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Nicki Minaj On 5 Magazine Cover

My first time hearing of this magazine.

Throwback Video: R. Kelly - Ignition

"Ignition" was the first single off of R. Kelly's 2003 album; "Chocolate Factory".

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Nas Announces New Album Title

So its been some news for awhile that Nas was working on a new album and the title was finally revealed; "Life Is Good". The upcoming album should be out later this year. The last year or two have been pretty rough for Nas so its good that he seems to be in a good space. Nas is working with Bangladesh(worked with Ciara) and Swizz Beats on this album among others. I also read something about a possible collaboration album with Mobb Deep. Personally that doesn't sound bad but Nas' album with Damien Marley was not the business.

50 Cent is diligently working on a new album which features a song(s) produced by Dr. Dre that should be leaking out anytime now. In the meantime 50 Cent is looking to top his "Get Rich Or Die Trying" album in terms of sales and overall perception. We will have to see about that!

50 has been pretty quiet on the music front though he's been promising new music for awhile. I just wonder will people still really care. By the way I wonder…

Throwback Video: Amerie - Talkin' To Me

The second single from Amerie's debut album; "All I Have" which I used to have. I don't know what happened to it. I think I gave it away but looking back on it; I really liked it.

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Sean Kingston Involved In Jet Ski Accident

I was on twitter reading some tweets and I kept seeing mentions of Sean Kingston. I didn't know what happened but now I do. Here is the story! Check it out!

According to Local10.com, the "Beautiful Girls" singer had a female passenger on board his watercraft when it crashed into a bridge around 6 PM local time.

We're told both Kingston and his passenger were rescued from the water by a good Samaritan.

The Miami Fire Dept. responded to the scene and both Kingston and his female passenger were transported to nearby Jackson Memorial Hospital. We're told Kingston's injuries are so severe, he is being treated in the trauma ward.

We're told ... at this moment, officials do not believe alcohol played a role in the crash.

Kingston's rep tells TMZ .... "Sean Kingston was in an accident today. No further details are available at the moment. He and his family thank everyone for the well-wishes."

Officials are investigating the cause of the crash. ht…

Eric Benet Working On New Album, Film

Even though it was just last year when Eric Benet released his last album; he is already looking to the next and some feature films in the works. Read below for more info!

Although he's still actively working 2010's "Lost in Time," R&B singer Eric Benet plans to lose little time in working on its follow-up.

"I've already writing a couple of songs, so it's never too early," Benet tells Billboard.com. "I'm gonna try to get a really good start on this record by fall, at least the writing of it. I really dug the feel and the vibe of ('Lost in Time'), so I think I'd like to do a sequel of it as opposed to doing something completely different the next time around."

"Lost In Time" -- which Benet co-produced and recorded in Las Vegas, Studio City, Calif., and his home town of Milwaukee -- debuted at No. 33 on the Billboard 200 and has launched the singles "Sometimes I Cry" and "Never Want to Liv…

Awkward Album Titles

I'm having a slight sense of deja vu because I felt like I did a blog about this previously and its possible that I have. When you have been blogging for over four years; you are likely to forget some of the things you covered in the past. Now I have gone back into my archives to look before I blogged about certain things but I don't always.

Anyway the following list of albums is deemed awkward by me personally. I think most people would consider "awkward" something baffling or not understandable. I think this is the case with a few of the titles below. I also deemed these album titles awkward based on the reaction of many people.

The Boy Is Mine, Monica
Monica shocked everybody when her second album was titled after her hit duet with Brandy. Monica later spoke out and claimed that executive Clive Davis was the mastermind behind the title. It was major shade towards Brandy and at the time just played into the rumors that they didn't get along.

Dangerously In Love, Be…

Lil' Wayne Releases New Single Cover

The singles keep on coming but no album yet and at this time I'm unsure of the actual release date for "The Carter IV". But nowadays it makes perfect sense; artists like to have two or even three songs out before their album even hits; as far as Rap and R&B releases are concerned anyway. It works to some people's advantages and some it doesn't. Some should just put their album out a month after their single is released if its doing good. I'm not referring to Wayne necessarily but some others.

Wayne recently spoke to MTV about the new single; "How To Love". He wants to be more than just a rapper but known as a musician; nothing wrong with that. I'm feeling this song by the way.

Eve Releasing New Single This Summer

Titled; "Mama's In The Kitchen", the song sounds like it has all the makings of being a summertime hit. The song is produced by Swizz Beats and features him as well. Swizz is one of my producers along with Salaam Remi(worked with Amy Winehouse) on Eve's upcoming album; "Lip Lock".

I'm interested in this new Eve album but I'm still scratching my head at the title. I need for her to explain the meaning behind it. If she has already, I must of just missed the memo.

I just read that Beyonce's second single is not "1+1" but the Babyface produced song; "Best Thing I Never Had". The song is set to debut June 1.

There's been a lot of confusion regarding Beyonce's second single. First it was rumored to be "End Of Time", then "1+1" and now "Best Thing I Never Had". In a minute we will have all heard the whole album; its only 12 tracks. I'm not complaining though just saying. I'm liking "1…

T-Pain Featuring Chris Brown - Best Love Song - Music Video

I believe this is from T-Pain's upcoming album; "Revolver". The album was supposed to be out eons ago but he made some crazy bet which is impending the release.

Beyonce Releases New Single Cover, Album Tracklisting

It's been a busy day for Beyonce as she not only released the new single cover art for her second single; "1+1" but also the tracklisting to her upcoming album; "4" in stores and online June 28. If that wasn't enough; the second single leaked out. She appeared tonight on "American Idol". Beyonce mania has officially started!

You can check out the tracklisting below and I'm a little sad that "End Of Time" previously known as "Till The End Of Time" is not the second single. Maybe it if didn't leak out it would of still been a go but Beyonce opted to choose something fresh and something that we hadn't heard which is cool. Oh yeah here is that tracklisting I promised you all!

Tracklisting:

1. 1+1
2. I Care
3. I Miss You
4. Best Thing I Never Had
5. Party" (feat. Andre 3000)
6. Rather Die Young
7. Start Over
8. Love On Top
9. Countdown
10. End of Time
11. I Was Here
12. Run the World (Girls)
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Brian McKnight Unveils New Album Cover

Earlier I posted news on the upcoming Brian McKnight album and the album cover is here for your viewing. You can check a few posts done to learn a little more info on his upcoming album.

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KeKe Wyatt Reveals Tracklisting For New Album

If you didn't know KeKe Wyatt probably best known for her work with Avant is releasing yet another new album on June 14 titled; "Unbelievable". The song features the first single remake of "Saturday Love" with Ruben Studdard. I posted the album cover the album awhile back and you can click here to see that. Meanwhile check out the tracklisting below:

01. Light Me Up
02. Unbelievable
03. Mirror (featuring Kelly Price & Tweet)
04. Love Under New Management
05. Tap Out
06. Saturday Love (featuring Ruben Studdard)
07. Miss Your Plane
08. Enough
09. Travel The World (Love Uses Time)
10. Tears In Heaven
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Birdman Graces New Issue Of XXL Magazine

Check your newsstands for this issue.

Brian McKnight To Release New Album

Brian McKnight is returning with a new album; "Just Me" to be released on July 12 in stores and online. The album contains the first single; "Fall 5.0". I haven't heard the song yet but I'm sure some of you have already.

Jill Scott has pushed up the release of her new album; "The Light Of The Sun" to June 21. The album contains the singles; "Shame" and "So In Love" featuring Anthony Hamilton. The album's original date was June 28.

This is totally off subject but shouldn't Kelly Rowland be releasing her new album in June?

VH1 is getting ready to unveil a new season of one of its signature shows; "Behind The Music". I'm not sure when the new season will start but some of the artists subject to the show will be Missy Elliott, Ice Cube, and Mary J. Blige.

Faith Evans Speaks Out On Split From Husband

You can read a statement below released by Faith and her ex-husband, Todd Russaw.

“The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone’s life. However, after a great deal of thought and careful consideration, we have come to the decision to end our marriage together. We will both remain committed to parenting our children and will also continue to support each other’s professional endeavors. We consider this a private matter and we will not make any further statement regarding the matter. We would appreciate the press respecting the privacy of our family, particularly our children, as we attempt to handle our situation with respect and dignity.”
http://urbanbridgez.com/ubgblog/2011/05/24/faith-evans-todd-russaw-release-official-divorce-statement

Monica To Release New Single In July?

That's the supposed word on the street. The untitled single is said to feature Missy and Lil' Kim and is produced by Missy. Sound familiar? Sounds like Keyshia Cole's "Let It Go" which also featured Kim and Missy. This is all a rumor though and I do address those if I feel like its worth mentioning. Monica's new album; "New Life" is supposed to be out this Fall. Be on the look out for that!

Speaking of Keyshia Cole; I read that she got married to her baby daddy; Daniel "Boobie" Gibson but for some reason I thought they were already married. Maybe I mistaken that for them being engaged. Congrats to the pair!

Meanwhile Keyshia is releasing one more single from her "Calling All Hearts" album; "So Impossible".

Joe will be releasing a new album; "The Good, The Bad, and The Sexy" in stores and online July 26. The album will feature first single; "Closer".

I remember someone at work kept saying that Joe had a n…

Nicki Minaj Reacts To New Title

What title is that you ask? Well the title of "Queen of Hip Hop"! Well I don't think anyone quite had the title before; at least not publicly proclaimed. I mean there is a "Queen Of Hip Hop Soul"; Mary J. Blige but other than that; that was it. Anyway Nicki talks about her reaction to the title which was given to her by a famed publication. Read below for more info!

Earlier this year, Rolling Stone dubbed Nicki Minaj the “New Queen of Hip-Hop.” The “Super Bass” rapper speaks to Funkmaster Flex for MTV2’s “Funk Flex Full Throttle” about being bestowed with the crown from the long-running music magazine.

“It was very, very amazing to me,” shared a humbled Nicki, who didn’t know in advance. “I was so excited ’cause they’re really respected, and then when I went on all the TV shows, they kept on saying, ‘She’s been dubbed the New Queen of Hip-Hop by Rolling Stone magazine,’ so I was like, that happened at the perfect time.”

While flattered by the honor, she do…

Lloyd New Album Release Date Pushed Back

There's been quite a few pushbacks for Lloyd's new album; "King Of Hearts". I'm not really sure why since both singles he's released thus far; "Lay It Down" and "Cupid" have been hits. Either way though this time Lloyd is really ready to release his album as you can see below. The tracklisting is also included and is quite star studded. Check it out!

Lloyd will finally release his new album “King of Hearts” on July 5th!

Lloyd recently spoke about the new album with PopCrush.com – “The album is about being 25,” Lloyd says about the record’s scope and concept. “It’s about expressing the middle ground between maturing, which I am adapting to being closer to 30, and also to 21 of yesterday. Also, the sound is different and I have been changing up my whole production team and have a new look.”

Lloyd was also ultra positive during this chat, saying, “I am in the best position I have ever been in and have no regrets about my past. I am about…

Throwback Video: Busta Rhymes Featuring Janet - What It's Gonna Be

This was one of those surprising and memorable collaborations that Busta Rhymes has done over the years. I believe this came out in 1998. This was the beginning of a few collaborations Janet did as she eventually collaborated with Blackstreet on "Girlfriend/Boyfriend". Busta would also go on to duet with another diva; Mariah Carey on "I Know What You Want".

Till The End Of Time

A few days I was watching the 6 o' clock news about the possibility of the world ending. It wasn't something I took serious for a variety of reasons. Nonetheless as usual people took the impending news many different ways. Many responded by taking to social networking sites and proclaiming "end of the world" type parties and thoughts. It brings me a chance to explore different songs that contain the phrases "end of time" or similarly pays homage to the idea. Its perfectly befitting for such a time. Check out the four songs I've assembled!

Until The End Of Time, Justin Timberlake
This was one of the many standout songs from Justin Timberlake's last album; "FutureSex/LoveSounds" released back in 2006. Ironically enough the remix to the song featured Beyonce who you can read about below.

Till The End Of Time, Beyonce
Beyonce's rumored second single leaked out in snippet form about a month ago I believe. Now just days ago the full tagged versi…

Faith Evans Splits From Husband

I had seen a story about Faith and her husband/manager; Todd Russaw splitting up. The two had been separated back in 2005. I somewhat remember that then again I don't. Anyway I guess the couple is making it official that they are kaput! The couple have two children together.

That sucks! I think Todd did a great job as Faith's manager. Now the question is will she retain him as her manager? Only time will tell.

Stephen Hill of BET spoke out on all the negativity surrounding the BET Awards nominations. If you don't know who Stephen Hill is he's one of VP's of BET; then again I'm not really sure of his title but its a huge one. Anyway(which is becoming my favorite word to use on here); he spoke to Billboard.com who posted a story about the outrage resulting from the [BET] nominations.

He explained a little bit about the voting process which includes a panel of industry experts; bloggers[?], etc. They all vote and those tallies are processed by a third party. The elig…

Throwback Video: Ray J Featuring Lil' Kim - Wait A Minute

It was after this duet that people started attaching Lil' Kim and Ray J. I believe they did date for a short time. The two reunited recently onstage during Lil' Kim's concert which was sad to have sparked the Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj beef. Nonetheless "Wait A Minute" is a song I really liked and its produced by The Neptunes; my favorite producers.

Keri Hilson Featuring Nelly - Lose Control - Music Video

Keri Hilson releases yet another video this time for single; "Lose Control" which may have a better chance at impacting the Pop charts than "One Night Stand" with Chris Brown which is doing moderately well at Urban radio. Keri is really trying to get another Gold album and after its all said it done; she might. I know her album is near the bottom of the Top 200 charts.

Anyway this song is not bad as I've heard it before since I have the "No Boys Allowed" album. I think its a good song for the summertime and may do well off the strength of that. It took me awhile though to understand what Keri was saying in the chorus but I finally figured it out.

Young Jeezy To Release New Album This Summer

It's been quite the holdup and buildup waiting for Jeezy to release his long awaited album; "TM103". I don't know what we wait longer for; R&B albums or Rap album? Anyway Jeezy's album is supposed to be released this summer but no actual release date has been confirmed.

J. Cole will release the first single to his upcoming album next week. The song is said to be a song that compliments the summertime and samples one of his favorite songs growing up from his favorite album. Ring a bell? Anyone know or you can just wait until next week.

Nicki Minaj is ready to start work on her second album which is not exactly new news anymore. Anyway the rapper will help pay tribute to Beyonce during her this year's Billboard Music Awards which will air Sunday, May 22; I believe. I think I might have the date wrong but check your local listings.

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Nick Cannon Reveals News About Mariah Carey's Upcoming Album

There's not much news here except that Mariah is rushing to get back in the studio to crank out a new album. I like the sound of it but nonetheless she is enjoying motherhood according to husband, Nick Cannon. Read more below!

Mariah Carey is focusing all her attention on motherhood these days, but she hasn’t forgotten about her career. Monroe and Moroccan’s mother, who was playing music during the delivery of her twins, is already planning her next album, says husband Nick Cannon.

Aside from last year’s holiday collection Merry Christmas II You, the singer hasn’t released a studio album since Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel in 2009. “She’s been truly inspired by this experience and she can’t wait to get back into the studio,” Nick told Rap-Up.com. “She’s already been doing some preliminary work and meeting with a lot of producers and has tons of ideas, so I guarantee you can expect something soon.”

But one thing you shouldn’t expect is a collaboration between the new parents. “We migh…

Beyonce Unveils New Album Cover Art

When things were starting to look a little brim for Beyonce, she goes and unleashes her new album cover for "4" in stores and online June 28. You see how easy it is for Beyonce to release a release date and actually stick with it. I doubt if her album gets pushed back. If anything it will get pushed up. Thanks to the video for "Girls" premiering today and last night on "Idol"; the song is taking off on the iTunes charts which means the songs chart position will increase. So the chances of the song actually being a hit now are pretty favorable when everyone was starting to doubt it.

As far as the album not much is really known about it except that The-Dream and Sean Garrett help produce and write. Beyonce did mention in Billboard magazine that she listened to a lot of music which inspired this album so we will all see if we hear those influences when the album comes out.

Beyonce - Run The World(Girls) - Music Video

Beyonce finally unleashes her debut video from her upcoming album; "4" which currently has no release date. There have been rumors of pushbacks and what not but only time will tell. Maybe with the video out now, the single will pick up as well as a slew of performances on "Oprah" and the BET Awards.

I actually like the video. The song still has to grow on me. The video does remind me of Rihanna's "Hard" a little bit though.

Jennifer Lopez New Album Falls Short Of Expectations

To be honest I don't know what type of record sales people were expecting from J-LO; I assume a little more than what she's been selling since she's been everywhere. Maybe her new album will be a slow burner that will sell consistently. I wouldn't give up on it just yet. Read more below about the new album:

Jennifer Lopez will be wondering where is the ‘LOVE?‘ from her fans today.

For, despite spawning #1 smash ‘On The Floor’ and recent hit ‘I’m Into You’, the performer’s seventh studio album has taken a sizable sales dip on this week’s Billboard 200.

The LP took a sales dip of 60% this week , just one week after its less than stellar debut which saw it shift just 83,000 copies. This week the release dropped from its #5 position to a #9 with 33,000 units sold. Bringing its two week total to 116,000.

‘LOVE?’, which is the Lopez’s seventh studio album, received a heavy promotional push. One which saw her make stops at Ellen, Lopez Tonight and, of course, American Id…

The 2011 BET Awards Nominations Upset

I caught a glimpse of BET's "106 & Park" last night when they were mentioning the nominees for this years BET Awards. I didn't sit and watch though since "106 & Park" to me is a drag to watch. Normally I'm not home to watch it but since I'm working a different schedule; I have my time on my hands. Anyway all on twitter and beyond; people have spoken out against their disdain at this year's BET Awards. It just got ugly!

Chris Brown
Chris Brown definitely deserves all the nominations he received for obvious reasons. He's had a really big year and a half with multiple hit singles. So no thing there but of course everyone is singing his praises.

Trina
Trina wasn't nominated in this year's Female Rap category and she was very upset and had all the reason to be. Her response on twitter was "Fuck BET". I mean over the last 10 years; Trina has pretty much been picked over at award season there. Someone said it sometime ago but…

Kelly Rowland Speaks Out On Beyonce, Michelle Williams

With her new album; "Here I Am" set to hit stores this September, Kelly Rowland is starting to make the press rounds. One question that constantly comes up from interviewers is "Beyonce" and Kelly is sick of discussing her(it). I can understand though. She is also tired of everyone pitting the two against one another. Funny thing is I turned on the radio this morning and they were talking about Kelly and Beyonce.

The interesting thing is that Kelly wants people to start talking about Michelle and not just her and Beyonce. She is basically saying there is three members to Destiny's Child and Michelle deserves some credits and mentions along the way. That is true but we don't see Michelle out like we do Kelly and/or Beyonce for that matter.

Speaking of Beyonce word is that the singer turned in 72 songs to her label; Sony Records for consideration on her upcoming album; "4". I thought she had everything figured out already since she's been talking …

Throwback Video: Brian McKnight - The Only One For Me

One of the many hit singles and videos from Mr. Brian McKnight. He has been pretty quiet on the music scene for the most part. His short lived TV show really didn't last at all and I don't think I ever really saw it.

Mediatakeout revealed some semi nude pics of him a week or so ago for those interested!

KeKe Wyatt Reveals New Album Cover

The new album; "Unbelievable" will be in stores and online June 14. The album features the first single; "Saturday Love" featuring Ruben Studdard. The pair performed the song tonight on "The Mo'Nique Show".

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Nas Plans To Release 10th Album

Nas just announced that he plans to release a new album; his 10th. No word yet on the actual release date as he is still in the early stages of recording. Read below for more info!

Nas may not be putting out Lost Tapes 2, but promises to deliver with his forthcoming solo album. The Queens, New York rapper spoke with Billboard.com about progress to the follow-up to 2008’s Untitled, claiming that he’s in a new state of mind and is inspired by new cats in the game.

“The last record I did was, I was in a different place than I am now,” he said. “Now, I’m happy to express that different place and I’m just happy about music. I’m watching everyone do their thing, young guys, women, artists just doing they thing.”

Naming Odd Future, Lil Wayne, Drake and more as current influences, Nasty Nas said that his tenth solo LP doesn’t yet have a concept. “My new album that I’m working on is free flowing,” he said. “At this point, there’s not one concept that sums up the whole record. I’m just flow…

Cali Swag District Member Shot Dead

I had to think about what song Cali Swag District brought out but when I found out it was "Teach Me How To Dougie", I quickly remembered. R.I.P. Read more below!

The Inglewood group Cali Swag District best known for “Teach Me How To Dougie,” have tragically lost a member of their group. News first broke on twitter.com Monday morning that Montae “M-Bone” Talbert had passed away at the age of 22. It’s rumored that he was shot in the city of Inglewood. However, no cause of death has been confirmed. Check back at a later time, we will keep you informed as story develops.----------------
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Famous Choreographers

They are the famed choreographers who have choreographed many dance sequences we see in videos and movies. Some of those dance sequences have become part of pop culture. Here is a little more info about just some of the more well known choreographers from over the years. Check them out!

Paula Abdul
Though she is more known now for her wacky behavior and her judging stints on "American Idol and now "X-Factor", Paula Abdul was one of the most in demand choreographers back in the day; the late 80s and early 90s.

It should be known that she choreographed Janet Jackson's dance sequences in her early videos. She even made cameos in some of those videos including "What Have You Done For Me Lately" and "Nasty". What may surprise most people is that she choreographed the dance sequence in the Eddie Murphy film; "Coming To America".

Debbie Allen
The sister of Phylicia Rashad; Claire Huxtable on TV's "The Cosby Show" is a star in her own …

Throwback Video: Janet Jackson - Escapade

Today is Janet Jackson's birthday. I don't remember how old she is but if I had to guess; I would say 44? Anyway the video to "Escapade" is one of the many Janet videos and its from her "Rhythm Nation" album.

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K. Michelle - How Many Times - Music Video

You've probably been hearing this song on radio, now here's the video. I seen the behind the scenes of it of her in the street acting a damn fool and I thought "What in Sam Hell is this?".

Anyway the video was directed by Benny Boom who directs Keyshia Cole's videos; who K. Michelle is often compared to. She is also compared to Nicki Minaj likely cause of the blue hair which fits her I would say. K. Michelle is signed to Jive Records.

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Nas Speaks On Patching Feud With Prodigy

I almost forgot about the feud that once existed between Nas and Prodigy. Anyway Nas speaks on how the two patched things up. Read more below:

Nas and Prodigy's beef has been well-documented in Hip Hop, as the former friends and collaborators eventually turned bitter rivals. However, the two recently made peace, as Nas even appeared on Mobb Deep's track "Dog Shit," surprising many.

In a recent interview with MTV News, Nas explained how the reunion came to pass.

"He called me as soon as he got out of jail; he got in touch with me. We talked about some things," said God's son. "I didn't know he had a book. He didn't tell me that. I guess he just wanted to clear the air on some past things that don't mean anything today."

Nas continued, and spoke about "Dog Shit." "I just jumped on the record; put that to the past or whatever ill feelings he had towards me. I think he was misinformed about things, like I was a negat…

Cassidy Arrested For Violating Probation, Murder

Here we go again. Another case of life imitating art. This time its Cassidy who's been pretty quiet on the music scene(far as I know). Read below for more info:

Cassidyhas fresh trouble. The rapper was arrested by Hackensack (New Jersey) Police Department on Saturday morning on the instructions of the Philadelphia Police. The warrant against Barry Reese was for violating probation but Reese is also said to a suspect in a murder and two attempted murders in Philadelphia.

Officers from the Hackensack Police Emergency Response Team and the police department’s juvenile bureau watched Reese’s home Saturday on Reilly Court. Reese left his house about 1:30 p.m. and was followed by police to a local convenience store. An undercover ERT officer went in the store and positively identified Reese. When Reese came out of the store, “the ERT units moved in and conducted a felony motor vehicle stop”.
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Mariah Carey Working On New Album

Mariah is not letting her newborn twins stop her from recording a new album. I'm surprised but then again I'm excited. She is refusing to slow down. Read more below on Mariah's new album:

Nick Cannon is still recovering from the adrenaline rush of welcoming twins with wife Mariah Carey, but the actor/comedian/rapper is staying busy with a new stand-up special and forthcoming musical album, while Carey is working on a new full-length of her own.

"She's planning on having a record out this year," says Cannon of Carey, who gave birth to Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon on April 30. According to Cannon, Carey completed a good amount of recording a few months ago during her pregnancy. "She's been working away, and we have a studio in the crib, and [the pregnancy] has totally inspired her on so many different levels. You're definitely gonna see some new phenomenal music from Mariah."

Trey Songz To Film Video For New Single

I thought maybe Trey's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" album had reached its max on singles since videos for certain songs were never filmed. Well think again! Trey is about to film the video for his single; "Unusual" with Drake. I hope its not too little too late. I mean the song was on radio for awhile and on the lower half of the charts. It's kinda like what Keyshia Cole did with "Take Me Away"; waiting too late to release the video while the single was at its peak.

Trey Songz and Drake are about to do it again. The friends and frequent collaborators are teaming up to shoot a video for Trey’s next single “Unusual.”

The “Bottoms Up” singer called into MTV’s “The Seven” where he shared the exciting news. “‘Unusual’ is our latest collaboration on the Passion, Pain & Pleasure album and we shooting a video for that real soon, so look out for that,” he announced.

The heartthrobs have collaborated several times in the past, most notably on Drak…

Throwback Video: CeCe Peniston - Inside That I Cried

I decided to really take it back today with this hidden gem. I never really knew of this song until awhile ago. I knew CeCe Peniston from her upbeat songs like "Finally" and "We Got A Love Thang" but this is just as good if not better.

CeCe Peniston is actually returning to the music scene with a new single; "Stoopid" and an upcoming untitled album to follow. Be on the lookout for that!

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Jennifer Hudson Unveils New Single Cover

"No One Gonna Love You" is the new single from Jennifer Hudson and its the second single from her recently released Gold certified album; "I Remember Me".

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Kelly Rowland To Release Second Single

Kelly Rowland is not letting the success of "Motivation" keep her satisfied it seems. She is working on the follow up to that single which you can read about below. I still think its wise to release her album next month or July the latest.

Kelly Rowland was originally rumored to be putting out a dance-themed album but as she got to work on her latest LP, 'Here I Am,' the Texas native was more focused on the content of the project versus the genre.

"At one point in time everybody was like, 'You should be this, you should be that.' For a second I was like 'F it all! How do I feel?' I just started recording and everything that I started recording fell in the same line and the same pocket. 'Motivation' came about and I was like, 'Oh my God! I want my fans to hear this!' Then other songs started to come and I was working with Tricky [Stewart] and RodneyJerkins [Jerkins] and all these people, everything fell into place. I didn…

Throwback Video: Tamia - So Into You

One of the few songs I actually like from Tamia and some years down the road it was remade by Fabolous and Ashanti. Tamia got a little upset when she claimed that her vocals were still used and then radio changed the version to Fabolous Featuring Ashanti Or Tamia - So Into You.

Kelly Rowland Reveals New Album Title

With "Motivation" being a hit single; I believe Kelly is finally ready to roll out that new album that she has kept from us for over a year. Below you can see the title that Kelly will name her new album. I only hope that she doesn't wait until September to release the album. Personally I would go for a late June release.

In other Kelly Rowland news the singer will perform her latest hit single at this year's BET Awards.

Ascending to No. 3 this week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Motivation" featuring Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland has revealed the title of her upcoming album to Billboard. Her third solo project and first for Universal Motown will be called "Here I Am."

In addition, "Motivation" thus far marks the singer/songwriter's second-biggest hit since being featured on Nelly's 2002 single "Dilemma." The song perched atop the Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for 10 weeks and nine weeks, respectively.

"I was ta…

Toni Braxton Family Reality Show Renewed

I'm still upset that I'm unable to see "Braxton Family Values" but one day. I would have to have satellite to see it at this point. I could probably catch it on YouTube. Anyway after only a few episodes; "Braxton" has been renewed for a second season. Congrats girls! Read more below:

WE tv announced today the renewal of the network's popular original series, Braxton Family Values, only 4 episodes into the first season.

As previously reported the series follows singer/songwriter Toni Braxton and her four sisters – Tamar, Trina, Towanda and Traci – as they navigate the drama created by the relationships among them.

During a sit-down with HipHopWired, Traci Braxton previously mentioned that she hoped every woman could relate to their day-to-day struggles because "every woman is a Braxton.”

Luckily viewers agreed with Traci and 13 new one-hour episodes will premiere in 2012.

Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon Subject Of Hospital Scam

The paparazzi is thirsty for those first pictures of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's newborn twins. Those first pictures equals a big payout so you can imagine the thirstiness that comes with that. Read below to find out what exactly transpired while Mariah Carey was in the hospital!

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's twins aren't even out of the hospital yet, and they've already been the victims of an attempted tabloid scam. Moroccan Cannon and Monroe Cannon are infants, but they're in the headlines already.

Were Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's babies involved in a tabloid scam before they even checked out of the hospital? That's what Showbiz411 is reporting. According to the site, Moroccan Cannon and Monroe Cannon narrowly escaped a tabloid hussle that would have exposed them to the world while they're still in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Here's how it supposedly went down. Purportedly, Carey was breastfeeding Roc and Roe and a nurse recommended Care…

Gucci Mane To Be Released From Jail

These rappers are in and out of jail. You should do yourself and all of us a favor and try staying out for awhile. The same can be said to T.I. Anyway read more about Gucci's upcoming release from jail:

Gucci Mane has been sitting behind bars since April after pushing a woman out of a moving vehicle, but he’ll be back on the streets next month. The Atlanta, Georgia rapper will be released from prison in June and his probation will end by the end of that month.

“Gucci appeared in a Fulton County courtroom on Monday afternoon and in less than an hour, our attorney Mark Issa prevailed,” Gucci’s publicist told MTV News. “Gucci will not only be released in 45 days, but will also end his probation by the last days of June upon his release from jail. Gucci looks forward to getting back into the studio and on with his life. Gucci thanks all his fans for the overwhelming love and support they have given.”

His current incarceration stems from an incident that took place in January, whe…

Beyonce Reveals Title For New Album

Ready for this? "4"; that's the album title. The number "4" according to Beyonce symbolizes many things and the singer talks candidly about it in the newest issue of Billboard magazine. Speaking of Billboard; Beyonce will be receiving a special award at this year's Billboard awards for her years of dominating the charts.

Marsha Ambrosius will release "Late Nights Early Mornings" as her third single off her album of the same name. "Late" is my favorite song on that album so its good news for me to learn that.

Its been made official that Ciara is no longer on Jive Records. One look at the label's website and the singer doesn't appear on the roster. Cool beans!

Last I reported Ciara was having a meeting with Universal Records.

Jermaine Dupri Sued Over Child Support Payments

Wow! This hasn't been a good week for Jermaine Dupri and I can go as far as to say; a good year. Anyway just when reports surfaced that his house was in foreclosure; this happens. Read more below:

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Margaret Dorsey told the Grammy-winning producer in March to pay $2,500 a month and an additional $7,500 to Sarai Jones, based on the results of a paternity test.

Jones' attorney, Randy Kessler, said Jones hopes that she and Dupri "can work together to co-parent their beautiful baby girl," who is 7 months old.

Dupri's lawyer, James Kane, declined to comment.

The lawsuit was filed at a time when Dupri is facing financial troubles. His mansion was up for foreclosure and set to be auctioned last week, but the sale was canceled at the last minute.

WSB-TV obtained records from the Georgia Department of Revenue, saying that Dupri owes the state more than $493,000 in back taxes for 2007.

Based off his 2006 income, Forbes.com said Dupri was…

Game's New Video Banned

The video for new single; "Red Nation" featuring Lil' Wayne won't be playing on BET or MTV. It's not like MTV is showing videos anyway but Game announced via his twitter that the banned video will premiere online Thursday courtesy of him.

Game's upcoming album; "The R.E.D. Album" will be in stores and online this August. Oh yeah...the reason for the ban was the video displays too much gang affiliated content! Always something huh?

Whitney Houston has not only checked herself into rehab but she's in hot water with Prince. After attending a few of his concerts; Whitney Houston took the stage with Chaka Khan and Prince. Some of the videos could be viewed online but some have been taken down since. Anyway the thing is there are reports saying that Whitney was allegedly intoxicated while on stage. Prince and his people didn't want her to make a fool of herself, and now she's personally banned from all of his upcoming shows. That sucks!

With Whit…

Angie Stone To Release New Album

I didn't realize it had been two years since Angie Stone's last album. Time definitely flies by. Any way you can read more about the singer's upcoming album below as well as her relationship with NeNe Leakes of Atlanta Housewives fame.

Soul songstress Angie Stone is gearing up for the release of her sixth studio album later this year. The set will be the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Unexpected’ and will be lead by the first single “Rich Girl.”

“[The album] should be out this fall. ‘Rich Girl’ is the first single,” Stone tells Sister 2 Sister. “Rich Girl” will be released this summer and the video will be directed by Stone’s friend and actor Idris Elba. She adds, “That’s my buddy. We’re very, very, very close. We’re very musically connected, and we’re friends as well.”

Prior to the release of the new effort, Stone will continue to focus on her first passion; acting.

“Acting was my first love. This was the direction I was going when I got discovered as a singer. Everything come…

Twitter Beef

I was just reading about Melanie Fiona and her fans beefing with label head Steve Rifkin about halting the release of her upcoming album. You can read more about that below as well as the newest twitter beefs that are all the rage!

Melanie Fiona Fans vs. Steve Rifkin
Melanie Fiona has a new song on the radio and I can't remember the name of it to save my life. It's just okay to me but I know many people like it. Well anyway with a moderate hit single out; everyone's next question is "Where is the new album?". Well it turns out that label head; Steve Rifkin is holding the album up. That was the word from Melanie Fiona herself when probed about it and her fans went into a frenzy on Steve via twitter.

Of course this just makes things more tense between Melanie and her boss but shit happens.

Chris Brown vs. Joe Budden
Just a day or two ago outspoken rapper; Joe Budden made a status via twitter which Chris Brown took offense to. Joe made a status along the lines of stating…

Joss Stone To Release New Album

You all know Joss Stone right? Well if you don't, its not necessarily anything to be ashamed of. None of her songs have really hit big in the States but most of her albums released here have done primarily well. The singer is releasing a new album this summer. You can read more below:

Joss Stone Announces Release of New Album, LP1, on July 26 LP1 To Be Released on Stone’s Own Label, Stone’d Records And Surfdog Records

Stone'd Records & Surfdog Records are proud to announce their partnership to release Joss Stone's next album, LP1 on July 26, 2011. As a world-renowned soul singer who Smokey Robinson calls "Aretha Joplin," Joss has sold over 11 million records globally. Having just turned 24, Joss has already amassed a career's worth of successes. She is a Grammy winner, five-time Grammy nominee, and the recipient of several Brit Awards.

Stone recently established her own label, Stone’d Records, and has partnered with Surfdog to release LP1. This is t…

Rihanna - California King Bed - Music Video

Rihanna releases the video to her newest single and if you recall a little while back she performed this on "American Idol". Rihanna looks very nice in the video but it is very boring just like the song; just my opinion. I won't be surprised at the end of this year or the top of next year; we will have a new Rihanna album. She pushes them out pretty fast!

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Whitney Houston Enters Rehab

I logged on to my twitter account and Whitney Houston is a Trending Topic and I thought why? Turns out the singer has checked herself into rehab! I hope she gets the help that she needs. Read more below:

The singer, 47, who has struggled with substance abuse in the past, has recently entered an out-patient treatment program.

"Whitney Houston is currently in an out-patient rehab program for drug and alcohol treatment," her rep tells PEOPLE in a statement. "Whitney voluntarily entered the program to support her long-standing recovery process."

Houston initially entered rehab in 2004, telling ABC News interviewer Diane Sawyer at the time: "I partied a lot. Trust me: I partied my tail off." But, the singer also admitted, "You get to a point where you know the party's over."
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50 Cent Talks Relationship With Jay-Z

As if anyone was really curious about his relationship with Jay-Z but in case you wanted to know 50 Cent recently explained. Read more below:

50 Cent and Jay-Z have an odd relationship. The Queens, New York rapper recently explained that he doesn’t consider himself friends with Hov, and that they only interact when they need something from one another.

“We don’t have those kinds of relationships. These people are people I associate with. We are in the same business. We are not necessarily friends. We don’t call each other for no reason,” he told MTV UK.

The G-Unit leader elaborated by making it clear that they have no hard feelings towards one another. “It’s not like we have something against each other to make us enemies,” he said. “Me and Jay[-Z] will use each other. Repeatedly. For energy.”

And while the two have recorded songs together in the past, Fif shared that the ball is in Jay’s court for future collaborations. “They don’t pick up the phone and call me,” he explained.
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T.I. To Be Released From Prison This Fall

All I can say is T.I. needs to stay out of jail; he's been way too many times and because of it his most recent album has suffered even though it was certified Gold. Read more below about his upcoming release from prison:

T.I. is coming home. The incarcerated rapper, born Clifford Harris, Jr., will be released from Arkansas’ Federal Correctional Institution Forrest City Low on September 29, 2011 after completing his 11-month sentence for violating his parole.

The Atlanta, Georgia lyricist began serving his bid on November 1, 2010. The sentence stems from a drug arrest made in Hollywood, California in September, when police pulled him and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle over for making an illegal U-turn. A search of the vehicle turned up contraband materials, which led to the couple’s detainment.

The Grand Hustle Records honcho did not face drug charges in the case, but plead guilty for violating his parole. He had only recently been released from prison after serving his time f…

Producer Spotlight: Amadeus

Antwan "Amadeus" Thompson is a famed Hip Hop/R&B producer who hails from the Bronx. He is a member of Bad Boy's The Hitmen and his own production company Platinum Boy Music. His frist big break came through his production on the soundtrack to "Cradle 2 The Grave" which starred DMX.

Below you can check out his extensive discography over the years:

Get Off Me, Cradle 2 The Grave - Foxy BrownI'm Raw, What Should I Do -Fabolous Whether You Like It Or Not, T.I. Anything You Can Do, Bow WowExcited, Marques HoustonWaiting, In & Out Of Love - Cheri DennisSumtimes I Part 1 and Part 2, Brand Nu- Lil' Mo You Can't Murder Me, PapooseIt Is What It Is, 50 CentMy Diary, Jim JonesShoot To Kill, Hell RellThe Pain, Donnie KlangWelcome To The Dollhouse Intro, Danity Kane----------------
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Jermaine Dupri's Home In Foreclosure

I didn't see this one coming but you just never know what some people are going through. Read more below:

Channel 2 Action News has learned that Jermaine Dupri's mansion on Mount Paran Road in northwest Atlanta was in foreclosure and set to be auctioned on the courthouse steps last week, but the sale was canceled at the last minute.

The law firm handling the foreclosure would not say why the sale was stopped.

Suntrust Bank had started foreclosure on an original loan amount of more than $2.5 million.

According to records Channel 2 obtained from the Georgia Department of Revenue, Jermaine Dupri Mauldin owes the state $493,768.75 in back taxes for 2007.

Channel 2's Tom Regan spoke with Fayette County Tax Commissioner George Wingo. Wingo sent Regan documents showing Dupri owes $14,024.67 in unpaid property taxes, fees and penalties in connection with another home Dupri owns.

Regan went to Dupri's home and rang the intercom at the security gate in hopes of getting a com…

Whitney Houston To Star In Waiting To Exhale Sequel

When author Terry McMillian released the follow up to her novel; "Waiting To Exhale"; "Getting To Happy" a little while back; talks into turning the book into a movie were quickly adapted. Turns out now that the entire original cast of women(Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, and Whitney Houston) will return for the new movie. Director Forest Whitaker is currently undergoing a script. So what do you think? Do you really want to see a "Waiting To Exhale" sequel or should they leave well enough alone?

There is a rumor that Ciara may be signing over to SRC/Universal Records according to Steve Rifkin himself; who posted on his twitter that he had a meeting with the singer. The singer was recently let go from her contract with Jive Records after two failed albums. I guess we will know in due time if Ciara has or will indeed sign to SRC/Universal Records.

I read that Paula Abdul has been confirmed as a judge on "The X-Factor" which is good to …

Kid Cudi Covers Z!NK Magazine

This is my first time hearing of Z!NK magazine but it turns out that its a women's magazine. Kid Cudi just so happens to be the first male to be featured on the cover. Kid Cudi's album; "Man On The Moon II" is in the stores and online now.

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Producer Spotlight: Robert "Big Bert" Smith

Robert "Big Bert" Smith may be be best known as Brandy's baby daddy to her one and only child; Sy'rai Iman Smith. He is also an accomplished producer who has not only made hits for Brandy but a bevy of artists. He is also the cousin of Rodney Jerkins.

Interestingly enough some of his productions were songs that Brandy had written for other artists. At one point Robert and Brandy were becoming, dare I say it; a modern day Ashford & Simpson. Check out some of his productions below:

Die Without You, Wow, When You Touch Me - Brandy It's Wrong, I'm Okay - Dave HollisterRyde Or Die, Jennifer LopezImagination, Jessica SimpsonLove/Hate, Kelly Rowland Curtain Call, Nina Sky Confused, Should I - Kiley DeanNever Too Far, OliviaCrazy, Ray J Get Down With Me, Spice GirlsTake Me Away, Tarralyn RamseyAlways, Selfish - Toni Braxton ----------------
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Lloyd Reveals New Album Cover Art

Lloyd will release his new album; "King Of Hearts" on June 28. The album features the singles; "Lay It Down" and "Cupid". The album has had numerous delays so hopefully this date will stick. I like "Lay It Down" but "Cupid" wasn't so hot to me. I don't even think I'm all that interested in his album at this point but I will still probably check it out!

Game Set To Release New Album In August

After numerous delays Game's new album will be in stores at the end of summer. Read below for more info:

Game has been working on his highly anticipated R.E.D. Album since 2009, but he promises that it will finally be released in August. The Compton, California native revealed that his label Interscope Records confirmed with him that the consistently delayed offering will drop by the end of summer.

“I had a meeting with [Interscope head] Jimmy Iovine last week, and he told me the album was slated for the end of the summer, and it will not be pushed back any more than that. So we're looking towards late August," he told Billboard.com.

In anticipation of his fourth album’s release, Game has shot the video for single “Red Nation” featuring Lil Wayne, lensing the clip with director Parris in Los Angeles last month. Branding the shoot as “pandemonium,” he likens it to other iconic visuals.

“It's like 'Mad Max' mixed with Nas' 'One Mic' video, wher…

Alicia Keys Appears On Double Covers Of Essence Magazine

Alicia Keys talks about her newborn baby and her marriage to Swizz Beats in the June issue of Essence. Below you can check out the double covers. Alicia looks really nice!

June sees the 10th anniversary of her debut album; "Songs In A Minor" which is being re released.

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