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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1995 #tbt

Brandy's 'I Wanna Be Down' Celebrates Hot 100 Peak

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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.

Today, we’ll get down with ‘I Wanna Be Down’ – the official inaugural single of R&B siren Brandy. Launched in 1994 from her self-titled debut album, the Urban groove was quickly lauded by critics for housing some seriously seasoned soulful vocals from the then-15 year old.  Soaring straight to #1 on the R&B charts, this week in 1995 saw the tune stay put at its Hot 100 peak (achieved two weeks prior) amidst a group of the day’s heaviest hitters.

Joining rank with the likes of Boyz II Men, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and more, tuck in below to point out the familiar faces and find out where ‘Down’ hit its highest note on the pop charts:

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The Ratings Are In: Brandy’s ‘Zoe Ever After’ A Win For BET

Singer's Return To Sitcoms Garners Respectable Debut Numbers

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Nearly 15 years after bidding her character ‘Moesha’ adieu, fans of multi-talented diva Brandy welcomed her return to sitcoms with open eyes, ears, and arms last night for the premiere of BET’s ‘Zoe Ever After.’

A romantic comedy centered around Zoe Moon (Brandy), a single mother/businesswoman juggling the pressures of a recent divorce, new love, and more, the show won rave reviews from viewers given a sneak peek days before its January 5th debut.

Now, as preliminary figures roll in, BET have every reason to rejoice as the series is off to quite the promising start. Going head to head with the likes of ratings juggernaut ‘The Haves & The Have Nots’ and more, see how B-Rocka’s return to “leading lady” fared against the competition:

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New Song: Brandy – ‘Beggin & Pleadin’

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Fans in need of a serious Brandy fix got a double dose tonight as the singer/actress not only premiered her long-awaited return to sitcoms via BET’s ‘Zoe Ever After,’ but also gifted music lovers with a new tune.

Titled ‘Beggin & Pleadin,’ the song made its way to the R&B vet’s official Soundcloud page tonight.  Honestly, like her fans, we at TGJ ain’t mad at all.

Sangin’ her absolute face off on the blues-inspired number, get into the new new from Bran-nu below and share your thoughts:

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Watch: ‘Zoe Ever After’ (Season 1 / Episode 1) [Starring Brandy]

Series Premiere Shared Early Ahead of Jan 5th TV Debut

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BET have sprung a New Year surprise on those awaiting their latest sitcom ‘Zoe Ever After.’

Due to land on screens January 5th, episode 1 of the Brandy led production has been shared by the network online.

The show, which awaits your viewing below, sees the Moesha star take on the role of Zoe – a recently divorced cosmetics mogul navigating through life’s high’s, low’s, and all in between.

Get your early look at the season premiere of ‘Zoe Ever After’ and let us know whether you’ll be in for the long haul…

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‘Moesha’ Stars Mend Fences: Countess Vaughn Apologizes To Brandy

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90’s sitcom ‘Moesha’ blasted Brandy‘s star into the stratosphere and launched Countess Vaughn (who played Kim Parker) into the minds of the masses.

Like most successful shows, though, the backstage dramas were just as compelling as what was taking place on the screen.

In the years since the series ceased airing, its stars have remained relatively mum about personal issues, but have confirmed their existence.

Today, however, Vaughn – who is currently starring on the Hollywood Divas reality show – reached out to Brandy via Instagram to extend an olive branch.

See the touching exchange after the jump…

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Monica Sounds Off On Ciara Beef / Dishes on Brandy, Nicki Minaj & More

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The Monica promo train has been seriously hitting the track this week in support of her 8th opus ‘Code Red’ (in stores today).  After a whirlwind Stateside tour, the diva continued a grueling promo schedule that saw stops at ‘Huffington Post, ‘Wendy,’ ‘Breakfast Club,’ and so much more.

Most recently she was spotted chatting it up with our friends at Hot 97.  There, she was quizzed on her rumored beef with fellow Atlantan hitmaker Ciara, dished on her relationship with Brandy, and reflected on some of her fondest memories with pop icon/mentor Whitney Houston.

A great listen if we must say so ourselves.  Get into it:

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Brandy Bringing ‘Chicago’ To Los Angeles / Will Reprise Role Of Roxie Hart

Grammy Winner Returns To Production After Rave Reviews

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Brandy is bringing Broadway to the west side.

After a wildly successful NYC run as Roxie Hart in ‘Chicago: The Musical’, the singer/actress will reprise her role in a limited Los Angeles set of shows.

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