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The Golden Apple: The Successful Sing In Bathtubs

26 Feb

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We watched Britney Spears do it…Recently Rihanna did it…and now even Carly Rae Jepson has joined the bandwagon. It seems like in order to have a successful music video female artists are baring their emotions and singing in bathtubs.

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Carly Rae Jepson’s newest music video “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” dropped today. The pop song is the fourth single to be released from her 2012 debut album, Kiss. Jepson sings about moving on from an ex with an upbeat dance track. The video follows Jepson through her hot and cold relationship with her love interest.

Surprisingly, the video is based off of real life events in Jepson’s life. She told People magazine, “I think it’s important to have a bit of a connection to a song that you sing, and there’s going to be some grittiness behind it, because otherwise it doesn’t come across as sincere. So I do think I tap into those memories in a certain way, but it doesn’t make me feel sad. It just makes me feel a little contemplative and in the moment.” But one scene in particular not only seemed overly dramatic and fictional, but also was featured in another pop star’s music video.

A few weeks ago Rihanna released her music video “Stay”. The entire video shows Rihanna naked in a bathtub, crying and trembling as she sings and mumbles the lyrics to the song. The video skyrocketed in popularity online, reaching over 30 million views within the first week. It seemed like it was all anyone could talk about.

COM_kabbalah_060906In 2004, pop icon Britney Spears released her music video for single “Everytime”, which portrays Spears as a star hounded by paparazzi and eventually drowns in a bathtub. This video was one of the first of its kind and received a lot of popularity and criticism. Organizations like non-profit, Kidscape, felt that Spears was glamorizing suicide.

Suicide may not be in Jepson’s latest video, but one can’t help but wonder is there a bathtub scene in her latest music video for a specific reason? Maybe she was thinking the same thing as Rihanna and Britney’s cinematographer, you want a popular music video…get in that tub!

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The Golden Apple: Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Food & Entertainment at its finest!

12 Feb

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As a self-proclaimed foodie I thought Jiro Dreams of Sushi was an incredibly well done documentary! From the production value to the basic story line… this documentary has everything that could attract someone interested in food & entertainment!

It is the perfect blend of pop-culture & food. This documentary is a sushi symphony. Every single scene, every single word meant something. Every shot is beautiful and every message is meaningful.

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Jiro is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro – a 3 Michelin star restaurant in an unassuming subway station. It seats just 10, with people waiting months for a seat. Reservations to his restaurant must be made months in advanced. There is no ordering, you simply get what you get and you love it! …And everyone does.

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The sushi is the best in the world. There’s no doubt about that. But the real story revolves around Jiro’s son, Yoshikazu, the eldest of two, who will have to carry on his father’s legacy. As Jiro’s ex-apprentice puts it, “Yoshikazu will have to be twice as good to even be considered equal. That’s how influential his father is.”

I will never look at sushi the same way again!