Advertisement

Today we celebrate Mariah Carey’s classic album ‘Butterfly’, which turned 21 this month.

Its title track is this week’s From The Vault pick.

They say “if you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours.

Said sentiment was echoed in the beautiful ballad, one of the last written and produced by Carey alongside Walter Afanasieff.

Due to a technicality at the time, the song wasn’t eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100; still it reached the sixteenth position on the Hot 100 Airplay count.

It wasn’t properly released in Europe, so never reached the heights of Mimi’s previous and subsequent successes. Still, it remains one of the songbird’s most celebrated tracks by her fans – especially given that butterfly has ever been her spirit animal.

***********

Carey has stated that the lyrics to the song are the words she wished her former husband, Tommy Mottola, would have said to her towards the end of their relationship.

In bringing the powerful anthem to life, Carey enlisted director Daniel Pearl –who delivered a stunning visual.

The star is seen somewhat captive in a gloomy house, finally breaking out at the track’s climax. Soon enough, speculation started about whether the video served as symbolism about her deteriorating marriage to Mottola.

[Fun Fact: Part of the clip was based on Tennessee Williams’ book ‘Baby Doll,’ which is also the name of a song on the ‘Butterfly’ LP.]

***********

Over two decades later, Carey’s sixth effort has aged like a fine wine (tasting better with time); it’s a project she candidly embraces as her favorite body of work ’til this day — and understandably so!

From its perfect dosage of Urban and Pop, to lyrical content that delved into love, heartbreak, sex, bi-racial discrimination and liberation; it’s a timeless piece of art which is a perfect testament to what “Mariah Carey” has brought to the world during her illustrious career.

Thank you for the music, MC!

Your thoughts?

Dinah Jane is wasting no time getting her promo game popping.

The Fifth Harmony singer poured out debut single ‘Bottled Up’ this week and celebrates her solo arrival by covering the Autumn/Winter issue of Rollacoaster magazine.

Lensed by Karl Simone, we hear the feature is the first of many press spots lined up in support of the 21-year-old’s new material

More snaps are expected soon, but in the here and now peep the lyric video for ‘Bottled Up’ – which features Ty Dolla $ign and  Marc E. Bassy – below…

(more…)

Welcome to The Sip episode 18 on That Grape Juice!

In our new podcast series, hosts PatricklySpeakn and StephYoungMC run down the latest entertainment news from TGJ and beyond.

This week we’re joined by guest Jason Williams as we dive into Beyonce and LaTavia‘s emotional reunion, Maroon 5‘s Super Bowl news, Cardi B‘s comeback video, and Lady Gaga‘s latest venture. All this and much more.

Drink up!

Be sure to let us know what YOU think! What are you liking? What do you want to hear more of? Let us know below!

Follow us on social:

That Grape Juice
 Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

@PatricklySpeakn
@StephYoungMC

Your thoughts?

Kenan Thompson has partnered with NBC to build his very own TV show.

Awesome news below…

(more…)

Ciara brought a ‘Dose’ of dynamite to her debut performance on Bruno Mars’ ’24k Magic Tour’ in Toronto last night.

As reported, the stage blazer forms part of an all-star line-up of names joining the crooner for the victory lap of the blockbuster trek.

For her set, CiCi rocked the capacity crowd with new numbers such as ‘Level Up,’ ‘Freak Me,’ and ‘Dose.’ She also offered up live renditions of favorites such as ‘Promise,’ ‘Body Party,’ and ‘Like A Boy.’

What are you waiting for? Watch the superstar in action after the jump…

(more…)

Fans of powerhouse songstress Christina Aguilera are just days away from the kick off of her ‘Liberation’ tour – her first time hitting the road in over a decade.

Set to launch on September 25 in Hollywood, FL, the outing – which she has been heavily teasing on her personal Instagram account – promises to be career-spanning and even feature some content from her commercially underrated LPs ‘Lotus’ and ‘Bionic.’

But, before her supporters are able to get down and dirrty with the Grammy-winning diva, they’re invited to look inside for some behind the scenes action at the making of all the forthcoming fun:

(more…)

Damaris Lewis is to star in a dangerous new thriller named ‘Fatale’!

Joining her for the ride?

An unbelievably group of co-stars!

Awesome news below…

(more…)

Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to celebrate TV and Film’s exciting past.

Today, we revisit the hit 90s series ‘Melrose Place.’

Take that journey to the past with us below…

(more…)


Two of music’s most notable fashionistas linked up in Milan this week.

Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora turned heads together in colorful ensembles at the Versace presentation.

Sat front-row centre, the pair were sure to werk it and made for their own spectacle.

The sighting comes amidst an interesting New York Fashion Week for Onika and just days after Rita announced new album ‘Phoenix’ and unleashed its lead single ‘Let You Love Me.’

Peep more pics of the dynamic duo below…

(more…)

Ella Mai has fast emerged as one of the most exciting new names in music and looks set to cement her status with the release of her debut album.

After moving from London to Los Angeles in 2016 to sign with DJ Mustard, the 22-year-old’s crescendo of success hit quite the stride with 3x Platinum smash ‘Boo’d Up’ and newest single ‘Trip’ (which is currently at #23 – and climbing – on the Billboard Hot 100). 

Wonder when you can get your hands on its parent LP? Details below…

(more…)

Mariah Carey marvelled at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival last night.

The diva supreme is back on the scene and gearing up for the release of her brand new album; a set which is preceded by buzz track ‘GTFO.’

Whetting appetites ahead of a busy Fall, Mimi performed the track as part of her set at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Live renditions of hits such as ‘We Belong Together,’ ‘Always Be My Baby,’ and ‘Beautiful’ were also given.

Watch Carey in action after the jump…

(more…)

eXTReMe Tracker
**