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SA Idols Returns With A Brand New Season

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Today, South Africa welcomes yet another season of the most popular reality show, Idols. It has had a massive 10 season run and now the 11th season is about to premiere in a few minutes.

The panel also welcomes a brand new judge, the ever flamboyant, Somizi Mhlongo. The former will serve as the fourth judge, along side the notorious Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengane and Gareth Cliff. After Vincent Bone’s victory last season, can a female finally emerge victorious this season?

Led by presenter, Proverb. Let the cameras roll..

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New Music: Anno Domini Nation – ‘The Inner Circle’ Mixtape Vol.1

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Yesterday saw the release of the Anno Domini Nation mixtape which features blazing Hip Hop tracks from various artists from across the world. The latter is led by 23 talented artists who each illustrates their skills over mad productions.

Some of the artists include: Tommi Gunn, Tru Werdz, Gonz, Badd Blood and Graphik. The tape was sorely produced by the Anno Domini Nation itself and all the featured artists are part of the Inner Circle team.

According to Anno Domini Beats official facebook page, the project has amassed over 10 000 downloads and that is an impressive feat. It is prodigious how these artists subsisted in making this project come to life. Bravo!! Now, you can join the movement and download your copy for free. Just click after the Jump.

Download: Anno Domini Nation Presents: Inner Circle Mixtape Vol.1

Tracklist

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Enjoy..

News: Leona Lewis Unveils Album Artwork, Title & Single Release Date + Signs With Def Jam Records

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Leona Lewis artwork for new album, ‘I Am’

The Leona Lewis era is about to launch as details about her new effort have been revealed. The new Island Records artist is set to release her first album under her new label. The album cover surfaced and she looks stunning and you can tell she is in a better space now.

The LP is titled, ‘I AM’ and it will be preceded by the single, ‘Fire (Under My Feet)’.  The latter will hit digital stores on the 21st June. Leona held an intimate performance session in the UK where she belted five of her new songs and she got amazing reviews from Media. I must say, I am excited for this new project. It looks like Leona is not playing around. Let us see if the new label will bring Leona’s best to the world.

In other related news:

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Leona took to her Instagram account and posted herself in a Def Jam sweater. We are guessing it’s a confirmation that she has signed a lucrative deal with the label for the State side domination. Could this be a comeback we all have been waiting for? Bring it on, Leona.

Is Rihanna’s #R8 Era Shaping Up To Be Good or Bad?

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In January, the world witnessed the pop Princess officially launching her long-awaited 8th era. The latter was lead by the single ‘Four Five Seconds’ featuring rapper, Kanye West and Paul McCartney and knowing Rihanna’s past lead single catalog, this is very disappointing. At first, I thought the song is a grower, but it just doesn’t do it. I do admit that it charted well, but Rihanna’s leads smash charts left, right and centre. Unfortunately, this did not measure up to its predecessors.

The Umbrella-singer moved on and launched her second single, ‘B*tch Better Have My Money’ which I think its worse than the lead. It did smash the iTunes chart, ranking #1 in the US within minutes upon its release. But its no surprise because Rih can sell the hell out a single.

I am not sure which direction she is trying to take, but I am worried. I get that her recent singles are not ‘commercial’ but neither was ‘Rated R‘ but it had the most amazing songs ever to be recorded in her career. I hope she has amazing songs to release because these aren’t cutting the cookie. Check the songs out after the jump.

News: Sentle joins the Metro FM Sunday Love Movement

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Sentle Lehoko has much cause to celebrate as he was announced as the new host for The Romantic Repertoire. After Eddie Zondi passed on, Thami Ngubeni‘s ‘The Sacred Space“, Wilson B Nkosi‘s ‘Sounds and Stuff Like That’ and Paul Mtirara‘s ‘The Chill Factor‘ had a four hour show. All three of them had an extra hour from Eddie’s three hour show.

The programming is now back to normal as he is part of the Love Movement with Paul and Wilson. The Romantic Repertoire airs on the 2nd November between 15h00 – 18h00. I couldn’t be happier with Metro FM’s choice. Sentle is perfect and his voice is very well suited for a chilled Sunday afternoon. I simply cannot wait. He has a big task ahead of him, though. Eddie was a Legend. No pressure whatsoever. Good Luck to him.

He is currently hosting The Private Line on the same station from Mondays to Fridays, 00h00 – 03h00.

News: Sam Bailey unwraps ‘The Power of Love – The Gift Edition’ artwork

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X Factor UK champ has unveiled artwork for her repackaged album, The Power of Love. The album will include five additional brand new tracks. Three are Christmas-theme tracks, the festive version of the original track, “Treasure” and ‘With You’ taken from Ghost – The Musical.

She looks stunning and I hope the new songs are just as good as the main edition of the album. “Treasure” is definitely one of the best songs on the album and the alternate version better not  ruin it. She could at least add a choir and make it BIG.. Wishful thinking, right?

The album is her debut after winning the tenth Season of the X Factor and it debuted atop of the UK Albums Chart with 72 644 copies sold in its first week. It is marked UK’s fastest selling album by a female artist this year. ‘The Power of Love – The Gift Edition” hits the stores on 8th December.

Peep the list of new track below.

‘Silent Night’

‘O Holy Night’

‘Please Come Home for Christmas’

‘With You’

Festive version of ‘Treasure’

 

Idols SA Top 8 contestants soar the stage

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My jaw dropped after watching tonight’s episode of our own version of Idols. The performances were on a different level and it actually went up a notch from previous seasons. The contestants were celebrating 20 Years of Democracy and they had chosen songs from the year 1994.

All the contestants did an amazing job and it was enjoyable. Lize’s rendition of Boy II Men‘s “I’ll Make Love To You” was a killer. She served everything and what was interesting is, she did it so effortlessly and without breaking a sweat. Incredible. Tumi took on Gloria Estefan’s “Turn The Beat Around” and she annihilated the stage. She can really sing and her stage presence was flawless. She made me feel like going out and party up a storm.

Vincent B went on an R&B turn with Tevin Campbell‘s “Can We Talk” and as usual, it was solid. Musa‘s song choice was the most intriguing. He chose Yousso N’Dour‘s “7 Seconds” and it was great. Musa is a musician, PERIOD. He can deliver a song like no one. Bongi‘s “Breathe Again” by Toni Braxton was also great, but she could have done better. Demi Lee and Kyle fell a little flat for me. Their performances are not stuck with me.

I am really happy with the standards of this season. After watching the X Factor SA  other reality show, I almost got worried.

I will update the post once the performances are uploaded on youtube.