Today’s Pop Youngsters Should Focus On The Brand, Not The Hype Says Paul Anka

Submitted by: Justin08 Bieber

There’s almost anything you can ask Paul Anka, but he says the Justin Bieber comparisons are getting stale.

“These goddamned articles keep comparing him to me, but don’t tell me how hot you are, tell me how long you’ve been around,” says Anka, from his ranch in Monterrey, California. “I’ve been preaching that to (Michael) Buble. In the beginning, you get a little attention, but a career’s not about these little increments; a career’s about becoming a brand.”

The Paul Anka brand, built first in 1957 with “Diana,” arguably the world’s first teen pop smash, shows no signs of slowing down. In Toronto Thursday night to open the festival for Canada’s Walk of Fame, Anka’s also working on an album, managing an all-girl rock band, writing his memoirs and trying to make peace with Michael Jackson’s estate.

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“I told them, ‘Look, I’m not going to f— with you, just give me 50/50, let’s be fair,'” Anka says over the controversy surrounding This Is It, a song released by Jackson’s estate posthumously last October and marketed as an original Jackson song. (It turned out the record was co-written with Anka in 1983.)

“With Thriller coming out, he’d gotten very eccentric, but I had no idea that he’d steal our tapes!” says Anka, who claims he recorded the song with Jackson for his duet record, Walk a Fine Line. “I liked Michael and knew all the Jacksons as kids, but this business is crazy. There’s been two or three times you could’ve danced on my grave.”

Anka, 69, and in what he says is the best shape of his life, has written songs covered by Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra, and he says he’s learned how to avoid making some of the same mistakes as his peers.

“I used to sit with Elvis and say, ‘Elvis, what’s this with aluminum foil in the windows?’ But people, they get caught up,” says Anka, whose good humour has twice been on display on American Idol and once on The Gilmore Girls. “Fame, it can destroy. Let your talent speak for itself, because the audience is smarter than you think. The audience knows.”

The Ottawa-born singer received his own Walk of Fame star in 2005, and though he owns homes in California and Las Vegas, he’s still a proud Canadian and even owns a bit of the Ottawa Senators hockey team.

“There’s a different vibe about us compared to Americans,” Anka says. “Maybe it’s something to do with our education or our background, but I’m glad I have it, whatever it is.”

Anka stays abreast of today’s Top 40 and released a record called Rock Swings, which featured cover songs of Nirvana, R.E.M. and The Cure.

“I stay current, but when I listen to Lady Gaga, I wonder what the hell happened, the lyrics make no goddamned sense,” he says. “All she does is talk about sex, but the lyrics sound like they were written by a 10-year-old.”

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Are Outdoor Wedding Decorations Different Than Indoor?

Submitted by: Shaun Minton

Outdoor weddings can be some of the most beautiful weddings. Whether it is set at a beach at some exotic location or in the backyard of your parents estate a wedding that takes place outdoors while awesome in appearance, they can present some challenges that indoor weddings may not have to contend with. It is with this thought in mind that I would like to answer the question presented in the title. So are outdoor wedding decorations different than indoor? Well, really the answer is “no”. However, the real thing to keep in mind is that the type of decoration will require a little more thought when you begin planning our outdoor wedding.

For instance, you may be ready to begin planning the reception layout and are looking at decorations to create your centerpiece on the tables. Before making your purchase you will want to ensure that you are looking at outdoor wedding decorations that will hold up in the environment that you are going to be holding your event at. Do you need to consider votives that are heavy so that they will stay in place with any wind that builds up, do you need to stay awaw from anything that might be constructed or accented with paper materials? This might be something to consider because you do not want anything that will get ruined if there is any moisture in the air and you certainly do not want anything blowing away if the wind decides to pick up.

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Once you have done your research on the types of outdoor wedding decorations that you are interested in then it is time to go ahead and start putting together the appearance and flow of your ceremony. The proper outdoor wedding decorations if planned correctly will complement whatever idea that you have chosen when it comes to the overall layout and theme.

When purchasing your outdoor wedding decor you will also want to keep in mind the pricing of the products that you are looking at as well. There are definitely some pricy products out there when it comes to wedding in general, so be mindful of what your budget is and stick to your guns when it comes to making purchasing decisions. Believe me, you do not want to start out your new marriage with an over abundance of debt that you piled on just for the wedding ceremony itsself. Marriage is stressful enough when you are a newlywed, if there are problems with finances thrown in the mix, the chances of marital problems right off the bat will highly increase with any of these issues.

I would recommend that before you do any final purchasing that you do some comparative pricing on the internet, via phone, shopping, or various other means of browsing products. This will allow you to get a good idea of what is out there on the market and will equip you with the tools that you need to a good informed purchase. Whatever you decide, if you are planning an outdoor wedding in the near future I would recommend that you begin right away with your quest for finding the perfect outdoor wedding decor.

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