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After years of contemplating, I decided to move my site and change its name. Not only the name, but its purpose. WorldAccordingtoMonte.com is now WATMONLINE.COM. When I launched worldaccordingtomonte.com in 2009, I had NO idea what I was getting into. All I wanted to do was post few stories and give my opinion, in hopes of getting a few readers and call it day. Back then, I was clueless to the work, time and energy it takes to keep up a blog, especially when you enjoy it.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with music. I might not know the day of the week, but I KNOW when Grammys are. Long story short, I took my obsession beyond friends and family and made it public to anyone with access to the Internet, and that’s how worldaccordingtomonte.com was born.
Since my first post about Barbara Streisand keeping Mariah Carey out the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, worldaccordingtomonte.com has grown beyond my expectations. Knowing that nearly a half million people have, at one time or another, visited the site blows my mind. In the grand scheme of things that’s a small fraction of world’s Internet population, but to me, that’s EVERYTHING!
As World According to Monte becomes WATM ONLINE, I’m confident in knowing that this is only the beginning. I’ve seen what a hard work and dedication can do and I refuse to give up until I reach my goals. Whenever I do decide to take on something, I want to be the best; regardless of how it takes to get there, I’m willing and will work my ass off to get to the next level.
There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of music-related websites, offering music and entertainment news, celebrity gossip, exclusive interviews, etc., but few are actually credible. And that’s what will set WATM ONLINE apart from the run-of-the-mill music blog. I want to give the facts, then give my opinion, even if the facts and my opinion conflict. My hope is to highlight artists, known and unknown, with stories that will spark conversation and become your go-to for the latest about your favorites and the best you never heard.
If you’ve ever clicked on a link, left a comment, scrolled down the homepage, liked on Facebook, retweeted a Tweet, subscribed via email, or have been involved with worldaccordingtomonte.com in any way, I humbly thank you!
I’m excited about the new journey and look forward to all that lies ahead! Head over to WATMONLINE.COM and subscribe to receive posts via email, bookmark the site, and if you’d like, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. (The fact that I have personalize email for the new site is the coolest shit, EVER!)
See you there!
No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani looks like she just left a runway in Milan on the September cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Inside the mag, Gwen opens up about her personal style, staying fit, balancing a career and motherhood, and more. “It’s super fun being a mom, but it’s hard too. Finding that balance between work and family is the hardest thing I’ve ever done by far,” she told the magazine.
The issue hits newsstands on August 21.
Hip-hop collective Odd Future recently clocked time with world-renowned photographer Terry Richardson. Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and the rest group, which looks to include an infinite amount of members, take center stage in the unconventional photoshoot.
Check out the pics below.
Earlier in the week, we got our first glimpse of Brandy on the set of her new music video for “Put It Down,” the lead single from her forthcoming sixth album Two Eleven, due October 2. Now the singer-actress gives a closer look at the Hype Williams-directed clip with the official stills from the set.
B-Rocka gets close with her collaborator and co-star Chris Brown, rocks ’90s styled braids and shows her moves, courtesy of fame choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. (Michael Jackson, Beyoncè), in front of two Ferraris in the latest shots.
Check out the pics below.
Brandy gets up close and personal with her collaborator and co-star Chris Brown on the set of her video for “Put It Down,” in a photo posted on Breezy’s Instagram on Tuesday night (July 31).
The “Never Say Never” singer also released the first official photo from the video set on Tuesday. The pic shows Brandy standing in front of two Ferraris flanked by background dancers in the Hype Williams-directed clip, which was choreographed by Frank Gatson Jr. (Beyoncè, Michael Jackson).
“Stay tuned for more surprises this week!” Brandy teased on Twitter, revealing more she will release more from the video this week.
“Put It Down” is the lead single from her sixth album, Two Eleven, due October 2.
See more below.
Mariah Carey flaunts her killer curves on the single cover for “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” her new singe featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill.
American Idol’s newest judge revealed the cover art on her Instagram account, which she just recently activated, today (July 30). The Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox produced track premieres Thursday, August 2, and serves as the first single from her upcoming eleventh studio album.
“I wrote TRIUMPHANT when I was going through a difficult time & it helped me get through it,” she tweeted last month when announcing the single. “When u hear it, pay attention 2 the lyrics #WIN.”
- Mariah Carey Announces New Single Featuring Rick Ross & Meek Mill (worldaccordingtomonte.com)
The G.O.O.D. Music crew — Kanye West, Big Sean, John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, 2 Chainz and Q-Tip — takes the cover of Complex Magazine’s August/September issue. Inside the magazine, available on newsstands August 7, the collective — minus Kanye, who maintained his “no press” policy — discussed for the first time their first group album, Cruel Summer, their creative chemistry and more.
Check out excerpts from the cover story below.
Rihanna wows in white on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Inside the mag, the “Where Have You Been” singer opens up about her body and falling in love.
On her body: “I don’t know if there’s something going on with my body right now, but I’m eating everything in life! I miss my ass. It just went away! I need a butt. I have an idea of one, but it’s not living up to its full potential right now.”
On falling in love: “When I was in love, I fell so hard. I was really, really, really in love. The way it made me feel was priceless. And in a blink of an eye my whole life changed. Everything that I knew was different. I never thought I’d feel that pain in my life. I’m afraid of feeling that again.”
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