David LaChapelle/NBCChristina Aguilera made Voice history on the 10th-season finale of the NBC singing competition Tuesday night.
Her artist, Alisan Porter, was named the new champion of The Voice. It marks the first time in series history that a female coach has led a contestant to victory.
Alisan, a 34-year-old mother of two and former star of the movie Curly Sue, finished ahead of runner-up Adam Wakefield of Team Blake Shelton in the voting. She receives a recording contract as her grand prize.
Alisan reprised her original song "Down That Road" to close the season.
Hannah Huston of Team Pharrell Williams and rocker Laith Al-Saadi of Team Adam Levine finished in third place and fourth place, respectively.
During the two-hour results show, each finalist performed with a special guest. Alisan joined Jennifer Nettles on Nettles' song “Unlove You”; Adam Wakefield welcomed Alison Krauss for a cover of “Willin’” by Little Feat; Hannah teamed up with former Voice coach Cee Lo Green for a rendition of his hit song, "Crazy"; and Laith and Joe Walsh collaborated on Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way."
Each artist also brought back previously eliminated contestants for special group performances.
A couple of the coaches took the stage during the night, including Christina, who assisted Ariana Grande on a medley. After Ariana sang her song "Into You," Christina lent her powerful vocals to Ariana's single, "Dangerous Woman."
Earlier in the broadcast, Blake delivered a live version of his new tune, "She's Got a Way With Words."
Little Big Town kicked off the broadcast with a performance of "One of Those Days." Pharrell, who produced the country band's upcoming album, joined them on stage and sang along.
The musical lineup also included Sia, who sang "Cheap Thrills," and Zayn, who entertained viewers with "Like I Would."
The Voice returns next fall on NBC, with Alicia Keys and MileyCyrus both joining the show as new coaches.
CMTIf you’re dying to see Nick Jonas and Rob Thomas go country, their CMT Crossroads episodes will be airing on back-to-back Fridays this summer.
First up, Nick pairs with country star Thomas Rhett for their hour-long episode airing June 24 at 10 p.m. ET. They’ll sing Nick’s hits “Chains” and “Jealous,” as well as his two newest songs “Close” and “Chainsaw.” Nick will also sing on four of Thomas’ songs.
The next week, on July 1, Rob teams up with Charles Kelley. They’ll trade vocals on some of their solo material as well as their hits with their respective bands, Matchbox 20 and Lady Antebellum. Their set list will include Rob’s “Lonely No More,” “This is How a Heart Breaks,” “Pieces,” his Santana collaboration “Smooth” and the Matchbox 20 hit “3 AM.”
Image Group LA/ABCFergie is making her comeback. In addition to teasing new music, the singer has just been announced as the headliner for this year’s NYC Pride Dance on the Pier event.
NewNowNext reports she’ll perform some of her biggest hits as well as debut some brand new tracks at the 30th anniversary of the event, which closes out the city’s LGBT pride festivities on June 26.
“I’m so honored to be performing at the 30th Dance on the Pier at NYC Pride, the largest LGBT Pride celebration in the world,” she says in a statement. “We’re going to create something extra special to celebrate this milestone.”
In addition to it being the 30th anniversary of Dance on the Pier, it also marks the last time the event will be held at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26. The Pier is being transformed into a recreation space and marine center.
FoxThe first wave of the 2016 Teen Choice Awards has been announced and this year’s music nominees include Justin Bieber, Zayn, One Direction and Demi Lovato.
Other acts on the ballot include Charlie Puth, Selena Gomez, DNCE, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift. Adele’s “Hello,” Fifth Harmony’s “Work from Home” and Meghan Trainor’s “NO” are among the song nominees.
Voting is now open via TeenChoice.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The polls close Friday, June 26 at 12:00 p.m. PT. The Teen Choice Awards airs live Sunday, August 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
Here's the list of the music nominees so far:
Choice Male Artist Charlie Puth Drake Justin Bieber Nick Jonas Shawn Mendes Zayn Malik
Choice Female Artist Ariana Grande Beyoncé Demi Lovato Rihanna Selena Gomez Taylor Swift
Choice Music Group 5 Seconds of Summer DNCE Fall Out Boy Fifth Harmony One Direction The Chainsmokers
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist Beyoncé Drake Iggy Azalea Jason Derulo Nicki Minaj The Weeknd
Choice Song: Female Artist Adele -- “Hello” Ariana Grande -- “Dangerous Woman” Demi Lovato -- “Confident” Meghan Trainor -- “NO” Selena Gomez -- “Hands to Myself” Taylor Swift -- “New Romantics”
Choice Song: Male Artist Charlie Puth -- “One Call Away” Flo Rida -- “My House” Justin Bieber -- “Sorry” Nick Jonas -- “Close” (feat. Tove Lo) Troye Sivan -- “YOUTH” Zayn Malik -- “PILLOWTALK”
Choice Song: Group 5 Seconds of Summer -- “She’s Kinda Hot” DNCE -- “Cake by the Ocean” Fifth Harmony -- “Work from Home” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) One Direction -- “Home” The Vamps -- “Wake Up” twenty one pilots -- “Stressed Out”
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCThe Weeknd was a big winner at the Billboard Awards on Sunday, but after tweeting out his excitement over his big win, the singer ended up apologizing to Usher for not fact-checking his claim.
The Canadian singer, who was nominated 19 times and took home 8 awards, tweeted, “XO we took home 8 ! more than any male artist in history Thank you @billboard.”
Unfortunately for The Weeknd, his information wasn't exactly accurate. Usher’s fans reminded the "Earned It" singer that back in 2004 Usher took home 14 awards.
After the faux pas, The Weeknd begged Usher's forgiveness, tweeting, "Apologize to the OG @Usher, got excited and spoke to soon."
Kevin Tachman/amfAR16/WireImageKaty Perry fans, rejoice! Your girl is going to hit the road next year.
Speaking to the Showbiz411.com website, Katy said, "I’m touring in 2017." Asked about a new album -- which that tour would presumably support -- she said she's "working on it." No planned release date yet, of course, but the website speculates that a new single could come by September 30, which would be the deadline for Grammy Award consideration.
Some of the songs on Katy's last album, Prism, were inspired by her relationship with John Mayer, which is now seemingly over for good. Perhaps her current relationship with Orlando Bloom is inspiring some new tunes.
Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas is assembling an exclusive new fan group. The singer teased the idea on Twitter and Instagram Monday, saying he’s on the hunt for fan ambassadors.
“I want to have an even deeper connection with my fans,” he writes. “So I am going to create a board of 10-15 fan ambassadors. These people will be my team leaders that I will meet with a few times a year so we can build this thing together.”
He adds, “I can't wait to rally with my fans on everything I do. This is a movement.”
While he doesn’t yet reveal how to become an ambassador, Nick does say he’ll be holding the first meeting with his new team in New York City the week of his album release. Last Year Was Complicated comes out June 10.
“More details to come on how to make your pitch to be an ambassador,” he writes. “But I am so excited! This is what it's all about!”
Getty Images via ABCAriana Grande has a forbidden romance in her latest music video for “Into You.” The singer and her hot love interest take a motorcycle ride through the desert and end up at a motel, where things get very flirtatious.
The two start off playful, but things quickly turn steamy. There’s a plot twist, though -- later on, we see Ariana dressed for a fancy event on the arm of another man. Her motel lover, played by former America's Next Top Model contestant Don Benjamin, is actually a security guard. An unhappy Ariana ditches the event, and her lover follows after her.
In a Twitter Q&A with Vevo last week, Ariana teased the concept behind the video. "It's about love ... and life !! and how the little things are so much more important than the big bougie facade!!!" she wrote.
After releasing the video, Ariana also announced to her fans online that she'll be touring at the end of this year and early next year. If you purchase her album Dangerous Woman before Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET on her official site, you'll receive a pre-sale code for when tour tickets go on sale.
Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicMusic meets nature in this new Discovery Channel series. Christina Aguilera and Ellie Goulding are among the music stars lending their voices to a six-part nature show premiering this summer.
Each episode of the show, called Hello World!, will feature narration from an artist and showcase one of their songs. In Christina's episode, her song “Light Up the Sky” will be used to show the maternal instincts of animals including a mountain goat and a cheetah. And Ellie’s episode is all about how animals attract a mate, using her song “Something in the Way You Movie” as the backdrop.
Other musicians featured on the series include Usher and rockers Joan Jett, Dave Matthews and Steven Tyler.Hello World! premieres July 9.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageA day after she wowed the Billboard Music Awards audience with a literally high-flying performance of her song "Just Like Fire," from the upcoming film Alice Through the Looking Glass, Pink appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
She admitted that her daughter Willow seemed to be excited about being in the video for the song, though she was "very disappointed" that she wasn't in the actual movie.
"But we had Mr. Depp's stunt double in the video," Pink said, noting Willow "developed quite a crush."
Incidentally, Pink let slip that she had quite a crush on the real Depp, who she deliberately "dodged" when he appeared with Kimmel earlier. "I can't talk [around him]" she said. "Him and Michael Keaton."
Pink explained that her husband forced her to meet Depp during a chance encounter at a record store, and it didn't go well. "I went up to him and an I said, 'Hey, just saw Alice, and I'm doing a song,'" Pink recalled. "And he's like, 'You saw Alice Cooper?' And I was like, 'No, no, no, no, I saw the movie Alice...anyway, you were great.' And he goes, 'Oh, I thought you were telling me you saw Alice Cooper.'
And then he goes, 'You just keep on pushing on.' And I was like, 'Oh, for God's sake.'"
However, more embarrassment was in store, as during an anecdote about writing songs for films, Depp came back onto the stage, and Pink's neck went beet red and though laughing, she was visibly flustered. "Can we get Michael Keaton out here?" Kimmel asked with a laugh.
Depp, who has a habit of kissing Kimmel on the lips, did so again, and the host wanted Depp to share the love. The actor politely declined, seeming to think Pink's husband Carey Hart was going to shoot him, to which Pink said, "No, he'll shoot ME!"
The exchange ended with the pair giving each other a hug, and Pink telling the audience, which was egging her on: "I hate you," something she repeated to Kimmel. "This is the worst day ever," she joked.
Despite being physically hot by the meeting, Pink took to Kimmel's outdoor stage and performed "Just Like Fire," and closed by covering "White Rabbit," the Alice in Wonderland-inspired Jefferson Airplane song.
Aftermath RecordsEminem is raising money for his foundation with some collectible items now available on his website, Eminem.com, in celebration of the 16th anniversary of The Marshall Mathers LP.
You can purchase a brick from the remains of Eminem's childhood home, featured on the artwork for The Marshall Mathers LP. There are also Marshall Mathers dog tags made from re-purposed wood from the home, as well as a cassette re-release of The Marshall Mathers LP.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to the Marshall Mathers Foundation, which provides funds for organizations working with at-risk youth in Michigan and throughout the U.S.
The Marshall Mathers LP was released May 23, 2000, and features the hits "The Real Slim Shady," "The Way I Am," and "Stan."
Hannah Huston performs on "The Voice"; Tyler Golden/NBCThe season-10 finale of The Voice began Monday night with the remaining four artists taking the stage in hopes of winning the viewers' votes -- and a recording contract.
Adam Wakefield, of Team Blake Shelton; Alisan Porter, of Team Christina Aguilera; Hannah Huston, of Team Pharrell Williams; and Laith Al-Saadi, of Team Adam Levine performed a cover, a duet with a coach, and a brand-new original song they wrote themselves.
Laith kicked off the show with a rockin' rendition of “White Room” by Cream. Blake admitted that he was wrong when he told Laith earlier in the season to focus more on his singing and less on his guitar playing. Adam raved about his artist's "purity of spirit and heart."
Alisan was up next with her original song, a ballad titled "Down That Road." Adam suggested that, if she were to be judged purely on her voice, Alisan deserves to win the competition. Blake called her the "real deal." Christina seconded what Adam said, declaring Alisan "the epitome of The Voice."
Adam Wakefield teamed up with his coach, Blake, for a duet of “The Conversation” by Hank Williams, Jr. and Waylon Jennings.
Hannah's cover had her put a slower, piano- and strings-driven spin on The Police tune "Every Breath You Take." Adam said he loves the original version so much, and was scared to hear Hannah's take, but he thought it was "awesome." Blake added that it was risky, but he believes it will pay off. Crediting the house band for the arrangement, Pharrell said it was "genius" for Hannah to take the song to a different but beautiful place.
Laith returned to the stage for his duet with his coach, Adam, who sat it on drums. Together, they performed a Beatles/Abbey Road medley that included "Carry That Weight" and "The End."
Alisan and her coach, Christina, followed with their own duet, tackling “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor and Carole King.
Adam Wakefield pulled out his guitar for his original song, the country tune “Lonesome, Broken and Blue.” Adam Levine thought it was cool that the contestant was able to perform his own song for millions of viewers. Blake was touched by the lyrics, describing them as "so good." He said the song reminded him of something the late Keith Whitley would have recorded.
Pharrell stepped onto the stage with Hannah for their duet. They sang "Brand New," Pharrell's song with Justin Timberlake.
Laith's original composition was a bluesy song titled "Morning Light." Pharrell praised the chord changes. Adam said Laith fills the room with joy.
Adam Wakefield sat behind the piano for his cover, “When I Call Your Name” by Vince Gill. Christina was impressed by his ad-libs and his runs. Blake complimented him on his taste in making those runs.
Hannah capped her night with an energetic song titled "I Call the Shots." Pharrell said her calling the shots was all her, and he's proud of her.
For the final performance of the night, Alisan belted out Barbra Streisand's version of the West Side Story tune "Somewhere." Christina was brought to tears, telling the audience how hard Alisan has been working.
The new Voice champ will be announced Tuesday night. The two-hour results show airs on NBC at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Simon EmmettIt’s not often we get to see Adele dance in one of her videos. She’s usually too busy making us weep. But in her new visual for “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)” -- which she debuted at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night -- the singer really lets loose. The video’s director, Patrick Daughters, tells Entertainment Weekly how he was able to show us a different side to the pop star.
“This was all very natural to her,” he says of the movement-heavy video. “This is just her being very physically expressive in a way that people aren’t used to seeing.”
As she dances in the video, images of her begin to multiply to create a dreamy effect. That concept, Daughters says, was inspired by the lyrics to the song.
“It related to one of the lines in the song actually, the line about letting go of her ghosts,” he explains. “This was a riff on that idea, the idea being that there would be different takes of hers that might be coming from slightly different places in terms of her emotions and her performance and we would be layering them together.”
Adele made key decisions for the look and feel of the video, including choosing the floral dress she wears in the clip and doing her own choreography. “After a couple takes, once everybody was a little bit looser in term of us on the camera side, she just really let go,” Daughters says. “Towards the end, we were doing takes that were more about the movement and less about the emotional performance. They were about the patterning, how this was going to appear layered over many times, playing with the texture of the dress a little bit.”
He adds that “there’s a lot of different versions of this video to see but they’re all there at the same time.”
Meanwhile, here's something for Adele to dance about: U.K.'s The Sun is reporting that she has landed a $130 million record deal with Sony Music -- the biggest deal ever for a British musician.
Getty Images via ABCRachel Platten co-hosted the Billboard Music Awards red carpet this past Sunday and it's easy to see why they asked her to do so: she looks great on camera 'cause she's gorgeous. Does that mean that at some point, she'd like to get into acting? She says, "Maybe."
"You know I would’ve said, a year ago, 'Absolutely not, I’m a terrible actress!'" Rachel tells ABC Radio. "But part of making music videos is a little bit of acting, even though you’re diving into words that you wrote, because you’re put in these scenarios where you have to recreate the emotion."
"I learned that I could cry on command, which is great!" she laughs. "So, maybe, I dunno!"
Meanwhile, there's plenty going on in Rachel's music career to keep her busy while she decides if she wants to take the plunge and start an acting career. She recently released the third single from her album Wildfire, "Better Place." Of course, Rachel has already scored two big hits: "Fight Song" and "Stand By You."
"The best part about releasing an album with two singles that...have already worked is, [with] this third one, the pressure is off!" she laughs.
Rachel will play a number of fairs and festivals throughout the summer, including the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, which takes place in August in Long Island, New York.
ABC/Randy HolmesMariah Carey is getting more of a footing in the television world.
The best-selling singer and songwriter has reconnected with the Hallmark Channel, inking a three-picture deal that will entail her developing, executive producing, directing and co-starring in original movies and contributing original new music for each.
According to Deadline, the first movie in the two-year deal is slated to premiere at the beginning of 2017.
The “Vision of Love” chanteuse's first venture with Hallmark yielded the movie A Christmas Melody last December, which drew 3.9 million viewers. Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas musical event was the most-watched holiday special for the network, which sponsored a string of Carey’s sold-out holiday concerts in New York City.
Carey ‘s upcoming docuseries, Mariah’s World -- following her international tour -- is expected to debut in the fall on the E! network.
Drake was nominated in eleven categories at last night’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, and even though he was in Sin City, he decided to work on his golf swing instead of attending the show at the T-Mobile Arena.
Drizzy won Top Rap Artist, but according to TMZ, he wasn’t present to accept his trophy because he was hitting golf balls on The Strip a few blocks away at the MGM Grand Hotel. He joined friends at the four-level TopGolf sports and entertainment complex which features 108 hitting bays, five bars, two pools and VIP cabanas.
While he was almost shut out at the Billboard Awards, Drake continues to dominate the charts. Views remains number one on the Billboard 200 album chart for the third straight week, and “One Dance’ returns to the top of the Hot 100 replacing Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber is not a fan of awards shows. In a lengthy Instagram post following his appearance at the Billboard Music Awards last night, Justin writes that he doesn’t “feel good” at ceremonies like that.
“I don’t know about these awards shows,” he writes. “No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it … But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after.”
Justin performed his songs “Company” and “Sorry” at the show.
“I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance,” he continues. “A lot of people in the audience there seem to be worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I’m doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow.”
Justin concludes, “I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers but in these settings I can't feel the recognition. There's an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else..”
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCAfter receiving criticism for her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards last night, Madonna is hitting back on Instagram.
"Deal with It!" she writes in one post, in apparent reference to the backlash. She adds in a second post, "Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to. Whatever your age Gender or skin Color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever."
Prior to Madonna’s performance, a petition was launched on Change.org demanding that other artists be added to the tribute. Then, almost immediately after the Billboard tribute, BET tweeted a promo clip for its own tribute on the upcoming BET Awards and threw some shade Madonna’s way.
“Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We Got You," the promo declared.
ABC/Fred LeeWay before Taylor Swift even filmed her first Apple ad, she knew it would go viral. Apple Music head of content Larry Jackson tells Billboard the singer even came up with the idea for the first ad herself -- which featured Drake and Future’s “Jumpman” and some slapstick from Taylor.
"She sent me a bulletin board of ideas that and one of them was her falling and tripping on a treadmill, and the parenthetical sentence that came afterword was, 'This is gonna go viral,'" Jackson says. "And she was right."
The spot has racked up more than 17 million YouTube views since it was released April 1. She’s released two more ads -- one featuring her getting ready for a night out to Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” and another with her dancing around her living room to The Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” All of the songs featured in her ads have received major sales bumps.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013Prince, who was found unresponsive in an elevator inside his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota in April, may have been dead for hours before his body was discovered, a source confirmed to ABC News.
Minneapolis' Star Tribune first reported that the late singer was likely "dead for at least six hours." A paramedic who responded to the scene told law enforcement, Prince's staff, and others that detail, adds the newspaper.
The music legend's cause of death has not yet been announced, though an autopsy was performed April 22 and results of toxicology tests are expected in the coming weeks.
According to the Midwest Medical Examiner's office, Prince's body was returned to the family after the autopsy was completed.
Still, less than a week after the singer's death, authorities obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate. The sealed paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs had been found in Prince’s possession and at his home.
Sources also told ABC News that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks beforehand.
Prince's sister Tyka Nelson said in a Facebook post that the family will hold an official memorial in August.