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Brandy's comeback album, , along with lead single "Put It Down," has helped her regain a slice of her once dominant chart presence. landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, her highest placement in 8 years and her fourth top ten debut. The set also serves as her second No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, behind 2002's Full Moon. Brandy first appeared on the coveted Billboard charts 18 years ago. "I didn't know if I was going to ever get the chance to share my music the way I had shared it before - with a team behind me, a major label push and a direction. I stopped believing in myself. I thought it was over," Brandy told the Chicago Tribune. "I felt like I wasn't being a good example to my daughter. I wanted to make her proud." Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, Adele continues to reign with her sophomore album 21, as it re-enters the top 10 at no. 9. The set's chart records is the longest reign by a woman in the chart's 56-year history.
The ladies of “R&B Divas” are determined to change the pace of reality television by generating a positive alternative to shows like RHoA and all them other drama-filled shows about backstabbing and gossip. Starring singers Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt, the new TV One reality series will follow the ladies as they work together to solve their issues… instead of scrap. “We all know that life has drama,” Faith said, according to the Associated Press. “But what we wanted to showcase was that the drama doesn’t always have to be resolved in violence or fighting, that there can be some inspiring (going on) as well through reaching resolutions.” Nicci and Faith conceptualized the show after growing weary of the constant cattiness on other networks, “glamorizing the buffoonery,” Nicci commented. Faith said, “I think it’s a personal decision of how you choose to portray yourself on camera or off camera. Everything ain’t for everybody, but that’s a personal decision if you choose to portray yourself in a certain light be it for money, fame or whatever,” she says in an interview with Vibe. “That’s something that you’re eventually going to have to deal with the repercussions of.” Fans were definitely engaging with this one, making it the most watched original premiere in TV One’s eight-year history. Although attitudes may flair and conflict will arise, the ladies are betting no one will be catching a fade or having to dodge glass bottles and the such. The show is back for a second season and faith is working on new music.
Aretha Franklin is getting ready to flex her diva skills at the Detroit Tigers game five of the World Series after they sweep the New York Yankees, to win the American League championship. According to reports, the
General Colin Powell is down with Barack Obama. The former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State in the George W. Bush administration told “CBS This Morning” he respects Mitt Romney but thinks he’s been vague on many issues. He praises Obama’s economic performance, saying that while difficult choices are ahead on taxes, spending and budgetary policies, “steadily, I think we’ve begun to come out of the dive and we’re gaining altitude.” Powell, a retired general, also formerly was a White House chief of staff and chairman of the military’s Joint Chief of Staffs. Oh yeah, General Powell says he’s still a Republican.
Oprah Winfrey filled in for “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts today, fulfilling a “lifelong dream” — years after falling short in her quest to substitute for then-anchor Joan London. “I can’t wait to get out there and sit at the desk,” she said from backstage. Things turned emotional when Roberts, who has been home recovering from a bone marrow transplant for the last month, called into “GMA” for the first time. She discussed her recovery and said, “I can’t wait to come back. I want to be back on that couch,” she said. “You have lifted my spirits. You’ve got me on my feet. You’ve got me dancing.”