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Drake A Diva, Ashanti Drops The Ball, Jill Scott Beef

Hello all! There are a couple of music news stories that I wanted to talk about in depth so this post is a little lengthy but worth reading; I assure you. I'll start off with Mr. Drake who is riding high with hit singles; "The Motto" and "Take Care". He also recently ended his petty feud with Common. Now Drake is being called a diva and properly worse by the people at Vibe after this fiasco...

I was watching "The Wendy Williams Show" the other day and she spoke about Drake during her "Hot Topics" segment. Apparently he was supposed to appear on the newest issue of Vibe magazine but the magazine ditched him. Allegedly the rapper was acting like a "diva" and the magazine opted for his own label mate; Nicki Minaj!

Word is that Drake beefed with the stylist over clothes; showed up late to the set; and drove off in his Jeep.

I wonder what is going on with Ms. Ashanti and her video to her single; "The Woman You Love" featuring Bus…

Video: Tank - Next Breath

Tank releases his newest video from his upcoming album. Tank is cool to me but his music is kinda hit or miss to me. I like some songs and others I just plain despise.

From what I saw of the video above; its pretty cool. It fits the song. You don't see that too much these days with videos.

Video: Jennifer Hudson Featuring Ne-Yo & Rick Ross - Think Like A Man

"Think Like A Man" the new single from Jennifer Hudson is the premiere single from the upcoming movie; "Think Like A Man" which co-stars Kevin Hart(who appears in the video).

I had been hearing this song on the radio at one point and I had no idea it was Jennifer Hudson. I don't know who I thought it was but I didn't think it was her.

Video: Melanie Fiona - 4 Am Live On "The Jimmy Kimmel Show"

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Melanie Fiona performs her top 10 R&B hit; "4 AM". It will appear on her upcoming album; "The MF Life" in stores and online March 20. The album features appearances from J. Cole, B.O.B., Nas, and T-Pain.

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Now playing: Melanie Fiona Performs "4 AM" - YouTube
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Video: Brianna - Reality Show

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Brianna strikes again with another viral video from her mixtape; "Face Off". This time; Brianna plays on the popularity of several hit reality TV shows most notably on VH1 and compares her life to that of those shows and the stars. Check it out!

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Now playing: Rihanna - Only Girl (In The World)
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Video: Mary J. Blige - Star Spangled Banner

I didn't see it during its telecast but Mary J. performed her rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" on the "NBA All-Stars" game. My twitter timeline was on fire in regards to Mary J.'s performance and I don't mean that in a good way. I really don't recall seeing any good reviews whatsoever. Now that I watched it for myself; I actually liked her rendition. It didn't remind me of anyone elses' and she clearly made it her own.

SWV Unveil New Album Cover For Album; "I Missed Us"

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It's been a long time coming but SWV is ready to roll out their new album in stores and online April 17. The album contains the single; "Co-Sign". A video for the single was recently released.

Throwback Video: Mariah Carey Featuring Bone Thugs - Breakdown

One of the hit singles from Mariah Carey's 1997; "Butterfly" album which is one of my favorites from her.

Mariah Carey is currently working on new music and a new album may surface sometime this year. Remember when Mariah Carey used to release albums every year? I remember her saying it was her record label who wanted to continuously push out album after album. I mean at the time; Mariah was Sony's cash cow so they milked her for all she was worth until she had enough and left the label.

Video: Waka Floka Featuring Drake - Round Of Applause

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Now playing: Estelle - Speak Ya Mind
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Music Commentary: Nicki Minaj's Alter Ego Roman

A few days ago Nicki Minaj leaked out the title track; "Roman Reloaded" from her upcoming album in stores and online April 3. The song immediately began trending on twitter and was one of the trending topics for three straight days.

Roman Zolanski; Nicki's gay alter ego's name is a take on troubled movie director; Roman Polanski(director of the movie; "Rosemary's Baby"). I think Nicki even addressed the similarities in name but downplayed the comparisons. How typical of her!

Now Roman is taking center stage as Nicki prepares her new album release. It's pretty evident on the title track; "Roman Reloaded". Many balked at the album title and rightfully so. Many were confused if the album was a re release or a new album. Instead the album is more like a continuation of the first album. With that being said; you can expect your mix of Pop tunes a la the recently released; "Starships" and high octane energy tracks like "Check It …

Ashanti To Sign To Cash Money Records

I had saw a little tweet earlier about Ashanti signing to Cash Money and also rock star Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit. I even tweeted on my own twitter awhile ago that Cash Money was signing everybody and their mama and giving many artists a second, third, and fourth chance. Read more below:

The Young Money-Cash Money family is getting bigger by the day. Fresh off signing Christina Milian, the famed hip-hop label has added Limp Bizkit to its roster and is possibly working with Ashanti.

Lil Wayne called into “Kissing After Dark” on New York’s 98.7 Kiss FM, the R&B radio station he listened to while serving time at Rikers Island in 2010, where he announced the rock band’s affiliation with Cash Money Records.

“As far as Cash Money, they’re always listening and looking at acts, so honestly, it’s like every other day I hear about somebody new just signed to Cash Money,” Weezy told host Lenny Green. “The other day I just found out Limp Bizkit signed to Cash Money. So they’re signing everybody …

Video Preview: Kandi In "The Kandi Factory"

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The sneak preview of "Real Housewives Of Atlanta" star Kandi's own spinoff show; "The Kandi Factory" has been released. The singer/producer has taken two up and coming talents and molding them into Pop superstars a la "Housewives" cast mate; Kim Zolciak.

Judging from the preview it looks like the typical Bravo show. That's not necessarily bad but its what we've come to expect from the network. I can't help but notice that the girl looks like the new girl from "Basketball Wives" who is an up and coming singer.

I'm not sure when the show premieres but possibly once the current season of "Housewives" is over.

Throwback Video: Rah Digga Featuring Busta Rhymes - Imperial

Rah Digga hit hard with her debut single; "Imperial" from her gold debut album; "Dirty Harriet" released back in 2000. Rah Digga was once part of Busta Rhyme's The Flipmode Squad which comprised of a variety of emcees I can't remember to name.

Rah Digga released an independent release; "Classic" a year or so ago but most people were probably unaware of its release but its worth checking out if you ever get a chance.

DMX Disses Rick Ross & Drake

DMX was asked how he felt about fellow emcees Rick Ross & Drake and to hear what he had to say; watch the video above!

Chris Brown Accused Of Snatching & Stealing Woman's Phone

Chris Brown has thrown yet another one of his infamous temper tantrums this time while leaving a club. Read more below:
Singer Chris Brown snatched a fan’s phone after she took a photo of him outside the South Beach club Cameo, telling her emphatically that she would not post his picture “on no website,” then drove off, Miami Beach Police said.

Brown’s eager fan, a 24-year-old Miami woman, told police that she was inside Cameo during the wee hours Sunday when she saw Brown, 22, and fellow artist Tyga leaving the nightclub at 1445 Washington Ave. through a side door.

The woman, Christal Spann, and her friends followed Brown and rapper Tyga outside, where she saw him get into his black Bentley, according to a Miami Beach Police report. Spann approached Brown and took a photo with her $500 white iPhone 4S while he was sitting in his car.

Then the surly hip-hop star reached through the window, took her cell phone from her hands, and said, “B**** you ain’t going to put that on no w…

Usher Unveils Single Cover For New Single "Climax"

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I'm still on the fence about this song but a lot of people are liking it. It's the first single from Usher's upcoming album due soon on RCA Records. Read more below at this link about the new single; Usher's Billboard stats; and more.

http://urbanbridgez.com/ubgblog/2012/02/22/usher-preps-spring-release-releases-new-single-climax-to-itunes

Video Preview: The-Dream - Roc

There's no stopping The-Dream as he unleashes a preview of the video for his single; "Roc" from his upcoming album; "The Love IV: Diary Of A Madman". Seems like The-Dream is kinda ripping off Jodeci's album title of the same name or something similar to this.

The full video to this song is expected to premiere later today. Look out for that!

Throwback Video: Subway Featuring 702 - This Lil' Game We Play

Remember the group Subway? They had a hit with this single and video featuring 702 but also the track "Fire". Both groups were signed to Motown Record so it made collaborations like this easier to happen. I can't remember the exact year this came out but its a true Throwback if I can say so myself.

Video: Jon B. - Only One

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Jon B. is back with a new single and video; "Only One" from his upcoming album; "Comfortable Swagg". I'm not sure on a release date at presstime but when I find out; I will let it be known.

Video: SWV - Co-Sign

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Sisters With Voices are back with the video to their first single which appears on their upcoming album; "I Missed Us" which will be in stores and online April 17.

I'm not exactly sure what the title derives from as "us" may relate to the group missing each other as a group.

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Now playing: SWV - Co-Sign (Official Music Video) - YouTube
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Video: Rihanna - We Found Love; Brit Awards 2012

Rihanna performed her worldwide hit; "We Found Love" at the 2012 Brit Awards.

Rihanna is not only making headlines for this sizzling performance but a pair of sizzling duets with ex-boyfriend; Chris Brown; one for her own track; "Birthday Cake Remix" and another for Chris' own; "Turn Up The Music Remix". I've only heard the "Birthday Cake Remix" and its not bad. I haven't heard "Turn Up The Music Remix" yet but I haven't exactly been rushing to hear it either.

Throwback Video: 702 - Get It Together

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702 had a few hits back in the day and "Get It Together" is probably one of their most memorable. The trio was signed to Motown Record back in the late 90s and was even hailed as the new Supremes at one point.

The group released three albums before later splitting up. Lead singer Kameelah Williams frequently does background vocals for various artists and as far as the other members; I don't know what they are up to these days.

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Now playing: 702 - Get It Together - YouTube
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Video: Rick Ross - High Definition

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Rick Ross unleashes his newest video from his acclaimed mixtape; "Rich Forever". The video features cameos from Timbaland and Pharrell.

Rick Ross' upcoming album; "God Forgives I Don't" will hopefully be out soon.

Video: French Montana Featuring Diddy & Rick Ross - Shot Caller Remix

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I'm not sure if there's a video for the original version of this song or not but I hear it on the radio all the time.

French Montana is one of the newest signees to Bad Boy Records.

Video Preview: Ashanti - The Woman You Love

Ashanti previews the video for her single; "The Woman You Love" which features Busta Rhymes but he is not featured in the video teaser. I'm thinking the video will likely premiere within' the next week.

Ashanti's new album; "Earthly Woman" will be in stores sometimes this Spring...hopefully. I say hopefully because R&B releases typically get pushed back a few times before it actually hits the shelves or the Internet for that matter.

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Now playing: Ashanti-You're Gonna Miss - YouTube
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Throwback Video: Brandy Featuring Mase - Top Of The World

Brandy hooked up with Mase for her hit single; "Top Of The World" from her hit album; "Never Say Never" released back in 1998. After the collaboration; there were reports that Brandy & Mase were an item or at least did the do.

Music Commentary: Love & Reality TV

Many famed couples have given us an inside look into their private lives. Many of these reality TV shows are used primarily as a means of promotion. Usually following the release or finale of these perspective reality shows would follow concerts, albums, movies, and things of the like.

Famed couples; whether they star in reality TV shows together or star in movies or (music) videos together; its usually a sign of doom for the relationship.

Check out my list of famed couples from over the years; some still in union; some are not who have or will star in reality TV shows!

Keyshia Cole & Daniel "Boobie" Gibson
Keyshia Cole is no stranger to reality TV having starred in a pair of successful BET shows. Now the singer is again domination the reality TV realm with an upcoming show; "Family First". The network airing the show has yet to be announced but you can expect an announcement soon.

Nas & Kelis
We never got to see Nas and Kelis' MTV reality show but word is …

Throwback Video: Whitney Houston - One Of Those Days

Just this past weekend coverage of Whitney Houston's homegoing was televised on CNN, BET, and select other channels. LifeTime television aired Whitney Houston's movie; "The Bodyguard" which I watched.

Now continuing to honor Whitney; here is another Throwback Video from the talented songstress. "One Of Those Days" borrows from an Isley Bros. sample and no it may not be her most recognizable song but its definitely a decent and laid back one. "One" was the first single from Whitney's "Just Whitney" album released back in 2002. It was also the first album she did without Clive Davis.

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Now playing: Jim Jones - Changing The Locks (Feat. Ashanti)
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Throwback Video: Mary J. Blige - All That I Can Say

"All That I Can Say" was a departure from the typical first single we had come to expect from Mary when she released this back in 1999. It was the first single from her album "Mary" which found her collaborating with Lauryn Hill(who wrote this track), Elton John, and Stevie Wonder.

Mary J. is currently riding high with her hit single; "Mr. Wrong" which is picking up steam each week and keeping her sales hefty for her most recent album; "My Life II" in stores and online now.

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Now playing: Ashanti - The Woman You Love Feat. Busta Rhymes
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Video: Wale Featuring Big Sean - Slight Work

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Ray J Speaks On On Whitney Houston's Death

Ray J has been pretty quiet since Whitney Houston's untimely death. Now the singer/rapper and close friend of Whitney's speaks out. Read more below:

Ray J is breaking his silence following the death of Whitney Houston. In a statement released via his publicist on Friday, the R&B star expressed his deep sorrow over the loss of his close friend.

“Over the past few days I’ve tried to process the emptiness that I am experiencing,” said Ray J. “What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words. The world lost an icon but I lost my close friend. Nippy I miss you so much! You were so happy and full of love. Your smile will live in my heart forever.”

The “One Wish” singer and Houston had a close relationship and were reportedly dating, though neither confirmed it. He spent time with the late legend in the days before her death.

Houston’s funeral will be held on Saturday at New Jersey’s New Hope Baptist Church. Ray J will be in attendance at the invite-only service, which wi…

Throwback Video: Rich Boy Featuring Polow Da Don & Keri Hilson - Good Things

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I'm not sure how many people actually remember this song. I mean it does have a video but I'm not sure if it made much of an impact on the charts.

Rich Boy is perhaps best known for his hit single; "Throw Some D's" but I can't even remember how I stumbled upon this song but its always been a favorite of mine.

The song was produced by Polow Da Don and features Polow's frequent collaborator; Keri Hilson. Last I read Keri Hilson was working on new music and I'm not sure exactly what Polow is doing.

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Now playing: Rich Boy - Good Things ft. Polow Da Don, Keri Hilson - YouTube
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Robin Thicke Arrested For Marijuana Possession

I was surprised when I saw the headline that singer Robin Thicke had been arrested. I smell publicity stunt for some reason. Read more below for the full story:

Robin Thicke has been arrested for marijuana possession in New York City ... this according to law enforcement.

According to law enforcement, 34-year-old Thicke was busted this afternoon in Manhattan near Madison Square Park -- after police claim they saw the singer lighting up a joint inside a black SUV.

Sources tell TMZ, Robin was extremely cooperative -- and even signed a couple autographs.

Thicke was given a desk appearance ticket and released soon after. A rep for Robin Thicke had no comment.

Fun fact: Robin is the son of actor Alan Thicke, who played Jason Seaver on "Growing Pains."

Video: Teedra Moses Featuring Wale - Another Luvr

Maybach Music's newest signee Teedra Moses hooks up with label mate; Wale for this track that appears on Teedra's recent mixtape; "Luxurious Undergrind". No word on when her new album will surface but possibly sometime later this year.

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Now playing: Lil Kim - If You Love Me
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Video: Chris Brown - Turn Up The Music

Chris Brown unleashes the video for this new single; "Turn Up The Music" from his upcoming album; "Fortune" in stores next month(I believe). The singer recently took home a Grammy(s) and came under fire for more comments on twitter against naysayers.

Chris will have to learn that he doesn't have to respond to every critique he gets even if he is sick of hearing certain things that he just can't live down. I'm not mad at the comments he said towards country singer; Miranda Lambert though but I think that was all part of his twitter rant which I didn't see but only heard about.

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Now playing: Whitney Houston - I Look to You
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Janet Jackson Considered For Judge On "X Factor"

After firing Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger; Simon Cowell has been frantically searching for a big name to carry the second season of the hit show; "X Factor". Now in the running is none other than Janet "Ms. Jackson if ya nasty" Jackson. Read more below:

Just one week after The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Whitney Houston was under consideration for a judge's seat on the show, reports have surfaced that another pop icon is throwing her hat in the ring.

After an awkward interaction with Anderson Cooper on Thursday, in which Jackson tiptoed around the subject, sources tell THR that the singer has expressed interest in joining the show.

"Oh my God," the 45-year-old laughed on-air. "No I'm not a judge on The X Factor."

"You're not currently a judge on The X Factor," responded Cooper.

"No, I am not," said Jackson. "But that's all I really think I should say."

Any talks are currently in the preliminar…

Lil' Kim Disses Nicki Minaj On "Watch What Happens Live"

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The ongoing feud between Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj rages on. Lil' Kim appeared last night on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" and was asked a multitude of questions about Nicki Minaj. The rapper responded by throwing a series of jabs that will only keep this feud going for the rest of the year. Check it out!

Lil' Kim recently released the buzz single; "If You Love Me". YouTube it!

SWV Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of New Video For "Co-Sign"

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SWV is back and grants us some behind the scenes footage as we shoot the video for the new single; "Co-Sign". Their new album; "I Missed Us" will be in stores and online April 10.

It's really nice to see SWV back together.

Brandy To Be Featured On VH1's "Behind The Music"

Brandy is truly close to nabbing that comeback that she has been needing to get her music career back on track. In addition to numerous movies and TV shows that she has dominated in lately; Brandy will be the subject of an upcoming episode of VH1's "Behind The Music" show. Read more below:

“Behind The Music: Brandy” will chronicle the Grammy Award-winning artist from her days as young girl singing in her church choir to flourishing into a successful musician and actress. It will also follow Brandy’s trials and tribulations, both personally and professionally, and illustrating how she re-emergered as a dynamic, hit-making musical recording artist with a successful acting career. At the tender age of 18, Brandy found herself dealing with the high costs of fame, maintaining her “perfect” image, all the while balancing her career as a musician and coping with the pressures of starring in her hit TV series “Moesha.”

During this period, Brandy suffered life-altering tragic event…

Nicki Minaj Talks M.A.C. Viva Glam

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Nicki Minaj is the new spokesperson for M.A.C. Viva Glam along with singer; Ricky Martin.

Video: Cassie - King Of Hearts

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I had been reading and reading and seeing a lot of things about this song and I heard it for the first time today. I also saw the visuals for the song for the first time today and to be honest Cassie could of kept this! Sorry! No I'm not sorry. This is awful! Next!

So this is what Bad Boy is dishing out these days?

Lil' Kim Reveals Single Cover For New Single "If You Love Me"

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There had been talk about Lil' Kim releasing a new song but like most people; we weren't holding our breaths. We've been promised music in the past and got nothing. Now Kim has emerged with a new single; "If You Love Me" but I'm not sure where its from. I'm not sure if its the first single from her upcoming album or this EP she was going on about. Either way I heard the song and I do like it. I would say its better than Nicki Minaj's "Starships" mess.

Lil' Kim is set to appear on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" tonight and debuting this song.

Bobby Brown Not Wanted At Whitney Houston's Funeral

For the next few months we can expect stories about Whitney Houston and her untimely death. Some people will likely grow tired of hearing the various stories but the loss of a legend like Whitney Houston or even Michael Jackson is a great musical loss to us all.

Bobby Brown has shot down the rumors of him being booted from Whitney's funeral. Read more below to get the full scoop:

Bobby Brown is "extremely disappointed" after hearing that several members of Whitney Houston's family do not want him to attend the singer's funeral ... sources tell TMZ.

Sources close to Bobby tell us ... people connected to the Houston family have reached out to Bobby to warn him that he shouldn't attempt to attend the funeral because the family isn't fond of him.

However ... we're told Bobby has not received any OFFICIAL word from the family about his invite status.

Sources tell us ... Bobby WANTS to attend the funeral so he can support his daughter Bobbi Kristina, but …

Janet Jackson Speaks On Whitney Houston's Death

Janet Jackson speaks out on the shocking death of Whitney Houston and shares her personal memories with Whitney.

Nicki Minaj Reveals Single Cover For "Starships" Single

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Though Nicki Minaj performed "Roman's Holiday"(a song that no one had heard of previously) at the Grammy's; Nicki's official first single is the RedOne(worked with Blu Cantrell) produced single; "Starships". It's from Nicki's upcoming album; "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" in stores and online on April 3. Check out the single cover below!



I heard the song a little while ago and it reminds me of a Katy Perry song. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It's very Pop. It's very danceable but certainly not my cup of tea. I'm really not sure what to expect from Nicki's new album when it is released.

I can't act surprised at the type of music she is releasing though.

Whitney Houston's Funeral Set For Saturday

Pop star Whitney Houston's funeral service will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child.

The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark said Tuesday that Houston's funeral would be held at noon Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark.

The 48-year-old Houston died Feb. 11 at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Officials say she was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a bathtub.

Her body was returned to New Jersey late Monday.

Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange. She began singing as a child at New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music program for many years. Her cousin singer Dionne Warwick also sang in its choir.

On Monday, mourners left flowers, balloons and candles for Houston at the wrought-iron fence around the tall brick church, which sits near the edge of an abandoned housing project near the tra…

Christina Milian Graces Hydrogen Magazine

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It's so many magazines in existence; I can't keep up with everyone. Its not like I frequent the bookstores anymore and see the various magazines. Despite my limited knowledge of magazines; that doesn't stop the circulation of such publications and artists like Christina Milian gracing the cover. To say Christina Milian is doing a lot is an understatement. Just these last few days; I've reported quite a bit of info on Ms. Milian. I am glad to see her attempting to get her career back on track.

Christina Milian Speaks About Her Role On NBC's "The Voice"

I watched "The Voice" when it aired for its first season this past summer but I haven't had a chance to watch the new season. Hell! I'm not sure if I'm interested to be honest. I did however catch a bit of the reruns on E! this past weekend and saw Christina Milian in action who is the social media correspondent.

Read more below as Christina talks about her new role on the hit reality show:

Christina Milian has married her two favorite passions—acting and music— and mined them into a job for herself as the new social media correspondent for NBC’s hit singing reality competition show The Voice.

“I supply as much exclusive content online as possible for the audience including interviews for the advisors, with the coaches and the artists,” the 30-year old explained to BET.com about her new TV post. “I take people beyond what they see on television and really engage them. And as the show airs I’ll be tweeting live as well which allows the fans to communicate wi…

Throwback Video: Mary J. Blige - You Remind Me

This is where it all started for Mary J. Blige back in 1992 with her debut single; "Your Remind Me".

Mary's current album; "My Life II: The Journey Continues" has breathed new life into the charts as the album has picked up in sales thanks in part to her making rounds on some popular TV shows and her current single; "Mr. Wrong" featuring Drake peaking in radio airplay. #punch Mary!

Music Commentary: Brandy & Ray J: The Ups & Downs

Brother and sister combo; Brandy and Ray J have been in the music business for many many years. Both have faced many hardships in their perspective careers most notably the death of Whitney Houston; both were really close to. Their relationship with Whitney Houston is just the beginning of the tumultuous ups and downs this brother and sister combo has endured.

Through every storm; Brandy and Ray J has rose above the adversity and are both two of the most talked about celebrities in R&B music.

I'll start things off with Whitney Houston...

Whitney Houston's death definitely is affecting both Brandy and Ray J. Ray J was rumored to be dating Whitney and whether he was or not has never been confirmed. Either he was a very close male associate to Whitney.

Brandy cites Whitney as one of her major influences and she had many songs dedicated to her on her self titled 1994 debut album. She also starred with Whitney in ABC's adaption of "Cinderella". Sadly Whitney Houston w…

Whitney Houston's Final Recordings To Appear On "Sparkle" Soundtrack

Whitney Houston had recently finished filming the movie; "Sparkle" shortly before her death and now news regarding the movie's soundtrack has been revealed. Read more below:

Whitney Houston's final recordings will appear on the soundtrack to a forthcoming film. Houston recorded two songs for Sparkle, a remake of a 1976 movie intended to mark her return to acting.

The first of Houston's unreleased songs is Celebrate, written by R Kelly for the film's end credits. Houston also performed an onscreen duet with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who plays her character's daughter. According to Billboard, they sing a version of the gospel standard His Eyes on the Sparrow.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic and untimely passing of Whitney Houston," said Bishop TD Jakes, one of the film's producers. "We ask the world to join us in lifting up Whitney's family in prayer." Sparkle is scheduled to arrive in US cinemas this Augu…

Whitney Houston's Daughter Bobbi Kristina Rushed To Hospital

If things couldn't get any worse; Whitney Houston's only daughter; Bobbi Kristina was rushed to the hospital. I can only imagine the pain and suffering she is enduring and my heart goes out to her and the family of Whitney Houston. Read more below:

Paramedics say they took Whitney Houston's daughter to a Los Angeles hospital Sunday morning for unspecified medical reasons.

The Beverly Hills Fire Department says Bobbi Kristina Brown was taken from the Beverly Hills Hilton around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, less than a day after her mother died in a room at the same hotel.

The 18-year-old's condition was not immediately known.

An email message sent to a representative of her father, Bobby Brown, was not immediately returned.

Coroner's officials received Whitney Houston's body early Sunday morning, but have not yet said when an autopsy will occur. Any cause of death determination will likely be delayed while they await toxicology results.

Kelly Price Speaks Out On Whitney Houston's Death

On Thursday night, just two days before her death, Whitney Houston showed up at R&B singer Kelly Price's pre-Grammy celebration. The two old friends even sang a duet of "Yes, Jesus Loves Me."

Talking to Rolling Stone last night, Price – who was clearly struggling to control her emotions before succumbing to tears near the end of the interview – said that the song was a fitting one.

"She’s a church girl, she related to the church girl in me. I’m a church girl, I related to the church girl in her," Price said. "And at the end of the day, whatever was going on, our conversation could always go back to the foundation of our lives, starting out singing in church. And no matter what was going on we could always go back to that."

One of the reasons Price wanted to speak under the difficult circumstances was to address resurfacing rumors surrounding Houston's problems with addiction. Price wanted to talk about the Houston she saw Thursday n…

Christina Milian Signs To Young Money/Cash Money Records

It looks like Lil' Wayne is giving a lot of people a chance including Busta Rhymes; Bow Wow; and now Christina Milian who is the newest signee to Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Records. Read more below:

It’s been a game of hop, skip, and jump for R&B belle Christina Milian in recent years.

Ditched by Def Jam in 2006, the 30 year old moved to the ill-fated MySpace Records, only to leave for The-Dream‘s Radio Killa imprint in 2010; a move which also saw her jump the broom with the hitmaker.

Yet, predictably, that deal spoiled when their marriage did, leaving Milian – once again – without a label.

Speaking at the Young Money / Cash Money Pre-Grammy Party last night, Lil Wayne announced that Milian was the latest singer to the Young Money roster.

The mother of one joins the likes of Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake at the label, which is distributed by Universal Republic (Universal Music).

Whitney Houston's Death Details Emerge

No illegal drugs have been found in the hotel room where Whitney Houston died -- at least not yet -- but prescription drugs were present, and it's possible the singer drowned in the bathtub ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us ... when EMTs arrived Whitney's body was already removed from the bathtub so it will take an autopsy to determine if she OD'd, drowned or died from some other cause.

Informed sources tell us ... Beverly Hills cops -- who were still searching the room at the time this story was posted -- found various pill bottles. There was no evidence that Whitney was drinking alcohol in the room.

Throwback Video: Whitney Houston - You Give Good Love

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Whitney Houston performed her hit single; "You Give Good Love" on the Soul Train Music Awards and she gives a rousing rendition of the song. "You Give Good Love" is one of Whitney's many singles and the opening track from her self-titled debut released in 1985.

Yesterday we all learned of Whitney's untimely death. I learned of the news through a friend and I was very shocked. Details concerning her death are unknown right now. Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in her hotel room at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

Ironically mentor and friend; Clive Davis' annual Pre Grammy Gala was being held at the very hotel. The gala went on as planned and became a tribute to Whitney. Tonight's telecast of the Grammy's will also pay tribute to Whitney.

Whitney Houston dead at 48. R.I.P.

Video: Brianna - Stay Schemin' Remix

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Toni Braxton Talks New Single, Fashion

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Toni Braxton was spotted and interviewed at a Fashion Event and spoke about fashion; her beauty regimen; working out; and most importantly new music and a new single set to drop next month! Who knew new music from Toni was coming so soon?

Whitney Houston Involved In Fight At Party

All the diva behavior Whitney Houston is known for has resurfaced again this time at a Grammy function held by singer Kelly Price. Read more below for details:

But when two divas were reunited on Thursday night at a pre-Grammy event hosted by singer Kelly Price at TRU Hollywood-- dubbed Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For the Love of R&B -- the scene wasn't nearly as friendly. According to a source, after Francis performed an Etta James tribute and Houston joined Price on stage, the two were reintroduced in the VIP section. "It didn't seem like Whitney remembered her, but she was cordial at first."

The scene changed minutes later when R&B star Ray J, who Francis had met over the years, stepped into the conversation. "Whitney just got belligerent," an eyewitness tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Ray was trying to defend Stacy, telling Whitney, 'Stacy's family!', but Whitney was feeling crowded out and hands were raised.&qu…

Drake & Rihanna Film Video For "Take Care"

Drake and Rihanna recently got together to film the video for the title track of Drake's new album. Makes you wonder why "Make Me Proud" didn't get a video. Maybe that explanation was revealed but I just missed it. Anyway read below to find out a few details on the upcoming video between Drake and Rihanna:

Drake and Rihanna went in front of the lens recently to shoot a video for “Take Care,” the title track off Drake’s sophomore album. Yoann Lemoine, who helmed Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” and Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” is in the director’s chair.

“Oh by the way I just shot Drake & Rihanna’s ‘Take Care’ video. Beautiful track, amazing artists. EDITING NOW !” Lemoine wrote on Twitter.

The Barbados babe sports blonde locks in the clip, whose concept is being kept under wraps. This is their second video together following the chart-topping “What’s My Name?”

Jadakiss Weighs In On Fendi & Nicki Minaj Beef

Fendi is a name I haven't heard in awhile but I do remember his association with Nicki Minaj at the start of her career. I also remember seeing him in a picture with Nicki's arch nemesis; Lil' Kim. Now rapper Jadakiss is speaking out about the feud that I didn't actually know existed. Read more below:

Jada says he was asked if Nicki Minaj would be a good name for the YMCMB emcee and says how he feels about the feud between Fendi and Minaj.

The feud between Nicki Minaj and her former manager Fendi has been brewing for some time. After their business relationship ended, the two have been at odds, feuding publicly and exchanging words through the media about loyalty and their work together. Now, Jadakiss is weighing in to the conversation, sharing his take on their feud.

"There's always three sides to the story," Jada commented in a preview of the latest Come Up DVD. "Fend's, Nicki's and the truth. So, that's probably The Come Up 25 DVD.…

Estelle Releases Tracklisting For New "All Of Me" Album

Estelle will release her new album; "All Of Me" on February 28. The album features the hit singles; "Don't Break My Heart" and "Thank You". Below is the tracklisting of the album:

1. “The Life”
2. “International (Serious)” feat. Chris Brown and Trey Songz
3. “You and I”
4. “Love the Way We Used To”
5. “Cold Crush”
6. “Don’t Break It”
7. “Break My Heart” feat. Rick Ross
8. “Thank You”
9. “Who We Are”
10. “Wonderful Life”
11. “Found My Way…”
12. “Back to Love”
13. “Blue Skies”
14. “Speak Ya Mind”
15. “Do My Thing” feat. Janelle Monáe
I'm interested in checking out Estelle's album mainly due to my liking of both of her singles. I wasn't into Estelle before but I'm hoping her album is good and possibly good enough to warrant a year end mention for 2012.

Estelle is currently on a promo tour in support of the album. No word yet on the third single.

Throwback Video: Toni Braxton - How Many Ways

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"How Many Ways" was one of the many singles from Toni Braxton's self-titled debut album released back in 1993. The album also included the hit singles; "Another Sad Love Song", "Breathe Again", "Seven Whole Days" and "I Belong To You". Toni Braxton's self-titled debut album is one of the higher selling debut albums from a female.

You can currently see Toni Braxton starring in her hit reality show; "Braxton Family Values" with air on the WE channel. The singer is currently embarking on a solo tour. She also hinted that she is working again with L.A. Reid possibly on a new album. Be sure to look out for that!

If you check out the video you will spot TV star; Shemar Moore who plays Braxton's love interest in the video. At one time or another the two were reportedly romantically involved.

Video: Kanye West & Jay-Z - N***as In Paris

You would of thought the video for Kanye West and Jay-Z's smash single; "Niggas In Paris" would of been out by now. Nope! Many would think the video release is a little late but the single is still in the Top 10 of both the R&B/Hip Hop charts.

Kanye West is currently working on the G.O.O.D Music compilation album which will feature appearances from Big Sean and Marsha Ambrosius. Look out for that soon.

Throwback Video: Ciara - Promise

Ciara roared back on top of the charts with her hit single; "Promise". She roared even more with the seductive video which shined the singer in a whole new light. "Promise" was the first single for Ciara's sophomore album; "Ciara: The Evolution" released back in December 2006. Does it seem like its been that long?

Ciara is hard at work on a new album possibly to be released this year. There has been a lot of rumors regarding the album and I'm not exactly sure what is true at presstime. Here are some of the rumors though; she is signed to Epic Records. The album is being spearheaded by label honcho; L.A. Reid and she is working with the likes of Bangladesh(worked with Kelis), Sean Garrett, and more.

Chris Brown & Rihanna Back Together?

That's the word. The two are both set to appear at this year's Grammy's so the media is working overtime to get the details on the situation. Read more below to find out the latest:

Rumors are swirling that Rihanna and Chris Brown has some behind-closed-doors quality time during Grammy rehearsals yesterday. But it may not be what you think.

The folks over at Rumor Fix received inside info that the newly blonde Rihanna and comeback kid Chris spent several hours together at the Grammy rehearsals. And they didn't mind that it altered the schedule:

"...the former couple spent five hours together in her dressing room on Monday.

Sources tell RumorFix that the Barbadian beauty held up rehearsals for the Grammys on the Sony lot in Los Angeles, while she was behind doors with her ex."

Hmmm. Reportedly, Chris' male friend was also with him in Rihanna's dressing room. Some folks are speculating some type of surprise duet effort will take place since thi…

Kelly Rowland Appears On Chelsea Lately

Last night Kelly Rowland appeared on E!'s "Chelsea Lately" where the singer talked about her new fitness DVD, UK "X Factor", sweets, and a lot more. Check it out!

Monica, Brandy To Perform New Single At Pre Grammy Gala

Brandy and Monica delighted their fans by debuting their new single “It All Belongs to Me” on Monday. And now the R&B divas will team up to perform the song live at the Pre-Grammy Gala in Beverly Hills this weekend.

Rap-Up.com has learned that the singers will take the stage at the star-studded affair, considered the highlight of Grammy weekend. This year’s event, hosted by Clive Davis, will honor Sir Richard Branson and feature other surprise musical guests. Past performers include Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys.

Brandy and Monica will shoot a video for the Rico Love-produced song on February 13 with director Chris Robinson, and perform it on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” the same week.

“It’s just great to come back and do something with [Monica],” Brandy said during an interview on Atlanta’s V-103. “This is definitely a blessing.”
http://www.rap-up.com/2012/02/07/exclusive-brandy-and-monica-to-perform-at-pre-grammy-gala/

Nicki Minaj To Perform New Single At Grammys

Fresh off her electrifying performance with Madonna at the Super Bowl halftime show, Nicki Minaj has announced her next single, Grammy plans, and NBA All-Star Game performance.

Ahead of the April 3 release of her sophomore set Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Young Money’s First Lady will debut “Roman Holiday,” a never-before-heard cut off the album at the Grammy Awards. She is nominated in four categories including Best New Artist at the 54th annual ceremony, which airs live on February 12. “Roman Holiday” will go on sale immediately following the telecast, along with other performances.

The following day on February 13, Ryan Seacrest will premiere the album’s new single, “Starships,” which will be available on iTunes the same day.

If that wasn’t enough, Nicki’s Barbz will be treated to yet another performance when she hits the court at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando on February 26. The album will be available for pre-order the next day.

Missy Elliott, Timbaland To Release New Solo Albums

Missy Elliott is returning with a new album this June as is her longtime producer and partner; Timbaland. Read more below:

After years away from the spotlight, Missy Elliott and Timbaland are returning with new albums this summer.

The longtime collaborators will release their individual projects simultaneously in June, according to Timbaland. “Me and Missy are both coming with our albums at the same time, and it will be in June,” the super-producer revealed to MTV News.

Videos for their first singles will also roll out at the same time. “Right now, we’re preparing to get both our videos, our first singles, shot kinda at the same time,” added Timbo. “We want to do it as a movement and spontaneously.”

Missy’s last album The Cookbook was released seven years ago and Timbaland hasn’t put out a project since Shock Value II in 2009.

“I just don’t want to move too ahead of her and she don’t want to move too ahead of me,” Timbaland explained. “So we’re both doing it at the same time.”

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Alicia Keys To Pay Tribute To Etta James At Grammys

The Grammy telecast is adding even more star power in the days leading up to Sunday’s show. Alicia Keys will honor the late legend Etta James with a special performance.

The 14-time Grammy winner will team with blues icon Bonnie Raitt for a tribute at the 54th annual event, airing live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12.

The “At Last” singer died last month at the age of 73 from complications from leukemia. “Wow Etta James! :-( What a phenomenal woman and spectacular voice!” tweeted Alicia upon learning of her passing.

Other performers at this year’s Grammys include Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Adele, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, and more.

Video: Miguel - Adorn

"Adorn" is the first single and video from the upcoming Miguel release; "Art Dealer Chic Vol 1" due February 27. The songs on this release represent some recent dreams that Miguel has had. Sounds interesting as does the music and visual for "Adorn".

Lil' Kim Owes Over A Million Dollars In Taxes

I'm sure its pretty embarrassing for anyone especially someone in the spotlight like Lil' Kim when your tax problems become public knowledge. Read more below to find out about Lil' Kim's tax troubles:

Lil Kim
is going to the tax lien Hall of Fame -- because the Queen Bee has run her bill with Uncle Sam into the seven figures ... TMZ has learned.

Lil Kim's tax problems are well-documented and go back nearly 10 years. According to documents filed with the L.A. Recorder's Office, Kim owes money every year from 2002-2009.

The 2009 amount, $86347.85, was just recently tacked on -- bringing her total $1,026,862.42.

Congratulations?

Calls to Lil Kim's rep were not returned.http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/04/lil-ki.../#.Ty0B4IFfTt4

Video: Day26 - Made Love Lately

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Day26 is back with a new video and single; "Made Love Lately". It's from their upcoming album; "A New Day" coming soon.

I just read that the group just appeared on "106 & Park". We all know Day26 from MTV's "Making The Band". The group is no longer affiliated with the Bad Boy label. They were one of the acts that Atlantic[Records] wanted to keep when Bad Boy jumped ship from the label.

Video: Karyn White - Sista Sista

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Karyn White returns with a new single and video; "Sista Sista".

The singer dominated in the late 80s and early 90s with songs produced by Babyface("Love Saw It") and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Karyn was previous married to Terry Lewis.

Look out for a new Karyn White album later this year...perhaps!

Throwback Video: Keith Sweat - Nobody

Monica & Brandy Team Up For New Duet

There's been a lot of talk about the upcoming single release from Monica and Brandy. Read more below:

Monica and Brandy are set to release their brand new duet for the Rico Love produced mid-tempo “It All Belongs To Me” on February 14th on iTunes! The video for the song will be directed by Chris Robinson and is due in late February. The single is from Monica‘s upcoming release “New Life” which will be in stores on April 3rd! An alternate version of the song will also be released on Brandy‘s upcoming Spring release.

This marks the first time the two have recorded a song together since the massive hit and Grammy award winning “The Boy Is Mine” in 1998. RCA Records is planning a full out campaign in support of the single, which starts out with a live performance of the song on Jay Leno on February 16th! The label will also post a 30 second snippet of the song online sometime next week for those anticipating the official radio release on February 13th.

The release of “It All …

Bow Wow Unveils New Album Details, Tracklisting

Bow Wow calls on the big dogs for his Cash Money debut Underrated. The 24-year-old rapper has revealed the tracklisting for his seventh solo album, due March 13. The star-studded set includes appearances from Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Miguel, Busta Rhymes, Meek Mill, Musiq Soulchild, and Lil Wayne, with production by No I.D., Drumma Boy, Cardiak, Jahlil Beats, Details, and Bei Maejor, who helmed the first single “Sweat.” See the tracklisting below.


Bow Wow – Underrated Tracklisting

1. “Intro”
2. “Where My Dogs At” (produced by Cardiak)
3. “Must Be Stupid” feat. Busta Rhymes (produced by AraabMuzik)
4. “Why Y’all” (produced by Jahlil Beats)
5. “We Going Hard” feat. Ace Hood (produced by Cardiak)
6. “Right Now” feat. Miguel
7. “Heart Stop” (produced by Drumma Boy)
8. “Sweat” feat. Lil Wayne (produced by Detail and Bei Maejor)
9. “Ain’t Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” feat. Chris Brown (produced by Kevin McCall)
10. “Wrong Time” feat. Musiq Soulchild (produced by Musiq Soulchild)
11. “I Try” (produced by …

Throwback Video: Monica - U Should've Known Better

Monica's "U Should've Known Better" was the third single from Monica's; "After The Storm" album released in 2003. The video features Monica's then boyfriend; Young Buck. The single peaked at #19 on the Hot 100.

Video: Lil' Wayne Featuring Bruno Mars - Mirror

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The latest single and video release from Wayne's current album; "The Carter IV" in stores and online now!

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Video: Bei Maejor - The Truth

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Producer/singer Bei Maejor releases his latest video; "The Truth" which will appear on his upcoming EP; "Upscale EP".

EP's seem to be the "in" thing and virtually a bevy of artists new and old are releasing them. EP's to me are like the cousin of mixtapes. It's just another avenue for artists to release(sometimes) free music as a means of promotion until they give us the main course; the full length album.

I'm not really sure how I feel about Bei Maejor but I do love his "Trouble" song featuring J. Cole. I think I need to hear more songs from him to see if I will be anticipating any EP or album that's in the works.

Video: Brianna - Marilyn Monroe

A few months ago was my first time hearing of Brianna through her mixtape; "Face Off". The Poe Boy/Atlantic Records recording artist will launch her own debut album later this year.

I remember when Jacki-O(remember her) used to be signed to Poe Boy. Is Brianna simply their new Jacki-0. She kinda reminds me of her.

Video: Bow Wow Featuring Lil' Wayne - Sweat

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"Sweat" is the debut single from Bow Wow's upcoming debut album on the Cash Money/Young Money label; "Underrated" in stores and online March 13. The album has been pushed back a couple of times already so don't be surprised if it gets pushed back again.

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