Britney Spears will begin her Las Vegas residency Dec. 27. But before she does, she plans to release a new album, which she's called her "most personal yet." The album, entitled Britney Jean is scheduled for release Dec. 3.
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What makes a band a "boy band"? We know groups like 'NSync, Backstreet Boys, and One Direction are definitely boy bands.
But what makes them so unequivocally boy band-ish while groups like Blink-182, who also sing semi-pop-friendly songs (sometimes) and are comprised of boys, aren't technically "boy bands"? Is Blink-182 a boy band? Is Slipknot a boy band? Is Flight of the Conchords a boy band? According to the trusted source, Wikipedia:
Boy band - A boy band (or boy band) is loosely defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in their twenties at the time of formation. Being vocal groups, most boy band members do not play musical instruments, either in recording sessions or on stage, making the term somewhat of a misnomer. However, exceptions do exist. Most boy bands dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.
The truth is most "boy bands" do not like to be referred to as such. There's a stigma attached to being a "boy band" — that they really exist to be poked fun at, that they aren't making serious music, whatever.
Some argue that bands don't qualify as a "boy band" if they play their own instruments. But does that then make it so that Hanson and the Jonas Brothers aren't a boy band? I don't think so. To me, you know a band is a boy band just by looking at them. They're all boy bandy. (Quite frankly, I don't see anything wrong with boy bands.)
Fan, anti-boy band enthusiast, or just someone who accidentally ended up here: check out some boy band history below.
Having a name for a fan base isn't exactly new. Grateful Dead fans have been called Deadheads since at least 1971, when the name was featured on the sleeve of the band's second live album. I previously wrote about other fan names as well, including Fanilows (Barry Manilow), Little Monsters (Lady Gaga), Directioners (One Direction), Beliebers (Justin Bieber), and Juggalo/Juggalettes (Insane Clown Posse).
These days, however, it's almost unusual not to have a name for your fan base. Everyone from Katy Perry to Josh Groban have names for their fans. Here are 15 popular fan base names you should know.
I may have personally been indifferent toward Tegan and Sara before, but after watching this video, I officially have a soft spot for them. They released their official music video for their single, "Closer," way back in November 2012. Just recently, however, they decided to remake the video... with puppies.
It's an adorable, almost shot-for-shot remake of the original video, only this one is far superior (sorry) because it contains dogs. Check out their original video after the jump.
It's not every day you get to see an adorable 6-year-old engage in some breakdancing. The cool part is she's actually really, really good. Her name is "B-Girl Terra" and she, as well as her 9-year-old sister Eddie (not featured in the video above), have been dubbed "breakdance prodigies." Check her out as the star in the music video for Jungle's song, "Platoon."