Social media is still abuzz after the triple knockout performances of Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California tonight for the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show.
Usher's 'U Got It Bad' Holds Tight At #1
Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.
This week we’ll rewind to the third #1 hit of R&B vet Usher‘s career – ‘U Got It Bad.’ The second single lifted from his ‘8701’ album, the tune’s ascension to the summit of the Hot 100 marked the first time in his career he nabbed consecutive #1 hits (both from one album). Skyrocketing to the top of the tally in late 2001, the song was briefly toppled by rockers Nickelback before resuming its grip on the position for 5 consecutive weeks (6 weeks overall).
A lasting fan favorite of Ush’s, the tune’s accompanying video – featuring then-girlfriend Chilli (of TLC) – is remembered most for its famous rain dance sequence (impressive choreography the crooner has recreated on stage time and time again). Tuck in below to relive ‘Bad’ and see which of its chart co-tenants you remember most from this week in 2002:
Former '1D' Beau To Dethrone Bieber On Next Week's Chart
Justin Bieber may have made history this week when he replaced himself atop the Hot 100 with ‘Love Yourself,’ but now it appears the pop prince’s reign will be cut short by another Urban pop heartthrob – Zayn Malik.
The ‘1D’ graduate has taken all but the gradual route to solo success, as the lead single from his debut album, ‘Mind of Mine’ (March 25), evidences. Music lovers were wide awake for the tune, titled ‘Pillow Talk,’ when it made its official debut last week. Already amassing an impressive 45 million views on VEVO (as of time reporting), see its accompanying sales figure that industry analysts are predicting will be just enough to see it land at #1 on next week’s refreshed singles’ chart:
Part 2 of 'BlackSummers'Night' Due This Year, Singer Says
It’s hard to believe it’s nearly been two decades since the world was introduced to the velvet croon of Grammy winning singer Maxwell. But, with April 2016 will come the 20th anniversary of ‘Urban Hang Suite’ – his debut album featuring the hits ‘Whenever, Wherever, Whatever’ and ‘Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder).’ Now, ever impatiently, fans have been left wondering where part 2 to the R&B beau’s album trilogy has been hiding.
Well, wonder no more.
Taking to our friends at Essence, Max lent a long-awaited update on blackSUMMERs’night – the follow-up to 2009’s BLACKsummers’night – and tells readers they may have their hands on it sooner than they expect. Updates await below:
As predicted last week, Justin Bieber has snatched the #1 spot on Hot 100…from himself.
Indeed, after ending Adele‘s historic 10 week reign with his tune ‘Sorry,’ the pop prince owes yet another “thank you” to his beloved Beliebers as they’ve helped hoist its follow-up, ‘Love Yourself,’ to similar height.
The 12th act in history to do so, the Ed Sheeran-penned tune not only gives Bieber the third #1 single of his career, but also makes him the first male artist in a decade to earn three chart-toppers from one album.
The last? Justin Timberlake…
The ever-talented Timbaland finally treats fans to a visual for ‘Don’t Get No Betta’ – the latest lifted from his mixtape ‘King Stays King.’
Enlisting the help of sultry R&B star Mila J, the producer extraordinaire lifts a must-see video collaboration with the Urban temptress sure to leave a few hot and bothered this winter…trust us.
And, while we’re on the subject of ‘heat,’ we can’t forget to shine light on the project in its entirety (featuring appearances from the likes of Aaliyah, 2 Chainz, Rich Homie Quan, and more). But, before you run to get your hands and ears on ‘King,’ tuck in to get your first peek at ‘Betta’ below:
Diva's Sales Projection "Rih-vised" Upward
Despite wielding an accompanying campaign that’s left a few heads scratched and a few egos bruised (see: Tidal), it appears Rihanna‘s ‘Anti’ will still get the last laugh.
As if launching its official lead single, ‘Work,’ to the top 10 of Hot 100 was not enough to make Sam seethe, he’ll be equally disappointed to learn the diva’s 8th opus is headed straight to the top of charts based on official chart sums.
The news comes ahead of the set’s physical premiere in brick and mortar retailers, but after industry analysts predicted it would only move 95,000 its first full week. Proving them wrong like only she can, tuck in below to find out what the songstress’s newly unveiled projection is set to hit: