Singers like Amerie come a dime a dozen. Record labels sign these chicks and expect consumers to accept their lack of talent and buy their music because they're cute or they fit the cookie cutter industry standard of beauty.
Unfortunately, the #1 album this week belongs to a 46-year-old woman who shattered the false industry standard of beauty by outselling Beyonce, Rihanna, Amerie and Trey Song combined!
So it should come as no surprise to anyone that Amerie's latest studio effort has flopped. Only her record label is surprised.
According to Rap-Up.com, Amerie latest CD, ‘In Love & War’ sold just 12,500 copies in the first week. A dismal number considering that Bow Wow's forgettable CD sold 5,500 more copies than hers.
Amerie's CD entered the charts at around #46 and is already heading in the wrong direction: downward.
But not to worry, Amerie is just happy that magazines will continue to give her photo spreads and kiss up to her like she's Anita Baker or something. After all, what do they know about good, quality music?
On her dismal sales, Amerie said:
“It’s a very weird time. I didn’t worry about it ’cause I felt like it’s not about the first week. I knew when the album came out, it wasn’t coming out with a big hit ’cause we just went to radio with the ‘Pretty Brown’ record two weeks before the album came out, so we already knew it was going to be one of those over time things vs. a first week thing, which is cool.”
Someone needs to remind Amerie that there are no hits records on her entire CD. So her 1st week numbers are the best that she can expect out of that garbage.
Beyonce almost got her high priced handbag snatched by a playful clown at the Cirque Du Soliel circus in upstate NY yesterday.
Bey brought out almost the entire family for fun times at the circus. Solange and her son Julez looked like they were having fun. Pretty soon, Julez will have another Knowles seed to play with. As you know, his grandfather Matthew Knowles will be a daddy soon as his jump off is set to give birth any day now.
Our girl Rihanna was freezing her buns off while waiting for her body search at the LAX airport yesterday. She was probably hoping security didn't ask her to remove those bobby pins that she used to pin up her weave with.
The Kimora Lee family just sent their Christmas card out to friends and associates.
According to Jawn Murray of BV Buzz, Fantasia's new reality show is set to premiere in January on VH1. I won't be watching, but I'm sure my readers will keep us updated on all the coonery.
The show, which Fantasia told BV Buzz about first this past spring, will show the complex and emotional life of the High Point, North Carolina-bred singer, who is working towards getting her high school equivalency diploma.
By the way, I spoke with someone in Tiny's camp yesterday who mentioned that BET might want me to appear in an episode of The Tiny & Toya Show. Not as a cast member, but as one of the guests at Tiny's Grand Opening of her store, which will be filmed by BET.
Wouldn't it be funny if BET's cameras caught me getting a pedicure at Tiny's salon? Anyway, I'm thinking about it. I'll let you know what I decide.
Keyshia Cole is pregnant according to Sister2Sister magazine:
A source close to the “Trust” singer told S2S that Keyshia is expecting and the baby is due in March. There’s no word on what the baby’s gender is at this time.
This news confirms rumors that Keyshia is pregnant. She’s also been spotted several places sporting a prominent baby bump. Most recently she was seen courtside at a Cleveland Cavaliers game cheering on her man, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson.
Although, the couple is having a baby together, they’re not planning to jump the broom just yet. Put simply: Daniel hasn’t put a ring on it yet.?That isn’t the only new addition to Keyshia’s family, though. We found out that Frankie has located another of her long-lost children, a 17-year-old daughter, who is also expecting.
According to blogger Isis Wisdom of Word On The Streets mag, former Pretty Ricky member Pleasure P is a notorious child molester who got kicked out of the group after his record label tried to cover up the rumors.
One child victim is alleged to have been 4-years-old! Supposedly, the police caught him in the act of molesting the 4-year-old, and a 3-year-old child was recently removed from his home because Pleasure P, real name Marcus Cooper, is not allowed to be around children.
Well, one of Pleasure's young victims is telling her story all over Twitter.com. I'm sure Pleasure's reps will release a statement to TMZ any minute now. I don't want to believe any of this is true, buuuttt, why would someone make up such allegations?
The story is coming out now because the law firm that represented him has not been paid -- and you know that client/attorney privilege is only protected when those checks don't bounce.
This all makes sense now because Pleasure's people have been hitting up the blogs for a minute with pictures of Marcus and Eddie Murphy's 20-year-old daughter out & about as if trying to make their case that he's an all-American, red blooded heterosexual and not a pervert with a sick affinity for young children.
Golf great Tiger Woods has been forced to face the music in light of new evidence of his past transgressions with groupies and jump offs.
According to TMZ.com, Tiger Woods has just released the following statement on his website:
"I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.
Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect.
But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don't share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one's own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions.
Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it's difficult.
I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology."
Obviously this means Elin will accept her role as the long-suffering wife and stick by her man. They've been married since 2004 -- long enough for her to know her role as mother to his children and occasion lay. No matter what she does or says, he will still stray. That's the way it is was ordained.
I intend to end this war. My first day in office I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in, and I will give them a new mission, and that is to end this war — responsibly, deliberately, but decisively.
During a nationally televised speech last night, Obama announced his plans to send an additional 34,000 troops to fight a war in Afghanistan that no one wants.
As of December 8, 2009, the Iraq war cost 4,326 American lives since the start of combat in 2003. Obama's Afghanistan war has cost nearly 850 soldiers lives and is on pace to eclipse the Iraq total. Meanwhile, Obama will tee up on the golf course this weekend.
Convicted woman beater Chris Brown has a new track out titled "Famous Girl" -- yet another shameless attempt to use the publicity surrounding his tribulations with ex-girlfriend Rihanna to fuel his comeback.
Chris Brown needs to stop groveling at Rihanna's feet. His cruel treatment sent her running into the arms of her BFF Melissa -- as it should be.
Brown's creativity is lacking and what little talent he had doesn't shine through on this wack track.
Special thanks to Angela Watts of AW Media Group for giving Sandrarose.com readers a chance to win tickets to the 2009 Winter Ball honoring actors Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe and Rainforest Films’ director/producer Will Packer and Rob Hardy.
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