Pregnant Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz To Wed

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

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Well, the rumor mills they are a spinning and sometimes you just have to wonder what goes on in people’s minds. Alicia Keys, one of the most talented and beautiful women in music is rumored to be pregnant with her first child courtesy of a hip hop master Swizz Beatz.  Swizz Beatz apparently also proposed to her and she accepted.  Rumors are swirling that the two will be married in July in Dubai or France that will be attended by an exclusive guest list.

The main problem with this is that Swizz Beatz is fresh out a divorce that isn’t really all worked out yet with regular arguments about child support still coming up.  Photos are all over the place as late as September of last year with him and his wife and child that appear to be happy and calm.  But his relationship with Alicia was announced back in May of last year even though he tried to keep it on the “down low”.

The other big question is what exactly is Alicia thinking with Swizz Beatz as her choice for husband material. A woman who could have pretty much any man that she wants has chosen a man that was married with kids.  Sure, that happens all of the time, but why voluntarily subscribe to all of the drama when your choices are all over the map? And the pregnancy rumor started when she appeared at a radio station interview in a maternity shirt.  So a July wedding would make perfect sense to make sure the baby is born in wedlock.  But again, just what the heck is going on here? What do you think about this craziness?

The Top 150 Wedding Songs of 2010

So how does this list differ from others you’ve seen?  For this list, we scoured the web and pulled multiple lists from tons of sources of top wedding songs (DJ’s, wedding planners, wedding bands) and then smashed them all together and see which ones were on multiple lists.  Then we repeated the process until we found the 150 most popular wedding songs as of 2010!

Some songs are a tad strange (Boom Boom Pow? Atomic Dog?), but these were the most requested songs at weddings and there are more folks at a wedding than just the bride and groom, so I imagine that’s why those are there.  As a bride or DJ, this list will serve you well and probably has a majority of what your guests probably want to hear.  And to make it even easier for you, we linked every single song title for easy buying power!  That was a huge pain by the way.  But, here it is!

The Top 150 Wedding Songs (as of 2010)

1999 Prince
Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)
Peabo Bryson
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg Temptations
All Shook Up Elvis Presley
All Summer Long
Kid Rock
Atlantic Starr
Always & Forever
At Last
Etta James
Atomic Dog
George Clinton
Baby Got Back
Sir Mixalot
Billie Jean
Boom Boom Pow
Black Eyed Peas
Boot Scootin’ Boogie
Brooks & Dunn
Faith Hill
Brick House
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison
Bust A Move
Young MC
Cant Get Enough Of Your Love Baby
Barry White
Can’t Help Falling In Love
Elvis Presley
Kool& The Gang
Cha-Cha Slide
Chicken Dance
C’mon N’ Ride It
Quad City DJ’s
Come Fly With Me
Frank Sinatra
Come On Eileen
Dexys Midnight Runners
Copacabana (At The Copa)
Barry Manilow
Cotton Eye Joe
Crank Dat
Soulja Boy
Patsy Cline
Cupid Shuffle
Da Butt
Dancing Queen
Don’t Stop Believin’
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Michael Jackson
Electric Slide
Marcia Griffiths
Endless Love
Lionel Richie
Fly Me To The Moon
Frank Sinatra
Kenny Loggins
Forever And Ever, Amen
Randy Travis
Friends In Low Places
Garth Brooks
Funky Cold Medina
Tone Loc
Lipps, Inc.
Get Down Tonight
KC & The Sunshine Band
Get Low
Lil John & The East Side Boyz
Get The Party Started
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
Will Smith
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
C & C Music Factory
The Grease Megamix
John Travolta & Olivia Newton John
Here And Now
Luther Vandross
Hey Ya!
Hot In Herre
Hot, Hot, Hot
Buster Poindexter
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
James Taylor
I Feel Good
James Brown
I Gotta Feeling
Black Eyed Peas
I Like It, I Love It
Tim McGraw
I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles
I Want You To Want Me
Cheap Trick
I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor
Ice Ice Baby (Exclusive Version)
Vanilla Ice
I’m Yours
Jason Mraz
In Da Club
50 Cent
In the Mood
Glenn Miller Orchestra
It Had To Be You
Harry Connick Jr.
It Takes Two
Rob Base & DJ Easy Rock
It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere
Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet
It`s Raining Men
Weather Girls
It’s Your Love (with Faith Hill)
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Jump Around
House of Pain
Jump, Jive, An’ Wail
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Keep Your Hands To Yourself
Georgia Satellites
Kiss Kiss (Main Version) Chris Brown
Last Dance
Donna Summer
Let’s Get It On
Marvin Gaye
Let’s Stay Together
Al Green
Livin On A Prayer
Bon Jovi
Louie Louie
Love Me Tender
Elvis Presley
Love Shack
Los Del Rio
Jimmy Buffet
Melt With You
Modern English
Mony Mony
Billy Idol
Van Morrison
Mustang Sally
The Commitments
My Girl
The Temptations
Oh, Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison
Old Time Rock N Roll
Bob Seger
Open Arms
Paradise By The Dashboard Light
Play That Funky Music
Wild Cherry
Poker Face
Lady Gaga
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Def Leppard
Pride And Joy
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Pump Up The Jam
Push It
Salt n Pepa
Red, Red Wine
Aretha Franklin
Right Round
Flo Rida
Rock & Roll All Night
Rock Around The Clock
Bill Haley & The Comets
Rock This Town
Stray Cats
Earth, Wind & Fire
Justin Timberlake
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty KC & The Sunshine Band
Shout (Part 1 & 2)
Isley Brothers
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Soul Man (Live Version)
The Blue Brothers
Stand By Me
Ben E. King
Stayin Alive
Bee Gees
Clarence Carter
Super Freak
Rick James
Sweet Caroline
Niel Diamond
Sweet Home Alabama
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Tainted Love
Soft Cell
Take My Breath Away
Take On Me
That’s The Way I Like It
KC & The Sunshine Band
The Twist
Chubby Checker
The Way You Look Tonight
Frank Sinatra
Michael Jackson
(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Travis Tritt
Twist & Shout
U Can’t Touch This
MC Hammer
Unchained Melody
The Righteous Brothers
Nat King Cole
Up Where We Belong
Joe Cocker
Walk Like An Egyptian
The Bangles
Walk This Way
Watermelon Crawl
Tracy Byrd
We Are Family
Sister Sledge
What A Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
What I Like About You
The Romantics
When A Man Loves A Woman
Percy Sledge
Wild Thing
Tone Loc
Wonderful Tonight
Eric Clapton
Wooly Bully
Sam the Sham
The Village People
Usher w/ Lil John & Ludacris
You Are So Beautiful
Joe Cocker
You Dropped A Bomb On Me
The Gap Band
You Sexy Thing
Hot Chocolate
You Shook Me All Night Long
You’re The Inspiration

Katy Perry & Russell Brand Want Nude Wedding

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Comedian Russell Brand and fiancee Katy Perry are anxiously planning their wedding, but Russell has a different idea about how to keep his big day memorable.  Brand has announced that he wants the entire wedding to be done in the nude. Not only will Russell and Katy be naked, but they’re also requesting that the entire wedding party and even the guests be in the nude also.

While nude weddings aren’t new for say, nudists, the probability that Katy’s parents will be thrilled to attend their daughters first walk down the aisle in the buff is a stretch.  Being a parent of three daughters, I can tell you that it will be a chilly day in hell before I let my daughters walk down the aisle nude in front of friends and family and anyone who cares to pull it up on the web.

Some say that this simply a publicity stunt and I’ll side on that line of thinking as well because Katy may be on this side of crazy, but she’s not that far removed from reality. What do you think?

Kanye West Beat Down by Jay Leno

APTOPIX MTV Video Music Awards ShowBy now everyone has read about the Kanye West outburst at the VMA’s.  For those under a rock, Taylor Swift won the VMA for Best Female Video.  When Taylor went to accept her award, she began her speech and was interrupted as Kanye goes up on stage, takes the microphone from her and tells everyone that it’s Beyonce that has the best video.   Which was received with a lot of boos from the crowd as Taylor stood there in utter shock and disappointment. It was simply awful to watch.   To make it worse, Taylor’s acceptance speech gets cut off.  You can watch the fiasco here.

Taylor was actually crushed because she was excited about the award and even admitted that she was excited that Kanye West was coming up on stage.  Where she basically said, “Then he started talking and I wasn’t excited anymore.”  Backstage Kanye was also berated by Taylor’s mother who was obviously very upset as any parent would be.

kanye-west-jay-lenoFast forward to last night when the premiere of Jay Leno’s primetime talk show aired on NBC.  The show was to feature Jay Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West performing a trio on a song from Jay Z’s Blueprint album.  Kanye manned up and requested that he be allowed to speak with Leno before the group performed so that he could clear the air about the VMA’s.  Kanye apologized profusely indicating that it was very rude and that he wanted to make it up to Taylor somehow and also to apologize in person.

But the shocker came as Jay Leno asked Kanye what he thought his mother would have said about his actions.  The silence was deafening.  The passing of Kanye’s mother had a major impact on him and this was probably one of the most hard hitting questions that Jay could have asked.  Kanye was literally choking back tears and swallowing his emotions for what seemed like an eternity.  For those that feel as if Kanye is an ego-maniac with no soft spots, it was quickly disproved and here’s the video so you can watch it yourself here.

While many claim it as a really bad moment, one has got to realize that this is Kanye’s thing.  He loves to cause mayhem and interrupt people’s moments when he doesn’t agree.  He has raised a ruckus multiple times and is the epitome of sore losers.

There was this time.

Oh and this time.

And many others that you can find yourself.  I personally think that Kanye is one of the biggest ego-maniacs on the planet that needs to be set in his place.  He has little to no talent outside of being a rapper.  He can’t sing which is why he has to use auto-tune and even that technical marvel can’t save him.  He literally has to be one of the biggest egotistical people I have ever seen and it always makes it worse when there’s nothing really to back it up.  It’s an unrelenting confident swagger that is pretty disgusting to watch. Kanye is a prime example of marketing genius.

So hats off to Jay Leno for asking the right question to put things in perspective for him.  While it’s always tough to watch someone struggle when something unexpected happens, he finally got a taste of his own medicine.

Shania Twain Gets Engaged?

shania-twain-engagement-ringOk, guys.  I know that it’s awful news to hear, but let’s get real.  It’s amazing that she’s been on the market for this long.

Shania Twain was recently captured wearing what appeared to be a wedding band at a bird show in Ontario and boyfriend Frederic Thiébaud was wearing a similar ring.  Both on the wedding finger and both the same design which looks suspiciously like wedding bands.   So will there be wedding bells? Shania Twain’s rep says that they are NOT married.  Capital NOT.  Of course, that’s not what was asked.  We asked if they were engaged, not married.  Red flag, red flag!

The relationship is already strange to begin with since Thiébaud is the ex-husband of Twain’s former best friend who reportedly broke up Twain’s marriage to Robert “Mutt” Lange.  You may have to say that slow to get it, but it wreaks of “oooo, you’re a bad girl.”  Let’s see if he makes an honest woman out of her.


Weddings and Ipods Don’t Mix

ipod-weddingsOk, I’m about over it.  I’ve heard multiple suggestions on multiple budget wedding tip articles (even including ones posted here) about various ways to cut corners during the wedding ceremony.  And ALL of them, not just some of them, but ALL of them put the wedding music on the list as things you should cut corners on.  And ALL of them threw out the suggestion of using an Ipod instead of a band or DJ.  Let me tell you how bad of an idea that is on all accounts.

While I’m sure there are some stories of success using this method, they are few and far between and their expectations were very low to start with.   As a professional vocalist and also the owner of a Georgia DJ company, you probably would guess that I’m very biased and shouldn’t even be allowed to talk about it, but let’s get real.  Nothing can match the personal touch of a wedding band or wedding DJ when it comes to managing the flow and feel of the wedding reception.

There’s a great video posted on Youtube that is the perfect reason as to why this is a bad idea.  You can watch it here.  Now granted, this wedding is primarily a disaster from the beginning because there was apparently no rehearsal or planning with a dash of total disorganization. But the use of the Ipod run by friends and family as your MC’s/sound/videographers, etc is just a bad idea.  Bands and DJ’s handle most of the announcing, music, and everything is thought out in advance.

Do you really want to take the chance of your cousin starting up “Shook Me All Night Long” during the Daddy/Daughter dance?  If you want memories that last a lifetime, that’s definitely the way to do it.   You can find affordable DJ’s (and even bands) for under a grand without even looking hard.   Now granted, you take a chance if you get too low on your pricing, but doing your homework and using directories of wedding vendors will give you multiple options. I’m sure there are dozens of horror stories from Ipod weddings and I can insure you that you do not want to be one of them.

Please share your disaster (or even success stories) here for all to see.

Jennifer Hudson Sets Wedding Date

jennifer-hudson-david-otungaJennifer Hudson from American Idol and star of Dreamgirls and her fiance David Otunga from I Love New York 2 have finally set a date to hitch the wagon, but they refuse to give away the date.  “’s a secret. I can’t tell anybody”, Jennifer told Ryan Seacrest. Dang.  Park the helicopters, I guess.

The couple has been engaged since September when the singer turned 27 on her birthday and she began donning a huge rock.  The couple had plans to marry last year when tragedy struck as her mother, brother and nephew were tragically murdered.   As if anyone can recover from such a horrible event, she made an appearance singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in rare form (and supposedly lip-synching).  But she seemed strong and now months later, about to be officially married.

So, wedding planning is obviously on Jen’s “Things To Do” list now as she now must start the search for wedding invitations, wedding favors, honeymoon vacations and the other details.  I’m sure she’ll use the free wedding planning tools at Get Married.  I mean, apparently there’s a lot of money in reality television, but everyone’s got to cut corners.