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Boy-band feud alert: Did One Direction just copy Backstreet Boys' album title?

Is One Direction copying the Backstreet Boys’ style — and their titles?

In the 1990’s, boy-band feuds were a dime a dozen — back when TRL was filled with screaming girls who wanted nothing more than to be serenaded by the likes of ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, and 98 Degrees. But today, TRL is no more, and boy bands aren’t nearly the fad they used to be.

That hasn’t stopped the multiplatinum U.K. X Factor breakouts One Direction from making a whole new generation of young girls scream at ear-piercing volumes. But is One Direction borrowing a little too blatantly from the still-active Backstreet Boys?

When BSB’s AJ McClean stopped by TMZ last year, he wasn’t shy about expressing his opinion on One Direction’s eerily familiar lyrics. Check out the video below:


And now, One Direction’s Liam Payne has tweeted that the official title of the band’s upcoming movie, which was known as 1D3D, has now changed to This Is Us:

Fans of the Backstreet Boys will quickly recognize that as the name of BSB’s most recent album and tour. Could this be the next boy-band feud in the making? And if the answer is yes, whose side are you on?

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Mark Wahlberg talks potential Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch reunion: 'We might'

If iPhones weren’t everywhere I turned, I’d think it’s actually 1995.

First, all five Backstreet Boys reunite, then Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, and New Kids on the Block go on tour. Before I can turn around, LL Cool J is rapping at the Grammy’s, and now I hear that it isn’t completely crazy to think Oscar-nominated Mark Wahlberg could once again send around some “Good Vibrations” as the Grammy-nominated Marky Mark.
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Spotify uses streaming data to predict Grammy winners

If award season is all about seeing who can predict the winners, then Spotify is just trying to keep up with the times.

This year, Spotify is using its biggest resource, its streaming data, to predict which artists will take home the coveted golden gramophones. According to Spotify, the gramophones for both Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance are going to Gotye for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” and Album of the Year will be taken home by Mumford & Sons for Babel.

The Lumineers are favored to win Best New Artist, Carly Rae Jepsen is expected to take away Best Pop Solo Performance, and Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” is in the top spot for Best Country Song.

Do you agree with Spotify’s predictions? You can also make your own predictions on Spotify’s Facebook page. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Bruno Mars goes retro for 'When I Was Your Man' video: Watch it here

Bruno Mars might be the classiest 27-year-old on the planet.

The vintage-y video for Unorthodox Jukebox‘s second single “When I Was Your Man” finds the crooner putting on his suit-and-tie s— and sitting down at a scotch-topped piano, where he proceeds to sing his way into your unsuspecting heart.

And the clip, directed by both Cameron Duddy and Mars himself, doesn’t stop there with its charms. “Too young, too dumb to realize/That I should have bought you flowers and held your hand,” Mars laments on the single, which might explain the flower pinned to his blazer. Another explanation? Because it looks really damn good on him.

Check out the “When I Was Your Man” video for yourself below:

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The Postal Service releases 2013 tour dates

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We knew The Postal Service was back, but now it could be coming to a city near you. According to the band’s website, The Postal Service is going on tour in 2013 for the first time since 2003.

The band is set to release a 10th anniversary edition of its album Give Up complete with 15 additional songs on April 9, which also marks the band’s first tour date in Reno, Nevada. Two months later, the tour will wrap in Brooklyn, New York. Check out a full list of tour dates below: READ FULL STORY

The xx cover Wham!'s 'Last Christmas -- Hear it here

When you think of Wham!, many things come to mind: the 1980’s, synthesizers, pre-irony nylon windbreakers, Zoolander, George Michael’s hair. Noticeably absent on that list are “being cool” and “material that is ripe for reinterpretation,” which renders the xx’s decision to cover “Last Christmas” somewhat peculiar.

Listen to the song after the jump, and be sure to give us your thoughts in the comments!

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Rolling Stones drop new single 'Doom and Gloom': Hear it here

The boys are back in town.

In anticipation of their upcoming greatest hits collection, the Rolling Stones took to BBC Radio to debut their first new song in seven years, “Doom and Gloom.”  The howling single is one of two new works that’ll show up on the band’s GRRR! compilation, due Nov. 13.

So what are Mick and co. up to these days? Reading the news: as you might have gleaned from the title, Jagger laments the world’s current state of affairs, from economic disparity to fracking — and it’s all backed by the band’s trademark Exiled swagger.

Give the song a listen below and let us know what you think about the Stones’ return:

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Taylor Swift drops new single 'I Knew You Were Trouble': Hear it here

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“Ready to hear more about my romantic misadventures????”

That’s the teaser Taylor Swift tweeted yesterday in anticipation of the newest cut off of Red, “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

The song, which Swift previewed on Good Morning America yesterday morning, has the same kind of defiant pop-radio oomph that made her fourth album’s other big breakup banger, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” a number one.

But “Trouble” comes with an added twist: a smattering of dubstep, discernible each time the song’s chorus kicks in, an element that we’d been warned Red would contain.

Take a listen to the new track in the video below:

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458 episodes of John Peel's radio show are now online: Stream them here

Got an extra 900 hours on your hand? The internet has just become 458 John Peel show episodes richer, which means your next month or so just got booked.

Some enterprising Soundcloud citizen (and likely power-pop fan) known only as +dB has taken it upon him or herself to upload a whopping chunk of the late British radio god’s programs, which gained fame for the “Peel sessions” — live in-studio performances with some of rock’s most interesting players.

The treasure trove features broadcasts ranging from Peel’s pirate radio days back in 1968 all the way up to his BBC reign, which ended only upon the prolific DJ’s death in 2004.

The collection isn’t 100% complete, of course, but it’s certainly exhaustive: you can hear anything from Bob Marley’s two appearances on the show (on May 1 and Nov. 26, 1973) to Pulp’s 1995 session to a live Daft Punk concert (June 30, 1996). Even Peel’s elusive joint interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono is up for grabs.

So until that archive of John Peel’s record collection is complete, check out almost a thousand hours of his radio shows in the Soundcloud player below.

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Listen to 'Beg for Broken Legs,' a new song from Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham -- EXCLUSIVE

After laying relatively low for the last two years, acclaimed singer-songwriter (and man we’d like to nominate for a Hell On Wheels guest spot – look at that face!) Ryan Bingham is finally back with new music.

Bingham, of course, is the New Mexico native whose work with T Bone Burnett on 2009’s acclaimed Crazy Heart soundtrack included the song “The Weary Kind,” which earned him an Oscar, Golden Globe, and a Grammy — and an Americana Music Association designation as 2010’s Artist of the Year to boot. In other words, Bingham’s halfway to full-fledged EGOT status!

Could his new album, Tomorrowland (out Sept. 18; preorder links here), help snag him more awards? Barring unforseen stage-bound circumstances, “Beg for Broken Legs” probably won’t snag him that elusive Tony, but we’re still glad to have it exclusively on the Music Mix.

Give it a listen below and let us know what you think:

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