Sunday, 24 July 2011

On the beehived one's demise...

I'm not blaming you if you haven't heard that Amy Winehouse was found dead yesterday, July 23, in her London house. The police and doctors are still hard at work to find out the real cause of her death

For those uninitiated, Amy was born on September 14 1983, which means when she died yesterday she was still 27 years old. This secured her membership of Club 27, which consists of entertainment legends who passed away at age 27, namely Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison.

As one guided by signs, even when Winehouse debuted as a fresh-faced 20-year-old in 2003, I could sort of tell what kind of life awaited following her new-found fame. Her surname was "Winehouse", itself a tell-tale sign, and her mother's name is Janis. Janis Seaton, 56, couldn't have been named after Janis Joplin but the fact that she shares a first name with the legendary musician is, to me, a signal that her daughter would meet the same fate as Ms. Joplin.

Rest in peace, Amy. May heaven be your real rehab.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Bali, Celebrity Paradise Hide-Out (part 1?)

The media once speculated whether or not the wedding of Delta Goodrem and Bryan Mcfadden would take place. The Aussie songbird and the Irish former boybander announced their engagement in late 2007. I was still in New Zealand at the time, and I remember it was one of the most talked-about unions in the Kiwi and Aussie media. Fast forward two years, I was already back in Indonesia for good but still kept an eye on the Kiwi entertainment (Delta has never really been big in Indonesia and Bryan, he kind of fell off the Asian radar after he left Westlife.) There was no news on the Goodrem-McFadden wedding, although the two insisted it was still on. We knew what was going on, however: the longer the engagement, the more unlikely the wedding will take place.

And indeed the wedding was off. And guess who has been seen with Miss Goodrem of late! The lucky guy (I should call him "kid") is none other Nick Jonas, the youngest of The Jonas Brothers! This is such a funny coupling. Delta is turning 27 in November and Nick is turning 19 in September. With Delta always been looking years more mature than her actual age ever since she broke out into the scene at age 18 and Nick with his baby face intact, it's easy to imagine Nick and Delta looking like auntie and nephew. Oh, and did I notice that Nick no longer wears his purity ring?

Recently, the couple have just got back from a holiday in Bali. How interesting. Bryan proposed to Delta on their vacation in Bali. I remember seeing pictures of the former couple frolicking at the beach with a typical Balinese villa in the background. And now that Delta seemed to have reprised her Bali memories with her new beau, it's easy to see whose idea the Bali trip was. Maybe our Ministry of Culture and Tourism can ask Delta to endorse Bali in our visit Indonesia campaigns?

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Britney Spears, ballads and autotunes...

I just recently discovered this song.

Released while pregnant with her firstborn Sean Preston in 2005, everyone would agree that this song really captures the emotion Britney must have felt as a would-be first time mother, which all mothers could relate. And everyone would agree, as well, that she's just effortlessly absolutely gorgeous and serene, an image hardly associated with Ms. Spears throughout her career.

This song did poorly on charts, and to this moment I still don't understand why it's her dance beats that have done very well. In songs such as Baby One More Time and her latest, "I Wanna Go", she uses a lot of autotunes and lipsyncs when she performs the songs live, for which she receives criticisms. I don't get it. Britney needs to promote more of her ballads, which she really shines in.

Speaking of memorable Britney ballads, I can only name one: Everytime, released in 2004.

Also, a little off-topic, I think you've all heard that Britney's ex husband Kevin Federline (henceforth referred here as Fed-Ex) is expecting a baby with current girlfriend Victoria Prince, a retired volleyball athlete. This is to be Fed-Ex's fifth, after Kori and Kaleb (with ex fiancee Shar Jackson), plus Sean Preston and Jayden James (with Britney.) What the world may not know is that before dating Victoria, Fed-Ex dated porn star Kacey Jordan and the relationship resulted in a pregnancy - which Kacey terminated. Kacey is the youngest of Fed-Ex's baby mamas at only 23 years old (Shar is 35, Britney is 29 and Victoria is 28), but she's the most sensible. Girl knew better than to have a baby with a douchebag like Fed-Ex!