Ne-Yo R&B singer has begun legal action against the promoter of the R. Kelly ‘Double Up’ tour following his much-publicized axing from the bill. Check out the report below via Singer’s Room:

Ne-Yo sued the promoter of the R. Kelly Double Up tour for firing him after two shows as the opening act, claiming that the audience and the critics liked him better, according to court papers obtained on Wednesday.

Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Smith, and Compound Touring Inc. filed the suit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Georgia-based Rowe Entertainment Inc., alleging breach of contract and violation of the right of publicity.

Compound Touring and Smith are seeking unspecified damages, but the suit maintains he was to be paid $785,000 for 25 shows opening for Kelly’s “Double-Up Tour” that began Nov. 14 and is still owed $735,000.

Smith was allowed to perform during the Nov. 14 and 15 tour dates, then was fired prior to the scheduled Nov. 19 show, according to the suit.

It was obvious this was the route things were going to go down – and rightfully so. You can’t not pay the man his money. SMH.

Any thoughts?

Extra caught up with Pop superstar Janet Jackson on the set of her new video ‘Feedback’. The youngest of the Jackson clan briefly discussed her new album ‘Discipline’, as well as the concept of the video – which should be debuting within the next couple of weeks. Be sure to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for the goods.

Your thoughts?

According to Mariah Daily Journal, Mariah Carey’s new single is likely a T-Pain collaboration called ‘Migrate’. The 37 year old superstar hosted a New Year’s Eve part at TAO, Las Vegas and apparently rang in 2008 by playing the new track.
It’s worth noting that ‘It’s Like That’, the first single from the six times Platinum ‘Emancipation of Mimi’ LP was first played by Mariah at the New Year’s Eve 2005 Party she hosted at the PURE night club in Las Vegas on December 31, 2004.
I know T-Pain was inescapable in 2007 – I actually liked a few of his songs (did I have a choice? lol) – but come on now. Everybody and their mother is jumping on the T-Pain bandwagon and it’s becoming old, fast. Still, I won’t knock it until I’ve heard it…

Any thoughts?
Following much speculation, it has been confirmed that actor Eddie Murphy and longtime girlfriend Tracy Edmonds tied the knot yesterday. See the story below via PEOPLE.com:

Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds were married on New Year’s Day on a private island off Bora Bora in French Polynesia in front of 25 friends and family, their reps tell PEOPLE.

In a sunset ceremony on the beach Tuesday, Edmonds walked barefoot down the aisle to Gladys Knight’s “Makings of You.” The bride wore a custom-designed form-fitting dress by stylist and designer Sugia Nazel and Jill Baracci, designer and owner of Baracci boutique.

Murphy wore a cream suit and vest with an off-white handkerchief.

Among the guests were best man Johnny Gill, maid of honor Nicole Avant, matron of honor Julie Lev, as well as Edmonds’s parents Jacqueline and George McQuarn, her brother Michael, Murphy’s mother Lillian Lynch and his brother Vernon.

Hmmm. How Tracy has managed to look over Eddie’s callousness in the Mel B situation is beyond me. Kinda says a lot about her, unless there’s something we don’t know…

Your thoughts?
Songstress Alicia Keys performed her current single ‘Like You’ll Never See Me Again’ on Carson Daly’s New Year’s Countdown show which screened on NBC. Check out the performance below:

Great performance. Alicia really seems to be on a roll with her ‘As I Am’ album. Since it’s release, just two months ago, the CD has already been certified two times Platinum. I’m sure she’ll keep the momentum going in 08.

What do you think of the performance?

Fresh off her huge debut on the Billboard 200 with her new album ‘Growing Pains’, Mary J. Blige stopped by MTV’s ‘New Year’s Eve countdown show live from Times Square, New York last night to perform current single ‘Just Fine’. Awesome performance; each time I see Mary perform this song live, I like the track even more. The live instrumentation and Mary’s great vocal delivery give the song a new dimension IMO.

What do you think of the performance?

I know it may not be 2008 just yet for all the That Grape Juice readers, but it’s 2:14am on January 1st 2008 here in London and I thought to check in with you guys. So I take the opportunity to wish you all a very Happy & Prosperous New Year, in which all your hopes and aspirations become a reality.

With it being very nearly a year since I conceived the idea of starting That Grape Juice, I’m kinda amazed at how great 2007 was for the site. My personal theme for 08 is ‘Onwards and Upwards’ – something I anticipate being the case with the site as well. I appreciate all our readers – the lovers and haters – and know you’ll stick by throughout this new year 🙂

Following the casting of thousands of your votes, the polls have been tallied and below are the winners of the 1st Annual That Grape Juice: End Of Year Awards:

Single Of The Year:

Alicia Keys – No One (32%)

Runner Up:

Rihanna – Umbrella (29%)

Album Of The Year:

Alicia Keys – As I Am (26%)

Runner Up:

Kanye West – Graduation (23%)

Best Video:

Beyonce – Get Me Bodied (45%)

Runner Up:

Ciara – Like A Boy (26%)

Best Collaboration:

Kelly Rowland & Eve – Like This (32%)

Runner Up:

Chris Brown & T-Pain – Kiss Kiss (27%)

Best New Artist:

J. Holiday (38%)

Runner Up:

Amy Winehouse* (37%)

Best Female Artist:

Alicia Keys (31%)

Runner Up:

Beyonce (30%)

Best Male Artist:

Kanye West (38%)

Runner Up:

Chris Brown (30%)

The Kelly Rowland Underrated Artist Of The Year Award:

Tamia (38%)

Runner Up:

Mario (22%)

The Please Go Sitdown Somewhere Award:

50 Cent (26%)

Runner Up:

Rihanna (25%)

Most Overrated Artist:

Rihanna (48%)

Runner Up:

Akon (30%)

Worst Single Of The Year:

Nicole Scherzinger – Baby Love (53%)

Runner Up:

Soulja Boy – Crank That (30%)

Flop Of The Year:

Jennifer Lopez (50%)

Runner Up:

Kelly Rowland (26%)

Most Shocking Event Of 2007:

Britney’s Shambolic VMA Performance / Going Crazy (61%)

Runner Up:

Beyonce Falling Down Stairs (25%)

Best Reality TV Show:

Keyshia Cole – The Way It is (32%)

Runner Up:

Runs House (30%)

Best TV Show:

The Game (35%)

Runner Up:

Girlfriends (26%)

Many thanks to the thousands of you who voted. Feel free to drop a comment in the ‘comments’ section about your thoughts on this year’s awards, suggestions for next year’s etc.
Thanks all those who entered the Mary J. Blige ‘Growing Pains’ + iMaingo give-away. The correct answer to the question:

Which of the following isn’t the name of a Mary J. Blige album?

c) Mary J.

The winner (who has also been notified via email) is….

Darryn Kinney (Age 14) – Carson, California

Congratulations.

Remember to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for upcoming competitions…

Jay-Z Opens 40/40 Club in Vegas Jay-Z was joined by a host of stars to celebrate the opening of the Las Vegas arm of his 40/40 nightclub. Attendee’s included Beyonce, of course, Solange, Mary J. Blige, Tichina Arnold, Al Sharpton, Joe Jackson and Robin Thicke. Check out pics from the event below:

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Janet Jackson on the cover of Prestige Hong Kong MagazineJanet Jackson has hit the promo trail in support of her forthcoming album ‘Discipline’ (due February 26th 2008); the pop superstar features in upscale magazine Prestige Hong Kong. Check out pics from the the great Mark Liddell shoot below. You can read Janet’s interview – in which she speaks on growing up a Jackson, life offstage with boyfriend Jermaine Dupri, her new album and more – by clicking here.

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What do you think of the cover /pics?

Trina On The Set Of 'Single Again' Rapper Trina shot the video for her new single ‘Single Again’ this past Friday at a mansion Coconut Grove, Florida . Expect the vid to consist of various scenes; including a wedding, pool and club. It appears there’s truth to the stories of Trina’s new deal with EMI (in partnership with Slip-N-Slide) being worth a lot of money; the vid (and it’s budget) looks to be Trina’s best yet. ‘Single Again’ will be the first single to be lifted from Trina’s forthcoming album ‘Still Da Baddest’ – due February 12th 2008.
Trina On The Set Of 'Single Again'
You can see more pics from the shoot by clicking here.
Be on the lookout for That Grape Juice’s great (if i must say so myself lol) interview with Trina in the weeks ahead.

What do you think of the pics?
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