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Over the weekend, Shakira’s brand new single ‘She Wolf’ made it’s much hyped debut. The single has had a killer viral campaign going on the net for the net for several weeks now. About the track itself, I’m definitely feeling the production on this Electro-Disco fusion, yet unavoidable to note is the fact that Shakira’s vocals work in some places more than others (some parts are excruciating to listen to). All in all, I’m liking this one.

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Nas: 'I Don't Make As Much $ As Kelis Thinks'Nas and Kelis’ divorce seems like it’s getting messier and messier. Such a shame. Check out the latest twist in the saga, which sees Nas submitting that he simply does not make as much as Kelis is making it out he does:

Nas has fired back in his bitter divorce case with Kelis claiming he’s paid her more than she says and he makes less than she thinks.

For starters, Kelis claims Nas raked in $11 million for his album deal. Nas fired back in legal papers, “I did not receive even half that amount”… claiming it’s more like $4 mil. Nas claims his income is declining, and he’s only pulling in $147,165 a month.

As for what he spends … $71,371.96 a month, which includes $10,000 a month in clothing/hair/toiletries/personal effects.

Kelis, who is about to give birth to their child, claims Nas hasn’t paid a penny for child or spousal support since he left her. Nas, who says he wants to be “fully involved” in the parenting of their child, claims he’s agreed to pay $350 for a stroller, $450 for a baby sling and $1,598 for two cribs.

Nas thinks $5,000 a month is reasonable for child support since the kid will just be a newborn. {Source}

Believing Nas and Kelis were gonna be that one couple in the industry that managed to keep it together, I find it real unfortunate that they’ve parted and it’s all being played out so publicly.

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LeToya - 'Regret (ft. Ludacris)'The full version of ‘Regret’ from LeToya Luckett’s forthcoming sophomore effort ‘Lady Love’ surfaced today, and now features none other than Ludracris. Produced by R&B crooner Tank, the mid-tempo is somewhat of a audio juxtaposition in that it manages to be both a smooth, piano driven Slow Jam, yet gritty and edgy at the same time. Luda’s verse works surprisingly well too.
Saying that, the song doesn’t really rock my world in the way I’ve heard many hyping it to. As a Toya supporter, I’m hoping the album serves up the goodies, as thus far it seems like it’s a bit hit and miss. About ‘Regret’ though…

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Follow That Grape Juice On Twitter!As some of you may know, we announced a few months back that you can now follow That Grape Juice on Twitter! Adding to the ever-expanding ways to be apart of the That Grape Juice community, our Twitter page allows you to receive up-to-the-minute updates about the latest posts on the site as well as what’s happening in the Urban Pop Culture world more generally.
What’s more, you, as well as the thousands who have already joined, will be able to keep up with me, ‘Sam’, while I’m on-the-go. I’ll be making use of Twitter’s cool SMS feature which allows me to let you guys know what I’m up to via my mobile/cell. That means everything from checking in with you guys while on location at an artist interview to complete randomness from the wackiness that is ‘my world’. So what are you waiting for…

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The That Grape Juice Facebook Group launched last year, as I’m sure many of you will know. Work, school, college, home, wherever; I’m sure many of you – like myself – spend a ridiculous amount of time on Facebook. Yes, it’s ‘that’ addictive.

Why not, then, combine your daily Urban Pop Culture fix with social networking and come be a part of the rapidly growing That Grape Juice Facebook community. Along with the thousands who have already joined (thank you all!), you will be the first to get word on upcoming interviews, competitions, view exclusive pictures and much much more. The discussion board/wall will also give you the chance to interact with other ‘Grape Juice readers moreso now than ever before.
It’s an open group, so anyone can join – invite all your friends too!

Hard on the grind for her ‘Lady Love’ project, LeToya Luckett performed a set in Dallas over the weekend for ‘Hip-Hop For HIV Awareness’. Peep her performance of new single ‘She Aint Got…’ above.

Good performance aside, a little underground drama popped off on the back of this one.

Notice how at the start LeToya does an acapella of previously heard new song ‘Regret’ singing: “Now you’re at the bar with 1, 2, 3. Poppin’ game, ya look so lame, without me your pimpin’ ain’t the same”. Immediately after, just before launching into ‘She Ain’t Got…’, she then says to the crowd “I know ya’ll know who I’m talking about!”. To date, LeToya’s only public romance has been with fellow Houston native Slim Thug.

Further adding fuel to the fire, Slim Thug took to his official Twitter page not long after saying: “If u a R&b singer chick fuck with me Ima make u go platinum.. Give u helluva songs torn,regret,not anymore,she ain’t got etc…gnr”.

I guess things aren’t as cool between the former couple as we’ve been led to believe. Hmmm…

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This week’s classic From The Vault video is Missy Elliott’s 1999 smash ‘All In My Grill’, which features her former protegee Nicole Wray. For all of Missy’s hits, this has remained a constant favourite of mine. Check it out:

Awesome song, great video! It’s hard to grasp that this was 10 years ago. Harder to grasp, however, is the fact that this visually looks a lot better than many of today’s videos. This recession really is a b*tch LOL.

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Milian Signs Joint Deal With The-DreamWith no definitive release date for Christina Milian’s ‘Elope’ LP in sight and the star seemingly becoming more a paparazzi fixture as of late, one can not be blamed for wondering if the record will ever see the light of day. That said, after listening to the latest cut to surface from the record ‘Chameleon’, I really am anticipating the album’s release even more now. After a few false starts, Christina has been serving up straight fire with the previously heard ‘Zipper’ as well as this.
Produced, written, featuring and arranged by C-Milli’s main squeeze The-Dream, ‘Chameleon’ is a unique cut. Unlike most of today’s popular music, the vehicle driving this awesome track is the lyrical wordplay and its clever use of similes, as opposed to the production – which is best described as sparse, and reminiscent of African tribal drums.
Call it what you want, but Christina hooking up with The-Dream has been yielding nothing but the hotness as of late, so IMO it’s a good look. They need to hurry up and release the album already (as it’s finished and has been for a while, according to the pair).

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Alexandra Burke - 'Overcome' As X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke continues to ready her debut album, a new song from the as-yet-untitled set surfaced within the last few hours. ‘Overcome’ is very much ‘power ballad’ in the vein of Jordin Sparks’ criminally underrated ‘Battlefield’. Unsurprising as both songs were produced by hit maker Ryan Tedder.
The song itself; though a little predictable, in that it’s very ‘I won a singing reality show’, I’m liking this. Alex’s vocals are rich and emotive in their delivery – you believe what she’s singing, which ultimately rescues the song from being a bore.
With Alexandra having shown herself to be a very versatile performer (a great uptempo singer, as well as a balladeer), I’m itching to hear what the rest of the album will be serving up.

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Randomness: How Did You Discover That Grape Juice?

It’s been a bit of a slow news day today, so I thought what better time to ask you all a question that’s often on my mind. Put simply…

How did you discover That Grape Juice?

A new Beyonce cut in the form of ‘Ice Cream Truck’ surfaced today via the latest Tapemaster’s Inc mixtape. Though little is known as to when the jingly, nursery-rhyme inspired track was recorded, I’ll make an educated guess and say for the ‘Dangerously In Love’ recording sessions. I say this as the song sounds like it would fit well on the ‘Survivor’ album (the least impressive collective set of songs from the girls IMO, yet the most successful – say ‘hello’ to the industry of today LOL), which preceded Bey’s solo debut by little under a year. Vocals aren’t representative of what Bouncy can do today; while lyrically and production-wise I couldn’t imagine her singing something like this today either. Not an atrocity, yet far from great.

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While I’ve always enjoyed the ‘Sasha’ side of Bey’s ‘I Am…’ LP, a few of the cuts from the slowed-down first disc are becoming favourites too (see: ‘Smash Into You’, ‘Broken Hearted Girl’).

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As Amerie readies her Def Jam debut ‘In Love & War’ for its September release, a new cut from the set surfaced on a recent Tapemasters Inc mixtape. Produced by Bryan Michael Cox, ‘Red Eye’ is airy slow Jam, with production somewhat reminiscent of Ciara’s ‘Promise’. However, differentiating the two tracks is Amerie’s apparent target of the ‘adult contemporary’ audience – something made all the more evident with the surfacing of each new track from the album. How smart this is really depends on how Def Jam are looking to market her; if she is to be marketed in the same vein as other commercial R&B acts (basically meaning ‘sales’ are the most important factor) then there may be problems ahead. Yet, if it’s the Jill Scott, Jazmine Suillivan etc route the label are embarking on (less emphasis on sales, more touring etc) then our girl may be in luck.

Enough of my waffling. About the actual track…hmm…not really my cup of tea, yet saying that, it is the best I’ve heard from the album thus far – take from that what you will. I must say I’m kinda baffled at why Amerie has seemingly gone back to her older, less mass appealing sound – not because it’s bad, more because most do it the other way around (niche sound – more crossover sound). As a fan of the ‘1 Thing’, ‘Because I Love It’ era Amerie, I can’t really say she’s rocking my world with her latest material. It’ll be interesting to see what the album, as a body of work, will be saying.

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R&B star Kelly Rowland made her first televised US performance since 2007 last night on So You Think You Can Dance. The 28 year old performed her worldwide smash ‘When Love Takes Over’ with David Guetta.

While I’ve seen Kelly deliver better live showings, I really enjoyed this. Her confidence grows with each performance and she sounded great.

What do you think of the performance?

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