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5SOS & Jackson Guthy Bring The Stars Stripes and Maple Syrup Tour to NYC!

We caught Aussie band (NOT boy band) 5SOS’ first North American headlining tour when they stopped in NYC this week!  We were just as excited to see opener Jackson Guthy, whom we loved on the Summer Break Tour with Big Time Rush last year.  He played several new songs including his new single, “Young and Single.”  Jackson does a great job of getting the crowd pumped up with his catchy songs and energetic performance.

It’s clear that 5S0S draw a lot of their inspiration from early 2000s pop-punk and add their own twist on it.  The Australian band powered through their set like old pros playing old favorites like “Don’t Stop” and new releases from their EP like “Heartache On The Big Screen”.  It was almost like watching All Time Low and Blink-182′s love child on stage!  Everything from the onstage banter, to the antics to move from stage right to stage left, and even the dueling guitars between Luke and Michael had us wishing we could turn back time to Warped Tour 2007-2008.

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As the band slowed things down (not by much) with their song “Beside You”, the crowd responded with raising paper hearts in the air and signs reading “the city that never sleeps” with the NYC skyline on them.  Lead singer, Luke Hemmings commented mid song how cool the crowd looked from stage and we totally agree.  It’s amazing to see just how much social media has impacted music and concerts today, as hundreds of fans in the audience held up their hearts.

The sold out crowd was extremely enthusiastic, and we noticed a LOT of items being thrown on stage at the band.  Clearly some people haven’t read our Fangirl Handbook for the proper concert etiquette!  (Rule #1:  Don’t throw things at the band.)

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5 Seconds Of Summer are sure to get the respect they deserve with the support and friendship of fellow pop-punk artists, All Time Low.  Alex Gaskarth co-wrote a song called “Disconnected” with 5SOS for the US Tour Edition of the “She Looks So Perfect EP”.  The song definitely sounds like an outtake from an earlier ATL album (hey, we’re not complaining!) and we can hear the ATL influences in their track “Lost Boy.”

If you get the chance to see 5SOS on tour, and you love to feel nostalgic for early-mid 2000′s pop-punk – hop on that bandwagon before it gets too full!

Watch 5 Seconds Of Summer perform “She Looks So Perfect” live at the Best Buy Theater in New York City from last night!

Check out the set list below from PupFresh!

“18″
“Out of My Limit”
“Voo Doo Doll”
“Don’t Stop”
“Heartache on the Big Screen”
“Lost Boy”
“Amnesia”
“Beside You”
“Disconnected”
“Heartbreak Girl”
“Teenage Dream”
“What I Like About You”
“Good Girls Are Bad Girls”
“She Looks So Perfect”
“Try Hard”

Follow 5SOS, Jackson Guthy and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

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Hunter Hayes Releases “You Think You Know Somebody”

We’re just two weeks away from the release of Hunter Hayes’ new album, “Storyline!”  In anticipation of the release, Hunter released another track off the album, “You Think You Know Somebody,” along with a live performance video.

If you’ve already pre-ordered “Storyline,” you’ll get the track instantly!  You can also buy the track as a single, if you’d rather wait for the physical album.

We are finally catching the “We Are Not Invisible” Tour next weekend with Hunter and Dan + Shay, and cannot wait to hear this song live!  “Storyline” is one of our most anticipated albums of 2014, and we’ve been impatiently waiting to see Hunter again live after an outstanding show at Webster Hall last year for the release of “Encore.”

Follow Hunter Hayes & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

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Backstreet Boys vs *NSYNC Feud in 2014: Why Can’t We All Get Along?

Back in the late 90s and early aughts, the Backstreet Boys vs *NSYNC feud was a very real thing. Across the world, middle school girls everywhere (OK and elementary, high school and college..) pledged their allegiance to one boy band, and one alone. This was even more serious than choosing a faction in Divergent. Did you prefer JT’s crunchy bleached curls? Or Nick’s platinum bowl cut?   It was one or the other, you couldn’t have both.

We always (not so) secretly loved both bands. If anyone asked it was all about *NSYNC, but we loved Backstreet just as much and still do. I guess you could say that we are Divergent: we are simply not made to love just one boy band. Each group offered something different: where would we be without JC hitting that note in “Bye Bye Bye?”   And Nick in “I Want It That Way?”

We loved *NSYNC’s dance moves and swag (it takes guts to pull off a down vest filled with cash and silver lipstick) and Backstreet Boys harmonies and over the top music videos.

But it’s not 1999 anymore, it’s 2014.  Can’t we all just get along?  There is more than enough boy band love to go around!

You can catch Backstreet Boys on their In a World Like This Tour across North America this summer, as well as Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 World Tour!  And you know we are never giving up hope for that *NSYNC reunion tour…

Be sure to follow *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and each and every boy band that is your fire and one true desire on Twitter for more updates!

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Dan + Shay Summer Tour Dates!

It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Dan + Shay, and have been impatiently waiting to finally see them on Hunter Hayes’ “We Are Not Invisible Tour” in May!  We’ve had their debut album, “Where It All Began,” on repeat since it was released, and they have the perfect sound for an outdoor summer concert.  Their single, “19 You + Me” just went gold this week!

They’ll be on tour with Hunter Hayes and  Blake Shelton this summer, and have a few festival dates as well. Check out all of Dan + Shay’s upcoming tour dates below!

Now what do we have to do to get them to have a headlining show in NYC?

You can also meet Dan + Shay at most shows, either by getting a “Dan + Shay + You” VIP experience, or at a signing post show.   Be sure to follow Dan + Shay on Twitter for the location!  Fangirl Tip:  If you bring or buy a copy of their album, you can go to the front of the line.

Dan + Shay Summer 2014 Tour Dates
*with Hunter Hayes
**with Blake Shelton
April 23 – Colorado Springs World Arena – Colorado Springs, CO*
April 24 – UCCU Center – Salt Lake City, UT*
April 26 – Stagecoach Festival – Indio, CA
May 1st – Cross Insurance Center – Bangor, ME*
May 2nd – Tsongas Center – Boston, MA*
May 3rd – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT*
May 10th – KBEQ Downtown Hoedown – Kansas City, MO
May 11th – KWEN Girls Night Out – Tulsa, OK
May 28th – WSOC Free Concert Series – Charlotte, NC
May 29th – James Brown Arena – Augusta, GA*
May 30th – Pensacola Bay Center – Pensacola, FL*
May 31st – Germain Arena – Estero, FL*
June 7th – Riverbend Festival – Chattanooga, TN
June 11th – WSSL St. Jude Benefit Show – Greenville, SC
June 14th – KKWF Summer Concert Series – Seattle, WA
June 15th – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA*
June 20th – Austin 360 Ampitheater – Austin, TX**
June 21st – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX**
June 22nd – Verizon Arena – Little Rock, AR**
June 26th – Chippewa Valley Country Festival – Cadott, WI
July 12th – WGNA Country Festival – Schaghticoke, NY
July 18th – Faster Horses Festival – Brooklyn, MI
July 19th – Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL**
August 1st – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY** – Sold Out
August 2nd – Darien Lake PAC – Darien Center, NY**
August 29th – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC**
August 30th – Amway Center – Orlando, FL**
September 4th – Isleta Ampitheatre – Albuquerque, NM**
September 5th – Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ**
September 6th – Sleep Train Ampitheatre – San Diego, CA**
September 11th – Save Mart Center – Fresno, CA**
September 12th – Sleep Train Ampitheatre – Sacramento, CA**
September 13th – Shoreline Ampitheatre – Mountain View, CA**
September 18th – Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA**
September 19th – Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA**
September 20th – Rogers Arena – Vancouver, B.C.**
September 25th – Taco Bell Arena – Boise, ID**
September 26th – Usana Ampitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT**
September 27th – Pepsi Arena – Denver, CO**
October 3rd – Mandalay Events Center – Las Vegas, NV**
October 4th – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA** – Sold Out

Be sure to follow Dan + Shay and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

6/20 – Austin, Texas
6/21 – Dallas, Texas
6/22 – Little Rock, Ark.
7/19 – Chicago, Ill.
8/1 – New York, N.Y.
8/2 – Darien Center, N.Y.
8/29 – Charlotte, N.C.
8/30 – Orland, Fla.
9/4 – Albuquerque, N.M.
9/5 – Phoenix, Ariz.
9/6 – San Diego, Calif.
9/11 – Fresno, Calif.
9/12 – Sacramento, Calif.
9/13 – Mtn. View, Calif.
9/18 – Spokane, Wash.
9/19 – Tacoma, Wash.
9/20 – Vancouver, B.C.
9/25 – Boise, Idaho
9/26 – Salt Lake City, Utah
9/27 – Denver, Colo.
10/3 – Las Vegas, Nev.
10/4 – Los Angeles, Calif.Read More: Blake Shelton Announces 2014 Ten Times Crazier Tour Dates | http://theboot.com/blake-shelton-ten-times-crazier-2014-tour-dates/?trackback=tsmclip
6/20 – Austin, Texas
6/21 – Dallas, Texas
6/22 – Little Rock, Ark.
7/19 – Chicago, Ill.
8/1 – New York, N.Y.
8/2 – Darien Center, N.Y.
8/29 – Charlotte, N.C.
8/30 – Orland, Fla.
9/4 – Albuquerque, N.M.
9/5 – Phoenix, Ariz.
9/6 – San Diego, Calif.
9/11 – Fresno, Calif.
9/12 – Sacramento, Calif.
9/13 – Mtn. View, Calif.
9/18 – Spokane, Wash.
9/19 – Tacoma, Wash.
9/20 – Vancouver, B.C.
9/25 – Boise, Idaho
9/26 – Salt Lake City, Utah
9/27 – Denver, Colo.
10/3 – Las Vegas, Nev.
10/4 – Los Angeles, Calif.Read More: Blake Shelton Announces 2014 Ten Times Crazier Tour Dates | http://theboot.com/blake-shelton-ten-times-crazier-2014-tour-dates/?trackback=tsmclip
6/20 – Austin, Texas
6/21 – Dallas, Texas
6/22 – Little Rock, Ark.
7/19 – Chicago, Ill.
8/1 – New York, N.Y.
8/2 – Darien Center, N.Y.
8/29 – Charlotte, N.C.
8/30 – Orland, Fla.
9/4 – Albuquerque, N.M.
9/5 – Phoenix, Ariz.
9/6 – San Diego, Calif.
9/11 – Fresno, Calif.
9/12 – Sacramento, Calif.
9/13 – Mtn. View, Calif.
9/18 – Spokane, Wash.
9/19 – Tacoma, Wash.
9/20 – Vancouver, B.C.
9/25 – Boise, Idaho
9/26 – Salt Lake City, Utah
9/27 – Denver, Colo.
10/3 – Las Vegas, Nev.
10/4 – Los Angeles, Calif.Read More: Blake Shelton Announces 2014 Ten Times Crazier Tour Dates | http://theboot.com/blake-shelton-ten-times-crazier-2014-tour-dates/?trackback=tsmclip
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“Faking It” Starring Gregg Sulkin Premieres Tonight on MTV!

We were sad when we found out Gregg Sulkin wouldn’t be returning to “Pretty Little Liars,” but at least it was because he was busy filming a new series, “Faking It.”  The show premieres tonight on MTV!

We’ve been fans of Gregg since his appearance in the iconic “Pass the Plate” series on Disney Channel.  “Nothing warms your tum like soup made by your mum!”  And of course his role as Selena Gomez’s werewolf/boyfriend on “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

If you’re in NYC, Gregg Sulkin will be doing a meet & greet at Planet Hollywood in Times Square today at 5pm!  Check Gregg’s Twitter for more updates.  We’d love to go and ask if he has any spinach soup, but we’ll be seeing Jackson Guthy and 5SOS a couple of blocks away!

Check out the trailer for “Faking It” below & be sure to watch on MTV tonight at 10:30pm!

Man Crush Monday: James Maslow on “Dancing With the Stars”

After a great weekend, we always get a serious case of the Mondays.  At least we have “Dancing With the Stars” to look forward to!  And by “Dancing With the Stars” we mean “James Maslow.”

We always knew how talented and hilarious James is, thanks to his part in Big Time Rush, but he’s proved week after week on DWTS that he has the talent, passion and drive (not to mention the voting power of the fan girls) to bring home the mirrorball trophy.  He’s consistently improved and raised the bar week after week, even scoring a rare perfect score for his contemporary dance to “Let it Go” last week.

Check out some of our favorite Maslow dances below.

The Tango:

The Jive:

The Salsa:

And let’s not forget where it all started:  Big Time Rush, whom we credit for bringing boy bands back in fashion, are one of the few LEGIT boy bands out there.   As in they actually dance.  Check out some of our favorite moves below.  (BTR keep saying “it ain’t over” … we’re hoping for just one more tour?)

Be sure to follow James on Twitter & tune into “Dancing With the Stars” tonight at 8 on ABC!

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Fangirl Book Club: Out of Sync by Lance Bass

After the *NSYNC reunion at the VMAS (our favorite moment of 2013!) we couldn’t get enough of them. Thanks to YouTube, the Disney *NSYNC special is easily found, as is their Madison Square Garden concert (although we have that one on DVD) and this video which was released only in Europe, “Drive Me Crazy.”

Which led us to finally reading Lance Bass’ memoir, the perfectly titled “Out of Sync.” This book is a must read for any *NSYNC fan, as it reveals much about the boys’ climb to fame, the truth about that Backstreet Boys feud, and how Lance managed to handle screaming girls throwing themselves at him every night (easy: he just wasn’t interested).

Here’s what we learned from reading.

1. The Backstreet Boys vs *NSYNC feud was totally fake and orchestrated by Lou Pearlman, who would make up things to tell each band. (“Chris Kirpatrick said AJ McLean couldn’t sing!”)

2. Lance Bass once ripped up a $100,000 check and walked out of a meeting. Why? They’d had the number one album for weeks and had been touring non stop yet Pearlman was keeping most of the profits for himself as the “sixth member of the band.”

3. Lance went through a LOT of training to go into space. For starters, he had voluntary heart surgery to fix a minor problem. He also spent months learning rocket science in Russia, meaning he had to go through all of his training in Russian. Now, THAT’S dedication!!

4. Unfortunately due to networks pulling out and taking away funding (“it just wouldn’t look good for our sponsors if you died”) and JT’s continual delays of the bands’ reunion as he worked on his solo album, Lance never made it to space. We’re hoping now that space tourism is a thing, he’ll finally get the chance to go!

5. Chris and JT were the biggest ladies men on the road.

6.  Before *NSYNC, JT and JC, who knew each other from the Mickey Mouse Club, were working on a project as a duo when they got a call from Chris Kirkpatrick.  (Can this still happen?)

7.  We can all thank Chris Kirkpatrick for getting rejected from the Backstreet Boys and going on to form *NSYNC.

Grab your copy on Amazon today!  While you impatiently wait for that *NSYNC reunion, be sure to check out Justin Timberlake on tour!

We are all fangirls at heart.

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