Power-couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z, looked a picture of happiness court-side at the Lakers vs Mavericks game yesterday in Dallas, Texas. 40 year old rapper Jay was in town for his Blueprint 3 tour, which made a stop there. Fun times.
That Grape Juice caught up with Grammy award winning R&B star Monica this week. In our candid interview with the mother-of-two, she spoke on everything from finding her place in the industry again, to whether her hit BET reality show will be returning, exclusive details on her new album ‘Still Standing’, marriage, kids, Rihanna, and much more.
As ever, we ask the questions you really want answers to. A great read, I must say….Enjoy!
By Sam on Wednesday 24th Feb 2010 | Filed Under Estelle
It’s been more than two years since the release of Estelle‘s critically acclaimed LP ‘Shine’ (which spawned the Grammy award winning ‘American Boy’). The UK-bred/US-based singer is back and set to release new album ‘All of Me’ later this year. Check out a behind the scenes look at the making of the video for record’s lead single ‘Freak’, which features Kardinal Official (above).
Directed by Nabin Elderkin, the unique clip looks like it’ll be a winner. The full video premieres on Friday. Can’t wait…
Randomness: Did you know Estelle is signed to John Legend’s HomeSchool record label, with her releases distributed by Atlantic Records?
By Sam on Wednesday 24th Feb 2010 | Filed Under Rihanna
Your favourite Bajan model and ours, Rihanna, continues to press ahead with the promotion for her moderately well-selling ‘Rated R’ LP, most recently stopping by AOL Sessions. The 22 year old performed a range of her hits – past and present- including ‘Take A Bow’, ‘Disturbia’, ‘Russian Roulette’, ‘Hard’, and latest single ‘Rude Boy’. Check out the entire set above…(I’ll update the post with separate performances as and when they become available).
As usual, the billy-goat bleeting was in full-effect, but on an upside she’s giving more ‘umph’ than usual these days, which must count for something, right…?
Check out R&B vixen Teairra Mari and Souja Boy on the set of the video for ‘Sponsor’ – Mari’s hot new single, which the rapper features on. Shot in Los Angeles earlier this week, the vid are sure to get tongues wagging. More than the PR buzz this generates though, I’m hoping the actual song goes on to chart well, as it’s perhaps one of the best uptempo R&B cuts I’ve heard in a long while. Put simply, it is the business!
Reports surfaced this week that Jennifer Lopez was dropped by her label, Epic Records. Now, the singer has released an official statement via her publicist regarding the news, stating that the split was amicable. Here is what the singer had to say:
By Trent on Wednesday 24th Feb 2010 | Filed Under Monica
Monica paid a visit to BET’s ’106 & Park’ last evening. The singer, who released the video for ‘Everything To Me’yesterday, spoke about the plot behind the clip as well as why she dedicated it to the late Lee Alexander McQueen. Our own interview with Monica will be up shortly so keep it locked on That Grape Juice!
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from former Danity Kane singer D. Woods. However, the singer recently made a guest appearance on ‘The Mo’Nique Show’ where she performed ‘Legalize Me’ and took part in an interview with the BET host. ‘Legalize Me’ stands as the 1st single from her upcoming ‘The Gray Experience’ LP which will be released later this year.
It’s clear that D. Woods has been keeping her dance game in check because she didn’t miss a step during that performance. It’s great to see that she doesn’t need former Danity Kane choreographer Laurie Anne cracking the whip over her to get her moves in check. The only problem in the performance were her vocals which were noticeably thinner than the last time we heard her sing. Either way, it was still good to see D. Woods doing her thing. Check out the interview below:
By Sam on Wednesday 24th Feb 2010 | Filed Under Ke$ha
The video for Ke$ha‘s latest single ‘Blah Blah Blah’ premièred a few moments ago. Check it out above…
Yawn. Pretty standard-fare for the Pop chart-stormer. Oh well, I guess I’ve heard worse.
Update: Our interview with Ke$ha has been delayed until mid-late April (confirmed). Granted it sucks when ish like this happens, it’s one of those things that come with the territory. Annoying, but what one do…
By Sam on Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 | Filed Under Monica
The video for Monica‘s new single ‘Everything To Me’ premiered a few moments ago. Check it out above…
Wow! I really enjoyed the cinematic /narrative-driven clip. Directed by Benny Boom, the video is perhaps Monica’s best to date; Ms. Arnold looks stunning and the storyline has a great twist at the end. It’s always refreshing when at artist hits you with a concept you wouldn’t have expected. Great video!
Tidbit: That Grape Juice had an awesome interview with Monica herself last night. Look out for it tomorrow!