By David on Sunday 18th Dec 2011 | Filed Under Drake
Fan of Pop upstart Justin Bieber?
In love with the thought provoking maestro that is Drake?
If the above two apply to you, some good news is heading your way.
For, in what will be sure to generate a positive buzz for the ‘My World’ singer’s upcoming LP, the Rapper has announced that he is serve as one of the project’s contributors during a concert in LA last night.
Here at That Grape Juice, we love the holidays. So, in order to spread the spirit and get you in festive mood, this week’s From The Vault pick is Whitney Houston’s reworking of the Christmas classic, ‘Joy To The World’.
This recording of “Joy” is lifted from the ‘Preacher’s Wife’ soundtrack, which happens to be the biggest selling gospel album of all time. The hit LP, released in 1996, spawned many Whitney classics such as ‘Step By Step’ and ‘I Believe In You And Me’ and was hailed by critics for Ms. Houston’s crystalline voice.
A remake of 40’s film ‘The Bishop’s Wife’, the movie saw Houston star opposite Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, all the while cementing her status as an artist of many talents.
As we have witnessed in the past as well as in recent times, it’s a hard task making a Christmas song sound exciting and authentic again. Well, that’s exactly what Team Whitney managed to do here with one of the most performed Christmas carol ever.
From the angelic intro to the high-octane ending, the Heartbreak Hotel singer’s delivery is simply flawless and the participation of the legendary Georgia Mass Choir elevates the song to a whole new height of ‘inspirational’.
Although many a purist would beg to differ and say that this interpretation is a butchering of a classic tune, we strongly feel that this version of the carol is amongst the very best there is. For, along side the obvious reasons – such as the diva’s unstoppable voice and technique, it too reminds us about why we’re celebrating Christmas to begin with.
So if you’re in need of some festive cheer, this live showing of the tune in 1996, will have you soul-clapping and stepping like it’s a Sunday all around your Christmas tree.
By Sam on Saturday 17th Dec 2011 | Filed Under Rihanna
Rihanna‘s albums may struggle to fly off shelves, yet her singles stay perched atop of the Singles tally. The latter being a trend the actress will no doubt hope continues with ‘You Da One’ – the latest offering from her 6th studio album ‘Talk That Talk’.
In a bid to drum up buzz among her trusty Navy (who – despite their apparent strength in numbers – have yet to secure Fenty a #1 album), the 23 year old unveiled the above shot from the Melina directed video.
No word on the exact treatment of the clip. However, based on the shot above, it looks like she’ll be tributing her true status – smoke and illusion.
Check out these performances pulled from this year’s ‘Christmas in Washington’ concert, the event which sees President Obama invite some of the world’s biggest names to serenade his family as part of the festive season.
With appearances from The Obama‘s themselves, Jennifer Hudson and Justin Bieber, the night also saw ‘Forget You’ crooner Cee Lo Green take to the stage to perform his own take on the classic, ‘Silent Night‘
As one of Pop’s more influential staples, Lady GaGa is oft renowned for her outspoken stance on the issues close to her heart.
From immigration to fame, there are few topics the ‘Judas‘ belle will shy away from and now- during an interview with Steve Toute- the performer has shared her thoughts on everything from her love for The Throne‘s ‘Otis‘, overconfidence and why her fans remain the source of her inspiration.
As earlier reported, Pop force Britney Spears this week became engaged to long-term boyfriend Jason Trawick.
And what better way to celebrate her impending nuptials than to party it up in Las Vegas. Together with her 40 year old fiance, the soon-to-be Mrs Trawick helped him ring in his birthday, making sure to flash her sparkling engagement ring.