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Fans sweet on a certain Willow Smith have been invited to the treat that is her latest offering ‘Sugar & Spice’.

Smith, best known for her upbeat singles ‘Fireball’ and ‘Whip My Hair’, has whipped up quite the chatter about ‘Sugar’ as it, despite what its title may suggest, isn’t exactly the bubblegum pop fans have come to know of the self-proclaimed ’21st Century Girl’.

Ringing in an impressive vocal display, ‘Sugar’ certainly showcases a maturity in the growing songstress.  But, is its subject matter too mature?  You tell us:

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‘Epic’ newcomer Marcus Canty has been building quite the buzz since his debut jam ‘In & Out’ found itself blazing R&B radio mid-2012.  Now, the ‘X Factor US’ alum is offering ‘Used By You’ – the second single from his inaugural EP ‘This Is…Marcus Canty’.

Making its rounds on the net, Canty can be found rocking this thunderous R&B jam which sees the young crooner take pride in being the “man on the side”.  Well, we’re not mad at him.  Get used to ‘Used’ below:

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With today marking the release of Fantasia‘s new single ‘Lose To Win’, the American Idol has gifted her fans with the title and release date of its housing album.

The project, which serves as the singer’s fourth studio effort, has been described by the singer herself as boasting a “rock soul” sound.

Find out what’s it’s been christened and when you can buy it after the jump…

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Via our sisters at ‘She Is Diva’:

“Lock. up. your. husbands!

Yes girls, lock ’em up, because if this smoking hot shot of Ms.Beyonce is anything to go by, sex appeal is most certainly the name of her game.

Surfacing online today, the above pic sees the Pop bombshell grace the cover of GQ in support of her new studio album leaving very little to the imagination and no choice but to believe her time as every man’s ‘DreamGirl’ is far from over.”

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When the new season of ‘American Idol‘ swings by January 16th, all eyes will be on ‘Whip It’ Rapper Nicki Minaj and her – if reports are to be believed- unique judging style.

However, while today saw her join her fellow judges at the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Tour to promote the show, last month saw the Rapper share her doubts on joining the show, going as far as to reveal that she is unsure if she’ll return for a second season.

Honesty below…

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Once, twice, thrice, we’ve said it many a time, but can’t say it enough – Nelly Furtado has quite the hustle factor.

For, despite selling just 6000 copies first week of her latest album ‘The Spirit Indestructble’ in the US last September, the eclectic star has pressed on with promotion. Indeed, in the months since, the 34 year old has announced a small-venue Euro-Canadian tour, and has released new visuals. The latest of the latter is for the LP’s fourth single ‘Waiting For The Night’.

Peep the clip for the Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins produced number below…

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For fans of Pop icon Britney Spears, 2013 is shaping up to be all flavors of epic.

Readying the release of her eight studio album and her second season on FOX’s ‘X Factor USA‘, the ‘Kiss You All Over‘ singer has already kicked off the year on a winning streak.

A streak, which has seen her block Pop sensation Rihanna from nabbing a new UK #1 single.

Details below…

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With her fifth studio album due out in a matter of months, last year saw Beyonce heat up her social media presence with the launch of her ‘Instagram’ account.

Used to share intimate snaps from her life with ever loyal ‘Beyhive‘, the ‘Radio’ Queen left many an eyebrow raised when she adopted the username, ‘BaddieBey‘.

Now find out where she picked up the unique name from, below…

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Taken in 2009 on the set of her ‘H.A.T.E.U’ video, the shot above saw Mariah Carey do what she’s done for over 20 years – generate debate.

However, a newly shared shot of the diva leaves no doubt that she’s in tip-top shape.

Click here to see Mariah’s new beach body!

In need of fresh material?

If so, check out ‘Stained’, the new EP by Brit Pop sensation Mike Hough released at the launch of the New Year.

After downloading it ourselves, we can vouch for its quality and would say it might be one of the strongest EPs to emerge from a male act so far.

Think we’re making this up?

Download for free below!

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The Best You Never Heard is back!  Each week will once again see That Grape Juice spotlight an array of little known gems. Featuring picks from the TGJ editorial team, we want to know…who chose the best song! Let us know below…

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JoJo – ‘Anything’

It’s shocking to note how six years of industry politics have held JoJo back from releasing another studio album – especially given the success of her last outing ‘The High Road’.

Released in 2006, the Gold certified set generated  generated Pop smash ‘Too Little Too Late’, yet was a solid body of work in its own right. Particularly with cuts such as ‘Anything’ siting on its tracklist. 

The hard-hitting midtempo samples Toto‘s 1980’s smash ‘Africa’ to great effect, serving up a fresh take on how to “do” what is, in essence, a love song in the 00’s.

For yours truly, the testament of a great song is how well it ages. And with ‘Anything’ remaining the banger it was almost seven years ago, like a fine wine it tastes better with time! {SAM}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”svwRMl4Fknk”]

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Lalah Hathaway – Forever, For Always, For Love

 

She may have been introduced to the world as the daughter of legendary R&B crooner Donny Hathaway, but 2004 saw contralto diva Lalah Hathaway take to the tune of another legendary crooner – Luther Vandross.  For her 4th album ‘Outrun the Sky’, Hathaway thought she’d try out Vandross’s 1982 ‘Forever, For Always, For Love’.

Did she knock it out of the park? In only a way Lalah Hathaway can.  The song may have skyrocketed to the top of ‘Adult R&B’ charts, but much like most of Hathaway’s catalogue, only a sector of R&B lovers know of this awesome remake.  Press “play” and fall in love with with Lalah’s luscious contralto cover of Luther’s early hit.  Baby making music awaits below {RASHAD}

LISTEN:  [audiotube id=”PKqMfFzLWDI”]

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Toni Braxton – Why Should I Care

 

Pulled from her second studio album ‘Secrets’, Toni Braxton‘s ‘Why Should I Care’  is one classic cut all should have been etched into the memory of the masses. Yet, understandably, the track went largely unnoticed amidst the gargantuan success of the LP’s more renown cuts – ‘Unbreak My Heart’ and ‘You’re Making Me High’.

Penned by ‘Take A Bow’ mastermind Babyface, the track sees a sentimental Toni stopping herself from falling back into a bad habit. A habit, that saw her fall in love with a selfish ex hoping to get back together for ‘old times sake’.

Ms. Braxton’s declaration below {DAVID}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”naNZrl6POeM”]
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Mariah Carey – Migrate

 

With a catalogue as vast and robust as Mariah Carey‘s, it’s inevitable that a number of songs will fall into the “should have been a single” territory. However, few of such cuts trump that ultimate missed opportunity that was ‘Migrate’.

Opening her 2008 album ‘e=MC²’, the sizzling track had already been described as a hit-in-the-waiting by critics and industry insiders months before the album and first single ‘Touch My Body’ were released.

A winner if we’ve ever heard one, the gem was masterminded by super-producer Danja and features autotune ambassador T-Pain. From its iconic high-notes intro and swagged-out lyrics, to it’s catchy hooks and melodies, everything about this party-anthem screams “top-notch”. Heck, even the autotune on Mimi’s voice is of perfect dosage.

Who knows, maybe if Team Mimi went with ‘Migrate’ as a single the LP’s fate (see: Platinum, but somewhat hit-less) would have been different. Whatever the case, this track stands as one of MC’s best offering of the latest decade. More of this, please! {JOE}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”s0RT_rm-FFs”]
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