Month: August 2009

2009 MOBO AWARDS NOMINATIONS LIST

While my fellow bloggers/journalists sipped champagne and wolfed down West Indian cuisine at the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards nominations launch party, held this year at London’s Mayfair Hotel, I was lying in the dentist’s chair having a tooth extracted! Sad I know! (LOL) Check out this years 2009 MOBO Awards nominations list. BEST UK ACT Alesha Dixon Bashy Beverley Knight Chipmunk Dizzee Rascal DJ Ironik Donae’o Mr. Hudson N-Dubz Tinchy Stryder BEST UK NEWCOMER Alexandra Burke Jade Ewen JLS Laura []

SOUTH AFRICA RALLIES AROUND 800 METRE CHAMPION CASTER SEMENYA

South Africa isn’t going to take this lying down! Via The Daily Telegraph South African authorities hit back at the international athletics world’s treatment of 800 metre gold medallist Caster Semenya, insisting that she is not only a woman but drug free. Continue Reading….. They now claim to have found elevated testosterone levels in initial tests.

UK NEWS: EUROVISION STAR JADE EWEN BEING COURTED BY USHER AND CHIPMUNK

This gave me a good belly laugh today! In fact I’m still laughing! According to The Daily Mirror…. Brit babe Jade Ewen is in hot demand. First R&B star Usher was begging for a date when she was in LA this month. Yesterday, she went out in London with Brit rapper Chipmunk. Below Jade talks to an over eager Manny Norte about her encounter with Usher. Via Jump Off TV Last week Jade was conveniently photographed with the skinny one from boy band JLS []

ALEXANDRA BURKE PRAISES BEYONCE… AGAIN…

X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke told BBC Radio 1 host Chris Moyles today that superstar Beyonce has been very supportive of her career. Alexandra dueted with Beyonce during the X-Factor finals last year and still gushes like a love sick school girl whenever Bey’s name is mentioned. She told Moyles…. I’ve definitely stayed in touch with her. She’s an absolutely wonderful woman, just a normal person. When she came in to the studio to visit me and listen to my songs, that for me was []

SOUL CULTURE PRESENTS: AALIYAH REVISTED (TRIBUTE EP)

AALIYAH DANA HAUGHTON – JANUARY 16TH 1979 – AUGUST 25TH 2001 REST IN PEACE BABY GIRL Aaliyah Revisited contains eight songs featuring indie soul artist and occasional Brand New Heavies vocalist Sy Smith (currently providing backing vocals for American Idol), Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius, rising London soul talents Tawiah and Baby Sol, NYC-based beauty creator Jesse Boykins III, Danish R&B/Soul sensation Jonas, saccharine Basement Jaxx vocalist Vula, London-based producer Black Einstein, plus international future starlet Nikko Gray with California’s ‘cosmic conductor’ AFTA-1. []

NEW MUSIC: ALEXANDRA BURKE FT FLO-RIDA – ‘BAD BOYS’

When I first spotted this promo shot of Alexandra on the front cover of The Daily Mirror several days ago I thought it was Ciara. Anyway…. X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s debut single Bad Boys premiered on Chris Moyles’ BBC Radio 1 breakfast show today and it’s what I expected – poppy and geared towards the mainstream pre-teen /teen market. Bad Boys with assistance from Flo-Rida will therefore be a huge hit worldwide! However the track does sound like it should have been released circa 97 / 98.  But it is actually quite catchy. []

MICHAEL JACKSON ‘HAD LETHAL DRUG LEVELS’

Via BBC News Pop star Michael Jackson had lethal levels of the powerful anaesthetic propofol in his body when he died, coroner’s office documents show. The findings were contained in a previously sealed search warrant which has been made public in Houston. The singer died on 25 June at the age of 50 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles. Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray has been interviewed twice by police but has not been named as an official []

UK NEWS: WANT TO APPEAR ON MTV?

  Independent education foundation Edge is touring the country to hear what young people have to say about education.   The week long road show kicks off in Bristol with stops including London and Manchester.  Students are invited come down and share their views on what they feel needs to change in schools, along with subjects they’d most like to study. The videos will then be screened on MTV from the 7th September. Contributors will also have the chance to win an []