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Hot Shots: Alicia Keys At The Apollo

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Grammy-favourite Alicia Keys performed at the Apollo theatre in Harlem, New York last evening. The concert, which was filmed for BillboardLive.com, featured appearances from Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn, Melanie Fiona and Kenny Muhammad. Check out more shots from the show below:

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Hot Shots: Christina Aguilera & Cher On Set Of New Movie

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Christina Aguilera was spotted with Pop music icon Cher recently. The two were busy filming scenes for the Steve Antin-directed movie ‘Burlesque’. Peep more images of the duo below:

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New Song: Monica – ‘Everything’ (New 1st Single)

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After initially announcing that ‘Love Over Me’ and ‘One In A Lifetime’ were to serve as dual lead singles from Monica’s forthcoming ‘Still Standing’ LP, her label J Records have done a 180 and revealed that the track ‘Everything’ will instead now be the record’s first single. The decision was made after the 29 year old’s fans bombarded label execs with requests for the song to be the lead single, a want shared by Monica herself – as highlighted on her BET reality series also titled ‘Still Standing’.

While ‘Everything’ is undoubtedly a great track, it most certainly doesn’t strike me as single material in the slightest. It’s not because it’s not a good song (though the ad-libbing is a bit much and all over the place at times). However it just doesn’t possess that certain something Monica so clearly needs right now – a radio/chart-friendly track, which manages to sound contemporary, yet also incorporates her trademark sound. She’ll no doubt appeal to her fans with this one, yet as history has taught many an artist, sometimes  fans just aren’t enough to ensure a well-selling record. Ever-important to capture and convert is the casual listener. It’ll be interesting to see how this fares nontheless.

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Sneak Peek: Usher – ‘Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)’

Usher’s camp has provided his fans with a sneak peak of his new video for ‘Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)’. The single, which features rapper Plies, has thus far peaked at #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #28 on the Hip-Hop/R&B chart. Usher’s ‘Raymond vs. Raymond’ LP hits stores on February 16th according to Amazon.com.

It looks like this is going to be an interesting clip. I hope that Usher isn’t going to focus the entire video around his sex appeal because as the song is going to need more substantial support to help it climb the charts. Usher has always found a way to include his dance skills into his work, so I am eager to see if he can do the same with this one.

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New Song: Mariah Carey – ‘Up Out My Face (Ft. Nicki Minaj)’

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Yesterday, diva Mariah Carey’s ‘Angels Cry (Remix)’ surfaced on the web. Today, the ‘Up Out My Face (Remix)’ has emerged as well. The single, which will be released as part of a dual release with ‘Cry’, features rapper Nicki Minaj. Carey’s ‘Angels Advocate’ remix LP hits stores on February 23rd.

This track supports the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The original version was solid and served as one of the standout songs from the ‘Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel’. However, the addition of Minaj’s almost confusing lyrics over a completely unaltered production seems almost completely pointless. The rapper did not improve the song in any way. The hype of both their names will certainly guarantee that the song will get airplay but without the support of a strong video, I sense that this single will be quickly ignored in favour of the ‘Cry’ collaboration with Ne-Yo.

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Have Destiny’s Child ‘Fulfilled’ Their Destiny?

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In 2005, Destiny’s Child shocked the world when they officially announced their breakup while touring in Spain. Since then, the R&B trio have gone their separate ways in the industry, each embarking on successful careers in their respective fields. Beyonce Knowles has become, without a doubt, the premier act in R&B/Pop, Kelly Rowland has experienced phenomenal success in the European markets, and Michelle Williams has blossomed on the Gospel charts and on Broadway.

However, despite their various individual achievements, their fans continue to demand that Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle reunite. This encourages the following questions: would a Destiny’s Child reunion be plausible? Or have the parts become greater than the whole, with the former members becoming too musically dissimilar?

Having established themselves as the biggest selling girl group of all time, Destiny’s Child conquered the world of R&B/Pop in every way imaginable. After a short break in 2001, the group reformed in 2004 for their hit album ‘Destiny’s Fulfilled’, which depicted immense growth amongst the members; vocally, lyrically and in their performances. Nevertheless, since that time, they have each experimented with incredibly different sounds, diverging further away from their roots. Furthermore,  in conscious effort to focus on her solo career, Kelly has generally distanced herself from Mathew Knowles, the group’s manager.

Moreover, having finally created their own individual identities, many doubt that Kelly and Michelle would readily conform to the Destiny’s Child paradigm where Beyonce is undoubtedly the lead act. With Kelly primed to finally capture the success in the US that has long since eluded her because of incessant comparisons to her former bandmate, it would certainly damage any chances of her being considered a capable solo act without the crutch of Destiny’s Child.

Thus, with swirling speculation surrounding the chances of a Destiny’s Child reunion, there remain several possibilities that need to be considered. Either way, having created such substantial legacy, there is no question that a reformation of one music’s biggest groups would be remarkable.

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Exclusive: Whitney’s New Single Is…

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That Grape Juice can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that the next single to be lifted from Whitney Houston‘s Platinum selling comeback ‘I Look To You’ will be….’Worth It‘!

While I was internally hoping for a ‘For The Lovers’ release, this Eric Hudson produced gem has ‘HIT’ written all over it. Loving it! Haven’t heard it yet…you can listen to it below. Remember who confirmed it first!

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Rihanna Readies ‘Rude Boy’ As Next Single

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Prior to now, there had unconfirmed reports that ‘Rude Boy’ was to serve as the next single from Rihanna‘s ‘Rated R’. It appears that such speculation has indeed proven correct, with All Access today confirming that the song is set to officially go to US radio on February 9th. {Source}

Though ‘Rated R’ didn’t particularly move me, ‘Rude Boy’ clearly stands head-and-shoulders above much of the material on the record and is most definitely the most instantly likeable. Hence, I have no qualms with its release – if anything it should have been released earlier. Good call by label.

Randomness: With the album having only been released on November 20th last year, already spawning 3 videos in less than 2 months, and now talk of yet another, I think it’s safe to say a ‘Rated R’ re-release is on its way. Why else would her team be seemingly racing through singles and accompanying videos?

In any case, you listen to ‘Rude Boy’ below…

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Keyshia Cole To Release New Album This Year

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Hip-Hop/Soul singer Keyshia Cole has announced that she will be releasing a new album in 2010. The pregnant songstress, who recently got engaged on New Year’s Eve, revealed the news via her representative to US Magazine. Neither further details about the LP nor a concrete release date where provided.

Cole is one of the few singers in recent times who have consistently provided solid material with each release. She truly understands her market and how to reach it. Although her live vocal showings rarely compare to the standard that she puts forward in the studio, Cole remains far ahead of many of her contemporaries. I am eager to hear what she develops for her new album.

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New Song: Usher – ‘Oh My Gosh (Ft. will.i.am)’

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With his new album on the horizon, yet another track from Usher has surfaced. The track, ‘Oh My Gosh’, features and was produced by Black Eyes Peas mastermind will.i.am. Usher’s ‘Raymond vs. Raymond’ LP hits stores on February 16th.

Having thoroughly enjoyed the electronic dance element of the Black Eyed Peas ‘The E.N.D.’, I find this track to be a bit perplexing. The productions, chanting and Usher’s vocals all work well but the lyrics are juvenile at best. “Boobies like wow wow!” certainly do not scream “Grammy favourite!” in the least. However, as is blatantly evident in today’s music, lyrical froth does not define a hit. That’s a damn shame.

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