Music is not brain surgery. At least that’s Adam Levine’s point of view. Levine, who is one of the coaches on NBC’s “The Voice,” along with the very successful frontman of the band Maroon 5, says his best advice to contestants is that if you’re thinking about it, you’re overthinking it! (Click on the media bar below to hear Adam Levine)
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC
Although it didn’t really deliver on its promise in its later years, American Idol definitely made good on its subtitle — “The Search for a Superstar” — in its early days. Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Carrie Underwood were all among the show’s discoveries, and Underwood doesn’t think she could have made it as a singer any other way. (Click on the media bar below to hear Carrie Underwood)
With a new network and new judges, will American Idol recapture the magic and find another superstar? New episodes air Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
Believe it or not, it’s been 10 years since Lady Gaga broke onto the pop music scene with Just Dance. Released on April 8, 2008, the song was far from being an overnight success — it didn’t hit the Top 40 chart until Halloween, more than half a year later! Once it caught on, though, it caught fire, and in January 2009, it became the first of Gaga’s seven No, 1 hits on the American airplay charts. Looking back at the song after a decade, Gaga told us how Just Dance came into existence. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lady Gaga)
Since its release a decade ago, Just Dance has been certified eight-times Platinum and sold more than 7 million digital copies in the United States alone. Later this year, Gaga will star in the new remake of A Star is Born, which will feature new music from her, as well.
For the contestants, American Idol is a journey. But it’s also a journey for the judges — a journey back in time. When we spoke to Idol judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, they told us how watching these performers chase their dreams takes them back to a time in their lives when they were struggling to find success in a difficult, demanding industry. And while they’re doing their best to give a piece of themselves to the contestants, they admit they’re also getting something very valuable in return. (Click on the media bar below to hear Katy Perry & Lionel Richie)
American Idol, which also features country star Luke Bryan at the judges’ table, airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8/7c.
With four platinum albums under his belt, new American Idol judge Luke Bryan is a true country superstar. Since breaking onto the Nashville scene with the Top 5 single All My Friends Say in 2007, he’s racked up 19 No. 1 hit singles. His road to success was a long one, filled with a lot of dramatic twists and turns. So, looking back, he says he would have been thrilled if he’d been able to win his way to stardom on American Idol. (Click on the media bar below to hear Luke Bryan)
Bryan, along with Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, are looking for a new superstar on American Idol, airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
Garbage has announced that the 20th anniversary reissue of their sophomore album Version 2.0 is set for a June 22 release. The collection will feature 10 B-sides from that era.
“Version 2.0 is in my opinion the quintessential Garbage record,” said singer Shirley Manson who was honored with NME’s ‘Icon’ award in February. “We are all very grateful to the millions of people who took it to their hearts at the time it was released and to those who continue to love on it still.”
Released in May 1998, the album received four Grammy nominations including Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. Hits from Version 2.0 include “Push It,” “I Think I’m Paranoid,” and “Special.” In support of the album, the outfit will play a series of dates starting September 4 at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. A complete list of dates will be released in the coming weeks. For further details on their performances and the album, check out the band’s official site.