Gwen is returning to the show where she first met boyfriend Blake Shelton last year.
Gwen Stefani is returning as a coach on ‘The Voice’ for the competition’s 12th season next year.
Stefani’s return means Miley Cyrus is out, but fan’s needn't worry as she’ll be coming back for the show’s 13th season in the fall of 2017.
Gwen Stefani is coming back to ‘The Voice’ for season 12 next year
Fans gathered to pay tribute to ‘The Voice’ singer, who was fatally shot in Orlando on June 10th.
Thousands of fans gathered in New Jersey on Friday (June 17) to say goodbye to ‘The Voice’ contest Christina Grimmie, who was fatally shot on June 10th while signing autographs after a show. At the service Grimmie’s parent spoke of their heartbreak in front of family, friends and fans of the 22-year-old Youtube star.
Thousands have paid tribute to Christina Grimmie during a memorial service in New Jersey.
Speaking at the service Grimmie’s mother Tina paid tribute to her son Marcus, who had jumped in front of gunman Kevin James Loibl and wrestled him to the ground. "Marcus, I want to say this publicly and from everyone,” Tina said.
The 22-year-old died after a gun attack this weekend.
The mourning continues in the wake of the death of rising star Christina Grimmie; a young singer who was inexplicably shot and killed by a stranger while signing autographs after a concert in Orlando this weekend. Tributes are still rolling in from her friends and superstar peers.
Christina Grimmie is remembered by her friends and peers
Notably, Selena Gomez struggled to get any words out as she sang her song 'Nobody' for Christina. Gomez was a long-time friend of 'The Voice' contestant, as it was the former's stepfather who took Christina under his wing when she was 14-years-old as her manager. 'My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina', she said on Twitter.
Continue reading: Stars Continue To Mourn Talented Rising Star Christina Grimmie
With the passing of each decade, the music industry is constantly set alight by the most recent saviour of pop and Connor4Real is the latest major record label cash cow but behind every great talent there's a whole host of people working behind the scenes to create the finished Connor4Real package.
Christina Aguilera is returning to the American swivel chair for the eighth season
Christina Aguilera is back in the red, swivelling chair of The Voice, USA. The platinum pop diva will be back for the eighth season, starting in early 2015, making the new line-up look suspiciously similar to the programme’s initial foursome.
Christina has announced she'll be back on The Voice USA for its eighth season
Xtina was part of the originals with Maroon 5 star Adam Levine, country singer Blake Shelton and singer-songwriter CeeLo Green: the quartet that steered the show for the first three seasons. Shakira and Usher took on the coaching roles in season four before the Genie in a Bottle singer returned with CeeLo for season five.
Continue reading: Xtina Is Back On The Voice USA!
The latest round of "The Voice" auditions just gave us more reasons to love Pharrell Williams. Also Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine. But mostly Pharrell.
It’s settled, Pharrell Williams is the best The Voice judge. Sorry, everyone else, your efforts were valiant, but the contest is now closed. Pharrell won us all over with his efforts to win contestants for his team. He did everything from drawing to dropping down to his knees to throwing out some expert sales pitches.
The puppy dog eyes never fail.
Straight off the bat, he tried to woo Katriz Trinidad, a 15-year-old musical powerhouse from San Diego. “I never thought that I would find something I usually look for for my own label," he said convincingly. "I have been dreaming about an artist like you for my entire career.”
Even though the Maroon 5 frontman only tied the knot six weeks ago, he can already see positive changes occurring within himself.
Adam Levine and his Victoria's Secret model wife Behati Prinsloo only tied the knot at Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, last month, but the Maroon 5 frontman claims he can already recognize how married life has changed him.
Levine and Prinsloo tied the knot in Mexico last month
Levine recently opened up about how being a first-time husband has changed him in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, and by the sounds of things, everything is growing great for the newlyweds!
They took their time getting there, but the couple are married and celebrating with a trip to Africa.
Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine are married! The couple tied the knot in Mexico over the weekend, so let’s recap the details of their long-awaited wedding. Because these are things we all need to know, obviously.
Beautiful people getting married in a luxury seaside resort? Yes, please.
The longtime couple tied the knot at Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas, a favorite destination of rich spring breakers and VS models, apparently. Prinsloo’s Marchesa gown is yet to make its way onto her Instagram and/or the pages of People magazine, but apparently it was a thing of beauty.
Begin Again is out in the U.K on July 11
Dublin-born filmmaker John Carney is clearly obsessed with music, and especially its power to heal the human soul. His 2006 debut film Once is a low-key romantic odyssey set on the streets of Dublin starring then-unknown musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.
They won an Oscar and a Grammy for the gorgeous main theme song Falling Slowly, then went on to win eight Tonys when Once was adapted into a Broadway musical in 2012.
Continue reading: 'Begin Again' Builds On The Magic Of 'Once'
Katy Perry launches her new record label Metamorphosis Music and signed her first artist, Ferras. Does being on her label equal automatic success?
Forget “Orange.” Having your own record label is the new black, at least if you’re already an established artist. First it was Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, whose label 222 Records recently signed a partnership deal with Interscope Records the other week, and a few days ago it was announced that Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz would be relaunching his Decaydance Records under a new name. Somebody else is joining the club now, and it’s pop superstar Katy Perry. Perry’s new label distributed by Capitol Records, called Metamorphosis Music, already has its first signee as well, as it was announced on June 17 that she had signed pop singer Ferras.
Katy Perry launches Metamorphosis Music and signs her first artist, Ferras
“I am so ECSTATIC to finally announce my NEW label Metamorphosis Music & my first signing, the incredibly talented & soulful FERRAS!,” Perry tweeted about the signing. Ferras also released his new single this week, which of course features Katy Perry herself, called ‘Legends Never Die.’ It’s off his new EP which also was released this past Tuesday, too. Who is Ferras anyway? Though he may be unknown, he released a record back in 2008 that was produced by popular production duo The Matrix. Additionally, you may have heard his stuff before: he co-wrote the track ‘Aftermath’ for Adam Lambert, and one of his songs was even the exit song on the seventh season of 'American Idol.'
'The Voice US' crowned a new victor on its season finale last night (20th May). Josh Kaufman won the competition but he was not the only finalist to receive a record deal was Adam Levine offered Christina Grimmie one with his company!
Josh Kaufman has become The Voice’s sixth winner, beating Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie to the top spot. Worthington came second and Grimmie third.
Adam Levine has promised Christina Grimmie a record deal.
The 38-year-old was overwhelmed after it was announced he had won and gushed to presenter Carson Daly "I can't even talk. I'm overwhelmed, I'm surprised, I'm happy, I'm relieved,” adding "This has been so much more of an experience than I ever could have imagined. I'm just really grateful.”
Continue reading: 'The Voice US': Two Finalists Receive Record Deals
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine talks about making his acting debut in the music comedy 'Begin Again' in which he stars as an emerging musician who ditches his girlfriend in New York to pursue higher career prospects. He stars opposite Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld in the movie.
'It's surreal because I never had the hankering to be an actor and I don't even consider myself one still - maybe someday I will be', he revealed in a red carpet interview at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere. 'But this was just one of those surprises that I followed and it turned out to be one of the most fun and amazing experiences I've had in my life.'
Hailee Steinfeld discusses filming in New York and her fellow cast in a red carpet interview during the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her new movie 'Begin Again', in which she stars alongside Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine and Keira Knightley.
Continue reading: Hailee Steinfeld - Begin Again Red Carpet Interview
It seems people care about the Sexiest Man Alive title. A lot.
Adam Levine was voted People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2013. If that sounds a bit off to you, you wouldn’t be alone. The announcement prompted mild uproar from People readers and other internet dwellers. Some Facebook and Twitter users offered up their own suggestions for the… coveted honor, including Henry Cavill, Chris Hemsworth and Ryan Gosling. At this point there are even several lists of alternative sexy men, floating out there in the ether. Leonardo DiCapprio, Donald Glover, and even Sir Patrick Stewart have also been mentioned.
The title left more than a few readers disgruntled.
Seriously interntet, we get it. You all like to make lists of your celebrity crushes. There’s no shame in that, but let’s not hurt Mr. Levine’s feelings here. Before we all start writing Change.org petitions (remember when those were for actual causes?) let’s take stock.
All four of the original coaching team are back for the new season of the now Emmy-winning show, and boy, did they come back with a bang!
The quest to find America's next singing sensation is on, and we've got two familiar faces returning to the fifth season of The Voice to boot, as Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green made their triumphant returns to the hit series. And now, with the show earning it's very first Emmy win, for 'Best Reality Competition,' the pressure was on for the season opener to deliver, and you better believe that it did.
Christina was back, and arguably came away from the opening night with the best performer.
Season five's opening episode wasn't just a blast because we got to see Christina, Cee Lo, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton back together again, although admittedly that was pretty great, but more because the first round of acts were some of the best singers the show has ever had! Maybe it had something to do with the return of the Holy Alliance, or maybe it was to do with the night's 'Rock 'n' Roll' theme, who knows maybe the just put something in the water, but last night (23 Sept.) the blind auditions were out of this world.
In a downbeat week for entertainment news, Cory Monteith's death sent shockwaves through the industry. Elsewhere, Emma Roberts got on the wrong side of the law and Comic-Con kicked off in San Diego!
Rest in Peace, Cory: The rest of this week's entertainment news appears irrelevant following the tragic death of Canadian actor Cory Monteith. The Glee star was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room after overdosing on heroin and alcohol. Tributes have been pouring in and we send our condolences to his family and friends. Read more on the Cory Monteith story.
View From the Top: Jenny McCarthy has been controversially hired to front The View following the departure of Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Though on the face of it, the fun-loving model seems a perfectly acceptable choice of co-host, though she has skeletons in the cupboard. Read more about Jenny McCarthy on The View.
Adam Levine is engaged to Behati Prinsloo, his representative confirmed in a statement issued on Tuesday 16th July.
Adam Levine, the frontman of Maroon 5, is engaged to model Behati Prinsloo. The couple have been dating on-and-off since May 2012. According to a statement made by Levine's representative, the 34-year-old proposed to Behati at the weekend.
Adam Levine at the launch of his fragrance in L.A.
The announcement was made on Tuesday 16th July by Levine's rep. The statement to People magazine said "Adam Levine and his girlfriend Behati Prinsloo are excited to announce they are engaged to be married"
Continue reading: Maroon 5 Frontman, Adam Levine, Engaged To Model Behati Prinsloo
The show is in it's final stages and the race for the title really could go in any direction
The Voice has nearly finished with it's successful fourth season, with the final three now battling it out for the coveted crown being given out by NBC, but decided on by the American public. Monday (June 17) night's show featured more than just performances from the contestants as the season looks to make it's cinematic end, but regardless of the treats on offer the real attention was of course of the final three.
Show judge Usher has already dubbed Michelle Chamuel 'the winner' of this season of the hit singing competition, but Usher's word does not guarantee success and for Chamuel, the race is still on for the prize. Fellow judge Blake Shelton is one person who doesn't rate Chamuel and he is still backing Zach and Colton Swon to take the crown and after their triumphant rendition of 'Danny's Song' before the judge made the duo into a three-piece for a version of Brad Paisley's 'Celebrity.' Even if you don't like country it was hard not to admit that the shaw was something special.
Blake's other entry into the final three, Danielle Bradbery, proved her worth to the panel too, with Adam Levine and Shakira both singling her out as the most impressive performer of the night. "I think Danielle's the winner of this thing," Levine told her after the rendition of Maybe it was Pam Tillis' 'Memphis.' They weren't the only ones who thought highly of Bradbery's performances either and by the end of the night her coach Shelton told the hopeful, "I'm one of the millions of people out there that you have wrapped around your finger. I just thank God that you came to The Voice to debut yourself."
Continue reading: As The Voice Enters It's Final Stage, Is There A Clear Winner In Sight?
It's shaping up to be a tense finale.
It’s semifinals week on The Voice, oh goodie! Anticipation was abundant before last night’s show – who would leave, which judges’ teams would get to compete in the finale, is it going to be all-women or all-country? Once again, the iTunes chart provided some clue as to the rankings. The show kicked off with a performance by Fall Out Boy (who still exist as a band, apparently.) They performed their My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark and were joined by Michelle Chamuel, whose role in the whole performance seemed to be mostly nominal, since her voice was barely audible throughout.
Then, after an emotionally charged performance by season 3 finalist Nicholas David, at last it came time to announce the lucky members if the inner circle for this season – starting, predictably, with Michelle herself. This means that both team Usher and team Country will be represented at the final.
The second act to continue to finals was Blake's Danielle Bradbery, followed, at the very last minute by The Swon Brothers. This of course means that Team Shakira’s Sasha Allen and Team Adam’s Amber Carrington were sent home this week. So the results matched the iTunes charts pretty well and the finale is shaping up to be a tense one. Did the semifinal fit your predictions?
Continue reading: The Voice: Who Went Home And Who Made It To The Final?
Plus,more from Tom Odell, Justin Bieber and The Thermals...
A Week In Reviews... This week saw 14-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys head to the UK for a series of dates, and boy did it seem that the girl really was on fire. A storming appraisal from us here at Contactmusic, for her show in Manchester proved that Keys hasn't lost her spark over 16 years in the game."If one thing's for certain tonight it's that Alicia Keys is the perfect crossover star, with an old school approach to music and a new school approach to showmanship; the girl really is on fire" we reckoned.
Meanwhile, across the Pennines in Leeds, Mercury-nominated Ghostpoet was in town to perform plenty of new material. However, there was plenty to take in for both fans old and new, with Contactmusic's Joe Wild writing "Whilst the show was unquestionably a vehicle to promote his new material, the MC did sprinkle some Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam favourites into the set-list, such as 'Liiines' and 'Cash and Carry Me Home' to keep the faithful fans happy. But it was the renditions of newbies 'Dial Tones,' 'MSI MusmiD' and new single 'Meltdown' that really got the crowd amped and responding to his metaphor-laden lyrics and urban-decay-inspired beats."
The singer has lamented that he "obviously" doesn't hate America in a new interview.
Adam Levine is a proud American, but even the proudest of Americans - and the proudest of any nationalist throughout the globe for that matter - must get a little fed up with their country from time to time when they have been foiled in their quest for reality TV success.
The Maroon 5 man has taken more than a little bit of criticism when he was heard muttering "I hate this country" under his breath after his two most promising performers - Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons - were eliminated from the last round of the competition this week. The singing competition judge pleaded his case in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, which is due to air this Sunday (June 2).
"I'm very much okay with who I am and comfortable in my skin enough to embrace that even though I don't say everything the right way and you know, tend to be a bit impulsive with some of the words that I select," the 34-year-old revealed in his plea. He then went on to say in the interview, which was recorded before his slip of the tongue, that he is often "impulsive" when it comes to speaking, and can often commit to saying something without thinking it through first.
Adam Levine backtracks on the 'I hate this country' remark, sort of.
Adam Levine made a half-apology to Americans yesterday for muttering "I hate this country" during the closing credits of The Voice. We say half-apology because the Maroon 5 took to Twitter to post dictionary definitions of the words "humourless," "lighthearted," "joke" and "misunderstand." Hmm.
In fairness to Levine, his remarks really were pretty throw-away and he was obviously upset that two of his three acts had been eliminated from the NBC singing contest - one of them, Judith Hill, had been the favorite for weeks. The pop singer also released a statement through NBC which classifies that he really doesn't hate America. "I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration," Levine said. "Being a part of The Voice, I am passionately invested in my team and want to see my artists succeed."
Levine added that the elimination of two of his acts was "confusing and downright emotion," and that his remarks were based on "personal dissatisfaction with the results," adding, "I am very connected to my artists and know they have long careers ahead, regardless of their outcome on the show."
Continue reading: Adam Levine Tweets Americans The Definition Of 'Humorless'
Adam Levine is left with just one act after losing two frontrunners.
It was another shock result on NBC's The Voice this week, with two of the clear frontrunners getting eliminated despite strong performances. Unfortunately for Adam Levine, it was both his acts Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons who got the boot, despite being tipped to reach the final, reports E! Online.
Hill, a former backing singer for Michael Jackson, was considered the one to beat since her opening audition, while Simmons had wowed the American public with her soulful tone and consistent performances. The shocking results leaves Team Adam with just one act, Amber Carrington, while Team Blake retains Danielle Bradbery, Holly Tucker and The Swon Bothers. Shakira has just one act left, Sasha Allen, while Usher has one too, Michelle Chamuel. It's looking increasingly like that Blake Shelton will field at least one singer for the grand finale, probably Holly. The Voice audience have really taken to the country singers on the latest season.
Adam Levine may have hurt his one remaining act's chances after a microphone caught him grumbling, "I hate this country!" upon learning that American hadn't voted for Judith or Sarah. The Maroon 5 man was probably joking, though there's some pretty touchy television viewers out there.
The band have moved their June/July gigs to January 2014 instead
Maroon 5 were due to undertake a stadium tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, before embarking on a tour-date tour of mainland Europe, over the course of June and July; however the band have recently announced that they have been forced to pull out of the scheduled performances. In a statement on their website, the band cite 'scheduling conflicts' for the rescheduling.
The band were due to perform six dates over the course of June, before heading to Paris and then Amsterdam on July 2 and 3 respectively for a mini-European tour. All eight dates have now been rescheduled to take place in January 2014, with the band telling fans via their official website that any purchased ticket will be valid for the new shows. The group also mentioned that should they prefer to receive a refund instead, they need to return their tickets by no later than June 30.
Frontman Levine has issued an apology to fans
Continue reading: Maroon 5 Forced To Pull Out Of U.K. And Ireland Shows
Maroon 5 are already hard at work on their fifth album, with the group set to go on tour in the Summer during the writing process.
Maroon 5 are one of those bands that just don't know when to slow down, and the constantly at work boy band are as busy as ever it would seem following the announcement that they are already a few songs into the follow-up to last years Overexposed album. Obviously doing time in the studio isn't unusual for bands, but their progress comes as a surprise given everything else the band have to look forward to, including an upcoming summer tour with Kelly Clarkson and frontman Adam Levine's commitment to The Voice.
Adam Levine has been a busy man over the past few months, and it looks as though he has no signs of slowing down.
Levine was speaking to the Associated Press recently about the band's on-going commitments, when he was quizzed on the progress of what will be the group's fifth album. He told AP that the album is still in the early stages but they are excited for people to hear to songs nonetheless. He said,"We're just getting started. We've got some great songs in the can."
Continue reading: Maroon 5 Already Have Some 'Great Songs' Written For Their Next Album
The man who is alleged to have been the mastermind behind Manti Te’o’s imaginary girlfriend reportedly auditioned to be on The Voice. According to US Weekly, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spun an elaborate and tragic story, about his cousins dying, which producers now suspect may have been a lie, in light of his apparent involvement in the ‘dead girlfriend’ story.
Ronaiah Tuiasosopo allegedly told the show’s producers that he had started a Christian band, together with his cousins, but that they died in a “massive car crash” on the way to a youth conference in Nevada. According to Ronaiah, a truck crashed into their vehicle and sent the family members sprawling across the freeway. Miraculously, he claims, they were all fine, despite doctors fearing that one of them could be brain-dead. According to the inside, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo had taken the same background check and psych evaluation that all contestants go through and nothing out f the ordinary had cropped up. In light of the Manti Te’o death hoax, though, people are starting to think that he could have been making this up as well.
Luckily for the producers, his journey on the show ended there. He tried to impress the judges – Shakira, Adam Levine, Usher and Blake Shelton with his version of Matisyahu’s ‘One Day’ but they were unimpressed. “No one turned their chair around,” the insider confirmed.
50 Cent and Eminem are getting deep, with their new music video, featuring Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. The video for ‘My Life’ premiered on MTV yesterday and Eminem told MTV that it's one big expensive metaphor for his and Fiddy’s lives. Okay, so he didn’t use the words big or expensive but he definitely said the rest. And we reckon it was probably dead expensive, that video. It looks very slick.
“The video is kind of abstract; it's kind of metaphoric in a sense, like the paranoia of feeling like we're being chased,” says Eminem, who probably has been chased before. By police. And women. Maybe dogs. “Whether it's true or not, it's kind of how we feel. It's kind of a metaphor for us running for our lives. Personal lives and from fame, everything that goes with the game.” Ah, ‘the game.’ We love it when rappers talk about ‘the game.’ No one has a clue what they’re on about but it’s very important to them so it must be respected at all times. Compared to their collaborations in the past, ‘My Life’ is pretty personal. “Me and Fif can probably go on forever talkin' about our lives,” said Eminem, though we reckon that an MP3 that lasted “forever” probably wouldn’t sell very well, so it’s best that they didn’t do that.
In the video, 50 Cent and Eminem play a pair of fugitives on the run from the cops, who are chasing them with helicopters. The song is taken from his forthcoming album, Street King Immortal, scheduled for release in February 2013.
Continue reading: Eminem And 50 Cent Get Personal In ‘My Life’ Video, Ft. Adam Levine
Katy Perry and Russell Brand's PR people are clearly no longer communicating, with the pair only just avoiding a potentially disastrous reunion this week. Both stars - who divorced earlier this year - attended the same Los Angeles Lakers season opener on Tuesday (October 30, 2012), though just happened to be seated at opposite sides of the court.
According to E! Online, there was no indication that the pair interacted, with Katy attending the game with her father. Comedian Brand sat between two unknown youngers, though later chatted with footballers David Beckham and Robbie Keane, who were there with Adam Levine and his girlfriend. Elsewhere, Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson looked as mischievous as ever - fittingly wearing a jack-o-lantern - and heartthrob Zac Efron also enjoyed the match courtside, which the Lakers lost to Dallas.
Brand and Perry married in a lavish ceremony in India in October 2010, after first meeting at the MTV Video Music Awards the previous year. Cracks in their relationship circulated right from the start, and the pair split after a year of marriage. Since their divorce, Perry has dated the Florence and the Machine guitarist Rob Ackroyd and is currently with singer John Mayer.
Continue reading: Awkward? Katy Perry And Russell Brand Attend Same Lakers Game
Psy’s Gangnam Style – with its strange rap lyrics and crazy dance video – has jumped from No.11 to No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100, meaning it’s now truly made the transition from viral sensation to commercial powerhouse. Though the YouTube video has been viewed 285 million times, the single has now been downloaded 301,000 times, skyrocketing it up the chart and proving music fans simply aren’t happy with the video alone.
Its sales this week represented a 69 per increase, and it’s now perilously close to becoming the No.1 song in America (currently held by Maroon 5 with ‘One More Night’.) According to Billboard, the gap between the two songs is so tight that Psy could easily overtake Adam Levine and his gang on next week’s chart. It’s a sensational rise to stardom for the South Korean rapper and proof that an internet viral track (or video) can perform on the official charts too. Last year, Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ became the most talked about song of the moment (thanks to a cringe-worthy video and even worse lyrics) though it only managed No.58 on the U.S. chart. So what’s the difference with ‘Gangnam Style’? Well, it’s probably a variety of factors though it probably boils down to the fact that pop music fans feel slightly less embarrassed about getting up and dancing to the LMFAO-esque ‘Gangnam Style’ then they did grooving along to Black’s “Friday, Friday, kicking back on Friday.”
Elsewhere on the chart this week, Christina Aguilera’s ‘Your Body’ debuted at a relatively poor No.34, having been downloaded 103,000 times.
It's getting tighter and tighter as we get to the last "blind" rounds of The Voice in the USA. With a lot of the spots now taken, there were some good performers finding it a struggle on the latest edition of the show, although in spite of that there was still good news for a couple of standouts during the course of the NBC show.
Among the most impressive was 17 year-old Brandon Mahone, as well as leading female contenders Michelle Brooks-Thompson and Terisa Griffin. Whilst these first timers impressed, their stories were eclipsed by 22 year-old Dez Duron; Duron had dropped out of college to audition in the season last year but didn't manage to turn a single coach's chair. It was a different story this time for Duron though, the delighted performer seeing Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera battling for his attention. Ultimately he decided to join Team Christina.
As for the 17 year-old Mahone, it was Maroon 5's Adam Levine who proved most persuasive, telling the starlet after he'd belted out The Temptations' I Wish It Would Rain that "you seem to have studied what it is to be a performer from that era to the point where you felt like one of them ... it felt like you were just the next in line." They were words Mahone couldn't help but listen to and he'll be a threat as the weeks progress.
The show, which demolished The X-Factor USA in its season premiere, has also brought in Usher for Cee Lo Green, according to Entertainment Weekly. The new additions are part of NBC’s plan to develop an “on-going tent of talent” for the show, though Aguilera is likely to return after promoting her new album. Executive producer Mark Burnett said of the new line-up, “Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour…Whether in the red chair or on tour, our coaches have their chairs for life. This is exactly why, after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans. Meanwhile, we’re incredibly excited to have singular artists like Usher and Shakira joining the fold.” It’s probably a wise move by show bosses, who will be all too aware of the sinking ratings of The X Factor and American Idol, both of which have failed to come up with original concepts in recent years and relied too heavily on all-star judging names.
We're only one week into the third season NBC's The Voice, but the network is already announcing changes and they involve the departure of Christina Aguilera, as well as fellow original judge Cee-Lo Green. This season will be the last that's seen of the pair, as there is a new Aguilera album, Lotus to promote and tour, whilst Green is taking time off to work on new music and a scripted comedy about his life.
In their place? None other than Colombian singing sensation Shakira and general R'n'B superstar Usher. Not bad, as replacements go. "We are thrilled to welcome Usher and Shakira to The Voice, " Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement reported by The Clicker. "The addition of these popular iconic artists continues the tradition established by Christina, Cee Lo, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Doing two back-to-back cycles of this show requires a tremendous amount of time, and we are happy to accommodate the commitments made by Christina and Cee Lo."
Those disappointed at the news need not fear, though. Both have indicated that they will be returning to the show once they've finished with their other projects. "By pursuing my first passion of music during the break, I am also able to come back and offer even more to my team on 'The Voice' in the future," Aguilera said in a statement, whilst Green commented "Thank you, NBC, for supporting my decision to take this season four hiatus! I will return for season five and will be watching season four."
If you thought The Voice would rest on its laurels after last season’s huge success, then you thought very, very wrong. Not content with demolishing The X-Factor USA in its season premiere, show bosses have already begun tweaking the judging line-up for the forthcoming spring season.
Christina Aguilera – perhaps the most high profile of the four mentors – is being replaced by Colombian pop princess Shakira, while Cee-Lo Green will make way for R&B star Usher, according to Entertainment Weekly. The new additions are part of NBC’s plan to develop an “on-going tent of talent” for the show, though fans of Christina and Cee-Lo shouldn’t worry too much: they haven’t been sacked. The former is releasing a new album and will go on tour, while Green is developing new music and working on a scripted comedy series based on his life – both are likely to return for a later season. Having a rotational judging line-up is an interesting concept, and executive producer Mark Burnett firmly believes that it’s the way forward, saying, “Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour…Whether in the red chair or on tour, our coaches have their chairs for life. This is exactly why, after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans. Meanwhile, we’re incredibly excited to have singular artists like Usher and Shakira joining the fold.”
Country singer Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will continue on the spring season of The Voice – though it’s unclear whether this is through lack of work, or just because they love spinning their mechanical chairs around.
With the reason behind Maroon 5's name kept from the public, it turns out that now, the only people to know it are the band members themselves and singer Billy Joel.
Adam Levine, the frontman for Maroon 5, recently broke a pact with the band when he told the singer Billy Joel about the meaning behind the band's name. Until now, only the members of Maroon 5 actually knew the meaning behind the name.
The revelation only came after Joel offered to tell Levine a similar secret. In a recent interview, Levine stated, "I'm a huge Billy Joel fan. I was having dinner at Nobu in New York, and I ran into Jay-Z, who I'd just met, and he introduced me to Billy. I had to ask him, 'What do you say in the sax solo in Still Rock And Roll?, because I thought he said, 'All right, Rico.' He was astonished. He took a second and said, 'All right, Rico.'"
It was this secret that led to Levine disclosing the reason behind the band's name. He continued on to explain "Later he came over and asked, 'Where'd you get the name?' It's the stupidest, s**tiest story you've ever heard, but I had to tell him."
Date of birth
18th March, 1979
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