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Throwback Video: Sade - Cherish The Day

This was one of the many singles released from Sade's 1992 album, "Love Deluxe".

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Chris Brown Reveals New Single Cover

The new single is from his album, "F.A.M.E.+ Fortune" which will be in stores this March. If you were curious the acronym for FAME is Forgiving All My Enemies. Chris has already had several hits from his upcoming album and "Look At Me Now" just debuted on the R&B charts last week.

Music Biz:
Usher Plans New Album
Usher is currently here in the UK for his hugely successful ‘OMG’ tour. This week, the R&B superstar rehashed in a new British interview what he said previously about embarking on a self-styled “revolutionary pop” album. The LP, which he says could be out by “early next year”, is set to get a big, fat European makeover.
Usher confirms he has recorded a “cool song” with dance-pop producer David Guetta, and has also enlisted Scando dance gods Swedish House Mafia for the upcoming project. He is also in talks to work with British 22-year-old rapper Tinie Tempah. Kelly Rowland, the first black/R&B star to work with Guetta previously stated that…

Kelly Price Talks About New Album

Music Biz:
Chris Brown Prepares New Album
UrbanBridgez.com has learned that Chris Brown will release his highly anticipated new release ‘F.A.M.E. (Jive)‘ on March 22nd! The set will be released in a regular set as well as a deluxe edition which will be two-discs. The album will feature Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Busta Rhymes, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars and more! F.A.M.E. is already off to a great start on the Billboard charts with the singles ‘Yeah 3X,’ and ‘Look At Me Now‘ featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes. ‘Beautiful People‘ will be the next single released from the album produced by Benny Benassi. Chris will start the Australian leg of his new tour in April!

In other Chris Brown news Singersroom.com reports Jive executive Tom Carrabba says Chris has found himself. “I think when he was a little bit younger he was still trying to find his way a little bit and fine-tune his craft, but I think over the last two years he’s absolutely developed a confidence and is very secure …

Rihanna's Loud Album Certified Platinum

Rihanna has a lot to celebrate with hit singles and a new platinum album. Read more below about the success of her newest album, "Loud" as well as stories on R. Kelly's next album and Keyshia Cole firing her manager!

She may have had a slow start but her consistency has had her back all the way. Pop/R&B superstar Rihanna’s fifth studio album ‘Loud’ has shipped over a million copies in the U.S. and will probably snag a platinum certification in the coming weeks.

Happy about the album’s success, Rihanna tweeted “Thank you #RihannaNavy for being so sexy and makin #LOUD platinum in the U.S.”

‘Loud,’ which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart with a little over 200K units sold, has moved upwards of 830,000 copies in the U.S. The music video for the third single, ‘S&M,’ which will premiere soon, will definitely add a boast to her sales.

“Never have I ever stressed out on the first week,” Rihanna tells New York radio host Angie Martinez late last yea…

Production Spotlight: The Stereotypes

Composed of Jeremy Reeves, Johnathan Yip, and Ray Romulus; The Stereotypes is a production trio out of Sacramento, California. Collectively the trio has produced a wide range of R&B/Hip-Hop and Pop songs. Check out their extensive discography below:

Like A G6, Far East MovementStar Cry, Foxy BrownDamaged, Danity KaneSomebody To Love, Justin BeiberGood Love, Mary J. Blige feat. T.I.Why Does She Stay, Ne-YoWonderful, Marques HoustonNew Man, JoeBeautiful People, Nina SkyJohnny, Melanie FionaEven Angels, FantasiaCelebration, Tank feat. Drake----------------
Now playing: Foxy Brown - Too Real (ft. AZ)
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Keri Hilson Performs Pretty Girl Rock On Ellen

Music Biz:
Toni Braxton's House Up For Foreclosure
The holder of mortgage debt on Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton’s home won bankruptcy court approval to launch foreclosure proceedings against the Georgia property.

Court papers show that Judge Barry Russell of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles on Friday lifted the shield protecting Braxton, who filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in September, from the reach of US Bank.

As Bankruptcy Beat previously reported, the bank - which represents the holder of Braxton’s mortgage debt - had argued for the right to launch foreclosure proceedings on the grounds that Braxton doesn’t have any equity in the Duluth, Ga., property nor is the mortgage holder’s interest in the property adequately protected. (Braxton herself doesn’t own the property; a trust does.) As of Nov. 23, US Bank said Braxton owes the full $1.5 million on her mortgage, while the property itself been appraised at $1.2 million.

Braxton took out the mortgage from We…

Ginuwine's Label Releases Raunchy New Video

For Ginuwine's new video for the song, "Batteries" featuring Trina; Ginuwine stated on his twitter that he doesn't stand by the video made by his label, Warner Bros. But sex sells and porn star Roxy Reynolds works her magic throughout the video.

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Now playing: TLC - Diggin' On You
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Ciara Shooting New Video With Usher

Ciara is supposed to be going all out for her new video for her single, "Turn It Up" featuring Usher. The video is supposed to be a mini movie. Make sure you all look out for that very soon. Not much info about the video is being reported right now but its supposed to be a huge surprise.

I'm guessing at this point Jive is trying to do whatever they can to pick up this album off the ground; well probably.

Some of the former members of The Lox will release new albums this year including Styles P. Via his twitter account; the rapper announced his new album, "Master Of Ceremonies" will be released this year. He also made sure to note that the title will leave up to its name. As if you didn't know MC stands for Master Of Ceremony in case you didn't know.

Jadakiss will also release his long-awaited(in my opinion) album, "Top 5 Dead Or Alive". I'm looking forward to that.

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Now playing: Beyonce - Kitty Kat
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Nas Owes Back Taxes

It looks like Nas' money situation never seems to improve and just when it seems to; it only gets worse. I hope he can get it together as evident in his latest troubles which you can read about below as well as stories on T.I.'s new album success and Jennifer Hudson's new album.

Nas is the latest rapper to make headlines for tax troubles. God’s Son reportedly owes the government over $6 million for properties he owns in Eagles Landing, Ga and Queens, NY.

According to The Detroit News, this isn’t the first time Nasir has has problems with Uncle Sam; for the last three years the IRS has filed liens against the rapper. In addition, the Queensbridge MC reportedly owes money for a condo in his home borough. Managers of the building claim he failed to pay his $420 a month assessment fee since January of last year, and have also filed a lien.

But its not all looking down for the Illmatic MC. Earlier this month his child and spousal support payments to ex-wife Kelis were cut in half.…

Throwback Video: Beyonce Featuring Missy Elliott, Free, and MC Lyte - The Fighting Temptations

Remember Beyonce's starring role in the movie, "The Fighting Temptations" where she played you guessed it...a singer! Well if you remember that you should remember this video which featured former BET "106 & Park" host Free who was moonlighting as a rapper at one point.

Jennifer Lopez Denies Mariah Carey Feud

Though its been reported over the years, Jennifer Lopez has put an end to the rumors that she has been feuding with Mariah Carey. Actually Jennifer Lopez called into Nick Cannon's show, Mariah's husband and dispelled the rumors.

Many years ago there were rumors about the two singers feuding due to Mariah's ex-husband, Tommy Mottola having a hand in Jennifer Lopez's career. Many felt like Tommy was manipulating Jennifer into a Mariah wannabe and taking songs that were originally for Mariah and giving them to Jennifer. It's a long story but one that many people who keep up with gossip know all too well. Well I'm glad that the two have put whatever ill feelings they may have had towards one another behind them and moved on.

There's a rumor going around that Monica and Whitney Houston will likely duet for Monica's new album, "New Life" in stores this summer. It could likely happen since they are on the same label.

Personally I think a collabo between…

Monica To Release New Album This Summer

If you haven't already read, Monica has been secretly married to her NBA boo, Shannon Brown. I'm just not sure how long though. In other Monica news, she is diligently working on a new album, "New Life" to be released this summer. The album will be released this summer. Working on the album are Missy Elliott, Oak(worked with Trey Songz) and Andrew Wansel(worked with Nicki Minaj).

Musiq is back with a new single, "Anything" featuring Swizz Beats. It is the first single from his upcoming album, "TheMusicTheMagic" in this stores this Spring. Make sure you look out for that!

Marsha Ambrosius' debut album, "Late Nights & Early Mornings" has another new release date, March 1. The album features the singles, "Far Away" and "I Hope She Cheats On You(With A Basketball Player). I swear if they push this album back one more time...

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Now playing: Usher - My Way
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Rihanna Unveils New Single Cover

Rihanna is continuing her hit streak with her third single, "S&M" which was co-written by Ester Dean who had her own hit; "Dip It Low" featuring Chris Brown last year.

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Now playing: Pleasure P - Patience (ft. Static Major)
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Lupe Fiasco Unveils New Album Cover

It's been a tough road for Lupe Fiasco for the last few months or so; maybe more. I kept reading things about the impending release of his album, "Lasers" which has a release date of March 8. I even remember reading about some of his fans protesting in front of Atlantic Records for them to release the album. I take it their protests worked.

I remember the hype around Lupe Fiasco when he first hit the scene but I never bought into the hype. I'm not taking away from his talent but he doesn't do it for me.

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Now playing: Ashanti - The Way I Love You
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Dr. Dre Unveils New Single Cover

I'm digging the single cover artwork for the new Dr. Dre single, "I Need A Doctor" featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey. I haven't heard the song yet but I read that it had previously leaked out.

As for Dr. Dre's "Detox" album, the release date was April 20 but now I read that it has changed to an unspecified date. Here we go again!

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Now playing: Ashanti - The Way I Love You
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Lil' Wayne Prepares Video For New Single

At this point everyone has heard the new Lil' Wayne single, "6 Foot 7 Foot" and soon everyone will be seeing the video soon. Read below for details on the video as well as Marsha Ambrosius' debut album and Mariah Carey's latest triumph
Lil Wayne puts his dukes up in the video for “6 Foot 7 Foot,” the first single from Tha Carter IV, due this spring. The rapper portrays a boxer in the first images from the highly-anticipated clip, which seems to be inspired by the award-winning film The Fighter.

Hype is building for the visuals, said to be amongst Weezy’s most ambitious to date. Featured guest Cory Gunz, his father/manager Peter Gunz, and the rest of the Young Money crew make cameos.

“I would love to tell everybody the concept, but there will be people trying to get the idea and put it out before ’6 Foot 7 Foot’ drops,” Wayne’s videographer DJ Scoob Doo told MTV RapFix. “But once people see ’6 Foot 7 Foot,’ I guarantee that it’s going to be a game changer.”

Mars…

Halle Berry Turns Down Aretha Franklin Biopic

Aretha Franklin has been going on about a possible actress to play her in a biopic and her pic has been without a doubt; Halle Berry. On the red carpet for the Golden Globes, Halle said she doesn't think she would do the role justice and she can't sing. I just think that Halle doesn't want to do it. I mean you don't have to know how to sing. You could lip sync the singing parts. Angela Bassett did that for Tina Turner. I'm just saying!

It looks like Rihanna will release two new singles from her gold album, "Loud". The opening track "S&M" and the Nicki Minaj featured song, "Raining Men". Listen out for those songs and be sure to request them songs on your local radio stations.

I guess the rumors were true. Monica did in fact get secretly married to her boo, Shannon Brown. Congratulations again to the two!

Throwback Video: Sharissa - Any Other Night

Remember Sharissa? Well if you don't, don't feel too bad but she did have a couple of singles back in the late 90s I believe. She reminds me a cross between K. Michelle and Shareefa.

Sharissa's "Any Other Night" video featured two leading men, producer Bryce Wilson and Tank!

Monica Secretly Married?

Word on the street is that Monica has secretly married her boo, NBA star; Shannon Brown. Monica's boo appeared in the video for her single, "Love All Over Me" and ever since then word of their romance spread like wildfire. If so they make a very nice looking couple and congratulations!

Monica is working on a new album, "New Life" which will be released sometime in the near future.

Many of may of not heard a lot of new music from Jacki-O but the rapper is back and attacking Lil' Kim on a series of new songs including "Black & Yellow Remix" and "Bang Bang". Apparently Jacki-O is upset over Lil' Kim stealing her alter ego Griselda Blanco by referring to herself as "Kimmy Blanco". It all sounds a little childish if you ask me but this just gives Lil' Kim the ammunition she needs to maybe put out a good album. Currently Nicki Minaj, Foxy Brown, and Jacki-O has issued dis songs towards Lil' Kim. Who's next? Shawnna?…

Keyshia Cole Plans To Release New Single

Keyshia Cole will release "Take Me Away" as the second or third(depends on who you ask) single off her recently released album, "Calling All Hearts". A lot of people like the song and its an obvious single choice. The singles released so far, "I Ain't Thru" and "Long Way Down" haven't been hits. Hopefully "Take Me Away" will do the trick.

Beanie Sigel has expressed interest in signing to Cash Money and I can't blame him. Cash Money/Young Money is popping right now with albums from Drake and Nicki Minaj; not to mention Lil' Wayne's upcoming album(whenever its released). He wants to be where the money is being made. Beanie Sigel is currently working on his album, "The Classic". Make sure you look out for that!

Snoop Dogg will release his new album, "Doggumentary" on March 29. The album features the singles, "New Year's Eve" and "Wet" which is named after his upcoming tour. Thi…

Diddy Graces THE SOURCE Magazine

Diddy sans his Dirty Money crew appear on the newest issue of THE SOURCE Magazine which will on newsstands January 25. Make sure you check it out! Cool cover by the way!

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Now playing: Marques Houston - Clubbin (feat. Joe Budden & Pied Piper)
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Beyonce To Release New Album

In September. That's quite awhile away right? Well this is according to one of her overseas divisions of her label. A new single is supposed to surface at the end of June. Seems like a long time away but that time will be here before we know it.

Not much is known about Beyonce's new album except that Sean Garrett is writing on it; as normal. The producer recently gushed about this possibly being Beyonce's biggest album yet.

Dr. Dre will release his long awaited album, "Detox" on April 20. The album features the hit single, "Kush" featuring Snoop Dogg & Akon. "Detox" has been a long time in the making and has suffered many pushbacks over the years.

I just read that Keyshia Cole has fired her longtime manager, Manny Hailey. Of course many are saying its because her latest album, "Calling All Hearts" has not done so well. But then again artists don't always stay with the same manager anyway. Often times when an artist embarks on th…

Whitney Houston To Start Work On New Album

That's the word as of June 2011, the singer is said to return to the studio to record the follow up to her platinum 2009 album, "I Look To You".

Lil' Wayne will appear on another remix of Nicki Minaj's "Roman's Revenge". There was a remix floating around with Busta Rhymes but I'm not sure if it was official or unofficial. Also Nicki Minaj will appear on "SNL" on January 29. Look out for that!

Lil' Wayne's twitter account was hacked and whoever hacked it went on a tangent. The culprit send out shocking messages to fans and rappers alike including Fat Joe, The Game, and Soulja Boy.

I remember a few days ago Lil' Wayne's password was a Trending Topic on twitter. I guess people were really guessing and someone got it. Some people simply have way too much time on their hands.

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Now playing: Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The Wo
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Throwback Video: Heather Headley - In My Mind

I stumbled up Heather Headley's video for her single, "In My Mind" and its funny because this song is a favorite of one of my friends. It's like we have to listen to each time that we're together. I didn't care for much the song at first but after time I started to like it as well. Speaking of which where is Heather Headley these days? I wonder if she has a new album in the works?

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Now playing: Destiny's Child - Second Nature
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Kelly Price Picks Release Date For New Album

Kelly Price will release her new album, "Kelly" on March 29. The album will feature the singles, "Tired" and the recently released, "Not My Daddy" featuring Stokely of Mint Condition.

50 Cent has shelved his upcoming album, "Black Magic". The album which didn't have an exact release date was to showcase 50's new sound. I don't think anyone was expecting it like that unless the first single was major.

Meanwhile 50 Cent is continuing his domineering ways in terms of money making 8.7 million dollars in one day via twitter. Apparently the rapper urged fans to buy stocks in a business.

Chris Brown will release "Beautiful" as his newest single from his upcoming album, "F.A.M.E.". Chris' upcoming album has no release date right now but I'm sure it will be huge upon its release. Basically every song that Chris Brown has released or touched in the past few months has been major.

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Jennifer Lopez Good Hit Teaser Video

Jennifer Lopez is taking advantage of her gig on "American Idol" and her new deal with Island Def Jam Records. Ironically its the same label rumored nemesis Mariah Carey is signed too. I wonder how Mariah felt when she got that news? I really think the two have kissed and made up or have no ill feelings towards one another.

I take it "Good Hit" is the first single from J-Lo's upcoming album. A song with Pitbull also leaked out as well; not in video form though. Check that out! I haven't heard that one yet but Pitbull is pretty hot right now so I don't blame her for jumping on that wagon.

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Now playing: Keyshia Cole - Take Me Away
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Throwback Video: Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule - Ain't It Funny Remix

Jennifer Lopez was truly at her peak by the time she starting collaborating with the team of Ja Rule, Ashanti, and Irv Gotti. Now it looks like J-Lo might have a second chance at a music career thanks in part to her turn on "American Idol" which premieres this Wednesday on FOX. Make sure you check it out!

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Now playing: Jennifer Lopez - Ain't It Funny
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Producer Spotlight: Carvin & Ivan

Carvin & Ivan is a production duo that hails from Philly and is responsible for continuing the Philly Soul sound. The production duo is responsible solely for bringing Musiq out and being a main contribution to his sound. Along the years their repertoire has grown and they have worked with additional artists. Check out their discography below:

Girl Next Door, Love, Just Friends - MusiqGone Already, Again - Faith EvansFinding My Way Back, JaheimThe Flowers, AmeriieChampion, Ace HoodPlaya Cardz Right, Keyshia ColeCustomer, Raheem DeVaughnThis Can't Be Real, FreewayLosing You, Heather HeadleyShe, Brian McKnightSo Glad, Chris BrownLike Me Real Hard, MarioFamily Reunion, Jill ScottRide With U, JoeHeadache, FloetryWorthy Of, Justin Timberlake----------------
Now playing: Foxy Brown - I Can't
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Rihanna Issues Free Download Of Single

Rihanna is tearing the charts up with not one but two singles, "What's My Name" featuring Drake and "Only Girl(In The World)". The first single "Only Girl" is up for a free download thanks to the wonderful people at Universal Records. You have until February 21 so hurry up!

Click here for "Only Girl(In The World)" - Free Download Link

Throwback Video: Foxy Brown - BK Anthem

Foxy took it back to the streets with "BK Anthem" after going semi-commercial on "Chyna Doll". The video features Foxy clad in a Sean John velour suit which was a far cry from what we were used to seeing her in. With her brother in tow, Gavin and friend AZ, Foxy pays homage to her hometown.

Foxy's dis record, "Massacre" has finally leaked in full on the internet for those concerned. The dis record aimed at Lil' Kim also takes shots at Kim's new crew, I.R.S.

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Now playing: Lil' Kim 6 Foot 7 Foot - New! Freestyle www.lilkimfanclub.com
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Lil' Kim Hires Nicki Minaj Lookalike For New Video!

Lil' Kim is not going down without a fight far as this Nicki Minaj beef is concerned. Lil' Kim and her new crew, I.R.S.(International Rock Stars) just released "Clap Clap" which many people have already dogged. Besides that Kim just shot a video for that song as well as "Black Friday" which will appear on her upcoming mixtape. In the video for "Black Friday", Kim will feature a Nicki Minaj lookalike. The lookalike really resembles Nicki Minaj and many people were thinking they were photoed together. Not!

Word is Ciara will release "Turn It Up" featuring Usher as her next single off her album, "Basic Instinct". Maybe this will be the single that turns Ciara's album around which hasn't done very well at all. I liked "Speechless"(the second single) but I felt they didn't push it hard enough personally.

Soulja Boy seems to keep finding ways to keep his name out there since his current album, "The DeAndre Wa…

Nelly Unveils Cover Art For New Single

Nelly may of initially been disappointed with the opening week sales of his album, "5.0" but he is still pressing on with the album's third single, "Gone" featuring Kelly Rowland. Obviously the two are looking to recapture the magic heard on "Dilemma". We will see if that happens.

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Now playing: Force MDs - Love Is A House
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Producer Spotlight: Bink!

Bink! is a producer primarily known for his work with Roc-A-Fella Records. He hails from Norfolk, Virginia. The majority of his productions are for Hip-Hop artists but he has dabbled in R&B as well. Check out some of his discography below:

Homeboy, JoJoCan't Go For That, TamiaCan We Go, AmerieDamn I Miss The Game, CassidyStill Got Love, FreewayWe Shinin', Rick RossDevil In A New Dress, Kanye WestLiving Better Now, Jamie FoxxNever Gonna Change, Dave HollisterThe One, Memphis BleekRyde Away, EveI Got Love, Nate DoggThe Ruler's Back, Jay-Z----------------
Now playing: Trey Songz - More Than That
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Nicki Minaj Performs On Ellen!

Nicki Minaj performs her latest hit single, "Moment 4 Life". Check it out!

Nicki Minaj's debut album, "Pink Friday" is currently the #2 album in the country. The last few weeks have seen the album increase in sales as well as chart positions. Look out for the "Moment 4 Life" video featuring Drake soon as well as "Fly" featuring Rihanna.

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Now playing: TLC - No Scrubs
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Music Feed: Homophobic Rants

Foxy Brown, Chris Brown, and The Game have recently all found themselves in hot water regarding their homophobic rants on twitter.

I will start with the always controversial Foxy Brown; who was upset after a premature leak of her song, "Christmas Massacre" or "Massacre". She blamed some intern or interns for the leak and had some choice words for them including fa**ot. It wasn't long before those comments were all over the blogs.

This isn't the first time Foxy has used such phrases. I believe awhile back Foxy near did a hit and run on some random guy and she called him a fa**ot; well that was the story; not sure how true that was though.

Chris Brown has been minding his own business and that alone makes him a target. He has been successfully reviving his career and out of nowhere Raz B comes for Chris Brown's throat on twitter. His comments regarding Chris Brown's relationship with Rihanna really upset Chris; so much for anger management huh? Chris the…

Ginuwine Releases Second Single!

Ginuwine will release, "Break" as the second single from his upcoming album, "Elgin"(his real name if you didn't know) on February 15. "Break" was produced by Bryan Michael Cox and written by Diane Warren. I found out that the song had previously been recorded by singer Frankie J.

Omarion supposedly came out of the closet admitting he was bisexual? I'm not sure how true it is but it was a Trending Topic on twitter. Until he comes out and confirm it; I will treat it as just that a rumor.

Omarion's sexuality had been questioned before primarily due to his close relationship with Bow Wow.

Foxy Brown is catching some heat from a homophobic rant she typed on twitter. The rapper was upset at an intern who leaked out an early version of her "Massacre" song which is a dis to Lil' Kim. Foxy referred to the intern or interns responsible as "fa**ots" among other things.

Foxy is certainly not the first to unleash the word or use homoph…

Ginuwine Release Promo Video For New Single!

Ginuwine is back with his new album, "Elgin" in stores and online February 15. His new single, "Break" is produced by Bryan Michael Cox and written by Diane Warren. Judging from the promo clip; we hear that the song is a very emotional and expressive ballad; the kind we have come to expect over the years from a songwriter such as Diane Warren. The song sounds really good as does Ginuwine.

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Now playing: Trina - Shake (feat. Lil Scrappy)
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Sean Garrett Speaks On Beyonce's New Album!

Sean Garrett is always bragging about his work with Beyonce and his work with others for that matter; with good reason of course. I do remember there being a thing about Beyonce being upset about Sean talking too much to the press and he does clarify that in here. Basically he went from talking about his own solo career to discussing Beyonce and wasn't really asked about it.

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Now playing: Sam Sparro - 21st Century Life
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Kelly Price To Release New Single!

Kelly Price will release; "Not My Daddy" featuring Stokely of Mint Condition. It is the second single from her upcoming album, "Kelly" which currently has no release date. Kelly previously released the single, "Tired" which barely made a dent in the R&B charts and stalled somewhere in the 90s(on the charts).

Raphael Saadiq will release his fifth album, "Stone Rollin" on March 22. The album features the first single, "Radio".

I like Raphael as a producer for other artists but on the solo front; I never care for what he releases.

Marsha Ambrosius will release her solo debut album, "Late Nights & Early Mornings" on February 22. The album features the singles, "I Hope She Cheats On You(With A Basketball Player)" and the recently released, "Far Away".

Producer Spotlight: Rico Love

Rico Love is a hit making producer whose produced a string of hits over the years. The producer was born in Milwaukee and briefly lived in Tallahassee, Atlanta, and New Orleans. He started out as a rapper before joining Usher on tour to eventually writing for him among others.

Check out some of the extensive discography from one of the more underrated producers in the game:
Throwback, UsherAll Because Of You, UsherEnergy, Keri HilsonYear Of The Lover, LloydHello Heartbreak, Michelle WilliamsSweet Dreams, BeyonceBoyfriend #2, Pleasure PHunt 4 U, Teairra Mari feat. Pleasure PHey Daddy(Daddy's Home), There Goes My Baby, UsherAutomatic, Teairra Mari feat. Nicki MinajHello Good Morning, Diddy-Dirty MoneyJust A Dream, NellyCommander, Kelly Rowland

Kanye West, Jay-Z H.A.M. Single Cover!

Kanye West and Jay-Z are releasing their collaborative mixtape effort, "Watch The Throne" on January 11. The first single from the mixtape is "H.A.M.". I never heard the song yet and I'm not sure if its leaked yet or not. Judging from the artwork; its safe to assume what many people will think or are already thinking. Looking at this I see now how those pesky Illuminati rumors live on.

Music Biz:
Nas Support Payments Cut!
In late May last year Nas and Kelis officially divorced after four years of marriage and a year of separation. The Judge ordered Nas to pay $10,000 a month in child support for their just-born son. If that wasn't steep enough, he was also ordered to pay $40,000 a month in alimony.

Shortly after, the Queensbridge emcee claimed he couldn't afford his monthly support bills, and now a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge has listened.

According to TMZ, the Judge has cut his child support to $5000 per month and his spousal support down t…

Toni Braxton Doing Playboy?

They say desperate times calls for desperate measures. I'm not saying Toni is exactly desperate but the last few years haven't been so kind to her; financially or medically. Now the singer is contemplating doing a spread for the coveted magazine who has approached her a series of times. Of course with a new reality TV show in the works; who couldn't think of a more perfect time. Might as well put an album out behind it too though I don't see it happening. Good luck Toni and I'm eager to see the spread. Pun intended!

Game is releasing a new mixtape; "Purp & Patron" really soon. His own album, "The R.E.D. Album" is still without a release date and will probably be that way for awhile. Probably until he has a single that pop off. Game recently revealed he is working Wiz Khalifa on his new album.

Trina is also another rapper who will release her new mixtape, "Save The Best For Last" on February 14. There is said to be a new Trina album r…

Aretha Franklin Speaks On Recent Health Issues!

So not long ago we heard that Aretha Franklin had pancreatic cancer. Now the singer has come forward and speaks on her health issues. Check it out!

Also check out stories on Gucci Mane's mental state and Nicki Minaj's latest video!

Aretha Franklin is opening up a bit about her health after her mystery surgery last month, though she still refuses to answer the million-dollar question.

"I am not going to even deal with that," Franklin, 68, tells JET of the reports that she has pancreatic cancer. "I don't have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors." But, she adds, "The problem has been resolved."

Whether that means she does or does not have the disease that took Patrick Swayze's life in 2009 remains to be seen – and the Queen of Soul seems unlikely to speak out on the matter.

"I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or business," she said. "There are a lot of people who will talk a…

Marsha Ambrosius - Far Away - Video

I will say this video definitely caught my off guard as well as by surprise. I do like it and I can say its easily one of the first best videos of the new year. Check it out!

Marsha's debut album, "Late Nights & Early Mornings" last I read was due this month but I'm not sure if the date is the same. I will have to get back with you all on that one.

Music Biz:
Foxy Brown Sued, Let Go By Manager!
Troubled rapper Foxy Brown has been dumped by her manager, Bernadette Brennan over her recent rant on Twitter.

Foxy recently denounced Bernadette as a "fake manager," despite Bernadette bailing Foxy out of jail for last summer's mooning incident and Bernadette supporting Foxy after a July meltdown when Foxy tried to attack her.

Bernadette now says she plans to sue Foxy for costing her more than $100,000 in studio fees, among other expenses.

So far, Foxy has not released a statement about the split.

Keyshia Cole To Release New Single!

Keyshia Cole has chosen "Take Me Away" as her third single from her recently released album; "Calling All Hearts". If you haven't heard Keyshia Cole's album; its a really good album and I think its being slept on personally. Check it out!

I'm reading that Rihanna is releasing "S&M" as the next single off her "Loud" album. The song was co-written by Ester Dean(who I recently profiled in my Producer Spotlight feature).

Soulja Boy is running around town saying he wrote Willow Smith's hit; "Whip My Hair" since she mimics the lines from his "Turn My Swag On". I wonder when he said this was it during one of his coke induced rants? Ha! I'm just talking but that's the story I've been hearing.

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Now playing: Trina - Gucci Shoe Shopping (Feat. P-Dub)
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Nicki Minaj's Debut Album Certifed Platinum!

After six weeks of release, Nicki Minaj's debut album, "Pink Friday" has officially been certified Platinum! The album has sold nearly a million copies and continues to be one of the best selling albums in the country.

Nicki is currently shooting the video for her new single; "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake and appears on the newest issue of KING magazine. Congrats Nick!

Apparently Lil' Kim's comments that were made during her New Year's Eve performance were taken out of context. There is no Lil' Kim and Mary J. dis record in the works but Kim feels she wouldn't let another person disrespect Keyshia on a track she's featured on.

Lil' Kim just expects everyone to be one-sided and not be able to be friends with Nicki Minaj. I understand Kim and Keyshia were on a track two years ago but Kim needs to just focus on putting an album out and get away from that horrendous crew she's rolling with now; IRS!

Rick Ross just announced that he is …

Trina Reality Show Preview!

Trina's reality show has been in the works for awhile and now we all have been treated to an exclusive preview. I'm not sure of the title or when it will air. Last I read though the show was rumored to air on VH1.

Game Gets Into Fight With Rap Nemesis

Who might that be you ask? None other than rapper Ras Kass who you may or may not know. Ras Kass is a West Coast rapper. His baby mama is singer Teedra Moses. He also happens to be an affiliate of 50 Cent and G-Unit. Go figure! Well three years ago Ras and Game had an altercation where Ras allegedly got punched by Game. Skip to three years later; the rappers have squared off again resulting in both rappers trading insults on their twitter accounts. Ras Kass claims to have a picture of a busted and wounded Game. I'm waiting to see!

Ja Rule is set to release a new album; "Renaissance" before his impending jail sentence. If you recall the rapper was caught carrying a loaded gun. The rapper is no longer signed to The Inc. Instead the album will be released under his own label; MPire Music Group. There is no word on a first single or release date but I can't suspect anyone is actually anticipating this album. At least not until we hear some music anyway.

So everyone has lef…

Toni Braxton To Star In New Reality Show

Toni Braxton is the latest star to be given her own reality show. The show has been in the works for awhile and finally has a network and air date. Read more about that below as well as the latest with Ginuwine and his new album.

Braxton, the Grammy-winning singer of "Un-Break My Heart" and "You're Makin' Me High," will appear in "Braxton Family Values" on the WE network starting in April. Braxton's sisters — Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar — are all aspiring singers.

The WE network appeals chiefly to women, and with Oprah Winfrey's new OWN network going on the air last weekend, it is looking to sharpen its focus for viewers. The network said it will emphasize programs that feature families.

The dynamic of four women trying to follow the 43-year-old Braxton into show business — with varying levels of success — appealed to WE executives. The network's research indicated that programs about families, often with a humorous touch, is…

Lil' Kim Plans Dis Song For Nicki Minaj, Keyshia Cole!

Lil' Kim is still angry and it was evident during a recent performance during some New Year's Eve festivities. Kim stopped midway through a song when she fired a warning to Nicki Minaj and Keyshia Cole for their song; "I Ain't Thru". Kim went on to say that her and Mary J. Blige were doing a song together dissing Nicki and Keyshia.

Wow! Looks like Kim is the one keeping this feud going. Meanwhile Nicki has remained pretty quiet far as I know. Knowing Nicki though she might pop up on a featured single and throw a few shots at Kim. Word is that Nicki might appear on Britney Spears' first single. Stay tuned!

In other Nicki Minaj news the singer is supposedly rumored to share a kiss with Drake for the video of her new single; "Moment 4 Life". Also Nicki Minaj appears on the new issue of KING magazine but I have to find it and upload for you all that have yet to see it.

Jazmine Sullivan delivered some not so good news via her twitter account. Apparently the…

Producer Spotlight: Ester Dean

Ester Dean is not primarily known for her production work but moreover her songwriting work. In the past year or so Ester Dean has put her pen to many hit singles that have dominated radio. Ester was even responsible for penning her own hit; "Drop It Low" featuring Chris Brown.

Born in Oklahoma; Ester Dean eventually moved to Atlanta before landing in L.A. It was then and there she hooked up with producer Polow Da Don for his Zone 4 productions. His latest productions are all done with the assistance of Ester Dean. Check your album linear notes people; for those of us who still do buy albums.

Check out Ms. Ester Dean's discography below:
Lay It Down, LloydGoogle Me, Teyana TaylorAlready Taken, Trey SongzMake Me Over, Keyshia ColeNever Ever, Turn It Up - Ciara Make Love, Change Me, Toy Soldier - Keri HilsonThe One, Stronger, I Am - Mary J. BligeHere I Am, MonicaRude Boy, What's My Name - RihannaBack To The Crib, Juelz SantanaHot Tottie, UsherShakin' It For Daddy, Rob…

Album Spotlight: Sunshine Anderson - Your Woman

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Sunshine Anderson burst on the scene in 2001 with her debut album, "Your Woman". The album featured the hit single, "Heard It All Before". "Lunch Or Dinner" was released as the second single but it didn't have the same impact as "Heard". The album was largely produced by Mike City; an underrated producer in his own right.

The album features a duet with a then unknown Anthony Hamilton who appears on one of my favorite songs; "Last Night". Some of my other favorites from this album include; "Crazy Love", "Letting Down My Guard", "Saved The Day", and "Where Have You Been".

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Now playing: Gwen Stefani - Gwen Stefani - Luxurious
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Chris Brown To Collaborate With Bruno Mars

Chris Brown has announced via his twitter page that he is working with singer Bruno Mars; possibly for his new album I'm thinking.

In other Chris Brown news; the ongoing feud between he and Raz B has resulted in both singers issuing apologies not necessarily to each other but more so for their actions.

Keri Hilson is currently celebrating the opening sales week of new album, "No Boys Allowed" which sold 102K units in its first week. Despite her new album hitting shelves, Keri and producer Polow Da Don are planning to begin work on a new album at the top of 2011. Polow Da Don even went on record via twitter to announce the possibility of a duet between Keri and rumored nemesis; Ciara. Should be exciting right?

Lloyd has pushed back the release of his upcoming album, "King Of Hearts" to March 22. The album was originally slated to be released on February 14. The album features the singles; "Lay It Down" and "Let's Get It In" featuring 50 Cent…

Nicki Minaj Performs Save Me!

My first post of the new year; 2011 is about the one and only Nicki Minaj who had an incredible year in 2010. I know 2011 is no exception. Nicki performs one of the more favored tracks on her album, "Pink Friday", "Save Me". The appearance appeared last night prior to the New York Times Square ball drop. I didn't catch any of the shows last night even though I overheard the pre-recorded mess of "106 & Park" and their New Year's celebration.