Thursday, December 07, 2006

I am not sure how many of you read all the comments, especially from the older posts so I am printing this for all to see. It is an incredible piece of research and done by someone I would love have working for me. The only problem is that I stated that 2000 was a fudge because it would be too easy to find the singer. I stand by the fact that it would be explosive if it ever came out, and there is only one person who can come forward to reveal all and it is not going to be me.

With all the websites that have linked to the story all with their own comments sections, of course people have guessed it, but I am not going to say. With all of that, I wanted to post this and say this is truly incredible.

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my friend did some sleuthing and concluded that this may be a hoax. His response is below: This smells like a hoax to me but I don't like mysteries so I went ahead and tried to solve this one: The album in question was prolly released in 2001. I guessed that year because the story says that the singer was approached in "late 2000" and heard herself on the radio "several months later". There were 373 albums released in 2001 in America. For the moment, let's only consider albums released by a female solo artist. Believe it or not, that cuts the list down to 29 with a list of women that includes Alicia Keys (sorry, Cat), Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Pink, Mariah, Missy, Bjork, and three Spice Girls. Now if we limit the list again to women whose FIRST solo album came out that year, we are left with 5. (By the way, Jessica Simpson's first CD came out in 1999, with the hits "I wanna love you forever" and "I think I'm in Love with you" being two of the singles. I know some of you thought it was her.) So who's on that list? Album Artist Release Date A Girl Like Me Emma Bunton 16-Apr Songs in A Minor Alicia Keys 5-Jun The Spirit Room Michelle Branch 14-Aug Victoria Beckham Victoria Beckham 1-Oct Laundry Service Shakira 13-Nov The story went on to say that the artist in question was "taking off" and "had several Top 40 songs and CD's." Also, the "star" was "everywhere..on television, radio, awards, shows, commercials..EVERYWHERE.". Well, the Spice Girls are out since Emma only sold 125,000 of her first CD. And while Victoria did slightly better, Wikipedia has this to say : "Despite being one of the most famous celebrities in Britain, and having all her music reach the UK top ten (the only solo Spice to do so), Victoria Beckham's career as a solo artist is largely considered to have been a commercial failure." Also, it seems that Posh shelves more music than she releases and has not been all that prolific in the past 5 years. This leaves our curious threesome of Shakira, Michelle Branch, and Alicia Keys. Michelle Branch - Apparently, this girl has been rocking out since she was 8 years old and, technically, her first album was released in 2000. It was a self release CD called Broken Bracelet. Also, she toured with Hanson in December of 2000 when Madonna noticed her and signed her up to Maverick records (What the hell was Madonna doing at a Hanson concert?!!?). She went on to win Grammies and have 3 top 40 singles of that first Maverick-backed CD. In 2002, she did that Carlos Santana song "A Game of Love" which earned her another Grammy. Her second album went platinum but only spawned one top forty single. Alicia Keys - Allmusic.com reports that "Around the time that Songs in A Minor was released, Keys was popping up everywhere, including an Associated Press story. Where had she been before then?" Good question. Ms. Alicia Augello-Cook has has been playing the piano since age 7, wrote her first song at age 14, and graduated from the "Fame" high school at age 16. Her first commercial offering sold 235,000 the first week and sold more than ten million worldwide. This was followed by several Top 40 hits and five Grammies. Her next CD, released 2003 sold 618,000 copies the first week and has, to date, sold over 7 million units worldwide as well as earned her four more Grammies. However, Alicia's first recordings were in 1997 when she had a song on the Men In Black soundtrack. In addition, she was featured on the soundtracks of both Shaft (2000) and Dr. Doolittle 2 (2001). Shakira - Possibly the most famous of these three, Shakira steamrolled us all in 2001 with "Whenever, Wherever", all hips and moaning. Her CD, Laundry Service, sold more than 13 million copies and spawned several top 40 hits. She has performed at numerous award shows (including singing "Dude looks like a lady" at MTV Icon in 2002. A curious choice, isn't it. Maybe she's trying to tell us something...) and has herself snagged a carload of awards both her and overseas. She is the highest selling Columbian artist of all time (unless cocaine export is considered an art) and is quite possibly one of the most influential Latin American artists ever. Of course, what hasn't been mentioned is that Shakira was already a smashing success before she reached our shores, releasing her first (failed) CD in 1991 followed by 3 more, the last which made her a household name in Latin America and Spain. The Verdict: All three of these women have been in commercials and award shows and have been well covered by the media (Michelle Branch, prolly less so). But none of them really fit the description of the story. I mean, all these women have recordings that pre-date 2001. Finding differences in the vocals between now and then would be so easy a New York Post reporter could uncover it. What's more, all these women make a habit of performing live and while this can be faked, I would be SHOCKED to find it had been. So, in conclusion, I have no idea. Problems: if this happened in another country, the UK for example, this is all for naught since they have different release schedules and stars altogether. Also, wherever the email came from other details might have been changed such as the year that this happened which would throw everything off. Again, I think it's a hoax. Bib: Allmusic.com, Wikipedia.org, Amazon.com

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

JLo! people.

Jem said...

Woo. I liked the conclusion.

Jenn said...

Anonymous-

On the 6 was released in 1999, so no, it's not J-Ho. She sucks, and Ent said "S" is "quite good", so, not that talentless bitch.

Anonymous said...

Jenn - thanks. I'm not any good with blind items. :(

It can't be Madonna then either cuz she sucks too.

Now I don't know.

Anonymous said...

But he said other sites have guess it and the ones I've read say J Lo.

Megan said...

Michelle Branch Karma will catch up with this person after treating the person that helped her become a star horriably.

Jenn said...

It's not any of those people. None of them can sing.

Anonymous said...

The real question should be why this post was made! Did he post it to confirm that these three women are NOT the answer?

Anonymous said...

he's just trying to drum up more guessing b/c this was his 'claim to fame' post. no others match this, especially his viagra story, and we all turned the comments to us. He's turning the focus back to himself and his blog.......

Megan said...

Abusive BF arrested police were called during fight

http://www.tmz.com/2006/12/07/lou-diamond-phillips-pleads-no-contest-to-domestic-violence/

sounds familiar this guy is the real deal people. :D

Anonymous said...

what post is this refering to???

melnahas said...

Very nice, very nice indeed, although you all probably already know that Wikipedia is NOT I repeat NOT a credible source of information, although they try really hard to keep tabs on it. I've come across many artists/celebs who've told me personally that half the stuff on their Wiki is completely untrue.

Anonymous said...

There really was a lot of work put into this research by someone. We really don't have all that many female solo artists, so the pickings are slim. Can someone remind me why Britney Spears is not a candidate for this one? Is it because she sucks too?

GGA

Anonymous said...

That Lou Diamond Phillips thing was a long time agi, and he just settled in court. Ent L said the paparazzi went to him seaking legal advice about what he had seen recently....good try though!

GGA said...

I would also like to point out that this person did commercials, which Britney did for Pepsi. I can't find that J Lo did commercials. I think this may be one of the biggest clues. How many of these solo women have done commercials? Not many. Where's anonymous with all the legwork?

Rebecca said...

LOl GGA....we need someone to do the work to figure this out!

Anonymous said...

Did he say Britney was a friend and it wasn't one of his friends?

Anonymous said...

Wow, whoever wrote all that sure had a lot of time on their hands.

Anonymous said...

Ya'll (just like Brit Brit), it's not Britney Spears. The nasal tone in her speech matches the nasal tone in her singing. I mean, if they were going to pull a MV with Britney, don't you think they would've hired someone more talented? Her schtick is her performing abilities (or her willingness to act like a 2-cent whore on stage).

Oh yeah, same with JLO. You can actually detect the Bronx accent in her songs. You can't take the Bronx out of her no matter how many diamonds & furs she drapes on at a time.

Anonymous said...

ive heard rumblings of britney. if i ever saw her not lip synch a concert i think id die of shock.

schneefloeckli said...

Don't you people watch VH1? *blushes* Anyway, it can't be Britney because there's footage from when she was like 8 or 10 and got hired to sing in a Broadway musical. Hired because of her singing talent.

Go here, here here and here to watch it online. Britney used to sing as a child and quite well IMO.

FrancesDanger said...

Ok, the timeline was fudged, we know that. Removing the year 2000 from the equation, here's what I think: seeing her NBC special, I guess Madonna. Plus her full name is Madonna Veronice Louise Ciccone (MV). I win. :-)

hez said...

For the LAST TIME, MV is not Britney!

If you've been reading this blog at all, Ent has said repeatedly that they are friends, and he is not going to use information that could potentially destroy the career of a friend (even in a blind item) just to mollify the needs of a few rapacious gossipmongers (myself included).

I can pretty much guarantee you that if you do read about Britney at all in this blog, it will be positive items, like the one last week where she 'explained' her recent behaviour. I'd expect no less from someone purporting to be a friend of mine.

publicityiscandy said...

i'm in on the madonna votes, 1000%.
ps, hez, you're gonna have to fight me for ENT.

lily said...

I don't think it's madonna. She has a very distinctive voice. Although that would be HUGE!

Also, Malibu Vixen can't be Tawny, either. I read about her cocaine bust and it said that she had an apartment in a different CA city.

I think MV must be someone who had connections or why would they do that for her? Mariah, for example, was involved with Matolla. JLo was involved with P Diddy.

lily said...

What about Shania Twain?

Anonymous said...

It's JLo...that's why she is becoming a Scientologist. If they can cover up Tom Cruise's gayness for the past few decades, they will be able to cover up this scandel. Think about it.

meme said...

^interesting

Anonymous said...

If it's not Britney or Alicia Keys, aren't we running out options? Doesn't Shakira sing in Spanish and English? Not that this singer couldn't do that, but wouldn't it be unlikely that they found someone who could do both? And since JLo never toured, she is not an option.

This leaves us with Mariah, Pink, Jessica and a handful of others. It would seem that this answer would be quite obvious if this really happened.

GGA

Anonymous said...

If Alicia Keys really sings live, then many times she is doing it out of synch.

Anonymous said...

It's not Shakira...my bf use to work at Televisa in Mexico city and said she was not only extremely nice but had a huge voice for such a small person. she's the real deal!

Anonymous said...

He said he changed the dates. It could actually be Beyonce. Her voice in Destiny's Child versus her voice as a solo artist has changed. Who knows...

lily said...

Shania's first album didn't do well, and then she hooked up with Mutt Lange. Since then she's had hit after hit. She's also done a world tour.

My other guess is Janet Jackson. It has to be someone with connections or why would they bother?

Rebecca said...

I think it's LeAnn Rimes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leann_Rimes Her first album was number 3 and her second was number 1. Plus her singing voice is totally different than her talking voice. Check out these videos to compare. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRYXwu2VJLo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmVQ61hXenw