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Retro Rewind: ‘Double Platinum (Starring Brandy & Diana Ross)’

Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature launched to celebrate TV and Film’s glorious past.

Today, we revisit 1999’s ‘Double Platinum‘ which starred Brandy and Diana Ross.

In it, Ross plays a gifted vocalist seeking stardom who abandons her infant daughter to move to New York City. What happens when the daughter (played by Brandy) grows up and meets her idol Olivia King?

Chaos.

For, she has no idea that Olivia and her mother are one and the same.

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2005 #TBT

Ciara Enjoys Hot 100 Peak of Sophomore Hit ‘1,2 Step’

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.

Next, we’ll take a step back to 2005 to revisit one of Ciara‘s biggest hits – ‘1,2 Step.’  The Missy Elliott and Jazze Pha-produced cut – released as the follow-up to her debut chart-topping single, ‘Goodies’ – shot to #2 at the end of 2004 and remained there this week 12 years ago.  An 80’s inspired tune, inspired by Afrika Bambaataa‘s ‘Planet Rock,’ ‘Step’ was Ci’s second consecutive top 5 single and was only held at bay by Mario‘s massive hit ‘Let Me Love You.’

Hop on down under the jump to step down memory lane with Ciara:

 

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Retro Rewind: ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (Starring Halle Berry)’

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Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to celebrate TV and Film’s glorious past.

Today, in honour of her often overlooked contributions to Pop culture and the representation of African-Americans in a prejudiced world, we revisit Dorothy Dandridge‘s life by way of the 1999 biopic ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’ which starred Halle Berry.

Unfamiliar with her remarkable story and her ties to the brilliant Harry Belafonte?

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 1992 #TBT

Michael Jackson’s ‘Black or White’ Holds On To Top Spot

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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.

Next up? We’ll rewind to 1992 to revisit one of King of Pop Michael Jackson‘s biggest hits:  ‘Black or White.’  Released in November 1991 as the lead single from Jackson’s 8th album, ‘Dangerous,’ the tune was only on radio 3 weeks before it ascended to #1.  A cause only assisted by its controversial music video, which to date is considered one of the most controversial of all time, the song went on to platinum status and have a 7 week reign at the top of the Hot 100 into 1992 (where it’s seen this week).  The run also made MJ the first artist to have a #1 hit in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Tuck in below to relive ‘Black or White’ and see who else among your faves joined the King of Pop in the top 25 this week 26 years ago:

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Retro Rewind: ‘Revenge’

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Welcome to another edition of Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to celebrate TV and Film’s glorious past.

Today, we revisit ‘Revenge’, the monumental ABC series which launched on September 21st 2011.

In it, an affluent family named The Graysons are enjoying life, power and prosperity in the Hamptons when a wealthy young woman named Emily Thorne moves into the house next to their’s.

Impressed by their new neighbour, they welcome her into their social scene.

Little do they know that Emily Thorne is none other than Amanda Clarke, the daughter of a man who was betrayed and murdered by and because of them and their unscrupulous deeds.

What happens when Amanda launches a meticulous plan to make each and every single person responsible for her father’s downfall pay for their actions?

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 1994 #TBT

Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’ Holds At #1

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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.

Next, we’ll salute ‘Hero’ – the 8th of a historic 18 #1 singles by pop icon Mariah Carey.  As diehard Carey fans – affectionately called #Lambs – already know, the song almost belonged to another chart-topping diva:  Gloria Estefan.  Originally penned for the legendary Latin pop songstress, Carey – originally disenchanted with the song – later opted to keep it and make some “flavorful” changes to its arrangement.  The reworking not only met MC’s favor, but apparently the buying public’s as well.

Just ten weeks after its release, ‘Hero’ topped the Hot 100 for four weeks (where it was found this week 23 yeaers ago).  Ousting Janet Jackson‘s scorching ballad ‘Again’ from the top spot, Carey’s uplifting tune went on to quickly earn platinum status. And, while it was not honored by any major awards academy, it endured to become her signature song.

Tuck in below to see who joined her in the top 25 this week in 1994:

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

Spice Girls Say Hello To Their Last Top 20 Hit ‘Goodbye’

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

So, just 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 say “hello” to ‘Goodbye’ by 90s pop group The Spice Girls.  The first single the group ever released as a quartet (post the departure of “Ginger Spice” Geri Halliwel), the fab foursome stormed the Hot 100 this week with an impressive #11 premiere of the pop ballad.  A gem found on the group’s third album, ‘Forever,’ ‘Goodbye’ may have been greeted with fanfare following the hoopla of Geri’s exit, but that favorable response was short-lived.  Going on to be the Girls’ last top 20 run (to date) on the Hot 100, the tune peaked at the same position it debuted.  Yet, despite its short run in the upper rankings of the Billboard singles chart, it endures nearly two decades after its release as a fan favorite of the group’s list of colossal hits.

A timely ode as this week saw pop’s currently reigning girl group, Fifth Harmony, become 4th Harmony (for lack of better terms), tuck in below to remember the time in 1998 when the Girls said goodbye to Ginger…

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Retro Rewind: ‘Jem & The Holograms’

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Welcome to another edition of Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature carved out to take our readers on a journey back to the TV and Film’s glorious and game-changing past.

Today, we revisit the hit children’s TV series ‘Jem & the Holograms.’ 

Created by Christy Marx, ‘Jem’ was built to offer TV lovers a female-led alternative to the action and adventure forces that were G.I. Joe and Transformers.

In it, we are introduced to a young mogul named Jerrica Benton who is the owner of a company named ‘Starlight Music.’

After her father’s death, she and her racially diverse group of musical friends discover Synergy, a computer built to be “the ultimate audio-visual entertainment synthesiser” with the power to turn their wildest creative dreams into a holographic reality.

What happens when Jerrica uses its software to transform into the Pop Rock royal Jem?

Music, magic and the Misfits below…

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Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2002 #FBF

Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’ Makes Hot 100 Debut

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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.

Now we look back to Justin Timberlake‘s inaugural top 10 hit as a solo artist, ‘Cry Me a River.’  The second single lifted from his debut solo album, ‘Justified,’ the tune – the follow-up to the top 20 smash, ‘Like I Love You,’ came shortly after his highly publicized breakup with pop superstar  Britney Spears.  Perceived as a clear clap at the pop princess (even casting a look-a-like as the video’s love interest), Timberlake set in motion rumors that not only was Spears the cause of the relationship’s demise, but it was due to her infidelity.

Whatever its intent, it got people talking.  The song debuted on the Hot 100 this week 14 years ago and would go on to give JT his first top 5 placement on the Hot 100.

Tuck in below to see who occupied the chart’s upper rankings this week in 2002:

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Retro Rewind: The Spice Girls’ ‘Spice World’

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As we continue to mourn the death of the superstar, join us as we make our way back to 1997 to celebrate ‘Spice World‘, the movie launched boy the Brit-Pop force The Spice Girls.

Shot to support their album of the same name, the movie sees them walk the line between fact and fiction via a story which seems them take on an evil media juggernaut determined to destroy their reputation.

What happens next?

Pop, action and adventure below…

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1996

R. Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ Makes Hot 100 Debut

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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 believe it’s time to replay R. Kelly‘s biggest hit, ‘I Believe I Can Fly.’  The inspirational tune, featured on the Michael Jordan-led semi-animated film ‘Space Jam,’ made its debut on the Hot 100 this week 20 years ago.  Going on to serious chart glory in the following year, ‘Fly’ – despite never soaring to the top of the Billboard singles’ chart (held at bay from #1 by the historic reign of Toni Braxton‘s signature tune ‘Unbreak My Heart’) – would go on to be Kelly’s most successful release to date.

Hovering right under the 2x platinum mark, ‘Fly’ went on to earn the singer 3 Grammys at the 1998 ceremony.  Relive the song and tuck in below to see who joined Kelly this week on the Hot 100:

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Retro Rewind: Madonna – ‘Truth or Dare’

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Welcome to another edition of Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature launched to celebrate TV and Film’s glorious past.

Today, we revisit Madonna‘s seminal ‘Truth or Dare‘, the documentary she shot while on her ‘Blonde Ambition Tour’ in 1991.

In it, the ‘Bad Girl’ offered fans access to her life on the road, her friendships with members of her team and, more importantly, the truth behind their painful childhoods and how it shaped them as they delivered the show to fans all over the world.

Its moving nature saw the project generate $29,012,935 and go on to inspire Lady GaGa’s ‘Lady GaGa Presents the Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden’ in 2011.

That isn’t all.

The movie also features appearances from Lionel Ritchie, Warren BeattyAntonio Banderas, the “neat” Kevin Costner and…(drumroll) an unforgettable Janet Jackson dig.

Unfortunately, it also showcases some of the crueller parts of the icon’s personality.

How so?

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