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Hanson, “MMMBop”

American pop band Hanson pose for a group portrait on a roof in London in 1997 L-R Taylor Hanson, Isaac Hanson and Zac Hanson. (Photo by Mike Prior/Getty Images)

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Some sad souls may have derided it as hokey cheese, but for the rest of us, there was simply no denying the magic of Zac, Isaac, and Taylor Hanson’s singalong masterpiece. A banger before the word even existed, “MMMBop” is bright Archies bubblegum pop held aloft by the optimism of the Nineties. It’s also made up of mostly nonsensical lyrics (“In an mmmbop they’re gone!”), proudly delivered by a group of Oklahoma siblings who harmonized like the Beatles. Need even more cred? Beck’s Odelay architects, the Dust Brothers, produced it. J.H. 

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It is strange, but the setting to this story tries to resemble hometown America. Like Smallville, except like something straight out of the 90s, especially when that rendition of Hanson’s ‘MMMBop’ drops in the pilot.  There’s this all-American midwestern town vibe that’s reminiscent of depictions of high school in a lot of outdated TV pilots and comic books, though we’ll have to see how the series utilizes the town.

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Stern Grove Festival

The popular free outdoor festival, which was set to run on Sundays from June 14 to Aug. 16 at lovely Stern Grove in San Francisco, has been canceled for the first time in its 83-year history. The series was set to feature a diversely appealing lineup, including reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, East Bay funk stars Tower of Power, both the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet, Miley’s dad Billy Ray Cyrus, soul singer Macy Gray, pop-rockers Hanson, indie-pop favorites Animal Collective and others. Organizers hope to reschedule some of these acts for 2021. Visit for more information.

What to watch: Check out Tower of Power’s “Look in My Eyes,” the legendary Oakland troupe’s first new music video in 30 years. Then go on a nostalgic run through some memorable videos of yesteryear, stopping at Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart,” Hanson’s “MMMBop” and Macy Gray’s “I Try.” And if you didn’t watch Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” when we recommended it in the earlier California Roots write-up, what are you waiting for?

What to listen to: Push play on the San Francisco Symphony’s memorable live collaboration with mighty Metallica from 1999 — “S&M” — before switching over to North Mississippi Allstars with “Boulderado: Live at the Fox” (2010) for a spell. Finish up with Tower of Power’s “Live and in Living Color” (1976).

What to eat: Pack a picnic, just like you’d do for an actual trip to Stern Grove.

What to wear: A sunhat plus a warm sweater, because you just never known what the weather will be like when its summertime in San Francisco.

Hanson Celebrates ‘This Time Around’ 20th Anniversary With Unplanned ‘Remix’ on Billboard Live At-Home



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Hanson honored the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album This Time Around for their Billboard Live At-Home performance Wednesday (May 13) that raised money for MusicCares.

The seminal boy band, comprised of the Hanson brothers Taylor, Zac and Isaac, first released This Time Around on May 9, 2000. To ring in the symbolic week, the trio brought back their beloved hits straight from their podcasting space to fans’ bedrooms that were still adorned with long-haired Hanson posters.

After kicking the set off with “If Only” with Taylor on the harmonica, Zac on the drums and Isaac on the acoustic guitar, Hanson performed the title track “This Time Around” — with an unexpected twist. Billboard‘s livestream experienced a glitch that amped up their voices and looped the lyrics “And we won’t go down” like a screamo breakbeat. Yet somehow, the dissonance resonated so much with online concertgoers that they requested the official “This Time Around” remix 20 years after the song’s debut.

“That was a sweet glitch,” one fan commented about the unintended special effect, which prematurely ended the show, while another wrote, “Now I want to hear this remixed version officially released. Won’t go down down down down down DOWN DOWN DOWN.”

Following the interruption, Hanson reappeared and blamed “big tech” for the difficulties. To officially close out the show, Zac introduced “Wish That I Was There” as “a song that is all about wishing you were with someone that you’re not able to be with,” a relatable sentiment in a time of social distancing.

The theme of the final This Time Around track paired perfectly with their encore rendition of “Lost Without Each Other” from their third album Underneath. “This is the way we feel when we can’t be with you,” Zac said after Taylor jumped right into the keyboard and silently guided his brothers into the final song.

Watch Hanson’s full Billboard Live At-Home performance below, and donate to MusiCares here.



Fan Club Exclusive: Each time we put together a new Back To The Island, we are thrilled to host guests from around the world, while offering a musical escape unlike anything else we do throughout the year. Especially at a time of social distancing and limited access to in-person concerts and events, we are even more excited to look forward to our next great journey to Jamaica with YOU. We also know that many people are living in uncertainty, whether at home or at work, so we are happy to be able to offer an additional discount which will hopefully help to make it possible for you to join us in 2021.

Come take part in the ninth annual BTTI and escape to the tropics to celebrate HANSON’s 29th year together on the beaches of the Caribbean. We are looking forward to returning and we hope you’ll join us when we head Back To The Island!

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Noah Cyrus, Hanson & More Set For Billboard Live At-Home Concerts: See the Schedule


Billboard’s Live At-Home series is continuing into May.

The performances for the week of May 11 will feature at-home sets from HansonNoah Cyrus and more via Billboard‘s Facebook page. Loud Luxury will kick things off on Monday (May 11) with a set at 1 p.m. EST. Other acts slated to perform during the week include: Natanael Cano & Junior H and Camilo.

The Billboard Live series launched on March 19 with the help of JoJoJosh Groban and Russell Dickerson, who selected nonprofits to support during their livestream to benfit those most affected by COVID-19. Billboard Live At-Home series thus far has helped charities such as Meals on Wheels AmericaDowntown Women’s CenterMy Friend’s Place and more.

Tune in to Loud Luxury’s set Monday, and check out the week’s full schedule below.

Monday (May 11)
1 p.m. ET — Loud Luxury

Tuesday (May 12)
1 p.m. ET — Natanael Cano & Junior H

Wednesday (May 13)
1 p.m. ET — Hanson

Thursday (May 14)
1 p.m. ET — Camilo

Friday (May 15)
1 p.m. ET —  Noah Cyrus

Hanson to participate in HARKCHELLA

Hanson will be participating in HARKCHELLA on Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 2020)  It will be a linvestream concert with a stellaw lineup of amazing bands and musicians who are donating their time to support HARK – Helping Arts Reach Kids.   Concert will be streamed on all their social media – FacebookTwitter and Instagram!   Concert starts at 7pm Pacific time and is scheduled to go until 11pm.

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HARK’s mission is to bring healing and coping techniques through creative experiences that allow children to express their fears and triumphs that may be a part of their illness or injury. Your participation and donations make a difference by bringing much needed supplies and volunteering with art, music and other creative opportunities for the critically ill and injured children at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Our goal is to provide a hospital-wide environment splashed with color and fun! We are a non-profit organization creating a space and providing materials for many sick and recovering children. We are committed to helping these children share their experiences and reflect on their lives during such a difficult time, which in turn gives them a better healing rate.