5 items from 2015
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 [...] »
5 items from 2015
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