The Battle Round of The Voice continued on Tuesday, and the coaches really started to fall into their grooves. Gwen Stefani complimented all.the.things, and was filled with regret letting any contestant go. Blake Shelton basically called something from each battle “The most/best/perfect-est [FILL IN THE BLANK] that we’ve ever seen on this show!” Adam Levine celebrated the tremendous growth of just about everyone in such a short period of time (lives changed, people) and Pharrell Williams was all chill, all the time.
It would be remiss not to point out that Pharrell also managed to wear a sweater straight from The Cosby Show (Theo’s, though, not Bill’s) and looked super cool doing it. For this, he is the true winner of the Battles. More »
After spending weeks building their teams (not to mention lasting friendships, riiight?), Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton started cutting them right back down on Monday’s episode of The Voice. The coaches finally stepped into their actual coaching roles, and prepared their contestants for their Battles with the help of advisors Gavin Rossdale, Alicia Keys, Stevie Nicks and Little Big Town.
Yes, it’s the Battle Round: the joyous part of the season where half of the contestants realize that they weren’t the only ones to be told all of that “I wanna take you all the way” nonsense. But at least some of them get to meet music legends on their ways out the door! More »
To pose the age-old (or, more accurately, a three-year old) question of The Voice: is it better to try out early in the competition when the coaches are still working out their preferences, or later in the competition when they have limited spots to fill?
Early. Duh. Early in the competition, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will take anyone who doesn’t brutalize an Adele song, whereas later it takes a whole lot of special…or the “let’s get this over with” syndrome that comes with being the last coach with an incomplete team. More »
Charli XCX plans to write new music for Rihanna and Gwen Stefani as she preps the release of her own sophomore album, Sucker.
Such collaborations, particularly the latter, are rather fitting for the budding pop songwriter behind Icona Pop‘s “I Love It,” Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy” and her own summer hit “Boom Clap,” off the Fault of Our Stars soundtrack. Eve‘s 2001 smash “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” featuring the No Doubt frontwoman and Voice coach, has served as a major inspiration to Charli XCX’s work so far. “[It's] my favorite female collaboration that has been released over the past 20 years,” she says to Billboard. More »
The novelty of pressing the buttons is officially over! Where as in night one of The Voice’s Blind Auditions Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton seemingly hit the red circle just for the physical thrill of the chair spin (who can blame them?), by Tuesday’s night four they were like, “Not worth the vertigo, bro.” Some strong singers were turned away, and some stronger ones were only approved by one or two coaches.
Don’t worry: in keeping with true Voice tradition, it was still mostly all compliments, and there were still a couple inexplicable four-chair turners. More »
Ready for some hella good news? Gwen Stefani is currently in Miami with producer/fellow Voice coach Pharrell Williams, working to wrap up the recording of her third solo album, said her manager Irving Azoff during a panel at New York’s Advertising Week yesterday (per Billboard). In a separate chat, Interscope chariman John Janick told Billboard that Stefani’s LP will be executive-produced by Benny Blanco, and could be out in December.
Yesterday Azoff added that Gwen will select the lead single off the album sometime next week, and will perform it later in the season on The Voice. That contradicts recent reports that a song called “Baby Don’t Lie” had already been slated for an October release. More »
The Blind Auditions continued on The Voice Monday (September 29) night, and new coach Pharrell’s niceness is just getting weird. He outwardly supported his colleagues Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine in their pursuits of contestants…even when he’s also in the running. Either no one has explained the rules of the game to the producer/singer, or he decided to take an opposite approach to the “I know you want it, I know you want it, I know you want it” seduction technique from “Blurred Lines.”
Probably a good idea. More »
Another week has passed in the Pop world, and boy was it jam-packed!
It kicked off with song releases from Jessie J with “Burning Up”, and Kiesza‘s collaboration with Joey Bada$$ on “Bad Thing.” Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s jazz collaboration Cheek To Cheek was released, and Danity Kane surprised everyone with a new album announcement and accompanying single. Kendrick Lamar dropped his anticipated single, “i” while Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose called it quits. Lastly, Carrie Underwood announced Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (her first compilation album) with the new single “Something In The Water” to be released on September 29.
Here at Idolator, we spoke to LIGHTS about her new album and also interviewed K. Michelle (it included a ton of shade, of course).
As usual, you were all quite vocal this week! Check out some of the best comments below. More »
It still doesn’t feel real that Gwen Stefani and Fergie are both releasing new solo singles in the next couple of weeks. We’ve already heard a snippet of the BEP babe’s “L.A. Love (La La)” but details of the No Doubt frontwoman’s comeback track have been largely kept under wraps. In fact, all we knew was the title and expected radio release date (October 6).
More information about the project is finally starting to emerge. For example, “Baby Don’t Lie” was reportedly co-written by omnipresent hitmaker Ryan Tedder and produced by the ever-reliable/awesome Benny Blanco. To emphasize the fact that Gwen and Interscope aren’t playing with this release, Sophie Muller has been tapped to direct the video. She has a long association with the 44-year-old. They first worked together on No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” visual way back in 1997. Revisit some of their best work after the jump. More »
The gloves were off and the Arby’s hats were on when The Voice Blind Auditions continued on Tuesday (September 23) night. All four coaches were tied at two contestants apiece going into the evening, and started exercising their individual power moves/mind games to get an edge.
Gwen Stefani jumped in regularly to ask contestants, “So, who do you pick as your coach?” (which was a little presumptuous for her first season, no?). Adam Levine perched himself anywhere on his red chair other than in the seat part to physically preside over his colleagues. Pharrell Williams tried to be nice and supportive of his fellow coaches (talk about mind games!), and Blake Shelton pulled out the over-sized Arby’s hat to mock Pharrell (Kind of a Feburary joke, B, but you tried). More »