Continuing her promo blitz through Europe, Jennifer Lopez performed her new single ‘Do It Well’ here in the UK yesterday (September 22nd) on nighttime talk show ‘Parkinsons’. It’s good to see that she’s upped her live singing and she was solid vocally throughout. However, the performance lacked any real energy – ‘Do It Well’ is a dance track, yet she didn’t do much of that. Jenny knows she was wrong for that mess of an outfit too.

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Check out Missy Elliott in the first of a number of ads she’ll star in as part a campaign with Doritos. The jokes kinda write themselves with this one lol. Still, it’s good to see Missy doing her thing with the endorsements.

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With the release of Jennifer Lopez’s new album ‘Brave’ drawing ever-nearer (UK: October 8th & US: October 9th), more new promo shots for the CD have surfaced. I’m liking the whole futuristic feel the pics have to them. Here’s hoping she delivers with the album itself too.

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Mariah Carey attended the VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Gala earlier this week (September 20th) at the Lincoln Center, New York City. The renown diva was honoured for her contributions to the Foundation, which donates instruments to public schools and helps fund music education programs.
In other Mariah news, Def Jam head LA Reid confirmed that Mariah’s forthcoming new album will hit stores on December 4th and not November 20th as first announced. The ‘We Belong Together’ singer will now go head-to-head with Ashanti, whose new CD ‘The Declaration’ also drops on December 4th. As much as I’m rooting for an Ashanti comeback, Mariah has this one hands-down. Anyway, a press release detailing the album’s title and other information is set for release next week.

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Following the surprise announcement of Jay-Z’s forthcoming ‘American Gangster’ LP earlier this week, the CD’s lead single has surfaced. Though not a bad track, Jay will have to do better than this if he is to convince people the project is worthwhile. Put simply, the Def Jam president has fared much better on other tracks – in terms of his delivery. What’s more Pharrell’s efforts on the production side of things come across kinda weak. I’m starting to think Jay would have been better off retired (for real); his ‘out-of retirement’ LP ‘Kingdom Come’ didn’t live up to expectations and this new track doesn’t indicate his new material will be anything to rave about.

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The video for Ja Rule’s new single ‘Body’ premiered yesterday (September 20th) on BET. Considering Ja is attempting to restore his tattered career, this single/video is unlikely to generate any interest around his upcoming album ‘The Mirror (due November 13th). The vid is kinda ‘blah’ and doesn’t really go anywhere – the same will be the case for Ja’s career if he doesn’t fix up soon.

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R&B star Ne-Yo is hoping for success with new single ‘Can We Chill’ – the third single to be released from his ‘Because of You’ album. Despite the initial good performance of the album’s first single (also called ‘Because of You’), things have somewhat fizzled since. I’m not too sure this song or video will help push the album any further. Why the label haven’t put out the more radio-friendly ‘Make It Work’ still confuses me.

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In somewhat of a surprising news, it has been announced that Jay-Z will release a new full-length album on November 6th. Titled ‘American Gangster’, the CD’s theme was inspired by the upcoming Denzel Washington movie of the same name (set to hit theatres November 2nd). The rapper was reportedly taken with how much the film mirrored past aspects of his life and subsequently decided to record an album with a similar concept. Be on the lookout for the album’s first single – the Pharrell produced ‘Blue Magic’ – which should be debuting anytime from now. {Source}
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The legendary Aretha Franklin has teamed up with Fantasia for what is an awesome slow jam. ‘Put You Up On Game’ sees the two vocal power-houses trade verses on the cheating ways of men. The track is the first single to be lifted from Aretha’s upcoming album ‘Jewels In the Crown: All Star Duets with The Queen’ – which will also feature John Legend, Mary J. Blige, the late Luther Vandross and more. I really fell for this track as soon as I heard it and I’m really anticipating Aretha’s CD.
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Rihanna continues her assault on the magazine circuit, this time covering the Canadian version of Fashion Magazine. The Bajan beauty is really looking great here.

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The album cover for Chris Brown’s upcoming album ‘Exclusive’ has been revealed. I’m liking the whole 80’s throwback vibe to the pic. ‘Exclusive’ hits stores November 6th.

Also check out new promotional pics for the album:
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R&B star Ashanti is doing the promotional rounds this week to support the ‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ movie which she stars in. On Tuesday, the singer appeared on BET’s 106 & Park and today she dropped by MTV’s TRL. Say what you want about her, but she’s looking on-point! ‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ opens in theatres on September 21st.

MTV TRL – September 19th
BET 106 & Park

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