Trina is prepping the release her new album ‘Da Baddest Bitch II’ for a February 18th 2008 release. Though originally scheduled to be the album’s lead single, this new track – ‘Single Again’ – has been replaced with ‘I Got A Bottle’ (ft. Missy Elliot) which will be released in late November. Still, it’s good to hear new material from the Miami native; the first since her 2005 effort ‘The Glamorest Life’. About the track, it’s by no means groundbreaking, but still decent nonetheless.

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As reported last week, multi-octave diva Mariah Carey is set to release the follow-up to her 2005 smash ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’ on December 4th. Details of the highly anticipated album were expected to be revealed later this week, however Singers Room have lifted the lid on the project which has been shroud in secrecy up until now.
The album title is apparently ‘Sweet Soul Odyssey’ and the finalised tracklist features contributions from the likes of Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox Johnta Austin Stargate, Nate “Danja Handz” Hills, Terius “Dream” Nash, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and Will “Will.I.Am” Adams. {Source}
The title…’s very ‘Mariah’. It’ll be interesting to see if the music reflects it though, as I’m getting Neo-Soul kinda vibes from the name. Anyway, I’m real curious to see if she can top the near flawless (IMO) ‘Mimi’ CD. Still I’m sure the album will be a success either way.
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The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, recently done a photoshoot for the October issue of the Italian version of Vogue magazine. Check out the video above for stills from the shoot. Mike needs to hurry with that album of his; it seems people need to be reminded of the unmatched talent he is.

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As many of you will have noticed, the updates on the site have been kinda slow(ish) as of late. Please bare with me, as I’ve just moved back to University and I’m sorting out my net access at the minute. Updates will continue all the same, but please be aware that things may be different to normal for some days. Hopefully, all should be back to normal as from next week. Thanks for your continued support; remember to keep it locked on That Grape Juice!


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Alicia Keys stopped by BET’s 106 & Park yesterday (September 25th) to premiere the video for her new single ‘No One’. I’m really liking the Justin Francis directed vid; Alicia is looking on-point throughout. In related news, ‘No One’ is making huge leaps on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – jumping from #95-#15 this past week. I was initially kinda wary about the song and the potential of Alicia’s forthcoming album ‘As I Am’, however she seems to be on course for massive success with this project.

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A glowing Whitney Houston was spotted out with music mogul and mentor Clive Davis yesterday (September 24th) at Nobu 57 restaurant in New York City. Whitney is currently recording her long-awaited comeback CD – which is set to feature contributions from the likes of Ne-Yo, Johnta Austin, R. Kelly and Diane Warren. The currently-untitled LP is slated for a Spring 2008 release.

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R&B breakout star LeToya is hard at work on her as-yet-untitled sophomore LP (the previously announced title ‘Lady Love’ is still under consideration). Set for release in February 2008, the album is slated to feature productions from the likes of Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins, Pharrell Williams, J.R. Rotem, Bryan Michael Cox and J.R Rotem. Though the album is to hit stores next year, a track from the set titled ‘Swagger’ – which features UGK, Killa Kyleon and Slim Thug – should surface in the coming days.
I’m really anticipating LeToya’s next CD. She seems to have taken things to the next level, having enlisted such renown hitmakers. I’ve wanted to hear her over a Darkchild beat for the longest time, so it’ll be interesting to see how the finished project turns out.

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Rumored to be the last single from Rihanna’s ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ album, the video for ‘Hate That I Love You’ premiered today on the singer’s website. I’ve long said how I’m not feeling the song, but having seen the video I’m liking it a little more. The vid is kinda simple, yet does the song justice.

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Ok, so I’ve been less than thrilled with alot of what Nicole Scherzinger has had on offer as a solo artist and this song/video has done nothing to change that. ‘Baby Love’ is the 2nd single to be lifted from Scherzinger’s ‘Her Name Is Nicole’ album. Put simply, neither the track or the video are up-to-par; everything seems in place for Nicole to be a solo superstar e.g. the girl-group leader, label backing etc, yet she has yet to deliver anything of substance. This cookie-cutter mush isn’t likely to propel her to the heights she is capable of achieving.

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R&B superstar Beyonce continues her assault on the endorsement scene, this time starring in a commercial for American Express. Though I don’t tend to care for things like this, I enjoyed the ad.

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Continuing her promo blitz through Europe, Jennifer Lopez performed her new single ‘Do It Well’ here in the UK yesterday (September 22nd) on nighttime talk show ‘Parkinsons’. It’s good to see that she’s upped her live singing and she was solid vocally throughout. However, the performance lacked any real energy – ‘Do It Well’ is a dance track, yet she didn’t do much of that. Jenny knows she was wrong for that mess of an outfit too.

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