“Too busy thinking about my baby and I ain’t got time for nothing else,” sang the late, great Marvin Gaye who would’ve celebrated his 73rd birthday this week (April 2). And a busy week it was for those R&B lovers: Beyoncé, whose “Love On Top” single is in its sixth week at being no. 1 on Billboard charts, joined Twitter and unlocked her tumblr page a day after her and Jay Z‘s anniversary, sharing personal pictures and videos; Rihanna took over Japan, promoting her new movie Battleship; and an array of celebs—including Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo and John Legend—set out to Atlanta and NYC for the Think Like A Man movie premiere.
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Not many details have been reported, but in an interview with the United Kingdom’s Capital FM, Rihanna said she’d be touring again very soon.
“We’re going to be going on tour next year. So, this year we’re spending our time planning to make sure it’s bigger than anything we’ve done and something more impactful [sic], maybe something different, so my fans can get excited about it.”
Rihanna just finished up her Loud world tour that backed last summer’s album release of the same name back in December 2011. Salute.
The Kandi Factory was aired as a special last month (March 4) and showed the singer/songwriter take two not-s0-hot singing hopefuls and, with the help of her team, turn them into performers. The contestants spent time in the recording and dance studios to practice for a stage performance that would put their week’s worth of guidance to the test. The person who showed the most growth got a music video to accompany their song that would be released on iTunes.
The first season of Kandi’s new series will follow suit. A premiere date has not yet been announced.
The Boombox (AOL) caught up with Monica to talk to her about her reunion with Brandy and upcoming album, New Life. The Atlanta singer gave an in-studio performance and admitted to a possible cross-over to the gospel genre before her career ends:
On her and Shannon Brown’s favorite song off New Life:
“”Man Who Has Everything” was also produced by Rico Love and it had this special meaning to me because my husband used to always say, “You are something so special to me. This type of love can’t be bought.” When we talk about the things that we’ve experienced in life and why we’re so special to one another, this song stood out most to me. “Man Who Has Everything,” it speaks volumes to the fact that a lot of people are defined by the things that they have and the things that they’ve obtained and the things that they’ve done and accomplished, but in a real relationship that’s full of real love, none of that really matters. So, “Man Who Has Everything” is definitely one of our favorites as a couple.”
On the reunion with Brandy:
“Brandy and I just released a single called “It All Belongs to Me.” We’ve discussed going on a tour, and it takes a lot more than just a discussion. What we’ve done is we’ve sat down and talked about the way that it would go, and us co-headlining and being able to take walks through the past, and go through both of our first albums, see one come out, one leave, one come back, one leave again. Something very special so that the audience can feel like they’re having a full experience of both of us as individual artists, but also us in this newfound group we’ve become after reuniting after 14 years since the previous record “The Boy Is Mine.” So, we’re trying to get it together, and hopefully we’ll be on the road by summer. It will take a lot to make that happen, but we’re both dedicated to doing it.”
On singing gospel:
“After Still Standing, I realized that I’m kinda transitioning. It hasn’t happened quite yet because I still have a lot of self-work I should do before I cross over into that genre. But I definitely would do that. That will definitely be how my story probably ends.”
An unfinished cut of Mary J. Blige‘s Burger King ad was removed from YouTube after receiving backlash from respective fans. She told TMZ, “I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence. Unfortunately, that’s not what was happening in that clip…I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you’re a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out.”
Fortunately enough, the songstress was redeemed. The remix of Fat Joe‘s “Another Round” was released shortly after the Burger ad, featuring the Queen.
Listen here over at VIBE.com
Tank is scheduled to drop his fifth album, This Is How I Feel, on May 8. He created “Tank Tuesdays” for promotion and will be releasing album related content until May. This week, he released the cover of the anticipated album where he appeared shirtless.
Tank is featured on Chris Brown’s “F*ck the City Up” single from Fortune, which is also set to release on May 8.