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^^ whoops.. listened to the vid at trl wrong :eek: lol...

i thought i heard: "tucked it away 'from' my album", rather than "tucked it away 'for' my album"... i should have said it wasn't specifically written for "Step Up 2" as it was already done before they asked for a trk :)

heres the trl vid i got my info from:

lol, well spotted Denise :D no getting past u with cassie info huh lol :p

bdw, cant wait for the danja/clutch collabo "Official Girl"... danja n clutch (producer, writers/producers) are prob the best in their respective fields atm..


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GUY: Groove Me / Piece Of My Love / Lets Chill / Teddy Jam 2008 Performance

Highlights from Guy at the 2008 Black Eyed Peas Annual Peapod Benefit Concert. Feb. 7, 2008 hosted by Will.I.Am..

Guy (Teddy, Aaron Hall and Damien) performing Groove Me, Piece Of My Love, Lets Chill and Teddys Jam..



k.m said:
saw some more info, thought i'd share

PRODUCERS: The Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Rich Harrison, Scott Storch, Akon, Krucial Keys, Alicia Keys, The Underdogs, Eric West, Polow da Don & Stargate

01 Go
02 Crying Out For Me
03 Kryptonite
04 Why
05 How Do I Breathe
06 No Definition
07 What It's Gonna Be
08 Lay In My Bed
09 Right And a Wrong Way
10 Do Right
11 Ghetto Love
12 Let Me Watch
Man, he's got some heavy hitting producers! I need to go check this out on Itunes. I love Mario's voice. Wish I could write something for him to sing.


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Usher's Album Pushed Forward...

Originally scheduled for a June release, Usher's new album has been pushed forward due to what his label claims is "increasing global demand." "Here I Stand" will now arrive May 27 via LaFace/Zomba.

:) looking forward to a tracklisting and final production credits in the next few weeks.... :D


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Mariah & Madonna Make History.......

Mariah Carey scores her 18th No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Touch My Body". Download sales of 286,000 units, top the previous record set by Rihanna's "Umbrella," which shifted 277,000 last June.

Carey surpasses Elvis Presley to second place for most No.1s. With her album "E=MC2" yet to hit retail, Carey might equal the Beatles' record of 20 No. 1s before her set runs its course.

Presley will also be nudged from his standing as the artist with the most top 10s in the rock era, as Madonna surpasses him with her 37th top 10, "4 Minutes."


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Ashanti - The Declaration

the album is slated for June 3 via The Inc./Universal Motown.. Robin Thicke, Jermaine Dupri, LT Hutton, Babyface, and Pharrell Williams are among the album's producers.


read this interview with sean garrett about his album and he dropped some info on a new pussycat dolls track named bottle pop, says it's gonna be as sick as usher's yeah


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Usher – Here I Stand - Official Track List???

heres what apparantly is the official tracklisting...

Usher – Here I Stand (Official Track List)

01 – Forever Young
02 – Love in this Club featuring Young Jeezy
03 – This Ain't Sex
04 – Trading Places
05 – Moving Mountains
06 – What's Your Name? featuring will.i.am
07 – Prayer for You (Interlude)
08 – Something Special
09 – Love You Gently
10 – Best Thing featuring Jay-Z
11 – Before I Met You
12 – His Mistakes
13 – Appetite
14 – What's a Man to Do?
15 – Revolver
16 – Lifetime
17 РLove in this Club (Part II) featuring Beyonc̩ and Lil Wayne
18 – Here I Stand
19 – Will Work for Love (Japanese Bonus Track)

damn, thats a lot of tracks :eek: now thats a album ppl will want to buy.. hopefully it sounds as good as it looks..

however a cpl of the tracks that leaked y'day ain't even there.. n neither are some of the older tracks... no that girl right there, no the realest etc...


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Johnta Austin - Love, Sex and Religion

Johnta Austin's previously entitled album "Ocean Drive" is to be released later this summer as "Love, Sex and Religion".

producers involved include Jermaine Dupri, Phalon "Jazze Pha" Alexander, Scott Storch, Bryan Michael Cox, Stargate and No I.D .


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Doubt that's going to be the final tracklisting to Usher's...I bet it get's switched and chopped around right up to the 27th when it's released...


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The Hottest 10 R&B Singers In The Game ... Right Now

(according to ballerstatus.com)

A few months ago, MTV had the liberty of constructing a list which consisted of the top 10 hottest rappers in the game. This incredulous list made fans, and rappers cringe in utter disgust as the "professionals" weeded out the good from the bad. Though the list drew a lot of controversy, and was considered an abomination to hip-hop. It made rappers step their game up. If all it took was a list for rappers to step their game up, then I figured maybe if someone compiled a group of male R&B singers, and made a list resembling the MTV standards maybe, then just maybe, we would see the same angst, and vigor among R&B singers.

Genius right? Well, I decided to take the liberty in orchestrating such a list. I'll be honest, the process was very tedious, and arduous, but it was done
10. Justin Timberlake
09. Mario
08. Robin Thicke
07. Trey Songz
06. Ryan Leslie
05. Usher
04. Lloyd
03. The Dream
02. Ne-Yo
01. Chris Brown
On the Verge: Sterling Simms, Sean Garrett, Pleasure P

This is it. It was hard, but I think I got it right. These are the ten hottest R&B cats out right now. Hopefully these artists step their game, and contest Chris Brown for that top spot, because right now, he's the man in charge. Let the debating begin.
source: http://www.ballerstatus.com/article/editorialscolumns/2008/08/5273/

check out the link for an in depth review of each artist and comments from others... I'd agree with the artists mentioned, but maybe mess about with the actual order hmmm:cool: Mario imo, should be nearer the top (lower no.) cos i think hes consistantly excellent :cool:


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New Super-Group

so TGT is no longer happening, but all is not lost.. a new supergroup is on the horizon....:D

Bobby V, Lloyd & Ray J are forming a supergroup, they're gonna be called Dirty Heart or something like that.. as more info is rlsd, i'll keep u guys updated :D


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Release Dates...

heres some dates i came across, some maybe are out already and some may have been pushed back.. jus gives u a rough idea what to look out for and expect etc..

MURS - Murs for President - September 30
Michelle Williams - Unexpected - October 7
Pretty Ricky - Eighties Babies - October 14
Ashanti - The Vault - October 14
John Legend - Evolver - October 28
Pink - Funhouse - October 28
Q-Tip - The Renaissance - November 4
T-Pain - Thr33 Ringz - November 11
Christina Aguilera - Keeps Gettin’ Better - A Decade of Hits - November 11
Musiq Soulchild - On My Radio - November 11
Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em - iSouljaBoy - November 18
Shontelle - Shontelligence - November 18
Beyoncé - I Am… - November 18
Ludacris - Theater of the Mind - November 25
Akon - Freedom - November 25
Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak - November 25
Britney Spears - Circus - December 2
50 Cent - Before I Self-Destruct - December 9
Brandy - Human - December 9
Busta Rhymes - B.O.M.B. - December 9
Ciara - Fantasy Ride - December 9
Common - Universal Mind Control - December 9
Keri Hilson - In a Perfect World… - December 9
Bow Wow - New Jack City Pt. II - December 16
Plies - Da REAList - December 16
Keyshia Cole - A Different Me - December 16
Rick Ross - Deeper Than Rap - December 2008
Chamillionaire - TBD - December 2008
Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 - December 2008


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Mario 4th album producers..

jus a lil heads up for the Mario fans.... Mario is in the studio hard at work on his 4th album.

He's been in the studio already with the likes of Rodney Jerkins, Babyface, Polow da don, Red One, CJ (of Charlio Productions), Malay, Jazzy Pha etc :)

that collab with Babyface - gonna be hott i tell ya :D


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Release Dates...

Jan. 27 - Deuce Maxwell "The Plushcat Sessions" (Jake)
Jan. 27 - Kid Sister "Dream Date" (Downtown)
Jan. 27 - Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes "Eye Legacy" (Mass Appeal/Koch Dist.)
Feb. 10 - Ryan Leslie "Ryan Leslie" (Universal Motown)
Feb. 10 - Bobby Valentino "The Rebirth" (EMI/Blu Kolla Dreams)
Feb. 10 - Rapper Big Pooh "Delightful Bars" (HOJ/Traffic Ent.)
Feb. 10 - India.Arie "Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics" (Universal Republic)
Feb. 17 - Charlie Wilson "Uncle Charlie" (Jive)
Feb. 17 - Lionel Richie "Just Go" (Island)
Feb. 17 - The-Dream "Love vs. Money" (Def Jam)
Feb. 19 - Jay Smith Biatch "Hello?" (Jake)
Feb. 24 - B-Real "Smoke N Mirrors" (Duck Down)
Feb. 24 - Joe Budden "Padded Room" (Amalgam)
Feb. 26 - Not 4 Nothin "Something In The Water" (Jake)
Feb. 2009 - 50 Cent "Before I Self Destruct" (Interscope)
March 3 - Digital Underground "Scratchwutchalike" (Jake)
March 3 - Luniz "The Lost Tapes 2" (Jake)
March 10 - J. Holiday "Round 2" (Capitol)
March 10 - Mims "Guilt" (American King/Capitol)
March 13 - Dainjamental "Unexpected" (Jake/Killer Groove)
March 10 - Jadakiss "The Last Kiss" (Def Jam)
March 17 - Gorilla Zoe TBA (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
March 17 - Ron Browz "Jumping Out The Window" (Universal Motown)
March 24 - Bow Wow "New Jack City 2" (Columbia)
March 24 - Busta Rhymes "Back On My B.S." (Universal Motown)
March 24 - Jim Jones "Prey for Reign" (Koch)
March 31 - Day 26 TBA (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
March 31 - Drama TBA (Atlantic)
Early 2009 - Chris J "Secrets" (Big Gates)
Early 2009 - Yung LA "Futuristic Leland" (Grand Hustle/Interscope)
1st Quarter 2009 - Ciara "Fantasy Ride" (LaFace/Zomba)
1st Quarter 2009 - Jay-Z TBA (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
April 7 - Flo Rida TBA (Atlantic)
April 7 - LeToya "Lady Love" (Capitol)
April 14 - Janelle Monae TBA (Bad Boy)
May 5 - Cassie TBA (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
May 5 - Madcon TBA (Universal Republic)
May 5 - Pleasure P TBA (Atlantic)
May 19 - Ginuwine "A Man's Thoughts" (Kedar)
May 19 - Maino "If Tomorrow Comes" (Atlantic)
May 2009 - Chamillionaire "Venom" (Universal Republic)
May 2009 - Melanie Fiona TBA (SRC)
June 2 - Chico Debarge "Addiction" (Kedar)
June 2 - Young Steff "Jump It Off" (Richcraft/Atlantic)
June 23 - P. Diddy TBA (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
June 30 - Joe "Signature" (Kedar)
June 30 - Novel "The Audiobiography" (Capitol)
July 14 - Yung Joc TBA (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
Summer 2009 - Lil Jon TBA (Universal Republic)
Sept. 2009 - Sade TBA (Epic)
2009 - Dr. Dre "Detox" (Aftermath/Interscope)
2009 - Ludacris and Shawnna "Battle Of The Sexes" (DTP/Def Jam)
2009 - Playaz Circle "Flight 360: The Takeoff" (DTP/Def Jam)
2009 - Shareefa "The Secret" (DTP/Def Jam)
2009 - Willy Northpole "Tha Connect" (DTP/Def Jam)
TBD - Damian Marley TBA (Universal Republic)
TBD - Fabolous TBA (Def Jam)
TBD - Michael Baisden "B-Sides Compilation" (Kedar)
TBD - Missy Elliott "Block Party" (Goldmind/Atlantic)
TBD - R. Kelly TBA (Jive)
TBD - Stefani Vara "Storybook Diaries" (Siri Music/Federal/Universal)
TBD - Teyana Taylor "From A Planet Called Harlem" (Interscope)
TBD - Wale TBA (Interscope)
TBD - Whitney Houston TBA (Arista)

some good albums to anticipate there... :)