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New Song: Mary J. Blige – ‘U+Me (Love Lessons)’

As fans continue to cry foul for the lack of full on promotion afforded Mary J. Blige‘s late 2016 bop of a single, ‘Thick of It,’ the Queen of Hip Hop Soul has seemingly left the Jazmine Sullivan-penned number in her rearview in favor of its follow-up, ‘U+Me (Love Lesson).’

‘Lesson’ leans on a number of themes found in ‘Thick,’ including what appears to be peeks into the end of her nearly 13-year marriage to ex-husband Kendu Isaacs.  Listed on the singer’s forthcoming album, ‘Strength of a Woman,’ rescheduled from its December 2016 release to a yet-revealed date, get into the new tune below and weigh in:

 

 

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1999 #TBT

Monica’s Last Run 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 in 1999 Monica soared to the top of the Hot 100 with her hit ‘Angel of Mine.’  Lifted from ‘The Boy Is Mine‘ LP (read our ode to the album by clicking here), the angelic remake of British girl group Eternal‘s song of the same name dethroned pop princess Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time’ from the tally’s perch.

Becoming Mo’s third consecutive chart-topper (as the follow-up to ‘The Boy is Mine‘ the song and ‘The First Night’), the trio of chart triumphs came as the last time Mo saw her name atop the Hot 100.  Join us below as we salute the impressive run and see who else joined her in the top 25 this week 18 years ago:

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Watch: Mariah Carey & YG Perform ‘I Don’t’ On ‘Kimmel’

Mariah Carey is hitting the promo trail in support of her latest single, ‘I Don’t.’

Taking to ‘Kimmel’ last night (Feb. 15), the singer/songwriter brought along the song’s co-star, YG, to assist with bringing the tune to its first live showing.

Will the outing give the “breakup anthem” a much needed boost to push it north on charts?  Look inside and tell us:

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Mariah Carey’s ‘I Don’t’ Makes Modest Debut

Mariah Carey is off to a slow start with her latest single, ‘I Don’t.’  

Branded a “breakup anthem,” the YG-assisted tune’s February 3rd premiere may have been greeted with fanfare after snippets built anticipation, but a full tracking week later it appears that interest waned.  Add to this, getting swamped in the fray of Lady Gaga‘s ‘Super Bowl’ extravaganza and promotional efforts pushing the chart titans ‘Bad & Boujee’ (Migos) and ‘Shape of You’ (Ed Sheeran), it appears Mimi’s comeback tune was forgotten.

And, while we hope next week’s charts see a boost after promotional appearances like her stint on ‘Kimmel,’ it’s not looking promising from where we stand.

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Future Announces New Album & Summer Tour Dates

After taking approximately no time off, Future is back and readying the release of a new album…this Friday.

That’s right, taking to Twitter yesterday to make the announcement, the ‘Freak Hoes’ hitmaker made fans freak out at news they had just 3 days to prepare for getting their hands on his newest project – a self-titled LP. Following his 2016 chart-topper, ‘Evol,’ the 17-track endeavor will feature Migos, Tory Lanez, Kodak Black, and more.

But, in case that’s not enough, Future is bringing all three of the aforementioned collaborators on the road with him for the recently announced ‘Nobody Safe Tour.’  Also tapping A$AP Ferg and Young Thug for select dates, the trek is set to kick off May 4th at Memphis’ Fed Ex Forum and wrap up June 30th in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena.

Keen to find out if Future and co. will be coming to a town near you?  Find out inside:

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Exclusive Interview: Keyshia Cole Dishes On New Music, Reality Show, Movies & More

Grammy nominated R&B songbird Keyshia Cole is undoubtedly at a crossroad in her career.

A celebrated songstress often branded “this generation’s Mary J. Blige” for her soulful tales of love gone wrong and undeviating appeals to the heartbroken, Cole once held a unique place among her rhythmic contemporaries as her releases – even in the genre’s initial decline – consistently topped charts and defied sales odds.

Yet, as R&B began to succumb to the wiles of fusions (see: trap, pop, etc.), it appeared to threaten the holds of even its heaviest hitmakers, Cole included.  By the time her 2014 release, the critically polarizing ‘Point of No Return,’ hit the shelves, some fans feared she’d reach just that.

Determined to prove the naysayers wrong, Keyshia is back – and as she tells That Grape Juice – better than ever.  Tuck in below to read what she shared exclusively with TGJ about her return to music, reality TV, and even plans to venture into movies:

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Chance the Rapper Announces Spring 2017 North American Tour Dates

Fresh from a jaw-dropping performance and historic 3 Grammy win at the 59th annual Grammy Awards Sunday (Feb. 12), Chance the Rapper has thrilled fans with news he’ll be hitting the road in support of his release ‘Coloring Book.’

Penciling in dates in Detroit, Toronto, Atlanta, New York, Houston, Los Angeles, and a number of stops in between, the trek – announced today – will kick off in April before wrapping up in October.

Curious if there’s a chance the rapper (*insert smirk*) will be coming to your town?  Tuck in below to see:

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New Video: Mya – ‘Coolin’

On the one year anniversary of the release of her 7th studio effort ‘Smoove Jones,’ R&B songstress Mya follows up her head-turning appearance at the Grammys by releasing a video for ‘Coolin’ – a standout cut from the Grammy-nominated album .

A black and white affair, the sensual video takes to the beaches of Australia to show off the singer’s signature curves and even gives teases of elements found in her 2003 ‘Fallen’ video.

Tuck in for her Valentine’s Day gift to lovers everywhere:

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Carlos Santana: Beyonce’s Grammy Snub Was Justified Because She ‘Can’t Sing’

#Beyhive Quickly Swarm Legend’s Social Media Handles

Legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Carlos Santana is no stranger to Grammy sweeps as many remember when his massive 1999 hit, ‘Smooth’ (featuring Rob Thomas), swept the 2000 ceremony by winning 8 awards in one night.

It’s assumed his history with the golden gramophone is why his opinion on Adele‘s 2017 sweep (that saw singer Beyonce beat out for the top awards) was sought.  And, it’s that very opinion that’s landed him in some serious hot water with Bey’s beloved fan base, the #Beyhive.

Referring to the hitmaker as “a model with a mic,” Santana asserts Adele’s win over Beyonce was justified because she cannot “sing, sing” like her ‘Rolling in the Deep’ singing counterpart.  Ouch!

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ Tour Sells Out Worldwide Dates Within Seconds

Additional Dates Confirmed Due To Overwhelming Demand

Thanks to a jaw-dropping Super Bowl showing and a rocking Grammy performance the week following, Mother Monster Lady Gaga is seeing monster demand for her recently announced ‘Joanne’ tour.

The trek, designed to support her most recent #1 album of the same name, was originally scheduled to kickoff August 1 in Vancouver and touch several North American and European venues before ending in Salt Lake City in December.  Well, thanks to the overwhelming fan response and instant sellouts in multiple locations, Live Nation has announced a shakeup in the tour’s schedule by adding some additional dates.

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iTunes #1: Sales Skyrocket For Black Singer Who Wore Pro-Trump Dress To Grammys

Joy Villa Beats Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ For Top Spot

While Adele‘s sweep, Beyonce‘s performance, and Rihanna‘s shut-out are the main topics of discussion post the 2017 Grammy Awards, a little known singer – Joy Villa – garnered her fair share of attention after her stunt on the ceremony’s red carpet.

As we revealed here, the singer/songwriter took to the pre-show affair donning a politically charged, pro-Donald Trump dress that featured the caption “Make America Great Again.”  Earning her an unceremonious slamming from a number of commenters – some of whom even propelled death threats – the move also earned high praise from the sitting president’s supporters.

In fact, so much support Villa woke up to news her 2014 EP, ‘I Make the Static,’ edged out Beyonce for the top spot on iTunes.  This despite Bey having the most talked about performance of the night…

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Adele’s 2017 Grammy Sweep Is Nothing Short of Historic

The 2017 Grammys may as well have been named “the Adele show.”

The powerhouse diva, whose 2015 & 2016 were already monstrous in sales and critical acclaim, is kicking of 2017 with similar treatment thanks to a Grammy sweep that saw her nab “Album of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and “Record of the Year” honors.  In fact, she won every single award she was nominated for at tonight’s ceremony.

The night may have had a few performance hiccups, but all of that was overshadowed when the singer/songwriter took to the stage to accept the night’s most anticipated golden gramophones and, in a twist, even dedicated two of the wins to her idol Beyonce

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