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Ever keen to broaden our musical scope, recent months have seen That Grape Juice venture into a number of new musical landscapes including, most recently, gospel.

Spearheaded by well-received interviews with gospel singers Fred Hammond, Kierra Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, Israel Houghton, and more, TGJ is now offering readers ‘The Overflow’ – a collection of the top gospel-themed news stories from the week.

Tuck in below for the latest news on Kirk Franklin, William Murphy, and Hezekiah Walker…

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As a gifted rapper, Drake often finds favour around these sides. However, on occasion, the Canadian MC does some very “Drake” things which leave us scratching our heads.

Case, point, his new Ovo video which features him drinking a shot from a coveted Grammy Award.

The footage shows the Young Money star receiving a gong for Best Rap Album (2012) for his sophomore effort ‘Take Care’; unable to contain his excitement, the 26-year-old uses it in a way we doubt those vying for similar recognition would smile at.

See what we mean below…

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He’s the mastermind behind some of Gospel and R&B’s recent chart winners. That’s right, we’re talking about the vocal wonder that is TC– the man behind Brandy‘s fan favorite ‘Wish Your Love Away’ and Justin Bieber‘s ‘She Don’t Like The Lights’.

Now, in lending that voice to the stellar cut, he’s released a cover of Fantasia‘s forthcoming single ‘Without Me’, so close to the original even we had trouble differentiating between this and the original.

Enjoy below…

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For anyone old enough remember to release of Beyonce‘s debut album ‘Dangerously In Love’, its 10th anniversary will no doubt bring back many a fond memory.

Following the critical success of Kelly Rowland‘s Alternative R&B piece ‘Simply Deep’ and Michelle Williams’ speedy ascent to the top of Gospel, ‘Love’ came two years after its title track featured on Destiny’s Child 2001 LP ‘Survivor’, a classic in its own right.

Now, in celebrating the album’s tenth birthday and the moments it created for so many across the world, we ask…

 

When was the first time you heard ‘Crazy In Love’?

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With Drake dropping ‘Nothing Was The Same‘ in September, Big Sean eyes the month of August for the launch of his new LP ‘Hall Of Fame‘.

When exactly?

Date after the jump….

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Sunday, June 23rd will see a specially themed episode of ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ air to tackle the topic of “dark girls in Hollywood”.  With top African American actresses Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, and Viola Davis amongst a panel assembled by host Oprah Winfrey, the ladies dish in detail about the obstacles many actresses of color face in the industry.

See clips above:

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Your thoughts?

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While fans have been enjoying ‘Boomerang’ – the latest single from guitar wielding soul singer Lyfe Jennings, the ‘Hypothetically’ hitmaker has lifted the lid on a forthcoming reality show.

Titled ‘Our Life’, the show is set to document the daily happenings of Lyfe’s life post-3 year jail stint.  Much like rapper Shawty Lo, it is said the show’s focus will be more on Jennings’ children and “baby mamas”, but unlike Lo, the ‘Must Be Nice’ maestro promises to keep the show nice and ‘ratchet-free’.

Until we see if he keeps his promise, keep it locked to That Grape Juice for more on this story as it develops.  No premiere date or network set as of time reporting.

Your thoughts?

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While fans have been enjoying ‘Boomerang’ – the latest single from guitar wielding soul singer Lyfe Jennings, the ‘Hypothetically’ hitmaker has lifted the lid on a forthcoming reality show.

Titled ‘Our Life’, the show is set to document the daily happenings of Lyfe’s life post-3 year jail stint.  Much like rapper Shawty Lo, it is said the show’s focus will be more on Jennings’ children and “baby mamas”, but unlike Lo, the ‘Must Be Nice’ maestro promises to keep the show nice and ‘ratchet-free’.

Until we see if he keeps his promise, keep it locked to That Grape Juice for more on this story as it develops.  No premiere date or network set as of time reporting.

Your thoughts?

We have a confession to make….TGJ just can’t get enough of Fifth Harmony!

So, you can imagine our delight when we learned the stars would be hitting KIIS FM today, joining the outlet for an interview and performance in aid of their new single ‘Miss Movin’ On‘.

Sans auto-tune and studio wizardry, and packing nothing but raw talent, the ladies rocked with ‘The Weekend Mixtape’ with a set now available to enjoy below!

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Believe it or not, today marks the 10th anniversary of Beyonce‘s debut album ‘Dangerously In Love’- an album that redefined Pop culture for good.

The launching pad for a career that served to birth so many after hers, the R&B project saw the entertainer rise from the comfort of Destiny’s Child, and ultimately overshadow the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Ashanti, dwarfing their run at the top with a campaign that saw Mathew Knowles exercise every tool and rule in the book to ensure its success.

Now, 11 million albums later, we celebrate the project’s greatest moment….the star’s performance of its title track at 46th Annual Grammy Awards.

Step back in time below…

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Check out this snap of ‘Pink Friday’ purveyor Nicki Minaj, snapped outside LA’s LAX airport minutes ago.

Arriving in the city ahead of her gig at the 2013 BET Awards, the Grammy nominated Rapper can be seen alongside her A&R consultant ‘SB‘ before she reportedly kicks off rehearsals for her performance at the ceremony.

As it stands, she will join Justin Timberlake, Elijah Blake, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Miguel, Chris Brown and R.Kelly as performers on three day experience- which will also open its doors to ‘Yes’ vocalist Beyonce.

Her sighting comes after reports indicated she had enlisted Pharrell Williams to produce material on her third studio album, weeks after her Pop smash ‘Va Va Voom’ edged nearer to US sales of 1 million units!!

More below…

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After honouring the Rap icon with the song ‘Let Nas Down‘ on his new album ‘Born Sinner’, J.Cole fans will be ecstatic to learn that that very icon has recorded his very own take on the song….released to the world today!

Even if you don’t consider yourself a Hip Hop fan, it’ll be difficult not to be moved by this one- armed with a tweet from Nas which reads…. #MadeNasProud.

A dream come true below…

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