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Wayne Mackie

Wayne Mackie

Contributing Writer for The Rock Father. Pop Culture Fan. Music Fan. Dad. Hailing from the Los Angeles area, Mackie and his family recently relocated to the Midwest.

If you've turned on a radio, television, or happen to have seen DESPICABLE ME 2, then you're probably familiar with "Happy," the song performed by PHARRELL WILLIAMS, that's become a smash hit over the past few months. "Happy" may be bigger than the Arby's hat that he wore to the Grammys, or the other one that he wore while performing on the Academy Awards earlier this month. So bring in an element of a "galaxy far, far away," and you've got the "HAPPY (We Are From Tatooine)" video, a viral clip put together by STAR WARS fans in Tunisia, location of many familiar locations that STAR WARS fans will recognize as Tatooine. Darth Vader, Boba Fett, C-3PO, R2-D2 and many others can be seen getting "Happy" in the video below.

Happy New Year! There's a big tour that was announced this week, and things will kick-off on June 19th in Hartford, Connecticut when FALL OUT BOY, PARAMORE and NEW POLITICS launch the MONUMENTOUR 2014. The extravaganza runs through August, with ticket pre-sales starting this Monday 1/13 at 10am local time. General on-sale begins on Friday 1/17 and Saturday 1/18 at 10am local time. Announcement video and full tour dates can be viewed below.

BACKSTREET BOYS - IN A WORLD LIKE THISOn July 30, the BACKSTREET BOYS, complete with all five original members - Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson, will release their 20th Anniversary album, IN A WORLD LIKE THIS. Just ahead of their July 2 tour kick-off in Chicago, the group has unleashes the title track to the new album. "In A World Like This" is available now on iTunes, and can be streamed below.

The HOUSE OF BLUES 20th Anniversary Tour gets started on June 26, and it's HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD in the headline spot. On for support will be ESCAPE THE FATE and ALL HAIL THE YETI. Dates for the full trek can be found below, with additional details and ticket info posted on the Hollywood Undead Facebook Page. The band is touring in support of NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, which was released this past January. A new video for "Dead Bite" has been promised for the near future (a lyric video was released last fall).

SELENA GOMEZ has announced a July 23, 2013 release date for her new album, STARS DANCE. Available for pre-order now on iTunes, the 11-song set will be released by Hollywood Records, with fans who pre-order being granted an immediate download of Selena's new single, "Slow Down." Check out a special teaser video below, along with the complete tracklisting and cover art.

gracepotterGRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS have just released a live performance video for the title track from their latest album, THE LION THE BEAST THE BEAT. Their fourth studio album, THE LION THE BEAST THE BEAT made it's debut last summer at #17 on Billboard's Top 200, while sliding into the #10 spot on the Digital Albums Chart. Check out the video here on The Rock Father, then grab the Deluxe Edition of the album on iTunes.

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