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BEYONCÉ The Album Projected Sales 550,000 In Four Days

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Beyonce’s new album BEYONCÉ first week sales projection is in.

The pop star’s 5th solo effort is projected to sell over 550,000 in its opening week and will likely debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

Some industry sources predicted the album will reach well over 600,000 copies.

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Beyonce did this after abruptly releasing her album on December 13 with only four days left in the sales week.

She sold 80,000 copies in just three hours after it was release at midnight.

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With these sales figured, Beyonce will trump most of this year’s big debuts including her husband Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, which sold 528,000 opening week, Kanye West’s Yeezus, which sold 327,000 copies first week, and One Direction, who sold 546,000 of their album in the first week.

All of those album had a full week sale, which Beyonce only had four days.

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Bow Down to the Gown: Naomie Slays for Days on the Red Carpet

Bow Down to the Gown: Naomie Slays for Days on the Red Carpet

Round of applause- Naomie gets a hand clap! *Clap, clap* Recently actress Naomie Harris was spotted walking down the red carpet for the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom movie premiere  in a sophisticated and sexy sky blue number. The actress stars as Winnie Mandela alongside Idris Elba, who plays Nelson Mandela. The gown, which features an elongated keyhole cutout in the front and well-executed cutouts on the side, is from the Spring 2014 collection of Vionnet. The gown  fit Naomie to perfection along with her natural make-up and wavy locks. We give her a 10!

Dressed to Impress: Kelly Rowland Slays for Days!

Dressed to Impress: Kelly Rowland Slays for Days!

Does Ms. Rowland ever stop killing them? Lawd. Recently Kelly Rowland made an appearance on the X-Factor in a dress that quite easily stole the show. Rowland sported a $ 5000 designer frock designed by Anthony Vaccarello. The black, one shoulder gown features a detailed collar, a side slit and embroidered detailing on the side. The ‘Dirty Laundry’ songstress finished the look with a pair of shiny pointed pumps, a matching cuff and an elegant side swept up-do. Werk! We are hoping to hear more music from Kelly to come soon but in the meantime, you can catch her weekly on Fox Network’s, The X-Factor.

MOVIE FAB: Sanaa Lathan & Terrence Howard STARRING In “Macbett” + Halle Berry REPRISING “STORM” For “X-MEN: Days of Future Past”

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The Best Man stars Sanaa Lathan and Terrence Howard are teaming up again for a remake of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  Get the deets inside and find out what famous role Halle Berry is set to reprise…

 

Sanaa Lathan and Terrence Howard have signed on to join Blair Underwood and Evan Ross in a remake  of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The retooled film will be called Macbett and will shoot on location in Jamaica and Puerto Rico in September 2013.

Terrence, who also serves as executive producer of the film, will be working with writer/director Aleta Chappelle (who’ll make history as the first Black woman to direct a film version of the story).  Indiewire posted  the film’s  synopsis:

"after a gallant military victory, General Macbett (Wipes) encounters the “Weird Sisters,” who are the spirit daughters of Mother Africa and reign over fire, water, earth and sky. They delight in manipulating Macbett by feeding him predictions of royal titles including “King.” Macbett soon becomes obsessed with ambition, as does his beautiful and ruthless wife Lady Macbett (Lathan) .

"As Macbett and his Lady spiral downward, indulging in treachery and political assassinations, they are soon haunted by their murderous deeds and driven mad. In a true exemplification of a tragedy, Macbett is defeated by his own zealous thirst for power, a heartbreaking end to a once beloved Hero".

And in other news, Sanaa and Terrence will hopefully reprise their memorable role in The Best Man sequel called Best Man Holiday coming soon.

 

 

And in other movie news…

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It’s official, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry will return to the X-Men franchise in the role of Storm (which she originated in the first film) for the latest installment X-Men: Days of Future Past.  She told "Access Hollywood", "I’m in. I think I’m in. I am excited. I love Storm. That’s one of my favourite characters that I’ve played. And people love that character as well."

That sentiment was later confirmed with director Bryan Singer tweeted,

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Congrats Halle!

Kelly Rowland’s Featured On Michael Bolton’s “Aint No Mountain High Enough” + Wale’s “No Days Off” Vid + Kerry Washington’s New “The Peeples” Trailer

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Kelly Rowland hopped on a an unexpected track with Michael Bolton.  Check it inside, plus Wale‘s new video and the new trailer of Kerry Washington‘s new movie The Peeples….

 

Kelly Rowland was tapped by legendary singer Michael Bolton to be the second half of his duet for the remake of "Aint No Mountain High Enough."  The original 1960′s iconic track, originally recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, was remade for Michael’s Motown tribute album Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Tribute Hitsville.

Check out the track above and decide if Kelly did it justice.

 

In other music news, Wale dropped the video for his hit song "No Days Off."  It may be over a year late as the album the song appears on, Ambition, dropped back in 2011, but it seems like the D.C. rapper wanted to put his tour footage to music.

Meanwhile, Wale’s third studio album, The Album About Nothing, drops this summer.

 

And you’ve seen the promo posters already, now check out the trailer for the new movie Tyler Perry‘s pushing–The Peeples.  It stars Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson, and seems to be a black family’s take on Meet The Parents.  Check out David Allan Grier in action as the overprotective dad above.

 

The Randomness:

1. Bobby Brown has been sentenced to 55 days in jail after his 3rd DUI from this past October. STORY

2. Lance Gross has been cast in an upcoming NBA drama pilot billed as an action thriller set in D.C. STORY

3.  An Aussie billionaire thought it was a good idea to build Titanic II–an exact replica of the doomed Titanic cruise ship–and it’s setting sail in 2016.  STORY

EXCLUSIVE: Keke Palmer Dishes On First Days Of Filming The “TLC Biopic”

 

Despite the backlash KeKe Palmer caught once she was announced to play Chilli in the upcoming TLC Bipopic, the actress/singer dished to us about what’s going down during the first weeks of shooting….

TheYBF.com’s caught up with the gorge 19-year-old KeKe Plamer on the red carpet of the recent Essence Black Women In Hollywood brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  And she let us know how the filming will go for the much anticipated biopic about singing group, now officially named, “CRAZY, SEXY, COOL: THE TLC STORY.” 

KeKe explained:

"I’m going to fly out tonight to Atlanta and going to meet the girl some time this week. The first few of weeks were going to be doing a lot of choreography. I’ve already talked to Drew [Sidora] and Lil Mama, and were just going to get in there and do it. All of us are fans, so that gives it something. We want to do great because we want to represent who we love. This is exciting for me, this is a really huge deal."

And it sounds like she’s learned how to handle the negativity by looking to the fab women ahead of her.  KeKe told us about being in awe of the women at the luncheon saying,

"You see these women who wrote the blueprint for themselves. They have pioneered their own careers and you can see that it’s possible. As long as you stay focused on what you’re trying to do, it’s coming from your heart."

The Charles Stone-directed movie will air on VH1.

 

We also caught up with Oprah on the red carpet who revealed why this brunch was such a full circle experience for her:

"It feels like a full circle moment. Essence was the first magazine to put me on the cover. It was back in 1996 before my international show. So it feels like I’m coming home."

And now…she’s taken over the globe. 

Check out the full video above of our Essence Black Women In Hollywood red carpet interviews where we chop it up with Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock Akil and more.  Check out all the pics from the fab event HERE.

 

Correspondent & Video: Kalia Silva/KaliaSilva.com

HOLIDAY SPIRIT: Lil’ Kim GIFTS Fans With New “12 Days Of Christmas” Holiday Photo

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Lil’ Kim will be dishing out presents (like an extra snatched waist) to her loyal fans base as part of her "12 Days Of Christmas" which kicks off today. See what she gave away on day one inside…..

Newly single rapper Lil’ Kim has a few things stuffed in her Christmas stocking that she plans to give to fans during her "12 Days Of Christmas" campaign.  

On the first day of Christmas, the Queen Bee tweeted fans a new photo of herself saying, “On the 1st day of Xmas my Queen Bee gave to me: An exclusive never before seen picture just for U!!! Muah!!! :)”

Fans of the Brooklyn rapper, who was a favorite of the recently deceased singer Jenni Rivera, should stay tuned to see what she has in store for the rest of the holiday season.  I’m sure these gifts will be….interesting.

 

GUILTY!!!! Barry Bonds SENTENCED To 30 Days Of House Arrest For Lying About Steroid Use!

Remember when Barry Bonds was hitting home run after home run AND giving us the "BODY OF LIFE?" Well….turns out the baseball "legend" and his muscular swings at bat had a little "help." Now he’s been convicted of lying to the feds about his "steroid" use. Deets inside…..

Earlier today, Barry Bonds was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest for lying to a federal grand jury during a 2003 investigation into steroid use. He was also sentenced to two years probation, 250 hours of community service and was ordered to pay a $ 4,000 fine.

The baseball great was found guilty in April of felony obstruction of justice when a jury found he lied during a 2003 federal investigation into alleged steroid use in MLB. 

And though he won a record-setting seven MVP awards and holds the records for both most home runs in a season (73) and home runs in a career (762)…..there will always be doubt.

Could he have done it on his own…….or was it the "help?"

SIDEBAR:  Barry was always a "big" guy but towards the end, those muscles did get a little outrageous.

HAIR WOES! Bad Hair Days…& How To Fix Them!

We’ve seen celebs with bad hair days.  And we’ve all had our own.  Now check out how SoftSheen Carson’s new Optimum Care product line can ixnay the foolishness inside….

Whether it’s a wig, a weave, or au natural, hair woes can make their presence known.  Here’s how to fix them to get the hair we all envy:

Over processing with color and applying tons of heat to get curls, bone straight, or even mini-crimps like Tyra can leave hair stiff, dry, lackluster, and frizzy.  Optimum Care’s Deep Conditioning Masque, Essential ointment for dry scalp, the Heat Protection Polisher, and Whipped Hair Moisturizer can quench this brittle problem.

Damages!  Bald patches, hair line issues, and broken hair can be treated with Optimum Care’s Replenishing Shampoo and Fortifying Conditioner.  Both perform instant breakage reduction for damaged hair.  And you can handle up right at home.

 

When having a head full of hair like Diana Ross, it’s hard to keep every strand conditioned and shiny.  Using Optimum Care’s Replenishing Shampoo and Fortifying Conditioner can help repair any damaged locks hidden in your mass of gorgeousness.  And the Optimum Care Mineral Oil-Free Sheen Spray can add that shiny, extra moisturized look.  And spraying on the moisture is easy on lots of hair than massaging it in.

 

Get deets on ALL the products and check out how celebrity stylist Johnny Wright uses SoftSheen Optimum Care on his fab clients HERE!

 

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