Young pop sensation Justin Beiber has won a lot of teenybopper hearts with his literal boyish charm and generic good looks. Perhaps what sets Beiber apart from so many other boys his age, and what sets the hearts of his fan’s on fire, is his meticulously side-swept dirty blonde hair.
In every music video the young star creates, his hair seems to steal the show. During the filming of his latest video “Baby”, a duet featuring hip hop artist Ludacris, Bieber’s hair was being rather uncooperative.
Rather than simply staying on whatever side it had been carefully combed to, the hair would-on occasion- fall in the star’s face making him look more like your average emo teenager than the rising pop icon he is. Every time the hair became unruly, all filming and production had to stop in order to attempt to tame it.
One of the eight stylists on set to take care of Beiber, suggested a different cut for the young star. When everyone became silent and stared him down, he smiled uncomfortable and suggested maybe they just even it out so it’s not such a pain to work with.
The stylist was fired on the spot.
Though the shoot took three days longer than expected, Beiber’s hair managed to remain in the perfect positioning throughout the shots in the video, often defying gravity and keeping itself parallel to the ground while sitting on his head.
Beiber personally declined to comment because he was fully engrossed in his afternoon nap while this story was being written. His publicist said simply, “It’s very important for a boy his age to get plenty of sleep in the afternoon. He’s still growing, after all.”
Though there was a part of Paula Frenner that knew it would be inevitable to hold off from some day purchasing a song by the Hannah Montana star she loathed, but she had no idea the day would come so soon.
The sun shone brightly on that Spring day as Frenner scrambled to put together a presentation for the next day’s board meeting. In her presentation, she was to show she was still connected to youth culture-specifically young girls. In this interactive presentation, she needed a song to seem connected…and she knew turned to the dark side.
“I didn’t know where else to turn,” Frenner explains, almost crying. “I knew Miley Cyrus would make me seem hip and cool…but…” Frenner began to trail off, seemingly lost in her own sorrow.
The song, “Rockstar” by Cyrus, cost Frenner $1.29. Monetarily, it was not a huge hit. Her soul and dignity, however, continue to struggle with the decision.
“I feel like a part of me, the feisty flame I often felt when looking down upon fans of the untalented entertainer, has extinguished,” she explains. “I just don’t know where to go from here.”
Frenner claims the board presentation went well, and her managers seemed impressed. Nobody, however, commented on her song choice which has made her since wonder if they even noticed and if she could have saved herself the trouble. It’s a thought that she has to immediate dismiss as soon as it arises because it keeps her from sleeping at night.
Pop sensation Ke$ha’s number one hit has had an impact on social lives everywhere, beyond simply giving a good beat to dance to while out on a weekend night.
In the song, she claims that “the party don’t start til I walk in.” Many of her fans and party-goers across the nation have taken her words, yet again, to heart. Thousands of parties have been put on hold, waiting for the young blonde to walk in so they can begin.
The phenomenon has been inconvenient to many college parties, but it is simply devastating to a number of wedding receptions that have been sitting and waiting awkwardly but patiently for Ke$ha to allow the party to begin.
Take the Gerstein wedding. Rachel and Mark Gerstein, a happily newly wedded couple, had everything go perfectly for their long-planned ceremony. That is, until they hit the reception. Both husband and wife are big fans of Ke$ha’s pop hit, and knew better than to attempt to begin a party before she walked in. So they sat. And their guests sat. They assumed that Ke$ha would know where the party was and would simply gravitate to it.
The result was a long and uncomfortable pause filled with silence and anticipation.
Ke$ha never came.
“We eventually had to attempt to begin the party without her,” Rachel Gerstein said. “Nobody really knew how.”
The Gersteins are simply one case out of thousands who have been stood up by the pop singer while waiting to begin a party. It is believed that the phenomenon will continue as long as Ke$ha’s song gets air time.
After the disastrous earthquake attacked Haiti recently, destroying much of the country and killing hundreds of thousands, American pop musicians did everything they could to help out. They sang their pop hits and created a compilation CD of their hits and gave profits to help with disaster relief.
While many are applauding their effort, some critics accuse the celebrities of not doing enough. Harrison Wyley, a local man who has donated a lot of money to Haitian relief, is not impressed by the singers’ showy efforts. He claims, “If I have $10, and somebody needs help, and I raise $100 for them by doing my job, I can feel pretty good about what I’ve done…but I still have $10. I haven’t given anything of myself to them.” For Wyley, a parallel situation is happening with the pop singers and Haiti relief efforts. Only multiplied by a million.
Haitians themselves are grateful for the songs. They claim hearing American pop music specifically geared or lyrically changed to highlight Haiti makes a day of cleaning up dead bodies fly by much faster.
Though pop singer Ke$ha’s hit single “Tik Tok” has put the young artist on the music map, her poor hygiene habits have put numerous cavities in her mouth.
In her debut song, the singer admits that, “before I leave/ brush my teeth/ with a bottle of Jack”. The heart-felt lyrics, though delivered superfluously, are tremendously important to understanding the singer’s condition.
Dr. Ray Cartier, her childhood dentist, claims he doesn’t know where her lack of care for her teeth stemmed from. “As a child, I always told Ke$ha how important it was to brush her teeth with proper toothpaste and floss twice a day,” he says, “She seems to only remember that it’s important to brush, not what to brush with.”
Cartier and other dental experts appalled by the lyrics agree that there is no question as to why she has numerous cavities. They agree that a night of drinking alone can wreak havoc on healthy teeth between the alcohol and sugar that are consumed. Let alone attempting to brush your teeth with Jack Daniels Whiskey in the morning.
Because of the money Ke$ha has made from her hit single, she will have access to the proper medical and dental care to improve her teeth and overall hygiene situation. The fear for many experts is the far-reaching implications her lyrics may have on younger generations.
“It’d be good if Ke$ha could explain herself,” Dr. Cartier says. “Let her cavities be an example of a path little girls who look up to her don’t want to take. She could be a real role model in the dental community.”
Ke$ha was too drunk to coherently comment on the situation.
Amarika Records, a small local label based out of San Diego, has just announced that it will sign a music deal with up and coming singer Alicia Watts. Though the precise details of the contract have yet to be worked out, the deal is a groundbreaking one for the entire nation because Watts is an actual singer.
The recent trend in the past decade for many major companies has been to sign people based on any number of other requirements, though they often remain a mystery. The most obvious qualification for signing a record deal is the the desire to be famous at any and all costs-including sacrificing your body, your style and your dignity in order to get attention and cell more music.
Watts, however, is a rare find in the music industry. She is a genuinely talented musician who is truly interested in growing in her style and expressing herself through song. Though she would like to make a living being a musician, she has no desire to sacrifice everything she has created for herself in order to fit into some wacky, pop star mold built out of supposed expectations. She just wants to sing.
The strangest part about Watts, for a singer, is her ability to hit actual notes in tune and stay in specific keys. Not much except over all balance and color changes need to be added by the recording studio after she lays down a song. Not only is there certainly no need to tweak certain notes because she can hit them, there is no auto-tune placed over her voice in order to make her sing like a singer.
Watt’s success will depend mainly on a number of unforeseeable factors, like if people are willing to pay big bucks to see actual singers sing-or if they just expect huge, outlandish experiences from the performers. Only time will tell, but if Lady Gaga’s success is any indication of the decision the public is making, the future may not be too bright for Watts.