“The Voice” Recap: New Mentors Advise the Top 10

Trae Patton/NBCThe top 10 artists on NBC’s The Voice were back in the spotlight Monday night, again performing for viewers’ votes.

Helping the contestants in rehearsals were four new mentors. Fall Out Boy singer and Sing-Off judge Patrick Stump assisted Adam Levine‘s team; on-again, off-again Voice coach Christina Aguilera tutored Gwen Stefani‘s team; Colbie Caillat dispensed advice to Blake Shelton‘s crew; and Motown legend Diana Ross teamed up with Pharrell Williams‘ artists.

The two-hour broadcast began with the top 10 singing a medley of Rascal Flatts songs.

The Voice later featured footage of the artists meeting with legendary record executive Clive Davis, who was also in attendance for the live show.

Matt McAndrew of Team Adam delivered the first individual performance of the night: a rendition of the Coldplay hit “Fix You.” Patrick urged him to show more confidence during the lyric, “Tears stream down your face.”   

Following Matt’s performance on The Voice stage, Blake said Matt has the drama, range, and stage presence. Gwen said Matt’s last note was unlike anything she’d heard from him before. Adam said his artist did Coldplay proud.

The first member of Team Gwen to enter the spotlight was Anita Antoinette. Christina immediately remembered her from her brief appearance during season three. Anita put her reggae spin on the Passenger single “Let Her Go.”

Pharrell marveled at Anita’s resiliency after she was rejected on the show several seasons ago. Gwen said Anita took over the song, adding that it sounded like something Anita would record.

Team Adam’s Damien performed “You and I (We Can Conquer the World)” by Stevie Wonder. Patrick warned him in rehearsals not to constrict his air flow while singing.

After Damien received a long applause from the studio audience for his live performance, Pharrell said the artist’s family members in attendance must be so proud of him. Adam said he felt the entire crowd “get on board” with Damien.

Team Blake teen Reagan James sang a more poppy version of the Iggy Azalea rap hit “Fancy.” Colbie suggested to Reagan in rehearsals that she stop at one point in the song and make contact with the studio audience.

In critiquing Reagan’s live performance, both Adam and Blake gave her credit for taking on such a complicated song. Blake called it Reagan’s best showing to date.

Team Pharrell’s Luke Wade covered the Otis Redding song “Try A Little Tenderness.” Diana recalled her experiences with Otis, and said Luke’s performance needs to come from his soul and his heart.

Adam said Luke bounced back after a rough outing last week. Pharrell simply said it was a job well done by Luke.

Craig Wayne Boyd of Team Blake played the Johnny Cash classic “I Walk the Line” on an acoustic guitar.

Pharrell said there’s no artist like Boyd in the competition. Adam declared that it was obvious Boyd has become “crazy, crazy good.” Blake described Boyd’s performance as “magic.”

Gwen assigned Ryan Sill the Muse song “Starlight.”

Adam said Ryan has been going through the process of what he wants to be as an artist. Pharrell added that it’s been interesting to watch Ryan’s journey on the show. Gwen called Ryan’s performance beautiful.

Team Pharrell’s DaNica Shirey belted out Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Diana advised her in rehearsals to visualize singing it to the house band’s music.

Gwen said DaNica never messes up. Blake proclaimed this was the best live Voice show he’s ever seen. Pharrell said his “mind is blown” to think of how far DaNica has come.

Team Gwen’s Taylor John Williams sang The Beatles classic “Come Together.” Christina told the cameras that Williams has to “own” the song on stage.

Blake observed how much fun Williams had during his live performance. Pharrell said it was one of the “craziest” performances the coaches have seen this season. Gwen admitted she was worried about the song choice, but thought it worked out. She said if she was 15 and in high school she’d have a crush on Williams.

Chris Jamison of Team Adam closed out the show with “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Patrick told Chris he should slur some of the words to give them a bit of an edge.

Gwen said Chris commanded the stage. Adam said he usually has artists on his team who are not afraid to try something different.

Two artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night’s results show, which airs on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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American Authors Will Skip Traditional Eating Contest This Thanksgiving

Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors will have a couple days off this Thanksgiving to reflect on their successful year, which has been fueled by their hit “Best Day of My Life.”  But unlike past years, the New York-based band says they won’t be indulging in one of their usual Thanksgiving traditions: competitive eating at a local buffet restaurant.

“This will be the first Thanksgiving I think we’re not actually going to be together,” guitarist James Shelley tells ABC News Radio. “For every other Thanksgiving for, like, the last seven years, we go to Old Country Buffet — OCB — and we have an eating contest. And there’s no prize, except your stomach hurts for four days.”

So who usually wins this so-called eating contest?  “Usually our crew,” laughs drummer Matt Sanchez.  “Though in the end, no one wins.”  “But it’s a true American Thanksgiving,” notes James. “On one plate you can have pizza, tacos, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, Jell-O and a piece of cake.”  “And turkey!” adds singer Zac Barnett.

Zac gets serious, though, when he considers what the band will be thankful for this Thursday.

“I guess thankful for such an amazing past two years,” he tells ABC News Radio. “We’ve pretty much been on the road nonstop. We’ve never had any time to really sit back and reflect on it all. So while we’re not taking that much time off, it’ll going to be really nice to look at it all and just think back on all the touring. ‘Cause I know even now when we’re talking about it, it’ll be like, ‘What show was that? Where was that? Who was there?’ So it’s always really cool to think back on the amazing events and things we’ve done since it all began.”  

American Authors have been in Germany this week, but they’re flying back to the U.S. to do a series of Christmas shows starting November 30. Those shows will take them all the way through the end of December.

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Ariana Grande “Silly Beyond Belief,” According to Bette Midler

ABC/Kelsey McNeal; Warner Bros. RecordsAriana Grande‘s sexy dance moves go over well with her fans, but music legend Bette Midler is calling out Grande and other young pop stars for using their sex appeal to sell albums.

In an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph Midler, 68, bemoaned the state of today’s female artists while discussing her latest album, It’s the Girls, a compilation of covers of the girl bands of her youth. She calls what’s happening today “terrible.”

“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,” she explains, adding, “I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it.”

Midler stresses that she doesn’t think it’s Ariana’s fault. She believes the “Problem” singer’s managers are at the bottom of it.

“I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager,” Bette says. “Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold.”

Midler thinks artists have the freedom to do whatever they want these days, but that’s not always a good thing.  “Whatever strictures there were have fallen apart,” she tells the newspaper. “And now it’s whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they’re having sex. They really like to slap each other’s butts.”

Midler acknowledges that she could be the one who’s out of touch, but adds, “I don’t know what the end game is going to be. I don’t know where you go from all that sex in your twenties. I don’t know how you sustain it.”

Midler’s advice for a young woman who wants to get into show business today: “Trust your talent,” she advises. “You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t.”

It’s the Girls features The Divine Miss M tackling songs made famous by The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and others.  The album also includes a cover of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

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Eminem Releases Powerful Video for “Guts over Fear”


Eminem has released a cinematic video for his Sia-assisted single, “Guts over Fear,” lifted from his double-disc Shady XV compilation.

In the video, posted on YouTube, an aspiring boxer overcomes various obstacles before he even steps foot into the ring, ranging from money woes to coping with an alcoholic father.  The visual was filmed in Slim Shady’s hometown of Detroit.

The Shady XV compilation is available in stores now. The double-disc project will feature new music from Eminem, Slaughterhouse, D12, Yelawolf and Bad Meets Evil as well as the label’s greatest hits including 50 Cent‘s “In Da Club” and Em’s “Lose Yourself.”

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Robin Thicke, U2 Among GQ’s “Least Influential People” of 2014

Credit: Harper SmithU2 is one of the biggest bands in the world, and last year, Robin Thicke had one of the biggest songs of the year, with “Blurred Lines.”  This year, GQ magazine has named both artists to its list of the “30 Least Influential People of 2014.

In fact, U2 and frontman Bono tops GQ’s list, because they “collaborated with Apple to strong-arm their new album [Songs of Innocence] into your iTunes library without your consent.”  The magazine adds, “The worst part was the way both Apple and U2 treated this, like it was some kind of noble gift to The People; in fact this was a $100 million marketing campaign.”

As for Robin, he’s on the list because he “reportedly cheated on his wife. Wrote an album named after her to get her back. Literally titled the first single ‘Get Her Back.’ Sold just 530 copies of the (sh***y) album in the U.K. in its first week. Still getting divorced.”

Adds the magazine, “The rest of this cheeseball’s career is our collective punishment for making ‘Blurred Lines’ popular. Let’s ALL get a divorce from this man.”

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“Voice” Pals Gwen & Pharrell to Team for “Paddington” Movie Song

Trae Patton/NBCGwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams just can’t stop working together.  Pharrell worked on Gwen’s upcoming album, and now Deadline reports that the two will team up to co-write and perform an original song called “Shine” for an upcoming movie.

The film, Paddington, is based on the popular bear character from children’s books, and it’ll arrive in theaters nationwide January 16 after a limited release in December. Of course, Pharrell’s last effort for a movie worked out pretty well: “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, earned him an Oscar nomination.

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Fall Out Boy Announces New Album, “American Beauty/American Psycho”

Image Courtesy of Crush ManagementAfter months of secrecy and speculation, Fall Out Boy has announced some details about their forthcoming album. The new record, FOB’s sixth studio effort, will be called American Beauty/American Psycho and will be released on January 20.

American Beauty/American Psycho will be available for pre-order starting December 15. Those who pre-order the album from iTunes will get an instant download of its hit single, “Centuries,” as well as the title track and another song to be named later. The full track list for American Beauty/American Psycho has yet to be announced.

Since FOB released ”Centuries” in September, the single has occupied a spot in the top 10 on both Billboard‘s Hot Rock Songs and Alternative Songs chart.

American Beauty/American Psycho will be the follow-up to 2013′s Save Rock and Roll, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Dating back to their breakthrough album, 2005′s From Under the Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy has notched four straight top-10 appearances on the chart.

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Justin Bieber Tops “Forbes’” List of Highest-Earning Celebs Under 30; One Direction, Taylor Swift & Bruno Mars Included

Ben WattsIf you think Justin Bieber‘s career is over, think again: the singer still raked in enough cash to topForbes’ list of the Highest-Earning Celebs Under 30.  In fact, musicians like Justin take nine of the 10 spots on the list.

During the 12-month period that Forbes considered — between June 2013 and June 2014 — the Bieb raked in an estimated $80 million, mostly due to the last dates on his world tour.

Second on Forbes’ list is One Direction, with an average age of 21. They took in $75 million during that same time period, thanks to touring and album sales.  At age 24, Taylor Swift is third on the list, with earnings of $24 million thanks to touring, albums sales and big-bucks endorsements.   Number four on the list is Bruno Mars, who just squeaks in at age 29.  He made $60 million, mostly due to the 118 tour dates he played during Forbes’ time frame.

Rihanna is #5 on the Forbes list.  At age 26, she earned $48 million during the time period monitored.  Miley Cyrus is #6, with $36 million, Lady Gaga is #8, with $28 million, while superstar deejay and producer Avicii is in at #9, with $28 million.  Electronic musician Skrillex rounds out the top 10 with earnings of $18 million.

The only non-musician in the top 10 is Jennifer Lawrence, who’s in at #7.

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5 Seconds of Summer to Release “LIVESOS” December 15

Capitol RecordsThey previewed it Sunday night on the American Music Awards. Now 5 Seconds of Summer will release a live disc, LIVESOS, on December 15

The 15-track collection documents the band’s past year on the road: it was recorded live during their U.S. concerts in 2014.  In addition to live versions of “She Looks So Perfect,” “Amnesia” and “Good Girls,” you’ll also find covers of Green Day‘s “American Idiot,” and a live and studio version of The Romantics‘ ’80s classic “What I Like About You.”  The lyric video is posted now on YouTube.

If you buy LIVESOS on iTunes, you’ll get a bonus track called “Kiss Me Kiss Me.”  The deluxe edition, available only at Target, features the bonus track “Don’t Stop.”

In a statement, 5 Seconds of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin says, “Playing is the thing we have been most passionate about from the beginning. All we want is for our fans to come to the shows, rock out and have one of the best times they’ve ever experienced. Also, when a room is full of you guys from all different walks of life, you can let it go when you come to the shows and be free to be yourself.”

5SOS’ headlining tour begins July 17 in Las Vegas.

Here’s the tracklisting for the standard edition of LIVESOS:

1. “18
2. “Out Of My Limit”
3. “Disconnected”
4. “Amnesia”
5. “Beside You”
6. “Everything I Didn’t Say”
7. “Long Way Home”
8. “Heartache On The Big Screen”
9. “American Idiot”
10. “Teenage Dream”
11. “Good Girls”
12. “What I Like About You”
13. “End Up Here”
14. “She Looks So Perfect”
15. “What I Like About You” (Studio Mix)

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Initial Dates for The Script’s 2015 Summer U.S. Tour on Sale Now

Columbia RecordsAfter releasing their new album No Sound Without Silence, The Script have put initial dates for their 2015 U.S. tour on sale.  Mary Lambert will be joining the band for the trek, which kicks off May 26 in Boston.

Right now, the Irish trio has shows scheduled through June 7 in St. Louis, but more dates are expected to be announced.

Meanwhile, the group has also released a video for “No Good in Goodbye,” one of the standout tracks on No Sound Without Silence.

This past summer, the band toured with OneRepublic and American Authors.

Here are the tour dates:

05/26 — House of Blues, Boston, MA
05/27 — Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
05/30 — Mandalay Bay Beach, Las Vegas, NV
05/31 — Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
06/02 — The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
06/03 — Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
06/05 — State Theater, Minneapolis, MN
06/06 — Riviera Theater, Chicago, IL
06/07 — The Pageant, Saint Louis, MO

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