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It's no secret that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are very adorable in their own right. They're even adorable as a couple (although some die-hard Beliebers would very much disagree). But looking at this picture makes me think: Holy cow, they'd even be adorable parents.
No, that's not their kid they're holding in this picture, taken during a Bieber family picnic in a park near Toronto over the Memorial Day weekend. It's actually Justin's half sister, Jazmyn (no word yet on her solo career).
But WHAT IF IT WERE their kid? I mean Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez OBVIOUSLY SHOULD NOT BE HAVING KIDS RIGHT NOW!! But considering all the crazy cool things the couple has done by the tender age of 17 and 18 -- like make their own movie, platinum albums, and even a line of singing toothbrushes -- maybe, say, in 10 years, they'll be ready to settle down a little and think about starting a family. Think about it. White picket fence with a mailbox that says "Bieber." Justin gets the mail every morning in his slippers with his mug of coffee. Selena waves at him as he leaves for work. Priceless.
With photographic evidence like this of their parenting adorability together, there's no stopping the happy couple. Keep doing what you're doing, Justin and Selena. You guys are adorable. You know what they say... haters gonna hate!
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Kings Of Leon return to a familiar refrain -- their Southern roots -- in their new video, "Back Down South," from their platinum album Come Around Sundown. It's a chilled-out summer breeze of a song with some plaintive fiddle and the Followill brothers singing "I'm gonna go back down south now" over and over again through the chorus. As great as "Sex On Fire" and "Use Somebody" are, it's wonderful to see what these boys can do when they write songs that aim to just fill the living room rather than fill the arena.
The video, directed by Casey McGrath near Nashville this past May, perfectly captures the spirit of the song as an homage to the South; we see Kings Of Leon skeet shooting, driving around in pickup trucks, playing on a stage in a field to a couple hundred people (actually members of the Kings Of Leon fan club as well as locals). It's a dusty, sun-drenched look at Kings Of Leon as good-old Southern boys instead of one of the biggest rock acts in America.
+ Watch Kings Of Leon's "Back Down South" video.
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It's pretty amazing that, 10 years down the line, the big guy from Goodie Mob is making these massive crossover pop albums and has a slew of multiplatinum singles under his belt. In his latest video, "I Want You (Hold On To Love)," Cee Lo opts for his signature croon versus belting it (see: "Crazy," "F*** You") and the result is a song that wouldn't feel out of place on a late-'70s Stevie Wonder album.
In his "I Want You (Hold On To Love)" video, Cee Lo hams it up around what appears to be Liberace's mansion and Vegas at large, playing roulette and drinking Henny with his girl. Cee Lo's Lady Killer album has sold well over a quarter of a million copies here in the United States since it came out in November 2010, and he's about to embark on tour with Rihanna, so now's the perfect time to relax in a mansion with a bottle of good liquor and a fine lady. Dude's earned it.
+ Watch Cee Lo Green's "I Want You (Hold On To Love)" video.
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Jordan Knight is busy selling out arenas with New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys on their NKOTBSB tour, promoting their companion album, AND he just released his solo album, Unfinished. Multitask much?
Last night at New York City's Canal Room, Jordan sang hits from Unfinished -- his first solo album since 2006's Love Songs -- which you can listen to here, by the way.
To our younger readers: Jordan was one of the members of early '90s boy band New Kids On The Block, a merry band of young dudes from Massachusetts, and our pal Jordan was (arguably) the group's biggest heartthrob, the Justin Bieber of his day one might say. Jordan's 41 these days, and it's great to see him still making music and remaining heartthrob-ish.
New Kids On The Block will be performing live on tour this summer with the Backstreet Boys and Jordin Sparks and Ashlyne Huff. As for Jordan, hopefully he's got a few more albums up his sleeve. It's always good to see him hangin' tough.
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"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, the baritone-voiced country prodigy from Garner, North Carolina, celebrated his very American win by doing what Americans do when they celebrate: going to Disney World. The 10th winner of "American Idol" is pictured here riding in a motorcade being driven through the Disney World theme park with his new showbiz pals, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. That'd be cool if they all hung out after, don't you think? Like, Scotty just calls Mickey to come over and play Xbox. Epic hangout.
After the motorcade through the park, Scotty sang his hit, "I Love You This Big," to a large crowd before giving some advice to the crowd about "Idol" auditioning, mentioning he was "bagging groceries just three months ago." Really! Apparently, Scotty used to bag groceries at a Lowes grocery store (check out the photo below) in Garner before getting whisked away to Hollywood for "American Idol." This is the same guy whose friends told him to shut up when he'd sing. Tough crowd, eh?
Do you think they kept his old job for him at the grocery store? I'm just saying, there's a job opening in Garner, North Carolina, right now if anyone wants it. Can you just imagine if he was as talented at bagging groceries as he is at singing? You guys, we might have lost a truly legendary grocery bagger!
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In case you didn't know, The-Dream (love the hyphen!) is a highly accomplished producer and singer-songwriter, with megahits like Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" under his belt. He's got a great solo career going for him, too -- last year's Love King earned Best New Music bragging rights on the famously picky Pitchfork. This summer, you're about to hear perhaps one of his best tracks yet: Beyoncé's "1+1."
The song is already getting a lot of attention after Beyoncé's hubby Jay-Z released some hauntingly brilliant cell phone footage of Beyoncé practicing it in her dressing room before a recent "American Idol" performance. But our friends over at Idolator have pointed something out: "1+1" is actually an original song by The-Dream entitled "Nothing But Love." And it's just as good, if not better than the original!
Whereas Beyoncé takes "1+1," which will appear on her new album, 4, in a much more belty direction (we actually prefer the much simpler version she sang in her dressing room, to be honest), The-Dream makes it sound almost like a breezy Prince jam circa his Purple Rain era. Need to check it out for yourself? Listen below. Peep the linkage below. Which one do you prefer?
+ Listen to Beyoncé's "1+1"
+ Listen to The-Dream's "Nothing But Love"
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Paramore just revealed 30 seconds of a brand-new song entitled "Monster," set for release on the upcoming Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon soundtrack. It's a pretty moody but altogether rocking new song, with epic guitar work and a powerful chorus. This isn't the first time Paramore have released new material on a soundtrack, having already scored a huge hit with "Decode" on the Twilight soundtrack.
"Monster" will be Paramore's first official single since Josh and Zac Farro quit the band last year, firing back at the band with an acrimonious blog post from Josh describing (at length) why they left the hugely successful band. During the chorus of "Monster," Paramore frontwoman Haley Williams sings "I'll stop the whole world from turning into a monster." Sounds like she's exorcising some old demons.
The full-length version of "Monster" will stream on Paramore.net starting June 3. Look for the iTunes release date of "Monster" June 7. The Transformers 3: Dark of The Moon soundtrack is out June 14.
+ Watch Paramore's 30-second teaser clip of "Monster."
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Maroon 5 frontman (and current "Voice" judge/coach) Adam Levine is seen here riding around on his sweet hog, which of course is another word for motorcycle and not an actual pig. Could you imagine? That'd be a whole other headline.
It may look here like Adam Levine's being a real-life version of Joe Cool, but Adam's been keeping pretty busy with the success of the "The Voice," where he shares judging and vocal coach duties with Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and country star Blake Shelton. Not only that, but he's also gearing up to go on tour with Maroon 5 at the end of June, along with Train.
I hope Adam Levine wears a helmet next time, though. As cool as it is to ride around with your sunglasses on, it's always a safe bet to wear a helmet. You should know better, Adam! Do you think it'll make you look uncool? You know what's uncool, Adam? A neck brace. Actually, knowing Adam, he'd probably make the neck brace look cool, but still, we don't want to see him in one!
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You don't find many artists these days with the joie de vivre that Rihanna has; it's like she has as many gigs, photo shoots and appearances as she does fans. And, judging by the photo, her fans are feeling her. LITERALLY. See what I did there? It's called a visual pun, readers. Wakka wakka!
When she's not doing commercials for coconut water, doing songs with Britney Spears, or generally being a red-haired badass in the Run Lola Run sense, she's performing for fans like she did on the set of "The Today Show" this morning performing her new hit single "S&M."
But apparently one fan got a liiiiittle too excited and reached out and grabbed Rihanna midway through the song. CTFO, bro! Rihanna's a real person, not a love pillow. You can't just grab her and drag her home. Some people, I swear... (shakes head).
Grabby fans aside, Rihanna always absolutely slays it, as she kept singing "S&M" throughout the incident. ATTA GIRL. See? She's totes a professional. We stand in awe. Congrats on staying super awesome, Rihanna. A+ on how you handled today... on "Today."
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The French electro duo Justice just released THE GNARLIEST video to one of their GNARLIEST songs to date. The Edouard Salier-directed video for "Civilization" just premiered, and not only does the video itself recall some serious Heavy Metal-esque animation (with a crumbling world falling on buffaloes -- trust me, just watch), but the music also pays homage to some serious stadium rock.
"Civilization," which you've probably heard in that Adidas commercial, starts out with a bang. The Dio-devil-horns-sign-in-the-air opening verse veers into some massively heavy synth action. Make no mistake: This looks to be a huge comeback song for Justice after their 2007 smash "D.A.N.C.E." went global. But the song is so good it could be a comeback for anybody: Give the vocals to Ozzy Osbourne or Rob Halford, and this would make an easy huge comeback for them. Anybody over at Ed Banger Records (their label) listening? Put Rob Halford on vocals, release that as a single, massive hit. Boom. Done.
Justice is set to release a follow-up album to their frankly brilliant 2007 † debut later this year (yes, the name of the album is a cross). No word on when, but if it's anything like this you can be assured a) it'll be a massive hit and that b) I'll be the first in line to buy it.
+ Watch Justice's "Civilization" video.
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