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Brandy & Ray J Ready New VH1 Reality Show ‘Family Business’

brandy reality show Brandy & Ray J Ready New VH1 Reality Show Family Business

There have been murmurings for sometime now about Brandy starring in her own reality show. As it turns out, the Grammy Award winning singer will be joining her brother Ray J, as well as their mother and father – Sonja and Willie Norwood, in a new VH1 reality show. Check out the synoposis below (spotted over at our good friend’s Concrete Loop):

Siblings Brandy and Ray J Norwood are famous for their incredible vocal talent on the stage and screen. But they wouldn’t be anywhere without the support and guidance of their parents – entertainment manager and mom, Sonja and talented musical father, Willie Norwood. Viewers will get a first hand glimpse into the lives of the Norwood family unit and their family business – Rn’B Productions. Run by Sonja, Rn’B Productions features an impressive roster of musical artists including Brandy, Ray J and their father Willie, who also serves as the company’s vocal coach. But with Sonja ready to take a step down, Brandy and Ray J will have to fill her shoes quickly all the while taking the family business to the next level. Will they have what it takes to continue to stay in the limelight while growing an entertainment empire?

The reality route seems to be the way to go for many an artist these days. Let’s just hope the show, which debuts April 11th at 9pm, is more in the vein of Monica’s or Fantasia’s, than any of Ray J’s VH1 outings.

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Competition: Win Tickets To See JLS Live!

jls comp Competition: Win Tickets To See JLS Live!

That Grape Juice are pleased to announce that we are giving away 5 pairs of tickets to an exclusive JLS gig! Yes, 5!

The Platinum selling foursome will be playing an exclusive concert here London’s famed Hammersmith Apollo on February 13th to celebrate the launch of the ‘Nokia 5800 Chrome – Comes With Music’ phone on T-Mobile. Highly anticipated, the Nokia 5800 Chrome features a 3.2inch touch-screen, 8GB memory, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. The phone is available on a T-Mobile (UK) contract from £20 per month. A must have!

To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question correctly:

What is the name of JLS’ first #1 single?

a) Everybody In Love

b) Hallelujah

c) Beat Again

Submit your answer, along with your name, age, address, telephone number to the below address at title it ‘JLS Comp’:

[email protected]

All entries must be received by 8am UK time  Monday 8th February!

Good luck!

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* Winners will be notified by email and will receive printable e-tickets which will admit two persons to the venue. Winners aged 14 and under will need to be escorted by an adult aged 18 or over. For full Terms & Conditions, please go to www.nokia.com

* Nokia Comes With Music is an all-you-can-eat music service- giving you access to over 6 million tracks that you can download for free and keep forever.

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Janet Jackson And Jermaine Dupri To Reunite On New Album

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Janet Jackson and her former boyfriend Jermaine Dupri are set to reunite on her forthcoming studio album. The news came via Dupri’s production partner, Bryan-Michael Cox, who revealed that in addition to Darkchild and Kendrick ‘WyldCard’ Dean, they will be contributing tracks to the project. Janet’s new album hit stores later this year. {Source}

This Janet album is sounding better by the moment! Dupri created a classic with the highly underrated track ‘Rock Wit U’ in 2008, a song that was clearly ahead of it’s time. There is no doubt in my mind that this album will be a ‘make or break’ moment in Janet’s career, and she is going to have to pull out all of the stops to sway things in her favour.

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Hot Shots: Beyonce And Michelle Williams At ‘Heat’ Launch

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Beyonce launched her new fragrance ‘Heat’ yesterday. The singer was joined by one of her Destiny’s Child alum, Michelle Williams (above), for the event at 15 Union Square West in New York City. Peep more of the images below:

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New Song: Sabrina Washington – ‘OMG’ (Full Version)

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Check out the full version of former Misteeq lead singer Sabrina Washington‘s new single ‘OMG’, which surfaced today. Validating my previous  comments on the preview, the song – in its entirety – is a delicious slice of Electro-Pop, with a satisfiable Urban undercurrent. I like.

Look out for the song’s video this week. Oh and you’ll be seeing a lot more of Ms. Washington around these sides (hint hint ;-))

Sabrina debut solo LP ‘Dirty Pop‘ is set to hit stores later this year.

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Janet Jackson To Sing Michael’s Part On ‘We Are The World’ Remake // MJ Kids To Feature?

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According to MTV.com, not only will Pop icon Janet Jackson feature on the soon-to-be-released ‘We Are The World’ remake, she will be singing the same part her late brother, the King of Pop Michael Jackson, sang on the original 25 years ago:

Co-producer Richie said that Janet Jackson would be laying down her version of Michael Jackson’s part on Tuesday, and he hinted that some other artists might also be added over the next few days.

What’s more, there is talk of Michael’s children being featured in some capacity:

Quincy (Jones) is saving perhaps the most touching moment for last. At the request of Katherine JacksonMaya Angelou penned a poem to be read at the end of the song. Quincy is going to speak to Michael’s children about reading that narration. {Source}

As cynical as some may feel to the news of Janet’s involvement or that of Michael’s children, I personally think it honourable. For, the cause – charity – is something that was evidently important to MJ and definitely a part of his lasting legacy. Hence it’s great that his family are actively continuing that. I can’t wait to hear the finished track, which is set to debut during the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Tidbit: Click here to see pictures of the recording session and list of featured artists.

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New Song: Ludacris – ‘How Low Can You Go (Remix) (ft. Ciara & Pitbull)’

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As Ludacris readies the release of his new LP ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (due March 9th), a new Ciara-assisted remix for his latest single ‘How Low Can You Go’ has surfaced. Set to feature on Luda’s album, the remix goes hard! Ciara turns in a hotter than hot verse m- profanity and all (Ms. Harris excels on up-tempo cuts in this vein), which makes for the already decent track to be that much better. Good stuff.

Randomness: Am I the only one feeling when Ciara hops on tracks like this as well as the poppier cuts? I ask as I consistently hear folk slamming her for ditching her ‘roots’. Yet the last time I checked Crunk was dead. As the success of many before have shown, there is nothing wrong with keeping elements of what folk know you for (which she has), yet crossing over at the same time. I mean do people really think Beyonce, for example, would be ‘Beyonce – the megastar’ if she carried on singing a certain brand of R&B ala ‘Bills Bills Bills’ and ‘Say My Name’. Artistic growth is all about trying new things and expanding your reach….right?

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Hot Shots: Stars Record We Are The World 2010

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Legendary producer Quincy Jones assembled over 80 artists at in Los Angeles last night to record the 2010 version of ‘We Are The World’ in support of Haiti. The session, which has been spear-headed by Jones and Lionel Richie, who together with the late, great Michael Jackson fronted the original 25 years ago, was recorded at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood – the same place the 1985 version was recorded in. Look out for the track’s debut during the Winter Olympics later this month.

Stars who recorded during the session for the new version included:

Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Kanye West, Celine Dion, Lil Wayne, Barbra Strisand, Wyclef, Pink, Gladys Knight, Justin Bieber Akon, Snoop Dogg, Mya, Brandy, Robin Thicke, Tyrese, Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx, Toni Braxton, Kid Cudi, LL Cool J, Keri Hilson, will.i.am, Nicole Scherzinger, among others.

Interestingly, though Michael Jackson’s original vocals will not feature, the Jackson family will have a presence on the track; with Janet Jackson confirmed to record and submit her vocals remotely, and some members of Jackson trio 3T also present during the session.

Tidbits: It’s also been reported that Lady GaGa will be featuring on the track in some capacity. Like most, though, I am wondering where Beyonce is…

In any case, check  whole lot of pics from the session after the jump…

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‘Precious’ Lands Multiple Oscar Nominations

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The 82nd annual Oscar Award nominees were announced within the hour, and Lee Daniel’s critically acclaimed ‘Precious’ has scooped nominations in the several major categories!

*Comedienne and talk-show host Mo’Nique is nominated for Best Supporting Actress

*Lead, Gaboruey Sidibe – who played ‘Precious’ – is up for Best Actress

*The movie’s director Lee Daniels has been nominated for Best Director

‘Precious’ is also up for Best Picture

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As one of the most potent pieces of cinematography I’ve seen in a long while, I most definitely feel the nominations are very much deserved (as are their potential wins). Tune in to the show on March 7th to see how ‘Precious’ fares…

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Your Top 5 Songs Of The Moment?

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It’s that time again! That Grape Juice wants to see what you all are listening to. Which 5 tracks have you got on constant rotation at the moment?

Remember, it doesn’t have to be limited to Urban music; could be something new, Throwback, religious, even something you made yourself LOL. Drop a comment in the comments section. Mine and Trent’s are below – in no particular order:

Sam

1) Monster – Lady GaGa
2) My Ring – Toni Braxton
3) Say It – Ne-Yo
4) Rude Boy – Rihanna
5) For The Lovers – Whitney Houston

Trent

1) On To The Next One – Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
2) Poker Face – Lady GaGa
3) Bad Romance – Lady GaGa
4) The Roof – Mariah Carey
5) If Only You Knew – Patti Labelle

What are Your Top 5 Songs of The Moment?

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