I Was Taken to the Other Side

I’ve gotta say: this is, by far, one of my favorite cover songs to date!

Will Anderson covered Jason Derulo’s “The Other Side” and it turned out amazing. I have pretty legit reasons, too.

First, Jason Derulo’s “The Other Side” is already a great song. It’s catchy and fun to sing. So the song selection was great. (Also, it may be good to consider that Parachute’s latest record ‘Overnight’ has their own song titled “The Other Side”)

Second, Will has a beautiful voice and he definitely shows it off in this acoustic cover.

Third, Will is just simply… adorable.

And finally, the cover sounds wonderful with the piano.

I can listen to this all day!

Parachute – Overnight

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Parachute is definitely on my top pop rock artists and I was excited to purchase the new album: Overnight. To be completely honest, the second album, The Way It Was, is still my favorite! I wasn’t expecting Overnight to sound so “poppy” considering The Way It Was had slower, yet catchy, melody’s. 

I kept up with Parachute on Instagram and Twitter throughout the new album promo hype. They did an amazing job getting the excitement and anticipation out for many fans. I particularly liked how they would post a shot of a line of lyrics and compare it to a similar song they had in the past. I looked forward to listening to the new songs because I had a sense of what was similar to songs before.

Since I really liked “She Is Love” and “Kiss Me Slowly,” I also like “The Other Side.” (Like Parachute said I would!) It’s a new favorite, alongside “Can’t Help” and “Disappear.” I will say, though, that I love the album theme. It absolutely blends well with the songs and the album appearance. It’s obviously about Overnight.

I’ll keep replaying the album, though. It’s not that I’m complaining; I’m just trying to grasp the new angle that Parachute was trying to move onto. I suppose when I find something good once, it’s like my expectations are set higher for what may come next. So, maybe I simply set myself up for this one. Sorry Parachute!! Still love you guys! (and Will Anderson.. your vocals, of course!)

Check them out on iTunes !

Top iTunes Singles

As of today, Pharrell Williams is featured in two top singles on iTunes music.

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I specifically focus on him because he is a rapper, record producer, fashion designer and singer-songwriter. He has collaborated with several top artists, like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. His talents definitely are not unnoticed, even today.

Robin-Thicke-Blurred-Lines-Ft-TI-PharrellBlurred Lines” (Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell) is the number one single on iTunes right now. It’s a really great song! It’s extremely catchy, and the music video is very humorous!! Check out the 15 most hilarious parts of the video according to Spin here! Robin Thicke and Pharrell performed the hit single at the B.E.T Awards this past weekened at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. It was quite the performance!

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He doesn’t stop there. Pharrell is also featured in Daft Punk’s newest album titled Random Access Memories where he sings in the number three song on iTunes, “Get Lucky.” Again, this is another catchy song! Daft Punk is already known for having up-beat electronic/trance songs and Pharrell’s collaboration on this track mixed in very well. I never really got the chance to hear much of Pharrell’s voice, other than in his hip hip band N.E.R.D. So getting to hear him throughout this entire song was really refreshing!

“Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” are definitely “must-downloads” for this summer!

Oz is for Oscar

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With the recent DVD release of Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, I went to my local Redbox to see what it was all about. (Finally!) I wasn’t able to see if when it came out in theaters but I always intended to watch it. Few of my friends said it was great, others said it was horrible. Well I can say it was sort of both?

The beginning was in black and white. I thought setting was wrong with my screen for a while! But it was good to get a background on James Franco’s character, Oscar or “Oz” for short.

Oz-Franco-Kunis-Emerald-CityHe got caught in a tornado that took him to the Land of Oz, which had similarities to Alice in Wonderland (with Johnny Depp). For example, the “land” of Oz had the same majestical vibe as with Wonderland. It was like a “wonderland,” but for Oz. Either way, it looked very cool! I liked the way the yellow brick road and Emerald City were CGI’d. I was shocked to find out that Mila Kunis became the Wicked Witch. She looked so creepy! (But in a really cool way!)

At times, the story line felt dragged out with long close-ups. But overall, it was a good movie. Not “The best movie ever” but it was simply fine. It took me back in time when I saw the original Wizard of Oz. Although this film was a prequel, nothing will ever beat the original!

Can’t Repeat the Past?

Why, of course, you can.

I know The Great Gatsby hype has dwelled down BUT it still lives on as fabulous as the costumes and glamour when I first saw it on its midnight premiere. So in honor of Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and all the glitz and glam in this amazing movie, I am bringing back the past.

The Great Gatsby was such a big success (although, not as successful as it originally planned). I still enjoyed the movie very much. It was very creative considering it took place in the roaring 20′s, but with a modern twist. the-great-gatsby-soundtrack

By modern, I am referring to the film’s music choice. It was mostly produced by Jay-Z. (Doesn’t that say a lot already?) As this motion picture’s soundtrack played on my iTunes library, I got to thinking about its uniqueness.

My fellow Millennial’s responded very positively with all the modern music that was mixed into the emotion and action in the movie. Take Will.i.am’s “Bang Bang” for example. It was extremely catchy! It was very difficult not to dance along as we saw all the wealthy party go-ers do what they do best at Gatsby’s extravagant parties. It only made me want to be there with the crowd!

So as I listened to “Into the Past” by Nero, I realized that I definitely would not correlate this song with The Great Gatsby. But that’s what I liked about it. About the movie and the music production, overall.

I like “different” and this soundtrack is exactly that. Check out the tracks (if you haven’t already) on iTunes here.

Guess Who Got Tickets to NBC’s The Voice?

I did!

This happened all so fast. I was scoping out The Voice UK site via BBC, and it had a link about getting tickets to the tapings.

Obviously I’m not in the UK, so I couldn’t get tickets for that (sadly!). I went onto NBC’s website in search for a similar link there. Turns out NBC goes through a site called 1iota.com, where other shows are listed for the general public. I created a user account and searched for The Voice.

I requested two tickets for the first Season 5 Blind Auditions taping for Tuesday July 9th. I also read through all the rules and conditions, etc. Trust me, it was worth the time!

I had to wait for an email that would notify me when my ticket request would become “Available” (meaning, I am able to accept the tickets) or if they were “Sold Out.”

Well it’s a good thing I checked my email because I got great news!! I immediately logged onto my 1iota account and “Reserved” my tickets! Since I reserved them within a short amount time after my email notification, I got PRIORITY tickets. This means I will be let into the venue with the FIRST group!

Even though it stated that I still may not necessarily be in the front row (AKA right behind Adam Levine. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton), I am still let in first! I’ll have to wake up extra early now, since I have to check-in/arrive at 7:30 am in Culver City at the Sony Studios! It will be worth it though!

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I sent a picture message to my roommate letting her know that we are officially attending the show! She was absolutely ecstatic and that made me even more excited, too!

It may sound silly considering that many people have already attended these types of tapings, but this is my first time. I guess I never really took too much attention into trying. I’m glad I did now, though, because since I love the Entertainment Industry so much, this is a great opportunity to grow and learn from this. My roommate is also passionate for the industry and I’m happy she will be able to experience this with me.

Updates on the official day to come!

Monsters U

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I went to see Disney Pixar’s Monsters University with my two brothers and sister-n-law for her birthday at the Arclight in Pasadena. I had only seen a couple trailers before and a few pictures from the tailgate party in LA (my friend is the Global Publicist for the Walt Disney Company and she posts on Instagram all the time!) I enjoyed every moment of the movie!

I think it’s really neat and creative to develop a story backwards. Since Monsters, Inc. was the first Pixar film based on Mike & Sully, the Monsters U version told the story of how they met. The film started with little Mike Wazowski in grade school and the moment he realized he wanted to grow up to be “a Scare-er.”little Mike How adorable is he!?

Mike and Sully were not the best of friends from the beginning. They gradually developed a friendship based on teamwork. I would have never guessed that! (and that’s basically what you see in Monsters, Inc.; how they work so well together!)

The film was very relate able to my college experience. From the overall look of the Monsters University campus to feeling the intensity of your very first “101″ class as a freshman. The film had a pretty good interpretation of college Greek Life, as well. As a fellow Greek alumna member, I thought that was really funny because it’s alMU campusways interesting to see how films portray what college Greek life is all about. I don’t think it was represented in a bad way, though. It is Disney, after all.

Overall, there was definitely a lot of humor! I think that’s what kept the movie going smoothly. It had natural transitions. College students should definitely see this!

The Voice UK

Latest Obsession: Watching The Voice UK

Yeah, I’m not afraid to admit it! As much as I enjoy watching The Voice on NBC, (thanks to my roommate who DVR’s every series) I had to do some research about what the show was really about. I watched The Voice YouTube channel and my recommended videos section had a video with the headline:

“The Voice UK Coaches Take On Each Other’s Hits- The Voice UK Live Finals – BBC”

Wait… what? I was shocked from seeing “UK” and “Take On Each Other’s Hits”

Firstly, “UK” was obviously for the United Kingdom (duh) and that was a big shocker because I didn’t realize The Voice was also in other country’s. That’s very silly of me, I know.

Secondly, I was extremely intrigued to find out who the coaches would be in the UK and most importantly.. how were the accents going to sound like!?

Lastly, “take on each other’s hits”… well, that’s just amazing because I have never heard or seen anything like that with The Voice on NBC.

So I clicked on the link and I was in awe throughout the entire video.

I was… absolutely.. impressed!

Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones, Will.i.am and, my personal favorite, Danny O’ Donoghue (Irish frontman of The Script; AKA my favorite band at the moment) are the coaches! If that doesn’t already catch your attention, consider the fact that they all performed each other’s hit singles. Jessie J sang Sir Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual” and he later on sang along with her. It then transitioned to Sir Tom Jones performing “Breakeven” by The Script where Danny O’Donoghue and Jessie J sang along as well. Will.i.am sang “Price Tag” with Jessie J, which changed into “Where is the Love” by the Black Eyed Peas. The coaches all joined in after that and sang together to close the mix. The performance was very well done! I’ll definitely be sharing this video/song to all my friends.

The-Voice-Uk-CoachesAfter watching the video at least 3 times, I began viewing full episodes of the series! Yeah, I thought it was that good! It’s all about Team DANNY!

Honestly, I can’t get enough. I may be late in the game, since it started last year in 2012 but I’m just looking forward to seeing what’s next. The concept of the series is already intriguing on its own. You know, with coaches choosing team members based only on the sound of their voice and all that. Well, the UK coaches have a mixture of humor, flirtatious moments, friendly competition, and some great accents! It may sound like the U.S. version.. but.. You just have to watch to see the difference!

Millionaires

I went onto YouTube to search for a video and the homepage featured one of my FAVORITE songs from The Script.

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“Millionaires” is an amazing song that reflects a lot about how life feels when you are having a good time with your friends.

This song shows a lot of Danny O’Donoghue’s talent in singing and songwriting. I definitely love songs that capture an audience’s attention because it can relate to so many people.

Don’t you remember a good time you had with your friends? Your boyfriend or girlfriend?

I remember my middle school years were spent going to the local movie theater and running around the outlet mall with my closest friends. We felt young, wild and free and not afraid to show it. Even though this was what we mostly did with our free time, the fact that my friends and I were all together sharing laughs and stories was what I hold close to my heart. I definitely appreciate the little things in life and this is how this song makes me feel. Nostalgic in the best way.

Although you don’t really see the band in this music video until the very end, I think it was great considering the story went along with the lyrics. The actors did well in portraying the careless feeling  you get when you are simply having a good time with all your friends.

The chorus says it all:

“Singing our hearts out, standing on chairs; spending our times like we were millionaires.

Laughing our heads off, the two of us there.

Spending our time like we were millionaires.”

O’Donoghue’s soft voice is filled with emotion that, I believe, is what brings in listeners into the narrative of the song. It definitely lured me in, because this is now one of my favorite songs!

Good Tunes, Good Times

There’s just something about blasting music and packing things up at the same time. There’s just something about listening to good music REALLY loud, period. It’s definitely a mood booster!

The Script, Parachute, Jessie J and some Pitch Perfect tracks were simply perfect. Needless to say, I packed up my room and the entire kitchen within two hours! Time was flying by!

The best part: live audio tracks. I have a lot of live versions of songs that I have heard from concerts or that come along deluxe edition albums. My favorite are from The Script: Homecoming Live at the Aviva Stadium because the crowd sings along so loud that I got the little hairs on the back of my neck to stand up. It just sounded so cool!

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It felt as if I was a part of the 60,000+ crowd in Dublin! At that moment, my soon to be old-apartment-living-room was my very own live stadium-filled rock concert and I was front row.

Gotta LOVE the power of music! (& Danny O’Donoghue)