LeToya UpdateLeToya stopped by Atlanta’s V103 radio station earlier this week before her performance in the stage show ‘Rumors’ at The Atlanta Civic Center. During the interview, the singer spoke about her much-anticipated sophomore album, which she claims will now be released ‘sometime before the end of 08’ (SMH), as well as giving an impromptu acapella of her 2006 smash ‘Torn’. I was real surprised about her vocals…she stepped up!

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R&B star Ashanti stopped by BET’s 106 & Park to premiere her new video ‘The Way That I Love You’ earlier this week. In her interview with hosts Terrance J and Rosci, the singer spoke about her rumored beef with INC label mate Ja Rule. You can also see the finalized version of the song’s video in Part 2 of the interview below:

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It has been announced that viva Whitney Houston will hit London to play a special concert on May 8th. Check out the report via Contact Music:

WHITNEY HOUSTON is set to make her live comeback in London on 8 May (08). Organisers of the Caudwell Children’s Legend Ball in Battersea have revealed they’ve booked the diva for a charity show. Charity founder John Caudwell tells Britain’s Marie Claire magazine, “We are thrilled to have an artist of Whitney’s calibre to headline the event.” The comeback concert isn’t a big surprise – Tina Turner came out of retirement to perform at the charity’s 2007 gala, which helped Caudwell raise over $2 million (GBP1 million) for disabled children. Houston is currently recording a new album with her mentor, music mogul Clive Davis, who claims the comeback project will be released in November (08).

Great news about the concert; it’s been a long while since Whitney hit the UK. An album release in November, though? How long has she been working on it for? Anyway, here’s hoping she brings her ‘A Game’, as I’ve always felt Whitney’s ‘comeback’ would be the most likely. As, unlike others, her appeal is solely with her voice and not reliant on any kind of sexy image. Any of the singles from her last successful release ‘My Love Is Your Love’ could be a hit today IMO. I guess time will tell.

2008 is really is shaping up the year of the divas – Janet, Mariah, Madonna, Whitney; a certain Ms. Knowles is set to release her third album in November too.

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Keri Hilson - 'Get It Girl'Check out this new track from Keri Hilson called ‘Get It Girl’. Not to be confused as a song from Keri’ forthcoming album ‘In A Perfect World’, the cut is lifted from Timbaland’s first mobile album for Verizon Wireless subscribers. Despite pretty solid production on the part of Timbo and Keri’s great flow over it, I was left kinda underwhelmed by this. Let’s just say it’s more befitting to what it’s being used for (mobile album aka ‘not worthy of being a legit LP track’).

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R&B quartet Cherish are set to drop their sophomore album ‘The Truth’ on April 29th. The above is the official album art for the set. While the pic looks good, I’m not so optimistic about their album’s chance of success. Next to no buzz, no follow-up single to the under-performing ‘Killa’ (it was a terrible track IMO), leaves me wondering if they are being set up for a flop. I’m hoping not, as the girls are pretty talented.

What do you think of the cover?
Kelly Rowland - Revamped 'Ms. Kelly' Will Be A Digital Release Our friends over at Rap-Up.com are reporting that Kelly Rowland’s long-spoken of ‘Ms. Kelly’ re-release will be released in the US digitally in March. No physical release date, if there will be one at all, has been announced.
Before the stans deem this the end of the world, it’s worth considering a few things. At this point, so much time has passed since the original release of the LP; a full-blown physical release would be risque IMO. By releasing it digitally to iTunes etc, it can be billed as a ‘for the fans’ type of affair. Still, it’s a little disappointing, considering how long it’s been spoken about. After wrapping up this record, perhaps Kelly will head back to the studio for album no.3?
With Kelly’s recent success over here in the UK (‘Work’ is still in the Top 10), I’m assuming the physical re-release of ‘Ms. Kelly’ will still go ahead here. – where its chances of success are high.

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Having received a number of emails etc, it was brought to my attention that the site was taking a short while to load. It was an issue I had been aware of for a little while. I’m pleased to say – please, confirm if I’m right – that the problem has been fixed! It was a design niggle that prevented faster loading times. Drop me an email, someone/anyone, to let me know if all is well: [email protected]
* March is shaping up to be the biggest month yet on the Interview front. I can’t give away the names just yet; all I can say is that I know you’ll be just as excited as I am. In the meanwhile, head over to the revamped Interview section to read through some of our past features with the likes of Kelly Rowland, Mario, D. Woods (Danity Kane), Jagged Edge and more.

Feel free to submit any site suggestions, queries, news submissions etc to me by emailing: [email protected]

During Janet’s set on Good Morning America yesterday, she performed her new single ‘Rock With U’. The perofrmance didn’t air on the telecast, but wascaptured in its entirety by an audience member uploaded to the official GMA site. The choreography was overly on-point; this performance really has me liking the song a little more.

What do you think of the performance?

Want To Join Solange's Band? In preparation for the launch of her sophomore effort, Solange Knowles looking for musically talented individuals to form a band:

WHO: Solange Knowles, together with Kim Burse of BCreative Productions and Music World Entertainment.

WHAT: Solange Knowles will be holding auditions for singers, bands and individual band members with a great look, strong musicianship and stage presence to become members of Hadley Street Dreams, her band. All members must be able to dance.

WHEN: Thursday, March 6, 2008 from 12:00PM thru 6:00PM. Audition sign up will end promptly at 3:00PM.

WHERE: SIR Studios, 6465 West Sunset Blvd , Los Angeles, CA 90028

WHY: The Hadley Street Dreams, a 60’s inspired full band, will perform all live shows with Solange in support of her upcoming album to be released this August 2008 on Geffen Records, Soul Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams. Needed are:

*2 female background singers (must be able to sing, dance and harmonize)
*1 drummer
*1 guitar player
*2 keyboardists
*1 bass player (must be able to play upright as well)

CONTACT: To RSVP for auditions, send an e-mail to [email protected]

If you are unable to make the audition, you may also upload your audition video to the official Hadley Street

Dreams Audition Myspace:

The video for Jay-Z’s new single ‘I Know’ – the third to be lifted from his ‘American Gangster’ album – made its yesterday. I’m liking this. Interestingly, Lenny Kravtiz’s daughter Zoe stars in the vid.

What do you think of the video?

Nicole Scherzinger - 'Who's Gonna Love You'Word has it Nicole Scherzinger’s ill-fated solo debut ‘Her Name Is Nicole’ has been officially shelved, despite the news of her working on the album alongside the next Pussycat Dolls record. It may as well be (axed), as yet more material from the album has surfaced; this time the Polow Da Don produced ‘Who’s Gonna Love You’. Perhaps the best track to come from the mass garbage she was churning out as singles, Polow really delivered on the production front. Nicole’s voice also compliments the track fairly well too. With that said, something still feels kinda off with the song. I don’t know if it’s her vocal delivery or what; I just can’t put my finger on it.

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The much anticipated video for Mariah Carey’s new single ‘Touch My Body’ premiered just a few hours ago on the Island Def Jam website:

Directed by Brett Ratner – who was also at the directorial helm of Mariah’s ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘We Belong Together’ clips – the vid neither fell below or above my expectations. The simple, light-hearted concept was befitting to the song. Saying that, for Mariah’s sake, I hope the rest of her forthcoming ‘E=MC²’ album and the future videos are of a higher caliber than this, because I still feel kinda short-changed with all of this after the near-perfection that was ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’ record. Random tidbit: did anyone else spot the return of the ‘Mariah Whine’ for a brief moment when she was in the red dress? LMAO!!!

What do you think of the video?