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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2005 #TBT

Fantasia’s ‘Truth Is’ & John Legend’s ‘Ordinary People’ Peak In Same Week

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 reflect on the hit songs ‘Truth Is’ and ‘Ordinary People’ – the biggest hits found aboard the debut albums of R&B singers Fantasia Barrino and John Legend, respectively.

‘Truth’ – found on Barrino’s first release ‘Free Yourself’ – may have come as the set’s official lead single, but it was actually the ‘American Idol’ winner’s second go at chart success.  Her first Hot 100 appearance, ‘I Believe’ (the season’s ‘Idol’ coronation song), debuted at #1 on the chart and only extended the already high set bar (thanks to previous ‘Idol’ winners Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard) for the success of releases from her official LP.  A winner on the R&B chart (working its way to #2 on that tally), this week in 2005 the song peaked just one spot shy of the top 20.

Elsewhere that same week, Legend – another R&B newcomer at the time – was finding success with his second Hot 100 appearance.  Thanks to the heart-tugging tune, ‘Ordinary People’ (found on his debut LP ‘Get Lifted’), the piano-tickling crooner was lifted to his then-Hot 100 peak.  Going on to win a Grammy at the next year’s ceremony, ‘People’ would go on to be considered by many to be his signature tune (a truth that holds to this day).

Curious to see who joined the two in the top 25 this week 12 years ago?  Find out inside:


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New Video: Fantasia – ‘When I Met You’

Latest Single From Album ‘The Definition Of…’

Fantasia serves up a cinematic family affair in the video for new single ‘When I Met You.’

Directed by Derek Blanks, the visual features the singer’s husband Kendall Taylor and daughter Zion. Cairo, the son of ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ star Sheree Whitfield also appears.

Boasting a nostalgic-to-now theme, the clip sees the American Idol graduate (and her co-stars) flex their acting muscles. And rather well, at that.

Watch below…


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Video Teaser: Fantasia – ‘When I Met You’

Visual Stars Singer’s Daughter

Fantasia is charging on with promotion for her fifth studio album ‘The Definition Of…’

The next single to be issued from the 2016 LP is confirmed to be ‘When I Met You’ and its video is set for unveiling this Friday.

Uniquely, the clip stars the American Idol’s daughter Zion as well as male model Cairo (who is the son of ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ star Sheree Whitfield).

Want to see how the visual is shaping up ahead of its premiere? Check out a sneak peek after the jump…


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Slay! Fantasia Delivers Dynamite Performance Of ‘Dr. Feelgood’

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett, & More Watch ‘American Idol’ Wow The Crowd


As captivating performers go, few can rival the the fire Fantasia ignites when she takes to the stage. And even when she doesn’t.

See, the American Idol graduate was tapped to perform at ‘Taking The Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America’ – yet ironically gave her entire performance in the audience.

Watched on by the likes of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett, and Octavia Spencer, Ms. Barrino shut down the Kennedy Center event with a rousing rendition of Aretha Franklin‘s ‘Dr. Feel Good.’

See Fantasia set it all the way off, like only she can, after the jump…


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Watch: Fantasia & Tye Tribbett Amaze With ‘I Made It’ On ‘Joyful Noise’

Singer Thrills With Roof-Raising Performance


Many things are questionable in the music business, but Fantasia‘s anointing isn’t one of them.

The soulful songbird hatched new album ‘The Definition Of…’ earlier this year and, in doing so, added to her catalogue of critically acclaimed offerings.

A multi-dimensional project, the LP houses the roof-raising ‘I Made It’ featuring Gospel superstar Tye Tribbett.

Taking to the stage on BET‘s ‘Joyful Noise,’ the pair delivered a dynamite showing of the song.

Watch em rock out with a whole lot of soul after the jump…


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Product Vs. Promotion: Fantasia’s ‘The Definition Of…’


Grammy-winning R&B gem Fantasia has always shone as an anomaly (in many ways) for the genre.

A fiery performer whose career-long stage shows boast one of the most consistent deliveries of any of her contemporaries (and beyond), Fannie’s commitment to her craft seemed to be only matched by the commitment of her fan base.  Indeed, much like the failing music industry around her, each of her album’s numbers may have taken hits over time, but without fail, the figures associated with each of the songbird’s first week sales easily soared above the others in her lane  (a testament to fan loyalty if you ask us).

Well, that was until 2016’s ‘The Definition Of…‘ – the latest addition to the soulstress’s self-coined ‘Rock-Soul’ movement.

Released July 2016, ‘Definition’ – Fannie’s fifth album – was executive produced by veteran record producer/songwriter/engineer Ron Fair and featured contributions from the likes of R&B royal R. Kelly, Brian Kennedy, Stacy Barthe, Neff-U, and more.  Yet, while the production credits was lined with proven winners, their efforts seemed lost upon music lovers who generally ignored the set’s two official singles – ‘No Time (For It)’ and the Kelly-penned ‘Sleeping With the One I Love.’

Their failure on the singles chart and streaming front seemed to signal the worst for their parent album:


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Fantasia Announces ‘The Definition Of Tour’

Guordan Banks and La’Porsha Renae Join Idol Winner On US Trek


Fantasia is hitting the road!

The Soul-filled songbird is gearing up to bring her unique brand of “Rock Soul” to US cities this Fall as she embarks on ‘The Definition Of Tour.’

Set to kick off in Macon, Georgia, initial dates for the trek – which’ll feature guests Guordan Banks and La’Porsha Renae – have been unveiled.

The nation-wide jaunt is being mounted in support of the American Idol graduate’s fifth album ‘The Definition Of,’ which arrived at retail this July.

Upon its release, the LP debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 32,000. However, it dropped to #66 the week after.

Still the stage has always been Fantasia’s most potent playground, so regardless of the charts, there’s no doubt she’ll put on a show-stopping show. Her live gravitas is rivalled by next to no one in her  no other.

Peep the dates below…


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Fantasia On ‘All Lives Matter’ Fiasco: “I Am Truly Sorry”


Fantasia made headlines this week when news hit that she was booked to perform at an ‘All Lives Matter’ gig.

Many in the Black community frowned on her decision due to the phrase often being used by those who denounce the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

The ‘American Idol’ winner’s initial response saw her defend herself, while drawing on Bible verses and biracial relatives to illustrate her argument.

Now, after reflection, the star has issued another statement.

Her words await below…


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Fantasia Defends Headlining Slot At ‘All Lives Matter’ Concert


Fantasia has found herself on the receiving end of a firestorm after it was announced that she’d be headlining an ‘All Lives Matter’ concert.

Initially set to be staged in her hometown of Charlotte yesterday, the gig has been postponed until next week for reasons unknown.

But the furore surrounding her involvement remains a very present problem.

Particularly in the current climate, with the advent of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ initiative; which itself was born out the continued injustices against Black people in the US and across the world.

Feeling the heat, Fantasia took to Facebook to defend herself. View the her video statement below…


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The First Week Numbers Are In! Fantasia’s ‘The Definition Of’ Sold…


Fantasia has been earning rave reviews for her fifth studio album ‘The Definition Of…’

Executive produced by the great Ron Fair, the LP strut into stores last week preceded by singles ‘No Time For It’ and ‘Sleeping With The One I Love.’

Critical acclaim, of course, is only one piece of the puzzle – and attention has turned to the project’s first week performance.

With an early estimate revealed at the top of the week, the final numbers have been tallied.

Find out what they are below…


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The Predictions Are In: Fantasia’s ‘The Definition Of’ Set To Sell…


With the summer upon us, Fantasia brings the heat with her scorching new album ‘The Definition Of…’

Released yesterday, the set serves as the American Idol alum’s fifth studio effort and follows 2013’s ‘Side Effects Of You.’

Wondering what the star’s slick mix is projected to sell first week? Well, wonder no more because the answer awaits after the jump…


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Album Stream: Fantasia – ‘The Definition Of…’

Songbird Soars With Fifth Studio Album


With fans patiently waiting on Fantasia since 2013, today marks the arrival of her much anticipated fifth studio album ‘The Definition Of…’.

The 32-year’s latest offering comes after the release of singles ‘No Time For It’ and ‘Sleeping With The One I Love’ and features colorful contributions from the likes of R. Kelly, Aloe Blacc, and Ty Tribbet. Renown industry icon Ron Fair serves as executive producer.

Contemporary yet classic, the aforementioned cuts solidified anticipation for the freshly surfaced set. With the record now available to purchase, it’s also been made available to stream in its entirety.

and stream in its entirety, long time followers of the RCA signee can expect the release to range in influences.

That Grape Juice’s Top Tracks:

1) Sleeping With The One I Love
2) Roller Coasters
3) Stay Up
4) I Made It

Take a listen below and let us know what your favorite tracks are! We’ve already got our copy; will you be buying too?


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