MUSIC NEWS// Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith Developing DJ Talent Show with Simon Cowell, Etta James’ Record Sales Rise After Death, Kelly Rowland Dishes About Baby Blue Ivy & MorePublished by Blair Bedford on Friday, January 27, 2012 at 9:00 am.
1. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith Developing DJ Talent Show
The power couple is teaming with X-Factor’s Simon Cowell for a new reality show. [MORE]
2. Etta James’s Record Sales Rise After Her Death
In the days following the death of soul icon Etta James, music lovers have rushed to their nearest retailer to purchase her timeless collection of songs.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, James’s catalog of albums sold 30,000 copies, resulting in a 378 percent spike in sales. James, who died last Friday (January 20) at the age of 73 after losing her battle with leukemia, made a profound impact on the Billboard charts during the week ending January 22. [MORE]
3. Kelly Rowland Says Blue Ivy Is “Absolutely Beautiful”
A beaming Kelly Rowland recently sat down with E! and said her new niece, Blue Ivy Carter, is “more precious than a jewel.” [MORE]
4. Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell Gives Birth To Girl
Erica Campbell, one half of the Grammy winning Gospel sister duo gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday.
Her daughter Zaya Monique was born weighing in at a healthy 6 pound and 12 ounces. The singer, who is married to producer-songwriter Warryn Campbell, said in a statement, “…feeling so thankful and so blessed to have our sweet Zaya finally make her grand entrance into the world! God is awesome, our family couldn’t be more happy than we are today!” [MORE]
5. Mary J. Blige Upset Over Oscar Snub
When the nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were announced, Blige and her song “Living Proof” from the film The Help didn’t make the cut. [MORE]