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Exclusive: Tinashe Talks New Album, Janet Jackson Collaboration, Ciara Comparisons & More

Rising Star Also Talks Performance Style & Inspirations

Having dominated this Summer with club banger ‘2 On’, Tinashe is gearing up to unleash her debut album ‘Aquarius’ on the masses on October 7th.

With a sea of new names impacting the industry almost daily, the 21-year-old’s unique brand of sweet grittiness has resonated particularly well with critics and the record-buying public alike.

That Grape Juice caught with the rising star recently and chatted with her about a number of topics – including, of course, her LP, her wishes to collaborate with Pop queen Janet Jackson, the incessant Ciara comparisons, her inspirations and much more.

As ever, we ask the questions you really want answers to.

Check out our candid interview with a refreshingly frank Tinashe above…


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Exclusive: DJ Mustard Dishes On New Rihanna Music, ’10 Summers’, & More


“Mustard on the beat!”

Unless one has been living under a rock for the past year, the chances of having jammed to a song with that tag are sky high.

Indeed, beyond being infectious club hits, tracks such as ‘2 On’ by Tinashe, T-Pain’s ‘Up Down’ and ‘No Mediocre’ courtesy of T.I. and Iggy Azalea all have a common denominator: DJ Mustard.

Recently, That Grape Juice caught up with the super-producer whose first album ’10 Summers’ was released exclusively through Google Play and is now also available in-stores.

Join us after the jump where we quiz the hitmaker on his album and the reasoning behind its roll-out as well as his rise to the top of the charts, he also spills the beans on his work Jay-Z and Rita Ora and of course he updates us on his work with superstar Rihanna.

Interview by: Joe Kams (That Grape Juice, Paris)


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Exclusive Interview: Idris Elba & Taraji P. Henson Dish On ‘No Good Deed’

Tomorrow brings with it the arrival of ‘No Good Deed’, the latest thriller from Sony Pictures.

The movie, which stars award-winning actor Idris Elba and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson, tells a chilling tale that critics have christened a must-see.

Henson plays Terri; a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta. However, when Colin (Elba) – a charming but dangerous escaped convict – shows up at her door claiming car trouble, things  She offers her phone to help him yet soon learns that “no good deed” goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.

Exciting, right?!

Well, we caught up with both Elba and Henson to discuss the movie and more. Hit ‘PLAY’ above as our Patrick chats with two of Hollywood’s biggest names!


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That Grape Juice Interviews Charlamagne Tha God

He’s the provocative radio personality holding a mirror to Pop culture’s face with every headline-grabbing remark. It’s only fitting, then, that Charlamagne Tha God (along with his Breakfast Club co-hosts) leads radio station Power 105.1 to ratings glory.
That Grape Juice caught up with the star during a recent trip to London and discussed music industry politics, payola and his rise from Wendy Williams’ sidekick to the Svengali of his very own Hip Hop brand.
As ever, we ask the questions you really want answers to!

Interview by: Fanta Jarjuessey
Additional Contributions by: David Asante


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Exclusive: JoJo Dishes On New Album, New Label, & More

It’s all new everything for singer JoJo.

The vocal powerhouse is currently cooking up her third studio album, which looks set to be her most emotionally-charged yet.

Hotly anticipated, the LP will serve as the star’s first since winning her release from previous label and signing with new home Atlantic Records.

That Grape Juice caught up with the 23-year-old at the Broccoli City Festival, who readily dished on her new project, when fans can expect it, and much more.

Hit ‘PLAY’ above to watch our interview with JoJo!


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Exclusive: Rita Ora Talks New Whitney Inspired Album, US Debut, Beyonce & More

As breakout stars go, few have shone brighter than Rita Ora.

Indeed, since blazing onto the scene in 2012, the Roc Nation priori has achieved a brand and strand of success many seasoned artists could only dream of. Namely three #1 singles, a Platinum album, and endorsement deals aplenty.

Now, with a new album due just after Summer, the Jay-Z protégé is warming up the masses with the set’s lead single ‘I Will Never Let You Down’.

That Grape Juice recently caught up with the singer, who dished on the LP’s Whitney Houston-inspired sound, and collaboration list (which includes Prince!)

The London-bred beauty also shared her views on Beyonce‘s “gangster” status, her own brand hustle, and her long-awaited US debut.

As ever, That Grape Juice ask the questions you really want answers to. Hit ‘PLAY’ above to watch our EXCLUSIVE interview with Rita Ora.

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‘I Will Never Let You Down’ hits iTunes US on April 22nd & iTunes UK on May 11th.


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Exclusive: Future Talks ‘Honest’, New Ciara Music, Marriage & More

At present, Future is one of the hottest rappers in the game. It’s a status the Epic Records star looks set to cement with his sophomore outing ‘Honest’.

Due in stores on April 22nd, the set (which features the likes of Pharrell, Drake, and Andre 3000) is easily one of the most hotly anticipated Hip-Hop projects of the year.

That Grape Juice caught up with the star in London recently, where he dished on the delay of the album, its sound, his upcoming marriage to mother-to-be Ciara, her new music, and more.

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That Grape Juice Interviews Erica Campbell


Since blazing onto the scene almost 15 years ago as part of Gospel outfit Mary Mary, Erica Campbell has gone on to achieve global success and awards aplenty.

Now, the soul-filled songbird is embarking on a journey of her own. Literally.

Today marks the global release of Campbell’s hotly anticipated solo debut ‘Help’, which is preceded by singles ‘A Little More Jesus’ and the title track

That Grape Juice caught up with the star, who dished on flying solo, her WE tv reality show, the future of Mary Mary, and much more.

Our interview with Erica Campbell awaits below…

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That Grape Juice Interviews Katlynn Simone Smith (of BET’s ‘The Game’)


Katlynn Simone Smith may not be a name that immediately rings a bell now, but if the work this talented beauty is sharing is any indication, that bell will be ringing non-stop very soon.

Best known for her portrayal of Brittany Pitts (daughter of Jason Pitts on BET’s hit series ‘The Game’), the burgeoning actress has delighted fans with tastes of her music – some of which has been featured on the show.

Chatting exclusively with That Grape Juice, Smith shared stories of her humble beginnings, dealing with Twitter hate for her depiction of “Brit-Brat”, and making moves in music with her soon-to-be hit ‘Beautiful Lie’.

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Exclusive: August Alsina Addresses Trey Songz “Beef” / Talks New Album ‘Testimony’

As R&B newcomers go, few have commanded more buzz than August Alsina.

The New Orleans native has emerged as one of Def Jam’s top priori’s following the success of singles‘I Luv This Sh*t’ and ‘Make It Home’.

That Grape Juice caught up with the 21-year-old in London as he prepared to rock Musicalize UK at the indigO2.

Ever keen to ask the questions you really want answers to, we quizzed the rising star on his supposed “beef” with Trey Songz, his rise through the ranks, why female acts dominate R&B, and much more. Refreshingly candid, Alsina tackled each question with a brand of honesty that’ll earn him many a new fan.

So what are you waiting for? Hit ‘PLAY’ on our August Alsina interview above.

‘Testimony’ hits stores on April 15th.


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That Grape Juice Interviews Gospel Singer Latice Crawford



Even for seasoned singers, being compared to the likes of supreme vocalists Whitney Houston and Kim Burrell can be a dangerous pressure.  But, for ‘Sunday Best’ season 2 finalist Latice Crawford, the pressure was not only expected, it was welcomed.

With magnetic melisma, spirited growls, and a spirit-stirring message in tow, this beauty is a pressing reminder that big things do come in small packages.  Chatting exclusively to That Grape Juice, Crawford dished on her debut album (in stores now), its energetic lead single ‘There’, and so much more.

We were so excited to finally sit down with the budding gospel diva.  And, after one look and listen, you’ll see why:


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Exclusive: Mya Dishes On Global Comeback


16 years after she first stormed the charts with her self-titled debut, R&B maestra Mya returned to the spotlight this month with a brand new EP cut and crafted for the lovers.

Aptly christened ‘With Love’, the singer bills the set (which she has deemed a prelude to her global chart return) as a treat for the army of loyal fans who have stuck with her over the years.

Ever eager to ask the questions you really want answers to, That Grape Juice caught up with the ‘My Love Is Like…’ belter for a candid chat.

Having experienced the bright and dark sides of the “industry”, the 34-year-old was both equipped and ready to offer fascinating insight into the past, present, and future of her layered career.

Check out our exclusive interview with Mya below…

Interviewer: Sam

Transcribed by: Josh Wexler


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