Mario Eyes March 2009 Release For New Album According to our friends over at Rap-Up.com, R&B star Mario is readying his fourth studio album for a March 2009 release. Looking to capitalize on his Dancing With The Stars success, the 22 year old has been in the studio with the likes of Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins, Tricky Stewart, Babyface, Stargate, Polow Da Don and KP Malay, on what he describes as “most personal, colossal album of his career”. Described as as fusing of classic R&B and modern Pop, the as yet untitled set will hit stores via J Records.
Mario’s last effort ‘Go!’ still stands as one of my favourite R&B releases from the last few years (‘Music For Love’ still gets plenty of play on my iPod). About the new record, I’m really anticipating it, especially with the stellar list of producers he’s been working with.

Any thoughts?
It's Sasha Fierce...AgainNew promotional shots for Beyonce’s ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’ (due November 18th) are coming thick and fast – the latest being the pic above. Kinda on the fence about this one…

What do you think of the pic?
Ginuwine Preps New LP For 2009 After a brief hiatus, R&B crooner Ginuwine is back set to release his first major-label album in 2009. Check out the report via Billboard:

Ginuwine is set to return in the first quarter 2009 with a new single and album. The as-yet-untitled project will be released by Notifi Records, with distribution through Warner Bros. Notifi is headed by CEO Ira Dewitt.

In addition to singer/songwriter/producer Tank, who is executive producing the album, Ginuwine is collaborating with Next founding member RL and Harold Lilly Jr., among others.

“Everything is still in the works,” Ginuwine tells Billboard.com. “I don’t want to rush anything. I’m just working on various songs and definitely hoping to work with others like Polow da Don and Timbaland. However, at this point I can say the music will reflect a maturing Ginuwine. I’m not the same young man I was when I first got into music. ”

Ginuwine was 21 when he hit big in 1996 with “Pony,” his first crossover hit (No. 1 R&B, No. 6 pop). The single garnered the Washington, D.C. native a contract with 550 Music/Epic and propelled his Timbaland-produced debut album, “Ginuwine — The Bachelor,” to multi-platinum status.

This ought to be interesting. I personally haven’t enjoyed any of Ginuwine’s records since he stopped working with Timbland, so I definitely welcome their potential reuniting.

Will you be checking for a new Ginuwine album?

A short snippet of a new Christina Aguilera track called ‘Dynamite’ surfaced earlier today. Set to feature on her forthcoming greatest hits LP ‘Keeps Gettin’ Better: A Decade of Hits’, the cut, to put it bluntly, sounds rubbish. Really leaves a lot to be desired.

Judging by the new material I’ve heard from Xtina thus far, it appears as if her best days may be behind her. Since the dizzy heights she achieved with her ‘Stripped’ LP she has yet to deliver anything nearly as good IMO. SMH…

Hit or miss?

R&B songstress Brandy performed her current single ‘Right Here (Departed)’ on MTV’s TRL just a few moments ago. Put simply, Ms. Norwood nailed it! The stage presence, the adlibs, the everything! She really sounded on-point – the vocals were awesome. Her LP ‘Human’ drops December 9th via Epic/Koch.

Randomness: This definitely redeems her last live showing of the track a few days ago at the Monsterjam concert.

What do you think of the performance?

More promotional shots for Beyonce’s forthcoming album ‘I Am…Sasha Fierce’ have surfaced today. Though kinda on the unremarkable side, there’s no denying she looks great.
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Beyonce and her mother Tina Knowles unveiled thier latest range in House of Dereon line at a Bloomingdale’s store in New York City last night. The new line features more evening gown-esq dresses.

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Is it me or is Beyonce looking a lot more ‘Bootylicious’ (pun intended) than she has in a minute? Definitely liking this look on her.

What do you think of the pics?

The Pussycat Dolls hit up Dancing With The Stars last night to perform their current single ‘Whatcha Think About That’, along with Missy Elliott.

Though I think the song is appallingly bad, it wasn’t as crap a performance as I anticipated. That said there a few bones I must pick with their showing (don’t worry, it won’t be long LOL); what happened with the camera during Missy’s part? I’m a Missy fan but she kinda sorta ish looked like a mess (where’s her album, by the way?). What’s more, it was painful watching Melody doing the runs. Not because she was bad, quite the opposite, she was awesome – it’s more evidence as to why she shouldn’t be taking a back-seat to Nicole.

What do you think of the performance?

During hubby Jay-Z’s set at Power 105.1 show last night at New Jersey’s IZOD Center, Beyonce made a surprise appearance – giving short performance of her hotter than hot new release ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’. Clad in all black and backed by two dancers (not the one’s from the video unfortunately), Ms. Knowles definitely wet my appetite for the inevitable barrage of live performance we’ll be seeing from her over the next few months. Good stuff.

What do you think of the performance?

The That Grape Juice Facebook Group launched a few months ago, as many of you will know. Work, school, college, home, wherever; I’m sure many of you – like myself – spend a ridiculous amount of time on Facebook. Yes, it’s ‘that’ addictive.

Why not, then, combine your daily Urban Pop Culture fix with social networking and come be a part of the rapidly growing That Grape Juice Facebook community. Along with the many hundreds who have already joined (thanks guys), you will be the first to get word on upcoming interviews, competitions, view exclusive pictures and much much more. The discussion board/wall will also give you the chance to interact with other ‘Grape Juice readers moreso now than ever before.
It’s an open group, so anyone can join – invite all your friends too!

T.I.’s video for Rihanna assisted single ‘Live Your Life’ premiered on BET’s Access Granted literally within the hour. Epic, cinematic and befitting, the vid really is a winner. I must say I’ve been liking the song a whole lot more as of late; something the video, I’m sure, will ensure continues.

Tidbit: While Rihanna did look damn near flaw-less (she really is a stunner), she still moves oh-so-stiffly. Just thinking out aloud…

What do you think of the video?

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Former TLC singer Chilli poses it up with a Harvey Davidson motorcycle in the November issue of Upscale Magazine. Does this chick ever age? Looking good!

Randomness: What happened to her solo debut?

Chilli In Upscale Magazine

What do you think of the pics?

Still hot on the promo trail for his chart-topping LP ‘Paper Trail’, T.I. stopped by The Chelsea Lately. In this hilarious must-see interview, T.I.P is grilled by the comic on his forthcoming jail spell, relationship with T.I. (who I doubt will be impressed when she sees this) and much more. Chelsea is one crazy chick LOL.

Your thoughts?

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