Sunday, July 17, 2011

Top 20 Social Network Politician

Top Social Network Stars, Worldwide, Politician

Facebook Fans Twitter Followers YouTube Views
Barack Obama
Politician | United States
22,038,214 9,145,983 162,701,678
The White House
Politician | United States
1,100,068 2,276,696 57,548,409
Dalai Lama
Politician | China
1,780,908 2,035,366 981,365
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Politician | United States
807,961 2,085,317 584,068
Al Gore
Politician | United States
62,028 2,260,459
John McCain
Politician | United States
864,820 1,727,335 28,720,863
Queen Rania
Politician | Jordan

725,916 1,589,349 6,112,785

Number 10 Downing Street
Politician | United Kingdom
924 1,811,146 4,899,161
Sarah Palin
Politician | United States
3,191,739 600,401
Newt Gingrich
Politician | United States
142,288 1,326,093 4,623,008 
Gavin Newsom
Politician | United States
100,461 1,302,024 172,584
Cory Booker
Politicialn | United States
48,222 1,087,507 740,439
Kevin Rudd and Labor
Politician | Australia
55,582 987,416 114,030
The British Monarchy
Politician | United Kingdom
502,760 212,183 31,725,841
Manny Villar
Politician | Philippines
1,650,886 4,392 141,745
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Politician | United Arab Emirates
450,550 427,993
Abhisit Vejjajiva
Politician | Thailand
736,297 215,331
Leopoldo Lopez
Politician | Venezuela
402,379 292,030
Najib Razak
Politician | Malaysia
791,666 164,014 226,153
Mitt Romney
Politician | United States
1,041,500 59,475

Hear All the Songs Nominated for 2011 Emmy Awards

Perhaps the Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live ditty "Dick in a Box" was more influential than anyone realized -- three of the five songs nominated for Original Music & Lyrics at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are super dirty. So of course you want to hear them right now! Do that while contemplating the fact that Lady Gaga earned five nominations for her HBO Monster Ball special -- you know, the one Tim Pawlenty liked so much!

Family Guy, "Christmastime Is Killing Us"

Blink-182's First New Song Is a Downer

"All these demons/They keep me up all night." That's the refrain in the first new Blink-182 single since a track on a greatest hits in 2005. Not exactly the wasted whine, "Say it ain't so/I will not go/Turn the lights off/Carry me home." To be fair, the pop-punk trio have been through a lot since they released "All the Small Things" on 1999's Enema of the State: Drummer Travis Barker has survived a reality show and a plane crash, singer/bassist Mark Hoppus formed a band with a name nobody could agree how to spell (+44), and singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge has weathered a debilitating case of megalomania. Their new album, Neighborhoods, has a tentative release date of September 27th.

Lady Gaga Gave Cher a Meh Song

Lady Gaga and her right-hand producer RedOne have given Cher a song for the legendary diva's upcoming album, her first since 2001's Living Proof! But it's a Gaga castoff and kind of blah. Considering Cher kindly held Gaga's meat purse at the VMAs last year, she probably deserved better than "The Greatest Thing," a cheesy mid-tempo with generic synths and warbly Auto-Tuned vocals (on the Gaga-sung demo Pop Dust dug up at least). And yet Cher seems thrilled!

How Facebook saved a child's life (and could save many more)

The initial photo Kogan shared with her Facebook friends, who 
helped save her son's life. (Photo via
Facebook saves lives. Or more to the point, good Facebook friends save lives.
Slate writer and novelist Deborah Copaken Kogan credits her community on the social networking site for helping diagnose her son’s mystery illness in time. Kogan woke up on Mother’s Day to find her 4-year-old son Leo with a rash and a fever.

In the pediatrician’s office, she updated her Facebook status with a photo of her son’s reddened face and the comment: “Nothing says Happy Mother's Day quite like a Sunday morning at the pediatrician's." As his symptoms worsened—high fever, swollen face—she continued sharing photos and concerns to a growing community of friends and ‘friends’.

Rihanna Is The New Queen Of Facebook, Beating Out Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga may be the top earning woman in music, have more followers on Twitter than any other lady rock star and receive more media coverage than her female competitors, but she is no longer the queen of Facebook.
This week, Rihanna accumulated enough likes on Facebook to surpass Lady Gaga and claim the throne as the platform's top ranking female celebrity.
According to their Facebook stats, as of Saturday, Rihanna had 40,699,853 likes, and Lady Gaga had 40,611,908, giving the "Rude Boy" singer a lead of 88,000.
Shakira is the diva with the third most Facebook followers, according to, which credits the Latina singer with 37 million likes. Aside from being the top three female musicians on Facebook, they also have earned spots in Facebook's top 10 pages overall. Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Shakira hold the No. 5, 6, and 8, positions, respectively.
There are three men on the Top Facebook Pages Worldwide list as well. Eminem ranks No. 3 with 43,367,713 likes. The late Michael Jackson sits at No. 7 with 38,069,882 likes, and "Baby" singer Justin Bieber holds the No. 10 position with 33,035,903 likes.

Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Split

Jenny's back on the singles block.

After seven years of marriage, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have separated, their rep tells Us Weekly exclusively.

"We have decided to end our marriage. This was a very difficult decision. We have come to amicable conclusion on all matters," they said in a statement. "It is a painful time for all involved, and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time."
The couple are parents to three-year-old twins Max and Emme.
Crooner Anthony, 42, was conspicuously absent at Saturday's star-packed BAFTA Brits to Watch bash in L.A., where wife Lopez, 40, met Prince William and Duchess Kate with mom Guadalupe as her date.

Friends for years, Lopez and Anthony dated briefly in the 1990s. They stepped out again as a couple in early 2004, shortly after Lopez's broken engagement from Ben Affleck, and in the midst of Anthony's divorce from first wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. They wed at a quiet home wedding in June 2004.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Teloneros gira sudamericana!

Se trata del grupo inglés Foals, uno de los últimos estandartes del indie rock del Reino Unido, quienes acompañarían a los californianos en todo el nuevo tour del grupo por la región, es decir, Colombia, Costa Rica, Perú, Argentina, Brasil y Chile.

La información fue ratificada por los mismos ingleses de Foals, quienes avisaron de su viaje al continente a través de un newsletter para los suscriptores registrados en su sitio web oficial.

"Una cosa más!, es gracioso, de hecho. Los Red Hot Chili Peppers nos ofrecieron acompañarlos en septiembre en Sudamérica. Si alguien me hubiese dicho 10 años atrás que esto podría haber pasado, yo habría reído, llorado y después, francamente, comenzado a tonificar mis abdominales, aunque es un poco tarde para eso así que creo que dejaremos nuestras poleras puestas", publicaron.

Sobre Foals, surgieron en Oxford en el año 2005, y que se masificaron gracias a la inclusión de su música en la serie de MTV, Skins. Además, suman dos álbumes de estudio bajo el brazo: Antidotes (2008) y Total live forever (2010).

En Chile se estarán presentando además de Foals, la banda Chancho en Piedra.

¿Cómo surgió el nombre I'm With You?

Traducido por mí, Josh y Anthony explican como surgió el nuevo nombre del disco

Los Red Hot Chili Peppers han hecho un hábito de nombrar a sus álbumes según el título de alguna canción de él, cosa que han estado haciendo desde 1991. Sin embargo, la banda decidió romper con la tradición en esta ocasión con I'm With You, su décimo álbum de estudio, que está previsto para el 30 de agosto. Irónicamente, fue al nuevo miembro de la banda, Josh Klinghoffer, al que se le ocurrió el título.

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Kindred Makes Magic


Lots going on over here at Groove headquarters, so we're going to keep things short this week. And honestly, there isn't much I can say about Kindred the Family Soul... Well, that's not true. In fact, the opposite is true but sometimes the music just needs to speak for itself.

That said, the married duo of Aja and Fatin make the kind of music that makes you want to fall in love if you're not and reminds you how hard you love if you are. They do it again with "Magic Happen," the first official single, from their upcoming album, Love Has No Recession, due July 26th. Check out the video below.

And be sure to check back here in a few weeks for the video and do yourself a favor and pick up Love Has No Recession as well as their previous albums; Surrender To Love, In This Life Together and The Arrival. You can thank us later.

Get To Know: Mayer Hawthorne

Who: Mayer Hawthorne

From: Ann Arbor, MI

Why You Should Know Them: Because he's had no formal training, but sings like a soul pro.

Stones Throw Records is a predominantly Hip-Hop label, specializing in "indie" acts like Madlib, Percee P and the label head, Peanut Butter Wolf. Somehow, a soul drenched whiteboy from the outskirts of Detroit made his way there. His name is Mayer Hawthorne and his sound is reminiscent of the soul samples you hear on Hip-Hop tracks from producers like 9th Wonder and the late J Dilla. His sound is an amalgam of the best memories of real Soul music hugged by the present-day electro-Hip-Hop soul-sampled production that has defined the indie rap scene. The combination is a total marriage in the package of a man that could pass for an English professor. How's that for a winning combination?

Why Buying The Deluxe Edition Of Beyonce's "4" Album Is Worth It


By now, thanks to us, you've heard Beyonce's "4" album in it's entirety, but it's Target that got the honors of exclusively offering the album's deluxe edition (out tomorrow). With six extra tracks, three of which are remixes to the already severely sound-layered "Run The World (Girls)," fans get the opportunity to get more bang for the buck. And in Bey's case, it's well worth it.

There's no denying that "4" starts off slow, quite literally. There's four back-to-back ballads that alternate feelings between being madly in love in an us-against-the-world​ kind of way that's made for movies ("1+1") and being angrily resentful of a no-good no-name-mentioned man that certainly didn't deserve the little bit of time you gave him ("Best Thing I Never Had"). Thankfully, "Party" featuring Andre 3000 and a term-coining Kanye West ("swagu" seems here to stay, folks) enters the playlist next, but despite it's early '90s groove, it's mid-tempo barely makes you break a sweat. And so, you find yourself back at square one, with more ballads, some that channel the '60s Supremes ("Rather Die Young") and others that are overwrought with regret and hopes for redemption ("Start Over").

David Banner Goes Commercial... Literally


Madison Avenue is no stranger to collaborating hip-hop artists, but they're usually just licensing a a hit song or using an up and coming band as brand ambassadors. However, superproducer/MC David Banner has recently teamed with ad agencies that rep Gatorade and Gillette to craft music especially for their campaigns.

Groove recently caught up the Mississippi native to talk about working with brands, maintaining artistic credibility and getting "Footloose."

Groove: Are you all surprised by these brands that are interested in working with you?

David Banner:
Not at all. I think I’m more surprised that I couldn’t do a lot of the same things and be this creative in hip-hop and R&B. I’m not surprised that brands are very interested in my music – I’ve always been doing music at this level and quality. I knew if I got the opportunity for people to hear my music, that they would love it.

Jolie: 'Salt' Part II?


This would be a sequel worth watching. I hope.

Angelina Jolie might reprise her role as Evelyn Salt. (Yes, she did indeed have a first name).

"Angelina Jolie wants to play Evelyn Salt again in a sequel to 2010's 'Salt,' TheWrap has confirmed.

"Kurt Wimmer, who wrote the original movie, is onboard for the second, also at Columbia.

"Phillip Noyce directed the thriller.

"The main character, a CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian spy, originally was written as a man. Jolie, however, carried the role credibly, carrying the Sony thriller to $293.5 million in global box office receipts."

'X Men: First Class' Opens


"X Men: First Class" opens today and the reviews appear to be stuck on the same speed, albeit revving between faster and fun to just one notch below an entire downshift. They all just feel ... pretty good.

Here's a nice instillation -- I'm trusting this middle of the line take from the NY Times' Manohla Dargis:

"With its spy-on-spy globetrotting, old-fashioned villains, flirty but prematurely swinging minis and fan-boy bits (look for an eye-blink-fast tribute to "Basic Instinct" and a cameo from the cult actor Michael Ironside), the whole enterprise has an agreeable lightness, no small thing, given its rapidly moving parts."

I don't have it in me to get super angry about movies these days. For example, the idea that the "Pirates" movie is absolutely soul crushing doesn't really surprise me. I'm not going into the thing thinking it's going to change my life or even offer me some escape. I mean, what were people expecting? Are these sequels based on a series of pirates movies directed by Ingmar Bergman? What?

Anyway ... I need another anger inducing "Inception" to throw me into a tizzy.

'Horrible Bosses' Director Seth Gordon


After the breakout documentary "King of Kong" -- about the surprisingly vicious rivalry between the world's top Donkey Kong players -- Seth Gordon made the jump to fiction filmmaking with the misfired "Four Christmases." After a brief pause, he's back with "Horrible Bosses," starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as three working guys who just might be plotting to kill their upper management in the name of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Coming from the world of documentary filmmaking, the affable Gordon is very aware there's a different level of craft and cash in play. "Yeah, any day on any of these sets would have paid for the entirety of 'Kong,' so that puts everything in perspective for sure. The budgets for the films are so much higher and it's so stratospherical that it's hard even to have much perspective on it. $50 million is a lot of money. It's hard to put your arms around that figure. I'm grateful to have gotten the chance to have a studio believe in me in that way, and I hope we get that money back for them. ..."

Yet Another 'Twilight' vs. 'Harry Potter' Comparison

Once again the inevitable, yet inexplicable, comparisons between 'Twilight' and 'Harry Potter' have arrived.

E! Online joins the fray with their Twi-Potter tournament, giving readers eight rounds of voting for match-ups such as "Team Eric or Team Neville" and "Team Victoria or Team Voldemort."

Have a laugh and vote at E! Online.

On A Budget? 5 Ways to Eat Ramen for Dinner

Times are tight, budgets are pinched. We had two dollars left in our food budget on Tuesday of last week, so I buzzed to the store and bought the only thing I could think of.  Ramen. At 17 cents a package, ramen has to be the best food deal out there. And, it’s a fun deal, too. Because a packet of ramen isn’t just soup waiting to be made. It’s actually a blank canvas ready to be turned into art. Here are 10 super-simple ways to pimp out your ramen and make it into a simple, satisfying dinner.

1. Veggie Ramen (pictured above) . Toss a tablespoon of butter into a skillet. Add 2 tablespoons each of thinly-sliced carrots, frozen green beans, frozen white corn, and edamame. Cook just until softened. Add a packet of Pork Ramen, 2 cups of water, and cook until the noodles are cooked through, about 6 minutes. Add seasoning packet. Serve and enjoy.

Five ways to get a better signal for your cell phone

Are you suffering from too few bars on your cell phone signal? As we increasingly rely on our cell phones to manage daily responsibilities, it becomes more critical to maintain a proper connection.
While standing near a window, turning our phones upside down, and even hopping around in circles on one leg are all things we resort to in hopes of getting a stronger signal, there are several more reliable ways to get better reception on our cell phones.
Here are the five best ways to get a better signal.

1) Keep your batteries charged throughout the day

The easiest and most obvious solution is also the cheapest and most reliable place to start. Our cell phones - particularly smartphones that can access the Internet, video and applications - consume a lot of power when connecting a call. Even if your phone has enough juice to initiate a call, additional power is required to transmit and maintain a reliable signal. While it can vary according to device and carrier, don't be surprised if you experience more dropped calls with a battery that is less than 10 percent full. So before buying expensive equipment, switching carriers or having all of your indoor cell phone conversations under a skylight, try keeping your battery charged throughout the day and see if there is a noticeable improvement.
Gently used extra power cords can be purchased on eBay and other sites for literally a few bucks. So if you don’t want to travel with an extra cord, you can maintain multiple charging centers in areas where you spend the most time on your phone. In your office, plug your phone into a wall socket or through USB to your computer. For the car, purchase an adapter for your cigarette lighter or power socket (also very inexpensive) that will charge your phone as you drive.
Finally, if you like to run a lot of applications on your smartphone, make sure they are fully turned off or at least using the minimal amount of power while in use. Fittingly, there are plenty of apps to help you monitor and preserve battery life available to iPhone and Android smartphone owners.

OMG! Robert Pattinson Debuts Crazy, Half-Shaved Haircut

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Avert your eyes, R-Patz fans: Robert Pattinson's world-famous locks got a drastic, crazy makeover this week.

Signing autographs and taking pictures with fans in the wee hours early Thursday, the Twilight hunk, 25, was photographed with a startling new haircut -- long and floppy on one side, raggedly buzzed on another.

What gives? It turns out the intense new look is all about his art. Pattinson is currently shooting the trippy thriller Cosmopolis, based on author Don Delillo's acclaimed novel. In one scene in the book, protagonist Eric Parker (played Pattinson in the film) freaks out during a haircut -- fleeing the barber's shop in the middle of the procedure.
Pattinson has, of course, chopped his locks for a role before, going much shorter for his role in Water for Elephants.

The superstar has said he never uses shampoo to wash his hair. "I just use water. No one ever believes me, but it's true."

July 4-10: Reports Of the Music Industry's Demise Greatly Exaggerated?


With music magazines powering down their printing presses, record companies slashing expense accounts, venerable chains like Tower Records closing shop, and even A-list pop stars failing to fill seats in this nation's concert venues (even with Groupon's help), it seems clear that the music industry is in serious trouble. But rock 'n' roll is not dead, dear readers. According to an encouraging mid-year report by Nielsen SoundScan, album sales experienced their first boost since SoundScan started tracking digital sales in 2004--up 8.5 percent from last year's all-time lows. This is good news, and on top of that, this week Eminem became the first artist to sell 1 million digital copies of a single album. Physical album sales may be down 11 percent--that's the bad news--but digital album sales are in fact up 19 percent, so maybe downloading (at least the legal kind) isn't killing music after all.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Daniel Radcliffe Reveals The Two Props He Took As Mementos From 'Harry Potter' Film Series

Daniel Radcliffe has taken his final turn as Harry Potter, but now, with the film series' final installment -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" -- in theaters next Friday, the British actor has revealed he took some of the props home - two pairs of Potter spectacles.
"Yes, I have two pairs. I have one pair from the very first film and one from the last," Daniel told Alex Zane, a host of the "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2" official premiere web stream, held in Trafalgar Square, London, on Thursday. "So I've got my fair share of swag."

The actor, who flew in from New York City, where he's starring on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," said the film, due out stateside on July 15, will impress the fans.
"I cannot emphasize enough how far ahead this film is from any of the others," Daniel gushed. "It's amazing. I am so proud of this film and the way we have gone out in this film. We could just not have made a better version of this film. It's staggeringly good and I'm a harsh critic of these films. I think people are gonna go crazy for it."


You might think a long quiet walk through the woods with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is a treat only his closest friends and dearest family get to enjoy. Yet a chummy stroll with one of the richest men in the world is actually reserved for a few select potential Facebook employees.
Although the hiking path is often the same, along a wooded area of Palo Alto that skirts Stanford University, those invited change each time.
Several people who have been courted by Mr. Zuckerberg told the same story. The 27-year-old chief executive surprises them with the idea of a walk through the woods. A little startled by the invite, people often agree, and are then led across the Facebook parking lot where they eventually end up hiking along a trail that reaches a Silicon Valley lookout. This is where Mr. Zuckerberg delivers his pitch.

Megan Fox Aims to Dispel Botox Rumors Via Facebook Photos

For years now, Megan Fox has been plagued with rumors that she's had plastic surgery done, claims which she has continually denied.
She went as far as telling Allure last year that any woman who is considering getting work done should think about getting therapy instead.
"My lips are my lips," she told the magazine. "I would encourage anyone to first speak with a therapist, to try and figure out where this want comes from, because a lot of times it's not related to your teeth or your nose or your chin -- the surgery is not going to alleviate that insecurity for you."
But Fox apparently still has a chip on her shoulder.
Yesterday, she uploaded four pictures to her Facebook account in an album titled "THINGS YOU CAN'T DO WITH YOUR FACE WHEN YOU HAVE BOTOX."

Friday, July 8, 2011

5 Foods that Keep You Thin

It's true: Apples can help you stay 
thin. (Thinkstock)

It's true: Apples can help you stay thin. 

Take a look around any book store, and you'll find dozens of diet books lining the shelves. Despite their bright and cheerful covers, with their positive, upbeat claims, many of them are filled with information that promotes all the wrong messages.

"The word 'diet' is negative and implies people can go on and off them," said Jane Korsberg, a senior instructor in the department of nutrition at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Korsberg is one nutritionist who thinks it would be better to re-think the whole concept of dieting.

"'Diet foods' are confusing to many people," she explained. "What diet is the 'diet food' geared for? Is it low-calorie, low-fat, low-sodium, low-sugar, gluten-free, et cetera?"