Friday, June 29, 2007

Spotlight of the Day: The Weepies

The story of Deb Talan and Steve Tannen is not your typical romantic story, but of a unique attraction far beyond the physical appearance. Upon arrival at one of Boston's legendary music venues, Club Passim, Deb Talan takes notice of one of her favorite musicians, Steve Tannen, who is gearing up to perform his debut album Big Senorita. As he spots Deb in the audience, his nerves take over; for he is a tremendous fan of her hit debut album Something Burning. After the show concludes and the audience has left, the two singer/songwriters linger behind, drinking wine and trading an acoustic guitar back and forth. Thus, as most say, the rest is history. After four years of being together, The Weepies, as they became known as, have created a "breath of fresh air for fans and songwriters for their unique voices and unforgettable sound," according to their website (
This indie/pop-folk band created their first album together called Happiness (independently) and was signed in 2005 to Nettwerk Records to begin the recording process of their second album, Say I Am You.
The musical pair combined their artistic talents together to create an eclectic blend of passionate ballads and upbeat rhythms. Their sound is a mixture of indie beats combined with pop-rock styles. Their vocal harmonies are amazing and are assisted by the likes of popular artists and instrumentalists such as guitarist Meghan Toohey, drummer Frank Lenz, bass players Whynot Jansveld, Malcom Gold and Milo Decruz.
Recently, the Weepies collaborated on Mandy Moore's fifth album, Wild Hope, on songs such as "Extraordinary," "All Good Things," "Wild Hope," "Looking Forward" and "Few Days Down." (A review of that album will be posted very soon, so keep watch!)

The Weepies website and myspace page include songs from their past and current albums, so make sure to take a listen!

Recommended songs!
*Gotta Have You
*Vegas Baby
*Somebody Loved
*Keep It There
*Take It From Me
*World Spins Madly On
*All That I Want

Happiness (independent) - 2003
Say I Am You (Nettwerk) - 2006
Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive-Nettwerk) - 2006

*Stay tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: Shevy Smith!

Recommended sites to visit!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Spotlight of the Day: Candice Clark

Today's Spotlight of the Day is on an upcoming singer named Candice Clark. With similar looks to Carrie Underwood, Clark features a unique sound of pop and rock, sounding like a cross between Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

According to Clark's myspace page (, her strong musical talent has been influenced by the likes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. As a young girl, she listened to Wilson Phillips, Boys II Men and Luther Vandross. Other favorites of hers included Alanis Morissette and Jewel. Even though she may sound like other current singers, Clark said she doesn' t like to "compare my personal style to that of other artists. This is simply because I feel that though I have been influenced by the feelings that my favorite singers or bands put into their music, as a snogwriter myself, I write what I feel based on my own experiences, which are different from those of other musicians." Nicely put!

Clark said she knew she wanted to be a singer/performer the minute she performed her first solo at the age of seven. After graduating from high school early, Clark moved around a bit and decided to settle down and focus on her music career. It was not too long afterward that Clark was lucky enough to meet a successful Dove Award-winning producer out of Tennessee and began to write and record her own music. Yet, aside from being a singer, Clark says she likes to do normal things such as play soccer, work out, dance and hang out with family and friends. She is grateful to all of her fans and supporters and states that without them, her dream would not be coming true.

Clark's CD "Let Go" is currently no in stores but is available for purchase on iTunes and Soney Connect. Her CD consists of songs such as "Let Me Be," "Tell Me Why," "Living for Today," "But You Said, "Brand New Day" and more! Check out five of her songs on her myspace page now! Her music portrays Clark's life of determination and passion for her love of music and also chronicles the difficulties in life everyone encounters.

Everyone. Meet Candice Clark. With her drive, enthusiasm and passion for music, there is no doubt in my mind that she will become a successful, well-known singer.

*Stay tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: The Weepies!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Spotlight of the Day: Joanna Pacitti

Today's spotlight artist of the day is Joanna Pacitti. Most people probably do not know who she is but may have heard her music. If you've seen Legally Blonde, then you have heard her music. Joanna sings her hit song off of the movie soundtrack, "Watch Me Shine." Contrary to popular belief, Vanessa Cartlon does NOT sing that song. I have provided a video link of her singing it below. Very empowering (yet poppy) song to say the least!
Joanna began singing as a five-year-old to entertain customers in her father's barber shop. As she grew older, she landed roles in musicals such as The Wizard of Oz and Annie. Eventually, at the age of 16 she signed her first record deal with A&M/ Geffen Records (think Lifehouse, Ashlee Simpson).
About a year ago, Joanna was part of MTV's "True Life" reality series and even admitted that singing the Legally Blonde song was a huge break for her career. Sometime afterward, Joanna started to record her album "This Crazy Life" which represents her journey of highs and lows during the recording process. She even had her song "Miracle" featured in the Lifetime TV Movie Homeless to Harvard. The song is a beautiful ballad that tells of a girl searching for a miracle "to walk right through the door." I have also included the video for "Miracle" below for those who would like to see it or haven't yet. Currently, Joanna wrapped up her tour with Nick Lachey and is working on performing at different venues. Her website features webisodes of Joanna discussing her album and songs such as "Let It Slide" and "4th of July." On June 15, the Nancy Drew movie featured a new song of Joanna's called "Pretty Much Amazing." She's also got a big performance at the Lewis Family Playhouse this November that she is currently preparing for in California, but in the meantime look out for all kinds of Joanna information and updates at her official website and myspace page!

Album: This Crazy Life
Recommended Songs: (Even though they are all good-here are my personal faves!)
*Let It Slide
*Tip Toe
*4th of July
*Just When You're Leaving
*Let Go
*Your Obsession

"Watch Me Shine" (Just the music, please go to the following link)

Joanna, Age 12

"Miracle" (Follow link)

*Stay tuned for next time's Spotlight of the Day: Candice Clark!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Spotlight of the Day: Chantal Kreviazuk

Lately I've been talking up a storm on Mandy Moore, so I thought it was time to focus on different artists. Some that are in the spotlight and some that are under the radar and that I believe should be noticed! So every so often I will put up a different artist or group and showcase what they are all about. If you have any ideas, feel free to shoot me a message!

First Spotlight: Chantal Kreviazuk

Born in Canada, Chantal Kreviazuk encompasses what every artist should: drive, self-confidence and a strong passion for music. A trained pianist, Kreviazuk hit it big in 1996 with hit singles "God Made Me" and "Surrounded." Since then her large repertoire of songs includes hit singles off of films and TV shows such as "Saved!," "Armageddon," "Just My Luck," "Dawson's Creek," "Uptown Girls," "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" and more. Aside from her own singing and musical talent, Kreviazuk has lend her song-writing capabilities to artists such as Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff, Marion Raven, Gwen Stefani, Mandy Moore and Cheyenne Kimball. Her list of records include "Under These Rocks and Stones," "Colour Moving and Stones," "What If It All Means Something" and "Ghost Stories."
Awards Kreviazuk has been nominated for include Best New Artist ('97), Single of the Year ('07) and Best Pop Album ('07). She also has won awards for Best Pop Album in 2000 as well as Best Female Artist in the same year.
The talented singer-songwriter not only can tickle the ivories but can also prove herself on the guitar too. I've included one of my favorite songs of hers below. Enjoy!

*Stayed tuned for next time's new Spotlight of the Day: Joanna (Pacitti)!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Mandy Moore "Wild Hope" Lyrics

Here are the lyrics to Mandy Moore's new album "Wild Hope"! (Semi-taken from her album jacket -- There were some mistakes!) Enjoy!

Track One: "Extraordinary"

I was a daydream
Quiet and unseen
I lived in stories
But inside I kept a mystery
I was a starling
Nobody's darling
Flying in perfect circles
Just for company

And now I'm ready
And now I'm ready
And now I'm ready to be

A midnight airplane
A window glowing
I know I am another
Sparkle in the sky
I shine uncovered
Still undiscovered
But you might see me in the corner of your eye


Waking up to a week of Sundays
I've got my own parade
Stopping off at a sidewalk cafe
Wind is playing in the trees
Kicking up confetti leaves
Seems as if it's all to say

And now I'm ready
And now I'm ready
And now I'm ready to be
And now I'm ready
And now I'm ready
And now I'm ready to be

Track Two: "All Good Things"

All good things
All good things
All good things

Not sure where to go
Everybody I know
Says I'm too forgiving
And now that I'm gone
I don't want to move on
I just keep reliving

All good things
Oh I wish you
All good things
Come to an end
All good things
Oh I wish you well

Lost inside of my head
Empty side of the bed
I feel this place without you
I keep pushing the bruise
'Cause I don't want to lose
What I loved about you


I can think of a million ways
You proved you weren't the one
So live inside of your shades of grey
And never mind the sunshine
That I'll find

I got so much space now
I got a whole house with the wind blowing through
I don't need somewhere to hide
I've got this whole world inside
I was accustomed to showing you

Ohhh all good things
Oh oh
All good things oh oh, oh oh
All good things
Oh I wish you well

Track Three: "Slummin' In Paradise"

I'm a long way off
But I'm still around
Sitting on the couch
And if I take my time
All the others give in
You still feel like you're standing in line

I just know that you're worth the wait
It's of no concern
It's a risk I'd gladly take
From time to time

So don't worry about yourself at all
I'll hang your work up on my wall
Hose you down and dress you up real nice
With some brand new plans and a fancy car
Try to place your superstar
You can tell the story of your life
Without slummin' in paradise

I wonder how you feel
Or do I?
Standing on the corner
How's your view?
From the other side
Oh Mr. Right
It's not a pretty sight-- alone


You won't often see this letter
Handed over right away
I know the first time I found you wonderful


Oh oh oh
Slummin' in paradise
Slummin in paradise

Track Four: "Most of Me"

I'm not ready to confront
I'd rather cement my words this way
This could be the easy road out
But I'm just not all that happy

So I'm writing all this down
And I'll file it in a drawer-- someday
In lieu of a conversation
We'd probably forget to have -- anyway

I won't hold anything
And I won't hold anything in
Feel like I know where this is going
And I might know how it ends
But I'm still
Willing to begin

You should know my story by now
And why I'm optimistic -- cautiously
I understand it's not your fault
And I'm not takin' anything back
You still end up with ohhh
Most of me


I expect you to fly from New York to LA
And land on my doorstep
Oh and smile at me and say
It was worth it to see most of me
Oh do you love most of me?

You're just crossing paths
Oh with the way -- he left me
And I'm not sayin' a word
I -- am watching you -- quietly
'Cause you're gonna have to prove me wrong
Before I know this is right
And we don't have to decide tonight
Just wait for me -- patiently
Oh and you'll get all of me


Yea I'm still -- willing to begin

Track Five: "Few Days Down"

It's a take-out weekend
It's a fake-out smile and pretend
If nobody sees you cry
You can say it was raining outside

And all that you want
Is a few days down
All that you need
A little time -- to drown
It's to be expected
With all the weight you carry 'round
All that you want is
A few days down
A few days down

It's a short vacation
To a foreign nation
Oh, nothing familiar here
Just you and your lonesome heart complaining


I'm looking out
Ten stories high
And like a blanket lifted
The quiet night
The city finally waking up
The morning light


A few days down
A few days down

Track Six: "Can't You Just Adore Her?"

She likes chocolate in the morning
She drinks her coffee late at night
You can sense that she is guarded
That's alright
She'll fall asleep while you're still talking
With unfinished books beside her bed
She'll cancel all of her appointments
And go shopping instead

And in spite of what is right
Far beyond what she'd expect
When the moon begs the question
Will you have the answer yet?
Can't you just adore her?
Oh can't you just adore her?

She loves to watch the sunset
But she is partial to the rain
With those tears and that umbrella
Her allure goes unexplained
You made dinner in your apartment
You both assume that she'll be late
She always has the best intentions
'Cause her goodness is innate


And in spite of what is right
Far beyond what she'd expect
When the moon begs the question
Will you have the answer yet
Can't you just adore her?
Oh why cant you just adore her?

I like my chocolate in the morning
I drink my coffee late at night

Track Seven: "Looking Forward To Looking Back"

Drove to your house in the hills
Where I wanted to be
The lights were all on
And I knew you were waiting for me
And that road became familiar
Like the mystery shape of your heart

And I know you loved me in your way
I'm looking forward to looking back on these days
And I'm fine
But I'm not okay
I'm looking forward to looking back on these days

The fog in the morning that clouded the world that we knew
It was almost enough being lonely and living for you
And the rain came to our window
And I wish I could've stayed


Let it go
Let it go sunshine
Now you know
Now you know it's time
It's time

You were asleep while I gathered my things in the dark
The burns on my fingers were all that was left of -- the spark
Didnt' want to wake you
'Cause I knew I couldn't say
That I know you loved me in your way


I'm looking forward to looking back on these days

Track Eight: "Wild Hope"

In the crazy world
Anything can happen if you will it to
I'm just a hazy girl
Blurring all the edges only seeing blue

It's a wild hope
A wild hope
A wild hope
Everything will be alright

Lost inside
A painting of a city on a hotel wall
Days go by
Wasting golden hours in the fall oh oh


I catch a glimpse of our reflection
Beside you I see myself
We are the season's new collection
We look like everybody else

Walk alone
Through the crowded streets into the fading grey
Here and gone
Like a decoration for the holiday


Everything will be alright
Everything will be alright

Track Nine: "Nothing That You Are"

Somebody told me
They saw you somewhere
Somebody hold me
'Cause suddenly I'm in the cold
Well I must be mistaken
It was somebody else
I know you all too well
Or do I?

I heard you say
We were one and the same
Well, wrong again
I could never do those things - you - did - to me
I will be okay
In time you'll fade
Into the nothing that you are
The nothing you are

Somebody sold me
Yea the same old story
Hadn't you told me
You were there the whole time
Well I must be mistaken
You were somebody else
I hope you burn in hell
Or do I?


And your mistakes will hunt you down
You'll know that when you hit the ground
Your weakness did you in and dealt me -- out
It's okay
I have the truth on my side


The nothing you are
The nothing you are
The nothing you are

Track Ten: "Latest Mistake" (This song was half wrong in her CD jacket! The correct lyrics are below!)

There is part of me that wants an answer
And part of me that doesn't want to know
Part of you that I am in love with
And the part that I am willing to let go

This is a delicate unraveling
Now and then I find pieces on the floor
Tiny little bits that tell me
Maybe I shouldn't take this
Or love you anymore

Someone's gonna have to fess up
Someone's gonna have to -- clean this mess up

I wanted you the first time
I loved you for the second
I don't know how that ever goes away
As far as I can tell
You're really good at talking
I think it's time -- you let me know
I'm just your latest mistake

Wonder what will make you happy
I wonder what you'll do with it all
'Cause I have a map in my head
Somehow still don't understand why I always have to miss you
Why I have to make the call

Yea someone's gonna have to step up
Someone's gonna have to -- clean this mess up


Before you drive me away take a good look at me, baby
Picture me not lying on your couch
I wish the best for you
Every time you go through this
Before you finally figure it out


I think it's time you let me know
I'm your latest ah
I'm your latest mistake

Oh I'm your latest mistake

Track Eleven: "Ladies' Choice"

You did everything
I asked you not to
Look where it got you
I'm sure
You heard it before
But how could you?
And baby, why would you?

Goodbye, sweetheart
Countdown started
Words are heavy
But I'm far from broken hearted
Goodbye, stranger
I'll take the fall
(Your) Lies were tempting
Though you never really threw me off at all
Go ahead
Waste your time
Count me out
Take your place at the end of the line
Raise a glass
No surprise
Here's to us at the end of the line (oh, yea)
Heres' to us at the end of the line (oh, yea)

I'll miss -- the version of you
Who loved me
And all that they don't see
You said you could be good
Somehow you're guilty
And you're not even sorry



Go ahead
Waste your time
Count me out
Take your place at the end of the line
Raise a glass
No surprise
Here's to us at the end of the line (oh, yea)
Heres' to us at the end of the line (oh, yea)

Track Twelve: "Gardenia" (Probably my favorite!)

Well, I put so much thought into getting ready
Now I know, that was the best part
It's so easy to get caught up in what I'm regretting
Forget what I got, from a wounded heart

I'm the one who likes Gardenia
I'm the one who likes to make love on the floor
I don't want to hang up the phone yet
It's been good
Getting to know me more

I've been seeing all my old friends in the city
Walking alone in Central Park
Doing all the things that I've neglected
I traded 'em all in
To be in your arms


Will I hear my own voice
Sounds so silly
I keep on telling my story all around...
Everything I lost ain't so different
'Cause this is how everybody gets found

I'm the one who likes Gardenia (Ohhh)
I'm the one who likes to make love on the floor
And I don't want to hang up the phone yet
It's been good
Getting to know me more

*Hope this helps everyone!!!!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Mandy Moore's "Wild Hope" Out Tomorrow!

One day to go! Twenty-four hours and counting! Mandy Moore's fifth album "Wild Hope" (if you count her "I Wanna Be with You" one) is coming out TOMORROW! Mandy Moore hasn't released an album since 2003 with her cover-album titled "Coverage." Since then, she's switched labels, recording studios and discovered an amazing band to support her. Her decision to have a more eclectic sound on her album was solely her choice and she refused to let anyone tell her otherwise. Recently, Moore posted on her website that she is busy with interviews for her upcoming movie "License to Wed," due out July 3. She also mentioned that she has two more upcoming performances and would like to thank the people in Chicago for breaking the ice in singing her new material.

"I have never worked this hard to promote something and as I've mentioned to you guys in the past, it's been amazingly educational. However, the last week or so has been a new phase of promotion in that I am finally getting to perform the record rather than just talk about it. The audience at Park West (Chicago) was so awesome and responsive. I had no idea what to expect and who would show up. I guess the show sold out which blew me away, to say the least. I played just about the whole record along with a couple covers the band and I worked out. It went by so quickly and all I could think about is wanting to get back out there." ~Mandy Moore, quoted from

Like I previously blogged, I was at the Chicago performance so check around the site for a review of it, as well as a couple of close-ups! She also mentioned that she will be touring in the near future! So don't forget to head over to to grab your tickets once dates are finalized! In the meantime, if you live in the NY or LA area, she's coming to Joe's Pub (NY) and The Roxy (LA) in a week or two, so I highly recommend you check it out! Otherwise, make sure to pick up a copy of "Wild Hope" tomorrow!!!!!

Come back to this very spot later this week for a complete review of the album!

Upcoming Mandy Appearances!
Live with Kelly and Regis-week of release (check back!)
PBS Tavis Smiley Show-June 18 (late)
The Tonight Show-June 26
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson-June 27
Martha Stewart Show-July 27
The Today Show-(TBA)
The Sauce-Wed. June 20, 3pm PST/6pm EST
CBS Early Show-(TBA)
TRL/MTV News-Thurs. June 21
Good Day LA-June 29

CHICAGO PERFORMANCE LIVE ON MSN.COM Monday, June 18 11am PST/2pm EST. Trust me, it's worth watching!

Recommended sites!
(Get your Mandy Moore concert tickets here!)

Kelly Clarkson Update!

Okay, I know I'm really late on this, but just in case there are still people out there who don't know, this is for you.

Kelly Clarkson has canceled her upcoming tour.

But this shouldn't discourage you from purchasing her album on June 26. Think of it this way. When Clarkson does pick her tour back up, by that time you should have the album in hand and know all of the lyrics. Concerts are more fun anyways when you know the songs being sung. Her "Breakaway" tour was AMAZING, especially since I knew most of the songs. The concert FLEW by! So do yourself a favor, get her "My December" album and put it on repeat. There will be NO excuses if you don't know the words. Just because she ended this tour doesn't mean she's never going to tour again!

Also, make sure to come back here and check out my review of "My December" the week of its release. Then tell me your thoughts on it as well! Will it beat her "Breakaway" album? We shall find out!

Recommended sites!

Concert tickets are available! Get these hot tickets today!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Beyonce: Tour of the Year

Beyonce Knowles began as one of the lead singers in the hit group Destiny's Child for over seven years. (LOVED THEM! Saw them in concert! Awesome!) Popular hits included "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Say My Name," "Bug a Boo," "Jumpin' Jumpin'" (one of my fave songs of theirs), "Survivor," "Bootylicious" and "Independent Women." Knowles has won high honors and awards such as "Songwriter of the Year" and a Grammy in 2006 for "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals." By 2003, Knowles chose to break off into her now successful solo career with her debut solo album "Dangerously In Love." Her second album called "B'day" released on her birthday, featured songs such as "Deja Vu," "Ring the Alarm," "Crazy In Love" and "Irreplaceable."
By December of 2006, Knowles had five more Grammys under her belt, one of which was for "Best Contemporary R&B Album."
Let's be honest, this 25-year-old has an AMAZING voice, unbelievable stage presence and a whole life a head of her for more utter greatness. Compare her to any other celebrity and it's no contest.
Do NOT miss out on her upcoming tour! Get your Beyonce concert tickets NOW! Beyonce tickets are HOT, HOT, HOT, so don't miss out on getting spectacular seats! Cheap concert tickets on sale now!

Also check out these highly recommended sites!

Justin Brings New Meaning to "Sexy"

Justin Timberlake embarks on his fall tour this August in Tennessee to promote his past hit album "FutureSex/LoveSounds." I'll admit, I was a HUGE fan of his when he was the cute curly blond heartthrob in N'Sync. "Dirty Pop" was an awesome song and an even better video (admit it, you all know how the chorus choreography goes -- or at least parts!) After the gradual but eventual split-up of the boy band, Justin Timberlake managed to win his way into women's hearts unlike some of his other competition such as Nick Lachey, Nick Carter and Ryan Cabrera (where the heck did he go??). With breakout hits like "Cry Me A River," "Like I Love You," and "Rock Your Body" how could he not stay in the spotlight?? His early break-up with the former Mousekateer and pop princess, Britney Spears, a new look and another album later, Timberlake continued to climb the musical ladder of success. His latest album, "FutureSex/LoveSounds" sky rocketed to the number one position on the Billboard chart, selling over 680,000 copies in its first week. The first hit single "SexyBack" reached number one in nine weeks and stayed there for another seven. (It really is a great song to dance to!)

The videos and music are great to listen to but they are cannot nearly be as awesome as seeing it LIVE. Everyone should definitely treat themselves to an intimate concert with JT himself and purchase some Justin Timberlake concert tickets. Justin Timberlake tickets are on sale now for his fall tour. Grab these cheap tickets today and never regret it! (Maybe Nelly Fertado will even make a guest appearance at select locations??? Okay, well one can hope!)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Mandy Moore's Chicago Scrapbook

Check out my newly made scrapblog of Mandy Moore's concert in Chicago on June 12, 2007!

Then please check out these awesome sites and get your very own Mandy Moore tickets!

Britney Spears Needs Help!

Rehab-free Britney Spears is seeking help from her most "die-hard fans" to help name her next album. Possible names (some jokes) include:

1) Omg is Like Lindsay Lohan Like Okay Like
2) What If the Joke is On You
3) Down Boy
4) Integrity
5) Dignity

Check out these great sites too! Cheap tickets available!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The 2007 Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is back to the drawing board and hitting the grindstone full blast! With her new album "My December" only two weeks from its release (June 26, 2007), Kelly Clarkson is preparing for her nationwide tour. Originally, the album was set for release on July 24, but in order for the fans to learn the lyrics, Clarkson decided to up the release date. The veteran American Idol winner has accomplished a lot of the past few years. Aside from touring last year, promoting her new album and participating in charitable events, Clarkson has made her name even bigger as 2007 hits the mid-way point. From July to September, Clarkson will promote her newest repertoire of songs. The tour embarks in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, July 11 and ends September 29 in Las Vegas.

The show will include several of Clarkson's smash hits such as "Since U Been Gone," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," "Walk Away," "Gone," "Breakaway" and much more! Songs avid fans can expect are "One Minute," "Maybe," "Can I Have a Kiss, hit single "Never Again" and many more! According to the track listing, a hidden song called "Chivas" is supposedly on the album. The best part about the album? Despite rumored controversy between record-producer Clive Davis, Clarkson finally was able to contribute her own personality into her work as well as write/co-write every song.

Make sure to get your Kelly Clarkson tickets today! These hot tickets are sure to sell fast so don't wait!

Stay turned for my full review of Kelly Clarkson's "My December" album the week of its release!

Mandy Moore "Wild Hope" Concert!

Last night, Mandy Moore came to Chicago and performed an incredible show for a small crowd. Right near the heart of Chicago, Moore introduced her band and new repertoire of songs on her upcoming album "Wild Hope" due out June 19, 2007.

Moore came out wearing a black beaded dress and cardigan designed by none other than herself. The line, called Mblem, features a vintage appeal on clothes with obvious comfort taken into consideration.

She began her show with a few new songs including "Nothing That You Are" and "All Good Things." As to not lose the crowd's interest, Moore also threw in a few oldies such as "Moonshadow" (originally Cat Stevens) and "Help Me" (originally Joni Mitchell).

Other songs of the night included new songs she sang included "Few Days Down," "Wild Hope" and "Latest Mistake," informing the audience that she wrote the song after someone in her life did her wrong. Finally, she sang "Gardenia," an incredibly beautiful ballad written with Chantal Kreviazuk. Near the end of the song, Moore had to stop and close her eyes, nearly on the brink of evident tears. This is definitely a song to remember.

The last two songs consisted of her recent single "Extraordinary"and a unique rendition of "Candy." Moore stated that as much as it "pained her" to sing "Candy" she knew everyone was just waiting for her to sing it. She even admitted to not remembering the words and whipped out her palm pilot and googled her own lyrics! Mid-way through the song she actually forgot the words, but gracefully saved herself by letting the audience know they can sing for her at anytime!

The show was just amazing and better than I could ever have expected. It's a relief to know that despite the jail-driven, rehab celebrities in the world, there are still successful, classy ones around proving to the world just who they are and where they intend to go, changing the world as they do so. Mandy Moore is not without her battles like any 23-year-old, but she exudes confidence in every way possible.

If you get a chance to see her tour, make sure to buy Mandy Moore tickets as soon as possible! Tickets are on sale now! Also, look for tickets to future Mandy Moore concerts as well! Enjoy the pictures!

Front Row Seats for The Police!

I am a HUGE 80s fan: Madonna, Tiffany, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Benatar, The Go-Gos, Robert Palmer, Van Halen, Def Leppard, John Mellencamp, Rick Springfield and of course, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Paris Hilton's Out-of-Jail Party!

Can we talk about how ridiculous this is? This actress/singer's father apparently is throwing her a party once she gets out of jail! What kind of lesson is that? Let's hope there isn't any alcohol there.......!

What are everyone's views on this??

How to Win American Idol

A lot of people believe I wanted Jordin Sparks to win American Idol because we share the same last name. But this is not the case. Why would I cheer on somebody just because of their last name? What I look for in a winner is talent, originality and charisma. All of which Jordin has. Factors such as her age and weight should not be examined meticulously just because she is now the winner and in the media spotlight.

What we have on this show is a case of Unique Syndrome. If you don't have the unique card, you just won't win. (And I don't mean mean being incredibly weird and gross on TV or futhermore, having a TERRIBLE vioce!!) Let me explain.

1) The first winner of American Idol,
Kelly Clarkson, established herself in the pop arena with hits such as "A Moment Like This," "Low," "Since U've Been Gone" and "Breakaway." Coming off of American Idol, she sure has made something of herself, selling millions of albums and selling out hundreds of concerts worldwide. Her first album was a hit but only with a select number of songs. Her next album "Breakaway" became a smash hit and proved to be more successful than her debut album. She won simply because her voice was better than Justin's and the sweetheart image trumped over the temporary heartthrob. She even released a movie with runner-up Justin Gurani...which was a flop at the box office. With true competition from Season Four winner, Carrie Underwood, in terms of record sales, Kelly is still a top candidate for best winner of the reality TV show. Yet, if we were to place Clarkson with the other five winners in an ultimate singing competition, I have my doubts. On Kelly's debut album, I felt her vocals were strained and sometimes came off as high-pitched shouting rather than singing. By her second, her voice had a normal sound to it and sounded amazing in nearly everyone of her songs. With her third album on its way out, the songs that have already surfaced seem to have found its way back to the "Miss Independant" phase -- back to the shouting/screaming mode. I'm just not feeling that side of Kelly. Could it have something to do with her "normal arguments" with record producer Clive Davis as she told Ryan Seacreast recently on his live radio show? You tell me what you think.

Movin right along...

2) Ruban Studdard became
American Idol's second winner. I did not vote for him. Yes, I thought he had a decent voice. Yes, I thought he seemed cuddly and somewhat "teddy-bear like" as Paula Abdul mentioned a bajillion times. But that was it. Clay Aiken, the season's runner-up, could nail down any song he sang. You could have him sing "Happy Birthday" and it would be jaw-dropping amazing. His voice is just awesome. I dont care about ANY of the media hype he's been through pertaining to his sexual preference or inccident with Kelly Ripa. I just don't care. His voice is incredible. His album "Measure of a Man" goes far beyond the success of Ruban's....the winner, might I remind you. And his voice is breathtaking...if I haven't mentioned it enough.
My theory behind the shocks of why a person won over another is simply this: Over confidence. You assume your favorite or even America's favorite will win, so you save yourself the money from calling/texting your choice. Others will make up for your loss of votes, right? WRONG!!!! Don't play the "it's rigged" card. You don't vote, you run the risk of your top choice not being just that: the top choice. (Think
Chris Daughtry people!! Nice going fans!) Simple as that. Clay should have taken home the prize....but it doesn't matter does it? He obviously had the unique appeal I'm preaching about and that's why he is more successful than Ruban. And look where that got the winner....singing himself...has anyone seen him lately????

3) The Ms. Fantasia Barrino, Season Three winner of
American Idol. She doesn't have a horrible voice. It's definitely unique. Did anyone see her Lifetime Original Movie? If most is true, she won American Idol by the skin of her teeth. She had nine lives that girl! Barely getting to the auditions, getting a family member to get her to go back to it when she gave up, getting into Hollywood and getting patrionized for having a baby girl at the age of 19 as well as being illiterate. Some felt the singer did not represent the "American Idol." Yet, she drove on and ended up winning. My vote was with 16-year-old Diana DeGarmo. She was more my type of singer. But both deserved albums and when it came down to it, both got them as well as success. And although Fantasia has a bit more successful than Diana, she's not exactly hogging the spotlight either. Once in awhile you may catch her name, but she is no Beyonce. Not yet at least.

4) The ever lovely and charming
Carrie Underwood. The Country Princess herself. I knew she was going to win the minute she stepped into the room with her curly blond hair and bright pink t-shirt. Plus, the contest need a country singer and she was outstanding in that category. This girl has sold more records during her opening than Kelly Clarkson did. Not too mention that she has won many grammys and countless other awards, performed at Country Thunder (a music festival consisting of country singers celebring the gift of music) and more! This girl even beat out the famous Faith Hill (was she REALLY mad or just playing around as she says?? Check YouTube and you tell me.) But, alas, I love Carrie and her music. She'll be around for a loooooong time. I'm sure of it.

5) Taylor Who? Oh,
Taylor Hicks. See Ruben's reason for winning on how Taylor managed to win. (Soul Patrol?? Not feeling it ONE BIT!) And where is this Mr. Hicks anyway?? (Apparently he is touring.....) I liked Katherine McPhee. Her song "Over It" isn't the biggest hit, but has made some waves in the music scene. And hands down, Chris Daughtry SHOULD have won. Though, he IS doing better than Hicks so I guess what's the point in arguing.

6) Now....back to Ms. Sparks...

I'm glad she won. I had a feeling the first time she sang (during the Top 12 round) that she would make it far if not win. Though, I would have liked to have seen
Gina Glocksen win with her unique sound and rock-edge, most likely she'll get a record deal and I'll be one of the first to grab it.

In the meantime, thousands will continue to try out for this ridiculous but star-producing show. And thousands will go home with their head in their tear-stricken hands. But for the Seventh Season of
American Idol, just remember. It's the unique appeal that wins.

Could YOU be our next
AMERICAN IDOL? You tell me -- or I'll just have to wait until next season.