17 items from 2015
Still surprised by Beck's shocking win for Album of the Year at the Grammys? Don't be. "This win is in the long time Grammy tradition of seeming to honor veterans who had not received such recognition from the Grammy Awards," explains Gold Derby's latest contest champ Roosevelt Stacy (RSHouston is his username) who scored the best while predicting the 2014 Grammy Awards. -Break- Grammys spark forums firestorm: Beyonce losses, Beck win, Kanye West antics Stacy, a 56-year-old social worker counselor from Houston, Texas, earned the #1 position on our Grammys leaderboard thanks to his 71% accuracy and 8,194 point score. His prize is a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a spot on Gold Derby's winners list. (See all of Stacy's predictions here. To see how you scored, click here.) Stacy continues, "Other Grammy Album of the Year recipients who were surprises were Herbie Hancock for 'River: The Joni Letters' besting Amy Winehouse..."' »
1. With four episodes already passed, it seems there is now genuine concern for the coaches' cleanliness standards - with tonight's episode the fifth of wearing the same clothes:
The Voice judges clothes must be smelling a bit...they've had the same on for weeks #TheVoice
— Kathryn (@KathrynAnne88) February 7, 2015
#TheVoice why is Rita wearing the same dress all the time?
— Francesca M-Ashley (@francescashley) February 7, 2015
Is Rita Ora ever gonna change her hair? #thevoice
— kristie (@kristie567) February »
Well, tonight's episode (February 7) of The Voice UK was very illuminating - and we're not just talking about Rita Ora learning all sorts of things from Sir Tom Jones, or will.i.am opening up about his lack of muscles. Nope - while all of that was very interesting, we also got to know which eight new acts have made it through to the blind auditions.
But who made the biggest impression? Who will we be excited to see again in the upcoming battle rounds? Read on as we assess the auditions from tonight's episode of The Voice...
1. Vikesh Champaneri
Song: 'Hometown Glory' - Adele
Team: Team Ricky (Sir Tom and Rita also turned)
Maybe it was just the song? Maybe - but we don't think so. Vikesh - a booker for posh taxis - took to the stage and completely blindsided us with his incredible take on 'Hometown Glory'. »
Join the fiery discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- Grammy races for top categories - Click here to discuss Peter Griffin: Sam Smith is not pulling an Amy Winehouse. He will most likely win 2 or 3 awards. 4 if he is lucky and embraced by voters. PoweR: I think Sam Smith is a lock for three awards: Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. I think he has a very good chance at winning Song of the Year and/or Record of the Year. Both categories almost always go hand and hand. I don't see why Sam can't pull an Amy Winehouse. He has the most momentum going into the race. I say three is the minimum and five is the max. »
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Lindsay Lohan's fighting mad at Fox News. On Feb. 2, the actress, 28, and her mother, Dina Lohan, 52, filed a defamation suit against Fox News, talk show host Sean Hannity, and TV personality Michelle Fields, nearly one year after guest commentator Fields accused the mother and daughter of "doing cocaine" together in a Feb. 4, 2014 segment about celebrities, including Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse, who both famously abused cocaine before their premature deaths. "During the show's broadcast, Ms. Field [sic] inappropriately and shockingly stated, unequivocally [...] »
It's week four of blind auditions on The Voice and the show ain't messing around - we're getting fifteen acts taking to the stage this week in a bid to win an all-important chair spin from the coaches.
And if you want to know a little bit more about those 15 hopefuls, you're in luck, because we have all their pictures, song details and info. Read on for everything you need to know before Saturday night...
1. Tim Arnold - 39, London
Song: 'Running Up That Hill' - Kate Bush
What you need to know: Tim's mum is Polly Perkins who played Rose Cotton in EastEnders - June Brown is a close family friend. Tim also had a taste of success with Britpop band Jocasta in the '90s, but they were dropped on the day their album came out (way harsh). He's still working on music and recently recorded with Gary Kemp. »
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 »
Every week, members of the Vulture staff will highlight their favorite new songs. They might be loud, quiet, long, short, dance-y, rawkin', hip, square, rap, punk, jazz, some sort of jazz-punk-rap fusion — whatever works for the given person in that given week. Read our picks below and please tell us yours in the comments. Mikal Cronin, "Made Up My Mind" Did you hear McIi, the 2013 album from bedheaded San Francisco garage-rocker/tie-dye shirt enthusiast Mikal Cronin? Well, it ruled. And if this new song, “Made Up My Mind,” and the commendably straightforward album title (McIii) are any indication, his next one will rule too. If it ain’t broke! —Lindsay Zoladz (@LindsayZoladz) Pete Doherty, “Flags of the Old Regime” Both Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse had their struggles with drugs and alcohol, but while Pete made it out alive, Amy sadly succumbed to her addiction in 2011. For Doherty’s new single, »
- Vulture Editors
Here's something you don't see every day.Frances Bean Cobain made an extremely rare red carpet appearance with her mother, Courtney Love, on Saturday night in Park City, Utah -- where the HBO documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" had its big premiere.Sporting a purple and neon yellow Moschino crop top with a matching skirt and cardigan, the daughter of the two rockers looked beyond cool as she took photos with her famous mama. By exposing her midriff, Cobain also showed off her "K" tattoo, a tribute to her late father Kurt.This is the first time the two have been photographed in public together since 2007, when they attended an event for Gianna and Donatella Versace.Frances was supposed to appear at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Nirvana back in April 2014, but was reportedly too sick to attend. Cobain and Love have had their share of ups and downs, »
- tooFab Staff
Male groups have been on a roll in the Grammys race for Best New Artist, winning the last three years in a row – Bon Iver (2011), Fun. (2012), and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (2013) – but solo men haven't fared as well. In fact only one such artist has won in the last 22 years: John Legend in 2005. 22 years is as long as British crooner Sam Smith has been alive, so while he'd normally be an underdog, he has one crucial advantage that could make him hard to beat. -Break- Will Beyonce finally add Album of the Year to her massive Grammys collection? Smith is only the 10th artist nominated in all four general-field categories in the same year: Best New Artist and Record, Album, and Song of the Year. The previous nine were: 1967 – Bobbie Gentry 1979 – Christopher Cross 1984 – Cyndi Lauper 1988 – Tracy Chapman 1990 – Mariah Carey 1997 – Paula Cole 2001 – Indie.Arie 2007 – Amy Winehouse 2 »
We're already into our third week of blind auditions! Yes, 11 more plucky hopefuls will take to the stage this weekend in an attempt to convince those coaches to turn around and add them to their teams.
If you can't quite wait until Saturday and want to know who's going to be singing their hearts out - and, in fact, what they'll be singing - then you're in luck, because we have the information and pictures right here for you...
1. Stephanie Webber - 25, Wales
Song: 'Mama's Broken Heart' - Miranda Lambert
What you need to know: Don't mess with Stephanie - she's a black belt in Korean kick-boxing. (For a day job, she works as a cleaner in a Cardiff gym.)
2. Josh McDonough - 19, Epsom
Song: 'Waves' - Mr Probz
What you need to know: Josh was a competitive swimmer but now teaches the sport to kids. Oh, and his granddad »
I mean, if soulful troubadour Hollywood Anderson — who stunned the judges (and moved J.Lo to tears) with a radio-ready original called “My Best Friend” — becomes the franchise’s next Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, any future contestant who shouts that phrase might sound more like they’re auditioning for CBS’ Stalker or another “this isn’t gonna end well” installment of 48 Hours: Mystery than Fox’s venerable singing competition.
Magnificent as Hollywood was, »
Welcome back for another night of "American Idol" auditions. We wrapped up Kansas City last night. And on Thursday (January 15)? We're off to New York City. Click through and follow along... 8:00 p.m. Little known fact: Jenny used to live on Da Block. She's wandering in her old neighborhood, by her old house, where the current resident has no clue who she is. She insists she lived there for a long time. 8:01 p.m. Adam Lambert is replacing Keith Urban for this set of auditions. He's the first contestant to sit on the judging panel and both Harry Connick Jr. and J-Lo are "excited" that he'll be joining them. J-Lo wants New York to represent. 8:02 p.m. "Hi, new friends!" Adam Lambert, wearing a blue suit, gushes, as Harry narrates his credentials and experience in case we weren't sure. Unafraid of being a walking, tough-talking stereotype is Sal Valentinetti, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Pay no attention to Jennifer Lopez’s birth certificate! The “dewdrops in the enchanted forest” freshness of her visage is all the confirmation you need that the woman who gave us “Booty” (and booty) last summer is most definitely still a teenager.
Pity the poor mortals who have to age, though. “There’s something about when they’re that young,” J.Lo mused after 16-year-old Lovey James’ perky rendition of “Break Free” (a surprising hit for decaying 21-year-old Ariana Grande). “There’s a fearlessness… the same girl at 25 that comes in here and [hasn’t] had the success is a little beaten down. »
Finally, something to brighten up our January! Celebrity Big Brother is back tonight, and we can't wait to see who's about to go into the house. Host Emma Willis has promised a stellar lineup, so we're expecting big things.
We're just getting our popcorn ready, but join us from 9pm when the show starts on Channel 5 for all the action from the glamorous Borehamwood bungalow...
23:05Right, that really is it from us - thanks for joining us!
22:58Ooh, a snippet of live footage. Perez is speaking to Katie, which is presumably straining her ability to be nice. Although they are talking about her (and her horrible fat-shaming show) so maybe not...
22:56But for now, that's your lot! Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side is coming up if you want even more house action, but we'll be saying bye on this blog for now. Thanks for joining us, »
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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