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2011 MET Ball: Fashion Roundup

In: Donovan, Fashion

Starlets, models, divas, and legends all brought their fashion A-game to last night’s 2011 Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Benefit in New York City. The night celebrated the unveiling of the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit at the museum. Sarah Burton, who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was on hand to honor the work of the late designer and unveiled the exhibit. It was the biggest night of the fashion calender.

With all these ladies fighting it out for top fashion honors, you knew there were would be as many hits as there would be misses. Thankfully, they didn’t disappoint on either fronts. Check out a few of the ladies who looked stunning and those who stunned, and not for a good reason.

Gossip Girl Stars (above)

Leighton Meester: Louis Vuitton
Blake Lively: Chanel
Jessica Szohr: Topshop

Normally Blake doesn’t disappoint, but this was not good. It didn’t compliment her banging body. Jessica looked a little too clubby for a gala. Loved Leighton’s dress and shoes, but not together. As a whole, the Upper East Siders didn’t fare so well.

view more best and worst dressed stars after the jump

Jennifer Lopez’s Top 10 Songs & Music Videos

In: Donovan, Music, Videos

In honor of Jennifer Lopez’s new album “Love?” hitting stores today, I thought it was the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane. Who knew the girl from the Bronx with dreams of being a dancer would rule the music charts, box office and television ratings. Probably not even her, in her wildest dreams. Lopez has masterfully parlayed a Fly Girl dancing gig on “In Living Color” to world domination. She’s no longer “Jenny from the Block“. Instead she’s Jenny who owns the block and then some.

Over her storied career, Lopez has been nominated for Grammys, a Golden Globe, MTV VMAs and many more awards. Her personal life has grabbed as many headlines, if not, more than her professional achievements. Whether it was her highly publicized relationships with Ben Affleck (Bennifer) and P. Diddy or her three marriages, people have been fascinated with the Puerto Rican beauty for years. Speaking of beauty, the 40-something multi-hyphenate most recently scored the cover of People’s annual Most Beautiful issue. Not too shabby.

Top 10 lists are usually very tricky. You can be diplomatic about it and just factor chart performance and sales, but how much fun would that be? Not much, I say. So instead, I’m basing my countdown on my own personal tastes and memories. I’m positive, they’ll differ from your favorites, but that’s what makes the world exciting- our differences.

Before I begin, I just want to include the also-rans that almost made my cut, but just missed out. In no particular order they are: “If You Had My Love“; “Feeling So Good” ft. Big Pun; “All I Have“, ft. LL Cool J; “Let’s Get Loud“; and “Get It Right“. So without further ado, let’s begin my Top 10 Countdown of J. Lo’s greatest hits.

find out which J. Lo track is my favorite after the jump

In conjunction with her long-awaited album “Love?” dropping tomorrow, Jennifer Lopez debuted the music video for “I’m Into You” on The Today Show. It’s the follow up to her humongous hit, “On The Floor“. Just like it, she’s enlisted a rapper to add some hip-hop edge to the track. Even though Lil Wayne provides sick rhymes for the single, he doesn’t appear in the music video. Instead, she enlists hunky telenovela star and former Man Crush of mine, William Levy to provide added heat to the hot video. Here’s J. Lo explaining why she chose the Cuban sex stick to co-star with her.

“It was funny because over Christmas, I had my whole family at my house, and every day my cousins and my aunts and everybody tuned in to this thing [telenovela] to see this guy … I called my cousins and they were like, ‘It’s William Levy. You’ve got to get William Levy!’”

I have to admit, I like the song more after watching the music video. When I first heard the track, I wasn’t a super fan and thought she was copying Rihanna‘s footsteps by releasing an island-sounding track as her second single. But consider me a convert now. La Lopez traveled to the Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza to film the scenic clip. Melina Matsoukas directed the pop singer who looks absolutely stunning in every shot. It’s like Madonna’s “Cherish” music video fused with Beyonce’s “Deja Vu” set in a Mayan setting. Watch the clip and you’ll totally agree with my references.

watch the music video after the jump

Jennifer Lopez’s new album, “Love?“, finally drops on Tuesday, May 3, after much delay. It was originally slated for a release date in 2010, but due to the enormous flop, “Louboutins“, it was shelved and Lopez was dropped by Sony Records. Thankfully, she regrouped and signed with Island/Def Jam. We’ve already heard a few tracks including “Papi“, “I’m Into You“, “Good Hit“, and the huge hit, “On The Floor“. Now, we have the first listen of another track, “Hypnotico“, from her seventh studio album.

Lopez, once again, teams up with RedOne to produce another potential club banger hit. “Hypnotico” is also one of two tracks co-written by Lady Gaga included on the album. The other being “Invading My Mind“. Here’s what Jennifer told Rolling Stone Magazine about Gaga’s involvement on her new disc.

“We didn’t work together face to face. RedOne brought her into the process, because they’d worked together a lot—it was kind of cool,” she said. “She’s a great songwriter. I don’t just love her lyrics, but also her melodies.”

The synth-heavy track was originally written for Jamaican popstar and Akon protegee, Tami Chynn. Unfortunately for Chynn, her debut track “Frozen” flopped big time for her back in 2008. Her label dropped her and subsequent tracks were never released, including “Hypnotico”. Akon and RedOne tried to turn Tami into the Jamaican Lady Gaga. If you recall, Akon was instrumental in signing Lady Gaga. Looks like lightning didn’t strike twice for Akon’s protegee.

Listen to both Jennifer Lopez’s and Tami Chynn’s versions below and compare. Decide if it was a wise move for Lopez to include sloppy seconds for her comeback CD? Will La Lopez spellbind her fans with her “Hypnotico” jam?

listen to both versions after the jump

Jennifer Lopez Serves Up “Papi”

In: Donovan, Music

In preparation of Jennifer Love’s release of “Love?“, the singer has released another track from her upcoming album. “Papi” is the third single from Lopez’s seventh studio album. Once again, J.Lo enlisted RedOne to produce this dance track. SHOCKER. Not really, considering their last collaboration, “On The Floor“, is a huge hit and already amassed an astonishing 100 million views on YouTube. That’s right… 100 effing million views. Jenny is definitely back on the block.

If you loved Jennifer’s previous leaks, then you’ll like “Papi“. The Latin-flavored dance track serves it up with pounding synths and beating drums. It’s another club banger track that will “Move your body, move your body/ Dance for your papi/ Rock your body, rock your body/ Dance for your papi.”. The track was originally supposed to debut on Tuesday, but due to high demand, Lopez released it a few days early for her fans. Check it out below.

listen to Papi after the jump

Is Jennifer Lopez The Most Beautiful?

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

According to People Magazine, she just might be. The American Idol judge is rumored to be gracing the cover of the magazine’s annual “Most Beautiful” issue. After literally falling on her butt on “Louboutins” and “The Backup Plan”, Jennifer Lopez has certainly managed to stage a comeback. Signing on to Idol has definitely resuscitated her career. Not only is she riding high on the charts with “On The Floor“, but the accompanying music video has garnered more views that Britney and Gaga’s latest vids.

This isn’t the first time Lopez has made People Magazine’s beautiful cut. She appeared in 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2010, but this is the first time she’ll appear on the cover for the special issue. Not too shabby for the 41-year-old stunner. Definitely a wise move sitting in between both Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. Having those two on either side of her on the Idol panel only punctuates her beauty. LOL.

Jennifer Lopez’s new album, “Love?” hits stores on April 29, 2011. Check out a preview of her tracklisting here.

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J.Lo Reveals “LOVE?” Track List

In: Music, Tyrell

The name of her album may be ending in a question, but that doesn’t mean those of us who are adoring Jennifer Lopez are confused about her comeback to music. After what feels like an extended hiatus to get married and have babies, Jennifer tried to comeback with Loubitans but the single failed miserably with critics and the charts. It didn’t matter how many talk shows and events she performed it at, no one really seemed to like it. I’m just going to chalk it up as, it wasn’t her time yet.

Now, with her smash single On The Floor burning up the dance charts, and her new single with Lil Wayne on its way up, the anticipation for the full length album is at its highest and now, all of us can be treated to a sneak peak at the track list for the upcoming disc.

Twelve songs make the cut with the deluxe edition adding another four including a Spanish version of On The Floor. How sexy. What’s noticeable is that the two tracks that J Lo has featured artists on are the ones being released as singles. Is that because her solo tracks aren’t as good? Donovan gave us a preview of Good Hit a while back which is pretty good so lets hope the rest stack up.

Check out the full track list here.

Jennifer Lopez’s Give It LOVE, Get It Early campaign is in full swing before her single I’m Into You drops on Tuesday. The song which features Lil Wayne and has a more urban and R&B edge compared to her previous single, On The Floor. I said in my previous article about the song that it reminded me of her Rebirth album.

The video shoot for the track is now in full swing. Wearing a whole lot of snake skin, Jennifer looks amazing during her solo shots in Chichen Itza, Mexico where she sings on the Mayan Temple steps. No word on if Lil Wayne was there as well but from the first pictures that have surfaced, it looks like its going to be a great video.

Check out more photos from the video shoot after the jump.

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