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

So, 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.

Next up?  We’ll revisit Vanessa Williams’ last trip to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100:  ‘The Colors of the Wind.’  Meet us inside: (more…)

Over the past few years modern classic R&B tunes like Monica‘s ‘So Gone,’ Ghost Down DJs’ ‘My Boo,’ and more have experienced a resurgence of sorts thanks to social media.  Now, Grammy-winning rapper DMX can add his name to the list of veteran acts seeing their songs resurrected in the Twitter era.

19 years after his hit, ‘What These B*tches Want’ (featuring Sisqo), dominated Urban airwaves, the Nokio (of Dru Hill)-produced cut is now the center of a viral challenge that celebrates Black women and the diversity of their hairstyles.  As fans remember, the song is an ode to the past loves of X’s life and famously lists them as:

There was Brenda, LaTisha, Linda, Felicia / Dawn, LeShaun, Ines, and Alicia / Teresa, Monica, Sharron, Nicki / Lisa, Veronica, Karen, Vicky / Cookie, well, I met her in a ice cream parlor / Tonya, Diane, Lori, and Carla / Marina, Selena, Katrina, Sabrina / About three Kims, LaToya, and Tina / Shelley, Bridget, Cathy, Rasheeda / Kelly, Nicole, Angel, Juanita / Stacy, Tracie, Rohna, and Ronda / Donna, Ulanda, Tawana, and Wanda.”

The challenge has its participants string together a collage of videos that highlight a different hairdo per name listed.  The comedic movement quickly caught fire on social media and, as a result, has introduced ‘Want’ to a new generation of music lovers.  See how inside:

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Spice lived up to her name today on ‘Good Morning Britain’

The Dancehall queen is in town for a series of shows as well to make an appearance at the world renown Notting Hill Carnival.

Ever one for a “moment,” the star – who also appears on ‘Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta’ – gave quite the dance demonstration.

Watch the action after the jump..

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Here at That Grape Juice, we’re always eyeing the stars of tomorrow.

Case in point Tyla Yaweh.

Discovered by chart-topper Post Malone and endorsed by the likes of Birdman, the rising star has been on the receiving end of  global acclaim thanks to a string of streaming hits and the release of his poignant project ‘Heart Full of Rage.’

The set weaves his love for Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, and Rock to tell his story with help from the likes of PnBRock and French Montana.

Already boasting a loyal fanbase, Tyla added more to his camp of supporters following a widely praised stint as opening act during Post’s latest tour (which included a stop at London’s iconic O2 Arena).

It’s no wonder he’s being hotly tipped to dominate 2020.

With over 22 million streams to his name already, find out why Tyla has ’em buzzing below…

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Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun have been at odds publicly in the wake of the latter snapping up her back-catalogue.

But, according the music mogul, there’s no ‘Bad Blood.’ At least not on his end.

See what we mean below…

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‘I Kissed a Girl’ singer Katy Perry didn’t only do that to an unsuspecting television personality, recent reports indicated (click here to read), but it’s also alleged she groped the woman.

Just days after her ‘Teenage Dream’ music video co-star, actor Josh Kloss, accused her of sexual misconduct for pulling down his pants and exposing his penis to a crowd (click here to read more), news circulated the 34-year-old diva inappropriately touched Georgian TV host Tina Kandelaki at an industry party.

As the conversation about shifting the lens of the #MeToo movement to problematic women in the industry heated up, Kandelaki backtracked on the report and says she was misquoted and mistranslated.  Her statement refuting the way the press has painted the story did not see her deny the event occurred, however, the journalist asserts Perry’s touchiness was not harassment in the way it’s been depicted.

Read her comment inside:

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The Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization named in honor of Pop star/business mogul Rihanna’s late grandmother, raises funds to promote emergency response programs, increasing efforts for global education, and more.  Its crowning glory to date comes courtesy of the annual Diamond Ball – a social event that not only raises money for its primary causes but also has become one of its season’s ‘must attend’ event for industry A-listers.

Annually honoring a humanitarian whose efforts align with the foundation’s vision, the previous winners of the ceremony’s highlight – the coveted Diamond Ball Award – have usually been lauded for being named the year’s honoree.  2019 cannot boast the same, however.  Just hours after Rih took to press to say…

“I can’t imagine a better night than this year’s Clara Lionel Foundation event with Seth Meyers, Pharrell and DJ Khaled,” Rihanna said in a statement obtained by Variety“I am particularly honored to present Prime Minister Mottley and Shaun King with this year’s Diamond Ball Awards for their groundbreaking work. We are so thankful to them for joining us and making the night better than ever.”

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Louis York, the duo made up of Grammy award winning creatives Chuck Harmony and Claude Kelly, disperse seeds of love, light and soul into the world with their new jam ‘Don’t You Forget.’

The romantic release dropped hours ago and carves a clear path out for its parent album which sees the duo draw on the work they created for Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Jessie J, Craig David, Rihanna and Bruno Mars to build a musical universe powered by live instruments, lush vocal arrangements and compelling stories.

They told ‘Billboard’:

We weren’t chasing to be artists at all. We’re happy to be behind the scenes. But the more we did, we started to see and hear all the things that were missing in terms of sound and topics and male voices — singing black men, black American voices. We felt like we were charged to filling the gaps, which is what spurred us to do this. It’s a heart mission more than an ego mission.

Press play below….

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‘Disappointment in love’ serves as the inspiration for Fantasia‘s new single, ‘PTSD.’

The latest offering from her forthcoming album, ‘Sketchbook,’ Fannie’s enlisted help of T-Pain to bring the slow-tempo banger to life.  Speaking on the track, the Grammy-winner said:

“This was a much edgier song for me but one that I felt was needed on the Sketchbook album. Many people have experienced disappointment in the pursuit of love, but refuse to let one bad experience dictate their entire outlook on love & romance overall.”

Acting as the follow-up to the set’s anthemic lead single, ‘Enough’ (which reached #2 on the Billboard Adult R&B tally), look inside to hear the new track:

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Missy Elliott is back!

The female rap pioneer trumpets her return with ‘ICONOLOGY’ – a project she announced a few short hours ago.

Now upon us, the EP serves as the icon’s first body of work since 2005’s ‘The Cookbook.’

The set arrives as Elliott – who, earlier this summer was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame – gears up to perform at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, where she’ll also receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard honor.

What are you waiting for? Give new Missy a spin after the jump!

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‘I’ma snatch they wigs, til I see their scalps,’ Missy Elliott proclaims in the brand spankin’ new video, ‘Throw It Back.’

Launched as the leading single from Elliott’s recently announced EP, ‘ICONOLOGY’ (click here to listen), ‘Throw’ – which makes its premiere just days before the rapper receives the Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV VMAs – comes as a fitting ode to self.

Even featuring a scene of the 48-year-old dressed as a moonman, the visual is chock full of self-references to toast to her game-changing 25+ year career.  If ever you needed a reminder why she is a leader among visual artists and has consistently pushed the medium’s needle forward, it awaits you inside:

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It’s here! Taylor Swift has unleashed new LP, ‘Lover.’

Issued as the Pop titan’s seventh studio album, the highly anticipated effort serves as the first fruit of her new pact with Republic Records (one which sees the release also become the first she owns the masters to). Ownership has been a hot topic in TaylorVille of late, following a much-publicized spat with Scooter Braun. As we reported here, Braun dominated headlines thanks to a dramatized purchase of her back-catalogue as part of a broader acquisition of her former label Big Machine. Swift has adamantly maintained she wasn’t given the opportunity to bid on her own life’s work.  And, while she’s hit the newswire after sharing her combat plan, the entire episode has upped the stakes for ‘Lover’ – which is preceded by singles ‘ME!,’ ‘You Need To Calm Down,’ and its title track – with the key question being if it can match the slay of its predecessors (most of which premiered with sales of a million plus domestically).

Strategically, Swift has mounted a titan-sized campaign to ensure the album delivers (including partnerships with Target, Amazon, and Spotify).  But, as ever, it’s the music that’s the core component.

Give it a spin below and let us know if it hits the mark…

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