The American Music Award 2014 are currently underway at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. As ever, That Grape Juice will be providing you with performances as they occur!
The stars shine bright for one of music’s biggest calendar nights – the American Music Awards 2014! Airing live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, see the industry’s stars just moments after they arrive to the scene. See and sound off on the fashion hits and misses below…
With the start of the American Music Awards 2014 a merely a few hours away, the stars have begun filing in to the Nokia Theatre at L.A Live for the festivities.
As ever here at TGJ, we have you covered! Watch the live stream for the red carpet below…
Just 24 hours remain until the Platinum Edition of Beyonce‘s self-titled visual album leaps into stores.
Loaded with the original LP and each song’s accompanying video, the set also includes two new tracks, four remixes, and ten live performances.
The beefed up project features a behind the scenes look at the superstar’s blockbuster tour, ‘The Mrs. Carter Show’, too. Shot as a diary of sorts, the video also offers insight into the diva’s day-to-day life.
Check out a clip below…
At a time where male R&B groups are a rare find, it’s almost mandatory for us to journey back and celebrate those that helped redefine the genre and put it on the global map. This week’s From The Vault pick is the wholly-heartfelt ‘Don’t Leave Me’ by Blackstreet.
Produced by ever-talented band member Teddy Riley, ‘Leave’ was released as the second single from the band’s 1997 LP ‘Another Level’ and was built around a sample of 1983’s ‘A Dream’ from Motown family band DeBarge.
Interestingly, the release never charted on the Billboard Hot 100 due to a technicality but was a huge hit overseas including the UK where it charted at #6 and #1 in New Zealand.
For the Michael Martin directed music video, the band served a “90s-boyband” masterclass, complete with lyrics-explanative dance moves and questionable CGI. Granted the visual looks like it’s been commissioned by the Cheese Factory (see: that polaroid tower), it still manages to capture the passion of the song.
Long gone seems the time where the Blackstreets, Jodecis and Dru Hills of this world were ruling the mainstream charts. Hopefully the coming year and years will see a resurgence of R&B boybands to shake things up; indeed with the genre making a comeback as of late, the time is ripe for a new slew of males ensembles to step up to the plate.
To the 1990’s male R&B groups, we salute you! We thank you!
Random Fact: Yes, this is the same sample used on Tupac’s posthumous hit ‘I Ain’t Mad At Cha’, which has also been interpolated by newcomers Fifth Harmony on their song ‘We Know’. Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul Mary J. Blige covered the original song in 1997.
Rita Ora and the assembly of stars who make up Band Aid 30 have cause to celebrate tonight.
For their remake of 1984 classic ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ has rocketed to the top spot of the Official UK Singles Chart.
Poor music may have stopped her from becoming the international Pop sensation her talent should have made her, but it would seem Nicole Scherzinger’s run as a successful TV personality is anything but over.
For, she may set to join Simon Cowell to revive ‘X Factor USA’, re-teaming with the mogul to put the series back on US screens after it was axed in February.
Full story below…
Before the sun sets on the first season of ‘Love & Hip Hop Hollywood’, ‘No Panties’ performer Trina has revealed that VH1 approached her to star in the Miami arm of its parent series ‘Love & Hip Hop.‘
However, the network didn’t get its wish, rejected by the rapper after she saw how editing and feud-fuelling contracts on its other Reality shows had ruined the images of their cast members.
Full story via ‘Vlad TV’, below…
If a report published today is anything to go by, the above are words ‘Apple‘ hope leave Beyonce‘s lips soon, uttered before she leaves Sony Music to take a healthy bite into their business.
Why Columbia‘s Rob Stringer may have a fruity fight on his hands if said report turns out to be true?
Welcome back to TGJ Replay!
Designed much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ features, ‘Replay’ is That Grape Juice‘s newest reflective segment and acts like a written quest, if you will, to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday.
Unlike its retrospective predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase entire albums (and eras) from a library of pop and Urban pop music hits.
Now, as a fan of the gems lent to R&B by its blue eyed soul artisans, we’ll use this opportunity to spotlight George Michael‘s ‘Faith’ (which celebrated its 17th birthday just last month)! Get into it below: