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Backstreet Boys “The Call” 20 Years Later

Festival d'ete de Quebec - Day 4I’m not sure if this ruins my favorite BSB song, or makes it even better.  Backstreet Boys sat down with Billboard to chat about the 20th anniversary of their debut album Backstreet Boys, &amp; each member shared some memories.  Although the focus was supposed to be on their debut album, AJ McLean couldn’t help but telling a story from Black &amp; Blue, “The Call.”   “You know what, there is one that I’m probably going to get in trouble for,” McLean acknowledged before getting into the crux of the story, which involves super-producer Max Martin (who mixed the song). “So when we were in the studio with Max making the song “The Call,” Howie  was in the booth and we were doing that vocal break down, [ sings] ‘ dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun.’ Max gave Howie his harmony, and I think he was just putting so much air into the vocal that as he was singing, he went ‘dun, dun’ and he farted — but he farted not only on the beat, but in key. So Max tweaked it and made it sound like one of his patented bass sounds, and it stayed on the record.” “Howie’s fart became an instrument and is on the record for the rest of our lives.” And after telling the full story, McLean gave Martin some credit for his masterful mixing: “[Max] could turn a fart into a bass sound, that’s pretty damn genius if you ask me.”   Billboard couldn’t let this go with out some clarification, ” I plead the fifth to say anything,” Dorough initially says, laughing, before deciding to back himself up.  “I’m sure there were a lot of beverages consumed back in the day. It’s one of those kind of things… Everybody at that age — especially Nick — was constantly passing gas, just being young 20-year-old guys doing guy locker room kind of stuff. And coincidentally, I got in the booth, was breathing in really heavily singing my part, and I guess some extra air kind of came out. It made everybody laugh, and Max decided to take that and sample it to turn it into the ‘ dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun.'”  Max was onto something because Howie’s fart is the most intense part of the entire song! “If it was me, the guys can definitely thank me for that,” Dorough laughs, “and thank what was consumed the night before singing those songs.”  Well… That has definitely changed the entire song for me!

Limbaugh: ‘Wimpism’ has taken over Washington establishment

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh criticized what he called “wimpism” on the part of the Washington, D.C. establishment for asking President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric on North Korea.

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Speaking on his radio show Thursday, Limbaugh said there is no reason to be afraid of North Korea, describing Kim Jong Un’s regime as a “zit on the butt of a pig,” Fox News reported.

Limbaugh slammed congressmen from both parties who have warned that Trump’s tough talk could inflame tensions with North Korea and perhaps trigger a war.

“What does this mean?” Limbaugh said. "It means that 'wimpism' has taken over the Washington establishment, that 'wussism' and 'wimpism' and 'pajama boyism' has taken over."

Limbaugh said North Korea may have nuclear weapons, but they "can’t hit the side of a barn" with them, Fox News reported.

"What are we supposed to do, just sit here and wait until the real one is airborne and hope that being gentle and compassionate and unprovocative will stop this lunatic from doing what he’s doing? Is that what we’re to believe here?" Limbaugh asked.

Friday morning, Trump tweeted that the United States military was “locked and loaded” if North Korea decided to take military action.

Kesha Returning To The Stage With Rainbow Tour

Kesha fans– Get ready to hang out with your girl again soon! This morning, she announced that she’s taking the act on the road the fall.   My new album  Rainbow is dedicated to my fans. And I’m so excited to be able to invite you all to come boogie with me on my new Rainbow Tour,” she says. “I would not have made it to this point without my animals and supporters so now come out and join the celebration with me.”  Kesha hasn’t been on the road since the Warrior Tour in 2013. In the last month, she has released three songs from  Rainbow: “Praying,” “Woman” and “Learn to Let Go.” Every pair of concert tickets comes with a physical copy of the artist’s third studio album (available Aug. 11). She’ll be in the New York area Oct. 9 at Hammerstein Ballroom.

George Clooney Flips Over Paparazzi Photos Of Twins

Papa Bear, George Clooney, is not one you want to mess with! The French magazine, Voici, has published the first photos of the Clooney twins, Alexander &amp; Ella, with out consent, showing the parents holding their one &amp; a half month old infants at the family Lake Como estate in Italy.  Voici shared its cover Friday, touting “the very first pictures of the twins in the arms of their parents.” After listing their daily activities,  Voici added, “Do not miss all our exclusive photos.”  In response, George issued a statement,  “Over the last week photographers from  Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home. Make no mistake—the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” he promised. “The safety of our children demands it.”  A rep for Voici issued this statement: “George and Amal Clooney have been very public personalities for the last few years. Their wedding in Venice, in September 2014, was a very mediatic event; the pictures of them smiling to the public were seen all around the world. The birth of their twins, Ella and Alexander, had also been commented a lot, by themselves and their families. The images published in  Voici this Friday are a response to a public demand. People love George Clooney and have been following his life story for years now. Those pictures do not put in danger Mr. Clooney, his wife or their kids.”  Before he married Amal, whose a human rights lawyer, in 2014, George secured 2 protection orders to prevent the paparazzi from getting too close to his home before their wedding; they prohibited anyone from stopping on the road outside his villa and the water directly in front of his home. The restrictions were temporary, though, and were only upheld until Sept. 30, 2014.

Jennifer Lopez Sends Birthday Love To A Rod

Well, if there was any doubt that Jennifer Lopez &amp; Alex Rodriguez were actually in love, we have confirmation that it’s real. J Lo couldn’t help herself when posting a happy birthday note to her man on social media today.  Alex hit the big 4-2 today (&amp; obviously doesn’t look it!)

“Happy Birthday to the man who makes my heart skip a beat every time he walks in the room,” she captioned a sultry photo of the former baseball star. “Wishing you the best year ever my love…so excited for everything God has in store for you… #thebestisyettocome #itsyourday #mimacho #amormio #happybirthday #LEO #13”

Jen turned 48 on Monday &amp; the couple made sure to make their first birthday together one to remember.  A- Rod threw his girl a surprise birthday party in Miami this past weekend.  The two partied with family members, their children and about 50 friends, including J.Lo’s backup dancers and co-stars from  Shades of Blue. “J.Lo was getting down on the dance floor with A-Rod and they both looked happily in love,” a source said. “The couple both drank and danced the night away, but were never out of control. It was the perfect night.”

Justin Bieber Refuses To Apologize To Tour Crew After Cancelling Purpose Tour

bieberNot only were Beliebers upset after Justin cancelled the remainder of his Purpose Tour, his crew who were hired to work on the production were also caught off guard.  Employees at 14 different venues, along with the crew members that have toured with Justin for the entire tour, from setting up, catering, etc, will now be out of work. Justin refuses to issue an apology.  Justin was pretty defensive when a reporter mentioned that he let down a lot of people, including the crew members.  He even had his pal, Patrick Schwarzenegger, stop the car in the middle of the street so Justin could explain himself! “It’s not MY staff,” he insisted. “Somebody that works on the tour isn’t my staff!” He was adamant that people who work on the tour aren’t part of his payroll, so he has no reason to apologize to them. He did issue an apology to fans.  “Sorry to anybody who feels disappointed or betrayed,” he said. “It’s not in my heart or anything.” He also insisted that “everything’s fine,” and offered no specific reason for the cancellation. Stadium shows in Texas, California, Colorado, Minneapolis, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Toronto, Tokyo, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore were affected by Justin’s decision to end the tour early. He has been touring for 2 years straight.

2017 MTV VMA Nominations Released

The MTV VMA nominations have been announced! Kendrick Lamar scored the most noms with 8 for his ideo “Humble.”  Katy Perry &amp; The Weeknd are behind him with 5.  MTV set the precedent with non- gendered categories at the MTV Movie &amp; TV Awards, &amp;  are carrying that on with the VMA’s.   The network has done away with the “Best Female Video” and “Best Male Video” categories for a combined “Artist of the Year” competition. Additionally, there’s another new category—”Best Fight Against the System”—to celebrate videos that “inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice.” The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Check out the full list of nominees…

VIDEO OF THE YEAR  Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna &amp; Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR  Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records) Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) Ed Sheeran (Atlantic Records) Ariana Grande (Republic Records) The Weeknd (XO/Republic Records) Lorde (Republic Records)

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®) Khalid (RCA Records) Kodak Black (Atlantic Records) SZA (TDE/RCA Records) Young M.A (3D) Julia Michaels (Republic Records) Noah Cyrus (Records)

BEST COLLABORATION Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (Atlantic Records) DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna &amp; Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records) The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry &amp; Big Sean – “Feels” (Columbia Records) Zayn &amp; Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (Republic Records)

BEST POP Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better” (Island Records) Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” (RCA Records) BEST HIP HOP Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) Big Sean – “Bounce Back” (Def Jam) Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs” (Chance the Rapper LLC) D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli” (Atlantic Records) Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad &amp; Boujee” (300 Entertainment) DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper &amp; Lil Wayne – “I’m The One” (Epic Records/We The Best) BEST DANCE Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay” (Interscope) Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me” (Ultra/Interscope) Calvin Harris – “My Way” (Columbia Records) Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water” (Mad Decent) Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone” (Wall Recordings/Latium/RCA Records) BEST ROCK Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams” (Parlophone/Atlantic Records) Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace” (Island) Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul” (Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records) Green Day – “Bang Bang” (Warner Bros. Records) Foo Fighters – “Run” (RCA Records)   BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM  Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan” (Race &amp; LGBTQ) (Def Jam) The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” (Immigration) (Atlantic Records) Big Sean – “Light” (Race) (Def Jam) Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Body image) (Def Jam) Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” (Environment) John Legend – “Surefire” (Immigration &amp; Anti-Muslim hate) (Columbia Records) BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Scott Cunningham) Imagine Dragons – “Thunder” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) (Matthew Wise) Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill” (Asylum/Atlantic Records) (Steve Annis) DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak” (Mass Appeal Records LLC) (David Proctor) Halsey – “Now or Never” (Astralwerks/Capitol) (Kristof Brandl) BEST DIRECTION Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers &amp; the little homies) Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Mathew Cullen) Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) (Cameron Duddy &amp; Bruno Mars) Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful” (Def Jam) (Aaron A) The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Glenn Michael) BEST ART DIRECTION  Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Spencer Graves) Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” (Atlantic Records) (Alex Delgado) Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit” (Capitol Records) (Natalie Groce) DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna &amp; Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (Epic Records/We The Best) (Damian Fyffe) The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti) BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall) A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation” (Epic Records) (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel) KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy” (Atlantic Records) (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt &amp; Tomash Kuzmytskyi) Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm” (Capitol Records) (Company: MIRADA) Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times” (Columbia Records) (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez) BEST CHOREOGRAPHY  Kanye West – “Fade” (Def Jam) (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze &amp; Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins) Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side” (Republic Records) (Brian &amp; Scott Nicholson) Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) (Dave Meyers) Sia – “The Greatest” (Monkey Puzzle Records/RCA Records) (Ryan Heffington) Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down” (Syco Music/Epic Records) (Sean Bankhead) BEST EDITING  Future – “Mask Off” (Epic Records/Freebandz/A1) (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost) Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean” (300 Entertainment/Atlantic Records) (Ryan Staake &amp; Eric Degliomini) Lorde – “Green Light” (Republic Records) (Nate Gross of Exile Edit) The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer” (Disruptor Records/Columbia Records) (Jennifer Kennedy) The Weeknd – “Reminder” (XO/Republic Records) (Red Barbaza)

Justin Bieber Cancels Remainder of Purpose Tour Because of Christ

Justin Bieber cancelled the remainder of his Purpose tour &amp; no one knew why, until today.  Apparently, Biebs pulled the plug on his Purpose tour because he “rededicated his life to Christ” sources connected to Hillsong Church have said.  Bieber’s decision seemed to come out of the blue, but sources say it was squarely based on what Bieber believes is religious enlightenment. Bieber said he canceled due to exhaustion, but that’s simply not true.  We’re also told Bieber’s crew is “incredibly pissed off at him” because it has impacted their financial well-being without any warning. Bieber has been virtually joined at the hip with Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz over the last few months — including at a huge church event in Australia — but we’re told Lentz did not advocate for cancelling the tour.

Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Commits Suicide

I can’t even believe I’m writing this… Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington,41, committed suicide early this morning in his home in the Palos Verdes Estates in LA.   Bennington struggled with substance abuse in the past &amp; was currently battling depression after the death of friend,  Chris Cornell.   Bennington is survived by his wife and six children. He wed Talinda Ann Bentley in 2005 following his split from Samantha Marie Olit in the same year. Linkin Park is currently on tour.

Aaron Carter Says He & Brother Nick May Never Reconcile

Aaron Carter was arrested this past weekend in Georgia on charges of DUI refusal, possession of marijuana less than one ounce, and possession of drug related objects.  That was just the tip of the iceberg for the pop star. Following his arrest, his older brother, Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, tweeted his concern &amp; offered his help.  The 29 year old sat down with ET in an exclusive interview to discuss his arrest &amp; his rift with his older brother, which he says is basically non- existent now.   “Nick made no efforts to call me, and he knows how to reach me,” Aaron shared.  Aaron wasn’t appreciative of his big bro’s gesture &amp; released a statement through his rep after being released on $4,610 bail.  “If my own blood (Nick) truly cared about my well-being, why wouldn’t he call me directly and have a conversation instead of making this about him through a very public forum?” According to Aaron, his brother had a number of ways to get in touch with him — including calling him in jail — but opted not to pursue them.  Aaron admitted that he has no desire to accept any assistance from Nick for his personal or professional life. “I don’t need Nick’s help. I don’t need that. I don’t need help,” he insisted. “What I need is for people to understand that I’m human and I make mistakes just like every other human in this world.” The “Sooner or Later” singer also expressed doubt that he and Nick will ever be able to find peace between them. “I think there’s too much animosity,” he explained. “There’s too much conflict of interest.”  Aaron is not completely opposed to a reconciliation.  “I will always love you. And I will always have forgiveness in my heart for you. And before you read tabloids and you make assumptions, you should reach out to me.””A broken man. Broken. Heartbroken,” he said through tears. “Four days of no sleep. Guarding my girlfriend [Madison Parker] outside of a car, making sure she was safe. Driving all over the United States of America. Trying to get to my radio shows. Doing the best that I can. Trying to show up, so people don’t give up on me again.” Among those he says have given up on him the most, Aaron said his brother and “a lot of my fans.”  According to Madison, both Nick and Angel, Aaron’s twin sister, have been pushing for Aaron to undergo an intervention. “They think that he’s rotting and that he needs an intervention and he needs help and he’s gonna die soon and all these horrible things that are not true,” Madison said. “They [don’t] care to call or even check into see how he’s doing.” “They could call and say, ‘Hey, we’re worried about you. We love you. Can we see each other? Do you want to go grab lunch?’ Simple things,” she added.

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