DAILY POP
See Ashanti Live at B.B. Kings!

R&B hitmaker Ashanti is coming to B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in NYC on March 3rd to celebrate the release of her new album BraveHeart, available everywhere February 28th!

Ashanti is known for her countless R&B hits that have resonated with the ladies since the early 2000's. Her classic hits like 'Rock Wit You(Aww Baby)', 'Foolish' and 'Mesmerize' still remain fan favorites. She's also had a pretty solid acting career, landing roles in popular films like Coach Carter and John Tucker Must Die . With nearly 6 years since her last album, Ashanti has been out of the spotlight for awhile.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Tao Downtown Opens With a Bang
OH NO SHE DIH-ENT!
Celebs Decorated in Disaster: 8 Recent Fashion Fails

The wounds are still fresh from these recent celeb wardrobe disasters. So far 2012, sadly, has not disappointed in the "fashion faux-pas" department. From over-the-top costumes, to dress malfunctions and hideous accessories, brace yourselves for fashion fails we'd all like to forget about.

With this look, it's no wonder Sasha Gradiva came armed for the 2012 Grammy Awards! The dress was beautiful and elegant on this singer/song-writer/actress, however, it was the terminator arm that got in the way of what could have been a Marilyn Monroe moment. Maybe next time accessorize with something a little less bulky?

V.I.P: VERY IMPORTANT PARTY
Inside the Grand Reopening of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club

Last night the who's who of hip hop, Hollywood, professional sports, and apparently, even finance came out to celebrate Jay-Z's "formal attire only" grand reopening of the 40/40 Club. And, grand, it certainly was. Once we got past the red carpet, cameras, and mob of people trying to get in, we were greeted with Ace of Spades champagne as we entered the elaborate entrance that looked more like a grand ballroom than a "sports club." Just put it this way, 40/40 is Jay-Z's establishment, so you know it's going to be over-the-top. Gigantic chandeliers surrounded the decadent bar, lined with none other than Ace of Spades champagne. The tiered seating is furnished with white leather booths, surrounded by a glass enclosure and larger-than-life flat screen TVs. This "sports bar" is more fancy than most upscale lounges, and we loved it. It's safe to say, 40/40 Club is the "King" of all sports clubs. And we really expected nothing less from HOV.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Ja Rule Sentenced to 2 Years

Ja Rule. Remember him? The rapper who sounded like a mix between DMX and Cookie Monster? He also occasionally sang, or at least attempted to, and we ate it all up. What really put the artist in the spotlight were his top-selling singles with Jennifer Lopez ("I'm Real" remix,) as well as fellow labelmate Ashanti ("Mesmerize", "Always On Time", etc.).

Unfortunately, the former go-to recording artist for any musical collaboration in the early 2000s has run out of luck. Wednesday 06/08/11, Ja Rule was found guilty of gun possession, way back from an arrest in 2007, and was sentenced to two years in prison. He will initially be placed in a city jail as of now and will soon be transferred to a state prison.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Arkadia Makes It's Debut



New ultra lounge, Arkadia opened it's doors this past weekend and made quite the first impression on Miami's nightlife scene. The club, even in it's first few days hosted a birthday celebration for hip hop superstar Drake, who partied alongside Lebron James, Ed Norton, Alex Rodriguez and Ashanti.

The lounge within the Fontainebleau is now sister venues with powerhouse and award winning LIV nightclub. MMG Nightlife, the same masterminds behind LIV wanted to create a more personal and exclusive venue. The new space was designed for a little over 300 guest, with both indoor and outdoor space featuring a small pool for those party-goers who want to make a little splash before they leave the club.

ASHANTI
Irv Gotti to Drop Ashanti From Murder Inc.

With her around-the-way-good looks and sultry sound, Ashanti will soon have to sing hooks for a new label. Irv Gotti, still holding on to Murder Inc., said that he and Ashanti hardly ever speak. He added that it’s kind of sad to have to part ways- yet it’s still all good. Ashanti, who is set to star in a revival of “The Wiz” musical, needs guidance- according to Gotti. Apparently she doesn’t think so… so Gotti is firing her.

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I Guess All the Other R & B Singers Were Busy