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Monday Memos Artist Spotlight: Why 2014 Is Going To Be A Golden Year for Bruno Mars!

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’, we are going to do an ‘Artist Spotlight’ on the AMAZING performer Bruno Mars. Ready? Let’s get started! Over the years, there have been many artists who enter the music industry with talent and charisma, who instantly steal our hearts and souls. However, every once in a while, an entertainer emerges who is so phenomenally special, that they rise above the others, and leave us in awe of their musical abilities, Bruno Mars is one of these entertainers. Bruno Mars (whose real name is Peter Hernandez) was born on October 8th, 1985 in Honolulu, HI. At the tender age of two, he began performing throughout Hawaii, and by four he was performing shows five nights a week. Bruno has stated that his father moved to Hawaii from Brooklyn and began a group called ‘The Love Notes’, who sang 1950’s doo-wop and did impressions of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. As a young boy, Bruno began performing with this group, and did an Elvis impression. After he completed high school, Bruno moved to Los Angeles, CA in order to continue his musical pursuits.

 

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Bruno worked with many undiscovered artists, such as Ne-Yo (who later wrote a hit song for the artist Mario, and has since become a huge star as well). Bruno has stated that he learned the importance of songwriting by watching how Ne-Yo wrote music. Bruno realized at that moment that he wanted to learn how to properly write songs, in order to (as he has stated to ’Vibe Magazine’), “…be respected for the songs that I write.” Bruno worked on his writing skills, and at the age of 18, he received a recording contract with the legendary ‘Motown Records’. Unfortunately, Bruno was later released from his contract due to creative differences, and he moved back to LA and continued to pursue his musical ambitions. He soon began working with songwriters/producers Phillip Lawrence and Ari Levine, and the trio soon became a highly sought after team called ‘The Smeezingtons’. Bruno soon began writing songs for popular artists, and in 2006, he met with Aaron Bay-Schuck (who at the time had just left his A&R position at Epic Records). Aaron (who later became Bruno’s manager); soon took a job at Atlantic Records, and wanted to sign Bruno immediately. However, Atlantic Records thought that Bruno was not ready yet, so Aaron kept The Smeezingtons on as songwriters and producers for the label. In 2009, Bruno was finally signed by Atlantic Records as a solo artist, and immediately began writing hits for artists such as Travie McCoy, Flo Rida, and B.O.B (Bruno lent his vocals to Travie McCoy’s song ‘Billionaire’, and B.O.B.’s song ‘Nothin on You’, which was his first real exposure as a solo artist).

 

In May of 2010 Bruno released his E.P ‘It’s Better If You Don’t Understand’, which peaked at #99 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. In August of the same year, Bruno co-wrote Cee Lo Green’s hit track ‘Forget You’, which was a huge hit for both artist (although Bruno did not sing on the track). Bruno’s debut full length album ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ was released in October of 2010, peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart (and also peaked extremely high in numerous other countries, causing the record to be a vast improvement from his EP). Doo-Wops & Hooligans received a total of seven Grammy nominations in 2011 & 2012, and won in 2011 for ‘Best Pop Vocal Performance for the single ‘Just the Way You Are’. In 2012, Bruno released his second album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’, which peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and garnered Bruno five Grammy nominations in 2013. Bruno’s music has earned him international fame, and has been used in numerous commercials, as well as covered on the popular U.S musical-comedy ‘Glee’. Bruno is scheduled to perform at the halftime show of the 2014 U.S. Super Bowl, and honestly is most likely going to put on an amazing show.

 

As you can see, Bruno has had a very long road to achieve his fame and acclaim as a vocalist/songwriter/producer. Although he his past three years have been phenomenal, I think that 2014 is definitely going to be Bruno’s golden year. I anticipate him doing very well at the Grammys, and possibly even releasing another album by the end of this year, or in early 2015 (and we all know when he does release another album, it’s going to be musical perfection). Honestly, the Super Bowl Halftime Show is arguably the biggest event for an artist to perform at, thus Bruno’s invitation to perform there, proves that he is now recognized as one of the top musicians, currently in the industry. I anticipate that Bruno will only become more famous and will one day become a musical icon, just like the artists that he idolized as a young boy in Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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YouTube Wednesday: Post Thanksgiving Pilates Workouts

Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, we’re going to discuss a scenario that I think we’ve all been in. It’s the day after Thanksgiving; you wake up and suddenly regret all the slices of pie, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc., that you ate the day before (Yes, you right there). Once you’ve come to this realization you start stressing out about finding the time to go for a jog, tackling a yoga class, or braving the elements to travel to a gym. Well don’t worry! I found a great YouTube trainer that will have you feeling regret free this holiday season (YES!!!!!! Cookie time!). Ready? Ok, here we go!

 

Certified Pilates and fitness instructor Cassey Ho (or blogilates, as she is more commonly known as) posts Pilates videos, in which uses the energy of popular Top 40 radio hits to make the exercises fun. Cassey currently has 936,992 subscribers, and 74,292,068 views on YouTube, she also teaches POP Pilates in person at the Equinox Fitness Club in Los Angeles, CA. Along with her Pilates classes, Cassey also designs and markets various Pilates themed workout clothes, equipment, and a DVD, some of these products have even been featured in SHAPE magazine and on The Wendy Williams Show. As if these accomplishments are not enough, Cassey was also named the Best Healthy Living Blogger of 2012 by FITNESS magazine, and the #2 most influential online personality by Sharecare ( she was only beaten out by reality show fitness guru Jillian Michaels…good job Cassey, you go Glen Coco!).

 

Cassey also writes a successful blog in which she posts healthy food recipes and workout calendars to go along with her YouTube videos. On her blog, Cassey also provides written meal plans that will help you achieve various fitness goals. If at this point you’re thinking, “I want to get healthier and eat cleaner, but I can’t give up my burgers!!!”…have no fear, Cassey also provides recipes to make healthier versions of our favorite foods, such as pumpkin pie, muffins, pizza bites, and even Doritos (yeah you heard me right DORITOS!…It’s perfectly ok if you scream at this point…go ahead…ok… time’s up!)

 

Her blog site also has various true stories of people who have transformed their bodies using Cassey’s methods. I thought this was a really cool idea because losing weight or toning up can often be a hard and grueling process, so seeing other people’s success can often encourage you to stay focused on your own fitness goals.

 

I’ve personally tried many of Cassey’s workouts, and I can tell you that they’re HARD…but they are very rewarding, so I would definitely check out Cassey’s videos and her blog. Especially, if, like me, you are fan of all things yoga and pilates. Speaking of yoga, did I ever tell you about my friend the yoga instructor? She has just come back from a yoga teacher training course in India. When it comes to learning about yoga in Goa, a teacher training course is one way to cram in everything you need to know about all the essential postures and mindfulness techniques. I cannot wait to hear all about it very soon!

Now even though there are many, many, MANY, different types of videos on Cassey’s YouTube channel, I did find some videos made specifically for Thanksgiving, so I’ll post links to those videos below, but I suggest you check out all of her videos. Well…what are you doing? Go look at the videos, you can do it, I believe in you! Thanks for reading this post and until Friday, bye!!!!!!!

 

Links:

blogilates – YouTube (YouTube channel)

Blogilates — Fitness, Food, & POP PIlates (Blog website)

Post Thanksgiving Tune Up (POP Pilates) – YouTube (Thanksgiving themed workout video)

Thankful Thighs Thanksgiving Workout – YouTube (Another Thanksgiving themed workout video)

 

 

 

 

· All videos and information used in this blog belong to YouTube, Cassey Ho, the Equinox Fitness Club, and all other original owners. I do not own anything in this blog. All opinions expressed in this blog are my own. I wrote this blog for entertainment purposes and no copyright infringement is intended