Celebrity sightings

Olympic Gold and a BlackBerry - The perfect combination?

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Why does media mogul Arianna Huffington carry four BlackBerry smartphones?

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Jennifer Lopez + BlackBerry are a winning combo in Wisin & Yandel's new video for Follow The Leader

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Jennifer Lopez Follow the Leader
Several times in the past we've seen BlackBerry smartphones make appearances in Jennifer Lopez's music videos, as well as in paparazzi shots and her new show Q'Viva!, leading us to believe that she's a long time fan of the platform. The latest video by Wisin & Yandel called Follow the Leader features Jennifer Lopez, and the opening scenes of the video show all 3 singers using Twitter for BlackBerry on various devices. First a white BlackBerry Bold 9900, then a blue Curve 9220, and finally a Verizon branded Bold 9930 all make an appearance. Of course, the version of Twitter for BlackBerry they are using isn't very realistic as it was obviously enhanced for the video, but it's awesome to see nonetheless.

Interesting to note, the video was shot in Acapulco, Mexico where the government was all too happy to provide whatever extra security and the like that was needed by the singers. The State Secretary of Tourism, Graciela Báez Ricardez, said the video clip will help reposition the image of the port. "The music video will be seen in many countries and millions of times mainly by young people who will make decisions on where to go to take a vacation soon," she said.

It seems that every time we post a music video or other form of Celebrity Sighting, there are always comments wondering why we should care about such "trivial" things. If you take a look at the screenshot above, you'll notice that in less than a week from the video being posted on Youtube it's gotten almost 5 million views. That's a lot of views, and since all 3 performers are using a BlackBerry in such a prominent way during the video, it's sure to have some influence on their audience, not unlike the influence that Ricardez mentioned above regarding tourism.

Take a look at the video below, and leave a comment letting us know what you thought! Thanks for sending this in BoldWorld!

Did singer Shakira get attacked by a sea lion because of her BlackBerry?

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Shakira BlackBerry
While using her BlackBerry to get some close up pictures of sea lions swimming near her this afternoon, singer Shakira learned a valuable life lesson: don't get too close to sea lions while holding shiny objects. The singer was shocked when one of the animals jumped out of the water, landing only a foot away from her.

BlackBerry presents ¡Q'Viva! The Chosen starring Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Jamie King

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Q'Viva The Chosen
We're big fans of BlackBerry and PlayBook sightings in shows, but this is a little different. ¡Q'Viva! The Chosen is a new show starring Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, and Jamie King that is sponsored by BlackBerry. These celebrities are on a mission to find the most inspiring performers in Latin America, traveling all over looking for talented performers across 20 countries. The most talented artists will be chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear in a live celebration of music, dance and performance.

I watched a couple of previews and Youtube videos for ¡Q'Viva! The Chosen, and was really pleased to see how much screen time the BlackBerry PlayBook seems to have in the show! They use it for everything, from watching videos of potential candidates, to recording video, and playing it back via HDMI to flat screen TV. What a perfect device to take on such a journey, since they can use the BlackBerry Bridge for internet access while on the road and in villages without modern technology.

You can find out more details about the show as well as how to submit your own videos for consideration and watch more behind-the-scenes footage of the show at the link below, and check out the show's official trailer after the break. The show premiered January 28th on Univision. Thanks for sending this in Chango_BB!!

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Will.I.Am pulls out his BlackBerry Torch on stage for a little help with some lyrics

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No stranger to the CrackBerry blogs, Will.I.Am. is a well known BlackBerry user and RIM spokesperson. He's performed at WES (now called BlackBerry World Conference), appeared at various product launches, and even had a BlackBerry PlayBook in a Black Eyed Peas music video before it was available for purchase.

The Black Eyed Peas were in France this week, and appeared on French TV show Taratata, performing a mash-up on stage with Belgian artist Stromae. During the song, you can see Will.I.Am pull his BlackBerry Torch out of his pocket, referring to the screen for a good portion of the song. There was speculation about what exactly Will.I.Am was doing, but in an interview following the song it's all made clear. It was their first time performing the song, and as such he didn't know the lyrics well. With so many songs floating around in his head, how can you blame him? And seriously, how awesome is it that he pulls out his BlackBerry to read those lyrics? You can check out the interview after the break. The interviewer asks about him pulling out his phone starting around the 9:40 mark in the video, and Will.I.Am discusses a bit about technology and how it plays into his life and their songwriting.

The BlackBerry PlayBook makes an appearance in Pitbull's latest video

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We have seen music videos in the past showing a BlackBerry Bold and a BlackBerry PlayBook, and now a new video by Pitbull has been released showing off a PlayBook in action once again. The song is called Give Me Everything and features Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer as well. You can see a woman using the PlayBook to view surveillance cameras beginning around the 1:40 mark, and several times throughout the rest of the video. You can check out the video above, or if you prefer there are some screenshots after the break. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

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