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Backstreet Boys Strip Down And 'Show 'Em' - VIDEO


Backstreet's back again, this time with a video for "Show 'Em (What You're Made Of)" that goes the D'Angelo route of featuring some of the band-members stripped down in front a black background. Brendon Urie recently pulled off something similar, though he bared slightly more. A.J and Brian appear sans-shirt while Kevin and Howie opt for more modest black tees. Nick takes a middle road, donning a black tank (no doubt disappointing fans everywhere).

Check out some skin (and a surprising amount of ink) AFTER THE JUMP...


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NEWS: Weiner Mistress, Zimmerman Juror, Kidnapping Sentence, Gaga, Backtreet, More Boycotts, Mind Control

Road Leathers InterviewUS Citizenship and Immigration Services posted an FAQ page for those looking for answers on same-sex marriage, and how the recent ruling on DOMA affects petitions and benefits for same-sex spouses. 

RoadSydney Leathers, one of the women with whom Anthony Weiner engaged in expicit exchanges online, tells Inside Edition that she feels "manipulated"

RoadWhen asked about his newborn nephew, Prince Harry promises to "make sure he has fun". Given some of his prior escapades, we're not sure whether to be supportive or worried.

RoadAriel Castro, abductor of the three women in Cleveland who escaped earlier this year, plead guilty to charges of rape and kidnapping, among others. As part of a plea deal, Castro has agreed to serve life in prison without parole, and all of his assets will be forefited. Said Castro: "I knew I was pretty much going to get the book thrown at me."

RoadZimmerman juror B29 gives an interview to ABC News, and agrees that he "got away with murder"

Road The cast and crew of Glee gather to hold a memorial service for Cory Monteith. Those in attendance include Ryan Murphy, Lea Michele, Harry Shum, Dianna Agron, and Jacob Artist. Glee will also be airing a tribute episode to Monteith this season. 

Road Lars Von Trier released some VERY work-unfriendly teaser materials for his upcoming film Nymphomaniac. Let's just say that Shia LaBeouf is doing everything to leave his family-friendly, post-Disney reputation behind. 

Road Lady Gaga will reportedly be releasing her first single from ARTPOP at the MTV VMAs.

Road Adult entertainment entrepreneur and gay news columnist Michael Lucas comes out as HIV-negative and as a user of theantiretroviral drug Truvada in Out magazine. He also asks why the drug and other forms of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) aren't playing a larger role in the fight against HIV and AIDS. 

Road  Dump StoliThe Backstreet Boys debut their new song "Make Believe".

Road New Jersey United for Marriage held a launch rally for its campaign to bring marriage equality to the Garden State. They were joined by "Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action Fund, American Unity Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, and Garden State Equality." 

Road Garrett Hedlund reportedly passes on the chance to play Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation for Fifty Shades of Grey, since he did not want to be locked into a trilogy. He's not the first young leading man to turn down the role, either. 

Road A man reportedly broke into Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's car and tried to steal their iPads. Police were called and were able to retreive the stolen items. 

Road Gay bars in San Francisco are currently participating in a boycott on Russian vodka to protest the country's recent human rights atrocities. The most recent of these bars are Hi Tops and Moby Dick Bar

Road The Lincoln Memorial has been vandalized with green paint

Road Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being held thanks to allegations that plotted attacks with the help of Hamas

Road Scientists at MIT have reportedly found out how to create artificially implanted memories, and have already successfully tried it out on mice. 

Backstreet Boys Advocate Equality 'In A World Like This': VIDEO

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Coming in from left field, the (increasingly misnamed) Backstreet Boys have released a new single and music video "In A World Like This." The poppy tune definitely hearkens back to the style of their heyday, but the lyrics which cover the theme of love conquering all adversity are ultimately shallow and forgettable. The song is performed over three vignettes of couples witnessing major events in American history: the moon landing, 9/11, and the defeat of Prop 8. Though the lyrics only tangentially touch on anything happening on-screen (and make no sense in regards to the moon landing), I have to admit that the lesbian couple holding hands while watching Prop 8 being struck down got me a little misty-eyed.

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Backstreet Boys Synchronized Lip Dub of the Day: VIDEO


These guys should be called - in sync.


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Music News: Saying Bye Bye Bye To TRL


GuestbloggerRobbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Hey there, Carson Daly, mind if I bend your ear for a minute?

You see, I was wondering what you thought when you heard the news that MTV is retiring Total Request Live in November—you know, the Top 10 video countdown staple that made you a figurehead amongst a generation of adolescents?

Millennium_coverNow, I know what they'll all say, Carson. They'll say that MTV hasn't really played music videos on a regular basis in a good decade or so, and that axing TRL is just a natural progression. After all, might the network not be better off simply airing marathons of The Hills and Next all day long?

And, yeah, you were probably right to get out in 2003, when the teen pop wave of the late '90s had crested and crashed into an endless, dull quagmire of J. Lo jams and songs that too often featured "featuring" in the billing—Eminem featuring this one, Ja Rule featuring that one...

Admittedly, I haven't watched TRL since you were on it, Carson. In fact, I haven't watched it since Hoku was clawing her way to the top with "Another Dumb Blonde." But let's stop for a second and take stock of a few things.

When TRL first launched in September 1998, Chad Hurley was just a 21-year-old college geek playing computer games at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was still seven years away from launching YouTube. (I went to IUP around then, too, Carson...and, dammit, why wasn't I hanging out with him?)

UsherYouTube. Do you think that's what did in TRL in the end? After all, why rush home to watch a half-hour video countdown when you can make your own playlist of clips online?

And then there's Britney Spears. Geez, she's had an interesting ride this past decade, huh? And just think—there was no Britney back then! "...Baby One More Time" (the song) was still two months away from being released in September 1998. Sure, there were *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, but if you think about it, Carson, Britney and TRL were almost star-crossed. They were meant to happen together. It was like tossing a carefully-lit match into a powder keg that had been strategically set out in the right spot.

I bought "...Baby One More Time" that fall, on CD single. (Remember those?) There was no iTunes in 1998, either, and wouldn't be for another five years. Again, iTunes—another possible contributor to the demise of Total Request Live? Who's to say?

Then along came Christina Aguilera. Hey, you dated her, didn't you, Carson? I can't recall—was that before or after you dated Tara Reid? And Jennifer Love Hewitt? Boy, girls sure weren't singing about kissing girls back then, were they? Well, okay, they were. But America wasn't really singing along and sending them to #1 in the process.

BritneycarsonThe world was just a different place in 1998. September 11 was still another mundane day on the calendar, and Columbine was just a high school no one outside of Jefferson County in Colorado paid much attention to.

And so, Carson, I think what's got me playing the Backstreet Boys on repeat these past few days isn't so much that I'm lamenting the passing of TRL. In some ways, I just feel like MTV is pulling the plug on my youth. It's the same thing I felt when Lance Bass appeared on the cover of People, declaring he was gay—Now there's the end of an era!

Speaking of which, why couldn't Lance Bass just march onto your show back in the day and tell the world he was gay? Why'd he have to wait till after he was so sure *NSYNC were a done deal—that there was no way he could harm the financial viability of a globally-profitible boy band—that it wouldn't really matter anymore if he was gay, straight, an atheist or a martian?

98degreesHow would America react in 2008 if, say, one of the Jonas Brothers came out of the closet? Would Disney put out the inevitable live album, the "best of" and then send the the trio off to go quietly into the night? Or would they be accepted and carry on having hits? How much have things really changed over the course of the TRL era?

Ah, well. In the end, this all brings to mind a line from the Smiths' "Rubber Ring":

Don't forget the songs that made you cry,
And the songs that saved your life.

Granted, the songs that saved my life were more "Rubber Ring" than "I Want It That Way" or "Oops!...I Did It Again." But the latter ones sure did make me smile.

Clinton References McClurkin in Swing at Obama's Gay Record

In an interview today with the Washington Blade, editor Kevin Naff asks Hillary Clinton about "critics who say Obama is more likely to address gay issues in front of a non-gay audience." (Obama specifically mentioned gays and lesbians most recently in his MLK Day speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and in his speech following Ted Kennedy's endorsement)

Clinton_22Responds Clinton: "I find it ironic since Sen. Obama had his gospel tour with [Donnie] McClurkin that he and his supporters would take credit for that."

Clinton again defended her position on DOMA. She favors repealing the portion which prohibits the recognition of same-sex couples while Obama favors repealing the entire act.

Says Clinton: "I believe that my position reflects the experience I had fighting against the Federal Marriage Amendment. At the time, I was chair of the Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee and I worked hand-in-hand with [the Human Rights Campaign] and other members of the LGBT community to stop the amendment. We’d already seen the success the Republican majority had had in 2002, 2004 in using this as a wedge issue. I was able to explain to other senators that DOMA ensured marriage would be left to the states — that was critical in defeating the amendment. It gave us an argument with both Republicans and Democrats. We cannot count on the political atmosphere staying favorable. That’s something we’ve learned to our unfortunate detriment and I think we are in a much stronger position to bury forever the Federal Marriage Amendment and other mean-spirited, discriminatory legislation."

Clinton also speaks on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' ENDA, and her willingness to use forceful advocacy towards gay rights measures.

An interview with Hillary Clinton [washington blade]


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