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"The Voice" Recap: All Four Coaches Turn Around for Blind Singer

By Tom Carr

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCNBC’s The Voice entered its second week of blind auditions on Monday night. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams continued to battle for artists to add to their respective teams.

Here are the highlights of the two-hour episode:

John Martin, 25, drives a forklift in a warehouse — not your typical occupation for an artist on this show. He sang Amos Lee‘s “Sweet Pea,” convincing Blake, Gwen and Pharrell to turn around. Blake enjoyed his laid-back approach. Gwen described John’s voice as “delicious” and “creamy.” Adam begrudgingly admitted that Blake might be the right fit for John. Sure enough, John picked Blake.

Jessie Pitts took on Brandi Carlile‘s “The Story.” Gwen pressed her button right away, and Blake later followed suit. Blake, who’s married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert, pointed out that “The Story” was his wedding song. Blake’s story apparently didn’t sway Jessie, though; she chose Gwen.

Sixty-two-year-old Michael Stein is a cantor, or, in his words, a “minister of music.” He brought along his violin for a rendition of the Charlie Daniels Band‘s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Unfortunately for him, none of the coaches expressed interest in …read more

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Annie Lennox Says Touring's for Men, Not Women; Calls Beyonce "Feminism Lite"

By Andrea Dresdale

Credit: Mike OwenAnnie Lennox considers herself a feminist, and is a staunch advocate for women’s rights, but she admits that men and women aren’t equal when it comes to one particular aspect of a musician’s job: touring.

Speaking to Billboard, Annie says, “I’m not being sexist when I say this, but it suits the man’s life more. When you’re a woman and want to have a family…I never liked being away from my kids. I don’t think it’s healthy. I don’t think I can hack that way of life like I used to.”

A comment like that, however, doesn’t mean that Annie can’t criticize other female artists for not truly understanding what it means to be a feminist. Speaking to the website PrideSource, she dismisses Beyonce‘s claim to feminism — Bey performed at the MTV VMAs in front of a huge screen that read “FEMINIST,” after all — as “feminist lite.”

“I’m sorry. It’s tokenistic to me,” Annie explains. “I mean, I think she’s a phenomenal artist — I just love her performances — but I’d like to sit down [with her]. I think I’d like …read more

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Annie Lennox Says Touring's for Men, Not Women; Calls Beyonce "Feminism Lite"

By Andrea Dresdale

Annie Lennox considers herself a feminist, and is a staunch advocate for women’s rights, but she admits that men and women aren’t equal when it comes to one particular aspect of a musician’s job: touring.

Speaking to Billboard, Annie says, “I’m not being sexist when I say this, but it suits the man’s life more. When you’re a woman and want to have a family…I never liked being away from my kids. I don’t think it’s healthy. I don’t think I can hack that way of life like I used to.”

A comment like that, however, doesn’t mean that Annie can’t criticize other female artists for not truly understanding what it means to be a feminist. Speaking to the website PrideSource, she dismisses Beyonce‘s claim to feminism — Bey performed at the MTV VMAs in front of a huge screen that read “FEMINIST,” after all — as “feminist lite.”

“I’m sorry. It’s tokenistic to me,” Annie explains. “I mean, I think she’s a phenomenal artist — I just love her performances — but I’d like to sit down [with her]. I think I’d like …read more

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Lady Gaga Gushes Over Kelly Clarkson's Fashionable Baby

By Andrea Dresdale

Trae Patton/NBCAfter Kelly Clarkson posted a photo of her baby daughter River Rose on Twitter and compared her to Lady Gaga, the real Lady Gaga chimed in with some kind words about the infant.

Kelly posted a photo of River in her baby carrier, wearing pink flowered sunglasses, a pink onesie, and a multi-colored white bib that flared out around her neck. “Watch out Lady Gaga!! River Rose is on the scene!!” she captioned the photo.

That caused Lady Gaga to reply, “oh my miss River Rose is givin’ me a run for my money!! Look at those shoulders, like Grace Jones! Can I borrow that bib?”

For those who are unfamiliar with Grace Jones, she’s an actress, model and singer who was popular in the ’80s for her extremely angular, gender-bending look, and many of her outfits featured broad or pointy shoulders.

Kelly replied to Gaga’s comments, “if you ever need an opening act, she’s all yours ha!” and added the hashtag “#bornthisway.”

On Monday at around 2:30 a.m., Kelly tweeted about her daughter again, writing, “Having a hard time falling asleep. Can’t stop watching my …read more

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Adam Levine's a Creepy Crazed Stalker in New "Animals" Video

By Andrea Dresdale

Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsAdam Levine is stalking his own wife in Maroon 5‘s new video for their single “Animals.”

In the clip, Adam is a nerdy-looking dude who obsessively takes photos of a beautiful woman, played by Adam’s real-life wife Behati Prinsloo. When he’s not poring over the photos, he’s hanging out — literally — in a meat locker stocked with big, bloody sides of beef, and smearing his naked torso with cow blood. At one point, Behati’s seen sleeping — in skimpy lingerie, of course — and is oblivious to the fact that Adam is sitting on a chair right next to her bed, taking photos of her.

In another scene, Behati and her friends are partying in a club, and Adam’s right next to her at the bar, but she doesn’t notice him. He then tries to put the moves on her, but she isn’t having it. We see him fantasizing about the two of them having sex, and then we see her actually in bed asleep, and he’s lying right next to her. Creepy!

In more fantasy sequences, Adam and Behati appear to be …read more

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Taylor Swift's Management Company Named in Lawsuit Over Her Transportation Needs

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC NewsTaylor Swift‘s management company is the target of a lawsuit from a company that claims it arranged for Taylor to be driven around New York City this past summer…but then had its contract canceled after being hit with complaints that her alleged demands weren’t being met.

The New York Post reports that in its complaint, APG Security claims that it was hired as a contractor by Firefly Entertainment, Taylor’s management company, to arrange for cars and drivers to ferry Taylor and her entourage around Manhattan in June. But a month into the job, Firefly’s director of security told APG that there were “issues” that the contractor was told to “‘remedy as soon as possible.”

According to APG security, the “issues” included what kind of food and supplies the vehicles were supposed to be stocked with when Taylor was in them, and “under what circumstances” the drivers were allowed to speak to her.

The next day, APG claims, Taylor requested two additional SUVs in addition to the one that was already being used for her transportation needs. The extra vehicles cost APG $2,000 per month, …read more

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Melissa Etheridge Excited About New Album, "This Is M.E."

By Andrea Dresdale

ABC/Lou RoccoMelissa Etheridge‘s new album, This Is M.E, is out this week. It’s the first project the veteran singer/songwriter has produced on her own record label, and Melissa couldn’t be more excited.

“Musically, professionally, it’s a very exciting time. A lot of people get a little worried about the music business. But I’m not,” she said on Monday’s Good Morning America. “It is all about the artist right now. I can reach my fans. I’ve done it and I have a new album.

This year has been an exciting one for Melissa: she also married her partner, Nurse Jackie creator Linda Wallem, in June.

On GMA, the singer said she married her best friend. “It’s a really amazing experience to be so connected,” she added.

She’ll appear on Live with Kelly and Michael tomorrow. This Is M.E. is out Tuesday.

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Neil Diamond Confirmed to Perform Tonight at His Old High School in Brooklyn

By Music News Group

Image Courtesy of Ari MichaelsonNeil Diamond announced earlier this month that he’d be playing his first-ever concert in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, on September 29 — that’s tonight — at a secret location. Now the site of the historic show has been revealed: the legendary singer/songwriter will perform at Erasmus Hall High School, which he attended from 1954 to 1956. Diamond revealed the news this morning via Facebook and Twitter.

The show will begin at 6 p.m. ET, with the doors opening an hour earlier. A limited number of tickets for the concert will be handed out for free and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizers are asking fans not to arrive at the venue before 3 p.m.

The concert comes on the heels of the news that Diamond will release a new album, Melody Road, on October 21. As previously reported, the 12-track collection is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s first release for Capitol Records under a new deal.

Incidentally, Erasmus Hall High School also was attended by Barbra Streisand, in 1959, as well as by …read more

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Lionel Richie Casts Doubt on Miley Cyrus' Staying Power

By Andrea Dresdale

Alan Silfen/UMG NashvilleMiley Cyrus‘ career may be hot right now, but where will she be in 20 years? Lionel Richie, for one, doubts her ability to stick around.

Speaking to the press in the U.K. to promote his upcoming tour there, Lionel says that it’s all well and good to be shocking and grab headlines for your behavior, but you’ve got to have the music to back it up.

Madonna was outrageous — but she had a catalogue of music that was unbelievable,” he said, according to the London Evening Standard. “At the end of all the theatrics with Michael [Jackson], he had nothing but the most fabulous catalogue. Now, we’ve got a lot of theatrics, but where’s the song that is going to stick around forever?”

“Twenty years from now, let’s take anybody:where’s the body of work?” he continued. “I’m going to judge you not by your popularity but by your longevity, your staying [power]. I’m thinking about Miley, Justin Bieber.”

Lionel’s All the Hits All Night Long tour comes to London’s O2 Arena in March.

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Lorde to Unveil New "Hunger Games" Song, "Yellow Flicker Beat," Monday Morning

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLorde fans, brace yourselves: you’ll be able to hear her brand new song, “Yellow Flicker Beat,” at 11 a.m. Eastern time Monday.

That’s what the singer wrote on Twitter, announcing the debut of the track, which will appear on the soundtrack of The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1. In a different tweet, she also revealed the third line of the song: “My blood is a flood of rubies/precious stones.”

So, for those of you keeping track at home, the song’s opening lyrics are: “I’m a princess cut from marble/smoother than a storm/And the scars that mark my body/they’re silver and gold/My blood is a flood of rubies/precious stones.”

So far, there’s no word on when the full Hunger Games soundtrack, which Lorde is curating, will arrive in stores, and which artists will be joining her on the project.

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