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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

MUSIC NEWS: Lil Mama casted as Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes in new TLC Biopic

TLC fans will be thrilled to learn that the VH1 biopic about the '90s R&B supergroup is moving forward with production for real, this time: One of the main stars has already been cast.

Lil Mama, best known for her cutesy teen hit "Lip Gloss" (okay, and that time she jumped onstage next to Jay-Z during the MTV VMAs), will portray fiery rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, MC Lyte revealed at the VIBE Impact Awards on Friday.

"I don't know if I'm supposed to say, but I will," Lyte teased. "She just got the role of Left Eye in TLC's new movie."

Lil Mama appeared to confirm the news via Twitter, retweeting messages of congratulations from her fans.

While I am not too keen on her acting skills I am sure Lil Mama will bring her 'A' Game. She definitely has the look and flow.  Some people are not too happy about this pairing and have already started a petition to boycott her from playing the role. 

What are your thoughts?

BTS: Solange Knowles Covers Fader 'Spring Style' Issue [VIDEO]

“Finding your own space in the music industry proves difficult when your sister inhabits every corner.” Very true, but as the little sister to probably the biggest star in the world, Solange is blazing her own trail. The eclectic musician and fashionista covers The Fader’s “Spring Style” issue, doing double duty with punk band Vampire Weekend. The Fader follows Solange preps her sold out show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom with the meticulous precision that comes with growing up Knowles. She’s become a voice for the cool kids, the crowd you’re most likely to catch at the Brooklyn Arts Museum rather than courtside at the Barclay’s.

In the interview, she opens up about the evolution of her sound, embracing simplicity, and how her life revolves around her young son: “In all aspects of my career, simplicity is so key. I think it has a lot to do with how much the quality of my life has improved since Julez started school, which pretty much implemented a schedule and a lifestyle that revolves around a nine-to-five hour.”

Her latest EP, True has gotten widespread love from critics and fans alike, and she credits her evolved sound to the experiences that have shaped her twenties:

“[In] four years, there’s been so much artistic growth, so much growth just as a woman in [my] 20s, but especially as an artist. You’re exposed to so much more from age 21 to 26, and you sure as hell care a lot less. It’s been a little weird, for me, getting feedback—the last album was so different than this one. I am like, Yeah, I was 20 when I started writing it. Is that supposed to be shocking? If it sounded similar, that would be really strange.”

Solange fans may be in for yet another treat. She reveals that she’s currently working on an extended version of her track “Looks Good With Trouble” is tentatively set to get a guest verse from Kendrick Lamar.

Catch Solange and Vampire Weekend in The Fader‘s Spring Style Issue when it hits newsstands.

MUSIC NEWS: Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Are Hitting the Road Together?

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are planning a major stadium tour this summer, sources involved in the negotiations tell Rolling Stone. While talks are still ongoing, the tour as currently planned would include 11 to 13 stadium dates.

Timberlake hinted Saturday on Twitter that something was in the works, writing, "Big news coming after Justin's Grammys performance." According to the New York Post, Timberlake said, somewhat vaguely, on the red carpet before the Grammys, 
 "We're definitely going to go on tour . . . I don't know how much I should say. . . . It's going to be a lot of fun, I know that."

The two stars have appeared on stage together a few times recently for performances of Timberlake's Hov-assisted comeback single "Suit & Tie." Jay joined Timberlake during a show in New Orleans over Super Bowl weekend, the pop-star's first live show in nearly five years; and the duo also joined forces for a rendition of the cut at this weekend's Grammy Awards. 
Timberlake's highly anticipated new album The 20/20 Experience is set for a March 19th release.

 Be sure to check out ROLLIN STONES interview with the pop star, where he talks about his return to music and how he and long-time producer Timbaland put together the new LP: 

"We encapsulated ourselves in the studio and I didn't tell anybody," Timberlake said. "I was just like, 'Let's make some music without all the hoopla of, like expectations. Let's just make something that feels genuine from us.' And I'm glad we were able to do that way because, for me, it's the best stuff I've ever done."

Michelle Williams Does Press Day For 'FELA' in Chicago [TOUR DATES]

The Rockford, IL star talks about her role in the Fela! musical, the possibility of a Destiny's Child reunion and shares the secrets behind her buff body.

Check out a clip from her appearance, more photos below from her FACEBOOK page, plus Tour Dates!!


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MUSIC NEWS: J. Cole – Truly Yours (EP) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

North Carolina born and Roc Nations, J. Cole releases Truly Yours project to tide over fans before his delayed Born Sinner drops.

Cole gives us 5 brand new tracks for out listening pleasure. After an EP was teased to precede Cole’s sophomore album, the project was shelved to put sole focus on Born Sinner. This new mini project serves as a consolation prize.  

Truly Yours, Cole. Single dropping later this week. Enjoy!!

VIDEO PREMIERE: Pusha T - 'Millions' ft. Rick Ross

G.O.O.D Music's Pusha T and MMG's bawse team up for a new single which is sure to be tearing up the airwaves and banging in the clubs. 

A couple of weeks after the release of his Wrath of Caine mixtape, Pusha T offers up a visual for the Rick Ross assisted track. 

In the clip, the rap pair hoard their millions while agents close in on their location, trying to find them "millions in the ceiling" and the "choppers in the closet."

Check out the video below!!! 

WATCH!: Brandy Brings Down The House During BET Honors

 Brandy Norwood was in the building for the annual BET Honors. The accomplished entertainer took the stage for one of the biggest shows during Awards Show season. Take a look at the powerhouse performer as she gives one of the best live performances I have ever seen from an artist

Take a look below and go get the album!!!


A Few Things You Should Know About Beyoncé: 'Vogue' Interview

In an 8-page spread in the March issue of Vogue, the singer continues the confessional streak she's been on as of late, revealing that she not only gave birth to her now 1-year-old baby girl -- contractions and all -- but that she had a vision of supernatural strength while doing so.
“I felt very maternal around eight months,” she remembers. “And I thought I couldn’t become any more until I saw the baby. . . . But it happened during my labor because I had a very strong connection with my child. I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door. And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain. . . . We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication.”

In this month's cover interview with VOGUE magazine, Beyoncé divulged more details about giving birth and the increased self-confidence she discovered as a result.

"Giving birth made me realize the power of being a woman," she said. "I have so much more substance in my life ... I actually feel like my child introduced me to myself," she went on to say.

At one year old, Beyoncé says Blue Ivy has grown into her "road dog" and "best friend," a relationship that she undoubtedly looks forward to nurturing while establishing a sense of normalcy in the little girl's life.

“At some point it’s very important to me that my daughter is able to experience life and run through the sprinklers and have slumber parties and trust and live and do all the things that any child should be able to do," Beyoncé told Vogue.

In addition to her upcoming HBO documentary, “Life is But a Dream," the 31-year-old singer is set to reveal even more about her personal life when she sits down for the Sunday, February 16 episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on OWN.

VIDEO PREMIERE: Drake - 'Started From The Bottom'

The video is finally here. Drake‘s new hit single “Started From The Bottom” official music video was uploaded to Drake’s Vimeo. The video was directed by Director X and it was shot in Toronto, Canada and Dominican Republic. Watch the video below and let me know what you think! 


Rihanna left just enough to the imagination in her new music video for "Stay," the latest single off her album Unapologetic. The clip consists almost entirely of slow, moody shots of the naked singer in a murky bathtub, save for a few shots of fully clothed collaborator, Mikky Ekko.

Rihanna performed her soon to be hit single a few nights ago at the Grammy's. Check out the premiere below!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Chris Brown spotted leaving Greystone Manor After Crashing His Porsche

R&B singer Chris Brown seen driving one of his different cars from the Greystone Manor Nightclub in Hollywood following a crash in his Porsche earlier in the day.

 The star totaled his fancy Porsche Saturday after crashing into a wall on the way to a charity event in L.A. He claims an "aggressive pursuit by paparazzi" was to blame.

Brown's rep explained in a statement to Entertainment Weekly that after the singer was cut off by photogs, "the occupants jumped out, with cameras, and aggressively approached his vehicle. In an effort to remove himself from the situation, he began to back down an alley, at which point he was cut off by two additional vehicles."

He apparently crashed into a wall, which shattered upon impact. The car looked pretty banged up too and was towed at Brown's request. 

While the singer has his side of the story, Chris Doherty, owner of INF, the agency that employed the photographers at the scene, says his guys "had nothing to do with Chris Brown crashing."

Doherty insists his cameramen arrived AFTER Chris crashed. "No photographers were following him at the time he crashed," he told TMZ. "He crashed his car and it’s convenient for him to blame us. He needs to be careful with his defamatory statements."

So far, the Beverly Hills police have issued a statement on the matter, but wouldn't comment on facts beyond the crash itself.

Brown's rep said the singer was "okay" after events, and added: "We plan on seeking criminal charges and holding them civilly liable." He's apparently sticking to his guns on this one.

Despite the expensive hiccup, the singer ended up making it to visit a kids' dance studio event  and seemed to be in good spirits. Now we'll just have to wait and see if there's any more Chris Brown excitement this weekend, since he's up for a Grammy Sunday night and will probably show up with on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna. It's been almost exactly four years since the couple didn't make it to the 2009 show due to their infamous domestic violence incident.


Clive Davis 2013 Pre-GRAMMY Gala: Brandy, Jill Scott, John Mayer, Janelle Monae, Sting, Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Wiz Khalifa, John Legend, Ashanti & MORE

Presented by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy, the ninth Pre-Grammy Gala, guests heard moving tributes to the evening’s special honoree, Epic chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid and were treated to a series of knockout performances by Patti Smith, the Lumineers, Usher, Miguel, Emeli Sande and capped by a duet featuring Jennifer Hudson and the legendary Gladys Knight.

Check out more pics from the event below!!!


Jennifer Hudson & Clive Davis


Jill Scott

Natasha Beddingfield

Nicole Richie

Katy Perry

Jordin Sparks


Janelle Monae

Kelsey Grammer


Wiz Khalifa

Ciara & Future

L.A. Reid

Tyra Banks


John Mayer

Gladys Knight

Melissa & Joan Rivers

Miley Cyrus

Carly Rae Jepsen

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend

Quincy Jones

Randy Jackson & Ryan Seacrest

Kathy Griffin