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Will and Grace TV Star Sean Hayes Lip Sincs LunchMoney Lewis New Hit ‘Mama’ and Racks Up Over 20 Million Views in 24 Hours

By K.C. Blumm

Sean Hayes and his husband, Scott Icenogle, have recorded another lip-sync video just in time for Mother’s Day.

In the clip posted to Hayes’ Facebook page on Tuesday, the pair sing along to “Mama” by LunchMoney Lewis.

“We’re proud Mama’s boys,” Hayes, 44, captioned the video.

In the clip, the former Will & Grace star takes the lip-sync lead, while Icenogle provides accompaniment, and even slaps on a wig as he channels Hayes’ mom.

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As the lyrics say, the song is a celebration of all mamas, grandmamas, great-grandmamas, stepmamas, single mamas, all the mamas working more than one job, and mamas all over the world.

And the video ends with the pair showing off pics of their own moms.

LunchMoney time! Miami rapper’s family talks ‘Bills’

His debut single, Bills, a shout-out to workaday folks hustling to make money, is moving up the charts faster than the swipe of a credit card.

Born Gamal Lewis, the North Miami native is stepping into the spotlight – last week’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Kimmel comes to mind – after cutting his teeth in the music biz helping write songs for such pop acts as Jessie J (Burnin’ Up), Fifth Harmony (Bo$$) and Juicy J (Scholarship).

So how did this peppy ditty – released in February on Dr. Luke’s label with Sony Entertainment, Kemosabe Records – come to be?

“I literally just started scatting the melody to the first verse and throwing words in there,” the L.A.-based Lewis told USA Today of the song, produced by Ricky Reed, best known for Jason Derulo’sTalk Dirty. “We were all just throwing it against the wall. The song kind of wrote itself.”

Talent runs in the family. The Miami Beach High grad’s half brother Abebe Lewis is a local producer; dad Ian and uncle Roger Lewis of the reggae group Inner Circle wrote such classics asBad Boys, the theme for Cops (most recently featured in the Mall Cop 2 movie) and Sweat (A La La Long).

“We call ourselves Jamericans; we have Jamaican roots but were raised in America,” says Abebe.

“People know about the Marley family but not necessarily the Lewis family. We are out there, too.”

Abebe, 38, runs Circle House Studios, specializing in remixes with major artists. The location is kept private due to previous paparazzi issues. “It got a little crazy,” Ian says, laughing. “That was my first experience with all that stuff.”

Both Ian and Abebe are super proud of LunchMoney. And big bro thinks he knows the appeal of the 27-year-old’s chart topper.

“Hey, everybody’s got bills, you know?”

Miami Vibes with LunchMoney Lewis

Words by Jesse Serwer
With Scott Brown
Photos by Maria Izaurralde

LunchMoney Lewis’ “Bills” is shaping up to be one of the defining songs of the summer. Currently in heavy rotation on pop radio stations everywhere (both in full and during those segments where they offer to pay listeners’ bills), it’s already spent two weeks at No. 1 in Australia, and just debuted atop the iTunes charts in the U.K. Al Roker has danced to it on the Today Show. Not bad for a category-defying debut single from an artist few people had heard of before “Bills” leaked in February.

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”When your dad and uncle are the pair behind the uber-catchy “Bad Boys” song (the “Cops” theme), you have a lot to live up to. On the other hand, you probably have super-catchy hooks flowing in your bloodstream.

With his debut solo hit “Bills” – which some are already calling the hit of the summer – Gamal “LunchMoney” Lewis proves he’s definitely a member of the family.

“Feels amazing, man,” Lewis told TODAY’s Al Roker on Friday. “I’m glad people like it and they’re relating to it. And are making, like, their own kind of videos with their family.”

Since February, the YouTube video for “Bills” (warning: some salty language) has been viewed over 10 million times, and there are many parodies and homages to it on the web. And why not? It’s a super-catchy, piano-driven tune with an equally delightful, lighthearted video.

Lewis’ initial success came from appearing on Nicki Minaj’s 2014 album “The Pinkprint” and by writing songs for Jessie J (“Burnin’ Up”) and Fifth Harmony (“Bo$$”).

But he’s quite proud of his accomplishment with “Bills” and isn’t afraid to shout it from the rooftops. Or from his car window. The first time he heard the tune on the radio, he told Roker, “I really wanted to wind the window down and scream out like, ‘Turn it up. It’s not loud enough.’”

Check out the song – and Roker’s very special version (featuring a special appearance from Matt Lauer) – the latest, and possibly greatest, homage of all!

Reggae In The UK Inner Circle Performs at the Historic Jazz Cafe July 15

Inner Circle + Open The Gate Sound in London, UK


To anyone who’s familiar with Inner Circle’s 20-year-plus history in the reggae field and their immense popularity around the world-there’s much more to Inner Circle than what meets the eye. Indeed, this Jamaican-bred, Grammy winning quintet is one of the world’s most respected reggae groups with a long string of successes stretching back to the mid-70′s. Inner Circle’s special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy -filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. A testament to this is the fact that Inner Circle plays at many of the world’s largest music festivals-headlining alongside such towering pop and rock music icons as Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Conner, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, and many others.

Along the way, the group has withstood two-and-a-half decades of triumph and tragedy, thanks to a shared belief in music’s power to unite and heal, and to the intensely loyal sense of family that’s kept the band vital through some turbulent times.” In 1978, while playing for the now infamous Reggae Peace Concer, the band achieved a major breakthrough when Chris Blackwell signed the group to Island Records. That same year, they achieved substantial commercial success with the Island album Everything Is Great, which became a Top 20 hit in the U.K and a Top 10 smash in France, and produced the popular singles “Mary, Mary” and “Music Machine.”