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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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Exclusive: Tory Lanez Talks Drake, Critics, Success & More

Album ‘I Told You’ In-Stores Now

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With each new year comes a sea of fresh faces hoping to make waves. In the Urban arena, few have made more of a mark in 2016 than Toronto’s Tory Lanez.

Indeed, his unique rap-sung style has earned him fans in the realms of both Hip-Hop and R&B, as well as high chartings with hits such as ‘LUV’ and ‘Say It.’

This summer saw the 24-year-old bring the heat with his debut album ‘I Told You,’ which impressively opened at #4 on the Billboard 200.

That Grape Juice caught up with the star to discuss a multitude of topics, including his newfound fame, collaborating with rival Drake, being his own influence, critics, and a whole lot more.

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TGJ Roundtable: 2016 MTV VMAs – Review

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

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 MTV VMAs Review

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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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