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BIRTHDAYS

April 3rd
Hayley Kiyoko

April 4th
Austin Mahone

April 6th
Peyton List - Jessie

April 9th
Jesse McCartney
Kristen Stewart

April 10th
Britt Robertson - Tomorrowland
Shay Mitchell - Pretty Little Liars

April 14th
Ellington Ratliff - R5

April 24th
Kelly Clarkson
Ryan Newman - See Dad Run

April 27th
Nick Noonan - Karmin

April 28th
Jenna Ushkowitz - Glee

April 29th
Amy Heidemann - Karmin

April 30th
Drew Seeley
James McVey - The Vamps

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UPCOMING RELEASES

April 14th
Sabrina Carpenter - Eyes Wide Open

April 28th
Covert Affairs: Season Five (DVD)
Paddington (DVD & Blu-ray)
Royal Pains: Season Six (DVD)
Suits: Season Four (DVD)

May 5th
Parenthood: Season 6 (DVD)
Parenthood: The Complete Series (DVD)
Pitch Perfect (Sing-Along Aca-Awesome Edition) (DVD & Blu-ray)

May 12th
Glee: The Complete Sixth Season (DVD)
Glee: The Complete Series (DVD)

May 19th
Call The Midwife: Season Four (DVD & Blu-ray)

June 2nd
Falling Skies: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD & Blu-ray)
Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Parks and Recreation: Season Seven - The Farewell Season (DVD)
Parks and Recreation: The Complete Series (DVD)
Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)

June 9th
The DUFF (DVD & Blu-ray)
Teen Wolf: Season Four (DVD)

June 16th
Spirited Away (Blu-ray)
The Cat Returns (Blu-ray)

June 23rd
Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (Blu-ray)

July 14th
Sailor Moon R: Season 2, Part 1 (DVD & Blu-ray)

October 6th
Aladdin (Diamond Edition) (DVD & Blu-ray)



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Earlier this month when Radio Disney announced that Kicking Daisies won the N.B.T. I pondered if the the win was legitimate. With a little digging, I found out that they did win… but also learned that many people were unaware that the majority of votes generated during this contest were not counted.

Voting for the contest kicked off on September 15th with Amber Lily and followed with Kicking Daisies on September 29th. Then just two days after voting began for Sacha Edwards, Radio Disney updated their rules page. It stated that their were “potential voting irregularities… and in the interest of fairness, Radio Disney has decided to exercise the right to change the voting mechanism.” The change, meant that the first phase of voting had been cancelled and that the winner would be selected from votes generated between Nov. 24-30th

What I question here is that as of October 15th Radio Disney continued promoting the contest and at no point in time did contestants Matthew Johnson or Coco Jones tell fans they need not vote. (At this time Radio Disney has yet to confirm or deny that artists or publicists were allowed to talk about the rule change). Despite the rules being changed both artists still did media campaigns and a search on Coco Jones from November 14th reveals fans had logged in 11,075 votes for her (even though they didn’t count). After speaking with Radio Disney on the topic I was informed that “there was a notice on the main N.B.T. homepage that called out the change and let users know that open voting period votes would determine the winner”. But I have one question: If voting didn’t count, why was the voting mechanism left on and giving operational feedback? One thing you can bet on is that RadioDisney.com had longer user sessions and more traffic than usual during this time frame. All of which lead to greater online revenue. Web pages from established sites, including Girls Life Magazine (10/27/2010) and more were never aware or realized that the rules changed and featured articles encouraging fans to vote under the original rules.

Finally on November 24th at 4pm during the Open Voting period fan votes were finally counted, IF they had registered to create a Disney Online account. I voted during the first round, and then during the open voting (without an account). To be fair I checked with Radio Disney on this and was told “Any time a user clicked on a star to vote during the open voting period (Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 4pm PT – Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 4pm PT), they were immediately prompted by a notice that said, “for your vote to count” you must log-in/register.” When I participated, I clicked a five star vote and immediately headed to another online destination not realizing the notice and that to complete my vote a registration was required.

Ultimately, what happened here is a poor set of rules, a rules modification with minimal PR to raise awareness, and poor QA (Quality Assurance) testing of the RadioDisney.com UX (User Experience). There’s a good reason why you login first at websites before you vote or comment instead of after? Is it time to pass out rubber bands in Burbank that read WWWD (What Would Walt Do?). This years N.B.T. was far cry from what one would regard as a ‘magical experience’.

-T2

Three sides to every story? Josh and Zac Farro of Paramore made a blog post on Tuesday to tell the “whole story” regarding their recent departure from the group. It’s definitely a must read, and gives you a great behind the scenes look at the business, especially for all of you aspiring artists.

Mitchel Musso posts another new video off of Brainstorm! The video for Just Go is the fifth of eight and picks up where You Got Me Hooked left off, although now the new teen romance hits a turning point. Click here to check it out.

Congrats to an up-and-coming singer Katelynne Cox! The teen vocalist we’ve been following at T2 since September 11, 2008 has signed with Portland, Oregon’s Red Hammer Records. Cox’s first full-length project, One Girl, will release March 22, 2011 through Entertainment One Distribution. (Pictured above is Cox with Red Hammer Records President Darren Bowls).

The View (ABC)
Features and appearance by Emily Osment.

Ellen DeGeneres (Syndicated)
Features appearances by Mariah Carey and Willow Smith.

5pm CST – Savvy & Mandy Chat (Ustream)
Savvy and Mandy will be hosting a live chat an giving fans a sneak preview of their new song!

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