WHO IS KRISTINIA?
Pasadena, California native Kristinia DeBarge (pronounced: Kris-ti-neé-a), has been burning up on the radio with her relationship kiss-off first single “Goodbye”. The song, which features samples from Steam’s 1969 hit song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Goodbye”, has been in heavy rotation on radio stations across the US and has been used for a popular Nivea commercial ad in 2009.
The young singer just released her debut album on Sodapop Music, the newest division of Island Def Jam Music, working with some of the hottest producers in the biz, including OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder and Babyface. Her debut features radio hit “Goodbye”, as well as her second single “Sabotage” and “Future Love”; which was previously released by boy band Varisty Fanclub. This August, Kristinia will join Britney Spears’ Circus Tour as an opening act along with Ciara. [READ MORE]
Imani Coppola and partner Adam Pallin make up the New York-based, Little Jackie. In 2007 the duo was signed to S-Curve Records and began working on the debut album, “The Stoop”.
30 year-old Imani Coppola grew up one of the youngest of five in Long Island, New York to a black mother and an Italian father. Not coming from a ton of money, Coppola felt that most of the time she didn’t fit in and she grew tired of her family constantly getting picked on. With her strong vocals, knack for songwriting — and those voluminous curls, Imani signed a recording contact with Columbia Records in 1997 and released her first album that produced a hit song that aired on MTV. [READ MORE]
NAME: Selena Gomez
BIRTHDATE: July 22, 1992 (That makes her Sweet 16!)
HOMETOWN: Grand Prairie, TX
SELENA, BARNEY, DEMI & FRIENDS: Selena Marie Gomez was born in New York City to Mandy Cornet and Ricardo Gomez. At a very young age she tried her hand at acting and met her best friend Demi Lovato while starring on the popular children’s show, Barney & Friends — and the two have been inseparable ever since. While Selena has been achieving fame on Wizards of Waverly Place, Demi was rocking out in the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock. You can often find the girls hanging out on the Jonas Brothers’ “Burning Up” tour where Demi is the opening act and Selena is supporting her friends (and rumored beau, Nick). In recent months the girls got to spend even more time together when they shot their upcoming Disney Channel film The Princess Protection Program which is slated for a January 2009 release. [READ MORE]
Miley’s BFF/Back-up Dancer, Mandy Jiroux is about to enjoy the ‘best of both worlds’ herself by hitting the scene with her own musical venture — her new LA-based girl group: THE BEACH GIRLZ! We’re sure you caught their cameo in the new M&M CRU with a U [ACDC Dance Battle] video, but you’ll be able to see the ladies up-close and coast-to-coast this summer being sponsored by McDonald’s on AVP Pro Volleyball Tour.
Brooke Adams, Dominique Domingo, Noreen Juliano, Mandy Jiroux, and Laura New are all singer-dancers who came together to share their love of performing. Right now they have two songs up on their official MySpace, one of which is a cover of The Beach Boys classic, “Good Vibrations”. [READ MORE]
NAME: Jaffar Smith
Male vocal and dance groups are known for putting on a flashy live performances and breaking out some killer dance routines in their music videos, but you know behind every great artist there’s a dance coach who provides them with the moves to bust.
We caught up with Jaffar Smith, choreographer for Warner Bros. recording artist, VFactory (and our new friend!) during their 26-city nation-wide Bandemonium Tour last month to get the details on his start in dance and working with the guys. [READ MORE]
Lisa Origliasso, one half of the pop/rock Australian sibling duo The Veronicas took some time out of the girls busy schedule promoting their new album to answer some questions about her and sister, Jess’ signature sassy style.
Check out what Lisa had to say in our quick Q&A below! Don’t forget to buy “Untouched”, the first US single off their new album Hook Me Up, now available on iTunes!
How would you describe your style?
Our style is a mix of vintage, designer and rock.
The trend you can’t stand is…
A trend we can’t stand are those fluro colors coming back in everywhere here in Oz [Australia]… on girls and boys!!
What beauty products do you swear by?
Napoleon black eyeliner, NARS blush and eye shadows, and Forever New glitters for fun!
What’s your ideal party look?
It depends on our mood. We tend to dress how we feel, but you can’t go too wrong with cute leggings, a hot pair of heels and a cool rock ‘n’ roll vintage top dressed up with awesome layered jewelry! And a fitted jacket or long cardigan!
Your most embarrassing piece of clothing is…
Our most embarrassing piece of clothing probably some pants we’ve bought from the ‘little boys’ department at Target. Since we are small, they were the only ones that would fit us!
Who is your fashion idol?
Our fashion idols are the Olsen twins. They always look cute, unique and stylish. We also love looking through Japanese fashion magazines for inspiration too!
· For more on The Veronicas, check out their MySpace @ www.myspace.com/theveronicas!
NAME: Leona Lewis
BIRTHPLACE: Islington, London, England
HOMETOWN: London, England
MUSICAL STRUGGLES: Leona Louise Lewis was driven to music at a young age when her parents sent her to the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, she wrote her first song at the age of twelve and after many years of schooling, Leona worked constantly to get her into various recording studios to ful-fill her passion of music. Working odd jobs, Leona recoded a number of tracks for her never-to-be-released demo album, Twilight. After many years and auditions to record labels, Leona almost gave up until a opportunity suggested by her boyfriend would lead her to becoming a break-out star. [READ MORE]
Two of the lovely ladies from the hot girl-group, LAX shared some of their favorite fall styles, designers and who they’d love to go on a shopping spree with! To find out what Jamie and Cristina had to say, read our mini fashion Q&A below!
How would you describe your Fall style?
Jamie: My fall style is actually my favorite time to dress! I’m a big shoe fanatic so I gotta have ’em boots on for the fall! Oh, and hoodies – my big thing! And slip on some fitted dark blue jeans.
Cristina: I would describe my fall style as more laid back, but still funky.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
Jamie: My favorite designers would have to be Juicy Couture, love it , so comfy haha. Seven [for all Mankind] Jeans and uhm, gotta love LRG. Last, but not least ALDO [for] shoes, accessories and purses.
Cristina: Luxurie (LRG for girls), Bebe, and sometimes just anything that’s cute and not very pricey. Kohl’s has great stuff and vintage stores will surprise you!!
What are your must-have beauty products?
Jamie: Must have beauty products would be mascara and blush and I’m good to go!
Cristina: I must have perfume! I have got to smell good. For make-up, mascara and a shimmer/sparkly eye shadow.
If you could go on a shopping spree with any star, who would it be and why?
Jamie: Chris Brown! Haha! Because one, he’s hot and talented. Two we would be going in many shops ’cause we’re both a boy and girl shopping for different things so we could possibly take all day, haha. Three, I wouldn’t only be shopping with Chris Brown but he has a good sense of style dude, so we wouldn’t be waiting anytime shopping.
Cristina: It would be Gwen Stefani, ’cause her outfits are so funky, fresh, and so put together. I wanna see wear she shops, what her tips are and what are her favorite brands!
· For more on LAX, check out their MySpace @ www.myspace.com/lax!
MEMBERS: Ryan Tedder (Lead Vocals/Guitar/Piano), Zach Filkins (Guitar/Vocals), Drew Brown (Guitar), Eddie Fisher (Drums) and Brent Kutzle (Bass/Cello/Vocals)
HOMETOWN: The band was formed in Colorado in the year 2004.
IN TUNE: The pop/rock band, OneRepublic has been taking the world by storm and when you hear their album, you’ll understand why. What sets them apart from a lot of the bands on the charts these days is the strength of frustration, devotion and love in their music which is infused with melodic tones, catchy lyrics and definite emotion. “The songs touch on things like feeling unsettled with where you’re at in life, lack of hope, and frustration… they have a lot to do with my own journey, as well as those around me; they’re about times when I’ve felt stuck, far away from where I wanted or intended to be,” says lead singer, Ryan Tedder. “Hopefully people can relate to the things we touch on, and hopefully we get them singing.” [READ MORE]
AGE: JJ (18), Kevin (19), Travis (18), V (19)
HOMETOWN: JJ and V grew up in California while Travis and Kevin hail from Texas.
HOW THEY MET: Growing up in Los Angeles, V spent most of his time at his family’s “Synthesis” dance studio. It was a regular thing to see anyone from Christina Aguilera to former boy-band, B2K. In 2002, after pestering the groups producer, Chris Stokes – V was told if he could get a group together, he’d give them a listen. In came JJ, an acquaintance of V’s whom he worked with on an instructional dance video. Ironically, JJ had already worked with B2K, having danced in one of their earlier music videos. [READ MORE]