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2016 Year In Review: Kanye West & Rihanna Make Streaming History For All the Wrong Reasons

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Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Next, we reflect on how streaming literally put Kanye West and Rihanna in history books for unprecedented feats:

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Madonna Angers Michael Jackson & Prince Fans: ‘All Of Your Faves Are Dead & I’m Still Standing’ [Video]

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Billboard may have honored Madonna tonight as their ‘Woman of the Year’ at this year’s ‘Women in Music’ event, but the Queen of Pop is certainly receiving a royal dragging after her controversial acceptance speech.

The Grammy-winning pop icon is quoted as saying:

“Michael is gone.  Tupac is gone.  Prince is gone. Whitney is gone.  Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie.  But, I’m still standing.  I’m one of the lucky ones.”

The statement may have earned an awkward applause at the event, but that damn sure wasn’t the case on Twitter.  See what we mean below:

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2016 Year In Review: #BlackLivesMatter Vs. Lil Wayne, Selena Gomez, & More

Justin Timberlake, Laila Ali, and Fantasia Among Activist Group’s Offenders


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Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Next, we reflect on the group of entertainers who fell on the wrong side of #BlackLivesMatter.

As reports of police brutality, unjust court rulings, and other injustices against African Americans continue to dominate headlines, equal rights activist group, #BlackLivesMatter (BLM), continues to take a stance against those very prejudices.

2016 saw mention of BLM permeate pop culture more than ever as a number of celebrities joined the fight against racial discrimination and abuses of power wielded by law officials and enforcers.   But, just as the number of supporters rose, so did the number of detractors or combatants of the BLM concept. Many of whom claim the group is divisive and disregards the notion that “all lives matter.”

With their detraction came some serious claps from some of the movement’s staunchest supporters. Tuck in below to see who earned a spot on the BLM hitlist in 2016:

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1996

R. Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ Makes Hot 100 Debut

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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 believe it’s time to replay R. Kelly‘s biggest hit, ‘I Believe I Can Fly.’  The inspirational tune, featured on the Michael Jordan-led semi-animated film ‘Space Jam,’ made its debut on the Hot 100 this week 20 years ago.  Going on to serious chart glory in the following year, ‘Fly’ – despite never soaring to the top of the Billboard singles’ chart (held at bay from #1 by the historic reign of Toni Braxton‘s signature tune ‘Unbreak My Heart’) – would go on to be Kelly’s most successful release to date.

Hovering right under the 2x platinum mark, ‘Fly’ went on to earn the singer 3 Grammys at the 1998 ceremony.  Relive the song and tuck in below to see who joined Kelly this week on the Hot 100:

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Stream: J. Cole’s New Album ‘4 Your Eyez Only’

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Just two years after topping Billboard charts with his last album, ‘Forest Hills Drive,’ rapper J. Cole drops his fourth studio album, ‘4 Your Eyez Only.’

Announced just last week, the highly anticipated Roc Nation effort made its way to Apple Music just moments, much to fan delight.  Armed with 10 songs, ‘Eyez’ – devoid of features much like its predecessor – does see names like Boi 1da, Ron Gilmore, Elite, Frank Dukes, and Cardiak line its production credits.

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Ratings: ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ Hits All-Time Low

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The cat-walk may have been blessed with its fair share of angels, but not even they could perform the miracle of saving the ratings for this year’s ‘Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.’

This year’s showing, which featured show-stopping performances from Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and The Weeknd, not only saw its viewership not meet expectations, but it fell lower than last year’s (which was the franchise’s previous lowest sum).

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Report: Russell Crowe Won’t Be Charged For Incident With Azealia Banks

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In a battle against rapstress Azealia Banks that saw him accused of physically and verbally assaulting her, ‘Gladiator’ actor Russell Crowe has emerged victorious, reports reveal.

As we previously reported, the rapper accused Crowe of picking her up, literally throwing her out of the room, spitting at her, and calling her the N-word at his October soiree hosted at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hills hotel.  However, with the absence of camera footage to corroborate her claim, the ‘Big Big Beat’ beauty was dealt a big disappointment today.

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