XIX Recordings/Interscope RecordsAloe Blacc is about to go from the guy who sang uncredited vocals on the global smash "Wake Me Up" to the guy who's all over your TV.
Starting March 17, Aloe will kick off a stint as a guest mentor for Team Adam Levine on The Voice; he'll appear on the 18th, 24th and 25th as well. On March 24, he'll perform on ABC's Good Morning America, thenon March 25, it's Live with Kelly & Michael. On April 28, he'll appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. On top of that, Aloe will be spending May through July on tour with Bruno Mars.
All these appearances come in support of Aloe's new album, Lift Your Spirit, his third solo disc. For the singer, born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, it answers the question, "How can you possibly follow up a hit like 'Wake Me Up?'"
"You just keep writing good songs from your heart, with messages that you think that everybody's gonna love," Aloe tells ABC News Radio. "And I feel like my album, Lift Your Spirit, is gonna do that."
Like "Wake Me Up," which was an intriguing blend of dance music and country twang, Lift Your Spirit covers a variety of genres -- from soul and pop, to retro-sounding R&B, to folk-flavored songs -- and a variety of moods. Aloe's even got some help from Mr. "Happy" himself, Pharrell Williams.
"I have a copy of 'Wake Me Up' on it -- the acoustic version -- and then after that you'll hear 'Love Is the Answer' that Pharrell produced," Aloe says of the album. "And you'll hear 'Ticking Bomb,' which is the music on the trailer for Battlefield 4." It also features the singer's latest hit, "I'm the Man," which nods to Elton John's classic "Your Song" and has sold over 750,000 downloads.
"I don't think anybody should be confined to any genre," explains Aloe, who started his career as a rapper. "At this point, anybody in their media player has multiple genres. You're listening to everything. So I think artists should take a risk and be a little bit more free."
Aloe performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night from the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and is sticking around the festival the rest of the week for additional performances. On Friday, he'll do a special gig where he'll perform songs by Grammy-winning artists who've influenced his career. The show is part of an initiative sponsored by the Recording Academy that gives young musicians the chance to win some exposure, as well as mentoring by music industry pros. Three young winners will open the show.
Columbia RecordsHaving the #1 song in the country, appearing on the Academy Awards telecast, and releasing his new album the day after that telecast still wasn't enough for Pharrell Williams's new album to score a #1 debut. The disc, G I R L, arrives at #2 on the Billboard album chart, behind rapper Rick Ross's latest, Mastermind.
The good news for Pharrell, though, is that G I R L sold more copies than expected: 112,000, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Selling millions of singles and albums with the cast of your hit TV show is apparently no guarantee of a #1 album either. Glee star Lea Michele's debut, Louder, enters the chart at #4, with first-week sales of 60,000 copies. As Billboard notes, the Glee cast has charted 22 albums since the show's debut, three of which reached #1.
Elsewhere on the chart, Ashanti -- remember her? -- returns to the top 10 with Braveheart, her first album since 2008.
Image Courtesy Kesha via TwitterNow that she's left rehab, where she was seeking treatment for an eating disorder, Kesha -- who's removed the dollar sign from her name -- is doing well.
A friend of the singer's tells People magazine that Kesha's "great," adding, "She looks and feels fantastic." Helping with recovery, says the pal, is the singer's new home in L.A., where she has a "great support system" of people who she can talk to "about anything."
"She's remembered how to love herself," says the friend. "That’s what she got in touch with while she was away." Indeed, that was Kesha's stated goal: she issued a statement at the time saying, "l'll be...seeking treatment for my eating disorder...to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am."
Kesha, who tweeted last week that she's been working on new music, is "in a great place mentally and physically and is feeling really good about herself," according to the friend, who also notes, "She is excited for the next phase of her life and career."
Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift is up for multiple trophies at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, and she's created a hilarious new video that campaigns for votes -- while making it appear as though she has no interest in doing so.
In the video, Taylor's record label president, Scott Borchetta, calls her to ask her to make a video asking for votes, but she puts on him hold, saying she's in the middle of something "pretty pressing." While he waits, she does her nails, gives a girlfriend advice about how to deal with an evil ex-boyfriend, and cuddles her beloved cat, Meredith, whom she calls "The Princess of Kittytown."
"Where's the Princess of Kittytown? Who's a pretty kitty? You are! You're so pretty, you're the prettiest kitty in the world!" gushes Taylor to Meredith, while Borchetta, till on hold, grumbles, "If I didn't know better, I'd swear she's playing with that f***ing cat." Eventually, Meredith stretches out a paw and disconnects Borchetta.
At the end of the video, Borchetta checks "Make ACM video" off his to do list and smiles, as the categories Taylor is nominated in flash onscreen. See if she wins when the ACM Awards are broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6 on CBS.
RCA Records/Lloyd Bishp/NBCHearing that Lindsay Lohan may have bedded some big-name Hollywood actors isn't that shocking, but the news that she might have romanced some A-list musicians is somewhat more surprising.
In Touch Weekly claims to have obtained a list, written in Lindsay's own hand, of 36 men she supposedly slept with. A source tells the magazine that Lindsay jotted down the list at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 30 while she and some friends were "giggling and talking s**t about people in the industry."
"It was her personal conquest list,” added the source, noting, “She was trying to impress her friends with the list and then tossed it aside.”
While many names on the list -- which the magazine has printed -- have been redacted, it includes Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake and Guy Berryman, the bass player from Coldplay. It also includes Max George from The Wanted, but that's not a big surprise, considering how much time the two spent together in the past, and their acknowledged friendship.
Other names on the list range from Joaquin Phoenix and Zac Efron, to James Franco and Wilmer Valderrama, to Colin Farrell and the late Heath Ledger.
"They’re not all single guys,” an insider told the magazine of Lindsay's list. "This getting out now could rock several Hollywood relationships to the core.” Justin Timberlake is, of course, married to Jessica Biel, and Adam Levine is engaged to model Behati Prinsloo. Mind you, if the list is legit -- and factual -- the liaisons could have occurred while all parties were unattached.
Of course, it's possible that the entire thing is a big misunderstanding, and Lindsay was simply making a list of guys she'd like to get with, but hasn't. A source who has seen the list tells ABC News Radio that some of the redacted names are other A-list celebrities.
ABC/Kelsey McNealFollowing their split late last month, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton were spotted with their three-year-old son, Julian, over the weekend.
According to the New York Daily News, the crooner traveled to Vancouver, Canada, on Saturdayspend time with his son and estranged wife, who is town filming the movie Warcraft.The pair appeared to be amicable in photos, although neither were wearing their wedding bands.
The crooner has said that he's fighting for his marriage and continues to profess his love for his high school sweetheart during his Blurred Lines tour.
"We gotta learn to forgive each other, you know, learn to love each other, no matter who it is in your family or relationship," Thicke told the New York crowd at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
Meanwhile, the crooner celebrated his 37th birthday Monday night at West Hollywood hot spot DBA alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
NBCThe last of the blind auditions on The Voice aired Tuesday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher rounded out their respective teams; each coach now has 12 artists to mentor.
Here are the highlights of the one-hour episode:
Joe Trombino was the first contestant to take the stage. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't convince any of the coaches to turn around for his rendition of "Love and Happiness," by Al Green. He showed off some funky dancing during his performance, but, of course, the coaches didn't see it.
Conversely, all four coaches made a bid for Kaleigh Glanton, who covered "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Adam said her great moments were really great; it was just a matter of putting together a more consistent performance. Blake disagreed with Adam's critique, saying that Kaleigh's act doesn't need to be polished, she just needs a spotlight. Kaleigh became the 12th and final member of Team Blake.
Brittnee Camelle tackled the Demi Lovato hit "Skyscraper." Usher and Shakira both pressed their buttons. Adam and Blake advised Brittnee to choose Shakira, but she went with Usher instead, filling the final available spot on his roster.
Adam and Shakira both showed interest in Lindsay Bruce, who sang the Eli Young Band's "Even If It Breaks Your Heart." She picked Shakira. That meant Adam was the only coach still in search of a 12th artist.
Nineteen-year-old Caleb Elder, who works at a doughnut shop, joined Adam's team after performing "Groove Me," by King Floyd.
The battle rounds, which pit teammates against one another, will begin next Monday night on NBC. "Wake Me Up" singer Aloe Blacc will serve as an adviser for Team Adam; The Band Perry will help Team Blake; Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert, will work with Team Shakira; and R&B diva Jill Scott will advise Team Usher.
Here's a rundown of each coach's team:
Team Shakira: Ddendyl, Emily B., Music Box, Jeremy Briggs, Deja Hall, Kristen Merlin, Cierra Mickens, Dani Moz, Lindsay Pagano, Clarissa Serna, DeShawn Washington, Lindsay Bruce.
Team Adam: Sam Behymer, Delvin Choice, Austin Ellis, Christina Grimmie, Dawn & Hawkes, Joshua Howard, Josh Kaufman, Cary Laine, Josh Murley, Kat Perkins, Patrick Thompson, Caleb Elder.
Team Usher: Jake Barker, Tess Boyer, Biff Gore, Tanner James, Melissa Jiménez, Stevie Joe, Bria Kelly, Madilyn Paige, Brothers Walker, Morgan Wallen, T.J. Wilkins, Brittnee Camelle.
Team Blake: Alaska and Madi, Paula DeAnda, Ria Eaton, Sisaundra Lewis, Noah Lis, Lexi Luca, Ryan Whyte Maloney, Audra McLaughlin, Megan Rüger, Cali Tucker, Jake Worthington, Kaleigh Glanton.
Columbia Records; Interscope RecordsPharrell Williams and will.i.am have settled their dispute over the "Happy" singer's "I am OTHER" brand, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
To refresh your memory: will.i.am argued last year that Pharrell's brand is too similar to the "I AM" trademark the Black Eyed Peas member owns for commercial purposes. In response, Pharrell filed a lawsuit requesting permission to continue to use the "I am OTHER" phrase.
will.i.am later countersued, claiming Pharrell's brand would confuse consumers. He also stated that Pharrell has a history of copying others' work, citing as one example the alleged similarities between Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which Pharrell co-wrote and produced.
The Hollywood Reporter says both sides are currently drafting a settlement agreement, the terms of which have not been publicly disclosed.
ABC/Adam TaylorThough he's been making hits for himself and others for years, it's safe to say that right now, PharrellWilliams is peaking as an artist. Not only was he instrumental in two of the biggest hits of last year -- "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky" -- but he's now riding high with his first-ever solo #1 hit, "Happy." In an interview with the British paper The Guardian, Pharrell explains that it's only now that he's evolved enough artistically to create a song like that.
Asked if he could have written a song like "Happy" ten years ago, Pharrell tells The Guardian. "No." Why not? "Because the word 'sweat' would have been in there, and 'booty'. All those words would have been in there," he explains.
What's more, Pharrell says, ten years ago, he had an identity crisis. "I didn't know who I was," he says referring to his earlier material. "I thought I knew who I was." And who was that? "This competitive guy in the music industry, who admired my peers and felt he needed to compete with the races that they designed. But in life, you're meant to race against yourself."
Now that Pharrell seems to have discovered himself artistically, he admits that he's "freaking out a bit." "The popularity is not for me," he tells the paper. "It's about, you know, services to others. I know my intention, and my intention is not to make it about me."
In fact, Pharrell says that that if the head of his record label told him to stop producing for other artists so he could focus on his solo success, he'd be one unhappy boy.
"I have to produce people! I have to work with people," he tells The Guardian. "It's my only means of learning, my only means of colliding with foreign energy. It would be like asking Captain Kirk to just stay on Earth."
CoverGirl.com/ABC/Ida Mae AstuteOMG! Pink and Gwen Stefani are totally in a feud because Gwen doesn't want their kids to play together! Except, they're totally not in a feud, and the whole thing is so ridiculous that Pink is now poking fun at it on Twitter.
The rumor went that Pink suggested to Gwen that they get their children together for a play date in Beverly Hills. Gwen, who recently gave birth to a new baby boy, Apollo, also has two older boys, Kingston and Zuma; Pink has a daughter, Willow. But the rumor stated that Gwen turned down Pink's invitation with a mean email saying, "Not now and not ever."
This evidently didn't actually happen --shocker! -- as evidenced by what Pink wrote on Twitter this week.
"Man I wish @gwenstefani would let our kids play together....," she tweeted, and then added the hashtag, "#dumbsh*tIheararoundtheworld."
Last week, Pink also alluded to the made-up fight, tweeting, "Man, I've been busy this week. Imaginary feuds, lullabies, broken toes and a sick toddler. What's next? :) hopefully pizza and more lullabies."
Gwen so far hasn't commented, but let's face it: with a newborn and two other kids, she's probably a little too busy right now to jump on Twitter.
Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramJustin Bieber's been dominating the headlines for the past year, mostly for his less-than-stellar behavior. If you're feeling a bit of Bieber fatigue, you're not alone: he tops Forbes' new list of the Most Overexposed Celebrities.
Forbes compiled its list from data from E-Score Celebrity, which ranks over 6,500 stars based on public opinion polling. 67% of those polled ranked Justin as the most overexposed celebrity. While this might seem like a no-brainer, Forbes points out that it's usually reality stars who get that dubious honor. Indeed, the rest of the top-10 most overexposed celebrities include most of the Kardashian family: Kim is #2, her mom Kris is #6, Kourtney is #9, and Khloe is #10.
Other reality stars whose names appeared in the poll include Lindsay Lohan at #3, Honey Boo Boo at #5, Snooki at #7 and, oddly, Paris Hilton at #8, though she mostly stays out of the spotlight these days.
The only other singer on the list is -- guess who? -- Miley Cyrus, who received 57% of the vote.
Yu Tsai/Atlantic RecordsChristina Perri's sophomore album, Head or Heart, is due April 1, and she's got a flurry of activities planned to promote it.
First up is this week's release of a new album track, "Burning Gold," via the Shazam song-tagging app; you can listen to it on YouTube and download it on iTunes as well. Another album track, "I Don't Wanna Break," was recently heard in an episode of HBO's Girls, and it's on the show's most recent soundtrack, Girls Volume 1: All Adventurous Women Do.
Next, Christina has set TV appearances on ABC's The View on April 16, and on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 21. She kicks off her North American headlining tour April 4 in Denver, Colorado. It's scheduled to wrap up May 26 in Vancouver, Canada.
Head or Heart features a duet with Ed Sheeran called "Be My Forever."
Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation DepartmentJustin Bieber's trial for driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license will take place in Miami on May 5, according to the Miami Herald.
Justin has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and prosecutors say that no plea offer has been made to the singer. His initial trial date of March 3 was postponed because a judge had to rule on whether police video footage of the singer on the night he was arrested should be made public. The video was eventually released, though in censored form, with black bars covering what allegedly were images of Justin's private parts.
Justin was arrested January 23 in Miami Beach after police accused him of drag racing at high speed. While his blood alcohol levels were below the limit for underage drivers, other tests showed that the singer had marijuana and a prescription drug in his system. The night of his arrest, Justin admitted to smoking weed and ingesting the drug.
According to the Herald, Bieber's attorney, Roy Black, criticized the paparazzi culture that has lead to Justin being a magnet for public scrutiny. “There is no protection for someone like Justin,” the attorney told reporters.
David M. Russell/Disney ABCIt was likely one of the best days of their lives. Appearing on Live with Kelly and Michael on Monday, American Authors, whose song "Best Day of My Life" is one of this year's first breakout hits, were surprised with a special plaque commemorating the fact that the song has been certified platinum for more than one million downloads. It's a satisfying accomplishment for the band, who've been struggling to make it for many years.
American Authors' debut album Oh, What A Life just hit stores last week, and lead singer Zac Barnett tells ABC News Radio that the title really sums up all the group's experiences on their way to the top. "We've known each other for the past seven years. We met in college, we've been through everything," he says. "We've done tours where we played for no one. We've had so many great, amazing moments, and we've had so many struggling moments, and I think really, what that [title] is, [is how we] look back on it and go, 'Oh, what a life!'"
"We didn't get into this thinking it was going to be easy," adds Zac, noting that all the band members first met at Berklee College of Music in Boston, but then collectively dropped out, moved to Brooklyn, NY and tried to get their career off the ground while working an assortment of unusual jobs.
"Matt, our drummer, he's a vegetarian and he was a butcher when he first moved here," Zac laughs. "[Our guitarist] James worked for Chinese television. I was working at a restaurant...which closed down, unfortunately, due to Hurricane Sandy. So, it's like, we've been through so many roller coasters to pursue this dream of ours, and now it's really amazing to see what's happening!"
American Authors will be spending a good chunk of this week performing multiple times at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, before jetting over to London for a one-off gig, and then back to the U.S. to resume their headlining tour. In May, they'll be opening for OneRepublic and The Script on that band's joint tour. Meanwhile, their new single "Believer" is also doing well. Given how far they've come, it does seem like the album's title is quite apropos.
"It entraps all the emotions that we've had and that we still have," Zac says of the album. "And it has really fantastic things, and it talks about the struggles as well....Oh,What A Life right there!"
Trae Patton/NBCThe final week of the blind auditions on The Voice began Monday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher sought to fill the few remaining slots on their respective team.
Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode:
First up was Kat Perkins, who sang Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman." Adam, Shakira and Usher pressed their buttons. Usher referred to Kat as a country singer, which Adam called into question by asking her if she's a rock artist, given her song choice. She said yes. Kat joined Team Adam.
Paula DeAnda has some experience in the music biz. She was once signed by Clive Davis, scored a minor hit with "Doing Too Much," and recorded two albums in English and Spanish, only one of which was released. She's also toured with Rihanna. Paula tackled "The Way," by Ariana Grande, with Shakira and Blake making a bid for her talents. Adam called Paula's decision a no-brainer, presumably because Shakira and Paula both speak Spanish. However, Blake got his hopes up when he found out Paula is from Texas, which borders his native Oklahoma. Paula proved Adam wrong by picking Blake as her coach.
Shakira, Usher and Adam all turned around for Jake Barker, who crooned Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man." Jake revealed his audition was the first time he'd ever performed on a stage. He teamed up with Usher.
Ria Eaton was added to Team Blake after singing Anna Kendrick's Pitch Perfect hit, "Cups (When I'm Gone)."
Cierra Mickens belted out "Crazy," by former Voice coach Cee Lo Green's duo, Gnarls Barkley. Shakira, Blake and Usher all pressed their buttons, though Blake unsuccessfully argued that Usher turned around after the performance ended. Shakira walked onto the stage to have a "girl talk" with Cierra, telling her she believes in her. It worked, because Cierra selected Shakira as her mentor.
Best friends Alaska & Madi covered "Barton Hollow," by The Civil Wars. They're from Oklahoma, which obviously appealed to Blake and gave him the edge over his friend Adam. The duo joined Blake's crew.
Ddendyl, whose father can play several instruments, such as the flute-like ocarina, delivered a soulful version of the Ben E. King classic "Stand By Me." She's teaming up with Shakira.
Josh Kaufman had his choice of all four coaches after singing George Michael's "One More Try." Blake said Josh was incredible. Shakira added that she would love to work with an artist as mature as Josh is. Adam pointed out how quickly he turned around. Josh selected Adam as his mentor.
The blind auditions conclude Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
Image Courtesy M.A.C. Cosmetics via TwitterLorde has gotten almost as much attention for her signature dark lipstick as she has for her music. Now, the 17-year-old Grammy winner is teaming with M.A.C. to launch her very own makeup line.
The New Zealand Herald reports that Lorde will release a limited-edition collection of makeup in June; she's been working on it since last year with M.A.C. senior artist Amber Dreadon. Dreadon is traveling on tour with Lorde as her makeup artist, and working with her to design her tour looks. They also collaborated on Lorde's looks for the video for "Team," and for her Grammy and Brit Awards appearances.
In a statement regarding the partnership, Lorde says, "I have loved M.A.C Cosmetics since I was a little kid. I remember saving up to buy my very first M.A.C lipstick [Snob] at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends!"
"M.A.C. has a very clear aesthetic, that has always felt fashion forward to me," she adds. "So I was really excited to work with them on these products, which I use pretty much every day and night. I hope you will too."
Dreadon, meanwhile, says, "One of the great things about Lorde is that she is accessible and relatable to people her own age; her look and style are a testament to just that."
The new makeup line will be available at all M.A.C. stores in the singer's home country of New Zealand, but also at MACcosmetics.com and at select stores around the world.
Legacy RecordingsA Beverly Hills police sergeant is suing the city, claiming he experienced backlash after reporting that another cop made inappropriate comments about Whitney Houston at the scene of her death.
According to CBSLA.com, Sergeant Brian Weir claims Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall disturbed the scene of Whitney's body at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in February 2012, and made remarks including that Whitney “looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state.”
After reporting the incident, Weir claims, he was removed from positions on the SWAT and K-9 teams and denied promotions. He seeks unspecified damages, and wants to be reinstated to the aforementioned positions.
Whitney was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after accidentally drowning in her hotel room's bathtub. Cocaine was found in her system. She was 48.
RCA RecordsAn 18-year-old man got himself in trouble after sneaking into Miley Cyrus' dressing room at an Omaha venue and leaving her a note the day before she performed there.
According to KETV-TV in Omaha, Tucker Salvesen entered restricted areas of the CenturyLink Center last Wednesday and later tweeted a message to Miley, saying he'd left a note for her in the dressing room.
Police say the note read, "I snuck back here I need to meet you. You have helped me so much your music has given me all the answers I was looking for when my heart got broke ... we went through the same thing @ the same time ... Miley I love you!!! Please let me meet you." He also gave her his phone number.
Salvesen, who was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor criminal trespassing, told police he obtained a VIP pass from a truck driver on Miley's tour. A VIP pass does not give a person access to the dressing room area.
Image courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramHere’s some more evidence that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have become especially close again. Justin on Monday night posted a couple of Instagram videos of the two dancing together, and they get a little steamy.
In the clips, Justin and Selena are dancing to John Legend’s “Ordinary People.” At various points, Justin pins Selena against the wall. Justin is also seen lifting up Selena and holding her tightly.
Not long after the videos appeared on Justin's Instagram, however, they were apparently removed.
It’s unclear when the videos were shot, but it has been reported that Justin and Selena spent two hours practicing dance moves at a studio in McAllen, Texas, on Friday evening.
Credit: Danny ClinchSara Bareilles knows first-hand how important music education is, and that's why she's teaming with VH1's Save the Music Foundation to give 10 lucky schools around the country the opportunity to win brand-new pianos.
Sara is the ambassador for a new grant program called Keys Kids. Starting now, all U.S. K-12th grade public schools can apply to be awarded one of 10 packages worth $10,000 each. Each package includes a brand new Yamaha upright piano, a Yamaha portable PA system, and a Shure vocal microphone. Applications will be accepted through VH1SavetheMusic.org through April 30.
"Music changed my life. I was one of the lucky kids who had access to wonderful music programming in my school, and it has profoundly and positively affected me in more ways than I can mention,” Sara says in a statement. "A piano symbolizes the centerpiece of all of that for me, and I'm so happy to...bring 10 piano packages into deserving classrooms."
"I believe arts education to be vital to the health and balance of our students and it is my privilege and my honor to lend my voice in support of this mission,” she adds.
Sara will help judge the applications as part of a committee; winners will be announced May 30.