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Caroline Slusarczyk

Rumer Willis, the famous daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, is wise beyond her years.  A few years ago, The WANNA hung out with Rumer at the Miami International Film Festival, where she revealed to host Gina Giordan that her parents Bruce and Demi told her, “Stay true to yourself.”  Their parental advice stuck with the now 28-year old actress and singer.  She continues to pass on that wisdom to everyone around her.

Take Rumer’s little sis, Tallulah, for example.  The 22-year old recently posed for several racy photographs and found herself the target of online criticism.  Rumer gave her sister some advice about her own experience in the industry: “There’s always going to be people who don’t like you…There’s always going to be people that do.”  She added, “And if you’re just yourself, you’re going to get people who love you for who you are.”

Last year, Rumer took home the trophy for the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars.  In an interview with Huffington Post, Rumer spoke about her time on DWTS: “I was given the platform to just say, here’s who I am, and just take the time to get to know that.  If you still have your opinion after that, that’s fine.  But just get a chance to figure it out first.”  For Rumer, being true to herself is just second nature.

So what’s next for the talented 28-year old?  Rumer starts her U.S. Cabaret tour, called, “Over the Love,” on October 25th.  The idea to go on a cabaret tour came about when Rumer performed at The Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan back in April.  Rumer dished about her time onstage at The Carlyle: “In a certain way, you're getting to have a conversation with the audience. I think that intimate settings like that, where people are really coming to listen to the music, is incredible. There aren't many spots like that anymore.”  Rumer loved the intimate feel so much, that she decided to tour the U.S. in a cabaret-style show at various small venues.  “Over the Love” involves Rumer telling the audience stories, and performing songs from her favorite artists, such as Etta James, Billie Holiday, and Amy Winehouse.

Interested in seeing this talented lady perform up close and personal?  Check out Rumer’s “Over the Love” Cabaret tour info and dates here.


Ya Know You Wanna!


Caroline Slusarczyk

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images & Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images & Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

Another week, another celebrity Twitter feud to report.  In this episode, Lady Gaga threw some serious shade at The Chainsmokers after they dissed her music.

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, The Chainsmokers were asked about Gaga’s single, “Perfect Illusion.”  Member Alex Pall answered, “It sucks.”  He followed up with, "A lot of talented people worked on that song. But...,” scrunching up his nose to show his dislike.

Several days later, Lady Gaga tweeted her comeback:

@ladygaga, Twitter

@ladygaga, Twitter

The Chainsmokers responded to Gaga’s sassy tweet in an interview with NME.  First, they offered to buy her a drink the next time they see her.  Pall then praised Gaga, saying, “She killed that tweet, it was such a response from her. I love banter, and that was such a clever, witty response. 10/10.”  He added: “It was just my opinion, which I thought nobody would give a shit about. She can have that victory, I hope her album does incredibly well.”

Thankfully, The Chainsmokers vs. Lady Gaga feud was pretty short-lived and tame.  We hope she takes them up on that drink offer soon!


Ya Know You Wanna!


Caroline Slusarczyk

The MTV Video Music Awards are guaranteed to be chock full of memorable moments each year.

Who could forget Miley’s twerk-fest in 2013, or Madonna and Britney’s makeout sesh in 2003?

The 2016 Awards are no different, and the morning after has everyone talking.

The WANNA has compiled a list of the most talked about moments from the show for you below!

Comedy duo, Key & Peele, used their alter-egos, @TheShamester and @LizardSheeple, to tweet the entire show.

Check out their opening monologue.

Britney Spears brought a sexy performance of her new hit, “Make Me,” and G-Eazy’s, “Me, Myself & I.”

“The Final Five” (minus Gabby Douglas) couldn’t contain their excitement when meeting Beyonce

FilmMagic via Daily Mail

FilmMagic via Daily Mail

Ryan Lochte got spoofed by Jimmy Fallon, and Michael Phelps totally loved it.

Huffington Post

Huffington Post

Drake proclaimed that he is “in love” with “best friend,” Rihanna.

Kanye West delivered an intense speech to discuss fame and of course, T-Swift.


The WANNA wants to hear from you!

What was your favorite moment from this year’s MTV VMAs?


Gina Giordan


At a time, when Hip-Hop is king, Country is cool, and Pop is a princess, real Rock & Roll might as well be the ugly step-sister.

Those days of stepping out in the East Village, to find a rock band performing live at a legendary venue on every corner, are long gone.  Both the venue and the bands are no where to be found.  Rock and roll institutions have been replaced by international clothing chains and drug store theme parks.

Yet, just when the future of rock appears bleak, one underground band surfaces with a new album, that injects a powerful surge of hope and inspiration into the world of music.

The New York, Bronx born band, SWEET CYANIDE released a new album today, SONGS FROM THE STARDUST ROAD.  Thirteen tracks, written and composed by SWEET CYANIDE’s front man, Sal Scoca.  The album is coming off of their 2012 rock radio hit, "IN MY WORLD" and 2014 rock radio hit, "BETTER AT GOODBYES." 

STARDUST ROAD is an unexpected yet, genius evolution from SWEET CYANIDE’S original aggressive, hard rock sound.  Each track on the new album delivers a distinctive mix of inventive electric modernity, layered between daringly clever lyrics that all culminate into a unique rock experience. 

STARDUST ROAD, has the power to change the way the world emotionally digests a group of songs released together at the same time, by offering fans a few different ways to experience the album.

Each song can stand alone as it’s own distinctive sound and experience.  Yet, if you listen closely to the lyrics from beginning to end, each track seamlessly flows from one scene to the next, ultimately revealing a captivating character and raw storyline.  But, make no mistake, the whole is not greater then the sum of it’s parts.  Just different.

The multi-level experience that STARDUST ROAD delivers fans, is what industry insiders would refer to as a, “concept album.”  The concept may have a thematic unity or artistic cohesiveness.  The group of songs may be unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical. 

Most rock historians agree, the first concept album was by the Beatles' in 1967;  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Other famous concept albums include:  The Who's Tommy in 1969, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon in 1973 and the Eagles' Hotel California in 1977. 

Setting out to create a concept album is quite ambitious.  Writing a successful song is hard enough.  Now, imagine trying to create thirteen individual songs that offer double the pleasure?  Seems almost impossible to pull off. 

Seems impossible, but Scoca pulled it off.  STARDUST ROAD is a successful concept album. 

Yet, when we asked Scoca to share the concept, he said, “I don’t want the concept to over power or influence how someone interprets the sound.  The storyline is not up in your face.  It’s suggested.  Abstract enough so the listener still has the room to think and create a personal connection.  I guess when you create a concept that is the risk you take.”

It’s a risk that paid off for Scoca.  Tracks like New Illusions and Zero Hour are epic hits on their own and when you listen to the entire album, they weave an intense thought provoking story, that delivers both musically and lyrically.

Scoca said while he was in the trenches of creating the album he was listening to a lot of music from the late 70’s and early 80’s, “I kept going back and forth listening to Hall and Oates, Peter Gabriel and Bowie.” 

Sal also revealed, “Initially the concept of the album was inspired by Ziggy Stardust.  I always wondered to myself, what ever happened to Ziggy?  What if Ziggy was resurrected now, in the year 2016?  A time where the majority of society is obsessed with celebrities, fame and selfies.  Basically exploring the concept of…Are you chasing the dream or is the dream chasing you?”

You can form your own opinion and download the album which premieres on ITUNES today. 

You can also experience the album live.  SWEET CYANIDE plans to make their annual pilgrimage cross-country from NYC to South Dakota.  The band will be performing live on the main-stage at the 76th annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Music Festival.  Sturgis is a real tradition for the band.  Past years SWEET CYANDIE has performed live and shared center-stage with Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Five Finger Death Punch, and Motley Crue.  This year, Friday, August 12, 2016, the band will be performing live with Pop Evil and Buckcherry.  You can buy SWEET CYANIDE LIVE @ STURGIS tickets HERE.

Sweet Cyanide live on the mainstage at Sturgis. Until next year... Goto ITunes now and download their latest album out today, SONGS FROM THE STARDUST ROAD! WWW.STARDUSTROAD.COM



Log onto for live updates from the band and special CD and merch giveaways.

“Ya Know Ya Wanna!” 


Gina Giordan


Steven Tyler, Janie's Fund

Steven Tyler, Janie's Fund

Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler has a lot to celebrate this Father’s Day!  He is a proud Grandpa twice over to Milo and Sailor.  A Dad to four children.  Son Taj.  Daughter’s Mia, Chelsea and Liv who is pregnant with her third child and due to give birth later this summer.  Yet, this Father’s Day is even more special for Tyler.  He is also a proud father figure to thousands of young girls! 

Tyler is the founder of a successful philanthropic initiative, Janie’s Fund.  The fund benefits Youth Villages, which is a national organization that provides services to help young girls overcome serious neglect and abuse.  Tyler gives a lot more to Janie’s Fund then just his name.

Recently, Janie’s Fund chose several young girls, who are current members of the Youth Villages organization from Tennessee, to go on a special trip to NYC!   These lucky ladies attended an exclusive event at Lavo restaurant and nightclub on E. 58th street, in midtown Manhattan.  The event honored Tyler and Janie’s Fund.  The evening was generously hosted by Dujour Magazine and CEO, Jason Binn.

Tyler made a grand entrance into the event. The rocker arrived in his beloved car, a Hennessy Venom GT.  Tyler stopped traffic when hundreds of photographers and fans gathered around him to catch a glimpse.  Tyler officially announced his “baby” is up for auction and all the proceeds will benefit Janie’s Fund.  You can bid on Tyler's car by clicking on this link HERE! 

THE WANNA host, Gina Glickman Giordan, had the opportunity to interview Tyler one on one at the recent event.  The Hall of Fame inductee talked to THE WANNA about giving back and revealed how he honors his own father, Victor Tallarico, on Father's Day.

Watch THE WANNA episode below, starring; Steven Tyler!  

This episode of THE WANNA is dedicated in loving memory to, Steven Tyler’s father, Victor Tallarico


To find out more information or how to donate to Janie’s Fund click HERE!

THE WANNA wishes you and your family, a Happy Father’s Day!












Gina Giordan

Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert over 'bathroom law'

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised the news that Bruce Springsteen is cancelling a concert this weekend in North Carolina due to the state’s radical and extreme new anti-LGBT law – HB 2 – that was rammed through the legislature on March 23rd.

“Bruce Springsteen is a hero and an icon because he gives voice, both through his music and his advocacy, to those who struggle against injustice and equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “It means so much that he has spoken out against this hateful bill on behalf of thousands of citizens whose rights and fundamental dignity are being trampled by the leadership of North Carolina.”

In announcing the decision, Springsteen said: “As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law.  HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

H.B. 2 has eliminated existing municipal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people and prevents such protections from being passed by cities in the future. The legislation also forces transgender students in public schools to use restrooms and other facilities inconsistent with their gender identity, putting 4.5 billion dollars in federal funding under Title IX at risk. It also compels the same type of discrimination against transgender people to take place in state buildings, including in public universities. Lawmakers passed the legislation in a hurried, single-day session, and Governor McCrory quickly signed it into law in the dead of night.

North Carolina is the first state in the country to enact a law attacking transgender students, even after similar proposals were rejected across the country this year -- including a high-profile veto by the Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota.

North Carolina school districts that comply with the law will now be in direct violation of Title IX, subjecting the school districts to massive liability and putting an estimated $4.5 billion of federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as funding received by schools from other federal agencies, at risk.

This section of House Bill 2 offers costly supposed solutions to non-existent problems, and it forces schools to choose between complying with federal law -- plus doing the right thing for their students -- or complying with a state law that violates students’ civil rights. Read more about how this bill puts federal funding at risk here.

As a result of North Carolina’s HB2 law, which puts thousands of youth, citizens, employees, and visitors to the state at risk, more than 130 business leaders are calling for a repeal effort during the upcoming legislative session and a number of businesses have begun to remove investments from the state.