By Liz Kelly Nelson
Alyssa Bernal’s path to pop stardom has been a little unusual, but hardly unheard of. Like Justin Bieber, she got her start uploading covers of songs to YouTube, where’s she’s now one of the top 30 most-subscribed to musicians on the video-sharing site. Last week, Alyssa released the single “Soaking Up The Sun” from her new self-titled EP. We caught up with Alyssa and she was kind enough to answer our Celeb Slam Book questions. Read on to find out more about the 22-year-old singer/songwriter.
Tell us one thing the general public doesn’t know about you:
I was a competitive cheerleader for 11 years.
Describe your daily routine:
Wake up, brush teeth, shower etc, check my email, play with my dogs, try and get it a little cardio in, If I’m not too lazy at the moment. Then maybe play around on my guitar and get inspired to write a song. Run some errands. Have a random jam session and photo shoot just for fun. Then do some gigs if I have any that evening. Nothing too crazy yet!
If you had to choose another career, what would you be?
Probably something in fashion. Like, designing clothes. Or maybe even a small business; like a bookstore or coffee shop!
Malice has been very busy promoting his new book Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked all over the country including the Howard University, Audio Book is now available for pre-order at thorn10publishing.bigcartel.com and Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked available at all fine book retailers & at mademylifechange.com. Make also sure to check out Malice newest Video ‘A Prophet Without Honor‘ below.
A Prophet Without Honor
Fakgodamn dopeass video right there by the newest Star Trak signee Buddy with his first single ‘Awesome Awesome‘ , this needs Tyler, The Creator to murder it on the Remix and you got there the next Star Trak generation.
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Buddy – Awesome Awesome (Official Video)
Directed By Jason Beattie.
T.I. was at Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex Show to premier his new song ‘Hear Ye, Hear Ye‘ with Pharrell calling in to talk about how they create the tune from their session from 3 weeks ago, sounds promising, check it out below, thanks to darrenlaking.
T.I. & Pharrell Talk About ‘Hear Ye, Hear Ye’
T.I. – Hear Ye, Hear Ye feat. Pharrell (11′)
Young Dose in the studio With Pharrell at the Hit Factory working on some muzika, thanks to nerd0016.
The new show from Simon Cowell, X Factor has premiered here in the United States, and fans are thrilled with the results. Much talent has been discovered, and it is apparent that the winner of the show will be someone who has talent, and that has the potential to become the next big star. On the newest episodes of the show, Pharrell Williams joined Paula Abdul to act as a guest mentor to help her decide which acts should move forward to the next phase of the competition. As Digital Spy reports, Pharrell Williams said of X Factor: “You look in the eyes of every last one of those kids and they all want it so bad.
I look at The X Factor and it really reminds me of what we’ve always had in our hearts in N*E*R*D – really not accepting no for an answer and kind of shoving the yes down the throats of the powers that be.” Advertisement Each judge on the show was assigned a group of hopefuls, and Paula Abdul’s group was that of the “groups,” and there is much talent represented on the show. It was also obvious that the opportunity to pursue their dream of becoming a star is something that is not only important, but also something that they are hoping will turn into a reality.
The Founder of Bathing Ape on how the web killed the ‘Fashion Walk’ and why vintage Americana is the future with his new project, Human Made by Peter Lyle. Tomoaki Nago aka Nigo, was one of the three centrak figures in a scene that began in one small Tokyo shopping district in the early 1990s. In the 20 years since, it has gradually come to inform the way fashion of all kinds is bought and sold around the world. Under the tutelage of his mentor, the original street style obsessive and collector Hiroshi Fujiwara, and alongside his friend, future Undercover designer Ju Takahashi, Nigo came to Tokyo in the late ’80s, after high school, at a time when the certainties and career structures of Japan’s postwar boom years were already beginning to unravel. Instead of becoming standard salarymen, Nigo and Takahashi found themselves studying magazinecraft and indulging their adolescent obsessions to become DJs, consultants and cool-hunters, whose fashion advice columns soon won them an ardent teen following. They opened their joint boutique, Nowhere, on April Fool’s Day, 1993, in Harajuku, Tokyo – a short walk from Yoyogi Park, which the city’s teen style tribes used to cross to come shopping on weekends, parading their famously theatrical outfits and allegiances (mountain witches, bloodstained medics, Gothic Lolitas and all that) along the way.
Arguably, though, the new shop also represented the beginnings of the end of all that overly fantastical fashion, as a detail-focused fetishisation of product and its real-world history or scarcity superceded it. Nigo’s strength was a curatorial approach ro the recent past combined with a compulsive collector’s understanding of what made shoppers sick. T-shirts were hung on white walls like modern art and limited-edition trainers were displayed in glass vitrines. Small-run collaborations between like-minded brands in the district energed as a clever new way to generate press coverage and street buzz. Finally, in accordance with this museum-like mindset, selected second-hand designer pieces were recast as something even better and more expensive than new: they were now vintage. In the following years, these innovations were echoed in the wider fashion world. Luxury Western fashion brands who’d lost their edge and grown naff since the ‘70s got their groove back by becoming more exclusive in their distribution and arty and subtle in their ads. (And then, later, by rediscovering the treasures in their archives.)
There was no shortage of celebrities at the sweetest spot on the Strip last night as multi-platinum producer and music superstar Pharrell, “Jersey Shore” stud Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and “Friday Night Lights” star Aimee Teegarden were all spotted at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas. Pharrell arrived with a group of close friends and noshed on a selection of filet mignon and seared Ahi tuna salads. For dessert, the table shared an over-the-top cookie jar ice cream sundae. After dinner, the N*E*R*D front man stocked up on a few of his favorite sweet — gummy sharks.
The restaurant erupted into screams from females near and far the moment “Jersey Shore” mainstay Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino arrived, fresh off his Couture Pop launch earlier that day. Surrounded by his mother, brother and sister, the Sorrentino family feasted on New York Strip Steak, pacific salmon and Ahi tuna sliders. For dessert, the table shared a red velvet ice cream sundae. Teegarden celebrated her 22nd birthday in true Sugar Factory style, indulging in four cheese and pineapple pizza for her entree, accompanied by a scrumptious Blow Pop martini. Teegarden was surprised with an assortment of cupcakes complete with sparklers as her friends sang “Happy Birthday.”
Pharrell Williams On The Red Carpet At Chateau Gardens Las Vegas Grand Opening
Pharrell has been working for the last 2 days with American Idol singer Leah LaBelle probably for her debut album. “In the studio with Leah @LaBelleMusik” “another great day. writing & recording with the boss man @Pharrell” Leah LaBelle, born Leah LaBelle Vladowski on 8 September 1986 in Toronto, Canada, is the only child of Troshan and Anastasia Vladowski. Troshan and Anastasia, musicians and immigrants to the United States, defected from communist Bulgaria during a tour of Western Europe in 1979 at the height of success with the Bulgarian Pop music groups Sreburnite Grivni and Tonika. LaBelle graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington in 2005 and is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2002, LaBelle won the Grand Prize at KUBE 93.3 Summer Jam Idol and was the opening act at Summer Jam 20. Headline acts included Usher, Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, Mario, Da Brat, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Nappy Roots, and others. In 2004, LaBelle was a finalist on the FOX Network Series American Idol, placing 12th overall out of over 70,000 contestants. Leah was also the first contestant with a Wild Card on the American Idol but she’s been eliminated in the first episode of the third season of American Idol in 2004. In 2005, Leah LaBelle pursued a management contract with Sixthboro Entertainment of NYC and recorded a demo with Vocal Arranger, Tavarius Polk and Grammy Award winning producer, Andreao “Fanatic” Heard.
Leah LaBelle – Sweet Dreams (Beyonce Cover)
Half of the 32 “X Factor” semifinalists performed on Thursday’s (October 13) episode, which was delayed by a day due to Fox’s coverage of Major League Baseball. The contestants ventured off to their mentors’ luxurious homes and strutted their stuff in front of them, each vying for one of 16 spots in the finals. In three out of four cases, the judges were joined by a super-special celebrity guest: In Santa Barbara, California, Paula Abdul was accompanied by Pharrell Williams; Enrique Iglesias was coupled with Nicole Scherzinger in Malibu, California; and Rihanna was by L.A. Reid’s side at his cozy estate in the Hamptons, New York. Meanwhile, over in France, Simon Cowell was stood up by Mariah Carey, whose plane was grounded by Hurricane Irene.
In the groups category, Salt Lake City, Utah, trio The Anser impressed Paula and Pharrell with their version of Pink’s “Perfect,” though Pharrell seemed perplexed by a group member’s decision to leave his striking red-framed glasses off during the performance. Virginia Beach quartet 4Shore were praised for their sound take on Brownstone’s “If You Love Me,” though Pharrell suggested the group needs to “dirty up their style a little bit.” And both the judges and the members of Lakoda Rayne seemed to agree something was “off” during their performance of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” not surprising, considering the group was Frankenstein’d together by the judges and had never previously performed together as a unit.
According to TMZ, while taping one of the show’s segments, the N*E*R*D frontman spoke about the experience, telling the X producers that the show is, “like a trifecta.” “It’s like you’re getting rock, you’re getting alternative mentality, you’re getting hip-hop influence, you’re getting the visuals,” he said. Skateboard P then went on to mention, “Just being one thing is boring, right? You know, a girl with three tits…that’s where it’s at!”
Pharrell Williams Hearts Linkin Park
Paula Introduces Pharrell Willams As Her Guest Judge
Lakoda Rayne – Born This Way
Lakoda Rayne performs “Born This Way” for Pharrell Williams and Paula Abdul at her house.
4Shore – If You Love Me
4Shore performs “If You Love Me” for Pharrell Williams and Paula Abdul at her house.
The Brewer Boys – Only Girl In The World
The Brewer Boys performs “Only Girl in the World” for Pharrell Williams and Paula Abdul at her house.
The Anser – Perfect
The Anser performs “Perfect” for Pharrell Williams and Paula Abdul at her house.
Chad Hugo tweeted that he has been in the studio lately with the producer DJ White Shadow (Paul Blair), DJ and sound engineer based out of Chicago, Illinois. He is a producer on Lady Gaga’s third album, Born This Way. “Studio time with the one and only dj white shadow”
N.O.R.E. teamed up muchmusic.com where he talked about Odd Future and how is it working with The Neptunes saying that he & Pharrell did Superthug together while Oh No & Grimey was Pharrell’s. “Working with pharrell is an honour, he’s my favourite producer to work with its pretty much a reunion everytime we get together”. His album S.U.P.E.R.T.H.U.G. is coming soon. Thanks to Bass.
ThatRaw.com is proud to present their Featured Artist of the Month Alyssa Bernal. This up and coming artist is one of the hottest rising stars coming out of Texas. She was recently signed by StarTrak/Interscope and her single Soak Up The Sun is already garnering acclaim. ThatRaw.com recently caught up with Alyssa for an in depth interview. Alyssa Bernal first made her debut on YouTube and she was noticed by Pharrell Williams, one of the top ten producers in music known for spotting emerging talent. The way that Alyssa came on to the scene has the music industry buzzing. Pharrell Williams tried to contact Alyssa after seeing her online music videos and sent her several emails with no response. Pharrell finally got Alyssa’s attention by calling her school and speaking to her Principal.
ThatRaw: How did it feel to have a music industry heavyweight go to such drastic measures to contact you?
Alyssa: It was surreal. I didn’t believe it at first. To be flown out to LA to meet Pharrell Williams and Jimmy Iovine was amazing. It was like an out of body experience.
ThatRaw: What advice do you have for young artists trying to get noticed?
Alyssa: A lot of people think that Justin Beiber blew up overnight but that isn’t the case. A lot of artists are signed for years until they get radio play. My album has been done for two years. It’s steps until you get to that crazy point. Stick with it. The online scene is blowing up, put out as many cover songs as you can to build a following. Viral videos and social networking will get your name out there.
By Aaron Parsley
They survived boot camp but can they make it on the home front? The X Factor’s 32 remaining contestants are heading to the homes of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and L.A. Reid this week to work closely with the judges … and their surprise star guests. Pharrell Williams and Enrique Inglesias are two of music’s heavy hitters who will help the hopeful vocalists on Wednesday night’s show (FOX, 8 p.m. ET) before they face another round of elimination on the road to The X Factor’s live shows. Rihanna and Mariah Carey, who was Cowell’s choice for the gig, will also act as guest judges in the latest round of competition. “The acts were totally blown away meeting their mentors at these amazing homes – then it was even more nerve-racking performing for a guest judge,” a source tells PEOPLE.
“Some of the girls especially were delighted when they saw Enrique and Pharrell. The acts who met Rihanna were totally speechless – who knows how they managed to sing!” The 32 contestants who are divided into four groups – girls, boys, groups and singers over 30 – will be cut down to 16 after visits to the judges’ homes, with only four from each category moving on to the live shows. The judges and their star guests will make the decisions together. “Enrique has sold over 100 million records and there’s nothing Pharrell doesn’t know how to do in music. He’s a solo artist and he’s in a group, a writer, producer. That’s massive pressure on these acts,” the source says. “Pharrell was a tough guest. He knew exactly the uniqueness he was looking for.”
Robin Thicke – Love After War (11′)
Robin Thicke – Love After War (2011) (November 15)
* All Tied Up
* Love After War (Single)
* I’m An Animal
* Pretty Little Heart feat. Lil’ Wayne
* Untitled (The Neptunes)
* Untitled feat. Usher & Maxwell
* Untitled feat. Faith Evans
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