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Mya Opens Up On Sexual Abuse Within The Music Industry

Singer Urges Aspiring Artists To Beware Of Predators

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Accusations made by the Pop princess Kesha against her former producer Dr. Luke and the release of the documentary ‘An Open Secret‘ have ignited a conversation about sexual abuse within the entertainment industry.

Weighing in on the matter this week is the R&B songbird Mya.

Yes, in an interview with ‘Vlad TV‘, the ‘Case of the Ex’ performer spoke openly about the industry’s problematic way of dealing with cases when they surface and how misogyny protects those accused of preying on vulnerable talent.

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Mya: “R&B Has Been Replaced By Trap Music On Radio”

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As Contemporary R&B artists take to the internet to push and promote their releases, artist’s from the genre’s earlier years born and bred in the major label system continue to seek ways to push it to the heights it once soared over.

One of these artists is Mya, one of the scene’s leading ladies during her time Interscope.

Born to an African-American mother and Italian father, the entertainer’s discography has moved over a reported 3.2 million albums in the United States.

Modest, when compared to units moved by the likes of her contemporaries Brandy, Britney Spears and Usher.

However, in an interview with DJ Vlad, the ‘Moodring‘ maker has shared her thoughts on why artists like herself are finding it difficult to access the audiences (and their support) on radio.

Watch and weigh in on her estimation below…

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 2001 #FBF

Super Quartet Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Mya, and Lil Kim Climb To #1 With Megahit 'Lady Marmalade'

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

So, 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 revisit ‘Lady Marmalade’ – the colossal Missy Elliott-produced remake of Patti Labelle‘s 70s hit.  Featuring the Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, P!nk, and Mya, the unexpected quartet boosted the tune to the top of the charts this week in 2001 and kept it there for 5 weeks.  ‘Marmalade’ was so successful it not only topped 2001’s year-end charts as it reigned as the year’s best-selling release, it went on to garner a Grammy for the ladies and remain the highest selling releases from Lil Kim and Mya’s overall catalogue (while P!nk and Aguilera would go on to earn even higher accolades in their respective careers).

Strut down memory lanes with us as we press ‘play’ on the ‘Moulin Rouge’ soundtrack hit:

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 1998 #FBF

Mya Enjoys Hot 100 Peak of Debut Single 'It's All About Me'

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

So, 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 it’s all about Grammy winning R&B diva Mya.  The singer/songwriter saw her Sisqo-penned debut single, ‘It’s All About Me,’ make quite the splash on the Hot 100’s top 10 in mid-May 1998.  Jumping to the #6 spot, the tune would continue enjoying its peak run there this week that year.  The mid-tempo groove served as ample introduction to the triple threat songstress, whose seductive coo and fancy footwork would see her dance up the charts a number of times in the late 90s and early 2000s alongside the eras leading R&B teen sensations Brandy, Monica, and Aaliyah.

While the musical landscape has shifted from the Urban-dominated charts of the late nineties and early noughties, we still reminisce on the time where it was nothing to hear ‘All About Me’ bumping from radio speakers.  Oh, the good old days (sigh).

Look below to find out who accompanied Mya on this week’s Hot 100 from 1998…

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Shade?: Actress Jackee Harry Urges Fans To “Save Mya From the Pole”

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She may have risen to fame 30 years ago as ‘227’s sassy Sandra Clark, but 2015 is proving that actress Jackee Harry is still just as sassy with or without a script.  Case in point? The Emmy winner’s recent comments on ‘Fallen’ singer Mya.

Ruffling a few feathers this morning after she took to Twitter to urge fans to “save Mya from the pole,” Harry’s comments follow weeks of speculation that the R&B stage blazer has resorted to previewing new music at strip clubs.

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Exclusive: Mya Performs On ‘Sole Sessions’

16 years.

Indeed, it’s been 16 years since Mya blazed onto the scene with her self titled debut.

In the time that has followed, Grammy’s, #1 singles, and critical acclaim have all featured in the singer’s success story.

With most artists struggling to maintain relevance for 16 months, the diva’s longevity is one that should be celebrated. And celebrate she does on the latest edition of Sole Sessions.

The live platform, which sees That Grape Juice team up with footwear force Creative Recreation, welcomes the 31-year-old, who turns in rousing renditions of ‘The Best Of Me’, ‘Moving On’, and new song ‘Super Woman’ – which is lifted from her latest EP ‘Sweet XVI’.

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New Song: Mya – ‘Same Page (Ft Eric Bellinger)’

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Believe it or not, yesterday marked the sixteenth anniversary of Mya‘s self-titled debut album!

So, as to celebrate her run in the game and the music she’s graced many a doting ear with, the singer released Sweet XVI’, a brand new EP featuring six songs to mark the celebration!

One of these, being ‘Same Page’ featuring Urban Pop chart-slayer Eric Bellinger, whose voice and mind meets her own to create a number now available to enjoy in full after the jump!

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