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Tessanne Chin Tops iTunes Chart With Powerful Whitney Houston Performance

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Tessanne Chin currently top the iTunes singles chart with “I Have Nothing (The Voice Performance).”

The Jamaican songstress rose to the top of the music download chart after solidifying her placed on The Voice 2013 as a world class vocalist.

WATCH: Tessanne Chin Performed “I Have Nothing” The Voice Final Dec 16 [VIDEO]

Whitney Houston is a huge shoe to fill in the music world, but Tessanne Chin pulled it off flawlessly. She received a standing ovation from the audience and left her coach Adam Levine speechless for the second week straight.

Tessanne Chin also topped the iTunes chart last week after performing “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

The “Hideaway” singer also cracked the iTunes top ten singles today with her duet with Adam Levine, The Beatles “Let It Be.”

Vote for Tessanne Chin

Tessanne is going into tonight’s final show as the hot favourite to win The Voice 2013 and take home to Jamaica a recording contract and a cash prize of $ 100,000.

To vote for Tessanne Chin call 1-855-864-2301 or text 1 to 8642. Voting ends on Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

You can also helped Tessanne Chin win by downloading her singles on iTunes. Each download gives her five points towards her final tally.

 

Brandy COVERS “PYNK” Magazine, DISHES On MEETING Ryan Press, WHY She Feel UNDERRECOGNIZED, And POSSIBLY Playing WHITNEY HOUSTON

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"The Game" star Brandy posed for the latest cover of PYNK Magazine where she reveals how she was courted by fiance Ryan Press, if she feels undervalued by the music industry and possibly bringing Whitney Houston’s story to life.  Read the interview inside….

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R&B starlet Brandy sat down with PYNK Magazine for their latest issue where she opened up about a possible return to reality televison and revealed that she’d love to bring Whitney Houston’s story to life.  "The Game" star was also very candid about the performance of her album Two-Eleven and if she feels that her contributions to the music industry have gone unrecognized.  

Here are the highlights:

Do you feel like your growth and evolution as a woman influenced the creative process behind ‘Two-Eleven’?

“Yes, for me that’s the only way I can put the album together because I can’t put my all into a song if I haven’t experienced or watched someone else experience whatever it is I am singing about. With [‘Two-Eleven’], it was really about me reconnecting with my confidence and rediscovering who I am.”

You hit the ground running with the release of ‘Two-Eleven’. You were everywhere promoting the album. Do you feel as though your hard work paid off? Were you pleased with how the album performed?

“I feel like my hard work paid off because my fans love the album. Of course, I would’ve wanted the album to reach more people but I just feel blessed to be able to do what I love. Sales chart positions and all of those things don’t really define me…I define me.”

How do you feel about the current state of R&B? Are there any newcomers you listen to and would like to collaborate with?

“I’m not okay with the current state of R&B. That’s why ‘Two-Eleven’ was so important to me. I wanted to do an album that contributed to that genre of music. I think it was very necessary for the music industry and the hearts of people. As far as newcomers, I hadn’t really been paying attention because I was so focused on the album but I can’t help but pay attention to Kelly Rowland. I admire her so much and would love to collaborate with her. Beyoncé is phenomenal and Rihanna is amazing too.”

You’ve helped to musically influence an entire generation of singers and many of your fans feel that you have gone unrecognized for the impact you’ve had on R&B music. Do you agree? Why or why not?

“Sometimes I agree with it because I know there are a lot of talented people that have shown me a lot of love on top of my fans really expressing their love for me. Sometimes I think your ego gets in the way because you know you want everybody to feel that way about you. You want to get the credit. You want to get the props but I try not to live in that space because I know it’s ego. I’m just happy with being me. I’m happy with being able to be so connected in my being that I’m able to express that in my music. There are so many people who get the credit but they’re not really connected to their music. I would take the honesty and the connection with my music over the credit any day…but both would be nice! [laughs]”

You’re returning to “The Game” as Chardonnay for another season. What can viewers and fans of the show expect to see from your character this season?

“This season you’ll see Chardonnay find her place in this new football world. She’s transitioning into being Jason Pitts’ wife but still trying to balance maintaining her identity. You get to see her develop this friendship with Tasha Mack and also more of the dynamics of her relationship with Jason. What they have is true love. She’s not into him for his money.”

You and your family experienced great success doing reality TV. Would you ever do reality TV again?

“You know, I think I did reality TV at the wrong time. When I was on [Family Business] I wasn’t as consistent in my career. I wasn’t connected to my purpose at the time. After that, I said I wouldn’t do reality TV again but there are shows out there now like the ‘Mary/Mary’ show that are good. I would consider it if it were centered more on my career.”

What would be your dream [acting] role?

“Honestly, my dream role would be to play Whitney [Houston]. I studied her growing up, I knew her. I just feel that connection with her. I would love to be able to play her. I believe it could happen.”

You recently became engaged. How did you and your fiancé meet and how did you know he was “the one”?

“He’s a music executive. So, we actually met in the studio a long time ago. We reconnected at a music event sometime later and when we talked, it just felt like I knew him. Then I would just run into him in random places in New York…I’d walk into a restaurant for lunch and he’d be there. I ended up running to him at another event and he kept staring at me the whole night. It made me so uncomfortable because I thought he was married. So, I told him that he should stop staring at me because he’s married and it’s not a good look. He was like ‘what are you talking about? I’m not married.’ [laughs] From there, we just started talking on the phone. Then, dating. When he told me he was relocating to LA for his job, I just thought to myself, ‘he’s going to be my husband’. I took that as a sign.”

How do you balance your career, motherhood, and preparing to become a wife?

“I don’t know! [laughs] It’s hard. I haven’t worked this hard in my life! My daughter has her own life now. She’s getting older so she has her own schedule now. Sometimes, I want her to travel with me and she’s like ‘no mom. I have a school trip I have to go on.’ [laughs] I have a great support system though. My fiancé, my mom and god-sisters they definitely help out.”

You seem to be very close with your mother. How has that relationship grown or changed throughout your career?

“I think in the beginning it was about trying to figure out how to wear both hats. Being the client and the daughter and for my mother being the mom and the manager. But the foundation has always been love, protection, and wanting the best for me. It took a lot of self work but I can tell her anything and I know she always has my back.”

PYNK Girls love fashion! Tell our readers who some of your favorite designers are?

“Let me tell you…I have found my personal style! Bohemian Chic is totally my thing. So, when I’m not on stage that’s how I’m dressed. I love Free People…I’m addicted [to their clothing]. Free People…I need an endorsement or something. [laughs] Let’s get it in!”

Check out Brandy’s photoshoot here:

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YES! Angela Bassett TALKS “Waiting To Exhale” Sequel…And What To Do About Whitney Houston’s Character

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While promoting her role in the hit film Olympus Has Fallen, Golden Globe winning actress Angela Bassett dished on what’s going on with the Waiting To Exhale sequel. Find out what she said inside….

 

Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett talked to HuffPost Black Voices about her most recent hit movie Olympus Has Fallen and also revealed the status of the Waiting To Exhale sequel and her thoughts on the continuation of Whitney Houston’s "Savannah character".  Also, she revealed which historical figure she hopes to portray one day.  Here are the highlights:

On your latest film, “Olympus Has Fallen.” Can talk about your role as Lynn Jacobs?

I play Lynn Jacobs the director of the secret service. She’s the ex-boss of Gerard Butler character “Mike Banning.” There’s never been a female head of the Secret Service, much less a woman of color. It really was a bold casting choice, because generally the role is dominated by men and testosterone. But sometimes with women in movies, we can show our best selves, and in this one we show that we’re real capable women. Myself, Melissa Leo as Secretary of Defense, which is another role that hasn’t been played by a woman. But there’s a level of commitment, integrity and strength in the roles. The film is so authentic.

Terry McMillian shared her thoughts on the sequel to “Waiting to Exhale,” and revealed that the film’s producers were still up in the air about Whitney Houston’s character, “Savannah Jackson.” What’s the latest status?

They’re still writing. One of our original producers, from the first “Exhale,” is on board. So that’s a good sign, but they’re still working on the script. It’s just how to deal with it [Whitney’s loss]. And probably the best way to deal with it is just deal with it. It’s like what happens in life, in a way. Life is about life in passing, living and dying, winning and losing. So that’s what I know so far.

If the producers decide to proceed with the storyline of “Savannah,” is there anyone that you would like to see play the character?

Not off the top of my head. That would be interesting for the fans to decide. I wonder if they [the producers] have done any outreach that way. Who would the fans like to see, or what they would like to see. I don’t feel like replacing that character is the most respectful way to go, because in my heart I love Whitney and her work and the time that we shared together. Her role and her presence was just so important. I have a hard time replacing someone else in her shoes. I guess they wouldn’t have to do that. We would have to just come up with a brand new friend.

You have portrayed some of history’s most prominent figures. Is there anyone else on your wish list?

I want to play some made up people now! [Laughs] I’m ready for some fiction…But I think there was a time when I was interested in playing Bessie Coleman, someone a lot of people don’t know of. She was the first African-American female aviator. But that was a period piece that never got off the ground. But fiction is in my future.

 

Check out the full interview over at Huff Post

Angela is currently filming Black Nativity with Mary J.  Blige, Nas, Tyrese, and Jennifer Hudson. That film hits theaters in November.

 

DO WE LOVE ‘EM? Whitney Houston Gets WAXED By Madame Tussauds

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The famous Madame Tussauds wax museum just unveiled four brand new figures of the late Whitney HoustonBobbi Kristina may be pissy about that memoir her grandma Cissy is pushing out, but she may be pretty stoked about how these wax figures turned out.

 

Check ‘em out inside…

Madame Tussauds is known for usually doing a fabulous job commemorating celebrities in wax.  And the four new Whitney Houston statues are no different.  This is the first time in the museum’s history that they have done four different statues of one prominent person at different points in their lives.

The wax statues were all made in the museum’s London studio but will be dispersed to the museums in D.C. (National Anthem at SuperBowl), Vegas ("I Wanna Dance With Somebody" video), L.A. (statue from her movie The Bodyguard) and NYC will receive the statue in the gold gown from a 2009 photo shoot.

Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston, gave it all rave reviews saying in a statement:

"We were extremely honored when Madame Tussauds approached us about doing four figures of Whitney from different points in her 30-year career.  This is something we are excited to do for the fans."

The NYC statue will be revealed today (Thursday) in the city.  Check out more details over at the museum’s website.

So….are we feelin’ ‘em?

 

The Randomness:

1.  Swizz Beatz just purchased a stake in the Monster headphones company and will now be both co-owner and part of the advisory board. STORY

 

Photo courtesy of Zimbio/Madame Tussauds

VH1 DIVAS! Performances: Whitney Houston Tribute, Donna Summer Tribute & More

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The 2012 VH1 Divas! show went down Sunday night in L.A.   And we’ve got the powerhouse performances from Ciara, Jordin Sparks, Ledisi and more inside….

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Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson and host Adam Lambert lit up the stage at Sunday night’s VJ! Divas! show.  And in case you missed their disco fab Donna Summer tribute, we’ve got it below:

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Ciara also took the stage for a solo dance performance that was a tribute to Michael Jackson.  She rocked out with "Billie Jean" and "Got Me Good". Reminding us why she got into this game in the first place:

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And Sparkle star Jordin Sparks rocked the stage alongside Melanie Fiona and Ledisi for the big Whitney Houston tribute:

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Jordin kicked off the tribute with “I’m Every Woman.” Then Mel kicked in and transitioned into “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.” Then Ledisi finished off the medley with “How Will I Know.: with everybody joining in. And it was all introduced by Brandy.

Were you loving it all?

Here’s the intro of the show with NeNe Leakes:

SPARKLE THIS: Tika Sumpter Dishes On Her INTIMATE TSA Pat Down On “106 & Park,” Reveals Rare WHITNEY Moment

 

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YBF chick Tika Sumpter stopped by "106 & Park" yesterday where she promoted the release of Sparkle on DVD and revealed her awkward and intimate TSA pat down experience.  Watch the interview inside….

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Our fave doll baby Tika Sumpter dropped by "106 & Park" yesterday to chit chat with Paigion & Miss Mykie about the Sparkle on DVD and her upcoming show on BET with Gabrielle Union, "Being Mary Jane." 

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When it comes to her acting roles, Tika said she enjoys playing strong and independent women with a vulnerable side.  She thinks her character in Sparkle allowed her to showcase that.  

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While reflecting on the film and the cast, she said Whitney Houston was fun to work with and offered a lot of support to the cast.  "We all really geled and she just want us to stand on her shoulders and be great.  And shine bright…like a diamond."  

Tika also spoke highly of her "Being Mary Jane" co-star Gabrielle Union saying viewers will get to see a very different, never-before-seen side of her in the role.

And the 32-year-old also talked about getting "the full pat down" during an experience with TSA.  Although it was invasive, she said understood they were just doing their job. She joked,  "I’m not saying I didn’t like it.  But take me out to dinner next time."  

Watch Tika’s inteview here:

She’s also set to star in Kevin Hart‘s upcoming new film as his fiancee, and Ice Cube‘s little sister.

Photos via BET/John Ricard

 

 

Jennifer Hudson Channels Whitney Houston For GRAMMY Tribute + Halle Berry, Taraji, Usher & More CLEBRATE

A formal Whitney Houston tribute is on the way.  The GRAMMY organization hosted a big tribute that was taped last night at the Nokia Theater in L.A., and will air next month.  Check out Jennifer Hudson channeling young Whitney, plus Usher, Halle Berry & more celebrating the diva’s memory.  And, of course, Bobbi Kristina with her fiancee Nick Gordon

 

Last night in L.A., celebs were on hand for the We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston event.  And J-Hud stole the show by channeling one of Whitney’s 80′s looks as she performed in honor of the late star.  And we’re sure she did it right.

She rocked the stage with a medley of "I’m Every Woman," "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody".
 

Jenny also posed backstage with Britney Spears who was on hand, and Brit said Whitney’s "I Have Nothing" started her own music career.

Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina arrived in a red Herve Leger dress and strappy black sandals.  And with her new fiance, Nick Gordon, on her arm.

Krissy switched out her sapphire engagement ring for her mom’s diamond rings for the occasion.  And the twosome held hands and got extra cuddly while getting teary eyed during the show:

Meanwhile, Halle Berry took the stage to salute Whitney in the show’s introduction:

Gorgeous LBD for her.

LL Cool J hit the stage to offer up his memories.

And Taraji P. Henson and her questionable hairdo were there.

Usher performed "I Believe In You And Me."

And CeCe Winans performed with BeBe "Count On Me," which brought the whole crowd to tears.

Clive Davis was there to remember one of his closest friends, as well.

Celine Dion was also a part of the tribute, but had to tape her rendition from Canada of "Greatest Love of All," which was played on a screen for the audience.

"We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston" will be broadcast on CBS on November 13. The new reality show "The Houstons: On Our Own," premieres on Wednesday, October 24.

 

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WE REMEMBER: HAPPY 49th Birthday Whitney Houston!

Today is the 49th birthday of the late great Whitney Houston. Come inside and celebrate her smile and other great moments in her life….

Today, we’re remembering the great things about one of the first YBF Chicks we remember dancing on our tvs, with a pop style and singing with the most soul-ful of voices. We remember her smile and her voice and more.

She gave us the most memorable version of our national anthem, some of the greatest love songs of all time and some pretty funny one-liners throughout her career.

In honor of her legacy, her daughter Bobbi Kristina and Bobbi’s "partner" Nick Gordon got tattoos.  BK tweeted, Tat tat tatted YURP.. ;) now your truly ALWAYS with us mommy (: we love you @nickdgordon always&forever{<3}

She also said, Once it hits 12 am mommy it’s your birthday&amp;I am going2celebrate it2thee fullest! Bc YOU deserve it damn it, YOU deserveNothingburtheBEST!

 

Remember the fab things about Nippy in our gallery, especially that smile…..

The Greatest Love Of All….Ms. Whitney Houston!

LeBron James Talks To Oprah About His Proposal To Savannah + Brandy Breaks Down During Interview While Listening To Whitney (Oh, And Adele Is PREGNANT!)

We’ve got a few sneak peek of the Big 3′s interview with Oprah airing this weekend.  And the fellas are revealing all about LeBron‘s proposal to Savannah, Chris Bosh‘s emotional self, Dwyane‘s maturity, and more.

 

Peep the peeks, plus Brandy‘s live breakdown, inside…

 

This Sunday, Oprah sits down with the NBA’s Miami Heat superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for an exclusive interview in Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena (it went down right after the parade this past Monday). She talks with the world champions about their historic win, their friendships on and off the court, “The Decision,” that infamous open letter from Dan Gilbert and Bron’s engagement to fiancée Savannah Brinson.

 

LeBron told the cute story of how he prepped to pop the question to his gorgeous fiancee’ Savannah Brinson on New Year’s Eve. He said, "I was very nervous. It was like a Finals game."

He had Dwyane holding the ring all night at their NYE party. And told him to give it to him quick before he wasn’t able to do it. Ha.

And check out the trailer above for Part 1 of the interviewing airing this Sunday, July 1, 8pET on OWN.  Part 2 Airs Next Sunday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

Brandy appeared on HLN yesterday to speak about her upcoming album, plus give her 2 cents on the "Showbiz Tonight" hot topics like Lady Gaga‘s new suicide song, why Brandy tapped Chris Brown for her "Put It Down" single and, of course, Whitney.

But when Whitney’s new "Celebrate" song came on in the background during the show, Brandy had a tearful breakdown saying:

“That’s my first time hearing the snippet of the new song.  It’s tough. This woman has meant everything to me. To know that she’s no longer with us in the physical is very tough and it’s been tough for me and I’m pretty sure everyone who’s been touched by her music.”

She pulled it together and kept it moving like the pro that she is though.  Loves her.

The Randomness:

1.  Damn!  Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes are DIVORCING at 5 years of marriage.  STORY

2.  Adele is PREGNANT!  She announced it on her website today that she and boyfriend Simon (who is 13 years older than her) are expecting.  As of January, Simon said he was still in the process of a divorce from his wife. STORY

VIDEO: John Legend, Jordin Sparks, Whoopi Goldberg & Bobbi Kris SPARKLE For Whitney Houston Tribute At The 2012 Billboard Awards

Whitney Houston was honored tonight at the 2012 Billboard Awards with an introduction by Whoopi Goldberg, performances by John Legend and Jordin Sparks and appearances by Bobbi Kris and Pat Houston. Watch it inside….

Tonight’s tribute to Whitney Houston at the 2012 Billboard Awards was introduced by the legendary Whoopi Goldberg. The musical portion featured John Legend singing "The Greatest Love Of All" while Whitney’s Sparkle co-star Jordin Sparks sang "I Will Always Love You."

The Millennium award was accepted by Bobbi Kristina (who brought up "step-brother" Nick Gordon) and aunt Pat Houston on behalf of Whitney.  Bobbi Kris said,

“I just really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all, not just from when it was good, but when it was bad, to just everything. Thank you so much for showing that much love ’cause she deserved it. I’m just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman’s life. There will never be another one, ever.”
 

Watch the tribute below: