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Behind the Scenes: Lifetime’s ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’ Movie

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Actress Alexandra Shipp takes on the role of a lifetime as she assumes the part of R&B princess Aaliyah in Lifetime’s forthcoming biopic of the late star.

Airing November 15th at 8/7p C, the womens’ television network – despite being greeted by mixed reviews from fans of the songstress – are forging ahead with promotion of the project they’re billing the “event of the season.”  While our peeks at the movie’s trailer can definitely confirm such billing, we’ve been keeping our eyes glued to the behind-the-scenes looks at its creation.

Tuck in below to hear Shipp and Luther Brown, the movie’s choreographer, dish on Aaliyah’s legacy and what viewers can expect when the film makes its premiere in just two weeks!

 It all awaits…


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Usher on Touring & Career Status: ‘I Dont Have To Prove Anything’

Singer Reflects On Storied 20 Year Career & More In Recent Interview

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Despite his 8th studio album ‘UR’ getting off to a rocky start with its moderately performing singles, veteran R&B singer Usher maintains – and recently reaffirmed – that he has “nothing to prove.”

Gearing up to kick off his “UR Experience” tour in promotion of the project, the Grammy winner recently sat down with CBS Radio to dish on the new trek, reflect over his 20 year career and more.

“No doubt about it, I don’t have to prove anything. I mean I’ve been doin it for 20 years, this will be my 8th album, and I’m just naturally a hard worker, anything that I do I go after it to be the best.”

Before Montreal fans get a peek at Ush and soon-to-be R&B roadmate August Alsina in action this Saturday, tuck in below to hear Ush dish on the tour:


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Weigh In: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Set To Be Her Third Album To Sell 1 Million In Its First Week

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Not even two weeks ago we shared a report that indicated not one album released in 2014 had gone platinum.

Indeed, the startling report yielded news that the best selling albums of 2014 were actually released last year (Beyonce‘s ‘Beyonce’ and Disney’s ‘Frozen Official Soundtrack’).  Well, as we predicted, if ever a savior was to be appointed it would be Taylor Swift.

With her top-selling hit ‘Shake It Off’ dominating singles charts, there was no doubt that its parent album - ‘1989’ – would follow in the stead of its predecessors and shift at least 500k its first week.  Two weeks ago, industry forecasters projected the record would sell 750k during its inaugural week of availability.  A week later, that number was pushed upward to 900k.

Now…well, let’s just say now our previous report of “no album going platinum in 2014″ is null and void:


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The Overflow (Gospel News Round-Up): Veteran Gospel Girl Group VIRTUE Is Back!, James Fortune, Dorinda Clark Cole, & More

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Ever keen to broaden our musical scope, recent months have seen That Grape Juice venture into a number of new musical landscapes including, most recently, gospel.

Spearheaded by well-received interviews with gospel singers Yolanda AdamsHezekiah WalkerTwinkie ClarkFred HammondKierra SheardDorinda Clark ColeIsrael HoughtonMarvin SappMicah StampleyJoshua RogersJonathan McReynoldsTasha Page-Lockhart, and more, TGJ is now offering readers ‘The Overflow’ – a collection of the top gospel-themed news stories from the week.

Tuck in below for jam-packed news on Virtue, Dorinda Clark Cole, James Fortune, Jessica Reedy, Fred Hammond, & more…


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Hot Shot: Gospel Hitmaker J. Moss Unveils New ‘Grown Folks Gospel’ Album Cover *Exclusive*

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If you haven’t been under a rock for the last ten years, then you’ve probably had the fortune of the name J. Moss crossing your ears at some point.  With a bevy of hits under his name that include ‘We Must Praise,’ ‘Praise on the Inside,’ ‘Psalm 150,’ and more, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer has also penned some memorable numbers for others – namely for famous cousins Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, and Kierra Sheard, just to name a few.

Now, as reported here, after kicking the year off with a greatest hits package, Moss is stepping back to center stage with ‘Grown Folks Gospel.’  Led by singles ‘Fall At Your Feet’ and ‘Alright Ok,’ fans ready to get their hands on new music from the gospel crooner (like us) anxiously await its November 25th release date.

Until then, get into the music video for ‘Alright Ok’ below and catch Moss live in action at this years ‘For Sisters Only’ (FSO) event in Atlanta:


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Weigh In: Not One Album Released This Year Has Gone Platinum

Top Three Selling Albums of The Year Were All Released In 2013

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The year’s fourth quarter is being greeted with dismal news:  not one single album released this year has been certified platinum.

Indeed, despite at least 60 songs shifting over 1 million copies, their parent albums cannot proclaim such.  We thought things were bad last year when only five albums went platinum, led by Justin Timberlake‘s ’20/20 Experience’ (which had sold over 2 million copies by last year’s closing).  But, this year’s looking to be much worse.

To add insult to injury, 2014’s best selling album by a solo act is Beyonce‘s self titled fifth album…which was released in December 2013.

We’re waiting on Rihanna, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift to save the day.

Full report below:


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TGJ Replay: Usher’s ‘8701’

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After a lengthy break on the bench, ‘TGJ Replay’ is back!

Designed much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ features, ‘Replay’ is That Grape Juice‘s newest retrospective segment – a written quest, if you will, to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday.

Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase entire albums (and eras) from a library of pop and Urban pop music hits.  As this week brought with it the 36th birthday of R&B veteran Usher, our latest ‘Replay’ will “fast backward” to his tertiary hit album ‘8701.’


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