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Katy Perry & Lady Gaga Banned In China

8/25/2011 9:47pm EDT
Katy Perry and Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are among the artists who find themselves on a new 'banned' list in China.

The pop superstars have fallen foul of China's Ministry of Culture officials, who have branded their songs vulgar.

Songs like Perry's "Last Friday Night" and Gaga's "The Edge of Glory," "Judas" and "Hair" are among the tracks the Ministry is keen to keep away from Chinese youngsters' ears.

Their hitlist also features the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it that Way."

Chinese website bosses have been told they must remove the songs by September 15.

NKOTBSB Releasing A Joint Album

8/12/2011 12:35pm EDT
New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys have captured the magic of their joint tour in the recording studio for a new collaborative album.

The two boy bands teamed up earlier this year for their first single together, Don't Turn Out The Lights, before thrilling fans across North America with their summer NKOTBSB tour.

They are now set to release a full project together under the same name this October.

The upcoming disc combines hit songs from New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys' back catalogue for unique musical mash-ups.

Be On Nick Carter's New EP & Win $1,500!

7/14/2011 4:07pm EDT
Nick Carter
If you're an aspiring musician, then Backstreet Boys cutie Nick Carter has some career breaking news for you! Nick has chosen Indaba Music’s 600,000-strong music community to remix five tracks from his second solo release I’m Taking Off: “Love Can’t Wait,” “Falling Down,” “I’m Taking Off,” “Not The Other Guy,” and “So Far Away.”

The five best remixes (one for each track) will be featured on the official Remix EP issued by Carter’s label Kaotic with each winner also receiving a cool $1,500 for their work, plus features on Nick Carter’s website and Facebook page! Ten runners-up (two for ea...

Backstreet Boys Star Howie Dorough Is Hopeful About His Solo Career

7/12/2011 8:42am EDT
Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys star Howie Dorough has become the final member of the boyband to launch a solo career - he's set to release his debut album in November.

The singer, who is currently on a joint Backstreet Boys/New Kids On The Block tour, is putting the finishing touches to "Back To Me" and he hopes the tracks will show fans the "full range" of his vocal abilities.

He says, "The whole objective was to show people my individual personality. When we come together in Backstreet Boys, our individual sounds create an unbelievable group sound. At the same time, we've all had aspirations of doing ...

Spotlight on Summer Concerts

5/13/2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.


U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...

Backstreet Boys Singer A.J. McLean Buys Lindsay Lohan's Vampire Photo

5/11/2011 1:36pm EDT
AJ Mclean
Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean has become the proud owner of a picture of Lindsay Lohan posing as a vampire after buying the piece from photographer Tyler Shields.

The Mean Girls star sported fangs and covered herself in fake blood for the shoot with Shields and the snaps were exhibited at his Life Is Not A Fairytale show in Los Angeles this month.

McLean has now revealed he purchased one of the Lohan snaps, which shows her straddling Vampire Diaries star Michael Trevino and pretending to stab him with a knife.

The singer admits he bought the piece because his fiancée Rochelle Karidi...

A.J. McLean To Leave Rehab Next Week?

1/28/2011 2:24pm EST
AJ Mclean
Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean is "doing very well" in rehab and he's scheduled to be released in a week's time, according to his bandmate Brian Littrell.

The 33-year-old singer has battled substance abuse issues for many years and after two stints in clinics in the early 2000s, he sought help again earlier this month.

McLean enrolled in a program "for personal reasons" and his pal Littrell has revealed the pop star is recovering well and has just a week of treatment left.

Littrell says, "He's good... Just talked to him last night... He's got one more week, he's been there three wee...

Backstreet Boys Star AJ Mclean Returns To Rehab

1/13/2011 2:15pm EST
AJ Mclean
Backstreet Boys' pop comeback has hit a stumbling block - singer A.J. Mclean has reportedly returned to rehab to conquer his drug and alcohol demons once and for all.

The singer has battled addiction for years and enrolled in treatment programs in both 2001 and 2002 for alcohol and cocaine abuse.

But a source tells McLean has struggled with sobriety in recent months and is now "out of control", threatening to derail the group's plans to hit the road for their upcoming joint tour with New Kids on the Block.

A spokesperson for the singer had yet to comment on the report as WENN wen...

New Music & Wedding Bells For NKOTBSB

12/14/2010 1:50pm EST
Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Bloc
The long-awaited collaboration for two of the most notorious boy bands was finally kicked off at this years American Music Awards. The Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block joined forces to form one super boy band, NKOTBSB, and are now set to go on tour! Looks like someone's cashing in on their glory days, don't you think?

We hit the red carpet to see what these boys have planned after the tour to keep this NKOTBSB craze hot! Wedding bells? New music? Watch the video and check it out for yourselves!

Watch: New Kids On The Block And Backstreet Boys Team Up At American Music Awards

11/22/2010 9:39am EST
Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block
The New Kids on the Block and the Back Street Boys appeared together on the American Music Awards last night, in front of a giant electronic display that displayed "NKOTBSB." The new super group will be touring together, and as a debut they did a mash-up of "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)" and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." Watch the video below:

Well, it sounds like they could use a little voice work. They were probably rushed to get ready for the show, but we're sure they will have everything perfected in time for their first show in the summer. So what do you think of thi...

NKOTB And The Backstreet Boys Seal The Deal On 2011 Summer Tour

11/3/2010 6:30pm EDT
New Kids On The Block
Boy band super-groups New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys have confirmed reports they're teaming up to tour together in 2011.

The two acts thrilled fans at a New Kids concert in New York in June when they took the stage together to perform a rendition of Backstreet Boys hit I Want It That Way and the duet was such a success the members of both bands have agreed to hit the road together next summer. There will be an official announcement at the American Music Awards later this month, when the two bands will perform together again.

In a tweet to fans on Wednesday, American Idol ...

Aaron Carter Shocks Fans With Muscled Photo On Twitter

10/11/2010 8:51am EDT
Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter shocked fans after unveiling his extreme new physique online - after revealing his obsession with a gruelling muscle-building regime that's completely transformed his body.

The 22-year-old pop star logged on to Twitter last week, posting a barely recognizable picture of himself menacingly flexing for the camera, and showing off his lean, muscled frame.

Carter revealed he has been holed up at the house of his brother, Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter's longtime manager, Johnny Wright - and he says chiseling his figure is helping him focus on recording new tracks.

He wrote: ...

Hot Legs: Sugababes Singer Jade Ewan Struts Her Stuff

8/15/2010 2:41pm EDT
They're called the Sugababes, but as far as we can tell there's only one babe.

Maybe they should rethink their name? New member Jade Ewan recently showed off her long, lean legs at a music festival in Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal.

Bandmates Heidi Range and Amelle Berrabah also took the stage, but leggy Jade definitely outshone her singing partners.

The band just revealed they will start work on a new album next week. The disc will be the first with new member Jade, who rerecorded Keisha Buchanan's vocals on their previous release "Sweet 7" after being drafted into the band in September.

Paris Hilton Is Done With Famous Boyfriends

7/27/2010 11:34am EDT
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton has vowed never to date another celebrity - because she would prefer to be with a man "who's not in the public eye."

The socialite split from The Hills star Doug Reinhardt earlier this year and has previously enjoyed high profile romances with Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden and Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter. But the hotel heiress is adamant her next partner won't be famous.

She tells Britain's Heat magazine, "It's really hard in my position just being in a relationship, because so much goes along with it. The media are constantly making up stories and it's just hard...

Backstreet Boys Leave Record Label

5/28/2010 4:30pm EDT
Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys have parted ways with their longtime record label after 16 years on the roster.

The boy band signed to Jive Records in 1994 and released seven albums through the label over the years. They have now announced their departure from Jive in a post on their official website, titled "Freedom," which dismisses rumors they were dumped from the books because of falling album sales.

The post reads, "So the news is out! The Backstreet Boys are no longer signed to long time record label Jive Records. The amicable split is very exciting for the group. "

Band member Brian Littre...

Aaron Carter: 'Lindsay Lohan Deserves Her Punishment'

5/26/2010 8:28am EDT
Aaron Carter
Aaron Carter is pleased Lindsay Lohan has been strapped with an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet, insisting his ex-girlfriend "deserves" the punishment.

The Mean Girls star has been forbidden from leaving California and must now wear the device, which alerts authorities if she consumes booze, after a judge ordered her to refrain from drinking or taking illegal drugs for the foreseeable future.

The sentencing stems from a 2007 arrest during a turbulent period of the actress' life which saw her detained several times on driving under the influence charges and accused of taking three men ...

The Backstreet Boys Have Financial Advice For Lady Gaga

4/15/2010 8:12am EDT
Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys are keen to mentor Lady Gaga about the business of music so she doesn't make the same mistakes they did when they first made it big.

The boy band was touring in New Zealand at the same time as the Paparazzi singer and learned that she is living too large.

And now Boys star Brian Littrell is keen to play business mentor to the Gaga, so she doesn't return home after big tours broke.

He says, "Our production manager was talking to her production manager and we found out that she had, like, three 747s (private planes) flying around with her. I just wanted to tell her that...

Backstreet Boys Land Cruise Gig

3/2/2010 4:00pm EST
Backstreet Boys
The Backstreet Boys are following in the footsteps of boy-band New Kids On The Block by performing a concert cruise. The Step by Step hit-makers put on a three-day boat trip around the Caribbean last May.

The high seas thrill featured performances from the group and special meet-and-greet sessions for fans onboard. And now the Backstreet Boys are cruising to treat their loyal followers to a similar trip.

The four-day trip will set sail from Florida on December 9th. It will include a show and themed parties.

A post on the band's website reads, "This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime ...

The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

11/15/2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...

Top 10 Films With Numbers In The Title

9/26/2009 1:52pm EDT
In honor of the recent Tim Burton film 9 we're spotlighting numerals and numbers in film. What they have contributed to movies over the years goes beyond simply differentiating an original from a sequel.

For the most part this list excludes sequels. Sorry. It's just too easy. Also, much too simple are the straight up number films. But the English language loopholes are definitely abused throughout this top ten to reflect the best and, well, most viewed options. Check them out!

1. The First Wives Club.

This is the smartass chick's chick flick with a message. Bette Midler. Goldie ...

80s Vs. 90s: Which Decade Was The Best In Entertainment?

9/26/2009 10:03am EDT
Eighties and Nineties nostalgia are running rampant in pop culture right now. Television networks and film companies are resurrecting TV shows and movies like 90210, Melrose Place, Halloween, and Transformers. This obsession with the 80s and 90s have lead to TV specials and debates about which decade is better. Both provided us with fascinating films to watch, memorable music to listen to, and new forms of entertainment that we still use today. But when it comes to entertainment, which decade was better?


In the 80s, there were only three major broadcast networks - ABC, NBC,...

Kaci Battaglia Talks Past, Present & Being 'Crazy Possessive'

9/25/2009 6:00pm EDT
Kaci Battaglia Interview
Kaci Battaglia might be one of the best new pop artists but in fact she is not exactly new. Nearly a decade ago and in her early teenage years, she had multiple top ten hits in Europe and after a short hiatus Kaci is back on the dance/pop scene.

A southern girl from the Tampa Bay, Florida area, Battaglia took a short break from the entertainment business at the age of 18 to pursue academic dreams in Cambridge, UK.

Although she might be the only pop star ever to think International Politics and Economics is exhilarating, Battaglia admits her academic dreams are not a priority right n...

Weekly Fashion Wrap Up: Kate Beckinsale, Kim Kardashian & More

9/11/2009 2:15pm EDT
Weekly Fashion Wrap Up
In this week's "Fashion Wrap Up" there are more losers than winners - but we expect next week's list to be full of both with Fashion Week starting in New York City. See the photos after the jump!


Jennifer Morrison: Our worst dressed of the week. Yikes, just yikes!

Image © PR Photos

Kim Kardashian: Not so much about the fashion (her outfit wasn't half bad), but what was Kim thinking about her hair? What is that on the side of her head?

Image © PR Photos

Lily Collins: Maybe it's mean, but this whole ensemble is terrible. The color, the cut...ouch!


Q&A: Nathaniel Flatt Of The New Boy Band V Factory

5/26/2009 6:00pm EDT
V Factory
Nathaniel Flatt of up-and-coming boy band V Factory took the time to sit down with Starpulse's Larry Gould and discuss his path to stardom, his influences and what that mysterious "V" in the band's name stands for. V Factory recently cracked the Top 40 with their debut single "Love Struck" and are readying their as-yet-untitled debut album for a release later this year.

Nathaniel Flatt first realized his calling at the tender age of five when he saw a musical production of Peter Pan in his hometown of Cookeville, Tennessee. It proved to be a pivotal point in his life, thus beginning ...

14 Nauseating & Sappy Love Songs For A Mushy February 14

2/14/2009 10:55am EST
Happy Valentine
Want to make your Valentine's heart melt to mush? Create a playlist or CD with these 14 lovey-dovey, nauseatingly sappy songs:

1. "You're Still The One" - Shania Twain

2. "I'll Make Love To You" - Boyz II Men

3. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" - Backstreet Boys

4. "Unchained Melody" - Righteous Brothers

5. "When A Man Loves A Woman" - Percy Sledge

6. "Wonderful Tonight" - Eric Clapton

7. "I Knew I Loved You" - Savage Garden

8. "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" - Van Morrison

9. "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" - Aerosmith

10. "I Do (Cheris...

MTV Bids Farewell To 'TRL' With Star-Studded 'Total Finale Live'

11/12/2008 12:57pm EST
MTV TRL Finale
A star-studded group of artists from rock, pop, hip-hop and beyond are lined up to commemorate TRL with their memories, performances, and more as MTV's "Total Finale Live" celebration grows ever closer. Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, and JC Chasez, always sure to draw a crowd in New York City's Times Square, are set to join "TRL's" current host Damien Fahey and former host Carson Daly in the studio and share their thoughts on what the show meant to them. The TRL Finale airs November 16 at 8:00pm ET/PT on MTV.

Just when you thought the finale couldn't get any bigger, the show has been ex...

Motley Crue's Classic 'Dr. Feelgood' Album Available On 'Rock Band'

10/16/2008 9:00am EDT
Motley Crue
Originally released on September 1, 1989, Dr. Feelgood, along with all of Mötley Crüe’s studio albums, has just been re-released by Motley Records/Eleven Seven Music. The CD was recorded by all four original band members and is the band's highest charting CD to date. It was the first album the band recorded after their quest for sobriety and rehabilitation in 1989 and the band has stated in various interviews that they view it as their most musically solid album due in no small part to their new sobriety. Today, Dr. Feelgood has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Dr. Fe...

Check Out Varsity Fanclub's Pool Party

9/18/2008 7:30pm EDT
Varsity Fanclub
It is a widely accepted tenet in pop music that every generation needs its own young stars to scream for. So is it really surprising that a new group of fresh-faced young men have begun to make a footprint on the pop landscape? Even old-timers New Kids on the Block have reunited more than a decade after 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys ruled the charts. Clearly the members of NKOTB recognized that few people (even those of us old enough to own "Hangin' Tough" on vinyl), can resist the simple pleasure of five talented, upbeat guys singing and dancing in unison. It's been true since the Jackson 5 ...

Meet The Clique Girlz- Paris, Destinee and Ariel

5/9/2008 5:00pm EDT
Clique Girlz
When you meet the Clique Girlz -- sisters Paris and Destinee Monroe along with best friend Ariel Moore -- you’ll be shocked to learn that such big voices can come out of such petite girls.

It's hard to believe that a twelve year old and two thirteen year olds can possess the stage presence and enthusiasm of seasoned performers, but the onstage persona and professionalism of the Clique Girlz make them appear as if they have been in the business for many years beyond what their age would allow.

Introducing the Clique Girlz:

The three girls joined forces at school five years...

Buy Your Own Brunch! Celeb's Moms Who Won't Be Getting The Royal Treatment This Mother's Day

5/9/2008 2:40pm EDT
Mommie Dearest
Ah, Mother. It's a noun that traditionally conjures up the warm 'n' fuzzies, instigates fights ("Don't you talk about my mama!), drives the most hardened man to tears and inspires tattoos proclaiming everlasting love.

For the lucky majority, Mother's Day is an opportunity to express what we usually fail to: How much the unconditional love, support and guidance of a maternal figure has touched our lives for the better. But what of the unlucky few for whom the idea of Mother's Day is sheer anathema? Which stars won't be buying a card, let alone brunch for Mommie Dearest come May 11?