Rising Artist Spotlight: Shirin

In: Donovan, Music

My latest selection for my “Rising Artist Spotlight” series is a talented 19-year-old singer/songwriter from the UK. Currently she’s unsigned, but I predict she won’t be for much longer and will be making a huge splash in the near future. Shirin, meaning “sweet” in Persian, hails from Fareham Hampshire and began her musical journey at the age of 10. In her teens, Shirin performed by invitation at Youth Festivals in Norway, Cyprus & New York where she was backed on piano by Producer KC Porter of LA (who continues to work with top level stars such as Enrique, Janet Jackson etc).

It was in New York in  2008 that she first caught the attention of Producers Marcus Bell & Jon Rezin of American Idol. This meeting was to forge an ongoing interest by Marcus & Jon in the career of Shirin as an emerging singer songwriter and so began the exchange of submissions of tracks for Shirin to song-write and record to. This was to culminate in a collaboration by Shirin & Marcus Bell in 2009 on a song called ‘Insomnia’ which stirred immediate interest in the UK.

watch Shirin’s music video after the jump

There’s definitely a baby boom going on with gay celebrities as of late. Canadian singer, Rufus Wainwright, is the latest to become a dad, joining Elton John & David Furnish and Neil Patrick Harris & his partner David Burtka as proud new gay parents. Wainwright and his partner of five years, Jorn Weisbrodt, welcomed baby girl Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen on February 2 in Los Angeles. The two announced the birth of their first child on Wainwright’s website.

“The little angel is evidently healthy, presumably happy and certainly very, very beautiful. Daddy #1 would like to offer everyone a digital cigar and welcome the little lady in with a French phrase from his favorite folk song, A La Claire Fontaine: “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.”

find out who the mom and famous grandfather is after the jump

Just in time for “America’s Next Top Model Cycle 16’s” premiere this Wednesday, Tyra Banks released a brand new (kinda funny) promo poking fun at the very girls that aspire to be on the show. Over the years, we’ve all gotten used to various types of girls popping up on every cycle. Whether it’s a mini-me one or a high-fashion cycle, certain ANTM model stereotypes always show up in one form or another.

We all know the type: the blond ditz afraid to cut her hair; the ghetto hoodrat sassy one with a chip on her shoulders; and the angry at the world, but takes beautiful pics one. Being the ham that she is, Tyra puts on appropriate outfits, wigs and makeup to parody them in typical over-the-top Tyra-ness. Check it out below.

watch Tyra make fun of ANTM stereotypes after the jump

Eleven teams get a second chance at one million dollars, starting in Palm Springs at a wind farm. Phil tells them that this race will be very, very different and that second chances don’t come free. The first team to finish this lag of the race first gets an express pass to use before challenge that they don’t want to do. Their first challenge is to run into the field and search among the hundreds of flags to find an airline that has to do with Queensland and Northern Territories. They must figure out that they are looking for the Quantas flag. The first eight teams to bring Phil this flag are on the first flight to Sydney, Australia. The remaining three teams will be on a flight that arrives 90 minutes later. Here’s how it played out:

First Flight:

  • 1. Mike & Mel – Father & Son
  • 2. Zev & Justin – Best Friends
  • 3. Jet & Chord – The Cowboys
  • 4. Kynt & Vyxsin – Goth Pair
  • 5. Ron & Christina – Father & Daughter
  • 6. Flight Time & Big Easy – Harlem Globetrotters
  • 7. Margie & Luke – Mother & Deaf Son
  • 8. Jamie & Cara – Cheerleaders

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New Releases Out This Week: February 21st

In: Charge It, Movies, Music, Tyrell

This week, one new release is bound to be in the hands of many as British songstress Adele releases her second album, 21. Her first album which was titled 19 won the Brit two Grammy’s including Best New Artist. This new album has already been released in the UK and has performed quite well for Adele with her first single Rolling in the Deep hitting #1 in multiple countries across Europe.

After a spectacular performance at the Brit Awards this year, her next single Someone Like You went straight to #1 to accompany the album that was already sitting at #1. According to The Official Charts Company, Adele is the first living artist to have both her album and a single from the same album both at #1 at the same time.

This album is a bit different from Adele’s first compilation. While on tour in the southern states, her bus driver played a lot of country music. Adele enjoyed rocking out to it because she never grow up around that genre. She particularly began to adore The Rascal Flatts. You can hear the country influence in this new album with a bit of blues and pop mixed in. The album title, 21 reflects the growth she has experienced in the past two years since 19.

Check out more New Releases after the jump…

Do You “Love” The New Kazaky Music Video?

In: Music, Patrick, Videos

The sexy Ukrainian group known as Kazaky have finally released their music video for their second single “Love“. The video, directed by Yevgeniy Timokhin, is all in black & white and features the dancers turned boy band mates showing off their bodies through their fierce dance moves. The lyrics to the song aren’t anything complex, but their catchy. Mostly, I just love watching these guys dance – they’re really good.

I don’t think the video is quite as good as their first (“In The Middle“) but I still find it entertaining…even the bizarre organ solo that occurs halfway through the song

Check out the video after the jump…

In 1979, The Bellamy Brothers released a track called “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body,” with the lyrics “If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?” Needless to say, they are a bit peeved about Britney Spears‘s new song having very similar lyrics. I’m a little undecided on whether I think this is even an issue. The lyrics aren’t even exactly the same and their song came out over thirty years ago.

David Bellamy explains, “Howard and I have no personal beef with Britney. She’s a talented gal. But professionally we feel completely ripped off.” Britney’s HIAM lyrics say, “If I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me?”

Listen to the track below and share your thoughts on whether or not you think they have a case here.

Listen to their song after the jump…

Unknown Takes Box Office This Weekend

In: Movies, Patrick

Unknown made I Am Number Four say “I Am Number Two” at the box office this weekend. This was surprising to me, considering all of the promotion for I Am Number Four. Promoted as the followup to Taken, Unknown (starring Liam Neeson) brought in almost $22 million this weekend, well on it’s way for becoming profitable with a production budget of $30 million. I Am Number Four brought in $19.5 million, with a production budget that is double that of Unknown, at $60 million. This weekend it seems that most people were in the mood for a thriller!

Speaking of production budgets, did you know that Just Go With It cost $80 million? Yikes, it’s not even an action flick – Aniston and Sandler must have cost a pretty penny. The film was still pretty strong this week, taking the number four spot bringing in $18.2 million making their total earnings now $60.7 million.

One more new film opened this weekend…which would totally be a rental in my opinion. Find out which film this is and how the rest of the Top 10 list played out below.

Check out the Top 10 List after the jump…

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