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Beyonce Brings Concert To ABC!

Cashing in on the release of her live DVD, "I Am..Yours", Beyonce will allow cameras behind the scenes as she tours and more on Thanksgiving day. Watch below for an exclusive preview!



Music Biz:
Omarion Talks New Singles, Videos!
Any dancer cannot deny the influence of Michael Jackson. One in particular, Omarion, is paying homage to the King of Dance by dedicating his new music videos to him.

The clip for the R&B singer’s first single, “I Get It In” featuring Gucci Mane, will debut next week. He is also working on a video for “Hoodie,” a viral single from his new album Ollusion, due January 12.

“‘Hoodie’ is a viral single. We’re putting it out there for the fans. Both videos ['Hoodie' and 'I Get It In'] are dedicated to Michael Jackson. It’s a mix between ‘Beat It’ and ‘Bad,’” the former B2K member tells Rap-Up.com.

O describes the clip’s dance-heavy premise. “When I pull up, I’m getting out the car, we start choreography and then it keeps going until the end …

Throwback Video: 3LW featuring Lil' Wayne - Neva Get Enuf

"Neva Get Enuf" is an underrated song from 3LW and a personal favorite of mine. This song came right during the end of 3LW and their move to performing as 'The Cheetah Girls'. The video and song also features Lil' Wayne who wasn't quite as big as he is now. Also the video only features two of the members of 3LW, Kiely Williams and Adrienne Bailon. If you recall Naturi Naughton(of "Fame" and "Notorious") was in the group as well.

Kiely Williams Of Cheetah Girls Goes Solo!

And in this exclusive preview of her upcoming solo single, "Make Me A Drink", you can see the former Cheetah Girl and 3LW member get sexy in an awkward sort of way. Check it out!



Music Biz:
Janet Jackson Films New Music Video!
Janet Jackson is gearing up for a return to the music video scene with "Make Me" !

Premiered as a new single last month, Jackson's "Make Me" is the sole piece of new music featured on a hits collection double disc set titled "Number Ones".

A video for the single, slated to be shot by Robert Hales (Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake), the same director who introduced Britney Spears' "Break The Ice" will soon come to fruition.

"Number Ones," also featuring Michael Jackson on "Scream" is due in stores November 17.
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Now playing: Maxwell - Help Somebody
via FoxyTunes

Preview Ray J's For The Love Of Ray J 2!

There were rumors the show was coming back but of course they were denied early on. Now come November 2(if I'm not mistaken), Ray J returns on his quest for love and sex. Peep it out!



Music Biz:
Melanie Fiona Talks Debut Album!
Melanie Fiona's debut has been a long time coming. After multiple delays, an internet leak this past summer and an early (Oct. 20) iTunes digital release Fiona's debut album, "The Bridge," will finally be available on Nov. 20 on Title 9/SRC/Universal Motown. Now, the Guayanese-born, Canadian-raised singer/songwriter is ready to flood the airwaves with as "many singles as we can."

"My album's been ready since 2008 -- over a year now -- and although I'm not the first or the last artist to experience push-backs, it's definitely a test to see who is in it for the long run," Fiona tells Billboard.com, admitting she was nervous about losing momentum. "The type of music I make doesn't fit the mold of pop or R&…

Mary J. Blige Opens Mary J. Blige Center!

Mary J. Blige gets emotional as she recalls some of the demons that has haunted her life.



Music Biz:
Rihanna's New Album Details!
Rihanna's Rated R will come out November 23 and feature new collaborations with the man behind her biggest hit so far. The-Dream, who wrote "Umbrella," penned a couple of tracks for the new LP.

"Me and Rihanna, she just cut the last of the two records we did. It's a record called 'Rock Star,' " the singer-song writer divulged earlier this week, backstage at the Izod Center in New Jersey. "The first record is a record called 'Hard,' which features [Young] Jeezy. Both of those records are pretty insane."

Dream declined to go into much detail about the tracks, but said the Rihanna/ Jeezy collaboration is one for the record books.

" 'Hard,' I want that song to explain itself," he said. "Most of the stuff I wrote — still to this day what I write — I try to find out through people — what t…

Monica Still Standing Premiere Party Video!

In celebration of her new hit reality TV show, "Still Standing" Monica celebrates her return to the music scene as well as the TV screen. A few stars pop up for the festivities too. Check it out!

I liked Monica's show(well the first episode)and I do plan to watch regularly. Monica's album is no longer coming out in December but January 2010 instead. Monica will release two singles; one a ballad written by Ester Dean of "Drop It Low" fame called "Here I Am" and the other single "Nothing Like" featuring T-Pain. Both songs are produced by Polow Da Don.



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Now playing: Mario - 08. Ooh Baby
via FoxyTunes

Jay-Z, Alicia Keys Video Teaser!

In a day or two the full version of "Empire State Of Mind" will more than likely leak; that's how it always goes. Check out an exclusive preview of the video below!

I was just thinking about Alicia Keys and her single, "Doesn't Mean Anything" tanking and a lot of people say its because of her situation with Swizz Beats. Personally I don't think that's the problem. Alicia just came with a really weak single. If she came out with a strong single, she'd have no problem racing up the charts.




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Now playing: Mario - 08. Ooh Baby
via FoxyTunes

The Billboart Hot 100 Charts!

Every Wednesday(as long as I'm able to) I will bring you a first look at the Billboard charts(published Thursday) before their published. There have been a few changes in the charts as normal. Check it out!

BILLBOARD HOT 100 - TOP 50
7 1 OWL CITY FIREFLIES
2 2 JASON DERULO WHATCHA SAY
1 3 SEAN*JAY DOWN
3 4 MILEY CYRUS PARTY IN THE U.S.A.
4 5 JAY-Z RUN THIS TOWN/D.O.A
6 6 LADY GAGA PAPARAZZI (REMIXES)
9 7 THE BLACK EYED PEAS MEET ME HALFWAY
5 8 BRITNEY SPEARS 3
8 9 BLACK EYED PEAS INVASION OF I GOTTA FEELING
11 10 BEYONCE SWEET DREAMS
10 11 TAYLOR SWIFT YOU BELONG WITH ME
14 12 IYAZ REPLAY
12 13 JAY-Z + ALICIA KEYS EMPIRE STATE OF MIND - STILL BULLETED
15 14 DRAKE FEATURING KAN FOREVER
13 15 KINGS OF LEON USE SOMEBODY
21 16 DAVID GUETTA FEATUR SEXY CHICK
20 17 KELLY CLARKSON ALREADY GONE
22 18 LADY ANTEBELLUM NEED YOU NOW
16 19 CAREY*MARIAH OBSESSED
23 20 JUSTIN BIEBER ONE TIME
19 21 CARRIE UNDERWOOD COWBOY CASANOVA
55 22 KE$HA TIK TOK
18 23 MARIO FEATURING GUC BREAK UP
27 24 CHRIS BROWN FEATURI I CAN TRAN…

Toni Braxton Reveals New Album Details!

A lot has been mentioned about Toni Braxton's new album. There have been numerous leaks and what not. One thing I have noticed is how Toni has said herself that this album will have a "reggae feel" but yet every song I hear(that's leaked) is some type of ballad. I don't want an album full of ballads Toni! I know that's your specialty but still. I will go on to say that Toni Braxton is very consistent album wise and there is not an album in her catalog that I don't like. I hope I like this one too.

Singer Toni Braxton previewed her new album and debut from Atlantic Records Oct. 19th to an exclusive crowd in New York City. The album includes smoldering ballads and a few uptempos to keep her fans and competition on their toes. Among the favorites were, “No Way, No How,” “Make My Heart,” “Looking At You,” and the pop leaning ballad “Wait For You.”

The crowd was exceptionally pleased with the R&B-laden track, “Hands Tied,” and which Mrs. Braxton says, “I can…

Flo Rida Hooks Up With Trina For New Video!

I remember the little clip of Trina grinding on a car and it was for this clip of Flo Rida's "Touch Me" video from his "R.O.O.T.S." album in stores now! Check it out below!

The video is kinda funny because the plot is crazy and just the way it goes.

Brandy's Upcoming Album Details!

It was just last year when Brandy released her ill-fated, "Human" album which tanked due to lack of direction and not a real hit single. Now working hard on a new album, due next year, producers involved in the project talk exclusively about the album. Check it out!

UrbanBridgez.com recently caught up with Sean from from the production team Kadis & Sean for our anniversary interview series, starting November 2nd! We asked him about the upcoming Brandy album they’re currently working on. “We’re really going in!” You’ll hear and can expect a much deeper and much more authentic Brandy. Similar to what she was in the beginning, but not as commercialized. It’s raw, there’s energy there!” Sean also says about working with Brandy on her upcoming album, “It’s real music, real lyrics…She’s very much involved! In everything we’ve done (for her project) and will be. Everything we’ve done has been from scratch, so she’s very involved in the creative process. So you’ll be able to feel…

Chris Brown Releases New Video!

Yesterday you saw the preview, now here is the new Chris Brown video, "I Can Transform Ya" in full. Check it out!



Music Biz:
Clive Davis Talks New Jennifer Hudson Album!
Music mogul and mentor Clive Davis has revealed some new details about Jennifer Hudsons upcoming sophomore album, which should be out some time next year.

“The key is in the material. [Hudson] has grown as an artist in this past year. She is more soulful. But the real challenge with a ‘pop’ artist is to come up with those songs that are special,” Davis told HitFix. “That is the challenge for every young artist who is still trying to make a lifelong career. They’re still dependent on radio play… You gotta have the hits. So we have several candidates for it.”

Also helping out on the new album is Ne-Yo, who produced Jennifers #1 R&B hit “Spotlight”. In addition to writing some new records for the singer, he may even take the reigns as the albums executive producer. [Source]

Rihanna Unveils New Album Cover!

With new single, "Russian Roulette" impacting now, Rihanna releases the new album cover for her new album, "Rated R" and judging from the album title and cover, the album will be very dark and bitter. I like the cover! It gives me a 1980s album cover vibe.

Chris Brown Previews New Video!

"I Can Transform Ya" is the first single lifted from Chris Brown's upcoming album, "Graffiti" in stores December 15. Catch a sneak preview of the video below!



Music Biz:
Snoop Dogg Preps New Album!
Rap icon and multi-media superstar Snoop Dogg returns to the Priority label with his 10th solo studio album Malice N Wonderland. Malice marks his first album of all new material since 2008’s experimental Ego Trippin and finds Snoop back at the very top of his game, doing what he does best.

As a true global superstar with over 30 million albums sold worldwide and countless awards in his 17 year-plus music career, Snoop has amassed a legion of diehard fans and Malice promises to appeal to all of them. The distinctive Snoop Dogg vocal style is as crisp as ever and he is joined on Malice by a virtual who’s who of today’s top producers and artist.

The album kicks off with the first single “Gangsta Luv” produced by and featuring R&B crooner The-Dream. Gangsta Luv is alread…

Chris Brown Unveils New Single Cover!

With "I Can Transform Ya" taking off on radio, Chris Brown is already planning his next single, "Crawl" which debuted online a week or so ago. Check out the cover art below!

Ryan Leslie Album Preview!

In stores November 3, producer turned singer, Ryan Leslie will release his new album, "Transition". The album is led by the single, "You're Not My Girl". Click here for an exclusive preview of the album!

I do like some of Ryan's songs and his productions for other artists but it is hard for me to get into him.

Keri Hilson Earns Gold Debut Album!
Pop singer Keri Hilson’s debut album In A Perfect World has just been RIAA certified GOLD. Her most recent single, “Slow Dance,” rising to #2 on BET’s “106 & Park” countdown (October 16); and now this week earning a pair of American Music Awards nominations, Keri Hilson has shot from “star on the horizon” to “a new star has arrived.” Despite just one album to her credit, Hilson has been AMA-nominated for Favorite Female Artist (Soul/R&B) along with Beyonce and Keyshia Cole. She has also been nominated as the T-Mobile Soul/R&B Breakthrough Artist along with Jeremih.

Coincidentally, Keyshia Cole appears as a …

December 15

Now that the fourth quarter of music releases is under way, you can expect a major shake up in release dates. Everyone is trying to get a piece of the holiday sales that come along with Black Friday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and afterwards.

'Super Tuesday' is a phrase used to describe a huge number of releases for that given Tuesday specifically for albums. In the next month or two you will see plenty of 'Super Tuesday[s]' and December 15(which is on a Tuesday) is good enough to write about hence the post title.

Check out the the releases and some slight info below!

Alicia Keys, The Element Of Freedom
First single, "Doesn't Mean Anything" isn't exactly setting the charts on fire like a typical Alicia Keys release. There seems to be a bit of backlash from the whole Swizz Beats/Mashonda incident and "Doesn't Mean Anything" sounding too much like "No One". I don't care much for Alicia Keys but I do like a handful of her songs.…

Throwback Video! Alicia Keys - How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore

I was with my friend last night and we were talking and Alicia Keys' name came up. She mentioned how she liked "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore" and I revealed to her that it was Prince remake, which she didn't know.

Taken from her debut album, "Songs In A Minor" which was a big hit! I can remember everyone liking that album but I personally never got into it or Alicia Keys but this is one of the few songs I do like from Ms. Alicia! Watch it below!

Timbaland Unveils New Album Cover Art!

So the much talked about and much hyped new album from Timbaland, "Shock Value II" will be in stores November 24. There is a huge guest list of artists featured(or said to be featured) on this album including Keri Hilson, Jay-Z, and Nelly Furtado among others.



Music Biz:
Mario Sets New Billboard Record!
The last time Mario saw the pinnacle of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart was in 2005. That's when "Let Me Love You"-from his 2004 second album, "Turning Point"-reached No. 1. Four years and two albums later, the Baltimore crooner finds himself close to reclaiming that zenith.

This week, "Break Up" logs its 11th week at No. 2 on the tally. Featuring Sean Garrett and Gucci Mane, it's the lead single from Mario's fourth album, "D.N.A." Debuting this week at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the J Records/RCA Music Group set was released Oct. 13. "Break Up" also gives Mario…

RAY J TALKS NEW SHOWS WITH BRANDY!

Ray J is about to premiere his second season of his reality TV show, "For The Love Of Ray J 2". There were rumors abound that the show was filming but it had been denied but true enough it has resurfaced again. You can always count on these dating reality shows starring a certain celeb to have at least two seasons on air and if the franchise is really popular(like "Flavor Of Love"), you might get more than two seasons.



Music Biz:
Rodney Jerkins Talks Janet's New Album!
“I’ve always been a fan of her music and what her and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have done in the past. And I felt like, knowing she wants to try new things, that I feel I can get it and I can deliver it for her.

“Since we’ve been working … I feel like the studio has become a second home for her because with the whole situation with Michael [Jackson] happening, and I feel like right now, emotionally, she can come here and let all her feelings out. I got her writing again — she has the pen and the p…

WHITNEY HOUSTON DELIVERS TOP NOTCH PERFORMANCE!

Anytime Whitney Houston performs it is a big deal! Why? Well aside from her being a trooper when she has a wardrobe malfunction, Whitney's voice is always the center of attention. People are obviously still adjusting to Whitney's new voice but that is not really the case here. Below you will find out about Whitney's latest performance overseas cause that's where she is right now promoting new album, "I Look To You".

The pressure was on, but Whitney Houston nailed it.

After her wardrobe malfunction on the X Factor at the weekend, and with music critics still wondering if she can really pull off her comeback, her performance on the Italian version of the TV star search was a pivotal one.

Lucky then that she rose to the challenge – delivering a show-stopping live rendition of her track Million Dollar Bill.

The 46-year-old diva had the audience up and on their feet, clapping along as she belted out the track.

And there was no repeat of last week's strap-snapping e…

D. WOODS NEW ALBUM COVER!

Who knew? D. Woods formerly of Danity Kane is releasing an album due December 8. I can't say I know much about it. Does anyone else?




Music Biz:
Lil' Wayne's Gun Charges!
The Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession, and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence.

He previously had pleaded not guilty to illegal gun possession charges that carried at least 3 1/2 years in prison upon conviction.

Police said a gun was found on his tour bus in Manhattan in 2007.

The rapper, born Dwayne Carter, won last year's best rap solo performance Grammy for "A Milli." His albums include "Tha Carter," "Tha Carter II" and "Tha Carter III."Chris Brown Talks Rihanna!
Chris Brown granted his first radio interview since the February altercation with his then-girlfriend Rihanna on Wednesday (Oct. 21) to New York radio station Hot 97 (WQHT). During the talk with host Angie Martinez, Brown -- who spent the majority of th…

MAXWELL UNVEILS NEW SINGLE COVER!

Maxwell is riding high with his new album, "BLACKsummer'snight" and now the singer is pushing forward with his third single, "A Fistful Of Tears".



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Now playing: amerie - Not The Only One - Touch
via FoxyTunes

Omarion Previews New Video!

After his sudden departure from Young Money, Omarion switched gears or should I say rappers with single, "I Get It In" replacing Lil' Wayne for Gucci Mane. Lil' Wayne did a similar thing by replacing Omarion with Lloyd. Funny stuff right?

Anyway you can check out a 30 second preview of Omarion's new video!



Music Biz:
Preview Amerie's New Album!
Click here to listen! Upon first listen I wasn't really feeling it but that's just my opinion. Some of you all may like it.

Kanye West Part Of A Death Hoax!
Kanye West associate Amber Rose has cleared up rumors which began Wednesday (October 21) morning claiming the award-winning producer had mysteriously died.

Writing via Twitter, Rose lashed out against the gossip and also began a trending topic called LongLiveYeezy.

"This RIPKanyeWest topic is not funny and its NOT TRUE! He has people like myself and his family that love him very much," she wrote Wednesday morning. "Its in extreme poor taste to have …

Throwback Video! Anita Baker - I Apologize

Back in 1994, Anita Baker released, "I Apologize" which was one of few hits of the 90s as the star became very reclusive. In recent news it is said that Anita is working on a new album. This is truly throwback right here, Anita Baker, it gets no better! Check it out!

Jason Derulo Releases New Video!

If his name sounds unfamiliar, it shouldn't be if you listen to the radio where his single, "Whatcha Say" is #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. I had been seeing this song on the chart and forgetting that I had heard it awhile back. Well if you haven't heard this or heard of him, here is your chance! Watch it below!



Music Biz:
Tiffany Evans Sounds Off On Rihanna's New Single!
“Russian Roulette= Suicidal Rate gon sky rocket! You gotta watch what you say because there are a lot of weak people in the world. They are susceptible to anything so anything you say or do, some people actually do listen. So make sure it’s nothing bad. It’s okay to be deep, but not murder deep. Man! I really wish I could tell you guys what the industry really is and what stars are apart of destroying this world. The stars who worship satan,and those who have killed to get the respect they have now. You’d be verrrry surprised. Some of your favorite people pretend to worship God but they only d…

Rihanna Rumors

Rihanna just released her debut single, "Russian Roulette" over her upcoming album, "Rated R" which will be in stores November 23. This will mark Rihanna's first album as a superstar. Rihanna's last album, "Good Girl Gone Bad" made her a music sensation. Like many artists Rihanna has been the subject of many rumors; some funny and some downright vicious.

Dating Justin Timberlake - It was recently announced that Justin Timberlake and Rihanna shacked up(slept together). Both stars denied the rumors but Rihanna was reportedly very upset about the story! How come? Probably because it was true and her ass got caught!

Satan Worshiper - My friend told me about a creepy video out regarding Rihanna's "Umbrella" video where it is believed that the singer is a devil worshiper. I've never watched the video frankly because I've been too chicken to watch. I will say the video for "Run This Town" though definitely makes those type o…

Jay Sean Tops Billboard Hot 100 Charts!

As with every Wednesday you get an exclusive sneak preview of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and more before it is released on Thursday. The first few spots on the chart are occupied by new artists and shockingly a lot of the song on this tally I have never heard.

BILLBOARD HOT 100 - TOP 50
2 1 SEAN*JAY DOWN
4 2 JASON DERULO WHATCHA SAY
3 3 MILEY CYRUS PARTY IN THE U.S.A.
5 4 JAY-Z RUN THIS TOWN/D.O.A
1 5 BRITNEY SPEARS 3
7 6 LADY GAGA PAPARAZZI (REMIXES)
9 7 OWL CITY FIREFLIES
6 8 BLACK EYED PEAS INVASION OF I GOTTA FEELING
17 9 THE BLACK EYED PEAS MEET ME HALFWAY
8 10 TAYLOR SWIFT YOU BELONG WITH ME
12 11 BEYONCE SWEET DREAMS
13 12 JAY-Z + ALICIA KEYS EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
10 13 KINGS OF LEON USE SOMEBODY
14 14 IYAZ REPLAY
15 15 DRAKE FEATURING KAN FOREVER
11 16 CAREY*MARIAH OBSESSED
-- 17 JOHN MAYER WHO SAYS
23 18 MARIO FEATURING GUC BREAK UP
20 19 CARRIE UNDERWOOD COWBOY CASANOVA
19 20 KELLY CLARKSON ALREADY GONE - STILL BULLETED
25 21 DAVID GUETTA FEATUR SEXY CHICK
24 22 LADY ANTEBELLUM NEED YOU NOW
21 23…

Justin Timberlake Not Rushing New Album!

It has been four years since Justin's last album and as the singer states he is in no rush to record his next release.

Timberlake is waiting for some inspiration to hit him before he decides on his next solo direction. "So, until it kind of slaps me in the face, I'm going to tinker around with everything," he said. "I'm obviously not the type of artist who rushes anything. I've done, like, two records in the last eight years."

Timberlake enjoys the process of making music too much to rush it. "You know, I just believe that the process is what it's really all about. And if you make the process [like] what I was able to have the luck of tapping into for the first two [albums], the end comes out the way it comes out," he explained. "For me it is about the process — the discovery of whatever it is it's going to be. That's the most fun part."
Rihanna Preps New Album!
After much speculation, Def Jam Records announced today (Oc…

Angie Stone Unveils New Album Cover!

The month of November is usually a busy month for music and movies. Angie Stone will release her new album, "Unexpected" on November 24. Like the cover or is Angie doing a little too much? It's not that bad to me.

Kandi Covers Kontrol Magazine!

Kandi is riding high thanks in part to her part in Bravo's "Real Housewives Of Atlanta". She graces the cover of Kontrol magazine and honestly this is my first time(and I'm sure a lot of others) hearing of this magazine. Check it out and thanks to the people at YBF for this cover!

Mariah Carey Performs Her Greatest Hits!

Mariah is finally doing some more promotion for her "Memoirs" album which is sadly being overlooked cause it is so hot in my opinion. Here you can view two videos of Mariah performing "Always Be My Baby" and "We Belong Together". Check them out!





Music Biz:
Nas Owes Back Taxes!
Grammy-nominated rapper Nasir "Nas" Jones has had his tax problems land online with reports accusing him of owing the government over $2.5 million.

The rapper's financial crunch made headlines late Sunday (October 18) evening.

Kelis isn't the only person trying to get money from Nas -- turns out Uncle Sam is too! TMZ has obtained a federal tax lien filed last month against Nas for a whopping $2,584,206.31. Looks like Nas didn't pay his taxes in 2006 and 2007. Nas is currently involved in a bitter divorce battle with Kelis. Looks like she'll have to wait in line. (TMZ)

Ciara Performs Live For Justin Timberlake Fundraiser!

Justin Timberlake recently held some type of charity I remember reading but didn't pay much attention to. Friend and duet partner, Ciara showed up to perform their #10 Pop hit, "Love Sex Magic" and her hit "Goodies". Check it out!



Music Biz:
Ciara Talks New Album!
Ciara must have liked what she heard on Fantasy Ride this year. After working with producer Christopher "Tricky" Stewart on four of her album's 13 tracks, the singer has given Tricky and his songwriting partner The-Dream domain over the entirety of her follow-up disc. But what we heard a lot on Fantasy — and what we likely won't be hearing much on the new album — are Ciara's high-profile collaborations with other artists.

"At this point in my career, it's important for my fans to get to know more about me and to really feel me," she told MTV News on the red carpet Saturday at Justin Timberlake's charity event. "I've done a lot of features over the course o…

Jennifer Lopez Covers She Magazine!

Jennifer Lopez appears on UK magazine She where she talks about her children and her career among other things. Jennifer Lopez recently released the buzz single, "Fresh Out The Oven" featuring Pitbull.