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Saturday, July 7, 2012

OUT & ABOUT: Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan & MORE

Nicki Minaj performs at Barclaycard Wireless Festival at Hyde Park on July 7, 2012 in London, England.
Big Sean arrived on the set of Justin Bieber's latest video shoot in Los Angeles, California on July 6, 2012.
Singer Rihanna made her exit from her New York City hotel in New York on July 6, 2012 to attend her grandmother Clara 'Dolly' Brathwaite's funeral.
Lindsay Lohan leaves Shore Bar after celebrating the 4th of July in Santa Monica, California.

Laila Ali attends the Aquaphor Diaper Derby at the Hilton New York on July 6, 2012 in New York City.
Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh for the installation of Prince William Duke of Cambridge as a Knight of the Thistle.

Rita Ora performs at Barclaycard Wireless Festival at Hyde Park on July 7, 2012 in London, England.

Britney Spears heads home with her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James and her fiance Jason Trawick after spending time together on vacation in Maui, Hawaii. The family arrived at the airport on July 6, 2012 with their bags packed and ready to go.

Jamie Foxx hosts his SiriusXM Foxxhole Radio Show live from Caesars Atlantic City July 6, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Lady Gaga leaves Nobu at the Crown Perth Hotel in Western Australia, Australia on July 6th, 2012.

Friday, July 6, 2012

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Single Ladies Season 2: EPISODE 6

Keisha learns a secret about Malcolm's new girlfriend, Taylor, which ultimately threatens Keisha's own relationship with Malcolm, while Raquel is attracted to a much younger man.

Mathew Knowles Talks New Destiny's Child Album, Blue Ivy, & Reality Television [Interview]

As this year marks the 20th anniversary of Mathew Knowles’ Music World Entertainment, the industry titan is showing no signs of halting the label’s track record of success. In recent weeks, Beyonce's dad premiered his international reality television show, “Breaking From Above,” in America as part of a joint venture with MTV International. The series, which initially aired last November in 160 countries, follows Knowles’ latest girl group, From Above, as they navigate the mogul's artist development program.

During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, the Fisk University graduate and former Xerox executive opened up on his latest foray into unscripted television, and offered some details on the release of two new Destiny’s Child albums and his love for his grandchildren, Juelz and Blue Ivy.

Matthew gives some great advice and is a great business man if you ask me. He manages a lot of successful groups & artist currently relevant in the music industry. Check out the full interview below!!

Congratulations on the recent U.S. premiere of “Breaking From Above.” Are you planning on shooting additional episodes of the show?
Yes, we’re absolutely thinking about doing that. We’re in the discussion phase right now. This is all a part of a joint venture with MTV International and so Teen Nick falls within their Viacom system. And it’s the older demo for the channel [13 to 21], with a sweet spot around 18, 19-year-olds. Which is also the sweet spot from my girl group, From Above. 

Where do you envision From Above in terms of making an impact on today’s music scene?
We have to look at more creative ways to rolling out albums. And we’re still in discussions with having that strategic partner that we need. It’s my belief that you can’t put out albums today just in a vacuum without having a strategic partner. And that was the reason why we were so successful with Destiny’s Child and Beyonce, because we always had L'Oreal, Walmart, clothing lines, etc. etc. So we’re still a work in progress with From Above.

Is this your first experience working on a reality show?
This is actually my second. I did my first one about six years ago with Channel 4 over in the U.K., which is one of their larger networks. However, this is the first show that I’m the creator of. And we’re looking to do more of that in the future, because TV is the new radio for music. 

What are your thoughts on so many record executives, such as yourself, transitioning over into unscripted television?
I think they offer a lot of knowledge, and so I think that they’re the right people for those roles that they’re playing. Maybe I’ll get a call one day for “American Idol” [Laughs].

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Music World. What are your plans to ensure that you’ll be successful for years to come?
We have to be realistic. At Music World we got to shift our direction and certainly stay in music. We’ve grown our Music World Gospel to the fifth largest Gospel label in America. But again, even for the label, we got to partner up. It’s similar to what’s happening in corporate America back in the ’80s. You saw a lot of mergers and acquisitions. We have to be smart in who we can partner with to do it better. We still have our joint venture with Sony and in November we’re putting out two Destiny’s Child catalog records with new material. So we’re going to start doing strategic things like that.

New material meaning previously unreleased tracks?
It’s all released material with some previously unreleased material. 

Will there be a Destiny’s Child reunion tour to complement the two projects?
Not on the first release. It takes a year of planning to do these tours, but first it starts with the artist wanting to do it. And I think the ladies are still working happily in their solo careers. And I hope in the next five years that there is a reunion tour. I think it would be incredible. The hardest thing would be choosing which songs they’re going to do, because we would want to mix it up with solo hits and Destiny’s Child hits. We would have to throw away some number ones from off the set list [Laughs]. 

Destiny’s Child is one of the eight girl groups that you’ve managed in your career. In your opinion, what does it take to put together a successful girl group?
Unfortunately they all weren’t successful, I wish I could say that [Laughs]. But I think with girl groups it’s all about the relationships that the members have with each other. It really boils down to that. And then the second thing is each member accepting what their role in the group is. Followed by great songs, work ethics and talents. 

Can fans expect a Trin-i-tee 5:7 album in the near future?
Yes, they have a new album that’s coming out in the September-October timeframe. With that album will be a major announcement. 

Speaking on maintaining a great relationship with artists, do you have any advice for parents who are trying to break their children into the entertainment industry at a young age?
Well first, you have to start young to really be the best at anything. But the one piece of advice that I have for any parent is to make sure that it’s your child’s dream and not yours.

Earlier this year your granddaughter, Blue Ivy, was born. How does it feel to have your first granddaughter in the family?
Blue Ivy is a special gift, so nothing but love. The same goes to Juelz, my grandson. So I’m a proud grandpapa.


MAG COVERS: Rihanna Compares Fashion To Her Love Life In ‘Harper’s Bazaar’

Rihanna is a self-proclaimed rebel in most every area of her life — except for one.

“[I'm] rebellious through my music, through my fashion, tattoos, and my hair,” the superstar tells the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

But she also spills: “I have been conservative in my love life… it’s pretty much nonexistent. If I come across someone who I find really cool, I’ll hang out. But the minute I find that we’re getting too close I just — I don’t let people in.”

The Barbadian beauty, who covers the magazine’s newsstand’s edition (left) in a white silk Calvin Klein Collection dress paired with a gold chain-linked Neil Lane bracelet, also reveals how hurt she’s felt in previous relationships.

 "When I was in love, I fell so hard…The way it made me feel was priceless,” she admits. “And in a blink of an eye my whole life changed. Everything that I knew was different. I never thought I’d feel that pain in my life. I’m afraid of feeling that again.”

Although the star is cautious when it comes to matters of the heart, she’s once again proven via the magazine’s subscriber edition (below) that she’s very comfortable taking fashion risks. On the second cover she rocks a gold long-sleeve gown and knee-high snakeskin boots (both by Tom Ford).
And while it seems Rihanna is generally content (and really, who wouldn’t be in those killer snakeskin boots?!), there is something she says she’s missing. “I need a butt. I have an idea of one, but it’s not living up to its full potential right now.”

For more photos from the shoot click over to and for the full interview buy the August issue on newsstands July 17.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Frank Ocean Posts 'Coming Out' Letter via Tumblr

 A few days ago I reported that Frank Ocean admitted his bisexuality in one of his new songs from upcoming LP, 'Channel Orange'. Well earlier today he posted this heartfelt letter via his tumblr expressing his admiration for another male at one point in his life.
CNN anchor Andersoon Cooper also recently "came out" to the media. I think this is saying a lot about the LGBT community within the industry. I wonder who else is going to step up to the plate next? Queen Latifah perhaps?

Check out Frank's letter below! 
Click on the photo to zoom in

If you're not familiar with this fresh young artist. Check him out below in some of his most successful cuts from the past year including  'Novacane', 'Thinkin' Bout You', 'Swim Good' and 'Church in the Wild', which was featured on Hov & Yeezy's WTT!

NEW MUSIC: Nas Ft. Amy Winehouse - 'Cherry Wine'

If you are missing Amy Winehouse as much as I am, you'll be very excited to hear that new music from her is still emerging, with 'Cherry Wine' by Nas dropping today!

This will be one of the tracks from Nas' highly anticipated new record Life Is Good which is due out July 17th.

It's hard to believe Amy's 1 year death anniversary is coming up on July 23rd, and we hope her music will continue to inspire people around the world.

Check out Cherry Wine (prod. by by Salaam Remi) (Radio Rip) below,
apologize for the not so great audio....
  what do you think?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

CAUGHT BY THE PAPS: Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Marlo Hampton, Will & Jada, Lenny Kravitz & MORE

Mary J. Blige rocks yellow workout gear as she leaves the gym in New York City. The singer recently received backlash for a Burger King commercial that many fans deemed offensive because she was singing about fried chicken.  Mary recently expressed how the negative feeback hurt her feelings.....AWWWW!
R&B singer Chris Brown seen leaving with friends from a Hollywood hotspot after an evening of partying.

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Marlo Hampton enjoys dinner at Mastro's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California on July 3, 2012.
Jessica Alba and a friend stroll through the streets stopping in to do some shopping at the Roger Vivier boutique. Alba is in town to attend Paris Couture Fashion Week.

Actress Dakota Fanning films a scene for "Very Good Girls" with Boyd Holbrook in New York City, New York on July 3, 2012.

Dr. Dre, his wife Nicole and some friends stroll through Saint Tropez Harbor.

CNN Anchor and son of Gloria Vanderbilt ends all speculation by coming out of the closet and admitting that he is gay. Anderson came out online to the editor of The Daily Beast and allowed him to share the story to the world. Anderson felt the time was right because he did not want people to think that he was ashamed of being gay after years of not discussing his personal life.

Jennifer Hudson wears nurses scubs as she and Garrett Hedlund film scenes for their upcoming movie, 'Lullaby.'.

Man Of Steel' actor Kevin Costner arriving on a flight at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California on July 2, 2012. Kevin stopped to sign his autograph on a fans guitar.

Fresh off the BET Awards and over to Paris Fashion Week, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West stop into the Hermes boutique and have their purchases carried out for them. SN: Why does Kim Kardashain look dead? Do you think Kanye is making her switch her image up? You know he's famous for turning chicks into his muse.

Lenny Kravitz performs in concert at Rock in Rio Madrid. 

Magic Johnson, his wife Cookie Johnson and friends do some shopping at Dolce & Gabbana and other luxury boutiques while on holiday in the South of France. The former Los Angeles Laker smiles for the cameras and treats himself to an ice cream cone before boarding a motorboat and heading back to his yacht.

Shemar Moore enjoys a swim in the ocean while on Miami Beach. SN: He loves him some Miami. I might have to take a visit down to South Beach this weekend.

Tom Cruise boards a helicopter to take him from Reykjavik to his film location in Iceland on July 2, 2012. Cruise is staying busy filming "Oblivion" on a volcano in the north of the country, after his wife Katie Holmes filed for divorce last Friday.

Good friends of Tom & Katie, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith arrived at the LAX Airport in Los Angeles, California on July 2, 2012 with smiles on their faces as they headed for their car.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Love & HipHop: Atlanta Season 1: EPISODE 3

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta heats up when Erica begins mocking drunk Stevie J and he confronts her. Let the name calling begin!

Monday, July 2, 2012

SAY WHAT?: Frank Ocean Confirms Bisexuality On New LP, Channel Orange? [TRACKLISTING]

Well that's just what it seems, according to ThatGrapeJuice...

Today, the R&B crooner's LP received its London press playback, and oh did it serve up more than expected. Frank Ocean make his foray from the Underground into the mainstream; a process which looks set to rock the charts with the release of his debut album ‘Channel Orange’ (due July 17th).

See what we mean via Max/BBC 1 Xtra‘s preview below…

Excerpt via This is Max:

“Frank has also opened up about his sexuality on the album, we think it’s brave and admire him for being so honest and sharing such a personal aspect of his life through his music. On the songs ‘Bad Religion’ ‘Pink Matter and ‘Forrest Gump’ you can hear him sing about being in love and their are quite obvious words used like ‘him’ and not ‘her’.

In the world we live in now we can’t see this being an issue or why it should be?? But we do commend him for not continuing a facade and conforming to what a Hip Hop so called rule book expects, we say live your life and be yourself.”

 If this indeed is true, he would be the first  HipHop artist to come out before his career is even takes off!! Do you think this is a good move for  Frank. I personally commend him for not giving a dayum what anyone in this industry has to say and allows himself to be free within his music! What are your thoughts?!?!

Check out the tracklist and guest appearances below:
Channel Orange:

1. Start
2. Thinkin’ Bout You
3. Fertilizer
4. Sierra Leone
5. Sweet Life
6. Not Just Money
7. Super Rich Kids (ft. Earl Sweatshirt)
8. Pilot Jones
9. Crack Rock
10. Pyramids
11. Lost
12. White (ft. John Mayer)
13. Monks
14. Bad Religion
15. Pink Matter (ft. Andre 3000)
16. Forrest Gump
17. End

MAG SCANS: Dawn Richard Takes KONTROL Of Her Destiny

Danity Kane and Dirty Money Diva Dawn Richard recently shoot for The Sexy Body Issue of Kontrol Magazine out Late June

Dawn Who is making waves in the music industry with the release of her New EP Armor On Which went number 1 on iTunes this year is showing the world there is life after Diddy!!

For the shoot Dawn channeled her inner sexy and playful side to show off her sexy body. The lady is no longer standing in the background but taking full Kontrol of her music, career and love life.  

Take a look at the pics after the jump and let us know your thoughts! Photography by DeVereaux

MUSIC NEWS: Mary J. Blige & D'Angelo 'LIBERATION' Tour

Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo will perform together briefly this summer for The Liberation Tour.  This is yet another great opportunity for D'Angelo to connect with the fanbase he kept waiting for so long and to prove it wasn't in vain.  Joining them on tour will be opening act Melanie Fiona.

Tour Schedule

August 18 – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia
August 19 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre - Wantagh, New York
August 21 – Bank of American Pavilion - Boston, Massachusetts
August 23 – PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, New Jersey

Click here for tickets. And check out D'Angelo in action at the 2012 BET Awards last night!!

NEW MUSIC: Keyshia Cole - ' Enough of No Love' ft. Lil Wayne

The Calling All Hearts singer just released her new radio and digital hit called "Enough of No Love" featuring Lil Wayne.

The banger is from Keyshia's album Woman To Woman that is set to hit stores in October, around the time that her new reality show will also hit our televisions!

What do you think of the new track? Are you feeling it? Let me hear you guys' thoughts!

HOT SHOTS: 2012 BET Awards - The Show: Melanie Fiona, Boris Kodjoe, D'Angelo, Angela Bassett & MORE

 Take a look at some of the highlights of the evening as well as performance & Awards photos from the 2012 BET Awards below!

Usher performs.
Best Gospel winner, Yolanda Adams

FanDemonium Award: Chris Brown

Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, & Loretta Divine pay tribute to Whitney Houston

Mike Epps bringing back the Jodeci

D'Angelo takes us back to real R&B.

Nicki Minaj performs

Ca$h Out performs

Joe Performs.

Yolanda Adams, Amber Bullock, Y’Anna Crawley and Jessica Reedy perform

Big Sean wins Best New Artist.

Spike Lee & Host Samuel L. Jackson pout their spin on 'Negroes in Paris'

Boris Kodjoe presents.

Donnie Simpson

G.O.O.D. Music performs

Busta Rhymes presents Best Female Hip Hop Award

Chaka Khan sings 'I'm Every Woman'

Beyonce accepts one of her Awards for the evening.

Melanie Fiona performs. Jay Z seemed very pleased with his artists' performance.

Kevin Hart wins Best Actor.


Wale wins Best Collaboration

Cissy pays tribute to her daughter.

Jay & Kanye win video of the year. Jay kindly interrupted Yeezy in the middle of his speech. It was one of the highlights of the night!

Chante Moore pays tribute to Donna Summer.