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2016 Year In Review: Stacey Dash Is Still Clueless

Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop entertainment landscape as we know it.

Next?  We reflect on how ‘Clueless’ should’ve been the name of Stacey Dash‘s autobiography…

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Watch: Rihanna Takes HIV Test

Star Tests For Human Immunodeficiency Virus On World AIDS Day

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In honour of World Aids Day (December 1st 2016), Rihanna and Prince Harry made it their mission to raise awareness for the deadly disease’s life-changing affects by taking H.I.V tests…on camera.

Harry was in Barbados to celebrate its 50 years of independence away from British rule and Rihanna, who is hard at work on a new album, was there to play host.

Watch them in fun, yet serious, action below…

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Stream: John Legend – ‘Darkness and Light (Album)’

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The Adult Contemporary force John Legend has released his latest album ‘Darkness and Light‘ today.

Filled with 13 songs, the set was executive-produced by the Alabama ShakesBlake Mills and offers the singer’s views on love, life, politics, racism, marriage and fatherhood with help from Chance the Rapper, Brittany Howard and Miguel.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I have a point of view. I want to do the same with my art. I want to contribute to the conversation.

Press play to stream the release below!

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Watch: J. Cole’s ‘Eyez (Documentary)’

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J.Cole‘s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ LP will arrive on December 9th.

Before that, he drops a 40-minute documentary named ‘Eyez’ via Tidal.

You get to this height or this level in your career, in terms of platform, the next one might go down, it could go up. You’re never guaranteed to be this high again. While I’m here, let me use this opportunity to say the realest shit I’ve ever said.

Undoubtedly aware of Drake’s superstar status, Cole presents himself as Hip-Hop’s underdog, shying away from the pomp and pageantry he feels has created a disconnect between his peers and the fans they share.

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Your Top 5 Songs Of The Moment?

It’s that time again! That Grape Juice wants to see what you all are listening to. Which 5 tracks have you got on constant rotation at the moment?

Remember, it doesn’t have to be limited to Urban music; could be something new, Throwback, religious, even something you made yourself! Drop a comment in the comments section. Ours are below – in no particular order:

1) Beyonce & The Dixie Chicks – Daddy Lessons

2) Bruno Mars – Chunky

3) Bruno Mars – That’s What I like

4) Gallant – Bourbon

5) Mariah Carey  & John Legend – When Christmas Comes

 

What are Your Top 5 Songs of The Moment?

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Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ Opens at #2 With His Highest 1st Week Sales Ever

Singer Sees All of His Albums Impact Chart Simultaneously

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Bruno Mars certainly has the American Music Awards to thank for rubbing some of its magic on his newest album, ‘24K Magic.’

The opus, originally projected to sell as little as 110,000 its first week, surged in sales after his show-stopping set at the annual awards’ show.  Nearly doubling industry analysts’ predictions by the time its inaugural tallying week was over, the commercial performance of the project even saw Mars’ name added to history books due to buyer response on iTunes.

Finishing with his highest first week sales ever at 231,000 SPS (194,000 pure sales), Bruno-fever was so high his first two albums – ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ and ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’ – both saw boosts in sales as well.  Tuck in below to find out where all three of his projects landed on this week’s refreshed ‘Chart Check’:

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Audition: R. Kelly Seeks Opening Acts For #12NightsofChristmas Tour

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R. Kelly & Frank Gatson Want You!

That’s right, you!  The Grammy-winning R&B legend, who is currently taking North America by storm on his ’12 Nights of Christmas’ tour in support of the holiday-themed album of the same name (in stores now), is giving his talented fans the gift of opportunity.

Think you’ve got what it take to impress legendary creative director/choreographer Frank Gatson to earn a spot opening for Kelly when his tour visits a city near you? Tuck in for details and let us know:

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Beyonce, Rihanna, & Ariana Grande Among Instagram’s “Most-Mentioned” In 2016

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As the “end of the year” lists continue to pour in, fan groups of music’s biggest artists are getting more and more amped up for the opportunity to add new feats to their lengthy lists of bragging rights.

The latest?  Instagram numbers.

That’s right, while ‘Good For You’ singer Selena Gomez made good on securing her role as the outlet’s most followed member (with 103 million followers as of time reported), IG was good to a number of other musical artists in 2016 including Ariana Grande, Rihanna, and Beyonce (all of whom released albums this year).

Tuck in to see who owes the social networking site the biggest “thank yous” in 2016:

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Report: Jamie Foxx To Produce Marvin Gaye Biopic Series

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11 years after taking home an Academy Award for his portrayal of music legend Ray Charles in the biographical film ‘Ray,’ singer/songwriter/actor/comedian Jamie Foxx is taking on the role of executive producer for the biopic of another legendary story:  Marvin Gaye.

Coming in the form of a “limited series” about the Motown star, best known for hits ‘What’s Going On,’ ‘Sexual Healing,’ and ‘Let’s Get It On,’ the showing comes as the first authorized recount of his storied life and times.

Billboard reports:

F. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin and actors including Jesse L. Martin and Lenny Kravitz all have tried to bring Gaye’s story to screen, but until now none had been authorized by Gaye’s family.

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Drake & Rihanna Are Spotify’s Most Streamed Artists of the Year

News Follows Pandora’s Announcement Of ‘Work’ Being Its ‘Most Thumbed-Up’ Song of 2016

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Streaming’s King and Queen, Drake & Rihanna, saw their respective thrones unbothered this year (as recent reports reveal).

Spotify’s #2016Wrapped list arrived today and, to the surprise of few, the ‘Work’ duo jointly and individually worked up some jaw-dropping stats over the course of the year.  Drizzy, thanks to his record-breaking album ‘Views,’ topped Spotify’s “most streamed list” for the second year by racking up a whopping 4.7 billion streams (more than twice his tally in 2015).  ‘One Dance’ – the megahit birthed from the chart-topping release – now sits in record books as not only the most streamed song of 2016, but also of all time.

Following those 4.7 billion streams is Rihanna, thanks to 2.5 billion streams of hits found aboard her 8th opus ‘Anti’ and across her hit-filled catalog.

Curious to see who else made the tally?  Tuck in below:

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