When I think about my childhood, the first thing that comes in my mind is music, then television. The artists I listened to, the shows I watched, movies I adored. A lot hasn't changed. The battle between Britney, Christina, Jessica, and yes, Mandy Moore was ongoing until Mandy stopped recording, Jessica married Nick Lachey, and Britney married Kevin Federline. Which one is not like the other? Christina Maria Aguilera. I put her above the others due to her versatility. From 'Genie in a Bottle' to 'Dirrty' to 'Ain't No Other Man' to 'Not Myself Tonight' and so on, Christina demonstrated she is capable of anything in the pop music industry.
Her "genie" days go back to when Christina was 18 years old and by 2000, she won Best New Artist at the Grammy's. When she turned 21 and released Stripped, she not only made a statement she wasn't a teenager anymore but jam packed an album of empowering singles. There was 'Beautiful,' 'Can't Hold Us Down' ft. Lil' Kim, and 'Fighter' that exhibited her seriousness to succeed as pop star unlike any of her generation. Though Sarah Michelle Gellar did a poor parody of the pop star on an episode of Saturday Night Live regarding her controversial 'Dirrty' music video, Christina Aguilera replied at the time that she could have done a better job making fun of herself.
I'll skip ahead to 2006 when Back to Basics was literally, back to basics. From fluff songs like "Ain't No Other Man' to heart wrenching songs such as 'Hurt,' definitely paid tribute to her 6-octave range of vocalic. She was awarded the Best Pop Vocal Performance for 'Ain't No Other Man' at the Grammy's in 2007. The album had its own persona of 1920's-1950's style of music, dating back to a more classic era. Christina also changed her look from a hoop nose ring and black streaks to red lipstick and a 40s hairdo as a blonde bombshell. At 25 years old and recently married to Jordan Bratman, Christina composed an album of her desires and fears of entering the family world.
After having her son Max, Christina took a short break after Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits in 2008 until Bionic released in 2010. I remember when she recently gave birth in 2008 and performed at the MTV Video Music Awards and they honored her for the Generation Award. People were commenting on the spandex black jumpsuit she had worn that "made her look fat." I was shocked reading this for the first time thinking the scrutiny Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson consistently faced on this topic. But, Christina was always petite as can be. When Burlesque hit theaters in 2010, her figure was said to be "back to the way it was." The first film at age 29, starring alongside the pop sensation, Cher, Christina had already done it all.
In 2011, she signed on as one of the judges for the singing competition TV show, The Voice, along with Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Cee-Lo Green. Since this past Valentine's Day, she's engaged to Matthew Rutler, and maintains a civil relationship with her ex-husband. Ten days later, she finds out she is pregnant! With a wedding and a baby on the way, I hope this doesn't put a halt to her music career. I want something more after A Great Big World's 'Say Something.'
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.
by Kiss Interns - Alyssa McGee,posted Feb 11 2014 4:58PM
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.
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Unless your name is Britney Spears and you signed a $30 million deal for a two-year residency, because in that case you sure would. There comes a point in some artist’s careers when they have reached that legendary status that merits a retrospective peek back into their musical journey. Though with Vegas comes plenty of contingencies, posing the question: is the prestigious Sin City residency the best career move?
With the recent announcement of Britney’s Vegas deal, you could almost hear the money being thrown left and right. A massive remodel of the Planet Hollywood resort venue, a reported $100k press stunt on Good Morning America (helicopter desert landing included), and the list goes on. The show, Britney Spears: Piece of Me, is being billed as an intimate 90-minute concert experience with a club meets theater vibe. In total, Spears is slated to perform a total of 100 shows between 2014 and 2015 with the possibility of adding even more. And despite the rumor mill churning with stories of bombing at the box office, reps for both Spears and Ceasers Entertainment insist that the shows are selling fantastically well and the demand has them scrambling to unveil the next batch of dates. Flights are being purchased and hotels are being booked as Britney fans from all over the world prep their mass migration.
The deal comes with limitations though, as it has been speculated that it ensures the only place to see Spears perform domestically for the next two years in the will be on the Strip. With her eighth studio album dropping in early December, this blocks out the possibility of an actual tour… something foreign to the pop music scene. However for Britney, this deal couldn’t be working out more in her favor if she tried. Not only does she get to be stationed in one place for extended periods with her children and avoid the constant travel, she’s getting paid likely the same amount (if not more) as she would per show on the road! Tour or no tour, the album will sell and the singles will be hits because she is at a stage in her career where that isn’t even a question. It takes a true superstar to sit pretty and have the fans come to you, and if anyone can do it, it’s Britney… b***h.
Let me start off by saying that I really didn’t want to write a Miley Cyrus blog. Everything that could possibly be said regarding her recent antics and VMA performance has been repeated on a loop for the past two weeks. Over the years, we’ve all seen our fair share of musicians evolve from teen role model to adult powerhouse, each with different audience reactions. With the recent behavior of the musician formerly known as Hannah Montana, I was inspired to look at whether or not her transition into adulthood differed from pop stars before her. So stop licking the sledgehammer for a second Miley, and let’s take a stroll down memory lane.
The identity transition taken on by Miley is strikingly similar to that of Christina Aguilera back in 2002. Leading up to the release of her second album, Stripped, Christina dyed her hair black and got inked with her new nickname “Xtina.” Provocative photo shoots followed, along with the scandalous video for the album’s first single, “Dirrty,” that featured the singer dropping it low in leather chaps and underwear. Parents were horrified that the former Mouseketeer took such a drastic departure from her “Genie in a Bottle” bubblegum-pop image, scrambling to cover the eyes of their children tuning in for their daily dose of TRL. Though the evolution in her career was controversial and left a fair share of feathers ruffled, it yielded major success for Christina and laid the foundation for what would end up being a successful career.
When it comes to Miley, she is following a blueprint that has proved effective for countless female pop stars before her. Somewhat similar adulthood-shift tactics have been used for years by the likes of Madonna, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Debbie Gibson, and Jessica Simpson. Whether the approach will work on the current demographic of music fans is an entirely different story though. What worked for Christina in the early 2000s could easily be ineffective with the current wave of pop music fans. If in 2000, I wanted to re-watch the video of Britney ripping off a black suit at the VMAs to reveal a flesh-colored bodysuit, I’d have to wait for the recast on MTV the next day. Now, YouTube puts the controversy at our finger tips and allows us to pull up content within seconds for analysis and comment. Tearing down an artist has never been easier, making the dynamic between musicians and public opinion even more complex.
Miley isn’t the first, and certainly won’t be the last celebrity to put the pedal to the metal with her image. Though the question is, will it continue to pay off?
I don’t think I’ve ever met a human being that does not enjoy the legend that is Beyoncé Giselle Knowles. Microsoft Word even autocorrected the accent on the “é” in her name as I typed it, so that must mean something. And while I too am a shameless member of the Beyhive, I can’t help but have a bone to pick with Mrs. Carter.
Let’s cut to back to February and the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance that brought a blackout to the Superdome. In a spectacular display of talent, Beyoncé danced through fire, rolled among strobe lights, flipped her hair in the majestic wind, materialized Kelly and Michelle to reform Destiny’s Child and left everyone at home scrambling for their DVR remotes so they could rewind it back again. Seems like the perfect time to announce her fifth studio album, considering it had been two years since her last, right? Not even close.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve forgiven Blue Ivy for delaying my yearly ritual of unwrapping a fresh Beyoncé album, but now I’m getting antsy. With everyone glued to their TVs, I couldn’t imagine how she passed up the chance to premiere a new single during the halftime set. Soon after, when she released her Pepsi commercial set to the tune of the new song “Grown Woman,” I thought the time had finally come… but I was wrong yet again.
Now two strikes into my album anticipation, Beyoncé announced her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. There was no way she would go on a tour without a new album. No way, not a chance. It had to be coming out before then right? Wrong. She is not only touring with music from an album released two years ago, she is completely selling out every show. And as I sat for the fourth consecutive day trying to get tickets in the middle of my Media Ethics class, I realized that she is a force to be reckoned with.
To end the saga, I found myself standing in a crowd of excited Beyoncé fans in New Jersey last month waiting for the Mrs. Carter Show to start and change each and every one of our lives. And after two hours of non-stop perfection, Bey made one thing very clear: she’s a grown woman; she can do whatever she wants.
by Kiss Interns: Lauren,posted Aug 13 2013 11:44AM
Diary Entry 5: Goodbye
Goodbye. The feeling a fan girl gets during the encore song at the end of a concert. The feeling she got when she received the news that Kevin left the Backstreet Boys. And last but not least, the feeling she gets when writing her final blog post about being the kind of girl who is no stranger to those emotions. But just like every good boy band break-up, this is not the end. There will be a reunion album in the future.
These past few months have been a blast and I have loved blogging here for all of my 716 fan girls. I have had so many great experiences and will never forget them. I can also say that is was while I was interning here at Kiss 98.5 that I met my future husband Nick Jonas. Now won’t that make a cute story to tell the grandkids?!
So remember, never be embarrassed or have shame or be held accountable for your fan girl tendencies. And when in doubt, listen to Kiss 98.5 for all of your fan girl needs, I have a feeling they will be able to hook you up…
by Kiss Interns: Lauren,posted Aug 13 2013 11:43AM
Diary Entry 4: Your Inner Fan Girl Never Dies.
After spending years of our adolescent lives dedicating our time to a certain group of boys, a time comes where we unconsciously move on. Our time usually spent in front of a computer screen watching you tube videos of our favorite boys is replaced by college and real grown up jobs. Not to mention we begin to interact with real tangible boys, becoming distracted by this phenomenon we forget about our favorite boy band and our inner Fan Girl begins to dim.
BUT. Never fear, because in about 3 or so years the Jonas Brothers will have a comeback tour and your inner Fan Girl that has been in hibernation for that time will once again blossom into the crazed high school girl you once were! Proof that even though your inner fan girl may not be in full force all of your life, it will never completely die. In fact, this summer has been a great one when it comes to women all over the 716 to embrace their suppressed inner fan girl.
Let us begin with the Beibs. Everyone knows about his vast fan base of teenage girls. But Mr. Bieber also has some cougars in the mix. Many older women are fans of Justin Bieber, and even love him enough to go out and spend money on (what could be a new pair of shoes) a concert ticket. How they got hooked? My guess it was the documentary. Seeing the journey of a pubescent Canadian boy go from youtube sensation to superstar is pretty inspiring. Totally tugs at the heart strings there. Not to mention, he had a few hits along the way- those songs would then be remixed and women older than the average Bieber fan would be getting down to them in the club. But when it gets down to the basics, older women feeling the love for Justin awakens the inner fan girl they have been suppressing ever since New Kids on the Block went on hiatus.
Moving on to the cruise I went on with the Jonas Brothers. If I were to tell my adolescent self that I would be spending the day with the Jo Bros (on a boat none the less) I would slap myself across the face in disbelief. Now let me remind you that there were 3 whole years between my cray Jonas Brothers fan girl days and this cruise. So I had time to grow up and not be obsessed with them every second of the day, but the minuet I saw them in the flesh all of those emotions came rushing back into my soul. Sure I had to keep my composure because I was well working… But that doesn’t mean they weren’t there! Proof that my inner fan girl and love for the Jo Bros never truly went away... It just went on a little break, just like they did.
More proof. Boy Band mania took place at the First Niagara Center when New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boys II Men took the stage. As for the crowd… Well it was composed of a more mature audience. Of fan girls that is. Yes, this was the days that all the 20 something fan girls of the 716 have been waiting for. The boy bands that got them through their high school days were all grown up just like them. And their high school crushes came rushing back into their hearts as soon as Donnie, Jordan, Joey, Danny and Jonathan took center stage in the middle of the FN center (but really though, the stage was in the middle of the arena assuring each and every fan in the crown an A+ seat. How thoughtful!) Even more proof that it is actually impossible for your inner fan girl to go away.
So in the end of it all, it seems that your inner fan girl never really moves on. She may be a little tamer as we grow older but she’s still there. And I’m ok with that. Because it’s not just the love for a boy band that you are stuck with. You’re stuck with the friends you made who love them just as much as you do, the memories of standing outside for hours hoping to get just a glimpse of your future hubby, and not to mention all of the t-shirts with their faces on them that you wear to the gym. So to me, it looks as though you are stuck with your inner fan girl forever… Not a problem.
The Boy Band feud. It’s every Fan Girl’s secret guilty pleasure. The moment a boy band experiences direct competition for your heart (and CD sales) and dukes it out against another group of 5 dudes.
So grab some popcorn and let us take time and reflect on the infamous boy band feuds that went down back in the day and some that are going down well… Right now!
1)Backstreet Boys vs. N’SYNC
Classic. People who weren’t even born in the 90’s know about this revolutionary war. Both boy bands won over the hearts of the teen population through their love ballads, harmonies and synchronized dance moves. And hey, it’s not like they were ugly. Throughout the decade girls would be forced to make a very big decision as to which band they were to dedicate their lives to. There was no Switzerland option in this debacle. I myself was a Backstreet Boys girl all the way and was destined to marry Nick Carter. However what some don’t know is that this feud was more than just a decision over which band was going to be your fave. The boys themselves were fighting. That is fighting for the attention of Max Martin (if you don’t know who he is, Google him) and his soon to be number one hits. But other than dramatic love triangle between the 2 boy bands and the genius songwriter - most of the drama came from us! The fans. This day in age, all is said and done and the 90’s boy band world is at peace. Which is good for us fangirls because we no longer have to segregate our iPods or feel guilty singing “Tearin’ Up My Heart” in the shower.
2)The Jonas Brothers vs. Chelsea Handler
Every Jo Bro fan knows about the infamous skit featured on Chelsea Handler’s late night show Chelsea Lately. In case you are unaware, the skit bashes the three brothers and their choice to wear purity rings and be "pure" until marriage. At the time the boys still wore their rings and were very public about their life choice. But they weren’t the only ones being public about the situation. Other Celebs like Chelsea Handler mocked the boys for their life decision and joked about how those rings wouldn’t stay on their fingers for very long. (Granted, they didn’t) Today the boys and Chelsea share the same TV network so I’m guessing they buried the hatchet. And as for the skit that at one point in my life I would cringe with rage when watching… Well, turns out it’s actually pretty hilarious.
3)One Direction vs. The Wanted
The British invasion of these bands onto American soil has sure brought a lot of drama with it. You can’t go a week without hearing about at least one of the members from each of these bands dishing it out over twitter. And I thought the Brits were supposed to have manners! The boys claim that it’s all fun in games, but some of their tweets can get pretty ugly for just kidding around. Of the boys from The Wanted, Max and Tom seem to be the main culprits in these social media based attacks on 1D. Their opponents? Zayn and Louis from One Direction. This feud is the most recent one going down right now, and in my opinion the ugliest because of the kinds of social media we have now that wasn’t around in 1998. If you search One Direction vs. The Wanted on twitter these fights won’t be hard to find. The boys mainly go back and forth slamming each other’s girlfriends, making fun of each other’s fans and lack of signing ability. During one online brawl (the one that has caused the most drama between fans) Tom of The Wanted accused Louis of One Direction of being gay by tweeting - @TomTheWanted: “@Louis_Tomlinson I’ll enjoy the press even more when you come clean #narnia #itgetsbetter” It’s easy to say that these lads have let their twitter based brawls get out of hand one to many times. Looks like they need to sit down for tea with the Queen for a lesson on how to be polite!
It’s safe to say that in the world of being a fangirl, life is pretty cut throat. And seeing our favorite men fight with one another brings out the worst in us fangirls because we need defend our boys! But I’m not going to bead around the bush here… it’s blissful entertainment to watch. However, let us keep in mind that our favorite men may be able to get away with trash talking one another in the public eye. But when it comes to us my dear Fangirls we must remember to stay kind, stay happy, and most importantly stay classy. So keep that in mind as you are finishing your popcorn. And continue to secretly enjoy watching future boy band drama unfold, but try your best to stay out of it.