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The video for Part 2 (Freemasons Mix) of Solange’s new single ‘I Decided’ premiered today. Largely the same, this video will be serviced to the European market as the first release from her forthcoming LP ‘Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams’ (due August 26th).

I must say that I’m really feeling this version of the song (peep the That Grape Juice chart on the right) and feel as though it has the better chance of making an impact.

Your thoughts?

It appears Rihanna’s label are pulling out all the stops for the release of her ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ re-issue – she’s everywhere right now. This morning the singer performed on the Today Show’s Concert Series in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza. Her set featured current single ‘Take A Bow’ (above), ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ and ‘Umbrella’ (below).

As I’m sure most of you know by now her live performances do little for me, these included. Though I’m sure the inevitable ‘hater’ tag will be levelled, it’s hard to ignore the fact (IMO) that she sounded as if she were singing through her nose for the whole set. Not a good look. Still,her label she must be convincing people she’s worth their hard earned cash, as ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ is on course to shift between 45,000 – 50,000 units first week; which is definitely an achievement for an album that is over a year old and wasn’t very good to begin with.

What do you think of the performance?

Soulja Boy has responded to rapper Ice T’s comments that he ‘killed Hip-Hop’. The 17 year old evidently didn’t hold back lol…

Your thoughts?

Competition: 'The Great Debaters' DVD Give-Away (Winner)
Thanks all those who entered the ‘Great Debaters’ give-away. The correct answer to the question:

Forest Whitaker won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2007. Which film was it for?

b) The Last King Of Scotland

The winner (who has also been notified via email) is….

Gillian Goodwin – Marietta, GA
Congratulations.

Remember to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for upcoming competitions…

Omarion Signs With Timbaland's LabelIt has been confirmed that following his departure from Sony earlier this year, R&B singer Omarion has signed with hit-maker Timbaland’s record label – Mosley Music Group – an off-shoot of Interscope Records.
The former B2K leader’s debut for the label, his third studio album overall, is slated for release before the end of the year with Timbaland serving as its executive producer. Keri Hilson as well as Justin Timberlake have also been lined up to feature on the project.
Speaking about the new album and label home, the 23 year old said:

“I’m really excited about this project. Timbaland is like family to me, so it’s always great to work with family and I think this is going to be my best album yet. I’m happy to call Mosley Music Group my new home.” {Source}

Here’s hoping things work out for the better this go round. I’ve never doubted Omarion’s talent; I do, however, wonder if he has what it takes to stand out among the Chris Brown’s and Usher’s that dominate his field.

Your thoughts?

Songstress Keyshia Cole performed her #1 R&B hit ‘Heaven Sent’ on The Late Show With David Letterman last night. Check out the performance below:

Great vocals, great choreography, great performance.

What do you think of the performance?

Rihanna At 106 & ParkAs well as the previously reported stop at TRL, Rihanna also dropped by BET’s 106 & Park to promote her ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ re-release today.

What do you think of the pic?
Janet Teams With MTV For Talent Show It appears any rift between Janet Jackson and MTV has been dissolved, as the Pop superstar and the network have joined forces for a new show. Check out the report via Variety below:

Janet Jackson is getting into the reality TV business, developing a music competition with 25/7 Prods. for MTV.

Untitled project, which has already started casting, will feature Jackson as she mentors a group of aspiring singers and dancers. Project will be shot in the coming months as Jackson prepares for her world tour, which launches on Sept. 10.

“It’s really about finding who’s the next Janet Jackson or Justin Timberlake or Usher,” said exec producer Dave Broome. “And we’ll find it from a pool of people who you wouldn’t typically find it from. We’ll go to YMCAs, church groups, local community centers and try to cast the show.”

Show will also take place in various street locales, rather than on a studio soundstage. Producers are still ironing out the prize – but it could potentially relate to Jackson’s tour.

Deal also reps the latest chapter in the recent turbulent relationship between the channel and Jackson. MTV produced the infamous Super Bowl halftime show that featured Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction.” After that, fans accused MTV of blackballing the singer from the channel.

But Jackson has been seen more often on MTV lately, having appeared on TRL to promote her latest CD in February. She also starred in a series of shorts spoofing MTV series like “The Real World” as part of MTV’s “52 Artists/52 Weeks Total MTV Takeover.”

Broome’s credits include “The Biggest Loser,” “The Radio Music Awards” and NBC’s Tsunami benefit.

Gil Duldulao and Jackson are behind the show’s concept; Jackson, Duldulao, Broome, Kenneth Crear and Johnny Wright are all exec prodcers.

It’s good to see Janet on her grind, despite her much publicized issues with label Island Def Jam. It’s even better to see that her relationship with MTV is back on track, as there’s no doubt the show – the concept of which sounds pretty interesting – will help ‘re-sell her’ to her what, undoubtedly, is one of her key audiences.


Will you be tuning into Janet’s MTV show?
R&B star Michelle Williams hit the television circuit this week to promote her current single ‘We Break The Dawn’, as well as her forthcoming album ‘Unexpected’; her first stop being MTV’s TRL yesterday. Check out her great interview on the show below:

I’ve said it several times already, yet it’s worth mentioning again as the masses are now seeing it for themselves. Michelle’s personality is real easy to gravitate to; hence allowing her to sell both herself as well as her project to full effect, which is what she done really well here IMO.

In other Michelle news, she will be appearing on BET this week also.

Your thoughts?

Cartier 'LOVE' Bracelet Launch PartyThe stars were out in full force last night for Cartier’s up-class launch event for their new LOVE Charity Bracelet. Among the attendees were Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri, Fergie, Ashanti, Common, Eve and Kimora Lee Simmons. Check out more pics below:
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Cartier 'LOVE' Bracelet Launch Party
Cartier 'LOVE' Bracelet Launch Party Cartier 'LOVE' Bracelet Launch Party

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UK visitors, do be sure to check out the trailer and synopsis for ‘Adulthood’ (due June 20th), the sequel to 2006’s critically accalimed Urban flick ‘Kidulthood’, below:

Adulthood catches up with Sam (Noel Clarke) upon his release from jail, having served 6 years for the manslaughter of rival Trife. The film follows his journey over 24 hours as he is forced to confront the people he has hurt, and see first-hand the effects of his actions all those years ago. Some have moved on, others are stuck with the repercussions of that night, but one thing’s for certain – everyone has been forced to grow up.

As Sam struggles to deal with his guilt and adjust to the outside world, he also has to deal with those seeking revenge for Trife’s death. As he is pursued through the streets of West London, he wonders if a new cycle of violence has started and if there is any way to bring an end to it as things start to escalate beyond his control.

That Grape Juice were fortunate enough to be invited to an early press screening of the film last week. As one who has always been rather scepitcal about the UK film industry – most especially the Urban branch – I was highly impressed with ‘Adulthood’. From the plot, to the acting, to the capturing of London life, the film really shines.

‘Adulthood’ Hits Cinema’s June 20th

The video for ‘Cuddle Up’, the first single to be lifted from Pretty Ricky’s forthcoming album ’80’s Babies’, premiered on BET just a few short hours ago. Put simply, the video is decent. I’m liking visual references to popular videos from the 80’s such as Salt N Peppa’s ‘Can’t Touch This’ etc. They were all kinds of wrong for the dance break with their new member 4-Play though – all kinds of wrong.

What do you think of the video?

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