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Hot Shots: Usher, Toni Braxton, Fantasia, & More Rock 2016 BET Honors

Airs March 14th 2016 At 8pm On BET


Last night saw many a major name hit the stage at the 2016 BET Honors at Washington DC’s Warner Theater.

The annual event which honors influential figures in the worlds of entertainment, literature, and philanthropy, this year paid homage to LA Reid, Patti Labelle, Lee Daniels, Mellody Hobson, and Eric Holder.


Set to air on BET on March 14th, pics of the night’s performances – which came courtesy of Usher, Toni Braxton, Fantasia, Jussie Smollett, and more – have surfaced. Check them out above and below…


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Hot Shots: Rihanna, Usher, & More Honor Lionel Richie At Musicares Event

Richie’s Legendary 40+ Year Career Celebrated By Peers


While #Grammyweekend is taking the less conventional approach in 2016 (moving the ceremony to Monday), that hasn’t stopped the usual goings-ons from preceding it.  One such annually anticipated event is the celebration of MusiCares “Person of the Year,” with this year’s honor going to the legendary Lionel Richie.

In an homage that garnered contribution from the likes of some of today’s brightest Grammy winners John Legend, Usher, Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, and more, the February 13th event saw representation from every genre Richie’s rich discography has touched (R&B, soul, pop, country, and more).

Tuck in below to see some snaps of the night’s highlights:


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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 2002 #FBF

Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad’ Holds Tight 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.

This week we’ll rewind to the third #1 hit of R&B vet Usher‘s career – ‘U Got It Bad.’ The second single lifted from his ‘8701’ album, the tune’s ascension to the summit of the Hot 100 marked the first time in his career he nabbed consecutive #1 hits (both from one album). Skyrocketing to the top of the tally in late 2001, the song was briefly toppled by rockers Nickelback before resuming its grip on the position for 5 consecutive weeks (6 weeks overall).

A lasting fan favorite of Ush’s, the tune’s accompanying video – featuring then-girlfriend Chilli (of TLC) – is remembered most for its famous rain dance sequence (impressive choreography the crooner has recreated on stage time and time again).  Tuck in below to relive ‘Bad’ and see which of its chart co-tenants you remember most from this week in 2002:


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Usher Teases Remix To Chris Brown’s ‘Back To Sleep’

R&B Pals Ready New Collaboration


Combined, Usher and Chris Brown have over 30 years of success to their names. And despite playing in the same competitive field, the pair have always showcased ample respect for one another – even teaming up for the Grammy nominated ‘New Flame.’

Now, it would appear another partnering is nigh. This time on a remix to Brown’s latest single ‘Back To Sleep.’

Details, including a teaser, below…


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Usher Announces New Album Title

Superstar To Release 8th LP This Year


Last year, Usher raced back to the drawing board when the material released from his new album was proving slow to catch on.

At the time, the singer saved face by claiming he didn’t want to rush. But with several fizzled singles and a tour already in place, it was clear there had been a plan that didn’t play out as intended.

Undeterred, the Urban-Pop hitmaker spent much of 2015 locked in the lab attempting to manufacture a monster eighth album.

Jury’s out on whether he and his team have succeeded with that aim, but it appears the answer will materialize soon – because the project finally has a name.

Details below…


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Usher Performs Songs From New Album

Crooner Finally Ready To Unleash Fresh Tracks


Usher brought the campaign for his new album to a screeching halt in 2014 after a number of the singles it spurned failed to produce fireworks on the charts.

And after sitting out much of 2015, it seems as though the New Year will finally bring fresh material from the 37-year-old superstar.

While performing at a Samsung event recently, the crooner previewed a selection of tracks from the LP (which previously had a working title of ‘UR’).

Check ’em out below….


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Usher On New Album: “It’s Coming…Next Year”

R&B Star Says LP Is “Buffering”


Oh Usher.

Rihanna may be catching the most flack for a messy album roll-out, but she certainly isn’t the only one.

The ‘OMG’ singer has left fans screaming exactly that after scrapping his ‘UR’ album last year.

Preceded by a slew of singles, including ‘Good Kisser’ and ‘She Came To Give It To You,’ the set’s release was dashed into disarray when neither song caught on commercially.

Oddly, even when he did stumble on a hit in the form of ‘I Don’t Mind’ (which almost made top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100), the 37-year-old didn’t use it as a springboard to release a body of work. Instead, he hit the road and has been recording.

Formal updates have been scarce. However, during a visit to the Ellen show this week, Mr Raymond was squarely asked about the status of the project. He replied that it’s “buffering” and will arrive shortly.

Check out the interview, in which he spills on his recent marriage, below…


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New Song: Usher – ‘Miracles’

More New Material Amidst Confusion Surrounding Album


Where is Usher‘s new album?

It’s a question we’ve increasingly asked ourselves since he abruptly stopped promoting the “era” after the slew of singles he released last year. [See: ‘Good Kisser,’ ‘She Came To Give It To You,’ and ‘I Don’t Mind.’]

And granted we’re not sure he even knows what’s going on yet, it hasn’t stopped the R&B icon from keeping his visibility up.

Last month saw the 37-year-old team with TIDAL to roll-out the socially-conscious ‘Chains’ and today brings with it the arrival of another new track – ‘Miracles.’

Uniquely, the song premiered in full within a new PEPSI short film. Titled ‘Black Knight Decoded,’ the video project features footage shot from outer space with the UrtheCast camera on the International Space Station.

Get into new Usher below…


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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2004 #TBT

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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.

Now, let’s rewind to 2004’s megahit ‘My Boo’ – a tag teamed effort of R&B superstars Alicia Keys and Usher.  As Keys had a monster year with her sophomore effort ‘Diary’ the year prior (setting the record for highest first week sales for a female artist of color at the time), Ush was experiencing the similar success as his 2004 release ‘Confessions’ set the mark for highest first week sales for a male artist of color at the time. With such booming respective successes, and after the positive response of their remix Keys’ own ‘If I Ain’t Got You,’  it only seemed fitting the two would reunite for a redo.  Enter the Jermaine Dupri-produced ‘My Boo.’

Reigning at #1 for an impressive 6 weeks, the tune helped bring to close Usher’s uber-successful ‘Confessions’ era (which to date stands at 20 million sold worldwide). Get into it below:


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LIVE Stream: TIDAL x 10/20 Concert (Starring Beyonce, Jay Z, Usher, Nicki Minaj, & More)


TIDAL‘s top talent align tonight for a worthy cause.

The streaming service is broadcasting a benefit concert, TIDAL x 10/20, live from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, with an aim to raise funds for charities focussed on creating positive community relations.

More than 20 artists are performing including Beyonce, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, T.I. and Usher. 

What are you waiting for? Watch below…


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New Song: Usher – ‘Chains (ft. Nas & Bibi Bourelly)’


As one of the many superstars tied to the TIDAL initiative, Usher is finally leveraging the platform towards the release of new music.

Moments ago, the singer – who turned 37 this week – debuted a new track titled ‘Chains.’

Rapper Nas and Bibi Bourelly join Mr Raymond on the number, which aims to “break the chains of racial injustice” shown in high profile cases such as that of Trayvon Martin and Sandra Bland.

In an awesome move, the song received an “interactive premiere,” one which stresses that all #DontLookAway.

See, quite literally, what we mean below…


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Usher, John Legend & Alicia Keys To Perform At Frank Sinatra Tribute Concert


The late & great Frank Sinatra is to be honoured by Usher, Alicia Keys and John Legend!

Want details on the tribute?

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