Indeed, the coveted biopic role has launched many-an-act to stardom in its tenure by bringing to light the real personal lives of celebrated public figures.
Most recently, VH1 has taken the reins in preparation of a TLC biopic and continues to tease fans with snaps from the set of the highly anticipated film (like the one seen here). With many great biopics of yesteryear to live up to, our excitement for the venture leads us to ask you – That Grape Juice faithful:
Hollywood’s buzz for the 2013 Academy Awards is in high gear, but as ever, That Grape Juice loves to stroll down memory lane to salute the best of performances past. This year we tip our hats to the 1991 performance of ‘Sooner Or Later’ by Queen of Pop Madonna.
The pop vixen, accompanied by date/King of Pop Michael Jackson, took on the task of performing the number from her critically panned film ‘Dick Tracy’. A film that inversely spawned her biggest and (arguably) most iconic music hit to date – ‘Vogue’. Regardless, the performance saw Madge pay an updated, post-‘Material Girl’ (video) homage to idol Marilyn Monroe while Jackson, amongst other high profile onlookers, spectated what few would believe was an awesome vocal showcase from the songstress.
Despite being known mostly for racy on air antics and questionable vocal skills prior, the showing saw the diva belting and sustaining notes with a passion and control rarely demonstrated in her previous hits. Minus her normal troop of dancers, Madge stood center stage with a microphone and mink sole and stole the show (despite her nerves getting the best of her in parts).
Press ‘PLAY’ above and see one of the many steps Miss Madonna took to cement her name beside Michael’s as pop’s reigning royalty.
P.S. – We’d love more of these vocal show-stoppers from Madge before retirement!
The name Tommy Mottola is one which factors into the success and drama narratives of many a musician. Indeed, in a number of such cases, the music exec has played both the “hero” and the “villain”.
Case, point his ex-wife Mariah Carey.
As reported earlier this month, Mottola has penned a book entitled ‘Hitmaker’ which spotlights his illustrious career, as well addresses Carey’s claims that he was too controlling and abusive both “mentally and emotionally” during his time as her manager and husband in the early to mid 90s.
Naturally, then, when hitting the promo rounds in support of the biography, the 63 year old was quizzed about Mimi, as well as another megastar who famously hit out at him – Michael Jackson.
Peep his words Mariah, MJ, and more on the Today Show below…
This week’s That Grape Juice‘Cover Star‘ comes from up-and-coming crooner Kenny Wesley. Watch as the US native performs an eye-popping cover of King of Pop Michael Jackson‘s fan favorite ‘Rock With You’:
Yes yes and yes again! If you ever wanted to hear what Stevie Wonder would sound like tackling a Michael tune, then Wesley may have just given you a hint. Of course, there is an unmistakable innocence and character in MJ’s vocal performance of the song that makes it completely his, but Wesley certainly brought his own spin to it and we ain’t mad at him for it.
The power, added harmonies, and tastefully done melisma mix for the perfect recipe to a perfect redo.
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Much like “epic”, “diva”, and “underrated”, recent years have seen the term “swagger-jacking” used in overabundance. Indeed, even the slightest note, move, or visual reminiscent of art past has found fans defending their favorites against accusations of copycatting…
In life Michael Jackson thrilled, and in death he (continues) to inspire. The late, great King of Pop is honored by a host of his contemporaries in the captivating ‘Bad 25′ documentary, the feature presentation in ABC’s primetime Thanksgiving line-up.
Produced by the incomparable Spike Lee and featuring words from the likes of Mariah Carey and Kanye West, the documentary chronicles the superstar’s life during the “era” of his 1987 album ‘Bad’ – as well as the album itself.
That Grape Juice were on-hand at the London premiere back in September (which saw both Spike Lee and the Michael Jackson Estate give speeches on the project). Hence, we can relay with all certainty that this is an essential watch – not just for MJ fans, but for lovers of the art of music.
Michael was not just an artiste, he was a visionary. Delve into the mind and world of one of the greatest talents to grace this planet below…
In the forthcoming episode of her ratings grabber ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’, Oprah Winfrey invites ‘As Long As You Love Me’ singer Justin Bieber to share his intense world with her, in support of his latest album ‘Believe‘.
However, in what can only infuriate many a Pop spectator looking forward to the tell all showing, its preview sees the mogul compare the teen star to Pop legend, Michael Jackson.
Much to R&B lovers delight, a recent press release confirms that Cleveland, Ohio will be home to the first induction ceremony of the R&B Music Hall Of Fame – a newly designed museum to include “state-of-the-art, highly interactive, virtual reality experience” to honor popular music’s legendary R&B artists.
Like its ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’ counterpart, its inductees will include artists who have made considerable impact on the genre as it relates to its evolution and incorporation into mainstream music.
First up? None more fitting than the late, great icons Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston…