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Kat Graham Samples TLC For New Single ‘1991’

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What About Your Friends” off their debut album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, is one of TLC’s most underrated singles. Sure, it cracked the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 but most fans of the girl group probably wouldn’t put it in their Top 5. Not this fan and it would appear, neither would Kat Graham.

The Vampire Diaries actress samples the TLC track for her latest single, “1991.” It’s a bit odd she chose that year given that the album dropped in 1992, but oh well. Tomayto, Tomahto. Regardless, Graham’s new song is hot and I’m obsessed. No doubt in part to its throwback content.

“I spent most of my time in music– at least for the songs that garnered attention– singing other people’s work,” the 25-year-old singer shared to Billboard. “I want to be honest about that because I am finally doing what I’ve always wanted to do and making music that I’ve always wanted to make.”

Gotta give Kat credit for keeping on and doing her thing with the music. Girl won’t stop hustin‘ until she becomes a bonafide recording success. Give her latest a spin below.

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The 41th annual American Music Awards took place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre Live on Sunday night with Mr. Worldwide aka Pitbull hosting. Random choice, right?

Heading into the evening, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had the most nominations with six. Even though they nabbed two AMAs, Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night. The 23-year-old singer won four awards – Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Female Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Red. It was her third time winning the year’s top prize!

The top male dog was Justin Timberlake who walked away with three statues. Other multiple winners were One Direction and Rihanna. The AMAs bestowed the latter with their first ever Icon Award which was presented to her by her mom. Adorable.

With regards to performances, Lady Gaga in my opinion stole the show alongside R. Kelly with their sexually-charged tribute to JFK and Marilyn Monroe. Other memorable highlights include Katy Perry’s Japanese-themed “Conditionally” number, DWTS’ Maks Chmerkovskiy tossing around J. Lo during her Celia Cruz homage, Miley Cyrus being accompanied by a giant kitty and Christina Aguilera’s beautiful duet with A Great Big World.

On the flip side, I was underwhelmed with both Ariana Grande and TLC. The former was fantastic vocally but a tad boring, while the latter served practically zero energy during their “Waterfalls” performance with Lil Mama subbing in for the late Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Check out all the performances and winners below.

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Did you watch VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story? I did and loved it. Boy, did ousted TLC member Crystal Jones and former manager Pebbles get the shaft, especially the latter. She’s so incensed with her portrayal she’s reportedly contemplating legal action for defamation of character. I’m pretty sure most of her antics were true. Just saying. On a positive note, the cast killed it with their performances. Within minutes, I forgot I was watching actors. Their mannerisms and music video recreations were spot on.

The VH1 biopic scored big for the network. It was the highest-rated original movie on cable television in 2013 with over 4.5 million viewers. In addition, according to SocialGuide, the show was the most-tweeted program on Monday night, generating 1.92 million tweets with the hashtag #CrazySexyCool. Glad to see TLC fans came out in droves.

After the movie ended, the surviving members of the group, Chilli and T-Boz, previewed their new video “Meant To Be.” The breezy acoustic ballad is the only new track featured on their latest greatest hits album 20. The ladies just dropped the accompanying visual which features Ne-Yo. Check out the full-length version below.

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Is it Christmas and no one told me? Because these are a few of my favorite things all coming together. Cue Julie Andrews ;)

The Saturdays minus Frankie Sanford (I’m assuming she’s still on maternity leave) stopped by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to promote their current Top 5 UK hit “Disco Love.” It’s arguably one of my favorite tracks from the British girl group. Reminds me of a camping trip I took this summer.

As part of their two-song acoustic set, Rochelle Humes, Una Healy, Mollie King and Vanessa White performed a mashup of Drake’s “Hold On We’re Gone Home,” TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor.” The vocals aren’t perfect by any means, but if you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy it. Check out both performances below.

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TLC Releases New Ballad ‘Meant To Be’

In: Donovan, Music

In conjunction with a highly-anticipated biopic, Crazysexycool: The TLC Movie airing on VH1 October 21, the surviving members of TLC are dropping another greatest hits album titled 20. Prior to unveiling the track listing, rumors swirled collaborations with Drake and a Lady Gaga-penned track would appear. As it turns out, the only new track included with their previous hits is one written by Ne-Yo.

Meant To Be” is a breezy acoustic ballad in the vein of “Unpretty” or “Diggin’ On You.” Longtime fans of the Atlanta-based girl group will love it. The uplifting jam is exactly what you’d expect from them. I’m sure the track will play at some key moment in the biopic signifying that T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili were in fact, “Meant To Be.” Give it a listen below.

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It’s not an official single nor even her track, but at least we have new music from Lady Gaga. It’s better than nothing, right monsters? “Posh Life” was penned by the 27-year-old singer for TLC. The Dallas Austin-produced track is one of four new songs appearing on the girl group’s greatest hits compilation coming soon.

The track features Gaga’s impeccable piano work and has her singing in a much lower register. No doubt to try to match T-Boz’s gravely raspy voice. With regards to lyrics, it’s in line with TLC’s signature self-empowering mantra. Gaga definitely captures their essence. I can’t wait to hear T-Boz and Chilli’s produced version of “Posh Life.” In the meantime, give Gaga’s leaked demo a listen below.

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We’ve previously seen stills of Keke Palmer (Chilli), Drew Sidora (T-Boz) and Lil Mama (Left Eye) as the iconic girl group TLC, but now we finally get to see them in action. VH1 released the first trailer for their television event CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story airing this October.

The biopic was executive produced by surviving members, Chilli and T-Boz. It chronicles the trio’s rise to fame and their struggles. It also highlights the music that made us want to dance and sing along to. After all they did sell over 65 million records worldwide and that’s what fans want to see and hear.

Based on first impression, the girls do a great job impersonating the girls as they film their iconic music videos for “Waterfalls” and “No Scrubs.” They have the girls’ mannerisms down pack. Most notably Lil Mama, it’s scary how much see looks like Left Eye. I’m hoping the VH1 original movie isn’t all about recreating music videos and gets down and dirty with juicy details behind the scenes. Check out the first trailer below.

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Who Does Kelly Clarkson Think She Is?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

After airing on NBC for three seasons, Lisa Kudrow brings her genealogy documentary series to TLC. Who Do You Think You Are? premieres tonight on the network. To kick off the fourth season, Kelly Clarkson has been tapped to trace her family tree. The 31-year-old original American Idol discovers that her great great great grandfather, Isaiah Rose, was involved in the Civil War.

Having watched the show, I’m sure her relative was some do-gooder. I would love it one time to have a celebrity discover a shady past. That would be priceless. Other stars participating this season are Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Trisha Yearwood, Jim Parsons and Chris O’Donnell. Check out a preview of the season premiere below.

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