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It's here, "American Idol" fans. The live finale when we find out who is crowed the Season 12 winner, Candice Glover or Kree Harrison. Based on the comments last night on our recap of the performances, people seem to think Candice has this one in the bag.
However, there have been a lot of seasons when the better "singer" didn't win, so we think it could go either way. Really, the show can't go wrong with either lady. But we'll be here for the two-hour spectacular, which should feature some great performances along the way to finding out who is the next American Idol.
Join us for our live blog starting at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. All times Eastern.
Lady Antebellum makes it three on top of the Billboard 200, as “Golden” debuts at No. 1 with 167,000 copies. The country band’s last “Own the Night” (2011) and “Need You Now” also bowed in the penthouse, with 347,000 and 480,000, respectively. The soundtrack to “The Great Gatsby” is next at No. 2, moving 137,000 in its first week; it contains new songs from artists like Jay-z, Beyonce and Lana Del Rey. The last film soundtrack to sell more than that in a week was “The Hunger Games” when it debuted last year at No. 1 with 175,000. The “Now 46” »
- Katie Hasty
Country trio Lady Antebellum earns its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as its new Golden debuts with 167,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album sold slightly better than initially forecast: A week ago, industry sources suggested that Golden was to move around 150,000 copies. But the album performed well over the weekend, thus granting it a more robust debut. Blame Mother's Day gift shopping for some of that sales bump, as the holiday fell on the final day of the tracking week, Sunday, May 12. Golden follows Lady Antebellum's previous No. 1s Own
- Keith Caulfield, Billboard
On Tuesday, Conan O'Brien introduced "Comedy For DVRs," a segment that is basically a little Easter egg for all of us who do nothing for his Nielson ratings (yet).
The only way to enjoy the joke, you see, is to pause... and pause... and pause.
This inaugural gag was called "Rejected Game Of Thrones" characters and, like SNL's "Fox & Friends" corrections, it's a long list that flies by way too fast to read. Fortunately, we had nothing better to do than painstakingly transcribe the full list, and we're here to tell you, it was worth it.
Watch the clip above, then check out the rejected names below and let us know which are your favorites. Personally, we're holding out hope that one day "Lady Sideboob Of Huffington" and "K.D. Langister" turn up on GoT.
Abracadabra Jones Al Pacino But Not The One You’re Thinking Of Alabama Shakespeare Alexandarth The Lion-Groined Alexandreamandalice, »
- Carol Hartsell
The Voice is down to the Top 10 performers! Catch the below highlights from last night.s Live Results before next week.s Live Top 10 Performances. The Voice: Facebook: www.facebook.com/NBCTheVoice Twitter: www.twitter.com/NBCTheVoice #TheVoice Google+: https://plus.google.com/+TheVoice/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/nbcthevoice Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/nbcthevoice/ Tumblr: http://nbcthevoice.tumblr.com/ Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I.: "Blurred Lines" A powerhouse trio comes together on The Voice stage to perform their hit, "Blurred Lines." Team Blake: "Play Something" Blake leads his team of Danielle Bradbery, Holly Tucker and The Swon Brothers on a rollicking "Play Something." Lady Antebellum: "Goodbye Town" The country superstars pull out the stops on their "Goodbye Town." Team Adam: "Lovesong" Amber Carrington, Sarah Simmons and Judith Hill join their coach, Adam Levine, for "Lovesong." »
- April Neale
Although all 12 artists rocked the stage on Monday night, two still had to go home on The Voice on May 14. While some teams rocked out on stage together, others had to say their goodbyes. So, who made it to the next round and who went home?
Hottest Performances Of The Night
The night began with tons of amazing performances.
Robin Thicke was joined on stage by T.I. and Team Usher‘s mentor Pharrell took the stage to perform their new collaboration “Blurred Lines.” Kris Thomas from Shakira‘s team and Vedo from Usher’s team also joined in!
- Emily Longeretta
“So…we have exactly three minutes till a freight train comes bearing down on your fragile frame,” he’ll say with a placid grin. “Before I untie you, let me ask a couple of questions about your journey to this precarious point in time, as well as your hopes and dreams for the future.”
- Michael Slezak
This week, the choice was up to America and the judges could no longer save their team members. With Garrett and Vedo eliminated, newbie "Voice" coaches Shakira and Usher are down a competitor. Veteran "Voice" coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton both have three contestants still in the running.
Kris Thomas from Team Shakira was the first contestant to join the Top 10, then the Swon Brothers from Team Blake, Sarah Simmons from Team Adam, Josiah Hawley from Team Usher, Judith Hill from Team Adam, Danielle Bradbery from Team Blake, Michelle Chamuel from Team Usher, Amber Carrington from Team Adam, Holly Tucker from Team Blake and Sasha Allen from Team Shakira.
Before it was time for Garrett and Vedo to bid farewell to "The Voice," there were some impressive performances. »
- Jaimie Etkin
Need you now, indeed. On Monday's Chelsea Lately, Lady Antebellum was asked how the band members met to form one of country music's hottest groups. Charles Kelley recalled how he and Hillary Scott were at a bar in Nashville, Tenn., when Scott "walked up to me and said she had heard some of my music randomly online and said, 'I really like your voice.' And I said, 'Let's get together and write some songs,' which is a pretty typical Nashville pickup line." Kelley added, "She came over about a week later and we started writing and formed a band [along with Dave Haywood] about a month or two later." When it came up later that Scott had been rejected not once, »
Lady Antebellum, whose new album, “Golden,” is a lock to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, unveiled a video for the album’s second single, “Goodbye Town,” today. [More after the jump...] In sharp contrast to the goofy, fun clip for the album’s first single, “Downtown,” the video for mid-tempo ballad “Goodbye Town” is covered in sad, as Charles Kelley revisits his hometown where his first love said goodbye. The video features vignettes of a young Kelley with his high school love (or so we assume since they are canoodling under the bleachers), a current-day Kelley walking the »
Lady Antebellum will land its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week as the country trio’s fourth set, “Golden,” has a commanding lead over the soundtrack to “The Great Gatsby” for the top spot. “Golden” is poised to sell up to 155,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double, while the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel will move around 95,000 units. They are joined by three other newcomers: “Now That’s What I Call Music 46” will likely be at No. 4, while Miranda Lambert’s side project, Pistol Annies’ “Annie Up,” will be at »
New York (AP) — Even though a cowboy hat sighting on Fifth Avenue is still pretty rare, country music has made an important move into New York City. Country has its own radio station in the nation's largest market for the first time in 17 years. Wnsh-fm, which calls itself "Nash 94.7," began broadcasting in January and its operators say it has established itself more quickly than expected during its first few months on the air. For country musicians, the news gets a big yee-haw. "I feel proud for country music," said Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum. "It shows that you »
- David Bauder (AP)
Nashville, Tenn. — Lady Antebellum's last album "Own the Night" opened on top of the charts, spawned two No. 1 hits and has sold more than 1.8 million copies.
By any measure the Grammy-winning trio's follow-up to its life-changing hit "Need You Now" was a success – except one: How the trio feels about it looking back. The difference between that record and Lady A's new release, "Golden," is profound and reflects a new self-awareness for Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley.
"We're happier with this record," Kelley said. "I think we're a lot more proud of it. We had more time. We had an album to separate us from ... "
"The craziness," Scott said.
"... the craziness and pressure that `Need You Now' kind of put on us going into that third record. It was there and now we feel just a little more confident about where we are."
Enter "Golden," a laidback »
Enter now for your chance to win an autographed copy of Lady Antebellum's new album 'Golden' which is available now. Platinum selling country pop group Lady Antebellum have released their new album, Golden, out today and available on iTunes. Golden is the band's fourth studio album, and features the chart topping, "Downtown," which is currently #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. “Golden depicts a kind of a special time for us in our career,” says member Dave Haywood. “I personally feel so humbled that we can still be making records that people are excited to hear. We’re in a really valuable, golden time.” The group are thanking fans with a 'Golden Ticket' sweepstakes, including a grand prize trip to Nashville on a private jet for the Cma Awards. More info is available on the »
- Keven Skinner
On night two of the live playoffs on "The Voice" on Tuesday (May 7), it was performance night for Shakira and Blake Shelton's teams. That also meant it was time for Shakira and Shelton to team up for their first duet together since Shakira joined the show as a coach this season.
Of course, Shelton made sure he didn't have to do anything too far out of his wheelhouse, with the two pairing up on Lady Antebellum's hit "Need You Know." The country star was dependably good, but the surprise of the performance was how well Shakira held her own. Her unique vocal quality doesn't lend itself to all genres of music, but she sounded right at home on the scorching ballad.
It's night two of the live playoffs on Season 4 of "The Voice," with reigning champ Blake Shelton and newbie coach Shakira's teams taking the stage to prove they deserve the shot to make it to the Top 12. With Adam Levine and Usher's teams taking the night off after a rousing night one, which of tonight's singers will rise to the occasion and which will crumble under the pressure?
Shakira is so cute with her nerves: "All my fingernails are going to be gone tonight."
Blake taking his team out to karaoke to get them ready for their first live performance is hysterical. It's quite in line with Blake's whole goofball persona. All those country kiddos singing "We Are Family" was cute.
Tonight was all about Team Blake and Team Shakira! When Blake’s country duo The Swon Brothers performed a country classic and Usher didn’t understand, he related it to one thing he does understand — sex.
Holly Tucker was the first to perform from Blake’s all-country team, and he started off their practice by telling her she does belong and that she is beautiful, helping to raise her faltering confidence. It must have worked, because she nailed “How Do I Live,” earning a standing ovation from her coach.
If she didn’t have the confidence before, she should now! After performing, Adam Levine told her about ten times how beautiful she was. »
- Emily Longeretta
Part of Lady Antebellum’s broad appeal is that the trio rocks just enough to be embraced by mainstream pop fans and yet the group is country enough, with the obligatory mandolins and banjo, to fit solidly into the country format. The co-ed ban balances the two adroitly again on “Golden,” its fourth studio album. For “Golden,” out today, the Grammy-winning group said they wanted to stretch out and throw away any formula. However, other than the spunky first single, “Downtown” and the driving, Byrds-like “Better Off Now (That You’re Gone)” —two of six songs on the album written by outside songwriters— »
The full list of nominees for the 2013 Cmt Music Awards has been released, and it's jam-packed with the biggest names in country music. The show gives out awards for country music videos by groups, male and female vocalists, duos and recorded performances.
Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church share the distinction of having the most nominations with four each. Other heavy-hitters like Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood also garnered nominations.
Actress Kristen Bell and singer Jason Aldean have been announced as the show's hosts. Aldean will be pulling double-duty, as he's also nominated for three awards, Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.
Voting for the awards is done by fans through Cmt's website. The Cmt Music Awards broadcast live June 5. Performers for the show have yet to be announced.
The full list of nomines is below: »
Lady Antebellum, "Golden" (Emi Nashville)
After pulling out the stops with the heavily orchestrated grandeur of 2011's platinum-selling album "Own The Night," Lady Antebellum heads in the opposite direction with the stripped-down sound of "Golden."
The country vocal trio hinted at its new direction with the sparse, soul-strutting groove of "Downtown," one of the spring's most engaging country hits. As usual, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood deal with the complexities of modern relationships – in this case, a woman asking why her man doesn't take her out for a fun night on the town, like he once did.
The bare-bones arrangements also work well on the emotionally moving "It Ain't Pretty," about a woman living out her heartbreak in public, and on the roots-rocking "Better Off Now (That You're Gone)," which is reminiscent of classic Tom Petty.
The album occasionally recalls past successes: "Long Teenage Goodbye" has the sunny »
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