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On October 25, 1994 Madonna released her sixth studio album titled Bedtime Stories. After receiving critical and commercial backlash for her controversial Erotica LP, Madge decided to soften up her image and not be as overtly sexual. Bedtime Stories sold over two million domestically and seven copies worldwide. It was also nominated for Best Pop Album at the 38th Grammy Awards.

Inspired by R&B and new jack swing, the album featured more radio-friendly tracks. She worked with Dallas Austin, Babyface, Shep Pettibone, Herbie Hancock and Bjork to name a few. The title track, “Bedtime Story,” saw Madonna experimenting with electronic music- a sound she further explored for her next album- Grammy Award-winning Ray Of Light. It was this era that spawned one of the pop star’s best ballads in her discography- “Take A Bow.”

Take a walk down memory lane for the album’s 20th anniversary by watching the music videos released by Madonna. “Human Nature” is my favorite with “Secret” a close second. Be sure to weigh in on which of her singles were your favorite during this era

check out all the videos from this album below

tamar-braxton-let-me-know-video

Tamar Braxton has really come into her own the past few years. IMHO, she’s successfully stepped out of her sister, Toni’s shadow. Not only does she have her own hit reality series, but she’s also a co-host of the syndicated talk show, The Real. Plus, her music is doing quite well on the charts and on urban radio.

The 37-year-old is currently in the studio working on her follow-up to last year’s well-received Love and War. The lead single, “Let Me Know,” off her forthcoming third studio album premiered recently. The R&B diva gets assistance from Future on the track and samples Aaliyah’s “At Your Best (You Are Love).” I’m always down for an Aaliyah sample, especially that track.

Watch Tamar serve dramatic glamorous poses and looks in the accompanying video below. If you loved her previous album, you’ll love this. I’m definitely a fan.

watch after the jump

jennifer-lopez-nyc-penthouse

She may be heading to Las Vegas to headline her own residency in the future, but Jennifer Lopez isn’t ready to ditch the East coast entirely. The 44-year-old entertainer reportedly shelled out $22 million for the 6,250-square ft. luxury penthouse of a pre-war boutique condominium in Manhattan’s Flatiron district overlooking Madison Square Park.

The 90-year-old Whitman Building stretches the entire span between two city blocks, making its four converted condos some of the longest apartments in New York City (and the roomiest, with spacious 12’4″ ceilings).

The address is so exclusive it only houses four units. Chelsea Clinton and NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon are two of the famous residents. Clinton reportedly spent $10 million for the entire second floor.

The interior spans 6,500 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms and 2 half-baths. The residence also has four terraces totaling more than 3,000 square feet. There’s even her own private putting green.

Must be nice!!! Check out the sick pad below.

check out pics after the jump

halloween-steam-room-stories

I haven’t posted a Steam Room Stories video in ages but thought I’d rectify that situation stat. With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it was the perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with those sexy towel-wearing studs.

As is the case in girl world, the more revealing and sluttier the costume, the better in gay world. Less (in terms of clothing) is definitely more!!! It’s not one of their funniest clips, but the juicy man candy being paraded around is worth looking at. The video sorta works better on mute. I kid ;) Check it out below.

check out the clip after the jump

Leighton Meester Streams New Album Heartstrings

In: Donovan, Music
leighton-meester-heartstrings

During the height of her Gossip Girl fame, Leighton Meester signed a major-label recording contract with Universal Republic Records. The 28-year-old had a promising start, scoring a Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit with Cobra Starship‘s “Good Girls Go Bad.” Her label then hooked her up with Robin Thicke for “Somebody To Love,” but that went nowhere fast. Thicke once again screwing over a woman ;)

With no major label backing her, Meester decided to do things on her own. Mrs. Adam Brody pulled a Beyonce and randomly dropped an album titled Heartstrings this week with no fanfare. Based on her previous singles, I was expecting more pop club-ready fare. Instead, Leighton delivers a folksy Lana Del Rey-esque type of album. The understated LP is surprisingly not half bad. Check out the entire thing below.

listen to the entire album after the jump

iggy-azalea-snl-performance

I-G-G-Y brought her Australian swagger to Studio 8H this weekend, wowing audiences with two solid back-to-back performances. The 24-year-old rapper didn’t embarrass herself in her Saturday Night Live debut.

If Azalea had any nerves, she certainly didn’t let them affect her. Sadly, the same can’t be said about Danish singer MØ. The talented yet relatively unknown singer appeared/disappeared numerous times during “Beg For It.” Iggy somewhat addressed it afterward by writing, “MO congratulations on your first television! (It only gets easier!)” on her Instagram profile.

Rita Ora made a surprise appearance during the “Fancy” and “Black Widow” medley. Too bad Charli XCX didn’t tag along as well. It wasn’t the same with the background vocalists singing the hook of “Fancy.” Check out both performances below and weigh in afterward.

watch both performances after the

aretha-franklin-dance-remix

What a difference a remix makes? I was on the fence with Aretha Franklin’s Adele cover for her new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. However now, Aretha’s rendition finally gets my R-E-S-P-E-C-T!!!

Thanks to Wideboys, I’m obsessed with the 72-year-old legend’s “Rolling In The Deep”-”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” mashup. With a kickin’ ass beat, the track is elevated to new heights. Give the now anthemic single a listen below.

listen to the hot remix after the jump

The First Canceled Show Of The Season Is…

In: Donovan, TV Shows
manhattan-love-story-canceled

There’s no happily ever after for Manhattan Love Story. It took exceptionally much longer this year to happen, but the axe has finally fallen.

The ABC romantic comedy is the first causality of the new television season. The most recent episode attracted only 2.62 million viewers and a paltry 0.7 rating in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic. I saw the first episode but it didn’t really do anything for me even though I like the leads played by ANTM alum Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman.

ABC was also the first network to cancel a show last year. However, the axe fell on Lucky on October 4. CBS’ Made In Jersey and NBC’s The Playboy Club earned the dishonorable distinction on Oct. 10, 2012 and Oct. 4, 2011 respectively. Typically, networks have been swift and fast getting rid of dead weight but this year they’ve been taking their time. Will more shows follow suit now that the first casualty has occurred?

In other ABC-related news, the alphabet network gave good news to seven of its shows by ordering more episodes. Find out which shows will air less repeats below.

check out shows getting more episodes after the jump

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Who Is Donovan?

"The Meticulous One" : Formerly the VP of a Top 20 kids/teen online magazine property, Donovan brings his online expertise for this project. Donovan and Brian have been together for almost a decade! Who knew relationships could last this long. He's the one taking the pictures, with a library consisting of thousands of photos - he's got dirt on all of us. Check out his Q&A questionnaire. Follow him on Twitter!

Current Song Obsessions

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