When you hear the word diva, a few names may come to mind such as Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, etc., but the one that should stand out the most would have to be, the one and only, Mariah Carey. Her fame and angelic voice is legendary. With her breath taking high notes and collection of numerous awards, Mariah takes home the title as the queen diva.
How talented is Mariah? Well, just to put into perspective of how her talent has truly changed her life, here are a few of her attributions to the music industry. Her success is legendary: with over 200 million records sold worldwide, 9 multiplatinum albums, more number 1 hits than any other solo artist, 79 weeks at number 1 on the billboard’s hot 100, most number 1’s on hot 100 female song writers, most number 1’s on hot 100 female producer, with 2 singles declared song of the decade, a world-wide best-selling Christmas Album, her legendary 5 octave range, 12 BET awards,5 Grammy’s, 17 music awards including artist of the millennium, BMI icon award. 21 AMA’s, and 31 billboard awards including artist of the decade, she is truly an international icon. It makes you wonder where on earth does she fit all of her record breaking awards!
Rise to stardom takes time and a lot of work, and for some, overcoming struggles. It almost seemed fame, talent, and glamour was destined to be in Mariah’s future. Mariah Carey was born on March 27th, 1970 in Long Island, New York. Her mother, Patricia Carey, was an opera star in New York and singing quickly became the center of Mariah’s life. At the age of 3 Mariah began to take a huge interest in singing and her mother would give her lessons. Growing up Mariah Carey had to overcome the hostility and stereotypes of being a mixed child, half Irish half African/ Venezuelan, and having divorced parents put her mother into a tough position; working many jobs to take care of three children on her own.
After high school she decided not to go to college, but take a jump start into her destined music career. Her talents were quickly noticed and producer Tommy Mottola from Sony/Columbia jumped at the chance to raise a star. He was also known for signing and contributing to the success of Whitney Houston. By the late 80’s early 90’s Mariah was preparing her first album, which little did she know would make music history.
As her first album reached the top of mainstream charts; Mariah Carey began her journey to mega stardom. For over 20 years Mariah has been creating music that has made an impact on the music industry. Recently she has released a single on February 12th from her new album debuting on May 6th, called “You’re Mine” as part of her Valentines appreciation. She has been promoting heavily on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to spread the love around the iconic holiday. To keep up with the super #diva, you can follow her @MariahCarey or check out updates, news, and sneak peeks on her personal website www.mariahcarey.com.
From the Mickey Mouse Club, to the movie screens, and the performance stage, does anyone come to your mind? Justin Randall Timberlake, or you may also know him as JT, has conquered all of these. January 31st 1981 was born a mega star that would soon emerge into the entertainment world. Many forget that he started off as a child star on Disney, but that can be credited as the start of his career, and the rest, well, is history.
Mr. Timberlake was born with music in his blood, a natural performer. He was greatly influenced by Michael Jackson when it came to his singing, dancing, and performance style. At the young age of 10 Justin sang his way to the Grand Ole Opry. Unknowingly at the time, it would be the first of many stages he would perform on.
Are you familiar with the Mickey Mouse Club? Well, Justin’s first official paid “gig” took place in 1993 on the Disney stage. It may have been a short 2 years on the Mickey Mouse club when it came to end for Justin in 1995, but that was all he needed. From the experience he met Brittney Spears (future girlfriend), and JC Chasez (future band mate). To say the least this experience was a major turning point in Justin’s professional career and personal life.
Justin proposed the idea of starting a boy band to JC after the Mickey Mouse Club in 1995 and that was the beginning of the famous NSYNC. The pop-oriented boy band had a quick growing fan base. Their first fast-selling album was released in 2000 “No Strings Attached”, once the band got going they were unstoppable. Can you remember a dull NSYNC performance? I know I can’t! I can shamelessly say I still listen to the catchy pop songs on a regular basis, and I may even have an NSYNC CD in my car CD player at this very moment.
The boy band decided to take a break from the fame in 2002, but Justin wasn’t feeling it. The thought of a solo career sounded intriguing to him, and the fans made it clear they wanted more Justin! He re-vamped his clean cut image and broke out on his own, and aren’t we all glad he did! He collaborated hip-hop with R&B and made us fall in love. Justin proved he could stand on his own. He’s performed in the Superbowl, appeared in movies, SNL, and show’s such as Punk’d on MTV.
Justin Timberlake is a singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, and businessman. He has dedicated his whole life to entertaining the world passionately. He is currently back at it on tour. The highly anticipated tour kicked off on October 31st and is still visiting cities throughout North America, Europe, Australia and South America! The 20/20 Experience World Tour is coming to Buffalo at the First Niagara Center on February 22nd. The show is SOLD OUT! So, if you are one of the lucky ones who will be in Justin Timberlake’s presence and graced with his beautiful voice and outstanding dance moves… I hope you have the time of your life, I guarantee you it will be an amazing show.
The obsession of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ is a nation-wide phenomenon my brain hasn’t been able to wonder why. I am wondering why now. With everything on the Internet, is there a reason for reality T.V. Sure, the behind-the-scenes are nice. The audience gets to be inside their lives and follow them around. But, it’s really not that interesting anymore; well, to me at least. The Kardashian clan all started with Rob Kardashian marrying Kris Houghton. We know Rob’s rise to fame came from O.J. Simpson’s murder trial back in 1995. But before that, he was a successful businessman raising his three daughters and son, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Robert Jr. That’s enough of backstory. After Rob’s untimely death, Kris re-married to Bruce Jenner; a former U.S. track and field athlete. Then, Bruce and Kris Jenner had Kendall and Kylie Jenner. When the show premiered back in high school, I didn’t know who these people were and why they were famous.
Yes, it makes sense Robert Kardashian Sr. would earn his fame by defending O.J. This shouldn’t mean his ex-wife (yes, they divorced before he passed) and four kids should have their own show years later. Ok, I get it. Kourtney is with this Scott Disick guy she has been with since the show begun. They have two children together and seem to be happy (as long as Scott doesn’t party 24/7). First off, if you Google “Scott Disick” he is best known for ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians.’ He isn’t even famous, really. I believe the second biggest thing he featured in was one the new episodes of Punk’d in 2012. He is also an American reality T.V. star…I wonder from what. I wouldn’t think he is carrying on the oh-so popular Kardashian name.
On the flip side, Kim is the one who gets the most attention. I can’t speak for what happens in their own home when cameras are off. However, Kim is the one who is most featured and talked about on the show. She overshadows her older sister; and younger ones as well. The only reasoning I have for this is her relationship with Kanye West. I shouldn’t have to say who this character is. Their story is more complicated. Kanye’s ex-girlfriend Amber Rose claims he and Kim were dating back in 2010 when Kim dated NFL star Reggie Bush. Of course, this would be a scandalous claim in the world of celebrities. Kim says she didn’t start officially dating Kanye until 2012. But, she filed to divorce her husband of less than 3 months, Kris Humphries in October 2011. Fast forward to today, they have a daughter North “Nori” and soon to be married. People are more interested in Kim because she is more of a “fashionista,” because she dates famous celebrities, and now has a baby with one!
I’m not going to talk about each of them…but Khloe is the outcast in the show, in the media, and in life. When Lamar was arrested for a D.U.I., it was under more scrutiny than Scott’s partying. Lamar Odom is a star NBA player while Scott is…
His infidelity led Khloe to file for divorce after having proof of him cheating with at least five other women. Poor Khloe…watching the show, she is the one I can (and others who watch the show) can empathize with. This season was most tumultuous for Khloe, celebratory for Kim, and pretty much the same for Kourtney. It’s either Kim or Khloe in the spotlight. Kim is viewed in a positive light by constantly being referred to as “the prettiest one.” Khloe is typically viewed in a negative light as being “the uglier one.” Is it because Kourtney isn’t the prettiest or ugliest she isn’t important to mention? The show’s center revolves around drama and tragedy.
I can turn over to the Jenner’s. I’ve watched several episodes that have nothing to do with the Kardashians. Bruce’s son from a previous marriage, Brandon, was distraught over not having a relationship with his dad growing up. Bruce spent the majority of his time with Kris and the girls after his divorce. Again, this information is too private and sad to watch on a television. The producers’ goal is to make it look like they have fun together (sometimes) when most of the time, there is always a problem that is circling around each one of the family members. This is getting too long but, Kendall and Kylie? I don’t care about Kendall wanting to move out when she turned 18 and Kylie’s competing modeling/acting career against Kendall. They aren’t even Kardashians! Where’s Rob this whole time? Kim just gets on him about his weight and depression. Again, sad! This show needs to balance what they should show and not show because instead of “keeping up,” everyone will eventually give up trying to keep up.