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Exclusive: DJ Mustard Dishes On Rihanna, His Breakthrough, Beyonce, & More

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DJ Mustard has a lot to smile about.

In a time when folk are questioning the existence of “super producers,” the California native is proving himself music’s go-to hitmaker.

Having crafted smashes for the likes of Rihanna, Fergie, and Tinashe, Mustard is spreading more of his magic in the form of new album ‘Cold Summer.’

Boasting collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, John Legend, YG, and Rick Ross, that set has earned him praise aplenty.

That Grape Juice caught up with the turn-up king to discuss the project, his rise to prominence, working on Rihanna‘s ‘ANTI,’ Beyonce, future plans, and much more.

Get to know DJ Mustard all the more after the jump…

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Exclusive Preview: John Legend’s ‘Darkness & Light’ Album

Miguel, Chance The Rapper, & More Appear On Star’s 5th LP

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Over the course of John Legend’s illustrious career, the soulful chanteur has amassed 10 Grammy Awards. And, having listened to his new album ‘Darkness & Light,’ he may have to make room for more.

Ahead of his performance on The X Factor UK, the 37-year-old star assembled select members of the press – who he played a generous portion of the project to.

That Grape Juice was in attendance and bring you an EXCLUSIVE preview of the LP, which is led by single ‘Love Me Now’ and is due in stores this December.

Join us below for an insight into new John Legend…

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Exclusive: Leon Bridges Performs On ‘The Splash!’

Adele & Beyonce Label-Mate Makes That Grape Juice Debut

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Grammy nominee Leon Bridges has been making all the right waves with his soulful and soothing brand of R&B. And now the rising star makes a splash on ‘The Splash’ right here on That Grape Juice!

Unlike most of his peers, the Texas bred talent readily embraces the throwback sound of the 60s and puts a modern stamp on it that makes it his own.

Signed to Columbia Records, the 27-year-old is in fine company. For, he’s label-mates with the likes of Adele and Beyonce.

Cut from the same qualitative cloth, Bridges has been receiving praise from countless corners. So much so that his debut album ‘Coming Home’ blazed into the top 10 of the Billboard 200 – peaking at #6 last summer.

Showing and proving why he’s one to watch, the singer performed the LP’s title track EXCLUSIVELY for TGJ. Check it out above and let us know what you think below…

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‘Coming Home’ is in-stores and on all streaming platforms NOW

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Calculating A Comeback: Christina Aguilera

TGJ Weigh-Up How Xtina Can Make A Renewed Mark In Music

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Christina Aguilera finds herself in a junction many 90s & 00s veterans have unfortunately come to know.

With her last Platinum album dating a decade back to 2006, Aguilera has some serious ground to make to win back her pervious prowess – especially after the limp response to her last LP ‘Lotus’ in 2012.

In an age so saturated with female Pop stars and after a lengthy spell out of the spotlight, what can Xtina do to set herself apart?

We have a few suggestions. Join us after the jump…

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Album Certifications: Is Silver The Solution?

TGJ Assess Whether A Fresh Tier Can Calm The Confusion

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There once existed an era where obtaining a Gold and arguably Platinum record was a given for even the most modest of acts. Today, we see “A List” artists struggling to hit bronze. With 2016 nearing its end, only three acts (Drake, Beyoncé, and Rihanna) have reached Platinum status with their new releases; and even that count has been called into question (see: ‘ANTI,’ Samsung, and streaming).

As sales have dived, streaming has thrived – helping the U.S music business grow by 8.1% over the last year. And still, in the sea of changing rules and weekly revisions, it remains difficult to decipher who is dominating and whose success may be attributable to smoke and mirrors. Indeed, it’s now become commonplace for projects that have yet hit to hit Platinum in pure sales being certified double and even triple Platinum thanks to “other” factors.

A simple sign of changing consumption patterns? Perhaps. But what is becoming problematic is how said plaques are being used and arguably abused to market the meagre as major.

This reality has led some corners to call for the implementing of a Silver certification by the RIAA. It’s already a “thing” in large markets such as the U.K and we, here at TGJ, feel the States could benefit from the same.

Tune in after the jump to see what me mean…

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Why Is Usher So… ‘Hard II Love’?

TGJ Weighs Up The Singer’s Missteps & Moulds A Comeback Plan

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Usher unleashed his eighth studio album ‘Hard II Love’ on the masses last week. And though the final tally has yet to be counted, the official sales forecast sent the net into a flutter.

For, the set – led by singles ‘Crash’ and ‘No Limit’ – is on course to debut with 25,000; the lowest US numbers of the crooner’s career.

Given the unforgiving nature of today’s age and the fickleness of select fans, some have deemed it “the end” for the 8-time Grammy winner.

We’re not so sure about that, but can’t distract from the fact that something is…off.

Join us below as we unpack the problems and size up the solutions…

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That Grape Juice’s Fall 2016 Release Preview

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As last days of the summer season play out, the fun doesn’t stop this Fall. Because an onslaught of new music is set to be unleashed in the months ahead.

Many of which we are all sorts of excited about.

Join us after the jump to see which releases we here at That Grape Juice are most eager to get our hands on.

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