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.


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