As the year draws to an end, pop’s heavyweights are pulling their last punches before we start wrapping up and looking back at the year’s best releases. Lady Gaga
got everyone talking (and applauding) with her SNL episode
, as well as ARTPOP‘s #1 debut
— which trigged a bunch of sales debate. (And hey, have you entered to win a special ARTPOP bundle yet?
Britney‘s Britney Jean snippets made their way online as we celebrated the 10th anniversary of 2003′s In The Zone (and did you catch our premiere of the official Jane Doze remix of “Work Bitch”?), while Christina Aguilera had us bawling with the video for her A Great Big World collaboration, “Say Something.” And of course, Katy Perry also stunned with her own music video for PRISM single “Unconditionally.”
As always, you guys had plenty to say! More »
and Ariana Grande
have been added to what is already a bumper crop of performers at Sunday’s (November 24) American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. They join other A-Listers Rihanna
, Justin Timberlake
, Katy Perry
and Lady Gaga
A Great Big World will join Xtina on stage to belt out their current hit single “Say Something”. There’s no word on Ariana’s performance yet but it’s highly likely she will tackle “Right There” (with or without Big Sean) or a seasonal song like “Last Christmas”. Whatever she settles on, the addition of these two ladies to the bill is a wise move indeed. More »
and A Great Big World
have caught lightning in a bottle with “Say Something”
. The simple, sparse ballad immediately struck a chord with listeners — jumping straight to number one on the iTunes chart and scoring radio adds across the board. The next step in its march to Billboard Hot 100 glory is a great music video and they deliver.
In keeping with the song’s soft and subtle tone, the visual is understated and classy. It centers around a bed and the universality of its occupants’ grief. Interspersed with those scenes is footage of the New York-based duo at the piano and Xtina looking utterly perfect in a sleek black dress. Grab a tissue and watch the emotional clip up top. More »
Another week, another two shattered dreams on The Voice
. Despite the uniformly impressive performances on Monday night
, no one was immune to the threat of elimination (this isn’t The X Factor
, after all). It was even tense up in the Sprint Sky Box, where Carson Daly
actually said on air, “Oh man, I’m down to 11%.” Although this was probably just a blathering reference to his phone’s battery power, one could make the huge stretch that he was also down to 11% of his emotional stability. Because of the eliminations. But it was probably just the battery power.
Before announcing the losers, Carson had the honor of revealing the night’s biggest winner: coach Adam Levine. Get ready to rail, Ryan Gosling fans, because the smoldering Voice coach beat out Mr. Notebook for People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive honors. This led, naturally, to plenty of group hugs between the new reigning sex icon and Blake Shelton, Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera. It is unclear if the hugs were congratulatory, or an attempt to catch some contagious, award-winning sexy, but it was sweet none the less. More »
Now that The Voice
is down to 10 contestants, one might worry about filling a two-hour performance show. Not the powers that be, however, who added a third hour of recap to the performance show. Luckily, there was plenty of coach banter from Adam Levine
, Blake Shelton
, Christina Aguilera
and Cee Lo
— not to mention a quick and awkward guest appearance from Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt
in the Sprint Sky Box — to fill the void.
At this point in the season, the contestants need to worry less about avoiding elimination by mistakes, and more about doing whatever it takes to wow the voting audience. On Monday (November 18) night, they all brought the wow. More »
is coming for the competition once more with success featuring on a rock band’s single (#lotuspromo), as A Great Big World
‘s spare, haunting ballad “Say Something”
continues to climb the charts with a guiding hand from the Lotus
legend, and the guys of the band — Ian Axel
and Chad Vaccarino
— have spoken out about the collab in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter
, calling her feature on the track “amazing.”
“We actually were thinking that she would take a verse and do all this belting stuff at the end, but she didn’t want to do that, she wanted to let the song just be,” Vaccarino explained. “It makes you kind of feel the longing [of the song].” More »
Week! Yes, this week was full o’ Miss Lady Gaga
: From her crazy #ARTRAVE release party
in New York, to the official release of ARTPOP
(check out our review!
), to her candid interview with Howard Stern
, it was all about Mother Monster’s Reverse Warholian Expedition.
But that’s not all — there was tons happening in pop: Almighty diva Mariah Carey dropped her long-awaited “The Art Of Letting Go,” RiRi gave us something to get scared about with the creepy “What Now” video and we started looking back at the best albums of 2013. (Have you voted yet?) Plus, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Jay-Z‘s The Black Album and the 5 year B’Day of Beyonce‘s I Am…Sasha Fierce with a Stan & Deliver.
We also had a bunch of premieres ourselves, including Never Shout Never‘s Christmas collabo with Dia Frampton on “Meet Me Under The Mistletoe” and Sabi‘s cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Dreams” And of course, you guys had a ton of things to say about all the releases this week. Check it out! More »
“Every Tuesday is like a miniature finale at this point,” said Blake Shelton
on The Voice
Top 12 results show. The introduction of the new “Instant Save”
certainly gave the night a new sense of urgency, not to mention a reason to tune in appointment style reminiscent of the pre-DVR days. Although Blake, Christina Aguilera
, Adam Levine
and Cee Lo
had no saves to speak of, the live audience was given one last chance to rescue a member from the bottom three in the last five minutes of the show.
Between the instant save and the “record number of downloads” that Carson Daly announced going into Tuesday night’s episode, it was a big week for audience participation. More »
Monday’s episode of The Voice
featured live performances from the Top 12, Cee Lo
in a Zoro costume, a new rule announcement and NBC’s continued punishment of Matt Lauer
Yeah. It was a big night.
Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton each had three contestants and zero saves going into the week, with all contestants facing elimination regardless of team. Each coach dealt with the stress in their own way: Cee Lo sought from the aforementioned Zoro look (complete with hat, mask sold separately), Adam made a Mr. Rogers style costume change from a cardigan to leather, Blake sipped what has got to be straight vodka from a Starbucks cup and Christina remind herself that no matter what happens, she’s still Legendtina. More »
Well, folks, it’s November 11, and you know what that means. ARTPOP
is in stores, Lady Gaga
has been granted the powers of space travel
and Perez Hilton
‘s blog still gets more traffic than yours does. The world remains a cruel and unjust place.
Luckily, this isn’t just another “Monday Morning” (ahem) — it’s the day we’ve all been training for, all these long months. Yes, it’s Justice For Bionic Day, the long-heralded revolution where Christina Aguilera‘s fighters will rise up and take what’s theirs, demanding that Aguilera’s much-derided 2010 album Bionic gets the attention it so sorely deserves. More »