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Look up any chart this year and Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, and DJ Khaled will have been firm fixtures.

It’s fitting, then, that the trio lead the nominations for the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2017.

Listed in all of the main categories, the group are followed by both JAY-Z and Chance The Rapper, who have nabbed five noms a piece.

Set to tape at The Fillmore in Miami on October 6th, the annual extravaganza will broadcast on BET on October 10th.
 
This year’s show sees the spectacle move from Atlanta to Florida and organizers are keen to support those affected by the hurricanes in the region.
BET Interim Head of Programming Connie Orlando said in a statement:

“While BET is extremely excited to bring BET ‘Hip Hop Awards’ 2017 to Miami, Florida, we remain sensitive to the millions of victims affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with those who are facing the impact of this catastrophic storm. As a network, we are committed to offering our full support during this most devastating time. Through Hip Hop Awards 2017, our ‘Hip Hop for Hurricane Relief’, will bring together some of the biggest names in hip hop to acknowledge those in need as the country begins the difficult process of rebuilding.”
Find out who’s up for what below…

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Get in ‘Formation’ because class is in session and today’s topic is… Beyonce.

One again, music’s reigning Queen is forming the focus of a new academic course.

Full story below…

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Enter Toby Randall!

Aged just 16, the Pop newcomer hoping to storm the charts with his single ‘Landslide.’

Assisting his cause is hitmaker extraordinaire DJ Khaled, who features on the rousing track.

Randall is housed at Roc Nation and dropped his EP ‘One’ recently following praise he’s scored from Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jay-Z who signed him.

Wonder what all the buzz is about?

Listen below…

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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.

This week we press play on ‘Promise of a New Day’ – the second single from Paula Abdul‘s chart-topping, multi-platinum sophomore album, ‘Spellbound’ (1991).  ‘Promise’ –  with big shoes to fill following the mega-success of the set’s lead single (#1 hit ballad ‘Rush Rush’) – certainly did not fail to live up to the challenge.  Released while its predecessor was still dominating charts, ‘Promise’ eventually found its way to the top of the Hot 100 itself where it can be found this week in 1991.  Dethroned just a week later (and going down in history as her sixth and final run atop the singles charts), it may not have known the 5-week stint of ‘Rush,’ but it certainly remains a fan favorite of the songstress nearly 3 decades later.

Relive ‘New Day’ inside and see who joined Paula in the top 25 this week in 1991:

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Two of music’s most exciting new talents have teamed up to honor an icon.

Dua Lipa
and Gallant fuse their eclectic voices to salute the late, great Amy Winehouse on what would have been her 34th birthday.

Their song of choice? The soulful ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ from 2006’s ‘Back To Black.’

Already gaining prominence with their own material (see: #1s and Grammy nominations), the gifted pair highlight why with this spirited performance.

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The rapper/ Reality TV star Yung Joc has been mocked by critics who have named him Yung Jocandra after footage of him sporting a prom dress surfaced online.

A surprising story below…

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Nicki Minaj‘s week has been a fashionable one.

Taking time away from building a stronger version of her next studio album, the Hip-Hop Queen stepped out in New York City hours ago to attend Marc Jacobs‘ Fashion Week show.

How she fared?

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Nick Jonas is feeling generous…generous enough to rock his fans’ worlds with a brand new video.

The Pop prince has been busy building bops for his new album in Los Angeles and now seems to be steering nearer to its release today following the unveiling of a teaser pulled from his new video.

The name of the jam it was created to showcase? ‘Find You.’

Watch below…

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Toni Braxton is back. Officially.

The R&B legend has debuted ‘Deadwood’ – the lead single from her new album ‘Sex & Cigarettes. Due in the coming months, it’s the  diva’s first solo body of work in over seven years.

Braxton co-wrote the song with Royce Doherty, Kwame Ogoo, and ‘Love On The Brain’ mastermind Fred Ball, who also produced the track.

Discussing the sonic and lyrical rooting of her new material, the 7-time Grammy winner says it’s “grown” and unapologetic.

So what are you waiting for? Listen to ‘Deadwood’ below…

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Much like they voiced a strong disapproval of Lifetime’s 2015 biographical movie on Whitney Houston, simply titled ‘Whitney,’ the pop icon’s family is expressing similar opposition to the forthcoming biopic based on her daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

As we reported here, TV One is gearing up to air Bobbi’s life story in an unauthorized, made-for-TV film to chronicle her demise up to her untimely death in 2015 at the young age of 22.  Titled ‘Bobbi Kristina,’ the flick is set to hit screens on October 8th, but may never see the light of day if Kristina’s father – singer Bobby Brown – has his say.

Joining forces with his late daughter’s estate, Brown’s brought forth a lawsuit to stop the film from airing:

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‘…Ready For It,’ the latest release from Taylor Swift‘s highly anticipated new album, ‘Reputation,’ is causing quite the stir despite having only one full tracking week to its credit.

Already occupying the top slot on charts with the set’s first single, ‘Look What You Made Me Do,’ a look at this week’s charts see her name penciled in again with ‘…Ready’ as it made an impressive #4 debut on this week’s Hot 100.  The tune – produced by Max Martin & Shellback – was helped to a seat at the top 5’s table thanks to a handsome mix of streaming and downloads (approximately 135,000).  With its commercial performance, Swift not only joins an exclusive club of women who have had concurrent top 5 singles over their careers, but she also joins an exclusive club of hitmakers that have had two singles sell over 100,000 copies in the same week.  All of this before ‘…Ready’s video drops!

In late 2014, the pop darling made history for becoming the first female artist to replace herself at the Hot 100’s summit when her hit, ‘Blank Space,‘ took the place of its predecessor, ‘Shake It Off.’  Could she be readying a repeat?

Time will tell.  Until then, tuck in below to see who joins her in the top 25 on this week’s refreshed TGJ  Chart Check…
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Queen Latifah may have called for ‘U.N.I.T.Y,’ but sadly there’s been little of the sort in the female Rap game.

Looking to buck that trend, Remy Ma and Lil Kim appear to have joined forces.

Details below…

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