Thursday, October 31st 2013
Paging Olivia Pope & Associates! You are needed for clean-up on aisle 3!
In a time where gospel music permeates mainstream in more ways than ever (see: reality shows, Urban/pop music stylings, secular collabos), what has unfortunately come with some of those breakthroughs are headline-grabbing breakdowns.
Indeed, just weeks after the controversial, hit Oxygen reality series ‘Preachers of L.A.’ rocked television, the show’s star Deitrick Haddon was embroiled in a scandal that saw alleged nude photos of the ‘Have Your Way’ hitmaker hit the net in a big way.
Now, thanks in part to R&B songstress Lil Mo’, gospel star Kevin Terry has set the net ablaze with a viral video of him rocking the mic with no stage in sight. The video and accompanying story already had moderate traction, but after the ‘Superwoman’ songstress tweeted about the incident to save her friend, that traction went from buzz to boil…
Wednesday, January 16th 2013
As many know, today marks what would’ve been the 34th birthday of ‘One In A Million’ maestra Aaliyah.
Though her life was cut tragically short in 2001 at the young age of 22, the sweet voiced songstress had already collected more hits and accolades in that brief time than many artists 2-3 times her senior. In such, we at That Grape Juice, like so many around the world today, pay homage to the everlasting legacy of the late R&B hitmaker.
But this time, with a twist:
Sunday, January 13th 2013
Let’s face it…
The turn of the century has unfortunately been accompanied by an under-appreciation of true vocalists. Veritably, it has been clear to see that as production technology has increased its ability, inversely, quality vocal performances have decreased.
Turn on the radio today and you will be assaulted by an abundance of autotune, so much so one may question if he/she is listening to real people or The Transformers…
*Voting closes Monday, January 14th at 11:59pm CST*
Wednesday, December 5th 2012
Ask hip hop’s reigning highnesses – Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, and Nicki Minaj – and they can attest to being titled such at some point in their illustrious careers (the latter more than her rap predecessors).
Indeed, in the heavily male-dominated genre of rap, trying to “hang with the boys” has either constituted hypermasculinization or explicitly detailing bedroom antics. Either way, rap’s estrogenic entities have had to take the extreme route often to little notoriety…
Wednesday, November 21st 2012
Over the past year, we at That Grape Juice have turned to the readers for their thoughts on the roles age, race, and even sexuality play in one’s success in the music industry. Now, let’s weigh in on a heavier topic – weight.
Our culture is collectively becoming more stylized, making substance a thing of the past. As image drives the culture, often filling media with airbrushed or digitally altered representations of “beautiful”, the standard of beauty has never been more sought. An anomaly indeed given that statistics have proven most of the people subscribing to those very standards oft do not meet them.
So, what’s the big deal?
Sunday, November 11th 2012
Oh, to be a (successful) gospel artist in 2012 indeed perplexes performers on every side. For, on one side, there is the ministry – the very vein of intent to be a vessel for Christ through one’s artistry. On the other hand, there is the business.
Regardless of intent, labels want to see records sold through marketing, publicity, and performance. That very requirement catalyzes the ongoing battle between “ka-ching” and “blessing”…
Wednesday, October 31st 2012
Here’s what it is:
Brandy, by way of fan support, renewed public interest and the strength of her material, stands tall as one of 2012′s most celebrated acts.
Welcoming the release of her R&B driven studio album ‘Two Eleven’ two weeks ago, both she and her team went to great lengths before its launch to ensure the project debuted favorably in the US.
Now in its second week of release, ‘Eleven‘ holds a top ten position at #10, with 20,879 sold since last week , pushing its total US figure to 87,735 units sold. This now means it’s only 12,265 copies away from hitting the 100,000 mark- a commendable feat to be scored three weeks in.
Of course, while that may seem a little abysmal to some, we’d say it sets the tone for what is set to become a slow but consistent sales push for the project, which some are now making the mistake of writing off.
So, in a climate seemingly hostile to Contemporary R&B, just how could Team Brandy push ‘Two Eleven‘?
Our answer to that question below…
Tuesday, September 11th 2012
“I love it- I love it- I love it when you eat it.“
“Stop at the light Imma jump out my Barbie dream car/Imma jump on it- Imma ride him like a theme park.“
It’s lyrics like these Cyndi Lauper may have been addressing, when she billed modern music ‘too sexual’ during an interview with ‘The Metro‘ recently.
Revealing that she shares her fans sentiment that much of today’s music is aggressive ‘Rape music’, the ‘She Bop’ belle had this to say on the matter:
“One young woman walked up to me recently at a concert and thanked me for my work ‘in the midst of all this rape music. I never thought of it like that, but so much music nowadays is about sex, sex, sex and is quite aggressive.
She called it rape music.I thought, ‘Oh my God, I guess she’s right’.
I just try to write music that connects with people’s conscience and make music for awake people rather than sleepwalkers”
So, considering ‘imagery’ endorsed by the likes of Marky Mark, Madonna and Adinah Howard in the 90s compared to outings by the likes of Chris Brown, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj today, we ask this:
Has Pop Music Become ‘Oversexualized’?