Madonna - 'Hard Candy': Will You Be Buying? Today sees the release of Madonna’s 11th studio album ‘Hard Candy’. Boasting contributions from Urban heavyweights Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, the record is the superstar’s first full-scale foray into the world of Urban music.
That Grape Juice wants to know if you’re sold on Madonna’s latest musical effort. Is it believable or contrived? Will you be buying? Drop your views in the comments section…

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The video for The-Dream’s new single ‘I Luv Your Girl’, which features rapper Young Jeezy, made it’s debut on BET’s 106 & Park yesterday. Both the song and the accompanying clip are kinda ‘blah’ if I must say so myself. I’m still waiting on him to release ‘She Needs My Love’; I’ve had that on constant rotation since his album ‘Love/Hate’ dropped back in December.

What do you think of the video?

Competition: Alicia Keys Tour Give-Away! - Week 1 WinnersThanks all those who entered the Week 1 of our ‘Alicia Keys Tour Give-Away’.
The correct answer to the question:

Which label did Alicia sign with first?

b) Columbia

The winners, who are listed below, win a pair of tickets each to their selected date (email confirmation has also been sent out):
* San Diego, California: San Diego Sports Center – May 7th 2008 – Winner:
Dewitt L. King

* Las Vegas, Nevada: MGM Grand – May 9th 2008 – Winner
Cherry Lyn Pintado
Congratulations to the winners! Stay tuned for the Week 2 instalment of the competition, which will be posted tomorrow.
‘The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious’ winners performed their new single ‘Like Me’ recently on morning show KTLA. Check out the performance below:

Amateur(ish), yet pretty decent. They have a long way to go. For those not in the know, Girlicious are the creation of Robin Antin, the brainchild behind the Pussycat Dolls. The aim when forming the band, as seen on the show, was to produce a more ‘Urban’ PCD-esque group.

What do you think of the performance?

Whitney Hits A Sour Note In Tobago According to our friends over at AOL Black Voices, Whitney Houston’s recent concert at Tobago’s Plymouth Jazz Festival yesterday (April 27th) was a shambles:

The ‘Greatest Love of All’ singer performed on the last night of the festival, just before headliner Rod Stewart took the stage.

Houston opened her show with ‘Its Not Right, But Its Okay’ and by her third song, ‘Saving All My Love,’ the once soprano’s newfound tenor tone was in full rasp.

Delivering only seven songs during her 30 minute set, Houston was reportedly paid a whopping $3 million for the show.

Though journalists were flown in from all over the world, Houston refused to allow media and photographers within 200 feet of the stage. She brought her own photographer to the venue and only he was allowed to shoot her performance.

Wearing a white gown with a single shoulder strap, Houston skipped around the stage and continuously shouted to the crowd: “I love you Trinidad !’

Unfortunately, the concert was in Tobago!

Locals shouted back each time: “This is Tobago!”

The 44-year-old music icon ambitiously attempted ‘And I’ll Always Love You,’ however she struggled through the build up and knew better than attempt the high finish.

She bowed and then squatted after her pseudo-encore of Chaka Khan’s ‘I’m Every Woman,’ which Houston also recorded for ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack.

With the continued reports of Whitney’s diminished vocal state, I’m beginning to wonder whether making a ‘comeback’ is in her best interest (the album is slated for a November release). For, I’m more than sure she’ll be torn to shreds by the media and public alike should she attempt to turn in such performances back home in the States. Here’s hoping she gets herself together ASAP.

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The video for Mariah Carey’s new single ‘Bye Bye’ is set to debut this week. In the meanwhile, check out this short preview:

I’ll reserve my judgement until I see the vid in its entirety.

Your thoughts?

The Best You Never Heard: JoJo, Teedra Moses, Tamia & Michael Jackson

This week’s edition of ‘The Best You Never Heard’ serves up songs by teen star JoJo, Teedra Moses, Tamia and the King of Pop Michael Jackson. Drop me your suggestions for future installments at [email protected]



JoJo – The Way You Do Me


JoJo’s 2006 effort ‘The High Road’ saw the teen star embrace a more Urban-inspired sound; one of the standout examples of this was the Swizz Beats (yes, Swizz Beats) produced ‘The Way You Do Me’. Now, depending on how you wish to interpret the song’s lyrical content, it can be considered somewhat risque – especially taking into account her age. Saying that, there’s no denying this one’s a banger


Listen: The Way You Do Me



Teedra Moses – You Better Tell Her

Songstress Teedra Moses has been steadily building up an army of loyal followers since the release of her critically acclaimed LP ‘Complex Simplicity’ back in 2006. Indeed the former stylist-to-the-stars served up one of that year’s most solid efforts IMO. Filled with great cut after great cut, ‘You Better Tell Her’ stands as one of my personal favourites.


Listen: You Better Tell Her




Tamia – Too Grown For That



Lifted from Tamia’s most recent album ‘Between Friends’, the Darkchild produced ‘Too Grown For That’ makes this week’s edition for a number of reasons. Aside from the fact that it’s one of the album’s most solid tracks, the uptempo, club-ready production is a welcome departure from her traditional (mid-tempo/ballad) forte. A true testament to Tamia’s versatility as an artist.

Listen: Too Grown For That


Michael Jackson – We’ve Had Enough

Taken from Michael’s 2004 greatest hits set ‘ The Ultimate Collection’, the previously unreleased ‘We’ve Had Enough’ shows that the King of Pop is still at the top of his game. This rousing track is very much in the vein of Michael’s worldwide hit ‘Earth Song’. Laced with enough ‘Michaelisms’ to echo the ‘glory days’, this one is a winner.

Listen: We’ve Had Enough


Your thoughts: Hit(s) or Miss(es)?

Halle Berry Post-Pregnancy Appearance

Actress Halle Berry made her first post-pregnancy appearance yesterday the Silver Rose Gala in Beverly Hills. The 41 year old looks better than ever; indeed, everything is sitting right lol.

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Janet At The GLAAD Media AwardsPop superstar Janet Jackson was honored at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards which took place at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre this past Saturday. Jackson, seen below sharing a kiss with Ellen Degeneres, was honored with the Vanguard Award.
In other Janet news, there are mounting murmurings about a possible performance on Dancing With The Stars in May. Here’s hoping there’s some truth to it and that promotion for ‘Discipline’ picks up soon.

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This week’s From The Vault clip comes in form of Janet Jackson’s 1997 performance of ‘I Get Lonely’ on the Rosie O’ Donald Show. Though renown for her status as an all-round performer, this stripped-down rendition of the song, lifted from the critically praised ‘Velvet Rope LP’, serves as perhaps the rarest showing of Janet’s oft-underrated vocal ability. By no means the best vocalist, however Ms. Jackson can certainly hold her own LIVE. Check it out:

Great performance. It certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing if Janet were to put the headset down every now and then, to show the naysayers what she can really do.

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All Access caught up with Michelle Williams on the set of her new video ‘We Break The Dawn’ this past Wednesday. Check it out:

I’m really anticipating the video as well as Michelle’s album. This is definitely shaping up to be a project that will surprise many.

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Check CNN’s behind the scenes look at Solange’s new video ‘I Decided’:

Watching this really has me amped for the video. Solange’s label (Geffen/Music World) as well as her management seem to be pulling out all the stops; the Melina directed clip really looks to be something. Though I wasn’t entirely sold on the song initially, with the summer fast approaching, the likelihood of it catching on is a strong possibility. Random tidbit: It’s real good seeing ‘Big Sis’ taking on a mentor-like role with Solange.

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