Blog Posts by Grace Stanisci

  • Justin Bieber gives 200 concert tickets to Oklahoma tornado survivors

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    Prior to hitting the stage at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on July 2, Justin Bieber revealed that he had a surprise for his Oklahoma City Beliebers.

    On May 20, a deadly tornado devastated the city of Moore in Oklahoma. According to CBC News, the twister measured three kilometres wide and was the cause of destruction in more than 10,000 homes and killed 24 people, leaving 400 injured.

    Oklahoma’s News 9 reports that multiple elementary schools were also destroyed in May, one of which being Plaza Towers Elementary.

    Plaza Towers Elementary school student Kayle Edwards, who got to go to Bieber’s concert, told News 9, "I feel really happy. My house is half way gone, my room is the worst room in the house. I came [to the concert], it makes me feel a lot better."

    After its posting, the Canadian singer’s tweet gained a life of its own, earning almost 60,000 retweets and prompting messages of gratitude from fans eager to say thank you to the superstar for donating tickets to worthy cause.

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  • Five-year-old pianist Ryan Wang plays for a 101-year-old fan

    Dorothy Landry, a 101-year-old music fan, got the chance to hear five-year-old pianist Ryan Wang perform live, thanks to CBC Music. What transpired between the two during their meeting is truly heart-warming.

    “I don’t care for rock and roll and all that modern thing,” Landry says in the clip. “I guess he was about three maybe and that’s when I first met him. I’m looking forward to hearing him again. He’s a very special little person [and] I’d like to thank everyone for today. It’s been a wonderful experience … I feel very honoured.”

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  • Did Justin Bieber refuse to listen to “Selena music” during a photo shoot?

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    On June 28, TMZ obtained what was deemed a copy of Justin Bieber’s photo shoot list of demands. The list reportedly included items like a large pack of Swedish Fish, Ritz Bits Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Ritz Bitz Cheese Sandwiches -- oh, and a stipulation that there be “No Selena [Gomez] Music on set.”

    However, while we were left pondering if the Canadian singer is or is not a fan of “Come and Get It,” E! News confirmed through Bieber's reps on June 29 that the rider is indeed a fake. (Phew!)

    The 19-year-old pop artist is currently on his “Believe Tour.” When asked for comment on the subject of new music, Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun told MTV News that the superstar’s next album will be delivered differently.

    "So we're hoping the witch hunt [is] gonna end when he really just speaks for himself in the music," he said. "And we're gonna do it in a way that's very, very unique, so when you see 'Heartbreaker,' know it's coming directly from him and don't think [of] the normal 'Oh, this is my single and this is going to be on the album' [rollout], realize there's gonna be a very unique way of how this music is going to be released unlike we've seen before from him."

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  • Jimmy Kimmel proves that Beliebers will let Justin Bieber get away with anything

    During the June 27 episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” host Jimmy Kimmel presented a “Justin Bieber Concert” edition of “Lie Witness News,” which saw his correspondent pull the wool over multiple Beliebers' eyes.

    In the segment, the late night show host sent a camera crew to a Justin Bieber show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in order to ask fans about their opinions on fake stories about the pop star.

    “We want to see how blindly [Justin's] fans follow will him,” Kimmel said. “It turns out the answer is very, very blindly.”

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  • Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Justin Guarini is heading to Broadway!

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    Most of us remember Justin Guarini as the singer who lost to Kelly Clarkson during the first season of “American Idol” in 2002. You probably don't remember him for much else, as Guarini has mostly flown under the radar since his "Idol" stint.

    But now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the 34-year-old artist will add "Shakespearean actor" to his resume. Guarini will appear on Broadway alongside thespians like Orlando Bloom in “Romeo and Juliet,” which opens on Sept. 19.

    Guarini will play Paris, the man betrothed to Juliet Capulet. You might remember that in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 version of William Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo + Juliet,” Paul Rudd was featured in the role of Dave Paris.

    THR notes that this isn’t the first time Guarini has appeared on Broadway. Some of his previous roles include musicals like “American Idiot” and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”

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  • Jimmy Kimmel proves Beliebers will let Justin Bieber get away with almost anything

    During the June 27 episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” host Jimmy Kimmel presented a “Justin Bieber Concert” edition of “Lie Witness News,” which saw his correspondent pull the wool over multiple Beliebers' eyes.

    In the segment, the late night show host sent a camera crew to a Justin Bieber show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in order to ask fans about their opinions on fake stories about the pop star.

    “We want to see how blindly [Justin's] fans follow will him,” Kimmel said. “It turns out the answer is very, very blindly.”

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  • Shaun White and his band Bad Things land a record deal

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    We’re use to seeing professional snowboarder and skateboarder Shaun White winning Olympic gold medals and performing some crazy tricks on the slopes and in various skate parks. Now, we can look forward hearing some music from the pro athlete, as his band Bad Things recently singed a recording deal with Warner Brothers Records. According to Billboard, they will be debuting their album later in 2013.

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  • Andrew Huang and David Brown deliver 26 genres of music –alphabetically

    Multi-genre multi-instrumentalist [and] multi-cat owner” Andrew Huang has teamed up with British producer/YouTube personality David Brown (also known as Boy in a Band) to bring us 26 genres of music in less than four minutes. The result is alphabetical genius.

    In the clip, Huang and Brown cover genres like ambient, dubstep, emo, folk, grunge, jazz, Korean pop, math metal, opera, polka, reggae, trap, Viking metal, yodeling and many more -- all while singing fun lyrics like, “We all dance to the polka / For it is so fun / Still dancing to the polka / With my accordion.”

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  • Kelly Rowland talks jealousy within Destiny’s Child

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    In May, Kelly Rowland broke down into tears while performing her song “Dirty Laundry” from her new album “Talk A Good Game,” which features lyrics about her Destiny’s Child band mate Beyoncé and her struggles to survive in her shadow.

    Now, the 32-year-old solo artist is explaining what exactly went on behind closed doors in the girl group, consisting of Rowland, Beyoncé, and Michelle Williams.

    "[Jealousy] is the only thing [people] can think of when they think of myself, or Michelle, or B," Rowland told HuffPost Live on June 25. "We're all in a group together and we're so used to hearing that, but those are my girls. I love them to death. We're stuck with each other for life."

    She later added, “[People] want there to be some sort of rivalry, and once again that's people making stuff up. [Beyoncé and I] shared a room together, we grew up together... We grew up together. That's my sister, I love her to death."

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  • Devo drummer Alan Myers dies

    Alan Myers (far left) has passed away. (Anne Fishbein/Michael Ochs Archive)

    Alan Myers, drummer of the Ohio new wave band Devo from 1976 to 1986, has died.

    According to Rolling Stone, the percussionist passed away on June 24 after losing his battle with brain cancer.

    Myers was one of Devo’s most well known drummers and is responsible for the beat on albums like 1978's “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!”, 1979’s “Duty Now for the Future,” 1980's “Freedom of Choice” and more.

    “Freedom of Choice” included the hit single “Whip It.” In 2010, Josh Freese, another former Devo drummer, clarified that the song only features Myers on drums, and does not include a drum machine.

    “It was the first album I got, when I was eight years old,” Freese told Spin Magazine. “I sat in my basement and played along to it all the time, so it was crazy when we did that tour last year where we played it top to bottom. It's fun in the way that it's very metronomic and the patterns are very deliberate and kind of nursery rhyme. A lot of people think that it's a drum machine on 'Whip It.' But that's Alan Myers."

    After learning of Myers’ death, Freese took to

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