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Updated: 2017-09-27T15:06:49.578-07:00

 



எண்ணெய் பசைக்கு

2016-12-30T03:18:12.157-08:00

வெயில் காலத்தில் வெளியில் போவ தென்பது கடினமான ஒன்றாக தான் இருக்கும். உங்களுக்கு எண்ணெய் பசை சருமமாக இருந்தால் வெயில் உங்கள் எண்ணெய் பசையை மேலும் அதிகரிக்கச் செய்து உங்கள் முக அழகை கெடுத்து விடும். கவலையை விடுங்க எண்ணெய் பசை நீங்கி அழகாக காட்சியளிக்க இதோ சில டிப்ஸ்

எண்ணெய் பசை நீங்க:
வெள்ளரிக்காயை தினமும் காலையில் முகத்தில் தேய்த்து வர முகத்தில் அதிகமாக எண்ணெய் வழிவதை தவிர்க்கலாம். வெள்ளரிச்சாற்றுடன் பால் பவுடர் கலந்து தடவினாலும் எண்ணெய் வழியாமல் முகம் பிரகாசமாக காணப்படும் இதை தொடர்ந்து ஒரு மாத காலமாவது பின்பற்ற வேண்டும்.

தக்காளி பழத்தை நன்கு பிழிந்து சாறாக எடுத்து முகத்தில் தடவி காய்ந்த பின் கழுவினால் எண்ணெய் வழிவது கட்டுப்படும். தக்காளியுடன் வெள்ளரிப்பழம் அல்லது ஓட்ஸ் சேர்த்து அரைத்து முகத்தில் பூசி 20 நிமிடங்கள் கழித்தும் கழு வலாம்.

பால் மற்றும் முட்டையின் வெள்ளைக்கருவுடன் காரட் துருவலை கலந்து முகத்தில் தடவினால் அதிகமாக எண்ணெய் வழிவது குறையும்.
எண்ணெய் பசை சருமத்தினர் அடிக்கடி குளிர்ந்த தண்ணீரீல் முகம் கழுவ வேண்டும். முகத்தை அலம்ப சோப்பிற்கு பதில் கடலைமாவை பயன்படுத்தலாம். இதனால் எண்ணெய் வழிவது குறைவதோடு முகமும் பளபளப்பாக இருக்கும்.

எண்ணெய் பசை சருமம் உள்ளவர்கள் மோரை முகத்தில் தடவி சிறிது நேரம் கழித்து கழுவினால் எண்ணெய் வழிவது குறையும். வெள்ளரிக்காய் சாறு எலுமிச்சம் பழச்சாறு, சந்தன தூள், பாதாம் பவுடர், தயிர், உருளைக்கிழங்கு சாறு ஆகியவற்றை சம அளவில் எடுத்து அவற்றை முகத்தில் தடவி சிறிது நேரம் கழித்து கழுவ வேண்டும். இவ்வாறு தொடர்ந்து செய்து வந்தால் எண்ணெய் வழிவது குறையும்.

சோளத்தை நன்கு பவுடர் செய்து தயிர் மற்றும் எலுமிச்சை சாறு கலந்து முகத்தில் பூசி சிறிது நேரம் கழித்து கழுவினால் முகத்தின் எண்ணெய்ப் பசை நீங்கும். எண்ணெய்ப் பசை சருமத்தினர் வெயிலில் சென்றுவிட்டு வீட்டிற்கு வந்ததும் சிறிது தயிர், கடலை மா மற்றும் எலுமிச்சை சாறு கலந்து முகத்தில் பூசி சிறிது நேரம் கழித்து கழுவினால் அதிகப்படியாக எண்ணெய் வழிவது குறைந்து முகம் பளபளக்கும்.

எலுமிச்சை சாறு, முட்டையின் வெள்ளைக்கரு, திராட்சை சாறு ஆகியவற்றை சம அளவு எடுத்துக் கொண்டு அவற்றை நன்றாக கலக்கி முகத்தில் பூச வேண்டும். சிறிது நேரம் கழித்து முகத்தை தண்ணீரால் கழுவ வேண்டும்.

பப்பாளி கூழ், முல்தானி மட்டி, வேப்பிலை பொடி ஆகியவற்றை நன்றாக பசை போல் குழைத்து முகத்தில் பூசி சிறிது நேரம் கழித்து வெதுவெதுப்பான தண்ணீரில் கழுவ வேண்டும். இவ்வாறு வாரம் இரண்டு முறை செய்தால் முகத்தில் வழியும் அதிகப்படியான எண்ணெய் தன்மை குறையும்.

உங்கள் முகத்தில் எண்ணெய் பசை நீங்கி பொலிவு பெற மேற்கண்ட வழி முறை களை பின்பற்றுங்கள்.
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சளி தொல்லைக்கு

2016-12-30T03:17:46.793-08:00

சளி தொல்லைக்கு பக்கவிளைவு இல்லாத ஒரு எளிய இயற்கை நிவாரணி உள்ளது. அது தான் தேன் உறை (Honey Wrap). இது உடனடி நிவாரணத்தை வழங்கக்கூடியது.

சளி மற்றும் இருமல் போன்றவை பெரிய பிரச்சனைகளாக இல்லாவிட்டாலும், சில நேரங்களில் அது பெரும் தொந்தரவாகவும், எரிச்சலூட்டும் வகையிலும் இருக்கும். ஒருவருக்கு சளி அதிகமாகிவிட்டால், இரவில் நிம்மதியான தூக்கத்தைப் பெற முடியாது மற்றும் எதிலும் கவனம் செலுத்த முடியாது.

இந்த சளிக்கு பெரும்பாலானோர் கடைகளில் விற்கப்படும் சளி மருந்தைப் பயன்படுத்துவார்கள். சளி மருந்துகளை அதிகமாக சாப்பிட்டால், தலைச்சுற்றல், தலைவலி மற்றும் விரைவான இதயத்துடிப்பு போன்ற பக்கவிளைவுகள் ஏற்படும். இதற்கு அதில் உள்ள கோடின் மற்றும் டெக்ஸ்ட்ரோமெத்ரோஃபேன் தான். ஆனால், இந்த சளி தொல்லைக்கு பக்கவிளைவு இல்லாத ஒரு எளிய இயற்கை நிவாரணி உள்ளது. அது தான் தேன் உறை (Honey Wrap). இது உடனடி நிவாரணத்தை வழங்கக்கூடியது. சரி, இப்போது அந்த தேன் உறையை எப்படி செய்வதென்றும், எப்படி பயன்படுத்துவது என்றும் காண்போம்.

தேன் 
தேனில் ஆன்டி-பாக்டீரியல் தன்மைகள் உள்ளன. இது நுரையீரலில் தேங்கியிருக்கும் சளியை வெளியேற்றும்.

தேவையான பொருட்கள்:
* சுத்தமான மலைத் தேன்
* தேங்காய் எண்ணெய்
* அரிசி மாவு
* நேப்கின்
* கட்டுத் துணி
* ஒட்டக்கூடிய மருத்துவ டேப் (Adhesive Medical Tape)

செய்முறை 
முதலில் ஒரு பௌலில் தேன் மற்றும் அரிசி மாவை போட்டு கையில் ஒட்டாதவாறு கலந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும். பின் அத்துடன் சறிது தேங்காய் எண்ணெய் சேர்த்து கலந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும்.

பயன்படுத்தும் முறை:
பின்பு தயாரித்து வைத்துள்ள கலவையை நேப்கின் மீது வைத்து, மார்பு பகுதியில் வைத்து, அதன் மேல் அடிப்படும் போதும் பயன்படுத்தும் கட்டுத் துணியை போர்த்தி, ஒட்டக்கூடிய மருத்துவ டேப்பால் ஒட்ட வேண்டும்.

குழந்தைகள் 
குழந்தைகளுக்கு இந்த சிகிச்சையை மேற்கொள்வதாக இருந்தால், இந்த தேன் உறையை இரவில் தூங்குவதற்கு 2-3 மணிநேரத்திற்கு முன் மார்பு பகுதியில் ஒட்டி எடுத்து விட வேண்டும்

பெரியவர்கள் 
ஒருவேளை பெரியவர்களுக்கு இந்த சிகிச்சையை மேற்கொள்வதாக இருந்தால், இரவு முழுவதும் இந்த தேன் உறையை வைத்திருக்கலாம்.

குறிப்பு 
சளி அளவுக்கு அதிகமாக இருந்தால், தொடர்ந்து 2-3 நாட்கள் பின்பற்றுங்கள். இதனால் சளி முற்றிலும் வெளியேறிவிடும்.
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How to Lose 5 Pounds and Get a Flat Stomach in a Month

2015-02-03T03:44:46.181-08:00

Be patient and give yourself practical time to get a flat stomach - remember - you didn’t gain weight overnight, so you can’t be expecting to lose it now. If you have the long term view, you will lose 5 pounds and get a flat stomach, but importantly keep it off for good!Below are 5 key points to help you lose 5 pounds and get a flat stomach -1. Beware of energy and protein bars - these are usually targeted to women who want to shape up and lose weight. However, energy bars have as much sugar and fat as a regular candy bar.2. Just eat fresh and prepare your own meals - that way you know what you are putting into your body. Make it a point to have five serves of vegetables a day with sensational salads and soups - and get 2 servings of fruits a day. These low calorie appetite suppressants will not only help you lose those unwanted calories, but will help you looking and feeling fabulous.They‘re packed with antioxidants and dietary fiber to protect your health and enhance your vitality. Your eating habits is the major reason for your weight gain, ad by gradually changing it and making it a habit, your body will get the necessary nutrition to fuel it.3. The key for a flat stomach is eating sensibly - and your diet doesn’t have to be complicated. While this doesn’t seem like a secret at all, most women and men get this wrong in spite of their best - but misguided - efforts. Most people have fallen prey to low-fat, low-carob, Hollywood and every other over hyped diet that marketers can dream up, all in hopes of shedding those unwanted pounds. But eating sensibly is - isn’t about dieting or deprivation; it’s about moderation and balance.While cutting carob or fats out of your nutrition plan might give you a temporary loss of a couple of pounds, it’s typically followed by a drop in metabolism and a weight gain of more than you lost in the first place once you go back to your old eating habits. So what is eating sensibly? 4 Eating sensibly are having protein and carbohydrates at every meal. It’s grazing on 4-6 healthy meals or low fat snack each day (1 salad plate portion only), instead of missing meals and then gorging yourself. It’s enjoying a healthy breakfast and not drinking your calories. But most of all, eating supportively is enjoying the foods you love in moderation instead of in excess. This is the best way to control your cravings! 5. Exercise and good nutrition is the best way to get a flat stomach: High intensity exercise, not long boring cardio, is an essential component for fat loss. This can be achieved through intense activity, and the person will achieve better results when compared to taking on a diet program by itself. Not only does exercise contribute to fat loss, rapid weight loss is also accompanied by reduced stress levels, an energy boost, increased body endurance, a reduced risk for diseases, and an overall improvement to your health. A great resource is The Truth about Six Pack Abs - it has the most effective workouts and nutrition tips that will show you how to lose 5 pounds and get a flat stomach in a month.   [...]



The Ultimate Winter Checklist for your Hair!

2015-09-12T23:56:00.238-07:00

Here’s your ultimate winter beauty checklist that will make sure you have that lustrous mane you’ve been dying for.

Intense Moisturizing

The best way to keep your hair shiny and glossy during winters is to switch your regular conditioner to an intense conditioner meant for dry hair. During winter, the natural oils that keep your hair moisturized get sapped easily, and leave your hair dry and frizzy. Giving it that extra moisture is only going to help, so do get it without a second thought.

Quality Products

Winter or not, make sure you always use quality products for your hair and skin. Don’t be lured by new shampoos and conditioners arriving in the market- changing the hair care products you use too often can actually cause damage to your hair. Instead, stick to the products that you know your hair loves, especially if you have dry hair that is more prone to damage and breaks easily.

Hair Trimming

The benefits of regular trimming are severely underrated. Not only does trimming help keep split ends at bay, but it also helps maintain your hair and keeps it glossy and shiny. In fact, it is also believed that trimming every 6-8 weeks can help improve hair growth and enhances the natural beauty of your hair by getting rid of the damaged hair.

Occasional Oiling

Your scalp health says a lot about your hair health and vice vera, and during winters, make sure you give that little extra pampering to your scalp, which is vulnerable to drying out. Choose from almond oil, argan oil and coconut oil and give yourself a nice head massage atleast once a week. These oils can actually give your scalp and hair roots the nutrients they need to keep your hair shiny and glossy.

Get Wise

Be it summers or winters, one hair care tip you should live by is to use lukewarm water while rinsing your hair. You may love going for a hot water bath during the chilly winters, but it will only leave your hair frizzy and unmanageable. Instead, use hot water for your body bath and choose lukewarm water to wash your hair. Limiting the number of times you have a head bath is also believed to be helpful during winters.

source:yahoo.com

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7 Fabulous Foods For Men’s Health

2015-01-12T04:00:53.946-08:00

It is surprising how many foods that we do not find magic really have super powers. Some of them could be found in your fridge even now! What is it exactly that makes some certain foods so special?  Obviously, all foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, important fatty acids, antioxidants and other nutrients can definitely be considered magic. These superfoods can protect your organism from various diseases. Eating them regularly can lower the level of cholesterol, wash out toxins, improve metabolism and solve many other problems. The foods you are going to read about are not exotic and can be easily found in your local store. Include them in your diet to stay healthy longer!1. EggsEgg whites are pure protein. This product is the champion of superfoods that provide us with all necessary nutrients. Eating eggs can improve the quality of your blood. They are also recommended as a source of vitamin B12, vitamin A and folate. Besides, the above mentioned nutrients, eggs contain about 11 other essential vitamins and minerals.2. AlmondsAlmonds, just like any other nuts, are high in calories. Most of those calories come from monosaturated fats that are very useful for your health. Almonds reduce the level of cholesterol and prevent diabetes and heart disease. These nuts are rich in calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 and other minerals. 3. OatsOats is what you should start your day with. Morning porridge is a great choice if you watch what you eat and are trying to improve your diet. These supergrains are full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. You can substitute oats with quinoa and chia. All these foods taste nice even before you put berries or fruits. To make your breakfast even more beneficial, drink a glass of milk. This combination will give you enough energy to last you a few hours. 4. CoconutCoconut is another superfood. It can be eaten raw and since this food is rich in fiber, it can be consumed to improve bowel movement. You can also drink fresh coconut water. It is especially good to quench your thirst on a hot summer day when you need some extra hydration. Coconut oil is great due to various minerals that it contains which positively influence brain function. 5. AvocadoAvocado is a rich fruit. However, its fats are healthy. Avocados are rich in vitamin E, oleic acid, folate and litein. They also contain glutathione and monounsaturated fats that prevent heart disease. Avocados also fight brain diseases, degenerative eye and even cancer. 6. Wild salmonEat wild salmon to keep your body functioning properly. You can also eat any other fatty fish to provide your body with Omega-3 fatty acids. These acids lower the risk of heart disease and reduce the level of cholesterol. Farmed salmon is less valuable so we suggest you opt for wild species of this delicious fish. Not only is wild salmon richer in Omega-3, it is also free of contaminants and toxins. 7. Dark chocolateThere is a delicious treat that is high in polyphenols and flavenols – dark chocolate. This product is full of antioxidants that make your heart healthier. Antioxidants help you stay young. UK scientists recommend dark chocolate as well as natural cocoa powder for men who take care of their health and well-being. [...]



Indonesia halts search for missing AirAsia plane as night falls

2014-12-28T04:52:11.243-08:00

 Indonesia called off until first light a search for an AirAsia plane with 162 people on board that went missing on Sunday after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from Indonesia's Surabaya city to Singapore.Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320-200 carrying 155 passengers and seven crew, lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at 6:17 a.m. (2317 GMT on Saturday). No distress signal had been sent, said Joko Muryo Atmodjo, an Indonesian transport ministry official.On board were 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans and one each from Singapore, Malaysia and Britain, plus a French pilot, the airline said in a statement, correcting earlier information.Tatang Kurniadi, head of Indonesia's National Committee of Safety Transportation, expressed hope of locating the aircraft quickly and said it was too early to detect any of the so-called electronic pings from its black box recorder."We are using our capacity to search on sea and land. Hopefully we can find the location of the plane as soon as possible," he told a news conference."What I need to emphasize is until now, we have not found out how the plane fell or what kind of emergency it was."Indonesia AirAsia is 49 percent owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia (AIRA.KL), which has had a clean safety record since it began operating 13 years ago. The AirAsia group also has affiliates in Thailand, the Philippines and India. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 23,000 flight hours in some 13,600 flights, according to Airbus (AIR.PA).The pilots of QZ8501 "was requesting deviation due to en-route weather before communication with the aircraft was lost," the airline said in a statement. Singapore, Malaysia, Britain, South Korea and Australia offered to help in the search and any investigation. Malaysia said it was sending vessels and a C130 aircraft while Singapore had also sent a C130. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said a P3 Orion aircraft was on standby if needed.ANXIOUS RELATIVESFlight QZ8501 was between Tanjung Pandan on Indonesia's Belitung island and Pontianak, in West Kalimantan province on Borneo - almost halfway between Surabaya and Singapore - when it went missing. There was bad weather over Belitung at the time and the aircraft had been flying at 32,000 feet before asking to fly at 38,000 feet to avoid clouds.In both Surabaya and Singapore, anxious relatives of people on the plane awaited news.Louise Sidharta was at Singapore's Changi Airport waiting for her fiancée to return from a family holiday."It was supposed to be their last vacation before we got married," she said.A man named Purnomo told TVOne in Surabaya of a lucky escape."I should have been on the flight," he said. "We, seven people, had planned to go to Singapore for vacation but this morning I had an emergency. I had my passport in hand."Tony Fernandes, chief of Malaysia's AirAsia, said he was heading to Surabaya."My only thoughts are with the passengers and my crew. We put our hope in the SAR (search and rescue) operation and thank the Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysian governments," he said on Twitter.AirAsia swapped its distinctive bright red logo for a grey background on its website and social media accounts.The incident comes during a troubled year for Malaysia-affiliated airlines. Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 went missing on March 8 on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board and has not been found.On July 17, Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.Indonesia AirAsia has a fleet of 30 Airbus A320s. The missing plane has been in service for just over six years, according to airfleets.net.All AirAsia-branded airlines operate aircraft made by Airbus, which has orders for several hundred planes from the group. AirAsia is considered one of the European planemaker's most important customers[...]



The Friday Pin Up

2014-10-07T08:27:16.519-07:00

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Connie Converse: The mystery of the original singer-songwriter

2014-10-18T12:18:06.627-07:00

Connie Converse remained virtually unknown after 12 years of trying to build a musical career in New York. Connie Converse was arguably the first modern singer-songwriter, writing and playing intimate songs on her acoustic guitar in the mid-1950s. But she remained virtually unknown and disappeared in 1974. Now, her talent is finally being recognised.In summer 1974, days after her 50th birthday, Connie Converse sent fond letters to family and close friends telling them she wanted to make a fresh start.Disillusioned with how her life had turned out, she packed her possessions into her Volkswagen Beetle and left her Michigan home. She has not been seen since.Twenty years earlier, Connie Converse was living in Greenwich Village, the New York district where, in the mid-1950s, beatniks and bohemians were carving out counterculture.Converse was working for a printing firm, but had hopes of making it as a musician. In her apartment, she would write haunting, beautiful songs with a poetic honesty and melodic sophistication that set her apart from the other singers in Greenwich Village.With the folk scene still dominated by political and traditional songs at that time, the concept of the solo acoustic singer-songwriter had barely moved beyond Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger's dust-bowl balladry.Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell were still in school.Converse was not the most gifted vocalist or guitar player, and her voice had an air of formality that befitted the age.Yet when she sang, it was with a depth, intimacy and eloquence that were rare for that era.Jump media playerMedia player helpOut of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue.Listen to the track, Talkin' Like You (Two Tall Mountains)She sang of loneliness, of promiscuity, of quarrelling lovers, of frequenting saloons in the afternoons. While some tunes had a more jaunty, fireside air, most carried an underlying sense of sadness.Despite her ambitions, she did not play conventional gigs and stood on the edge of Greenwich Village's musical coterie.In 1954, she recorded a set of songs in the kitchen of Gene Deitch, who had recorded Pete Seeger and John Lee Hooker in the 1940s.Deitch and her other friends tried to help her career, but to no avail.In 1961, the year Dylan moved to Greenwich Village, Converse turned her back on her music career and left New York for a job at the University of Michigan.Still unfulfilled, she fell into depression and heavy drinking. She would be 90 now."The more I thought about it, the songs were all about herself," says Deitch, now 90, who went on to become an Oscar-winning animator."I think that's what makes the songs interesting. No matter what she was singing, it all had to do with sexual frustration and loneliness."There's something about those songs that was extremely personal. In those days, this was something you never heard."Nowadays, there are lots of women singers who you might call folk singers or personal song singers, who are doing pretty much the same thing as Connie did."But I think she was really the first."Cult followingIt seemed that Converse's songs were destined to be forgotten until Deitch's recordings were put out as an album by a small New York label in 2009.Since then, the legend of Connie Converse has slowly grown."The music, considering when it was recorded, sounds eerily contemporary," says David Herman of Squirrel Thing Recordings, which released the album How Sad, How Lovely."Her voice is really compelling. Add to that the fact this was a woman writing singer-songwriter-style music in the mid-50s, before being a singer-songwriter was a thing, and before a female songwriter was something people were used to."And with the mystery of the disappearance, the whole thing leaves you with more questions than answers."The next step in her rediscovery comes on Wednesday when a 40-minute documentary by US film-maker Andrea [...]



A Legitimately Magical Prince Album

2014-10-18T12:40:16.119-07:00

In 2010, Prince released an album, called “20Ten,” that ushered in the longest silence of his thirty-five-year career as a recording artist. For most of Prince’s creative existence, he’s put out an album a year, sometimes double and triple sets. After “20Ten,” though, came nothing. Well, nothing by Prince’s standards: plenty of singles trickled out, along with rumors about upcoming projects, but there was no major release. Then, earlier this year, he announced a return to Warner Bros. records, at first for the purpose of assembling a thirtieth-anniversary edition of “Purple Rain,” which would include outtakes and rare demos. This has not yet materialized. What has emerged is his first album of new material since “20Ten,” and the second: this week, Prince resurfaces with “Art Official Age,” a solo album, and “PlectrumElectrum,” a long-delayed collaboration with his all-female backing group, 3rd Eye Girl.“PlectrumElectrum” is easier to understand and easier to dispense with, which doesn’t mean that it’s subpar, exactly. It’s a short rock record with plenty of guitar, and includes meditations on sex, self-empowerment treatises, and energetic songs about energy. The more ambitious songs often spotlight someone other than Prince. Hannah Ford, the band’s drummer, sings the plaintive ballad “Whitecaps,” and “Boy Trouble” is a strange flower of a song with an out-of-left-field speed rap.The so-called solo record, “Art Official Age,” is considerably more interesting. For starters, Prince has dispensed with his typical “Produced, Arranged, Composed, and Performed by Prince” credit, the one on which much of his mystique as a one-man band and all-around genius was founded, and has shared production credit with Joshua Welton, who also happens to be Hannah Ford’s husband. Was this an admission by Prince that he needed another pair of ears? Was he in search of a more contemporary sound? The quasi-title track that opens the album (“Art Official Cage”) seems to suggest so. It’s a strange welter of E.D.M. clichés and Europop, with some gnomic lyrics, some grinding guitar, and some rapping. It’s a mess, provocative but not exactly successful; it sounds like a track that was left off Prince’s 1989 “Batman” soundtrack, updated for 20Fourteen.But the rest of the album is easily Prince’s most coherent and satisfying record in more than a decade. In the past few years, the Prince songs that leaked online seemed to be less about paving the way for a new album and more about trolling the Internet. “Breakfast Can Wait,” a lithe and light funk number, was released with a cover photo of Dave Chappelle as Prince. Only a snippet of “This Could Be Us” leaked, but it was enough to confirm that Prince had written a song about a popular Internet meme that used a picture of him from his “Purple Rain” days. As proper singles started appearing, though, the album came into sharper focus. Songs like “Clouds” and “U Know,” slower and more repetitive than the kaleidoscopic funk-rock we’ve come to expect from Prince, suggested a new direction—a kind of gelatinous, futuristic R. & B.These tracks worked in concert with the other singles to sketch out a theme: that technology separates us from those we’re close to, and even from ourselves; and that the lack of integration may well result in disintegration. “Clouds,” the second track on the album, which opens with the sound of a radio tuning, critiques the way the computer age offloads experiences to distant servers (that’s what the clouds are); the song instead prioritizes romance and human connection (“You should never underestimate the power of a kiss on the neck when she doesn’t expect a kiss on the neck”). It also folds in a well-constructed argument about the way the Internet era[...]



Concert to bring back memories of female vocalists of yesteryear

2014-10-18T12:04:16.306-07:00

Imagine a jazz club with the voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Etta James, Lena Horne, Rosemary Clooney and others. Jaimee Paul and her jazz combo, led by husband Leif Shires, on trumpet, delivers just that.
“At Last” is a tribute to those fabulous female vocalists of the glory days of yesteryear. For Paul, “At Last” is very personal.

“All the great lady singers saluted were inspirations to me, and the songs selected are among my innermost personal favorites,” she said. “Some of them I have a long history with: My grandfather was a World War II veteran and his favorite song was ‘Sentimental Journey,’ and we used to listen to it together. ‘What A Difference A Day Makes’ always gets me thinking about my wonderful husband, Leif, and the incredible day that we first met. On the other hand, ‘Stormy Weather’ never fails to start me thinking about all the lousy relationships I’ve been through, that we’ve all been through.”

Paul sings of love, loss and the blues at Clover School District Auditorium on Oct. 7.

Raised in Southern Illinois, steeped in church choir, Paul was influenced by gospel and blues, cultivating a special place in her heart for Jazz.

“I was always involved with music,” Paul said. At the age of five she began studying classical piano for almost 10 years, and from the third grade on, she also played the French horn in school bands. She also sang in both church and school choirs. Her parents are both musical: Her mom taught music and piano in the public school system for 30 years, and her dad studied music in college before deciding on a career in engineering. “
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Aretha Franklin’s ‘Great Diva Classics’ Due

2014-10-18T12:57:54.135-07:00

Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers.
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics will include songs such as Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia," Barbra Streisand's "People" and Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman."

The most contemporary track is a reworking of Adele's colossal hit "Rolling In the Deep," which is the first single off the album. It will be available digitally Monday, when the 72-year-old will also perform the song on Late Night with David Letterman.

"Great Diva Classics" reunites Franklin with longtime collaborator Clive Davis.

"I mean, it is great," he said in an interview. "For her to do all these songs, it's very exciting."

Exclusive: Clive Davis Says Aretha Franklin Is 'On Fire' on New Album of Diva Classics

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Andre 3000 are among the album's producers. Other songs covered by Franklin include the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On," Alicia Keys' "No One" and Dinah Washington's "Teach Me Tonight." The icon's version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" will incorporate some of Destiny's Child's "Survivor."

The opening track is Etta James' signature song, "At Last," and Franklin closes the 10-track set with Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U."

Speaking to Billboard ahead of the release, Davis said he was thrilled with the album. "She's on fire and vocally in absolutely peak form," he explained. "What a thrill to see this peerless artist still showing the way, still sending shivers up your spine, still demonstrating that all contemporary music needs right now is the voice. What a voice." The new recording, he added, "is purely and simply sensational."
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An ode to trailblazing jazz singers

2014-10-18T22:54:33.075-07:00

This year's Joy of Jazz line-up pays special tribute to the influence of vocalists on the genre.In a dense and soothing voice, akin to her contralto register, Grammy award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves shares her thoughts on the “importance of the jazz singer” in the genre. It is weeks ahead of her performance at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in Sandton when Reeves tells me that, “through their lyrics, vocalists are the conveyor belts of the story in jazz”.Whether it is Zim Ngqawana crooning about missing his hometown in Ebhofolo, or Anita O’Day’s commanding skat against the beat of Gene Krupa’s drums in Sing, Sing, Sing, vocals can relay literal messages or be the extra layer of sound in a song, or both. Jazz singers “have played a great role in the evolution of this music”, Reeves says. “Musicians like Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McCrae and Betty Carter have been such trailblazers in the genre.”Having taken up singing and piano as a girl in Denver, Colorado, the Vaughan disciple has also been a trailblazer, deconstructing the traditional jazz-singer sound by incorporating a wide range of genres into her music. “Jazz-fusion, pop-soul and African- and West Indian-flavoured material vied for pre-eminence in a repertory that was as scattered as it was ambitious,” writes Stephen Holden about Reeves’s sound in a 1992 New York Times article. And this mesh of sounds is what audiences can expect when the Detroit-born singer takes to the Joy of Jazz stage this weekend. “We’ll be performing songs off the new record Beautiful Life as well as some old favourites from other albums. There’ll be a lot of good music,” she tells me.And with its vocalist-heavy line-up which features musicians such as South Africa’s Melanie Scholtz, Roberta Gambarini of Italy, Gregory Porter from the United States, and more — this year’s Joy of Jazz is something like an ode to jazz vocals: one of the many powerful instruments of the genre. In a country where our own singers have shaken up the genre, while collecting awards and singing for our liberation over the decades, jazz vocals have played a role in documenting our country’s musical past and present.Singers such as the late Sathima Bea Benjamin, who performed songs of freedom in Europe during the struggle were, as the Huffington Post put it, “a beacon of principled objection to apartheid”.And then there is Atteridgeville-born Tutu Puoane, who now lives in Antwerp, who has gone on to win awards such as the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters award, the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year award as well as two South African Music Award awards.Puoane, who will be performing alongside other vocalists and Standard Bank Young Artists of the Year winners, such as Scholtz, Sibongile Khumalo and Gloria Bosman, says she has taken cues from singers such as Reeves, and has sonically delved into different sounds on her latest album, iLanga.Talking to Puoane on Skype, I ask her about the perceived dominance of women jazz vocalists, to which she responds: “We never ask the guys what it’s like being a ‘male jazz singer’. We tend to pay too much attention to female jazz vocalists. There are a big number of male jazz singers, who are just as profound and amazing.”But with a few male jazz vocalists — such as the Grammy-winning Porter — among a sea of female vocalists on the festival line-up, it’s hard not to overlook the gender imbalance in the genre. “Women in jazz? I don’t think we’re where we should be in terms of having that dominance in the genre,” says singer Wanda Baloyi, who will be performing in a tribute show to the late Brenda Fassie at the festival. The performance will celebrate the country’s 20 years of democracy annive[...]



Alt-J’s second album defies expectations

2014-10-18T22:50:06.069-07:00

Spearheaded by their hit single “Breezeblocks,” Alt-J’s debut album An Awesome Wave initially had both fans and critics raving over the uniquely 21st-century sound cultivated by the four lads from Leeds. Eager to crown them the next big thing, many compared the four to a certain other group of introverted Englishmen who have also been playing music together since their school days. Back then, they went by the name On A Friday, but most people today know them as Radiohead. Sure, lead singer Joe Newman’s penchant for falsetto recalls post-The Bends Thom Yorke and both groups are influenced by trip hop/IDM acts like DJ Shadow, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin, but so was almost every major British rock musician who was coming up in the ’90s. Newman himself has said that he feels these comparisons and expectations are premature. He is quick to dispel them by citing Alt-J’s lone musical output in comparison to others’ long and consistent careers. Yet, for whatever reason, it feels like there is a disproportionate effort being made to contextualize Alt-J in relation to other bands and speculate on their longevity. This cacophony of hypercritical prophesizing has proven itself to be entirely superfluous to the music itself, mostly unsubstantiated and ultimately detrimental to new fans approaching Alt-J.On the first album, the band’s experiments in non-English lyricism, apparent fixation on triangles (as evidenced by their name, which is a keyboard shortcut for ∆) and subtle references to the book Where the Wild Things Are and the film Léon: The Professional all served to form a unique aesthetic identity. Barely two years removed from their debut, though, it now seems that many of Alt-J’s idiosyncrasies have become gimmicks in the eyes of critics. For the most part, this is due to hipsters’ (read: Pitchfork’s) aversion to anything popular. As the group continues to convert more and more Mumford & Sons/Ed Sheeran-type listeners, it is simultaneously losing the respect of the bloggers and critics who champion the underground and undiscovered. Such an inverse relationship between record sales and underground critical acclaim is only heightened by the fact that they were awarded the Mercury Prize for Best British Album of 2012. Perhaps it is all of this pressure and denigration that led to the supposedly amicable departure of bassist Gwil Sainsbury (for an example of such wanton abuse, see The Guardian’s January article “Alt-J: what happens when a bland band loses an anonymous member?”). Considering all that has happened and all that has been predicted to happen to the band since their debut, there is a great deal riding on this sophomore effort. With This Is All Yours, the newly slimmed-down outfit delivered a lush set of tracks that surprises without straying too far from their formula.This Is All Yours immediately harkens back to An Awesome Wave by starting with another “Intro.” It’s a slow-burning chorale done in classic Alt-J style — only this time on a grander scale. The staccato vocals of Newman and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton slowly multiply into a grandiose chant in which each voice cycles through acting as the kick, snare or hi-hat of a syncopated drumbeat. This slowly builds up to a “drop” executed by the actual drums (and distinctive array of woodblocks, anvils, shakers, tambourines, etc.) of percussionist Thom Green. This song sets the tone for the rest of the album — many such climactic moments are to come.Perhaps the most recognizable remnant of the first album is “Bloodflood, Pt. II.” The song takes lyrics from tracks such as “Fitzpleasure” and “Bloodflood” from their first album and lays them in a more fuller bed of horns and piano. N[...]



Beyonce, Nicki Minaj & More: 9 Hottest Female Duets

2014-10-18T12:12:01.694-07:00

Double the singers, double the fun! We love seeing our favorite singers up on stage, but it’s even better when they rock the stage for an epic duet! Browse our gallery of the hottest female duets and then vote for your favorite!
We’re always secretly hoping that our favorite female singers team up for a duet. Beyonce, 33, Nicki Minaj, 31, Carrie Underwood, 32, and Miranda Lambert, 30, have all hit the stage together for crazy awesome performances. Check our gallery of the sexiest onstage female duets!

Beyonce & Nicki Minaj: Their Surprise ‘Flawless’ Performance

No one ever expected Nicki to show up in Paris for Beyonce On The Run tour. But just like that, she did.

Nicki and Beyonce shocked all the fans in Stade de France in Paris when the “Anaconda” singer appeared to perform “Flawless” alongside Queen Bey!

They rocked the stage with their remix performance. Both Nicki and Beyonce donned oh so hot outfits for their sexy duet.

After their performance, Nicki posted an Instagram photo with Beyonce and included the message, “The QUEEN, could never thank you enough.”

We have to say, these two songstresses are both queens in our eyes!

Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert: Country’s Hottest Female Stars

There’s nothing better than watching Carrie and Miranda belt it out on stage. Carrie and Miranda’s song “Somethin’ Bad” is some kinda good!

They met up at the MGM Grand on May 18 in Las Vegas for one amazing duet! The performance was sizzling hot! Carrie and Miranda always add a little edge to their looks when they perform “Somethin’ Bad,” but it’s so totally sexy!

Hollywood Lifers, which female duet is your favorite? Do you want to see these hot musicians perform more songs together? Sound off in the comments below!
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GWAR Introduce New Frontwoman, Vulvatron

2014-10-18T23:03:17.919-07:00

Something huge has landed in the world of GWAR. Her name is Vulvatron, a spiky purple amazon who has the ability to shoot geysers of blood from her breasts. She also breathes fire and is serving as the group’s new co-vocalist, sharing vocal duties with new scumdog Blothar and other various singers.
Vulvatron made her onstage debut with GWAR at the band’s Riot Fest performance in Chicago. This marks the first female in GWAR since 2000 when the band employed backing vocalist Slymenstra Hymen. Vulvatron is a hell of a beast to lay your eyes on, with GWAR fans sure to fantasize of this new female being. Check out her debut in the fan-filmed footage above.

In a press release, Vulvatron is described as “genetically engineered to the optimum proportions for a female of her species.” The statement further reads, “Vulvatron has returned from the year 69,000, where she was a high-ranking Scumdog assassin in the battle against futuro-fascist forces. Her primary functions include mastery of the arts of war, quantum mechanics, and intergalactic musicology.”

As for her own entry into the band, Vulvatron says, “I have summoned Planck quantities of energy to navigate the fabric of space-time back to this primitive era on Earth. I believe our wormhole might have slightly malfunctioned upon my arrival, also ushering in a primeval creature from a far earlier era, vaguely resembling a Moon Moose. I shall have to report this anomaly to maintenance. My mission is to alter the current path of GWAR so that they might prevent the darkest period in the history of the Universe! I have calculated an optimum plan of action to achieve…Hey! Quit staring at my t-ts!”

In other GWAR news, drummer Jizmak da Gusha had Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl targeted for death, but recently decided to hold off after the rocker praised late GWAR leader Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) during a Foo Fighters show in Richmond.

Grohl told the crowd a couple of stories, first talking about his completely unprepared first experience at a GWAR show. He then referenced an interview that Brockie had given as Oderus Urungus where he claimed that Grohl had his teeth removed “so he could fit more Grammy d-cks in his mouth.”

Jizmak, visibly moved by Grohl’s tribute, offered up his response in the video below. The rocker reveals, “Tonight in Richmond, I had every intention of going to the Foo Fighters show to kill Dave Grohl, but he said something really nice about Oderus and you know, I decided I’m going to spare his life … this time! Besides, the backstage brownies were delicious.” 
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Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

2014-10-18T11:51:03.036-07:00

Over the past two years, one of the defining sounds of the charts and high streets has been the shiny blend of deep house and UK garage, with a hint of 1990s nostalgia, purveyed by the likes of MNEK, Rudimental, Disclosure, Route 94, Gorgon City and Duke Dumont – male DJs and producers all.But scratch the surface and you’ll see on their tracks a preponderance of female singers, who are emerging as songwriters in their own right. When Jessie Ware first emerged she shared the glory with her producers Julio Bashmore and Dave Okumu, but now it is her name in lights.It was the Disclosure remix of Ware’s 2012 debut single, “Running”, that for many signalled the commercial potential of this new pop-house sound. Disclosure’s album Settle featured a host of female singers – notably, Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge and Hannah Reid of London Grammar – who used their cameos as a springboard for solo success, although not necessarily in the realm of dance music (Eliza Doolittle, also on the album, had already proved herself commercially).Since then, the likes of Route 94 (No 1 earlier this year with “My Love”, featuring Jess Glynne), Duke Dumont (no 1 last year with “Need U (100 %)” featuring A*M*E, No 1 in March 2014 with “I Got U” featuring Jax Jones, and No 2 recently with “Won’t Look Back”, featuring Yolanda Quartey) and Gorgon City have either provided established female musicians with the opportunity to shine, or with a launchpad for solo careers. Gorgon City’s forthcoming debut album alone features collaborations with Brit girls Katy B, Laura Welsh, Yasmin, Katy Menditta and Anne Marie, as well as American newbie Tish Hyman and US R&B/soul star Jennifer Hudson.And that, make no mistake, is what they are, according to Glynne, singer on Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” and her own No 6 hit, “Right Here” – collaborations. “They [male producers] might be launching us,” says the north Londoner, currently working on her 2015 debut album, “but really we’re helping each other. Because without our vocals, melodies and lyrics, they wouldn’t have the songs.”Matt Robson-Scott, one half of Gorgon City, notes that they also work with male singers (they had a No 2 hit in January with “Ready For Your Love”, featuring MNEK), but concedes that, with its warm vocals and accessible melodies, the current pop-house formula is working because of the women involved, which in turn makes the music attractive to a female demographic.“It’s the girls in the parties, the ravers, the clubbers, who are really into the sound, and that always helps with the environment in the clubs,” he says on the phone from Ibiza, ahead of a DJ set at Amnesia. “The girls come to the front and the guys follow, so that’s a big plus.”From Amnesia and Space in Ibiza to Circus and Fabric back home, he has noticed a softening up in terms of atmosphere. “I grew up with drum’n’bass in London,” he explains, “and this music definitely feels more friendly and accessible. The girls are dictating what’s going on on the dancefloor, rather than lads with their tops off.”Adam George Dyment, aka Duke Dumont, started out remixing Lily Allen and Bat For Lashes before his breakthrough with “Need U (100%)”, which won him – and A*M*E – a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording. He acknowledges the crucial role played by female artists, who generally bring the topline melody and lyrics to his slick creations.“Girls like Jess Glynne and Sinead Harnett co-write their songs, and they’re part of the whole process,” he says, adding that there is no undervaluing the power of a strong melody [...]



Maple Ridge singers in running for bling

2014-10-18T23:02:45.503-07:00

Names of three young Maple Ridge women and one very talented father keep popping up again and again on the shortlist of finalists for this year’s BC Country Music Association Awards.Carly and Britt McKillip, along with their father and industry legend Tom McKillip, were revealed as finalists on Friday, when the BCCMA shortlist was made public.The Maple Ridge siblings, who make up the group One More Girl, are up for album, duo, songwriters, website, and video of the year.As well, independently, Carly is a finalist in the keyboard category, while Dad is up for producer and country music personality of the year. His company, McKiller Music, is also up for recording studio of the year.But these are not the only local names on the BCCMA shortlist.Roosters Cabaret in Pitt Meadows is once again up for country club of the year, while Chris Rolin of Rolin Sound is also in the running for recording studio of the year.And in the country music person of the year, Hammond's own Geoff Dueck is in the running, along with the senior member of the McKillip family.And in the drum category, Pitt Meadows resident Jerry Adolphe is a finalist.Last, but definitely not least, up-and-comer Madeline Merlo of Maple Ridge has burst onto the country music scene in a big way in the past year and a half, garnering numerous BCCMA nominations as well.Merlo, who’s performing a few hometown concerts in the next few weeks, is up for three awards, including female vocalist, and songwriter of the year, as well as the Ray McAuley Horizon Award that is given to the best newcomer on the provincial country music scene."I'm really honoured to be nominated and can't wait to go," Merlo told The TIMES, noting she's off to Nashville after the BCCMAs to do a little more writing and recording in anticipation of releasing her first full-length album in January or February."It's kind of like they're welcoming me into the BCCMA family, and the country music industry in this province. It's amazing," she added.The BCCMA winners will be announced at a special awards show at Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam on Oct. 19 [tickets available at 604-533-5088].In the meantime, Merlo said she's still shaking her head in disbelief at how much her life has changed.Earlier this month, she was in Edmonton, performing at a number of industry award events during the Canadian Country Music Awards, and she was at London Drugs in Abbotsford and Coquitlam in the past week performing to help celebrate the release of her debut, self-titled EP.This weekend she's performing a free and intimate concert followed by a meet-and-greet on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the London Drugs in Valley Fair Mall.And, she will also be performing at home again on Oct. 4, at 9:30 p.m. in The Well pub at Chances Maple Ridge (the new gaming centre) at Lougheed Highway and 227th Street."This year has been really amazing for me," Merlo explained, comparing it to a whirlwind. "Every day, I remind myself how incredibly lucky I am. I wanted, since I was a young girl, to pursue music. It always seemed like an impossible dream, but now it's becoming a reality."Finalists list revealedThe BC Country Music Association is proud to announce its final nominees, in no particular order:• Album of the YearChad Brownlee – The Fighters (Langley)Dallas Smith – Tippin’ Point (Langley)Karen Lee Batten – Cause A Scene (Langley)Me & Mae – Off The Rails (Langley)One More Girl – The Hard Way (Maple Ridge)• Country Club Act of the YearAppaloosa (Chilliwack)Chris Buck Band (Burnaby)Me & Mae (Langley)Smith & Jones (Langley/White Rock)Whiskey Jane (Vancouver)• Country Club of[...]



Jhené Aiko, Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi, and other brilliant women of R&B

2014-10-18T12:30:06.843-07:00

Jhené Aiko, Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi, and the other brilliant women of R&B who aren’t getting their due in 2014.In 2011, the only person stopping R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius from topping the Billboard album chart was Adele. Ambrosius, the songwriter behind Michael Jackson’s “Butterflies” and former lead singer of Floetry, would’ve gone No. 1 with her album Late Nights and Early Mornings if its release didn’t coincide with the sales peak of the Adele juggernaut 21. Four years later, her follow-up Friends and Lovers tells a different story: Released a couple months ago, the album debuted with less than a fifth of Late Nights’ sales, and didn’t crack the Top 10.What happened? Don’t blame the sales downturn on the album—it’s wonderful. Instead, a subtle shift in the way Billboard counts its song charts has had a dramatic effect on Ambrosius and a whole swath of female R&B singers like her. Because of that shift, for the last two years, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart has acted as a virtual mirror image of the Hot 100. These changes have made this R&B chart a safer, whiter, and more boring place. And it’s making it hard to be a black woman singing R&B.In 2012, the music industry’s oldest trade journal started counting digital and streaming sales, not just sales of physical CDs, chartwide. To understand what this means to female R&B in 2014, consider Billboard’s contorted history of assessing black consumer data. Until bar-code scanning of albums and singles became the norm on the album and Hot 100 singles charts in 1991, industry analysts relied on gentlemen’s agreement confirmations from retailers who often, to be polite, misrepresented sales. The result: Purchased albums were often undercounted. When Billboard applied this tracking system, known as Nielsen SoundScan, to what was then called the Hot R&B Singles chart in 1993, it confirmed what American kids had known for years: Hip-hop was our rock ’n’ roll. This led to instant results on the Billboard album chart. What many listeners remember as a golden age of hip-hop and R&B—Tupac, Nas, Mary J. Blige, TLC, and so on—happened in part because Billboard reflected with accuracy what the majority of white and black consumers bought.But we call ages “golden” in retrospect. Slow to respond to the Internet and downright reactionary when it chose to regard Napster as a threat, the record industry saw a diminution in album and single sales after an early 2000s peak. As a kind of OK-you-win gesture, in 2005 Billboard included digital sales on the Hot 100 and album charts but, dithering, not on what was now called the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. For a while, the black charts could still boast an identity, a parallel world in which communal listening spaces occasionally overlapped with white pop culture.Billboard decided in 2012 to count digital and streaming sales of singles so that they registered on every chart. Slate contributor Chris Molanphy’s meticulous and depressing account in Pitchfork of how the Hot R&B chart has evolved—and devolved—explains the impact. Now the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart looks a lot like the Hot 100. To achieve sales and radio parity, Molanphy writes, “Billboard also incorporated airplay across all radio formats into the genre charts; so airplay from Top 40 or adult-contemporary stations of, say, an R&B song would now count for the R&B chart, of a country song would count for the country chart, and so forth.” The inclusion of digital and streaming data skews all charts toward pop hits—a cataclys[...]



How to Lighten Dark Lips?

2014-09-18T22:48:26.475-07:00

Feel that your mouth is too dark compared to your face? Do you want a pink perfect pout?
You are not alone. Millions of women worldwide suffer from this entirely treatable condition. So, look no further for your dermatologist-recommended tips to lighten your lips!

1. Stop licking your lips: Many people suffer from a repetitive habit of licking their lips. This repetitive friction and irritation causes a darkening of the lips and even the surrounding skin. Why does this occur? Usually, people with this habit have lips that continually dry and they repeatedly lick their lips to moisturize it. Unfortunately, the more you lick your lips, the more water evaporates from the lips, ultimately making them even drier. This ultimately perpetuates a never-ending cycle! So stop this habit for a lighter and healthier pout!

2. Exfoliate your lips: A lot of people with dry lips will have excess skin that makes your pout look rough, uneven and discolored. Luckily, there is a natural remedy for this. You can gently rub your lips with your toothbrush every morning! Or, for an extra effective exfoliation, you can mix sugar, honey and olive oil and apply it to the lips as a gentle scrub and then wash it off. Do this a few times a week and be amazed at the results.

3. Moisturize regularly: Dry lips are darker lips, likely because light is not able to reflect properly off an uneven surface. Moist lips will look healthier and pinker, so moisturize regularly with a strong lip balm at least 5-6 times a day! Make sure the lip balm has shea butter in it, as it is highly effective at moisturizing your pout.

4. Apply sunblock: Yes, lips can get tanned too! In fact, the sun can damage the skin on the lips, making them appear darker and rougher. Look for a lip balm with SPF30, and apply it at least 5-6 times a day to make sure it does not wear off.

5. Try lasers: If natural remedies do not work, then you can try a KTP Laser for your dark lips. This safe and painless procedure uses a targeted light therapy to attack excess color on the lips. Typically, KTP requires 2-4 sittings, depending on how dark your lips are. Talk to a certified dermatologist about it to learn more.

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Why do women have to be naked to sing a song? - Sharon Corr

2014-08-31T10:39:11.971-07:00

Singer and former Voice of Ireland judge Sharon Corr has hit out at female singers wearing little or no clothes on stage.
Speaking about her new album on the Ryan Tubridy Show on 2fm, the Louth native explained her frustrations.

"I see so many overtly sexualised images these days and I wonder why women have to be naked in order to sing a song.

"My new record is a female album, I feel very strongly about representing women in a way that's not negative; that tries to progress the female cause forwards rather than backwards."



The former Corrs singer is currently promoting her solo album The Same Sun, and spoke about how the songs on her new record promote female sexuality.

"Women are extremely stereo-typed, my songs are not about being unfaithful, it's about expressing the normal things that we feel and we think.

"Women are not shy and retiring about wanting our husbands or our partners or whoever it is. I don't feel that way, it's just that I hate the stereo-typing, women are so much more liberated than that."

The mum of two also spoke openly about her battle with anxiety following the birth of her two children.

"We came off the road in 2005 and I had two babies back-to -back and I was sleep deprived. I started to become a bit anxious. When other people tell me they've been through that, it makes me feel a lot better.

"I would find myself in very bizarre situations where I'd be getting my hair done and I'd start to panic, and I'd be terrified," she said.

"It happened in the silliest situations, I was super tired and super stressed and a terrible worrier and I'm not now.

"I glad I'm out the other side of it, I had to look after myself, make sure I was getting enough sleep, not drinking too much alcohol because that'll put me over the edge. I have to be good and kind to myself in order to not go back there."

With two young children - her son Cathal is eight and her daughter Flori is seven - Sharon admits it can be difficult to juggle her young family with her music career.

"I love my kids so much, they are the most important thing to me but I can't live without my music.

"I have this constant tug of war between them both, I try to balance it all and I have a very supportive husband.

"I want to show them what women can do in life and how you can succeed when you take life by the horns."

What with being so busy, the 44-year-old likes to let her hair down at home.

"I never wear make up or heels when I'm at home. I love cooking, it's a quick fix, you create something and you get immediate gratification."
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Riff Raff starts random feud with Sam Smith after singer crops him out of Katy Perry

2014-09-01T01:39:01.816-07:00

Riff Raff is rarely acknowledged this side of the Atlantic.
In fact, so little attention is usually paid to the rapper – best known, at least by us, as "Bono with cornrows" – he attempted to pull off the lamest publicity stunt in recent awards history when he turned up to the MTV VMAs dressed as a double-denim Justin Timberlake circa 2001, with Katy Perry as his Britney Spears.

It was a poor look then, and an even worse spectacle in the year 2014.

Yet that didn’t stop him from berating British singer Sam Smith for doing him the huge favour of cropping him out of an Instagram photograph he took with Perry and Charli XCX.

“So amazing to see my girl @charli_xcx last night!! Smashing it so hard #STORTFORD,” Smith captioned the image.

Little did he expect the somewhat angered response he got back from Mr Raff, clearly perturbed by the fact he hadn’t been included.

As of yet, Smith is yet to respond to Raff’s comments. And probably never will, because they are, lets face it, ridiculous.

Despite her questionable choice of date and attire, Katy Perry was honoured with the Best Female Video Award (yes, they still have gender categories for music videos) for her controversial visuals for “Dark Horse”.

The video caused much controversy when it was initially released in February.

An online petition signed by more than 50,000 Muslims demanded it was pulled from YouTube because of an offending scene, which shows an Islamic necklace burned by lightning shot from Perry’s fingers.
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Ariana Grande: 'Nothing's going to stop me'

2014-08-26T11:35:53.994-07:00

When Ariana Grande heard the final version of Bang Bang, her diva showdown with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, she remembers falling to the floor and blurting, "Holy Lord, thank you for this moment!" Grande, 21, has enjoyed a lot of big moments leading up to today's release of second album My Everything, fueled by four songs that already have sold 4 million downloads and racked up 200 million streams.With Break Free at No. 4, Problem at No. 7 and Bang at No. 10 this week, the singer/actress joins Adele as the only female lead artists to lock up three slots simultaneously in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart."She's set up for a great debut," says Keith Caulfield, Billboard associate director of charts/sales, who predicts a No. 1 bow based on industry forecasts.Compared to many of her peers, "she seems way brighter and more pop-culture savvy," Caulfield says. "Her voice echoes Mariah Carey, but she has a wide taste in music and can channel a lot of sounds and styles."The singer, acclaimed for her supple pipes, says her biggest weapon is drive."When I'm working on my music, I submerse myself," she says. "Nothing's going to stop me. It fulfills me. I want to express my feelings, keep it real and progress as a person."Music wasn't the Florida native's first calling. She acted in 13 on Broadway in 2008, then in two Nickelodeon sitcoms (Victorious and Sam & Cat) before releasing 2013 debut Yours Truly, a chart-topper propelled by hit The Way."I'm such a theater geek and would love to go back to live theater, but I want to do pop music forever," Grande says, citing the "weird combination" of India Arie, Madonna and Imogen Heap as her heaviest influences.Grande hijacked the summer with Problem, a song she initially wanted to yank from the album. The sassy bubblegum tune featuring Iggy Azalea has sold 2.9 million downloads. On first listen, Grande didn't hear a hit."I had the opposite reaction," she says. "'I don't like this song. It annoys me.' But when it was done, I realized it was so special."For Grande, Problem's hot streak ended when her grandfather died in July. She scrapped three weeks of career commitments to be close to her tight Italian-American clan."I'd have moments of celebratory happiness but nothing is more real than that pain," she says. "It was a reality check. Nothing is more important than family."She also finds solace in Kabbalah and attends classes every Friday. Raised Catholic, she left the church at 13 "hand in hand" with her gay older half-brother, actor/producer Frankie Grande."I went with him because he had his heart broken by our faith," she says. "I fell in love with Kabbalah. It's a positive, beautiful way of life."Grande hasn't expressed her political and social views in songs yet, "but I may do that down the line," she says. "Music is a perfect vehicle to tell any story. I'll tell all my stories."[...]



MTV VMAs: Beyonce's performance dominates the night

2014-08-29T12:29:48.328-07:00

Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, and Ariana Grande took home prizes, and Miley Cyrus, who won the video of the year prize, ceded the stage to a man who spoke about homelessness.The MTV Video Music Awards included wins for singer Beyonce, who was also honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, while Miley Cyrus, 5 Seconds of Summer, and others also took home awards.Beyonce took the stage at the end of the show and was widely acknowledged as having delivered one of, if not the, best performances of the night, with the Guardian calling her performance a “show-stopper… [she] brought the house down” and Associated Press writer Mesfin Fekadu writing that she was “the reigning queen… her performance easily outdid her competition throughout the night.”Singer Nicki Minaj performed her song “Anaconda” and Taylor Swift sang her new single “Shake It Off,” while Minaj also performed the song “Bang Bang” with singers Ariana Grande and Jessie J.Recommended: The 25 best musicians of the Rock eraSocial issues were also addressed during the show, with rapper Common, who was giving out the award for best hip-hop video, speaking about the situation in Ferguson, Mo. Common asked that the crowd have a moment of silence.“Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar,’’ he said, according to the Associated Press. ‘‘Hip-hop has always been presented a voice for the revolution.”  MTV also aired a short clip that included a quote by writer James Baldwin that said, “Nothing can be changed until it is faced.” “It's a call to action to our audience that we have to confront our own bias head-on before we can truly create change,” MTV president Stephen Friedman told the AP. In addition, Cyrus sent someone else on stage for her when she won the video of the year award for her song “Wrecking Ball.” The man introduced himself as Jesse and said, “I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people. Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight." Beyonce, who also won the best cinematography prize for her song “Pretty Hurts” and the video with a social message award for the same song, was given her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by her husband Jay-Z, who joined her onstage with their daughter Blue Ivy.“I have nothing to say, but I'm filled with so much gratitude,” Beyonce said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I thank God for this moment. I love y'all.”Other winners included the group Fifth Harmony taking the artist to watch award, Ed Sheeran winning the best male video award for his song “Sing,” Katy Perry winning best female video for the song “Dark Horse,” and 5 Seconds of Summer winning best lyric video for their song “Don’t Stop.”[...]



Ariana Grande: Top Facts for Fans

2014-08-26T02:27:22.411-07:00

Ariana Grande’s popularity has recently reached new heights. She is now counted among one of the biggest names in the pop circuits. It seems that she had just arrived on the scene when suddenly, her name was everywhere. The transition from being a newcomer to a major star has been swift for Grande. Here are the top essential facts any fan needs to know about Ariana Grande.So who is this girl, anyway? Grande is a powerhouse singer who has quickly gained a great deal of fame due to her astonishing vocal gifts. In fact, her vocal range is similar to that of Mariah Carey’s, and fans often compare the two divas. Grande falls just short of Carey in the singing department, though: unlike the five octaves and two notes of Carey’s, Grande’s vocal range is at four octaves.While most everyone would agree that she is an excellent singer, Grande’s dancing is not so “Grande.” Many fans lovingly tease Grande about her lack of dancing ability, and it has been said that she cannot dance to save her life. During her first performance, Vox reports, she just stood there and let her voice do the magic since she is most likely aware of her limitations. As reported by Vox, her dancing caliber only consists of her flipping her hair at this point, but she has recently been trying to improve upon her dance steps.Her success in the music industry can be attributed to some seriously savvy marketing. Her first album was launched by Republic Records, and it has been reported that Ariana has collaborated with them for three albums in total. She most recently completed a collaboration with Iggy Azalea. Target and Beats headphones will reap the benefits of her talents as well as she has recently signed on as a spokeswoman for the two companies. This is one girl who is going to have a jam-packed schedule as she continues building her music career.Some online commentators feel that the the buzz regarding her new album could be because of the association with Max Martin. Martin is considered to be a “pop God.” He spearheaded the success of Britney Spears and brought Taylor Swift to international fame. It is evident from the success of Grande’s first single that this association is paying off for Grande, big time.Many fans say she has the potential to become a mega pop diva like those who have gone before her. Her first album, Yours Truly pushed her to the same stature, which Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Ashlee Simpson once enjoyed. Her impressive vocal range and command as well as natural talent for singing could make her the next superstar. However, one must not forget that the international pop arena is currently facing a dearth of female singing talents. Grande has arrived at a time when there are fewer female singer present to compete with her than there were previously, so fans expect her meteoric rise in the music industry to continue unhindered.[...]



Katy Perry Wins Best Female Video at 2014 MTV VMAs

2014-08-26T11:06:40.917-07:00


Congratulations Katy Perry! The gorgeous singer took home the coveted moon man award for ‘Best Female Video’ for her mega-hit song, ‘Dark Horse!’

Katy Perry, 29, has done it again! The always adorable singer took home the award to “Best Female Video,” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24, for her song with Juicy J, ‘Dark Horse!’

Katy Perry Wins ‘Best Female Video’ Award VMA.

Katy couldn’t have been more adorable when accepting her award. Thanking her loyal Katy Kats, the stunning singer was shocked and completely humbled to be receiving such a great award! This was seriously one tough category! The nominees included, Iggy Azalea featuring Carlie XCX for their summer hit, “Fancy,” Beyonce, “Partition,” Ariana Grande, “Problem, and Lorde, “Royals.”

Wearing her dark locks in loose waves, the singer wore a long two-toned denim inspired long dress that showed off and accentuated her beautiful hour-glass figure. Wearing red lipstick and a smokey eye, Katy pulled her look together while making sure not to pull too much focus from her statement making dress!

It definitely looked like she was channeling Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake‘s now infamous 2001 epic matching denim red carpet look!

Clearly the singer knew what she was doing! As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, earlier in the day Katy told her fans her plans in a series of tweets. Her first tweet read, “WE’RE GOIN FOR DA BEST WORST DRESSED TODAY  #THISISHOWWEDOVMAS.” Later in the day, Katy tweeted, “I must admit my outfit is a result of my love for nostalgia and my tumblr addiction.”

So funny! Congrats Katy, and thank you for the great throwback!
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