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It’s finally here!

Rihanna has unwrapped the long overdue video for ‘Stay’ – the second single to be lifted from her sixth studio album ‘Unapologetic’.

Check out the Sophie Muller directed visual after the jump…

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Tiffany Evans is back!

The pint-sized powerhouse serves up a Valentine’s treat with new EP ‘143’.

A free download, the ten-track collection (which features production from the likes of Elijah Blake, Maad Scientist and ChrisNTeeb) is the 20 year old’s first body of work since giving birth to daughter Adalia Sarai last September.

These days EPs, mixtapes, and the like are becoming all the rage in R&B. However, there’s much to be said for a set of songs like this which sound like they belong on a full-length album – a great one, at that.

Snap up your free ‘143’ EP after the jump…

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Much like prized vocalists Erykah Badu, Brandy, and Ledisi, Grammy winning diva Alicia Keys was on hand to pay homage to the appointed 2013 ‘BET Honors’ honorees who included Chaka Khan and Bishop T.D. Jakes to name a few.

Lending a stunning version of her latest release ‘Brand New Me’, tuck in below to see Keys honor Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry:

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As the #Starz celebrate the birthday of ‘Have You Ever’ hitmaker Brandy, the Grammy winner’s highly anticipated showing at this year’s ‘BET Honors’ aired tonight.

Receiving a much deserved standing ovation, B-rocka rocked the stage with ‘Without You’ from her latest gem ‘Two Eleven’.  See the show-stopping performance below:

 

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For years, and for one reason or another, Rapper Khia wasn’t taken as seriously as she might have liked.

However, towards the middle of the last year, the ‘My Neck, My Back‘ vocalist unveiled a new side to her creative persona when she ditched Rap vocals and exchanged them for traditional singing. Singing, which rode on the waves of surprisingly clean R&B cuts.

Now listen as she digs deeper into the genre with the romantic number, ‘Fall Back‘, which has us hoping she has plans in place to launch a complete R&B album by the year’s end.

Prepare to be impressed below…

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Tonight, two years after bursting onto the scene with ‘PUY‘, Iggy Azalea debuts the first single from her debut album, ‘Work’.

Dedicated to her unique journey to the top, the cut is a far cry from the material the world has come to known for, but does boast the technical skill she’ll need to ensure she wins  critical acclaim upon the launch of its supporting LP.

Enjoy below…

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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!

Click here to read their exclusive review!

Click here to read their exclusive review!

 

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.

Full story below…

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