On Beyonce

February 24, 2009

Well more so on her overexposure. People have been suggesting that being too out there may actually hamper your success. Now, that having been said, Beyoncé Knowles, the QUEEN of overexposure decided that having Bidet and Bidet Unflushed wasn’t enough saturation, she decided to just release a two-disc album I Am… Insane. Don’t get me wrong, I love I Am… Sasha Fierce. I think it’s her best album to date.
However, when she releases two singles within a week of each other, I have to draw the line and say hold up, slow down girlfriend!
She wants to be THE entertainer. I am sure she goes home, looks at billboard and spits every time she sees Rihanna at number one, and that’s a lot of spitting to do, but I digress. So when I Am… In Need of a Sanitarium was released, she had out If I Were A Boy and Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) which I have parodied on my myspace :).
At any rate, both did exceptionally well on the Billboard Hot 100 and of course her album debuted at number one. However, the steam is now letting up and she has out two MORE singles, Halo (one of my favourite songs on the album)
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and Diva (a female version of A Milli by Lil’ Wayne).

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Both great songs, but… too much of a good thing is still TOO MUCH! After going through the Hot 100 and seeing that both songs had peaked, Diva at number 20 and Halo at 44 and were on their way down, I snickered and said HA! That never happened to her arch nemesis RiRi. She must have wiped her ASS with that when she saw her singles slipping further below Rihanna’s singles from last year :D
Long story short, B, take my advice. Before you release the last 8 singles you have planned before summer, hold off until at least the middle of April before bringing out a new single. Promote Diva in high end areas and Halo in the sweet heart states.


The List ’08

November 21, 2008

My birthday, more commonly known as November 25th is Tuesday! (it’s also pay day so there’s no excuse) Thanks everyone that made last year so special.

I now present to you, the List.

+ Colognes: Bvlgari, Givenchy, Dior ‘Fahrenheit’ Gift Set (for Men), Issey Miyake

+ Cash: Always welcome and needed to maintain and improve the blog and yours truly of course.

+ Rent Money: Don’t ask why it’s separate and distinct from ‘Cash’, it just is.

+ Sunglasses: Dior, Prada, Burberry, Vogue, Versace, DKNY & Salvatore Ferragamo

+ Plane Tickets to varying destinations (Open Passage preferred)

+ Assorted Designer Clothing (The Website is just a suggestion)

+ Graphic T’s

+ Membership and passes at Gyms & Spas

+ Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners (November 24th-26th)

+ Digital Camera

+ Cell phone: Whichever latest gadget has the techs moist

+ iPod Touch

+ Laptop

+ Psycho Bunny Cuff links and ties from Saks Fifth Avenue

***Variations to the list are welcome:)***

Hope to see you this year!

Oh for those of you wondering what I’m doing this year since it’s my first year where I won’t have to worry about University, I’ll keep you posted, probably not throwing a big bash, but then again, I may very well be. :)


Shontelle: The Everyday Celebrity

October 9, 2008
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Below is an interview with Universal Motown alum, Shontelle. Superlative1 wishes to thank Shontelle for graciously agreeing to the interview. Originally published April 12th, 2008.

“I’m here watching this picture on National Geographic.” Not the words you expect to hear coming out the mouth of a young singer, on the verge of her album launch, but such is the life of Shontelle Layne- the rising star.

A humid and bright Saturday afternoon, I called Shontelle to see how she was doing and to catch up on the latest happenings in her life. She began telling me about the show she was watching- it was a feature on the infamous 9/11 attacks, which shook the world back in 2001, describing in depth how moved she was by it and how she didn’t know how she would have reacted if she were in that situation. She now lives in New York, so there is always that fear in the back of your mind, the ‘What if…?’ I was pleased she agreed to do the interview without hesitation, and I was even more pleased when I was able to catch her on a lazy afternoon.

“Universal Motown Records was one of the labels I was looking at… there were a handful of them but definitely Universal.” Her voice noticeably lifted when talking about her distribution label, but there was a far more personal investment in the smaller label SRC Records, which crafted her sound and shopped her around to Universal Motown in the first place. The fact that ‘Akon’ was also under that same ‘imprint’ label- the term used to refer to the smaller labels which handle the actual production and artist development which the larger labels no longer do- seemed to please her greatly, apparently she’s a fan. It was at this time I remembered why I wanted to do a face-to-face interview instead of a telephone interview. My telephone beeped, I ignored it as she was mid-sentence talking about her youth, and how she could not see herself doing anything other than music.

“That’s why I went after that American Musical and Dramatic Academy scholarship because if you’re going to do something, you should learn to do it best.” I honestly never heard of the AMDA, so I researched it and discovered she actually won the scholarship, however while in New York, received a call from Evan Rogers from SRP- the man behind Rihanna’s discovery- and decided to take the opportunity that presented itself. What I also never realized was her aunt is Kim Derrick, a local entertainer and she mentioned it was being exposed to the live aspect of music and performing that really inspired her. She was also quick to say when she was younger she wanted to be like her aunty Kim. I was tempted to ask how she felt now that she’s surpassed her aunt, but I felt that question would be inappropriate so I moved on. Besides, my main focus was to find out about Shontelle the girl next door, not Shontelle the potential superstar.

What I found most intriguing was her revelation about her routine in New York- where she is currently based. She told me that she basically does what she was doing when our conversation began. I had to be sure that she really wanted to tell me all she does at the end of a long day is go home to her apartment and watch National Geographic or the Discovery Channel. There was no mistake. I had always imagined the life of a singer to be such a glamorous and exciting life. Fueling my apparent misconception is the recent spate of out-of-control celebrities all over the television, getting arrested, falling down drunk coming out of clubs and bars, and what ever else they get up to. However, Shontelle tells me that type of behaviour is not in keeping with her image or modus operandi.

“I used to party a lot when I was younger… I eventually realized that was a waste of money and I decided I needed to find ways to take the money I had and make it work for me, not simply throw it away.” At this point I was really beginning to see how she has matured in life and in the industry, though she is still yet to release her debut album.

Why I was particularly impressed with Shontelle is because I look up to people in entertainment. Entertainment in all forms inspires me, and entertainers are the most amazing people on the planet. Although it cannot be denied- the fact that a lot of them often mess up on such a phenomenal scale- one has to admit that many times, the amount of good that the majority of their peers does far overshadows the negative that a handful of irresponsible people do. What I also discovered is that Shontelle is quite socially aware and very committed to the (RED) campaign, which seeks to raise funds to stamp out HIV/AIDS in Africa. When I asked her if she had any final words to say to aspiring artists, she simply said, “Keep trying.” Very short but it carries a strong message for anyone who really wants to go after their dream, keep trying.


Top Tracks for Summer 2008 *Updated*

July 17, 2008

This is a compilation of the songs I think are hot summer tracks. This isn’t based off Billboard’s Hot 100 or anything, just my recommendation of songs to set the mood for your summer.

Trina – I Got A Bottle (Feat. Missy Elliot)

Fergie – Labels or Love

The Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up

Rihanna – Disturbia

Lady Gaga – Just Dance (ft. Colby O Donis)

Keri Hilson – Energy

Katy Perry – I Kissed A Girl

Metro Station – Shake It

Panic! At the Disco – 9 In the Afternoon

Maroon 5 – If I Never See Your Face Again (ft. Rihanna)

Jordin Sparks – One Step At A Time

Shontelle – T-Shirt

Ne-Yo – Closer

Lil Wayne – A Milli

Wynter Gordon – Surveillence

Tami Chynn – Frozen (ft. Akon)

Danity Kane – Pretty Boy

Madonna – Heartbeat

Mariah Carey – Migrate

Taio Cruz – Driving Me Crazy

Young Hot Rod – I Like To Fuck (ft. Tila Tequila)

Alicia Keys – I Need You

Ashanti – The Way That I Love You

Britney Spears – Perfect Lover

Sam Sparro – Black and Gold

Lil Wayne – Lollipop (ft. Static Major)

and of course

Enur – Calabria 2008 (ft. Natasja)


Gotham Nights- March 27th, 2008

March 22, 2008

I’m all psyched about going! The first showcase of Gotham Nights, a Pop/Rock and Alternative concert is set for March 27th and yours truly will be there rocking out with the best of them! Come on down to the Spirit Bond Mall and buy me drink;)

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The even features Broken Chain Links, Subway Protocol, an Anime Music Video (AMV) Presentation and all the best rock music you’re craving!

Click poster for larger view.


Talent Wanted!

March 21, 2008

If you are or someone you know is a talented musician/singer in the genres of Rock or Alternative, this might interest you.

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Christmas Cheer!

December 17, 2007

Tis the season and what not and I saw this nauseatingly cute Christmas animation, felt I’d share it with everyone to get you in the spirit of the season. Click here to check out this wonderful exhibition of yuletide cheer.


I Heart My Sub woofer

December 17, 2007

Ah… thanks to the wonderful people at Promotech Inc. I have me a lovely set of Logitech ‘R-20′ 2.1 speakers and I must say I am loving the sub woofer! However, my parents have not been echoing my sentiments (HA!)

So they’ve been complaining about the booming coming from my room at 2am disturbing them. The problem is we have drastically different sleep patterns, they go in when the sun sets, I go in when it rises. Loggerheads much?

At any rate, they just don’t understand the joy of being able to stay in my room and listen to my favourite music with all the bass I love! I guess I COULD compromise and keep the volume to a minimum… one day maybe.


Aqua Del Mar: the Review

November 20, 2007

I know it’s late in coming and for that I apologise. However, I am now prepared to give you a run down of the happenings at Aqua Del Mar- the new club night in Barbados.

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Aqua Del Mar sets itself apart from the local party scene and night life because of not only its format but its location. Set in the beautiful decor of Aqua Restaurant and Lounge, it uses the reputation of this fine establishment to give the event some class as well as recognition.

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However, do not be quick to jump to the conclusion the event simply rests on the laurels of all that Aqua has aspired to, on the contrary, Sector 6 headed by DJ Carlos adds not takes away from the establishment and in culmination, turns it into a night that’s simply unforgettable.

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When I got there I was filled with a sense of anxious anticipation and excitement because I am familiar with the type of music that DJ Carlos is known for and I was anticipating that, however as far as turnout was concerned I was a bit disheartened by the OPA! days when few people showed up apart from the group I went with. Sector 6 is amazing however I sometimes think they’re overshadowed by the locations they choose.

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Having arrived there at 7:45 for a 7:30 start, I was met by staff and I believe one or two patrons who were even earlier than I was. I surveyed the downstairs and noticed all but three small tables were removed and a dance-floor was created by the vacant space, at the other end the DJ and Lighting booths with Light Pad behind the DJ. I thought, “Impressive, they went all out” and showed you don’t need a CLUB to have a Club Night.

Meanwhile, I was starving because on Sundays I usually eat at 12 then go out for a bite to eat later in the evening. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw the Aqua Del Mar menu! It wasn’t the full Aqua menu, which would make no sense seeing as how it’s a club night. Not to say the menu had on fries, far from. It had real food, but club food. I had a Spicy Chicken Quesadilla which was the BEST one I ever had, no lie. After I ate, I went upstairs to take a look around and upstairs was even better than downstairs. Lounge furniture, menus, a small bar… everything to give you a relaxed feel. What I liked most about it was the fact that the speakers were downstairs so if you wanted to sit and chat you could, without having to leave the establishment, yet you could still enjoy the music because of the open air setting.

The night progressed and more people started showing up. By this time my liquors were up and I was already a tad tipsy. The only down-point of the night was the fact that they didn’t have a cappuccino machine. Apart from that, I have no complaints. I went to get some coffee from Italia which is like 2 minutes walk away so it wasn’t a problem for me especially considering they give you bands so you won’t have to worry about getting stopped on the way back in to pay again. When I got back, I decided to try some dessert and had the Spiced Banana Spring Rolls with Caramel Coulis- one word, Amazing. Good food: Check!

The music was simply excellent and DJ Carlos played an amazing session. He really got the groove up and the people who now filled the place got their groove on, myself included. Although most of the music was new to me, it was such a good vibe you couldn’t HELP but dance to it especially after a few Absolut and cranberry juice! Good music: Check!

This was one of the best nights I had without my posse to MAKE me enjoy myself. I was impressed, not only by the decor but by the music and the crowd. I think anyone coming to Barbados who especially loves Dance music as well as good food and an ocean front setting should DEFINITELY check out Aqua Del Mar. Need directions? I got your back.

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The only request I have, Carlos, throw in a couple Top 40 Remixes, for those who are now getting into the club/dance/trance/techno circuit. It’s a soft landing I find.

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Click here for Episode 2!


Countdown to Aqua Del Mar

November 17, 2007

So the countdown is on to Aqua Del Mar tomorrow Sunday 18th November and yours truly is without a date! Well, by date I mean someone to go with. All of my friends are busy it seems. Who has things to do on a Sunday night? Siigh…

Anyone wanna be my date?


Youtube is Golden

November 14, 2007

Ah, ’tis the Youtube generation and aren’t we all reveling in it? I mean where else can you upload videos of yourself and become celebrities or see your favourite music videos that no longer show on MTV or VH1, and news, sports, comedy, etc. and be widely seen besides Youtube? The answer my friend is blowing in the wind (lol broke off into song there just now). Anyway, you HAVE to check out this video from the young Tina EC. I found it at first vexing, but I grew to love it as I am sure you will also:) Click here to see it, which you simply MUST.


Aqua Del Mar

November 12, 2007

Hmmm… even though I am CERTAINLY not getting paid to do this nor am I even getting free admission, I present the Launch of the premiere club event being held this Sunday, November 18th, 2007. See event poster for more info on Aqua Del Mar!

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Now, who’s buying me a drink?


Review of Blackout by Britney Spears: 2007/11/10

November 10, 2007

Well for those of you who are now joining in on the action, I recently became a wordpress blogger, moving my original blog here and I’ve got to tell you, I’m lovin’ it!

Also, I have been checking out Britney Spears comeback album Blackout, one of the most anticipated (in good ways and bad) albums, possibly within the past decade. It’s a pretty solid album, surprisingly so given her tumultuous year and the goings on in her life. To be perfectly honest I was expecting something a little more… watery. Over processed bubblegum pop without lyrical depth and over the top production. Happily I can report my expectations were disappointed.
The debut single Gimme More happens to be one of the least exciting tracks on the album and although it did relatively well on the charts and it IS a nice song to dance to, don’t underestimate the album as a result of it.
Piece of Me set to be the next single from the album speaks to her media blitz and attention and while unlike certain other artists who whine and moan about when they mess up, she simply points out her life and puts some perspective on the whole situation.
While Radar will win no Grammy for Song of the Year, it is a strong club/pop song sure to get you dancing and the beat is crazy enough to be infectious.
One of my personal favourites Break The Ice brings Britney back to her place as Pop Princess utilizing her undeniably unique voice for which this type of music actually works. It has in all the sound effects of vintage Britney while assuring its fresh sound with instruments not usually heard in pop.
Heaven on Earth has this old club feel from back in the day when it was all about the music. It just feels like a song to dance along to or just bop your head from side to side joyously as you sit in your car or seat in the library, wherever you may find yourself.
The most shocking title coming out of the album was Get Naked (I Got A Plan) and I raised an eyebrow when I saw it and thought it was going to be a porn song done to a ballad a la Touch Of My Hand however, it’s another mid-up tempo song to dance to, or… whatever else to:).
Freakshow is daring in the manner in which it was produced and the way her voice is filtered in the first verse, it works though, and at least it’s out there in one of my favourite lines “Me and my girls like to get it on, grab us a couple boys to go” which is sexy yet not obscene.
Toy Soldier is one of those fillers that really don’t give the album weight, however as far as fillers go, it could have been a LOT worse. I hear some singles which are worse than Britney’s fillers.
My LEAST favourite song on the album is Hot As Ice which as one of my friends describes sounds like it was done by Britney Spears featuring the Oompa Loompas However, it grows on you like a fungus. I just think her voice grated across my inner ear a bit in that song.
Ooh Ooh Baby is yet another filler which adds nothing to the album but track numbers, however it still sounds cool, not single material, so of course I expect to see a music video for it soon. It seems songs which really shouldn’t be singles are chosen all the time.
*Breaks into song* “You’re the perfect lover I’m in love with all the things you do so seductive when you touch me I can’t get enough of you.” I should really find that song Perfect Lover dull but somehow it penetrated my core and filled my brain with its lyrics lol.
Finally, the song which I think was a brilliant decision to have as the final song is Why Should I Be Sad which speaks to her relationship (obviously with Kevin Federline) and actually givers her side of the story. Why I like the fact this song comes at the end is because my view on albums is that the last song SHOULD sound like the end of the album, it doesn’t have to say “Thank you for buying my cd, I really hope you enjoyed me” but it should feel as though the chapter is closing. Why Should I Be Sad does that for me, and it really made the album sound complete. Great production thanks to the likes of Danja Hands, Pharrell Williams and Jonathan Rotem, this album will certainly be a PushPlay album. All in all, I give Blackout a surprising 4.5 Stars out of 5.


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