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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing… Thirdstory

US Trio Already Playing To Sold-Out Crowds Globally

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Authenticity.

It’s a trait rarely sewn into the fabric of todays new talent; many of whose success is the end product of a Fordist production line.

For trio Thirdstory though, being organic is ingrained in their artistic DNA and has consequently won them a mass following the globe over. And the support is growing.

Honing in on power of the internet, the group – comprised of Ben, Richard, and Elliott – uploaded cover after soulful cover; in the process creating the perfect storm of anticipation for their own material.

With their debut album due in 2017 and current single ‘G Train (ft. Pusha T)’ making all the right noise, we caught up with member Richard to discuss their rise, artistry, and takeover plans.

Our discussion came on the heels of two sold-out dates in London.

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New Music: Leké – ‘Unstoppable’ [Free Download]

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Here at That Grape Juice, we’re equally enamoured with the superstars of today as well as the rising talent of tomorrow.

As such, Soul-filled singer Leké is one name that’s been on our radar – and that of many others.

Not one to be boxed sonically, the London bred belter has earned praise aplenty for his skilful and wilful blend of the contemporary, the inspirational, and the socially reflective. All of which comes packaged in a manner palatable to the masses.

After hitting the touring circuit, Leké is back with the aptly titled ‘Unstoppable’ EP.

Unleashed today, the five-track FREE EP showcases his unique sound and message.

Take a listen to the title track below where a link to download the project also awaits…

Click here to download the ‘Unstoppable’ EP!

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing… Amber-Simone

John Legend Specifically Requested Newcomer Open On His Tour

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In an era of autotune and factory-produced Pop stars, it’s becoming the tallest of tasks standing out amongst the pack.

Yet, for newcomer Amber-Simone it’s a hurdle she’s cleared with ease.

Aged just 19, the rising star has been receiving praise from the most potent of corners. And with resonating reason.

Boasting a vocal that is deliciously androgynous, her appeal is immediately magnified beyond the confines of gender lines.

Lyrically, her youth doesn’t dilute her pen game either. Signed by Universal Music Publishing as a songwriter, Amber is gifted in the art of storytelling. Even with songs centered on well-treaded topics – case in point her sensual new single ‘Body Talk.’

Speaking on the cut, the songbird says:

“‘Body Talk’ is all about embracing control and sexuality. It is my take on the sonics of temptation and this is why the visual element for the track was so imperative. The artwork reflects the story of Adam and Eve, tying into ‘Body Talk’ through the constant themes of lust and temptation.”

Amber’s unique sound and point of difference enchanted John Legend, who enlisted her to act as opener on his multi-city UK tour.

Wonder what he and so many are buzzing about? Hit ‘PLAY’ above! Then, as ever, let us know…

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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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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing… Jodie Abacus

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Here at That Grape Juice, we’re enamored with the talent of today, but also the rising stars of tomorrow.

Enter Jodie Abacus.

Reared in South-London, the Pop-Funk singer/songwriter has been attracting the attention of music lovers – thanks largely to recent EP ‘For Real Life And Not Pretend.’  

Tracks such as ‘I’ll Be That Friend’ have garnered praise for cutting deep in the most resonating of ways. The Soul-soaked song recalls a time when in the singer’s life all went south and he didn’t have a friend to turn to. Veering away from the “same ol,” lyrically ‘I’ll Be’ sees the rising star swear to be that confidant to someone else when in need.

Also in his repertoire is Coca-Cola endorsement of ‘Hot Kitchen,’ which has been play-listed by the BBC and current single, ‘She’s In Love With The Weekend’ – available to listen to below…

With in album in the works, Jodie is cooking up jams with the likes of Tobias Jesso Jr and Duke Durmont.

We’re buzzed for what’s to come. Take a listen above and let us know if you are too!

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing…Jordan Fisher

22-Year Old Star Dazzles In Electrifying Debut

In recent times, there has been a shocking shortage of male performers in the Pop landscape.

Indeed, with trend chasers embracing the minimalist mantra that seems to be all the rage these days, choreographed acts have been on the wane.

22-year-old Jordan Fisher aims to turn the tide with his unique blend of the fresh and familiar.

A multi-dimensional talent, the Alabama native rose to prominence in Disney’s ‘Teen Beach’ movie series and, more recently ‘Grease: Live.’ Now, he aims to breakout as an adult star with his first ever single ‘All About Us.’

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The video for the dance-floor jam has been receiving booming buzz since its debut last month and with ripe reason.

Fisher juxtaposes 2016 simplicity with the same brand of dynamic that made the likes of Usher, Justin Timberlake, and Chris Brown the phenomenons they are.

The clip’s choreography, courtesy of Wildabeast and Janelle Ginestra, evokes an effortlessly cool and serves as a powerful reminder that the art of performance can still resonate in today’s climate.

With a growing fanbase, is Fisher about to be the music’s next big thing? Watch the video above and let us know!

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing…La Britney

Detroit’s Budding Diva Set To Bloom

In an ever-crowded music market, it’s often difficult to make ripples much less waves. However, for Detroit’s budding diva La Britney, it’s all about making a splash!

The rising star has conjured up a sizeable social media fanbase following the success of her LaMix’s, which see her cover songs as a one-woman group. 

With the New Year fully underway though, the magnetic maven is upping the levels with the release of hot material of her own. 

Having built buzz with introductory number ‘Franklins’ (a play on her surname), the stage blazing beauty has unleashed infectious new single ‘How We Do.’

Sonically, the track fits right in the thick of what’s been scorching at Urban radio over the last few years; hence it makes for more of a familiar listen than a groundbreaking one. Its video, however, is where the true “La Britney” U.S.P comes to life. 

High-octane choreography, captivating confidence and seasoned sass, the visual serves as quite the advertorial for what many R&B girls could and should be doing.  

In many ways, we’re hoping this functions as a warning shot of sorts. Because, should La Britney keep bringing the heat like this, it’s only a matter of time before the masses stop pining for comebacks from performers who should know better, and embrace the new-new.

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Look Out Nicki Minaj! UK Femcee Video Goes Viral

Lady Leshurr Lights Up The Internet With ‘Queen of the Scene’

Save for a ‘Fancy’ foe, Nicki Minaj has ultimately ruled the world of modern female Rap unchallenged.

Could that be set to change, though, with the mainstream arrival of UK femcee Lady Leshurr?

The lyricist has been steadily building buzz for years on the underground circuit and finally looks set to blow after her ‘Queen of the Scene’ series has gone viral.

Last night saw the latest instalment (‘Queen of the Scene 4’) unleashed and, thanks to a US share on Facebook, has been watched over 9 million times already.

We’ve had this on replay here at TGJ all day and for good reason. In a world that has become a global village by way of the internet, Leshurr smartly taps into Pop culture’s hottest topics in a manner that is digestable to all. Indeed, we weren’t expecting to hear the likes of Rachel Dolezal and Bruce Jenner, but their inclusion re-affirmed how spot-on this Birmingham bred beauty is with today’s audience.

Could major (label) success be on the cards? Based on the buzz and the talent generating it, we sure hope so!

Hit ‘PLAY’ above to find out what the hyper hype is about!

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing…MIM’S

Unsigned Singer Hailed As Europe’s Answer To Tinashe

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Enter MIM‘s.

Fluent in English, Spanish, Arabic and French, MIM’s makes her way to Pop’s scene with the jam ‘Beach Party’, a reworked version of the Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea number ‘Pretty Girls.’

Hailed as France’s answer to Tinashe & Natalie La Rose, the 25-year-old performer first tasted success when her debut single ‘Gun Shot‘ topped France’s radio airplay chart for 17 weeks.

Now, after dominating Europe’s Urban music scene and citing Beyonce, Aaliyah,Ciara & Janet Jackson as her biggest idols the entertainer sets her sights on the USA after scoring interest from three major labels in the market.

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‘Beach Party’ and her cover of Rita Ora’s latest single ‘Poison’ below…

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Freshly Squeezed: Introducing… Leké

Londoner Strikes Out With New Single ‘Closer’

Hailing from London town, newcomer Leké has been steadily building buzz as part of the critically acclaimed Wrightway Music clan.

Not defined by any one genre, the gifted singer-songwriter instead roots his music and message in uplifting inspiration.

Hoping to make a major splash this year, the rising star offers up ‘Closer’ as the first taste of his forthcoming EP (due later this year).

Check out the Jax Luther directed visual for the track above and find out where you can find Leké online below…

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That Grape Juice Exclusive: Introducing… LION BABE

Here at That Grape Juice, we’re always keen to spotlight titillating new talent.

So when superfly duo LION BABE roared onto the scene, it was only a matter of time before we caught up with them to discuss their breakout success.

Hailing from New York’s Lower East Side, the young group are comprised of Lucas Goodman and Jillian Hervey – the daughter of actress Vanessa Williams.

Familial ties may bring about comparisons, yet the duo are carving out their own success narrative thanks to their eclectic mix of R&B, Soul, and Electronica.

Having given the masses a meaty taste of their sound on their self-titled EP (which included the critically praised ‘Treat Me Like Fire’), LION are charging ahead full speed with their album debut (due on Outsiders/Universal Music later this year).

Boasting support from some the industry’s top names, the group have already recruited Pharrell Williams for the project. The hitmaker takes the helm of their whimsical new single ‘Wonder Woman,’ which landed online this week.

Wonder what the buzz is about? Watch our exclusive chat with LION BABE above and check out ‘Wonder Woman’ and more below…

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New Song: Paige Young – ‘All The Way’

London Bred Belle Strikes Out With Debut Single

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New artist alert!

Hailing from the UK,  Urban Pop belle Paige Young steps into the limelight with her new single ‘All The Way (ft. Chipmunk)’

The cut comes courtesy of the producer 8-Traxx and arrives after the singer teamed up with Dirty Money’s Kalenna to build bops for her debut EP ‘Polaroids’ – due out later this year.

With a sea of new names hoping to sail to successful shores, Young strikes strongly with her premiere effort.

Go ‘All The Way’ with Paige below…

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