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How Prince Won The Internet With His New Single Cover

Prince's 'Breakfast Can Wait' album cover 

I meant to post about this earlier this week because when I first found out, I laughed out loud. Yes, a real life LOL!

As a longtime fan of Chappelle’s Show, I just had to tip my hat to Prince on the cover art for his new single, “Breakfast Can Wait.” Instead of some artsy fartsy photoshoot, The Purple One used a picture of Dave Chappelle, wearing the costume he often used when spoofing Prince on Chappelle’s Show, and holding a plate of pancakes. I don’t care who you are, that is hilarious!

I always applaud when celebrities show that they don’t take themselves too seriously, something Prince has been accused of throughout his career. I love that he’s getting in on the joke; that’s how you win people over. But he already had me in his corner. My iPod can vouch for that.

And the fact that Prince shared the artwork on his newly created Twitter account (Yes, Prince has joined the Twittersphere), just scores him even more points. That is how you win the Internet, and/or life, in general.

Bravo, and keep ’em coming, my good sir!

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Could It Be? *NSYNC To Reunite at VMAs?

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The rumor mill has been working at full capacity today with the news that 90s teen boyband *NSYNC may be reuniting for a performance at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. And though we fans don’t want to get our hopes up, it’s hard not to when every media outlet has published a story, including BuzzFeed who lives to rile up fans! See this or this.

But step back and imagine how we long suffering fans feel. *NSYNC has been on “hiatus” for over 10 years! We still have Mr. Timberlake, but we miss all of the guys; especially with all these johnny-come-lately boy bands popping up that still can’t hold a candle to what *NSYNC has done. I mean, they can’t even dance! I need my boy bands to murder some choreography, at the very least! But I’ll let them cook. Y’all can have those boy bands. I want my *NSYNC!

Justin Timberlake is already scheduled to perform, so it could easily set up like Beyonce at the Super Bowl, where Destiny’s Child joined her on stage for an all-too-short medley of their hits. I’m here for something like that as long as that vintage choreography is included! *coughBYEBYEBYEcough*

So, I will approach this with a level of caution not often displayed around these parts. I have to protect my emotions. But, if all these reports end up being false, the media is going to get their butts handed to them by somebody…

Spoiler alert: IT’S GONNA BE ME!

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Music Artists, Please Work With Us!

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This morning, Justin Timberlake announced his solo tour dates for this fall’s The 20/20 Experience World Tour. If you haven’t seen them yet, click here and see if he’s coming to your hood.

Let’s start with the positive: JT IS COMING TO OHIO! TWICE! No, seriously, this is a huge deal. Usually artists as big as him don’t show a lot of love to the Midwest when they do major tours. They think a stop in Chicago and Detroit covers everything. Well, it doesn’t, people!

Midwesterners, in my neck of the woods, have plenty of options for this tour. Columbus and Cleveland Ohio, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Louisville are all within a 3 hour drive. Oddly enough, there aren’t the usual Detroit and Chicago stops. I approve, Justin. I approve!

What I don’t approve of is the timing of all of this. JT announced his tour dates today. He doesn’t start until October 31st, but he’s putting those suckas on sale next week!

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Pump your breaks, Timberlake! We’re not all multimillionaires! Some of us need more than 7 days to gather the necessary funds to pay for your super expensive concert tickets! I want you to take my money, but please, give me more than a minute to gather it! We’re in a recession, dammit!

I’m working it out, thanks to a friend, but this is a rant that I let loose on Twitter on a regular basis. I really, really, really need to start a “Concert Fund” and regularly pour money into it, so I’m ready when these artist pull this crap. Because, really, they do it all the time! Why haven’t I adapted yet? Well, I will! Some people have rainy day funds, or general savings accounts. Suz is going to have a a “Concert Fund” and that’s perfectly normal, you guys!

Where’s a Ticket Oak when you really need one?

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My New Fave Sports Commercial

I’ve already talked about my love for Peyton Manning and his hilarious MasterCard spot. How can you not like Peyton? Don’t answer that! I don’t want to hear any “well, he doesn’t play for my team” lame-o excuses.

Anyway, I have a new fave commercial and it stars my favorite NBA baller, King James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Behold LeBron’s “Chalk” commercial to promote his Nike Zoom LeBron VI Shoe. And keep your eyes open as Weezy F. makes a cameo. The song is “Candyman” by Cornershop. [Download, Buy Album] Catchy, is it not?

Love it. Very well done, Nike!

P.S. Nike, please stop making those atrocious gold Swingman Jersey jerseys. They hurt my eyes. kthx

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Talking Grammy Nominations

I just watched the CBS Grammy Nomination special and I have some thoughts.

First of all, I like the idea of having this concert accompanying the announcement. And it’s in primetime too. Good way to drum up interest in the Grammy Awards. However, I kind of liked having that announcement in the morning by many of the nominated artists.

I’m so, so, so glad that Duffy got a “Best New Artist” nod. I was pretty sure she’d get that one, but it was a relief to see her name announced. I kind of thought she’d get a “Record of the Year” nomination, but it wasn’t in the cards. She got her second nod in the “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” category. No brainer there. That’s a stacked cat too, with Adele, Sara Bareilles, Leona Lewis, Katy Perry, and Pink. I like all of those songs! Rounding out Duffy’s nominations is “Best Pop Vocal Album”.

I’m also extremely excited about Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown getting nominated for “No Air”. I still love that song. It was the perfect pop track and if I chose the winners, that would be it for “Best Pop Collaboration”.

I love the nominations for “Best Dance Recording” because my girl, Lady GaGa got nominated, as well as Rihanna for “Disturbia”. Love both of those songs. Madonna’s “Give It 2 Me” got the nod over “4 Minutes”, which I thought was strange, but maybe it is more dancey to others?

Chris Brown got a “Best Male R&B Vocal Performance” solo nod for “Take You Down”, which makes me LOL. I’m indifferent about the song. It’s all about that video, ‘nawmean? 😉

OneRepublic getting a nod in the “Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals” category is perfection. And I don’t care what anyone says, they needed Timbaland. No, they didn’t need him in order to make good music, but they needed him to get that music and their name out there.

Still don’t get the fascination with Coldplay. Of course they got a shitload of nominations. As did Weezy, and I don’t get that either.

Mariah Carey needs to dress more age appropriate. I’m tired of her dressing like she’s 21. Time to grow up, Mimi. Christina Aguilera can SANG. She doesn’t sing. She SANGS. Notice the distinction. BB King’s performance with John Mayer was great. John boy should do this genre of music full-time. It suits him much better than his whiny pop/rock act. He’s got some soul and should let it out!

The full list of nominations can be found on Grammy.com.

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So After Watching the AMA’s…

Stop me if you’ve heard this one! Just kidding.

I would rather have watched Desperate Housewives tonight, but since the American Music Awards air on ABC, that’s what I’m half-watching tonight. [Watch the performances here]

Watching NKOTB do the “Right Stuff” dance took me back. Waaaaaay back to when I was like 10 years old and fighting over which one of them was “mine” with my friends. Damn I’m old.

On to Rihanna. I didn’t want to like her. And for the longest time, I didn’t. But mostly because I thought she was biting my girl C-Mil’s look. (And she was. Check out pics of the early years of her career) But she started releasing all these songs that I just can’t get enough of. I’ve got her latest, “Rehab”, on perma-repeat. Just saw her AMA performance. She’s so pretty, but I’ll be damned if she isn’t the most boring performer in the industry right now. I know the song is slow/mid-tempo, but she can do more than strut across the stage. No stage presence whatsoever! I envision the hot choreography someone like Justin Timberlake could do with that song. Think “Cry Me A River”. But again, not an option with RiRi. She can’t dance to save her life, which is unfortunate because it would add another dimension to her act. Oh well.

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