Michelle Williams, JC Chasez and Incubus star Brandon Boyd were to star in the latest production of Jesus Christ Superstar, a 50-plus date U.S. arena tour. But on May 30, just a week prior to its debut in New Orleans, the tour was canceled due to low ticket sales.
“It became obvious the shows were in trouble but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around,” Michael Cohl, its promoter, said to The New York Times. He wasn’t exaggerating about the timing, either – its stars were rehearsing up until May 29, then told they were out of work the next day. “What’s that Miley Cyrus song, ‘Wrecking Ball’?” said Ben Forster, who was to play Jesus. “I feel like someone just came in and took a big wrecking ball to the Jesus Christ Superstar tour.”
All ticket sales will be refunded, according to the production’s official website. While Williams has yet to comment on the tour’s cancellation, other members of its cast and 300-member crew got together to pose for Twitter – with middle fingers high in the air. See for yourself after the jump. More »
Michelle Williams and Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd visited Good Morning America to reveal their summer plans: They, along with JC Chasez, will star in the latest production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The 50-plus date U.S. tour begins in New Orleans on July 9, as it marks the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber rock musical’s return to arena settings.
“When I heard Jesus Christ Superstar was coming to the States, I was excited at the idea to be a part of telling one of the most influential stories in history through the scope of such a talented composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber,” Chasez said in a statement. He appears as Pontius Pilate, Boyd plays Judas Iscariot while Williams stars as Mary Magdalene. John Lydon, better known as the Sex Pistols‘ Johnny Rotten, stars as King Herod.
Williams and Boyd’s announcement is timely – earlier this week, the hashtag #PoorMichelle started trending again after its related Tumblr was founded a year prior, to catalog “all the times Michelle got the short end of the Destiny’s Child stick.” Watch Williams and Boyd perform the titular song on GMA up top for a preview of what to expect, then see Williams’ response to #PoorMichelle after the jump. More »
We won’t say the *NSYNC reunion was the highlight of Justin Timberlake‘s 2013 VMAs takeover, but it was certainly one of the best things about it. After a week of rumors and hype, we still couldn’t believe we were seeing all five guys doing the “Bye Bye Bye” dance together once again. In a smart move, it was a very brief reunion (compare it to the Destiny’s Child one during the Super Bowl Halftime Show), giving fans just enough to throw them into an ecstatic frenzy, but not enough to make the magic wear off. But now it looks like that little tease will have to hold everyone over for a while. Both JC Chasez and Lance Bass were clear that there’s no larger *NSYNC reunion in the works.
First, JC gave a flat-out “No” when asked if the reunion would continue. He told Ryan Seacrest that the VMAs appearance — which was Timberlake’s idea — “was just about five guys who were great friends who spent 10 or 15 years together touring and we…wanted to give that back to our fans, but we were there mainly to support Justin.” Then Lance on Monday (August 27) confirmed the disappointing (but totally understandable) news, telling the Associated Press, “It would be lovely to do it, but we got nothing planned.” More »
Class is in session, and now it’s time to sit up straight and get an education! In the case of Pop School, it’s artists who are teaching you a lesson on their classic hits. Start taking notes!
Just 10 days before the *NSYNC reunion at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards that left us shaking and crying (and then begging for more), we sat down with JC Chasez for a one-on-one tutoring session, if you will. While we couldn’t get the pop star to spill on any VMA details (he doesn’t have the loose lips of Joey Fatone, Sr.), the now 37-year-old was more than happy to educate us on two of the beloved boy band’s most memorable music videos: “It’s Gonna Be Me” and “Bye Bye Bye”.
In case you lost your long term memory while trying to erase Miley’s foam finger dance from your brain, “It’s Gonna Be Me” and “Bye Bye Bye” were the first two singles from the band’s second studio LP, No Strings Attached. The album title symbolized the freedom that came with a new label deal and new management at the turn of the millennium. It also gave them their first (and only) number one Hot 100 hit.More »
*NSYNC joined Twitter on August 24, one day prior to its rumored (but also confirmed) reunion at the MTV Video Music Awards. Like Prince, the boy band — Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass — treated its first-ever tweet like a mic check: “…. is this thing on?!”
While Bass refused to confirm or deny the reunion, Joseph Fatone Sr., Joey Fatone‘s father, said that *NSYNC will indeed perform at tonight’s awards show. “I don’t even know what has gone into this performance. … I plead the fifth,” Fatone Sr., said. “I would suggest that you tell all your readers and everyone on the Internet, all your social media, tell them to watch!” But while *NSYNC’s Twitter debut seems to back what Fatone says, but it also may signal something bigger. More »
We know you’re probably thinking, well, this is all only a rumor. But not so, says Joseph Fatone, Sr., father of *NSYNCer/My Big Fat Greek Wedding thespian Joey Fatone. According to a report, the elder of the two confirmed that his son will indeed be re-joining his onetime bandmates on stage this Sunday for a performance. More »
:: One Direction sat down for an interview with French radio station NRJ, and they seemed to be playing some sort of “would you?” game involving pictures of celebrities. When Selena Gomez‘s mug came up, Zayn Malik said, “I would definitely kiss her.” Zayn is supposedly boys with Justin Bieber, so that is TOTALLY against the bro code. [OceanUP]
:: Chris Brown was spotted leaving his home Tuesday (January 29) with a cast on his right hand. Can’t wait to hear the explanation he comes up with. [TMZ]
:: Eminem gives back in a new online documentary series, Detroit Rubber, co-produced by the Michigan native. The reality show follows the life of a sneaker shop owner trying to survive in a global recession. [LOUD]
:: Former *NSYNC member JC Chasez sang The Lumineers‘ “Ho Hey” for a USC sorority. Apparently some charming dudes somehow arranged for JC to serenade the ladies of Delta Delta Delta at a formal dinner. Classic Greek life high jinks! [E!]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can watch on the tube today. More »
We may be counting down the moments till we can hop on the Turkey Train to Gravytown this Thursday, but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost sight of our season-of-giving video project, At Your Request. And what better way to get this Thanksgiving week popping than by fulfilling another Twitter-submitted song demand. Below enjoy this throwback to a time when boy bands still walked (and ruled) the earth, and when it seemed Justin Timberlake would make music forever. More »
:: Ke$ha admitted that writing “Till The World Ends” for Britney Spears was her proudest moment of her career, and she likes listening to it more than her own songs. “When I hear my own songs on the radio I have to kind of turn it down or change the radio or whatever,” she said. “When I hear that, I fucking blow the speakers out and I order everybody to dance.” [Vulture]
:: Bonnaroo has already announced their 2012 dates – the Tennessee-set fest will take place June 7-10, 2012. [Consequence Of Sound]
Much ado has been made over “Build Some Love,” a song by former ‘NSync member/current dance-based competitive television show JC Chasez that leaked online over the weekend; it’s a pleading piano-heavy ballad that Chasez apparently wrote for the debut effort by American Idol season-eight winner Kris Allen, whose new album, as of now, is still scheduled to drop Nov. 17. This song choice called some consternation among American Idol watchers like my MTV pal Jim Cantiello, who mocked Chasez for his 2004 dud “All Day Long I Think About Sex.” Which is kind of unfair, since his later output was a lot better!
How could we forget “Until Yesterday,” the 2006 love-gone-wrong track that topped my singles ballot for that year despite it getting only half-released by Jive:
I mean, ill-advised sex-dream songs from five years ago aside, this track—with its slow build, crazy tale about an illicit affair, and the coda at the end—would be a pretty good fit for Allen, I think, even if it goes against the aw-shucks grain of his “married dude with a six-string” personality. Isn’t being a pop idol all about inhabiting other characters for even a few minutes? And won’t Kris sort of need to make a grand gesture out of the gate, given that the runner-up from this season, Adam Lambert, just got a plum pre-Michael Jackson movie slot for the premiere of his music video? Not to restart all the fan-based rivalries, but really now!