Ali Spagnola

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Ali Spagnola
Born Alicia Dawn Spagnola
(1984-12-18) December 18, 1984 (age 33)[1]
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Social Media Celebrity
Notable work Ali Spagnola's Power Hour Drinking Game
Website alispagnola.com

Alicia Dawn “Ali” Spagnola[2][3][4] is a pop/rock/electro musician. She created a Power Hour Drinking Game Album that contains 60 one-minute songs that are also a drinking game. She self-released the album on a USB drive kept within a shot glass. She has also created several of the ringtones shipped on multiple Android phones.

Free Paintings[edit]

In 2008, Spagnola started a project called Free Paintings. She takes requests online via email about what she should paint. She fills one requests whenever she can creating a 12x12", bright, pop art, acrylic painting. She then mails the painting to the requester for free. Requests are filled on a first come first served basis. The wait list is reported to be over 1,300 people long. She has completed 2,517 paintings for the project and still continues to create one square foot of art a day.[5]

Music[edit]

Spagnola has released four self-published albums. Some of these songs have been featured on MTV's The Real World[6] and Oxygen's Bad Girls Club. In December 2012, Huffington Post included her performance of "HuffPost Weird News" on their "End Of The World Playlist".[7]

The Power Hour Drinking Game[edit]

In college, Spagnola began playing "drinking game concerts" by taking the idea of a "power hour" - drinking 60 shots of beer in an hour - and mixing it with a live show. She wrote 60 one-minute drinking songs and performed them live while people drank along with every song. Spagnola later recorded the songs to create The Power Hour Album. She also designed, developed and manufactured her new Shot Glass USB, a shot glass with a removable USB drive that holds The Power Hour Album.[8][9][10][11][12]

Trademark issue[edit]

In 2010, Steve Roose, who markets a DVD game named "Power Hour", registered a trademark of the same name and soon after began sending cease-and-desist orders to Ali Spagnola.[13][14][15] Spagnola announced her intentions to fight the claims, and an intellectual-property professor from the University of Pittsburgh has stated that "if 'Power Hour' is a generic description of 'a drinking game that involves drinking a shot of alcohol each minute for an hour,' then Mr. Roose can't have any trademark rights at all."[13]

In December 2012, the Roose trademark was invalidated.[16]

Discography[edit]

  • Ali Spagnola (2007)
  • Free of Style (2007)
  • The Ego (2010)
  • The Power Hour Album (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ali Spagnola [@alispagnola] (18 December 2014). "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!! Here's my gift to you…a new One-Gal Band cover. Watch me PLAY ALL THE THINGS on Bang Bang ;)" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ "ALI SPAGNOLA". Xcents-mag.com. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  3. ^ Ali Spagnola [@alispagnola] (19 June 2015). "@Gysgtlalo Dawn" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Mogin, Sarah (April 7, 2007). "Finding art on campus". The Tartan. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Music from Real World St Thomas Episode 2". MTV. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Doomsday Ditties: Songs For The End Of The World". Huffington Post. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Larry Getlen. "'Power' chords: New song cycle pays tribute to collegiate drinking game". New York Post. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Hugh Hart (26 January 2012). "Shot Glass USB Delivers Party-Ready Power Hour Album". Wired. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Sean Collier. "CMU Grad Creates Power Hour, the Album". Pittsburgh Magazine. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Mario Aguilar. "I Will Buy Your USB Shot Glass, Rad Power Hour Girl, and Then I Want to Marry You". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Haley, Sebastian (October 12, 2012). "Alcoholic techies, rejoice: The Shot Glass USB is for you". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Welsh, Margaret (May 20, 2010). "Can a drinking game be trademarked? Local musician Ali Spagnola hopes not". Pittsburgh City Paper. 
  14. ^ Masnick, Mike (May 11, 2010). "Can We Make A Power Hour Drinking Game Around Ridiculous Trademark Disputes?". techdirt. 
  15. ^ Haffeman, Robert. "Power Hour Drinking Game Is In Jeopardy". Heavy. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Opposition No. 91195461" (PDF). UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

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