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Jordin Sparks Reminisces About Whitney Houston on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ [VIDEO]

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Though she only worked with Whitney Houston for a short time, Jordin Sparks learned a lot from the late singer.

Sparks sat down with Queen Latifah to discuss the happening in her life. The “No Air” singer reminisced about working with Houston on the film, Sparkle.

Check out what she had to say below.

Missy Elliot to Perform at KCON 2013

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Grammy Award-winning rapper Missy Elliott is heading to KCON 2013.

KCON is the world’s largest K-Pop fan convention. The “Get Ur Freak” on rapper will  perform as part of the event’s M COUNTDOWN What’s up LA concert on August 25.

“I’m excited to be a part of KCON. This event will allow me to interact with a diverse group of artists and fans,” said Missy Elliott.

KCON is bigger and better than ever! Not only has the event moved to Los Angeles, but for the first time it has expanded to two days. “The star-studded K-pop concert will bring to close a convention that covers every nook and cranny of Korean pop culture through a wide variety of panels, workshops, artist engagement sessions and more.”

“The combination of rap royalty and some of K-pop’s biggest names performing at the same event in Los Angeles is exactly why we have created KCON,” said Ted Kim, president and CEO of Mnet America.  “For one weekend, the Los Angeles Sports Memorial will become the capital of K-pop in America.”

 

KCON is set to take place on August 24 and 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles. The concert will also be the first ever U.S. taping of the #1 K-Pop countdown show, MCOUNTDOWN.  Headlining acts of M COUNTDOWN What’s up LA includes leading K-pop artists, such as EXO, f(x), 2AM, TEEN TOP, Dynamic Duo, and leader of K-pop super group BIG BANG, G Dragon.

For more information on KCON, visit www.kconusa.com, or www.facebook.com/kconusa. Tickets for the event can be purchased through the KCON website website.

 


Info via Kevin Broderick/Mary Hong

 

Drake for GQ Magazine [July]

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Drake is all-smiles on the cover of the July issue of GQ magazine.

In an article titled “How to Drake It In America,” rapper Drake chats with GQ magazine about his career, family, what keeps him motivated and the simple things in life. The “Thank Me Later’ emcee even reveals his thoughts  on that infamous feud with Chris Brown.

On his haters:

“You notice they don’t criticize the music itself, though,” says Drake about his detractors. “I’m okay with that.”

 On feeling like a boxer before a main event:
“You know the way fighters don’t fuck before the fight?” he says. “Sometimes I feel like I’m so focused on training my body and getting my mind right to create this album that sex isn’t one of my main priorities. If someone is around that I know and trust, I’m down. But I’m not going to end up with some stranger at this party.”
On his reservations about playing big venues:
“I fully accept I’m an arena-touring act,” says Drake. “When I’m writing, I’m thinking about how the songs are going to play live. Fifty bars of rap don’t translate onstage. No matter how potent the music, you lose the crowd. They want a hook; they want to sing your stuff back to you. That’s why on this album I’ve been trying to condense my thoughts to sixteen-bar verses. There’s something to be said for spacing out the lines, to infiltrate people’s minds.”

 On mending his broken relationship with his dad:
It’s an emotional process,” Drake says. “My father is an incredible man—charming, talented, and stylish—and I’m sort of living the dream he had for himself. But his actions served as that reverse role model for me. There are a lot of things that I don’t ever want to do. I don’t want to miss years of my child’s life. I don’t want to put a woman on a roller-coaster ride.”

 On the Chris Brown feud:
“I hear he has everything he could want now,” Drake says. “I don’t want my name to be synonymous with that guy’s name. I really don’t. I wish we could sit down, just like you and me are right now, and talk it out man-to-man. But that’s not going to happen. I’m not confrontational, but if someone challenges, I’m not going to back down.”He continues, “It’s embarrassing, the amount of media coverage,” he says. “Two rappers fighting over the woman. He’s not even a rapper, but still, it’s the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music. But he’s made me the enemy, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay, I guess.”

Bobby Brown to drop new album called “The Masterpiece”

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Now that Bobby Brown seems to have gotten his life back on track, he’s decided to drop some new music.  The last studio album that Brown released was in 1997 (Forever). This album, title The Masterpiece, will be released on  Jan. 25, 2011.

Rumor has it that, Brown will release his new album under his own label Brownhouse Entertainment through Geffen/Interscope.  Brown’s album will be managed on Front Line Management

Whitney Houston’s Japan performance pictures

Whitney Houston appears to be happier than she’s been in a very long time. The singer rocked the house as she performed in Saitama, near Tokyo, Japan, today. She looks great ans she’s the prime example of a woman who can rock an outfit and not have it all hang out! Pictures via  The Whitney Vault/ JOHNONIPPY

New promo pictures of Whitney Houston

Some new promo pictures of singer Whitney Houston have been circulating the internet. The songstress looks stunning and better than ever in these pictures. Houston’s ‘Nothing But Love Tour’ is officially under way. The singing sensation officially kicked off the tour last weekend in Korea. It’s great to see Ms. Houston back on top!

In Case You Missed It: Pictures from the 2010 BET Honors

The BET Honors aired last night, but apparently everyone was watching the season finale of For the Love of Ray J 2. The BET Honors were taped a few weeks ago in Washington D.C and some of Hollywood’s elite came out for the event.  Whitney Houston, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Keith L. Black, M.D., Dr. Ruth J. Simmons and Queen Latifah were among those  honored.

View pictures from the event below.

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