It was the return of the mentors on Tuesday’s (May 14) episode of The Voice! Season 2′s Robin Thicke returned, along with current season mentors Hillary Scott (along with the rest of Lady Antebellum) and Pharrell Williams. The three wise ones — not to mention coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine — performed with the final twelve contestants, while Shakira and Usher kept busy by looking hot on the sidelines.
Despite the fact that every single performance from Monday’s show charted on iTunes, the dreams of two hopefuls do need to be dashed on live television to keep this ball rolling. But before the chopping block, check out these performances! More »
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:: A new poll of US citizens found that a majority of us just plain do not like Justin Bieber (54% unfavorability rating, 20% likablity). Same goes for Chris Brown (shocker!), who scored a whopping 57% on the unfavorable scale. The best-scoring pop star was Adele with 54% favorability, which begs the question, who are the unfeeling psychopaths responsible for the remaining 46%? [NME]
:: The lovely Solange has launched her own label, Saint Records. It’ll be distributed through Sony and she’ll put her forthcoming album out on it. [Billboard]
:: Maroon 5 are heading on tour with Kelly Clarkson this summer, and frontman Adam Levine says it will be unlike any other M5 trek. Levine told Ryan Seacrest, “I think the scene of this tour is going to be hip hop … we’re working in some amazing things that I don’t want to talk about.” So, get ready for whatever that means! [RyanSeacrest.com]
:: Gucci Mane has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault charges. The rapper allegedly struck a man in the head with a bottle at an Atlanta nightclub in March, and was in jail for three weeks before being released on bond earlier this month. [TMZ]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can catch on TV today. More »
Drake is most definitely at the top with a dozen nominations at the 2013 BET Awards. Despite not releasing a new album since November 2011, he’s had a busy year with guest spots, videos and a couple singles from his forthcoming album. Oh, and that Aaliyah album if it ever happens.
The Canadian rapper is up for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Video of the Year (“Started From the Bottom” and “HYFR”) and Viewers Choice, among others. Nobody else snagged nearly as many nods as Drizzy; 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar were the closest with eight nominations each. More »
Demi Lovato‘s fourth album, Demi, is pure pop. It’s full of bright production, blaring vocals and big ballads. It’s not as intimate or raw as some of Lovato’s prior material, and it may not convert any new fans, but it’s a solid addition to Demi’s deceptively deep catalog.
Our own Sam Lansky summed it up thusly on his way to handing out a 4/5: “It’s not a deeply confessional album, nor defined by its sonic risks: Demi is polished commercial pop, but it’s as great as polished commercial pop comes. The ballads are appropriately squishy, the uptempo tracks are alternately sweet and sassy.” Clearly, we enjoyed the album. But the critical reception across the Web was all over the place. Read through to see our roundup of reviews. More »
Apologies on this one because I’m a little bit late to the party (it dropped last week!), but I couldn’t stand the idea of not showing some love to the crazy-sexy-cool video for “Lolita” from Leah LaBelle, former American Idol finalist-turned-Epic Records R&B chanteuse and, apparently, pop music’s biggest Nabokov enthusiast. This Pharrell-produced single is slinky good fun, with a chorus that’s properly huge — the type of radio candy that should command more mainstream attention than it’s snagged (so far, at least).
The accompanying visual has plenty of heart-shaped glasses — an apropos homage unto itself, but cleverly, it’s the boys (all shirtless) trailing LaBelle through a series of sexy situations (especially that carwash — yikes!) who are wearing them. LaBelle seems more than comfortable putting her feminine wiles to good use as the queen bee, and she — like the song — absolutely deserves to be worshiped. More »
“Bittersweet” can’t even begin to describe how we feel about this bit of news. Chris Brown announced earlier today (May 14) that his next single, “They Don’t Know,” features unreleased vocals from the late, great Aaliyah. Think happy thoughts: new Aaliyah vox!
It’s always slightly questionable when a dead person’s unfinished art is arbitrarily shepherded through to a commercial release via time-traveling collaboration, but, ugh, this sucks. Is it Brown’s attempt to one-up Drake, who was orchestrating a posthumous Aaliyah album? We weren’t even keen on Drizzy’s “collaboration” with Aaliyah, “Enough Said,” and we like Drake! This is too much cognitive dissonance for us to handle on a Tuesday afternoon, guys. More »
Justin Bieber‘s Believe tour already had the makings of some Saturday morning cartoon extravaganza — the pet monkey, the toppled piano, the bizarre outfits — but now it’s downright surreal. While the star was serenading his mom on stage at his Mother’s Day show in Johannesburg, South Africa Sunday (May 12), bandits were making off with all his concert earnings.
In what is being described as an Ocean’s 11-style heist, “involving ropes and chisels to lower themselves into a safe room,” the robbers made off with the night’s cash earnings — about $330,000, according to TMZ. That’s some serious booty. But Bieber doesn’t seem to be very fazed by it, reportedly tweeting to TMZ, “It wasn’t me.” More »
There are plenty of music events devoted to showering our favorite pop stars in awards — from the Grammys to the Billboard Music Awards. The SESAC Pop Awards, on the other hand, are an annual celebration of the talented players behind-the-scenes, including the industry’s finest songwriters, producers and executives.
This year’s ceremony, which was hosted last night at the New York Public Library, saw acts like Danja, Swizz Beatz and Omarion picking up awards for their contribution to pop music over the past year.
We got a chance to chat with Michelle Williams, who was on hand to present Rico Love with the Songwriter of the Year award, about her upcoming album. More »
Ah, the inimitable Kandi! After dropping by Idolator headquarters to teach us a thing or two about her history as a Grammy-award winning songwriter — specifically, her now-iconic smash “No Scrubs” for TLC — she turned her attention to her new show, The Kandi Factory, which sees the multi-hyphenate mentoring aspiring artists by teaching them the tricks of the trade as they record a prime songwriting cut from Kandi’s own arsenal.
With The Kandi Factory in mind, Kandi offered up some very practical advice on how to make it as a singer-songwriter in the business — and some of her insights may come as a surprise. More »
Carrie Underwood pops in purple on the June 2013 cover of Marie Claire. The country superstar and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football siren opened up about her family life in the latest issue. Underwood explained why having much older siblings gave her thick skin, and opened up about her perceived iciness. Head below for interview highlights and click through the sexy spread up top. More »