Janet Jackson Gets FAB For Essence’s August 2010 Cover

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Just in time for her headlining the first night of the 2010 Essence Music Festival, Janet Jackson is covering the magazine’s August issue.

 

She’s looking fab and talking about her confidence.  Read on for full pic…

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From the Essence press release:

"It took me a good minute to get here, it really did. But I love my life. I only wish I had this confidence when I was younger…"–Janet Jackson

BEFORE SUNSET… Following the success of "Why Did I Get Married Too?" and while working on Tyler Perry’s next film, "For Colored Girls…," Janet Jackson directed her own romantic drama and cast sexy "CSI: Miami" star Adam Rodriguez as her costar. Lights, camera, action! Plus, don’t miss Janet’s performance at the upcoming ESSENCE Music Festival this Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans…

Nice.  Can’t wait to see her this weekend.

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Zoe Saldana ENGAGED+Alicia Keys Avoids "Homewrecker" Questions

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Zoe Saldana‘s had the most winningest year ever.  After being nominated for every award on the planet, and winning several of them, she just got herself engaged.  Her long time boyfriend of 10 years, Keith Britton, popped the question.  But Zoe’s staying tight-lipped about the whole scenario.

 

Read on for more and about Alicia Keys’ recent interview…

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Us Weekly reports that the Avatar star is about to tie the knot.  Even though we thought she was already engaged it’s been so long:

The actress, 32, "is thrilled" to tie the knot with boyfriend of 10 years, Keith Britton, a source tells Us. "They’ve been together forever. They’re a great couple."

But a low-key one!

Saldana has mostly kept quiet about her relationship with the 33-year-old actor and CEO of My Fashion Database.

"She doesn’t even introduce him as her fiancé," adds another insider. "She will just say, ‘This is Keith.’ She likes to keep her personal life to herself and wants people to focus on her as an actress."

The second source tells Us that Saldana isn’t stressing about the wedding, either: "She hasn’t stopped working to plan anything."

 

Congrats Zoe!

 

 

And Alicia Keys did an interview recently with Fabulous Magazine (a spinoff of the UK tabloid News of the World).  And when asked about being a homewrecker, she quoted Oprah and sealed her lips:

Alicia Keys on loving Swizz: “Oh yes,” she says dreamily. “I am very much in love. Right now love is my main inspiration. Love is the one thing we all want in our lives and I am completely surrounded by it. Love fills you up in a way nothing else can and it’s the most amazing, amazing thing.”

On motherhood: She’s even considering adopting a child from Africa in the future. “I’m so looking forward to being a mum,” she says. “My mum was the best mum to me. She was my best friend as well as my mum. And I want to be the same to my child.”

Fabulous Mag on the homewrecking: “Both Alicia and Swizz have strongly denied that they were together while he was married. In fact, despite regularly being seen at the same events and holidaying together in Hawaii in January, they only admitted they were a couple in May, when they were photographed hand-in-hand following Alicia’s sell-out gig at London’s O2 arena. Their public outing came just weeks after Swizz’s divorce was formalised. Two days later, headlines announced they were planning to marry and expecting a baby. Not exactly music to Mashonda’s ears.”

But Alicia won’t be drawn into discussing her fiancé’s ex. She shakes her head: “Oprah Winfrey is the wisest woman I know. She’s like my big, clever, older sister. A while ago she gave me one piece of advice which was to never get drawn into talking about that sort of thing. All I know is that right now my life is really, really good.”

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We all know she’s never going to answer the question fully.  But it’s still interesting to hear her reactions when asked….

 

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RAPPERS’ DELIGHT: Air Drake+Eminem Pushes Crazy Numbers

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Air Drizzy took its first flight yesterday.  Yep…Drake had a Virgin Airline plane named after him.  It was all in celebration of Sir Richard Branson launching his first Virgin flight between Toronto and Cali cities.  And of course, Toronto’s hometown hero Drake was the perfect person to help celebrate.

 

More pics and Eminem’s crazy numbers when you read on…

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Rap star Drake and Virgin Group chair Sir Richard Branson arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on a special Virgin America flight from California. It’s $199 each way for those of you interested.  The airline recently introduced flights between Toronto and both L.A. and San Francisco. The two men were greeted on the tarmac by ceremonial Canadian Mounties.  Must smell like money on that plane….

By th eway, Drake just announced he hit the studio with Chris Brown this week.  That music ought to be interesting….

 

 

The official soundscan numbers are in.  Eminem sold a whopping 741,000 albums during his first week of Recovery‘s release.  Damn homie.  And he didn’t even have to cover the globe with publicity.  That’s serious….

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New Mixtape:: Rick Ross – Big Boi – Mick Boogie – SouthernPlayalisticMayBachMusic

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SouthernPlayalisticMayBachMusic
Mick Boogie-Big Boi-Rick Ross
Uploaded On – 06/30/2010
Length – Full
Release Date – NA

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Ryan Leslie and Universal Cut Ties

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 30-06-2010

After a brief stint with Universal Ryan Leslie is calling it quits. Ryan Leslie best known for producing for various artists and recently releasing his debut album  Addicted has decided to take the independent route.   From Billboard:
“Never had a top ten, but they still respect my art,” Ryan Leslie sang during “Glory,” which is slated to be included on his third release, “Les Is More” — his first independent album following 2009′s self-titled debut and “Transition.” “Maybachs and Diamonds” is a slow, groovy tune about flourishing his partner with more than just material things, like “Maybachs and Diamonds.”

Initially, Leslie had a four-album deal with Universal, but toward the end of that contract, “Universal was interested in reshaping my deal to more of a 360, and they actually made a counter-offer from the initial recording fund,” Leslie tells Billboard.com. “At that point I saw that as a window to potentially branch off and try something that was going to be new and dynamic.”

Now that Leslie is an independent artist, the 31-year-old hopes to incorporate more of a DIY, grassroots formula to help promote his upcoming project — the performances at Bowery being the kick-off event. Having already partnered with Lexus for a TV ad campaign and having worked with Adidas in the past, Leslie hopes to use similar partnerships as a main marketing tool moving forward.

Leslie, who graduated from Harvard University at the age of 19, also plans to include more merch into his promotions, like giving away free merch and two tickets for the price of one with every ticket purchase. “I’m learning as much as I can about the space that I want to occupy from a business standpoint,” he says.

Hoping to further liberate himself from labels’ “strict loyalty and revenue guidelines,” Leslie, who just returned from a U.K. opening stint for Ne-Yo, is looking to bank more on touring this time around. Although he made appearances at the African American Heritage Festival and Essence Music Festival last year, he expressed a deep interest in broadening his touring horizons, name-checking festival staples Coachella and Bonnarroo in “Glory.”

“In 2011, I really, really want to do Coachella and Bonnaroo and it seems like for those venues it’s usually pretty skewed [for R&B performers]. I think it would be rare if we saw Trey Songz or someone who is considered ‘R&B’ to be at one of those festivals,” he says. “I think that’s something that I’d like to change and I think that the energy of my shows is much more aligned to that type of festival than sort of the choreographed dance of [say] an Usher show.”

And his show last night proved him right. Leslie was energetic as he performed for the ecstatic crowd of fans — including actor Denzel Washington — who sang along to every song, including “Diamond Girl” and Stevie Wonder’s “In My Mind.”

While Leslie didn’t make any formal announcements about his departure from Universal Motown during the set, he took some subtle jabs at his previous label home. “I’ve always wanted to play these songs but I couldn’t before,” he said while singing “Guardian Angel.” “I always felt like this song should be a single.”

Although Leslie is mostly mum about the details of “Les is More,” which doesn’t have a release date yet, he did reveal he’s been in the studio producing tracks for Keri Hilson, Asher Roth, Ne-Yo, Game, Lil Wayne and more.

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Soulja Boy Deletes Twitter Account

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Atlanta rapper/producer Soulja Boy has deleted his Twitter , after amassing over two million followers on the attractive social networking site.  Although the rapper has yet to state his rational for deleting the account, tweets were flying as the rapper became a trending topic. The delete spurred a ton of tweets with the hash tag #ifsouljaboysarapper. Leaving twitter could also cost Soulja Boy thousands as according to reports he was earning up to $10k per tweet along with Kim Kardasian.

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New Music:: Big Boi feat. Jamie Foxx – Hustle Blood

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Hustle Blood
Big Boi feat. Jamie Foxx
Uploaded On – 06/30/2010
Record Label – Def Jam Recordings
Length – Full
Release Date – 06/29/2010

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New Music:: Big Boi feat. T.I. – Tangerine (Full Mastered)

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Tangerine (Full Mastered)
Big Boi feat. T.I.
Uploaded On – 06/30/2010
Record Label – Def Jam Recordings
Length – Full
Release Date – 06/29/2010

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SAD NEWS: Ex-NFL Star Randall Cunningham’s 2 Year Old Son’s Tragic Accident

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Former NFL QB for teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Randall Cunningham, faced tragic news yesterday.

The Eagles Hall of Famer turned minister’s two year old son Christian drowned in the family’s hot tub Tuesday night in Las Vegas.  Details when you read on…

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According to ABC News, toddler Christian accidentally drowned the same tub his father performs baptisms in:

A woman at Cunningham’s house was with several children when she found the boy at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. She pulled the boy from the hot tub and performed CPR before paramedics rushed the child to St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena campus, where he died.

A friend of the family says:

"I just can’t imagine going through a tragedy like this without having a church family there for you," he said.

Detectives were investigating the incident at the Cunningham house on East Robindale Road, though police believe the drowning was accidental.

Cunningham, 47, was out of town and on his way home at the time of the drowning.

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Randall was also the former QB for the  Minnesota Vikings , Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens.  He carried Christian onto the field with him last year when he was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame during a half-time ceremony.  He also built a church in their Vegas town.  So sad.  R.I.P.

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New Music:: Andre 3000 – All Together Now

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All Together Now (The Beatles Cover)
Andre 3000
Uploaded On – 06/30/2010
Length – Full
Release Date – 06/29/2010

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