12/31/13

2013 Reflection: Happy 2014 !


It's hard to believe that it's already 2014. It literally feels like just yesterday I was sitting here writing my post reflecting on 2013. Time really doesn't stop for anyone. Be sure to follow your heart every day, and take every opportunity you can because before you know it, another year has already gone by.

2013 was certainly an interesting year for me. I learned a lot. Primarily, I learned that no matter what happens, life goes on. People will come in and out of your life, but you cannot let that stop you. I also learned that at some point in your life you have to stop living for everyone else, and start living for yourself. For me, that point was 2013. I definitely got into a ton of arguments with friends and family about how I was living my life, but I know that I'm doing the best I can. I know that I'm doing what I need to do right now. 

I also learned that I am capable of much more than I thought, and that this is just the beginning for me. In 2013 I really stepped out of my comfort zone. I stopped doing email interviews, and started doing Skype, or in-person interviews. I also covered so many more events. All of those little events paid off when I was able to attend FOX's American Country Awards in Las Vegas. 

This year, 2013, has truly been something special. Through the countless ups and downs, I learned that I am truly blessed, and that no matter how many times I fall, my family, friends, and my faith will always be there to pick me right back up. 2013 taught me that I will make it, and prepared me to take over 2014. Everyone says "new year, new me," but I don't necessarily believe in that statement. I don't want to be "new" this year. I'm proud of the person I've become. Instead, I'm going to use 2014 to show everyone else who that person is. 2014 better be ready because I know I sure am.

I wish you all a blessed and Happy New Year!
-Jay P-

12/23/13

"Where Are You Christmas" - Courtney Zahn Cover


Sorry for not blogging as much lately, but I've been enjoying the Holiday season with my family and friends. Here is an amazing cover of Where Are You Christmas by Courtney Zahn. If you like what you hear, be sure to follow Courtney on Twitter @ItsZahnCourtney.

From Malibu Mara, Courtney, Dylan, and myself, the Jay Swag family wishes you a wonderful holiday and a happy new year. See you all in 2014!
-Jay P-

12/18/13

Eminem ft. Rihanna "The Monster"(Music Video)


Eminem and Rihanna are back at it again! Check out their brand new music video for their hit single The Monster.

 I absolutely love this song and I love the video too. Rihanna looks stunning and overall I think everyone did a great job. What do you think?
-Jay P-

12/16/13

American Country Awards Red Carpet Interviews

(Courtesy of FOX Broadcasting Company)

Hey guys! I recently had the chance to attend and cover the American Country Awards in Las Vegas! The ACA's took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and it was really a great experience. I had an amazing time interviewing on the carpet and just enjoying the event.
Check out my coverage above, which features interviews with artists such as Scotty McCreery, Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, and more!

(Left: Dylan Bernard Right: John Panichella at the ACA's)

-Jay P-

Beyoncé Releases Surprise Album & Breaks Records


Beyoncé has once again proved why she is, in fact, Queen Bey. The singer's self-titled visual album was released with no promotion of any sorts, and contains 14 songs and 17 music videos. It's unheard of for an artist to release an album without anything leaking, but Beyoncé was able to not only release the tracks, but videos to accompany them as well. 

The album hit iTunes on Friday and I immediately purchased it and checked it out for myself. It's different from anything that she has done before and I believe it will be a hit or miss for many people; for me it is a hit! I love everything about the album. It is more than just an attempt at selling records. This album is a piece of art. Each song and video is so unique. It really gives you a glimpse into the artistic genius of Beyoncé as well as a more personal look at her life.

The album is already breaking records too! Apple has announced that the album has sold 828,773 copies in three days, making it the fastest selling album EVER on iTunes. The album also broke U.S. first week album sales with over 600,000 copies sold in the U.S. As of now, the album is only available via iTunes, but it is scheduled to be released as a hard copy sometime during the Holiday season. What do you think of Beyoncé latest album?
-Jay P-


Khloe Kardashian Files for Divorce


Sources are stating that Khloe Kardashian has filed for divorce from her husband of four years, Lamar Odom. Khloe reportedly filed for divorce on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences. In addition, she has requested that her name be returned to "Kardashian," dropping the "Odom."

Rumors have been flying for months regarding problems with the marriage, stemming from Lamar's drug addiction. Allegedly, Khloe demanded Lamar go to rehab, but he checked out after only a week, pushing Khloe to her limits. 

I'm wish them both well, and hope that Lamar is able to get his life under control soon.
-Jay P-

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-Jay P-

 

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12/10/13

TUNE-IN to the American Country Awards on Tuesday, December 10th on FOX


On Tuesday, December 10th country stars will be flooding the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the 2013 American Country Awards on Fox. The show will be hosted by Danica Patrick and Trace Adkins. Watch them above, in a pre-show interview, as they discuss hosting the show together.

The 2013 ACA's will feature performances and appearances from artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, and countless others.
Competition is fierce, but Taylor Swift leads the nominees with eight nominations. Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Jaosn Aldean are all up for artist of the year. The catch is that each artist wins based on votes from their fans! You can cast your votes until Saturday by clicking HERE.

I will be in attendance this year interviewing the artists on the carpet, so be sure to tune-in and watch the show! 

The AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS (ACA) airs live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
-Jay P-

12/5/13

Kendall Schmidt Interview



I recently had the chance to speak with Big Time Rush's Kendall Schmidt! We talked about everything from his experience with BTR, working on his new venture Heffron Drive, and what fans can expect within the next few months. Be sure to follow Kendall on Twitter @HeffronDrive. Check out the interview below.

Hey Kendall! Thanks for speaking with me today. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and how you got started in music?  
"Music has always been a big part of my life.  I used to sing all the time as a kid.  When I was about 13 or 14 I started playing violin, but it didn’t really fit my rock-ish disposition.  So I eventually picked up the guitar when I was 16 and I haven’t looked back since.  Music is my life and I love it."

Tell me a little bit about Big Time Rush? What was it like getting into that? How has the experience been?  
"Being on Big Time Rush has been amazing.  I had done a number of shows before BTR, but it definitely has been my biggest project to date.  Playing Kendall Knight has been an immensely rewarding experience.  I’m so grateful to be able to learn about the industry, work with amazing people, and perform for millions of incredible fans worldwide.  The opportunity was a once-in-a-lifetime chance and I’ve gone for it and will continue to do my best to do improve myself and use this opportunity to better the world."

You’re currently on Tour with your band Heffron Drive. How has touring been? What is the biggest difference between touring with BTR, from HD?
 "I can’t tell you how exciting it’s been to finally play a little Heffron Drive.  I’m stoked that the fans are clicking with Heffron Drive.  I have maximal creativity with Heffron Drive so the music really reflects who I am."

Fav Five:
Favorite food?  
"Chips and homemade salsa or pizza"
Favorite color? 
"Blue"
Favorite song at the moment?  
"Avicii 'Wake Me Up'"
Favorite artist(s) of all time?  
"Taking Back Sunday"
Favorite childhood TV Show 
"Rugrats or Rocko’s Modern Life"

Fan Questions:
@Shervthedhillon would like to know if there is a chance for a world tour involve HD or BTR anytime soon? 
"I would love to do a world tour with Heffron Drive and I’m working on making it happen, but it’s going to take some time.  I’d like to put out some new music before we do that though."

@KendallGotMe wants to know what you’re most likely to be doing on your break time? 
"Break time… what’s that?  Just playing.  =P  I do a number of things, but mostly I relax, maybe cook, hang out with family and friends, and just decompress."

@Dedicated2BTR wants to know; Cake or ice cream?  
"Ice cream cake actually."

@HenderSchmidtxo asks, how old were you when you wrote your first song?  
"I think I was 16 or 17."

@AmeezyRush says; “What’s a secret about yourself that Rushers might not know?”  
"I was home schooled throughout high school."

@Krtn_apriyanti wants to know if we can expect a Heffron Drive album?  
Definitely expect one, but I don’t know when I can release one.  Believe me, as soon as I can, I will let you know because I will be as excited as you for its release.

It was great to speak with Kendall and I want to thank him for taking the time to do the interview. I hope you all enjoyed it!
-Jay P-

Dylan Bernard Covers "Be Alright" by Justin Bieber


Check out Dylan's latest cover of Be Alright by Justin Bieber! This is his entry for the Valenteen Hoot contest being put on by Teen Hoot. Please watch, share, and like this video to help Dylan be a part of the next Teen Hoot in Nashville. 

Also, tweet @TeenHoot and tell them you want to see Dylan(@DTBmuzic) perform at the next Teen Hoot. Thank you for your support!
-Jay P-

12/3/13

Lorde - Team (Music Video)


 New Zealand singing sensation Lorde has just released the music video for her latest hit single Team. If you follow me on Twitter then you already know that I am currently obsessing over Lorde. She's a musical genius and her writing is impeccable. She has got to be one of the best lyricists in a long time.

Team is one of my favorite songs off her album Pure Heroine and I love the video. Lorde, if you're reading this, (you're probably not), but I would love to interview you! What do you guys think of Lorde's latest video?
-Jay P-

12/2/13

Justin Bieber - All That Matters (Music Video)


Justin Bieber has just released his highly anticipated music video for All That Matters. The video shows the teen heartthrob in a much more adult light. 

The video, which is directed by Colin Tilley, featured Bieber seducing a young blonde in various scenes. Justin has been releasing songs every week on, what he calls, Music Mondays, and will continue to do so until the Christmas release of his new documentary Believe.

What do you think of the All That Matters music video?
-Jay P-

Kardashian Christmas Card














The Kardashian family released their annual Christmas card last night and it definitely has "Kardashian" written all over it. 

The over-the-top Christmas card was shot by world renowned photographer, David LaChapelle, and features the family in all black attire. The card is missing Lamar, Rob, Scott, Kanye, and North. What do you think of the photo? Let me know in the comment section below!
-Jay P-

11/25/13

Payton Rae Releases "Gone Girl" Music Video


Country singer Payton Rae just debuted her music video via Seventeen Magazine (Click HERE to read the article).

Payton Rae is an 18-year-old country music star who has made her presence known via YouTube and other social media. She has amassed a global fan base and has generated over 13 million views on her music and videos. Her EP Gone Girl is scheduled for release on December 17th, but Payton is giving her fans a sneak peak of the EP with her single and video above. Payton is also getting ready to go on her "Gone Girl" Tour sponsored by renowned formal wear designer ALYCE  Paris, in January 2014.

For more information on Payton and ALYCE Paris be sure to follow both of them on Twitter @PaytonRaeMusic and @AlyceParisUSA

Check out www.paytonraemusic.com
-Jay P-

11/18/13

Dylan Bernard Covers "Heartbreaker" by Justin Bieber


Hey guys! Check out Dylan's most recent cover of Heartbreaker by Justin Bieber. Out of all the songs that Justin has been releasing, this one is my favorite, and I think Dylan did a great job with it. We got to meet the producer of this song, Maejor Ali, and after speaking with him about all the hard work that went into this, Dylan and I both agreed that this would be his next cover.

Be sure to leave a comment below with any song suggestions for future covers. Also, follow Dylan on Twitter @DTBMuzic.
-Jay P-

11/17/13

Rihanna "What Now" Music Video


Check out the music video for Rihanna's song What Now. I really like this song because we get to see a much more serious side of Rihanna. It also seems that she remembered she can make a great music video while being fully clothed. Let me know what you think of the video! 
-Jay P-

11/13/13

Watch NBC's Grimm Friday November 15th at 9/8c


Make sure you guys tune in to NBC's Grimm this Friday at 9/8c. The episode, One Night Stand, will feature my cousin, Stephanie Nogueras, as a mermaid. You can watch the quick preview above and actually get a glimpse of what she will look like in the episode.

If you're going to watch please leave a comment below letting us know that you'll be supporting!
-Jay P-

11/10/13

Courtney Zahn Covers "Adore You" by Miley Cyrus


Check out Courtney Zahn's cover of Adore You by Miley Cyrus. It's been a little while since Courtney's last cover but she's back and I'm sure you will enjoy this one!

Stay tuned for more covers from Courtney. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @ItsZahnCourtney and check out her official website www.courtneyzahn.com.
-Jay P-

11/6/13

Tori Kelly Releases Music Video for "Dear No One"


Southern California singer/songwriter/producer Tori Kelly has released the video for "Dear No One," the first song from her brand new EP, FOREWORD. The video, which was filmed on location in Brooklyn, New York, was directed by Jon Jon Augustavo, and I think they did an amazing job!

This is definitely one of my favorite songs at the moment. When Dylan showed it to me I immediately fell in love with it. Actually, Tori's whole EP is incredible and if you haven't checked it out yet, I highly recommend downloading it on iTunes. 

What do you think of the music video, and of Tori Kelly's EP, FOREWORD?
-Jay P-

10/31/13

20th Birthday Vlog & 5 Year Anniversary


Hey guys ! Check out this short video blog from my 20th Birthday Party. I didn't do anything big, but I like it that way. I like that I don't feel the need to have a big party to have a good time. What really matters is that my closest friends were there, and that's more important than any party to me. Check out the video above with some shout outs from my friends, and some a capella performances from Natalie Bermudez and Dylan Bernard!

In addition to that...


...I'm proud to say that Jay Swag Entertainment News has been up and running for five years now. It's hard to believe that I started this that long ago, but I love it. I love watching it grow, and seeing all your comments. I love interviewing and being lucky enough to do something that I really enjoy.

I've learned a lot about this industry in these short five years, but there's so much more to learn and I'm ready to keep growing. I'm excited to see what's next. Whatever it is, I know that I will be ready for it thanks to my family, friends, and supporters. Thank you for the five years of support. Let's keep moving forward!
-Jay P-

Ariana Grande - Right There ft Big Sean (Music Video)


Ariana Grande has released the music video to her smash hit Right There featuring Big Sean. I'm literally obsessed with every thing that Ariana does and this is no different. The song is great and the video just makes it even better.

Ariana is certainly in a league of her own and I'm very interested in following her career. I'd be surprised if she didn't reach legend status one day. What do you think of the Right There music video?
-Jay P-

10/29/13

Chris Brown Check Into Rehab


Hopefully this is for the best. After years of tons of ups and downs Chris Brown has decided to enter rehab. Chris has been struggling,  ever since the incident with Rihanna, to redeem himself in the public eye and deal with his anger issues. 

His rep released the following statement; "Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility. His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point."

I really hope that Chris can pull himself together. He's an extremely talented artist, and I hope that after this, the public will be able to give him another chance.
-Jay P-

"Fear The Pier" Relief Concert


Hey guys! On Sunday, November 3rd, I will be attending the Fear The Pier hurricane relief concert in Seaside Heights, NJ, along with Dylan Bernard, and the other artists listed above. The event, which is being put together by two teenagers from Toms River, NJ, is a follow up concert to their first concerts, which raised over $30,000.

Seaside Heights has been through so much between Hurricane Sandy and the recent boardwalk fire, but with awesome events like this, they will be able to rebuild. 

If you want to check out these awesome bands, or just stop by to support a great cause be sure to purchase your tickets at www.FearThePierNJ.eventbrite.com.

There will also be a costume contest, so come on out to Hemingway's Cafe and have a great time! You'll be able to meet Dylan and myself too!
-Jay P-


10/23/13

Dylan Covers Justin Young's "Amnesia"


Dylan recently introduced me to a song titled Amnesia, by Justin Young. I was thoroughly impressed with the song and when Dylan told me he wanted to cover it, I was excited to hear his version. I can say that I am very pleased, and that this is my favorite cover of his thus far.

Be sure to follow Dylan on Twitter @DTBMuzic, and let us know what you think of his cover of Amnesia. Also, if you have any cover suggestions please do not hesitate to post them below.
-Jay P-

10/22/13

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Engaged


Rapper Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian on her 33rd birthday. The two welcomed their first child, North West, into the world just a few months ago, and now it seems that they are ready to tie the knot. 

Kanye proposed at AT&T park, which was rented out for Kim's birthday. It seems that Kim couldn't contain her excitement and took to Instagram to show of her 15 carat diamond ring.

Kris Jenner has given her blessing to Kanye, and Khloe also took to Twitter to share her excitement by tweeting; "Wow!!!!! Am I dreaming??!?!"

Congratulations Kimye! Wishing them both all the best.
-Jay P-

10/21/13

New Taylor Swift


Taylor Swift has been off the radar for a little bit now, and with no studio album currently in the works it seems like she was going to be gone for even longer. The singer, however, does have a new song that may just bring her back to the spotlight. 

Taylor debuted her newest song Sweeter Than Fiction at midnight last night. The upbeat song will be featured in the film "One Chance." I'm not really into the song, but if you're a fan of Taylor Swift I'm sure you will be satisfied. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
-Jay P-

10/14/13

Justin Bieber - All That Matters


Justin Bieber recently released his latest single All That Matters and I actually really like it. I love the melody and feel to the song. It's different from his usual music, and I think this sound works better for him now. It'll be interesting to see how Justin continues to grow as an artist.

What do you think of All That Matters? Do you like this style, or are you a fan of his earlier music?
-Jay P-

10/9/13

Beverly McClellan Interview


Hey guys! Here's another interview from the Kickin' It Anti-Bully Concert. This time I spoke with Grammy nominated recording artist Beverly McClellan! You may know Beverly as a finalist on the first season of The Voice on team Christina.

Beverly is such an amazing singer and it was an honor to speak with her. Thank you for coming out and supporting a great cause.

For more information on the Kickin' It Charity go to www.werekickinit.org
Check out Beverly's website at www.BeverlyMcClellan.com
Follow Beverly on Twitter @BeverlyShane
-Jay P-

10/8/13

Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner Separate


After 22 years of marriage, Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner are separating. The pair tells E News! exclusively that they are living separate but "happier than ever."

They go on to say; "But we will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority."

There had been rumors here and there about the couple splitting up, but nothing had been confirmed. Hopefully they can really remain friends for Kendall and Kylie.
-Jay P-





Cailin Marie Interview


Check out my interview with Cailin Marie at the We're Kickin' It Anti-Bully Concert in Middletown, NJ! Cailin is a talented singer/songwriter from New Jersey who I've run into at a few events. We finally got together to do a quick interview and here it is!

Follow Cailin on Twitter @ImCailinMarie!
-Jay P-

10/7/13

Dylan Performs "You Found Me" by The Fray

Check out Dylan's performance at the We're Kickin' It Anti-Bully Concert! Thank you to Kickin' It for having Dylan! It was truly an honor to be a part of such a great cause.
For more information on the charity check out www.werekickinit.org.
-Jay P-

We're Kickin' It Anti-Bully Concert


Yesterday, Dylan and I attended an Anti-Bully Concert hosted by We're Kickin' It! The event took place at the Middletown Arts Center in NJ and it was such an honor to attend. Performers included Trevin Hunte, Beverly McClellan, Raquel Castro,  Jared Blake, Dylan Bernard, and more!

I interviewed a few of the artists, and will be uploading coverage over the next few days. Bullying is becoming an epidemic and it's so important to stand up together and put an end to this problem. It was awesome to be a part of such a great cause. Thanks to all the artists, media, sponsors, and fans that came out to support the event. 

For more information check out www.werekickinit.org.
-Jay P-

Miley Cyrus Sings "Wrecking Ball" On SNL


Miley Cyrus appeared on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and performed her latest hit single Wrecking Ball. I must admit, this song is really growing on me, and Miley actually sounded pretty good live. Say what you will, but she's doing a great job of remaining relevant in the media.

In addition to performing Wrecking Ball, Miley also sang We Can't Stop and took part in a few skits. If you watched, what were your thoughts on Miley's SNL appearance?
-Jay P-

10/4/13

Khaya Cohen Is The One To Watch


I haven't really said much about this season of The X Factor but, after watching a few auditions, I have a favorite contestant and her name is Khaya Cohen. The soulful songstress is only fifteen years old, but sings as a seasoned professional. Whether or not Khaya wins this competition, she will definitely go very far in the industry. I'm looking forward to watching more of her performances in the weeks to come. Who are your favorites?
-Jay P-

10/2/13

Dylan Cover's "Nothing Like Us" by Justin Bieber


Check out Dylan's cover of Nothing Like Us by Justin Bieber. This cover has become one of my favorites and I'm sure you will enjoy it as well. Dylan put a lot of emotion into this cover and I want to commend him on a job well done. 

If you have any future suggestions feel free to leave a comment below. Follow Dylan on Twitter @DTBMuzic.
-Jay P-

Guy Harrison Interview


Check out my interview with rapper Guy Harrison. Also, check out his latest music video Sunny Mood featured above. Follow Guy on Twitter @Guy_Harrison. For more information on Guy visit www.guyharrisonmusic.com



Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. First, can you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself?
“My full name is Guy Harrison Campbell, but I rap as just Guy Harrison. I'm a 20 year old student/MC studying digital advertising and marketing at Syracuse University.”


When did you first become interested in music? When did you see it as a potential career?
“I've always loved music. Even as a young kid I would hum melodies to myself, and my mom always had me in the choir at church.  In 8th grade my history teacher asked us what we wanted to do for a living and I said I wanted to be the next Kanye West.  But I didn't take rap seriously until I was about 17 when I got the chance to record my first mixtape with my homie TyCo (Tyler Costantino) in Florida.”

Although you're a newcomer to the game, you've opened up for acts like Big Sean and Mac Miller! Tell us a little bit about those experiences.
“Opening for Mac Miller in 2011 was a really eye opening experience.  It was the first time I had done a soundcheck, or dealt with promoters.   I was 18 then, and since then I've done dozens of shows.   But that show was much needed experience leading up to shows I did with Asher Roth, Fabolous, Cassidy, OCD: Moosh & Twist, Aer, and some other guys.”


I've listened to a lot of your music and you definitely have a great sound. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music before?
“Appreciate that man..I don't like to confine myself to a certain sound really, but I'd say I'm like a mix between Common, J.Cole, Drake, and Kid Cudi.  I rap about real situations that I go through, but I also like to have fun with my music as much as I can.  So I'll throw some melodies into my verses or even sing the hook.  I just try to learn from the best and make it my own.”  

What's one thing you would like to accomplish throughout your career?
“My main goal is to win a grammy. I think that is every artist's goal in the industry.”

If you could work with any artist in the industry right now, who would you choose and why?
“I would want to work with J.Cole or Kendrick Lamar because in my eyes, those two are the most insightful MC's in the game.  I'd want one of them to take me under their wing and really show me how its done.”



What's an interesting fact about yourself, that many people may not know?
“I was class president my last two years in High school, and I quoted Biggie during my graduation speech.”

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 for your fans?
“I just want to thank you for the interview, John. Shouts to all my fans out there, I promise I got more music on deck for the fall.”

-Jay P-





9/29/13

Ebony Day Releases "The Beginning" EP


Friend to the site, Ebony Day, has just released her brand new EP titled The Beginning. I've checked it out and it's amazing! Ebony, if you're reading this you did a wonderful job.

To download your copy of Ebony's EP click HERE or click the picture below. Follow Ebony on Twitter @EbonyDay1.

-Jay P-

9/25/13

Dylan Covers "Hold On We're Going Home" by Drake


Hey guys! Dylan was sick last week so he couldn't put up a cover, but check out his latest cover of Hold On We're Going Home by Drake! This one's a little more laid back and Dylan had a great time recording. If you have any cover suggestions feel free to leave them below!
-Jay P-
 

9/22/13

Ebony Day Interview


Hey guys! Check out my interview with the lovely Ebony Day! She's an amazing talent from the UK, and she was also named MTV's "Brand New" Artist for 2013. She was the first unsigned artist to ever earn this title. I really enjoyed chatting with her, and I'm sure you guys will love the interview.
Follow Ebony on Twitter @EbonyDay1. Check out her YouTube by clicking HERE.
*Pre-Order Ebony's EP "The Beginning" by clicking HERE*
-Jay P-

9/20/13

Ashly Williams Sings "I Will Always Love You" On X Factor


I've been following The X Factor this season, and thus far only a few artists have really grabbed my attention. One of them in particular grabbed my attention more than the others. Her name is Ashly Williams. Last night, Ashly performed her rendition of I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, and while it wasn't perfect vocally, her emotion shined through. I believed every word she sang.

Ashly's mother was murdered when she was a little girl, and ever since then she has pursued singing in her honor. If she can continue to perform as she did last night, Ashly will definitely be one to watch this year. Who are your favorites?
-Jay P-

9/14/13

Goodbye Summer


So I know Summer hasn't officially ended; but I'm basically over it already. It's been a long summer full of tons of ups and downs, but at the end of the day I can definitely say that I've learned a lot about myself over the past four months.  

I definitely accomplished more in the past four months than I've ever accomplished. I'm so grateful to have been apart of Summer Jam, OMG Music Fest, and the countless other events I attended. Basically, I've learned that life doesn't stop for anyone and you have to keep pushing. No matter how hard things get; never give up. If you want something in life than you have to make it happen for yourself. Do not let anyone stop you or tell you otherwise. Live for your own happiness.

Anyway, here are some pictures of me hanging out with my friends in the summer, and some pictures from my family vacation to Canada. Deuces Summer 2013. It's been real.


-Jay P-

McKinzie Chic Goes Floral: Designer to the Stars Gears up for Fall 2013 Collection

  

 Philadelphia Fashion Week is right around the corner. And you know what that means: an abundance of Philly’s fashion trendsetters flooding the famed Crane Arts Building to see what Philly’s fashion division has to offer. With 10 designers debuting on September 20th, both national and international designers will come to the main stage to debut their Fall/Winter 2013 collections. And this year’s lineup incorporates Philly’s very own, McKinzie Chic, a trendy women’s ready-to-wear line consisting of blazers, dresses, and jumpsuits.



The brand is the brainchild of South Philly native Sheri McKinzie and was launched during summer 2012. Since the launch of McKinzie Chic, Sheri’s unique pieces have been met with nothing but celebrity validations. Her pieces have been spotted on your favorite celebrities such as Basketball Wives’ Draya Michele, Fantasia Barrino, Bad Girls Club’s Milyn Jensen, and R&B Divas LA’s Michel’le. The hard-to-find textiles add to the exclusivity of McKinzie Chic, as each shopper is always sure to enter the nightclub or dinner date rocking a never-before-seen look. She reinvented what it means to wear a jumpsuit, fashioning sexy cleavage along necklines and accentuating jumpsuits with impeccable lining, making it the archetype way to accent a silhouette. McKinzie Chic reinvented “sexy” making it more chiseled, with her eclectic idea to use rose-patterned sleeves rather than baring skin in her Spring 2013 collection. But as she dives into fall, she is promenading once more into “rose-land,” but this time channeling Italian hedge maze gardens met with sleek city sophistication met with art dealer chic. Make sense?


So on September 20th, models will grace the runway at the Crane Arts Building in her new “Floral Chic Fall/Winter 2013” collection. Sheri has optimisms of gaining the attention of prospective buyers, jetsetters, and stylists. So she is fine-tuning the brand once more, this time from an upmarket angle.
“This time I went for eye-catching, timeless, elegant pieces. And I think I did just that. I’m trying to cross over with this collection and show that I am a versatile designer,” says Sheri on her drive and inventiveness behind the collection. “I want women to see this collection as their essential to a night out on the town or their plus one date to a friend’s wedding. The pieces can be worn almost anywhere.”


The innovative Fall/Winter pieces can’t be duplicated as she mixes up this collection by using roses that vary in size and creating a new trend of pairing long sleeves with three-quarter-length sleeves. She keeps it clean, crisp, and lustrous by sticking to strict color schemes of red, black, taupe, and off-whites but creates pieces of clean basic design. The unique textiles are what make the statement in this collection. She steers away from the mainstream market’s overly frequented basic prints and busts the seams with rare stretch materials. With only days away until her Philadelphia Fashion Week premiere, Sheri is eager for the launch of her cutting-edge collection.


“I want people to look at this collection and think ‘Hey I can see Kim Kardashian or Angela Simmons or Rihanna in this’,” she confesses. “I’m taking it there.”


It is safe to say that the new McKinzie Chic collection is a highly awaited one that you’ll want to be the first to see. Stay tuned on what’s next for the McKinzie Chic brand by checking out www.mckinziechic.com or following on Instagram and Twitter @mckinziechic.
-Jay P-

9/10/13

Iggy Azalea - Change Your Life (Explicit) ft. T.I.


Iggy Azalea has released the music video to her latest hit single, Change Your Life and it's a good one! Iggy is really something special and has been growing on me recently. She's incredibly stunning, and also a great rapper. 

Iggy is fresh off her appearance at the MTV VMA's where she was not only a presenter, but a nominee in the Artist To Watch category. It's easy to see that this is just the beginning for Iggy Azalea. Keep your eyes open, and be sure to follow this star's career!
-Jay P-

9/8/13

Dylan Covers Miguel & Ed Sheeran


Check out Dylan's latest covers of Adorn by Miguel and You Need Me, I Don't Need You by Ed Sheeran! I really like how these two covers came out. Stay tuned for weekly covers, video blogs, and YouNow sessions! If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment below!
-Jay P-

9/6/13

Jay Swag TV - "15 Weird Question" Tag


Hey everyone! It's been a really long time since I've done a video blog, and even longer since you've seen a video with Dylan. I've always been open with my life on here, so here we go. 

 Neither of us addressed the situation directly, but it's pretty clear that we weren't talking. It took us four months to swallow our prides and finally sit down to talk things through. All I can really say is this; there are friends, and then there are friends that become family. When you find those people, don't be stupid enough to lose that bond. We're back now, and I hope you're ready for everything that is about to happen for us. Thank you for never leaving our sides.

That being said; check out our "15 Weird Questions" tag video. Let us know what you think, and if you have any suggestions for future videos! Follow us on Twitter @OfficialJaySwag and @DTBMuzic.
-Jay P-

Katy Perry - Roar Music Video


Katy Perry has just released the music video to her hit single Roar! Katy channels her inner Tarzan as she's trapped in a Jungle in the video. This song really grew on me, and the video is actually pretty cool. What do you guys think of the new music video?
-Jay P-

9/3/13

Dylan Holland Interview (Follow-Up)


Hey guys! I recently had the chance to catch up with my bro Dylan Holland at OMG Music Fest NYC! It was really cool to finally get to meet him in person. We talked about everything from his new music, to the importance of the charity, to whether or not he liked pickles.

Be sure to follow Dylan on twitter @TheDylanHolland. Also, thank you to Jessica Gerbe for letting me use her footage of Dylan's performance. 
-Jay P-

9/2/13

Alyssa Shouse Interview


Hey guys! Here's my interview with the lovely Alyssa Shouse! I'm so glad that we finally got to sit down and chat at OMG Music Fest in NYC. Alyssa is so sweet and talented.
Again, the audio may be a little low at some points, but you'll definitely be able to hear with headphones! Be sure to follow Alyssa on Twitter @ItsAlyssaShouse, and check out her YouTube AlyssaShouse524. Thanks Alyssa!
Download Alyssa's new hit single Rainbow; click HERE.
-Jay P-

Brandon Hassan Interview


Here's another interview with one of my favorites from OMG Music Fest, Brandon Hassan! I really enjoyed meeting, and interview him for the first time. 

I apologize for the audio! It was pretty loud on the boat haha. Follow Brandon on Twitter @_BrandonHassan.
-Jay P-

9/1/13

K. Nicole Couture Debut in Philly

(Designer Kera Anderson showing a guest a piece from the collection)

K. Nicole Couture hosted a soft launch of its line at the 1617 Space located at 1617 East Passyunk Ave on August 24th. Philly's fashion elite came out to celebrate the launch of the new women's ready-to-wear line created by designers Nicole Styer and Kera Anderson. Between food and drinks, compliments of Heart & Soul Food, the guest mingled throughout the night as live mannequins lined the space of the venue. 


(Models pose with designers Nicole Styer and Kera Anderson along with America's Next Top Model Cycle 20 Cory Minkoff)

(Models pose in the new collection)

(Cory Harris and Taimon Hector)


(Owner of Avante Garde Galleria, Tamyra Minor)

-Jay P-

8/29/13

Lexxi Saal Interview


Check out my follow up interview with Lexxi Saal! It was so great catching up with her. We talked about what she's been up to, and what where we can see Lexxi over the next few months.

Be sure to follow Lexxi on twitter @LexxiSaal 
-Jay P-

Niké Jemiyo Makes Top 6 in MOBO UnSung Awards


Hey guys! I was recently chatting with previous YouTube Artist of the Month and friend to the site, Niké Jemiyo, and she filled me in on some exciting news!

Niké has been selected as one of the 6 finalists in the MOBO UnSung Awards presented by HTC. Niké has such a unique voice and is being described as a blend of Emeli Sandé's raw emotion mixed with the soulful musicality of Alicia Keys. I'm so happy for Niké, but now she needs our help!

Voting ends on August 30th, so you guys only have a few more chances to vote. It's so important that we all pull together and vote today so that Niké can win! 

Please click HERE to check out her video and to cast your vote. Share this with all you friends!
-Jay P-

8/28/13

Twerk - Lil Twist ft Justin Bieber & Miley Cyrus Leaks


Twerking seems to be taking the world by storm right now, and it's showing no signs of stopping. Lil Twist has teamed up with two of the most talked about celebrities at the moment, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus to create a song titled Twerk. The collaboration leaked this morning, and while it's unfinished you will get a sense of where the song is going.

Don't judge me, but I actually like it! Take it for what it is; a catchy and fun song. If you don't look too into it, I believe you will like it too! Let me know what you think below, but be quick because I'm not sure how long this video will be up!
-Jay P-

8/27/13

April Lockhart Interview


Hey guys! Check out my interview with April Lockhart from OMG Music Fest NYC! This was our first time meeting and I'm so glad that we were able to chat. April is so talented and so incredibly nice! I really enjoyed speaking with her. 

Be sure to follow April on Twitter @AprilLockhart and subscribe to her YouTube AprilLockhartMusic
-Jay P-

8/26/13

OMG Music Fest NYC


Hey guys! If you follow me on Twitter (@OfficialJaySwag) you'll know that this weekend I was hanging out at OMG Music Fest NYC. I had an amazing time at the event, which benefits Brian Vicker's charity, Brother's In Strength. It's always nice to see artists come together to benefit a great cause. I also got to meet a lot of artists that I've interviewed via Skype which was awesome!

Interviews will be up throughout the week, but until then check out some photo's from the event below!

-Jay P-

2013 MTV Video Music Awards


Last night tons of celebrities gathered together in Brooklyn for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. I'm not going to do a whole recap, but I'm going to blog just a few thoughts below.

Overall, I enjoyed the show, which is rare for me. I haven't really enjoyed an awards show in a while. It started off slow, but towards the end everything came together. I'll definitely do my best to be in attendance next year. My favorite performance was definitely Justin Timberlake's.


Honestly, all the performers should've been taking notes because Justin Timberlake really owned the show. In my opinion, he saved the show and made it something special. He proved that he's still got it, and that he's a force to be reckoned with in this industry. He also brought out the rest of 'N SYNC for a very nostalgic reunion. You could hear 90's fan girls screaming across the world. JT is truly one of a kind, and after last night there is no denying his talent.


Umm...I don't really know what to say. Miley's performance was just plain trashy. I see no clear direction for her career, nor do I understand her as a whole. I mean the dancing was tasteless, whatever, but if you're going to be that trashy at least sound good. Miley sounded pitchy the entire performance. Her voice irritated me more than her dancing to be honest.


Lastly, I want to say congratulations to Austin Mahone on his VMA win last night! I've been following Austin's career for a while now. I actually featured him as my YouTube Artist of the Month in July, 2011. I love seeing artists I feature doing big things. Keep it up!
-Jay P-

8/24/13

Lisa McQueen Interview


Hey guys! I recently had the chance to attend OMG Music Fest NYC. It's a great event that benefits the Brother's In Strength charity. I was so happy to be a part of such an amazing event, and I also got to interview and meet some pretty cool people. 

Check out my interview with the show's host, Lisa McQueen. Lisa is Austin Mahone's aunt, so you know we had to support Austin as well! 

Congratulations to Austin on his MTV VMA nomination. 
Vote for Austin - http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/2013/artist-to-watch/
Watch the VMA's on MTV Sunday, August 25th at 9pmEST

Follow Lisa on Twitter @1ProudAuntLisa
Follow Lisa on Keek: @1ProudAuntLisa
YouTube: Lisa's PlayTime 
-Jay P-

8/18/13

B5 Interview

I recently had the chance to interview the extremely talented singing group B5! These five brothers have been around for a little while now and they are here to stay. Check out their recent hit song Say Yes above. Also, be sure to watch 106 & Park tomorrow, Monday August 19th, where the guys will be stopping by for an interview. Tuesday, B5 will be doing a Livestream chat that you won't want to miss. Click HERE for the link. 

Hey guys! First, can you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself?
"Yo its ya Boy Dustin, Hey its Kelly, whats up guys Patrick here, what up everybody it's Carnell and i'm Bryan.

We are B5. We are all brothers and we breathe, live and sweat music. Been doing this ever since we can remember and was signed to BadBoy for a while and released 2 albums with Diddy then took a much needed break to enjoy life and re-invent ourselves as artists and grow."
      
You guys became a group at a young age. When did you know that music was what you wanted to do with your lives?
"Yes we did start young around 7-12 years old. It was kinda something we always did for fun as a hobby. When we started to do Radio Disney competitions in Florida we always won them and realized we wanted to pursue music and started taking it seriously."

You've accomplished so much throughout your career and have been able to perform with the likes of Usher, Kanye West, Mario Winans, and countless others. What do you feel has been your most rewarding experience thus far?
"We've had a lot of great times and have met so many great artists and people in the industry from presenting at the MTV Awards to having the lead song on the Disney phenomenon "High School Musical" album to performing at Madison Square Gardens. But nothing is more rewarding than when our fans are singing our songs when we're performing live!"

What is one thing that you guys hope to accomplish throughout your careers?
"Right now we are all focused on continuing to build our fan base and become a universal household name as a group."

What's any interesting fact about each of you that many people may not know?
     Dustin: "I'm a workaholic! Lol. I love to workout & enjoy networking because I love to be around people. Plus Im a movie junkie"
     Kelly: "I love to play guitar and I have a passion for art"
     Patrick: "I love to make beats and I take my business very seriously"
     Carnell: "I love movies and I have a passion for photography! I plan on opening my online photography site soon!"
     Bryan: "I spend a lot of my free time producing beats and learning to play piano."


What can your fans expect from you guys within the next year?
"New music, new videos, worldwide tours and meeting as many of our fans around the globe that we can! lol"

@missafrikah73 wants to know if you had to do away with one of your 5 senses (taste, sound etc.), which one would it be and why?
Dustin: "Taste! Dont need to taste food to keep me alive, just need to eat it! Lol"
Kelly: "Definitely taste because I believe the other senses are more important to me"
Patrick: "Smell because I need to see, hear and feel what I'm doing at all times"
Carnell: "Probably smell. Because the other 4 senses are more important to me."
Bryan: "For me it would be smell. Because I need to hear my music, sing my notes and see my fans! Lol"



Fav Five

Dustin:
Favorite color? "Red"
Favorite food? "Steak & Salmon"
Favorite movie? "Django"
Favorite song of all time? "Human Nature by MJ"
Favorite artist of all time? "Michael Jackson & Prince"

Kelly:
Favorite color? "Brown"
Favorite food? "Japanese"
Favorite movie? "Scott Pilgram Vs. the World"
Favorite song of all time? "Smooth Criminal by MJ"
Favorite artist of all time? "Andre 3000"

Patrick:
Favorite color? "Denim"
Favorite food? "Anything thats not spicy"
Favorite movie? "Anchorman" and the "Matrix Trilogy"
Favorite song of all time? "Anything MJ"
Favorite artist of all time? "Michael Jackson"

Carnell:
Favorite color? "Red"
Favorite food? "Italian"
Favorite movie? "The Last of the Mohicans"
Favorite song of all time? "As a kid "Africa" by Toto was my song"
Favorite artist of all time? "MJ will always be the one. But as of today it's Brandy"

Bryan:  
Favorite color? "Orange"
Favorite food? "Italian"
Favorite movie? "Avatar"
Favorite song of all time? "Wow! There are so many to say but for now it's "Locked out of heaven"
Favorite artist of all time? "As of today Bruno Mars"


I hope you guys enjoyed the interview! I just want to thank B5 for taking the time to do this! Be sure to follow them on Twitter and like their Facebook page!

-Jay P-