original article published on The Huffington Post.
Shazam, the app that identifies a song by listening to it, has become an essential app in our arsenal — not only for the knowledge it offers, but for the song sales it encourages. More often than not, we look after a song credit because we intend to track it down for purchase. Can you imagine the kind of revenue Shazam would spark if we had this for fashion items?
The merchandising feature is part of the current “television tag,” which gives viewers information about a show’s cast, music and more. Shazam is working to innovate around the feature so that viewers can get more fashion information than ever.
“We have the ability to identify the product in a TV show so that when somebody Shazams it, they could find out where a presenter’s dress is from in one click,” explained CEO Andrew Fisher. In an era where celebrity style has become more andmore accessible (read: affordable), we’d certainly be interested in making it our own.
Can you imagine what would happen if Shazam figures out a way to go beyond television and we could find out what people on the street are wearing? That would save us the trouble of awkwardly approaching strangers in cute clothes. Surely retailers will jump at the chance to plug their content across yet another screen.
Last week was the most important night in fashion: The Met Gala. While the invite specifically said the theme was punk, it seems that not everyone followed the theme. However I have curated a gallery of the looks that I considered that best followed the theme while looking fabulous!
Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs
Kristen Stewart in Stella McCartney
Anne Hathaway in Valentino (sideboob included)
My personal favorite: Taylor Swift in J.Mendel.
Nicole Richie in Topshop.
Karolina Kurkova in Mary Katrantzou.
Of course Lady Madonna would get the punk look right, she actually live it the first time around.
Original article can be found on The Huffington Post.
Oh, my God, Becky … “Baby Got Back” is 21 years old.
The karaoke staple worked its way onto dance floors everywhere on May 7, 1992, when Sir Mix-a-Lot released what would become one of the biggest songs of the ’90s. “Baby Got Back” spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, took home a Grammy the following year and is listed as No. 6 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s.
The song has since been featured in a variety of movies, TV shows and commercials, many of which — including Burger King, “In Living Color” and “The Simpsons” — have parodied its catchy beat and outlandish lyrics.
Sir Mix-a-Lot, born Anthony Ray, never could replicate the success of “Baby Got Back,” despite releasing three subsequent albums. His 1996 single “Jump On It” came closest, hitting No. 97 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 37 on the U.S. Dance Singles chart.
Today, Sir-Mix-a-Lot continues to head up Rhyme Cartel Records and is using technology to mentor emerging artists. Mix-a-Lot is currently taking to Skype to connect with potential talent and possibly allow fans to participate in studio sessions that will contribute to his upcoming album “DUN 4GOT ABOUT MIX.”