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Fake Music-Video TV Shows We Wish Were Real TV Shows

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4. Tinted Windows, “Kind of a Girl”

The one fake episode of the fake UHF show Rock After Dark starred a supergroup featuring Taylor Hanson, Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos, and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schelsinger. Incredibly, Tinted Windows was a real band!

Taylor Hanson, former U.S. ambassador kick off new “The Conversation With…” event on hunger

Tulsa World


The impact that conversations and community can have on social issues — from their role in bringing an end to apartheid to how that same approach can be used to combat local problems such as hunger — was the focal point Friday of the inaugural “The Conversation With …”

The event, held at the Tulsa Country Club, featured rock musician Taylor Hanson as presenter and a guest of honor, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Edward Perkins.

“One of the things we hope to do is inspire new ideas,” Hanson said. “Our hope is that we will be led to an idea built on collaboration that can benefit hunger in Tulsa. That idea is the very beginning of the discussion because hunger is the gateway to so many things.”

As the first black U.S. ambassador to South Africa, Perkins was given a unique assignment by President Ronald Reagan to help dismantle apartheid without violence and to make sure Nelson Mandela was freed from prison.

To do so, Perkins said, he went into the various South African communities and urged them to join together to make change.

“We very quickly learned that if we were going to have any success in South Africa, it had to be a community effort,” Perkins said. “I thought it would be useful to get the communities to come out against apartheid en masse.”

Perkins recalled visiting houses of worship from many faiths as well as both the white and black communities, where the residents were in equally bad conditions, urging them to form bonds.

“We cultivated leaders in those communities,” he said, adding that Mandela sent him a letter of encouragement stating that the community approach was the correct approach. “He said ‘We are a rainbow nation and everyone has to work together.’ ”

“The Conversation With …” was also a fundraiser for the Iron Gate soup kitchen and a chance for Hanson to highlight a new collective partnership called Food on the Move, which is designed to take healthy and affordable food into food deserts.

Hanson said that the idea stemmed from talking with Perkins and Connie Cronley, executive director of Iron Gate, about community capitalism, or the commitment to the community by its members from businesses, nonprofits and government.

“We talked about ideas that could come to bear to face hunger differently and that brought the concept of looking at the food deserts that are spread across the city and connecting them with the community,” he said.

Perkins, who most recently served as executive director of the University of Oklahoma’s International Program Center, added that strong communities make strong nations.

“If we have kids who don’t get an education or who don’t get enough to eat, we will have a weaker nation because of that,” Perkins said. “Hungry children do not exhibit their best skills. They do what’s necessary to exist.”

From Backstreet Boys To Dream Street: The Surprising Real Stories Behind Famous Boy Band Names


Boy bands have really odd names when you think about it. Which “back street” are the Backstreet Boys from? Do they even have back streets in Orlando, oh excuse me, I meant O-Town. What’s with that extra apostrophe in ‘N SYNC? And what the hell does BBMak mean anyway? Now that the excitement of the summer tour season has died down, we’ve got plenty of time to obsess over such things. We decided to go past the frosted tips of the story and find out how these boys – Backstreet or otherwise – got their names. Those names that you and your friends screamed over and over all night long at their concerts (and still do when their reunion pulls into town). Certain origins are obvious and make sense while others are guaranteed to have you scratching your head in confusion. Find out the true stories behind the most famous boy bands of all time and impress your friends with levels of fandom usually reserved for stalkers. Don’t judge!

Name: Hanson
Back story: Hanson is band members Taylor, Isaac and Zac’s family name. Fun fact: There are 7 Hanson siblings in total.

Happening Now: The Conversation With (Taylor Hanson)


New Taylor Hanson project to spark community discussions to better Tulsa

Tulsa World

Taylor Hanson is a man on a mission to make his hometown of Tulsa even better.

His next big event is called “The Conversation With …” which will feature former U.S. Ambassador Edward Perkins as guest of honor from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in Tulsa.

Perkins will speak, and Hanson will be the moderator.

And it is Perkins upon whom Hanson wants to shine the light — all while raising awareness of hunger and donations for downtown Tulsa’s Iron Gate soup kitchen.

“What’s cool is that my passion for this really came from wanting to honor Ambassador Perkins,” Hanson said.

Perkins was the first black U.S. ambassador to South Africa and was given a unique assignment from former President Ronald Reagan to dismantle apartheid without violence.

Perkins most recently served as executive director of the University of Oklahoma’s International Program Center.

“What Ambassador Perkins adds to ‘The Conversation With …’ is from the point of view of being a statesman and building relationships and taking on challenges. There’s really no one with greater experience in doing that,” Hanson said. “Statesmanship all starts in the community. You have to really understand the person on the other side of the table.”

As the principal organizer of the summit along with several partners, Hanson’s goal for the pilot event and those to follow is to start a community conversation and raise money for a local charity.

This year’s event examines the issue of hunger in Tulsa and Oklahoma and features a new collaborative partnership backed by Hanson, Food on the Move.

The plan is for “The Conversation With …” to feature a different core issue and charity each year. And the goal is that a partnership focusing on that core issue comes out of the event each year, he said.

“It’s kind of a unique gathering. The first goal of ‘The Conversation With …’ is to create an ongoing, forward-looking summit that really invites a cross-section of Tulsa’s community, with the only criteria being that everybody there is really invested in the long-term growth and success of Tulsa and of Oklahoma,” Hanson said.

Seats for the luncheon and lecture are $150 each.

Individuals or groups may also purchase seats to donate for others to attend. A table of 10 for the luncheon and lecture is $3,000.

The proceeds go to Iron Gate, which served meals to more than 300,000 people last year.

Organizers asked that the location of the event not be released publicly.


Coup De Main Magazine

t’s 2014 and HANSON have now existed as a band for 22 years (and counting). They’ve survived transitioning from being signed to a major record label to creating their own independent label, outlived Tamagotchis and Jack Dawson in the ‘Titanic’, and now in their third decade of existence the band of brothers are finally here in New Zealand for the very first time.

The band are currently touring in support of their ninth studio album, 2013’s ‘Anthem’, which middle brother TAYLOR HANSON says of the title: “We have always been in awe of the ability music has to engage people, whether it’s a song that makes you want to dance, or a song that inspires you to take action for a cause. We want this record to be the anthem for all of those moments.”

Coup De Main talked to Taylor about his thoughts on the music industry, the importance of fans and innovation, and the upcoming revival of Tinted Windows…

Hanson will be as long as we continue to have passion for it, and as long as our fans feel that they’re taken care of enough to continue show up and be with us – let’s hope that is as long as we’re around.

CDM: I was watching your ‘Strong Enough To Break’ documentary this morning, and it seems crazy that over a decade later, record labels are still using the same bullying tactics as their business-model.
TAYLOR: History has proven that it’s very hard to find people that are interested in putting themselves at risk. Even when industries are dying, people do whatever they can to not risk their own self-preservation. What’s happened in the business, is there’s not a lot of innovators, not a lot of people who are trying to come up with a new way and take some chances. In a lot of ways, the way we’ve run our business – since we’ve started our label – it’s very natural. It’s not really about trying to be against something, it’s really about continuing to support our music and our fans. Since we started the label I think it is interesting, you would think that almost ten years later that you would see some real innovation or some change in the main music business, but you haven’t seen much, and I think that just tells you that people with a certain kind of power are reluctant to let it go and even when they see it dying and changing, you still see resistance to the future. What’s really interesting about where we’re at with music now, is that people are buying music, they’re trading music, they’re streaming music – but they’re doing it more than ever, they’re consuming music more than ever. People still want to come see shows and they still want to buy merchandise and they still want to be a part of music, I think there’s still so much potential for how to go into the future. The way we’ve done things with being self-contained has definitely become more and more of a new industry standard, it’s become something that people realise they have to do.

CDM: I really admire that you guys stuck up for yourself. One of the quotes that stood out to me from the documentary was when one of you said: “It’s such a bummer that we even get made bad guys, just because we want a say in our music.” That’s ridiculous!
TAYLOR: It’s true. All the way back through history, art and business have always kind of collided. It’s not new to think that you have a vision and then you have somebody with dollars that wants to spend money and market it, and they collide. But the thing that we try and make the point about with our story, we never did music that we didn’t care about. The reason we left our old label was ultimately there came a new company, they began to do things that they do with almost everybody – which is just to make it falsely safe, by doing what everybody else is doing. That caused us to head in a direction potentially that wasn’t who we were, so we left the label to be our own company not to change, but to stay the same and to stay true. What’s exciting is that there’s a lot of fans that have more of a sense of what’s gone on in the business and the potential possibilities that are there, than there ever have been before.

CDM: Nowadays, the major record labels are only signing bands on 360 deals. Do you think that would have affected your perspective if you were starting out as Hanson now in 2014? 
TAYLOR: 360 deals are a desperate reach to control a changing business that does not speak to a long-term vision at all. A 360 deal basically means that they’re taking a piece of all the areas of a band’s business, without any real commitment to actually spend money to promote those areas of their business. So, “Hi I’m a record company, I’m gonna take a piece of your t-shirts, I’m gonna own your website, I’m gonna control your fan club, I’m gonna take a piece of your touring.” Historically, record companies just owned the music itself and they gave a percentage to the band because they paid for it. But if we’d cut a 360 deal in the past, our band would be very different, and our career would be very different. I think artists going into the future really need to know that there’s no one-press button that’s gonna get you success. You’ve just gotta realise that what’s awesome about being an artist is that you have something people want, have something that’s powerful, something that connects with others that’s very primal, and to be confident enough to take that seriously and not give it away.

CDM: Is Hanson forever? 
TAYLOR: Nobody knows what’s forever. We’re very humbled by the relationship we’ve been able to have with fans. We’ve had people follow us for a long time, we’ve also had people discover our music three albums in, or four albums in. That allows you to look out at the room, and you see all these different people – different times in their life, different ages. Hanson will be as long as we continue to have passion for it, and as long as our fans feel that they’re taken care of enough to continue show up and be with us – let’s hope that is as long as we’re around.

CDM: Could you ever see yourself writing songs for other people? Or signing more artists to your 3CG Records label in the future?
TAYLOR: Definitely writing songs – producing people is something we want to do. We’ve actually been doing it now. It’s such a great outlet to sit and work with somebody for their project – you take on a whole different way of looking at music. You know that ultimately someone else has to sing it, stand on stage, perform it and share it – so it’s really actually pretty invigorating to sit and help someone else capture what they want to share with people.


CDM: I absolutely love the Tinted Windows album. ‘Dead Serious’ is such a jam. Is there going to be another record? 
TAYLOR: Actually, there is going to be more Tinted Windows stuff. We’re working on some writing actually probably next month.

CDM: And then you’ll have to come here and play a show! Now, that we’ve had a Hanson show…
TAYLOR: The other guys in Tinted Windows would love to come to New Zealand. It’s a really fun project; it’s an honour to get to play with those guys. There is some process going on now to make a new album.

CDM: Have you and your brothers started thinking about the next Hanson album yet? 
TAYLOR: We are thinking about the next Hanson album. I think the main thing we have on our mind is we just really want to be really creative about the way we release the next record – we want to reach as many places as possible. It’s no accident that we’re finally here in New Zealand, there’s a lot of reasons why we haven’t come before, but we’re here very much on purpose, because we’re looking at the whole world and thinking about fans we have in different places and we’re saying to ourselves it’s rare we to get to reach people in these different areas. We want to bring our music to those people as much as possible.

CDM: It’s wonderful that your band can sell out a show here in New Zealand, when you’re not even represented by a local label – it’s just all on you guys!
TAYLOR: It is amazing, and we’re very in awe of the possibilities of what could come later too.


HANSON’s latest album ‘Anthem’ is out now – featuring the single, ‘Get The Girl Back’. Click HERE to purchase now via iTunes.

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Afrojack, Spanx Billionaire Sara Blakely, Taylor Hanson Join Under 30 Summit Roster — Agenda Now Live

Forbes Business 

The agenda for the Under 30 Summit — the largest, most exclusive gathering of young entrepreneurs and game-changers in the world, with over 1,000 hand-picked participants, culled mostly from the Forbes 30 Under 30 list – was just posted. There will be many, many new additions in the six-plus weeks leading up the Summit – stay tuned! – but here are a few new ones that stand out to me:

  • At 29, Afrojack is one of the most successful DJs and music producers in the world. Forbes’ recent list of the top-earning DJs placed him at 6th, with $22 million in earnings. But getting an arena or a club to move in unison isn’t a simple matter of mixing good songs. It’s leadership. Afrojack will demonstrate the art and science of how he reads a room – and then leads it.
  • Sara Blakely’s first job out of college was walking around in the Goofy costume at Disney World. The pantyhose they forced her to wear were uncomfortable and old-fashioned. So she invented Spanx, plowing her $5,000 life savings into it. It’s the only investment she ever needed. She is now the world’s youngest-self-made female billionaire, according to Forbes’ most recent Billionaire issue. An inspiration to thousands, she’ll discuss how she bet it all in her 20s – and won.
  • Taylor Hanson was a teen idol. At 31, he’s an astute businessperson, at the forefront of a movement that uses big data to change what you listen to, and share.  He’s headlining one of our two-dozen breakouts, “Music Goes Moneyball.”

There’s lots more to come, including a giant fashion show, a mega pitch contest, the lineup for the Under 30 Music Festival, and dozens of still-to-be announced speakers. Members of the 30 Under 30 and their guests should have already received email invitations. Others interested in applying for a small number of paid invitations can do so here.



One Direction kicked it a little old school at their show in St. Louis last night, covering Hanson‘s 1997 smash hit ‘MMMBop.’

Just the insanely catchy chorus was enough send fans into a frenzy, because as every dual One Direction-Hanson fan knows, the only thing better than the two bands existing separately is somehow fusing them together. And since it’s pretty unlikely that Hanson will cover 1D any time soon, this is the closest we’re gonna get.

While the guys kind of butchered the lyrics on the chorus, their falsetto vocals and sweet dance moves were more than enough to make up for it. Seriously, just check out the Instagram vid above.

This isn’t the first time that the boy band showed off their love for the ‘Get the Girl Back’ rockers — last year, Harry Styles and his pal Nick Grimshaw donned blonde wigs and imitated the band circa ’97, tweeting:

And it seems like he still thinks that he is.

Watch One Direction cover ‘MMMBop’ in the video above!

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Hanson Return to Toronto, Take Over CNE

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“We just smelled the lovely smells of smoked bacon,” says Taylor Hanson, who’s at Toronto’s CNE with brothers Isaac and Zac.

It was in 1997 when the trio first released their smash hit “Mmmbop.”

Fast-forward almost two decades later, and the band is still making music with the release of their sixth studio album “Anthem” – a compilation unlike something you’d expect from a 90’s “boy band.” It’s mature, clean and passionate.

And passion seems to be a key word.

With a focus on their label 3CG, their brewery, and “Take the Walk” – a grassroots campaign to support poverty and people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, Hanson are managing to keep themselves very busy.

“We’ve done thousands of walks with thousands of different people around the world,” says Taylor. “[Take the Walk has] helped drill clean water wells, helped build schools, and helped provide medicine. … The thing about it is, the power of that connection. We have a lot of things we’re passionate about. There’s a lot of worthy causes, but the power of Take the Walk campaign is really the idea of experiencing with those that are there. Not just giving, but connecting.”

“It’s also about never asking people to do something you’re not willing to do yourself,” adds Isaac.

Besides passion for Take the Walk, the brothers have launched MMMHops, a pale ale. Reports had suggested it may be making it way to Canada, but for now, Canucks can order it online.

Talyor says they’re growing their brand and currently, it’s available in Oklahoma, Illinois and Kansas.