New Brandy Promo Shot {Click pic to enlarge}

Check out this new promotional picture of R&B songstress Brandy for her as yet untitled Epic Records debut. It’s good to see her looking on-point again, as there were some image issues IMO the last go round with her ‘Afrodisiac’ project.
The 29 year old’s forthcoming LP is tentatively set for a ‘late 2008’ release. Roll on ‘late 2008’ lol.

What do you think of the pic?

Former Fugees star Pras performed his 1998 hit ‘Ghetto Superstar’ at the AFI Awards in honor of Warren Beatty – who starred in the film the song was the title track to ‘Bulworth’. In somewhat of an odd pairing, R&B singer Amerie joined him onstage to perform the song. Though her rendition added a fresh slant to the track, I’m not so sure I was actually feeling it; I can’t put my finger on what was ‘off’ about it, other than the fact that something was. Where the hell was Mya (the original feature artist), anyway?

What do you think of the performance?

Rihanna Covers InStyle Magazine
Music’s ‘it’ girl of the moment, Rihanna, features in the August issue of InStyle Magazine. As her cover and shoot show, she really knows how to take a picture. If only her musical talent was as…
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Rihanna Covers InStyle Magazine Rihanna Covers InStyle Magazine

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That Grape Juice Update
I’ve been meaning to update you all on a number of issues for a short while now; so without further ado:

Where’s the Ashanti interview?: I have received many of your emails regarding the Ashanti interview. Please bear with us; the interview is 110% confirmed, however, at present, we are awaiting a revised interview slot, as Ashanti’s schedule caused for the first to have to be rescheduled. Stay tuned .

• ….& Ne-Yo, too?: In news that is a pretty good look for the site, our interview with Ne-Yo will now take place in-person during the R&B star’s stop here in the UK next week.

• Signed, sealed…almost delivered: Kelly Rowland competition winners, you should be receiving your signed ‘Ms. Kelly: Deluxe’ CD’s through the post this week/early next. Matter of fact, they are next to me right now as I type.

• Your input: Many thanks to all of you who offered your suggestions as how to make That Grape Juice even better. It was both insightful and entertaining sifting through all your comments. You should start to see a lot of the suggestions – especially the recurring ones i.e. site design – begin to be implemented in the weeks and months ahead. In the meanwhile, if there’s anything you wish to express regarding That Grape Juice, feel free to drop me an email at

• “Sam, where you at?”: LOL, sorry I’m cracking myself up with these lil’ captions (sad, I know). Anyway, for those whose emails have seemingly gone unanswered, please accept my apologies. The site literally receives upwards of 100 emails daily, so it can become a little difficult sifting though them all – even harder to respond to them all. Rest assured that I’m trying my hardest to respond to as many as possible – as much as time permits.

• One more thing: Would you like to see more Hip-Hop on That Grape Juice or are you content with the current mix?

• Randomess: Has anyone else read ‘A Piece of Cake’ by Cupcake Brown? Just finished it…all I can say is WOW. Highly recommended…h-i-g-h-l-y.

Thank you all for the support; it’s very very very much appreciated.

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Solange, Keri, Teyana & Nelly Cover Rap-UpBurgeoning stars Solange, Keri Hilson and Teyana Taylor feature the double cover of Rap-Up magazine’s Summer 2008 issue (which is on newsstands now). They’re all looking funky fresh, I must say. Good stuff. With each offering a breath of fresh air to an increasingly ‘samey’ industry, I’m real hopeful that these three make it BIG time.
Rapper Nelly appears on the alternate cover. The St. Louis native addresses the haters and the state of Hip-Hop, gives the scoop on his relationship with Ashanti, and reveals plans for a joint album with another rap superstar.

Solange, Keri, Teyana & Nelly Cover Rap-Up
What do you think of the cover(s)?
Will Smith Reveals Open Relationship With Jada‘Wholesome’ Hollywood couple, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, have revealed that the secret to the success of their 11 year marriage is that they have an ‘open relationship’. Speaking to Reveal magazine, Will had the following to say:

“Our perspective is, you don’t avoid what’s natural and you’re going to be attracted to people.” he says.

“And if it came down to it, then one would say to the other: ‘Look, I need to have sex with somebody. Now, I’m not going to if you don’t approve of it’.”

The 39-year-old star explains that the couple’s open policy has been in place from day one of their 10-year marriage.

“In our marriage vows, we didn’t say ‘forsaking all others’. We said ‘you will never hear I did something afterwards’. Because if that happens the relationship is destroyed.”

Other things that Will says are important in his relationship are keeping in shape for his “little firecracker” Jada, the “look in her eyes”, and communication.

“And lots of sex makes for a good marriage too!” {Source}

Though there has long been murmurings about Will and Jada’s marriage, this is the first time either has spoken on this particular issue. Personally, I’m not sure I really agree with their choices, I guess it depends on the individual, though. So saying that…

Do you agree or disagree with Will & Jada?

Mary J. Blige Covers Vegas MagazineMary J. Blige appears on the cover of the latest issue of Vegas magazine. She looks near-flawless.

What do you think of the cover?
Kelly Rowland Spotted In London Kelly Rowland Spotted In London
R&B star Kelly Rowland really does seems to have taken up a second citizenship of sorts over here in the UK; she’s often here more than she is in the US these days. The ‘Like This’ singer was snapped leaving London’s famed NOBU restaurant last night. Ms. Kelly’s looking good, indeed.
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It seems all is not well between BET 106 & Park hosts Terrence and Rocsi. The usually ‘pally’ pair appeared to have a clashing of sorts on Friday’s episode of the popular countdown show, resulting in Rocsi walking off set and Terrence hosting the show alone thereafter. Check out the clip below via


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ThisDay Music Festival Pics
A bevy of stars including Usher, Rihanna, Jay-Z and more hit Nigeria’s 3rd annual ThisDay Musical Festival this weekend. Check out pics from the event:
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Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Tyson Beckford were also in attendance.
ThisDay Music Festival Pics

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Our From The Vault feature, this week, journeys back to 1996 with the Fugees smash hit ‘Killing Me Softly’. One of the most promising, critically acclaimed (and arguably, influential) groups to emerge in the 90’s, the then fresh faced trio consisting of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel served up some of that eras defining Hip-Hop/R&B cuts such as ‘Ready or Not’, ‘Fu-Gee-La’ and this, their biggest hit, ‘Killing Me Softly’. Still as impacting today as it was upon its release, the Fugees ‘Killing Me Softly’, no doubt will go down in history:

Having parted ways in 1997, it’s s shame we never got to see what could have become of the talented trio.

Your thoughts?

Girlicious Update Since being revealed as the the winners of ‘The Pussycat Dolls Present Girlicious’ back in April, Girlicious have seldom been seen promoting their single ‘Like Me’ or self-titled LP, save for a few TV appearances here and there.

Things, however, seem to be picking up with their project, as their album will now be released on August 12th in Canada (originally due this month). You may be thinking, why Canada? Well, the girls have experienced the most success there to date, with ‘Like Me’ peaking at #4 on Canada’s official single chart and buzz single ‘Stupid Sh*t’ at #20. A US/International release is tentatively listed as simply ‘2008’.

It’ll be interesting to see if this project actually makes any kind of impact on a larger scale (other than Canada alone). For, multi-tiered releases are becoming a thing of the past, and the few that do tend to end up performing badly in the territory that received it late (See: The UK chart performance of Mary J’s ‘Growing Pains’). Also, does anyone else find it baffling that the group’s project is being launched at the same time as the Pussycat Dolls’?

Your thoughts?