Saturday, February 27, 2010
Think of your favorite hip hop and R&B stars. It's highly likely that Pharrell Williams has produced at least one of their records as part of the successful production duo The Neptunes, along with his partner Chad Hugo. The Neptunes' innovative and addictive beats have helped many of today's hottest stars, like Justin Timberlake, Usher and Nelly, to shift millions of albums and earn countless awards.
The Neptunes' big break on the production scene came when they met hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs who hired them to produce tracks for his artists Mase and Total. It wasn't long before Pharrell and Chad were hot property on the hip hop scene, in demand to produce records for hip hop acts like Ol' Dirty Bastard, Busta Rhymes and Tlc R&B singers like Mariah Carey Mary J Blige and Janet Jackson and bubblegum pop acts like Britney and *NSYNC. In 2003, they even won a Grammy Award for Producer Of The Year.
But Pharrell doesn't just hide behind the production desk, he often drops a verse on the records he produces and graces their accompanying videos, which has resulted in him becoming a star, and heart-throb, in his own right.
Pharrell is also one-third of the group N*E*R*D, along with Chad and his childhood friend Shae Thornton. The trio have been very successful, notching up hits including "Maybe" and "She Wants To Move", and two platinum-selling albums.
But it has always been clear that Pharrell was the star of N*E*R*D, which was proved on his much-hyped song “Frontin'”, from the 2003 compilation “The Neptunes Present…Clones”. The song proved that Pharrell had more than enough charisma and talent to go it as a solo star.
In 2005, the sexy star started working on his solo album, which fans were eagerly anticipating, called "In My Mind". Pharrell says the album brings together both his R&B and rap influences and styles: “The hip-hop songs are more the introspective side of my view and how I look at life, and the R&B stuff is the more vulnerable side.”
Later that year the Virginia Beach native dropped the album's premier single, "Can I Have It Like That", which featured a chorus from the queen of cool, Gwen Stefani The song was a hip hop track which drew influence from the genre's roots. Whereas its follow-up single, the R&B-flavored “Angel”, revealed Pharrell's softer side and highlighted his versatility, proving he's just as comfortably rapping as he is singing.
The album was due to be released in late-2005 but at the last minute, the perfectionist star blocked its release believing it still needed more work and that he needed to create a track which would match the brilliance of its lead single.
Pharrell's ambitions aren't just in music; he's also been involved in a number of other business ventures. He's designed a range of sunglasses for Louis Vuitton, has launched the Billionaire Boys Club clothing line and the Ice Cream shoe collection, which have all boosted his already healthy bank balance
Friday, February 26, 2010
This is a short piece as everything has been kept hush-hush..
Keri Hilson, Rnb artist known for her hit album 'In A Perfect World', and Trey Songz a co-rnb artist who has been in the music biz alittle longer than Keri are rumoured to be coupled up yet all if this is purely based on speculation.
Keri & Trey during a hot performance....
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
So I have found it suiting that each month we review eye candy pieces to suit both male & female optical tastes. Each month there will be a short biography and a set of pictures for you to drool over of certain celebrities or even your everyday lookers.
Our first eye candy of the month is the sexy, sassy & oh so sweet Lauren London.
Lauren was born in Los Angeles, California to an African American mother and a Jewish American father. Lauren is also 1 of 4 Dwayne Carter (lil wayne) baby mama's. their son is named Lennox Samuel Ari Carter. Her love for acting began while she was still in junior high, she was homeschooled from her sophomore to senior years in high school.
Lauren began her debut on music videos of artists such as Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Pharrell. Her debut was in 2006 on the "Everybody Hates Funerals" episode of the sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris". That same year, Lauren landed a role on the film ATL playing T.I's romantic co-star. She was the nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the year's Black Movie Awards.
London landed a role on the HBO comedy series Entourage, playing the character Turtle's (Jerry Ferrara) love interest. Later, based on her performance in ATL, she was given her role in 2007's This Christmas without having to audition. Lauren, along with pop/R&B singers Cassie and Asia Nitollano, became one of the spokesmodels for the Sean John women's collection in 2007 as well. In 2008, she landed the role of the character Christina in the first season of the show 90210. Originally thought to be a possible romantic interest of Tristan Wilds' character Dixon Wilson, Laurens's character turned out to be a bisexual, when it was revealed in the episode "Hello, Goodbye, Amen" that she had a girlfriend. London's next film role was the character Ivy in the 2009 release Next Day Air. The same year, she played the character Cammy Kotts in the Chris Columbus-helmed film I Love You Beth Cooper. Lauren has appeared on the cover of such magazines as Jewel and King as well.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Lady GaGa is a theatrical dance-pop performer whose debut single, the international chart-topping hit "Just Dance," established her as an up-and-coming superstar upon its release in 2008. Born Stefani Germanotta on March 28, 1986, the Yonkers native attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girl Catholic school in Manhattan, before proceeding to study music at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts at age 17. Influenced by flamboyant glam rockers such as David Bowie and Freddie Mercury (she would later draw her stage name from the Queen song "Radio Ga-Ga") as well as '80s dance-poppers such as Madonna and Michael Jackson, she began playing the piano at a young age and started writing original material as a teenager. In 2007, she began to make a name for herself on the downtown Manhattan club scene with a performance art show billed as Lady GaGa and the Starlight Revue (co-featuring Lady Starlight; born Colleen Martin, a DJ and makeup professional), and music industry insiders began to take note. While Lady GaGa was initially signed to Def Jam in 2007, nothing came of that association, and ultimately it was pop-rap superstar Akon who took her under his wing, signing her to his vanity label Kon Live in association with Interscope Records. In addition to working for Interscope as an in-house songwriter, Lady GaGa began preparing the launch of her solo career. Her debut single, "Just Dance," was released to radio in April 2008, and her full-length album debut, The Fame, followed in August. Featuring fellow Akon affiliate Colby O'Donis, "Just Dance" slowly gathered momentum throughout 2008's latter half. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in August, at which time it had already become a massive club hit, but it didn't reach number one until January 2009. Internationally, the song proved similarly popular, reaching the Top Ten throughout much of Western Europe and beyond. In the wake of Lady GaGa's international breakthrough success with "Just Dance," the follow-up single "Poker Face" was an even larger hit, topping singles charts across the board with its combination of pop melodicism and club-worthy production. Two additional tracks -- "LoveGame" and "Paparrazi" -- also cracked the Top 10, and The Fame was still enjoying a spot on the Billboard Top 40 when its follow-up, The Fame Monster, appeared in November 2009. Although originally planned as a bonus disc (to be package alongside The Fame in a deluxe edition of Lady Gaga's debut), The Fame Monster was quickly expanded to eight tracks, thus warranting its own release. Meanwhile, the leadoff single "Bad Romance" became GaGa's fifth consecutive Top 10 single.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The news of a love child by South African President Jacob Zuma with Sonono Khoza, 39, the daughter of the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee boss Irvin Khoza came to us all as a huge shock. Some in revolt and others in defence of our president.
this was not the first time his sexual life was under intense spotlight. In 2006, while being acquitted of rape, Mr Zuma admitted that he had made a mistake by having unprotected sex with a woman he knew to be HIV-positive. She was also the daughter of a family friend. But opposition parties now say his behaviour contradicts the government's stance on HIV prevention - for example preaching regular condom use and faithfulness.
"He is the one who is always preaching responsible sexual behaviour, but it seems he is sending a message which says 'Don't do as I do, do as I say'," Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille said.
Mr Zuma has been married five times in all, most recently in January, and is also engaged to another woman. He has 19 children according to his office, but it is not clear if that includes the baby born last October.
Thobeka Madiba-Zuma - married, January 2010 (above)
Nompumelelo Ntuli - married, January 2008
Sizakele Khumalo - married, 1973
Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - divorced, 1998
Kate Mantsho Zuma - died, 2000
Jacob Zuma married his third wife in early January
South Africa's governing African National Congress has defended President Jacob Zuma over claims that he fathered a child outside marriage.
The ANC said Mr Zuma had broken no laws and that there was "nothing shameful" in a relationship between two people.
South Africa has the highest number of HIV infections in the world - more than 5 million people.
With all the headline of negativity surroundig Mr. President are we willing to support and look only at the positives as a country under his leadership? or are we to ridicule our own presidents private life?