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Jennifer Hudson Walks It Out On New Timbaland Track

In: Donovan, Music
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Sissy that walk J-Hud. The Dreamgirls actress slays it with her new slammin’ slow jam. Don’t mess with this leaner and sassier version.

Walk It Out” comes from prolific producer Timbaland and features lyrics by Lyrica Anderson. The track is the official follow up to her infectious “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” off her upcoming third studio album. It’s an interesting decision to slow things down as the lucrative summer season is just around the corner, but I like it. I’m always down for a slinky sensual jam. Give it a listen below.

listen to the track after the jump

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Lea Michele isn’t the only singer to recently pose for Terry Richardson. Jennifer Hudson also steps it up for the famed photographer. The 32-year-old singer gets her sexy on in a series of black ensembles while sporting a slick new hairstyle. I’m a huge fan and I maybe a little biased, but I think she looks phenomenal.

The photos are from the music issue of V Magazine. Hudson also chats with the publication about her love of singing, performing for drag queens and plenty more. Check out a few quotes from the publication, along with more photos.

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Jennifer Hudson first leaked “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” back in September. At long last, we finally have an accompanying visual for the Pharrell-produced track. J-Hud looks absolutely stunning wearing stylish threads and serving major shoulder shimmies and broken down doll poses. There’s also a splattering of muscular dancers showing off their glistening torsos for fans to enjoy. On behalf of everyone, thank you Jennifer.

“I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” features T.I. during the rap break. While it might not be the best choice as the first single for her forthcoming third studio album, I like it. Mind you, I’m partial to the entire retro-soul jazz throwback movement that seems to be taking over lately.

“Some of the songs have a nice old school swag to them, but I think people will be very pleasantly surprised with this album ’cause it’s about the mood and the groove and real music,” Jennifer told Yahoo! Music

Watch the sexy clip below. I have to say, I’m loving Hudson’s new haircut and overall confident swagger. Definitely a far cry from her American Idol days. It’s amazing what an Oscar and a Weight Watchers endorsement deal will do ;)

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Just in time for the Season 13 premiere of American Idol, Forbes released their annual roundup of the top-earning alums from the reality show. Despite it’s declining ratings, the show still produces viable platinum-selling artists. Just look at previous winners Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips who’ve reversed the downward trend that hit rock bottom when Lee DeWyze took the Season 9 crown. It’s too early to tell if reigning champ Candice Glover can maintain the momentum, but I have high hopes.

After losing the title last year, Carrie Underwood earns bragging rights among her fellow Idols. According to the publication, Underwood earned $31 million from June 2012 through June 2013. Just to punctuate how huge that is, her earnings exceeded the annual earnings of last year’s judges, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Carrie’s total comes from her platinum-selling Blown Away album, highly-successful tour and multiple endorsement deals.

Phillips makes his debut on the list by scoring the most successful coronation song in Idol history. “Home” sold more than four million copies. He ties for third place with Adam Lambert. The person you’ll be shocked that made the cut is Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. For the longest time, he was perceived as the worst Idol winner (that is before DeWyze came along). The Soul Patrol leader earns his spot by being the first and only Idol act to have a Vegas residency at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino.

Check out the Top 10 list below. I’ve also added clips/music videos from each former Idol contestant to familiarize yourself with their recent work.

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Whether her experience playing Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant in the Sex and the City movie factored in this generous gesture or not, Jennifer Hudson just upped the ante for celebrities. The Dreamgirls actress gifted a house to her personal assistant, Walter Williams III, during the holidays. Talk about a Christmas bonus. I wonder what Jennifer Lopez’s PA received during the holiday season? I bet not even a gingerbread house ;) I kid.

Not surprisingly, Walter freaked out, dropping the house documents and shrieking like an audience member at one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things tapings. Thanks to Instagram we can see his huge reaction. Before you starting looking for work as a personal assistant though, it’s worth noting that Walter met the American Idol alum in the sixth grade and has been one of her closest friends since. Check out the clip below.

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No one can ever take the place of my beloved Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, but if there was anyone I’ll allow, it’s Jennifer Hudson. She may not be nearly as believable as the political fixer, but it’s entertaining to see her play the Scandal role for a Funny or Die spoof. Watch the Dreamgirls actress discuss Obamacare in the clip below.

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Love, love, love Jennifer Hudson, but let’s face it. Her recording career has been lackluster at best after a promising start. Her biggest hit to date is her debut single “Spotlight” which topped the R&B chart and peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. I have a feeling though, that’s all about to change.

There’s no denying Pharrell Williams has the “midas touch” these days. He’s helped both Robin Thicke and Daft Punk score huge hits this past summer. Hoping to be her lucky charm is Hudson. RCA Records enlisted the hitmaker to work with the Dreamgirls actress on a new track. The early verdict… it’s a success.

I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” is a departure for J-Hud. It’s more uptempo than what we’re used to hearing from her. Definitely a nice change of pace. She stays true, however, to her soul sound but with a nice dance beat. It’s rhythmic soul with a bit of urban swagger in the form of lyrical rhymes from T.I. Check it out below. I’m already a fan of it.

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On Friday, we finally get our chance to see Jennifer Hudson play South African activist Winnie Mandela. The biopic first premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Due to a lackluster response, it was shelved. It received new life in October 2012, when it was released to a limited number of theaters in Canada. Again, poor reviews prevented it from receiving a US release date.

For some reason, Image Entertainment acquired the rights and decided to release it this weekend. I hope they didn’t pay too much for it, because I highly doubt it’ll generate too much revenue at the box office. Perhaps, the company was looking for a huge tax write off ;)

I have no doubt the film sucks major balls, but at least a track appearing on the film’s soundtrack doesn’t. To be fair, I’d like almost anything J-Hud sang. I’ve been a fan of her since her American Idol days. “Bleed For Love” is exactly the type of song, Hudson shines on. Written by Diane Warren, the soulful power ballad allows for Jennifer to soar with her amazing vocals. It’s definitely epic and cinematic. Give it a listen below. A hot dance remix would be fantastic.

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