Mary J Blige made her name on articulating drama and storming around with eloquence, but damn, everyone’s got a sunny side sometimes. “Just Fine,” the lead track from her forthcoming Growing Pains, finds the singer bouncing a bit faster than usual, and declaring just how well things are going. It’s fairly irresistible. “No time for moping around,” she coos, “no time for negative vibes,” ultimately rocking an “ooooh” that rivals Michael Jackson‘s classic exclamations.
Growing Pains features collabos with Maroon 5 and Ne-Yo. But “this isn’t about throwing junk together. I want to amaze people,” she told Blender. “I’m constantly looking toward the new kids, like Rihanna, for inspiration; keeps me on my game.”
VH1 is premiering the “Just Fine” video on Thursday morning, starting at 6 am. Catch it once an hour through 10 am. Here’s a little tease from the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul herself. Get the big picture in Mary J’s Box Set.
In this episode, a member of the Hogan family gets a very special award…
It couldn’t go to a more deserving party…
Tortie, for your listening skills alone, you’ve made a hell of a good parent!
Through an algorithm we keep under lock and key at our editorial labs, we have collected info on the search behavior of our savviest pop music fans. Here’s a selective guide for VH1.com queries covering Oct 15 through Oct. 21.
The Cholo Phenomenon
For months, countless users have been typing “Lean Like a Cholo” into our search box. This single from the Down AKA Kilo (pictured above) album Definition of an Ese was released last April. Our algorithm, advanced as it is, fails to explain the song’s high popularity relative to its unimpressive position at No. 53 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. But we’re guessing video spoofs related to the song (Ã la gangsta chipmonks and cholas) may be keeping interest strong.
- Mariah Carey has an army prep her for a TV appearance. What, you didn’t think that sausage jumped into casing all by itself, did you? [Crunk + Disorderly]
- Jake Gyllenhaal, is that a new beard you’re rocking, or are you just back together with Reese Witherspoon? [Dlisted]
- Britney Spears‘ new facial modification strikes a question: are collagen injections just vaginoplasty for show-offs? [CityRag]
- ’80s-inspired chains rock the hip-hop community. But if it isn’t solid gold, it isn’t ’80s enough. [CONCRETELOOP]
- Lindsay Lohan‘s car is hit by a paparazzo. If you guys are trying to knock some sense into her, next time aim for her head! [Seriously? OMG! WTF?]
Wow. Lauren hasn’t been on a date for 3 whole weeks. Try your whole lifetime, LC! Not like we’re counting or anything (and you can’t really count lifetimes, right?), but b*tch should quit her whining and get back to her oh so important job of staring at naked dudes for little pay. Because that’s what life’s like in LA!
Below the jump, more of the finest from this week’s Hills ho-down, including straight up proof that our favorite show is FAKE! We love judging reality shows, don’t you Lo?
In this episode, Pepa sets out to find herself a man.
Look at how much fun dating can be? Ah, to be a swinging single…
All Hottie Pics
American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is the 24-year-old pop-country singer with a mane of blond, blond hair and plenty of attitude. She has the honor of being the fastest-selling debut country artist in the entire history of everything, which should tell you a little something about how much down-home folks appreciate her musical sensibilities and pretty looks. But she’s not just for country and pop fans, either. Because she’s been a vegetarian since she was 13, she was named by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as the “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” in 2007. Victoria’s Secret called her this year’s “Sexiest Female Musician.” People magazine named her to their 50 most beautiful list. And her work visiting American troops in Iraq on USO tour has endeared her to practically everyone. What do you think? Sexiest do-gooder alive? Bono and Al Gore aren’t pretty enough for that award.
Carrie Underwood Artist Info
With tensions rising, the I Love New York house is feeling more and more like a prison yard.
Gentlemen, meet your warden:
If only we could be a roach on the cell wall of Foxy Brown – we’d give anything to hear the conversations the hip hop diva is gonna have with herself in solitary confinement for the next 76 days. The once on top of the world superstar got her ass thrown into the infamously lonely cell (she gets one hour a day out of her 12×12) after getting in three – THREE! – altercations with prisoners and officials at her Rikers Island jail. Foxy got in a shoving match with a fellow inmate at the beginning of the month, and then was verbally abusive toward officers and refused to take a random drug test. That kind of ‘tude may fly in Brooklyn, but not at Rikers! She ain’t got no blackberries to use as weapons on this island.
Imagine it – Foxy gets 23 hours to just talk to herself:
Bitch get out of my face! Oh wait – there’s no one else in here. I’m the bitch I was talking too. Wow, am I a bitch? Heyyyyy, I think I might be a difficult, misanthropic person. It probably stems from starting in the often rough n’ tumble entertainment industry as a teen singing about some fairly adult topics. Who you calling difficult, you motherfu-oh look sunlight! Sigh. I wonder who can get me some Crown Royale around here. That sure does remind me of the old days. Whatever happened to Blackstreet anyways? They owned the mid to late ’90s! What’s that little rat friend? You can hook me up? Sweet – high five! Wait – did you just give me the finger? Oh, that was your tail. Sorry about that. [NYP. Getty]
Foxy’s Lawyer Leaves Her After Lame Threat
Foxy’s Gonna Have Her Baby Behind Bars
Here it is, the kinda anticipated new single from the Spice
Moms Girls – “Headlines!” It’s got the same slow n’ sexy vibe that you may recognize from other earlier Spice hits. We’re curious as to which four lines belong to Posh – the skinny mama apparently only sings for fifteen seconds on the single. Was she too busy prancing around Beverly Hills to actually work? Maybe it was the “crying and strange spiritual stuff” that went down at their video shoot? Give a listen to the new jam and let us know what you think – are the Girls back and in business or is this just a mediocre attempt at a comeback by a bunch of hot has-beens? [Image: Getty]