Saturday, 15 January 2011

Collecting: Madonna

If you're a fan of someone as famous as Madonna, you might like to collect CD's or posters or maybe magazine covers - but did you know that there is a very different collectable market that focuses on weird and strange promotional items?  For example, check out this Henna Tattoo Kit which was created to promote the 'Ray of Light' album.

...or how about this set of T-Shirts?...

....and this set of toiletries for the GH2 album?
Of course, I'd only expect hard-core fans to want such pieces because they cost a fortune on the collectables market.  What would you pay for Madonna handwash?

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Adele - 21 ....the reviews are in.

The reviews for Adele's new album are in.  Here are just a few quotes to give you an idea of what to expect:

Holy Moly: We can't imagine we'll hear a better album this year.

The Sun: ADELE's 21 is already nailed on to be an album of the year.

MSN Music: New album 21 contains a vocal performance that places Adele in the league of the true greats.

Click here to download > 21

Kenneth Tong: Continued

On the 11th January, @MrKennethTong posted the following message:

I think it is time for to come clean. The whole size zero thing is a hoax. It came about after an interesting discussion I had with a friend of mine. The discussion centered round whether it was possible, to go from nowhere to be a globally recognized figure within a week harnessing the power of the internet and specifically Twitter, which I have always maintained is a better medium than national TV. My friend said it wasn’t possible. I said it was. To prove him wrong, I decided as a hoax to promote via Twitter something that was universally appalling, I chose managed anorexia. I would like to make it clear, I chose the subject as a hoax as I knew it’d be appalling to men and women. The campaign has worked; I have been a Trending topic on Twitter for over a week. I am scheduled to appear on TV, the Press and Radio shows, over the course of the next week: Grazia, Telegraph, The Sun, The Sunday Times etc. Now it’s time to come clean and stop the bandwagon. My honest personal opinion on managed anorexia is it is an disgusting and illogical idea. It is a mental illness. It cannot be managed. To all the people I have offended as part of this scientific experiment, I would like to apologize to you and to show my sincerity I will making a sizeable donation to beat: the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. Furthermore, I have decided to auction my custom Apple iPod Nano watch on Ebay, the proceeds from this will be going to the charity, beat.

I could write a response to this, but I thought I would leave you with a interesting article written by Johann Hari:

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Idiot: Kenneth Tong

I didn't want to get involved in the Kenneth Tong debacle but I can't help myself.  I don't know much about the poor excuse for a man and I'm not about to put in more time researching him. 

Kenneth Tong has has become 'relatively' famous recently for his Twitter posts promoting what he describes as 'managed anorexia'.  He has allegedly developed a product, a diet pill , though who knows whether it will actually surface because it's clear that this man has 'issues'.

It's insulting stuff.  He addresses his readers in a frightening way.  A manner that actually may suggest that he has mental health issues.   I'll give you an example: "Don't listen to your family. They're lying to you. You are not beautiful. You eat too much. Stop. You need to be skinny. You deserve it." 

What is he trying to achieve? It's not clear.  Fame, most probably - but this kind of fame comes with a price.  The price being universal hatred for irresponsible behaviour - and mass pity.   Sad, isn't it.