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The Voice’s Chris Mann Covers Lady Antebellum

In: Donovan, Music

If you watched The Voice this week, you probably heard Christina Aguilera boasting that her Season 2 pet Chris Mann is the most commercial artist to come from the NBC talent show. To be fair, he’s got some pretty weak competition. No one from The Voice has broken out like a Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood or even a Jordin Sparks.

Truth be told, had Aguilera not been involved with a petty feud with Adam Levine all season long, Mann might’ve done better than fourth place. Team X-Tina never does very well on the NBC singing show. This season, she’s the first judge/mentor to lose her entire team. Girl needs to work on her likability factor on the show. Anyhoo…

Chris Mann isn’t letting placing fourth get him down. The 30-year-old classically trained singer recently released his debut album Roads. As expected, it’s doing well on the classical charts, but he’s hoping it’ll crossover. The Kansas native appeared on The Today Show to perform the title track “Roads” and a cover of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Know“. Check out both performances below.

watch the music videos after the jump

As the popularity of singing and dancing shows has increased, established pop stars (including the judges on the shows) have used the medium as a platform for promoting there own music. I don’t see anything wrong with that, but rather it’s just an observation. On November 28, for example, a preview of Britney Spears & Will.I.Am‘s music video for “Scream & Shout” will premiere on The X Factor. I can’t wait!

This week, three established female pops stars performed on three different reality competition shows and I’m curious to know which one was your favorite. I decided to include these three because each of them is a gay icon in their own way with all three being quite popular within the gay community. Kylie Minogue performed her legendary hit, “Locomotion” on Strictly Come Dancing, while Paula Abdul performed a medley of her hits on Dancing With The Stars last night. Christina Aguilera performed both nights on The Voice this week, performing her new duet with Blake Shelton called “Just A Fool” the first night, and “Let There Be Love” last night. For the record, those are two of my favorite songs on the album, but to keep it fair, I only included the latter performance in the poll below.

Watch the three performances and vote for your favorite below.

Watch & vote after the jump

Typically, I don’t write a recap of the American Music Awards, but I have to give credit where credit is due… this year’s AMAs wasn’t a complete snoozefest. In fact, there were a couple of performances that were fantastic including Kelly Clarkson’s medley of her greatest hits and P!nk’s beyond impressive performance of “Try“. I never thought she’d top her hanging from the rafters acrobatic performance from the MTV VMAs a few years ago, but she did. For those young artists who can’t move around the stage without losing their breath, take a look at P!nk. Breath control to die for.

Justin Bieber walked away with the most trophies with three, while everyone musically-connected to him also scored hardware. His “Beauty and the Beat” duet partner, Nicki Minaj won two, while his mentor Usher also earned another AMA award. Even his “discovery” Carly Rae Jepsen took a trip to the podium. The Canadian singer won Best New Artist.

While all the youngsters earned wins, some oldies popped up on the show as well. Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder end even MC Hammer were there. I swear, when the “U Can’t Touch This” rapper popped up during Psy’s “Gangnam Style” performance, I literally lost my shizz. That was effin’ epic. All this time I thought “Gangnam Style” was the new “Macarena”. Instead, Psy is the Korean version of MC Hammer. Sh*tcatcher pants and all. Check out all the performances below, along with my thoughts on each one. Better hurry quick, before ABC inevitably asks YouTube to take the clips down.

check out my thoughts on each performance after the jump

Christina Aguilera recently had Hoda Kotb in her home for a one-on-one interview with Dateline where she talked about both her personal and professional life. They talk about her new album, her role on The Voice, the scrutiny about her weight, being a mother, and a lot about her past.

Aguilera also talked about some of her inspiration in her music and some of that has been a result of bullying. “I have definitely experienced forms of bullying, and that’s why it’s so important for me to write songs like ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Fighter.’” She added, “On this current record, Lotus is all about being an unbreakable flower that survives the test of time. Throughout the roughest of surroundings and harshest weather conditions it remains strong and thrives.”

The interview is actually quite interesting, with Aguilera really opening up and speaking very honestly about everything. Watch the entire segment below.

Watch the interview after the jump…

Christina Aguilera’s seventh studio album Lotus is out and receiving better reviews than Bionic, but will that translate to album sales? Bionic was considered a commercial debacle and sold only 110,000 copies out of the gate. Since X-Tina is much more visible now thanks to her weekly stint on The Voice, she has a better platform to launch a new album. Just look at her co-judge Adam Levine who currently has the longest-running single of 2012.

Before I get to Christina’s numbers, I wanted to chat briefly about One Direction. The British boy band sensation also released a new album this week. In fact, it’s their second one of 2012. According to Hits Daily Double (which is pretty spot on usually), Take Me Home is on track to move 525,000 to 575,000 making it a sure thing to land No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart next week. Clearly, X-Tina isn’t going to match that number but will Lotus bloom for Auggie? Find out below.

find out Christina’s projected sales numbers after the jump

Our latest Homorazzi episode just aired yesterday on OUTtv with Tommy, Nic, Patrick and Adam (shown above, from left to right). In case you missed it (or if you’re not in Canada), we’ve got the full episode for you to check out below. This was our eighth episode and we definitely had a lot of fun with it.

After sharing our Halloween costumes with you, we move into Gossip and discuss the rumor that Jessica Simpson’s dad is gay. One of the four panelists admits that he finds Joe Simpsons attractive and perhaps has a little crush on him.

In Music, we talk about No Doubt‘s controversial music video and Christina Aguilera’s new Lotus album, which quickly turns into why Tommy thinks Aguilera is “TOO MUCH!” As we delve into Movies, we zone in on the biggest movies of the moment, Skyfall and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Moving onto TV (which Adam & Tommy watch A LOT of), the first show to be discussed is The New Normal. “Nene Leakes is turning me out,” says Tommy. Nic tries to say something is “turning him out” later in the episode, but it doesn’t go so well. LOL. Other shows discussed include American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, DTLA, and RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars.

Watch the episode after the jump…

Album Review: Christina Aguilera’s Lotus

In: Matt, Music

Christina Aguilera has constantly been trying to differentiate herself from other mainstream pop vocalists. Starting off in a time when young blonde pop singers were a dime a dozen, she has spent more than ten years trying on different musical styles. From R&B to electro-pop, not all were a success commercially. (I loved Bionic, shh!)

Aguilera’s latest “rebirth”, Lotus, is a solid album but on the whole disappoints me. Sia, a friend and collaborator of Aguilera’s, was once quoted saying, “Christina Aguilera could shit in a bottle and her fans would still love it.” And it’s true. I do love this album, but after a commercial bomb, a divorce, a flop film, and a few too many trips to Burger King, I was hoping for something more raw, exposed, vulnerable and reflective (see: Stripped). While Aguilera has always maintained that her last album was a work of art, a success in her eyes, it would seem that its failure to achieve commercial results has either pushed her or her label into making an album where overall… she plays it safe.

check out my favorite and least favorite tracks from the album

A few days ago, a new Christina Aguilera power ballad from her upcoming Lotus album was released called “Blank Page” and it was very well received. Now, a totally another song from the album has leaked called “Let There Be Love” and it’s also SO GOOD!

This song is far from a ballad like the last track and with this one, Aguilera has given us quite the treat for the dancefloor. The hook is so amazing and I think this song is gonna take off – you’re gonna love it!. In the chorus, X-tina sings, “Let there be let there be love / Here in the here in the dark / Turning me turning me on / Not gonna fight anymore / Cause I want your touch.” Later in one of the verses, she gets in touch with her “Dirrty” side singing, “Feels so good that I can’t hold back / Just like that / Hit the right spot / Making my eyes roll back.

Lotus comes out on November 13 which is just around the corner. I can’t wait because this is gonna be a good one!

Listen to the track after the jump…

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