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Pop Equality : Does Race Play Into Chart Success?

Back in May, ‘Magnetic Fields‘ front man Stephen Merritt found himself under the media gaze after he made comments questioning the public’s support of ‘21‘ chart topper Adele.

In an interview with LA Weekly, he suggested that Caucasian artists performing what he called ‘black music’ were often more palatable to viewers than Black artists performing ‘black music’- hinting at an  underlying but unintentional racist streak in Popular audiences.

His comments didn’t end there. In making the comparison between the radio airtime given to Black Rap acts and their fairer counterparts, he concluded:

There is something unsavory about the way audiences sometimes disproportionately favor white artists making black music.

Witness Eminem’s repeated appearances on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks (now Alternative Songs) chart with songs sporting an unmistakably hip-hop bounce like “My Name Is” and “Without Me.” The only way to explain his crossing-over to rock radio is his skin color.

Billed as an exaggeration of a dated issue, Merritt’s remarks came under fire from some That Grape Juice readers who argued their reasons for supporting artists came on the grounds of quality and not race.

However, these found themselves countering arguments supporting the performer’s theory.

Pointing out, that despite the prior success of AaliyahTLC, Brandy, Monica and Janet in the 90s, this generation only boasts three commercially viable Black female artists.

These being, Rihanna, Beyonce and rising Rapper Nicki Minaj.

So now we ask you:

Do you feel race plays into chart success?

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Hot Shots: New ‘Braxton Family Values’ Promo Pics

Braxton Family Values is back! Well almost…

Toni, Tamar, Trina, and co are set to return for a “Summer Sizzler” (6 episode mini-series) on August 16th.

And so as to tide fans over for what is being touted as “season 2.5” of the WE tv hit, the ladies have released new promotional shots.

Peep the diva-fied Rob Ector shots below…

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Behind the Scenes: Nicki Minaj Joins Tyga & Waka Flocka Flame For ‘Get Low’ Video

Young Money maven Nicki Minaj lends her signature stylings to the latest offering of lyrically challenged rapster Waka Flocka Flame on ‘Get Low’.

Also guesting the rapstress’s fellow Young Money member Tyga and serial hitmaker Flo Rida, the collection of emcees are just three of many enlisted on Flame’s  sophomore joint ‘Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family’.

Taking to Atlanta to shoot the accompanying clip, the Benny Boom-directed visual will see Flame attempt to, via his own saying, ‘put art back into videos’.

Will he succeed?  You tell us after the jump:

 

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New Song: Madonna feat. Far East Movement – Turn Up the Radio (Remix)

 

Pop queen Madonna‘s ‘Turn Up the Radio’ may have not made many moves on charts since its debut in recent weeks, but the addition of group Far East Movement may change that.  One of four remixes set to be available for download on August 5, this version of the track is making its rounds on the web days in advance.

As the Material Girl’s ‘MDNA World Tour’ sees her selling out stadiums across the globe, Laidback Luke has lent his hand at remixing the third single from her 12th studio LP ‘MDNA’.

Is it just what the doctor ordered? You tell us after the jump:

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Watch: No Doubt Rock Summer Concert Series

Naturally No Doubt‘s comeback, after an almost ten year hiatus, is very much an “event”. Hence, it’s only expected that they’d hit one of the biggest AM slots, Good Morning America, in the run up to the release of their ‘Push & Shove’ LP (due September 25th).

Taking to the Summer Concert Series stage, the Pop quad served up a bevy of their biggest hits including ‘Underneath It All’, ‘It’s My Life’, and latest smash ‘Settle Down’.

Watch Gwen and co in action below…

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Hot Shots : Rihanna Continues Vacation In Eze Sur Mer

Rihanna continued her European vacation yesterday, snapped partying with friends on the French Riviera.

With a bottle of beer in hand, the world renown belter appeared to be her usual state of not doing much, soaking up the sun as her label craft her seventh studio album, due for release next year.

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New Song: Kelly Rowland – ‘Ice (ft. Lil Wayne) / (Radio Version)’

Almost a month after hitting the net, there’s finally some movement with Kelly Rowland‘s hot new single ‘Ice’.

We have it on reliable word that the Lil Wayne assisted cut is set for its “official” radio add date any day now; and so as to ensure it fulfils its chart-topping potential, the track  has been restructured. Initially clocking in at almost 5 minutes, a revised version of the baby-making number premiered moments ago.

Take a listen below…

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Chris Brown Reveals Name Of New ‘Fortune’ Single

With his latest LP  ‘Fortune’ still riding high on the Billboard 200, it’s safe to say the project isn’t as doomed as some of his fans had feared it would be.

However, as to ensure the album continues to push impressive units,  the gifted singer has chosen a new single to support the #1 album.

Details below…

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Rita Ora Praises Rihanna : “Her Work Ethic Is Hardcore”

Keep an eye on that nose Rita.

Yes, in what we’re hoping doesn’t see her catch a severe case of the Pinocchio‘s, Pop Princess Rita Ora has claimed that that she admires the work ethic of part time performer Rihanna.

Perhaps as consolation for breaking her record for being the first ROC rookie to score a UK #1 single, the fun loving belter has praised her rival by billing her work ethic ‘hard core’.

Niceties below…

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Hot Shot : Birdman Presents Nicki Minaj With Platinum Plaque

Though faring better worldwide holistically than it is in the US, last month saw Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday : Roman Reloaded‘ certified Platinum for shipments of 1 million copies.

Prompted by the rise in its demand- following the launch of her world  tour and the release of the smash hit single ‘Pound The Alarm’, the LP’s certification received somewhat of a promo boost last night when the Rapper was awarded with its plaque.

In the above snap, Cash Money exec Baby can be seen presenting Minaj with the Platinum plaque during a showing of her tour in the Southern city of New Orleans.

Her response below…

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