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‘…and like that, a smash hit is born‘.

As if the chart return of his wife Beyonce wasn’t enough to give Jay Z much to celebrate this month, his ‘Suit & Tie’ collaboration with Justin Timberlake has ensured that both he (and his pockets) will be smiling for some time.

For, less than twelve hours after its digital release, the R&B jam has rocketed to #1 in the UK- snatching the top spot away from Will.i.am and Britney Spears‘ ‘Scream & Shout’.

Chart check below…

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As far British album sales went last year, Pop was most definitely the name of the game- it has emerged today.

For, figures released by Official Charts Company reveals that it was the ‘most purchased’ genre in 2012, helped in part by units moved by Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and ‘Our Version Of Events’.

Facts and figures below…

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Having released seven albums in seven years, Rihanna knows a thing or three about longevity in the modern music industry. Case, point, her new scantily clad shoot for Complex magazine.

Digging into her trusty bag of tricks, the Bajan stage parader strips off to her bare essentials in a bid to whip up interest in her latest LP ‘Unapologetic’ – a title which is all-too apt given the approach she and her team have to her career.

For, since 2005, emphasis has not been placed on bringing her talent or consistency up to be on-par with her “star”. No. Instead, each album campaign seems to bring with it a bevy of opportunities to show us her goodies, cookies, and other particulars.

Now, of course, it goes without saying that she looks sorts of fierce in these latest snaps. But in the wake of the solid vocal showings she’s been displaying with ‘Diamonds’ and ‘Stay’ as of late, we’d much prefer to see Brand Rih shift gears a bit and embrace (if even a little) an image that celebrates her long-overdue strides vocally.

Perhaps when that occurs she too will be afforded opportunities such as the Super Bowl and presidential inaugurations.

Pending then, peep more pics of Rih below…

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R&B, say hello to your revival.

Yes, if the last year has taught to us anything, is that the aforementioned genre’s well publicized downturn can be attributed to the lack of ‘push’ behind it. Push, only a select few of its staples can say they are afforded.

Now, by way of his undying popularity, Justin Timberlake kicks starts what is shaping up to be its chart revival with his new single ‘Suit & Tie‘, featuring Jay Z.

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Britney Spears has done it again!

After being enlisted to help Will.I.am‘s ‘Scream & Shout‘ push noteworthy digits, the ‘The Hook Up’ singer has taken the cut to top of British charts- after a steady reign on the nation’s R&B tally.

Details below…

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Fresh from rocking the media scape with new single ‘Suit & Tie (ft. Jay-Z)’, Justin Timberlake has whipped fans into heightened frenzy after announcing the title of the track’s housing album.

Really, though, what are you waiting for? Find out what JT’s third studio effort has been christened after the jump…

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Ne-Yo is set to make the UK glow a shade of ‘R.E.D’ this Spring. For, the singer-songwriter is embarking on a series of live arena dates in the territory in support of his hot album of the same name.

But there’s even better news!

That Grape Juice is giving our readers the chance to win tickets to each of the tour’s dates. Yes, we have up for grabs tickets to every single show! Check out dates (which also feature X Factor star Tulisa as a special guest) below…

NE-YO UK TOUR DATES:

Mar 6th – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Mar 8th – Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
Mar 9th – Manchester Arena
Mar 13th – Glasgow SECC Glasgow
Mar 14th – Birmingham LG Arena
Mar 15th – London The O2

Want to be in with a chance of winning tickets to a city of your choosing? Simply answer the following question correctly…

Ne-Yo Scored A UK #1 Recently With…

a) Lazy Love

b) Let Me Love You

c) Forever Now

Submit your answer, along with your full name, age, address, telephone number, and show you’d like to attend, to the email address below. Please be sure to title entry ‘Ne-Yo – TGJ’ :

[email protected]

All entries must be received by 9am GMT Wednesday 30th January 2013!

After setting the net ablaze with her catch phrase ‘I’m gone with the wind fabulous’, ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ newcomer Kenya Moore is hoping to have similar effect on the Itunes charts.

For, as reported here, after being blessed by the vocal performances of fellow Atlanta housewives Kim Zolciak‘s ‘Don’t Be Tardy For the Party’ and Sheree Whitfield‘s ‘Who Gon Check Me Boo’, someone somewhere advised the former Miss USA to follow suit and turn her famous quote into a tune.

The product of such advisement is what you will hear below, unveiled via a live performance after tonight’s episode of ‘Housewives’:

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Let’s face it…

The turn of the century has unfortunately been accompanied by an under-appreciation of true vocalists.  Veritably, it has been clear to see that as production technology has increased its ability, inversely, quality vocal performances have decreased.

Turn on the radio today and you will be assaulted by an abundance of autotune, so much so one may question if he/she is listening to real people or The Transformers…

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Looks like Justin Timberlake‘s looking to bring more than sexy back if his latest single is anything to judge by!

A mid-tempo groove similar to his early 2000’s hit ‘Senorita’, Timberlake enlists the help of rapper/mogul Jay Z for ‘Suit & Tie’ – his Timbaland-produced return to charts.  The first song lifted from his yet-titled follow-up to 2006’s ‘FutureSex LoveSounds’, the song hasn’t been available on Itunes for 30 minutes yet and is already skyrocketing up the digital charts.

Teasing his highly anticipated return for the last week or so, you tell us:  is this just what the doctor ordered to heal those in desperate need for a fix of Justin?  Take a listen to the new Robin Thicke joint below:

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Over the past two decades Gospel hitmaker Israel Houghton has seen his name blasted atop Billboard’s Gospel Charts for hits like ‘Again I Say Rejoice’, ‘Friend of God’, and the most recent #1 hit ‘It’s Not Over (When God Is In It)’.

In such time, the ‘New Breed’ captain has not only racked up 4 Grammy awards and a host of other accolades, but has become one of the genre’s frontrunners – with 2012 seeing him join fellow Gospel gents Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, and Marvin Sapp for the hotly-selling ‘King’s Men’ national tour.

But, despite his successes, the ‘Jesus At the Center’ maestro maintains that his family remains the center of his devotion as he still juggles the demands of being the worship leader for mega-pastor Joel Osteen‘s Lakewood Church (Houston, TX) with touring and recording.

Click below to read our candid interview with Houghton as he discusses this topic and many more, exclusively with That Grape Juice:

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Indeed, over the course of her nearly two decade long career,  few red carpets graced by a certain  Jennifer Lopez have yielded negative reports and tonight’s Golden Globe ceremony serves as no exception.

Styled in a figure-hugging, flesh colored gown, the ‘On The Floor’ hitmaker had all eyes on her on the red carpet as she showed off the white-laced number. See more below and tell us what has been your favorite look of J.Lo’s from Golden Globes past:

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