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Justin Bieber & Ryan Seacrest To Host Wango Tang Festival

March 27th, 2012 9:08am EDT
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber will co-host the upcoming Wango Tango 2012 pop festival in Carson, California.

The singer will join DJ Ryan Seacrest to front the event at the Home Depot Center on May 12.

Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Maroon 5, B.o.B, J. Cole, Gym Class Heroes, Foster The People, Big Sean and The Wanted are among the big names lined up for the show.

Carly Rae Jepsen, the new signing to Bieber's record label, will also perform at Wango Tango.
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'The Voice' Recap: The Final Battles Have Surprising Results

March 27th, 2012 1:07am EDT
The Voice
We're down to the last battle rounds on The Voice. The last chance for hopeful artists to grab a spot in the live shows. (Can you believe we're headed into the last phase of the competition already? How time flies when you're singing your heart out!)

The night kicks off with Team Cee Lo: Wade vs. James Massone, with Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." On first instinct, this might be a mismatch. But it wouldn't be the first time The Voice turns something that doesn't blatantly match into something special. James has his nerves get the better of him, and hesitates in first rehearsal, then ...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: On Tour With...Dia Frampton!

March 20th, 2012 11:05am EDT
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Dia Frampton rocks Los Angeles, plus meet Team Adam's Nathan Parrett and Katrina Parker!

A reminder: if you missed any of last night's battle round action, you can read my recap, and don't miss my interview with Jewel on mentoring Team Christina.

Dia Frampton may not have won The Voice, but she's found plenty of success after the show. She released her album Red last year and joined her coach, Blake Shelton, on his "Well Lit and Amplified" Tour this spring.

But just because she hit the national stage on the show doesn't mean she's become...
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'The Voice' Recap: Week 3's Battle Rounds Give '102 Percent'

March 20th, 2012 1:00am EDT
The Voice
We're now halfway through battle rounds on The Voice. There have been some fantastic battles so far - so who's next?

Well, that'd be Team Adam (yay!). My coach gets right down to business, matching Pip vs. Nathan Parrett, and sending them off with Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good." Nathan is a little intimidated by the fact that Pip got all four coaches to turn for him, which is understandable, but kind of hilarious because in practice, Pip thinks Adam might be favoring Andrew, so it all evens out. Pip gets to work with Alanis, while Nathan gets Robin Thicke. The latter result...
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Happy Birthday, Adam Levine!

March 18th, 2012 11:30am EDT
Adam Levine
Maroon 5 front man and The Voice coach Adam Levine turns 33 today. Naturally, I couldn't let that happen without saying something.

There's no doubt that Levine is a professional success. With Maroon 5, he's got a huge following around the world, three Grammy Awards, and an American Music Award, plus countless nominations. He made history last year as the first artist to crack the Billboard charts both as a group (with "Moves Like Jagger") and as a solo artist (guesting on the Gym Class Heroes hit "Stereo Hearts"). He's a coach on the show that broke American Idol's ratings dominance and,...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Interviews With Monday Night's Artists!

March 13th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Juliet Simms
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: hear what Juliet Simms, Kim Yarbrough and Lee Koch had to say before their battle round performances!

If you missed any of last night's battles, you can read my recap here.

Juliet Simms

Team Cee Lo / Twitter: @JulietSimmsALL

Don't let appearances fool you: Team Red Zone's rocker Juliet Simms is surprisingly sweet and outgoing. She is more likely to make you laugh with how funny and approachable she is.

"This is all I've ever done my entire life. This is my huge passion," she told me. That passion came through in her blind audition vers...
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'The Voice' Recap: A Second Stunning Round of Battles

March 13th, 2012 1:00am EDT
The Voice
Last week's first round of The Voice battles was fantastic, so my expectations for week two were pretty high. Those expectations were definitely met.

Team Christina starts it off, with Geoff McBride vs. Sera Hill, armed with Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools." It's an interesting match of artists with a "big song," as Christina herself puts it. Sharp choice, Ms. Aguilera. Geoff draws Lionel Richie as his advisor, and has to take a moment before they start rehearsing. Lionel is floored by the volume of Geoff's vocals, but wants him to make sure he conveys personality and character. ...
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Adam Levine To Launch First Fragrance

March 8th, 2012 9:35am EST
Adam Levine
Singer Adam Levine is set to become the latest pop star to launch his own fragrance.

The Maroon 5 frontman's first scent, 222 by Adam Levine, is scheduled to hit department stores in May next year.

A spokesman for ID Perfumes, who have partnered with Levine for the project, says, "Adam is a performer with tremendous charisma, both on stage and on TV. Endeavoring to capture that in a bottle has thus far been very exciting and we're certain the final products will be even more so."

Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Black Eyed Peas star Fergie and Justin Bieber are among the chart stars who ...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Meet Season 2's First Battling Artists!

March 6th, 2012 12:00pm EST
Chris Mann
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: they battled it out, now hear what some of last night's artists had to say! Plus, on tour with season 1 champ Javier Colon...

Last night The Voice moved into its second phase of competition: the battle rounds. Six battles sent six hopefuls packing. If you missed any of the action, you can read my recap here. But I had the opportunity to talk to many of the competing artists before their battles aired, and here's what Chris Mann, Monique Benabou, Cheesa Laureta, Angie Johnson, and Jesse Campbell had to say!

Chris Mann

Team Christina / Twi...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 2's First Battle Rounds Make A Huge Statement

March 6th, 2012 1:06am EST
The Voice
The chairs are done turning, and now it's time to go to battle. We start season two battle rounds this week on The Voice, and just like last season, they are both beautiful and painful. They're great because we get some absolutely wonderful duets, but they hurt because we have to say goodbye to half the artists.

Team Adam leads off, and the first battle pairing of season two is Tony Lucca vs. Chris Cauley. "You guys are going to be singing in harmony and secretly trying to destroy each other," Adam says, which is both hilarious and accurate. He gives them U2's hit (and sometimes o...
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Mariah Carey To Perform First Gig Since Becoming A Mom

February 28th, 2012 3:31pm EST
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is returning to the stage this week to perform her first concert since becoming a mother to twins last year.

The pop superstar will headline a free, intimate show at New York's Gotham Hall on Thursday as part of a Plot Your Escape promo.

Carey will be supported by rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs in the Big Apple, while Maroon 5 will play a simultaneous concert in Chicago, Illinois, and Gavin DeGraw will perform in New Orleans, Louisiana.

There will also be a concert in Los Angeles, but the line-up for that show has yet to be revealed.

Only 50 tickets have been made availab...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Adam Levine's TV Domination (Video)

February 28th, 2012 11:00am EST
Adam Levine
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: coach Adam Levine had a very busy Monday, on not one but four TV shows on the same day! Miss any? We've got the scoop.

If you've been keeping up, you know that Adam has been making the TV rounds of recent, appearing on NBC's Today and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. However, he took one step closer to world domination when three of his TV appearances ended up airing on the same day as a new episode of The Voice.

Adam started the day on Access Hollywood Live, where he was asked again about if there was a hostility between him and Christina A...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 2 Blind Auditions, Part 5

February 28th, 2012 12:56am EST
The Voice
After five nights (or expanding by 1.5 times the size of last season), The Voice's blind auditions come to a close. What do the final rosters look like? Who's your favorite team?

Whitney Myer arrives with her version of Alicia Keys' "No One," and though Adam looks like he's taking a nap, he loves what he hears because he hits his button. He's only the first of all four judges to do so. Though Blake declares he's a fan of hers regardless of who she picks, Whitney goes with Adam.

David Dunn shows up with The Script's "The Man Who Can't Be Moved,: which Adam appears to have some sort of un...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: More Season 2 Artists Speak Out!

February 21st, 2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: meet more of Season 2's new singers (and hear what Tje Austin thinks of them), plus see the homes of coaches Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera, and new Dia Frampton video!

We're almost done with the blind auditions (that's right, it'll be five weeks of 'em - and if you missed any of last night's action you can read the recap here). Want to meet the newest members of your favorite team? Here's some of the best quotes from my recent chats with all the new artists.

Not only can the coaches not see you during auditions, but you can't see the...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 2 Blind Auditions, Part 4

February 20th, 2012 11:02pm EST
The Voice
Ladies and gentlemen, most of your 48 artists for season two of The Voice have now been revealed. Whose blind auditions won them the final spots and who just missed the cut? Read on...

We lead off with a 26-year-old guy called Ducky, which gives me all kinds of Pretty In Pink vibes. He's hoping that making it onto a team will prove to his girlfriend he's stable enough to marry, among other things. His rendition of "Tighten Up" gives us another one of those situations where all the coaches are pointing at each other but not doing anything themselves. Carson wonders aloud why Adam isn'...
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Behind The Wheel Of History's 'Top Gear'

February 14th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Top Gear
"American Top Gear."

It's a phrase that's struck dread in the hearts of many for years. Fans of the hit BBC series - those of us sitting at home with our Jeremy Clarkson books and 'I Am The Stig' T-shirts, and yes, I am one - have heard rumblings about a US import and almost immediately worried one would go south (see: the American adaptation of Coupling, etc.) Yet after a false start (a busted NBC pilot hosted by Adam Carolla), History Channel made the concept a reality two years ago.

And guess what? It's not a nightmare. In fact, it's pretty good.

The cynics - and yes, I was one - are ...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Get To Know Your Season 2 Artists!

February 14th, 2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's what's new on and around NBC's The Voice: with blind auditions almost over, it's time to meet the new members of our four teams! Plus, the Grammys...

Our four coaches have almost finished picking their teams, and so it's time that I started talking to their team members! Here's what the new artists had to say about their blind auditions and their hopes for being a part of The Voice.

Team Blake 2.0

RaeLynn (pictured): I would say this experience has just been really crazy and I didn’t expect for it to be as big as it was. It’s just been so awesome. I’m just really super-excited a...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 2 Blind Auditions, Part 3

February 14th, 2012 1:03am EST
The Voice
Last season on The Voice, we'd be finished with blind auditions now; this year, we're into our third night of team selection.

Leading off the night is someone else who's struggled with image issues in the past: Houston-based folk singer Sarah Golden, whose sound catches the attention of Cee Lo. Blake decides to give him a little competition at the last moment. Christina seems to spend a moment inspecting her manicure. Cee Lo tells Sarah she can't handle them both, and while Adam's laughing at that, she goes with Team Red Zone. "Cee Lo is normally asleep during the show," Blake gri...
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My 10 Celebrity Valentines For 2012

February 13th, 2012 11:00am EST
Adam Levine
Valentine's Day is almost upon us. I don't have a valentine this year, but I'd like to give a few out to 10 celebs whose work I have particular affection for.

1. Adam Levine

My favorite The Voice coach is someone I'll always admire, and deservedly so: he has more hardware than a Home Depot. This past year alone, he and Maroon 5 scored their first American Music Award, a People's Choice Award and a Grammy nomination. I totally concur with my friend Jesse Blaze Snider, who referred to them as a band "with three near-perfect albums." (And a fourth on the way, reportedly due in June.)

Now,...
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Adele Sweeps; Foo Fighters & Kanye West Dominate The Grammys (Full List Of Winners)

February 12th, 2012 11:21pm EST
Adele, Dave Grohl and Kanye West
Just as predicted, British songstress Adele dominated the 2012 Grammys, from a rousing performance of her hit "Rolling In The Deep" to sweeping all six categories in which she was nominated.

She picked up the pre-ceremony awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling in the Deep", along with the awards for Record Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep"), Album Of The Year ("21"), Song Of The Year ("Rolling in the Deep") and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You"; but Adele wasn't the only big winner at this year's awards ceremony.

Foo Fighters, Skrillex...
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Adam Levine Launches Record Label, Signs Matthew Morrison

February 9th, 2012 8:02pm EST
Adam Levine
Rocker Adam Levine is helping to turn Matthew Morrison into a pop superstar by signing the Glee singer/actor to his new record label.

The Maroon 5 frontman announced the launch of 222 Records on Thursday and "Moves Like Jagger" singer is already aiming for the top of the charts with his first artist.

Levine says, "Starting my own label has been a long-time goal of mine and I am thrilled to be at the point in my career where it is finally happening.

"I am excited for everyone to hear Matthew's forthcoming album. Great things are in store for him with this release."

And Morrison is equall...
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Beach Boys Planning Grammys Medley With Foster The People And Maroon 5

February 8th, 2012 11:00pm EST
CELEBNAME
The Beach Boys will reteam onstage for the first time in 20 years to perform with Foster the People and Maroon 5 at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Bruce Johnston will play with one-time member David Marks at music's big night, which will launch a series of reunion events for the classic pop act.

The "Barbara Ann" singers will perform a medley with "Pumped Up Kicks" hitmakers Foster The People and Adam Levine's Maroon 5.

Also performing together at the Grammys will be Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood, and Rihanna and Coldplay.

The Civil Wars, Diana ...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: The Start of Season 2! (Video)

February 7th, 2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's what's new on and around NBC's The Voice: season 2 is officially underway, so it's time to meet your new artists - and hear what the season one singers have to say about them!

I'm sure you were all tuned in to the show's post-Super Bowl premiere, which scored big for NBC, delivering the biggest ratings for a non-sports telecast on any network in 6 years. 37.6 million people showed up to see the first round of blind auditions! Wow!

If you missed any of the action, you can catch up with my recaps of season 2 blind auditions, part 1 and part 2. We'll continue the blind auditions nex...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 2 Blind Auditions. Part 2

February 7th, 2012 1:04am EST
The Voice
We met our first five artists last night...now The Voice is back with the second round of blind auditions. The bar for season two continues to rise.

Before we get underway, we get the much-talked about Prince medley, and it's worth all the talk and then some. I heard this in January and I still love it tonight, from the fun of "1999" to Adam's incredibly smooth vocals to Cee Lo's erm, unique wardrobe. The coaches sound great and they look like they're having a blast, which definitely rubs off on the audience. Seriously, if these coaches weren't so busy with their own individual ca...
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'The Voice' Recap: Season 2 Blind Auditions, Part 1

February 5th, 2012 11:23pm EST
The Voice
Season one of The Voice was a phenomenon. Would season two be able to match - or even beat - that standard of excellence?

Yes, it can.

It's time for a new crop of blind auditions - to meet the first batch of artists we'll be spending this season with. We met some amazing people last year, and while there's not necessarily the "oh my god" factor yet this season, there are some great people in this group, too. This season is off to an impressive start.

Starting things off, 17-year-old Raelynn kind of reminds me of Casey Weston. She's brought her parents with her, which is cute. Plus ...
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Adam Levine Upset By Randy Jackson's Criticism Of 'The Voice'

February 5th, 2012 10:06am EST
Adam Levine
Maroon 5 star Adam Levine has taken aim at rival TV talent show judge Randy Jackson after the American Idol regular poked fun at the "Moves Like Jagger" singer's The Voice.

Levine admits he was hurt by Jackson's remarks suggesting The Voice was just a second-chance show for Idol rejects and he has accused the musician/producer of "irresponsible" behavior.

Appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday, Levine states, "Shame on Randy Jackson for saying that because he out of anybody should know that if you're in this business you need second, third, fourth and fifth chances. So we love an...
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Top 12 Memorable Moments From 'The Voice'

February 5th, 2012 9:00am EST
The Voice
NBC's The Voice starts its highly-anticipated second season tonight. In its honor, here's a look back at the top 12 most memorable moments from the show so far!

There were a lot of moments to love from season one. Each of the show's thirty-two artists had at least one instance where we took notice of them, whether it was Elenowen confusing coach Adam Levine by being more than one person, or Nakia bringing the house down with his rendition of "Whataya Want From Me."

And that was just the stuff you saw on TV. From the artists to the coaches to the crew, these were the best people I've eve...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: The Final Countdown!

January 31st, 2012 11:00am EST
Adim Levine
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: we're just days away from season two and there's plenty of video and buzz to show for it!

But first things first: apparently Randy Jackson really holds a grudge.

According to this article by Sean Daly at Singers & Critics, the American Idol judge took some unprovoked shots at The Voice at FOX's Television Critics Association presentation earlier this month, referring to the show's artists as "second chance people" and adding "We will definitely never ever rip off Star Trek like The Voice did with spinning chairs. We won’t do that. We won’...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With Xenia & Alison Haislip!

January 24th, 2012 11:20am EST
Xenia
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Team Blake's Xenia and correspondent Alison Haislip give me the lowdown on their new projects!

The youngest contestant in season one, Xenia turned quite a few heads with her unique voice and heart-melting personality on her way to becoming the semifinalist for Blake Shelton's team. His decision to save her over Patrick Thomas was a surprise that kept us talking well after it happened. But we were priveleged to watch this talented young lady blossom in front of our eyes.

After the show ended, she sang a duet with Jon McLaughlin and released ...
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Q&A: Jesse Blaze Snider - A Rock Star Of Many Colors

January 23rd, 2012 1:40pm EST
Jesse Blaze Snider
Don't judge Jesse Blaze Snider solely by the fact that his father is rock legend Dee Snider.

In fact, don't judge him solely by the fact that he's also a musician. While he is in the family business, he's also a successful comic book writer (Dead Romeo, Hulk, Thor) and TV host (MTV2, Fuse and AOL's Top 11 Countdown). In between his many ventures, Jesse took the time to sit down with me and talk about growing up in the spotlight as well as making a versatile name for himself.

You're working on your first solo album right now. What can people expect from it?

I've been trying to kind of b...
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