Congrats to Midnight Red for landing their first magazine cover! The guys are featured in the January issue of Highlight Magazine.
All Photos by Ashley Osborn
Big Time Rush member Carlos Pena and Alexa Vega from Spy Kids are set to be married tomorrow, January 4, 2014 at a ceremony in Mexico.
The two have been dropping hints about the wedding for months but never formally announced the date until earlier today.
Alexa’s sisters, Krizia and Makenzie, are also said to be present for the nuptials as well as Carlos’ brothers Javi and Antonio, as well as BTR band mates Logan Henderson and James Maslow, who is also a groomsman. We hope Kendall Schmidt will be attending too, as we need to see him in a tuxedo.
Congrats to the happy couple! Looking forward to photos from the happy day!
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How amazing are they!? We love how well they mashed up these two songs. Their voices are really something special. Definitely a boy band to watch in 2014. Don’t forget to follow Midnight Red on Twitter.
It’s almost time for 2014, so you know what that means – time to recap our favorite moments of 2013! (We’re so original here). As we mentioned before, 2013 was an awesome year for music, especially if you’re a secret fangirl. Here are our favorite things that happened this year. Check out Part 1 here.
5. Summer Break Tour
We were already thrilled that Victoria Justice was heading out on a summer tour, and the lineup got even better when it was announced she would be joining our favorite boy band, Big Time Rush! The show was the perfect summer tour: fun music and cute boys on a warm summer night under the stars. What more could you ask for?! BTR broke out their amazing dance moves, and Victoria’s “Shake” dance has a fun Zumba choreography. Learn it here! Openers Olivia Somerlyn and Jackson Guthy are ones to watch for in 2014.
4. The Package Tour
It’s no secret that we love boybands, so a tour with three of the best ever on the same bill was like a dream come true! 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block joined forces for one of the most entertaining tours of the year. NKOTB have proved time and time again they still have the right stuff, we are pretty sure 98 Degrees haven’t aged a day since 2002, and who doesn’t love Boyz II Men’s 90s jams? They all seem to get better and better with age. And what comes with age is simply not caring what people think, and this is a beautiful thing. If you haven’t seen NKOTB live, get to a show as soon as possible.
3. Hunter Hayes
We expected big things from Hunter after winning Best New Artist at the CMAs last year and we were right. He released the deluxe version of his debut album, “Encore,” this summer with new tracks like “I Want Crazy” and “A Thing About You.” We had the chance to see him live and he does not disappoint. We knew he would be amazing, but Hunter blew us away with his serious musicianship and his passionate performance.
2. Justin Timberlake’s Return to Music
We’ve been impatiently waiting for the day JT would come back to his musical roots, and let’s face it, it wasn’t looking like it would happen anytime soon. Little did we know JT had secretly recorded an album last summer and would be releasing it so soon after that thrilling “I’m Ready” teaser came out. If you haven’t made it to a show on the 20/20 Experience World Tour, pay whatever amount you can find tickets for because JT is WORTH IT! He performs for nearly 3 hours, plays every song you’d want to hear, and has a few surprises up his sleeve that we won’t ruin for you. Just seriously, go. You never know – it could be 7 years before you get the chance again!
1. *NSYNC REUNITING AT THE VMAs!!!!
We could hardly believe it when the rumors started earlier that week. Sure, it was only 90 seconds, but it was more *NSYNC than we’ve had in a decade! And they’ve proved that they’ve still got it – if they were that great after just a few hours of rehearsal, imagine if they planned a full tour? And man, we miss hearing JC Chasez’s voice. We’re just keeping our fingers crossed for a full reunion tour. We don’t mind waiting (Lance Bass announced his first solo single will be out in January!) as long as it happens!
Header image via James Maslow’s Instagram
Last week, New York based pop trio AJR released their debut EP “6foot1” on iTunes and Amazon MP3. Now that we have had some time with the new songs, we are blown away with how talented these guys are!
Written, recorded, mixed and mastered all by themselves in their parents’ living room, AJR continues to impress us. As if that wasn’t enough, the boys also designed the cover art. And in case you were wondering where the title “6foot1” came from, it’s because Adam, Jack and Ryan are all 6 foot 1. Here is our track-by-track review of the EP!
The opening track, “I’m Ready” is the brothers’ first single and has been climbing the Pop Chart on iTunes (as high as 98!). Sampling the iconic Spongebob “I’m Ready” clip, AJR layered dubstep bass drops and the most catchy chorus we’ve heard all year.
The second track ,”Woody Allen”, has such a fun sound to it! We aren’t quite sure what they mean when they say they feel like Woody Allen but it makes for a great song. Also, the most inventive censoring of a word we’ve ever heard (we’re looking at you Ryan!). This song has so many layers and we can’t stop listening to it! We hear something new every time.
“Growing Old On Bleecker Street” isn’t exactly new to us, but every time we listen to this song, we wish we could live on Bleecker Street. We love the ukelele and the melody of this song. One of our favorite lyrics: “I woke up last night from a dream that we’d grow old on Bleecker Street. Sit by the fire and I’d play my guitar but dreams are only dreams.”
We are obsessed with the horns in “AfterHours.” We can’t wait to hear this song live! It’s super catchy and high energy chorus will have any venue rocking. And are those water glasses we hear in the background? Nice.
The EP closes with “Buy You a Rose,” which showcases Adam, Jack and Ryan’s unique voices and powerful harmonies. Check out their beatboxing in the background (we already knew they had serious skills). The gang vocals on this song are incredible. Just listen to this song and you’ll see why it’s our favorite.
As we’ve mentioned, we are seriously looking forward to what’s in store from AJR next year, including the release of their full length debut album. (PS guys, we are going to need studio versions of “The Green and The Town” and “Married on a Hill” hint hint)
It’s almost 2014, so you know what that means – time to recap our favorite moments of 2013! (We’re so original here). As we mentioned before, 2013 was an awesome year for music, especially if you’re a secret fangirl. Here are our favorite things that happened this year.
After what seemed like years of talk, 78Violet, aka Aly & AJ, announced an official reunion and a new single, “Hothouse.” We are loving their new sound! They are very interactive with their fans, and had some adorable sister moments on stage at their Grammercy Theater show, like mixing up their mic-pacs and swapping them back on stage. We also love Aly’s story about their song “53rd Floor” – she realized only after the song was finished she had gotten the floor number wrong. Oops!
9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were everywhere in 2013, and we would put “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop” on any Best of 2013 list. Their live show is just incredible with freestyle rapping, a full horn section, confetti blasters, and some serious crowd surfing. Not to mention one of the most energetic performers we’ve ever seen! Oh, and have you heard how Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty) met his now fiance Tricia Davis? Take notes: She had heard one of his songs on the radio, and sent him a MySpace message offering to make him a picnic, or so the legend goes. She did, and they’ve been together ever since. Fangirling at its finest. We love it!
8. Jesse McCartney’s Comeback
We’ve been fans of J Mac since his days on “Summerland” and his first album. Okay, we admit we were fans of Dreamstreet too. (Remember them?) He’s been focusing on acting lately, so we were stoked when he announced he would be joining the Backstreet Boys on their 20th Anniversary Tour. Jesse let us know he’d been in the studio too, and released an EP, In Technicolor Part I, in December. Our favorite song is “Back Together”.
7. Austin Mahone!
We discovered Austin by actually clicking on an “Amazon MP3 suggests” selection, and boy are we glad we did. Talent, style, sweet dance moves? Austin is the complete package. We were counting down the days until his headlining MTV Artist to Watch Tour in the fall, which was sadly postponed, but now means we’re just counting the days until it now kicks off in March!
6. Selena Gomez Makes the Stars Dance
Selena returned to music this year with her album, “Stars Dance.” This also marked the first time she released music without her band, The Scene. Her music and performances are a throwback to early Britney (chair dances!!) and we are loving her pop-dance sound. Say what you want about her, but there is no denying the girl can dance and put on a good show.
Stay tuned for Part 2!