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image-5-for-beyonce-love-on-top-gallery-865353760Beyonce’s new music video Love On Top debuted a few days ago, and before the full version even hit the ‘net, peeps were saying it appeared similar to  the video for New Edition’s 1988 single If It Isn’t Love. As a big NE fan who actually remembers their vid when it first came out (showing my age again), I too thought exactly the same thing, due to the dance studio location, formation of dancers with mics and old school choreography.

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Lauryn Hill’s slot at the New York leg of annual hip hop festival Rock the Bells was the talk of the music industry this past weekend. The respected and much-loved singer was on top form at the show, not necessarily in voice, but definitely in enthusiam. And she bought out some special guests to sweeten the deal, in the form of Jay-Z, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, comedian Chris Rock, a heavily pregnant Alicia Keys, Alicia’s new hubby Swizz Beatz and John Legend.

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Pairing: Beyonce and Alicia Keys in Rio

Pairing: Beyonce and Alicia Keys in Rio

This week the web has been buzzing with stolen shots of Alicia Keys and Beyonce filming the new video for their duet Put It In A Love Song. Set  in sunny Rio de Janeiro, the video appears to have a colourful carnival theme, with the ladies dressed in an array of sexy and African-inspired outfits.

I wasn’t a major fan of the ballad, which features on Alicia Key’s current album The Element of Freedom, when I initially heard it, but the video is looking good.

Alicia and Beyonce getting together on a song made me cast my mind back to some memorable old school  female collaborations. check them out after the cut!

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So the classic charity single We Are The World (by USA for Africa) is being remade (today February 1, 2010) to mark the the 25th anniversary of the original, huh?

The original version of the song (featured above) was released on March 7, 1985 to raise money to combat the famine in parts of Africa. It featured everyone from Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, who wrote the track, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Cindy Lauper, Tina Turner and… actor Dan Akroyd (as part of the group vocals)!

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