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We’ve Moved! WATMONLINE.COM


After years of contemplating, I decided to move my site and change its name. Not only the name, but its purpose. WorldAccordingtoMonte.com is now WATMONLINE.COM. When I launched worldaccordingtomonte.com in 2009, I had NO idea what I was getting into. All I wanted to do was post few stories and give my opinion, in hopes of getting a few readers and call it day. Back then, I was clueless to the work, time and energy it takes to keep up a blog, especially when you enjoy it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with music. I might not know the day of the week, but I KNOW when Grammys are. Long story short, I took my obsession beyond friends and family and made it public to anyone with access to the Internet, and that’s how worldaccordingtomonte.com was born.

Since my first post about Barbara Streisand keeping Mariah Carey out the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, worldaccordingtomonte.com has grown beyond my expectations. Knowing that nearly a half million people have, at one time or another, visited the site blows my mind. In the grand scheme of things that’s a small fraction of world’s Internet population, but to me, that’s EVERYTHING!

As World According to Monte becomes WATM ONLINE, I’m confident in knowing that this is only the beginning. I’ve seen what a hard work and dedication can do and I refuse to give up until I reach my goals. Whenever I do decide to take on something, I want to be the best; regardless of how it takes to get there, I’m willing and will work my ass off to get to the next level.

There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of music-related websites, offering music and entertainment news, celebrity gossip, exclusive interviews, etc., but few are actually credible. And that’s what will set WATM ONLINE apart from the run-of-the-mill music blog.  I want to give the facts, then give my opinion, even if the facts and my opinion conflict. My hope is to highlight artists, known and unknown, with stories that will spark conversation and become your go-to for the latest about your favorites and the best you never heard.

If you’ve ever clicked on a link, left a comment, scrolled down the homepage, liked on Facebook, retweeted a Tweet, subscribed via email, or have been involved with worldaccordingtomonte.com in any way, I humbly thank you!

I’m excited about the new journey and look forward to all that lies ahead! Head over to WATMONLINE.COM and subscribe to receive posts via email, bookmark the site, and if you’d like, drop me a line at monte@watmonline.com. (The fact that I have personalize email for the new site is the coolest shit, EVER!)

See you there!

— Montè

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Whitney Houston talks all things ‘Sparkle’ in ‘new’ in-depth interview taped in October 2011


In a newly released interview, the late Whitney Houston and director Debra Martin Chase talk about Sparkle.  The 20-minute interview was taped in last October on the set of the film. The film marks Whitney Houston’s final feature film role; she died on February 11, 2012, three months after filming ended.

Set in 1960s Detroit, Sparkle follows the title character; Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), a music prodigy struggling to rise through the ranks of the music business. On the verge of stardom in a singing group with her two sisters, dramatic family issues threaten to tear them apart. Whitney plays the musical trio’s mother, while Mike Epps plays a wealthy comedian who woos Sparkle’s sister into a drug-filled and abusive relationship on their way to the top.

Directed by Salim Akil, the film also stars Derek LukeCee-Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick.  Sparkle arrives in theaters August 17.

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Interview| Dawn Richard talks Diddy, standing alone, ‘Armor On’ & more



In theory, when an artist has two stints in groups that end prematurely and isn’t linked to a major label, any hopes of a solo career are null and void. But what if that artist was always meant to be a solo star, and the groups were solely stepping stones to get to the next level. And what if the drama, personal and professional setbacks, and pessimism from the audience were used to build ‘armor’ in order for the artist to ascend even further. Enter Dawn Richard, who negates the theory and rewrites her story by taking control.

Before Making the Band 3, Danity Kane and Diddy- Dirty Money, Dawn’s grind began in 2003, with her indie album Been a While. Not a top-seller, the album was good enough to land her an opening gig for Anthony Hamilton. Fast forward to 2005, when she was named one of the five members of Diddy’s female supergroup — along with Aubrey O’Day, Aundrea Fimbres, Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgett and Shannon Bex –who became Danity Kane. They went on to released a pair of chart-topping albums — Danity Kane and Welcome to the Dollhouse — and became the first female group to have both their debut and sophomore albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Their success proved short-lived as rumors of turmoil and infighting reached a head. In 2009, Danity Kane split; that same year, Diddy announced the formation of a new hip-hop supergroup with Dawn and singer-songwriter Kaleena. Inspired by 80s groups Soul II Soul and Loose Ends, Diddy-Dirty Money released The Last Train to Paris in 2010. They unexpectedly disbanded the following year.

Now faced with a dilemma, Dawn had to choose: stay with Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint and wait two years to release solo material, or step away from the man who made her famous and follow her own path. Choosing the latter, Dawn took control of her destiny with release of Armor On, her first solo EP, in March.

Released through her company Our Dawn Entertainment, Armor On reached the top of iTunes’ R&B/Soul charts shortly after its release. While promoting and touring for the EP , Dawn took a moment to chat with World According to Montè about her journey and establishing herself as a solo artist.

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Bobby Brown Says He’s ‘Not the Reason’ Whitney Houston’s Gone


In his first interview since Whitney Houston’s death, Bobby Brown dispels the longstanding rumor that he introduced her to drugs.

“I’m not the reason she’s gone,” he said of his ex-wife in the new interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, which airs on TODAY on Wednesday and Thursday. “I didn’t get high before I met Whitney … I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn’t the one that got Whitney on drugs at all.”

He also says he’s “hurt” by the news that cocaine played a factor in her death. “I didn’t know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, you know– listen, it’s a hard fight. It’s a hard fight to, you know, maintain sobriety that way,” he said.

Brown and Houston married on July 28, 1992, and welcomed their daughter Bobbi Kristina in 1993. After years of negative press and personal turmoil, they filed for divorce in 2006.

Whitney Houston’s death was officially ruled an accidental drowning last month.  The global superstar died the day before the Grammy Awards at age 48.

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‘PEOPLE’ crowns Beyoncé ‘World’s Most Beautiful Woman’


We can all agree that Beyoncé is one of the world’s most beautiful women, but now it’s official!  The international superstar and new mom has been named ‘World’s Most Beautiful Woman’ by People magazine.

People’s senior editor Alexis Chiu revealed the cover girl this morning (April 25) on TODAY.  She told Matt Lauer and Ann Curry that Beyoncé is “flawless, she’s gorgeous, she’s at the top of her game career-wise, she’s this music icon at 30 years old and on top of it she has this glow going on … She’s a new mom.” Though its Beyoncé’s first time winning the crown, this marks her ninth time on the list.

Inside the double cover issue, the “Run The World” singer opens up about the birth of her daughter, Blue Ivy. “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth,” she said.

You can read the full interview with the issue hits newsstands on April 27th.

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Keri Hilson Talks Third Album, Apocalyptic Dreams, UFOs, & More


When I first watched this video, I thought, ‘Keri Hilson has lost her gahtdamn mind,’ then I realized its just her attempt to pull back the layers and become more personable.

At any rate, Keri Lynn sat down with FUSE  for an intimate interview, where the off-beat convo tip-toed into the “Oh, this b!tch is crazy” zone.  The “Pretty Girl Rock” singer discussed being fired from her job at a restaurant, the last lie she told, the body part she’s most proud of, and the worst break-up she’s had, which she revealed is the inspiration behind her third album.

The next line of questioning bought tears to Keri’s eyes, as she revealed her least favorite dreams. “I have these recurring dreams about the end of the world and they’re very, very vivid and very realistic,” she said. “There’s always the sky going black and you’re watching it happen. Another dream it was like a flood. Another dream is there were so many people killing people in the streets, women and children included. … Another time it was UFOs and they were fighting above us and we just knew that this means it’s over.”

 

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Video: Dawn Richard Talks Diddy, Going Solo, Danity Kane, ‘Armor On,’ & More with The Breakfast Club


Dawn Richard is in full promo mode for her new Armor On EP.  The former Dirty Money diva stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club to discuss cutting professional ties with Diddy, her former Danity Kane group mates, and standing on her own as a solo artist. Dawn’s grind and love for her craft is second to none, if you haven’t purchased her EP, get it now! Watch the interview below.

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Brandy & Monica Talk “It All Belongs To Me,” Whitney Houston & More with The Breakfast Club


In support of their duet “It All Belongs To Me,” Brandy & Monica stopped by NYC’s Power 105 to chat with DJ Envy, Charlamagne and Angela Yee. A visibly uncomfortable Brandy opened up about her relationship with Ray J and dealing with negativity on Twitter, while Monica discussed Whitney Houston and her influence, cyber bullying and more. Their collaboration “It All Belong  To Me” will appear on Monica’s seventh album New Life, due April 10, and Brandy’s RCA/Chameleon debut Two Eleven, coming this June.

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