Listen to Gwen Stefani’s Baby Don’t Lie

The queen of this season of The Voice aka Gwen Stefani has just dropped a new single. It’s called Baby Don’t Lie and you can listen to it below:

LOVE the single. Gwen, we thank you for the new music… Bring more. Follow her on the social networks:

http://www.gwenstefani.com
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IdolsSA top six song choices

I can’t believe we’re already down to seven (on Sunday it will be six) contestants in this season of Idols. It has been a great season and the talent this season is really strong, but speaking of strong… the big dogs are really starting to shine and without mentioning their names, you know who I’m referring to. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at what the contestants will be singing this week, bearing in mind one of them wont be lucky enough to sing their chosen song for the week

Bongi Silinda (24)- Mafikizolo “Happiness”.

JVB thinks… this is a good choice. It’s a very popular song and the duo that is Mafikizolo is hugely popular. Looking forward to this one.

Demi Lee (24)  Florence and the Machines “Dog Days Are Over”.

JVB thinks… I hope she has fun with this one. It’s a good song and very suited to her style and voice.

Kyle Deutschmann (27) John Newman’s “Love Me Again”.

JVB thinks… If he survives the vote, he might doing a different arrangement of this song. I love John Newman and this is one of my songs of the year so I’m interested to see how he interprets this one.

Lize Mynhardt (21) –  Jason Derulo’s “In My Head”.

JVB thinks… She’s pushing the boundaries and going out of her comfort zone a lot, which is good. I just don’t really know what sort of music she would like to produce and make herself. I think she’ll do a fair job here.

London Louw (24) “Problem” by Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea

JVB thinks… Hmmmm, not sure about this one. It’s a tough song choice because Iggy and Ariana are so different in their styles. It’s an upbeat track so the performance side of things will be good, but the singing bit I’m a bit concerned about. Your thoughts?

Musa Mashiane (27) – Jamiroquai’s “Love Foolosophy”.

JVB thinks… Fun, fun, fun. I’m sure he’ll enjoy himself and in doing so, so will the audience.

Vincent Bones (29) “Pluto”, from DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg.

JVB thnks… Arguably the biggest song of the year, so this is a smart move. Audiences will love it too, purely because of its massive appeal to all demographics. It will be nice to see him lighten it up a bit and have some fun.

Catch the show on M-Net and on Mzansi Magic at 17:00 this Sunday. I will also be Hanging out with the outsted contestants on Monday. Keep an eye out for that too ;)

Tips to a healthier lifestyle

Functional food brand, Futurelife together with well being site, HealthInSite have been hard at work putting together the South African Health Review. Over 6000 participants from different walks of life formed part of the sample, in which the researchers aimed to to find the correlation between healthy behaviour and multiple healthy habits. I’d love to get a copy of the review to read the full report and findings, but for now I’d like to share some tips and tricks that Futurelife Dietician Lara De Santana has put together. The purpose of these tips is to ensure that healthier nutrition can improve one’s lifestyle significantly.

·         Choose dairy – Not only is dairy a great source of protein and low GI carbohydrates (making for a great snack on the go, effective for weight management and even a post-exercise recovery meal), it also contains tryptophan, which as it is metabolized is converted to mood-boosting serotonin. Plus, its calcium, magnesium and potassium content may help keep blood pressure down.  Yoghurt is also a great option as its’ added probiotics aid in gut health and therefore immune support. Futurelife High Protein and Futurelife Zero already contain a milk powder, ensuring that you get the benefits of dairy but keep in mind that the entire range can be enjoyed with milk or yoghurt too.

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Nike releases new lightweight, breathable collection

Have you seen Nike’s new Breathe Collection running shoes? If you’re like me, and you’re training a fair amount, you’ll know that having light trainers is always a must. We sweat a lot more now because of the hot temperatures that we have come to enjoy in this part of the world. So it’s also become important to have a shoe that is breathable too. So the new Breathe Collection from Nikie might just be the perfect fit (and possible Xmas gift) for you and yours this summer.

Inspired by the humid and hot temperatures in Brazil, the Nike team put their thinking caps on. They combined the Nike Air Max and Nike Roshe Run sneakers to create the new Nike Air Max Lunar 1, Nike Air Max 1 and the Nike Roshe Run ranges. These new shoes are light and breathable and come in a whole range of different colours for the guys and girls. They go on sale on the 20th of this month, so four days to go folks. Has anyone had the chance to try these yet? If so, let me know what you think. Here’s more info on the three types available in this range:

Nike Air Max Lunar1

Nike Air Max Lunar1 is the definitive union of lightweight cushioning and flexibility. This season, the beveled ribs of Lunarlon foam are highlighted by a colored window that complements the mesh upper.

Nike Air Max 1

Stripped of its traditional leather, suede and synthetic overlays, the Nike Air Max 1 Breathe sheds weight and improves breathability. A dynamic fit tongue ensures the foot stays secure and moves with the body, while an updated Phylon tooling makes the sole ultra-light and super comfortable.

Bold piping offsets the gray mesh to give this season’s Air Max Breathe an updated look.

Nike Roshe Run

The definition of cool style, bright colors dominate this season’s Nike Roshe Run. The men’s colorways boast vividly hued outsoles, bringing a strong contrast to the neutral uppers. The women’s looks take the opposite approach, with white outsoles supporting vibrant uppers and accented with a white Swoosh logo.

At this stage, I’m looking for a shoe that is light, breathable but also caters to my excessive pronating. If the experts out there have suggestions or recommendations, get in touch.

 

Gallery: Something’s Cooking launch in Johannesburg

Are you a fan of MiCasa’s J’Something? Do you follow him on Instagram? Well if you are, you’ll know his new project (a cooking show) is just days away from launching on Mzansi Magic. It’s called Something’s Cooking and after almost two years of hold slog and getting to this point, the star and the rest of the team are ready to go. The show got its green light last night in Johannesburg. Some of J’s closest friends and industry peers were invited to the SMEG headquarters in Jozi. Check out the gallery above and don’t forget to watch the show next Wednesday on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv.

The SA Wellness Review

Below is a press release in which some of interesting findings functional food brand, Futurelife and well-being site, HealthInSite found in their SA Wellness Review.

We cannot change our genetic make-up, our past experiences or many of our circumstances but we do have the power to make better choices in order to shape a healthier future for our loved ones and ourselves. The South African Wellness Review, a study just released by leading functional food brand Futurelife and employee wellbeing services provider HealthInSite, has drawn fascinating correlations between our dietary choices and other health-related behaviours. This is the first study of its kind in South Africa. Based on a broad demographic sample of 6 000 South Africans surveyed over a period of one year, the research indicated that there is a strong likelihood of a single “healthy” behaviour being associated with multiple healthy habits. Continue reading

Love Pink’s new side project, You + Me

2012 was the year P!nk introduced us to The Truth About Love. The album was hugely successful for P!nk; if her ticket sales are anything to go by. The star raked up an estimated $147 million dollars from her tour (the third best selling tour in 2013) and the album has been certified platinum, with over two million copies sold worldwide. That album gave us some the very awesome, epic tunes that we have come to expect from P!nk, but as I mentioned that was a while in 2012. So where has the star been? I heard murmurs when I was in the US about a new side project the star was working on, but that’s all it was until the official announcement was made. That announcement? P!nk’s new project with friend and fellow singer, Dallas Green. The two teamed up to create You + Me and after hearing the first single I’m completely sold.

It’s raw, real and authentic music. Where something like this might be challenging for some artists, it just came so naturally to these two. Watch the making of You + Me in the clip below to find out more about the project, the music. You’ll also get to see some of the making of the record and how it was pretty much done in six days. Crazy!

What I absolutely love about P!nk is the fact that she is so musically gifted. This woman can do anything she puts her mind to…. From massive pop tunes, to a catchy R&B track, to this… the simple, but emotive and powerful tracks you’ll hear in this project. I can’t wait to get my hands on the full album!

Ed Sheeran release Thinking Out Loud video

Without fail, every year there is a sappy, sweet and very loving and endearing song that hits the airwaves. It has those in relationships swoon and all that blah blah stuff (can you tell I’m single?). Since the Lumineers released their I belong to You track last year, I can’t recall any other song really having the same impact in 2014… Until now. Ed Sheeran has enjoyed a lot of success with his brand new record, X which released a few months back. The star has just dropped the new single, Thinking Out Loud and the video will no doubt strike a cord with many of you. It’s sweet, loving and you’re bound to hear a lot more of it at the weddings you’re going to attend, just you watch! And who knew Ed could dance so well too. Nicely!

Got a bit of a Bublé feel too it, don’t ya think?

Something Cooking with MiCasa’s J on Mzansi Magic

Something's Cooking Season 1

Let the power of social media shine… If you follow MiCasa’s J’Something on Instagram, you’ll know he’s not only the outfit’s talented vocalist, but he’s also quite the chef. The star posted pics of his delicious culinary feasts and clearly that caught the eyes of some TV producers. The reason? The star has his own cooking show now and it’s called get this… #Something’s Cooking. So clever, so smart and I can’t wait to watch it.

Something’s Cooking will debut on Mzansi Magic on the 22nd of October at 19:00. Over the course of 13 weeks, you’ll get to see where his love for food and cooking came from. On the show he says,  “When I don’t sing I cook. Life is a classic recipe of hard work, good friends and a perfect grilled sarmie. Something’s Cooking is who I am, not perfect but passionate.”

This is so great. He’s one of the nicest guys in the industry and clearly very talented too. I’ll be setting my reminder on my PVR… Do the same!

News alert: Michael Bublé returning to SA in 2015

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Big Concerts is very pleased to confirm that the multi Grammy award winning, Canadian superstar, Michael Bublé, will be returning to South Africa in 2015 for 4 special concert dates. Catch him live in Durban on 17th March 2015 at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Cape Town on 19th March 2015 at Cape Town Stadium and Johannesburg on 21st and 22nd March 2015 at The Dome. Presented by 702, East Coast Radio and M-Net.

Tickets go on sale Friday 10th October 2014 at 9am from www.bigconcerts.com and Computicket.

Michael Bublé has achieved global sales of 45 million albums in the course of his extraordinary decade long career. His previous ‘Crazy Love’ tour sold out in 80 US cities and was seen by over 2 million fans worldwide including 5 sold out dates in Cape Town and Johannesburg, while the album ‘Crazy Love’ has now passed 7.6 million sales. Bublé’s last CD, the multi-platinum ‘Christmas’, was the second biggest selling album of 2011 following Adele and has spent almost 2 and half years on the album chart. His latest release ‘To Be Loved’ debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Magazine Top 200 pop charts.

 

To Be Loved” produced by Bob Rock was recorded in Vancouver and Los Angeles and includes a mix of standards as well as four original songs all co-written by Bublé. “After All” one of the four originals was co-written and performed by fellow Canadian Bryan Adams.  The new album also includes hits previously recorded by some of Bublé’s musical heroes including the Bee Gees hit “To Love Somebody”,   Frank Sinatra’s “You Make Me Feel So Young”, the Jackson 5 early ‘70’s smash “Who’s Loving You”, Jackie Wilson’s “To Be Loved” and the Elvis Presley classic “Have I Told You Lately”.  Bublé was joined by actress Reese Witherspoon on the classic Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet “Something Stupid”.

Bublé commented about his new tour ‘I’m very excited to get back on the road and perform for my fans. It’s been a while but we’re rested up and ready to have a big party on stage every night’.

His stage show is propelled by a string of hits including “Home,” “Everything”,  “Haven’t Met You Yet,” Hollywood” and his latest smash “It’s a Beautiful Day” along with the superstar’s distinctive interpretations of classics like “Cry Me a River,” “Feeling Good,” and Save the Last Dance for Me”.

After record sales from his previous South African tour, fans are encouraged to book their tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Tour Itinerary

 

Durban

Tuesday 17th March 2015

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Ticket Price: R340 – R790

Tickets go on sale Friday 10th October 2014 at 9am. Go to www.bigconcerts.com for more information.

 

Cape Town

Thursday 19th March 2015

Cape Town Stadium

Ticket Price: R395 – R1075

Tickets go on sale Friday 10th October 2014 at 9am. Go to www.bigconcerts.com for more information.

 

Johannesburg

Saturday 21st March 2015

Sunday 22nd March 2015

The Dome

Ticket Price: R510 – R1135

Tickets go on sale Friday 10th October 2014 at 9am. Go to www.bigconcerts.com for more information.