Music stars go all out for Halloween!

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Today is Halloween so naturally I think I should mention who went all out…

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…and countdown the best costumes of 2014 by music stars!

In no particular order, the top 12 Halloween costumes in music for 2014 are:

1. Ryan Seacrest

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Everyone’s favorite American Idol host & radio DJ dressed up as a mad scientist! Looking cool, Ry guy! 😀

2. Justin Bieber

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The pop music superstar dressed up as a Power Ranger! I know it’s not homemade most likely, but at least he remembered to dress up HAHA

3. Lea Michele

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Glee’s Rachel Berry turned pop star dressed up as a modern day Little Red Riding Hood and showed that Halloween is still cool!

4. Chris Colfer

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Another Glee breakout star who of course played Kurt Hummel dressed up as everyone’s favorite grumpy person, “Grumpy Cat”!

5. Blue Ivy and Beyoncé

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Everyone’s favorite diva and her daughter Blue dressed up as Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson! I love it and everyone knows Halloween is also celebrated with “Thriller”!

6. Taylor Swift

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The queen of music for the week who just dropped her album “1989” on Monday decided to introduce the world to her “Pegacorn” outfit! I love it! It’s so cute. So Taylor!

7. Lily Allen

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One of the world’s most controversial women who’s unafraid to speak her mind showed up to Kate Hudson’s Halloween Party dressed as music producer Dr. Luke! She’s making another statement with the impending lawsuit that the hit producer is involved in with Kesha!

8. Miranda Lambert

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The feisty country music diva dressed up as the iconic Rosie the Riveter! I love it and nice guns, Miranda! 😉

9. Demi Lovato

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The fearless singer dressed up like a “sweet skull” with her longtime boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama! I’m loving the intensity!!!

10. Ed Sheeran

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The world’s favorite ginger & favorite singer/songwriter showed off as Austin Powers! Groovy baby yeaaahhh! 😀

11. Katy Perry

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Pop music’s leading lady dressed up as her favorite junk food: Flaming Hot Cheetos! I love her dedication to the outfit and her lifesize Cheetos bag purse!

And last but not least…

12. Iggy Azalea

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I had to add this add the last minute because how could I not?! HAHA Everyone’s new favorite female rapper (on the left) is mocking the plethora of memes (funny photos online) by dressing up with her friend as the amazing Wayan’s brothers movie “White Chicks”. I love it because she’s showing that she can laugh at herself which is great!

Vote for your favorite costume here:

I think I’m gonna say Lily Allen! She’s so controversial and I love it!

Thanks guys for checking out the best costumes and here’s to Halloween 2015!

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Happy Birthday Gavin Rossdale!

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It’s not often for me to remember somebody’s birthday, but it just so happens that…

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…today is Gavin Rossdale’s birthday 😀

Gavin is of course one of the world’s best rockstars with the grunge rock band “Bush” that still stands strong today and his solo projects too!

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I love this band so much!

I want to just count out a few ways that make Gavin worth celebrating today:

1) He loves his fans!

Gavin is constantly showing love for his throngs of fans! Whenever I see him in concert whether it was with his band Bush or solo…he always comes out to meet every single fan and sign every last autograph just 20 minutes after he gets off the stage! I remember when I had several of his albums to sign and I told him: “I’m so sorry I have so much for you to sign.” and his response was: “No! You have the whole catalog! What is your name and I will sign them all to you!” #Sweetheart

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I have quite the Gavin autograph collection going as you can see!

2. He’s an amazing guitar player!

I know what you’re thinking: “Don’t all lead singers for rock n roll bands have to be great guitar players?!” Well yes! I guess that’s true, but until you see Gavin shred an electric guitar live in concert…you won’t know why I included this section! HAHA The man jumps all over the stage while playing his guitar and he gets sweatier than any athlete after the big game! It’s unbelievable to see him dominate the guitar while never looking down to see if he’s getting the chords right! He’s getting them right, because he’s Gavin.

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3. He’s married to the most amazing rocker chick!

For the last of you who didn’t know, Gavin is married to the lead singer of No Doubt:

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Gwen Stefani!

Not only is she the ultimate rockstar wife (because she’s a rockstar herself), she’s also a fashion icon, a globally known celebrity, and the mother to three amazing boys!

Congratulations Gavin on having a wonderful partner in crime…12 years and counting!

4. He’s an excellent father!

Gavin is a very cool dad to his three sons: Kingston (8), Zuma (6), and Apollo (6 months)! He’s also the father of 25 year old British supermodel Daisy Lowe. She is the daughter of Gavin and singer/songwriter Pearl Lowe. He’s always having bro time with his boys and it’s just the cutest thing ever!

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Those are some beautiful jewels for his family crown!

5. He’s coming to Nashville for Christmas!

I’m going to leave you with the incredible news that Gavin and his band Bush are coming to Nashville on December 5th for radio station 102.9 The Buzz’s “Swanky Sweater Christmas Jam”! I can’t even contain my excitement and OF COURSE I’m going!!! 😀

The show will take place at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium!

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Get your tickets here before they’re gone: wmarocks.com/bush-swanky-sweater

Thank you Gavin for coming to Nashville and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Pitbull is making two reality TV shows!

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There are some people that I was made to love and rest assured…

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…Pitbull is one of them!

Armando Christian Perez AKA Pitbull is a busy guy and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon! The Latin rapper and international ladies’ man is currently developing two reality shows for The Weinstein Company!

One show will be called “Pitbull: The Lyfe” and will follow Pit’s busy life! It will be like an insider’s look into the rapper’s international traveling schedule, studio sessions, and his world tour! 😀

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The other show will be called “The REAL Change Project” and is going to put Pit next to other superstars like Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Kobe Bryant, Tony Bennett, and Paul McCartney. The goal of the show is to take a walk down memory lane to look back to the mentors that helped inspire them to be successful! That sounds like a great show and certainly their mentors deserve some credit!

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In a public statement, Pitbull said: “It’s an honor to partner with The Weinstein Company and Real Change Productions/Honey I’m Home on Lyfe and The REAL Change Project, two series with the point of view that life is what we make it — some follow the rules; others bend them. After the party kicks off 2015, we will show what’s behind the curtain and most important – learning, listening from the best plays a huge role in the journey.”

Pitbull won’t be twiddling his thumbs in Miami for the rest of 2014 either! Oh no! Mr. Worldwide’s 8th studio album “Globalization” will drop on November 24th!

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Pitbull’s new song “Fireball” is my jam! Take a listen:

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Pitbull is back with a vengeance and I can’t wait to see his reality shows come into focus! Not to mention a new album is what I’ve been hoping for too 😀

Congratulations Pit! I hope to see you on tour again very soon!

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New music streaming service “Tidal” arrives!

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Just when you thought there weren’t enough music streaming services…

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…the market has just gotten a little more competitive thanks to Tidal!

“Tidal” is a brand new music streaming service from Aspiro (a Scandinavian company) and has just launched today, October 28th, in the US and in the UK!

I’m not going to lie to you, I really like the name! I used to go to the beach all the time back in Florida so it reminds me of the waves 😀

Tidal boasts lossless compression like FLAC and ALAC formats which is geek talk for high-quality music! They are planning to compete with the biggest services:

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Tidal’s selling point is high quality music which will be at the premium price of $19.99 per month! Spotify’s premium subscription is half that at $9.99 which may be hard for Tidal to compete with, but I guess the real selling point is quality for whom quality matters the most to.

It’s a new trend in the music market to pay more for higher quality! Just look at Beats Headphones and the Pono Player!

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So many millions invested proves that quality is king right now!

I’m sure that “Tidal” will at least have a chance to gobble up some of the market share that Spotify has. They deserve to be put on the map in streaming because I know many people, especially those working in the music industry, that would pay more for high-quality music!

>>> Check out Tidal here: www.tidalhifi.com <<<

You can even get a 7 day free trial too!

I’m looking forward to hearing Tidal and I hope that everyone else is too!

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The Ryman Auditorium begins $14 Million renovation!

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When I think of my favorite concert venue in the world, I think of the Ryman and today…

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…they are working on their extensive renovation!

The Ryman has been around since the 1890’s and today it’s still going strong as one of the world’s premiere live concert venues! The thing that I love the most about the Ryman is that every single seat (except for the first two rows) is in a pew since it was once an old church! Not to mention the stained glass windows are exceptional!

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It seems as if every single show at the Ryman ends up selling out, and for good reason! Everyone boasts that it has the best acoustics in the world, and to be honest, I’ve never heard any better! 😀

Concerts are not the only thing that happen at the Ryman however! They have tours of the venue daily from 9 am to 4 pm! I’ve taken the tour before and I really enjoyed it! You would be surprised how many display cases you breeze on by at a concert without taking a closer look to realize what incredible artifacts they contain!

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Ryman Hospitality Properties (owners of The Ryman Auditorium) announced that they were going to personally fund a $14 million dollar renovation of Nashville’s and the world’s beloved, intimate venue! This process of renovating the Ryman doesn’t mean that it will be closing down for tours or for concerts during the project’s time! I think that’s a very impressive feat and just goes to show how much everybody needs the Ryman in their life 😉

The renovation technically started on October 1st with the removal of the Thomas G. Ryman statue who built the venue back in 1892!

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If you have taken a look at the front of the Ryman recently…it’s difficult to see because of green construction fences and a whole lot of renovation happening to the entrance. That’s what I noticed at the Sam Smith concert the last time I was there on October 7th.

Check out a nice video about the history of the Ryman here:

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The renovation is to be completed by June 2015 and will include an expanded lobby, an expanded gift shop, a cafe that extends to the outdoors, and an interactive multimedia tour! The auditorium itself is a national historic landmark and will remain unscathed throughout the renovation 😀

I’m really excited to see how the new Ryman will be and I hope you are too!

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Discover: Mikey Wax

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It’s awesome to discover a new artist when you go to a concert…

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…and that’s exactly how I discovered Mikey Wax

I went to see one of my very own discover bands, The Gallery, play at Exit/In and the first person to hit the stage that night to warm up the crowd was Mikey!

He spent his set playing beautiful melodies on his keyboard and lending wonderful lyrics to each song! So naturally I was hooked from the start and very impressed with the music he shared with us! That show was on August 20th so I’m glad to be able to write about him 2 months later and get the word out about his exciting new tour plans! 🙂

I went to meet Mikey after his set at the merch table where I ended up buying his CDs that he signed for me and he threw in a cool wristband for my trouble haha He was so kind and we exchanged business cards so that I could contact him for to write this blog post to share his music with all of you!

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Mr. Wax attended Nashville’s own Vanderbilt University which is where he focused on honing his skills as a singer/songwriter. He released his debut album “Change Again” independently in 2009!

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What’s most interesting about Mikey is that he hasn’t been pursuing a music career for much longer than 5 years, but he’s had so much success! “Change Again” received attention on social media, so much so that his music video for “In Case I Go Again” was featured on YouTube’s homepage! And to top it all off, his debut album caught the eye of Superbowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers who publicly said that Mikey Wax was a top artist on his playlist!

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And if that wasn’t cool enough for you…Mikey’s song “In Case I Go Again” was on…

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Pretty Little Liars!

So he basically did all anyone could hope to do with a debut album! It got a lot of attention to say the least and was also featured during the Summer Olympics in London back in 2012!

Mikey’s second album was independently released in September 2011!

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Mikey’s fans got the album to #6 on the singer/songwriter chart on iTunes and his single “Counting On You” was featured on So You Think You Can Dance as the elimination song! I love that show so much! I don’t know whether to be more excited about his song being in that show or in Pretty Little Liars! HAHA

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2014 has been a busy year for Mikey who just released his self-titled debut album as a signed artist on June 10th which debuted in the Top 100 albums on iTunes!

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His single “You Lift Me Up” has been streamed on Spotify over 4 million times!

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Mikey has performed alongside Parachute, Matt Wertz, Howie Day, Jon McLaughlin, Andy Grammer, Tony Lucca, Ryan Cabrera, Tyler Hilton, Graham Colton and Landon Pigg…to name a few!

I’m so proud of Mikey so without further ado, let’s get to our interview:

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1) When did you first find yourself interested in music?

I was around 8 years old when I started playing piano. My dad was a piano player and I remember being fascinated by his ability to play. He taught me my first song and I fell in love with playing so I kept pursuing it.

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2) How long have you been pursuing a career in music?

Technically since I was 8! Ha. But I released my first “real” album in 2009 have been touring and releasing albums since then.

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3) What is your hometown?

Oyster Bay, NY.

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4) Were you ever in any bands?

Yes, two. In high school I was in a jam band called Burnt Toast and Jam. The name still makes me laugh. In college I was in a more serious band called Heroes For Nothing. We had some really good songs but all went our separate ways after graduation.

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5) What do you wish to accomplish with your music?

I just want to reach as many people with my music as possible and hopefully have that human connection.

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6) How would you describe your sound?

I feel like being a songwriter first I have a lot of different sounds. Overall I’d say my music is pretty honest and heartfelt pop music.

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I’ll have you know that Mikey is going on tour with Michelle Chamuel from Season 4 of The Voice who placed 2nd overall! Mikey will be joining her in November on the following dates:

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And on November 6th Mikey will be doing his first StageIt concert which is a live online concert that can be viewed from anywhere in the world on your computer! Get your tickets here: stageit.com/mikey_wax/relaxwithwax and I love his hashtag #RelaxWithWax 😀

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Thank you Mikey for taking the time to answer some questions for me and I’m really excited to see what’s in store for you in 2015!

Congratulations Mikey and I can’t wait to see your StageIt show!

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Taylor Swift’s new album “1989” has been leaked!

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I have some shocking news to share with you regarding Taylor Swift…

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…her brand new album “1989” has been leaked!

I’m not often the person who looks for songs before they’re officially released or for full albums, but my curiosity was peaked early this morning about “1989”. Normally, I wouldn’t even be awake at this time on a Saturday morning! HAHA I like to hibernate and get great sleep on the weekends, but I woke up at 7-something this morning and began scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed on my phone…

I saw a status update right before I was about to go back to sleep from a Nashville friend saying that he had just listened to Taylor’s “1989” album (that doesn’t come out until this Monday, October 27th) because he obtained an advanced copy! So I commented and asked him how he got a copy and a friend of his alerted me in the comments that the full album was leaked on YouTube!

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So I went over to YouTube to verify that the album was leaked and still accessible. I wanted to know if “Team Swift” had taken the videos down by force in which you would click on a video and it says that it has been taken down due of copyright infringement. I clicked on a video that contained the full album of the deluxe version of “1989” and it worked! The video was 1 hour and 8 minutes and 40 seconds long and contained 19 tracks!

I’m not going to give you the link that I discovered, but if you’re curious you can do a YouTube search to see what I mean 😉

I will not say whether I listened to the album or not, but instead, I want to take a moment to implicate that I find it neither wrong or right if you listen to it now or listen to it when it is officially released. The point I’m trying to make is that I’m a very big supporter of Taylor Swift. She seems to be a very kind young woman who loves to wear her heart on her sleeve in her music and in everyday life she loves to interact with her millions of fans. She’s a great person. End of story.

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She’s the best!

The thing that we need to remember is that whether anyone heard the album last night or hears it today OR hears it once it’s officially released on Monday…is not the point. Taylor has many, many fans all over the world and they love her music no matter what day it was able to be heard for the first time. That’s really what I would like to point out to help us to realize that I’m not done supporting Taylor Swift’s music because her album was leaked. This is an unfortunate event, but I’m still going to support Taylor as a fan.

On the flip side, in one of Miss Swift’s most recent interviews with the hilarious Alan Carr AKA Chatty Man, she told him that she “doesn’t trust technology”. She went on to say that she didn’t want to talk about leaks because it freaks her out and she would “have a meltdown on the show”.

Check out the clip from Chatty Man here:

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So if you’re wondering what a “leak” is or what it entails, I’m hear to set the record straight. I’m enthralled by the music business as you may or may not know, and how I understand it…“leak” is a term referring to when an album is released prior to its official release date by a third party that obtained it legally or illegally. So essentially, a leak is indestructible because they are often posted to YouTube and once the initial leak takes place, “it’s out there”, meaning that someone could rerecord the audio and save it. So the leak will never completely be shut down because it’s immediately reduplicated.

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There are some theories as to how the album was leaked and fingers are pointing to Target stores because the 19 track deluxe version only released in Target stores was the version that was leaked! That sounds pretty fishy I know and there’s also speculation that Canada is responsible for the leak. The original leak contained unnamed tracks labeled as “piste” which means “track” in French. Earlier this year, Canada’s iTunes store released a track for purchase from 1989 called “Track 3” which turned out to be 8 seconds of static, yet it was purchased frantically by Swift fans to the point that it became the #1 song! French is spoken in Canada so people are alleging that Canada might be the culprit!

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I keep checking Taylor’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter but so far she’s mum’s the word on the whole thing. There hasn’t even been a peep from her team! I’m really hoping that Taylor Swift isn’t crying buckets of tears over this. She’s a lovely person and nobody is going to think less of her or her album because of the leak.

I’m excited to hear the songs of “1989” in my car while my hair blows in the wind and Taylor reminds me that “haters gonna hate”. Her music is uplifting and very fun to singalong to!

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Here’s to you Taylor and please don’t worry about the leak! We all love you!

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