Lady Gaga teams up with Christina Aguilera on The Voice

Lady Gaga’s new song, Do What You Want features R.Kelly, but practically it’s impossible to have R.Kelly in all the places Gaga is touring and promoting. So she makes do… I enjoyed her performance on the Graham Norton Show recently, but it’s this performance that has grabbed my attention. Lady Gaga hopped onto The Voice stage at the finale to perform the track this week and she was joined by the incredible, Christina Aguilera. Besides looking like two giant poodles (jokes), the two rocked out and their performance was amazing. They should definitely do more together….

Idols SA Top 5 spectacular

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Last night I only managed to see a few of the IdolsSA top five performing. Brenden was back on track and I was sadly unimpressed with Zoe and Sonke, but apparently their other performances were better. From what I can tell though, Bunny and Musa owned the night with their performances. Did you catch them? What did you think? If you missed IdolsSA last night and you wont be able to catch the repeat, here’s a look back at how the top five got on:

Only five contestants are left to battle it out for South Africa’s most coveted title in Idols SA Season 9 and the pressure just doubled this week at the Moreleta Park Church Auditorium in Pretoria when the Top 5 each performed two songs. With some expert advice from Pam De Menezes of the South African girl group The Arrows, they each prepared a hit from the Nineties and a hit from the Naughties for two rounds of performances. 

MUSA SUKWENE (26) from eMalahleni opened the first round of Nineties Hits with R. Kelly’s “Bump And Grind”, and for the second round, songs from the Naughties, the gentle giant chose Dave Hollister’s R&B hit “Can’t Stay”. In his comments Gareth Cliff said Musa’s delivery of the second song convinced him that R&B is his thing, and Unathi Msengana said she really enjoyed his interpretation of “Bump ‘n Grind” and she appreciated his vulnerability in the second performance. “R. Kelly? And Dave Hollister?” Randall Abrahams marveled jokingly. “Son – turn down the lights!”

To vote for Musa, SMS the number 09 to 37400. [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Musa on Twitter @musathevoice

For her song from the Nineties BUNNY MAJAJA (26) from Florida Glen in Johannesburg sang Robin S’s 1990 hit “Show Me Love” and to represent the 2000’s she went with a more recent local hit, “Ndiredi” from Simphiwe Dana. “I think tonight has completed what I would call a tour de force of versatility,” Gareth said. “I don’t think anyone else has chosen as well as you did. You executed both of them perfectly.” Unathi pointed out that psychologically the contestants have been in competition mode for a year already and she admired the way that Bunny keeps upping the ante. Randall agreed that the song choice was excellent, “but let’s not take away from your performance,” he pointed out. “Absolutely at the top of your game tonight.”

To vote for Bunny, SMS the number 08 to 37400. [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Bunny on Twitter @BunnyMajaja

BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop in Mpumalanga picked Usher’s “Nice And Slow” for his Nineties hit and his Naughties hit was “Jailer”, from the French-Nigerian singer-songwriter Asa. “Something’s happened,” Gareth noted. “I feel like everybody on the stage tonight’s just bringing their A-Game.” He thought Brenden was playing to his strengths like never before and that the second song showed aspects of Brenden’s personality that he’d forgotten about. “Your confidence is back!” Unathi agreed. “I don’t think anybody in the history of South African Idols has ever had a jam session on air!” “This is a tight competition, son,” Randall said. “This is the tightest Idols has ever been.”

To vote for Brenden, SMS the number 01 to 37400. [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Brenden on Twitter @brenden_praise


19-year-old ZOË ZANA from Bishop Lavis in Cape Town channeled her inner Janet Jackson with the 1997 megahit “Together Again” and then she rocked the house with her Naughties choice, the Destiny’s Child hit “Survivor”. Gareth loved the beginning of the Janet Jackson song, and the end, but not the middle. “You need to have a chorus and a verse,” he cautioned Zoë. “I want some variation,” he said. Unathi thought that Zoë’s performance in the Janet Jackson song showed a delicacy that took the audience by surprise. But Randall thought that she missed the playfulness that Jackson displayed in the original song and “you were so sharp that I couldn’t listen anymore,” he complained. And with “Survivor” you still need to sing as well as dance, he pointed out. “I think you’re going to have it tough on Tuesday,” he predicted. 

To vote for Zoë, SMS the number 05 to 37400. [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Zoë on Twitter @zoe_zana


The final contestant in both rounds was Soweto’s SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) who interpreted the old Nina Simone classic “Killing Me Softly”, as it was covered by The Fugees in 1995, and he ended the show on an upbeat note with Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t Met You Yet”. Gareth pointed out that Idols has a strange relationship with that Fugees song in that it’s mostly been sung by bad singers, and he was happy to hear it sung well. But not being a Michael Bublé fan he said he “didn’t feel” the second song. He thought it was “too Broadway”, but that Sonke was popular enough to get away with it. Unathi thought it was good that Sonke showed his versatility, though. “The less said about ‘Killing Me Softly’ the better,” Randall grumbled. And as far as the second song was concerned, he pointed out that some singers have a “default position” and that Sonke’s is a cabaret style. “The song choice tonight in your case absolutely killed you,” he declared. 

To vote for Sonke, SMS the number 06 to 37400. [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Sonke on Twitter @sonke_mazibuko

Voting for the Top 5 opened at the start of tonight’s show and will close on Monday night, 4 November, at 22:00. And on Tuesday, 5 November, fans will have to bid farewell to yet another contestant as the show counts down to the big Finalé on Tuesday, 26 November.

To stay on top of the latest Idols SA news and to find out how the voting works, visit the Idols website at www.mnet.co.za/Idols or go to the official Facebook page at “Idols South Africa”, or follow Idols on Twitter @IdolsSA.

Idols SA is a co-production between M-Net and Mzansi Magic and comes your way twice a week: on Sundays at 17:30 and Tuesdays at 19:30.

Recap: Idols Top 8 boys

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The Idols Top 8 boys took to the stage earlier to perform for the first time in front of a live crowd. This time around the judges can pass judgement, as they do, but it’s the millions of viewers at home who will ultimately decide who stays, who goes and who is that much closer to make their Idols dream come true. I wasn’t able to watch the show, but here’s a quick recap of what the judges had to say.

MUSA SUKWENE (26) from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga broke the ice, performing Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me”, which was a big hit on Gagasi FM. Idols judge Gareth Cliff pointed out that this was one of those times where the competition becomes tough, because three people have to be sent home on Tuesday. “You were very, very gentle with the song. My only worry was that it wasn’t very strong,” he told Musa. “You took us to the high notes, which is something you haven’t taken us to yet on your journey,” said Unathi Msengana. “You understand that it’s a marathon,” she noted approvingly. Randall Abrahams reminded Musa that Idols ultimately is a competition. “You’re just not a commanding presence on stage,” he complained, and he worried that Musa would not be memorable enough to stand out. To vote for Musa SMS the number 06 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Musa on Twitter @musathevoice

Next up was Phalaborwa’s golden boy INNOCENT MABUSHE (27). He chose the party song of the season, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, which had the listeners of Limpopo’s Capricorn FM dancing all winter long. Unathi thought that was an “extremely smart” song choice. “I wish you could be more confident with your higher register,” was her only concern. Gareth explained that the fans who voted for a specific contestant tonight would continue to vote for that contestant all through the competition, which is why tonight’s performance was so important. “I imagine that on Tuesday night you will get lucky,” Randall said. “The song is going to carry you.” But he was unimpressed with Innocent’s lack of energy on stage. To vote for Innocent SMS the number 03 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Innocent on Twitter @innocentmabushe

PHILIP DUBE (20) from Kempton Park in Gauteng opted for an R. Kelly song, “Believe In Me”, which was a massive hit for Johannesburg’s Kaya FM this year. “I think it’s a very pertinent song for the journey that you’ve been on,” Unathi noted. “I truly hope South Africa does believe in you.” Gareth agreed, but he noted that Philip lost his confidence halfway through the performance. “The one thing we always say is that song choice is key,” Randall reiterated. He thought that Philip was not mature enough yet to do the song justice. To vote for Philip SMS the number 07 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Philip on Twitter @philipdube

LEE-RON MALGAS (18) from Kensington in Cape Town sang “Harriet Jones” from R&B star Eric Benet, which was also a massive Kaya FM hit. “You were convincing,” Gareth told Lee-Ron. But he warned all the contestants that they had to stick out from the crowd at this stage of the competition. Unathi thought Lee-Ron was the most committed contestant so far tonight. And Randall agreed. “So far the best performance of the night,” he said. To vote for Lee-Ron SMS the number 05 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Lee-Ron on Twitter @LeeRonMalgas1

JONO JOHANSEN (16) from Glenwood in Durban gave the fans his interpretation of “Millionaires” by The Script, a sensation on Gauteng’s 94.7 Highveld Stereo charts. Gareth told Jono he had good and bad feedback for him. “I was kinda bored,” he admitted. “But the good news is, you love performing,” he said. Unathi said she enjoyed Jono’s performance, mostly because he enjoyed performing it. “People vote when you’ve made them have fun,” she cautioned. “It was nice,” Randall deadpanned. “It wasn’t necessarily memorable.” To vote for Jono SMS the number 04 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Jono on Twitter @jono_johansen

SONKE MAZIBUKO (21) from Soweto chose another massive Kaya FM hit for his performance, Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, and he brought the house down with it. “Thank you,” Gareth told him. “All the things that I said were missing from all the people before you, you brought.” Unathi said Sonke “owned the stage” and that this was her performance of the night. “Let’s not beat about the bush,” Randall said sternly … “That was great.” To vote for Sonke SMS the number 08 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Sonke on Twitter @sonke_mazibuko

BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) from Graskop in Mpumalanga also chose a Rihanna song for his performance: her ballad “Stay”, which was a big hit on East Coast Radio in KZN, and it also earned him a standing ovation. “You just became the guy to beat,” Gareth announced. Unathi said Brenden has a gift that very few people have – he can make every song that he tackles his own. “You are a star,” she said. Randall predicted that there will be a lot of collateral damage on Tuesday night, but that Brenden and Sonke will be fine. To vote for Brenden SMS the number 02 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Brenden on Twitter @brenden_praise

BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) from Noordhoek in Cape Town was up last, singing Avicii’s mega-hit “Wake Me Up, as heard on KFM in the Western Cape. “You were harvested with a different grain, and you’re proud of it, and that’s what I love about you,” Unathi told him. But Gareth could not agree. “I thought it was a massacre,” he said. “The only way you will get into the Top 10 is with charity.” And Randall thought that Ben had done his best, but he maybe didn’t step up his game enough for this stage of the competition. To vote for Benjamin SMS the number 01 to 37400 [R1.50 per text] or vote online via mobile or web at mnet.co.za/idolssa, for free. Fans can also vote on Mxit [25 moola]. Follow Benjamin on Twitter @BenjaminTainton

Did you agree with them? Who was good? Who wasn’t? Holler and share your thoughts from tonight’s episode. On Tuesday evening, three guys will leave the competition during the live results show. Who do you think they’ll be? Find out on M-Net and Mzansi Magic at 19:30.

Idols Top 8 boys song choices

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So earlier this week, the names of the top 16 Idols contestants were announced. For the most part, everyone is happy but the noticeable absence of the twins has caused quite a stir. Alas, the decision has been made and I don’t foresee any changes being made. So forward we go… On Sunday viewers will get to see the guys on stage and if you’re wondering what they’ll be singing, then check out the list below:
BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) – Avicii’s mega-hit “Wake Me Up.
Big song… No pressure!

BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) – Rihanna’s “Stay”.
If he nails this one, he might just secure his place in the top 5 and more.

INNOCENT MABUSHE (27) – Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”. 
Fun song. It seems easy, but I don’t think it’s as easy as it appears. This will be interesting.

JONATHAN ‘JONO’ JOHANSEN (16)- The Script’s “Millionaires”.
Fun, pop song. It’s kinda safe… my opinion.

LEE-RON MALGAS (18) Eric Benet’s “Harriet Jones”.
I don’t know the song, but I dig him and I think his interpretation of the song will be a good one.

MAKHOSONKE “SONKE” MAZIBUKO (21) – Rihanna’s “Diamonds”.
Big song, it’ll get people singing along… Lets hope their voices don’t drown his voice out 😉
PHILIP DUBE (20) – R. Kelly’s “Believe In Me”.
Always a popular artist to sing. I’m looking forward to this one.
MUSA SUKWENE (26) – Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me”.

Love this song… Lets see how Musa does.
Those are my thoughts. What do you think? Don’t forget you can see all the interviews, videos and a lot more news on the official site.

Watch: “Celebrate” music video ft Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks

The late, great Whitney Houston might not be with us anymore but her legacy, her voice too. Later on this year we’ll get to see the star in the upcoming movie Sparkle. One of her last recordings was a song called Celebrate. It’s a duet with young Jordin Sparks. The song was produced by R. Kelly and is taken off the Sparkle soundtrack, which is set for release on the 30th of July. Check out the video above and for more on the movie check out the official site: www.sparkle-movie.com

R. Kelly ft. Keri Hilson – Number One – Official Music Video

Your thoughts on this song? For me,it’s going to take a few more listens before I start to liking I feel. SHare your thoughts

WIN! WIN! WIN! With R.Kelly and The Times

PEOPS Looking for tickets, check this out:

Sunday Times, ARISE Magazine and the THISDAY Music Festival 2009 starring R. Kelly are giving you and your partner the chance to meet & greet R. Kelly at Sun City Superbowl. The multi Grammy Award winner will be performing at Sun City Superbowl on Saturday June 27 and at the Grand West Arena on Monday June 29 2009.
R Kelly released his debut solo album ’12 Play’ in 1993. In 1996 he released one of his most successful singles ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ which reached No 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No 1 on the UK pop charts.

Prizes include:
Main Prize for a winner and partner valued at R3920:
2 x tickets valued at R405 / Dinner at the Palace – Villa del Palazzo valued at R650 per person / Transfer R500 per person / Robert Kelly exclusive meet and greet / 1 x Hamper valued at R630 which includes a “Light it up Tour” DVD and a Greatest Hits CD valued at R180 and 3 x “Arise” Fashion Magazines valued at R150 each
One of the following Sub Prizes are also up for grabs:
4 x double tickets / 4 x CDs / 4 x DVDs / 4 x Hampers valued at R630 which includes a “Light it up Tour” DVD and a Greatest Hits CD both valued at R180 / 3 x “Arise” Fashion Magazine valued at R150 each.

To enter, go to http://www.thetimes.co.za, click on the competitions page and stand a chance to win big!

R.Kelly arrives in South Africa

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R.Kelly has arrived…. here’s a brief overview of his thoughts on being in South Africa for the first time. Check it out:

R.Kelly update

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Right here are the details for R.Kelly‘s first visit to South Africa and the African continent. In addition to performing at the Sandton Convention Centre this weekend, R Kelly will be performing at the Sun City Superbowl (Sun City) and the Grand West Casino in Cape Town. He then departs for Nigeria and finally onward to London. Here are the dates to diarise.

Concert dates:

Saturday, June 27th at the Superbowl in Sun City

Monday, June 29th at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town

Tickets for Sun City range from R250 to R550 and for Cape town, tickets are from R200 to R550 excl service fees. Tickets available at Computicket.

Friday, July 3rd at the THISDAY Dome in Abuja, Nigeria

Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th in Lagos, Nigeria

Wednesday, July 8th at Wembley Arena in London, UK