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Gaga Joins ‘Jojo on the Radio’

On what seems to be a never-ending promo tour, pop powerhouse Lady Gaga was recently spotted at 102.7 KIIS F.M.  Quizzed on pressing issues like lavish purchases to ‘the last furry thing she touched’, the ‘Judas’ singer was far some shy in some of her answers – even sharing details on the last time she ‘made it rain’.

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Watch: Rihanna’s ‘Glamour’ Shoot Behind the Scenes

Peep Pop imposter Rihanna behind the scenes of her ‘Glamour’ magazine shoot.  The Caribbean queen took time from striking many-a-diva pose to answer questions from Facebook fans (who have made the ‘What’s My Name’ singer the most popular  celebrity on the site).

While Rihanna dished on topics like fashion and tour info, interestingly, no questions arose on if the Loud re-release will include complimentary earplugs.

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‘Back To Black’ Re-enters Billboard 200

Just days after her unfortunate passing, Pop icon Amy Winehouse‘s fans have responded to the tragedy by taking her last album back into the top ten of the Billboard 200.

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Kelly Rowland’s ‘Here I Am’ Sales Predictions Are In…

With much ado made about the release of Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Here I Am’, all eyes are undoubtedly on the LP’s first week sales. Having interviewed Rowland last week, the 30 year old tells That Grape Juice that longevity is what she and her team are shooting for.

Without further adieu, Ms. Kelly’s sales predicitons after the jump…

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New Song: Jessie J – ‘Domino’ (Snippet)

Having shaken up the industry in every which way, Jessie J undoubtedly is one of 2011’s break-out stars.

The British belter looks set to continue wracking up the accolades as she releases new material this year.

While it’s being speculated that the new music will manifest in the form of a re-release (of her ‘Who You Are’ LP), fans were given a taster of what to expect from hitmaker Dr Luke. For the ‘California Gurls’ and ‘Price Tag’ producer shared a snippet of a newly recorded J track titled ‘Domino’.

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Resurrecting R&B (Part 2)

R&B is on a respirator.  Once a celebrated genre that has given the music industry some of its most praised acts (see Luther, Whitney, Aretha, Marvin), the musical styling is unquestionably losing its identity to Hip-Hop and now Electro-Pop.

The question at hand: is R&B on its last breath or is revival in its future?  In a three part series, That Grape Juice will analyze three sectors of the fallen genre:  ladies (songstresses), males (crooners), and groups (both male and female) to determine if resurrection is in its future or if it will find permanent rest in the history books.

Next up, gentlemen…

One quick peruse of today’s Pop charts and Marvin Gaye might have a new reason to ask ‘What’s Going On’?  2011’s Billboard charts stand almost tenantless of R&B testosterone, with acts like Trey Songz acting as sole representative of the dying breed.  Such turn of events beg the question; Where did the male R&B singer go?

Rewinding to the beginnings of R&B sees acts such as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and Gaye winning over multi-racial audiences, breaking down barriers while ‘breaking it down’ on global stages.  These are the men who effortlessly denoted what the generations that succeeded them would call ‘swag’.  And, though Gaye himself is touted as one of the greatest R&B vocalists of all-time, his contemporaries yielded no shortage of competition.

Fast forward from the Motown heyday of the 60s to the 80s and early 90s and you’ll see R&B replace disco moves in place of slow grooves, and balladeers take the forefront. And, while the Prince’s and Michael Jackson’s were migrating from their native genre to Pop crossover territories, Peabo Bryson, Gerald Levert, Babyface, Tevin Campbell, and the era’s king crooner, Luther Vandross, were busy enacting an R&B renaissance. Although not dominating the Pop charts like their R&B female counterparts (see Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey), there was certainly no dearth of R&B divo, crafting unforgettable hits and designing the soundtrack to our generation’s ‘old school’.

And then there was R.Kelly. With highly sexualized lyrics and suggestive stage shows to match, Kelly single-handedly ushered in a new era of R&B – discarding the debonair of Romance&B in exchange for Risque&B.  Crowned the genre’s new king, the singer undeniably stands as the bridge between the balladeers of yesteryear and today’s R&B.  And, while the Brian McKnight’s, Jon B.’s, Maxwell’s, Ginuwine‘s, and co. crooned to varying, altogether commendable chart success, the 90s saw no other R&B male take the industry by the reins like Kelly until Usher.

With Kelly’s packaging, albeit diluted, Mr. Raymond saw his rise to fame come on the wave of teen idolatry.  Even with the record buying public partial to Popi’er counterparts (Backstreet Boys, N’sync, etc.), Usher still never abandoned his R&B roots, wielding such career defining hits as ‘Nice and Slow’, and later ‘You Got It Bad’ and ‘Confessions’.

Fast forward to today.  After a decade of Hip-Hop influence, even neo-soul and traditional R&B singers (Mario, Jaheim, Musiq Soulchild) have tried trading in their signature mid-tempos to conform to the genre’s stylings (bass heavy and oft misogynistic lyrics) – to mixed success.  And with Hip-Hop’s hand itself slowly losing grip on the industry, failures in both Hip-Hop and R&B have encouraged the Usher’s (see:  ‘Here I Stand’) and co. alike to conform  (to varying degrees) to the industry’s new tyrant – Electro Pop.

So, where does the R&B male fit in?

While a new class lay waiting for chart recognition (Lloyd, Miguel, and the like), this generation’s leaders are undoubtedly Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, and Trey Songz.  Interestingly, though all three are billed as R&B artists, none have remained as loyal to the genre as Songz (noted:  the first to debut, but the least successful of the three).  Could such be due, in part, to his allegiance to R&B?

That Grape Juice wants to know…

Do you think that there will be a resurgence of mainstream R&B males?

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New Video: Miguel- ‘Quickie’

Get very familiar with the latest visual in support of Miguel‘s critically acclaimed new album. The long awaited  black and white visual sees the much loved crooner bring life to one of his more raunchier sounds.

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Watch: Mary J. Blige – ‘Behind the Music’

Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige bared  just that and more in the latest edition of VH1‘s ‘Behind the Music’.  In the candid interview, the ‘Share My World’ singer shared details about alcohol abuse, her infamous relationship with Jodeci‘s K-Ci, and even revealed childhood molestation – a bout that has plagued her for years.

An interesting watch indeed.  See more on Mary behind her music after the jump:

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Hot Shot: Destiny’s Child Embrace At ‘Here I Am’ Launch

As earlier reported, the ladies of Destiny’s Child reunited last night to celebrate the release of Kelly Rowland‘s latest album ‘Here I Am’.

Though ecstatic, fans of the trio queried the whereabouts of a shot of the group together. Indeed, commenter ‘KingB Slays’ wrote:

“I want a picture of all three of them together!!”

Hence, the ladies gargantuan following will no doubt be happy to see all three of them snapped catching up at the high-end event.

Perhaps  the typical pre-planned photo-opp was avoided so as to keep the focus on Kelly – as opposed to more pointless reunion talk?

No word on whether their manager Mathew Knowles attended.

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Trailer: ‘Battleship’ (Starring Rihanna)

Having delivered Oscar worthy performances in her role as a “singer”, Rihanna is taking her true talent  to the big screen. The Bajan sensation stars in big-budget flick ‘Battleship’, the trailer for which premiered moments ago.

Check her out in the blink-and-you-miss-her promo below…

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