Thursday, March 6th 2014
Directed by Salim Akil and penned by Kenny Smith, season 7 of BET‘s ‘The Game‘ kicked off in spectacular fashion on March 4th, marking the first serving of the show since September 3rd 2013.
The above, facts any familiar with the series will already be aware of.
However, what these fans may not know, is that their support of the series helped it to pull in a viewing figure that made it the highest viewed cable show of the night, beating the likes of MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ FOX‘s ‘Family Guy’ and ABC‘s ‘Pretty Liars.’
Now find out why members of the general public have cited R&B royal Brandy as the driving force behind the season’s success below!
Tuesday, February 4th 2014
After a lengthy break on the bench, ‘TGJ Replay’ is back!
Designed much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, ‘Replay’ is That Grape Juice‘s newest retrospective quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday.
Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase entire albums (and eras) from a library of pop and Urban pop music hits. With the ten year mark swiftly approaching since its release, today’s ‘Replay’ goes back to ‘Afrodisiac’ – R&B beauty Brandy‘s 4th studio album:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Indeed, after 2013′s close saw former foes Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera joined forces for ’Do What U Want’, music lovers kick their new year off getting cozy with ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ - the dynamo diva duet of Grammy-winning songstresses Shakira & Rihanna.
Launching what we hope is a year of diva double teams, the song inks its name aboard a long list of memorable collabos from the ladies of pop & R&B – collectively putting to rest rumors that women don’t work well together in the industry. And, while the net (and we at TGJ) are still making up our minds on Shakira and Ri’s latest offering, we can’t help but reflect on the ‘best of’ diva duets to see how the Roc Nation duo stack up.
Compiling a list of our favorite estrogen-tinged tag teams, tuck in below to see who made our tally and tell us your thoughts:
Saturday, December 7th 2013
It’s that time of year again!
Indeed, tonight saw the 2014 Grammy nominations unveiled as per usual of its nomination concert special weeks before the actual showing. But, what comes with the ‘per usual’ showing are the jaw-dropping surprises, snubs, and all out “shut-outs” that accompany the annual spectacle.
Always a heated debate-starter, the coveted tally saw the likes of Christina Aguilera, Trey Songz, Janelle Monae, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Brandy, Ciara, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, India.Arie, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga all go without mention.
For Bieber – whose manager made headlines for his rant regarding his 2013 Grammy shutout – this would be a second-go-round despite consistently clocking some of the year’s biggest hits.
Tuck in below for a list of other surprises and snubs:
Tuesday, November 5th 2013
With three weeks left before audiences get their first peek at the star-studded holiday film ‘Black Nativity’ (in theaters November 27th), its star/Grammy winning diva Jennifer Hudson continues to wow fans with gospel-tinged offerings from its accompanying soundtrack (available on Itunes now).
Already winning rave reviews for her soulful take on the Walter Hawkins’ gospel classic ‘Be Grateful’ (which can be heard here), now the songstress is inviting listeners in to hear another gem on the soundtrack. Titled “Hush Child (Get You Through This Silent Night)”, the soul-stirring number also features the dynamic vocals of film co-stars/R&B crooners Luke James and Jacob Lattimore.
Bonus: After you take a listen to the song, check out our pal Vaughn Alvarez chatting with Jenn about the new movie, her love for Brandy, and so much more:
Monday, October 21st 2013
Back in September, R&B veteran Brandy revealed her plans to release a brand spanking new album- announcing the news exclusively to That Grape Juice.Net and our pals over at Muscialize!
Marking the follow up to 2012′s ’2/11‘, confirmation of the release has many a ‘Star’ eyeing a 2014 release for the studio project, taking to many a forum / social media outlet to share the ideas they feel would make this project her biggest and best to date.
Now, That Grape Juice does a little weighing in of its own via our ‘That Grape Juice A&R‘ feature, which sees us share our ideas for future releases set to be launched by our favourite acts.
All the details below…
Wednesday, October 16th 2013
Hailed as one of the most influential African American acts to grace Pop culture, Brandy‘s impact on music and the world at large has seen transcend levels set or met by many of her closest contemporaries.
Indeed, before the arrival of Beyonce or the wise workings of Olivia Pope on ABC’s ‘Scandal’ was Brandy, one of the only women of colour to lead a US prime time television show at just 17 years old. This, achieved as she joined Mary J.Blige, TLC and Aaliyah at the forefront of R&B and its Pop chart domination.
With all this in mind, it only makes sense that the icon be celebrated for her contributions to the field of entertainment, as she enjoys her 20th year within the field.
How she was celebrated?
Moving footage below…
Wednesday, October 9th 2013
Singing sensation Ariana Grande has undoubtedly been a breath of fresh air for 2013′s pop music lovers. A welcomed departure from EDM and the dearth of talent plaguing the day’s charts and radio alike, the pop princess has taken the genre by storm with a #1 album and top-selling singles to her credit.
Immediately drawing comparisons to an early 90s Mariah Carey, the up-and-comer has polarized Carey’s fans (affectionately called Lambs) for what some of them feel is a blatant duplication of the diva’s singing style.
Those fans’ anger grew to new heights today when Grande took to Billboard.com to list in grand style an homage to her top 5 favorite female vocalists. Praising the likes of Whitney Houston and Brandy, there’s one name that, to the surprise of some, didn’t quite make the cut…