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Happy Birthday, Adam Levine!

3/18/2012 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,...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: More Season 2 Artists Speak Out!

2/21/2012 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...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: The Start of Season 2! (Video)

2/7/2012 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...

Top 12 Memorable Moments From 'The Voice'

2/5/2012 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...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With Season 1

1/3/2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I look back on what each team from Season 1 accomplished after the show. Who had the best 2010?

What happened after The Voice ended? We know that the Top 8 artists went on a national tour and that a CD of highlights was released. The majority of the artists continued to actively perform across the country, and the coaches kept themselves busy with touring, new albums and Grammy nominations.

Behind the scenes, Christina Milian replaced Alison Haislip as the show's social media correspondent, and teams were expanded from 8 to 12 artists for...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: 'Sing You Home' For The Holidays!

12/20/2011 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Team Blake's Xenia releases Sing You Home, while Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green have something to say about the postal service...

Xenia has a new EP just in time for the holidays. Sing You Home contains four new songs from the Team Blake semifinalist. You can download the EP here.

While the record may be short, it's an outstanding sampling that shows how much the 17-year-old has come out of her shell and continues to improve since her time on Team Blake. She sounds miles away from the 'shy girl' whose nerves got the better of her in battle ...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Dia, Javier & New Video!

12/13/2011 11:10am EST
Dia Frampton
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: reviewing Dia Frampton's Red and Javier Colon's Christmas EP, plus new video from NBC and an interview with the man producing Cee Lo Green's next album!

In last week's edition, we celebrated the release of Dia's new album - and as promised, it's time to take a full look at Red.

Here are ten tracks that take full advantage of the Voice runner-up's unique sound and musicianship. Lead single "The Broken Ones" is still quietly haunting even though we've had the chance to hear it many, many times by now. The other songs show Dia's range, but t...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Dia Frampton's 'Red' Arrives!

12/6/2011 11:10am EST
Dia Frampton
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Dia Frampton's Red drops, Los Angeles hosts a reunion of season one artists, and the coaches score Grammy nominations!

The big news today is the arrival of Dia's new album Red. The disc contains the recently-released single "The Broken Ones," as well as "I Will," which features Dia's coach Blake Shelton.

If you download the album via iTunes, there are two bonus tracks. One of those is "Hearts Out To Dry," which Dia named as one of her favorites on the album in our recent interview. If you've already picked up the CD elsewhere, don't wor...

Commentary: The 5 Things I'm Thankful For In 2011

11/23/2011 11:00am EST
The Voice
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, many Starpulse writers are giving thanks for our favorite pop-culture moments. Here's what's on my list, from a reality show to a play that was all too real.

My list is a bit different from those of my colleagues. I've had a very blessed - and also very difficult - year that has had amazing highs and been marred by literally life-changing lows. When I look back on 2011, I'm not thinking just about things I enjoyed, but experiences and people that made a difference.

It goes without saying that I'd like to thank my loved ones and the doctors, surgeons, nurses, ...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: New Albums & 'SNL' Videos!

11/8/2011 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: do you know that your favorite artists from the show are putting out new albums? Plus Saturday Night Live - with the first Season 2 promo!

No surprise here, but many of the talented musicians from season one have gone back to the studio and are bringing new music your way now that you've had a chance to discover them. Here's a handy guide to the new releases in your future.

You can pre-order any of the albums by clicking on their titles below.

Javier Colon

Previous albums Javier and Left of Center re-release on November 15. They're both...

Q&A: Music's Underrated Star Jesse Macht

10/11/2011 1:00pm EDT
Jesse Macht
Last week, I introduced you to Jesse Macht - a talented musician you should be listening to. If you're not convinced yet, I recently sat down with Jesse to get his story in his own words.

I've spent the past year on a journey of musical discovery, and Jesse - not just his music, but who he is as a person - is everything that I've come to love about the art. He's simply great at what he does, relying on hard work and passion rather than a gimmick or a technological advantage. In this world of lip-synched concerts and pyrotechnics, there's something to be commended about a musician comfort...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Casey Weston

10/11/2011 11:00am EDT
Casey Weston
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I shine the spotlight on Casey Weston, Team Adam's semifinalist.

If there was a surprise in season one of The Voice, it was Casey Weston. The Nashville teenager (she hadn't even graduated high school at the time her Voice journey started!) knocked out Tim Mahoney in the battle rounds, and then turned a few more heads when she beat out Jeff Jenkins for the second semifinalist position on Team Adam, alongside eventual winner Javier Colon.

Making the most of a second chance at her blind audition, she performed a wonderful version of the clas...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Tim Mahoney

9/27/2011 10:00am EDT
Tim Mahoney
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I shine the spotlight on Minnesota native Tim Mahoney, the soulful singer whose talent got a huge boost when Adam Levine thought he was a girl.

Crowned the "King of Almost" on the series for his persistent attempts to make it big in the music business, Tim left his mark on The Voice instantly and by complete accident. His rendition of "Bring It On Home To Me" won over the front man of Maroon 5 in blind auditions, but Adam bashfully admitted that he turned around thinking that Tim was of the female persuasion. One of The Voice's most...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Nakia

8/22/2011 8:00am EDT
The Voice
NBC's The Voice introduced the nation to a fantastic group of artists that I know I'll never forget. By far, the show's biggest personality and one of its most loveable was soul singer Nakia Reynoso, the semifinalist for Team Cee Lo Green.

Almost two months after The Voice came to an end, the Texas native has recently returned from the subsequent Voice Live concert tour and is planning his own solo schedule. Before he hits the road, though, I was able to catch up with him to reflect on the journey thus far and talk about what his future holds.

It's fantastic to catch up with you. Now th...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Old Arguments & New Merchandise

8/17/2011 5:43pm EDT
Adam Levine
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: Adam Levine sparks muttering (again), NBC rolls out new swag for you to take home, and the coaches are keeping busy...

At the beginning of The Voice's season, Levine ran afoul of American Idol judge Randy Jackson when he declared that the people not selected for The Voice "could win American Idol." Now more of his comments are being seen as shots against the FOX mainstay.

In a candid and thoughtful interview with Out Magazine, Levine frankly admits that he disagrees with Idol's approach to the sexuality of its contestants. "What’s always ...

CD Review: 'The Voice' Season 1 Highlights

8/12/2011 8:00am EDT
The Voice
I've made no secret of my passion for NBC's The Voice. Handing me the new season 1 compilation album? Somewhat like an early Christmas present. On the music alone, it's a wonderful album, but whether or not you're interested in it will vary greatly, depending on how familiar you are with the show.

Thanks to an existing partnership with iTunes, if you're a huge fan like myself, you've probably already downloaded some if not all of the contents as they became available after the episodes aired. These aren't any different than the previous versions. All of them are still available t...

Review: Don't Miss 'The Voice' Live On Tour!

7/28/2011 8:00am EDT
The Voice
How do you follow up the smashing success of NBC's The Voice? With an equally fantastic concert tour that proves the show's talented artists are here to stay.

Almost exactly a month after the finale, the top eight contestants - winner Javier Colon, finalists Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, and Beverly McClellan, and semifinalists Casey Weston, Xenia, Nakia and Frenchie Davis - have joined together for a six-city tour that opened last night at the Gibson Ampitheatre in Los Angeles. Make no mistake about it, this is not a quick attempt to cash in on the show's popularity, nor is it recycling...

Armchair Musician: 'The Voice,' Week Nine

6/23/2011 1:00pm EDT
The Voice
I thought my experiences on The Voice couldn't get any better. Then Adam Levine happened. If you hadn't heard, he made my life on Tuesday night. This week's column, then, is a mix of objective discourse and subjective wide-eyed wonder that I'm not even going to try and apologize for.

First, let's talk about the music.

You have not truly seen this show until you've had the chance to see it in the studio. Adam and Maroon 5, with the help of Christina Aguilera, led off as they pre-taped the premiere performance of their new single "Moves Like Jagger." As a fan who hadn't yet seen Adam perf...

The Voice Live Show Quarter Finals #2 June 14

6/16/2011 6:00am EDT
The Voice
I don’t know why Carson Daly bugs me, but he does. Is it the blandness? Or his complete lack of animation? Either way, the night starts with him introducing the judges/coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera before announcing the first cuts of the finals.

From Team Christina: Beverly McClellan, Lily Elise, Raquel Castro and Frenchie Davis. Tearfully, and proclaiming it ‘the hardest decision of my whole life,” (really? A few other moments come to mind.) Christina saved Frenchie Davis. Yeah! That girl can sing! To my surprise, America saved Beverly McClellan,...