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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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The Final Numbers Are In: John Legend’s ‘Darkness & Light’ Sold…

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As we reported here, John Legend‘s ‘Darkness & Light,’ released December 2nd, was greeted with critical acclaim from some of music’s most respected critics.  Unfortunately, that fanfare was not echoed commercially.

24 hours after its premiere, industry analysts predicted the set – featuring the hit ‘Love Me Now’ – would land the crooner his lowest first week sales to date.  And, despite a number of promotional appearances in support of the project to turn the tide, it appears analysts were right.

Forecasted to move 35,000-45,000, tuck in to find out exactly where Mr. Legend’s latest landed on the week’s refreshed chart:

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John Legend To Headline 2017 NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show

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With his latest album, ‘Darkness & Light,’ currently lighting up the Billboard charts, Grammy-winning singer John Legend is set to see his name in lights at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game’s Halftime Show, according to reports.

Sure to be crooning some of his biggest hits like ‘All of Me,’ ‘Ordinary People,’ and more, the prized pianist may seem an unlikely pick for the job.  But, if any of his show-stopping performances at award shows over the years are any indication, viewers will be in for a treat.

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Watch: John Legend Lights Up ‘The Late Late Show’ With ‘Love Me Now’

Album ‘Darkness & Light’ In-Stores Now

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John Legend boasts a success narrative that will see him booking stages for decades to come.

However, despite this, he’s not averse to hitting the promo trail for his latest music.

With new album ‘Darkness & Light’ released last week, the 37-year-old is performing on as many platforms as possible.

Said trek brought him to ‘The Late Late Show’ last night, where he performed current single ‘Love Me Now.’

A top 20 on the Billboard R&B tally and almost top 40 on the Ho 100, can Legend ‘Get Lifted’ even higher?

Watch below and let us know…

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TGJ For Breakfast: Fergie, John Legend, & Emeli Sande

New Feature Helps You Start The Day The Right Way!

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Start your day off the right way with a packed plate of TGJ!

As earlier announced, That Grape Juice will be serving up a new feature named ‘TGJ For Breakfast.’

Ever-dedicated to bringing you the latest Urban music and entertainment news, we’ll be cooking up a nutritious mix of both.

Dished select mornings across the week, the round-up keeps you in the loop of the new-new and will run alongside our finger-on-the-pulse content.

Tuck in to the latest helping of TGJ For Breakfast below…

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The Predictions Are In: John Legend’s ‘Darkness & Light’ Set To Sell…

Are You Buying The Grammy Winner’s 5th LP?

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10-time Grammy winner John Legend lifted the lid on his fifth studio album, ‘Darkness and Light,’ this weekend – much to delight of his dedicated fans.

Launched by tune ‘Love Me Now’ (which, to date, has peaked at #41 on the Hot 100), the opus is winning thumbs up from critics and fans alike for its political skew while still maintaining sonic elements that drew fans to his previous releases (see:  jazz, soul, R&B, gospel-tinged numbers).  Yet, while the critics are making a lot of noise in praise of the project, the buzz for it – admittedly – has been quite hushed (to put it nicely).

Unlike fellow crooners, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd, Legend’s ‘American Music Awards’ performance did not yield amped anticipation for his then-soon to follow project.  The absence of said buzz and little full-on traditional promotion to assist may be the culprits behind why – as of time reported – ‘Darkness and Light’ is set to lend Legend his lowest first week sales to date.

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Watch: John Legend Performs ‘Penthouse Floor’ On ‘Fallon’

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John Legend‘s new album ‘Darkness & Light’ hit stores yesterday and to trumpet its arrival the crooner stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform.

His chosen cut was ‘Penthouse Floor,’ which in recorded form features Chance The Rapper.

And while the MC wasn’t on hand for the showing, Legend delivered a more than competent showing.

Watch him and his booming band in action after the jump…

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Stream: John Legend – ‘Darkness and Light (Album)’

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The Adult Contemporary force John Legend has released his latest album ‘Darkness and Light‘ today.

Filled with 13 songs, the set was executive-produced by the Alabama ShakesBlake Mills and offers the singer’s views on love, life, politics, racism, marriage and fatherhood with help from Chance the Rapper, Brittany Howard and Miguel.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I have a point of view. I want to do the same with my art. I want to contribute to the conversation.

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New Song: John Legend – ‘I Know Better’

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New music alert.

This time it’s from the musician John Legend who has dropped the song ‘I Know Better’ before the unveiling of his new album ‘Darkness & Light’

Legend is just a name . I know better than to be so proud / I won’t drink in all this fame / I’ll take more love than I’m allowed.

Give it a spin below…

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