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The Rebecca Black Saturday Video Is Painful

Remember Rebecca Black? Saturday is here and so is her song AND video for the day of the week. Yeah, her song is called Saturday…the supposed sequel to Friday and yes, it is just as corny as Friday.

The sad news is that her voice sounds better than some of the pop stars out there today. Perhaps she has been working with a vocal coach?

Take a little listen and look and then let me know what you think in the comments section below.

I hope to gawd Miss Black does NOT have five more songs coming and you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Grammy Nominations Full List: #GrammyNoms, Who Got Snubbed?

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Well, it’s official. The Grammy Nominations (full list) for 2013 is here! I know you are all dying to know how many #grammynoms Taylor Swift got…well you may be surprised. Check out the list below!

Record of the year
Get Lucky — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
Radioactive — Imagine Dragons
Royals — Lorde
Locked Out Of Heaven — Bruno Mars
Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell

Album of the Year
The Blessed Unrest — Sara Bareilles
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — Kendrick Lamar
The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Red — Taylor Swift

Song of the Year
Just Give Me A Reason — Jeff Bhasker, Pink & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Pink Featuring Nate Ruess)
Locked Out Of Heaven — Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Bruno Mars)
Roar — Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry & Henry Walter, songwriters (Katy Perry)
Royals — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
Same Love —- Ben Haggerty, Mary Lambert & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert)

Best New Artist
James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance
Brave — Sara Bareilles
Royals — Lorde
When I Was Your Man — Bruno Mars
Roar — Katy Perry
Mirrors — Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Get Lucky — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
Just Give Me A Reason — Pink Featuring Nate Ruess
Stay — Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko
Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell
Suit & Tie — Justin Timberlake & Jay Z

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Steppin’ Out — Herb Alpert
The Beat —- Boney James
Handpicked — Earl Klugh
Summer Horns — Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair & Richard Elliot
Hacienda — Jeff Lorber Fusion

Best Pop Vocal Album
Paradise — Lana Del Rey
Pure Heroine — Lorde
Unorthodox Jukebox — Bruno Mars
Blurred Lines — Robin Thicke
The 20/20 Experience — The Complete Experience — Justin Timberlake

Best Dance Recording
Need U (100%) — Duke Dumont Featuring A*M*E & MNEK
Sweet Nothing — Calvin Harris Featuring Florence Welch
Atmosphere — Kaskade
This Is What It Feels Like — Armin Van Buuren Featuring Trevor Guthrie
Clarity — Zedd Featuring Foxes

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Random Access Memories — Daft Punk
Settle — Disclosure
18 Months — Calvin Harris
Atmosphere — Kaskade
A Color Map of the Sun — Pretty Lights

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Viva Duets — Tony Bennett & Various Artists
To Be Loved — Michael Bublé
The Standards — Gloria Estefan
Cee Lo’s Magic Moment — Cee Lo Green
Now — Dionne Warwick

Best Rock Performance
Always Alright — Alabama Shakes
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) — David Bowie
Radioactive — Imagine Dragons
Kashmir — Led Zeppelin
My God Is the Sun — Queens Of The Stone Age
I’m Shakin’ — Jack White

Best Metal Performance
T.N.T. — Anthrax
God Is Dead? — Black Sabbath
The Enemy Inside — Dream Theater
In Due Time — Killswitch Engage
Room 24 — Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

Best Rock Song
Ain’t Messin ‘Round — Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)
Cut Me Some Slack — Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)
Doom And Gloom — Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, songwriters (the Rolling Stones)
God Is Dead? — Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi & Ozzy Osbourne, songwriters (Black Sabbath)
Panic Station — Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

Best Rock Album
13 — Black Sabbath
The Next Day — David Bowie
Mechanical Bull — Kings Of Leon
Celebration Day — Led Zeppelin
…Like Clockwork — Queens Of The Stone Age
Psychedelic Pill — Neil Young With Crazy Horse

Best Alternative Music Album
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You — Neko Case
Trouble Will Find Me — The National
Hesitation Marks — Nine Inch Nails
Lonerism — Tame Impala
Modern Vampires Of The City — Vampire Weekend

Best R&B Performance
Love And War — Tamar Braxton
Best Of Me — Anthony Hamilton
Nakamarra — Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
How Many Drinks? — Miguel Featuring Kendrick Lamar
Something — Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Please Come Home — Gary Clark Jr.
Get It Right — Fantasia
Quiet Fire — Maysa
Hey Laura — Gregory Porter
Yesterday — Ryan Shaw

Best R&B Song
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton & Jairus Mozee, songwriters (Anthony Hamilton)
Love And War – Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels & Makeba Riddick, songwriters (Tamar Braxton)
Only One – PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton Featuring Stevie Wonder)
Pusher Love Girl – James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)
Without Me – Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels & Kyle Stewart, songwriters (Fantasia Featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Love And War – Tamar Braxton
Side Effects Of You – Fantasia
One: In The Chamber – Salaam Remi
Unapologetic – Rihanna
New York: A Love Story – Mack Wilds

Best R&B Album
R&B Divas – Faith Evans
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
Love In The Future – John Legend
Better – Chrisette Michele
Three Kings – TGT

Best Rap Performance
Started From The Bottom – Drake
Berzerk – Eminem
Tom Ford – Jay Z
Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar
Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Power Trip – J. Cole Featuring Miguel
Part II (On The Run) – Jay Z Featuring Beyoncé
Holy Grail – Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake
Now Or Never – Kendrick Lamar Featuring Mary J. Blige
Remember You – Wiz Khalifa Featuring The Weeknd

Best Rap Song
…Problems – Tauheed Epps, Aubrey Graham, Kendrick Lamar, Rakim Mayers & Noah Shebib, songwriters (ASAP Rocky Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)
Holy Grail – Shawn Carter, Terius Nash, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic, songwriters) (Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake)
New Slaves – Christopher Breaux, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West & Cydell Young, songwriters (Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser, songwriters) (Kanye West)
Started From The Bottom – W. Coleman, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Bruno Sanfilippo, songwriter) (Drake)
Thrift Shop – Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

Best Rap Album
Nothing Was The Same – Drake
Magna Carta…Holy Grail – Jay Z
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar
The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Yeezus – Kanye West

Best Country Solo Performance
I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice
I Want Crazy – Hunter Hayes
Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
Mine Would Be You – Blake Shelton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
From This Valley – The Civil Wars
Don’t Rush – Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill
Your Side Of The Bed – Little Big Town
Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
You Can’t Make Old Friends – Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton

Best Country Song
Begin Again – Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
I Drive Your Truck – Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary, songwriters (Lee Brice)
Mama’s Broken Heart – Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Merry Go ‘Round – Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
Mine Would Be You – Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan, songwriters (Blake Shelton)

Best Country Album
Night Train – Jason Aldean
Two Lanes Of Freedom – Tim McGraw
Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
Based On A True Story – Blake Shelton
Red – Taylor Swift

Best New Age Album
Lux – Brian Eno
Illumination – Peter Kater
Final Call – Kitaro
Awakening The Fire – R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman
Love’s River – Laura Sullivan

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Don’t Run – Terence Blanchard, soloist
Song For Maura – Paquito D’Rivera, soloist
Song Without Words #4: Duet – Fred Hersch, soloist
Stadium Jazz – Donny McCaslin, soloist
Orbits – Wayne Shorter, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album
The World According To Andy Bey – Andy Bey
Attachments – Lorraine Feather
Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter
WomanChild – Cécile McLorin Salvant
After Blue – Tierney Sutton

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Guided Tour – The New Gary Burton Quartet
Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue – Terri Lyne Carrington
Life Forum – Gerald Clayton
Pushing The World Away – Kenny Garrett
Out Here – Christian McBride Trio

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Brooklyn Babylon – Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Night In Calisia – Randy Brecker, W¿odek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
Wild Beauty – Brussels Jazz Orchestra Featuring Joe Lovano
March Sublime – Alan Ferber
Intrada – Dave Slonaker Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album
La Noche Más Larga – Buika
Song For Maura – Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente
Yo – Roberto Fonseca
Egg¿n – Omar Sosa
Latin Jazz-Jazz Latin – Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Break Every Chain [Live] – Tasha Cobbs
Hurricane – Natalie Grant
Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher
Overcomer – Mandisa
If He Did It Before… Same God [Live] – Tye Tribbett

Best Gospel Song
Have Your Way – Calvin Frazier & Deitrick Haddon, songwriters (Deitrick Haddon)
If He Did It Before… Same God [Live] – Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)
If I Believe – Wirlie Morris, Michael Paran, Charlie Wilson & Mahin Wilson, songwriters (Charlie Wilson)
A Little More Jesus – Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Erica Campbell)
Still – Percy Bady, songwriter (Percy Bady Featuring Lowell Pye)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Hurricane – Matt Bronleewe, Natalie Grant & Cindy Morgan, songwriters (Natalie Grant)
Love Take Me Over – Steven Curtis Chapman, songwriter (Steven Curtis Chapman)
Overcomer – David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
Speak Life – Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore & Ryan Stevenson, songwriters (Tobymac)
Whom Shall I Fear (God Of Angel Armies) – Ed Cash, Scott Cash & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)

Best Gospel Album
Grace [Live] – Tasha Cobbs
Best For Last: 20 Year Celebration Vol. 1 [Live] – Donald Lawrence
Best Days Yet – Bishop Paul S. Morton
God Chaser [Live] – William Murphy
Greater Than [Live] – Tye Tribbett

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
We Won’t Be Shaken – Building 429
All The People Said Amen [Live] – Matt Maher
Overcomer – Mandisa
Your Grace Finds Me (Live) – Matt Redman
Burning Lights – Chris Tomlin

Best Latin Pop Album
Faith, Hope Y Amor – Frankie J
Viajero Frecuente – Ricardo Montaner
Vida – Draco Rosa
Syntek – Aleks Syntek
12 Historias – Tommy Torres

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco – Café Tacvba
Ojo Por Ojo – El Tri
Chances – Illya Kuryaki And The Valderramas
Treinta Días – La Santa Cecilia
Repeat After Me – Los Amigos Invisibles

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
El Free – Banda Los Recoditos
En Peligro De Extinción – Intocable
A Mi Manera – Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
Romeo Y Su Nieta – Paquita La Del Barrio
13 Celebrando El 13 – Joan Sebastian

Best Tropical Latin Album
3.0 – Marc Anthony
Como Te Voy A Olvidar – Los Angeles Azules
Pacific Mambo Orchestra – Pacific Mambo Orchestra
Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants – Various Artists
Corazón Profundo – Carlos Vives

Best American Roots Song
Build Me Up From Bones – Sarah Jarosz
Invisible – Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)
Keep Your Dirty Lights On – Tim O’Brien And Darrell Scott
Love Has Come For You – Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed – Allen Toussaint

Best Americana Album
Old Yellow Moon – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Love Has Come For You – Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
Buddy And Jim – Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale
One True Vine – Mavis Staples
Songbook – Allen Toussaint

Best Bluegrass Album
It’s Just A Road – The Boxcars
Brothers Of The Highway – Dailey & Vincent
This World Oft Can Be – Della Mae
Three Chords And The Truth – James King
The Streets Of Baltimore – Del McCoury Band

Best Blues Album
Remembering Little Walter – Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia & James Harman
Cotton Mouth Man – James Cotton
Get Up! – Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite
Seesaw – Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
Down In Louisiana – Bobby Rush

Best Folk Album
My Favorite Picture Of You – Guy Clark
Sweetheart Of The Sun – The Greencards
Build Me Up From Bones – Sarah Jarosz
The Ash & Clay – The Milk Carton Kids
They All Played For Us: Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary Celebration – (Various Artists)

Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Life & Times Of…The Hot 8 Brass Band – Hot 8 Brass Band
Hula Ku’i – Kahulanui
Le Fou – Zachary Richard
Dockside Sessions – Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Apache Blessing & Crown Dance Songs – Joe Tohonnie Jr.

Best Reggae Album
One Love, One Life – Beres Hammond
Ziggy Marley In Concert – Ziggy Marley
The Messiah – Sizzla
Reggae Connection – Sly & Robbie And The Jam Masters
Reincarnated – Snoop Lion

Best World Music Album
Savor Flamenco – Gipsy Kings
No Place For My Dream – Femi Kuti
Live: Singing For Peace Around The World – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The Living Room Sessions Part 2 – Ravi Shankar

Best Children’s Album
Blue Clouds – Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower
The Mighty Sky – Beth Nielsen Chapman
Recess – Justin Roberts
Singing Our Way Through: Songs For The World’s Bravest Kids – Alastair Moock & Friends
Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well – Jennifer Gasoi

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t – Stephen Colbert
Carrie And Me – Carol Burnett
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls – David Sedaris
Still Foolin’ ‘Em – Billy Crystal
The Storm King – Pete Seeger

Best Comedy Album
Calm Down Gurrl – Kathy Griffin
I’m Here To Help – Craig Ferguson
A Little Unprofessional – Ron White
Live – Tig Notaro
That’s What I’m Talkin’ About – Bob Saget

Best Song Written For Visual Media
Atlas – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
Silver Lining – Diane Warren, songwriter (Jessie J)
Skyfall – Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)
We Both Know – Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw, songwriters (Colbie Caillat Featuring Gavin DeGraw)
Young And Beautiful – Lana Del Rey & Rick Nowels, songwriters (Lana Del Rey)
You’ve Got Time – Regina Spektor, songwriter (Regina Spektor)

Best Instrumental Composition
Bound Away – Chuck Owen, composer (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)
California Pictures For String Quartet – Gordon Goodwin, composer (Quartet San Francisco)
Koko On The Boulevard – Scott Healy, composer (Scott Healy Ensemble)
Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra – Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)
String Quartet No. 1: Funky Diversion In Three Parts – Vince Mendoza, composer (Quartet San Francisco)

Best Music Video
Safe And Sound – Capital Cities | Grady Hall, video director; Buddy Enright, video producer
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film – Jay Z | Mark Romanek, video director; Shawn Carter & Aristides McGarry, video producers
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton | Jon Jon Augustavo, Jason Koenig & Ryan Lewis, video directors; Tricia Davis, Honna Kimmerer & Jenny Koenig, video producers
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z | David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer
I’m Shakin’ – Jack White | Dori Oskowitz, video director; Raquel Costello, video producer

Best Music Film
Live 2012 – Coldplay | Paul Dugdale, video director; Jim Parsons, video producer
¡Cuatro! – Green Day | Tim Wheeler, video director; Tim Lynch, video producer
I’m In I’m Out And I’m Gone: The Making Of Get Up! – Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite | Danny Clinch, video director; Ben Harper, video producer
Live Kisses – Paul McCartney | Jonas Akerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers
The Road To Red Rocks – Mumford & Sons | Nicolas Jack Davies & Frederick Scott, video directors; Dan Bowen, video producer

Thoughts on the Grammy Nominations for 2013?

Mariah Carey’s Daughter Monroe Meets President Obama At Christmas Tree Lighting

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It was a dramatic Christmas tree lighting event and Mariah Carey was on hand to help ring in the festivities in Washington. The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony took place Friday and THOUSANDS attended the event to see the first family celebrate the holiday season. But it was Mariah Carey’s daughter Monroe who got to get extra close to the American leader.

Unfortunately for Monroe, girlfriend has no clue who she’s hanging out with. Mariah tweeted a photo of the special meeting saying, “What an honor to kick off the holiday season with the First Family”.

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After the beautiful tree was pretty much “switched on” those in attendance were entertained by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, who sang “Joy to the World” and my girl Mariah who performed her classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. Mrs. Obama also read the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ book to the younger attendees.

It sure seemed like a fabulously fun night.

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I just wonder if those lights on that tree are LED.

Justin Bieber All That Matters Video is Wow. Just Wow.

Justin Bieber’s All That Matters video is saucy. Holy crap. Now if I didn’t know who Justin Bieber was, I’d probably think this guy was a wanna-be Usher. That thing that he does with his crotch-el region just gets me and not exactly in a good way.

But, I will say this, this is a much better way of going about saying “oh-no-I’m-not-that-little-kid-on-youtube-banging-on-the-drums-singing-in-a-high-pitch-voice-that-isn’t-falsetto-because-my-voice-hasn’t-changed-yet” anymore.

As long as he keeps the foam fingers out of this and his tongue in his mouth (unless he’s attempting a sexy lip lick) then I am happy.

Go on with your bad self Biebs. I just might buy your next album.

Britney Spears Dishes On Marriage, More kids, and Retiring after her Vegas run

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Via Extra TV

“Extra’s” Mario Lopez sat down with Britney Spears at her new home Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas where she will launch her residency. Britney dishing details on “Piece Of Me” as well as her plans for when the show ends.

Britney saying the show is different from her last tour, “It’s definitely the hardest show I’ve done yet and the funnest too, it’s a really funny show too.” Brit also saying there is a lot more dancing, “It’s like ten more times more dancing and it’s more aspects of like more props and more gags we use that bring it more to life, make it really exciting.”

Britney who will do 96 shows in two years at Planet Hollywood revealing to Mario she may not only take a break after the run, she may retire all together. Mario saying, “Obviously you wanna take a long break, but you might even possibly retire, is that true?” Britney’s response, “I might, who knows…I may have two more kids and get married…I’d like to have more kids.”

Unclear if Britney plans on getting married and having children with boyfriend David Lucado who she recently said she loves, for now she is enjoying being with someone who is not in the business, “I think it does kind of help with dating someone not in the business, I could kinda understand if you’re dating someone in the business they’d understand what you’re going through every day and stuff I feel like the chemistry kinda speaks for itself when you date someone out of the industry.”

Britney who did date fellow pop star, Justin Timberlake recently tweeted she is a fan of his song, with Jay Z ‘Holy Grail’ but reveals to Mario she has not seen him in a really long time, “I haven’t seen him in ten years.”

You can see Britney’s Las Vegas show, “Piece Of Me,” starting December 27th.

Image via Wireimage

Chris Brown: Sued!!

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This bastard just cannot seem to stay out of the headlines for bad behavior. As he goes back and forth between rehab and jail, there’s a lawsuit that has just been slapped his way, courtesy of Frank Ocean’s cousin!

$3 million dollars in lawsuit to be exact!

Sha’Keir Duarte is the man that was roughed up back in January in West Hollywood by some of Chris’ henchmen and now that the dust has settled, it’s time for that inevitable lawsuit.

-$1,000,000 for pain, suffering and inconvenience
-$1,000,000 for emotional distress
-$1,000,000 for punitive damages
-plus, another $60K for medical expenses

You know, we could handle our pain and suffering for a lot less, but we digress. Anyway, the Brown camp is doing what it does best – fighting back wit their own countersuit, alleging that they were provoked into whoopin’ Duarte.
Who cares to wager that this fiasco is settled out of court as well?

Oh, Chris Brown! The hits just keep on coming. And by hits, we don’t mean Billboard!

additional reporting: A. Neff King

2013 Soul Train Awards Winners: Tamar Braxton Wins Big!

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The 2013 Soul Train Awards winners were announced on December 1st and let me just say it was Tamar Braxton’s night to be praised. Check out the full list of the winners below.

Best New Artist
Bridget Kelly
K. Michelle WINNER
Kendrick Lamar
Tamar Braxton
TGT

Centric Certified Award
Joss Stone
Luke James WINNER
Lyfe Jennings
Solange
Stacy Barthe
Talib Kweli

Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance
Break Every Chain – Tasha Cobbs
Confessions- Lecrae
Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker
God Will Make Away – Shirley Caesar
If He Did It Before…Same God – Tye Tribbett WINNER
Life & Favor – John P. Kee & New Life

Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
Bad – Wale feat. Tiara Thomas WINNER
High School – Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Wayne
Holy Grail – Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Power Trip – J. Cole feat. Miguel
Started From the Bottom – Drake

The Chaka Khan Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Alicia Keys
Chrisette Michele
Fantasia
Janelle Monáe
Kelly Rowland
Tamar Braxton WINNER

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Bruno Mars
Charlie Wilson
Chris Brown
John Legend
Miguel WINNER
Robin Thicke

Album of the Year
20/20 Experience, The – Justin Timberlake
Good Kid, m.A.A.d City – Kendrick Lamar WINNER
Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel
Magna Carta… Holy Grail – Jay Z
The Side Effects of You – Fantasia
Unapologetic – Rihanna

Song of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. WINNER
Diamonds -Rihanna
Fine China – Chris Brown
Love and War – Tamar Braxton
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award
Crooked Smile – J.Cole (Jermaine Cole, Meleni Smith)
Fire We Make – Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell (Gary Clark Jr., Warren Felder, Alicia Keys, Andrew Wansel)
Lose to Win – Fantasia (Francine Golde, Dennis Lambert, Andrea Martin, Walter Orange, Harmony Samuels)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick) WINNER
Mirrors – Justin Timberlake (James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Roman GianArthur Irvin , Dr. Nathaniel Irvin III, Charles Joseph II, Janelle Monáe Robinson, Kellis Parker Jr.)

Best Dance Performance
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
Body Party – Ciara WINNER
Fine China – Chris Brown
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu
Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z
Treasure – Bruno Mars

Video of the Year
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. (Diane Martel)
Fine China – Chris Brown (Chris Brown, Sylvain White)
Love & War – Tamar Braxton (Walid Azami)
Poetic Justice – Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake (The Lil Homie, Dave Free, and Dangeroo Kipawaa)
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu (Alan Ferguson) WINNER
Started from the Bottom – Drake (Director X)

Best Collaboration
Alicia Keys feat. Maxwell – Fire We Make
Brandy feat. Chris Brown – Put It Down
J.Cole feat. Miguel – Power Trip
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu – Q.U.E.E.N.
Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I. – Blurred Lines WINNER
Wale feat. Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

Best International Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Differentology – Bunji Garlin WINNER
The Fog – Machel Montano
Next To Me – Emeli Sande
Personally – P-Square
Ur Waist – Iyanya

Best Traditional Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
George Benson feat. Wynton Marsalis – Unforgettable
Jeffrey Osborne feat. Chaka Khan – Baby it’s Cold Outside
Tony Bennett feat. Marc Anthony – For Once In My Life
Nicole Henry – Waiting In Vain WINNER
Terence Blanchard – Pet Step Sister’s Theme Song

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Jose James – Trouble
Boney James feat. Rick Braun – Batucada (The Beat)
Michael Bublé – It’s A Beautiful Day
Dave Koz – Got To Get You Into My Life
George Duke – Missing You WINNER

Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance (CENTRICTV.com)
Ashanti – Never Should Have WINNER
Brian McKnight – Sweeter
Kenny Lattimore – Find A Way
Maysa – Love Me Good
Raheem DeVaughn – Love Connection
Ronald Isley – Dinner And A Movie

What do you think of this year’s Soul Train Awards winners?

RISING STAR: Soal Revival

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Soul can come from the most unexpected of places. For those that think of Motown or Chicago, they now have a new city to add to that list courtesy of Ladysoal. This supernova soul performer has been blazing a path that has taken her from her beginnings in Iowa to international acclaim. With releases like ‘I Am Here’ from her debut EP to songs like ‘Sunshine’ and ‘That Girl’, Ladysoal is indeed that girl remaining on your mind long after she’s left the stage.

With mainstream radio and music stations currently caught up in her unique sound and look, Ladysoal has honed her skills and talents working with some of the best in the industry, culminating in a musical experience for listeners that remains incomparable and intoxicating. After performing as a background singer for leading acts, Ladysoal is now forging her own path at the forefront.

Welcome to soul, shaken and stirred.

Ladysoal: That Girl

Credits:

MuA: Kouralea Nicole
Photographer: Britlyn Designs

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RISING STAR: Amelia Scalies – I Should’ve Known

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The artistry of 14-year-old singer-songwriter Amelia Scalies can best be described as heartfelt rock. Armed with poignant lyrics and a breathtaking voice, Amelia shines through on her latest release I Should Have Known, which covers the full spectrum of human emotion.

Scalies is an independent multi-instrumentalist and vocalist that has garnered attention on the Top 40 adult contemporary charts. A native of Philadelphia, Scalies has been touring the eastern seaboard from New York City to Baltimore, opening for such noted musical acts as Joe Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter, and Boy Wonder & Orlando. All the while, she has been steadily creating a buzz within the industry and enthralling music enthusiasts for years. I Should Have Known features all original material plus a cover of ‘Welcome to the Black Parade‘ by My Chemical Romance. Fans of alternative rock will fall in love with her music, as she weaves her way through adult themes and situations that are seemingly well beyond her teenaged years. Standout tracks from this release include ‘Bottom of the Ocean‘, the introspective ‘What I Should’ve Said‘, and the tribal-infused ‘Memory‘. Without a doubt, Amelia Scalies is already light years ahead of her age in terms of evocative lyrics and assuredly the best is yet to come for this young and talented artist.

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Katy Perry AMA’s Performance: Perry Goes Geisha For Unconditionally

Have you seen the Katy Perry AMA’s performance? Well, if you didn’t, your eyes missed a party…Geisha style. Perry went full kimono on us all and even performed in socks. How fitting.

Perry performed her latest song off of Prism called “Unconditionally”, you know, the song rumored to be about her on and off again boyfriend (and I believe they are now “on” again) John Mayer.

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Check out the Katy Perry AMA’s performance of Unconditionally below then let me know what you think below.

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Pharrell Williams Debuts “Happy”—The World’s First 24-Hour Music Video

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Pharrell is on a ROLL, y’all!

Pharrell Williams, ICONOCLAST and i am OTHER Entertainment announced today the release of “Happy,” both the official music video and the world’s first 24-hour music video. The song is prominently featured in Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster Despicable Me 2 and on the film’s soundtrack.

The video clip was directed by the creative duo We Are From L.A. and was filmed entirely on Steady Cam, requiring the crew to walk nearly eight miles per day over the course of 11 days. The production took place in Los Angeles and more than 400 hundred extras—including many celebrities—appear in the video.

A maverick concept, the 24-hour video is the first of its kind. Viewers may visit 24hoursofhappy.com, where they are automatically taken to the point in the video that the time on their computer reflects. At the top of every hour, Williams performs for the duration of the song, and he appears 24 times in the video. Directly following his performance every hour, 14 unique cameos play in four-minute intervals. Users can watch the video in real time or skip to a different time of the day and share favorite moments on Twitter and Facebook.

In Despicable Me 2, “Happy” is heard during a pivotal moment in the storyline, and he wanted to re-create that feeling with his music video. “Gru, the lead character who’s no longer a villain, has fallen in love and feels so much joy he literally dances through the streets,” said Williams. “That kind of happiness is so infectious; you can’t help but smile.” Williams calls the song his best work to date.

The clip features celebrity appearances including two of the film’s stars, Steve Carell and Miranda Cosgrove; as well as Jamie Foxx; Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt from Odd Future; Jimmy Kimmel; Magic Johnson; Kelly Osbourne; Sérgio Mendes; Ana Ortiz; Issa Rae; and Bevy Smith, among others.

Selena Gomez Basically Says She’s Not Easy

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Selena Gomez is on the cover of Teen Vogue December 2013 and she starts off the whole darn thing with letting us all know she’s not a skank. Yay!

In the issue she chats about her BFF Taylor Swift, being romantic and her not so healthy eating habits. Check out the highlights below.

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On Taylor Swift:
“The difference between Taylor and me is she was sixteen with the confidence of a 25-year-old. Actually, I should say 80-year-old, because she’s such an old soul. I was not that way. I was very sheltered until about eighteen or nineteen. I still live at home, and I’m 21! She does inspire me like crazy, but I wouldn’t change my path, because it allowed me to figure out all that stuff and do it on my own.”

On being a hopeless romantic:
“You fall in love and it completely consumes you. So a part of you is broken when that’s gone. And part of you wants to have that rebellious feeling where you’re just like, forget it—I can do anything I want. I’ve tried it, and I’ve never been that girl. I’m always going to be the girl you want to take home to your parents, not for the night.”

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On her weakness for junk food:
“I eat junk. I’m from the South, so I love Mexican food, greasy pasta, and fried things. I do try, every now and then, to put something in my body that will be good, but, honestly, I’ve never liked working out. I need to be active in some way, though—that’s why I kind of secretly do it for my show. We have thirteen choreographed pieces, and it’s a 90-minute set. I consider that my workout!”

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WE love you Sel Bell! Now here’s hoping she is done with the Biebs, at least until he straightens out.

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Kelly Clarkson’s Best Christmas Ever: Marriage, Baby, and a New Holiday Album

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“My life did a 180—in the most awesome way.” That’s how singer Kelly Clarkson, 31, describes how husband Brandon Blackstock has changed her world. They started dating after seeing each other at the 2012 Super Bowl, and she married the divorced father of two on October 20th. And just this week, Clarkson revealed that she and Blackstock are expecting their first child together.

Via Parade.com:

On the details of her wedding, where she opted to go barefoot beneath her lace Temperley Bridal gown:
“I bawled like a baby. We both wrote our own vows, and it was hard to get through them, but I did it. … Brandon was like, ‘The Notebook ain’t got nothin’ on me—come on!’ And he took me out [on the lake] in a rowboat. It was very sweet. The whole thing was perfect.”

On her life prior to dating Blackstock in 2012:
“I was single for almost seven years. Every Christmas, it was like, ‘Seriously, I’m still pathetically alone? Awesome. I’m still telling people I’m okay with it? I’m not.’”

On forgetting the Mr. Know-It-All who came before she found Mr. Right:
“I only had like three boyfriends my whole life before Brandon, and two of them were good, just not a good fit. I only had one real stinker that I wrote [music about] and made a lot of money off of.”

On Blackstock’s initial worries about dating her, since his father, Narvel, is Clarkson’s manager:
“He was like, ‘My dad’s gonna kill me if this doesn’t go well.’ I said, ‘So? We’re both adults. And it’s gonna go awesome!’ In my head, I was like, ‘I’m already married to you!”

On how she knew she would be successful on American Idol in 2002:
“I came home after the very first Idol audition and was like, ‘I’m totally gonna win this.’ Not in a cocky way; it was like something bigger than me was at work.”

On her certainty that she’ll soon be a mom:
“My eggs aren’t getting any younger, so we’ve already started trying. I’m totally gonna have a girl. I’m manifesting it! And when I have a girl, you’re gonna be like, ‘That chick knew it!’”

On why she’s looking forward to getting pregnant:
“Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!”

On how she figures she’ll be immune to pressure to rapidly drop the baby weight:
“I’ve never been Gisele Bündchen, so ain’t nobody expectin’ that! I like to set a [low] standard so people don’t expect a lot.”

Kelly Clarkson’s new Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, features both classics and winning originals co-written by Clarkson. And while she confirms to Parade that she turned down an offer to return to Idol as a season 13 judge (she was on tour with Maroon 5 during the show’s summer auditions), she’s finishing up two albums, one “very soulful” country and one pop. For more on Kelly Clarkson, check out Parade on Sunday, or go here.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Re-visit Thrift Shop in Docu-series

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are getting paid!

Buffalo David Bitton announced today its innovative “Blank Check Series,” a program which will support self-expression and the arts by partnering with today’s cultural innovators. The “Blank Check Series” will present exceptional visionaries, influencers, performers and artists, with funding – a blank check – to be used to create engaging multi-dimensional content. The program will be delivered in a variety of forms ranging from print, video, digital, fine art, literature, social media and more. This series will provide Buffalo David Bitton with multiple points of connection with consumers on subjects and topics that truly resonate with them.

And yes, this is where Macklemore and Ryan Lewis come in.

To launch the program, Buffalo David Bitton has partnered with the rap duo. As part of their “Blank Check Series,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have chosen to work with Buffalo David Bitton to film and produce a documentary, providing viewers with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at their first world-wide arena tour. The documentary will take viewers on a digital journey through a new chapter in the duo’s career, providing a front row seat to their debut arena tour, with a look at the people and places encountered along the way. The first video, currently being shot on the European leg of the band’s tour, will be released October 3rd. In addition, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will support the launch of the series through social media and debut episode one on their website www.macklemore.com

“We are thrilled to be working with Buffalo David Bitton on their creative ‘Blank Check Series.’ We immediately resonated with the idea behind the campaign. The partnership allows for us to bring the talented video crew and gear we’ve always wanted to have out on tour documenting the experience. Being our first arena tour, we are excited to bring the behind the scenes and our life on the road to our fans in a way that we’ve always hoped to,” commented Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

“The goal of the ‘Blank Check Series’ is to commission artists, in different genres, to create engaging content for our brand,” commented Dari Marder, Chief Marketing Officer, Iconix Brand Group, Inc. “Who better to launch this initiative with than Ben and Ryan who have become one of today’s most important voices in music and social commentary and collectively have made over one billion social impressions since emerging on the scene. Partnering with them on this docu-series aligns perfectly with our marketing strategy to increase our global brand awareness and furthers an organic connection with our broad male and female consumer base,” added Marder.

Talk about getting it in!

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Kanye West Bound 2 Video Is…Well…

Interesting. Cheesy. Poorly made…and well…cheap.

The Kanye West Bound 2 video was debuted on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and it seems as if after watching the video Ellen didn’t even know what to say other than, “that’s cool”. Cool as in we should expect the official Kimye sex tape to be released shortly.

In the video, West and his woman hop on a motorcycle together while vistas of landscapes and all sorts of natural scenery whiz by behind them. Although you can totally tell, it was one of those green screen moments and poorly edited. My guess is he edited it himself?

While on the motorcycle, the couple basically look like they are bumping and grinding to the beat of the song. And to be honest, they probably really WERE! Take a look for yourself and then let me know what you think.

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Via the Ellen show, Kanye also talks about his relationship with Kim and addresses his critics. You have to check these videos out after you get done cleaning up the puke from watching the above video.