New Mariah Carey Promo ShotThe above is the latest promotional pic to surface for Mariah Carey’s much anticipated new album ‘E=MC²’. She looks kinda doll-like. I’m guessing she’s going for the overly-airbrushed look similar to the promo pics for her the ‘Emancipation’ CD.

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90’s R&B crooners Dru Hill announced they had reunited on Baltimore’s 92Q radio station. Put simply, their reformation was short lived. Check out the hilarious video below {Thanks Kelson}:

LMAO! This has to be the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long while; I have no words. A mess.

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Beyonce Lands Another Movie Role It seems Beyonce is really legit with her acting ambitions. Following the news that she will be playing legend Etta James in ‘Cadillac Cars’, it was, today, announced that she will be starring in another film alongside Idris Elba (of ‘The Wire’ fame) called ‘Obsessed’:

Steve Shill will direct a script by David Loughery. Will Packer produces, and Knowles will be exec producer along with her father, Mathew Knowles.

In “Obsessed,” Elba will play an asset manager who has a knockout wife (Knowles) and thriving career until a temp office worker (Larter) begins stalking him. {Read More}

Granted Beyonce’s acting talents often leave a lot to be desired (See: ‘Goldmember’, ‘Pink Panther’), I’m anxious to see if she can pull this off. To date, the only convincing character I’ve seen her portray well was Deena in ‘Dreamgirls’ – no guesses for why there. Still, I can’t knock her hustle.

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Check out this clip of Danity Kane on the set of their new video ‘Damaged’ – the first from their sophomore effort ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse’ (due March 18th):

Watching this back got me thinking; something about the ladies is quite magnetic, they have definitely come into their own. Would I be going too far by saying they may very well fill the void left by the Destiny’s Child’s and co before them? Whatever the case, the Syndrome directed video for ‘Damaged’ is set to premiere on March 11th on MTV’s TRL.

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Fantasia To Star In 'Color Puple' MovieR&B songstress Fantasia has revealed that she has been tapped to star in the second movie adaptation of ‘The Color Purple’ following her stint as Celie in the Broadway version of show last year:

“We haven’t started yet because I’m going to work on my album. I think it’s fair that I committed myself, and promised that after I finish going on a tour, I’ll be ready to come back and commit myself to Miss Celie again,” Fantasia explained. “I miss my music”

So impressed with her command of the role, Oprah & Co. are going to wait for Fantasia to be ready before moving ahead with the movie to musical to movie musical adaptation, the singer beamed.

“They’re going to work with me. They don’t have to [but] that’s a favor,” Fantasia said. “Working with someone like Miss Oprah who’s so talented and amazing – It’s a blessing.” {Source}

I’m definitely looking forward to this. With the original ‘The Color Purple’ movie being one of my all-time favourites, I’m anticipating what this new adaptation will be serving up – especially since it’s a musical.

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You can now interact with That Grape Juice on Facebook. Don’t front, I know many of you spend countless hours on Facebook daily – as do I (lol)! So what better way to combine your daily Urban Pop Culture fix with social networking than to launch the That Grape Juice Facebook Group. It’s an open group, so anyone can join – invite your friends too.
Mariah Set For Promo BlitzAccording to FMBQ, Mariah Carey will be making a number of high profile appearances prior to and during the week her much anticipated ‘E=MC²’ album hits stores (due April 15th). The Grammy award winning diva is set to appear on American Idol’s ‘Idol Gives Back’ TV special on April 9th, followed by a stint as a mentor as well as a performance on the show’s April 16th airing. In addition, April 14th will see Mariah make another big appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Island Def Jam, or whoever is handling Mariah’s promo, are not playing.
In the meanwhile, Mariah’s ‘Touch My Body’ continues its rise up the charts and is currently sitting at #24 on the Hot 100.

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Usher's 'Love In The Club' Soars To #1R&B star Usher will no doubt have cause to celebrate this week. The singer’s new single, the Polow Da Don produced ‘Love In The Club’ has jumped a whopping 50 places claim the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. ‘Love In The Club’ is the first single to be lifted from Usher’s 5th studio album which is tentatively titled ‘Here I Stand’.
With the news of the song performing extremely well upon its digital release just last week, a high charting on the Hot 100 was expected – #1, however, wasn’t foreseen. Relying solely on radio play and digital sales (rumored to be in excess of 175, 000), the single’s great performance will, no doubt, allow for Usher and his label to be real confident going into this project. No word yet on whether a video for the single will be shot.

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Biggie // Jamal 'Gravy' Woolard {Spotted at Concreteloop}
Following a nationwide search in the US, that spanned several months, the cast for the upcoming biopic of slain rapper Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G’ Wallace has been announced. Jamal ‘Gravy’ Woolard beat out competition from the likes of Sean Kingston to land the role of B.I.G – who was gunned down in 1997.
Award winning actress Angela Bassett will play the role of Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace. The George Tillman Jr directed film will also see actor Anthony Mackie tackle the role of Tupac Shakur and Derek Luke take on the role of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. ‘Notorious’ will be begin shooting on March 24th in New York.
I’m actually pretty hyped to see this. Check out more cast pics below:

Voletta Wallace // Angela Bassett

Voletta Wallace // Angela BassettDiddy // Derek Luke

Diddy // Derek Luke

Tupac //Anthony Mackie

Tupac //Anthony Mackie

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Janet Jackson premiered the video for her latest single ‘Rock With U’ on BET’s Access Granted just a few hours ago. Directed by Saam (who also was at the directorial helm of the ‘Feedback’ clip), the video is awesome. The simple concept, mixed with innovative choreography makes for the vid to stand as one of Janet’s best in a long while. Whilst I’m still awaiting a vid for ‘LUV’, I can see this doing well over here in Europe.
In other Janet news, ‘Feedback’ has rocketed from #54-#19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – making it it Janet’s first top 20 hit on the chart since ‘Someone To Call My Lover’. Having – a great comeback single.

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After much speculation, R&B star Kelly Rowland has confirmed that she, indeed, had breast enlargement surgery. The ‘Like This’ singer will tell her story in the upcoming issue of PEOPLE magazine. She looks as good as ever these days, so more power to her.

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Billboard: Janet is #1
After a seven year absence from the top spot, Pop superstar Janet Jackson has hit number 1 with her latest effort ‘Discipline’, according to Billboard. The set, which sold through 181,00 copies in its first week, is the first of the singer’s albums to reach the the coveted position on the Billboard 200 since 2001’s ‘All For You’. Janet’s nearest competition was in the form of Erykah Badu’s ‘New Amerykah’ which bowed at number 2, shifting 124, 000 copies. ‘Discipline’ is Jackson’s 6th number one LP. {Source}
I’m sure much ado will be made about Janet’s numbers, but the fact that ‘Discipline’, give or take, is number 1 will be a PR dream come true. In all fairness to her, much of the promo (including MTV) all started when the album was released, so I guess the numbers reflect that. Word has it ‘longevity’ is the plan with this record, so I’m guessing Island Def Jam are looking to stretch the album ‘Fergie-style’.

I’ve finally gotten my review copy from Island Def Jam UK (of course, I haven’t heard the album already…lol), so expect a review of ‘Discipline’ before the week’s out.

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