The novelty of pressing the buttons is officially over! Where as in night one of The Voice’s Blind Auditions Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton seemingly hit the red circle just for the physical thrill of the chair spin (who can blame them?), by Tuesday’s night four they were like, “Not worth the vertigo, bro.” Some strong singers were turned away, and some stronger ones were only approved by one or two coaches.
Don’t worry: in keeping with true Voice tradition, it was still mostly all compliments, and there were still a couple inexplicable four-chair turners. More »
5 Seconds Of Summer: Not just a summer thing, after all!
The Aussie pop-rock troupe has steadily skyrocketed to superstardom over the past year, and it seems that with each passing television appearance, they’ve got more and more achievements building under their collective belts. Currently, the boys are out on tour with One Direction on their massively successful Where We Are Tour, and soon enough, they’ll be heading out on their own Rock Out With Your Socks Out headlining tour in 2015.
This morning, 5SOS dropped by Good Morning America to perform two of their biggest hits: “Amnesia” and “She Looks So Perfect.” As per usual, the troupe rocked out in front of a squealing crowd of fans, supplying an energetic performance (in a rather tiny space!), playfully joking around with each other and generally just living it up on stage together. More »
Yesterday brought news that pop-house act Clean Bandit and singer Jess Glynne had reunited for upcoming single “Real Love,” a follow-up to their global smash “Rather Be.” But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet, as the latter song is still climbing the American charts. Given that, Glynne joined UK quartet Clean Bandit on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, thus marking her television debut in the States. (During a recent performance on Good Morning America, vocalists Elisabeth Troy and Florence Rawlings took on Glynne’s parts of the song.)
Watch “Rather Be” above, then check out Clean Bandit serving up New Eyes track “Extraordinary” on Kimmel below. More »
The Blind Auditions continued on The Voice Monday (September 29) night, and new coach Pharrell’s niceness is just getting weird. He outwardly supported his colleagues Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine in their pursuits of contestants…even when he’s also in the running. Either no one has explained the rules of the game to the producer/singer, or he decided to take an opposite approach to the “I know you want it, I know you want it, I know you want it” seduction technique from “Blurred Lines.”
Probably a good idea. More »
If you thought the highlight of Jessie J‘s appearance on UK talk show Alan Carr: Chatty Man was going to be her discussing nude photos, better watch the above clip. The British songbird, whose “Bang Bang” just topped the UK chart this week, debunked the rumor that she’s leaving London to live in America, and talked about the fact that she has “no tits and a bony chest” on the program.
But the real highlight was when Jessie attempted to teach Alan and his audience the “Bang Bang” dance routine. Carr surprised the singer with his Nicki Minaj-esque inflatable butt, only to later bend over while dancing and realize that he’d suffered a slight wardrobe malfunction. More »
The Veronicas have taken their devastating new ballad to TV screens down under.
After premiering their gorgeous and artistic visual for “You Ruin Me,” the Aussie sister act is taking the next step in their long-awaited comeback by bringing their latest single to X Factor Australia.
Set within a smoky stage and surrounded by orchestra players, Lisa dramatically crooned the heart-wrenching ballad straight into the camera, accompanied by her sister Jessica on piano. And by the end, the two finally bring it all together by uniting in the middle of the stage to belt out the song’s final few bars — an appropriately chill-inducing performance for an equally emotional number. It certainly seemed to go over well both with the crowd and the judges, all of whom rose to their feet to cheer for the girls.
Watch the duo’s performance up top, and let us know what you thought in the comments below. More »
Charli XCX recently pushed back the release of her sophomore album Sucker, from October 21 to December 16, though for a good reason: “Boom Clap,” her winning contribution to The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack, became her biggest solo hit to date. (To be fair, the song does live up to its title.) “’Boom Clap’ is still getting so much love all over the world, which is crazy, and it just makes sense, so I have proper time to focus on the album launch,” the True Romance star said.
Still, Charli XCX’s change of plans haven’t stop her from letting fans know what to expect. During her recent show at Orlando, Fla., fans recorded footage of her performing two new songs off Sucker. (She did six new songs total, according to Stereogum.) One, Sucker‘s title track, is sassy pop-punk with a delicious hook (“Fuck you, sucker!”). Another, “Famous,” had the crowd chiming in during the wailing, sing-song hook by the third go.
Watch Charli XCX perform “Sucker” and “Famous” below. More »
Jay Z headlined this year’s Global Citizen Festival on September 27, in New York’s Central Park. To have one of the biggest rappers in hip-hop history on stage, for a festival raising awareness for extreme poverty worldwide, felt momentous in of itself. When Beyonce made a surprise appearance during his set, however, not even the usually-calm rapper could contain himself as he practically screeched her name: “Make some noise for Beyonceeeee!”
The On the Run tourmates teamed up to perform Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” and “Young Forever,” though with a slight wardrobe malfunction. During the former, Beyonce’s blouse came undone to reveal her nude bra as she sang Justin Timberlake‘s despairing parts with added urgency and jumping up and down in heels. Beyonce could have easily receded into the background during the rest of Jay Z’s verses. Instead, while occasionally tugging her blouse closed, she continued to vibe and dance wildly for the rest of the performance. More »
Ariana Grande has been on full promotion mode since the release of her sophomore album My Everything, and the singer’s latest stop is on Saturday Night Live! She was the guest performer for the show’s 40th season premiere, hosted by actor Chris Pratt.
The mini-pop diva first took the stage with her latest single, “Break Free.” Wearing those black cat ears once again (someone is excited for Halloween), Grande opened it with a lovely piano-driven version of the track. But as soon as the singer hopped off the piano, she and her dancers turned the stage into a strobe light-filled party.
For the second song, she brought on The Weeknd to perform “Love Me Harder” live for the first time. Grande also made a cameo in the episode’s first sketch, playing the classic She-Ra!
Check out “Break Free” up top, then head below to watch “Love Me Harder” and her opening sketch with Pratt. More »
The Jessie J renaissance continues, as her single “Bang Bang” — already a smash in America, and just released this week overseas — is on track to top the UK chart. Great timing, then, for the singer to hit up one of our favorite British talk shows, Alan Car: Chatty Man. And what did the big-voiced songbird get up to talking about with Mr. Carr? The recent nude celebrity photo hack scandal, of course. That’s not to say naked pics of Jessie herself are doing the rounds — it was just one of the topics she ended up discussing with chatty man Carr on the episode that airs this evening, according to MTV UK.
Jessie said, “You know what’s funny, I got asked my opinion — I didn’t even want to talk about this, but hey — someone was like, ‘What do you think about it?’ and I was like, ‘Well…I’ve been in a lot of long-distance relationships, and as a woman, you need to throw down some stuff to make sure you hold down your man, right?’” More »