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LA Timez: Live Taping of American Idol Season 12 Finale

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When your co-worker offers you a couple of tickets to a live taping of American Idol’s Season 12 finale show, what do you do? It wasn’t a tough choice at all, really. I chose to go. AI is one of the most prolific music shows in pop culture history, so I did not mind checking out what all of the hype was about. Plus, we at The Pearl Mic love live shows anyway, so it was an instant “yes, yes, yes!”

The day of the show, Thursday, May 16th, in downtown Los Angeles, between Pico and Olympic, the streets were bustling with police officers, security, AI fans, and AI staff carrying stiff folders and walkie-talkies. Since we already had our tickets, everything was easy breezy upon entry, and we had pretty decent seats. We got there an hour early, around 4:00pm, taping started at 5:00pm. The place was already packed with dedicated fans that brought posters with love-laced greetings for the judges and AI contestants. The show’s crew was milling about the place to make sure equipment was testing well for taping.

10 minutes before airing, the hypeman came out and prepped the audience for the live show. When Ryan Seacrest brought his pretty little self out, that’s when we knew the show was going to get started. Shortly, the judges were escorted out to the panel. Observations: Nicki Minaj is a mini cutie. Mariah Carey is stunning. Randy Jackson has a very unique sense of style. Keith Urban has amazing hair.

The performances were a lot of fun, everyone did a decent job, in my opinion. You see performances on television, but hearing them in person proves how talented these people are. The standout performances were Emeli Sandé and Amber Holcomb’s “Next To Me” duet. Don’t laugh or log off when I tell you this, but Psy was good too. In a clumsy cool way in his performance for “Gentleman”. Proving that he indeed is THE “mother-father-gentleman”! Jennifer Hudson and Candice Glover ‘s “Inseparable” duet was so soul-stirring I thought I was in church. Lastly, Angie Miller and Adam Lambert’s “Titanium” duet was phenomenal. Jesse J even hopped in on a duet with Angie, flaunting a new hairdo à la Amber Rose.

Other honorary highlights were appearances from Frankie Valli, Aretha Franklin, Travis Barker, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull.

All in all, I have much respect for the real superstars that we did not get to see — the lighting and set design crew. What is great about going to live tapings is that you see how great or awful a show can be right before your eyes. Each performance was like a fantastic light show. It was quite fascinating to see.

We were so disappointed that Mariah Carey and Keith Urban did pre-recorded performances. Oh, and Randy Jackson is leaving Idol. That’s all.

Honestly, throughout the taping, we knew that Candice Glover would win. Just got that vibe, and guess what, she did.

*Sorry we do not have photos, we were not allowed to take cameras and phones inside.

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For the music junkies: Beats By Dre’s Pink Pill Wireless Speaker

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If you love listening to music on the go, Beats By Dre has just released the cutest little music device that’s chic, portable and syncs with your phone. Beats have teamed up with Nicki Minaj to create the Pink Pill wireless speaker which is available for purchase exclusively at AT&T retail stores nationwide and online at att.com.The Pink Pill has features you can use such as:

Big sound – This wireless and cord-free device produces powerful sound. You can hear soaring highs and deep booming bass in every room of the house.
Change tracks from your phone – Or your laptop, or any other Bluetooth®-enabled device from up to 30-feet away. You can roam, and always have high-quality sound near or far.
Portable – You can set up anywhere since it’s lightweight, and small enough to fit in whatever you’re carrying out the door.
Bluetooth conferencing – The Bluetooth capability and internal microphone allows you to take calls.

Price: $199. Also available in Red, Black and White.

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The Pearl Mic ChitChat: Lana Del Rey, Dixie Chicks, Nicki Minaj, Lauryn Hill, Rihanna

Lana Del Rey is Vogue Australia’s October cover girl {Styleite}

Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks welcomed her fourth child, Violet Isabel Strayer {E! Online}

Nicki Minaj will be voting for Mitt Romney? {Us Weekly}

Lauryn Hill performs with Nas at Rock The Bells {Women of Hip Hop}

Rihanna pursues Michelle Pfeiffer’s role on ‘Scarface’ Remake {Killer Hip Hop}

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Artsy Perfume Bottle Designs: Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez & Gwen Stefani

Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday

Over the years, perfume bottle designs have become more creative. Depending on the celebrity behind the perfume, especially pop stars in particular, you can expect the bottle’s design to have an eclectic appeal. With all the rage and praise of Nicki Minaj’sPink Friday” perfume bottle, we decided to highlight other artsy perfume bottles that are just too cute to throw away:

Selena Gomez by Selena Gomez

Jennifer Lopez’s Love and Glamour

Purr by Katy Perry

Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani

What is your favorite celebrity perfume bottle design?


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Shawnna Talks Women in Hip-Hop: ‘Shouts out to any woman that persevered through this shit that I know in the game’

 Shawnna stopped by Invasion Radio to give the scoop on where the heck she has been for the past 2 years and her upcoming mixtape, “She’s Alive” set for release on May 24th.  The the former first lady of  Ludacris’ Disturbing tha Peace Records, revealed her admiration for upcoming and established emcees such as, Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks, Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj.

No matter how tough this woman is, bring up her dad, Buddy Guy, a 7-time Grammy award-winning  blues guitarist and singer, and watch her transform into daddy’s little girl in a millisecond. It is really cute to watch.

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Fem MC Advocates

Here at Pearl Mic we’re strong supporters of female MC’s. We have a dream that one day Fem MC’s will get the same recognition as their male counterparts. It is great to see other people in the industry who feels the same way, for instance, Rapper Ludacris who is showing Fem MCs love in his current project, “Battle of the Sexes”. His latest video “My Chick Bad,” features Nicki Minaj, Trina, Diamond and Eve. Do I smell a project cooking amongst the ladies? Check out the video here:

Here is behind the scenes footage of “My Chick Bad” Remix:

Here is the official video:

Get ’em ladies!!

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