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The video for Sean Paul’s new single ‘Watch Dem Roll’ surfaced earlier this week. I can’t say I’m a fan of the song – particularly as a single. Considering Sean usually delivers with his first singles, the song is kinda so-so, as is the Rich Newey directed video.

What do you think of the video?

R&B star Ashanti gave a rendition of ‘God Bless America’ at opening game at the MLB World Series in Boston this past Wednesday (October 25th). Till this day, I never understand why people argue that ‘Ashanti can’t sing’; she nailed this performance. Thinking about it, I guess it’s because her true vocal ability doesn’t always transcend onto her records. Here’s hoping she comes with ‘it’ on her new CD ‘The Declaration’ (due February 2008).

What do you think of the performance?

Def Jam’s Rihanna is currently touring in support of her ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ album. On September 24th, the Bajan star hit Montreal’s Bell Center in Canada for a show and MSN Music was there to tape the event. By clicking the link at the bottom of this post, you can watch the entire concert – which was made available online yesterday .

About the concert, I thought she did ‘ok’. Call me a hater or whatever, but it lacked the energy of a show I would spend my money on. Still, I’m sure there are those who are feeling what she has to offer…


What do you think of the concert?

Singing sensation Leona Lewis is hitting the promotional trail hard this week to support the release of her new single ‘Bleeding Love’. She stopped by daytime talk show ‘Loose Women’ earlier on today to perform the track. Though not initially a fan of the song, I’m liking it more and more each time performs it – vocally she was overly on-point. A tidbit: though, I don’t usually care for such things, her outfit had to be a joke, right?

In other news, ‘Bleeding Love’ is set to become the fastest-selling UK single this year, after going on-sale this Monday. The track is guaranteed the #1 spot come Sunday when the official numbers are announced.

What do you think of the performance?

Check out these new promotional pics for rapper Trina’s forthcoming album ‘Still Da Baddest’ (formerly titled ‘Da Baddest Bitch II). There’s no doubt she looks good but come on now! It’s not only the bullet she’s biting…it’s Rihanna’s ‘style’ too. Considering the fact that I feel that whole Rihanna look is contrived, it only makes Trina look like she’s jumping on the bandwagon – late as well.
What’s more, the highly-stylized nature of the pics kinda clash with the album’s title. Anyway, ‘Still Da Baddest’ drops February 12th 2008. The CD’s first single ‘Single Again’ can be heard by clicking here.

What do you think of the pics?
To the many of you who entered the That Grape Juice’s ‘Meet Omarion & Marques Houston’ competition, thank you. More tickets for the premiere than the originally quoted ‘pair’ became available for the competition, hence there were six pairs in total up for grabs! The following are the winners – who were chosen at random (email confirmation should have been received yesterday) :

1) Yordano Hayelom – Seattle, Washington

2) Bersabel Gebremeskel – Long Beach, California

3) Denise Berg – Los Angeles, California

4) Brandon J. Jones – Newark, California

5) Heather M. Okker – Los Angeles, California

6) Traci Renae – Glendale, California

Congratulations to the winners! Remember to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for future competitions…we’re doing it big from here on out.

Many thanks to Code Back/ NBC Universal

After debuting at #1 at the US box office, grossing an approximate $21.5 million, in it’s first week of release (and still riding high on the charts today), Tyler Perry’s ‘Why Did I Get Married’ is an undeniable box office hit.
Seeing as the film has yet to see it’s UK release, I haven’t to see it (I’ll be watching it soon either way *hint hint* lol). Considering this, I wanted to hear what you guys that have seen it think of it. Did it live up to the hype? Who shone, who was wack? Etc. Express your view by dropping something in the ‘comment’ section.

Your thoughts?
R&B star Keyshia Cole performed a set of both her past and current material on VH1’s Unplugged. Though not always consistent, Keyshia really brought it with these performances:
Let It Go

Love

Click here to watch the rest of the show

What do you think of the performances?

According to Fox News columnist Roger Friedman, Pop superstar Michael Jackson is preparing to release a revamped version of his best-selling LP ‘Thriller’. Rapper/producer Kanye West is among those lined up to contribute to the project. Check out the report below:

[Michael] Jackson is involved in putting together a 25th anniversary edition of his best-selling album, “Thriller.” Those with long memories will recall that “Thriller” is considered the biggest-selling pop album of all time, succeeding Carole King’s “Tapestry” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and breaking every record it came near.

Jackson’s new music attorney, Peter Lopez, told me on Tuesday that about four of the original “Thriller” tracks are being remixed as “extras” for the CD package. Kanye West, Akon and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas are supposed to be doing that work. The songs are “Billie Jean,” “The Girl Is Mine,” “Wanna Be Starting Something” and “Pretty Young Thing.”

In addition, Lopez says that four tracks left off “Thriller” in 1983 will be included. Jackson’s longtime producer Bruce Swedien, who no longer works with the pop star, told me that one track he knows of is a killer. It’s called “Don’t Be Messin’ Around.” Swedien doesn’t know any of the other tracks left off the album but said there may be some out there.
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Though I’d much prefer Michael to drop his long-awaited new album sooner rather than later, I guess this will wet the appetite of his fans, whilst re-introducing him to the masses.

Do you think re-releasing ‘Thriller’ is a good idea?

Thanks all those who entered the Keyshia Cole ‘Just Like You’ competition. The correct answer to the question:

What was the title of Keyshia’s 2005 debut album?

b) The Way It Is

The winner (who has also been notified via email) is….
Denisha Donaldson (Age 20) – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Congratulations (you have also been notified via email).

Remember to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for upcoming competitions…

With Alicia Keys’ current single ‘No One’ riding high on the charts, the next single from her new album ‘As I Am’ has surfaced. Produced by Timbaland, ‘Like You’ll Never See Me Again’ is a soulful slow jam which sees Alicia coo effortlessly over the beat. Though the track doesn’t seem to have ‘like upon first listen’ appeal, it is a definte grower IMO. It’s a welcome change to hear a Timbaland production that differs to a lot of what he has put out for other artists as of late. The video for the song was filmed earlier this month and should premiere in the coming weeks. Alicia’s album ‘As I Am’ drops on November 13th.

Hit Or Miss?

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Though the video for Mary J. Blige’s new single ‘Just Fine’ was set to premiere tomorrow on VH1, it has hit the net a day earlier. I’m really liking what both Mary and director Chris Applebaum came up with; from the concept to Mary’s look to the effects – everything was on-point! The little Michael Jackson homage at the end was a nice touch. With the, somewhat, different sound Mary went for with this song, it’ll be interesting to hear what her forthcoming album ‘Growing Pains’ sounds like.

What do you think of the video?

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