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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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If some of your favorite Backstreet Boys tracks are “Shape of My Heart” and “I Want It That Way,” their new song might appeal to you. The boy brand reunite with their longtime collaborator Max Martin for “In A World Like This.” The up-tempo track is by a long shot their best track since their prime. It’s about finding love when you need it the most. Here’s what AJ Maclean recently told MTV News about their new single.

“I think ‘In a World Like This,’ both in a pop world that we’ve been living in for the past 20 years, and just the world that we live in with all the different things, positive things [and] negative things going on in this entire world. We’re still here 20 years later, living in this world that we’ve created. And I think it’s positive actually. It does kind of sound a little dark, but I think it’s positive.” – AJ Maclean

In A World Like This” is the lead cut from their upcoming album scheduled to drop in July. While their other boy band compatriots band together for The Package Tour, BSB are hitting the road with DJ Pauly D and Jesse McCartney. Give their latest a listen below. I have a feeling you might like it. PS. The 90s are definitely back.

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As if dropping Rihanna’s name in the song title wasn’t enough, The Wanted decided to parody boy bands from yesteryear to snatch some press. Anything to sell downloads I guess. If all the 90s references don’t parlay to YouTube views, band member Jay McGuiness’ “Gangnam Style” dancing might garner some clicks from those who still aren’t tired of PSY’s ubiquitous viral video. Seriously though, “Walks Like Rihanna” is the most random music clip ever, but I sorta like it. What can I say? Sometimes I’m in the mood for cheese.

The British man band chose “Bye Bye Bye” (‘N Sync), “I Want It That Way” (Backstreet Boys) and “Invisible Man” (98 Degrees) to mock, or pay homage, depending on your take. The clip begins with Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, Nathan Sykes and McGuiness having a video pitch meeting with a women who can’t sing nor dance, but can walk like Rihanna.

It’s good to see that Sykes participated in the clip before his throat surgery. Check out the video below. It sorta reminds me of Blink 182′s “All The Small Things” where the trio referenced their pop rivals at the time. Check out The Wanted’s latest below, along with all the original clips. Enjoy.

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Jonas Brothers Shake Their Pom Poms In New Video

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It’s official. 2013 is definitely the year for boy band reunions. NKOTB dropped the wicked “Remix (I Like The)” and 98 Degrees banded together once again for “Microphone.” Coincidentally enough, both groups will join Boyz II Men for The Package Tour. Jonas Brothers are the latest to jump on the reunion bandwagon. Somewhere out there, Chris Kirkpatrick is sobbing like a baby that Justin Timberlake’s solo career is still going strong. “Bye Bye Bye” Kirkpatrick.

During their four year hiatus, eldest Kevin Jonas walked down the aisle. Joe Jonas dabbled in acting, dated Hollywood starlets and tried to make a go at a solo career. Meanwhile Nick Jonas transitioned from cute boy to sexy man. WOOF. Be sure to participate in our Marry, F-ck, Bitch Slap: The Jonas Brothers edition. My choices might surprise you *wink*.

Pom Poms” is the lead cut from their upcoming fifth studio album. The brothers head to the field to film their video. Pretty much anything you can think of, they featured in the clip. A marching band and troupe of scantily-dressed cheerleaders were naturally included, but a gospel choir??? Interesting choice. Marc Klasfeld directed their comeback video. He’s previously worked with ‘N Sync (“Girlfriend”), Katy Perry (“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”) and Rita Ora (“How We Do (Party)”). Cutest part of the video is Nick trying to do choreography during the boys versus girls dance-off. Definitely not a DWTS mirrorball contender.

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