Julie recently resigned from her position as CMM Newsletter Editor due to some personal circumstances (new demanding job etc).
She is currently moderating Christina official forum and will still visit CMM occasionally to give us official Christina news directly from Christina camp.
We all will miss you, Julie!
Xtina Lounge has been busy lately with discussions of Christina's "Bionic" promo.
Here's a mini schedule of her "Bionic" promo:
American Idol (5/26)
MTV Movie Awards (6/6)
Todays Show (6/8 )
CBS Early Show (6/11)
VH1 Takeover - Behind the music/storyteller (6/13)
Latina Magazine (June/July Cover)
Out Magazine (June Cover)
Elle Magazine - Music Issue (July Issue)
Thanks to ChristinaVIP for the magazine release information.
Keep your eyes open for more "Bionic" promo! Visit Xtina Lounge on regular basis:
By Shana, CMM Dedications Editor
Dedication by: Lisa
Dedication to: Salla
Hi sweetheart <3 I miss talking to you, we need to talk soon! We used to be so close and talk every day and I really miss that. I hope we get the chance to talk soon, I'll even sing "The Sally Files" for you! Hihi, miss you <3
Dedication by: Lisa
Dedication to: Ande
My little little brother, I bully you day after day for liking the bands you like, but you know you're the best support I have in family bonds. You mean so much to me, we're gonna go see Christina when her tour comes here, you can believe it! And besides, we're the best songwriters of this generation!
Dedication by: Ande
Dedication to: Lisa
Lisa!! We got some pretty good materials to work on, hope I'll see you soon! Hug
If you want to send a dedication to your fellow CMM'ers, PM Shana
Taking Recycling to a Whole New Level
By Krystle, CMM Editorial Editor
In recent years there has been a big push to reduce, reuse and recycle. One New York based company is taking recycled plastic bottles to a new level by manufacturing Bionic Yarn. A division of Return Textiles Corporation, Bionic Yarn produces yarn and fabrics from processed recycled plastic bottles. Products include backpacks, luggage, handbags, home furnishings and various types of apparel.
The process begins by placing a plastic bottle into a recycling bin. The bottle then goes through a machine that chops it into small flakes which are melted and cut into 2 inch pieces. These pieces are then spun with high tenacity polyester to become the core yarn. The core yarn is then wrapped by alternating fibers to become Bionic Yarn. The Bionic Yarn is then woven into fabric, and then used to create the finished product such as a T-Shirt.
Bionic Yarn creates three different types of yarn; Apex, Duplex and Natural. Apex is used to make durable items such as luggage, life jackets and outdoor furniture. Duplex Bio Yarn is uses primarily in clothing applications such as shirts, skirts, sweatshirts and sweaters. Bionic Natural is used to construct art canvases, furniture upholstery and tablecloths.
Bionic Yarn is taking the term reduce, reuse and recycle to a whole new level. The next time you recycle you plastic water bottle, it could be used to make clothing for another individual.
By Shana, CMM Interviews editor
I think "Bionic" rings a bell in everyone's head because we, as Christina fans, can't look around the fact that her upcoming album is titled that way! I wonder how many bells will ring in the head of our very own CMM-member Julien when I ask him some questions about Bionic.
Hi Julien! This is one to answer quickly, what are the first things that come to your mind when you hear "bionic"?
Julien: Future, fun, explosion, science-fiction.
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the most, how excited are you for Christina's new album and why?
Julien: 10, no doubt. Because we've been waiting for so long and this is gonna be something completely new, completely different from BTB. I loved BTB but I'm really excited about this album because I love the people she's been working with: Sia, LeTigre, etc. I'm really curious about what they've done together, and I'm also looking forward to hear the album version of Lift Me Up because I love this song!
A few days ago, we got a personal message from Christina herself on her official website, giving us some more information about what to expect. Do you feel like you can relate to this in some way and feel the vibe?
Julien: Well, we all know her albums are very personal. I like that this album is gonna be both playful and introspective, because that's really what life is. A complicated sum of things that can be completely opposed to each other. Stripped has helped me being a stronger person, being myself and I have the feeling Bionic is gonna be the same. Of course I'm no woman, and she's often speaking about female empowerment (Burlesque, anyone?) but I'm looking forward to learn how to be superhuman. And I also love music that is melting electronic and organic elements so I think this album is really what I need.
We already heard the first single "Not Myself Tonight". How well can you relate to the lyrics? Do you feel like you're not yourself sometimes? If so, please give us a further explanation
Julien: Well, I didn't like the song at first but now I think it is actually about the moment that you are most yourself. One night when you feel free, when you let yourself loose, and I just said Stripped helped me being more myself but there are still things that I feel, that I wish I would/could do and I just don't have the guts to do it. I wish I could reach that point when you seem to not be yourself anymore to others or to yourself, but in fact you are most yourself and you can just... climb every mountain?
Thanks a lot for this, Julien, I'm sure you're not the only one who's very excited for what's coming! The wait has begun
By Krystle, CMM Spotlight Editor
When you are a celebrity you have many avenues to explore and market yourself. Many turn to fashion and develop their own fashion lines, allowing fans to dress in apparel similar to their favorite stars. One musician is taking his love and concern for the environment and blending it together with designing a new type of fashion. Pharrell Williams has teamed up with New York based company, Bionic Yarn, to develop a line of environmentally friendly apparel.
As part owner and investor, Pharrell has a large stake in the company and developing sustainable fabrics for everyday wear. Pharrell has stated on his work with Bionic Yarn, “I’m so interested in the technology behind this. I’m also very concerned about the environment and want to make a conscious effort to make it better.”
Some people may be skeptical of wearing clothes made out of recycled plastics bottles but Pharrell says, “We were just looking at this new canvas that is amazing. Basically, the denim is still denim, the cotton is still cotton. The process to make the Bionic Yarn makes it extremely durable and gives it a really luxurious feel.”
Could plastic bottles be the future of fashion? Here are some facts from Bionic Yarn to think about the next time you recycle. 60 million bottles are transferred from consumers, to landfills and incinerators daily; 18 1-liter bottles make 1 piece of luggage and 7 plastic bottles to make an average pair of jeans.
Human or robot?
Sometimes the difference is hard to tell...
By Judy,Book-A-Licious Editor
Most of all humans have been transferred to Mars, because the consequences of war made it impossible for normal people (and animals – most of them died, that's why many people take care of electrical pets) to stay on the earth. Those who chose to stay are either “birdbrains” or just a few who didn't want to go and, additionally, you have: androids. They look like humans and even act like us but have a lack of emotion, which is hard to identify.
Sounds like a tough job, right? It IS a job, actually. So called 'bounty hunters' trace and kill them. These hunters use a special test, a variation of a lie detection software, to give you an idea, to prove that this creature is an android.
Here is the interesting part: tests can fail, right? And what happens, if you as a human fall in love with an android? Suddenly you can't even be sure if you are human or not!
Just start an adventure and read Blade Runner by Philip K. Dick, but don't expect great classic literature. It's only a cute little intellectual game, that should inspire you to think about how reliable feelings and emotions really are and maybe also: what war can wreak.
By Holly, Movie Screen Editor
There are so many movie based on Bionic themes. One popular one being, “The Bionic Woman”. But, the word “bionic” is defined in “Webster’s Dictionary” as “of or relating to bionics”
OR “having normal biological capability or performance enhanced by or as if by electronic or electromechanical devices."
Based on that definition a lot of movies could be considered having Bionic characters, such as the “Terminator” movie franchise. There are very few people who haven’t seen at least one of these movies or the remakes. The younger generation may not remember when these movies 1st came out in the early 1980’s. Me getting older in my age, I do remember peaking out between my fingers over my eyes, and watching those movies.
Being a little girl in the 1980’s it was the scariest thing to think of ever happening; Robots, that look like you and speak and some that want to kill you! Some of them even modeled after actual people!
These days I can see it coming near, maybe not in my generation but soon. Maybe my child’s generation, us having alternate bodies that we can live through like the ones in “Avatar” or even half-robot half- human people and so forth.
I myself do have to say in the 80’s some ideas of what bionic people/robots may look and act like was a little crazy. But I have to say my favorite portrayal of this kind of thing is the movie “RoboCop”.
What? You have never heard of “RoboCop”? Oh, you poor young children! RoboCop is a movie from 1987 that was amazing. I just re-watched it a couple months ago to see if it was as awesome as I remembered it being as I kid. And yes, even in this age of green screen special effects and CGI “RoboCop” still holds up as a great “bionic” movie.
In this movie, it is the future. Well, a future as it is guessed in 1987 to be like. It stars a police officer, who has been killed by a street gang while trying to keep the streets clean. The officer’s body is reconstructed by a massive company and most of his body is now robotic and named “RoboCop”.
Now, the officer who is now mostly robot, cannot remember who he used to be as a human, but is a huge success with the public and fighting crime on the streets. While trying to remember who he was, and doing his work as a cop, he stumbles on to a bigger problem; Finding out why he was brought back as half-robot and what the company’s agendas really is.
So while you are waiting for the next 200 million dollar movie to come out, or waiting for the government to issue your own “avatar”, I suggest going back and watching this classic over-looked 1980’s movie and then when you’re done with that, you can watch the sequels as well, “RoboCop 2” and “RoboCop 3”!
Now I must leave you to your DVD players as my “Roomba” automatic vacuum is stuck in the corner of my living room, pounding at the wall over and over, scaring my cat.
Maybe we will have to wait a little longer for our RoboCops and Avatars. *sigh*