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One Direction Gets Animated

In: Donovan, Music

I have to admit, I’ve definitely jumped on the One Direction bandwagon. Their songs are super catchy and their stylist dresses them in some slick outfits. While I know some songs lyrics and embarrassingly know a few of the dance moves, I am nowhere near as fanatic as some of the group’s fans. Case in point Mark Parsons. This guy is beyond hardcore, and that’s putting it mildly.

Parsons created an 18-minute cartoon adventure featuring the boys of 1D. The quality of work is outstanding and the plot is surprisingly entertaining. He even throws in a few fun facts about the group à la pop-up video. I should probably mention that Parsons isn’t your typical fan still in junior high, but rather a lead animator for FX’s “Archer” which explains the superb animation. He also voiced all the characters. I guess his bosses now know what Mark does in his spare time.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but it’s definitely worth watching. Dressed like Power Rangers, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, and Liam Payne are on a mission to save pussycats from the evil Lord Faptaguise. From dressing up in drag, eating tacos, hitting each other in the balls, the boys will stop at nothing to accomplish the mission at hand. Simon Cowell and Paul McCartney both make cameos in the cartoon. Cowell is PSYMON, a holographic image who informs 1D of their mission, while McCartney takes on a mentorship role dressed up as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Watch the clip below. It’s perfect Saturday morning viewing material. It’ll remind you of your childhood when you used to watch cartoons the second you woke up.

watch the cartoon after the jump

Madonna’s MDNA tour kicked off in Tel Aviv, Israel this week and the first images and video footage from her tour have hit the web. From what I’ve seen, I’m glad I didn’t buy tickets.

One of the videos included below shows Madonna in a cheerleader’s outfit singing “Express Yourself” which then mashes up into Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” concluding with “She’s Not Me“. The message is heard loud and clear. Now we’ve already discussed the fact that she was doing this mashup, but after watching the video, I think after this MDNA tour, Madonna should stop being so sexual in her dance moves. I get that she’s in great shape, but there comes a time to act & dance age appropriate when your 53-years-old. I think she can accomplish what she wants to accomplish without it.

The other thing that is sparking discussion is the fact that she used Nazi imagery among visuals of violence, war, political protests, and more. Despite the context, should she really be showing this in Israel? Watch both videos below and share your thoughts.

Watch the performance after the jump…

On Wednesday, Justin Bieber hit the stage in Oslo, Norway for a free show atop the Opera House roof. After the Biebs announced the show on his Twitter, it was only a matter of time before flocks of screaming girls were ready to be a part of the audience. Justin is currently touring overseas hitting seven countries in two weeks. This is all being filmed as part of an NBC special titled “All Around The World” which is set to air June 21.

The singer performed a slew of his hits but also treated fans to two new songs: “All Around The World” and “As Long As You Love Me” – not to be confused of course with the Backstreet Boys track of the same name.

In other Justin news, he recently had an altercation with a glass panel in Paris, France. While backstage during a quick change and crossover, the Biebs collided with a glass panel. The show was put on hold for a few minutes while Bieber recovered from the collision. After a quick rest and some water, he was good to continue on the with the show. He headed to his Twitter after the show to thank his fans for their support after word of the incident travelled fast on the interwebs. Check out a snippet of Justin’s performance from Oslo, Norway below.

Check out a bit of Justin’s show in Norway after the jump.

Swedish pop star Agnes is getting ready to release her forthcoming fourth studio album later this fall. To get the ball rolling, she has released a new single and video titled “One Last time.” The mid-tempo ballad tells the story of love lost as she asks to hold her man one last time before they depart for good. In the black & white video, we watch as Agnes tries to come closer to her man, but he isn’t having it.

Agnes is currently in Sweden working on the finishing touches of her new disc. Her American label, Interscope wanted her to move to the US and record the album there. However, she didn’t feel at home stateside and couldn’t find anyone that she could write with there. She decided to move back to Sweden to have more of a handle on on writing the new album. I personally loved her album “Dance Love Pop” so I cannot wait for some new music from this gal. Check out her new track and video below.

Check out Agnes’ video for “One Last Time” after the jump.

Only time will tell if Phillip Phillips has more staying power than previous WGWG (white guys with guitars) “American Idol” winners, but he’s off to a great start. Sorry Jessica Sanchez fans (myself included), but it looks like the right contestant won. The American Idol 11 winner hit a “Home”-run with his coronation single. It doesn’t hurt that “Home” is actually a pretty good track. Kudos to writers Drew Pearson and Greg Holden for not giving us another “This Is My Now” (Sparks), “Do I Make You Proud” (Hicks) or “Flying Without Wings” (Studdard).

Phillips made an impressive debut on the Billboard Hot 100. The 21-year-old singer landed at #10. It’s the first time since 2008, that an Idol winner has cracked the Top 10 with their coronation song. Scotty McCreery and Kris Allen both hit #11 with “I Love You This Big” and “No Boundaries“. The other WGWG winner, Lee DeWyze barely made a blip with his cover of U2’s “Beautiful Day” which peaked at #24.

see how close he came to toppling Kelly Clarkson’s record after the jump

The S Club 7 Reunion A Bust

In: Donovan, Music

Late last year, there were rumblings that all the members of S Club 7 were on board for a greatest hits album and possible reunion. Rumors also surfaced that a potential television show was in the works. Judging by their performance on an Australian daytime talk show today, a full-fledged reunion fell through.

Jo O’Meara, Paul Cattermole and Bradley Mcintosh decided to not let a full reunion stop them from embarking on a world tour with just the three of them. I guess they needed the cash the most and had nothing else to do. Interestingly enough, before talks of a S Club 7 reunion surfaced, the trio toured as S Club 3. Based on their appearance on Aussie’s “The Morning Show”, the three should’ve waited for the other four members to come on board. Because it was no bueno.

Vocally, the three sounded fine, but their performance lacked energy and felt a bit depressing. Considering that they sing bubbly pop, depressing is the last thing you want to come off as. Sure, the three look a bit older and out of shape (thanks Father Time), but it just felt like their hearts weren’t in it. Jo especially looked like she’s had a rough few years since the group disbanded. Check out their performance and see if they still have the S Club magic. Be sure to watch til the end to hear their explanation on where the other four members are.

watch the performance after the jump

Scissor Sisters Debut “Baby Come Home” Music Video

In: Music, Patrick

The Scissor Sisters just debuted their “Baby Come Home” music video and you’re going to love it! The song is from their ‘Magic Hour‘ album that is currently available on iTunes.

The music video is an explosion of animation, lyrics, costumes, humor, and I was captivated the entire time. From a viking to a nun to a knight in shining armour, they covered it all. There’s one part towards the end with bunnies, and it’s SO CUTE! Reflecting the lyrics, the rabbit is wanting his family to come home, and eventually they do. Following that, it’s a big “welcome home” type party with pretty much all of the visuals we had seen in the video coming together for one big celebration.

The video is very creative and it is apparent that they had a lot of fun with it. As always, the sexy Jake Shears is someone you’d want to say “Baby Come Home” to in the video. Check it out below!

Watch the video after the jump…

Azealia Banks Releases EP ‘1991’

In: Music, Nic

I finally got red headed step child excited for something today in music. I love music, I love all kinds of music, but music has been boring me lately. I’m ready for something different, and we finally have it.

We got this teaser taste of Azealia Banks when her single “212” came out, a fantastically filthy danceable to the nth degree track that I soaked up like baby oil the first time I heard it. I don’t profess I discovered it by any means and was actually shockingly late on the train for it, but repeated it like it was the only thing on my iPod/computer/in the world. So here we are for months now waiting for this seemingly breakout artist to come out with something else. Earlier this month online she released a fantastic track named “Jumanji“, and again I ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but FINALLY now we get something more concrete from her – some real getting to know her music. Only four tracks, but it’s something!

Listen to the four tracks after the jump…

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