Reggae-Pop pioneer Sean Paul has been off the music radar for some time now, however the Jamaican made a rare appearance at a basketball game yesterday (March 26th) – sporting an interesting new hair cut; trading his renown cornrows for a low mohawk.
Paul was at the Detroit Pistons vs New Jersey Nets game at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey, accompanying friend Ottis Anderson, formerly of the New York Giants (also pictured).
By Sam on Saturday 27th Mar 2010 | Filed Under Rihanna
While earlier reports suggested Rihanna was wrapping up her ‘Rated R’ campaign, fans of the talented model can breathe a sigh of release. According to the latest UK single schedules, the 22 year old is set to release the will.i.am assisted ‘Photographs’ as her next single on May 24th.
Word has it that, thereafter, no further singles will be released from the moderately successful LP. As at writing, it’s unknown whether song will be a general or International release.
Though the song isn’t as bad as some of the album’s remaining material, I can’t see how it will capitalise off ‘Rude Boy’s’ worldwide success. It’s neither as instant nor anywhere near as good. It’s times like this which highlight why it would have benefited the ‘Rated R’ project if things weren’t moving so hastily and time was taken with each release. Then again, with the singles not doing much (‘Rude Boy’ aside) and the album struggling to meet sales expectations, her team likely saw it fit to throw as much out there as possible and see what sticks. Whether ‘Photographs’ will indeed ‘stick’ will be interesting to see.
Haven’t heard the track before? Check it out below…
Holding true to our promise of keeping things fresh here at That Grape Juice (v.2.0 baby!), we bring you ‘Cover Star’. Completing our current feature-list (From The Vault, Original Articles etc), Cover Star will each week showcase regular folk’s rendition of your favourite tracks. Recent history has shown the web to be the place to discover new talent – talent which is undeniably out there in abundance. So what better way to give shine to undiscovered talent than on your favourite site and mine – That Grape Juice!
This week’s Cover Star is Shanterrial . The 23 year old Chicago-based music student serves up her own rendition of Monica‘s recent R&B smash ‘Everything To Me’.Check it out below:
Solid showing! With the song being one which requires much in the way of a technically-sound vocal, Shanterrial really nailed it. Loved it.
With the Sugababes‘ ‘Sweet 7′ project in turmoil, the ladies are looking to their collaboration with rapper Sean Kingston ,’Miss Everything’, in a last ditch effort to revive the album’s sales. The song, as confirmed by Radio 1, will serve as the official next single from the record.
Though a little pessimistic upon hearing Sean Kingston’s name, The Smeezingtons-produced track is one of the album’s finer moments; hence is by no means a bad single pick (although why ‘She’s A Mess’ is consistently being overlooked is beyond me). Unfortunately for the ladies, though, it’s appearing that with each passing day, their time legitimately looks to be up. Whether the release of ‘Miss Everything’ changes that will be interesting to see. I won’t hold my breath, though.
By Sam on Saturday 27th Mar 2010 | Filed Under Ke$ha
Pop starlet Ke$ha is currently in Australia promoting her latest single ‘Blah Blah Blah’, most recently performing the song on their version of So You Think You Can Dance a few hours ago. Check out how she fared above…
Linda Perry sat down for a very interesting interview with the New York Post recently. The famed songwriter, who was responsible for Christina Aguilera’s Pop classic ‘Beautiful’, noted that the young diva has dialed down her powerhouse vocals on her new album, ‘Bionic’. Perry contributed ‘Lift Me Up’ to the LP – a ballad that the two performed earlier this year during the ‘Hope For Haiti Now’ telethon. Check out what Perry had to say below:
By Sam on Friday 26th Mar 2010 | Filed Under Brandy
R&B star Brandy was spotted jogging at Runyon, Canyon earlier this week, as cameras filmed her for her new VH1 reality show ‘Family Business’ (which premieres April 11th). Ms. Norwood really has a great shape these days…
As Christina Aguilera’s promotional campaign pushes ahead, a snippet of the vocal powerhouse’s new song has surfaced. The track, ‘Not Myself Tonight’, was written and produced by Polow Da Don and Ester Dean, and will be released in its entirety on March 30th. Aguilera’s new album, ‘Bionic’, drops on June 8th. Listen to the track below:
It appears R. Kelly‘s criminally underrated ‘Untitled’ LP isn’t dead afterall…well not yet anyway. The R&B crooner has just released two videos – one for ‘Echo’ (above)and the other for ‘Be My #2′ (above).
While the songs are some of Kelly’s best work in years, the clips have to be, hands down, the worst of his entire career. Besides being recession-specials, which looked like they were filmed AND edited on his cell phone, the whole shabang is made worse by the fact that there was simply no need for them. I mean really, does it look like any of these videos could do anything to save the album? SMH…
By Sam on Friday 26th Mar 2010 | Filed Under Amerie
In Amerie‘s latest performance in her mother’s native of Korea, she teamed up with girl group 4Minute to give a special rendition of her song ‘Heard Em All’ on the Music Bank show today. Though many outside of Asia may not have heard of 4Minute, they are hugely successful in their continent, hence making the performance of particular interest for many. See how they fared above…
Awesome performance! Amerie’s swagger, vocals, and look were overly on-point, while 4Minute nailed it. Good stuff.