“The Voice” Recap: Ryan Sill Saved Again

Trae Patton/NBCFor the second week in a row, Ryan Sill has been saved by the viewers during a Voice results show.

The Team Gwen Stefani member again benefited from the “instant save” Tuesday night after he, his teammate Anita Antoinette, and Team Blake Shelton‘s Reagan James were in danger of elimination.

Each artist performed for the viewers, who then cast their “instant save” votes on Twitter and The Voice app. Ryan sang Howie Day‘s “Collide,” Anita covered the Jason Mraz hit “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry),” and Reagan delivered a rendition of Nelly Furtado‘s “I’m Like a Bird.”

Earlier in the night, recent Voice adviser Taylor Swift performed her latest hit, “Blank Space.” Afterward, she thanked her fans for the success of 1989, and remarked that she has a “permanent smile” on her face after taking a risk with her top-selling pop album.

The one-hour results show also featured performances by Adam Levine and his artists, who sang Billy Joel‘s “Only the Good Die Young,” and Pharrell Williams and his protégés, who belted out Louis Armstrong‘s “What a Wonderful World.”

Toward the end of his team’s performance, Pharrell revised the lyrics and sang, “And I think to myself, we need justice to unfurl,” a likely reference to the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, this week after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The top eight will take the stage next Monday night on NBC.


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Meghan Trainor Teases Fake “Thanksgiving Carols” Album on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Brooke Nipar/Epic RecordsOn Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, the late night host lamented the lack of seasonal songs for Thanksgiving, and presented a solution with a fake commercial for Meghan Trainor‘s Thanksgiving Carols album.

The “All About That Bass” singer — who earlier Tuesday night performed on the finale of Dancing with the Stars — appeared in the spot, in which she sang songs Kimmel claimed, “will soon be considered Thanksgiving holiday classics.”

Meghan previewed such ditties as “Uncle Dan Hates Obama (And Won’t Shut Up About Benghazi)” and “I’m Not Bringing Leftovers on the Plane, Mom.” 

According to the phony spot, the fake album is available at Walgreens.



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Lorde Recalls Milkshakes with Taylor Swift, Plugs “Hunger Games” Soundtrack on “Tonight Show”

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCLorde says she met Taylor Swift for the first time when the two got together in New York City and bonded over milkshakes at the fast food outlet Shake Shack.

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Tuesday to plug The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack,which she curated, the 18-year-old New Zealand native said Taylor reached out to her first by sending her flowers.  “She sent me some flowers, which was so nice,” Lorde told Fallon. “She sent them to my house and said like, ‘congratulations on everything.” And I was like, ‘God.’”

The singer said they eventually “met up” in New York at Shake Shack.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack features performances by a number of artists, including Ariana Grande, Charli XCX and Lorde herself.

The singer told Fallon she didn’t know anything about putting a movie soundtrack together, but somehow managed to get it finished in record time, despite being in the middle of a concert tour.

“I think it took like two-and-a-half months, which was like kind of abnormally short,” she recalls. “And I was on the road on the tour bus and I would literally run offstage…and get into my bed on the tour bus and just start work for the day on it.”

Lorde told Fallon she “called, texted and emailed” artists to get them on board.

Later, Lorde performed “Yellow Flicker Beat,” her song from the soundtrack.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 original motion picture soundtrack is available now.


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What Thanksgiving Dish is Jason Derulo Dreaming Of? Hint: It’s Not Turkey & Stuffing

Credit: Ben WattsAfter a year of non-stop travel and touring, Jason Derulo can’t wait to get home and sit down to his Thanksgiving dinner.  Except the dish he’s most looking forward to eating isn’t your typical Thanksgiving dish: it doesn’t involve turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce.

“I’m going home for Thanksgiving — [I'm] probably gonna put on a couple of pounds over the holiday. I’m excited,” Jason tells ABC News Radio “My mom makes the best lasagna ever, so she knows she has to make that!”

Unfortunately, Jason says that his mom doesn’t particularly like to make his favorite dish, so he has to nag her about it.

“You know, it takes her a couple hours to do it so she’s always like, ‘Uhhh, I don’t wanna do it!’” laughs Jason. “I’m like, “Ma! It’s Thanksgiving. We don’t have a choice on that day!’ [So] I’m really excited to eat all the food.”

If you’re wondering why Jason doesn’t simply make his own darn lasagne instead of expecting his mom to do it for him, well, it’s because he actually can’t cook.  But that’s something he’s planning to change in 2015, as he attempts to strike more of a work-life balance.

Explaining what he’s most looking forward to in the coming year, Jason tells ABC News Radio, “Getting to, like, learn different things, like being able to cook a meal. Like I don’t know how to cook except, like, an omelet! This year, I’m definitely gonna take some time to myself.”  

After Thanksgiving, Jason will be heading back out on the road for a series of Christmas concerts, but then he’ll make it back home in time to celebrate with his family.


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Adam Levine Says Chris Hemsworth Deserves “People’s” Sexiest Man Alive Title

Courtesy People MagazineAfter a year of flaunting the fact that he landed the title of People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Adam Levine was forced to relinquish it earlier this month for this year’s hottie: Chris Hemsworth, star of The Avengers and the Thor movies.  But the Maroon 5 frontman says there’s no hard feelings between himself and the Australian actor.

Speaking to Access Hollywood Live, Adam says of Hemsworth, “Listen he’s a super, super good looking [guy]. He’s a handsome dude. He’s Thor, for Christ’s sake! I mean, the dude deserves it. Gosh!”

Asked if he believes Hemsworth is sexier than Adam, fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton told the TV show, “I don’t even know who the other dude is. I have absolutely zero clue who the new guy is… But I guarantee you he’s more manly and better looking and probably a better human being all together.”

Adam of course, had to fire back at Blake, mocking him for never appearing on the cover of People’s annual Sexiest Men issue.

“You guys, see, Blake made the inside of the magazine,” he explained. “Blake made the guys-who-weren’t-quite-sexy-enough-to-be-on-the-cover list.”


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Rihanna Taps Brad Pitt for Her Inaugural Diamond Ball

ABC/Richard HarbaughEarlier this month, Rihanna announced plans to hold her first Diamond Ball benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by the singer. Now, she’s revealed that Brad Pitt and Jimmy Kimmel will attend the event, taking place December 11 in Los Angeles.

“It is such an honor to have Jimmy Kimmel host this event. There is no one more hilarious to make the first annual Diamond Ball an incredible night. I’m blessed by his support,” Rihanna said in a statement. ”Brad Pitt is not only a phenomenal talent, but I admire him and am inspired by his philanthropic work.”

As previously reported, the upcoming ceremony will be held at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills with a guest list maxing out at 600. The singer has planned a festive event, during which she will perform backed by a live orchestra. In addition, guests will enjoy dinner and a live auction.

The organization, which honors her grandparents Clara and Lionel Brathwaite, aims to fund efforts that promote health, education, arts and culture globally.



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Ariana Grande Reportedly Hurt by Bette Midler’s Comments About Her?

Republic RecordsAriana Grande allegedly has a real “Problem” with what Bette Midler said about her in a recent interview.

As previously reported, Bette told the British newspaper The Telegraph, “It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous,” and added, “I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it.”  She added that all young female stars of today should “trust their talent,” adding, “You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t.”

Now, TMZ reports that people close to Ariana say that the singer is hurt, indignant and “shocked” at Bette’s comments, both because she’s a huge fan of Midler’s and because she feels that the award-winning entertainer used her sexuality early in her career just as Ariana does. 

Ariana is correct: in the ’70s, Bette had a reputation for being sexual and raunchy onstage. 

But it may be that Ariana isn’t actually as upset about the comments as TMZ claims she is.  On Twitter, she posted a photo of Bette from the ’70s wearing a very low-cut blouse, and captioned it “All love here.”  She added, referring to one of Bette Midler’s movies, “and I will still quote first wives club every single day of my life lmao.”


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Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Unwrap New Holiday Ad for H&M

Courtesy H&MLady Gaga and Tony Bennett have unveiled their new commercial for H&M’s new holiday campaign.  Called “Magical Holidays,” the one-minute, 40-second spot features Gaga and Bennett as just one element of a special holiday party.

The clip starts with a woman, back to the camera, carrying a gift-wrapped box down a hall. Then we see a couple making out in the back of a bus, which opens up to reveal a band on a ship, with a female captain giving gifts to a family.  We travel through the porthole in the ship, and we’re in a log cabin, where a bunch of young people are partying in front of a roaring fire.  One woman climbs a staircase to the attic, and pops out of a gold box, dressed in a glamorous outfit, into a ballroom where elegantly attired people are dancing in front of a stage.

Finally, 40 seconds into the ad, we see Gaga and Tony onstage. She’s wearing a huge curly wig and a dark green dress; he’s wearing a tux.  They dance for a bit, and then sing “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” one of the standards from their jazz album Cheek to Cheek.  As they finish the number, the camera pulls out to reveal that the whole scene has taken place inside the box that the woman in the first scene was carrying down the hall. 

The woman, now revealed to be Gaga in heavy eye makeup and a white fur hat, replaces the lid and walks out of the room and back down the hall.



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Kelly Clarkson Debuts New Holiday Video for “Wrapped in Red”

RCA Records“Wrapped in Red” was the title cut of Kelly Clarkson‘s 2013 holiday album, but she’s finally gotten around to shooting a video for it.  The clip is now available for viewing exclusively on Amazon.

The video incorporates old home movies of kids playing in the snow, unwrapping presents and decorating trees, with snowy winter scenes, and shots of Kelly singing in a few different settings: in a studio lit by light bulbs, against a red background with Christmas decorations and against a hazy white background.

Earlier this year, Kelly posted a photo of her baby daughter River Rose visiting her on the set of the video shoot. She captioned it with the hashtag “#babysfirstvideo.”

You can buy Wrapped in Red in a variety of formats at Amazon, but over at Walmart, you can purchase a special CD/DVD bundle that includes both the album and a copy of Kelly’s 2013 NBC Christmas special Kelly’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale.



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Nico & Vinz, Fifth Harmony Booked for National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsThey’re not American, but Nico & Vinz will be participating in a very American Christmas tradition next month: the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.

The Norwegian duo, along with Fifth Harmony and R&B legend Patti LaBelle, will perform at the 92nd annual event, which takes place December 4 at President’s Park near the White House.  The festivities get underway at 4:30 p.m. ET and will air throughout December on public television.  More performers will be announced soon.

At the ceremony, Fifth Harmony will perform their new cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”  The group’s full-length debut album, Reflection, arrives January 27.



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