Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Top Fives For 2009


2009 was a very big year for music! After numerous conversations with friends, family, celebrities and fellow bloggers we compiled a list of some of our favourite musical moments.


DRUMROLL PLEASE...


Top five Hip Hop:


5. Wale- Attention Deficit


4. Ghostface Killah- Ghostdini: The Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City


3. Fabolous- Loso's Way


2. Rick Ross- Deeper Than Rap


1. Jay-Z- Blueprint 3




Top five RnB:


5. Musiq- On My Radio (actual release date was Dec 08)


4. Ryan Leslie- Transition (Deluxe Edition)


3. Eric Roberson- Music Fan First


2. Maxwell- BLACKsummers' Night


1. Trey Songz- Ready



Top 5 Mixtapes:


5. Raheem Devaughn- Art Of Noise


4. 50 Cent- War Angel/Forever King


3. Nicki Minaj- Beam Me Up Scotty


2. Lil Wayne- No Ceilings


1. Trey Songz- Anticipation

(*Unofficial entry 'Drake- So Far Gone')


So what do you think? Did we miss anyone out? Should we have left anyone out? Let us know...

Monday, 28 December 2009

NEW FLAVA: Tribal Magz - Tribal Man Skank

Peep the video for the underground smash hit Tribal Man Skank by Tribal Magz.



The orginal heavy hitting funky house beat has been reworked to give it an electro type vibe and well...... it works, very well!

What do you think? Tribal Man Skank is out on the 25th January from all major digital outlets.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

NEW FLAVA: Amerie ft Fabolous "More Than Love"

Check out Amerie's new single "More Than Love" featuring the chipped tooth, sweet boy, Fabolous. The new single is taken from the 'In Love & War' album, that still seems to be dwindling in the charts somewhere.

Admittedly, I wasn't crazy about the track but after a few more listens, it's actually beginning to grow on me. Although, I still contend that Amerie's fashion sense out weighs her singing ability any day!

Take a listen and tell us what you think?



RVB

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

MOVIE TRAILER: 'Sex And The City 2'



Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha will be back on the big screens sometime in May 2010 for 'Sex And The City 2'. No doubt this film will be huge!

Jay-Z's 'Empire State Of Mind' is used as the theme song in the trailer.......we like!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

NEWS: T.I. Released Early From Prison



The 'Dead and Gone' rapper, real name Clifford Harris has been released early from prison early after serving  nearly 7 months out of his one year and one day prison sentence after pleading guilty to three charges of possesing illegal weapons.

At least he'll get to spend Christmas with his family! Now that he's out, I wonder how long it will take before he marries Tiny??

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Jay-Z ft Mr Hudson - 'Young Forever'



The brand new video for Jay-Z's song, 'Young Forever', featuring the UK's very own, Mr Hudson. A very plain and simple, black and white video, with clips from Jay's sold out concert at London's Alexandra Palace

Monday, 21 December 2009

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Kano - 'More Than One Way'



A new track from one of the best MCs, Kano. This track is just a winter warmer, to get you ready for Kano's forthcoming currently untitled album, which is due out in Spring 2010.

What do you think of the track and the video?

NEWS: Rage Against The Machine Beat Joe McElderry To Christmas #1



Rage Against The Machine have beaten Simon Cowell and the X Factor to be the Christmas number one!


‘Killing In The Name’, which was first released in 1992, topped the #1 spot on the charts after two fans from Essex started an enthusiastic online Facebook. They beat this years' X Factor winner and fellow label mate, Joe McElderry's cover of Miley Cyrus’s ‘The Climb’ by more than 50,000 sales to reach the summit of the UK singles chart.

This will definitely go down in history!

R.I.P Brittany Murphy




The actress most commonly known for her role in 'Clueless' and '8 Mile', Brittany Murphy, has sadly passed away after going into cardiac arrest on Sunday morning. TMZ was first to break the devastating news of the 32 year old's death, however there have been speculative rumours that the actress's recent dramatic weightloss was a clear indication that she was unwell.

Like many other celebrity deaths this year i.e Michael Jackson, I'm sure the rumours will be coming in thick and fast. However; here at Social Writers, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the friends, family and fans of Brittany Murphy.

R.I.P

Source: TMZ
RVB

NEW FLAVA (AUDIO): Usher ft Nicki Minaj - 'Little Freak'

Another day...another leaked track on the internet. 'Little Freak' is one of the songs that's meant to be featured on Usher's up-coming new album, 'Raymond vs. Raymond'. The track features rapper Nicki Minaj, who seems to be making an appearance on a lot of tracks at the moment.



What do you think of the song?

Friday, 18 December 2009

UK TOUR ALERT: 50 Cent (March 2010)



Your boy Fiddy aka 50 Cent will be in the UK next year March for his 'Before I Self Destruct' tour on the following dates:

19th March 2010 – LG Arena, Birmingham
20th March 2010 – Wembley Arena, London
25th March 2010 – MEN Arena, Manchester


Tickets went on sale today, Friday 18th December 2009, and are available through www.ticketmaster.co.uk and the 24-Hour hotline: 0844 277 4321

Will you be going??

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Rihanna ft Young Jeezy - 'Hard'



Check out Rihanna's new video for her new single 'Hard'.
What do you think of the video?

Thursday, 17 December 2009

New Movie: Brooklyn's Finest

'Brooklyn's Finest' is the new movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, staring Don Cheadle, Wesley Snipes,Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke. The movie is centred around three cops who find themselves at the same deadly location despite leading different career paths. It hits the big screen on 5th March, stateside though official UK release dates are yet to be confirmed.

With such an elitist cast, you can't go wrong..check out the trailer!



RVB

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): DaVinChe ft Cleo Sol - 'Hero'




Brand new video and track from one of the top UK producers, DaVinChe. DaVinChe is currently working on his highly anticipated debut album 'Open Minded' due out in early 2010.

NEW FLAVA (AUDIO): Lil Wayne ft Nicki Minaj - 'Knockout'



The cough medicine drinking rapper Lil Wayne has teamed up with his Cash Money female rapper Nicki Minaj on the track 'Knockout'.

Lil Wayne ft Nicki Minja | Knockout



The rock song is exactly what you should be expecting from Lil Wayne's forthcoming album 'Rebirth' which will now be released in February.

Are you feeling Weezy's new musical style?

NEW FLAVA (AUDIO): Alicia Keys ft Raekwon, CNN and Style P - 'Empire State Of Mind Part 2 [Remix]'




I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I just can't get enough of any version of 'Empire State Of Mind'!

Rappers Raekwon, CNN and Styles P help out Alicia Keys on the remix to her own version of 'Empire State Of Mind (Part 2)'

Alicia Keys ft Raekwon, CNN and Styles P | Empire State Of Mind (Part 2) [Remix]


Wednesday, 16 December 2009

NEWS: Diddy Gets His Own Wax Figure At Madame Tussauds

Like many before him, Mr 'Take That, Take That' unveilled he wax figure of himself yesterday at Madame Tussauds yesterday in NYC.



Why does Diddy deserve his own wax figure? Well according to Madame Tussauds "Mr. Combs forever changed the entertainment industry by catapulting the music and style of urban youth culture into American mainstream and creating what is considered by experts to be one of the most important forces in the entertainment industry today. He is also a celebrated fashion designer, actor, humanitarian and critically acclaimed producer, writer, arranger and Broadway star.”

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Leona Lewis - 'I See You'



'I See You' is the theme song for the new movie 'Avatar' sung by songstress Leona Lewis. The song has already received a nomination for Best Original Song at the forthcoming Global Globes.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

VIDEO: Robin Thicke & Nicki Minaj Perform On 106&Park



106&Park got a live performance of Robin Thicke's new single, 'Shaking It For Daddy', featuring new female rapper Nicki Minaj. We at Social Writers like Nicki Minaj and feel she'll definitely blow up in 2010. Do you like the way she raps?

Check out the way host Terrence is watching Nicki.........

Monday, 14 December 2009

EP ALERT: Driis - 'High Class Problems'

 
Driis, the musical alter ego of A-list actor Idris Elba is set to release his first EP entitled 'High Class Problems Vol 1' in February 2010 on his label, Hevlar Recordings. The much anticipated, hip hop tinged album will drop late 2010 and will feature tracks such as 'Best I Can', 'Please Be True' and his new single 'Private Garden'.

Idris is mostly recognised through his role on the hit US TV show, The Wire and has demonstrated Oscar credentials in movies like American Gangster and the up and coming blockbuster, Thor.

Social Writers were lucky enough to witness Driis play a DJ set not so long ago where his passion for music was as clear as day and with a single that, by the way doesn't sound half bad, Driis' sudden musical direction actually makes sense.


Check out Driis' new single and tell us what you think?
RVB

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Juelz Santana ft Chris Brown - 'Back To The Crib'



"She said I look like I taste good and she wanna eat me alive" - Yep Juelz is looking might fine in this video, so is Chris Brown. A typical video, but the track is quite good too- this collaboration works!

VIDEO: Alexandra Burke x JLS X Factor Finale Performance



Last night Joe McElderry won the X Factor, leaving Olly Murs as the runner-up. Last years' X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and runners-up, JLS, performed a medley of their latest singles that have been released.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Alexandra Burke - 'Broken Heels'



Alexandra Burke has released the video for her third single 'Broken Heels'. With an 'okay' video concept, do you see this single storming the charts?

Thursday, 10 December 2009

When Social Writers Met.......Ryan Leslie [VIDEO INTERVIEW]

When R Les was in London he kicked it with the Social Writers team where he spoke about his musical career, P Diddy and of course, Cassie.

Last Night In London: Alicia Keys' Album Launch


Last night SocialWriters were invited to the Alicia Keys album launch, in association with W Hotels, which took place last night at luxurious Aqua. Miss Keys gave an intimate mini show to 400+ people including JLS, Lemar, The Saturdays, Chipmunk, Alesha Dixon, Paloma Faith, Daniel Merriweather, Sabrina Washington plus many more.

The 12 time Grammy award winner performed three tracks off of her new album 'Element Of Freedom': 'Empire State Of Mind (Part 2)', 'Doesn't Mean Anything' and her new single 'Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart'. She also performed classics such as 'You Don't Know My Name' and 'If I Aint Got You' and 'No One'.

'Element Of Freedom' is out in the UK December 14th


Click underneath for some video footage of Miss Keys' performance and some more photos

R Kelly To Release Memoir



The Piped Piper of RnB, R Kelly, is set to release a memoir about his roller-coaster ride of life.

In the memoir, R Kelly will detail the agony of losing his mother, whom he adored. He will reveal how he came up with such inspiring ballads as the iconic "I Believe I Can Fly" and "You Are Not Alone," which became a No. 1 hit for Michael Jackson. He will also discuss the six-year legal ordeal that nearly ruined his life, but finally ended in vindication when he was found innocent of child pornography charges in 2008.

"I'm tired of being misunderstood. I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama. I want to tell it like it is." says Kelly.

This sounds like it will be a good read......it will be released early 2011

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

NEW FLAVA (VIDEOS): Mary J Blige & Mariah Carey

Two of the biggest divas have released new music videos for their forthcoming singles

Mariah Carey | H.A.T.E.U.





Mary J Blige | I Am


NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Timbaland ft Drake - 'Say Something'

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): 50 Cent - 'Do You Think About Me'



The video for 50's new single, 'Do You Think About Me' stars his one-time girlfriend, Vivica Fox, plus rapper Joe Budden's ex, Tahiry and actress Tamala Jones. Seems like 50 is on a roll with all these famous women playing roles in his music videos.

NEW FLAVA : Young Money : Bedrock



YM are looking more solidified now and less of a freak show you might see at the circus.

'We are Young Money' hits the shelves December 21st, Christmas gift anyone?

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

NEW FLAVA (AUDIO): Sade - 'Soldier Of Love'



After a bit of a hiatus, Sade is back with her new single, 'Soldier Of Love', which will be taken of off her forthcoming album of the same name.

'Soldier Of Love' the album, will be released worldwide February 8th and is Sade's first album since her multi-platinum album 'Lovers Rock' in 2000.

Sade | Soldier Of Love




In other news, Drake is apparently pushing back the release date for his album again, as he wants Sade to feature on it. More on that collaboration soon.

Music Acts To Look Out For in 2010

Yesterday the BBC released their annual longlist of the best rising stars for BBC Sound of 2010, and MTV also released their list of ten music acts that people should look out for in 2010.
Here's the music acts they both chose:

BBC Sound of 2010
Daisy Dares You, Devlin, Giggs, Rox, Delphic, Everything Everything, The Drums, Hurts, Gold Panda, Marina and The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding, Jay Orbison, Owl City, Stornoway and Two Door Cinema Club.

Click here to find out more about BBC's choices


MTV
Tinie Tempah, Ke$ha, Justin Bieber, Delphic, Ellie Goulding, Marina and The Diamonds, Drake, The Drums and Owl City

Click to read about MTV's choices

We at SocialWriters have also compiled a list of music acts we think you should look out for in 2010.....

Clement Marfo + The Frontline
When describing the UK band, Clement Marfo & the The Frontline, words like, charisma and energy come to mind. In what the industry sees as tough times where acts are struggling to sing live, Marfo and The Frontline rock through shows with an eclectic set whilst 'Champion and Champagne Lifestyle' remains the pick of their tracks.




Ke$ha
After appearing on Flo Rida's hit 'Right Round' we knew she'd be someone to look out for. The American singer has since released her debut single, 'Tik Tok' that has received a lot of airplay both here in Europe and Stateside. We have a feeling she'll be a huge success (especially if she has Flo Rida on one of her tracks)




 Drake
Over the last 5-6 months we have become a bit bored of Drake. Don’t get us wrong, we still rate the Canadian rapper, but we think he may have left it too long to release his full-length album, especially after the major success of the ‘So Far Gone’ mixtape. Like others in the past ,(see Canibus for proof), we will have to see if he lives up to the hype! We honestly hope he does.





Dionne Bromfield
At the tender age of 13, Dionne Bromfield is one to watch! Backed by her famous god-mother, Amy Winehouse, Dionne released her debut album, 'Introducing Dionne Bromfield', in October which displays the young singer's love for vintage soul music. The only way is up for the beautiful teenager who is set to make a big impact on soul music.

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Young Money ft Lloyd - 'Bedrock'



Lil Wayne, Tyga, Drake, Millz and Nicki Minaj of Young Money have teamed up with Lloyd on their single, 'Bedrock'.

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Trey Songz - 'One Love'



Yesterday Trey Songz premiered the video for his new song, One Love, on his Facebook page.

Are you feeling this video?

Monday, 7 December 2009

New Movie: Death At A Funeral

Peep the trailer for this new black comedy starring some heavy hitters, that includes Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan and my man Kevin Hart *No Bruno*.


The movie is a remake of the British film that came out in 2007 of the same name. It will be released on the 4th June 2010 in the UK, but a lot early via Ms Chin in your local barber/hairdressers. What do you think???


Friday, 4 December 2009

Twitter Files: Diddy Tweets "I miss you baby! Come back to me!"

Those of you that keep up with celebrity gossip will know that Mr "Take That, Take That' aka Sean Combs is supposedly seeing his artist Cassie.

Today he tweeted the following on his Twitter page @iamdiddy:

"I miss you baby! Come back to me!"

Now we can't help but wonder which 'baby' he's talking about...as there's a handful of women it could well be. Let's take a look at some of them...

'Baby' #1 - Cassie
The ex model - turned trophy case of Diddy  singer, started off as an artist on Diddy's Bad Boy Records. The two allegedly are an item, but every time they are spotted together, not at an event, Diddy runs away.


'Baby' #2 - Aubrey O'Day

Aubrey was part of the Bad Boy Records girl group Danity Kane that Diddy put together on his reality TV show, 'Making The Band'. The two were allegedly seeing each other, but those rumours were squashed after Diddy kicked her out of the band.



'Baby' #3 - Kim Porter
Kim was the on/off girlfriend of Diddy for ten years and is also the mother to three of Diddy's children, Christian, twins D'Lila-Star and Jessie-James, and to Diddy's (step) son Quincy. Diddy had said Kim deserved to be a married woman, but he just wasn't ready for marriage. She left him in 2007 after he impreganated another woman, Sarah Champman, after the birth of the twins.


'Baby' #4 - Jennifer Lopez

The latin singer/dancer/actress and Diddy made a cute couple, didn't they? Most of us thought they would get married and live happily ever after - wrong! In December 1999, both were partying in a club, with rapper Shyne, when gunfire broke out. Diddy and Shyne were arrested and JLo dropped Diddy nicely.....she couldn't ruin her good girl rep' for him. JLo is now married to fellow Latino Marc with twins of her own.




Of course there's a string of other women that could be the 'baby' he's talking about such as Misa Hylton-Brim, Diddy's 'first love' and mother to his son Justin, Sarah Chapman who is the mother to his daughter Chance, British Sienna Miller, supermodel Naomi Campbell, ex video-vixen'Superhead' Karrine Stefans, Alicia Douvall.....oh there's just too many others to mention. But we doubt any of these are 'baby'!

Or maybe Diddy has a new 'baby' that we haven't spotted yet....hmmmmmm

Album Info: Lil' Wayne - 'Rebirth'



We've all been hearing about this album for quite some time now......

Following the success of 'The Carter III', Lil' Wayne is back with his new album, 'Rebirth', will is due to drop on December 21st worldwide. 'Rebirth' features guest appearances from Eminem, Kevin Rudolf and Nicki Minaj

Official Track Listing

American Star feat Shanell aka SNL

Prom Queen feat Shanell aka SNL

Ground Zero

Da Da Da

Paradice

Get A Life

On Fire

Drop The World feat Eminem

Runnin feat Shanell aka SNL

One Way Trip feat Kevin Rudolf

Knockout feat Nicki Minaj

The Price is Wrong

Happy Birthday Hova

Today rapper Jay-Z turns 40 years old.



Happy Birthday Hova!


Here's a fitting track for the New York rapper





NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Jay Sean ft Sean Paul & Lil' Jon - 'Do You Remember'



Here's the second single from Jay Sean's album, 'All Or Nothing'. The collaboration is unusual, do you think it works?

Thursday, 3 December 2009

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): DJ Khaled ft Usher, Drake, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross



There's one thing about DJ Khaled.....he knows how to put a collaboation together.

Drake & Chris Brown - The VIBE Magazine Relaunch Issue

Vibe Magazine have officially relaunched with two covers.......



'R U Still Down' with Chris Brown? Or do you think Drake, the 'Unstoppable', has the better cover?


NEWS: Beyonce Leads The Grammy Nominations



Queen B has been nominated for ten awards for next years' Grammy Awards to be held at The Staples Centre on January 31st 2010, in Los Angeles.

She will go head-to-head with teen idol, Taylor Swift, who's up for eight nominations, in the 'Album Of The Year', 'Record Of The Year', 'Song Of The Year' and 'Best Female Pop Vocal Performance' categories.

For a list of the major nominess, click here

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Tiger Woods: Can You Say 'HALF'


Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, you've been a silly boy haven't you?

Since the story broke last week that Tiger Woods had a car accident outside of his Miami home the industry has been buzzing with stories that all is not well in the Woods (excuse the pun...).

The official statement realeased stated that Tiger, after having a 'disagreement' with his wife Elin Nordegren over allegations he had a fling with New York club hostess Rachael Uchitel, left his home and crashed in to a fire hydrant and lamppost for which he was fined $99 dollars with no further action to be taken. If that wasn't enough LA cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs came out of the woodworks to confess that she had had a nearly three year long affair with woods.

With all these side-pieces creeping out Woods released a statement today via his website www.tigerwoods.com. In the statement he says...


"I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behaviour and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone"

and...

"Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it's difficult. I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology."


The one thing I noticed from his statement is that he doesn't directly admit any 'getting it in' with side-pieces, but there is definitely more to come from this story! If T Dubya did get a 'hole in one' elsewhere his life is about to drastically change and so is his bank balance!

I wonder which part of his make-up he'll blame for this? Stay tuned...

NEWS: Jay-Z To Sue Over Rihanna's 'Umbrella'



According to TMZ.com A tea house in Alabama is going to be sued by Jay-Z over Rihanna's hit 'Umbrella' and other publishers of the following songs:

- Mary Jane by Rick James

- Erotica by Madonna

- Rock With You by Michael Jackson

The tea house was caught playing these songs illegally after a sting operation was undertaken by the music royalties enforcement company, ASCAP.

Jay-Z isn't the first artist to sue a small business, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi and Gwen Stefani have all done the same.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Album Review: R Kelly- 'Untitled'


Forget the rumours, videos and scandal, Kells is back doing what he does best... Making GOOD music!!

'Untitled' is the new long player from the RnB King (yeah, I said it...) R Kelly and it is well worth the wait. After his last album 'Double Up' which I think disappointed many loyal fans and then the 'hood accepted' 12 Play 4th Quarter mixtape (which he should have released), I think we were owed a strong return from the 'R'.

The first single from the album 'No.1' ft. the beautiful Keri Hilson let us know that Kelly was back to doing what he does best and that's making grown folk music about love, sex and freakin'. Despite his past legal troubles, you have to respect the fact that Kells still put out quality music that won back those who turned their backs on him.

Much like his past albums, the sex element is still ever present but is a lot more grown and sexy this time around. The 15 track long player has a nice blend of tales, bragging and self reflection that allows you to appreciate the songs and not feel bombarded by male bravado and constant talk of cars and money.

Now, if I were you I would you skip past 'Crazy Night' and start with 'Exit' which is a piano driven track about hollerin' at the baddest chick in the club and heading home. As I mentioned before 12 Play 4th Quarter should have been released but Kells compensates by putting two of the better tracks ( 'Go Low' & 'Whole Lotta Kisses') on Untitled. This is followed by R Kelly circa 96-97 with 'Echo' where he gets his yodel on to represent the sounds he will have his lady making in the bedroom.

Standout tracks on this album would definitely have to be:

'Be My #2'  which is a classic throwback to Kelly's steppin' days.

'Religious' showcases a more mature content about having that special lady by your side. It's the kind of song you'd play for your first dance at your wedding, it is also schedulded to be the next single.

Last but definitely not least, 'Elsewhere' and RnB posse joint 'Pregnant' ft. Tyrese, Robin Thicke and The Dream. 'Elsewhere' is a must hear for all the ageing players and 'Pregnant' shows that Kelly doesn't mind sharing the limelight with those who more than likely came up listening to his music.

Overall Kells doesn't disappoint with his 9th opus in an illustrious and sometimes turbulent sixteen year career. There has been an emergence of new and younger battlers for the throne, but Kells just about holds on to the crown!

If he had put 'Come At The Same Time' from 12 Play 4th Quarter on and completely left off 'I Love The DJ' I would have given him a solid 5/5, but he didn't so he gets a 4.

Just a little something for Kells to think about though... Trey Songz is creeping up on ya!

Monday, 30 November 2009

The Black Tie Comedy Awards 2009


The 2009 Black Tie Comedy Awards took place last night at indigo, O2 and was a MAJOR SUCCESS!!

Despite the horrible traffic conditions everyone arrived suited and booted and ready to celebrate the achievements of some of the best comedians not only in the UK but in the world.

Special guest on the night, American comic Billy Bellamy was a no show but was not missed as my boy Kojo and the beautiful Rachael Ritfield kept the proceedings flowing for everybody in attendance.


The winners on the night-

  • Best Newcomer: KEVIN J

  • Best TV Performance: SLIM

  • Best Female Comedian: GLENDA JAXSON

  • Best Male Comedian: SLIM

  • Best Comedy Promotion: HARMONY PRODUCTIONS

  • Best International Comedian: CHRIS ROCK

  • Outstanding Achievement: THE CAST OF REAL MCCOY


Unfortunately I was unable to attend but with all the feedback I recieved, the night was definitely a very professional event which did not disappoint. Congratulations to the winners and also the nominees as they are a lot of people that worked extremely hard on their craft over the last year.

Shout out to DJ Longers too, I heard you killed it at the afterparty!

Louboutin's S/S 2010 Must Haves

Christian Louboutin is showering us with studs in his Spring/Summer 2010 shoe collection, for both men and women.

Check out a few of our favourites that you can get your hands on soon!





Engine Spikes





Louis Sneaker




Big Kiss Flat

New London Paper - TheBlogPaper



As we all know a lot of our free London papers have stopped publishing, but there's a new London paper out now with a difference, that not many are aware of......yet!

Theblogpaper is an online and print newspaper, where the content is user-generated. Anyone is allowed to publish written and visual work. The more a piece of work is rated or commented on, defines whether it gets promoted to the front page of the website and published in the print edition.

Theblogpaper are aiming to publish a print issue every Friday, but as they are still in BETA mode, it will not be weekly just yet.

The next print issue is due out 18th December.

So if you see yourself as a blogger, journalist, photographer, or you just like to write check out Theblogpaper

NEWS: Susan Boyle Makes Chart History




Susan Boyle's debut album, 'I Dreamed A Dream', has stormed to the charts at #1 after selling 411,820 copies.

SuBo breaks the record for highest first week sales for a debut album, which was previously held by fellow Syco artist Leona Lewis for her debut album, 'Spirit'. She also breaks the record for sales of any album in any week by any female solo artist.

Aged 48, Susan Boyle is a living testament that you're never too old to live your dreams!

Friday, 27 November 2009

VIDEO: Beyonce - 'I Am....Yours' (Thanksgiving Special)



If you've never been to a Beyonce show before, this video will show you what to expect. She isn't called 'Queen Bey' for no reason.

Enjoy!

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Cheryl Cole ft Will.I.Am - '3 Words'



'3 Words' is the second single to be released from Cheryl's platinum debut album also entitled '3 Words'.

Waiting to see how well this single sells........because the song is dreadful! Maybe help from Jay-Z wont be so bad after all.....

Thursday, 26 November 2009

NEW VIDEO: Jay Smooth breaks down Beanie Sigel and Jay-Z Beef

Jay Smooth decided to take breakdown the whole Beanie Sigel Vs. Jay-Z beef (I'm very disappointed in you Beanie...). If you don't know what it's all about get the lowdown in exactly 3:22 secs!


"He's just not that into beefing with you Beanie" LOL





Source: therapup.com

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Snoop Dogg - 'I Wanna Rock'



'I Wanna Rock' is taken from Snoop Dogg's forthcoming album, 'Malice n Wonderland', which is released 8th December 2009.

Check out the cameo from Jamie Foxx.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

VIDEO: Best Knockout Moments In Boxing Set To The Sounds Of Wiley



This video of knockouts is to support Wiley's new single 'Take That'. Watch the video for the single here

The X Factor Effect



For those of you that watch the X Factor, I'm sure you've realised the amount of #1's and great record sales that guest performers have received after their performance on X Factor.

There is obviously a correlation between record sales and X Factor performances, which is why most music acts are jumping at the chance to promote their new album or single on the show by performing.

Music acts such as last years' X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, last years' X Factor runners up JLS, and the Black Eyed Peas have all scored #1 singles after their X Factor performances.

Britain's Got Talent's runner up Susan Boyle is also heading towards the #1 spot as debut album, 'I Dreamed A Dream', after selling nearly 150,000 copies on its first day of release. It's estimated her album will be the biggest selling album of the year!

Rihanna is performing on the X Factor next week Sunday, and as sales for her new album, 'Rated R', are pretty low, her X Factor performance of her new single 'Russian Roulette' may boost her sales.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

NEWS: Jay-Z To Perform At The BRIT Awards 2010



I knew this was coming.....

Jay-Z has been signed up to perform at the BRIT Awards 2010 where he'll perform a medley of hit biggest hits and a duet with a surprise artist which said to be either Alicia Keys, Chris Martin or his wife Beyonce. Who knows it may even be Mr Hudson?

Robbie Williams will close the show as he will be receiving the Outstanding Contribution To Music award, for his work with Take That and as a solo star.

Robbie has already won more BRITs than any other artist and will be presented his 16th honour at the event which takes place at London's Earls Court Exhibition Centre on February 16th 2010.

The UK loves Jay-Z and Jay-Z loves the UK....this was bound to happen!

Must See Movie: 'Cover'

Originally released in February 2008 Cover is a social-problem film without a solution. Directed by Bill Duke, the movie raises awareness and tackles a very sensitive issue which exists through-out the world and affects many families on different levels.





I don't want to give away too much so head over to www.coverthemovie.com for more info!


Although Cover is not a big budget blockbuster it is definitely worth checking out...

What Do You Think? Keri Hilson's AMA's outfit


The beautiful Ms Keri Hilson attended the American Music Awards this week in a 'lil black number' that has had quite an affect on Facebook with people asking 'What the hell is she wearing???'.

I personally don't see anything wrong with it, but others did! What do you think???


Image via NecoleBitchie.com

Day 26 Leave Bad Boy Records


Day 26 have decided to part ways with Bad Boy records after Sean 'Diddy' Combs decided to jump ship and went over to Interscope Records. They are now with Atlantic Records, where Bad Boy Records were a sub-division record label.

To be completely honest we at SW predicted this a while ago. Hopefully the boys can now carve out their own fanbase away from the label of 'reality TV stars'. Also, considering what happens to most Bad Boy artists this could be the perfect move for the longevity of their music career.

Let's hope that the quintet get some new music out soon as their first two albums were really good!

Good luck fellas... Oh, and please NO MORE BITCH-ASS-NESS!!


Image via MTV.COM

EVENT: Writers Block



For those of you who like poetry, spoken word, short films and soulful/hip-hop vibes, Writers Block is for you!

Writer's Block- Charity Show- Featuring: Polar Bear, shortMAN & Ade Omotayo.

The last Writer's Block of 2009 marks a chance to celebrate a creatively charged year, while giving back by donating 100% of proceeds and raising awareness for the Boyhood to Manhood Foundation. Kick start the festive season with a line up of poetry pioneers, and music maestros. Plus, for the first time this year, we open the mic to YOU. Come down, sign up and perform, or kick back and enjoy the show, knowing your entry fee has gone away towards helping someone. Plus, in true pre-festive spirit, we'll be in full celebration mode.

Featuring Poetry royalty Polar Bear & shortMAN + a special appearance from the very talented Ade Omotayo (who is a backing singer for Amy Winehouse).

Juno Bar 134-135 Shoreditch High Street
Shoreditch E1 6JE.
7.30pm-10.30pm
£5 all night (all to be donated to charity)

For more info log onto:
www.lovewritersblock.com
www.Youtube.com/lovewblock
lovewritersblock@gmail.com

Monday, 23 November 2009

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Toni Braxton ft Trey Songz - 'Yesterday'



Absolutely love this song.....

'Yesterday' is out today to buy on iTunes and is the first single to be released from her forthcoming album, 'Pulse', which is set to be released in February 2010.

American Music Awards - The Performances [Cont]

Jennifer Lopez | 'Louboutins'


Whitney Houston | 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength'


Alicia Keys | 'Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart'


Eminem & 50 Cent | 'Crack A Bottle' and 'Forever'


Timbaland ft Nelly Furtado and SoShy | 'Morning After Dark'

American Music Awards - The Performances

Janet Jackson's medley of hits


Shakira | 'Give It Up To Me'


Kelly Clarkson | 'Already Gone'


Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys | 'Empire State Of Mind'


Black Eyed Peas | 'Meet Me Half Way' and 'Boom Boom Pow'


Rihanna | 'Wait Is Ova' and 'Hard'


Lady Gaga | 'Bad Romance'


Mary J Blige | 'I Am'

American Music Awards - The Winners



The American Music Awards (AMAs) took place last night.


Here's a list of the winners:

The American Music Awards took place last night.

Here's a list  full of the winners:

POP or ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist
Michael Jackson

Favorite Female Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Black Eyed Peas

Favorite AlbumMichael Jackson / Number Ones

COUNTRY MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist
Keith Urban

Favorite Female Artist
Taylor Swift

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Rascal Flatts
Favorite AlbumTaylor Swift / Fearless

RAP/HIP-HOP MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist
Jay-Z

Favorite Album
Jay-Z / Blueprint 3

SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist
Michael Jackson

Favorite Female Artist
Beyonce

Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Black Eyed Peas

Favorite Album
Michael Jackson / Number Ones

SOUNDTRACKS
Favorite Album
Twilight Soundtrack

ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC
Favorite Artist
Green Day

ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Favorite Artist
Taylor Swift

LATIN MUSIC
Favorite Artist
Aventura

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
Favorite Artist
Mary Mary

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift- Country

T-MOBILE BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
Country Breakthrough Artist - Gloriana

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Whitney Houston


Country singer Talyor Swift picked up the most awards of the night...at least Kanye let the girl have her time to shine and give her acceptance speech. However, Taylor Swift voted as favourite artist of the year? I'm sure it could've gone to somebody else, such as Michael Jackson.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Brandy kills it....AGAIN!

This has been circulating on the web a lot today and people have been giving Brandy's singing in the bathroom antics, raving reviews.




To put it plainly her rendition of Sam Cook's 'A Change Gone Come' is superb!

You go Brandy, truly giving longevity a whole new meaning, R 'n' B amateurs take note!

RVB

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO) - Janet Jackson - 'Make Me'



Miss Jackson, if you're nasty, is back with a brand new single, 'Make Me'. She'll be performing tonight at the American Music Awards. Check back here tomorrow for her performance

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Keri Hilson - 'I Like'

'I Like' is the new single from Miss Keri Baby. The song also features in a new German movie entitled Zweiohrkuken...yes I had trouble with pronunciation as well.
I like this new track from Keri Hilson ( no pun intended) it's up tempo and will definitely go down well in the clubs.



What do you think of Keri's single, could it be her first solo UK number one?

RVB

Friday, 20 November 2009

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): N-Dubz Ft. Mr Hudson - 'Playing With Fire'

NEW FLAVA (VIDEO): Wiley ft Chew Fu - 'Take That'



As most will know, Wiley is now signed to Universal Records, and this is his first single with them.
Most will be shocked that Wiley actually is in the video as he is notoriously known not to show up to video shoots, shows etc etc

Thursday, 19 November 2009

NEWS: Jay-Z Scores His Second #1 Single




We already predicted this......

'Empire State Of Mind' has become Jay-Z's second #1 single, and his first Hot 100 #1 single. The single taken from his album 'BluePrint3', featuring Alicia Keys is #1 on the Billboard singles chart, where it's meant to be!

The song has been performed live quite a lot and has had an effect on quite a few people.....remember Lil' Mama at the VMAs? I also recently saw a person shed a few tears whilst Jay peformed the track live with singer Bridget Kelly, (who frequently steps in for Alicia on Jay's tour), at his show at Alexandra Palace.

The track has already been in the UK's Top Ten singles chart, that's even before the song was released as a single. I wonder if he'll be able to score another #1 single in the UK with this song?
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