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As reported on The Boombox
has been wrapped up with all things Blue Ivy Carter as of late, but music is still on her mind. Last week, Mrs. Carter made her first public appearance since giving birth to support Jay-Z
's Carnegie Hall charity concert in New York City. Now it appears that she's ready to get back into the swing of things, and is in the beginning stages of putting together two new albums.
According to songwriter Ryan Tedder
-- the songwriter penned her 2008 track 'Halo' -- he is specifically pitching her songs about parenthood. "I would say that that goes without saying," Tedder exclusively tells The BoomBox fresh off his Album of the Year Grammy win for his part in working on Adele's '21' LP.
"The conversations about her next album literally just started and there [are] two projects happening," the OneRepublic frontman reveals. "All I can say is you kind of feed her the best that you have and she's this phenomenal filter and she takes it all in."
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Following the sudden death of Whitney Houston
, producers of the Grammy Awards made the last-minute decision to invite Jennifer Hudson
to pay tribute the legendary singer
-- not only because of the singer's powerful vocals
, but also because of her own personal experience dealing with tragedy
In 2008 Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were all murdered while she was in the throes of promoting her self-titled debut album. After shunning the spotlight for a few months, the Chicago native triumphantly returned to the public eye at the 2009 Grammys. "Jennifer has had this experience herself in her own personal tragedy
, " Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences told the press following the Grammy ceremony Sunday
(Feb. 12). "Taking the stage in that moment, you sort of think maybe she can deal with what the emotions will be. Not every artist can do that."
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In putting together her latest album, singer Kat DeLuna
commissioned the help of an unlikely source: a fan. The Bronx, N.Y., native hired Belgian up-and-comer EightySix, whom she met backstage, to serve as producer on her upcoming collection.
"To tell you the truth I'm notorious for breaking new producers, taking someone that's new and bringing them on the scene," DeLuna tells AOL Music, explaining her unusual decision. "I met him in Belgium. I was doing a show, and he brought me a CD with beats. I fell in love with his beats, then he ended up producing the whole album."
While no official release date has been set for the album, DeLuna says that fans can expect the kind of dance music that she's become popular for, with a European flair.
"Europe is really far ahead with pop music so it's crazy," she added. "[My album] is stronger vocally, musically, and it's so much fun."
Fans have shown Skylar Grey
that they're just as interested in her songwriting skills as they are her vocal abilities. Known for penning Rihanna
's verses on Eminem
's 'Love the Way You Lie' and singing the hook on Dr. Dre
's 'I Need A Doctor,' the singer-songwriter dropped 'Invisible,' the lead single from her forthcoming album, 'Invinsible,' in late August. Within a week, the track had been downloaded more than 500,000 times.
"[It's] more than I expected by a long shot," Grey told AOL Music, discussing the song's success.
Born Holly Brook Hafermann, Grey released an album under her birth name in 2006. It wasn't a huge commercial success, but the 25-year-old has since made her name in the pop and hip-hop worlds. While she's not as comfortable with the latter, she's hoping to attract listeners interested in all types of music.
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Most people would love the chance to perform with their favorite musician, and that wish came true for singing duo Destinee & Paris, who hit the road alongside their idol Britney Spears
opening on her Femme Fatale tour this summer.
The teenaged sisters will head back out with Spears for the European leg of the show next month, and admitted to being in awe of the singer's work ethic. "[We've learned] to have the eye of the tiger on stage," Destinee told AOL Music. "Every single song she does she just hits it, and she's just amazing. She always looks like she's having just the best time. We watched the show every night. We can't get enough, she's amazing!"
The twosome recently released the video for their new single 'True Love,' which has already received over 250,000 views on YouTube. "It's all about the beach," Paris added. "We are on the beach and we go into this dream and it's our version of a beach party. It's like in Madonna
's video 'Vogue,' when you have all the different people doing different sorts of poses, and then you see us and we're on the sand and in front of this amazing background, it's awesome."
is getting back into the swing of making music. The 20-year-old, who made her name as a fresh-faced teenager back in 2004, recently dropped 'Disaster,' the first single off her forthcoming third album, 'Jumping Trains.'
Showcasing a more grown-up side that fans may not be used to, JoJo sought to tackle the perils of a disastrous relationship.
"'Disaster' is basically about how sometimes you get so deep into a relationship, and it gets progressively horrifying and real disastrous," she tells AOL Music. "Whether it be emotional abuse or another type of abuse, it's like, 'How did I end up in this storm?' So it's an emotional record, but it's definitely resilient in the end."
Earlier this year, the singer tested the waters by recording her own version of Drake
's 'Marvin's Room.' The pensive track is about a drunken phone call to a lost love, and although she's not old enough to legally consume alcohol, she wanted to give the public a personal perspective.
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While Lady Gaga
's drag show and Beyonce's pregnancy announcement
were among the most attention-grabbing moments, singer Katy Perry
also made waves at this year's VMAs, snagging three Moonmen.
The 'California Gurl,' who tied with Gaga in taking home the most statuettes, was both happy and surprised to win the Video of the Year prize for her quadruple-platinum single 'Firework.'
"I was shocked, because there's a lot of really great people in that category, especially Adele
, who I love and is most deserving of any nomination," Perry told reporters after the show. "I felt like I was in the right place tonight, especially with that award. I mean we all love 'California Gurls.' It's a great song, but it's not going to change the world. 'Firework,' for me, it feels like it's a movement. You can always pick songs about clubs and b-----s and h-s, but I think it takes a little bit more to make a song like 'Firework.'"