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Alicia, Mary & Jill Cover ESSENCEAs part of ESSENCE’s annual ‘Black Music Month’, the June issue of the renown magazine features R&B/Soul heavyweights Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and Jill Scott on special edition covers. Each speaks to the magazine about their storied careers and how they’ve managed to stay relevant.


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Ashanti - 'Body On Me' (Snippet) (ft. Nelly & Akon) As reported, Ashanti is set to serve up ‘Body On Me’, featuring boyfriend Nelly and Akon, as the follow-up to current single ‘The Way That I Love You’. We’ve just received a 90 sec snippet of the track, which seems like a definite summer hit. Check it out…

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Win Signed 'Ms. Kelly: Deluxe' CD! To celebrate the release of Kelly Rowland’s fantastic new album ‘Ms. Kelly: Deluxe’, That Grape Juice are giving you the chance to win one of five copies – signed by the Grammy Award winning star herself.
Featuring chart smashes ‘Like This’ and ‘Work (Freemasons Mix)’, as well as seven brand new tracks including ‘Daylight (ft. Travis McCoy)’ and ‘Love Again’, ‘Ms. Kelly: Deluxe’ is a must-have. To be in with a chance of winning a signed copy, answer the following question correctly:

What was Kelly’s first Number 1 outside of Destiny’s Child?

a) Stole

b) Like This

c) Dilemma

Email your answer as well as your full name, age, and address to [email protected]. Please be sure to put ‘Ms. Kelly Deluxe Comp’ as the subject. Winners will be selected randomly from all correct answers. Competition ends Sunday 18th May. Good luck!

Legend Tina Turner was joined by fellow diva Cher for a special episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show in Las Vegas. As well as performing several songs, the pair were interviewed together about their storied careers, ex-Husbands (Ike Turner & Sonny Bono), upcoming tours and much more. A great interview, I must say.

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Ne-Yo - 'Trouble'Those awaiting the release of Ne-Yo’s third LP ‘Year of The Gentleman’ will be disappointed to learn that the album has been pushed back from its June 24th release to August 5th. I’m assuming Def Jam are going for the 2-single pre-album release strategy, as the set’s first cut ‘Closer’ seems to be slowing down on the charts (#54 on the Billboard Hot 100).
In any case, ‘Trouble’, which will feature on the record, should help ease the wait. The R&B/Pop/Dance fusion further embraces the sound the singer/songwriter channeled on ‘Closer’. Very ‘European’ sounding. With each track I hear from the set, I’m becoming increasingly more amped for what the record will be delivering. Good stuff.

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Remy Ma & Papoose To Marry Today According to The NY Daily News, Remy Ma will marry fellow rapper Papoose today – in jail:

Wedding bells will ring Monday for jailed hip-hop star Remy Ma, who plans to marry her boyfriend, rapper Papoose, on Rikers Island, a source cloPapoosese to the rapper said.

The jailhouse ceremony will take place just a day before Ma is sentenced for shooting an ex-pal during a squabble over money in the Meatpacking District last year.

Ma, 26, whose real name is Remy Smith, and the Brooklyn-born Papoose, nee Shamele Mackie, will each be allowed two guests for the wedding.

Just 24 hours later, Grammy-nominated rapper Ma will face up to 25 years in prison for shooting Makeda Barnes-Joseph in the stomach last July.

A mess.

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Competition: Danity Kane - Soundcheck Give-AwayMany thanks to hundreds of you who entered the That Grape Juice / Wal-Mart Soundcheck Danity Kane competition.
The correct answer to the question:

Member D.Woods, initially, went by her real first name. What is it:

b) Wanita

The winners (who have also been notified by email), have won a fantastic Danity Kane / Unilever prize pack, which includes a copy of ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse’, iTunes Gift Card, as well as several Unilever products. They are:

1) Mubanga Chishimba

2) Josh King

Once again, thanks to those who entered. Do be sure to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for future competitions…

Janet Jackson - 'Can't Be Good' (Red Rat Remix) It would appear Janet Jackson’s stalled ‘Discipline’ project is set to be given a renewed lease of life. There are murmurings that this remix of album cut (and supposed new single) ‘Can’t Be Good’, courtesy of Jamaican star Red Rat, will feature on a re-packaged version of the LP.
About the track…hmm…it’s ok, I guess. Considering I’m not at all a big fan of the original, it’s hardly surprising that this doesn’t really move me. If there is truth to the talk of re-release, I say drop a completely new/unheard cut, followed by what the masses seem to be liking most – ‘LUV’ and/or ‘2Nite’. Though, by no means a masterpiece, ‘Discipline’ does have a lot of ‘hit single’ potential; potential that if wasted would be real unfortunate.

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It’s great to see the same Will Smith that we all know and love from ‘The Fresh Prince’ doing big things in Hollywood these days. Judging by this trailer, the 39 year old actor’s latest effort, superhero flick ‘Hancock’, looks to be winner. The action-packed movie is set to hit theatres on July 1st.

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Chris Brown - 'Superhuman' (ft. Keri Hilson) Teen R&B star has joined forces with Keri Hilson for this brand new cut titled ‘Superhuman’. Set to feature on the re-release of Chris’ sophomore effort ‘Exclusive’, the track is much better than I had anticipated. The oddly matched pair trade verses over the R&B/Pop inspired mid-tempo production, meshing surprisingly well. Perhaps the re-release will be worth it after all. ‘Exclusive: the Forever Edition’ hits stores June 3rd.

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Bad Boy’s Cassie is currently readying her still-untitled sophomore LP for a September release. In the meanwhile, another cut from the set has surfaced – the Bryan Michael Cox produced ‘2 The Morning’. I’ll be honest in saying that I greet much of Cassie’s material with a lot of scepticism (for obvious reasons), however I’m really feeling this. B. Cox switched it up from his trademark ‘crunk ballad’, delivering a sure-fire club banger in the process; and, let’s face it, a Cassie track is only as good as its beat.

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Rapper Nelly co-headlined the 2nd day of the BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. During his set he was joined by Kelly Rowland to perform their smash ‘Dilemma’. Check out their performance below:

Granted Nelly forgot some of the words (which they convincingly played down), I liked the performance – the crowd seemed to as well.

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