brought his blockbuster Moonshine Jungle tour
to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last night (May 31) and wowed the star-studded crowd with an electric, hit-filled set. The 28-year-shared the bill with Pharrell
, who raised the bar for opening acts by turning the famous venue into an outdoor disco with “Blurred Lines”, “Get Lucky” and “Happy”. He even brought out a typically flawless-looking Gwen Stefani
to sing “Hollaback Girl”.
Skateboard P raised the stakes but, from the first verse of “Moonshine”, it was clear that Bruno was up to the challenge. After setting the retro-soul tone with “Treasure”, the beaming Grammy winner admitted that this was his first visit to the Hollywood Bowl (in any capacity) since arriving in LA 10 years ago.
He certainly made up for lost time by taking his fans and celeb friends — Zac Efron, Lea Michele, Paula Abdul and Quentin Tarantino were just a few of the famous faces in attendance — on a thrill-ride dotted with old tunes (“Billionaire”, “Our First Time” and “Marry You”), unexpected covers (“Pony”, “Every Little Step” and “Ignition”) and cuts from 2012 LP Unorthodox Jukebox (“If I Knew”). More »
Guest host alert! Miley Cyrus
sits herself in Adam Levine
’s red chair for the Top 8 perfor…oh wait. A now tow-headed Adam has totally snagged Miley’s short bleached locks for these last stages of the competition on The Voice
. His appearance is that of a man that has lost an unfortunate bet, but he stands by his makeover decision.
“I don’t know why I did it, but it feels right,” he says, as Shakira laughs along, Usher compares him to a Fifth Element Bruce Willis and Blake Shelton makes Meg Ryan and Miley comparisons.
It’s all part of Monday night’s top eight performance excitement. In addition to the remaining contestants, Season 2 Voice veteran Gwen Sebastian and Season 7 coaches Pharrell and Gwen Stefani perform. More »
And now it’s official. Gwen Stefani
confirmed that she’s joining The Voice
in an Instagram post this afternoon (April 29). The No Doubt
frontwoman will take over from Christina Aguilera
during her pregnancy — with the Lotus
diva’s full blessing. Xtina already welcomed her via Twitter
While it will be great to have Gwen on the show (she definitely has the right credentials), it will be even more interesting to see if the 44-year-old uses the platform to launch a comeback. At this point in time, judging or mentoring a talent show almost always leads to new music. Just look at Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Kylie Minogue and Mariah Carey. See her Insta-announcement after the jump. More »
Earlier this month
it appeared Gwen Stefani
would be joining The Voice
for season 7, which begins taping in June, to replace the pregnant Christina Aguilera
. Now Queen Xtina herself has confirmed the news, welcoming Stefani to the show via Twitter. “So excited to have you join #TheVoice squad @GwenStefani! Welcome to our crazy fam!” Aguilera wrote.
Current spring coach Shakira will be touring this summer, so she likely wasn’t in contention to stay on for next season for the open spot. Yahoo reports that Aguilera is expected to return to the show for Season 8 in 2015. Check out her tweet below. More »
may be replacing Christina Aguilera
on The Voice
. Her “contract is now done” for the show’s seventh season, an NBC rep said to Us Weekly
Reports say that NBC began searching for a coach to replace Aguilera after the Lotus siren announced her second pregnancy in February. While the network had hoped that she would stay during her pregnancy, Aguilera instead opted out. Stefani would be joining returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, plus newcomer Pharrell (who is replacing Cee Lo Green).
Funny enough, Pharrell hinted of a comeback from Stefani at Coachella, after she performed “Hollaback Girl” to the crowd’s surprise. “Before she leaves, I have not seen her in nine months,” Pharrell said, of the recent birth of Stefani’s third son Apollo. “Look how amazing the queen looks as she is making her arrival back to the music industry.” More »
emerged as one half of the Neptunes
in the mid-90s, they and producer Timbaland
helped establish Virginia Beach as an unexpected Southern hip-hop capital as they revamped pop
, stripped-down sound
. They all boasted a singular vision but certainly didn’t act alone, as Pharrell proved through his star-studded Coachella set on April 12.
Before he closed with the ever-ubiquitous “Happy,” Pharrell kicked off his set with breakout solo hit “Frontin’” before guests popped up to perform their Neptunes-produced and -featured hits: Nelly for “Hot In Herre,” Snoop Dogg for “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Busta Rhymes and Puff Daddy on “Pass the Courvoisier Pt. 2” and the biggest surprise of all, Gwen Stefani — who Pharrell simply addressed as “Queen” — for “Hollaback Girl.” (Watch his full set after the jump.) More »
While Akon stopped by the Idolator to discuss
his philanthropic work with the Akon Lighting Africa Project
and Peace One Day
, we also made a point of asking him about the sheer volume of other artists the smooth crooner has collaborated with over the last 10 years. After all, this is the guy who signed Lady Gaga
to his Kon Live label, sang the memorable wooh hoo
hook on Gwen Stefani
‘s “Sweet Escape,” worked with Michael Jackson on several songs before the pop king’s death
and penned tracks for Whitney Houston
‘s final album I Look To You.
We also couldn’t help singling out one of the hands-down best collabs Akon has ever done (in our humble opinion) — Kardinall Offishall‘s 2007 smash “Dangerous” — and getting the full scoop on how the song came together.
Above, watch Akon as he rattles off the first thing that comes to mind with each artist we mention. Then head below to watch him school us on his hit “Dangerous.” More »
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, not to mention Shakira
‘s touchy-feely “Can’t Remember To Forget You”
bed romp still fresh on our minds, we couldn’t help but think back to some of the great female pop pair-ups over the years. After all, we love ladies, and we love ladies who love to, er, duet
with other ladies.
For this particular roundup, we scoured the most recent crop of diva collabs (Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera), went a tiny bit old school (Beyonce and Shakira, Gaga and Bey), went really old school (Salt N Pepa and En Vogue, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston) and then threw in some straight-up classic female pairings (Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin). To round things out, we included a couple of tracks from female duos and a pair of separate songs by the same two female pop forces — one a rapstress-turned-actress, the other a tried and true Harajuku Girl enthusiast.
Head below and add a little sugar and spice to your life by hitting play on our special No Boys Allowed Valentine’s Day playlist! More »
has joined Instagram
, following Jessica Simpson‘s debut on the site
earlier this week, thus making all our early aughts dreams comes true. The No Doubt
singer used her first post to announce that she and husband Gavin Rossdale
are expecting another boy, who will join their two sons Kingston and Zuma.
“I was ready to hand over the crown. But I guess I am still queen of the house,” she wrote with the above photo, adding the hashtags #itsaboy and #surroundedbyboys. As it turns out, Stefani has another baby to celebrate later this year: her solo debut, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., turns 10 (!) in November.
Head below to see the singer’s inaugural Instagram post. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Ashanti played a talent show host on this week’s episode of Law & Order: SVU alongside Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks. Happily, none of them were victims. [Vibe]
:: It’s a sad day when you can’t give a friend a present. Jay Z is being investigated by the Major Baseball League for buying Robinson Cano an expensive watch. [CBS Radio]
:: Avril Lavigne‘s ex-husband Deryck Whibley (of Sum 41) acknowledges that taking her last name was a huge mistake and has filmed court papers to change it back. Wait. He took her name? [TMZ]
:: Celebrity baby alert. Gwen Stefani is definitely pregnant. She showed off her baby bump while shopping with Gavin Rossdale in Los Angeles. Congratulations! [Just Jared]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »