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Austin Mahone Reveals “The Secret” Tracklisting!

The wait is finally over!  Pre-orders are now live for Austin Mahone’s debut album, “The Secret!”  The album, one of our most anticipated of the year, is due on May 27th, but you can download the tracks “MMM YEAH” and “Till I Find You” now!

We’re so excited to finally have a studio version of “Till I Find You,” which we were instantly singing along to the first time we heard it on the Artist to Watch Tour.  We love the 90s pop sound of this song – perfect for the one man boyband Austin Mahone!

“The Secret” Tracklisting
1. Till I Find You
2. Next to You
3. MMM YEAH ft Pitbull
4. Secret
5. Can’t Fight This Love
6.  All I Ever Need
7. The One I’ve Waited For
8. Shadow

Austin will be heading out on his first big headlining tour this summer with The Vamps!  He’ll also be having a show in London at indig02 on June 23rd, tickets go on sale next week!

You can also catch Austin at the 106.1 BLI Summer Jam at Jones Beach on June 1st!

Meeting Austin on tour, or need some advice on buying tickets?  Check out our Fangirl Handbook!

Be sure to follow Austin Mahone and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

The Friday Five: Our Favorite Tennis Players

Changing things up for this week’s Friday Five!  This week we’re looking at our favorite tennis players.  If there is anything we like more than music, it’s tennis.  We’ve previously discussed how tennis is the ultimate fangirl sport.  Not only are these athletes extremely fit and excellent at what they do, but it seems like there is a requirement to be good looking to play in the ATP tournaments.

1. Grigor Dimitrov – @grigordimitrov
We like to call Grigor our “Bulgarian bon-bon” (sort of like Viktor Krum to Hermione Granger). It’s not surprising that his nickname is “baby Fed” because of his skill and precision during the game. Dimitrov’s one handed back hand is something to envy, as well!  He isn’t just good at tennis, he’s also really entertaining on Twitter. Grigor likes to share adorable photos of himself with puppies, enjoying the flowers, as well as this gem:

2. Richard Gasquet – @richardgasquet1
Here is another player with a really beautiful backhand (yes, backhand…..that’s all we’re implying….no innuendos here!!) Gasquet is French and plays the sport with an elegant flair.   Simply put, he’s just a beautiful player to watch.  When he gets frustrated, he throws his sweaty socks on the court because he can.  (At least he’s not smashing racquets?)  Sadly he doesn’t use Instagram as much as Dimitrov.

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3. Rafa Nadal – @rafaelnadal
“For me, it will be a tough match for sure, no?”  Rafa is so humble about his game, even in first round matches where he is sure to bagel his opponents.  Rafa always fights his hardest and plays like it’s the final of a grand slam. He also gives the best acceptance speeches and press conferences, for sure.  And then there’s that Armani commercial where he just takes off his suit and puts on some jeans, because why not, no?

4. Ryan Harrison – @ryanharrison92
This kid is the next Andy Roddick, at least we think he has the potential! He needs to bring Andy back to be his coach (but it seems like Ryan is taking cues from Andy already). It also kind of freaks us out how much Harrison looks like Ryan Atwood from The O.C., or as We like to call him, Chino.  Can you tell who’s who?

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5. John Isner – @johnisner
JOOHNNYYYY!!!  At nearly 6’10″, we love that he plays tennis and didn’t go into basketball. John is super loveable and watching him play is always a joy, even during stressful tie-breakers.  Which he tends to play.  A lot.  During on court interviews, he literally dwarfs any other player and interviewer. We love when he teams up with fellow American & BFF Sam Querrey for doubles!  Go Quisner!

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The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is happening right now – visit ATP World Tour for the latest scores, news & updates on your favorite players.

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The Fangirl Handbook #3: Ticket Buying 101

We discussed Concert Etiquette & How to Meet the Band in the first two chapters of The Fangirl Handbook.  Now you know what to do at the show; but you’ve got to get tickets first!

There’s nothing better than when your favorite artist finally announces a big tour!  And let’s face it: there’s nothing worse than trying to buy tickets.   We’ve learned a lot over the years on how to get the best seats for any show, and want to share some of our advice.  We refuse to buy resale tickets, and with a little luck, determination and patience, have been able to get great seats to some of the hottest tickets in town.

1. Be sure to join the mailing list (free!) or fan club of all of your favorite artists.  They won’t email you a lot; and when they do it’s usually with important info like tour dates, or pre-sale passwords!   Some artists have completely affordable fan club options as well – for around $10 you can have access to pre-sale codes for an entire year of touring.   Of course artist’s #1 priority is selling tickets to their fans, not ticket brokers, so this is usually the best way to get tickets.  And, if you think about sharing the cost with everyone who’s going (say, a group of 4) and agree to split the cost of the membership, it’s just an extra $3 on top of your ticket price.  And you’re more likely to get a good seat.

2.  Keep up with Livenation on social media and email.  They will send out weekly updates; but these emails usually contain important info!  We’ve seen concert announcements via Livenation before the artists share the news.  Livenation is great at having pre-sales through social media (Facebook, Twitter) and their mobile app.  The codes are usually pretty easy to find, and if you ask them on Twitter they will likely help you out.

3.  Have a Ticketmaster account.  Every second counts when buying tickets, and having this extra step out of the way is one less thing to worry about!

4. Keep trying!  With popular shows, sometimes it can take the system a while to load.  Don’t be discouraged if you come up with no tickets after the 3rd (or 33rd try).  We’ve gotten great seats just by never giving up!!

5. Be ready to go before the on-sale time.  We like to set up a “ticket buying” station whenever possible.  We have open as many computers / iPads / iPhones as possible, with wallets and credit cards nearby just in case.  And if we’re buying for a group, we make sure to be on the phone / gchat / etc with them, just so we’re all in agreement on which seats to buy.  And so whomever gets the best seats gets those!

6.  Know what seats you want ahead of time.  The seating charts are always posted before the on-sale.  Discuss with your group which are your 1st, 2nd and even 3rd choice seats, what seats you do NOT want, and what to do if you only get literally the last row in the arena.  With an obstructed view.

7.  Know your price limit ahead of time and make sure everyone agrees.  Sometimes you aren’t able to see the different pricing levels until the on-sale starts.  It helps to have an absolute maximum price level set, so you aren’t panicked when that dreaded Ticketmaster timer is counting down!

Hope we haven’t given away too many of our secrets, but that this will help you score tickets to see your favorite artist on tour!

Be sure to follow Secret Fangirls on Twitter & check out The Fangirl Handbook!

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AJR Summer 2014 Tour Dates!

Are you ready for AJR?   The band, comprised of brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, has quickly gained momentum since their single “I’m Ready” was released last fall.  The video recently passed 1 million views on Youtube!  The song has since entered radio rotation around the country, and doesn’t look like it’s slowing down any time soon. It’s impossible to hear this song and not clap along!

The brothers stopped by Saturday Night Online over the weekend to officially premiere the single and to answer a few fan questions. When we heard “I’m Ready” on the radio for the first time last week, we had a total That Thing You Do moment! (Shout out to 106.1 BLI for the AJR love!)

AJR will be playing the 106.1 BLI Summer Jam with artists like Austin Mahone, Jason Derulo, and Cody Simpson on June 1st at Nikon Jones Beach Theatre, as well as a few other radio shows around the country.    You can also see AJR opening for Lindsey Stirling on her summer tour!  Check out all the dates below!

AJR Summer 2014 Tour Dates
May 31st: KIIS 108 Boston KIIS Concert 2014 – XFinity Center in Mansfield, MA – Buy Tickets
June 1st: 106.1 BLI Summer Jam at Nikon Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY - Buy Tickets
June 3rd: 98PXY Summer Jam at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY – Buy Tickets
June 6th: KIIS 98.5 Buffalo Kiss The Summer Hello – Canalside in Buffalo, NY – Buy Tickets
June 7th: Fly 92.3 Summer Jam at the Saratoga springs Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY – Buy Tickets
June 8th: K104.7 K Fest at the Dutchess Stadium in Poughkeepsie, NY – Buy Tickets
June 16th – Metropolis – Montreal, QC – Buy Tickets
June 17th – House Of Blues – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
June 18th – Terminal 5 – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
June 20th – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ – Buy Tickets
June 21st – The Space at Westbury – Westbury, NY – Buy Tickets
June 23rd – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
June 24th – Echo Stage – Washington, DC – Buy Tickets
June 26th – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA – Buy Tickets
June 27th – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC – Buy Tickets
Jun 28th – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
June 30th – Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN – Buy Tickets
July 1st – Masquerade Music Park – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
July 2nd – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL – Buy Tickets
July 3rd – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL – Buy Tickets
July 5th – Sunset Cove Amphitheatre – Boca Raton, FL – Buy Tickets
July 7th – Iron City – Birmingham, AL – Buy Tickets
July 8th – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA – Buy Tickets
July 10th – Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets
July 11th – Stubb’s BBQ – Austin, TX – Buy Tickets
July 12th – South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets

Can’t wait for summer?   You can see AJR in Philadelphia this Saturday, April 19th, at World Cafe Live, and in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 22nd.  Get your tickets now!

Be sure to follow AJR & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!   Pickup a copy of their “I’m Ready” EP on iTunes or Amazon!

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Daniel Radcliffe Returns to Broadway; Michael Cera to Make His Debut This Fall

While we admittedly don’t go to as many Broadway shows as we’d like, there are always a few can’t-miss shows each year!

First is Daniel Radcliffe in “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” which is currently in previews.  We were majorly impressed with Daniel in both “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Equus,” and are so excited to see him back on Broadway!   You can tell he loves it, too – he always gives a passionate performance, feeding off the crowd’s energy.  While it’s difficult for some to make the leap from film to theatre, you can tell Dan is truly a theatre actor – he’s most in his element and it’s wonderful to see.  “The Cripple of Inishmaan” received rave reviews during its London run last year, and we’re looking forward to seeing this dark comedy!  (Although full disclosure, we’d go see Daniel Radcliffe in any play or musical he signs up for.)

Tickets for “The Cripple of Inishmaan” are on sale now!  The play has a strict 14-week run, so don’t miss your chance to catch one of Broadway’s best.

The Hollywood Reporter announced last week that Michael Cera will be making his Broadway debut this fall, in “This Is Our Youth.”  The revival of the 1966 play will also star Kieran Culkin and teenage fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson, of Rookie.  Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij will compose original music for the show!  We’re big Michael Cera fans over here, from his days as George Michael Bluth and movies like “Superbad” and “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist,” and are looking forward to seeing him on stage.

The play was a great success in a previous London run, where the cast featured actors such as Hayden Christensen, Freddie Prinze Jr, Colin Hanks and Jake Gyllenhaal.

“This Is Our Youth” will open on September 11th at New York’s Cort Theatre with a limited 20-week run.  Previews start on August 18th.  Stay tuned for ticket info!

New Comedy “Younger”, Starring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, Coming to TV Land

Checking our morning Vulture feed, one headline popped out: “Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff Heading to TV Land” and we knew immediately that this show would be UHH-mazing!! Broadway darling Sutton Foster starred in the ABC Family – Amy Sherman-Palladino written show Bunheads (We miss this show!  Can we please have it on Netflix?).

Hilary Duff, of course, starred as Lizzie McGuire on the Disney Channel and put out 4 albums before taking a break to start a family (how cute is Luca?!!) and write a book series (if they get movie deals, we might need her to star in those).   She’s also been hitting the studio, and recently signed a new record deal!

The new TV Land comedy, called Younger, centers around Liza(Foster), a 40-year-old single mom who is trying to re-enter the working world.  Posing as a 26-year-old, Liza gets hired as an assistant for a difficult boss and befriends her co-worker (played by Duff) in the Darren Star created comedy.

This show sounds amazing! Anything with Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff is sure to be a hit.  Now that TV Land has picked up the comedy, we can’t wait for the show to start airing!

In the meantime, enjoy this video of Hilary singing “So Yesterday.”

Be sure to follow Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff on Twitter, as well as @YoungerTV for the premiere date!

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Dan + Shay Release New “Story + Song” for “Stop Drop + Roll”

Haven’t you always wanted to ask an artist the story behind your favorite song? Dan + Shay released the newest addition in their “Story + Song” series, and explained the surprising inspiration for the title of “Stop Drop + Roll.”  Goes to show that inspiration can strike anywhere, anytime!

Watch the clip below!

Grab a copy of the duo’s smash debut album “Where It All Began” on iTunes and Amazon now!
Make sure you follow Dan+Shay and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest news.

We are all fangirls at heart.

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