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!
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
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!
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.
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!
Originally released in February 2008 Cover is a social-problem film without a solution.Directedby 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.
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!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Black Eyed Peas
Favorite AlbumMichael Jackson / Number Ones
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Favorite AlbumTaylor Swift / Fearless
Favorite Male Artist
Jay-Z / Blueprint 3
SOUL/RHYTHM & BLUES MUSIC
Favorite Male Artist
Favorite Female Artist
Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Black Eyed Peas
Michael Jackson / Number Ones
ALTERNATIVE ROCK MUSIC
ADULT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift- Country
T-MOBILE BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST
Country Breakthrough Artist - Gloriana
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
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.
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
'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?
The film 'Couples Retreat' stars a host of actors/comedians such as Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman and Faizon Love. But Universal decided to change the poster promoting the film for the UK audience and removed the two black actors, Faizon Love and Tasha Smith from the poster, and their names too!
Universal said it regretted causing any offense, and it has abandoned plans to use the revised poster in other countries. A Universal spokesman said the revised advertisment was aimed ‘to simplify’ the poster to actors who are the most recognizable in international markets.
Even if it was a marketing ploy, they should know their decision was going to cause an issue with people, especially the Black community.
How many times are there actors in films and we haven't got a damn clue as to who they are, but no 'editing' to their marketing project for international audiences are changed?? SMH
The Bajan princess, Rihanna, performed an exclusive gig for 40 minutes in London in association with Nokia, that was streamed live all over the world.
Rihanna looked great with two outfit changes of a bejeweled leotard and a plain black one. She started by singing 'The Wait Is Over' from her new album, 'Rated R' and also performed new single 'Russian Roulette' on a rotating chair, and 'Hard' where Young Jeezy came out for his cameo on the track. Past hits by the singer were also performed.
Jay-Z also graced the stage with Riri for 'Run This Town' and her smash hit, 'Umbrella', which definitely upped the level Rihanna's show. Rihanna has definitely been taking some vocal lessons as she sounded much better than she normally does, even though her vocals were drowned out by her live band sometimes, but her stage presence was great.
For those of you that missed the live streaming, log onto www.nokia.com/rihanna for some footage of the show.
So Cheryl Cole seems to be a very lucky lady; she goes from rags to riches after winning Pop Stars: The Rivals, has a successful career with Girls Aloud, she marries footballer Ashley Cole, gets to work with Will.I.Am, gets a spot as a judge on X-Factor making her the 'nations sweetheart', gets a #1 debut single and debut album......and now this......
According to the Mirror, Jay-Z wants to take Cheryl under his wing and kick-start her career Stateside. It seems Jay is loving all things English these days. They're even in talks about doing a collaboration together!
We shall be definitely keeping an eye out on Cheryl and Jay's activities!
MTV will host the exclusive on-air and online global premiere of Beyoncé's "Video Phone" feat Lady Gaga on Tuesday 17th November at 9pm in the UK.
The video, directed by Hype Williams, will be aired across 60 channels on MTV networks. The showing will reach 168 countries around the world, from South East Asia to Europe and on MTV and VH1 in the US.
Another one of our free London newspapers have ceased publishing. The London Lite, which was launched in 2006, was created to compete against thelondonpaper (which has also shut down) and the Evening Standard, which is now a free newspaper.
The only free newspapers now are the Evening Standard and The Metro
Queen Bey and crazy creative Lady Gaga have teamed up not once, but twice; firstly to extend Beyonce's track 'Videophone' for the deluxe release of the album 'I Am...Sacha Fierce', and secondly for Lady Gaga's song 'Telephone' for the up-coming album/re-release, 'The Fame Monster'.
Beyonce sounds hot on 'Telephone'. We're liking this Bey/Gaga collabo!
In the run up to the release of his latest studio album, 'The State VS Radric Davis' Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane is back in jail for the same offense that saw him saw him see jail time last year, violation of parole.
After working with Usher, Lil Wayne, Omarion, and a host of other artists Gucci's buzz has taken to him to new heights in his career but jail time with an album due for a December 8th release can only slow down his paper.
Watch Gucci before he was sent to jail, as he talks to MissInfo about his ongoing feud wit Young Jeezy.
Not so long ago, I sat down to have a little chat with the Philadelphia native, Jazmine Sullivan for Blacksheep Magazine.
Miss Sullivan gave me an insight into her up bringing, explaining why she has always been different and why chooses to remain the same. I also got her thoughts on the music industry and how she plans on making her mark on it.
More info when you check out the interview.
In other Jazmine Sullivan related news, check out her latest single 'Champion' featuring Ace Hood and Rick Ross.
For his third single, David Guetta has teamed up with Estelle to create the dance track 'One Love'. Both of David's previous hits with Kelly Rowland and Akon have gone on to be major hits. Will this song be a hit?
Man of the moment Wale, has released his new video, 'Sweating Out weaves'. Way back when, my music supplier gave me my usual mix tape fix and this summer it was in the form of Wale's 'Back To The Feature' mix tape. Never shying away from the odd weave now and again, this instantly became my favourite track.
Though this doesn't exhibit Wale's lyrical ability, we are all entitled to indulge in a bit of bubble gum rap every once in a while.
Part 1 of Rihanna's exclusive interview with 'Good Morning America' where she talks about her infamous domestic altercation with then boyfriend, singer Chris Brown
Part 2 will be released soon, so check back here tomorrow for it!
In other Rihanna related news, the singer will be performing in London at an exclusive concert on November 16th to launch her new album, 'Rated R'. Talenthouse and Nokia are giving filmmakers the opportunity to film the private concert. For more info,click here
"Once you've seen one Jay-Z concert, you've seen them all" came to mind last night as I watched Jay-Z perform at an extremely packed Alexandra Palace full of 7000+ Jigga stans throwing up the ROC sign in North London.
With a full live band in gear with great imagery and flashing lights the show began.
Jay-Z performed songs off of his new album BluePrint 3 with hype man Memphis Bleek such as 'What We Talkin' About', 'D.O.A', 'Onto The Next One', as well as previous hits such as '99 Problems', 'Dirt Off Your Shoulder' and 'Show Me What You Got', where the live band gave it their all - the horns gave the track and the crowd a much needed blast of energy after many moments of pauses throughout his set.
Stand out moment of the show was when Jay performed his new single 'Empire State Of Mind' sans Alicia Keys, with the replacement of vocalist Bridget Kelly. 'Empire State Of Mind' had the crowd in a sense of awe.....kind of like the one Lil' Mama had at the MTV Awards, but there was no way anybody was getting near the stage! People were waving lighters in the air and singing along to the song which looks set to be Jay's second #1 single.
A medley of tracks were performed such as 'Swagga Like Us', 'Crazy In Love, '03 Bonnie & Clyde' which feature vocals from his wife Beyonce. I know the crowd hoped, (like I did), that Bey would appear on stage for those few seconds, but she never -she happily watched her husband perform from the VIP section with Gweneth Paltrow, with her bodyguard Julius by her side.
For the final section of the show Hova brought out Mr Husdon on his peformance of 'Young Forever'. Earlier in the day, the pair had started filming the music video for this track. The crowd were then used for a video promo for 'Young Forever' which was being filmed through that performance, which brought the show to and end as the crowd walked out to the sounds of Nirvana's classic, 'Smells Like Tean Spirit' by the live band.
Due to the early leak of Fiddy's fourth studio album, 'Before I Self Destruct', it's release date which was scheduled for November 23rd, has now been pushed forward. It will be digitally released November 9th and the physical copy will be out November 16th.
"You expect your album to leak at some point," said 50 Cent. "But this happened almost a month before we were going to let it out. And it's not just a track here and there that might hype the album. What's going on is ridiculous and it's hurting every music artist. So, for my fans, I'm doing everything possible to get them the real album, with as many bonuses and extras as I can, ASAP."
The physical 1CD/2DVD package offered at retail will also include the 'Before I Self Destruct' film and Jam Master Jay documentary.
Due to a late change in the recording schedule for his new album, Kano will now be in America next week - consequently his live date at Koko in London has been postponed. The hometown headline show was planned for 10th November but will now take place in early 2010, with the exact date still to be confirmed. Tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date, or ticket holders can claim a full refund at the point of purchase. Kano and everyone involved would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Heritage Orchestra have worked with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Massive Attack, the Bays and UNKLE and for a one off event, they have joined forces with the De La Warr Pavilion to host perhaps one of the biggest nights in alternative music.
Fusing hip hop, electro pop and classical music togther with the help of world champion DJ Switch, classical composer, Gabriel Prokovief and the beat box extrodinaire, Beardyman; they will be giving a live demonstration of how to successfully bridge the gap between mainstream popular and cult music.
This is an event not to be missed, so make sure you purchase your tickets now to avoid any disappointments.
To find out more info on the event and to purchase tickets click here
It has been reported that the original Sugababes line-up which consists of Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy will be reforming after it's been suggested that they've signed a record deal with Warner.
As we already know Keisha has a solo deal with Universal Records, and apparently both Mutya and Siobhan have got solo deals too.
We wouldn't normally post about something like this but we believe this deserves a post.
Some of you may have already heard of Jasmine's departure from MTV UK but for those who haven't here's some more info.
Miss Jasmine Dotiwala, who's worked for MTV for 12 years and was also the head of MTV Base, has left the company to broaden her horizons and expand her expertise in televsion production and directing.
From interviewing the and working with the likes of Whitney Houston, Jay-Z and Mariah Carey (who's become a bonified friend), just to name a few, to travelling all around the world and shaking a leg with some of the biggest stars, to helping UK acts to break through and developing new shows for the UK Urban comedy scene, Jasmine's done a lot!
She will be making a move to terrestrial TV channels such as Channel 4, where she already has a few projects up her sleeve.
A lot of people like to give Jasmine a hard time, but at the end of the day she's done a lot with her career and has helped a lot of up-coming talent along the way - which is a good thing!
I just hope whoever takes on a similar role like Jasmine's at MTV, does as good of a job as she has.