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9/30/09

NEW MUSIC: MARIAH CAREY - 'SKYDIVING'

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With her album 'Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel' poised to missed the No.1 spot on Billboard's 200, a new cut from Mariah Carey's recording sessions has surface in the form of "Skydriving", which is produced by hit-maker Timbaland.




The beat seems to dominant Mrs. Carey-Cannon's whisper register, and much of what she sings is as big of a mystery at the finish as it is at the start. It does progressively get better (mainly during the verses), but for the most part, her vocal approach fails to fall in line with the record. Nice try though.

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THE BITCH RETURNS TO 'MELROSE PLACE'

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On September 29th, actress Heather Locklear was spotted on the Los Angeles set of 'Melrose Place', where she will reprise the role of her iconic character Amanda Woodward on the CW's revival.




Despite struggling in the ratings department, The CW has ordered an additional six scripts of the drama and are banking on Ms. Locklear's return to add some much needed publicity to the show. In case you forgot, it was Locklear's spot on portrayal of the bitchy Amanda Woodward that sparked life into the original and saved it from early cancellation (it ended a successful seven season run in 1999).
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9/29/09

NEW MUSIC: CHRIS BROWN FEATURING LIL WAYNE & SWIZZ BEATZ - 'I CAN TRANSFORM YA' [OFFICIAL LEAD SINGLE]

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Embattled R&B star Chris Brown tries to fight his way back to the top, with the help of Lil' Wayne and Swizz Beatz, on "I Can Transform Ya", the first single from his third album, Graffiti (due in November).


I'm on the fence about this one, because although I'm glad the singer didn't come with a track designed towards furthering his redemption, I can't help but feel the track's fault lies within the production more so than Chris himself. Cluttered and messy are just a few of the words that come to mind.

That said, it isn't what I would label a bad offering and the Lil' Wayne feature, which has become a little too typical, doesn't come off as contrived as some of his other guest spots. Still with the mounting hill ahead of him, Chris could have come much harder, but only time will reveal how this plays out and whether the public is ready to be transformed under his spell again.

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BRODY JENNER ON 'DAVID LETTERMAN'

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On Monday, 'The Hills' star Brody Jenner was on hand to deliver the "Top 10 Tips For Being Cool" on 'The Late Show with David Letterman'.



The Hills premieres tonight at 10pm/9c on MTV.
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TRIO OF 'NEW MOON' POSTERS UNVEILED

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Check out the three newly released movie posters for the upcoming Twilight sequel, New Moon, which stars Kristen Stewart and hottie Robert Pattinson.




Roll on November 20th.
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RISING ICONS: RYAN LESLIE

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In its latest episode, BET's Rising Icons honored Ryan Leslie as one of the young stars with a future that shines bright. The Dream and Melanie Fiona are among the stars that will be honored in feature episodes.



Transition hits stores on November 3rd.
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SINGLE COVER: BRITNEY SPEARS - '3'

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Check out the official single cover for Britney Spears' new single "3", which hits radio stations tomorrow and hails from her upcoming greatest hits compilation, The Singles Collection (due November 24th).



Cuteness.
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9/28/09

ALBUM COVER: AMERIE - 'IN LOVE & WAR' + [OFFICIAL TRACKLISTING]

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R&B star Amerie colors things up on the stunning cover for her forthcoming album, In Love & War (due November 3rd).



1. In Love & War
2. Heard ‘Em All
3. More Than Love (Featuring Fabolous)
4. Take It Or Leave It
5. Higher
6. The Flowers
7. Why R U
8. On My Doorstep
9. Pretty Brown (Featuring Trey Songz)
10. Tell Me You Love Me
11. Different People
12. Breakups To Makeups
13. Red Eye
14. Swagback
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LADY GAGA NAMED BILLBOARD'S 'RISING STAR'

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Billboard has announced that pop sensation Lady GaGa will be named its 'Rising Star' at the 2009 Billboard Women In Music event on October 2nd.


The Billboard Rising Star Award rewards artists that have achieved a level of success and proven to have vast potential in the early stages of their career.

Lady Gaga is the undisputed break-out star of the year for many reasons, including the success of her debut album, "The Fame" (Streamline Records), which has spawned four Billboard Hot 100 hit singles like "Just Dance" and "Poker Face," both which reached No. 1 on the tally. "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" are also the Nos. 2 and 8 best-selling digital songs of all time, with 4.6 million and 4 million downloads, respectively.

Gaga recently became the third artist in the history of the Mainstream Top 40 Airplay chart to have three No. 1 singles from a debut album. "The Fame" is also the best-selling album from a debut artist for 2009, with 1,441,000 copies sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In addition to writing all the tracks on her album, Lady Gaga has previously written for Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls, and New Kids on the Block.

"Lady Gaga is one of those rare examples of a truly unique artist with mass appeal," says Bill Werde, Editorial Director of Billboard. "She has established herself as one of today's top songwriters, and the whole world is waiting to see what her next outrageous but brilliant move or style will be. It is that ongoing anticipation, combined with her success that makes her a rising star."

The Billboard Women in Music Event celebrates the most powerful and talented women in the music business, and is held in conjunction with the much-anticipated publication of Billboard's Women In Music Power Players List - recognizing the top female music executives who are leading the industry with their artistic and business vision.

Billboard will also honor Grammy Award-winning artist and pop culture icon Beyoncé with the coveted Billboard Woman of The Year Award at the event.

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CIARA PREPS FOURTH ALBUM WITH THE DREAM & TRICKY STEWART

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After her third outing 'Fantasy Ride' quickly took a slide down the charts, R&B star Ciara is currently in the studio prepping her fourth album with hit-making duo The Dream and Christopher 'Tricky' Stewart. Peep the report below:


Christopher “Tricky” Stewart and his songwriting partner The-Dream have been secretly spending the summer in the studio producing the entire follow-up to Ciara’s Fantasy Ride. Stewart broke the news to Rap-Up.com in an exclusive interview. “We’re doing the whole project,” he reveals. “We’re pretty good into it at this point. We’re about 14 songs deep right now.”

The 23-year-old ATLien relocated to the West Coast to work on the album with Tricky and Dream, who crafted “High Price” and “Like a Surgeon” off this year’s Fantasy Ride. “She came out to L.A. to work with us. We’re out here making this record ’cause it feels good and the vibe is good,” says the Grammy-winning producer.

The as-yet-untitled effort will feature danceable tracks that have become Ciara’s signature. “This record obviously is gonna have tempo to it, but I think it’s gonna have even more substance than the last record,” Tricky discloses. “She dances and we always want to bring out what she does that other people don’t.”

Although Fantasy Ride boasted collaborations with a who’s who of the industry including Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, and Ludacris, the “Love Sex Magic” singer will be riding solo this time. “This album we wanted to take a few steps back and make it more about her, so the only feature is Dream. But the features that we do on this record will be remixes.”

The hitmaker even shared a couple song titles with Rap-Up.com. “I love ‘Speechless.’ I love this record called ‘Gifted.’ Those are two of my favorites. ‘Speechless’ is the record with her and Dream together.”

While there’s still the possibility of a release by the end of the year, it’s looking like 2010 will mark Super C’s return. “It’s a little up in the air, but there’s a chance that it might come this year. That was the goal, but at the same time, we didn’t want to rush anything. I think it’s looking more like a next year thing.”

Ciara is pulling out all the stops to make this her best work yet. “Right now, she’s on her grind, coming back, trying to make a better album than she made last time and get back to that mark where everybody knew that she was in the top tier of the female business.”

[Source]
Sounds promising...
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CARRIE UNDERWOOD - 'COWBOY CASANOVA' [VIDEO]

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Country cutie Carrie Underwood sends out warnings and pretties up for the cameras in the video for "Cowboy Casanova', the first single off her third disc, Play On.


Cute. The songstress was recently announced as the recipient of the 2009 Harmony award, which honors “individuals who have demonstrated continued interest and support of music in Nashville and contributed significantly to the development and appreciation of Nashville’s musical culture.”
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9/27/09

NEW MUSIC: JOJO - 'KEEP FORGETTING (TO FORGET ABOUT YOU)'

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"Keep Forgetting (To Forget About You)" is a new unreleased track from JoJo's forthcoming third album, All I Want is Everything.




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LL COOL J ON 'THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN'

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Hip-hop legend LL Cool J appeared on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' to promote his new NCIS spinoff, NCIS: Los Angeles.



NCIS: Los Angeles airs every Tuesday night at 9pm/8c on CBS.
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SHAKIRA PERFORM ON 'T4' & 'JONATHAN ROSS'

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Pop singer Shakira performed her hit single "She Wolf" on 'T4' and 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross', in support of her forthcoming album (due November 17th).



'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross'



Great stuff.
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MEGAN FOX ON 'LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON'

9/27/2009 0
Actress Megan Fox appeared on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' to promote her film, Jennifer's Body, and her hosting stint on 'Saturday Night Live'.



Jennifer's Body
is currently in theaters.
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9/26/09

KERI HILSON PERFORMS ON 'GMTV' & 'LIVE LOUNGE'

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R&B star Keri Hilson stopped 'GMTV' and BBC's Radio 1's 'Live Lounge' to chat and perform her hit single "Energy", from her debut album. She also performed a reggae cover of Mr. Hudson's "Supernova", while in studio at BBC.



BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge



To put it bluntly, weak performances.
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BEHIND THE MUSIC: BOBBY BROWN

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R&B veteran Bobby Brown details his long struggle with drugs, his rocky marriage to singer Whitney Houston, and why he's no longer taking fame for granted on VH1's recently revived 'Behind the Music'.



Great watch.
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NEW MUSIC: OMARION FEATURING GUCCI MANE - 'I GET IT IN' [OFFICIAL LEAD SINGLE]

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R&B singer Omarion gets Gucci Mane to fill in for Lil' Wayne on the updated version of "I Get It In", the first single from his upcoming third album, Ollusion.




Not feeling it. The singer has inked a deal with EMI Label Services to form his own imprint, Starworld Entertainment, with the single officially impacting radio on October 5th and the album scheduled for release on November 24th.

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JAY-Z ON 'THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW'

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Check out Jay-Z's highly-publicized interview with 'The Oprah Winfrey Show', where he discusses his rise from drug dealer to CEO, his opinion on the Chris Brown and Rihanna situation, and why he condones the use of the N-word.



Great interview.

Jay-Z's record-breaking album, The Blueprint 3, is currently in stores.
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NEW MUSIC: JOHN MAYER - 'WHO SAYS' [OFFICIAL LEAD SINGLE]

9/26/2009 1
Grammy winner John Mayer is full of questions on "Who Says", the first single from his forthcoming album, Battle Studies (due November 17th).




HUGE disappointment. John is one of those artists that I expect to constantly deliver stellar outings, from "Your Body is Wonderland", "Daughters" and "Waiting on the World to Change", musically he is one of the few, that was delivering material that would still stand on its own feet 50 years down the line.

That said, in comparison to those supreme efforts, this one just seems lazy, uninspired and frankly here for no other reason than simply being here. Not only is this a blunder to his fans, but it is also beneath the artistry that is John Mayer.

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ALEJANDRO SANZ FEATURING ALICIA KEYS - 'LOOKING FOR PARADISE' [VIDEO]

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R&B star Alicia Keys and Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz meet up on the rooftop in the video for "Looking for Paradise", off his upcoming album, Paraíso Express.



The songstress has also confirmed that her fourth album will be entitled, The Element of Freedom, and is currently scheduled for release on December 1st.
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9/25/09

NEW MUSIC: KRIS ALLEN - 'LIVE LIKE WE'RE DYING' [OFFICIAL LEAD SINGLE]

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UPDATE: I-tunes Rip Added.

American Idol winner Kris Allen refuses to let time slip away on "Live Like We're Dying", the first single from his upcoming debut album (due November 17th).




As one of those who rooted for Kris on American Idol, I think the song effectively conveys the type of music you would expect from him. I'm not crazy about a cover being presented as a single, The Script were actually the first to sing it, but I do think the song is deathly infectious and filled with lyrics that actually have depth. All in all, a nice job from Mr. Allen.

As always, the download link is located in the comments.
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9/24/09

ASHANTI & JA RULE REUNITE AT 'HIP HOP HONORS'

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Grammy winner Ashanti reunited with her old partner in crime Ja Rule to perform a medley of their hit collaborations at VH1's Hip Hop Honors 2009, which tributes Def Jam's 25th anniversary and will air on October 13th.


The songstress also sported an interesting ensemble on the red carpet, that she somehow managed to pull off, below:

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JANET JACKSON ATTENDS ARMANI SHOW IN ITALY

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Superstar Janet Jackson attended the Armani Fashion Show during Milan Fashion Week on Thursday (September 24th).




Cute and preppy look for Ms. Jackson.
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AMERIE - 'HEARD 'EM ALL' [VIDEO]

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R&B star Amerie puts in work in the apocalyptic video for “Heard ‘Em All”, the second single from her new album, In Love & War.



While I love the overall feel and choreography of the video, I can't help but feel that the director, Anthony Mandler, is serving up leftovers. From Rihanna's "Disturbia" in 2008 to Jay-Z's recently released "Run This Town", Mandler directed all three and each of the videos wear similar ensembles. Hopefully, he tries to differentiate and bring originality to his projects in the future.

That said, nice song from Ms. Rogers.
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ASHANTI PERFORMS ON 'THE EARLY SHOW'

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This morning, award-winning songstress Ashanti stopped by 'The Early Show' on CBS to perform "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", which she recorded to tribute the 70th anniversary of the 1939 Oscar-winning film, The Wizard of Oz.



Nice job.
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MARY J. BLIGE PERFORMS ON 'LETTERMAN'

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R&B star Mary J. Blige performed "Stronger", from the More Than A Game soundtrack on 'The Late Show with David Letterman'.

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'THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE' - SEASON 1 EPISODES

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Sara Paxton, Mischa Barton, Corbin Bleu, Ben Hollingsworth and Ashley Madekwe star in this show, which revolves around a group of models living together in a co-ed residence in New York.

:: Download ::
Episode 1 - "Pilot"
Episode 2 - "The Beautiful Aftermath" (New Episode)
:: Download ::

The Beautiful Life airs every Wednesday night at 9pm/8c on The CW.
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9/23/09

MILEY CYRUS - 'PARTY IN THE U.S.A.' [VIDEO]

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Teen star Miley Cyrus paints the town red, whit and blue in the video for "Party in the U.S.A." , the first single off her hit EP, The Time of Our Lives.



Simple, but fun video.
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FABOLOUS PERFORMS ON 'GOOD DAY NEW YORK'

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Rapper Fabolous appeared on 'Good Day New York' to talk about why he feels violence has decreased in hip-hop and perform his hit "Throw It In the Bag".



Loso's Way is currently in stores.
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'THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG' [OFFICIAL MOVIE POSTER & TRAILER]

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Check out the official movie poster and trailer for The Princess and the Frog, which features the voices of Anika Noni Rose and Terrence Howard.


Plot: A fairy tale centered on a young girl named Princess Tiana who lives in New Orleans' French Quarter during the Jazz Age. Putting a modern twist on a classic tale, ]Tiana and a frog prince, who desperately wants to be human again, share a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.


The Princess and the Frog hits theaters on December 24th.
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NEW MUSIC: CHRISTINA MILIAN - 'BEAT ON MY DRUM'

9/23/2009 1
R&B star Christina Milian switches up her rhythm on "Beat on My Drum", a new Madd Scientist-production that will not be included on her forthcoming album, Elope.


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JAY-Z REMAINS IN CONTROL OF THE BILLBOARD 200

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After shattering Elvis Presley's record for the most No.1 albums by a solo artist, Jay-Z retains the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 with The Blueprint 3.
Jay-Z remains in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with his new album "The Blueprint 3" shifting 298,000 copies (down 37%) in its second week. The set bowed atop the list last week with 476,000.

Traditionally, No. 1-debuting albums that start with monster sales weeks have a steeper second-week decline. Jay-Z's drop, however, was fairly soft, in part because last week was the album's first proper week of availability. Though "The Blueprint 3" had its Sept. 11 release pushed up to Sept. 8, many retailers reportedly didn't have the album until later that week. Jay-Z also performed on the premiere of NBC's "Jay Leno Show," and the residual buzz from his MTV Video Music Awards performance likely bled into sales.

At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, Whitney Houston's "I Look To You" climbs one spot with 156,000 -- up 77%. The album makes the great sales gain this week thanks to Houston's much-publicized two-day stand on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." In three weeks, "I Look to You" has sold 548,000 copies.

Following Houston is the first of five debuts in the top 10: Muse's "The Resistance" at No. 3 with 128,000 copies -- a career-high for the act. That figure more than doubles the band's previous best week, when 2006's "Black Holes and Revelations" debuted and peaked at No. 9 with 48,000.

Kid Cudi is up next with his debut effort, "Man on the Moon: The End of Day," which starts at No. 4 with 104,000 sold. The album is powered by two top 50 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Day 'N' Nite' (No. 3) and "Make Her Say" (No. 43).

Drake's seven-song EP, "So Far Gone," gives the rapper his first taste of the Billboard 200, starting at No. 6 with 73,000. His proper full-length debut should surface in early 2010.

Rapper Lil Boosie nets his first top 10 set with "Superbad" starting at No. 7 with 49,000, while rock band Megadeth scores its fifth top 10 set with "Endgame," entering at No. 9 with 45,000.

As for the non-debuts in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, Miley Cyrus' "The Time Of Our Lives" EP falls three rungs to No. 5 with 75,000 (down 38%), Taylor Swift's "Fearless" moves up two slots to No. 8 with 46,000 (up 37%) and the Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D." slips three places to No. 10 with 40,000 (down 8%). Swift's big gain was likely the result of both her performance on the MTV Video Music Awards and the endless buzz surrounding Kanye West's hijacking of her Best Female Video acceptance speech.

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 20) totaled 6.42 million units, down 4% compared to the sum last week (6.71 million) and down 7% compared to the same sales week of 2008 (6.92 million). Year to date album sales stand at 250.6 million, down 14% compared to the same total at this point last year (291.4 million).

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NEW CARRIE UNDERWOOD PROMOS FOR 'PLAY ON', 'I TOLD YOU SO' PERFORMANCE & UPCOMING PROMO EVENTS

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Country superstar Carrie Underwood has unveiled an additional set of promotional shots from her forthcoming third album, Play On (due November 3rd).






The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year also performed her No.1 hit "I Told You So", at the 2nd Annual Academy of Country Honors to tribute the song's writer and original performer Randy Travis.



Great stuff. The stunning songstress has also lined-up a full slate of promotional events and activities for the album, which can be viewed below:
November 3rd – Play On Hits Stores!
November 3rd and November 10th – (ABC) Good Morning America
Street week – (syndicated) Live! With Regis and Kelly
Street week – (CBS) Late Show with David Letterman
Street week – (A&E) A&E Biography
Street Week – People cover, USA Today cover, Country Weekly cover
November 10th – (ABC) Robin Roberts pre-CMA Special
November 11th – (ABC) CMA Awards
Week of November 16th – (NBC) The Jay Leno Show
Week of November 16th – (syndicated) Ellen DeGeneres Show
Week of November 16th – (NBC) The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
November 22nd – (ABC) American Music Awards
Month of November – Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, etc.
Month of November – Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, etc.
Mid-November – Lucky cover (December issue)
December – Self cover (January issue)
February – Cosmo cover (March issue)
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BRITNEY SPEARS READIES NEW ALBUM & SINGLE

9/23/2009 0
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of her debut on the music scene, Jive Records and Britney Spears will release 'The Singles Collection' on November 24.


To launch the special package a brand new single entitled "3," which Britney recently recorded with hitmaker Max Martin, will go to radio Tuesday, September 29.

There will be two configurations of The Singles Collection; an ultimate fan box set and a standard version.

The ultimate fan box set version of The Singles Collection will contain all 29 of her singles, including the new song "3." Each disc will be packaged in its own slip sleeve case with original artwork, and will include an additional b-side or a remix of the track. The collection will include a DVD featuring all of Britney's videos in chronological order. The ultimate fan box set will also include a special booklet featuring iconic images and fun facts about each track.

The standard version of The Singles Collection will contain 17 of her chart topping favorites along with the new song "3," all on one CD.

During her 10 year career, Britney has had 5 albums debut at the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 Album Chart, as well as 23 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart. Worldwide, Britney Spears is one of the top-selling artists of the last decade, constantly topping charts with her albums ...Baby One More Time (1999); Oops!... I Did It Again (2000); Britney (2001); In The Zone (2003); Blackout (2007) and Circus (2008). Worldwide she has sold over 63 million albums.

Britney Spears is currently touring in support of her most recent studio album Circus. "The Circus Starring Britney Spears" tour which started in her home state of Louisiana in March 2009.

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KID CUDI PERFORMS ON 'JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE'

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Hot on the promotional trail for his debut album, Kid Cudi performed his hit single "Day N' Night" on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'.



Man on the Moon: The End of Day is currently in stores.
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DRAKE FEATURING LIL' WAYNE, KANYE WEST & EMINEM - 'FOREVER' [VIDEO]

9/23/2009 0
Hip-hop heavyweights Lil' Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem assist newcomer Drake in the video for "Forever", which hails from the More Than A Game soundtrack (due September 29th).


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ALBUM COVER: SHAKIRA - 'SHE WOLF' + [OFFICIAL TRACKLISTING]

9/23/2009 0
UPDATE: New Release Date Added.

Sexy songstress Shakira has unveiled the official album cover and tracklisting for her forthcoming English album, She Wolf, which will hits stores in November 17th.



1. She Wolf
2. Did It Again
3. Long Time
4. Why Wait
5. Good Stuff
6. Men In This Town
7. Gypsy
8. Spy Featuring Wyclef Jean)
9. Mon Amour
10. Lo Hecho Está Hecho ("Did It Again")
11. Años Luz ("Why Wait")
12. Loba ("She Wolf")
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9/22/09

NEW MUSIC: ASHANTI - 'SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW'

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Grammy winner Ashanti covers the 1939 Academy-Award winning classic "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", on the first release from her label Written Entertainment. The song was recorded in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the iconic movie, 'The Wizard of Oz', and is currently available on I-tunes.




Beautiful job. Her vocals have really seen an improvement over the last few years and as one of those who thought 'The Declaration' was sort of underrated, I'm really anticipating her next studio album.

As always, the download link is located in the comments.
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LL COOL J ON 'THE EARLY SHOW'

9/22/2009 0
Hip-hop legend LL Cool J appeared on 'The Early Show' to promote his new NCIS spinoff, NCIS: Los Angeles, and to explain his transition into acting.



NCIS: Los Angeles premieres tonight at 9m/8c on CBS.
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PLIES - 'BECKY' [VIDEO]

9/22/2009 0
Rapper Plies wants to be pleased on "Becky", the video for his first single off his fourth album in just over two years, Goon Affiliated.

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BLAKE LEWIS - 'SAD SONG' [VIDEO]

9/22/2009 2
American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis ends up sleeping alone in the video for "Sad Song", the first single off his sophomore album, Heartbreak on Vinyl.



Not a fan of the song and like his debut album, it seems that the project has been placed in extremely poor hands, who clearly don't know what to do with Mr. Lewis. One of the major problems is that sometimes his creativity and originality can make it extremely hard to place him in a particular market, which is more of a bad thing as opposed to the opposite.

As for the video, it is a solid effort, but will likely get lost in translation.
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BEHIND THE SCENES: AMERIE - 'HEARD 'EM ALL' [VIDEO]

9/22/2009 0
R&B star Amerie takes you behind-the-scenes of her new video for "Heard 'Em All", which is being directed by Anthony Mandler (Rihanna's "Disturbia").



Looks like a winner.
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2009 EMMY AWARDS [WINNERS]

9/22/2009 0
The 2009 Primetime Emmy® winners were revealed on September 20th, and the winners for the show's top categories can be seen below:


Outstanding Comedy Series

30 Rock

Outstanding Drama Series
Mad Men

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Glenn Close, Damages

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MICHAEL JACKSON REHEARSES 'HUMAN NATURE' IN NEW CLIP

9/22/2009 0
Check out this newly revealed clip of Michael Jackson rehearsing his classic hit "Human Nature", from his upcoming documentary, This Is It.



This Is It hits theaters on October 28th.
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JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SCORES SECOND EMMY WIN

9/22/2009 0
Superstar Justin Timberlake was all smiles as he collected his second Emmy for his work on 'Saturday Night Live' as Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.




Congrats to the "SexyBack" singer.

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9/20/09

ALEXANDRA BURKE FEATURING FLO RIDA - 'BAD BOYS' [VIDEO]

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X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke plays with "Bad Boys" and Flo Rida, in the video from her debut album's first single, which was directed by Bryan Barber.



While most have deemed the song and its accompanying visual as being "dead on arrival", personally, I think Ms. Burke nailed it on both aspects by delivering the unexpected and not conforming to the guidelines placed on talent show winners.

Clearly, her predecessor Leona Lewis has the better voice, but Ms. Lewis' performances and visual clips often mirror that of watching a snail cross the street, which is clearly the area that helps Ms. Burke even the score. Although I found her attempts at delivering sexiness to be quite contrived and visually bankrupt, she made up for it with hordes of confidence and some effective choreography. Well done.
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ALEXANDRA BURKE - 'OVERCOME' [OFFICIAL TRACKLISTING]

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X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke has finally unveiled the official tracklisting for her forthcoming debut album, Overcome, which will arrive on October 19th.

1. Bad Boys
2. Goodnight Good Morning
3. Silence
4. All Night Long
5. Bury Me
6. Broken Heels
7. Dumb
8. Overcome
9. Gotta Go
10. You Broke My Heart
11. Nothing but the Girl
12. They Don't Know
13. Hallelujah (UK Bonus Track)
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2009 DIVA'S LIVE [PERFORMANCES]

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Paula Abdul's Opening Medley



Jennifer Hudson - "Spotlight"



Kelly Clarkson - "Already Gone"



Jordin Sparks - "S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)"



Adele - "Hometown Glory"



Leona Lewis - "Happy"



Leona Lewis & Cyndi Lauper - "True Colors"



India.Arie & Adele - "Video"



Jordin Sparks & Martina McBride - "A Broken Wing"



Jennifer Hudson & Stevie Wonder - "All In Love Is Fair"



Kelly Clarkson & Melissa Etheridge - "Bring Me Some Water"



Miley Cyrus & Sheryl Crow - "If It Make You Happy"


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PLEASURE P PERFORMS ON '106 & PARK'

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R&B star Pleasure P performed his hit "Under" on '106 & Park", which hails from his debut album, The Introduction of Marcus Cooper.



The Introduction of Marcus Cooper is currently in stores.
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2009 ALMA AWARDS [WINNERS]

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Here's the full list of winners of the 2009 ALMA Awards, which included Penélope Cruz, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez and David Archuleta.



Actor, Film:
John Leguizamo, Nothing Like the Holidays

Actress, Film:
Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Drama Actor, TV:
Benjamin Bratt, The Cleaner

Drama Actress, TV:
Lauren Vélez, Dexter

Comedy Actor, TV:
Oscar Nuñez, The Office

Comedy Actress, TV:
Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place

New Musical Artist:
David Archuleta

Dance Recording:
Pitbull, "I Know You Want Me, Calle Ocho"

Documentaries:
Latino Public Broadcasting

Makeup:
Jeanne Van Phue, Twilight

Hair Stylist:
Mary Ann Valdes, Twilight/Ugly Betty

Writer:
Rick Najera, Nothing Like the Holidays

Director:
Alfredo De Villa, Nothing Like the Holidays

Fashion Icon:
Jessica Alba

Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence:
Salma Hayek

Special Achievement in Sports Television:
Oscar De La Hoya

PepsiCo Adelante ALMA Award:
Raul Yzaguirre
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2009 ALMA AWARDS [PERFORMANCES]

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Check out the performances that took place at the 2009 ALMA Awards, which were held at Royce Hall on the University of California, Los Angeles campus.



Shakira - "She Wolf"



Sean Kingston - "Fire Burning"



Nelly Furtado - "Manos al Aire"



Pitbull - "Hotel Room Service" & "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"


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'VALENTINE'S DAY' [MOVIE TRAILER]

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Ashton Kutcher, Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner and Bradley Cooper are among the star-studded cast that lead the 2010 romantic comedy, Valentine's Day.



Plot: Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day.




Valentine's Day hits theaters on February 12th, 2010.
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