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Our March Playlist - Check Out The Best Songs Off The Best Albums This Month

March 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Beck - Morning Phase
March was a rich month for music releases. After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout. Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album). After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a playlist of one favorite from each album.

“Morning”

Beck

From the album Morning Phase

Note: Morning Phase was a late February release that wasn’t reviewed until March.

Folks, Beck is the man. Morning Phase was yet another stacked album from the hipster w...
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Review: Ashanti's 'BraveHeart' Is A Much Better Album Than Expected

March 12th, 2014 1:15pm EDT
BraveHeart
R&B Ashanti’s career began much more promising than it has been as of late. Two number one albums, a Grammy win for best contemporary R&B album (now best urban contemporary album), and some notable hits. While third album Concrete Rose would yield another platinum-certified album, its number seven debut signaled the first notion of Ashanti’s former commercial success taking a hit. This hit was more pronounced on The Declaration (2008), which debuted a slot higher at number six, but sold considerably less copies. Ultimately, The Declaration would fail to go gold and her fifth studio albu...
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Ashanti Shows Off Her Curves In A Colorful Bustier Dress At Album Release Party

August 31st, 2013 8:30pm EDT
Ashanti
Ashanti celebrated the release of her upcoming album "BraveHeart" with a performance at Moon Nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Friday.

The singer showed off her curvy figure in a hot pink bustier-type dress.

"BraveHeart" is Ashanti's fifth studio album. It will be the singer's first album since 2008's "The Declaration."

"BraveHeart" will include the previously issued songs “Woman You Love (Ft. Busta Rhymes)”, “No One Greater (Ft. French Montana & Meek Mill)” and “She Can’t”, as well as “Never Should Have."

Originally slated to be released in 2012, the album has be...
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Hot & Sexy VMAs Fashion: Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, More!

August 26th, 2013 8:25am EDT
Selena Gomez
The MTV Video Music Awards are one of the hottest events of the year. Both the music and celebrity attendees are usually smoking! The show is an opportunity for artists to show off their new music as well as their fabulous figures.

Selena Gomez, 21, looked amazing in a navy blue tear away dress that revealed a lot of leg and a black bustier underneath. She won Best Pop Video for "Come & Get It."

Miley Cyrus, 20, who has admitted to doing a lot of shopping at bondage stores, showed up on the red carpet wearing skintight black leggings and a cropped top embellished around the waist and cuff...
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Marilu Henner Vanquishes Ashanti In Charity Cook-Off

August 3rd, 2012 3:15pm EDT
Marilu Henner
Marilu Henner's culinary skills have won her $25,000 for charity after beating singer Ashanti in a TV cook-off.

The ladies went up against fellow celebrities like actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Carla Gugino and Kristen Johnston in the Grilling with the Stars competition on Live! with Kelly. A different star has cooked up their favorite summer recipes over the past few weeks in a bid to land the big cash prize for their chosen charity.

Viewers were invited to vote for the top celebrity chef online and Ashanti's Grilled Pineapple Chicken Kabobs earned her a final place against Henner, who s...
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Stars Show Support For Usher After Stepson Is Declared Brain Dead

July 9th, 2012 9:00am EDT
Usher
Doctors have declared Usher's 11-year-old stepson brain dead after a jet ski accident on Saturday, and officials have launched an investigation into the incident.

Kyle Glover, son of the R&B star's estranged wife Tameka Foster, was hit while sitting on an inflatable raft on Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Georgia.

Glover suffered a head injury and has shown no brain activity since the accident, according to TMZ.com. At press time, it wasn't determined whether the boy would be taken off life support.

The Department of Natural Resources' Critical Incident Response Team plans on recreating the acci...
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Ashanti Wears An Unflattering Sheer, Revealing Bodysuit

April 18th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Ashanti
Beautiful singer Ashanti didn't look so beautiful in the sheer bodysuit she wore last night in West Hollywood. The mesh see-through ensemble is a fashion fail. Note the white slippers (which replaced the heels she wore earlier). Yikes!

We spotted the singer after she performed her new single "The Woman You Love" on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show." Her new album, "Braveheart," will be released later this year, three years after her last release.

This isn't the first time Ashanti has drawn attention for her outrageous outfits. She wore an even more revealing look to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Fe...
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Happy 70th Birthday, Paul Simon!

October 13th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Paul Simon
Happy birthday, Paul Simon - the singer/songwriter turns 70 today.

Folk legend, 12-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Simon has done it all and has yet to hang up his mic - he's clearly "Still Crazy After All These Years!"

He helped define the sound of the Sixties as one half of Simon & Garfunkel before making his mark as a successful solo artist with a string of critically-acclaimed albums.

Now Simon celebrates another milestone as he enters his next decade and WENN has dug up 10 fascinating facts to mark the occasion.

- Simon was named one of the "100 People W...
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Jim Jones Sued Over Ashanti Track

September 23rd, 2011 8:06am EDT
Jim Jones
Rapper Jim Jones is facing a lawsuit from an R&B producer who alleges he sampled a copyrighted track without his permission.

The hip-hop star is accused of using Christopher R. Liggio's song Changing the Locks/Disco Rabbit on his record Changing the Locks, which features vocals from Ashanti.

Liggio filed papers at New York federal court on Wednesday also claiming music companies including Entertainment One, Universal Music Publishing, Songs of Universal Inc. and Pookitoots LLC also used the track without his consent.

Liggio, who has previously worked with Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige, was ...
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Chris Brown Dominates The 2011 BET Awards - See All Winners & Photos

June 27th, 2011 8:19am EDT
Chris Brown
R&B star Chris Brown sealed his career comeback by picking up four trophies at the BET Awards on Sunday.

The Kiss Kiss hit-maker's career was in ruins after he was convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna during a heated fight in 2009, but Brown proved the controversy is firmly behind him at the 2011 BET Awards prize giving in Los Angeles.

He won best Male R&B Artist, Viewers' choice, Collaboration for Look At Me Now with Lil Wayne, which also won him the Video of the Year. Brown's former lover was also a winner at the ceremony - Rihanna was named best Female R&B artist.

Kany...
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Ashanti's R-Rated Shoes & Leopard-Print Dress - Thumbs Up Or Down?

February 11th, 2011 8:25am EST
Ashanti
Ashanti attended Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for BCBG Max Azria wearing an intresting pair of pumps. Check out her feet below.

The Massimo Dogana heels show a hand sticking up its middle finger.

Do you think Ashanti's shoes are appropriate? Was she just having fun with fashion? Are they just plain ugly? Let us know what you think.

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Nelly: 'I'm Married To My Work'

December 23rd, 2010 3:46pm EST
Nelly
Rapper Nelly has confirmed his romance with Ashanti has ended, insisting he was too busy to concentrate on the starry relationship.

The pair split last year but sparked reconciliation speculation after they were spotted together over the summer. Rumors intensified when the singer joined Nelly at private listening session for his new album 5.0. in October.

However, the Hot In Here star insists he's now just close pals with Ashanti.

Nelly tells Rap-Up.com, "I'm married to my work... I'm not a person that wants to get married more than once. You see what I'm saying? If I'ma do it, I'ma d...
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The Best Celebrity Fashion Of 2010

December 23rd, 2010 8:23am EST
Best Celebrity Fashion Of 2010
Another year (and decade) has come and gone, including another busy year of red carpet events where celebrities strutted their stuff, showing off the latest and greatest from the fashion world.

So take a look back at 2010 and see what was hot! (Or check out what was not hot here!)

Here's the best celebrity fashion of 2010:

Emma Roberts shined in this Julien Macdonald dress at the British Fashion Awards in London.

Nickelodeon actress Victoria Justice (we smell a star in the making) looked beautiful and age appropriate at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball in Los Angeles.

Diane Lane at the 2n...
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Spotted: Ashanti & Nelly Getting Cozy At Black & White Ball

December 21st, 2010 8:37am EST
Ashanti and Nelly
Ashanti attended Nelly's 5th Annual Black and White Ball in St. Louis, MO, on Sunday looking sexy in a black and white gown.

The pair split last year, but speculation about a reunion grew after they were seen together in August.

Last month Nelly launched a scathing attack on his record label following disappointing sales of his new album - insisting poor marketing and distribution are to blame for the lowly chart position.

The hip-hop star's latest offering, 5.0, entered the Billboard 200 chart at number 10 following its release earlier in November, selling 63,000 copies.

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Ashanti And Nelly Dating Again?

October 29th, 2010 8:54am EDT
Ashanti
Former couple Ashanti and Nelly have fuelled rumors of a reconciliation after they were spotted enjoying a night out in New York together this week.

The pair split last year, but speculation about a reunion has been growing since they were seen together in August.

They have now intensified gossip about their relationship by appearing together at a private listening session for the rapper's new album 5.0. in Manhattan on Tuesday evening.

A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Ashanti sat by his side the entire night and smiled... They seemed to be enjoying each other."

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Lloyd Banks Apologizes To Ashanti

September 10th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Lloyd Banks
G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks has offered an apology to Ashanti for targeting her during his feud with her former label Murder Inc., insisting it "wasn't anything personal."

The hip-hop star was embroiled in a war-of-words with the record label after his band mate 50 Cent fell out with their artist Ja Rule in the late 1990s. During the bitter feud Banks berated Ashanti, name checking her in his 2003 single What Goes Around, saying her "sideburns are thicker than mine."

And the same year Ashanti spoke out, calling for Banks to drop the controversy: "I wish that it would cease. It's very unfo...
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Ashanti's Ravishing Red Dress - Hot Or Not?

September 5th, 2010 12:00pm EDT
Ashanti
Ashanti was dripping in jewels at the 20th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards in Hollywood on Monday. She wore a vibrant red dress with a large flower ring, hanging earrings and gemstone-encrusted heels.

The singer/actress, who starred in "The Wiz" on Broadway, won the Spirit Award. She later tweeted, "I dedicate my award 2 my amazing Grampa who wz president of the Glen Cove branch NAACP for 25 yrs!! RIP Grampa Love U!"

On Friday during a visit to her hometown in Long Island she treated fans to a free concert.

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Style Watch: Celebrities Fragrances Dominate The Market

August 4th, 2010 6:05am EDT
Celebrity Fragrances
Jennifer Aniston and Mary J. Blige recently joined the ongoing list of celebrities who launch their own personal fragrances. It seems you haven't really made it unless you make an attempt to market your scent in a bottle (or publish a book).

Celebrities have the power to create, or at least have someone else create, anything to promote their name and rake in more money. Clothing, shoes, bags, restaurants and perfumes are just a few ways celebrities brand themselves.

But who started the celebrity fragrance trend? It certainly wasn't Jennifer Lopez or Paris Hilton.

Elizabeth Taylor has lau...
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T.I. Has A Second, Star-Studded Wedding

August 2nd, 2010 8:20am EDT
TI
Rap superstar T.I. celebrated his nuptials with new wife Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle with a second wedding off the coast of Miami, Florida on Saturday, a day after exchanging vows in a courthouse ceremony.

The "Live Your Life" hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., made his nine-year relationship with Cottle official on Friday with a low-key event at a Miami Beach court.

But the formal procedure was just the start of an elaborate three-day wedding celebration - the couple married again in a more traditional ceremony on Star Island on Saturday, in front of a star-studded crowd with guests incl...
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Fan Jailed For Sending Photos Of His Genitalia To Ashanti's Mother

February 19th, 2010 8:35am EST
Ashanti
An obsessed Ashanti fan who bombarded the R&B star's mother with obscene text messages has been jailed for two years.

Devar Hurd was convicted of stalking and aggravated harassment in December, and, on Thursday, a Manhattan judge sentenced the wannabe rapper to two years imprisonment. Hurd has already served eight months behind bars awaiting his trial and subsequent sentencing.

The 31 year old was arrested last year after texting a string of lewd messages to the Grammy winner's mother, Tina Douglas - including sexual and romantic scenarios and explicit images of his genitalia.

Hurd...
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Ashanti Signs Reality TV Deal

February 17th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Ashanti Signs Reality TV Deal
R&B star Ashanti has teamed up with the producers of Ugly Betty and The Office to create a new reality TV contest. The singer/actress has just signed a deal with the brains behind Reveille Productions to produce and host her own version of American Idol.

Details of the show are being kept tightly under wraps, but Ashanti's manager mother Tina Douglas tells WENN, "It's an unscripted television show that is definitely music related. We'll be revealing more in the coming weeks. She has her own record label, called Written Entertainment, and the show is going to revolve around her label... ...
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2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

February 1st, 2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...
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Slideshow: The Hottest Hip Hop Couples

August 5th, 2009 10:10am EDT
50 Cent / Ciara
Forget about actors hooking up; Hip Hop couples are the new thang. Check out our picks for the hottest Hip Hop hookups on the scene. Then tell us who your fave Hip Hop magnets are!

Beyonce/Jay-Z

Besides making some sweet music together on rare occasions, this music power couple is tops. Both Beyonce and Jay Z have solidified their presence in the entertainment industry with some pretty impressive career kudos.

Image © PR Photos

The-Dream/ Christina Milian

First circulated in the press as a "business" relationship, the pairing of Hip Hop artists The-Dream and Christ...
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'Gotti's Way' Is An Honest Look At A Hard Working Man, Troubled Marriage

July 7th, 2009 8:32am EDT
Gotti
While a majority of television reality shows tend to focus on mating conquests, VH1 "Gotti's Way 2" deviates into whole other direction. "Gotti's Way 2" followed the same overall synopsis of the previous season, scrutinizing Irv Gotti's role as the president of the Murder Inc. music label, that spawned many notable hip hop recording stars from Ashanti and DMX to Ja Rule, and focusing on his personal life and attempts to resurrect his career after a federal indictment for money laundering in 2005.

Gotti's keen intuition to move into reality television and showcase his own dysfunctional ...
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10 Bad Movies Starring Singers

April 15th, 2009 10:47am EDT
Employee of the Month
Millions of preteen girls across the country are ecstatic right now, and we have one person to thank for that: Miley Cyrus. The teen sensation just released Hannah Montana: The Movie last Friday, and theaters were jam-packed throughout opening weekend. But will the singer turned actress be a hit with anyone other than teenyboppers? If she follows suit with the majority of other musicians turned starlets, the chances are less than slim. Here's a recap of the worst movies starring singers.

10.) From Justin to Kelly - This painful picture, starring American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson ...
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Celebrities That Should Make It Official

February 24th, 2009 2:31pm EST
Kim Kardashian
Some celebrity couples seem to have it really going on. So much so, that we feel they need to finally make it official! Here's our round up of couples we think should consider taking the nuptial jump. Should they, or not? Don't forget to let us know what you think.

Kim/Reggie

Looks like actress Kim Kardashian has met her match in NFL sports star Reggie Bush. They even hang out with each other's families! This coupling needs to be made official pronto.

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Ashanti/Nelly

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Concerts Break Out At The DNC and RNC Conventions

September 8th, 2008 2:26pm EDT
Barack Obama
Conventions or Concerts?

The month of August brought the U.S. two big music festivals, one in Denver and one in the Twin Cities. Oh, wait, what's that you say? These weren't music festivals, but the Democratic and Republican National Conventions? Interesting. In the past, presidential candidates have used music as part of their campaigns, but never before like this. This summer, the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions crossed politics and music so much that they rose to concert-like levels.

Obamapalooza, err, I mean the DNC featured performances by Melissa Ether...
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Slideshow: Sexy Female Celebrity Legs

August 20th, 2008 4:46pm EDT
Hot Sexy Best Celebrity Legs
Some celebrities have legs that seemingly go on for miles. Take a break from what you're doing and enjoy some pictures of the sexiest legs in Hollywood.

Who do you think has the best legs? Did we miss your favorite? Leave a comment below when you're done looking at the pics!

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Katharine McPhee

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Slideshow: Sexy African-American Ladies of Music

August 12th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Ashanti
There's something incredibly sexy about a woman who can sing. No one can deny that these women are beautiful and confident, and they definitely demonstrate it on stage:

Rihanna

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Ciara

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Beyonce

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Janet Jackson

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Mary J. Blige

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Alicia Keys

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Cartier Announces The Launch Of New Lovecharity Bracelet

June 26th, 2008 5:15pm EDT
Janet Jackson
On Cartier's third annual Loveday, June 19th, 2008, Cartier celebrated the launch of a new bracelet and announcing a new Lovecharity group of ambassadors, eight musicians that have expressed their love in many meaningful ways and have shown an exceptional commitment towards a charitable cause.

Janet Jackson, Fergie, Good Charlotte, Eve, Common, Hilary Duff, Emmy Rossum, and Ashanti will each represent a charity and corresponding bracelet for the initiative. In addition, they have contributed their favorite love song to the Cartier Love Charity Playlist which will be available for free...
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