1/31/12

X Factor Shakeup !


Just when you thought everything was going perfectly with the US version of The X Factor, everything gets shaken up! Simon Cowell has confirmed that Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul, and host Steve Jones, will not be returning for the second season of the hit show. I think it's a little too early for the show to have such a major change. 

Steve Jones announced on his Twitter that he would not be hosting the show's second season by releasing this brief statement: "I won't be hosting next seasons X Factor which is a shame but I can't complain as I've had a great time." As much as I said I didn't like Jones hosting the show, I thought he got a lot better and I actually would not have minded if he stayed for one more season.

Abdul broke her silence about the departure and also released a statement. Part of it read, "Yes, it's true; I won't be returning to The X Factor next season...I want nothing more than for The X Factor to exceed all of their wildest dreams. This truly has been a blessing and I am most grateful." She goes on to mention that her and Simon will remain friends and that the decision is nothing personal.

Simon Cowell also released a message thanking Paula, Steve, and Nicole for their help in making the first season of The X Factor such a huge success. He goes onto wish all three of them more success in the future, and says that he and Paula may be working on another project sometime soon. I'm not really sure how I feel about all of this change, but I loved the first season of the show and I hope that the second season is just as successful. I'll definitely be following this story and letting you know once new judges and a host, are confirmed.
-Jay P-


1/29/12

New Music - "Is Anybody Out There"



Friends over at Sneak Attack Media sent me some new music and after listening to it I just had to share it with you guys! Check out K'NAAN's new song "Is Anybody Out There?" The track also features the beautiful and talented Nelly Furtado. I love everything about this song. From the message, to the beat, to the lyrics, this is definitely going on my iPhone. 

K'NAAN's new album is scheduled to be released in the Spring of this year, so I'll be sure to keep you all updated as soon as I get more information. Until then be sure to purchase "Is Anybody Out There" on iTunes, and if you have time feel free to check out "Nothing to Lose," which features Nas!
-Jay P- 

1/28/12

Christina Aguilera Sings At Etta James' Funeral



The funeral of the late superstar Etta James marked the last goodbye for many of her close friends and family. The star studded crowd gathered today in Los Angeles to say their farewells. I actually didn't get to see the service but I've heard good things. I saw someone tweet this video of Christina Aguilera honoring one of her favorite singers and felt that I should share it with you guys.

Christina Aguilera begins with a short speech in which she tells how much Etta James truly meant to her. You could tell that she was feeling pretty upset and I thought it was brave of her to open up like that right before singing "At Last." When it came time for the actual performance I thought she did a decent job. I've definitely heard her sing better but it's easy to see that her nerves and emotions were getting the best of her. I wish she would've sang it a little more simply. 

I've been reading so much hate on this video. People are saying she over-sang it and that she sounded terrible. I'm not really sure why everyone hates Christina Aguilera so much but I really didn't think it was that bad. I admit, the arrangement was a little "much" but it's just disrespectful to say she was terrible. I'm sure every single person that hates on this performance would do a better job...or even be able to honor one of their idols at their funeral. 
-Jay P- 

1/27/12

Diddy's Next Project?


Diddy really has been out of the spotlight, as far as music goes, for little while now. He's been doing a lot of work in the background, promoting Ciroc, and working on his fashion ideas. Well now we know what his next big idea is, and I personally love it!

Broadcasting & Cable has reported that the entertainment mogul will be launching his very own cable network! Following in the steps of Oprah's OWN, Diddy will have "Revolt." It is being described as "a music themed network geared towards an African American Audience," and will feature music videos, scripted shows, and some reality shows. I think it's a great idea. Diddy knows music, he understand film, and he's had multiple reality shows. If he plays his cards right this could be a huge success.

The network will be carried on Comcast. Although Comcast did not release a statement, Time Warners  Cable has reported spoken to Diddy about Revolt.  Hopefully he learned from MTV's mistake, and will actually make his "music themed network" about music!
-Jay P- 


1/25/12

Kelly Rowland - Keep It Between Us



I love this! Check out Kelly Rowland's new video for "Keep It Between Us." I actually never heard the song until today but I think the video is great, and I think Kelly sounds even better. Although "Motivation" was such a huge hit I was afraid that Kelly would be going away for a while after the song. I just thought that she didn't have enough diversity in her music. Hopefully with this song added to her collection she'll have a long lasting career. 

The only thing holding  Kelly Rowland back is the fact that it takes her such a long time to make one song. I really think what she needs to do is go into the studio and make a full album with tons of hits, and not take three years to get it out. She's such a talented artist and I think with the right team she could be huge. I'm definitely rooting for her and I would love to interview her someday. Until then, enjoy the video!
-Jay P- 

1/24/12

Ashley Robles - I Will Always Love You



I know I'm a little late but I just got around to watching American Idol from Sunday. There were a few good auditions but I wanted to talk about Ashley Robles. She sang Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."Everyone has been saying how amazing the audition was, and while I do think she deserved to go through, I think this was completely the wrong song choice for her. 

Her voice is definitely strong enough for the song but at times there was an almost raspy-ness to her voice and I wish she would've sang something else to demonstrate that aspect. I'm sure she'll be around for a while though. The most popular prediction is Top 10. I guess I agree. I still want to hear more before I make an judgments though. What do you think of Ashley?
-Jay P- 

1/23/12

Aretha Franklin Postpones The Wedding


Maybe Aretha Franklin is tired of seeing couples getting a divorce, and decided to hold off on the wedding. The Queen of Soul released this statement today:

"Regretfully to our friends and supporters; Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly. There will be no wedding at this time. We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends."

The statement was signed "Aretha and Will." Personally, I think it's great that they realize things may have been moving a little to quickly. It also shows that they aren't afraid of the public and do what they know is right. Celebrities, be sure to take note of the responsibility and maturity that Aretha and Will are displaying. Hopefully you all can learn something from them. Whatever may happen in the future, I'm still wishing them both the best!
-Jay P- 

1/21/12

Jay-Z's NYC 40/40 Club Shut Down


The 40/40 Club in New York City just went under major renovations and reopened with a huge launch event. Things looked good for the club...until it was shut down just a day after it's star studded reopen. According to sources the club received a "C" grade and was shut down due to many health violations.

The inspector found perishable goods just sitting on a counter, and also saw workers mixing salsa without gloves. That's disgusting! The whole report is very in-depth, but some things that were noted were five pounds of cooked mashed potatoes at a temperature of close to 90 degrees, and 50 turkey burgers were being kept at a temperature of 67 degrees. Hot foods should be at least 140 degrees, if not hotter. Another big issue was the walk-in refrigerator having a temperature significantly higher than what it should have been. Reps for the club said that the fridge broke right before the inspection took place. 

The club immediately addressed and corrected all of the issues and is supposed to be re-opened. They will face a re-evaluation next month to see if they can remain open. After $10 million of renovations you would hope that the staff would get their act together. I always wanted to go to the 40/40 but maybe I'll check out the one in Atlantic City instead.
-Jay P- 


1/20/12

RIP Etta James


I am sad to report that after years of fighting a battle with leukemia, the iconic Etta James as passed away. The news broke this morning and since then celebrities have been pouring in tons of support. Beyonce, who played Etta James in Cadillac Records, released this statement on her website:

"This is a huge loss. Etta James was one of the greatest vocalists of our time. I am so fortunate to have met such a queen. Her musical contributions will last a life time. Playing Etta James taught me so much about myself, and singing her music inspired me to be a stronger artist. When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph. Her deeply emotional way of delivering a song told her story with no filter. She was fearless and had guts. She will be missed."

Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Alyssa Milano, and many other celebrities have all taken to Twitter releasing short statements as well. Rihanna tweeted, "#DearEtta may you rest in peace." It's so sad when someone so talented passes away. Her music will last forever and I hope she will continue to inspire countless performers. Rest in peace Etta James, you will truly be missed.
-Jay P- 


1/19/12

American Idol Season 11


Season 11 of American Idol started last night (and it's currently on right now). I love American Idol, but I definitely feel like the talent isn't as raw and natural as it used to be. There's so many more screenings and everything is more dramatic than the other shows. That being said, American Idol always seems to have the best voices. The show started off an a good note with a senior in high school who looked like he was 12. I thought he was way too cocky and I was tweeting how much he annoyed me, but than he sang and he became one of my favorites of the night. He didn't have the best voice but his tone was really unique and reminiscent of a young Michael Jackson. 

There were so many talented singers. The daughter of the baseball player that sang Etta James had a great voice. She was also one of my favorites and I can see her going pretty far in the competition if she keeps singing like that. Then, there was a girl that sang an Alicia Keys song...but she had a sob story so that made me not like her as much. I feel bad to some extent, but if you can sing, don't use a story for sympathy votes. Other than that the show went pretty well. 

Oh yeah...I'm sure everyone will hate me for this but I actually hated the last guy. I didn't like his style, I thought he was weird, and he sang two songs that shouldn't be covered. All that together made me literally glare at my TV with a look of disgusts on my face. I hope he doesn't go far. I think he's overrated and just an average singer. So many people were better than him. Go ahead, start ranting at me if you'd like. 
-Jay P-  

1/18/12

Stop SOPA


I won't be posting news or interviews today. Instead, I'm supporting the fight against the SOPA Act which will allow the US Government to censor the web and put regulations on American Businesses that use the web. Read more about it here and sign the petition! https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/
-Jay P- 

1/17/12

Meet The Artist - Leonard Friend


Here at Jay Swag we love to introduce you to new artists! Our friends over at Sneak Attack Media called our attention to Leonard Friend. Jay Swag's senior journalist Jeff Skomsky recently chatted with Leonard Friend to get you guys all the information you need! Check out their interview below.

 First off can you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself?
 “Sure.  My name is Alex.  I write songs.  I dance.  I have improbably tall hair.”

 Let’s talk about Leonard Friend, your “alter- ego,” what is the back story behind him?
 “Leonard Friend is my grandfather's name.  After my former band broke up I wanted to step outside myself a little bit as a means of stretching what I'm capable of.  This is my way of doing that.  My grandfather's dream was to be a musician but he grew up in a family where it simply wasn't possible.  So I guess I'm using his his memory to test my boundaries a little and see how far I can take both of our dreams.”     

Your music is described as a hybrid of R&B, Pop and Indie, where did this combination of music come from?
“It's really what came naturally for me.  I've always listened to a wide variety of music, always played in rock bands and R&B groups.  For this record I wanted to make songs that felt like they had big club grooves but were still more personal and raw than your average pop record. “


 After your career in New York, as the front man of the XYZ Affair, what influenced your decision to move across the country and become “Leonard Friend?”
  “I did XYZ for so long, I just knew it was time for a change.  I felt exhausted and my creative interests were in a different place.  The decision came pretty suddenly.  I was thinking things over in the shower and I just felt very definitively that I needed to end XYZ and start Leonard Friend.”

Your debut EP, Lynyrd Frynd, is going to be released electronically on January 31, what was your inspiration behind it.
  “I can't say there was one specific inspiration except that I wanted music through which I could express myself lyrically, but also music that made me want to dance so I could express myself that way.  I hope it makes other people want to dance as well, and I hope other people find meaning in the lyrics as well.”  

 What does Lynyrd Frynd mean to you as an artist?
 “I consider this EP to be a new beginning.  The change in creative process has taken a lot of getting used to, which is why the record took me so long to finish.  I demoed things, redemoed them, recorded them, rerecorded them, mixed them, remixed them, etc.  I feel really thrilled with it.  I also feel really thrilled with where it's left me creatively as I begin working on more music.  It flows much more easily for me now.”  
       
Looking back at your musical career, who or what would you say is your biggest influence?
“I feel like 50% of pop singers would say this, but Michael Jackson is and always has been my biggest influence, bar none.  He's an incredible dancer and his timing is impeccable.  He's an unbelievable singer and the emotion with which he songs his songs is unreal.  He's an amazing songwriter and his albums are solid from start to finish.  The man was the complete package and yet he never stopped working to improve himself, and THAT is what inspires me the most.  I could probably practice singing and dancing until the day I die and never be as incredible as he was, but I'll keep working to get as close as I humanly can!”

 If you had the chance to make a duet with any other artist or person who would that be?
 “I've actually never thought about this before, but my answer is Linda Rondstadt.  My favorite movie was the film adaptation of "The Pirates of Penzance," starring Linda Rondstadt as Mabel, the female lead.  The music from that show is gorgeous, and there are a couple amazing duets between her and Rex Smith, the male lead.  So I think in an effort to live out my childhood dream, I'd like to record something with Linda Rondstadt.”
               
Lastly is there anything you would like to tell the JaySwag audience, about yourself or your music? 
“Keep an eye out!  2012 is going to be a wonderful year.”

-Jay P & Jeff Skomsky- 

Taylor Swift Covers Vogue


Singer Taylor Swift will grace the cover of Vogue magazine in the upcoming month. Taylor, pictured above, shows off straightened hair with a smokey eye, all topped off with a hat. In the issue Taylor dishes out her feelings about her massive amount of success, and she even talks about why she sees herself staying single for the time being. Be sure to check out the issue of Vogue when it is released on January 24th. For more information be sure to check out Vogue.com.

-Jay P- 



1/16/12

Happy Birthday Aaliyah



Happy Birthday Aaliyah. R.I.P
-Jay P-

Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Get New Hair


What is going on with these two? First Selena Gomez posted a picture on Twitter with purple and blue streaks in her hair, and then Justin Bieber appeared at an event looking like Donald Trump. Now, just days after Selena dyed her hair, Justin has decided to change his color as well. In the picture above the two are going to a friends house to watch the football game, and Justin is seen sporting a noticeably darker hair color. This, of course, was breaking news considering everything he does causes the world to stop.


I've seen a ton of tweets from people who love both of their new looks, but then again there's plenty of people who are saying they look horrible. I'm not a fan of colored streaks in Selena's hair. A lot of my friends did that last year or the year before, so for me it just seems very late. I do give them both props though for doing whatever they want and not caring. What do you think of both hairstyles? 
-Jay P- 

1/14/12

Kardashian Konspiracy?


When was the last time you saw the KK wear the same thing in public two times? Never.. that's what I thought. I have been refusing to watch KKTNY, BUT I saw a rerun (and was to lazy to find my remote) of the last 2 episodes. I'll just get to the meat and potatoes, I know everyone caught onto the voice over while she was talking to her mom "in Dubai" ... but why were the windows dark? For those of us who have rode around in a car with 5% tint.... You can see out of it still, other people can't see you. And it seemed planned out... You can watch for yourself:


So that brings me to this picture.



She wore the exact same outfit (hair /makeup/ clothing) on December 7th on a sound stage in LA. This smells like how fake The Hills was on MTV. It appears that these scenes were shot on a sound stage in LA, NOT Dubai. Kris Humphries also added to the speculation on his twitter:



I have to say I would like to see the truth too. I figured they'd edit the show to make Kris look bad... But that's pretty low.
-Malibu Mara- 

1/12/12

What Is Stylitics ? Chatting with Malibu Mara


I was talking with Jay Swag's Fashion Blogger, Malibu Mara, the other day and she told me about this great site that she's working with! The site is called Stylitics, and can be found at http://www.stylitics.com.  She told me the basic concept of the site and I thought it was really great. I wanted to share the information about Stylitics with you, so I decided to ask Mara a few questions. Check out what she had to say!





Tell us a little bit about your work for Stylitics.com? How did you find out about the website and how did you go about becoming a Brand Ambassador?
"I am currently a Brand Ambassador for Stylitics, I found out about them through my university. One of my fashion professors had a poster for a start-up company that was looking for fashion forward innovators and I instantly came up with ideas, and decided to sign up. It's cool because I am getting great experience working in my field, while being enrolled in school. I have been working on creating ways to drive traffic to the site and input suggestions on features and put together some trend reports. It has been a great experience so far and I am looking forward to making it an even greater second semester working for them."
What exactly is Stylitics? Can everyone join?
Stylitics is its basically your personal style assistant! Users input data and the site will keep track of what you buy, own, and wear. It tells you about trends, and rewards you on your personal tastes. It's easy to use, and really makes you think about where your money goes when it comes to your closet. Also, once you put your wardrobe into the site, its pretty fun picking out what to wear on your computer. 
Anyone can join, you can sign up on stylitics.com and my invite code is: shsutg

What makes this site unique, and different from others? Why should people sign up today?
The cool thing about Stylitics is that there is no other site out there doing this. With every action a user does (putting items in the closet, or logging into the calendar),they have the opportunity to earn points and badges. With the brands a user logs, they will eventually be able to receive incentives from them based on their personal clothing behavior.
Are there any last thoughts you have in regards to Stylitics.com?
It is a fun new way to look at the clothes in your closet, like I said you can sign up on www.stylitics.com with the code shsutg, 
They are also on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stylitics
AND 

Try it out, tell us what you like/don't like.
-Jay P-



1/11/12

Is Khloe A Kardashian?


Of course she is... Rumors have been flying around the blogosphre, Twitter, and countless other social media sites, stating that Khloe Kardashian is not really a "Kardashian." It all started when Ellen Kardashian and Jan Ashley told Star Magazine that Khloe was not Robert Kardashian's biological daughter. After these statements were made, Star then printed it as a cover story for the magazine. Since then, everyone has been talking about it. I heard about it in school today, from my family, and everywhere on Twitter. 

Khloe responded to these outrageous accusations by saying; "The audacity you have to mention my father's name like this! Should be ashamed of urself! I let a lot of things slide but this one is really low.... YOU ARE DISGUSTING! (yes you know who YOU are). 

In my opinion, Khloe had every right to fire back on Twitter. Even if it is true, how dare you try to sell such a private thing to a magazine! If they wanted to reveal it, they would have done so by now. This story is just as irrelevant and stupid as the Justin Bieber baby drama story. I think that Ellen and Jan are just bitter because of Khloe's success, and are trying to get their five minutes of fame. I hope they enjoy it...because it will not last.
-Jay P- 

1/10/12

Joyful Noise - Keke Palmer Sings Man in the Mirror




Check out this scene from the upcoming film Joyful Noise, starring Keke Palmer, Queen Latifah, and Dolly Parton. In the above footage Keke Palmer sings a snippet of Michael Jackson's hit song, "Man in the Mirror." This is personally one of my favorite songs by Jackson so I love to hear other's interpret it in their own way. I think Keke Palmer is actually a very good singer and I think she sang it pretty well. 

Palmer tweeted the following statement in regards to this scene; "No one will EVER sing this song better than Michael, I just wanted to do it justice... really wish I could have met him." I think Michael Jackson would have been very proud Keke Palmer and I do believe she did the song Justice. I usually don't like seeing movies like this but I actually might just have to go see this when it comes out! I really would love to interview Keke Palmer sometime this year as well. What do you think of her version of Man in the Mirror?
-Jay P- 

1/9/12

Jay Z - Glory



I love this! Check out Jay Z's just released track "Glory." It's basically a tribute to his new baby girl Blue Ivy Carter. The song is so simple but full of so much emotional. It's a sincere song. I really like it because in a world dominated by meaningless pop music, Jay Z isn't afraid to rap about something that means so much to him. He even mentions a miscarriage that Beyonce had prior to her conception with Blue Ivy.  He raps, "Maybe I paint the sky blew, but my greatest creation was you." I really can't get over how great this song is and I just respect Jay Z so much for releasing something with meaning. He's proved why he's the best lyrically and material wise. I'm really happy for Jay Z and Beyonce and wish them the best with their new child!
-Jay P- 

1/8/12

Beyonce Gives Birth!


Beyonce and Jay Z have welcomed their baby girl into the world! Although the baby girl's name has not been confirmed E! Online is reporting it to be Blue Ivy Carter. Other sources are stating that it is Ivy Blue Carter. I'm not exactly sure which it is but I'll tweet the answer once I found out for sure. 

Beyonce gave birth last night at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The couple rented out the entire fourth floor for a $1.3 million, just to ensure their privacy from paparazzi.  Sources are saying that Jay Z was by her side the whole time.

While rumors have been flying around frequently regarding the birth, this time multiple sources have confirmed it. Celebrities have even taken to Twitter to welcome the child. Rihanna tweets, "Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih."

Congratulations to Beyonce and Jay Z! I'll let you know once baby pictures are revealed. I wonder if their daughter will be an amazing singer like her mom, or a great rapper like her dad? 
-Jay P-

1/7/12

Vote For Luke Bilyk !


Okay guys! I really need your help with something. Luke Bilyk has been nominated for a Shorty Award in the Actor category, but he needs all of your votes to win! All you have to do is click the above image, or HERE and fill out the form. Just make sure it says "I nominate @lukebilyk1 for a Shorty Award in #Actor because..." If it doesn't say Actor then just use the scroll box and pick Actor. Then, fill in a reason after "because" and then click "Tweet your vote." You may then be prompted to sign in with your Twitter account and after that you're finished. It's that easy!

Luke Bilyk is a great actor and he totally deserves the award so I'm just asking you all to vote for him in the competition. Once you vote be sure to tweet and ask your followers to do the same. Together we can help him win a Shorty Award! Thank you to everyone that will vote. 
-Jay P- 

1/6/12

New Mentors Added to The Voice !


Now that X Factor is over I need another talent show to watch. American Idol is coming up, but the one that I'm looking forward to again is The Voice. I thought the first season went pretty well, and I know that the talent wasn't that great last season but I really believe it will be better this year. Anyway, some recent announcements have been made regarding the new season, and they're all good!

The judges have all added new mentors, and they've revealed who is who! Defending champion Adam Levine will be brining along Alanis Morrisette and Robin Thicke to help his team. Christina Aguilera will be accompanied by Jewel and Lionel Richie. Cee-Lo Green is teaming up with Ne-Yo and Babyface, and last but not least, Blake Shelton's guests will be Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson. 

With such a star studded line up of judges, one can only believe that the talent will be superb this year. Last year the show was brand new, so auditions were not publicized that well, but after the show did very successful I'm sure many hopefuls have auditioned. Be sure to tune into The Voice on February 5th to see who will have the strongest team!
-Jay P- 

1/5/12

Adele Spotted With Boyfriend ?


Normally I wouldn't post something like this but Adele is one of my favorite singers right now so I just had to! Adele was spotted with Simon Konecki, who is her rumored boyfriend. The two were seen in Florida while Adele was visiting a National Park. According to people who saw the couple, he had her laughing the whole time that they walked together. The two then went on a little gator watching tour. 

I really hope that Adele can be happy in this relationship. It seems like her past break ups have been pretty bad.  Of course...part of me wants them to date for a little while, and then break up when she's about 25 so she can release another amazing album full of incredible songs. Maybe if he's lucky though she'll record a positive album? Haha all jokes aside, I'm wishing them both the best and I can't wait to hear more about them.
-Jay P- 

1/3/12

4 Count Interview


Check out my interview with 4 Count! They're a talented group signed to Nick Cannon's NCredible Records. Be sure to get to know them because they'll be huge before you know it.


Thank you for taking the time to speak with Jay Swag Entertainment News. First, can you please introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about yourselves?

Aaron: “Jay Swag! Yes, my name is Aaron Scott. I am number 4 of a large awesome family of 8 kids! I was born in TX, but I moved to Corona, CA and grew up there. I started playing drums in Jr. High at my church and I fell in love with music, singing, dancing, and beat boxing ever since. I also love sports, basketball is my favorite.”
Adam and Kieran: “Well, me and Kieran are brothers so I met him awhile ago hahaha.”

How did you all meet, and how did you go about forming a group?

The Ackerman brothers were chosen for the group after they danced in a School Gyrls music video. Nick later held auditions, and we found the last members through the audition process.”
How would you describe your style of music?
“Our music is very eclectic but I would say it mainly fits into the Pop, Urban, Hip-Hop, R&B genre with some soul. We're definitely not scared to push the boundaries of Pop!”

How did you get signed by Nick Cannon? What has it been like working with him and the whole NCredible crew?

“Nick had a vision to find 4 talented individuals with swag that could really light up a stage. The Ackerman brothers first had a meeting with Nick and he told us the vision he had for a boy band, and he would love for us to be in the group and the rest is history. Working with him and the Ncredible family is amazing. We definitely consider everyone there family and we always have a great time at the office, and when were together! We LOVE it! Nick is a very strong business leader who is so invested in everything he does. He doesn't do stuff just for the money, but he believes in this next generation of entertainers and it is very inspirational. Ncredible really is a family who watches out for one another and stands up for each other. I love working with everyone because it is a very encouraging environment and I'm always learning so much!” 

Are you currently working on any projects that you can tell us about?

“We are just hitting the studio a lot and trying to work on our album. The rest, you'll just have to keep up with our social media sites to stay updated!”

I first saw you guys when you performed on the results show of America's Got Talent and I thought you did great. What was that experience like? Were you nervous at all?

Aaron: “That was an amazing experience, especially for our first performance together! I want to thank the New Boyz, Nick, and Tia (our day to day manager) for getting our backs and giving us the opportunity. It was so much fun!  I was a little nervous at first, so I had to block out everything on stage and just really have fun with it and vibe off my group members!”
Kieran: “That was the best experience of my life so far it was so great to go out there and do what i love in front of a live audience and also on live Tv with millions of people watching was amazing.I think we were all  nervous but i think our excitement really took over our nerves. Also shout out to the New Boyz for letting us share the stage with them it was such a privilege!”
Adam: “America's Got Talent has definitely been the high light of my career thus far. The experience was amazing, it was our FIRST performance together as a group, and who better to share that experience with then with my brothers.”

Who has been your biggest influence thus far?

Aaron: “If I had to choose one entertainer it would be Justin Timberlake. He has and continues to inspire me and prove that anything is possible. He is so talented.”
Kieran:  “I have a few Influences of course the King of Pop Michael Jackson but also huge influences are:Chris Brown,John Legend,Adam Levine,Drake,Bruno Mars,Kevin Writer,Miguel,Lloyd,Justin Nozuka,and Travis Garland.quite a bit of Influences but Greatness is Everywhere.”
Adam: “I have a lot of influences, but my biggest ones are Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and Ryan Gosling.”

If you could accomplish one thing throughout your career, what would it be?

“Aaron: I actually have 3:) 
1. I would love to have a big platform to be a strong positive roll model for young people    and prove that fame doesn't have to change you. 
2. To sell out Madison Square Garden and headline. 
3. To someday be able to perform with family members, because I know that's always been a dream for my dad.” 
Kieran: “Just to be able to make my mark in History”
Adam: “If I could accomplish one thing in my career, it would be to just spread my love of music, dance, and entertainment. I just wanna show all those non-believers and haters I have, that I never stopped working towards my dreams, and I made it when a lot of people said I couldn't. The ONE thing I wanna accomplish, is to make all my dreams a reality, and I WONT stop until I get there!”

What's an interesting fact about you guys that many people may not know?

Aaron:  “I actually am pretty good with a Yo-Yo haha I know lame.”
Kieran: “That we all have huge family's with over 5 siblings”
Adam: “Well I would say the most interesting one is, if you didn't know already, me (Adam) and Kieran are brothers!”

That was the last question. I want to thank you again for taking the time to do the interview. Do you have any last thoughts or comments? 

“Thank you Jay Swag we appreciate it!! Make sure to follow us on twitter @Official4Count and like our page on Facebook!

-Jay P-


Paranormal Activity 4 Confirmed


I guess I should have seen this coming since the 3rd installment alone made $108 million, but that doesn't mean I'm happy about it. I saw the first two installments and thought they were both excellent, and I've only heard good things about the third, but there really is no need for a fourth film in the series. Again, the first two were good, but they were very similar and I'm sure the third is just the same. Also, if you have something good, why ruin it by overkilling the franchise. 

I completely understand that all together these films have raked in a massive $600 million, and only cost a fraction of that to make and produce, but I'm afraid they're going to suffer from "Jersey Shore" syndrome shortly. If you ask 90% of the population, they all liked Jersey Shore when it came out, but now are extremely fed up with it. What do you think? Is there a need for a fourth Paranormal Activity, or is three the perfect amount?
-Jay P-