‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year’ Munich Premiere Video

Footage of the ‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year’ premiere in Munich, Germany on October 5th has been posted online. Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale, and Corbin Bleu were among the stars on hand, as well as Germany based boy band US5. “It’s amazing,” Hudgens said of the German support. “The fans are so great here. They give us a warm welcome.” Tisdale concurred, adding, “They’re wonderful. The fans are great. It’s amazing.” US5’s Vincent Tomas said, “I think it’s totally amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen even more.”

The clip, featuring red carpet footage and a performance by US5, has since been removed, but other footage is available at YouTube.

US5 ‘The Boys Are Back’ Video

US5 'The Boys Are Back' single cover

US5 are out with the music video to their new single ‘The Boys Are Back’, off the multi-national boyband’s third album ‘Around The World’, as well as the ‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year’ soundtrack. The video features scenes from ‘HSM 3’. Watch it below.

Citing Burnout, Chris Watrin Quits Us5

Another shakeup with the German based boy band Us5, with Chris Watrin leaving the group after suffering from ‘burn-out-syndrome’ and losing a joy for music. Watrin said that he wants to continue with school and go to University in the near future. The move follows Mikel Johnson’s departure from the Lou Pearlman founded boy band last year, who was replaced by Vincent Tomas. At his parents’ demands, Richie Stringini also briefly left the group only to return a few months later.

A report from Punkt12 on the news, in German, at YouTube has since been removed.

US5 ‘Too Much Heaven’ Video Featuring Robin Gibb

US5 'Too Much Heaven' single cover

US5 are out with the music video to their new single ‘Too Much Heaven’, a remake of the Bee Gees 1978 hit, featuring Bee Gees member Robin Gibb. The track is the first release featuring new member Vincent Tomas, who replaced Mikel Johnson. Watch it via Vimeo below.

Pictures Of US5 With New Member Vincent Tomas

US5 member Mikel Johnson has decided to quit the German boy band, who were managed by Lou Pearlman before the Transcontinental boss’ arrest on fraud charges in Florida. Johnson was replaced by 15-year-old Vincent Tomas.

Update, the pictures of the new lineup at viva.tv have since been removed.

Lou Pearlman Arrested In Indonesia

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports Lou Pearlman, the Orlando boy-band mogul, was taken into custody by the FBI early this morning in Indonesia. Authorities in that country expelled Pearlman and then turned him over to U.S. authorities. “We are aware that he is in the custody of the FBI, I can’t comment beyond that,” said Steve Cole, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa. Meanwhile, Pearlman’s band US5 are set to release their new single ‘Rhythm Of Life’ in Germany on Friday and his other act, Streetwize, indicate they have no label on their MySpace (@streetwizeofficial).

FBI, IRS Raid Lou Pearlman’s Orlando Offices

Dozens of agents from the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service swarmed the Orlando offices of music mogul Lou Pearlman on Thursday. They arrived at the Trans Continental headquarters on Church Street with search warrants, WESH 2 News reported. Pearlman, who used to manage *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys and currently manages US5 and Streetwize, has $160 million in bank and creditor debts and may owe more than $300 million to investors in a savings program that investigators have called fraudulent.

The article at wesh.com has since been removed.

US5 Honored At Goldene Kamera Awards

US5 was on hand for the Goldene Kamera Awards at the Ullstein-Halle inside the Axel-Springer-Haus in Berlin, Germany on Thursday (February 1). The boy band was awarded the best International Pop Group honor as manager Lou Pearlman looked on. After Jay Kahn’s bizarrely long acceptance speech in German, Richie Stringini said a few words in English – not mentioning his recent house arrest back in Wheaton, Illinois – and was ribbed by host Thomas Gottschalk about his spikey hair. Check out pictures from Corbis.

More On Richie Stringini’s Return To US5

Viva has footage of Richie Stringini arriving in Munich to talk with Bravo about his return to US5, where he was joined by bandmates Jay Kahn, Mikel Johnson, Izzy Gallegos, and Chris Watrin. RTL News, RTL II, Punkt12, and Blitz also have reports. Watch the RTL II clips YouTube.