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Pop Hunks

Popular music is filled with good looking men. These guys not only sing (or rap) well, they have undeniable star power. They make us want to watch their videos, buy their albums and see them in concert. Here is my list of some of the hottest guys in pop music (in no particular order):

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Justin Timberlake
Finally back on the music scene after a long hiatus, it almost seems like he never left. He can act, sing, dance, play instruments and be funny on Saturday Night Live. He is a modern day Renaissance man. Essential songs: Suit and Tie, Rock Your Body

Adam Levine
One of the coaches on The Voice, as well as the lead singer for pop-funk group Maroon 5. He is very gay friendly and has been known to take off his shirt & more for videos and photo shoots. Essential songs: Moves Like Jagger, This Love

Usher
Like JT, he’s had a decently long career since his teens. Now also on The Voice, he is a consummate entertainer and wows us with his dance moves and sexy songs. Essential songs: DJ Got Us Falling in Love, Scream

Drake
Originally from Canada, he first got a taste of stardom as an actor on Degrassi: The Next Generation. But it’s his rapping skills that have taken him to the top of the charts.
Essential songs: Find Your Love, Take Care

Enrique Iglesias
Son of famous father Julio Iglesias, Enrique is a star in his own right. Whether he is singing in English, Spanish, or Spanglish, he sounds and looks good in any language. Essential songs: Rhythm Divine, I Like It

Jack Johnson
Hawaiian-born surfer Jack Johnson is a singer-songwriter, filmmaker and musician known for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. Essential songs: Sitting, Wishing, Waiting; Gone,

Ricky Martin
Another force to be reckoned with, he has done everything from boy bands (Menudo) to soap operas (General Hospital) to Broadway (Evita). Ever since he shook his bon-bons on the Grammy Awards, he has been making waves. And now he is a proud out gay man to boot. Essential songs: Cup of Life, Livin’ La Vida Loca

Bruno Mars
Inspired by the past, but definitely very contemporary, Bruno has made a big splash on the pop charts in the last few years. Plus he writes a lot of his own stuff. Essential songs: Locked Out of Heaven, Grenade

John Mayer
Having dated a who’s who of female celebrities (Jennifer Anniston, Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, Katy Perry), Mr. soft-rock guitar guy comes across as a sensitive poet in his songs. Essential songs: Daughters, Waiting on the World to Change

The Wanted
Boy bands are back, and for me, this is the sexier of the 2 new groups on the scene (the other being One Direction). They have a new reality show on the E Network too. Essential songs: Glad You Came, I Found You

Pitbull
Chrome-dome ‘Mr. World Wide’ has found a successful formula for pop-rap dance hits. And don’t get me started on the bugle in his pants, he’s got some fans because of it. Essential songs: I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho), Give Me Everything

Daughtry
Lead singer of the hard rock band that bears his name, he is also an American Idol finalist. Plus he has gotten in great shape in the past year, if you follow him on Facebook. Essential songs: Home, Feels Like Tonight

Ne-Yo
A successful singer, composer, and dancer, plus he is getting into acting too. He can love you all night long. Essential songs:  So Sick, Let Me Love You

Miguel
Not very well known outside of R&B circles, but his appearance at the Grammy’s this year definitely raised his profile. Plus he is on Mariah Carey’s new single “#Beautiful.” Essential songs: Adorn, Sure Thing

98 Degrees
Reunited and it feels so good. They are part of The Package Tour this summer with Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block. Hunky brothers (Drew and Nick Lachey) lead up this group that also features Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. Essential songs: The Hardest Part, Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)

New Kids on the Block
They just released their new CD “10” and are headlining a big summer tour. Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight and Joey McIntyre lead up this group of grown men on the block. Essential songs: You Got It (The Right Stuff), Please Don’t Go Girl

Jon Bon Jovi
Also big on the tour circuit this spring and summer, Jon brings his namesake band out for a tour in support of their latest CD “What About Now”. Plus he fits in some acting when he can (New Year’s Eve). Essential songs: Blaze of Glory, Wanted Dead or Alive

So that’s my list. Did I leave anyone out? Let me know your thoughts.

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Artists I Wish Would Tour More

I have gone to a lot of concerts over the years. Some years, I have gone to 20+ shows, others maybe 3. Some artists seem to tour almost every year — others once every five to seven years or so. Other favorites seem to have a lot going on, or they are at a different phase of their career where they don’t want to tour. So here goes, my list of artists I wish would tour more often:Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
She has a lot on her plate: singer, actress, dancer, American Idol judge (now ex-judge), model, spokeswoman and mom. Plus she has time for a personal life too. Since she has been out, she has only toured twice, once with then husband Marc Anthony and once this year with Enrique Iglesias. I am sure it will be a great show.

Annie Lennox/Eurythmics
So Eurythmics did tour a decent amount in the 80’s. But now, not so much. To me, she has a one of the best live voices you will ever hear. So soulful, and powerful. Between her solo career and the work with the group, she has plenty of material. She has inspired artists such as Pink and Kelly Clarkson among others. It’s about time she reminded everyone why she is so excellent.

Adele
With how huge her 2nd album has been, you think she would want to capitalize on that success and plan a big giant concert tour. Hasn’t happened. First off she was sidetracked with vocal chord problems, and now she just doesn’t seem too interested to do so. I hear she is writing songs for her 3rd album already. But, she is pregnant… so it will be years before we see her on the road again.

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Teen Pop (Where Are They Now?)

Long before Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, we had the teen pop boom of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. This was the time of Backstreet Boys, NSync, Britney, Christina, etc. So let’s look back to our favorites from that era and see where they are today…

Backstreet Boys. They are the last of the remaining boy bands from that era. All of the others are gone: NSync, 98 Degrees, LFO. This past summer they teamed up with the New Kids on the Block for a sold-out arena headlining tour. Kevin Richardson, who left the band in 2006, even joined his fellow bandmates in the Los Angeles show. I hear the group will be working on a new CD soon.

NSync. The group was the launching pad for singing superstar turned actor Justin Timberlake. I always knew that Justin was a star. But JC Chasez was too. I am disappointed that his solo career never took off the way that Justin’s did. His first solo album was very nice, and he is not using his talents to the fullest on “America’s Best Dance Crew.” I always thought that the band should have carried on without Justin… I think they would have been fine. Joey and Lance have done acting, Chris has not done too much. (Sorry can’t count “The Man Band” show).

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