The 81st annual lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree took place in Rockefeller Center last night. It was by far one of their most star-studded lineups yet. Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Leona Lewis and Jewel all performed. Undoubtedly, no one does Yuletide tracks better than Mimi. Naturally, all the female singers brought their “A” game for the diva duel. Who came out on top? Watch some of the performances below and you decide.
Just in case you were wondering, this year’s Norway spruce came from Shelton, CT. It stands 76-foot tall and 47 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 12 tons. The tree is estimated to be about 75 years old. Reportedly, more than 45,000 energy-efficient multi-colored LED lights adorn the tree and features a 9 ½ foot wide LED-lit Swarovski crystal star on top.
Not in the Christmas spirit yet? Watching Leona Lewis’ latest music video will change that in an instant.
The X Factor winner in her pimped out white Mercedes heads to her cabin nestled in the snowy woods. Once the tree is decorated and food prepared, her friends arrive for a cozy Christmassy good time. “One More Sleep” is one of three original tracks from Lewis’ first holiday album, Christmas With Love. Check out the video below.
It’s worth noting that Leona looks absolutely stunning in the clip. Simply gorgeous.
Kelly Clarkson isn’t the only reality show winner to release her first Christmas album this year. Leona Lewis is also getting in the Yuletide spirit. Christmas, With Love consists of holiday classics along with original compositions including “One More Sleep,” “Your Hallelujah” and “Mr Right” which were all co-written by Lewis.
The surprise and standout on the album is her rendition of “Ave Maria.” The X Factor winner goes into full operatic mode. Apparently, before becoming a pop superstar, she trained in opera initially. Her past training is definitely evident on her cover. She impresses tremendously. Christmas, With Love is out on December 2nd in the UK and December 3rd in the US. Check out the album sampler below.
Kelly Clarkson isn’t the only reality singing competition veteran to bring Yuletide greetings this year. Leona Lewis is offering up her own Christmas album. Titled With Love, Lewis’ album will be more Motown-influenced. The lead cut, “One More Sleep,” leaked online earlier today. Give it a listen below.
Leona’s album will hit UK streets on November 24. Currently (and most likely never) there is no North American release date. For some reason Lewis isn’t as popular on this side of the pond. Any theories on why? Sound off below.
British publication Heat magazine has ranked United Kingdom’s richest celebs under the age of 30 since 2010. From the very beginning, Daniel Radcliffe reigned supreme among his peers. That is until this year’s list. Not surprisingly the boys of One Direction knocked off Harry Potter from the top slot. With combined earnings of £59 million, the pop heartthrobs left their fellow countrymen (and women) in the dust.
Also making the list are Radcliffe’s Hogwarts classmates. Both Emma Watson and Rupert Grint ranked in the Top 10 at No. 5 and No. 7 respectively. Hermoine isn’t top bitch though. Earning the title as the highest-ranking female on the list is Keira Knightley at No. 4. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
OMFGGGGG! This is absolutely amazing. To celebrate a decade of the X Factor, the UK show has created a wicked mashup highlighting the biggest acts from the reality singing competition. From it’s first bonafide superstar Leona Lewis to Series 9 winner James Arthur, the clip perfectly showcases the range of talent the show has discovered. Other acts included in the clip are Cher Lloyd, Alexandra Burke, Amelia Lily, JLS, Joe McElderry, Little Mix, Misha B, Olly Murs, Union J and of course One Direction. Hope I didn’t miss anyone out. It really is a sensational video. It’s a definite must watch.
American Idol should really consider doing the same to promote its upcoming thirteenth season. Can you imagine a video mashup with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia, Phillip Phillips, Daughtry and countless other Idol alums. It would be epic.
Poor Leona Lewis. The 28-year-old Brit just can’t get a break lately. First, she lost out “We Found Love” to Rihanna and now Ellie Goulding has taken her sloppy seconds, transforming it to a potential dance anthem. You know what they say. One pop diva’s trash is another pop diva’s hit song ;)
“Burn” was originally recorded by the X Factor winner for Glassheart but was removed when the album was retooled to include more ballads. Turns out, that strategy didn’t work and Lewis’ third studio effort was her only one not to debut at number one in the UK. It’s a shame really because “Trouble” and bonus track “Collide” are pretty awesome.
The Ryan Tedder-produced cut is getting a second shot at becoming a global smash. Goulding is using “Burn” as the lead cut for her repackaged sophomore album Halcyon. Ellie has added more upbeat pop tracks in hopes of making Halcyon less somber and dark. As much as I like Leona and rooting for her, I prefer Ellie’s vocals on the track. Check out both versions below and weigh in afterward.
Earlier this fall, Leona Lewis released her third album titled, Glassheart on October 12 and she’s now released the music video for one of the singles from the album called “Lovebird“. The song was co-written by Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Britney Spears), Joshua Coleman and Dr. Luke.
In the video, a stunning Leona sings from inside a giant birdcage (sans wings like in Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t Be Tamed” music video), while in other scenes she sings in front of a wind machine to achieve the “hair blowing in the wind” effect.
According to Wikipedia, the first single from this album was “Collide” (released over a year ago). That being said, the album track listing only has “Collide” listed in an Afrojack remix version on the deluxe edition so that’s a little contradictory. More recently, the second single was released as “Trouble” which featured the sexy Colton Haynes as her love interest in the music video. “Lovebird” is then technically the third single from her Glassheart album. Watch & listen to the music video below.