LL and J Lo in control

Christina Aguilera has revealed plans to release her new album called ‘Back To Basics’. Her new album will be a tribute to soul, jazz and blues from the 1920 to the 40s, influenced by the likes of Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald.

Tracks disclosed by Aguilera include “I Got Trouble”, “Candy Man” and “Nasty Naughty Boy”. A track titled “Thank You” will sample her hit track “Genie In A Bottle”. The album will also feature a track called “Save Me From Myself”, dedicated to her husband Jordon Bratman. ‘Back To Basics’ will be out on August 15 with a single titled “Ain’t No Other Man”, preceding its release on June 12. Aguilera’s last album was called ‘Stripped’.

Outkast will release the soundtrack to their long-awaited film Idewild. The group comprising Big Boi and Andre 3000 will release the album on August 22 in the US. It was scheduled for release on Valentine’s Day, but was postponed.
The film is set in the 1930s and will star Outkast with Patti LaBelle and Macy Gray. Meanwhile a song titled “Mighty O”, apparently from the soundtrack was leaked online.

No – there is no change at the No.1 spot on the UK singles chart for a seventh consecutive week with “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. The song now equals the seven week run at the top of the chart last time for “(Is This The Way To) Amarillo” by Tony Christie.

At the No.2 position this week is the high climber “Control Myself” by LL Cool J, featuring Jennifer Lopez or J-Lo as some people prefer to call her. The song jumped 13 places from its debut position last week. By now it is clear that the reason for the sky jump is the physical release of the song.

LL Cool J

“Control Myself” was one of the most anticipated rap tracks of the year. It is LL Cool J’s biggest hit since “Hush” peaked at No.3 in February 2005. His only UK No.1 song has been so far “Ain’t Nobody” in 1997. For Jennifer Lopez, it’s her first chart outing in a year in the UK. The last time the duo worked together was when LL was the featured artiste on Lopez’ single “All I Have” in 2003. Coincidently that song too peaked at the No.2 position.

Jennifer Lopez

The Pet Shop Boys, the 1985 to 1990 big time group, has a chart entry at No.8 with “I’m With Stupid”. The song that deals with Blair – Bush politics is backed up with a powerful disco sound. The song is taken from their forthcoming album ‘Fundamental’.

The UK’s Eurovison entry “Teenage Life” by Daz Sampson checked into the chart at No.13. The song, a white rap track, does not seem to have much life to it, as it is likely to be doomed by next week.

Former Spice Girl – Geri Halliwell gave birth to a baby girl at London’s Portland Hospital on May 14 by caesarean section. Reports say Hollywood script writer Sacha Gervasi was the likely father of the child, as he issued a statement that said he intends to give Geri and the baby all the love and support. The couple had met last year, and dated for around six months, before parting company.

Nearly a 1000 or more females turned up at the Wembley Conference Centre in London on May 12 to audition for the role of the nun, Maria, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s forthcoming musical stage version of “The Sound of Music”. It was reported that most of the hopefuls were trying hard to sing out some of the songs that were sung by Julie Andrews, who also acted in the famous film. Lord Webber is said to be looking for an unknown actress to play the part of the nun aged around 20.

There were hopefuls apparently as old as 35, married and with kids. The final 10 will appear in a reality TV show, where the winner will be selected by the viewers for the role of Maria.

US rap star Snoop Dogg returned to the UK last week to answer charges of assault during an earlier visit to the country last month.

On May 11, Snoop presented himself at a London police station near Heathrow airport, where he received a caution for the use of threatening words under the Public Order Act. Thirty people were involved in the fracas when five of Snoop associates were prevented from being in the Business Lounge at Terminal 1, since they did not have the correct tickets to be in the lounge.


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