2/29/12

American Idol Recap: Top 13 Guys Perform


I just got done catching up on American Idol and I must say that I was a little disappointed with the overall show last night. I felt like there were not many guys that stood out, and only a few of them actually kept me entertained. I'll just write about my top three because as far as I'm concerned, the others can be sent home right now. 

First off, I want to talk about Joshua Ledet who sang "You Pulled Me Through." This guy has an insane range and such a raw tone to his voice. I thoroughly enjoyed his whole performance. I liked the emotion that he put into the song. I definitely hope he makes it further in the competition. 


My second favorite performance was probably Phillip Phillips. I wasn't a fan of his auditions or earlier performances, but last night he proved that he deserved to be in the competition. I actually am beginning to like his tone and I think he did a great job with the song. Despite him looking crazy the whole time he sings, I predict that he will make it pretty far on Idol this year.


Lastly, my third favorite performance of the night was Jermaine Jones' performance of "Dance With My Father."  I really felt like Idol should have brought back Johnny Keyser, but I thought Jermaine Jones did a great job with his song choice last night. His deep tone definitely added to his performance. I don't really believe that he has a voice that would sell records today, but based strictly on vocals, he did pretty well last night. I'd be surprised if he stays around for much longer, but he definitely deserves to stick around for at least another week. 

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know who your favorite singer of the night was. Also,  be sure to tune into American Idol tonight to support the top 12 girls! Let's go Jessica Sanchez!
-Jay P-



2/27/12

Oscars Fashion

The Oscars is where the true fashion at awards shows shines, and actually matters. I think virtually everyone looked great, so I only picked my top 5 to mention. There were so many great looks for the Oscars this year, these stylists really were playing no games this season! 

The moment a lot of people were talking about, was the beyond gorgeous Angelina Jolie. She donned a fabulous Versace Atelier black dress with HIGH slit.



My second fave was Viola Davis, this Emerald green looks amazing on her! I think she should have won the oscar for best actress even though I love Meryl too.. and never watched her movie.



Speaking of Meryl, I love the metallic fabric in her Lanvin. Its another big fabric this fall. She looks very stunning.



Another most talked about look was Gwenyth Paltrow's amazing Tom Ford dress with cape. Its revolutionary, and a definite fashion risk, but it looks beautiful.



No one laugh at my number 5. But there is a place in the fashion world for the adorable Christopher Plummer. Not only was he the oldest person (at 82 years old) to win an Oscar, this Velvet coat is 40 years old! And was custom tailored to fit him for awards night.



And he also wins best speech for staring at the Oscar and saying "You're only 2 years older than me!"
-Malibu Mara-

2/25/12

Nicki Minaj ft Lil Wayne - Roman Reloaded



Is this real!? Has Nicki Minaj heard all of our pleas to bring back the real Nicki? I think so, but take a listen for yourself. Check out Nicki Minaj's new song, "Roman Reloaded," which features her mentor Lil Wayne. Nicki Minaj spits some good rhymes on this track, and I like the fact that Lil Wayne is on the song as well. I'm not really a big Weezy fan but I love when they work together.

Nicki Minaj has been on a "pop spree" lately, with all of her current material sounding completely different from her old sound, so it's great for her old fans to hear something different. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the song and I'm glad that she's back to her roots. I hope to many more songs like this on her album. If she does that, I think she can be just as successful with her sophomore album, as she was with her first. What do you think of "Roman Reloaded?"
-Jay P-

2/24/12

Vote for Jessica Sanchez



If you watch American Idol than you already know about the amazing talent that is Jessica Sanchez. If not, watch her above performance which was good enough to get her into the top 24 for this season! I have been following Jessica Sanchez and her career for almost five years now. I always believed she had what it takes to make it and now I'm so happy to see hear on American Idol. I want to ask all of you to please vote for her this season! This performance is just one of many, I'm sure, but you can definitely hear her amazing tone and range. I was very impressed with her rendition of "The Prayer"and I'm sure you will be too. Also, feel free to follow her on Twitter @JSanchezAI11
-Jay P-

2/23/12

Stacey Jackson Interview



Check out our exclusive interview with pop sensation Stacey Jackson! It was so nice getting to interview her. Click HERE to purchase her single on iTunes.

Hi Stacey! Thank you for speaking with Jay Swag Entertainment News. First can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and the new single “Is This Love”? 
 "I'm a song writer, performer and a mum! I'm from Montreal but i now live in London. The new single is a cover of a classic rock ballad by Whitesnake which I remade into an upbeat dance track! I've had 4 top ten club hits and I've also recorded with Snoop Dogg."

Not only are you a mother of four, but you are also a pop artist! How do you manage your time? 
 "I try not to drop the ball! I do most of my writing and recording while the kids are in school and when I perform, I'm usually on stage around midnight so I manage to compartmentalise my time!"

What is the inspiration behind your music?
 "I pull from many genres of music. I love House Music, Pop, Motown, disco and hard rock. I grew up an 80s rocker so some of my pop/dance tracks have the edgy guitar in them but then I also have some tracks with 70s disco strings sprinkled in there. Quite eclectic I guess."

Being based in England and still being able to sell out a U.S. tour is pretty amazing. What do you think contributed to this? 
 "Thanks! I would say probably the Internet. My videos, music and interviews are all up there in cyberspace. I also think the DJs travel and are playing my music in the clubs pretty much everywhere so people are getting more familiar with my work."

What do you find to be the most difficult thing about being a recording artist in trying to make it in the industry? 
 "I think I'm a bit of an anomaly because most people trying to break it into this industry are a bit younger. I've had a family first and only in the last couple years have found success later in my life. Breaking down those barriers was a bit of a challenge but I'm doing it so I guess it doesn't matter how old one is. If you put out great music, the djs spin it, people dance to it and then buy it, it shouldn't matter if you're 20 or 40."

Your song "Live It Up" is a lively song that you can really dance to, how did you come up with it?
 "It's about going out and living your life and following your dreams...which I am! I wrote the lyrics based on a vivid dream I had where my late father came to visit me and told me that now is my time, I've gotta give this a try and do what I've always wanted to do."

Snoop Dogg is featured in, "Live It Up" can you describe your relationship with him? What other artists would you like to work with in the future?
 "He was very professional and he really believed in the track and in me and it was great to record with him in Boston. He respects that I am "living my dream". We spoke about our kids and sports and I'm now a member of the Dogg Pound... Stacey "Bow Wow" Jackson!"

What is more difficult; being a mother or a performer? 
 "Definitely being a mum! I've been performing way before I had children. Singing is second nature to me.  But nothing prepares you for sleepless nights with a newborn baby or teenage hormones!"

Thank you again for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any last thoughts or comments? 
 If people want to know more about me or stream some of the tracks, follow me on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/staerox, twitter: @staerox and my website is staceyjackson.com 

-Jeff Skomsky-

2/22/12

Aretha Franklin Releases Statement Regarding Whitney Houston


Rumors were flying that the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was asked to not attend Whitney Houston's funeral by Whitney's  mother, after Franklin commented and said that parents today need to make sure that their children are prepared when they leave the home. Gossip bloggers jumped on this and stated that Cissy Houston was upset at Aretha's statement and felt that she soul diva was attacking her parental abilities. Then, when Aretha did not show up at the funeral, it seemed sure that was the case.

Aretha's team released a statement saying that the singer was suffering from leg spasms, which caused her to stay home and rest for a performance later that night. Her publicist also confirmed this, which proved that there was no bitter feelings between Aretha and Cissy. Aretha went on to say that "This is no reflection of Cissy or Nippy's upbringing," and that she just wanted to warn the new generation of artists. There you have it! No need to believe the rumors right away.
-Jay P- 

2/21/12

Adele Performs at Brit Awards 2012



She's amazing. I don't know how many times I can say it, but I figured another post about her would be acceptable. This is Adele's performance of "Rolling in the Deep" today at the 2012 Brit Awards. My only criticism, is that I wish she would sing a different song sometimes. I much rather prefer hearing "Rumor Has It," "Don't You Remember," or "Set Fire to the Rain." Regardless, words cannot describe my love for Adele. I will interview her some day!
-Jay P- 

2/20/12

Chris Brown and Rihanna Working Together





Rihanna teamed up with Chris Brown to create a "Turn Up The Music" Remix.  Personally, I'm over their past and I couldn't care less about that anymore. I think they both have grown from that situation and if they can get along now, why shouldn't they work together? I mean, lets be honest, you all loved everything they ever did together. In my opinion, this song is no different. I love their vocals together and I've always believed that when they work together their music is amazing. What do you think of the song? Are you okay with them working together, or are their past experiences just too much? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below!
-Jay P- 

*Update* I've included the full "Birthday Cake" track below which features Chris Brown. Still love their music together. Just because they're doing a duet, doesn't mean that they're in a relationship, or having sex. People need to really stop hating on everyone who likes the songs, and just let it be!

Nicki Minaj - Young Forever



Check out Nicki Minaj's new track "Young Forever" which will be featured on her sophomore album Roman Reloaded. Again, I'm not a fan of this song really. It's a pop ballad that sounds like it should be sung by Katy Perry or another pop artists. I wish Nicki would just stick to rap! That's what made her famous, and that's what we all love about her. If Nicki ever reads this hopefully she gets the hint. We miss the old Nicki Minaj, and we would do anything to hear her again. 
-Jay P-

2/19/12

Miranda Lambert/Chris Brown Feud?


Honestly, I wasn't even aware of this little feud but now that it's been brought to my attention I have to talk about it. Apparently, Miranda Lambert (...I still don't know who she is) had an issue with Chris Brown performing at the Grammy's since it was only three years after his incident with Rihanna. She took to Twitter to express her dissatisfaction, which of course caught the attention of Chris. After reading her tweets Chris Brown responded by saying, "Hate all u want becuz I got a Grammy now! That's the ultimate f**k off! I'm back so watch my back as I walk away from all this negativity."

Well, that must not have sat well with Miranda because she felt the need to fire back again, this time during her concert. Right before she was about to sing the only song of hers that anyone knows, "Gunpowder and Lead" she held up a sign that read "Take notes Chris Brown." I'm not really sure why Miranda Lambert is even against Chris. The whole situation is old news and she needs to mind her business in my opinion. Who's side are you on?
-Jay P- 

2/17/12

Meet The Artist - Adam Tyler



When you think of Pop music, Adam Tyler is one of the artists who will definitely come to mind in the near future. His new music video for "Like A Drug" debuted on AOL as the"Video of the Day," and has received over 120,000 views on YouTube alone! Adam was nicest enough to answer a few questions for a short interview. Check that out below!

Thank you for speaking with Jay Swag Entertainment News. Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself?
“I'm Adam Tyler, a singer and songwriter based in LA but originally from Missouri.  I released my debut album "Shattered Ice" in August 2011.  I love pop music, and you'll hear a lot of pop on my album, as well as some electronic, dance, dub step, and acoustic elements.  Besides music, I love photography, dancing, barbeque sauce, Jamba Juice, and Willy Wonka candy, amongst other things!”

When did you start to get into music and who was your biggest inspiration?  
“I started to get into music seriously when I was in high school.  Although I've been singing since I was really young and I've always loved performing, it wasn't until I did the musicals, choir events, and concerts in high school that I really started to believe in myself and get serious about doing music as a career.  I always knew I wanted to do music, but everything in high school really solidified the idea in my head.  I'd say my biggest inspiration is Madonna, as she's continuously reinvented herself and has pushed the envelope as a pop artist.”

I see that you have some touring experience. What is your favorite part of being on tour? Your least favorite?  
“My favorite part of being on tour would be performing.  I love being on stage and I get such a rush from it all.  My least favorite part of touring would probably just be lack of sleep.  I'm not much of a sleeper to begin with, but when you're traveling and working day after day it does catch up with you a little bit and you start craving an extra hour or so just for down time!”

If you could work with any artists who would you pick and why? 
“I would love to work with Madonna, Trent Reznor, Lady Gaga, Hurts, and September.  They all make fantastic music, and I admire each of them for what they bring to the table musically.”

What can you tell us about your current projects? What can we expect from them?
“At the moment, I'm really focusing on promoting "Like A Drug", which is my new single from my "Shattered Ice" album.  The video for the track premiered in January 2012, but it's not released until March, so I'm promoting that at the moment.  The single has some amazing remixes so expect to hear them in all the clubs this year!  I'm also gearing up and rehearsing for all the shows I have this spring and summer, and I can't wait to get back on stage and perform!  If you're able to make it to my gigs, expect a good show!  I'm also working on an acoustic EP featuring tracks off my album which I'm really excited about.  The album features a couple of stripped back versions of songs, but this new EP will focus solely on my voice and a guitar.”

By now you've certainly heard the shocking news about pop legend Whitney Houston. Has she personally inspired you in anyway? How did you react when you heard about her passing?
“I listened to Whitney as a child because my mother had "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, and as a vocalist I looked up to her because she has such a fantastic voice!  When I heard the news I initially thought it was some internet rumor just because I didn't actually think or want to think it was true.  When I found out it was true though I was shocked.  She was so young and I know she inspired a lot of people in the world with her talents, so it was a bit intense finding out.”

You're music video for "Like A Drug" debuted as the AOL Video of the day. Tell us about that, and the process to make the video.
“Having my third music video premiere on AOL still feels a little unreal, and I'm still pinching myself that I was offered that opportunity!  The video was filmed in an abandoned warehouse in London back in October 2011.  We had 16 dancers in the video and it's definitely my biggest video to date! We could only film when it was dark outside, so considering we had limited time, I think the video came out amazing!” 

What has been the fan reaction to your career thus far?  
“The reaction to my music has been fantastic so far and I have some of the greatest supporters anyone could ask for!”

What would you like your legacy to be?  
“I've not really thought about my legacy to be honest because I'm focused on the present, but I'd love to be remembered as someone that helped keep pop music alive and running.”

That was the last question. Again, thank you so much for speaking with Jay Swag! Do you have any last thoughts or comments?
“Thank you Jay Swag!  For anyone that wants to keep up to date with me or chat, they can hit me up on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/adamtylerfans) or Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/adamtylerx).  I've got a lot of exciting things coming up this year so make sure to keep up to date with me!  And a huge thank you to all the supporters and fans for being fantastic and standing by me through this journey!”

-Jay P-

2/15/12

'Glee' Covers Whitney Houston



Last night's episode of Glee featured a great performance by Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes on the show. The singer/actress belted out an amazing rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." that rivaled Jennifer Hudson's tribute at the Grammys. When I first head that she was singing the song I assumed it was because of Whitney's passing, however I later found out that it was just a coincidence. That's right! Amber Riley was scheduled to sing that song even before the news of Whitney's death went public. The episode featured the "greatest love songs," which explains why "I Will Always Love You," was featured. I've always said how talented Amber was, and this performance just reaffirms that. I would love to interview her sometime soon. Until then, check out her performance above and let me know what you think.
-Jay P- 

2/14/12

Nicki Minaj Starships


Nicki Minaj recently released her new single "Starships," and it's sound is much different from her last single "Stupid Hoe." The song is very upbeat and pop-ish. The song would be categorized under her "Crossover" style of music that she's been doing recently. Although I'm not really a fan of the song, I think it's better than her past few songs/features. 



That being said, I really do miss the old Nicki. I wish she would do some more songs like "Itty Bitty Piggy," "I Get Crazy," "Autobiography," etc. I even preferred Nicki when she did "Lil Freak" with Usher and "My Chick Bad" with Ludacris. I'm sure she won't be reverting back to that Nicki for a while, if ever at all, but I still really miss that side of her. Of course I'll support her no matter what she does, but I know that she's so much better than some of the stuff she's been releasing recently.
-Jay P-

2/13/12

Adele Steals The Show At The Grammys




I was going to write my general review of the Grammys, but lets be honest, Adele completely stole the show! From looking stunning on the red carpet, to delivering an amazing comeback performance, the whole show centered around this amazing artist. I have said it before and I'll say it again; Adele is one of the greatest artists of my generation. Check out her amazing performance of "Rolling in the Deep," above.

Adele also won a total of six Grammy Awards! She won the awards for "Best Short Form Music Video," "Song of the Year," "Best Pop Solo Vocal Performance," "Best Pop Vocal Album," "Record of the Year," and the most prestigious award, "Album of the Year." Adele won (and deserved) every Grammy that she was nominated for this year. 





As much as I would love to go on and on about Adele, there were some more notable moments. I was really impressed with Maroon 5 and Foster the People! I knew Adam Levine was a good singer but I actually had no idea that the leader singer of Foster the People was actually talented. This was definitely one of my favorite performances of the night.



I also loved Kelly Clarkson's duet with Jason Aldean! They sounded great together and Kelly Clarkson shined as always. I feel like everyone loves Kelly, but no one really appreciates her. Let me explain. Kelly Clarkson is extremely popular, but what people don't seem to recognize is that she has amazing vocal ability. Her voice is so good and I wish more people started to realize how talented of a singer she really is.


Lastly, I couldn't end my annual Grammy post without mentioning Jennifer Hudson's incredible tribute to the great Whitney Houston. Without a doubt, this was one of my favorite performances of the night. As soon as Jennifer Hudson was seen on stage the whole tone of the Grammys changed. Everyone got quiet, and Jennifer Hudson began a performance that will surely never be forgotten. You could tell that she was on the verge of tears, but she fought them back to deliver a stirring performance of "I Will Always Love You." It's not that she sang it just as great as Whitney, but it was the emotion that you felt behind the song that made the performance so great. It was such a nice performance and I'm glad that Jennifer Hudson had the honor of singing the song for all of us.


Overall The Grammys were decent this year. There was some ups and downs but Adele and Jennifer Hudson saved the whole show in my opinion. I'm not really sure what Nicki Minaj was thinking last night. If you follow me on Twitter then you know I'm one of her biggest fans, but lately I feel like she's been losing her self to the industry. I wish she would just stop and see that her day one fans would much rather her go back to her old days. I think this picture above pretty much sums up the rest of the performances, at least for me. 
-Jay P- 

2/12/12

Grammy 2012 Red Carpet Fashion

The Grammy's aired on Sunday and fashionistas were out in full force!I watched most of the preshow on E!. However, I generally don't care for the "fashion police" opinions. They had a good idea of the best dressed (minus Nicki) and I think everyone should watch Fashion Police when they air the segment on the Grammys if you want to see more looks from the red carpet.I plucked a few of the big names people were talking about. As usual there were hits and misses, but surprisingly I think there were more great looks than bad.

Jessie J was automatically one of my faves when I saw her shining and sparkling. 

My fave of the night MIGHT be Adele, she looked so radiant!

As much as I don't really listen to Taylor Swift, she looked really good.

Rihanna looks really good, I'm not feeling the blond hair though.I would take fire engine red over this.

I'm also in between with Katy Perry. She was over tanned, and looked very orange. I also wish her hair wasn't blue BUT it went well with the dress. She channeled jiggly puff at the last awards, this time around it's a la Marge Simpson. The dress itself is very beautiful.


Lady Gaga doesn't need to hide her face. I see what she tried to do, but I think her veil took away from the look. But Lady Gaga doesn't ever know where to stop when it comes to fashion.


The worst of the night was again.. Nicki Minaj. I don't care that it's Versace, even without the bishop on her arm, it was not a good look. No one looks good wandering around in a huge robe besides Andre Leon Talley.


2/11/12

R.I.P. Whitney Houston


I've been sitting here trying to string words together but I honestly can't even comprehend what has happened. The world has lost a true legend. "The Voice" Whitney Houston has passed away at the age of 48. There is really no information on when, or where, but it has been confirmed by her reps.

I do not usually get sad when a celebrity dies, but Whitney Houston has always been one of my favorite singers of all time. Her tone was the purest of any artists in the world, and her voice was just amazing. She will be remembered as one of the most successful female artists of all time. Twitter is over flooding with tweets regarding the pop superstar and many celebrities have shared their thoughts and memories of the songstress. 

Again, I am deeply saddened with the news of the passing of Whitney Houston. There will never be another voice like hers. I really hope the Grammy's pulls together some sort of tribute for her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Rest in peace Whitney Houston, one of my favorite singers of all time.
-Jay P- 

*Update* Whitney was found in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. She was pronounced dead at 3:55pm LA time. She was with an entourage. 

2/10/12

First Pictures of Blue Ivy!




-Jay P- 

Katy Perry To Release Teenage Dream Special Edition


Global pop-phenomenon Katy Perry is scheduled to release Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. The original CD went double platinum and now Katy wants to re-release the album and share some hidden treasures with all of us! The album will include all 12 tracks from the original version, in addition to three brand new songs and alternate versions of some of her hit singles.

The album will feature an acoustic version of "The One That Got Away," which has never been available on an actual CD until now. I'm probably most excited for this, just because I love the song and I think it will sound great acoustically. Not only has Katy sold millions of records in the past year, but she is also nominated for six Grammy Awards, and was named MTV's "Artist of the Year." Be sure to get your copy of "The Complete Confection" when it is released on March 27th, 2012!
-Jay P- 

New York Fashion Week Live!



New York Fashion Week kicked off yesterday! I love seeing photos from the shows, but for those of us not in New York, we won't be left out. You can see 30 live streams from Youtube and MBFW. I love technology.


Here is a schedule so you can plan out your virtual fashion week! Front row seating, just for you.

Thursday, February 9
  • 9:00 AM  —  Nicholas K
  • 10:00AM — BCBGMAXAZRIA
  • 11:00AM — Richard Chai
Friday, February 10
  • 2:00 PM — Rebecca Taylor
  • 3:00 PM — Rebecca Minkoff
  • 6:00 PM — Charlotte Ronson
Saturday, February 11
  • 10:00 AM — Lacoste
  • 11:00 AM — Jill Stuart
  • 3:00 PM — Herve L├ęger by Max Azria
  • 6:00 PM — TIBI
  • 7:00 PM — Monique Lhuillier
Sunday, February 12
  • 2:00 PM — Tracy Reese
  • 3:00 PM — Custo Barcelona
  • 4:00 PM — Diane von Furstenberg
Monday, February 13
  • 10:00 AM — Carolina Herrera
  • 11:00 AM — Carlos Miele
  • 3:00 PM    Reem Acra
  • 5:00 PM — Bibhu Mohapatra
  • 6:00 PM — Betsey Johnson
Tuesday, February 14
  • 10:00 AM — Badgley Mischka
  • 11:00 AM — Vera Wang
  • 3:00 PM — Dennis Basso
  • 8:00 PM — Narciso Rodriguez
Wednesday, February 15
  • 10:00 AM — Michael Kors
  • 2:00 PM — J. Mendel
  • 3:00 PM —  Milly by Michelle Smith
  • 6:00 PM — Anna Sui
  • 7:00 PM — Vivienne Tam

2/9/12

Amazing Spider Man 3D Trailer



You may have seen this by now but I wanted to share it with you guys anyway. Above is a trailer for "Amazing Spider Man" 3D, and I think it looks great! The new actor looks like he'll play the role of Spider Man perfectly, and it looks like this film may be better than all of it's predecessors. 

There's been mixed thoughts so far, but a majority of the comments have been positive. People are excited that there's finally a sarcastic Spider Man who uses quick come backs. Of course, there are those who are criticizing the movie, saying that they would prefer for Toby Maguire to reprise his role.  Regardless, I hope this movie does well at the box-office and lives up to all of the hype surrounding it. 
-Jay P- 

2/8/12

Karl Lagerfeld Disses Adele...Then Apologizes


This morning I was reading that the ingenious Karl Lagerfeld had said that he felt that Adele was "too fat." Of course, I had to do some research. Apparently the German designer said, "I prefer Adele and Florence Welch... The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice." All of this was said in reference to his opinion on Lana del Rey. 

Now, Chanel's creative director is responding to his comment and saying that it was taken out of context. He says, "I'd like to say to Adele that I am your biggest admirer. Sometimes when you take a sentence out of the article it changes the meaning of the thought."

In my opinion, whether it's in context or not, Lagerfeld called Adele "fat." Even though he apologized, I'm not really sure how I feel about that. I find it pretty disrespectful that he would even bring up Adele's size at all. Who cares? Adele is arguable one of the most talented artists in the industry at the moment, and she has even voiced her opinion on appearance in the music business many times. What do you think about the whole situation? Am I just over reacting or are you just as annoyed as I am by his ignorant comments?
-Jay P- 

2/7/12

The Voice Season 2


Season 2 of The Voice premiered on Sunday, and was followed by a second episode last night. I didn't want to post until both episodes had passed, but after watching both episodes I have good reviews!

The season opened with a little demonstration on how everything works, and a few hopefuls were showed singing for a chance to be featured on one of the four superstar's teams. Then the real auditions began. From the first singer it was evident that the talent level had improved tremendously from last year. All of the singers that tried out were actually very good, and the talent was clearly in the same caliber as American Idol and X Factor. On the second night the coaches performed a few Prince hits, and I thought they did reasonably well also. So, who was my favorite performance of the night?



That's right! Lindsey Pavao was the artist who stuck out the most in my mind. I loved her interpretation of "Say Aah" so much that I'm actually going to download it and put it on my phone. There was a hint of Amy Winehouse in her voice, which I also loved. I can't wait to hear more from her, and I hope that her coaches don't try to change her. Be sure to watch The Voice Monday's on NBC. 
-Jay P- 

2/6/12

Madonna Halftime Show


It's time to talk about Madonna's halftime show! If you hated the show and think that Madonna is irrelevant, or have any negative critique, than you should stop reading and find another review. 

I thought everything she did went really well. The show was ten times better than last year's disaster, and the energy was just right. Not only were the costumes on point, but the stage effects, and choreography all added to a great halftime show. Madonna was joined by a star studded line up including LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and Cee Lo Green. Nicki, M.I.A, and Madonna killed it on stage. When Cee Lo came out to sing "Like a Prayer" with Madonna things took a more serious tone, but it was still just as good. Their harmonies were impressive and over all I really enjoyed the the show. 


Although I've been hearing mixed reviews, Madonna did a great job. So many people are saying she's "outdated" or that she "didn't know her audience," but the truth is, no matter how old she is, Madonna has paved the way for so many artists and she deserved to perform at the Super Bowl. Now, for those who are saying that Madonna doesn't know her audience, think about this; Madonna's net worth is at an estimated $650 million...I think she knows a little bit about her audience. There really is no reason to hate on someone who has done so much for the music industry.

Aside from the halftime show I really loved Kelly Clarkson's interpretation of the National Anthem. I also thought that Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton did a good job on their song as well. Both of them did not over-sing their song, but managed to add their own touches without doing too much. What did you think of all of the performances?
-Jay P- 



2/4/12

Drake Denies 'Marvin's Room' Lawsuit


I didn't even report the initial story so I'll catch you guys up really quick. Yesterday, a woman by the name of Ericka Lee is saying that she had a business partnership with Drake that eventually turned romantic. She goes onto say that she helped pen the hit "Marvin's Room" and that it is actually her voice that can be heard on the song. According to her, the two agreed to dived all the profits of the song, but after it became a hit, Drake told her to take $50,000 and to disappear. Now, she is filing a lawsuit in California in an attempt to get the money she says she is owed.

Today, Drake's reps have released a statement denying all of these allegations. The release read: "This claim is entirely without merit and our client has not engaged in any wrongful conduct. Ericka Lee consented to the use of her voice in the song "Marvin's Room" prior to its release. Lee asked only for the credit she received as "Syren Lyric Muse," and she did not ask for any compensation. It was only after she retained a lawyer that there was a demand for payment. Drake tried for months to resolve the matter amicably, and now he looks forward to being vindicated in court."

Sources released to LA Times that Ericka Lee and Drake never dated. It should be interesting to see what happens. Do you think Drake owes Ericka any money? 
-Jay P- 

Meet The Artist - Cazwell




This time on our Meet The Artist feature we've interviewed a rapper by the name of Cazwell! Be sure to check him out and keep up to date with all of his projects.


Hello! Thank you for speaking with Jay Swag Entertainment News. Can you please introduce yourself and tel us a little bit about yourself?

“Sure. My name is Cazwell. I'm a writer, DJ, Producer, live performer and you might even consider me a rapper. I've been making and producing music for myself and other artists for almost 10 years now. I got my start in the downtown gay club scene of New York City where I still continue to DJ, perform and throw parties.”

 Let's jump right into it; being homosexual do you find it harder to be successful in this industry?

 “I used to. I use to try desperately to be accepted by people in the hip hop music industry when I first started my career in Boston. I had high hopes of being accepted as a gay out artist in the music industry. I finally came to the realization that for the most part people in the music industry, particularly hip hop, have association issues with gay people. Once I accepted that fact and stopped trying hard to be accepted is when things started to happen for me. I think the trick is to try to create your own scene and your own sound and let the right people find out about you and follow you. Could it have been easier being straight? Quite possibly. But there's nothing rewarding about being a closeted artist.”

Fat Joe has recently said that the Gay Mafia will soon control hip-hop. Can you please explain why he said this and what he meant by it?
 “I have no idea. I'm laughing right now as I’m reading that. If there is a gay mafia I wanna be down with them. Sounds like some serious Mob Wives shit. LMAO!!!”

 What type of genre do you think your music fits under?

 “Ultimately, party/club music. I look up to LMFAO and how they bring humor to the game and cross over a lot of boundaries. I would love to work with them.”

People describe you as a performer that is very "unique and charismatic." Do you agree with this statement? If so why?

“YES. I couldn't agree more! lol. I'm very uncontrived on stage and performing is kinda like an all or nothing thing for me. I pull a lot of my inspirations from cartoons, particularly Bugs Bunny and I think him and Roger from American Dad are the most charismatic personalities to hit the TV screen. When I was trying to be accepted by the world of hip hop I found there wasn't much room to be flamboyant and colorful. Now that I broke free of that thinking process I don't see any rules. And there really shouldn't be any rules when it comes to art and creating.”

 I read a little bit about your show "Boombox." Tell us a little bit about the show and where we can watch it.

“Sure. Its on Here TV. You can see it on the Pay Per view channel or heretvonline.com . It’s very similar to when MTV used to play videos constantly and there was a VJ that would introduce the videos, talk about the director, the band and interview the artist. I get to do a lot of that. I try to bring attention to videos that people may not otherwise see like Hunx and his Punx, Maluca, Girl in a Coma, CSS, Jessica 6 and countless other talented musicians. I'm really happy with it. I hope we start planning out Season 3 soon.”

 In addition to this you've been able to open up for Lady Gaga. Can you tell us about this experience and how it has affected you?

“I was lucky enough to rap on a remix album of "just dance" for DJ's. When I first met her she wasn't famous yet but she took herself and her art just as seriously as she does today. I performed with her at a party I threw called Family on Avenue C. I remember after she performed her songs everyone just shrugged their shoulders and looked at her like "oh just another club kid with a dance single…oh hum..". It’s crazy to think about that now.”

Where does your inspiration to be a "gay" rapper come from?
“I don't know if I understand the question. I was never inspired to be "gay". I just am.  I started rapping as a teenager mostly because I can’t sing and I really wanted to perform on stage. The more I did it, the better I got at it and writing songs. I know some people may refer to me as “the gay rapper" but that’s not how I see myself.”

Describe your upcoming album "Hard To Be Fresh."

“For this album I worked with a few talented producers that I meshed really well with. I worked with Faugult & Marina, Count De Money, Jesse Novak (Tugboat) and Chris Bracco to name a few. The various songs contain club anthems, hip hop and some moombahton. All the songs are fun,sexy and dancefloor worthy. I’m very happy with it. It's a strong album.”

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

 “I have remixes for Unzip Me with Peaches available on iTunes and Beatport very shortly so look out for them and look out for my new "Rice and Beans" video coming soon.”

-Jeff Skomsky-

2/3/12

Melanie Amaro's Super Bowl Commercial



It may be a little early, but Melanie Amaro's Super Bowl commercial has officially been released. Check it out above. Melanie is joined by Elton John and Flavor Flav to promote Pepsi. Melanie sounds great (obviously) but I don't like what they did with the song. I completely understand that they were looking for a more marketable version of "Respect" but I definitely prefer the original. 

I've been reading some comments regarding the commercial and a lot of people are saying that they actually hate it, and that it shouldn't even be shown during the Super Bowl. Personally, I could care less what commercials are shown. If you don't like it, change the channel. It's not really a big deal.

In other news, Melanie Amaro has officially released "Respect" as a single, and it can be purchased on iTunes. Again, she sounds great on the track, but I feel that certain songs shouldn't be rearranged. Go check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!
-Jay P-