Sunday, March 30, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Sara Bareilles LIVE @ Syracuse Univ - 3/29/08

Another Oh Hell Yes! EXCLUSIVE video of the tremendously talented Sara Bareilles performing live at Syracuse University on March 29, 2008.

This song, "Little Voice", does NOT appear on any of her albums, but was the inspiration for her major label debut album's title, Little Voice.

Be on the lookout for more exclusive videos from the amazing concert!
- "Love On The Rocks"

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Awesome pic from the recent 'Buffy' reunion...

Thanks to E! Online, here is a great picture from the recent Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Words & Sounds, Post 43

Out one week early on iTunes, Kelly Rowland has just released a 7-song EP entitled "Ms. Kelly - Diva Deluxe" which will be available only online (like Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, etc) on March 25th.

5 of those songs are new and they are actually really wonderful tracks that show off Kelly's great vocal ability and her depth. My favorites are "Love Again" and "Unity", but "Daylight" and "No Man No Cry" are also great additions to the already-great Ms. Kelly album which was sadly under-performing on the charts. I really thought that her album had great songs on it, but it didn't do so well on the charts, so they decided to release some more hot tracks from it, hence Diva Deluxe.

The last new song on this EP is called "Broken" and I have it here for ya'll to entice you to buy the full 7-song Diva Deluxe EP on iTunes!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

TVGuide's 'Buffy' Reunion Recap

If there was any doubt that the panel for Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the most eagerly anticipated event at Paley Fest '08, it was erased by the mile-long line of fans that snaked around Hollywood's Cinerama Dome last night. Luckily, the event — which reunited the cast for the first time since the show ended in 2004 — more than lived up to the hype. Of course, that's not to say there weren't a few hiccups....

Participants: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter, Emma Caulfield, Seth Green, Amber Benson, James Marsters, Michelle Trachtenberg, David Greenwalt, Marti Noxon, Joss Whedon and TV Guide's own Matt Roush.

MIA: Alyson Hannigan (?!?), Eliza Dushku, Anthony Stewart Head and David Boreanaz (so much for that taped message).

Applause meter: Whedon, natch, got the most enthusiastic reception from the packed house, followed by Gellar, Marsters and Carpenter.

Party crasher: Less than five minutes in, it was painfully obvious that Brendon had suffered a recurrence of ericbalfourism, an affliction that causes actors to hijack panel discussions with erratic behavior and unfunny banter. (Brendon was first diagnosed with the debilitating disease at the 2005 summer press tour while promoting Kitchen Confidential.) The first sign of the relapse came while Gellar was eloquently discussing the positive influence her alter ego had on young women – including her. Just as she was wrapping up her remarks, Brendon jumped in with this doozy: "You mean it wasn't Susan Lucci?" If Gellar had a stake, I'm pretty sure she would've driven it through his heart.

Music to our ears: Whedon said he's spent "time daydreaming" about bringing Buffy to the Great White Way someday.

Dark Buffy: Gellar admitted that both Whedon and Noxon had to "talk her down off the ledge" a few times during the controversial sixth season, which saw Buffy morph from a butt-kicking heroine into a dark, bitter basketcase. Ultimately, Whedon agreed that the real Buffy had "been gone to long" that season.

Quote of the day: Summing up the appeal of writing for a show like Buffy, Greenwalt said, "There's nothing like taking all your pain and misery and shoving it into good-looking people's mouths."

Nickname game: Unbeknownst to Gellar, Whedon and Greenwalt would refer to her as "Jimmy Stewart" in the writers' room. Whedon leaned over to tell a confused-looking Gellar that the nickname "was a compliment."

Choose or lose: Roush asked Gellar to once and for all choose between Angel and Spike, to which Brendon cracked, "Given the comic book, I think Willow." OK, I'll give him that one. Speaking of Buffy's lesbian tryst in the recently published Season 8 comic book, Whedon said, "It's not a giant life change. It's not Willow. It's someone who is young… with a lot of time on her hands."

Behind the tears: Caulfield at long last revealed what was going through her mind when she delivered that gut-wrenching monologue in the acclaimed "Body" episode: "I had to go to the bathroom!"

Unsung hero: Gellar agreed with Whedon's assessment of Kristine Sutherland (aka Buffy's mom) being one "of the most underrated" actresses working today.

Same-sex hysterics: Greenwalt revealed that shortly after word leaked that Willow was going to be coming out of the closet, he got a call from an unnamed WB exec who said, "Is [Joss] really going to do this gay thing?" Whedon threatened to quit when the network asked him to leave Willow and Tara's first kiss on the cutting-room floor. "It's the one time I pulled that out," he said. "And they were like, 'No, it's OK. Leave it in.'"

The infamous Emmy snub: Whedon reminded everyone that "you don't put a show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the WB and think, 'I'm going to win Emmys!'" Gellar added, "We made the show for the fans." Cue painfully unfunny knee-slapper from Brendon involving an empty trophy case and eBay.

Good taste: Gellar reads TV Guide! She just referred to our list of TV's Top 10 Steamiest Love Scenes, in which Buffy and Spike's inaugural roll in the hay was named No. 1!

Show-killer: The audience Q&A portion of the show got off to a disastrous start when a fan asked the entire panel to reveal both their favorite movie of all time and what they're currently listening to on their iPods. What resulted was the most excruciating 20 minutes in Paley Fest history. Brendon spent three of those minutes inventing fake movie titles and berating Gellar for not adequately answering the iPod portion of the question. (For the record, she did. She's listening to the soundtrack from South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut.)

Um, awkward: Asked to reveal the real reason she refused Whedon's offer to return in Season 7 as a demonic version of Tara, Benson joked that she was too busy "making love to Marlon Brando." All kidding aside, she wanted fans to remember Tara as the sweet, innocent lesbian she was, and not some nasty, evil beast. Judging by Whedon's body language during all this, I'm sensing he may still harbor some hurt feelings over the snub. I could be wrong.

Potty mouth: What does Green miss most about his Buffy days? Arriving to work "to find that David Boreanaz had pooped in my trailer."

More Buffy: Whedon acknowledged that "so many stars would have to align" in order to pull off a Buffy movie. "But," he added, "I think it would be really cool."


Video: Sarah Michelle Gellar & Seth Green

Video: Charisma Carpenter

Video: Nick Brendon

Video: Amber Benson

Video: Emma Caulfield

Video: Michelle Trachtenberg

More from Mara Brock Akil on the end of 'Girlfriends'

Networks tap the vets

'ER,' 'Scrubs' among series poised for renewals

"Goodbye" is the hardest word in television this year.
The writers strike-induced shortened season has everyone rethinking plans for next year -- and the beneficiaries may include aging skeins such as "ER" and "Scrubs" and bubble entries like "Friday Night Lights."

Less lucky: The CW's long-running "Girlfriends" and NBC's "Las Vegas," both of which were permanently shut down during the strike.

For several veteran series, though, the work stoppage gave the nets an excuse to squeeze out another season -- and shows that can serve as anchors in what's becoming even rougher primetime waters for new skeins.

The decision to pump one more season out of some of these stalwarts and bubble shows comes as the networks have grown increasingly concerned with the development they have on hand for next year.

"They're safety nets," says one webhead. "Certainly there's a 'better the devil you know than the one you don't' attitude out there. Can NBC do worse than another season of 'ER'? You bet they can."

After 14 seasons, "ER" was set to take a final bow this year, while NBC had promised that "Scrubs" would say its farewells this spring. CW's "Smallville" was also expected to take flight in May, and ABC's "According to Jim" wasn't even expected to be back this year, much less next.

Post-strike, these time-proven shows are looking a lot better to webheads: "Smallville" has already secured a pickup, while "ER," "Scrubs" and "Jim" are all expected to make return trips to primetime next year as well.

The Peacock, meanwhile, is looking at ways to bring back the critically acclaimed "Lights," despite its low marks, while low-rated performers like CW's "Reaper" and ABC's "Men in Trees" could also return in the fall.

"You have a very truncated development season," an exec says. "No one has any clue what they're going to end up with. People are concerned that some pilots won't be ready. You've got to put something on in the fall."

Hence, the "do over" mentality at the nets. In several cases, fall 2008 is gonna look a lot like fall 2007. Not only will frosh 2007 skeins like ABC's "Pushing Daisies" be given a relaunch as if they're new shows, but skeins that kicked off fall 2007 with an eye toward a series finale will now kick off fall 2008 with that same sentiment.

All this comes even though shows like the 14-year-old "ER" deliver only a fraction of their peak ratings from years past. Once the No. 1 show on television, and in the top 10 for a decade, it has averaged just 9.5 million viewers this season, putting it in the middle of the primetime pack.

In this age of diminishing returns, those swiftly declining numbers are still better than most of the new shows that fill their spots.

"You think 'ER' is bad? Look at 'Lipstick Jungle,' " an exec says. "Think 'Jim' is bad? Look at some of their other comedies."

The nets also are looking at those final laps as a way to yank a few extra ratings points out of auds while they still can. Rather than let "ER" limp off the air with a whimper, why not tout one last season as a chance for viewers to say farewell?

The nets and studios are also looking at ways to make the renewals work from a financial perspective. Renewing aging shows -- particularly if they no longer perform in the Nielsens -- is usually a losing proposition. License fees are huge and budgets are bloated, as costs naturally escalate through the years.

That's why NBC is negotiating a lower license fee for "ER" before guaranteeing a 15th season, and is in talks with partners like DirecTV to help shoulder the cost of another season of "Lights."

And should "Scrubs" move to ABC, as expected, the Alphabet net can dramatically lower that comedy's license fee. NBC still has several more episodes in the can, ready to air in April. For ABC, it's the chance to add a critically acclaimed vet sitcom to the lineup, as it slowly tries to rebuild its laffer stable. Why would the studios agree to such a license fee drop? In the case of Warner Bros. and "ER," NBC at one point paid so much for the medical drama (at its peak a decade ago, $13 million per seg -- although that number is far lower now) that even a big dip in fees would still make it worthwhile to keep the show in production.

It also helps that the skein's cast is mostly new -- and perhaps cheaper. And the show still has enough creative life to draw "Sopranos" alum Aida Turturro, who has already been cast in a recurring role that's expected to continue into next season.

At ABC Studios, an additional season of "Scrubs" allows it to reap more money in off-net syndication.

But in a few cases, the nets and studios crunched the numbers, and decided it still wouldn't make sense to bring back a long-standing property. That's what happened to "Las Vegas," which aired a cliffhanger in its final episode in February but won't be returning, and "Girlfriends," which wasn't given the chance to resume production after the strike and finish its eighth season.

"Did I like the way it ended? No," says "Girlfriends" creator Mara Brock Akil. "Would I have liked it to have a proper ending? Of course. Unfortunately, this was one of those budget decisions. To put value into a show they knew wasn't coming back when they were trying to keep life in others, I understand it."

The strike put a crimp in Akil's plans to properly wrap the series up; several loose ends may now not be resolved.

"When the news came, I chose to focus on the blessings," Akil says. "Nobody wants to end this way. But after 172 episodes, we had a wonderful ride."


Saturday, March 22, 2008

So apparently a 'Buffy' reunion just happened...

'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Cast, Creators Reunite To Debate Angel Vs. Spike, Buffy's Same-Sex Romance
"Final analysis, final verdict," TV Guide scribe Matt Roush said to the assembled panel of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" castmembers and creators. "Angel or Spike?"

As Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, looked amused but shocked — and James Marsters, who played Spike, wriggled uncomfortably in his chair — only Nicholas Brendan, who played Xander, had the nerve to pipe up and rephrase the age-old question: "Given the comic book, I think Willow."

Ten years after the unlikely show hit the air, the "Buffy" cast and creators reunited Thursday for the first time since the show ended in 2004 at Hollywood's Cinerama Dome as part of Paley Fest. The "Buffy" event was at full capacity, and some tickets were sold for 10 times their face value on eBay. "Sarah and Seth [Green, who played Oz] and I are planning a song-and-dance number with jazz hands for it," Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Dawn, joked on the red carpet. "We have mermaid costumes and everything. We're the 'Jazz-Hands Buffy Brigade.' "

That was, in part, a reference to one of the things that has kept the show alive during the years it's been off the air: Buffyoke, performed to the tune of the show's "Once More With Feeling" musical episode, which was shown prior to the panel at the Cinerama Dome. Since the sing-alongs had been stalled, Gellar and Green told MTV News that they should stage their own, saying they could hold them at Green's home and call it a "Hot Musical Evening ... And Some Pizza." "I just heard [about the sing-alongs getting killed]," Gellar said. "That's so sad. That makes me mad. I'd go to one!"

But though Gellar was up to speed on the sing-alongs, she was definitely not up on the other form her character Buffy had been resurrected — via the Season Eight comic book series spearheaded by show creator Joss Whedon.

"I want to be Buffy; she's getting some pretty hot ladies," Green joked on the red carpet prior to the event, to Gellar's puzzlement.

"What?" she asked.

"You haven't heard any of that?" he said. "The comic Joss is writing. Oh my gosh, she's totally making out with a girl."

"Is it with Willow?" Gellar asked.

"No, but she's smoking-hot," Green said. "I have to get you the back-issues."

"Buffy's getting some action?" Gellar asked. "Nice, good for her."

And so when the Angel/Spike choice came up on the panel a few minutes later, Gellar was prepared to address the big news that had rocked Buffy's world earlier this month — barely. "Wait!" she said, putting her hands up. "I did not know about this until five minutes ago. Someone says to me, 'How do you feel about Buffy's new relationship? She's with a woman.' And I'm like, 'She's with Willow?' "

Marsters gasped, "What?"

That's what reunions are for, folks — catching up. Whedon and the cast also waxed nostalgic on how hard it was to make the "Hush" and "Once More With Feeling" episodes (the shows during which they couldn't speak and had to break out into song, respectively) and speculated on the possibilities of turning "Buffy" into a Broadway musical ("I'm a song-and-dance man," Green offered) or another movie, since that's where the story started out in the first place (though even Whedon conceded the original movie wasn't "all that"). But where would the story go from here?

"You could call it 'Xander the One-Eyed Monster,' " joked Brendan, referring to his character's eye patch. Whedon and Gellar, trying hard not to burst out laughing, couldn't help themselves. Gellar stifled a tear and exclaimed, "This is why this [reunion] hasn't happened in four years!"


Friday, March 21, 2008

Official Geffen press release on Ashlee Simpson's Bittersweet World

Ashlee Simpson's BITTERSWEET WORLD Arrives April 22



SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- "Little Miss Obsessive" is not the usual title ascribed to multi-platinum recording artist Ashlee Simpson, but if the reaction to her new single of the same name is any indication, she might just adopt it as a mantra. Fans across the country have made "Little Miss Obsessive," the first single from Simpson's forthcoming album BITTERSWEET WORLD, a guilty pleasure and bona fide hit with accolades coming from coast to coast. "Little Miss Obsessive" features guest vocals from the Plain White T's Tom Higgenson as he and Simpson chronicle the ostensibly aural dance of a couple who break up to make up -- and like it. BITTERSWEET WORLD is due out on April 22 from Geffen.

As a prelude to the BITTERSWEET WORLD release, Simpson has been crisscrossing the country as part of a nationwide promotional tour, stopping by radio, meeting her fans at exclusive Wal-Mart in-store appearances and performing at special midnight shows at clubs in more than 20 cities. Following a rigorous promotional schedule that will see Ashlee appear on the Nickelodeon "Kids Choice Awards" on March 29, "The TODAY Show" on April 18, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on April 21, "Dancing with the Stars" on April 22, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on April 23, and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on April 24, she will then head to Europe for additional stops in support of BITTERSWEET WORLD.

"I had so much fun working on this third album and I hope that clearly shows in the songs," said Simpson. "I wanted to make an album people felt good about, that they could dance to and crank way up in the car on the way to a party."

With production credits on the album going to Timbaland, The Neptunes' Chad Hugo, Kenna and Jack Joseph Puig, Simpson's third effort is nuanced, balanced and sonically varied, reflecting '80s and '90s era influences such as Missing Persons, Blondie and The Cardigans, layered over the fat beats that these hit making producers have become synonymous for. While the first single "Little Miss Obsessive" sees a couple on the wane, the song "Boys" is all about the fun of the chase. An infectious summer pop anthem, it's an ideal song to play as you cruise with the top down.

"Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)," which debuted at #1 on AOL's Top 40 chart, sold more than 100,000 single copies to date and whose video has been streamed more than two million times, is a perfect primer to energize the clubs. "Murder" describes a girl who can get away with anything and features guest vocals from Izza Kizza, while "Never Dream Alone" is a beautiful ballad that showcases Simpson's lyrical prowess. A slight departure from Simpson's previous pop/rock releases, BITTERSWEET WORLD is nonetheless still seeped in the same earnest, relatable lyrics -- all written or co-written by Simpson -- that people have come to expect and love from the singer/actress.

Born in Waco, TX, Ashlee made inroads as an actress early on, appearing on the shows "7th Heaven" and "Malcolm in the Middle," as well as the independent film "Undiscovered," but she always longed for a music career. Her Geffen debut AUTOBIOGRAPHY topped the Billboard charts week of release, spawned the hit singles "Pieces of Me" and "La La" and sold several million copies to date. Her follow-up I AM ME scored another chart-topping debut week of release, preceded by the hit singles "Boyfriend" and "L.O.V.E." In 2006, Ashlee returned to acting when she became the youngest person ever to play the role of Roxie Hart in the London production of the legendary musical "Chicago." She later revisited the role on Broadway for a special 10th anniversary production alongside Broadway greats Bebe Newirth, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera and Joel Grey.

BITTERSWEET WORLD is Ashlee Simpson's third album and she will tour this summer in support of the release. For the most up-to-date information on Ashlee, please visit


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Help pick best Grinehouse remix of Ashlee Simpson's "Boys"

I was sent a very exciting email from Grinehouse that included 3 of their exclusive remixes for Ashlee Simpson's song "Boys", and they have asked that we help choose which is the best.

Read their Myspace blog for more information, and watch these Youtube videos to decide which you think is the best Grinehouse remix of "Boys"!

Atari Boys

Motown Boys

Electro Boys

Which do you think is the best? I like the Electro remix the best I think...

Follow this link to vote!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Choose Jill Scott's 3rd single...

Head on over to to vote for which single you think should be the next gem lifted from The Real Thing!

Your options are:

"Wanna Be Loved"
"How It Make You Feel"
"Whenever You're Around"
"The Real Thing"

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Words & Sounds, Post 42

To get ready for the re-release of Little Voice from Sara Bareilles on March 18th, here is her Walmart Soundcheck live performances.

"Morningside" Walmart Souncheck Live

>> Check out the rest! <<

>>>> Pre-Order Little Voice 2-CD Set, due March 18th, from <<<<

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Jill Scott's "No.1 Ladies Detective Agency" Movie + HBO Series

This is incredibly wonderful news!!

Jill Scott's movie "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" which she shot in Botswana is a film to be released soon, and now HBO has just picked up 13 episodes of a TV series!

Official news from Jill's site:
Congratulations to Jill Scott who plays Precious Ramotswe, Anthony Minghella, Alexander McCall Smith and the rest of the cast and crew for “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” as 13 Episodes are picked up by HBO.

This is a REALLY GOOD look for our girl as her star - in acting - will continue to shine.

Go JILL!!!

This is great! Congratulations!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Ashlee Simpson changes Bittersweet World cover!!

Thank goodness! Geffen has changed Ashlee Simpson's third album cover to a much better look.

Bittersweet World hits stores April 22nd!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Clips of Jill Scott on 'Girlfriends'

Another Oh Hell Yes! Exclusvie combines two of my favorite things: Girlfriends and Jill Scott!

Here I have compiled 6 clips of Jill Scott's first two appearances on Girlfriends from Season 4's episodes "Prophet and Loss" and "A Comedy of Eros":

Hopefully BET will air her other episodes soon and I'll be able to complete and compile all of Jill's clips on the show!

Ashlee Simpson's Bittersweet World album cover

Ugh, I haven't posted this until now because I was really really hoping that this wasn't in fact the real album cover, but it's on Geffen and Ashlee's official sites, so I guess the time has come to unveil the hideous cover for Ashlee Simpson's upcoming third album, Bittersweet World, due out April 22nd.

The photo they used of Ashlee is pretty but the rest of the cover looks like a child made it. After such artistic and stunning album covers for Autobiography and I Am Me, I was really hoping for something better.

What do you think? I think it looks incredibly unprofessional, so here's hoping they change it before the release...

Ashlee Simpson's "Little Miss Obsessive" on iTunes TODAY!

Click here to purchase Ashlee Simpson's new single "Little Miss Obsessive" featuring Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's.

>> Buy on iTunes <<

Monday, March 10, 2008

Words & Sounds, Post 41

Comin at cha are two tracks from the incomparable Jill Scott.

First up, we have "It's Love" from Jill's debut album.

Then we have "My Petition" from Jill's most recent release, Live In Paris+.


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Words & Sounds, Post 40

Here are some amazing live versions of Sara Bareilles singing on the Today Show from awhile back:

"Bottle It Up"


"Love Song"

Her vocals are really amazing, and I love her piano-playing skills... I am completely enamored with this woman if you couldn't already tell! She is for sure my current obsession. I sense a great future for her and I can't wait to see what she'll come out with next.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Jill Scott's "Wanna Be Loved" Takes Off at Radio

[Originally posted on]

This week’s and the past couple week’s radio story is that Jill’s song “Wanna Be Loved” is taking off on radio…. ALL BY ITSELF.

"Wanna Be Loved” is taking off on the radio (36 with a bullet)

Although Hidden Beach has not promoted this song to radio stations, it has been played on various radio stations anyways.

I personally love this song, and it really shows what it means to be The Real Thing. The honesty of this song makes it one of my favorites.

What do you think of "Wanna Be Loved" as a single?

To help with your decision:
>> Download: Jill Scott - "Wanna Be Loved" <<
>>>> Buy on iTunes <<<<

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Words & Sounds, Post 39

I have lately been quite obsessed with the extremely talented Sara Bareilles, so here are two versions of her song "Fairytale".

First up is her original version from her self-released album Careful Confessions.
>> Download: Fairytale (Original) <<

Then we have the version from her most recent and first commercial album Little Voice.
>> Download: Fairytale <<

And to finish us off, here is the video for "Fairytale":

Ashlee Simpson's Bittersweet World due April 22nd!

According to Geffen:

Bittersweet World will hit stores and be available digitally on 4/22. Ashlee collaborated with some major players on this album including Timbaland, The Neptunes’ Chad Hugo, and Kenna. She felt “very lucky to work with people who are at the top of their game.”

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Single cover for Ashlee's "Little Miss Obsessive"

Geffen has just posted the cover of Ashlee Simpson's upcoming single, "Little Miss Obsessive", due at iTunes next Tuesday, March 11th!

I cannot wait for this release!

"Graduation Day, Part 1" Buffy figure show

Thanks to Kenobi from BTVSFigsForum, I got the heads-up that KB Toy Outlets have the deluxe Buffy the Vampire Slayer figures of Buffy and Faith for only $5.98 each. So I ran over to the outlet and picked up one of each. When I got home my enjoyment for Buffy and the figures was reignited and I decided to do a little photo show recreating those incredible moments of the epic 3rd season finale "Graduation Day".

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Ashlee's "Little Miss Obsessive" on iTunes March 11


Ashlee Simpson's new single "Little Miss Obsessive", featuring Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's, will be available on iTunes on March 11 - one week from today!

Released exactly 3 months after her club single "Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)", this song will serve as her album's first official single. I really enjoyed "Outta My Head" but I can see why "Little Miss Obsessive" would be released to radio as her first single because, in many ways, it resembles Ashlee's highest-charting debut single "Pieces Of Me". It has more of the pop/rock vibe, and I think it's a really great song.

I can't wait for this release! :)

>> Listen <<

Reggaeton Remix of Jill Scott's "Hate On Me"

Hidden Beach has finally released a snippet of the new Jill Scott reggaeton remix of "Hate On Me". I really like the beat and hope that HB releases it to iTunes so we can buy the whole song, plus others from The Real Thing.

If you like this remix and want to hear more remixes from Jill's latest album, let Hidden Beach know by commenting on the website so we can get some on iTunes!

>> Listen <<

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"Can't Have It All" song preview from Ashlee Simpson

Thanks to this Ashlee Simpson fansite, listen to a clip of a new song called "Can't Have It All" which will appear on April 15th's 'Bittersweet World' album.

>> Listen <<

It's a terrible radio rip, but at least it's something. The audio is very hard to make out though, but I figured I'd post a link anyway...

Monday, March 3, 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Ashlee Simpson @ Walmart / Meet-&-Greet, Autograph, Pics

Wow! I just met Ashlee Simpson at her meet-and-greet/in-store at Walmart in Pennsylvania today!

As part of her promotional tour, Ashlee visited the Walmart in Philadelphia/Bensalem, PA around 6pm today to autograph her new CD single "Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)". The CD's two tracks include: "Outta My Head" which is produced by Timbaland, and "L.O.V.E. (Missy Underground Remix)" featuring Missy Elliott.

It was pretty exciting to get to meet her! She was kinda quiet but very friendly, and she is extremely tiny. Ashlee is a very petite person who is truly beautiful. The red hair really becomes her and I think she looked mighty fine!

The sexy singer looked great and it was really cool to be able to say "Hi" to her and get a signed single of a great song.

Here are some pics:

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns" - Jill Scott, Kelly Rowland, Mary J Blige

Tyler Perry does it again! His movies and soundtracks always feature at least one if not more of my favorite things.

His new movie, "Meet The Browns", stars the incomparable Jenifer Lewis who played Toni's mother on Girlfriends as well as Angela Bassett whom Maya impersonates in "The Wedding" episode of Girlfriends Season 3.

Adding to this goodness, the soundtrack includes the massive "My Love" from Jill Scott, "Alright" from Ledisi, and a song called "Love Again" from Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame.

Not only all that, but Mary J. Blige's song "Come To Me (Peace)" from her latest album Growing Pains is used in the trailer promo for the film:

Soundtrack out March 18, film out in theaters March 21.

Beyonce to play Etta James on the big screen

According to

Beyoncé is bound for the big screen once again.

The "Irreplaceable" singer will star as legendary blues singer Etta James in Darnell Martin's "Cadillac Records," according to The Hollywood Reporter. She will also serve as one of the movie's executive producers.

""Cadillac Records" will follow the life of influential Chicago-based record-company executive Leonard Chess — who ran the legendary record company with his brother, Phil, through the 1950s and '60s — and the label's lineup of musical icons, including James, Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer) and Little Walter (Columbus Short). Oscar winner Adrien Brody is scheduled to play Chess.

The role is the first for Beyoncé since her turn as Deena Jones in the musical "Dreamgirls." As Jones, the singer earned two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Actress in a Motion Picture and Best Original Song.

While her "Dreamgirls" character was loosely based on Diana Ross, Beyoncé will have some big shoes to fill as the real-life James. The gutsy and full-figured legend belted out many standout blues and jazz tracks, including "At Last," which she was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for in 1999.

James has long been a revered figure among female singers. Christina Aguilera has called James her idol and doted on her in interviews. In 2006, as part of InStyle magazine's pairing of singers and their musical mentors, James and Aguilera met and were photographed together.

"Etta is my all-time favorite singer," Aguilera told MTV News at the time. "I've said it for the last seven years — since I had my first debut record out — in every interview, in every story, in every on- and off-camera question. I mean, all of Etta's old songs, countless songs I could name, I grew up listening to. That music was always such a huge escape for me, even from a young age."

As of press time, no release date had been scheduled for the film.


'Girlfriends' meets 'Sex and the City'?

According to the notoriously unreliable and unsourced Wikipedia, "...the cast of the show Girlfriends are also rumored to make cameos" in the upcoming Sex And The City: The Movie, due in theaters May 30.

Could it be?

I mean, don't get me wrong, it would tremendously wonderful to see the cast of Girlfriends on the big screen in such a big movie, but really?

Something about it doesn't sound right, but here's hoping...


As a sidebar relating to the film, a new song by India.Arie that can already be found on her most recent album, Testimony: Volume 1, is featured on the trailer and official website of the movie. It is a well-done cover of the song "The Heart of the Matter" which was originally a single from Don Henley in 1990.