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It’s been more than 2 years since the release of LeToya Luckett’s Platinum certified debut solo effort. Though the LP’s follow-up had been slated for a 2008 release, label mergers etc caused for the album to be delayed until next year (word has it March 2009). In the meanwhile, snippets of two tracks believed to be for the album have surfaced in the form of ‘Don’t Need You’ and ‘Lazy’ – both of which you can listen to below:
Don’t Need You

Lazy

I must say, I’m impressed. Yes, neither are ground-breaking, however I’m really feeling the more ‘R&B/Pop’ (Cross-over) sound they both have. I’ve always seen LeToya as having a lot of cross-over appeal, so I’m hopeful this is the route she embarks on with her sophomore LP.

Hit(s) or Miss(es)?
Chris Brown Talks New Album; Eyes Madonna CollaboAfter the worldwide success of Chris Brown’s sophomore LP ‘Exclusive’, the 19 year old star is prepping his third tentatively titled ‘Graffiti’ for next year. Speaking to the Associated Press, the ‘Forever’ singer expressed his desire to work with a few unexpected artists on the project:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Brown wants Madonna on his next album.

The 19-year-old crooner says the Material Girl would be his dream duet for a track on his upcoming CD “Graffiti,” which is due out next year. He says he’d also love to work with Coldplay. He’s collaborated with Jordin Sparks, David Banner and girlfriend Rihanna in the past.

Brown predicts that “Graffiti” will be a bigger project for him. Speaking from the red carpet at the American Music Awards, the platinum-selling R&B star said: “It’s going to be my stepping stone from Chris Brown to superstar.”

More power to him. With his undeniable success this past year, Chris really has established self as a force in the industry. It’ll be interesting to see what he’ll deliver third go round – especially with the likes of Madonna and Coldplay being touted as possible features.

Your thoughts?
That Grape Juice To Interview T.I. That Grape Juice is pleased to announce that we will be interviewing Hip Hop superstar T.I. via phone this week.
The Atlanta native, real name Clifford Harris, is currently promoting his latest effort ‘Paper Trail’, which after just six weeks on the charts, was certified Platinum by the RIAA. ‘Trail’, his 6th studio album has spawned two #1 singles with ‘Whatever You Like’ and ‘Live Your Life’.
Please drop any questions you may have for T.I in the ‘comments’ section below. As usual, only legit questions will be considered. Thanks guys 🙂

*It’s worth stressing that plans can change at anytime for many a reason. However, at present, all systems are go!*
The 36th Annual American Music Awards aired in the US last night, live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Performers on the night, which saw Chris Brown bag the most awards, included Beyonce, Rihanna, Pink, Ne-Yo, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Leona. Check out performances below (review will be up a bit later):
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Jamie Foxx 'Intuition' Cover Check out the official album cover for Jamie Foxx’s brand new album ‘Intuition’. The set, which drops December 16th via J Records, boasts production/writing credits from the likes of Timbaland, Tricky Stewart, The Dream, Sean Garrett and more.
I keep saying it, but I’m really hoping this one is better than his last effort, 2005’s ‘Unpredictable’ – which IMO was crap save for a few songs.

What do you think of the cover?
Beyonce Shoots 'Diva' VideoAfter taking a brief moment to do a bit of site maintenance, we are back to business! Beyonce shot the video for the hotter than hot ‘Diva’ over the weekend in Downtown, Los Angeles. The video looks like it’ll be a winner. She also shot the clip for ‘Halo’ – the other single of her new dual release – over the weekend also.

In other Bouncy news, reports are suggesting she will debut on the Billboard 200 album chart at #1 with over 500,000 copies sold of ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’ first week – effectively debuting at Gold selling status first week. More power to her.

Beyonce Shoots 'Diva' Video Beyonce Shoots 'Diva' Video
Beyonce Shoots 'Diva' Video

What do you think of the pics?

X Factor 2008: Live Shows - Week 6The seventh week of X Factor 2008 live shows aired last night here in the UK. Check out my 2 Pence on the Take That themed week below:

{For those unfamiliar with the show; The X Factor is the UK’s version of American Idol – with a twist in that groups and over 25’s are eligible to enter. The show also birthed the career of a certain Leona Lewis}
With the final rapidly approaching, the competition is becoming pretty intense, with there sure to be some surprising departures over the next few weeks. I wasn’t too keen on the theme this week and the performances on a whole kinda left me underwhelmed. That said, Alexandra (who had vocal issues during the week), turned in a good performance considering, with Rachel also doing an awesome job on her bottom-2 performance. Check out their showings below:

Alexandra Burke – Relight My Fire

Rachel Hylton – And I Am Telling You

It’s a shame Rachel ended up leaving, as this was hands down her best performance yet – a little rough around the edges but still an awesome job all the same.

Though Alexandra wasn’t as great as usual, the judges were right in saying she needs to be in the final. Hell, she needs to win the whole thing! There are many a void I can see her filling. With such a great talent, she has a bright future ahead of her thanks to the show.

Your thoughts?

Preview Brandy's 'Human' You can now preview Brandy’s much anticipated new album ‘Human’ over at Amazon.com, ahead of its December 9th release. I must say, it’s sounding great. However I’ll reserve my judgement until the I hear the album in its entirety.

Your thoughts?

The video for the Sugababes latest single ‘No Can Do’ premiered this week. Put simply, the Motown inspired song is head and shoulders above the mediocrity that was their last single ‘Girls’; the video isn’t bad either – although it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. Here’s hoping the song reignites interest in their ‘Catfights & Spotlights’ LP, which hasn’t fared that great on the charts.

What do you think of the song / video?

Keri Hilson’s brand new video for ‘Turnin’ Me On (ft. Lil’ Wayne)’ premiered moments ago. The Erik White directed clip joins an impressive collection of vids Ms. Hilton has shot to promote her ‘In A Perfect World’ LP. I’m really hoping this one catches on, as Keri is very deserving of success IMO. Tidbit: Plies and Polow Da Don make cameos.

Randomness: Is it me or is Keri really underrated in the looks department? She looks stunning here.

What do you think of the video?

Beyonce Lines Up 2 New Singles It appears as though Beyonce will be serving up 2 new singles at a go with her ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’ LP. The follow-up to current hits ‘If I Were A Boy’ and ‘Single Ladies’ have been confirmed as ‘Halo’ and ‘Diva’, the latter of which replaces ‘Ego’ as one of the next singles. Videos for both releases will be shot next week.
Considering I see ‘Halo’ as being one of the best tracks Beyonce has recorded in long while, I’m definitely pleased it’s receiving the single treatment. As for ‘Diva’, I’m sure the video will be r-e-a-l interesting LOL.

What do you think of the single choices?
Janet To Tour Japan Despite all the drama which surrounded the US leg of Janet Jackson’s critically acclaimed ‘Rock Witchu’ tour, it has been announced that the 42 year old superstar will be taking to tour to Japan next year.
In her first tour stop there since 2002, Janet will perform in Saitama, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka from Feb 14th to 22th respectively. {Source}

Though things remain up in the air about possible extra US dates, it’s great to see Janet catering to her International audience. Here’s hoping her next stop is good ol’ sunny England LOL…

Your thoughts?

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