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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Rachel Crow Signs 2 Deals

Our hearts broke as X Factor hopeful and little miss sunshine Rachel Crow was booted from the show. When she dropped to her knees and started crying, I cried (don’t act like you didn’t at least shed a tear either).  Though we were sadden to see her go, I think we were all pretty confident that it was more like a “see you later” and not a goodbye.

In a recent announcement, we learned that Crow signed 2 deals! The 14-year-old signed deals with Sony’s Columbia Records through Simon Cowell’s imprint Syco and Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon is in talks of developing a comedy series for Crow and it has been suggested that she will also be working on her debut album under the direction of her mentor Simon Cowell.

“I am incredibly happy for Rachel. This girl has it,” Cowell said in a statement. “We saw her potential at the first audition and Nickelodeon and Columbia are the right homes for her.” [SOURCE]

Before Crow’s two major projects, you can catch her on a recurring role on the network’s hit “Fred: The Show.” I love this little girl and I am so happy for her! I remember during her audition all she wanted was her own bathroom. I’m sure she will be moving her family into a nice big house with about 5 bathrooms now.

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Mixtape Dopeness: Single On A Saturday Night – Jade Alston

I’m loving this mixtape from Impact Records recording artist and Philadelphia native Jade Alston. Alston’s Single On A Saturday Night is super easy to relate to.  Each song chronicles the story and feelings of a newly single woman. As a body of work it is so smooth and truly shows Alston’s talent as an emerging artist. Although she has been compared to the likes of soulful singers Toni Braxton and Anita Baker, her sound is youthful, sexy and fun.

Learn more about Jade Alston in the video below. Then listen to the entire mixtape and download it www.jadealston.com

Listen to Single On A Saturday Night HERE

ARTIST TO WATCH: Steve Lovell

Imagine Whitney Houston, Bilal and Luther Vandross on one song. Sounds amazing, right? Well, Steve Lovell comes pretty close.

Singer/ Songwriter Steve Lovell studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In between classes, his music career took off and he shows no signs of slowing down. Lovell has opened for Dr. Maya Angelou, Savion Glover and Chrisette Michele. He also sung background for Jennifer Holiday and shared the stage with Gospel singers Donnie McClurklin, Kirk Franklin, Vickie Winans and Byron Cage at the McDonald’s Gospel Fest.

Whatever stage he graces, his shows are definitely worth attending. His stage presence is unmatched and the vocals complete the package. I had the pleasure of attending one of his performances and by the end of the night I was up dancing, heels and all. I am usually the girl sitting on the bar stool with my legs crossed to showcase my shoes but rarely get up to dance because I can’t bare the pain the shoes cause my feet after about four songs. So the fact that Lovell’s performance had me dancing says ALOT.

I think what makes an artist an Artist to Watch is the refreshing energy they bring to the music scene. Steve Lovell is no different. His voice is powerful yet beautifully intimate. Lovell is SUPER talented  and original. I encourage you to follow his career! Peep one of his videos below.

www.stevelovellmusic.com

Follow @_Stevelovell

“Like” Steve Lovell on Facebook

Nicki Minaj + Ricky Martin on MAC Press Tour

Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin have been on press tour promoting a HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign created by mega beauty brand MAC Cosmetics. The two new VIVA GLAM ambassadors stopped at Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly to briefly talk about the cause, their MAC partnership, the dynamic between the two and upcoming projects for each of them. Also the pair graced the powder pink carpet at a launch party for the line.

Peep a video of the 2 at Live! With Kelly below:

and a BTS video from the campaign shoot:

MUST HEAR: “Cartoon & Cereal” – Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s new “Cartoon & Cereal” track is kind of weird but it commanded my attention and I LOVE IT! I always knew that Kendrick would be on my list of Top 10 rappers but his style is growing on me. I’m ashamed it took this long but nonetheless I am a fan.

“Cartoon & Cereal” features Gunplay and was produced by THC. I’m hoping this song will be on his upcoming Good Kid in a Mad City album.

Breaking News: Whitney Houston Dies at 48

It has been reported that singer and actress Whitney Houston has died today, Saturday (February 11) at the age of 48. The cause of her death is unknown but she was found in her Beverly Hills Hilton room just hours before mentor Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party.

This news saddens me and I am positive I am not alone. Whitney was my favorite singer and truly one of a kind. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

I couldn’t end this post without my favorite song of all time. Enjoy!

 

VIDEO: NYC Soul Train Flash Mob

This past Saturday (Feb. 4th), hundreds of Soul Train fans graced New York’s Times Square to recreate the famous Soul Train lines in a flash mob honoring Don Cornelius. The creator of Soul Train committed suicide last Wednesday. While people are shocked and overwhelmed with the sad news of Cornelius’ death, the show was always so energetic and fun making a flash mob an appropriate way to honor and remember such a pioneer.

Trey Songz Weighs In On Cyber Bullying in VMAN

In her very first Interview, super-model Selita Ebanks sits down with singer Trey Songz for VMAN. In the Trey dished about his upcoming album, touring, his foundation and bullying. Peep his thoughts on cyber-bullying below.

SE There has been a lot of cyber bullying and a lot of hate toward young people, through the Internet, texting, and things of that nature. What message would you send to young people as far as bullying goes?

TS Bullying is childish, and a lot of kids get stuck in situations where obviously something is wrong at home, so it’s kind of a release for them. It’s a comfort blanket and it’s affecting so many people as well as themselves. It’s important to speak not only to the people being bullied but to the bullies as well. To the people out there who are being bullied, just stay strong. There’s only one you. I tell this to people all the time, to kids, to grown men, grown women: there’s only one you, and to think that being you is not enough is to say that God didn’t do his job, because He only made one you, and that alone should show you that you’re special. [SOURCE]

Read the entire interview and see exclusive VMAN pics of Trey Songz at VMAN.com

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