Last week, Team Christina Aguilera
and Team Blake Shelton
were finally put at the mercy of the at-home viewership
, and Monday night (Apr. 9) 12 more singers from teams Cee Lo Green
and Adam Levine
took the stage. And what a stage it was, filled with tricks and flash and elaborate costuming. The extra bells and whistles worked wonders for some; for others, it only drowned out their talent. Head below to watch each performance, then get our predictions for tonight’s elimination. More »
Recently, UK songstress Birdy jetted over to the US and hit up Los Angeles to perform at an intimate showcase, where, among other songs, the 15-year-old offered up her heartfelt ballad “Without A Word”. Clad in a black jacket — and clearly wearing her heart on her sleeve — Birdy sat at her piano and belted out the song, which appears on her just-released self-titled debut LP
. Head below to watch an exclusive video of the live performance.
Andrew Dawson is a name that might not ring a bell at the moment, but that’s about to change. The classically trained pianist from Minnesota quietly won three Grammys
through his work as a mix engineer on Kanye West’s albums The College Dropout
and, most recently, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
. Now he’s made the transition to full-fledged producer, and set up his SoundEQ
studio in Hollywood. “It’s got a really cool vibe,” says Dawson. “I have a little writing room upstairs that actually used to be Orson Welles’ writing room! So, it gives me some inspiration to write some outer space stuff up there.”
Andrew is also branching out from enhancing beats and melodies for hip hop kings like Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and T.I. In 2011, he spent time working in his studio on current chart topping act fun.’s Some Nights LP and writing with New Zealand songstress Kimbra. Further expanding his resume, Dawson just wrapped up Pet Shop Boys’ next album and produced upcoming records by P.O.S., VersaEmerge and POP ETC (formerly known as The Morning Benders).
During a break from all this studio wizardry, the 31-year-old gave us the scoop on the eclectic array of acts he’s crossed paths with.
became the eighth album of her career to top the chart this week
, which prompted her crew to throw the “Girl Gone Wild”
singer a surprise party during rehearsals for her upcoming tour
. In a video that was shot during the celebration, Madge fronted like she didn’t know her album was #1 (yeah, right
) and asked, “Does this mean we get the day off?” Then came the ultimate display of gratitude: she cut a piece of cake for manager Guy Oseary, and tossed it in his face. “That’s for making me work so heard, motherfucker,” said the thankful pop queen. Just another happy day on the job. Watch below!
Last night on American Idol
the Top 8 sang the ’80s. But instead of using Tang and Ocean Pacific for inspiration, the contestants got to train with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal. And as they have all year, the singers stepped up to the challenge, giving us some of the best performances of the season. Read on to see which contestants will now and forever love the ’80s. More »
Two icons who rose to prominence in the 1980s lock down the top two spots on the album chart this week, as Madonna’s MDNA
and Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee
debut at #1 and #2 on Billboard
‘s Top 200, respectively. Her Madgesty’s 12th studio album
sold 359,000 copies in its first week — up from the 280,000 that her last LP Hard Candy
opened with in 2008 — and thus becomes her eighth chart-topping album in the US. Richie’s country-tinged tenth album Tuskegee
debuts with 199,000 sold.
Kelly Clarkson’s tour in support of album Stronger
is winding down, but while on stage at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre
last night, the vocal powerhouse ensured that she’ll definitely be going out with a bang. Kelly sat on a stool and busted out, of all things, a soulful rendition of Britney Spears’ 2011 summer jam “Till The World Ends”
. “I know you know this song,” Clarkson said on stage. “I’m expecting everybody on these ‘ohs’.” Watch her take on Britney’s hit, as well as Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston’s Prince Of Egypt
duet “When You Believe” with her old pal Tamyra Gray, and The Wreckers’ “Leave The Pieces” (with Michelle Branch, no less) below.
We almost feel bad for anyone who event attempts to perform the national anthem — unless you’re Whitney Houston
, chances are someone is going to be disappointed. And my oh my, were many people disappointed upon hearing The Fray’s (remember them?) flowery acoustic version of “The Star Spangled Banner” at a NCAA basketball championship game last night. Listen and judge for yourself below. More »
Garbage have revealed the video for their single “Blood For Poppies”
, off their first album in way too many years, Not Your Kind Of People
. The alt-rock band’s clip is filmed in Los Angeles in grainy black-and-white, and is inspired by old silent films — particularly Luis Buñuel’s surrealist classic Un Chien Andelou
, which featured a cow’s eye being slit open
. (Shirley Manson is the one under the knife in here.) Watch below. More »
Something ominous is going on in Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” video. The first preview
showed us Bieber earning a bunch of virtual high-fives as he gets groped by a bunch of female hands, but things are quickly falling out of the pop star’s favor. In the latest preview, we see Justin possibly drowning in a pool of water, then immediately see him standing before a tire swing lit on fire. Are the two events connected? Or does water
just look really good in a music video? More »