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The Voice 2: Meet This Season’s Mentors

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

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.

check out the mentors after the jump

My Most Anticipated Albums For 2012

In: Music, Tyrell

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.

Scissor Sisters

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.

Check out more albums I can’t wait to hear in 2012 below.

2011 Billboard Year End Charts… Who’s On Top?

In: Donovan, Music

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.

The TOP 10 of BILLBOARD‘S 2011 Year-End TOP 200 Chart

  • 1. Adele, 21
  • 2. Taylor Swift, Speak Now
  • 3. Lady Gaga, Born This Way
  • 4. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
  • 5. Susan Boyle, The Gift
  • 6. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV
  • 7. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday
  • 8. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
  • 9. Rihanna, Loud
  • 10. Katy Perry, Teenage Dream

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.

check out the Top 10 songs of 2011 after the jump

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!

Watch the video after the jump…

The Voice Returns With New Promo

In: TV Shows, Tyrell, Videos

With some critics and TV viewers feeling that the new X Factorin the US is leaving them feeling ho-hum, fear not. The return of NBC’s smash-hit vocal competition The Voice is gearing up for season two which will go to air Sunday after the Super Bowl on February 5. And to make the anticipation even better, we have our first look at the new season via the lastest promo from NBC. One quote that rings out in the promo is:

Singing in front of all of you is an experience I wish every artist could have.

Christina, Blake, Cee Lo and Adam are all back to their usual rivalries. With the Maroon 5 front man finding last seasons winner, Javier Colon, the heat is on for one of the other three judges be sure that he doesn’t snag the winning talent once again. I’m also looking forward to the addition of Christina Milian into the mix. Check out the new promo below.

Watch the promo after the jump…

At first you wonder, did these celebrities leak their own photos? Or perhaps you wonder, who had access to their phone, or did an angry ex leak the photos? Turns out it was actually much more elaborate than all of that. A 35-year old man from Jacksonville, Florida named Christopher Chaney was arrested today for actually hacking into the accounts of these celebrities and leaking their (sometimes naked) photos. Some of these celebrity victims include: Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, celebrity stylist Simone Harouche.

The FBI made an announcement today about the news and explained how the hacker was able to access their information. The investigation was called, “Operation Hackerazzi“. No relation to us – LOL. Chaney got their passwords the hard way. He delved deep into their lives through tabloids, twitter, magazines, to look for potential passwords until he eventually figured them out and hacked their email. He then used an email forwarding program that would send him a duplicate of any messages the celebs would receive to his own account. Check out the FBI announcement below.

Check out the official announcement after the jump…

Yesterday four unreleased tracks- “Rock Star“, “Abroad“, “Dangerous“, and “Everyday”- from Britney Spears leaked online, but none created an online frenzy like “Everyday“. Firstly, it’s a ballad which is not typically what the “Femme Fatale” singer is known for. Secondly, and more notably, it sounds eerily similar to Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”. From the piano chords to the musical vibe, it is very reminiscent of X-Tina’s signature ballad.

“Footsteps in the rain, memories wash away / Beyond the headlight glare, it’s kinda dark out there,” Brit laments in the newly-leaked song. “God knows I have seen it’s a twisting, winding road / And everyday the sun comes up again/ a little hope begins / And it starts with you ’cause you get me through it.”

There doesn’t seem to be a consensus on what album “Everyday” was recorded for. Some say it was for her last album, but I can’t see it. From “Hold It Against Me“, “Till the World Ends” and “I Wanna Go“, the slow jam doesn’t fit in with her dance diva persona. That being said, I kinda like hearing the softer side of Spears. Don’t get me wrong, it’s doesn’t even come close to “Beautiful”, but it’s nice to hear Britney’s voice without the excessive autotuning. Take a listen below and see what you come up with.

listen to Britney’s “Everyday” after the jump

The Voice” may have not made superstars out of Javier Colon, Dia Frampton or any other singer from the inaugural season yet, but it’s definitely responsible for propelling Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera’s comeback. Their collaboration on “Moves Like Jagger” has made the track into a summer favorite. Now it’s become the No. 1 track in the country, according to Billboard’s Hot 100, punctuating their comeback even more. Just how important is this for both artists? “Moves Like Jagger” is Maroon 5’s first top charter since 2007’s “Makes Me Wonder“. The drought is even longer for Xtina. She last topped the charts in 2001 with “Lady Marmalade“- another collaboration.

It’ll be interesting to see if Aguilera can continue the momentum when her new album comes out. God knows, it can’t do any worse than her disastrousBionic” effort. I’m sure Christina and her peeps will make every effort to ensure her new album will be ready when “The Voice” returns to television in early 2012. Rounding out the Top 5 singles this week are “Party Rock Anthem” (LMFAO) at No. 2 with “Pumped Up Kicks” (Foster The People), “Lighters” (Bad Meets Evil ft Bruno Mars) and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” (Katy Perry) following.

During Brian and my European travels, which just completed this week, I heard a wicked mashup while staying in Greece. It featured “Moves Like Jagger” with the dance classic “Lady” by Mojo. Created by Brian Cua, it was featured during a fashion show. It’s definitely sexy. Topher which had never heard the song before (that’s what he gets for living in Amsterdam) became a convert when he heard the mashup. Check it out below and download it for free if you like it.

listen to my favorite Moves Like Jagger after the jump

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