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 »
If there was any question as to who NBC views as the main selling point of The Voice Season 7, it was answered within about 2.5 seconds of the season premiere. No medleys, covers or country hybrids were so much as hinted to, as Gwen Stefani led backup performers/fellow coaches Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in a performance of No Doubt‘s hit “Hella Good.” The split-screen performance was hella meh, and the highlight was the look on Pharrell’s face that screamed, “I would have never let this country singer near this song when I was producing.”
And so begins this season of the ratings juggernaut, complete with self-congratulatory Emmy mentions, new alliances and a whole lot of Starbucks product placement. Joining perennials Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. As their coaching styles emerge, it begs the question of which voids they might fill. Will it be laid back Usher? Poetic Shakira? Brutal (but fierce) Christina Aguilera? Exotic-pet-toting-and-kind-of-cool-before-all-this-controversy Cee Lo?
Or something new altogether?
The coach personalities and alliances begin to take shape as the Blind Auditions begin. More »
The Gwen Stefani comeback is in full swing.
While we gear up for the L.A.M.B. diva’s (reported) comeback single “Baby Don’t Lie” in October, the superstar isn’t keep us waiting any longer to hear those pipes back in action.
Gwen’s seen hitting the stage once again in a brand new teaser from the forthcoming season of The Voice, performing No Doubt classic “Hella Good” alongside fellow judges Pharrell, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. The troupe sounds fantastic together — a potential side project, perhaps? — and will undoubtedly be teaming up time and time again throughout the season. Also, what kind of ageless voodoo magic?! She always looks stunning. More »
If summer was all about wave-making by pop rookies Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor, then fall is shaping up to be the time when the established pros take the spotlight. Because not only is Fergie rumored to be releasing a brand new single in the coming weeks, it seems we’ll finally be hearing new (solo) music from Gwen Stefani, as well.
PopJustice notes today that Interscope’s radio-listing site playiga.com may have accidentally posted the title of Stefani’s upcoming single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” as well as its premiere date of October 6. So, bottom line: Gwen and Fergie could be aurally transporting us all back to 2006 – 2007 very, very soon. More »
is making a comeback — and in more ways than one.
It’s no surprise within the industry now (thanks for spilling the beans, Diplo!) that the No Doubt frontwoman has been hard at work recording a follow-up to her last solo outing, The Sweet Escape.
But apparently, the creativity is flowing so much in the studio, she’s knocking out a new No Doubt record too.
In an interview on the red carpet with MTV News during New York Fashion Week, the gorgeous pop icon confirmed that she was back in the studio with longtime collaborator Pharrell (they’ve done “Hollaback Girl” and “Wind It Up” together in the past, among others), and that they’d been working on both records. “At this point I’m thinking about both, I can do both…and it’s just an amazing time; so many opportunities,” she explained. More »