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Christina Aguilera Is Beyond Phenomenal On New Track

In: Donovan, Music

WOW. Simply amazing or should I say asombrosa since Christina Aguilera is belting her little heart out in Spanish on her new track. “Hoy Tengo Ganas De Ti” which roughly translates to “Today I Feel Like Having You” is a duet with Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez. The track is a remake of a famous Spanish classic originally sung by Miguel Gallardo back in 1975. Xtina and Fernandez recorded it as the theme of the telenovela La Tempestad. Even before learning that, I immediately noticed how dramatic the song was. It all makes perfect sense now.

Alejandro is a fantastic vocalist, but he’s just musical roadkill when Christina gets to her parts. The 32-year-old singer just slays it. Even though he probably connects with the lyrics more since its his native tongue, Aguilera does a good job of pulling it off even though I’m sure she doesn’t understand a lick of it. LOL. Granted, she did release an entire Spanish album back in the day. I loved Mi Reflejo where she translated a few of her biggest hits to Spanish and sang original tunes as well. Check out Auggie’s superb new song below. Love or hate her, you can’t deny the woman has a phenomenal instrument.

listen to the track after the jump

Last issue, Time Magazine put same-sex marriage front and center on their cover. This time around they look to Jennifer Lawrence and six others to grace their annual 100 Most Influential issue. From artists and leaders to pioneers, titans and icons, the issue highlights the most influential people in the world. Each person is profiled by an equally luminary voice. In Lawrence’s case, it’s Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster.

“You’ll remember where you were when you first felt it, how you were stuck to one spot like a small animal considering its end. The Jennifer Lawrence Stare. It cuts a searing swath in your gut. A reckoning. I remember going to the cutting rooms of Winter’s Bone. I thought, Sure, this girl can act. But, man, this girl can also just be.” – Jodie Foster

Photographer Mark Seliger snapped Lawrence for one of seven collectible covers. Gracing their own cover are Jay-Z (artist and entrepreneur), Elon Musk (SpaceX and Tesla founder), Li Na (tennis champion), Aamir Khan (film star and activist), Rand Paul (U.S. Senator) and 15-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai. Check out their covers below, along with some of my favorite entertainment stars included on the Time 100 list. Side note: If you love lists as much as I do, be sure to check out OUT magazine’s 50 Power List as well.

check out others who made the list

Here’s a title Rihanna probably never expected, nor wanted for that matter. The Barbadian singer’s “Skrillex” hairstyle has been voted the worst hair trend of the 21st century. She garnered 20% of the vote on the survey conducted by British hair care retailer Fabriah.com.

Personally, I kinda like the whole one side shaved long hair look. It looks great on the “Stay” singer and others including Cassie and Ellie Goulding. I’m not just saying that either because my current look is short all around with long hair on top ;)

“I am not at all surprised the ‘Skrillex’ look claimed the prize as the worst hair trend of the 21st Century. What is surprising, however, is the number of people still copying the style. I would never have imagined the haircut becoming so popular.” – Francesca Davies, a spokeperson for Fabriah.com

Coming in second in the poll was David Beckham’s cornrows with 19% of the vote. I definitely agree with that. It’s not a good look on the soccer player. Other celebrities making the dishonorable list include Justin Timberlake’s blond curly mane from his ‘N Sync days and Scarlett Johansson’s mullet. American Idol judge Nicki Minaj also made the cut for all her various colorful wigs. Check out the entire Top 10 list below.

check out the top ten after the jump

Pitbull and Christina Aguilera have finally released their music video for the feel-good dance hit, “Feel This Moment” and you can watch it below.

This type of music video is my least favorite. Essentially (with the exception of some inserts here and there) the video is a bunch of clips of the artists performing in front of large audiences… feeling the moment. Not only that, but I also dislike all of the small boxes used to show the visuals. Use the space provided, please! Aside from that, I do like the song. I just wish they had been a bit more creative with the video.

This week, the song moved from number 18 to number 13 on the Hot 100. Pitbull and Aguilera are set to perform at the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards next Saturday night (March 23). Check out the video below!

Video after the jump…

Top 12 Breakup Songs

In: Music, Patrick

Oh what the heck, I’m going there. In my last article, I mentioned I’m going through a breakup and I’m coming to realize that several other people I know are too so why not share my list with others. Spring Fever, I guess!

Over the past week, I put in the effort to dig up songs that really spoke to how I was feeling and really help you get through the angry part. Yes, I’m not listening to the depressing types of breakup songs that make you cry. I’m listening to the “eff you” type songs that help build myself back up. I’m sure many of you have had these songs on your playlist at one time or another when going through a breakup, while others may want to add them in right now if they’re going through it now. Enjoy!

Listen to the songs after the jump…

One of my favorite songs on Christina Aguilera‘s Lotus album is her “Blank Page” ballad, written by Australian singer-songwriter Sia. It’s such a beautiful song and the lyrics are so good.

Back in early December, Donovan wrote about the Sia’s live performance cover of Rihanna‘s “Diamonds,” which she also co-wrote. Now, her version of “Blank Page” (which she wrote for Christina’s album) has surfaced online. It’s very different from the Lotus version and they each have their own take on it. Other artists that Sia has worked with or collaborated with included Bliss n Eso, David Guetta, Flo Rida, Afrojack, Shakira, and more. She is one talented woman.

Listen to both songs below and vote on which version you like best: Sia’s or Christina Aguilera’s.

Listen & vote after the jump…

Before I begin, I just wanted to preface this post by saying it’s bit self-indulgent. That said, the aim of our Behind The Cast posts are to give you a better insight to who we are. True? Anyhoo, I just wanted to quickly chat about one of our favorite pastimes while getting ready for a night out on the town.

Usually, Brian and my home is the meeting place before we head out. Most of our friends live nearby and we have a bigger place so it makes sense. Plus we have all the board games, karaoke, a hot tub, booze and most importantly an Apple TV. Combined with the brilliant VEVO app, the Apple TV is my favorite thing in the world. Friends come over all the time and play me their favorite new tracks by simply logging on to our Wi-Fi and playing it on our sound system. With the VEVO app, we can play all our current music video obsessions and our favorite oldies which brings me to this post.

Nothing gets a roomful of homos screaming more than playing music videos from our favorite DIVAS. Yes, we’re a gay cliche. However, we also listen to folk music, old school grunge, rock and hip-hop but there’s something about the ladies that gets us all fired up. I decided to share some of the music videos that seem to get the most airplay at our house while enjoying cocktails. I purposefully left out clips from 2012 since that would make this post extremely long. Without further delay, check out a few oldies and relatively-recent clips we love watching while a tad intoxicated.

check out our favorites after the jump

Ke$ha & Foster The People Dropped By Radio Stations

In: Donovan, Music

Not surprisingly, in light of the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”, has been dropped by radio stations. Given its lyrics, “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks / You better run, better run, outrun my gun … better run faster than my bullet,” it’s the sensitive thing to do.

Also receiving a ‘no play’ status at several stations, especially in the regions nearby the shootings, is Ke$ha’s “Die Young.” Even though it’s a pop dance track about seizing the day, some might misinterpret the title as being inappropriate, reveal a few radio spokespeople. Surprisingly, David Guetta’s “Titanium” with its “bulletproof” line is also getting the axe. I guess you can probably add La Roux’s “Bulletproof” to that list.

On the flip side, several songs have seen an increase in airplay since the tragedy. Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven,” Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All,” have all received more requests than normal, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Sound bites featuring words from President Obama’s speech on Sunday night set to the music of Lifehouse’s “Aftermath” and White Lion’s “When The Children Cry” have played on WDAQ in Danbury, Connecticut.

Speaking of commemorative recordings, did you see last night’s moving tribute on The Voice. The show’s judges and contestants performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” while holding cards with names of those who perished from the brutal shootings. Though relatively short, the performance was beyond powerful. Christina Aguilera’s solo was EVERYTHING. I go tingles and shed a couple of tears. When X-Tina utilizes her voice, nothing even comes close. Check out the performance below.

check out The Voice’s moving tribute after the jump

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