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That Grape Juice had the pleasure of catching up with ‘Grand Hustle’ femcee Iggy Azalea recently. In London for her “special guest” slot on Rita Ora’s sell-out ‘Radioactive Tour’, T.I.’s protégé opened up on a number of hot topics.
Candid and cool, the Australian-bred beauty dished on her debut album, its lengthy delay and what she hopes 2013 will bring her brand. Enjoy above!
{Photo credit: That Grape Juice / Seye Isikalu}

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Having turned in a surprisingly impressive performance of ‘Stay’ at last night’s Grammy Awards, Rihanna is capitalizing on her buzz by releasing the track’s accompanying music video.

Entirely overdue, the latest ‘Unapologetic’ visual is set to premiere in a matter of hours. Peep a preview snap from the reportedly “simple” clip and keep it locked on That Grape Juice for its arrival.

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Our sisters over at She Is Diva were lucky enough to receive an advance episode of Naomi Campbell‘s fierce new model-search ‘The Face’.

Set to debut on Oxygen tomorrow, the ladies have the scoop on what promises to be a must-see series…

Click here to read their exclusive review!

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After delivering a pitch perfect rendition of her hit ‘Stay‘ at last night’s Grammy Awards, Pop Princess Rihanna joined philanthropic Pop Prince Chris Brown and his ‘Bijoux 22’ brother Elijah Blake at the ‘Supper Club’ in LA.

Greeted by fans and paparazzi as they arrived at the hot spot, the Grammy winning threesome hit the venue after Elijah picked up his first award for his contributions to Usher‘s ‘Climax’and Rihanna took to the stage to tribute the late Bob Marley, alongside Sting and  Bruno Mars.

Pop pandemonium below…

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The content of this tribute was conceived in the wake of Whitney Houston‘s passing, yet the plausibility of publishing withered with each keystroke. For, despite being days divided from the her tragic demise, there remained a distinct sense of the “unreal” about the very real silencing of The Voice.

Shocking on many a front, I ironically learned of Whitney’s death on That Grape Juice.

As with all award show windows, the lead-up to Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala 2012 saw all hands on deck amongst the TGJ team. Hence, already in place on the afternoon of February 11th 2012 was a “Hot Shots” draft for Houston’s grand arrival – as had been routine for years prior.

In London and resting up ahead of night-through-morning carpet coverage, I could not conceive the idea that my next waking moment would bring with it news that The Voice was no more. Nor could I ever fathom the fact that the said “Hot Shot” post would instead be published as “Whitney Houston Passes Away At 48”.

Never.

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The actions and events leading up to Whitney’s death have been debated in earnest since – with many, including yours truly, forced to confront facts that were all-too-willingly swept under the rug in hope of her eventual recovery. Such a reality is a harsh and hard pill to swallow, but one now easier to digest with the water of time and reflection.

Like the demise of Michael Jackson, Houston’s passing remains a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. Yet, again like the King Of Pop, her tale  stands as one of the most pronounced and celebrated realizations of the American Dream.

For, though blessed with a voice that was both alien and otherworldly, the late star’s rise wasn’t without its challenges. Introduced in an era which saw few Black or female acts ride high on the charts, Houston – in shattering such ceilings – would still face backlash. Ironically, the mass of this critique stemmed from her “own people” – with many Afro-Americans christening her sound “white washed Pop”. Yet with steely resilience, the singer charged on creating a sound and success narrative that would open the doors for many of today’s megastars such as Beyonce.

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Whitney was deemed a “diva” for many reasons; yet in more ways than one, her voice was more of a diva than she could ever be. Put simply, it demanded a brand and strand of respect that was almost ethereal. And that, for me, is what really makes her the legend she is and forever will be.

So it’s with much sincerity that I thank those who brought her music into my world, as well as those who made it possible to see her perform in person prior to her passing. For, as a true lover of music and showmanship, there is nothing that can substitute those experiences.

Greatness doesn’t die, it lives on and inspires. The contributions Whitney Houston made to music (and the millions of lives she touched with hers) are ever-enduring. It’s this fact, one year later, that helps raise the widest of smiles.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston

1963 – Forever

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We’ve said it many a time, but Beyonce is clearly playing no games with her comeback.

Having already headlined the Super Bowl, announced a sell-out world tour, and nabbed her 17th Grammy Award, the 31 year old has today been confirmed as the headliner for the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival.

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For a genre that purports to set trends, recent years have seen Hip Hop sooner play ‘follower’ than it would ‘leader’.

However, more so than any of the trends its taken on recently, its part in glamorising the drug  MDMA (otherwise known as Molly) has gone some way to expose a culture that can be convinced into trying anything, if packaged sweetly enough.

Now, as a former of the deadly drug, Joe Budden has spoken out against the sinister attempt to normalize its use.

His words below…

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Beyonce season is upon us!

The superstar is swarming the media scape in support of her upcoming new album and has today unveiled of her full Vogue magazine shoot. This comes less than 24 hours after her historic 17th Grammy win.

Peep the oh so regal snaps below…

{Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier}

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With 1 million copies sold in the UK alone, last year saw Emeli Sande beat Adele’s ’21’ to become the highest selling LP in the nation in 2012.

Now, with the US slowly but surely catching onto her well deserved hype, tonight will see the ‘Heaven’ genius perform live at the ‘ChapStick Sessions concert’ at Hollywood’s Key Club, in association with MySpace with support from Skylar Grey.

So, ever to eager to catch up with the acts you care most about, That Grape Juice caught up with Ms. Sande before the hotly anticipated show’s live stream hits the air in a matter of hours.

Check it out below…

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After his triumphant return to stage aboard tonight’s Grammys showing, it appears Justin Timberlake is ready to continue his chart conquest with new music lifted from his highly anticipated ‘The 20/20 Experience’.

With fans wearing ‘Suit & Tie’ to pieces on radio, JT shows off ‘Mirror‘ – a throwback to the Timbaland soaked sounds of his two previous efforts.  This, my friends, is what we’ve been waiting for:
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Kelly Rowland may have declared 2013 the ‘Year Of The Woman’, however in a new interview at the Grammy Awards tonight the singer confirmed that her fourth studio album now boasts a new title.

Already the home of singles ‘Ice’ and ‘Kisses Down Low’, find out what the LP has been christened below…

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The Grammy Awards 2013 are currently underway at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As ever, That Grape Juice will be providing you with performances as they occur!

Check out performances from Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and more below. Keep refreshing, as we’ll be updating minute-by-minute…

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