Sure, The Voice diva and L.A.M.B. goddess Gwen Stefani hasn’t even fully debuted her upcoming Pharrell-produced cut just yet, but that hasn’t stopped her from giving the track some early promo.
In a new 30-second spot for the FIAT Gran Finale, the “Baby Don’t Lie” songstress is giving us a taste of her funky new solo club banger, “Spark The Fire.” And this isn’t the first time the track’s been teased: Pharrell recently played the track live during a set. O-M-G, O-M-G, she’s back again! Who’s got the lighter?
Get a high quality taste of the duo’s collaboration after the jump, and let us know what you think of the latest teaser in the comments below. More »
“It’s too intense! It’s too much!” exclaims coach Gwen Stefani of the Live Elimination on The Voice. Though she’s talking about the suspense that surrounds possibly losing one of her contestants, the same could be said of the not just one, but two major announcements regarding the ever-evolving show format!
To start with, Carson Daly lets it be known that the contestants eliminated between now and the final four will compete to rejoin the (actual) final three in a new “wildcard” slot. This bring-back – the first in Voice history – feels very X Factor, but it’s not The Voice without mid-season rule changes…
…or mid-season mentors! Pharrell Williams announces at the top of the show that the legendary Diana Ross will be appearing on The Voice next week to further mentor his team. Colbie Caillat, Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump will mentor Teams Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, so…Pharrell wins on that front. More »
Getting through a whopping 12 performances proved to be quite a challenge on Monday’s episode of The Voice. Typically verbose coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani had to keep it brief, both for fear of Carson Daly’s wrath, and for the sake of ending the show before the barely anticipated premiere of State Of Affairs.
Ultimately, they made it through all 12 — along with a requisite promotional appearance by Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard — with what appeared to be only one skipped commercial break. More »
The signs of audience takeover on The Voice have emerged. To start with, Pharrell Williams has traded in his hats for sweatbands, presumably to sop up pools sweat from those tense live elimination moments (or just because he’s Pharrell and he can make vintage NBA looks happen whenever he wants). Gwen Stefani’s eyeliner is on-point, which is a risky move now that tears are a true option threatened often.
Blake Shelton has passed up his usual vodka in a Starbucks cup for what looked like iced tea (or at least a base of iced tea). Carson Daly has kicked his relevant part of the season, which basically consists of desperately trying to end the show on time by cutting off overly talkative coaches (looking right at you, Adam Levine).
Yes, aside from one final save in this first live round, the coaches have passed the voting power on to the audience. Are the people ready for such power? Well, there’s an app now, so it will work itself out somehow. More »
Tuesday brought another night of exciting live performances on The Voice. After Monday’s showcase of veterans Blake Shelton and Adam Levine’s teams, newbies Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams were up to make their first marks of the Live Rounds. The two take very different approaches: Gwen professes her love to just about every one of her contestants, and Pharrell produces the hell out of every one of his. To each his own.
Before they can get to these stripped down performances, however, Pharrell opens up the show with a not-so-basic performance of “Hunter.” There are plenty of backup dancers on hand to support him, and a section of models in sunglasses watching on in what appears to be white bathrobes. Such is the way with the mega producer.
Pharrell is a tough act to follow, but the show must go on. Here are Team Gwen and Team Pharrell’s 10 live performances. More »
Pharrell switched up his role as a judge on The Voice and took the stage to perform his latest single, “Hunter,” last night (November 11). The entertainer transformed the setting into a jungle that included a bevy of ladies wearing body-hugging swimsuits.
With his trademark falsetto on full display that was backed by the tune’s slinky production, Pharrell had no problem wooing the ladies in the audience. “Hunter” is off the entertainer’s sophomore LP G I R L, which features tracks like “It Girl,” “Gust Of Wind,” and the smash hit — “Happy.” More »
Gwen Stefani‘s future club banger “Spark The Fire” was first teased last month on On Air With Ryan Seacrest, and now Pharrell has jumped in to play the song in its entirety live on stage! The track’s producer and frequent collaborator with Stefani gave the audience a listen to “Spark The Fire” at the Odd Future Festival on November 8.
Judging from the static audio, the tune is a fiery uptempo with clanging synths and punchy rap verses with a dreamy bridge to break it up. No word if “Spark The Fire” will be the follow-up single to Stefani’s “Baby Don’t Lie,” but we sure hope she releases it soon! The singer’s upcoming third solo LP doesn’t have a set release date either (yet it may drop sometime in December). More »
Here we go again: It’s now a week after the election and one day before Veterans Day, so it’s time for pop-loving readers to take advantage of their democratic privileges and vote! November is nearly halfway over — trust, we’re as shocked as you are — and we’re calling on Idolator readers to take a look back at 2014′s album releases so you can have a say in our annual Readers’ Poll roundup of the best ones. As usual, the editors here at Idolator are tirelessly compiling their own list of what they consider to be the best popular music had to offer over the past year. But we’re also eager to let you have your say.
Below you’ll find our readers’ poll containing 15 of the top pop albums released between January and June in 2014. In a few weeks we’ll also do one up for the key albums that arrived in the latter half of the year. And when all is said and done, we’ll boil it all down to what Idolator readers deem to be their 10 favorite records from 2014.
Note: As this is a two-part poll, it’s also a two-part process. Once you vote, we also want you to leave your thoughts in the comments box below on why you chose that particular album. We’ll be reading all of your feedback and including some of it when we post the Best Albums Of 2014 Readers’ Poll results.
So get to voting below, then voice up on why your fave deserves to be in our year-end roundup of 2014’s best albums! More »
Christina Aguilera has hinted that she’s working with Pharrell on her eighth album. Last night (November 7) she posted a snapshot from the studio, which showed a maroon hat resting on the soundboard. Not only is Pharrell being credited for Hollywood’s current hat craze, but as fans of The Voice may recall, the hitmaker wore a similar, if not the exact same hat during last week’s episode.
In light of recent news, the partnership would make sense. Aguilera will return to The Voice for its eighth season, to join Pharrell, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches. (The pop diva also sat in the red chair for the show’s first three seasons, before Shakira took over for Season 4 and Gwen Stefani for the ongoing Season 7.) Plus, Aguilera isn’t the only Voice coach working with Pharrell. Stefani has also teamed with him for her own comeback album, the follow-up to 2006′s The Sweet Escape featuring current single “Baby Don’t Lie.”
See Aguilera tease a Pharrell collaboration on Twitter below. More »
Barefoot choreography with Taylor Swift! Steal vs. Steal Knockout on Team Pharrell! Gwen Stefani de-fringing a contestant with a mandatory makeover! A lone, untelevised performance on Team Adam Levine! An episode-ending steal from Blake Shelton!
The final night of the Knockout Round had just about everything one could hope for to get them through te last episode until the Live Rounds — everything, perhaps, except for Taylor Swift’s cat, which was mysteriously absent during her entire Voice tenure.
While we can only hope that fur ball Olivia Benson rides Tay Tay’s elbow crook to a surprise Live Rounds appearance, we now know for sure which contestants will be showing up when The Voice goes live next week. Head below to see who rounded out the Live teams! More »