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Welcome to The Sip episode 29 on That Grape Juice!

In our new podcast series, hosts PatricklySpeakn and StephYoungMC run down the latest entertainment news from TGJ and beyond.

This week Britney Spears‘ new album is delayed (but bops are promised), Frank Ocean returns to the spotlight, R. Kelly drama moves Lady Gaga to action, and Normani continues to make a splash. All this and much more.

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Little Mix, in many ways, have remixed the “girl band” narrative.

Having won The X Factor in 2011, the Pop quad have amassed eight-years of non-stop success – seemingly growing more potent by the project.

Their trajectory deviates from the tried and true story of such collectives, which – by now – would have seen the ladies dabble in solo careers, reality shows, and indefinite hiatuses. None of which has been the case.

With 2019 underway and latest album ‘LM5’ still in promo cycle, the Little Mix have their eyes on cementing themselves Stateside.

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In the wake of the shocking abuse allegations levied in Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ the singer has been slammed left and right. Indeed, on an almost daily basis, both the public and his peers have been condemning the fallen 52-year-old.

However, he appears to have found an ally of sorts in the form of rapper French Montana.

TMZ caught up with the MC last night and quizzed him about the topic on everyone’s lips and his words will no doubt surprise many.

For, while stopping short of giving the star an outright endorsement, French claimed Kelly has long made clear who his is lyrically and that he should “be allowed to enjoy his legacy.”

He also seemed to imply that the “take down” was the result of a higher agenda and drew connections to Michael Jackson – this, despite the latter being cleared of all charges.

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Normani and Sam Smith are slaying out of their gate with their new single ‘Dancing With A Stranger.’

Unleashed on Friday, the cut received rapturous applause from the masses upon its arrival – and it’s showing on the charts.

See what we mean below…

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WEtv dropped the mic and shook things up for the 12th season of their hit reality series,‘Marriage Boot Camp,’ by inviting an all Hip Hop flavored cast.

Their answer to VH1’s flagship series, ‘Love & Hip Hop,’ the women’s network called on the likes of rappers Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka, Lil’ Fizz, and their respective boos to fill out the roster of the highly anticipated reality venture.

With the first taste of its drama unfolding Thursday, January 10th at 10p ET/PT, official ratings have finally been uncovered and show just how many tuned in…

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To say Tekashi 6ix9ine has dedicated fans would be an understatement.

Despite the rapper’s RAP sheet including mention of gang-related offenses, sexual misconduct with a child, and recent racketeering charges that led to his arrest and current imprisonment, projects raised in support of the 22-year-old (born Daniel Hernandez) have only gained steam as his efforts for freedom have been met with roadblocks.

The most headline-grabbing endeavor in Hernandez’s favor came in the form of a petition that seeks to convince a judge to reconsider releasing him on bail.

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Welcome to Retro Rewind, the TGJ original feature created to celebrate TV and film’s epic past.

As January 16th 2019 would have been the year the songbird Aaliyah would have turned 40 we dedicate today’s edition to the performer and the fly-on-the-wall access she gave her fans via documentaries like MTV’s Diary series.

In them, the mysterious performer would pull the world into hers lift the lid on the magic which went into creating her musical masterpieces.

Take a ‘Journey to the Past’ with us….

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Fans of hit Tyler Perry drama, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” apparently could not wait until the new year reunited them with the OWN series.

For, upon its season premiere on Tuesday (January 8), the show blazed the competition and rang in as the night’s #1 scripted cable program.  A consistent ratings winner since its 2013 debut, tuck in below to find out just how many people tuned in to see the latest antics of The Cryers, The Harringtons, and co.:

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Fans of WEtv’s hit reality show, ‘Braxton Family Values,’ were left jaw-dropped at its season 6 finale (2018) thanks to emotionally charged scenes that featured the Braxton sisters suggesting they were no longer interested in filming.

As reports began circulating their respective exits were due to money issues (click here to read more on that), Traci went on record to say she not only would continue contributing to the series as the lone Braxton but would also call on famous friends to take the places of her sisters (click here to read more).  If that wasn’t enough, the show’s end seemed further fueled by Tamar’s announcement she would be moving on to a solo reality venture.

Now, after months of speculation on BFV’s future, WEtv has finally hushed concerns by confirming season 7 is forthcoming and all sisters are on board!

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Award season is upon us!

And the latest, and one of the most prestigious, is the BRIT Awards 2019.

Nominations for the UK’s equivalent of the Grammys were announced moments ago and brought major listings for the likes of Little Mix, Cardi B, Beyonce, Dua Lip, and Rita Ora.

Ahead of the February 20th ceremony, which airs live from London’s O2 Arena, check out the full list of nominees below..

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Her 2018 may have been crowned the most controversial year of her career to date (as we reported here), but thanks to good news from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) it looks like 2019’s kicking off on the right foot for Nicki Minaj.

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The Songwriters Hall Of Fame has announced its official class of 2019 and it’s led by the incomparable Missy Elliott.

Details below…

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