Tuesday, October 30, 2007

NEW MUSIC - TROY JULIAN APPROVED!

All the cd's by these artists have at least one BONA-Fied HIT!




Sunday, October 14, 2007

WHY DID I GET MARRIED OPENS AT #1 with 21.5 million


George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Mark Wahlberg, say Whats Up to Tyler Perry.
This weekend was expected to be a showdown between A-list stars in award-hopeful films.

Instead, they got their clocks cleaned by Tyler Perry and his comedy "Why Did I Get Married?", the latest of the writer/director/star's faith-based films to surprise critics and put Hollywood's top draws in their place.

Married earned $21.5 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates from the box office firm Nielsen EDI.

The haul more than doubled projections, kicking The Game Plan to No. 2 ($11.5 million) and burying the heavily hyped newcomers. The closest were Clooney's political thriller Michael Clayton and Wahlberg's crime drama We Own the Night, which battled for No. 3 with about $11 million each.

Though the Married debut surprised most analysts, the real question may be why. Perry's last film, last year's Madea's Family Reunion, opened even stronger, raking in $30 million.

"I think this is the last time it's going to surprise anyone that Tyler Perry makes big movies," says Tom Ortenberg of Lionsgate Films, which released Married. "But it has been fun confounding the experts."

Lionsgate worked particularly hard this time to reach beyond Perry's traditional fan base: black churchgoers.

For Married, Lionsgate doubled the number of word-of-mouth screenings and reached out to other religious groups.

"We want a crossover from African-American audiences to general audiences, and we're seeing that," Ortenberg says. "People are responding to movies about family, faith and redemption. That's a universal appeal Tyler is tapping into."

Perry has managed to tap into a tough fan base, one that rarely goes to movies. Married's faith-based audience, like that of The Passion of the Christ, did not show up in many studio tracking polls.

"It's a group that doesn't have a lot of movies made for them," says Paul Dergarabedian of Media By Numbers. "So if they find a filmmaker they trust — and they trust Tyler Perry — they're going to turn out."

The films stars Janet Jackson and R/B star Jill Scott , as well as former t.v star Malik Yoba from the 1990's t.v. show "New York Undercover"

Entertainment marketing expert Troy Julian Gipson predicts that Tyler Perry will eventually have mainstream white artists in his films with a message in the near future.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

MIKE J will be BACK 2008!




IT’S the comeback the world has been waiting for – from behind the sofa.

MICHAEL JACKSON’s first studio album since 2001 is on the way, and there is a musical dream team lined up to support it.

I can reveal hip-hop god KANYE WEST is behind material for the fallen king of pop. Last night the multi-talented Kanye admitted: “I’m working on stuff for Michael Jackson.

“If I like a person’s outlet or what a person brings to the table, then I’ll speak to them.”

Kanye’s a very busy boy at the moment. His Graduation album stuffed bitter rival 50 CENT’s Curtis and went to No1 last month on both sides of the Atlantic.

But he’s not resting on his laurels: “I’ve been in the lab already,” he said. “You’re already producing for other people and you've still got to promote yourself.”

Jacko sent a message to his fan club yesterday teasing them about an imminent album announcement — it will be his first all-new effort since Invincible six years ago.


Exciting

Since then he has been cleared on child abuse charges, seen his personal finances go through the wringer and — we thought — put his career on hold.

Jacko told fans: “I’ve been really busy lately. Soon I will be sharing exciting and surprising news with you.

“Your continued love and support means so much to me.

“I really love and appreciate you all from the bottom of my heart.”

Kanye is joined by other hip-hop megastars including BLACK EYED PEAS frontman WILL.I.AM and singer/songwriter NE-YO on Jacko’s back-up squad.

To be fair it sounds like he’s assembling the A-Team. At one point SIMON FULLER looked like being the one to resurrect the gloved one’s musical career, but the SPICE GIRLS guru then pulled the plug.



Will.i.am revealed he hung up the phone on Jacko when he called to ask him to work on the new material.

He said: “Michael called me out of the blue and I just didn’t believe it was him.

“I was like, ‘Come on, who is this, how did you get my number? Stop playing around.’ He said, ‘No it’s really me, it’s Michael.’

“I still didn’t believe it was him and was like, ‘Dude, seriously, I got to go.’” You can’t blame him. It’s a reaction that most of us would share if we heard Jacko on the other end of the line.

The album is expected to be released early next year.

It has been billed as Off The Wall for today’s generation, featuring plenty of up-tempo dance grooves.