I got the opportunity to attend Common’s private listening session held in Atlanta at Jermaine Dupri’s studio. The industry’s top movers and shakers were there including Ne-Yo, Jeezy, Keri Hilson, BET Executive Kelly G,  Def Jam Executive Bu and many more. Common,a Chi-town native, just finished his ninth album “The Dreamer, The Believer” which will be arriving just in time for Christmas. After hearing the album, I have to say yall are in for a treat.

The album, which features the single “Blue Sky,” was delayed from its November 22 date. Common told us that he “just wanted to get all the singles out that we wanted to get out before the album comes, giving it the right preparation time”. Common stays true to who you have grown to love and continues to show his range and ability as a lyricist and storyteller. The Album has 3 Features- Nas, Maya Angelou, and John Legend.

Common had songs for the ladies as well as songs for the streets. The crowd favorite seemed to be the Nas single.

He also addressed his departure from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. “We good people on good terms. Really, in all truth, it’s family. It just was a business thing where releasing this album wouldn’t as been as beneficial to release it on a G.O.O.D. Music label, but I’m still G.O.O.D. Music family.”

While he’s no longer signed to Kanye’s label, he will be contributing to the G.O.O.D. Music compilation, due next spring. “I’m planning on going in the studio soon to work on that.”

Make sure you get his album December 20th!

Lawrence from housewives of Atlanta was in the building… Shout out to Jamal King of Steps Events. Here are all the  pic’s and Common new video!!!! READ MORE

Drake Dismisses Reports That Chris Brown Beat Him Up…

Drake recently dismissed claims that he caught an elbow in the face from Chris Brown for his rendezvous with Rihanna. DJ Whoo Kid alleged that he saw the fight first hand and even went as far to say that Chris Brown won the show down. Whoo Kid gave broke the news to Thisis50.com:

“”He [Drake] has at least eight songs on the radio that’s killing it,” Whoo Kid said. “Not to mention features and his on singles. And him and Rihanna are supposedly fooling around. I think he got elbowed too by Chris Brown, but that never came out…In the chin, like the corner left part. Man down, simple as that”. Read inside to see how Drake feels about if Breezy was to ever hit him! READ MORE

President Obama is featured in the United Colors of Benetton’s newest campaign titled UNHATE. I’d say their marketing techniques are pretty catchy too! In their ads they feature political figures from all around the world kissing each other. As we all know, a kiss is the universal symbol for love so that was there purpose…to demonstrate love rather than hate. Check inside for more pictures of other world leaders kissing for world peace. READ MORE

Mariah Carey is back to doing what she does best….celebrating Christmas! This time she’s teamed up with John Legend for a new single titled When Christmas Comes. This song is for the grown and sexy too. The two sing about spreading love around Christmas time. The duo sound great on the track! Check it out inside! READ MORE

Lil Mo, Jermaine Dupri, Brandon Hines, ATL LIVE {Video}

Last night, Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols’ ATL LIVE ON THE PARK hosted by Kenny Burns ended their second season with an evening of powerhouse performances. R&B singer Lil Mo’ headlined the show, singing several favorites (“Superwoman,” “4Ever”) as well as new tracks from her independent album “P.S. I Love Me”.I this was my first time ever seeing and hearing Lil Mo and I have to tell yall she killed it. Durning the show she talked about how much she loved Heavy D and showed us although she’s been in the game for over 10 years she still got it.

Here’s videos of her speaking on Heavy D – – P.S. she is one of those celebs that love her fans…

After the show I got to catch up with Mr Hines who I am a big fan of  leaving with the lovely Dondria…


Def Jam artist Luke James wowed the crowd with a stunning voice and heartfelt performance of his single “I Want You.” 90’s R&B group Soul4Real paid a musical tribute to their late mentor and producer Heavy D, while So So Def/Epic newcomer Brandon Hines –introduced by Jermaine Dupri – gave the crowd a taste of his Marvin Gaye-like vocals.

Additional attendees included, Dave Hollister, Chaka Zulu, Roger Bobb, Demetria McKinney, Devyne Stephens, Ronnie Devoe, Peter Thomas and many more. Here are all the pic’s and videos. READ MORE

GIVEAWAY: Two Tickets To The Soul Train Awards!!!

Freddyo readers we have another giveaway for you! Freddyo’s biggest fans will receive a pair of tickets to the Soul Train Awards that will take place here in Atlanta tomorrow. In order to win you must leave a comment telling 3 reasons why you think you deserve to go as well as email freddyoad@gmail.com. The winner will be announced at 10 am tomorrow on the website. The winner will have pick up details emailed to them. Read inside to see who all will be performing at the award show tomorrow. READ MORE

I really don’t know what to say about this one — other than there will be a lot of people on the internet going to jail! I was watching ABC news and heard them reporting about how you could soon be facing charges if you lie on websites that ask for personal information(dating sites Match.com). Violating the terms of service of any website could soon become a federal crime, if the US Justice Department gets its way.

The US Department of Justice wants to make it a federal crime to violate the “terms of service” of any website, reports Declan McCullagh at CNet. According to this interpretation, breaching the terms of service of websites — which can be done by simply using a fake name on Facebook, lying about your weight on a dating site, or using Google if you’re under the age of 18 — could make you a criminal. READ MORE

All of Justin Bieber‘s baby mama drama is finally over. Mariah Yeater has now decided to quietly dropped her paternity lawsuit against Justin Bieber, TMZ reporting Yeater’s attorneys had also withdrawn from the case.

Yeater, 20, made headlines and had every major media outlet talking about her when she filed a case against the 17-year-old pop singer.

Mariah at that times was claiming that he fathered her 4-month-old son, Tristyn, during a 30-second backstage encounter at L.A.’s Staples Center Oct. 25, 2010 following his concert.

If Yeater’s allegations had turned out to be true, police told the Associated Press she would be investigated for statutory rape.

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