Group performs for first time since Kevin Richardson rejoins the band
Backstreet’s back. And there were lots and lots of girls at the reunion party this morning as the band, in its first appearance since Kevin Richardson rejoined the boy group, singing “I Want It That Way” on “Good Morning America” this morning as part of the Summer Concert Series in Central Park.
As the video shows, 13 years after the Grammy-nominated tune ruled the charts, BSB performed it with their same signature dance moves and their stellar harmonies. We admit, some of the solo sections sounded a little rough, but when they all sing together, they still sound great.
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Woodland creatures cavort in the single-shot clip
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Taylor Swift surrounds herself with a true animal collective in the video for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which debuted today. Watch it here.
The music clip is a single shot as Swift goes through several costume changes and different sets. She starts in her bedroom and moves through into a foyer when her boyfriend, the one she’s never, ever getting back together with again, knocks on her door
Check out the cover art
One Direction gave fans the big news that the British boy band would have a new album out in November, less than eight months after the release of “Up All Night.”
Now we have more details to share: “Take Me Home” will come out Nov. 13. For the project, the band worked with a number of collaborators from “Up All Night,” including Ed Sheeran and McFly’s Tom Fletcher. New partners include Dr. Luke, Shellback and Toby Gad.
First single, “Live While We’re Young,” will premiere on radio on Sept. 24 and will be available for purchase on Oct. 1.
We haven’t heard any music, but you have to admit, the cover art is adorable and very swoon-worthy if you’re a 13-year old girl.
Miles and miles of booty await you
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Is she auditioning for '50 Shades of Grey?'
Brandy, you’re a fine girl. And it certainly shows in the artwork for your new album, “Two Eleven,” released today.
The standard and deluxe covers feature the same image of Brandy, who looks like a leather-clad glamazon with mile-long legs, a very toned belly, a ponytail that could serve as a whip, and an expression that tells us she is means all business.
The album includes “Put It Down”featuring Chris Brown, as well as new single, “Wildest Dreams. Among her collaborators on the album are TImbaland, Sean Garrett, Breyon Prescott, Danja, Jim Jonsin and Frank Ocean
“Two Eleven” comes out Ten Sixteen (Oct 16). The album, by the way, takes its name from Brandy's birthday, Feb. 11.
How many fans sent in images?
What happens when you ask fans to collaborate on your new video by sending in photos and videos? You get a patchwork of images and a huge headache if you’re the editor. You also get a lot of people who came up with the exact same idea to visualize the song.
Dave Matthews Band’s video for “Mercy” may be the biggest crowd-sourced clip ever made. According to the clip, 14,334 fans contributed footage. The editor managed to find all 438 who drew hearts for the word “love,” and group many of the lipsyncers together.
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Who will take home a Moonman this year - and who should?
The winners of the MTV Video Music Awards always take a back seat to the stage antics and performances at the annual show, but there are a number of notable entries in this year’s contenders.
Drake and Rihanna lead the pack with five nominations each; Katy Perry has four, while Coldplay, M.I.A. and Watch The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West) have three nods each.
Though all eyes will be on Chris Brown and Drake to see if they have an on-air altercation over Rihanna, there will also be performances from Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Pink, Green Day, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, and One Direction.
Winners are selected by the fans, who can vote as many times as they’d like during the eligibility period, so our predictions took that into account.
This year’s VMAs, hosted by Kevin Hart, will air live Sept. 6 on MTV.
Two U.K. and U.S. dates to herald 50th anniversary
Billboard is reporting, according to sources, that the Stones will play two shows in November: two at London’s O2 Arena and two at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The paycheck for the four gigs: a whopping $25 million.
Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty will promote the shows. If that is true, that means that Michael Cohl, the Rolling Stones’ longtime promoter, would not be involved. He told Billboard in late June that he had no information about 50th anniversary shows; however, that was two months ago.
The Stones have been seen going into a Paris studio and Mick Jagger tweeted how much fun the band is having. What's not clear is if they are recording new material or rehearsing for a tour.
The Shins, The Civil Wars and Bon Iver also on tap
Radiohead, the Shins and the Civil Wars are among the acts on tap for season 38 of “Austin City Limits,” the long-running live music show that runs on PBS stations.
Radiohead will kick off the season on Oct. 6 with a full-hour performance.
Below is the broadcast schedule. Seven additional episodes/artists are still to be announced.
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Which two artists have two songs each in the top 10?
Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” spends its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as the song gains in airplay, but drops in sales.
Following a record-setting digital download week with 623,000 copies sold, sales of “Never” drop to 307,000, according to Billboard, but that monster sum is still enough to keep the tune at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart as well.
Interestingly, the song, which does not have a hint of country in it, drops 13-19 on Billboard Country Songs chart, while gaining on both the ADult Pop Songs (21-18) and Pop Songs (18-16) charts. In a move clearly designed to court country fans (and her original fan base), who may be feeling little left out on this one, Swift will debut the video for “Never” on CMT on Thursday.
The next two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 remain the same, with Flo Rida’s “Whistle” at No. 2 and Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” at No. 3.
Maroon 5 sees “One More Night,” the second single from “Overexposed,” leap 9-4, while Fun.s’ “Some Nights” rises 6-5.
Carly Rae Jepsen continues to be the girl of summer as “Call Me Maybe” remains ensconced in the Top 10 at No. 6, while her duet with Owl City, “Good Time,” bursts into the Top 10 at No. 9.
Rounding out the top 10, Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” drops 5-7, Maroon 5’s “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa slips 7-8, and Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” featuring Big Sean slides 8-10.