Jazmine Sullivan Has a Breakthrough Year
From its reggae-tinged opening salvo to its emotionally charged lyrics, Jazmine Sullivan’s “Need U Bad” appeared destined to hit the top of the charts, as it did when it was released last year. But it almost didn’t make it to radio. Even though Sullivan co-wrote the tune, she fretted about putting it out as her debut single. “I was a little hesitant to do the song because it was so different from everything else that was on the radio. It (has) a reggae vibe and I didn’t know how people would accept it,” she said. It’s clear she’s been accepted now. Not only was the song a rousing success (it was No. 1 on the R&B charts), it put her on the path to potential Grammy gold. The 21-year-old Philadelphia native, who only released her debut CD “Fearless” last fall, received a stunning five Grammy nominations, including one for best new artist, pitting her against the Jonas Brothers, Lady Antebellum, Duffy and Adele. Her five nods put her on par with veteran acts like Alison Krauss, who also received five. (Continue Reading….)

Tisha Campbell-Martin Expecting Second Child
Tisha Campbell-Martin and her husband, Duane Martin, are expecting their second child together, Tisha’s former Martin co-star — and best friend — Tichina Arnold, confirms to Usmagazine.com. “She just found out and is so excited!” adds Arnold. Tisha, 40 — who is two months along — and Duane are already parents to a son, Xen, 8. “She hopes to have a girl this time, and has said she would love to name her Derek,” Arnold adds. “She has been wanting a girl for almost six years. Everybody is so excited!” A rep for Tisha — who wed Duane in August 1996 — also confirms the news to Us. (Continue Reading….)

Etta James Takes Shots at Beyoncé and President Obama
Beyoncé’s rendition of “At Last” at the presidential inauguration hit a sour note with at least one person – the woman who made the song famous. At a concert last week in Seattle, legendary crooner Etta James slammed Beyoncé for serenading President Obama with her signature song. “I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her ass whupped,” James told an audience at the Paramount Theatre, sarcastically calling her “The great Beyoncé.” (Continue Reading….)

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