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New Video: R.Kelly – ‘Backyard Party’

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Snow may be in the forecast for many parts of the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped R&B king R. Kelly from throwing themes back to summer.  Indeed, in serving up yet another taste of what fans can expect from his forthcoming project ‘The Buffet,’ the ‘Pied Piper’ picked ‘Backyard Party’ as its newest single.

A stepper’s affair that isn’t exactly the most family friendly of cookouts (see: bikini clad ladies, etc.), the video even sees cameos from some very familiar faces like Snoop Dogg, Chance the Rapper, and more.

But, before you delight your musical palate with the full ‘Buffet’ album (due November 20), tuck in below to see Kellz step it up with the fam in his newest video:

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New Song: R. Kelly – ‘Backyard Party’

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R. Kelly is back!

Yes, next month will bring with it the release of the singer’s latest album ‘Buffet‘ which features the number ‘Backyard Party’ which is now available to spin below.

On the new album the grandfather of R&B shared:

You got hip-hop, you got old school music with the ‘Step in the Name of Love’ type music, ‘Happy People’ type of music, then you have traditional R. Kelly sensuous, sexual music.

Step inside Kelly’s ‘Backyard‘ below!

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R. Kelly Eyes Duet Album With Trey Songz

Talks Next Chapters Of ‘Trapped In the Closet,’ Michael Jackson, & More With Hot 97

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This time just three years ago R&B crooners R. Kelly and Trey Songz were engulfed in a highly publicized beef.   Now, as Kellz prepares his newest album ‘Buffet,’ it appears he plans to cook up something else with his younger counterpart.

Recently taking to our buds at Hot 97, the ‘Ignition’ hitmaker struck quite the chord with the audience when he revealed his desire to do a full length duet album with Songz akin to his #1 joint release ‘Best of Both Worlds’ with Jay Z.

That, in addition to updates on his own album ‘Buffet,’ stories about his time with King of Pop Michael Jackson, the next chapters of ‘Trapped In the Closet,’ and more makes it safe to assume the next two years will be very full of the R!

Find out what we mean below:

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Hot Topic: Could A Scandal Stop You From Supporting Your Favorite Artist? [Weigh In]

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“An artist’s personal and/or moral failure has no bearing on his or her ability to do a job (singing, acting, etc.)” – an argument lent by many-a-diehard fan of stars embattled in scandals.

From the most recent controversies surrounding songstress Ariana Grande and entertainer Bill Cosby to King of Pop Michael Jackson and King of R&B R. Kelly, some of entertainment’s most celebrated faces have found themselves royally discharged by even their staunchest supporters after news broke of their involvement in an illegal or immoral dealing.

And, while some careers suffer temporary setbacks while others see more permanent mar, the truth remains: many of these offenders commit infractions that in no way changes their ability to perform nor does it negate any of their professional achievements to date.

As such, it begs the question:  how much should personal decisions affect one’s professional dealings?

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Vote: Who Should Be The 2015 BET Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient?

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Exactly two weeks separate us from the 2015 BET Awards!

Airing live on June 28th, the 15th annual showing of Urban entertainment’s biggest night is set to be hosted by ‘black-ish’ stars Tracee Ellis Ross & Anthony Anderson and (to date) has seen Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown announced among stars tapped to hit the stage.

But, per usual, BET is saving for last its announcement of who will be the recipient of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.  Already listing legendary acts like Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Prince, and Lionel Richie among its honorees, the 2015 trophy has been shrouded in murmurs that pop queen Janet Jackson will be its designated awardee.  But, that hasn’t stopped fans of other music royals – Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, King of R&B R. Kelly, or Queen of Rock N’ Soul Tina Turner – from vying and eyeing the prize.

Alas, with no official confirmation, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – for your weigh in:

Who should be the recipient of the 2015 BET Lifetime Achievement Award?

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Should the award ever go to a recipient posthumously?

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Watch: R. Kelly Slams Wendy Williams’ ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ Biopic

Yesterday saw the ‘Pied Piper of R&B’ R. Kelly ring in his 48th birthday.

In big balla fashion, the Grammy winner hosted a ‘who’s who’ affair of a birthday party in Atlanta, with some of the scene’s biggest socialites in attendance (see: T.I., Keri Hilson, Phaedra Parks, and more).  But, before the party got started, Kelly took to a Big Tigger-hosted V-103 Atlanta segment to share his thoughts on the now-infamous, Wendy Williams’ produced ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ biopic (aired on Lifetime).

Tuck in below to hear the R&B royal deliver less than a royal review of the critically panned flick and the actor who portrayed him:

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Fantasia Hits The Studio With R. Kelly / Previews New Song

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R&B belter Fantasia is back in the studio.

The Grammy winner is currently hard at work on the follow-up to her 2013 LP ‘Side Effects Of You’ and has enlisted the King of her genre R. Kelly to help her craft the as yet untitled set.

Taking to Instagram today, the songbird showcased what she’s been working on with the Pied Piper.

Peep the footage below…

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TGJ Replay: Aaliyah – ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number’

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Welcome back to TGJ Replay!

Designed much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ features, ‘Replay’ is That Grape Juice‘s newest retrospective segment – a written quest, if you will, to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday.

Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase entire albums (and eras) from a library of pop and Urban pop music hits.

With Lifetime Network gaining a bevy of bad reviews for its controversial, unauthorized biography of one of R&B’s most beloved characters, Aaliyah, we thought it a perfect time to shine some light and ode her debut album ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.’ As the album celebrated its 20th birthday this summer, let’s go back back to the ‘Back & Forth’ singer’s humble beginnings…

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Track List: Jennifer Hudson Taps T.I. & Iggy Azalea For New Album ‘JHUD’

Album Set To Go Head-To-Head With Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney, Luke James, Michelle Williams, & More…

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If its leading singles ‘I Can’t Describe’ ft. T.I. and ‘Walk It Out’ ft. Timbaland are anything to judge by, Jennifer Hudson‘s long-awaited third album ‘JHUD’ is well on its way to much deserved critical acclaim.

With hopes of ensuring commercial success to match, Hudson continues to roll out a promo campaign that will see her hit up many-a-major outlet and function in support of the project – including the 2014 Fashion Rocks.  But, before she rocks the stage with the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj, and more, she continues to tease her September 23rd due release by revealing its full official track list.

A ten track, star-studded affair featuring the likes of fellow Chicagoan R. Kelly, T.I., and his Grand Hustle protegee Iggy Azalea, the album also features production from Timbaland and more.  See it in its entirety below:

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R. Kelly Readies New EDM-Based Album

Album Would Mark 5th Release For R&B Singer In Less Than 2 Years

He may have worked nearly 30 years to earn his rightful title as “The King of R&B,” but now it seems R. Kelly – much like R&B successors Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, and Usher – is looking to extend his reign into other musical territories.  After confirming that he would be releasing 3 albums in 2014 (click here if you missed that), Kelly has now announced that he’s hard at work on a new project…a House album.

Taking to ‘Chicago’s Chosen Few DJ’s picnic recently, the ‘Step in the Name of Love’ singer dropped the news that you’ll be stepping to a different beat of his…and soon.

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R.Kelly On Daughter’s Gender Reassignment: “Don’t Say My Daughter Is Becoming My Son”

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“Don’t say my daughter is becoming my son.”

R&B icon R.Kelly had that to say to Chicago‘s WCGI-FM recently, doing so when asked to address his daughter’s announcement that she was to go under the knife to become the boy she revealed she was born to be.

Why the Grammy-winning legend is now under fresh fire?

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Controversial: Aaliyah Biopic To Explore Singer’s “Relationship” With “Predatory” R.Kelly

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After announcing that they were to tell the story of R&B singer Aaliyah through a biopic, ‘Lifetime’ have announced that the movie will take the bold step to explore the singer’s “relationship” with mentor R.Kelly.

Responsible for penning her interestingly titled ‘Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number’, Kelly’s recent duet with Pop star Lady GaGa saw him face fresh criticism over his dealings with the then teenager, labelled a predator for his alleged targeting and subsequent sexual abuse of African-American teenage girls.

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