RCA RecordsIn a surprising development, Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," which was #1 for two weeks a few months ago, has returned to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, knocking off Lorde's "Royals," which had ruled for two weeks. Why did this happen? It's all because of some dude named Stephen Kardynal.
According to Billboard, Kardynal's parody video version of "Wrecking Ball" -- a nearly shot-by-shot recreation which features him lip-synching to Miley's original version -- has gone viral. Because Billboard changed its rules earlier this year to include YouTube streams when it calculates chart position, the frequent plays of Kardynal's video boosted the song back to the top. It's already logged well over 66 million views.
Billboard notes that the nine weeks between the last time "Wrecking Ball" was #1 and its return to the top spot is the longest in the history of the Hot 100 for a song in its original chart run.
Fueled By RamenParamore will be wrapping up their North American Self-Titled tour this month, but bassist Jeremy Davis won’t be on stage with the group for the final dates. Frontwoman Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York revealed in a blog post on their website that Davis will be dropping out of the remainder of the December gigs so he can support his wife during the birth of their first child.
“Jeremy and his wife, Kathryn, are getting ready to have their baby girl,” writes the band. “We're weeks away now. So he won't be with us at these Christmas shows but now he can go ahead and be with his family in England and he and Kat can bring their little one into the world!”
Williams and York add they’ve recruited former Beck/Nine Inch Nails bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who produced their recently released self-titled album, as a replacement for Davis.
The duo also reveals that the next single from that album will be "Ain't It Fun," and they’ll be releasing a video for the track sometime soon. “We just shot the video yesterday in our hometown and now we're just waiting for all the editing, revisions and approvals to start,” they explain. “No official release date for the single has been set and as usual, the video release will follow suit.”
Image Courtesy VEVO Australia via TwitterAll of the headlines about Justin Bieber's Australian tour lately have focused on his alleged bad behavior, like tagging a hotel wall with graffiti, showing up late for concerts and not keeping his entourage from mistreating people. But here's something that proves that the singer is truly a good person at heart: he gave a seriously injured fan in Melbourne a private concert.
According to the Australian Herald Sun, the lucky teen was Katie O'Neill, a Justin Bieber fan who had saved thousands of dollars in order to attend every one of his Australian shows. Last month, she was in a terrible car accident that left her with a fractured spine, internal bleeding, broken ribs and internal injuries, which meant she couldn't attend the concerts. Her friends then organized a social media campaign to get Justin to visit her instead, and it worked, but not in the way she thought.
The paper reports that Katie got a tweet on Wednesday morning from Justin's camp, and on Wednesday afternoon -- remember, Australia is way ahead of the U.S., timewise -- she was picked up from the hospital and taken to a private studio where Justin did an impromptu acoustic set for her and 50 other fans, organized by VEVO Australia.
Afterwards Katie tweeted, "I AM STILL IN SO MUCH SHOCK. HE IS HONESTLY SO CARING AND BEAUTIFUL I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. I HAD THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE THANK YOU SO MUCH....goodnight @justinbieber thank you for the best night of my entire life i love you more than you could ever imagine."
Justin responded by tweeting a photo of Katie kissing him, to which she responded, "OMFG HE TWEETED THE PHOTO OF ME KISSING HIS CHEEK." When Justin replied, "get some rest. Gnite," Katie freaked out again, tweeting, "HE TWEETED ME AGAIN WHAT THE HELL I REALLY CAN'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED TODAY IS THIS REAL LIFE."
Justin also posted an Instagram collage of pictures of himself with Katie, writing, "She's so strong." A Melbourne-based Bieber fan Twitter feed quoted Justin as saying, "I love my Beliebers so much. They are always there for me and have done so much for me. It was so special to be able to give something back, especially to an amazing fan like Kate, It is what my Believe tour is all about." Justin then retweeted that statement.
Mychal Watts/WireImageJay Z and Beyonce have adopted a new lifestyle by deciding to go vegan temporarily.
On Tuesday, the rap mogul announced his "22 Days Challenge" in which he will only eat plant-based foods. "Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way," he wrote on his Life Times website. "This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a 'plant-based breakfast' everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought."
The challenge began on the eve of his 44th birthday, December 3, and ends on Christmas Day.
He goes on to explain what inspired his decision to go vegan. "There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2 2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day…It just feels right!"
The rapper adds, "So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress… Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out! Please ha. I don’t know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical challenge?"
So far, the couple has already visited a vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily in West Hollywood on Tuesday.
PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Syco EntertainmentMaybe some people think One Direction is just some passing fad, but here's proof that they're not. The group's new album Midnight Memories has debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, and in the process, made some history. The British act is now the first group ever to have their first three albums debut at #1.
Midnight Memories' success follows the #1 debuts of the group's first two discs, Up All Night and Take Me Home. Midnight Memories sold 546,000 copies in its first week in stores, more than those previous two sold in their first two weeks.
One Direction is also the first group to reach #1 -- period -- with their first three albums since 1967, when another group put together for TV did it: The Monkees. Their first disc climbed to the top in 1966, and then within the next year, so did their next two albums, plus a fourth.
Elsewhere on the charts, the deep Black Friday discounts for many albums resulted in big sales increases, according to Billboard. Sales of Katy Perry's PRISM were up 252 percent, thanks to pricing as low as $4.99 at Amazon. Kelly Clarkson's Wrapped in Red was up 195 percent, thanks to $7 pricing at Target. Sales of Miley Cyrus' Bangerz, also priced $7 at Target, were up 228 percent.
Credit: Chapman BaehlerThe Goo Goo Dolls are just one of the many acts who'll be performing on Wednesday night's Christmas in Rockefeller Center special on NBC, which marks the illumination of New York City's famous Christmas tree. But the guys in the group don't think they'll be able to do much mingling with the other performers....well, at least one of them, anyway.
"I doubt they'll let us in the same room with Mariah Carey," jokes Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik, referring to the fact that the diva is also on the bill. "I'm sure she has her own sort of compound of trailers there. But, y'know, maybe we'll get to say hi to Kelly Clarkson. It's so strange: I have no famous friends!"
But the singer will probably be too distracted by the awesome sight of the huge tree to worry about whether or not he'll be hanging with Mariah, Kelly or any of the other performers, who include Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Jewel, Babyface and Ariana Grande.
"New York is the most magic place between Thanksgiving and Christmas," Johnny tells ABC News Radio. "And man, when they light that Christmas tree up, it's incredible."
Christmas in Rockefeller Center airs Wednesday night on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. You can also catch the Goo Goo Dolls on the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which airs December 11 on the Hallmark Channel.
Quang Li/PressHereNow.comEver since Adam Levine was named People's Sexiest Man Alive, there's been plenty of discussion as to whether or not he really deserves the title. Someone who was pretty surprised by Adam's honor was Travie McCoy, who along with his band Gym Class Heroes collaborated with Adam on the hit single "Stereo Hearts." In fact, Travie says he couldn't believe it when he saw Adam's face staring out at him from the rack at his local grocery store.
"They have a magazine section as you're leaving and I'm walking by and I look back, and I'm like, 'Are you serious?'" he tells ABC News Radio of his reaction to the "Sexiest Man Alive" cover story. "Like...Channing Tatum was the last one, [right]? That kinda makes sense, you know what I'm saying? Not to say that Adam's not a good-looking guy, but I'd have to disagree."
Turns out Travie's apparent diss is just sour grapes though -- he laughs, "It shoulda been me on the cover of that!"
Right now, Travie's more concerned with his music than his appearance, though. His single and video with Jason Mraz, "Rough Waters," is out now, and his second solo disc will arrive in 2014. Travie says ironically, "Rough Waters" was a song that he'd almost forgotten about, until his producer resurrected it and had Jason sing on it.
"It was written for an ex-girlfriend and it kinda got put on a backburner," Travie tells ABC News Radio. "And Benny Blanco, who produced the song, was working with Jason Mraz and he's like, 'Yeah, I got this song that I do with Trav awhile ago, would you mind putting some guitars on it?' So he played guitar on it and actually re-sang the hook and then he sent it to me."
"I was like, 'Whoa!'" Travie recalls. "Like, he just brought it to a whole 'nother level and we decided to run with it as a single."
Travie also reveals that hearing the song prompted him to reach out to his ex -- it was while they were having difficulties in their relationship that he originally penned the tune.
"Upon re-listening to it, it shot me back to when I wrote it," he says. "And actually, I called up my ex-girlfriend and e-mailed it to her and she loved it."
And no, the two aren't getting back together, but they're still friends, according to Travie.
ABC News RadioHundreds of fans showed up at the Planet Hollywood Resort Casino in Las Vegas Tuesday night to officially welcome Britney Spears to the site of her upcoming residency, Britney: Piece of Me.
Shortly before Britney’s arrival, at least a dozen or more performers from the show came out to entertain the crowd. They included an acrobat, a fire breather, a snake charmer and plenty of dancers in various outfits -– yes, of course there were schoolgirl skirts.
At the end of their performance, the Las Vegas strip was briefly shut down to make way for the singer’s eight-SUV motorcade. Britney emerged from her car in a tight black dress with a rhinestone top, and took the time to sign autographs for a few fans before posing for photos, accepting flowers from a casino executive, and making a brief, unexpected announcement.
After greeting the town with an excited shout, she told the crowd, “I am so incredibly happy to be here right now. But this is my city now. So I can’t wait to see you guys opening night.”
Photo by: Trae Patton/NBCMatthew Schuler, an artist on Christina Aguilera's team, was eliminated from NBC's The Voice on Tuesday night.
Matthew had fallen into the bottom two with Team Adam Levine's James Wolpert, who was "saved" by fans on Twitter.
NBC had advertised that two artists would be sent home on Tuesday night, but only Matthew got the boot.
James is one of five contestants who advanced to next week's semifinals. The others are Team Christina's Jacquie Lee; Team Blake Shelton's Cole Vosbury; and Team Adam's Will Champlin and Tessanne Chin. Cee Lo Green does not have any artists remaining in the competition.
There were several performances throughout the one-hour results show. The newly-married and pregnant Kelly Clarkson sang "Underneath the Tree," from her new holiday album, Wrapped in Red.
When host Carson Daly asked her how she's feeling, Kelly answered, "I've felt better, I'm looking forward to second trimester."
Kelly returns to NBC on December 11 with her new special, Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale.
The top six brought more cheer with a holiday medley, while Blake sang "Silver Bells" alongside season-one contestant Xenia.
In addition, Jacquie, Matthew and Tessanne collaborated on a rendition of Florence the Machine's "You've Got the Love," and Cole, James and Will joined Extreme rocker Nuno Bettencourt for a performance of the band's 1991 hit "More Than Words."
The semifinals begin next Monday night on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
ABC/Lou RoccoIn her hit "Royals," Lorde sang about being the Queen Bee, and that's exactly what she is in the new video for her latest single, "Team."
In the clip, the singer, with her hair braided and wearing super-dark lipstick, presides over a secret society of teens, who sit around in what looks like a tropical sauna and chug gallon jugs of water. This sauna room appears to be hidden in a huge abandoned industrial-looking building on a waterfront.
Then, a new recruit arrives, brought to the location with a bag over his head. The kid, who looks scrawny and uncool, is put on a motorcycle and forced to "joust" with another kid. They drive very fast towards one another on their bikes, holding what looks like wooden sticks, and the new recruit is knocked over and his nose is bloodied. But instead of failing the initiation, the kid is carried triumphantly into the secret sauna room, borne on the shoulders of the society members, with a huge grin on his face. The message: losers are winners.
In a statement, Lorde says of the video, "This video was borne from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was Queen."
"I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat," she continues. "And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn't need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger. Enjoy."
Courtesy UNICEFEarlier this year, Katy Perry visited Madagascar on behalf of UNICEF and worked with the children there. Now, it looks like she'll be doing a lot more with the organization in the future: she's just been appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
In her new role, Katy will focus specifically on helping vulnerable children worldwide, including those living in poverty, those under the threat of war or those living with violence, abuse and neglect.
Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement, "Katy Perry is already a champion for children, and we look forward to hearing her ‘roar’ on behalf of UNICEF. We are delighted that she is joining us...and lending her remarkable voice to amplify the voices of children and young people around the world.”
Katy herself said, "I believe young people have the power to change their own lives, with our help. I am honored to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and committed to doing everything I can to help children and adolescents who come from such different backgrounds but want the same thing: a brighter future.”
ABC/Richard HarbaughVictoria's Secret model Jessica Hart may not be the most tactful person, but despite reports, dissing Taylor Swift in a major magazine didn't lead to Hart losing her wings...or her job.
The New York Post reported that Hart was fired after she told Women's Wear Daily that she didn't think that Taylor had what it takes to be a Victoria's Secret model, saying that despite how great the singer looked on the runway during the taping of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show TV special, "she didn't fit." Hart later backpedaled on her comment, and now, USA Today reports that, in fact, she still has a job.
"There is no truth to the rumors that Jessica Hart has been fired or that she will no longer work with the brand. As you will see, she was a great part of our show and we look forward to continuing to work with her," Ed Razek, the president and chief marketing officer of Victoria's Secret, told USA Today in a statement.
He added, "We at Victoria's Secret and all those involved, including Jessica Hart, were thrilled to have Taylor be a part of the show. We look forward to sharing her performances next week during the television special."
It is worth noting, however, that Hart is not one of the Victoria's Secret models who appears in a new promo for the special, lip-synching to Taylor's hit "I Knew You Were Trouble." Lily Aldridge, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, Behati Prinsloo and four others can all be seen mouthing the lyrics but Hart is nowhere to be seen. The show airs December 10 on CBS.
Stuart C. Wilson/Getty ImagesIf ever there was a case of someone living up to their name, One Direction's Harry Styles is Exhibit A. The singer was named British Style Icon of the Year at the British Fashion Awards this week.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, at the ceremony held in London Harry beat out David Beckham; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge; and supermodel Cara Delevigne, who he reportedly dated, for the honor. The award is given to an individual who is "an international ambassador for London as a leading fashion capital" and who "embodies the spirit of London."
While Harry may be all that and more, it's possible that the main reason he won is because the award is fan-voted. He's the first male winner ever.
Atlantic RecordsEd Sheeran surprised many a fan when a photo on Instagram revealed that he'd spent Thanksgiving with none other than Jennifer Aniston. He'd previously revealed that he was friends with Courteney Cox, but how did he end up with yet another Friends star? Just a stroke of luck, it turns out.
Speaking to E! Online, Ed reveals that he went to Aniston's after he called one of his buddies after he finished up something in the recording studio that night. "He was like, 'I'm at Jen's house and we're just having a chill hang so I was like, 'OK,'" Ed explained. "Then I turned up…and they're having a proper Thanksgiving meal and I'm there and I think I was wearing my board shorts or something. It was fun."
In fact, Ed says that he also spent part of the day at Courteney Cox's house, where he says he encountered Sacha Baron Cohen -- Borat himself. "We ended up jamming and he would, like, rap in Arabic and stuff. It was very funny," says Ed, noting that Cohen is "one of my all time favorite actors and comedians." But at Aniston's house, Ed says, "I didn't do any music. I just drank."
"I like Thanksgiving," says the British singer. "It's an excuse to spend time with your family and I think that's important." He added that he also enjoyed the turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and gravy.
Star Trak/InterscopeHow many times did you use the Shazam app on your phone to figure out what song was playing? A lot, right? So which song inspired music fans to do that the most in the past 12 months? Shazam has announced that Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" was the most "Shazamed" song of 2013 worldwide, being tagged 17.8 million times.
"Blurred Lines" was also the most "Shazamed" song of the year in the U.S., but then things diverge. In the U.S., the second and third most "Shazamed" songs were Lorde's "Royals" and Pink's duet with Nate Ruess, "Just Give Me a Reason." Worldwide, the second and third most tagged songs were Avicii's "Wake Me Up" and "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
As far as the world's most Shazamed artist is concerned, though, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis take the prize, due to their numerous hits. The duo was also the most Shazamed artist in the U.S., followed by Rihanna and then Robin Thicke. Worldwide, Avicii and Rihanna came in at #2 and #3.
Other artists who ranked among the most Shazamed of the year: Bruno Mars, Imagine Dragons, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake and Calvin Harris.
Shazam is also predicting which artist's songs will be big in 2014, based on the quantity of tags for them right now. Among them: Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, who's launching a music career; British singer Sam Smith; R&B star Jhené Aiko; rapper Kid Ink; and L.A.-based female artist Banks. Are these predictions accurate? Well, last year, the company predicted Passenger's "Let Her Go" would be big in 2013, and now it's top 10.
Justin Lubin/NBCIn the video for her new holiday hit "Underneath the Tree," Kelly Clarkson is giving fans a preview of her upcoming NBC Special, Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale. The video consists of her performance of the song from the December 11 special, as well as some behind-the-scenes footage.
In the video, Kelly -- who was pregnant when she taped the special but hadn't announced it yet -- is seen belting out the number in a long, festive red and gold gown as snowflakes fall. But you'll also see her getting her hair and makeup touched up backstage, rehearsing in a bathrobe and laughing with guests Blake Shelton and former Queer Eye "lifestyle guru" Jai Rodriguez. At one point, we see Blake dressed as a very tall Christmas elf. Kelly is also seen goofing around behind another special guest, country star Trisha Yearwood.
"Underneath the Tree" has just topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, becoming only the 15th Christmas song in the history of the chart to do so.
EllenTV.comBritney Spears' new album Britney Jean includes at least one song inspired by her breakup with her former fiance, but he appears to be long forgotten, since she can't stop gushing about her new man.
Appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' show on Tuesday, Britney said of her boyfriend David Lucado, "He's very passionate and funny and sexy. I like him. I just, I love him!" She revealed that she and David were introduced by friends and have been together eight months. "I think it was instant," Britney said of how long it took her to realize there was something between them.
But there's sometimes trouble in paradise. Britney also told Ellen that just before she came on the show, she and David were in a little "tiff." When Ellen demanded to know what the issue was, Britney said, laughing, "It's his fault, of course! He forgot to call me back for a really long time."
When Ellen asked just how long, she sheepishly revealed, "Like, six hours," as the audience laughed. "But we're fine now! We're totally fine!" said Britney, as Ellen pretended she was going to call him and tell him off.
Britney also spoke briefly about the new album, as well as her upcoming residency in Vegas. "I just feel like it's ideal. I've done four tours in the past five years and I've been traveling all around the world, and I think it's ideal to have one place to go to, and it's more family-oriented," she explained.
Universal RecordsDecember means it's time for end-of-the-year roundups, and Rolling Stone is one of the first out of the gate with its list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013. Ranking in the top 10 on the survey are albums by Lorde, Kanye West and Daft Punk.
Kanye's album Yeezus comes in at #2 on the list, with Rolling Stonenoting that it's the rapper's "most extreme album ever," and that it features him "taking you on a guided tour of the dark sh** inside his brain." Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, featuring the hit single "Get Lucky," is in at #3, with what the magazine describes as "lush Seventies-style studio funk fusion." Lorde's debut, Pure Heroine, is #7, and the magazine says its success was due to the 17-year-old singer's "sultry, swaggering, hip-hop-savvy, fully grown voice and stark synth jams as earworm-y as Miley's or Katy's splashiest hits."
Absent from Rolling Stone's list are the latest albums by Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. The album that came in at #1 was Modern Vampires of the City, by the alt-rock group Vampire Weekend. Here's a sampling of what else made the list:
14. Drake, Nothing Was the Same 24. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 27. Miley Cyrus, Bangerz 30. Tegan & Sara, Heatthrob 45. Avicii, True
Live Nation/Interscope RecordsLady Gaga was forced to cancel her Born this Way Ball earlier this year due to hip surgery, and now she's raring to get back on the road. The singer has just announced the dates for her new tour, artRave: The ARTPOP Ball, which kicks off May 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Many of the cities Gaga plans to visit are those she didn't get to play as a result of the previous tour cancellation, while others have never hosted a concert by her before. Tickets go on sale December 9, but members of Gaga's social media network, LittleMonsters.com, will have early access.
Gaga will warm up for the tour by doing seven sold-out shows at New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom from March 28 through April 7. They will be the last shows at that venue before it closes its doors forever, and those concerts have set the record for the most consecutive shows by any artist at Roseland.
Here are Lady Gaga's tour dates, with more likely to be added:
5/4 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL,BB&T Center 5/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 5/8 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center 5/10 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun 5/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 5/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 5/15 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center 5/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 5/20 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Entergy Center 5/22 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre 5/25 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome 5/26 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place 5/28 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena 5/30 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena 6/2 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena 6/3 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose 6/30 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 7/2 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre 7/9 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre 7/11 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 7/14 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center 7/16 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 7/17 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 7/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena 7/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
Photo by: Trae Patton/NBCThe six remaining artists on NBC's The Voice were back in the spotlight on Monday night. This time, they were asked to perform two songs: a special dedication they chose themselves, and a coach's pick.
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and CeeLoGreen were all in their usual seats to offer their opinions. Cee Lo does not have any artists left in the competition.
Blake's lone remaining protégé, Cole Vosbury, opened the show with a coach's pick: "Rich Girl," by Hall & Oates. Blake said it was evident that Cole has been working hard. He added that Cole's live version of the song could easily sell on iTunes as is. Adam, a self-professed Hall & Oates fan, told Cole it is a joy to listen to him sing.
Tessanne Chin, the first of three Team Adam artists to take the stage, was assigned "Redemption Song," by Bob Marley. Tessanne was excited about the choice, since both she and Marley are Jamaican. Adam said he got lost in her performance, and that viewers should understand the "potency" of both Bob Marley and Tessanne Chin. Christina again detected a more pronounced accent in Tessanne's vocals.
Matthew Schuler of Team Christina unveiled his special dedication song, One Direction's "Story of My Life," as a tribute to his family. Christina approved of the choice and said the "modulation" made it seem as if the heavens had opened up. Adam admired the fact that Matt went in a different direction after his stirring cover of "Hallelujah" on the show last month.
Adam Levine artist Will Champlin dedicated Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" to his wife and their baby daughter. His coach raved about the courage and the grit Will displayed on stage. Cee Lo suggested that Will was "overly ambitious" at times, but added that Will got back on track.
Will's teammate, James Wolpert, put a folksy spin on The White Stripes rocker "Fell in Love with a Girl," which he dedicated to his father. Adam liked the fact that it was simple and different, even if there was a mess-up in the middle of it.
Christina gave Jacquie Lee "Cry Baby," by Janis Joplin. Christina embraced her on stage after the performance, and declared how proud she is of the teen. Cee Lo marveled at the diversity of the song choices for Jacquie during the competition.
Cole returned with his dedication song, James Morrison's "Better Man." He chose it with his first love -- with whom he's no longer involved -- in mind. Blake joked, "If you don't get her back now, something's wrong." Christina advised him to preserve his voice during rehearsals because he sounded a little raspy.
Tessanne dedicated a rendition of Katy Perry's new single, "Unconditionally," to her mother and father. Her coach, Adam, noted that past contestants have had trouble with Katy's songs, but Tessanne's range allows her to perform virtually whatever she wants. Blake called her a "world-class vocalist."
The coach's pick for Matthew was "When A Man Loves A Woman," made famous by Percy Sledge and later Michael Bolton. Christina said he took things back to basics after tackling One Direction earlier in the night. Blake said it seemed Matthew and his teammate, Jacquie, were bringing the best out of each other.
Adam assigned Will "Hey Brother," by Avicii. Adam said with each passing week he wants to see more from Will. Blake was unfamiliar with the song but he loved the banjo influence.
Jacquie won brownie points with her coach by singing Christina's "The Voice Within." Christina said she appreciates that Jacquie took on such a big song, which she described as "age appropriate." She added that Jacquie has only scratched the surface of her talents.
James closed the night with Adam's choice for him, the Meat Loaf classic "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." Adam revealed to the crowd that James was not feeling well, then said that under the circumstances, James did a good job.
Two artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, which airs on NBC at 9 p.m. Eastern time.