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 »
Today, David Guetta is a household name.
Although the French producer had been making waves on the dance floor back in his homeland well over a decade ago in the early ’00′s, it was his 2009 collaborative record One Love — the one that spawned global smashes like “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland and “Sexy Bitch” with Akon — that effectively turned the DJ into an overnight pop star in his own right.
His now tried-and-true formula, the pairing of distinct vocalists and some of the world’s biggest pop stars with pulverizing House beats, has since become status quo in an EDM-saturated world (an era for which he is largely responsible), influencing fellow DJs like Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Avicii — even Giorgio Moroder‘s forthcoming artist album feels like a response to the Guettafication of dance music. And with his sixth studio album, Listen (out November 24), Guetta shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. 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 »
Did You Hear?
:: Sad news die-hard Disney fans! Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus have ended their BFF friendship. The singer revealed in a recent radio interview that she and the BANGERZ wild child can no longer relate to each other. “It’s life, and people change, and, you know, I don’t have anything in common with her anymore, and I wish her all the best,” Lovato said. [Just Jared]
:: In more sad news, Queen Latifah‘s talk show (launched in Fall 2013) has been cancelled due to low ratings. It will continue to air throughout this season, but then will be pulled off the air. [Huffington Post]
:: Well, this is an interesting bit. Eminem now has his own ice cream flavor! Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, a parlor in NYC’s East Village, has concocted a special flavor just for the rapper. It is made with “Motor City ingredients,” like Michigan cherries, Sanders hot fudge and Vernors ginger ale — sounds yummy! [SPIN]
:: Remember that oh-so-sexy and unforgettable Nick Jonas crotch grab in Flaunt magazine (click here if you need a refresher)? Well Poppa Jonas doesn’t seem to mind it! At the 2014 American Music Awards, the “Teacher” singer stated: “My dad responded and was like, ‘You know you get that from me, right?’ So he was actually really proud.” [Crushable]
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It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Paramore. After landing their very first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with infectious pop/rock anthem “Ain’t It Fun”, Hayley Williams and the boys hit the road for a tour. However, with Christmas just around the corner, the three-piece band is jumping on the reissue bandwagon and releasing a deluxe edition of their self-titled LP complete with demos, live songs and three new tracks.
The re-release is spearheaded by lead single “Hate To See Your Heart Break” — an acoustic gem featuring Joy Williams. This is very different sound for the rockers but it turns out to be masterstroke. Hayley harmonizes beautifully with The Civil Wars vocalist over strummed guitar and strings. It’s a real treat. The video dropped today (November 24) and it’s a simple affair that captures the vocalists doing their thing in the studio. Check it out after the jump. More »
Ella Henderson‘s “Ghost” is unstoppable. After reaching the top 10 in countries as diverse as Germany, South Africa and New Zealand, the Brit’s Ryan Tedder-penned debut single is about to cause some serious chart damage stateside. The Chapter One gem shot into the iTunes top 10 after a series of stunning live performances and should make a huge jump on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. Her next move? Conquering clubs with a killer remix.
The 18-year-old’s uplifting anthem has been given a house overhaul by Dave Aude. The veteran DJ/producer is no stranger to transforming radio hits into floorfillers — recent examples include Beyonce‘s “Partition”, Sage The Gemini‘s “Gas Pedal” and Tinashe‘s “Pretend” — and he does a stellar job of making “Ghost” club ready. Grab your dancing shoes and listen to Ella’s cute remix after the jump. More »
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea closed the American Music Awards last night (November 23) with a jaw-dropping performance of Diplo-produced club-banger “Booty”. It was generally praised as one of the best moments of an otherwise lackluster night but the sexy spectacle obviously didn’t sit well with Sheryl Crow. The veteran singer/songwriter jumped on Twitter to ask for: “More real singing, less pole dancing please.”
She was referring to the segment where J.Lo and Iggy twirled around a stripper pole in swimsuits/leotards. While I agree with Sheryl about the singing — the whole night was littered with underwhelming vocal performances — it seems odd that she would use her platform for misguided slut-shaming. Jennifer sang live while dancing around the stage like a woman possessed and still managed to look sexy, powerful and in control. She also deserves props for being only one of two women over 40 (the other being Mary J. Blige) considered relevant enough to perform at the AMAs. See the “Strong Enough” hitmaker’s tweet after the jump. More »