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X Factor 2008: Live Shows - Week 4The fifth week of X Factor 2008 live shows aired tonight here in the UK. Check out my 2 Pence on the Mariah Carey 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}
Undeniably the ‘shocker’ episode of the series thus far, tonight saw the ousting of favourite (and one of my personal favourites) Laura White over the far less talented Ruth. A damn shame.
Anyway, Mariah herself was in the building, mentoring the contestants as well as performing twice. You can check out her performances of ‘I Stay In Love’ and ‘Hero’ (with the remaining finalists) below as well as that of standout contestant Alexandra Burke:

Mariah – I Stay In Love

Mariah – Hero

Alexandra – Without You

Mariah, Mariah, Mariah. What awful performances! Ms. Cannon looked so lost up there when miming through ‘I Stay In Love’ and her live rendition of ‘Hero’ which reminded one of how much her voice is a shadow of a shadow of what it once was. What’s more, she was stiffer than stiff; yes, she’s no ‘mover’ but come on now. I’m sitting here scratching my head wondering why she seemed to be full of personality during the interview segments, yet – with her years of being a performer – offered such a dry and lifeless showing. If she doesn’t fix whatever is wrong with her or simply sit down soon, she will be tarnishing what was a remarkably successful career with such crappy performances (which she seems to have a knack for giving these days). Rant over lol.

On a more positive note, Alexadra nailed it once again – showing in the process why she must win this show!

Your thoughts?

With Britney Spears’ ‘comeback’ looking more a certainty than otherwise, a new track from her hotly anticipated ‘Circus’ LP has surfaced in the form of ‘Kill The Lights’. Produced by Danja, one of the creative forces behind much of her last album ‘Blackout’, the track is definitely a winner.

Unlike ‘Womanizer’, which required several plays to become ‘listenable’ (or may have just been shoved down our throats), ”Lights’ instantly grabs with its infectious production, which Britney rides with ease.

‘Circus’ hits stores December 2nd.

Your thoughts?

IT girl of the moment Rihanna fainted onstage while performing her smash ‘Umbrella’ with Chris Brown during a concert in Sydney, Australia today.

As seen in the video above, the 20 year old star is visibly clutching her stomach in pain and stumbles off stage into the hands of her handlers, while rumored boyfriend Brown completes the song.

Her camp have since confirmed that she is ok after being taken to the hospital following the occurrence.

Though I don’t mince my words about Ms. Fenty (with good reason), here’s hoping she’s actually better.

Your thoughts?

R&B star Usher recently stopped by the Angie Martinez show on Hot 97 to promote the New York tour stop of his ladies aimed ‘One Night Only’ Stateside trek. Though, the ‘Love In This Club’ singer mainly spoke about the tour, he confirmed that wife Tameka is due with the couple’s second child next month (Wow, they didn’t waste anytime!) as well as her reaction to his provocative stage-shows. A pretty interesting listen, I must say.

Any thoughts?

Pop superstar Madonna brought out fellow mega-star Britney Spears last night during the Los Angeles stop of her ‘Sticky & Sweet’ tour at the Dodgers Stadium. Looking every inch a star, Spears joined Madge, 50, on stage for a rendition of ‘Human Nation’.
Though the performance wasn’t exactly mind-blowing, it’s great to see Ms. Spears looking so great and getting her self reacquainted with the music scene again.

Randomness
: Justin Timberlake was also in the building. He joined Madonna onstage for ‘4 Minutes’ later in the show. Oh how ‘interesting’ it must have been backstage!

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Your thoughts?

Review in a bit…

In the meanwhile…

What do you think of the song / video?

The MTV European Music Awards 2008 are currently on the air here in Europe. Performances will be added continually:

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Jamie Foxx Preps 'Intuition'Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is taking a break from Hollywood to release ‘Intuition,’ the follow-up to 2005’s ‘Unpredictable’, this December:

Due Dec. 16 from J Records, the set is preceded by the single “Just Like Me” featuring T.I., which is the top debut this week at No. 48 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

The track, which was co-written and produced by the hitmaking team of the-Dream and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, goes to digital retailers on Tuesday.

“Intuition” will also feature contributions from Timbaland, Ne-Yo, Sean Garrett, Salaam Remi and Carlos McKinney, among others. It’s the follow-up to 2005’s “Unpredictable,” which has sold 1.98 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. {Source}

I seem to be among the few who felt ‘Unpredictable’ really wasn’t that great (a few songs aside, highly overrated IMO), so I’m definitely hoping this new CD showcases Jamie’s undeniably awesome vocals with better material.

Your thoughts?

The video for 50 Cent’s new single ‘Get Up’, the first from the G-Unit general’s forthcoming album ‘Before I Self-Destruct’, premiered today. Though the video is better than the average Hip-Hop clip and visually quite engaging, there’s no escaping that the song doesn’t really touch anything he put out when he was actually relevant.

‘Before I Self-Destruct’ hits stores December 16th.

What do you think of the song / video?

Control Freak: Ciara - 'The Evolution'Each week an album’s tracklist will be posted, with it being thrown to you guys to detail which 4 or 5 tracks you feel should have been (or should be) singles. This week’s LP is Ciara’2006 sophomore effort ‘The Evolution’:


Tracklist

1. That’s Right
2. Like A Boy (Sam’s Single Pick #2)
3. The Evolution Of Music (Interlude)
4. Promise (Sam’s Single Pick #1)
5. I Proceed
6. Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone
7. C.R.U.S.H.
8. My Love
9. The Evolution Of Dance (Interlude)
10. Make It Last Forever
11. Bang It Up
12. Get Up (Sam’s Single Pick #4)
13. The Evolution Of Fashion (Interlude)
14. Get In, Fit In
15. The Evolution Of C (Interlude)
16. So Hard (Sam’s Single Pick #3)
17. I’m Just Me
18. I Found Myself

Your picks?

Listen To 'I Am...Sasha Fierce' - The Whole CD! You can now listen to Beyonce’s eagerly awaited ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’ CD (legally!) over at The New Music Leak:
I’ll hold my review until nearer the album’s release (November 18th), although that doesn’t stop you!

What do you think of ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’?
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That Grape Juice UpdateAfter taking a brief moment to soak up Obama’s victory, it’s back to business here at That Grape Juice. I’d like to take a quick moment to update you all on a few things; so without further ado:

Comments: Comments are working properly now! We’ve had technical difficulties with the embedded comments box (at the bottom of a given post). Hence for now we’ve reverted back to the pop-up box. We love to hear what you all are thinking about everything and anything, so please do continue to express yourself. (It’s advsised that you may need to turn off your pop-up blocker – if you have one)

Janet Competition: After the postponement and rumored cancelling of several dates of Janet Jackson’s ‘Rock Witchu’ tour, our ‘That Grape Juice Wants To Rock Witchu’ ticket give-away contest has inevitably affected (possibly fatally). Stay tuned, particularly over the next few days, for a concrete update on this.

D. Woods Interview: The former Danity Kane star will be interviewed by That Grape Juice within the coming week. Scheduling conflicts have been the primary cause of the delay.

Guess Who?: Speaking of interviews, we are very close to confirming interviews with two members of a very well known musical family. Any guess on who?

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