The Voice Says Goodbye to Dez Duron

Although I didn't watch The Voice last night, I went right to my Twitter feed this morning to see find out who was eliminated  To my surprise, I discovered that Dez Duron has been sent home! Based on comments/tweets I've been receiving Dez was one of the front runners. Most of my readers seemed to love him, and on Twitter, teenage girls would declare their love for him over and over again during his performances. I guess this proves that having the teenage girl vote isn't always enough. 

I don't think this is the last we'll be hearing from Dez. I would love to interview him and I'm going to try to make that happen for you guys! Oh yeah...Cody Belew also got eliminated but I don't think he should've been there anyway. With Team Christina completely out of the competition, which judge do you think will win this season of The Voice?
-Jay P- 


Jay Swag TV - Chubby Bunny!

We promised you guys another Jay Swag TV episode and here it is! Dylan and I took on the Chubby Bunny challenge and well...this is the result. Haha it was so much fun to do. Hope you guys like it. Make sure you watch it in 1080p! The quality is so much better. Oh wait! Okay, so Dylan and I are thinking about literally recording everything, and making our own sort of reality series on YouTube. Would you guys be interested in seeing all of our adventures? Let us know so we can start bringing the camera around with us. Thanks!
-Jay P- 

Dylan Bernard Covers "I Won't Give Up"

Hey everyone! It's been a while but Dylan and I are back to work. Our schedules got a little crazy but we are back to our weekly videos. We want to thank you so much for your support and we look forward to seeing what's next for the both of us! Anyway, here is Dylan's latest cover of I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz. I hope you guys like it! Follow Dylan on Twitter and Instagram @DTBMuzic
-Jay P-


Ariana Grande Sings "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

Ariana Grande leaves me speechless after each and every one of her performances! The above video is her singing All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey and once again, Ariana does an amazing job. I wish more people would see her as the incredible talent she is, as opposed to just a Nickelodeon star. If you watch all of her videos you will find that she is one of the most talented singers out there at the moment! She is also one of my dream interviews. Maybe one day we can make that happen, but for now I'll definitely keep supporting her. Anyway, enjoy the video!
-Jay P- 


Big Chocolate Interview

I recently got the chance to interview Seattle based music producer, Big Chocolate. He recently released his album Red Headed Locc and is now preparing to release The Red EP on December, 4th. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the EP and if you like Electronic Dance Music you do not want to miss this! Every song was so good and I'm almost positive they will become some of your favorites. Your hard work paid off! You have a great EP on your hands here. Check out my interview with the man behind the music below.

Thank you for speaking with Jay Swag Entertainment News! First, can you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself?
“OF COURSE!. My mom named me Cameron. I grew up in the reno/tahoe area. I now live in seattle where I live out my days drowning myself in coffee. I turned 22 last August.”

What made you want to get into the electronic dance music genre? What sets you apart from other artists like yourself?
“The electronic platform is just a more accepting and bigger way of making music. I can combine anything I want into a song. I'm able to have a live guitar riffin' away, chop up some cool vocal samples, and make it all knock with a solid sub bass hitting you in the stomach. Using a computer to create music is hands down the best way to create whatever you would want to hear. I guess I think what sets me apart is, I rarely put similar tracks out. All of my releases will be very different from each other.”

Where did you come up with the name "Big Chocolate?"
“It was initially a joke to not be taken serious… Then stuff got serious and I'm stuck with it. haha! I think it suits as long as people know what I'm about… Although i've had some pretty interesting situations happen because of the super misleading name.”

Tell us a little bit about your experience performing at the Warped Tour? Is it something you would be interested in doing again? 
“WT was my very first full tour experience. Craziness everyday. Totally taught me how to be a performer and helped develop me as an artist drastically. Yeah, I'd do again for sure.”

I've listened to The Red EP and I was very impressed. I liked every song on there! What's your favorite song on the EP? Which one means the most to you?
“Thanks! I experimented a lot on my last album, and this EP has a lot of "run off" ideas I was having towards the end of making that album. The EP is defiantly more based (than the album) in the sense that it is a lot easier to grasp. I like Karp Fish just because I think it's one of the more stand out -ish tracks. Smotha is pretty groovy too.”

If you could work with any artist out there who would you pick and why?
“Sting, I think we would vibe well and create some cool out of the box music.”

What's that one song that you can't get out of your head at the moment?
“imogen heap - canvas. Beautiful song.”

Are you working on any projects that you can tell us about? What's next for Big Chocolate?
“Aside from the RED EP, I've just started working on some sort of future release. Have about 3 half tracks done for it. Super different type of stuff. I'd say it sounds like liquid dnb meets hip hop meets like… 2000's style electronica/indie stuff. Sounds odd, but will make sense when I start release some of it. That and a bunch of shows coming up @ bigchocolate.us

What's an interesting fact about you that many people may not know?
 “Super picky eater.

That was the last question! I want to thank you for taking the time to speak with me. Do you have any last thoughts or comments for your fans? 
“As always my fans are my fam.”

-Jay P-


Nicki Minaj - Freedom Music Video

I love this ! Nicki Minaj is back with a brand new video for her hit single Freedom! I love this song and I just fell in love with the music video too. Unlike her most recent songs, this actually has a meaning to it and I cannot stop listening to it. Great job Nicki!
-Jay P- 


Teen Sensation Austin Mahone Joins Taylor Swift on "Red" Tour

YouTube singing sensation turned international pop star, Austin Mahone, will be accompanying Taylor Swift on her highly anticipated "Red" Tour! Austin Mahone will be joining Taylor for six dates throughout the tour, which begins on May 4th. 

Austin Mahone is arguably the biggest star to come forth from YouTube in the past year or two. His fan base, the "Mahomies," consists of close to 500,000 YouTube subscribers, 1.4 million Facebook fans, and a growing 1.2 million Twitter followers. His YouTube views are well over 90 million and all these numbers grow immensely by the day. At only 16 years old, Austin Mahone is certainly someone to watch out for.  Follow Austin on Twitter @AustinMahone, and be sure to purchase his latest single Say Somethin' on iTunes. 
-Jay P- 

Nicki Minaj Fragrance Commercial !

Check out the official commercial for Nicki Minaj's fragrance Pink Friday! Nicki tweeted that she just released the commercial for everyone to see on the YouTube home page. I actually think the commercial is really creative and Nicki looks beautiful in it...but doesn't she always? The commercial features her hit single Freedom and the fragrance can be picked up at Macy's!
-Jay P- 

Carly Rose Sonenclar Will Win The X Factor

This girl is going to win The X Factor.There is no way she can lose! Her voice is so mature for her age. It's hard to believe that she is only thirteen-years old. Watch the singing sensation belt out Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On

When I heard she was singing this song I was a little disappointed. First, I think the song is super boring...second, I didn't think she could pull it off. Well, I'm so glad to admit that I was wrong! I loved the performance and she sang it extremely well. I definitely feel as though she has what it takes to win this competition.

The Elimination:

This week the producers decided to throw a curve ball and make it a "double elimination" to compensate for bringing Diamond White back into the competition. Unfortunately we are saying goodbye to Jennel Garcia and Lyric 145. I can't say that I am surprised that Lyric 145 were eliminated (although I really did like most of their performances), but I am a little shocked to see Jennel go home so early in the competition. Jennel had a great voice and while I stated on Twitter that I didn't like her song choice, I really believe she should've stayed over a few of the other contestants. Either way, I'm sure this isn't going to be the last time we see either of these acts! Who knows? Maybe I'll even interview them!
-Jay P- 


Kelly Rowland - ICE ft Lil Wayne Music Video

Kelly Rowland has finally released the official music video to ICE which featured rapper Lil Wayne. I think the video has a cool feel to it at some parts, but overall I'm not super impressed. I definitely think Motivation is going to be hard to top but all in all not a terrible video. I give it a low B or high C. What do you think of the new video? 
-Jay P- 


Trevin Hunte Belts Out "When a Man Loves a Woman"

Trevin Hunte is seriously a force to be reckoned with. I'm not sure if he's 18 or 19 but he really sings like someone who has many more years of experience than that. Last night he performed When a Man Loves a Woman, and I feel as thought it was the best performance of the night. He's learning to control his voice better, and it's not all about the high notes. His lower register is actually very good also. The runs in his voice are incredible and I think he can go very far!

I also liked Amanda Brown's performance. The only problem is...I didn't like it last night. Basically, I woke up this morning and listened to all the performances again and after I listened to her performance I was compelled to replay it a couple of times. I even compared it to Florence's version. After all this it definitely grew on me, and has become one of my favorites of the night. This may be a problem for Amanda because from the look of my tweets, many of you didn't like her performance last night and I highly doubt you listened to it multiple times until it clicked for you. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how the votes panned out tonight on The Voice!
-Jay P- 


Rihanna Performs New Single On SNL

Pop princess Rihanna just released her Diamonds video, but she's not done making headlines! The singer recently sang her new single titled Stay live on SNL. The ballad steers away from her more recent pop/dance music but I predict it will do just as well! I love this song and it definitely shows some vocal maturity from Rihanna. If you like the song, it will be featured on her seventh studio album Unapologetic. Personally, I think Rih is going to have a big hit with this album. What do you guys think?
-Jay P- 


Rihanna Releases Music Video - Diamonds

It's finally here! Rihanna and her team have finally released the official music video for the singers hit single Diamonds! I must admit, at first I wasn't a big fan of the song but now it has grown to be one of my favorites. I love the video too! Rih has been doing such a great job lately with everything she puts out and this is no exception. What do you think of the Diamonds video?
-Jay P- 


Two Terms for President Barack Obama

I've remained neutral throughout the whole Presidential Election, and I will continue to do so. I do, however, want to share Barack's victory speech. Regardless of what you think about him, he is a great public speaker. I thought the speech was delivered very well. Congratulations to Barack Obama on winning the 2012 elections.
-Jay P- 


Amanda Brown Rocks Out With "Dream On"

Is there anything this girl can't sing? We've seen her slay Valerie by Amy Winehouse, Vision of Love by Mariah Carey, Paris (Ooh la la) by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, and now Dream On by Aerosmith! Last night she stunned the crowd with her amazing performance, and she completely stole the show. I was pulling for Loren Allred but the performance above is just incredible. It can literally leave you speechless. The other contestants should be getting worried. It's time for them to step their game up, because if they don't they can all just start thinking about going home!
-Jay P- 


New Music: Nicki Minaj - Freedom

I was watching Nicki Minaj's My Truth on E! last night and they showed footage of her working on a song titled Freedom, off her soon to be released album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up

The song sounded really good and I wanted to listen to the whole thing. Luckily for me I woke up this morning and what did I find? Check out Freedom and let me know what you think! I think Nicki has a hit with this song. The chorus is catchy, but it's the verses that I really love. 
-Jay P- 


New Music: Christina Aguilera - Blank Page

I love this! Check out Blank Page off Christina Aguilera's upcoming album Lotus. Christina's vocals are amazing on this track. I love when she sings ballads because it really shows off her voice. 

I'm not positive but I believe Sia wrote the song. Either way, great job Christina! Keep it up! I'm looking forward to hearing more music from your next album. What do you guys think of Blank Page? Is this her next big ballad?
-Jay P- 


Emblem3 Steals The Show

X Factor has really been disappointing me this season. The talent this year is nowhere near as good as last year's lineup. Last night I was, yet again, disappointed with the performances. First, the show seems to be overly produced this time around. It feels like everyone is reading a script, and the performances are ridiculous and over the top. No one is showing off their full vocal potential and that bores me to no end. That being said, there was one stand out performance...
As much as I hate to admit it, Emblem3 surprised me last night. I thoroughly enjoyed their performance and I can already see them becoming huge pop stars. I haven't liked Emblem3 at all this season, mainly due to their cocky personalities, but last night they performed really well and they are deserving of all the praise they have received. 

Be sure to watch tonight to see who will make it to the next round. I'm still hoping my favorite, Carly Rose Sonenclar wins the competition! I guess we'll have to see what happens.
-Jay P-