17 items from 2015
In 2015, there may not be a voice more precious to the music industry than Adele's. “This is an artist who comes around once every generation,” iHeartMedia president John Sykes recently told Bloomberg of this growing anomaly. “Etta James, Barbra Streisand, Adele: Three artists who shattered records in their own time and didn’t look or sound like anyone else in their time.” In just over three days, Adele has sold 2,433,000 copies of her third album, 25, breaking ’N Sync’s 15-year-old record of 2,416,000 albums in one week. She could sell closer to 3 million by the time the Billboard 200 album chart turns over this weekend. Adele has referred to what happened to her career post-21 as a “phenomenon,” a magnitude of success she can’t conceive of replicating in her lifetime — and something few others ever have or will. She’s there in good company alongside the likes of Streisand, Whitney »
- Dee Lockett
Thirty years after the release of Robert Zemeckis’ beloved time-travel feature film, Back to the Future, we still don’t have hover skateboards nor DeLorean’s for that matter, but the Chicago Cubs may be on the verge of a World Series for the first time since 1908.
Perhaps the best news of all, a 30th anniversary reissue of the original Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack will be reissued as a special, double-vinyl picture disc by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) on October 21.
The image on Side A is a recreation of the original album cover, while Side B sports a view of the digital clock ticking inside Doc Brown’s time-tripping DeLorean, with the meter set at the current release date, making this a valued collector’s item.
The original Back to the Future album, which came out July 8, 1985 right after the movie hit theaters on July 3, was a hit, »
- Michelle McCue
Rita Ora had the very tough job of whittling 14 girls down to just six and it got tense.
However, it wasn't long before all six chairs had been filled and there was someone in need of a perch.
When Rita announced that Karen would be giving up her seat, things got very awkward.
She was extremely upset, prompting Rita to take a trip up to the stage to give her a huge hug.
She said: "I worked so hard" through tears and left the stage to a chorus of "bring her back" from the audience.
Strap yourselves in: the Six Chair Challenge arrives on The X Factor tonight, and if it's anything like previous series, it ain't going to be pretty.
First up are the Girls and Rita Ora, so read on for a reminder of who you'll be seeing and what they'll be singing in an attempt to make it to Judges' Houses:
1. Katie Coleman - 21, Darlington
Song: 'The Voice Within' - Christina Aguilera
2. Karen Mav - 23, Stevenage
Song: 'I'd Rather Go Blind' - Etta James
3. Chloe Baker - 21, Liverpool
Song: 'You've Got The Love' - Florence + The Machine
4. Monica Michael - 25, North London
Song: 'What Is Love' - Empire
5. Sharon Rose - 26, Essex
Song: 'Let It Go' - James Bay
6. Chloe Paige - 21, Brighton
Song: 'Amazing Grace'
7. Charli Beard - 17, Hull
Song: 'Love You I Do' - Jennifer Hudson
8. Louisa Johnson - 17, Essex
Song: 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not »
Everyone thinks their wedding is the most beautiful, the most creative, and the most fun - but according to Spotify's 2015 wedding music statistics, first dance songs and reception playlists are pretty much the same across the globe. The music streaming service released its findings over the Summer with a list of 20 songs that are the most popular globally. Not surprisingly, John Legend's ballad "All of Me" is the top choice for tying the knot, while Jason Mraz is a favorite for first dances. When it comes to the songs that get guests out on the dance floor, the most played reception songs include Bruno Mars's "Marry You," Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," and even "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke. It's not all new radio hits that made the list, though, as "At Last" by Etta James and "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley are also popular old-school choices. »
- Brittney Stephens
Brace yourself, Scandal fans, because the first official trailer for Season 5 of the hit ABC drama gets quite steamy. Much of the short but satisfying video focuses on a reunited Olivia and Fitz in bed together, all scored by Etta James’ “At Last,” the song echoing the thoughts of many Scandal fans who have wanted the pair to get back together for quite some time. And as you can tell by the countless smiles on their faces throughout the promo, both Olivia and Fitz are quite happy to have reconnected with one another romantically. However, this is Scandal we’re talking about, so it’s not happy times for everyone, especially not for Millie in this preview. Not only does she look to be in pain early on in the trailer, but she also has the big D-word dropped on her by Fitz. That’s right: apparently, the President and »
- Chris King
Let there be no doubt: Fitz and Olivia will officially be an (unofficial) item when Scandal returns with Season 5 on Sept. 24 (9/8c on ABC). And their coupling will, without question, be very bad news for Mellie.
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That much is made crystal clear in the above Scandal trailer, which opens with shots of Olitz making whoopie to Etta James’ “At Last” and closes with Fitz telling Mellie he’s divorcing her.
Press Play above and then hit the comments with an answer to this question: Do you think Fitz will follow through on his D-eclaration? »
A photo posted by Christina Aguilera (@xtina) on Aug 16, 2015 at 7:56pm Pdt Christina Aguilera's daughter, Summer Rain, is getting so big! The singer took to Instagram on Aug. 16 to wish her gorgeous little girl a happy birthday. Christina, who also shared a cute home video of her kids in July, posted a photo of Summer sitting next to a giant pink balloon in an apple-print dress, with the caption, "Happy 1st Birthday! My Sweet, Summer Rain." Summer's dad, Matthew Rutler, who popped the question to Christina in February 2014, also gave his daughter a sweet shout-out via Twitter. "You light up life. Happy First Birthday, Summer," he wrote, alongside a precious photo of them cuddling in the sunshine. The night before their daughter's big day, Christina and Matt attended the Apollo in the Hamptons event, where the singer got a little romantic for her man in front of the A-list crowd. »
Everyone thinks their wedding is the most beautiful, the most creative, and the most fun - but according to Spotify's latest wedding music statistics, first dance songs and reception playlists are pretty much the same across the globe. The music streaming service released its findings this week with a list of 20 songs that are the most popular globally. Not surprisingly, John Legend's ballad "All of Me" is the top choice for tying the knot, while Jason Mraz is a favorite for first dances. When it comes to the songs that get guests out on the dance floor, the most played reception songs include Bruno Mars's "Marry You," Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," and even "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke. It's not all new radio hits that made the list, though, as "At Last" by Etta James and "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley are also popular old-school choices. »
Just in time for your next Summer road trip, Thompson Square's Shawna and Keifer Thompson have created a fun road-trip playlist for Popsugar! The married duo and chart-topping country act knows a thing or two about great music, and they shared some of their favorite songs for this catchy mix. "We like tunes that remind us of 'back in the day.' Songs that have a killer groove, great lyrics - the ones you hear and get mad because you didn't write them," said Keifer, adding, "We're a big fan of those loud guitars. They make us want to drive fast!" Shawna agreed, saying, "We're both big blues fans, too, so those songs always make the list. When it's late and the road is long, putting on the Merle Haggard box set or any classic country and letting it roll is a great choice. That's what we both were raised on. »
There were three losers and only one winner on The Voice‘s Season 8 finale — that is, if you chose to look at the Starbucks-sponsored plastic cup as half full.
If, however, like Blake, your glass had even a splash of moonshine left in it, maybe there were no losers at all.
It’s no secret that Avicii has a thing for soul singers. The song that transformed him into a household name, “Levels,” sampled an Etta James track, so it’s not too surprising that he’s going back to the genre for his latest effort, “Feeling Good.”
A cover of Nina Simone’s 1965 song of the same name, Tim delivers a modern spin on the classic that keeps the original’s soul in tact while delivering a slick re-work. It’s a definite departure than what we’re used to hearing from the producer, as it’s not exactly “dance-able” and is a bit too subtle and barebones for our liking, but it’s still a nice, polished cover of a classic song and should be able to find an audience.
Take a listen to Avicii‘s “Feeling Good” above and let us know what you make of it in the comments section. »
- Matt Joseph
The Voice is not typically known for tough criticism. On any given night, the coaches’ critiques range from “Your vocal was smoother than a blanket made from a unicorn’s underbelly!” to “You took me through a dozen cycles of life, death and reincarnation (as a unicorn’s underbelly) in the course of a 90-second performance!”
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Tonight, however, not only featured Xtina winning her umpteenth gold medal in not-even-trying-to-be-subtle shade-throwing (“Wow! That sounded pretty challenging! How did you feel?”), but also unprecedented cases of the show »
Kelly Clarkson took her family on a stroll down memory lane Wednesday. The first-ever American Idol winner brought husband Brandon Blackstock and daughter River Rose Blackstock to the show's L.A. set. Prior to the live taping, Kelly—who returned to mentor the top eight contestants—took an Instagram photo of her two favorite people posing outside her dressing room. My entourage outside my dressing room at #AmericanIdol today," the singer wrote. "Tune in tonight!" In addition to performing her audition song, a cover of Etta James' "At Last," Kelly sang her hit single "Heartbeat Song." The singer also helped coach the aspiring singers as they performed her biggest hits. »
It’s no secret that Sam Smith loves pop’s greatest divas.
Over the past year, as fans gotten to know the British crooner, they’ve learned of the fandom he has for female singers. "I've been obsessed with female diva vocals my whole life," Smith told Billboard last November.
Watch: Sam Smith Sings Flawless Cover of Bey in the Shower
With that in mind, find out what Smith has to say about his favorite female vocalists.
Adele: “I ultimately think our music’s completely different, but if I’m going to be compared to anyone, it’s amazing.” (Billboard)
Watch: Sam Smith Takes on Whitney »
True confession: I may be the only person in the United States who dramatically slid down a wall and let out a tortured “Nooooooo!!!!” after learning that American Idol will eventually cut back to one night a week midway through Season 14.
After three consecutive hump days of middling vocals, “heard it all before” backstories and not nearly enough scenes of Ryan Seacrest getting bear-hugged by jubilant families, however, I’m reconsidering my stance.
Perhaps, in a world where orange is the new black and Idris Elba could/should be the next 007, less is destined to be the new more »
Sam Smith may be nominated for two pop music Grammys, but he's not too keen on the whole pop star persona. Chatting with funk legend Chaka Khan recently for V Magazine's music issue, the "Stay With Me" singer put some of his peers on blast. The diss came about when Smith, 22, and Khan, 61, were discussing some of his biggest influences, including Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Joni Mitchell, and Etta James. "What I loved about her, which I try to do more of, is the rawness," the [...] »
17 items from 2015
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