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Spice Girls Reuniting As A Trio

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As most of you know, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Wannabe.” There have been rumblings for months now that a reunion to commemorate the milestone has been in the works. However, plans kept getting derailed due to no interest from Victoria Beckham and Melanie Chisholm. It appears, the other ladies are tired of waiting and forging ahead without them.

Scary Mel B, Ginger Geri Halliwell and Baby Emma Bunton took to YouTube to announce they’re returning as Spice Girls GEM. The GEM is an acronym for the trio’s first names.

They remained coy about what they have rolled up their sleeves, but rumors are swirling they booked a date at Hyde Park for a massive reunion concert next July which will coincide with “Wannabe” turning 21. Allegedly, some new music might also be in the works.

With a year lead up to Hyde Park, there is a chance that both Beckham and Chisholm might change their mind. Finger crossed they do. It wouldn’t be the same with all five spices together, even though GEM is a little catchy 😉

Do you think a trio is a smart move? Why or why not? Check out their video announcement below.

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Greatest Hits is an ABC summer series that features artists of today and yesterday performing the defining hits of the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. The latest episode highlighted hits from 1995-2000 featuring performances by LL Cool J, Backstreet Boys, Jewel, Coolio, All-4-One and Hanson revisiting their respective hits. For me though, it’s the duets with artists of today that are more entertaining.

Meghan Trainor joined The Backstreet Boys for a charming performance of “I Want It That Way.” The “Me Too” singer even picked up the boy band’s choreography, and pulled it off respectably.

While that duet was the marquee event, the stripped-down collaboration between Jewel and Tori Kelly on the former’s massive hit, “You Were Meant For Me,” was the winner of the night. The two ladies absolutely slayed it. They should consider touring together. I’d buy a ticket.

Check out both duets below, along with a sensational acoustic performance by Hanson of their smash single “MMMBop.” Dare I say, I prefer the new rendition over the original recording.

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Ariana Grande Joins NBC’s Hairspray Live!

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows
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NBC just added a very “Dangerous Woman” to its annual live musical production.

Ariana Grande is the latest big name to participate in Hairspray Live! She joins previously announced cast members Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short, Derek Hough and newcomer Maddie Baillio.

I AM NOWWW A CHECKERBOARD CHICK,” tweeted Grande. The 23-year-old songbird will play Penny, who was played by Amanda Bynes in the 2007 musical film. No disrespect to Bynes, but Ariana is absolutely going to slay it on December 7. Her vocals are far superior. Don’t you agree? Weigh in below.

check out all her tweets regarding her new gig after the jump

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It’s no secret Taylor Swift uses her past relationships as inspiration for her music. It appears that her ex, Calvin Harris, might’ve beaten her to the punch. The student has surpassed the teacher 😉

According to TMZ, the song lyrics are from Swift’s new boyfriend Tom Hiddleston’s point of view. They tell a tale about a man pining over a woman who’s already attached. Here are some of the more salacious lines.

“I see online that you begun to be a good girl and take trips with your boyfriend. Being attentive, continue to pretend…”

“You’ve hidden my name in your phone so you can call me to tell me you’ve been going through hell. Left him alone and you booked in a hotel.”

Low key you won’t tell none of your friends about me.”

My personal favorite is the last one which seems to be a pun of Hiddleston’s Thor character, Loki. LOL. Who knew Harris had a sense of humor?

When I heard Harris and John Newman were reuniting, I was expecting a hard-hitting club anthem, and not a breezy reggae-tinged track. I’m pleasantly surprised and already in love with the single. Check out the duo’s latest collaboration below.

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No doubt you’ve seen Kanye West’s “Famous” music video where naked wax figures of Taylor Swift, George Bush, Kim Kardashian and more are all lying in a bed together post-coital. BBC Radio 1 attempts to parody the controversial clip featuring some of the hottest acts of today.

‘Attempt’ is definitely the operative word. Though cute at some points, their version is pretty half-assed. At the very least, they could’ve encouraged the guys to take off their shirts to give the illusion of being nude. It’s not like Justin Bieber or Nick Jonas are averse to showing off assets, right?

Check out the SFW “Famous” spoof below featuring Troye Siva, Meghan Trainor, Carly Rae Jepsen, Craig David, Cheryl, Ant & Dec, 5 Seconds of Summer and the aforementioned Bieber and Jonas. Trainor kinda steals the spotlight with her amusing bit.

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Welcome to the show indeed!!! Three months after premiering the track on American Idol, Adam Lambert has finally unveiled the accompanying visual. It’s about friggin’ time.

Given the delay, I have to admit I was expecting an elaborate music video for “Welcome To The Show.” Boy, was I wrong. It’s relatively simple with Lambert and Swedish artist Laleh simply emoting their hearts outs in a studio while fancy light effects are employed to add interest. It’s a little basic, but I love me some Lambert, so I’m willing to let it slide.

Check out the “Welcome To The Show” music video below directed by Lee Cherry. For those who love, love Adam, there are a couple moments with the 34-year-old singer sans shirt. Enjoy.

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It’s insane “Wannabe” celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year. It just seems like yesterday when Ginger, Scary, Sporty, Baby and Posh Spice were declaring “Girl Power” everywhere.

Speaking of “Girl Power,” their breakthrough single just received a makeover for Global Goals Campaign’s #WhatIReallyReallyWant movement, raising awareness of various women’s issues. Not surprisingly, the girls approve of their hit being re-appropriated for a worthy cause.

“20 years on – Girl Power being used to empower a new generation. I’m so proud of The Global Goals ?#?WhatIReallyReallyWant?” – Victoria Beckham via Facebook

Emma Bunton wrote, “@TheGlobalGoals always supporting.”

Melanie C tweeted, “Flattered and honoured that our crazy song is being used so beautifully.”

The video, which features international stars including UK’s M.O. and Nigeria’s Seyi Shay, recreates the iconic “Wannabe” music video while urging for the end of violence against girls, equal pay and other issues. Check out the fantastic clip below.

Global Girls Campaign

In 2015 world leaders promised to put girls and women first when they signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fix climate change and tackle inequalities.
Girls and women are disproportionately affected by these challenges and are key to building resilient communities to withstand them.

That’s why we need to ensure World Leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations listen to the voices of girls and women and put them first in policies and plans.
2016 is our chance to use our collective power and tell world leaders what we really really want for girls and women.

If you make the noise, we’ll get your message to world leaders at the UN in September.
The Global Goals will only ever be achieved if governments, businesses, communities and YOU invest in girls and women.

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In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, a couple of charity singles have been released including Christina Aguilera’s fantastica ballad “Change.” Every time I hear it, I still get chills.

The latest tribute single honoring the 49 victims features an all-star lineup. Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Meghan Trainor and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles all unite for “Hands.”

“The second I heard about this horrible tragedy where so many of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters lost their lives, I immediately got on a plane to Orlando to volunteer my help anyway I could,” writer and producer Justin Tranter said about the single. “Putting this charity single together is just a way for me, and everyone involved to keep volunteering our help and promote peace and love in the world.”

Proceeds from the sale of the new tribute single in the United States will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the LGBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD. Check out the beautiful ballad below.

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