“Got the news today, doctor said I had to stay, a little bit longer and I’ll be fine….Waitin’ on a cure, but none of them are sure, a little bit longer and I’ll be fine….So I wait ‘til kingdom come, all the highs and lows are gone, a little bit longer and I’ll be fine.” Nick began writing “A Little Bit Longer,” his song about tribulations of any sort, at age 13, on the day he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He’s been singing since he was only three years old, when he used to stand on the furniture and sing into a turkey baster microphone. A serious, well-behaved child who was homeschooled and rarely reprimanded, he entertained himself with music rather than toys: He’d put on musical shows for his family and charge $5 for tickets, a far cry from his sold-out shows today.
Nick is 18 years old now, and his life, with both music and diabetes, has come a long way since his diagnosis in November 2005. In 2007, the Jonas Brothers performed at a Diabetes Research Institute fundraiser in New York City. During the show, Nick asked his audience to raise their hands if they had diabetes. Then he raised his hand too, revealing to his fans for the first time that he had diabetes as well.
Since that time, Nick’s become a shining light for type 1 diabetes, a charismatic advocate and fundraiser, and a real star with whom youngsters with diabetes can identify and from whom they can take comfort.
Nick’s Change for the Children Foundation partners with five different charities to raise money and awareness for diabetes. He actually started the foundation when he was only about ten years old, before he even had diabetes. He says, “It started originally when I was doing some Broadway shows in New York City and seeing homeless families on the streets, and I wanted to do something for them. When I got diagnosed, the vision for the foundation changed a little bit to diabetes-oriented.”
Since August 2008, Nick has been a diabetes ambassador with Bayer Diabetes Care, to help young people manage their diabetes and support them in giving back to their community (NicksSimpleWins.com). In June 2009, he met President Obama (and both the Obama daughters) when he went to Washington DC to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, along with Sugar Ray Leonard and Mary Tyler Moore.
Nick definitely sees himself as doing more advocacy in the future, perhaps even on a larger scale. As he says, “I still have diabetes and I’m probably going to have it for a while, unless there is a cure one day. You know, it’s something that I’m passionate about, and I want to speak out about it. I’ve seen the effects it has on young people. They feel alone with their everyday struggles with diabetes, and they just want to have that assurance that they can live out their dreams with diabetes.”
Nick also has good advice on how to handle yourself in order to make those dreams come true. For one thing, he stays physically active. He says, “I play a lot of sports, that’s the main thing. Baseball is a big one. I think if I wasn’t doing what I am today, I would be playing baseball. Ping pong on the road also keeps you somewhat active.”
His diabetes self-care has come a long way in the five years that he has had diabetes. “It’s about learning how to be prepared for it,” he says. “Every day is different, so you have to be prepared for every situation, and have the right tools, and keep the right people around you who know what to do in emergency situations.”
Nick’s dreams are even bigger than being a pop star and diabetes advocate. He’s also interested in working on Broadway, where he started his career, and in collaborating with other pop icons. He’d really like to work with Paul McCartney, whom he describes as “an amazing man and an amazing performer, and obviously he is quite a legend. It would be a pleasure playing with him.” Regarding Broadway, he says, “There are a number of different roles I would like to play. It just would have to be the right time and the right thing. You never know where I might pop up.” source.
– Chris Brown really wants to revamp his image — and he’s using the popularity of another singer to boost his chances. According to reports, Chris is excited about a collaboration with the world’s new “it” boy Justin Bieber! Chris couldn’t contain his excitement and broke the news on Twitter on Christmas Day.
The twosome are currently working on a duet, which has Chris as pleased as punch. He tweeted, “ME and @justinbieber got a BANGER/SMASH record for all the fans out there at the top of the NEW YEAR!!! 2011 #BREEZYTAKEOVER.”
There’s no word whether the pairing will appear on Chris Brown’s forthcoming album, ‘F.A.M.E.’ or a future effort from the teenage wunderkind. Before the highly anticipated track hits the Internet, CB will release his new single, ‘Look At Me Now,’ which features Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, on New Year’s Eve.
Are you excited about this collaboration? I think it’ll be an interesting sound. Have you forgiven Chris for his past transgressions? Are you ready for him to make the comeback that he so desperately wants? Sound off in the comments below! source.
Getting some personal errands done, Miley Cyrus was spotted running around in Los Angeles, CA on Friday (April 2). The “Party in the USA” singer looked cute in black pants, boots, white tank and a beanie as she stepped out of her slick vehicle and politely gave the on-hand photogs a couple nice shots. In other news, Miley’s “Last Song” co-star/boyfriend Liam Hemsworth recently spoke up about what it’s like dating someone as famous as Cyrus.
“It’s starting to get really crazy,” Liam said. “People are asking to get my photo more now. It’s usually, ‘Hey, Miley! Can I get a photo with you? Liam, will you take the photo?’ But now they actually want my photo, too.”
Get out your glow sticks ya’ll because Miley Cyrus is going techno for her embarrassingly titled fourth album I Can’t Be Tamed. The Queen of Disney announced the news of her musical makeover during a new interview with MTV to promote her soppy rom-com The Last Song.
“My new record has more of a techno vibe on some stuff. It’s fun,” she said. “You know, I just want to kind of do all different types of music, same as I do with movies. I never want to get stuck in a rut and just do one thing.”
“The album is a little different. It’s kind of poppier, but then it still has an edge. All of my music kind of has to. I think it’s really fun. It’s definitely a good summer CD. It’s good to blast in your car.” source
When Miley says “techno” I’m sure she means something along the lines of Kelly Clarkson’s dancey “If I Can’t Have You” or Selena Gomez’s “Naturally”, rather than some hardcore rave music, and as a manufactured Disney artist I didn’t expect anything less than Miley’s label getting her to record whatever is the hot genre of the moment. Tween pop/rock was successful back in the day with Ashlee Simpson and Hilary Duff, but now it’s time to move on.
At least if this album is terrible we can take comfort in the fact that Miley said that this will be her last pop album, and in the future she’ll actually try and record music she actually likes.
I Can’t Be Tamed is currently due out this June. source; theprophetblog <– wrote this.
Teen icon Miley Cyrus was seen out and about in New York Monday afternoon (March 22) as she and her crew stopped off at Café Metro for a bite to eat. Miley was seen standing at the corner, contemplating over what she should get.
In other news, Miley will be hosting a live chat along with Liam Hemsworth, and Nicholas Sparks to promote their new film The Last Song. The chat will also include a live musical performance of “When I Look At You” and other Miley songs! Be sure to tune into MSN Movies on Friday, March 26 at 4:30pm PT to catch Miley!
Hottie Robert Pattinson is set to swing into action to replace Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 4, according to a report out of the UK. But the Twilight hunk will have some stiff competition from fellow young stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Zac Efron. Moviegoers were devastated when it was announced that former Spidey star Tobey Maguire, 34, would be hanging up his cape. Last week, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios said they will delay the fourth film in the hit superhero franchise by one year and return in 2012 with a new story, new director, and cast. A new prequel will see Peter Parker back in high school.
The Twilight hunk is reportedly the top choice of Columbia executives to star in the film, Britain’s The Mirror said Sunday.
A source tells the tab: “The buzz in Hollywood is all about R-Patz as the hot, young thing being lined up to fill Tobey Maguire’s shoes. It would be a hard act to follow as fans were traumatised at the news Tobey was going. His mild-mannered portrayal as Peter Parker and the transformation to Spider-Man kept millions of fans in the cinemas for the box-office smash. He also had great chemistry with Kirsten Dunst, who plays love interest Mary Jane.”
Does Pattz really stand a chance with Efron and Gyllenhaal also in the running? “I don’t know what the chances are to be honest. I assume they’re pretty slim. It’s a long-shot but if it came down to it, it’d be a dream come true. What young actor wouldn’t?”
It should come as no surprise that Taylor Swift is being lavished with yet another honor- this time it’s the title of the Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year. The “Love Story” singer dominated 2009 with her hit singles and awards show winnings and the AP declared her dominance in the entertainment industry. In typical humble fashion, Taylor was giddy to hear the news, telling press, “I am so honored and excited. This was so unexpected and I could not be more grateful.”
And it sounds like Taylor may be treating her fans to another new album before too long. “The second that I put out Fearless, the moment that album came out and I was done with it, I started writing for my next album. I love to plan 20 steps ahead of myself, and it’s really fun competition game that I play with myself, trying to top what I’ve done last. For this next record, that’s all that I’ve been thinking about, that’s all that my mind has been fixated on for the last year, and it’s all that I’m going to be thinking about for this next year.”