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And it begins!

Alexandra Burke makes her eagerly awaited American debut tonight in New York City.

The Platinum-selling stage blazer will join Mary J Blige,  Erykah Badu, Mary Mary, and Patti LaBelle at a commemorative concert, christened the Apollo Spring Gala, to honor Chaka Khan‘s 40-years in the music industry.

A perfectionist of a performer, Burke has called on Beyonce’s right-hand man Jaquel Knight to help piece together what we’re hearing will be a must-see showing.

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It goes without saying that the high-profile slot is the best of launches for the 24-year-old who is  -as many had hoped – embracing a more soulful sound for her 3rd studio album (which will dub as her US debut).  The X Factor graduate recently relocated to the States after signing a mega-management deal with industry force Kevin Liles – the former Def Jam executive who propelled the careers of Jay-Z and Kanye West into the stratosphere. More recent years have seen Liles mould Trey Songz into the Urban force he is today. Needless to say, it seems he and his team are working their magic with our girl.

Peep more EXCLUSIVE rehearsal pics after the jump — AND — be sure to keep it locked on That Grape Juice for more on Alexandra Burke’s US debut!

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While providing fair and unbiased news as and when it happens is our priority here at TGJ ,we know doing that wouldn’t be possible without your valued and continued support.

So, as to celebrate the readers that help us to do what we love, we’re highlighting one of the many comments that poured in to our recent RihannaStade De France‘ outing…billing it ‘Comment of the Day‘!!

Find out what it was below!

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 June 8th saw ‘Another Day in Paradise’ beauty Brandy grace Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium with a stellar sold out show.

While there, she stunned her fans with a moving rendition of her 2002 release ‘He Is’ and her undeniable classic ‘Have You Ever‘.

Talent in its purest form below…

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After years of developing good faith with her audience, this year saw Beyonce announce the launch of her first world tour in four years…without the aid of new material.

Indeed, thanks to her credentials as an entertainer and the value for money audiences across the globe knew the tour would serve up, the star has now sold out 65 arena dates long before the world can expect to receive the show’s supporting album.

Now, thanks to the aforementioned good faith she’s garnered with consumers, the tour has now generated enough capital to storm the Hot Tour’s tally!

Good news below…

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Kanye West is weighing in again…but this time, it’s on himself.

Hitting the Governors Ball in NYC last night, the Rapper arrived at the event to debut new material from his forthcoming LP ‘Yeezus‘…and share his thoughts on why he no longer cares about selling records.

His words below…

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Iggy Azalea has been building quite the buzz with new single ‘Bounce’ – thanks largely to its Bollywood-inspired video.

The song, which follows UK top ten hit ‘Work’, is the latest to be lifted from the femcee’s hotly anticipated debut album ‘The New Classic’.

Jury’s out on whether the LP will live up to its ambitious title; yet what is certain is that you can get a behind the scenes look at its newest visual offering after the jump…

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Whatever you think of her skill as an entertainer, there’s no denying Rihanna‘s ear for a hit. An ear, that saw fit to pick up the Future led ‘Love Song‘, lifted from her new album ‘Unapologetic‘.

Ticking the ‘crossover’ box all Urban cuts should aspire to, the jam was brought to life in France two nights ago, when the star performed it during her record breaking Stade De France outing.

Was it any good?

You decide below…

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While some singers chase hits, Fantasia Barrino is building a career. Much like her idol Patti Labelle, the 28-year-old seems to understand that fearless versatility is the core component of a long-lasting and successful career.

Case, point, her recent mini-tour with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

A powerhouse in her own right, the American Idol star caused vocal fireworks when she and Bocelli performed ‘When I Fall In Love’ together at the Denver stop of the trek.

Watch the duo soar with their dynamic duet below…

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‘…you know I’m chillin’ with these n*ggas if these n*ggas is rich.’

Azealia Banks did what she does best recently, hitting NYC’s Governors Ball to deliver a rousing and well executed set of her more celebrated material.

Arriving at the star studded gig as anticipation for her debut album falters, there’s no denying her status as one of Pop’s strongest live acts once you see her in action…after the jump!

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With her time on the ‘X Factor UK‘ proving to be more fruitful than initially expected, it’s no wonder Simon Cowell enlisted Kelly Rowland to star in the forthcoming season of ‘X Factor USA’.

Giving her ample opportunity to solidify her status as an industry veteran and raise awareness for her forthcoming album ‘Talk A Good Game‘, her time on the show kicked off with a press conference launched in its aid.

Want to see how Kelly fares when placed next to her fellow judges?

Watch their conversation with the media below…

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Before the album drops on June 18th, Kanye West teased fans with jams from his new album ‘Yeezus’ during his set at the Governors Ball!

Need an incentive to pick up the project?

Press play below!

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Love was in the air in NYC two nights ago, when Pop chart topper Beyonce and Rap icon Jay Z stepped out to celebrate Kanye West’s birthday party in the city.

Hitting the spot as B gears up for a festival driven summer, the pair were snapped enjoying an intimate moment when Jay leaned in for a kiss….creating the moment you see above.

Marking a very public moment for a very private couple, their arrival at West’s event came after Vogue celebrated the news that their Beyonce edition of their publication was their highest selling edition of the year, as is explained here.

Your thoughts?

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