Category Archives: Music

May 31, 2013

Cymphonique’s Passion CD

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Htr_cymphoniqueCymphonique’s Passion CD

You may remember Cymphonique from the TV show How to Rock. Well, now, Cymphonique, daughter of rapper Master P, and sister of Lil’ Romeo talks about her new album titled Passion.

Q: Describe Passion, the type of music, the influences.
Well, its sound is a mix of hip hop, pop, and club music. It’s got a feel-good vibe. And the reason why I called it Passion is because I feel like the entertainment industry can get so caught up in gimmicks sometimes and what’s happening in that person’s personal life, and I just wanted to focus on the art of it and the love of it all. And I really just love what I do. I love to sing and I just wanted to give the listeners good R&B vocals and put a smile on some people’s faces or even just connect with the listener because I feel like when I’m listening to my favorite music the best thing about it is when they can explain the exact way that I feel and I think that’s something really special. And that’s something that I hope to do with Passion, whether that be make them feel good and want to get up and dance or just repeat the song over and over again until they fall asleep.

Q: Did you write any of the songs?
Oh, yes. I’ve been writing ever since I was two years old. I work with a great team of writers, but I work very closely in the writing and to just spread a good message with the music because I’m all into the sound of the music, being up-to-date, being in the now, but I also want it to still have a positive message and to still be me.

Q: Do you have a favorite song from the album?
Cymphonique: Well, there’s actually a new song that hasn’t been heard yet, but it’s called “Independent” and it’s one of my favorites just because of the message. And I think that if you’re ever feeling down or something, if you just are listening to that song, it’s a great song to get pumped to, whether you’re working out or you just need a little encouragement and you just want to dance in your car.

Q: What advice would you would tell a girl whether she wants to be a singer or wants to be a doctor or wants to be a mother?
Cymphonique: Well, I would start off being very honest with them and say it’s not going to be all peaches and cream. You’re definitely going to go through some hardships and there’ll be some problems that you’ll have to go through. But if you love something, it’s worth it. If you love something, it’s worth fighting for. And I would say don’t get so down when those things happen because obstacles, they’re a part of life, and just whatever you do, don’t give up. And just remember that every person has their own flaws, has their own problems, but it’s all about the journey, so don’t get so caught up in the goal. But that’s what so beautiful about being passionate about something is that when you love it you’ll continue to persevere through everything. And if there’s something that you want, just make sure you’re serious about it. You know, with me, when it comes to singing, dancing, acting, the entertainment business, yes, I took classes, but what was most important is what I did when I came home, which was practicing by myself in the mirror, playing my guitar at 2am in the morning even though everybody else was sleeping, typing my own songs on the computer. And I think if you love something, go for it and give your all, give 100%, and don’t let what people say stop you and don’t let the hardships stop you. So keep going and whatever you do, don’t give up. Keep going.

April 8, 2013

One Direction ABC

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1d_takemehome_130One Direction ABC

Is there anything you’d rather write about in today’s Writing Prompt than One Direction? If you’re a big fan, then this one is for you.
It’s kind of like that game you play on car trips. Name something that starts with A, then B, then C. . . with a 1D twist, of course.

For instance:

  • A is for AmaZayn
  • B is for Beautiful (What Makes You Beautiful!)
  • C is for Columbus, OH (which is where their tour stops June 18th!)
  • D is for Directioner

Can you make it all the way through the alphabet? Be as creative as you want! Leave your One Direction A,B,C’s in the Comments below. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

March 22, 2013

Mindless Behavior Interview

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MindlessbehaviorMindless Behavior Interview

American boy band, Mindless Behavior’s new CD All Around the World released this month, and we got to talk to 17-year-old Ray Ray, 17-year-old Prodigy, 16-year-old Princeton, and 16-year-old Roc Royal about their new album, their upcoming movie, and other details about their personal lives.

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March 8, 2013

Becky G Interview

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BeckygBecky G Interview

This 15-year-old Mexican-American singer, songwriter, and rapper from Los Angeles is definitely on the rise this year. MTV named her as 1 of 13 artists to watch in 2013. (Btw, Austin Mahone made that list too.) She wrote the song “Wish U Were Here” for Cody Simpson, and then he invited her to be in the video, and perform with him on tour! Plus, she has a super-catchy song called “Monster” on the Hotel Transylvania soundtrack. Read on to find out more about this amazing teen.

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February 26, 2013

One Direction Would You Rather?

1d_takemehome_130One Direction Would You Rather?

Got the One Direction infection? Well look no further than today’s Would You Rather for a temporary cure! If you are obsessed with all things Louis, Harry, Niall, Liam, and Zayn, then answer the questions below.

Would you rather . . .

  1. See Harry get back together with Taylor Swift OR date Selena Gomez?
  2. See Niall with a purple mohawk OR Liam with a pink crew cut?
  3. Have your dad get a giant tattoo of the band members OR have your mom spray paint their pictures on her minivan?
  4. Have a private 1D concert at your house OR get a VIP invite to see them perform at the Kids Choice Awards?
  5. Their next song be titled “I Left My Heart on a Turkey Farm in Kentucky” OR “Mud Wrestling Broke My Heart and My Arm?”
  6. Meet Zayn as a zombie, or meet Harry as a werewolf?
  7. Go snowboarding with Louis OR go skydiving with Zayn?
  8. Get their next album before anyone else OR get to keep a pair of Liam’s sweaty gym socks?
  9. Let out a really loud and smelly fart while the boys are signing an autograph for you, OR have a large booger hanging out of your nose while you meet them?
  10. Star in a 1D video once and never see them again OR be an unknown member of their stage crew who gets to see them every day?

Leave your answers in the Comments below. And let us know YOUR most outrageous 1D Would You Rather questions! Until next time.

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

February 22, 2013

Big Time Rush Drummer Jordan Plosky

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Bigtimerush_130Big Time Rush Drummer Jordan Plosky

Jordan Plosky is a professional drummer who tours with Big Time Rush and plays drums in their concerts. If you have ever been to a Big Time Rush concert, you may have seen him playing drums. He also hosts his own podcast, and was nice enough to answer a few questions for us about life with BTR, and his advice for future pro musicians.

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February 15, 2013

Little Mix Interview

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Little_mix2_2Little Mix Interview

Originally auditioning as solo performers, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall became Little Mix during the 2011 series of The X Factor UK, and went on to be crowned the show’s first ever victorious group. Their single “Cannonball” shot straight to No.1 in the UK & Ireland, and they released their debut album DNA in December 2012. Their story sounds similar to One Direction’s, and in fact, Perrie Edwards and Zayn Malik are engaged! Find out more about this lucky group of women.

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January 25, 2013

Taylor Swift Interview

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Taylor_swiftREDTaylor Swift “Read Every Day” Live Webcast
October 2012

Q: Moving from Philadelphia to Nashville, how did that influence you as a writer?
Taylor: I became obsessed with poetry really early on because my favorite books were the Dr. Seuss books and Shel Silverstein and the books where you have the stories come together through rhyming. That was always my favorite kind of book to read because it sounded like a song. Like when you have a line of poetry where the rhymes hit at the right ends of the sentences, it sounds kind of like lyrics. English class was always my favorite class because of the reading, the writing, and mostly because of the poetry.

Q: Did you have teachers who recognized your creativity early?

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November 2, 2012

Anna Graceman Interview

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AnnagracemanAnna Graceman Interview

If you watched America’s Got Talent last season, you saw how amazing Anna Graceman was. Only 11 years old and 4 feet, 3 inches tall, she looked tiny, but she was a HUGE performer! She didn’t win, but she’s 12 years old now and just released her first album. Definitely a huge accomplishment! Find out more about her life now. . .

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