Friday, October 31, 2008
As reported, Beyonce is currently in Japan promoting a range of projects, most especially her new single 'If I Were A Boy'. The 27 year old stopped by the country's Music Station show today to perform the track. As ever, she nailed it! That said, I'm sure we'll get more of a stage show with the 'Single Ladies' performances. Put on your seatbelts!!!!!!!!
Talented Knowles sisters Beyonce and Solange have embarked on a whirlwind promotional trip in Tokyo, Japan. The pair are plugging a number of projects, including their music releases. They are photographed above and below promoting their range of handbags for designer Samantha Thavasa at the upmarket Eight Million fashion store in Tokyo's Ginza district.
It's a yearly jaunt that's observed on October 31. The holiday is favored by many children who look forward to dressing up as their favorite superhero, Disney character or perhaps something a little more in tune with the occasion such as a witch, ghost or goblin. With costumes donned, neighborhood little ones and not-so-little ones alike can be seen throughout communities, knocking on doors in anticipation of the householder doling out candy, gum and other treats.
This has become a social event for adults as well. Many plan Halloween gatherings/parties and even host contests for the best , most original, funniest and most creative get ups.
If this is how you approach Halloween then the rest of this information may not be of interest to you. However, if you'd like to know its origin and the background of its associated customs, by all means continue reading ...
The Online Etymonlogy Dictionary gives this definition:
c.1745, Scottish shortening of Allhallow-even "Eve of All Saints, last night of October" (1556), the last night of the year in the old Celtic calendar, where it was Old Year's Night, a night for witches. Another pagan holiday given a cursory baptism and sent on its way. Hallowmas "All-saints" is first attested 1389.
The Encyclopedia Americana says: "Elements of the customs connected with Halloween can be traced to a Druid ceremony in pre-Christian times. The Celts had festivals for two major gods-a sun god and a god of the dead (called Samhain), whose festival was held on November 1, the beginning of the Celtic New Year. The festival of the dead was gradually incorporated into Christian ritual."-(1977), Vol. 13, p. 725.
The Celts believed that as the days shortened, it was necessary to reinvigorate the sun through various rites and sacrifices.
It was believed that on the festival of Samhain, the veil between the human and the supernatural worlds was parted and spirits, both good and evil, roamed the earth. The souls of the dead were thought to return to their homes, and families would put out food and drink for their ghostly visitors in hopes of appeasing them and warding off misfortune.
This practice continues to thrive in many latino cultures.
I know that Samuel L. Jackson is game for anything when it comes to the number of films he has done in the last few years, but there comes a time when you have to take a pass at some things. Although he did a decent job with the remake of 'Shaft', most people will always think of Richard Roundtree in that role. The Hollywood Reporter has stated that Jackson has agreed to star in a remake of Berry Gordy's 'The Last Dragon'.
Jackson will play Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a role played in the original by the late Julius Carry, whose spiel included asking ego-driven questions like "Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?" Each time his gang of thugs answered, "Sho 'nuff!"
*Sidenote* Who thinks Busta Rhymes would have made a better "Sho'nuff?"
Labels: A Good Look
New video for Lil Weezy, it's the 4th single of his greatest album Tha Carter III in stores now, the song is called "Mrs. Officer" feature r&b singer Bobby Valentino, check it out !!!!
Some of you may be wondering just where Girlicious have been since the initial impact of their debut 'Like Me'? Well, their album has yet to be released anywhere other than in Canada where they have been a surprise success. Their latest release over there is 'Baby Doll', which I must say isn't bad.
As reported late last month, Grammy award winning star Toni Braxton enlisted super producer Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins for the lead single from her forthcoming Atlantic Records debut. It has now been confirmed in the latest issue of Jet Magazine that the title of the track is 'Get Loose'. The song is expected to impact radio very soon.
Labels: Muzik News
Keyshia Cole's video for new release 'Playa Cardz Right' made its debut today. Featuring the late great Tupac, the song will serve as the lead single from her forthcoming 'A Different Me' LP (due December 16th).
With his third studio LP 'Evolver' out in stores this week, John Legend stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night to perform current single 'Green Light'. What do you think of this performance?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
According to our friends over at Rap-Up.com, R&B star Mario is readying his fourth studio album for a March 2009 release. Looking to capitalize on his Dancing With The Stars success, the 22 year old has been in the studio with the likes of Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins, Tricky Stewart, Babyface, Stargate, Polow Da Don and KP Malay, on what he describes as “most personal, colossal album of his career”. Described as as fusing of classic R&B and modern Pop, the as yet untitled set will hit stores via J Records.
Mario's last effort 'Go!' still stands as a very good LP in my book!!!
Brand new video from Akon, it's not the video for the 1st single "Right Now (Na Na Na)" which also should released soon but for "I'm So Paid" the 2nd single off his 3rd album Freedom in stores December 12nd, the song is feature Young Jeezy & Lil Wayne, enjoy !!!!
AKON ft LIL WAYNE & YOUNG JEEZY - I'M SO PAID- NEW MUSIC VIDEO!
After a brief hiatus, R&B crooner Ginuwine is back set to release his first major-label album in 2009. Check out the report via Billboard:
Ginuwine is set to return in the first quarter 2009 with a new single and album. The as-yet-untitled project will be released by Notifi Records, with distribution through Warner Bros. Notifi is headed by CEO Ira Dewitt.
In addition to singer/songwriter/producer Tank, who is executive producing the album, Ginuwine is collaborating with Next founding member RL and Harold Lilly Jr., among others.
"Everything is still in the works," Ginuwine tells Billboard.com. "I don't want to rush anything. I'm just working on various songs and definitely hoping to work with others like Polow da Don and Timbaland. However, at this point I can say the music will reflect a maturing Ginuwine. I'm not the same young man I was when I first got into music. "
Ginuwine was 21 when he hit big in 1996 with "Pony," his first crossover hit (No. 1 R&B, No. 6 pop). The single garnered the Washington, D.C. native a contract with 550 Music/Epic and propelled his Timbaland-produced debut album, "Ginuwine -- The Bachelor," to multi-platinum status.
Labels: Muzik News
Here the video for T-Pain's song "Karaoke" feature Dj Khaled. New album Thr33 Ringz in stores November 11st !!!
Beyonce arrives at Narita International Airport on October 30, 2008 in Narita, Chiba, Japan. Beyonce is in Japan to promote her latest album "I Am...Sasha Fierce", released on November 12 in Japan.
Recording artist John Legend and Ryan Leslie attend a party to celebrate John Legend's new album "Evolver" at RdV on October 28, 2008 in New York City.
Kim Kardashian attends the launch party of Ulimat Vodka at The Kress on October 29, 2008 in Hollywood, California.
Actor Tristan Wilds arrives at the Blackberry Storm Launch at the Avalon on October 29, 2008 in Hollywood, California.
Actress Lynn Whitfield attends the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF) USA's celebration to recognize Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, which occurred on July 18, 2008, at The Rainbow Room on October 29, 2008 in New York City.
Brandy performs on MTV's "TRL" at MTV studios on October 29, 2008 in New York City.
Samantha Ronson and Lindsay Lohan take their romance underground Wednesday, waiting to hop on the subway in New York's SoHo neighborhood.
Snoop Dogg arrives for the official launch of Arnette`s "Notorious" eyewear collection at the Nevermind Nightclub on October 30, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.
Fergie has her (oversized) bag packed and she's ready for take off, arriving for her international flight Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport. The pop star was en route to Santiago, Chile, where she's set to perform Thursday at the Teatro Caupolicán.
Ne-Yo attends his birthday celebration at Whiskey on October 28, 2008 in New York City.
Paris Hilton, whose romance with Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden is still going strong, goes incognito Wednesday, donning long, dark locks and a hoodie as she leaves her London hotel.
Labels: Out and About
Everyone should be aware at this point that Terrence Howard will not be appearing in 'Iron Man 2' and that Don Cheadle is replacing him as Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes in the sequel. What's interesting now is that Cheadle will also make an appearance in 'The Avengers'.
Marvel Entertainment has confirmed that deals have been made with both Cheadle and Robert Downey Jr. "As part of his four picture deal with Marvel Studios, Robert Downey Jr. is appearing as Tony Stark in 'THE AVENGERS' motion picture, as well as reprising his starring role as the larger-than-life leading character in I'RON MAN 2.' Jon Favreau will return to direct the sequel to the blockbuster 'IRON MAN', which to date has grossed over $578 million worldwide, as well as executive produce 'THE AVENGERS'."
Cheadle is also signed on to perform the same role in 'THE AVENGERS' and subsequent installments of the IRON MAN franchise.
Labels: A Good Look
Last week, when Lil Wayne, 26, became a father for the second time to baby boy Dwayne Michael Carter III, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, he wasn't handing out cigars in the waiting room. He was right there in the delivery room.
"I delivered him. I held the left leg the whole time," Wayne said Tuesday night at Power 105.1's Powerhouse concert. "It was nasty, very nasty, but it was wonderful. Oct. 22, 9:25 a.m., 7 lbs., 12 oz. He's the best thing to ever happen to me, next to my daughter.”
Lil Wayne's first child, 8-year-old Reginae Carter, belongs to Wayne and his high school sweetheart Antonia "Toya" Johnson.
The identity of the newborn's mother remains private.
For the full interview, visit powerhouse.power1051fm.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Brandy performed her current single 'Right Here (Departed)' on MTV's TRL just a few moments ago. Put simply, Ms. Norwood nailed it! The stage presence, the adlibs, the everything! She really sounded on-point - the vocals were awesome. Her LP 'Human' drops December 9th via Epic/Koch.
The Pussycat Dolls hit up Dancing With The Stars last night to perform their current single 'Whatcha Think About That', along with Missy Elliott. What do you think about the performance?
Labels: The Pussycat Dolls
During hubby Jay-Z's set at Power 105.1 show last night at New Jersey's IZOD Center, Beyonce made a surprise appearance - giving short performance of her hotter than hot new release 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)'. I see you Dana!!!!! Oh and the other girl as Reina would say "Find It"
As two of the hottest young stars on the international music scene at present, Brown and Rihanna, aged just 19 and 20 respectively, showed they already have their performing wings.
First to take the stage was Brown, who descended from the rafters singing his hit Wall to Wall, to ear-piercing screams from the largely female audience.
Joined by his accomplished backing dancers, Brown embarked on a set that barely let up for 70 minutes. An onstage DJ bridged the gaps during the numerous costume changes and allowed Brown to spend time in a bit of banter with the crowd.
"Where are my single ladies at?" he queried following a rendition of Gimme That, before asking the screaming girls to yell out their phone numbers so he could call them.
Given the energy of the performance, the singing was lost at times, but the audience didn't seem to mind.
Brown's dance moves are some of the slickest Vector's stage has seen since Justin Timberlake played there last year.
He does have a voice to match, though, and the times it shone through - in the quieter numbers such as Yo (Excuse Me Miss), he had the audience mesmerised.
Following an intermission it was the turn of Rihanna, the talented beauty from Barbados.
Starting her set from a platform high above the stage, she wowed the crowd with a rendition of Disturbia. As the platform sank lower, her outfit - a dominatrix-style print leotard with thigh-high boots - caught the attention more than her singing.
Rihanna's half of the concert relied more on multimedia theatrics than Brown's had, but her voice also came across more strongly - perhaps because she was relying less on dance moves to impress the crowd.
Her new single Rehab, written, she said, "by a very good friend of mine" - the aforementioned Justin Timberlake - brought the house down.
But the crowning moment was when Brown and Rihanna took to the stage together for a performance of the latter's 2007 smash hit Umbrella.
Two young performers giving a new generation of concert-goers a taste of just what a great concert should be.
AUCKLAND-October 27, Vector Arena
WELLINGTON-October 29, TSB Arena
BRISBANE — Friday, October 31, Entertainment Centre
ADELAIDE — Monday, November 3, Entertainment Centre
MELBOURNE — Tuesday, November 4, Rod Laver Arena
SYDNEY — Saturday, November 8, Acer Arena
PERTH — Tuesday, November 11, Burswood Dome
Usher debuts the “Hush” single as part of his continued national call-to-service for young people and marking the first time Usher will communicate his passion for service and action through his music.
Usher has been very active in the 2008 Presidential elections – he has led youth rallies, organized voter registration drives and stepped forward to participate in voter registration PSA’s for Leonardo DiCaprio, DoSomething.org, CNN’s League of First Time Voters, The Barack Obama Campaign and through his New Look Foundation.
Solange Knowles performed at the Ahoy Stadium in Holland on Monday.
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Leal, Adam Herschman and Affion Crockett attends the premiere of "Soul Men" at the Apollo Theater on October 28, 2008 in New York City.
Nelly and Ashanti hit up the Yellow Brick Road Not Taken benefit at the Gershwin Theatre on Monday night in New York City. The couple has been together since in November of 2003. Black Love!!!
Christina Aguilera – who recently debuted the video for her single "Keeps Gettin' Better" – stays warm with a hot beverage and keeps on moving with husband Jordan Bratman during a dreary Tuesday in New York City. She shows more emotion here than in the video.
Martin Lawrence (L) and Rapper Heavy D share a moment at Heavy D's Album Listening Party For "Vibes" hosted by Brett Ratner at Villa on October 27, 2008 in West Hollywood, California.
Nas, Sylvia Rhone, Qiana Wallace attend Q-Tip's "The Renaissance" album release party at the Bowery Hotel on October 27, 2008 in New York City.
Aunt Viv attends the Celebration of Antonio Pierce's 30th Birthday in Partnership with David Yurman at STK on October 28, 2008 in New York City
Lenny Kravitz in Toronto for a concert. Lenny stopped and gave a live interview for some of his fans at a local music station. He talked about his musical influences as well as global issues and how we can make a difference.
Carmen Electra sits back and lets the tension melt away as she gets a hand, foot and neck massage Tuesday during a visit to a Beverly Hills nail salon.
Talk about a double take! Hilary Swank dances on to the set of the Ellen DeGeneres Show looking just like the talk show host during her appearance on Monday.
Recording Artist Mario, Singer/Songwriters Chosen Wilkins and Terrence Howard go over a tune at a private fan dinner and exclusive portrait shoot with Terrence Howard at The Intercontinental Hotel on October 28, 2008 in Atlanta.
Rosario Dawson and the Audi Girls attend the Audi Launch Event For The New 2009 Audi A4 at The IAC Building on October 28, 2008 in New York City
With mom Katie Holmes and dad Tom Cruise dutifully holding her stuffed animals (hello, Curious George!), 2-year-old Suri is ready to go Monday as the trio steps out onto the streets of New York City.
Pink went on a shopping spree in the Meat Packing District that included stops at Yigal Azrouel and Alexander McQueen.
Miley Cyrus comes in peace – and promotion! – as she celebrates the release of her album Breakout in Germany with a media blow out on Monday in Berlin.
Eva Longoria Parker gets the giggles over her friend's wardrobe choice after lunch Monday at Café Med in Los Angeles. But the pal isn't starting a Team Longoria trend: It's the jersey for Tampa Bay Rays player Evan Longoria, whose team is battling the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series and is not related to the Desperate Housewives star.
With her curly 'do and oversized sunglasses, Halle Berry looks virtually unrecognizable while leaving a Whole Foods store in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday.
Fresh from a humanitarian trip to Afghanistan, a sly Angelina Jolie sneaks into the Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala on Monday to pay tribute to her Changeling director Clint Eastwood.
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen huddle up at a celebration Monday at Barneys New York for their new coffee-table book Influence, about the people who have helped shape their lives and careers.
Singer/actress Jordin Sparks and actress Lauren Conrad attend the Hope Honors hosted by the Avon Foundation at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 28, 2008 in New York City.
Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee were spotted leaving Il Sole restaurant in West Hollywood on Monday night.
Katie Holmes could use Rihanna's hit song as her soundtrack as she shields herself from the rain during a wet stroll through New York City on Tuesday.
Katy Perry (L) and Perez Hilton attend Katy Perry's 24th birthday party hosted by Malibu Rum held at Siren Studios on October 28, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
Supermodel Alek Wek was spotted outside the Ivy on Monday in Los Angeles, California.
Labels: Out and About