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Preview LeToya's 'Lady Love'
Amazon have a preview of LeToya Luckett’s entire ‘Lady Love’ LP. We’re eager to hear what you guys think of the tracks… {Thanks Ernest}

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Whitney Houston - 'Million Dollar Bill' (First Single)Whitney Houston’s much anticipated comeback single ‘Million Dollar Bill’ made its debut in full a few hours ago to much fanfare. True to this site’s stance on not sugar-coating ish or jumping on hype without reason, I must say I’m honestly a little disappointed with this.
As much I wanted to like the record, particularly in light of the hype the listening session reports created around it, I felt short-changed upon hearing the track for myself. Dated, a lil cheesy and not really lead single material, this doesn’t scream ‘I’m back!’ at all IMO. While it may end up being a grower, a single with so much riding on it really shouldn’t have to be a ‘grower’. In as much as we’re rooting for Whitney, sometimes you just have to call it as it is…
On the up side, Whitney probably sounds the best she has on ”Bill’ than she does on any of the tracks we’ve heard from her ‘I Look To You’ album thus far.
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Mariah Carey’s first televised performance of new single ‘Obsessed’ aired last night on NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’. After seeing the amateur footage of the performance earlier this week (and not thinking it half-bad), I anticipated the televised version coming across better. Oh how wrong I was. Stiff, uncomfortable, heavily backed vocally (so much so she may as well have been lip-synching) and just flat out boring, this live showing was anything but ‘diva’ and really highlighted that Mariah is a shell of herself. One has to wonder; the show is called ‘America’s Got Talent’, where did all of Mariah’s talent go?
What do you think of the performance?

The video for Jade Ewen’s official debut single ‘My Man’ premiered today. Shot in Los Angeles, the clip manages to do what’s required of it – essentially compliment the song well. However, for an uptempo banger like this, I was expecting a lot more in the way of choreography and overall sassiness. Also, while having the ‘gloss’ that so many UK clips lack, nothing about this video said ‘filmed in LA’. That said, I’m big on the song and hope it does well.
What do you think of the video?
Amerie - 'Heard Em All' (2nd Single)
The second single to be lifted from Amerie’s ‘In Love & War’ LP, ‘Heard Em All’, surfaced today – and I’m glad to say it’s a winner. Produced by Eric Hudson and penned by Sean Garrett, the uptempo cut relies heavily on African drums and a haunting tribal-call sounding hook from Amerie. Frantic, fierce and future hit written all over, this is everything ‘Why R U’, as the album’s lead single, should have been. Hearing this definitely restores my faith in the project.
Tidbit: It was just the other day I was saying to a friend how I’d love to hear more traditional African influences in contemporary R&B and Hip-Hop.
Hit or Miss?

Keri Hilson Covers ComplexPeep Keri Hilson on the cover of the latest issue of Complex Magazine. Loving the concept of the cover…

What do you think of the cover?
VMA Nominations; Beyonce & Lady GaGa Lead
The nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards 2009 were announced today. Leading the field with a whopping 9 nominations a piece are Beyonce and Lady GaGa. Check out the full list of nominations for the extravaganza, which airs live on MTV on September 13th:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Eminem – We Made You
Kanye West – Love Lockdown
Britney Spears – Womanizer


BEST NEW ARTIST

Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Drake – Best I Ever Had
3OH!3 – Don’t Trust Me
Kid Cudi – Day N’Nite
Asher Roth – I Love College

BEST MALE VIDEO

Eminem – We Made You
Kanye West – Love Lockdown
Jay-Z – D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
T.I. Featuring Rihanna – Live Your Life
Ne-Yo – Miss Independent

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

Katy Perry – Hot N Cold
Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me
P!nk – So What

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

Eminem – We Made You
Kanye West – Love Lockdown
Jay-Z – D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune)
Asher Roth – I Love College
Flo Rida – Right Round

BEST POP VIDEO

Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Britney Spears – Womanizer
Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester – Good Girls Go Bad
Wisin y Yandel – Abusadora

BEST ROCK VIDEO

Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
Green Day – 21 Guns
Fall Out Boy – I Don’t Care
Paramore – Decode

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Britney Spears – Circus
Ciara featuring Justin Timberlake – Love Sex Magic
AR Rahman & Pussy Cat Dolls featuring Nicole Scherzinger – Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
Kristina DeBarge – Goodbye

BEST DIRECTION

Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
Green Day – 21 Guns
Cobra Starship featuring Leighton Meester – Good Girls Go Bad
Britney Spears – Circus

BEST EDITING

Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Britney Spears – Circus
Miley Cyrus – 7 Things
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Lady Gaga – Paparazzi

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS

Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
Eminem – We Made You
Kanye West ft Mr. Hudson – Paranoid

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
Green Day – 21 Guns
Britney Spears – Circus

BEST ART DIRECTION

Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Britney Spears – Circus
Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
Coldplay – Viva La Vida

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO

Death Cab For Cutie – Grapevine Fires
Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
Cold War Kids – I’ve Seen Enough
Anjulie – Boom
Chairlift – Evident Utensil
Bat For Lashes – Daniel
Major Lazer – Hold The Line
Passion Pit – The Reeling
Matt & Kim – Lessons Learned
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

BEST VIDEO (THAT SHOULD HAVE WON A MOONMAN)

U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name
Dr Dre – Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang
Beastie Boys – Sabotage
Bjork – Human Behavior
Radiohead – Karma Police
George Michael – Freedom
Foo Fighters – Everlong
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Into The Great Wide Open
OK Go – Here It Goes Again
David Lee Roth – California Girls

I don’t usually get too hung up on nominations unless there is something drastically bogus about them, which doesn’t seem to be the case here. Everything is pretty much as I expected, with some folks’ videos being nominated simply because they are big (see: Drake and Britney Spears) and obvious picks like Beyonce – who I fully expect (and deserves) to clean house with her noms for ‘Single Ladies’.

That said, why Ciara’s ‘Love Sex Magic’ didn’t make more catergories is beyond me. Also, where is Keri Hilson?
Your thoughts?

After a brief hiatus from the music scene, a period which saw the untimely passing of her brother Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson is prepping her return to the charts. The re-launch of her official website late last night brought news on her latest projects:
Later this year, Janet will publish her first book, providing an intimate look at her life and how she has dealt with issues of self-esteem. Janet will reveal aspects not known before about her uniquely successful career not only in music but in television and motion pictures.
The next months and new year will also bring another film starring Janet as she joins Tyler Perry in his sequel, Why Did I Get Married Too, followed by a new album slated to released during the first quarter of 2010. {Source}
I personally can’t wait for this. I’m genuinely excited about the steady roll-out of news surrounding the record i.e. her new label, producers, title, and all that good stuff. For as tragic and hard to deal with Michael’s passing has been for me and millions around the world, I’m hoping that one of the positives that will come out of it all is the notion that we need to appreciate what we have, while it’s here.
While Janet’s last few album’s haven’t been masterpieces, the music was still very good (particularly ‘Damita Jo’, ‘Feedback’), as well as chartable. Still, they were slept on for silly political reasons. Arguably one of the greatest performers still alive today, Janet remains a force on the stage. Should she hold up her end of the bargain and deliver a solid album, my only hope is that the industry welcomes it and her in the way they should. More power to Ms. Jackson!
Your thoughts?
Your Top 5 Songs Of The Moment?You know the deal; That Grape Juice, once again, wants to see what you all are listening to. Which 5 tracks have you got on constant rotation at the moment? Remember, it doesn’t have to be limited to Urban music; could be something new, Throwback, religious, even something you made yourself LOL. Drop a comment in the comments section. Mine are – in no particular order:

1) I Look To You – Whitney Houston
2) Premier Gaou – Magic System
3) Slow Dance – Keri Hilson
4) Get Sexy – Sugababes
5) The Warning – Eminem

What are your ‘Top 5 Songs Of The Moment’?
Eve - 'Me N My  (Up In The Club)'
Rapper Eve has been out of the limelight for a minute, after the shelving of her ‘Here I Am’ project back in 2007; even longer has it been since she released her last studio album – 2002’s ‘Eve-Olution’.
Well the self-proclaimed ‘pitbull in a skirt’ is back with new album ‘Flirt’, which is preceded by the single ‘Me N My (Up In The Club)’; the latter of which surfaced today.
Produced by Salaam Remi and Benga da Afro Warrior, the cut is a complete new direction for Eve. Though familiar territory in that it’s an uptempo, party record, she has taken Urban music’s flirtation with the Electro-Dance genre to the next level on this one. I’m gauging this one will very much a be a love it or hate it (no middle ground) with most folks. As for That Grape Juice, I’m kinda feeling it.
Hit or Miss?
 
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Pussycat Dolls Not Splitting; Working On LP #3
Reports over the weekend suggested that drama-plagued group the Pussycat Dolls were parting ways. However, the founder of the group, as well as the ‘Pussycat Doll’ concept, Robin Antin has gone on record to shoot down any such idea:
Writing on her Twitter blog, Robin Antin said: “The Pussycat Dolls are not breaking up and if they ever were, you would hear it from me first.
“Not gossip! Album number three is on the way.”
This is not the first time that the girlband have been forced to deny rumours of a rift. Earlier this year, Melody Thorton insisted that the singers were still going strong amid reports that frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger was eager to move on. {Source}
Unless something drastic happens with their next record in the way of sound and more equal distribution of vocals, I can only see the situation becoming worse. Clearly there is friction within the group and Nicole, by all indications, wants to get things flopping popping with her solo stuff. What’s more, folks are bored with the whole Nicole at the forefront set-up; regardless of whether this was the vision of what Robin wanted, it’s not working. The key to longevity in the industry is adapting with the times, while still delivering quality music. Time will tell if things pan out for PCD…
Any thoughts?

Some ten months after being dismissed from Danity Kane, new solo material from the controversial Aubrey O’Day has finally surfaced in the form of ‘Party All The Time’. I say finally, as Ms. O’ Day, for a minute, seemed to be slapping her name on anything and everything besides what made her a known name – music.
Anyway, O’Day’s remake of Eddie Murphy and Rick James’ 1985 hit – which features Young Money’s Shannel (D. Woods’ sister) – isn’t bad…at all.
Tidbit: Word has it Aubrey is close to finalising a major label solo deal.
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