At last, Ari has found her calling
Back in February, Christina Aguilera paid a visit to The Tonight Show to try her hand at The Wheel of Musical Impressions and, as you may recall, she did a pretty amazing job of impersonating Britney Spears with her vocal stylings. Last night, pop star Ariana Grande made an appearance on The Tonight Show and she gave The Wheel of Musical Impressions a spin of her own. Click the embed above to watch the video and hear Ariana perform her impressions of our dear Britney Spears (of course), Céline Dion (which could’ve been better, IMHO) and Xtina. Personally, I think this is the best performance that Ariana Grande has given in her career thus far. Please enjoy.
Today is the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center twin towers and the US Pentagon which took place on September 11, 2001. As has been my custom since the start of Pink is the new Blog, I am refraining from writing about the fun yet trivial day to day gossip and pop culture talk of the day in order to remember and pay tribute to the people who lost their lives that day. As I think back to that tragic day, I am reminded of how initially it felt like we as a nation might never recover from such a terrible attack. But with each passing year, it becomes clear that we not only continue to heal but we stand stronger today than ever before. A Twitter user in NYC, Ben Sturner, managed to capture stunning photos of a rainbow emanating from the One World Trade Center building on yesterday, on the even of the 9/11 anniversary. I think his beautiful photos (which can be seen HERE) are an excellent way to pay homage to the lives lost in the attacks. Today, I am blessed to celebrate my mother’s birthday as well as the birthday of a newer friend, Elena, who I am planning to see later today. I ask, as I always do, that you take the time you would normally read my blog today and read through the painfully long list of names below. 9/11 is a day that we must never forget. More »
Taylor Swift, in turn, loses her shit
Ryan Adams, who just completed a very successful world tour, is back in the studio recording music with his friends and has, for whatever reason, decided to record the songs on Taylor Swift‘s album 1989 as if they were performed by the members of The Smiths. Yes, it sounds like the coolest thing to ever happen, right? As Ryan recorded throughout the night, he shared updates on the process from night 1 in the studio on his official Instagram profile. Taylor Swift learned of Ryan‘s endeavor and rightly lost her shit in the process. I’m not sure if these recordings will ever be officially released or anything but it surely is an amazing world we live in that something like this could occur. Click below to see Ryan‘s photos and a video from Instagram, see Taylor‘s response on Twitter and marvel at this wonderful intersection of pure artistic bliss. More »
"Had no idea they were really doing this."
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Las Vegas, NV unveiled yesterday a waxwork tribute to rapper Nicki Minaj which, apparently, came as a bit of surprise to Minaj. After the wax statue was unveiled, Nicki caught wind of the unveiling and she took to her official Instagram profile to voice her extreme approval. As you can see below, Nicki is dressed in the costume that she wore in her Anaconda music video (which was released a year ago, #HappyBirthdayAnaconda) and she is posed appropriately as well. The wax likeness of Nicki was flanked by a group of real life dancers, meant to mimic the feel of her Anaconda music video and, well, it was all “so iconic” according to Nicki Minaj herself. Have a look below. More »
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The art of Jirka Väätäinen
The artwork of Jirka Väätäinen has caught the attention of the Internet this weekend with the discover of his series of portraits that envision what Disney Princes might look like if they were real men. As you can see in the gallery presented here, Disney Princes like Prince Eric (from The Little Mermaid), Prince Charming (from Cinderella) and Prince Adam (from Beauty and the Beast) are featured alongside other male Disney characters like Aladdin (from Aladdin), Tarzan (from Tarzan) and John Smith (from Pocahontas) in really amazing portraits that bring the animated characters to life as very handsome men. I think I’m most impressed by the portraits of Prince Eric and Hercules (from Hercules). This fan art is really spectacular, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.
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"The wind is behind me and the sun is in my face.”
Earlier today we learned the sad news that Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, passed away at the age of 22 as a result of the drowning incident that rendered her comatose back in January. In the wake of the tragic news of her passing, the late Whitney Houston‘s official Facebook page has paid tribute to Bobbi Kristina‘s memory with a sweet photo of Whitney and Bobbi as a child. Additionally, we learn that BK‘s pseudo brother-turned-fiancée Nick Gordon is “devastated” by the news of her death and that an autopsy has been ordered to formally determine her cause of death. Due to the possible criminal investigation that was opened earlier this year into BK‘s accident, the case has now been deemed a homicide investigation. Bobbi Kirstina may be finally at rest but the investigation into her death (and the inevitable drama it will inspire) is just getting started. More »
The stuff DREAMS are made of
For the past few months, newish late night talk show host James Corden has been trying out different bits on The Late Late Show on CBS to varying degrees of success but last night, I contend that he has outdone himself entirely … and has finally won a piece of my heart. Corden hosted Paula Abdul as one of his guests last night and the two of them recreated and performed live the animated music video for her hit 1989 single Opposites Attract. The video, as I HOPE you know, features Paula Abdul dancing with an animated rapping cat named MC Skat Kat. For their live recreation, James dressed as MC Skat Kat as Paula performed as Paula and … OMG … I just love this whole performance entirely! I fear that many of the youngsters out there may not be as familiar as they should with Paula Abdul‘s music and music videos, so it’s possible some of the younger folks out there may not understand how truly epic this tribute to Opposites Attract truly is. For the rest of us who know and love Paula‘s song and music video, I know this live performance of the song will be real treat for you. Check out Paula and James‘s tribute to Opposites Attract above and then click below to compare with the original music video released back in 1989. More »
“It’s been a very long journey to this moment"
Last week we learned that pop icon Janet Jackson would be honored with a performance tribute and a special award during The BET Awards show that aired live on BET last night. Today we get to see video of the fun tribute performance that featured Tinashe, Jason Derulo and Ciara dancing up a storm to Janet‘s hit career-spanning songs Pleasure Principle, All For You, If and Rhythm Nation. Janet then made an appearance on stage to accept the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award … her first public on stage appearance at an awards show in years. The tribute was great, Janet looked amazing and with the forthcoming release of her new album & launch of her Unbreakable World Tour, we are now one step closer to her full-fledged return to the music scene. Click below to see Janet‘s return to The BET Awards last night. More »
For the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment
For some time now there has been a lot of chatter going around about the push to get a woman featured on paper US currency (specifically, the $20 bill). Today we learn officially that the US Treasury has announced that they will put a woman on the $10 bill by 2020 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution, which gave women in this country the legal right to vote. At present, no decision has been made about which woman will be placed on the $10 bill but who ever she will be, she will be the first woman to be featured on paper US currency since 1896 when Martha Washington was featured on a $1 silver certificate (tho, more recently, both Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea have both been featured on the $1 coin). How exciting! More »
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Jenny Lewis FTW!
In late March, singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis teased that she would be paying homage to her child actor appearance on The Golden Girls in the music video for her new single She’s Not Me. Today, we get to see Jenny‘s music video in full and see that she not only references her guest appearance on The Golden Girls (1987) but also her starring roles in the movies Troop Beverly Hills (1989) and The Wizard (1989). Lewis, as you may know, was a kinda successful child actor back in the day but has since become a much more accomplished musician both as a solo artist and as the frontwoman of Rilo Kiley. I love this song, I LOVE her nods to her acting past and I really love Fred Arminsen as GG‘s Sophia Petrillo. This has to be the music video of the year!