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New Song: Ashanti – ‘Never Too Far Away’

‘The Way That I Love You’ songstress Ashanti has been away from radio and charts alike for sometime now, but that absence could soon be ending with the surfacing of her latest musical venture ‘Never Too Far Away’. The track, to be featured on the motion picture Dream House, sees Douglas leave her signature, decorative bass bumps and catchy hooks behind in favor of a stripped down piano arrangement to let her voice be the centerpiece.

With her 2008 release ‘The Declaration’ failing to make much of a statement on charts,  fans and critics have been itching for its follow-up (which TGJ learned the songbird is readying for release in the coming months) to see if the ‘Good Good’ singer really has the goods.

Does Douglas deliver?  You be the judge:

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Hot Shots: Ashanti & Estelle Celebrate Style With US Weekly

Last night saw US Weekly celebrate its 25 most stylish New Yorkers in the Big Apple, which saw the likes of many a celebrity face in attendance.

Snapped on the red carpet was R&B veteran Ashanti who enjoyed the company of Brit bred Rap singer Estelle as well as NERD character Pharell Williams, who was recently confirmed as one of the many producers to be working on the upcoming Solange Knowles‘  project.

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The Results Are In. The Queen Of R&B Is…

You voted in your thousands, both striking up and engaging in debate all in support of you felt the title of the ‘Queen Of R&B‘ belonged to.

Now the results are in.

Find out who That Grape Juice voters decided is the Ultimate Queen Of R&B below…

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The Queen Of R&B Is…

Last week we asked you vote for you felt was the ultimate Queen Of Pop, and just days ago you decided that the Queen Of Hip Hop title belonged to none other than Missy Elliott.

Now, after a number of requests sent in by medium of the That Grape Juice comment sections, the question you have all been waiting to answer is finally here.

Who is the Ultimate Queen Of R&B?

Get voting below!

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Hot Shot: New Ashanti Promo Pic

Check out this sizzling new promotional shot of R&B songbird Ashanti.

The ‘Good Good’ singer, who is currently putting the finishing touches to her 5th studio album, was snapped by noted photographer Robert Ector.

As keen endorsers of the strides Ms. Douglas’ talent has made in recent years, we want to know…

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Kelly Rowland Scores Hit; Deja Vu?

The proverbial middle child of Destiny, Kelly Rowland, is in an interesting position at the moment. After a shaky start to this era, the Grammy Award winner could possibly be at the brink of a crossover. With the biggest solo hit of her career ruling at urban outlets, and set to impact pop audiences soon, Kelly finally gained enough momentum behind her third studio album for Universal Motown to move forward with it’s release.

That momentum came in the form of ‘Motivation’, the Lil’ Wayne-assisted chart-topper, which was preceded by almost a year’s worth of “buzz singles” – ‘Commander’, ‘Rose Colored Glasses’, ‘Forever and A Day’, ‘Grown Woman‘ – and label/management kink ironing. The slinky, Jim Jonsin-laced bedroom cheer anthem, has topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for seven weeks, and peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, so far. Despite delay, the certified hit cemented a previously elusive release date for Kelly’s held-up LP. ‘Here I Am’ will finally hit U.S. retailers Tuesday July 26.

Before it’s debut, we here at That Grape Juice want to take a look back at five albums that suffered from similarly delayed gratification. Five albums plagued by bombing singles, label issues, and leaks, until finally, stone cold redemption – a validated hit – saved the long delayed albums from release date purgatory, a la Teaira Mari.

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Ashanti Hits Studio With Lil Wayne; Talks New LP With That Grape Juice

Following a lengthy hiatus, R&B star Ashanti has resurfaced. Hard at work on her 5th studio album, the singer is said to be in the final stages of recording – and seems to have saved the best for last.

For, moments ago she tweeted a shot of her and one-time Motown labelmate Lil Wayne cutting a track together in the studio. The news of Weezy’s involvement comes on the heels of  her also hitting the studio with ‘Motivation’ producer Rico Love.

That Grape Juice caught up with Ashanti at the BET Awards recently. Check out what she had to say about the project after the jump…

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