Cassie Laid Into Live On Air - By Charlamagne Some of you may remember Charlamagne as shock jock Wendy Williams’ former side-kick, and for those who do, you’ll know, like Williams, he’s no holds barred. So whose decision it was to allow Cassie on his show on 100.3 The Beat recently is anyone’s guess. Because, as you probably guessed, he ripped her to shreds live on air. Everything from her vocal ability, to the nude pics, to being a nobody in the ‘Beyonce / Rihanna’ world, to Diddy…this really was slightly uncomfortable to listen to – even if a little funny. Nonetheless, Ms. Ventura kept her composure, which I guess earns her brownie points in terms of following the Media Training 101 handbook.
Anyway enough of my rambling, check out the interview below:
Mariah Carey - 'Obsessed' (Review)

Mariah Carey’s hotly anticipated new single ‘Obsessed’ has literally (literally) just premiered on Chicago’s B96 radio station…and it’s not good news (IMO).

The Tricky Stewart produced and (The) Dream penned cut sees Mariah sing – vocoder effect en toe- over a much more Urban sounding beat – in comparison to the single offerings from her last effort ‘E=MC2’. Getting the ‘good’ out of the way first; the record is a laced with catchy hooks that should ensure it be a fixture on the radio.

The bad? Basically everything else! For an artist who is oft labelled ‘The Voice’, this isn’t a good look – at all. For IMO any mediocre R&B chick could have churned out the very same track – to much less fanfare. The overly-processed and cooked-up sound of Mariah’s voice via the vocoder also doesn’t do the 39 year old any favours in the forever-raging debate about the state of her voice. Summed up, Mariah dropped the ball with this one. I’ll probably become “Lamb Stew” for this, but oh well…LOL.

Click here to listen to ‘Obsessed’ on Mariah’s official site!

Hit or Miss?

R&B star Kelly Rowland is once again over our side of the pond here in her home-away-from-home London, promoting her collaboration with David Guetta – ‘When Love Takes Over’. The pair today stopped by ITV1’s This Morning to perform the song, as well as sit down for a chat. You can check out the performance above and the interview below:

I must admit, I’m stanning quite a bit now, as Ms. Kelly nailed that performance vocally. Definitely the best I’ve heard her sound vocally (solo) for a long while. The song, while the genre not typically being my cup of tea, really hits the mark due to Kelly’s vocal delivery. As a longtime fan, I’ve always longed for material that showcases Kelly’s ability to belt, as well as Kelly doing such a song justice live. She scored on both points. Great performance.

With Kelly currently being one of the most sought after free agents on the market, according to sources, with a new label being somewhat inevitable, along with the success of this song, the future is looking real bright for her. While it may have taken some to time to materialise…she told you she was gonna bump like this! LOL. More power to her.

What do you think of the performance?

More new Bey vids coming later today.

Your thoughts?

Mariah's 'Obsessed' Single CoverThe official cover for Mariah Carey’s brand new single ‘Obsessed’ (which premieres today) has surfaced on popular fansite Mariah Daily.
As you can see, it’s a clothes off / sexed-up affair. That said, I’m not complaining – she looks hot. Let’s just hope the material and her vocals are on par with this (hot), as this sexy image she seems to be touting this go round, judging by this pic, will make for her to seem a little desperate IMO if her vocals or material are lacking.
Just a few more hours to go for ‘Obsessed’. Come on Mimi, shut up your critics! {Thanks Marjan!}

What do you think of the cover?

The video for Beyonce’s Kanye West assisted ‘Ego (Remix)’ premiered a few hours ago on Access Granted. This recession really isn’t the business, for if you were expecting a fully-fledged new video, you’ll be bitterly disappointed. The only thing new about this, is Kanye’s edited-in scene, which essentially mirrors the original video. Blah.

I’ve really warmed to the original video, mainly because of the choreography, since it debuted a few weeks back.

What do you think of the video?

While the release date of LeToya Luckett’s sophomore effort ‘Lady Love’ still up in the air, new material from the set has surfaced in the form of ‘Don’t Need You’. Produced by Madd Scientist (Beyonce & Jay-Z’s ‘Hollywood’), the mid-tempo ballad is a cleverly written take on oft-tackled issue of relationships. The cut also really illuminates the fact that LeToya’s voice has really matured with this new record.

Having been somewhat on the fence with much of Ms. Luckett’s new material (sorry, but ‘Not Anymore’ was not cutting it), I’m feeling a lot more optimistic about ‘Lady Love’ after hearing this.

Hit or Miss?

Kelis: 'Nas Left Me High & Dry'

If you thought the Nas and Kelis divorce was going to be a mess-free affair, think again! According to TMZ, Kelis has lifted the lid on the nitty gritty of the couple’s separation…and it’s not a good look for Nas:

Kelis claims estranged hubby Nas has left her high and dry … not offering her a penny in the wake of her impending birth … and she says she’s broke — “I have run out of money.”

Kelis filed legal papers claiming Nas isn’t paying her support, pre-natal expenses — nothing, even though she claims he is filthy rich.

Kelis is asking the judge to order Nas to pay for spousal support, child support, all pregnancy-related expenses, and one-half of all medical expenses after the child is born. She also wants $3,500 for the baby nurse after the child’s birth, and $20,000 for strollers, cribs and other baby supplies.

Kelis says, “My survival is based on [Nas’] will at this time. If he does not want to pay for an expense, it does not get paid.” The couple was married in 2003. The baby is due this month.

Kelis says she’s entitled to maintain the lifestyle to which she became accustomed during their marriage — they have 5 homes, fly first class, go to fancy restaurants, and on and on. Most interesting — “There were many expensive pieces [of jewelry] such as a princess-cut diamond tennis bracelet that was recently appraised for $190,000. My engagement ring is an approximately nine-carat cushion-cut diamond solitaire. I have numerous watches…such as Cartier, Rolex, Frank Muller and Chopard.”

Her lawyer, disso-queen Laura Wasser, says in a separate declaration she’s asked Nas to ante up some $$$ for Kelis and the unborn baby but he hasn’t responded.

Wow. Can you say ‘drama’ or what! While there are three sides to every story (hers, his, and the truth), this really doesn’t bode well for Nas in the court of public opinion. Nonetheless, the whole situation is real, real unfortunate.

Your thoughts?

Competition: Win Tickets To The Wireless Festival 2009
That Grape Juice is pleased to announce that we have teamed up once again with Live Nation, this time giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Wireless Festival 2009. The hotly anticipated event takes place between July 4th – July 5th 2009 at London’s Hyde Park.
We’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2nd, and arguably most anticipated, day (July 5th 2009) of the 2-day outdoor extravaganza. For, taking to the stage on that date will be none other than Kanye West, along with Kelly Rowland, Alesha Dixon, Flo’Rida, Young Jeezy, The Noisettes, Q-Tip, N-Dubz, Mr Hudson and many more!

To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question correctly:

What was Kanye West’s first UK #1 single?
a) Goldigger
b) Stronger
c) Love Lockdown
Email your answer as well as your full name, age, contact number and address to [email protected]. Please be sure to put ‘Wireless Festival 09 Comp’ as the subject. A winner will be selected randomly from all correct answers. Competition ends Sunday 21st June.
* Please note, prize does not include transport expenses, yet entry is still open to all countries.
Good luck!
Whitney Houston Album UpdateAs Whitney Houston continues to ready her as-yet-untitled ‘comeback’ effort for a September 1st release (August 31st – UK), more details about the LP has surfaced via Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman:

I told you earlier this week that Whitney’s album was done, and would be released by the Grammy deadline cut off of August 31, 2009.

Well, yesterday Arista Records confirmed it. There’s one weird hitch: the album will go on September 1st, one day after the deadline. I know, it doesn’t make any sense. Maybe it’s a shipping thing, and the Grammys will allow a 24 hour grace period.

More importantly, here’s some news: Alicia Keys wrote and produced a track on the album for Whitney. Houston has been “working” Alicia for a couple of years, and it finally happened. The track is also produced by Alicia’s reported current love interest, the producer Swizz Beatz. (His real name is Kasseem Dean, by the way.)

There are tracks on Whitney’s album from Diane Warren, Stargate, and other top producers of the day. But the first single is set to be a David Foster production.

And yes, the track that was leaked last year with Akon, “Like I Never Left,” will be included in its finished form.

I am told, also, that the album is a combination of big, sweeping ballads and 80s dance music like Houston’s trademark hit, “How Will I Know” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

So it looks like we will have new albums from Whitney and Mariah at the same time after all. It’s a flashback battle of the divas, circa 1994. Bring it on! {Source}

The Swizzy and Alicia production collabo sounds real interesting. As pertains the Akon collabo ‘Like I Never Left’, the song grew on me considerably after first hearing it; the airy, laidback nature of it feels apt for the impending summer period ahead. That said, I’m gonna need the final version of the song to see Nippy batting it out of the park with the vocals, because, the end aside, she was talking through most of the track. In any case, roll on September 1st, roll on!

Your thoughts?
After a lengthy spell on the bench, That Grape Juice’s ‘From The Vault’ feature is back! This week’s classic video is Destiny’s Child 2007 reuniting at the BET Awards. Having at the time spent several years out of the limelight as a group, Michelle, Kelly and Beyonce took to the stage during Bey and Kelly’s joint performance of ‘Get Me Bodied’ and ‘Like This’. Check out the performance below:

All the makings of an epic performance…and what an epic performance it was! Yes, Ms. Kelly has had better days vocally, but that couldn’t take away from the overall swagger all the ladies possessed on this one. Summed up as simply ‘the business’, this performance was everything and sure had me itching for a DC3 reunion record / tour /or something in the near future. Good stuff.

Your thoughts?

That Grape Juice UpdateHey the TGJ faithful! Hope all is good good with you all 🙂 Just a few quick points:

* New Staff:
Many thanks to all those that expressed interested in the new positions here at That Grape Juice. I was quite taken about by the amount of applications received (thank you again!), so I am still ploughing through them all. I’ll have something more concrete to announce in the way of that in the coming weeks and month.

* That Grape Juice E-Street Team:
I’ve been looking to roll this one out for a while now, with the present being the most apt. Are you a That Grape Juice addict? Do you tell anyone who will listen about what’s going down here at That Grape Juice?! If so, we’re looking for you! I’m looking to assemble a team of promoters who will form the ‘That Grape Juice E-Street Team’.
What does this entail? The ideal team member will promote That Grape Juice in both the internet sphere (forums, email blast-outs, Facebook, Twitter etc) as well as in the ‘real world’, with leaflets, posters (please believe I already have these printed to supply and oft go flyering myself – hustle LOL), as well as word of mouth etc. There will be monthly incentives and prizes for those who perform best. If you’re interested, do be sure to drop me an email at: [email protected]

* Graphic designers:
Are you a Photoshop wiz? Do you consider yourself a pro on everyone’s favourite software? If so, we’re looking for you! I’m needing assistance in that department for a few site-related projects. So…if you feel you’re up to scratch (please see site banner for type of standard I’m talking about), please drop me an email with an attachment of some of your work to: [email protected] . *Not a paid job, but plenty of exposure!!! LOL*

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* Upcoming interviews and competitions:
We have lined up an interview with a certain R&B star who is riding high on the charts both in the US and UK at present. Meanwhile, we’ll be running a competition centered on a huge feature star in her latest video. Sounds like babble? All will be unravelled in the coming week and weeks….stay tuned!
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