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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we’ll flashback to ‘Ray of Light,’ the title track from Madonna‘s 7th studio LP.  The pop diva, who’d already built a legendary career on dance hits and up-tempo numbers at that point, still showcased ‘Light’ as a musical departure of sorts.  Using the William Orbit-produced tune to show off her love for techno/electronica-based sounds, the tune – the album’s second single – quickly proved itself quite the lucrative move.

Boasting an impressive #5 debut on the Hot 100 this week in 1998 (where it also peaked), the feat was all the more noteworthy considering she was nearly 20 years into her career at the time.  Going on to earn a Gold certification in the U.S., the single and its parent album were praised by fans, critics, and the industry at large (earning Grammys and a host of other awards over 1998 and the year that followed).

Tuck in below to see who joined Madge in the top 25 this week 19 years ago:

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A racism scandal which has erupted at Atlanta’s Philips Arena has lifted the lid on how some of Pop’s grandest acts are treated by security staff behind the scenes at live music venues.

A former Atlanta Seahawks security manager, who doubled as the head of event security at Philips claims that its owners go to great lengths to discriminate against black artists while bowing to the requests of their white peers.

Sam Hayes says that he was fired after revealing that he was aware that his white bosses (employed by the Hawks) were forcing black artists to face intense and time-consuming security checks while placing the safety of attendees in danger by allowing white acts to pass through its halls sans the same precautions.

Which acts were denied access to the venue if they refused to walk through a metal detector?

Kanye West — DENIED

The Comedy Get Down World Tour (Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley) — DENIED

DRAKE- DENIED

2 Chainz, Jeezy, The Dream — DENIED

Old School Hip Hop Fest — DENIED

Migos — DENIED

Tyler Perry — DENIED

Katt Williams — DENIED

Amy Schumer — GRANTED

Adele — GRANTED

Ariana Grande — GRANTED (Hayes says she “doesn’t like people looking at her”).

WWE Live Tour — GRANTED

Bon Jovi — GRANTED

Ringling Brothers — GRANTED

 

Interesting.

The Hawks deny Hayes’ claims and claim he was given the boot because of his “poor performance.”

Billing his claims are baseless, the team’s leaders have vowed to defend themselves against them “vigorously.”

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Following contributions to Beyonce‘s self-titled set, the vocalist Blue Ivy steps into her own creative light this year with the unveiling of brand new material.

The cut, named ‘Blue’s Freestyle/ We Family’ appears on a special edition of Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ album and is now available to spin below before the set’s unveiling.

Listen below…

 

Everything everything this my only single thing
Everything I hear is my answer
And if you think I say, then [?]
I never hear that, I be in the posse
Never seen a ceiling in my whole life
Everything I seen, everything is rotten
Never sit in silence [?] Carter
Innocent we seek them
I and say we see them
[?]
Boom shakalaka
Boom shakalaka
Boom shakalaka
Boom shakalaka
Everything in shaka
Everything in faka
Everything in shaka
Everything in faka

Profound.

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Drake has given more life to a record birthed when hits from his March 2017 release, ‘More Life,’ made him the most charted artist in the history of the Hot 100. 

Edging out longtime mentor and labelmate Lil’ Wayne for the honor when all 22 songs from ‘Life’ landed on the chart simultaneously then, now Drizzy has added two new tunes – ‘Signs’ & Metro Boomin‘s ‘No Complaints’ – to this week’s refreshed Hot 100 and the stack of his own chart hits.

The result?

He’s extended the distance between himself and Wayne in history books.

Billboard reports: 

‘[‘Signs’] enters the Hot 100 as the chart’s Hot Shot Debut (for the week’s top arrival) at No. 36…

Drake additionally debuts at No. 71 on the Hot 100 as featured on Metro Boomin‘s “No Complaints,” also featuring Offset (of Migos)…

With the bows, Drake extends his lead for the most Hot 100 appearances among soloists (including lead and featured billings), dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception. Here’s an updated count of the artists with the most Hot 100 entries:

207, Glee Cast
157, Drake
136, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley (whose career predates the Hot 100’s origin)
91, James Brown’

The news is accompanied by reports Drake has also extended another achievement:  the record for the longest consecutive run on the Hot 100.  As we reported here, the last 8 years have not gone one week without printing his name in at least one position.

Thanks to ‘Signs’ and ‘Complaints,’ that trend continues as they help him notch his 426th weeks.  Check below to see who joins him in the Hot 100 this week on TGJ’s latest ‘Chart Check’:

 

Hot 100 This Week

 

 

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Barring a few covers, specialty tracks, and themed efforts, it’s been nearly 5 years since diehard #Animals (fans of Ke$sha) have gotten their hands on official new music from the singer/songwriter, but now their patience is finally being rewarded.

Moments after unleashing her new single ‘Praying’ (click here to hear it), she sent fans into a frenzy by unveiling the tune’s parent album’s title, release date, and official track list.  Due August 11th, the 14-track project – christened ‘Rainbow’ – is feature heavy and even includes a guest appearance from country legend Dolly Parton.

See ‘Rainbow’s psychedelic artwork and full track list below:

 

Kesha ‘Rainbow’ tracklist

1. Bastards

2. Let ‘Em Talk (feat. Eagles Of Death Metal)

3. Woman (feat. The Dap-Kings Horns)

4. Hymn

5. Praying

6. Learn To Let Go

7. Finding You

8. Rainbow

9. Hunt You Down

10. Boogie Feet (feat. Eagles Of Death Metal)

11. Boots

12. Old Flames (Can’t Hold A Candle To You) [feat. Dolly Parton]

13. Godzilla

14. Spaceship

Fans have already proven they are eager to see what Kesha’s cooking up.  Real time iTunes charts revealed ‘Praying’ pounced to the top 5 of its tally shortly after being released and has been there most of the day.

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Katy Perry‘s rubbed her Aussie fans the wrong way with a promo spot for her recently announced Australian tour dates.  The former Mrs. Brand’s brand of humor, which not too long ago landed her in hot water with President Obama supporters (click here to read), is feeling the fire again for a video ad where she jokingly tells her dog to ‘chase Koalas.’

The problem?  Koalas in Australia are vulnerable to extinction due to habitat loss, being hit by vehicles, and (you guessed it) dog attacks.

The country’s top department store, Myer, is sponsoring Perry’s Australian leg of the ‘Witness’ tour.  After the backlash, the company had the commercial altered and the line referencing the koala to ‘time go get you a puppy passport.’

By that point, the story had already ignited fury.

“This is just absolute ignorance from Perry and Myer, and inappropriate on so many levels,” wildlife vet Claire Madden told Queensland’s Courier Mail. “Perry is a role model to so many young people, and this just destroys all the good work we do to try to encourage people not to let their dogs come into contact with koalas.”

Twitter and Facebook show complaints from leagues of other disappointed fans, some of whom have called for a boycott of the department store chain using the hashtag #boycottmyer.

As of time reported, Katy Perry has not issued a statement on the matter.

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Wont He do it?!  What once was a fiery feud has turned into a ground for mutual respect.

Since Iggy Azalea took to social media to announce she and her longtime nemesis, Azealia Banks, had buried their highly publicized hatchet and were hard at work at a collaboration of sorts, fans have been pressing both rapstresses for details.

That “pressing” went into overdrive when Azalea confirmed her serially delayed sophomore album, ‘Digital Distortion,’ is set to feature a duet with Banks (a favor the Aussie rapper will reportedly return for Banks next set).  As fans reached out to the self-proclaimed Yung Rapunxel for answers, she rubbed some of them the wrong way when she responded:

Feeling the disappointment from her faithful followers, Banks followed up with:

 

 

Wow! How often do we hear Azealia speak so glowingly of anyone, let alone a former rival?  Is this a new beginning for the Ice Princess?

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If Bill Cosby breathed a sigh of relief after his sexual assault trial climaxed in a mistrial last month, then it may have been a touch premature.

Because, as widely expected, the prosecution against the fallen icon have secured a confirmed retrial date.

Issued today, an order by Judge Steven O’Neill read:

“A retrial in the above-captioned matter is hereby scheduled for Monday, November 6, 2017   at   9:00 a.m. in Courtroom A of the Montgomery County Courthouse, Norristown, Pennsylvania.” [Source]

If Montgomery County D.A’s office press the same charges as in the first case, the 79-year old ‘Cosby Show’ actor will face three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault. Should he be convicted on all charges, he’d be imprisoned for 10 years.

This particular case pertains to the alleged assault of Andrea Constand in 2004; however over 50 women in total have come forward to accuse Cosby of similar wrongs. Constand’s case is the only one to proceed to trial due to fact the statute of limitations haven’t run out.

Cosby’s reps offered a “no comment at this present time” response to the news of the new date.

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After a 7 year wait, Trina is finally ready to unwrap her new album, which now has an official title – ‘The One.’

Armed with the momentum of single ‘Damn’ and current offering ‘If It Ain’t Me’ featuring K. Michelle, the Queen of Miami has set a date of arrival for the long anticipated LP.

Mark those calendars because September 8th 2017 is when the project will land in stores.

To further amplify buzz, the 38-year-old unveiled its cover – a throwback snap of herself (rocking a crown) as a youngster:

During a recent press run, Trina revealed that the album is executive produced by Rico Love and will feature the likes of Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.

We’ve long loved what she serves up, so we’re more than ready for another helping.

Roll on September.

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‘4:44’ is being hailed as JAY-Z’s most personal album yet – and for its physical edition, Jigga is bringing things even more close to home. Literally.

For, it’s been revealed that Blue Ivy – his five year old daughter with Beyonce – will feature on the beefed up issue of the LP.

Due stores tomorrow (after a one week window of exclusivity on TIDAL), the set will house three additional songs; one of which being the duet with his daughter.

Peep the tracklist, courtesy of Universal Music China, below…

Per the list, Miss Carter will appear on the song ‘Blue’s Freestyle / We Family,’ which is joined by ‘Adnis’ and ‘MANYFACEDGOD.’ Both being two cuts previewed in separate virals.

Needless to say, it’ll be interesting to see how “going wide” at retail will affect the commercial performance of ‘4:44’ – which has already been certified Platinum.

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[Photo credit: Getty]

Lil Wayne is tired of his legal battle with Birdman and won’t rest until he is paid the money he says the mogul owes him!

After suing the power player’s Cash Money music group for $51 million, Wayne then set his sights on its parent label Universal Music Group by seeking $40 million they owe him for his contributions to the business.

Today, he believes Birdman and UMG execs were in cahoots, joining forces to ensure he didn’t access money generated by his artists Drake and Nicki Minaj.

 

TMZ reveals:

Wayne’s lawyer, Howard King, filed docs saying the Cash Money honcho and Universal backdated a deal to make it look like it was signed BEFORE Young Money’s deal ran out. In docs obtained by TMZ, Wayne’s camp says Universal knew that backdating the deals would screw Lil Wayne out of profits from Young Money and the artists signed under his label.

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Kesha is back!

As widely reported, the Pop starlet has been battling producer Dr. Luke over various claims of sexual harassment; a legal showdown that has seen her experience a number of setbacks.

Still, she drummed up colossal support in the court of public opinion.

Looking to put the drama behind her, the singer has returned with new single ‘Praying’ – the lead single from her long-awaited third album ‘Rainbow.’

Much to the elation of her fans, the 30-year-old unwrapped the video for the track too.

Watch below…

A marked departure from the dirty Pop she was pushing in prior years, this made for a compelling listen.

The song places her vocal and lyrical content to the forefront, highlighting that there’s more to Ms. Sebert than the catchy hooks of ‘Tick Tock’ and ‘Die Young.’

It’s very much on par with what we’d expect to hear and see from her first after all that’s happened.

A part of us hopes that there’ll be traces of the upbeat bangers she’s known for on the way. But, at the same time, it’d be understandable if she’s rebranding to showcase more a mature sound.

In any case, welcome back Kesha!

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