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'The Voice' Recap: Who Did Gwen Stefani Choose To Save?

October 22nd, 2014 9:02am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Who Did Gwen Stefani Choose To Save?
We've reached the end of another phase of competition on The Voice. Just six more battles remain, and Gwen Stefani will have to choose one of the six losing artists to add to her squad. Who will be the lucky singer to get a second chance and which five will go home for good? Here's what happened on Tuesday night.

Team Pharrell: Ricky Manning (turned 2 chairs in blind auditions) vs. Brittany Butler (2 chairs), "On Broadway"
Pharrell has matched these two because one's R&B, one's jazzy, and they're both "scary" - so here's a jazzy tune about the difficulties of making it in showbiz. That's f...
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'The Voice' Recap: Which Coach Has The Only Steal Left?

October 21st, 2014 9:07am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Which Coach Has The Only Steal Left?
We're now halfway through the first set of battles on The Voice, with Monday having brought us six more head-to-head matchups and three more steals as Blake Shelton informs Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams that to win the competition, one must upset Adam Levine. On that moment of Zen, here's what went down in part three of the battles.

Team Adam: Damien (turned 4 chairs in blind auditions) vs. Kelli Douglas (3 chairs), "Knock On Wood"
Adam wants to see how these two close friends do when they're playing against each other. But forget the friendship issue, both of them are struggling with...
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Christina Aguilera Returning To The Voice For 8th Season, Gwen Stefani Out

October 15th, 2014 1:05pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera is heading back to The Voice for its next season.

The show's host, Carson Daly, who also stars on NBC's "Today" as the show's social correspondent, made the announcement during the morning show on Tuesday, and NBC exec Paul Telegdy confirmed the news via a statement.

"We are excited to welcome Christina back to her red chair and can't wait to see how she mixes things up among Adam (Levine), Blake (Shelton) and Pharrell (he replaced Cee Lo Green, who left the show permanently in February), in what will be an incredibly competitive competition," said Telegdy.

Christina w...
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'The Voice' Recap: Which Coach Is Now Out Of Steals?

October 15th, 2014 9:08am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Which Coach Is Now Out Of Steals?
Another day, another half-dozen battles on The Voice. Or rather, three battles and one montage of the other three. And one coach has already used both their steals. What went down on Tuesday night? Read on to get our Voice blow-by-blow.

Team Pharrell: Taylor Phelan (4 chairs in blind auditions) vs. Jordy Searcy (3 chairs), "Breakeven"
Pharrell has selected this pairing because he wants to hear indie-pop and rock converge, which is also why he's picked this Script song that longtime fans may remember when season one's Xenia Martinez covered it. Taylor struggles with the falsetto, causing hi...
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'The Voice' Recap: Which Four-Chair Artist Was Upset In Monday's Battles?

October 14th, 2014 9:08am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Which Four-Chair Artist Was Upset In Monday's
Now that the Top 48 of The Voice season seven have been chosen, it's time to start sending some of them home. With the help of some celebrity advisors, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are matching up their artists to decide who to keep, who to let go - and who to steal from each other.

Who's dropping in to help out? It's Fleetwood Mac legend Stevie Nicks coming back to the show to assist Team Adam, the members of Little Big Town stepping up for Team Blake, Gwen Stefani recruiting her husband Gavin Rossdale for Team Gwen, and Alicia Keys making music with Team...
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Aussie Rapper Iggy Azalea Nominated For Six American Music Awards

October 14th, 2014 12:42am EDT
Aussie Rapper Iggy Azalea Nominated For Six American Music Award
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is the top nominee for this year's American Music Awards, scoring six nominations including Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

The singer will face competition from the likes of Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, One Direction and Lorde in the former category; while her chart-topper "Fancy" has landed a nod for Single of the Year."

Katy Perry, who is also in the running for Artist of the Year, has landed five nominations, along with Williams and John Legend. Lorde is next with four.

The 2014 American Music Awards will be held on November 23 at the Nokia...
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BBC Music Launches With Star-Studded Performance Of Beach Boys Hit 'God Only Knows'

October 8th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
BBC Music Launches With Star-Studded Performance Of Beach Boys H
The BBC marked the launch of its new music initiative on Tuesday with a new video featuring some of music's biggest stars all collaborating on classic Beach Boys single "God Only Knows."

The video was played simultaneously over all of the BBC's properties at 8pm for the launch of BBC Music and featured over two dozen stars from both sides of the Atlantic, including Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, Baaba Maal, Chris Martin, Sam Smith, One Direction and former Beach Boy Brian Wilson.

Most stars each sung a line or two, while the musicians, including Scottish violinist Ni...
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'The Voice' By The Numbers: Were Season 7 Auditions Easier?

October 8th, 2014 9:11am EDT
'The Voice' By The Numbers: Were Season 7 Auditions Easier?
Last night's episode of The Voice was a clip show, but that's not stopping us from offering a little insight. You see, we sort of felt things were getting a little easier this season, so we decided to do the math and find out. We compared statistics from season seven's blind auditions to those from a year ago - season five - and to those from the first season to set a Top 48, season two, way back in 2012. So is it easier to get on The Voice now than it was before? Which coach is the toughest to win over? Here's what we uncovered.

A note before we begin: obviously, we're comparing statistic...
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10 Best Bets For Grammy Nominations

October 5th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
10 Best Bets For Grammy Nominations
And the time has come – or it’s nearly came! It’s nearing the end of the year when those ever coveted Grammy nominations are unveiled to the world. This year’s cut off date for eligibility was September 30, hence why September saw a flood of big names dropping albums. After studying albums and songs released during the eligibility period, here are ten artists and their respective work that seem like best bets to score nominations.

1) Pharrell Williams

It was hard to imagine that Pharrell Williams could have another year as great as 2013 was for the multifaceted musician. 2014 was ...
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'The Voice' Recap: Adam Quips, Anita Comes Back, And The Blind Guy Wins

September 30th, 2014 10:19am EDT
'The Voice' Recap: Adam Quips, Anita Comes Back, And The Blind G
After the first week of blind auditions, the next wave of The Voice is rolling on with two more hours of singers hoping to impress Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. If you need a reminder, Team Adam has three of twelve artists, Team Blake and Team Gwen each have four, and Team Pharrell is ahead in the count with five. How many more people will get added to the lineup in this round? There's only one way to find out.

Batting leadoff on Monday night is Chicago native John Martin. John's rendition of "Sweet Pea" attracts three of our four coaches: Gwen, Pharrell a...
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'The Voice' Season 7 Premiere Recap: Gwen And Pharrell's Excellent Adventure

September 23rd, 2014 9:15am EDT
'The Voice' Season 7 Premiere Recap: Gwen And Pharrell's Excelle
The Voice is back, and all eyes are on its third coaching panel, which now consists of Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. Will Gwen and Pharrell start a new Voice tradition of beating Adam and Blake? Or will everyone's favorite bromantic duo reclaim their former glory?

To answer those questions, we need to find four new teams of twelve talented singers, and there's only one way to do that: turn those big red chairs and start pushing buttons. Welcome to the season seven blind auditions!

First, you've got to have the almost-obligatory coach performance. Our new ...
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Triumphant: 10 Biggest Album Successes Of 2014 (So Far)

August 4th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Triumphant: 10 Biggest Album Successes Of 2014 (So Far)
To reiterate, “You win some, you lose some.” In the case of these ten musicians, they have won tremendously in the realm of chart success in 2014. These artists haven’t suffered from the tepid performances that many of their colleagues have had to endure. Just think about how much Mariah Carey wishes this were the list he was featured on as opposed to Flop-tastic: 10 Biggest Album Flops of 2014 (So Far). But it just wasn’t meant to be, sigh!

1) Frozen Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records)

Face it – no one seems to be ‘letting’ this album ‘go.’ It’s nearly the end of summer, and the Froz...
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15 Must See Music Videos of 2014

July 28th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
15 Must See Music Videos of 2014
Once upon a time, music videos were played frequently on television. It’s hard to believe in 2014, but once there was a spot for those visual pieces accompanying the audio. While they're still played on TV (less frequently), music videos get the majority of views via the Internet through outlets like YouTube and Vevo. With so much attention placed on albums and songs, sometimes it’s easy to forget sensational music videos themselves. Here are 15 must see music videos of 2014.

1) Maroon 5, “Maps”

The music video for Maroon 5’s latest single “Maps” depicts a narrative characterized...
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The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

July 12th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has been filled with some exceptional music, and of course some duds to (no shade Robin Thicke). Impossible to include, listen, or review all of them, here is a list of 25 of the best albums, at the midway point of 2014 (January until June). Nothing is concrete until the end of the year, but many currently sitting at or near the top should definitely stick.

1) Pharrell Williams, Girl

While “Happy” is the star player of G I R L, there’s plenty more hits that solidifies Pharrell’s top ranking among the 25 best albums. “Come Get It Bae!” Number one overall seed!

2) Jack Whit...
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We Guess The Parodies On Weird Al's Upcoming Album 'Mandatory Fun'

July 9th, 2014 4:32pm EDT
Weird Al
The track list for Mandatory Fun, Weird Al's 14th studio album, was recently released – and now we're going to tell you what songs Al is parodying.

Here's the tracklist:

1. "Handy"

2. "Lame Claim to Fame"

3. "Foil"

4. "Sports Song"

5. "Word Crimes"

6. "My Own Eyes"

7. "NOW That's What I Call Polka!"

8. "Mission Statement"

9. "Inactive"

10. "First World Problems"

11. "Tacky"

12. "Jackson Park Express"

Prepare for #MandatoryFun. Out July 15. pic.twitter.com/psMrnk2uwY

— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 3, 2014

What we do know: Weird Al asked Iggy Azalea if he could parody a so...
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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’...
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Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extravaganza

July 4th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extrava
Happy 4th of July! Get out your BBQs, crack open a cold one and ready the fireworks, it's time to celebrate the great holiday commemorating American Independence. No doubt friends and family will be flocking to your place for a grand ol' time.

But wait? What about the music? Every party needs to music. "But what music nest fits my party?" you might be asking. Well, we're here to help. So fear not - here are ten musical suggestions to help you find a fit that's right for the shin dig of your choosing.

Party Hard - Andrew W.K.

The type of party you're probably having : A banger with a...
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BET Awards Highlights: Chris Brown's Surprise Performance, Beyonce's Triple Win, More!

June 30th, 2014 10:05am EDT
BET Awards Highlights: Chris Brown's Surprise Performance, Beyon
Even though she didn't attend the event, Beyonce was one of the big winners at Sunday night's BET Awards, taking home trophies for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, the FANdemonium Award, and Best Collaboration for "Drunk in Love" with husband Jay Z.

The couple is currently in the midst of their "On The Run" tour and were unable to attend the show in person, but they closed the event with a taped performance of "Partition."

Actor/comedian hosted the show, which kicked off with Pharrell Williams, who sang "Come Get it Bae" with Missy Elliott. The pair also performed their 2003 hit "Pass That Dut...
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Pharrell Williams And Eddie Vedder To Join Oscars Academy

June 27th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Pharrell Williams And Eddie Vedder To Join Oscars Academy
Among the 12 musical names asked to join the Oscars Academy are Pharrell Williams and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Joining the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences means that the members will be able to vote for nominees.

Due to changes in the Oscar music campaign, however, the Academy has laid out rules to avoid disqualifications and campaigning for songs by its members. Last year, Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel's song from "Alone Yet Not Alone" received a nod from the Academy, but it was later disqualified after it was revealed that Broughton emailed at least 70 of his f...
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10 Most Overplayed Songs From This Decade

June 8th, 2014 8:00am EDT
10 Most Overplayed Songs From This Decade
"Oh no, that song's on again?" If that how you feel when certain tunes come on the radio and you can't run fast enough to turn them off, congratulations; you have more than likely experienced one of the 10 most overplayed songs from this decade. From Katy Perry to Robin Thicke, some songs are great the first time you hear them, okay by the tenth play, but when you've heard that song for the hundredth time you would rather sit in silence! These 10 most overplayed songs certainly get in your head if not, under your skin!

10. Katy Perry , "California Gurls"

Catchy and wonderful, that's w...
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Pharrell Williams 'Genuinely Sorry' For Posing In Indian Headdress

June 5th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Pharrell Williams 'Genuinely Sorry' For Posing In Indian Headdre
Singer Pharrell Williams has issued an apology for offending fans by appearing on the cover of Elle UK wearing a feather headdress.

Even though Williams has previously claimed to have Native American ancestry, his photo angered many fans, one writing on the magazine's Facebook page: "It's really, really not okay. And Native people have been pointing out that it's not okay for non-Native people to wear headdresses for a really, really long time."

Another added: "It's incredibly disrespectful and blatantly ignorant. Both you and Pharrell should be ashamed of perpetuating this notion that Fi...
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Native Americans Un-'Happy' With Pharrell Williams For Wearing A Feather Headress On Magazine Cover

June 4th, 2014 12:02pm EDT
Native Americans Un-'Happy' With Pharrell Williams For Wearing A
Singer Pharrell Williams is featured on the latest cover of Elle UK wearing a feather headdress, and his fashion statement has angered many fans as well as members of the Native American community.

Williams made headlines earlier this year for donning a Canadian mountie-like hat at the Grammy Awards. Elle UK says on its website: "We persuaded ELLE Style Award winner Pharrell to trade his Vivienne Westwood mountie hat for a native American feather headdress in his best ever shoot."

Fans are split on the decision by editors to feature the star in Native American garb. Some support the move,...
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Pharrell Williams 'Beyond Sad' For Iranians Arrested Over 'Happy' Video

May 21st, 2014 8:00pm EDT
Pharrell Williams 'Beyond Sad' For Iranians Arrested Over 'Happy
Singer Pharrell Williams is "beyond sad" that the Iranian government arrested several of its citizens for appearing in a video paying tribute to his hit song "Happy."

The video depicts three men and three women dancing on the streets, on rooftops and in apartments in Tehran, Iran, prompting the government to investigate.

Tehran Police chief Hossein Sajedinia stated, "After a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity was released in cyberspace, police decided to identify those involved in making that clip."

The "happy" Iranians are fully clothed and don't show excessive skin in the video. Th...
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Pharrell: 'Happy' Was Originally A Cee Lo Green Song

May 1st, 2014 4:03pm EDT
Pharrell
Pharrell should send a large gift basket to the producers who convinced Cee Lo Green to turn down the mega-hit Happy.

Pharrell told Howard Stern on his radio show he wrote the song and handed it over to Cee Lo Green to sing. Stern asked if Pharrell offered the tune to other musicians before handling himself, and the singer replied, "[Cee Lo Green] wanted to do it... he did do it."

Pharrell continued, "He sounded amazing on it. I mean, he burns my version. But the – how do I say this diplomatically? The powers that be, at the time, did not see it fit for him. Some folks on his team just fe...
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Pharrell Cries Listening To 'Happy' Tribute

April 15th, 2014 12:03pm EDT
Pharrell
Happy is an uplifting tune, but Pharrell can't help but cry when he watches people enjoy his song.

The singer sat down with Oprah to talk about his album G I R L and the worldwide hit, explaining the song didn't get any traction until he released the music video.

Happy first appeared on Despicable Me 2's soundtrack last June, but it didn't receive much attention until November when a 24 hour music video was created using various celebrities dancing around Los Angeles. The video was immediately re-created by fans around the world, with over 1000 appearing on YouTube.

Oprah shared a coll...
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Lorde And Imagine Dragons Top Billboard Music Awards Nominations

April 9th, 2014 2:03pm EDT
Lorde And Imagine Dragons Top Billboard Music Awards Nominations
Lorde and Imagine Dragons will both have twelve chances to take home a trophy from the Billboard Music Awards.

The two musical acts lead the pack in terms of nominations, which were released today. Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the top five for most nominations.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on “key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music,” according to the ...
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15 Songs That Will Make You Smile

April 4th, 2014 7:03pm EDT
15 Songs That Will Make You Smile
Sometimes, it is incredibly difficult to smile. Even for the most positive person, there are circumstances in life that sap the joy right out of you and supplant happiness with incredibly sadness. Being sad or worried is a big-time drag, but it’s nothing that a little “happy” music can’t rid of. Sure, a good song can’t erase the debt one has built up or that bad breakup over irreconcilable differences, but it can certainly be therapeutic. Here are 15 Songs That Will Make You Smile.

1

“Happy”

Pharrell Williams

From the album G I R L (2014)

There isn’t a song in 2014 that coul...
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Pharrell Williams Joining 'The Voice,' Producer Mark Burnett 'Happy'

April 1st, 2014 6:27am EDT
Pharrell
Pharrell Williams has signed on as a new coach on The Voice.

The singer is set to take the spot of Cee Lo Green, who announced last month that he would be leaving permanently following the current season.

"I am thrilled to have Pharrell come back to The Voice family, and this time... as a coach," said producer Mark Burnett. "Continuing in The Voice tradition of having the biggest and most current music stars as coaches, Pharrell fits perfectly."

The show announced the news via its twitter page, writing, "Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #Ne...
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Our March Playlist - Check Out The Best Songs Off The Best Albums This Month

March 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Beck - Morning Phase
March was a rich month for music releases. After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout. Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album). After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a playlist of one favorite from each album.

“Morning”

Beck

From the album Morning Phase

Note: Morning Phase was a late February release that wasn’t reviewed until March.

Folks, Beck is the man. Morning Phase was yet another stacked album from the hipster w...
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You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Takes Pharrell's Infectious Song 'Happy' To The Next Level

March 25th, 2014 9:00pm EDT
Mikey Bolts
Youtuber 'Mikey Bolts' is renowned for his truly spot on Family Guy impersonations. Lately, he's taken to singing popular tunes in the style of numerous characters from the show. And let us just say, he NAILS IT. Seriously. He kills it. Songs that we didn't even like, are now bearable.

The latest rendition? Pharrell's incredibly jubilant tune 'Happy.' Between his imitations and expressions, Mikey Bolts really makes this already lovable song even more memorable.

For giggles, we'll also include another incredibly catchy song he redid - Ke$ha & Pitbull's 'Timber.'

You can view Mikey B...
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