Friday, February 07, 2014

Music Friday: Halftime Sensation Bruno Mars Sings About His ‘Golden Star’ in the 2013 International Hit, ‘Treasure’

Bruno Mars’ electrifying Halftime Show during Sunday’s Super Bowl drew 115 million viewers, the largest TV audience in the history of the game. The hottest number in his 12-minute set was the funky disco-inspired “Treasure,” a song about the love of his life — his “golden star.”


The precious metal reference qualifies the 28-year-old Grammy winner and his song to be the subjects of our regular Music Friday feature.

In the key reprise, Mars sings, “Treasure, that is what you are / Honey, you're my golden star / You know you can make my wish come true / If you let me treasure you.”

In describing the origins of the tune, “Treasure” co-writer Philip Lawrence told American Songwriter magazine, "It’s the kind of song where the whole band can get up and jam and have this Earth, Wind and Fire kind of moment.”

That energy was front and center at the Halftime Show, where Mars and his band delivered a rousing performance, complete with synchronized foot slides.

Released in 2013 as the third single off his Unorthodox Jukebox album, “Treasure” was a huge commercial success as it charted in 27 countries, including the #5 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The super halftime performance also helped to rocket 12 of Mars’ songs onto the iTunes Top Songs list. Among them was “Treasure” at #13.

See Mars and his group having an Earth, Wind and Fire moment while performing “Treasure” live on NBC’s hit singing competition show, The Voice. The video is at the end of this post and the lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

Written by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine and Phredley Brown. Performed by Bruno Mars.

Give me your, give me your, give me your attention, baby
I gotta tell you a little something about yourself
You're wonderful, flawless, ooh, you're a sexy lady
But you walk around here like you wanna be someone else

(Oh whoa-oh-oh)
I know that you don't know it, but you're fine, so fine (fine, so fine)
(Oh whoa-oh-oh)
Oh girl, I'm gonna show you when you're mine, oh mine (mine, oh mine)

Treasure, that is what you are
Honey, you're my golden star
You know you can make my wish come true
If you let me treasure you
If you let me treasure you


Pretty girl, pretty girl, pretty girl, you should be smiling
A girl like you should never look so blue
You're everything I see in my dreams
I wouldn't say that to you if it wasn't true

(Oh whoa-oh-oh)
I know that you don't know it, but you're fine, so fine (fine, so fine)
(Oh whoa-oh-oh)
Oh girl, I'm gonna show you when you're mine, oh mine (mine, oh mine)

Treasure, that is what you are
Honey, you're my golden star
You know you can make my wish come true
If you let me treasure you
If you let me treasure you


You are my treasure, you are my treasure
You are my treasure, yeah, you, you, you, you are
You are my treasure, you are my treasure
You are my treasure, yeah, you, you, you, you are

Treasure, that is what you are
Honey you're my golden star
You know you could make my wish come true
If you let me treasure you
If you let me treasure you


Thursday, February 06, 2014

‘Inside Edition’ Spotlights Dr. James Pinckney’s Fake-Photoshoot Marriage Proposal to Supermodel Quiana Grant

Inside Edition’s 4.4 million viewers will get the inside scoop today on the super-elaborate, fake-photoshoot marriage proposal that Dr. James Pinckney staged for his supermodel girlfriend Quiana Grant.


Working the camera in a beautiful coral dress, the one-time Sports Illustrated model believed she was shooting a high-style fashion editorial for Neiman Marcus, but it was all a ruse that would allow the romantic doctor to crash the set and pop the question to his unsuspecting girlfriend.

(The Inside Edition segment was originally scheduled to run on Wednesday, but was pushed to today, according to a tweet from Pinckney. He noted the segment would air in the Dallas market on Friday.)


Pinckney, who is the founder of Diamond Physicians, a “luxury” healthcare provider in Dallas, masterminded a scheme that took weeks to plan and had all the markings of a real photoshoot: professional studio, photographer, lighting, makeup artist, hair stylist, computers, monitors, fashionable attire, jewelry accessories… and many technical assistants.


In a nine-minute video that documents the event, Grant is seen working through a series of poses for the photographer. Then, without warning, Pinckney (wearing his blue scrubs) walks right onto the set.

The stunned model seems happy to see her boyfriend, but looks confused as to why he is there. Pinckney apologizes to the crew for interrupting the shoot, and then turns to Grant to deliver his heartfelt proposal…

"I just wanted to tell you something. I want to tell you that you're the most amazing person I've ever met,” he says. “I love you with all my heart. Your compassion, your kindness to others, God truly sent me an angel.”


Grant jumps up and down and shrieks as Pinckney gets down on one knee and asks, “Quiana Nicole Grant, will you marry me?" Overwhelmed and unable to speak at first, Pinckney asks, “Is that a yes?” Finally, she nods in the affirmative.

Still unaware of the elaborate ruse, the supermodel screams out, “My makeup!” believing her tears will ruin the photoshoot.

As the doctor slips the engagement ring on Grant’s finger, she cries out, “Oh, my God! Oh, my God!”

Then the doctor lifts his fiancée off the ground in a romantic, spinning embrace.

Finally, Grant’s hubby-to-be lets the cat out of the bag. “All this is fake,” he reveals.

“What?” she responds, looking stunned.

“All this is fake. I set this up for you,” he says.

“No way,” she says. “I love you so much.”


As she settles down and acknowledges the well wishes of the fake crew, Grant takes a closer look at her new engagement ring. “It’s so pretty,” she says, showing it off for all to see.

Although we don’t have a close-up view of the ring, it seems to be a sizable round diamond in a halo setting with a delicate diamond band.


In an interesting twist, Grant reveals to Pinckney that the previous night she had a dream that he proposed.

The full video is below. Enjoy.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

10 Sochi Olympic Athletes Will Take Home Bonus Medals Embedded With Actual Chelyabinsk Meteorite Fragments

Hand-engraved medals clad in precious metal and embedded with fragments of the infamous Chelyabinsk meteorite will be presented to the Olympic athletes who capture the gold in their respective events on the ninth day of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.


Only 10 meteorite medals will be awarded on February 15, the day that marks the one-year anniversary of the rare and terrifying event that saw a 55-foot, 7,000-ton space rock flash across the Russian sky and crash down with the force of 500,000 tons of TNT. An additional 40 medals will be sold to private collectors.


A spokesperson for the Chelyabinsk Ministry of Culture claimed that each medal in the limited run of 50 went through a painstaking 12-step production process carried out by the artisans of Zlatoust, a town famous for artistic metal engravings.

The technique for mounting each irregularly shaped meteorite fragment in the center of the medal was described as “intricate” by the spokesperson, who added, unbelievably, that “it takes up to nine people to embed just one piece.”


The Chelyabinsk meteorite is composed of meteoric iron, sulfites and olivine. Olivine of gem-quality is called peridot.

Seven events will be awarding gold medals on February 15: the men’s 1,500-meter speed skating, the women’s 1,000-meter and men’s 1,500-meter short track, the women’s cross-country skiing relay, the men’s K-125 ski jump, the women’s super giant slalom and the men’s skeleton event.

Winners that day will be taking home two medals — the regular Olympic gold medal and the special commemorative meteorite medal. The gold-clad space-rock medals will be presented in a separate ceremony conducted by the Chelyabinsk Ministry of Culture.

“We will hand out our [meteorite] medals to all the athletes who will win gold on that day, because both the meteorite strike and the Olympic Games are global events,” Chelyabinski Region Culture Minister Alexei Betekhtin said in a statement.


In February of 2013, news agencies reported that the meteorite responsible for sending shock waves through the city of Chelyabinsk was a blessing in disguise for some of its impoverished residents. When the meteorite exploded, it showered the city with thousands of tiny black stones that were worth more than their weight in gold.

The New York Times recounted how strangers were offering stacks of rubles worth hundreds, even thousands, of dollars to local residents for the meteorite fragments.

The meteorite injured about 1,500 people and smashed windows in Chelyabinsk and neighboring areas. Fortunately, no deaths were reported.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Magic Number is 4 for ‘Bachelorette’ Star Emily Maynard; Engaged for 4th Time, She Gets 4 Diamond Rings

We’re guessing that four is the magic number for former Bachelorette star Emily Maynard as she confirmed her fourth engagement — this time to the handsome, but not so famous, Tyler Johnson — and showed off an unconventional stack of four blingy bands that will serve as her engagement rings.


Maynard, who is a jewelry designer, made it clear to her husband-to-be that a conventional engagement ring was out of the question.

"I told him I didn't want a traditional engagement ring and that I just wanted some simple bands,” the 27-year-old Maynard wrote in a Friday post to her blog. “He went above and beyond to say the least and they couldn't be more 'me.' I got a good one."

The dominant band in the stack features large emerald-cut diamonds framed by smaller diamonds. The three other rings are more delicate, but no less fashionable. One of the smaller bands seems to be highlighted by blue sapphires.


Maynard assured naysayers that this would be her final engagement and revealed that she and her new fiancé became friends through a jewelry-making program.

“Let me be the first to say, ‘This time it's the real deal. I promise!’ We've been dating for over a year and have known each other for much longer,” she wrote. “I used to teach a jewelry-making class at a middle school that my church adopted and Tyler was one of the coordinators of the program.”


Fans of The Bachelotte may remember that in the summer of 2012 Maynard accepted a 2.5-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring from Utah entrepreneur Jef Holm during the season finale that was seen by nine million viewers. The ring was valued at $68,000, but the engagement would not last long.

During the March 2011 finale of The Bachelor, Brad Womack proposed to Maynard with a cushion-cut diamond ring in a halo setting that was valued between $50,000 and $90,000. That romance, also, quickly fizzled.

Maynard was briefly engaged in 2004 to NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick. He died tragically in a plane crash near Martinsville, Va.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Visitors to the New Perot Museum in Dallas Get to ‘Crack Open’ the Five-Foot-Tall ‘Grape Jelly’ Amethyst Geode

By turning a large silver wheel, visitors to the new Perot Museum in Dallas get to “crack open” the gigantic “Grape Jelly” amethyst geode to reveal the vivid purple crystalline structure inside. Spinning the wheel in the opposite direction magically closes the geode, returning the specimen to its original boulder-like appearance.


The five-foot-tall, 1.5-ton geode is one of the most popular attractions at the museum, which opened a little over a year ago. Amethyst, incidentally, is February’s official birthstone.


So, whether you’re a February baby, a fan of amethyst, love the color purple or just want to marvel at the sight of something otherworldly, a trip to the museum’s Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall on Level 3 will not disappoint.


As they interact with high-definition videos, digital puzzles and touch-me specimens, kids and kids-at-heart will have a blast learning about the colors, shapes and hardnesses of Earth’s original rock stars.


Visitors will learn where crystals come from and how they form by viewing a time-lapse video of the birth and growth of various minerals.

They also get to explore the physical and optical properties of various colored stones. In one station, visitors get to see minerals under different light sources and be astonished by how some specimens take on vibrant hues under ultraviolet bulbs.


The $185 million Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which opened in December of 2012, is named for Ross and Margot Perot. It was made possible through the generosity of the Perot family and many other Dallas-area benefactors. The 180,000-square-foot museum houses 11 permanent exhibitions and one traveling exhibition. All of them are highly interactive and designed to engage young people. In fact, the museum welcomes more than 2,000 schoolchildren each day.

Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for children and $12 for students 12 to 17. Toddlers under 2 get in for free.

Grape Jelly photos by Jason Janik. Perot Museum photo by Joe Mabel.