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O-Town Announces Reunion Minus One Original Member

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Remember O-Town? They were formed by Lou Pearlman during the inaugural season of Making The Band. The boys were supposed to be the next coming of Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync, but unfortunately for them, they came along at the tail end of the boy band craze in the 90s. They did, however, still managed to score a couple of Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Well, they’re back after a 10 year hiatus.

“We started this reunion purely for the fun of it. We had discussed a summer tour to perform our old songs and finally give the fans what they’ve been asking us for the last 10 years. However, once we began working, what developed was something a little more ambitious. The ideas kept flying and we couldn’t help but start making new music.” - Jacob Underwood

Can you call it a reunion when only four of the five members are returning? Arguably, the breakout (and cutest) member was Ashley Parker Angel. He’s opting out, making O-Town now a quartet with only Dan Miller, Erik-Michael Estrada, Jacob Underwood and Trevor Penick on board. What’s Parker Angel working on? His fitness. Check out the result of all his sweaty hard work in a picture he recently shared on Instagram below.

Each of us have different reasons for agreeing to do this again, a decade later. Mine has to start with the fans. I never knew how much I would miss them. I never quite realized how much of an impact we had on them.” – Erik-Michael Estrada

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Lady Gaga Goes Bare Face For Porter Magazine

In: Donovan, Music
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It’s a stunt Lady Gaga has previously executed a couple times prior. Mother Monster went fresh faced for Harper’s Bazaar and V Magazine in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Completing the sans make-up trifecta, Gaga ditches all the glamor warpaint for Porter magazine.

Well, not completely bare. I’m sure some subtle mascara and nude cosmetics were used. Regardless of what or wasn’t applied, the “G.U.Y.” singer should really consider this less-is-more approach. With the 70s-looking hair, the 28-year-old entertainer is seriously channeling young Stevie Nicks, no? Check out a couple more pics snapped by Inez & Vinoodh below.

“It is often easy to forget that there is actually a young woman – and an exceptional musician – behind the wigs and the costumes, the hype and the theatrics. With these pictures, we wanted to reveal the woman behind the Lady, the artist behind the artifice. Indeed when I first saw Inez & Vinoodh‘s shot of Gaga wearing nothing but her grandmother’s vintage robe – the piece she often wears to write her music in – I just knew it had to be the cover. It felt authentic, personal and beautiful, and unlike any image I have seen of her before.” – Porter Magazine editor-in-chief Lucy Yeomans

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Xscape With Michael Jackson This May

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It’s been almost five years since Michael Jackson passed way. Since his death, one posthumous album titled Michael was released. This May, the former King of Pop releases another LP, titled Xscape, from the grave.

Epic Records C.E.O./executive producer L.A. Reid and Timbaland were given permission from Jackson’s estate to “contemporize” eight previously unreleased tracks. Timbaland will be the lead producer but will get assistance from others including Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.

“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with,” Michael Reid said in a statement on Monday. “We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”

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Beyonce recently finished her Mrs. Carter World Tour but isn’t showing signs of slowing down. She just released an alternate vision for her gem, “Grown Woman.” Why this single never received an official release is beyond me? It’s a masterpiece in my opinion.

For the new version, Bey and her creative team amp up the animation and African-inspired hairstyles and wardrobe. Gone though are Tina Knowles and Kelly Rowland’s cameos. To be fair, Rowland does still make a cameo, albeit her younger self in home video footage, but still. Check out the new clip below which improves upon on the original edit massively.

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It was only a matter of time before Pitbull filmed a music video at the Playboy Mansion. That day has finally come. The Cuban-American rapper used Hugh Hefner’s iconic abode as the backdrop for his latest clip, “Wild Wild One.” The folk-tinged EDM track (you can thank Avicii for this trend) has so far only received a cold response. Hopefully, the David Rousseau-directed video will remedy that situation. It’s no “Timber” but it’s a solid offering.

Once again, Mr. Worldwide surrounds himself with a bevy of beauties. This time they come in the form of Playboy Bunnies and Robin Antin’s new Pussycat Dolls, G.R.L. This is the hottest the girl group has looked, especially Emmalyn Estrada and Lauren Bennett. They look even sexier when the video changes locales and heads back to Mr. Worldwide’s hometown of Miami. He swaps out the Playboy Mansion for the stunning Vizcaya Mansion. Check out the visual below.

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Alicia Keys Brings It On Again For Spider-Man 2

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Alicia Keys last lent her vocals for 12 Years A Slave. The 33-year-old signs up for another movie soundtrack, but substantially lightens things up this time around.

Keys teams up with Kendrick Lamar for the first time with a Pharrell Williams-produced track. Kendrick kicks things off with a surprisingly rock-tinged beat before Alicia slides in with a trendy neo-soul retro disco beat. It’s nothing groundbreaking but a delightful treat.

It’s On Again” hits iTunes on April 1 with the entire soundtrack available for download on April 22. Give their The Amazing Spider-Man 2 collaboration a spin below.

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Blair Waldorf Covers Fleetwood Mac

In: Donovan, Music
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Yes, I know her real name is Leighton Meester, but to me, she’ll always be her Gossip Girl character. She embodied that part so perfectly. Love her.

Meester finds herself dabbling in music once again. Sadly, her solo recording career never took off after her massive collaboration with Cobra Starship on “Good Girls Go Bad.” If she ever decides to pursue it again seriously, she should follow this path.

Along with her friend Dana Williams, the 27-year-old covers Fleetwood Mac. The duo give a gorgeous acoustic rendition of the band’s classic “Dreams.” The track is lifted off Williams’ EP, The Lonely One. If you liked Leighton in Country Strong with Garrett Hedlund, you’ll love this. Check it out below.

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Earlier this week, Ellie Goulding debuted the music video for her contribution to the Divergent soundtrack. It’s pretty much your standard clip for a YA film. Footage from the movie, specifically of Tris and Four’s relationship, are interspersed with Goulding moving dramatically slow in a foggy forest. Ellie looks great as per usual. I’m kinda digging the tattoo of three birds on her chest. Check out the “Beating Heart” video below.

“The music works on a couple of different levels. On the one hand, there’s music that plays environmentally. Where we landed on Ellie and a couple of other pieces is that they play more to the psychology of the character. When you see the film, Ellie’s pieces speak to Tris, the Shailene Woodley character, to her subconscious and point of view.” – Divergent music supervisor Randall Poster

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