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Jeezy Gets 4 Stars For 'Church In These Streets'

11/18/2015 12:30pm EST
Jeezy Remains Street Smart On 'Church In These Streets'   
There are x number of rappers on the hip-hop scene in modern times. The palette of hip-hop has expanded exponentially, hence inviting a higher level of eclecticism. That said is there anybody who delivers a harder, brasher approach to rap than Jeezy? The answer to that question is very few, as Jeezy has “gone hard” from day one, his “Soul Survivor” days. On Church In These Streets Jeezy didn’t need to convert any souls, but he does nonetheless – in a musical way of course, not spiritually!

From the start, Jeezy is on…autopilot that is! “Grind State” opens with Jeezy proclaiming, “Sounds g...

41 Sexiest Album Covers We've Ever Seen

9/19/2015 3:00pm EDT
Eye Candy: 41 Sexiest Album Covers
Ah, is there anything that’s tastier than candy? While the answer to that question is debatable, few will argue about the power and beauty of the kind of candy that you DON’T eat, but rather view with the eyes. That ladies and gents is “eye candy” which taps into lustfulness, innuendo and unapologetic naughtiness among a variety of other characterizations. Eye candy has been around for years and we, as humans never seem to tire of its power. Its shock value keeps us talking and keeps our eyes glued considering we “can’t get enough.”

Music can be the ultimate “ear candy,” featuring the...

Singer Monica Pregnant With Third Child

5/13/2013 11:37am EDT
Monica pregnant
R&B star Monica revealed on Mother's Day that she's pregnant. The singer and her basketball star husband Shannon Brown are expecting their first child together later this year.

The 32 year old announced the news on Twitter. She posted a photo of her burgeoning baby bump with the caption: "5months & counting #excited."
Monica has two children from a previous relationship with rapper Rocko - sons Rodney, 7, and Romelo, 5.

Monica Marries Again

7/10/2011 6:15pm EDT
R&B singer Monica has wed her husband Shannon Brown for a second time, following their secret marriage last year.

"The Boy Is Mine" hitmaker exchanged vows with the Los Angeles Lakers player in a private ceremony at her home in November, but the pair enjoyed a second celebration on Saturday to share their wedding joy with friends and family.

Hundred of guests, including MTV VJ La La Vasquez and her husband Carmelo Anthony, as well as Brown's teammates Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, attended the ceremony at a cathedral in Los Angeles.

The happy couple then joined guests at a purple and blu...

'The Voice' - BattleBots Part Two Recap May 17, 2011

5/18/2011 2:03pm EDT
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Get set for another round of mega duets, as Part Two of the Battle Round begins! The celebrity coaches Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera choose another pair of vocalists from their team, and the nail biting begins! Host Carson Daly seems even more self-effacing this week, if that’s even possible.

Team Cee Lo: Nakia and Tje Austin were chosen to sing Ne-Yo's "Closer." It’s a hair-fest, as both have huge mops of hair, and face fur to match. At the blind audition, Nakia actually braved Cee Lo’s own “Forget You,” and seems to have appropriated the singer’s indoor...

Reba McEntire & Monica Join 'The Voice'

4/30/2011 2:00pm EDT
Veteran singer Reba McEntire and R&B star Monica have joined the all-star cast of hit new TV talent contest "The Voice."

The stars will pair up with the show's coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton to help contestants hit the high notes.

Australian singer/songwriter Sia Furler, who wrote three songs for Aguilera's most recent album Bionic, and music producer Adam Blackstone have also signed on as advisers on the programme.

The series was a big hit when it debuted in America on Tuesday night. It was the highest rated series premiere on a major network sin...

Monica Confirms Secret Wedding

1/21/2011 11:26am EST
R&B singer Monica has confirmed she secretly married her basketball star boyfriend Shannon Brown in November last year.

The Boy Is Mine hitmaker began dating the Los Angeles Lakers player last summer after he portrayed her love interest in her music video for Love All Over Me.

Rumors of an engagement were rife in October when Monica showed off a sparking diamond ring in a picture posted on her page. The singer has now confirmed the couple tied the knot a month later, sealing their whirlwind romance.

She tells, "This is a very special time in my life. I am...

Alicia Keys & Usher Lead Soul Train Nominations

10/18/2010 10:25pm EDT
Alicia Keys
New mom Alicia Keys has something else to celebrate after learning she has been nominated for four Soul Train Awards.

The "No One" singer gave birth to her first child, Egypt, on Friday, and now she's leading the way at the soul and R&B prizegiving, which is due to take place in Atlanta, Georgia on November 10.

Usher also landed four nominations, while Drake scored three. Monica, Nicki Minaj and Sade were among the double nominees.

Ronald Isley and Anita Baker will be the recipients of special career achievement awards at the event, which will be hosted by "Hustle & Flow" co-stars Terren...

Slideshow: 2009 BET Awards Hot Pics

6/29/2009 11:04am EDT
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The 2009 BET Awards brought out all the stars to honor Michael Jackson. Check out pictures of all your favorite celebrities from the show last night.

It was a non-stop standing ovation for Michael Jackson and his legendary career as host Jamie Foxx and a legion of A-list stars paid tribute to the King of Pop with special performances and emotional testimonials about what Jackson meant to them.

Michael's sister Janet Jackson even made an appearance on behalf of the Jackson family to thank fans for their support (watch video).

And amidst all the touching tributes and stunning perfo...

Sean 'The Pen' Garrett teams up with Plies and Akon on 'Come On In'

7/9/2008 7:30pm EDT
Sean Garrett
Sean Garrett wants more! Your favorite artist's favorite songwriter-producer--behind #1 hits such as Beyoncé's "Check On It," Fergie's "London Bridge," Nelly's "Grillz," Chris Brown's "Run It!," Ciara's "Goodies," and Usher's "Yeah!"--takes center stage with his debut album, Turbo 919 (Bet I Penned It/Interscope Records).

"I love when people hear a hit and know I wrote and produced it but I love being on stage too," says Garrett. "Performing my songs, what's in my heart, that's been my dream since I was a kid. Creating that excitement in people with music is a remarkable high, and noth...

Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

1/8/2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 24

10/24/2007 3:00am EDT
Caprice Bourret
Happy Birthday to Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney (1985), singer Monica (1980), supermodel Caprice Bourret (1974), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor B.D. Wong (1962), comedic and dramatic actor Kevin Kline (1947), Amadeus actor F. Murray Abraham (1939), '50s teen hearthrob David Nelson (1936), bass player for The Rolling Stones Bill Wyman (1936), and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson (1930; d. 1959), rock legend killed in the plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

12/31/2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 24

10/24/2006 3:00am EDT
Caprice Bourret
Happy Birthday to Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney (1985), singer Monica (1980), supermodel Caprice Bourret (1974), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actor B.D. Wong (1962), comedic and dramatic actor Kevin Kline (1947), Amadeus actor F. Murray Abraham (1939), '50s teen hearthrob David Nelson (1936), bass player for The Rolling Stones Bill Wyman (1936), and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson (1930; d. 1959), rock legend killed in the plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens.

New Monica Album Drops Sept. 19; Listen To The First Single Here

8/7/2006 2:04pm EDT
After a life-changing and life-affirming two-year break, Atlanta's Grammy Award-winning J Records artist Monica has completed her eagerly anticipated fourth album, “The Makings Of Me,” set for release on September 19.

The new album is the follow-up to 2003's platinum-plus After the Storm and heralds the return of one of pop and R&B music's most consistent chart-topping songstress.

"I've watched Monica, now 24, develop and grow since she was 14," states Clive Davis, Chairman and CEO, BMG U.S. "She's now at the absolute peak of her career. Her new album has at least four or five h...