While checking out one of my fave entertainment blogsSeventh Square, I came across Alicia Keys looking stunning on the cover of Uptown magazine's Holiday issue. She's such a talented and beautiful young lady. Her upcoming fourth album The Element of Freedom will hit stores December 15th.
Update: Here's the video for her second single "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart" This song is highly addictive.
With the upcoming release of his 11th solo album, The Blueprint 3, Jay-Z covers XXL magazine's October issue. In this issue he speaks on staying in the game:
“But when I say I’m the best, I don’t say that outta my ass. I say that with all my stats behind me. I put that against anybody. I mean anybody. I really believe that… I believe in a lot of things. I believe that ‘SportsCenter’ is the best thing on TV. I shouldn’t have to prove it. But I do have these stats to prove it. I’m talking about real run. I’m not talking about years off. I’m talking about straight—boom, boom, boom—back to back. We’re not talking about heritage acts either. We’re not talking about respect what I’ve done. I’m talking No. 1 [albums] 10 times. The Beatles is the only one [to have more No. 1 albums]. They got 19, and if I get a surge of creativity, I could make nine albums next year.”
Jay has an upcoming concert in NYC on September 11 in conjunction with the release of The Blueprint 3 album. Stay tuned.
How could you not like Lady Gaga? Great Music...check. Innovative Style-In a day in age where EVERYone is rocking the same shaved haircut and outfits, when is the last time you saw some sporting the "Lady Gaga"? Probably never. Overall, great cover-Check!
Rolling Stone'sMichael Jackson Commemerative issue which will be on newstands Friday.
Memorial services are being held today at the Staples Center in LA. According to TMZ, the The Jackson family just announced everyone who will participate in tomorrow's memorial -- and here's the list:
Ron Boyd (family friend), Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Andrae Crouch Choir, Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on Britain's Got Talent), Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King III, Bernice A. King, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooke Shields, Pastor Lucious Smith (family friend), Usher and Stevie Wonder
Lady Gaga covers Rolling Stone's Annual Hot List issue. She was photographed by famed photographer David LaChapelle. In this issue, she talks about her unconventional look, fame, and being bi-sexual. Here's an excerpt from her interview:
Lady Gaga’s devotion to being a star drove her to order bags of cocaine and spend hours perfecting her hair and makeup in a tiny Lower East Side apartment after she dropped out of NYU several years ago — well before she was actually famous. “It was quite sick,” she admits. “I suppose that’s where the vanity of the album came from.” Her debut, The Fame, was almost entirely inspired by her relationship with a heavy-metal drummer named Luke, and their breakup profoundly changed Gaga. She tells Hiatt she’s bisexual, but her attraction to women is purely physical. It’s an aspect of her sexuality that makes boyfriends “uncomfortable,” she says.
Usher and his adorable son, Usher Raymond V, cover the August issue of Essence Magazine. The interview was conducted by author/actor Hill Harper. Here's a little of what Usher had to say about marriage and fatherhood:
HILL HARPER: In the last year, you got married and you've had a baby. Which has changed you more? USHER: They're both linked—I can't have one without the other. But the one thing that changed me the most is having a wife. Our child is an extension of that union.
HARPER: Why? USHER: Because now I represent what he is to become. He's gonna admire me, he's gonna look up to me. He's gonna say, "I wanna be"—or he should say—"I wanna be like my father. I wanna be a man of valor. I wanna possess what my father has as a man." To get married was a choice. To have a child is a responsibility.
HARPER: Does that new responsibility challenge you to make music that is more responsible? USHER: I started making Here I Stand before I had my son and before I was married. It was a deliberate choice to make music with substance, not just about the things that we're accustomed to—music about being the celebrity, the player, or having the car, the girl and the bling.
HARPER: Your father wasn't around to raise you. How do you plan to be different for your son than your father was for you? USHER: Just simply being there. I don't judge my father because I forgave him for anything he'd ever done to hurt me unintentionally. My father and I had a very short amount of time together throughout my entire life, but the most valuable time was during his final days. He asked me to forgive him for not being there. He asked me to give him a chance, give him a shot because he loved me, and he had always loved me. But it was very difficult for him to be in the situation he was in and be the example he wanted me to follow. So he intentionally stayed away. And he was kept away from me too. He didn't like it, but he didn't fight it because he knew he wasn't living right.