Artist to watch: Marian Hill

Marian Hill are an American duo composed of Jeremy Lloyd (music/lyrics/production) and Samantha Gongol (music/lyrics/vocals). The multi-talented act released their debut album Act One on 20th June, 2016, since its release the album has gained over 200 million combined global streams. They are also regarded as the most shazam’d band thanks to their jazzy tune ‘Down’ which also featured in an ad for Apple’s wireless earphones AirPods.

If you haven’t heard of Marian Hill before, I can bet that by the end of the year you will have. Marian Hill_MG_9826_re_HIRES

  • Marian Hill get their name from the musical The Music Man and is influenced by two characters from the 
  • The music video for their song ‘Down’ has over 14 million views
  • They met each other in High School 
  • ‘Whisky’ was the first song the duo wrote together and was all about femininity and a woman’s sexuality. 
  • Their upcoming London gig has been upgraded from XOYO to Scala due to popular demand and their ever growing profile. 
Marian Hill are a duo that are shaking the music industry. Why? Maybe because they aren’t afraid to be themselves and take risks. Their aesthetic is bold and it is likely that the songwriters will continue pushing boundaries.
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INTERVIEW: Hayley Orrantia

*This interview was conducted by myself, on behalf of Celebmix*

Hayley Orrantia is both an actress and a singer and is best known for her role as Erica on The Goldbergs where she stars alongside personalities such as George Segal, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Hayley, Troy Gentile and Sean Giambrone. However, she was a singer long before she was an actress and is starting a journey to cement her position in the country music hall of fame.

Orrantia’s latest single ‘Give Me Back Sunday’ details her experience with homesickness. After leaving home at 19 on a journey to pursue her dreams, the star found that it wasn’t as easy she thought.

I got the chance to catch up with her and talked about the single, The Goldbergs and her fingers crossed eventual CMA performance. Check out the interview below!

Hey Hayley, how are you? 

I am good! Been living in Nashville over the hiatus between seasons of The Goldbergs and absolutely loving it!

What are some facts about you that your fans might not know? 

I can talk with my mouth closed, I love making dream-catchers (that’s why it is my symbol) and I have gotten really involved with interior design and recently looked into going to school to learn more.

You play Erica on the hit ABC show The Goldbergs. Did you always want to get into acting? 

Honestly, I never intended to become an actress. I have always been a singer first and acting kind of fell into my lap in a weird way. Now that I work on The Goldbergs, I love it and it’s a fun challenge for me every day.

Your new song ‘Give Me Back Sunday’ details your experience with homesickness. How hard was it to leave home at such a young age?

Being an only child and having never lived anywhere, other than my childhood home, it was difficult moving out, to say the least. I had to learn a lot about doing things on my own, being an adult and having roommates for the first time. I missed my parents, my friends and the familiarity of my hometown. However, I learned so much and met so many amazing people that I don’t regret any of it.

Do you have any advice for young people considering leaving home to pursue their dreams? 

I would say if you have thought of all the logistics of moving away from home then you should do it! But you have to be sure it is logical for you financially and emotionally. You should always chase after your dreams, but be sure you’re ready to take such a big step. Finally, never be afraid to ask for help and guidance from family or friends back home! They will always be a safe place to land.

You attended the CMA AWARDS last year, and looked incredible, might I add! Could we expect to see you taking the stage, sometime in the near future?

Thank you! I had such a blast presenting this past year. I would love to perform one day, as nerve-wracking as that sounds, but that’s up to a lot more people than just me!

Any plans to tour? 

Right now touring just doesn’t make sense for me. For one, there just isn’t enough time between seasons of The Goldbergs to make it happen, as well as recording and writing new music. My goal is to write as much as possible and keep putting new music out there. But I want to tour one day!

Lastly, can you give us an exclusive on whether you have any cool acting jobs lined up for this year!

No other acting gigs quite yet, besides The Goldbergs! The day after we finish a season of the show, I usually pack my bags for Nashville and focus fully on music. Until that right project comes along, you’ll only be seeing me on the show.

Interview: James TW

James TW was discovered by Shawn Mendes on Youtube, who soon organised a meeting with his record label that led to James being signed to UNIVERSAL/Island records- a label that has signed talent such as Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Mike Posner and Shawn Mendes.

James was the sole opening act on the sold out Shawn Mendes World Tour and even performed on Ellen in January. He is a rising British star and I got the chance to interview him this week just before his gig at Bush Hall, Shepards Bush in London.

I spoke to James about his album, touring with Shawn Mendes and who he would most like to vs in a game of Basketball… watch the interview below to find out everything he said!

 

 

Bish what!!! Bachelor in Paradise gets cancelled!?

Hey lovelies,

I am seriously frustrated right now, anyone that knows me will know that I am a massive Bachelor fan- I have seen every season of The Bachelor and the Bachelorette and I also love watching Bachelor in Paradise which is the spin off.

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Any fan of the show will know that Bachelor in Paradise airs a few weeks after The Bachelor/Bachelorette finishes. Bachelor in Paradise is one of my biggest guilty pleasures, like is there really anything better than a matchmaking reality show set on the beach… ugh I don’t think so.

On Bachelor in Paradise, former contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette live on an island for six weeks and must find relationships in order to stay on the show.

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Tanner and Jade remain one of Bachelor in Paradise’s most successful couples

However, controversy has already hit the new season despite it not even airing.

The ABC reality show announced Sunday that it was halting production of its fourth season for unspecified allegations of misconduct.

A spokesman said:

“We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations,” a statement from Warner Bros. read. “Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”

To make matters worse many of the cast were spotted heading home as production is stopped indefinitely.

So what really happened? Well details at the moment are very vague, but here’s all I know:

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  • A source has confirmed that the reason for the cancellation was due to Corrrine Olympios (from Ben Higgins season) and Demario Jackson (from Rachel Lindsay’s current season of The Bachelorette)
  • It would seem that an incident occurred between the two in the pool that was spotted by a member of the production team
  • The following day, said producer did not go to work and has also filed legal proceedings against the company
  • Claudia Oshry, aka as the infamous social account @girlwithnojob, who is friends with Olympios, said on her morning show on Monday: “The part that’s unclear is a producer was either watching while it happened and didn’t do anything or, we were also told, a producer was watching while it happened, tried to stop it, and was told by production to hold back.

Social media reactions from the contestants have been pretty vague too, so it is hard to know what really happened:

I suspect more details will unfold over the upcoming days, however I will not be updating this with any speculation or rumours, only confirmed news from reliable sources such as Entertainment Journalists or the producers/contestants themselves.

There is a lot of information circulating on social media right now, please try not to give it much thought until it is confirmed.

Love always

XOXO Savannah

 

I WENT TO THE CAPITAL FM SUMMERTIME BALL AND IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!

Hey lovelies,

Yesterday I went to the Capital FM Summertime Ball in Wembley Stadium and it was bloody incredible!! It was my first time ever attending Summertime Ball, I always wanted to go when I was younger but my mum couldn’t afford the tickets, but now that I’m working I was able to treat myself and boy was it worth it.

So I started off my day pretty pumped, I got up and went for my driving lesson, and then came back to finish getting ready. My best friend was coming down for uni, so I had wait for her train to come in then I went to meet her at Wembley Park Station.

summertime ball.jpgThe minute I got off the train, the vibe was crazy- pretty much everyone was going to the Ball. I met my bestie by the exit and we proceeded to make our way to the event, before we even got into the stadium there was so much sites on offer… from hot, topless guys giving out ice cream, to makeup booths and photo booths to cardboard cutouts of the performers for us to take a pic with.

 

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After we checked out all that stuff, we walked up the stairs to the stadium and had to wait in a queue whilst everyone got through their security checks. OMGGGG we are in, we actually made it! Once we got inside the stadium, everything seemed so real and I was just drooling over the food stands tbh cos FOOD!

We went to our seats and listened to a DJ set from the one and only Marvin Humes who was dropping all the tunes to get us pumped for the show, with a countdown of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… Bruno Mars opened the show with his headlining performance.

Singing all the jams from Uptown Funk to That’s what I Like, the singer really started the ball off with a bang. Although, he did get pretty annoyed at one point due to the crowd, who were a bit dull if I don’t say so myself.

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Once Bruno finished his set, we were treated to an array of artists, a lot of whom are my faves. I was most gassed when Stormzy came out because I am a big fan and I didn’t get a chance to see him on tour, so this came at a great time.

Stormzy was joined by many of my faves such as Charlie Puth, Anne-Marie, Shawn Mendes, Dua Lipa, Hailee Steinfeld and Little Mix who all slayed their sets.

My favourite part of the whole night was well everything, but if I had to choose I would say it was finally getting to see Charlie Puth after 6 years of being a fan and following his youtube channel way before he blew up.

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In other news, the food was really good but so expensive. I spent £40 yesterday on snacks alone, don’t look at me that way people, I like my snacks.

Overall, the day was amazing and I will definitely be attending next year. I am currently considering going to the Jingle Bell Ball aswell, later on this year.

Did any of you attend Summertime Ball yesterday, comment your thoughts on it below! x

Katie Cassidy is engaged

Katie Cassidy kicks ass on TV, but the star is also kicking ass at love too!

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The Arrow actress and Supernatural alum announced her engagement to beau Matthew Rogers on Instagram, this morning. The star can be seen flashing her rock as she kisses her bae in a love filled post.

“I can’t wait to spend forever with you my darling!! I’m the luckiest girl in the whole world,” the beaming bride-to-be gushed on Instagram. “I [love] YOU to the moon and back @mattyice432.”

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“Thank you for a magical evening I will forever remember,” she added.

The couple has been staying at The Oberoi Mauritius, a five-star hotel on an island in the Indian Ocean, after hitching on a private jet last week, just days after Cassidy appeared at Heroes and Villains Fanfest in London where she appeared alongside her Arrow co stars.

Send your congratulations to the star by tweeting @Mzkatiecassidy and commenting your thoughts below.

 

Snow White and the what now?!

A new Snow White parody film, starring Chloe Grace Moretz has been causing controversy on social media, after it’s promotional poster was released, earlier this week.

The film has been criticised for promoting an unhealthy, body shaming message which suggests that curvier girls are not beautiful. The poster is extremely problematic and demonstrates what it is so wrong in society.

For years, society has demonised the bigger, curvier girl denouncing her as ‘lazy’, ‘unloved’ and ‘unattractive.’ It has penalised them for not looking a certain way- a way that only seeks to attract the male gaze and has never been in the best interest of women.

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Plus size model *oh how I hate the term plus size* Tess Holliday has criticised the poster saying “How did this get approved by an entire marketing team? Why is it okay to tell young kids being fat=ugly? @ChloeGMortez

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Chloe Grace Mortez was quick to respond to backlash.

She tweeted, “I have now fully reviewed the marketing for Red Shoes, I am just as appalled and angry as everyone else, this wasn’t approved by me or my team.”

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The poster has also received backlash from parents who feel the film will make their children feel insecure. How can this be allowed, one parent asked.

To put it simple, this is allowed because let’s be honest Hollywood is still so male dominated and patriarchal, that when they make or cast female characters, they think about it with their second brain rather than the one they should use.

It is the same reason why actresses like Mila Kunis and Megan Fox are always portrayed as the sex symbols and love interests, whilst talented actresses like Melissa Mccarthy are always seen as the joker and just a friend in films.

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*Disclaimer- all of the women I mentioned above are sexy in their own right, I have girl crushes on them all haha*

Don’t get me worry, the last few years has seen a progression in the way women are treated and portrayed in the media, with models like Ashley Graham catapulting in the fashion industry, However, there is still a long way to go.

Ladies, never stop fighting for equality and always stand up for what you believe. You are beautiful beyond words can say, never let anyone tell you different.

Watch the trailer here: 

Until next time,

Savannah x

Miranda Kerr marries Snapchat beau Evan Spiegel in L.A ceremony

A congratulations are in order for Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegal as the lucky couple have just got married, in an intimate L.A ceremony.

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Kerr, 34, and Spiegel, 26, married in a ceremony in southern California on Saturday. Sources say the couple organised an intimate affair, inviting only close family and friends with an estimated 40 guests.

“For a small wedding, it has been a huge production,” a source told PEOPLE. “The wedding and reception are intimate, but lavish and classy. Miranda has been very involved. She has great taste and knew exactly what she wanted. She is very sweet. She is ecstatic to marry Evan.”

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The model and entrepreneur first met at a Louis Vuitton dinner in 2014, they got engaged last July and announced their engagement in the best way possible, via Snapchat *insert heart eye emoji*.

Another source told E! News that the decor was rustic chic with farmhouse tables, white benches and chairs, cream-colored table cloths, cream-colored lounge furniture, pots of ferns and ivy, tall pillar candles and large arrangements of white and light pink garden roses.

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In 2013, the star announced that her and former husband- Orlando Bloom were getting a divorce. The couple have one son together, Flynn who is now six years old.

Drop me a comment of your thoughts on the wedding! x

 

 

Gina Rodriguez has opened up about her battle with anxiety

Gina Rodriguez opened up on Instagram about her experience with anxiety and how it has impacted her, in a make up free shoot with her friend.

The video shows a bare-faced Rodriguez, wearing a Yankees hat, smiling for the camera.

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“My beautiful friend @antonsoggiu came to visit from Norway and he included me in his magical art. TEN SECOND PORTRAITS. It’s always great to be in front of his lens but this time it was just me. Bare and exposed in the streets of la. No makeup. No styling. Just me,” she began her Instagram caption, accompanying the clip she shared on Friday.

The hit actress and activist, 32, admitted that she suffers from anxiety, and encouraged acceptance.

“I suffer from anxiety. And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself. I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s ok to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina.”

Rodriguez stars alongside fellow stars Jamie Cahill, Brett Dier, Yael Groblgas and Justin Baldoni in hit CW show Jane the Virgin. The third season of the show recently wrapped-whilst the show has also been renewed for a fourth season.

Are you a fan of Gina, suffer from anxiety or just want to talk… drop me a comment! x

Billy Ray Cyrus shuts down rumours that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have got secretly married!

Last week rumours swirled that Miley Cyrus and her beau Liam Hemsworth had secretly tied the knot, after Country Crooner dad Billy Ray Cyrus uploaded a very cryptic candid of Miley on his Instagram. The country singer took to Instagram on late Thursday evening to post a picture of Miley with the caption “I’m so happy…you are happy @mileycyrus”012116-liam-hemsworth-miley-cyrus-lead.jpg

It seems that it was the Party in the USA’s attire that had everyone talking as she could be seen wearing a bohemian, white dress.

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The beautiful picture of Miley had everyone assuming that she and fiancé Liam had got hitched in recent weeks. However, Billy Ray was quick to shut down rumours this weekend as he posted the same photo on Saturday with the caption “Whoa! Don’t jump the gun. Been at work #StillTheKing Glad to see so many love @MileyCyrus the same as I do #happy.”

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Miley and Liam’s love story started in 2009 after they met on the set of The Last Song. They got engaged in 2012 and went through a brief split which saw them reconcile in 2016.

In 2016, Billy Ray told E! News that he was ready to perform any wedding duties the couple required.
“Miley and I, we always had this slogan—’If you ain’t happy, it ain’t working,'” he said. “Just seeing these—I still call ’em kids—these two kids happy, that’s all that matters.”
Since getting back together, the pair have been focusing a lot on family and dividing their time between Liam’s home country of Australia and Los Angeles.