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Bad News For The Backstreet Boys

Bad News For The Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys, "In a World Like This" (K-bahn, BMG)

Backstreet's back, all right!

Not all right, actually.

The Backstreet Boys managed to bring fifth member Kevin Richardson back into the fold for an eighth album and a world tour to celebrate 20 years of making music. "In a World Like This" is also the first to come out from under their own label, K-bahn, after parting with longtime partner, the now defunct Jive Records.

The boys collaborate mostly with producers Martin Terefe and Morgan Taylor Reid on the 12-track album that lacks the immediate hooks that their earlier hits had. Bsb's album is a grown-up mix of tunes talking about love and commitment, but the songs bleed into each other despite not being similar. The group is too concerned to show us how they've matured to remember that it's sexy vibes that sell.

"Breathe," "Feels Like Home," "Permanent Stain" and "Make Believe" are average,
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Look: Juan Luis Guerra Leads The 2012 Latin Grammy Nominees

Look: Juan Luis Guerra Leads The 2012 Latin Grammy Nominees
The nominees for the 2012 Latin Grammy awards are in, and Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra tops the list with six nods.

Guerra scored two of the 10 "Best Song" nominations for his "Azul Sabina" and "En El Cielo No Hay Hospital." The Dominican singer’s unique blend of merengue, bolero, bachata and rock has already earned him 12 Latin Grammys.

The list of nominees released Tuesday by the Latin Recording Academy includes both established musical titans such as Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, and relative newcomers, including Afro-Colombian hip hop group Choc Quib Town.

Brazil's Caetano Veloso, who first came to prominence in the 1960s playing a samba-infused style of rock known as Tropicalia, is up for four awards. Caetano will also be honored as the "2012 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year."

The Latin Grammys are scheduled for Nov. 15 in Las Vegas and will be televised by Univision.

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Backstreet Boys announce new album and reunion concert

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Backstreet's back -- all right! Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean and newly rejoined member Kevin Richardson announced Tuesday (July 17) on "Good Morning America" that the Backstreet Boys are working on a new album and will be returning to "Gma" Aug. 31 for their first official performance back together as a group.

The as-yet untitled album will be the boy band's first with Richardson since 2005. The oldest Backstreet Boy departed the group amicably in 2006 to pursue other interests. The band announced his return in April.

"We wake up. We have breakfast together. We're not sick of each other at all," Carter says of living and working together while recording the new album in London. "It's awesome. It really is. The vibe is fantastic."

Producer Martin Terefe, who has worked with Mary J. Blige, Train and Jason Mraz, is working with Bsb on their new album, which is slated for
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Backstreet Boys Announce First Reunion Show

Backstreet’s Back! Alright!

The Backstreet Boys (all Five of them!) are hard at work on their new album, and, hot off the presses, are set to appear on “Good Morning America” on August 31 for a comeback performance that includes the recently reunited Kevin Richardson.

In addition to that highly-anticipated performance, the fivesome are in London right now recording a brand-new album. Don’t believe us? Check out the photo (below) we got out hands on of Nick, Kevin, Howie, Brian and A.J. looking as fine as ever in the studio. They are there working with producer Martin Terefe, who has cooked up hits for the likes of Train, Mary J. Blige and Jason Mraz.

"We all discussed, we want this to be a personal record," Kevin Richardson told MTV News earlier this month. "We want it to be authentic to us and who we are and where we're at in our lives.
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Backstreet's Back, Alright!

Backstreet's Back, Alright!
New York -- ABC's "Good Morning America" will host Kevin Richardson's reunion performance with The Backstreet Boys.

The quartet will appear on the morning show's summer concert series on Aug. 31 in Central Park.

Richardson announced he was leaving the group in 2006, but has appeared in the lineup occasionally since. The remaining Backstreet BoysNick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Aj McLean – announced Richardson would be rejoining them permanently during a performance in London last April.

A statement says all five are in a London studio with producer Martin Terefe working on a new album that will be released next spring to coincide with the group's 20th anniversary.

Carter says the group "couldn't be happier to have our brother back with us."

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Eurovision 2012: Englebert Humperdinck Heads to Azerbaijan

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Englebert Humperdinck Eurovision 2012

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Veteran crooner Englebert Humperdinck is set to represent the UK in the 2012 Eurovision song contest which will be held in Azerbaijan during May. Humperdinck will sing Love Will Set You Free which was co-written by Grammy Award-winning Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek. Guitarist James Bryan who has previously worked with Nelly Furtado will accompany the singer on stage.

Humperdinck will be hoping to emulate British acts such as Bucks Fizz and Sandie Shaw who won the continental singing contest in the past but voters from Europe have been less than kind to British acts in recent years. Performers from East European nations have dominated the event for the last decade although Norway and Germany temporarily bucked that trend with a surprise wins in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Acts from 25 other nations
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Eurovision 2012: Engelbert Humperdinck 'very proud of song'

Singer unveils tune that will represent UK in Baku, with former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips choreographing his performance

"If you love someone follow your heart, cos love comes once if you're lucky enough," Engelbert Humperdinck will sing when he represents the United Kingdom at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

"Though I'll miss you forever, the hurt will run deep. Only love can set you free." That's all very well, but will it win you douze points from the Estonian jury?

The Spanish guitar-style ballad, Love Will Set You Free, has been unveiled by the BBC as the song with which Humperdinck will do battle on behalf of the nation in Azerbaijan on 26 May.

Humperdinck's performance in the capital of Baku will be choreographed by former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.

He said: "I have my eyes on the prize with my song Love Will Set You Free. I'm very
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Engelbert Humperdinck debuts Eurovision entry 'Love Will Set You Free'

Engelbert Humperdinck debuts Eurovision entry 'Love Will Set You Free'
Engelbert Humperdinck has debuted his Eurovision 2012 entry online. The singer will represent the UK at the singing contest in May with his new song 'Love Will Set You Free'. The track was recorded in London, Los Angeles and Nashville and was written and produced by Grammy Award-winning Martin Terefe and Adele collaborator Sacha Skarbek. Humperdinck will be joined by guitarist James Bryan on the stage in Azerbaijan on May 26, when the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 will broadcast live to an estimated audience of 120 million people. Choreographer Arlene Phillips will also be on hand to stage the performance in Baku. Speaking about (more)
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Engelbert Humperdinck to represent UK at Eurovision Song Contest 2012

Engelbert Humperdinck to represent UK at Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Engelbert Humperdinck has been announced as the UK's entrant for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The 75-year-old crooner will perform a track produced by Martin Terefe, who has previously worked with Mary J Blige and James Morrison. It is co-written by the Ivor Novello award-winning Sacha Skarbek (Adele, Lana Del Rey) and Terefe. It is currently being recorded in London, Los Angeles and Nashville. > Ten Things About... Engelbert Humperdinck "We are proud to announce that Engelbert Humperdinck is the UK entry for Eurovision 2012!" the BBC confirmed on Twitter. "It's an absolute honour to be representing my country for this year's Eurovision Song Contest," Humperdinck said. "When the BBC approached me, it just felt right for me to be a part of an institution like Eurovision. I'm excited (more)
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Engelbert Humperdinck to represent UK at Eurovision 2012

Engelbert Humperdinck to represent UK at Eurovision 2012
Engelbert Humperdinck has been announced as the UK's entrant for this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The 75-year-old crooner will perform a track produced by Martin Terefe, who has previously worked with Mary J Blige and James Morrison. It is co-written by the Ivor Novello award-winning Sacha Skarbek (Adele, Lana Del Rey) and Terefe. It is currently being recorded in London, Los Angeles and Nashville. "We are proud to announce that Engelbert Humperdinck is the UK entry for Eurovision 2012!" the BBC confirmed on Twitter. "It's an absolute honour to be representing my country for this year's Eurovision Song Contest," Humperdinck said. (more)
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Coldplay bassist unveils new stage show

Coldplay bassist unveils new stage show
Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman has unveiled a new stage show in Berlin with his side project band. The group, named Apparatjik, also consists of A-ha guitarist Magne Furuholmen, Mew singer-guitarist Jonas Bjerre and producer Martin Terefe. A photo posted by the band on Twitter shows the foursome dressed in metallic army uniforms, accompanied by neon gas masks and helmets with antlers attached. Ahead of their stage show this weekend at Berlin's (more)
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Emma's Imagination: Stand Still – review

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In just four months, Emma Gillespie has gone from busking in Glasgow to having an album released on a major label. The turnaround is due to her appearance on Sky1 talent show Must Be the Music, which she won in September. It's understandable that the 27-year-old's management wanted her to capitalise on victory, but the result, a 10-track album containing two covers, inevitably feels rushed, despite help from KT Tunstall producer Martin Terefe. Gillespie has an agile voice and a winning presence, but her songwriting, which tends towards the whimsical, needs time to develop.

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Charlotte Church confirms new single

Charlotte Church confirms new single
Charlotte Church has confirmed the title and release date of her new single. 'Logical World' will be the second cut from her latest album, Back To Scratch. The track, the artwork for which appears on the right, was produced by Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbeck, whose credits include KT Tunstall, James Morrison, Jason Mraz and Adele. Discussing the record, she said in a press release: "I'm so proud of this album. It's been completely organic and honest and (more)
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Charlotte Church announces new album details

Charlotte Church announces new album details
Charlotte Church has announced that she will release her second pop album later this year. Back To Scratch, the follow-up to 2005's Tissues And Issues, will be released in the UK on November 1. The 14-track set has been produced by Martin Terefe, whose previous credits include James Morrison, KT Tunstall and Jason Mraz, and Sacha Skarbeck, who notably co-wrote six tracks on James Blunt's Back To Bedlam LP. It was partly written in Nashville with country songwriters Luke Laird and Patrick Davis, while Welsh singer-songwriter Jonathan Powell and Irish acoustic duo New Druids have also contributed. Back To Scratch will be preceded by a single - the LP's title track - on October 24. 'Back To Scratch' was originally inspired "by problems facing a family member", but Church admitted in a press release that the song now has (more)
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Charlotte Church secures comeback deal

Charlotte Church secures comeback deal
Charlotte Church is planning her comeback after securing a multi-million pound record contract. The 24-year-old has agreed a £2m investment deal with Power Amp Music to fund a new album. According to Billboard, the star has been recording with Grammy Award-winning producer Martin Terefe, known for working with artists Jason Mraz, James Morrison and KT Tunstall. Church said: "This is a wonderful time to be a recording artist. I am delighted to have signed a groundbreaking (more)
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Coldplay Bassist's Side Project, Apparatjik, Makes Live Debut

What do you get when you combine Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman, Magne Furuholmen from a-ha, Jonas Bjerre from Mew and producer Martin Terefe? Why, a new supergroup with a Swedish name, of course. Apparatjik, which is a Swedish term for people who create bottlenecks in otherwise efficient organizations (!), first formed to provide music for a BBC show called Amazon Tribe: Songs for Survival (!!!)....
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An Interview With Train, Plus The New Soulsavers Video, and More

When Train agreed to be interviewed for the Huffington Post's Entertainment page, no one could predict that the conference would be conducted over the course of thousands of miles from scores of hotel rooms. Vocalist Pat Monahan would become intensely ill, guitarist Jimmy Stafford would be fused to his cell, unable to escape his tenacious inquisitor, and drummer Scott Underwood would go Mia for hours, nay, days...nay, just about an hour, actually. It was the perfect start for an awesome interview. Mike Ragogna: After taking years off, Train regroups and records its new album Save Me, San Francisco in London's Kensaltown Studios with producer Martin Terefe. What was it like tracking with him? Jimmy Stafford: It was great working with Martin. It was fun working with a different producer 'cause we'd done the last three albums with the same crew. So, the...
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