Songwriting and production duo Swiss American Federation (SAF) teamed up with YouTube sensation Jimmy Wong to record their new single “Don’t Let Go,” a richly melodic propulsive trance pop. Jimmy’s brother Freddie Wong directed the special music video of the track that premiered earlier this month.
Swiss American Federation is the exciting and eclectic Los Angeles duo of Christian B and M Dold who have worked on some massive tunes and have two number one singles under their belt.
Swiss American Federation has produced more than 90 songs and mixes over the past 11 years including several top 5 chart topping club and radio hits and helping drive sales of more than 20,000,000 albums worldwide with their mixes.
S.A.F. has amassed a very impressive collection of both cool club records and singles for platinum artists like: Nelly Furtado, Celine Dion, Enya, Madonna, Basement Jaxx, Paul Van Dyk, Erasure, Dido, Sarah Brightman (#2 Billboard), Cyndi Lauper (#2 Billboard)to name a handful. They produced Celine Dion’s global smash “A New Day Has Come” (#1Pop Single) and Enya’s Grammy nominated record “Only Time” (also a #1 world-wide smash) which sold over 15 million copies and is the singer’s biggest hit to date.
Jimmy Wong is a 24-year-old American Chinese rock musician, actor, filmmaker and YouTube star artist in Los Angeles, CA. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, majoring in Theatre & Drama. As a child, he studied classical piano for 8 years and this evolved into his current involvement in theatre, acting, graphic design, and photography.
At last weekend’s Julien’s auction in Beverly Hills, California, featuring memorabilia from the Beatles, Madonna and Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson reigns supreme.
The King of Pop’s red and black calfskin ‘Thriller’ jacket sold for $1.8 million. The late pop star wore the jacket in a scene with a troupe of zombies who rise from their graves and break into a dance routine in his 1983 zombie-ridden “Thriller” video. The 14-minute clip is considered one of the most influential music videos ever made.
The calfskin jacket worn by Michael Jackson in his Thriller video (Photo Credit: Matt Sayles/Associated Press)
Michael Jackson in a scene from the music video "Thriller"
The winning price was exponentially above the pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $400,000. A portion of the proceeds will go to actress Tippi Hedren's Roar Foundation. The pop star's Bengal tigers, Thriller and Sabu, have been living at the foundation's Shambala Preserve since Jackson left Neverland Ranch in 2006.
The jacket was designed by Deborah Landis, the wife of "Thriller" director John Landis. It was given by Jackson, who died on the 25th of June 2009, to his longtime costume designers Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush. The inside lining is inscribed "To Bush and Dennis, All My Love, Michael Jackson," and the sleeve is signed "Love Michael Jackson."
Michael Jackson's Thriller jacket sold for $1.8 million
Its sale came exactly two years after the then 50-year-old Jackson was killed by a surgical anesthetic called Propofol, which a Los Angeles coroner ruled killed the singer in combination with several sedatives found in his blood.
Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Callifornia, said the jacket was purchased by Milton Verret, a commodities trader and philanthropist from Austin, Texas.
Verret, who also owns the jacket Jackson wore during his Bad tour, revealed that the jacket will be put on display at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, before sending it around the world to display as a fundraising tool for children's charities in the spirit of Jackson.
Verret has a history of making pop-culture purchases to benefit the less fortunate. He paid $120,000 at auction for a $20,000 2009 motorcycle signed by Jay Leno to benefit a New York children's charity. He spent another $120,000 on eight "Big Guitars" during the 2009 GuitarTown charitable auction in Austin, donating the pieces to the city afterward.
"It is one of the most important pieces of rock 'n' roll memorabilia in history," Verret said.
The jacket wasn't the only piece of memorabilia from the late King of Pop that was part of the auction. The signature fedora Jackson wore during his Bad Tour was sold for $16,250, his handwritten note to Elizabeth Taylor went for $5,625 and a signed pillowcase fetched $3,584. And a bidder paid out $330,000 -- more than 10 times what Julien's had expected to get -- for one of the famous, shiny, crystal-covered gloves that Jackson wore during the 1980s.
Other pieces of history, from other members of music royalty, were also featured at the auction. While gold records and instruments were common items, others were more practical -- like Frank Sinatra's boots (selling for $2,500) and his 1986 Jaguar car ($19,000) as well as the U.S. Army-issued sewing kit of Elvis Presley's that went for $1,536.
The King of Pop's closest competition at the auction was the Beatles, which had a number of items for sale. A signed postcard from Liverpool's finest sold for $5,504 and Paul McCartney's bass guitar fetched $14,080. But oft-diminished drummer Ringo may have gotten the last laugh, with the cape he wore in the movie "Help!" selling for $37,500 -- about five times the estimate.
Weird Al Yankovic poking fun of Lady Gaga’s eccentric wardrobe is a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black.
In the King of Pop Parodies’ latest parody video “Perform This Way,” Weird Al opted to CGI his face onto a woman’s body, resulting in an even freakier parody of Gaga’s outlandish looks. Weird Al probably did Gaga a favor by using a fit body double in the parody of “Born This Way.”
Weird Al as Lady Gaga
Wearing versions of Lady Gaga’s more buzzed about looks, Yankovic and the unknown female body included the meat dress, caution tape outfit, flying nun habit and alien pod, along with some outfit predictions made of swiss cheese and live bees.
The video is a silly, light-hearted poke at Lady Gaga’s unapologetic style and with just enough sass to make it a comedy hit. One particularly funny moment is when Lady Yankovic shoves a Madonna look-a-like wearing the same outfit out of the shot just as he sings, “I’m so completely original / my new look is all the rage.”
Weird Al and Madonna look-alike
Lyrics to Weird Al’s Lady Gaga parody include:
“I’ll be a troll or evil queen,
I’ll be a human jelly bean.
‘Cause every day is Halloween
I’m so completely original,
My new look is all the rage.
I’ll wrap my small intestines round my neck,
And set fire to myself on stage.”
Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, Weird Al Yankovic has sold more than 12 million albums, recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows including his own TV show in the US – The Weird Al Show. His works have earned him three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States.
Yankovic famously parodied Michael Jackson's "Beat it" with his version, "Eat it".
According to Weird Al's website, most artists are happy to have a Weird Al spoof of their work.
"Most artists are genuinely flattered and consider it an honor to have Weird Al parody their work. Some groups (including Nirvana) claim that they didn't realize that they had really "made it" until Weird Al did a parody of them!" the website reads.
Mediacorp actress Michelle Chia raised eyebrows (not to mention arousals in men) at the Star Awards 2011 held at Resorts World Sentosa on Sunday night with a sexy see-through dress that left nothing to the imagination. I am sure she must have got the inspiration to wear the see-through dress from royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton who reputedly charmed Prince William with her see-through dress. Maybe Chia was hoping to charm a prince at the award ceremony as it is rumoured that her marriage to actor Shaun Chen is heading for splitsville.
Michelle Chia adorns a Kate Middleton-inspired see-through dress
The now world-famous Kate Middleton see-through dress
Chia later changed into a Madonna-inspired red number with breast cones. I guess Madonna works better on Chia as she emerged as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes.
The entire world seems to have been gripped by the royal wedding fever. Unless you are a hermit living in some mountain hide-away, you would know that Prince William and Kate Middleton will be walking down the aisle on April 29th, 2011 at the famous Westminster Abbey.
Ever since the royal couple announced their April 29 nuptials, merchandisers have been in overdrive creating everything from the usual china collectors’ items and t-shirts to weird and kinky stuff. The royal wedding frenzy has thus resulted in a glut of royal wedding memorabilia.
Royal wedding collectibles
There are the usual stuff like china ware, postcards, t-shirts, mugs, flags, ash trays, jigsaws, magnets, coins, stamps, and even food items like chocolates, pizza, donuts, roast dinners, cakes and whatnot.
Royal Wedding magnets
Royal wedding silver spoons
Royal wedding postcards
Royal wedding mugs
Royal wedding mouse pad
Royal wedding jewel boxes
Royal Wedding cuff links
Royal wedding T-shirt
Royal wedding chocolates
Royal Wedding bell
Royal wedding flag
Royal Wedding coin
Royal wedding jigsaw
Royal wedding ash tray
In terms of popularity, the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 broke all sorts of box office records in terms of sales of royal memorabilia.
The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton could smash all previous royal memorabilia and merchandise sales figures thanks to the huge global excitement around the event and the opportunities to buy online. There was no eBay when Prince Charles and Lady Diana married in 1981.
To participate in the wedding of the decade, you can splurge on the wide choices of Prince William and Kate Middleton memorabilia.
Royal Wedding Collector’s Edition Condom
Crown Jewels Royal Wedding Condoms of Distinction
Like a royal wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion
The aptly-named Crown Jewels Condoms of Distinction has launched the “Royal Wedding Collector’s Edition” souvenir condom to celebrate to commemorate Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding on April 29.
The contraceptives are sold in packs of three with a picture of the royal couple in front. The condoms have been described as “combining the strength of a prince with the yielding sensitivity of a princess-to-be.”
There has also been negative reactions to the condoms, with Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward saying that it was tasteless and hurtful.
‘Lie back and think of England’
“Like a Royal Wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion.” So say the folks at Crown Jewels, who advise their customers to “Lie back and think of England.”
If you purchase a box of the condoms and actually used them – as opposed to saving them as souvenirs – don’t be surprised if a new kind of prince or princess enters your life in say nine months or so.
Crowned Jewels “condoms of distinction” may promise a “union of pleasure and style,” but they also contain a disclaimer stating that they are “a novelty product and may not be suitable as a contraceptive or barrier against sexually transmitted diseases.”
“Kiss Me Kate” Beer
“Kiss Me Kate”Beer
Kiss Me Kate available at Castle Rock pubs
England’s Castle Rock Brewery has created 70,000 bottles of Kiss Me Kate beer, which is available exclusively at Britain’s Morrisons supermarket. Those heading to England for the wedding can also sample the brew on draught in Castle Rock pubs throughout April. Cheers!
Royal Virility Performance Brew
Royal Virility Performance Brew
“Royal Virility Performance” is a brew which touts itself as “a beer to stir the loins of newlywed princes, summon the ghosts of long gone princesses and cure the stammer of stuttering kings.”
The Scotland-based BrewDog Brewery’s web site says the artisanal pale ale is laced with an “herbal Viagra,” chocolate, horny goat weed and “a healthy dose of sarcasm.”
Long live the Royal Dick!
William and Kate Greeting Card with Teabags
Kate and William Teabags
Oh, how the British love tea! So if you are a tea lover, you can dip either William or Kate in hot water. Fancy telling your friends that you have tasted Kate!
Royal Wedding Sick Bags
Lydia Leith poses for a photograph with some of her Royal wedding sick bags
British artist Lydia Leith from Carlisle has created a specially designed hand screen-printed “Royal Wedding Sick Bag”for those already sick of hearing about Prince William’s upcoming nuptials to Kate Middleton. Leith, 24, has already sold out of her first batch, available for Ł3 each.
Lydia, who now lives in Edinburgh and is a graduate from the city’s College of Art, admits she does not think it will be used as a sick bag.
Each bag features an illustration of Kate and Wills. Above their head hovers a regal crown and the words “Throne Up.” The bottom of the bag reads “Royal Wedding Sick Bag. Keep this handy on April 29th, 2011.”
“The bags are just a bit of fun, a sort of antidote to the hysteria surrounding the wedding,” Leith said. “I’m not an anti-monarchist in the slightest!
Royal Wedding Perfume
Here is a run-down of three of the perfumes dedicated to the royal wedding.
Roja Dove of Harrods Haute Parfumerie has commissioned Clive Christian to create a special luxurious set engraved with the initials of the betrothed. The crystal bottles are adorned with diamond solitaires and house an already existing perfume often advertized as being the most expensive one in the world, The No.1 Perfume. Only 1000 copies are reportedly released each year.
Harrods Haute Parfumerie
“Since this is Prince William’s great-great-great-great-grandmother’s chosen perfumery and No. 1 is inspired by the love of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the unique pair of perfumes will be an invisible connection between Prince William and Catherine and is an ideal way for them to pay homage to his royal ancestors on their wedding day.”
The set will be offered as a wedding present by Roja Dove through the royal house.
Floris, one of the oldest perfumeries extant in the world, established in 1730, have also insisted on paying homage to the momentous event. Simply called Wedding Bouquet, the perfume “has been created by drawing inspiration from the most popular Floris wedding fragrances from the past and introducing a modern twist using a white flower theme.”
Floris’ Wedding Bouquet
Grossmith of London have also taken the opportunity to re-create an ancient recipe used in 1893 to celebrate the betrothal and wedding of “a Princess who became Queen of England,” i.e., Queen Mary who married King George V. The floral bouquet is said to be “perfect for a modern princess.”
Outside of Great-Britain, German perfumer Kim Weisswange of Capital Cosmetics claims she has been commissioned to craft a duo of perfumes for Kate and William called William and Catherine. The royal house denies the claim but apparently Weisswange is a nose with celebrities credentials since Madonna, Prince Charles and the Queen are reported to wear her fragrances.
Hamburg perfumer Kim Weisswange creates wedding perfume for William and Kate
William is said to be strong and sporty while Catherine is a based on rose and magnolia.
Royal Wedding Apps
Numerous mobile apps for Apple iPhones, iPads and other iOS devices are being touted as indispensable for keeping track of and connected with The Royal Wedding. These are truly 21st Century souvenirs of the first 21st Century British Royal Wedding.
The Daily Mirror’s smartphone app is one of the best royal wedding apps. It gives a unique glimpse into the world of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Everything you could ever want to know about the couple can now be in the palm of your hand in an instant, on your iPhone, iTouch, iPad or Nokia smartphone.
The Daily Mirror’s Royal wedding app
And with 10 chapters packed with brilliant writing, stunning pictures – plus video and audio on Apple devices – there is enough to keep you riveted until the big day on April 29 – and beyond.
Narrated by the Daily Mirror’s legendary former Royal Correspondent James Whitaker, who has been reporting on the royals since 1968, the app, called Wills & Kate A Royal Love Story, tells the story of their romance in 10 chapters.
It follows William and Kate’s early years, their families and friends, as well as tracking their courtship from the moment they first met as students at university in 2001 to their much-anticipated engagement last November.
The app is packed full of unique pictures from formal and informal events, and each image comes with a detailed description.
The Franklin Mint Kate Middleton Royal Engagement Doll is a beautiful and authentic replica of the future Princess, featuring hand-painted, life-like portrait sculpture, jewelry and a reproduction of the blue silk jersey dress that was worn to formally announce the engagement. The Franklin Mint Kate Middleton doll also features miniature replicas of the jewelry the soon-to-be princess donned, including the necklace, earrings, and engagement ring, all outfitted with simulated sapphires, diamonds, and other jewels.
Kate Middleton Royal Engagement Vinyl Portrait Doll
The Royal Wedding Doll will feature an exact replica of the dress that will be worn in the wedding. The doll’s wig will reflect the hair style that is worn on her wedding day, and will feature a miniature tiara that Kate Middleton will wear as well.
Kate Middleton Royal Wedding Vinyl Portrait Doll
England’s fine bone China manufacturers have produced a fine collection of official crockery. If you are a collector of such items, you are truly spoiled for choice.
Royal wedding china wares
KK Outlet’s Plates
KK Outlet’s plates boast funny, clever slogans, including “Thanks for the free day off,” “Economic crisis? What economic crisis?” and “It should have been me.” Thumbs up to the creative team at KK Outlet for designing something so cheeky and honest. The collection is available at kkoutlet.com.
KK Outlet Plates
Prince Harry & Kate Royal Wedding Mug
A souvenir company has come out with a Royal Wedding commemorative mug, but they put Prince Harry’s photo on it instead of Prince William’s. There are suspicions that the company did it on purpose, as an elaborate spoof. Others have speculated they did it to sell more of the supposed “error” mugs.
Prince Harry & Kate Middleton mug
On the back, an inscription reads: “The fairytale romantic union of all the centuries. 29th April 2011.”
The mug, supposedly designed by a Chinese firm Guandong Enterprises, can be purchased for the princely sum of Ł9.99 plus postage and packaging.
However, the fact that the company is apparently registered in Britain has led some to suspect it is all an elaborate spoof.
The website promoting the mug reads: “Crafted in the finest bone china, it features an exquisite design of the happy couple with ornate gold detailing to honour this great moment in history.
“Please be our guests to own this esteemed, limited edition heirloom to celebrate with your work associates, friends, family and loved ones on 29th April 2011.”
The company adds: “You are welcome to purchase now to avoid disappointment and regret.”
To avoid confusion, the small print states that the mugs “are not supplied to, or approved by, Prince William of Wales, Catherine Middleton or any member of the Royal Family.”
Jan Constantine’s Regal Cushion Collection
The Royal Wedding cushions are sophisticated and have the names of William and Catherine embellished in antique gold across the heart and adorned with the crown of Prince William.
Jan Constantine Regal Royal Wedding cushion collection
Prince William and Kate Middleton Commemorative Tapestry Cushions
If you want Prince William and Kate Middleton in your bed or your lounge, just order Prince William and Kate Middleton commemorative cushions.
Prince William and Kate Middleton Commemorative Tapestry Cushions
The Crown and Coronets Wallpaper
The Crown and Coronets Wallpaper by the wall-paper company, Graham and Brown, seeks homage to the British royals and is one of the more classy memorabilia out there.
The William & Catherine Commemorative Chair
The William & Catherine Commemorative Chair is elegant and also features the couple’s names and the wedding date.
The William & Catherine Commemorative Chair
The Royal Refrigerator By General Electric
The refrigerator has a giant-sized photo of Prince William and Kate Middleton plastered bang on the doors.
The Royal Refrigerator By General Electric
The Limited Edition Royal Wedding Sliding Door System
You can opt for the Limited Edition Royal Wedding Sliding Door System featuring Kate and William’s photo image on glass panels.
The Limited Edition Royal Wedding Sliding Door System
Kate and William Porcelain Throne
If you want a touch of royalty in your bathroom, you can order the Kate and William Porcelain Throne. A bit disrespectful, don’t you think so?
Kate and William Porcelain Throne
William & Kate Pez Dispenser
The royal wedding PEZ dispenser featuring Prince William and Kate Middleton was sold on eBay for a whopping $13,360. A Connecticut man placed the winning bid and PEZ has announced that the proceeds will go to charity.
Prince William & Kate Middleton Pez Dispensers
Royal Mail Stamps
Stock up on Britain’s Royal Mail commemorative stamps, featuring Mario Testino’s official engagement photos of Will and Kate.
Royal Wedding commemorative stamps
The tiny Pacific island of Niue caused a storm of controversy when they released their commemorative royal wedding stamp, featuring a tear down the middle of the happy couple. The complete stamp is worth $5.80 New Zealand dollars, but used separately, Will’s side is worth NZ$3.40 and Kate’s just NZ$2.40. Ominous signs of a future split? Let’s hope not!
Niue's Royal Wedding Stamp Prince William and Kate Middleton
Knit Your Own Royal Wedding Book
For those of you who love arts and crafts, you can even “knit your own Royal wedding” with Fiona Goble’s instructional book which offers knitting patterns for the entire royal family in their full wedding finery! The whole wedding party is included – even the Archbishop of Canterbury and the corgis!
KNIT YOUR OWN ROYAL WEDDING BOOK
Knit your own William & Kate
Royal Couple Knitted Toys
Kate Bevan, a Kate Middleton look-alike, poses for a photograph with a knitted toy inspired by the forthcoming royal wedding, at a toy fair.
Kate Bevan with her knitted toys
Handmade in Scotland, these 100-percent lambs-wool and camel-colored gloves feature the royal couple’s names and, of course, the engagement ring.
Kate Engagement Photo Session Dress
Fashion label Reiss has re-created the “Nanette” frock that the princess-to-be Kate wore for her engagement photo session with Mario Testino. As part of the Spring/Summer 2011 collection, the frilly white dress has been produced in a lighter-weight fabric (while still maintaining its original style).
Kate's engagement photo session dress
Butter London Nail Lacquer
Butter London is due to release a limited edition nail lacquer in honor of Kate Middleton’s engagement. The shade is said to be gray-blue with glitter galore and is cleverly dubbed “No More Waity, Katie”, a facetious play on the endearing “Waity Katie” nickname given to her pre-engagement.
Butter London Limited Edition Nail Lacquer
The Royals Comic Book
Veteran comic book scribe CW Cooke gives Will and Kate’s life stories a comic-book spin in Bluewater Productions’ 32-page tome, available in comic book stores for $3.99.
The Royals Comic
“The Royals” follows Prince William throughout his privileged upbringing, schooling, hardships and eight-year romance with Kate. The comic will also feature fictional details of the royal wedding, including Kate’s dress, the couple’s honeymoon location and more.
Royal Wedding Children Play Set
Early Learning Centre’s children’s play set includes the bride and groom sitting in a gold-trimmed horse-drawn carriage, flanked by the Queen of England, Prince Phillip and their favorite corgi, with a Royal Cavalry soldier and foot soldier standing guard.
Royal Wdding Children Play Set
Cupcakes & Ribbons’ Royal Wedding Cupcakes
The cupcakes are baked to order using Cupcakes & Ribbons’ scrummy, gooey vanilla sponge recipe – voted Country Life’s favourite. The Royal Wedding cupcakes are fondant iced with butter cream underneath to seal in the moisture so they will last up to 4/5 days once stored in an airtight container.
William and Kate cupcakes
Still can’t get enough of the royal wedding memorabilia? The watch this YouTube video on the royal wedding memorablilia
Feeling lost? Get yourself a copy of “The Royal Wedding For Dummies”.
Royal Wedding For Dummies
Come Friday, the whole world will grind to a stop to watch the wedding of the century. Get ready your Papa Johns' Royal Wedding Pizza, Royal Wedding Dunkin Donuts, Kate & Wills Roast Dinners and “Kiss Me Kate”,
Papa Johns Royal Wedding Pizzas
Royal Wedding Dunkin Donuts
Kate and Wills Roast Dinner Portrait
Let's us cheer to the Royal Couple with our Kiss Me Kate........ Yamseng!
International superstar Madonna, in partnership with her manager, Guy Oseary, and New Evolution Ventures (NEV), is establishing an international chain of mega-gyms called Hard Candy Fitness which will open in major cities around the world. The name is taken from her 11th studio album, which topped the charts around the world in 2008.
Madonna Hard Candy Fitness
Madonna said she chose Mexico City because it was a stop on her Sticky & Sweet tour last year, which grossed $408 million, second only to the Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour. She said she liked the energy of the people.
Promotional photo for Madonna's Hard Candy Fitness
“Our plan is to use Mexico as a place to fine-tune our brand and then expand it to other countries and, in the long term, develop a global brand that includes the United States,” she, noting that Mexico is close enough to home for her to be heavily involved.
As the glass doors of Hard Candy Fitness, Madonna’s first gym, slid open in Mexico City yesterday, a mural of white, black and violet images of the Queen of Pop greeted each client.
Madonna murals on the wall of the reception area of the Hard Candy Fitness
The first Hard Candy Fitness, the 30,000 square foot space in the exclusive Bosques de las Lomas area of Mexico City, was officially opened by Madonna yesterday, to the delight of many screaming fans.
Fans waiting for Madonna's arrival at the gym opening
Madonna was surrounded by three burly bodyguards at the opening of her gym. Dozens of police officers and security guards were outside to keep some 300 screaming fans at bay.
Madonna said at the opening Monday night that she also chose the country because she loves its culture, food, art and architecture and that she didn’t worry about Mexico’s wave of drug-related violence when deciding where to open the gym.
Madonna cutting the ribbon at the opening of her Mexico City gym
Madonna poses for photographers at the opening of her gym
After cutting the ribbon last night, Madonna taught a dance class for 20 hand-picked members with music by Paul Oakenfold, the DJ who opened her last tour.
Madonna dancing at the center
New Evolution Ventures, whose chairman is Mark Mastrov, founder of 24 Hour Fitness clubs, is the designer of Hard Candy Fitness but Mastrov stated that Hard Candy Fitness is a reflection of Madonna’s point of view, with her input on every detail including music space, light and other design cues.
Madonna has been a long time advocate of maintaining a physically fit lifestyle and during her touring career, she has worked out in hundreds of gyms across the world. At 52, the Material Girl’s own workout regimen is legendary and her physique has been both admired and chided for being overdone. Her famously pumped biceps have been labeled scary by some.
Chris Dedicik, Hard Candy’s Managing Director commented, “Hard Candy Fitness is a one of a kind experience merging fitness with entertainment. We are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our members.”
Chris Dedicik,CEO of Evolution New Ventures Mexico
Hard Candy Fitness centers will offer the very best in innovative training methods including private, group and dynamic training including traditional classes such as Zumba, Latin Moves and Cardio Kickboxing as well as new programming designed specifically for Hard Candy Fitness. The fitness center will also include a Bike Studio, a Mind Body Studio featuring The Great Wall, where members can practice BarWorks, Sculpting, Capoeria and the newest trends in Yoga.
It will also house a healthy alternative Juice Bar/Cafe. The lavish locker rooms built with the finest materials will be a sanctuary for members who will be able to relax in sauna and steam rooms. Members will also benefit from state of the art cardiovascular equipment with personal viewing screens and iPod docks, more than 60 pieces of strength equipment/free weights and the best group fitness, functional training accessories and brands including PreCor, Hoist, Free Motion, Nautilus, Hammer Strength, StarTrac, AbCoaster, and TRX suspension training.
The lobby, whose main wall is decorated with the album cover of Celebration, is open to the public and will feature a health food bar and energy drinks. It also features a small terrace.
On the second floor, which is for members only, you can find an executive area with internet access, the personal training and cardio area with elliptical machines, treadmills, weights, bicycles and equipment for sit-ups or stretching. It also features 6 plasma screens which can be used for exclusive messages by Madonna. Dressing rooms, bathrooms, showers, and sauna are on this floor.
Inside the gym
State of the art equipment
The third floor is divided in two areas: the dance-yoga-spinning area and the weight-lifting area. The dance-yoga-spinning area consists of three different halls. In the main 250-square meter hall, dance classes of different styles will be given. The floor of the “Mind and Body” hall, where the yoga classes will be given, is made of bamboo imported from China. The yoga room will also have a special wall used in Iyengar yoga, with ropes, props and steps to help people with less physical ability. The spinning hall is equipped with 35 bikes. In the weight-lifting area, there are 60 machines altogether.
he yoga room will also have a special wall used in Iyengar yoga, with ropes, props and steps
“If any of you have seen my shows, you know that I don’t skimp on them and the same is true for the gym,” Madonna said. “We spend what it takes to make a globally first-class gym.”
Hard Candy Fitness is the perfect combination of “hard body” and “eye candy.”
Susan Boyle has become the first solo artist to reach No 1 in the UK and US album charts at the same time twice in a year.
SuBo made history yesterday when her latest album, The Gift, topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Susan Boyle's second album The Gift
Her first album, I Dreamed A Dream, achieved the same success a year ago.
Simon Cowell, who signed Susan to his label Syco, calls The Britain’s Got Talent runner-up his “superwoman.”
“I’m thrilled for Susan, she has once again defied the odds,” says Simon, 51.
Only The Beatles and The Monkees have equalled single 49-year-old Susan’s incredible feat.
Her popularity exceeds Madonna and even Elvis Presley.
“I’ve never felt happier in my life,” says Susan. “This is an amazing result and one I never expected.”
Boyle released “The Gift” (Syco/Sony) in the United States on Nov. 9 and a day earlier in the United Kingdom, with Sony Music Entertainment planning an initial U.S. shipment of 1.2 million units. First-week U.S. sales is projected to be about 300,000 units, less than half the 701,000 that her debut, “I Dreamed a Dream,” sold during Thanksgiving week last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The continued slump in recorded-music sales means that it may be impossible for “The Gift” to match the phenomenal sales of “I Dreamed a Dream,” which benefited from the YouTube-fueled frenzy over Boyle’s April 2009 debut appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent.”
The debut album has sold 3.8 million units in the United States and 1.8 million in the United Kingdom, according to SoundScan and the Official Charts Co. (OCC), respectively. Sony says “I Dreamed a Dream” has sold 9 million units worldwide, and IFPI cited the album as the global best seller of 2009.
Boyle will also be making a flurry of U.S. TV appearances. She appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Oct. 19, with further appearances to follow on “Today,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” TNT’s “Christmas in Washington” special and more, although international appearances will be more limited than on the last campaign.
“American TV plays to her strengths,” says Shack, who cites Australia, Canada and Japan as priority international markets. “She’s not that comfortable engaging with European chat show presenters.”
“The Gift” contains 10 tracks, a mixture of seasonal standards like “O Holy Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” and covers of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day,” Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
Performing for the Pope was a huge accomplishment for Susan Boyle, but on yesterday’s (Oct. 19) episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the singer gave what Oprah called the biggest performance the show has ever seen.
Boyle took over Oprah’s stage with a 60-person choir to perform the Crowded House hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” which appears on her second album “The Gift,” for Winfrey’s “The Next Big Thing” episode. All of the guests, including Boyle, 10-year-old “America’s Got Talent” sensation Jackie Evancho, and “You Light Up My Life” singer Debby Boone, were named as the “next big thing” when they first took the spotlight.
Boyle was 47 when she catapulted to fame in 2009 after her audition on “Britain’s Got Talent” went viral and paved the way for her debut album “I Dreamed A Dream” to start at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 a little under a year ago with 701,000 and spent six weeks at the top. The album became the world’s top selling album last year.
The “Glee” cast has surpassed the Beatles for the most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a non-solo act.
The cast of the Fox television musical series about a high school glee club has six debuts on the chart this week. That gives it a total of 75 songs on the chart to the Beatles’ 71.
Elvis Presley still leads overall with 108 songs to chart on the Hot 100. He’s followed by James Brown with 91, then “Glee.”
The Beatles are sixth, behind Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. Elton John, Lil Wayne, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z round out the Top 10.
Nielsen SoundScan says the “Glee” cast has sold 2.8 million albums and 11.5 million downloads.
Glee’s soundtrack got a big boost after the immense success of the episode featuring the music of Britney Spears. Over 13 million people turned in to see Brit and the Glee gang. The Britney Spears episode of GLEE is the highest-rated episode of GLEE ever among Adults 18 – 49. It featured a cameo from the artist and included five of her hit songs including “Baby One More Time,” I’m a Slave 4U,” Me Against the Music,” “Toxic” and “Stronger.”
Heather Morris portrays Britney Spears in the Britney/Brittany episode of Glee
Heather Morris (Brittany), the lead for this episode, joined Britney in a rendition of “Me Against the Music,” Spears’ hit collaboration with Madonna.
Britney is really happy with how the episode turned out. She thanked all of her fans via Twittter that for watching and said that it was a great opportunity to be able to participate on Glee.
The following video is the promo for the Britney/Brittany episode: