So you might’ve heard I was in New York City this past week enjoying the Met Gala(see the Photos!) and it was an amazing thrill seeing the Fashions and the Celebrity in-person after admiring them online for many years now. Red Carpets and flashing Cameras are something I vow to never get sick of! Promise. Hoping to visit again next Spring!
Although I did get to meet Met Gala Host Rooney Mara in-person and she was lovely to stop and say “hi” and blow me a kiss, unfortunately she didn’t do the Photo but I still will have the memory! One day I’ll have my Gwen Stefani and Anne Hathaway moment! I did get Photos with Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time) and Tommy Hilfigger but unfortunately they just didn’t turn out:(
Fortunately, most of the Celebrities I met were more than obliging and here are some of the Stars I got to get Snap with below. And yes, that is KYLIE MINOGUE!!!! She is just as lovely as I’d dreamed! Ditto for Kelly Ripa!! Armie Hammer too!! And I don’t believe Zooey Deschanel said “yes”! She never does!!
If Mariah Carey approves, I do too. Check-out this amazing performance from American Idol Contestant Candice Glover of The Cure‘s 1989 Hit Lovesong. Although covered prior by the likes of Adele and Tori Amos, Glover offers a fresh take with some innovative runs. All four Judges were on their feet and Keith Urban bowed to the 23-year-old Singer from South Carolina. Could there be any greater honour than having glitter tossed at you by Carey?
Watch the Performance including Glitterbomb below:
After much teasing, finally we get the full stream of Mariah Carey‘s new Single, Almost Home – the Theme Song to Oz The Great and Powerful, co-written and produced by Norwegian Duo Stargate, who are responsible for Beyoncé, Ne-Yo and Rihanna‘s biggest Hits.
As a die-hard Fan of Mariah‘s, my complete CD and Deluxe Editions Collection dating back to her 1990 Debut, I am rather pleased with the results. The Track sounds fresh and maybe even somewhat reminiscent of Katy Perry‘s Wide Awake – this is exactly the direction Mariah needed to head, versus the tired-sounding misfire of a Single that was Triumphant (Get ‘Em), released last August, failing to crack the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart. We’re getting a more relaxed version of Mariah, less concerned with Vocal Tricks and focused entirely on evoking an experience.
Listen to Almost Home below:
Cover Art below:
In addition to her gig on American Idol, 2013 is shaping to be a big year for Mariah, who stars in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Precious, The Paperboy), while a 14th Studio Disc is set to be released this Spring.
Oz The Great and Powerful hits theatres March 8, 2013. Almost Home will be released next Tuesday. We’re almost there!
Season Eleven Winner of American Idol, Phillip Phillips arrived in Toronto a couple days ago to promote his debut Disc from Universal Music Canada, The World from the Other Side of the Moon. Up and at ’em early, Phillips had a busy Press Day yesterday which had him at MuchMusic for a taping and today he performed live on CityTV‘s Breakfast Television.
Phillips is making the most of his Visit to the City and tonight, Fans in the east end will have a chance to see him live as he appears at Pickering Town Centre at 5:30 PM for a Autograph Signing. The handsome 22-year-old will be meeting Fans who purchase a copy of his Disc at HMV.
In addition to touring with Adult Contemporary-Pop Veterans Matchbox Twenty next year, Phillips just released his new Single Gone, Gone, Gone.
Check-out his performance at AOL Sessions below:
See more Photos below:
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong | Video credit: Universal Music/AOL)
Although it’s only been a few months since they were here last, Toronto certainly loves their Aerosmith and tonight the “Bad Boys from Boston” played before yet another huge crowd at Air Canada Centre for the second leg of their Global Warming Tour. Frontman and former American Idol Judge Steven Tyler made it into the City early yesterday and was spotted eating at Camros, an Organic Persian-inspired Eatery on Hayden Street.
Tyler was spotted following tonight’s Show, where Aerosmith performed Jimi Hendrix Tribute in celebration of that Rock Legend’s Birthday today. Although his Handlers earlier in the day had intercepted Tyler‘s time with Fans, he stayed true to his word, making time for Fans at his Hotel afterward shortly before midnight. “You crazy F*ckers!”, he joked as he head-over all Rock-Glam in fur to reward Fans generously who waited in the cold for him.
I was lucky enough to get a Snap with Tyler, whose work as a Vocalist I’ve admired since Childhood – reaching feverish heights in High School. He gave me a big hug and playfully took the hood on my Parka and covered my face, telling me he loved me! Unforgettable. Surely Nicki Minaj‘s opinion of him would change after meeting him too? The Rapper/Singer and current American Idol Judge currently is feuding with Tyler over a statement he made challenging her ability as a Judge, saying “If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the Cornfield!“. Minaj interpreted that as a Racist Remark and took to her Twitter account to prove her point.
In celebration of Jimi Hendrix‘s Birthday, Aerosmith incorporated a Tribute to that Rock Legend at their Show tonight and they are headed to Las Vegas next this weekend. Their 15th Studio Disc Music from Another Dimension! is now in-stores with latest Single What Could Have Been Love performing rather well on the Adult Contemporary Charts in the U.S.
Check it out in full below:
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong | Video credit: Sony Music)
Dream come true! Definitely one of my brightest highlights of 2012 – and believe me, there were many – was meeting my Grade School Idol Paula Abdul tonight. When Pop Megastar Paula Abdul first burst onto the Scene back in 1988 with Straight Up, it was love at first sight for me and the rest of the World. Religiously I’d wait by the TV set for her Videos to come on MuchMusic and with what little money I had back then, I’d put it towards buying her 45s. You could imagine my joy when I got two Hits for the price of one when Cold Hearted Snake was included as a B-Side Single on the Straight Up Single! Although much of the younger generation knows Abdul solely for her association with American Idol as a former Judge, she to me was right up there with Madonna and Janet Jackson.
Abdul currently is in Toronto celebrating her Jewish and Canadian ancestry. While in the City, Abdul also had a chance the enjoy a Dinner at the Trump International Hotel‘s STOCK last night and earlier today she was spotted enjoying lunch down the road at Oliver & Bonacini. Appearing at an Event called My Jewish Soul at The Eglinton Grand in the north-end of the City, she helped raise funds towards the purchase of a new property for Chabad on the Avenue. Fans got an opportunity to meet her at a VIP Reception which included a Photo Op. One High Bidder even got to have Cocktails with her following her appearance.
I caught-up with Abdul as she left the Venue with several Helpers assisting her carrying hoards of flowers and bags. As she was rush-rushing into her Mercedes, she was gracious to stop for a moment in the cold to snap a Photo telling me repeatedly how sweet I was. Knocked-out! After all these years, she looks stunning still – if anything even more gorgeous than her days on American Idol.
How exciting! It’s been ages since former American Idol Judge, GRAMMY and Primetime EMMY Winner Paula Abdul has been in Toronto, but she’ll be doing it big next month as she sits down and opens-up about her Jewish and Canadian roots before an intimate audience. The Event, organized by Magen Boys Entertainment, takes place November 25, 2012 at The Eglinton Grand – 7:00 PM and there will be opportunities for Meet & Greets for Fans who buy the VIP Package.
Proceeds will be going towards a new Property for Chabad on the Avenue. Tickets here.