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Exclusive: Ciara Signs With Alicia Keys & John Legend’s Management

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Ciara continues to make major moves.

The R&B siren is taking an all-new everything approach to her professional and personal life.

Indeed, after tying the knot with Russell Wilson, the newlywed has entered into an exciting managerial marriage.

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That Grape Juice’s Top 5 Fantasia Performances

Join Us As We Relive The American Idol's Most Monumental Moments

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This Friday brings with it the release of Fantasia‘s fifth studio album ‘The Definition Of…’

It’s a fitting title for this titan of talent, who defines vocalist, defines endurance, and defines diva.

Since winning American Idol in 2004, the North Carolina native has established the stage as her most potent playground.

As such, That Grape Juice implore you to join us after the jump as we countdown our Top 5 Fantasia Performances…

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That Grape Juice A&R: Ciara’s Seventh Studio Album

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Welcome to the latest edition ‘That Grape Juice A&R‘, the ‘TGJ’ original feature which sees us switch critic for creative and weigh in on the directions of our staple acts.

Who we’ve set our Evan Lipschutz-sized sights on this time? Ciara.

Since ‘1,2 stepping’ onto the scene 12 years ago, the siren has etched her name in the history books thanks to a slew of chart smashes and memorable performances.

Now, as she commences work on her seventh studio album, the 30-year-old finds herself at a career crossroads.

Last year’s ‘Jackie’ didn’t resonate as hoped – critically or commercially – and ultimately saw the singer depart Epic Records.

In the time since, she’s made a number of notable changes in her team, upped her brand positioning, and is reportedly on the cusp of formalising a new deal.

So what time is better than the present to share our views of where she could (and perhaps should) veer with her next release.

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing… MAAD

“Dynamite” is what many have deemed newcomer MAAD. Could she be next to blow?

We, here at That Grape Juice, wholly feel so.

In a sea of sameness, the New York bred beauty stands out from the pack. Powerfully.

It’s not just her statuesque aesthetic, but her narrative too.

Her ascend began in the world of modelling and to-date she has featured in publications such as ELLE and NYLON, while also fronting campaigns for the likes of Seventeen and Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Music, however, has always been the budding diva’s divine calling.

Indeed, when not spinning hits as one of NYC’s most sought-after DJ’s, the rising star logs in studio time with the likes of Claude Kelly, Jonas Jeberg, and The Vamp – the latter of who produced her infectious new single ‘Black Ice.’

The deliciously seductive cut has been garnering plenty of play around TGJ HQ over the last few weeks, but it’s its video that has our jaws ajar.

Directed by Creative Destruction, the visual sees MAAD sassily state her claim for superstardom…with an exclamation mark.

She slips, slides, and grinds with seasoned precision and pulls from her modelling skill set to ensure almost every frame is an editorial in itself.

With too many artists chasing the minimalist trend, this young lady re-affirms the importance of performance art. And we’re oh so sold on what she’s selling – as there’s not enough of it permeating the music landscape.

Both retro and refreshing.

MAAD’s EP ‘‘Lé Funk’ lands in September.

Until then, hit PLAY on ‘Black Ice’ above…

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Wireless Festival Climaxes With Epic Performances From Big Sean, Jeremih, Kehlani, & More

TGJ Were On-Hand At London's Most Popular Music Spectacle

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From scale to line-up, few spectacles can rival the bolt of electricity the Wireless Festival brings to London annually.

The 2016 instalment was no different.

Over a three day duration, the extravaganza played to thousands in Finsbury Park and brought with it powerful performances from the likes of Miguel, J.Cole, Future, and Fergie.

Its final day set off fireworks with spirited showings from Big Sean, Kehlani, Young Thug, and Boy Better Know – who brought out guest Pharrell. 

Cop a gander above and below to see what over 70,000 revellers enjoyed during the most “turnt up” Wireless yet!

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Exclusive: Kelly Rowland’s Group June’s Diary Dish On Debut Album / Sing ‘Hotline Bling’

'L.A.N.C.E' Singers Spill All At The 2016 BET Awards

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That Grape Juice were on hand at the 2016 BET Awards and so too were Kelly Rowland‘s new girl group June’s Diary.

Their appearance was fitting given that the five-piece were pieced together on hit BET series ‘Chasing Destiny.’

With season one wrapped, the soulful quintet have wasted no time servicing material to the masses.

Indeed, they used the ‘Awards platform to debut the video for their new single ‘L.A.N.C.E.’

Speaking with our girl Megan on the red carpet, the collective – comprised of Shyann, Kristal, Gabby, Ashly, and Brienna, spilled on their debut album.

Watch above as they reveal whether mentor Kelly will feature on the LP; they also perform an impromptu acapella of Drake‘s ‘Hotline Bling’ – which was all sorts of amazing.

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TGJ Roundtable: 2016 BET Awards Review [#BETAwards]

New Feature Sees Editors Sam, David, Rashad, & Joe Sound Off On Hottest Topics

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Welcome to the latest TGJ Roundtable!

Over the years, That Grape Juice has established a distinguished voice that – whether loved or loathed – sparks discussion, debate, and on occasion drama!

Though comprised of seasoned writers who share a similar outlook on Urban Pop culture, the idiosyncrasies of the TGJ team members often lend for quite heated debates “behind the scenes” about the hottest topics.

Now, we give you a front row seat to the show. In a format similar to ‘The View’ or ‘The Real’, TGJ editors – Sam, David, Rashad, and Joe – get real in a very candid way.

Today’s roundtable topic is the…

 2016 BET Awards Review

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