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Entertainment News by miztapheek(m): 10:49am On Aug 23, 2011
Frontline gospel artiste and United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace, Sammie Okposo has left the country to the United States of America to finalize his new album release plans with his American label, TMG (TATE Music Group) Records where he is surprisingly the first black artiste in the history of the label.His first port of call will be Atlanta before heading to TMG Records office in Oklahoma. He will spend few days with ten times Grammy Awards winner, Kevin Bond who is producing nine songs on the album. Background voices had already been done by leading American vocalists and Sammie will be adding the leading vocals to it.He left Nigeria with seven songs originally produced by him as an addition to the nine songs being produced by Kevin Bond to complete the 16 tracker new album titled ''Statement''. TMG Records wanted a blend of both the western music and African music on the album and for this reason; they opted for an African and American producers.Sammie will leave Atlanta to Oklahoma for more familiarization tour with the label executives before the official press conference and photo shoot for the new album which is currently scheduled to be out in the last week of October, 2011 baring any unforeseen circumstances.In another development, Sammie Okposo and Daddy Showkey, both indigenes of Delta States are currently finalizing a project with the Ministry of Youth Development in Delta State on how to help develop the talented youths scattered all over the state who doesn’t even have a clue of what the future hold for them. This they believe will further help to reduce crimes in the state as youths will be channeling their efforts towards more productive ventures.

Contrary to reports swirling around the streets some weeks ago, alleging that all was not well with the once blossoming relationship between Bracket and the award winning duo, P-Square, the duo has refuted the alleged beef.In a statement released by their publicist, Onucheyo 'Nas' Nasir, the Yori Yori singers said that there is no iota of truth in the report and as such, should be disregarded by all Bracket and P-Square fans and music enthusiasts alike. According to Nas, the full participation of Bracket at the just concluded P-Square's spectacular Invasion concert is a clear indicator that all is well and rosy between both artistes and all parties concerned.
Bracket gave an outstanding performance with P-Square's popular high life tune, Ada Owerri, on the group's electrifying album. Meanwhile, the duo have announced 5 September, 2011 as the official album release date for their second outing ''Cupid Stories''. The long anticipated album has been in the works for over a year now with production imprints from some of the biggest producers and engineers around. The album features prominent artistes such as; Tuface, P-Square, Banky W, Flavour and others. Already, two lead singles; Me and You and the Kiss Song (Muah muah) with the accompanying videos have been enjoying massive reviews and criticism in the media for over three months now

Fresh off a successful European tour in August, international recording artiste Asa berths her sophomore album, Beautiful Imperfection, in the United States of America on September 6. The release is through her French record label, Naive Records. In Beautiful Imperfection, the musician expands upon her emotional repertoire and distinctive musical style, which has its roots in her successful self-titled debut album, Asa released in 2007 - and she continues to charm music lovers across the globe with her unique fusion of reggae, pop, soul, R&B and an unmistakable Nigerian flavour.
The album will receive early programming in retail chains including Gap, Victoria's Secret, Origins, Old Navy, Forever 21, White House Black Market, Torrid, PUMA, Pinkberry, Eileen Fisher, Chiccos, C.O. Bigelow, Buckle, BCBG, and Anthropologie.
This is not the first time US fans will be listening to songs from the album as the singer, in June, had performed acoustic shows in New York and Los Angeles to promote the release of Beautiful Imperfection'. The album was rated 2 Most Added at CMJ AAA, and receives strong support from radio stations; KCRW & KPFK; Los Angeles, KGSR; Austin and KFAI; Minneapolis.
The singer continues to win global critical acclaim for her powerful smokey vocals and expressive songwriting: Teen Vogue compares her to "Amy Winehouse at her peak, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye all in one". BUST refers to her "smoldering vocals and beautiful and ultra-catchy melodies," AOL praises the musician's "swinging hybrid of soul, pop, reggae, and Nigerian music and sincere songwriting and mellow, seductive voice" and Yahoo! Music observes that "Asa's smokey voice and velveteen melodies can't help but evoke a gentle joie de vivre".

Organizers of the popular Gulder Ultimate Search reality TV show have announced that a record of 26,004 individuals registered for a chance to take part in the eight season of the show. Last year’s edition saw a total of 20,634 entries.
The show’s producers said that regional auditions will take place in Owerri, Benin, Abuja and Lagos. Selected applicants will be put through rigorous activities which will include physical strength, endurance, and swimming ability among other tests.
The screening will take place from Tuesday August 23 to 25 in Benin and Abuja, Saturday August 27 to 29 in Owerri and finally August 27 to August 31 in Lagos.
‘This year's huge number of registrations for GUS 8 is the highest we've ever seen as over 26,000 individuals registered for a spot on this very novel reality TV show which reflects the popularity of Gulder Ultimate Search. Close to 6,000 individuals registered over and above last year’s figure. Even more spectacular is the fact that over 1,000 people registered with just twelve hours to the deadline‘, Ita Bassey, Senior Brand Manager, Gulder disclosed.
The eight season of the reality show will be jointly anchored by Nollywood actor Bob Manuel Udokwu and R&B king Darey Art Alade.

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