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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2005 #TBT

Fantasia’s ‘Truth Is’ & John Legend’s ‘Ordinary People’ Peak In Same Week

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.  This week we’ll reflect on the hit songs ‘Truth Is’ and ‘Ordinary People’ – the biggest hits found aboard the debut albums of R&B singers Fantasia Barrino and John Legend, respectively.

‘Truth’ – found on Barrino’s first release ‘Free Yourself’ – may have come as the set’s official lead single, but it was actually the ‘American Idol’ winner’s second go at chart success.  Her first Hot 100 appearance, ‘I Believe’ (the season’s ‘Idol’ coronation song), debuted at #1 on the chart and only extended the already high set bar (thanks to previous ‘Idol’ winners Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard) for the success of releases from her official LP.  A winner on the R&B chart (working its way to #2 on that tally), this week in 2005 the song peaked just one spot shy of the top 20.

Elsewhere that same week, Legend – another R&B newcomer at the time – was finding success with his second Hot 100 appearance.  Thanks to the heart-tugging tune, ‘Ordinary People’ (found on his debut LP ‘Get Lifted’), the piano-tickling crooner was lifted to his then-Hot 100 peak.  Going on to win a Grammy at the next year’s ceremony, ‘People’ would go on to be considered by many to be his signature tune (a truth that holds to this day).

Curious to see who joined the two in the top 25 this week 12 years ago?  Find out inside:

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New Video: Ariana Grande & John Legend – ‘Beauty & the Beast’

John Legend and Ariana Grande serve up an enchanting music video to accompany their critically acclaimed remake of Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson‘s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – the title tune for the movie of the same name.

Before the Disney live action remake of the classic hits theaters March 17th, Grande and Legend – under the direction of Dave Meyers – hope to hoist their rendition of the soaring song to chart heights similar to its original.

See the new video for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ inside and tell us if you think they’ll succeed:

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Watch: John Legend Performs ‘La La Land’ Medley at 2017 Academy Awards

With an introduction from ‘La La Land’ co-stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Grammy award winning crooner John Legend took the stage to perform an awe-inspiring rendition of the Oscar-nominated tune ‘City of Stars’ (which went on to win ‘Best Song’ at the ceremony).

As scenes from the heavily nominated film flashed behind him, Legend delivered a medley of songs from the movie – ‘Audition’ and ‘Stars’ – in front of a starry backdrop as dancers elegantly traipsed the stage.

Easily coming as the best performance of the night, tuck in below to see John at work:

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Watch: John Legend Lights Up NBA All Star Game Halftime Show [Video]

To say 10 time Grammy winner John Legend “scored” at tonight’s NBA All-Star Game would be an understatement.

The singer/songwriter took New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center to task by performing a medley of his biggest hits, including his most recent top 40 ‘Love Me Now.’

Giving viewers a taste of what they can expect to see on his recently announced ‘Darkness & Light’ tour, tuck in below to see how he fared as headliner of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show:

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John Legend Reveals ‘Darkness & Light’ Tour Dates

John Legend‘s latest album, ‘Darkness & Light,’ may have been a hit with critics, but unfortunately the same can’t be said with consumers.  Debuting at #14 in late 2016 (his lowest first week placement to date), the project – featuring the top 40 hit ‘Love Me Now’ – wasn’t exactly getting much love from record buyers, a feat evidenced by its quick drop out of the Billboard 200’s top 100.

Hoping to turn the tide, the singer/songwriter has announced a spring/summer tour itinerary in support of the opus.  Christened ‘The Darkness & Light’ tour, the North American trek is set to touch every corner of the U.S. with stops in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix, and multiple stops in between before it wraps on June 30 at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

Curious to see if Legend will land in your town?  Find out inside:

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New Song: Ariana Grande & John Legend – ‘Beauty & the Beast’ [Full]

With anticipation building for Disney’s live action remake of their classic animated film ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (in theaters March 17), a lens is being placed on its title track revamped by Ariana Grande and John Legend.

Big shoes to fill for Legend and Grande as the tune’s original version sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson not only made a huge splash on the Hot 100, but also earned an Academy Award.

Fans keen to find out if they did the soaring number justice are invited to their first full listen inside.  Be our guest…

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Preview: Ariana Grande & John Legend – ‘Beauty And The Beast’

Duo Remake Celine Dion & Beabo Bryson Classic

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is the latest Disney blockbuster set for a big-screen reboot.

Due in theaters on March 17th, the flick has been reimagined as a live action adventure – led by Emma Watson.

Musically, its soundtrack aims to please and do justice to the familiar tunes millennials will know and love from the 1991 original.

The movie’s title track is one of said songs getting a 2017 redressing – courtesy of Ariana Grande and John Legend.

Together the pair attempt to capture the magic so effortlessly evoked by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson on the first issue of the song.

Want to hear how their version sounds? Take a listen below, where a second trailer also awaits…

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Celine Dion, John Legend, & Nick Jonas Among Performers Tapped For Bee Gees Grammy Tribute

After thrilling fans with star-studded tributes to musical legends Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and more, the Grammys have announced the next recipient of their all-star honorary treatment will be The Bee Gees.

Titled “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees,” the live tribute concert will be taped at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on February 14th. But, before you run out to buy your tickets (which went on sale today), tuck in below to see some of the big names set to honor the Australian trio:

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2017 Grammy Awards: First Performers Announced

James Corden Hosts Music’s Biggest Night On Feb 12th

The countdown is officially on to the 2017 Grammy Awards – music’s biggest calendar night.

So, with less than a month to go before the February 12th extravaganza, organisers have announced the first batch of performers.

Head below to find out who’ll be taking to the stage at the Staples Center…

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John Legend & Ariana Grande To Re-Record Celine Dion’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’ For Disney Live Action Film

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Pop powerhouse Ariana Grande may have won a thumbs up from Celine Dion when she took to ‘The Tonight Show’ to impersonate the ‘My Heart Will Go On’ belter, but we’re curious to see how the pop legend’s fans will feel about a reported forthcoming cover of another one of her most beloved hits.

Word has it Grande is set to tackle Dion and Peabo Bryson‘s Academy and Grammy Award winning hit ‘Beauty and Beast’ – the title track to the 1991 animated version of the film.  Now, as Disney fans prepare for the March 2017 live action adaptation of the classic, they’re greeted with news its soundtrack is set for a revamp as well:

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2016 Year In Review: Flop of the Pops (Usher, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, More)

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Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.  Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Now, we’ll reflect on the collection of albums and singles whose barks were certainly bigger than their bites.  For, considering the hype that preceded them, great expectations were placed on their respective commercial performances.

Sadly, they failed to meet them…

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John Legend on Kanye West’s Meeting With Donald Trump: “It Was a Publicity Stunt”

Singer Expresses Disappointment Over Longtime Friend’s Political Decisions

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Grammy-winning crooner John Legend may be on a high celebrating news of his headlining gig at next year’s NBA All-Star game halftime show (as well as his most recent top 10 R&B album, ‘Darkness & Light’),  but -as a recent interview reveals – the singer isn’t exactly celebrating the headline grabbing antics of longtime friend Kanye West.

Legend, a noted community activist and commentator on political affairs, has long used his platform to express his disdain for the soon-to-be-inaugurated Trump administration.  So, to the surprise of few, he minced no words when quizzed on his thoughts about West’s recent visit to Trump Tower:

“I’m pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump. I think Trump has been corrosive, his message has been corrosive to the country. I think the things he’s promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people, and for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing.” – John Legend

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