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  • July22nd

    One Direction may just have found their twin band, but this time they’re
    girls! The young and beautiful British girl group known as Little Mix got their start just like the boys on the UK version of X Factor where they were crowned winners in December of 2011. Within the next 2 years after the show the spunky girls Perri, Jesy, Jade, and Leigh Anne quickly climbed the ladder of stardom.

    After being the first group to win the competition the girls signed to Simon Cowells record label Syco Records and released their “winners single” which was a cover to the song “Cannonball” by Damien Rice. Little Mix released their first debut album DNA the following year in 2012 which had no hesitation in being a hit sensation with the public. The album charted top five in 8 different countries, and surpassed previous world known girls group Spice Girls’ record of having DNA chart at a higher spot in the U.S then their debut album SPICE. The following year of 2013 got even bigger for the British girls with the release of their second album, Salute. Their single, “Move” off of the Salute album took off and was a major hit throughout major countries once again.

    The best part about these girls is that they don’t have one default sound to their music, they experiment with all different kinds of tones and unique mixes. They dip into trap, old school R&B, a-cappella harmonies, bold emotional lyrics, and fun dance beats. These girls just keep getting hotter and hotter with both their style and music. This year in 2014 Little Mix gears up for their biggest UK tour yet which will hit major cities including the 02 Arena in London. Wishing them the best of luck!

     Curious about what these girls are all about? Check out the groups social media accounts below!

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  • May20th

    mayaeni

    With a unique voice and a deft skill for song-  writing, 27 year old Roc Nation artist, Mayaeni (Mah-yay-knee), is ready to introduce her “Rock & Soul” style to the world. The well-traveled Detroit native comes from a diverse background (her mother is West African, her father is Jewish) and has lived in a variety of places around the world, including Brooklyn and London.

    Her experiences have helped cultivate her organic sound on songs like “Black Jeans” and “Go”. Mayaeni’s musical journey has led her in a variety of different directions. From dropping her self-titled debut in 2007, to having her song “Broken Glass” featured on the CBS hit show Hawaii Five-O in 2011, to working with Justin Parker (co-writer of Lana Del Ray’s “Video Games”) and DJ Sander Van Dorn on her overseas hit “Nothing Inside” in 2012, Mayaeni’s music has made waves in the industry. The song made the charts in numerous counties, including England and The Netherlands.

    After signing with Roc Nation and performing at Ultra in Miami in 2012, this young talent is ready to take her career to the next level. Most recently, Mayaeni performed at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, and has been working with Pepsi Co. and Complex Magazine.  With an EP and official single dropping towards the end of 2014, and her first official major label album following soon after, the sky is the limit for this gifted beauty.

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  • April22nd

    Fresh off of the 2014 award season, Lupita Nyong’o is one of the hottest names in Hollywood at this time. The 31 year old actress was born in Mexico, but is of Kenyan descent. Growing up in Kenya, Lupita immersed herself in the world of acting from a young age, making her professional acting debut at the age of 14, playing the role of Juliet in a Nairobi-based production of Romeo and Juliet. Years later, Lupita received a degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College, and began working behind the scenes on the production crew for a variety of different films. Reverting back to acting around 2008, Lupita starred in the short film East River, and in the Kenyan TV series, Shuga (2009). She eventually received a masters in acting from the esteemed Yale School of Drama.

    After performing in a plethora of stage productions, Lupita scored her breakout role in director Steve McQueen’s historical epic, 12 Years a Slave. Nyong’o played the role of Patsey, a slave working on the same plantation as the film’s main character, Solomon Northup (Chiwitel Ejiofor) and the unfortunate object of her ruthless master’s (Michael Fassbender) affection. The film drew rave reviews from the majority of critics, and Nyongo’s performance earned her a bunch of awards and nominations, including a Golden Globe nomination, a Screen Actors Guild Award win and an Academy award win for Best Supporting Actress. She became the 15th actress to win the award for a debut performance.

    Recently, Lupita’s style has been stunning everyone every time she sets foot on a red carpet, quickly becoming a favorite amongst the fashion bloggers and magazines. As the new face of Lancome, it seems that this elegant beauty’s star will only continue to shine brighter. Lupita can be seen in her latest role in the action-packed film, Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson.

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  • March18th

    Uniqlo, originally a Japanese company, is becoming more and more prevalent in the United States. Uniqlo now has 17 stores in the U.S. and has planned to open five new stores for the upcoming spring and fall! As a company they set the standard of how to produce great quality clothing at a more than reasonable price, ultimately enabling almost anybody to enjoy their trendy apparel.

    On March 3, 2014, Uniqlo announced that Pharrell Williams, musician and music producer, will be collaborate with the company on a new T-shirt collection. Not a shock that they would choose Mr. Williams after the year he’s had. The artists year included an Academy Award nomination for his song “Happy” and the release his new album titled “G I R L” which also came out on March 3rd.

    The line will be called “i am OTHER” and the products will include both men and women’s T-shirts and hats. The line is set to launch in mid-April and will be available in 14 different countries.

     

    For more information check out: http://www.uniqlo.com/us/company/news/2014/20140303-01-pharrell-williams.html

     

     

  • January22nd

    http://campusvinyl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/nonono-band-photo-whistle-song.jpg After receiving chart success in the UK and US from the release of just a few singles, the Swedish trio NoNoNo continues to relentlessly work on releasing a debut album. They are almost finished and currently trying to figure out the right title.

    Production duo Tobias Jimson and Michel Rocwell met Stina Wäppling (lead vocalist) through a mutual friend. After one session working together they realized they loved the same kind of music and wanted to put their energy into one project.

    Wäppling spent three years studying to be a psychologist during the development of the band. She would meet Jimson and Rocwell sporadically, whenever she had a break from school. The band got together spring 2012 and though the songs came naturally it took close to two years to finalize and complete a song. The time certainly paid off for they have recently been nominated for Artist to Watch 2014 by Slacker.

    They constantly encourage each others creativity in the studio and now produce close to perfect electro-pop music. Be on the look-out for new material from this talented electro-dance group.

    Check out their video “Pumpin’ Blood” which they say was influenced from the band’s frustrations with the music industry. This song was recently played during a commercial break on the Golden Globes.

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  • January22nd

    Rising star, Golden Globe and SAG nominated actress, Lupita Nyong’o is taking Hollywood by storm.

    She wowed audiences with her debut performance in Steve McQueen’s, Golden Globe winning film, 12 Years A Slave. With her unquestionably flawless performance it’s no surprise that she has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a supporting role.

    Lupita was born in Mexico City, where her family were political refugees. She studied in the United States at the Yale School of Drama, and has a degree in film and theatre studies. Lupita has not only acted in films, but she also written, directed and produced the documentary In My Genes, which was played at several film festivals.

    Her exotic beauty, sense of fashion and undeniable talent has made her one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood. At just 30 years old, Lupita has received 19 nominations, and won over 20 prestigious awards for her performance in 12 Years A Slave, including the most highly acclaimed young actor award: the EE BAFTA Rising Star Award.

    Lupita will next play flight attendant, Gwen in the action flick Non-Stop, co-starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, and Michelle Dockery. We are expecting big things from this multitalented woman.

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  • January22nd

    18 year-old Australian actress, Alice Englert is rapidly making her mark in the industry. Before deciding upon a career in acting, Alice dabbled in music, writing and even theatre. Although it’s no surprise she has an artistic flare when her father, Colin Englert is a director/producer and her mother, Jane Campion is the Palme d’Or-winning filmmaker behind the, The Piano (1993) and Bright Star (2009).

    In 2012 Alice blew audiences away with her portrayal as Rosa in the critically acclaimed film, Ginger and Rosa, co-starring Elle Fanning and directed by Sally Potter. Last year Alice acted alongside Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons in Beautiful Creatures, an engaging love story brought to life by incredible visuals.

    Alice is about to begin filming Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a TV series set in the 19th Century during the Napoleonic Wars, which will be directed by the Sherlock and Doctor Who director, Toby Haynes.

    Check out Alice’s Twitter and Instagram

  • November19th

    Lorde – This 17 year old New Zealander released her first EP, The Love Club, on 22 November 2012, and her first single, “Royals”, debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, making her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a number one song in the United States.  Twitter – 551K Followers

    Lydia Ko – 16 year old Lydia Ko is a New Zealand professional golfer. Born Bo-Gyung Ko in Seoul, South Korea, she had been the top-ranked woman amateur golfer in the world for 130 weeks when she announced she was turning professional on 23 October 2013. Twitter – 8K Followers

    Nick D’Aloisio – This 18 year old entrepreneur is a British-born Australian computer programmer who created Summly which is a summarization, artificial intelligence technology developed with SRI International.  Hehas been recognized as the youngest person to receive a round of venture capital in technology at just 15 years of age.  As of March 2013, Summly was sold to Yahoo for a reported $30 million US dollars making him one of the youngest self-made millionaires ever. Twitter – 12K Followers

    Missy Franklin – 18 year old Pasendena, CA native Missy Franklin is a competition swimmer and four-time Olympic gold medalist. She currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke.  Twitter – 369K Followers

    Kendall & Kylie Jenner – These sisters (18 & 16) need no introduction.  They are the daughters of Olympian Bruce Jenner and “Momager” Kris Jenner (also younger sisters to the Kardashians).  In addition to their reality stardom, Kendall & Kylie are models and brand ambassadors for Seventeen. Kendall Twitter – 6.4MM FollowersKylie Twitter – 5MM Followers

    Dante de Blasio – Back in August, the 15-year-old son of mayor-elect Bill de Blasio appeared in a now famous campaign ad in which he spoke against stop and frisk and the Bloomberg administration. The ad breathed new life into de Blasio’s campaign, and thrust Dante, and his hairdo, into the national spotlight.  Dante’s afro even garnered the praise and envy of President Obama.

    Malala Yousafzai – 16 year old Malala is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora  . She is known for her activism for rights to education and for women, especially in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11–12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls.

    Kiernan Shipka – “Kiki” is a 14 year old American child actress noted for playing Don and Betty Draper’s daughter Sally on the AMC series Mad Men.  Shipka’s hobbies include golf and cooking.  Twitter – 12K Followers

    Ionut Budisteanu – this 19 year old recently won first place at the International Science and Engineering Fair — including a $75,000 scholarship — for building a different kind of car than most teenagers are used to driving.  The high school student from Romania invented a self-driving car that is far less expensive than other models that are already in the works. Budisteanu decided to use artificial intelligence in order to decrease the overall cost of technology in self-driving cars.

    Malia Obama – 15 year old Malia lives a high profile life as the oldest daughter of President Barack Obama.  President Obama has credited his stance on gay marriage to his daughters.

    Maya Van Wagenen – The 15-year-old author rose to fame for keeping a diary in her quest to become popular, following antiquated tips from the 1950s self-help book, Betty Cornell’s Glamour Guide for Teens. Her musings landed her a six-figure Penguin book deal for, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, last month DreamWorks optioned the rights for the novel, making the budding author the “youngest non-actor to ever make a deal” at the film studio. Twitter – 228 Followers

    Justin Beiber – The Canadian-born pop star has become an industry to himself, valued by Forbes at $58 million. He released his first single at age 15, and in 2010, he became the youngest solo male artist to hit #1 on Billboards Hot 100, with My World 2.0, since Stevie Wonder. Twitter – 47MM Followers

    Beth Reekles – The Welsh high school student was looking for something to read other than stories about vampires and werewolves when she decided to write her own teen fiction book. The then-15-year-old used story-sharing site Wattpad to release her novel, The Kissing Booth, which earned more than 19 million views and caught the attention of Random House Children’s Publishers U.K. The author, now 17, scored a three-book deal with the U.S. arm of Random House and has since appeared on the Today show. Twitter – 3K Followers

    Chloe Grace Moretz – If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you obviously know we are big fans of CGM!  The 16 year old Kick Ass star recently appeared in the lead role of the Carrie remake.  She is also known for her work in (500) Days of Summer and Hugo, and she’s an up-and-comer in the fashion world, too. And don’t worry, you won’t have a chance to miss her as she is slated to appear in 6 films in 2014. Twitter – 807K Followers
    Hailee Steinfeld – 16 year old Steinfeld had nearly no previous acting experience when she was nominated for an Academy Award at age 13 in 2010 for her role in True Grit and now she’s playing a key role in the sci-fi film Ender’s Game.  Hailee currently has 10 film projects on her plate- all scheduled for release between now and 2015.  Twitter – 120K Followers

     

     

  • November11th

  • October30th

    TheThe charismatic Australian Betty Who has signed with RCA Records and is in the direction of being one of the next great pop stars. She has a four-song EP titled “The Movement” which contains a keen choice of synthesizer tones, rolling 80’s Toms and a dreamlike scope of vocals. Her fame really came to light when a viral wedding proposal video set to her song “Somebody Loves You,” accrued over 9 million views and we saw her debut EP shoot up the iTunes chart. The EP is now available to download for free.

    She knew she always wanted to be a musician and once she met producer Peter Thomas, her musical career was given a foundation. It took two and a half years for the duo to develop the right sound for the album. The first single, “Somebody Loves You,” sports a solid combination of synths and drums under Who’s stunning vocals. The track was inspired by the tragic passing of Whitney Houston.”Somebody Loves Me” is followed the equally brilliant “You’re In Love” that is best described as a slice of sunshine pop that marks much of Who’s style.  Who switches gears on the track “Right Here” that is ruled by a sweetly mellowed-out groove and the singer’s lush vocals. The EP concludes with “High Society,” a bonafide pop stunner with its throbbing synths that perfectly balances forward-thinking pop and ’80s nostalgia.

    Be sure to check out Betty Who on tour!

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    “Somebody Loves Me” is followed the equally brilliant “You’re In Love” that is best described as a warming slice of sunshine pop that captures an inescapable melancholia that marks much of Who’s music.

    Who switches gears on the dreamy “Right Here” that is ruled by a sweetly mellowed-out groove and the singer’s lush vocals. The EP concludes with “High Society,” a bonafide pop stunner that could have been lifted right off the original Flashdance soundtrack with its throbbing synths that perfectly balances forward-thinking pop and ’80s nostalgia
    Read more at http://www.arjanwrites.com/arjanwrites/2013/04/betty-who-releases-free-debut-ep-the-movement-review.html#8eyt7HAYwEeF8Er1.99

    “Somebody Loves Me” is followed the equally brilliant “You’re In Love” that is best described as a warming slice of sunshine pop that captures an inescapable melancholia that marks much of Who’s music.

    Who switches gears on the dreamy “Right Here” that is ruled by a sweetly mellowed-out groove and the singer’s lush vocals. The EP concludes with “High Society,” a bonafide pop stunner that could have been lifted right off the original Flashdance soundtrack with its throbbing synths that perfectly balances forward-thinking pop and ’80s nostalgia
    Read more at http://www.arjanwrites.com/arjanwrites/2013/04/betty-who-releases-free-debut-ep-the-movement-review.html#8eyt7HAYwEeF8Er1.99