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Behind The Scenes: Janet Jackson’s ‘Make Me’ Video

Check out this behind the scenes look at Janet Jackson‘s ‘Make Me‘ video. Simple, clean and killer choreography…I’m liking what I see.

Randomness: I’ve just come back from the Rihanna London show. My head hurts…haven’t ascertained whether it was her or the fact I haven’t eaten anything (literally) all day. Ignore my tired babble…

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New Video: Shakira – ‘Give It Up To Me’

Belly dancing beauty Shakira has just dropped the full version of the video for her new song ‘Give It Up To Me’. The track was produced by Timbaland, who also co-wrote the track along with Dwayne Carter, and features the ever-present Lil Wayne. Shakira’s new album, ‘She Wolf’, will be released in the US on November 23rd.

The video is by no means as thrilling as her other recent releases (see She Wolf) but it serves its purpose. I appreciate the fact that Shakira is experimenting with new sounds and concepts on this album, as well as more intricate choreography instead of remaining in her comfort zone (although I have no problem with her mesmerising hip shaking). All the more power to her for being creative with her artistry.

Sidebar: I am eager to hear the Illuminati theorists perspectives on the symbolism of her multi-handed Statue of Liberty. Bring on the crazies…

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Preview: Beyonce & Lady GaGa’s ‘Video Phone’ Video

As the world (well figuratively speaking) awaits the video for Beyonce and Lady GaGa‘s clip for ‘Video Phone’, a brief preview has surfaced. Looks like some $$$ was put down on this one. Liking what I see, yet will reserve full judgement until seeing the video in its entirety.

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Beyonce Performs ‘Sweet Dreams’

Yet another clip has surfaced from Beyonce’s ‘I Am…Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas’ tour DVD. Filmed at the Encore Theatre in Las Vegas, the project will be released on November 23rd and footage from the event will air on ABC on November 26th.

As usual, Beyonce killed it! She truly has an understanding of her gift and demonstrates what a dynamic performer is all about. I will be first in line if she ever comes to Trinidad and Tobago!

Sidebar: Sam went to her recent performance at the o2 Arena in London this weekend and got the coveted ‘Say My Name’ moment. Aren’t we all just happy for him…?

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Chris Brown Performs ‘Crawl’

R&B star Chris Brown kicked off his ‘Fan Appreciation Tour’ in a sold-out venue at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas on Saturday. Included in the set list was the very first live performance of the 2nd single from his upcoming album, ‘Graffiti’. The song, entitled ‘Crawl’, has already managed to debut at #99 on the Hip-Hop R&B charts after only 3 days of official release. The video for the track can be seen here.

Great performance. It looks like Rihanna isn’t the only one who has been taking vocal classes recently. I applaud him for singing this live given the high energy, dance-infused nature of his show. Keep it up Chris.

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Mariah Carey On ‘T4′ UK Special

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Icon Mariah Carey was featured in a special episode of ‘T4′ in the UK. The programme highlighted several aspects of her promotional tour over the last few months. The diva also discussed her new album, ‘Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel’, and her role in the film ‘Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire’.

All in all a very interesting watch for anyone who wants to see the kind of effort needed to plug an album, fragrance and movie all at the same time. You have to admire Mariah’s work ethic because she operates like a 25 year old and has yet to show any sign of slowing down. Good stuff.

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Hot Shots: Michelle Williams In ‘Alter Ego’ Photoshoot

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A few weeks ago ThatGrapeJuice was the first to show you an exclusive pic from singer Michelle Williams’ ‘Alter Ego’ photoshoot. Now we have the pleasure of presenting the entire production which was crafted by famed photographer Derek Blanks. Fierce!

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Hot Shots: Ciara In Los Angeles

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The ever sexy Ciara hit the red carpet at the 30th Anniversary of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles recently. She looks fantastic! The old saying is that you can’t have both beauty and brains. Well in the music industry, it’s more about having beauty and talent, and Ciara is one of the few who have both.

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Shakira Performs ‘Did It Again’ On X-Factor

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From The Vault: Dreamgirls Medley At Oscars 2007

This week’s classic From The Vault video is the Dreamgirls (movie adaptation) cast’s electrifying performance at the 2007 Academy Awards (Oscars). Capping off a hugely successful run for the movie, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson lit up the stage with a rousing medley from the film, which included ‘Love You I Do’, ‘Listen’ and ‘Patience’. Check out their performance above.
Watching this back really reminded me why I had this on replay at the time. They blew the roof off that arena! Particularly great to swatch was the inter-weaving of each of their songs, more specifically seeing Beyonce take on ‘Love You I Do’ and Jennifer deliver ‘Listen’. Anika and Keith did the damn thing on ‘Patience’ too, with Anika really (and finally) getting her shine with her vocal-runs at the end. Great performance!

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