Well in follow up to a Top 11 picks of 2009 article I wrote, I decided to put in my three (yes not two) cents about a few remixes that’ll remind me of this year. I’m a little bit of a remix whore at times, and in solid belief that something can always be improved on. Whether it’s from the club, on the beach, or just dancing by myself in my living room, these are the beats that got me through this year shaking what my mother has indeed bestowed upon me.
….not to mention the video that freaked me out most this year. I feel like I’m watching something pirated that I really shouldn’t be watching. Tiga’s original of this song was hipster heaven, the remix is heaven for the hipster who can dance. Starts off with that wicked little guitar rhiff, and jumps right into a song about shoes, and well, who doesn’t love another 2009 song about shoes (Calvin Harris told us he’s buying them for the weekend this year). Nails, messy hair and gloves round up the things that these people love or hate, but care enough to sing about. Click here to listen to it!
Video on demand…that’s YouTube. The term “viral video” never would have existed without YouTube and there wouldn’t be a list with as many views as these videos had people not had the ability to make the video go “viral.” Every video on this list I have seen before. From music videos, to creative wedding entrances, to coming off meds from the dentist, there is no telling what’s gonna make it big. It could be anything. It could be you. That’s the power of the internet.
I’m sure if there was a top theme for a video, it’d be Beyonce’s Single Ladies dance, interpreted by what seems like a third of the planet. Man, that was a phenomenon! To this day, I still do not know the dance. Alex, on the other hand, cannot claim the same.
So the lists I have for you are the top 5 viewed videos, as well as specifically, the top 5 viewed music videos on YouTube.
Find out what the top viewed video is, and top viewed music videos after the jump…
Well, it was another eventful year in the tabloids, at the awards shows, on television, and on the charts. Some people came out of nowhere, seemingly doing nothing or just getting lucky, while others have worked their butt off and have earned every little bit of success they received this year. A little bit of reality TV trash mixed with pure art combined with talent and a hot splash of sexy, and you’ve got my 2009 list of the Top 10 People That Had An Exceptional 2009.
Okay, the list says that they’ve had an exceptional year, not necessarily that they’ve done anything exceptional or that they’re extra special. She’s on the list because all it’s taken is a few drunk episodes in front of a camera, and now she’s one of the stars of a hit reality show, Jersey Shore. She may have gotten punched by some jerk at a bar, that is now paying the price for his actions, but she’s already been spoofed on SNL, been on Jay Leno, and the show is only 4 episodes in. Little did she know that when she signed up for the show that she’d be on Jay Leno or partying it up with The Hills star Kristin Cavallari over the holidays. Usually with these types of shows, they’re filmed ahead of time, and then MTV picks it up if they’re interested in it. They don’t know going into it that’s its going to be as big as it is. Same thing that happened with Peak Season in Canada. And, type in Snooki, her nickname, in Google, and there she is!
A lot of things happened in 2009 and here are just a few photos of those events and Celebrities that left quite an impression this past year. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of the past events of 2009 but only a few of the ones I could remember at the time I wrote this post. I will apologize now but just as you’re entitled to your opinion, these are mine. So here they are in random order.
Cunt-ye West rains on Taylor Swifts parade. I was really impressed with Beyoncé’s reaction by giving Taylor her moment back and saying,
“Thank you. I remember being 17-years-old, up for my first MTV Award with Destiny’s Child and it was one of the most exciting moments in my life. So I’d like Taylor to come out and have her moment.”
Let me start this post off by saying this isn’t a cheesy New Year’s resolution promise to myself only to be forgotten by the end of January. It’s an honest attempt at changing my life for the better – not just in 2010 – but a commitment to myself to live a happier and healthier life in more ways than one. I am fully aware that by putting this out there on the www I’m going to have skeptics and people that will hold me accountable, and I’m OK with that – in fact it might be that extra motivation that I need to stay on track. It’s time for me to take control of my happiness and push the excuses out the door. So, I’m taking… stealing a page out of Oprah’s book and beginning Alex’s Best Life Challenge. During my sabbatical (aka 8 months of unemployment), it hit me that I only have this one life and I don’t want to waste it being out-of-shape, unhappy, bored or stagnant.
This week’s Top 5 are the 5 areas in my life that I want to improve upon during 2010 (and beyond… dun dun dun). Stick around for updates throughout the year and if you’re feeling adventurous, I challenge you to start your own Best Life Challenge. You’re the only one in control of you, so make it work! (The below aren’t necessarily in order or importance).
I’m bored. While I love TV (watching, reenacting, fantasizing about being the damsel in distress) I would hardly consider it a hobby, nor do I consider keeping the couch warm remotely entertaining. I want to do something that I can look at and feel proud of. Something that will keep me busy when I have down time, but that isn’t mundane. I’m thinking I want to take up photography. I love beautiful photos, capturing memories and seeing different stories framed on the wall. I think by this summer I’d like to get a nice camera, take a couple classes and work on being the next David LaChapelle… or just Alex with a camera. I also wouldn’t mind expanding my cooking skills given my love of food. Maybe I can photograph the food I make!
An admitted full-on geek, I’ve been obsessed with fantasy novels since I first starting reading. Being a bit of a size queen I’ve always had a penchant for the thicker novels and on top of that, give me something in an extended series and I’m hooked. What really gets me going of course is anything with magic and dragons and all craziness in between. Essentially, my motto on books is that that they’re escapist tools so why read about World War II or Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul when you can delve into alternate worlds and realities- at least that’s how my brain works! So, when heading out to Quebec 13 years ago while in the 7th Grade I gravitated based purely on length alone (in an effort to impress god knows who) towards a novel called “Wizard’s First Rule”. It was 700 pages, had the word wizard in the title and had a huge red dragon on it… what more could a boy ask for? The book- first of 11 in its series- was written by Terry Goodkind and has not only enthralled me for the past decade but has of recent been developed into a so-far successful tv series: “Legend of the Seeker”. Rarely do we geeks get our fantasies made visual- comic book lovers aside of course that is… oh, and those “Lord of the Rings” people, so the news that this show was coming out put me in grinning ear-to-ear mode instantaneously. The big question that rises is: how will the show match up to the perfect image I created in my mind.
Today mark’s one of many infamous days leading up to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, as the official Canadian Men’s Olympic Hockey team was announced (with live feeds streaming across the nation thanks to CTV). The announcement was made at a live press conference held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, currently hosting the World Junior Championships.
The Canadian men’s hockey team will consist of three goaltenders, seven defencemen and thirteen forwards. To kick off the team selection Steve Yzerman (the Executive Director of the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team) announced the first of 23 men, Scott Niedermayer, a veteran defenceman as the Captain of the team.
The next announcement rolled out were the goal tenders, Roberto Luongo, Martin Brodeur and Marc-Andre Fluery. There was no indication as to who would be the starting net minder and who would be second or third string, but my bets are on Brodeur, Luongo, and Fleury respectively.
Here we go again. Time to watch a bunch of twenty-somethings drink, fight and sleep their way through the Real World house for our viewing pleasure. After watching last season’s trainwreck Real World: Cancun, I vowed never to watch another season. Honestly, half the episodes involved the roommates screaming at each other at the top of their lungs. Not only did it make my hair hurt, it got tired real fast. In a few instances, a few of the roommates crossed the line and tried to push other housemates to the point of a nervous emotional breakdown so that they’d begin cutting themselves again so that they’d get kicked out of the house. Totally disgusting behavior.
With that being said, why am I writing about the 23rd installment of MTV’s Real World? Simple, MTV is my pusher, and this roadkill of a show is my drug. Also, I read that this season promises to showcase less “drama” and juvenile behavior than in past seasons- thank God. According to MTV’s President of Programming, Tony DiSanto,
“The charged atmosphere of Washington D.C., the center of our country’s social and political change, will provide an electric setting for this next season of The Real World. We are thrilled to be filming our classic franchise in the heart of where history is being made … it adds a whole new dimension to the great characters and drama our viewers expect and love from The Real World.”