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Grease Live! Cast Hand Jives In New Promo

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On the heels of FOX releasing the first promo images of its highly-anticipated production of Grease Live!, comes the first clip. This time, however, Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens aren’t the only ones featured. The entire main cast don their 50s-era outfits to serve up retro realness.

Carly Rae Jepsen (Frenchy), Keke Palmer (Marty), Carlos PenaVega (Kenickie) and the rest of the cast shake and shimmy in front of their Rydell High lockers to the iconic song, “Born To Hand Jive.” It’s a fun and slick promo that has me even more excited for the telecast. Will this new cast, though, do the beloved musical justice come January 2016? Fingers crossed. Check out the promo below.

Grease Live! Synopsis

Featuring a young ensemble cast, GREASE: LIVE will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show’s most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy’s summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. Can Danny maintain his bad-boy image as the coolest member of the T-Birds, once he and Sandy start going together, and can Sandy remain a good girl after she joins the Pink Ladies? With their friends Rizzo and Kenickie pulling them in different directions, it’s up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.

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Carly Rae Jepsen Covers Wham’s Last Christmas

In: Donovan, Music

Carly Rae Jepsen loves the 80s. That’s for sure!!! Her underrated album, Emotion, included plenty of tracks clearly inspired by the decade. What better way to cap off her latest era by covering one of the most beloved Christmas songs written during that time.

Last Christmas” was originally recorded by Wham! in 1984. Since then, the George Michael-penned track has been covered numerous times by the likes of Ariana Grande, Hilary Duff, Coldplay, Savage Garden and Carrie Underwood to name a few.

Jepsen’s rendition stays pretty true to the original version but gives it a modern update. It’s a bit tropical with fun saxophone elements. Give the track a listen below. Hopefully, a whimsical clip is on its way.

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It’s great to see that Carly Rae Jepsen and her label haven’t completely given up on Emotion. The 29-year-old’s highly-underrated album is absolutely fantastic and critically well-reviewed, but hasn’t done very well commercially. Unfortunately, Carly Rae is a victim of her own success. People just want to classify her as a one-hit wonder after “Call Me Maybe.”

Jepsen has wisely chosen “Your Type” as her next single. For the accompanying clip, she decided to go a bit edgier than her previous visuals. Her boyfriend David Kalani Larkins and Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, directed the clip.

It follows Jepsen having a rough night. After having her headphones stolen, she makes her way to a dive bar to perform. In her imagination, she’s performing for a large crowd, but in reality, there’s practically no one there. Is this a commentary on the status of her recording career? Check out the clip below and weigh in afterward.

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FOX is inching ever so close to completing the cast for its ambitious live production of Grease. Today’s announcement includes two Pink Ladies and a T-Bird.

Fresh off her Broadway stint as Cinderella, Carly Rae Jepsen has been tapped to play everyone’s favorite beauty school dropout. The 29-year-old will don a pink wig to play Frenchy. Absolutely inspired casting if you ask me.

The “Run Away With You” singer joins previously announced cast members Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie and Keke Palmer as Marty.

Find out how Jessie J is involved after the jump, along with two more casting announcements.

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While fun. is on hiatus, Jack Antonoff formed another indie pop act, Bleachers. Their debut album, Strange Desire, was released last year, spawning the singles “I Wanna Get Better” and “Rollercoaster” which both cracked the Top 5 of the Billboard Alternative chart. The 31-year-old guitarist has come up with a brilliant companion covers album for his band’s debut album.

Titled Terrible Thrills Vol. 2, the album features an all female reimagining of the original tracks. He’s enlisted an impressive roster of ladies including Tinashe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sia, Sara Bareilles, MO, Charli XCX and Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. He even snagged Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles to contribute. Amazing!!!

“I love female voices,” Jack wrote on his Twitter. “i wish i had one. when i write songs i typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so i can hit the notes. that’s why so many bleachers’ songs are sung so low. i could change the key but i like things sounding like a male version of what in my head was a female-sung song. I’ve always written this way. so with that in mind i wanted to release a version of my record that spoke to how it was written and the ways i originally heard it in my head before i recorded and sang it. i think it’s important for people to know where the songs come from and why the songs come out sounding the way they do. i hear my music as my interpretation of a song I’m writing as a female in my head, so i wanted to make that a reality with the artists who inspire me to write in the first place.”

If you’re wondering why this LP is labeled Vol. 2, it’s because Antonoff did the same thing with his former band, Steel Train. That covers album featured the talents of Tegan and Sara and Scarlett Johansson to name a couple.

Personally, it’s a brilliant concept. Dare I say, I like the songs much better now with female vocals. The Tinashe, Sia and Charli XCX tracks are my favorites. Give them a listen below.

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Poor Carly Rae Jepsen. She’ll most likely forever be overlooked due to the enormous success of “Call Me Maybe.” No matter what she does, the Canadian singer will be associated with bubblegum pop, despite experimenting with new sounds.

Warm Blood” is a departure from her usual pop fare. She shines on this new track as she coos over a simmering electro baseline. It’s another highlight off her forthcoming E-MO-TION LP.

Check out another winner from the highly-underrated Carly Rae below. I love it.

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If this doesn’t bring Carly Rae Jepsen back to the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, nothing will. This Shellback-produced track is beyond infectious. Personally, “Run Away With Me” should’ve been the lead cut off her E-MO-TION album. The problem with the underperforming “I Really Like You” was it was trying to hard to replicate “Call Me Maybe.” Nothing will ever come close to that pop gem.

While a big budget music video would’ve been nice for “Run Away With Me,” the home-video inspired vibe is adorable. The 29-year-old singer shares her playful adventures while visiting Paris, New York and Tokyo. Jepsen definitely has the ‘cute’ market cornered. She looks euphoric and without a care in the world in the clip. Maybe it’s because Tom Hanks is nowhere to be found in this one 😉 Check it out below.

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Run Away With Carly Rae Jepsen On Awesome New Track

In: Donovan, Music

After her critically well-received single “I Really Like You” underperformed, I thought the Canadian chanteuse was dunzo. It appears Carly Rae Jepsen has a little more fight left in her. Her latest track off her forthcoming album E-MO-TION is legitimately sensational.

Run Away With Me” is pure pop perfection. From the sax intro to the shimmery pop production, the 80s-tinged throwback is undeniably catchy. Why the Shellback-produced single is being released in Japan this week and not til August 21 in North America is insane. A video treatment needs to happen ASAP. Give it a listen below.

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