That Grape Juice Wants To Hear From You!

Published: Wednesday 28th Oct 2009 by Sam
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That Grape Juice faithful!

It feels so great to have That Grape Juice V.2.0 up and running – moreso the fact that the vast majority of you are loving it, as evidenced by your comments in our welcome post, along with the countless emails and text messages I received when it went live. The concept was conceived little under a year ago, with the actual design being worked on over the last couple of months.

Designed and programmed by the immensely talented Dustin Gary (with additional work from Tobbie and Lukau), the idea here was to make the site visually encapsulate all that the name ‘That Grape Juice’ lends itself to. Hence gone  was the dark colours (and MJ background lol) and in came what you see now.

As well as the design, I want to take the opportunity to shine a light on two of the new sections that are now live at your favourite site and mine:

About That Grape Juice

Ever wondered how the name of the site came about? Or perhaps you want to know a little more about Sam and co? New to the site, and want to know about our history? Click here to go to our ‘About That Grape Juice’ section.

Celebrity Shout-Outs

Your favourite stars know where to keep it locked!  Click here to check out this section to see who and who support That Grape Juice!

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I kid you not when I say there is so so much you can expect from That Grape Juice in the days, weeks and months ahead. Let’s just say, we’ve been cooking up a whole lot behind the scenes during the ‘slow-days’ of recent months! Without hesitation I can say, though, that you can expect much more daily posts, exclusive competitions and awesome interviews (you know how we do!).

That said, we are always eager to hear from you all – ‘the That Grape Juice drinkers’, as someone said to me the other day lol. What would you like to see on That Grape Juice i.e. new features? The return of particular older ones that you really liked? Increased coverage of certain artists? Etc. We want to hear from you! Hit up the comments section below with your thoughts and suggestions.

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A tad off-topic, I’d really like to thank the following for their support in getting the new site up and running in one way or the other (queue award speech lol): God (all day, everyday!), my mother and father, my beautiful sisters, Dustin, Tobbie, Lukau, Sean, Kwame, Leon, Jonelle, Antoine, Clifford, Hilario, Joanne A, Alistar, Glynn, Trent, Sandra D, Jamell, Dare, Nathan, Jade, Seye Iizsik and Courtney over at Crushlabs. Thank you.

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  1. Thatmangojuice October 28, 2009

    =)

    Uhm more polls! You used to have a poll for like 50 months and then change … so yeah i’d like to see more of that.

    That’s it for me.

  2. Thatmangojuice October 28, 2009

    and a picture of you and trent .. cant hide forever

  3. mel October 28, 2009

    more writers to cover more things!

  4. bobs October 28, 2009

    Yeah, maybe you can be more consistent?
    Would you guys follow Bobs on his own blog.. I’m thinking of starting!

  5. Go Chris! October 28, 2009

    Love the taste of That Grape Juice!

    I wnat the Best U never heard to come back. Loved it

  6. DarK_V October 28, 2009

    First of all, let me say that your site is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. THE BEST!!!

    Now I’d love to see back on the blog “The Best You Never Heard” and “The Top Five Songs Of The Moment”.Thanx to these posts I discoverd A LOT of new songs, AMAZING SONGS!

  7. Chry5ta1 October 28, 2009

    Well done again guys on the site. (Dustin is just too much!)

    The best you Never heard def needs to come back!!!! – I may even submit a few tracks…

  8. OMG STOP BEING SO DRAMATIC! October 28, 2009

    Why the f*** are you acting like you just hit the universal lottery? After all this b******* of not reviewing the f****** videos you put up yet continuing to write you will and add REALLY when you REALLY don’t pisses me the f*** off, your lazy as f***. And who’s been commenting? I don’t see no f****** comments, I checked that twitter s***, not many congratulated

    honest this is a VERY NICE layout but adding that clock and everything was so extra and in the end this is the only difference, whatever…. i still like the other one and u have no banner now, is sound like an ingrate but someone needs to tell ur melodramatic ass the truth anyways.

    f*** off and have a very nice day sam. thank god you’ve hired help, ur updates were getting ridiculously slackish and i come on here ONCE every TWO WEEKS and it takes me 5 mins to catch up on all ur posts, shame… and celebs agree to interview u why??? (well z lisdt but still)

  9. Go Chris! October 28, 2009

    You know you’ve made it when you have haters like the donkey above. GO SAM!

    -Support Chris Brown on December 15th-

  10. K.W. October 28, 2009

    WOW… ‘OMG STOP BEING SO DRAMATIC!’…did they shut down your own blog?

    Oh when you pull out an interview with even one of the so called ‘Z’ list celebs Sam has, then your comment will be CONSIDERED worth anything.

  11. K.W. October 28, 2009

    I say Best You Never Heard too and the polls…those were fun lol

  12. ml October 28, 2009

    why is there an advert in the way of the nav/ links?

  13. Jark October 28, 2009

    It’d be nice if you didn’t post a video until you’d had a chance to review it because as it is you always say there’ll be a review ‘in a minute…’ and half the time it never appears.

    Less of the contrived stuff like ‘SMH’ and all that which is just cringeworthy, and less of the ‘ol goat’ type comments when talking about Rihanna. Perhaps the first time that was amusing but now it makes you look like a bitter hater. You don’t like her so you should keep your posts on her factual and cut out all of the crap and then you wouldn’t get abuse in the comments either.

    Otherwise I do love this site (especially the new layout) and I wouldn’t change an awful lot! Perhaps give a bit more coverage to British acts or pop acts like P!nk, Shakira etc who you post about on slow days but less so at other times.

  14. OMG STOP BEING SO DRAMATIC! October 28, 2009

    You f****** losers I’ve never had a blog, this is how you defend that rude b**** Sam? And one or two people only? Proves EXACTLY what the f*** I was saying in the first place dimwits

    PROPHET AND TOYAS-WORLD deserve so much more recognition by celebs

  15. Tom October 28, 2009

    ^^^^^^^

    ….but Sam gets it…they don’t. Get over it!

    You sound bitter (I sure as hell hope you’re not either one of them acting as an imposter , as that’s sad. Very sad).

    Clearly a lot of hard work has gone into making this site what it is and I love it! Only suggestion to Sam is that he brings back the Control Freak feature., it was v.creative.

  16. Crispy October 28, 2009

    I will start off to say that I am not a hater, nor a stan, however as a some what regular visitor I will say that this blog is very inconsistent. You have to make your blog better for you to stand above the rest if you want any type of credibility around the web. I don’t care for your new layout, in fact I think it looks very cheap, but I am glad that you took down the artist banner. I cannot begin to tell you what a fool you looked like posting countless negative posts on artists like Rihanna and Mariah when they were in your banner right behind you namesake. I would ever go as far to say that it looked like you really didn’t have any control of your own site. I think that your negative comments go far beyond criticisms and into the category of juvenile and petty. You have a right to your opinion, but you definitely make yourself look unprofessional when you go into tirade about some artist that you don’t care for. The best journalists in the world are able to stay unbiased — no matter what the topic. So it all good that you hate Rihanna and Love Kelly Rowland…but it’s clear that you hold your blog in a regard that it is nowhere near reaching. I think there is potential, but also a lot of work to be done before you look anything more than a kid who likes music and has an Internet connection. Regardless…good luck to you!

  17. Kelly #1 Stan October 28, 2009

    There are a few ppl here that are hating so hard. You say Sam’s Rihanna jibes are infantile, but you come across as total haters. Celebs love this site, YOU love this site (love 2 hate), so sit down. Sam, my other Kelly stan lol, you are “up there” and Im actually proud of you. Just read the “about” page and for a 21 year old n in such a short time frame, your killin it. Salute

  18. OMG STOP BEING SO DRAMATIC! October 28, 2009

    Haha, I ADORE Kelly Rowland but post above shut up… defending him cause he likes Kelly? I will admit I sound like such a loser hater lmfao but Crispy boy said everything i meant in a much classier way

  19. Derrick T. October 28, 2009

    I would like to see more coverage on Alicia Keys and Corrine Bailey Rae…where has she been by the way? I’m interested to see if she is working on a new album after her tragic lost.

  20. GUILLERMO SOHRYA aka LightSOULdier October 29, 2009

    1 OF ALLTHANX 4 BEING SO OPEN-MINDED 2 ASKI 4 OUR OPINION

    i WOUD LIKE 2 SEE MORE OF THIS :

    * UNSIGNED ARTIST SPOTLIGHT MONDAY

    ( ITS SO HARD 2 BREAK INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY & BLOG PAGES ARE BEING VIEWED BY MANY PEOPLE .
    BY POSTING A VID. OF SOME UNSIGNED ARTIST THEY ( WE lol ) MIGHT GET THE BOOST & EXPOSURE I GENERAL 2 B DISCOVERED OR VIEWED BY A BROATHER AUDIENCE, I THINK THAT COULD TURN OUT SO POSITIVE 4 MANY ACTUALLY )

    IF U GUYS NEED HELP WITH THAT I WOULD LOVE 2 HELP I KNOW SO MANY UNISGNED PEOPLE OR SIGNED PEOPLE WITH NOT SO MUCH EXPOSURE :
    JESSICA CORNISH ( UK), CHAMBER SOUL ( CH ), KIMBERLY NICHOLE (U.S )
    LEA LU (CH ), CHOKLATE ( U.S )

    * BACK IN THE DAY VIDEO TUESDAY

    ( EVERY NOW AND THEN POST SOME DOPE VIDEO/SONG THAT HAS BEEN 4GOTTEN BY US . AS EXAMPLE : ” I GET SO LONELY by JANET J. ” / ” EX FACTOR BY LAURYN HILL ”
    ( THOU I THINK UVE DONE THAT BE4 JUST NOT SO REGULAR )

    * WHAT HAPPENED 2 ……………..? WEDNESDAY

    I OFTEN WONDER, WHAT IS TWEET DOING THESE DAYS ?
    WHAT IS ERYKAH BADU COOKIN UP? WHAT HAPPENED 2 GLENN LEWIS ?
    WHERE IS LAURYN HILL NOW ?

    * AWARNESS THURSDAY

    ALTHOU THIS IS A URBAN MUSIC & CELEBRITY PAGE MAYB EVERY NOW AND THEN
    IT COULD BE USED 2 RAISE AWARNESS ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS THAT WOULD REALLY NEED OUR ATTENTION OR MAYBE THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT NEED COLLECTIVE THOUGHT POWER….LOL U KNOW LIKE PRAYERS & STUFF…IM JUS SAYIN….OK I HOPE THAT SUGGESTION AINT 2 TACKY..LOL

    OK SO THOSE ARE MY SUGGESTIONS 😛
    I HOPE ONE OR THE OTHER CAN INSPIRE YALL

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  21. antertain October 29, 2009

    “OMG STOP BEING SO DRAMATIC!” (Take your own advise!!)!!!!!!
    You don’t need to act like a hater just be constructive (That should apply to all of us).

    There is room for improvement yes BUT that’s why Sam is asking us what we would like to see and views etc…

    Sam congrats on having a site that is know around the world and keep pushing forwards because Rome wasn’t built in a day and you got plenty time.

    Once again welcome to Trent….

    Right!!!!
    The comments about some of the video posts are correct. I think that even if its a short review you leave one or simply just ask our thoughts so you’re not relied on to review all of your posts.

    A banner would be cool but depends if that works with this format..
    A lot of valid request have already been made so just really keep the “That Grape Juice” essence and keep posting and bringing those exclusives..

    I’ve been liking the posts with interviews e.g Mike Tyson on Oprah etc…

    (Ps: Make sure that when u say you posting an interview by yourself its already ready to publish so we don’t wait weeks)

    Keep up the hotness and continue the growth…

  22. Mylan November 2, 2009

    Wow, the site looks really amazing! And I do not have wishes, you are already posting about Sugababes! haha x

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