More Christina Aguilera Promo Pics
Check out these new promotional shots for Christina Aguilera’s upcoming greatest hits compliation – ‘Keeps Gettin’ Better – A Decade Of Hits’.
These striking pics look great. I’m just hopeful that ‘Ms. Dirrty’ finds her mojo again, as her current single ‘Keeps Gettin’ Better’ just isn’t cutting it IMO.

More Christina Aguilera Promo Pics

What do you think of the pics?

The video for Michelle Williams 2nd single from her ‘Unexpected’ LP ‘The Greatest’ premiered just a few hours ago on Yahoo Music. As a fan of the song, it’s great to see the video turn out well. Simple, yet effective, the concept clip shows Michelle in her best light solo thus far – she looks stunning.

What do you think of the video?

That Grape Juice To Interview D. Woods

As announced last week, That Grape Juice will be interviewing recently ousted Danity Kane member D. Woods this week. You can submit questions for her at the link below. Thanks!

Click here to submit questions for D. Woods

UK vixen Alesha Dixon performed her ‘comeback’ single ‘The Boy Does Nothing’ this past Saturday on Strictly Come Dancing – the very show that re-launched her career this time last year. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by Alesha’s showing; vocally she was on-point, while still managing to work the stage (as the song’s high-octane sound calls for). Great performance.

What do you think of the performance?

Beyonce Does InStyleWith the industry abuzz about what Beyonce is set to serve up November 18th – the day her ‘I Am…’ LP hits stores, the songstress continues her promotional blitz, this time featuring in the latest issue of InStyle magazine. Check out her pics from the shot below:

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What do you think of the pics?

With UK trio the Sugababes latest LP ‘Catfights & Spotlights’ hitting stores tomorrow, it has been confirmed that ‘No Can Do’ will serve as the second single from the record. The Motown/Old Skool inspired track is, put simply, Pop brilliance. Top notch offering from the ladies – which is more than can be said for its predecessor ‘Girls’.

Check out the Keisha, Heidi and Amelle performance of the song on T4 earlier today:

What do you think of the song / performance?

X Factor 2008: Live Shows - Week 2The second week of X Factor 2008 live shows aired last night here in the UK. Check out my 2 Pence on the Michael Jackson 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}
Despite this week featuring songs from the great Michael Jackson, I felt it wasn’t as good as last week’s ‘live show’ debut; the song selections, collectively, were too ballad-heavy. That said, judge Cheryl Cole’s category (the girls) offered the best showings last night IMO. Check out performances by out Alexandra, Laura White and Diana Vickers below:

Alexandra Burke – I’ll Be There

Laura White – You Are Not Alone

Diana Vickers – Man In The Mirror

Though Diana really caught my attention this week and Laura continues to perform well, I’m still rooting for Alexandra. My current mindset (forewarning…this may sound a little OTT) is that Leona is the British-honed ‘new’ Mariah while Alexandra is similar to Whitney (in that guise).

Your thoughts?

R&B star Chris Brown made an appearance on French TV show ‘Star Academy’ this week. The 19 year old performed his hit ‘Kiss Kiss’ with a contestant on the show (who I must say had me rolling with his attempts at being ‘cool’). All in all, a pretty entertaining performance.

What do you think of the performance?

Yes, this is not your typical TGJ post, but I really couldn’t resist. This hilarious clip has been making the rounds on the net for a week or so. I am still in hysterics over this one – I won’t spoil it. Drop your views in the comments section!

Your thoughts?

That Grape Juice To Interview D. Woods With all the drama surrounding Bad Boy collective Danity Kane, I’m sure many of you want to know what exactly led to the ousting of core members D. Woods and Aubrey O’ Day, as well as what their future holds.
So, with that, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that That Grape Juice Juice will be interviewing D. Woods at the top of next week. She has stated that she will be setting the record straight on everything.
Please drop any questions you have for her in the comments section below. As usual, only legit questions will be considered. Thanks guys!
Dawn Talks To Essence About Danity Kane DramaOne third of the remaining members of Danity Kane, Dawn Richard, spoke with Essence Magazine about the drama surrounding the group following the sacking of Aubrey O’ Day and D. Woods, as well as speaking on the the group’s future. A long, yet interesting read:

ESSENCE.COM: Last night’s finale of “Making The Band 4” was sort of subdued drama with a pretty ambiguous ending. Diddy has left the ladies of Danity Kane to decide what the group’s future will be. What is your hope for the group?

DAWN RICHARD: We talked about it and there’s a fear we have of losing our fan base. But at the end of the day, Diddy made his choice to let us decide and we would like to continue with the name and the group. This is our lives and you can’t just say no to your dreams. I love working with the group. However, it’s so hard to say what will happen. I would prefer that the original group members remain. It’s hard enough for fans to follow as is.

ESSENCE.COM: Diddy is a beast when it comes to whipping his groups into shape and his truth hurts. He already let Aubrey go and then D. Woods was a no-show last night. Have you spoken or plan to speak to any of the ladies?

RICHARD: No, I haven’t. Honestly, we really don’t talk that much, but I wish them the best of luck. I showed up, and as one person, I can only do so much. If they want to get in touch with me, they will because I totally support them and always will. All of this stuff affects us because these are our lives. Diddy tells us to try to save our group and some of us don’t show up? We’re making a serious statement to him about the future of this group by doing so.

ESSENCE.COM: There’s been much hearsay about Diddy’s intentions of making you the lead of Danity Kane as well as offering you a solo record deal. Is that true?

RICHARD: It’s so interesting how the media chooses to interpret or report things. I have never said that I was pursuing a solo deal. I told someone that I have waited so long for my dream, and singing is my dream and has been for so long. I have done nothing on the side as far as solo projects; I’m not sidestepping. I have totally been supportive of the group—that’s my priority. We had shows where Aubrey didn’t show up and we had her back and no one wrote about it or said anything. Some of the other girls have pursued their interests and I have sat back and supported them in their individual pursuits. It truly hurts my feelings because I work so hard and I’ve been so honest from the beginning. I can’t control it if someone says, `I respect your artistry and I’d like to work with you.’ What’s wrong with that? Instead of getting support there is nothing but negativity. Again, my priority has always been Danity Kane. I’ve never missed a show or meeting so it’s just interesting how people perceive things. I can only put it in God’s hands.

ESSENCE.COM: But has Diddy ever approached you personally about a deal?

RICHARD: Everyone should ask Puff if that’s what he has in line for me. If he does, then I’m honored and I will work hard as I’ve always done. What I know for certain is that he would never break up Danity Kane. I’ve always been on that same train, too. At the end of the day, I’m going to rock with the first priority, which is Danity Kane. Who knows what can happen, because Puff changes his mind every five seconds. I’m going to work hard. I’m going to be the same person I was in the beginning. What’s honest and true is that I respect people. I respect and love the group. I wish it could still be five of us. I didn’t make Aubrey leave. I didn’t make D. Woods not show up. People choose their paths and you do what’s best for your situation. This is your job and you do the best you can do. All we’re trying to do is survive.

ESSENCE.COM: Because you’ve written songs for the group and named the group, do you think the other ladies might be envious of you?

RICHARD: I will never say anyone is jealous of me, because that’s not the type of person I am. I just never see it like that. You work hard, people respect you or you don’t. Growing up in my household, nothing was ever easy, especially as an African-American woman. You can be perceived as a b—-. When I work so hard, some people say all these mean things when you’re trying to be righteous and it’s so hurtful. I’m human, so in the beginning of my career when I read those things, they were the worst and meanest things. I couldn’t conceive why my own people wouldn’t be more positive and support me, so I couldn’t help but be hurt and think, Why don’t you have my back? I’m doing something positive? I’m not a hater. You don’t even have to like me. I’m going to respect everyone. Now I don’t let the negative talk affect me; I just do me, because no one is perfect and you can’t live for everyone else.

ESSENCE.COM: Dawn, you’re extremely positive and that is to be respected. Do you have any personal issues with the group?

RICHARD: I stated this once before when Diddy asked what the problems were. The reality is that some days we get along and other days we don’t, but it has never made me feel differently about the girls or the group. I always wanted to rock with those four girls. I’m about business and how do we keep the fans happy and how do we make our business work better. I’m pro-Danity Kane.

The drama continues…

Your thoughts?

Michelle Williams featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show last night, offering live renditions of current singles ‘Hello Heartbreak’ (above) and ‘The Greatest’ (below). Though not her best live showings, Michelle did well – especially on ‘The Greatest’. She looked stunning too.

What do you think of the performances?

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