Friday, 26 February 2010

VIDEO: Rihanna Performs 'Rude Boy' On GMTV

 

Rihanna is still in the UK doing promo for her new single, 'Rude Boy'. This morning she took a trip to GMTV to perform the single.

VIDEO: Beyonce "Sacha Fierce Is Done!.....I Killed Her."



Even though Beyonce has already announced Sacha Fierce will be no more, she had to just announce it again. In an unusual interview with ex-106 & Park host, AJ, Bey Bey Bey gave one of her funniest and near right feistiest interviews ever. AJ sure knows how to get people to react to certain things....

Spotted on Vibe

VIDEO: Sabrina Washington Performs 'OMG' Live On 5:19 Show


Sabrina Washington performs an acoustic version of her soon to be released single, 'OMG', which is out March 15th.
I prefer this acoustic version than the actual single. Which version do you prefer?

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Shakira - 'Gypsy'



Shakira's new music video for 'Gypsy' today on MTV. What do you think of the video?

VIDEO: Rihanna Teaches Alan Carr How To Dutty Wine



Rihanna appeared on comedian Alan Carr's Channel 4 chat show,Chatty Man, last night, and it was a very entertaining interview. Rihanna definitely came across well whilst talking about her album 'Rated R', and looked fierce.

As Rihanna is from the Caribbean, she taught Alan Carr some Jamaica dance moves........absolutely hillarious!

Spotted on Rihanna Daily

Thursday, 25 February 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Taio Cruz ft Ludacris 'Break Your Heart'



Mr Taio Cruz has released his single 'Break Your Heart' in the US, and has snapped up rapper Ludacris to do a feature on the club-tastic track.

Does the collaboration work?

Sneak Peak: 'On Set With Cheryl Cole' [VIDEO]



Amongst all the drama in Cheryl Cole's life at the moment, tonight at 8pm, MTV will air 'On Set With Cheryl Cole', a behind the scenes programmes of Cheryl's latest video 'Parachute'.

You can see steamy scenes of Cheryl and male dancer Derek Hough, who was recently holed up with Cheryl at her hotel in Los Angleses last week.

If you miss the airing tonight, don't worry, it'll be shown again on Saturday at 5pm.

Thanks PunchBowl and Natalie

NME AWARDS 2010 WINNERS


The NME awards took place last night at the Brixton Academt in London, with performances by Lily Allen and Kasabian, to name a few.

BRIT award winners JLS won an award.........for Worst Band, *oh the shame - mind you they aren't exactly NME's 'cuppa tea' are they?*, Kanye West won Villain Of The Year, no surprises why, and Lady Gaga won awards for Best Dressed and Worst Dressed.

Go under the jump for the full list of winners


NEWS: XFM Broadcasts World Exclusive Full Playback Of New Gorillaz Album


Damon Albarn and crew, know as the Gorillaz, are back with a new album, 'Plastic Beach', which will be released on Monday 8th March. The album features an exciting mix of collaborations with artists such as, Kano, Bashy, De La Soul and Snoop Dogg, including a collaboration with Mos Def and Bobby Womack for the first single off the album, 'Stylo'.


XFM will give an exclusive full playback of the new album on Tuesday 2nd March at 12pm. So all you Gorillaz fans make sure you lock in.

Xfm broadcasts on 104.9 FM in London, on 97.7 FM in Manchester and across the UK on digital radio, digital TV and online at xfm.co.uk

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

SNEAK PEAK [VIDEO]: Estelle ft Kardinal Offishall - 'Freak'



'Freak', the first single off of Estelle's forthcoming album, sounds like it is definitely going to be a club banger!! Can't wait to see the full video. From the looks of it it's going to be great!

Check back here on Friday for the full video!

VIDEO: Rihanna's AOL Sessions



Check out Rihanna's AOL sessions footage, where she performs an acoustic set of some of her biggest hits such as 'Take A Bow', 'Russian Roulette' and her new single, 'Rude Boy' to name a few.

Click after the jump to watch her Q&A session with AOL

NEW MUSIC [AUDIO]: Beatnik

Have a listen to the new mixtape from the Beatnik team, DJ Nikki Beatnik & Statis.

Click here to hear the goodies!


Described as 'Easily the best female DJ in the UK' from the good people at Time Out magazine; this one will go down well with you eclectic folk out there as it serves as a hard hitting flurry of electro, dubstep, & hip hop.

Enjoy! & you can hit up Nikki on her blog at http://www.djnikkibeatnik.blogspot.com/

NEWS: Akon Leaves Capital FM After Just One Show



Akon has left Capital FM after only hosting one show. He was meant to present a weekly two hour slot on the radio station every Saturday evening.

A spokeman for Global Radio said:

"Due to Akon's commitments, including working on a brand new album, we won't be broadcasting a regular show on 95.8 Capital FM for the time being."

However, it was said he could appear on the station in the future.


What makes me laugh is what made Global Radio think they could employ an international artist as a host, in a city that they don't even reside in? Of course his singing career comes first and he has many other commitments that will come first too. SMH

Source: Digital Spy

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Monica - 'Everything To Me'




Monica is back with a music video for her brand new single 'Everything To Me'. The music video seems to be inspired by the movie, 'Obsessed', which stars Idris Elba and Beyonce. This is a good video and the storyline is great...we like the twist!

The video has been dedicated to Alexander McQueen.

'Everything To Me' will be on Monica's new album, 'Still Standing', which will be released on March 23rd.

NEW MUSIC [AUDIO]: Cherri V - 'Stiletto Refix' (Pass Out)

Another day, another refix of a song.....



This time the talented singer, Cherri V has recorded her own version of Tinie Tempah's radio hit 'Pass Out'. Cherri's version is called 'Stiletto Refix'.



What do you think of Cherri's efforts?

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

NEWS: Cheryl Cole Is Separating From Ashley Cole


Cheryl Cole's publicist has just announced that she will indeed separate from husband of three years, Ashley Cole, after the Chelsea footballer sent naked images of himself to a glamour model, and after several other women have come out and claimed to have had some kind of contact with Ashley whilst the pair have been together.

Cheryl's publicist has said:

"Cheryl Cole is separating from her husband Ashley Cole. Cheryl asks the media to respect her privacy during this difficult time."

This isn't the first time Ashley Cole has played away - in 2008 he cheated on the 'nations sweetheart' with hairdressers Aimee Walton, after getting drunk on a night out with the boys. It seems like Ashley never did learn from that backlash - it actually seems like none of these footballers learn from their adultery!

Well Cheryl, Ashley has made a fool out of you for a while now - but what we all want to know is, will you practice what you preach and fight for you love?

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Kanye West - 'Coldest Winter'



The video to Kanye Wests 'Coldest Winter', taken from his album, '808s & Heartbreak', has been released. The visuals in this video are amazing! Do you agree?

Monday, 22 February 2010

NEWS: Chelsea Could Fine Ashley 400k & Cheryl Dumps Him In Text

Ashley Cole could be a looking at a £400,000 fine from his club, Chelsea after recent headlines further damaged the reputation of the club.


It's been reported that the 29 year old sneaked women into his hotel room on away games.

Chelsea are taking the matter very seriously as Cole has been accused of lying to officials to cover his back.

Board officials are not happy with with the left back and it's believed that the England international will be called in to face the music this week with Chelsea chief exec Ron Gourlay.

Following the reveleations in which it was revealed that captain John Terry had slept with a team-mates ex wife, the Chelsea players were reminded of their responsibilites to protect the club's image.

A week later headlines surface of Cole's lates misdemeanour. EPIC FAIL.

William Hill are already paying out to punters that put wagers on Cheryl & Ashley splitting this year and its been reported that Cheryl Cole dumped Ashley in a text from LA saying "Move out, its over".

Not looking good for Ashley, tut tut.

Source : The Times

NEWS: Lil' Wayne Delays Jail Time & Joins Twitter

Lil' Wayne, who avoided the start of his jail sentence because of a... wait for it, dental appointment, has officially joined Twitter and attracted more than ten thousand followers in thirty minutes.

The Cash Money artist was due to go into the pen last week for weapons charges but escaped jail time because of ahem, 'dental surgery'.

According to the website TMZ, Weezy went through a grilling eight hour session which saw the New Orleans artist have eight root canals, and tooth implants.

Something tells me the all that ice in his mouth had something to do with it.

Either way, Wayne has bought himself some time and plans to use some of it to interact with his fans on Twitter.

You can follow him at @Liltunechi and you can follow us at @SocialWriters.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Mariah Carey - '100%'

 

'100%' is Mariah Carey's new single. The video is inspired by the 2010 Winter Olympics and is from the official AT&T Team USA soundtrack.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Ludacris ft Nicki Minaj - 'My Chick Bad'



The video for Ludacris', 'My Chick Bad', premiered moments ago on BET. Th e track taken from Luda's forthcoming album, 'Battle Of The Sexes' features female rapper of the moment, Nicki Minaj, who's sporting a new look.

Are you feeling this video and Nicki's pink wig?

Friday, 19 February 2010

Concert Review: Jay Electronica @ the Jazz Cafe


New Orleans' rapper, Jay Electronica graced the stage of Camden's Jazz Cafe last night, for what was his second show in the UK and judging by the crowds warm and much anticipated welcome, it won't be his last. Without a hint of nerves, the Jazz Cafe first timer, took to the Londoners like a duck to water, much to the approval of the already, hyped attendees.

One of the UK's home grown talents, Sway, kick started the night with a luncheon of fresh materials due to appear on his new mixtape 'The Delivery' as well as journeying through some of his 'oldies but goodies', such as 'Little Derrek', reminding us of how far the self proclaimed "Best UK rapper" has most definitely come.

After getting the crowd warmed up, it wasn't long until the effortlessly regal presence of Jay Electronica filled the room with sheer excitement, gradually elevating the audience to an hysteria of great magnitude , as he made his way to the stage.

With every ounce the crowd pleaser, the very charismatic rapper proceeded to charter through tracks such as 'My world' and 'Extra extra', anthems in their own right amongst the niche Hip hop followers. However; it wasn't unitil he performed 'Exhibit A (Transformations) and 'Exhibit C, that the crowd truly became amped.

Jay Electronica is yet to release an album, but with such a magnetic performance and an already strong following ,(the 3,200 Blackberry messenger contacts on his phone, is living proof of this) last night was just the beginning of great things to come.

RVB

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Justin Bieber ft Ludacris - 'Baby'



Usher's teen sensation signing, Justin Bieber, has released his latest single, 'Baby', featuring rapper Ludacris. Drake even makes a cameo appearance in the music video to support his fellow Canadian.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Timbaland ft Justin Timberlake - 'Carry Out'



Here's the official music video for Timbaland's latest single, 'Carry Out', featuring Justin Timberlake. Another good collaboration between JT and Timbaland.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Single Artwork Cover: Lady Gaga & Beyonce - 'Telephone'

 

The music video for Lady Gaga and Beyonce's 'Telephone' will be released any day now, but in the meantime the single's artwork cover has been released. Just another teaser for all of us that are waiting patiently for the video to drop.........

NEWS: 'No Whites' Race Row Over Jay-Z's Post BRITs Party

On Tuesday night after the BRITs, I did a spot of club hopping for two of the BRITs after parties; Warner Bros and a party that was put on for Jay-Z at Merah.

The party for Jay-Z at Merah has now sparked a race row after it is alleged that 'no whites' were allowed to party with the rapper.


Taken from The Metro.....

The rapper was celebrating his win for Best International Male at London's Merah nightclub but many guests were unable to join him in the VIP area after heavy-handed bouncers allegedly refused to let in white people.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon, 31, and JLS' Oritse Williams, 23, stormed out of the bash over the bizarre ban.

Dixon told The Daily Star: “My friends have been getting knocked about and no-one seems to care."
She is reported to have said she needed to get out of the club and that she'd rather be at her local kebab than back inside with "all that aggro."
“What a horrible end to the night. I was having a blast at my record label party and now the mood is soured. I wish I’d never come,” she is reported as saying.
Jay-Z, 36, reportedly had no idea what was happening and partied the night away at a custom-built table in a private corner of the bar.

Celeb revellers who were allowed in included Alexandra Burke, 21, ex-Spice Girl Mel B, 34, and R&B singer Ne-Yo, 30.
JLS’s Oritsé said: “This place is doing my head in so I need to get in my car and go home."
“I’ve had enough of everyone getting in our faces, the vibe is not cool.”

A spokesman for Jay-Z told the paper that the rapper had nothing to do with the security, while the venue's bosses claimed guests were unable to get into the exclusive bash purely because of "numbers".

As an attendee of the party, I believe this story to be full of rubbish. The club was ram packed and entry was allowed to only to those who were invited or given the 'OK' by club management. Alesha Dixon came in after I did with her friends, and everybody was getting pushed about, not just her friends as the Daily Star is making out. I also don't believe Oritse's quote has anything to do with this alleged ban of 'white people'.....the VVIP area, where the celebs were was super packed as loads of people stood on the other side of the velvet rope trying to find a way in.

It seems the Metro has failed to mention that Daniel Merriweather and The Sugababes were also in attendance, and have only listed black celebrities as in attendance, which is not true! It's very unlikely that Jay-Z would make such a demand.......the table next to him was 'bought' by a group of Caucasians, and I spotted many 'white people' dancing the night away. If there was a ban, how did they get in?

I believe this story was sold by an unhappy party-goer who was not allowed entry into the club, like many others. Loads of people are not let into clubs on a daily basis. Is there any need for this to be classed as a race row? 

NEWS: Rapper Shyne Signs With Def Jam


American rapper Shyne, who was recently freed from prison after eight years, has signed a seven-figure deal with Def Jam Recordings.

Shyne was jailed over the nightclub shooting that allegedly involved Diddy and then girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez.

MTV reports that Shyne was recently denied entry in the UK on February 10th after not having the correct documentation on him. He was coming here to record new material for his forthcoming album.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Bashy ft Loick Essien - 'When The Sky Falls'


Rapper/Actor Bashy is back with his first release for 2010, 'When The Sky Falls' featuring new Sony/Columbia signing, Loick Essien, who also featured on Bashy's inspirational song, 'Black Boys'.

'When The Sky Falls' is also the theme song for the British film 'Shank', which stars Bashy. 'Shank' is out March.

The BRIT Awards 2010 Winners

Last night the 30th annual BRIT Awards show took place at London's Earl's Court, with a star studded turn out from musical acts from all genres.

Lady Gaga was the big winner on the night after she won all three awards that she was up for.

Here's a list of the winners:

Britsh Male - Dizzee Rascal
British Female - Lily Allen
British Breakthrough - JLS
British Single - 'Beat Again' JLS
Mastercard British Album - 'Lungs' Florence + The Machine
British Group - Kasabian
International Male - Jay-Z
International Breakthrough - Lady Gaga
International Female - Lady Gaga
International Album - 'The Fame' Lady Gaga
Critics Choice - Ellie Goulding
British Album of 30 Years - 'What's The Story Morning Glory' Oasis
Best BRITs performance of 30 Years - 'Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are' Spice Girls
Outstanding Contribution To Music - Robbie Williams

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Black Eyed Peas - 'Imma Rock That Body'




The Black Eyed Peas have done something very special for the release of their next singles 'Imma Be' and 'Rock That Body' - they've combined both singles together to create a 10 minute long music video titled 'Imma Rock Your Body'. The video has a very futuristic look, that some will say was inspired by the film, 'Transformers'.

What do you think of the video?

Monday, 15 February 2010

Do You Want To Be Nokia's First Entertainment Reporter?



Nokia are launching a new phone soon, called the X6.  To coincide with the launch Paloma Faith, Jameela Jamil and Matt Horne have been enlisted to help find Nokia's first entertainment reporter. 


The reporters will get to report from top VIP events from all over the world such as the X6 launch party in London, a VIP party in LA during Oscars week, a Belvedere party in Cannes during Cannes film festival, Rihanna's show at O2, plus many other events.
 

This is such a great opportunity that we wanted to share it with you all. To enter all you have to do is submit a 60 second clip of yourself in reporting mode, showing why you should be chosen to be Nokia's first entertainment reporter.


To enter click here

NEWS: Jay-Z To Headline Wireless Festival 2010


The Jigga man will headline this years' Wireless Festival and will be supported by Mr Hudson, who features on the rapper's single, 'Young Forever'.

The 40-year-old who performed at the show two years ago, will headline the Sunday show on July 4th.

It was also announced that Jay-Z will play Manchester's MEN Arena on June 7th and the LG Arena in Birmingham on June 9th. Tickets for the two arena shows go on sale February 19th.

Concert Review: JLS' Exclusive Gig With Nokia And T-Mobile


On Saturday at the renowned Hammersmith Apollo, we watched JLS performed exclusively for Nokia Come With Music and T-Mobile to loads of competition winners, press and some celebs such as Ian Wright, Lemar and even Katie Price!


The lovely Jack The Lad Swing boys performed a set for about an hour and a half, performing tracks such as 'Umbrella', 'Beat Again' and 'One Shot', to name a few. The boys also performed a medley of some classic Michael Jackson tracks which was great. As it was Aston's birthday, the rest of the group and the 3000 plus people inside the venue wished Aston a happy birthday, which had the fans in a frenzy! Ear plugs were seriously needed!

Click under the jump for more images of JLS...including one of Marvin in some leather trousers (a must see!)......

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Our Top 10 Celebrity Quotes On Love

Tis' the season to be loving and with the pungent sound of hearts beating in the air ( well..seemingly so), who else could you possibly think of to provide us with enduring words on the subject of love, other than the celebrity? After all they take care of all our other needs whether it be to entertain, educate, admire or to simply be the latest victim in our mockery sessions, so why not words on love?

With that said, we at SocialWriters have compiled a list of inspiring, genius and darn right bizarre love quotes from some of our favourite celebs and historical icons, for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Maya Angelou

1. "Love recognises no barriers. it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destinations full of hope"

James Baldwin
2. "Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within"

Martin Luther King
3. "Hatred paralyses life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."

Michelle Obama
4. "Cutes good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it's 'who are you as a person?' Don't look at the bank book or the title, look at the heart"

Jada Pinkett Smith
5. "I will throw my career away before I let it break up our marriage. I made it clear to Will. I'd throw it away completely"

Angelina Jolie
6. "We come to love not by finding the perfect person , but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly"

Tupac shakur
7. "What you won't do, do for love. You tried everthing, but you don't get love"

Common
8. "How beautiful love can be, on the streets love is hard to see. It's the place I got to be. loving you is loving me"

Kanye West
9. "I can't keep my cool, so I keep it true. I got something to lose so I have to move. I can't keep myself and still keep you too"

Tiger Woods
10. " I love to play golf, and that's my arena. And you can characterize it and describe it however you want, but I have a love and passion for getting that ball in the hole and beating those guys"
(**Interpret that how you will, but we know who's words we'll be taking on board**)

RVB




Our Top 10 Celebrity Couples

As today is Valentine's Day and is a day typically all about love and appreciation for your partner, we at SocialWriters thought we'd share with you our Top 10 Celebrity Couples.

10. Kanye West & Amber Rose

The rapper and ex-stripper turned 'model' started their romantic relationship early last year in 2009 and have become one of the most talked about celebrity couples. The two fashionistas seem to complement each other well, even though it was said that they broke up briefly last summer. Nevertheless the show-stopping pair are still together, and can always be seen rocking the latest fashion. A good looking couple.

9. Kimora Lee Simmons & Djimon Hounsou

The supermodel and ex-wife of entrepreneur Russel Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons and the Hollywood actor, Djimon Hounsou, were first paired together in 2007 and have been together ever since. They beautiful couple recently had a baby boy called Kenzo and will both star in the new series of Kimora's reality TV show, 'Life In The Fab Lane'. It was rumoured the pair got married last year in a secret service in Africa whilst they visited Djimon's family, but an official statement has yet to be made.

8. Seal & Heidi Klum

The supermodel mum and singer have been married from since 2005 and together have a wonderful family with four children, including Heidi's son from a previous relationship. As the years have gone past their love seems to grow with the recent birth of their fourth child.

7. Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

Mariah and Nick, who would've thought these two would get married after a whirlwind romance? Besides Nick being ten years younger than Mariah, the pair have survived their first year of marriage and seem to be totally in love. Not only are they man and wife they work together too.....Nick has directed a few of Mariah's music videos. A couple that works together stays together? We'll see.....

6. Kim Kardashian & Reggie Bush
The star of the New Orleans Saints, Reggie Bush and reality TV vixen Kim Kardashian are one of the hottest celebrity couples. The camera loves these two just as much as they seem to love each other, even though Reggie is the shy guy and Kim loves the attention. After breaking up for a few weeks last year, the hot couple got back together, and marriage has been rumoured to be on he cards after three years being boyfriend and girlfriend.


Read on to find out which celeb couple got the top spot

Saturday, 13 February 2010

SW Tips: 5 Valentines Seduction Songs

If you don't already know, tomorrow is Valentines Day so I thought I'd select a few songs that will help you 'Set The Mood'... Let's go in (pardon the pun)


5. Al Green- Let's Stay Together (The relaxer...)





4. Eric Roberson- Dealing (The maybe we should...)





3. Day 26- Babymaker (The not to be taken literally one...)





2. Trey Songz- We Should Be (The mood setter...)





1. Omarion- Wet (The deal closer...)







If you can't be good be safe people!

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Various Artists - 'We Are The World 25



Over 80 artists and performers such as P!nk, Jamie Foxx, Usher, Justin Beiber, Swizz Beatz, LL Cool J, Celine Dion, Mary J Blige, Toni Braxton, came together to re-record the classic track 'We Are The World', which has been produced by Lionel Ritchie and Quincy Jones to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti. Some of Michael Jackson's original audio to the original track has also been included into the new version of the song.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Leona Lewis - 'I Got You'



Leona Lewis has released the video for her new single 'I Got You' which is taken from her latest album, 'Echo'. From the look of the video, it has been released just in time for Valentine's Day, for all the couples that may break up over the next week, and for all the couples that want to reiterate that they're there for one another, always.

'I Got You' is released February 22nd.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Erykah Badu ft Lil' Wayne - 'Jump In The Air'


Erykah Badu and the soon to be incarcerated rapper, Lil Wayne, have teamed on this track called 'Jump In The Air' which is a collaboration that seems to work.

As always Erykah's videos are very creative, and this video is no exception with it's kaleidoscopic features.


Are you feeling this collaboration?

Spotted on PunchBowl Blog

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Dru Hill - 'Love MD'



Nokio, Jazz, newest member Tao and frontman Sisqo have reformed as Dru Hill after eight year. Dru Hill are back under a new record label, Kedar Entertainment/Dragon Music Group, with their new single, 'Love MD', which is the first track to be taken off of their forthcoming album, 'InDRUpendance Day', which will be released April 13th 2010.


The guys also have a reality TV show in the mix also called Sweat's Platinum House, which is produced by label mate, Keith Sweat. Both Sisqo and Nokio also have solo projects coming out too.

Sisqo's stint in the Celebrity Big Brother in the UK will now provide international visibility for Dru Hill and himself....which is a good thing I guess.


So now Dru Hill and Jagged Edge are making a comeback in 2010. Who's next to announce their comeback this year? Tila Tequila claims B2K will make a comeback this year too. Are RnB male groups going to be the 'in' thing again?

Friday, 12 February 2010

R.I.P J Dilla


J Dilla was the most honorable producer that ever lived.

Throughout the week, fans world wide have been paying tribute to the sublime talent that was James Dewitt Yancey (aka Dilla Dawg!), on what would of been his 36th birthday on the 7th February.

However; never one to conform, I was a little reluctant to jump on the bandwagon as it wasn't until his death that he began to receive the recognition that he undoubtedly deserved. Yet, political views aside, the powers within could not condone my stubbornness and as such, we at Social Writers have created a mixture of our favourite J Dilla tracks as well as a filmed tribute by rapper Common, in memory of the incredibly talented producer.

He is the producers producer.

R.I.P Dilla




Thanks to pinboard Blog for the Common Tribute.
RVB

Valentines Day Gifts for Him & Her

When you see shop windows decked out in all things red in early February, it can only mean one thing, Valentines day.

Yes, folks, its Valentines day this Sunday and seeing as we SocialWriters are loving, we decided to give you a push in the right direction to put a smile on your partners face.

For many of you organised folk, you would have had V-day sorted by now. Candlelit dinner, romantic walk, blah blah blah, but for you lastminute.com people that haven't got round to tackling the task of making your partner smile, don't threat we are here to help!

Here's some gift ideas that we co-sign, don't be the only one not getting any on V-Day, with these tips, you'll be sure to be smiling!

For Him

If you have a knack for the finer things in life then make your partner smile with a luxury belt from Hermes. Now nothing compliments an outfit better than a nice belt. Hermes offers simplicity elegance, but most of all quality.

Its reversible so you can get away with people thinking that you got two of them as well, smart eh :) Sad thing is price will set you back around £350 but whilst the majority opt for Gucci, your partner will have the nod of approval from all true fashionistas.


Hermes has stores in Bank, New Bond Street and Harrods.
www.hermes.com

For Her

If she doesn't own one already, get her an 8gb ipod nano for around £100. Now you may be thinking that an ipod is common and not a very thoughtful gift but go one step further and put all of her favourite songs on there.

If you're the type of couple that have a special song that reminds you of when you first met or if there is a song that makes you think of the missus, let her know, make a playlist, be creative.

Its simple, but doing the extra bit to put songs that she'll like on there will add sentimental value money can't buy!

http://www.apple.com/uk/ipodnano/


Fashion Week - The Celebrities Strut Their Stuff On The Catwalk


It's New York Fashion Week at the moment and for a good cause a host of female celebrities stormed the catwalk in a fashion show for Heart's Truth to raise awareness for heart disease.

Kimora Lee Simmons in Kouture by Kimora

Ex-model Kimora Lee Simmons was back on the catwalk, where she thought she'd never be again, as well as singers Estelle and Jordin Sparks, Kim Kardashian, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, model Heidi Klum and one of Hollywood's best, Joan Collins.

Go after the jump for more images

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Corinne Bailey Rae - 'Paris Nights/New York Mornings'



Corinne Bailey Rae is back with her second single 'Paris Nights / New York Mornings', which is taken from her latest album, 'Sea'

Thursday, 11 February 2010

NEW MUSIC [AUDIO]: Janelle Monae ft Big Boi - 'Tightrope'


Creative RnB rock-chick, Janelle Monae, has released her new single 'Tightrope' featuring OutKast rapper, Big Boi, whoch will be taken off of her debut LP, 'The ArchAndroid'.

Click on the mp3 below to listen to the track.



'Tightrope' will be available to purchase tomorrow 12th February on janellemonae.com and then via all other digital outlets on February 23rd. 'The ArchAndroid' will be released May 18th. The LP features a star-studded featured cast includes the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal, punk prophets Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra.

In other news Janelle Monae will be in the UK in March...so check back on Social Writers to find out where she'll be doing a set.

R.I.P Alexander McQueen



Fashion has lost one of it's brightest sparks in the form of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen who was found dead after committing suicide, aged 40.

His death comes days after his mother Joyce died on Sunday and also before the start of London's Fashion Week. McQueen was due to unveil his new collection at Paris Fashion Week in March.

A source at McQueen’s office this afternoon confirmed his death, saying: "It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family."

McQueen was discovered by Isabella Blow, who was the fashion director at Tatler Magazine. He won the distinction of being named British designer of the year four times between 1996 and 2003. He was named head designer at Givenchy in 1996, succeeding John Galliano, before joining forces with Gucci, who bought 51 per cent of his company.

We at Social Writers send our condolences to McQueen's family and friends at this devastating time.

R.I.P Alexander McQueen (March 17th 1969- February 11th 2010)

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Rihanna - 'Rude Boy'



Rihanna the Bajan princess is back with a video for her new single 'Rude Boy' taken off of the album, 'Rated R'. 'Rude Boy' is a very colourful video which shows off Rihanna's Caribbean heritage. It's nice to see RiRi doing something different in her videos, as of lately all of her videos have been very 'dark'. She is definitely channeling her inner Dancehall Queen in this video!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

TV: Kid Cudi Makes His Acting Debut


I've seen buzz online about a new American programme called 'How To Make It In America'.

Why are so many people talking about 'How To Make It In America'? Well, firstly it's being dubbed as the new 'Entourage', (probably because it's created by the same producers), and secondly rapper Kid Cudi aka Scott Mescudi is also featured in the show, even though the rapper doesn't appear a lot in the programme.


Cudi has released a mixtape also entitled 'How To Make It In America' to coincide with his appearance in the programme. The mixtape also features Jadakiss Lupe Fiasco and Sheek Louch amongst others.  You can download it here

It'll be a while before 'How To Make It In America' is picked up by one of our Sky/TV channels over here in the UK, so I guess we'll just have to wait a while, well at least till we can watch it on TV Shack.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: David Guetta ft Kid Cudi - 'Memories'



After teaming up with Kelly Rowland, Estelle and Akon, David Guetta has teamed up with rapper Kid Cudi, for the track, 'Memories'.

Another good club track - will it be a chart success?

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

NEWS: Usher's Album Pushed Back Again


Usher's forthcoming album, 'Raymond v Raymond', which was meant to be released this Sunday, has been pushed back again...this time to March 30th. Why? Because Usher's record label, Jive Records, will not allow the album to be released until he gets news management.

Usher's mother, Jonetta Patton, was Usher's manager but she resigned late last year reportedly because Usher's current girlfriend, ex-Def Jam music executive Grace Miguel, was too involved in Usher's career and his mother didn't want to cause conflict. We have all seen the result of conflict between Usher, his mother and partner....

Usher has since been managing himself with Grace's help, but now Jive are insisting that he get's new management.

Okay, Grace was a music executive, she knows what she's talking about. But the last time Usher mixed business with pleasure look a what the outcome was - a divorce to his stylist Tameka Foster. I would hate for him to make the same mistake twice!

Source: Digital Spy

NEWS: Faith Evans Is Back With A New Album And Reality TV Show


Former Bad Boy and Capitol recording artist, Faith Evans, is set to release a brand new album, which is still to receive a title, and will also star in her own reality TV show called It's All About Faith.

Faith has teamed up with production companies E1 Television and E1 Music to release her sixth studio album and her reality TV show. The TV show will document Faith juggling her career and her role as a mother to her four kids and a wife to her husband/manager, Todd Russaw. Her new album will feature production from Jazzy Pha and David Banner and will be released from Faith's own Prolific Music Group along with E1 Music.

Talking on her comeback for 2010, Faith said:

"2010 is shaping up to be an amazing year for me to be in a place where I have grown from an entertainer to an entrepreneur is truly a blessing. I am excited to share this incredible experience with my fans and the world." 


Seems like making a reality TV show to start or re-start a career is the 'in' thing these days.......but we're glad Faith is making a comeback.

Source: Yo! Raps 

Thanks @hiphoppublicist


NEWS: Dr Conrad Murray Charged Over Michael Jackson's Death


Dr Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal doctor, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, after an investigation which lasted for eight months. Murray pleaded not guilty to the charges which will now spark a closely watched celebrity trial.

If found guilty, Dr Murray, can serve up to four years in prison. This is because involuntary manslaughter carries the shortest sentence of any homicide charge in California.


Image: www.whiotv.com

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Wale ft Gucci Mane - 'Pretty Girls'



Wale is back with a new video for 'Pretty Girls', featuring the currently incarcerated rapper, Gucci Mane. Pretty Girls is a great track, and it's nice to see women of all shapes and sizes in the video.

Monday, 8 February 2010

NEWS: Capital FM's New Radio Host Is.....Akon!

All morning we've been hearing that Capital FM signed up Akon to be their radio host.....which just didn't sound correct at all......well we can confirm this is indeed TRUE!

According to the Guardian, Akon will present a weekly show, every Saturday between 7pm and 9pm GMT. The RnB singers first show will be this Saturday.

Now why would Capital FM choose Akon??

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Various Artists - 'Everybody Hurts'



The official music video for Simon Cowell's charity single, of the classic R.E.M track, 'Everybody Hurts', premiered last night during the American Super Bowl. The song which has been released to raise money for Haiti,  features artists such as JLS, Take That, Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis and Mariah Carey, to name a few.

'Everybody Hurts' is out now!

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Pixie Lott - 'Gravity'


Here's the video for Pixie Lott's fourth single, 'Gravity', which is released March 8th.

It's quite a good track with a nice simple video.

NEW MUSIC VIDEO: Wiley ft Emeli Sande - 'Never Be Your Woman'



Wiley's new track 'Never Be Your Woman' features the talented singer Emeli Sande, who you sang on Chipmunk's 'Diamond Rings'. Once again we have a Wiley video, with no Wiley - nothing new there.

'Never Be Your Woman' is out February 28th.

Spotted at PinboardBlog

NEWS: Alicia Keys Album, 'Element Of Freedom, Reaches Number 1

After spending eight weeks in the UK album charts, Alicia Keys has got her first #1 for her latest album, 'Element Of Freedom'.



Here are the top 10 UK albums:

1. Alicia Keys: 'The Element Of Freedom'
2. André Rieu: 'Forever Vienna'
3. Paolo Nutini: 'Sunny Side Up'
4. Florence and the Machine: 'Lungs'
5. Corinne Bailey Rae: 'The Sea'
6. Lady GaGa: 'The Fame Monster'
7. The Chipmunks: 'Alvin & The Chipmunks 2 - The Squeakquel'
8. Ke$ha: 'Animal'
9. Peter Andre: 'Unconditional Love Songs'
10. Mumford & Sons: 'Sigh No More'

Source: Digital Spy

Sunday, 7 February 2010

SB.TV F64 - Tinchy Stryder

For those that don't know F64 is an artist spitting their hottest 64 bars, created by SBTV.

Nothing more, nothing less, its as simple as that. Whether its off the dome, spitting from their Blackberry, or whatever, its fast becoming a platform for the real spitters in the UK to stand up and flex their muscles.

The legend that is Talib Kweli has one, Chipmunk also managed to silence a few critics with his and now Tinchy has one addressing the talk of him selling out and more....


'They're telling me I sold out, that reminds me, I killed it, I sold out, albums sold out, tours, star in the hood clothing, I sold like thousands'

Thoughts?

Friday, 5 February 2010

NEWS: R Kelly Is Still 'Trapped In The Closet'



After releasing 22 chapters of his 'Trapped In The Closet' RnB-opera series, R Kelly has said he will be releasing more chapters in the near future.

He released the news via a video on Twitter saying:

“A question has been going on back and forth in my mind because I've been hearing a lot of people talk about Trapped in the Closet.
“A lot of people have been asking what the package is – y'all know I'm not gonna give you all that.
 
“But I just finished up 15 more chapters, [and] before I start releasing this stuff... I need to know if this is what you want from me. Y'all let me know, 'cos I'm ready."

R Kelly is a songwriting genius (at times), but do you really want to hear another 15 chapters? 

Discuss

 Source: MTV UK

Weezy Covers Rolling Stones Magazine Again!


Cover number two... I guess Weezy is truly a rock star now!

Mr Carter is trying to do as much as possible before his impending February incarceration. I think we're about to see quite a few videos from the Young Money general.
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