Chace Can Sing and Dance?

Gossip Girl star, Chace Crawford, will be attempting to take Zac Efron's place in the Footloose film. Earlier, I told you that Efron had decided he was tired of doing musicals and wanted to do more serious films, resulting in his dropping out from Footloose. Chace Crawford tried out for the part of Ren McCormack and apparently he did good? We'll just have to wait and see if the drama-filled actor can step into musicals. What do you think about all this? Johnpanichella@jayswag.com
-Jay P-

The "Queen's" Getting Sued!

Apparently, Queen Latifah has been cheap and now she is getting sued! Susan Moses and Roxane Floyd both filed suits yesterday. Together, they totaled over $1 million. Moses stated that in 2005 Latifah promised her a $50,000 a year salary. Moses now says that Latifah owes her $300,000! Roxane says she is owed close to $700,000. All Latifah's spokes woman had to say was that the suits were "without merit." Better pay up!
-Jay P-


New "New Moon"

About a month ago we heard that Dakota Fanning would be joining the cast of New Moon, sequel to the hit movie Twilight. Well, continuing our coverage the Stephanie Meyer series, Jamie Campbell-Bower will now be joining Dakota and the rest of the cast. He will play Caius, the leader of the Volturi(A group of vampires located in Italy). He stated that he knew who else was a member of the cast but that he could not share the information. He did say, "But go online and have a look at the rumors. They're all wrong." How do you feel about him joining? What do you think would be the perfect cast for New Moon. Email me, johnpanichella@jayswag.com
-Jay P-


Robert Pattinson Doesn't Stink

I am sure that almost everyone has heard the rumors that Robert Pattinson has an...odor to him? Well, in a recent interview, Robert Pattinson has laid those rumors to rest. When asked about the recent statement saying that the cast of New Moon said he smelled he said "I haven't even been on the set yet!" He also stated, later in the interview, that he does in fact shower! I had heard about his "stinky" problems a lot but I did not know if it was true or not. Now everyone can know the truth, Robert Pattinson does not stink and he does believe in hygiene! What's more shocking to me is that I recently contacted his agents and they said he would be "unavailable for press...in the foreseeable future." I guess they couldn't see ahead a couple of days?
-Jay P-


Next Big Star?

Last night on American Idol, Adam Lambert proved he could be the next big star. Moving away from his usual rock image and style he sang a slow, soft song. If you don't watch American Idol you still need to look him up on youtube. He has one of the largest ranges I've heard on American Idol ever. Last night was Motown week on the show and he sang "Tracks of My Tears," by Smokey Robinson. He hit notes that most guy singers can't hit when they are ten. If you look at his earlier performances he is also able to sing well in his chest voice too. So is Adam Lambert going to be a huge star? Or is it going to be Danny Gokey?
-Jay P-


Anne Hathaway Set To Be Judy Garland

That's right! Anne Hathaway will most likely portray the legend that is Judy Garland. Hathaway is set to do so not only in the film but also in the Broadway adaptation of Garlands life. Hathaway has some big shoes to fill but many people are already speculating that she can do it. Some are even saying how good of a singer she is. We will have to wait and see how Hathaway portrays Garland!
-Jay P-


Zac Is A Quitter

I'm not sure if you heard, but there is a remake of "Footloose" in the works right now, starring none other than Zac Efron...who? Zac Efron was set to star in the film and was even offered more than a million dollars. Apparently he has become "tired" of the musicals and has decided he does not want to be a part of "Footloose" anymore. He is just getting tired of musicals...I would've been tired of them as soon as High School Musical began filming! So what happens to High School Musical 4?
-Jay P-

More Newlyweds!

Singer and songwriter, Natasha Bedingfield, was recently married to Matthew Robinson. The two had a ceremony in Malibu, California, sometime on Saturday. There were supposidly close to, or over 150 guest and she was said to be wearing a Vera Wang dress. Congratulations and good luck to the two of them!

-Jay P-

Ickit! Thats Crazy!

So a month or two ago rapper, M.I.A. posted a blog saying that her baby was not named "Ickit," She said,"MY BABY IS NOT CALLED ICKITT, PICKIT OR LICKIT THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO ALL THE HOLLYWOOD PRESS. HES A BABY , HE DON'T NEED PRESS!" Now the baby's name has become public and she did not lie. Her child's name is not Ickit...its Ikhyd.Looks like everyone was way off...
-Jay P-


Exclusive D. Woods Interview

I was recently lucky enough to conduct an interview with D. Woods, former member of the platinum pop group, Danity Kane and now a solo artist. I have listened to some her music and it is great, you need to check it out! I will put her Myspace link at the end of the interview!

I want to focus on your new career path but first, is Danity Kane officially over and would you be interested in a possible reunion?
I can only speak on my status with the group and as everyone witnessed on Making the Band, I was told I was not wanted in the group any longer.
Do you keep in touch with any of the members of Danity Kane and how are relationships with them if you do?
My relationships with my former group members are the same as they were while I was in the group.

This will be the last question regarding Danity Kane. Dawn stated her opinion on Making the Band 4, of why Danity Kane ended. What do you
personally think the problem was?
There were many problems beginning from the very start of the group being formed. There was no real foundation and organization for the group's success put in place, and although we were able to achieve success in spite of the many hurdles and booby traps it wasn't enough to ensure longevity. The intentions of the company also played a big role. It was a long-standing decision to work on Dawn's solo project however it wasn't handled or presented in the best way. That only added to the tension and deterioration of trust amongst us five; divide and conquer tactics.

I listened to your new song "On My Side" and I think it's hot! How do you like working solo and how are things going?

Things are better than ever! It’s a great feeling to be able to create and be appreciated for my talent. It's something I’ve been missing for the last 2 albums. I'm collaborating with some great producers. Soundz is the producer of this particular song "On My Side". It's fun again and that energy always provides a platform for the best material to come out
How would you describe the "new" D. Woods to someone who has never heard you before?

I would say the D.Woods audiences will see she has always been in existence, however, whether you know who I am or not you will be enlightened and see something you never knew was there. I was only able express myself and my personality through my hair cut and my sneakers, but I am pushing the envelope now with the music I am creating and I am very performance driven. The music will automatically paint a picture in your head and when I perform you'll see that picture come to life.

If you could collaborate with any other artist who would you choose and why?

I have a grocery list of people with ideas for each of them, but my top two are Andre 3000 and Pink! Why? It's pretty obvious don't you think
What are your new goals and how are you planning to achieve them?
My main goal is to continue to put material out in the atmosphere and inspire audiences, hopefully expand my audience and look cute while doing it, lol! I am also going on castings for television and film projects, as well as continue to perform and grow on stage.
Who are your biggest inspirations and what is your favorite song right now?

My mother is a huge influence. I get my drive from her and other things (if you get what I mean, lol). But I can pull inspiration from all kinds of sources, I watch "Pursuit of Happyness" with Will Smith and I'm inspired to never give up. I go to a club and see some people in a dance battle and I'm ready to jump in, I see one of my favorite artists, Janet Jackson, and she is gracious enough to speak to me and give me advice and you cant imagine what that does for me. I must say my favorite two songs of 2009 so far are "Prom Queen" by Lil Wayne and co-written by my Girls Club partner Shanell! and Jamie Foxx's "Blame It on the Alcohol"

There are many factors that need to be considered when being a successful musician such as tone, originality, style and even fans. In your experience, what do you think important is and how has it affected your career?
I feel all that is important, but confidence is the most crucial. There are sooooo many haters and so many opinions; if you don't have a sense of self you'll be searching for what’s right and changing your mind and direction with each comment on the blog sites. How do you build confidence? By knowing. And how will one know unless they work on all the things you mentioned that are a factor in an artists' craft. After I do the work I know I need I'm confident to go out and get a team in place who believes in me and together we take my career to the next level.
Being an accomplished musician yourself, what advice can you give to those who want to break into the music industry?

I would just say refer back to my last comment. Especially as a new artist, you must do the ground work before anything can happen. You don't want to get to be in this industry without a good foundation.


Hope you enjoyed the interview. Thanks D. Woods!

-Jay P-

Kanye Has Some Problems

Rapper Kanye West has been charged with not one, not two, but three crimes! The criminal misdemeanors are vandalism, battery and grand theft, all relating to the "camera incident," a few months ago. TMZ.com reports that there camera was also broken in the incident and that "Kanye is charged with breaking the flash accessory to the still camera." Kanye's manager, Dan Crowley, has also been charged with breaking a camera. Both men are scheduled to go to court some time in April. If found guilty on all counts, Kanye may be looking at two and a half years in prison while his manager may get five years! 
-Jay P-



Last month, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen got married in a very secret wedding on Los Angeles. They had a nice Catholic ceremony somewhere in Santa Monica where only close friends and family attended. Now, there are reports stating that the couple will be married...again. Yes, again! The two are believed to be married, for a second time, in Costa Rica with a guest list of more than fifty. I guess one wedding just wasn't enough!
-Jay P-


"One," Music Video Released

Above is the new video for Fat Joe's new song "One." Thoughts? Email me at johnpanichella@jayswag.com
-Jay P-

More Movie Remakes?

It seems that within the past couple of months there have been so many remakes of movies. Well now, more rumors have surfaced for a remake of "The Bodyguard," now starring...Rihanna? There are also rumors of Channing Tatum taking role of the bodyguard. Other sites have already begun talking about how they do not believe it, however with the slew of remakes that have been coming out I wouldn't be surprised if this is true! If true, do you think Rihanna can fill Whitney Houston's shoes? We'll all just have to wait and see. By the way...since when did Rihanna start acting?
-Jay P-


It's A Boy...Two!

Last night, Saturday, Charlie and Brooke Sheen welcomed two more children into their life. Brooke gave birth to two twins, Bob and Max. In total, Charlie now has five children, three with his ex-wife Denise. Congratulations to Charlie and Brooke on their new editions to the family!
-Jay P-


No Duet?

Earlier this month, we heard that Rihanna and Chris Brown were recording a duet together. This is not completely true. Chris was in the studio last week, but not with Rihanna. He was also not with the same producer previously stated. The producer, who even provided us with details of "playful touching," now says that she was referring to a song Rihanna previously recorded. So I guess this means that we will not be hearing a hot new duet from Chris and Rihanna, Who knows?People need to get their lies straight!
-Jay P-


Jackson Sold Out!

Michael Jackson is still the King of Pop! All 50 of his shows scheduled at London's O2 Arena are already completely sold out! Die hard fans even camped out inline. All together, one million tickets sold in a little over a few hours! If you still want to go, you can get tickets on ebay for anywhere up to...$14,000. Good luck with that.
-Jay P-


America Voted...

...And got it wrong! Last night on American Idol, Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nunez!? I know that they weren't the best singers on the show but there was definitely people worse than them! I don't know what you guys were thinking. Why couldn't we vote off Anoop and Kris? Lets try for that next week! At this rate Adam and Danny are going to be voted off too!
-Jay P-

Imma Put It On Her

Check out Day 26's new single from their new album "Forever In A Day." The song is called "Imma Put It On Her" and features Young Joc and Diddy. Sounds good Day 26!
-Jay P-

Tweet Tweet!

Tweet Tweet! Thats right, I will now be twittering! Make sure you find me on twitter and add the Jay Swag RIGHT HERE. Last week we told you that Jay Swag was on Myspace, which if you did not add that, you should! CLICK HERE to add the official Jay Swag Myspace! Do you have a favorite social networking site? Email me and let me know and I will make a Jay Swag account just for you!
-Jay P-


Idol Faces Unlucky 13 Problems

Last week on American Idol the judged were faced with a tough elimination during the wild card round. In the end they chose to make it a Top 13 this year instead of a Top 12. I guess what the judges did not know is that American Idol only owns 12 numbers, 1-866-IDOLS-01 through IDOLS-12. Another company already owns the number 1-866-IDOLS-13. So will Anoop Desai be the unlucky 13 and if not him than who? What number will America have to call-in to vote for them? Tune in to American Idol tonight on Fox to find out.
-Jay P-


My Love Video

Just wanted to share the new "My Love" video by Mariah Carey and The Dream!
-Jay P-

Amy Winehouse Banned

Amy Winehouse has been denied a work visa by U.S. authorities. She is now unable to perform at the Coachella Festival next month. One of her reps said that Wine house could not attend due to "current legal issues." This decision will surely set Winehouse back a couple steps but she will move forward...and then a couple steps back.
-Jay P-


Dakota Fanning Officially Joins New Moon!

Dakota Fanning has officially joined the cast of "New Moon." She will play Jane in the sequel to the hit movie "Twilight." The cast and director surely seem to be excited based on the announcement above, but are you? Email me if you are happy,disappointed or whatever your thoughts are. Johnpanichella@jayswag.com.
-Jay P-



I'm just here to put another rumor to rest! If you didn't hear this one, there was a rumor going around that M.I.A. named her baby...Ickitt? Well she just confirmed that this is false. On her official blog she writes,
"My baby is not called Ickitt, Pickit, or Lickit. Thank you very much to all the Hollywood press. Hes a baby, he don't need press! I didn't release the baby name because I didn't think it was news!!!! But I will be back with something news worth soon, till then go pick on apple, satchel and moon unit. Lots of love Stickit!!"
-Jay P-


Most Talented Week In Idol

Last week I tried to guess the top three but I don't know what you guys were doing! You voted Kris Allen through? Sure he can sing but Mishavonna deserved a spot over him. This week was ten times harder. Almost every single contestant was incredible! I narrowed it down to the top three above however Jorge may not make it. I will be highly disappointed if Lil Rounds and Felicia do not make it through. Lil Rounds is the one to watch for in this competition! This was by far the most talented week in Idol. Make sure you watch and check back to see if I got it right this time!
-Jay P-


Real Chance of Love...SEASON TWO!

Real and Chance, the two brothers who came together on VH1 to find love on the reality show, I Love New York 2, are back. At the end of I Love New York 2 neither of them won. After a while they began their own reality show on VH1 called, Real Chance of Love. When the first season concluded, Chance, the younger brother, did not choose a women who he felt had a strong enough love for him but on the other hand his older brother, Real picked his contestant, Cornfed. After a while Real and Cornfed's love faded and now Real and Chance are back, ready and single for another...Real Chance of Love season 2.
-K A R E L i E-

Just When You Thought It Was Over

Just wanted to let you know that there will be a High School Musical 4... I thought it was supposed to be over after the third one was so great. I guess we're just going to have to go through another movie of Zac Efron singing. I'm sure some people will be happy but I think enough is enough. In case you actually are interested, HSM4 will go back to premiering on the Disney Channel...I wonder why? I guess their huge success in theaters just wasn't good enough for them.
-Jay P-

I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!

Paula Abdul is being sued by a woman who fell walking down a drive way. The woman fell during a taping of reality show "Hey Paula." According to the law suit she filed she says that the property was "...in a dangerous and defective condition." Jill Kohl, the victim, will also be suing Bravo Television, NBC Universal and more, for a total of more than $25,000! It sounds like Paula had nothing to do with it and that Jill just got lucky that there was a celebrity in the area. If there wasn't no body would even know she fell. -Jay P-


Add Jay Swag!

I promised I would let you know when the Jay Swag myspace, and facebook would be up and online. The myspace is now up and ready, the facebook will be up at a later time. What are you waiting for? CLICK HERE FOR OUR MYSPACE Make sure you put us on your top too!

-Jay P-