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The video for Bone Thugs latest single ‘Lil L.O.V.E.’ has finally premiered. I’ve had the song in heavy rotation for a while now and was anxious to see how the video turned out. Though it’s nothing groundbreaking, the Chis Robinson-directed video is pretty good. It’s great to see Mariah back on scene after being on a hiatus – she looks stunning in the vid. Bow Wow as well as the song’s producer Jermaine Durpri also make appearances. After the success of ‘I Tried’, Bone Thugs look to be on course for another chart smash with this.

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Lil Fizz is the latest ex-boyband member to make a bid for solo stardom. ‘Beds’ is the lead single from the former B2K star’s new album ‘Payday’. Both the video and the song are so-so, however all the other members of B2K came out to support Fizz – with all three making cameo appearances in the vid. No words for Ray J..

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Following several months of speculation, Usher and his fiance Tameka Foster have announced that that they are expecting their first child. In a statement released to PEOPLE magazine, the couple had the following to say:

We are extremely excited at this point in our lives planning our wedding and the joy that comes with expecting our first child together. We hope people will be happy for us and respect our privacy during this happy period in our lives.

The baby, which is in the Fall, will be the first for Usher, yet the 4th for Foster – who has children from a previous marriage. Thus far the pair’s relationship has been pretty controversial, with the often ridiculed Foster being blamed for Usher firing his mother as his manager earlier this year. The ‘Confessions’ singer is also scheduled to release a new album toward the end of the year.

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As Ashanti preps her new album ‘The Declaration’ (due for an October release), this new song featuring Nelly – apparently the lead single – has surfaced. I’m kinda thrown by this one; she went in a different direction with ‘Switch’ and I give her props for doing so. The song is pretty catchy – I’m liking the swagger in her delivery and Nelly’s feature on the hook. Having said that, I see the single either growing on the listener or tanking – no middle ground. It’s not that the track is poor, it has more to do with the feeling that Ashanti should come with something harder than this as a first single.

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R&B star Kelly Rowland stopped by Jimmy Kimmel with Eve to perform her current single ‘Like This’. She also performed her international smash ‘Dilemma’ which didn’t air in its entirety. Check of the performance:

Kelly must be feeding off her BET Awards energy because this is definitely one of her best performances of ‘Like This’ yet. Her stage presence and vocals have both been upped a notch. Having Eve there was great too – she amped up an already-hyped crowd even more. Great stuff.

This steamy shot of Ciara and 50 Cent, taken from the singer’s newest video ‘Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone’ isn’t likely to ease the rumors that the two are indeed an item. For months now, many have speculated as to whether or not the pair are dating, after they were spotted out together several times. Fueling the rumors further is the fact that they were seated next to each other at last night’s BET Awards. Personally, I’m not convinced; it seems like a ploy to generate interest in the single – which features 50. Still, I’m more anxious to see the video now…so I guess it worked.
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The 2007 BET Awards took place tonight in LA. Performers included Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Ne-Yo and Jennifer Hudson. Check out the performance vids below:

Jennifer Hudson & Jennifer Holliday – ‘And I Am Telling You’

 

 

T.I. – Big Things Poppin’

 

Diddy (w/ Keyshia Cole & Lil’ Kim) – ‘Last Night’

 

Ne-Yo & Fabolous – Because of You/Make Me Better

 

Beyonce & Kelly Rowland – ‘Get Me Bodied’ / ‘Like This’

 

Ciara – Like A Boy / That’s Right

 

Robin Thicke – Lost Without You

 

50 Cent – Amusement Park

 

Eryka Badu – Diana Ross Tribute


Judging from some of these performances as well as viewer reports, this years show was definitely one of the better instalments of the annual event. Performance of the night, in my opinion, goes to Beyonce and Kelly Rowland’s joint showing. Everything about the performance was on-point; Beyonce nailed ‘Get Me Bodied’ and Kelly had her ‘coming out of the shadows’ moment by tearing down the stage with ‘Like This’ alongside Eve. Another notable performance was from Ciara, who did her thing with a medley of ‘Like A Boy’ and future single ‘That’s Right’. She has definitely upped her stage presence and live vocals too. I also really liked the Dreamgirls opening- which saw Jennifer Hudson perform ‘And I Am Telling You’ with the original Effie, Jennifer Holliday. It was a monumental moment seeing Jennifer Holliday finally get her moment to truly shine as Effie. On a side note, her facial expressions are still priceless lol. 50 Cent’s performance didn’t go…well just watch it lol. Overall it seemed like a great show.


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The video for Kanye West’s latest single ‘Stronger’ debuted on TRL today. As with most things Kanye, the video is a kinda left-field and I’m liking it. Directed by Hype Williams, the big-budget video features many special effects – though they are, somewhat, hit and miss. Cassie plays the female interest in the vid too. ‘Stronger’ is the official first single from Kanye’s third album ‘Graduation’ (due August 21st) and was preceded by buzz single ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’.

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‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ is latest single to be lifted from Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough album ‘Back to Black’. The track is one of my personal favourites from the album and I’m glad it was chosen as a single. Though this David LaChapelle directed video isn’t all that great, it’s still pretty decent and doesn’t take away from what is a great song

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It appears Eve isn’t wasting any time releasing singles from her upcoming album ‘Here I Am’ (due August 7th). As her current single ‘Tambourine’ climbs the charts, the rapper has already shot the video for the follow-up single ‘Give It To You’ – which features Sean Paul. Judging from these pics from the set, the video looks like its gonna be a good one. Be on the lookout for the video in the coming weeks.

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Thanks all those who entered the Kelly Rowland ‘Ms. Kelly’ competition. The correct answer to the question:

What Was Destiny’s Child’s First #1 Single?
a) No, No, No
The single was the group’s first #1 on any chart – hitting the top spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart in 1998.

Competition Winners (chosen at random):
1) Nicholas Gallo – Chicago, Illinois
2) Alexander Kelly – Norfolk, England
3) Sherrin Perkins – Los Angeles, California
4) Anita Owusu Dors – London, England
5) Dwayne Mactavious – British Virgin Islands
Congratulations to all the winners (you have also been notified via email).

Keep it locked on That Grape Juice for upcoming competitions…

As Ja Rule preps his comeback album ‘The Mirror’ (due for release later this year), another track from the set has surfaced. ‘Uh Oh’ sees the INC rapper team up with Lil’ Wayne for what is a great collaboration. The production is really on-point, as well as Ja’s flow. Lil’ Wayne does his thing on the track too. I’m feeling alot of Ja’s new material and will definitely be on the lookout for his new CD.

 

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