Battle of the Beats: Rihanna Vs. Sean Kingston

Same beat, different songs.

Rihanna’s “Te Amo”

On the Rated R album released November 2009

VS.

 Sean Kingston ft. Nicki Minaj’s “Letting Go (Dutty Love)

Released on iTunes on August 3, 2010

Verdict: Rihanna’s version is 100x better and actually unique since it wasn’t stolen. She should sue Kingston not only for theft, but his song sucks!

What do you think?

Megan Fox Does the Right Thing

The video for Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna premiered last night. The video features Megan Fox and  Dominic Monaghan in a tumultuous relationship that certainly revolves around violence and jealousy. The song, which is about domestic violence,  not only touches on a part of Rihanna’s past, but also that of many women worldwide.

While Fox could have taken her check to the bank and deposited it alongside her paychecks from Transformers and Jennifer’s Body, she opted to take the high road. She donated her paycheck to Sojourn, a shelter for battered women. That money will now help real women who have been affected by abuse, rather than support herself acting in a role of a victim.

While we could say that all of Hollywood should do more of these charitable acts on a more frequent basis, it’s still nice to see it done in the proper manner.

Job well done by Mrs. Austin-Green.

When “Celebrities” Think They Can Sing

The past couple of weeks my ears have suffered substantial damage caused by listening to bad music from “celebrities” who think they can sing. The two culprits- Countess LuAnn from The Real Housewives of New York City and The Situation from The Jersey Shore. The worst part- I don’t even watch these shows and I’ve heard these terrible songs!

Countess LuAnn

I have a friend who I will not name that I blame for this song ever hitting my ear canal. You know who you are ;) Yet even if they never introduced me to it, I would have heard it on shows like LX New York where LuAnn attempted to sing “Money Can’t Buy You Class” live.

It’s irritating, it’s ridiculous and even worse, she thinks it’s a hit. Whoever allowed her to start a music career should be fired. If this song can teach us anything it’s that not even money can buy you a good voice.

The Situation

My dislike of this show and the characters has grown to a new level. The Situation thinks he’s a rapper now. A guiddo P. Diddy apparently. This song is even worse than LuAnn’s and that’s a tough feat.

Can this guy get any more conceited? Clearly he lacks creativity since he can only name the song after himself and he undoubtedly also thinks this is a hit. Radio stations have even been playing clips of it. Why? To make our ears bleed and our souls cry at the radio space being wasted on untalented people.

I say God help us all. We have a real problematic situation on our hands, the future of entertainment looks grim.

Analyzing Alejandro

I know that we are young and I know that you may love me, but I just can’t be with you like this anymore….

Alejandro.

For those that couldn’t tell,  “Alejandro” is a breakup song. Don’t call my name because we’re over! Whether the break-up is with men named Alejandro, a drug addiction, an eating disorder, your girlfriend, your friend, an obsession with Lady Gaga, whoever or whatever it’s with, the honeymoon is over.

So you were probably expecting tears and heartbreak in the video right? Well obviously not because its Lady Gaga were talking about and she does things her own way (although there was a funeral to honor the death of the relationship). There is no denying that this video channels Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and “Vogue” with the religious and black and white aspects, but she is doing it on purpose. Gaga is saying to all the complainers, “Yeah I am like Madonna, so what? Visionaries are to be appreciated, not compared and disregarded.” Just like how Gaga addressed her hermaphrodite rumors in “Telephone,” she comes head on with those imitator allegations in “Alejandro.” And while I do love Madonna, Gaga has taken it to a whole new level.  Madonna was a cone but Gaga is a machine gun. Literally.

The “Alejandro” video which premiered yesterday carries a heavy meaning and is a different kind of breakup than most would expect. It’s a breakup with conforming to society’s standards.  Here Gaga is building an army. An army of gay men who know how to dance in sync, wear high heels and stockings, and have no problem or fear about that because they are surrounded by peers. Sounds a lot like our military.. oh wait, no, people still have a hard time coping with the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” But these soldiers don’t want to fight a war with explosions, they want a war for rights.

These men are strong and no longer are they going to pretend to be with women (like Gaga) or feel less adequate because of who they truly are. No longer will they be marionettes in this mind control game.  There is certainly a correlation between the soldiers and the Nazi regime, which seems to be alluding to the fact that others are trying to control us and dictate our lives in an unwelcoming way. The “Alejandro” video is saying, “Screw what the government and religion tells you is right. Do your own thing because you are beautiful.”

I’m sure that the Catholic Church and right winged pundits such as FoxNews will soon be calling for a ban of this video because of it’s rampant sexual undertones and the mockery of everything they consider holy. They went crazy over “Telephone” since they have nothing better to do and now they will be further calling for the boycott of everything Gaga because she ruffled their perfectly coiffed evil feathers.

I say, good. Great! Keep doing it Gaga! And for all the haters and naysayers- look inside yourself and find the part of you that you’re afraid to embrace. Then realize just how jealous you are of Gaga and her fans who know how to embrace themselves without fear. “Alejandro” says to break up with your fears and stand on your own. Are you strong enough?

10 Reasons Why FoxNews Makes Me Vomit and Lady GaGa Makes Me Smile

It’s taken me two days to write this following post. For me, that is an extremely long time. But the content here has truly disturbed me to the point that I could possibly speak about it for days on end. FoxNews has yet again exhibited itself as a sickening right-winged “news” program that makes me furious that it’s still on the air. The documentary OutFoxed needs to be mandatory material in all schools for this reason. What I’m about to address comes from the perspective of an American, a human being, a woman, a student of Journalism, and of course, a Lady GaGa fan.

This snippet of “news” is far more disturbing than the Telephone music video. If you want to spare getting furious, you can read my selection of “best” quotes and commentary on them below, rather than watch this ludicrous discussion from the “Fair & Balanced” fools.

1. “Twisted sexual fantasies”

My question to Sandy Rios from The Culture Campaign is what culture do you represent? Surely not mine, or anyone else’s’ that I know. Of course this video would be too “edgy” for you because your idea of sex is that between a man and a woman that should only happen after they are married. Right? I’m so sure you abided those Biblical rules to the tee! Yet you hypocrites believe it’s acceptable to judge others. Where’s the Christianity in that?

2. “We have to wonder if she has a male member or not”

For someone who has a campaign for “culture” you surely haven’t done your homework. If you did, you would have known that the “penis” reference was in regards to rumors that spread last year that Lady GaGa is a hermaphrodite. It wasn’t placed there to ruff your feathers and disturb you. It was there to address rumors in a comical manner, but then again, you wouldn’t know comedy if it hit you over the head with a frying pan.

3. “They do a mass murder at the end”

It’s fictional. Seriously, get over it. Just like horror and action movies, the murders are fictional art. At least it’s not reality such as the wars were involved in right now. How many innocent citizens are being mass murdered daily because the President you kissed the feet of thought we had a reason to spread democracy.  At least Telephone is fiction and meant to be funny.  The only funny thing to come out of the mouths of people like you is “Palin for Vice President.”

4. “GaGa’s lesbian lovers, it’s disgusting”

Disgusting? I’m sure lesbians all over the world will take offense to that. What’s disgusting is your childish belief that two women being together is disgusting. Nothing is wrong with that. Two women or two men can love each other better than you probably love your husbands or wives. They can be better partners, friends, parents, relatives all because they know how to love and appreciate those who love them. There is nothing disgusting about homosexuals except the hatred you express over it.

5. “I would not allow my children to buy Lady GaGa cds”

Of course you wouldn’t. I’m sure they will be raised only on Church hymns and gospel music, oh wait probably not because you’re racist too. Your children will be sheltered and be taught how to hate and discriminate against others because you think you’re right. In your small minded pea-sized brain, you believe that there is something wrong with Lady GaGa music. The only thing she is “POISONING” the youth with is positive energy; telling her fans through her music and persona that it’s okay to be who you are and to follow your dreams. She’s a better parent to your children than you are.

6. “Titillate to get people’s eyeballs on the screen.”

She doesn’t need or want to get people’s eyes on the screen. You clearly are missing the message behind the person and the music. Maybe if you stopped judging the world you would have more time to embrace ideas other than what Rupert Murdoch is shoving down your throat.

7. “Some guy twittered from MTV.”

The correct term is TWEETED. “Some guy tweeted from MTV”. Get your facts and terminology straight before you open your mouth and remind us how foolish you are.

8. Bringing up sexual predators to make it seem like Telephone is pornographic and will lead to sexual molestations of children

What an unbelievable manipulation and twist of the truth! Last time I checked, pornography including a sexual act being performed. I don’t believe ONE on-screen kiss is porn. Nor is the image of a body that is covered in artistic ways with police tape. So what if she danced in a bra and underwear? Every woman has to wear them, it’s not really shocking at all. And I highly doubt that a sexual predator will have the urge to make an advance on a child after watching the adult Lady GaGa perform. Miley Cyrus, maybe. GaGa, definitely not.

9. Ban “sexual art” at the MoMa and Telephone

Banning something seems to be the mentality of your people. And yes, I will call you YOUR people the way you make those who are different from you seem alien. YOUR people like to ban books, movies, songs, art, anything that you goes against your narrow-minded view of the world in fear that YOUR community will see that you are wrong. You ban to protect your wrong thoughts. You BAN to have some sort of power, but its 2010 and you are looking like fools. YOU and YOUR people should be placed in Antarctica to live your sheltered lives together.

10. “Raped our children of their innocence”

Thank you Ms. Rios for proving your idiocy once and for all. What a horrible choice of words coming from the person who believes words and images can trigger a sexual predator. Ms. Rios, according to your beliefs, some child was just harmed because of your choice of words. How will you sleep at night!

In conclusion, these mindless bigots believe that this is a terrible video, that GaGa is a terrible human being, and that everything she addressed in the video is horrific. Well FoxNews, I want to thank you. I want to thank you for reminding me why I have such an aversion for people like YOU. To me, everything about YOUR kind is terrible. You should be banned for your biased news and desire to corrupt the world with your right winged agenda.

You shouldn’t even have the privilege to know who Lady GaGa is, what her music means, and who her fans are. I hope you know that if half the country was going to explode tomorrow that I would rather die with Lady GaGa than live with you.

GaGa and Beyonce and Quentin Oh My!

As evident in the banner on my blog, I am a Lady GaGa fan. In fact, I liked her before she was the GaGa that mindless fools bop their heads too and think it sounds cool. As I stated in a previous post, Lady GaGa is an artist that means something. Not everyone will understand, appreciate, or agree with that but in GaGa-esque fashion, I don’t care if they don’t.

Her latest video is another fine example of why Lady GaGa is a true artist that brings so much more to the table than other pop artists. She doesn’t try to be cute by saying she kissed a girl and liked it like Katy Perry. She doesn’t use words for the sake of exploitation to seem trendy. Lady GaGa doesn’t go that route. She is in your face with her own messages and if you don’t like it, well then it’s your loss.

Not since Michael Jackson have we seen such epic music videos that are more like short films. In fact “Telephone” is roughly 3 and a half minutes less than the short film I made last year! A 9 minute music video for a song that’s only 3 minutes and 41 seconds long. And in those 9 minutes you’re taken on a real ride, in a familiar vehicle too.

Before I continue, if you have not watched the video yet, please do so here:

The “Pussy Wagon” seen in the video is the same one used in Kill Bill. Quentin Tarantino told GaGa she “had to use it” once she told him about her video idea. After all, the video does have a Tarantino feel to it. The diner scene reminded me of Pulp Fiction except there wasn’t a robbery, but a mass murder in almost Chuck Palahniuk style.

Add in a scantily clad dancing jailed in GaGa that’s bailed out by a vivacious Beyonce who has her own murderous plans and you have one unforgettable music video. From the quotable lines to the poisoned sandwiches, this video is truly something.

And to think GaGa writes her own songs, writes her own videos, appreciates her fans, and manages to entertain at the same time. When was the last time we saw that in recent pop culture? Oh right… never.

Really… who is The Recording Academy?

Who or what on Earth is the Recording Academy that selects Grammy winners?

That has been something that has baffled me since I was an outraged teenager when Britney Spears or NSYNC didn’t win awards I thought they deserved.

Clearly record sales doesn’t = victory. Or nominations, since Susan Boyle was no where to be found. Clearly having 4 consecutive #1 hit singles off a debut album doesn’t = winning either. So what does and who says so?!

Did Lady GaGa not win Album of the Year because of her personality? Was Taylor Swift a safe choice? Granted, I think Ms. Swift is very talented and deserved the win, but GaGa deserved it more! After all, The Fame was THE album of 2009 that everyone listened to in one way or another.

We all know that the most successful movies aren’t always Oscar worthy. Yet at least we know that Academy is judging the films on their story, essence, cinematography, editing, and acting. But what does the Recording Academy judge on?

Whatever it is, I think they make a major error this year.