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Justin Timberlake Joins Instagram

In: Music, Random Reads, Tyrell

I’m a little obsessed with Instagram, I’ll admit. So much that I’ve pretty much let my Twitter account fall to the wayside of automatic tweets from my Instagram account. I really enjoy viewing the lives of my friends, celebrities and a few random hotties through pictures and tag lines. Yesterday, a new celeb joined the famed photo application and already, thousands have double-tapped to like and follow him.

It’s a little mixed if he’s bringing SexyBack with his new tunes. But, when it comes to the photo department, he’s definitely got sexy on lock. Posting only photos in black and white, JT takes us backstage at the Grammy’s and behind the scenes of his show at the Hollywood Palladium. I can’t wait to see what JT will take pictures of…

Check out some of Justin’s Instagrams after the jump.

This past summer, Coquitlam, BC native Tyler Shaw won the opportunity of a lifetime after submitting a cover online to MuchMusic’s Coca-Cola Covers Contest. This adorable 19-year-old is definitely stealing a few hearts with that smile that’ll make you giggle and a voice that’ll make you swoon. After a few months of prep, Tyler debuted his first single, Kiss Goodnight on Canadian radio.

The track is an absolute pop-candy earworm that I turn up every time I hear it on the radio. The video was released back in December but I finally saw it today when it was featured on the VEVO main page. The song itself definitely has an Owl City vibe while still staying true to Shaw’s acoustic sound. In the clip, Tyler and his crew break into a beautiful, locked and packed-up mansion in the forest, only to light it up with Christmas lights galore and enjoy a little night in.

At the age of thirteen, Tyler Shaw didn’t just discover some old guitar underneath his staircase, but in that moment he also discovered his passion. Having never taken a professional music lesson, Tyler developed his love and talent for performance on his own, and has drawn inspiration from a wide range of artists including John Mayer, Michael Bublé, and The Script. From one end of the country to the other, Tyler enrolled as a student at University of PEI, and it was here where his dorm friends encouraged him to submit some of his YouTube videos to MuchMusic’s Coca-Cola’s Covers competition. His talent didn’t go unnoticed and Tyler was chosen as the 2012 winner from over 13,000 submissions. His triumph was broadcasted live from the MuchMusic Video Awards stage in June of 2012.

Check out Tyler’s “Kiss Goodnight” video after the jump.

This week, my buddy Michael Freeby shared some new photos that he recently took of comedic gay icon, Bruce Vilanch. I first remember seeing Bruce on Hollywood Squares. I always thought he was funny but I didn’t know too much about him.

In addition to his successful stints as actor and comedian, Bruce has become very well-regarded in recent years for his writing; ever since 1989 Bruce has been the lead writer for both the Emmy’s and the Oscars. He has also written hit songs and albums for the likes of Eartha Kitt and the Village People.

In the cute photoshoot, Bruce dons his signature red glasses while posing infront of the famous Vegas welcome sign as well as painting his face with whiskers and dice. From writing for Diana Ross to performing on Broadway to taking me to see the Lion King, Bruce has really done it all!

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Last week, OneRepublic released the music video for their new single, If I Lose Myself which will find it’s place on the band’s upcoming studio album, Naive. When the song first debuted, I immediately became a fan. The track seems to mix a little bit of Coldplay’s anthem-like sound with the breakdown of a David Guetta club banger, without all the extra electronic sounds. Despite the face that the song seems uplifting and powerful, it’s message and backstory is something of another nature.

“Even though it sounds like this euphoric, ‘let’s go crazy tonight‘ song, it’s a bit morbid; it’s about going down in an airplane,” frontman Ryan Tedder told MTV News. “Waking up on an airplane and finding our you’re going down, having that moment of sheer panic, looking out the window, seeing your life pass before you, [but] looking over to your right and seeing the person you love sitting next to you, and realizing ‘It could be worse … the next 90 seconds are going to be pretty thrilling, and this person is with me, so I’m okay.’”

In the video, a group of friends receive an invitation to a secret OneRepublic show in LA. As we follow the crew around the city chasing clues spray painted on fire hydrants and street signs, the video cuts to scenes of Ryan Tedder and the band jamming out to loft-life space full of fans. At the party, there is a ton of wolf and owl projection imagery ending with Ryan singing to the camera with a wolf projected on to his face. Check out If I Lose Myself below.

Check out OneRepublic’s new video after the jump.

Who Is, Betty Who?

In: Music, Tyrell, Videos

I love when music gives you a little bit a of throwback. Right now, it seems like that may be the trend for 2013 and my man Justin Timblerlake is setting that trend. Yesterday, I came across an artist fresh out of Australia named Betty Who and her new single is nothing but a clean slice of 80′s realness. From the power synth melodies and chords to the way the lyrics and hook were written, Somebody Loves You is sure to take you back to neon colors, fanny packs and leg warmers.

“Betty Who’s anthemic indie pop is an irresistible mix of bold soundscapes, Top 40 hooks, and knowing lyrics,” states her bio on her official Facebook page. “Born and raised in Sydney, she played cello by age four and wrote her first pop songs in her early teens. Her voice is striking, her performances are hypnotic, and a lifetime of world travel informs her aesthetic. With her signature heels and spiked blonde locks, the six-foot-two Aussie can’t help but take you higher.”

Take a glance at her cute video for Somebody Loves You below. I really hope that she catches on here in North America and makes a splash this year.

Check out Betty Who’s “Somebody Loves You” after the jump.

Last night, Adam Levine ditched his bandmates once again to take the spotlight and tackle the hosting duties of Saturday Night Live. Levine already appeared on the show this season with his band Maroon 5 as a musical guest. In his opening monologue, Levine poked fun at himself admitting that he was overachieving and attempting to act. Well, as long as you recognize it buddy. What made his opening monologue so stellar was the spoofing of his reality show, The Voice. Three chairs turned around in the opener revealing former SNL’er Andy Samberg, Cameron Diaz and Jerry Seinfeld. In the end, Levine ended up with his shirt off.

The overall tone of Adam’s sketches where, erm, gay. I mean heavily. Starting with the hilarious talk-show sketch Circle Work alongside Kenan Thomas where the two homosexual hosts dished out gay advice to straight people. They even convinced Jason Sudekesis’ character that was in fact gay. And can I say that Levine played the part really well. The gay themes didn’t stop there. In the sketch Firehouse Incident, Bill Hader took on the role of a jealous ex-boyfriend who loses his mind over Levine hitting on his ex-girl from 9 years ago whom he dated for two weeks. Hader’s character was an overly dramatic homosexual and was really hilarious.

But the icing on last night’s cake was the sketch Adam and Janet where SNL player Bobby Monahan donned a ginger wig and glasses as a Yonker’s living, Maroon 5 fan who fed Levine a few pills to take him home with her. Check out a majority of Adam’s skits below and vote in the poll on which was your favorite Overall, I thought Adam gave a strong performance minus that awful music throw down/rumble with Train, Jason Mraz and John Mayer. Definitely the weakest of the night. Did you watch SNL last night? How did you think Adam did? Share your thoughts below.

Check out some of Adam’s sketches after the jump.

It’s always a tricky thing for me to write about something like my store or my fiance’s music because it obviously comes across biased. It’s the same for Tommy when he wants to write about an event of his. With that said, I do want to write about my fiance’s (aka fellow Homorazzi cast member, Tyrell) new Scorpio album because I’m really proud of him and saw first hand all of the hard work he put into it. Most importantly, I genuinely love the album and am amazed to see how he has grown over the past couple years. He and his producer, Nick Bertossi did such a great job with the album!


From the Homorazzi cast, myself, Adam, Donovan, Tommy, Matt and a bunch of our other friends went to his album release party last week to support him and I was blown away by his performance. He performed seven of the eight songs on the EP and had four sexy backup dancers that kept us entertained the whole way through. There’s one slow song on the album called “Lost In You” that Tyrell wrote for me and dedicated it to me when he performed it that night (*glassy eyes). The song has a ’90s boy band feel (which is what he was going for) and he actually wrote the song with Ken Lewko of Soul Decision fame.

My personal favorites from the album are: “Take You Home,” “Feel Your Love,” “Love Breakdown,” and “Lost In You“. Listen to the album and check out pictures (by Clint Trahan) & videos (by Hammer Records) from the performances below.

Listen to the album & check out the album launch highlights after the jump…

Well, at least I can’t complain there’s nothing to do in this city during the week tonight! Vancouver has this image of being a great city to visit to ski, to climb mountains, to hit the beach and to get the opportunity to pay $6 too much per shot of tequila, but when it comes to live shows of local talent in the pop music domain? Well, we’re not exactly bursting at the scene with opportunities to party like a rock star into the late hours of the night. Tonight that changes.

After two and a half years of fine-tuning and toning his instrument and his style, dance/pop artist Tyrell Witherspoon is releasing his sophomore EP “Scorpio” to what I can assure you will be a crowd of handsome men (I’ve seen the list, and trust me: I’m pretty damn superficial) and fit ladies in Vancouver’s iconic Gastown district at the trendy Electric Owl Social Club. Having watched Tyrell perform throughout the country and most memorably at last year’s Whistler Pride I know that the dancing will be perfected to a tee, the songs will definitely ring true for the crowd attending and the energy will be the perfect way to start off the weekend.

Click through to get the details on the evening and see Tyrell perform past hits

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