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How Being Too Socially Conscious Too Soon Caused Lady Gaga’s Demise

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Lady Gaga has always stood as a present day pop anomaly.

As an artist, Gaga – born Stefani Germanotta – has carefully skated on commercial relevance by offering an EDM-wrapped package similar to the radio’s top offerings, yet qualitatively different in its decoration with undeniable vocal talent and stage presence oft-lost on her pop competitors.  These qualities, much like her ever-changing image, saw her inaugural years court as much positivity for her eccentricity as it did negativity for claims of being gimmicky.

Yet, for as meteoric as her rise to pop dominance was, her slide down the slope of commercial relevance has seemingly met similar acceleration.  Indeed, the years that followed her blockbuster ‘Born This Way’ album don’t see her every “hairdo and don’t,” on-stage antic, nor music release greeted with the same level of intense media coverage they once received.  While the cause of this shift has seen many-a-finger pointed toward the allure of “her gimmick fading,” others even argue that her inconsistent choice of sound (i.e. departure from “black music”) is to blame.

I, on the other hand, will argue that neither are the primary perpetrator, but instead wish to place a lens on Gaga’s aggressive social agenda which, in turn, caused the drift of her faithful buying audience.  Full analysis below:

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Vote: That Grape Juice Ranks Whitney Houston’s Top 5 Covers & Remakes

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The week brought with it the third anniversary of the untimely passing of pop icon Whitney Houston.  Lauded as a stentorian vocal performer whose prowess knew few (if any) rivals, the diva’s 30 year career saw her become the standard for all singers to follow.  From her self-titled debut album (released on this day in 1985) to 2009’s ‘I Look To You,‘ Houston sailed to the top of the charts with a discography of hits that includes many of the most memorable numbers imparted to pop music over the last three decades.

Interestingly, many people do not know that a great number of said memorable tunes lining her discography are, in fact, remakes.  Borrowed from the likes of Diana Ross, Donnie Hathaway, Dolly Parton, The Isley Brothers, and many lesser known acts, Whitney’s catalog shines with a collage of covers that were done so well most assumed her versions were the originals.

Since February 2012 fans, celebrities, and more commemorate the anniversary of her death by sharing remakes of her top hits.  But, now we’re coming to you – That Grape Juice faithful – to ask:

What’s Whitney Houston’s best remake (of other artists)?

Tuck in below to see our top 5 picks and sound off:

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Cover Star: Jessie J Sings Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’

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As has become custom since her untimely death this week in 2012, fans have taken to social media in droves to lend their best renditions of Whitney Houston‘s timeless classics.  From ‘Greatest Love of All’ to ‘Saving All My Love For You,’ Houston’s discography shines with no shortage of audition-ready ballads for vocalists trying to show off their vocal prowess.

This, of course, does not exclude celebs.

For, just one month after Jazmine Sullivan lent a stirring tribute to Whitney’s ‘Bodyguard’ soundtrack hit ‘I Have Nothing,‘ another of this generation’s top singers – Jessie J – recently gave the tune a whirl, as seen on Billboard.com.

Check out J’s tribute to her favorite singer below and weigh in:

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TMZ: Bobbi Kristina Doing “Significantly Better” *UPDATED*

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If fresh reports are to be believed, a glimmer of good news has surfaced in the recovery of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of the late Whitney Houston.

The 21-year-old has was hospitalised on Saturday after being found unconscious in a bathtub at her Atlanta residence.

In the time since, it’s become apparent that – despite being revived on the scene – Bobbi’s life has been hanging in the balance. Indeed, multiple sources confirmed that she was breathing with the aid of a ventilator.

However the latest update, which comes via TMZ, suggests that her situation “may” be getting better.

Details below…

*UPDATED With New Statement From Brown Family…

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Report: Bobbi Kristina’s Brain Function “Significantly Diminished” Following Bathtub Scare / Bobby Brown Releases Statement

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Three years after Whitney Houston passed away, her family has learned that her daughter’s brain function has “diminished significantly” after she was found in a bathtub this weekend.

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Update: Bobbi Kristina Revived & Breathing Again Following Bathtub Scare

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After she was discovered lying unconscious in a bathtub, Whitney Houston‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, has been revived and is now reported to be in a stable condition.

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Report: Whitney Houston’s Daughter Found Unresponsive In A Bathtub

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Almost three years after her mother’s untimely death, Whitney Houston‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, has reportedly been found in a bathtub…unresponsive.

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