School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope RecordsRixton's song "Me and My Broken Heart" was a hit last year, but it's only this week that the British band's debut album, Let the Road, is hitting stores. While they say it's been nice for them to have been able to lay the groundwork for the album's release, they're relieved it's finally in fans' hands.
"We were ready [for it to come out] six years ago when we first formed," says lead singer Jake Roche of the album's delayed release. "So it feels great now. And y'know, you have to have that momentum and that snowball effect, if you will....so it feels ready and it feels right."
While anyone who's seen Rixton live over the past year has already heard many of the album's songs, Let the Road serves as a good introduction for those who are only familiar with "Me and My Broken Heart" and its follow-up singles.
"I think it’s quite versatile," drummer Lewi Morgan tells ABC Radio of the album. "I gets across all our musicality, and vocally, we focus very heavily on vocals, y'know, we’re all about harmonies. So I think it very much shows off everything that we’re about."
As for the album's title, it takes its name from a harmony-heavy song that Jake and bass player Danny Wilkin wrote six years ago called "Let the Road." So why was it the right title to sum up the album?
"Well the main thing that we’re all about is family," Danny explains. "We all love our families and that song is, 'No matter where the road takes you, you can always follow it back home to where you belong.' So I think it gets across exactly what is important to us four, and hopefully everyone else feels the same way."
Rixton is currently on the road opening for Ariana Grande.
Pamela LittkyA diverse group of artists led by Fall Out Boy, Train and No Doubt will headline Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, a free event that'll be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on April 18. Also on the bill are Usher, Mary J. Blige and rock band My Morning Jacket. Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am will co-host with Soledad O'Brien.
The event -- a expansion of the annual Global Citizen Festival held in New York City's Central Park -- will mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and is designed to educate and inspire people to take immediate action, not only to solve climate change, but to end extreme poverty. Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project, says in a statement, "Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day will see thousands of citizens calling on world leaders continue to recognize that the effects of climate change are felt the hardest by the world’s poor."
Additional performers and appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.
In a statement, No Doubt said, "Last year we rocked with 60,000 global citizens in Central Park, all committed to ending extreme poverty. We now help bring this movement to the nation’s capital, this time with a focus on climate change and its...effect on the world’s poor. We owe it to our children to protect our planet and their futures.”
Usher added, "I’m proud to lend my voice to the call to end extreme poverty, solve climate change, and educate our youth on such a historic stage.”
Fall Out Boy's statement said, "We are honored and humbled to be a part of this crucially important event. Taking direct action to make the world a better place...but for our kids and all future generations."
Train stated, "[We are] honored to lend our music to the movement to protect our environment. We are excited to join everyone on the National Mall to help shine a light on such important issues.”
“Our generation has the power to build a better world,” added Mary J. Blige. “On April 18th, we will come together for a day of music, education, and action as we call on world leaders to build a world free from poverty and climate injustice.”
The daughter and only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston has remained in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Georgia since she was found face-down in a bathtub in late January.
In a message posted Wednesday on WhitneyHouston.com, Patricia Houston, the late singer's sister-in-law and the president of The Whitney Houston Estate, writes, “Today is Bobbi Kristina's 22nd birthday and we ask you to continue to keep her in your prayers as she is still fighting the battle of her life.”
FOXWednesday’s edition of American Idol featured the season’s first live show, with host Ryan Seacrest revealing which eight guys would get the chance to sing once again for America’s vote to secure a spot as a top finalist.
The top eight guys, as decided by America’s vote, are Daniel Seavey, Mark Andrews, Rayvon Owen, Adam Ezegelian, Clark Beckham, Nick Fradiani, Qaasim Middleton and Quentin Alexander.
It was the end of the line for Riley Bria, Trevor Douglas, Savion Wright and Michael Simeon.
The top eight girls will be revealed Thursday night.
The top eight guys took the stage at The Fillmore Detroit Theater in the Motor City and performed classic Motown songs for judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as America’s votes.
Aretha Franklin opened the show with a performance of “I Will Survive.”
The first performer of the night was 15-year-old Daniel Seavey, who sang Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).” Keith loved the performance, declaring, “For me, all you need is to just keep doing this.” Keith, however, did urge Seavey to play around with the melodies a little more. Jennifer was also pleased with the performance, overall, but thought the key was a little low for Seavey. Harry didn’t think Seavey was “singing and swingin’ hard enough,” and said the teen needed to feel the beat a little more.
Mark Andrews was the next artist called to the stage. He tackled The Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” The performance felt a little flat for Lopez, who said she didn’t “connect” with it. Connick loved what he called Andrews’ “jam band” arrangement, but wondered how far he would go in the competition if he did too many of them.
The next act up on the stage was Rayvon Owen, who followed with another Temptations song, “My Girl.” Harry complimented Owen on the performance, as well as his stage presence, but wanted to see other sides of Rayvon’s personality in the future. J-Lo praised the singer for making the song his own.
Adam Ezegelian sang “I Want You Back,” by the Jackson 5. Urban thought it was a great song choice. Jennifer also thought Ezegelian did an amazing job on the song. Harry declared the singer’s voice was his most “dangerous” talent, noting he was able to tackle a lot of really high notes and nail every one of them.
The next name announced was Clark Beckham, who took on Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “The Tracks of My Tears.” The audience enjoyed it, as well as Lopez, who declared Beckham had one of the best voices in the competition. She did, however, pass on some advice Aretha Franklin gave her about singing live, noting Clark should “not think so much” and just “let loose and feel” the song. Connick thought the performance showcased all of the strategic things an Idol performance needs, including a lot of high notes, but it lacked “a beginning a middle and an end.” Urban would have liked to see Beckham ditch the band and deliver a more stripped down performance.
Nick Fradiani tackled Stevie Wonders’ “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Connick thought it was a great arrangement and performance, showcasing Fradiani’s guitar-playing skills, as well as his vocals, but urged Nick to smile a little more. Urban didn’t think the singer looked comfortable playing the guitar, noting it seemed to prevent him from moving around the stage.
Qaasim Middleton followed with Wonder’s “I Wish,” complete with some flashy dance moves. Keith said when Middleton gets in front of an audience he "just explodes." Jennifer also thought Middleton owned the stage, but warned him not to forget the vocal aspect of his performance. Harry declared, “That’s what we’re looking for.”
The last act to sing for America’s vote was Quentin Alexander, who had the audience and judges bopping to yet another Stevie Wonder tune, “Master Blaster (Jammin’).” After gushing, “I’m glad you’re here,” Lopez called Alexander’s performance “easy and smooth” and declared him one of her favorites in the competition. Connick said Quentin “settled into the groove” of the song, but noticed a little reservation during the performance, chalking it up to Alexander being “freaked out because [he] was the last guy to get put through.” Urban praised the performance and said Quentin knows who he is and what songs suit him.
American Idol continues Thursday on Fox at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Peter Hapak for Men’s HealthJustin Bieber is shirtless again -- this time on the cover of Men’s Health. The singer and Calvin Klein model, who recently turned 21, bares his abs, and a little bit of his soul, in a new interview for the magazine’s Reinvention Issue. "This is almost like a full 180 from how I was," he tells the magazine.
He talks about making the transition from boy to man, and how that process was sped up by living a life in the public eye. “I had to grow up so quick,” he tells the mag. “And it was almost like I grew up for the public but I didn’t necessarily grow up. There were things I had to do, as far as the way I had to make relationships, and conversation, but as far as actually growing up, there were a lot of things I missed out on.”
As was perhaps evident from his recent apology tour, which included appearances on The Ellen DeGeneresShow and heartfelt Facebook video confessionals, Justin says this past year has been one of progress. “This has really been a big year for me, as far as figuring stuff out,” he says. “This is almost like a full 180 from how I was. Yesterday -- a year from yesterday -- I was in jail.”
But while he’s keen on not repeating certain mistakes of his youth, he doesn’t want to say goodbye to his childhood completely. “There’s a part of me that I don’t ever want to grow up,” he says. “I want to always remain...to have that sense of purity inside of me where I don’t...I don’t want to lose that sense of purity.”
Justin, who’s gearing up for his Comedy Central Roast on March 30, also reveals some other interesting tidbits about himself. For example, he can solve the Rubik’s Cube in less than a minute and he has a man crush on Ben Affleck. Selena Gomez’s ex also says he’s “very much a relationship guy” and is attracted to brunettes.
The April issue of Men’s Health hits newsstands March 10. Of course, the Internet is already speculating about whether or not Justin’s muscles in the cover photo were enhanced with the power of Photoshop.
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute Last month, controversial British journalist and TV personality Katie Hopkinstweeted some extremely nasty comments about Kelly Clarkson, criticizing her for her weight and her appearance. Well, if Hopkins was hoping to shame Kelly into going on a diet, she's failed, because the singer just doesn't give a hoot.
Asked what she thought of Hopkins' tweets -- one of which asked, "Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers?" -- Kelly told the British magazine Heat, ""I don't have a clue what you're talking about. Someone tweeted something about me?" After it was explained to Kelly who Hopkins is, Kelly laughed, "Oh, and she's tweeted something nasty about me? That's because she doesn't know me. I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will."
"I've just never cared what people think," she added. "It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family -- I don't seek out any other acceptance."
While unknown in the U.S., Hopkins is well known in the U.K., for, among other things, openly criticizing anyone who is overweight. In fact, she even starred in a reality show in which she purposely gained and then lost about 40 pounds, to show that people are capable of dieting successfully and have no excuse for being obese.
A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaLady Gaga already received praise from Julie Andrews for her Sound of Music Oscars tribute, and now another Sound of Music star has given her the stamp of approval.
Christopher Plummer, who played Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 film, tells Deadline he thought Gaga’s performance at the February 22 ceremony was “just wonderful.” He especially liked that she kept the music’s classic style. “She sang it so well in the style of the piece and she didn’t add any modern rock sounds,” the 85-year-old says. “She did it straight and she has a lovely voice.”
PLummer, who won his first Oscar in 2012 for his role in Beginners, wasn’t able to make the ceremony this year, but he says it was just as well. He wanted Julie Andrews to have her moment. “I didn’t go to the Oscars because first of all I couldn’t, and the second thing, it was a tribute to her,” he says. “I would’ve looked stupid being there and not doing anything.”
The actor will get his own moment on March 27, when his hands and footprints are immortalized at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music.
School Boy/Interscope RecordsThe much buzzed-about Carly Rae Jepsen video, starring Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, has an official premiere date. The “I Really Like You” video is set to debut on Bravo Media this Friday.
Beginning Wednesday night, the network will run on-air promotions for the reality show Newlyweds: The First Year featuring Carly's catchy new tune. Then on March 6, the video for the song will premiere on BravoTV.com’s The Daily Dish at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
Carly recently told ABC Radio that the video will follow a day in the life of Tom Hanks, as he prepares to join the singer for her music video. It’s sort of a “video inside of a video,” she said. Justin Bieber also makes a cameo.
ABC/Randy HolmesAfter her own struggles with self-image, Demi Lovato wants her fans to know that looks aren’t everything. The 22-year-old singer spoke to E! News about unrealistic beauty standards while promoting her Tampax Always Radiant campaign in Los Angeles this week.
"Your body is going to change, your looks are going to change, you're going to have great hair and makeup days, you're going to have bad hair and makeup days -- it doesn't define who you are,” she explained. “At the end of the day, who you are is who people really see.”
Last week, Demi shared an Instagram photo of herself in a bikini, to show her fans that she doesn’t have a “thigh gap” and she’s ok with that. "For some reason this whole thigh gap thing has kind of swept over what people think is beautiful," Demi told E!. "And if you have that naturally then that's totally fine, you're still beautiful. But my body doesn't naturally have that. I wanted to show my fans out there who don't naturally have [the thigh gap] that it's okay. You don't have to have what you see in the magazines if that's not what your body naturally has."
Demi strives to be a role model to young girls, but she also looks to role models of her own for inspiration. "Some of the women that really inspire me, I would say I've become really close with Jennifer Lopez," she said. "She's such a strong, confident woman that she's really helped me with learning that stuff and she's just such an inspirational person and so empowering and if there's anybody that's super radiant and confident, it's her."
Republic RecordsJennifer Lawrence said she hated having to sing on camera for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, but we’re guessing she may have changed her tune about the experience now. The actress has been nominated for her haunting rendition of “The Hanging Tree” at this year’s MTV Movie Awards, just one month after the song was certified platinum.
J. Law is competing in the Best Musical Moment category against Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in Neighbors, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton Twins, and Miles Teller in Whiplash. We’d say she has a good shot, being that her “musical moment” is the only one out of the nominees that became a bona fide radio hit.
You can vote for Jennifer and all of your favorites at MovieAwards.MTV.com. The 2015 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Amy Schumer, will air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles April 12.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTVTaylor Swift, Selena Gomez and a bunch of their best gal pals got together Tuesday night to celebrate Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello's 18th birthday.
The group made it a stay-at-home bash, complete with two cakes, party hats and a tiara for the birthday girl. Taylor Instagrammed a picture from the soiree as the girls sang “Happy Birthday to You” to Camila. Selena also posted a photo from the night, with the caption: "Camila_Cabello happy birthday my nugget. #girlsnighttothefullest."
Other famous besties in attendance included the sister band Haim, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland. Jaime King, who recently appointed Taylor godmother of her unborn child, was also there to celebrate.
Image Group LA/ABCJordin Sparks’ new album, Right Here, Right Now, is due out in May. And yes, it will include a couple of songs inspired by her breakup with Jason Derulo.
"Everybody takes experiences from their personal life and puts it in there because that's how you get the real emotion, that’s how you get the real story,” Jordin tells E! News. “That's how that one fan that is laying in her room puts on your record and she cries with you because she feels it with you …I’ve always drawn from personal experiences to sing songs.”
Jordin and Jason split last September after dating for three years. Jordin, 25, explains that she’s been able to channel these experiences of love and heartbreak in ways she wasn’t able to do when she was younger. "When I was 17 and I put out my first record, I had never been in love like that before,” she says. “So doing a song like ‘No Air,’ I had to imagine what it would feel like to lose somebody that I loved that much.”
She adds, “Now, I know what it feels like to feel like I can't get out of bed in the morning because it hurts so bad or feel like I can't breathe, but I also know the other side. Like, I know what those butterflies feel like."
While the breakup-inspired songs might have come from a painful place, Jordin's latest single, "Double Tap," was inspired by something not nearly as heavy: Instagram. Released Tuesday, “Double Tap” features rapper 2 Chainz, who coincidentally also worked with Jason on the song “Talk Dirty.”
"So you double-tap to 'like' a picture, so there are a couple of ways you could take it,” Jordin explains. “For me, in the song, I take it as a girl knowing that there's a guy looking at her pictures, but he won't like them because he doesn't want her to know. And she's like 'I bet you're not going to double-tap that picture.'"
"Double Tap" is available on iTunes now. If you pre-order Jordin’s new album from her website, you'll get your name featured on the album booklet’s “thank you” page.
Alex KirzhnerFlo Rida has a new EP on the way and he’s launching a campaign to get fans hyped for its release.
The rapper will be dropping new songs, videos, contests and other major announcements in the weeks leading up to the April 7 release of the My House EP. He’s calling the campaign “Flo Madness,” because it coincides with the college basketball's "March Madness" NCAA tournament. The hotly anticipated EP includes some interesting collaborations, like the track “I Don’t Like It, I Love It,” featuring Robin Thicke and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White.
Anyone pre-ordering the EP now will receive an instant download of Flo Rida’s newest single, “Once in a Lifetime.” The video for that song was released Tuesday. Additional instantly available tracks, including “I Don’t Like It, I Love It,” will be made available bi-weekly preceding the EP’s release.
ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteKelly Clarkson is having a moment. After taking time off to welcome her first child, River Rose, the Grammy-winning singer is back with a new album, Piece by Piece, and a newly announced tour. And Kelly says her contentment with her personal life -- husband, baby and two stepkids -- has her super-excited for the future, whatever it may bring.
"I mean, this is gonna sound so cheesy but I have the most successful marriage and I have the best kids ever and I just feel like anything is possible at this point," Kelly tells ABC Radio. "And I’ve always kinda been that kid, but I just feel like they make me so much more empowered. And I have a couple of other things in the works because they’ve been inspiring me, so we’ll see. It’s going to be a very different next decade."
Those "other things" might include a future stint on Broadway, a country album and more. But for now, Kelly is focusing on Piece by Piece, the album she recorded while she was pregnant with River. Unlike her previous albums, Kelly didn't co-write the bulk of the material, because she had such a difficult pregnancy and was constantly sick. Instead, she recorded songs written by others, and she's pleased with the results.
"This is the first album I didn’t write too much...I just was feeling so down," Kelly tells ABC Radio. "And so it was interesting. I mean, I have a lot of singer-songwriter friends, so that helped! And then, also, it was interesting just to tell people, 'Hey, we’re looking for these kind of songs,'” and to see what everybody submitted. It was a different process for this album, and I loved it."
As a result, Piece by Piece is an interesting mix of upbeat, danceable tunes, heartfelt ballads, a handful of very personal songs written Kelly, a duet with John Legend and two tracks co-written by Sia. "Yeah, it was just a lot of randomness on this album, but it all kind of fit together," Kelly tells ABC Radio. "And [it] was very much just my mood while I was trying to climb out of the rabbit hole of pregnancy."
One unexpected benefit of recording the album while pregnant, Kelly says, was the way she was able to bring extra emotion to the material.
"It is a different thing, it’s hard to describe to people," she says. "Like, you just feel everything a hundred percent more. Everything is enhanced when you’re pregnant. And there are good and bad points of that, ‘cause when I was feeling sick it would be really bad, but when I wasn’t, you’d get these really raw emotional vocals, and they would just be even more vulnerable than normal, so I loved it."
Kelly jokes that she liked that experience so much that she might insist on being "knocked up" for the follow-up to Piece by Piece, too. "I probably will be [pregnant] while recording the next one, 'cause I do want another baby," she laughs.
Meanwhile, the singer will launch her Piece by Piece tour July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. And how different will it be hitting the road with baby River in tow?
"This is gonna sound funny-slash-horrible but I already traveled with two dogs beforehand, so now I’ve just kind of switched out," Kelly laughs. "Dogs are harder! Like, I have a baby and I’m telling you: dogs are harder to keep up with than my baby!"
Trae Patton/NBCThe blind auditions continued on NBC's The Voice Tuesday night. Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams once again sat in their rotating chairs as they listened to more singers and continued to build their teams.
Tuesday’s show included a U.S. Army soldier who started singing in the West Point Band as a means of jump-starting his singing career. He received a four-chair turnaround.
At the conclusion of Tuesday's blind auditions, Blake added four more artists to his team, for a total of 11. Pharrell added two more, bringing his total to 10. Christina tacked on four more artists, bringing the total number of members on her team to 11. Adam picked up three more artists, for a total of 11.
Here are the highlights of Tuesday's blind auditions:
Ashley Morgan, 26, is a backup singer looking to move to the front of the stage. She sang Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and got Pharrell and Blake to turn around. After telling the coaches she wanted to make music that makes an impact on the world, Shelton insisted country can change people’s lives. However, Pharrell’s assertion that her talent and experience is just what the show is looking for, convinced her to choose his team.
Koryn Hawthorne, 16, counts her mom, a single parent who raised the singer and her brother, as her biggest inspiration. Koryn said her mom is her biggest supporter. By turning a chair, Koryn hoped to prove everything her mother’s done for her hasn’t been in vain. She tackled Emeli Sandé’s “My Kind of Love” and convinced Christina and Pharrell to turn their chairs. Pharrell said she had talent but showed humility. As Pharrell and Christina tried to convince Koryn to join their respective teams, Pharrell hugged Christina to show it was just a friendly competition between them. Then Adam poked fun by hugging Blake. Koryn picked Christina.
Lexi Dávila, 17, dedicated her performance to her late grandfather, a nightclub singer who she says would’ve been proud to see her auditioning for a spot in the competition. Her version of Selena’s “Dreaming of You” got Adam and Blake to push their buttons. Levine didn’t think her performance was perfect, but felt much of that was due to her youth and a touch of nerves. He also thought there were moments that were spectacular. Shelton agreed, noting that she need help to overcome her nerves, something he excels at. She picked Adam.
Next up, was Spokane, Washington, native Brenna Yaeger, who grew up in a log cabin her dad built. They eventually moved out of the cabin after her parents divorced, and it inspired her song choice, Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.” Adam pushed his button, as did Blake. Levine, noticing the 21-year-old was shaking, walked over and hugged her. Shelton noted that it took a lot of nerve to tackle a song that was so close to his heart, but she pulled it off. She chose Blake’s team.
Jeremy Gaynor, 30, decided to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps and join the military. He's in the Army and is the male lead vocalist for the West Point Band. He performed an R&B-infused version of The Carpenters' “Superstar” that got Christina to immediately turn her chair around, with Adam, Pharrell and Blake eventually following suit. Shelton called the contestant “a stud,” as well as a great singer. He acknowledged he may not seem like the perfect coach for Gaynor, but insisted he could “carry [Jeremy] through the gauntlet of The Voice.” The other coaches played up Jeremy’s military background, pointing out the strong work ethic they share. Adam said the “charm” of how Gaynor performed added to his vocal gift. Christina said her father was an army sergeant and she emphasized her R&B roots. Pharrell said Jeremy was living his dream and assured the singer he was on his way. Gaynor chose Team Aguilera.
Country singer Jack Gregori practiced law and ran a real estate title company, until it went bust several years ago as a result of the financial crisis. Jack decided to follow his dream and pursue a music career. He tackled Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire" and managed to convince only Adam to push his button. Adam praised Gregori’s “true baritone voice.” Shelton noted that Gregori would give Adam a chance to do something he’d been dreaming of for a while -– beat him with a country singer. Gregori is on Team Adam.
The next contestant, Briar Jonnie, hails from a town in Mississippi that’s so small it doesn’t even have a grocery store. For her blind audition, she chose Rihanna's “Take a Bow,” convincing Blake and Pharrell to turn their chairs around. Blake praised Briar’s vibrato and said they were a perfect match because they both came from small towns. Pharrell said he heard someone who could sing, but also heard some nerves and promised he could cure them. Briar picked Pharrell as her coach.
Brian Johnson started pursuing music in college, but put his career on hold to help out his dad, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. His dream to have Adam turn around and become his Voice coach came true when Levine immediately pressed his button as Johnson sang Rod Stewart’s “Someone Like You.” As an added bonus, Blake also turned his chair around. Adam called the performance “engaging.” Blake noted Brian sang with heart and made it look easy. Blake really scored points with Brian by noting that he didn’t have anyone like him on his team. It was that statement that convinced Brian to change his mind and choose Blake.
The last artist of the show was Oklahoma native, Corey Kent White. White revealed the moment that changed his life was having Willie Nelson invite him onstage to sing “Milk Cow Blues” with him during one of his concerts. Corey chose Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” for his blind audition and got Blake and Pharrell to turn their chairs around. Blake, who also hails from Oklahoma, mentioned that he coached another pair of former Voice contestants and fellow Okies, The Swon Brothers. Pharrell wasn’t going down without a fight though. He walked over to Corey and reminded him that he pushed his button first. Adam got into the debate, noting that Blake only coached The Swon Brothers to a third place finish. Corey’s Oklahoma roots ran too deep though, and he went with Blake.
The blind auditions on The Voice will continue Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
Turns out Lady Gaga isn't confirmed after all to perform Saturday at this year's annual commemoration of the famed Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama, civil rights marches.
A Tuesday story on AL.com declared Gaga would perform after a speech by President Obama at Selma, Alabama's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March 7, 1965 event, dubbed "Bloody Sunday" after 600 unarmed protesters were attacked by police at the city's Edmund Pettus Bridge, galvanizing public support for the Voting Rights Act.
AL.com now quotes the commemoration's executive director as saying Gaga's participation is "not confirmed but tentative." Billboard further reports Gaga's people have issued a cease-and-desist letter to event organizers.
Also in the "tentative" column now is the publicized participation of Gaga's "Do Want U Want" duet partner, R. Kelly. No word on whether U2's Bono will make an appearance, as was also stated.
Former President George W. Bush and members of the cast of the Oscar-nominated film, Selma, which depicts events surrounding the marches, also are expected to attend, as will American Idol winner Ruben Studdard.
Anniversary events begin Thursday and run through Monday. Participants will reenact the “Bloody Sunday” march.
Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsIs Chris Brown a proud papa?
TMZ is reporting that Chris is the father of a nine-month-old girl whose mom is a former model named Nia. The website says Chris has known Nia, 31, for years, but is not currently romantically involved with her.
It's unclear what kind of support Chris is providing the child. TMZ says the 25-year-old singer is happy that he's a parent.
Chris has recently been spotted with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.
Jeff Daly/NBCLet's get one thing straight: One Direction isn't breaking up. But that doesn't mean the guys can't do a few things on the side here and there. For example, Zayn Malik has recorded a song with a top British producer...and 1D's label boss Simon Cowell doesn't have a problem with it.
Naughty Boy, best known in the U.S. for the song "La La La," which featured a then-unknown Sam Smith on vocals, tells the British paperThe Sun, "Zayn is going to feature on my next album. We’re making music and having fun. This is just like a side gig and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it."
"It’s a good time for Zayn to showcase what he really can do," he adds. "I don’t think that is being fully exploited within the band because there are five people and it needs to be balanced out. They all have something to show the world as individuals. They can always come back together and do their thing. I don’t think they will ever split up."
Naughty Boy, whose last album featured Sam, Ed Sheeran, Bastille and Emeli Sande, tells the Sun that Simon Cowell is fine with the lads branching out.
"Simon’s very happy with the song and supports the whole thing....I know Simon loves every one of them and wants them to stay together," reveals the producer. "I still think there’s nothing wrong with trying different things. They are all experimenting and dabbling but I think the band will be together for the next 20 years.”