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Backstreet Boys: Kevin Richardson set to return

Backstreet-Boys

Big news today in the Backstreet Boys world — and by that I mean the tiny little universe where time stands still that I have created inside the fours walls of my office: Kevin Richardson is coming back (all right!).

After leaving the group in 2006, the oldest Backstreet Boy (the one you didn’t realize you missed until you heard the remaining four guys sing “I Want It That Way” without him) announced over the weekend that he’s returning to the group. [Cue totally subdued, mature adult screams.]

The band first dropped the news over the weekend to a crowd in London, and posted a video of the announcement on their site; Richardson later confirmed via Twitter. According to the band, Richardson and the rest of the Boys will soon be headed back into the studio to record a new album.

Reached by time machine for comment, 12-year-old me says she’s “thrilled.”

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This week in Twitter: Justin Bieber taunts non-babymama, Nicki Minaj says goodbye

Twitter is a remarkable technology — allowing us to keep up with the made-up thoughts of a hologram and reduce all art to pithy put-downs and puns. It also provides access to the pyches of some of the biggest starts on the planet—including Justin Bieber, who had a weird little run with his smartphone on Sunday.

In the midst of what he referred to as a “Random Twitter Hour,” Bieber wrote, “Dear mariah yeeter…we have never met…so from the heart i just wanted to say…” with a link to this odd audio clip from the Borat movie.

Yeater is, of course, the woman who accused Bieber of impregnating her somewhere in the bowels of L.A.’s Staples Center after a concert. The paternity suit was withdrawn after Bieber took a DNA test proving he was not the father of Yeater’s infant son.

The rest of his “Random Twitter Hour,” which goes out to some 21 million followers, was indeed random, featuring such nuggets as “Why does David Ortiz look like Robocop?” and simply, “My loins.”

Meanwhile, you can no longer re-tweet Nicki Minaj’s random thoughts, because the platinum rapper has shut down her account. READ FULL STORY

Tupac's hologram was developed by Oscar-winning effects people, cost a ton of money, has a Twitter account

For a lot of hip-hop fans, Tupac Shakur never really died.

Some legitimately believed that, like Elvis before him, Shakur actually faked his own death to duck out of the spotlight. For others, tracks like “California Love” and “I Get Around” simply lend him a less literal kind of immortality.

Of course, that was before the man himself “materialized” on stage at the closing night of the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and stole the entire Coachella conversation. “Tupac hologram” almost instantly became one of the most-searched phrases on the Internet, and now more information is emerging about the exceptionally weird technological trick pulled off by headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the hologram was crafted by the Digital Domain Media Group, the visual effects house co-founded by James Cameron and responsible for cutting-edge film tricks in movies like Titanic, Tron: Legacy, the Transformers series, Real Steel, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. READ FULL STORY

Tupac lives (as a hologram) at Coachella!

We’ll have the full run-down of ups and downs from the final day of the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival shortly, but the biggest news from Sunday night’s festivities was Tupac Shakur’s return to the stage.

Though the legendary rapper was murdered in 1996, Shakur stole Sunday night’s weekend-closing set by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. Appearing as a hologram (as previously rumored), Shakur (or rather, his pixel-mongering image) materialized for the purpose of filling in his verse on “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” as well as taking a solo on “Hail Mary.”

It was a pretty impressive bit of scene-stealing, if only because that stage also saw drop-ins from superstars like Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, and 50 Cent. Check out Tupac’s ghost performing “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” below. READ FULL STORY

Rock Hall responds to Axl Rose's open letter about induction

Ever since the mysterious cabal that lords over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Guns N’ Roses would be part of this year’s induction class (first ballot!), the big question has centered around the giant cornrowed elephant in the room: Would Axl Rose, who parted ways with the other members of his legendary band long ago and has been carrying on with the name that is legally his for way longer than the proper lineup was together, show up?

Initial indications seemed hopeful. The other Gunners all seemed to feel that a full-on reunion was a possibility, and many of the old grudges appeared to have been settled. The Hall even assigned Green Day to handle Guns’ induction, a decision that makes no real musical sense but did give them the most high-profile spot on the ceremony’s card.

However, after much speculation and only a few days before the induction ceremony this weekend in lovely Cleveland, Rose has announced that not only is he not showing up to the party, but he has no interest in being a part of their little club either. READ FULL STORY

Album sales: Nicki Minaj scores big debut, Madonna posts record drop

The chart road divided this week for two of the three participants in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. On the one side, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded easily grabbed the top spot on the latest Billboard album chart, moving 253,000 copies in an extremely respectable opening week. It’s her first debut at number one, though her 2010 debut Pink Friday did find the upper plateau several months after its release thanks to the late surge of “Super Bass” in early 2011.

The success of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is easy to see, as Minaj went on a media blitz that included a free surprise concert in Times Square and the continued success of the single “Starships” (which currently sits at number five on the Billboard Hot 100).

That’s all good news for Minaj, whose album has been met with mixed critical reactions but seems to be capitalizing on its everything to everyone approach. The outlooks is less rosy for Madonna, whose latest album MDNA posted the single biggest second week sales decrease for a number one debut since SoundScan started tracking official sales in 1991. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian: A brief history of their sweeping romance, in rap

As you may have heard by now, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are involved in an international conspiracy to gross you out.

The frenzy began yesterday, when Yeezy got rather forthright concerning matters Kardashian on his confessional DJ Khaled collab “Theraflu.”

But that song isn’t the first time the rapper has called out Kim in song. It’s the third! So, in the spirit of America’s newest sweethearts (sorry, Jay and Bey!), here’s a roundup of each instance West has included his current girlfriend in his lyrics.


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What is the most '90s movie soundtrack of all time?

Last weekend, I stumbled across my new favorite blog on the Internet.

It’s written by a dude named Chris who is on an ongoing quest to decide which film released between 1990 and 1999 is the most ’90s movie of all time. He uses a handful of rotating criteria, like whether or not the plot of the film could be executed using today’s technology and social customs, the extreme ’90s-ness of the fashion, the use of outdated technology (like pagers and gigantic laptops), and whether the stars of the film are inextricably linked to the decade.

“The Quest” has been going on for a year, but I was so enamored of the idea that I ran through dozens of posts in a single afternoon, internally debating the merits of the scoring system and trying to decide whether or not Angelina Jolie is tethered to any particular era (and even if she isn’t, Hackers is still a paragon of ’90s-ness).

Top scoring entries so far include Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (major points based on the impossibility of the plot in today’s technological landscape), Clueless (obvious nods to several different levels of fashion as well as the Mighty Mighty Bosstones), and Encino Man (a winner just based on the presence of Pauly Shore, perhaps the most ’90s a person has ever been).

That walk down memory lane appealed to me not only because I have so many personal memories tied up in movies like Happy Gilmore, Mallrats, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, but also because ’90s film soundtracks are about the only compact discs I still buy.

Whenever I’m in a used record store (especially in a city I’ve never visited), my first stop is always the soundtracks, where incredible relics like Twister and Batman Forever live in permanently unloved rotation. I’ve amassed a pretty thorough collection that acts as a remarkable summation of the times — especially the ones that were clearly curated to appeal to fans of the associated movies (and the ones that weren’t are even more mind-blowing).

So naturally, I started thinking: What ’90s movie soundtrack is the most ’90s? READ FULL STORY

Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp finally release song together — and it's a Carly Simon cover

When Marilyn Manson recently released his new single “No Reflection,” we wondered whether he was still scary — or even relevant.

Likewise, one could ask a similar question about Johnny Depp: Is he still cool?

We’re not sure, but we do know that Captain Jack is teaming up with the “Beautiful People” singer to release a duet cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” which fans(?) will be able to hear on Manson’s upcoming album Born Villain.

If the project sounds like some oddball, Jack White-meets-ICP-style pairing, think again — Depp and Manson are actually real-life buddies who attend movie premieres together and stuff.

They’ve even been known to go to each other’s houses to compare their funky hat collections. OK, fine, we can’t say for sure that that’s actually true… but we also can’t say for sure that it’s not true.

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Keith Richards apologizes to Mick Jagger for slamming him in autobiography

Is Keith Richards going soft in his autumnal years? According to Rolling Stone magazine, the guitarist has apologized to his band mate Mick Jagger for criticizing him in Richards’ bestselling 2011 autobiography Life.

The rare mea culpa appears in a forthcoming documentary about the band’s now half century-long career. “It was my story and it was very raw, as I meant it to be,” Richards says in the film, “but I know that some parts of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick and I regret that.”

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