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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ Opens at #2 With His Highest 1st Week Sales Ever

Singer Sees All of His Albums Impact Chart Simultaneously


Bruno Mars certainly has the American Music Awards to thank for rubbing some of its magic on his newest album, ‘24K Magic.’

The opus, originally projected to sell as little as 110,000 its first week, surged in sales after his show-stopping set at the annual awards’ show.  Nearly doubling industry analysts’ predictions by the time its inaugural tallying week was over, the commercial performance of the project even saw Mars’ name added to history books due to buyer response on iTunes.

Finishing with his highest first week sales ever at 231,000 SPS (194,000 pure sales), Bruno-fever was so high his first two albums – ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ and ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ – both saw boosts in sales as well.  Tuck in below to find out where all three of his projects landed on this week’s refreshed ‘Chart Check’:


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Audition: R. Kelly Seeks Opening Acts For #12NightsofChristmas Tour


R. Kelly & Frank Gatson Want You!

That’s right, you!  The Grammy-winning R&B legend, who is currently taking North America by storm on his ’12 Nights of Christmas’ tour in support of the holiday-themed album of the same name (in stores now), is giving his talented fans the gift of opportunity.

Think you’ve got what it take to impress legendary creative director/choreographer Frank Gatson to earn a spot opening for Kelly when his tour visits a city near you? Tuck in for details and let us know:


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Beyonce, Rihanna, & Ariana Grande Among Instagram’s “Most-Mentioned” In 2016


As the “end of the year” lists continue to pour in, fan groups of music’s biggest artists are getting more and more amped up for the opportunity to add new feats to their lengthy lists of bragging rights.

The latest?  Instagram numbers.

That’s right, while ‘Good For You’ singer Selena Gomez made good on securing her role as the outlet’s most followed member (with 103 million followers as of time reported), IG was good to a number of other musical artists in 2016 including Ariana Grande, Rihanna, and Beyonce (all of whom released albums this year).

Tuck in to see who owes the social networking site the biggest “thank yous” in 2016:


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Report: Jamie Foxx To Produce Marvin Gaye Biopic Series


11 years after taking home an Academy Award for his portrayal of music legend Ray Charles in the biographical film ‘Ray,’ singer/songwriter/actor/comedian Jamie Foxx is taking on the role of executive producer for the biopic of another legendary story:  Marvin Gaye.

Coming in the form of a “limited series” about the Motown star, best known for hits ‘What’s Going On,’ ‘Sexual Healing,’ and ‘Let’s Get It On,’ the showing comes as the first authorized recount of his storied life and times.

Billboard reports:

F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin and actors including Jesse L. Martin and Lenny Kravitz all have tried to bring Gaye’s story to screen, but until now none had been authorized by Gaye’s family.

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Drake & Rihanna Are Spotify’s Most Streamed Artists of the Year

News Follows Pandora’s Announcement Of ‘Work’ Being Its ‘Most Thumbed-Up’ Song of 2016


Streaming’s King and Queen, Drake & Rihanna, saw their respective thrones unbothered this year (as recent reports reveal).

Spotify’s #2016Wrapped list arrived today and, to the surprise of few, the ‘Work’ duo jointly and individually worked up some jaw-dropping stats over the course of the year.  Drizzy, thanks to his record-breaking album ‘Views,’ topped Spotify’s “most streamed list” for the second year by racking up a whopping 4.7 billion streams (more than twice his tally in 2015).  ‘One Dance’ – the megahit birthed from the chart-topping release – now sits in record books as not only the most streamed song of 2016, but also of all time.

Following those 4.7 billion streams is Rihanna, thanks to 2.5 billion streams of hits found aboard her 8th opus ‘Anti’ and across her hit-filled catalog.

Curious to see who else made the tally?  Tuck in below:


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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 1992 #TBT

Mary J. Blige’s ‘Real Love’ Reaches Hot 100 Peak


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’re showing some love to Mary J. Blige‘s inaugural top 10 ‘Real Love,’ lifted from her debut album, ‘What’s the 411?’  Written by L.A. Reid, the tune – released in August 1992 – had a tough act to follow in the album’s first single, ‘You Remind Me.’  Peaking at #29, ‘Remind’ gave listeners their official introduction to the raspy voiced New Yorker.  But, as time would prove, it was only a foretaste of many great things to come.

This week its follow-up, ‘Real Love,’ was hoisted to the top 10 on the back of strong airplay and sales.  Finding its peak at #7 on the tally, the feat is all the more impressive given the unrelenting domination of Whitney Houston‘s ‘I Will Always Love You’ during the time.

Tuck in to see who joined Mary and Whitney in the top 25 this week 24 years ago:


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2016 Year In Review: ’25’ Becomes Adele’s Second Consecutive Diamond Album


Whether scribbled in history books for some awesomely good or awesomely bad 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 maybe even shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it now.

First up?  Adele makes history as the 7th woman to earn two diamond certifications over the course of her career…


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Chart Check [Billboard Hot 100]: Britney Spears’ ‘Slumber Party’ Makes Disappointing Debut

Sizzling Tune Slept On By Music Lovers


While the likes of Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, and Ariana Grande all saw impressive sales and streaming boosts post their American Music Awards performances (November 20), pop princess Britney Spears – whose latest single ‘Slumber Party’ was released the same weekend of the telecast – unfortunately cannot boast the same.

In fact, the hoopla around the awards is exactly what many are blaming for the failure of Spears’ otherwise highly anticipated release (featuring Tinashe).  And, just as we reported here, ‘Slumber’s worrying response on digital charts didn’t exactly spell hopeful for the ‘Glory’ gem.

Now, with the officially refreshed charts available, we’re saddened to report we were right. Tuck in below to find out where it and all of your other favorites from the day landed on this week’s refreshed TGJ Chart Check:


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Hot Shot: Jessie J Teases New Single ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’


It appears ‘Bang Bang’ beauty Jessie J is ending her 2016 with a bang!

Yep, after spending most of the year behind the scenes the powerhouse performer stunned fans with the recent announcement of her new single ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.’

Lifted as part of the #iamanartist campaign, sponsored by Makeup Forever, the 28-year-old sent fans into a frenzy with news about the song (which many is hoping will also launch her 4th official LP).

See the announcement below:


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Taylor Swift Tops Rihanna, Adele, & More On ‘Highest Paid Musician of the Year’ List


2016 has been undoubtedly kind to Rihanna and Adele.

The pop megaforces, whose respective releases, ‘Anti’ and ’25,’ both topped the Billboard 200 this year and also birthed a Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper each, also earned multiple platinum plaques to add to their already ever-decorated walls.

But, even with hotly selling tours and all of the aforementioned added, it still appears Taylor Swift (who was comparably inactive this year) still managed to squeeze past them to make her way to the top of Forbes’ ‘Highest Paid Musician’ list.

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Brandy Claps Back At Monica Fans For Slamming Her Mom


Monica may have been cordial with her response to the recently reignited beef between she and ‘Boy Is Mine’ co-star Brandy, but her fans, on the other hand, haven’t exactly been following suit.

As the praise continues to ring in for the ‘Full Moon’ maestra after her show-stopping performance at this year’s ‘Soul Train Awards,’ some fans felt some comments made by the singer on her official Instagram page were indirectly aimed at Mo.  The result has been a reignition of a nearly 2 decade duel between the R&B songstresses and their fans.

But, if that wasn’t enough to stir the pot, Brandy’s mom & manager – Sonja Norwood – inserted her opinion on the matter.  See what happened when a fan came for Miss Sonja:


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Report: The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Sets Spotify Record For Most Streams In One Day


If you thought the 350-400k The Weeknd‘s new album, ‘Starboy’ was set to top the Billboard 200 with next week was something to gawk at you’ll be even more impressed by his Spotify streaming figures.

That’s right, the ‘Earned It’ crooner has earned a new spot in digital history books as he’s dethroned pop prince/fellow Canadian crooner Justin Bieber‘s one-day streaming record.  To put this into context, Bieber’s latest album, ‘Purpose,’ was streamed over 36 million times from November 13 to November 14th, 2015.

The anticipation for ‘Starboy’ has exceeded that:


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