Ashanti UpdateThat Grape Juice can confirm that Ashanti will be shooting the video for her new single ‘Good Good’ in Los Angeles this Sunday. The clip will be directed by Melina – the director of much of Beyonce’s ‘B’Day Anthology’ videos, as well as Solange’s ‘I Decided’ clip. Look for the video’s debut early-mid July. You know where you heard it first.
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Mariah No Longer Performing At BET Awards With the 2008 BET Awards less than week away, it is now being reported that Mariah Carey, who was one of the show’s first announced performers, will no longer be hitting the stage at the June 24th ceremony. Check out the report via Mariah Daily:

An updated list of performers and presenters for the 2008 BET Awards received from this morning did not include Mariah. According to BET, “Since it’s a live show, there are always lots of last minute changes and updates.” We’ll let you know if we hear differently. Mariah is, however, expected to attend the awards proceedings.

It’s anyone’s guess why the performance was cancelled. At the risk of sound ‘a hater’, perhaps it was for the best, as Mariah’s recent performances have left a lot to be desired. Here’s hoping she can get her live performance game up to par once again.

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Young Buck Responds To 50 Cent Tape Leakage Following the controversy that ensued upon the release of a taped conversation between a teary Young Buck and 50 Cent (said to have been leaked by 50 himself), Buck has hit back hard-hitting response.
The age old adage of there being ‘two sides to every story’ rings true here, as, among other things, Buck reveals the conversation is over a year old. Hence his recent ‘F**k G-Unit’ declaration isn’t as contradicting as the tape would have one believe.

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Meagan Good In Complex Magazine Actress Meagan Good features in the latest issue of Complex Magazine. The 26 year old speaks about, among other things, her role in Mike Myers’ new movie ‘The Love Guru’. She looks great.

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Rihanna At TRL & Album Release Party Rihanna At TRL & Album Release Party
Rihanna stopped by MTV’s TRL yesterday to promote the re-release of her ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ LP, which went on sale hit stores this week.
Though her talent leaves a lot to be desired IMO, she certainly knows how to take a picture; she looks great. Anyway, check out Rihanna, with LeToya, Teyana Taylor (left) and Wynter Gordon (right) at her the ‘Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded’ album release party last night:
Rihanna At TRL & Album Release Party

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'Tha Carter III' Sells A Million Plus First WeekBillboard have confirmed that Lil’ Wayne’s much hyped ‘Carter III’ LP has shifted over 1 million units in its first week on sale. The album’s first week showing now stands as the highest since 50 Cent’s million + debut with ‘The Massacre’ back in 2005′. Click here to read more about Wayne’s amazing achievement

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Mary J. Blige Foots Bill For Young Shopper Mary J. Blige showed her generosity whilst on a visit to New York recently. Check out the report via the NY Post:

MARY J. Blige has a heart the size of her record sales. Last week, Blige was at the Diane von Furstenberg store in the Meatpacking District when she overheard a girl having a problem at the register. A spy said, “The girl had a dress on hold that she loved, and the bill was $900. She thought it was only $500, and she couldn’t afford it.” Blige told the saleswoman, “Go get the girl. I want to pay for the balance on the dress.” The customer at first declined Blige’s offer but relented after the singer said, “I know what it’s like to want something and not be able to have it. I insist.” The customer wanted to send her a check for the balance, but Blige said, “Just enjoy it. I’m blessed, so let me do this.”

Good on Mary…

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Just days after publicly saying ‘F**k G-Unit’, a teary Young Buck recently called up 50 Cent to apologize, begging to rejoin the group because he is broke and without direction. Check out the phone call, which has been making the rounds on the net, below:

Damn. Whoever leaked that to the net was wrong for doing so; it’s really not a good look for Buck whichever way this mess turns out in the end. Still, saying that, it really drives home the shadiness that goes on behind the scenes; all the constant flaunting rappers like Buck do of a lifestyle they in reality don’t lead is made all the more evident here.

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Mariah Carey - 'I'll Be Loving U Long Time' (Remix) (ft. T.I.) There’s no word on how ‘official’ this remix of Mariah’s latest single is. However the T.I. verse adds little of subtance to the track, considering the production and Mariah’s vocals are the exact same as the album version. All in all, still pretty decent.

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Naomi Campbell's Hair DisappearingSupermodel Naomi Campbell was snapped leaving restaurant Cipriani here in London last night. Pic speaks for itself, I guess…SMH.

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Swizz Beats To Produce Jackson Stage Show? Hit-maker Swizz Beats has added fuel to the rumors that Michael Jackson is gearing up for a live comeback, after revealing that he is in in talks to musically produce a tour for The King of Pop:

The Thriller superstar has already enlisted the talents of R+B stars Ne-Yo and Akon to work on his forthcoming LP, and now Swizz Beatz has confirmed he is contributing to the project as well.

But Swizz also admits there has been talk about some live shows.

He tells, “I’m working on this new Michael Jackson s**t. I’m probably gonna be producing his tour and everything.”

Jackson prompted speculation he will headline his own Las Vegas residency when an equity group linked to the Las Vegas Hilton helped him save his Neverland Ranch from foreclosure earlier this year (08).

He has also made a number of personal appearances in the Nevada city of late.


As a fan of Swizz Beats production (T.I’s ‘Bring Em’ Out’, Beyonce’s ‘Get Me Bodied’ etc), I’m pretty amped to see what will come of his and Michael’s pairing. Saying that, all this talk of a new album and tour have been too long in progress. Here’s hoping things start happening soon.

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T-Pain Update; London Listening Session NotesI was fortunate enough to be invited to the listening session for T-Pain’s forthcoming effort ‘Thr33 Ringz’ (due September 30th), which took place today in South-West London. The press playback, for which our preview will be posted soon, was hosted by the ‘Bartender’ singer himself.

Following the previewing of the record, T-Pain went on to reveal a number of his coming projects, one of which is his Nappy Boy Digital record label. Signed artists will be geared more toward the digital market (i.e. iTunes, ringtones etc) – an area the singer, himself, has experienced the majority of his success. I must say I was pretty impressed by the concept of this, especially when considering the proliferation of uninspired artist-owned-labels out there.

Also a tour with Danity Kane, Keyshia Cole and Lil’ Wayne is scheduled for later this year. It wasn’t confirmed as to whether it will be a US trek only or International.
However, most interestingly, T-Pain, for the first time, spoke about a forthcoming ‘Best of Both Worlds’ type project with none other than Lil’ Wayne. With a current working title of ‘He Raps, He Sings’, the pair have already recorded a few tracks for the record, however will enter the studio in October to record the bulk of the LP. According to T-Pain, Timbaland is being tapped to produce the majority of the project.

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