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New Video: Kid Ink, Usher & Tinashe – ‘Body Language’


It’s here!

After smashing US radio with the crossover hit ‘2 On‘, R&B beauty Tinashe lends a helping hand to Kid Ink’s ‘Body Language’, the first single pulled from the rapper’s forthcoming studio album!

Joined by ‘Burn’ singer Usher, the pair unleash the song’s supporting video today!

Is it any good?

Find out below!


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Usher Covers Billboard Magazine Wearing A Crown / Explains Album Delay


With record sales of 24 million in the US alone, it’s fair billing christening Usher a music royal.

It’s fitting, then, that the singer covers the newest edition of Billboard magazine wearing a crown. After all, his kingly achievements have established him in the history books and his performance style has been adapted and modified by the likes of Chris Brown and (regardless of current predicament) Justin Timberlake.

And yet, the 36-year old finds himself on tricky terrain these days.

In a trait common to major names in 2014, Mr Raymond seems to be making the transition from releasing diamond-certified albums and near-annual #1 hits to struggling to even land gold certifications.

Indeed, the star’s most recent opus – 2012’s ‘Looking 4 Myself’ has sold 504,000 Stateside, according to Nielsen SoundScan — 800,000 fewer than the LP prior (2010’s ‘Raymond vs. Raymond’).

And while this Fall was to bring with it his triumphant return, the campaign ‘Good Kisser’ led LP was brought to an abrupt halt and its release bumped to an undisclosed date next year.

Speaking to Billboard, the performer explained his reason for the delay. He also opened up on the waywardness of his mentee Justin Bieber.

Soundbites below…


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Behind The Scenes: Usher, Tinashe, & Kid Ink Shoot ‘Body Language’ Video


Urban radio is currently eating up Kid Ink‘s latest offering ‘Body Language’ featuring Usher and Tinashe.

As such, so as to build buzz ahead of the track’s video debut, the trio have unwrapped an appetiser.

Check out this behind the scenes look at the clip after the jump…


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Weigh In: Not One Album Released This Year Has Gone Platinum

Top Three Selling Albums of The Year Were All Released In 2013


The year’s fourth quarter is being greeted with dismal news:  not one single album released this year has been certified platinum.

Indeed, despite at least 60 songs shifting over 1 million copies, their parent albums cannot proclaim such.  We thought things were bad last year when only five albums went platinum, led by Justin Timberlake‘s ’20/20 Experience’ (which had sold over 2 million copies by last year’s closing).  But, this year’s looking to be much worse.

To add insult to injury, 2014’s best selling album by a solo act is Beyonce‘s self titled fifth album…which was released in December 2013.

We’re waiting on Rihanna, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift to save the day.

Full report below:


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TGJ Replay: Usher’s ‘8701’


After a lengthy break on the bench, ‘TGJ Replay’ is back!

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.  As this week brought with it the 36th birthday of R&B veteran Usher, our latest ‘Replay’ will “fast backward” to his tertiary hit album ‘8701.’


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2014 Soul Train Awards: Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Nominations


Before you know it awards season will be in full swing.

Probably our favorite time of year here at TGJ HQ, we were ever-excited to learn of the Soul Train Awards committee unveiling the nominations for their 2014 showing.

Featuring heavy competition from the year’s best and brightest in Hip Hop and R&B, TGJ favorites Chris Brown, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, and Beyonce are leading the pack of nominees for the ceremony.

Set to be hosted by ‘Queen of All Media’ Wendy Williams, the show will be taped at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on November 7 then air on Centric and BET on November 30th (8p/7p CST).

Until then, familiarize yourself with the rest of the nominees below as revealed by Williams’ show:


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Hot Shots: Usher & Tinashe Shoot ‘Body Language’ Video With Kid Ink


Cop a gander of Tinashe!

The newcomer showcases a seasoned ability to work a camera in the video for ‘Body Language’ – Kid Ink’s single which she features on along side Usher.

Set to debut later this month, the visual – which was shot two weeks ago – looks like it’ll make for an engaging watch.

Peep more snaps below…


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