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While Keyshia Cole elbowed her way into the crowded R&B field several years ago with heartbreak songs such as “Love” and “I Remember,” the singer says she can’t stand to listen to them anymore – which explains the title of her new album, “A Different Me.”


       Currently on tour with Lil Wayne and Gym Class Heroes, the 27-year-old diva — who is also a big reality star thanks to her successful BET show “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” — recently sat down with the Associated Press to discuss just how different her life has become since releasing her debut album in June 2005.       

AP: On the opening track of the new CD, you introduce your “sexier” side. What does that mean exactly?

Cole: Just the mood of some of the music, and also the pictures that I took for the album packaging were a little bit sexier than normal. It’s a lot lighter and sexier, you can listen to it and it’s not so heartbroken and painful.

AP: Do you feel sexier now than before?

Cole: I just think that sexier is, I guess, the clothes that you’re wearing. I’ve always been a young lady but I just chose to do certain things or look a certain way before. I really did like the fact that I work really hard to make it here. It’s just a sexier or softer side of myself that I chose to put forth and show the world. I think it’s always been there, it’s just the point of bringing it out and being comfortable with yourself.

AP: Talk about the songwriting process when recording the new CD.

Cole: With “Love,” after I wrote that song, I couldn’t listen to it, I still can’t listen to “Love,” I just can’t. Like I don’t even listen to my own albums, which is bad because I really need to do that because I perform them all the time. It’s just that after I write it, and I felt that way and I remember that way, it’s hard for me to go back and really listen to it because I hate feeling that way. But I perform those songs almost every night so it’s something that I have to take myself back to and remember that feeling and project that feeling to the world. But that’s why I went with the “A Different Me” title because I am a traveling performer and a growing entertainer and I wanted to switch up the music and change it up and give it a different vibe because I don’t want to be on the same vibe every night singing the same type of song.

AP: Is it going to be easier to perform the new songs because the material is lighter?

Cole: I’ll see. Hopefully it brings a wider base of a crowd for me to perform in front of. To get that arena audience, I felt like I had to switch it up just a little tiny bit, and touch (on) different (subject) matters in relationships, just on a worldwide basis.

AP: What else are you doing differently?

Cole: I definitely changed choreographers, I switched by band up, I revamped my whole staging and just rehearsing and working at that because I never really incorporated a bunch of dance moves or choreography on the stage, but now I’m trying new things. I just want to live up to the title “A Different Me.” I just want to become a headlining entertainer at arenas and do it that big.



Filed under: Entertainment,Hip Hip — Ryann Hayman @ 11:26 am
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One day after going winless at the American Music Awards, Lil Wayne announced plans to hit the road again to support his double-platinum album, “Tha Carter III.”


       The rapper will begin Dec. 6 with a makeup date in Rochester, NY, and then play more than a dozen shows across the US into January. Several stops along the way will include Keyshia Cole, T-Pain, Gym Class Heroes and Keri Hilson. Details are included below.      

       A couple of Lil Wayne performances have been scrapped at the last minute in recent weeks. Halfway through the Oct. 26 Rochester show at Blue Cross Arena, the audience reportedly was told the rapper would not show because he didn’t like the venue’s sound system. The next night in Boston, Wayne pulled out of a concert because he “was apparently unable or unwilling” to comply with a security checkpoint at TD Banknorth Garden, according to the Boston Herald.      

       Here are Lil Wayne’s tour dates:

December 2008
6 – Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena 
14 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena 
18 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center* 
19 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center* 
21 – Universal City, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk
23 – Oakland, CA – ORACLE Arena*
26 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena*
27 – Chicago, IL – United Center/WGCI Big Jam 
28 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center/Power 99 HollaDay Jam
29 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex 
30 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center 
31 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena*

January 2009
2 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
3 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum


*Lil’ Wayne with Keyshia Cole, T-Pain, Gym Class Heroes and Keri Hilson


Lil Wayne Hits The Road With T-Pain & Keyshia Cole November 11, 2008

Filed under: Entertainment,Hip Hip — Ryann Hayman @ 11:27 am
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Time to hit the road. MTV reports that Lil Wayne is set to headline an eigh-week nationwide tour featuring T-Pain, Keyshia Cole and Gym Class Heroes starting December 18th.

Wayne is also scheduled to release his highly anticipated Dedication 3mixtape with DJ Drama this Thursday(11/11). Similar to the two previous installments, the tape features Wayne rippinng known instrumentals like DJ Drama’s “The Art Of Storytelling Pt.4,” Soulja Boy’s “Shootouts” and Lil Jon and Too $hort’s “Dick Pleaser.”

The 23-track disc features guest verses on nearly every cut. But rather than collaborate with established artists, Weezy is mostly sharing mic time with Young Money and signees and affiliates, including Nicki Minaj, Drake, Gudda Gudda, Mack Maine and especially Jae Millz, who appears on nearly half of the records. Drama affiliates Willie Da Kid and LA The Darkman also appear numerous times on the tape.



VH1 has added more than a dozen artists to its talent roster for the Fifth Annual Hip Hop Honors, including Flavor Flav, Fat Joe and Queen Latifah, the network announced yesterday.


       The network has also changed the show’s airdate from Tuesday, Oct. 7, to Monday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m.       

       Actor Tracy Morgan returns as host of the annual affair saluting hip-hop luminaries who broke new ground and pioneered the genre into a true cultural phenomenon. This year’s honorees include Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty by Nature, Slick Rick and Too $hort.       

       Other new additions to the lineup announced Tuesday are: Busta Rhymes, Cee-Lo, Chuck D, Estelle, EPMD, Gym Class Heroes, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Luke Campbell, Mack 10, Michael Rapaport and The Roots.      

       They join previously-booked guests Big Boi, Biz Markie, Bun B, DJ Kaos, Ghostface Killah, Kid Rock, MC Lyte, Lil’ Jon, Q-Tip, Scarface, Wyclef Jean, and Sanaa Lathan.      

       “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” tapes at New York City’s famed Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, Oct. 2. Additional performances and appearances will continue to be announced.


Gym Class Heroes and The Roots Tour Together August 25, 2008

Filed under: Entertainment,Hip Hip — Ryann Hayman @ 12:25 am
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Both bands will hit the road in the Fall

The Gym Class Heroes will find their Roots in October; the two bands that are well known for performing live music will join forces on a North American Tour.

According to Billboard.com, The Gym Class Heroes and The Roots will be swapping headlining duties throughout the tour, which starts on October 2 in Baltimore. Estelle, the British import who has been dominating the US Billboard Hot 100 with “American Boy,” will be joining them on the tour.

Tickets go on sale today for Gym Class Heroes’ fan club members, and this weekend for the general public.

The Roots are currently touring until the end of the month, while the Gym Class Heroes have been touring this summer with the Vans Warped Tour promoting their next album The Quilt, which will be dropping in September.

The tour dates are as follows:

• October 3, 2008- Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
• October 4, 2008- Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
• October 5, 2008- North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
• October 6, 2008- Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
• October 7, 2008- Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
• October 8, 2008- Miami, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason
• October 10, 2008- Houston, TX @ Meridian w/ Estelle only
• October 11, 2008- Dallas, TX @ The Palladium Ballroom
• October 12, 2008- Austin, TX @ The Backyard
• October 14, 2008- Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
• October 19, 2008- Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
• October 21, 2008- Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium
• October 23, 2008- Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
• October 26, 2008- Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
• October 28, 2008- New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
• October 30, 2008- Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Downstairs
• October 31, 2008- Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Convention Hall
• November 1, 2008- Albany, NY @ Washington Avenue Armory