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THE BEST OF VIRGINIA

Never mind the saying, there’s strength in numbers---the state of Virginia has proven that there’s strength in TALENT. Virginia may not have a lot of famous artists BUT their small list may be more powerful than a state full of famous musicians…SHOW AND PROVE!


5. SKILLZ






4. CLIPSE





3. PHARRELL WILLIAMS






2. MISSY ELLIOTT





1. TIMBALAND




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TONI BRAXTON IS RELEASING THE WRONG SONGS

TONI BRAXTON released a new song today called WOMAN, and although it’s a good record, it’s not better than LOOKIN’ AT ME. I don’t know who sits in the executive meetings and decides what songs TONI BRAXTON should and shouldn’t release but they cleary don't know what they're doing! Honestly, how could Toni NOT release LOOKIN’ AT ME???


The first time I heard the song, it was OBVIOUS it's a SMASH. I am a HUGE Toni B fan and although her latest albums haven’t sold well, it won’t affect the legacy Toni has already built---BUT the WRONG people are promoting/marketing her current career. The music game is too hit-or-miss to let HIT songs slip through your hands…







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SOUND FAMILIAR? IT ALL STARTED WITH A DREAM

Sometimes I forget how influential the DEBARGE family has been in music. Debarge’s song A DREAM has been sampled numerous times by some of the best in HIP HOP and R&B---well, imitation is the best form of flattery…



DEBARGE- A DREAM




MARY J BLIGE- A DREAM




TUPAC SHAKUR- I AIN’T MAD AT CHA






BLACKSTREET- DON’T LEAVE ME




KESHIA CHANTE- UNPREDICTABLE




Videos: Youtube

THE BEST LIL IN THE GAME

Okay…the NUMBER 1 spot is a no-brainer! I know BOW WOW is no longer LIL but in my eyes, he’ll always be LIL BOW (besides, height-wise, he’s still LIL). Anyway, how did LIL FLIP ever get the name LIL? Better yet, how did SLIM THUG get his name, there’s nothing SLIM about him (sorry, didn’t mean to get off subject). Either way, here’s my list of the best LITTLES in da game…haaaa!




10. LIL TWIST






9. LIL MAMA






8. LIL SCRAPPY







7. LIL FLIP







6. LIL BOW WOW







5. LIL MO






4. LIL BOOSIE






3. LIL JON






2. LIL KIM







1. LIL WAYNE






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GET TO KNOW K. MICHELLE

K. MICHELLE first caught my attention when I heard her on R. KELLY’s ECHO Remix. Hopefully, the ECHO Remix will get an official release because it’s straight FIRE. K. Michelle is a refreshing RAW talent (it’s like she went straight from the church choir to the music industry).


Her new single FALLIN’ is a HOT R&B banger, and it should be in HEAVY radio and video rotation. For all my REAL R&B heads out there---we have to support talented artists, maybe somehow we can drown-out all those untalented “so called” singers out there…















Videos: Youtube

DUPRI WINS ASCAP’S SONG OF THE DECADE AWARD

T.I. presented JERMAINE DUPRI, JOHNTA AUSTIN, and MANUEL SEAL with THE SONG OF THE DECADE AWARD for MARIAH CAREY’s We Belong Together. That is a HUGE accolade considering the records that came out the last 10 years. It’s hard to argue how Dupri won the song of the decade award once you look at the numbers:

- Number 1 song for 14 consecutive weeks


-2 Grammy Awards


-One of the Top 20 most downloaded songs of the decade


-Sold over 5 million digital copies


-Billboard listed the song 9th on their ALL-TIME HOT 100 TOP SONGS











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FANTASIA- BITTERSWEET

Hopefully, this music video will get some rotation on BET and MTV. Definitely feeling this one! With such a powerful voice like Fantasia’s, it’s hard not to like her music…BOW!





Video: Worldstarhiphop

JUNE 25TH: CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF MICHAEL JACKSON

We will always celebrate your life, your legacy, and your music. On this day, we’re crying because we miss you and we love you. We know there will never be another MICHAEL JACKSON. But also on this day, we’re smiling because we were all so fortunate to witness the GREATEST ENTERTAINER, EVER. I love you MJ!!! LONG LIVE THE KING…















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MOST MEMORABLE MJ DANCE MOVES

Video: Youtube
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PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE KING

Videos: Youtube
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THE LEGACY LIVES ON AND ON…

Videos: Youtube
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BEST FEMALE CHOREOGRAPHERS: PART 1

I have to give respect where respect is due. TINA LANDON is my favorite choreographer--her dance moves will be forever imbedded in my memory! Tina’s resume is so BIG, the better question to ask would be, WHO HASN’T TINA LANDON WORKED WITH? Although TINA is the Michael Jordan of choreography, other choreographers have made their mark in the dance industry as well---here’s a list of the best-of-the-best choreographers! GET ON THEIR LEVEL…



TINA LANDON










PAULA ABDUL










FATIMA ROBINSON








LUAM











ANDREA KELLY









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BEYONCE KNOWles: Best Beyonce Cover Songs

At this point, BEYONCE can do whatever she wants. Bey’s LIVE performances are what really sets her apart from the rest of the pact. I’m always impressed with her ability to cover other artists’ songs and make them her own---you can fake all you want in the recording studio but REAL singers shine LIVE ON STAGE!!!! Get em BEY!



SWEET LOVE- ANITA BAKER





YOU OUGHTA KNOW- ALANIS MORISSETTE






I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE- JACKSON 5






CRAZY- GNARLS BARKLEY




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BRITNEY SPEARS VS LADY GAGA: TELEPHONE

Apparently, BRITNEY SPEARS recorded the song TELEPHONE before LADY GAGA but Britney decided not to keep the song and so Lady Gaga and Beyonce scooped it up and made it a SMASH.

Both versions are good BUT obviously, Lady Gaga and Beyonce are vocally better than Britney. Although the song could have been a big hit for Britney, she probably didn’t lose much sleep by rejecting the song---on the other hand, she is probably STILL sick about passing on Rihanna’s UMBRELLA!



BRITNEY SPEARS- TELEPHONE






LADY GAGA & BEYONCE- TELEPHONE






Videos: Youtube

ANOTHER BRANDY AND MONICA COLLABO?

This is what I’m talking about! Wow! I guess it’s actually going to happen...Brandy and Monica are going to do another record together! This is truly history in the making. Just in case yall forgot, I had to post THE BOY IS MINE! Bow!









Videos: Youtube

THE BEST OF DIPSET

The Dipset reunion has me feeling GREAT and so I had to do a BEST of DIPSET post. You can hate all you want BUT the DIPLOMATS are one of the greatest rap groups in hip hop. BOW! BTW, check out Keyshia Cole in the beginning of Juelz Santana's Whistle Song video, haaaaaa!



CAMRON- OH BOY





DIPSET- DIPSET ANTHEM





JIM JONES- WE FLY HIGH (BALLIN’)





JUELZ SANTANA- DIPSET (SANTANA’S TOWN)





DIPSET- I REALLY MEAN IT




CAMRON- HEY MA





JUELZ SANTANA- THERE IT GO (THE WHISTLE SONG)





CAMRON- DOWN AND OUT





JIM JONES- CERTIFIED GANGSTERS





DIPLOMATS- S.A.N.T.A.N.A.





DIPLOMATS- CRUNK MUZIK





CAMRON- GET EM DADDY






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THE DIPSET REUNION: RESPECT IS DUE

I can’t wait for the album to drop. I never thought a DIPSET reunion would happen BUT real friendships never truly die. The reunion is something positive in hip hop music and it should be celebrated. Let’s see how many blogs will post this…







Video: Worldstarhiphop

WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU DATE A KARDASHIAN?

A CHAMPIONSHIP! The majority of you probably were thinking something totally different (gutter minds, haaaa). BUT if you would have thought a little deeper (no pun intended), the answer would have been obvious. All jokes aside, the numbers DON’T LIE. When it comes to CHAMPIONSHIPS, the KARDASHIAN sisters are 2-for-2. First, Reggie Bush won a SUPER BOWL while dating Kim. And now, LAMAR ODOM just won an NBA championship with the help of his wife, KHLOE.





Thankfully, Kim is now dating MILES AUSTIN of the DALLAS COWBOYS! YEAH!!!! If this relationship withstands, THE COWBOYS ARE GUARANTEED TO WIN IT ALL THIS SEASON! Let’s GO COWBOYS! TONY ROMO could have saved me all the heartache and pain by dating Kim instead of Jessica Simpson and Carrie Underwood…haaaaaa!





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THE BEST JOHN LEGEND FEATURES

I completely understand that the music business is nothing but a popularity contest BUT how could you NOT put JOHN LEGEND on your hook...if this industry was based purely on talent then a lot of artists would NOT be in the music business. Anyway, a hot 16 bars, a banging beat, and a John Legend hook is the PERFECT formula. Bow!



10. CONSEQUENCE




09. RICH BOY





08. ESTELLE




07. CASSIDY




06. T.I.




05. COMMON





04. TALIB KWELI




03. THE ROOTS




02. RICK ROSS




01. JAY-Z




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THE LAST TRAIN TO PARRIS

Music director PARRIS is truly one of a kind. From first glance, it’s obvious HYPE WILLIAMS has had a great influence on PARRIS’ career. I was a fan of Parris’ work before I even knew who he was. Parris is a phenomenal director, and I hope I will get the opportunity to work with him sometime in the near future. The last two photos are EXCLUSIVE pics of FAT JOE’s new music video, directed by PARRIS (shout out to Matt Workman for the photos).











DEMO REEL




MUSIC VIDEOS DIRECTED BY PARRIS













































www.goreela.com
parris@goreela.com




Videos: Youtube
Photos: Diana Levine, MattWorkman, Photobucket

THE BEST YEAH! SONGS

The Dream may call himself, MR. YEAH, but the official MR. YEAH is USHER. Either way, The Dream, Usher, and T.I. brought some heat on ALL of these songs. Whether you’re in the club, in the car, or in your bedroom, these songs will make your speakers go--BOOM BOOM BOOM!!!



USHER




T.I.




THE DREAM




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TREY SONGZ- ALREADY TAKEN

Visually, this is a great video. Not a bad song at all---it can’t always be about sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. Anyway, ALREADY TAKEN is for the STEP UP 3D soundtrack…let’s goooooooo!





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GUESS WHO SIGNED A DEAL WITH JAY-Z’S LABEL: A TIMELINE OF DISLOYALTY

The drama never ends in the HIP HOP world. The fact that I’m a business woman, I don’t believe Jay-Z nor Diddy are doing anything wrong BUT notice the names that KEEP popping up in the drama….haaaaa!


2003

P. DIDDY SIGNS FOXY BROWN TO BAD BOY RECORDS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT FOXY IS LIL KIM’S BIGGEST RIVAL




2010

LIL KIM FEELS BETRAYED BY P. DIDDY BECAUSE HE IS RUMORED TO BE NICKI MINAJ’S MANAGER, DESPITE THE FACT THAT LIL KIM FEELS NICKI IS COPYING HER STYLE AND NOT GIVING KIM THE PROPER RESPECT/CREDIT




JAY-Z SIGNS LIL KIM TO HIS LABEL ROC NATION, (DO I REALLY NEED TO EXPLAIN THIS ONE)!!!!






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TAKING A SHORT HIATUS: GOING TO NEW YORK

I am going on a business trip to the NY, and so I won’t be posting anything next week. Don’t worry, BRILLION-A-MILLION will be BACK in full effect the following week (hopefully on the 21st). I appreciate your understanding and I thank you so very much for stopping by every day.





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BEST PREGNANT PERFORMANCES

If you know singing like I know singing then you can appreciate REAL talent when you hear it. It’s challenging enough singing from your diaphragm but imagine singing with a few pounds sitting on your diaphragm! I applaud these women who still could SANG, and some even danced, while they were pregnant. Bow!



JENNIFER HUDSON




BRANDY




GLADYS KNIGHT




ERYKAH BADU




XSCAPE- TAMIKA SCOTT





Videos: Youtube

TWO LLOYDS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

For those who don’t know what the RAP formula is, here you go (don’t say I never taught you about the music business): your first song is for the streets, your second song is for the ladies, and your third song is for the clubs. If you use this formula, it won’t fail you---trust and believe…










Videos: Youtube

THE GLADYS KNIGHT INFLUENCE

You young people might say GLADYS KNIGHT is the lady who owns Chicken & Waffles BUT Gladys is a LEGEND---don’t get it twisted. She’s arguably THE GREATEST vocalist to ever grace the stage. And if you ask GLADYS who she is, she may say SHE’s the one who discovered the JACKSON 5!!!! Haaaaa! I grew up on GLADYS KNIGHT, and I STILL listen to her music on Sunday mornings and coincidently her music STILL GIVES ME GOOSEBUMPS. Gladys Knight’s influence is evident by the artists who remade her classic songs, even hip hop heads like 50 CENT and WU TANG CLAN have made their respects to the QUEEN OF SOUL. Pay attention and pay homage…



GLADYS KNIGHT- IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN




ALICIA KEYS- IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN





GEORGE MICHAEL- IF YOU WERE MY WOMAN





50 CENT- STRONG ENOUGH (IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN SAMPLE)





GLADYS KNIGHT-THE WAY WE WERE






WU TANG-ALL SO SIMPLE (THE WAY WE WERE SAMPLE)






Videos: Youtube

NEW MUSIC: BIG SEAN- HIGH RISE

Who’s fresher than BIG SEAN? Nobody. I am really feeling his sound. The track is so smooth and relazing, and Big Sean’s delivery is ON POINT. BOW! Yo, Kanye, G.O.O.D. Music needs to release BIG SEAN's album THIS YEAR! His fans are waiting….tick tick tick





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AGE AIN’T NOTHING BUT A NUMBER

You can’t tell these artists they’re too old to compete in today’s music business. Yes! Their music is still very good and still relevant. You gotta respect this! Bow!


RON ISLEY, 69




LIONEL RICHIE, 60




CHARLIE WILSON, 57




SADE, 51




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THE KARATE KID WORLD PREMIERE: JADEN SMITH

Jaden Smith has the whole WILL SMITH swagger down---all the way from the look to the walk. The Smith family continues to make power moves in the entertainment business. How can anyone hate on something so classy and talented…check out the red carpet cameos from the entire SMITH family, JACKIE CHAN, TARAJI P. HENSON, and RALPH MACCHIO (the original Karate Kid).





Video: BlackTreeMedia, Youtube

THE BEST KELLY: THERE'S POWER IN THAT NAME

What's in a name? No matter how you spell it or how you abbreviate it, there's one thing for sure...you must be TALENTED in order to bear this name. You don't believe me, check the LIST:



5. KELLIE PICKLER




4. KELLY ROWLAND





3. KELLY CLARKSON





2. KELLY PRICE





1. R. KELLY



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SEAN COMBS VERSUS JERMAINE DUPRI: BAD BOY IS SO SO DEF

I am a fan of both PUFF DADDY and JERMAINE DUPRI. I tried to be as objective and fair as I could and that’s why I didn’t do a BEST MALE RAPPER category. When it comes to THAT category, PUFFY has it on LOCK. You can’t compare anyone to BIGGIE (Bow Wow versus Biggie is laughable). Anyway, this countdown is based only on MUSIC because that is the foundation and where everything was built for BOTH JD and PUFFY. Enjoy!



1. BEST MALE GROUP

SEAN COMBS: 112




VERSUS



JERMAINE DUPRI: JAGGED EDGE




WINNER: JERMAINE DUPRI





2. BEST GIRL GROUP



SEAN COMBS: TOTAL




VERSUS



JERMAINE DUPRI: XSCAPE




WINNER: JERMAINE DUPRI



3. BEST RAP GROUP



SEAN COMBS: THE LOX




VERSUS



JERMAINE DUPRI: DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ




WINNER: SEAN COMBS



4. BEST FEMALE SINGER



SEAN COMBS: FAITH EVANS




VERSUS



JERMAINE DUPRI: DONDRIA




WINNER: SEAN COMBS



5. BEST ALBUM



SEAN COMBS: NO WAY OUT




VERSUS



JERMAINE DUPRI: LIFE IN 1472




WINNER: SEAN COMBS




6. BEST AMERICAN GANGSTER PRODUCTION


SEAN COMBS: PARTY LIFE




VERSUS



JERMAINE DUPRI: FALLIN’




WINNER: SEAN COMBS



7. BEST MALE ARTIST



SEAN COMBS: C…

ROCK THE BELLS 2010

Rock The Bells 2010 was supposed to be headlined by LAURYN HILL but I guess that’s NOT going to happen. I must admit that I’m disappointed MS HILL won’t be on the tour BUT I’m not surprised at all. Maybe Lauryn will make a surprise guest appearance? Either way, the tour must go on…check out this year’s lineup:

Wu-Tang Clan
Rakim
KRS-One
Slick Rick
Street Sweeper Social Club
Murs and 9th Wonder
Wiz Khalifa
Clipse
Immortal Technique
Jedi Mind Tricks
Brother Ali
DJ Muggs and Ill Bill
Big Sean
Yelawolf






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