Friday, August 31, 2012

Andreas Nilsson to direct Kanye West's 'Perfect Bitch' video?

The video directed by Andreas Nilsson for the 2 Chainz feat. Kanye West single 'Birthday Song' is here. Filmed on location in Yonkers, N.Y, it delivers Nilsson's trademark avante garde style.

Nilsson told that the next project he's working is the video for Kanye West's upcoming single, possibly the much anticipated and somewhat controversial track 'Perfect Bitch' West said he wrote for Kim Kardashian on Twitter.

West previewed the song at a gig in New York and there is a lot of buzz about it. According to reports:
The track contains a sample from German composer Carl Orff's 1937 composition 'Carmina Burana', which Nas has previously lifted for his single 'Hate Me Now'.
It would be interesting to see Nilsson's spin on this song. However nothing is set in stone. I, for one, am keeping my fingers crossed.

Crown Princess Victoria praises Swedish fashion as "a source of pride"


Swedish Crown Princess Victoria's appearance at Stockholm Fashion Week made international headlines. The Princess praised the Swedish fashion industry at the ribbon cutting ceremony:
" When I travel abroad, people often come up to me to show me that they are wearing Swedish clothes. Not only is Swedish design well-known, it is also extremely popular and in high demand.

"For me, Swedish fashion is a source of great pride.

"Not only because of the international recognition it attracts, but also because of the enhanced respect for sustainability and the environment."
Princess Victoria follows in the footsteps of Princess Letizia of Spain, who opened Madrid's Fashion Week in 2011 and Princess Mary of Denmark frequently opens Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Herewith are all the designers who participated in this year's Fashion Week:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Loreen wins Aftonbladets Song of the Year and Best Female Artist Awards

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2012 is the year of the unstoppable Swedish singing sensation Loreen, who won 2 Aftonbladets Rockbjörnar Awards.

A staggering 714 000 people voted for Loreen and earned her the prizes for Best Female Artist and Song of the Year.

Earlier this year Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Andreas Lundstedt's Positive Life

Andreas Lundstedt

I've had the pleasure of seeing Andreas Lundstedt perform many times over the years and the guy is a star in the true sense of the word.

One thing that always struck me about Andres is that when he walks in to a room he changes the energy, burning away the cares of his audience with his radiant charisma and a smile so contageous you can't help but smile back.

Yesterday while I was reading an interview with Andreas in Svenska Dagbladet, I found out that behind his smile are unimaginable challenges and complexities.

Five years ago, Andreas went public with the fact that he is HIV Positive. This year he published his autobiography 'My Positive Life' (Mitt positiva liv) detailing his life and experiences as someone living the charmed life of a celebrity while living in secret with HIV.

It was painful to read about the day he received his diagnosis from his doctor who told Andreas over the phone (!) that he was HIV Positiv. At the time, Andreas was in his early twenties, standing in the middle of a gym with no one to inform him of what his new health status meant - let alone comfort him. Unsurprisingly, he was completely traumatized.

Wouldn't it have been far more appropriate and humane to tell a person they are HIV Postive face to face and in the presence of a psychiatrist or counselor? Instead this man was left alone in a state of panic and despair. I think this was a great failure on the part of the healthcare system - one I sincerely hope has changed.

It hurts me that Andreas was left to suffer the ensuing fear and grief that came with his diagnosis all by himself. No one should have to go through that alone. It is wrong on every level.

Overhwhelmed by terror and shame, Andreas hid his status and suffered in silence. He told Svenska Dagbladet:
"I felt such a terrible shame. I was terrified that I would lose my job. I was frightened I would be looked at differently, scared of being rejected."

"I wanted to be the same wonderful Andreas as always, happy and nice. So I became extra happy and nice. I had to be because I was terrified people would notice I was keeping a secret. At the end of the day this wasn't sustainable and that was when drugs entered."
As I read this I found myself wondering if this would have been the trajectory of Andreas' life if had he received proper counseling and support when he was diagnosed. It made me wonder whether or not we are addressing the anxiety and depression that occurs when we are facing a life-threatening illness or whether everyone is left to suffer and/or self-medicate. If the answer to that question is yes, then there is work to be done.

Mercifully, Andreas came out on the otherside. He is as forthright as he is fascinating when sharing his life's lessons. His conversation, like the theme of his book, quickly turns to discovering the grace to meet and overcome life's challenges. From Svenska Dagbladet:

He hopes that the book will encourage more people to speak openly about HIV. That people who are infected will stop feeling ashamed of their illness and that others will be more informed about HIV.

"In a perfect world it would be like an American movie where everyone would stand up and say 'I have HIV'. The shame would go away."

In the past whenever I would see or think about Andreas Lundstedt, the first thing that struck me was his contageous smile. But now, whenever I think of Andreas, I'll always be inspired by his courageous smile.

photo credit: Nouna Andersson via photo pincc

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

50 Cent to meet his Swedish fans on August 29

50 cent en concierto

50 Cent will be signing autographs in Stockholm next Wednesday on August 29. The American superstar will be at the Expert boutique at Bromma Blocks where fans will get a chance to meet the legendary artist and entrepreneur.

He will be there for two hours to promote the new brand of headphones SMS by 50 Cent from home electronic distributor Aurora Groups.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Andreas Nilsson directs 'Birthday Song' video for 2 Chainz feat. Kanye West

Swedish film maker Andreas Nilsson is the man behind the new video for the 2 Chainz feat. Kanye West single 'Birthday Song' which will be released next week.

When asked about the video shoot, Nilsson told

"The song is about [2 Chainz] wanting a "booty hoe" on his birthday, and that's an aesthetic very far from my own. But that's what made it fun, doing something where I didn't know what the outcome would be. It's a little bit of a combination of 'Beetlejuice' and 'Deep Throat'. To me, that old school hip hop aesthetic is reminiscent of horror movies."

Nilsson's next project will be another video for Kanye West.

Check out Nilsson's video for 'The Wave' by Miike Snow (above). You can see more of Nilsson's work at his official site.