NEW YORK — The city that never sleeps is often the city that never runs out of options. Tuesday was one of those nights when it felt like everybody came out — there were parties and concerts all night long. Joe Budden decided against heavy fanfare and posturing and kept it gully with a party at the New Era flagship store in lower Manhattan to usher in the release of his latest LP, Padded Room.
Meanwhile, The-Dream was pumping up anticipation for his Love Vs. Money album, which drops on March 10. He performed at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill.
The major event of the night, though, was the party for King magazine. The home of busty and lusted-after models and female celebrities celebrated its 50th issue. Cute-as-a-button Christina Milian — who was recently linked romantically with The-Dream — got the cover-girl honors for the issue, and although Milian wasn't in attendance, the mag’s founder, Datwon Thomas, and editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall welcomed lovelies such as Danity Kane's Dawn Richard (who, in addition to speaking with us recently about the Danity Kane split, has a spread in the Milian issue) and radio personality Free. Meanwhile, fly guys such as Fabolous were spotted in the crowd while Busta Rhymes was a guest of Ron Browz onstage.
Now, no one can deny that Browz has a mini movement going on right now with a string of club bangers for himself as well as artists such as Busta and CNN. But neither can anyone deny that Browz will never be mistaken for having one of the great voices of our generation — he uses Auto-Tune faithfully for a reason! However, the beats sound great in a club or party setting (the King shindig was held in a private loft). Browz sang "Jumping Out the Window" and brought out the veteran Rhymes for "Arab Money." Bussa Bus stayed for "Pop Champagne," even though he doesn't rap on the record (Bus did lay down vocals for a President Obama-inspired remix last year).
Night turned into early morning at the lounge Velour. Ciara and MTV News' Sway came out for Fab Life Tuesday, a weekly event hosted by MTV Jams personality and "Hood Fab" host Buttahman. DJ Mad Linx was the spinner.