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Have YOU Seen Molly?!

That’s what Madonna decided to yell into the crowd at Ultra Music Festival in Miami last week. For anyone who doesn’t know, Molly is a slang term for MDMA (ecstasy). Many people had a problem with her asking young, influential music-lovers if they were on ecstasy at the festival, but one person was so disgusted that he took to social media to rant. Deadmau5.

Deadmau5, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman, posted an 800-word rant on his Facebook and Tumblr pages, saying that Madonna was a, “f–king IDIOT” and posed questions like, “That’s your big message to ultra attendies? hipsterspeak for looking for drugs? F–k off.” He went on to explain that he does not want his music (electronic dance music) to be correlated with drug use, and that he has been trying very hard to separate the two.

Deadmau5 didn’t stop after the lengthy rant. He Tweeted Madonna saying, “You’re a role model to 100’s of millions. You have a powerful voice, EDM [electronic dance music] could use your positive influence, not ‘molly’ talk.”

Rather than snap back at Deadmau5, Madonna chose to respond via photo:

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The quote says, “From one mouse to another, I don’t supper drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song called “Have You Seen Molly”written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my album…”

Deadmau5 explained that he was just voicing his concerns as he usually does and Madonna asked that he personally talk with her next time. The two have squashed the drama.

The only question I’ve got left is why nobody ever mentioned how darn close Madonna’s new album name, MDNA (for Madonna, I assume) is to the name of the drug this drama was all over, MDMA?!

You can check out the article here.

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Getting Your Own Liquid Gold

WARNING: May cause hunger!
 
For any of you who enjoy delicious macaroni and cheese, keep reading!
 
Velveeta’s taken their “Golden Skillet” campaign a step further with an interactive ad! On omg!, Yahoo!’s golden celebrity lifestyle site, you can now watch Velveeta’s Golden Skillet ad and then continue on to “Forge Your Own Story”.
 
When you first get to the site, you can choose to sign in with or without Facebook. I assume signing in with Facebook lets you show off your own “Forged Story” and invite friends to the site. Next, you get to watch Velveeta Cheesy Skillets being made while the page loads, instead of just a boring hourglass or something. Once you’re in, you’ll find a page that looks just like the recent Velveeta/blacksmith commercials (dimly lit, big wooden table, flickering candles). Then, you get to a large, ancient looking book and can opt to read a story that eerily relates to you. Mine looked like this…
 
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From there, you can go and watch stories people have written about Velveeta Cheesy Skillets or make a story of your own to put up on the site. I’ve never had Velveeta Cheesy Skillets, but I’m gonna make it my mission to try them before the end of break!

Shopping Discounts – Coupon Clipping = GENIUS!

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I’ve glanced at TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” once or twice before. The only word the generally comes to mind is “wow”. “Wow, they saved so much money.” “Wow, they spend 40 hours a week clipping coupons.” “WOW.”

Thanks to the good people over at American Express, coupon discounts will now be easier than ever. No clipping, no fuss. All you need is a Twitter account and an AMEX card.

At AdRANTs blog, I read about AMEX’s new Twitter program that allows cardholders to “tweet their way to savings” and launched last night. Apparently, all you need to do is sync your American Express card with your Twitter account, use merchant-specific hashtags and load couponless offers directly to your credit card.

 

 

 

Some companies already on board as of last night’s launch are 1-800-FLOWERS, Best Buy, 21st Century Department Stores, Cheesecake Factory, Dell, FedEx, FTD, Gulf, H&M, McDonald’s, Seamless.com, Sports Authority, Ticketmaster, Virgin America, Whole Foods Market, and Zappos.com.

With such a clever idea, I imagine other companies will be on board soon enough, and it won’t be long before other credit card companies try to follow in AMEX’s footsteps.

AMEX is going to show off this “new Twitter experience” during at a live-stream concert, the AMEX Sync Show featuring Jay-Z, on March 12th at 7 pm. You can catch this livestream via http://www.youtube.com/americanexpress.

The Internet CAN Be Good For Your Career

Unless you’re a reality star, but who cares about that…

On to more interesting things people, GIORGIO FAREIRA has catapulted into stardom in less than one month.  You may know Giorgio better as “The Singing Sonic Guy”. If you haven’t heard, Giorgio sang and played guitar to place his order at a local Sonic drive-thru. Video posted to Reddit & YouTube. Newspaper and Internet articles written about him. Guest spot on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. WOW.

Now, Giorgio’s video has over 2 MILLION hits. How did this all happen so quickly? Not only is Giorgio massively talented (and wonderfully sweet, driving around cheering up people’s days at fast food restaurants), but the Internet took notice of him.

I am lucky enough to call myself the former roommate of a friend of Giorgio’s (we call each other “friends” to shorten the lengthy title). Thanks to this I got an inside scoop of what went on behind the scenes of Giorgio’s quick leap to fame. The day after the video was created and posted into the world wide web, I found out that Giorgio was already rushing to complete mixing on his song tracks, in hopes that people would listen to his real music now that they were paying attention.

It worked. Giorgio and his manager are currently in talks with independent and major record labels looking to sign him. Who knew. That one night you decide to do something silly and cool, while making people smile & show casing your talent, really can pay off.

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PS- I really (really!) do enjoy reality TV, it’s stars, and it’s fantastic gossip. But real life stars like Giorgio are much better and deserve the spotlight shining on ’em.

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