Sasha McVeigh Pens An Open Letter To Fans About Body Image

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(PCM) Country singer Sasha McVeigh has penned an open letter to her fans discussing the hot button topic of body image.  The letter is incredibly open and honest and it truly something anyone who has ever dealt with body image standards can relate. Check out her full letter below:

I don’t usually do this type of thing because I like to keep aspects of my personal life “personal” but various things have happened recently that make me feel like sharing something, so here goes…

There are three things you won’t know about me. (1) I’m very cynical. (2) I’m a glass half empty. (3) I can be extremely negative. Since December my life has been a roller-coaster of very high-highs and very low-lows. A terrible combination for someone like me. But I’m not complaining, that’s life and that’s actually not the point of this post, I’m just setting the scene.

I receive a lot of messages daily from all of you wonderful people. Sometimes you talk about me, sometimes about my music and sometimes you tell me about you. I love hearing ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you have to say. But sometimes I get messages from you telling me how perfect you think I am. How you wish your “skin looked as smooth as mine”, you wish you were as “pretty as I am” or you wished your “body looked like mine”. These kinds of messages always make me feel really sad because I can remember looking up to certain artists when I was younger, and even now, and comparing myself to them, and wishing I looked like them. I NEVER wanted that to be the case with me. I never want to make anyone feel inadequate with themselves. And I know it’s easier said than done because people, especially girls/women, always compare themselves to others. For some reason it’s how we’re wired. But the fact is, nobody is perfect, our imperfections are what make us unique and beautiful. Some of us have the same imperfections because heck we’re human and hormones do what hormones do, that’s part of life too. So, today, I’m going to address things about my appearance that have been mentioned in messages, tweets etc and I’m going to be completely honest with you. I’m a little nervous and a little scared but if I can help just one person by doing this, then it’s worth it! Here goes…

– I don’t have clear skin. I’ve had acne since I was 10 years-old and it got worse when I hit puberty. Look in my bathroom cabinet and you’ll see I’ve tried every anti-acne cream, medicine, remedy in the book. Over the years I’ve just gotten REALLY good with make-up and I often take pictures on the side where I have the least spots on that particular day.
– I don’t have smooth skin. In some areas my face looks like the surface of the moon – ha ha – but again, primer is a God-send and so is moisturiser.
– I don’t have rock-hard abs or a flat stomach. When I was 16 I envied all those Disney Channel starlets who were my age and somehow had these washboard stomachs. I must have done thousands of crunches and eaten some horrible shakes to get there but it never happened because the fact is my genetics aren’t on my side. Plus, I love junk food and loathe the gym soooo the shakes and the crunches didn’t last long with me!!
– I currently weigh 10st (140lbs) so I am most definitely not super skinny. This is however heavier than I usually am and I’ve been about 8lbs overweight for the last 6 months. I’m not really happy about it but I’m also not going to give up my nachos, lemon meringue pie and donuts.
– I’m 21 years-old and I have cellulite. Yes, you heard me…CELLULITE! It’s on my thighs and my butt and made itself known about 6 months ago. At first I thought the world was ending and the apocalypse was looming but the fact is, most women get cellulite. There’s no rhyme or reason to it. Maybe mine will disappear if I can get myself to the gym enough times, but if not, I’m just learning to live with it.
– I have stretch marks on my butt and hips. They showed up when I hit puberty and I developed a “woman’s body”, as my Mum called it. Most people get them!
– I DO NOT HAVE A THIGH GAP!! I don’t really understand where this obsession came from but I most definitely do not have one, nor have I ever as far as I know.

Some of those things above are things that really bothered me when I was younger and honestly sometimes still do now. I’ll look in the mirror and see my cellulite and it’ll make me not want to put on a pair of shorts or I won’t want to go out without covering my acne. But a lot of the time I’ll think to myself…WHO THE HELL CARES!! Because like I said, I’ve learnt we all have imperfections. We all have things we’re not happy about. Most women have cellulite and stretch marks because we’re human and that’s how our skin and bodies work. Everybody’s different and nobody is perfect.

In school I got bullied. I was told a lot that I had a big nose and my butt stuck out. For the longest time I thought I should have a smaller nose and I should wear clothes to hide my butt. But, both of those things are part of what make me, me. I was born with this nose and it’s part of my face. I was born with this butt and as it turns out, nowadays women want them to be as big as they can get them – how ironic!!

People will often try to bring you down, usually to try to hide their own insecurities. Magazines will always print articles about diets or people who are too fat or too thin because they know us women will eat that stuff up and believe it. But why should we let them make us feel inadequate?

If you have cellulite on your legs and you want to wear shorts, wear shorts! If you don’t have washboard abs but you want to wear a crop top, wear a crop top. Boys, if you wanna go shirtless, go shirtless. If you feel insecure and want to cover up, cover up. Do what you want to do. Do what makes you happy. Do what makes you feel beautiful.

But never compare yourself to the person next to you because that person will have just a many worries as you do. Someone once told me to think of the person I most wanted to be like. So I did. Then they said, “Now tell me what you don’t like about them!”. And I said nothing. Then they said, “Well, can they sing?”. And I said, no they couldn’t. Therefore would I have wanted to trade my body for theirs but not been able to do one of the biggest things that makes me who I am. NO WAY NO HOW!!

We’re all unique. We’re all beautiful. I know it’s easy to forget that and sometimes it’s hard to see. The last thing I’d want is for anyone to get down on themselves because they wish they looked “as perfect as me” because there’s no such thing as perfection. It doesn’t exist. There is no ideal. You’re just you and I’m just me and I think we’re pretty awesome the way we are!

So…thanks for reading this. If you read it to the end you’re a Saint because, man, that was longer than I thought it would be. I just felt I needed to get it off my chest and I thank you for letting me share. Have a wonderful weekend folks and remember, never let anyone dull your sunshine. I love you!

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Catching Up With Slayer/Exodus Guitarist Gary Holt At Mayhem Festival

(PCM) Words cannot begin to describe just how excited we are for “Repentless” the highly-anticipated new album from Slayer!  The album is set to drop on 9/11 and will be the band’s 11th studio album and the very first on Nuclear Blast.

We have had a chance to listen to a few of the songs that make-up “Repentless” and they are just phenomenal. They are brutal,crushing thrash metal at its’ finest and from Slayer would you expect anything less?

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“Repentless” was produced by Terry Date and written and recorded by guitarist Kerry King and singer/bassist Tom Araya at Henson Studios in Los Angeles, along with returning drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt.

The band is currently headlining this year’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and providing audiences all over the country just a taste of what is in-store with the release of “Repentless” this fall!

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We had a chance to catch up with guitarist Gary Holt to talk about the new album, pulling double-duty with his roles in both Slayer and Exodus, as well as, what is on the agenda for the rest of the year!

See our exclusive video interview below:

Photography credit: Megan C Brooks for PopCultureMadness/Unskinnypop

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Budweiser Made In America Reveals The Addition Of The Tidal Stage

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(PCM) “Budweiser Made In America,” the JAY Z-curated two-day music festival is adding a TIDAL Stage where nine (9) stellar TIDAL Rising and TIDAL Discovery artists, featured on the global music and entertainment platform, will perform each day beginning at 2:45pm. The artists are in addition to the already announced “Budweiser Made In America” lineup which features headliners Beyonce and The Weeknd.

The “Budweiser Made In America,” concert will benefit United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, PA. A primary goal of this music festival is to have a positive impact on the communities involved and the money raised will be invested into these communities to positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and most needy citizens in these regions. The money raised from last year’s “Budweiser Made In America” festival allowed the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey to invest more than $300,000 into education and talent development initiatives, to enhance cradle-to-career education, equpping individuals with the job skills and training they need to secure a family-sustaining income. The festival also enabled United Way of Lancaster County to invest an additional $100,000 in programs and services in education, financial stability and health.

WHEN: Saturday, September 5, 2015 and Sunday, September 6, 2015

WHERE: Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA

THE TIDAL STAGE LINE-UP:
Lili K: Hailing from Chicago, IL, classically trained vocalist Lili K was featured on Rolling Stone‘s “Best of 2013″ list and received praise for her feature work with Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa.

Bizzy Crook: The Miami hip-hop artist draws his inspiration from Jadakiss, DMX, Ludacris and more. He has already been featured in XXL magazine and on BET.

Bass Drum Of Death: From Oxford, MS, this rock group’s music has been featured in MLB2K12 and in the film “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance.” Their latest album is entitled Rip This.

Sarah Jaffe: This Denton, TX singer-songwriter just released her first EP entitled Even Born Again, and has received rave reviews from Rolling Stone,NPR and The Dallas Observer. She has previously toured with Norah Jones, Lou Barlow and Chelsea Wolfe.

Mike Floss: The Tennessee native is rapidly expanding his audience with his last two releases For The Rebels 1 & 2, that were recognized by Nashville Scene as Mixtape and Hip Hop Album Of The Year respectively. He has opened for Pusha T, Wale, Stalley and Yo Gotti, among others.

Tanlines: This rock duo draws from every genre including pop, dance and world music. The Brooklyn natives comprised of percussionist Jesse Cohen and guitarist and vocalist Eric Emm, released their debut album Mixed Emotionsin 2012 and reached a top position on Billboard‘s “Heat Seekers Charts.”

Twin Peaks: The rock band recorded their debut album in 2012 and their newest release Wild Onion in 2014. Their sound is influenced by acts such as The Strokes and Ty Segall.

Hippo Campus: Gearing up for their tour in early 2016, the group from Woodbury, MN, recently released their album Bashful Creatures online, CD and vinyl.

Bully: Currently touring the US, this Nashville-based group recently released their album Feels Like this year.
Ticket Purchase:
Tickets can be purchased at www.livenation.com
Festival Information:
For the latest on the “Budweiser Made In America” festival, visit:www.madeinamericafest.com

Full line-up:

Axwell & Ingrosso
J. Cole
Bassnectar
Modest Mouse
Death Cab For Cutie
Banks
Meek Mill
Big Sean
A-Trak
Duke Dumont
Santigold
Nick Jonas
Metric
De La Soul
G-Eazy
Future
GTA
Claude VonStroke
Action Bronson
DJ Mustard
Earl Sweatshirt
Fabolous
Vic Mensa
Jacob Plant
Gryffn
Halsey
Saint Motel
Young Rising Sons
Grits & Biscuits
The Struts
Flatbush Zombies
Lola Wolf
Creepoid
Superheaven
Hop Along
Waxahatchee
Strand of Oaks
Remy Banks
Mick Jenkins
Marian Hill
Post Malone
Mayaeni
Bas
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Omen

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Never Shout Never Gear Up For “Black Cat” Album Release! Exclusive Interview!

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(PCM) I can officially say that I am ridiculously excited for the upcoming release of “Black Cat”, the highly anticipated new album from alternative pop band Never Shout Never!  Never Shout Never’s Christofer Drew is an artist that absolutely refuses to be grouped into any one particular genre or style and this has never been more evident than within the tracks that make up the “Black Cat” record.

I adore that Never Shout Never has never been afraid to be a bit experimental with their sound and take a few risks along the way. It truly pays off with “Black Cat” as I find it to be one of the band’s most solid efforts to date.  “Black Cat” also marks the first time that Drew has welcomed the input of his fellow band mates and the album’s producer Dennis Harring to pen a few of the tracks that make up the album.

At the end of the day, “Black Cat” is a pop album, but with a more matured twist. Each track tells a very unique and engaging story and I find myself picking up on additional details with each and every listen. “Black Cat” is set to drop on August 7 via Warner Bros. Records just as Never Shout Never wraps up there stint playing the Main Stage at this years Vans Warped Tour. Fans who pre-order the album will receive instant access to download the new singles “Hey! We OK” and “Red Balloon”, which are also available for purchase via iTunes.

I caught up with Christofer Drew and the rest of Never Shout Never at the Van’s Warped Tour Stop in Columbia, MD to discuss the new album, touring plans, their creative process and more!  Check it out below:

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Scooby-Doo! And KISS Team Up At SDCC! Exclusive Interviews With KISS, Kevin Smith And More!

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(PCM) Starchild, Demon, Catman and Spaceman join everyone’s favorite teen sleuths in an explosive, new, must-see musical adventure no KISS Army member will want to miss! In Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, the Mystery Inc. gang travels to KISS World, an amusement park dedicated to the band, for a special Halloween concert headlined by the legendary rock group. Six KISS songs are featured alongside an original new song performed by the band written just for the film.

We caught up with  the legendary band KISS – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer & Eric Singer; NCIS star Pauley Perrette and longtime “Shaggy” and “Daphne” voices Matthew Lillard (The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated); director Tony Cervone (Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon) and writer Kevin Shinick (Mad, Robot Chicken), as well as  Director/Actor/Writer Kevin Smith, who also has a role in the film along with Jason Mewes to chat about this epic film.

Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! was just released via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD July 10, so definitely be sure to check it out!

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Be Sure That Sonnet Cottage Is On Your Radar This Summer!

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(PCM) Producer Kent Heckaman discovered vocalists Rachel Russell and Torey Russell in the summer of 2010 through studio manager Dusty Rose at Cue Recording in Falls Church, VA. Mr. Heckaman was impressed with the vocal abilities and harmonies that Rachel and Torey brought to the studio. The ladies describe their music as non-traditional folk with an indie sounding twist.

In 2012, Sonnet Cottage released Another Time, a record that earned lots of positive reviews and acclaim, including airplay on Sirius/XM.  Another Time was a collection of incredible, rich harmonies and memorable acoustic songs.

Their second CD, titled Half Written Story, will be released in late June. The album will have 11 songs. Those gems feature incredible guitar playing and warm tones from Nashville-based Buddy Speir, an extraordinary musician in his own right.

This is a mature, intelligent, polished artist. Heckaman, the Russell sisters and Speir are creating something special and timeless. Fans of artists such as Fiona Apple, Daughter, Bon Iver and Feist should embrace Sonnet Cottage. I encourage you to visit the links below and learn more about their music and live performances.
http://www.sonnetcottage.com
https://www.reverbnation.com/sonnetcottage
https://www.facebook.com/SonnetCottage

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