Things seem to finally be moving along with Mya’s ‘Liberation’ project. With a confirmed release date of September 18th, the cover art for the CD has surfaced (courtesy of It’s nice, I suppose. At this point, I’m just glad that the album will actually see the light of day.

What do you think of the album cover?
The Knowles ladies – Beyonce, Solange and Tina – launched their Dereon clothing line in Toronto, Canada last night (August 15th). Check out some of the range below:


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Troubled rapper Foxy Brown has, once again, found herself on the wrong side of the law; this time for doing a ‘Naomi Campbell’ and assaulting a woman with her cell phone. Check the out 7 News Online report:

The 27-year-old, whose real name is Inga Marchand, turned herself in to detectives at the 77 Precinct at around 2:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon. She was charged with felony assault, menacing, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon. Brown was arraigned last night and released on $5,000 bail. Her next court date is Sept. 26.

Police say the trouble-prone rapper, who is on parole, was accused of assaulting her 25-year-old neighbor on July 30 at around 6:50 p.m. at the corner of Carlton Avenue and Prospect Place. The rapper allegedly smacked the woman with her cell phone, a Blackberry, during an argument.

The victim was reportedly taken to Brooklyn Hospital for loosening of the teeth, swelling of the lip and swelling of the right eye. She filed a complaint with police, and after an investigation, the rapper agreed to turn herself in yesterday.

It’s a shame that the Foxy of today is a bonafide mess. She either wants to go to jail or is just flat out crazy.SMH…

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Rihanna attended the People Music Lounge event in New York City yesterday. The singer brought along her younger brother to the event too. They look exactly like each other.
In other Rihanna news, the singer was also in New York to shoot the fourth and, apparently, final single from her ‘Good Girl Bad’ album – ‘Hate That I Love You’ (ft. Ne-Yo). The plan, thereafter, is for her to head back into the studio to record the follow-up to her current CD.
This is all kinds of wrong! Firstly, ‘Hate That I Love You’ isn’t a single worthy track – a very average rehash of ‘Irreplaceable’/’Sexy Love’. What’s more, the very little respect I have for Rihanna will fly right out the window if she’s really about to start recording another fast-food CD. How many albums in how many years? The girl needs to go away for a minute.

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Eve’s forthcoming album’ Here I Am’ has once again been pushed back – this time, from September 18th to October 16th. However, I feel it’s a logical move on the part of the label – as she would have been competing with Chamillionaire as well as the 2nd week sales of the hype snowball that is ’50 Cent vs Kanye West’. Eve will now go head-to-head with Nicole Scherzinger on the new release date.

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This one has been generating a buzz on the net as of late. Kel Mitchell, of ‘Keanan and Kel‘ fame, stars in this hilarious spoof of R. Kelly and Usher’s ‘Same Girl’. I don’t usually find Kel funny, but I can’t deny that this had me cracking up. Check it out.

What do you think of the vid?

Before I continue, let me just take the opportunity to apologize for taking so long to post the Jagged Edge interview I conducted last month – pure laziness on my part. Will have it transcribed and posted by the end of this week. Flood my mailbox if not lol.
Check out the album cover for Jagged Edge’s upcoming album ‘Baby Makin’ Project’ – due September 25th via Island Def Jam/So So Def.
The video for the lead single from the album ‘Put A Little Umph In It’ has debuted. Click here to check it out.

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R&B songstress Mya performed her new single ‘Ridin’ at the Spotlight Live in New York a few weeks back. I’m really liking the track and felt Mya did the song justice live. Mya’s long-awaited (and serially delayed) album ‘Liberation’ is confirmed for a September 18th release – here’s hoping that the date sticks. Be on the lookout for a potential Mya feature in the weeks and months ahead.

What do you think of the performance?

Continuing his trend of making eyebrow raising comments, 50 Cent names Ciara as the future of R&B – over Beyonce. Check out an extract of the G-Unit leader’s interview with Hip Hop DX:

HHDX: Fifty, I just wanted to know… how’d you manage to get Ciara to forget about Lil’ Bow Wow?

50 Cent: [Laughs] You’re a nut, man! They came at me about doing the song and I heard the joint. It was before her album came out and I was thinking that she’s the future of R&B. People love Beyoncé, but look at how long she’s been around! I think that she’s dope, though. But I’m about the future of the business and her [Ciara] and Chris Brown are just that. They’re going to be the best things out in a lil’ bit. But as far as what people think between me and her, man… [laughs], the video did that.

I suppose the man is entitled to his own opinion, but come on now lol. I’ve always (and continue to) give props to Ciara for avoiding the ‘Beyonce Curse’ that so many R&B chicks suffer from. However, I don’t think any other female is giving Beyonce a run for her money – in terms of being the total package.

Do you agree with 50’s comments?
Prior to now, producer/songwriter Sean Garrett has been renown for the hits he’s crafted for the likes of Destiny’s Child (‘Lose My Breath’) , Usher (‘Yeah’) and Nelly (‘Grillz’). However now, the Atlanta native is set to launch his own label Bet I Penned It Music via Interscope, with his currently untitled album serving as the label’s first release. Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine says of Garrett “Sean Garrett is one of the greatest songwriters to come along in the last 10 years, Interscope will always jump to work with someone like him.” {Source}

I’m happy for Sean. His name has been cropping up on the credits of so many hits in recent years and it’s great that he’s finally set for mainstream exposure. Having already delivered this year on Kelly Rowland’s ‘Like This’ and Chris Brown’s ‘Wall to Wall’, Sean is currently busying himself with the new projects from Britney Spears and Michael Jackson. more power to him.

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Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson recently opened up about the direction of her highly anticipated album. Speaking with Fashion Rocks magazine, the ‘Dreamgirls’ star had the following to say:

“It’s not hip-hop,” she says firmly. “Let’s just say that. I don’t have anything against it, but it’s not the music that I like to sing. There’s some pop in there, and some R&B-soul, but,” she pauses for emphasis, “not hip-hop.”

Not sure how to read into this one. The quote makes it seem like she has a problem with Hip Hop, but I just see it as her telling it like it is. Nothing she’s done prior to now has been Hip Hop influenced, so why would her album be?

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Pussycat Doll front-woman Nicole Scherzinger is gearing up for the release of her first solo CD ‘Her Name Is Nicole’ – due October 16th. This new track, ‘Super Villain’ – produced by Mad Scientist, is slated to follow lead single ‘Whatever You Like’ as the next song to be released from the album. The more Pop-orientated track is ‘decent’ but that’s about it. Considering how much Nicole was pushed to the forefront of the Pussycat Dolls, her solo material, thus far, has been pretty disappointing. She’s gonna have to do better than this.

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