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That Grape Juice’s Top 5: Albums Due This Winter

TGJ's Lee Weighs Up Releases Heating Up The Holidays

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While some may be busy searching for the perfect gift, the most festive decorations, or the right Christmas tree, several artists are gearing up for their holiday album releases.

There are ample pros and cons to releasing during this time of year and after the jump we will discuss the most effective ways to capitalize on the 2015 holiday season…

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Grammys: 5 Artists With No Awards…Yet

TGJ's Lee Weighs-Up Notable Snubs Ahead Of Nomination Announcement

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Next Monday sees the nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards announced!

The coveted honor is deemed as the Holy Grail for singers and performers alike. Garnering 57 years of prestige has not come without its fair share of controversy. While often difficult to find the rationale in the decisions behind who is nominated and ultimately given the award, it is clear that commercial success alone is not always enough.

After the jump, we outline a few of music’s top acts that are yet to obtain the coveted gramophone trophy.

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Music Streaming: A Help or Hindrance?

TGJ Weighs In On Still-Raging Debate

In recent years, streaming has become the new trend in discovering new music.

With the decline in record sales and increase in online/on-demand, it is safe to say that it has been a disruptive entity within the music industry.

And now with streaming impacting chart positions, record “sales,” and RIAA certifications, it raises the question of whether its inclusion is an accurate representation of the public’s perception and reception of the material. Has obtaining a #1 single lost its initial notoriety?

We weigh up after the jump…

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Female Hip-Hop: Removing The One Rapper Rules Rule

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There is no shortage of male titans in Hip-Hop. Historically, despite testosterone dominating the rap landscape, said forces have been able to co-exist alongside one another. Indeed, with the recent release of ‘What A Time To Be Alive,’ Drake and Future proved that there is strength in unity. Though existing on different branches of the genre, they fused their talents together and earned chart-topping results.

But, while the public have no problem accepting a multitude of male Hip-Hop artists, it appears that masses can only affix their focus on one female rap star at time.

Tune in after the jump as we explore this reoccurring problem within the culture.

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Is Music Ready For Another TLC or Destiny’s Child?

TGJ Weighs-Up The Current Girl Group Climate

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In the past year, what seemed to be a resurgence of girl groups proved to be a fluke. Indeed, the fall of acts such as Danity Kane, GRL, and Neon Jungle warrants the question of whether girl groups can make it past the catty quarrels and management dilemmas.

With the likes of pop surveyors Fifth Harmony and Little Mix currently holding the torch, it begs the question of whether the industry would be welcoming to another urban girl group. Since Destiny’s Child‘s exit in 2005, there has not been a urban girl collective that has been able to maintain relevancy or major success in the industry. There have been groups that attempted to state their claim, such as Cherish, RichGirl, and even Girlicious. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to cement their status as established artists.

Taking influence from previous success stories (such as TLC, Destiny’s Child, En Vogue and the like) we have compiled a few strategic moves to make future urban girl groups “work.”

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Can Iggy Azalea Make A Comeback?

TGJ Weighs-Up Embattled Rapper's Options

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Flashback to the summer of 2014, one could not flip a channel without seeing the Australian bombshell that is Iggy Azalea. Now merely a year later, we see the ‘Fancy’ chart topper’s career in limbo. With a controversial start, Iggy Iggz has had a tough road despite all her success.

Is it too late for the Aussie Rapper?

At That Grape Juice, we feel there are some steps Ms. Azalea could take in order to revive her career.

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Hot Topic: Could A Scandal Stop You From Supporting Your Favorite Artist? [Weigh In]

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“An artist’s personal and/or moral failure has no bearing on his or her ability to do a job (singing, acting, etc.)” – an argument lent by many-a-diehard fan of stars embattled in scandals.

From the most recent controversies surrounding songstress Ariana Grande and entertainer Bill Cosby to King of Pop Michael Jackson and King of R&B R. Kelly, some of entertainment’s most celebrated faces have found themselves royally discharged by even their staunchest supporters after news broke of their involvement in an illegal or immoral dealing.

And, while some careers suffer temporary setbacks while others see more permanent mar, the truth remains: many of these offenders commit infractions that in no way changes their ability to perform nor does it negate any of their professional achievements to date.

As such, it begs the question:  how much should personal decisions affect one’s professional dealings?

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