Whats new, world conquerors? The end of the week is here
and all we have to show for it is Obama and McCain coming together on the
anniversary of 9/11 on Thursday, the federal government officially taking over
mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as they battle this whole housing
crisis, Lance Armstrong coming out of retirement to have another go at the Tour
de France in 2009 and Tom Bradys season ending knee injury shaking things up
for the New England Patriots.
Congratulations go out to Usher, who is expecting his second
child with wife Tameka Foster. Shout out to the sounding boards for making me
realize that honest people still exist in the world today.
Ladies and Gents...the Last Word for the week ending Sept.
1. Chris Brown Moonlights For Britney Spears
As things go now, life is good for if youre Chris Brown.
And while impressive singing and dancing skills are things that garner new
fans, Brown is exercising his other talent, songwriting.
In Last Weeks Word, I mentioned how Shaggy wanted to do a
song with Britney Spears. Now it seems like the feeling is contagious, as Mr.
Brown is putting his songwriting skills to use in hopes that the MTV VMA winner
will record one of his compositions.
"I actually wrote a couple songs for her now,"
Brown told the Associated Press. And
while the crooner admits that executives at his record label have heard and
love what hes put together, Britney has yet to lend an ear.
Take note, Miss Spears: The song he wrote for rumored
girlfriend Rihanna, "Disturbia," proved to be a winner by reaching
Number One on the Billboard 100. Britney take note:Three Moonmen are cool, but
a hit song and album keeps you in the mix.
And Brown is determined to make the cut as he said
"...if she doesn't, oh well, we'll go back in the studio and still do some
more records for her."
Although I hope Chris makes Britneys final song list, he
could come up short. Spears has already passed up chances for a solid comeback
by turning down a collaboration with former beau Justin Timberlake. Maybe
shell have a change of heart and give Brown a shot. Hopefully, Rihanna wont
be too "disturbed" with having someone else reap the benefits of her
Then again, it could make for an interesting triangle.
Rihanna vs. Britney. My moneys on Ri-Ri.
2. Beyonce Shoots for Icon Status; Plans a Dark Surprise
for Movie Fans
As far as female singers go, very few can dominate the scene
like Beyonce. When she goes all out, she goes all out. So what happens when
being, as Jay-Z, proclaimed "the hottest chick in the game" wears out
its welcome? I guess you shoot for higher heights that go beyond the tunes you
"Im over being a pop star. I dont wanna be a hot
girl. I wanna be iconic," B told Marie Claire magazine as she acknowledged that she has
"accomplished a lot." "I feel like Im highly respected, which
is more important than any award or any amount of records. And I feel like
there comes a point when being a pop star is not enough."
OK. The pop star thing is wearing thin, but that obviously
hasnt stopped Miss Knowles from prepping the release of her third solo album,
which hits stores Nov. 18. And if your Beyonce fix still isnt satisfied, then
you can see her on the big screen as the wife of a stalking target when Obsessed comes to theaters on Feb. 27. In the meantime,
Knowles much talked about role as legendary blues singer Etta James in
Cadillac Records is also slated to come out, although no release date has been
announced as of yet.
We know that shell have the vocal chops to pull off the
role, but Beyonce had a different reason for wanting to portray James, who was
known to have had a decade-long heroin addiction.
"Ive been saying for a long time that I wanted to do
something dark," B said as she believes that "people are going to be
very shocked. Its the complete opposite of me. It was very emotionally
draining. I was exhausted."
At the pace shes going, icon status may not be too far off.
Just remember to keep the darkness on screen. A fine and sunny Beyonce beats
the anti-B anytime. We have enough of those running around with Miss Winehouse.
Maybe B can finally get the Oscar status that Jennifer Hudson beat her to.
3. Color Me Badd Singer Belts Out Jailhouse Song
Back in the 90s Color Me Badd had hit songs, screaming fans
and awards to boot. What a difference time makes, as the groups lead singer
Bryan Abrams is attracting screams. But for a different reason.
According to NewsOK.com, the 38-year-old singer was arrested
last week on charges of public drunkenness and domestic abuse. A police report
noted that the authorities answered a call at a restaurant regarding a drunken
man causing a disturbance.
Abrams is accused of punching a woman in the nose and
threatening her, saying "I'ma kill you. You and me. You and me,"
according to the report, which stated that a strong odor of alcohol was on
Abrams breath and cites a waiter who saw Abrams hit the woman in the face.
Officers also noted Abrams slurred speech and "random
sentence fragments" as the singer spoke with them. The police report goes
on to say that the victim agreed to press assault and battery charges against
Abrams, who now sits in an Oklahoma County jail cell after being booked.
First Milli Vanili, now Color Me Badd. Is there no group
safe from post fame disaster? Makes you wonder what will become of the members
of Pretty Ricky. Ten years from now will we see those guys caught up in some
scandal involving ex-managers, women and alcohol? Sounds like a job for VH1.
(Sounds like VH1 needs to get up on the hotline).
4. Pussycat Dolls Reject Stripper Label; Plan
Whether you love them or hate them, you have to admit that
the Pussycat Dolls are sexy. And thats good. But dont let that be the only
thing you notice, as PCD member Kimberly Wyatt slammed critics who cant get
past the collectives sexy image.
"I get upset at the way some people talk about us. They
dismiss us as if we're strippers, but we're not like that at all. I've trained
for this all my life. I did tap-dancing, jazz and ballet," Wyatt said as
she relented that her and her groupmates are constantly put in "some sort
of box." "With us, that box is always marked 'raunchy'. But the most
important thing to me is that I am honest and feel good about myself.
If people insist on calling me raunchy, well, then maybe I
am raunchy. But I'm comfortable with who I am and how I present myself."
In other PCD news, the group is reportedly in talks to star
in a musical based on their journey to music stardom.
"The Pussycat Dolls are getting a lot of film scripts
to look through at the moment," a source told Musicnews.com. "It's
going to be semi-biographical, about their rise to fame, with loads of dancing
And there you have it. While I hear what shes saying, what
do you expect from a group spawned from a Los Angeles-based burlesque troupe?
The singing wasnt the first thing I noticed when I saw their first video.
Maybe they should set a new trend and go conservative for the next album. It
may not be as eye catching, but the talent will definitely shine through. They
can sing, you know.
Im pretty sure PCD will do just fine on just talent alone.
In todays music scene, thats all that really matters, isnt it, Meeoooow.
5. Jennifer Lopez Ensures Pregnancy Again and Again and
If one pregnancy test doesnt do it, take a few more. Thats
what Jennifer Lopez did as she took 20 tests to make sure that she was with
child. All this after feeling "a flutter" during a hair and make-up
session As a result, J. Lo stocked up on pregnancy tests at the local pharmacy
and even got her husband Marc Anthony to pee on a stick to make doubly sure
they were expecting.
Why you ask?
"I needed to see what a negative looked like."
For J. Lo, reading is fundamental. Im sure it describes a
negative on the side of the box.
Im so glad she played it safe. And all it took was 20 pregnancy
tests. I know she wanted to be sure shes having a kid, but wouldnt it have
been simpler for J. Lo to just go on Maury. You couldve gotten confirmation
within an hour and not have wasted time with all those tests. Not to mention an
expert that wouldve given you stats and other facts to help you.
Makes you wonder how many tests wouldve been done if it was
Diddys baby, not Marcs she was carrying. Can you picture Puffy taking a home
pregnancy test for his lady? Love will truly make you do some weird things. Go
In Other Words...
* Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter James Ingram will
release his debut gospel album Stand (In The Light). The 10-song release will include gospel standards
"Blessed Assurance," and "Everything Must Change," along
with new tracks "Dont Let Go," "No Place Like Home." and
the first single, "Mercy," which features Debbie Allen.
* New music isnt the only thing fans can expect from Eric
Benets forthcoming album Love & Life.
The singers 16-year-old daughter India, makes her official singing debut on
the projects first single. "You're the Only One." A video of the
pair singing the song is up on YouTube.
* Blues legend BB King is providing an up-close look at his
life and music career with his new public museum. The BB King Museum + Delta
Interpretive Center is scheduled to open Saturday (Sept. 13) in Indianla,
Mississippi the town where King worked picking cotton as a boy. A good
number of items at the museum is taken from Kings personal collection.