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Meet Matthew Knowles New Girl Group “From Above”

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Would Destiny’s Child and members of the group like Beyonce and Kelly Rowland have been household names today if it were not due to the genius of Matthew Knowles? Well, we’ll soon find out. Beyonce’s dad and former manager is launching a new girl group called From Above. He feels the market is lacking in girl groups and thinks it’s time for another phenomenon like Spice Girls, Pussycat Dolls and Destiny’s Child to rule the radio airwaves.

The makeup of the group is a bit tricky. Apparently, five girls from the UK were flown to Houston, Texas for Knowles’ boot camp. Upon arriving there, they were met with two other girls who were also vying for a place in From Above. Expect the unexpected as they always say. The entire process was documented and currently airing over MTV affiliates in 160 countries.

Even though the show is still airing it would seem based on the cover art above that the final five girls have been selected. The group consists of, from left to right, Chelsey Reynolds, Ashley Shaw, Daisy Evans, Monique Robert and Seyi Joshua. Their debut album, “Breaking From Above” will be released digitally on December 12 and the show’s theme song “Work” and first official single “Not The Same Girl” released as singles on November 29.

listen to the group’s first single

On December 1, Lady Gaga will be finally releasing her highly anticipated (as they always are) music video for “Marry The Night“. There’s been a lot of build up for this video which will be her longest to date, as she’s got a story to tell. Recently, she released “The Prelude Pathetique” which featured Gaga on a gurney narrating the story, as she was being pulled by two chic nurses.

Now, we’ve been dished a new treat that shows an actual part of the video, meaning that the song is actually playing. In this clip you’re about to watch, Gaga works it out in a dance studio with some fierce choreography. She seriously dances like like never before in this video.

The choreography was done by new choreographer, Richard Jackson, who is Laurieann Gibson’s assistant. In case you didn’t know, Gaga recently fired Gibson. Drama! Anyway, enjoy the clip below. Definitely can’t wait to check out the video next week, which comes out on World AIDS Day!

Video after the jump…

Without a doubt, Beyonce is one of the hardest working women in the music industry. The woman gives it everything she’s got with every performance and never half-asses it *cough* Britney *cough*. In today’s market, you’d be lucky to get three music videos from most artists off of one album. Not for Queen B. The hit-making machine just released her latest clip from “4“, marking it the 7th music video from the album. YOWZA, seven videos. That’s impressive. Sure, “Dance For You” is a bonus track, but it’s still a track from her fourth studio album.

Sometimes less is more and having a simple video can do the trick. That’s exactly what Bey’s new film noir-inspired clip does. It’s like a classic Bogart & Bacall flick meets 8 1/2 weeks with a helping dose of Beyonce’s signature booty shaking and hair tossing. I swear that woman must have the strongest neck muscles around. My neck gets sore just by looking at her go to town.

When I first heard The Dream-produced “Dance For You“, I classified it as pedestrian album filler but I have to admit, I love it now. Personally, having a visual to associate to a track helps me connect to it more. The beautiful use of light and shadow is truly stunning. Then when you factor in Beyonce’s seductive private dancing it’s completely mesmerizing. “Dance For You” doesn’t the same over-the-top production as some of her videos, but it’s equally as compelling. Watch the clip below.

click here to check out Beyonce’s latest clip

How Katy Perry didn’t win “Artist of the Year” at the recent American Music Awards is beyond me? The fact Taylor Swift beat her out just proves how much of a joke the AMAs have become over the years. The woman had a stellar year without a doubt. As each day goes by, Perry is racking up accolades not seen in years. She was the first artist to equal Michael Jackson’s feat of achieving five straight chart toppers from the same album. He did it with “Bad” and she with “Teenage Dream“.

Now, Katy has another achievement to brag about. The “Firework” singer joins a short and prestigious list of artists who’ve landed six Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits from one album. Throughout the chart’s 53-year history, only five artists have done this. Two of them even achieved the feat twice, bringing the total of albums to a relatively small seven. With Perry’s “The One That Got Away” breaking into the Top 10, “Teenage Dream” now joins this illustrious group. She’s the first artist since 1993 to pull this impressive trick off and only the second female to do so. Check out who else made the list.

check out who Katy Perry joins in the exclusive list after the jump

Jason Derulo “Fights For You” While Showering

In: Donovan, Music

It’s Jason Deruuuuuuuulo. Whenever I hear his name, I can’t help but hear the auto-tuned saying of his name. The 22-year-old singer just debuted the music video for “Fight For You“, the third single from his album “Future History“. While not a bomb, his sophomore effort hasn’t matched the same success as his self-titled debut album. That album spawned three Top 10 Billboard hits. Perhaps third time is a charm and “Fight For You” will break into Top 10.

Super producer RedOne worked on the ballad with Derulo, marking their first collaboration together. It features a sample of Toto’s 1982 hit “Africa“. The steamy (literally) video captures Derulo performing his signature dance moves, riding a subway, singing on a rooftop and showing off his toned body in a steamy shower for two. The track has potential and with a visual now released, it has that extra promotional push to vault it higher on the charts. Check out the video below.

watch the music video after the jump

Rihanna Spends Time With Family In New Video

In: Music, Tyrell, Videos

It’s American Thanksgiving weekend and with that, we have a lot to be thankful for including family. Even our favorite celebrities spend time with family on Thanksgiving weekend. In a new video released from Rihanna, we are invited to take a peek inside her family home back in Barbados. The 23-year-old singer stripped down to her bare essentials sits and chats with her mother, brother and cutely named Gran Gran about life, reminisce on old family photos and even get a lesson on working hard before playing hard.

“These are the people who make you who you are. They’ve helped you grow. They’re responsible for the countless lessons in life that you’ve learned. It’s the memories of who you were that make ‘em proud to see what you’ve become.”

The narrator throughout the clip is none other than Mr. Shawn Carter better known as Jay-Z to most of us. Two of my favorite moments in the clip are when 1, RiRi’s mother tells her brother Rajad that on Monday-Friday, he won’t be on Facebook but instead, in a textbook and 2, when Rihanna gives her Grandma a beautiful eternity ring from Cartier. Even better, Rihanna bought one for herself so they could have matching rings. Check out the full clip below.

Watch Rihanna in Barbados after the jump.

NBC’s new musical drama Smash may not be heading to our TV’s until February 6, however the show’s new VEVO account has premiered it’s first full length music video in promotion of the show’s debut. The clip features former Idol contestant Katherine McPhee tackling Christina Aguilera’s massive ballad, Beautiful. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the song as they’ve used it in a few promos prior to release this video.

If you’re not quite sure what Smash is about, it follows an out-of-town girl who comes to New York to audition for the role of Marilyn Monroe in a new musical being written for Broadway. We will also be introduced to the writers and producers of the show which include the likes of Debra Messing, Anjelica Houston and Christian Borle. In a twist, the lyricist, (which Messing plays) is actually against the idea of a Marilyn Monroe musical. Go figure.

Steven Spielberg is the show’s creator and is said to have had the idea for a while. He first brought the idea to Showtime but was then purchased by NBC and added to their winter season line up. In June , Smash was one of eight honorees in the “Most Exciting New Series” category at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Looks like this show just might be… well, a Smash!. Check out Katherine’s version of Beautiful below.

Watch Katherine’s “Beautiful” music video after the jump.

The Voice became a huge hit last year in the U.S. when it debuted on NBC. Different formats of the hit show are currently running in over 30 countries and now, Australia is ready to jump on the band wagon. The country already has version of Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, so adding The Voice only makes sense really, am I right?

The show will be broadcast on the country’s Nine Network and will start sometime early 2012. The format is based on the version we know here in the U.S. which is based off the format in The Netherlands entitled The Voice of Holland. The winner will receive a record contract with Universal Music.

Since the Daily Telegraph announced that the show would be coming to Australia many rumors and names had been floating around as to who would be the four judges sitting in the turning chairs. One of them was Australia’s own Danii Minogue. It was then reported that they were looking for American musicians to join the show. Names tossed around were Pink and Gwen Stefani to name a couple. Now, the official panel has been announced via the show’s official Twitter. Check out who they are below.

Check out “The Voice: Australia” judges panel after the jump.

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