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Is there any nostalgic band that isn't getting back together this year? From The Spice Girls and Westlife, to Avril Lavigne and Jojo dropping albums; we now have no idea what year it is.

Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes are somehow relevant again, and we're pure delighted that our pre-teen treasures are making a return.

News has just hit that The Jonas Brothers are making a comeback too, and we genuinely can't handle any more of this.

The band broke up back in 2013 citing "a deep rift within the band" and "creative differences", and the boys went their separate ways to pursue their own careers and love lives.

31-year-old Kevin randomly launched a business career after his E! Reality show Married To Jonas was cancelled, participating in The Celebrity Apprentice. 

Now he co-manages the JonasWerner development company, a social media influencer firm The Blu Market and Yood, the food app.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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29-year-old Joe is now engaged to Game Of Thrones' Sophie Turner, and is the lead singer of funk-pop group DNCE, of Cake By The Ocean fame.

26-year-old Nick, the youngest JoBro, released two successful solo albums, starred in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, and got married to Priyanka Chopra. Everyone fell in love with them as a couple.

It seems like Nick did the best out of the lot, we all had a bop to Chains, Close and Jealous. They were absolute CHOONS.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Us Weekly sources, the brothers will rise from the ashes like a beautiful phoenix as JONAS.

They've ditched their chastity belts, so they also have to ditch the 'Brothers' and 'The' in the name to prove their serious musician-status. Gas.

Their reunion will reportedly result in new music, their first since 2009's Lines, Vines and Trying Times, tour dates and even a documentary. The band's Christian image must still be garnering fans from somewhere…

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Nick has been liking tweets about the reunion, and The FADER noticed that their Instagram account has been reactivatedJONAS have yet to make an official announcement, but we've got our eyes peeled.

Kevin told Us in 2018 that he and his brothers often play music together and this summer, Just Jared reported sightings of the trio working on a project.

Now is the time to follow the lads if Camp Rock changed your adolescence…and the music industry forever. They're giving twenty-somethings what we really want, and we love them for it.

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It really is the year of nostalgia; Between the Spice Girls, Westlife and Carrie Bradshaw, it's clearly comeback o'clock. 

News recently broke that one of the biggest legends of the early 2000s is making a musical return, with her sophomore album expecting to be released before the end of 2019.

That's right gals, it's only SAMANTHA MUMBA.

We've all got more than fond memories of tunes such as Gotta Tell You and Always Come Back To Your Love, and soon we'll be hearing brand new music from the versatile singer.

We sat down for a chat with the woman herself, and once our starstruck fever calmed down, we managed to ask her a few questions.

There have been whispers of musical comebacks for many years now, considering her first album Gotta Tell You was released back in 2000 when she was only sixteen-years-old. 

While the rest of us were figuring out creative ways to abandon school for a few hours and day-dreaming of Zack Morris from Saved By The Bell, Samantha was making CHUNES.

So why choose now to release her long-awaited album number two? Samantha is a woman of many talents, trying her hand at Masterchef in 2017, as well as appearances in Dancing On Ice and on ITV's Loose Women.

“It’s been in the works for a couple of months, so for me I did Manchester Pride last summer, and I was so blown away by the response. As I was onstage I was literally like, why don’t I have any new music to perform? This is stupid, like it’s ridiculous. I’m one of those people who gets in their own way all the time. Even if I think of doing something, I’ll think of 20 reasons not to do it. I thought, ‘No, enough it enough’. I was afraid to do it again. The timing just feels good, and now I’m seeing that everyone is coming back, I thought, ‘What is going on?’ Hang on a second, I was coming back first!”

Needless to say, her fans are EXCITED.

Damn right she was. Samantha's popularity with a range of audiences and people of all ages has to be noted, but why do so many listeners seem to relate to her?

“That’s a great question, and I don’t really know the answer. It’s just one of those things, a nostalgia thing. I also think because I was so young when I started, a lot of people literally feel, and they have, like they’ve grown up with me. People have even stopped me in the street to say, ‘Oh hey, how are you?’ as if they know me. I’ve been around for a while, I think there’s that kind of connection where people have really gotten behind me, it’s like I’m a cousin of theirs. It’s that kind of thing, it’s brilliant.”

Samantha still returns home to Dublin fairly regularly, and her little daughter Sage calls it her home too. We wondered if she had stayed up to date on Ireland's current homelessness crisis?

“It’s scandalous, it’s absolutely shocking. That’s why I thought this Just Eat campaign was just such a no-brainer. I’d love if they could double what they did last year, which in itself was incredible. Even especially being home at the minute, and it’s so cold, you just think, ‘Oh my God’, it’s not right. There’s a lot of young kids that are homeless, and it’s heartbreaking. Being a mother now myself, it’s just awful. You never know what goes on in someone’s life, it can happen to anybody, you just never know what kind of bad things could come somebody’s way. It can happen to everybody, and everybody should chip in," she says.

She's partnered up with Just Eat this year for their annual National Takeaway Tuesday to raise funds for the Peter McVerry Trust, who do vital work for the homeless. To date, Just Eat customers have generated over €50,000 for the Peter McVerry Trust, enough to move five people out of homelessness and into better futures.

Samantha comments; "This takeaway campaign is perfect, because you can order food on a Tuesday, get a 10 percent discount and chip in 10 percent to 2019’s Just Eat charity of choice, the Peter McVerry Trust. So you’re doing something good."

Does she notice the homelessness which is also prevalent in Los Angeles too, while she's spending her down-time there?

“Again, who am I to talk about anything, but there are definite areas. Santa Monica area and Downtown area, what I find is that a lot of the problems there are mental health. These people should be in facilities, in LA for me I notice, it’s a lot more of that. Whereas here, it’s more people who are getting a bad run of things. It just seems to be different circumstances, I suppose," she emphasises.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her daughter Sage was born in 2015, with her husband Torray Scales. We're immediately jealous of Sage, because she's already heard some of her mum's new material;

‘Nightmare before Christmas is her thing. We listen to that soundtrack, and I love it as well, so it’s great. Sometimes she said, ‘I wanna hear mummy’s songs’, she approves of the new songs, thankfully. She’s very sweet, but other times she’s like, ‘Ok, back to Disney’, she laughs.

“She says she lives in LA and lives in Dublin, she loves being home. She gets totally spoilt rotten at home. The back and forth is her norm, she doesn’t know any different.”

We couldn't let Samantha go without trying to get the dates for her new music to be released, it had to be done. For the good of mankind. Luckily, she was ready for the question;

“I was hoping to have a date already. I have to have it within the next two weeks, because I want my first release to be latest end of March, early April. So we’re working on it. I’d love to have two singles out by the summer, and the album definitely will be later on in the year, but I’m on it.”

One core difference between now and when Samantha started is, of course, the power of social media. She's aware of it as a tool, and this time it's going to connect her even more to her fans;

“That’s what I’m enjoying the most, there’s no random people telling me what I have to do, I’m fully in control of everything. That’s kind of the most exciting part for me. The people I’ve been working with in the States are so creative, they’re really pushing me out of my comfort zone.”

In terms of teasing some collaborations in the pipeline, she's revealed a song with MNEK has been created, and we are SO HERE for it. The artist is known for working with some of pop's biggest names, among them are Dua Lipa and Zara Larsson.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“MNEK I have done work with, yes, I adore him. He’s incredible, he’s so talented. I have done one song with him, and I have my core group of people to work with. I think he’ll actually be in LA again in another couple of weeks, so we’ll do another session there as well. I’d love to bring him in with my people, because I think they’d all mesh really well. I’m excited for what that will bring. He’s such a talent and a joy to work with.”

Is there anyone she's especially got her eye on, in terms of new female talent?

“I just discovered her and I’m obsessed, it’s Donna Missal from the US. She’s incredible, I love her."

Samantha is 36-years-old, and time has only given her even more glamour, wisdom and thick-skin for the tough music industry.

Her new album is set to encompass that sense of maturity;

My new music is pop R’N’B, it’s current to where I am, I’m a grown woman who’s lived a life. I have a lot of things to say. I’m just expressing them, and hopefully other women will relate to it."

Samantha is the newest 2019 mood; let her reign begin anew.

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Westlife have just released a brand new single called Hello My Love, and naturally fans have damn near lost their sanity over it.

The boyband are set to release their first album since 2010's Gravity, and The Twenty Tour is already the group's fastest selling tour of all time.

Mark, Shane, Nicky and Kian will play massive Croke Park dates in July, which has fans ecstatic in expectation.

An INSANE 400,000 tickets were sold in just 48 hours, so you can bet on their new single being played on the radio pretty much 24 hours a day from now on.

Their new tune, Hello My Love, was written by renowned pop hitmakers Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, so it's bound to be a successful chart-topper.

However, one perceptive Twitter user named Aifric noticed the peculiar lyrics about hair which are featured in the song, and now we're confused.

In case you've been living under a sizeable rock and have missed the furore, the semi-romantic lyrics are;

"'Cause you could have someone without a belly or a temper, perfect teeth, hair growing where's meant to…"

Hair growing where it's meant to? 

Aifric commented; "the lyrics to the new Westlife song are…grim," pointing out the strangeness of body hair being featured in a supposed love song.

What exactly is the definition of 'hair growing where it's meant to'? We're fairly sure that all hair grows where it's meant to, it's called EVOLUTION lads. Look it up.

We genuinely hadn't noticed the lyrics, we were too busy blasting the tune and wrangling randomers online to try and get a Croke Park ticket, but now we're investigating the song for science purposes only.

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*Strokes beard thoughfully*

Seeing as we're an extremely balanced source, we decided to search for other Westlife fans (or foes) who have expressed opinions on the lyrics.

One Twitter user @ghoulenaloops, wrote that the lyrics go straight to the heart, proclaiming; "That's LOVE'. Alright then, if you say so.

Some fans don't have any issue with the lyrcs, it seems. Maybe the boys meant it in a 'this girl is far too good for me' way?

After all, the chorus suggests that the writer of the song emphasises that his lady is so perfect, that he's punching far above his weight.

"Hello, my love, I've been searching for someone like you for most of my life, happiness ain't a thing I'm used to. You could have fallen hard for anyone, plenty of fish in the sea…
For all of time, now I know, It's just my angel and me."

The boyband essentially specialise in ballads and pop songs revolving around a (female) love interest, but this tune kind of implies that the lad is insecure AF.

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Twitter had some more…interesting… reactions, mainly from fans who choose to ignore the eccentric lyrics out of sheer dedication to the band.

Others hilariously commented on the fact that any decent assumptions which were made about the physique of the Westlife lads were being steadily shattered;

@Wendybird1 wrote that the lyric is, heaven forbid, ruining illusions about Shane Filan's 'perfect body'. The poor woman must be devastated.

Another fan with a 'wee soft spot' for the musical foursome commented that the lads are…*gasp* 'SCRAPING THE BARREL with these lyrics. Ouch, that one hurt.

Typically, society tells men that hair growing in the 'wrong' place translates to back hair, nostril hair and even hair sprouting out of ears.

If we fight back against the patriarchy controlling women's body hair (anyone who has experienced a Hollywood wax knows the PAIN), shouldn't we encourage men to embrace their bodies in their natural state?

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Society shouldn't have any say in an individual's body and its preference of hair, but perhaps Westlife like a bit of male grooming?

Manscaping has become a major trend for men in recent years, which is essentially the equivalent of a bikini wax.

However, some ladies love a hairier man. Everyone has their own styles and preferences, who are we to define them?

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What are your thoughts on the lyrics, innocent male insecurity or just plain body-shaming?

Give us your receipts, our scientific investigation on the mane matter rages on…

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The early noughties WORSHIPPED the French manicure, and all of a sudden we're seeing a major comeback.

Between Ariana Grande using the trend as part of her iconic 00's chick-flick themed Thank U, Next music video, and Ocean's 8 featuring the nail art, fashion has taken a turn.

White-tipped nails were huge back in the day, everyone who was anyone sported the chic style craze. Heiresses such as Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian West aided the movement.

The trend appeared to die by the time 2010 came along, with those in the ensuing decade calling it cheesy and (*gasp*) TACKY.

The tide is turning, because the nail style is appearing everywhere from red carpets to fashion shows, from celebrity appearances to music videos. 

We're seeing massive 1990s comebacks, from bands such as the Spice Girls and Westlife as well as reboots of popular TV shows and movies such as Sabrina.

It makes sense that nails should follow fashion and popular culture, and we're SO ready to whip out those white tips.

LeChat celebrity nail artist Elle has said that;

"Fashion has taken a '90s turn from influence, so of course the trends have returned from that era. I'm enjoying the new modern twists, maybe because it comes from my era."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"How you approach the modern take is vital; the nail shape should be a ballerina, not a square. If it's not done right, it will become 'basic'," she commented.

Heaven forbid. 

Are you ready to WERK the trend, or do you think it should stay in the 2000s where it belongs? 

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Having grown up as the star of her very own self-titled Nickelodeon show, Amanda Bynes is no stranger to the spotlight. 

Her successful television career opened doors to the movie industry with the actress starring in a number of teen rom-coms in the early 2000's including She's the Man and Easy A

Now 31, the star's acting career was put on hold in 2010 after her return to education was followed by a string of mental health issues. 

But now the actress is reportedly back in a good place and is even planning to return to the screen (big or small) in 2018. 

In a statement released to Page Six, Amanda's lawyer said: “Amanda is looking forward to ringing in the new year with her close friends this year. In 2018, she looks forward to completing fashion school and dipping her toe back into acting. She has had several offers but is waiting for the right one to come along for a comeback.”

This isn't the first time Amanda has hinted at a return to acting. Earlier this year, the star gave her first interview in over four years and revealed her desire to get back in the game. 

"I do miss acting, and I have something surprising to tell you: I want to do TV," she said.

"Maybe a few guest spots on some shows that I'm a fan of and maybe another TV show where I'm the star of it, in the future. That's what I hope."

The Amanda Show 2.0, anyone? 

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Much like Von Dutch hats, UGGs and Kelis's Milkshake, flip phones live on in our hearts and minds as an iconic piece of 00s culture. 

The now seemingly ancient artefacts were the must-have gadget of the 00s era, with every celeb worth their salt rocking a snappy flip phone with their Juicy tracksuit. 

Bonus points if it was bedazzled in crystals. 

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Last year, Motorola announced that they were bringing back an updated version of their beloved Razr phone, and now Samsung are following suit. 

The Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 is here to make all our Simple Life dreams come true. 

As you can expect, the phone has a sassy flip mechanism, comes in metallic pink and purple and has 16GB of internal memory and an 8MP main camera.

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Paris Hilton would be proud. 

As well as having all the throwback features, the phone will also be adapted to today's social media savvy age, with a 'social app key' that allows users to easily access their social media accounts through the touch of a button. 

There will also be a a 5MP selfie camera.

Samsung has actually continued to sell their original flip phones since the 00s, but their only market was in South Korea. 

The Folder 2 has been released in both Korean and Chinese markets, but no word yet on its European release date. 

Fingers crossed it's coming up soon, because these beautiful bad boys would be the perfect respite from smart phone saturation. 

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Snow Patrol are officially making a comeback! 

The band members have been working on solo projects for the past six years, but now they have their mojo back as a collective. 

The Northern Irish quintet are working on a new album, and lead vocalist Gary Lightbody took to Instagram to update fans.

 

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"For the folks asking about the new snow patrol album, #SP7. here’s the news. we had a breakthrough recording session in feb and are on the home straight," he said, captioning a shot of the new album's song list.

"The awesome Jacknife Lee is in the producer’s chair as usual and we have more time with him in the studio in May/June and will be finished at the end of June."

"Hopefully that gives us plenty of time to bring the album out this year. That is the plan. Plans are fallible but we'll damn well try our best."

 

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"There have been a few false starts so I didn’t want to post something until i knew we were on the right track. We are. It’s sounding mighty.

"I’m very proud of what we’ve done so far and cannot wait for you all to hear it. thank you all for your patience and support."

 

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"Six years is a bloody eternity between albums we know so the fact people are still asking when it's coming means a lot to us. We’ll post updates from the studio from late may onwards," finished the post.

We're delighted that the lads are making a comeback, and we can't wait to hear the album this year.

Now, if only they would announce a tour… 

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It's looking like Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta are in talks to bring back Danny and Sandy – and we're a little bit over the moon.

Olivia has confirmed that the pair are chatting about plans for a 40th reunion next year, but she's keeping her cards close to her chest.

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Speaking at the Fame Awards at the Hard Rock Live in Las Vegas, where she won the Icon Award, Olivia said: "We are thinking up ways. Nothing to announce yet.

"Forty years anniversary of Grease, which I can’t believe. Time goes so fast. It is so exciting."

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According to The Mirror, the Fame Awards producer, Al Browman, said about Olivia: "To hear that she is returning as Sandy with John will be a huge deal for the world. 

"It will be a huge deal. We would welcome them performing at next year's Fame Awards."

We're getting waaay too excited for this.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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Say you will, say you wont!

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their hit single Ce'st La Vie, iconic Irish girl band B*Witched are making a comeback.

The 90s band are releasing some new music in the next 12 months, and we actually can't wait to discover what 20 years of life experience have awarded the girl's musical abilities. 

Edele and Keavy Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinéad O’Carroll are plotting a return to the Irish music scene in 2018. 

"We’re not going to try to tap into what we were because that’s nostalgia and the music industry has moved on as much as we all have… we’ve updated it so we feel comfortable with it,” the band told The Irish Star. 

“We’re going to be what we are now musically and what we feel now."

 

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While the four women may want to move in a new, more mature direction with their upcoming music, we can't help but feel a little nostalgic about the whole thing. 

But hey, c'est la vie. 

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Will & Grace was one of those fluffy, heart-warm, easy-watching TV shows.

We loved the characters just as much as our own friends, and one man who hasn't changed a bit is Jack McFarland.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, actor Sean Hayes spilled the beans about the beloved comedy.

After 11 years being off-air, the cast came back together last year, creating a campaign episode for the election, and that's what spurred the revival.

"NBC just thought, 'wow, this is actually working! Why don’t we do it again?', and we were all like, ‘Yeah!’ We had a great time together.

“We’re really excited to come back. I had so many friends over the years — so many, out of the woodwork, telling me: ‘When are you coming back to TV?!’”

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“I thought this was a great opportunity to make all three of those people happy,” he joked. “But what’s fun is it’s the same crew and the same director, obviously the same cast, the same writers — everybody is the same. I’m very excited to see everybody.”

We can't wait!

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When rumours start about TV show reunions and comebacks, it's easy to be let down and most of the time, it's a long-stretch that everyone from the original will actually return.

But after Lindsay Lohan revealed that she'd be up for a Mean Girls sequel, another actress has come out and said that she's totally on for it too.

Rachel McAdams spoke to E! News yesterday to promote her new movie Doctor Strange, but of course the topic soon changed to Tina Fey and the burn book movie.

When asked if she's interested, Rachel replied, "Sure, I mean, I loved that movie. I love Tina Fey. I love the girls.

"I mean, to get to kind of have a reunion would be… we got to have a reunion at a photo shoot a couple of years ago and it was over like that and it wasn't enough. I was back in it."

And when asked if Regina George would be a mother today, Rach said, "Regina's probably had a few!"

Now all we need it Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert!

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Back in June, Kim Cattrall had everyone in a tizzy when she hinted that a third Sex and the City movie could be on the cards.

And now, Sarah Jessica Parker – aka Miss Carrie Bradshaw – has furthered that suggestion by saying there is a “possibility” that SATC will return.

While it is not yet clear whether the show’s long-awaited comeback would take the form of a seventh season or another big screen instalment, the 51-year-old actress told the Press Association that she and her co-stars have not ruled out furthering the adventures of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda.

The Hocus Pocus star said: “I don't think any of us have said no.  I don't know whether it's a series or the movie.”

“I think that remains an open question and discussion that will continue until it's been resolved.”

“I think [a comeback is] always a possibility, definitely.”

We have everything crossed that this “possibility” becomes a reality.

 

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