- A projector displaying a montage of Ciara’s videos flashed on the screen during the intro of her concert at the AT&T NFC Rally in Washington, D.C. CiCi then stormed the stage and opened with “I’m Out,” sans Nicki Minaj.
- Riddick dethrones Lee Daniel’s The Butler for the No. 1 spot at the Box Office. The Vin Diesel-starring flick, which features an appearance by singer Keri Hilson, opened with $18.7 million.
- X Factor rejects Fifth Harmony are the true breakout stars from season 2. The five, harmonizing starlets feel that they’re Better Together, so they’re packaging that concept into an EP that is being released on October 22nd.
- Remember Mandisa, the gospel powerhouse of season 5 of American Idol? Her fourth album, Overcomer, debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart.
- R. Kelly held a listening session for his forthcoming album, Black Panties, and revealed that it would hit stores on 11.11.
- Rihanna took a picture with her presumed frenemy Nicki Minaj. The “Pour It Up” singer is also rocking a new hairstyle she’s calling “ghetto goth,” so you know what that means.
- Jhené Aiko’s arm is in a sling due to injuries caused by a car accident, but like Mariah Carey, it didn’t hinder the sweet-voiced singer from looking flawless while posing with her good friend Childish Gambino for a picture.
- Lil’ Wayne obviously has a thing for “Miss Katie” Couric. The 30-year-old rapper spoke on doing hard time and dropping out of high school during a sit-down for her talk show, which is scheduled to air Monday, September 9th.
- Mario’s relationship with his manager’s ex-girlfriend was such a “Fatal Distraction,” the 27-year-old singer packaged his thoughts into a moody, sensual song.
- JoJo is so damn cool and talented. Like the top comment on the video of her “Anything” performance with Casey Veggies, I really hope she wins her lawsuit.
If you watched the last season of The X Factor, you may remember harmonizing girl group Fifth Harmony. The group, comprised of Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui, auditioned solo, but were put together as a group by the producers and finished in third place.
Since the show, the Harmony has signed a record deal to L.A. Reid’s Epic Records via Simon Cowell’s Syco Music imprint, according to THR. Read More
Paige Thomas, who was among Demi Lavato’s Young Adults on X Factor, recently sent out a cryptic tweet saying: “ROC NATION.” Many speculated that she possibly signed with Jay-Z’s growing roster. Considering their current lineup, which includes captivating songstresses Rihanna and Rita Ora, it’s not farfetched that she may be Jay’s new protégé. Read More
After producing international pop stars like Leona Lewis and One Direction, many deemed it necessary for The X Factor to migrate Stateside. Two seasons and dozens of finalists later, the show hasn’t introduced any major stars or caused an impact. In fact, the only contestant that has shown a glimpse of “the x factor” is Carly Rose Sonenclare.
Many correlated this embarrassing truth to the show’s lack of viewership. The producers tried to remedy this by adding A-list recoding artists to the judging panel and well-known hosts, but their plan failed…miserably. Read More
One week shy of its season 2 finale, veteran music executive L.A. Reid has announced he will not return for season 3 of The X Factor. He joins Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger as the growing list of ex-judges. Read More
After eleven fun-filled episodes of dreadful auditions, undeserved eliminations and One Direction commercials, X Factor enters the live rounds. Unfortunately, the two-hour episode was quite possibly the worst of any singing competition…ever. Instead of being left in awe by the contestants, viewers were frantically reaching for brain bleach. The contestants (the ones that matter) were stripped of their natural talent and manufactured into the most generic acts. It was like watching Rihanna’s career in fast-forward. Read More
Have you ever been an avid viewer of a show, missed an episode and suddenly realized how insubstantial it was to you? That’s what happened between myself, The Voice and X Factor. The feats pulled by the producers and judges to exploit the contestants for ratings had stepped on my last nerve. Additionally, my attention was already drifting, thanks to better-scripted TV like Scandal and Once Upon A Time and my anticipation for American Idol. However, I don’t like leaving anything incomplete, so I feel slightly obligated to review the remainder of the season.
Is there room in Nashville for a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”-inspired, 17-year-old black guy? Willie Jones, 17, may have carved himself a place in country music with his take of Josh Turner’s “Your Man.” Read More
X Factor’s ratings may be embarrassingly lower than The Voice’s, but last evening, the talent matched the exaggerated entertainment, making it the better show (for one night only, of course).
Well, there was an unnecessary broadcasting of one audition–contestant Deangelo Wallace was arrested after stealing a microphone following his cover of Chris Brown’s “With You.” With the butchered lyrics and over-the-top antics, the audition was likely stage. But America loves seeing ignorant black boys put in jail, right? Where would Cops, First 48 and Bait Car be without these stupid black American men?
L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and some guy named Louis Walsh, who filled in for Simon the sick diva, added to the dramatics by leaving the judging table mid-audition. (Aren’t the contestants pre-screened before they actually meet the judges? Who let him through?) Read More