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-


"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-


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-


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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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-


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? 
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-


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-


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-