2005 saw R&B crooner Ne-Yo burst onto the music scene – as an artist. Previously known as a songwriter (having co-penned Mario‘s ‘Let Me Love You’, which stayed at the top of the Billboard for 9 weeks), he released his first album, ‘In My Own Words’, to wide critical and commercial acclaim. As such, the LP’s final single, ‘Sexy Love’, will make the object of this week’s From The Vault.
A global summer hit, ‘Love’ established Ne-Yo as a prolific and viable act after the touchdown that was ‘So Sick’, his breakthrough single. Indeed, as history has proven with acts such as Lil Mama, Mims and the underrated Amerie; it seems to be quite the task to sustain as much as half the momentum after a smash a la ‘So Sick’.
On the song and its accompanying visual, Ne-Yo is addicted to his lady that he doesn’t care about anything that doesn’t revolve around the two of them.
Mr. Smith delivers, with the song, smooth high-pitched vocals (a nod to his idol Michael Jackson) over a then-fresh sounding production courtesy of Stargate (who in 2006 were still seen as up-and-comers in the U.S. Fast forward 4 years and they are Stateside Pop royalty – a title they’ve long held everywhere else.)
With new material on the way and after the disappointment that was ‘Libra Scale’, his fourth LP, we seriously hope the Grammy winning singer-songwriter has retrieved his mojo. For, he is among the better talents, alongside Chris Brown and Ciara, to have emerged from the music and entertainment scene since the mid 00’s.
In what will be sure to have everyone and their psychic scratching their heads, Adele‘s album ‘21‘ is back to #1 in the UK, for the 17th time.
The album, which now seems to have a mind of its own, is the highest selling album of the week in its domestic market.
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Kelly Rowland ushers in the Summer season with sizzling new single ‘Lay It On Me’. The Hitboy produced cut follows her chart-topping smash ‘Motivation’ – which sits atop of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop tally for its 7th week.
Last month saw an unfinished demo version of the track do the net rounds, however the latest incarnation of the track is confirmed to be the official single mix.
Take a listen after the jump…
Check out Ciara electrifying Miami last night.
Currently on her Station Invasion Concert Tour (presented by Radio Maliboom Boom) and joined by Taio Cruz, the Grammy winning starlet shone in a show-stopping set consisting of some of her biggest hits – including ‘Ride’ and ‘Promise’.
All the action after the jump…
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It wasn’t too long ago that we were introduced to the soothing sounds of Melanie Fiona, now fans of the performer will be pleased to know a song called‘ Like I Love You’ lifted from ‘The MF Mixtape‘ has surfaced online.
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The proverbial middle child of Destiny, Kelly Rowland, is in an interesting position at the moment. After a shaky start to this era, the Grammy Award winner could possibly be at the brink of a crossover. With the biggest solo hit of her career ruling at urban outlets, and set to impact pop audiences soon, Kelly finally gained enough momentum behind her third studio album for Universal Motown to move forward with it’s release.
That momentum came in the form of ‘Motivation’, the Lil’ Wayne-assisted chart-topper, which was preceded by almost a year’s worth of “buzz singles” – ‘Commander’, ‘Rose Colored Glasses’, ‘Forever and A Day’, ‘Grown Woman‘ – and label/management kink ironing. The slinky, Jim Jonsin-laced bedroom cheer anthem, has topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for seven weeks, and peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, so far. Despite delay, the certified hit cemented a previously elusive release date for Kelly’s held-up LP. ‘Here I Am’ will finally hit U.S. retailers Tuesday July 26.
Before it’s debut, we here at That Grape Juice want to take a look back at five albums that suffered from similarly delayed gratification. Five albums plagued by bombing singles, label issues, and leaks, until finally, stone cold redemption – a validated hit – saved the long delayed albums from release date purgatory, a la Teaira Mari.
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In what will be sure to shock some whilst impressing others, Rihanna is now the most liked female star on Facebook. Surpassing the efforts of chart nemesis, Lady Gaga.
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She is arguably the biggest star on the planet, but now Beyonce has taken her skills beyond planet Earth and used them to help those out in Space.
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