Justin Bieber: The Twitter-Master!

Justin BieberHi All!

Whaddya know – we have a grandad-grandkid theme again today!

Beauty before age, so grandkids go first.

A while back I had blogged about Nickelodeon’s KCAs. British teen band One Direction had performed at the awards and, it appears, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift had grooved to their music.  Excited by the dancing dolls and falling for MTVs set-up questions, a few band-members are now dreaming about more attention from the dolls; any of them.  And that would make her an – ‘older woman’!  I’m tempted to say, “Keep dreaming, boys,” but it would take only one madcap female to prove me wrong!  So— silence is golden.

Grandkid Justin Bieber is a Twitter-Master.  He has been tweeting and teasing his fans about his upcoming music-video for ‘Boyfriend’ (lead single from the to-be-released album ‘Believe’).  The boy’s also been tweeting fluff and factoids about both the video and the album, driving up his fans’ suspense levels to crazy heights.  Now let’s hope the music-video is not a let-down.

The ‘One Direction of 1970 were The Rolling Stones (albeit rather less wholesome) and now these grandads are in the news, courtesy of guitarist Ronnie Wood.  Wood is busy with his own painting and solo career but he spilt some beans on the Stones.  He said that the band’s Golden Anniversary is coming up this year and so they’re going into a studio “to throw some idea around,” “to go into training.”  Are the grandads making a new album?  Sure sounds like it!

Cyndi Lauper cannot be classed with The Rolling Stones being of relatively more recent vintage; the 80s.  Though she ain’t no grandma, she *is* one hot mama!  Cyndi Lauper, of ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun Fame’ is someone Mad-onna has aped, if only a little.  Come Autumn, a Simon & Schuster imprint will be publishing a memoir from Lauper.  I wonder how she’ll dish the dirt on.  Mad-onna, better mend your fences with Cyndi now . . . .

Cheers,

Shane

For Grandparents and Grandkids Only!

Hello Grandparents and Grandkids,

Welcome to your special blog post this Friday!  For a change, let’s put beauty before age and talk about the grandkids.

Justin Bieber is the featured star on a new single by Far East Movement, taken from a soon-to-be-released hip-hop album.  Billboard estimates that it will generate well over 100,000 sales on the digital charts by the weekend.  Is it the song or is it Bieber’s teeny-bopper sex appeal?  Whichever it is, it ain’t bad for a grandkid, specially as it appears he can steal star billing even when he collaborates with an established act.

Kelly Clarkson is also a ‘grandkid’, relatively speaking.  She’s made news by way of her song ‘Stronger’ hanging around in Billboard’s Top Ten singles chart after earlier being at no. 1, before making a comeback to the top spot.  In other words, ‘Stronger’ got ‘stronger’ on the singles chart over the past week!  It also got ‘stronger’ on the Radio and Digital Charts.  Kelly is clearly no one-hit wonder; she is here to stay on the charts.

Now to Grandpa Engelbert Humperdinck who was having worldwide hits like ‘Release Me’ and ‘Winter World of Love’ before Clarkson and Bieber were even born!  Us Brits are well known for being somewhat un-modern and traditional but I wonder if choosing this 75-year-old grandpa to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest isn’t a bit much?  Just kidding, all you granny-fans!  Engelbert’s a top, top vocalist and we wish him well in bringing the prize to our Sceptred Isle.

We close with a veritable gang of grandparents – The Rolling Stones!  Yahoo Music reports that they will release a “record” in July but, no, it’s not that kind of ‘record’ – it’s a “photographic record.”  This will be a picture book tracking the band’s rise (and, evidently, no ‘fall’). The date is significant because it was in July half-a-century ago (well before any grandkids were born) that these geezers debuted as a band!  Congrats also to Mick & Co.!

Have a good weekend, grandparents and grandkids,

Shane