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Only hours remain until the Stateside release of highly anticipated film ‘Sparkle’.  The cast of which, comprised of pop icon Whitney Houston, ‘American Idol’ alum Jordin Sparks, and more, has garnered favorable reviews in regards to Houston and her final performance.

Now, as promo efforts for the project are still moving full speed ahead, the ‘Battlefield’ beauty has teamed with Billboard for a short sit-down to remember the late songstress in a touching segment of her interview for the film.

Remembering some of her favorite moments, takeaways, and more with the diva, find out what Sparks shared about her ‘Celebrate’ co-star and the impact she has made on herself and pop music below:

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August 21st is the date that will see ‘Panty Droppa’ divo Trey Songz drop his 5th studio effort, aptly titled ‘Chapter 5’.  As ever, to build steam for the project, Songz has taken to Youtube to unveil ‘Countdown To Chapter 5’ – a 5 part series leading fans into the release of the LP.

Stocked full of behind the scenes moments and always interesting experiences by the young crooner, today saw the ‘Heart Attack’ hitmaker unmask episode one of the offering.  Get into it below:

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With the second season of The X Factor USA around the corner, season one winner Melanie Amaro‘s latest cut ‘Love Me Now’ comes at the timeliest of times.

A slinky mid-tempo, the track brings with it a welcome change in pace from her first effort Don’t Fail me Now’

Take a listen, via Perez Hilton, below…

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Mariah Carey is headed to the NFL!

In the hope of saving her ailing new single ‘Triumphant’, the vocal wonder has signed onto grace next month’s Dallas Cowboys VS New York Giants game in NYC with a performance of the number.

Full story below…

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Sassy, might be one word to describe Rap upstart Azealia Banks, rising to mainstream notoriety with the potty mouthed smash ‘212‘ earlier this year.

Renown for her ‘outspoken’ approach to her craft and social media, this month saw the star grace ‘Dazed & Confused’ with a controversial spread.

Controversial, not by way of its suggestive cover, but via comments made by Ms. Banks on her troubled childhood.

Details below…

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As the shot above shows, the ladies of iconic quartet EnVogue have aged gracefully. Sadly, though, their relationship with one another has done quite the opposite.

This month saw member Maxine Jones dramatically leave the ensemble to join former member Dawn Robinson to form another version of group.

Now, tensions have reached fever-pitch with lawsuits in the mix. See what we mean after the jump…

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This Sunday, serial chart topper Rihanna will hit US screens via an interview with Oprah Winfrey on the latter’s OWN.

Set to give insight into the beauty’s high paced lifestyle, the interview will also see Oprah raise the issue of her relationship with fellow singer Chris Brown, with whom she split into 2009.

Today, a fresh snippet from their conversation has emerged online.

A snippet, which sees Rihanna explain why wanted to protect Brown from the world upon their ‘demise’.

Watch below…

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For one reason or another, recent years have seen Lil Kim‘s stock as a celebrity trip, slip and fall to the pits of Pop culture peasantry.

Struggling to capitalize on hype garnered by 2001’s ‘Lady Marmalade‘, the Rapper’s reign-despite its impact on Hip Hop- has found itself lost in the feuds, legal woes, and recent fan boycotting she has been forced to confront.

Now, in what comes as a fresh new blow to her brand, she has topped a tally made up of ‘90s Fallen Females‘.

Details below…

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Three consecutive number ones.

It’s a feat many an established act could only fantasize about, yet it’s an achievement Roc Nation star Rita Ora is on the brink of realizing with new single ‘How We Do (Party)’.

Four months on from our last chat, That Grape Juice caught up with the 21 year old, who readily dished on her forthcoming album ‘ORA’, its US incarnation, controlling her brand, and much more. Enjoy.

Editors Note: Once wrapped, Ora revealed that she will be spending an ample amount of time working the project Stateside. So, US fans…look out for that! In the meanwhile, ‘Ora’ hits UK stores on August 27th.

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Mariah Carey dolls herself up for her latest visual piece this week, all in aid of her forthcoming video for her new single ‘Triumphant‘.

Dressed in Gold and directed by husband Nick Cannon, the Platinum diva can be seen heading to a boxing ring in the snap above with collaborators Rick Ross and Meek Mill.

Despite its supporting LP set for a March 2013 release, fans can expect the full visual to premiere in the coming weeks.

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Petite powerhouse JoJo sent the net aflutter last month with the debut of her sizzling new single ‘Demonstrate’.

That Grape Juice caught up with the songstress on the Beverly Hills set of the song’s video, which is poised to mirror the cut’s “grown and sexy” aura.

Watch as she dishes on the clip’s concept, forthcoming album, industry hardships, and the new sound she anticipates will be her ultimate redemption.

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Rihanna hit The Montage Hotel last night, enjoying a dinner at the location’s world renown Scarpetta restaurant.

In Beverly Hills to continue work on her seventh studio album, the former Fefe Dobson impersonator reportely dined at the upmarket spot with a number of close friends.

This, before her tell all interview with Oprah Winfrey airs this Sunday on the OWN Network.

More from Not Rita below…

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