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 Erm….when did Rita Ora get so hot?

Travelling to Dubai for the holidays earlier this week, the ‘Radioactive‘ belle shared this scorching snap with her Twitter fans last night, turning the heat all the way up for her followers.

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Peep these shots of Rap Queen Nicki Minaj – looking better than she’s done in ages-  arriving at her sold out show at New York’s Webster Hall.

Billed ‘The Christmas Extravaganza’ , the show saw her deliver a live set for an audience of 2,500 one month she graces FOX’s ‘American Idol‘ as a judge, and months before the release of her third studio album.

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2012 has been all sorts of epic for Roc Nation’s Rita Ora. Indeed, within a 12 month frame, the Londoner wracked up three consecutive #1’s, a chart-topping album, and ample international interest.

So what better way to cap off an incredible run than a performance on iconic British show ‘Top Of The Pops’.

The 22 year old was one of the major names tapped to perform on the special Christmas edition of the former-weekly, turning in a fun-filled rendition of her smash ‘How We Do’.

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Are they? Aren’t they?

For a pair professing that their union is ‘Nobody’s Business’, Rihanna and Chris Brown are certainly quite the exhibitionists. Indeed, following an array of Instagram teasing, the pair made their first public outing in more than three years today in Los Angeles.

Seated front row at the Staples Center, the affectionate duo watched the New York Knicks take on the LA Lakers. Yet, according to on-site reports, much of the attention was on the controversial couple, who couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

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The deliberate ambiguity surrounding the pair’s relationship is as interesting as a cup of water. However, it must be re-echoed that the timing of all of this is particularly beneficial to the Rih’s ‘Unapologetic’ album campaign (see: tabloid interest = headlines = hopeful sales). Let’s just hope Ms. Fenty is willing to play prop and return the favour come time for Chris’ new project early next year.

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Khia gets in the festive mood with the release of ‘Santa Baby’, her unique take on the 1953 Springer classic.

Ditching bars for surprisingly clean sung vocal, the best way to describe the cut would be to bill it the most ‘ratchet’ Christmas number you may have ever heard.

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During her time on ‘Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business’, Brandy teased fans with a moving number named ‘How High’, leaving many to wonder just when she would release it in full.

Today, that question was answered. For, as a gift to these fans, she surprised fans with its unveiling.

We love it, and know you will too.

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Let’s face it, with more #1 singles scored in the two years than any of her closest competitors, there’s no doubt that Rihanna is the envy of many a Pop Princess.

Now, on this glorious Christmas day, she’s given these Princesses even more reason to be jealous with her latest album ‘Unapologetic‘.

Find out where the album charted on iTunes today below!

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Like most of you, That Grape Juice are feeling super festive today. So what better way to toast to the season than to share some of our favourite little known Holiday gems in a Christmas edition of The Best You Never Heard!

Featuring picks from the TGJ editorial team, we want to know…who chose the best song! Let us know below…

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Mariah Carey & Patricia Carey – O Come All Ye Faithful

For almost 20 years, the Holidays have become synonymous with the voice of premium diva Mariah Carey. Indeed, 1994’s festive set ‘Merry Christmas’ went on to become a global blockbuster – selling millions annually to this day.

Keen to contribute a new collection of cuts to the ever-growing pool of Christmas classics, 2010 saw a then-pregnant Carey release her sophomore Holiday effort ‘Merry Christmas II You’. A stellar body of work, the opus arguably stands  shoulder to shoulder with its predecessor – serving up titillating takes on festive favourites, as well as an assortment of amazing original songs.

One of the project’s brightest moments is undoubtedly ‘O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus’. A rousing duet between Ms. Cannon and her Opera singer mother Patricia Carey, the track is bubbling ball of brilliance. And though essentially a rendition of an established classic, their version earns classic status in its own right. Epic. {SAM} 

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”j25wYtN1EIA”]

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Christina Aguilera – The Christmas Song

Christina Aguilera’s 2000 Holiday album ‘My Kind Of Christmas’ served up many a gem, yet few are more notable than melismatic ‘The Christmas Song’.

A wholly heartfelt rendition of the Mel Tormé penned classic – made famous by the mighty Nat King Cole – Ms. Aguilera delivers here a faultless performance, turning the usually laid back number into yet another vocal-acrobatics showcase.

Releasing the festive LP helped further distance the soon-to-be Xtina from her teen-Pop competitors by shifting the emphasis yet again on to her most prized asset: her Voice (yes, pun intended).

With the Pop belle naming Christmas Queen Mariah as an inspiration, we can only hope that she follows her lead and bless us with a sequel to that wonderful album.

“Although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you” {JOE}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”WEUobjCuSNs”]

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Cee Lo Green – Mary Did You Know

2012 saw ‘Crazy’ crooner Cee Lo Green release his first collection of holiday tunes called ‘Cee Lo’s Magic Moment’. A fitting title, as the set is filled with a slew of magical music moments including duets with The Muppets and more. But, like so much of Green’s work in the past, his eccentricities can sometimes overshadow his art.

His performance of ‘Mary Did You Know’, however, is not one of those moments,  Reminding listeners of why he is revered for his vocal stylings, Cee Lo lays into the Christmas classic – lending soaring vocals like only he can.  Listen below {RASHAD}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”D1ptNwE7K8o”]

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CeCe & BeBe Winans – Silver Bells

Unwind to the soothing sound that is CeCe and BeBe Winans‘Silver Bells’, pulled from their Gospel Holiday LP – ‘First  Christmas’.
CeCe’s solo effort on the project, the number sees the vocal wonder take on the Livingston/Evans classic with a quiet power that may remind listeners of the duo’s close friend, Whitney Houston– with whom Bebe worked in on ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack a year before.

Press play and fall in love {DAVID}

LISTEN:  [audiotube id=”HUg9UNv_jU8″]

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Whose Pick Was Best This Week?!

 

With over 100,000 votes cast, the time has finally arrived for the winners of the That Grape Juice End of Year Awards 2012  to be announced! 

The last two weeks have seen category winners change almost hourly. However upon the penultimate cut-off point, the final list saw two “B”s nab a number of a number awards.

Check out the full list of winners below (in bold). Some may surprise:

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Before celebrating their first Christmas with daughter Blue Ivy, Beyonce & Jay Z hit Bergdorf Goodman last night for a spot of last minute shopping.

Met by adoring fans as they stepped out of the high end store, reports also indicate that the powerful pair hit a toy store hours before the big day, wrapped up warm and undoubtedly stoked for the release of B’s fifth studio album- which hits stores in the first quarter of 2013.

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Get all the way into ‘All I’m About‘, the latest offering by R&B sensation Jermaine Riley.

A remix of Kendrick Lamar‘s ‘Sing About Me‘, the cut serves as a teaser for the 20 something’s forthcoming ‘Ten Eleven Twelve 2.o’ release, which fans can expect in the coming weeks.

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Check out these snaps of ‘Welcome To Heartbreak‘ Rapper Kanye West– on boyfriend duty with long time girlfriend Kim Kardashian.

Waiting for her as she ‘got her nails did’ in LA, the pair were caught in a salon hours before joining Kim’s family for the holidays, and weeks before West’s protege Big Sean releases his second studio album, ‘Hall Of Fame’ via Def Jam.

Their sighting also follows reports that West is to join ‘Take Care’ Rapper Drake in signing to a new management company founded by former Warner exec Lyor Cohen and former Murder Inc ‘frontman’, Irv Gotti.

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