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Michael Jackson Memorial Service

The memorial service to celebrate the life of the King of Pop Michael Jackson finished just a few moments. While I’ll have That Grape Juice’s full take on the classy and well-organised event, check out highlights from the gathering below:

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New Song: Mario – ‘Boom In it (ft. Brandy)’

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Arguably the most consistent R&B crooner of today, yet the most underrated, Mario continues to prep his 4th studio album ‘And Then There Was Me’ for release later this year. Meanwhile, a new song from the LP’s recording sessions has surfaced in the form of ‘Boom In it’. Produced by The-Dream and featuring none other than Brandy, the delicious mid-tempo cut sees Mario turn in a great vocal over Dream’s sparse, yet hard hitting production. Word has it this isn’t the finished track (as evidenced by Brandy’s one line – literally), something which has me salivating for the mastered version.

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Tameka Had ‘No Warning’ Of Usher Divorce

usher tameka pic Tameka Had No Warning Of Usher Divorce If you thought the Usher / Tameka Foster divorce was going to be a drama-free affair, think again. 38 year old Foster recently revealed that she knew nothing of her impending divorce when it was first filed by the singer last month:

Usher’s estranged wife has reportedly claimed that his decision to file for divorce was a massive shock to her.

The R&B star announced that he was separating from Tameka Foster last month, after nearly two years of marriage.

According to E! Online, court papers filed by Foster have disputed her husband’s claim that the couple had been living apart for almost a year before the split.

Foster has alleged that the pair were “intimately together” less than one week before the divorce proceedings were initiated and added that she had “every reason to believe her marriage was intact”.

It is understood that the former stylist has now requested that Usher pay her legal fees and is hoping to secure financial support for their two children, 18-month-old Raymond Usher V and Naviyd Ely, 6 months. {Source}

Ouch. With rumours mounting that Usher is now questioning the paternity of the couple’s youngest child Naviyd Ely, this whole episode looks like it’ll get messier as the weeks and months go by.

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That Grape Juice Update

tgj+post That Grape Juice UpdateHey the TGJ faithful! Hope all is good good with you all icon smile That Grape Juice Update Just a few quick points:

* New Staff:
Many thanks to all those that expressed interested in the new positions here at That Grape Juice. I was quite taken about by the amount of applications received (thank you again!), so I am still ploughing through them all. I’ll have something more concrete to announce in the way of that in the coming weeks and month.

* That Grape Juice E-Street Team:
I’ve been looking to roll this one out for a while now, with the present being the most apt. Are you a That Grape Juice addict? Do you tell anyone who will listen about what’s going down here at That Grape Juice?! If so, we’re looking for you! I’m looking to assemble a team of promoters who will form the ‘That Grape Juice E-Street Team’.
What does this entail? The ideal team member will promote That Grape Juice in both the internet sphere (forums, email blast-outs, Facebook, Twitter etc) as well as in the ‘real world’, with leaflets, posters (please believe I already have these printed to supply and oft go flyering myself – hustle LOL), as well as word of mouth etc. There will be monthly incentives and prizes for those who perform best. If you’re interested, do be sure to drop me an email at: [email protected]

* Graphic designers:
Are you a Photoshop wiz? Do you consider yourself a pro on everyone’s favourite software? If so, we’re looking for you! I’m needing assistance in that department for a few site-related projects. So…if you feel you’re up to scratch (please see site banner for type of standard I’m talking about), please drop me an email with an attachment of some of your work to: [email protected] . *Not a paid job, but plenty of exposure!!! LOL*

* Send It In:
Have any juicy stories, music, tidbits etc you wish to pass along? Please feel free to keep ‘em coming. It’s always most appreciated, and, as ever, full credit is given.

* Upcoming interviews and competitions:
We have lined up an interview with a certain R&B star who is riding high on the charts both in the US and UK at present. Meanwhile, we’ll be running a competition centered on a huge feature star in her latest video. Sounds like babble? All will be unravelled in the coming week and weeks….stay tuned!
As ever, many thanks for your continued support! Remember to keep it locked on That Grape Juice!
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Confirmed: Usher & Tameka Divorce (See Court Filing)

usherpromo3 Confirmed: Usher & Tameka Divorce (See Court Filing)Reports surfaced yesterday suggesting that R&B star Usher has filed for divorce from wife of 2 years Tameka Foster. Today, the speculation was confirmed, with the court divorce filing hitting the net also. Peep the report and the filing below:

ATLANTA (AP) — R&B singer Usher filed for divorce Friday from Tameka Foster Raymond, less than two years after their glitzy wedding at a Georgia resort.

The 30-year-old Grammy-winning artist, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, filed the petition in Superior Court in Atlanta. Records posted to the court’s Web site did not give any details about the split between the R&B star and his wife, who were married in August 2007.

About 200 people attended the wedding between the two at resort built in the style of a 16th-century-style French chateau on 3,500 hilly acres outside Atlanta.

They have two young sons, 1 1/2-year-old Usher Raymond V and 6-month-old Naviyd Ely Raymond. His wife has three children from a previous marriage.

E-mail and telephone messages to Usher’s publicist were not immediately returned.

In a May 2008 interview with The Associated Press, Usher addressed negative feedback from bloggers over his relationship with his wife, who’s 8 years older than him and was once his stylist.

“People are so attracted to drama. That’s easier to take than a story of righteousness,” Usher said at the time.

“I decided to marry this woman, then I decide to be a father to my child,” he said. “… It’s not like I got caught with a gram of coke in my car or speeding or was caught for murder, so why would I be ridiculed, that’s why I don’t understand – that’s the part that is mind boggling. Why would I be ridiculed for that, even a year later.”

Prior to the marriage, Usher had a string of public romances, most notably his three-year relationship with Chilli from TLC. {Source}

Another one bites the dust. Sad. I see a lot of folk rejoicing and suggesting Usher’s career will hit sky high because of this, yet since when should someone else’s sadness or heartbreak be a good thing in the eyes of others?

Check out Usher’s court filing for the divorce below:
tameka Confirmed: Usher & Tameka Divorce (See Court Filing)

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Cassie – ‘Must Be Love (ft. Diddy)’ Video

The video for Cassie’s brand new Diddy-assisted single ‘Must Be Love’ premiered today. Put simply, the clip for this ‘Bad Boy Classic’ (Diddy’s words not mine) is ‘blah blah blah’. Besides the video lacking substance and featuring subtlety hilarious choreography by Cassie and Diddy, it really highlights the lack of direction with Cassie generally. A few months ago she debuted a radical new look, yet this song and video don’t match that and she comes off looking foolish. Contrived, contrived, contrived. Next.

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Report: Usher & Tameka To Divorce

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Speculation has been mounting for several months over the relationship status of Usher and wife Tameka Foster. Well it appears the rumours have been validated, with the R&B superstar reportedly filing for divorce from his stylist wife today:

R&B star USHER and his wife are reportedly planning to divorce after almost two years of marriage.

The Yeah! hitmaker and stylist Tameka Foster have been living apart for the past year, according to U.S. publication In Touch.

Divorce papers were filed in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday morning (11Jun09).
The shocking news comes just four months after Foster suffered cardiac arrest during cosmetic surgery in Brazil.

At the time, Usher, who flew to be by her side, insisted he had no idea his wife was there for the procedure.

A source close to the couple says, “Usher’s primary concern is for his children. He is a great father and just wants to do what is right for them.”

The couple have two kids together, Usher Raymond V, 18 months, and Naviyd, six months. {Source}

Damn. While it’s never a good thing to see a once-happy couple divorce, this must surely be leaving Usher feeling kinda embarrassed, After all the defensive rants and raves. Here’s hoping they both act responsibly in the midst of this all for the sake of their kids.
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Pharrell Talks Usher’s ‘Monster’ LP

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In a recent interview with Billboard, hit-maker Pharrell Williams talked up Usher’s forthcoming ‘Monster’ LP:
The beatmaker divulged that Usher has chosen a new direction with his latest project.
“The Usher album is crazy. His album is the review of the mind of a monster,” said Pharrell.
“He’s somewhere else right now…like a whole different kind of R&B,” he added. “Its really great, its super edgy. He’s taken alot of time to really sit and study and we really built something that is like…it’s just…it’s mean.
Pharrell is also working on Rihanna’s upcoming album as well forthcoming projects from Shakira, Incubus, The Clipse and N.E.R.D.

Sounds real interesting. Will be checking for this one for sure…

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