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Album Cover: Jazmine Sullivan Unveils Album Cover for “Love Me Back”

She’s been known to bust the windows out the car, but Jazmine Sullivan puts down the crowbar on the cover of her sophomore album “Love Me Back.” The fragile songstress, dressed in all black, leans against an old-school Chevy Impala in the artwork from the November 2nd release, which contains the Missy Elliott-produced single ‘Holding You Down (Goin’ in Circles).’

“I was a little angry on the first album, busting windows and things,” said the 23-year-old Sullivan. “I’m not quite as angry on this one. You see a different side of relationships, the more loving side.”

Do you love Jazmine’s new album cover? Let us know below!

Check out her single ‘Holding You Down (Goin’ in Circles)’ below…

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J & J. Rundown: MTV’s VMA Highlights

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Sunday night at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards the audience went Gaga over the night’s top nominee while Taylor Swift and Kanye West delivered performances that reflected on the infamous incident that put them both in the spotlight after last year’s VMAs. So who were the winners at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards?

Comedian Chelsea Handler, who admitted she was “high as a kite”, hosted the 27th annual VMAs, rocking a house on her head as she made her grand entrance on to the stage. Her monologue included the obligatory disses. After giving a nod to the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore, Handler told the audience, “Don’t applaud- they’re the reason MTV doesn’t play your videos.”

Musical guests at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards included Eminem, Rihanna, Usher, Justin Bieber, Florence and the Machine, Drake, Mary J. Blige, Swizz Beats, Taylor Swift, Linkin Park and Kanye West.

Lady Gaga accepted the Best Female Video Award from comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Gaga told her fans, “Tonight, little monsters, we’re the cool kids at the party.” And as Gaga accepted several awards throughout the evening, her constant costume changes kept things interesting. She also announced the title of her new album- “Born This Way”.

Eminem was also a big winner, but jetted from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre before accepting any of his awards. His show at Yankees Stadium was slated for today and he had to hit the road.

Let’s break it down!

The night opened up with Eminem performing his comeback hit “Not Afraid”, which lead into a surprise appearance by Rihanna for “Love the Way You Lie”.  Looking a lil Courtney Love circa 1995, but much cuter.

Hearing Rihanna’s voice come out of the blue and very unexpected gave me chills in a good way.

It was definitely nice to see her and Eminen performing together on stage. Definitely one of my picks for best performances of the night.

DOPE breakout song of the year.

Justin Bieber put on an a semi-good performance with great dancers, a cool drum solo and confetti.  He gets kudos for reacting fast to losing a drum stick. He had a quick recovery during his solo.

Next on stage was Justin’s mentor, Usher. His medley of “DJ Got Us Falling in Love”/”OMG ” was not my favorite performance to be honest. He barely sang anything. He sounded really bad and I was not a fan of the dancing. The ninja dancers descending from the ceiling were fun, but there wasn’t really anything memorable about the performance.

In my opinion Usher flopped this one.

Now was it me or were the majority of these performers lip synching? That was really starting to piss me off about the whole show.

Good punch line moment was when, Katy Perry hands Nicki Minaj the VMA Moon Man award and tells the rapper that’s she found her a  “stiff man”.

I needed the laugh and that to me was funny!

Florence and the Machine may have sung her hit song “Dog Days Are Over”, but what she should have been singing was “Underdog Days Are Over”. She was definitely one who had a great performance. While much of the music world has finally started to take notice of the phenom that is FATM, mainstream music listeners have only just started to see the singer on their radar. Florence showed the MTV VMAs what real singing is all about.

She sang her ass off….GREAT!!

Now off to the best collabo performances of the night besides Eminem & Rihanna‘s performance. I have to hand it over to the next performers of the night.

Bruno Mars got everyone hyped for his upcoming album when he and B.o.B. performed their huge hit “Nothin’ on YouB.o.B. kept the momentum going while performing his joining of two worlds collabo for Airplanes” with Paramore’s Haley Williams.

Williams is super dope and has some serious swag.

Williams ended the performance while taking it back to her roots and performing with her band under a skyline of floating lightbulbs. This trifecta performance was likely was off of most people’s radar and yet delivered the most impressive talent of the night.

Drake got all “Fancy huh“, while rocking a white tuxedo jacket. His surprise guests consisted of Mary J Blige and Swizz Beatz. It was something expected from Drake, since he’s been on some serious hype lately. He’s everywhere! It was a good mood booster a very nicely high-energized performance.

Justin Bieber took home the moon man for Best New Artist award, but got a bit confused and couldn’t figure out how to get on the stage.

Linkin Park performed their song “Catalyst” off-location on the top of the Griffith Observatory. Good performance.

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Later the legendary Cher took the stage, calling herself “the oldest chick with the biggest hair and the littlest outfit”. She also said she had shoes older than most of the VMA nominees.

Cher still looks good for her age. She still can rock a see-through outfit and not give a damn about what anybody says.

Cher presented Lady Gaga with the award for Best Video of the Year.

A well-deserved win for Gaga.

After shedding tears of joy, GaGa was emotional and moved by the win that she even went as far as telling fans the album title for her next album.  She scratched the plans of a New Year’s album title announcement and just blurted the three worded title. The album title for her next album will be called, Born This Way”.

Now what was the deal with her meat dress? Really Gaga? I thought it was a bit way out of the box, but with Gaga you never really know what to expect.

She’s still DOPE!!

Now for the most anticipated, what I should be saying the most talked about performances of the night go out to Taylor Swift & Kanye West.

What a Difference a Year Makes…

A year after Kanye West stormed the VMA stage, stealing Taylor Swift‘s thunder as she accepted her award for best female video, the rapper was back on the VMA stage to make amends…

But first, Taylor Swift showed a mature and much more solemn side of herself. Swift performed her new song, “Innocents”,  off her yet to be released album ‘Speak Now’. The song was penned about West‘s infamous interruption of Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video at last year’s VMAs.  The video clip of the incident played at the beginning of her performance, making it clear who and what she was singing about. But the lyrics “32 and still growing up now” and “who you are is not what you did” seemed to offer forgiveness to the rapper. The song, forgiving West of his rudeness, is one of Swift’s strongest songs lyrically to date.

Now off to Mr. West…

Asis Ansari’s introduction for Kanye West should have been funny. It had all the makings to be a classic Ansari funny moment, but fell short. Like, really short.

Thankfully, Kanye’s performance did not fall short.

West ended the night on a high with his own pennance, delivering a song called “Runaway”, an ode to being a “d—-bag’ and offering a toast to “scumbags”.

Even more shocking?

Taylor Swift was nowhere in sight. While both artists had their performances slightly overshadowed by the anticipation of a possible cameo from one another, neither Swift nor West collaborated on either performance. A positive reuniting of the two music powerhouses would have easily been the show-stealer.

That definitely would have been the icing on the cake, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.

Lets not talk about the pre-show performance. Nicki Minaj & Will.i.am?! WACK as hell, now don’t get me wrong I am a fan of the both of them, but I feel the performance could have been superfly and it just went down the drain for me. I was not impressed. Sorry guys. This is just my opinion.

Oh and lets not forget Will.i.am’s black face and Nicki’s outfit. WTF was that?!! Bad, bad, bad fashion choices.

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Major Winners at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards:

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
“Tik Tok” – Ke$ha
“California Gurls” – Katy Perry
“Video Phone (extend remix)” – Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga”Fifteen” – Taylor Swift
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER

BEST ROCK VIDEO
“Ignorance” – Paramore
“Flash Delirium” – MGMT
“Kings and Queens” – 30 Seconds To Mars-WINNER

BEST MALE VIDEO
“Airplanes” – B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
“In My Head” – Jason Derulo
“Not Afraid” – Eminem – WINNER

BEST POP VIDEO
“Tik Tok” – Ke$ha
“Nothing on You” – B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
“Airplanes” – B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
“Forever” – Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem
“Pursuit Of Happiness” – Kid Cudi featuring MGMT & Ratatat
“Not Afraid”-Eminem – WINNER

BEST NEW ARTIST
“Tik Tok” – Ke$ha
“In My Head” – Jason Derulo
“Massive Attack” – Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett
“The Ghost Inside” – Broken Bells
“Baby” – Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris – WINNER

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Kings and Queens” – 30 Seconds To Mars
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER

BEST COLLABORATION
“Airplanes” – B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
“Telephone” – Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce
“My First Kiss” – 3OH!3 featuring Ke$ha
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
“Video Phone (Extended Remix)” – Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga – WINNER

BEST DANCE MUSIC VIDEO
“Evacuate The Dancefloor” – Cascada
“OMG” – Usher featuring Will.I.Am
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Video Phone (Extended Remix)” – Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga
“Dog Days Are Over” – Florence and the Machine – WINNER

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
“Telephone” – Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce
“Video Phone (Extended Remix)” – Beyonce featuring Lady Gaga
“OMG” – Usher featuring Will.I.Am
“Tightrope” – Janelle Monae featuring Big Boi
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
“Little Lion Man” – Mumford and Sons
“Dog Days Are Over” – Florence + The Machine
Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – WINNER

BEST DIRECTION
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Kings and Queens” – 30 Seconds To Mars
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga-WINNER

BEST EDITING
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Rude Boy” – Rihanna
“Animal” – Miike Snow
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – WINNER

BEST SFX (SPECIAL EFFECTS)
“21st Century Breakdown” – Green Day
“Symphonies” – Dan Black
“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga
“Not Afraid” – Eminem
“Uprising” – Muse – WINNER

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO
“Symphonies” – Dan Black
“Stylo” – Gorillaz featuring Bobby Womack and Mos Def
“Strawberry Swing” – Coldplay
“Tighten Up” – The Black Keys-WINNER

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What do you think of the MTV VMAs 2010 Winners list for the Video Music Awards?

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Posted in Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Beyonce Knowles, Beyonce’, Diddy, Jay Z, Marriage, MARY J. BLIGE, Oprah, Oprah Winfrey, P. Diddy, Swizz Beats, Swizz Beatz, Tyra Banks, Wedding Bliss

Wedding Bliss: Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz To Be Married On Saturday

That’s right, you heard correctly. According to our friends at MediaTakeOut, it’s official! Swizz Beatz and the beautiful Alicia Keys are getting married this weekend! They are finally making it official after over seven months of engagement. The festivities will be held on a 200 ft. yacht they have chartered for the wedding’s pre-party. Guests will be whisked away in Miami, and then taken to the Caribbean for the romantic official wedding. Some celebrity guests include Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Beyonce’, Diddy, Tyra Banks, Mary J Blige and many more.

This will be the wedding of the year…a grand spectacle magnificence.

Congratulations Alicia and Swizz!


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Posted in "Monster", All On The Cover, Axl Rose, Bryan-Michael Cox, Currently Reading, Elton John, Jermaine Dupri, MARY J. BLIGE, newstands, Pharrell Williams, photography, photos, Photoshoot, Plams Resort Casino, Tameka Foster, Usher, Vegas Magazine, Youtube

All On The Cover: Usher Covers Vegas

Usher covers Vegas Magazine and from the looks of it, it seems like he’s back to the way his fans love him.

The magazine quoted him saying, In time I’m going to grow older, but I hope that I can be remembered for being a great father to my sons, a gentleman, and a renaissance man.”

Trying to pin down what Usher has been up to lately could take hours of interviews and a river of ink. At the moment, he’s set to release his sixth studio album, “Monster”, as well as the third fragrance in his collection, VIP. Then there’s his philanthropy work and his eponymous foundation (through which 20 teens will get to direct the first video off Monster). On top of all that, he’s the father of two young sons, one-and-a-half-year-old Usher Raymond V and seven-month-old Naviyd Ely Raymond. (“That’s all I need, a daughter to make me superweak,” he jokes about adding to his brood.) In June, he announced his separation from his wife of two years, Tameka Foster.

With this much going on in his life, it’s no wonder that Usher sequestered himself and his crew in Las Vegas to produce Monster. Usher and his team, including music superstars Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, rented out the third floor of the Palms Resort Casino, then made a daily commute to the resort’s in-house recording studio, where everyone from Elton John to Mary J Blige to Axl Rose has laid down tracks. “Vegas is good livin’, a product of positive energy, upward thinking,” Usher says. “Every time we’d go out to a club, there would be motivation there. [Recording in Vegas] allowed me to open my mind and just be creative and think outside the box.”

He even discusses how he plans on being back real lovemaking music for the masses:

“The sex in music, the good sex in music, the lovemaking in music, we’ve begun to depart from it. Right now it’s all about hitting it and quitting it. I think there are a ton of women out there who want to be made love to and want to have that song going that they really want to make love to.”

Check out more photos and a video of the photoshoot below.

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“What do you think of his cover shot?”

Posted in Andre 3000, Big Boi, Celebrity News, Entertainment, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop News, Lil' Jon, MARY J. BLIGE, Music News, Outkast, Raekwon, Scott Storch

Music News: Big Boi Preps For Solo Album

Rapper/actor Big Boi, one-half of the Southern hip-hop music group Outkast, is ready to unleash his debut solo album which he has been working on for the last two years. The album will follow behind the group effort and double CD “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” and soundtrack Idlewild. The previous CD “Speakerboxxx” which consisted of tracks featured by Big Boi and the CD “The Love Below” featuring tracks from his partner Andre 3000, were released as a double CD in September of 2003. Idlewild soundtrack featuring Oukast was released August 2006.

Now, following up with his own solo effort, Big Boi’s album “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty,” is coming and according to previous reporting, is expected to have at least 16 tracks on it ranging with production from Scott Storch, Lil’ Jon, Organized Noize, amongst others, with each track including Big Boi’s involvement as co-producer.

The first single from the album, “Royal Flush” featuring André 3000 and Raekwon was released in March of ‘08. The second single “Sumthin’s Gotta Give” which features Mary J. Blige was later leaked online along with a video. The latest single to be released off the album is the track entitled “Ringtone.”

The album “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty” is expected to be released later this year with the hopes to release sometime during the Summer.

Hip-Hop group Outkast has gone down in history as one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all-time winning over six Grammy’s, selling overall over 25 million albums with “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” being one of only three hip-hop albums to be certified Diamond along with Notorious B.I.G.’s album “Life After Death,” and MC Hammer’s “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em.”

Current Tracklisting For “Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty”

1. “Ringtone”
2. “Sumthin’s Gotta Give” (feat. Mary J. Blige) – 4:26
3. “Royal Flush” (feat. André 3000 & Raekwon) – 3:18
4. “For Your Sorrows” (feat. George Clinton & Too Short)
5. “Night Night”
6. “Never Like This” (feat. Ciara & Jadakiss)
7. “Daddy Fat Sacks”
8. “Tambourine” (feat. T.I.)
9. “Sir Lucious Left Foot Saves the Day” (feat. Big Rube)
10. “Bust That” [Skit]
11. “Terrified” (feat. B.o.B)
12. “Dubs” (feat. Backbone)
13. “Hustle Blood”
14. “Hustle with Me” (feat. Chris Brown) (bonus track)
15. “Backup Plan”
16. “General Patton”

Big Boi feat. Andre 3000 and Raekwon – Royal Flush [3:18m]: * Listen to Song Here.

Source: HipHopRX

“I can’t wait to hear the album.”

Posted in Carrie Underwood, Celebrity News, Chrihanna, Chris Brown, Gayle King, HEIDI MONTAG, Jay Z, Just In, Kellie Pickler, LINDSAY LOHAN, Lupe Fiasco, MARK CURRY, MARK INDELICATO, MARY J. BLIGE, MOLLY SIMS, NIA LONG, Rihanna, RUBEN STUDDARD

Just In: Gayle King Rejects Chris Brown’s Apology

Gayle King said she wasn’t moved by Chris Brown apology, in which he said Sunday he is “saddened … over what transpired” with girlfriend Rihanna .

“I can’t think of anything that makes me support anything that Chris Brown is saying at this time,”King tells Extra. “And my heart just aches for Rihanna.”

Usmagazine.com spoke to other stars over the weekend about Brown, 19, who said in his statement that he is “seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones” after allegedly attacking his girlfriend in Los Angeles Feb. 8.

Here’s what the celebs had to say:

CARRIE UNDERWOOD
“I don’t think anybody actually knows what happened. I have no advice because, thank goodness, I’ve never been in any kind of abusive situation. You hear a new one every five minutes, and some of them are getting kind of ridiculous. I really hope everyone will lay off and just let everybody who’s involved figure out everything first.”

JAY-Z
“This is a real situation. You have to have compassion for others. Just imagine it being your sister or mom and then think about how we should talk about that. I just think we should all support her. She’s going through a tough time. You have to realize she’s a young girl, as well. She’s very young.”

KELLIE PICKLER
“I think the world would be a better place if people worried more about what they needed to do to be better people, than … judging others on what kind of people they are. I don’t know what really went on with Rihanna and Chris, and I dont think anyone else does, either. The only people who really, truly know are only the two of them, so I am not going to assume or comment. I’m going to mind my own business.”

HEIDI MONTAG
“I don’t know what happened there, but our thoughts and prayers go out to both of them. Its such a crazy situation. I hope everything heals. I don’t know what to say.”

UGLY BETTY’S MARK INDELICATO
“I don’t really know that much about it. I think that doing that to a woman is wrong in any way. It doesn’t matter who did it to you. But, you know, I don’t know that much about it, so I can’t really comment too much on it.”

LINDSAY LOHAN
“I have no comment on that. That’s not my relationship. I have no reason to speak about it. I think they’re both great people.”

LUPE FIASCO
“They are great live and both are good people. It’s a tragedy.”

MOLLY SIMS
“It’s so sad. I don’t think anybody knows the whole truth, but I guess the truth really doesn’t matter when [abuse] is the result. That should never happen, no matter what. And I love his music. That being said, I think [about] Rihanna : No girl, no woman, no mother, no sister, no friend, no one deserves that. Absolutely.”

NIA LONG
“I know both of them well. They’re young, and all we can do is pray for them at this point.”

RUBEN STUDDARD
“I’m still praying for him. Everybody always has something negative to say about everything, and I always try to be positive. They’ve both made wonderful careers for themselves, and I think they will continue to do so for the rest of their lives.”

MARY J. BLIGE
“They’re both young and beautiful people, and that’s it.”

MARK CURRY
“Women, throughout history, have been beaten and prostituted. Even today in movies and music, they’re portrayed as low-grade, so you know, he’s a youngster, and he can correct his ways. It’s just a tragedy – women and abuse.”

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