August Favorites: Miley Cyrus Banned, “Till Sunrise” Premixes & Black Tie Beach

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I’ve decided to start doing a monthly favorites series on my blog! Woohoo!

As of now, the categories are: favorite news articles, favorite music, favorite TV episodes, favorite celeb Instagram photos and favorite YouTube videos.

If you have any other suggestions for categories, please let me know in a comment below!

Favorite News Articles:

1. Miley Cyrus’ concert gets banned in the Dominican Republic. You know it’s serious when half of Hispanola doesn’t want you performing on their soil!

2. Photos of Koko the gorilla mourning the loss of Robin Williams. So touching.

3. Iggy Azalea fell off the stage during VMA rehearsal. She’s a trooper, man.

Favorite Music:

1. *This one is a two part-er* Goldroom released a vocal stem of his new song “Till Sunrise” feat. Mammals so that DJ’s around the world could have fun with the track before it came out this month. Here are my two fave premixes:

The LTMR Premix: Features an uber dreamy recurring voice of soothing orchestral “ooos” throughout the song along with light violin and horn melodies. Literally paradise in a song.

The Truefaux Premix: I can’t get over how sexy this is. Jeez. Cue the slow motion running along the shoreline! I just love the bell sounds right before the chorus. It’s pure genius, the way Bobby Caldwell’s 1980s song “Carry On” is mixed in. Gah, so good!

2. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.  I still don’t get why so many people were offended. The song and the video are brill. #HatersGonnaHate

3. “Animals” by Maroon 5. V cannot come out sooner enough! Can Maroon 5 ever write a bad song? NO!

4. “Miracle” by Kimbra. I’m kind of disappointed that this is the only song I like off of her new album The Golden Echo but this one is definitely amazing.

5. “All About You” by Hilary Duff. This. Is. It. She. Is. Back. I was kinda worried about her first comeback single, “Chasing the Sun” but this…THIS IS GOLD.

6. “Touch” by Troye Sivan. Of course, TRXYE is freaking amazeballs, and this song is no exception. This kid better release an LP in the next year, man.

7. “Run-Time” by Imogen Heap. After AGES Imogen’s album finally came out (idk why her label delayed it for so damn long!) and I absolutely love this track!

Favorite TV Episodes:

1. RUSH 1×5 “Where is My Mind.” Pretty much all of the RUSH episodes so far have been so good, but this one was the craziest roller-coaster I’ve been taken on in a 60-minute time period for a while.

2. Pretty Little Liars season 5 summer finale. I can’t even begin to understand how or why they let us predict this season’s finale death. They NEVER do that!

Favorite Celeb Intagrams:

1. Miley Cyrus’ zit cream mustache.

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2. Nick Jonas’ sexy muscle.

Talking tattoos with label mate @iamtovlo

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3. Goldroom, RAC and the birds.

Toucan play at this game… Goldroom and @rac fly high.

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4. Selena Gomez in Zen mode.

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5. Emily Osment handstand.

This is how Chris Martin wrote that one album… Post workout with @themarkwildman

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Favorite Youtube Videos

1. Improv Everywhere: Black Tie Beach. This looks hella fun! The majestic hula hooping at 1:10 is just awesome.

2. MarcusButlerTV: Not My Legs with Niomi Smart. I love these two so much. If they broke up I would cry forever.

3. Chester See: Whatcha Wanna Know. These fans ask the best questions. “When you go to the toilet are you Chester Wee?” WHAT. I can’t even.

4. Zoella: How Well Do We Know Each Other with Alfie Deyes. These two are also adorbs and I’d cry forever if they broke up too.

 

What were your faves this month? Hope you had an awesome August. September’s comin’!

Magic! Live @ Irving Plaza #FashionRocksFrontRow

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On Friday, August 29th, right before the Labor Day weekend festivities, a Canadian reggae-pop band decided to bring a bit of magic to the end of our summer.

The Magic! concert was powered by the new LG G3 at Irving Plaza. I am again in debt to 1iota for the tickets my friend and I acquired for the show.

Before the show began, we were able to take some really cool photos in front of the LG G3 billboard backdrop. Super cool stuff!

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While we waited in front of the stage for Magic! to perform, DJ K Styles spinned some sassy beats for us. I was pleased to see a female DJ for a change.

At 2pm, it was time to get down with to some reggae with lead singer Nasri and the rest of the Magic! gang.

The band opened with “No Evil,” Nasri ending the song making an X sign with his arms.

Can I just say that Nasri has the most amazing pelvic movements the world has ever seen! He’s like, the Elvis of reggae-pop!

Nasri, can you take me clubbing in Canada? Is that a thing that can happen?

The rest of the set list included “Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool,” “Paradise,” “How Do You Want to Be Remembered,” and their upcoming single “Let Your Hair Down.”

Speaking of hair, Nasri has gorgeous locks. Brb, still swooning.

The girls got an extra special shout out hen the band performed a revamped reggae-tastic cover of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” They know what they’re doing, man.

The show ended with “Rude,” the song on everyone’s tongue this summer. Everyone went nuts in the crowd.

This was such an awesome way to end the summer. Thanks again for the tickets, 1iota!

Luckily, the concert was livestreamed, so you can watch it online here!

 

Best Performances at the MTV #VMA2014

 

Last night, the MTV VMAs in Inglewood, California at The Forum was the place to be.

The night was filled with some serious hip shaking, booty twirling, crying, and pools of sweat from your favorite artists in pop, hip-hop, and R&B.

There was even a wardrobe malfunction. MTV needs to plan better for these last minute outfit changes between performances! Jeez!

If you missed the show, here are the top five VMA performances of the evening:

1. Opening performances (Triple Threat Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and Jessie J): Oh, how the world wished that Nicki would just let the black dress fall open!

2. Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”: I love how she rethinks jumping off the platform. Precious.

3. 5SOS, “Amnesia”: Not a fan of them or anything, but the sound really great live.

4. Maroon 5, “Maps”: Wondering where they are? Outdoor bandshell, baby!

Full performance here.

5. Beyonce Medley (Video Vanguard Performance): As predicted, it was flawless.

Click here for the winners list!

Watch the entire show on demand at MTV.com.

New ‘Hunger Games’ Course Available at American University

Now we know where all the Hunger Games fans in the class of 2019 will want to go to college!

Professor Stef Woods at American University in Washington D.C. is set to teach a new course titled The Hunger Games: Class, Politics and Marketing.

The course description reads:

The Hunger Games trilogy is a publishing phenomenon that has dramatically impacted American popular culture. Using the series as a case study, this course examines the interplay of class, politics, ethics, and marketing. Topics covered include oppression, feminism, food deserts, rebellion, the publishing industry, and social media marketing. The course also relies on academic texts, online resources, videos, and guest speakers.

The course materials? All three books of the Hunger Games trilogy!

Students will be able to analyze the character Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and her role as a symbol of feminism in the trilogy.

“Is Katniss just someone who happens to be a female who led when she needed to, or is she a true feminist, and if so, how does she fit within history?” Professor Woods asked in an interview with Teen Vogue. “I’ll pick a few key female leaders and we’ll look at how she fares.”

I can’t say I wouldn’t sign up for this course.

Professor Woods also taught a course back in 2013 titled Contemporary American Culture: The 50 Shades Trilogy.

This woman is amazing.

For those of you at American University who would like to take the Hunger Games course, the code is AMST-320, and the class will be offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

 

 

Teen Choice Awards 2014 Highlights

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This year’s Teen Choice Award show on FOX, hosted by Sarah Hyland and Tyler Posey, was the biggest teen summer party on television.

I was quite devastated this year that I couldn’t vote since I am now 20 years old, but the show must go on.

The show made history this year with its internet categories, giving surfboards to YouTube stars Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan, Zoella, O2L, and Bethany Mota.

Sarah Hyland and Tyler Posey struggled in the beginning of the show, but they caught on by the second hour. They were interesting hosts, nonetheless.

 

Here are the highlights of the 2014 Teen Choice Awards:

1. Demi Lovato opens with Cher Lloyd for “Really Don’t Care”

2. Mindy Kaling and Adam Samberg’s commercial.

3.  Magic! performance of “Rude”

4.  Nina Dobrev and Kellan Lutz’s “five foot radius” rule

5. Shailene Woodley’s acceptance speech

6. Tyler Posey reunites with Maid in Manhattan costar Jennifer Lopez and dances for her

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7. Sarah Hyland and Tyler Posey change into beach clothes, voted on by fans

8. 5SOS acceptance speech (live from the showers)

9. Donald Sutherland acceptance speech

10. Jason Derulo performance

Winners List:

Choice Movie Villain
Michael Fassbender, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Jamie Foxx, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
Kelsey Grammer, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
Kate Winslet, “Divergent”
Donald Sutherland, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Choice Movie Scene Stealer
Sam Claflin, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Nicholas Hoult, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Anthony Mackie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Ellen Page, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Nat Wolff, “The Fault in Our Stars”

Choice Movie Breakout Star

Ansel Elgort, “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars”
Theo James, “Divergent”
Elizabeth Olsen, “Godzilla”
Nicola Peltz, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
Wyatt Russell, “22 Jump Street”

Choice Movie Chemistry
Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, “The Other Woman”
Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff and Shailene Woodley, “The Fault in Our Stars”
Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, “Ride Along”
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, “22 Jump Street”

Choice Movie Liplock
Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, “We’re The Millers”
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, “The Fault in Our Stars”

Choice Movie Hissy Fit

Godzilla, “Godzilla”
Kevin Hart, “Ride Along”
Jonah Hill, “22 Jump Street”
Ice Cube, “22 Jump Street”
Jason Sudeikis, “We’re The Millers”

Choice Summer Movie
“22 Jump Street”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Earth to Echo”
“Hercules”
“Think Like a Man Too”
“Transformers: Age of Extinction”

Choice TV Villain
Robbie Kay, “Once Upon A Time”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Dylan O’Brien, “Teen Wolf”
Janel Parrish, “Pretty Little Liars”
Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Reality Personality – Male

Nick Cannon, “America’s Got Talent”
Rob Dyrdek, “Ridiculousness”
Adam Levine, “The Voice”
Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, “Catfish: The TV Show”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol XIII”

Choice TV Reality Personality – Female

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Abby Lee Miller, “Dance Moms”
Jennifer Lopez, “American Idol XIII”
Shakira, “The Voice”
The Kardashians and Jenner Sisters, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”

Choice TV Female Breakout Star
Nicole Beharie, “Sleepy Hollow”
Dove Cameron, “Liv & Maddie”
Adelaide Kane, “Reign”
Sasha Pieterse, “Pretty Little Liars”
Emily Bett Rickards, “Arrow”

Choice TV: Male Breakout Star
Richard Brancatisano, “Chasing Life”
Brett Dalton, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Tom Mison, “Sleepy Hollow”
Miguel Pinzon, “Mystery Girls”
Toby Regbo, “Reign”

Choice TV: Breakout Show
“Being Mary Jane”
“Chasing Life”
“Faking It”
“Reign”
“Sleepy Hollow”

Choice Single Female Artist
“Dark Horse,” Katy Perry featuring Juicy J
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“Let It Go,” Idina Menzel
“Problem,” Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
“Team,” Lorde

Choice Single Male Artist

“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
“Mmm Yeah,” Austin Mahone featuring Pitbull
“Sing,” Ed Sheeran
“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
“Talk Dirty,” Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz

Choice Single Group

“Bo$$,” Fifth Harmony
“Me and My Broken Heart,” Rixton
“Rude,” Magic!
“She Looks So Perfect,” 5 Seconds of Summer
“Story of My Life,” One Direction

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
“All of Me,” John Legend
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“Na Na,” Trey Songz
“Pills N Potions,” Nicki Minaj
“Turn Down For What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon

Choice Rock Song

“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore
“Love Runs Out,” OneRepublic
“Maps,” Maroon 5
“Pompeii,” Bastille
“On Top of the World,” Imagine Dragons

Choice Music Breakout Artist

Becky G
Austin Mahone
Rita Ora
Cody Simpson
Zendaya

Choice Summer Song
“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“Really Don’t Care,” Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd

“Rude,” Magic!
“Summer,” Calvin Harris
“Wiggle,” Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg

Choice Movie: Action
“Divergent”
“Edge of Tomorrow”
“Godzilla”
“Maleficent”
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

Choice Movie Actor: Action
Jamie Campbell Bower, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
Kellan Lutz, “The Legend of Hercules”
Mark Wahlberg, “Lone Survivor”
Theo James, “Divergent”
Tom Cruise, “Edge of Tomorrow”

Choice Movie Actress: Action
Emily Blunt, “Edge of Tomorrow”
Lily Collins, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
Elle Fanning, “Maleficent”
Angelina Jolie, “Maleficent”
Shailene Woodley, “Divergent”

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
“Thor: The Dark World”

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Chris Evans, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Andrew Garfield, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
Chris Hemsworth, “Thor: The Dark World”
Liam Hemsworth, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Halle Berry, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Scarlett Johansson, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Natalie Portman, “Thor: The Dark World”
Emma Stone, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Choice Movie: Drama
“American Hustle”
“Heaven is for Real”
“Million Dollar Arm”
“The Fault in Our Stars”
“Veronica Mars”

Choice Movie Actor: Drama
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Russell Crowe, “Noah”
Jason Dohring, “Veronica Mars”
Ansel Elgort, “The Fault in Our Stars”
Jon Hamm, “Million Dollar Arm”

Choice Movie Actress: Drama
Emma Watson, “Noah”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Kristen Bell, “Veronica Mars”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Shailene Woodley, “The Fault in Our Stars”

Choice Movie: Comedy
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
“Blended”
“Ride Along”
“The Other Woman”
“Vampire Academy”

Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Will Ferrell, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
Kevin Hart, “Ride Along”
Johnny Knoxville, “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
Ice Cube, “Ride Along”
Adam Sandler, “Blended”

Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
Christina Applegate, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
Drew Barrymore, “Blended”
Zoey Deutch, “Vampire Academy”
Cameron Diaz, “The Other Woman”
Emma Roberts, “We’re The Millers”

Choice TV Show: Drama
“Hart of Dixie”
“Pretty Little Liars”
“Switched at Birth”
“The Fosters”
“Twisted”

Choice TV Actor: Drama
Avan Jogia, “Twisted”
Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars”
Jake T. Austin, “The Fosters”
Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”
Lucas Grabeel, “Switched at Birth”

Choice TV Actress: Drama
Troian Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars”
Rachel Bilson, “Hart of Dixie”
Lucy Hale, “Pretty Little Liars”
Maddie Hasson, “Twisted”
Maia Mitchell, “The Fosters”

Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
“Arrow”
“Once Upon a Time”
“Sleepy Hollow”
“Teen Wolf”
“The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Ian Somerhalder, “The Vampire Diaries”
Joseph Morgan, “The Originals”
Josh Dallas, “Once Upon a Time”
Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries”
Tyler Posey, “Teen Wolf”

Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Claire Holt, “The Originals”
Ginnifer Goodwin, “Once Upon a Time”
Kat Graham, “The Vampire Diaries”
Kristin Kreuk, “Beauty and The Beast”
Nina Dobrev, “The Vampire Diaries”

Choice TV Show: Comedy
“Austin & Ally”
“Glee”
“New Girl”
“Sam & Cat”
“The Big Bang Theory”

Choice TV Actor: Comedy
Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Ashton Kutcher, “Two and a Half Men”
Chord Overstreet, “Glee”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Ross Lynch, “Austin & Ally”

Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Debby Ryan, “Jessie”
Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory”
Laura Marano, “Austin & Ally”
Lea Michele, “Glee”
Mindy Kaling, “The Mindy Project”

Choice TV: Reality Competition Show
“American Idol XIII”
“Masterchef Junior”
“Survivor”
“The Amazing Race”
“The Voice”

Choice TV: Reality Show
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”
“Dance Moms”
“Keeping Up With The Kardashians”
“Real Husbands of Hollywood”
“Total Divas”

Choice Male Artist
Jason Derulo
Pharrell Williams
Pitbull
Austin Mahone
Ed Sheeran
Justin Timberlake

Choice Female Artist
Beyoncé
Miley Cyrus
Ariana Grande
Lorde
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift

Choice Music Group
5 Seconds of Summer
Fifth Harmony
One Direction
R5
Rixton

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Iggy Azalea
Eminem
John Legend
Nicki Minaj
Justin Timberlake

Choice Rock Group
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
One Republic
Paramore
The Black Keys

Choice Male Country Artist
Luke Bryan
Hunter Hayes
Jake Owen
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Choice Female Country Artist
Jana Kramer
Kacey Musgraves
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Choice Country Group
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum
Parmalee
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

I hope your choices won!

Directioners Threaten to #SuspendAnnaTodd Over 1D Fanfic ‘After’

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And the Directioners strike again.

Seems like fans of the popular UK boyband One Direction aren’t too happy about Anna Todd’s 1D fanfic After.

The 25-year-old writer from Texas got a publishing deal for the fanfic, which hit over 900 million reads on Wattpad, and talks of a movie version have also surfaced.

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“Oh my gosh I’m kind of floating on a cloud right now – I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” said Todd in an interview with Sugarscape.

When asked about her inspiration for the fanfic, Todd said,

I read a lot of books and i’m a One Direction fan – in case anyone hasn’t noticed [laughs]. It really started when I was on instagram one day, and I saw these little mini stories people were writing about Harry Styles, which was crazy to me. Then one of the girls I had followed on instagram put her story on Wattpad. I had no idea what that was, but I followed the link and it was this whole world of 1D fan fiction. I started reading all kinds of it, and then decided that I wanted to give it a go myself. I didn’t think anything would come of it though – it was just for fun!

The fanfic portrays band member Harry Styles as a womanizer, which isn’t sitting very well with Directioners. #SuspendAnnaTodd became a trending topic on Twitter August 8th.

It really doesn’t look like Anna Todd should step out of her house anytime soon. The Directioners might attack.

Read the first installment of After here.

Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ Louboutin’s Sell for $1,500

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Attention shoe lovers: you can now get your hands on Angelina Jolie and Christian Louboutin’s Maleficent style heels.

Fans of the Disney film might remember seeing Jolie wearing the villainous heels at the premieres in London, Paris, and Shanghai. Some fashion critics didn’t really get the look.

“THEY might be Louboutins, but we’re not too sure about Angelina Jolie’s shoe choice at the Maleficent premiere in Shanghai,” wrote an Australian fashion columnist. 

 

 

I think they’re brilliant.

The shoes are available for pre-sale at about $1,500. Villainess heels don’t come cheap!

Jolie’s heels are available in white, gold, and black. Every shoe purchased helps the SOS Children’s Villages charity.

“It’s exciting to work with a film that has such a strong aesthetic and a character as great as Maleficent,” said Christian Louboutin. “I’ve been under the charm and spell of Angelina and her character.”

The white pair is extremely detailed, with red blood dripping from the piece attached to the heel.

Pre-order the shoes at any flagship Louboutin store in New York, London, West Hollywood, Paris, and Hong Kong.