Monday, December 27, 2010

Throwback Monday

OMG!
I used to LOVE this song back in Jr. High.


Do you remember this song?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

'Jersey Shore's' Pauly D Gets Own Spin-Off

You all are probably really pumped and excited for Christmas Day to open up all your presents under the tree you've been itching to do since they've been placed there.

Unless you're my brother and already opened them already, then RE-WRAPPED them without anyone knowing and have to look forward to being FAKE-Surprised when you got that new iPhone 4 you already knew about.

Or excited to get crazy on New Years Eve.

I too, am excited for that the aformentioned activites, but I'm excited for one thing in particular...

THE 3RD SEASON OF THE JERSEY SHORE ON JANUARY 6TH!!!!!!
I can't wait to view all the debauchery again!

However, my Christmas came here early when I found out my "boyfriend" Pauly D will be having his own spin-off!

MTV wants to know about Pauly's life beyond the shore. Reports say the show's working title is Pauly's World.

Radar Online says Pauly D, in contrast, will be sharing with viewers what it's like to hang out with him, his manager, his buddy and his bodyguard as the 30-year-old Rhode Island DJ hones his skills and works his career.

The site says filming for the show is already in progress, but no word on when the show will debut.

Interesting how news of this came just days after your's truly had a dream that she was the newest cast member on the Jersey Shore and Pauly and I were talking.

hmmmm....maybe it was a premonition!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Throwback Monday: Merry Christmas Around the Bay Gal Style!

....okay, so it's two days late.

I posted it on my Facebook page, but forgot to post it *gasp* on my blog!

Shame on me!

Since Christmas is on saturday, I deemed this video appropriate.



Enjoy!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Michael Jackson and 50 Cent Collabo

Wait a minute.
Have I died and gone to heaven? A Fitty and Michael Jackson collaboration being released a year and some change after the King of Pop's passing?

I've come to learn Michael had a little gangsta in him.

Considering the photo below (courtesy of Bossip) and forgetting he appeared with Jay-Z at Summer Jam back in 2001. He also had Biggie drop a verse on This Time Around on his HIStory album.
I didn't know about the Biggie thing until today!

This photo disturbs me.

And now...a track with 50 Cent!?!

Wonder if MJ ever heard 'Patiently Waiting' when Fitty says he'll make his enemies look like a 'Michael Jackson jacket with all them zippers'?


Random I know, but isn't that basically Michael's middle-name?
Yes, I know Joseph is his middle name but still!

Off MJJ's posthumous album Michael, the track Monster produced by Blackstreet's Teddy Riley (yeah, he's still around) features 50 Cent!

At first I felt this track may have been disappointing because it features two of my favorite artists, but I really like it. I'm sure others may disagree because everyone seems to hold Michael to a high standard by constantly comparing him to his Thriller and Billie Jean days. The song is tight and I can most definitely imagine hearing it at the club. However it's nowhere near classic-status-Michael Jackson.

But I think we ALL figured that.
Does the album Unbreakable ring a bell?

The song also features the typical-MJJ natural sound of breaking glass that has been apparent in his later songs stemming from the Dangerous album. That's so played-out.


Unfortunately I couldn't find the song in its entirety online. So here's a snippet.
When I find the full song I'll post it ASAP.


Sidenote: What's with all of these artists jumping on the monster-bandwagon? First Gaga (who I feel originated it), Ne-Yo, then Kanye and now Michael.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Lil' Wayne

Weezy's single 6" 7" from the unreleased Carter IV featuring Corey Gunz.

The song's hot!


Thank the Lord he's off that rock nonsense.

I wasted my money on Rebirth. 


but...isn't that what we expected from Wayne since his release from Riker's Island?


Take a listen!



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

After all of the buzz following Kanye West's new album, I decided to head to my local Best Buy and pick it up.



I can't write a full review right now, but all I can say is....WOW!

This album's ingenuity and uniqueness remind me of the Kanye I liked circa 2004 with the College Dropout album.

Here are some nuggets I can offer so far:
1.) The intro into the first track is AMAZ-BALLS! It features Nicki Minaj reading in a Disney-esque storyteller voice.

2.) I'm loving the regal-feel to the album.

3.) Some undertones of the album's artwork and tracks kind of go along with those Illuminati rumors. Justsayin.

Kardashian Kristmas Kard

I have a love/hate relationship with this family (well mostly with Kim) and this is why.
They ALWAYS have the most amazing photos for their Christmas cards.
                                                   
                                          I wish I was on their mailing list!


I hate to admit that they all look fabulous, especially little Mason.
He's so adorable!
He's the same age as my niece! Maybe I should hook them up!



Monday, December 13, 2010

Throwback Monday

I heard this song on my way to work, thanks to my new iPod connector cord for my new car.

Gosh, I love that my vehicle has caught up to 2010. Now I can listen to my iPod without the hassle of my iTrip. Yes, I did have love for my iTrip but all the went out the window when I had to constantly change radio stations mid-commute to correspond with my iTrip's frequencies and what-not. Basically causing a headache when my favorite song would come on, but there was too much static to actually hear it.

Wow, didn't mean to bore you guys with my technology-issues.

Alas, all  that changed when I upgraded my ride and along came the technology.

Anyways, back to the point.

I came across this song this AM and realized....

I kind of miss Master P.

Uhhh.....na na na na!

The whole point of these Throwback Monday posts is to reminisce about the old days. So naturally thinking about Master P brought my back to my days in Junior High and High School. The days of K-Swiss sneakers, puka shell necklaces, chola-esque eyebrows and make-up.

Does anyone even remember this song?



Sunday, December 12, 2010

Good Song for a Bad Mood

Around the Bay Gal has been in a crumby mood and this song always seems to pick up my spirits. I love this song! Especially the line in bold, because your's truly was a student working weekends in the city at one time. ;0).
No, I'm not trying to be conceited and trying to imply this song is about me...I just really love it.

I hope you do too!

I really love the lyrics, that's why I posted them, but scroll down to hear the actual track.

Drake ft The Dream – Shut It Down Lyrics
[Drake]
These girls ain’t got nothing on you
uhh, say baby I had to mention
that if you were a star you’d be the one I’m searching for
all the girls they got attention
but I just always feel like there in need of something you got
its obvious you’re pretty
heard that your a student working weekends in the city
trying to take you out girl, hope your not too busy
and if there’s nothing wrong, got this little song
for you to get ready to
put those f-cking heels on and work it girl
let that mirror show you what your doing
put that f-cking dress on and work it kind of vicious
like somebody’s taking pictures
[Chorus]
shut it down down down
you would shut it down down down
you be the baddest girl around round round
and they notice they notice
you would shut it down down down
you be the baddest girl around round round
and they notice they notice
you would shut it, hey oh
these girls aint got nothing on you,
nothing on you
[The Dream]
Girl you’re the greatest
and if he say you aint
girl he’s out his mind
you’re the finest
and if he say you aint
that boy done lost his mind
hey baby, everytime you come around
shut it down like computers
hey lady, step into my heart
and put you in the louboutins,
what you want
What you need
I can be (I can be)
your everything
(who knew)
them other n-ggas
just wanna hit it but if they had it
wouldn’t know what to do with it
(and together)
[Drake & The Dream]
we shut it down down down
they know we shut it down down down
your the baddest girl around, round round
they know this, they know this
(repeated)
[The Dream]
TMZ, Concrete loop
you shut that muthf-cker down down
ice cream conversations they all want the scoop
you shut that muthaf-cker down down down
[Drake]
Shooting Stars all around her, fire. comets.
I could bring her through and shut them down, Onyx
No, you’re not imagining, they’re looking at you long stares
Even though she’s standing out she looks like she belongs here
You feel the hours pass, until you find somethin’
I feel like when she moves – the time doesn’t
yeah, baby you finer than your fine cousin
and your cousin fine, but she don’t have my heart beating in double time
you just shut it down, girl
who told the cops where the party was?
why do I feel like I found The One?
What’s in these shots that you ordered us?
damn. I mean you sure know how to paint a town
ever since you came around its obvious you shut it down
You shut that sh-t down (down down down)
you shut it down (down down down)
you shut it down (down down down)
you shut it down (down down down)
you shut it down (down down down)
you shut it, ohh
[Drake]
You know this, you know this
[The Dream]
you looking good girl
go go go get em girl,
go go go go hit em girl
go go go go go go
you shut it down
[Drake - Verse 3]
The way I’m feelin’
Things I say
All just happen
When you pass my way
What can I do
To make you stay?
I know it’s gettin’ late
But girl I don’t want you to leave
You tell me you’re just not the type
You wanna do this right
And I’m not tryna say I don’t believe you
But I refuse to feel ashamed
And if you feel the same
This wait ain’t gonna make us better people
Take those f-ckin’ heels off, it’s worth it girl
Nothin’ is what I can picture you in
So take that f-ckin’ dress off, I swear you won’t forget me
You’ll be happy that you let me lay you down down down
I’m tryna lay you down down down
You still the baddest girl around round round
They notice they notice
Let me lay you down down down
Tryna lay you down down down
You still the baddest girl around round round
And they notice they notice
You would shut it
[End]





Thursday, December 9, 2010

Most Dramatic and Nonsensical Music Video Goes To......

Drumroll, please.....

Can't Be Friends- Trey Songz

I love the song....hate the video.

It's too over-the-top and super-cheesy to me.

There are so many other ideas Trigga's production team could have come up with.





The only good thing about this video is seeing Songz' display his rock-hard body the entire time!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sneak Peak at Kanye's New Video

I smell a new single coming out!

A sneak peak of Kanye's new music video Monster was leaked today and it looks creepy and crazy.

and I like it!

The video features the artisits on the song which include:  Jigga Man (Jay-Z), Nicki Minaj & Rick "Rozay" Ross.

What do you think?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Throwback Monday

My Pandora Quick Mix channel played this song while I was getting ready this morning, and I couldn't help but break out to the choreography from the video.

Hence why I felt this video would be perfect for today!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Gosselin/Palin Camping Trip

Once upon a time I used to tune in to The Learning Channel aka TLC, to catch What Not to Wear, then later Jon & Kate Plus 8.

What Not to Wear  has gotten old, and we all know what happened to Jon & Kate Plus 8...the only thing that keeps me tuned into the channel is Cake Boss and L.A. Ink.

I should have known TLC was going crazy when they premiered the Duggar family a while back and now...Sarah Palin's Alaska!

I wasn't going to bother blogging about her show because when I tuned in, it didn't grasp my attention for longer than 15 minutes.

However, I came across this video via Perez and noticed Kate and her 8 kids will be on an upcoming episode where the Palins and Gosselins (minus Jon) go camping in Alaska!



Seriously, WTF?

Check out this clip!

Makes those rumors about Kate being a diva seem not so far-fetched.

She whines about being hungry because she just can't take the wilderness.

Maybe you shouldn't go camping, bitch!

But of course, I'm going to watch!

Well, Whaddya Know?!

Seems like Usher read my blogpost regarding his decision to swear off Twitter in order to raise money for AIDS and HIV, because it looks like he's baaaack!

About 12 hours ago he tweeted the following:

Usher Raymond Twitter

So much for digital death.

Considering the fact that he was ALREADY late in wishing Rico a Happy Birthday, what was the point of this?

Umm...Usher. The cause you're supporting has only raised $300,000....that's not a million.

This PROVES this campaign is STUPID!

I'm still waiting for Kimmy Kardashian to go throw cyber-withdrawals and breaks her promise as well.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Let Me Rant....

I know I'm a little late on this, but this photo does both of these men NO justice.
Okay, so it's a promotion for the two rappers....but they look ridiculous.

Even if Soulja Boy Tell 'Em and Fitty said 'No homo' while posing for this pictorial....it screams everything but.

I just find it very interesting that this photo came out considering it looks like they're a couple, and also that 50 Cent was cool with it considering his gay-bashing tweets a few months ago. 

The article in XXL Magazine (for whom the cover was shot) says;

Hate it or love it, 50 Cent and Soulja Boy—two of the most polarizing figures in hip-hop—will appear on the magazine’s forthcoming November issue.

Umm....okay.
This feature makes no sense to me, even a month and a half after its release.
 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Am I the Only One Who Thinks This is Stupid?

Real celebrities like Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake and reality stars, Kim Kardashian,  are making a digital sacrifice and will be abandoning Twitter and Facebook until $1 million has been raised for World Aids Day and Keep a Child Alive.

To really show these celebs don't play, they have been shot in ads showing them dead in coffins.

Seriously?
What happened to the good ol' fashioned tel-a-thon?
My twitter feed is personally not affected by seeing a lack of tweets from Kim 'fame-whore' Kardashian.

You're taking a break from your VERIFIED accounts anyways! It's not like you guys are giving up half your paychecks for the cause or a small percentage of your income!

I know participants like: Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Serena Williams among many others are sincere. I think it's more of the Kardashian presence that bothers me, because at least a few the aforementioned celebrities have gone out of the country to help the cause and seen it firsthand.

Kim Kardashian hasn't really done much in terms of philanthropy. However, I'm pretty sure she's dying without having access to social networking. We all saw how stir-crazy she went without her cell phone.
Kim "Fame Whore"Kardashian

Serena Williams

Alicia Keys

Swizz Beatz..lookin' like an idiot.

My Precious, Jay Sean


To add to this tomfoolery, the celeb-participants even broadcasted a Last Tweet & Testament.








I'm not trying to hate on the actual cause, and so far fans have donated close to $200,000. So, it is working.
What irritates me is, do these celebs really think they're the sh!t that we really miss not seeing their updates on our Facebook wall or Twitter feed?

I really don't.

The hot-mess celebs who have the fun tweets aren't even participating!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2011 Grammy Nominations

It's that time of year again....
Here are the list of Grammy noms for the 2011 award show.

And the Nominees Are...

Record of the Year

NOTHIN' ON YOU - B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE - Eminem Featuring Rihanna
F*** YOU - Cee Lo Green
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
NEED YOU NOW - Lady Antebellum

Album of the Year

THE SUBURBS - Arcade Fire
RECOVERY - Eminem
NEED YOU NOW - Lady Antebellum
THE FAME MONSTER - Lady Gaga
TEENAGE DREAM - Katy Perry

Song of the Year

BEG STEAL OR BORROW - Ray LaMontagne, songwriter (Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs)
F*** YOU - Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Cee Lo Green)
THE HOUSE THAT BUILT ME - Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE - Alexander Grant, Holly Hafferman & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Rihanna)
NEED YOU NOW - Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

Best New Artist

JUSTIN BIEBER
DRAKE
FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
MUMFORD & SONS
ESPERANZA SPALDING

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

KING OF ANYTHING - Sara Bareilles
HALO (LIVE) - Beyoncé
CHASING PIRATES - Norah Jones
BAD ROMANCE - Lady Gaga
TEENAGE DREAM - Katy Perry

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

HAVEN'T MET YOU YET - Michael Bublé
THIS IS IT - Michael Jackson
WHATAYA WANT FROM ME - Adam Lambert
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE - Bruno Mars
HALF OF MY HEART - John Mayer

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' (REGIONALS VERSION) - Glee Cast
MISERY - Maroon 5
THE ONLY EXCEPTION - Paramore
BABYFATHER - Sade
HEY, SOUL SISTER (LIVE) - Train

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

AIRPLANES, PART II - B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams
IMAGINE - Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
IF IT WASN'T FOR BAD - Elton John & Leon Russell
TELEPHONE - Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
CALIFORNIA GURLS - Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

FLOW - Laurie Anderson
NESSUN DORMA - Jeff Beck
NO MYSTERY - Stanley Clarke
ORCHESTRAL INTRO - Gorillaz
SLEEPWALK - The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Best Pop Vocal Album

MY WORLD 2.0 - Justin Bieber
I DREAMED A DREAM - Susan Boyle
THE FAME MONSTER - Lady Gaga
BATTLE STUDIES - John Mayer
TEENAGE DREAM - Katy Perry

Best Dance Recording

ROCKET - Goldfrapp
IN FOR THE KILL - La Roux
DANCE IN THE DARK - Lady Gaga
ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) - Rihanna
DANCING ON MY OWN - Robyn

Best Electronic/Dance Album

THESE HOPEFUL MACHINES - BT
FURTHER - The Chemical Brothers
HEAD FIRST - Goldfrapp
BLACK LIGHT - Groove Armada
LA ROUX - La Roux

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

CRAZY LOVE - Michael Bublé
THE GREATEST LOVE SONGS OF ALL TIME - Barry Manilow
LET IT BE ME: MATHIS IN NASHVILLE - Johnny Mathis
FLY ME TO THE MOON…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK: VOLUME V - Rod Stewart
LOVE IS THE ANSWER - Barbra Streisand

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

RUN BACK TO YOUR SIDE - Eric Clapton
CROSSROADS - John Mayer
HELTER SKELTER - Paul McCartney
SILVER RIDER - Robert Plant
ANGRY WORLD - Neil Young

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

READY TO START - Arcade Fire
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU - Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
TIGHTEN UP - The Black Keys
RADIOACTIVE - Kings Of Leon
RESISTANCE - Muse

Best Hard Rock Performance

A LOOKING IN VIEW - Alice In Chains
LET ME HEAR YOU SCREAM - Ozzy Osbourne
BLACK RAIN - Soundgarden
BETWEEN THE LINES - Stone Temple Pilots
NEW FANG - Them Crooked Vultures

Best Metal Performance

EL DORADO - Iron Maiden
LET THE GUILT GO - Korn
IN YOUR WORDS - Lamb Of God
SUDDEN DEATH - Megadeth
WORLD PAINTED BLOOD - Slayer

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

HAMMERHEAD - Jeff Beck
BLACK MUD - The Black Keys
DO THE MURRAY - Los Lobos
KUNDALINI BONFIRE - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
THE DEATHLESS HORSIE - Dweezil Zappa

Best Rock Song

ANGRY WORLD - Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young)
LITTLE LION MAN - Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
RADIOACTIVE - Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
RESISTANCE - Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)
TIGHTEN UP - Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)

Best Rock Album

EMOTION & COMMOTION - Jeff Beck
THE RESISTANCE - Muse
BACKSPACER - Pearl Jam
MOJO - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
LE NOISE - Neil Young

Best Alternative Music Album

THE SUBURBS - Arcade Fire
INFINITE ARMS - Band Of Horses
BROTHERS - The Black Keys
BROKEN BELLS - Broken Bells
CONTRA - Vampire Weekend

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

GONE ALREADY - Faith Evans
BITTERSWEET - Fantasia
EVERYTHING TO ME - Monica
TIRED - Kelly Price
HOLDING YOU DOWN (GOING IN CIRCLES) - Jazmine Sullivan

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

SECOND CHANCE - El DeBarge
FINDING MY WAY BACK - Jaheim
WHY WOULD YOU STAY - Kem
WE'RE STILL FRIENDS - (Kirk Whalum &) Musiq Soulchild
THERE GOES MY BABY - Usher

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

LOVE - Chuck Brown, Jill Scott & Marcus Miller
TAKE MY TIME - Chris Brown & Tank
YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND - Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin
SHINE - John Legend & The Roots
SOLDIER OF LOVE - Sade

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

WHEN A WOMAN LOVES - R. Kelly
HANG ON IN THERE - John Legend & The Roots
YOU'RE SO AMAZING - Calvin Richardson
IN BETWEEN - Ryan Shaw
GO [LIVE] - Betty Wright

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

LITTLE ONE - Bilal
F*** YOU - Cee Lo Green
ORION - Carolyn Malachi
TIGHTROPE - Janelle Monáe & Big Boi
STILL - Eric Roberson

Best R&B Song

BITTERSWEET - Charles Harmon & Claude Kelly, songwriters (Fantasia)
FINDING MY WAY BACK - Ivan "Orthodox" Barias, Curt Chambers, Carvin "Ransum" Haggins, Jaheim Hoagland & Miquel Jontel, songwriters (Jaheim)
SECOND CHANCE - E. Debarge & Mischke, songwriters (El DeBarge)
SHINE - John Stephens, songwriter (John Legend & The Roots)
WHY WOULD YOU STAY - K. Owens, songwriter (Kem)

Best R&B Album

THE LOVE & WAR MASTERPEACE - Raheem DeVaughn
BACK TO ME - Fantasia
ANOTHER ROUND - Jaheim
WAKE UP! - John Legend & The Roots
STILL STANDING - Monica

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

NOTHIN' ON YOU - B.o.B & Bruno Mars
DEUCES - Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE - Eminem & Rihanna
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
WAKE UP! EVERYBODY - John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common

Best Rap Song

EMPIRE STATE OF MIND - Shawn Carter, Angela Hunte, Burt Keyes, Alicia Keys, Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic & Alexander Shuckburgh, songwriters (Sylvia Robinson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Alicia Keys)
LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE - Alexander Grant, Holly Hafferman & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem & Rihanna)
NOT AFRAID - M. Burnett, J. Evans, Marshall Mathers, L. Resto & M. Samuels, songwriters (Eminem)
NOTHIN' ON YOU - Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Bobby Simmons Jr., songwriters (B.o.B & Bruno Mars)
ON TO THE NEXT ONE - Shawn Carter, J. Chaton & K. Dean, songwriters (G. Auge & X. De Rosnay, songwriters) (Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz)

Best Rap Album

THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY - B.o.B
THANK ME LATER - Drake
RECOVERY - Eminem
THE BLUEPRINT 3 - Jay-Z
HOW I GOT OVER - The Roots

Best Contemporary R&B Album

GRAFFITI - Chris Brown
UNTITLED - R. Kelly
TRANSITION - Ryan Leslie
THE ARCHANDROID - Janelle Monáe
RAYMOND V RAYMOND - Usher

Best Rap Solo Performance

OVER - Drake
NOT AFRAID - Eminem
HOW LOW - Ludacris
I'M BACK - T.I.
POWER - Kanye West

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

SHUTTERBUGG - Big Boi & Cutty
FANCY - Drake, T.I. & Swizz Beatz
ON TO THE NEXT ONE - Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
MY CHICK BAD - Ludacris & Nicki Minaj
LOSE MY MIND - Young Jeezy & Plies

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

SATISFIED - Jewel
THE HOUSE THAT BUILT ME - Miranda Lambert
SWINGIN' - LeAnn Rimes
TEMPORARY HOME - Carrie Underwood
I'D LOVE TO BE YOUR LAST - Gretchen Wilson

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

MACON - Jamey Johnson
CRYIN' FOR ME (WAYMAN'S SONG) - Toby Keith
TURNING HOME - David Nail
'TIL SUMMER COMES AROUND - Keith Urban
GETTIN' YOU HOME - Chris Young

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

FREE - Zac Brown Band
ELIZABETH - Dailey & Vincent
NEED YOU NOW - Lady Antebellum
LITTLE WHITE CHURCH - Little Big Town
WHERE RAINBOWS NEVER DIE - The SteelDrivers

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

BAD ANGEL - Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert & Jamey Johnson
PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) - Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers
AS SHE'S WALKING AWAY - Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson
HILLBILLY BONE - Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins
I RUN TO YOU - Marty Stuart & Connie Smith

Best County Instrumental Performance

TATTOO OF A SMUDGE - Cherryholmes
MAGIC #9 - The Infamous Stringdusters
NEW CHANCE BLUES - Punch Brothers
WILLOW CREEK - Darrell Scott
HUMMINGBYRD - Marty Stuart

Monday, November 29, 2010

Throwback Monday

In light of the "beef" between Nicki Minaj and Lil' Kim...I find this video perfect for today!


Enjoy!



Sunday, November 28, 2010

You Get on My Damn Nerves

I've never really been a fan of sappy break-up songs.

Especially if I'm in the middle of one, they always make me feel worse.


My go-to for post-break-up music is hardcore rap/hip-hop because nothing makes me feel better than a beat that slaps as well as lyrics that talk about getting back on the grind and not giving a motha (shut your mouth) about what others say. Basically, it just reiterates the fact that you have to just do you.
What I should say is: I do have a soft spot for the love ballads but it just depends on my mood.

And no, Around the Bay Gal isn't going through a break-up right now, she's trying to just make a point here.

I discovered this new little gem by Ne-Yo and Jazmine Sullivan, U Get on my Nerves.

It's the perfect break-up song because while listening to it you feel....HAPPY!


Besides, I find it a refreshing change from Sullivan's other songs.
I wonder who the guy was who did her wrong because she sings about heartbreak in almost all of her singles.

As a co-worker of mine said once, "I don't know who did that girl (Jazmine) wrong, but she needs to get over it!"

It's understandable that artists gain inspiration for their music from their life-experiences, but Sullivan is ALWAYS singing about how she's been given the short-end of the stick. It's nice to hear a song where she's OVER the guy.





What do YOU think?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Is the Queen Bee Back? FINALLY!

The holiday season is now officially underway. I hope all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving. Of course, I wrote in my journal what I'm thankful for this year, and one of them is hip-hop music, and Lil' Kim reiterated that.

Kim FINALLY has come out with music, okay it's a diss to Nicki Minaj, but still. The point is she's doing it through her music this time, not during interviews.

Take a listen to Black Friday.
I have a feeling Kim's been patiently waiting to release this track the week of Nicki's "Pink Friday" album release.





This track is retaliation for Nicki's song with Eminem, Roman's Revenge.
....and I love that song too.






After taking a listen (to both songs),  I remembered:
1.) What real hip-hop is.
2.) Why I love this genre of music, because they showcase their beefs through their music well, most of the time.





Which song do YOU prefer?


Do you think the Original Queen of Hip-Hop is back?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Throwback Monday!

I used to la-la-love the Fugees back in 5th and 6th grade. So when I started up Throwback Mondays, I had to include this classic from the Fu!

Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Very Gaga Halloween

Channeling my inner-Gaga this Halloween was so much fun. By far the most fun I've had compared to costumes of Halloween-past when I've been Snow White, Queen of Hearts and Pizazz from the Misfits. Many people wanted to get a picture with little ol' me, and I can't say that I wasn't flattered.


Right before I left the house.


I worked really hard on my costume. My jacket took about 10 hours to bedazzle and studd-up.
Of course, time went by fast because I was watching Game One of the World Series.


My good friend, Miss Sandoval did my makeup and helped me with my wig. My head was a little too big for the wig, so we improvised. My natural hair would peak through like roots.

"Hello, hello baby you called I can't hear a thing!"
Esmerelda, Gaga, Princess Jasmine(s) and a french painter

My favorite for the night!
I think I looked pretty close to the original Gaga.
Well, as close as I could've been.


My friends and I celebrated our Halloween Eve (because the actual holiday was on a Sunday this year, boo!) by gallivanting around the City making friends with Ninja Turtles and Katy Perrys. 



I can't believe November's in full-swing!
I always feel a bit melancholy when Halloween and my Birthday are over then I think....
Wait a minute!! The holidays are here!

What do YOU have planned for the upcoming holiday season?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Go Shawty It's Yo Birthday!

Okay, so my birthday was actually on thursday November 4th.

But hey, close enough, right?

This however, is a special birthday because your's truly turned the big 2-5!

Since this is an Around the Bay Gal post....I have to include that Lil' Wayne was released from jail on my BIRTHDAY!

I think that's a sign!


Four years ago when I turned 21, I couldn't have fathomed being 25. I had no idea where I'd be or what I'd be doing.

Photo: Flickr.com


Man, those 4 years went by fast!


I read a quote a few days ago and it went something like this:

You are exactly where you're supposed to be


That quote can't ring anymore true.


Life tends to move very fast, and before you know it you're older, possibly in a place mentally and physically you never thought you'd be. Sometimes that's a good thing, other times...it's depressing.

Hopefully it's not the latter.

No matter what your beliefs are just know that you are exactly where your supposed to be at this given moment.

If you're like me and believe in the man upstairs....just know...His plan is greater than any one of ours.

And...I'm done!


Don't worry I have birthday and Halloween pics coming shortly.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Throwback Mondays

I hereby declare Mondays....Throwback Mondays.

I'll display an old music video or song (if a video isn't available).

Here's the first one:


Missy Elliot feat. Nas & Eve - Hot boys
Uploaded by dinidin. - Explore more music videos.

Who remembers this? I was a Freshman in High School when this song came out!

Kanye Debuts "Runaway" Music Movie

Here's Kanye's official toast to the Douchebags!
Looks like someone is trying to compete against the late-King of Pop, with this long video.

Sorry Yeezy, we love you....but you're no Michael Joseph Jackson.

New LeBron Nike Ad

I love LeBron, especially his commercials. Here's his latest one for Nike.



What do you think?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Baby on the Way!

Finally!!!!

Bey & Jay are having a baby on the way!
US Weekly reports the couple are expecting their first child! I hope it's true!!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fallin' for Fall

Back when I used to go to school, I had a love-hate relationship with Fall.

Fall meant to me that Summer was officially over and so did my days of sleeping-in.

Even though my days of sleeping-in are still slim, I've grown to love Fall because it means: football, pumpkin spice lattes, cute Fall clothes, and....the beginning of the holiday season starting with HALLOWEEN!!!

I love the anxiety of trying to find the perfect Halloween costume. In the past I've always known what I wanted to be the following Halloween before the present Halloween even passed.

This year I had a number of options:


Jersey Shore's J-Woww
Sexy Mad Hatter
Lady Gaga in Telephone

Since December, I was for sure I wanted to be J-Woww because I loved (and still love) Jersey Shore. However, as I perused the internet I came across the Mad Hatter, which I always wanted to be to wear that cool hat! I love Alice and Wonderland  and if you knew me personally, you'd know I'd make a perfect Hatter.

But as I searched a little more Ta-DA!  I thought of the Lady Gaga's Diet Coke can hair in Telephone!
I contemplated rolling my own mane into coke cans with the help of my stylista friends, but then it hit me.

Around the Bay Gal isn't blonde!

I was going to do the 'do anyway, but then the Gaga-Angels granted me with this little gem.

Ladygaga.com
How perfect, right!?!

NO dye job or frustrating hair style process necessary!

Since I'll be going out and dancing the night away, a leather jacket is no bueno...unless I want to sweat like a monster.

Then I found this at Forever 21

I plan on studding and spiking my jacket, adding a little black-bustier dress, throw on some fishnets and I'll be officially Gagafied!

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rihanna Debuts New Video!

Hey RiRi fans,  the singer debuted the Only Girl (In The World) video....the first single off her album Loud.

Check it out!

It's Divorce Week!


I'm sure most of you've heard that Xtina Aguilera and Courtney Cox both split from their husbands, and honestly I don't blame them.

Well, actually....I kind liked Xtina's hubby....he seemed good for her.

But as for David Arquette and Cox....I don't understand why they became married in the first place! Arquette is so strange.

To add to my distaste for him, he decided to blab to Howard Stern on why he and Cox split. He mentions the couple's sex life and how Cox gave him the go ahead to sleep with someone else.
Arquette told the Shock Jock:

"She knows she's not f***ing me, and she's like, 'Listen, I want you to be able to do whatever you have to do."

The actor claims the woman he slept with was 28 year old cocktail waitress, Jasmine Waltz.

Kind of looks like Courtney, don't you think?

 
Even though Arquette apologized for saying too much during the radio interview and reports say Cox gave him the go-ahead to say whatever he wanted in the interview...it's still rude!

Ugh, Courtney you're onto bigger and BETTER things!

T.I. Back in the Slammer

Clifford Tip Harris has been sentenced back to jail.



Perezhilton.com says "The rapper has been sentenced to 11 months in prison for violating his probation for a 2009 federal gun possession conviction. T.I was busted last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. "



Didn't he just get out?

He sure did.
  
All of this comes days after the rapper talked a man out of committing suicide.

He asked the judge not to be sent to jail, but the judge gave Tip two weeks to turn himself in.

Poor T.I.

Give us back T.I. & we'll gladly hand over Lindsay Lohan!





Swizzy and Alicia Keys Welcome Baby Boy

Showwwwtiiiime
(Swizz Beatz voice)



Beatz and Keys welcomed their lovechild Egypt Daoud Dean (Add that to the list of interesting celeb baby names), Thursday night in the Concrete Jungle where dreams are made of...NEW YOOOOOORK!

Swizz tweeted the following tweet Thursday night:
"I'm so thankful for everything I been blessed with in my life wowwwwww!"

Congratulations Swizz and Miss Keys.

But Swizz....don't forget about the three other babies you got back home with Mashonda!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"...Give Peace A Chance."

Today would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday.


Photo from: http://www.iconvsicon.com/

Sorry, readers. It seems like my recent posts have been very Entertainment Tonight honoring all the celeb bdays.

I promise to fix that.

But....this is an important one!

Fans from Liverpool (the birthplace of the Beatles) to Strawberry Fields in NYC gathered to honor the music legend by singing many of his lyrics.

My personal favorites from Lennon is the "The Ballad of John and Yoko" and "Imagine".



So, Happy Birthday John Lennon!

You're lyrics and mantra for peace are timeless!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy 50th Birthday, Flintstones!

YABADABADOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

We all remember watching an episode or two of the Flintstones growing up. Cracking up over Fred's car tipping over after he orders that huge serving of ribs or dressing up as Pebbles for Halloween.

Happy 50th Birthday Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Pebbles, Bam Bam and Dino!

Here's to being 50 and Fabulous!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Go Shawty, It's Yo Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Lil' Wayne!





Unforunately Weezy will be spending his 28th birthday at the Riker's Island jail in New York City. However, reports says he's only in there for 37 more days (give or take)!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Can You Tell Me How to Get to the Sesame Shore?



Bitches, bitches...please share!

I wish they would have had this when I was growing up!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Here We Go Again

Katie Couric said it best...."this seems to be a recurring role for Lohan".

LiLo is back in the slammer, however she is allowed bail.

TMZ says "Lindsay will have to get a SCRAM bracelet (this will be her third) within 24 hours -- and under the terms of her bail, she is not allowed to be around known drug users ... and must submit to search by law enforcement at any time. Also, nightclubs will be a major no-no ... Linds has to stay out of places where alcohol is the "chief item of sale."Lindsay Lohan will be a free woman soon, because a judge has just reversed Judge Elden Fox's decision and has granted LiLo bail ... TMZ has learned."

This girl is the epitome of a hot mess.

Send her to jail and make her stay there.

Sidenote: Why does she always look better in her booking photos than she does on the red carpet?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Too Steamy for the Street.....Sesame Street!

Katy Perry wanted to see the Sunny days sweepin' the clouds away....to try and get her pretty little self to Sesame St.

But parents thought otherwise.

Parents felt Perry's outfit during her duet with Elmo was too revealing and inappropriate for the Street.

So, not one to disappoint, Sesame and Co. pulled the would-be Monday's episode.

People interested in the video can only see it online.

Below Perry sings an adapted version of "Hot 'N' Cold" to Elmo, because the little red cutie told Katy that he wanted to play dress-up then flakes on her....he decided he wanted to play tag instead.


So Katy's mad because she got all dressed up for dress-up, not for tag!

 Silly, Elmo.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

And...Another Celeb Arrested!

First Tiny and T.I. were caught with a little somethin' somethin' in their car while cruising around....then Lindsay Lohan FAILED a drug test....now....BRUNO MARS!??

The "Just the Way You Are" singer was arrested in good ol' Viva Las Vegas after police found about 2.6 grams of coke on Mars!

He does look a little TOO happy in his mugshot!
Photo from: Nickcannon.com