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12/31/08

New Music: Christina Milian - 'Us Against The World' [Jason Nevins Remix]

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Christina Milians single Us Against the World (Jason Nevins Remix), which will be released to iTunes on January 20. Listen to the dance remix below:



I prefer the song as the slow ballad, but nice mix, all the same.
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Beyonce & Ne-Yo Honor Barbra Streisand At The Kennedy Center Honors

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Beyoncé and Ne-Yo, paid tribute to living legend Barbra Streisand, by performing her classic hits 'The Way We Were' and 'Lover Come Back To Me', at the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Check it out:




Beyonce nailed it, I really enjoyed her version of my favorite Barbra Streisand song ever. Ne-Yo also delivered a solid performance.
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Single Cover: Christina Milian - ‘Us Against the World’ (Jason Nevins Remix)

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Here’s the cover for Christina Milian’s single 'Us Against the World' (Jason Nevins Remix), which will be released to iTunes on January 20.


Good Stuff.
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12/30/08

2008 Best Of The Year Awards (Winners)

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Grammy winning star Britney Spears and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks lead the winners of the 1st Annual Celebrity Bug Best of the Year Awards, collecting two prizes each. 'Desperate Housewives' and ' The Dark Knight', lead the TV and Movie categories respectively, also winning two.

GENERAL
Shocking Event of 2008
Barack Obama Becoming President

Most Talk About Star of 2008
Britney Spears

MUSIC
Album of the Year
Alicia Keys – ‘As I Am’

Single of the Year
Leona Lewis – ‘Bleeding Love’

Video of the Year
Ashanti – ‘The Way That I Love You’

Collaboration of the Year
Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown – ‘No Air’

Best New Artist
Jordin Sparks

Best Female Artist
Britney Spears

Best Male Artist
T.I.

Best Group
Coldplay

Underrated Artist of the Year
Brandy

‘Please Come Harder’ Award
Usher

‘Take A Break Please’ Award
Rihanna

Worst Single of the Year
Bow Wow featuring Soulja Boy – ‘Marco Polo’

Worst Album of the Year
Miley Cyrus – ‘Breakout’

TV
TV Show of the Year
‘Desperate Housewives’

TV Actress of the Year
Eva Longoria Parker – ‘Desperate Housewives’

TV Actor of the Year
Ed Westwick – ‘Gossip Girl’

TV Host of the Year
Ellen DeGeneres – ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Reality Show of the Year
American Idol

MOVIES
Movie of the Year
The Dark Knight

Movie Actress of the Year
Sarah Jessica Parker (‘Sex and the City’, ‘Smart People’)

Movie Actor of the Year
Heath Ledger (‘The Dark Knight’)

NOTE: I really want to thank you guys for your overwhelming participation, out of the 100 serious blogger ballots send out, a whopping 87 of them responded with votes, that along with an additional 206 from you guys and the the votes of the 3 founding members of Celebrity Bug determined your winners. I have to say I don't completely agree, in fact, I think I'm going to put up a post documenting CB's picks, but this is how you voted, so here you have it.
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New Music: Pussycat Dolls - ‘Top Of The World’

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You may have heard this song in the opening credits for Monday night’s premiere of 'The Hills' spinoff 'The City' and wondered what it was. Well, it’s a new song from the Pussycat Dolls recorded as the theme for the MTV series starring Whitney Port. Check it out:



I likes.

As for the show, I tuned in not really expecting much because Whitney was beyond boing on 'The Hills', but I was pleasantly surprised that the show was actually entertaining.
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Movie Review: 'Seven Pounds'

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In 'Seven Pounds', Will Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret that embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Storyline:
Will Smith's character, Ben Thomas, embarks on the journey to change the lives of seven strangers, at first, his reasons are unclear, in fact, for the better part of the movie you don't even know if Ben is a good guy or bad guy, but its very clear that he has a secret.

The movie continues to turn the tables on you, just when you've made up in your mind that Ben is a good guy, the roles reverse, when you find out he's not only lied about his profession, but also his name.

Towards the end, is where it is revealed that Ben is on this mission to help these people, in honor of an accident at his hands that cost seven lives, furthermore, Ben doesn't want to just help anyone, he's very forceful that their good people.

The latter part of the movie, does tend to become a little predictable, in fact, I knew how and why he would take his own life before any of the events occurred.

Acting:
As always, Will Smith delivers big time, as his character goes through an array of emotions, Smith brilliantly conquers them all. Rosario Dawson, also brings a raw emotion, vulnerability, and realism to her character, Emily Posa, and easily delivers the performance of her career.

Ben and Emily's relationship, is the heart of the movie, as Ben reluctantly falls in love with her though it was obviously not in the plans for him, made very clear by his attempt to distance his affection for her.

You root for Ben and Emily, and just when your dreams finally become a reality, Ben does the ultimate sacrifice and gives up his life to save hers.

That's not to say the movie doesn't end with an happy ending, because it proves to be just that as Emily and Ezra (Woody Harrelson), a blind man that had trouble talking to women, end with an emotional hug, leading you to believe they will end up together.

That along with the six other lives Ben change, make it evidently clear, that he's not the bad guy that you might originally think, in fact, he's almost like an angel saving lives and mending fences.

Direction & Visual:
Gabriele Muccino, who previously directed Smith in 'A Pursuit to Happyness', does a good job of actively capturing and displaying the wide range of emotions in a way that doesn't take away from the project or make you feel, in the least bit, shortchanged.

Overall:
The movie was panned by critics, which really doesn't mean anything because they tend to pan a lot of good movies and praise a bulk of the boring ones, but I found the movie extremely enjoyable and entertaining. Smith charms from the time he graces the screen until he makes his dramatic exit, proving why audiences flock to his movies continuously.


3.5 out of 5
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12/29/08

New Music: India.Arie Featuring Musiq Soulchild - 'Chocolate High'

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Check out India.Arie's lead single, 'Chocolate High', featuring Musiq Soulchild from her upcoming album 'Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics' , due February 10, 2009, below:



I really enjoyed this track and their voices really compliment each other well. Good Stuff.
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CB's Top 10 Albums Of 2008

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  1. Coldplay - 'Viva La Vida'
  2. Alicia Keys - 'As I Am'
  3. Britney Spears - 'Circus'
  4. Carrie Underwood - 'Carnival Ride'
  5. Solange - 'Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams'
  6. Ashanti - 'The Declaration'
  7. T.I. - 'Paper Trail'
  8. Jesse McCartney - 'Departure'
  9. Brandy - 'Human'
  10. Jennifer Hudson - 'Jennifer Hudson

Technically, Alicia and Carrie's albums were released in late 2007, but given a bulk of their promotion of the albums was received in 2008, their albums qualify. Listenable qualities were also taken into effect, like with Estelle and even Brandy, their albums scored higher than Ashanti or T.I. in the album reviews, unfortunately their albums fall victim to the once a week or month curses for me, meaning though critically great its just not an album I can bring myself to listen to every day. Kind of like 'The Color Purple' is one of my favorite movies, but its still not a movie that I could bear to watch every single day.

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India.Arie Readies Next 'Testimony'

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India.Arie's second volume in her series of "Testimony" albums, "Love & Politics," will arrive Feb. 10 from Universal Republic. The lead single, "Chocolate High," features Musiq Soulchild, while second single "Therapy" features Jamaican roots artist Gramps Morgan.

"Love & Politics" follows 2006's "Life & Relationship," which has sold 689,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Production was contributed by Arie, Novel and Dru Castro, among others.

Arie launched her own label, Soulbird Music, in June, with the release of singer Anthony David's album, "Acey Deucy." The artists teamed for the single "Words," which is up for a Grammy for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals.

Here is the track list for "Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics":
"Intro -- Grains"
"Therapy"
"Psalms 23"
"Chocolate High"
"He Heals Me"
"Interlude -- Grains"
"Pearls"
"River Rise"
"Yellow"
"Better Way"
"Interlude -- Grains"
"Long Goodbye"
"Ghetto"
"The Cure"Outtro -- Grains"

[Spotted @ Billboard]
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Eva Longoria Parker Covers 'Glamour'

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Eva Longoria Parker opens up about her relationship with husband Tony Parker in Glamour magazine's February 2009 "Man Issue".

On her type:
"I think sometimes women are stuck in a type. I've never dated the same type. I fall in love with personalities, and they come in different packages."

On her relationship:
"Tony and I would love to be together forever. But the only way you get to forever is one day at a time."

On who is the "flower" and who is the "gardener" in her marriage to Tony Parker:
"I'm the gardener. I definitely nurture. [My husband] is the flower. But there are times when Tony takes care of me-in an emotional sense, like, 'OK, let me take the reins on this one.' But I love to take care of him. I'm really a very fifties housewife."

On being a housewife:
"I love having dinner ready and making sure his clothes are ironed and that he's packed and ready when he goes on road trips."

On adding her husbands name after marriage:
"Tony didn't care either way. I love that tradition, too -- it's romantic."

Click here to read the complete interview or pick up the February issue of Glamour magazine on newsstands January 6.
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CB's Top 10 Videos Of 2008 (#1)

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Ashanti - 'The Way That I Love You'



The main ingredient of an great video is to leave the audience wanting more, and no other artist has a knack for doing that more than Ashanti (at least when it comes to videos).

Directed by Kevin Bray, who also directs episodes for the 'Law & Order' and 'CSI' franchises, her stunning video for 'The Way That I Love You' premiered way back in February and still standouts among the crowded videos that premiered in the latter 10 months. Taking the 'Snapped'/woman scorned concept and placing it to this song was simply a match made in heaven, since the song was extremely emotional.

The greatest thing about the video is that it let's you decide the ending: Did she kill him? Did he kill her? Did she walk away? Was it just a dream? The ending was literally up to you and that's was one of the thing that made this an outstanding video.
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CB's Top 10 Videos Of 2008 (#2)

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Carrie Underwood - 'Just A Dream'



I've often said that Carrie Underwood is like the Beyonce of country music, everyone else just takes a back seat to her, and though Rihanna and Taylor Swift, have proved to be competition for both, the statement still remains in tact (for me). 'Just A Dream', is hands down one of the best country songs released this year, and the fact that it or her album aren't nominated for Grammy's is criminally wrong. As for the video, it is an emotional, gut pounding video that visually depicts the song extremely well. Country, just doesn't get much better than this.
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12/28/08

Beyonce Steals Again

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The song originally called 'Smack Into You' was written for Jon McLaughlins sophomore album 'Ok Now' by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. Though, the song was later scrapped from the album, Jon did perform the song live on his summer/fall tour. Not letting an amazing song go to waste, it was presented to Beyonce and changed to 'Smash Into You'. Check out Jon's version below:



The problem with this is obviously not her being given the track after Jon axed it, but the problem is Beyonce's name has been tacked on as a writer and this makes it very clear that she wrote absolutely nothing.

I just don't know why she continues to try to brand herself as a writer, when she's obviously not, and these cases coming out of the woodwork are only hurting her image not helping it.

Enough is enough, Step Your Game Up.
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Album Review: Plies - 'Da REAList'

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Fresh off the gold status of his sophomore album, 'Definition Of Real', which featured the mega hit, 'Bust It Baby (Part 2)' featuring Ne-Yo. Plies is back with his third album, 'Da REAList', which marks the Florida based rapper's third full length release in just under 16 months.

For the most part, the effort seems to stick to an traditional Plies album, as he once again conquers the topics of sex, goons, and family, unfortunately, like in the past, that just doesn't prove to be enough.

The lead single, 'Put It On Ya', as well as the J.R. produced, 'Want It, Need It', which each receive assistance from newcomer Chris J and R&B songstress Ashanti respectively, are both winners, however, its the featured guests that steer the tracks to that status not Plies.

The striking, 'Family Straight', is where Plies' emotion shines through in a way that the rapper rarely showcases, in fact, it makes such an interesting, compelling argument that you can't help, but feel for him. 'Heard of Me', where Plies establishes that he isn't willing to compromise himself to be successful, also shows another trait that you can't help, but admire.

The Sean Garrett, 'Street Light', is another track on the grounds of solid.

Unfortunately, the bulk of the album is easily a miss, mostly because of the extremely monogamous subject matter.

Put simply, Plies isn't a great rapper, he isn't even a good one, but he does come across straight forward and to the point, which makes him easy to relate to, still it doesn't camouflage, the fact, that he was retaliating the same thing over all 16 tracks.

A better effort than his debut, worse than his sophomore, but still in signature Plies format, so if you enjoyed his previous releases, then this one should follow suit.

2 out of 5
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CB's Top 10 Videos Of 2008 (#3)

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Rihanna - 'Disturbia'



In my original posting of the video, the word brilliant came into play, and though the song remains in the pits (at least for me), the video more than made up for it's lackluster qualities. Everything about this video was top notch, the costumed fashion, the over the top makeup, and Rihanna looked breathtaking. The video helped define why Rihanna is currently at the top of her game (despite having minimal talent), because she's brave and isn't afraid to take a risk and its definitely well worth it when it pays off like this.
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Jennifer Aniston Leads `Marley' To $37M Weekend

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Hollywood had a happy holiday with a huge Christmas weekend as movies from Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett and Adam Sandler all opened strongly.

Even Tom Cruise scored solidly in an eye patch and a German World War II uniform.

Aniston and Wilson's dog tale "Marley & Me" debuted at No. 1 with $37 million in weekend ticket sales and a total of $51.7 million since opening Christmas Day, according to estimates Sunday from distributor 20th Century Fox.

Disney's Sandler comedy "Bedtime Stories" came in second for the weekend with $28.1 million and $38.6 million since it debuted on Christmas.

Paramount's "Benjamin Button," a romantic fantasy with Pitt and Blanchett, ran a close third with $27 million for the weekend. The film has grossed $39 million since premiering Christmas Day.

MGM's "Valkyrie," starring Cruise as a German officer plotting to kill Adolf Hitler, had a No. 4 debut weekend of $21.5 million and took in $30 million since opening on Christmas.

Rounding out the holiday rush of new wide releases was Lionsgate's action thriller "The Spirit," which came in at No. 9 with $6.5 million over the weekend and $10.4 million since its Christmas debut.

"Marley & Me" was based on John Grogan's best-seller about a couple going through the ups and downs of marriage with their mischievous dog in tow. The holiday timing was ideal for a story about an adorable pup, said 20th Century Fox distribution executive Bert Livingston.

"It's an all-audience picture, ages 8 to 80. That's who's coming," Livingston said. "This is a movie about life, love and family. It's what people want to see now."

Audiences wanted to see pretty much everything over the holiday weekend. Revenues had plunged the previous two weekends, but Hollywood ended the year on a high note as the top 12 movies took in $182.5 million, up 8 percent from the same weekend in 2007.

"It's a very strong finish to the year," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. "Audiences are really enjoying the movies in the marketplace right now."

For the year, revenues are running a fraction behind the pace of 2007, when the box office hit a record $9.7 billion. Factoring in higher admission prices, the number of tickets sold is lagging 5 percent behind last year's total, according to Media By Numbers.

"Benjamin Button" and other Academy Awards contenders packed theaters. Miramax's acclaimed drama "Doubt" expanded nationwide after two weekends of limited release, pulling in $5.7 million to finish at No. 10.

Paramount Vantage's "Revolutionary Road," a domestic drama reuniting "Titanic" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, had a huge $192,000 debut in just three theaters, averaging $64,000 per screen.

Warner Bros. expanded Clint Eastwood's vigilante drama "Gran Torino" to more theaters as the film continues to draw big crowds with $2.4 million in just 84 cinemas, a per-theater average of $29,048.

By comparison, "Marley & Me" had a theater average of $10,632 on 3,480 screens, "Button" had $9,036 on 2,988 screens and "Valkyrie" averaged $7,942 on 2,711 screens.

Two Fox Searchlight films, "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Wrestler," and Universal's "Frost/Nixon" also were among Oscar prospects doing strong business.

"Awards buzz doesn't hurt," said Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount, which released "Benjamin Button," featuring Pitt as a man who ages backward. "We always felt it's an incredibly compelling movie and worthy of attention at the end of the year. So far, that has been going very well."

"Benjamin Button," "Doubt" and "Frost/Nixon" lead contenders for the Jan. 11 Golden Globes with five nominations each.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "Marley & Me," $37 million.
2. "Bedtime Stories," $28.1 million.
3. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," $27 million.
4. "Valkyrie," $21.5 million.
5. "Yes Man," $16.5 million.
6. "Seven Pounds," $13.4 million.
7. "The Tale of Despereaux," $9.4 million.
8. "The Day the Earth Stood Still," $7.9 million.
9. "The Spirit," $6.5 million.
10. "Doubt," $5.7 million.

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New Music: Ciara - ‘Diva’ (Beyoncé Cover)

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Ciara starts the trend by being the first major pop star to remix Beyonce’s 'Diva' for her Fantasy Ride mixtape, the prequel to her third studio album of the same name. Check it out below:



I've repeatedly said that 'Diva' was rubbish, mainly because it feels like Beyonce is trying to be something she isn't, in efforts to get a hit record, which is obviously going to be the end result. That said, I have to say I actually prefer Ciara on the track rather than Beyonce, because it doesn't come off so forced with her.
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CB's Top 10 Videos Of 2008 (#4)

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Britney Spears - 'Womanizer'



Britney's back...is what this video had everyone chiming.

Put Simply, this video proved that all the troubled times didn't shatter Britney's ability to create a catchy pop anthem or an insanely hot video. Not to mention, her body (after having two kids), puts most stars to shame that have yet to give birth. HOTNESS, at its best.
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12/27/08

CB's Top 10 Videos Of 2008 (#5)

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Beyonce - 'If I Were A Boy'



When images, of a bootylicious cop suited Beyonce first surfaced, I like most Beyonce fans wondered how could that theme possible compliment the big pop ballad, but it resulted in a complete winner. Just when it gets to the point where you almost hate Beyonce, she turns the tables on you, farther proving why she's still at the top of her game.
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CB's Top 10 Videos Of 2008 (#6)

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Pink - 'So What'

Pink continued her signature trend of hilarious spunky entertainment filled videos with 'So What', which marked her first No.1 single and reestablished the fact the she's the coolest Pop/Rock chick around (sorry Avril).

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12/26/08

Jennifer Aniston Tops Brad Pitt With All-Time Best Christmas Opening

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Jennifer Aniston's latest film beat out ex-husband Brad Pitt's at the box office, scoring the all-time best Christmas Day opening.

Jen's new romantic comedy, "Marley & Me," based on the bestselling novel about a loveable but incorrigible Labrador Retriever, opened at all all-time Christmas No. 1 with $14.75 million in ticket sales, according to preliminary box office numbers. The previous record was held by "Ali" with 10.2 million.

Meanwhile Brad's film "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" followed in second with $11.8 million.

Although Jen's movie won the 100-yard dash of opening day, "Benjamin Button" will likely have more longevity on the long road towards Oscar night.

In third was Adam Sandler's "Bedtime Stories" which earned $10.4 million in sales, followed by "Valkyrie" starring Tom Cruise with $8.5 million. Jim Carrey's "Yes Man" rounded out the top 5 with $5.9 million.

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CB's Top 10 Videos Of 2008 (#7)

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Usher - 'Trading Places'



With 'Here I Stand', disappointing the bulk of Usher's fans (myself included), 'Trading Places', for me, shined a light on the man that we originally fell in love with. This is hands down, the sexiest video by a male artist in 2008, given it oozed pure sexiness from start to finish.
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CB's 10 Most Intriguing People Of 2008 (#1)

CB's Top 10 Videos Of 2008 (#8)

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Ciara featuring T-Pain - 'Go Girl'



Although the song was average at best, the stellar choreography driven video helps keep the effort from being a complete disaster. Ciara's slick moves are her best asset, which this video makes even more evident. Great Stuff.
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CB's Top 10 Videos Of 2008 (#9)

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Solange - 'Sandcastle Disco'



Like I originally stated, the video is like a creatively fused piece of art. It had all the key ingredients of a great video, the song was stellar, it was different and 100% original. A complete winner.
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CB's Top 10 Videos Of 2008 (#10)

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Ashanti - 'Good Good'



Conceptually, the video was definitely a downplay for Ashanti, because her videos are normally very storyline driven (there's even a slight one here), but the video is undeniably cute. Visually paying tribute to the 50s, Ashanti looked absolutely flawless, in addition, this also marked the first time Nelly and Ashanti appeared simultaneously in a video.
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Keyshia Cole & Jamie Foxx Perform On 'A Home For The Holidays'

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Grammy nominated stars Keyshia Cole and Jamie Foxx performed on CBS' 'A Home for the Holidays' special. The two singers, whom both have dealt with foster/adoptive care, hope to help children find homes for the holidays and put in their inspirational contribution to a show which offers a mix of musical entertainment and information about child adoption. Check it out:




Nice performances.
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New Teairra Mari Promos

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Check out Teairra Mari's brand new promo shots:



Everyone just can't do high fashion shoots, and for me, Teairra falls into that bracket.
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Album Cover: Rihanna - 'Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes'

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'Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes' hits stores and online retailers on January 27th, Check out the official cover art below:

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Eartha Kitt Passes Away

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Groundbreaking actress and the sultry singer of the stylishly sexy Christmas standard "Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt, died on Christmas Day in New York City, her publicist confirmed to CNN.

Kitt, 81, had been treated for colon cancer. Her daughter Kitt Shapiro was by her side at the time of her death.

Known primarily for singing in her distinctively raspy voice and purring like a cat as Catwoman on the '60s TV series Batman, Kitt was a star of stage, the small and big screen and music. She was nominated for three Tony awards, two Grammy awards and two Emmys, according to her official Web site.

A performer to the very end, Kitt taped a PBS special in Chicago six weeks ago that is set to air in February, CNN reports.

Born Dirt Poor
Leaving the cotton fields of South Carolina at the age of 4 to go live with an aunt in New York City's Harlem, Kitt began her career after she auditioned on a dare for the Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe – and landed a spot as a featured dancer and vocalist.

Touring Europe, she built a name for herself, then became famous in America when she appeared in the Broadway revue New Faces of 1952 – where she introduced "Santa Baby," as well as her other trademark songs, "C'est Si Bon" and "Monotonous."

Honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1960, Kitt became infamous for speaking out against American involvement in the Vietnam War while she was at a White House luncheon in 1968. It took a good 10 years for her career to recover, and she headlined on Broadway in the musical Timbuktu!

An Icon
She also became a staple on the cabaret circuit, and toured as the Wicked Witch in a national touring production of The Wizard of Oz, based on the classic 1939 movie.

Among her other accomplishments, she wrote three autobiographies. Only last week, "Santa Baby" was certified gold.

According to her bio, Kitt lived in Connecticut near her daughter and four grandchildren. They survive her – as does her reputation as an icon.

Our sincerest condolences.
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12/24/08

CB's 10 Most Intriguing People Of 2008 (#3)

Single Cover: Beyonce - 'Diva' & 'Halo'

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Check out the covers for Beyonce's latest singles, 'Diva' and 'Halo', from her platinum selling No.1 album, 'I Am...Sasha Fierce', below:

The 'Diva' cover is FIERCE. Good Stuff.
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Ashanti Performs 'Shine' On 'Good Day NY'

12/24/2008 0
Check out Grammy winning sensation Ashanti performing, 'Shine' on the New York based show, 'Good Day NY':



Great Stuff, in fact, she sounds almost identical to the actual record.
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12/23/08

Britney Spears' Holiday Card

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After a tumultuous year, there's finally peace and good will for Britney Spears, as displayed in her affectionate and lighthearted holiday card.

The pop singer, 27, whose career and personal life are on the rebound, wraps her arms around sons Jayden James, 2, and Preston, 3, under the Christmas tree in the card, posted on her Web site.
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CB's 10 Most Intriguing People Of 2008 (#4)

New Music: Teairra Mari Featuring Pleasure P - 'Hunt 4 U'

12/23/2008 0
Teairra Mari's first single surfaced today, in the form of, 'Hunt 4 U', and features former pretty Rickey member Pleasure P. Check it out:



The track is on the grounds of solid, but I really can't see this being in major rotation on the radio. With Rihanna and Beyonce currently ruling the airwaves, the pressure is truly on ALL females to bring their 'A Game' and this track fails to make a striking argument in Teairra's defense.
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Introducing Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga, who's signed to Akon's Kon Live/Interscope imprint, has been creating quite the buzz amongst the industry lately. Her first single, 'Just Dance, currently sits at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Electronica, Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, and R&B fuse together to create the New York native's unique sound. Check out the singer's current smash below, as well as, a live rendition.




Lady GaGa's debut album, 'The Fame', is currently in stores.

Great Stuff. I honestly can't believe I've slept on this girl so long, she's definitely a breath of fresh air to the industry.
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New Kelly Clarkson Single Due Next Month

12/23/2008 0
Kelly Clarkson's new single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," will hit U.S. radio outlets Jan. 19. The track will introduce her fourth, as-yet-untitled studio album, due March 17 from RCA.

Although a track list has yet to be announced, Clarkson has worked with producer/songwriter Dr. Luke and OneRepublic leader Ryan Tedder on new material.

The album will be the follow-up to 2007's "My December," which has sold 780,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Clarkson feuded with RCA exec Clive Davis over her desire to write her own material for the album, on the heels of her smash 2004 album "Breakaway," which featured a number of co-writes with experienced songwriters.

A planned arena tour was scrapped just before "My December" came out due to lower-than-expected ticket sales, and was reconfigured for smaller venues a few months later.

Last fall, Clarkson signed with manager Narvel Blackstock, who paired her with his wife, Reba McEntire, for a successful co-headlining tour in early 2008.

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No Truth to Michael Jackson Lung-Transplant Story

12/23/2008 0
Claims that Michael Jackson needs a lung transplant because of a rare respiratory disease are a "total fabrication," according to a statement from Jackson's official spokesperson, Dr. Tohme Tohme, released by the Los Angeles firm, Scoop Marketing, Reuters reports.

Word of Jackson's supposed condition – that he was suffering from Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency – had circulated after writer Ian Halperin, at work on an upcoming biography of the 50-year-old music legend, was interviewed in Britain's Sunday Express newspaper.

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Beyonce - 'Diva' Video

12/23/2008 0
The video for Beyonce's latest single, 'Diva', off the 'Sasha Fierce' portion of her album also surfaced today. Check it out:



The song, which I initially thought was in the pits, has grown on me somewhat. As for the visual, though simple, I enjoyed the video immensely. Great Stuff.
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Beyonce - 'Halo' Video

12/23/2008 1
The video for Beyonce's latest single, 'Halo', off the 'I Am' portion of her album surfaced today. Michael Ealy costars, check it out:


The song is definitely the best offering from her album, however, I thought the video could have been a little less boring. It was literally a snore.
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2008 Best Of The Year Awards (Nominations)

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Grammy winning stars Ashanti, T.I., Rihanna, and Britney Spears lead the 2008 Best of the Year Awards with a staggering 5 nominations, followed by Alicia Keys, Lil' Wayne, and Usher, with 4.

The CW's 'Gossip Girl' leads the television portion with 5 nominations, followed by ABC's 'Desperate Housewives' with 4, including nods for leading actresses Eva Longoria Parker and Marcia Cross.

Will Smith leads the movie category with 3 nominations for his work on 'Hancock' and 'Seven Pounds, while 'Sex and the City (The Movie)' and 'The Secret Lives of Bees' also notch 3 nominations each, including nods for the movie's stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Queen Latifah, respectively.

GENERAL
Shocking Event of 2008
Jennifer Hudson’s Tragedy
Britney Spears Pull It Together
Heath Ledger’s Death
Barack Obama Becoming President
Mariah Carey Marries Nick Cannon

Most Talk About Star of 2008
Britney Spears
Amy Winehouse
Mariah Carey
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Hudson
Tom Cruise

MUSIC
Album of the Year
Britney Spears – ‘Circus’
Brandy – ‘Human’
T.I. – ‘Paper Trail’
Coldplay – ‘Viva La Vida’
Carrie Underwood – ‘Carnival Ride’
Alicia Keys – ‘As I Am’
Mariah Carey – ‘E=MC2’

Single of the Year
Ashanti – ‘The Way That I Love You’
Leona Lewis – ‘Bleeding Love’
Jesse McCartney – ‘Leavin’
Katy Perry – ‘I Kissed A Girl’
M.I.A. – ‘Paper Planes’
T.I. – ‘Whatever You Like’
Lil’ Wayne – ‘Lollipop’

Video of the Year
Ashanti – ‘The Way That I Love You’
Rihanna – ‘Distubia’
Beyonce – ‘If I Were A Boy’
Ciara – ‘Go Girl’
Solange – ‘Sandcastle Disco’
Carrie Underwood – ‘Just A Dream’
Britney Spears – ‘Womanizer’

Collaboration of the Year
T.I. featuring Rihanna – ‘Live Your Life’
Nelly featuring Akon & Ashanti – ‘Body On Me’
Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown – ‘No Air’
T.I., Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z, & Kanye West – ‘Swagga Like Us’
Maroon5 with Rihanna – ‘If I Never See Your Face Again’
Estelle featuring Kanye West – ‘American Boy’
Alicia Keys with John Mayer – ‘Lessons Learned’

Best New Artist
Jasmine Sullivan
Estelle
The Jonas Brothers
Jordin Sparks
Leona Lewis
Adele
Jennifer Hudson

Best Female Artist
Carrie Underwood
Britney Spears
Rihanna
Alicia Keys
Ashanti
Taylor Swift
Leona Lewis

Best Male Artist
Lil’ Wayne
Chris Brown
Ne-Yo
Brad Paisley
T.I.
Usher
Jesse McCartney

Best Group
Day 26
Maroon 5
Coldplay
Sugarland
Danity Kane
The Jonas Brothers
One Republic

Underrated Artist of the Year
Ashanti
Nelly
Keri Hilson
Brandy
Estelle
Michelle Williams
Solange Knowles

‘Please Come Harder’ Award
50 Cent
Mya
Janet Jackson
Kelly Rowland
Usher
Bow Wow
Teairra Mari

‘Take A Break Please’ Award
Rihanna
Chris Brown
Beyonce
Miley Cyrus
Lil’ Wayne
Alicia Keys
T-Pain

Worst Single of the Year
Janet Jackson – ‘Rock With U’
Vanessa Hudgens – ‘Sneaker Night’
Usher – ‘Moving Mountains’
The Jonas Brothers – ‘Love Bug’
Christina Aguilera – ‘Keeps Getting’ Better’
Miley Cyrus – ‘Fly on the Wall’
Bow Wow featuring Soulja Boy – ‘Marco Polo’

Worst Album of the Year
Ne-Yo – ‘Year of the Gentlemen’
T-Pain – ‘Thr33 Ringz’
Miley Cyrus – ‘Breakout’
Shontelle – ‘Shontelligence’
Janet Jackson – ‘Discipline’
Usher – ‘Here I Stand’
Beyonce – ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’

TV
TV Show of the Year
‘Desperate Housewives’
‘Gossip Girl’
‘90210’
‘Private Practice’
‘The Game’
‘The Mentalist’
‘House’

TV Actress of the Year
Eva Longoria Parker – ‘Desperate Housewives’
Marcia Cross – ‘Desperate Housewives’
Robin Tunney – ‘The Mentalist’
Leighton Meester – ‘Gossip Girl’
Jennifer Love Hewitt – ‘Ghost Whisper’
Tia Mowry – ‘The Game’
Blake Lively – ‘Gossip Girl’

TV Actor of the Year
Chace Crawford – ‘Gossip Girl’
Ed Westwick – ‘Gossip Girl’
Simon Baker – ‘The Mentalist’
Chad Michael Murray – ‘One Tree Hill’
Wentworth Miller – ‘Prison Break’
Hugh Laurie – ‘House’
Neil McDonough – ‘Desperate Housewives’

TV Host of the Year
Oprah Winfrey – ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’
Heidi Klum – ‘Project Runway’
Ryan Seacreast – ‘American Idol’
Chelsea Handler – ‘Chelsea Lately’
Terrence & Rocsi – ‘106 & Park’
Tyra Banks – ‘The Tyra Banks Show’
Ellen DeGeneres – ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Reality Show of the Year
American Idol
The Way It Is (Keyshia Cole)
Making the Band 4
Dancing With the Stars
Glam God (Vivica A. Fox)
The Bachlorette (DeAnna Pappas)
The Hills

MOVIES
Movie of the Year
The Dark Knight
Sex and the City: The Movie
Iron Man
The Family That Preys
The Secret Life of Bees
Hancock
Seven Pounds

Movie Actress of the Year
Angelina Jolie (‘Wanted’, ‘Changeling’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’)
Anne Hathaway (‘Get Smart’, ‘Rachel Getting Married’, ‘Passengers’)
Kate Winslet (‘The Reader’, ‘Revolutionary Road’)
Taraji P. Henson (‘The Family That Preys’, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’)
Jennifer Hudson (‘Sex and the City’, ‘Winged Creatures’, ‘The Secret Life of Bees’)
Sarah Jessica Parker (‘Sex and the City’, ‘Smart People’)
Queen Latifah (‘The Secret Life of Bees’, ‘What Happens In Vegas?’, ‘Mad Money’)

Movie Actor of the Year
Brad Pitt (‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, ‘Burn After Reading’)
Will Smith (‘Seven Pounds’, ‘Hancock’)
Robert Downey Jr. (‘Iron Man’, ‘Tropic Thunder’)
Heath Ledger (‘The Dark Knight’
Sean Penn (‘Milk’)
Leonardo DiCaprio (‘Revolutionary Road’, ‘Body of Lies’)
Adrien Brody (‘The Brothers Bloom’, ‘Cadillac Records’)

VOTING: Ballots have been (or will be) sent to 100 serious bloggers who run sites, those votes along with the Celebrity Bug staff, as well as you guys, will determine the winners.

You can vote by emailing you selections to celebritybug@gmail.com. Remember only one vote per email address.
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Pussycat Dolls Perform On ‘The Hills’ Finale

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It’s freezing in New York, but the Pussycat Dolls shed their clothes while performing their latest single, 'I Hate This Part', on MTV’s 'The Hills Finale Live From NYC' on Monday. Check it out:



Decent performance.
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New Music: Toni Braxton - 'Get Loose'

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Toni Braxton's alleged lead single surfaced today, in the form of the Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins produced, 'Get Loose'. Check it out:



Disappointing. I just don't understand why Toni continues to try to conform to the current state of the industry, especially when she has something that 85% of them don't (genuine talent). I like Toni, when she's actually singing, in the vain of 'Love Shoulda Bought You Home' and 'Unbreak My Heart', songs that were actually worthy of her voice, sadly this is just the opposite.
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12/22/08

Yung Berg - 'Outerspace' Video

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Check out the video for Yung Berg's latest single, 'Outerspace', below:



Nice track, unfortunately I can't say the same about the video.
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New Music: Brandy - 'Freedom'

12/22/2008 0
Check out another unreleased track from Brandy's latest album, 'Human', called, 'Freedom', below:



Exceptional track.
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New Music: Cassie - 'Summer Charm'

12/22/2008 0
A new song from Cassie's forthcoming sophomore effort surfaced, in the form of the Tricky Stewart and The Dream produced, 'Summer Charm'. Check it out:



Lackluster at best, for me, Cassie just doesn't have enough drive to accurately sell a track.
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Ashanti Graces 'Black Men'

12/22/2008 1
Check out Ashanti's latest spread for 'Black Men' magazine:

She looks great.

In other Ashanti news, 2009 is set to be a good year for the singer, she has a movie, a tv show, and a new album set to hits the airwaves in the new year.
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Rihanna To Re-Release 'Good Girl Gone Bad'...Again

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Superstar Rihanna will release, 'Good Girl Gone Bad: The Remixes', on January 27th.

The set will feature remixed versions of 12 tracks from the album's first and second releases including 'Disturbia', 'Take A Bow' and 'Umbrella'. [Source]

This is all honestly becoming overkill now, enough is enough, let 'Umbrella' and this album go.
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New Music: Jesse McCartney - 'Sunshine'

12/22/2008 0
An unreleased track from Jesse McCartney's latest album ‘Departure’ surfaced, in the form of the J.R. Rotem produced, 'Sunshine'. Check it out:



I thoroughly Jesse McCartney's 'Departure', in fact, its in my Top 10 albums of 2008 (which will be disclosed soon), and this track is no exception. Great Stuff.
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12/21/08

New Music: Britney Spears - 'Rock Boy'

12/21/2008 0
An unreleased track from Britney Spears’ latest album ‘Circus’ surfaced, in the form of, 'Rock Boy'. Check it out:



The track was rightfully left off the project.
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12/20/08

Leona Lewis Performs 'I Will Be' On Letterman

12/20/2008 0
Leona Lewis stopped by 'The Late Show with David Letterman' for a repeat visit on Friday to perform her new single, 'I Will Be'. Check it out:

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On The Set: T-Pain Featuring Chris Brown - 'Freeze' Video

12/20/2008 0
Go behind-the-scenes with T-Pain and Chris Brown as they shoot the icy cold video for 'Freeze', the third single off Pain’s Thr33 Ringz. The Syndrome-directed clip will premiere in early ‘09.

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