The pop music scene is always changing and adapting to new personalities and styles, and nowhere is this more evident than in the solo singer genre. With singers like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rhianna, and Beyoncé, it becomes more and more apparent that it’s the female vocalists who dominate the pop scene. If you’re keeping score, and looking out for a new face on the scene, look no further than Boca Raton’s own, Ariana Grande. The following are four reasons why Ariana Grande is going to be a name to watch. (more…)
Sometimes the pop charts can be filled with songs that are one hit wonders, or songs that don’t really make sense, at the top of the charts. Fortunately, now isn’t one of those times! Instead here are the five top hits of 2014 and why we love them. (more…)
If you’ve heard of vitamin B12, then you’ve probably caught yourself wondering what exactly it can do for you and if it would even benefit you at all.
For starters, the benefits of vitamin B12 are many and everyone can experience a positive result from them. The most important benefit is weight-loss, but other health benefits include an increase of energy, a reduction of stress, clear skin, and thick hair. (more…)
The pop music scene is full of household names, and sometimes it’s hard to keep them all straight if you don’t keep up with the times. If you do keep up, then you’re probably wondering where these seven popular musicians have gone in the last few years. (more…)
Having been a pop music mainstay for quite some time, Katy Perry keeps proving time and time again that not only does she have her demographic covered, but she also has the talent to back up her success and fame. If you haven’t heard her 2013 single, “Unconditionally,” you should give it a listen for the following four reasons. (more…)
Entertainers, especially musicians, are notorious for their party hard, feel-good reputations. This lifestyle gives way to great music, and interesting bylines. Unfortunately, their “live in the moment” attitude carries another less appealing reputation- financial disaster.
Let’s take a look at a five musicians that serve as an example of this dichotomy- each achieving a fulfilling music career and depleted bank accounts. (more…)
If you’ve made a habit of listening to the radio then you’ve probably heard whatever are the latest trends in music on a cycle throughout your day. Of course, if you’ve been listening long enough you may actually find that you can pick out artists based solely on their style, voice, or backing instrumentals. If so, then congratulations on being a long-time listener to pop music! You’ve probably found yourself on at least one occasion thinking that you’d heard all the tricks a certain artist has to offer only to be surprised by something entirely new. Here are three artists who surprised in a pleasantly big way.
Pop music is constantly changing. As the years go by different styles of vocals and backing musicians alternate in popularity, but one thing has been consistent. Every year there’s some young musician or band who’s appeared on the scene and sweeps award shows and radio stations alike with their fresh outlook on the pop music scene. In years past we’ve seen Lady Gaga, KT Perry, Justin Beiber, and the like rise to stardom through the channels of pop music. Who’s 2014′s artist to watch? The following are three reasons to watch Lorde in the coming months.
If you’ve listened to the radio in the last six months, you’ve probably noticed an interesting trend. It seems that although solo artists and bands are still going strong, there’s a resurgence of collaborative music happening. It’s infiltrating our radio waves as we speak, and we love it. We seemingly can’t get enough of it. It’s not a new trend, however. These sort of collaborations have been happening almost as long as music has been around; we’re just reapplying it to the modern genre.
You’re probably aware of popular musicians’ ability to perform a co-op while singing, but we’ve come a long way from 1982′s “Under Pressure,” not necessarily in terms of style but in terms of application. Chances are that in the last month or so you’ve heard Zedd: featuring Hayley Williams (of Paramour fame) play at least three times every time you drive to and from work– and with good cause. “Stay the Night” is in the top 20 of the charts right now.
With the holidays right around the corner again, you may want to get in the mood with a little music. A great way to do this is by listening to your favorite artists sing Christmas music. While there are many artists out there with a holiday album, it is important to know which ones are good, as many out there are not.
Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey
This woman’s voice has always sounded like an angel with the vocal range and tone that she brings to every album. This has all the hits you would expect, including her hit, All I Want for Christmas is You, which is the only song of the last few decades to become a modern Christmas classic.
There are some songs that become instant classics and will stay with society for years to come. The problem with some of these songs is that they are not actually originals, but remakes. There are a few remakes you should know about.
I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
This is a famous song that was made popular by the 90’s movie The Bodyguard. What many people do not know is that this was originally a song by Dolly Parton. While Dolly has a style and voice that are great, it has never been nearly as famous as Whitney Houston version. In fact, many people believe that this song is what defined Whitney Houston.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Even though Cyndi Lauper remade this song in 1983, it is still found in movies today and is one of those songs that people of all ages know. However, most people only think about Cyndi Lauper singing this song and not the original artist for this song, Robert Hazard.
Respect by Aretha Franklin
This song has taught many people to remember the spelling of the word respect and makes people want to belt out the song like the amazing Aretha. What you may not know is that this song was originally released two years before Aretha Franklin sang it by Otis Redding. The nice thing about this song is that even the popular version was released in 1967 but is still popular today.
Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
This song has been danced to and put in movies time and time again. This song has the ability to make you feel a mixture of emotions. This song was not an original though. It was originally sung by Leonard Cohen. The thing to keep in mind about this version though is that tempo is faster on the original and it gives the song a very different feel.
There are many classics that have been made popular after being remade. This is why it is important to give songs a chance even if they do not come from the most popular artists. You never know when they will be remade by another artist and become famous.
If you love music, then chances are you enjoy up and coming artists. There are a few that you should know about. This can help you to be on the edge of new and emerging stars and find amazing music before it breaks into the mainstream.
If you want a band that can combine dubstep and pop into something that you can listen to smoothly, then this is the band to listen to. It is composed of two people, Aluna and George. While they may hail from London, they are making waves in music around the world. They only have a few tracks at the moment, but more is definitely on the horizon for this band.
He has written many popular songs including Crawl by Chris Brown and Hit the Lights by Brittany Spears. He has even been nominated for a Grammy for his own song, I Want You.
Carly Rose Sonenclar
If you are a fan of X Factor, then this is where you have seen this talented young lady. She auditioned for the show and wowed many viewers. With the impression she made on the show, it is no doubt that the future is bright for this musical artist.
This artist brings a new twist to her country music style. The interesting thing about her is that she is not afraid to use her music to talk about pressing issues in our society, such as gay rights and teen pregnancy. Her video for the single Merry Go-Round was even nominated for breakout video of the year at the CMT Awards.
This talented young artist has been compared to Azealia Banks by many. She released her own music online and that is what got her a recording deal.
The interesting thing about this band is that it is comprised of three sisters from California. Before forming this band, the sisters were in a band with their parents called Rockinhaim. They have already toured with Mumford and Sons as well as Florence and the Machine, so these girls are on their way to the top.
As celebrity due dates draw near, enthralled fans tune begin to play the name game and wonder what their favorite celebrities will choose to call the new baby. In many cases, fans couldn’t have possibly guessed the zany or off-beat names that celebrities have given to their children. The following are the Top 5 craziest celebrity baby names that have made headlines and shocked throngs of fans!
Prince Michael II
What do you do when the best baby name ever is already taken by your first son, Prince Michael? No problem for the Prince of Pop, Michael Jackson. He just stuck “II” at the end of the name and avoided any hardship searching through the baby name books with nothing but peasant names. Prince Michael II may not be original, from a certain perspective, but Blanket, his nickname, certainly is most unusual!
As directions go, it’s got the Oregon coast, Seattle, and even Vancouver. Northwest can be a great destination depending on where you sit on the globe. As a given name for a newborn, it might be slightly off-track. As fans recently may have heard reports from sites like www.DirectTVDeal.com, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have, indeed, named their recently born daughter North West. Arguably East has a more feminine ring, but since West West would have clearly hinted at the prior Jackson redundancy, the much-followed couple have settled on North West, a truly admirable compass point.
Jason Lee’s name for his son did spark headlines and lead many to call the name crazy. Though it sounds like a Star Trek career, it’s simply a name the actor quite liked. Pilot, as many a reader will remember, was the name of Mr. Rochester’s dog in Jane Eyre. Inspektor is oddly reminiscent of the cartoon Inspector Gadget—though he used the traditional “c” spelling. Zany and, perhaps, lamentable from a purist’s point of view, Pilot Inspektor will at least never know the pain of being the fourth Ashley in class or the third Tyler.
Chef Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools like quirky names as evidenced by their other children and their unusual names—Poppy Honey, Blossom Rainbow, and Daisy Boo. Buddy Bear, in consideration of those, is really rather tame; they might have called him Bitty Bunny or Unicorn Dew.
Levi Johnston (the ex-boyfriend of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol) and his girlfriend Sunny Oglesby have given a most unusual name to their baby daughter. Italian gun manufacturers like Beretta are cool if you happen to be a gun collector, but aren’t typically associated with sweet little girls. Breeze, of course, is not exactly run of the mill, but given her mother’s name, Sunny and Breeze will go hand in hand.
Certainly there are other wacky celebrity names out there. Who could forget Frank Zappa’s kids, Moon Unit and Dweezil? Some honorable mentions for this list have to go to Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple and Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage Moonblood. When it comes to naming babies, you never know what to expect from celebrities who are expecting!
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Awards season is in full swing. For music lovers, the Billboard Music Awards is one of the highlights of the year. It is the perfect opportunity to see all our favorite stars strut their stuff while competing for music’s top honors.
The Billboard Music Awards is scheduled for May 19th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The live performance will air on ABC.
Before we all tune in for the drama, let’s take a look at what viewers can expect.
The Main Event
Many fans anxiously await for the biggest award – Top Artist. This year’s competitors are no surprise. Battling it out for Top Artist is Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Rihanna, One Direction and Justin Bieber. Who do you think will win? Will the English boy band bring home the honor or will one of the other music headliners win the honors?
The Money Makers
Do you remember who won the Top Billboard 200 album last year? It was Adel’s album, “21.” Since the album just passed the $10 million mark, it will be up for the award again this year. Competing against Adele will be Taylor’s “Red,” and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel.” One Direction enter the fray with two entries – “Up All Night” and “Take Me Home.”
Every year, there are some artists who seem to dominate the show. This year is no exception. Check out how many nominations each of the following artists have received:
- Maroon 5 – 11
- Fun. – 11
- Taylor Swift – 11
- Rihanna – 10
- Carly Rae Jepsen – 9
- One Direction – 8
Do you suppose Harry is jealous? It probably isn’t the first time he has regretted his split from the famous beauty! Other noteworthy tidbits – Maroon 5 is still churning out the hits. Nothing – not even decades in the industry – will slow them down.
The Stars of the Show
No music awards show is complete without entertainment. This year’s show will be no exception. Tune in to see Swift, Bieber, Bruno Mars, Miguel and Prince.
Don’t forget to tune in May 19th to see how the awards show pans out!
The fashion industry may revolve around hot events like Paris Fashion Week. But, leave it to Madge to create an entirely new, must-see fashion event that turns into an amazing marketing tactic.
Madonna has schedule a pop-up fashion exhibit. For one night only – just two hours, to be specific – some of her most famous stage costumes will be on display for the public. Famous models won’t be called upon to strut these garments down a runway. These famous pieces don’t need a fancy presentation – they sell themselves!
The famous garments will be at a Macy’s department store in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 25th. Considering Madonna has conquered just about every entertainment venue, why is she choosing to air her dirty laundry?
This pop-up event is being held in conjunction with the launch of her Material Girl clothing line. The singer says, “The pop-up exhibit at Macy’s perfectly exemplifies the inspiration and spirit of the Material Girl line and will give my fans a great opportunity to see the evolution of my style over the years.”
What will fans be able to see? Some of Madonna’s most famous stage costumes will be available to the public. Remember the green skirt the singer donned in her “Borderline” video? That 80’s garment will be there. And who could forget the corsets she wore during her Blonde Ambition tour of the 90’s?! Obviously, those are a must for the event. One of the main highlights, though, will surely be the wedding dress Madonna wore to the MTV Video Music Awards show in 1984. Her performance of “Like a Virgin” in that dress has been burned into the minds of many pop fans!
If you are in the area, consider checking it out. No doubt you’ll be in the company of many other fans and you won’t have long to see the fashion statements, but it is definitely worth a shot. This will be an experience of a lifetime!
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Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of the Divinyls, passed away on Sunday, April 21. Most famously known for their song “I Touch Myself,” the group was popular all around the world. Music fans everywhere are morning the loss of this creative and unique woman.
At the young age of 53, Chrissy passed away in her NYC home, surrounded by friends and family. Her husband and musician, Charley Drayton, shared the bitter news of Chrissy’s death with the masses. Apparently, the musician finally succumbed to the two chronic illnesses that have been plaguing her for nearly a decade – multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.
In his statement, husband Charley reminded us all of Chrissy’s passion and creativity. He claimed she lived life to the fullest. By playing to her musical strengths, Chrissy was able to pave the way for strong, sexy, outspoken women in the industry.
While us fans remember her music career the most – which spanned the years of 1982 to 1996 – it should also be noted that Chrissy lit up the stage as well. She played Judy Garland in the original production of The Boy from Oz. Also, she starred with Russell Crowe in 1998’s Blood Brothers.
This Australia native helped put the group Divinyls on the map. Her contribution to the music industry will be greatly missed. Along with her co-star Russell Crowe, people all over the world are taking to Twitter to express their grief.
Chrissy Amphlett was one of a kind; she will never be able to be replaced. The music industry now has a huge, gaping hole. Sexy performers like Rihanna, Brittney, Christina, and more wouldn’t be where they are today if Chrissy hadn’t boldly gone before them.
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A behind the scenes shoot of designer & stylist Eva Kirn’s new collection.
Model – Ashley Smithline
Designer and Stylist – Eva Kirn
Photographer – Tom Barret everythingtom.com
Videographer – James Tang thejamestang.com
Music – Unda genmx.com
Special Thanks – Kathrin Kirn & Christian Forster
Shot on the Canon 5D Mark II
Also available at: youtube.com/watch?v=5Y-vMvnOecs
Diane De L’ Or-paz of the fashion blog Perfectism.com took some time out of her busy schedule to interview Sean “Unda” Carter of Generation Me-X Entertainment. Here’s a snippet of the interview:
First thing’s first. Describe your music in 5 words or less.
Honesty. Unorthodox. Passion. Inspiration. Love.
When and/or how did you gain interest in music and keeps you inspired now?
Music has always been a staple in my household. One of my earliest memories is when my dad and I would sit and listen to George Clinton & The Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, & Earth Wind & Fire when I would come home from school in the 1st grade. We did our homework to classical music, and after I started playing the violin and the saxophone in middle school I started to compose my own pieces. I started writing rhymes when I was 9, and I started making beats when I turned 12.
Music is therapy to me, I’ve been doing it for so long and habitually, that it’s like breathing in a way. When I don’t make music for a couple of days, I have withdrawal symptoms.
When I say music is my life, I literally mean my day is filled with either making music, editing music, recording, etc. It really IS my life. Living, traveling, partying, reading, writing, and just talking with people keeps me inspired. I find it funny when musicians say they’re not inspired anymore. There’s inspiration everywhere, you just have to look at things differently. Go experience something you haven’t before, go outside your comfort zone.
Has growing up as a Third-Culture Kid have any effect on your growth as an artist? and if so, how?
Absolutely. Being raised around so many different cultures you get a chance to hear different types of music, musicians, genres, & sounds. You get to see how people perceive different types of music as well. It definitely gave me an open mind, and as an artist I feel that’s a valuable thing to have. I can safely say that my music doesn’t sound like anybody else’s, due to the fact that I fuse genres, ideas, & stories together from growing up in Thailand. That turns a lot of people off (major label execs especially). They tell me it’s too different and say, “You should sound more like (insert your Top 40 cookie cutter pop singer here)”. Most importantly as a TCK, I started to realize that America is not the only music market on the planet. The world
for some reason is more progressive thinking towards music than America is.
Read the compete interview by clicking HERE.
Unda & P Villa are Unda Tha Villa
A collab album produced & written by Unda & P Villa
Mixed by Unda of Generation Me-X Entertainment
Cover by Kenneth Collins
Generation GenMX Entertainment is sponsoring the Throw Your Deuces Up Party which goes down on March 19 @ Club Meet Up in Bangkok, Thailand. Our homegirl Dakotaa Jade put this FREE event together, which features rappers doing a show for the love of hip hop and bringing the Thai hip hop community together. Over 12 artists which be rocking the stage through out the night, and afterwards will be a jam session. A big shout out to Dakotaa Jade, the Queen of Thai hip hop, she’s doing big things! Family all day!
Unda of Generation Me-X Entertainment will be the head MC for the first, A-Town Get Down Music Festival on February 26th, @ Savannah Station. The music festival is in honor of a fellow SCAD student Alex Townsend, who passed away in a car accident last Valentines Day. The event will be featuring live bands & artists such as Word Of Mouth, The Malah, Peat Wolleager, and Walter Parks & Swamptronic. Come out for a great night of music!
Starts @ 7:30 PM. Buy your tickets HERE.
See y’all there, be ready to party!
2012 has proven to be the year of electronic influences in music. If you are not fond of such influences, you will be happy to find out that 2013 has been named by specialists the year of guitar music. Hopefully, the new trend will also be noticeable when it comes to the most anticipated pop albums of 2013.
One of those albums is said to belong to Katy Perry who will definitely try to use this new album in order to achieve the same success she enjoyed after releasing the 2010 “Teenage Dream” album. At the time, the album was bought by millions of customers and managed to produce five number ones, performance that was achieved before only by the “Bad” album of Michael Jackson. Different will be only the style of the album which the artist has described as “darker”.
Another pop album that we are all waiting for is the one that Cher has promised to release this year. The diva hasn’t contributed to her number of hits with any new album in the last 12 years but she seems more than ready to amaze with an eclectic choice of songs. It seems that helping her to get back on stage and in the spotlight are those who often write songs by the side of artists such as Pink and Lady Gaga. She will surely manage to surprise us all, but knowing Cherover decades, she will also remain true to her style and music choices so that we can once again enjoy the amazing voice she has and her songs that are form out of this world.
Also currently working on an album that will be released this year is Beyonce. The singer is expected to come up with some original songs, even more impressive than those that precede them. Helping her to exceed expectations are rumored to be well known artists like Justin Timberlake and Kanye West. So, when thinking about her future album you should think big.
I must end by mentioning the 2013 album that Lady Gaga is expected to soon release. This new album will be her third studio creation and promises to be as experimental as ever. Every single Lady Gaga has released so far has been a hit and each of them are so different, there is no doubt this album will be even greater and will offer something even for those who are not big Gaga fans.