I cannot tell you how sad I was the day that the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced they would stop touring after Stadium Arcadium. I wasn't as sad as if my dog died, but I was pretty down about it. It had been a bucket list item for me to see RHCP live since I first saw Anthony Kiedis on screen with the release of the music video for "Otherside" on MTV. Out of the darkness your eyes are met with a figure in a black trench coat, with his bleach blonde hair accentuating a disheveled appearance as his soft dark eyes divert from the lens of the camera recording him as he sings.
The only woman who can fill the bill of a suitable celebrity crush material is Linda Ronstadt. As a young boy, sitting in the classrooms of South Saint Paul's High School, I couldn't help but marvel at her presentation of Different Drummer (in 1966). Her voice would fill the classroom with her sweet, heartfelt need for moving on with her life and dumping the loser who didn't have the necessary right stuff to fill her life. Oh that poor young man, so close to her, yet still so inadequate. Saying to himself, maybe she might come back ... ? But no, of course she would move on and on, always forward. Living, loving, laughing, grabbing life’s essential, vital essence and squeezing out every last drop of enjoyment from it.
I might be bias in her favor, but let me tell you why (in sociological senses) she is a perfect person. That's also why loads of people hate her.
Lady Gaga. A name and a title at once, and two words that are probably synonymous with “meat dress”. It would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the infamous red-carpet dress and all its meaty glory when writing about Lady Gaga, so I thought it would be best to get it over with as soon as possible. Though I have no doubt that Gaga’s fashion moments could constitute an entire essay alone, it will not be this one. Strip away the stage name, 11 inch Alexander McQueen heels and the oversized diamond encrusted sunglasses, and you’re left with Stefani Germanotta, a 5’2” Italian woman and creative juggernaut who ra-ra-ra-ed her way into the public consciousness, and my heart.
Mark Mclune, famously known as DaColdestBreez, is an American musical artist and songwriter from Brooklyn, New York.
Raphael Fluker, famously known as Rafa Don, is an American musical artist and songwriter from Detroit, MI. Detroit native, Rafa Don spent the majority of his childhood and early teen years helping operate family owned businesses located in the heart of Downtown Detroit. At those businesses, Rafa Don would regularly work on his music from a store computer that he downloaded programs on. On days when store traffic was slow, Rafa Don focused on learning more about music production and the music industry. Rafa Don managed to establish his own record label, Make Way Entertainment LLC at the lowest time in his life financially and mentally coming off of the loss of his mother while beginning to compose his own music. The family businesses went under and were forced to close soon after. At the time, with himself as his only artist, producer, marketer, and so forth, one could imagine the company motto of “No way, Make Way” was derived through the countless hours of work and the resilience it took Rafa to have. His early work can be found under the name “Flu Smif”, a combination of his old street name and his late-grandfather’s last name. Notably, his name, “Rafa Don”, still appears on his early works and heard all throughout those mixtapes as, somewhat, a hint that there are different things about Rafa and his methods that the audience is still not aware of yet. Rafa’s music is filled with a brilliant and catchy flow. His deliveries are unique and insightful lyrics that hint towards many possibilities.
Waje, Flavour N'abania, African China...you won't believe their real names.
When it comes to being relatable and bringing a broad range of mood-worthy gifs and tweets, just like his writing and musical talents, Niall Horan has it in the bag.
Disclaimer: this video and story is not to hate on Blackpink. I have been a fan since their debut. I can not believe they will soon be celebrating their 4th anniversary. To think there is a whole generation of k-poppers that weren’t there for their debut. Rather they know Blackpink from DDDD era or Kill this Love.
In 2008, on the debut episode of Spectacle!, a music and talk show hosted by the bespectacled and by now highly respected Elvis Costello, Elton John spoke highly of three of his primary piano-playing influences: Laura Nyro, David Ackles, and Leon Russell. At that time, only Leon Russell was still alive.