Emblem3 already has a solid group of fangirls obsessing over them and it’s not hard to understand why. They’re pretty charming over the phone, asking me where I’m from (Canada), if I’ve ever been to Banff (No), and joking about when we should all meet up (next time you’re in Toronto gents, *wink).
It’s hardly worth mentioning that the Huntington Beach band has been compared to X-Factor veterans One Direction, since their sounds are completely different. While One Direction is a boy band, Emblem 3 is a trio who play their own instruments. A common description of Emblem3: ”Its like Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz had a baby and Lil Wayne was baby sitting.”
The guys, consisting of Wesley Stromberg, Keaton Stromberg and Drew Chadwick, performed an original song called “Sunset Boulevard” during their audition. They’re currently being mentored by Simon Cowell, and waiting to see if they made it to the finals.
Where are you right now?
Wesley: Huntington Beach at a kitchen table. The crib!
What sets you apart?
Wesley: We were established as a group before and were literally playing shows in clubs at ages 9, 11 and 13. It’s a little bit of a leg up. [They recorded an album in their basement called Bite Your Lip and Take It.]
Keaton: A lot of the other people don’t have that same experience of performing before this so when they go on that stage it makes them more nervous.
You’re already getting fangirls. How do you deal?
Drew: Some of these girls are like teeny boppers and they say the most adorable, cute sh*t all the time on Twitter and I literally want to hang out with them and watch movies and stuff!
Biggest musical influences:
All: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, Mac Miller, Jack Johnson, Young the Giant. An eclectic mix.
Two of you are brothers. Do you get in sibling rivalries?
Drew: We get along but we butt heads over little things because we’re together every single day. But it’s cool for improving each other because we can be a bit competitive.
All: Britney Spears.
Last song performed: ”Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” by Police
It’s charming to chat with a young singer like Diamond White, who’s insanely talented but still has all the quirks and refreshing positivity of a 13-year-old. Although she’s young, she can still devour mature songs like “It’s a Man’s World,” which she sang at her San Francisco audition. It helps that Diamond starred in a production of “The Color Purple” when she was eight and appeared on an episode of Maury Povich celebrating talented children.
Luckily, she can still hold up a solid conversation about Justin Bieber and Glee, two of her current obsessions (not to mention, mine too). Diamond just performed for her mentor Britney Spears, who’s deciding if she’ll make it to the finals.
Where are you right now? I’m in LA, just sitting down and talking to you!
If you didn’t audition for The X-Factor, what would you be doing today? I’m home schooled so I’d just be crafting a lot, making jewelry and living the regular life. I wouldn’t be busy but X Factor fills your days up with rehearsing.
What do you want your album to sound like? I would like to make hip hop with a twist — to make my own unique sound in pop and mix it with my Detroit background.
If we went in your room, who would we see posters of? I make my own posters of celebrities! But if I bought them then probably Justin Bieber or Glee.
The Wanted or One Direction? One Direction!!
Song you can perform 100 times “And I’m telling you” by Jennifer Holiday.
Toughest judge Britney Spears
Guilty Pleasure Ice cream and Lays chips.
Last song performed, “I’m With You” by Avril Lavigne
When the superpowers at Glee decide to reinterpret your song, it’s a fairly good indication that people like your music. In this case, television show or not, the guys from Imagine Dragons are pretty excited about where their careers are headed. Not only have they won over the Gods of entertainment television, they’ve also gathered a group of pretty serious music fans. In spite of all their success, one thing never changes with bands, you always have to get someone out of jail. In this interview Dan chucks Ben under the bus and tells Jordan about how they had to bail him out of the big house.
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Over the next two days ANDPOP will be rolling out Q&As with some of our fave contestants on The X-Factor. The other day, we talked with Willie Jones, a small town country musician who is talented, unique and constantly surprising. Do you think he has what it takes?
I hear people in the background as I’m talking to 18-year-old country singer Willie Jones and he tells them to hush. “I’m doing an interview!” he says. Then he apologizes profusely in that polite way that’s characteristic of Southern gentlemen, explaining that he’s hanging out with relatives (of course it’s okay!).
It’s clear Willie has a tight relationship with his fam — they drove 14 hours to get him to his first audition in Greensboro. There, he threw the judges off with his unique Fresh Prince of Bel-Air style and impressed them with his rendition of Josh Turner’s “Your Man. He’s currently fighting for a spot in the finals with mentor Demi Lovato.
Where are you right now? Leaving my cousin’s college at Northwestern State.
What would you be doing if you didn’t audition? Studying musical theatre in Louisiana. I was really into community theatre and performed in a couple school plays.
What would your album sound like? I would love to do country but with my own little R&B spin on it. So far, I think I’m doing a good job!
Who would you love to do a duet with? Beyonce and Josh Turner of course! I can perform Josh Turner’s “Your Man,” 100 times. I’m a big Taylor Swift fan and I also love Kanye.
What was the most nerve-racking experience so far? During Boot camp we did a round with duets and that was really nerve-racking because it was the last time the judges would see us before eliminations.
Pre-stage ritual I always pray before I perform and talk to my family because they keep me encouraged
Toughest judge Demi and Britney.
Guilty pleasure Sour Gummy Worms.
Last song performed “Nobody Knows It But Me” by Tony Rich
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Over the next two days ANDPOP will be rolling out Q&As with some of our fave contestants on The X-Factor. Yesterday, we talked with CeCe Frey, a small town mail clerk who says she wants to sing as badly as she wants to breathe. CeCe is currently in the judges’ homes stage with mentor Demi Lovato, do you think she has what it takes?
Twenty-year-old CeCe Frey already has a trademark look to inspire her fans. The leopard print she wears on her face and legs is akin to warrior paint, inspiring an alter ego on stage.
Her confident attitude rubbed some viewers the wrong way during her audition in Kansas City, but after talking with mentor Demi Lovato during the judges’ homes phase, she had a change of heart. “When Demi told me I was coming across unlikeable it broke my heart” she said. “I tried to come off as a strong unbreakable person and while that is me in a sense, it was also pushing people away from me.”
CeCe sang Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” during her first audition and the judges were impressed with her star attitude — Demi even admitted she had a girl crush. Whether or not you’re a fan, CeCe has a strong drive and deep connection with her fans, who admire her survivor attitude.
Last song performed LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It”
Where are you right now? I’m driving my old beat up pickup through my hometown. It’s nice to see my family and the leaves are changing colour here. It’s beautiful!
Describe a normal day before The X-Factor I got up really early and I’d do CrossFit before work. I’d work all day, then I’d go to class at night, at a local college. It was a busy day, but not very exciting.
Where did the leopard print idea come from? I can’t even remember the day I started doing it. I went through different things in my life that really affected my emotional strength — things that really tried to take the dream away from me. I was doing these shows and just said: “You know what? I’m going to paint my face.” When I paint my face or legs it’s like an alter ego that comes out. It’s an empowering thing and I feel like nobody can mess with me.
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Chatting with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show,” Miley Cyrus revealed some details on how fiance Liam Hemsworth proposed to her.
Having been recording and releasing backyard video sessions to sing some of her favourite songs, she said the actor popped the question at her house.
According to Cyrus, the whole thing went down during one of her recording sessions in which she sang the song “Lilac Wine.”
“About 20 minutes after that performance — it’s one of Liam’s favorite songs — he asked me to marry him,” she said, smiling. “I had no idea! He was sitting there and I’m like, ‘He’s looking at me funny!’ And then I knew.”
AHHHHH! That’s adorable. While it may not be ideal to marry so young for some people, let’s just be happy for the couple. They really do seem like they’re in love.
What happens when two funky chicks get together and do a rap duet?!
ABSOLUTE MADNESS, that’s what.
At The Ellen Degeneres Show to promote her new film Pitch Perfect, the hilarious Rebel Wilson (you might remember her as the scene-stealing roomate in Bridesmaids) told Ellen that it was her dream to rap with her.
So fulfilling that goal, the two of them did just that. Rapping along to Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop”, these two ladies have officially gained some street cred.
With rumours swirling around that Rihanna and Chris Brown have rekindled their romance, Oprah, who once insisted on her talk show, “He will hit you again,” has now spoken out.
“I think that if (Rihanna) is prepared to deal with that and is prepared to help him (Chris) help himself then so be it,” she told Extra.
“I have no judgment about it. That’s why I can sit there and have such a great time with her because I do all my interviews with no judgment whatsoever. If that’s how you choose to lead your life, that’s really okay.”
Although Oprah is not sure if the rumours about the reunion is true, it was Rihanna who told the talkshow host earlier this year that she was still in love with Brown.
“You know what I loved about that interview is that she came with a big wide open heart,” Oprah continued. “She was in the space of forgiveness. And that she learned a lesson that she was repeating with Chris Brown — exactly what she needed to learn from her father.”
After hearing Oprah say this, I have a lot of respect for her. Understanding that it is a woman’s right to date whoever she wants, Oprah really does mind her own business and remains supportive no matter what.
I feel we should do the same. While we might not be fans of Brown after he hurt Rihanna, it isn’t up to us to decide what she can and can’t do.
If RiRi’s happy to see him at peace, then it’s only up to us to hope she’s aware of what she’s getting into.
She can sing, she can act…and now she can play with cups too?!
Proving everyone that she’s just a regular dork like one of us, Anna Kendrick stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her new film Pitch Perfect. During the interview, she even managed to show off some of her secret talents!
A regular Reddit user, the actress called herself ”a loser” and admitted that she spent the whole afternoon watching a viral video to learn how to play with cups while singing. And let me say, she nails it!
Dear Anna, don’t ever change. In fact, I think we should be BFFs.
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And if you’re wondering which viral video Anna is talking about, here it is!
You’re going to love this! Seriously though, the newest release from our Colorado homies 3OH!3 is really good. That’s why we figured a regular sit down interview wasn’t exciting enough for Nate and Sean. Their music video speaks for itself but there are a lot of people questioning whether or not 3OH!3 actually made those trick shots. That’s why we decided to test their skills at the best contest for any real games fanatic, our local carnival.
There’s no shame in taking singing lessons even when you’re a professional singer.
Because in the case of The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, that’s exactly what he did before hitting the studio to record the band’s new album.
“It seemed like the right thing to do,” he said in a recent interview. “I wanted to be better, get better and it’s just helped me. … (My voice teacher) knows what my ambitions are and he knows there’s a certain style and something I’ve already got going on. We’re just trying to fine-tune a few things.”
But even though the 31-year-old singer wanted to learn some techniques, it’s not like The Killers will be drastically changing their sound by adding in some opera.
Flowers, who was heavily influenced by icons Ziggy Stardust and Hunky Dory growing up, just insists that he wanted to mature as a vocalist.
However, those worried about changes in the core sounds of the band’s earlier singles shouldn’t fret.
Noting that the band is still all about fun, Flowers said, “We try to take a little bit of Las Vegas with us everywhere we go.”
Good for him. There seems to be some sort of stigma in artists who don’t want to admit that they’ve taken singing lessons to improve their techniques.
Singing is a job and it can always be fine-tuned. There’s no shame in wanting to improve!
Kendrick Lamar seems to be one of the “chosen ones” as far as praise goes in the hip hop community. He somehow unanimously pleases both critics and rap enthusiasts alike. We spoke to Dr. Dre’s prodigy about his breakout career, how his dreams inspire his music and of course, weed brownies. For more Making Waves subscribe, it’s easy, just click the little button above.
Love and loss are pretty common subjects to write songs about. However, few people bring the theatrical drama to songs about heartbreak like Marina. Once again, @Jordans_life had a bit of a “Dr. Phil” moment with her and asked about her personal life. We’re not exactly sure about his motives here but Marina seemed into it. What do you think? Should some things be left private, or do you like when artists pour their hearts out? Let us know in the comments below.
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Chris Richardson did his very first Twitter interview with ANDPOP’s @britt_mahaney. The “Joy & Pain” singer/songwriter and American Idol alum talked about his upcoming album, what he thinks of Nicki Minaj as an Idol judge and whether or not Tyga has taken him to Rack City.
Before we wrapped up the interview, we dared him to tweet us a photo. A lot of the fans were crossing their fingers for a topless pic (okay we were too) but we got an equally awesome mobster-chic pic. Check out the interview below!!
You can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats his mother, which is why we’re 100 percent sure Justin Bieber is a genuinely good guy. The singer serenaded his mom Pattie Mallette on The Today Show with a couple verses of the very song he wrote for her birthday and released on Mother’s Day called “Turn To You.”
Mallete has been making the talk show rounds to promote her new memoir called Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom. Yesterday she talked about Selena Gomez on Ellen but today it was all about her relationship with Justin.
Justin even wrote forward of her book and their special bond became even more clear during the interview. He told Kathie Lee Gifford: ”She’s just been a friend, someone I can talk to and a good role model. I want to grow up and have the heart that my mom has because she has such a big heart.” D’aw. Someone make a meme out of that!
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It makes my blood boil to see such misguided parents as Lindsay Lohan’s, attempt to be role models for their children — who already have to face a lot being in the media limelight. Lindsay’s mom Dina Lohan had a 30-minute interview with television host Dr. Phil and people were quick to call the interview “weird” and even question her sobriety.
Dina was emotional right away and paranoid about whether or not the cameras were rolling. While Dr. Phil was questioning whether or not she was giving genuine or phoney answers, Dina was busy commenting on his cute tie and cute little shoes.
This was Dina’s chance to tell people who she really is and she didn’t rise to the occasion. You can see Dr. Phil call her out in this supercut by Vulture.
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Since being introduced to Sophia Grace and Rosie after seeing their rendition of Nicki Minaj’s “Superbass”, I’ve been in love with the adorable duo ever since.
On Friday’s episode of ‘Ellen”, the two girls invited Justin Bieber to have tea with them while they interviewed the singer on his favourite games, his fears and even his favourite kinds of junk food.
From the video, we get to learn the finer details of the Biebs’ personality. Turns out, his favourite cake is ice cream cake while his favourite cookie, to both Sophia Grace and Rosie’s dismay, is oatmeal raisin.
These girls show some serious chops in being television personalities. If they don’t choose to go ahead with their musical ambitions, I’m sure Ellen will have a permanent show lined up for these little divas.
A while ago, Britney Spears shared on Twitter that she’d love to learn Psy’s horse-riding dance in his music video for “Gangnam Style.” Leave it to Ellen to hook the pair up on her show. After Ellen’s interview with Spears and her fellow X-Factor judge Simon Cowell, the talk show host surprised the pop star by bringing out the man himself (Psy) to teach her his unique choreography.
Britney (who looked GORG BTW) picked up the moves pretty fast, despite wearing a tight pink dress that couldn’t have been easy to dance in. The video is quickly slaying the Internet.
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From the brilliants minds of coupdemainmagazine comes one of the most inspired interviews we’ve seen of late (except for ours of course) and it involves Ed Sheeran and a cat named Monty. Ed was quite affectionate with the furry interviewer, probably because he was so flattered by the friendship sweater Monty presented him with. It’s always nice to start things off right.
Ed also answers some of the questions we’ve been dying to ask, such as: “Who was cuter as a kid, you or Ron Weasley?” and “Out of everyone from One Direction who would you like to present a rose to?”
The interview seems to get cut off quite suddently when Monty doddles away but it was only get a very special surprise for Ed!
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Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz has already worked with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Kanye West. The roster is impressive considering his debut album Based On A T.R.U Story, which debuted at number one on Billboard 200, only came out this month. During a phone call with ANDPOP’s Azra Kassam, he chatted about the most important lesson he learned from the almighty Kanye West and his biggest accomplishment (it might surprise you).
Musically speaking, his first album hits close to home
2 Chainz said the release day for his album felt like the first day of school. “This is my first album. It took me my whole life to put it together,” he said. So it was only natural that he wanted to pay homage to his Atlanta hometown. “Over half the project is done by Atlanta producers so I still have that hometown feel,” he explained. “There are great influences on there, great features, great production… I think people will be able to relate to it in all areas.”
Kanye West taught him the importance of art and images
“The dude is very creative,” 2 Chainz said about fellow rapper Kanye West. The Watch the Throne rapper taught him how art can add another dimension to the hip hop genre. “Artistic expression…it’s another way to express yourself without talking,” he said. “That’s something Kanye brought to my attention…it’s all about images.” His description of working with West on the “Birthday Song” single? “It was a combination of an overload of confidence with a touch of cockiness!”
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