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Kelly Rowland To Release New Single

During her stint at New York's coveted Fashion Week festivities; Kelly Rowland got more than enough camera time to promote her new single, "Motivation". The singer will be shooting a video for the new single in L.A. The new album will hopefully follow suit. If you recall last year, Kelly Rowland was supposed to release a new album but basically started from scratch. I read that the album may also be called, "Motivation" but we will see.

Carl Thomas is returning to the spotlight with a new album, "Conquer" to be released in stores and online this June. The singer just inked a deal with Verve Music Group; which is also the current label for Avant. The singer describes his upcoming album as a homage to his first album; "Emotional" which went platinum. The album will feature production from Mario Winans, Mike City, Rico Love, and Bryan Michael-Cox.

Jennifer Lopez will release her new album, "Love?" on March 29. The album features the…

Jim Jones Releases Capo Album Cover

Jim Jones will release his new album on April 5. I'm not even sure the name of his current single right now(just being honest). I do now that Jim Jones will be appearing in a new VH1 reality show; "Love & Hip Hop". I'm not sure when the show will air. I assume that after VH1's current Sunday lineup ends; "Love & Hip Hop" will air. If you haven't heard of the show; it starts Swizz Beats' ex-wife; Mashonda, former G-Unit singer; Olivia, Fabolous Baby Mama as well as Jim Jones' Baby Mama.

Music Feed: Babyface Duets

We all know Babyface for his many compositions he has wrote and produced over the years whether it be for Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, or Brandy. A successful artist in his own right; Babyface would see many of his own solo output compete with his productions for other artists.

Over the years Babyface has partnered up with some rather fashionable and exquisite singers and brought us some rather memorable if not classic songs you can check out below:

Love Saw It, Karyn White Featuring Babyface
I know I'm not the only one who remembers this song from Karyn White's 1989 debut album. It definitely is one of the stand out songs on that album and the song was later sampled by Da Brat on a track called; "We Ready" from her "Unrestricted" album released back in 2000.

Slow Jams, Babyface Featuring Tamia
Quincy Jones was grooming Tamia to be one of our many divas like Whitney Houston back in the day and she got the privilege to not only work with someone as extraordi…

Wiz Khalifa Unveils Rolling Papers Album Cover

He has been ruling radio with his #1 smash, "Black & Yellow" and taking over with "Roll Up"; I think that's the name of the song. I just had a brain freeze. Well anyway that song is produced by Stargate(worked with Ne-Yo) and the video features Cassie. Check out Wiz Khalifa's new album in stores and online on March 29.

Brandy Essence Magazine Interview

Brandy appeared at an Essence luncheon honoring actresses Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Viola Davis. Brandy talks about what Essence magazine means to her and what's new for her.

Music Biz:
Nicki Minaj Speaks On Trust Issues
Nicki Minaj struggles to trust people and no longer knows who her friends are. Nicki Minaj no longer knows who her friends are. The 26-year-old rapper has started to doubt the motives of her pals since finding fame and has no idea who she can or can’t trust anymore.
She said: “I’m not a trusting person. I think it’s because I’ve had to deal with so many people letting me down.”I’ve lost my peace of mind. I no longer know who’s my friend or my enemy. I don’t know if they’re calling me because they like me or because they want a photo op, and that’s not a good feeling. I’m always second-guessing everyone, trying to figure out, ‘Who is this person, and what do they want from me?’ ”
The ‘Massive Attack’ singer explained one of the r…

Nicki Minaj Done With Collabos

At least for the next two years that is. Of course there is an exception to every rule as Nicki might or might not collaborate with Britney Spears and whatever big name comes calling for example; Beyonce.

Some people think Nicki is getting a little big headed with a comment like that but celebrities say the darnest things sometimes. Nicki's collaborations is where she shines to most people and I think her comments were based on her not just being a collabos type artist. I mean I don't think so anymore. She has proven herself as a solo act in the last few months with her debut album.

Foxy Brown has spoken out against Lil' Kim's tirade against Nicki Minaj and she feels Kim should just focus on putting out "great music". I can agree with this. As far as Foxy she dodged rumors that she was thrown out of a fashion party and spoke on her oft-delayed album, "Black Roses". Foxy stated the album would be a double album(the first by a female rapper) and one s…

Snoop Dogg New Album Cover, Tracklisting Revealed

Snoop Dogg's album cover for new album, "Doggumentary" was leaked out a few weeks ago and I remember seeing it but I guess I forgot about posting it up here. Well now along with that album cover is the tentative tracklisting for the upcoming album which features quite a few collaborations. Check it out! The album will be in stores and online March 29.

* 1. Toyz N Da Hood (Feat. Bootsy Collins)
* 2. The Way Life Used to Be
* 3. My Own Way (Feat. Denaun Porter)
* 4. Wonder What It Do
* 5. My Func House
* 6. Peer Pressure
* 7. I Don’t Need No Bi*ch (Feat. Devin The Dude & Kobe)
* 8. Platinum (Feat. R. Kelly)
* 9. Boom (Feat. T-Pain) (Prod. Scott Storch)
* 10. El Lay (Feat. Marty James)
* 11. We Rest In Cali
* 12. Gangbang Rookie (Feat. Pilot)
* 13. This Weed Iz Mine (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)
* 14. Wet
* 15. Take U Home (Feat. Too $hort, Kokane & Daz Dillinger)
* 16. Sumthing Like This Night (Feat. Gorillaz)
* 17. Superman (Feat. Willie Ne…

Chris Brown's Restraining Order Lifted

Things just keep getting better for Chris Brown. His restraining order involving Rihanna has been lifted. You can read more about that below. In addition to that you can check out the tracklisting of his new album and Aretha Franklin speaks out on Fantasia's decision to skip the Grammy's! Check it out!

In a downtown Los Angeles court on Tuesday, a judge altered the restraining order imposed upon the singer following his brutal beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna after a 2009 pre-Grammy Awards party.

The restraining order has been replaced by a "level one order." Brown, who was in court with his attorney Mark Geragos, is now allowed to be around Rihanna, provided he abides by certain conditions.

"I'm approving the order," Judge Patricia Schnegg told Brown, according to Radar Online. "You can't annoy, molest, or conduct surveillance of the person on the order."

Rihanna was not present in the courtroom, but her lawyer, Donald Etra, was. …

Throwback Video: Brownstone - If You Love Me

I remember when my mother bought this cassette single(remember those) and she would play it so much that it used to get on my nerves; she did that a lot with countless other songs. Some I would like instantly while others I grew to like overtime and this is one of those I think.

If you recall Brownstone was signed to Michael Jackson's MJJ Music Group imprint which was through Sony Records.

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Producer Spotlight: Chink Santana

It's been awhile since I did a Producer Spotlight feature and you might of got the impression I ran out of producers to feature; not exactly true. I just have to sit and think about who I haven't featured yet. So I just happen to pop open an issue of Billboard magazine and I read a story on Keyshia Cole and her new single, "Take Me Away" which was produced by today's Producer Spotlight; Chink Santana.

The famed producer was born Andre Parker and hails from Washington D.C. He was apart of a rap group which caught the attention of Irv Gotti before he brought he to work for The Inc. Together the two would collaborate on a number of high profile albums and singles most notably from artists under The Inc. moniker. Check out some of his discography below:

Happy, Baby, Rock With U, Rain On Me - AshantiMe & My Boyfriend, Toni BraxtonFeelin' You, Hustler, LloydSituations, Take Me Away - Keyshia ColeJudgment Day, Put Your Gun Away - Ms. Dynamite Thug Lovin', Mesm…

Nicki Minaj Covers BlackBook Magazine

Nicki Minaj graces yet another magazine cover which should be available to you all very soon. Nicki is riding high right now with her single, "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake being the #1 single on the R&B/Hip Hop Album Charts.

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Jennifer Hudson Where You At Video Preview

It's funny because I was with my friend and this song came on the radio. We both said that we didn't like the song. A little after the song had been on; my friend started singing along. I said "I thought you didn't like this". She said "Well I keep hearing it on the radio"; that's what happens. When you hear certain songs over and over you start to like them and now I kind of like this.

Jennifer Hudson's "I Remember Me" album will be in stores and online March 22.

Music Biz:
Jill Scott Settles Lawsuit With Label
We may see an album from Jill Scott really soon. The Soul/R&B diva and her long time record label have settled their lawsuit over their recording agreement.

In the suit, Hidden Beach Records wanted unspecified damages for the money lost when Scott allegedly failed to fulfill her release obligations but Scott countersued, claiming Hidden Beach broke promises made to her.

In court papers filed with Judge Ruth A. Kwan, lawyers…

Kanye West All Of The Lights Music Video

I wasn't a big fan of Kanye's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" album but "All Of The Lights" is easily one of my favorite songs from that album. It doesn't make it any better that the song is constantly played when I'm listening to the radio which made me like it anymore.

Nice video overall and its what we'd come to expect from both; Kanye & Hype Williams. I was just thinking because my friend said Rihanna is always in some swimsuit or barely dressed; I see now but I'm not complaining. I like it!

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Throwback Video: Brandy - Full Moon

If you ever wonder how I pick a video to be a Throwback Video; it really depends. Sometimes if other message boards I frequently visit post a video up; I'll include it here if its something I really like. I like Brandy's "Full Moon" song as well as the album and I remember my friend and I were pretty crazy about it at one time.

I'll be glad once Brandy does decide to return to music. I think I'm over her and her reality TV stints. I mean it is good for her because its put her back out in the spotlight but now its time to concentrate on the music.

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Alicia Keys To Release New Album This Year

Producer Krucial Keys has revealed that Alicia Keys is back in the studio and plans to release a new album this year. If you know Alicia Keys and how she puts out albums; its likely to be released during the holidays. Alicia's last album, "The Element Of Freedom" went platinum but was underwhelming in sales due to some of the bad press she received from dating and marrying Swizz Beats. Despite that she still churned a respectable hit single such as the #1, "Un-Thinkable(I'm Ready)".

Those anticipating Lloyd's new album, "King Of Hearts" will have to wait a little longer. The album will now be released on April 19. The album features the new single, "Cupid" as well as the hit single, "Lay It Down".

Keri Hilson is releasing "One Night Stand" as the next single from her album, "No Boys Allowed". The song features Chris Brown and a video is currently in the works.

I see Keri and her team are playing it smart by…

Wiz Khalifa Appears On New Issue Of FADER Magazine

It's no longer surprising to see newer artists on the cover of magazines now. It used to be a big deal but times have changed and Wiz currently has two hit singles out now; "Black & Yellow" and the recently released, "Roll Up" produced by Stargate and the upcoming video features Bad Boy singer Cassie.

Music Biz:
Monica Plans Second Wedding!
Yes Monica tied the knot secretly last year but I guess this will be the one for public consumption!
Nothing says Valentine’s Day at E! Online like some celebrity wedding scoop. R&B singer Monica and L.A. Lakers player Shannon Brown are getting married again this summer—to each other.

Huh? Keep reading for the walk-down-the-aisle details…

“Our first wedding was in our home, but we’re going to do it again so that our family can enjoy it,” Monica told me yesterday at the Grammys.

The two announced last month that they quietly tied the knot in November after getting engaged the month before.

“We’re going to go all out and …

Throwback Video: Billy Lawrence Featuring MC Lyte - Come On

A lot of you may be unfamiliar with Billy Lawrence but I'm not! She had a few minor hit singles on the R&B charts back in the day and this one may be a bit well known to some. This single was actually featured on the soundtrack to "Set It Off" starring Queen Latifah but also on Billy Lawrence's album, "Paradise".

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Rihanna To Tour With Cee-Lo

Rihanna is embarking on her "Loud" tour which is named after her recently released album which is nearing platinum status if it hasn't already. Look out for those dates to see if the shows are coming to a city near you.

My friend and I were talking about Rihanna last night and how many albums she's put out thus far which I believe is stands at five. Her newest single, "S&M" recently hit the Top 10 making it her 18th Top Ten hit which puts her in fourth place behind Whitney(23), Janet and Mariah(27), and Madonna(32..I believe). Punch Rihanna!

I just read that Beyonce is one song away from completing her fourth album. There hasn't been much revealed about Beyonce's new album but I know her fans are thirsty for it. Last I read Beyonce's new album would be out in September. Producer Sean Garrett is attached to the project and has already spoke about it.

In other Beyonce news there have been rumors that her and Jay-Z are breaking up! Take that with …

Throwback Video: City High Featuring Eve - Caramel

Remember City High? One of the members starred in "Sister Act 2". Two of the members are married but I can't figure out which guy Claudette Ortiz is married too. I know one of the guys is named Ryan Toby(who I think Ortiz is married too) and he has wrote a lot of songs for other artists.

I remember City High had a lot of buzz upon their release. They were even compared to The Fugees due in part to their affiliation with Wyclef Jean who appears in the "Caramel" video.

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Fantasia Mad About Aretha Franklin Grammy Tribute

I was just reading that Fantasia was upset that she didn't get asked to take part in the Aretha Franklin tribute at this year's Grammy's. Fantasia looks up to Aretha very much and I think I would of liked to see her up there, but there will be other chances. For the singers they had pay tribute to her; I thought they all did a pretty good job and that was my personal highlight of the show and basically the only thing I watched anyway.

Monica has decided against a second season of her BET reality show; "Still Standing". The show which also served as the title of her most recent album helped Monica thrust back into the spotlight. Her "Still Standing" album went gold and spawned two hit singles. Currently the singer is working on her new album, "New Life" in time for a release this summer. Looking forward to it!

Lloyd just released his third single, "Cupid" from his upcoming album, "King Of Hearts" in stores and online this Marc…

Trey Songz Love Faces Music Video

"Love Faces" is the third single and video from Trey's album, "Passion Pain & Pleasure" in stores and online now.

Music Biz:
Dr. Dre Upset At 50 Cent
50 Cent has upset the Doctor. In a series of tweets, the G-Unit rapper revealed that the super-producer is not happy with him after he decided to launch his own line of headphones.

The music mogul introduced his Sleek by 50 Cent wireless headphones last month, going up against Dre’s popular Beats by Dr. Dre. “Jimmy iovine and dre mad at me cause I’m doing sleek by 50,” he tweeted. “I guess I’m not going to be on detox Lol.”

He continued, “I’m a little hurt jimmy and dre feel like that but f*ck it. I’m focused I got a surprise for everybody this go round.”

The outspoken hip-hop star has supposedly addressed the situation in his music. “Would you faint if I told you I just wrote a verse about jimmy and dre. Oh my god this is hard. This shit gonna kill,” he said. “Em gonna have a heart attack when he hear this sh*t d…

Cee-Lo Bodies Music Video

Kerry Washington and Janelle Monae co-star in the video.

Music Biz:
The-Dream To Release New Album
The-Dream is pulling out all the stops. The singer-songwriter, who has worked with everyone from Mariah Carey to Kim Kardashian, is reaching out to an all-star roster for his next album, which he plans to pack with more guest stars than ever before.

Previously called Love Affair, the fourth installemt in his Love series will now be titled The Love, IV, he tells MTV News.

“This album is gonna have more features, which is unique for me, ’cause I usually don’t carry a lot of features,” he says of the follow-up to last year’s Love King. “I’m calling it out now. I’m cashing in my chips. I’m gonna try to get everybody, Wayne, [Kanye], Jay, Drake, Mary, anybody that I’ve worked with or [loaned] a hand to, I’m trying to get on my album.”

Though The-Dream previously announced that he wanted the album out by August, he has set a tentative June 7 date. In addition to working with his partner C…

Marsha Ambrosius Solo Album Pushed Back A Week

To March 1. Since the beginning Marsha's album has been plagued by numerous pushbacks. I mean it happens. It doesn't surprise me. I like Marsha and her voice. I just read someone saying she sounds like a cat in heat! I can't say I'm all that excited about her album, "Late Nights & Early Mornings" but I definitely will be giving it a listen.

The album contains the two singles, "Far Away" with his its semi-controversial video(YouTube it if you haven't seen it) and "Hope She Cheats On You(With A Basketball Player).

Lil' Kim's ghostwriter has apparently got fired for all the wack lyrics he's been submitting to her. Angry and upset he took to his twitter account and aired her out in typical fired ghostwriter fashion. He claims to have been writing for her for the last three years. Sad!

Well hopefully Kim starts back writing or employs some better ghostwriters. I'm still surprised she didn't write the "La Bella Mafia&quo…

Lil' Kim Black Friday Mixtape Cover

Yesterday Lil' Kim released her mixtape, "Black Friday" named after the dis track to Nicki Minaj. Instead of the mixtape being free; the mixtape is available for purchase via Lil' Kim's website I assume. I'm not sure of an address; Google it!

A few tracks had leaked out; some in full and some in snippet form including "Clap Clap" and "Warning", a dis to Nicki Minaj(again) over Nicki's own, "Did It On 'Em".

I feel like this whole mixtape has been a disaster in the making. Upon the release of the mixtape, Lil' Kim fired her ghostwriter who took to twitter and exposed Kim. Talk about a Black Friday!

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Faith Evans Right Here Music Video

I started to think that Faith Evans gave up on her "Something About Faith" album which yielded the Top 40 R&B hit, "Gone Already". But apparently she has not and I guess that's a good thing.

I definitely didn't like the "Something About Faith" album but I will say I like this video and the video made me like this song more.

Sean Garrett Feel Love Music Video

Sean Garrett is making another attempt at a solo career and we all will have to see how this turns out. The producer is signed to Roc Nation/Columbia Records which will release his album this summer. Sean Garrett's first album didn't see a release here in the states even though he had a hit single with "Grippin" featuring Ludacris.

I do like "Feel Love" and the video is okay I guess.

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Teairra Mari Stranger Music Video

At this point Teairra Mari is releasing a video every other week. I'm not mad at her but I think she is really trying to keep her name out there. After all it is working but none of these songs are noteworthy or memorable in my opinion.

Music Biz:
Ciara Speaks On Record Label Rumors
Ciara finally addresses the rumors of her being dropped from Jive. Read below to see what she says! I guess this came from her fansite or twitter or one of the social networking sites. Last I read her fansite was closed down but I'm not sure how accurate that info is.

To my fans:
This week the net has been a buzz of the rumor that I have been dropped from my label. At this point that rumor is false.. It is true that I have asked and I pray that my label will release me. I have had some great times and success with my label, but sometimes like all great things, its at that point where I feel we don't share the same views on who I am as a artist. The past two albums have been very frustrating fo…

Chris Brown F.A.M.E. Album Cover

Chris Brown may of went home empty handed at the Grammy's; which I heard he was pretty upset about but personally what he was nominated for didn't deserve Grammy's. Sorry! Well maybe "Dueces" but that's it! Anyway Chris finally releases the cover for his new album which will be in stores either March 22 or March 29. I say that because it keeps switching. I don't know what the significance of it changing back and forth entails. I mean both dates are on a Tuesday(the typical release date for albums).

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Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin' Album Cover

On May 10 singer/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq will release his fourth album. I forget the name of the song that Raphael has out now. I know Raphael's albums don't really do well commercially but from a critical standpoint; their usually always on the year-end lists and get nominated for a ton of Grammy's.

Music Biz:
Musiq To Release New Album
Musiq Soulchild is putting the finishing touches on his next album, "MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ," with a planned release date of May 3.

"It's recorded. It's done," the singer tells Billboard.com. "We just need to take the actual songs and mix those and put the project together. I'm ultimately going to pick, like, 12 (songs) out of 50 or so that we have."

Musiq says the sound of the album, his follow-up to 2008's "Onmyradio," is still being determined. "It's a lot of songs floating around in so many different directions," he explains. "Ultimately I just know that I…

Faith Evans Speaks On Cee-Lo's Success

Faith Evans is all over the place right now due in part to the Grammy celebrations that's going on in L.A. and the fact that she is nominated doesn't hurt. This time Faith talks about Cee-Lo and his success as well as her Grammy surprise.

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Faith Evans Pre-Grammy Gala Interview

Faith Evans is nominated for a Grammy for her song, "Gone Already" and she talks bout some random things here. Alongside Faith is her 20 year old daughter, Chyna.

The Grammy's are on TV tonight on CBS at 8PM or 9PM; I'm not sure but I will be watching; for a little while at least.

Music Biz:
Game Sued Over Jewelry Bill
Weeks after spending $40,000 on his free mixtape Purp & Patron, rapper Game is being sued for allegedly failing to pay for expensive custom jewelry he commissioned over three years ago. According to TMZ an L.A. judge handed the order down last week demanding Game settle his balance with jewelry company Lemmerman’s Inc. stat.

In the original complaint Game ordered the following list of jewelry pieces from 2007-2008:

- a 14K white gold 36″ chain with white stones for $15,000
- a 14K yellow gold 36″ chain with yellow stones for $15,000
- a diamond stud for $4,000
- a 14K white gold 5-row bracelet for $17,500
- a 14K yellow gold 5-row bracelet for $17,500
- t…

Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa, & B.O.B. Appear On New VIBE Magazine Cover

VIBE salutes the current crop of singers and rappers who are ruling the Top 40 radio format. Do you agree? Well I guess in order for you to agree you have to listen to Top 40 radio! When I do listen to radio I listen to the Urban formats. But also being a blogger and lover of music, I keep up with these kind of things obviously.

On another note I miss the old VIBE magazine where the covers were more outrageous and the stories were better executed.


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VH1 Love & Hip Hop Video Preview

Olivia(formerly of G-Unit) and Mashonda(Swizz Beats' ex wife) are just two of the stars of VH1's newest reality show which will be airing sometime this year. I'm not sure of the release date at presstime. I would imagine it will air likely on Sundays after the current lineup ends; that's usually how they do it anyway.

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Throwback Video: Donell Jones Featuring Left Eye - U Know What's Up

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Trey Songs Performs Love Faces On Wendy

When I saw Trey Songz on "Wendy", he looked at how R. Kelly looks on the cover of his latest album, "Love Letter". Did you all notice that? There's also the interview featured here.

Kanye West Appears Of VMAN Magazine

This is my first time hearing of VMAN magazine; go figure but Kanye West appears on the cover as you can see; if your looking on the blog of course.

Not to rub it in but sales of Kanye West's album have been succeeded by Nicki Minaj who coincidentally has the #1 album in the country this year. Punch Nicki!

Jennifer Hudson I Remember Me Album Cover

Jennifer Hudson will release her new album on March 22. The album features the single, "Where Ya At" produced by R. Kelly. There are also songs produced by Ne-Yo and Alica Keys.

Jennifer looks really nice and this is the first(of many I hope) album cover I like so far this year.

Music Biz:
Trey Songz Sued For Bottoms Up Song
Looks like R&B sensation Trey Songz may end up feeling the wrath of the law. News broke earlier today that the singer and his label Atlantic Records were recently named in an $18 million lawsuit over one of his most popular hit singles "Bottoms Up."

According to AllHipHop.com, Derrick Price, Doc Mob Records and iHip Hop Music are currently suing Songz, his label and producer Kane Beatz over the Nicki Minaj-featured track. Reports indicate that Doc Mob had hired producer Tony Scales to produce the original copyrighted track for his Doc Mob imprint. The track, which was recorded in Derrick Price's home studio, eventually ended up in the h…

Keri Hilson Working On Third Album

Keri Hilson is wasting no time getting to work on her third album. You can read more about that below as well as stories on The-Dream's new album and Fantasia's latest movie role!

Keri Hilson released her sophomore album No Boys Allowed only a few short months ago, but the wheels are already turning for a follow-up. The sexy singer revealed that she’s about to commence work on her as-yet-untitled third LP, with plans to hit the studio with producer Polow Da Don next month.

“I’m actually recording, going back into the studio in March just to see what happens with Polow Da Don,” Miss Keri exclusively told Rap-Up.com. “I’ve given it some thought, but I’m definitely not going to rush it. I never want to be in that position, so there’s no date or anything. I’m going pretty deep on the second album, anyway.”

The songstress plans to see No Boys Allowed through until the end, with a tour slated for April and hopes of taking Jessie J and Miguel on the road. But with features on her…

Throwback Video: Tamia - Imagination

Tamia won listeners over with her first hit single, "You Put A Move On My Heart" from Quincy Jones' "Q's Jook Joint" album. When it came time to release her self titled debut album in 1998, she hooked up with Jermaine Dupri who produced her first single, "Imagination". It's not particularly a favorite of mine but it gets the job done. Much better was her second single, "So Into You" which was remade by Fabolous & Ashanti and Tamia a few years ago.

I read that Tamia will be releasing a new album sometimes this year. If that is true this will be her first new album in six years. Her last album was 2006's "Between Friends".

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Wale Signs To Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group Imprint

There's been a lot of chatter about Wale signing to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group imprint and the news has finally been confirmed via twitter. Wale is still being managed by Roc Nation. The emcee released his critically acclaimed album, "Attention Deficit" in 2009 and since then has released some critically acclaimed mixtapes as well.

Aretha Franklin has revealed that she is considering Fantasia or Jennifer Hudson to portray her in her biopic. The diva had handpicked Halle Berry who turned the role down saying "she can't sing". I think Halle just wasn't interested in playing Aretha.

Aretha will be honored at this year's Grammy's by Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, and Florence Welch.

I read that Ciara might be dropped by Jive Records. I also read that it might not be true so take it with a grain of salt. Then again it wouldn't be shocking given the poor reception of her newest album, "Basic Instinct…

Throwback Video: Drunken Masters Featuring Lola Damone - 50 Niggas Deep

I remember this song from back in 2001 which was included on a soundtrack dedicated to FUBU clothing. Remember when we all used to wear FUBU which stands for For Us By Us. I even remember when white people would wear it and some of my black counterparts would be like "Why are they wearing that?".

You can still find FUBU in many stores but I can't say I really see people wear it nowadays and if you look closely in the video, there is a lot of FUBU wear.

Nelly Performs Just A Dream On Jimmy Kimmel

Nelly will be shooting the new video for his single, "Gone" featuring Kelly Rowland in Cancun, Mexico next week. Should be interesting! Let's hope its a hit for him since the other songs have failed too. "Just A Dream" was an exception. I thought the song with Chris Brown & Plies could of done better had it been promoted.

Toni Braxton New Reality Show Teaser

And when I say this is a teaser, this is a teaser. It briefly introduces you all to Toni's family including her sisters.

Music Biz:
Lil' Wayne Readies New Video
Mark your calendars. Lil Wayne is stepping back onto the screen in the video for “6 Foot 7 Foot,” plus his first live chat since serving time at Rikers Island.

The Hype Williams-directed clip will make its debut on MTV this Thursday, February 10, at 8 p.m. EST. Shot in Miami last month, the vid comes ahead of the spring release of Tha Carter IV. The album is set to feature production from Swizz Beatz and Detail, as well as guest appearances from his Young Money cohorts Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Photos from the set were posted online showing Weezy as a boxer in what appear to be scenes inspired by the Oscar-nominated film The Fighter. “Once people see ‘6 Foot 7 Foot,’ I guarantee that it’s going to be a game changer,” Wayne affiliate DJ Scoob Doo told MTV.

Following its premiere, the YMCMB rapper will sit down with MT…

Throwback Video: Amel Larrieux - For Real

She was once one half of the group Groove Theory responsible for the single, "Tell Me" before going solo. This is probably the most recognizable song from her solo catalog and its definitely unforgettable. I remember when this first came out, I literally broke my neck to find it. Those were the days when Napster ruled!

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Juelz Santana Releases Home Run Video

Though the song is not exactly new but the video is just now surfacing. The song is featured on Juelz Santana's long awaited mixtape, "Reagan Era" coming soon.

Music Biz:
Chris Brown Pushes Album Back
UrbanBridgez.com first broke news about Chris Brown‘s new album “F.A.M.E. (Fans Are My Everything)” being released on March 22nd! Now we can confirm that the album is being pushed back a week to March 29th, Sony/BMG confirms exclusively to UrbanBridgez.com! Chris and his team are still selecting songs to be included on the final release as well as the deluxe edition.

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‘ is the new single from the album produced by Benny Benassi. Chris will start the Australian leg of his new tour in April!

Chris teased f…

Chris Brown To Appear On Saturday Night Live

On February 12, Chris Brown will be the musical guest on NBC's "SNL". Make sure you look out for that! Some people on a message board I was visiting wasn't too happy with Chris being on there for some reason. I don't know why though. I mean Chris is popular again and has a lot of hits right now and that's what "SNL" wants. Can you blame them?

Kelly Price has pushed her new album back a week to April 5. Kelly Price's new album, "Kelly" features the new single, "Not My Daddy" featuring Stokely of Mint Condition. The new album will also featured "Tired" which was nominated for a Grammy! Be on the lookout for the new album!

Bobby V. will release, "Rock Wit'cha" as his next single and third off his new album, "Fly On The Wall" which will be in stores March 22. The song just happens to be a remake of Bobby Brown's song. I haven't heard this yet but unlike Omarion's cover of Jodeci's &…

Throwback Video: Smokey Robinson - Being With You

I really took it back with this one to the Spring of 1981 with Smokey Robinson's "Being With You" which went to #1R&B and #2Pop. I just happen to come across this song in my Billboard Book of #2 hits and this was one of the many songs. I wanted to listen to the song and surprise surprise there was a video for it. Can you believe this was 30 years ago? Wow!

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Toni Braxton To Appear On A&E's Private Sessions

Toni Braxton is the latest subject on A&E's "Private Sessions" which features artists performing and answering questions. This is my first time hearing of the show but apparently it is not new. The show airs tomorrow on February 6 at 9 a.m. Make sure you check it out!

Music Biz:
Kelly Rowland Speaks On New Album
Kelly Rowland took to her official fan site and updated fans on the progress of her new album. Read below!

Hey everyone,

I just wanna first start off by telling you all thank you SO much for being incredibly patient in waiting for the album. The making of this album has been an emotional roller coaster but empowering for me, which you will hear once it’s all done. I’m just taking my time to make sure it’s everything I want it to be. Just an FYI, it is shaping up beautifully! All the producers and writers are passionate masterminds, and I thank them for their creativity! Also, this album is NOT limited, I am not allowing ANYONE to put me in a box, with soun…

Eric Benet Releases New Video

"Never Want To Live Without You" is the second single from Eric Benet's album, "Lost In Time" in stores and online now.

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Trey Songz Plans New Album
Even as his latest album, "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," continues to churn out singles -- including the latest, "Love Faces" -- Trey Songz is hatching plans for its successor.

"I want to release an album this year," the Atlanta-based R&B singer tells Billboard.com. "We're starting in the studio now. I'm always thinking about music. I'm in the studio whenever I can be. I'm not pressed or in a rush to make an album right now, but I always have a need to make music."

Songz isn't making any predictions about what kind of direction his fifth studio set will take, however. "No, not right now. I'm feeling very creative, though, so it may be something I've never done before. There's always a certain amount of pressure there, bu…

Rihanna's S&M Video Banned In 11 Countries

I saw the video and I don't think it's that serious, I mean really I've seen worse things. But whatever. I never really understand what constitutes a network to ban a video anyway. I mean most reasons they list for banning a video are usually pretty stupid anyway. Like when BET banned Ciara's "Ride" video, that was the dumbest thing ever.

It's not like this will hurt Rihanna by any means. This just makes people want to see the video even more. Read more about Rihanna's new racy video as well as stories on Eminem's wedding gift to Elton John and Juelz Santana's bout with drug charges.

She may be bad, but Rihanna's apparently a little too perfectly good at it. The singer's newfound "bad girl" image has recently gotten her into a bit of trouble, as a growing number of countries have banned her racy new video for her song "S&M," and two major media outlets are taking its content into serious consideration.

Accordin…