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The Best You Never Heard: Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, & Christina Milian

Published: Tuesday 27th Nov 2012 by Sam

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The Best You Never Heard is back! After a lengthy rest on the bench, each week will once again see That Grape Juice spotlight an array of little known gems. Featuring picks from the TGJ editorial team, we want to know…who chose the best song! Let us know below…

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Christina Aguilera – ‘Get Mine, Get Yours’

 

While 2002’s ‘Stripped’ saw Christina Aguilera bare her most vulnerable self on tracks such as ‘Beautiful’, the set also ushered in the arrival of “Xtina”.

Many cite the release of single ‘Dirrty’ as the singer’s official transformation from teen-queen to sex-symbol, often neglecting the fact that the album itself packed a number of sensual moments to aide her racy agenda. The most notable of such cuts? ‘Get Mine, Get Yours’.

Unapologetic before Rihanna was, the mid-tempo blazer served as a manual for a “no strings attached” ‘encounter’. Critiqued by some for too quickly accelerating the star’s shift from role-model to rock-star, the cut remains noteworthy in that it’s the female commanding the male to “freak my body, baby, nasty naughty, baby”.

In many ways, it’s songs like this that paved the way for the sexual liberation of some of today’s most risque female acts. Xtina the feminist? That’s up for debate. What is certain, though, is that the song is fire! {SAM}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”DDyPYh3xBh8″]

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Whitney Houston – Call You Tonight

 

As many know, 2009 brought with it the chart return of the legendary Whitney Houston. Christened ‘I Look To You’, which would go on to be her last) was  a stellar collection of carefully crafted hits and material which embraced both her legacy and vocal ability at the time.

Interestingly, throwback groove ‘Million Dollar Bill’ was picked to launch the LP’s campaign, somewhat unfortunate  because said album housed a classic-in-the-waiting in the form of fan-favorite ‘Call You Tonight’.

Helmed by Stargate and Johnta Austin, the mid-tempo gem did a stellar job showcasing Nippy’s then-“new voice” and was the perfect representation of what a Whitney record should sound like in 2009 (or 2012 for the matter). With engaging lyrics, great melodies, and a powerful yet understated vocal performance, ‘Tonight’ was arguably a missed opportunity to make her Platinum coloured comeback even more triumphant. {JOE}

LISTEN:  [audiotube id=”WolnrWxOj8s”]

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Destiny’s Child – Killing Time

 

Dwarfed by the success of later albums and subsequent solo careers, Destiny’s Child‘s 1998 self titled debut never quite gets the recognition it deserves – on many a front.
Boasting songs which bridged Pop, Country and R&B, the LP’s strongest point – save for ‘No No No’ – comes courtesy of Stinson/Wiggins produced ‘Killing Time’.

 

Packing a crossover appeal much of today’s R&B lacks, ‘Time’ sees DC at their best, serving the conviction and harmonies unmatched by any of their then-rivals.

 

Clearly the inspiration for much of the material on Kelly Rowland’s first solo outing ‘Simply Deep’, here’s hoping the coming years see the disbanded group shine a little more light on the cut and the supporting album so many consider…a classic. {DAVID}
LISTEN: [audiotube id=”j9M2RWSZl-k”]
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Christina Milian – Never Mind

 

Picture this:  You’re at the club…getting your groove on.  Next thing you know, you spot a fine so-and-so doing their thing. They turn around…and in a split second things go from sugar to you-know-what. ‘Dip It Low’ diva Christina Milian thought to share that scenario in song.

 

The track is lifted from one of many studio sessions the singer had when crafting (what was to be) the follow-up to her 2006 album ‘So Amazin’ (see: scrapped albums ‘Elope’, ‘Dream In Color’).  And while the attache project never surfaced, Milian proves once again with this number that she is able to cook-up a radio friendly joint whenever she tries. When, and if, that will ever be fully manifested again…only time will tell. {RASHAD}
LISTEN: [audiotube id=”N_3Xuu3eIdU”]
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  1. RITANATION November 27, 2012

    Lmao let me get into some more relevant news Rita album is coming to a store near YOU. So ya other chicks out there better watch it beyonce I got a lot of respect for a boss diva like you.. But Rita can just come out of nowhere and snatch you’er wig like its nothing it’s just like that.

  2. _yezir November 27, 2012

    Only song i can stand on that list is call you tonight by whitney. The rest is all trash

  3. blaze November 27, 2012

    KILLING TIME was the song… That cd was so slept on!!!

    • prettigurlrockD bitchess November 27, 2012

      I can see why. It’s boring. “Say my name” is their best song in the early days.

  4. JOHNVIDAL November 27, 2012

    Whitney is Whitney! So I definitely voted for her. But there are so many impacting songs on her catalogue that i don´t understand how you can focus so much on her I look to You era and never post about the legendary greatness of 80´s and early 90´s Whitney

    I like the Aguilera one too

    The other two I don´t care

  5. simonsez-CD November 27, 2012

    GET MINE GET YOURS!! My jam to this day, all the ad-libs, the lyrics, the mid tempo mix of it all…love it!!

  6. I.D. November 27, 2012

    Either X-Tina or Ms. Milian

  7. Leticia November 27, 2012

    GMGY used to be my jam!!! The entire Stripped album was a classic! Christina at her BEST.

    Destinys Child debut album was also hot! “Killing Time,” “My Time Has Come” and “No No No” were my faves!!

  8. Tru _ Voice November 27, 2012

    WHITNEY!!!!! Aguilera is good too.

  9. Monstarebel (DIAMONDS IS NUMBER 1) November 27, 2012

    WHITNEY OF COURSE

  10. MUSICHEAD November 27, 2012

    Killing Time is the song that made me fall in love with Destiny’s Child. The harmonies and Beyonce’s vocal on this track is a classic. 1998 was the year! This song was also featured on a soundtrack as well. This was before they finally blew up. I always knew this group had the potential to be huge! Glad they made it!

  11. Monstarebel (DIAMONDS IS NUMBER 1) November 27, 2012

    Christina has the most overrated voice in music history all she is, is NOISE !

    • Rob November 27, 2012

      R**** has the most HORRIBLE voice in the music industry. *Sips tea

      • mr.m November 28, 2012

        DEAD

  12. Aishaaguilerakeys November 27, 2012

    Aguilera . I wish she’d promote her last album, there are some pretty good songs on it. She can’t just count on The Voice as promo, obviously.

  13. prettigurlrockD bitchess November 27, 2012

    I’m pretty sure mostly everyone is a fan of get mine get yours cuz that’s one of xtina’s best songs on the album. And DEAD. I aint tryna hear no christina millian.

  14. DC FOREVER November 27, 2012

    DAVID WINS!!!!

    Killing Time gives me the holly ghost still til this day. Bey on lead vocals, even then in 98′ , was snatchin’ wigs and killing other girls out the game.

    “Don’t believe me…look it up in the dictionary…”

    SN: Sam, you are a very close 2nd. X-Tina’s Get Mine, Get Yours makes me feel like a w**** in the Red Light district and want to freak everything that walks….great s** song.

    • prettigurlrockD bitchess November 27, 2012

      Get mine get yours won tho. And what women doesn’t feel like getting the sh*t f*cked outta her sometimes? Don’t play innocent!

      • DC FOREVER November 27, 2012

        LMAO Sis I’m a virgin…….. like Grandma Madge : )

  15. Casual November 27, 2012

    I voted Whitney, but the real undiscovered SMASH on her ILTY album was For the Lovers. Another overlooked potential hit was Whitney’s dance version of A Song For You.

    • MUSICHEAD November 27, 2012

      If you like A Song For You, check out the live version Whitney did in concert back in 1991 I believe. She murdered that song! It’s on Youtube.

  16. BEYONCE4LIFE November 27, 2012

    Although Sam took some artistic liberties with this article, it was very good. I love X-Tina Stripped Era, straight fire! I don’t know happened. And Christina Milian can never catch a break…she can sing her ass off too.

    No doubt, my girl Beyonce was leading the pack with Destiny’s Child. The King is the ONLY ONE

  17. MC November 27, 2012

    I voted for Whitney. Get mine, get yours is a good song too.

  18. MUSICHEAD November 27, 2012

    Other gems by these artists:

    Christina Milian- Us Against The World
    Christina Aguilera- A Song For You
    Destiny’s Child- Say My Name (Live in Atlanta ’05)
    Whitney Houston- And I Am Telling You/I Have Nothing medley

    • JAZMINE SULLIVANS FAN November 27, 2012

      Other gems of these artists:

      Christina Aguilera: I’m OK (It is my life’s lyrics)
      Whitney Houston: For The Lovers
      Christina Millian: Hot Boy
      Destiny’s Child: Is She The reason

      Actually I still listen to GMGY…it’s one of my faves from Aguilera’s catalog

      • MUSICHEAD November 27, 2012

        I always thought Is She The Reason should have been a single from Destiny Fulfilled

    • sharon November 28, 2012

      Christina aguilera: MERCY ON ME!!! (THAT SONG IS EPIC!!!)
      Destiny’s child: If And Through With Love (Love their harmonies and voices, Michelle shines on these tracks especially live!)
      Whitney Houston: Greatest Love Of All live on welcome home heroes. ( One of many reasons why she is the voice!! so effortlessly powerful and beautiful!)

  19. JAZMINE SULLIVANS FAN November 27, 2012

    Samara, what about a ‘Rihanna’s The Best You Never Heard’?

  20. Janessa November 27, 2012

    Killing Time is the best of ’em all. The live version own careers.

    BEYONCE TEACHES, YOU SHALL LEARN

    • Kayla November 28, 2012
  21. mr.m November 28, 2012

    Xtina
    The voice of our generation ..

  22. sharon November 28, 2012

    Christina aguilera: MERCY ON ME!!! (THAT SONG IS EPIC!!!)
    Destiny’s child: If And Through With Love (Love their harmonies and voices, Michelle shines on these tracks especially live!)
    Whitney Houston: Greatest Love Of All live on welcome home heroes. ( One of many reasons why she is the voice!! so effortlessly powerful and beautiful!)

  23. bibi93 November 28, 2012

    Christina Aguilera

  24. princediamond November 30, 2012

    Whitney Whitney Whitney Whitney!!!! Her sngs r wat music stands 4, she was music and 4eva i stand as a great fan, love u whitney. R.I.P

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