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"The Voice" Recap: The Blind Auditions Begin

By Tom Carr

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCThe seventh season of The Voice premiered Monday night on NBC with the start of the blind auditions.

Veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were joined by two newcomers: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. The foursome kicked off the two-hour broadcast by collaborating on a cover of Gwen’s No Doubt hit “Hella Good,” which was co-written by Pharrell.

Here are the highlights of the blind auditions:

Luke Wade was the first contestant of the new season. He performed “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” made famous by Otis Redding. All of the coaches pressed their buttons. Adam stood up on his chair with excitement, declaring to Luke, “You’re going to win.” Pharrell insisted he knew what to do with Luke’s voice, and pleaded with Luke to let him be his “amplifier.” Gwen joked that while Blake and Adam are mailing it in as veteran coaches, she’s fresh and ready to go. Luke decided to join Pharrell.

Clara Hong was born in South Korea and moved to America when she was 8. All of the coaches except for Blake pressed their buttons as Clara sang “Chuck E’s in Love” by Rickie Lee …read more

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Pink's New Musical Collaborator Provided Her Birthing Soundtrack, Too

By Andrea Dresdale

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsPink surprised fans a few weeks ago by announcing that she’ll be releasing a new album in October under the name You + Me. Her musical collaborator in the project is singer/songwriter Dallas Green, and she’s a big fan of his. How big a fan? It was his music she chose to listen to when she gave birth to her daughter, Willow.

The Australian paper The Daily Telegraph reports that Pink became a fan of Green, who records under the name The City and Colour, back in 2008, and she invited him to open her U.K. concerts in 2010. Then, last year, he ended up opening three of her U.S. shows, and that’s when, Green says, he found out how much she loves his music.

“During the show, Pink would ask for a round of applause for City and Colour and told the crowd, ‘That was what I was listening to when Willow came into the world,'” Green told The Daily Telegraph. “She would say that every night in front of 15,000 people or more; it was nuts. I’ll take that!”

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Barry Manilow's "My Dream Duets" to Be Released October 27

By Andrea Dresdale

PRNewsFoto/Verve Music GroupMy Dream Duets, Barry Manilow’s album of collaborations featuring him singing with artists who are no longer with us, now has a release date: October 27.

Manilow created the album taking the original vocal tracks from each artist’s original recording, re-orchestrating the arrangements, and recording all-new musical tracks. As a result, the songs “sound as if they were recorded yesterday,” he says in a statement, adding, “The album is a miracle. It’s been a huge undertaking, musically and technically.”

Among the artists with whom Manilow duets with on the album are John Denver, Whitney Houston, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., and Judy Garland. “Having the opportunity to record these legendary standards with artists whom I admire so much was really a dream come true,” he says.

Here’s the full track listing for My Dream Duets:

“The Song’s Gotta Come from the Heart,” with Jimmy Durante
“Goody Goody,” with Frankie Lymon
“Dream a Little Dream of Me,” with Mama Cass
“I Believe In You and Me,” with Whitney Houston
“Sunshine on My Shoulders,” with John Denver
“Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” with Judy Garland
“Moon River,” with Andy Williams
“The Look of Love,” with Dusty Springfield
“The Candyman,” with Sammy Davis, Jr.
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New Kelly Clarkson Album Coming "Early Next Year," May Have "Special Guest"

By Andrea Dresdale

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson got fans excited Friday when she tweeted lyrics to one of the songs on her upcoming album. Now she’s revealed a bit more about the album, as part of a Twitter conversation with a fan.

The fan tweeted, “Hi Kelly. Are you going to have any crazy surprises for us on your new album?” The Grammy-winner replied, “Yes. I’m so proud of my next album! Might have a special guest on the album ….maybe :) Doesn’t come out until early next year.”

As previously reported, this will be Kelly’s first new album of non-holiday original material since 2011’s Stronger.

While working on the album, Kelly is also enjoying first-time motherhood, but putting her daughter River Rose to bed can be trying at times, as she revealed on Twitter. “Ran out of songs 2 sing while trying 2 put my little girl 2 sleep & she finally nods off after ‘Silly Ho’ by TLC,” Kelly wrote, adding the hashtag, “#shecantunderstandthelyrics.”

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"The Voice" Returns; New Coach Gwen Says Blake & Adam's "R-Rated" Antics Give Her a "Face Headache"

By Andrea Dresdale

Trae Patton/NBCOn Monday night, The Voice returns for a seventh season, and this time around, there’ll be two new faces in the big red chairs: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. The chart-topping artists, who are also longtime friends, join Voice lifers Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches, and Gwen says dealing with those two goofballs on the set literally left her sore.

“Seriously, after day one…I haven’t laughed that hard in so long,” she says. “I had a face headache where everywhere was, like sore, from smiling and laughing. They were making me and Pharrell laugh so hard!” She adds, “Everybody at home, they get a sneak peek at those two, but we got the R-rated, hilarious, locker room version of what they’re getting at home. I mean, it is bad.”

“I thought I was in a boys club my whole life, like being on a tour bus with all guys,” she says, referring to her years with her band No Doubt. “But these two, they really take it to another level!”

“I don’t even feel alive unless I’m making fun of Blake. And neither one of us cares about it. It’s …read more

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Pregnant Alicia Keys Poses Nude to Draw Attention to New "We Are Here" Movement: “I Want to Gather an Army"

By Andrea Dresdale

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCA female celebrity posing nude while pregnant is sure to garner a lot of attention, and Alicia Keys knows it. The singer, who’s expecting her second child in December, says that baring her baby bump will help her raise an “army” of fans to make a positive change in the world.

By being photographed naked with a peace sign drawn on her belly, Alicia is launching her new We Are Here Movement, which will, she hopes, inspire her fans to fight for social justice of every kind — from stricter gun laws, to gay rights, to girls’ education worldwide. She tells the New York Times, “I want to gather an army…It’s time to get people’s attention. People won’t be able to ignore this visual.”

Alicia has donated a million bucks of her own money to get the movement started, and it’ll go to 12 different groups, which she hopes her fans will then choose to donate to themselves. They include her own foundation, Keep a Child Alive, which helps kids affected by HIV and AIDS; All Out, a gay rights organization; Oxfam, which …read more

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Pregnant Alicia Keys Poses Nude to Draw Attention to New "We Are Here" Movement: “I Want to Gather an Army"

By Andrea Dresdale

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCA female celebrity posing nude while pregnant is sure to garner a lot of attention, and Alicia Keys knows it. The singer, who’s expecting her second child in December, says that baring her baby bump will help her raise an “army” of fans to make a positive change in the world.

By being photographed naked with a peace sign drawn on her belly, Alicia is launching her new We Are Here Movement, which will, she hopes, inspire her fans to fight for social justice of every kind — from stricter gun laws, to gay rights, to girls’ education worldwide. She tells the New York Times, “I want to gather an army…It’s time to get people’s attention. People won’t be able to ignore this visual.”

Alicia has donated a million bucks of her own money to get the movement started, and it’ll go to 12 different groups, which she hopes her fans will then choose to donate to themselves. They include her own foundation, Keep a Child Alive, which helps kids affected by HIV and AIDS; All Out, a gay rights organization; Oxfam, which …read more

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James Blunt Takes "Beautiful" Bride

By Andrea Dresdale

Scarlet Page/Atlantic RecordsJames Blunt, best known for the #1 hit “You’re Beautiful,” has likely uttered those very words to the woman who recently became his wife.

The British paper The Daily Mail reports that James and Sofia Wellesley, the granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington, secretly married in a registry office in London on September 5, the day after attending Elton John’s charity End of Summer party at his mansion in Windsor, England. But on Friday, the two celebrated the marriage with family and friends in a “lavish ceremony” in Majorca, Spain, where her parents own a home.

A witness tells E! that Sofia was a “gorgeous bride” and “looked amazing in her gown.”

James and Sofia, a legal consultant, have been dating since 2012, and were engaged in December 2013. In the past, James had dated model Petra Nemcova.

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James Blunt Takes "Beautiful" Bride

By Andrea Dresdale

Scarlet Page/Atlantic RecordsJames Blunt, best known for the #1 hit “You’re Beautiful,” has likely uttered those very words to the woman who recently became his wife.

The British paper The Daily Mail reports that James and Sofia Wellesley, the granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington, secretly married in a registry office in London on September 5, the day after attending Elton John’s charity End of Summer party at his mansion in Windsor, England. But on Friday, the two celebrated the marriage with family and friends in a “lavish ceremony” in Majorca, Spain, where her parents own a home.

A witness tells E! that Sofia was a “gorgeous bride” and “looked amazing in her gown.”

James and Sofia, a legal consultant, have been dating since 2012, and were engaged in December 2013. In the past, James had dated model Petra Nemcova.

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Which #1 Hit from 1989 Inspired a Song on Taylor Swift's New Album, "1989"?

By Andrea Dresdale

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has already said her upcoming album is titled 1989 not only because that’s her birth year, but also because she was inspired by a lot of “late ’80s” music while making it. Now one of those “late-’80s” songs has been revealed: “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals.

Taylor’s friend, Jack Antonoff of the band fun., worked on 1989, and tells Rolling Stone he and Taylor bonded over the snare drum sound in “She Drives Me Crazy,” which hit #1 in 1989. “Taylor brought it up first, and I was like, ‘Holy s**t, you’re not going to believe this: I just sampled that snare in a track,'” Jack tells Rolling Stone. “I played her one second of it on my iPhone, and she was like, ‘Send me that track.’ That became a song called ‘I Wish You Would.'”

“I really think ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ could be on the radio now,” says Taylor of the hit by the British pop group. “It’s that timeless.”

In general, though, Taylor says she was inspired by ’80s music because, she tells Rolling Stone, “It was …read more

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