Billboard Music Awards Flashback: BBMA 2012 Pics

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20140518-194215.jpg Two years ago, I was lucky to experience being a member of the press inside the BBMA 2012 press room. It was an amazing experience that I sticks with me to this day and I knew then like I know now that it will not be the last time that I get the opportunity to cover the Billboard Music Awards. Above are pictures of Natasha Bedingfield, Patent Pending, Gavin Degraw, Carly Rae Jepsen, LMFAO, Eric Benet and Stevie Wonder. These are just a few of the pictures that I took over that weekend of BBMA festivities.

Vlogs and Podcasts That I Follow

Here recently I’ve got hooked on some vlogs and podcasts.  The vloggers that I follow do daily vlogs that keep me interested and coming back everyday to see what’s new in their lives.  This is the true reality TV and not the overproduced content you see on cable or the networks.

The first vlog that I follow is Internet Killed TV (CTFxC).     Internet Killed TV is all about We the Kings bassist, Charles Trippy and his dogs, Marley and Zoey.  Internet Killed TV holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running daily video blog on YouTube.  Below is the video that Charles is presented with the record.

 

 
Also during his time vlogging, Charles found that he had a brain tumor and has had two surgeries on his brain. Here are those videos:



Last Monday, Charles received good news about the tumor.

The other vlog I follow is Not Adam and Steve, which is about Will and R.J., a couple who moved from Florida to Hollywood. The big reason I follow this vlog is because these two guys have been in relationship for a while and they took the bold step to move all the way across the country for bigger and better things. Here are the latest videos from Will and R.J.



The last thing I follow is The Dinner Party Show, a weekly audio podcast hosted by best selling authors, Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn. The Dinner Party Show airs every Sunday at 8 PM Eastern/ 5 PM Pacific. It is really hilarious and to listen to it, click the link above or go to their SoundCloud page.

Music Videos to Watch- April 13, 2014

Welcome to a long overdue  “Music Videos to Watch.”  I have been so busy with work that I have been lax on this blog but anyway here are some videos that I currently repeatedly watch.

 

 
Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin “Adrenalina”: This video is sexy and features one of my celebrity crushes, Ricky Martin, who looks super sexy in this video. There is a Spanglish version of this song under Ricky Martin’s discography on iTunes. In the Spanglish version, Ricky sings the chorus in English.


Lady Gaga “G.U.Y. – An ARTPOP film”: This video is almost 12 minutes long and features four songs by Gaga, “ARTPOP”, “Venus”, “G.U.Y.” and “MANiCURE”. The video was shot at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California and features cameos of Andy Cohen and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The video is a masterpiece and is worth watching.


Neon Trees “Sleeping With a Friend”: Following the success of their sophomore album, “Picture Show”, Neon Trees are back with their first single off their forthcoming third album, “Pop Psychology”. “Sleeping With a Friend” video has a 80′s vibe to it and lead singer, Tyler Glenn, who recently came out as gay, embraces his inner gayness in this video.

The Best Songs on a Movie Soundtrack Are in the Movie’s Credits

As a movie and music buff, I like to buy soundtracks to movies so I know what music to expect in the movie.  In many cases, most of the best songs on soundtracks were not played until the end credits started.  If the soundtrack is mostly composed music with one or two songs on the album, the song(s) are definitely going to during the credits.  Take, for example, “Love Song for a Vampire” by Annie Lennox was on the “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” soundtrack and it did not play until halfway through the movie’s end credits.

 

 

Here are some more examples of end credit songs:

 







Pop Culture Redefined Tidbits

Welcome to a new feature I like to call “Pop Culture Tidbits.”  Here is where I will report on things that are currently happening in pop culture or discoveries that I have made in terms of pop culture.

  • “Heroes” to Return to NBC:  It was announced yesterday that the hit TV show “Heroes” will returning next year as a 13-episode miniseries called “Heroes Reborn”.  While no storyline or characters have been announced, I am hoping that Zachary Quinto, Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia will return to reprise their roles.  For more information, check out this article on TV.com and here is the teaser video that NBC released:

  • KISS Decline to Perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction: On their website today, KISS announced that no incarnation of the soon-to-be-inducted band would be performing at the April 10th induction ceremony in New York City.  The band claimed it was “an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.”  At first, I was going to say that this was another incident similar to the whole Axl Rose with his Rock Hall induction but upon reading that quote, it was the diplomatic thing to do.  More on this story at the link below.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/kiss-won-play-rock-roll-hall-fame-induction-article-1.1699256#ixzz2uCWWh4YZ
  • New Music Discovery:  Last night while watching the Canadian sci-fi show, “Continuum”, I heard a song that I fell in love with.  The song is called “Everyone is Everyone (and Everything is Everything)” by Au4.  Here is the song:

For more information about Au4, go to their website.

 

  • “Dallas” Season 3 starts tomorrow night:  Nothing more needs to said about this.  Here is the teaser:

Youngblood Hawke Performs “Stars” at Mix 94.1 2013 Petapalooza (Video)

Youngblood Hawke performed at the 2013 Mix 94.1 Petapalooza in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 13, 2013.  I was there to take pictures and two videos.

2013 in Review: Mix 94.1 Petapalooza

2013 in Review: ACM Party For a Cause

2013 in Review: Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers in Las Vegas

During my last few months in Vegas, I attended a Chicago Cubs exhibition game.  Here are some previously unpublished pictures from that game.

Author Ben Vendetta on His Book, “Wivenhoe Park”

Ben Vendetta explains the summary of his book, “Wivenhoe Park” at Last Exit Books in Kent, Ohio on November 8, 2013. Mr. Vendetta also reads an excerpt from “Wivenhoe Park.”