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New breed of boy bands takes over airwaves

Posted in Celebrity, Charts, Music, Music news, New Music with tags , , on April 30, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

Boy band fever is storming the music scene in the United States, led by the Brits who are breaking away from the slick, squeaky-clean image of old as they battle to become America’s newest pin-ups.

The five young men of The Wanted take on their baby-faced rivals One Direction with their self-titled debut EP released this week, following One Direction’s No. 1 first album on the U.S. Billboard charts last month.

It’s more than 10 years since New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys and N’Sync ruled the U.S. music scene and sent hordes of screaming young girls to record stores.

In Britain, boy bands have never gone out of fashion, although the new breed appears to have grown up.

If One Direction are the co-ordinated, clean-cut, media-savvy boy band, The Wanted are the rebellious antidote, uncensored by their team and left to win over audiences by goofing around with each other, and the media.

“We’re different, we all play instruments, we don’t dance and we don’t dress very well,” The Wanted’s Tom Parker told Reuters.

The Wanted – Parker, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes, aged between 19 and 23 – were put together after mass auditions in the U.K. in 2009, and are managed by Scooter Braun, the mastermind behind Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber.

“All the acts that I manage are built organically and they all get to be exactly who they are,” said Braun, 30, who encourages The Wanted to be open about drinking, partying and dating girls.

“I used to be a party promoter the last time boy bands were huge, and I knew a lot of those guys, and they like to party and drink and do all that stuff too. But they always had to hide it, and I think it’s refreshing to see a boy band that doesn’t hide it and that doesn’t care,” Braun added.

One Direction – formed of Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, all aged between 18 and 20 – were put together in 2010, and are managed by Simon Cowell.

One Direction’s image is more carefully groomed and choreographed in the vein of the boy band stereotype but that didn’t stop a controversial romance between Styles and a British TV presenter 15 years his senior, prior to the band making their U.S. debut.

“We don’t mind at all being called a boy band, we’re just lads in a band. But I think we’re trying to do something a little bit different…it’s a bit more relaxed, lads having fun, we do what we want,” said One Direction’s Payne.

Both bands fall squarely into the pop genre, with One Direction embracing innocent, fun love songs such as with their lead single “What Makes You Beautiful,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Wanted have taken a more adult route, with heavier dance beats and raunchier music videos such as their single “Glad You Came,” peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

“Their music is really different to ours and I think anyone can see that, and you can like one or the other or both,” said The Wanted’s McGuiness.

“A lot of people expect boy bands to cater music exclusively to young girls…we accept that a lot of young girls do like us, but we respect their musical choice as much as we respect a 50-year-old dude,” McGuiness added.

DIRECTIONERS VS. TEAM WANTED

The Wanted have received mixed critical reviews for their debut EP in the United States, released this week.

August Brown at the Los Angeles Times said that while The Wanted were “saucier and sleeker” than One Direction, their music wasn’t “nearly as fun,” while Maura Johnston at Rolling Stone said “their dance pop droops where it should bounce.”

Devoted fans, known as “Directioners” and “Team Wanted,” compete on Twitter to make the bands a trending topic, and have been a fundamental part in driving sales.
“As much as we don’t try to be perfect all the time, we knew America had an idea of boy bands…we have to thank them because they welcomed us with open arms, and we could never have expected it,” said McGuiness.

One Direction’s first album, “Up All Night,” sold more than 176,000 copies in its first week, entering the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 1 and making history as the first UK band to debut at the top with their first album.

The Wanted also look set to chart high, currently at No. 7 on iTunes.

One Direction has more than 5 million fans on Facebook and 3.2 million “Directioners” following on Twitter, while The Wanted have more than 1.6 million fans on Facebook and 500,000 Twitter followers.

Parker from The Wanted called the adulation “pretty weird at times” and Horan from One Direction admitted he gets a “bit scared” when their female fan base are driven into a frenzy.

Manager Braun brushes off critics who dismiss boy bands as mere manufactured creations.

“People forget that the Beatles were once a cheesy boy band – that’s what America other than the teenage girls thought. But then they kept making great records…when you make great songs, everyone else just shuts up,” said Braun.

Nicki Minaj on Top of UK Charts

Posted in Celebrity, Music, Music news, New Music with tags , , , , on April 9, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

Nicki Minaj scored her first U.K. bestseller as “Pink Friday — Roman Reloaded” opened at the top of the charts. The album now has the leading spot.

Minaj’s first album “Pink Friday” debuted at No. 34 in the U.K. in December 2010 and climbed as high as No. 16 last August. It’s still on this week’s Official Charts Company survey, falling 30-40, but is eclipsed by Minaj’s sophomore set, which opened at the summit ahead of Labrinth’s “Electronic Earth,” with Adele’s “21” leaps back up another place at No. 3.

MUST LISTEN: Kenzi “Down To An Art”

Posted in Music, New Music with tags , , on April 4, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

Country newcomer Kenzi is the fresh voice of music that has critics talking and fans eagerly lending their support. As her talent continues to develop and she increasingly becomes an artist in demand, Kenzi has officially released her single, “Down To An Art,” now available on iTunes!

While staying involved in various activities, such as musical theater, singing is Kenzi’s true calling, and her passion is easily felt and understood when listening to her newest hit tune, ”Down To An Art.”
This latest release is a fun, light-hearted and catchy song that showcases Kenzi’s bright personality and strong character while establishing her as a serious artist. Often compared to superstar Taylor Swift, Kenzi uses her music as a means of personal expression, emphasizing the story-telling aspect of country music.

To find out what Kenzi is up to check out the following sites!:

www.KenziLive.com/

Facebook.com/KenziLive

Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen Get Intimate for New Duet

Posted in Celebrity, Music, New Music with tags , , , , , on April 3, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

Carly Rae Jepsen has snagged some recent success and recognition for her “Call Me Maybe” single, released under Justin Bieber’s label. But now the Canadian singer has revealed that she is collaborating on a track with Bieber himself.

“We collaborated on one song together, but in general, I was blown away by Justin,” Jepsen said to MTV News. “He’s so down-to-earth and very charming and very talented. It’s still a little top-secret, but it’s going to be coming out soon, I hope. It’s a really lovely song. The way he presented it was pretty cool. It was my first time meeting him. I was at the studio, and he basically just said, ‘What do you think of this song?’ and I was like, ‘Wow, I love it.’ ”

From there, the “Boyfriend” singer asked her to collaborate on it, and she happily accepted the offer. “It’s pretty stripped-down,” she said. “It’s pretty casual. It’s not too dance-y; it’s more intimate. It’s a duet.”

Aerosmith Announces Global Warming Tour

Posted in Celebrity, Music, New Music with tags , , on March 26, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

Aerosmith has announced that they will play arenas throughout America in the Global Warming Tour this summer, promoter LiveNation announced Monday.

Beginning June 16 in Minneapolis, the “Walk This Way” rockers will make their way through large markets including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. They play their hometown of Boston on July 17 and wrap the tour in Tacoma, Wash. on Aug. 8.

“The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with yur mothers,” Steven Tyler says. Joe Perry adds, “Can’t wait to bring this band back home. It feels like we’ve been away too long.”

Tickets go on sale March 30 and 31 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Cheap Trick, no stranger to playing arenas in their nearly 40-year history, will open the shows.

Global Warming Tour Dates:

June
16 — Minneapolis, Minn. (Target Center)
19 — Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
22 — Chicago, Ill. (United Center)
27 — Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)

July
1 — Uniondale, NY (Nassau Coliseum)
3 — Bristow, Va. (Jiffy Lube Live)
5 — Detroit, Mich. (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
7 — Milwaukee, Wis. (Marcus Amphitheater, Summerfest)
17 — Boston, Mass. (TD Garden)
21 — Philadelphia, Pa. (Wells Fargo Center)
24 — East Rutherford, NJ (IZOD Center)
26 — Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)
28 — Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
30 — Houston, Texas (Toyota Center)

August
1 — Denver, Colo. (Pepsi Center)
4 — Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
6 — Los Angeles, Calif. (Hollywood Bowl)
8 — Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)

Madonna Releases Video for Girl Gone Wild

Posted in Music news, New Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

Madonna's Girl Gone Wild Video

Madonna seduces fans in a black and white erotic video rendition of her new single “Girl Gone Wild.”

“Girl Gone Wild” pays homage to the singer’s videos of old, as well as her controversial book, Sex.

Watch the new video, shot by fashion photogs Mert and Marcus, and tell us what you think!

Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball Knocks Adele Out of No. 1 Spot

Posted in Music, Music news, New Music with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by thebestmusicnow

After 23 consecutive weeks in the number 1 spot, Adele’s celebrated “21” is bumped down to number 2 by Bruce Springsteen, who debuts at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his latest album “Wrecking Ball.” Having sold 196,000 sold in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan), this marks his tenth number 1 album.

Among all acts, Springsteen ties Elvis Presley for the third-most No. 1s in history. Only the Beatles (with 19) and Jay-Z (12) have more.

Adele’s “21” slipped to No. 2 with a respectable 195,000 (down 21%) after 23 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1.