past hits and material from his forthcoming album ‘Here I Stand’ (due May 27th). Check out the set list as well as the full show below {Thanks Zach}:

Set List

This Ain’t Sex
You Make Me Wanna
You Remind Me
You Don’t Have To Call
Mountains
Confessions parts I & II
You Got It Bad
Burn
Here I Stand
What’s Ya Name?
Yeah
Love In This Club

Perhaps because he’s been away for so long, but despite putting on an entertaining set, I was left a little underwhelmed by Usher’s showing last night. To be honest, I didn’t really see much artistic/performing progression since the last time he was out. Saying that, many a artist wish to have even half of his performing capabilities.

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Our good friend B. Scott recently caught up with R&B singer Teairra Marí. The 20 year old former protegee of Jay-Z discussed her severing ties with Def Jam/ Roc-A-Fella, Rihanna and, of course, her Interscope debut. Check it out:

Great interview. I’m personally rooting for Teairra because, IMO, she definitely was the more talented out of her and Rihanna. Here’s hoping labels and the industry at large start pumping funds and huge marketing campaigns into the genuinely talented as opposed to those who ‘learn on the job’. SMH…

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Fader Honors The Legacy Of AaliyahFader magazine pays tribute to the late Aaliyah in its annual Icon edition. The issue features contributions from both professional and personal friends.

“It only took Aaliyah a few albums to make an indelible mark on the world of pop music, but today her influence can be felt across numerous genres,” said Chris Richards, Executive Editor of The Fader. “This issue not only tracks that influence, but also offers a more personal glimpse into the life of a true pop visionary.”

Missy Elliott

“We was gonna save the world. We was gonna change music every chance we got. We was gonna always be family. Forever.”

Mark Ronson

“If it wasn’t for Aaliyah being the face and voice of [Missy Elliott and Timbaland’s] sound they might have never got to where they did. They were presenting their sort of brilliant but challenging breakthrough music through this beautiful young girl who could sing it perfectly.”

Kidada Jones

“I think about her all the time…Anytime she’s brought up or her music comes on the radio, it’s sweet, but it definitely sounds like she found a niche before it was here. If you listen to her music it’s so relevant today, but we had it so long ago.”

Damon Dash

“She was already a fashion icon, she was getting into movies, she had already planted that seed. If she was alive today she would be so relevant. I see little bits of her everywhere I look, in a lot of artists

It’s coming up to 7 years since she passed, which is a hard pill to swallow. I think things like this are great, as it ensures that her legacy continues to be immortalized.

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Whitney Wows At London Show According to reports, singing legend Whitney Houston gave a show-stopping performance at a concert in London this week for the Caudwwell”s Children Charity {Thanks Terrence & Kevin}:

Whitney Houston stunned her critics last night by delivering a spectacular performance in aid of the Caudwell Children charity.

Dressed to kill, Whitney wore Chopard diamond earrings and a diamond ring from the luxury jewellers AND was paid £100,000.

But the real surprise came when the diva brought daughter, Bobbi Kristina, 15, on stage to join her for a rendition of My Love is Your Love.

But Whitney told the crowd, which included Joan Collins and Buzz Aldrin: “This is the love of my life.”

Despite attempts to keep media out, theBuzz sneaked a peek at Whitney’s one hour set at Battersea Evolution.

Donning a tight dress by British designers Bodyamr, Whitney, 44, performed several hits including I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Saving All My Love and, of course, I Will Always Love You.

Whitney, whose career was halted by drug abuse and who in 2006 ended a turbulent relationship with Bobby Brown, told the audience: “I’m back in the studio and working on new tracks.

“It’s an honour to be here. I’ve had ups and downs, but it’s all good.”Sandi Thom, an opening act for the American star, confided in theBuzz: “This is probably the most nerve-racking moment of my life.”

The event raised £1.5m and a dinner date with Joan Collins was auctioned off for £200,000. {Source}

It’s great to see Whitney making progress on the comeback trail. Here’s hoping she delivers with the new album.

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Pop superstar Janet Jackson gave her first performance since falling ill back in March yesterday at the United America Concert at Del Mar Beach. Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg, Jordin Sparks and others, also performed at the show which was held in support of the US troops. NBC will air the full show on June 1st. In the meanwhile, check out Janet’s performance of LUV from her set below:

A better view:

Not the best video quality, but still a good indicator as to what to expect from her upcoming live performances. She was nailing that choreography. This needs to be a single at some point.

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Usher - 'Trading Places' As the release of Usher’s much anticipated LP ‘Here I Stand’ draws ever-nearer, new material seems to be ‘surfacing left, right and center – one the more recent being ‘Trading Places’. After being, somewhat, underwhelmed with the cuts that I’ve heard thus far (aside from ‘Love In The Club – Pt. II), I’m really liking this. Though lyrically the song is kinda lacking (it’s an engaging concept though), Usher’s flow and the production (which ironically sounds a lit like Chris Brown’s ‘You’) make for a really great track. ‘Here I Stand’ hits stores May 27th.

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R&B star Mary J. Blige performed a string of her hits on the Today Show yesterday to promote her ‘Growing Pains album. See the performance of current single ‘Stay Down’ above as well as ‘Just Fine’ and ‘Real Love’. Great performances.

Just Fine


Real Love


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