Music Monday: Nick Jonas – “Nick Jonas”

In case you haven’t heard, Nick Jonas is sexy grown up now, and he definitely shows his growing maturity in his self-titled solo album that he released last month. After the (second) split of the Jonas Brothers, Nick ventured back into the music industry to release his own music as a solo artist (again). Back in 2010, Nick formed his own band, “The Administration,” during the first Jonas Brothers hiatus. With this new solo project, Nick released “Who I Am,” which took on a blue-eyed soul and blues-rock sound. His initial solo career was short lived though, and thus ventured off onto other projects.

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5 Smart Phone Apps Everyone Should Have

Technology is constantly evolving, and everyone is desperately trying to catch up with the age of technology, whether it’s buying the latest version of the iPhone, the newest Galaxy phone by Samsung, or updating their operating system. In the midst all of this, newer phone applications are being continually developed, and these same phone apps are also being updated to keep up with the newer operating systems. While most apps are completely asinine in that there is absolutely no purpose to their existence (remember that dumb Kardashian game that was also incredibly addicting?), there are also apps that make day to day living a whole lot easier, and oftentimes entertaining. The following are five that I, myself, have downloaded, and am completely in love with.

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Music Monday: Pentatonix – “That’s Christmas To Me”

Pentatonix is an a cappella group consisting of five members (that’s the “penta” part of their name, for those of you who aren’t fluent in Greek prefixes. You’re welcome) from Texas. The group formed in 2011 and came into the spotlight after they won the NBC singing competition, The Sing-Off. Their winnings included $200,000 in cash, as well as a recording contract with Sony Music. Later, though, they were dropped from their record label, but gained stardom through their YouTube channel. The group has since attained over 7 million subscribers on their channel, and cumulatively hundreds of thousands of views on their videos. They are now signed with RCA Records, and have since been releasing their compilations through their new record label, including their most recent Christmas compilation, “That’s Christmas To Me.”

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Highlights of Sacramento

Sacramento has a gross reputation of being exceedingly lackluster with nothing to do, unless you have a car, or are easily entertained by infinitesimal things. I am guilty of being one of those people who used to groan and grumble about the lack of “fun” things to do on the weekends when I was in high school. And after having moved out of Elk Grove into a much bigger city at the end of my high school days, I can even further attest to the fact that there is, indeed, nothing that would interest anyone of the teenage demographic in the small town of Elk Grove.

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YouTube v. Mainstream Media

Many people see YouTube as simply an outlet to watch music videos, movie trailers, that one scene from that one television show, interviews, tutorials, etc. But ever since its inception in the mid-2000s (feel old yet?) there have been content creators who decided to put snippets of their own lives on the internet for other people to see. Eventually the term “vlog” was coined, and more and more people began sharing their lives online.

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Music Monday: Troye Sivan – “TRXYE”

That’s “T-R-X-Y-E,” everyone. Not “Troye” or “Trixie.” You refer to the album title as if you were spelling something out.

Troye Sivan (that’s “TROY si-VAHN,” while we’re on pronunciations here) is an internet personality and is just about to hit 3 million subscribers on YouTube. Three. Million. I don’t think I can gather a large enough group of people who, collectively, have all met 3 million people.

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Hilary Duff is NOT Perfect

Let me preface this post by saying that I am an incredibly huge super fan of Hilary Duff. Anyone who’s known me for more than 5 minutes knows that. People who has ever come in remote contact with me is aware of this. People who are within a 25 mile can sense it. I mean, I’ve dragged my parents and sister outside of LA County to stand in line for hours to meet her, and I’ve skipped an entire day of classes (sorry, Mom) to go meet her a second time. If that’s not superfan enough, I don’t know what is.

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