Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WILLAM FROM RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE HAS PUT ON A FEW POUNDS.

Willam, oh she of the fierce body and potty mouth, has always kept her figure svelte and lovely, but as of late she has opted for a more, how does Tyra say it, "fiercely real" body. Here is a recent picture of the RuPaul's Drag Race alum. What do you think? Is she rocking it? Can anyone tell me the date today?

SUSAN BOYLE, BIRTHDAY GIRL, IS YOUNGER THAN MADONNA. DISCUSS

Happy birthday, Susan. The Britain's Got Talent singer runner-up is 54 today. Boyle's introduction to the world as a frumpy Scottish spinster, Boyle's amazing voice didn't seem to fit her appearance and garnered praise from the judges and the public alike. Since releasing her debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, in 2009, Susan has gone on to sell over 25 million albums worldwide and had two US and three UK #1 albums. Not too bad for a shy old gal. Happy birthday, Susan.

JONI MITCHELL FOUND UNCONSCIOUS, RUSHED TO HOSPITAL

Legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home and rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital. She is currently in intensive care where the latest reports claim she is awake and in good spirits. There is no word on what, if any, ailments the 71 year-old Canadian singer has, but she is undergoing tests and last December told Billboard that she had a rare skin condition which kept her from performing. The folk icon has had many hits on the Hot 100 in the 60s, 70s and 80s including Help Me, Chelsea Morning and Big Yellow Taxi. Let's keep Joni in our thoughts today and send out all the good vibes possible. Here are a couple of gems from this beloved lady.

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG/#1 SONG 5 YEARS AGO TODAY: RUDE BOY - RIHANNA

Rihanna is no stranger to being sexy. I mean, this girl has been naked on a red carpet more times than I have in my bathroom. She's also had a number of very, very sexy songs. Rude Boy, from her best and most underrated album Rated R, is a brazen, forward call to a bad boy to "get it up" and give her what she wants. I bet he does too. It hit #1 on the Hot 100 on March 27, 2010 and stayed at the pole position for five consecutive weeks. That rude boy had staying power, girl. Ouch. Anyway, here is the Humpday Sexy Song for this April Fool's Day and the #1 song from five years ago today, Rihanna's Rude Boy.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

THE #1 SONG 50 YEARS AGO TODAY WAS....

....Stop! In The Name of Love by The Supremes. Before she became Ms. Ross, Diana was just a skinny young girl who lead The Supremes to massive chart success. Stop! In The Name of Love was the girl group's fourth consecutive #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and they would go on to have eight more after that, making them one of the most successful girl groups -- or any kind of group -- of all time. Classic girl group harmonies and moves highlight the clip below and you can tell that Diana and the girls are comfortable in front of the camera. Stop! hit #1 on March 27, 1965 and stayed for two weeks. So here is the #1 song from before pretty much anyone reading this blog was even born, Stop! In The Name of Love by The Supremes.


Monday, March 30, 2015

HAPPY MONDAY SONG: WHEN I THINK OF YOU - JANET JACKSON

If Janet Jackson's beautiful smile doesn't make you happy, then I don't know what to tell you. Of all the happy Janet songs, When I Think Of You has got to be up there with the best of them. She was only 19 years old when this, the third single from her breakthrough album Control was released, and there she was giggling her way to her first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Of course Janet would go on to build one of the most celebrated and massive careers in pop music history, but When I Think Of You, along with Escapade and All For You, is among the most joyous hits of her catalogue. And the video, directed by Julien Temple, is just as wonderful and wild. It has everything: Dance fighting, great choreography, sailors, prostitutes and Janet's hair belongs in a museum. So here is today Happy Monday Song, When I Think Of You by Janet Jackson.

MADONNA & TAYLOR SWIFT PERFORM GHOSTTOWN AT THE iHEARTRADIO AWARDS

Nailing it!! Love this. Queen of Pop Madonna is joined on stage by fan and fellow pop royalty Taylor Swift for a stirring rendition of her latest single Ghosttown. Taylor does not take a star treatment either, she simply strums her guitar and basks in the glow of Our Lady. She also rocks some matching thigh-high stockings with Madonna. Adorbs. Watch below and love it. Rebel Heart and Taylor's 1989 are both amazing and out now. Check it out.

Friday, March 27, 2015

MADONNA FRIDAY: NEW SONGS FROM GREATEST HITS ALBUMS RANKED

Madonna has released six compilation albums, including two remix albums, over the course of her career: You Can Dance (1987), The Immaculate Collection (1990), Something To Remember (1995), GVH2 (2001), Remixed and Revisited (2003) and Celebration (2009). From those albums there have been added new or previously unreleased material, with the exception of GVH2, which did not contain any extra tracks. Of those six albums, exactly ten new/previously unreleased songs were bestowed upon our hungry earholes. I must say that each and every one of these songs are worthy of being top Madonna singles and, in fact, some of them are. Our Lady knows how to deliver to her adoring fans. Here is my ranking of the new material from each of Madonna's compilation albums. I included the official music video for each song that had an accompanying one. WATCH THEM!! Enjoy and Happy Madonna Friday!!

10. It's So Cool (Celebration)
09. You're Honesty (Remixed and Revisited)
08. One More Chance (Something To Remember)
07. Celebration (Celebration)
06. Spotlight (You Can Dance)
05. I Want You (Something To Remember)
04. Revolver (Celebration)
03. Rescue Me (The Immaculate Collection)
02. You'll See (Something to Remember)
01. Justify My Love (The Immaculate Collection)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

THROWBACK THURSDAY: DEEE-LITE

With the current resurgence of 90s house music, what better time to take a look back at some of its pop-influenced pioneers, Deee-Lite! Born out of the New York club scene, singer Lady Miss Kier, Supa DJ Dmitry and Towa Tei took the scene by storm with the release of their 1990 single Groove Is In The Heart and the groundbreaking album World Clique. The sound was fresh and new and influenced by the clubs and their look, mostly designed by Kier, was just as impressive, with most fashionistas and even Vogue citing Lady Miss Kier as a major style influence to this day. Though they only placed two singles on the Hot 100 -- Groove Is In The Heart (#4) and Power of Love (#47) -- World Clique was a top 20 album and Deee-Lite enjoyed worldwide exposure and several MTV Video Music award nominations. Their follow up albums, the politically charged Infinity Within (#67, 1992) and dreamy Dewdrops In The Garden (#127, 1994) failed to match the success of World Clique due to lack of promotion and problems with their record label, Elektra, but the group managed to place nine songs on the U.S. Dance charts, including six #1s. That's nothing to sneeze at, bitches. Lady Miss Kier has gone on to be a sought after international DJ herself, as has Dmitry, and Towa Tei continues to produce music as a solo artist, collaborating with, among others, Kylie Minogue. It's not bad to have a hit like Groove Is In The Heart as your legacy, I must say, and World Clique got me through my first year in college pre-school. Yeah. Pre-school. Anyway, here are some of my favorite Deee-Lite singles for you to enjoy on this Throwback Thursday. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HUMPDAY SEXY SONG: STYLE - TAYLOR SWIFT

We don't get to see Taylor Swift's sexy side too often, so this is a real treat!! It must be what all those men see from her in private before she dumps their asses. Here is the latest single off of Swift's massively successful album 1989, Style. Written by Taylor, Max Martin, Ali Payami and Shellback, the brooding number and it's gorgeous video are currently sitting at #6 on the Hot 100. I wonder if it will become Taylor's third #1 from 1989? Wait and see. Until then, hump your best outfit and listen to today's Humpday Sexy Song, Taylor Swift's Style.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

THE #1 SONG TODAY IN 1994 WAS.....

.....The Sign by Ace of Base. Looking back, maybe Ace of Base was a total cheeseball, but you gotta admit they had some catchy-ass songs. The Sign hit #1 on March 12, 1994, knocking Celine Dion's Because You Loved Me off the top spot, spent four weeks at the top, lost the position to Bump n' Grind by R. Kelly for two weeks and then took #1 again for an additional two weeks. People REALLY liked this song, you guys. You know, not me. But OTHER people. The Sign went on to become the #1 single of 1994, the #11 single of the decade, and when Billboard released their top 100 songs of their first 50 years, The Sign was #51 of all the songs in Hot 100 history. Dayum! Not to shabby for a band that is basically an imitation, up-to-date ABBA. Anyway, sit back, relax and try not to bob your head along to this 90s gem. Here is the #1 song from 21 years ago today, The Sign by Ace of Base.


Monday, March 23, 2015

HAPPY MONDAY SONG: ROXETTE - JOYRIDE

This song Joyride, inspired by singer Per Gessle's girlfriend leaving a voicemail that said "hello, you fool. I love you", is one of the most joyous songs I can think of. I mean it has the word "joy" in it for fudge sake!! Roxette had a good run of hits on the charts in the late 80s and early 90s before sadly fading away. Their brand of blending American and Swedish pop is unlike anyone else and Joyride is one of the best examples. It was the lead single off of their platinum-selling third studio album of the same name. Joyride hit #1 on the Hot 100 on May 11, 1991 and remained in our happy hearts ever since. Enjoy the Joyride!!


21 DAY CLEANSE: READ IT THROUGH AND DO IT!!

READ ALL 21 DAYS AND DO IT!!!!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

21 DAY CLEANSE: DAY 21 - FINAL JUICE FAST AND LAST DAY!

We did it!! I'll tell you, this journey was even easier the second time around. I forgot how easy it was and was reminded of how good it feels this time around. I feel light, healthy and happy. This cleanse forces you to put a lot of things into perspective, I must say. I woke up this morning and had my first juice. My husband had a brunch, so I put my tax stuff together during that time because we have our appointment this afternoon. It didn't take me long to put my stuff together. I'm not a complicated person, ya know. I finished that up and settled in from of the TV to watch The Real Housewives of Melbourne (I'm obsessed) and The People's Court. Once my man got home we went and did taxes, stopped to look at kitchen stuff at Sur La Table, went to the grocery store for salad ingredients for tomorrow's lunch (still going to be hitting it, even after the cleanse) and did a little random shopping around the neighborhood at Delphinium Home and elsewhere. The rest of the day was spent lounging, watching Bridget Jones' Diary and the excellent finale of Girls and Looking. The last juice fast was a breeze! And so closes the adventure of this 21 Day Cleanse. It's been a delight, I must say, learning more about myself and my body. I hope....no, I WILL treat myself better now. Here's to health. UPDATE: Stepped on the scale this morning and I have lost 10 pounds. I think I put on some muscle too, so daddy is working it. BYEEE!!!

10:00 AM: Sweet Greens
11:00 AM: Green and Mint tea w/ Stevia
12:00 PM: Grapefruit and Mint juice
2:00 PM: Essential Greens
2:45 PM: Green tea w/ Stevia
4:00 PM: Spicy Lemonade
6:00 PM: Essential Red
8:00 PM: Almond Nut Milk
9:15 PM: Green tea w/ Stevia

21 DAY CLEANSE: DAY 20

Next to last day!! Woke up to a pretty, snowy scene this morning. It was 28 degrees, but supposed to get up to 54 later. Piddled around the apartment for a bit and then went to the gym for a lower body workout accompanied by my husband. We stopped for juice on the way home. We relaxed for a while before heading out to Brooklyn to see our friend in a show (he was a brazen hussy with a beautiful voice) and then headed back in to Manhattan. I picked up a tea on our way to retrieve our juice cleanses for our last juicing day of the 21 day cleanse tomorrow. Yay!! Almost there. We are going to dinner at Candle Cafe West on the UWS tonight, a vegan, fresh-from-the-farm restaurant. It was delish and I had two potato vodka martinis. Goodnight.

9:35 AM: Green Juice
12:00 PM: Summer roll and quinoa pasta w/ veggies
5:30 PM: Mint tea w/ Stevia
7:30 PM: Avocado tartar, Portobello mushroom and spinach paté Vegetarian fajitas