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The Predictions Are In: Meghan Trainor’s ‘Thank You’ Set To Sell…

'Bass' Beauty Battles Beyonce & Drake For Billboard 200's Top spot

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She may have taken a tumble while in hot promotion of her sophomore album,  ‘Thank You,’ but now it appears Meghan Trainor has the fans to thank for ensuring the album didn’t take a similar tumble on charts.

Indeed, after a week of Apple exclusivity, the singer/songwriter’s set – which became widely available on May 13 – is on track for a moderate debut sales week due to stiff competition from the likes of chart titans Beyonce, Drake, and more.  But, with the assistance of hits ‘Me Too’ & ‘No,’ Trainor may be well on her way to leaving the two in her rearview to nab her second occupancy of the Billboard 200’s top spot.

How is ‘Thank You’ expected to fare in comparison to her ‘All About That Bass’-led debut album ‘Title’ and its 238,000 first week sales?  Find out below:

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Watch: Drake Performs ‘One Dance’ & ‘Hype’ On SNL

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Drake fans still devastated by the rapper’s decision to shave his beard may feel a little better after seeing him shut down ‘SNL’ tonight with a rocking performance of his #1 hit ‘One Dance,’ found aboard his latest #1 album ‘Views.’

Taking to the variety show to serve double duty once again (as host and featured musical act), the 29-year-old hit maker’s visit to SNL marks his third appearance as its musical guest.

And, in what’s become standard fare, he did not disappoint.  See the action below:

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Monica Defends Nicki Minaj After Rapper Hit With Lawsuit By Ex-Boyfriend

Singer Weighs In On Ongoing Beef Between the Rappers

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Never one to mince words, Grammy-winning R&B diva Monica was spotted on CBS’s ‘The Talk’ recently weighing in on a number of hot topics – including the ongoing beef of ex-hip hop lovers Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels.

Keeping it all the way real, the songstress spoke favorably of her relationship with Minaj and shared some insight regarding the Grammy-nominated rapstress’s thoughts after recent news she’s being sued by Samuels for ’emotional distress.’

Hear her words below:

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Watch: Justin Timberlake Teases New Video & The Weeknd Collabo

A Full View of the 'Can't Stop the Feeling' Video Due In Days

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Justin Timberlake‘s latest bop, ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling,’ zoomed to #1 on iTunes less than 24 hours after its premiere.  Now, with every intent to stay there, the dapper divo wastes no time teasing its official accompanying music video.

Tapping famed director Mark Romanek (Beyonce‘s ‘Lemonade‘) to helm, the fun and flirty clip sees the former NSYNC frontman show off some fancy footwork in the most random places.

But, before you can see the visual in full, you should tuck in below to catch its teaser and hear JT weigh in on a potential collaborator with The Weeknd:

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 2002 #TBT

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just 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 nod our heads to the beat of ‘Foolish’ – the official debut single from Grammy winning singer/songwriter Ashanti.  The songstress, who had already made history for seeing her first three singles simultaneously place on Billboard’s Hot 100, would follow the feat by fueling ‘Foolish’ to dethrone Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Ain’t It Funny’ from the top spot the week of April 20, 2002.  The irony? Ashanti wrote the song’s remix and performed background vocals on it.

To say the girl was on fire – in front of and behind the scenes – was an understatement.

This week in 2002 Ashanti was in the middle of a historic 10 week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100, quickly proving herself to be the time’s true ‘princess of Hip-Hop/R&B.’  Tuck in below to see who else was making a splash alongside the singer this week that year:

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Chart Check [Hot 100]: Drake Drives Past Elvis Presley Record With Hits From ‘Views’

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With the inclusion of streaming stats in Billboard’s single and album charts’ placements these days, the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 records of many-a-legend are unsafe.

Indeed, thanks to Rihanna, the likes of Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and Whitney Houston have all seen their historic achievements on the platforms met or surpassed.  Now, the Bajan beauty’s ‘Work‘ co-star Drake, is joining the fun.

In September 2015 he became the 4th artist ever to place at least 100 titles on the Hot 100 over the course of a career. Before him, only his mentor Lil’ Wayne, FOX’s hit musical show ‘Glee,’ and Elvis Presley were in the exclusive club. This week, after setting album streaming records, moving over 1 million units of his latest album ‘Views,and gaining 20 simultaneous placements on the singles chart, Drizzy’s not only crushed a record by fellow Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber, but he also pushes past Presley’s.

Get the details on this and the week’s full TGJ Chart Check inside:

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Chart Check [BB 200]: Beyonce & Rihanna Hold Tight To Top 5 Despite Drake Dominance

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With 1.04 million units moved the debut week of his latest album, Drake is undoubtedly enjoying the ‘Views’ from the top of the Billboard 200.  Abruptly ending the reign of the Queen Bey’s ‘Lemonade,’ ‘Views’ rolled all up and over competition with a whopping 245.1 million streams in addition to its massive sales.

But, despite the onslaught this week, the prior week’s top performing acts – Prince, Rihanna, and, of course, Beyonce – have maintained buoyancy on the chart’s upper quintet of positions.  While Prince fans continue to show their unwavering support for the artist after his untimely death, Rih – thanks in no small part to her ongoing ‘Anti’ tour – is showing some major staying power on the streaming front since its February debut.

Find out where these three, and all of your other faves from the day, landed on this week’s official Billboard 200 chart check:

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