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The Year Was 1998...

Friends , Buffy the Vampire Slayer , and The X-Files were hitting their peaks on the small screen. James Cameron's Titanic swept up 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards ceremony. U.S. President Bill Clinton denied having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. The world's largest airport opened in Hong Kong. Microsoft released Windows98. Apple birthed the iMac. Singer-songwriter Khalid, pop heartthrob Shawn Mendes, and Modern Family 's Rico Rodriguez were all born. A British author by the name of J.K. Rowling published the second novel about a boy wizard called Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets . A former Mickey Mouse Club member named Britney Spears dropped her first single called "...Baby One More Time." And after the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep, 19 European nations agreed to forbid the cloning of humans. 1998 was another year during which lots of things happened. Celebrities died, disasters occurred, and scandals erupted throughout t

Oh "My My My!" Troye Sivan Drops a New Single

The Australian YouTuber-turned-popstar (and subject of my inaugural HuffPost piece ) whose devastatingly gorgeous  Blue Neighborhood was one of the best albums of 2016 , has dropped a new single and music video. "My My My" is the track, and it's an adequately catchy electro-pop number about young passion...and intertwining one's tongue with the teeth of a lover. "I die every night with you" goes the chorus, and it's a line that will undoubtedly launch a thousand memes, GIFs, and various posts among the singer's 7 million-plus followers. As for the video, Troye sings and shakes his hips in an abandoned warehouse that could arguably double as an underground sex club. It's an artsy, black-and-white piece with enough strobe lights to warrant a seizure warning at the top. Enjoy: @TheFirstEcho

Cabo Rising: 4 Days in Mexico's Riviera

If you were to take the scenic coastal roads of Malibu, the decadence of Vegas, and the film festival prestige of Cannes, the result would resemble the Los Cabos of today. The southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula has begun shedding its spring break reputation to become a highly regarded resort destination that’s luring some of Hollywood’s biggest names… TO INFINITY (POOLS) AND BEYOND At  Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf and Spa Resort , there are plenty of reasons to never leave the premises. There’s El Patio, one of the many exquisite dining options available for guests (try the ceviche), a swim-up bar where a daiquiri a day could very well keep the sunburn away, and the Secrets Spa by Pevonia, where a deep-tissue massage could help you unwind after a day of puttering around the 18-hole course. THE LIFE AQUATIC Take a  La Gringa Catamaran  at Chileno Bay and venture out to the iconic Arco Del Cabo San Lucas. Then, jump into the blue-gree

Song of the Month: January 2018

Properly kicking of the new year requires a proper track. And that track is "Say Anything" from Australian quartet MOBS . The single takes its name from the beloved 1989 John Cusack movie that was written and directed by Cameron Crowe and even incorporates a few sampled notes from the film's signature song, Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." The result is an irresistible slice of electro-pop that feels nostalgic and fresh all at once. Then, once you've fallen in love, try their latest, "Growing Up." @TheFirstEcho

An 'American' Theory

Is it me, or has there been a sudden surge of the word "American" in the titles of movies and TV shows over the past 20 years? Seriously, take a look... American Gigolo  An American Christmas Carol All-American Christmas Carol American Graffiti  An American Tail American Beauty American Pie The American President American Gangster American Psycho American Hustle American Ultra American Sniper American Dreamz American Heart American Splendor My All-American American Violent American Ninja American Idiots American History X American Made The American American Satan American Vandal American Ninja Warrior American Gods American Assassin American Crime American Crime Story American Horror Story ... I ask this question because I have a theory. Hear me out... I believe the increasing appearance of the word "American" in titles is a result of a growing sentiment in the United States, pride , which is, in itself, a result of an increase

The 'Slender Man' Trailer Is Just As Terrifying As You'd Imagine

The trailer for the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of the myth behind the Internet's most popular boogeyman, Slender Man , has dropped. It's an eerie mood piece that sets the tone nicely. Little dialogue. No gratuitous title cards. Just pure, dread-filled imagery that promises a horror blockbuster for 2018 (and of course, a frightening, new franchise for Sony). P.S. - Congrats Sarah! @TheFirstEcho

TWENTY18: The Winter Playlist

Not only is January a time for people to preoccupy themselves with resolutions that will fall apart by Valentine's Day, it is also a time for post-holiday doldrums, continuously dreary weather, and for Hollywood to dump crap movies into theaters. That's why you need to inject some fresh music into your life. Starting with these ( check back for new additions throughout the season )... @TheFirstEcho