Fresh off her huge debut on the Billboard 200 with her new album ‘Growing Pains’, Mary J. Blige stopped by MTV’s ‘New Year’s Eve countdown show live from Times Square, New York last night to perform current single ‘Just Fine’. Awesome performance; each time I see Mary perform this song live, I like the track even more. The live instrumentation and Mary’s great vocal delivery give the song a new dimension IMO.
I know it may not be 2008 just yet for all the That Grape Juice readers, but it’s 2:14am on January 1st 2008 here in London and I thought to check in with you guys. So I take the opportunity to wish you all a very Happy & Prosperous New Year, in which all your hopes and aspirations become a reality.
With it being very nearly a year since I conceived the idea of starting That Grape Juice, I’m kinda amazed at how great 2007 was for the site. My personal theme for 08 is ‘Onwards and Upwards’ – something I anticipate being the case with the site as well. I appreciate all our readers – the lovers and haters – and know you’ll stick by throughout this new year
Jay-Z was joined by a host of stars to celebrate the opening of the Las Vegas arm of his 40/40 nightclub. Attendee’s included Beyonce, of course, Solange, Mary J. Blige, Tichina Arnold, Al Sharpton, Joe Jackson and Robin Thicke. Check out pics from the event below:
Janet Jackson has hit the promo trail in support of her forthcoming album ‘Discipline’ (due February 26th 2008); the pop superstar features in upscale magazine Prestige Hong Kong. Check out pics from the the great Mark Liddell shoot below. You can read Janet’s interview – in which she speaks on growing up a Jackson, life offstage with boyfriend Jermaine Dupri, her new album and more – by clicking here.
Rapper Trina shot the video for her new single ‘Single Again’ this past Friday at a mansion Coconut Grove, Florida . Expect the vid to consist of various scenes; including a wedding, pool and club. It appears there’s truth to the stories of Trina’s new deal with EMI (in partnership with Slip-N-Slide) being worth a lot of money; the vid (and it’s budget) looks to be Trina’s best yet. ‘Single Again’ will be the first single to be lifted from Trina’s forthcoming album ‘Still Da Baddest’ – due February 12th 2008.
Surprisingly Jennifer Lopez is to release yet another single from her certified flop album ‘Brave’. The album’s title track will serve as the CD’s third official single, with the video – directed by Michael Haussman – having been filmed already. Considering the huge losses her label have undoubtedly made off the album, I can’t understand why they are allowing her to churn out more singles – especially when the album sucks.
It seems Akon isn’t the only one ready to fight audience members at his shows; R&B singer Trey Songz brawled with a man who threw ice at him during his set at Club Ultra. Trey had me rolling with the way he jumped back on stage and launched straight into ‘Can’t Help But Wait’. See the clip below:
I know the guy in the crowd was wrong, but come on now. Trey ain’t but 100 pounds lol. One of these days one of these artists is gonna get their a**es kicked in a situation like this. I can see a lawsuit coming on from this one.