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JLS and Calvin Harris confirm Isle Of Man Bay Festival

JLS confirm Isle Of Man Bay Festival

JLS confirm Isle Of Man Bay Festival

JLS and Calvin Harris confirm Isle Of Man Bay Festiva. Based over the weekend of 18th, 19th and 20th June 2010, The Isle Of Man Bay Festival is a boutique festival that has brought together a diverse array of talent that will see three nights of pop, nostalgia and for the first time ever a live collaboration of the TV sensations X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. The Bay Festival has emerged out of the Peel Bay Festival of 2007 that saw The Who, Madness, Ronan Keating, Robin Gibb, Mcfly and many others perform on the Isle Of Man over seven day’s during the legendary annual TT motorcycle race.  Festival organisers have now made the festival a three-day camping event, while keeping the essence and diverse roots of the original event. The Friday evening is going to be a modern day Top Of The Pops live with Britain’s biggest pop acts JLS, The Saturdays and Lemar all take to the tented stage.  Having made one of the most celebrated comebacks of the past 20 years the mighty Spandau Ballet will be making their first ever appearance on the Isle Of Man on the Saturday evening. Also on the bill are pop rockers The Feeling and chart sensation Calvin Harris.  The final day is a plethora of the old and new. In the afternoon X-Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent where finalists from each show such as Olly Murs, Leon Jackson, Diversity and Signature bring TV to life. In the evening it is the turn of Here And Now, The Very Best Of The 80′s’ Rick Astley, Boy George, Kim Wilde plus other legends of the 80′s will bring the weekend to a nostalgic pop filled dance fest end.

New Kids On The Block hit the road in US

new-kids-on-the-blockNew Kids On The Block are hitting the road again in support of their album The Block! Donnie, Jordan, Joey, Danny and Jon will kick off the ‘Full Service Tour’ on May 28th in Atlanta, playing shows through July 18th in Houston.

Jabbawockeez, the champs from season one of MTV’s ‘America’s Best Dance Crew,’ will join NKOTB on the road for what promises to be the hottest party of the summer.

Check out the new video of Donnie on the homepage of NKOTB.com discussing what to expect on the new tour. The clip features plenty of live footage and the guys’ signature dance moves.

Group Members: Joey McIntyre,  Jonathan Knight,  Danny Wood,  Donnie Wahlberg,  Jordan Knight

Dates for NKOTB’s full service tour:

May 28: Atlanta (Lakewood Amphitheatre)
May 29: Birmingham, Ala. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
May 30: Tampa, Fla. (Ford Amphitheater)
May 31: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cruzan Amphitheater)
June 2: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
June 3: Raleigh, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion )
June 5: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
June 6: Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
June 7: Washington, D.C. (Nissan Pavilion)
June 10: Scranton, Pa. (Toyota Pavilion)
June 11: Pittsburgh (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
June 12: Wantagh, N.Y. (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
June 13: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
June 14: Buffalo, N.Y. (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
June 16: Saratoga, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
June 18: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun)
June 19: Boston (Comcast Center)
June 21: Toronto (Molson Amphitheater)
June 23: Cleveland (Blossom Music Center)
June 25: Detroit (DTE Energy Music Center)
June 26: Chicago (First Midwest Bank Amphitheater)
June 27: Cincinnati ( Riverbend Music Center)
June 28: INDIANAPOLIS (Verizon Amphitheater)
July 1: St. Louis (Verizon Wireless)
July 2: Memphis, Tenn. (Mud Island Ampitheater)
July 3: Wichita, Kans. (Hartman Arena)
July 7: Seattle (White River Amphitheatre)
July 9: San Francisco (Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord)
July 10: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Ampitheater)
July 11: Las Vegas (The Pearl)
July 12: Phoenix (Cricket Wireless Pavilion)
July 15: Denver (Fiddler’s Green)
July 17: Dallas (Superpages.com Center)
July 18: Houston (Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion)

After his success with New Edition, producer Maurice Starr decided to replicate the singing group, substituting suburban white kids for the young black teenagers. The result was New Kids on the Block, a pioneering boy band that quickly eclipsed the popularity of Starr’s previous group while laying the groundwork for the teen pop boom of the late-’90s. Comprising Boston-area singers Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jon Knight, Danny Wood, and Joe McIntyre, the New Kids were awkward and enthusiastic on their 1986 debut, which wasn’t surprising given the boys’ age (the oldest members were barely 16 years old, while McIntyre was only 12). With their next album, 1988′s Hangin’ Tough, the group’s image had toughened up and they had the slick, radio-ready material to support it. From the saccharine ballad “I’ll Be Loving You Forever” to the title track’s stab at funk, the band enjoyed a seemingly endless streak of hits in 1988 and 1989. Five songs entered the Top 10, and even the group’s Christmas album went double platinum as it road the coattails of Hangin’ Tough up the Billboard charts.

New Kid mania continued in America with 1990′s Step by Step; even if it sold five million copies less than Hangin’ Tough, it still sold an impressive three million copies. The album also fared well internationally, moving an additional 16 million units in other parts of the world, but Step by Step was nevertheless the group’s last album to enjoy such worldwide success. New Kids were the subject of an endless amount of jokes, including allegations that they hadn’t sung a note during the Hangin’ Tough recording sessions. Furthermore, their audience was growing up. In 1994, they rechristened themselves NKOTB and returned with the Starr-less Face the Music, which actually showed a remarkable musical maturity. The group had grown into a credible urban R&B outfit, yet the album hardly sold anything, even if NKOTB continued to pack theaters on tour. In June of 1994, the members announced that they had acrimoniously parted ways

Various members of New Kids launched solo careers later in the decade, with Knight scoring a gold record in 1999 and Donnie Wahlberg landing several movie roles. Attempts to reunite the group in the early 2000s proved fruitless; however, the band surprisingly reconvened in early 2008, announcing their decision to tour in support of a new album. The Block arrived later that year, followed by tour dates in Canada and America. Although critically panned, The Block nevertheless debuted at number two on the Billboard charts.

Jonas Brothers obsessed with Rick Astley

jonas_brothersThe musical trio are big fans of the 80s British singer – who caused an upset by winning Best Act Ever at last year’s MTV Europe Music Awards after becoming a YouTube sensation – and regularly cover his most famous hit. Kevin said: “A big one for us that we sing all the time is Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.  “Have you ever seen him, by the way? His voice does not match his body!”

The band – which also features Nick and Joe – also revealed they are desperate to win a Grammy Award and dream of touring with ‘Purple Rain’ singer Prince. Kevin added: “I think to perform with Prince would be incredible. I think that would be one of the best things of all time.” Meanwhile, the Jonas Brothers are looking forward to attending the Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles next month.

The stars – who won Favourite Music Group last year – are hoping to pick up the accolade again and are also keen to get into the spirit of the ceremony by being covered in slime. Kevin said: “We were almost slimed just by getting hugged by Jack Black when we were on the stage last year. Maybe it’s our year. We’ll have to see.” Each year, buckets of green goo are poured on the ‘chosen ones’ – the viewer’s favourite celebrities. The group – who will perform at the event on March 28 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion – are participating in a contest called Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Jonas Jam Sweepstakes. Two lucky fans will accompany the Jonas Brothers to the ceremony in a limo, win $1,000 and get a four-day trip to Los Angeles.

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