Sorry for the lack of updates this week, folks! Julia and I've been busy at work... =P
Anyhoos. So the big controversy in the pop music world right now is the media-induced feud between Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson. Beyoncé's single Halo has been out for months, climbing up the radio charts. The song was written by Ryan Tedder, who is a singer-songwriter and a member of the group OneRepublic. (I looove Leona Lewis's Bleeding Love which he wrote, as well as my current pop obsession at the moment, Jordin Sparks's Battlefield, which he also wrote.) Well Mr. Tedder is in deep poop poop with these ladies, as people have pointed out that his song Halo sounds exactly the same as Kelly Clarkson's new single, Already Gone, which he also wrote. Kelly is not happy about this, going on public record, "It sucks, but it's one of those things I have no control over. I already made my album. At this point, the record company can do whatever they want with it. It's kind of a shitty situation, but ... you know, you learn."
Of course, Ryan has released a statement of his own: "They are two entirely different songs conceptually, melodically, & lyrically and I would never try to dupe an artist such as Kelly Clarkson or Beyoncé into recording over the same musical track, the idea is both hurtful and absurd." I freakin agree. Am I the only person who thinks that these two songs aren't as identical sounding as EVERYONE is making it out to be?! I love Halo, I love Already Gone. I don't think they are the same song. Listen for yourself:
Friday, July 31, 2009
Sorry for the lack of updates this week, folks! Julia and I've been busy at work... =P
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Madonna is a monster. Look at those arms! WTF! Completely unnatural, completely unnecessary, and completely disgusting! I don't care if you are Madonna, no 50 year old woman, nay, no human being, should have arms like that. EW!
On a related note, I love this article in NYMag, about the writer's experience of being a fan of the pop star through the ups and downs. It reminds me a lot of my love for a certain other pop star you all know I have an obsession with. Holla!
Friday, July 24, 2009
I don't know if it's because all of this Comic Con hype that's going on in San Diego, or the fact that I just finished rereading New Moon for the 10th time, or because New Moon is my favorite book, or because it's a new director, but I AM SO STOKED for New Moon!
Check out some clips that were shown during Comic con:
Bella and Jake:
Bella and Edward:
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
After 5 years on hiatus, VH1 is finally resurrecting their successful VH1 Divas franchise this year. VH1 Divas used to be an annual benefit concert featuring some of the show business's biggest stars (or "divas"), with proceeds going to VH1's Save the Music Foundation. Past artists who have participated include Mariah Carey, Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige (who I personally think has the most fantastic voice), Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Elton John (the biggest diva of them all), etc. This year's concert will air on Sept. 17, and feature Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Leona Lewis, and...Miley Cyrus. Miley Cyrus?! As in Hannah Montana? As in the bane of my pop culture aficionado self?? Ugh. To hear them tell it, "Adele, Kelly, Leona and Miley have all captured the world's attention with their talent and have earned their designation as VH1 Divas this year. Don't let some of their young ages fool you — these women are among the best entertainers in the world and will continue to thrill music fans for a long time to come."
Ok. Whatever. Will I still watch? YES. I LOOOOOOVE Kelly, Leona, and Adele. They're adding more performers, so hopefully the lineup will get bigger and better. For your listening pleasure, here are the Divas:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Harry Potter mania has swept the world once more, thanks to the latest film of the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Personally, I saw the movie last Monday night whilst visiting Seattle .. which was two days before the movie actually premiered in theaters (yes, I am very proud of this).
Anyway, check out this hilarious, funny, and awkward video of Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe on a Japanese tv show, where he meets one of his biggest fans:
Monday, July 20, 2009
This cracked me up on this otherwise bleh Monday. I freakin used to love Where in the World is Carmen San Diego! One of my college friends supposedly was on the show and got pretty far, and I still ask her to produce the tape evidence of it from time to time. They should really resurrect this show, are you listening Nick/Disney/Cartoon?!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Audrey McCombs, a girl obsessed with The Beatles and especially Paul McCartney, went to one of his shows, holding up a sign that read "Paul, sign my arm so I can get it tattooed!" Being quite the gentleman he is, he called her on-stage to sign her arm.
Girl got exactly what she wanted:
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
OMG you guys, I cracked up for like 10 minutes after watching this video. Michelle Collins of Best Week Ever posted it, and like, I just can't stop watching it. It's some kind of animal show on Korean TV, but you really don't need to know Korean to understand it. The bear cub below is HILARIOUS in his fear of, well, basically anything that moves. I do feel a little bad laughing at its expense when it is obviously SO freakin terrified of the tigers it is forced to be near, but OMG. HAHAHA. I even earmarked my favorite parts for you guys, even if you don't watch the whole clip, you must watch 0:44 (when the cub first sees the tiger), and 2:49 (when he gets scared by a shadow). HAHA.
Monday, July 13, 2009
You know I love free things, especially food, and you know I am generous about sharing that information to our faithful bloggers! For you coffee lovers, McDonald's is instituting Free Mocha Mondays from now until August 3, from 7am-7pm. Basically you get a free sample of their iced or hot mochas every Monday til the 3rd, with sample sizes being a generous full cup. Not bad, eh?
I've heard decidedly mixed reviews about McDonald's McCafe, but hey, I will take anything that is free and try it at least once. Also, I mean, it's McDonald's, I don't think one should expect barista greatness.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I've found another winner: Emails from an Asshole.
As stated by the the site: "This is a collection of e-mails I have sent to people who post classified ads. My goal is to mess with them, confuse them, and/or piss them off. These are the ones that succeeded."
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I loooove sites like Fail Blog and Engrish Funny, so I am kinda loving Awful Library Books. It's like Fail Blog for the "literary" world. I put the word "literary" in quotes cause uh, these books are not examples of the best of the best in literature, but that's what makes it hilarious. The blog was started by 2 Detroit librarians, Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner, and their aim is to just highlight some of the worst books found on local library shelves. There's a nice article in Time about who they are and the impact their blog has had on...librarians. =P
But really, I think my favorite book on the site so far is the one on the left. It's always been my dream to be a homemaker, so I'm gonna have to track this copy down! And yes, I am kidding. Sorta.
You can follow them on twitter, too.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
There is a national emergency, America. There is a Slim Jim shortage in America right now!
"An explosion last month destroyed the only Slim Jim plant in the U.S., the Post reports. And the company that makes Slim Jims, ConAgra (CAG), hasn't produced any since then and won't do so for at least another month. Industry analysts say that Slim Jim loyalty is very high, and that people aren't going to be OK with substitutes if the real thing is gone. That's why some fans may be hoarding the remaining supply.
Analysts tell the Post that ConAgra could produce as many as 500 million Slim Jims every year. ConAgra said it won't return to full Slim Jim production until the fall. 'The sooner, the better,' writes the Post. 'Yesterday one convenience store in Midtown Manhattan was still selling foot-long Slim Jims that expired in February.'" (msn.com)
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I have to say, if I weren't at work today, I'd totally be watching all of the MJ memorial coverage being held at the Staples Center in LA. I know it's overkill, but I actually do think it's fitting and appropriate for an artist whose influence is deeply ingrained into the fabric of the pop culture we know today. If you're sick of all the Michael Jackson coverage, now might be a good time to pick up a book to read, cause it's going to dominate the airwaves for awhile. Here is a rundown of what you can expect to see today and tonight (courtesy of Cynopsis):
- ABC Charlie Gibson will anchor live coverage titled Remembering Michael Jackson at 1p ET. Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters will co-anchor a special edition of 20/20 tonight at 9p ET followed by Primetime: Family Secrets at 10p ET, reporting on Jackson's children. Cynthia McFadden will also anchor Nightline from the Staples Center.
- BET Full day of coverage titled Michael Jackson: In Remembrance starting with an encore episode of 106 & Park at 9a ET with Jackson videos and more; at 1030a ET, BET will re-air Forever the King: A Tribute to Michael Jackson followed by an encore airing of Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough: Michael Jackson Special at 11a ET. BET's News team will begin its live memorial coverage at 12p to 4p ET from both L.A. and New York. BET will re-air Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough: Michael Jackson Special at 4p ET and 106 & Park with more tributes to Jackson at 6p ET.
- CBS Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith will anchor the Early Show today from the Staples Center. CBS News anchor Katie Couric will lead the network's live coverage of the memorial service at 1p ET from the Staples Center and anchor a special 48 Hours at 10p.
- CNN Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Don Lemon and Soledad O'Brien to host live memorial coverage from L.A. while Campbell Brown and Roland Martin anchor live from New York, beginning at 12p ET. CNN's coverage will also be simulcast on CNN International.
- E! Begins its Jackson programming at 7a ET, broadcasting its coverage worldwide starting with an updated E! True Hollywood Story about Jackson and the E! Entertainment Special: Michael Jackson, an authorized documentary about Jackson. E! will have reporters doing live cut-ins throughout the morning from various locations and in-studio. E!'s live memorial coverage from inside the Staples Center begins at 1p ET/10a PT and will also be simulcast on EOnline.
- FOX News Channel Shepard Smith will anchor live coverage while Megyn Kelly leads live coverage of the memorial for FOX Broadcasting, both at 1p ET. Tonight, Greta Van Susteren will broadcast her show from L.A.
- MTV, MTV.com, VH1, VH1.com, VH1 Classic and VH1 Soul Extended coverage of the memorial service today starting at 12p ET/9a PT. During the hour prior to the service, MTV and VH1 will air a cadre of Jackson's most memorable videos, performances and interviews with reporting from the memorial site by MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway among other correspondents from the networks. The channels will then offer live and commercial free coverage from the memorial service at 1p-230p ET/10a-1130a PT. Additionally, MTV's 28th birthday on August 1 will become a day-long celebration of "Michael Jackson TV" as the network honors the "King of Pop's" music legacy reaching more than a half billion households in more than 160 countries worldwide.
- NBC Meredith Vieira will broadcast live for Today at the Staples Center and NBC News' Brian Williams will anchor the network's live memorial coverage at 1p ET. Chris Jansing will lead MSNBC's memorial live coverage.
Monday, July 6, 2009
If you haven't heard of Arrested Development, I BLAME YOU FOR ITS CANCELLATION.
Heh, I kid. Maybe.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Reasons why I want to see The Invention of Lying:
1. Great cast: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, TINA FEY, Jonah Hill, Rob Lowe, etc ..
2. Awkward humor.
3. I like to lie (ha! just kidding .. maybe ..)
Check out the trailer: