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Keily Williams’s New “Spectacular” Music Video

At one point or another, if you’re living in the U.S., you’ve probably come across The Cheetah Girls, a Disney Channel group of girl singers. They consist of Sabrina Bryan, Keily Williams, Raven-Symone, and Adrienne Baillon.  The group, which was formed in 2005 and disbanded in 2009, appealed exactly to their targeted demographic – preteen girls (the soundtrack to their first movie apparently sold over 2 million copies. Wha?!). With movies filled with numbers, girl  power, friendship, and moral, these singers certainly became role models for young girls.

It took me by surprise when I recently saw Keily Williams’s newly released music video “Spectacular” because the message of the video was just the opposite of all that The Cheetah Girls represented.

Here are the lyrics to the chorus:

Last I remember I was face down
Ass up, clothes off, broke off, dozed off
Even though I’m not sure of his name
He could get it again if he wanted
Cause the sex was spectacular
The sex was spectacular (yeaaah)
The sex was spectacular
The sex was spectacular

To state the obvious, the song is about having a one-night stand with someone you don’t remember, and you don’t even know how it happened, but the sex was just so great, prior to that was okay in her book (er, how did she even remember how the sex felt if she couldn’t remember much of that night?).

The rest of the lyrics were just as bad, if not more. The video itself is full of fail. First is her attire, which just screams ‘hooker’. Then, there’s a scene where she wakes up the morning after, not knowing where her bra is, all the while there is a butt-naked man full exposed lying beside her. And then there’s her dancing. She’s a great dancer, but then again, there’s a difference between sexy (see: Beyonce) and trashy, and this was definitely trashy.

What happened to being a Cheetah Girl? Didn’t they say they would always be a Cheetah Girl, even when the group is no more?

Reading the comments by YouTubers, they pretty much felt the same way. And so much backlash has been given to this video that Keily felt the need to respond to it, which you can view here. Here’s an excerpt:

I really just want to say, you know, sometimes to me, music can be as simple as a story relayed or imagined or elaborated. Not every song has a greater message to the world. Not every song is “we are the world.” It’s a great song. Sometimes a song can “I kissed a girl, and I liked it.” That’s great too, you know.

She goes on to talk about being a Cheetah Girl and how she’s just a messenger for this type of situation.

My beef then goes from “wow, these are horrible lyrics” to “wait, she doesn’t even believe in the songs that she sings?”

Ke$ha’s Maxim Photoshoot

Pop star Ke$ha recently did a photoshoot with men’s magazine Maxim. Here are the dreadful photos:

I am really really shocked that Maxim did this shoot with her. None of these photos look sexy, and to prove that the lack of appeal wasn’t just because I am a straight girl, I asked both Christopoulos and my teenage brother their opinions of these photos. Both agreed with me.

Pop Music Pronounced Dead…

… Cause of Death: Kesha

First off, let me say I’m aware that usually the first sign that you’re getting old is when all the songs on the radio begin to “suck”. More often than not, music isn’t getting worse, you’re just getting old. The “good” days of music is almost always the era that you grew up in. Ten years from now people will be saying, “Oh why can’t they make real music like Soulja Boy anymore!?”

Also every era of music has its performers who were more image than substance. Spice Girls in the ’90s, Debbie Gibson in the ’80s, and just about every boy band in existence fall into that category. Heck, 60% of pop music falls into that category.

Having said all of that… Kesha still sucks even by those standards!

She sucks in such a horrific and unprecedented fashion that she sets a new low for the over-produced under-talented segment of the music industry. Kesha even makes Britney Spears look like a musical genius on the level of Mozart (okay, maybe not).

So it’s ironic that Kesha recently was trashing Britney Spears for lip-syncing. But judging by Kesha’s own live performances, maybe she should lip-sync since she struggles to sing even her own simplistic songs. I’ve seen high school talent shows with people who could sing and perform better.

Her studio recordings, artistically, aren’t much better. Her vocals are heavily over-produced even by today’s auto-tune standards. Underneath all that production there really isn’t much of a singing voice or talent at all.  Her lyrics range from mildly amusing to mind numbingly idiotic and shallow. Some of the actual music is catchy and has a decent beat but that’s more a credit to Kesha’s producers than her.

It seems her primary job is to maintain her image of being a trashy drunken slut that’s “real”. She’s basically a Las Vegas trip on infinite loop.

Despite the title of this post, there actually is some good pop music out there. Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and a few others all have a good degree of talent to go along with their image.

I’m just worried that Kesha is setting the bar so low that we’re going to get a flood of copycat no-talent “personalities” taking up space from legitimate artist. Look, there’s always been an epic battle in pop music between the factions of talent vs. image. The successful acts usually had a good mix of both. But Kesha threatens to tip the scales tremendously in favor of the no talent hacks.

But I have a feeling Ke$ha couldn’t care less…

Kate and Jon Gosselin with No Kids in Sight

Is it a shocker to find that Kate Gosselin, one of the parents in the reality show Jon and Kate Plus 8 is filling up her schedule with non-parental activities?

Pft, what kind of question is that?! *rolls eyes*

This recently divorced mother is now one of the contestants on Dancing With the Stars: Season 10, which means she will be busy dancing, and perhaps too busy to take care of her kids?

She has eight kids, for crying out loud. That is definitely not an easy task, and definitely not a crowd you can bring to something like Dancing With the Stars. So where are her kids, if not under maternal guidance?

It certainly is not with Jon Gosselin since he’s too busy posing for nude pictures. According to HuffingtonPost, the PlayGirl magazine initially wanted to pay him 20k for a nude shoot.

Of course, being the celebrity that he is, he wanted more. PlayGirl officials clearly declared that the only reason they wanted him in the magazine was for novelty purposes. But they’ve agreed to better the offer:

We’ve offered him $20,000. He told us that’s not much money. We told him $20,000 is $20,000. You could go to NYC for a year with that kind of money!”

Nardicio says Jon told the mag he’d think about it, and he tells X17online exclusively that they’ve extended an even better offer to the reality star:

“For every inch more than four, we’ll give him an additional $10,000.”

….hahahahahahahaaaaa.

Maybe it is better that their kids are being taken care of by nannies and grandmothers than these pair. *facepalm*

America’s Sweetheart turns Glamour

The cover issue of Elle magazine is none other than Taylor Swift. Here are the photos from the shoot:

First off, I should say that I’m a huge fan of her songs … that weren’t introduced on the radio. The song “Love Song” and “Teardrops on my Guitar” makes my ear bleed. The lyrics are so corny and on-the-surface, they have made no real impact for me. It is songs like “Breathe”, “The Way I Loved You”, and “Fearless” are songs that have made me respect her as a singer/songwriter.

As a person, Taylor Swift seems to annoy me. Obviously, like any celebrity, we as bystanders only know such a high profile person from what is being said and portrayed through media. And through the media, Taylor Swift seems like the girl next door who is just the perfect little angel.

Being a fan that I am, I kept my eye out for her in the media, and eventually my likeness for her dispersed. Through the whole Kanye West fiasco and the Joe Jonas incident, she seems like a whiny girl always playing the victim.

During the Kanye West incident, it took her forever to stop bringing it up in interviews and such. I’m not saying what Kanye did was appropriate at all, far from it. But some things you just gotta let go! And with the Joe Jonas and the 27 second breakup issue, she continued to harass him in public over and over and over again. We get it, he’s a douche. Now, move on and focus on your new beau, which I believe is the other Taylor.

I suppose my little rant was my way to ease into my opinions on the photo shoot. I adore the photos! It steps away from her usual “goody-goody” glitter-sparkle dresses (I was getting really sick and tired of those glittery dresses) and more roughed up.

Ironically enough, the cover of this April 2010 issue has her in a gray sparkling dress. Gag.

The tiking and the Toking

If you listen to the radio, you’ve probably heard the song ‘Tik Tok’ by Ke$ha, even if you were unaware of the title of the song or the upcoming artist.

How would you know? If the female singer’s voice annoys you as she sings/talks, if the female singer’s singing seems ordinary, if the singer isn’t even singing, then you know the song I’m talking about.

It seems that Ke$ha (and anyone else annoyed by the dollar sign in her name?) has been trying to make it in the music industry for a while now, and finally got her breakthrough during the early parts of 2009, according to Wikipedia (yeah I know I should try to find more reliable sources but seeing as I don’t care much for this ‘artist’, Wiki is better than nothing).  Her debut song, Tik Tok, has been numero uno on iTunes for weeks now, and is definitely getting playtime on the radio.

What irks me about her after listening to her debut single is that she seems talentless. Her voice is whiny, which anyone who can speak can do, and when she sings, there’s nothing oh-so-spectacular about it. There are tons of talented musicians and singers that deserve that record label instead of her, and yet here she is. Why?!

Okay, perhaps it’s because she has the physical appearance that will make money for the record label. But then, as I start browsing the web for a picture of her that is appealing, all I could find were images similar to this:

Oh yeah, she’s definitely a hottie. Not. Perhaps that’s why in all her photos, half her face is covered behind hair and glitter.

Then, there’s this sense that she’s already famous before she has even debuted her album. Money signs replacing the “S” in her name? Glitter? Can she express her reasons for being in the music industry any further?

If anyone would care to explain the appeal of this Kesha who has a money sign in her name, if not for the looks or the talent, I’m all ears.

Rihanna’s GQ Cover

The cover of GQ’s January 2010 issue has been revealed, showing Rihanna quite exposed. Unlike most females that appear on the cover of this magazine, she is completely topless. The other pictures in the photoshoot are also quite exposing, which makes sense since the magazine is targeted towards the male population.

However, wasn’t it just mere weeks ago that she spoke on 20/20 and other interviews, mentioning how young girls see her as a role model and therefore her actions have an impact on them? Would these set of photos not count towards being an action that could set the wrong message for young females? I suppose these photos are harmless for the most part, but to have the cover photo being the chosen one, where wandering eyes nearby magazine stands can see it fully, is where I have the most problem with.

As if the cover wasn’t bad enough, the article seems to mention a lot about Chris Brown and how she has moved on from the incident. Is anyone else besides me tired of hearing about this issue? Don’t get me wrong, I sympathize what she had to go through, and Brown deserves the consequences. But we’ve heard her countless interviews, we’ve heard Chris Brown discuss it on Larry King, etc., etc. We know the story, so please stop repeating yourself!