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There are a few aspects of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air that every fan can remember. For one, there’s the catchy opening song. That’s a given. There are probably some out there who never even caught an episode of the Will Smith series, and still know all the words to that classic. And the other, is the good old Carlton dance.
If you were a little kid in the 1990s, nothing sticks with you quite like the music. Well, except for maybe the awesome snacks that are now all but extinct. At any rate, I remember jamming to cassette tapes and eventually that new-fangled device called a CD to some of my favorite tunes. This awesome YouTube clip smashes so many childhood memories into six minutes, I think I might cry from pure joy.
There’s no single late night talk show format. All of the major hosts have their own sets of strengths and weaknesses, and in order to be successful, each performer needs to continually find ways to highlight those strengths and gloss of those negatives. That’s why David Letterman spends such a high percentage of his runtime interviewing guests.
The fifty-sixth annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles this evening. Quite a few of music’s biggest and brightest artists took home honors, but the biggest single hat tips of the night went to Daft Punk. The duo won both Record of the Year and Album of the Year, topping a slew of popular artists from different genres including Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Macklemore.
Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience dropped in March, selling almost a million copies in its first week. The lengthy album has spawned several successful singles, including “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors.” Now that Timberlake is back in the music business, he’s showing no signs of stopping. Late Thursday, the singer released the audio for his latest song, “TKO.”
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon have collaborated frequently on his late night show in the past. The two are probably most famous for their Late Night with Jimmy Fallon “History of Rap” videos, but last night JT popped up to help Fallon out with a different sort of sketch. The new sketch is called “Evolution of End Zone Dancing” and it follows the guys showing off some dance skills as well as an affection for comedy
Music fans might want to block off the month of September, as the iTunes Festival returns in a matter of days, kicking off 30 consecutive nights of free shows this Sunday, which will be viewable for free via iTunes. The first artist to perform at London's Roundhouse for the festival is Lady Gaga, whose concert is scheduled for this Sunday night (September 1). Check out the full schedule and find out how you can watch ahead.
Before ‘N Sync even took the stage last night, there were a number of questions swirling focusing on whether or not the much-hyped reunion would be a special, one-off performance or a brilliant teaser for a future world tour. If crowd reaction was any indication of how the boys might do on the road, there is definitely more than enough interest , but even so, it looks like we’ll all have to be content with the two minute snippet we got last night.
The MTV Video Music Awards are as much about the performances as they are about the awards themselves. The event's history is cluttered with memorable musical performances. Remember Britney Spears and the snake? Or when Eminem made it very clear that he's the real Slim Shady?
Sure Justin, it's true that the Internet screamed like a One Direction concert the minute rumors of an 'N Sync concert first broke. But did you have to make it sound like such a threat at the VMAs last night? I wondered for a while if Justin would be too self-conscious about his super-smooth current image to allow a reunion with 'N Sync to happen on live TV, and the rumors I heard say the reunion wasn't a guarantee until the very last minute over the weekend
98 Degrees, The Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block did it and took the act on tour. Destiny's Child did it as part of one of the best Super Bowl halftime performances in recent memory. The Spice Girls did at the damn Olympics. Reuniting the all-girl or all-guy singing group that got you your start is all the rage these days, so it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise that 'N Sync is rumored to be jumping on the tren
‘N Sync might have said Bye Bye Bye following a tribute to the Bee Gees at the 2003 Grammy Awards, but that doesn’t mean they’re done for good. Rumors are currently flying that members of the popular boyband may take the stage together at the Video Music Awards on August 25.
Thanks to Robin Thicke’s video for “Blurred Lines “ and Justin Timberlake’s clip for “Tunnel Vision”, music video nudity has been a pretty hot topic over the past few weeks. To some, the ample number of naked female models shimmying beside fully-clothed male artists has amounted to nothing more than good, dirty fun. To others, all the nudity has combined together to form one giant exploitive middle finger at women.
Now Timberlake doesn't just have to live up to his own hype, but to the standard he set himself, as he prepares to release the second half of The 20/20 Experience this fall. The first single off that album, "Take Back The Night," is what you were just listening to above, a disco-inflected track that sounds like it could have wandered over form Michael Jackson's Off the Wall album
The 4th of July holiday also roughly marks the midpoint of the year, a time when Nielsen Soundscan puts out a report tracking the bestselling albums of the year. This year, new music from Justin Timberlake, Mumford & Sons, Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton, and Imagine Dragons are the most popular album titles so far, although a few different names appear on the singles list.