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.
“She can’t sing. She can’t dance. But who cares? She walks Rihanna.” The British man band just released the full-length version of their new single, “Walk Like Rihanna.” Produced by Dr. Luke, The Wanted declare they “stripped it back to pure pop.” I didn’t realize their previous sound was so cutting edge ;) The track was recorded before band member Nathan Sykes underwent vocal chord surgery. For now, he’s on an “unforeseen hiatus.” Here’s what their manager Scooter Braun said.
“We’re worried, but he’s in recovery right now and we’re being optimistic. Our prayers go out to him and right now we don’t know. We’re just waiting to see how he reacts to the surgery,” – Scooter Braun
The music video for the track will debut on May 7. It was shot in Los Angeles where the boys filmed their upcoming E! reality show premiering on June 2. Even with only a couple of listens, I already find myself singing the lyrics in my head over and over. Definitely catchy. Check out their new single below.
Surfing around this lazy Saturday, I stumbled upon these three entertainment stories that I missed sharing this week. Instead of doing separate posts, I decided to bundle them all up. Enjoy.
While I wrote about Kellan Lutz’s new ad campaign, I neglected to share that the Twilight veteran landed a huge role. The 28-year-old has been tapped to play Hercules in the upcoming big budget action flick Hercules 3D.
Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2) is directing the film which begins shooting in Bulgaria in May. I expect Harlin to fully exploit Lutz’s Greek-like body. After all, he did direct The Covenant starring Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Chace Crawford and Sebastian Stan. I’m sure I’m not the only homo who was in heat during those swimming scenes. Too much hotness for one film.
“It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history,” Renny Harlin told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview, “and Kellan has exactly that, personality. He’s not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion and heart.”
The Wanted are going old school to promote their upcoming E! reality show. The man band decided to release another music video for “All Time Low” for US fans. The track was the group’s first ever single. It also landed atop the UK music charts back in 2010. According to one of the members, Tom Parker, it’s his favorite song that they’ve ever done.
The new version features footage of Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker, and Nathan Sykes performing during their world tour. Naturally, the group debuted their new clip on E!. Hopefully for them, their reality show fares much better than The Saturdays‘ one which is raking abysmal ratings. Check out the US version of “All Time Low” below.
Following in the footsteps of British girl group, The Saturdays, British-Irish boy band The Wanted are getting a reality show on the E! Network as well! The show has tentativley been called The Wanted Life (works for me). Ryan Seacrest will be one of the executive producers and the show will center around the five band members as the live together in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills and record their third album and prepare for their US and European tour later in the year.
E! president Suzanne Kolb is really excited about the show, saying in a statement: “The rock star lifestyle is something that everyone has fantasized about and The Wanted are giving viewers total access into their world as they live out this dream.” I only wish we got total access… wink ;). She adds, “This series is a perfect blend of music, bromance and superstardom chronicling the lives of one of music’s biggest groups as they continue to make their mark on the global stage.”
Fans of The Wanted, rejoice! The boys seem to have some big plans for 2013 to make it one of their biggest years ever. Like 2012 wasn’t big enough with their hit single Glad You Came topping the charts in the US making them a household name and having star maker Scooter Braun jump on their bandwagon, they have some huge dreams to fulfill in the next year including two brand new albums.
For those fans like myself who already knew of the band in their UK hay-day, their US debut disc featured tracks from their two previous albums with two new bangers, Chasing The Sun and Satellite. The first album which their expecting to release this spring will feature their single I Found You. So why two albums you ask?
Band mate Tom Parker explains that originally, they had hoped to have an album out this Christmas but the group felt it wasn’t quite ready. And, with all the material they have written in the past year, they have enough music for two albums. I have to be honest, I’m not complaining. I am always up for more music from these blokes. In a recent interview in prep for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the boys discuss the albums, 2013 resolutions and discuss their biggest successes of 2012.
It’s been a big year in music and a lot of records have been broken. It’s insane to think that Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” has passed the 1 billion views mark for his music video on YouTube. Carly Rae Jepsen was launched into superstardom after Justin Bieber personally endorsed her soon-to-be worldwide obsession, “Call Me Maybe.” It’s pretty much a given that these two songs are in the Billboard‘s Top 10 Songs of 2012, but what about the other eight?
Billboard’s top song of the year also charted #1 in Radio Songs, #1 in Digital Songs, #5 in Ringtones, #8 in Pop Songs, and #6 in Adult Contemporary. If that doesn’t give it away, I’m sure the header photo did. The number one song is Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which also features Kimbra. Love that song! Find out what other songs make up the Top 10 list below. I’ve also included all of the songs/music videos should you be inclined to watch the videos and/or listen to the songs. Enjoy!
Earlier this week, the internet was all abuzz about the fact that Lindsay Lohan had been riding with The Wanted on their tour bus, courtesy of her “good friend,”
Aaron Samuels Max George. Props on her taste, as he’s certainly my most “Wanted” in that band as well. TMZ reported yesterday, “Sources close to Max tell us Lindsay is in Boston with The Wanted for their show tonight — and we’re told she got there riding first class on board the group’s luxury bus … as Max’s guest.”
Meanwhile, in the other direction…the One Direction, People Magazine is reported that Taylor Swift has apparently been seen canoodling with Harry Styles. They’ve been seeing out in public together, and at a recent party, a source told the magazine that “Taylor and Harry [were] being very smoochie. They definitely [looked] like a couple.”