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The Bieber Bump

Madison Beer isn’t a household name yet. But if the stars continue to align for her, then she’ll be damn near inescapable in a few months’ time. You see, Beer has been picked by none other than Justin Bieber as a star in the making.

On July 16, 2012, Madison Beer would read on paper as a fairly typical young teen. Frequently on Twitter with a mild Justin Bieber obsession, Beer most distinguished herself through her singing. Beer would post videos to her YouTube channel, covering Christina Perri and mashing up Bruno Mars. Having only been on the channel for a little under five months, Beer seemed to be making a modest, but by no means groundbreaking, impact with her tracks. Of course, it’s impossible to gauge so early in any performer’s career what heights they might reach. Talented musicians with great energy, defined profiles, and good skin are a dime a dozen in the music industry.

But that was then.

Cut to 12:15 pm on July 17th. Pop juggernaut Justin Bieber tweeted a link to one of Beer’s videos, a cover of Etta James’ “At Last.” “Wow. 13 years old!” Bieber wrote. “She can sing. Great job. #futurestar.” Since the tweet went out a little over two weeks ago, it has been retweeted over 25,000 times. Beer’s follower count on Twitter has since skyrocketed from about 3,000 to over 40,000. Beer’s account on YouTube has experienced some increased traction as well, currently boasting 11,000 subscribers. Chalk it up to The Bieber Bump.  (more…)

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

  • Deadmau5: “Drugs are bad, mmmmkay?”
  • Spotted in the wild: the rare Blue Ivy in the company of a Queen B
  • Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe breaks media silence, maintains innocence
  • Justin Beiber will take on paparazzis with a nine iron
  • Kris Humphries finally manages to get one up on Kanye
  • You didn’t see “Shut Up And Play The Hits” last night? That’s too bad…
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    Katy Perry's 'Part of Me 3D' to be Released in July

    Finally some news from the notoriously reclusive Katy Perry!

    After some controversy surrounding her music video for “Part of Me,” pop star Katy Perry is releasing a 3D feature film that is part documentary, part live performance footage. Fans will be able to see clips of her world concert tour, as well as footage of the pop star from her pre-fame beginnings as a church choir singer. The film, titled Katy Perry: Part Of Me 3D, apparently also provides some insight into Perry’s divorce from comedian Russell Brand, incorporating the narrative into the movie as it developed during the filming period.

    According to Rolling Stone, Perry’s 3D film is projected to match the success of Justin Bieber‘s Never Say Never 3D concert film. The movie is set for release July 5 of this year. Watch the trailer below:

    Is Scott McCreery's Success The Proof Of Youth?

    Looks like Scott McCreery is the next pop-country super star.

    The American Idol alum seems to fit the bill pretty well. A clean cut crooner with faith to spare, a couple of singles under his belt and a charming “golly, gee shucks” attitude. No surprise that his debut record moved a ton of units in the first week and made chart history. The 200,000 copies of Clear As Day sold in the first week was good enough to net McCreery the second best debut of the year. Now the question is what makes this young kid so unique, aside from his success?

    It’s exactly that. In a field that doesn’t have that many youthful stars, McCreery is young”he really was a kid, for all intensive purposes, until his eighteenth birthday on October 7th. Sure, there’s the likes of Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum but can you think of any other established country music stars that aren’t old enough to drink? There’s a reason why his newest video takes place in chem class (and it’s just an honors course too, it won’t even count for college credit).

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    Soundcheck: When Hip-Hop Goes Pop

    Mash-ups are a mainstay on the hip hop scene with rappers constantly collaborating to deliver fresh material.  Even the most vicious emcee paired up with the current R&B diva has a natural charm, and we’ve come to expect Rihanna, Beyoncé or Kelly Rowland backing up big verses from big rappers.  Now, it seems that hip hop has crossed over into the pop star realm, blurring the lines between the sugary sweet stylings of pop icons like Britney, Katy and Bieber with the hard-hitting sound of the streets.

    We got our biggest dose of the crossover craze when Nicki Minaj announced she would join Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale Tour this year. In a groundbreaking move, fans of pop music’s reigning queen would be shoulder to shoulder with fans of the hottest thing to hit hip hop in years.  What resulted was one hell of a party!

    Now, other singers are following suit, and pairing up with some unlikely collaborators. Justin Bieber will throw a little hip hop into the holidays when he releases Under The Mistletoe, on November 1.  The fifteen-track holiday album features a version of The Little Drummer Boy with none other than Busta Rhymes. We can’t imagine Rhymes’ grimy, gruff voice singing about the birth of Christ, but we’re all ears.  Other guests on the album will include Usher, Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey.

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    Needle in the Haystack Follow Up: Alexandria Maillot

    Alexandria Maillot Follow UpThis week we meet a girl with a big dream and the talent to achieve it. To wrap up this week’s Needle in the Haystack, we’re sharing a quick video featuring singer-songwriter Alexandria Maillot. Download her free track and check out our Tweet & A (where you’ll learn she’s a Justin Beiber fan).

    Watch the interview to see what’s next for this soon-to-be star!