Jasmine Solano’s “Turn It Up” Video Release Party

Jasmine Solano, an official member of our Ladies We Love crew and HPNOTIQ’s newest guest blogger gives us the latest on all things style, music and nightlife — not to mention what it’s like to live the life of a female rapper and DJ:

What a night. This past Monday we celebrated the release of my new single “Turn It Up” featuring Hollywood Holt, produced by Junior Sanchez. You know it’s a party when the drinks are named after your music and HPNOTIQ Harmonie provided my guests, including Roxy Cottontail and Ninjasonik, with 3 specialty drinks, “Loud,” “Louder,” and “Loudest.” The event was hosted by Angela Yee and Vashtie, two of my most respected supporters, and as always, Shameless MGMT ran the show with Redbull at the Redbull Space in SoHo. Check out the video recap and flicks below!

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Jive Record’s New Artist Wish Wants You To “Feel Ur Beat!”

Dato’s Law states that wishes expand in direct proportion to the resources available for their gratification. With the world at her feet and unbounded creativity, the artist known simply as Wish is ready to make all her wishes come true through her unique flair, brash image and distinct music style that has already set her apart from her musical peers.

This became evident as Wish took the stage for a room of media elite last night in New York City. And after watching her perform, as well as enjoying the new HPNOTIQ backstage, we can say that this girl not only has the outrageous and eye-catching swagger and style of Nicki Minaj, but the pipes of Beyoncé… not to mention, a definite nod back to the era of Eve.

We got a chance to catch up with Wish about her newly penned deal with Jive Records, what it means to be a strong and independent female, and the release of WISHtape on May 30th. Check out the rest of the interview after the jump as well as videos for her single, “Suga Daddy,” and the premiere of “Feel Ur Beat!”

 

Let’s start with your name — where does it come from and what does Wish mean to you?

This is the question I get the most, and the answer is way more simple than you probably think. My mother was pregnant, she wished for a girl, and voila! Here I am.

When did your passion for music begin? And is there a specific moment you could pinpoint when you realized that being a singer was something you wanted to pursue professionally?

My passion for music began at a really early age. I grew up in church singing on the choir, but I really wasn’t sold on being an entertainer until I sang in the cafeteria during lunch at school. The principal grabbed the mic and asked who wanted to share talent. I sang “Killing Me Softly” (Lauryn Hill’s version at the time) and when I finished everyone was clapping and shouting. That’s when I thought, I can do this… I like the way it feels, and I wanna be an entertainer. Continue reading

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HPNOTIQ Chats Up Dancer Lacey Schwimmer on New Music Career

Lacey Schwimmer may have fox-trotted her way into our hearts as Dancing With The Stars’ spunky young danseuse — paired with the likes of Steve-O and Lance Bass on America’s favorite dancing show — but her chance for the top sadly came to a close earlier this week.

With radio personality “Psycho” Mike Catherwood at her side for the 12th season of DWTS, we hoped the couple’s onscreen chemistry would translate into the steps.  Unfortunately, with Mike’s self-proclaimed lack of grace the duo instead became the first couple to be booted off the show this season. Not to worry though, Schwimmer has a backup plan.

We had a chance to chat with Lacey on the blue carpet of Perez Hilton’s Blue Ball birthday celebration this past weekend where she confessed her undying love for her “favorite of all favorites,” HPNOTIQ, as well as the dancer’s plans to dive into a new career in music.

Are you excited to hear Lacey Schwimmer’s new single? Do you think the dancer will return to Dancing With The Stars next season or should she devote herself fully to pop stardom?

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