5/31/10

Who Wants to Mess with Gaga

Lady Gaga is becoming one of the biggest international superstars that the world has ever known. Lady Gaga's latest hit Alejandro is currently number 9 on the United World Chart. What does this mean you ask? This makes Lady Gaga's album The Fame Monster the only album ever to give us seven Top 10 hits. She has even passed Michael Jackson, who's album Thriller gave us six Top 10 hits. This is quite the accomplishment! Congratulations!
-Jay P-

5/29/10

Speidi's No More

According to sources, Heidi has decided to leave Spencer Pratt because she feels that he is too controlling. Apparently, Heidi feels as though Spencer will ruin her acting career. (I didn't know she was an actress)? Heidi wants to move to Malibu and already has a new reality show lined up. The show will focus on her and her friend Jennifer Bunney as they live the single life in Malibu. This all sounds like another pathetic PR stunt to me.
-Jay P-

Bowersox Gets Her Jive On

American Idol winner runner-up Crystal Bowersox has signed a deal with Jive Records and 19 Recordings Limited! Jive Records is huge and is home to notables such as Britney Spears, R. Kelly, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain and more. Her rendition of "Up to the Mountain" is now available on iTunes, and is selling like crazy. Lee DeWyze has also signed with 19 Recordings Limited, in addition to RCA. Congratulations to both of them. I can't wait to hear more from Crystal in the near future.
-Jay P-

5/28/10

R.I.P. Gary Coleman

I am sad to say that after suffering a brain hemorrhage on Wednesday, actor Gary Coleman has passed away. He was only 42. Sources are saying that Coleman was taken to a hospital after he suffered a brain hemorrhage, where he was then put on life support. According to TMZ Coleman passed away with his family by his side. Coleman will be remembered for his famous catch phrase whatchu talkin' bout,as well as his works in other shows and movies. R.I.P Gary Coleman and I send my condolences to the family.
-Jay P-

5/27/10

My Thoughts On American Idol

At first, I was going to write a professional article about the American Idol finale, discussing who the winner was, and how I felt about the performances, but I have decided to give you my personal opinion instead. I was very disappointed that Lee win. This doesn't mean that Lee cannot sing, because he is a great singer, it's just Crystal is better. I have come to the conclusion that American Idol has become a popularity contest, which is why the wrong person has been winning for the past three years. I also believe that this is a big reason that Simon Cowell is leaving the show. He did not intend for the show to become a popularity contest. He even stated that when he created the show he was looking to find the greatest singer in America. There is no doubt in my mind that Crystal Bowersox deserved to win, but I still want to extend my congratulations to Lee DeWyze. I don't want anyone to feel that I am hating on Lee because it is obvious that he has talent. I will, however, say that I am no longer going to watch American Idol, due to the fact that when I watch a talent show I usually hope for the most talented person to win. This has not been the case for the past years, and so American Idol has lost one viewer. I also believe that this upcoming season of American Idol, will be it's last. Without Simon the show will cease to continue. Once again, congratulations to Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox, and I wish them both the best of luck in the future. I know that we will be hearing more from them soon.
-Jay P-

5/26/10

Mike Posner, Cooler Than Me

Mike Posner's official music video for Cooler Than Me, just came out. Check it out above. I don't see anything great about the video, but it's not too bad either. What do you think?
-Jay P-

American Idol Finale

Last night the American Idol finalists, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze competed for America's votes for the final time. After watching the show for this whole year, I hoped it would come down to these two. I've been going back and forth between who I feel should win, and last night sealed the deal for me. Crystal Bowersox deserves to be our next American Idol. She's got it all, the voice, the originality, and the background story. Lee is a great singer as well, however I hope Crystal wins. Either way, they both are worthy of the title. Make sure you tune in to American Idol tonight, to see the winner crowned.
-Jay P-

Ellen Degeneres to Launch Her Record Label

Ellen Degeneres is launching her own record label called eleven eleven. The first artist to be signed to her label is the music prodigy I showed you on Jay Swag about a week ago, Greyson Michael Chance. He is only 12-years-old but he is amazing. He's definitely a musical prodigy! If you haven't checked him out yet please do. Chance will be managed by Guy Oseary and Troy Carter, who also manage Madonna, Lady Gaga and more. Good luck to everyone involved!
-Jay P-

5/25/10

Charice To Be On Glee

Calling all Gleeks and Charice lovers! Charice Pempengco, the singing sensation that took the world by storm when she appeared on the Oprah Show , is in talks with the producers of Glee to become a regular on the show. Charice's manager has stated that they are attending meetings regarding a deal, however a final decision has not yet been reached. Charice can sing and I'm sure she'll fit right in with the rest of the cast. If you're a Gleek, what do you think of Charice becoming a regular on the show?
-Jay P-

5/23/10

Keep Your Mouth Shut!

Sources have revealed that Kanye West has paid his ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose, an unknown seven figure amount of money to keep her mouth shut and not discuss anything regarding Kanye's personal life. Apparently, she agreed to never reveal details about him, for a cash amount. Sounds pretty suspicious to me. What does Kanye have to hide?
-Jay P-

Lil Kim's Back in the Rap Game

Lil Kim has been laying low for a while, when it comes to the rap game, but everyone needs to get ready for her return! Kim has recently signed a deal with Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation. I'm sure I'll be receiving an official press release regarding this soon. There is also word that Jay-Z will be producing her album himself. If that's the case I'm sure there's going to be some amazing collaboration and tons of hits. Welcome back Lil Kim, you've been missed!
-Jay P-

Pussycat Dolls 2.0

The Pussycat Dolls have been reunited...well...in a way. The original dolls, minus Nicole Scherzinger, have all left the group, only to be replaced by new members. Scherzinger will remain the leader of the Pussycat Dolls and is now accompanied by Vanessa Curry, Kherington Payne, Rino Nakasone-Razalan, and Jamie Lee Ruiz. The new Dolls are working on studio album and planning for their upcoming world tour. The previous members of the Pussycat Dolls have left the group and all plan on pursuing a solo career. Good luck to everyone!
-Jay P-

5/20/10

Miley's Jewelry is Toxic

Miley's brand of jewelry will be pulled from all Walmart shelves! A recent report on the jewelry has found that the pieces in her collection contain high levels of a toxic metal called cadmium. The Associated Press conducted the report and has also stated that the jewelry is not toxic if simply worn, however if the jewelry is either swallowed, bitten, or even sucked, cadmium can enter the bloodstream. Long-term effects of cadmium can be bone softening, kidney failure and more. While the jewelry was designed for an older audience, Walmart has decided to pull the pieces off their shelves due to the fact that little kids may still get their hands on the jewelry. Walmart also says that this many not be permanent and they are just keeping Miley's brand off the shelves while they investigate their children's jewelry standard.
-Jay P-

5/19/10

Mashonda's Suing Her Ex

Mashonda Dean is suing her ex-husband, Swizz Beatz. Mashonda claims that Swizz, her ex-husband of only two weeks, already owes her $334,000 in missing payments. Well...that isn't a problem for Swizz Beats, who gave Mashonda $700,00, compared to the $200,000 that he was ordered to pay her. Dean is still saying that she wanted to get along with Swizz after the break up, however she goes on to say, "he now shows that his priorities and sense of responsibility are screwed up."It sounds to me like Mashonda is just jealous that Swizz bought Alicia Keys a seven-carat engagement ring, and that him and Keys are planning to move into a $14.5 million duplex penthouse. Mashonda...you got your money, you need to move on.
-Jay P-

John Travolta and Wife Are Expecting

John Travolta and Kelly Preston have announced via their website, that they are "expecting a new addition" to their family. Preston is reportedly 3 months pregnant. We all remember the tragic loss of their son Jett, who passed away in January 2009. Congratulations to them.
-Jay P-

Justin Bieber Is Breaking Color Boundaries

Bieber has just been nominated for a Black Entertainment Television award. BET president, Stephen Hill released this statement,"Bieber has crossed the color boundaries the same way that hip-hop has crossed the boundaries in the other way for a number of years. He's had rhythm in his music. He makes the type of music that our audience likes." Justin will be facing off against amazing artists like Nicki Minaj, B.o.B, Young Money, and Melanie Fiona, for the Best New Artist award. Congratulations to him for being nominated and good luck to all the artists who are in the running for the award!
-Jay P-

5/18/10

Trina Interview

As I promised, here is my exclusive interview with platinum selling female rapper, Trina!

1: Now that AMAZIN' has been released, are you happy with the final product? What makes this album different from your previous ones, and what sets it aside from some of the current female rappers in the industry?
"Yes, I am very happy with the final product of my fifth album AMAZIN'. As an artist, I feel as though I did a great job with this album, so that makes me happy overall. This album shows more diversity from me than my previous albums. The music is full of life and positive energy as a whole. I wanted to convey being the strong sensual women that I am, so my music speaks from real life issues or situations."
2: What are some of your other hobbies and talents that many people may not know you enjoy?
"I really enjoy designing an array of different things including in the fashion realm. It's fun to me to be able to use your mind and own style in life. I am very creative. I also love interior decorating!"
3: At what age did you know that music was going to be your life, and how did you go about turning your dream into a reality?
"I was about 16 years old. I always loved music ever since I was a kid, I would rap and sing along to my favorite artists throughout my teenage years with friends. Then, I hooked up with Trick Daddy to do a song called Nann on his album! Next thing I know, I was recording my very first album!"
4: What advice can you give to the teen rappers of today who may not have access to a studio or top-end equipment?
"Be wise on your choices and needs to create music. You can easily use your computer to record good enough music to be considered a demo. Learn how to make and create on your own first."
5: You've worked with top artists like Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson, P. Diddy, Rick Ross, and more. Out of all of the artists that you have worked with, who are some of your favorites and who would you like to work with again?
"Diddy is one of my favorite artists to collab with. He is very professional, as well as, I would love to work with Monica again in the near future. She was very supportive of the records she did for my album. "
6: Who are some artists you haven't worked with quite yet, that you would like to work with?
"There's one person that I would love to work with in the future, and that's Beyonce. She is my ultimate favorite artists as a whole."
7: What does the future hold for Trina as an artist? Can the fans expect a comeback tour to accompany your new album?
"The future holds many opportunities for Trina. I have a lot of different elements under my brand which includes my own record label, my first female group called Pretty Money, a new clothing line, a perfume, a cosmetic line entitled AMAZIN' and an upcoming reality TV show. And yes, for all my fans and supporters, I am planning to go on tour this summer. Details will be released soon!"
8: I want to thank you for your time. Any last thoughts or comments?
"Thank you as well for supporting my album and overall growth. I want to send a SPECIAL THANK YOU to all my fans for your support. My new album is in stores now Amazin'!!!

I'm so happy that I got the opportunity to interview Trina. She is truly an amazing artist and a great person. I hope you all enjoyed the interview. Make sure you purchase your copy of AMAZIN', in stores now!
-Jay P-





True Blood Trailer

Check out the latest trailer for the HBO hit series True Blood . I cannot wait for this show to start again! S This season looks like it's going to be just as good, if not better, than the last season.I hope you all are as excited as I am! Make sure you tune into HBO on June 13th.
-Jay P-

5/16/10

Empire State of Mind

Here's one of those weekly updates on my life! Well, last week I went to Manhattan with one of my best friends Nicole,and we spent all day walking around, shopping, hanging out in her brother's pent house, and going out to lunch and dinner with her family. Overall the day was amazing, of course we were so tired from walking. We spent most of our time in the SoHo area and we both got a pair of some pretty cool Nike kicks. The highlight of our day was when we met comedian Anjelah Johnson(in the above photo)! You may know her from her stand up routine on comedy central, or from her hilarious role as Bon Qui Qui that aired on SNL. Aside from that I've just been busy with school and the website. I am currently working on an interview with a rap artist that I should have up, hopefully by the end of this week. Oh yeah! One of my favorite teachers got her first book published. It's a great book and if you would like to buy it you can purchase it by visiting www.adamsprepbooks.com.
-Jay P-

R.I.P. Ronne James Dio

Ronnie James Dio, heavy metal legend, passed away early this morning.He was 67-years-old. Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer a little over a year ago. Wendy Dio, his wife and manager let fans know of Dio's death by posting a statement on his official website. She said, "Today my heart is broken. Ronnie passed away at 7:45am." He will be remembered for his powerful voice and a signature sound that was all his own. R.I.P.
-Jay P-

What They Been Waitin' For

Diggy- What They Been Waiting For from philthegod. on Vimeo.

Check out Diggy Simmons' new song/video, What They Been Waitin' For . I've got to admit that Diggy is definitely doing his own thing. He's not using his dad's fame, or his sisters success to his advantage. He is doing what he wants, and he plans on making it there by his own actions. I respect him so much for not relying on his family's name, and letting others know that no matter where you come from, it is important to rely on your talent, not just your background.
-Jay P-

Mary J. Scores An Acting Role

Mary J. Blige is schedules to play the legendary singer, Nina Simone, in the upcoming biopic Nina . The film is expected to begin shooting this fall in France and will focus on Simone's relationship with her assistant, Clifton Henderson. Mary J did a great job in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All BY Myself and I'm sure she will do fine in this film as well.
-Jay P-

5/14/10

Too Racy?

Another video that has gone viral this week is this video above, in which young girls (starting at age 8) are dancing to Beyonce's hit song, Single Ladies . The video has sparked a lot of controversy, and many people are arguing that the girls' dancing is out of line. I've watched the video a few times and honestly, I don't see the big deal. I mean, I guess the outfits could be a little less revealing, but the dancing is phenomenal. I don't believe that talent should have to be hidden until your a certain age. If the girls toned down their oufits I see nothing wrong with the routine itself. They were dancing in a competition and obviously they were going to be dancing to a song that is popular in today's society. In my opinion, this is all a bunch of people overreacting.
-Jay P-

5/13/10

New Dirty Money!

Check out Dirty Money's new official music video for Hello, Good Morning . I wasn't the biggest fan of this at first but now it's starting to grow on me. It's actually pretty catchy. What do you think of the song/video combo? Email me at johnpanichella@jayswag.com.
-Jay P-

5/12/10

Greyson Michael Chance

An old soul. That's the only way to describe this kid. Above is 6th grader, Greyson Michael Chance, performing his own composition of Paparazzi. The video went viral and has not attracted millions of viewers from across the world. Even Ellen DeGeneres is amazed. She contacted him and is going to have him on her show tomorrow. I love to see that there is still real talent in a world where music is slowly requiring less talent thanks to the likes of auto-tune and editing software. This kid is definitely a prodigy and I'd love to speak with him sometime. What do you think?
-Jay P-

Eminem Debut's at Number One

Eminem's back and he's coming back strong. "Not Afraid," Eminem's first single from his upcoming album, Recovery, debuted at number one! This makes him one, of 17 artists, to have their songs debut at the top-spot. Some other artist that have reached this goal are, Diddy, Lauryn Hill, and of course the first artist to do so, Michael Jackson. I'm not the biggest Eminem fan but I agree that he is an amazing lyricist. I guess I'll have to give him another chance and listen to his new album. Are you excited for Recovery?
-Jay P-

Get Ready for True Blood

It's almost that time! HBO's hit series True Blood will return on June 13th, and I can't wait. True Blood is my favorite TV series, and it is the only show that I watch religiously. Check out one of the posters for the up-coming season. From the looks of the poster they'll be introducing werewolves this season. Are you as excited for True Blood as I am?
-Jay P-

5/9/10

Can't Be Tamed Cover

Here's Miley Cyrus' new album cover. The cover is for her up and coming album, entitled Can't Be Tamed . It seems that Miley has chosen to change her image to a more sexy and mature Miley. The problem is, her main audience is not of that maturity yet. Where is this going to put her Tween listeners? More importantly, will their parents allow them to listen to Miley if she changes too much? Overall I think this change is necessary, but it may be to early for it to occur.
-JayP-

5/5/10

The Bieber Fans Are Crazy!

After recent pictures of Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber have surfaced, many of Bieber's lady fans have been sending Miss Kardashian death threats! Bieber..don't you have your fans in check? Kim tweeted saying Seriously Biebs! I'm getting death threats from your fans! This is UnBeliebable!!" Bieber responded by tweeting "Ladies calm down. Kim Kardashian is a friend. A very sexy friend but a friend. No need 4 threats. Let's all be friends and hang out often." Well..Kim is just a friend..what girl want's to take the risk of being his actual girlfriend?
-Jay P-

5/3/10

Jordin Sparks Goes Broadway


This may mean that Jordin Sparks' career as a recording artist could be ending soon =/. Usually when a mainstream recording artist goes Broadway, their chances of returning to the studio are slim to none. Sparks will be playing Nina Rosario in the Broadway production of In The Heights. Sparks has stated that performing on Broadway has always been a dream of hers. I hope that she can follow her dreams and remain a mainstream artist as well. Good luck!
-Jay P-

Shakira's Going On Tour

Shakira is back and is going on tour soon! She will launch a global tour at 2010 and shes hitting North America first. Tickets start as low as $9.50! No, that is not a typo, there will be a limited amount of tickets starting at that price, so that everyone can attend. The tour kicks off September 21st in NYC. More dates will be announced soon. Will you be attending Shakira's tour?
-Jay P-

5/2/10

YouTube Artist of the Month

This months YouTube artist of the month is Erin Paula. She was a former member of the YouTube singing group, Rin on the Rox and now is going solo with her own YouTube account. She has one of the best voices I've heard and she has a great tone! If this girl does not get a record deal then there is something wrong with the music industry. Please go subscribe to her and keep an eye out for all of her videos.
-Jay P-

5/1/10

Nicki Minaj Diss Official Video

Check out rapper Keys dissing Nicki Minaj in the above video. Really...if you want to be successful at what you do master your art don't try to get fame off of other people. If she really wasn't trying to get fame from Nicki, she wouldn't have made an official video...with little toys. Come on, what is the music industry coming to.
-Jay P-

Black Eyed Peas Make History

The Black Eyed Peas are making history and setting records! Their hit song I Gotta Feeling just became the best-selling song this week. As of now the song has sold 5,561,000 digital copies and there are more to come. It beat out the previous top selling song which was Low by Flo Rida and T-Pain. Congratulations to the Black Eyed Peas!
-Jay P-