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30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

July 8th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has delivered a wealth of exceptional new songs. Some songs truly captivate with their songwriting, while others are ‘records’ which standout because of their sound. Choosing only 30 songs out of a sea filed with truly terrific songs is difficult; this list provides 30 of the best songs from January through June 2014.

1) Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

from In the Lonely Hour

Maybe he’s ‘too emotional’ and 'sucks at one-night stands' as he sings, but Sam Smith can definitely sing – that’s the understatement of the year. The soaring, highly relatable “Stay With Me” exemplifies Smith’...

Single Review: Usher, 'Good Kisser'

May 23rd, 2014 1:40pm EDT
Usher, 'Good Kisser'
Usher’s on ‘autopilot’ on his suggestive, alluring single “Good Kisser”

Usher’s new single “Good Kisser” makes this super fan excited for the contemporary R&B male’s upcoming album. Don’t get me wrong, Looking 4 Myself wasn’t a bad album, but it also wasn’t his best album. Perhaps part of the issue was it was so pop-oriented, where Usher has been known for staying true to R&B circles. Regardless, “Good Kisser” definitely sounds like R&B, a la 2014. Usher gets nasty on “Good Kisser”, even if some of it he is able to pass off as being somewhat innocent. The first notion that he’s playin...

'The Voice' Coaches Talk Before Season 6 Live Playoffs

April 7th, 2014 12:12pm EDT
'The Voice' Coaches Talk Before Season 6 Live Playoffs
Live playoffs for The Voice are just two weeks away - and so BFTV snagged a few quick words with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher and Shakira about potential changes in their strategies, what they've learned from being coaches, and who might stick around for this fall's Season 7.

While you're watching tonight's battle rounds, know that yes, they really are as agonizing as they look on TV. "That's the worst part of the job," Blake told us. "Anything that's in between the blinds and the live shows sucks for coaches, because the first thing we do is beg these people to pick us and be...

'The Voice' Recap: 80's Night With Blake Shelton

March 5th, 2014 8:31am EST
The Voice
As we finish the second week of Season 6 auditions on The Voice, the teams are filling up. Defending champion Adam and Usher each have only 5 spots left, while Shakira is half-complete with 6 open spaces, and Blake is bringing up the rear, looking for 8 more artists. Who will the coaches discover tonight?

Maybe it'll be Megan Ruger, who looks like the distant cousin of Season 3's Michaela Paige. Megan performs "Just Like A Pill" by Pink, which gives her big shoes to fill, because the last person to audition with a Pink song was Season 5 champ Tessanne Chin. (It's worth noting that NBC cen...

'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Blind Auditions, Part 2

February 26th, 2014 9:10am EST
'The Voice' Recap: Season 6 Blind Auditions, Part 2
In the first night of Season 6 auditions on The Voice, Team Blake picked up 1 of 12 singers, Team Adam and Team Shakira landed 2 and Team Usher a leading 3. There are still plenty of spots to fill, though, so let's get to it.

We start off with another returning artist, Delvin Choice, who comes armed with Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You." That piece was pretty much killed by Jesse Campbell in Season 2, but Delvin nails it himself, earning three quick button pushes from Adam, Shakira and Blake. Usher waits until almost the last moment, but he's finally persuaded, too. Delvin is understandab...

PETA Not Pleased With Usher's New Fur Hat

February 25th, 2014 5:03pm EST
Usher Fur Hat
It looks like Usher taking on Pharrell's outspoken mountain hat with a frontier-inspired headpiece of his own. The R&B star has been wearing a coonskin hat recently, even wearing it when he was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

PETA has since released a statement to RumorFix regarding the furry hat. "When someone with so much good fortune fails to show even the smallest amount of understanding and mercy to others—in this case, animals whose very skin was taken from them and who died painfully for a hat—it is sad and sickening…"

PETA may need to back off on this one, as BoomBox ...

'The Voice' Returns For Season 6: What Have You Missed?

February 24th, 2014 12:10pm EST
'The Voice' Returns For Season 6: What Have You Missed?
Tonight begins Season 6 of NBC's The Voice, but there have been plenty of happenings with past artists - and the coaches - since Season 5 wrapped in December. Before you tune in to the new cycle, read on to find out what you may have missed over the last three months.

The major news is that coach Cee Lo Green announced last week that he will not return for Season 7, marking his second departure from his big red chair. Cee Lo's best finish on The Voice was having the runner-up (Juliet Simms, season 2) - which Usher has already matched (Michelle Chamuel, season 4). No word yet on who will re...

Usher's Ex-Wife To Run In Charity Event For Dead Son

November 30th, 2013 10:08am EST
Usher & Tameka Foster
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster is taking part in a charity run today to raise funds for the foundation she created in her late son's name.

Foster's 11-year-old child Kile Glover was killed in a boating accident on a Georgia lake last year.

Her inaugural Give Thanks 5K run/walk will take place at Chastain Park in Atlanta and will benefit the Kile's World Foundation.

The stylist says, "I know when I'll be running, I will be thinking of him... I'm thinking about him every day, but he was my running buddy. That's who I used to do my neighborhood jogs with all the time. He would be the only on...

'Fifty Shades Of Grey': 10 Stars We'd Rather See As Christian Grey

September 5th, 2013 11:15pm EDT
Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, Robin Thicke, Alexander Skarsgard
Fans of erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" went ballistic earlier this week when the announcements of the two leads in the film adaptation of the book came from none other than author E.L. James herself.

When people found out that Dakota Johnson, the aspiring actress daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, landed the lead role of Anastasia Steele and Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam would be play the domineering Christian Grey, they spoke up and started petitions to get the roles re-cast.

Unfortunately, Hollywood doesn't work that way and a lot of factors had to be considered du...

Usher Retains Custody Of Kids After Near-Drowning incident

August 10th, 2013 11:49pm EDT
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster had hoped to regain primary custody of the couple's two children after their oldest son, Usher Raymond V, nearly drowned in the singer's pool Monday afternoon.

The five-year-old's hand was caught in the pool's drain when he dove after a toy that had sunk to the bottom, trapping him underwater until he was freed by nearby workers. Usher V was under the care of his aunt, Rena Oden, when the incident happened, prompting Foster to challenge the singer for custody of their two kids.

Foster alleged that letting Oden care for the kids was irresponsible and attempted...

Usher's Ex-Wife Granted Emergency Custody Hearing After Son Nearly Drowns

August 7th, 2013 9:00pm EDT
After Usher's son nearly drowned in a swimming pool on Monday, a judge granted the singer's ex-wife Tameka Foster an emergency court hearing to re-evaluate the couple's custody arrangement.
Two days ago, Usher Raymond V, 5, got his arm stuck in a pool drain while trying to retrieve a toy. He was admitted to the intensive care unit of an Atlanta, Georgia hospital. An aunt and maid were watching the boy and his younger brother at the time of the incident,

Foster has accused the singer of abdicating his parental responsibilities by letting others look after their kids. She currenlty has li...

Usher's Ex-Wife Seeks Custody Reversal After Son Nearly Drowns

August 7th, 2013 4:00pm EDT
After Usher's son almost drowned in his swimming pool, his ex-wife demanded an emergency court hearing in an attempt to regain custody of the pair's two children.
The former couple's five-year-old son Usher Raymond V got stuck in a drain while trying to retrieve a toy in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday. An aunt and maid were watching Usher's two sons at the time of the incident.
Usher rushed home and accompanied his son to a nearby hospital where he was later joined by ex-wife Tameka Raymond. She has since filed legal documents in Fulton County, Georgia, claiming that the singer is abdicat...

A.M. Roundup: Johnny Depp Blasts 'Lone Ranger' Critics, 'Bachelorette' Engagement, Usher's Son Nearly Drowns

August 7th, 2013 10:01am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer are angry at critics for ruining "The Lone Ranger". The film's two stars have blamed bad reviews for the movie's poor performance, implying that critics were bashing the film long before they even saw it. "I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film," Depp said. "I think the reviews were written when they heard Gore (Verbinski, director) and Jerry (Bruckheimer, producer) and me were going to do 'The Lone Ranger'. They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn't have any expectations of that. I never do." Hammer...

Usher's 5-Year-Old Son Hospitalized After Pool Accident

August 6th, 2013 7:30pm EDT
Usher's five-year-old son was hospitalized today after an accident in the singer's swimming pool. Usher Raymond V nearly drowned after he tried to retrieve a toy and got his hand stuck in the pool's drain.

The boy's aunt and a maid tried to pull him free, but they required the assistance of two men working nearby to help.

Usher's son was given CPR and rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. The singer, who wasn't home at the time of the incident, raced to the scene and traveled with his son to the hospital where he met up with his ex-wife Tameka Foster.

According to, the boy will...

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Usher, And Others Raise Millions With Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert

May 30th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Blake Shelton Healing the Heartland
Several music stars gathered at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to raise millions in charity for those affected by the devastating tornadoes in the state.

Blake Shelton organized the Healing in the Heartland event to air on NBC, where he also appears on The Voice. He started the show with a rendition of "God Gave Me You," and then gave the stage to Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder for musical performances.

Shelton’s wife Miranda Lambert focused on the displaced animals affected by the storms. She held back tears as she sang The House Th...

Usher Supports His Protégé Justin Bieber

May 29th, 2013 4:11pm EDT
Usher has defended his musical protégé Justin Bieber as the singer's increasingly bizarre behavior continues to attract negative attention.

The 19-year-old's antics have made him a regular in the headlines over the last few months, and he most recently came under fire for allegedly racing his Ferrari sports car around his California gated community at high speed.

Bieber's actions have sparked concerns that the Baby hit-maker is spiraling out of control, but Usher, who helped the teenager land a record deal, insists growing up in the spotlight is hard.

In an interview with Ellen DeGenere...

Rumor Patrol: 'The Voice' Judge Situation, Mariah Carey Lip-Synching, Mo'Nique's Weight Loss

May 19th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
The Voice
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Returning To The Voice? Are two of the original Voice judges returning to their big red seats? Shakira and Usher are departing... or are they?

Verdict: True, and Shakira and Usher are staying. In an interesting movie, The Voice is going into a rotation of judges for the next two seasons. Shakira and Usher are getting a break and will be focusing on family and music while C...

Beyonce, One Direction, Kanye West & More Stars Join Global Citizens Ticket Initiative

May 2nd, 2013 4:19pm EDT
Several high-profile music acts have joined a new initiative that rewards fans for social activism. Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, One Direction, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Usher, Ke$ha, Foo Fighters and Neil Young are among those who signed up for the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative.

The campaign allows fans to accumulate points when they help further change by signing petitions, contacting government representatives, or raising money for charity. Points can be used towards a lottery to win free concert tickets.

Over the next three years, each of the acts involved will give away one pa...

TV Preview: 'The Voice' Season 4

March 25th, 2013 11:03am EDT
The Voice
Welcome to the new Voice - just as good as the old Voice.

The Voice is back for its fourth season, and it's come with much buzz over the arrival of Shakira and Usher, who are standing in for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green this time around. Everyone wants to know if the new foursome in the big red chairs will click like the old one, and the answer is a resounding yes. The Voice of season four is reminiscent of the Voice of season one: all the banter but without the moments of tension that raised some eyebrows in later cycles. This is not to detract from Aguilera and Green, who were goo...

Kerry Washington Wins Big At NAACP Awards - See Red Carpet Pics!

February 2nd, 2013 9:36am EST
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington took top honors on Friday night at the 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
The actress, 36, won three awards: Best Supporting Actress ("Django Unchained"), Best Actress in a Drama Series ("Scandal") and President's Award for her public service work on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Washington is the first African-American woman to lead the cast of a primetime drama since Diahann Carroll in "Julia" over 30 years ago. Carroll gushed: "I think she's enjoying one of the great moments of her life right now in our industry."...

Stars Launch Barack Obama's Inauguration

January 20th, 2013 6:00pm EST
Michelle Obama, John Legend, Katy Perry and Usher were among the stars who helped kick off U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration celebrations in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

A whole host of famous faces descended on the U.S. capital as Obama prepares to be sworn in for a second term in front of hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall on Monday.

Black Eyed Peas star was at the star-studded Generation Now party, where Legend, Common and T-Pain performed in honour of the next generation of American voters. talked about the importance of youth ac...

50 Hottest Celebrity Guys Of 2012

December 8th, 2012 8:33am EST
Hottest Guys of 2012
Who are the sexiest guys in music, film and television? We narrowed our picks down to 50 in our annual list, spotlighting those who made our hearts skip a beat when we watched them perform.

Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey bared quite a bit in "Magic Mike," while "The Avengers" actors got our blood flowing with their explosive action scenes.

We lusted after Chris Hemsworth in "Snow White And The Huntsmans" and felt a little bit giddy when rumors swirled that Justin Bieber broke up with Selena Gomez (he didn't.)

British imports The Wanted and One Direction also caught our fancy, as ...

Usher's 'Climax' Named Time Magazine's Top Song Of 2012

December 6th, 2012 6:30pm EST
R&B star Usher's hit ballad Climax has beaten South Korean pop sensation PSY's Gangnam Style to the top of Time magazine's 2012 best song countdown.

Editors have placed Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe in third place, while Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, which picked up a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year on Wednesday night, and Parquet Courts' Master of My Craft round out the top five. Tracks by Skrillex, Nicki Minaj and Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot also feature in the top 10.

Meanwhile, singer Fiona Apple has claimed the publication's top album prize...

Justin Bieber Named Artist Of The Year At AMAs - Check Out Pics Of Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera & More!

November 19th, 2012 8:55am EST
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber took home the coveted "Artist of the Year" prize at last night's American Music Awards (AMAs) in Los Angeles. The pop star also won "Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist" and "Favorite Pop/Rock Album" trophies.

Bieber, who attended the event with his mother Pattie Mallette, dragged her on stage when he recieved the night's most anticipated award. "This is my mom, she's little but she's beautiful...I wanna thank you for just always believing in me...This is amazing," he told the crowd.

Skirting around rumors that he and Selena Gomez broke up, he told fans, "As long as you guys keep ...

Georgia Election Officials Deny Usher Was Given Special Treatment

November 9th, 2012 11:23am EST
Election officials in Georgia have dismissed allegations Usher was given "preferential treatment" after the R&B star was whisked to the front of the queue at a polling station in Atlanta.

The Yeah! Hit-maker turned out to cast his ballot at a community center in the suburb of Roswell on Tuesday, but authorities were accused of allowing the singer to skip a long line of voters because of his star status.

Residents vented their anger to local TV station WSBTV and county election officials have now released a statement defending the decision to take the star to the front of the line throug...

Usher's Ex-Wife Tameka Foster Admits She Spit On The Singer's Girlfriend

September 26th, 2012 9:27am EDT
Usher & Tameka Foster
All's fair in love and war unless bodily fluids are involved. Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster has confessed she spit on the singer's girlfriend and chucked food at his car during a fight at her home.

The former couple has been embroiled in a serious custody battle, and the stylist admits Usher wasn't exaggerating some of the problems they had.

When Usher showed up to Tameka's house with his new-girlfriend Grace Miguel, she lost her cool and threw food at his car.

Tameka told Entertainment Tonight, "It was not one of my more proud moments. I'm prone to human frailty. It was a one-time incid...

Usher Scores Five Soul Train Award Nominations

September 19th, 2012 2:33pm EDT
R&B superstar Usher leads the competition at this year's Soul Train Awards after receiving five nominations.

The Burn hit-maker is poised to dominate the prize giving after being nominated for Song and Album of the Year, Best R&B Male Artist, The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award, and Best Dance Performance.

Nas, Trey Songz, John Legend, and Estelle have also landed multiple nods, while singer R. Kelly becomes the most nominated act in the ceremony's history with another two nods - he now has 21 Soul Train Awards nominations to his name.

In addition, tragic stars Whitney Houston an...

Shakira and Usher to Replace Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green on 'The Voice'

September 18th, 2012 5:15am EDT
Christina Aguilera
Putting an end to recent media speculation, NBC has confirmed via press release that two of The Voice's coaches will be leaving following the currently-airing Season 3 - but that both are anticipated to return to the show in the future.

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will not participate in Season 4 of the show, which is expected to air in Spring 2013, in order to resume their music careers.

Aguilera was quoted in the release as saying, "Since this year NBC and The Voice have decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take sea...

Usher's Ex-Wife Denied Retrial For Child Custody

September 16th, 2012 5:08pm EDT
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster has been denied the chance to face off against the star in court again after a judge rejected her request for a retrial in their child custody dispute.

The singer was granted primary custody of the former couple's two sons, Usher, four, and three-year-old Naviyd, earlier this month after a bitter court battle with his ex-wife.

Foster, who divorced the Yeah! hitmaker in 2009 after two years of marriage, refused to give up the fight and filed a motion demanding a retrial, claiming the judge overseeing the case, Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane, was...

Usher's Ex-Wife Demands Retrial

September 2nd, 2012 3:30pm EDT
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster is demanding a retrial after a judge awarded the R&B star primary custody of their two young sons last month.

Foster, who divorced Usher in 2009 after two years of marriage, was stripped of custody of four-year-old Usher and three-year-old Naviyd, but she is appealing against the decision by filing a motion for a new trial.

According to legal documents obtained, Foster alleges the judge was biased in the singer's favor because of a personal link to his lawyer.

She also argues that her attorneys made a strong case against Usher's "past, current, and f...