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Taylor Swift Pranked…

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The Grammy Awards

Before we set out in exploring this article, i would like to mention that this list of albums are possible Grammy winners, not the actual winners, so don’t let your hopes rise too high with this list. And by the way, i found this article through Green Day’s official website and i put it on mainly because i was interested in the Green Day part of the article and a little on the Taylor Swift part. Anyway, the point is, i think i can assure you that this article is trustworthy and not some junk some bored person somwhere had made up. And it is on the Los Angeles Times (thats the wibsite the link led to, lol) which makes it more reliable in a way, i guess…

Grammys 2010: An early look at album of the year (Part 2)

 Green Day Taylor Swift

For the first time, the Grammy eligibility year has been moved up from the end of September to the final day of August. In making the change, the eligibility period for the 2010 Grammy Awards was shortened to 11 months (the Grammy year will be back to a 12-month cycle, with the new qualifying dates, for the 2011 awards).

Ultimately, this means that heavy hitters such as Mariah Carey and Jay-Z will now have to wait until 2011 to see their albums get Grammy recognition. An album now must be released no later than Aug. 31 to be in the Grammy running.

That means it’s time to look at the albums most likely to be lauded by Recording Academy voters in the album of the year field, Grammys’ biggest prize. Note, however, what follows is not a reflection of the year’s best albums. No discussion of that sort could happen without mention of Metric’s “Fantasies,” Lily Allen’s “It’s Not Me, It’s You” and on and on and on.

For now, however, get your pencils and scorecards ready. Here’s an early look at some of the works most likely to receive album of the year attention when Grammy nominations are unveiled at the end of the year.

This is Part 2 of the installment. Click here for Part 1 to see what you missed. Pop & Hiss will be back to see how wrong we all were in December.

Green Day, ’21st Century Breakdown’

Grammy potential: The East Bay pop-punk band already has three Grammys to its name, and two stemming from 2004’s “American Idiot.” The latter, in fact, scored a nod for album of the year, signaling Green Day’s complete makeover from snotty, bored suburbanites to socially conscious rockers with new-found theatrical ambitions. It hit a number of Grammy sweet spots. “American Idiot” was a blockbuster success, revitalizing Green Day’s career, and doing so with grand, artistic ambitions.

Grammy deserving: With “21st Century Breakdown,” the band continues down the same path it set forth on “Idiot,” creating an album fit for Broadway or the mosh pit. Like “Idiot,” “21st Century Breakdown” is the work of a veteran band still willing to take chances. The album has more of a direct theme than “Idiot,” and at 18 tracks, the concept may be stretched a bit thin, but songs such as “Horseshoes and Handgrenades” and “Last Night on Earth” reveal that Green Day hasn’t lost is ferocious edge while developing its softer, sweeter, more Grammy-friendly side.

Whitney Houston, ‘I Look to You’

Grammy potential: Plenty have been waiting for Houston’s return, and you can bet Recording Academy voters are among her most ardent supporters. She has six Grammy wins to her name, including an album of the year trophy for her work on the soundtrack to 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” While her 2002 album “Just Whitney” failed to snare an album of the year nod, she’s largely been missing in action since, at least if you were looking for her outside the tabloids. If “I Look to You” is a moderate critical success — and early signs are that it is — then Houston’s album of the year prospects will be judged on the marketplace. If it’s a hit, book it. If she’s fading from the top 10 by time Mariah Carey releases her “Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel” on Sept. 29, Houston may be relegated to pop and genre fields.

Grammy deserving: Initial reactions to “I Look to You” are positive, although not glowing. Houston’s weapon was her voice, and it’s lost some of its thrill. A scaled-back Whitney, especially one paired with A-list producers, from R. Kelly to Stargate to Akon, isn’t necessarily all that different from any number of pop divas. That all being said, “I Look to You” may play it safe, but it’s a pleasurable listen from start to finish. “Million Dollar Bill” is blissfully retro, and “Salute” packs a feisty, kiss-off punch.

Taylor Swift, ‘Fearless’

Grammy potential: And here, ladies and gentleman, is your 2010 front-runner for the Grammy album of the year. The country princess is not only the biggest star of the moment, she’s been embraced by the Recording Academy. Swift, remember, was the standout star of last year’s first-ever prime-time Grammy nominations special. She also performed on the awards with Miley Cyrus, despite not having a nomination. Additionally, her “Fearless” may very well end up the best-selling album of 2009, as well as the release with the most Grammy nominations. She has critics in her corner, including at least three from the Los Angeles Times, and her album has already spawned three hits. This is the year of the Swift.

Grammy deserving: If anything holds back Swift from taking this category, it may be the fact that while she’s received generally favorable reviews, she’s far from critic-proof. Additionally, those who have witnessed her award-show performances, including her duet at this year’s Grammy telecast with Cyrus, saw a young singer whose vocals don’t always rise above an amateur level. But that is not her appeal. She’s pitched as an ol’-fashioned singer/songwriter, and one with upstanding moral values who relates to her fans by filtering teen issues through an adult prism. It does, however, walk a line between honest and calculated, and voters would be right to let her get one or two more albums under her crystal-emblazoned belt before giving her the top prize.

Phoenix, ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’

Grammy potential: The only problem standing in Phoenix’s way is whether or not enough voters will hear them. Phoenix has released an album that’s right in the Coldplay sweet spot, and the French pop band has steadily built its career over four albums. Longtime Grammy observers may be rolling their eyes at the band’s inclusion here, as Phoenix still belongs to a cult audience, even if that fan base is growing. Yet the band has spent 15 weeks on the top 100 of the pop charts, and is coming back to the U.S. for a fall tour. A long shot at this point, but the band is one more television performance from breaking out. It’s also important to note that with music sales down, it’s easier for an act like Phoenix to stand out, and the group brings a level of credibility to the telecast, something the Grammys reacquired last year when they embraced Radiohead.

Grammy deserving: “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” is a warmly inviting record, the rare pop record that successfully emerges ambient textures with exuberant melodies. There’s a hypnotic quality to nearly all of these songs, be it the way the vocals fade into synths in “Girlfriend,” or the guitars that get lost in a disco rush in “1901.” A stylistic leap over the band’s prior efforts, and the group has already been rewarded. This is its first to reach the U.S. pop charts, and it has already sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. There’s no way it could ever win, sadly, but it deserves to be in the conversation.

Maxwell, ‘BLACKsummers’night’

Grammy potential: Whitney isn’t the only comeback story this year. Maxwell hasn’t released an album since 2001, and “BLACKsummers’night” is already a commercial success. Six weeks after its release, and it’s still in the top-15 on the U.S. pop charts, resting this week at No. 11. Maxwell has never been nominated in the top category, but he’s no Grammy stranger, and has been up for best R&B album. It’s possible for both Maxwell and Whitney to get nominated, as “BLACKsummers’night” is pure R&B elegance, and Whitney’s “I Look to You” is essentially a straight-up pop album.

Grammy deserving: Maxwell should have been nominated for an album of the year when he released his 1996 debut “Maxwell’s Urban Suite Hang,” and this is probably his best release since. The Los Angeles Times’ Ann Powers gave it four stars, writing that Maxwell’s “music is libidinally compelling because it is complex. Following the example of his acknowledged influence Al Green, Maxwell’s singing teases out the subtle gradations of feeling in a lyric.” And it hits a span of emotions without telegraphing them, as it’s a seductive, yet devastatingly heartbreaking record. Look for it on year-end lists, and look for it in this field.

Pop & Hiss will be back close to the unveiling of the Grammy nominations to offer our final Grammy picks for album of the year.

–Todd Martens

One thing i’ve noticed out of that post…”snotty rockers”…why is he calling rockers that? Is that his (author’s) general opinion on rockers? Why, so? Seriously, i’m curious. I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that rockers these days make good music but they are quite modest and aren’t publicly revealed as other artists in other genres, so they are considered as snotty or stuck ups (!)….

“…while developing it’s softer, sweeter, Grammy-friendly side”…this is another complication and disturbance to my mind. What does he mean by Grammy-friendly side? So, now we have music that the Grammy award choosers would like and wouldn’t. So, does that mean, real talent is not really counted for because what is chosen in what the majority of the choosers or voters like? Seriously, its a complication and i’m starting to wonder if this is what our world is turning in to, over seeing real talent and judging music and other things by how cool they are or by something similarly unfair. It’s the same thing with the whole writers-versus-musicians war i’ve been contemplating about which is a whole other story, really

Leave us a comment on what you think even if it’s just to say that Green Day rocks or to give us a full on contridiction to what i had added at the end there…whatever it is, we’d like to know!! 


Twilight Shocker…

Thursday July 30, 02:02 PM

Lefevre shocked over ‘Twilight’ dumping

By Yahoo!Xtra Entertainment

Summit Entertainment’s decision to replace Rachelle Lefevre in the upcoming Twilight movie, Eclipse, was a shock to actress herself as well as fans of the series.

Yesterday the company announced that redheaded actress Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of director Ron Howard, would replace Lefevre as vampire Victoria in Eclipse, due to begin filming in Vancouver on August 17.

Summit blamed ‘scheduling conflicts’ for the decision to replace the 30-year-old Canadian with Howard, who last appeared on the big screen in Terminator: Salvation.

Lefevre has played Victoria through previous two instalments of the series – Twilight, released last year, and the upcoming New Moon.

The actress has a role in independent film Barney’s Version, co-starring Paul Giamatti, also due to begin filming on August 17 in Quebec, on the other side of Canada.

Rachelle Lefevre released this statement to the media today.

“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for Eclipse. I was fully committed to the Twilight saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria. I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules.

“My commitment to Barney’s Version is only 10 days. Summit picked up my option for Eclipse. Although the production schedule for Eclipse is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those 10 days and would not accommodate me. Given the length of filming for Eclipse, never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10-day overlap. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honour it. Summit chose simply to recast the part.

“I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the Twilight audience. This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate. I will be forever grateful to the fan support and loyalty I’ve received since being cast for this role, and I am hurt deeply by Summit’s surprising decision to move on without me. I wish the cast and crew of Eclipse only the very best.”

Fans of the Twilight series have already taken their fight for Summit to retain Lefevre public online.

Ok, to be honest i’m not much of a Twilight fan anymore. That obsession died out ages ago. But i do think this is kind of sad. This article’s from Yahoo! so it’s believable. If she was backing out of this, then i think it would have been all gud but Summit Entertainment is just…cutting her out. That’s not nice. I’ve always thought there was something…cold about Summit. Although i think her little farewell statement is a bit overdoing it, i think it’s sad and rather stupid to cut her off like this. I mean, she was part of the reason Twilight rocketed last year. You can’t deny that; there are heaps of fans out there that would hate to see her leave. And if Summit takes her out, they might just lower the number of Twilight lovers. But maybe i’m jumping to conclusions here. No matter how trustworthy Yahoo! is, it’s still media and who can trust the media?

Snappy

Well…that’s my opinion. So what do you guys think? I assume there’s a lot (and i mean a LOT) of Twilight Fans out there. So don’t be shy to drop us a comment about what you think about this and come back to check out for more news!! Later.



Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum: Married!

yeah, that’s right people, they are married! I saw them together in Step Up one but never did i imagine them being married. To be honest, i didn’t even know they were engaged, i was just aware that they were dating. Here’s what the Hollywood Gossip has to say about it…

Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum: Married!

Posted on July 12th, 2009

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan tied the knot yesterday in Malibu, Calif.

The two stars said “I do” in a 15-minute ceremony on the grounds of Church Estates Vineyards, the same venue where Fergie and Josh Duhamel wed.

More than 200 guests attended the nuptials. A source tells Us Dewan’s maid of honor was Entourage star Emmanuelle Chriqui. Also in the bridal party? Tatum’s sister Paige and Haylie Duff, accompanied by the groom’s pal Nick Zano.

The bridesmaids all wore light pink dresses.

Beneath a white altar covered in roses, Jenna Dewan wore a white strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline and a long veil. Tatum wore your basic black suit.

When it was time for their first kiss as husband and wife, the G.I. Joe star bent Dewan back and kissed her over his knee to cheers from the approving crowd.

Jenna Dewan, 28, and Channing Tatum, 29, met on the set of their 2006 flick, Step Up. They got engaged last September. Congrats to the newlyweds!

 


The Thing about Hannah Montanna…

Look, we’re not trying to have a diss Disney session here or whatever, but just elaborating a bit on what Hafsa said about Disney stars and Hannah Montanna…
WARNING: If you are a Hannah Montanna/Miley Cyrus fan, i’d suggest you don’t read on.
And if you have decided to, let me just say this: I don’t mean to be rude and i’m not taking out some sort of personal revenge/grudge or anything, but i’m just saying it the way i see it. And the way i see it and have put it is slightly obnoxious, and i totally accept that.
With great power, comes great responsibility. And this applies also to fame… and especially to Miley Cyrus. Here’s why:
She has a lot of young fans, and i’m talking like five year olds, and she’s supposedly a role model to them. Well, i wouldn’t want my five year old sister or cousin to be looking up to someone who has scandals as often as she releases songs. So, maybe some of the scandals weren’t so much in her control (i’m not so convinced) but what really irritates me is her attitude. In life you don’t get everything you want so what makes her so different from the rest of us, lesser beings? (OK i know i’m starting to sound the slightest bit stingy and abhorrent) Her little episode with Radiohead, is what i’m talking about. For those of you who don’t know about this (i’m surprised, she pretty much ADVERTISED it internationally) here’s how the story goes; she was at the Grammy’s and Thom Yorke was four dressing rooms away from her so she asked her people to talk to Radiohead’s people and arrange a meeting. Their response? “We don’t really do that” and what does Miss The-World-Revolves-Around-Me do? She cries and throws this amazingly huge tantrum, because Radiohead refused to meet her. She even threatened to RUIN THEM. And who knew, Miley LOVES Radiohead, they’re her “rock god” and the only person she would “cry over”. If she really loved them as much as she claims to, she would know that Thom Yorke is really shy and reclusive and hanging out with a clingy, star-struck teenager at the Grammy’s, hours before his show was not on his bucket list.

And just so i don’t sound too cynical, she can make some nice music (but her music is NOT rock and she is NOT a rock star and neither are the Jo Bros) and as embarrassing as it is, i used to watch Hannah Montanna as a kid and liked it (i’m over it now, thankfully), but like i said, i’m not a big fan and the fact that she acts like she’s superior to everybody else doesn’t help the cause.


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