8/31/11

Anna Graceman Semi-Final Performance




If you follow my blog or read my Tweets than you know that I'm a huge fan of 11-year-old Anna Graceman. She's a semi-finalist on the talent show America's Got Talent. Everything she does is so genius. She doesn't sing the type of pop music you would expect from a kid, but rather she sings with such an old soul behind her voice. Check out her performance from last night. She's definitely getting way more comfortable on stage too! Whether or not she wins this competition, she will be a huge star someday. I can't wait to follow her career and see where it goes. 
-Jay P- 

8/30/11

Fly - Nicki Minaj ft. Rihanna



So I know that this came out yesterday, but I didn't want to overshadow the VMA coverage that Malibu Mara and myself worked so hard on. Now that it's a new day I must share with you this video. Check out Nicki Minaj and Rihanna's official music video for their smash hit "Fly." This is arguably my favorite song on Nicki's album. I love the message of the song, I love Rihanna on the chorus, and now I love the video. Nicki and Rihanna look perfect, but that's nothing new. What do you think of the video, and if you were Nicki, what song would you release a video for next?
-Jay P- 

8/29/11

2011 MTV Video Music Awards Fashion


So last night unless you live in a cave, or still didn't have power from Irene, you know the VMAs came on! The one night a year MTV still pretends to know and care about music occurred and saying there were hits and misses on the black carpet is an understatement.
HITS:
Queen Bey in Lanvin!
Demi looks healthy! And is Styled to perfection, I like this look a lot!
Britney Spears looked pretty healthy too, and I'm not even going to speak on the "tribute." -____- She deserved more, they made it seem like they were going to do more than ... that.
This YSL pin and red pants are a great break from his typical all black or all white looks. I can do without the readers, I can't tell if they are real or not.
MISSES!:
No.
Miley in prefall2011 Roberto Cavalli. I just don't think it looks good on her. It ages her almost.
Can you believe this is Christian Dior couture?
Nicki, I just... I can't. I just can't.

-Malibu Mara-

MTV Video Music Awards 2011


Okay. I've got lots of stuff to talk about regarding the MTV Video Music Awards. First, let's start with Lady Gaga's opening act. There's no doubt in my mind that Lady Gaga is vocally one of the best singers out there right now, but what was she doing last night? I wasn't a fan of the whole Joe, whatever his last name was, idea. It was just too weird for me. That being said, I did enjoy her performance. I just wish she would've changed out of that terrible outfit sometime during the night.


Britney Spears won Best Pop Video. I can't say that I agree with that, but it's whatever. Kanye West and Jay-Z performed and I just thought it was okay. It didn't really grab my attention all that much, but I'm sure most of you enjoyed it. It definitely wasn't the worst performance of the night...I'll get to that eventually.

*Side note* Why is Shawn White even invited to these type of events, let alone a presenter?


I'm so glad that Nicki Minaj won for Best Hip-Hop video, but I will admit that her outfit is a little ridiculous. She's definitely looked better. I hate how she thanked Wayne "the best rapper alive." Can we get over that title. I don't agree with it at all.








I got a little bored after that, but then the amazing Adele performed. Her voice...is just divine. It's become my goal to meet and interview her. She's so talented, and she doesn't need anything but her voice and piano to captivate an audience. That's real talent.


Justin Bieber won for Best Male Video. I mean, at this point I predicted that. He was in the same category as some great male artists, but at the same time his fan base is ridiculous. I like how he said he was a fan of the other nominees. He thanked God and Jesus, but he forgot the Holy Spirit. What's up with that? Haha in all seriousness, he's definitely worked hard enough to earn a VMA, and I kinda want that jacket and YSL pin that he's wearing.


Okay...now to address the most pointless and waste of time to ever occur at the MTV Video Music Awards. What was Chris Brown doing? He didn't even sing. I mean...if you're going to do a dance performance that's cool, but don't even try to act like you're singing then. To top it all off, he decided to start flying around the room like a complete idiot. I was so tempted to change the channel. Chris...I saw you perform at the Super Jam 2 concert and you actually sang. It was really good too. Do more things like that and you'll actually prove that you have talent. I know that you can sing...but you never do anymore. Despite all of this people on my timeline were saying this was the "performance of the night." Please...Jessie J was better and she didn't even get to perform a full song on camera.


Apparently there was a Britney Spears tribute. I think I blinked and missed it. Next.







Beyonce performed. She was amazing. She's one of the best performers out there right now. She's also pregnant! I'm so happy for her and Jay. That baby is going to be one of the most talented people ever! Congratulations to both her and her husband. I can't wait to hear more from this story.

Tyler the Creator won Best New Artist. I'm not happy about that...at all. I don't like him. I don't like Odd Future. I don't like their music. I don't like their message. I don't like the video that won, and I certainly don't like how they act in public. They shouldn't have even been invited in my opinion.

After this I was extremely annoyed and I think Lady Gaga won Best Female Video. I can't remember, but I was so disappointed with Tyler the Creator winning that I just didn't care about what immediately followed.



This video... It was so touching. Amy Winehouse was such an amazing talent and it's so sad that she passed away so young. I'm glad MTV remembered her at the VMA's and I just wish that she had gotten more recognition while she was alive, but I must admit that I'm guilty of not paying her much attention either. All I really know was "Rehab" and "Valerie." Regardless, this tribute was so nice and Bruno Mars did a great job also. R.I.P. Amy.

Video of the Year went to Katy Perry for Firework. I love the song and the video, but it is very basic. It's just fireworks exploding everywhere, and I mean the song is called Firework so I don't really see much creativity there. Still, congratulations to Katy Perry and the rest of the winners!


Lil Wayne did something. I don't know if it can be called singing or rapping.Whatever it was I wasn't a fan. There was so much auto tune coming out of that mic that anything he did would've sounded like "How to Love." If him and Chris Brown teamed up they could've given the worst performance in the history of music. By the way, does Lil Wayne really know how to play the guitar?

Overall the VMA's were definitely interesting. It had it's high points, and it certainly had it's low points. I still wish I could've been there. Also, I think Jessie J is so talented and she did an amazing job. I wish she would've gotten to perform at least once on camera for a full song. I've been a fan of hers for a few years now, back when she first uploaded "Mama Knows Best,"  to her YouTube channel. Stay tuned for Fashion Coverage of the VMA's by Malibu Mara!
-Jay P- 

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-Jay P- 
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8/28/11

Trust Issues Remix - Justin Bieber & Drake





Okay so I just came across this "Trust Issues" remix by Justin Bieber and Drake, and I'm actually really feeling it. I think it's cool to see Justin use more of a lower register. It's definitely something completely different from Bieber's other music so I'm sure some of his younger fans may not like this version, but I wouldn't mind hearing more songs like this. What do you guys think of Justin Bieber and Drake doing a song together? Do you want to hear more songs like this? Let me know!
-Jay P- 

Kelly Rowland Goes Platinum


Kelly Rowland has recently achieved her first platinum plaque for her hit single "Motivation." I can't believe that this song wasn't already a platinum hit. Every time I'm in the car, or out with friends, it's always playing. Anyway, I'm happy for Kelly and I definitely think she deserved it. She took to Twitter to thank her fans. This is just the beginning for miss Kelly Rowland, as she is already working on a new album. She just released Here I Am, but maybe she realized she needed a better marketing strategy. Whatever the reason may be, song writer Rico Love, who penned "Motivation," stated that he is excited to be working on her new album. I wish Kelly much more success in the future and I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeves. Her solo debut is definitely overdue in my opinion.
-Jay P- 

8/26/11

1+1 - Beyonce



Beyonce's official video for "1+1" has just been released online. Check it out above. It's a nice video that focuses solely on Beyonce. It shows off her beauty and lets her talent really shine through. I like that the video doesn't have a lot of extra things going on and I feel like that adds to the song. Beyonce looks stunning like always, and she sounds great as well. Good video overall!
-Jay P- 

8/24/11

Steve Jobs Resigns


Breaking news! Steve Jobs, who is the co-founder of Apple has officially resigned as CEO of the company. I literally just received word about this and am still following the story, so I don't have much to post about yet. I do, however, have a copy of what is supposed to be his resignation letter. Check it out below and let me know what you think. Will Apple still be the same without him? 

-Jay P- 

Kim and Kris' Official Wedding Photos

(Photo Credit: People Magazine)

The pictures are here! Check out some of the official wedding photos from the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries wedding. Kim looked stunning in ever picture that I've seen so far. There's not much to say, I just hope these two are truly and love and last forever. I wish them the best of luck, and many happy years to come. Make sure you buy this months issue of People Magazine, on stand Friday, to get the full wedding coverage. Also, tune in to E! October 9th, and October 10th, to watch the two part wedding special. By the way, sources are stating that Kim wore close to $15 million in diamonds!



-Jay P- 

8/23/11

Will & Jada Pinkett Smith NOT Splitting Up


Time to address these rumors regarding Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. People have been Tweeting/blogging/Facebooking about a Will and Jada split. I wanted to hold out before writing the article, because I wasn't sure if it was completely true. Well, as of now these rumors are false. The couple released a joint statement to People magazine stating: "Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact." Will's 18-year-old son from a previous marriage also took to Twitter to shoot down these rumors saying, "Will and Jada getting divorced...not true at all !!! Retweet. Everyone can think what they want, even if it's not true #lame." I really hope that the couple is doing fine, because I find them to be a great inspiration to everyone else in Hollywood. I'll be following the story, and keeping you all informed as I get more information!
-Jay P- 

8/22/11

Lighters - Bad Meets Evil Ft. Bruno Mars



Check out the official video for the hit song "Lighters" by Bad Meets Evil and Bruno Mars. Even though Bad Meets Evil is just really a fancy way of saying Eminem and Royce da 5'9", I still love this song and video so much. It's definitely one of my favorite songs out there at the moment. I definitely think that the song is better than the video though. Also, I wish that Bruno Mars released this as a single, and wrote verses, instead of having Eminem and Royce. They are both great rappers but Bruno's voice is so good in this song that I feel like it would really shine if it were just him. Regardless, good song and good video. Check it out!
-Jay P- 

8/20/11

Demi Performs Skyscraper Live





Demi Lovato recently performed her brand new ballad Skyscraper at the 2011 Do Something Awards, hosted by VH1. There's not much to say as the performance speaks for itself. Demi is such a talented singer and I am glad to see her back in the game. It would be an honor to meet and interview her someday and I'm going to try and make that happen. For now, enjoy her performance and feel free to comment and let me know what you think.
-Jay P-

8/19/11

School Dazed

Back to school is around the corner for some of us! I hope everyone had/is having a great summer. I just wanted to leave everyone with some inspiration for back to school style. I can't leave without:

THE ESSENTIALS 
(Phone, iTouch, Wallet)

LARGE TOTE BAG
(Mind you I'm in college and only boys and athletes were backpacks (lol) so I carry a large tote everyday.

COMFY FLATS or SANDALS
(I walk 10 blocks to class up and down hills... Flats are my BFF. Sandals too.)

Don't forget to ACCESSORIZE 

What will I actually be wearing? Check back on my blog next Thursday and find out. I'll be uploading a video blog, and sharing some more tips :)


8/18/11

Philadelphia's Most Valuable Blogger


Hey guys! I need you all to do me a huge favor. I just found out that I'm a finalist in a local competition for having one of the best blogs in the area. All I need from you is to vote for me, and ask all your friends and family to do the same. It's really simple and you don't even have to sign up for anything. You just click the button. If you Tweet me letting me know that you voted I'll be sure to follow you. Thank you for all your help, and win or lose, it feels great to be a finalist. Click HERE to vote!
-Jay P- 

8/17/11

Miranda Cosgrove Cancels Tour


I feel so bad for her! Miranda Cosgrove just announced via Myspace(not sure why it was through Myspace), that she will have to cancel the remaining dates of her tour. The singer/actress was recently in an accident, in which her tour bus crashed and she severely injured her ankle. Due to her injury, her doctors have asked her not to perform. This is what the official announcement said: 

"Due to the severe ankle injury she suffered in a bus accident last week, Miranda Cosgrove has to cancel the rest of her tour to take time to properly recover, per doctor's orders. Miranda is heartbroken and thanks all the fans for their continued support. She is looking forward to tour again and seeing all her fans on tour next year."

The worst feeling ever is letting your supporters down, so I know this must be hard for her. I wish her a speedy recovery and hope that all of her fans understand. Hopefully she'll come back better than ever.
-Jay P-

8/16/11

Pia Toscano - This TIme



I have no clue why I didn't realize this was out yet, but I still wanted to share it with you guys! Check out Pia Toscano's official music video for her single This Time. It's no surprise that I'm a huge Pia Toscano supporter, and I stand firm in my belief that she should have won this season of American Idol. Regardless, I'm glad that she is making music, and good music at that! I love how she sounds in this song, and the video does it justice. She looks just as beautiful as she sounds. I want to meet and interview Pia so badly! Hopefully I can make that happen soon. Anyway, let me know what you guys think of her video.
-Jay P- 

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-Jay P-
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8/15/11

Beyonce's First Night At The Roseland Ballroom


Superstar Beyonce is doing something different. Instead of her sold out arena's that can hold hundreds of thousands of people, she is performing a more "intimate" concert series at The Roseland Ballroom, that holds only 3,200. The picture above was taken last night, during the first of her four shows. When she took the stage she said, "This is going to be a little bit different y'all. It'll be more intimate." The singer then went on to perform some of her hit songs, as well as her newer singles from just released album. The concert series is known as "4 Intimate Nights" and I believe it is all sold out. I wish I could've been there, as I'm sure this was an amazing experience. 
-Jay P-

8/14/11

Britney Spears MTV Tribute


MTV is planning to honor Britney Spears at this year's VMA's, held on Sunday, August 28th. Britney has had definitely had her share of memorable moments, such as kissing Madonna, performing with a snake, and her romance with Justin Timberlake of NSync. When I first heard that Britney was going to be honored I wasn't sure if she deserved it, however thinking back I definitely think it's a good idea. Britney Spears helped shape the sound of today's pop music, and made it possible for artists like Kesha to be as popular as they are in modern society. Although Britney is no longer in her prime, she has proved that she is still a force to be reckoned with, by releasing her latest hit singles. I'm interested in seeing how this tribute pans out and I will definitely be tuning into the VMA's!
-Jay P-

Selena to Release Post-Mortem Album


Selena Gomez is going to have to step aside for a short amount of time because the late Selena Quintanilla has a few more songs that will be released. The singers father explains "I own 5 Selena tape masters from pre-EMI times. There's a total of 50 songs. We picked 10 of these songs and we're currently working on refreshing the music. We want to rejuvenate their sound, bring them up-to-date." Most post-mortem albums do not do as well people would expect, but it should be interesting to see how this one sells. I'll definitely be watching record sales. 
-Jay P- 

8/12/11

Otis Video



I know I'm a little late with this, but I figured I would post the "Otis" video just in case you guys lived under a rock or something. I've been hearing complaints from people saying that the rap is to boastful. What would you like them to rap about? They're two of the most successful rappers of our time, of course they are going to talk about money. What I liked about the video was that it's basically Kanye and Jay-Z doing what they love to do, rap. They aren't over doing it in this video. They toned down all of the special effects, and besides a Maybach, some models, and pyrotechnics, the video is pretty basic. I like the minimalist idea, and I actually think it's harder to make a video like this work, compared to a video full of effects. It's really their energy that makes the video, not the money they spent on special effects. Let me know what you guys think!
-Jay P- 

8/11/11

Selena Gomez Corrects Security



Selena Gomez may be performing for sold out crowds across the world, but she's still as nice as ever. In a recent concert the superstar stopped singing in the middle of "Who Says" to tell a security guard to leave her fans alone. Without even missing a beat she got right back into the song. Not many performers will defend fans like this, so it's nice to see Selena doing so. If you want to skip right to the part, go to 1:21. Selena Gomez and The Scene's third studio album recently hit number 3 on Billboard's Top 200. I'm definitely a fan!
-Jay P-

8/10/11

Is Savannah Ostler the Next Hannah Montana?



Savannah Ostler is an actress/singer who frequently is compared to "Hannah Montana”.  Could a possible prequel or sequel be in the horizon?
“I get compared to Hannah Montana all the time,” says Savannah. “I just go along with it; sometimes I’ll just be out in public and little girls run up to me because they think I’m Hannah. It’s really fun, actually! I always sign as “Savannah Montana”, Hannah’s cousin. They get a big kick out of it.”
 Who knows? Perhaps we should keep an eye out for "Savannah Montana"!

In the mean time, “Hannah’s cousin” Savannah released 3 pop singles on iTunes and Amazon. “Savannah is a bright, young gifted performer. She is the next Hannah Montana!” explains Rock Riddle of APS Hollywood.

What’s next for the singer/actress? This August, the talented director/producer Cristian Ubilla has teamed up with Miss Ostler to shoot a music video for her pop song “Prince Charming.” 

Miss Ostler recently starred in the upcoming film “BloodFare”  and just wrapped shooting a promotional commercial for Walt Disney Studios for Don Hahn's new book, "Brain Storm". 
Make sure to look out for this girl, as you will be seeing a lot more of her. As far as a possible “Hannah Montana” sequel….

“I suppose you never know! I would love to play off of the Savannah Montana name. If Disney approached me, I would definitely be in.” says Ostler.

For inquiries, please contact Savannah’s manager, Sharon Nixon Kelly at 818-501-8917 or americanartists@earthlink.net

-Jay P-

8/9/11

Massive Michael Jackson Tribute Coming


Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, is busy at work attempting to put together what has potential to be the biggest MJ tribute that the world has ever seen. She has invited A-Listers such as Kanye West, Cee-Lo Green, Chris Brown, Usher, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, and countless others, to perform at the event. As of now, the tribute is scheduled for October 8th in Cardiff, Wales. A full list of performers has yet to be released, however TMZ has received word that out of the previously mentioned stars, Cee-Lo is the only one to confirm thus far. Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, and Chris Brown have declined the offer due to scheduling issues. I'm definitely anxious to see what other performers confirm, and I bet this will be a concert that will be remembered for years to come.
-Jay P- 

8/8/11

Teen Choice Awards Fashion

Seeing as though teens voted Taylor Swift 'red carpet fashion icon' I automatically believe that the show was pretty lame and Taylor is no where near a fashion icon. As for the carpet, there were some hits and misses. 


HITS:


Rachel Bilson in Chloe with Brian Atwood shoes.

        
The Biebs looked pretty cool as usual. I just want to either fix his bow tie, or get rid of it all together.




Only Lucy Hale can pull this off. Perfect size and age to wear this. 



Shay Mitchel looks great in DKNY! Pretty Little Liars girls are pretty off set too!





A smile is the best accessory, I really am happy these two made up!



MISSES:



WHY Tyra? Why?


This dress makes her look larger, and her hair should have been down.


Those arm things. No.


Fergies face when Ashton Kutcher won over her husband.


-Malibu Mara-

8/7/11

Watch the Throne Preview



Check out this exclusive preview of the most anticipated album of the year Watch the Throne. This featured a 30 second snippet of each song and should hopefully be enough to hold you over until you can purchase the full thing. The album will officially be available tomorrow and I cannot wait to see what kind of records it breaks. Not many artist are able to keep their album from leaking but of course Kanye and Jay-Z were able to do so. I'm so excited to hear the full thing!
-Jay P-

8/5/11

Big Sean Arrested


G.O.O.D Music rapper Big Sean was recently arrested along with his sidekick Willie Hansbro. The two were taking in to custody after allegations were made that they were becoming too grabby with a female, after Big Sean's concert at the Artpak in New York. The female fan told police that they were grabbing her inappropriately and forcibly touching her. Both Big Sean and Willie spent a short amount of time in jail before being released this morning. The fan is taking further action and both parties will meet in court at an unsaid date. Big Sean's lawyer stated that "Both men were charged with misdemeanors and they both vehemently deny the allegations. I am confident, that after further investigation, both men will be vindicated." I'll be waiting for more details before I make a final conclusion, but to me it sounds like a female fan threw herself at Big Sean, didn't get the response she wanted, and so now she plans on taking him to court to try and get money from him. Only time will tell. I'll keep you posted.
-Jay P-

8/4/11

Super Flat Top Sunglasses


Hey guys! So I'm really excited because my Super Flat Top sunglasses by RetroSuperFuture just came in today! I'm so happy that I was able to get a pair of these since they're so hard to find in the U.S. I finally found out that Nordstrom had 8 left in the U.S, so of course I ordered a pair before they sold out. Super sunglasses have been seen on A-listers such as Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa, and Kelly Rowland, just to name a few. I love them so much and I think they're my new favorite. I took some pictures for you guys so you can check them out for yourselves. Let me know what you think!
-Jay P-