Archive | March, 2013

Beyonce’s Houston-infused remix to ‘I Been On’

29 Mar

Apparently it’s possible to make a remix to a snippet.

Remember that hater-driven single Beyonce dropped early last week? Turns out the screwed and chopped  second half “I Been On” has a part two.

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Houston-based rapper Bun B of UGK dropped the  “I Been On” remix on his SoundCloud which features a “Who’s Who” of Houston rappers. While Bey’s screwed and chopped voice recites the lyrics “I Been On” as the chorus, fellow Houstonites Scarface,  Slim Thug, Lil Keke and Z-Ro and Willie D of the Geto Boys whom she shouted out on the original track.

Hear the track below, are you feeling it?

Taylor Swift to guest star on “New Girl”

28 Mar

Guess who’s starring in the Season 2 finale of Fox’s New Girl? Taylor Swift!

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Swift has been confirmed to appear in the episode as Elaine, an “important guest” at Cece’s (Hannah Simone) wedding to Shivrang (Satya Bhabha). This won’t be the pop star’s first foray into acting, as she hosted Saturday Night Live in 2009 and had a small role in the 2010 movie Valentine’s Day.

What exactly does “important guest” mean? Who knows. But T Swizzle will probably make an appropriate addition to the show as she and New Girl star Zooey Deschanel both have that reluctance to grow up, overgrown teenager thing about them.

The “New Girl” Season 2 finale airs Tuesday, May 14 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

“New Girl” was recently renewed for a Season 3.

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Wednesday Wisdom

27 Mar

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book

American Idol’s ratings are dropping and here’s why

27 Mar

Though American Idol‘s ratings have experienced a drop each year, they experienced a severe low last week. Last Thursday night’s episode was down 50% from the show’s Thursday night premiere with ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy beating Idol for the top spot, and Scandal coming dangerously close to tying the reality competition show!

So just why are the ratings down? It could be the popularity of competing shows, or Idol might have some room for improvement. Let’s discuss where Idol may have dropped the ball:

American Idol Season 12 JudgesNicki Minaj as a host? This plan to draw in more viewers backfired. Sure she’s had a handful of popular singles, but the rapper/singer is not an industry veteran. Unlike her co-judges who have been around much longer she hasn’t proved she knows what it takes to sustain a long and respectable career. How can she coach someone to a level of success she hasn’t attained?

Despite not having the credentials to back her up Nicki continues the smack talk. When she’s happy with a contestant she awkwardly gushes over them in a weird, attention seeking way, but when she’s less than pleased the forced claws come out. No doubt she’s determined to be the new Simon – frank and controversial – but it seems like she’s trying too hard to make herself that way. Each time she makes outlandish and long winded comments on a performance one can’t help but wonder is that what she’s thinking or did she just devise a quick monologue she thought might make her trend on Twitter?

American Idol Season 12 Top 10Luckily for Minaj she’s got plenty of opportunities to degrade aspiring pop stars as this year’s contestants have not represented the creme de la creme of undiscovered talent. Why is that? Perhaps because the show decided that instead of just inviting interested singers to audition they would allow people to enter their shy friends and family for a position on the show. Why is this a problem? Remember when someone would audition, sing beautifully and Simon would give them a flat out “No” and explaining that they just didn’t have what it takes to be the next American Idol? That’s because he knew then and there what was missing – star quality. The star quality that it takes to transition your career from one brand to another, to keep it together when critics slam creative risks, or to force the world to stop and stare when you perform. Does someone who’s too intimidated to audition on their own have the star quality needed to command attention? I highly doubt it. Season 12’s contestants still have a lot of talent but you don’t see much of that star quality and relatable character when you tune in each week.

What’s done is done, at this point Idol can only move forward with the decisions they’ve made, praying for a strong second half of this season and brainstorming ideas to avoid a stronger decline during season 13. Have you already given up on Idol or will you still be watching?

Worth the Splurge or Waste of Money? Everpurse clutch charges your smartphone

26 Mar

“Do you have an iPhone charger?”

How many times have you asked that question? Thanks to Everpurse as long as you’ve got your clutch, you’ll never need to ask that question again.

Each Everpurse has a special charging pocket into which you place your smartphone. The docking system guides your phone onto a dock connector hidden at the bottom so you won’t fish around for a cord. Charge your Everpurse itself using a charging mat, so you never have to search for an outlet or leave your phone unattended. Currently Everpurse bags support iPhone 4, 4s, and 5 as well as the Samsung Galaxy S III.

The Spring 2013 collection includes trendy brights, classic black and sexy animal prints.  You can wear it on it’s own or use it as a pouch that you just stick in your larger bag. Ranging from $189 to $319 , plus $59 for the charging mat is Everpurse worth the splurge or a waste of money?