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Charice Pays Tribute To Whitney Houston [VIDEO]

February 15th, 2012 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

Never been a big fan of Charice. Those big pipes just didn’t fit such a little dimply pipsqueak and the whole package gave me a certain vertigo. But she’s grown up a lot, as you can see here:

There’s something chilling about this. Not because it’s so damn good–though that it is–but because Charice is 19 going on 20, the same age as Whitney when she signed with Clive Davis and Arista Records. When I chewed on that fact a little, the phrase “ships passing in the night” popped in my head. I didn’t remember that the phrase originated in a Longfellow poem until I looked it up, but it’s eerily appropriate:

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

RIP Whitney. Without your voice, there’s darkness, and then silence.

Thank you, @BasseyworldLive

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Hayley Kiyoko, Star Of The Disney Channel’s Forthcoming “Lemonade Mouth”

January 12th, 2011 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

Does the world need another high school musical? No. Yes? I dunno–it depends on how you feel about that sort of thing. But after Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens broke up last month–or did they?–because “they just grew up,” and with Zac graduating to new man roles like his part in The Lucky One, for which he put on lots and lots of man-muscle in order to play a war veteran with a manly albeit curious Southern accentGet it people? Zac Efron is a man, now, okay?–something must be done to fill this terrible, awful void. Plus, high school musicals move nail polish units, apparently.

Enter Lemonade Mouth, brought to you by Disney Channel Original Movies–producers of HSM–the plot of which sounds something like The Breakfast Club meets School of Rock for the Belieber set. In other words, it will be awful! And, in other words, I will be watching it late at night on my DVR when I can’t sleep and am particularly vulnerable to bad TV starring teens with impossibly good skin who will make me feel only more wretched and old than I already do!

I will also be watching Lemonade Mouth for Hayley Kiyoko (pictured, center), who plays one of the lead misfits. Because the 19 year-old of Japanese descent is crazy talented. She plays the drums, keys, guitar, and writes her own music. I’m particularly partial to the song “Lungs” on her MySpace (listen here). She’s also in a girl group called The Stunners who opened for the Biebs last summer, not that you care (I mean, I don’t). And she’s so pretty in a tomboyish way-Hayley played Velma in both Cartoon Network Scooby Doo movies–she kind of demands your attention. Added bonus: she’s goofy as hell, as witnessed by this YouTube video she made last summer, when she and girl-groupmate Lauren Hudson, who’s also Asian, got stuck in the back of their tour van:

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN!

April 16th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Happy birthday to Marié Digby, who turns 26 today! Marié has had a busy, busy year–last April, she released her debut album Unfold, this March, she put out a Japanese covers record, Second Home, and in June, she’ll unveil her sophomore effort, Breathing Underwater, (despite it being unveiled, i.e. leaked, for her last week on the internet).

Not too shabby, especially for a girl who made her name on YouTube covering Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” Here’s hoping Marié’s 26th year is just as fruitful and productive. (Did we just write “fruitful and productive”? Good lord, we’re turning into our Hardass Asian Mothers.)

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BABEWATCH: Utada

March 3rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Name: Hikaru Utada (aka Utada, Hikki)

Age: 26

Hails from: NYC

Why She’s a Babe: Because the Japanese-American pop and R&B singer is one of the most successful recording artists of all time in Japan. And as a New Yorker who lives in Tokyo and records in two languages, she’s a citizen of the world. Also, homegirl likes food, and we love a girl who eats. We love her new short crop, too.

Listen to Utada’s latest single, “Come Back to Me,” here, from her English-language album This Is the One, which drops in May.

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Thanks, D!

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