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With  Kelis‘  putting the finishing touches to her new LP ‘Fleshtones’, the singer has received a glowing endorsement from Black Eyed Peas front-man will.i.am, who signed the 30 year old to his Will.i.Am Music Group imprint over at Interscope. Speaking to VIBE, he said:

“Kelis has always been a best kept secret. The cool people know Kelis. But the majority of people just know ‘Milkshake.’ If Kelis were fashion she would be a girl’s favorite pair of shoes or a coat…high fashion. I would like Kelis to show she’s an international sensation. She can be big. A lot of people think big is being on the radio or that being big is having a show in London, France and sometimes Japan. But that ain’t international…that’s just three countries. The Black Eyed Peas are big; the Black Eyed Peas are international. I think Kelis can be that big. As big as the Peas.

Fergie is huge. When Fergie blew up she was bigger than me! I believe Kelis can do the same.” {Source}

The former Ms Nas’ new single ‘Acapella’ has grown on me considerably since first hearing it. Here’s hoping the rest of the album delivers the goods and garners the success she so deserves.

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The wait is almost over! With anticipation now at fever pitch, it has today been confirmed that Lady GaGa and Beyonce eagerly awaited ‘Telephone’ video will have its world premiere on E! News this coming Thursday (March 11th) at 11.30pm.

Directed by John Akerlund, GaGa herself as described it as ‘a true Pop event’, stressing that it is better than the acclaimed ‘Bad Romance’ clip. Roll on Thursday!

Tidbit: Does anyone else feel the level of anticipation surrounding GaGa’s videos have not been seen since the time of Michael Jackson’s releases? It goes without saying (for a number of reasons) that no one can capture the showmanship and mystique Michael exuded, yet it’s so refreshing to see someone come close – GaGa’s videos are becoming world ‘pop culture events’…which is amazing considering how short a time she’s been ‘active’. Go GaGa! Now let’s just hope the video is indeed the business….LOL.

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Outspoken rapper Bow Wow has announced that he is working on a new album. Omarion’s close friend was interviewed by HipHopWired and revealed details about the LP which will serve as his Cash Money debut release. Peep below for more details:

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The extensive list of artists who participated in the cover of REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ have gathered once again to make an alternate version of the video released to support the song last month. This time the black and white clip features Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Jon Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Rod Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Susan Boyle, Cheryl Cole, and Robbie Williams among others. Check out the video below:

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Maxwell has announced the dates for his US tour. The Grammy Award-winning singer will be joined by fellow R&B powerhouse Jill Scott on a 20-city showcase which begins on May 21st. Check out the full list of shows below:

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Mariah Carey has been a busy woman lately. Having just ended her ‘Angel’s Advocate’ US tour and preparing for the release of her similarly titled remix album, another track from her new project has surfaced. The remixed version of ‘Ribbon’ features the song’s co-writer, The-Dream, and rapper Ludacris. ‘Angel’s Advocate’ will be exclusively released via Target on March 30th. Give the song a listen below:

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With her upcoming ‘Pulse’ album ready to be released on May 4th, Toni Braxton has teamed up with an unexpected person on a new track from the LP. The song, ‘Caught (Don’t Take Your Hat Off)’, features none other than Golden Globe Award-winning actress Mo’Nique, who offered a touch of spoken-word comedy to the mellow track. The record is said to have been influenced by Oran ‘Juice’ Jones’ 1986 single ‘The Rain’. Check out ‘Caught (Don’t Take Your Hat Off)’ below:

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The legendary Mariah Carey attended the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards which were held at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California last evening.  ‘Precious’, which stars Carey in a supporting role, won 5 awards including ‘Best Feature’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Female Lead’. Check out more pictures of the diva below:

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Holding true to our promise of keeping things fresh here at That Grape Juice (v.2.0 baby!), we bring you ‘Cover Star’. Completing our current feature-list (From The Vault, Original Articles etc), Cover Star will each week showcase regular folk’s rendition of your favourite tracks. Recent history has shown the web to be the place to discover new talent – talent which is undeniably out there in abundance. So what better way to give shine to undiscovered talent than on your favourite site and mine – That Grape Juice!

This week’s Cover Star is Alanna Mitchell. The 22 year old Detroit, Michigan native turns in a commendable rendition of Destiny Child‘s 2005 hit ‘Stand Up For Love’. Check it out below:

Great performance! With the song being somewhat difficult to sing, and Alanna taking on all the verses and choruses, it’s understandable as to why there were a few iffy points. Yet for the most part, she held her own, showcasing some pretty impressing runs. More power to her!

For more on Alanna, check out her Youtube page

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Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson was one of the attendees at OK Magazine’s Pre-Oscar Party last night. Kudos to whoever is styling Ms. Keri-Baby these days…she is looking flawless!

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In news that will no doubt displease Lady GaGa and Beyonce fans, the pair’s much anticipated ‘Telephone’ video has been pushed back.

Initially set to debut on Monday (March 8th), the clip now has no definitive release date, with fans being urged to keep checking her GaGa’s official website for première details. {Source}

In light of all the teasers and missed première dates, this video is going to have be EPIC so as to live up to the extraordinarily high level of expectation. I wonder what’s causing the delay?….

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With R&B star Monica set to release her eagerly anticipated ‘Still Standing’ LP on March 23rd, you can now preview each of the album’s track. While we’ll hold judgement until hearing the record in its entirety, it’s sounding like a winner based on these clips.

You can listen to the preview after the jump….

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