Chris Brown tweeted photos from the set of his latest video "Don't Wake Me Up" last night on Brown, who tried his hand at directing other artist's videos last week, decided to hire professionals, Colin Tilley and Andrew Listermann, to direct his video which was filmed out in the desert.

Listen to "Don't Wake Me Up"


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Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the tragic passing of TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. In remembrance of their fallen sister, the surviving members of TLC, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas announced plans for a new tour with Left Eye. Coachella attendees are still buzzing about the late rapper Tupac Shakur's resurrection onstage as a 3D Hologram.

The Tupac hologram was such a hit that it sparked rumors of Hologram comeback tours featuring icons Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. But the cost of a hologram is dauntingly expensive ($100k to $500k). So will T-Boz and Chilli foot the bill for Left Eye's hologram?

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Troubled singer Chris Brown tweeted images from a photo shoot Wednesday night on his Twitter account. The disturbing images show half naked women levitating in the air above hospital beds which line both sides of a street. It's ironic that Brown should use hospital beds as props since it looks like he should be lying down in one.

According to Freshlikedougie blog, Brown and Nicki Minaj are shooting a music video for "Right By My Side" this week.

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If you weren't at least 12-years-old in 1992, then you won't remember the insane hype leading up to the premiere of Michael Jackson's "Remember The Time" short movie.

The Internet was not easily accessible to everyone back then. But it was difficult to ignore the massive marketing machinery behind the short movie for Michael's 2nd single off of his multi-platinum Dangerous album.

"Remember The Time"'s music video was loosely based on Eddie Murphy's hit comedy movie Coming To America (1988).

Leading up to the world premiere, MTV and BET teased us by airing clips of the behind the scenes magic that went into making this 9-minute spectacle directed by John Singleton. When "Remember The Time" finally premiered on MTV and BET simultaneously on Feb. 22, 1992, it was one of the longest music videos ever, clocking in at just over 9 minutes.

RTT starred some of the biggest names of that era: including comedian Eddie Murphy, supermodel Iman and NBA star Magic Johnson, who 1 year earlier announced he was infected with the HIV virus and retired from the NBA.

The music video dance sequences were choreographed by Fatima Robinson. Fatima also choreographed the opening credits sequence of Queen Latifah's hit TV show "Living Single", as well as scores of rap music videos in the 80s and 90s.

What struck me the most when I first viewed this video back in 1992 were how much lighter Michael had bleached his skin, the awkward kiss between him and Iman, and the Egyptian dance scenes, which I still love!

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Last night, rappers T.I. and Nelly and a few friends came together to shoot the visuals for T.I.'s "This Time of Night," which was directed by Phil the god. Also on the set were T.I.'s wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, rappers Big Boy of Outkast and Rocko Da Don, Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones, and Tiny's stylist Shekinah, among others.

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Usher's new music video "Climax" premiered simultaneously this morning in the U.S., Canada and Britain. The song is about a man whose relationship with his woman tests the limits of his endurance..

The video, which was described in a press release as "dramatic, highly-suspenseful and attention-gripping" was shot in Atlanta and directed by Sam Pilling. "Climax" is from his forthcoming album due out later this spring. The single was produced by Diplo.

The "Climax" premiere coincides with VEVO's unveiling of a major platform update, revamping their VEVO.COM and VEVO apps for iPhone, Android and Facebook, offering viewers a more personal, social and innovative viewing experience.

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This is your tax dollars at work.

Yesterday, two Florida House representatives got into an argument while discussing an amendment to the Florida Evidence Code regarding allowing certain types of hearsay as evidence. The argument was over which House rep. quoted Jay Z's rap lyrics correctly.

As other lawmakers stared blankly at them, Rep. Alan B. Williams (a Democrat) and Speaker Dean Cannon (a Republican) debated the lyrics to Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”.

Calling Jay Z a "wise businessman," Williams said, "He even said he knows his rights." Williams then quoted the lyrics to the rap song, “I know my rights and you’re going to need a warrant for that/Aren’t you sharp as a tack, are you a lawyer or something?”

Williams added: "Members.. If you support Jay-Z, support this amendment. Thank you."

But Speaker Cannon corrected Williams' misquote of Jigga's lyrics:

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Brighter side of Darkness was 20th Century Records' answer to the Jackson 5 back in the 1970s. Their gold single, "Love Jones," dropped in 1972, and the group's debut album of the same name was released the following year. If I'm not mistaken, these kids had only one hit, and "Love Jones" was it.

But listen to the words:

    What is a love jones? Shucks, doll
    It's when you love someone very, very much
    And you just can't seem to get yourself together

The singer is describing the effects of Dopamine on his young brain. When we don't know how to describe what we're feeling, we assume we're in love, when we're really not. We're just under the powerful effects of Dopamine -- Nature's way of making you hawt for the person you are attracted to -- and hopefully, the result is that you have sex and reproduce. Then the Dopamine fades (within 2 months to 2 years) and you are left wondering what you ever saw in the person you thought you was attracted to. This is part of the reason why divorce rates are so high. 'Irreconcilable differences' simply means the sex was good and you thought you were in love, so you got married. But remember, sex has nothing to do with love!

Last night, VH1 premiered the music video for Monica Brown and Brandy's lackluster duet "It All Belongs To Me". Veteran director Chris Robinson doesn't stray far from the song's concept of 2 fabulously wealthy women who give their men everything they could ever want -- only to take it all back when they find out their men cheated on them.

"It All Belongs To Me" was written by Hip Hop producer of the moment, Rico Love. The song, with its socially conscious lyrics about Facebook and Twitter, is the wrong vehicle for Monica's powerhouse vocals. It's obvious that Monica toned down her vocals so she wouldn't overpower Brandy's.

And what kind of message does this video send to their young fans? In the video, the roles of women and men have been switched. And now women are the bread winners who lavish gifts on their men, including jewelry, clothing, and expensive cars -- all of which are used by their men to impress other women.

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For years, R&B crooner Robin Thicke fans believed that his life was perfect; he was handsome, he had the perfect wife (actress Paula Patton), his albums were best-sellers. What could go wrong?

In the film noir music video for his current single "Pretty Lil' Heart," off his 5th album After War, Thicke, 34, shows what could go wrong in the life of someone who has it all.

“The inspiration behind this song was really just about when you’re in a relationship and you’re faced with all the challenges of temptation and attraction to other people, how can you trust when you’re not with that other person [that] they’re doing you right?” said Thicke.

The Marc Klasfeld music video also features rapper Lil Wayne.

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Pre-Barbie footage of Nicki Minaj surfaced online over the weekend. Oddly enough, the footage shows the young Queens MC paying homage to her predecessors, Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. In the video, Minaj strolls down the streets of Queens spitting her "Dirty Money" freestyle.

This video also lends support to those who say Nicki is the butch lesbian rapper in the legendary "eat the box" clip, which you can view here.

Watch Nicki's "Dirty Money" freestyle after the break.

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Last night, while watching a rerun of the popular hit sitcom 'Girlfriends,' I was surprised to see words such as "bitch" and "damn" were censored by the cable network. 10 years ago, when 'Girlfriends' was a hit, profanity on the show was the norm. I thought it would only get worse over the years as morality continued its decline in America.

But today, cable networks are taking a stand against indecency, and gossip blog reports that BET has banned the woefully misogynistic music video "Stupid Hoe" by misguided rapper Nicki Minaj.

Why the sudden shift in morality by BET and other cable networks after all these years?

From TMZ:

We spoke with a rep for BET who wouldn't specify exactly why the network has banned the video -- simply saying BET will not be broadcasting it.

But sources at the company tell us, the ban was put in place because the video's just too explicit for TV.

The song lyrics alone are bad enough -- repeating the phrase "stupid h*e" dozens of times -- but the video itself is damn raunchy too, showing several nearly naked female figures. Normally this is where we'd post the video ... but in this case, just Google it.

It's pretty great -- especially if you like Nicki's butt in a thong.

Did you guys see the Miami Heat hammer the helpless LA Lakers last night? Once again the blazing Heat won a game without ball hog Dwyane Wade, who's out with a sprained ankle. Kobe Bryant was a non-factor in last night's loss to Miami. I didn't even realize he was in the game until the last 4 minutes of the 4th quarter.

But this post is not about D. Wade and whether the Heat should trade him. It's about the halftime antics of retired NBA player Kenny Smith, who is now a sports analyst for TNT. During a discussion about Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Smith aired a video montage of the superstars backed with a music video that was so lame I thought it was a comedy skit.

It turns out the girl singing in the video is Smith's daughter, Kayla Brianna, who just signed a record deal with Interscope Records. Tamar Braxton's husband, Vince Herbert, had a hand in bringing this kid to the label.

It really matters who you know in this music industry. You don't have to have an ounce of talent. Kayla is a pretty girl though. But pretty girls with long weaves comes a dime a dozen in a music biz that has a severe shortage of talent.

I am not a big Estelle fan at all, especially after she came for your auntie on I have been very supportive of this broad, especially since she's British like your auntie. But when she showed me such utter disrespect, I unfollowed her right then.

Luckily for Estelle, I happen to really like someone in her camp who has been very supportive of in the past.

The music video for Estelle's current single "Thank You" premieres tonight on BET's 106 and Park at 6pm EST.

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The real estate market is still in a slump, so why would Canadian rapper Drake drop almost $2 mil on luxury condos in Miami? Probably because he believed the real estate broker's pitch that the housing market was hot again, and his 2 investment properties would increase in value.

Now Drake is trying to cut his losses, and he hopes one of you will love him enough to want to tattoo his name on your forehead take his 2 condos off his hands.

According to

Drake put the properties up for sale last week -- located right next door to each other in Miami's ritzy Marquis highrise -- listing one for $1.9 million and the other for $599,000. Drake combined the two into one MASSIVE condo, and lived in both simultaneously.

The larger one is a sprawling 3,800 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The "smaller" one-bedroom condo is still gigantic ... at 1,675 square feet.

Drake purchased the properties together in January 2011 for a combined price of $1.903 million. So, if Drake gets his asking price ... he'll make $596,000 in profit (even though no one ever gets their asking price).

Troubled singer Rihanna premiered her music video for her 2nd single "U Da One" off her album, Talk That Talk. TTT has managed to sell only 320K units after 4 weeks on the charts, despite the fact that Rihanna has over 10 million followers on the social networking website

The Melina-directed video is more of the same from Rihanna, slutty imagery juxtaposed with elementary lyrics backed by a simplistic track, and Rihanna's dependency on pot (see screen grab above).

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Singer Ciara finds herself in the best position of her career. Rihanna's latest studio effort bricked, and Beyonce had to fake a pregnancy to boost interest in her fading career. Those two vacancies leaves the door open for Ciara to reclaim her dominance in the R&B/pop scene. Today, the 26-year-old budding superstar dropped two tracks from her upcoming as-yet-untitled album on Epic records titled "Swim" and "Be Out". The latter track is album filler, but "Swim" boasts a catchy, upbeat track that should appeal to her teeny bopper audience. Welcome back Ciara!

Ciara - "Swim"

Ciara - "Be Out"


Bad Boy/Interscope Records released the official trailer for Cassie's long-awaited single titled "King Of Hearts". Lol, I'm joking about the 'long-awaited' part. She's still trying. Bless her heart. The video looks like a teenage boy's wet dream. This blogger put it best when he wrote: "This looks like a commercial for a new Trojan Condom."

Earlier tonight, BET premiered Beyonce's latest music video, "Party". Missing from the much-hyped music video (and the song) is Andre 3000, aka Dre of Outkast. In his place is newcomer J. Cole, who doesn't quite measure up vocally to Dre 3K. Also missing from the video is any hint of Beyonce's notorious baby bump.

Oh, of course her Stans will repeat the tired excuse that Bey filmed this video months ago -- before she started showing. But if that's the case, did she know ahead of time that she was going to be pregnant? Because it seems like she's filmed all of her videos in a short span of time, the way T.I. did before he went off to prison earlier this year.

The music video features cameos by younger sibling Solange, Kelly Rowland, and the aforementioned Roc Nation artist J. Cole.

As we told you on Monday, Rihanna's music video for her current single "We Found Love" would premiere this week. The music video highlights Rihanna's disturbing tendency to cling to unavailable men such as Chris Brown and Matt Kemp. Then when these men predictably abuse her (verbally or physically), instead of moving on with her life she blames them for her own inadequacies and spirals emotionally out of control.

Meanwhile, Rihanna's successor, singer Miranda Brooke (pictured above), held a meet and greet for New York's music industry yesterday. Unlike Rihanna, Miranda is a talented singer who has a long, promising career ahead of her.

Watch Rihanna's music video after the break.

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Rihanna's bank account is $1 million lighter after she settled a lawsuit with celebrity photog David LaChapelle for stealing his ideas in her music video.

In his lawsuit, LaChapelle cited raunchy scenes in Rihanna's “S&M” music video which were direct copies of his provocative pictures.

In July, a federal judge agreed with the celebrated lensman, saying the lawsuit had merit and could proceed through the courts.

Rihanna and her lawyers collapsed like a house of cards and quickly agreed to a financial settlement.

Jaret Keller, LaChapelle’s publicist, confirmed Rihanna had settled the case but declined to comment further. He said, “David is happy with the settlement.”

“I like RiRi,” said LaChapelle earlier this summer. “This is not personal, it’s strictly business. Musicians commonly pay to sample music or use someone’s beats and there should be no difference when sampling an artist’s visuals.”

Good for him! Now maybe Rihanna will stop trying to be like Beyonce and actually hire a video director with some talent and creativity for her music videos.