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    Follow up from This Post back in October

    I love his smile, so nice to see him joke around and not be so serious all the time :)

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  • 01/05/16--20:37: Teen Wolf Season 5b Preview
  • If you thought the season premiere was intense JUST WAIT. #TeenWolf

    — TEEN WOLF (@MTVteenwolf) January 6, 2016


    anyone watch the premiere tonight? yes daddy argent

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    - A recent report by In Touch suggests Jon Hamm and January Jones have been secretly hooking up and that they “always flirted with each other on set, but never went there because Jon was with Jennifer [Westfeldt].” The magazine claims that they've now “decided to turn their friendship into something more.”
    - However, Gossip Cop is debunking the rumor, quoting a rep for Hamm saying it's not true.


    Do you ship Betty and Don irl?

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    ONTD Original: 10 Rave Classics That You've Forgotten

    Before the Calvin Harris'es Tiesto's and DJ Scribbles, you could go to a club, pacifier optional, and party with music from some anon DJ. Here are some of the forgotten heroes of the club rave scene of the last 20 years.

    Cascada - "Everytime We Touch" (2006)

    Notable lyric:
    'Cause every time we touch, I get this feeling
    And every time we kiss I swear I could fly
    Can't you feel my heart beat fast,
    I want this to last
    Need you by my side

    Lasgo - "Something/Alone" (2001)

    Notable lyric:
    I don't wanna say I'm sorry
    Cause I know there is nothing wrong
    Don't be afraid there is no need to worry
    Cause my feelings for you are still strong

    Sarina Paris - "Look At Us" (2000)

    Notable lyric:
    For all the times that we,
    We ever wouldn't be,
    Look at us baby,
    Look at us now,
    For everyday that I should have you by my side,
    We'll make it baby,
    Look at us now

    Darude - "Sandstorm" (2000)

    Notable lyric:
    da da da da da da da da da da da da
    da da da da da da da da da da da da

    Alice Deejay - "Better Off Alone" (2000)

    Do you think you're better off alone
    Do you think you're better off alone
    Do you think you're better off alone
    Do you think you're better off alone

    ATC - "Around The World" (1999)

    Notable lyric:
    La La La La
    and it goes round the world

    IIO - "Rapture" (2001)

    Notable lyric:
    La la la la la la
    La la la la la la
    La la la la la la
    La la la la la la

    Roc Project ft Tina Arena - "Never (Past Tense)" (2003)

    Notable lyric:
    Your love, your love, your love, your love
    your love is so past tense

    Ultra Nate - "Free" (1997)

    Notable lyric:
    You're freeeeeeee, to do what you want to do

    Thanks to everyone at Az Lyrics and the good Youtube sisses

    Favorite dance songs of the past 20 years?

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    - series three of The Fall has started filming in Belfast, will air sometime in 2016
    - will be the final installment in the series
    - Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Colin Morgan, Hohn Lynch, Valene Kane, Stuart Graham, Bronagh Waugh and Aisling Franciosi all return
    - new cast members: Krister Henriksson (Wallander), Aidan McArdle (Mr Selfridge), Ruth Bradley (Humans), Aisling Bea (Trollied) and Richard Coyle (Crossbones)

    source / source

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    The 'Making a Murderer' filmmakers revealed that a juror reached out to them (before the series aired) to express that he believed Steven Avery was not guilty and the juror only entered a guilty verdict because he feared for his own safety.

    "One of the things the juror said to us was that if law enforcement could do it to Steven Avery, then law enforcement could do it to me," filmmaker Laura Ricciardi said.


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  • 01/05/16--23:12: Big Fat Quiz of Everything

  • Panelists: Jonathan Ross, Chelsea Peretti, Jack Whitehall, Mel Giedroyc, Noel Fielding, and Richard Ayoade


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    Demi Lovato is a terrible texter! If you're gonna try to hit her up, it will probably take her days to respond. Or, she won't respond at all!!!
    Are you a lousy texter?

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    South African born Top 40 producer and songwriter Esjay Jones recently tweeted that she is allegedly working with Queen of Pop, Britney Spears, on an EP. Jones also shared a photo of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee on Instagram, captioning the photo: "ITS [sic] BRITNEY BITCH! 🙌🏾 #2016 Just got #word that we are going to be working with one of my favourite #pop #artists of ALL TIME!!!!"

    Jones has previously worked with Sean Kingston, Jeffree Star, Brandy, and Smashing Pumpkins.

    Paraphrased from @BreatheHeavy. @EsjayJones, 2.

    Gorl, did you learn nothing from Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and Danja?

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    Janet Jackson is postponing the rest of the "Unbreakable World Tour" until the spring because she has to get surgery.

    It's unclear when in the spring she will return because she didn't bother posting a list of the affected shows.

    Back in October she also cancelled some shows and rescheduled them for February but with this announcement it looks like those shows will be postponed for a second time.

    Her statement:

    "I learned today from my doctors that I must have surgery soon. It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the Unbreakable Tour until the spring. Every date will be rescheduled. Please hold on to your tickets. They will be honored in a special way when the new schedule is announced. Please pray for me, my family and our entire company during this difficult time. There will be no further comment. I love you all so much and am ever grateful for your understanding and your love. Gon’ b alright.”


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    The Americans' co-stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are expecting their first child together, her third. She's already about more than four months along.


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    LMAO this girl is funny asssssss

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    have they forgotten History is their single? do you think this video will be as lazy as it looks?

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    - follows a retired detective Rodie Sanchez and his younger partner Aubrey St. Angelo as they actively investigate a cold case murder from 1997

    - Eugenie Boisfontain's body was found in a ditch 2 months after she went missing in 1997

    - suspicion falls on Baton Rouge serial killer Derrick Todd Lee. Could Eugenie be one of his victims?

    - "Over the course of six episodes, Killing Fields plans to take advantage of modern forensic science and the fresh mind of a new detective, but will it be enough to solve the murder? Unlike the other shows, this is an ending that’s still coming together. So audiences will have to wait to find out what happens next."

    - preview at source

    - airs on the Discovery Channel Tuesdays @ 10


    Could be interesting. I really enjoyed listening to everyone's Louisiana accents ngl.

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    Pvris, the rising band that should take over 2016, made their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel last night, performing "My House" and "White Noise" off their 2014 debut album "White Noise." Pvris is touring with Fall Out Boy in the US and has a sold out UK headlining tour coming up.

    My House
    White Noise

    I wish they'd performed St. Patrick but they still did great. I need them to announce a US headliner now!

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  • 01/06/16--07:53: Comics Released Today

  • -Angel And Faith Season 10 #22
    -Action Comics #48
    -DC Comics Bombshells #8
    -Midnighter #8
    -Darth Vader #15
    -Uncanny X-Men #1


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    Game of Thrones actor is still in Rio and making me proud with his ~touristing.

    Although this time Kit wasn't poked in the abs and kept his shirt on, he did attempt to samba. It was as awkward as you imagined after reading that sentence.

    He also hiked, went to the Museum of Tomorrow (the coolest looking museum in Brazil), gave up on the Botanical Gardens because of the line and went to the Pão de Açúcar (aka Sugarloaf Mountain, a name that manages to sound sillier in English). No word yet on if the English actor went to see the Christ and pose with his arms open wide.

    Sources: 1 x 2 x 3

    Mods, fixed the instagram embed now :)

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    One Direction officially closed their remarkable run as the biggest band in the planet with the airing of their last TV appearance on ABC's Live at New Year's Rocking Eve, performing their hit songs, Drag Me Down, Perfect, and History. Until the end, Niall, Louis, and Liam (minus Harry), promised that 1D will make a comeback after a much deserved break.

    Source: 123
    Do you think One Direction will ever get back together, ONTD? Do you miss them already? Fave 1D moments?

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    Last night hosts Christina Aguilera and Courtney Love performed at a party for Linda Perry. The event was designed to help bring attention to Linda's "Hands of Love" (originally covered by Miley Cyrus for the movie Freeheld), which has yet to receive an Oscar nomination. Christina captivated the crowd with a cover of Lennon's "Mother." Courtney covered "Creep."


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    What makes boy bands and girl groups (unless you are the Pussycat Dolls) besides marketing is your ability to work as a unit and harmonize. Most of the groups of the 90s rnb and teen pop explosion either grew up together or specifically looked for people who could sing a certain part in a harmony (alto, countertenor, tenor, bass, soprano, etc.). The point is they trained A LOT to tighten up those harmonies, especially if you were a Motown act or managed by L*u P*arlman or M*tthew Kn*wles. Today's groups are exactly as polished because many of them were formed on X Factor where they originally auditioned as solo artists. This post will show some of the groups' best harmonies (usually acapella) and how each group member plays a role. Let's start off this above the cut post with a video of En Vogue turning an acceptance speech into a flawless acapella.

    En Vogue are one of the best selling and most influential girl groups for a reason. Their harmonies are f.l.a.w.l.e.s.s. Terry (the voice of a queen <3), Cindy, Dawn, and Maxine are four great individual singers who utilize each others strengths to bring songs to the next level. They usually sing Soprano-Soprano-Alto-Alto styled harmonies. Maxine is a mezzo, so she always sings the lowest harmony or 2nd alto. Terry (my personal favorite voice) has some leads on more soulful songs like the Who's Lovin You acapella, but usually sings 1st alto (below Dawn and Cindy, but above Maxine). Dawn and Cindy usually alternate the soprano positions and leads because they have the best upper belts. Their blend is simply angelic and they are capable of impressive feats like key changes and their signature "stacking" (ex. you-ooh-ooh-ooh or day-ay-ay-ay).

    Billboard's most successful boy band broke record after record with their songs' loooong reigns at the top of the Hot 100. In their original line up, Michael sang bass (the very very low part), Nathan sang baritone (2nd lowest), and Wanya and Shawn were the leads or tenors. As a quartet, they had some of the best male vocalists- Michael's bass is basically unmatched besides The Temptations or Take 6, Wanya makes extremely complex riffs and belts look easy, etc. They were basically known for their harmonies and could do great on the spot... A certain other group should take notes on this Silent Night performance.

    Unfortunately, Michael had to leave the band due to health and personal problems. :( Although they weren't able to hit notes as low as a true bass could, Nathan's lovely baritone voice did a really good job of covering and their harmonies were still better than most. This medley >>>>

    The Backstreet Boys have... weird harmonies ... because they are always switching it up live and in the studio. One of the reasons is because they don't have a "full set" like other groups. They have 4 tenors and a baritone (Kevin), so their roles change a lot. Kevin is always singing the lowest notes meant for a bass even though he's only a baritone, Howie sings countertenor like high falsettos even though he's only a tenor, and AJ, Brian, and Nick always switch it up with leads (Howie gets a few leads too). Sometimes in the studio, they are stacking like more than 5 parts to their harmonies with all 3 (AJ, Brian, Nick) singing melody and then Brian singing higher harmonies too because Brian is just really versatile and can sing Howie's part if Howie leads or baritone if AJ leads. There have even been times when it's just one of them singing all the harmonies... like possibly AJ in "The Call." Obviously they can't stack that many voices and lines live with just 5 voices, so again they switch it up. They are masters at changing roles, blending (they always sound like one voice), and acapella modulations. In this amazing medley they do SEVEN acapella modulations/key changes.

    In this performance of "All I Have to Give" they showcase more impressive feats like at 2:57 with the "all-all-all-all-all" stacking and then the excessive syncopotation after (ex. the you-you-you beats).

    *N SYNC
    Let's clear some misconceptions up... *N SYNC are not Justin Timberlake's back up singers... JC and Justin are not the only ones singing... Chris Kirkpatrick aka Chip Skylark... is absolutely not "deadweight." Chris is honestly the most important part to the harmony and what sets them apart from other vocal groups. None of the others I mentioned have a countertenor. *N SYNC have a true 5-part harmony with Chris singing the highest, girly countertenor notes, Jesus Christ Chasez's effortless spinto tenor, Justin's youthful lyric tenor melody, Joey's baritone (it's hard to pick out in the harmony because it's like a bridge between the bright tenor and low bass notes), and Lance's bass (the lowest notes). They have a perfect, perfect, perfect, full blend, lots of diminished chords, and are also capable of an acapella modulation.

    There's also more dynamic to their harmonies because they are capable of syncopation and Justin can beat box, so it almost imitates instruments and creates a really nice rhythm.

    Shoutout to one of the best male vocalists JC <3 <3 <3 and to Joey's solo in "I Thought She Knew." Again Joey was more like a bridge in the harmonies, so it's a shame he didn't get more solos. His falsetto was really great, but for some reason Justin got those flashy falsetto notes...

    Destiny's Child, more specifically M*tthew Kn*wles, were really shady with their studio harmonies at times. For example, LeToya and LaTavia's vocals were left on Say My Name, yet Beyonce told Farrah and Michelle that they would be fine in the video cause she and Kelly did all the vocals without them. Farrah's top harmony was also left on Independent Woman. Despite this, they had really lovely harmonies live and in the studio. Studio harmonies were a little fuller because they would layer more vocals (ex. Beyonce in Jumpin). The original line up arguably has a thicker sound than DC3 and they were very familiar with each other's voices since they grew up together (LaTavia and Bey were best friends, LeToya went to their elementary school, Kelly lived with the Knowles, etc.). LaTavia sang alto, Beyonce sang melody/lead, Kelly was 2nd lead/soprano (it's her place in the harmony no matter what Bey's former unmedia trained face cough says lmao), and LeToya sang soprano. LaTavia wasn't the most experienced vocalist since she originally rapped, but she had a lovely deep voice that arguably had a nicer tone than Michelle on the alto notes. LeToya's soprano was simply bright and lovely and really added a lot to their sound.

    DC3! Michelle sang alto (low notes), Beyonce was melody/lead, and Kelly was soprano (high notes). Michelle is very underrated due to people not liking her timbre. But she is very versatile and has AMAZING lows for someone with such a high pitched voice. She is also great at blending and harmonizing notes plus has technical feats like setting off the BRAAAVE acapella modulation in the national anthem. Beyonce is one of the best vocalists mainstream music has seen in terms of vocal control. She has a really great sense of pitch, volume control, and complex runs. For the most part she's good at harmonizing with the group and with herself in her own albums, but sometimes runs in an acapella setting can be... problematic. Kelly arguably has the best tone in Destiny's Child, so she adds a lot to the rich sound their harmonies have. The only problem she has is some inconsistency and like Bey the occasional unneeded riff.

    DC3 has actually improved their harmonies in 2015. Beyonce and Kelly joined Michelle to sing their gospel song "Say Yes" and the chordal blend was probably at their best.

    One Direction were the first group of soloists from X Factor to make it big. And with those solo auditions sans Liam, you would think they would be terrible at harmonizing... But, they are surprisingly competent, though far from say BSB or NSYNC level. They've always executed 4 part harmonies with changing roles even when Zayn was in the group, but you know who makes these harmonies work? Liam Payne and ONTD favorite, Louis Tomlinson. Liam is a vocal chameleon and can sing many of the harmonies best since he has the best low notes and falsetto. In fact, he's been pretty obsessed with his falsetto ever since Zayn left and is doing those falsetto harmonies in almost all the live performances. I guess it's healthier than using high chest voice since he's a baritone and can't hit those notes with ease (maybe Harry should take notes...). Speaking of Harold... really lovely tone... also can take on multiple roles from the melody to the 2nd lowest harmony to the 2nd highest harmony... but he has a lot of vocal issues. Main problems: singing from his throat and Julian saying it's ... good, singing big chest notes outside of his baritone range, not exploring his lower register more, losing range and ease since he was a tenor pre-puberty, etc. Another 1D member who is a bit limited is Niall. Niall is probably the worst singer in 1D potential, range, and necessity wise (his tone isn't really essential to harmony-it's usually Liam, Louis, and then add in something darker like Zayn or Harry) but he is consistent, I guess. He's most likely a terrible tenor since his voice is so bright, but some suggest maybe a baritone too. Terrible as in he doesn't venture into his upper chest voice much. He can sing nice lower harmonies, has led the melody (Drag Me Down, I believe), and use to do some high falsetto harmonies too until Liam took everything over. Louis Tomlinson... the person you most likely think is 1D's worst singer and most useless member... this is false. He does suffer from pitch and maybe some larynx issues but it isn't really any worse than Harry or Niall. It just seems to show up on him more because his confidence is severely lacking and his voice is kind of fragile. It was honestly really stupid to have him sing some of the lower harmonies because he has the highest voice in the band. But other times he shares melody line with Zayn (rip Zouis) or Harry and now he's alone in the MITAM harmonies. In their live acapella harmonies, he does really shine though. He has really nice projection and his upper chest voice is 2nd to Zayn's (this makes sense because they are both high tenors and again Niall has range issues). Compare the ease and projection on the Story of My Life notes to say... how Harry usually sings it. No offense Harry.

    Strong is one of their best vocal performances and acapellas (well there are only like 3 videos of them singing acapella but oh well). Liam's falsetto is incredibly strong (pun intended?) here. Strong is also the song where they get to showcase their lower registers more and Niall does a good job on the lowest harmony. Harry also sounds good doing 2nd lowest. Louis and Zayn share the melody. Zayn does a good job of rounding the sound out because even though the structure doesn't really change because it was always a 4 part he had the most ease and consistency as a tenor with actual confidence. Some scary throat tension when he went to those reeeally high notes, but nice timbre, best high chest voice, and around the same level as Liam with falsetto.

    Little Mix are the best harmonizing group today and they aren't afraid to show it off. They are always doing acapellas, even on the spot, to the surprise of radio hosts. The girls are really focused on showing each member off with good solo distribution and well blended choruses. Their blend is very good for an act that came out of X Factor and kind of reminiscent of 90s girl groups (En Vogue is one of their main influences and their cover of Don't Let Go is what won them the show tbh). Their harmonies are usually stacked like this: Jesy singing the lowest harmony, Leigh singing the middle/melody, Jade singing the highest chest harmony, and Perrie singing the highest part in falsetto though they can change it up a bit too (ex. Jade sings the highest bit in Competition, Leigh is 2nd highest in Little Me, etc.).

    Jesy adds really nice dynamics to the group with her beatboxing, allowing more uptempo songs to sound good acapella. And when she does this Leigh can take over the lows, Jade the melody, and Perrie the highest harmony as usual. Leigh can also rap (ADIDAS will be interesting live, haha).

    Fifth Harmony... you all have harmony in your name yet it's difficult to find harmonies in your music let alone good ones. The thing is the group has A LOT of potential, especially vocally. They have over 4 octaves in range, low notes, mid belts, upper belts, falsetto, and agility. Lauren (her tone and resonant, supported lows are absolutely necessary to this group) or Camila (even with her high tessitura and "annoying voice," her lows are still the 2nd best in the group and technically good) could hold down the lower register, Normani the middle, Ally the upper chest, and Dinah the top with her lovely falsetto. Some people say they can't harmonize well because they haven't had much training since they were soloists thrown together on X Factor... look at Little Mix or even the so amazingly, talented, hardworking One Direction. Others say it's because their tones and ranges are really different... different ranges should help make harmonies more complex and rich... as for different tones, compare Chris Kirkpatrick to Lance Bass or Michelle Williams to Beyonce and Kelly. Even pitch challenged Louis Tomlinson who has a much brighter voice than his bandmates can harmonize well. Honestly, it's probably becuase they don't have the best ears for arrangements or great control over the volume of their voices. In the studio a lot of the blame can be put on the producers. When questioned as to why she has more solos than the other girls, Camila revealed that they all sing the parts and producers choose. The producers have an issue with voices really sticking out instead of blending in the chorus, so if a member is out it's really awkward to see the chorus being played back. However, sometimes producers do stack 3-5 part harmonies, but they aren't performed live even acoustically (ie. Worth It). Their best harmonies are probably Silent Night from the Shazam session (live on stage it has been messy due to Lauren hitting a bum note at Candies and the crowd being really loud at Jingle Ball), Chandelier (they sing along with a track usually though... the performance I found without a track was messy with both Ally and Camila sticking out, though Ally usually still sticks out over the track), or Worth It/Independent Women/We Are Family at Billboard.

    The girls showcase their ability to switch roles in the harmony well. For example, at one point Camila is doing the highest harmony while at another Ally is. There's also a nice blend at times where no one is sticking out. However, the blend is also off in other instances like when both Camila and Dinah riff in the beginning or Ally screeching in "praise the lord." Camila has a tendency to do a lot of riffs and runs, which aren't the best in acapella settings when you don't have extremely good control over them like... say Beyonce and even she can mess up the acapellas sometimes. And again... Ally is always doing those big notes and they are not blending well... volume control needs to be worked on.
    Really nice versions with more harmonies than previous performances of Worth It and Independent Woman. Notable moments: "baby I'm worth it" harmonized intro, harmony x destiny transition, and at 2:24 nice blend between Lauren and Normani than a nice falsetto harmony from Dinah, Ally, and Camila. Camila throws it off a little though. The ending is also a bit abrupt with Camila doing runs and Ally doing a screechy falsetto note. Both of them are really good singers and runs/those big notes are impressive, but you need really good control for harmonies like I said.

    Dinah, Lauren, and Normani probably have the nicest and most complimentary tones. Dinah is very versatile and like I mentioned has a really lovely falsetto (the best in the group), but she can also sing upper belts, mid belts, and low notes (though these can be airy). Normani is inconsistent, but can also sing a lot of parts becuase she has the biggest range (4 octaves). The most comfortable for her would probably be the middle since lows can get airy and high notes can get shrill. Her whistle register is lovely but not exactly for harmonies. Most people love Lauren's tone and as I said great lows and she's great til around C5/C#5.

    HONORABLE MENTIONS! (Some of these people are better than the groups above, but I don't know enough about their voices to go in depth :( shame on me)



    TAKE 6



    SPICE GIRLS (lmao at Geri's lipsyncing...)


    Source: YouTube 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

    I chose these more on what showcased their technical abilities/dynamics, not necessarily my favs. Post your favs! :)

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