As some of you may know, comedienne Mo’Nique was announced as the host of the 2007 BET Awards last week. The last time she hosted the annual award show was in 2004 when she gave her infamous ‘Crazy In Love’ performance. Judging by this pre-recorded message – screened at the BET Awards press conference- she will be just as hilarious this year. Check it out…

It has been announced that R&B songstress LeToya is to be honored by the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) during its 20th Anniversary Rhythm and Soul Music Awards on June 26th. LeToya’s hit ‘Torn’ is also set to be honored at the event as one of ASCAP’s top songs of 2006. Her career is going from strength to strength.
In other LeToya news, angry fans have started a petition to BET querying why the ‘She Don’t’ singer was completely left off the nominee list for the 2007 BET Awards. It makes alot of sense, considering LeToya was a major feature on BET last year. ‘Torn’ was #1 on the 106 & Park video countdown for a number of weeks and had to be retired from the chart. Not forgetting the ‘H-Town Chick’ reality show on the network which documented LeToya’s daily activities in the run-up to the release of her debut album. All of this and not even one nomination.
This is apparently the cover for 50 Cent’s third studio album ‘Curtis’. It’s cool, but perhaps would have been more suited to the album’s previous title ‘Before I Self Destruct’.

‘Curtis’ hits stores June 26th.

The video for Mario’s lead single – ‘How Do I Breathe’ – from his new album ‘Go’ premiered tonight. Whilst the song has grown on me, the video is a disappointment. After Mario being out of the limelight for a few years, I would have expected his label to spend more on this video; yet it comes across kinda cheap-looking. Personally I would have preferred Mario to stray from the sound of his biggest hit ‘Let Me Love You'(which ‘How Do I Breathe’ attempts to replicate) and come with something fresh. Still, there’s hope with some of the great tracks I’ve heard from the set such as ‘Kryptonite’ and ‘Crying Out For Me’. ‘Go’ drops July 30th.

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The video for Ne-Yo’s latest single ‘Do You’ debuted a few hours ago on BET. I’ve been waiting on Ne-Yo to bring ‘it’ in terms of video, yet – as is the case with this video – he doesn’t. It’s not that the video is poor, it’s just too standard – almost boring. I do like the song, however I’m left wondering if it was a good choice for the 2nd single. The way I see it, ‘Make It Work’ would have been the better option.

What do you think of the video?

Pop star Janet Jackson appears on the cover US Weekly magazine; flaunting that six-pack she is renown for. In the issue, which is out now, the singer explains how she manages to keep fit after dropping all those pounds she gained for a film role.
I’m pretty sure we’ve read about Janet’s dramatic weight-loss already. However it’s good to see Janet keeping her name out there in the run-up to a number of projects including a new single this summer for the Rush Hour 3 soundtrack, a starring role in Tyler Perry’s new movie ‘Why Did I Get Married’ and the recording of a new album. It’s set to be a busy year for Ms Jackson.

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This new Twista track is slated to be the first single from the Chicago rapper’s upcoming album ‘Adrenaline Rush’ (due this summer). ‘Give It Up’ was produced by the Neptunes and features Pharrell Williams from group. The song is HOT; the beat is on-point and Twista delivers with his trademark rapid-fire pace on his verses. I’m really feeling the hook as well, it’s catchy. I can see this one doing big things. The Hype Williams directed video should be debuting soon. Check out the track…
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Mya graces the cover of the June /July issue of VIBE Vixen magazine; she looks beautiful. It’s good to see that Mya is finally getting her name out there again. The article looks set to be an interesting read; by ‘Gangsta Boyfriends’ she’ll no doubt address her rumored ‘relationships’ with The Game and 50 Cent. As of now, the ‘My Love Is Like Whoa’ singer is busying herself co-presenting BET’s 106 & Park this week with rapper Bow Wow. Let’s hope her serially delayed album ‘Liberation’ (now due August 14th) will actually hit stores.

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This is the video for Fabolous’ 2nd single from his upcoming album ‘From Nothing to Something’. ‘Make Me Better’ (ft. Ne-Yo) has grown on me since I first heard it and the video isn’t bad at all. Numerous stars make cameo appearances in the video including Roselyn Sanchez from hit TV show ‘Without A Trace’, Ray J and DJ Clue. Fabolous’ new album ‘From Nothing To Something’ drops June 12th.

What do you think?

Rapper/actress, Eve is looking on-point in these pics from the set of her video ‘Tambourine’. From the look of these pics, the video should be great; I’m anxious to see how it turns out. It’s been a long while since we’ve seen or heard anything -musically- from Eve, so hopefully she brings ‘it’. The video for ‘Tambourine’ will premier May 24th on BET’s Access Granted.

The video for Timbaland’s latest single ‘Throw It On Me’ – which features rock band ‘The Hives’ – debuted last night on an episode of wrestling show WWE Raw. Many of the ‘WWE Divas’ make an appearance in this ‘Sin City’ styled video. I’m liking the song as well as the video; Timbaland has gone very left-field on this project and it really works. Word has it that the super-producer will release ‘The Way I Are’ as a single also and a video has reportedly already been shot.

Hit or Miss?
Having had the chance to listen to R. Kelly’s latest album ‘Double Up’ (due May 29th), I was pleasantly surprised with the tracks. I was anticipating the album being gimmicky considering Kelly claiming the CD was to be ‘70% Hip-Hop & 30% R&B’. However, the album is solid and the ‘Ignition’ singer continues to show why he is largely considered to be one of the great singer-songwriters of modern R&B. Check out some of my personal highlights from the set:

LISTEN: Best Friend (ft. Keyshia Cole & Polow Da Don)
LISTEN: In The Zoo
LISTEN: Leave A Message
LISTEN: Hook It Up

Will you be buying ‘Double Up’?