That Grape Juice 2008 MTV VMA CoverageAs with last year’s show, That Grape Juice will be providing live on-the-minute coverage of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards which take place tomorrow (September 7th) live from Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. News, arrivals and of course performances, will be the spot for them all. As with our BET Awards feature back in June, our coverage will consist of three main post areas:

* Arrivals: Thorough red-carpet coverage.

* Performances:
All the show’s performances minutes (it’s hoped lol) after they’ve aired. Visitors around the time of last year’s show will know what I mean 🙂

* Your Shout: Here you’ll be able to express your thoughts on the show as it’s taking place. Anything and everything goes; randomness, observations, views etc.
So for ‘net’s most thorough live coverage of one of music’s biggest dates on the calender, do be sure to keep it locked on!

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The star-studded female ensemble behind ‘Just Stand Up’ performed the song literally minutes ago on a Stand Up To Cancer special, which is airing on a variety of US channels as I type. Peep the much anticipated performance below:

Awesome performance! Though not flawless (I’ll leave the nitpicking to you guys lol), it was still amazing to see all on stage together.

What do you think of the performance?
MSN Music have posted this video of Britney Spears today, with them strongly hinting the Pop star is rehearsing for this Sunday’s VMA’s in the clip. The song playing is said to be from Spears’ forthcoming studio album. Check it out:

Granted the song sounds…well…rubbish, it’s good to see Britney doing what she does best again – performing. More power to her. Sunday should be real interesting?

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'Just Stand Up' Artists Group Photo The all-star voices behind the Stand Up To Cancer campaign song ‘Just Stand Up’ performed the track at New York’s Radio City Music Hall earlier today. Peep these pics of the ladies after rehearsal.

Left to Right:
Keyshia Cole, Leona Lewis, Fergie, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield, and Nicole Scherzinger (erm I didn’t know she sang on the track?!).

'Just Stand Up' Artists Group Photo

The ladies and driving force behind the project L.A. Reid and ‘Just Stand Up’s producer Babyface.

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Christina Aguilera - 'Keeps Gettin' Better' We reported yesterday that Christina Aguilera will be performing her brand new single ‘Keeps Gettin’ Better’ at this Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. It turns out we will not have to wait till then to hear the track, as it made its official debut today. I must say it’s definitely not what I was expecting; whether that’s good or not…I honestly can’t say at the moment.

Hit or Miss?

Matthew Knowles stopped by a Houston radio station yesterday morning to defend daughter Solange, amid the press storm regarding her much-talked about Fox News interview. Let’s just say Matthew and the hosts butted heads on the matter lol. Check it out:

That was too funny! With Matthew not backing down, likewise the hosts, it made for one hell of an interview lol lol…

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One would think Akon would be treading carefully after it emerged this week that he may stand trial over ‘that’ fan-tossing incident from late last year. That, however, isn’t the case; a new video showing the singer slapping a female concert goer in Guyana, South America last week has emerged. Peep the clip below:

First the on-stage antics with the underage girl, then the fan-tossing nonsense and now this. This is becoming a joke…SMH.

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A star-studded press conference for this Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards took place today at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. There it was announced that:
* Christina Aguilera will perform her new single ‘Keeps Getting Better’, from her forthcoming best-of collection of the same title (due November 10th in the UK and a day later in the US). Speaking on what to expect from her showing, Aguilera said: “You’re going to get a first look and a first listen at my new image and my new sound,” she said. “The last album, the style and sound was about vintage glam — this one is all about the future.”
* T.I. confirmed that he will, indeed, be performing new single ‘Live Your Life’ with Rihanna at the show.
* Kanye West will be closing the show.
The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards take place this Sunday (September 7th) from the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. {Source}

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Janet Talks Def Jam, Tour & MoreDuring a recent interview with Billboard, Pop superstar Janet Jackson addressed a number of things including her current status with Def Jam, what to expect from her ‘Rock Witchu Tour’ and more. Check out excerpts from the interview below:
On Status With Island Def Jam

I can’t say if we’ll be working with them in the future,” Jackson said today (Sept. 4) during a conference call with reporters to promote her upcoming Rock Witchu Tour. “I don’t know what the future holds between the two of us.”

On Her Tour:

“It’s two hours of dance” she says. “This show is all for the fans,” Jackson told during the call. “They tell me what they’d like to hear, what they’d like to see, what they want. And this is what I’m trying to give them.”

Future Plans:

“We’ve been talking about something for TV, also a DVD,” she confirmed, the latter of which may include “past stuff I’ve done that wasn’t previously released,” including possibly a Japanese TV performance that was filmed in High Definition during the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour in 1990. “Just a nice package for the fans,” Jackson explained. “They’ve been asking for it for so long, and they truly deserve it.”

Jackson said that she definitely” intends to keep the Rock Witchu Tour going beyond its current Oct. 22 wrap in Dallas, with more U.S. dates and legs that are currently being discussed for Europe, Asia, Australia, Russia and “some parts of the Middle East. It hasn’t been etched in stone. It’s still being put together. People will hear about it in a little while.”

Despite the ‘situation’ with Def Jam not being an ideal one, it’s good to see Janet being so frank about the matter…not sugar-coating anything. Anyway…roll on next week, I’m really anticipating seeing the unveiling of her much anticipated show.

Your thoughts?

Ciara 'Go Girl' Single Cover Peep the official cover for Ciara’s brand new single ‘Go Girl’. I’m guessing this is the style/image they are going with for her forthcoming ‘Fantasy Ride’ LP. It’s definitely ‘out there’, but I like.
What do you think of the cover?
Billboard Chart Update; The Game & Solange There’s no doubt many were checking to see where The Game’s “final” LP (erm…yeh) ‘LAX’ and Solange’s sophomore effort ‘Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams) would chart, following their releases last week. Peep the report from MTV below for the goods:

The Game’s latest enters the chart at #2, selling more than 238,000 copies; his previous efforts sold significantly better. His 2005 LP The Documentary entered the chart on top with 587,000 scans, while the 2006 follow-up, Doctor’s Advocate, sold more than 358,000 units, to open at #1. Rockers Slip Knot narrowly clinched the top spot selling through 240,000 copies of All Hope Is Gone.

A total of 23 new releases crack the top 200, with two others debuting in the top 10. The Now That’s What I Call Country compilation enters at #7 with 50,000 scans, and Solange Knowles’ Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams bows at #9 with 46,000 sold.

Granted tongues will no doubt be wagging about sales, comparisons and whatnot, I think both artists have performed well considering. Put simply music doesn’t sell the way it used to, so both debuts are respectable all the same.

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Beyonce Marie Claire Shoot Beyonce Marie Claire Shoot
As reported yesterday, Beyonce graces the cover of the latest issue of Marie Claire magazine. Well, the feature photo-shoot has surfaced, with a more demure looking Bey still managing to look near-flawless.

Beyonce Marie Claire Shoot v Beyonce Marie Claire Shoot

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