NEW MUSIC… TO ME, AT LEAST

One of the things that excites me most in this whole world is music. I have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever, couldn’t hold a tune if you held a gun to my head, and can’t dance to save my life, but I *love* music. I love all kinds of music.. except, basically, country. But even some country songs I can jam to! Music is just the most inspiring thing in the world. I love a good beat, I love amazing lyrics, and I love that connection you can feel to a song where it somehow just GETS what you’re going through, what you’re feeling, or who you are that day.

Admittedly I don’t have the firmest grasp on new music because I don’t listen to the radio so a lot of times I’m behind the curve on what’s out there. I have Sirius XM satellite radio in my car, but end up listening to my iPod most of the time (I’m a fan of a well-executed playlist, I fancy myself quite the amateur DJ I guess) so I stick to what’s already in my library, which is great, but I end up missing out on some really good stuff.

I watched the VMAs on Sunday night, and while the overall show was pretty much a trainwreck (MTV doesn’t even try for quality anymore at this point, they just go for what will get them the most tweets) I found myself pleasantly surprised by some of the performances. I thought Justin Bieber did a great job (sans the crying, sorry Biebs) and really love both of his new songs. I also love “Cool for the Summer” but didn’t totally love Demi’s performance (it was a little too try-hard on the sexiness and came across kind of lame, sorry Demi!). I’m also obsessed with The Weeknd — what a phenom voice he has. I loved Nick Jonas at the pre-show too (that grinding sesh with Kelly Osbourne.. I mean, wow. Lick.)

The best performance of the night, to me, was by newcomer Tori Kelly. Aside from her totally enviable hair (THOSE CURLS. How does one achieve such hair perfection?!) and gorgeous makeup, her performance was the bomb diggity. Girl can SANG. I’ve always believed that true talent shines even without all the theatrics of the stage — backup dancers, crazy costumes, strobe lights and confetti. And this girl is a true talent.

Her voice is flawless. And what the fuck is sexier on earth than a girl with a guitar and a breakup song? Nothing. Sparkly pants help too.

If you haven’t seen this performance, you really need to watch it. This is the talent that MTV needs to return to highlighting (and she’s only 22!). Twitter wars, catty pop star fights, and worshipping t&a¬†and sex tape stars — no. This girl is the real deal. I wish for her lots of success and already bought her music on iTunes. I’ll proudly blast it on my next well-selected iPod playlist ūüėČ

xo A

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NEW MUSIC… TO ME, AT LEAST

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

We’re not even halfway through the summer and already three major celeb couples have announced their sad uncouplings: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. At a time when most summer flings are just starting to¬†sizzle, these long-term couples are facing a new reality and a new dynamic. It got me thinking about other celebrity couples from the past that will always have a special place in my heart. Here are a few of my favorites:

Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian

The Bush and The Tush are hands-down one of my favorite pairings of all time. They were both stunning on their own, but together, the hotness meter just went off the charts. I mean, really, could two humans look any more perfect than these two?! During their time together, anytime Kim spoke about Reggie on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she had such a sparkle in her eye. It was obvious that they were enamored of each other. They truly seemed a match made in heaven. I still firmly believe that Reggie is the one who got away (sorry, Kanye!) and am sad that we will never know what could have been. Though both have moved on with other partners, both marrying and having children (she famously wed basketball player Kris Humphries for 72 days, then rebounded with rapper Kanye West. The two have since welcomed baby North West, gotten married, and are expecting a new baby boy later this year. Reggie has also had a baby, Briseis Avagyan Bush, and married Armenian dance teacher Lilit Avagyan), I fondly remember the good old days of this gorge twosome.

Courteney Cox and David Arquette

I have been a longtime fan of this duo since the ’90s (they met on the set of Scream which is my all-time favorite horror franchise) and their on-screen and off-screen love seemed flawless. They co-starred in four Scream films and supported each others’ endeavors, co-owning a production company and executive producing a show together. They seemed to be the perfect complement to each other: she gorgeous and goofy and he adorable and quirky. Sadly, after over 11 years of marriage and one daughter together, they amicably divorced. Both have moved on, she with Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid (the two announced their engagement in 2014) and David welcomed a son, Charlie West Arquette, in 2014 with new wife Christina McLarty. But my heart will always hold near and dear Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers (I mean, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, of course!)

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Ah, to be young and beautiful and in love… I was really rooting for Miley and Liam to go the distance despite how young they were when they announced their engagement (she was only 19!) but alas, it wasn’t in the stars for this duo to have a future together. She was already world famous while his star was quickly on the rise, but sadly it wasn’t meant to be. Earlier this year, it was reported the two had reconciled, but this turned out to be a case of the rumor mill churning. They seemingly still remain friendly, which gives us hope that maybe they can find each other again after Miley finishes sewing her wild oats.. she just can’t be tamed!

Britney and Justin

This is the one that hurts my heart the most. Has there EVER been a cuter couple than Britney and Justin? Together, they had it all. They were both massive pop stars, he with *N Sync at the time and she a solo superstar. I refuse to acknowledge that Britney is to blame for their breakup, reportedly having cheated on Justin with backup dancer Wade Robson (really, Brit?!). They were so cute it hurts, and I still have hope they will end up together in the end. I know, I know, he’s happily married and recently welcomed son Silas Randall Timberlake with wife Jessica Biel, but Britney is single now and I can’t help but wish the two would find each other again. They were just so sweet and goofy and charming. Sigh…

xo A

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO