The Dark Horse that is…”Dark Horse”


Perry performs “Dark Horse” at the Grammys

This week on the Billboard Hot 100, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” bumps up from two to one, marking the singer’s ninth number one. Perry has been no stranger to the summit of the music charts; eight of her last 11 singles have gone on to become number ones. Her string of five consecutive number ones, all from 2010’s Teenage Dream, tied Michael Jackson’s Bad album for the most number ones from a single album.

What makes “Dark Horse” exceptional is the fact that it was never intended to have been a single–just yet, according to this Billboard article. After the release of “Roar,” Capitol Records released “Unconditionally” as the official second single from Perry’s latest album Prism. The song had all of the record label’s promotional efforts behind it and Perry performed it (with a wee bit of controversy) at the American Music Awards in December.

After becoming a fan-voted “preview track” during the MTV VMAs, “Dark Horse” cracked the top 10 digital songs chart for a brief period and faded. But, it didn’t go away. While “Unconditionally,” was pushed on top 40 radio stations, fans were still calling in and requesting “Dark Horse.”

Brooke Taylor from WJFX Fort Wayne, Ind. told Billboard, “While we understand that it’s not the label priority, the fans of our brand are the ones we have to take into consideration when it comes to our title selection.”

It seems the dark and urban side of Katy Perry was winning fans over just as much as her cotton candy-wrapped pop. “Dark Horse” continued to slowly trot all over “Unconditionally” on the radio waves and you could almost feel the pressure weighing on Capitol.

Lo and behold, on Dec. 18, the label officially released “Dark Horse” as the third single from Prism. The trappy track topped the digital charts shortly after and has held the spot for three weeks–and is still going. The song also had a boost from her Medieval-witchy performance at last weekend’s Grammy Awards.

With just one more chart topper, this Cali girl will find herself tied at sixth place on the most number-one singles of all-time list with Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Mariah Carey currently holds 18, the most for a female artist, while The Beatles are one spot above her with 20.

My prediction: I still stand firm on the fact that “Birthday” will be released sometime in May and be Perry’s tenth number one. It’s going to be the summer jam. But between then and now? I think it may be tough. Prism was not made to be the hit factory that Teenage Dream was, but I think “Walking on Air,” “This Is How We Do,” and to a lesser extent, “Legendary Lovers,” are the only singles I could maybe see climbing to number one. If that’s the case, roll “Walking On Air” out in March, “Birthday” in May, “This Is How We Do” in August and “Legendary Lovers” in October.


Happy 60th Oprah! 20 reasons why we love you

Let’s face it: Oprah runs this Earth. For all that she does, I want to wish her the best on her big day. Since 60 is the new 20, I have thought of 20 reasons why we love her.

1. She has the power to single-handedly select the President of the United States/Leader of the Free World:


2. She stands up to domestic violence.


3. And gives it right back.


4. We all rely on her to get us through our Plebeian lives.


5. She secretly wants to be Beyonce too, like the rest of us.


6. She’s both hood


7. And classy.


8. She had a cameo in “The Lion King.”


9. She deals with basic bitches with elegance.


10. She’s subtle.


11. She is very persuasive.


12. She gives away free stuff.


13. She fangirls over One Direction too. (If she could time travel).


14. She’s not impressed.


15. She’s fabulous.


16. She has the ability to make you do this:


17. She’s a boss.


18. She gives a lot to charity, because with 7 or 8 homes, $3 billion and a private jet, she can.


19. But at least she earned it.


20. And last but not least, she’s beautiful.

Oprah Winfrey

Closet Confessional: Grammy’s Red Carpet

“Music’s Biggest Night,” rocked the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night. The CBS telecast drew in the show’s second-largest audience in over two decades with 28.5 million views. Beyoncé’s sultry “Crazy in Love” performance, Taylor Swift’s thug transformation and a mass Queen Latifah-officiated gay wedding all helped give the show a boost. But before the stars came out to play, they graced the red carpet in a wild assortment of fashions. Here are some of the highlights and crash-and-burners:

Taylor Swift, Gucci

Although I gave her a lot of slack last night (it’s just so much fun) she absolutely nailed it. This glittery silver dress was age and event appropriate. It was the serene calm before the head-thrashing and gangster-leaning storm that unfolded indoors.


Beyoncé, Michael Costello

Bey skipped the red carpet to prepare for opening act, and probably for a good reason: She didn’t want to outshine everyone else–because she’s thoughtful that way. This white lace dress looks gorgeous on her and her new edgy blonde cut fits it well. I even love the little extra fabric on her forearm. On anyone else, I’d be saying, “Why are you wearing a doily?”


Katy Perry, Valentino

You never know what you’re going to get with this rowdy one: cheese hat? blue hair? pink hair? octogenarian drab? Last night she elected for a whimsical, musically-inspired white gown. The haunting-glam look was swiftly abandoned indoors as she morphed into a witch hunter swinging around on broomstick stripper poles.


Ciara, Pucci

Just weeks after Olivia Wilde proved that pregnancy can still be hot on the red carpet, Ciara came out to play in a beautiful, gold sequin stunner, which complements her skin tone so well. Pregnancy glow is real people. I need some of that these days.


Chrissy Teigen, Johanna Johnson

Although it should be a crime to outshine your partner that is nominated for a Grammy (in this case, John Legend), but when you look this good, we forgive. It should be no secret that this Sports Illustrated swimsuit model knows how to dazzle.


DJ Mark Ronson and wife Josephine de la Baume, Unknown

“We’re so excited to be here.” The only thing more excited are her nipples.

Josephine de La Baume, Mark Ronson

Shawn Crahan of Slipknot, Spirit Halloween Superstore

I hate you. I hate you. I hate you. Unfortunately, my mommy was not available to shield my eyes from It deciding to crash the red carpet. Thankfully I don’t have a red carpet hosting gig (yet) because I would have run away screaming.


Cyndi Lauper, Alexander McQueen

A just birthed animal? Last night’s ragu? An unraveling ball of yarn? What exactly was the objective with your hair? But I do like the cape and slim-fit pants combo.

Cyndi Lauper

Zendaya Emanual, Ungaro

You are so beautiful, why? It’s so unflattering and homemade looking. “Quick! We have to go. Just grab the shower curtain and let’s go!”


Pharrell Williams, Only God knows

Pharrell Williams

That’s about it for me. I will be back with another closet confessional following the Academy Awards March 2.

“If I was your inmate”…Justin Bieber arrested!

Courtesy of Adante Carter (IG: @__Prince_of_Egypt__)

Courtesy of Adante Carter (IG: @__Prince_of_Egypt__)

“What the f*** did I do?” “I ain’t got no f***ing weapons!” “What the f*** is this about?”

These are just a few excerpts from Bieber’s Miami Beach arrest early this morning. The pop star was charged with drag racing, DUI, resisting authority and driving on a suspended license, according to Miami police.

Bieber and Def Jam rapper Khalil were found in yellow and red lamborghinis doing 55-60 m.p.h. through a 30 m.p.h. residential neighborhood. Two black SUVs were also found “as if to stop traffic” and secure their temporary NASCAR speedway, the police report stated.

The report also claims Bieber reeked of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, slow movement and “a stupor look on his face.”

I thought that facial expression was a constant though, no? And an EXPIRED driver’s license?! Don’t you pay people to go do that stuff for you? And you are JUSTIN BIEBER, go rent out the Indy Speedway if you want to race.

All in all, I was disappointed with this arrest. It just does not compare to the superb performance given by Reese Witherspoon. Bieber acted like a punk and that mugshot is cringeworthy. Reese handled it with grace and an inaccurate yet applaudable interpretation of U.S. law.



The Wanted calls it quits?

According to the band’s website, the lads are going on their own sweet ways following their upcoming “Word of Mouth” tour:

“This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavours following the tour’s conclusion. The band wants to stress to their fans that they will continue on as The Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future. They thank their fans for their continued love and support and look forward to seeing them on tour.”

While some outlets are gazing into the crystal ball and predicting the end, band member Thomas Parker took to Twitter to squash those rumors:

Should it prove to be the end, I’m glad they came.

Eyes up here: Katy Perry’s big-chested dreams

Have you ever prayed? What did you pray for? Good health? Winning the lottery? World peace?

How about big boobs? No? Well, we’re not all Katy Perry.

“I lay on my back one night and looked down at my feet, and I prayed to God. I said, ‘God, will you please let me have boobs so big that I can’t see my feet when I’m lying down?’ ”

The “Dark Horse” singer opened up to GQ for her February cover story about her busty dreams, which not only came true, but are on full-display in next month’s issue. It’s so hot it may melt your popsicle.




Apart from steaming up page six, the Cali gurl also opened up about devilish cereal, losing her virginity at 16, her obsession with Japan, and everything else that makes her the quirky doe-eyed gal we all wish we could have a sleepover with. One of my favorite quotes touches upon both aliens and President Obama–the usual:

“I look up into the stars and I imagine: How self-important are we to think that we are the only life-form? I mean, if my relationship with Obama gets any better, I’m going to ask him that question. It just hasn’t been appropriate yet.”

I’ll close with a final thought/request: I need for Katy to remake the “E.T.” music video where Obama raps Kanye West’s verses. Thank you.

One in a million: Remembering Aaliyah.

aaliyah4Aaliyah Haughton, the eternal princess of R&B, would have been 36 today–still so young. 14 years after the fatal plane crash in the Bahamas that claimed her life and eight others, her legacy lives on in the sweetest of rhythms and harmonies with which she blessed the world’s heart and ears.

I have my mother to thank for exposing me to Aaliyah. She was always my mom’s favorite, therefore mine too. I was only six when her sophomore album “One in a Million” was released, but her second single from that album, of the same name, remains one of my earliest memories of music, and one of the closest to my heart.

It was effortless: her beauty, her flow, her angelic chords, her moves and her charm. She was one of those voices that captivated you not by its strength or octaves, but by its subtle power. You don’t hear Aaliyah’s music through your ears, you hear it through the heart. You can’t listen to any one of her songs without subconsciously closing your eyes and getting lost in her creation. It’s that very essence that to me defined her artistry and set her apart from any other singer.

Like any tragedy, I will forever remember where I was when the news of her sudden passing aired. Ironically enough, I was with my mother in her old, white Mazda 626 in the parking lot of the West Manchester Mall in my hometown. She was flipping through the stations when she got excited at the sound of Aaliyah on this one particular station. We listened. After the song, the radio DJ reiterated the news of that day: the passing of Aaliyah Haughton. I don’t remember if we pulled over or just stopped where we were, I just remember the paralyzing effect of the announcer’s words.

I often find myself imagining what her future would have been. At the time of her death, she was on top of the music world with her third album, “Aaliyah.” She had reinvented herself. From her teenage years, she had grown into womanhood and her sound, with the assistance of dear friend Timabaland, was cutting edge–the future of soul and R&B.

But it’s futile to contemplate the “What-ifs” in life. Instead, we should treasure what we have. In celebration of her birthday, I want to countdown my five favorite songs:

5. Enough Said Ft. Drake (although I have the non-Drake version. He kills her vibe, in my opinion)

4. If Your Girl Only Knew

3. Rock the Boat

2. One in a Million

1. I Care 4 U

Love you baby girl. XOXO

Body Party? More like a baby party for Ciara

This morning on “The View,” R&B darling Ciara confirmed that she and rapper fiancé Future are expecting their first child!

Prompted by Barbara Walters, “Do you want to confirm [the pregnancy rumors]?” Ciara replied, “Of course, I would love to!” and stood up and gave her tummy a little rub, smiling ear to ear.

The news comes shortly after the late-2013 engagement to 30-year-old Future.

Ciara also revealed that she is in the studio working on her sixth studio album which is to be released this year. Last year’s release, “Ciara” received mass critical acclaim and peaked at No.2 on the Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, “Body Party” was one of the top-selling songs of the year and Pitchfork magazine ranked it their fifth best song for 2013.

It seems 2014 is going to be full of goodies for this Atlanta gal.

Closet Confessional: Golden Globes Red Carpet

The stars descended upon the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. to grace the red carpet for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. Sunday night’s ceremony was frothing with belligerent, champagne-induced antics, a tradition of sorts, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The fashion on the red carpet followed suit: from sexy lizard goddess to expired Christmas presents, we saw it all. Shall we?

Lupita  Nyong’o, Ralph Lauren

First time at the Golden Globes? No big deal. I’m just going to kill it, because I’m a boss like that.


Emma Watson, Dior Couture

Props for being too cool for school. Pants? Dress? How about both! Hermione is reinventing red carpet style with her unique take on Dior, and I want more. And that color is just gorgeous on her. Wingardium leviosa that bitches!


Mila Kunis, Gucci Premiere

I mean, it kind of looks like one of those melting silver people from the CapriSun commercials circa 1998, but she pulls it off–probably because she has that icy, “I will cut you” look.


Sandra Bullock, Prabal Gurung

So bold! So flirty! Love. This is  such a departure from her usual red carpet wardrobe, and she is making it work.


Usher, Calvin Klein

Men’s fashion is usually so drab and boring. Leave it to Ersher, baby to accomplish smooth swag in a velvety tux. If sex were a suit, this would be it.


Now, what to do when you’re pregnant on the red carpet:

Olivia Wilde, Gucci Premiere

Sexy reptilian goddess. That’s right, I’m pregnant and I look damn good. Questions? #werk


What NOT to do when you’re pregnant:

Drew Barrymore, Monique Lhuillier

You can rob the florist and try to camouflage that bump, but come on, I see you. Let your baby shine. It does help that she’s just so adorable anyway.


Berenice Bejo, Giambattista Valli

That’s where all of my bloody tissues went…


Zosia Mamet, Reem Acra

If she stands still enough, you might actually think you’re in Narnia.


Edie Falco, Lanvin

Christmas is over, sweetheart. It’s OK. I’m sad too, but we have to let it go.


Sofia Vergara, Zac Posen

Have you seen Men In Black II? Just sayin’….


Best of the rest:

Lily Rabe, Georges Hobeika


Uma Thurman, Versace


Margot Robbie, Gucci


Zooey Deschanel, Oscar de la Renta