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Chart Check: Meghan Trainor Hits #1 With Debut Album / Taylor Swift Certified 4x Platinum

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It seems as though what Meghan Trainor is really all about is clocking #1s.

For, after pop superstar Beyonce passed on the female empowerment song ‘All About That Bass,’ Trainor took the tune to the top of the Hot 100 for 8 consecutive weeks.  Now, fans looking for the Massachusetts-bred songbird’s album on charts shouldn’t look anywhere but up as she’s currently perched atop the Billboard 200 with her debut ‘Title.’

Besting initial reports of 220,000 first week sales by nearly 20,000, the burgeoning diva saw her first title on the tally zoom to #1 on the wings of 238,000 units sold.  This, just days before word had it country pop princess Taylor Swift saw her blockbuster ‘1989’ album edge past the 4 million mark.

If you were wondering when was the last time an album shifted 4 million copies in the U.S. you shouldn’t be surprised to know that it was when Swift did it herself a year ago with ‘Red.’

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Weigh In: Alexandra Shipp Battles Backlash After Being Cast As ‘Storm’ For ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

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Alexandra Shipp is sailing into yet another storm of controversy for a casting decision made in her favor.

First, as fans know, the young actress rose to public awareness on the hype (and subsequent jeering) of the now infamous Lifetime ‘Aaliyah: Princess of R&B’ film, produced by talk show queen Wendy Williams.  And, while her performance in the role was generally unaccepted by fans of the late diva, the publicity of said venture appears to have done little damage to her rising brand.

For, as if filling those one in a million shoes weren’t enough, this week brought with it reports that Shipp will find herself trying on the ever-fierce boots of fictional Marvel ‘X-Men’ character Storm. But, like news of her portrayal of the ‘Hot Like Fire’ singer, the news has sparked a firestorm of debates on social media.

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Chris Brown Releases Cover For Tyga Collabo Album ‘Fan Of A Fan’

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All roads lead to February 24th for Chris Brown and Tyga fans!

The dynamic duo, who have collaborated on a bevy of songs in the past, have teamed up for a meatier body of work – named ‘Fan Of A Fan – The Album’. Peep the freshly unwrapped cover art. We’re loving the 90’s vibe.

Led by single ‘AYO’, the LP is titled after their 2010 mixtape of the same name.

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Sneak Peek: ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ (Season 1 / Episode 10)

New Episode Set To Air January 29th

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Forget Friday’s, it appears all the action takes place Thursday nights on ABC.

For, joining the established hits that are ‘Scandal’ and ‘Greys Anatomy’ is Shonda’s Rhimes’ new freshman series ‘How To Get Away With Murder’.

The legal drama, which stars Viola Davis, follows a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defence professor; the group become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives. 

It all makes for a riveting watch. We’re already hooked!

After a brief rest on the bench, peep the preview of episode 10 of season 1 below…

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Iggy Azalea Attacks Hot 97 / Calls Program Director A “Hater”

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After deciding not to respond to remarks about her made by J. Cole, Pop crybaby Iggy Azalea took aim at Hip-Hop station ‘Hot 97‘ hours ago, calling its program director a hater after he mocked an interview she gave to ‘GQ‘ magazine.

For, in said interview, the entertainer claimed that she “sparked a change in Hip-Hop”, prompting the Hip-Hop tastemaker Ebro Darden to take aim at her claim with a Hip-Hop Wired-made meme titled ‘Tweet your face when Iggy Azalea said she “sparked a change” in Hip-Hop.”

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Kerry Washington Enjoys ‘Fashion Los Angeles Awards’ Alongside Ciara

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Scandal’s Kerry Washington found herself in good company yesterday evening, rubbing shoulders with ‘Coldest Winter‘ rapper Kanye West and ‘I Bet‘ singer Ciara at last night’s ‘Fashion Los Angeles Awards.’

Snapped alongside the Grammy-winning pair, Ms. Washington attended the event before the aforementioned Scandal returns to unleash the second half of its latest season, set to return on January 29th.

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Katy Perry, Rihanna & Ciara Party At ‘Fashion Los Angeles Awards’

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Pop pals Rihanna and Katy Perry partied the night away in LA yesterday evening, joining their mutual friend Jeremy Scott and R&B diva Ciara at the first-ever ‘Fashion Los Angeles Awards.

Hosted by The Daily Front Row, the event also welcomed the fashion forward force that is Kanye West, who presented the Fashion Innovator of the Year Award to Mazdack Rassi, the mastermind behind Milk Studios.

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Jazmine Sullivan’s ‘Reality Show’ Welcomes Modest Opening Sales

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The ‘Fearless’ Jazmine Sullivan has welcomed her lowest first week sales for an album to date this week, seeing her latest LP ‘Reality Show‘ move 29,708 units.

Debuting at #12 on the Billboard 200, the R&B set made its arrival after 2010’s, ‘Love Me Back‘ sold 57,000 copies in its first week and her debut album ‘Fearless’ shifted 65,000 copies with the help of the timeless number ‘Bust Your Windows.’

The album’s final first week number is sits at the 32,254 mark when sales-equivalent streams are thrown into the mix.

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Exclusive: Ne-Yo Talks New Album Non-Fiction, Rihanna, Streaming Issues, & More

Grammy Winner Opens Up To That Grape Juice

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Next Tuesday heralds the worldwide release of Ne-Yo‘s sixth studio album ‘Non Fiction’.

Easily the Grammy winner’s most R&B flavored effort in years, the set has been showered with praise from critics and has fared well commercially with singles ‘She Knows’ and ‘Time Of Our Lives’.

That Grape Juice caught up with the singer-songwriter recently and quizzed him on a number of topics including his return to Urban, his racier image, issues with streaming, and new projects from Rihanna and Janet Jackson.

Ever frank, the star delivered insightful conversation.

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TGJ Roundtable: Is Mariah Carey’s Las Vegas Residency A Good Career Move?

New Feature Sees Editors Sam, David, Rashad, & Joe Sound Off On Hottest Topics

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Welcome to the latest TGJ Roundtable!

Over the years, That Grape Juice has established a distinguished voice that – whether loved or loathed – sparks discussion, debate, and on occasion drama!

Though comprised of seasoned writers who share a similar outlook on Urban Pop culture, the idiosyncrasies of the TGJ team members often lend for quite heated debates “behind the scenes” about the hottest topics.

Now, we give you a front row seat to the show. In a format similar to ‘The View’ or ‘The Real’, TGJ editors – Sam, David, Rashad, and Joe – get real in a very candid way.

Today’s roundtable topic asks…

Is Mariah Carey’s Las Vegas Residency A Good Career Move?

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