VMA 2013 Highlights

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Justin Timberlake is back on TOP! This guy is back with a great album; the 20/20 experience was a mind-blowing spin in his musical career. He proved that being almost seven years away from music was the right thing to do.

By breaking the record performance as the longest performance ever in the VMA history, the 15-minute performance was just perfect. He started off with his newest single, “Take Back the Night,” and then “SexyBack,” “Like I Love You” and more, but it wasn’t until his biggest moment reuniting with his old boy band ‘NSYNC performs for the first time in a decade their famous songs “Girlfriend” mashing up with “Bye Bye Bye”.

Doing the same choreography, the audience went crazy. Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga were caught going crazy on that perfect reunion, and even the British boy band, One Direction, were impressed by looking at one of the most famous boy band of all the times.

The show wasn’t still over, he sang after his two famous new hits “Suit & Tie” and Video of the year winner “Mirrors”. After his performance, Justin received the Micheal Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which was definitely the highlight of the whole night.

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Katy Perry seems to be doing a great job as well, closing the show with her newest single. Roar, for the first time live under Brooklyn Bridge.

Wearing a sports bra and boxing shorts in a boxing themed set-up, she performed a knockout where she threw punches and used a skipping rope.

It was a great performance; Katy even told MTV earlier before the performance that she feels all grown up and no longer the “candy girl” from the teenage dream. “It’s a song about standing up for yourself, who can be the biggest bully in the equation — yourself…[It] can get in your way,” she said. “It’s a song about speaking up for yourself and having the strength to do that.” she added.

Roar seems to be Katy’s next big thing, and probably she will be winning a Grammy for it next January. It is already Katy’s best-selling single ever as it was reported to hit over 555,000 downloads in its first week – more than twice the sales of Lady Gaga’s competing single, Applause.

Apparently, Katy isn’t the only one who grew up. Remember that girl who cried when Kanye West interrupted her winning speech back in 2009? Well, she is way gone now. A shocking moment that went viral, is Taylor Swift getting caught on camera saying “Shut the F— up” while her ex bf, Harry Styles,  with his band one direction were thanking fans on stage. Not only this but also, in her winning speech for best female video,  she mentioned her ex bf, believed to be Harry, who inspired her for “I knew you were trouble”

 

Arts & Entertainment 1 September 2013

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This may not be the safest thing for you to watch at work, but it sure is hilarious!

In a world where porn stars and the sex they be having is glorified, everyday people end up building up those expectations in the bedroom, when in actuality it’s not necisarily as exciting as those x-rated films make it out to be.

The parody uses fruits and vegetable to walk you through the realities of real sex v.s. porn sex!

Giggle away!

 

Arts & Entertainment 1 September 2013

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. Robin Thicke is back this week with his striped suit and the brand new video for Give It 2 U, featuring his three-year-old son, because that’s appropriate:

. And John Newman warns us of the perils of being caught cheating in his new one called – you guessed it – Cheating:

. The song ain’t new, but the video is; here are Belle and Sebastian with Your Cover’s Blown, remixed by Miaoux Miaoux and featuring Hannah Murray (from Skins and Game of Thrones):

. And here are The National showing us how to have a good time with beer can baseball and jumping castles in Graceless:

. Two Door Cinema Club are back with new track Changing of the Seasons, off a three-track LP of the same name expected at the end of this month:

. And last but certainly not least, here are Jay Z and Justin Timberlake complaining about fame and falling champagne glasses in Holy Grail:

Arts & Entertainment 30 August 2013

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There are so many songs i want to share with everyone, i don’t even know where to begin. With age comes a need to remince and chill out to oldies, but with the chilled out days by the beach with drinks, these remixes & covers are blowing my mind.

First up is mr. Yufi Zewdu, no doubt one of my favorite artists out there and his cover of Mayer Hawthorne’s “Her Favorite Song” (On a side note i definitely recommend you check out the rest of his songs as well)

 

The fugees always hit the spot for me, check out this remix of the Fugee’s “Ready or Not” (If your not bouncing along right now, you don’t understand music)

 

No diggity, is no doubt a classic (see what i did there!) Well Ed Sheeran & passenger managed to mix it up with Macklemore’s hit thrift shop, then Kygo decided to come in and deep house-afy it!

 

When Nelly burst onto the music scene with Hot in Here, the whole world fell in love, Antony Toga took that remixed it, and made sure you want to shake your ass to it!

 

Last but certainly not least “Blurred lines” has been the hit of the summer, but there is no reason why not to funkify it up a bit. Check out this remix of the summer smash

News & Politics 30 August 2013

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It seems a US strike on Syria is now imminent.

Presumably without the backing of a United Nations Security Council resolution. Apparently, Assad has trespassed the red line President Obama spoke about a year ago. As if more than 100,000 deaths and nearly 2 millions refugees were not convincing enough a reason. A horrifying attack with chemical weapons on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta that allegedly left behind more than 1,000 dead has set itself up as the most probable turning point of a conflict that has already ravaged the country and the whole region for more than two years. An attack that last week raised many eyebrows, as UN inspectors were precisely on Syrian ground in order to investigate accusation in that exact sense.

Many wondered whether Assad´s regime could be that provocative, or maybe just reckless. The regime´s entourage has blamed the rebels, clinging to the same-o same-o discourse on terrorism that seems to be nowadays in vogue in the region. A rebel attack seems highly implausible, though: if rebels are indeed able to carry out such a large scale chemical attack, why not attack official forces and change the tide of the war?

Regardless  determining the exact authorship of the bloody move, the United States (followed by other Western countries) were for once swift to react vowing to punish the Syrian regime, although nobody has still mentioned a word about the target, the scale or the means. And the Byzantine debate on intervention was inevitably sparked again.

Even though the evidence of use of chemical weapons has always been considered a justifiable cause for retaliation, it is at the same time true that it is not the first time this kind of weaponry is used in Syria. A key question then arises: why now?

The answer may lie in the very evolution of the conflict, that months ago was at a serious but steady stalemate but that now looks more favorable to Mr Assad. In May, the Battle of Qusayr clearly tilted the power balance in the regime’s favor, and its stance has been greatly improving since then. Now, and precisely because a political solution seems to be the only plausible one, any sensible negotiation within an international framework would need that imbalance to redress in the opposition’s favour. The attack might thus cause enough heat to create momentum for the convocation of a Geneva II meeting next fall.

This may only be achieved by means of buying them a few more months, as well as by increasing (quantitative and qualitatively) the number of weapons smuggled into the country. An attack that weakens the regime, although not routing it, will certainly facilitate the former. The aim would not be ousting Assad, but debilitating him. In this sense, demolishing him through these accusations will also certainly do the trick. Other suppositions point to a rumored disintegration of the Syrian command structure or a dangerous escalation by the rebels.

Leaving any idealistic approach aside, another reason which may explain the scheduled time of the attack is also the realization that Assad may win the war, a threat for the US and others who want the stalemate to drag on and the conflict to become an attrition for war. In this case, the goal would be to wear various strategic players and leave them out of play. If both lose ,Washington wins.

This is nothing new: in the eighties, during the war between Iran and Iraq, Washington provided support, weapons and military information to Baghdad while Saddam Hussein used sarin against both Iranian and Kurdish people. At the same time, U.S. played a double game facilitating arms in secret to Iran between 1985 and 1987.

A restoration of the Assad regime backed by Iran would increase the power and status of the latter in the Middle East, while a rebel victory dominated by extremist factions would certainly augur another wave of Al Qaeda-style terrorism.

Thoughts & Insights 29 August 2013

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Here’s a rant that’s been on my mind for a while. Basically, I met this guy from an extremely big advertising agency in Egypt who was trying to be something he’s not. It made me a sad Ghazy. He was also needlessly arrogant… I hate arrogant people. Besides myself.

Here it goes…

Most Egyptians in advertising make me sick. No, nothing to do with their work. I actually highly rate a lot of the creative work that’s been coming out of Egypt.

It’s actually because of how they look.

I just want them to know that the hipster look doesn’t suit them and probably never will.

I’ve seen guys from 4-5 different agencies showcasing the same exact fashion sense: The hipster glasses, the uneven Mohawk, the Casio watch, the checkered shirt, the mustache, a lot of pink, travelling on scooters in the office, and the occasional 80s pop culture T-shirt.

You’re basically the equivalent of Shaaban Abdel Raheem. He’s a pimp looking Egyptian trying to dress classy. It just doesn’t go.

Or a White Russian guy in black ghetto attire. It just doesn’t go.

Or a Japanese man in Al Qaeda wear. It just doesn’t go.

Or a Mexican in a Samurai costume. It just doesn’t go.

Be creative all you want. But don’t dress like a hipster when you don’t even know what a hipster really is. You’re Egyptian, it doesn’t suit you. Don’t listen to indie music just because it’s what hipsters listen to. Listen to what you actually like. Don’t cite classic 80s and 90s pop culture that you never knew. And for fucks sake, shave the mustache. It doesn’t even look nice on the people you are aspiring to become.

Being creative should never be forced. It’s a natural ability. It’s either you’re creative or you’re not.

Rant over.

Ghazy 1
Wannabe Hipsters 0

Arts & Entertainment 29 August 2013

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Justin Timberlake is back on TOP! This guy is back with a great album; the 20/20 experience was a mind-blowing spin in his musical career. He proved that being almost seven years away from music was the right thing to do.

By breaking the record performance as the longest performance ever in the VMA history, the 15-minute performance was just perfect. He started off with his newest single, “Take Back the Night,” and then “SexyBack,” “Like I Love You” and more, but it wasn’t until his biggest moment reuniting with his old boy band ‘NSYNC performs for the first time in a decade their famous songs “Girlfriend” mashing up with “Bye Bye Bye”.

Doing the same choreography, the audience went crazy. Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga were caught going crazy on that perfect reunion, and even the British boy band, One Direction, were impressed by looking at one of the most famous boy band of all the times.

The show wasn’t still over, he sang after his two famous new hits “Suit & Tie” and Video of the year winner “Mirrors”. After his performance, Justin received the Micheal Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which was definitely the highlight of the whole night.

Katy Perry seems to be doing a great job as well, closing the show with her newest single. Roar, for the first time live under Brooklyn Bridge.

Wearing a sports bra and boxing shorts in a boxing themed set-up, she performed a knockout where she threw punches and used a skipping rope.

It was a great performance; Katy even told MTV earlier before the performance that she feels all grown up and no longer the “candy girl” from the teenage dream. “It’s a song about standing up for yourself, who can be the biggest bully in the equation — yourself…[It] can get in your way,” she said. “It’s a song about speaking up for yourself and having the strength to do that.” she added.

Roar seems to be Katy’s next big thing, and probably she will be winning a Grammy for it next January. It is already Katy’s best-selling single ever as it was reported to hit over 555,000 downloads in its first week – more than twice the sales of Lady Gaga’s competing single, Applause.

Apparently, Katy isn’t the only one who grew up. Remember that girl who cried when Kanye West interrupted her winning speech back in 2009? Well, she is way gone now. A shocking moment that went viral, is Taylor Swift getting caught on camera saying “Shut the F— up” while her ex bf, Harry Styles,  with his band one direction were thanking fans on stage. Not only this but also, in her winning speech for best female video,  she mentioned her ex bf, believed to be Harry, who inspired her for “I knew you were trouble”

“I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because now I got one of these!” she said. The camera panned Styles’ awkwardly smiling face.

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