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Grammy-ed out

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The Grammys (or should I say The Sammys as the show was apparently dedicated solely to the wonders of Sam Smith) are behind us. It was too much of a deal for me to write just one article on it, so I did two and also participated in the live-chat with the editor of SVOY.ru

Here’s my where are they now-esque piece on the artists who’s won Grammy as a ‘Best New Artist’ for the last 10 years. The answers is: most of them are very much relevant to this day (well, except Amy and a couple of these random choices made by the Academy).

This was ‘My choice is…’ piece. I got it right for about 1/2 nominations and I’m quite sad Sia returned home empty handed. Even though her Lady Gaga-like act is getting quite annoying at this point.

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And here’s the actual live-chat which is all backwards now, but it’s in Russian anyway.

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Sleeping in style with Sweetmaybe Dreams

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Sleeping mask is a rather underrated accessory, isn’t? Well, thanks to my friend Nasty Maybe and her DIY-brand ‘Sweetmaybe Dreams’ you will stay in style both in the real and dream world. Nastya’s got lots of options when it comes to her witty sleeping masks (the prices start at 500 rubles apiece). The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ones have to be my favorites but she also has some sexy pink furry ones. Nastya’s based in Moscow but you can order it from anywhere in the world – just e-mail her at sweetmaybedreams@gmail.com to discuss the design options, prices and shipping. She donates some of the money to the animal shelters, so it’s also a great cause to update your bedroom.

All the details at Nastya’s Instagram: http://instagram.com/sweetmaybe

Oh, Kelly

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Kelly Clarkson just revealed the cover of her upcoming sixth studio album (8th if you count the Greatest Hits one and the Xmas one) and looks like it was inspired by one of the most enigmatic figures in the contemporary pop world – miss Hilton. Take a look:

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On a serious note, I hope this new album is at least half as amazing as ‘All I Ever Wanted’ was. But at this point there’s no reason to doubt Kelly’s ability to bring another pot of pop gold to the table.

10 best moments from E! ‘Christina Milian Turned Up’

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I was never a fan of reality shows, but being a loyal Christina Milian fan since her 2002 debut made pretty much obligated to check out the premiere of her new E! reality show ‘Christina Milian Turned Up’, that follows Christina, her mom and two sisters as they, well, do anything to distract us from the fact that it’s been 9 years since Christina’s last album. And even though I’d prefer a EP of brand new music instead of that reality show, I can honestly say the first episode turned out to be a gloriously campy entertainment (plus Christina is obviously using the show as the platform to re-launch her singing career, which is nothing but good news). Here are my top 10 moments of the premiere:

1. Christina plays two of her new songs to her mother, who is also her manager. The songs are DJ Mustard-esque swearing-galore banger ‘Turn Up’ and a Ciara-esque midtempo ‘Rebel’ (that one gets a single treatment soon). You can listen to them here.

2. Christina giving a disapproving look to her sister Liz’s decision to stop wearing pants as she’s converting to the Orthodox Judaism (now that’s a twist!).

3. Christina almost-kinda-not-revealing that she’s dating Lil’ Wayne by blurring her iPhone case.

4. Christina going to my favorite NYC store – the Patricia Field’s store.

5. Christina going to a drag show in New York and eventually joining the queens to sing ‘Dip It Low’ because ‘she’s feeling free and turned up these days’.

6. Christina singing her own song ‘Dip It Low’ acapella during one of her ‘reality show interview’ moments. How iconic! Can we please get a ‘AM to PM’ acapella next time?

7. Christina’s mom telling her “Tina, you look like Big Bird right now with those” when Christina’s showing her the stuff she bought at the Field’s store.

8. Liz’s ‘koshering the kitchen’. I wonder if doing a reality show a kosher thing to do? Can somebody please ask a rabbi when you get a chance?

9. Christina revealing that her opinionated family did not attend her wedding with The-Dream.

10. Christina getting her nipple pierced on her mom’s Birthday because why not?

In case you need a more specific recap, you can get over to the E! website.

Talk to Mikey: Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter)

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I did mention my intrerview with Juliet Simms from Automatic Loveletter before, but now it’s time to finally show our chat that took place in New York back in summer 2010, when the band was about to release their debut studio album ‘Truth or Dare’. In 2012 Juliet appeared on The Voice and now she’s releasing a solo EP, but let’s take a look back when the things just started heating up for her in the first episode of Talk to Mikey.

Pop Culture of 2014: 35 Best Moments

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Even though 2014 didn’t see the comebacks of Rihanna or Kesha or the revival of Lady Gaga’s career, it did have some kickass moments. 35 of them, to be exact. So let’s take a look back and remember the best songs, movies, series, music videos, crossovers, catfights, fashion collections, deers and gorillas of 2014. Beware: the following list is highly subjective, but I did try to explain my choices.

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Mikey Moscow’s Party MP3 Birthday!

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Mikey Moscow’s Party Memories

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With Mikey Moscow’s Party turning 3-years-old tomorrow, it’s time to take a walk down that glittery memory lane. Love, broken jaws, oceans of glitter and 3 years worth of fun – I love you, too, guys! See you tomorrow at ‘Darling, I’ll Call You Later’ bar (B.Strochenovskiy, 7) at 22.00!

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Interview Russia 3 Years

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Interview Russia celebrated its 3d Birthday last week and I was there – to dance in the glitter and make sure I can get up early the next day and write a report. Which I did. Click on the photo to read it:

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Interview with Naomi Pilgrim

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About a year ago Naomi Pilgrim released her debut single – a trip-hop-y ‘No Gun’ that had pleasantly mellow sound and some remarkable lyrics (’12 hours flight, didn’t charge my Pod’ and ‘…at least now I know I should just stick to grass’ were among the best ones). Now she’s got a new song out – it’s called ‘It’s All Good’ (I’d like to think of it as a happy-end sequel to ‘No Gun ’ – ‘cause every melancholic Swedish lady deserves one!) and it’s, well, pretty good, too.

Back in April we did an interview for Cosmopolitan Russia and here’s the original version of the interview. Russian version is on the Cosmo’s website here:

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What’s your story?

My story contains Sweden and Barbados, a lot of longing for summer and creating while searching my own path. I’ve been making music for a long time, but it wasn’t until last year that I decided to dare to dream bigger and since then I’ve been busy fulfilling those dreams.

Why do you think so many talented artists come from Sweden and Barbados? Something in the water/air?

I think it’s because we live in a society where there is room for growth and where we appreciate the uniqueness in and of things. From that point of view we are able to take it further by pushing the limits.

What things from the ‘No Gun’ lyrics actually happened to you?

It’s not biographically written but some things are still true, but which scenarios I’m gonna leave unsaid haha.

What did you learn from working with Lykke Li?

I learned a lot, she is an excellent teacher. She taught me to ask the hard questions in the process of making/ creating and to always stand up for my vision.

What’s the most exciting thing about making music for you?

A lot of things! For example how an emotion and a simple thought can build a new world in a matter of seconds. Music teaches me new things Every day and I love to be absorbed in its wise universe.

You call yourself a ‘a whistle-blower for peace’. What does that mean exactly?

I am a firm believer in equality and since I have my freedom and we live in a cold world I think it would be a crime against humanity not to use it. The deadliest war since world war II  is happening right now in The Democratic Republic of Congo. Kids to small to carry a gun are being sent out in The frontlines of war armed with only a whistle. I use their weapon as my voice. Falling Whistles is campaign for peace in Congo, they sell this whistle and the proceeds goes to different life saving projects on the ground in Congo. And by wearing a whistle close to my heart I keep the story of these children alive.

Is there one thing that unites all Naomi’s of the world?

The warmth, the loving and the excellence?

What’s the game-plan for you this year? When will we hear new music?

I am heading out for The festival season with a new single coming out in the end of may!

What else does the world should know about Naomi Pilgrim?

I love champagne and oysters, swimming and horses.

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More on Naomi at her Facebook and twitter.