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About a month ago over the course of two weeks, singer/songwriter Reesi Rocca filmed assorted scenes for her opulently deluxe “Never Afraid” song video. I was there to film stills for two nights of same, the green screen work with the brand-new-on-the-market Polaris Slingshot (the futuristic vehicle above,) and the night with the full band and chorus line of enthusiastic 11-year-old girls dancing their hearts out to Reesi’s positive messages for them. Both evenings featuring a Michael Jackson that isn’t a hologram, and Reesi’s beloved Golden Retriver Miss JJ.
What I love about about Reesi’s songs/performance is her all out passion placed directly into a commercial style normally reserved for the latest pop/rock formulae. What I love about Reesi’s professionalism is her adeptness at actually executing her ideas however wild, a rare instance of follow-through for Tinseltown!
Thus when she outlined the video for me to shoot stills for in which her Golden Retriever JJ would be joining her in a flying bed launched aloft by the former’s prayers and dreams, which then morphs into a batmobile-y Polaris Slingshot in which JJ, “Michael Jackson” along for inspiration and Reesi also take flight into into the heavens, this is exactly what happened in the production. Her Michael Jackson impersonator (real name: Scorpio Spier) was spot on in looks plus fancy footwork and even made jokes in character in the downtime between takes.
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WHO IS VIVA DOLL?
EZWAY yet again discovered another amazing talent!
Viva Doll was formally with Max Music/ Universal
#1 Song on Dance Music Charts for 6 consecutive weeks!
3 Top Ten Songs! U.S./Spain/Germany/Portugal?Austria/Central/America – Viva Awards 2013 “Excellence Artist Award”
VIVA The Doll Singer with #1 song on BILLBOARD – Cantante #1 canción en Billboard SOLD OVER 500,000 – GOLD – Vendio mas de 500,000 discos – ORO (Numero 1 cantante en Billboard) Singer/Songwriter/Producer. (New 2013 CD – “Regional Mexican”) Música Norteña “Viva The Doll” Top 10 song in Germany, Portugal, Austria, Spain, and Central America. Top Radio Play Los Angeles, Ca. USA. Performed at House of Blues, Dodger Stadium, toured Europe & Central America.
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Viva Angelina Sky
– Winner “VIVE” AWARD for Artist Excellent Achievement – Nominated & Winner of “VIVE Awards 2013”
– Had #1 Song on Billboard Chart (Hits of the World)
– 3 Top Ten Radio Hits (Central America, Germany, Austria, Portugal)
– Over 16,400 “likes” on Facebook – Sold over 500,000 Cd’s worldwide
Viva Angelina Sky has written songs for many popular singers, to name a few, Marta Sanchez, Lorena Herrera, Lourdes Robles, as well as a few others, like Gemini (Japan).
VIVA was quickly signed to American/European Dance Label Max Music with Universal distribution, where she recorded her hit song, “Nirvana”, that charted #1 on the Billboard charts (Dance) the “Hits of the World”. Song “Nirvana” remained #1 for 6 consecutive weeks! Sold over 500,000 worldwide, (CD compilation, “Maquina Total”)
Viva also recorded 3 more songs that charted top 10 radio play in Spain, Austria, Portugal, Germany and Central America.
Viva re-released “Everybody’s Beautiful” (SuperStar) a Radio Hit on Power 106, Super Estrella, in Spanish & English, which VIVA performed “Live” at many LA clubs throughout, establishing a huge following and fan base who loved the song and recognized the radio hit instantly!
Dance hit song “Keep on Dreaming” became a top ten radio hit in Central America, which also was released in the States.
Dance song European hit “Boobies Boobies”, ranked top ten radio play in Germany, Austria, Spain, and Portugal.
Viva Angelina Sky is now independent, recording and producing.
There is no question on the professionalism of this talented singer, producer, song-writer, Viva Angelina Sky worked with many top producers, Christian De Walden (Marta Sanchez), Casey Porter (Ricky Martin), Tomas Cookman, Francisca Moroder & Georgio Moroder (Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer..)
Viva has performed “live” at various events and venues, Fiesta Broadway concert in Los Angeles, Fiestas Patrias, House of Blues in Hollywood, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and has toured Europe & Central America. Viva is an amazing performer, she has such control over her voice, as she also plays guitar on a few of her Latin songs.
It’s a must-see show when you combine ” Viva & a stage”. Viva always sings “live”, she loves to give true meaning to her
performances. This talented singer not only has amazing vocal range, 5 octave, and incredible song writing abilities, but also has beautiful doll-like looks that capture everyone’s attention, she looks like a living doll, therefore naming her “Viva The Doll” (Viva La Muñeca”)
Viva Angelina Sky is a complete package of talent, with unstoppable energy and her contagious smile and laugh, she has such a beautiful soul that everyone who meets Viva sees the talent she has from within her heart.
Viva Angelina Sky Recorded her full 11 song Spanish album. 2014, Co-Produced and Arranged by Viva, as well as original songs by Viva.
In 2015 currently recording new English Dance CD
Yeah it was a crazy red carpet! Stay tuned for the next one!
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Hey EZWAYZERS So I have known this talented girl and am proud to call her a friend who I have known for over 7 years. She is a talented singer, producer, director and dj. Check out her latest project. Support her as you would me! Thanks. #EZWAY
EDM Artist Destenee Releases Illuminate Music Video
Posted: Nov 20, 2014 7:34 AM PSTUpdated: Nov 21, 2014 5:36 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA / ACCESSWIRE / November 20, 2014 / “I think she’s the most talented and innovative female entertainer to blossom in the new millennium. The girl not only writes and produce her own records, she even directs her own music videos” – says Jay Dixon, talent manager at DTP. “Destenee” is way more than just your typical recording artist.”
Blazing her own path as a music producer, singer, songwriter, DJ, and otherwise entertainment powerhouse: Destenee continues to demonstrate that her seemingly overnight talent is the end result of her relentless commitment to improvement, excellent research skills, and selfless sacrifice. With an unassuming spirit that breathes sex appeal, Destenee is turning heads everywhere.
“I guess I am very blessed, but its not because things get handed over to me. In the end I do things myself because it’s easier than having to explain them plus I have a certain vision for things. Everyday I discover a pure soul out there willing to help me manifest my dreams” – says Destenee. “I wanted to give my fans a piece of me with this video… something very special while finishing up my album, which I titled “Flight Of The Dov.”
“In the video I have four protagonists who I carefully selected from hundreds of actors who came to audition. The entire process was tedious but a lot of fun. I love all four characters because they all represent a part of me. We have Isabel who plays the picked on girl and Logan who plays the clown who tries so hard, yet all he gets is ignored and rejected. We also have Hanna who gets dumped by her bf and feels broken hearted and hopeless. Then we have Sam who feels lonely and is very unhappy. The light represents hope and the infinite possibilities all around us. I want to show people to follow – no, chase the light and not give up on their dreams. My tiny Chihuahua King Mufasa did a cameo and we shot at some real cool locations. I especially loved shooting at Barbara Mendes’ colorful Art Gallery. I directed the video and co-produced it with my mom and business partner Noemi Torres who took care of the cast and the crew, hair, make up, wardrobe, costumes, everything, I mean, she’s amazing! Teaming up with expert filmmaker Joe Gonzales again made everything so much easier. It was a great honor working alongside Bill Montei who also produced and spent tireless hours editing the video. Music producer and composer Chris Hayman helped me with pre-production and shot the Behind The Scenes segment.”
The Billboard chart topping sensation maintains an unmatched combination of talent and beauty. Currently signed to her very own label imprint Kestebray Music Group, Destenee has been building her reputation for almost a decade. Being coined as one of the most beautiful artists of the new millennium, the Massachusetts native prefers to be known for her talent as a music producer having already completed records for the likes of Rihanna, Ciara, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, and Trey Songz among others. She is single handedly creating most if not all the tracks for her studio album, which is set for release in January 2015.
The Boston prolific songwriter and musician who put her very own Destenee’s EDM Power Hour show on hiatus so she could complete the recordings for her album, will be showing off her other talents on the major featured film Sister Switch also to be released in 2015. Gracing the covers of magazines such as Pulse and Nickii Jean, Destenee is a magnet for sponsors and endorsements of fashion brands like Bebe and MAC Cosmetics, music brands like Parker Guitars, Washburn Guitars, Randall Amps, and the audio giant Sennheiser.
Destenee is carving her own world recognition by creating her very own DovFest, a one of a kind music festival featuring her own music and those of her peers and fellow DJ Producers.
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BREAKING TEMPO is a 4 piece band that likes to stay ignorant to the commonality of genres. BUT, if they had to be labeled with anything, a good umbrella genre would be “Good Ol’ Alt”. Comprised of Robby Bruce (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Austin Anderson (Bass, Keys, vocals, tech), Justin Tinucci (lead guitar, vocals), and Austin Herzig (drums, drums, drums, vocals), Breaking Tempo is based out of Santa Clarita, CA. Breaking Tempo’s name derives from a simple miscommunication and a lack of resources. In the end, its very essence is about saying “Screw it, we’ll do it live!”. Their music can be compared to Fall Out Boy, Paramore, 30 Seconds to Mars, My Chemical Romance, and Blink 182, yet they strive to develop their own unique style which has already proven to be very successful in their original songs. While each band member maintains their own individual personality and tastes, they have very successfully merged their strengths to write and perform engaging music with intricate lyrics and melodies. This talented group of musicians has been performing to near capacity crowds in the Los Angeles market on a regular basis at popular venues such as The Vault, House of Blues, The Federal, Studio 118 West, The Troubadour, and many more. Breaking Tempo is quickly gaining popularity because of their rousing and vivacious stage shows. The band is keeping themselves busy by constantly creating new music, creating music videos, playing at a plethora of high schools, keeping their social media presence strong, and pushing the boundary with what they can and can’t do on and off stage. Breaking Tempo is a National Finalist in the Silver Jeans Company Battle of the Bands contest. Their music video for their original song “Lion” has made it to the final round which is an audience participation round. The video that gets the most fan votes will WIN the Silver Jeans Company Battle of the Bands. How can you help this talented young band? You can vote every day between now and August 31st. The winner of the contest receives a trip to New York City to record a demo with Fader Magazine, one pair of Silver Jeans per band member for 12 months, and 500 printed vinyls of their demo.
Please help support this talented young group! All you have to do is click on the link —> bit.ly/1pJ4oNs <—- one time a day to VOTE for the band to win. The contest ends on August 31st. Each vote makes a huge difference and we want to keep that momentum going! So please remember to VOTE daily. To learn more about Breaking Tempo you can visit their website at www.breakingtempo.com and listen to their music atsoundcloud.com/breaking-tempo.
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Brightlife Music recording artist’s Emaculent finally drops The highly anticipated album “15 minutes to E” deluxe version in store March 18th 2014 after a lot of speculations that the album will never be completed. Brightlife music took chance to signed the Detroit native and west coast resident “Emaculent “. The album is finally out and its official ,features list that includes the likes of R & B sensation Ray J. and hip hop icon Lazie Bone from the legendary rap group, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Emaculent’s widely anticipated LP”15 Mins. to E “is sure to grab the attention of many hip hop fans worldwide. Whether you’re a snap back and tattoos kind of guy, rhythmic beat boxer, back pack rapper or old school DJ, one thing is certain throughout – Emac’s delivery, rhythmic melodies, and detailed lyrical visuals will have you vibing and bobbing along with every beat and flow. Enjoy it !!!Featuring “Long Run “ Impacting Radio Now
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Breaking Tempo Band Bio
Writing and creating upbeat and crowd pleasing music comes naturally to Breaking Tempo-
a 3 piece alternative rock band from Los Angeles, CA. Robby Bruce (lead vocals and
bass), Austin Anderson (drums and backup vocals) and Justin Tinucci (lead guitar and
bass) are no strangers to the entertainment world. Each member of this band has been
playing multiple instruments for many years, and their strong chemistry really shows in their
high energy performances.
Breaking Tempo is quickly gaining popularity. The talented trio is currently writing and
recording new songs as they work on releasing their first EP this fall. Their music can be
compared to Fall Out Boy, Paramore, 30 Seconds to Mars, My Chemical Romance, and
Blink 182, yet they strive to develop their own unique style which has already proven to
be very successful in their original songs. While each band member maintains their own
individual personality and tastes, they have very successfully merged their strengths to write
and perform engaging rock music with intricate lyrics and melody. This talented group of
musicians has been performing to near capacity crowds in the Los Angeles market on a
regular basis at popular venues such as The Vault, House of Blues, The Federal, Studio
118 West and many more.
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Who is Michael Precise you might ask?
Michael Precise is another radio host social media web marketing expert on The EZ Way team. Michael has been with KCLA 99.3 radio for about 2 years. He has over 10 different blog and podcast sites, to help promote and market people he wants to put on his show. His show is the Nice and precise show and word is the reality version might be on MTV. I met Mr. Precise about 3 years ago at ARN studios in Hollywood Ca, We ended up freestyle rapping together and that session I feel kinda brought us together in the beginning. Now today 3 years later Mike is making a lot of noise in the radio and social media world. He met Taylor Swift off twitter and started talking to her team, that turned into him being the owner of Swiftieradio.com which is going to be Taylor swifts new radio station managed by Rawefeed Entertainment. Mike has a strong following on Facebook and twitter with a combined total of over 100,000 currently. Mike is a contributor to Viacom’s blog system which allows him to post people on MTV, VH1 and BET. This is only the beginning for Mr. Precise. He is also in the works of a project with Taylor Swift which is a collaboration song. This is just a small teaser of what is to come with the Rawefeed empire who supports The EZ Way empire. Mike will also be involved in our “All that talent tour The EZ Way first event set to be on Jan 4th 2014.
Wait that’s not all! Michael also has a unique story to him. After all his accomplishments you won’t believe what he was going through while building this!? Michael Precise is legally blind. He suffers from a rare decease called “Keratoconus is a disease of the cornea of the eye. Cornea is the clear transparent part of the front of theeye. The clarity of the cornea allows light to pass into the eye. The cornea separates inside of the eye from the atmosphere. In the normal eye the cornea is spherical and converges the incoming light. this light than gets focused on the fovea on the retina to give us clear vision.The apex of the cornea is line with thefovea of the eye.The keratoconus eye is not healthy. In the keratoconus eye, the structure of the cornea is weak allowing for the forward bulging of the cornea.
keratoconus is the inability of the cornea to withstand the normal eye pressure due to decreased number of corneal lamellar leading to decreased tensile strength of the cornea. This affects the vision.
Bio: There’s a new sound creeping through the world wide entertainment industry. This is exactly what the music/entertainment industry has been searching for and hoping to find. Well the search is finally over! What was lost has been finally found, with all new music and a whole new set of broadcasts that have been rated R for Rawe. Mike Precise better known as Los Angeles very own “White Trash Heart Throb” has revolutionized the sound of radio with a sound that is enormous! People have been whispering and saying that the (radio) has never sounded or looked quite like this. Rawe Feed Entertainment presents all new shows, with all the trimmings, Mike Precises very own reality TV show “The Nice & Precise Show” as well as brand new broadcasts such as Swag Surf Radio, RaweFeed Uncensored and Rawe Talk Radio will have all who listen begging for more. Mike Precise has also been nominated for the popular EOTM Award for best new radio show of 2013. Don’t worry! All of the Spin Rich Record family will be making special appearances, as well as the popular CruzMatik team from Santa Cruz. Mike Precise has a whole new cast and co-host which is the popular Shylo Zion from KLAS Fm 89.7, Tru Rootz along side the crazy and magical “Wizard of the Valley” DTeck …..who brings that special sound and saying what is known as What the F%#k” Rawe Feed Entertainment and Mike Precise has a little bit of everything but lacks nothing…..If its not Rawe Feed Radio then whos feeding YOU? Keep your eyes on our movement and how we will be doing it The EZ Way real soon. The EZ Way movement was created by Eric Zuley founder of WTVNetworks.com & EZWAYBROADCASTING.com. Learn more by clicking on http://www.itsmyurls.com/ericzuley.
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Hey just wanted to shoutout my man Ernie Singleton for introducing me to J.Kingdom this guy is a hot artist and is doing great stuff for the community! Check him out. I am looking forward to our new friendship and what we can do to help the community together!
With his finger on the pulse of Christian music, J. Kingdom brings a fresh, new cutting edge dynamic to the world of Christian pop as he hits the airwaves with his new hit single “Favor”. J. Kingdom recently wow’d the crowd at the world famous Conga Room bringing them all to their feet in excitement! When J. Kingdom hits the stage, you can expect an exciting, anointed and high energy performance with amazing choreography! His debut album “Champion” produced by Eric King and Oscar Duncan with collaborations by PK’s is scheduled for release 1st quarter 2012. J. Kingdom (aka Pastor Michael J.T. Fisher) has also written with mega producer Anthony “Shep” Crawford and has graced the stage with musical talents such as Kelly Price, Deborah Cox, Dave Hollister and more during the Summer Jam concert series. Fisher was also featured on TBN with CeCe Winanas and Mali Music and held a leading actor/singer role in the hit stage play “I Need Thee” which played throughout California.
Hey guys you know how a always support the new talents! Well this is something I will be hosting Sat. the 18th. Come hang with me and my friends Ernie Singleton, the power rangers, EWB models, hosts Shane Sparks, Moe Ager, Evas Universe, Saint Tone Band and much more…
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Sports and Music with Moe Ager features host Maurice “Moe” Ager who brings his talent and drive as a former NBA player and now an artist, writer, producer, musician to the show. S&N analyzes the world of sports with insider Moe and his celebrity athlete friends. Moe will be giving new artists opportunities to showcase their music and talents. Fans will hear the amazing sounds of creativity through the music of Moe on his new album Moe Town Vol. 1 and his production company Moe Ager Productions on his upcoming television show Moe Town.
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ASYM 20th Annual Kickoff Benefit with Jillisa Lynn, Eric Zuley, Maurice Ager, Jaira Valenti, Jay Hutcherson
04/24/2013 The American Society of young musicians had their 20th annual benefit kickoff supporting the young ones.
You know the Hollywood it guy had to support being that I love supporting good causes and I am on the board of this wonderful organization. I brought some friends out with me. Producer Jane Boisclair, Song writer Saint Tone, Model actress Jaira Valenti, Manager Ryan Torres, 14 year Obama awarded Shanaya Fastje, former NBA star and now music artist/producer Moe Ager and last but not least my new host on a show I am producing the gorgeous Jillisa Lynn. Watch my episode of The EZ Show.
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Grammys Measure Present By the Past
Frank Ocean won the Grammy for best urban contemporary album for “Channel Orange.” More Photos »
Published: February 11, 2013
Imagine, if you will, the Grammy Awards of 2045. The winners will be a diverse lot: young pop-rappers who sound like suburban Wiz Khalifas; dance-music producers using the dubstep drop ironically; all manner of Taylor Swift revivalists; pop-R&B-hip-hop hybridizers who sample Drake, maybe Mumford & Sons.
Running commentary from the show with Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times, and Dave Itzkoff, a culture reporter
Mumford & Sons Win Album of the Year (February 11, 2013)
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Do awards dictate too often what we decide to view, listen to or read? Or do they lose their power and appeal once the hype wears down?
And what a mistake all that will be.
That’s because the voters will by and large be the artists, producers, engineers and more of today — which means that there will be representatives from rock, and also teen-pop, hip-hop, dance music and so on (provided that the current generation of Grammy voters doesn’t exclude them with voter fraud measures).
And think of the complaints future generations of critics will lodge: the Grammys favor familiar modes! Youthful innovation is not being rewarded!
Complaining about the Grammys is perennial and inevitable, because the structure of the award giving, which is flawed, is also etched in stone: the representatives of yesteryear weighing in on the acts of today.
The systemic issues in the Grammy voting pool are unlikely to change: younger artists and industry professionals will, in general, participate less, as will artists from less-established genres, whatever those might be three decades from now. Older voters will continue to vote long after they are past their peak relevance.
That means that generally the voters with the most time and energy invested in voting will be the ones with the least time and energy invested in current music making. There will almost certainly never be harmony between those who make the music and those who determine its Grammy fate.
Why complain, then? One, the historical record matters. For better or for worse, the Grammy tally will be used as a measuring stick for future generations to understand the past, and when it’s flawed, as it reliably is, it disrupts the proper writing of history.
What’s more, there remains a serious misalignment between the shape, scale and range of what popular music is and what the Grammys capture. They remain boneheaded about hip-hop, R&B and country, a point they proved this year with their showering of riches upon the full spectrum of vanguard-free rock bands. The garage-rock revivalists Black Keys won three awards, for best rock performance, best rock song and best rock album, and the group member Dan Auerbach won for producer of the year, nonclassical. The Queen imitators Fun won best new artist and song of the year, and the Peter Gabriel-manqué Gotye won record of the year, best pop duo/group performance, and best alternative music album. The Dust Bowl fetishists Mumford & Sons won album of the year, the night’s top prize.
It was the award ceremony equivalent of spreading bets on a roulette table or giving out participation ribbons at a summer camp track meet. But while those acts are all young, or youngish, they unfailingly hew to old styles, dating back in some cases to the 1930s. If the Grammy narrative is to be believed, the last time there was musical innovation worthy of celebration was the mid-1980s, which may well line up with the prime creative period of many Grammy voters.
Not coincidentally, hip-hop and dance music, which reached their commercial primes more recently (or are still ascendant), were shut out of the main category nominations: Jay-Z, Kanye West and Skrillex won three awards each in the genre categories, and Drake won one. Also, the lone hip-hop performance was the night’s closing set, which included Chuck D of Public Enemy and LL Cool J, rappers two decades past their peak relevance, or, in other words, Grammy-voter manna.
The primary, loosely construed exception to the forward-looking nomination freeze-out was the R&B singer Frank Ocean, who was nominated six times and won twice, including for best urban contemporary album, a new category that in no way correlates to an actual genre, and feels as if it were invented so that Mr. Ocean might win something on his own — his other award was for best rap/sung collaboration, with Jay-Z, Mr. West and The-Dream — without disrupting the reign of rock. Additionally, the silky R&B singer Miguel was nominated for song of the year, and the pop-country wunderkind Taylor Swift was nominated for record of the year; both lost.
Adele won best pop solo performance for the second year running, for a live version of a song released a year earlier, beating Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen in what was either pure travesty or the richest parody in Grammy history. Do Grammy voters receive a shock every time they vote for someone other than Adele?
Unlike, say, the Oscars, where expensive awards campaigns can tilt voters in a film’s direction, the Grammys appear largely impervious to influence, reasonable or otherwise. (An exception was the unknown Al Walser, nominated in the best dance recording category, who gamed the system by convincing out-of-touch Grammy voters that he was a legitimate contender.)
That means that the structural problems will remain. (This year’s broadcast drew 28.37 million viewers, the second-best ratings since 1993, though down from last year’s 39.9 million.) Compound that with the woeful and clunky arrangement of performances, which serves to compress as many faces as possible into allotted time slots. Some younger stars were given a big platform, like Mr. Ocean, Ms. Swift and Rihanna. But many were effectively supervised by an older peer — Ed Sheeran with Elton John, Bruno Mars with Sting — or put in service of tribute, like Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, all part of the Levon Helm celebration. And plenty were altogether excluded: Drake, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Mr. West and so on.
What’s left is an impression that the generation of musicians genuinely driving pop into a bolder future isn’t to be trusted. History will frown on this. And the future is likely to repeat it.
AMA’s THE EZ WAY
Wow this years American Music Awards was cool. Some of the performances… I think they could have picked some better people. (Just my opinon) I think the Ludacris, Swiss Beats, Chris Brown performance was hot. The grand finally final performances of Stevie Wonder tribute to Dick Clark and the Gundam style MC HAMMER performance was a cool twist! I think Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj handled themselves very well excepting their awards. I also thought it was cool that Bieber brought up his mom when he received artist of the year.
America proved its Bieber Fever was strong: The teen singer dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night.
Bieber’s wins included the show’s top award, artist of the year. His mom joined him onstage as he collected the trophy, beating out Rihanna, Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Drake.
“I wanted to thank you for always believing in me,” Bieber said, looking to his mom.
The 18-year-old also won the honor in 2010. He said it’s “hard growing up with everyone watching me” and asked that people continue to believe in him.
Bieber and Nicki Minaj performed together — and separately — at the AMAs, and were both multiple winners.
But another collaboration was the night’s most colorful performance: Korean rapper PSY and MC Hammer. Hammer joined the buzzed-about pop star for his viral hit “Gangnam Style.” PSY rocked traditional “Hammer” pants as they danced to his jam and to Hammer’s “Too Legit to Quit.”
Bieber won favorite pop/rock male artist in the first award handed out at Sunday’s show and gave a shout-out to those who didn’t think he would last on the music scene.
“I want to say this is for all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I’m going to be here for a very long time,” he said.
He also won favorite pop/rock album for his platinum-selling third album, “Believe.” He gave a stripped down, acoustic performance of “As Long As You Love Me,” then transitioned to the dance-heavy “Beauty and a Beat,” where Minaj joined him onstage, grinding with the teen for a few seconds.
Minaj, who wore three different wigs and four outfits throughout the night, repeated her AMAs wins from last year, picking up trophies for favorite rap/hip-hop artist and album for “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.” She was in an all-white get-up, including fur coat and pink hair when she performed her new song “Freedom.” The scene was ghostly and snowy, as a choir — also in white — joined her onstage. One background singer stole the performance, belting semi-high notes as Minaj looked on.
As Bieber won his second award, he was kissed on the neck by Jenny McCarthy, who presented the award.
“Wow. I feel violated right now,” he said, laughing.
“I did grab his butt,” McCarthy said backstage. “I couldn’t help it. He was just so delicious. So little. I wanted to tear his head off and eat it.”
Bieber’s red and black outfit seemed to be the night’s theme, as Taylor Swift and Usher wore similar ensembles.
Usher kicked off the three-hour show with green laser lights beaming onstage as he performed a medley of songs, including “Numb,” ”Climax” and “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” which featured a smoky floor and a number of backup dancers, as Usher jammed in all black, with the exception of his red shoes. He won favorite soul/R&B male artist.
Swift won her fifth consecutive award for favorite country female artist.
“This is unreal. I want to thank the fans. You guys are the ones who voted on this,” she said.
Swift gave a masquerade-themed performance of the pop song “I Knew You Were Trouble.” She sang onstage in a light dress while dancers wore mostly black. But then she changed into a red corset and black skirt, matching their dark mood. She even danced and sang on the floor as lights flickered throughout the performance.
Dick Clark, who created the AMAs, was remembered by Ryan Seacrest and an upbeat performance by Stevie Wonder.
“What a producer he was,” said Seacrest, as Wonder sang his hits, including “My Cherie Amour.”
Carly Rae Jepsen, who performed early in the night, won favorite new artist.
“I am floored. Wow,” she said, thanking Bieber and his manager, Scooter Braun.
Party girl Ke$ha was glammed up on the red carpet, rocking long, flowy blonde hair and a light pink dress. She switched to her normal attire when she performed her hit single “Die Young.” It was tribal, with shirtless dancers in skin-tight pants, silver hair and skeleton-painted faces, who also played the drums. Ke$ha was pants-less, rocking knee-high boots and rolling on the floor as she finished up the song.
Minaj and Christina Aguilera were blonde bombshells, too: Minaj’s hair was busy and full of volume and she sported a neon strapless gown to accept her first award. Aguilera wore a blonde bob in a purple dress that matched her eyeshadow.
Aguilera performed a medley of material from her new album and joined Pitbull onstage.
Kelly Clarkson also hit the stage, making a nod to her “American Idol” roots with a number on her dress and three judges looking on as she sang “Miss Independent.” Then she went into “Since U Been Gone,” ”Stronger” and “Catch My Breath.” It’s worth noting that “Idol” judge Randy Jackson introduced Clarkson, the first-ever winner of the show. He also advised people to donate through Red Cross for Superstorm Sandy victims.
Fellow “Idol” winner Carrie Underwood won best favorite country album and performed, hitting the right notes while singing “Two Black Cadillacs.” She talked about singing competition shows backstage.
“These people that go on these shows are so talented, you know? And I would love to see if so many of the other artists that are out there today would go back and try out for these shows, because they might get their behinds kicked by some of the contestants,” she said.
Luke Bryan won favorite country male artist and Lady Antebellum favorite country group.
American Music Awards nominees were selected based on sales and airplay, and fans chose the winners by voting online. At this award show, even the stars were fans: Pink said on the red carpet that she’d like to collaborate with Lauryn Hill. Cyndi Lauper said her musical playlist includes Pink and Minaj. Boy band The Wanted said they were excited to see PSY and Colbie Caillat wanted to watch No Doubt.
“What makes the American Music Awards special is the fans choose the winning artists,” said Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, who won favorite alternative rock artist and performed “Burn It Down,” as Brandy sang along and Gwen Stefani, Usher and Phillip Phillips bobbed their heads.
David Guetta won the show’s first-ever electronic dance music award. Non-televised awards went to Katy Perry for pop/rock female artist, Beyonce for soul/R&B female artist, Adele for adult contemporary artist and Shakira for Latin artist.
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Along with Rihanna, Minaj was the top nominee with four nominations.
AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
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Hey guys if you remember some of my past interviews with Meagan Good and Dijon Talton… Search on You Tube if you haven’t seen them. Now Glee’s Dijon Talton is doing it The EZ Way with his new music video “Wild out” This video is gonna be a success!! Support it. Get the I-TUNES. If you remember Dijon Talton performed at my birthday/awards ceremony with Larry Namer Co-Founder of E! That was a very special day and Dijon Killed it! Click to see . This was the night I gave my award named after me by the MMPA and city and county of Los Angeles Ca “EZ Achievement Award” Which was given to Larry. Ok back to Dijon & Meagan. So Meagan is producing and directing now huh??? Nice!! Tripple Threat… Yes she did direct this video… Can’t wait to see it…. Ok catch ya on the next post read the release and enjoy the pics below!
BEHIND THE SCENES OF DIJON TALTON’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO “WILD OUT” DIRECTED BY MEAGAN GOOD
Dijon Talton hits the set for his new music video for “Wild Out,” directed by Meagan Good.
(Los Angeles, CA – August 29, 2012) – Dijon Talton was in action today for his music video shoot for debut single “Wild Out”. Taking his cues from director and cousin Meagan Good. Celebrity cameos included Logan Browning (Meet the Browns & Summerland), Hosea Chanchez (The Game), & Ashley Everett (Beyonce’s Single Ladies Dancer). For more information on Dijon and his music visit, www.dijontaltononline.com
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Yo guys you know me always discovering new talents. This is a bad a$% artist in India Bollywood! Making noise and now hitting the west cost. This guy is like the Michael Jackson of India I heard out there!! Peep his music out…. He is doing his music video with Universal music group on thurs. I may be there if you have any questions for him. Actually wait!! He is coming to support me at my first shoot at Qubeey Tues. Aug 28th its going down…. Support this dude he is doing it The EZ Way!!!
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Abraham McDonald, whose victory on the first ever Oprah Show Karaoke Challenge earned him an exclusive contract with the Island Def Jam Music Group, returned on Monday for his fifth show appearance with ‘Miss Winfrey,’ as Abraham graciously addressed her and her millions of viewers in a Skype live hook-up.
As Oprah aired, Abraham’s debut single, “Miracle,” was starting a 48-hour free download at http://www.islanddefjam.com/abraham. The single impacts at Urban AC radio on April 26th, and Mainstream AC radio on May 3rd. “Miracle” was produced by the successful production team of Sam Watters and Louis Biancaniello (Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, and Jessica Simpson, to name a few).
Judges for the Oprah Show Karaoke Challenge last November 2009 included producer David Foster, songwriter Diane Warren, and Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group, who personally signed Abraham to the label.
When not at the recording studio or visiting Harpo Studios in Chicago, Abraham has been seen performing in front of a sold-out 6,000-seat crowd at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A., singing the National Anthem at the Lakers home game, and headlining the Insider & Style A-list party hosted by Style-TV’s Niecy Nash at posh nightclub The Kress in Hollywood. And Monday night on live TV again, just hours after Oprah, Abraham was sitting in as a celebrity guest at ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.
His win on Oprah’s contest (which included live performances on three shows) was the culmination of a life-long journey to share his musical artistry with the world. It all began when Abraham won the ACT-SO talent contest at age 13 with his version of Oleta Adam’s “Get Here” – the same song that won him Oprah’s first prize years later.
Abraham reported to Oprah on the progress of his recording sessions, as well as other changes in his life since taking home the $250,000 prize from her contest, and being signed to Island Def Jam. The singer and his mom have moved into a new home in Hawthorne, and he has seen his dreams take legs “in Jesus’ Cadillac.” Abraham is also driving a new car – and proudly showed off his “No Phone Zone” certificate, to Oprah’s delight.
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