2008 Round Up

2008 A historic and crazy year. Gas prices sky rocket almost all the way through the whole year. Then towards the end they lower DRASTICALLY! The oldest woman, and the oldest man both died. The Philadelphia Phillies win the world series breaking their curse, Diddy dismisses Aubrey O'Day and D.Woods from "Danity Kane". Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of The United States, he is also the first African American President!


Everybody is going around giving their lists of "Top Songs" for the year 2008. I think everyone has their own personal list, how can someone who only likes rap acknowledge a great rock song? I decided that I am going to give my "personal" list of top 20 songs of 2008. After you read mine make your own and see whats different. If you want email it to me and I will compare them personally.

20: Damaged(Danity Kane)
19: Handle Bars(Flobots)
18: Sexy Can I(Ray J Ft Young Berg)
17: Low(Flo Rida Ft T-Pain)
16: Dangerous(Kardinal Offishall Ft Akon)
15: Take You Down(Chris Brown)
14: Lollipop(Lil Wayne Ft Static Major)
13: Bust It Baby(Plies Ft Neyo)
12: Love Lockdown(Kanye West)
11: Single Ladies(Beyonce)
10: Ride Or Die(Ace Hood Ft Trey Songz)
09: Got Money(Lil Wayne Ft T-Pain)
08: Mrs. Officer(Lil Wayne Ft Bobby Valentino)
07: In My Bed(Day 26)
06: Live Your Life(T.I Ft Rihanna)
05: Forever(Chris Brown)
04: Disturbia(Rihanna)
03: Ring Leader Man(T-Pain)
02: Jockin Jay-Z(Jay Z)
01: Swagga Like Us(T.I. Kanye West Lil Wayne and Jay-Z)

Most Surprising Artist
Britney Spears...Yes, Britney Spears. She came back and her songs are actually not that bad(That's impressive in itself). Not to mention she already has a new fan base including old fans and new ones too.


2009 Prediction Who To Look Out For
Jazmine Sullivan! I definitely had to pick her, she has one of the most powerful voices I have heard in a while. She really can speak to you through her songs and her voice rivals some of the legends as far as I'm concerned. Her voice has something special about it that I have not heard from any recent artists. Singers beware! Jazmine Sullivan's gonna bust your windows out if you don't watch her carefully.



Same rule applies, below are the top 10 movies in MY opinion.

10: Cloverfield
09: Sweeny Todd
08: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
07: The Love Guru
06: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
05: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
04: I Am Legend
03: Eagle Eye
02: 30 Days Of Night
01: The Dark Knight

Horror Movie Of 2008
If you're into horror movies I highly recommend "30 Days of Night". This movie is by far the best(and scariest) vampire movie in a long time. Definitely worth watching, even if you're not a fan of vampires but still like horror films.


Most Interesting Movie Of 2008
Eagle Eye: Eagle Eye is (to me) the most interesting movie of the year. Shia Lebouff does an excellent job as well. The movie focuses on artifical intelligence created by the United States of America. After watching the movie it really makes you think "How close are we to creating this in real life". Another movie I highly recommend watching.


Movie Of 2008/Best Actor
Time and Time again we hear the same movie and possibly actor...well I'm just here to reinforce that. The Dark Knight HAS to be the best movie of the year. Whether you're a Batman fan or not you have to watch this movie(if you haven't already). If you're one of those people who are afraid not to watch it because you have not seen the first one don't worry, seeing the first one does not really affect your understanding of the movie. The best actor was in this movie, Heath Ledger. Heath Ledger played the Joker. But he did more than "play" the part of the Joker, he became it. Jack Nicholson had warned him not to get to into the part, however the warning came to late. In giving one of the best performances ever Heath Ledger took his own life. R.I.P Heath Ledger, Best Actor of 2008.


Biggest News Of 2008:
Barack Obama becomes the 44th President! Easily the biggest news. Countries around the world felt the impact of the electing of the first African American President. I saw a video showing all the countries reactions and they were all touched, just as all of America should be. Congratulations to President-Elect Barack Obama, Vice President-Elect Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama.


-Jay P-


The Money And The...NO Power?

50 Cent's reality show, "The Money and the Power", had no power on its viewers. The show could not captivate enough watchers, and will no longer be aired. Donald Trump had said he knew that the show would not do well and he was correct. Sorry 50, nice try...I guess? But good news everybody, we now have Bromance to watch!...wheres TRL when you need it. Hopefully MTV will get some more music shows and stay away from all the reality stuff.
-Jay P-

Bromance Aired

Reality television personality and model, Brody Jenner had his reality TV show air last night on MTV. How many of you watched it? After searching for something to watch I turned on his new show, "Bromance". In this show Jenner is searching for a new best friend, a replacement for Spencer Pratt...how sad is it that he can't find a best friend without a show. If you watched it and you have your own thoughts, share them with me at johnpanichella@jayswag.com
-Jay P-

I Own JaySwag

Today i decided to purchase the domain www.jayswag.com My blog is in transition now so if you have difficulty viewing it that is why. Within three days you will be able to reach this site at www.jayswag.com, you no longer need the .blogspot. I also have a new email which you can see in the contact section to the left. Johnpanichella@jayswag.com Thank you for being patient
-Jay P-


Jay Swag Back!

I'm back, I was taking a break for the Holidays but starting tomorow I will try to add new stories again. This week will still be slow so just hang on. Thank you!
-Jay P-


Do You Believe In Angels

Well this family does. I am not even going to write anything, just watch this video it is incredible. Once again Happy Holidays from Jay P.
(video from MSNBC)


Jessica Sanchez Can Sing!

The video above is the song "Where Are You Christmas", performed by Youtube singing sensation, Jessica Sanchez and band Before 5. Jessica Sanchez is by far my favorite youtube singer ever! Jessica Sanchez is a talented 13 year old with a mature voice that can rival some of the top singers. Jessica Sanchez has also been featured on Oprah's website as well as celebrity blogger Micah Jesse. I hope this song puts you in the Holiday mood. Whatever religion you may be, or whatever Holiday you may celebrate, please just listen to this talented young girl and let her gift of singing touch you. Happy Holidays from Jay P!

Jessica Sanchez's youtube channel is called "jsanchezfan" CHECK IT OUT!


Rihanna's Remixes

Rihanna will be releasing an album early in 2009. The exact date is set to be January, 27th. The album will be a collection of remixes to her doublt platinum album, Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded. The album will have 12 tracks and I am sure we will be seeing some remixes of "Umbrella". If you're a Rihanna fan make sure you get this and check out the remixes.
-Jay P-

Paris Robbed

Late Thursday night, Paris Hilton's home was robbed. Luckily the heiress was not home at the time of the robber, so no harm came to her. The robber supposidly got away with around $2 Million, worth of jewlery and other items. Reports have said that the robber was able to get in through an unlocked door. I would think Paris has insurance for every single thing stolen so maybe this just taught her a lesson....lock your doors! Especially during the Holiday Season.
-Jay P-


Mamma Mia!....?

Mamma Mia, the film, is doing surprisngly well. The film adaptaion has made $95 Million since its release in the UK box office alone. Worldwide the movie has made $571 Million! Mamma Mia has even topped "Titanic" as the UK's biggest movie since 1998. First Hairspray now Mamma Mia. Twilight who?
-Jay P-

Writing Format

Just wanted to let people know that when I originally started this blog, I had centered the writing and the picture. That was because there was a center button however now, I do not know if blogger changed it, or if my computer is messed up, I do not have a center button. I am going to be experimenting with different ways of posting now because of this. So don't think I am getting lazy or not caring, it is just I am trying new things since there is no more center option. Thanks!
-Jay P-

"Americas Most Wanted" Caught

I'm sure most of you know the story of the murder of John Walsh's son Adam Walsh. If not i'll sum it up quickly for you. On July 27, 1981 Adam Walsh was abducted from a Sears Store. Sixteen days later, unfortuantely his severed head was found around 100 miles away from his home. The rest of his body was never found. The prime suspect was Ottis Toole. Although he confessed twice to the murder, both times he took his confession back. Toole died serving a life sentence for other crimes and he was never charged with the murder of Adam Walsh. The Walsh family began to help missing children and eventually the Missing Children Act of 1982 and the Missing Children Assistance Act of 1984 were created. Today, December 16th 2008, Ottis Toole was officialy identifed as the killer. "The not knowing has been torture...But that journey's over", John Walsh said when he was informed of the good news. The Walsh family has helped many people with their efforts and finally they can have a sense of closure and security.
-Jay P-


I'm Sure Everyone Saw This

I'm sure most of you saw this. Over the weekend President Bush had a shoe thrown at him, not once but twice. Look how helpful the security was, and especially the guy next time. They did...nothing at all. Bush ducked the first one but the second one missed him just by luck. After reading other websites and blogs most people are saying that no one cares because Obama will be president in a month. What do yo think?
-Jay P-


It's A Boy!

30 year old singer Usher, and his wife Tameka have a new addition to the family. Usher and Tameka Raymond's son, Naviyd Ely Raymond was born on Wendsday Dec. 10 at 2:33am. The baby boy weighed 5lbs., 130z. "I'm so proud to be a father by the time I'm 30", usher told PEOPLE in August. Congratulations to Usher and Tameka on their new son.
-Jay P-


KB Toys announced today that they will be going out of business They will begin their going-out-of-business-sales immediately. 277 mall stores will be closed along with 40 KB Toy Work stores and 114 outlet stores. Close to 11,000 employees will be affected by the close. This close to the Holiday Season, it is sad to see so many retailers going out of business.
-Jay P-


Suspect Cleared

The main suspect in the shooting death of Mark Ruffalo's brother, Scott, has been released. Police released 26 year old Shaha Mishaal Adham late Tuesday night. Police had said she was not a murderer and just a witness to the self-inflected shooting of Scott Ruffalo. Scott was only 39 years old when he died. "There will be no criminal filing at this time...", said Adham's attorney, Ronald Richards. I hope that the Ruffalo family can find some peace and security soon.
-Jay P-


Janet Is Not Pregnant

Janet Jackson is not pregnant with her first child says Jermaine Dupri. Rumours that she was pregnant were speculated when she had to cancel most of her tour. Celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton, helped spread these rumors. Jermaine said that she is not pregnant and "... when she gets pregnant everyone will know". Putting the rumors to rest he also said, "Does Perez know that lying destorys the credibility of a blogger?" I said this before with the "Lil Wayne is dead" rumor, please do your research before you start spreading rumors...even if you are a celebrity blogger -no names mentioned- =].
-Jay P-


O.J. Gets Up To 33 Years

Simpson will be going to prison for kidnapping and robber. "I'm sorry", O.J. Simpson said, "I didn't want to hurt anybody, I didn't know I was doing anything wrong", he explained. It ishard to determain his sentence, as no one agrees. The New York times reports 9 years, the washington post says 15. TheLos Angeles Times says 16 and the Wall Street Journal reports 33.
Most say whatever the sentence is, there was no way to have a fair trial after his 1995 trial.
-Jay P-


Case Closed

William Balfour, the main and only suspect in the case concerning the murders of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, has now officially been charged with three counts of first degree murder and home invasion. He is scheduled for a hearing tomorow at noon, central time.
Maybe new the Hudson faimly can get some peace and security.
-Jay P-


Plaxico Burress' Accident..

New York Giants wide reciever, Plaxico Burress, shot himself accidently this weekend. While at a nightclub with teammate, Antonio Pierce, Burress stumbled and a concealed firarm he had was fired and ripped through his leg. According to the paper, Pierce was asked not to call 911, in an attempt to cover up the event. Plaxico Burress may be charged with illagle gun possesion. He did not have a permit to have a concealed weapon in New York. He had a permit for Florida but it expired a in May. Burress will be represented by Benjamin Brafman, the lawyer who represented P. Diddy in his 1999 gun case. Brafman was able to get Diddy a unanimous "not guilty" verdict, lets see what he can do with Burress.
-Jay P-
*Update* A judge set Plaxico's bail for $100,000


You Can Have Whatever You Like

Rapper T.I. was giving the needy people of Atlanta "what ever they liked" on Thursday. T.I volunteered at the biggest Thanksgiving dinner at the Atlanta's Braves home field. He raised close to $100,000 for the event on a radio show. Rapper, Young Jeezy donated $5,000 as well. In a time of economic crisis it is nice to see those who are in no crisis helping out.
-Jay P-


Twilight's, Robert Pattinson Asked To Bite Tyra

Yesterday, Friday November 21st Robert Pattinson, the star of "Twilight", was asked to bite Tyra Banks on the neck. The move "Twilight", has already earned 35,700,000 dollars and was only released yesterday. The book has also been seeing increasing sells, says author Stephanie Meyer. Despite all the hype, the movie has been receiving mixed reviews. I have not seen it yet but, I plan on going soon with some friends. If you've seen it what do you think about it? Email me with your reviews at " Jay_swag93@yahoo.com "
- Jay P -

*Update* Twilight earned this weeks number 1 spot on the box office. Making close to, if not more, than Friday's estimate of $70 million. Stephanie Meyer also said that they will be move forward and make the sequel "New Moon", into a movie as well. 


Aubrey O'Day Is Possibly Going To Have Her Own Show

Video by Hollyscoop

Aubrey O'Day was recently interviewed by Hollyscoop.com, asking if she had any plans on returning to "Making The Band". She says she may be having her own show? Watch, at the end of the video she begins to answer questions with a "possibly" and a "maybe". Perhaps she shared to much information. What do you think, will Aubrey have her own show, airing on MTV?
- Jay P -


R.I.P Total Request Live

Last night, MTV's Total Request Live (TRL), had its final episode. The star studded event was hosted by Carson Daly and Damien Fahey. Beyonce opened the event with a performance of "If I Were a Boy", and "Single Ladies". Some other celebrities attending the finale were, Diddy, Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Kid Rock, Hillary Duff, Smauel L Jackson, Christina Aguilera via Satellite, Eminem via telephone and many more. In addition to these guest appearances Fall Out Boy, 50 Cent, The Backstreet Boys, Ludacris, Nelly, and Snoop Dogg all performed. The show went through some of there favorite moments, including the time the whole show went to Diddy's office.  They also mentioned the top performances, and most iconic music videos. Hips Don't Lie by Shakira, Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson and Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stafani, were some of their favorite performances, just to name a few. The most iconic music videos are as followed:

  • Hey Ya - OutKast
  • Whats My Age Again - Blink 182
  • Yeah - Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
  • Crazy In Love - Beyonce
  • Badwitdaba - Kid Rock
  • Dirty - Christina Aguilera
  • Bye Bye Bye - NSYNC
  • I Want It That Way - The Backstreet Boys
  • Slim Shady - Eminem
  • Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
A great list of songs, for a great final show. Its surprising that Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" was the most iconic video, yet she couldn't show up or even leave a pre-recorded message. Maybe she was busy? In all seriousness though, the show was a good show from beginning to end. The stars, fans, and viewers all had their own tear tear moments, as they remembered different events that were all significant to them. At the end of the show, everyone gathered on stage to give TRL one final goodbye. Carson Daly looked into the camera and asked "Why is this show ending?". I now asks myself that same question. TRL is now over, and with it that last "Music" part of "MTV (Music Television). 
-Jay P-



Just confirmed, T-Pain and Lil' Wayne are going to have their HUGE "T-WAYNE" tour also including the beautiful Keyshia Cole. The tour will be only eight weeks long so be sure to attend at least one of the events because you DO NOT want to miss this. It might just be the hottest 2008 tour with the one and only, Weezy F. Baby and T-Pain. They both had great collaboration hits like 'Got Money' and 'Can't Believe It'. Also Keyshia Cole with her latest single 'Playa Cardz Rite' featuring Tupac.

--K A R E l i E--


History Has Been Made

On November 4th of 2008
There was no campaigning, no debate
Only elections took place on that day
Republican or Democrat? No one could say
The people went to the polls and voted one time
Obama, McCain, the names rang in their mind
The votes kept coming and results did too
Eyes glued to the tv screen, to watch the news
History was made when Obama won the race 
America united and chose him, despite the color of his face
Martin Luther King Jr, went to the mountain top and saw the promise land
And on the other side he saw a strong leader, a powerful man
This man was Obama, but at the time it did seem strange
But in 2008 an African American won, Obama will bring change

I thought I would share a little poem with you that I wrote about elections last night. I hope you like it, and I understand that not all of you support Obama and that is okay. We are all entitled to our own opinions.  Either way I hope our Country can unite and see that Obama may be able to bring the change that this Country needs.
--Jay P--


New Trio?

On Friday, November 14th, Danity Kane will be performing at the Jet Mirage night club in Las Vegas. I guess we can call them Danity Kane still, we'll just have to wait and see if they sound the same. Maybe this is the right direction for the group who knows? We'll have to wait and hear how they sound as a trio. I have to admit, after watching making the band since the forming of Danity Kane, it doesn't seem right to have them perform without Aubrey and
 D. Woods. Some Good news to come out of it is that Shannon is going to be in it so her "break" must be over and not a permanent thing. Lets just wait and find out how things go for the group. If i can find a video of them, after they perform I will try to post it so everyone can hear them. I wonder what songs they will do? Email me with your thoughts on this at Jay_Swag93@yahoo.com
--Jay P--

I'm sure most of you have heard the RUMORS that rapper, Lil Wayne was shot multiple times and killed over this weekend. I thought I should do a quick post to let everyone know this is absolutely false! Lil Wayne is still alive everybody... Please do your research before you start spreading rumors.
--Jayy P--


Def Jam Executive Dies

The Def Jam executive Shakir Stewart, who had taken over Jay Z's place as Vice President died this weekend. Shakir, who was only 34 years old, was found in the bathroom of his Atlanta home with what is believed to be a self inflicted gunshot wound. Police will not disclose information regarding who found Shakir. Shakir signed such artist as, Rick Ross and Young Jeezey to the Def Jam label. He was also the Co-producer of the BET show "Brother to Brother"
R.I.P Shakir Stewart.
--Jay P--

She's Made A Comeback

Britney Spears may have went away for a while but is she back? Her single "Womanizer" has made it to the top 5 on billboards top 100. She has a new album coming out (pictured above), and is supposed to be performing her new single on Simon Cowells show, The X Factor. Do you think Britney Spears' come back is going to last? Or is it just temporary? Email me your thoughts on this, as well as what you think about her new single "Womanizer". Jay_swag93@yahoo.com
--Jay P--


More Drama For Danity Kane?

Everyone knows that Diddy recently decided to let go Aubrey and D woods from the group Danity Kane. Fans were in shock, the group was torn and  did not know what to do. Now, Shannon Bex, who was not happy with Diddy's decision to begin with, is belived to be taking a break from the group to deal with "personal and buisness matters". That leaves only two active members of Danity Kane. Is this group going to be able to last or is it all over for them? Fans hope for the best and that Shannon's break will only be that and not turn into anything perminant. With a new season of Making the Band belived to be airing sometime in 2009 anything is possible and fans will have to wait and see what the future holds for Danity Kane.
--Jay P--

Vote on Election Day

Election day is right around the corner. On Tuesday, November 4th 2008 You have the chance to make a difference. Are you going to take that chance, that privilege? Are you going to sit back and think your vote doesn't matter? The choice is up to you but remember, with America in an economic crisis your vote could help America rise up above all the economic troubles. If you are not old enough to vote, make sure one of, or both of your parents plan on voting. 
Get out there on November 4th and let your voice be heard.
Obama or McCain, I know who I want. Do you?
--Jay P--


Phillies Are World Champions

The Phillies have just won their second championship title. The Phillies beat the Rays 4-3. Phillies fans all around are ecstatic. This is the first time they have won since 1980 breaking a 28 year long curse and being the first Philadelphia team to win a championship since the Sixers won in 1983. The game began on Monday but was put on hold due to a rain delay. The game, which was originally scheduled to be finished on Tuesday was rained out and was finally played today starting at 8:37. Congratulations to both teams for making it so far but most importantly Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies

--Jay P--


Only Ten Years For MTV's TRL?

MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) aired straight from the MTV studios in Time Square of New York is coming to an end this November 2008, after ten exciting years of music entertainment. It was announced on September 15th, 2008 that the MTV show would be cancelled. The show features a daily top ten chart of the newest and most requested music videos by the viewer's votes, downloads, streams, ringtones, and radio airplay. It also includes celebrity interviews, musical performance, and news updates. Most viewers will be upset, but hopes for more useful musical entertainment shows are to be aired soon.
---K A R E l i E---

Phillies Fans Must Wait Even Longer

The World Series will be put on hold another day, due to inclement 
weather conditions. It has been confirmed that the game will continue 
Wednesday, October 29th at 8:37PM, but, whether or not the two teams 
actually play is in the hands of MLB commissioner, Bud Selig.
 Selig stated that he would like to get this game 
rolling, and finished. Sadly, Phillies fans will have to wait just 
another day to determine if their team will be World Series Champions
and put their twenty-five year wait to rest.  - For more information, 
--Sent by a guest blogger-
--Approved by Jay P--


Jennifer Hudson Tragedy *Update*

The body of a young boy was found today. Police believe this to be the body of Jennifer Hudson's 7 year old nephew,  Julian King.
According to TMZ Jennifer Hudson is going to ID the body.
I ask that you continue to keep the Hudson family in your prayers, especially now more then ever
--Jay P--

Unfortunately the body has been confirmed to be Julian King, the 7 year old nephew of Jennifer Hudson. I don't know what to say, this is so sad and I send my sympathy to the whole Family
--Jay P--



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