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Take That Debuts Catchy New Track ‘These Days’

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And then there were three. Take That is the latest boy band to reunite in hopes of capturing their former glory days. They return however without both Robbie Williams and Jason Orange in the mix. The now trio boy band just premiered the lead single off their forthcoming studio album, aptly titled III.

These Days” is a disco-tinged pop song with a killer hook. Fans of their old music will totally fall for this new offering. This has potential to do really well in the UK. I bet Orange will regret leaving the band. It’s that good. It’s also nice to see Gary Barlow making good use of his free time now that he’s no longer a judge on The X Factor. Give the pop gem a listen below.

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Nick & Knight Debut ‘One More Time’

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In 2011, New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys formed a super group, NKOTBSB, and released an album. Fast forward a couple of years later and two members from each boy band have joined forces for a new musical act. Nick Carter and Jordan Knight are taking a break from their boys to form Nick & Knight. Guess these boys really connected while on tour together.

The boys premiered their debut single titled “One More Time” on Ryan Seacrest today. The track is a breezy pop jam. It’s the lead cut off their debut album out this September in conjunction with a tour. Nick & Knight will perform 39 shows starting in Nashville on September 15 and ending in Calgary, Alberta on November 22. Give their collaboration a listen below. It’s very Maroon 5-lite in my opinion.

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O-Town Takes A ‘Skydive’ In Comeback Single

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In April, O-Town became the latest boy band from yesteryear to reunite. The group, minus Ashley Parker Angel, announced a reunion tour and a forthcoming album. While not nearly as commercially successful as their counterparts (Backstreet Boys & ‘N Sync) the manufactured group scored solid hits including “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing.” The latter being one of my favorites to sing at karaoke.

Wisely, the group has chosen a ballad to signal their comeback. “Skydive” relies heavily on their vocals and harmonies as opposed to an EDM beat or a lite hip hop vibe. Even without Angel, the quartet sounds as glorious as ever.

The mid-tempo track is the lead cut off their third studio album, Lines & Circles, due in stores on August 3. Check out Erik-Michael Estrada, Dan Miller, Trevor Penick and Jacob Underwood aka O-Town on the powerful ballad below.

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Rising Artist Spotlight: The Vamps

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At first glance they look like another One Direction ripoff. To be fair, it’s kinda true. After all, they are a boy band from the United Kingdom. However, if I were to compare them to another boy band, I would say they’re a mix of Hanson and McFly.

“Being compared to One Direction is no bad thing but we are a completely different band.” – Brad Simpson

Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans, better known as The Vamps, have scored a couple of hits in their native country. With their latest, “Move My Way,” they’re primed to crossover to North America. It’s by far my favorite among the singles they’ve released. It’s thoroughly pop but with a folk sensibility, like most things these days. Give it a spin below, along with their previous music videos.

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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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General consensus dictates that every boy band has at least one gay member. While ‘N Sync and New Kids on the Block have Lance Bass and Jonathan Knight respectively, Backstreet Boys still has a homo population of zero. If I had to bet my money on any of them, it would be on either Nick Carter or AJ McLean. Well, it seems the latter is not gay but a self-proclaimed “fag hag.” That’s at least something, right?

The 35-year-old singer talks about dressing in women’s clothing, the boy band’s gay fan base, posing naked, and much more LGBT-related topics with his chat with PrideSource’s Chris Azzopardi. Check out several quotes from his interview below.

On First Time He Knew BSB Had A Gay Following

“We were in our trailer and we were watching these guys changing. We thought these were chicks – and all of a sudden they were taking off their clothes and I’m like, “Wait, that girl’s got, like, pecs. And oh, that’s a penis.” I was like, “What the hell is going on?”

We did three or four songs, the crowd went nuts and I was standing next to this 6-foot-6 drag queen who gave me a hug and a kiss. I was beside myself, and that was when we first knew that we had a big gay following. I was just like, “Wow, this is kind of friggin’ crazy.” Thinking back on it, I’ve been in this business since I was 3 and I grew up in musical theater, so I was raised and surrounded by gay men and gay women. I was hardly around anyone straight.”

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Lance Bass Talks Rumored ‘N Sync Reunion @ MTV VMAs

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Rumors of a possible ‘N Sync reunion at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards spread like wildfire on social media yesterday. Due to the fact Justin Timberlake is receiving the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, it could very well happen. A tribute featuring his old bandmates would make a lot of sense. If Beyonce could slum it up with Michelle Williams for the Super Bowl, I’m sure Timberlake could as well with Chris Kirkpatrick and crew for the prestigious award.

Not surprisingly, Lance Bass is the first one to talk publicly about the rumored reunion. He addressed the reports during his SiriusXM show, “Dirty Pop.” Even though he neither confirms nor denies the highly-anticipated reunion, I get the feeling he’s trying extremely hard not to let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Much like when Michelle Williams skirted the Destiny’s Child Super Bowl reunion during a red carpet interview. Boys and girls, I firmly believe an ‘N Sync reunion is taking place this weekend. Brace yourselves. Check out Bass talking about the rumors below.

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Backstreet Boys Debut Two Brand New Tracks

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In anticipation of the release of their eighth studio album, In A World Like This, Backstreet Boys are previewing a couple tracks. The first premiered on Entertainment Weekly and has a Jason Mraz vibe to it. “Trust Me” is the perfect song to listen to while relaxing on the beach somewhere. Very laid-back with its gentle guitar strums.

On the flip side “One Phone Call,” has a more anthemic feel to it. Co-written by Howie Dorough, the mid-tempo track has the boys delivering an apology of sorts from behind bars. Looks like someone was in the doghouse when they wrote this track ;) Based on these two tracks and the already-released awesome title track, I have a feeling BSB will score a solid comeback. Give both tracks a listen below.

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