Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jill Scott is Number 1!

Serious congrats are in effect for Miss Jill Scott because her recently release CD, “The Light of the Sun,” just debuted at the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts. Would you believe it’s Jilly from Philly’s first ever #1 record?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Erykah Badu Channels ‘Lo Down Loretta Brown’ for First Mixtape

For her next act, Erykah Badu is calling on her alter ego.

The neo-soul star, famously ticketed last year for her “Window Seat” video strip tease on a public street, will release her first-ever mixtape next month using the name “DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown,” a persona she introduced in Dallas at the PM Lounge last December.

Loretta returned to the DJ booth Friday in Los Angeles for the “Black Girls Rock and Soul Tour” at the Key Club, as well as at a BET Award’s pre-show dinner the night after. She said her mixtape project will “melt any DJ’s face off.”

Until then, she’ll next be seen as one of the headlining acts on this year’s Rock the Bells Festival where she will be performing her debut album ‘Baduizm” in its entirety.

The festival kicks off Aug. 20 in Los Angeles and wraps Sept. 10 in Boston.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Jennifer Hudson’s Video for ‘No One Gonna Love You’

Jennifer Hudson sports lingerie to show off her diminishing frame in the video for her second single, “No One Gonna Love You.” (Wow, she has lost even more weight!)

In the clip, J-Hud picks up after her boyfriend and gets all gussied up for their anniversary date, only to be stood up.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cee-Lo Rocks ‘Bright Lights, Bigger City’ on ‘The Voice’

Conjuring the big band era of the 40s, Cee Lo Green threw on white suit and finger-wave wig to perform his soul-drenched new single, “Bright Lights, Bigger City” last night on “The Voice.”

Released on March 27, the song comes from his third studio album, “The Lady Killer.” Although it’s had some chart success in Europe, is has yet to break big in the U.S.

This NBC performance could help. Watch below:

Buju Banton Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Despite pleas for leniency from family members, fans and supporters, a federal judge sentenced Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton on Thursday to ten years in prison for conspiring to set up a cocaine deal.

Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense, reports the AP.

The judge did throw out a gun charge, lowering Banton’s sentence from 15 years to 10. Mark Myrie (Buju), 37, father of 15 children, was also ordered to serve five years of probation following his release from prison.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gil Scott Heron: I'm New Here

Legend Gil Scott Heron Dies

"Godfather of Rap" Gil Scott-Heron, who in 1970 mixed poetry and music for his militant song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday (5/28/2011) afternoon in a New York hospital, his publicist told CNN.

He was 62, and the cause of death was not immediately stated. Scott-Heron was known to be HIV positive and had struggled with drug addiction throughout a large part of his life.

Chicago-born, the iconoclast was named after his father, Gilbert Heron, a Jamaican football (soccer) player who had settled in America and was signed by Glasgow's Celtic FC, earning the nickname "The Black Arrow."

"The Revolution" was released when he was only 18, and within five years he had also recorded three albums and published two novels and a book of poetry. Among his other nicknames was "The People's Poet."