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D. Woods & Dawn Interviews Update

Many thanks for your continued patience with the Danity Kane D.Woods and Dawn Richard interviews. They were anticipated to be rolled out tonight, yet the server is finding it hard to cope with the length of both interviews. That said, they will be up UK time 8.30am 2nd April. You will not be disappointed (and the Sam roasting and cussing will end LOL). In the meanwhile, check out D.Woods and Dawn shouting out That Grape Juice:


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That Grape Juice Exclusive: Kelly Rowland NOT On Suicide Watch

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Following the news of Kelly Rowland’s departure from Columbia Records earlier this week, rumours have been surfacing about the ‘Like This’ singer – one of the most ludicrous being that she is supposedly on suicide watch. Kelly’s team have reached out to That Grape Juice to clear things up, peep the statement they issued exclusively to That Grape Juice within the last hour:
The rumours that Kelly Rowland is on suicide watch as a result of her parting ways with Sony record label, are completely untrue.

The reality is that Kelly has spent the last week in Miami premiering ‘Love Takes Over’ with superstar French producer David Guetta, and hanging out with Guetta, Jade Jagger, and Will.i.am.

“As a solo artist, I felt the need to explore new directions, new challenges, and new freedoms outside my comfort zone,” Rowland said in a statement.

Columbia, for its part, said Rowland’s departure was a mutual decision, “and any reports to the contrary are false.”

Following Rowland’s split from Matthew Knowles’ Music World, and her appointment of Above and Beyond to handle her branding, Kelly is at the centre of three huge endorsement deals set to net her over £1 million this year. They include an exclusive restaurant launch and deal with a major high street fashion brand. Kelly was also recently asked to perform at Glastonbury but has declined as she’s tied up with filming ‘The Fashion show.’

Ms. Kelly certainly looks to be making all the right power moves to ensure she is able to endure in this indsustry – and get the recognition she deserves. More power to her! She told y’all she was gonna “bump like this” LOL.

In other Kelly news, Bravo have sent along Kelly’s video profile for ‘The Fashion Show’, on which she will serve as a co-host and judge. The show premieres on Bravo May 7th:


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New Song: Mario – ‘Break Up (ft. Sean Garrett & Gucci Mane)’

R&B crooner Mario is currently prepping his 4th studio LP ‘And Then There Was Me’ for release later this year via J Records. Meanwhile, the set’s supposed first single ‘Break Up’ has surfaced. The gritty mid-tempo cut, which features Sean Garrett and Gucci Mane, is, to be frank, pretty awful; most especially when considering the high quality the 22 year old served up with his last LP ‘Go’. I’m wondering whether it’s a case of dumbing down his sound to sell records or whatever, but it certainly isn’t a good look. Irrespective of sales, Mario has always been held in high regard for arguably being one of R&B’s best talents – something this track definitely doesn’t show. No.
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Keri Hilson Sales Are In…

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The projected sales of Keri Hilson’s debut ‘In A Perfect World…’ were released today by Hits Daily Double and shows the Atlanta native to have shifted 93,819 copies of the LP in its first week, landing at #4 on the Billboard 200.
Though not the biggest of debuts, this is definitely an achievement for Keri considering the push-backs, being a new artist, the fact she hasn’t been all that visible on television etc. I guess the touring and radio promotion (aka ‘foundation promo’) has helped her amass a core fanbase. Here’s hoping the record continues to sell.
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That Grape Juice To Interview LeToya

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That Grape Juice are pleased to announce that we will be interviewing R&B star LeToya Luckett later this week. 
You know the drill now; if you have any questions for the ‘Torn’ singer, please drop them in the comments section. Remember, only legitimate questions will be considered. Thanks!
*Dawn and D. Woods interviews will be up for definite tomorrow!*
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Mariah Carey Update

1633c06470302a5f8890097ff5910891 Mariah Carey UpdatePopular Mariah Carey fansite Mariah Daily Journal have shed light on the status of the singer’s forthcoming album:
As we all know, Mariah has been hard at work on her upcoming album which is reportedly set for release later this year. In her latest message on Twitter, she writes: 

MariahHBF: Hey! Getting ready to go to the studio in Miami. Very excited cos I haven’t worked w/”Big” Jim Wright in a while..remember “fly like a bird” 

Big Jim Wright has worked with Mariah for years. Most recently, he co-wrote and co-produced “Fly Like A Bird,” the Gospel-drenched song on Mariah’s best-selling 2005 album, The Emancipation of Mimi. The collaboration also produced two other tracks on the album, “Circles” and “I Wish You Knew.”

Both Mariah and Big Jim had worked together previously on tracks “Petals,” “Can’t Take That Away,” “Bliss” from Rainbow (1999); “Lead The Way,” “Twister,” “Want You,” “Reflections” from the Glitter soundtrack (2001); and “Through The Rain,” “Yours” from Charmbracelet (2002).

Meanwhile, in other album news, Jermaine Dupri (Y’all know who this is!) and Bryan-Michael Cox (“I Stay In Love,” “For The Record,” “We Belong Together,” “Shake It Off,” “How Much,” “The One”) in their recent posts on Twitter have revealed some information about a new Mariah song called “100 Percent.”

Jermaine Dupri: im on my to the studio to work on this new mariah record i no yall lambs wanna hear that

Bryan-Michael Cox: Still in with Adrienne in NY & JD is working on our joint with Mariah in ATL “100 Percent”. The General & The Ranger stay working!!!!

Jermaine Dupri: YO THIS MARIAH RECORD IS CRAZY

Bryan-Michael Cox: **** it was crazy when we did it!!!! I know it sounds crazy now!! Let’s get these damn Grammys like we always do…LOL!

Sounds promising. Here’s hoping the album is more ‘Emancipation of Mimi’-esque than the mediocrity that was ‘E=MC2′.

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Official: Kelly Rowland Leaves Columbia Records (Statement)

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Following yesterday’s revelation that Kelly Rowland had been supposedly dropped by Columbia Records, both Rowland, 28, and Columbia have issued a joint press release. They confirmed that they fact that they have severed ties, yet stressing that it was a mutual decision – one, which if read between the lines, looks as if it was instigated by Rowland. Light is also shed on the future of Destiny’s Child, who are signed with Columbia: 
NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ — The Grammy-winning R&B/pop superstar Kelly Rowland will no longer be recording with Columbia Records as a solo artist, it was officially announced today by the label.
Rowland, a founding member of Destiny’s Child, the world’s top-selling female group, will continue her relationship with Columbia Records in her ongoing role in the iconic ensemble.
“Because Columbia Records has been my home base as an artist for more than a decade, the decision to move out on my own required a lot of soul-searching,” said Kelly Rowland. “As a solo artist, I felt the need to explore new directions, new challenges, and new freedoms outside my comfort zone and my friends and family at Columbia have been incredibly understanding about my evolution. I want to thank everyone at Columbia for the love and support they’ve shown and I will never forget how many good times we’ve had over the years.”
“Kelly Rowland is one of our finest contemporary artists and a musical force to be reckoned with,” said Rob Stringer, CEO, Columbia/Epic Label Music Group. “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Kelly and we will continue our working relationship with her under the Destiny’s Child moniker. The decision for Kelly to seek other opportunities for her solo career was agreed upon mutually, and any reports to the contrary are false.” {Source}
It’s good to see all has been cleared up. Three things are very evident from this statement; 1) Kelly clearly knows she’s worth more than what her solo success to-date shows   2) She is taking her career by the horns and making the moves to steer it in the direction she so deserves IMO – up! 3) Another Destiny’s Child project of some sort is pretty much a certainty. 
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Ginuwine – ‘Last Chance’ Video


After a lengthy hiatus from the music scene, R&B singer Ginuwine is back with ‘Last Chance’, the first release from his forthcoming LP ‘A Man’s Thoughts’ (due June 2nd). The video for the Bryan Michael Cox song, which sees Lisa Raye and Tyrese make cameos, isn’t bad at all. My only gripe is that the choreography scenes come across kinda ’1999′. Still a decent effort. 

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Jennifer Hudson On Ellen

Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson made an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show recently to talk about her tour with Robin Thicke which starts today, her engagement to former I Love New York 2 contestant David Otunga, her new album and more. Jennifer also performed current single ‘If This Isn’t Love’, which you can watch below:


Great interview an great performance. 
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Making The Band 4 Update!

For those who haven’t been able to keep up with the latest season of Making The Band 4, peep the vid above to see the drama that has been ensuing among the members of Day26. This is quickly looking to be Da Band / Danity Kane all over again. SMH…
Speaking of Danity Kane, let me first apologise for taking a short while to drop the D. Woods and Dawn interviews. They will both be ready to post no later than tomorrow (meaning anytime from now!). As I’m sure our loyal readers will know, That Grape Juice prides ourselves on serving up the very best interviews from your favourite Urban artist. Hence, unfortunately, sometimes it’s a case of if it’s not ready to roll out, it’s not ready. That said, the interviews will be ready to post quicker than you can say ‘Sam, the man, the Kelly Rowland stan’. Thanks for being so patient…I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading them.
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