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 »
‘s new album, V,
is now streaming ahead of its September 2 release date.
Initially, V appeared on paper to be a sequel to 2012′s Overexposed, Maroon 5′s almost shameless effort to recreate the magic behind its 2010 mega-hit “Moves Like Jagger.” For both albums, the band has worked with outside writers and nearly the exact same impressive roster of producers, including Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder and Shellback.
The sleek and streamlined V explodes twice: penultimate cut “Feelings,” a swaggering disco cut that should remind of frontman Adam Levine‘s Sexiest Man Alive title, and album closer “My Heart Is Open,” the sweeping, Sia-penned ballad with Gwen Stefani. With the exception of a few songs, like The Police-channeling lead single “Maps,” though, Maroon 5 isn’t trying nearly as hard for staggering radio dominance or to dazzle viewers of The Voice with how well the band evokes superstars of the past. More »
The moment has arrived: Maroon 5
‘s highly anticipated
-penned collaboration with the one and only Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
diva Gwen Stefani
is upon us.
The V ballad, due out on the band’s fifth studio album next week (September 2), sees The Voice‘s Adam Levine and newbie judge Stefani trading off heartfelt, melodic verses above a simple piano melody and sweeping cinematic strings, recalling A Great Big World‘s vulnerable “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera.
“I know you’re scared/Oh, I can feel it/It’s in the air, I know you feel that too,” Levine tenderly croons off the top of the track. And then, in comes the No Doubt frontwoman: “It won’t take me long to find another lover but I want you,” she swoons. It’s been forever since we last heard Gwen crooning a ballad to us, but just as with “4 In The Morning” or “Early Winter,” she’s still good at giving us full body chills.
It’s a gorgeous collaboration and, considering the loud rumblings about Gwen’s upcoming solo work on the way, an enticing indication of what’s still to come. Listen to “My Heart Is Open” after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
For seven years, Chelsea Handler
‘s crass, ballsy humor
brought an air of uniqueness to late night TV
— she was, after all, a female in an otherwise male-dominated arena. Alas, her series, Chelsea Lately
, came to an end last night (August 27) in a star-filled night that saw Ellen DeGeneres
confronting a nude Handler in the shower, the trio of Sandra Bullock
, Jennifer Aniston
and Mary McCormack
staging an intervention of sorts with the hostess, Chelsea’s ex 50 Cent
performing with G-Unit
and Miley Cyrus
covering Roy Orbison
‘s “It’s Over.”
For the big finale, multiple past guests of the show and friends of Handler’s — including Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Dave Grohl, Alanis Morissette, Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes and Avril Lavigne — joined her in riffing on “We Are The World” with the farewell song “Goodbye To E!” More »
has a new gig as a coach on The Voice,
plus some new music
in the pipeline
(for hopefully later this year). And it turns out her husband, Gavin Rossdale
, is also getting back into the swing of things, musically.
Stefani recently revealed that Rossdale would be by her side, advising contestants, on the upcoming season of The Voice. Now there’s the official announcement that Bush, Gavin’s band, will release their sixth studio album Man On The Run on October 21. It’s the quartet’s first album in three years, and only their second since 2001′s Golden State. More »
Earlier this summer, Maroon 5 revealed
that No Doubt
‘s Gwen Stefani
will be featured in its new album V
. Now, guitarist James Valentine
reveals the song’s title, “My Heart Is Open,” and that it was co-written by Sia
“Living here in Los Angeles we’ve known Sia for a long time, back from when she was just an artist, before her second act as, like, the most brilliant pop songwriter of all time, so it was really cool just to work with her,” Valentine says to Billboard. The band has great timing, as Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear just became her first chart-topper in the United States. More »
Adam Levine may have scored rock icon Stevie Nicks
as his go-to sage for the upcoming fall season of The Voice
, but new coach Gwen Stefani
also has quite an ace of up sleeve, as well: her husband, Gavin Rossdale
. “guess who’s going to be my advisor on #TheVoice?” Gwen wrote on Instagram while posting the above photo.
Bush frontman Rossdale told Access Hollywood, “I don’t know how it came about, but it was just one of those things [where] the idea was mentioned — I wasn’t even sure who was mentioning it — and then it came around to, ‘So, next week you ready? You are gonna come and do this?” More »
will headline this year’s Global Citizen Festival
on September 27 at New York’s Central Park. Other confirmed acts include No Doubt
, Carrie Underwood
and the Roots
The one-day festival aims to raise awareness fir extreme poverty worldwide, with hopes of eradicating it by 2030. “I think what we found last year is that the movement has diversified,” said Hugh Evans, chief executive of the organization behind the festival, the Global Poverty Project. “It’s incredible to have the king of hip-hop on one end of the bill, coupled with the king of EDM on the other end of the bill, and in the middle we’ve got one of the biggest country stars in America.” More »
Anyone tuned into Diplo’s
Twitter and/or Instagram recently will know that he’s been having an amazing time while globetrotting. Major Lazer
was out in Rio de Janeiro during the World Cup festivities (Diplo even released a World Cup mix for the BBC here
) with the Budweiser Hotel, performing, partying, the usual business. Their latest EP Apocalypse Soon
has been making its rounds, keeping fans sated until the full-length project arrives at the top of next year. Meanwhile in Diplo World, he’s going wherever the creativity takes him.
The new Madonna album will (hopefully) have Blondre3000′s DNA all over it, as Diplo and Madge have spent a good amount of time in the studio making tracks together, which the producer describes as “pushing the envelope.”
There’s much more in the collaborative pipeline, though, for Diplo and he checks in to discuss what he’s got going on, what’s next for Major Lazer, and how the perfect song formula involves proper chemistry.
casually mentioned that Maroon 5
is collaborating with Gwen Stefani
on a track on their forthcoming V
album during a chat
with Ryan Seacrest
earlier this week. The 35-year-old was asked to shed a little more light on the mouth-watering duet by MTV
but he stuck to praising the flawless No Doubt
“It was so much fun,” Adam gushed. “We just sat around and talked for hours. It was so fantastic getting to know her.” Gwen obviously made an impression because he added: “I’m a huge fan of hers.” As for the song? It doesn’t even have a title yet. “It’s being mixed right now,” he revealed, “so I literally have not even named the song yet.” Fingers crossed it’s as good as “Moves Like Jagger”! More »