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With a career spearheaded by careful management, hit producers and well publicized aesthetic changes, Rihanna has oft been accused of being everywhere but in the driving seat of her own success.

However, perhaps in a bid to capitalize on her own brand for the first time, she has secured herself publishing credits for 12 songs found on her new LP, ‘Unapologetic’.

Details below…

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Kelly Rowland‘s new album ‘Year Of The Woman’ may not be due until early next year, but that didn’t stop the Destiny’s Child diva from gushing about the project to Billboard.

The industry bible caught up with the ‘Ice’ singer at Sunday’s American Music Awards, where she dished on working with Janet Jackson hitmakers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, what the album will be sonically, and much more.

Interview awaits below…

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Young Money maven Nicki Minaj paid a visit to BET’s 106 & Park last night in support of her re-tooled sophomore album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re Up’.

The set, which is currently sitting at #14 on iTunes, boasts seven new songs – including latest single ‘Freedom’, the video for which  premiered yesterday.

Watch Nicki’s appearance below…

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Fresh from an interesting performance at the American Music Awards last night, Christina Aguilera took front stage center  tonight on her home stage of The Voice.

Joined by fellow coach Blake Shelton, the pair performed ‘Just A Fool’ – the second single to be lifted from the diva’s latest opus ‘Lotus’.

Already an iTunes hit, all eyes are on whether Team Xtina can translate the song’s early buzz into a Billboard smash.

So, how did Xtina and Blake fare on their first live outing? The answer awaits below!

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In what is becoming an almost weekly occurence, Nicki Minaj today unwrapped yet another video. This time, it’s for ‘Freedom’ – the latest cut to be lifted from her ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re Up’ LP, which arrived in stores today.

Shot here in London town, the Colin Tilley directed clip received its world premiere on BET’s 106 & Park moments ago.

As ever, we have you covered. Check it out below…

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That Grape Juice are live in the house at Rihanna‘s ‘777 Tour’ at London’s HMV Forum tonight – and you can be too, courtesy of Youtube.

The mini-trek, which has been mounted in support of the model’s seventh studio album ‘Unapologetic’, is streaming live now. Watch as the 24 year old does what only she can above. Take from that what you will.

Your thoughts?

Britney fans rejoice!

Fresh out of Pop’s treasure chest comes Will.i.am‘s ‘Scream & Shout’, featuring well produced from the Pop icon.

We’ve fallen in love with it, so check it out below and let us know if you agree…

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Chrisette Michelle is wasting no time as December 8th the release date of her mixtape Audrey Hepburn: An Audiovisual Experience’ draws nearer.

Having teased and titillated with ‘Charades’ earlier this month, the Def Jam diva has today debuted another cut from the project titled ‘Your Fair Lady’.

An intriguing listen awaits after the jump…

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With Keyshia Cole‘s new album ‘Woman To Woman’ in stores today, the LP’s unique packaging has been unveiled.

Paying homage the various women she is and has been, the Soul-filled songbird looks stunning in the shoot, which was shot by famed photographer Derek Blanks.

As at writing, the ‘Enough Of No Love’ led set is sitting at #12 on iTunes. Strange, given the strong ratings of her on-going BET reality series and warm reception to new single ‘Trust & Believe’.

It is worth highlighting, however, that Cole’s core demographic are statistically more likely to purchase a physical copy rather than digital. Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see where the LP bows come next week.

In the meanwhile, peep more pics below…

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Check out these shots of singer/songwriter Rita Ora leaving NOBU in London Town last night, on her way to a private bash held by Diddy with gal pal Cassie.

Held at her favorite club ‘DSTRKT‘, the star studded party welcomed the likes of Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel one night after Diddy and Cassie enjoyed Rihanna’s company in Paris, in celebration of her ‘777 Tour‘.

More pics from the event below…

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Bruno Mars has done it again!

After wowing fans and storming the charts with ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’, Mr.Mars delivers the third single from his new LP ‘Unorthodox Jukebox‘ today, a stunning new cut named ‘Moonshine’.

Listen below…

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Seven years. Seven albums. And seven million opinions. Rihanna has undoubtedly become one of Pop’s most pronounced polarizers.  Indeed, in an industry which sees tastes and consumption pattens change with the wind, some cultural commentators see the star’s candy-coloured wigs and annual albums as the blueprint for commercial survival. For others, her quantity over quality approach is the root cause of everything wrong with the once flourishing music business.

Whatever one’s take on the Bajan bombshell, the fact is…you have one; an ethos the 24 year old is all-too-aware of on her latest opus ‘Unapologetic’.

A flagrant courter of controversy, the album ironically takes aim with the tabloid flames she and her team ignited to burn her name into mass consciousness. Smartly, though, such themes are merely a light undercoat to an otherwise “business as usual” Rihanna LP. Catchy hooks, stellar production, and questionable vocals characterise much of the record; again, polarizing opinion. For, while some love her for this, it’s these exact traits that certain sects loathe.

Alas, in tipping our hats to the Roc Nation star’s status as That Grape Juice’s most-talked-about act, we want to hear YOUR review of ‘Unapologetic’! Did she deliver? Did she disappoint? Sound off below!

That Grape Juice’s Favourite ‘Unapologetic’ Tracks:

 

* Nobody’s Business (ft. Chris Brown)

* No Love Allowed

* Stay

* Jump

That Grape Juice’s Least Favourite ‘Unapologetic’ Tracks:

 

* Fresh Off The Runway

* Numb (ft. Eminem)

*Right Now (ft. David Guetta)

That Grape Juice Rating: 3/5

Conclusive: Album boasts strong moments, yet is plagued by disturbing and heavy portions of filler.

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