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How To Solve Ciara’s Career Problem?


Beautiful. Talented. Personable.

While the above are all words  oft used to describe Epic diva Ciara, the last few years have proven that not even these desirable qualities have been enough to secure the success and notoriety she has struggled to achieve on a number of occasions.

For, despite the critical acclaim her first four LP’s have garnered over the years, her latest studio effort- ‘Basic Instinct‘ left many fans wondering if she would ever be able to match or better the commercial heights  the likes of Rihanna  seem to remain atop of.


Now That Grape Juice weighs in.

Answering the question:

Just how do you solve a problem like Ciara’s career?


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Nicole Scherzinger: Product vs Promotion

To say that former Pussycat Doll frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger may be nearing the end of her 9 musical lives would be a fair assessment.  For a singer whose bids to fame have boasted killer looks, discernible talent, and (not to mention) multiple sturdy platforms for lift off yet no solid launch, begs a striking question:  where is the miscalculation with Miss Scherzinger?

Initially brought to the public’s eye during the infancy stages of the now-common ‘reality talent show’, Scherzinger was one of 5 finalists for the American Idol copycat ‘Pop Stars’ (on WB).  The pop collective, called Eden’s Crush, saw an impressive beginning on Billboard with both a top 10 single and album. Yet, after a record label folding and no follow-up in sight, Scherzinger fell from public view until landing her next (and most successful gig to date) – Pussycat Doll frontwoman.  ‘Doll Domination’ would prove to not only be an understatement, but also the purr-fect set up for its leader as the pop composite conquered Billboard charts with hit after hit.  Millions sold and in the bank (not to mention a real lick of ‘celebrity’), Scherzinger leaped from her sturdiest post yet to pursue a solo career.

2007 saw the Hawaiian beauty attempt to make her first solo splash on charts with ‘Her Name Is Nicole’.  Led by the thunderous T.I.-assisted, Polow Da Don-produced ‘Whatever You Like’, the debut single from ‘Her Name’ surprisingly left her name nowhere to be found on Billboard charts.  With the record later shelved, Scherzinger seemed to have lost yet another footing on Billboard charts.

…until 2010 saw yet another attempt to return to charts with ‘Killer Love’.  Marked as the official debut album of her solo career, the album boasted production from heavy hitmakers like RedOne and others and lifted the sex kitten to her highest heights on UK singles charts (#3 and #1 for singles ‘Poison’ and ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath‘).  And, joining media mogul Simon Cowell‘s judging panel for the (once) highly anticipated ‘X Factor USA’, Nicole finally looked to board the vehicle that relaunched Jennifer Lopez’s once failing career.  That is…until the ‘Try It With Me’ maestra actually…umm…tried it.  ‘Poison’, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’, and ‘Wet’ barely made splashes on the ‘Bubbling Under Charts’ in the U.S. and quickly fizzled out.  Add their parent album’s ‘Killer Love’ pushback after pushback, these shortcomings collectively all but indicated ‘Love’s’ death sentence.  And, of course, Scherzinger is slipping right back into a wash, rinse, and repeat of album #1.

With killer looks, dance moves, marketable music, stage presence, and three major platforms, the singer may have hit the nail on the head when she sang ‘I got that poison’ as U.S. record buyers are sleeping on this beauty’s every musical venture.  Could Nicole simply be missing the very X Factor she hopes to help Simon Cowell find?

Now you weigh in:  Has Nicole’s career been just a monstrous musical misstep or a mixture of marketing mishaps?

Your thoughts?


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Blacklisted; Has The World Been Too Harsh On Chris Brown?


As was to be expected, it is apparent that Chris Brown‘s team have found restoring his public image to be an tough and tedious struggle.

For despite enjoying a number of commercial successes with his latest album ‘FAME‘ and receiving critical acclaim for a number of well choreographed award show appearances, ‘the incident‘ remains an inconvenient stain that neither he or his publicists know how to get rid of.

Now we want you to weigh in.

Hasn’t Chris Brown suffered enough?


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Is Christina Aguilera ‘The Wicked Witch’ Of Pop Music?

With a career spanning over a decade, Christina Aguilera remains one artist whose life and music remain just as topical today as they were when she first started out.

Enjoying her fair show of highs and a number of unforgettable personal lows, to say her public image has been bitter/sweet would be an understatement.

Loved by many, loathed by some, we here at That Grape Juice want to know.

Is Christina Aguilera the performer people just love to hate?


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Why Can’t Rihanna Score A #1 Album?


Days ago, fans of Pop belle Rihanna received an open handed slap to the face when it emerged that the singer’s latest album ‘Talk That Talk‘ is to debut with less than stellar first week sales.

Yes, quite unfortunately,  this means that for the sixth consecutive time she will fail to nab a #1 album on the Billboard 200 ,even with the success of the project’s lead single ‘We Found Love‘.


Now That Grape Juice is answering the question Island Def Jam will be sure to be asking this week.

Why is it so difficult for Rihanna to nab a #1 album?



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Adele: Pop’s Unlikely Warrior Queen

The last few years have seen Pop’s arena welcome a troupe of fresh faced Gladiators all competing in tandem to win the affections of the  record-buying public.

There is Rihanna, whose weapon of choice changes with the sway of public opinion. Ever ready to vaguely adapt to what she believes will help her win the fight.

Then there is Katy Perry and Ke$ha, with swords forged deep in the pits of Dr. Luke‘s imaginirium. Satisfied with receiving whatever spoils of war a certain Britney Spears is too pre-occupied to claim for herself.

From the realm of Rap comes Nicki Minaj, with a battle axe stolen from Lil Kim‘s weapons cabinet.  Slicing through Hip Hop’s archaic code and conventions to carve her name in the sand as Rap’s first Pop Empress, ready for battle at any given moment.

Then of course is the reigning champion Lady GaGa, equipped with a glitter stained double edged sword. Controversy on one edge and undeniable talent on the other.

And while these assassins battle each other, hoping to out-perform one another in the pits of Pop’s amphitheatre, an unlikely contender watches from the crowd.

A lone voice amidst the noise that is Contemporary Pop.

She is Adele. Pop’s unlikely Warrior Queen.


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The King Of R&B Is…

You voted in your thousands, all in support for who YOU feel is the Ultimate King Of R&B.

Now, after all the debate, the results are in.

Find out who you crowned the King Of R&B below…


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