Cindy Chang - America's Got Talent

Last night on America's Got Talent there was a great performance by 42-year-old Cindy Chang. She is an unemployed housewife who always wanted to be a singer, but she was discouraged to do so by her own parents. Now, I'm not a fan of opera at all, but that does not mean that I should not recognize talent when it is necessary. It was so nice to hear her sing so purely and from her heart. You can tell that this is not just something she is doing for money, but rather she is trying to live out her dream. I think that there is also a great message in her story, and that message is to not let anyone stop you from following your dreams. Even if your own parents say that you are not good enough, you should go for it anyway. Never let anyone stop you. Great job Cindy!
-Jay P-


Dawn Richard Interview

Hey guys! Check out my exclusive interview with Dawn Richard of Diddy-Dirty Money! I saw her at the Super Jam 2 concert in Philly and knew right away I had to interview her. I contacted her management and got the interview set up. See what's going on in her life!

1. First, I'd like to say that I have been a fan of yours since Making the Band 3, and I'm sure many of your current fans have been too! Before the show, had you been pursuing a career in music? How did it all start for you, as far as being interested in becoming a performer?
"Yes.. I was a solo artist and had released an EP locally. My father is a musician and was well known in New Orleans, he managed me and together we did gigs all around the south. I opened up for Anthony Hamilton for a Ladies tour he was doing in New Orleans. It was nothing but women. Lol. My dad said if you can get them to rock with you then we got something. I got a standing ovation that night. That's when we knew!"
2. A lot of my readers had been asking me about you and Que. Are you to still together? Is it hard to stay together since you both must have to travel so much?
"Music is my husband right now.. Lol .. And there can't be any cheating going on!"
3. I was on your blog the other day (DawnRichardBlog.com) and you have such a cool, yet unique, sense of fashion. What do you think inspires you the most in that field?
"I think there is a freedom in fashion I appreciate. I'm inspired by story told in clothes. There is a statement always being aid without saying a word. Colors ,texture, pattern are the voice. I love that"
4. What has it been like working with Diddy and Kalenna?
5. "A Tell-Tale Heart" is amazing! I love every song on there, especially "These Tears" "Vibrate" and "Me Myself and Y." What was it like recording the mixtape, and when can we expect a full solo album?
"It was liberating. I had a lot on my mind and heart and wanted to share..the solo album is coming this fall..I'm calling it "HeartMusic" ...'
6. Can you tell us a little bit about the current projects that you are working on?
"My album coming is a story of self discovery.. Which I think everyone can relate to.. I'm working on a jewelry line, writing for other artist as well."
7. If you could work with any artists out there right now, who would you choose and why?
"Adele, Florence W., Sleigh Bells, and Peaches"
8. Whenever I'm on Twitter, there's always a tweet from you, or a fans tweet that you're re-tweeting. I really respect that you are so connected to your fans. Some artists never seem to find the time to talk with their fans. What makes you want to keep connected so much, and what would you like to say to your fans who are reading this interview?
"They are the stars to me. I'm a fan of there rise from struggle. They deserve the love!!"
9. I have to mention this! I saw you performing at the 100.3 the Beat Super Jam 2 in Philly and you were amazing! You really were enjoying yourself on stage, and the crowd was definitely loving all of you. What does it feel like to have thousands of fans screaming and cheering for you?
"It is better than any drug, food, etc. It is the most humbling and fulfilling experience."
10. That was the last question, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any last thoughts or comments?
"Thank you for giving me an opportunity! Connect with me on twitter @dawnrichard and www.dawnrichardblog.com"
-Jay P-

Marvin's Room Video

Drake just released the music video for Marvin's Room. The song came out about two weeks ago, and since then has been huge all over the Internet. On my Twitter feed I see at least 50 tweets about the song every day. On top of all the talk surrounding the hit, every single recording artist in the industry right now covered it. Artists like Jojo, Chris Brown, Romeo, and Teyana Taylor of all done their own version of the song. The video is pretty cool actually, and I am a huge Drake fan. He has definitely been doing his thing lately and one of my favorite artists at the moment. Let me know what you think!
-Jay P-


BET Fashion Recap

SO last night was the BET Awards and wow were there some hits and misses. On the red carpet it was almost like everyone heard about it last minute and showed up wearing whatever.

Cases In Point:

Nicki, where's the glam? You know its hot outside? Your typical barely there outfits would be fine!

No one would stop talking about Keri Hilson's...hair? Wig? Whatever it is...her outfit is just okay and she TRIED to color-block with the necklace but it was an unsuccessful attempt.

Worst of the worst had to be Rick Ross...who wasn't really wearing anything. I'm sorry you had to see that...again

And Chris Browns pants. Chris had a night of ups and downs, and the mix up at the end was really messed up! BET should be ashamed of themselves. But none the less, I still have no excuse for any of Chris' wardrobe.


Lala Vasquez Looks great in Tom Ford, I just wish her hair is in a high pony tail instead of this bun thing.

Eve also looked great rocking all leather, and it seems a lot of other females rocked this similar look, all black with a baroque inspired necklace.

I couldn't round out best dressed without a pic of Diggy. Not only did he rock his look on the carpet, but he also rocked his performance!

On the stage Kelly Rowland had the best performance in my opinion. (Besides Beyonce, but Bey was in Glastonbury). I just wish she didn't wear that hat.

I still question the styling choices of both of these outfits, but it seems to be their signature. They are cute and a custom MCM jacket will always rock. Mode Creation Munich is one of my favorite brands so I totally have a bias.

(PictureGroup Courtesy of BET Networks)

Kelly Rowland's BET Awards Performance

Last night I watched the 2011 BET Awards and honestly, I wasn't very impressed. Of course there were some good moments, but I just feel like last year the overall show was so much better. Not to mention everything seemed to be a little sloppy this year. I don't know if they ran out of time to practice or what happened, but there were just times when I was like "What's going on...". I will say though, Kelly Rowland's performance of Motivation was amazing! She definitely gave the best performance of the night and I'm not the only one who thinks so! Tons of celebrities took to Twitter to give Kelly a shout out. Brandy tweeted "Kelly Rowland just F'in MURDERED the BET Awards. So proud of you gal :) Trey fall back on the neck piece though playa..lol". Michelle Williams, former member of Destiny's Child tweeted from the audience and said "Amen! Go go go go Kelly Rowland ! Okay bye!". And the tweets just kept pouring in from stars like Monica, Sean Garrett, Nelly, Missy Elliot and many more. Nice job Kelly! You gave an amazing and sexy performance. Also, congratulations to all the winners.
-Jay P-


Lady Gaga & Her Crazy Eyes

Lady Gaga just won't let up when it comes to her weird and crazy fashion sense. On Saturday, June 25th, Lady Gaga was at the MTV Video Music Aid Japan. When she spoke she kept her eyes close the whole time in order to reveal her make up, which gave the appearance of two very large eyes. I'm not going to lie, it does look cool, but when will Gaga run out of ideas! I think it'd be more interesting to see her in normal clothes, rather than some extreme over the top outfit. Maybe just once she can wear something normal. What do you think? Are you tired of Gaga's crazy outfits or do you love them?
-Jay P-


Video Q&A With Karelie !

Sorry it's so late guys! Here's the video Q&A I promised you. I had my cousin Karelie Nogueras come in the video to help me out! 


Love You Like A Love Song - Selena Gomez & The Scene

Selena Gomez & The Scene just released their new music video for Love You Like A Love Song. I'm not usually a big fan of these Disney singers, but for some reason I always seem to forget that Selena was even a member of Disney. She really grew out of it well and she's making a name for herself outside of Disney. She has a new movie coming out and she's doing so well with her music career, and honestly I find this song to be extremely catchy. The video is pretty cool too! Let me know what you think.
-Jay P- 


Carry Me Home - Kait Weston

I can't tell you how much I love this! Check out friend of Jay Swag, Kait Weston's, first original song! It's titled Carry Me Home and it even has an awesome music video to go along with it. I'm sure there's going to be big things coming Kait's way in the near future. Comment, rate, and subscribe to her channel, and be sure to tell all your friends to check it out!
-Jay P-

Sean Kingston Released From Hospital

Singer Sean Kingston has finally been released from Jackson Memorial Hospital. Kingston was hospitalized over Memorial Day Weekend due to a jet-ski accident. He tweeted the above photo a few days ago, along with saying "Feeling alot better! GOD IS GREAT! Thanks for all the prayers and support! Love you ALL!" Kingston suffered from a broken jaw, water in his lungs, and a fractured wrist. It's good to know that he's feeling better! Hopefully he'll be more careful next time.
-Jay P- 


Mary J Blige and Nicki Minaj - Feel Inside

Check out what is reported to be Mary J Blige's new single, Feel Inside, featuring the amazing Nicki Minaj! There is no greater feeling than waking up in the morning to find out about a new Nicki Minaj song. I love the song and these two seem to work great together. Sources are stating that Feel Inside will officially be released on Mary J's upcoming album, "My Life 2: The Journey Continues." I'm not sure how long this song will be up before it's removed so make sure you listen to it as soon as you can!
-Jay P-


Nicki Minaj and Britney Spears Not Getting Along

Nicki Minaj and Britney Spears may be touring together on the Femme Fatale Tour, but that doesn't mean that the two are best friends! According to a member of Nicki Minaj's camp, the two artists had it out the other night after their show. Apparently, Britney has been getting annoyed that Nicki is going over her allotted time for her set, and it is cutting into Spears' time. She let it slide when it went over only 10min, but sources are stating that the other night Nicki Minaj was on stage for 45 more minutes than she was allowed. MediaTakeOut.com is reporting that Britney and some of her dancers approached Minaj at her dressing room and were acting like they were going to do something. When Nicki walked out she just looked at them, laughed, and then went back into her room. Hopefully they can get along for the remainder of the tour, especially considering the fact that Nicki Minaj could destroy Britney Spears if she wanted.
-Jay P-

MuchMusic Video Awards

  (Reuters/Fred Thornhill)

Check out some photos from the MuchMusic Video Awards, that also took place last night. I was able to watch a taping of it this morning and it looked pretty cool! I really hope that I can attend next year, and if I knew about them earlier this year I would've definitely applied for press passes. Some celebrites that either made an appearance or performed were, Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars, Fefe Dobson, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Nina Dobrev, and many others. Gaga's performances of Edge of Glory, and Born This Way were both amazing. If you watched, what did you think of the show? Check out some more photos below.

(Reuters/Mike Cassese)

(Reuters/Mike Cassese)

-Jay P-

Super Jam 2

Last night was 100.3 The Beat's Super Jam 2 concert and I was in attendance thanks to Boogie D of 100.3 for hooking me up with free tickets! The concert began at 4pm with a pre-show starring Ace Hood and Olivia! Both gave amazing performances. When the main show began, Jeremih opened it up with Imma Star. The crowd showed him lots of love during his set.  Other performed included Lloyd, Travis Porter, Wiz Khalifa, Diddy Dirty Money, Chris Brown, and Meek Mill. Chris Brown's set was awesome, and he did some throw backs as well as his current hits. I'm convinced that you could hear Look At Me Now all through the Tri-State area, considering the whole crowd screamed the lyrics at the top of their lungs. Of course, the ladies were thrilled when the music for Take You Down began playing. Diddy, in my opinion, gave the best performance. He started off cycling through some of his old hits, and getting the crowd pumped. He took us back to Biggie, performed some of his solo songs, and then brought us to the present by bringing out Dawn and Kalenna, who both looked beautiful. He had the whole crowd out of their seats, dancing, laughing, crying, and just having an amazing time. After his set I would definitely go to a Diddy Dirty Money show. A majority of the audience was from Philly, so when Meek Mill took the stage, the crowd let out a huge cheer for the Philly native. His set was also great and his energy was on point. At the end of his performance, 100.3 The Beat congratulated him for signing with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. Overall the show was amazing and I'd like to thank Boogie D and everyone at 100.3 The Beat for not only providing me with free tickets, but with an awesome show!
-Jay P-


More Drama for Chris Brown

Chris Brown is at it again. Recently, the R&B singer got into an argument over Twitter with Franc Ocean from Odd Future.  It all started with Chris Brown tweeting "I f*** wit Frank Ocean! Reminds me of a young version of James Fauntleroy or Kevin Cossum". Frank Ocean then tweeted back by saying "I f***s with Chris Brown, reminds me of a young Sisqo or Ike Turner". Chris Brown wasn't having any of that, so he took to Twitter and tweeted the posts that you see in the picture. Frank Ocean then got back up from Odd Future captain, Tyler the Creator, and the two verbally attacked Chris Brown. Now, people are saying that Chris is getting into too much drama, but clearly this was started by Odd Future, who was way out of line. Chris Brown was just trying to compliment Frank Ocean. Odd Future, it's sad that you feel like you have to start a Twitter war with an A-list celebrity just to get known. Do it the old fashion way and work until you get more recognition. 
-Jay P- 


Summer 2011

Well it's been a while since I've done one of these posts about my life. I wanted to do one yesterday but I was waiting for some of my friends to send me pictures to use. Anyway, yesterday was my last day of my junior year in high school. It's crazy how fast time is going by. I literally remember walking through freshmen hallway and feeling so lost and out of place. It's hard to believe that after this summer I'm going to be entering my last year of high school. As much as I complain about school (and trust me if you follow me on Twitter, you know I complain a lot) I'm honestly going to be sad to leave. I've met some awesome people and made some great memories.  This year was a great year for me, and I can honestly say I matured and grew up in to a better version of myself. Now that summer is here I'm going to be working so hard on Jay Swag. I can't wait to see what I can accomplish this summer and I really hope you all are looking forward to it! Here are some pictures from my last days of school. You'll probably recognize Nicole and Dan, but the rest are also some of my closest friends.

-Jay P- 

New Degrassi Promo !

It's no surprise that Degrassi is one of the few non reality shows that I watch religiously, and after seeing this new promo I cannot express how excited I am for the new season! The previous trailers have all been great, but this one is making it so much more difficult for me to wait! I'll be in Canada when the new episodes premier so hopefully I'll be able to figure out what channel to watch it on. Of course, I'll definitely be setting my DVR here at home to record the episodes. Let me know what you think of the new trailer, and be sure to watch on July 18th!
-Jay P- 

Chris Brown Ft Justin Bieber - Next 2 You

Check out the brand new music video for Next 2 You by Chris Brown ft Justin Bieber. The two released the video on Thursday, which tells the story of Chris Brown's love interest being in danger as an explosion takes place. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber deals with the fact that his love interests' father doesn't want the two to see each other again. Overall it is a good song and video, however it's just a little too long for my liking. Lady Gaga is the only current artists in my opinion that can pull off having a video longer than four minutes.
-Jay P-


New Music: Skylar Grey - Invisible

Check out singer/songwriter Skylar Grey's brand new single off her debut album of the same name, Invisible. Ever since her performance at the Grammy's I have been obsessed with her voice! She is so talented and I love her style and tone. I think this is a great debut single and I cannot wait to hear the rest of her album. I'm really working on getting an interview with her because I feel like there is so much more to her that we do not know! Anyway, let me know what you think of Invisible.
-Jay P- 


Dexter Isaac Says He Killed Tupac

On the eve of what would have been Tupac Shakur's 40th birthday, a man named Dexter Isaac has admitted that he is the one who shot Tupac. He claims that he was paid $2,500 by James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond. He released this statement to AllHipHop.com;

"In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2pac Shakur at the Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Cynthia Reid. I still have as proof, the chain that we took that night in the robbery."

Isaac continues to say that he is coming out now because he wants to provide closure to both Tupac and Biggie's families. He also accused Diddy and Rosemond of two people who are trying to act as though they are completely innocent. This is definitely one of the biggest stories to break in a while, but if you ask me there's a lot more information that we're not hearing. You don't just solve one of the biggest mysteries in the entertainment industry in quick statement. It should be interesting to see what happens next. I'll be following this story for you and I'll keep you all posted!
-Jay P- 


Kelly Rowland - Lay It On Me

Another one of Kelly Rowland's tracks leaked today! Check it out above. It's titled Lay It On Me and is featuring Big Sean. I'm really starting to like Big Sean a lot more than I used to. His style and flow are both great! Some people are even saying that he's better than Wayne. Whatever your opinion may be, let me know what you think about this new song. I personally think it's pretty good and it's nice to see Kelly Rowland getting back into the swing of things. If this is as big of a hit as Motivation than I'm sure we can expect to hear a lot more from her in the near future! I'm not sure how long this video will be up so try to check it out as soon as you can.
-Jay P-

Rashard Lewis Says Rumors Are False

So I Know Jay Swag is geared towards entertainment news but a little news from the sports world can’t hurt too much. What’s special about this story you ask, well it is an off the court affair, literally! So according to Qui West, hip-hop DJ for 97.9 FM “The Box” in Houston, "a very reliable source" in Orlando, Florida told him that Lebron James’s long-time girlfriend Savannah Brinson had slept with former Orlando magic player Rashard Lewis. This, coming out during Lebron’s second finals appearance. Lewis has denied that he had sexual relations with Brinson and he stated that he never even met Lebron’s girlfriend. When West asked Lewis about it on the radio, Lewis answered, "I have no idea… That’s what I’m trying to figure out. ... Now I come home and I hear the same rumors. ... Those rumors are 100 percent false. They’re not true. I don’t know how they came up." Many speculate that the rumor was made up by “Hello Beautiful,” a blog owned by Radio One; who, West has also said, owns “The Box.” To be honest, I believe this story to be a made up radio rumor to pull in some listeners, but it is a little bit of a coincidence that Lebron has been a ghost in the 4th quarter of every finals game. This also has been Lebron’s worst statistical playoff series ever and he also had his worst game ever in game 4 where he only scored 8 points. The similarities between this event, and last year, when his own teammate, Delonte West, had apparently become involved with Lebron's Mother, causing him to choke in game 7 of the eastern conference, are striking! Whether or not this is true, Lebron did not show and now the Dallas Mavericks are World Champions. Congratulations, Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, and the whole organization on the historic win. Sorry Bron Bron, maybe next year, considering you're running out of family members to kill your confidence.

-J Skoms-


Rihanna's Loud Tour !

Rihanna is really on top of the world right now! She's has like a million hit singles, amazing music videos, and she's even on her summer Loud tour. She recently made her stop in Montreal, Canada (See picture above). Canadian native Drake even stopped by to perform their hit song What's My Name together. These two have such a great chemistry whenever they perform live together and I'm sure it was a great show. Have you been to any of Rihanna's Loud tour dates? I'd love to know what you guys think! Comment and tell me about your experience at Rihanna's concert. I really wish I was going to the one near me. 
-Jay P- 

Selena Gomez Feeling Much Better

Teen singer and actress Selena Gomez is feeling much better after her recent hospitalization. Last week the starlet was rushed to the hospital due to sever headaches and nausea. She recently tweeted, "Feeling much better, thank you all for being so understanding. Can't wait to see you all today at Santa Monica Place for Monte Carlo kick off." She also took to Faceback to thank her fans by posting a similar message. Social-media is such a convenience! Anyway, I'm glad to hear that she's feeling better and I can't wait to see what's next for her as far as her career goes.
-Jay P- 


Last Friday Night (TGIF) - Katy Perry

Check out Katy Perry's humorous video for her hit single Last Friday Night (TGIF). In the video Katy transforms into a nerd version of herself named Kathy Beth Terry. She also enlists the help of YouTube sensation, Rebecca Black, who makes an appearance in the video! For all you Rebecca Black haters out there, it looks like your hate isn't really working. She seems to be doing some pretty big things! Overall the video is creative and the idea is pretty funny. What do you guys think of the video and the fact that Rebecca Black made a cameo appearance?
-Jay P-


In Case You Missed It!

Hey guys! I just wanted to share this video with you, just in case you missed it. Check out friend of Jay Swag, Rotimi, performing his song Beautiful Music on 106 and Park! He did a great job and the crowd was definitely feeling him. I'm sure we'll see more big things to come in the future. Also, be sure to follow him on Twitter @Rotimi and check out his official website, www.rotimimusic.com.
-Jay P-


Kim Kardashian Not Pregnant

There have been rumors flying around that Kim Kardashian is pregnant, however in a recent interview she denies these rumors stating that she does want to become a mother, but in the near future. She began by saying, "I hope so, I really hope so. Maybe by the end of the year." but she goes on to say, "Well, I won't have a baby by the end of the year but maybe we'll start trying by the end of the year. After the wedding." Things seem to be moving pretty quickly for Kim and Kris and I just hope that everything continues to go well for the both of them. Regardless, now you know that Kim is not yet pregnant but maybe she will be very soon!
-Jay P-


YouTube Artist of the Month - The Crowley Brothers

This month's YouTube Artist of the Month is a group that goes by the name of The Crowley Brothers. They're three talented brothers who began making YouTube videos, and the rest is history. With close to 30,000 subscribers, and almost 2.7 million total upload views, these brothers are definitely making a name for themselves. All three bring a unique style, which combine together to make for a completely different, yet awesome sound! They also cover songs from a wide range of artist so there's something for everyone. Make sure you subscribe to their channel (Youtube.com/CrowleyBrothers), and follow them on Twitter. They were nice enough to do a video interview for you guys so check that out above. Lastly, if you're going to be in the NJ/NY or CT area on June 24th, then you should definitely go to their show! It's going to be at Senasqua Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Best of all tickets are free and they'll be there before and after to meet fans. Oh! I might be there too, so there's another reason to be there.
-Jay P-


Kait Weston Covers California King Bed

I normally don't promote You Tube Artist's of the Month, once their month is past, but Kait Weston is going to be an exception! I love her music so much and this cover of California King Bed by Rihanna needs to be heard by all of you! Kait's voice is so amazing and I really cannot wait for her to become huge, because I know that she's going to get signed eventually. She seems like such a nice and genuine person too. Make sure you follow her @KaitWeston!
-Jay P-


Joe Jonas ft Chris Brown - "See No More"

Joe Jonas and Chris Brown have a song together...seriously? Who would have thought that these two recording artists would come together and collaborate on a track, however the product See No More is actually not a bad song! The song is being marketed as Joe Jonas' debut solo single and I think that it's a great choice. Apparently the two were hanging out one day, listening to each others music, when they decided that they should do a song together. On my Twitter news feed I'm getting mixed reactions, but overall the feedback is mainly positive. Check out the song below and let me know what you think!
-Jay P-

Adele Cancels North American Tour Dates

After canceling tour dates earlier this week, singer Adele has announced that she will be canceling the remaining dates in the North American leg of her tour. She has been diagnosed with severe laryngitis and has been forced by her doctors to rest for the next few weeks. She released a statement on her website expressing her sadness with the decision. It must be hard for an amazing singer like Adele to have to cancel so many tour dates, but then again it's more important that she makes a full recovery. Hopefully she gets better soon so that she can continue showing us her powerhouse vocals!
-Jay P-


Justin Bieber To Propose

If what sources are saying is true, than Justin Bieber might be proposing to his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, in the next month. The teen pop-star has been taken aback by his friend Sean Kingston's accident, and has been looking at his life more seriously. Sources have said that Justin is in no hurry to rush down the aisle, but he may propose to Selena on her 19th birthday, which is on July 19th. Justin has planned a huge gala birthday party for her, and the gift will possibly be an engagement ring. Now, here's something that you guys don't know about me yet. I haven't told many people, but I watched Never Say Never the other day and I kind of enjoyed it. I have a lot of respect for Justin Bieber now, and I realized he worked so hard to get where he's at, and he deserves all of his success. However, I do not think that this would be the best decision he's made. He's only 17 and his career is just taking off, so I believe it would be foolish to complicate things. There's nothing wrong with having a long relationship, and if things work out, proposing when they are both a little bit older. Of course, that is just my opinion and we'll all be watching to see what happens on July 19th!
-Jay P-


Rihanna - Man Down

Check out Rihanna's new video for her hit single Man Down. It's no surprise that I've been obsessed with Rihanna lately so I think the video is great! I'm a huge fan of the song, especially since friend of Jay Swag, Shontelle, wrote it! In all seriousness though, Rihanna could have released a video with stick figures and I would've loved it. Lately, she can do no wrong in my eyes haha.
-Jay P-