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Kim K Talks Over Her “Jam”

Reality star, model, and perfume designer Kim Kardashian made her musical debut yesterday on “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”. Her debut single “Jam” was highly-anticipated, and heavily-promoted. Kardashian made sure all of her Twitter followers knew to listen.

Ryan Seacrest seemed somewhat excited about the song and stated that he wanted to play it again. Unfortunately, Seacrest is not an actor and could not show genuine support for Kim and her new “Jam”. It is apparent that he was not a fan and was trying to stay positive in the artist’s presence. The biggest downfall is the ordering of the songs. Online listeners got to hear the new single immediately after Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me”.

There is no comparison between Spears and Kardashian; Britney is a natural performer and Kim is an entertainer in a less professional sense. The Britney Spears track seems almost like a challenge to Kim. Without a doubt, Kim Kardashian will never be a pop star. She takes the Johnny Cash route as she rhythmically talked her way through the song. Kim’s song doesn’t have any substance, so Johnny’s method may not have been the best way to go. The best part of the song is that the proceeds from the single go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

The track itself may have been better with a stronger voice behind it, like Ke$ha. Kim’s mousey voice is overwhelmed by the extreme bass. It has club potential, but there is no point in having lyrics because they are so weak. How would a live performance turn out?

Kardashian stated that an audience in Las Vegas received the song well and was singing along by the end. Listen to the song here. Do you think the song or music career will last?

MTL’s New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year! I hope you had an enjoyable New Year’s celebration whether you were in Times Square, your parent’s living room, or a night club. Everyone knows about New Year’s resolutions—many people make them, but few stick to them. I have made a New Year’s Resolution for More Than Listening…

If you look to the right, you may notice a new Social Vibe widget. Social Vibe has helped many charitable organizations raise money for their respective causes. A few years ago, I heard about Invisible Children and wanted to do anything I could to help out. IC is a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness of the abduction of child soldiers, by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, in northern Uganda and the surrounding areas. Invisible Children holds events to raise money, increase awareness, and promote peace.

In April, 2009, I participated in an event called “The Rescue” where supporters went on a symbolic walk to a “displacement camp”. I spent three days in a park in Baltimore because we were staying there until someone rescued us—like the children have to do. To be rescued, we needed a media outlet and a celebrity or public figure to come and support the cause. On the second day, a news crew came to cover our story, but we could not get a public figure until the next day. Some celebrities who rescued cities are Pete Wentz in Washington, D.C. and Oprah Winfrey in Chicago, Ill.

MTL’s New Year’s resolution is to raise 100 hours of school fees for a Ugandan child. I hope we can accomplish this in the month of January. If not, I will still be proud of anything this blog and its readers could contribute. Please, click to help each time you visit MTL.

For more about Invisible Children, visit www.invisiblechildren.com.

Disorderly Conduct Warrants Woman of the Year Nomination

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MTV used to stand for Music Television, but lately its main focus has been on reality television programs. Just when viewers thought it could depend on MTV for music, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi popped up in the running for MTV News’ Woman of the year. Snooki competed with musicians Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Nicki Minaj for the title.

All of Snooki’s competitors are reasonable candidates for the Woman of the Year title because they have done something to deserve it. The “Lady” who was presented the award—Lady Gaga—continued a worldwide tour, released memorable music videos and participated in philanthropic endeavors like the MAC AIDS Fund Viva Glam campaign with Cyndi Lauper.

This year, Nicole Polizzi starred in MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore”. Snooki is known for drinking, falling down, getting punched in the face and being a party girl. Her only charitable venture (that I could find) was selling her autograph for $10.00 at a community center in New Jersey; the money she raised from the signing session was donated to charity. Do you think she is Woman of the Year potential?

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