That Grape Juice A&R: Solange’s 3rd Studio Album

Published: Monday 13th Aug 2012 by David

A cool mesh of dance, R&B and a Contemporary take on The Supreme‘s signature sound, Solange‘s 2008 LP ‘Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams’ marked one of the decade’s more exciting releases.

However, despite being well received on a critical tip, the album struggled to live up to commercial expectations, despite spawning the #1 single ‘I Decided‘.

So, with reports of its follow up brewing in the Pop-verse, many of the starlet’s fans are hoping this year will see her unveil details on the anticipated release.

Now, it’s time to have your say on the matter.

Details below…

Listing 12 songs from any genre or period of music from any artist out there, we want you to A&R Ms.Knowles’  new project,  picking songs you feel would  win over the buying public and critics alike.

Maybe you feel Keri Hilson’s ‘I Like’ is just the sound she needs to force her into higher chart ground or is Emeli Sande’s ‘My Kind Of Love’ the sound she should be going for if it’s critical acclaim she desires.

It’s completely up to you!

More importantly, why not tell us how you’d handle the projects campaign. We’re talking promotional appearances, release dates, television specials…whatever you feel would convince the public to pick it up once it hits stores.

Get creative below!

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  1. Ernest August 13, 2012


    • THE SHADE August 13, 2012

      rather listen to solange music rather than her sisters, it’s more mature..the irony.

      • THE SHADE August 13, 2012

        adventurous is the word. yeah her music is more adventurous unlike beyonce’s

    • BJ August 13, 2012

      Ha! It must be a slow news day…

      Couldnt we have done LeToya Lucketts 3rd LP?

      Or Latavia and Farrah since we talking bout Solange…

      So as he said again… WHY? LOL!

  2. Tilly August 13, 2012

    She just needs to come with the heat, go hard like her sister does! She also needs to do more public appearances globally. It’s not gonna be easy for her, but if she wants her records to sell, then she needs to werk, or she’ll always stay in the shadow of her sister.

    • Terrell August 13, 2012

      Solange don’t care about that, solange says f*** society lol, she’s gonna do what she feels comfortable

  3. THE GAME August 13, 2012

    Thatgrapejuice should STOP exposing their limited music culture saying this album was one of the best of the decade. It was nice but nothing groundbreaking. Funny though

    • i’m not throwing shade, but… August 13, 2012

      I agree, the album was nice but a decade is a long time and personally although i played the album hard when it came out i really only play select songs now when as during that “decade” they are albums i played hard and i still play hard.
      Solange should keep doing what she is doing, i think that her vocals are not the strongest so if she is tries to be too hard to do something else/be someone else it might come across fake and forced

  4. Clr August 13, 2012

    I just want her to have something to say and just be creative. I don’t really like telling an artist what I want them to do. Just do your best work, believe in it, and be innovative push your own personal boundaries and your style. I hope an album is released this year.

  5. Terrell August 13, 2012

    F*** society she should stick to the music she loves, more music like her “Sol Angel and The Hadley St Dreams” album……..That album gave me every bit of my life that i needed SHE SLAAAAAYED that album better than santa biish

  6. Musiclova101 August 13, 2012

    combine Rihanna Talk that talk with Nicki minaj Pink friday:roman reloaded !

  7. Musiclova101 August 13, 2012

    by the way her 2 album was dope !

  8. trizzy trainwreck August 13, 2012

    I think she has a unique voice. She needs dance, trip hop, dubstep. Some thing like buy my love by wynter gordon would suit her!


    Oh come on! Admit it! Admit it! You love it! You love the drama! You love the back and forth games like a damn bouncing ball in a ping pong tournament. You love following the Chris Brown and Rihanna show.

    Rihanna and Chris Brown have been through a lot of rough patches and both have experienced a beat down or two. First Chris Brown hitting Rihanna like a punching bag and then Chris Brown being yalked in the jaw after words were exchanged with Drake and his crew. They have dealt with more drama together and apart than any soap opera or reality show.

    Just like the social media hogs and the gossip blog followers I’m sure you are impatiently waiting to see what will happen next. Well here’s what you’ve waiting for.

    Rihanna has been on a long vacation with her girlfriends in Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy. From there she and her crew made their way to the French region of the Mediterranean, where she chilled and partied on a yacht with the likes of Magic Johnson in St. Tropez.

    Then who do you suppose found their way to the same spot, of course none else than Chris Brown, where he was in town to film a music video with rapper Ludacris. Chris Brown reportedly joined Rihanna in Sardinia, according to the New York Daily News, before joining Luda for a video shoot.

    It’s been said that Rihanna wanted to keep their meeting a secret. And who could blame with all the criticism surrounding her choosing to remain friends with Chris Brown. Also in the world of Tweet Land Rihanna tweeted, “Touch down baby, help me pick out my fit,” presumably referring to her ensemble when Chris Brown landed in St. Tropez.

    Oh and don’t let me fail to mention the two ex-love birds were caught smooching in each other’s arms with locked lips at a yacht party. With all of the other a-listers at the shindig it was said that Rihanna and Chris Brown weren’t concerned about being open with their affections since it was a very private party on a private yacht, so they were not worried. Well so much for privacy. For those of you that are waiting for more Chris Brown and Rihanna stay tuned.

  10. Dave August 13, 2012

    For one, this article should’ve not be made. Solange is an ARTIST! At 1st I was gonna say, she’s not that type of “artist”, but I had to think about it. Those that go crazy over what will get them to chart or be mega successful in this music industry truly aren’t artist. Her album wasn’t a commercial success, but I’m sure it hit the market she wanted it too. The album is highly critically acclaimed. Heck on my trip to Cedar Point with my family, all of them liked Sol-Angel & they Hadley street dreams, I’m talkin about my 77 year old grandma, 28 year old female cousin, 14 year old brother, 16 year old sister, 9 & 10 year old little sisters, & me (who bought the album). & let me tell you something, my grandma is HARD to please, but she loved Solange’s album & her voice. I think all Solange needs to do is make a great quality album & touch all bases with her target market. She’s not trying to be a Beyonce, Rihanna, or Lady Gaga, she’s not in that world. You should’ve known that buy now. So, the artcle should’ve focused on the quality of her album, like the direction you would want her to do in musically & artistically. But then again, what can you expect from you guys, your fave is Nicki Minaj. I’m done.

    • LaLA August 13, 2012

      You took the words right out of my mouth. These labels better listen.

      • Dave August 13, 2012

        They really need too, & thanks

  11. YOOSONDALOOSE August 13, 2012

    No album. I love Solange’s music, but I think that it would be a terrible move to release an album now.

    She should focus on modelling and designing and then do SEVERAL movies even if the parts are small.

    THEN if successful she should think about music.

  12. Letruth August 13, 2012

    Solange doesn’t care about critical aclaim or money. She makes music because she enjoys it that’s why she’s an independent artist with no record label backing her.

  13. Matthew Charlery-Smith August 13, 2012

    Solange? Well, she writes good songs. I think she definitely needs to establish a name FOR HERSELF! Janet Jackson had to do that and although she had to answer questions comparing her to Michael she still came at it hard but with good music, not just energetic performances, such is hype with no substance.

    Solange does have a “F it, I don’t care attitude” which makes people go off her before they even know her. She can sing well and is artistically creative but I can’t agree that her 2nd LP was great. I was bored after a few tracks and I bought as a gift for my cousin who found it (along with her partner) boring 15 mins in.

    She needs to be friendlier, have more fan interaction and show her sense of humour which she does have.

    Songs I’d recommend

    All Cried Out -Alison Moyet
    I Just Can’t Stop Loving You MJ/Siedah
    Sweet Love – Anita Baker
    Speed Demon – MJ (For a Wildcard track)
    Jam – MJ (A tougher, socially conscious version of JJ’s Rhythm Nation with good choreo in the vid)
    What’s Up – 4 Non-Blondes (A rockier socially conscious song)
    Soon As I Get Home – Faith Evans
    You’re All I Need – Mary J. Blige & Method Man
    The Show – Kelly Rowland/Tank
    Dance songs in the vein of Kelly Row’s Down For Whatever, Britney’s Up n’ Down, Rih’s Only Girl, Ciara’s Overdose,
    Somos Novios – Christina/Bocelli
    Could I have This Kiss Forever – Whitney/Enrique

    Promo’s a hard one so as I’ve said. If she increases her fan interaction and shows her friendlier side her fans will let her know when they want to see her. The good thing with family acts is that when one isn’t releasing the other can fill in giving fans what they want (See MJ/JJ album release dates from 82-2002) and fans will support it because they aren’t band members, they are family so by supporting one you’re supporting the other. This is why MJ fans have mostly always loved Janet….until “Grandma-gate” that was!

  14. Ny August 13, 2012

    Whenever I read something about Solange, the only thing thats going through my head is Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce, and that is the exact reason why she will never be relevant, not because shes not talented but because Beyonce is her sister

  15. Mil jackson August 13, 2012

    Honestly.. I think she knows her sound and style.. I would like to see her bust some moves like how she did with her first video… She dances really good! I hope she decides to try doing some sik choreography with this new project.

  16. Solange will always be in Beyonce’s shadow August 13, 2012

    Why is she bothering to release a 3rd album? It will just flop like the other 2.

  17. That B*tch (would you like a rihfund with that)? August 13, 2012

    I honestly don’t see Solange coming out of her sister’s shadow anytime soon. I know she’s trying to make a name for herself but I think she will always be known as Beyonce’s sister.

    • jwq August 13, 2012

      That’s the thing she’s not trying to come out of her sister’s shadows she’s not trying to compete with her sister just because some people have a hard time separating the two it really don’t bother her is that people are making that assumption

  18. JohnVidal(RIP Whitney-truegreat) August 13, 2012

    What??? This girl released one of the most exciting albums of the decade? When??? Seriously! I think I´ve never heard a song by this woman.
    Not hating just saying. Just saying how ridiculous Sam is when it comes to Beyonce and her family and ex group

  19. Quetta August 13, 2012

    She is sooooooooooo beautiful. Not a big fan of her music though.

  20. DA TRUTH TELLA B****** August 13, 2012

    You all know that beyonce ain’t gon let this girl release no album. This trick’s job is to brush and maintain Beyonce’s WIGS!

  21. JohnVidal(RIP Whitney-truegreat) August 13, 2012

    You know we have to endure a new post from Sam everytime Beyonce “writes” a letter or praises someone and everytime someone tals about her, just to make it seem like she is the only “budding icon” ever… So where is the post about Diane Warren talking about one of those megastars on that higest level Beyonce will never reach? Diane Warren said this week about Celine Dion:
    “Saw Celines’ show for the first time last nite. She still basically outsings every female pop singer on the planet” and “The notes she was hitting were truly insane. I forgot how truly amazing she is and if anything she is singing better than ever.”
    Where are the posts about the huge megastars in music history ever Sam? Other than the ones bashing Mariah and Madonna? Where? Do u care for music at all?

    • Suicide Blonde August 13, 2012

      Diane Warren was right.

  22. Suicide Blonde August 13, 2012

    She was a singer too, i didn’t know.

  23. OrkanTan August 13, 2012

    Hmm, i think solange need to so something like man Down, watch and learn by rihanna or why dont you Love me by her sister! She got that dancehall, funk, reagge Look. Hippie Look! Maybe she needs to do a lot of Funk Oldskool Jazz dancehall Music!

  24. Slick August 13, 2012

    I believe that her 2nd album was worthy of one of the greatest album of that decade! That was da same year as I Am…Sasha Fierce & iBelieve that Solange MURDERED Bey! But 12 songs for her 3rd LP here we go!

    1. Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady
    2. Erykah Badu – Next Lifetime
    3. Toni Braxton – Just Be A Man About It
    4. Monica & Brandy – Boy Is Mine (Duet with either Bey or Rhi)
    5. Aaliyah – I Care 4 U
    6. Janet Jackson – If I Was Your Girl
    7. Brandy — Brokenhearted
    8. Kelly Rowland – Still In Love With My Ex
    9. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
    10. Rhianna – Where Have You Been?
    11. Britney Spears – Slave or Toxic
    12. SWV – Weak

    As far as promotion goes iWould have her on 106 & Park for a week a lil before the 1st single dropped & then a few weeks after that to give the world a chance to kno and understand Solange. She would perform on all night shows (Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, etc..) would get her a spot on Wendy Williams and jus have all type of commercials and billboards for the LP. I would also use her fashionable style to wheel in fans because nowadays people love an artist with a sense of style. Also iWould have her doing video blogs and features on other artist such as Trey Songz, Justin Beiber, Rick Ross, Drake, etc… get their fans on board. She would have a private televised special for only 20 lucky fans where it would be sorta like unplugged but they would be able to interact a lot with her like request songs, ask questions, and also a possible appearance of Bey being that u will have to play up her sister one way or the other in this lol….Just give them a new side of Solo! Because she is a force to be reckoned with!

  25. 77 August 14, 2012

    for her 3th album solange need to :

    1- change her attitude ( you are not a star yet)

    2– INTERACT in twitter with fan, to get more followers

    3– have more public appaerance

    4– feature on other artist single / video

    5– have a first single like PARTY ( it is so her)

    6– more tv apparence ( like do a mini tv show, to get people know you more)

    7– realease the album on the summer, but release the first single in january/febuary

    8– generate some buzz

    • 77 August 14, 2012

      also a collaboration with AZEALA BANK

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