Hirsh: Backstreet Boys Are The Last Boy Band Standing

Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys aka Men In Black

After watching the Backstreet Boys perform before a near capacity crowd at the the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts two years ago, Marc Hirsh of MSNBC weighed in on the veteran boy band’s prospects with their new CD ‘Unbreakable’, out Tuesday. Hirsh writes, “Having followed the standard career path – theme-park origins, platinum albums, fired manager, insistence on proving their artistry by writing and playing on their own songs – they’re still around, with no precedent to guide them. To get a proper perspective, you’d have to imagine the New Kids On The Block releasing a new album in 1998. That’s what’s effectively happening with ‘Unbreakable’. If ‘Never Gone’, the album being promoted on that summer evening in 2005, was the Backstreet Boys entering uncharted territory, the new release is a testament to how far they can push the car before the tank is empty.” Read more.

Britney Spears Fails To Connect With Audience

Ruben Garay of That Other Blog reviewed Britney Spears concert at House of Blues in San Diego on Tuesday night. He writes, “The set she did was great, she’s a great performer, but, there was absolutely no essence to it. It was short lived, it had no connection with the audience besides the screams everytime she would move her body. Very superficial. She looked beautiful, she’s looking much better, she was clearly enjoying herself, and nobody will ever take that away from her.” The full story at tob.hollywood.com has since been removed.

Christina Aguilera: Chops, Not Chaps

Christina Aguilera on an elephant

Sarah Godfrey of The Washington Post reviewed Christina Aguilera’s concert at Verizon Center in Washington, DC on Monday (April 2), suggesting that the singer’s “voice consistently shakes off all haters.” Godfrey writes, “Her impeccable pitch and tone cushioned her nervy performance of ‘Back in the Day’, where she strutted her little blond self across the stage while claiming to be resurrecting the music of Billie Holiday and Marvin Gaye. Her steamrolling over a vocal sample from ’60s singer Betty Harris on ‘Understand’ might read as disrespectful if she didn’t sound so good doing it.” Read more.

Christina Aguilera Is Basic, Still A Little Dirrty

Christina Aguilera in headphones

Chad Jones of Inside Bay Area reviewed Christina Aguilera’s show at Oakland’s Oracle Arena Thursday night (March 8). “Though Aguilera had a hand in writing all the songs on her new album, it was hard to distinguish lyrics in her songs,” Jones writes. “Part of that is simply the muddy acoustics of an arena show, and part of it is Aguilera’s style of over-singing. We may not hear distinct words, but we hear the money notes when she adds her cascading ‘hey-yeahs’ and ‘wo-hos.'”

Christina Aguilera Tour Kick Off

Contributed by ballersfantasy:

I just got back from the Christina Aguilera concert in Houston and it was amazing! Danity Kane came out at 7:30 on the dot and performed about five of their songs. Soon after, the Pusycat Dolls came out to sing. They sang ‘Buttons’, ‘Beep’, ‘I Don’t Need A Man’, ‘Stickwitu’, ‘Wait A Minute’ and ‘Don’t Cha’. They also took it back with a little taste of how the Pussycat Dolls originally got it started. Carmit did a burlesque version of ‘Fever’. Melody did not perform. The other dolls said she was out sick. Once they were done, old school jazz music played as they prepared the stage for Christina to perform. A little after 9, the ‘Back To Basics’ intro played with a video showing footage of her. She then took the stage with ‘Ain’t No Other Man’. Here are the rest of the songs she sang. They are not in exact order, but I tried…. ‘Back In The Day’, ‘Understand’, ‘Come On Over’, ‘What A Girl Wants’, ‘Makes Me Wanna Pray’, ‘Slow Down Baby’, ‘Still Dirrty’, snippet of ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’, ‘Oh Mother’, ‘Enter The Circus’, ‘Welcome’, ‘Candyman’, ‘Dirrty’, a video played of ‘I Got Trouble’ as she changed, ‘Nasty Naughty Boy’, ‘Hurt’, ‘Lady Marmalade’, a video played of ‘Thank You (Dedication To Fans…)’, ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Fighter.’ The show was very entertaining and had many costume changes, but it flowed very nicely. Her voice was amazing. The highlight of the night was when she picked a member from the audience to tie up and tease while performing ‘Nasty Naughty Boy’. The man she picked was not shy at all and even made Christina laugh during the song and she even commented that he really was a naughty boy. Also, when she sang ‘Oh Mother’, she stopped singing halfway through the first verse and the music kept playing. It was apparent that it was too difficult for her to sing, and she had to pause and compose herself. Over all, it was a wonderful show and I think anyone who goes out will enjoy it.

An Audience Of Grown-Ups Greets Timberlake At MSG

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News reviewed Justin Timberlake’s concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night (February 7), claiming the former *NSYNC star “slammed the final nail into the coffin of his teenybopper image.” Farber writes, “Greeted by an audience of grownups – well, twenty – and early-thirtysomethings anyway – Timberlake managed to follow up the most forward-looking pop CD of the last year with a show just as futuristic.”

’20 Y.O.’ Sales ‘Not A Good Start For Janet’

Janet Jackson '20 Y.O.' album cover

Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com weighed in on news Janet Jackson’s new album ’20 Y.O.’ sold just over 300k according to HitsDailyDouble.com, while Billboard figures put it at 296k, both charts putting her at #2 behind Ludacris’ ‘Release Therapy’. Friedman writes, “Of course, it didn’t help that Janet’s album got universally bad reviews. And once it was played, it was clear that ’20 Y.O.’ amounted to just a handful of songs and a lot of filler. That’s not a good start for Janet, who needed every bit of sales revenue to overcome the disaster of her last album, ‘Damita Jo’.”

300k For Janet Jackson’s ’20 Y.O.’

October 4, 2006 – Our previous poll asking how many copies of Janet’s new album ’20 Y.O.’ would be sold in America in the first week saw 28.1% respond 500,000+, followed by 19.6% who thought it would be under 100,000. Based on HitsDailyDouble’s final figures, Janet sold 300,793, which 17% guessed the range of 300-399k. Billboard sales figures will be released later today.

Janet Jackson Visits The Tom Joyner Morning Show

October 3, 2006 – Janet was on the phone with the Tom Joyner Morning Show on September 25th to promote her new album ’20 Y.O.’. They played clips from each track and talked about the songs, as well as her approach to making albums, working with Jimmy Jam, not having a new single selected yet to follow ‘So Excited’, almost showing her breasts in the new video, and more. Audio has since been removed.

Janet Jackson And Justin Timberlake To Reunite?

October 2, 2006 – Insiders in Janet’s camp tell The New York Post she is in talks with Justin Timberlake’s people to appear together in “some sort of big, live show like the Grammys or the Oscars” as the ultimate publicity stunt. It would be the first joint appearance since Janet’s infamous breast-baring Super Bowl incident in 2004.

The full story at NYPost.com has since been removed.

Mario Vazquez’s Debut ‘Full Of Hits’

'Mario Vazquez' album cover

Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reviewed the self-titled debut album from ‘American Idol’ season four drop-out Mario Vazquez. “The album is slick, but it’s also chockablock full of hits, and Vazquez can sing, sing, sing, of that there is no doubt,” Friedman writes. “‘Gallery’ had already been out on radio as a lead single, but there’s much better stuff if you give this CD a chance. ‘I Bet’ and ‘One Shot’ are obvious choices for radio now, and time will tell which of the other dozen tracks catch on. My guess is several of them will be filling the air.”

The article at FoxNews.com has since been removed.

Mariah Carey ‘Nails’ Her Long Island Comeback

Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reviewed Mariah Carey’s concert at Jones Beach Amphitheater on Sunday (September 3). He writes, “The Jones Beach Amphitheater is an outdoor venue, but that didn’t stop Miss Mariah from wearing what was basically a black peignoir set for the first few numbers. Yes, this is lingerie, but it showed off her very toned body.” Friedman, who has been harshly criticized by Madonna fans for his fawning over Carey, added, “Even when she’s hoarse or losing her voice, Mariah still sings like a bird and performs vocal tricks that no one should attempt at home. There’s no augmentation what she has at the moment is what the audience gets, and even with the wind blowing and her midriff bared, Carey managed triple lutzes and some gorgeous notes that were right on target.”

The article at FoxNews.com has since been removed.

Christina Aguilera’s Latest Is ‘Basic’ But In No Way Standard

Christina Aguilera 'Back To Basics' album cover

Contributed anonymously:

Disc two of Christina Aguilera’s “Back to Basics” album is beyond any established standard or criteria for pop music.

The Moulin Rouge-tinged, circus opening is an audio extravaganza that spills seamlessly and theatrically into the first song of the second disc. From there Chris soars into “Candyman,” a vintage, bubblegum riot of a track, which even the most musical elitist of individuals will find hard to resist. The song simply takes you to another world!