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Girl Power wins through

20 Aug

Blake Lively in Interview magazineAll during the season there are plenty of photo opportunities – and pretend-scandal opportunities – for top rating shows like Gossip Girl. This year, however, the “off season” has provided fantastic stories and images.

Hot on the heels of Taylor Momsen is, perhaps in some ways a surprise, Blake Lively. Appearances at awards shows, fashion catwalks and just walking down the street have been newsworthy and, to many fans, most welcome.

However, as with many tv and movie stars, it can sometimes take a great magazine and great photographer to raise the standard and really please and surprise us.

The photoshoot of Blake Lively for the September issue of Interview magazine is a stunning example. Craig McDean held the cameras as the popular young star “performed” to the styling requests of Karl Templer.

As you can see from just the few examples of the cover feature for the magazine, the character she plays is in trouble with the law. Fortunately all is well as Blake covers all the angles in a terrific selection of ensembles from star names like Balenciaga, Fendi and Burberry.

Great job Blake, and Interview.


Rage Against The Machine win the race for the No.1 slot on the UK Christmas chart

20 Dec

Initial reports say the Rage Against The Machine song won the race by 50,000 sales for the Number One slot on the UK Christmas chart. Some commentators say the weak version of The Climb by Joe McElderry may have been HELPED by the Killing In The Name campaign.

Decline of Simon Cowell and X Factor

Decline of Simon Cowell and X Factor

One outstanding feature of the #RATM campaign was the remarkable speed of response that was possible due to social media. The combination of Facebook and Twitter, plus many blogs and websites, allowed everyone to check in and find out the details.

Quick update:

  • Rage Against The Machine campaign raised £72,000 in one week for charity
  • Killing In The Name achieved the biggest first week download sales ever
  • Killing In The Name is first ever No.1 based on download sales only
  • 900,000 Facebook supporters helped achieve 502,000 sales
  • 17 million alleged X Factor viewers slumped to 450,000 sales
  • #RATM and #ratm4xmas became trending topics on Twitter

More details at

Rage Against The Machine aka Rage Against the Method of X Factor

16 Dec

There are two sides to the “rage” about the X Factor competition for the Christmas Number 1 in the UK. Some people are anti-Simon Cowell it seems, but there are other issues too. Not least being the question of musical talent.

Miley Cyrus, singer of The Climb, in Elle magazine

Miley Cyrus, singer of The Climb, in Elle magazine

As seen on American Idol and now X Factor, Simon Cowell is in a deep anti-girl phase. So X Factor 2009 has been all about eliminating the girls and favouring the pretty boys. It has not mattered that the girls, especially Lucie Jones, had the best voices. Simon Cowell and his employees (sorry, the other judges) have chosen boys with little or no singing talent to get through the rounds.

The creators of the competitions against the X Factor single are talking more about music than money. Yes Simon Cowell will probably benefit whatever happens – but only in terms of money. X Factor 2009 has far greater ramifications:

  • zero musical integrity left for Simon Cowell
  • proof that Cheryl Cole is jealous of anyone with a good singing voice
  • proof that Dannii Minogue knows little about music

So if your vote is for musical talent, go buy Rage Against The Machine or one of the other suggestions for Christmas No.1. Anything but the limp and weak X Factor version of The Climb. Or you can buy the Miley Cyrus (photo) original of The Climb – a passionate and excellent vocal version of the song.

Judges and Producers on X Factor become anti-girl

8 Nov

The signs have been there the whole season – the judges and producers on X Factor have a real problem with girls, especially any girls with talent. Although it was obvious to predict it is still a huge shame that Lucie Jones has been kicked off X Factor 2009 by the shocking actions of the judges and the producers.

Lucie Jones on X Factor 2009

Lucie Jones on X Factor 2009

Let’s look at some of the reasons:

  • Judges spending more time sniping at each other than supporting their competitors
  • Cheryl Cole’s look of envy and nasty comments against the girls
  • Dannii Minogue’s complete inability to choose appropriate songs
  • Dannii Minogue’s complete inability to speak with any knowledge or passion
  • the Producers continual favouritism for the boys, especially Jedward

All of which means Lucie Jones (photo) had little chance of winning X Factor 2009 but for her to be dumped so early is a sham. A huge percentage of comments on Twitter say this was unfair, even corrupt, and that many will not watch the show. They believe X Factor is a joke and has nothing to do with singing any more.

Allison Iraheta updates

20 Oct

Gossip Girl – No Doubt – Paramore – mixed media to the max!

4 Mar

No Doubt to reform. Gwen Stefani to rejoin. No Doubt to play on Gossip Girl. Paramore to tour with No Doubt :: the headlines have been ongoing – and confusing …

Hayley Williams of ParamoreParamore’s front-woman Hayley Williams (photo 1) has said No Doubt “have done amazing things” and are one example of the path Paramore would like to take their career :: however, she also says that Paramore is not just a “girl-fronted band” and it makes “music for people to enjoy music, not so people can talk about my sexuality”

also of interest is one reviewer at NME suggested Paramore’s sound is similar to that of No Doubt but “stripped of all the ska bollocks” and then went on to suggest Hayley’s voice is equivalent to “Kelly Clarkson’s wildest dreams” :: whatever the case, Hayley has said her personal influences include Robert Smith of The Cure and Etta James

Gwen Stefani of No Doubtalthough I never really got into No Doubt – too soft, too ska, too derivative, too shrill – they were still a good example of a female-fronted band doing good :: and Gwen Stefani (photo 2) certainly has a wide variety of fashion styles at her disposal

the No Doubt/Paramore tour covers 45 cities and begins on May 3rd :: as Paramore have been touring a lot in the 5 years No Doubt have been in limbo, we expect a powerful showing from our metal favourites

the curiosity that is Gossip Girl is perhaps a strange place for No Doubt to do a warm up, but they will perform Stand and Deliver, originally by Adam and the Ants

unexpected headbanger – Miley Cyrus!

1 Dec
Miley Cyrus rocks outs

Miley Cyrus rocks out!

having just seen Miley Cyrus perform 7 Things all decked out in goth black and stomping and headbanging to the chorus, perhaps we have a new goth-rock-chick in the making :: her $1 billion earnings for Disney may be incidental, as we have ‘history’ with Britney Spears and Christine Aguilera graduating from the Mickey Mouse Club!

of course, Miley is no stranger to controversy as the American media machine is quick to find anything a little risqué in a person’s life :: especially a young teen celebrity :: and so we had the drama of Vanity Fair and webcam and/or phonecam shots of Miley with a bit of bra showing :: shock, horror!!

Miley Cyrus green bra

Miley bra controversy

whatever Miley’s future holds, both on stage and off, here’s hoping she continues to rock out.