Some of you may remember Tiffany Evans from her roles in Tyler Perry movies ‘Madea’s Family Reunion’ and ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’. The 15 year old is set to release her debut album this year and ‘Promise Ring’ is the the lead single from the set. Interestingly, R&B star Ciara features on the track, singing backing vocals. I’m really liking the song and video; Tiffany has got a great voice and the choreography is on-point. It’s not often artists nowadays can both sing and dance, but Tiffany has both on lock. It’s great to see Ciara supporting an up-and-coming artist too.

What do you think of the song/video?

According to People.com, Eddie Murphy has been confirmed as the father of ‘Scary Spice’ Mel B’s 2 month-old daughter Angel Iris. Rep’s for Brown announced that she was informed of the DNA test results – which took place on June 11th – this Thursday. The news comes after months of denial by actor Murphy, who doubted paternity of the child. Brown and Murphy briefly dated last summer and split in December, when the ‘Nutty Professor’ actor revealed his paternity doubts live on a Dutch TV show. Thus far, Brown’s reps have yet to comment.
I’m guessing he feels like an idiot, and rightfully so. The way he put Mel out there was real disrespectful, so it’s only right that he’s getting his now. Isn’t this like his 6th kid?! Keep it strapped up, Eddie!

This is video for Common’s latest single ‘The People’. It turns out the song is the official first single from the rapper’s upcoming album ‘Finding Forever’ (due July 31st) – and not buzz single ‘The Game’. Though, I’m really liking the song, the video is kinda blah. Nonetheless, I’m still looking forward to ‘Finding Forever’ and hope it garners Common the recognition he deserves.

What do you think of the video?
Contrary to recent rumours, Cassie has not been dropped from Bad Boy. According to Diddy, the ‘Me & U’ singer is currently recording the follow-up to her 2006 self-titled album. Producers drafted in to contribute to the project include Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. The as-yet untitled CD will be released in September.
It’s well known that Cassie is lacking on the talent side of things, yet I’m quietly anxious to see what she comes with on this next album. I’m surprised she’s even releasing another album after the last one tanked majorly. Still, the CD had a few good tracks on it including ‘Me & U’ and ‘Long Way 2 Go’.

Will you be checking for Cassie’s new CD?

During her recent European promo blitz, Kelly Rowland performed current single ‘Like This’ on Dutch show Jensen. I’m liking this performance; both vocally and in stage presence, Kelly is improving with each performance.

What did you think of the performance?

In other Kelly news, there seems to be alot of confusion as to whether she’ll be performing on the Pre-Show or Main Show at the BET Awards. As of today, Kelly has been added to the list of Main Event performers on the BET website and *will* be hitting the main stage on June 26th.

Tidbits:

Kelly’s ‘Like This’ hit #4 on the Official UK singles chart this week.

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Another new track from Danity Kane’s Dawn has surfaced. Produced by Jim Johnsin – who also produced the group’s hit ‘Showstopper’ -‘Flawless’ is a major improvement over some of the other songs I’ve heard from her. I’m really feeling Dawn’s swagger on the track and the production is on-point too. Despite the influx of new solo material from Dawn, it has been confirmed that Danity are still together and are currently recording a new album.

What do you think of the track?
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The video for Yung Joc’s new single ‘Coffee Shop’ debuted on BET yesterday. Can’t say I’m feeling the track much, but the video is pretty funny. Kudos to Joc for the the positive message at the end. Rick Ross, Lloyd and DJ Drama make cameo appearances. ‘Coffee Shop’ is the lead single from Joc’s sophomore album ‘Hustlenomics’ – due August 28th via Bad Boy.

What do you think of the video?

Following her departure from the G-Unit, Olivia is slated to release her serially delayed album ‘Behind Closed Doors’ independently. This new Missy-Elliott produced track, ‘Cherry Pop’, is reportedly the first single from the set. I found myself liking this one upon first listen; it has an old-skool funk vibe to it. Missy did her thing on the production side of things and Olivia rides the beat nicely. I’m starting to think it was 50’s loss letting Oliva go, because her post-G-Unit material sounds great.

Hit or Miss?
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After the numerous delays and title-changes, critics and fans alike could be forgiven for believing Kelly Rowland’s sophomore effort ‘Ms Kelly’ would never see the light of day. However, Rowland dispels any notion of ‘doubt’ on what is a highly sassy, confident and, yet, emotionally vulnerable record. With ‘Ms Kelly’, the Destiny’s Child singer firmly establishes her prowess as a solo artist. Ready or otherwise, Kelly Rowland – the solo star – has arrived.

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The video for Rihanna’s 2nd single ‘Shut Up & Drive’ premiered yesterday on Yahoo’s Launch. It’s ok, but my expectations were higher after hearing her label Def Jam shelved out $600,000 for the vid. Nonetheless, Rihanna looks great and the vid illustrates the theme of the song well. I am left wondering whether this will do anything to re-ignite her album sales, as many assumed. According to Hits Daily Double, ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ takes a -52% dip in it’s second week, with the album dropping to #7 on the Billboard 200 Album chart.

What do you think of the video?

The video for the R. Kelly’s latest single ‘Same Girl’ (ft. Usher) debuted on BET today. I’ve felt the song to be one of the best tracks on his new CD ‘Double Up’, so it’s great to see that the video turned out fantastic. The video, which is arguably one of the year’s best, mirrors the concept of the song closely and there’s an unexpected twist at the end. ‘Same Girl’ is fast climbing up the US charts and I anticipate this vid making the song a definite hit. Great stuff.

What do you think of the video?

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