Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran were up bright an early today to make the announcement of the initial nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards on CBS This Morning. And, probably no surprise here — each of them landed nominations in at least one of the five categories announced so far. (The rest of the categories will be revealed throughout the day on Twitter, and we’ll be updating right here, so keep checking back!)
Sheeran’s x is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, where he’ll compete with Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and others. Pharrell’s G I R L is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album, as is Beyonce‘s 2013 self-titled LP (another one Pharrell worked on). As for the biggest award of the night (Album Of The Year), nominees included the “7/11″ singer, Smith, Pharrell, Sheeran and Beck. More »
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 »
Christina Aguilera made a triumphant return to the stage last night (November 9) at the Breakthrough Prize Awards. The Lotus diva, who gave birth to daughter Summer Rain three months ago, looked incredible in a figure-hugging red gown as she sang signature tune “Beautiful” to a room full of scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center.
Watching this (low quality) video is a potent reminder that pop needs Christina. Not only has she discovered the fountain of youth — that outfit gives me major Back To Basics flashbacks — but her voice is still incomparable. Nobody serves vocal runs quite like Baby Jane! Happily, new music isn’t too far away. Xtina is already rumored to be cooking up her comeback hit with Pharrell. Watch her slay up top. More »
Christina Aguilera has hinted that she’s working with Pharrell on her eighth album. Last night (November 7) she posted a snapshot from the studio, which showed a maroon hat resting on the soundboard. Not only is Pharrell being credited for Hollywood’s current hat craze, but as fans of The Voice may recall, the hitmaker wore a similar, if not the exact same hat during last week’s episode.
In light of recent news, the partnership would make sense. Aguilera will return to The Voice for its eighth season, to join Pharrell, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches. (The pop diva also sat in the red chair for the show’s first three seasons, before Shakira took over for Season 4 and Gwen Stefani for the ongoing Season 7.) Plus, Aguilera isn’t the only Voice coach working with Pharrell. Stefani has also teamed with him for her own comeback album, the follow-up to 2006′s The Sweet Escape featuring current single “Baby Don’t Lie.”
See Aguilera tease a Pharrell collaboration on Twitter below. More »
Happy Monday, Idolator readers! We hope you all had an appropriately spook-tacular (groan) Halloween weekend, and hopefully, a far less spooky recovery the day after.
As always, our favorite pop stars were out in full force for Halloween, with costumes ranging from good, bad to downright ugly (in taste, anyway): From Rihanna‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles throwback to Katy Perry‘s spot-on Cheeto ensemble, to Justin Bieber‘s adorable buddy costume to Iggy Azalea‘s hater-baiting White Chicks look to Lily Allen‘s controversial, erm, “joke” of an outfit. They’re all here!
Flip through the gallery up top, and let us know your faves in the comments below. More »
Well! Justice has just been served on a big ol’ plate full of lotus flowers and red lipstick tubes.
After “Beautiful” diva Christina Aguilera slightly fumbled her words during her (still iconic) performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the opening of the 2011 Super Bowl, Staind frontman Aaron Lewis went on a short rant mid-concert about artists who “try to change that f**king song.” Rude — and, unfortunate for him, oddly prophetic.
Fast forward to this past weekend, when Lewis was in charge of belting out the tune for Game 5 of the World Series in San Francisco. And almost right off the bat, he missed the mark: “What so proudly we hailed…were so gallantly streaming.” Oops! That’s a lyrical mismatch. You Got Cursetina’-ed! More »
The holiest of anniversaries is fast approaching, pop fanatics. That’s right, Lotus turns two on November 13, and we’ll personally be taking the entire month off to observe this treasured holiday. Or — sigh — maybe we’ll just have to make due with the fact that Christina Aguilera has announced new music for 2015.
Yesterday news broke that the soulful bombshell will be returning to her coaching duties on The Voice next year after taking the past two seasons off (thus leaving Shakira and Gwen Stefani, respectively, to fill in for her). Later in the evening, the mom of two hit up Twitter to let her followers know she’s got some other good stuff cooking — and she even tossed out the eyebrow-raising hashtag #FireAndFun while doing so!
Could that be a hint? Catch Tweetina’s update below. More »
Watch out ladies and gentleman – Legendtina is back! After taking a break for two consecutive seasons, Christina Aguilera now plans to return to The Voice for its upcoming eighth season. Host Carson Daly announced the news this morning (October 14) on Today.
During her absence, Shakira and Gwen Stefani have filled in her red seat. But the singer has kept busy, with her engagement to now-fiance Matt Rutler and the birth of her daughter, Summer Rain, back in August. In the current season of the show, Gwen Stefani has become one of the favorites amongst the judges and has even used it as a platform to boost her comeback (she’ll reportedly be premiering her new single, “Baby Don’t Lie” on its stage). More »
Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Our friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.
1999: the year when pop music ruled the world. From the United States to the UK, the genre was inescapable on music charts, televisions shows, the radio and even our favorite magazine covers. The brink of Y2k gave way to the fresh faces of pop that quickly became music legends of our time: Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, *NSYNC and Christina Aguilera. All but Aguilera were already dominating the international charts, with the singer being the last of the four to release her debut. She was introduced to the music scene as part of the 4 Pop Blondes, which included Spears, Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore. The battle of becoming the the “It” girl in music at that time was a tough one, but nobody could hold the then-19-year-old down (never can, never will)!
Prior to her debut album, many knew Aguilera as a bright-eyed young girl from from 1993′s The New Mickey Mouse Club. Released just eight months after Britney Spears’ iconic …Baby One More Time, at first Christina’s debut was placed in the shadows of pop music’s first princess. But the worldwide success of the four singles that emerged from Christina Aguilera proved that she was a star all her own. While Spears was looked at as the sweet girl next door with her endearing personality, Aguilera showed early signs of her “Xtina” alter ego, as she was unafraid to be mainstream music’s sexualized and rebellious bad girl. Both stars may have had a lot on common at the time, but there was no doubt that Christina Aguilera was bound to achieve a status that placed her within the ranks of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
During this musical era, record labels were focused on creating flash-in-the-pan pop phenomenons. Nonetheless, the raw talent that shone throughout Christina Aguilera saved the album from becoming too candy-coated.
Today we celebrate the 15th anniversary of Christina’s self-titled debut album, which was released on August 24, 1999, and gave rise to an international superstar — as well as the birth of Legendtina. (SAY!) More »
Sure, it’s not quite #TBT yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re not already fondly daydreaming about yesteryear.
With all the excitement surrounding the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards — with upcoming performances due from Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj — we got to thinking about some of the best VMAs red carpet appearances from our pop tarts, past and present.
From Britney Spears to Hilary Duff to Ciara to Avril Lavigne, our favorite pop ladies rocked the red carpet in the fiercest fashions from over a decade ago. And the boys? Don’t worry — Jay-Z, ‘N Sync and Usher held it down too.
Check out the gallery up top of some of our favorite throwback looks from the VMAs. What are some of your fave looks? Let us know in the comments below. More »