Music Tuesdays: It’s A Phenomenon

Everyone is whippin they hairs!

Willow Smith

Yesterday, Willow Smith’s music video for “Whip My Hair” was FINALLY released on Vevo. And, I must say. I 100% approve. The video has a very youthful feel, and Willow is surrounded by kids just like herself. Not to mention, Willow shows that she’s got a lot of attitude, which everyone knows is the necessary key to super stardom. But honestly, it’s not like Willow Smith needs to be schooled on how to become a superstar. Look at her parents and brother. Even Trey, the eldest Smith son, is a star, and he’s not even in the public eye. Anyways, I think Willow Smith and her song are refreshing and fun.

If you’re late and haven’t seen the video, click here —> Whip My Hair

I see you Jaden with all that hair! lol

Side note: I wasn’t going to bring up this little argument. With that said, it saddens me that Ciara’s music video for “Gimmie Dat” hasn’t mustered up that many YouTube views, considering that it came out last week. After only one day, Willow Smith’s already has half the views of Ciara’s. Not to mention, Rihanna’s “Only Girl In The World” has over 2 million, and premiered after “Gimmie Dat.”

Now, I know that Rihanna appeals more to the masses than Ciara, but Ciara works her butt off in “Gimmie Dat.” Let us just hope that the songbird’s album doesn’t flop again…

**Cop Ciara’s album, Basic Instinct, on November 29th. 😉

Bruno Mars

As for the newer artists, it looks like Bruno Mars’ Doo-wops and Hooligans debuted at #3 on Billboard. Although 3 is good, I guess I was expecting the young R&B/Pop singer to do a bit better. Needless to say, it was country singer Toby Keith’s album, Bullets in the Gun, that debuted at numero uno. Even though I like country music, I kind of forget about that little stretch of land in between the west and east coasts that loves them some country music. lol

Anyways, here’s the third released single off of Mars’ album.

Bruno Mars – “The Lazy Song”

It’s cute. I don’t know if it’s a hit, but it’s cute. We’ll see. 🙂

And, to finish off today’s post, I wanted to highlight my favorite latest X Factor performances.

First up is Rebecca Ferguson’s “Feeling Good.”

I love that Rebecca is a diva, but she better watch out because there are several divas on the show this season, including Tracy Cohen. Here’s Tracy singing “Purple Rain.”

Although I love the divas this season, I must admit that I have a soft spot for Matt Curdle. Matt’s a late twenty- something-year-old, who classified himself as a “bum” before beginning the show. However, Matt is absolutely adorable, and he has a very unique sound to his voice. He recently performed Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are,” and even though it’s not my fave performance from him, I still heart him. 🙂

Check it out now!

The audience LOVED it. lol

Anyways, that’s enough X Factor. I really need X Factor to come to America. I know that Simon is working on it right now, but it’s taking forever! lol I’m tired of watching all of the good talent in the UK.

Music Tuesdays: Music & Performers To Look Out For

Music Tuesdays have got to be my favorite days to post because new music always brings me joy.

Let’s get it!

Bruno Mars

Recently, I have been reporting Bruno Mars’ Las Vegas arrest. However, it’s important for us not to forget just how talented this guy is. His single “Just The Way You Are,” has remained at the top of the charts, and now he has released “Grenade” as his second single. Take a listen!

Honestly, when I saw the title for this song, I immediately thought of Jersey Shore…And, I know that many of you know exactly what I am talking about. A mess…lol

Anyways, “Grenade” debuted at #81 on Billboard.  I’m sure that it will climb the Top 100 Hits list and fast. I like it. 🙂

Katharine McPhee

Unlike Bruno, Katharine McPhee, a former runner up on American Idol, hasn’t been having as much success with her career. After American Idol, she scored a hit single with “Love Story,” but gradually disappeared from the limelight after her album didn’t perform well.

Nonetheless, Katharine is back with a new song and music video. The song is called “Say Goodbye” and is absolutely beautiful.

This is definitely a more mature sound from her that I’m really starting to appreciate. I didn’t like Katharine McPhee when she was on Idol, especially after she beat out Chris Daughtry. However, Daughtry has had much success with his band since the show, and there’s room for another former contestant in the music biz.

Katharine actually has been performing “Say Goodbye” for over a year even though the music video was only recently posted on YouTube . Here is one of her live performances on The Wendy Williams Show in March.

What do you think?

**Speaking of live performances, X Factor has officially started in the UK. There has already been an elimination of two performers from the Top 12.

Rebecca Ferguson

I must say that the UK definitely does have talent. One  of my favorite contestants on the show is Rebecca Ferguson. She is a mother of two, who had almost no confidence when she auditioned for X Factor. Each time Rebecca performs, however, she raises her head a little bit higher, and it’s great to watch.

Last week she delivered this performance of “Tear Drops”.

Rebecca’s such a diva, and doesn’t even realize her potential. I love it! 😉

Cher Lloyd

As for my next favorite X Factor contestant, I have to say that I like Cher Lloyd. She had an incredible audition, singing the Keri Hilson version of “Turn My Swag On.” Yet, since her audition, Cher has been cracking some under the pressure from the show.

On the debut show of X Factor’s Top 12, Cher performed this number below.

This definitely wasn’t her best vocal performance. With that said, I like the attitude. Attitude is something that you can’t teach. And, let’s face it. A large percentage of what it takes to become a Popstar relies on attitude. 😉

**Look out for next week’s Music Tuesday and share this post with your friends!

True Thursdays: Drugs and Superstardom

This morning I read a very interesting article about Bruno Mars on Access Hollywood’s website. The article raised the potential issues surrounding Mars’ arrest last month, and how it will affect his career. Some say that the arrest might help Mars. Even though Mars has created a more “wholesome” image for himself up until now, it is believed, due to all of the extra publicity, that the arrest will introduce the R&B/Pop singer to an even broader audience.

Bruno Mars is currently facing up to four years in prison for his cocaine possession in Vegas. And, according to the article, his first court appearance is scheduled for November 14th.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think it’s a mess that people are even talking about Mars’ arrest as a potential catalyst to further his stardom. Yes, I’m sure that Mars will be getting a lot of media attention after this. With that said, can someone please address the real issue that’s at hand? The singer was found with cocaine, which is probably one of the worst drugs to get hooked onto. Just sayin…If you want the truth, I think that someone needs to help Mars get off the drugs. I know that many celebrities do it, but no one needs coke in their lives.

Honestly though, I hope Bruno only gets a slap on the wrist. A controversial statement I know, but when you have other celebrities doing the exact same things and not getting punished for them (aka Paris Hilton), then I think you have to offer not only this guy, but also all the other people who get caught for the first time some slack. And, that’s the truth.

Read the full Access Hollywood article here —> Bruno Mars’ Cocaine Arrest

Hot Mess Mondays: Bishop Eddie Long Becomes #1

It’s that time again folks. The celebrity gods have spoken, and five hot messes have made today’s list. Let’s get it!

1)Bishop Eddie Long for being the center of serious allegations.

Whether you’re in the black community or not, you probably have heard about the recent sex  allegations being made about the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church bishop Eddie Long. Four young men in their early twenties have come forward, claiming that Long took advantage of them and had inappropriate sexual relationships with them. I don’t know if Pastor Long is guilty of inappropriate conduct with these men, but by now, every pastor should know that you do not take a group of boys under your wing and then call them your “Spiritual Sons.” That alone is enough for disaster and suspicion…

Theybf.com posted the video of Bishop Long’s address to his congregation on Sunday. It’s long, so skip around.

Check it out here —–> Eddie Long Addresses His Church

That last quote by him got to me.

2) Bruno Mars for getting arrested for coke possession.

I love Bruno Mars, but when you get arrested in the same city as Paris Hilton for the same reasons she did, and only a week after she did, you ARE a hot mess. I don’t care if you do have the #1 song in the country.

3) Lindsay Lohan for going back to rehab.

Poor Lindsay will forever remain on this list until I get tired of reporting news about her, which is about to be real soon…Although I think that it’s great that Lindsay is checking into rehab, I still think my girl is a hot mess. She’s already been to rehab numerous times. Not to mention, no one in Hollywood is going to hire her now. Hollywood has been very gracious to the actress in my opinion, but she keeps messing up. By the time all of this is said and done, Lindsay will either have to make a Robert Downey Jr. type comeback, or die broke and umemployed…Truth hurts. 😦

4) Kid Cudi for getting sentenced to two days in jail.

Apparently, Cudi was arrested back in June. Last week, he pleaded guilty for possessing illegal narcotics on that day. Honestly, I am so tired of celebrities getting arrested for drugs. Do something else guys to make my news a little more exciting like steal!

p.s. Don’t worry. I don’t condone stealing or any other criminal acts. lol

5) Rihanna for not going away!

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I cannot stand Rihanna. I think the girl has some talent, but in recent years, she’s been relying a little too much on that pretty face of hers. Every time I watch her live, I’m disappointed, and it sucks because I like her songs…Anyways, apparently the music video for “Only Girl In The World,” will be released soon. The picture above is taken from Rihanna’s twitter and her video shoot.

Anyways, that concludes today’s countdown. I hope that Eddie Long is not guilty for the sake of all of those standing behind him. I also hope that the celebs get off the cocaine, but realistically speaking that will never happen…

Hot Mess Addition: Bruno Mars

Another mug shot…

Okay, it’s official. The number of celebrities getting arrested in recent weeks is just out of control. With the summer winding down, I guess people are becoming a little bold with their misbehaviors. Bruno Mars most certainly is, having gotten arrested in Las Vegas for possessing an unknown narcotic. Rumor has it, however, that the narcotic is none other than cocaine.

Honestly, this just says hot mess all over it. Paris just got caught in Vegas for coke possession. Now, Bruno Mars?! Smh…Bruno, could you at least wait until your album release to get into trouble? Just sayin’…

Doo-Wops and Hooligans drops on October 5th.

Music Tuesdays: Why Are They So SUPER?!

Let me begin this post by saying that I had one of the best weekends ever! My clubbing experience on Friday was absolutely amazing, and introduced me to some very interesting Pop music, which I think is worth sharing. Not to mention, my YouTube listening is at an all time high thanks to FUNemployment…lol Let’s get it!

Before Friday, I had already heard of the Korean boy band Super Junior. How or why? Don’t ask me because I have no idea. All I know is that when I first saw them perform, I was in awe by the number of members in the group. There are a total of 13 Korean hotties in Super Junior, which makes their name just that much more appropriate. Apparently, the group was started in 2005, and has seen success in Asia. Although they haven’t quite “made it” in the U.S., I will say that their song went hard at LA’s Rage on Friday night. I like when DJs take a risk, and mix in something totally random into their playlist. Although I didn’t understand a word that this group was saying, I had a blast dancing to them. 😉

I’m still trying to grasp why there HAD to be 13 members. At least all of their members get some shine. Unlike some other Pop groups I know from back in the day. **Cough** Destiny’s Child. **Cough Cough**  NSYNC.

Want a list of the top Asian boy bands? Click here! ——->Top Asian Boy Bands

Also playing in the club Friday was Kaci Battaglia’s “Body Shots.” When this song first came on, I was loving it. When I listened to it again on Saturday, however, I wasn’t as moved. Sometimes songs will have you hype in the club, and then not at home. The realities of life….With that said, I thought “Body Shots” was still worth posting. It’s new music that just might blow up. Ludacris is also on the track, although he doesn’t seem too thrilled to be next to Kaci in the video. Look at his body language in the video. I’m not sensing genuine enthusiasm Luda….lol

See what I mean?

Anyways….

Mainstream artists are always fun to talk about, but let’s be honest. Some of the aspiring singers on YouTube have way more talent than the average Popstar. Today, I want to shed more light on a few YouTube stars that I think everyone should know.

First is Ahmir, a male R&B group. I originally learned about Ahmir over a year ago through my friend Cassie.

Side note: Hi Cassie! lol

Anyways, to me, Ahmir is like a modern day Boys II Men, who have developed their own unique style. Ahmir’s voices and harmonies are out of this world. Although they promote their own music, it’s really their covers of songs that are making them Internet sensations.

Check out Ahmir’s more recent cover of Bruno Mars’ hit single “Just The Way You Are.”

Now, you see why they have over 160,000 subscribers. 🙂

Also, talking about Boys II Men made me wonder what those guys have been up to. Well, it looks like they are preparing for their own cruise! That’s right. Apparently, there’s a Boys II Men Love Cruise that will be setting sail on February 11th of next year. Don’t believe me? Click this link to learn more —> Boys II Men Love Cruise

I wonder how much Boys II Men is getting paid for that….

Moving on….

Yes, Ahmir is great, but they aren’t the only ones creating YouTube buzz. One of my favorite songs right now is Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” So naturally, when I looked for the music video on YouTube, I came across Tyler Ward’s cover. From the second that I first heard Tyler’s voice, I was sold, and began listening to a number of his covers.

Here are  Tyler’s versions of “Teenage Dream” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”  Enjoy!

I’m like in love with this kid! What do you think? Better than Bieber?

p.s. If you know what Super Junior is singing about, PLEASE let me know!

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