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6/30/08

Nicole Scherzinger Celebrates 30th Birthday At LAX

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Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger celebrated leaving her 20's on Saturday. In Las Vegas, she had a 30th birthday bash at Lax, which was attended by her fellow Pussycat Dolls, their manager Robin Antin and producer Polow Da Don:

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Fantasia Celebrates 24th Birthday

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Fantasia celebrated her 24th birthday this past weekend at Dreamz ATL. The American Idol champ was was joined by boyfriend Young Dro, former Xscape members Kandi and Tiny (above), as well as Trey Songz.



A Ghetto-Fabulous Mess.
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Joy Bryant Weds in the Hamptons

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Joy Bryant wed her stuntman fiancé David Pope in beachside ceremony at a private residence in Amagansett, N.Y. on Saturday, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The actress and former model, 31, wore a custom dress designed by her friend Angela Missoni at the ceremony, which was attended by about 100 guests. Afterwards, Bryant changed into a floral Missoni dress.

The groom, 37, sported a grey Calvin Klein Collection suit.

The happy couple first met on the set of Bryant's film Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, on which Pope worked as a stuntman.

Some wedding guests received e-mail invitations to the ceremony with a simple (and fashion-related) request: "Ladies, leave your Manolos at home."

Shortly after the ceremony, Bryant is expected to report back to work on her show Virtuality, a sci-fi pilot for FOX.

Women's Wear Daily first reported details of the couple's wedding plans.
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Ruben Studdard Says 'I Do'

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The Velvet Teddy Bear got hitched.

American Idol's season 2 winner Ruben Studdard married Surata Zuri McCants at Canterbury United Methodist Church in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., Saturday with 20 groomsmen at his side.

Studdard, 29, and McCants, 30, obtained a marriage license at the County Probate Office in Columbiana, Ala., last Monday. "They looked really happy," an eyewitness said.

On Idol, Studdard was dubbed the "Velvet Teddy Bear" and was known for dressing down in jerseys emblazoned with 205, Birmingham's area code.

But came time for his wedding, the vocalist got decked out. He and his groomsmen wore black Joseph Abboud tuxedos from local outfitter Mr. Burch Formal Wear, says a source.

The groomsmen's shirts and vests were black, while Studdard had a white vest and a white bow tie.

Studdard met McCants in October 2006, when he was signing CDs at a Wal-Mart in Atlanta. Struck by her beauty, he followed her to the store's toy department, and requested her phone number. Later this year he's due to release another CD.
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Jordin Sparks Covers 'JET'

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Jordin Sparks graces the cover of this week's JET.

Cute.
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New Keri Hilson Photoshoot

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R&B singer/song writer Keri Hilson, posed for a fun photoshoot with MTV this week. Check it out:


There's no denying the singer is beautiful, but I hate these pics and especially that Ike 'Rolling on the River' Turner wig.

In other news, the singer shot the video for her first single 'Energy', this past weekend.
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Jordin Sparks Performs 'One Step At A Time'

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American Idol champ Jordin Sparks performed her latest new single 'One Step At A Time' this week on dance reality show 'So You Think You Can Dance':



Vocally it was a good performance, as for the song, its 'blah' just like the bulk of the material on her album.
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New Music: Solange - 'I Told You So'

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Check out this new song titled 'I Told You So' from Solange's forthcoming LP 'Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams', due August 26th via Geffen/Music World:



About Solange as an artist, I've picked up that people either hate what she does or loves it, unlike other artist there is no middle ground. I personally love it, although this song isn't as good as some of the other tracks, its still solid and has me anticipating her album even more.

The first single, 'I Decided' debuted at #44 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart this past week, garnishing her highest showing yet.
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Michelle Williams Performs Live In New York

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Michelle Williams took her new European inspired Pop sound to the clubs over the weekend. The singer performed at a New York night spot, singing out 'Hello Heartbreak' and her new single 'We Break The Dawn', both from her forthcoming album 'Unexpected', due August 12th. Check it out below:



Good Stuff, I especially love how she incorporated the classic Whitney Houston joint 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' into her performance.
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New Music: Akon with Michael Jackson - 'Hold My Hand'

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News of Akon teaming up with Michael Jackson broke over a year ago and finally today a sample of their collaborative efforts surfaced with 'Hold My Hand'. Still unknown whose project the track will grace, mostly the song will feature on Akon's forthcoming LP. Check it out:



I'm sure hardcore fans of Akon and Michael Jackson, will eat this up considering its kind of the norm for them from the vocal styling to the subject matter, especially Michael. The song is okay, nothing more nothing less.
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Darkchild Speaks On New Britney & Brandy LPs

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In part 2 of Rap-Up.com's interview with Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins, the hit-maker let a few secrets out of the bag about the new projects from Britney Spears and Brandy:



With Britney delivering her best album yet IMO with last year's Blackout, I definitely looking forward to what she'll be serving up this time around. As for Brandy, who always seems to deliver material wise, I think her hardest task will be trying to become relevant again. Best of luck to both.
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Jay-Z Silences Naysayers With Performance At Glastonbury

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Despite must thinking he would fail, Jay-Z, who was billed as the headliner at the largely 'Rock' Glastonbury festival, silenced naysayers by delivering a show-stopping set. From the stunning opening of Oasis' 'Wonderwall' - which took aim at group member Noel Gallager's remark that “I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong”, as well as a remix of Estelle's 'American Boy'. Check it out:

Mrs. Carter was also on hand to support her man, looking a mess.

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New Kelly Rowland Photoshoot

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Check out this new photoshoot of R&B songstress Kelly Rowland. The dress was designed by London based designer Kosibah. She looks nice.

In other Kelly news, she will be hitting the stage at T4 On The Beach in the UK (Weston Super Mare) on July 20th. The event, which Ne-Yo will headline, will air live on Channel 4.
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Amy Winehouse Attacks Fan At Glastonbury

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During her set at the Glastonbury 2008 festival in the UK, falling star Amy Winehouse elbowed a concert goer in the face, after the reportedly having her hair pulled by the victim. Check out the clip below:



Despite sounding a hot mess, the troubled star didn't stop there, she also took a moment to call out rapper Kanye West - randomly labelling him a 'cunt' to the 90,000 strong crowd during her performance of 'Some Unholy War'. Check out the audio via World Star Hip-Hop below:




Kanye released a response via his official blog today, saying "Amy Winehouse hates me!!! Now I've really made it!!! LOL!!!!"

I don't even know what to say to this, I'm literally speechless.
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6/28/08

T.I. - 'No Matter What' Video

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The video for T.I.'s first single, 'No Matter What', from his forthcoming album 'Paper Trail' also premiered today on MTV. Peep it below:



Great song and video, I especially love how he incorporated the actual footage from his recent encounters with the law. T.I. has always been one of my favorite rappers, despite not making the best decisions here lately, but it nice to see he realizes and accepts the consequences for the mistakes he made.
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Rihanna Performs 'Take A Bow'

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Aside from performing with Maroon 5 on this week's episode of F'N MTV, Rihanna also took the stage to perform her own No.1 hit 'Take A Bow'. Check it out below:



Decent performance.
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Rihanna & Maroon 5 Perform on MTV

Day 26 - 'Since You've Been Gone' Video

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The video for Day 26's long overdue second single 'Since You've Been Gone' premiered today on MTV, check it out below:

The video isn't anything special, but still manages to do the song justice, there was also a nice cameo from Dawn of Danity Kane.
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6/26/08

New York Goes to Hollywood

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After getting double dissed on Flavor of Love, Tiffany ‘New York’ Pollard transformed rejection into her own reality series with I Love New York. But finding love with Tailor Made (George Weisgerber) on I Love New York 2 was not enough. New York is ready for a new challenge. Get ready for New York Goes to Hollywood, which follows the leading lady as she attempts to put her name on Tinsel Town’s A-list by becoming a serious actress. What about Weisgerber? Although he told PEOPLE in March, “Tiffany and I are very happy together,” New York will leave her love behind and go west to woo industry professionals in her quest for a movie star career. “We will make this work,” Tailor Made said of their relationship. “I’ll visit her as much as I can.”

VH1 just released the first promotional pictures for New York Goes Hollywood, which premieres Aug. 4 (10 p.m. ET). “New York like you’ve never seen her before,” the network’s site reads. That would be as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz (left) and as Marilyn Monroe (right).

SMH, this is a mess, if I ever seen one.
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Barack Obama Covers Rolling Stone

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Barack Obama is covering Rolling Stone magazine for the second time. The Democratic Presidential nominee reveals that he has ‘eclectic tastes’ in music as he takes the magazine through what he has on his iPod.

The politician says he is a fan of Bob Dylan, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow and hip-hop star Jay-Z. Obama also says he is a fan of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and jazz greats like Miles Davis and John Coltrane. He also said he has been thrilled to get support from musicians such as Bruce Springsteen and Dylan.

Rolling Stone doesn’t post the full article online, but they definitely have some snippets.
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BET Late Night After Party Honoring Stephen Hill

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Nelly and Ashanti hang out at a private party honoring Stephen Hill (Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming at BET) after the BET Awards on Tuesday. The party was held at the Beverly Hills Mansion of SRC records CEO, Steve Rifkind and guests included: Queen Latifah, Kevin Liles, Diddy, Lil' Kim, Quincy Jones, and lots more


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Beyonce and Idris Elba On Set

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Shot on Tuesday, Beyonce Knowles was in the middle of shooting a scene with co-star Idris Elba. We posted some other photos earlier this week, but here are some new ones (via concreteloop.com). The movie is said to be set for release in February of 2009.


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Darkchild Speaks On New Beyonce & Ciara LPs

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Rap-up.com recently caught up with hit-maker Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins to ask about his contribution to Beyonce and Ciara's forthcoming albums. Check it out below:



I'm really excited about both albums, especially Ciara's because I felt her last album was a really strong effort, unfortunely I can't say the same about Beyonce's, but hopefully she delivers this time.
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Janet Jackson Triumphs Madonna In Tickets Sales

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Madonna's ticket sales may have gotten off to a slow start, but Janet Jackson's are doing fine, claims Live Nation, their concert-tour company.

Jackson is hitting the road to promote her latest CD, "Discipline", which hasn't fared well on the charts since its February release.

But hopes are still high for Jackson's tour at Live Nation, where the chairman left last week after criticism that he was paying stars too much for the return. "She's a tour record-breaker, having grossed more than $100 million in her career".

So why is Jackson apparently selling well while only half of the seats at Madonna's L.A. show have been sold? Her tickets are cheaper than Madonna's, ranging from $46 to $126 at the Izod Center in New Jersey, for example, where Jackson performs Oct. 17. And unlike Madonna, who almost always favors her new material in shows, Jackson is willing to do the fan-favorite hits.

"We're very happy with the ticket sales," said a Live Nation spokesman. "She hasn't complained about us. Thank God."

Good for Janet, hopefully this will allow her record to push more units, even though the whole project was a complete mess IMO.
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New Pussycat Dolls Promo Pic

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Check out this new promotional shot for the Pussycat Dolls sophomore effort 'Doll Domination' (due September 16th). As always, they look great.
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No Ratings For BET

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The African-American targeted network’s annual awards show, which honors the best performances in music, sports and movies, drew 5.8 million viewers—the smallest viewing audience for the eight-year old franchise since 2004, according to Nielsen Media Research. Last year’s show, which featured performances by Beyonce, 50 Cent and TI, drew more than 6.3 million viewers. {Source}

No surprise considering the whole show was pretty lackluster.
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The Game’s ‘L.A.X.’ Gets Pushed to August 26

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Interscope Records has confirmed that The Game’s third LP L.A.X. has been pushed from July 22nd to August 26th. This is the third push-back for the album.
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Ciara Inks Modeling Deal With Wilhelmina

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R&B superstar Ciara recently signed a deal with the modelling agency Wilhelmina.

The agency will focus on casting Ciara in the clothing and fragrance businesses. The singer is currently ending her modeling run for Jay-Z's Rocawear clothing line.

“Modeling has always been one of my aspirations," says Ciara. "But I was insecure about my height. I thought I was 5'7" but I just found out that I'm 5'8" so I'm really excited about that.

"Furthermore the platinum singer is gearing up to start a new clothing line. She is currently talking to the department store Steve & Barry's.

Ciara wants to combine her own style with affordable prices.Ciara will follow fashion icons like Sarah Jessica Parker (“Bitten” collection) and New York Knicks' star Stephon Marbury's clothing line “Starbury”.

"I have a couple of cool things that I'm working on," says Ciara. "The coolest thing about Steve & Barry's is they cater to everyday people. I won't say that my line will be like theirs, I want to stay true to who I am, but most importantly it has to be affordable." Ciara's New LP, "Fantasy Ride" is scheduled to hit stores this fall.

Good for Her.
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2008 BET Awards Fashion Breakdown (5 Best Dressed)

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5. Queen Latifah

See Jennifer, this is how things are suppose to be done, Queen Latifah is one of a select few who knows her body size and how to compliment it. She looks stunning.

4. Nia Long

In her forties, Nia Long is still a force to be reckoned with.

3. Cassie

Although Cassie's dress looked more like a top than an actual dress, there's no denying she has the legs to carry it. She literally looks drop dead gorgeous.

2. Ashanti

Ashanti looks stunning and elegant.

1. Alicia Keys

I didn't care for what Alicia wore on the red carpet, but this tan number totally redeemed the singer. She looks stunning.

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6/25/08

2008 BET Awards Fashion Breakdown (5 Worst Dressed)

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5. Keyshia Cole

Aside from having the worst performance of the night, Keyshia's fashion, as usual, was also on the downside.

4. Solange

Its often easy to forget that Solange is actually Beyonce's little sister, because unlike B, she never has her fashionable moments and she that hair makes her look like a wet puppy.

3. Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer seemed to be on a ride to fashion heaven, during her run of the awards shows while collecting prizes for her role in 'Dreamgirls', but then the Oscars hit and since then she's been on a down slide, big women IMO should not where these kind of dresses under any condition. Its nothing wrong with being big, but know your body and Jennifer if you need help, look at Queen Latifah who always rises to the occasion.

2. Lil' Mama

Fire you stylist now! No questions or explanations, just let them go. You look like Aunt Jemima.

1. Keri Hilson

I'm just going to get right to the point, leave the Ike and Tina Turner wigs and costumes in the 70s where they belong.

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