Isn’t Thanksgiving supposed to be the holiday du jour? Because it seems like it was replaced when Christmas came early Monday night. Instead of Meghan Trainor – who Carson Daly announced last week would be mentoring Team Gwen Stefani – Christina Aguilera graced The Voice Top 10 with her mentoring presence!
All due respect to Meghan Trainor and that bass she’s all about, but Xtina was a fairly major upgrade. Beyond Xtina, music legend Diana Ross came aboard to mentor Team Pharrell, and legendary producer Clive Davis gave some words of wisdom to the contestants. The ever-so-slightly less legendary Colbie Caillat and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump rounded out the guest mentor lineup for coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, respectively. As if there wasn’t enough pressure on the contestants in these live rounds. More »
Gwen Stefani reverts back to her fun and zany ways in the teaser video for “Spark The Fire” — with a little help from her friend Pharrell, of course! The singer previewed the follow-up visual for “Baby Don’t Lie” yesterday (November 24) on The Ellen Degeneres Show, and it looks like one wild ride!
The 1o-second teaser is colorful and bouncy, showing Pharrell surrounding by floating Stefani heads and the singer getting TURNT in a club with bubbly emojis popping up everywhere. According to the talk show host, the official Sophie Mulller-directed video should arrive in a week.
In the meantime, watch the preview after the jump! More »
Iggy Azalea‘s Reclassified reissue officially dropped today (November 24), and the rapstress is celebrating with the lyric video for her latest single — “Beg For It.” The taunting, MØ-assisted track finds Azalea talking her shit, and the accompanying black + white visual highlights her confident flow!
Reclassified features new tracks like “We In This Bitch,” the Ellie Goulding-assisted “Heavy Crown,” “Iggy SZN,” “Black Widow” and more! More »
Taylor Swift was presented with an incredible honor at last night’s American Music Awards! The “Blank Space” starlet won the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence, presented by the legendary diva Diana Ross. During her speech, the singer made a point to highlight the hard work of musicians (possible shade thrown at Spotify, maybe?):
“What you did by going out and investing in music and albums is you are saying that you believe in the same thing that I believe in. Music is valuable and music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated.”
The singer has been wrapping up 2014 in a major way! Her fifth studio LP, 1989, debuted at the number one spot on Billboard 200 with 1.3 million copies sold — beating out The Eminem Show for the highest first-week sales record.
Watch the honorable moment between Swift & Ross after the jump! More »
The 2014 American Music Awards got off to a thrilling start for Swifties on Sunday night (November 23), as Taylor Swift took the stage at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and performed her latest 1989 single “Blank Space.” Adding a bit of dale to the evening was host Pitbull, who also slipped on his performing shoes when it came time to hit the stage for “Fireball.”
One particular highlight was Sam Smith‘s fantastic, flawless outing with “I’m Not The Only One.” He did what many of his contemporaries couldn’t do throughout the night: he sang without the aid of a backing vocal track. But without a doubt, it was Jennifer Lopez who stole the entire show with her jaw-dropping performance of “Booty.”
Catch Sam, JLo and the rest of the 2014 AMAs performances below. More »
“Locked Out of Heaven” collaborators Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have teamed up once more for “Uptown Funk,” the lead single off Ronson’s upcoming album Uptown Special (due out on January 27), and they turned out their first television performance of the song on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Although this will be the fourth LP for Grammy-winning producer Ronson, it’s turning out to be his most high profile project as a lead artist, with “Uptown Funk” currently in the Top 10 on iTunes.
The pair later debuted new track “Feel Right” with special guest Mystikal on SNL. Watch Mark and Bruno’s SNL performance of their new single above, then catch “Feel Right” below to see what all the fuss is about. More »
Usher has been revisiting his stacked back catalog during his ongoing tour. When the UR Experience hit Los Angeles last night (November 21), though, he invited next-generation R&B singers to join him on stage.
There was Kid Ink, the producer-rapper who slyly asks for consent in current single “Body Language,” also featuring Usher and Tinashe. There was Jeremih, who co-stars in DJ Khaled‘s R&B posse cut “Hold You Down.” And then there was Chris Brown, who crept up on stage, only to be met with cheers the moment he looked up at the crowd. Not even UR Experience opener August Alsina could resist from capturing the moment on his iPhone.
The older Usher has gotten, the more open he has become to working with new sounds and artists. (Lately, some have argued that he does this to a fault.) So when these younger, more nonchalant and R. Kelly-inspired singers took the stage, he followed their lead until it was time for him to peel his tank top off. (Predictably, this was met with cheers.)
Unfortunately, with Brown’s cameo (Alsina’s “I Luv This Shit” remix, “Loyal,” “New Flame”) that meant less actual singing, with the backing track doing most of the work, and more dancing to win over the crowd. Watch the UR Experience “turn all the way the f— up” – their words, not ours – below. More »
One Direction are making their major promotional rounds for their new album, FOUR — and the lads’ latest stop was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today (November 21)! The host asks the UK pop/rock band about wearing disguises in public, as well as the rumor about Harry Styles allegedly gifting ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift 1,989 roses for her 1989 LP. Their unbothered answers to the odd questions are pretty hilarious!
FOUR (released on November 17) features tracks like “18,” “Ready To Run,” “Night Changes” and “Steal My Girl.” The band will perform at the 2014 American Music Awards this Sunday (November 24) at 8 p.m. EST on ABC! The band also plan to embark on a North American and European stadium tour in 2015, beginning on June 10 in Vienna, Austria. More »
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has paired with Yoko Ono and David Guetta to organize a star-studded singalong — titled the #IMAGINE Project. The sleek black + white video shows various musicians, actors, athletes and dignitaries coming together to sing the inspirational tune, first released by John Lennon in 1971.
Katy Perry, MAGIC!, Will.i.am, Nicole Scherzinger, Cody Simpson, Idris Elba, Lance Bass, Adam Lambert and many more make appearances in the music video, along with images of the late Beatles band member. The individual recordings will be compiled by Guetta to be released as a “world version” of “Imagine” on January 1. More »
Eminem released the lyric video for the Sia-assisted “Guts Over Fear” two month ago, but now the rapper is teasing the actual visual in conjunction with his upcoming Shady XV compilation.
The 15-second clip shows a boxer donning a red ‘IV’ robe, while fervently training in an empty warehouse for a big match. The official Syndrome-directed video will debut on November 24, the same day Eminem’s Shady XV album drops. It features classic tracks like Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” 50 Cent‘s “In Da Club” and D12‘s “My Band.”
Get into the preview after the jump! More »