Sunday, 30 May 2010

Sign Up To The Glee Club

Have you signed up to Glee club yet? From the creator of Nip\Tuck, Ryan Murphy introduces Glee. A brand new US comedy that may easily be compared to Kenny Ortega’s High School Musical series, as the next generation of musical comedies. The story behind Glee is simple, a strong-minded teacher, William Schuester, (Matthew Morrison) at Mckinley High School, help a group of teens realise their full potential. The series depicts a stereotypical perspective of high school life. It's reality, something that all teen students can experience while at school. Students are catagorised into groups, from the popular, to the not so popular. Things start to go wrong, when the club isn't such a big hit on launch day, Schuester’s mission is to prove people wrong, and show them that everybody, is a somebody in this world.
After watching a few episodes of Glee, I have to admit, it did raise some questions in my mind; like, does it inspire the average viewer to get out there, and sign up for the Glee club at their school? Here are a few pros and cons I’ve listed, you don’t have to agree with me, I just wanted to get my thoughts out there, OK, so, let’s start with:

The Pros:

1) One thing that sticks out to me the most is its a realistic portrayal of high school life. It allows the audience, to relate to the show effortlessly. A show like Glee can really inspire viewers, and encourage them to love music, and get involved with after school activities, such as ‘signing up for the glee club’. The split between the popular, and the not so popular students, are brought together with the Glee club. Proving the fact that no matter where you are in the popularity chain, you can still ‘be cool’, as long as you be yourself.

2) Glee delivers a strong message, and that is, ‘even when you’re down, get up, and try again, because in the end, you’ll only come out stronger!’

The Cons:

1) Personally, I’m not a huge fan of musicals it can be a little annoying to watch. Especially, when characters start singing, and dancing, almost every 2-3 minutes throughout the show. It happens so frequently, and when you least expect it. You start to question yourself on how, and why that song relates to the current situation. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, who knows, but in my opinion, that has to be one of the negative aspects of the show.

2) Another thing, I’d like to add to my list of cons, if this is a musical\comedy I would’ve liked to see the show with their own songs. Cover versions of songs can only go so far. For example, in the pilot episode, the cast sung a cover version of ‘Don’t Stop Believin,’ originally released in 1982, by Journey a rock band, who first emerged in San Francisco California, in the early 70s.

In another episode, we have another cover version, but this time it’s a song from rock legend Areosmith with 'Dream On,' originally released in 1973. I mean come on, we’ve heard these songs already, why not bring something new to the table?

Maybe this is not such a bad thing, something tells me this is the show’s way of introducing old songs, to a new generation of viewers. People who aren’t old enough to know those tracks of course, when you think of it like that, then I guess it makes sense. It’s understandable, even if that is the case, it still wouldn’t hurt to also have a new collection of tracks that are not cover versions.

However, putting that aside, I do believe that the show sends a positive, and inspirational message to its audience, and that is, "you can do anything you set your mind to, nothing is impossible."

So, are you ready to sing till your heart’s content? Go check it out, I’m sure, sooner or later you’ll be saying, “I’m Glee!”

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Adidas - The Three Stripes Of Music

Have you ever wondered how, and why Adidas, the iconic sports brand with its symbolic three stripe design; started a relationship with the music industry particularly with hip-hop \ rap? The love first began back in 1986, when Run DMC made a fashion statement, and released a song entitled ‘My Adidas’. The song put the world famous sports brand back on the map. It was from that moment on, when the relationship strengthened. Adidas was everywhere, many of the celebrities we’ve known, and love started to follow the trend that Run DMC started. Since the 1990s, Adidas was the number one choice with hip-hop artists, as the brand developed street credibility with stars and music lovers alike.

Many music artists have worn Adidas trainers, and some have featured them in their videos such as Missy Elliott, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne. If you notice in Lil Wayne’s music video for his track Lollipop, he is actually wearing a pair of white and navy three striped Adidas trainers. I think it’s fair to say, Adidas is everywhere in music, and in popular culture which brings me to the question who are the latest celebrities who have made an endorsement to Adidas? Well, we all know that Missy Elliott is up there supporting the sportswear company, but who else is there? Hmmm well in 2009\10, the global sportswear company launched Adidas Originals where celebrities added their name to the list of endorses from rapper Young Jeezy, David Beckham, and Ciara, who are featured in the new Adidas Originals advert for the new 2010 collection. The new advert is described as a house party filled with well-known celebrities such as British R&B singer Estelle, and US rappers Young Jeezy, Redman and Method Man.

In another Adidas advert entitled ‘Where Originality Lives’ features many other music artists, such as Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, and British rock band Oasis.
Adidas has become the fashion label of hip-hop, and popular culture since the 1990s. It’s still going strong maintaining its street cred’ reputation, and remains the number one choice amongst celebrities. There’s no doubt that the global sports brand will be making future endorsements with the music industry, and still come out to be original. Let’s sit back and enjoy the party, and watch the love last forever.

Friday, 14 May 2010

World Cup Kick Off Celebrity Style

FIFA has announced the big musical line up for 2010 World Cup, it’s scheduled to kick off on June 10th of this year. Music artists, are getting ready to kick off World Cup celebrations as the first whistle is due to blow next month. Major performers like Black Eyed Peas, and angelic voice Alicia Keys have been confirmed that they will take centre stage in South Africa, alongside Shakira and many other famous names.

Local artists are also due to make an appearance at this special concert event, from folk singer Vusi Mahlasela to rock bands such as BLK JKS. The successful hip-hop group B.E.P, and R&B sensation Alicia keys were verified to perform on March 17th by FIFA. Artists are excited to be part of this three-hour spectacular event that is scheduled to take place at the Orlando Stadium in the well-known Johannesburg township of Soweto.

FIFA director of TV Niclas Ericson told the official website of the FIFA corporation;

"We wanted to have an electric, international mix of music genres to appeal to as many people as possible around the world whilst at the same time showcasing the immense home-grown talent of the host".

Sit back, and enjoy the ride because the FIFA World Cup is only weeks away. It will be a time to remember, and it's definitely going to make you say Boom Boom Pow!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

The Reoccurring Nightmare - Freddy's Back

One, two Freddy is coming for you, three, four, you better lock your door. That’s right Freddy’s back once again, and haunting you in your reoccurring nightmare. The 1984 horror classic ‘A Nightmare On Elm St’ is back, with a new director Samuel Bayer. The concept and storyline is what you might expect from the original nightmare series.

This time around, audiences get a chance to get to know the teenage villain with a metallic hand. What can I say about Freddy Krueger, (Jackie Earle Haley) the guy who still wears the same red, and green jumper with that brown hat he wore 25 years ago.

Come on, I know what you must be thinking it can’t all be bad. To be honest no it’s not, you can still get a few scares out of this movie, and still enjoy it for what it is. ‘A classic horror’ that still has gory, and gruesome dream sequences that reminds audiences what Freddy is really about.

The story of 5 teenagers who "Never Sleep Again' in order to avoid coming face to face with evil. Decide for yourself, if you would like to meet Freddy once again on the big screen, and experience the reoccurring nightmare.