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Whichever way you look at it, ROC boss Jay Z has no choice but to smile this week.

Yes, despite the embarrassing nature of Rihanna‘s ‘Hackney Weekend’ set last Sunday, the last few days have seen his of his most popular acts (Rita Ora and the aforementioned Rihanna) generate impressive numbers on the Billboard Hot 100.

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After a brief hiatus from music, Alicia Keys returns with ‘New Day’, believed to be the first single lifted from her forthcoming studio album.

Easily her most powerful number to date, get familiar with anthemic cut below…

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Cast your minds back to Season 2 of ‘The Real Housewives Of Atlanta‘, which spawned the epic clip above.

Starring the show’s Sheree Whitfield and the infamous ‘Party Planner’, the above scene stands as one the series’ highest viewed ‘virals’, giving birth to the phrase ‘Who Gon Check Me Boo‘.

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It might just be us, but it seems the Britney Spears we all know and love is finally back.

For yesterday, at the Providence leg of the X Factor USA auditions, the icon was a picture of health and ‘presence’, a far cry from the vacant songbird labelled a shadow of her former self.

Greeted by fans and potential contestants alike, the upbeat Spears struck a number of poses for paparazzi before joining fellow judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and LA Reid to begin scouting the fresh talent.

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In what can only give fans even more an incentive to tune in, today saw confirmation of Beyonce’s attendance at the event- announced by a member of her wardrobe staff.

As it stands, there is no confirmation as to whether she will take to the stage despite intense speculation that she will.

So, before the show airs on BET on July 1st, That Grape Juice asks:

If Beyonce is to hit the mic, what would you like to see her  perform?

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In a bid to delay the release of her fifth studio album, Lil Kim will make her way to South Africa this Fall for a series of live shows.

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Beyonce is heading to the 2012 BET Awards!

Well, at least if a Tweet by long time associate Manuel Mendez is anything to go by. A Tweet, which has set the net alight with speculation that she will perform at the event.

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Two weeks ago, ‘Take Care’ Rapper Drake found himself in the centre of controversy, following a nasty brawl with ‘Fortune’ star Chris Brown at New York’s W.i.P club.

Billed as the fight’s ‘fire starter’ following reports he started the altercation, Drake has kept mum on the matter despite remarks made by Brown by way of Twitter.

Now, quadruple Platinum MC Nicki Minaj has spoken openly of the drama during an interview with Tim Westwood TV.

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Her voice may be akin to that of a drowning goat’s, but when it comes to her look- very few can top the force that is Rihanna.

Stepping out of London’s ‘Corinthia’ Hotel, the ‘Man Down‘ singer looked considerably healthier than she did nights ago at Radio 1’s ‘Hackney Weekend‘, at which she performed an entire set.

On her way to shoot her fashion based Reality TV series for Sky Living, she signed autographs for members of her ‘Navy’, some of whom had waited hours outside the hotel to see her.

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As fans well know, Hip Hop Soul Queen Mary J. Blige caused a royal uproar when she teamed with Burger King for the unveiling of their crispy chicken wraps.  Unwrapping what was then a very unexpected backlash, the singer immediately went into damage control – claiming the burger monarch did not portray her in the light she expected.

Now, to clear the air, ‘I’m Going Down’ diva has taken to radio queen Angie Martinez to dish on what really went down with she and the King of Whoppers.

Making her rounds in support of the new Tom Cruise-led musical ‘Rock of Ages’, get into what Mary had to say about the heat that followed that crispy commercial and more after the jump:

 

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As earlier reported, ‘I Look To You’ hitmaker Whitney Houston once again found her vocals soaring over an R.Kelly production.  This time, with the assistance of American Idol alum Jordin Sparks, the trio have created ‘Celebrate’ – the lead single from the ‘Sparkle’ movie soundtrack.

While fans will have to wait until August 17th to see the movie in its entirety, its accompanying soundtrack will line shelves on July 31st.  Until then, get a full view of the album’s lead single, as it has been given the video treatment, below:

 

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Fans of the late, great Whitney Houston have much reason to celebrate today!  For, while the clock ticks toward the August 17th premiere of ‘Sparkle’, the singer’s final acting role before her untimely passing, her Jordin Sparks-assisted duet ‘Celebrate’ has been given the video treatment.

Set to lead the film’s accompanying soundtrack, due in stores July 31st, get your first sneak peek at the forthcoming visual (due in its entirety before the night’s end):

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