How time flies on The Voice. One day, there are countless hopefuls whose names will be forgotten in an instant, and the next there are just four…whose names will take slightly longer to forget. (I kid! I kid!) The final four all broke into the iTunes Top 10 last night with their original singles, a first for the show. In fact, Matt McAndrew’s “Wasted Love” knocked Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” out of first place on the iTunes Top Songs chart. Perhaps this is the season where a real star is born.
Speaking of real stars: Tuesday night’s finale was full of them! Coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine got to kick back in their red chairs for most of the finale, while A List talent including Hozier, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy and Jessie J took the stage. So hey, three runners up, you may not have won The Voice, but you had backstage passes to a pretty great Jingle Ball, right? More »
Last night, three contestants from Team Adam Levine and one from Team Blake Shelton competed to be the Season 7 champ on The Voice, while eliminated coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell watched in bitter awe of the veterans. Speaking of bitter awe, Danielle Bradbury stopped by to show her new tattoo that reads, “God is greater than the highs and lows,” which sparked a little concern for how the former champ’s life has been going post-Voice. At least she has a new gig opening for Miranda Lambert’s tour. Stay strong, Danielle.
Contestants Craig Wayne Boyd, Damien, Chris Jamison and Matt McAndrew wrapped up their last performance show on The Voice with a new original song, a coach duet and a bonus song that pretty much just filled time. All four contestants were charting on the iTunes Top Songs chart, with Matt McAndrew’s new number falling only one behind Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” as of the end of the east coast broadcast. Hold on to that high, kids, because three of you are going to have a disappointing night on Tuesday. More »
Tuesday night wasn’t a typical results show for The Voice. In fact, even after all was said and done, only three out of the four finalists were announced! After giving us the three that were voted through from the semi-finals, and the nine performances from the remaining Top 12 that followed, The Voice ended on what should really be described as an historic cliffhanger…
…or at least a really annoying use of network synergy. Instead of announcing the fourth finalist on The Voice, Carson Daly announced the fourth finalist on the Today Show, forcing all of the Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton fans out there to cross over into Matt Lauer’s world.
Clever, NBC. Very clever…but don’t pull this again in the actual finals. More »
2014 is nearly over, and you know what that means: Year-end retrospectives! (Speaking of, have you checked out our Class Of ’14 yet?)
Accordingly, YouTube has just rolled out this year’s YouTube Rewind (the theme? “Turn Down for 2014″), a look back at some of the most popular viral videos, YouTubers and, of course, hit songs that dominated the streaming service, all combined into one jazzy video.
This year’s special recap is completely jam-packed with Internet stars, featuring YouTubers like Jenna Marbles, Tyler Oakley and Michelle Phan, late night TV hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien and John Oliver and cameos from singing vloggers like Troye Sivan and Sam Tsui — even Eurovision starlet, Conchita Wurst!
And to soundtrack the song, dance and ice bucket challenge-filled affair, YouTube mashed together a medley of the biggest songs of 2014, featuring everything from Frozen‘s “Let It Go” to Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX‘s “Fancy” to Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” to Pharrell‘s “Happy.” And of course, a little bit of Lil Jon to tie the whole shebang together. More »
Adam Levine was sitting pretty on The Voice Monday night, and not just because he’s actually pretty: the veteran coach boasted a whopping three out of five semi-finalists! Adam certainly had an edge over Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, each with only one contestant to speak of, and definitely over Pharrell, whose only shot at a Voice trophy is tomorrow night’s Top 12 return twist (or Ebay).
Before the Adam-centric competition night (which, yes, included a Maroon 5 cover) commenced, Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe of The Pistol Annies performed their duet “Lonely Tonight.” It was even better than Blake’s “Just A Fool” duet with Christina Aguilera (which set a low-ish bar), and was a great way to reycle that Pinterest barn constructed for Craig Wayne Boyd last week. More »
Demi Lovato is just like you and I. (Only rich, famous and super talented). The “Really Don’t Care” diva spotted some of her idols at recent events and couldn’t help taking some pics for her Instagram account. Because, who wouldn’t? “This guy is unbelievably sweet and incredibly talented… he told me he had been listening to Unbroken all day the day he found out about all 4 Grammy nods,” she wrote of her encounter with Sam Smith.
The 22-year-old also posted a happy snap with Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and Charli XCX at Jingle Ball, where also performed a surprise duet with old friend Nick Jonas. That pic is pretty hard to beat — ok, it wins — but Demi also hung out with Jessie J, she’s still raving about their impromptu rendition of “Bang Bang”, and got a little sappy about boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama. “My love…. Always supporting me,” she wrote. See all the pics up top. More »
Ariana Grande and Big Sean stole the show during A Very Grammy Christmas, the CBS TV special that aired December 5. As they likely realized, this performance would be their first as a couple. While rumors of them dating have been flying since August, and past performances together hinted at their romantic status, Grande didn’t confirm their relationship until October.
So when the couple performed My Everything‘s “Best Mistake,” they did so as if they had nothing to hide. Before they met at center stage, they exchanged meaningful glances across the room. Once they did, Grande playfully started pushing him away. Then Ariana and Sean walked off the stage holding hands, to cheers from the crowd.
Grande’s next single is reportedly “Best Mistake,” a business decision that seems exploitative given the featured artists’ dating status. Still, at least their recent public displays of affection feel sincere — from Big Sean, especially.
Watch Ariana Grande and Big Sean perform “Best Mistake” at A Very Grammy Christmas up top, then see snippets of other performances by Pharrell, Maroon 5 and Mary J. Blige below. More »
Maybe it’s the current, tumultuous times we are living in. And maybe the Grammy Awards are a product, or symptom, of that. Whatever the case may be, one thing became glaringly obvious today: The Grammys this time around are going to be much like the Grammys practically every other year in recent memory, in that people of color are basically absent from most of the major categories.
Now first up, those “major categories” consist of the following: Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best New Artist. We’re not including Album Of The Year here, because the nominations in that category aren’t being announced until a live telecast this evening. So let’s just toss Pop Vocal Album in its place for now.
Within the last 10 years, only one Record Of The Year winner featured any artists of color. That was Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,” which has Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers on it. The same goes for Song Of The Year — one winner in a decade — only it was Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies” in 2010. Two black musicians won Best New Artist awards in the past 10 years (John Legend and Esperanza Spalding). Now lump all of that together, and you get four wins out of a possible 30. More »
Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran were up bright an early today to make the announcement of the initial nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards on CBS This Morning. And, probably no surprise here — each of them landed nominations in at least one of the five categories announced so far. (The rest of the categories will be revealed throughout the day on Twitter, and we’ll be updating right here, so keep checking back!)
Sheeran’s x is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, where he’ll compete with Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and others. Pharrell’s G I R L is up for Best Urban Contemporary Album, as is Beyonce‘s 2013 self-titled LP (another one Pharrell worked on). As for the biggest award of the night (Album Of The Year), nominees included the “7/11″ singer, Smith, Pharrell, Sheeran and Beck. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Remember that slew of Outkast reunion shows over the summer? Well it turns out that Andre 3000 agrees with many of us, noting that it seemed disingenuous. In an interview during Miami’s Art Basel, the entertainer said: “I felt like people would be like, ‘Y’all are doing all these festivals, y’all are just doing it for money.’ And I felt like a sell-out, honestly. So I was like, if I’m in on the joke, I’ll feel cool about it.” [Rolling Stone]
:: Congratulations to Pharrell, was was inducted into Hollywood’s Walk of Fame yesterday (December 3)! The entertainer is the 47th rapper to receive the honor, and also the 537th celebrity to get a star overall. [Rap Radar]
:: Natalia Kills was always a pop rebel, but her potty mouth was recently unleashed in public! The singer is a judge for The X Factor New Zealand, and was caught cursing out the audience during an audition taping. She sure is “Trouble“! [Digital Spy]
:: Pentatonix sure knows how to perform a Christmas classic, and their hard work is paying off! The a capella pop group tops Billboard’s Holiday Songs and Albums charts, with their “Mary, Did You Know?” single and That’s Christmas to Me LP. [Billboard]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today below. More »