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This week’s From The Vault clip is Mary J. Blige‘s 1996 smash ‘Not Gon Cry’. Lifted from the ‘Waiting To Exhale’ soundtrack, the video interpolates scenes from the hit movie, focussing visually and lyrically on the storyline of Angela Bassett’s character. Check out the Wayne Maser directed video above…

Classic! Despite being only 7 years old when this came out, this has a lot of nostalgic value for me. I vividly remember jamming to this way back in the day (thanks to my Big Sis, who loved the TLC’s, Jodeci’s and Mary’s – all of who made the 90’s so memorable). R&B at its best.

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Leona Lewis made a guest appearance on the UK’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ recently. The singer performed ‘I Got You’, the 2nd single from her commercially disappointing ‘Echo’. The song has thus far peaked at #40 on the UK R&B charts.

Once again, Lewis delivered a strong vocal performance. However, in one of the rare moments in her career to date, she actually connected with the audience and exuded stage presence. I seems that she is finally coming into her own as an entertainer, bit by bit, inch by inch.

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Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez were spotted having lunch in Miami, Florida yesterday. The fashionistas were accompanied by Lopez’s ‘one again/off again’ manager Benny Medina for the gathering at Fontainebleau Hotel. I wonder what they spoke about? Check out more pictures below:

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Neo-Soul diva Erykah Badu is preparing to release her new studio album ‘New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)’. The first single from the LP is the James Poyser-produced track ‘Window Seat’ (cover art seen above courtesy of Rap-Up.com). ‘New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)’ hits stores on March 30th.

Badu continues to demonstrate why music is about talent instead of fashion. This song depicts vocal prowess and artistry at their best. If only certain other singers (*hint hint*) had half of her ability, then the world would be a much better place.

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An almost unrecognisable Lady GaGa was spotted at a shopping mall in California today. The singer was accompanied by a friend and his baby as they made their way through the parking lot. Peep more images of the below:

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A new song from Christina Milian’s recent studio sessions has surfaced. The track, entitled ‘Kiss It’, was supposedly produced by JR Rotem. There is still no word on when Milian’s ‘Elope’ LP will be hitting stores.

One of the most admirable qualities of the material being put forward from Milian with this album is the variation. Most of the songs emerging from her in recent times have been very different from each other, avoiding the redundancy that has been plaguing artists in the last year. This Doo-Wopp-flavoured record is a perfect example of that fact. It’s great to see artists being inspired by past genres instead of buying into the typical 80’s-inspired dance songs that have come to dominate the radio airwaves. Good stuff.

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Rihanna was seen leaving a party in Miami early Friday morning. The self-proclaimed “role model for young girls” was a bit tipsy as she left an after party for the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam where she was the main attraction. Peep a second shot below:

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Usher revealed the official cover art for his upcoming studio album, ‘Raymond vs. Raymond’, recently. The entertainer, who is gearing up for the March 3oth release of the LP, seems of have had a change of heart regarding the previously released album art. Let’s see if this new cover will get more people interested in the ‘Raymond vs. Raymond’.

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The ever-present Beyonce was spotted working on the set of her new Super Bowl commercial recently. The singer is featured in the clip for the LCD HDTV, company VIZIO. The production is being directed by Wally Pfister.

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BET’s SOS Saving Ourselves (Help For Haiti) is taking place right now live from Miami, Floria. As usual, That Grape Juice has you covered with all the night’s performances, which include the first televised performance from Chris Brown since ‘the incident’, Mary J. Blige, Keri HilsonWyclef, Monica, and many more . Be sure to keep refreshing as performances will continually be added…

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Peep a stunning looking Kelly Rowland joined pal Serena Williams at the launch of  the Tide Plus Febreze Freshness Sport in Miami, Florida, which was hosted by Williams’ sister Venus. Actress Gabrielle Union was also in attendance at the event, which was held at the The W South Beach earlier today (February 5th).

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