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Glee Season 4 cast

With hit TV show entering its senior year (season 4), Glee shows it hasn’t stopped believing in the formula that earned them success— a diverse cast, a few heartthrobs and those oh-so-wonderful mashups. In anticipation for Glee’s new season and time slot (Thursdays at 9p) FOX threw a great listening party to preview five songs from the season. These dance beats and earworms not only had us humming along, but also gave us a few clues as to what’s in store for the season.


“Dance Again/Americano”— Cassandra (Kate Hudson)
This high-energy mashup of Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga’s hits is totally dance worthy, and it shows off Kate Hudson’s impressive pipes (Take that, Gwyneth Paltrow)! Hudson gracefully switches between her mid and high registers throughout this groove. Look for this to debut on the premiere episode. Something tells us she’s be schooling Rachel (Lea Michele) on passion for the art of Broadway.

“It’s Time” — Blaine (Darren Criss)
Can’t get enough Blaine? You’re in luck. Darren Criss will have lots of screen time as he deals with his relationship with Kurt (Chris Colfer) and restocking the Glee Club with talent. Darren tackles the Imagine Dragons song with grace. But taking a deeper look into the lyrics it looks like there may be trouble in paradise:  “It’s time to begin, isn’t it?/ I get a little bit bigger, but then I’ll admit/ I’m just the same as I was/Now don’t you understand/That I’m never changing who I am” We can’t tell if this is Blaine reassuring Kurt as they embark on a (Mini Spoiler Alert!!!) long-distance relationship or if their relationship will show growing pains.

“Boys/Boyfriend” — Artie (Kevin McHale) and Blaine
This Artie/Blaine duet mashing up Britney Spears’ “Boys” and Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” is their first duet ever. It sounds great (duh!), but we’re even more excited to see it on screen.
Kevin McHale and Darren Criss revealed the two had to deliver the the song in an über cheesy boy band type performance. Shouldn’t be a problem for Kevin since he was in a boy band (NLT), right? Kevin admitted Darren was the bigger cheese ball! That’s great to know because by the sound of it, we need a little more expression from Darren, hopefully we get more when we see him perform it in the “Britney 2.0” episode.

“Gimme More”— Brittany (Heather Morris)
It wouldn’t be a Britney episode without Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morris) to rock out a Spears number. Chord Overstreet (Sam) revealed the Glee Club will back her up in the dance-heavy number. No doubt, Heather, a former dancer for Beyonce will outshine them all like she did last Britney episode!

“Call Me Maybe”— Glee Club
OK, Glee, if you did Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” we guess you had to do Carly Rae Jepson’s mega earworm of the summer. Luckily there was much to delight our ears despite hearing the song 12 billion times. A new voice opens the song— maybe it’s  Jacob Artist who will be playing Jake Puckerman, Puck’s (Mark Salling) younger brother. The Glee Club will battle it out to this song, perhaps to an assignment Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) doles out. This is our first time hearing the new Glee club and we immediately notice there aren’t any powerhouse, “park and bark,” bring the house down voices that Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Rachel (Lea Michele) delivered every episode. Further in the song we found potential of one (another new cast member, we suspect is Alex Newell’s Unique) but, hate to be the bearer of bad new, she’s not as good as Mercedes. We’ll give it another chance, since “Call Me Maybe” isn’t the best vehicle to tout one’s vocal prowess.

Which song do you want the cast to sing this season?
—Ashlyee Hickman

John Mayer Born and Raised

There is no better way to finish the school year and welcome the summer than by the release of a new album. John Mayer’s long-awaited album “Born and Raised” finally hit the shelves, and even though he can’t sing right now due to throat surgery, he left everything on each track.

True to Mayer’s style, several of the songs are calming and slower paced with his vocals complementing the flow of instruments.  The song “Speak For Me” stays predominantly calm until Mayer builds his way up to strong vocals.  While “Love Is A Verb” shows more of lazy rhythm that is the perfect song to sit outside and just enjoy the day to.

One complaint about the album is that Mayer doesn’t take as many risks with his music. Although very calm, soothing, and sing-along material, his songs are very predictable. Mayer knows where his strengths lie and hasn’t parted from his trademark soft guitar and his vocals depicting traces of country and blues music. This album is no different from the rest.

John Mayer’s songs always have certain qualities that can distinguish them from other artists; they are pretty hard to tell apart from one another. The songs have similar tempos and feelings coming from them that label them as a “John Mayer song.” That isn’t always a bad thing though because if you are a hardcore John Mayer fan this album is right up your alley.  Who wouldn’t want to sit in their room with their bffs just listening and singing along to his inviting voice? On the other hand, if you’re looking for variety in the songs, you might want to try listening to another album because this might not be what you’re looking for. Give it a listen and judge for yourself if this John Mayer album is right for you.

—Gabriela Castelan

Singer actor dancer and CEO Roshon Fegan

 

Dear Roshon Fegan,

May we call you Ro? Yeah, we see you, shaking it up on the dance floor of “Dancing With the Stars.” You’ve definitely got our vote (just never wear a wig again, k? <3 ME). Here are a few things to know about our newest crush.

He’s a Disney star
20-year-old Roshon plays Ty Blue, Rocky’s (Zendaya) big brother on the Disney Channel’s “Shake it Up!”  

Michael Jackson inspired him to become a performer
Roshon even dedicated a Samba to the first time he saw Michael Jackson perform. His saucy Samba earned him and his partner Chelsie Hightower an amazing 25 out of 30 points! Speaking of Chelsea…

Roshon has a girlfriend…
… it’s his life! “My life is my girlfriend at this point, you know what I mean? I’m taking care of it like it just like a girlfriend.” He went on to say everything in his life needs pampering and love… since you’re a fan, we at ME like to think he’s talking about you too!

 He is a true artist
On top of acting and dancing, Roshon performs and produces his own music! Witness his full-blown talent in his remix— ahem, we mean Romix—of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”


He started his own music label
Who says you have to wait for a record deal? The musical prodigy started 3inaRo Records with his dad, Roy Fegan. They released his EP “I am Ro Shon” In. Add CEO to the list of his titles!

He’s sexy and he [doesn’t] know it
As Roshon puts it: “I’m not as sexy as William [Levy]…but I’m getting up there, you know.”
—Ashlyee Hickman

 
Are you a RO-bot? Share your favorite video in the comments!

Nate Ruess and members of Fun.

“I want you to go up to someone you never met before and dance with them,” Nate screams at the crowd bursting out the seams of The Glass House in Pomona, CA. Fans eagerly carry out the the command. Fun. is making their way across the nation to support their sophomore album, “Some Nights.”

The indie pop-rock band that claims Nate Ruess (lead vocals), Jack Antonoff (guitar/vocals) and Andrew Dost (keyboard/vocals) as members reached a brand new audience when they lent their hit song—“We are Young” featuring Janelle Monáe— to the worthy songbirds from “Glee.” Even so, the loyal fans are the ones who pack the venue. When Nate croons the words of “The Gambler,” chronicling his parents’ gorgeous love story, fans sway, sing and even sob!

The chemistry between the three is undeniable as they play off of each others’ words, recount the last time they ruined a sweet 16 birthday party and intimate family stories. Fun. played an amazing cross-section of their recent album and their first, “Aim and Ignite.” Nate’s vocal range awes and inspires; performing the set— including “Some Nights,” “One Foot,” “Be Calm” and “Take Your Time (Coming Home)”— with such energy you can’t help but scream the lyrics at the top of your lungs.

Their performance of “We are Young” was thundering, rousing and at times ethereal. An awesome rollercoaster of sorts, the show truly lives up to the band’s name, period.
—Ashlyee Hickman

READ NEXT: Fun. Fashion: What to Wear to the Concert


Pining to hear Fun. live, but couldn’t get your hands on tickets? Watch their iHeartRadio live performance for kicks.

Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games

Sure with the hottest artist including Taylor Swift, Kid Cudi, Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert, The Hunger Games Soundtrack (now in stores) doesn’t need our help putting together a list of awesoME songs. But hey, if they asked, here are the songs we’d add to Katniss, Peeta and Gale’s playlist.

The Peeta + Katniss & Gale + Katniss Love Song:“We Found Love” by Rihanna
Whether they kindled loved within District 12 or within the arena, both seem rather hopeless. Peeta and Gale can surely relate to this Rihanna dance hit!


Peeta’s Song: “Grenade” by Bruno Mars

Peeta, we feel your pain, so does Bruno! So when you question Katniss’s feelings for you, hang on and listen to this ballad.


Katniss’s Song: “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child

SPOILER ALERT: Katniss is surely a survivor, so are the people of people of the districts. We can’t help but hear this soaring victory song when we read of the perils Katniss faces!
Add your Hunger Games playlist in our comments section below and you could win The Hunger Games Soundtrack!
—Ashlyee Hickman

*Bonus* A song from the actual soundtrack “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars

Carly Rae Jepsen

 

Who is Carly Rae Jepsen? Even before Justin Bieber tweeted a video that featured her song (we’ll get to that later), she already made a name for herself in Canada and now she has entered the music scene in the USA. Wanna learn more about the bubbly brunette? Keep reading!

  Carly was on the 5th season of Canadian Idol
Before Carly came to the states, she had already competed on the singing competition show, Canadian Idol. Sadly, Carly didn’t win, but she did come in third place! Because of the show, Carly landed a record deal with Fontana/Maple Music.
 

There’s a Tumblr dedicated to one of her songs

“Call Me Maybe” is Carly’s most popular songs right now and recently, there was a Tumblr page set up for it. Grab your video cams; fans can make their own videos singing along to “Call Me Maybe” and send it in to the page!
 

Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun signed her to their label

The Biebs and Scooter have taken notice of this Canada’s talent and signed her to their record label, Schoolboy Records. Bieber said that as an artist, he felt that he had a responsibility to pass it on. Usher discovered him and helped him become a superstar, and he wants to do the same for someone else. Isn’t he so nice?
 
Celebs obsess over Carly’s song

A few months ago, Justin Bieber tweeted a video that featured his friends, Ryan Good and Ashley Benson (Hanna from Pretty Little Liars), dancing and lip synching to “Call Me Maybe.” Check it out here! It’s hilarious! Justin also made a video (below) for the song that featured Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, the guys from Big Time Rush, “The Hunger Games” book and many celeb buddies. Whitney Port, from The City, also chose the song for her Music Monday pick!

 
She’s racked up many nominations
Carly’s had a lot of success in her music career so far. She was nominated for “Songwriter of the Year” and “Best New Artist” at the 2010 Juno Awards and “UR Fave New Artist” at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards.
 
She’s a double-platinum brunette

The song “Call Me Maybe” has gone double platinum in her homeland, Canada. It also became the first song to get to the top of the digital charts since another famous Canadian’s hit single, “Baby.”
 
Tug of War helped her out

Carly released her first studio album “Tug of War” in 2008 and the first single was a cover of the song “Sunshine on My Shoulders.” Other songs on the album include “Tug of War” and “Sweet Talker”. The song “Tug of War” peaked in the mid thirties on the Canadian Hot 100 list.
 
 She has a very diverse taste in music

CBC music recently got to talk with Carly and had her put her iPod on shuffle to see what 10 songs came up. The songs ranged from Marianas Trench to La Roux to John Mayer!

Carly just released a new EP
Carly released the EP “Curiosity” featuring her hit single “Call Me Maybe” on Valentine’s day. It’s so catchy! Go listen to it and you’ll be hooked!

She toured with three famous brothers…

Carly joined the pop-rock musical trio, Hanson, on their “Shout it Out” world tour. Carly got to open for them on some of their Canadian tour dates.

—Ama Kwarteng


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