Archive for February, 2008


Murder Weapon That Killed Juvenile’s 4 Year-old Daughter Is Found

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The gun that killed the 4-year old daughter of Juvenile along with her mother and sister has been recovered by Gwinnett County police investigators.

The child, Jelani, along with her 11 year-old sister Micaiah, and 39 year-old mom Joy Deleston, were allegedly killed by Jelani’s brother, 17-year-old Anthony Tyrone Terrell.

A Gwinnett dive team found the weapon in one of the two areas where Terrell said he had disposed of it.

Deleston was a single mother and aspiring actress who worked as a 7-1/2 year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. She’d done a number of local Atlanta-based movies, many for no pay.

Jelani’s short life began in controversy when Juvenile abandoned her back in 2003, even after a paternity test proved he was the father.


New R&B/Soul Releases: Lizz Wright – The Orchard

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new R&B soulAlong with the release of mega-artist Janet Jackson’s Discipline today, we also have a gem of an album from the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Lizz Wright.

Wright releases her third major album called The Orchard which the New York Times has already called her “best album.”

Wright is also getting ready to kick off a national tour. Check out the dates below as well as the album’s lead single “My Heart.”

VIDEO: Lizz Wright – My Heart

AUDIO: Lizz Wright – My Heart (Audio) Windows|Quicktime

Confirmed Lizz Wright Tour Dates:
Wed 3/5/2008 Seattle WA Century Ballroom
Thu 3/6/2008 Oakland CA Yoshi’s at Jack London Square
Fri 3/7/2008 Oakland CA Yoshi’s at Jack London Square
Sat 3/8/2008 Oakland CA Yoshi’s at Jack London Square
Mon 3/10/2008 Los Angeles CA Hotel Cafe
Thu 3/13/2008 Alexandria VA Birchmere
Fri 3/14/2008 Annapolis MD Rams Head On Stage
Tue 3/18/2008 New York NY Highline Ballroom
Wed 3/19/2008 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live


New Video: Trey Songz – “Last Time”

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Common, Q-Tip, KRS-One Get In The “Mix” With Smirnoff

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The Smirnoff Signature Mix Series campaign is underway in its mission to team up classic emcees with hot beatmakers. The series will see Common, Q-Tip, and KRS One hook up with Just Blaze, Cool & Dre, and DJ Premier to remix Common’s “The Light,” A Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight,” and Boogie Down Productions’ seminal “Criminal Minded,” respectively.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to revisit one of my signature songs and give it a breath of fresh air,” said KRS One.

First up is the legendary BDP frontman and DJ Premier’s covering the former’s classic on “Criminal Minded ’08 (Smirnoff Signature Mix).”

The next release in the series will be Common and Just Blaze’s “The Light ’08,” debuting on February 26th, followed March 4th by Q-Tip and Cool & Dre’s “Midnight ’08.”

Download the tracks for free.

STREAMS: KRS One and DJ Premier – Criminal Minded ’08 (Smirnoff Signature Mix)


New Video: Consequence – “Feel This Way” feat. John Legend

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Is it our imagine or is almost every artist that features John Legend on their track ending up getting upstaged?

Do you think Consequence’s skills measure up to Legend’s eerie pop genius?

There’s no doubt this breezy track will demand a second play and deserves its place as a featured video on Myspace Music. Tell us what you think.

Also, check out another track from Consequence’s current album Don’t Quit Your Day Job; “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” feat Kanye West:


New Video: Flo Rida – “Elevator” ft. Timbaland

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Flo Rida has a massive hit with “Low.” It, along with his next track “Elevator,” can be found on his upcoming album Mail On Sunday, due in stores March 18th.

Check out “Elevator” ft. Timbaland. Here’s the link:


Trey Songz And J. Holiday Co-Headline Spring U.S. Tour

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Boy crooners J. Holiday and Trey Songz will hit twenty-one cities across the U.S. as they take their silky romantic vocals to audiences in Chicago, Holiday’s hometown of Washington DC, Atlanta and more.

Songz will perform stuff from his Top 10 set Trey Day and his current hit single “Can’t Help But Wait” featuring Plies. Holiday will offer sexy vibes from his No. 1 debut Back Of My Lac’ which features his massive hit “Bed.” Check out their latest hits, Songz’ “Can’t Help But Wait” and Holiday’s “Suffocate.” (see both below)

The trek will start Feb. 25 and end in late March.

Feb.25th Chicago, IL House of Blues
Feb.26th St. Louis, MO Pagent
Feb.28th Philadelphia, PA TLA
Feb.29th (2 shows) Baltimore, MD Rams Head
Washington, DC H20
March 2nd New York, NY Nokia Theatre
March 4th Philadelphia, PA TLA
March 6th Richmond, VA The National
March 7th Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
March 8th Miami, FL Bank United Center
March 9th Orlando, FL House of Blues
March 12th Myrtle Beach, NC House of Blues
March 13th Atlanta, GA Dreamz
March 14th New Orleans, LA House of Blues
March 15th Memphis, TN Cannon Center
March 17th Dallas, TX House of Blues
March 19th Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
March 20th Anaheim, CA House of Blues
March 21st Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
March 22nd San Diego, CA Viejas Casino
March 23rd San Francisco, CA Mezzaine


Alicia Keys Grabs Jordin Sparks For North American Tour

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Alicia Keys will kick off her As I Am tour in April along with American Idol Jordan Sparks as the opening act.

The entire tour, consisting of 30 dates, will feature 18-year old Sparks who just won the Outstanding New Artist award at the 39th NAACP Image Awards. The North American trek will end in New York on June 18th.

Both ladies will perform material from current releases, Keys from her No. 1 set for which the tour is named and Sparks from her eponymous debut.

Alicia Keys As I Am tour dates:

April-19 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
April-20 Philadelphia,PA Liacouras Center
April-22 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
April-24 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
April-26 Columbus, OH Value City Arena at Schottenstein Ctr
April-27 St Louis, MO Scottrade Center
April-30 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
May-1 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
May-5 Los Angeles, CA TBA
May-7 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
May-9 Las Vegas, NV MGM Garden Arena
May-10 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
May-12 Phoenix, AZ Arena
May-14 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
May-18 Houston, TX Toyota Center
May-22 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
May-24 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
May-25 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
May-28 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
May-30 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
May-31 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
Jun-3 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Jun-5 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center at Cleveland State
Jun-6 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Jun-8 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Jun-11 Boston, MA TD Bank North Garden
Jun-13 Washington D.C. Verizon Center
Jun-15 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
Jun-17 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Jun-18 New York, NY Madison Square Garden


PETA To Aretha Franklin: “You look like a clown.”

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Days after the Queen Of Soul criticized Beyonce for referring to Tina Turner as “The Queen” at the Grammys (and endured a subsequent tongue-lashing from Beyonce’s meddlin’ daddy), Franklin got seriously dissed by the animal rights group PETA.

Peta had serious problems with the music legend showing up at the Grammys in a full lengths fur, and even called her a “walrus in a cat costume” on their blog.

PETA VP Dan Mathews jumped into the Franklin-dissing fray with the following open letter in which he called her a court jester:

Dear Aretha-

Music lovers may think of you as a “queen,” but to animal lovers, you are a court jester. I’m sorry, Aretha, but your furs make you look like a clown. Why not shed the old-fashioned look that adds pounds to your frame and detracts from your beautiful voice? Won’t you donate your furs to the poor as “queen of compassion,” Mariah Carey, did? You’ll get a tax credit for the donation, and we at PETA will all sing your praises.

Dan Mathews

So far there’s been no comment from The Queen.


Selfmade Rocko Says “Umma Do Me”

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One of Def Jam’s newest artists, Rocko, is prepping for the release of his March 18 album Self Made. The set sees him take on the mantle of performer for the first time.

He recently conducted an interview where he speaks about the set as well as the video to the lead single “Umma Do Me.”

The Atlanta producer/writer is the owner of Rocky Road, which according to his bio, is “a development company that allowed him to play a role in every aspect of budding artists’ growth.”

“I was infatuated with the way people produced music form scratch, how you go in and make something out of nothing,” says Rocko. “I kinda like fell in love with that whole idea. I wanted to learn how to write and format songs and make beats.”

Rocko, whose birth name is Rodney Hill, soon went on to produce for the likes of Young Dro, Dem Franchize Boyz, Lil’ Flip and Pastor Troy.