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SecretFangirls.com Interview Why Don’t We

Why Don’t We have taken the music world by storm since forming as a group less than one year ago.  Their latest EP, “Why Don’t We Just,” shot straight to #1 on the iTunes Pop Chart, beating Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars.  Why Don’t We also recently wrapped up their very first headlining tour this Summer – and the tour was sold out!  Their current single, “Something Different,” is climbing up the charts across the country.

We caught up with Why Don’t We before their performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.  Of all the artists performing at AAKD, Why Don’t We had by far the biggest fan reaction.  The boys absolutely rocked Arthur Ashe Stadium and had the entire crowd screaming and singing along to every word!

Watch our interview with Daniel, Zach, Corbyn, Jack & Jonah to see their pre-concert ritual, find out who they’d fangirl over, and more!

Pick up a copy of the “Why Don’t We Just” EP on iTunes now!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview Alex Aiono

Alex Aiono gained a big following by creating flipped versions of pop songs, showing off his vocal, production, and guitar playing skills.  His “One Dance” mash up alone has over 58 million views!  Alex has dropped a few singles this year including “Work The Middle” and “Question.”  We love his energetic pop sound that makes you just want to get up an dance!  “Hot 2 Touch,” his song with Felix Jaehn & Hight, is our pick for one of the best songs of the Summer.

We caught up with Alex before his big day co-hosting and performing at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open in NYC.  Alex told us about his new single, which drops September 15th, what his walk-on song would be, and who he would totally fangirl over.  Watch our interview below and get to know Alex!

Pick up a copy of Alex’s single “Hot 2 Touch” with Felix Jaehn & Hight on iTunes now!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview Saving Forever

There is always something special about a band of brothers!  From Hanson to Jonas Brothers to AJR, some of the most talented acts of all time have been a trio of brothers.  Saving Forever are the latest brotherly trio to emerge out of Chicago.  Kavah, Khaden & Kye Harris, all between the ages of 13 and 16, caught the attention of L.A. Reid and are working on their debut EP on Epic Records.   The band was so impressive that they were signed after one showcase!

Saving Forever taught themselves how to play instruments by covering classic rock songs in their living room.  Their influences range from Jimi Hendrix to Fall Out Boy to DNCE, and you can hear them all in Saving Forever’s funky rock sound!  The band was recently selected as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and performed on the TODAY show in August.

We spoke with Saving Forever before their performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.  They got the show off to a rocking start with the funky bass line in their new single, “Million Ways.”  Watch our interview below and get to know Kavah, Khaden & Kye!

Pick up a copy of Saving Forever’s new single “Million Ways” on iTunes now!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview Spencer Sutherland

Spencer Sutherland has been having a breakthrough year!  He made it to the finals of the Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star competition,  thanks to the dedication of his fan base.   Spencer was selected as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and made his national TV debut on the TODAY show.   His new single, “Selfish,” has been climbing up the charts since it was released.  We love his signature blend of R&B and pop music!

Spencer was one of a few performers selected to perform on the Festival Stage hosted by Radio Disney during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.  We spoke with Spencer after his performance and found out what fans can look forward to from him next, and what boyband’s album he’d take with him on a road trip!  Watch our interview below and get to know more about Spencer!

Pick up a copy of Spencer’s new single “Selfish” on iTunes now!

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Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournament:
Winston-Salem Open – Winston-Salem, NC
US Open Qualifying – New York, NY

Last Week’s Winner:
Western & Southern Open – Grigor Dimitrov

Tennis Stars View the Eclipse
We just really wanted to post this photo of Rafa, who was in NYC practicing for the US Open when the eclipse came through.  Enjoy.

US Open Qualifying Underway
It’s hard to believe we’ve already made it to the last slam of the year. The US Open is officially underway, with qualifying action underway today.  If you’re in NYC, the qualifying tournament is free and open to the public and you’ll get a chance to see rising stars and veterans alike fighting their way for a spot in the main draw.  The tournament is held on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, through this Friday, August 25th.   Players to watch include Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Reilly Opelka, Casper Ruud, and more.

Grigor Dimitrov Wins 1st Masters 1000 Title
Grigor has long been hailed as the next big thing in tennis, but was never able to breakthrough at a Masters 1000 or Slam (except his lone Wimbledon Semi-Final) until now.  Grigor made it to his first Masters Final and was able to capture the Western & Southern Open after defeating Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 in the final.   We hope both players can keep their momentum through the US Open!

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Arthur Ashe Kids Day is Saturday 8/26!

One of the greatest days of the year in music and tennis is almost here!   New Hope Club, Why Don’t We, Alex Aiono, Jack & Jack and more will be performing during the stadium show at AAKD this year.  Even better, they’ll be joined by tennis pros Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Jared Donaldson & more!  Tickets are on sale now and start at $10.  Don’t miss out!

Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournament:
Western & Southern Open – Cincinatti, OH

Last Week’s Winner:
Rogers Cup – Sascha Zverev

Denis Shapovalov Soars to #67
There is nothing like the support of the home crowd!  Denis Shapovalov, an 18-year-old Canadian who turned pro last year, strongly announced his arrival by reaching the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.  Denis is the youngest player to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 event.  His route to the semis included stunning defeats of Rafael Nadal, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) and Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6(4).  Denis’ ranking also soared from #143 to #67.

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Finally had some time last night to think about the last 6 days of my life. I'd like to thank the people from Montreal and across Canada for the love and support. I have never come across a more electric atmosphere. I want to thank all my sponsors for their belief in me throughout the ups and downs. And lastly I would like to thank my team… I am so thankful to be working with such a fantastic and humble group of people. Without you guys I am nothing so I am so thankful for all the time you guys sacrifice towards helping me become better. And even though not all of you could make it to watch my match live, I still felt your presence in my heart. Thank you Canada et Merci Montreal. #DontStopFighting

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Sascha Zverev Wins 2nd Masters 1000 Title
#NextGen star Sascha Zverev won his 2nd masters title of the year in Montreal over the weekend.  Sascha was impressive all week, and defeated Roger Federer in the final 6-3, 6-4.  The win is Sascha’s 10th match win in a row, after capturing the Citi Open title in Washington, D.C. last week.  Sascha is now up to a career high of #7 in the world, and will be seeded even higher at the US Open as both Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic have had to shut their seasons down early due to injury.

Roger Federer Withdraws from Cincinatti
After reaching the finals of yet another tournament this year, Roger Federer announced his withdrawl from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinatti.  Federer had tweaked his back during the Rogers Cup in Montreal, and hopes that the rest will help him be in good shape for the US Open, which starts in just 2 weeks.

Nadal to Return to #1 in the World
Rafa was on track to reach a possible return to #1 in the world in Montreal last week, before being shocked by the young Canadian Denis Shapovalov.  Roger Federer and Rafa were set to face off for the #1 spot this week, pending their results in Cincinnati.  However, Federer’s injury withdrawl means that Rafa will regain the #1 ranking next week for the first time in 3 years.  VAMOS!

Tommy Paul Earns US Open Wildcard
20-year-old American Tommy Paul has had an outstanding run so far this Summer, and his efforts have earned him a wild card into the US Open!   Tommy made it to the Quarterfinals in both Atlanta and Washington, D.C., where he lost a close, thrilling 3-set match against Kei Nishikori.  We’re looking forward to seeing Tommy back in NY!   He made it into the main draw previously as a qualifier in 2015.

Why Don’t We Added to Arthur Ashe Kids Day Lineup
The lineup for this year’s Arthur Ashe Kids Day, the annual concert & festival that kicks off the US Open, just got even more amazing!  Your new favorite boyband, Why Don’t We, will be performing as a part of the stadium show alongside New Hope Club, Alex Aiono, Sofia Carson & more!   AAKD is on Saturday, August 26th on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens.  In addition to the concert, there will be free activities and performances all over the grounds.  Tickets to the AAKD stadium show are on sale now. Not in NYC? You can catch the show on ESPN on August 27th!

Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournaments:
BB&T Atlanta Open – Atlanta, GA, USA
Swiss Open Gstaad – Gstaad, Switzerland
German Tennis Championships – Hamburg, Germany

Last Week’s Winners:
Tennis Hall of Fame Championships – John Isner
SkiStar Swedish Open – David Ferrer
Plava Laguna Croatia Open – Andrey Rublev

Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters Inducted Into Tennis Hall of Fame
Andy Roddick was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame over the weekend in Newport, Rhode Island along with Kim Clijsters, Steve Flink, and Vic Braden.  As expected, Andy’s induction speech was equal parts poignant, charming, reflective, and funny, and reminded  us why we fell in love with tennis in the first place (and how much we miss Andy on tour!)   We loved Andy’s stories about how much he loved tennis from a young age and what a fan he was of all the players that came before him.  We’ll always be grateful to our tennis hero, Andy Roddick!  Watch Andy’s full speech below and have some tissues ready.

Jack Sock Goes Esquire
The latest issue of Esquire features a story on Jack Sock.  He mentions looking up to newly minted Hall of Famer, Andy Roddick.  “Sock grew up a Roddick fan (“being from Nebraska, it was hard not to be, plus I liked the Reebok Pumps and visor and the Backstreet Boys frosted tips”)”  We think Jack should bring this look back.  Check out the story here!

US Open Series Is Underway!
It’s hard to believe that the US Open starts in just over a month.  The US Open Series kicked off yesterday in Atlanta, with several tournaments coming up throughout the US & Canada leading up to the last slam of the year at the end of August.  Lots of young American players are in action in Atlanta this week.

Andrey Rublev Wins First Title in Croatia
19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev won his first title over the weekend in Croatia.  Rublev entered the tournament as a lucky loser, having lost in the last round of qualifying, and played his way to the title.  Don’t forget that Rublev used to be in a One Direction cover band, Summer Afternoon.

Roger Federer Joins Arthur Ashe Kids Day Lineup
Big news!  Roger Federer will be joining the stadium show at Arthur Ashe Kids Day this year.  The show, on August 26th, will feature some of your favorite players along with performances by Sofia Carson, New Hope Club, Alex Aiono and more.   Tickets are on sale now!  Get all the details here.