On tomorrow’s episode of Ellen, 3 of the 4 coaches from NBC’s The Voice take a seat on her red couch to discuss their upcoming second season. But, what has everyone talking is Randy Jackson’s most recent comments on the NBC talent show. If you are unfamiliar with what he said, Randy took a stab at The Voice’s first season winner, Javier Colon saying:
“The winner of The Voice, as I will remind you, was an artist that had a deal at Capitol Records for many years, a failed contract over there, so it was almost like, that show it was almost like second chance people, it wasn’t like some new artist. you know what I mean? It’s a different thing out there to me.”
Adam Levine took a second on Ellen to say how he felt about this statement. “Shame on Randy Jackson for saying that, because he, out of anybody, should know that if you’re in this business you need second, third, fourth and fifth chances,” Adam said. “So we love and embrace that being part of the show.” He continued, “you know, God bless Randy. He was a working musician for a long time and had a lot of success and then the show Idol kind of blew him out of the water. And he is a household name now. It was an irresponsible thing to say that.” Watch Adam’s response in video form below.
The debut of season two of The Voice is just around the corner and to celebrate, the folks over at Rolling Stone have decided to feature the four coaches and team leaders on their cover. Looking sharp are Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton photographed by Mark Seliger. In the issue that hits stands on February 16, RS takes a deeper look inside the walls of the hit talent search show that is attempting to give Idol and X Factor a run for their money.
At the heart of this entertainment phenomenon is a game show with rules that Rolling Stone lays out quite clearly. Try not to wince when blind auditions trick you into picking an unsightly singer; always declare it “heartbreaking” to choose the winner of a vocal battle, no matter how easy the decision actually is; and most importantly, never, ever interrupt Christina Aguilera when she is speaking.
In the interview, Aguilera reveals that her team dukes out in a battle with an interesting song that not many would expect from the blonde bombshell. “In one of my battles, this girl and guy are doing Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box,’ and I’m not sure if people would even expect that from me…” This is true. One thing is certain, Christina holds her own in group full of men and proves that she’s not to be messed with. Who knew that four artists, all unalike in every way would come together to create such a television spectacle. “Just look at the four of us,” says Adam Levine. “It’s just so wrong and so amazing.” Check out the full Rolling Stone cover below.
Yesterday marked one week since the legendary Etta James passed away. Yesterday, family and friends gathered to pay tribute to her at her televised funeral. With such an incredible voice paving the way for an amazing career, Etta inspired many. Someone who was definitely inspired by her was Christian Aguilera. With such a powerful and soulful voice, you know that when she was a little girl, she was singing some Etta James in her bedroom.
On a list of songs that melt my heart, “At Last” is definitely one of them. Christina Aguilera took to the mic at the funeral to sing the infamous song, literally singing her heart out for her. Although she has a stellar voice to begin with, you could really feel the passion behind her voice as she sang the tribute to Etta, whose casket was only a matter of feet away.
Before commencing the song, Aguilera said, “She was the one that cut right through my soul. So tonight, Etta, this song is for you.” Watch the touching performance below.
A while back, I introduced my highly anticipated albums for 2012. One of those albums is due out from Voice judge, Christina Aguilera. Luckily for us, the blonde diva has a released a few details about the upcoming project. We know that she’s been in the studio off and on recording a few tracks, but what can we really expect to hear? If you remember, the singer released the album Bionic back in 2010 but it was somewhat of a flop.
This time around, Aguilera states that she’s in a more “introspective place“. A Homorazzi reader reminded me of her Stripped album, saying that even though it contained some uptempo pop tracks, it still contained a more heavy lyrical content. So, is that what we can expect from a newfound Christina? Her spot on The Voice has really rejuvenated her career. Let’s hope she can ride this train for a while.
In a new promo for The Voice, Christina says that she plans on giving something more “honest and raw” for this album. “I’m recording my next album right now… and I’m really excited because I find myself in a very introspective stage of my life. I’ve learned so much, have experienced so much, in leaps and bounds. It’s a journey of growth for me, continuously throughout my career. I’m excited to put it all down on paper through my lyrics and my voice.” We can’t wait either Christina.
The lead-off single from the new album has been rumored to be titled F*ck Your Body which has also been deemed to be titled Love Your Body for radio and music video purposes. A few quick snippets presumed to be the instrumental have landed online. From what I can hear, I like the direction she’s taking. Check out the quick clip below.
Traditionally come January time, I wait with bated breath for “American Idol” to premiere. After the addicting first season of “The Voice“, I’m actually looking more forward for the NBC singing competition to begin rather than Fox’s venerable hit. I never thought I’d say that, but you can’t deny the blind auditions are absolutely brilliant. I’d rather watch two hours of Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton spinning around in their swivel-chairs than those planted awful auditions on Idol. I still love Idol, but I’m so tired of those bad singers monopolizing the early part of the competition. Can I get an “amen”?
Given that the second season premiere of “The Voice” is airing after Super Bowl XLVI, it’s only fitting that the NBC reality show is super-sizing some aspects of the show for its return. Last season, each judge had a fellow musician help them mentor their respective team during the battle rounds. This time around, Christina, Adam, Cee Lo and Blake will each have two music superstars at their side. The other day, I first revealed that Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert will be working with Shelton with his army of singers. Now find out who the other judges have by their side.
“These renowned musicians will bring their unique and recognizable musical styles to the teams. They are well-respected singers whose invaluable experience will be a tremendous asset to Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s artists,” Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president, late night and alternative programming stated.
With the coming of a new year comes a new set of albums from some of our favorite artists. While a few are follow-ups to their debuts, some are continuation of a musical journey we’ve been following for years. This year, it seems that an exceptional amount of albums are coming even before summer hits and I can’t wait to check a majority of them out. However, there are a few that are standing out more than others and I want to share them with you. While some details on certain albums are few and far between, there is some leaked info out there to keep our whistle wet until official announcements are made. Check out what albums I am most looking forward to in 2012 below.
Release Date: TBD, Early 2012
I CANNOT wait for this album. I’ve been hooked on the Scissor Sisters ever since their release of their self-titled album in 2004. Their follow-up album was an adventurous ride and Night Work released back in 2010 house some of my favorite tunes from the group. Fresh off accompanying Gaga on her Monster Ball tour, the group is ready to release some fresh tunes for their fans and I couldn’t be happier. They’ve already sizzled us with Shady Love and I look forward to hearing more this year.
Earlier this week, Rolling Stone Magazine named Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” as their #1 track of the year. Now it’s Billboard Magazine’s turn to honor the British songbird. While Rolling Stone’s rankings are purely subjective, Billboard based their honors on sales, radio airplay and streaming statistics, which to me is the way to go.
Adele dominated Billboard’s year end issue. Not only, was she named “Artist of the Year“, but she also held top position on both the Hot 100 singles chart and Top 200 album one, with “Rolling In The Deep” and “21” respectively. Plus, she’s the first woman to get Billboard’s top honors of “Artist of the Year”. That’s such an amazing feat. Check out the also-rans who came close, but no cigar with regards to album sales.
How amazing is it that Susan Boyle can move so many CDs and not have any hit songs on mainstream radio? You gotta hand it to the woman. Even though I don’t write about them that much, I’m so glad Mumford and Sons made the list. I’m obsessed with that entire CD. Surprising right, considering I’m all about the R&B divas? Now that you know who the Top 10 were in album sales, see who had the most popular songs of the year below.
In the music industry, women are pitted against each other all the time in a game of “she said / she said”. This is partially to do with their ego and partially to do with the tabloids making matters worse. Either way, people seem to love the drama and controversy of it all. I came across a video uploaded a couple days ago by Rich Juzwiak (the arts writer at The Daily and blogger at fourfour.typepad.com) has put together clips from interviews where one diva has talked trash about another. It’s absolutely amazing. The one rule for the video is that the person speaking in each clip must have been talked about in the preceding clip. It’s interesting to see how they all come together.
One major source of drama was definitely Mariah Carey. Whether it’s the former rivalry between her and Whitney Houston, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, or even Jennifer Lopez, Mimi seemed to be at the center of it all. Another rivalry I forgot about was between Janet Jackson and Madonna. In one of the clips, Janet is asked how her music compares to Madonna’s, and she responds: “It’s dance music, I’ll say that… which is very similar. I think… How do I put this? I think what I do has class to it. I’ll say that.”
The montage even features more current rivalries such as a more media driven, Lady Gaga vs. Christina Aguilera. Enjoy the video below and stay on Mariah’s good side!