‘The Voice’: Christina Aguilera Returns To Mentor Team Gwen Stefani In Place Of Absent Meghan Trainor

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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 »

David Guetta’s ‘Listen’: Album Review

David Guetta & Nicki Minaj, "Hey Mama": Listen
David Guetta & Nicki Minaj, "Hey Mama": Listen
David Guetta's collaboration track with Nicki Minaj and Afrojack has arrived.

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 & Pharrell Tease “Spark The Fire” Video: Watch A Preview

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12 OF THE BEST SONGS FROM GWEN STEFANI
12 OF THE BEST SONGS FROM GWEN STEFANI
We look back at the hollaback girl's best musical moments!

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 »

Demi Lovato & Miley Cyrus Are No Longer Friends: Morning Mix

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:: 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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Selena Gomez’s ‘For You’: Album Review

Selena Gomez winds up her seven-year stint with Hollywood Records by releasing career-encompassing greatest hits compilation For You. It marks the end of an era, which has seen the 22-year-old evolve from baby-faced teen pop/rocker (whatever happened to The Scene?) to the sophisticated starlet we saw steal the show at last night’s (November 23) American Music Awards. The 15-song set is a little heavy on nostalgia and unnecessarily long — the extras are kind of bogus — but it’s a potent reminder that beneath the celebrity and ‘it’ girl status is a very good pop star.

The obvious selling point of For You is current single “The Heart Wants What It Wants”, which is presently sitting at number two on iTunes. The Rock Mafia-produced gem shows the former teen queen in an entirely new light. There’s a vulnerability we haven’t seen before as Selena sings about the dark-side of her very own fairytale with palpable honesty and conviction. If this is any indication of the direction she plans to take at Interscope, expect many more hits and headlines. More »

Paramore Team Up With Joy Williams For “Hate To See Your Heart Break”: Watch The Black-And-White Video

Paramore's Self-Titled Album Review
Paramore's Self-Titled Album Review
We review Paramore's self-titled fourth LP. Find out what we have to say about the opus.

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 »

Beyonce’s ‘Beyonce (Platinum Edition)’: Album Review

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On December 13, 2013 Beyonce casually dropped her self-titled, visual album in the middle of the night and changed the way music was promoted forever. Cut to (almost) a year later and the term “doing a Beyonce” (ie. opting for a surprise release) is part of the industry’s vernacular and the LP is a double platinum, critically-lauded success. To commemorate the game-changing event’s one-year anniversary, Queen Bey is releasing a four-disc box set — complete with new material and a DVD of performances from The Mrs. Carter Show world tour.

You can read my review of Bey’s game-changing visual album here — in short, it’s a flawless masterpiece — but is the reissue a worthy companion? The answer depends on your level of devotion to Beyonce. As a card carrying member of The Hive, I think the Platinum Edition is a gift from the gods. For the more casual fan, it might be better to simply download the tracks you like on iTunes because there is a bit of filler. For starters, the “Blow” remix featuring Pharrell is borderline unlistenable (“I’m a milkman at your door” could be the worst lyric/euphemism of 2014) and Mr. Vegas‘ reggae overhaul of the gorgeous “Standing On The Sun” has been online for over a year. More »

Ella Henderson’s Breakthrough Hit “Ghost” Gets A Dave Aude Remix: Listen To The Dance Overhaul

Ella Henderson's "Ghost" Video
Ella Henderson's "Ghost" Video
Ella Henderson scored a massive international hit with debut single "Glow". Watch the video.

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 »

Iggy Azalea’s ‘Reclassified’: Album Review

Iggy Azalea‘s didn’t get a fair shake from critics when The New Classic dropped in April. Which was odd given the near-universal praise her mixtapes and EP received. That makes the release of Reclassified — a reissue with six new tracks — as good an opportunity as any to acknowledge that the femcee’s debut is actually relentlessly enjoyable (“Fuck Love”, “New Bitch” and “Lady Patra” are everything) and celebrate how far she’s come in the last seven months without the assistance of the usual super-producers and songwriters-for-hire.

There isn’t a dud track on Reclassified. While -assisted lead single “Beg For It” occasionally veers a little close to breakthrough hit “Fancy”, the formula clearly still works. The Charli XCX-penned chorus soars and Iggy’s flow has never been more confident. All it needs is an epic video to become to rap diva’s fourth top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100. Of the other new cuts, “Heavy Crown” stands out as another future hit. Who knew Ellie Goulding‘s breathy vocals would sound just as amazing over trap beats or combine so effortlessly with the Aussie’s bars? More »

Sheryl Crow Wasn’t A Fan Of Jennifer Lopez’s Performance At The American Music Awards: “Less Pole Dancing Please”

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Watch All The AMA Performances
Watch all the performances at the 2014 American Music Awards, from Taylor Swift to J.Lo!

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 »