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 »
In news that will shock and appall connoisseurs of fine cinema the world over, Cher
has labelled Burlesque
a “horrible” movie. Consider my heart broken. The Golden Globe-nominated story of a pretty young thing (played by acting great Christina Aguilera
) making it in the cutthroat world of erotic dancing was a moderate box office hit in 2010 and has since become something of a cult classic.
But the 67-year-old sex symbol didn’t hold back when asked about the film in a recent interview. “It could have been a much better film,” she admitted. “It was always sad that it was not a good film.” The reason for its apparent shortcomings? Cher pins the blame on Steve Antin, calling him a “really terrible director”. She also believes her character was one-dimensional. “In Burlesque, which was horrible, I had no love interest,” she complains.
“Had it been shorter, it would have squeaked by and been a really good popcorn movie,” is the legendary diva’s final verdict. Cher’s entitled to her opinion but I’ve watched Burlesque a dozen times and keep going back for more. She is right about one thing. Where was her love interest? Tess was way too sexy to be single! More »
Thursday night was the first live eliminations of The Voice
Season 5, and Christina Aguilera
, Adam Levine
, Cee Lo
and Blake Shelton
were well prepared for the occasion. All four clearly rehearsed their variations on the lines, “You all/y’all deserve to move on,” “This is so much harder than it looks,” and “Don’t worry, you can still call me at any time,” for use on whichever eight were to be eliminated. More »
Part one of the Live Rounds continued on Tuesday night, and so many of The Voice
crew were pulling double duty. Christina Aguilera
performed (again). Carson Daly
hosted and awkwardly attempted to man the social media segments. Cee Lo
avoided a bubbling controversy about what he may have been caught smoking on camera last night while coaching. Adam Levine
and Blake Shelton
were semi-immune to the heavy workload, but appeared to have put in extra hours looking extra dapper for the evening, so all is forgiven. More »
“Beautiful!” “Magic!” and “Special!” were just a few of the ways that the coaches described The Voice
on Monday night, stopping just short of calling it the most important show of a generation (though it was certainly implied). Coaches Christina Aguilera
, Cee Lo
, Adam Levine
and Blake Shelton
definitely only had positive things to say about The Voice
, one another and each and every contestant. (On a very related note, don’t forget to tune in to The Voice
on Thursday, for a special live results scheduled against the first X Factor
live results. It all comes together.)
Whatever the reason may have been for the love fest, there was nothing a contestant could do to get criticism from these coaches. Even calling out their own flaws didn’t work! While an overall strong night for Team Blake and Team Adam, the contestants were far from the perfection that the coaches experienced. More »
legend Christina Aguilera
is lending her biconic vocals to A Great Big World
‘s plaintive ballad “Say Something,” as revealed in a behind-the-scenes video clip
of the songstress teaming up with the New York pop act in the studio, where Aguilera humbly explained that she is “only taking on projects that feel good to me and represent, as always, a purpose of the here and now in my life.” Aguilera will be performing the track alongside the band tomorrow on The Voice
, but in advance of that big unveiling, the song is now available for streaming online — and it’s really nice!
The song, a spare piano ballad, was already pretty heartrending, but Aguilera’s vocals provide some lovely support and additional pathos; it’s a relief to hear that she enriches, rather than overwhelms, the track. More »