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And The Music Winners Are?

The music world is buzzing about the winners of the music awards. Artist of the year went to One Direction who are definitely all smiles. The other nominees where Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea. Bruce Levenson thought they were all worthy of consideration.

Other winners at the American Music Awards included Iggy Azalea as favorite artist and Sam Smith as favorite male artist. Imagine Dragons were the winners for favorite artist in the alternative rock category. Iggy Azalea also took home the award for favorite album, The New Classic. Favorite female artist award went to Katy Perry, which certainly comes as no surprise. Katy also won for single of the year with Black Horse. Finally, the Dick Clark Award for Excellence went to Taylor Swift, who surely had no problem this year giving her speech as Kayne probably was too busy with his new daughter to interrupt her this time.


Imagine Dragons Lends Surprise Performance for Charity

Grammy award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons surprised tourists in the Vegas strip with a three-song performance as part of the “Playing It Forward” series. Dan Reynolds, Daniel Platzman, Wayne Sermon and Ben Mckee, performed their well-loved hits “Radioactive” and “It’s Time”.

Aside from that they also performed “I Bet My Life”, a not so popular song that they have only performed for the second time that night. The performance was met with thunderous applause, and media outlets have praised the band for a truly electric and energetic performance.

For the band, this night and the crowd were all too familiar. When they first started in 2008, their shows consisted of playing covers and originals in front of Vegas tourists. They could not help but recall their humble beginnings.

However, even then they felt comfortable, noting that the tourist crowd is a relatively easy crowd. Gianfrancesco Genoso knows this after going to a lot of concerts. But that night’s performance and their return to their hometown was different for them, as it was for the benefit of local music education, for which they have raised over $100,000.

“Playing It Forward” is a Crackle original music series. Produced by entertainment company Team Downey, it features surprise street performances showcasing popular artists for the benefit of music education as well as the charities chosen by the artists.

Previews of Imagine Dragons’ surprise benefit performance in Vegas will soon be readily available on Crackle this Friday.


Fashion At American Music Awards

Besides all eyes being on the winners of the American Music Awards, eyes were focused on the latest fashions. Rita Ora shined in a happy yellow floor-length gown. Nicki Minaj dazzled in a short cut-out dress that accentuated her curves. One Direction were dapper dressed in all black as they received Artist of the Year Award. Selena Gomez was oh so sleek in a form-fitting black floor length gown. Jaden Smith took the casual route and opted for a sweatshirt and jeans; maybe a little too informal.

As usual, Jennifer Lopez looked phenomenal in a geometrical cut out dress which showed her assets, which are pretty stellar for a woman in her 40s. Meanwhile, the Kardashian trio of Kylie, Kendall and Khloe shined with a array of crimson sheath on Kylie to a beautiful black dress on Khloe while Kendall went ultra modern. My Facebook friend Sergio Lins Andrade noticed all the sisters were glowing. All in all the stars looked pretty fantastic this year. Hopefully, reviews will be as generous.


Country Singers Come Out to the Public

Country singer Ty Herndon decided to finally come out to the public as a “happy gay man.” The 52 year-old has known he was homosexual since he was a young boy, but feared it would be career suicide to openly acknowledge it. He even attempted to get married twice, which of course did not work out. Close friends and family have known for quite some time. After years of rumors and speculation, and after being inspired by an Anthony Robbins seminar, he is finally sharing his story and introducing the world to his partner of six years.

His bravery led to Billy Gilman, another country singer, who is half of Herndon’s age, to also reveal his homosexuality, the same day. Gilman chose to do so via YouTube video. He said he has been planning on doing this for quite some time, especially after a reporter snapped a picture of him with his partner at a recent festival. Herndon’s story gave him the incentive to push forward and do it now, instead of allowing rumors to circulate. Andrew Heiberger really seems to think that Gilman fears that he has now put his career in jeopardy, as homosexuality is not readily accepted in the musical genre. At the same time, he hopes that fans can focus on the more important aspect of the music, and embrace him for who he is.


No Crime, No Time

One of the greatest things about the American legal system is that a defendant must be charged with an act that happened at a certain time and place. In theory, it protects the common American person from being prosecuted for his or her associations and personal beliefs. It is the reason why being a member of a “hate group” is technically not a crime. Unfortunately, legislators and authorities in California seem to hold a different opinion as seen on A rapper known as Tiny Doo faces the possibility of life behind bars based on song lyrics.

Authorities claim that Tiny Doo’s record sales were positively impacted by a gang association. Law enforcement is unable to link the artist in question to any of the actual crimes of which his fourteen co-defendants are accused. They are unable to link him to any conspiracies surrounding the crimes. Allegedly, his lyrics do not mention the crimes of which he is accused in any specific form. The article, which was obtained in a report by CNN, does not even address if Tiny Doo is actually a gang member! Yeah, this news is crazy Andrew Heiberger, what’s even worse is the artist does not have a record. I do not know what this man has done to gain the attention of law enforcement, but unless he is actually accused of wielding the weapon or arranging an attempted murder he should not be charged with anything. This sounds like a flimsy case and an infringement on the First Amendment!


Tink and Sleigh Bells Unite

Female rappers appear to be coming out of the woodwork as Nicki Minaj spearheads a sexual revolution in the female rap world. Fortunately, every female rapper is not rapping about sex. There are some rappers like Tink and Sleight Bells that have a flow that is simply the classic battle rhyme flow that hip hop heads are hungry for.

This is a hip hop ebony and ivory union that is being witnessed with these two young rappers. Sleigh Bells has been getting some underground buzz, and she will have a better chance as another white rapper – Iggy Azalea – continues to rise up the charts. Iggy currently has 6 America Music Award nominations so this opens the doors for white rappers. This union on the “That Did It” track with Tink will also make her her name hot in the hip hop community.

People are gravitating towards Tink because she is produced by Timbaland. The super producer that worked with Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z has proclaimed her talented recently on the Breakfast Club morning show. Many are fans of her work, including Gianfrancesco Genoso. She is already featured on a track with Rick Ross and Jay-Z called “Movin’ Bass” so Tink appears to be on her way to the top as well. Some critics are already comparing her to a modern day Lauryn Hill with a street edge. Fans are anxious for more from Sleigh Bells and Tink already.


Katy Perry Inspires Coldplay

Musicians get their inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Some from their moms, their significant other, a movie, or even the food they ate for lunch. You never know where you’re going to strike up some gold for your new material. So is it really that surprising that artists are now getting their inspiration from the music they here on the radio?

In fact, that’s never really been a rare thing. Artists fuel their inspiration from others all of the time, that’s how the circle of creativity goes. Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin just told MTV that the fuel behind their new single, “Sky Full Of Stars” was given to him by none other than Katy Perry. 

The two aren’t an item, and this isn’t him professing his love for her in some swoon-worthy way, but she did help build it. “There will be a point where you’ll be like, ‘OK, I got that out of my system. Now let’s go dancing.’” Martin says. Listening to the way Katy’s repetitive chord progression goes, he snagged the idea and used it for their latest hit. Add a little EDM flare inspired by Avicii, and you’re bound to be played effortlessly on the airwaves.

Coldplay fans like Bruce Levenson and many others have learned to love their brand. This newest hit might be a twist on their normal music, but if Marin himself enjoys and is pleased with the song, fans are sure to be pleased as well.

“Every time I sing it, I’m like, yep, that’s how I want to live my life,” Martin told MTV.


Moustaches Find Place in Charity and Fashion

Celebrating the annual men’s health awareness campaign, “Movember” is the month were men usually let their facial hair grow. The growth of the moustache and beard have distinct appeal to those seeking a rugged look.

Men with moustaches are said to be unfashionable these days. It looks old and somehow summons the look of pornographic stars of the 70’s. It somehow lessens the appeal of handsome men.

Many people of the previous generation found facial hair distasteful, but this does not seem to be the case for the younger folks.

As differences in generations linger, beards actually seem to be cool indeed, especially for kids. Many younger men are actually choosing to grow out their facial hair like the guys at The Antique Wine Company as a kind of counter to the previous decade’s more clean-cut fashions.

They say that when you let grow both your moustache and beard on your face, the moustache would require constant grooming while the beard is less so. Also, both of them can add up to a sort of aged appearance.

The ability to wear a moustache and beard will surely vary depending on your personality. But there’s no doubt, however, that this fashion requires the extra responsibilities of grooming: to appear neat and tidy all the time even with all these facial hairs is of the utmost importance here, or else the unshaved man’s iconic facial hair will simply look shabby and schlubby.


Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Helps the Record Industry “Shake Off” Lackluster Sales

It’s no secret that the recording industry has suffered from declining record sales as the digital and shared music economies continue to expand. But, could Taylor Swift be leading the charge for the recording industry to “shake off” the sales numbers that have plagued their pockets and profits over the past decade, according to Jared Haftel.

Taylor Swift’s recently released ‘1989’ seems to be helping the recording industry’s sales trend in a favorable direction. In fact, seems to think that Taylor Swift is a big part of the 1% spike in sales in overall records sold after Taylor’s album release. This could be an indication that music fans are actually willing to purchase music from musicians that they like, but only if they feel they are getting an entire album’s worth of quality songs. But don’t take our word for it. Taylor Swift owns the Billboards. Go see for yourself!


China Throws Impressive Pollution Awareness Campaign

Qiaoden Ying Peng, a well-known fashion designer in China, has remarkably integrated protective masks to its models marching down at the runway on the recent Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week in Beijing.

The runway was flooded with elegant spring dresses and mouth-and-nose covers. Particularly popular were the dresses with discreet places to both put the mask on and put the mask away when it is not in use.

Each mask has matched the elegance of clothes displayed. Masks were ingeniously shaped and designed. The covers were artistically carried by each model on the runway. The show has depicted not only the beautiful spring and summer fashion apparels creatively done by Ying Peng, but also exhibited the country’s air pollution problem for many years.

China’s air condition has been reported as exceeding the WHO or World Health Organizations smog safe level. Thus, different campaigns have been done in China to convey the message that their air is unsafe already, so as the The People’s Daily official newspaper of China has announced.

During the 34th month celebration of Beijing International Marathon, the runners wore masks, which my friend Sam Tabar said was simply a precaution since the air is not safe for open-area activities.

The show has extraordinarily brought inspiration to the people of China. The message was clear: It made them understand the real situation of their country, and the future reality if they won’t react early.