The Muppets are back with a new movie, Muppets Most Wanted, and as always they’ve lassoed together a bunch of celebrities, both on screen and on the soundtrack. Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban and a host of stars not known for their vocal chops are on the compilation, often singing alongside favorites like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
Lady Gaga, who most recently teamed up with the Muppets for a holiday special, joins the gang and her old pal Tony Bennett for the cheekily titled “We’re Doing A Sequel.” Meanwhile, Celine joins Miss Piggy for the ballad “Something So Right.” “Miss Piggy is wonderful,” said Dion in a statement (no, really). “She’s so charming and sensitive and filled with passion. She has a big heart and it was wonderful to sing with her.”
“I was magnifique,” added Miss Piggy, “With a little help from moi, I think Celine may have a big future in singing.”
As for Josh Groban, he’s joined by one of the movie’s stars, Tina Fey, for “The Big House.” The soundtrack is out March 24. Check out the tracklist below. More »
Not since last fall’s “The Quarterback” has Glee delivered such a bittersweet storyline acknowledging the passing of Cory Monteith. In “City Of Angels,” an episode meant to prepare viewers for the series’ oncoming permanent move to New York, the kids take a trip to Los Angeles for nationals, remember Finn and by the end, the fate of McKinley High’s glee club has officially been sealed. More »
It’s a rough road for the final group of Blind Auditions contestants on The Voice. Not only are the contestants trying out for coaches who are pickier (and therefore less button-happy) than in week one, but also, the last few have a limited number of coaches available to spin for them. As Usher, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Shakira’s teams close out, their buttons become as helpful as Justin Bieber in a deposition.
But a lucky four were able to overcome the Bieber-buttons last night (March 11) to round out the coaches’ teams of twelve. Here’s who they are, and how they did it. More »
Last month, previously unknown pop singer Allie X dropped her debut single “Catch,” and it was one of those immediate, fully formed pop songs that you actually want to get stuck in your head. I swiftly declared it the best song of 2014 so far, and a little over a month later, I think the out-of-nowhere pop gem still holds the title (Katy Perry might agree). But little is known about the unsigned Allie X. We know she’s in her 20s, and that she’s from Canada, having spent some time bouncing around the Toronto music scene before moving to L.A. last summer for a songwriting gig. That’s where she linked up with producers Cirkut and Billboard (we premiered the latter’s “Catch” remix), and that’s about all she has divulged.
The opacity is part of her short-term plan, seemingly allowing her to avoid being pigeonholed while keeping the focus on the music — an initial approach that acts like The Weeknd and Kate Boy used to great effect. I recently tracked down the tight-lipped artist to get more insight into her project and see what else she has in store for us — or what else she would hint at, at least. Head below for our email Q&A. There will be GIFs. More »
Did You Hear?
:: A rep for U2 has confirmed that the legendary rockers will, in fact, release a new album this year. This comes after reports that it would be delayed until 2015 due to new studio sessions with Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder. [Rolling Stone]
:: Five years in prison would be enough to throw most rappers off their game but Louisiana’s Lil’ Boosie went straight back into the booth and is already cooking up new tunes. Welcome back! [Vibe]
:: Sean ‘Diddy’ Coombs is looking to expand his business empire even further. The mogul has put in a $200 million bid to buy music-based cable channel Fuse TV. Apparently, he wants to make it part of Revolt TV, which he also owns. [Billboard]
:: Vibe has put together an amusing SXSW-themed spoof helmed by rapper Royce Da 5’9. Watch episode one of their ongoing Slaughterhouse series. [Vibe]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Alicia Keys let the cat out of the bag on Twitter this afternoon (March 11). She’s collaborated with Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar and legendary composer Hans Zimmer on a song for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. She even gave away the title — it’s called, accurately enough, “It’s On Again”.
There’s no word on a release date yet, which is upsetting because this line-up is positively tantalizing. According to early reports, Pharrell and Hans co-wrote the track, while Alicia performed it with a verse or two from Kendrick. Regardless of how they split duties, a track created by these music giants can’t be anything less than amazing. Right? See the “Girl On Fire” diva’s tweet after the jump. More »