Pregnant and Proud: Christina Aguilera poses nude happily showing off her baby-bump

Aguilera bares it all for pregnancy photo shoot (Photo: courtesy of Brian Bowen Smith and VMagazine.com)

Aguilera bares it all for pregnancy photo shoot (Photo: courtesy of Brian Bowen Smith and VMagazine.com)

Christina Aguilera has never been ashamed to show off what her mamma gave her, but in a recent photo shoot for an online magazine the glamorous pop-star took a no-shame, no-clothes approach to flaunting the natural beauty of pregnancy.

Though it’s been done before (then again after that, and again after that), the 33-year-old buxom blonde took to the buff to bravely bare her baby bump (say that five times fast) as part of a shoot for VMagazine.com. Aguilera is no stranger to the stresses that pregnancy places on the female body as this will be her second child, and she has no qualms about displaying it for all to see.

“As a woman, I’m proud to embrace my body through all stages of life,” she said in the accompanying article, “staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store.”

The four-time Grammy winner joins an elite list of fellow famous mommies who have also bared it all for photo shoots while expecting. In 1999, a very pregnant Cindy Crawford graced the cover of W magazine. Following her were Britney Spears (2006, Harper’s Bazaar), and Jessica Simpson in 2012 (Elle). They all, however, follow in the footsteps of actress Demi Moore’s famous 1991 Vanity Fair cover, which raised eyebrows 23 years ago this month.

(Photo: courtesy of vanityfair.com)

(Photo: courtesy of vanityfair.com)

Britney Spears Minus Auto-Tune = Oh… Oh My.

(Photo: courtesy of businessinsider.com)

(Photo: courtesy of businessinsider.com)

Pop-music has changed drastically over the last decade or so. Sometimes it sees as though talent is no longer a requirement to become a superstar, and often even those who do possess talent still rely on technology to make their music sound unique. So what happens when an unedited version of a song which was meant to be tweaked with Auto-Tune leaks? Unfortunately, you’re about to find out.

On July 2, an un-edited version of Britney Spears‘ hit song “Alien” was leaked to the public… and it ain’t pretty. Warning: what you are about to hear may not be suitable for human consumption.

Spears’ track producer William Orbit claims that the, um… “performance” was part of a warm-up set and was never intended as a final take. “I’d like to affirm that ANY singer when first at the mic at the start of a long session can make a multitude of vocalisations in order to get warmed up,” Orbit wrote in a statement picked up by the Huffington Post. “Warming up is essential if you’re a pro, as it is with a runner doing stretches, and it takes a while to do properly. I’ve heard all manner of sounds emitted during warm-ups. The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners.”

So what’s your take on this? Is this simply a leaked warm-up routine or was Spears just phoning it in and depending on Auto-Tune to make things sound legit?

 

 

2014 People’s Choice Awards: And the winners are…

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January 8th marked the 40th anniversary of the People’s Choice Awards and what a night it was! Many forms of media and entertainment are honored on this night, but we, of course, want to draw special attention to the music industry aspect. Lots of categories and lots of winners so let’s get started!

One of the biggest winners of the night was Mr. Justin Timberlake. The triple-threat earned three wins in three separate categories — Favorite Album (The 20/20 Experience)Favorite R&B Artist, and Favorite Male Artist.

Katy Perry also earned a lion’s share of awards, doubling up with wins for Favorite Music Video (Roarand Favorite Song (Roar).

Successful comebacks are few and far between, but don’t tell that to the members of Fall Out Boy. Reuniting in 2013 after an extended “hiatus,” the 2000’s punk-pop icons released a new album (Save Rock and Roll) and earned the 2014 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Alternative Band.

Since their formation in 2010, One Direction has been headed in only… well, one direction; up! Continuing their gangbusters-like journey, the British boy band kicked off 2014 with a win in the Favorite Band category, beating out the likes of Maroon 5 and Paramore.

Social media is heralding the resurgence of the independent artist and, in my opinion, it’s a beautiful thing. One duo of said independents is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. They’ve been blowing up the charts and now they start the new year with a huge win, garnering the award for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist in a category that included industry giants Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Lil Wayne.

There’s almost nothing more to say about Taylor Swift that hasn’t already been said in a blog, news story, or the diary of every 13 year-old girl who dreams of being a singer/song-wirter. I mean, did anyone doubt that she would win this year’s award for Favorite Country Artist? If you did I would strongly advise against taking any trips to Vegas anytime soon.

Ever feel like you’ve accidentally stepped into a time machine? I don’t remember driving off in a DeLorean this morning, but it sure feels like the early 2000’s with artists like Justin Timberlake and Fall Out Boy taking home the honors at this year’s PCA’s. Now, adding to the deja vu, we present the winner of this year’s Favorite Pop Artist award, Britney Spears! After break-downs and some much needed time off she has definitely worked her way back to the top of the pop world.

You know you’re off to a great new year when you edge out artists like Pink, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears. That’s exactly what Demi Lovato did to win this year’s award for Favorite Female Artist.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

A Day At The Karaoke Races with DigiTrax

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We love new karaoke, and we love fast cars. So here’s both. DigiTrax’s new April R&B/Hip-Hop release features two (count ’em – two) rip-roaring rides for ya, starting with “Bugatti” in the style of Ace Hood featuring Future & Rick Ross. It’s pretty hardcore, so check your inhibitions before the green flag drops.

Next up is “Hey Porsche” in the style of Nelly, where we haven’t heard anyone stretch the car metaphor as far since Prince’s classic “Little Red Corvette”. Though the band Queen still rules as the only band to rhyme the word “carburetor” in a song.

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