If I Were A Celebrity Part 1- The Bad Celebrity

May 31, 2008

I am sure many of us, especially those who like to read up on/watch celebrities on Perez Hilton, TMZ, E! and such other sites/channels have wondered what it would be like to be rich and famous and admittedly I have also. So, what would you do if you were rich and famous?

Well I have concluded that there’s a recipe for celebrity. Not becoming one per se but how to maintain your celebrity after getting the fame. First there’s the Bad Celebrity, the Good Celebrity, the Weird Celebrity and on the fence flickering like a candle is the Boring Celebrity.

The Bad Celebrity
This category of celebrity is more effective if you were a child actor or a veritable nobody before you turned sour. Inspirations: Lindsay Lohan (Pre Rehab), David Bonaduce, Foxy Brown, Shannon Daugherty, Gary Dourdan, Martha Stewart, Jenna Jameson, Pete Doherty, Amy Winehouse, Jared Leto, and

You will need to have a penchant for drugs, alcohol and violence; no appreciation for laws be they civil, federal or traffic laws; an intimate familiarity with the criminal justice and rehab programs and not be very generous people or good role models. Can’t stop the pAArtying, and globe trotting. You will need approximately 7 publicists (resignations and firings included), 3 lawyers (for the different time zones in which you’ll get into trouble), at least 4 stints in rehab in 5 years and you will need to have your career waved over your head as a warning to stop the folly.

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And the Nominees Are

February 8, 2008

The Grammy’s are this Sunday and I’m definitely watching it live this year. Rihanna got nominated 6 times, and she’s up against some pretty tough competition in each category.

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Here’s a look at her noms and competition.

Record Of The Year
(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)

  • Irreplaceable
    Beyoncé
    Beyoncé Knowles, S. Smith & Stargate, producers; Jim Caruana, Jason Goldstein & Geoff Rice, engineers/mixers
    Track from: B’Day
    [Sony Urban Music/Columbia/Music World Productions]
  • The Pretender
    Foo Fighters
    Gil Norton, producer; Adrian Bushby & Rich Costey, engineers/mixers
    [Roswell/RCA Records]
  • Umbrella
    Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
    Kuk Harrell, Terius “The Dream” Nash & C. “Tricky” Stewart, producers; Kuk Harrell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam]
  • What Goes Around…Comes Around
    Justin Timberlake
    Nate (Danja) Hills, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass & Timbaland, engineers/mixers
    [Jive/Zomba]
  • Rehab
    Amy Winehouse
    Mark Ronson, producer; Tom Elmhirst, Vaughan Merrick, Dom Morley, Mark Ronson & Gabriel Roth, engineers/mixers
    Track from: Back To Black
    [Universal Republic Records]

Song Of The Year
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Before He Cheats
    Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
    Track from: Some Hearts
    [19 Recordings/Arista Nashville; Publishers: Big Loud Shirt Industries, Mighty Underdog Music/Sony/ATV Cross Keys]
  • Hey There Delilah
    Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T’s)
    Track from: Every Second Counts
    [Hollywood Records/Fearless Records; Publisher: So Happy Publishing]
  • Like A Star
    Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
    Track from: Corinne Bailey Rae
    [Capitol Records; Publisher: Global Talent Publishing]
  • Rehab
    Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)
    Track from: Back To Black
    [Universal Republic Records; Publisher: EMI Music Publishing]
  • Umbrella
    Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius “Dream” Nash & Christopher Stewart,
    songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam; Publisher: Peer Music]

Best Dance Recording
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)

  • Do It Again
    The Chemical Brothers
    Tom Rowlands & Ed Simons, producers
    Track from: We Are The Night
    [Astralwerks]
  • D.A.N.C.E.
    Justice
    Gaspard Auge & Xavier de Rosnay, producers; Gaspard Auge & Xavier de Rosnay, mixers
    Track from: †
    [Downtown/Vice/Ed Banger]
  • Love Today
    Mika
    Jodi Marr, John Merchant, Mika & Greg Wells, producers; Greg Wells, mixer
    Track from: Life In Cartoon Motion
    [Casablanca/Universal Republic Records]
  • Don’t Stop The Music
    Rihanna
    Stargate, producer; Phil Tan, mixer
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam]
  • LoveStoned/I Think She Knows
    Justin Timberlake
    Nate (Danja) Hills, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass & Timbaland, mixers
    Track from: FutureSex/LoveSounds
    [Jive/Zomba]

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Same Girl
    R. Kelly Featuring Usher
    Track from: Double Up
    [Jive]
  • Disrespectful
    Chaka Khan Featuring Mary J. Blige
    [Burgundy/Sony/BMG]
  • Hate That I Love You
    Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam Recordings]
  • Baby
    Angie Stone Featuring Betty Wright
    [Stax]
  • Bartender
    T-Pain Featuring Akon
    [Jive]

Best R&B Song

(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Beautiful Flower
    India.Arie & Joyce Simpson, songwriters (India.Arie)
    [Universal Republic Records; Publishers: Gold & Iron Music Publishing, WB Music Corp.]
  • Hate That I Love You
    Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Shaffer Smith, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo)
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam Recordings; Publishers: EMI April Music, Sony/ATV Tunes]
  • No One
    Dirty Harry, Kerry Brothers & Alicia Keys, songwriters (Alicia Keys)
    [J Records/MBK Entertainment; Publishers: Lellow Productions/EMI April Music, Book Of Daniel Music/EMI Music Publishing, D. Harry Productions]
  • Teachme
    Ivan Barias, Adam W. Blackstone, Randall C. Bowland, Carvin Haggins, Johnnie Smith II & Corey Latif Williams, songwriters (Musiq Soulchild)
    Track from: Luvanmusiq
    [Atlantic; Publishers: Nivrac Tyke/Universal Publishing, Latif Music/Universal Publishing, Tetra Grammaton/Universal Music Publishing, Melodic Piano Productions, HC 1030 Publishing]
  • When I See U
    Louis Biancaniello, Waynne Nugent, Erika Nuri, Kevin Risto, Janet Sewel & Sam Watters, songwriters (Fantasia)
    Track from: Fantasia
    [J Records/19 Records/S Records; Publishers: Breakthrough Creations/EMI April Music, S.M.Y. Publishing/Sony/ATV Tunes, Break North Music/Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Wayne Writers/Sony/ATV Tunes, J. Sewell Publishing, Golden The Super Kid Music]

and finally,

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
(For a Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • I Wanna Love You
    Akon Featuring Snoop Dogg
    Track from: Konvicted
    [SRC/Universal Motown]
  • Kiss, Kiss
    Chris Brown & T-Pain
    [Jive]
  • Let It Go
    Keyshia Cole Featuring Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim
    Track from: Just Like You
    [Confidential Records/Geffen]
  • Umbrella
    Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam Recordings]
  • Good Life
    Kanye West Featuring T-Pain
    Track from: Graduation
    [Roc-A-Fella]

For a full list of all the categories and artists nominated, Click Here.


Top Albums of 2007

January 14, 2008

Well…. after much deliberation, the panel has finally announced the Top 7 Albums of 2007!

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Fergie with her ridiculously successful debut album The Dutchess. Every single off this surprisingly good album topped the charts with no signs of slowing down!

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Finally deciding to do a record to show his versatility as an artist and a producer, Timbaland Presents Shock Value was a HUGE album in ’07.

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FutureSex/LoveSounds had to be one of the most talked about and purchased albums of 2007 with JT (Justin Timberlake) getting his grown and sexy on. One has to give props to Timbaland for keeping the production quality on this album stellar.

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Barbadian sensation and Europe’s favourite young chanteuse finally had more of a say in the types of records she does and her input seemed to have bested that of her seniors as her third album Good Girl Gone Bad is a far more solid album than the previous ones cementing her as more than just a fad.

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Another huge Hip Hop album to drop in ’07 was Graduation by Kanye West and it was the most impressive high grossing Hip Hop album eclipsing such albums as the previously noted Shock Value by Timbaland. With debut singles jumping over 40 spaces on the Billboard Hot 100, you can see why this album makes the list.

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Well the best Pop album in years with first week sales figures to prove it, not much else can be said about the undeniable train wreck that is Britney Spears, other than Blackout was an excellent album, in spite of her.

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The only non-traditional album to make the list is Pop Life by David Guetta who was also voted Best DJ at the World Music Awards in ’07. The diversity of this album is surpassed only by its consistent quality, making it one of our favourites for “Press Playability” just press play and go!

The Honorable Mention of ’07 would have to be British songbird and professional substance abuser Amy Winehouse for her album Back to Crack Black.