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Today, From The Vault salutes R&B angel Aaliyah and her smash hit ‘We Need A Resolution’.

Unleashed as the launch single of her 2001 eponymous release, ‘Resolution’ saw the singer collaborating yet again with Pop maestro Timbaland, who – long before sending the likes of Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado to the top of the charts – was a major driving force in the career of his “Baby Girl”

A moderate hit, it still reached the Top 20 of the UK charts and peaked at #15 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop tally. Yet, what the song is most notorious for is its accompanying video, which houses some of the late singer’s most glorious and iconic looks.

From the dangerous dancing with snakes to the glass-bed levitation, the Paul Hunter-directed MV is an incredible reminder of Ms. Haugton’s status as the then-next big superstar. Unfortunately, as we know, things did not pan out that way…

Just like fellow entertainers such as Amy Winehouse and actor James Dean, who also dissapeared at far too young an age, Aaliyah is regarded today as one of the best to ever do, a title that’ll no doubt continue to be reinforced in years to come. Especially with a new generation of starlets citing her as an inspiration.

Still, we want to ask you:

How do you think Aaliyah’s career would have turned out?

 Whichever way you look at it, male entertainer’s don’t get much better than Usher.

Leading the pack for now almost two decades and enjoying recent successes with his ‘Looking For Myself’ LP, the influential vocalist remains one of his genre’s strongest contenders.

Now peep his prove the above during his set at the ‘iHeartRadio’ Festival, where he performed the budding hit ‘Euphoria’ below…

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With her first #1 album set to arrive in a few days time, Pink proved her worth as one of Pop’s premium performers at ‘iHeart Radio‘ festival hours ago.

Delivering live renditions of ‘Raise Your Glass’, ‘So What’ and ‘F*cking Perfect‘, it’s her performance of ‘Blow Me’ that we’d say marked one of her better outings.

Her killer set below…

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After peaking at #1 in the UK and Scotland, ‘Facemelt’ starlet Rita Ora has taken her debut LP ‘ORA‘ to Australia, in a bid to push the project in the welcoming market.

Arriving in the country last week, today saw the above snap emerge from her travels- which saw her make nice with a snake in Sydney.

As a result of her trip, the mezzo-soprano now enjoys a #15 chart spot with her launch single ‘RIP’ while its supporting album enjoys a peak position of #24, likely to rise as her global promo efforts intensify.

More of Ms.Ora below…

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After rising to fame as one third of Brit trio N-Dubz, Tulisa Contostavlos story thus far has seemingly been an open book to the British public in the last few years.

Opening up on the difficult experiences she shared with her mother in 2010’s ‘My Mum & Me’, fans of the ‘Young’ star may have felt they knew everything there was to know about her…following the arrival of well publicized sex tape earlier this year.

Now, in her forthcoming autobiography billed ‘Honest- My Story So Far’, the vocalist has revealed that she was the victim of a sexual assault in 2004, at the hands of someone she believed to be a friend.

Full story below…

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With four days remaining until Rihanna‘s new single Diamonds’ premieres, it appears the singer’s team are beginning to build buzz surrounding its housing album.

A mysterious website, christened ‘Rihanna 7’, went live this evening, bearing the model’s logo made up what seems to be song lyrics. And while little else is known, That Grape Juice can CONFIRM with 100% certainty that the star’s label Island Def Jam are the force behind the site…which begs the question: is Rihanna’s 7th album in as many years titled ‘7’?

If so, we imagine she’s taking notes on numerical project titles from a certain King B.

In any case, exciting times.

www.Rihanna7.com

 

Your thoughts?

With a new album on the way and an extravagant world tour underway, it’s safe to say Lady GaGa’s schedule is anything but open.

However, today did see the  ‘Alejandro’ singer take time out of that schedule to make life all the more daunting for her closest competitors.

For, in true GaGa fashion, she has broken a new record. This time, by way of her first fragrance ‘FAME’.

Details below…

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A testament to the strength of her talent and material, Jessie J has been working her debut LP ‘Who You Are’ for the better part of 18 months. However, as the age old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. For this campaign, that end arrived last night at the iTunes Festival in London.

Backed by a full band, the Essex-bred powerhouse served up a titillating set of hits from the album as well as cuts from artists who’ve inspired her. This was preceded by a speech which saw her thank the thousands in attendance for supporting her journey, going on to inform them that this would be last time she’d support the project as a body of work as she’s set to start recording album #2.

After watching her performances, we literally can’t wait!

See what we mean with her renditions of  ‘Do It Like A Dude’‘Who You Are’ and Usher’s ‘Climax’ after the jump…

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The X Factor 2012 Boot Camp stage (part 1) aired this evening. With the pre-recorded stage of the show drawing to a close, all eyes are on who’ll be making it through to the live shows.

Judging the hopefuls are new additions Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, original panelist Louis Walsh, and newcomer Nicole Scherzinger.

{An international phenomenon, local versions of the show show now air in the US, Italy, France and beyond. The brain-child of Simon Cowell, The X Factor is responsible for birthing the careers of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, One Direction, Cher Lloyd and JLS.}.
The Best and worst of Boot Camp (part 1) below…

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Feast your eyes on these snaps of ‘American Idol‘ judge Nicki Minaj, on the set of her new video… ‘The Boys‘.

Sans her collaborator Cassie, the Rap Queen’s visual is set to be just as whimsical as herself, shot earlier this week at an undisclosed set.

More below…

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It might just be us, but Lil Kim seems to be a lot more ‘together’ since parting her ways with ex Mr. Papers recently.

Indeed, after a number of unfortunate appearances, the Rap Royal took to New York City’s ‘Bounce Sports Club‘ with Jim Jones and Salt & Pepa‘s Pepa to celebrate its first anniversary.

Undeniably upbeat, Jones also enjoyed the event with a number of fans who turned up to support both she and the  upmarket venue.

Peep her in action below…

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Stage blazer Jennifer Lopez lived up to her billing today at the Opening Ceremony of the FIFA Under 17’s Women’s World Cup.

Backed by her trusty troop of dancers, the 42 year old electrified the Tofig Bahramov Stadium in Azerbaijan with a showstopping medley of ‘Dance Again’ and ‘On The Floor’.

Watch La Lopez score in a big way after the jump…

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