The Friday Five: Have A Boyband Christmas

‘Tis the season for boys in matching chunky turtlenecks and festive headwear!  If you’re searching for the perfect Holiday music to add to your playlist (or any playlist), you can’t go wrong with some classic boyband songs.

1. 98 Degrees – “This Gift”
Is it okay if we say this is our favorite 98 Degrees album?  (Sorry, “Microphone.”)

2. *NSYNC – “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”
The most iconic Christmas music video of all time.

3. NKOTB – “Funky Funky Xmas”
They performed this on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1990, and Jordan decided his Christmas gift to you would be to take his shirt off mid-performance.

4. Big Time Rush – “Beautiful Christmas”
Confession: we will listen to this song year round if it shuffles on our BTR playlist.

5. Backstreet Boys – “It’s Christmas Time Again”
BSB somehow managed to avoid releasing a full Christmas album (although we would love that guys, get on it).  They did release this single in in 2012.

Hoodie Allen Announces “People Keep Talking World Tour” European Dates

After wrapping up his successful tour in the US, with many sold out shows, Hoodie Allen is  bringing his “People Keep Taking Tour” international!  Hoodie will be hitting cities across Europe in March on the first leg of his “People Keep Talking World Tour!”  Check out the tour flyer and dates below.   Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 19th at 9am GMT (Perfect Christmas gift idea for you late shoppers!)  Check out the announcement from Hoodie below.

Hoodie Allen – “People Keep Talking World Tour”
March 3rd – Les Etoiles – Paris, FR
March 5th – AB – Brussels, BE
March 7th – Mojo – Hamburg, DE
March 9th – Luxor – Cologne, DE
March 10th – C-Club – Berlin, DE
March 11th – Storm – Munich, DE
March 23rd – Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
March 25th – King Tuts – Glasgow, UK
March 27th – Gorilla – Manchester, UK
March 29th – Academy – Birmingham, UK
March 30th – Brixton Electric – London, UK

Watch the video for his latest single “All About It” featuring Ed Sheeran, which as been climbing charts worldwide.  Be sure to pick up a copy of “People Keep Talking” on iTunes or Amazon!

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Watch The Trailer for Backstreet Boys “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of”

We literally could not be more excited for the upcoming Backstreet Boys documentary!  It’s in theaters January 30th, and is just the perfect pick-me-up during that dreaded post-Christmas, concert-less vortex known as January and February.  Watch the official trailer below!

Make sure you practice your BSB choreography in the meantime, because if people aren’t dancing in the aisles in the theater we will be VERY disappointed.

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Artist To Watch: Alec Chambers

Connecticut’s own Alec Chambers recently released his debut single “Whole Again” and announced an EP coming in early 2015.  The EP was produced by Robbie Gauriglia (Oh Honey) and features songs co-written by Lee Groves (Black Eyed Peas.)   At 19, Alec is being hailed as a “teen virtuoso,” having understood chord charts well before he could drive.  He taught himself how to play guitar by learning to play his favorite songs by ear.

Each song on the EP was co-written by Alec, who has written dozens of songs, many with platinum selling songwriter-producer Sara Nagourney.  Alec is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a guitar driven pop sound.  His debut single is one of those tracks you just want to put on repeat, and we can’t wait to hear more!

Listen to his single “Whole Again” below and be sure to pickup a copy on iTunes now!

Alec Chambers will be playing a few shows around the New York City area in the new year!  Check out the dates below.

Alec Chambers 2015 Tour Dates
January 5th – The Bitter End – New York, NY
January 14th – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
February 3rd – The Bowery Electric – New York, NY*
*EP Release Show

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The Weekend Riot Release “25 Minutes” Single

Philly based pop duo The Weekend Riot just released their first single called “25 Minutes.”  The band is definitely one to watch in 2015 – earlier this year, they scored a prime spot opening for MKTO with Tiffany Houghton at TLA in Philadelphia, and just played a shows with Emblem 3 and The Hollywood Ending.  The two friends and bandmates, Johnny Costa (vocals) and Bruce Wiegner (vocals and guitar) write infectious pop tunes with polished harmonies. We think their debut single sounds like Hot Chelle Rae meets MKTO.

Watch the lyric video for “25 Minutes” below and pickup a copy on iTunes now!

The Weekend Riot Tour Dates
December 19th – Cafe 939 – Boston, MA*
December 20th – Santos Party House – New York, NY*
December 21st – The Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ*
December 27th – iPlay America – Freehold, NJ**
*with Deleasa
**with Christina Grimmie

Check out The Weekend Riot on YouTube – they’ve done covers of everyone from Paramore to Backstreet Boys.

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Kacey Musgraves Adds “Same Tour, Different Trailer” Dates For 2015

Country star Kacey Musgraves just extended her “Same Tour, Different Trailer” with dates in 2015!  We love a tour with a good name.   While we still don’t see NYC on this list, we’re glad that we caught Kacey earlier this month as the surprise guest at My Country 96.1’s Holiday show!   Her album “Same Trailer, Different Park” is one of our favorite recent country records.  Kacey also has the best hair, and best dressed band, in country music. Check out the dates for the tour  below!

Kacey Musgraves “Same Tour, Different Trailer” 2015 Tour Dates
February 12th – The Norva – Norfolk, VA – Buy Tickets
February 13th – Carolina Theatre – Durham, NC – Buy Tickets
February 14th – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD – Buy Tickets
February 19th – Orpheum Theatre – Madison, WI – Buy Tickets
February 20th – State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets
February 21st – Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI – Buy Tickets
February 26th – Brown Theatre – Louisville, KY – Buy Tickets
February 27th – Tennessee Theatre – Knoxville, TN – Buy Tickets
February 28th – The National – Richmond, VA – Buy Tickets

Ticket pre-sales and VIP packages are on sale today!  Public on sales start this Friday, December 19th.  Concert tickets make great stocking stuffers!  Visit KaceyMusgraves.com for more info.

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Austin Mahone Drops “Waiting For This Love”

Austin Mahone has been busy working on his much anticipated debut album (seriously, he has a book out – but not a full album!)  While we (impatiently) wait for it, Austin wanted to give us some new music in the meantime “as a thank you for supporting everything I do.”  He wrote the track with pal Robert Villanueva in Miami.  We love Austin for his 90s pop-influenced sound, but this track is more of a throwback to classic 90s R&B.  Check it out and download for free below!

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