All eyes may be on this season of American Idol, however the next has been dealt a devastating blow: the only original judge left on the panel, Randy Jackson, has announced that he is to leave the hit Fox show.

In a freshly released statement he wrote:

“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” he says. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.” {Source}

Another one bites the dust. Anyone else feel like this might have something to do with all the Mariah rumors? In serving as her interim manager until recently, perhaps the drama surrounding her run on the show (see: Nicki Minaj, producers, J.Lo) was the straw that broke the camels back. Food for thought.

Your thoughts?

With only a few days left until ‘American Idol’ ends its latest season, Pepsi front woman Nicki Minaj caught up with its ever charming host Ryan Seacrest for an upbeat and honest sit down interview.

Explaining her reason for joining the show in the first place, her time with Seacrest also saw her speak openly on her feelings towards industry politics and why she thought she and fellow judge Mariah would make the best ‘Idol’ duo of all time- and how she felt when that short lived dream was crushed.

Watch below!


Six months after the release of her fourth #1 album ‘Girl On Fire’ and 14-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys is proving she is still exactly that – on fire!

Lending a scorching performance to ‘Idol’ tonight with her tune ‘Tears Always Win’, tuck in below to see Keys rock the audience like only she can.


 ‘Vision of Love’ songstress Mariah Carey gave fans a view of the new-new on ‘American Idol‘ tonight when she unveiled the “toned down” version of her new video with R&B hitmaker Miguel.

Titled ‘Beautiful’, the song, which made its premiere days ago much to fan delight, has already been crowned a chart champion by fans who have purchased the tunes in droves since its release.

But, does its accompanying clip pack the punch it’ll need to knockout competition for the top spot?  You tell us below:



Urban Hollywood shows up and out in new comedy/drama ‘Baggage Claim’.

Due in theaters this Fall, the movie tells the tale of Montana (Paula Patton). Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, she embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. The resulting experience is filled with laughs, love, and…drama!

Is the plot crazy as cray? It seems so. But, still, this looks like it’ll be bringing the LOL’s.

Your thoughts?

Tonight at 7pm (EST) ‘Masquerade‘ Rapper Nicki Minaj will dominate the E! network via a tell all interview with Mr. American Idol himself, Ryan Seacrest.

Filmed just hours ago, the interview will see her address a number of issues pertaining her widely praised role on the talent contest- the bond she’s made with its contestants and why she hopes to return for a second season next year.

In the mood to be teased?

Peep a preview of tonight’s interview below!


 We didn’t know it then, but during Lauryn Hill‘s recent tax related tribulations a number of entertainers made it their mission to help her during the difficult time. One of these entertainers, being ‘Samsonite Man’ singer Alicia Keys.

Indeed, in a letter thanking all who wrote to the case’s judge in the hopes of saving her from jail time, Ms. Hill praised the star and many others for their  support.

Read below…


Are you ready to have your minds blown?

Kelly Rowland breaks from her politically-correct norm with explosive new single ‘Dirty Laundry’.

The-Dream penned cut is the latest to be lifted from the R&B diva’s fourth studio album ‘Talk A Good Game’ – which struts into stores on June 18th. And by the sounds of ‘Laundry’, the LP looks set to be her frankest offering yet.

A snippet of the cut, available on iTunes May 21st, awaits below…


As positive reviews of his stint on the show continue to pour in, Luke James took to FUSE recently to dish on his opening act gig on Beyonce‘s ‘Mrs.Carter Show’ world tour.

Discussing the show as he gears up for the release of his long awaited debut album, fans can catch the ‘I.O.U’ star’s interview with the outlet below!


Much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.  So in a quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday we introduced a new retrospective segment – ‘TGJ Replay’.

Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase albums (and eras) from a library of pop music hits.  Today, we put the spindle on the star-studded, 7x platinum (U.S.) soundtrack to the 90s ultimate chick flick ‘Waiting To Exhale’…



After sharing where she likes her Kisses, Kelly Rowland continues to ‘Talk A Good Game’ with new single – due later today.

Details below…


The Recording Industry Association Of America has announced a new rule change that’s set to change the world of music forever.

For, as to accomodate the industry’s ever changing trends, they have revealed that digital streams will now count towards sales certifications awarded to entertainers.

Full story below…