Much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past. So in a quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday we introduced a new retrospective segment – ‘TGJ Replay’.
Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase albums (and eras) from a library of pop music hits. Today, we go back to Missy Elliott’s best selling album to date – 2002′s ‘Under Construction’. It all awaits under the hood…
Two weeks before Fantasia‘s new album ‘Side Effects Of You’ drops on April 23rd, she releases the hotly anticipated ‘Without Me’, featuring ‘Simply Deep’ sweetheart Kelly Rowland and Hip Hop/R&B Queen Missy Elliott.
Shortly before talent-devoid “divas” dominated charts with their brand of EDM or autotune-assisted fly-by-night hits (see: Katy Perry, Ke$ha, and oh na na what’s her name), 2006 saw an assembly of legendary divas gathered to be honored by Queen of Talk Oprah Winfrey.
Indeed, it would take someone with Winfrey’s stature to unify Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and so many other legendary female entertainers and activists (Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, etc) for one worthy cause. Uniting for what was christened ‘The Legends Ball’, living legends lent their talents and stories for a group of distinguished guests including some of today’s top performers (Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and more).
Despite the absence of noted divas Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, and more, the three-day event (filmed for an ABC special) still won praise from viewers – especially its gospel themed finale.
With gospel hitmaker Bebe Winans at the helms, the ladies kicked off an impromptu “mic toss” where the singers showcased their gifts to the inspirational classic ‘A Wonderful Change’. Press PLAY above to see divas in action who earned the titling from their talent and not fashion accessories (note: no pitching correcting/modifying machines were on site).
Fresh from announcing their new collaboration with Missy Elliott, ‘How Ya Doin’?', Brit Pop stars Little Mix have unveiled the track itself.
Premiered on Capital FM this morning, the Missy-assisted version of the song (which didn’t feature on their chart-topping debut ‘DNA’) will serve the latest single to be lifted from the project – which to-date has spawned two #1′s.
Take a listen to the track, which samples De La Soul’s ‘Ring Ring Ring’ and will feature on the US version of the ladies album, after the jump…
While delays can spell disaster for a project, the push back of Fantasia‘s fourth album ‘The Side Effects Of You’ is seeming more justified by the day.
Originally due in March, the Idol alum cited the need to map out proper promotion as the prime reason for the hold up. And it appears she’s using the extra time wisely. For, not only has singer announced a new date (April 16th), she’s also unwrapped the LP’s cover, and now its tracklisting too.
Find out what Ms. Barrino will be serving up in a matter of months after the jump… (more…)
It was a collaboration welcomed by all three of their respective fan bases. However, if hints given by Eve, Lil Kim and Missy Elliott as to what their forthcoming cut will sound like are anything to go by, the ladies may have to head back to the drawing broad and start from scratch.
This, thanks to Rap’s long running Prom Queen Nicki Minaj.
The world may love and respect for her work as a solo act, but very few are aware of how influential Missy Elliot the producer has been to Pop culture- and more directly..female rap.
Responsible for Lil Kim‘s contribution to the Pop classic ‘Lady Marmalade‘, her decision to place Trina on her R&B smash hit ‘One Minute Man‘ undoubtedly catapulted the Rapper to heights she would have otherwise missed out on had she not been on the cut.
Now, in extending her lead as Hip Hop’s most unifying force, she has called on Lil Kim and Eve to forge a collaboration set to take the Urban charts by storm.