Facebook

Twitter

iTunes

RSS

HEAR THIS HOUR'S UPDATE

Tuesday
Mar032015

Britney Spears' Hair Falls Out During Vegas Performance 

Denise TruscelloTalk about a bad hair day! Britney Spears lost a piece of her blonde hair extensions during her Las Vegas residency show Friday night.

The pop diva’s weave fell out as she performed “Do Something” and the embarrassing gaffe was caught on video.  But like a true professional, Britney kept right on dancing.

Britney began her Vegas Piece of Me show in December 2013 and has been performing three nights a week ever since. With that many performances, perhaps snafus like this are bound to happen.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Modest Mouse Announces Tour 

Image Courtesy of Epic RecordsModest Mouse has revealed tour details in support of their forthcoming album, Strangers to Ourselves. Following their headlining set at the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, Florida, the tour will begin March 9 in Athens, GA, and run through July 23 in Boston, after which Modest Mouse will play Canada's HomeAway Music and Arts Festival.

In addition to the tour announcement, Modest Mouse has also debuted "Of Course We Know," another new track from Strangers to Ourselves. You can listen to "Of Course We Know" streaming now on Vevo.

Strangers to Ourselves, Modest Mouse's first album in eight years, will be released on March 17.

Here are all of Modest Mouse's tour dates:

3/7 -- Tampa, FL, Gasparilla Music Festival
3/9 -- Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre
3/10 -- Chattanooga, TN, Track 29
3/12 -- Charleston, SC, North Charleston PAC
3/13 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
3/18 -- New York, NY, Webster Hall
3/19 -- New York, NY, Webster Hall
4/17 -- Buffalo, NY, Asbury Hall at Babeville
4/19 -- Ithaca, NY, Barton Hall at Cornell University
4/20 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
4/22 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall
4/24 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
4/25 -- Frisco, TX, Toyota Stadium
5/23 -- George, WA, Sasquatch! Music Festival
6/19 -- Dover, DE, Firefly Music Festival
6/26 -- Odense, DK, Tinderbox Festival
6/30 -- Berlin, DE, Huxleys
7/1 -- Gdynia, PL, Open’er Festival
7/5 -- Birmingham, UK, The Institute
7/7 -- Manchester, UK, The Ritz
7/8 -- Leeds, UK, O2 Academy
7/9 -- Newcastle, UK, O2 Academy
7/12 -- Kinross, UK, T in the Park
7/19 -- Louisville, KY, Forecastle Festival
7/22 -- Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Bark Bandshell
7/23 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/25 -- Oro-Medonte, ON, WayHome Music and Arts Festival


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Gary Allan Taps into His Rockabilly Past for New Single, "Hangover Tonight"

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleGary Allan's new single, "Hangover Tonight," finds him exploring a '50s and '60s-inspired sound, which is a very comfortable place for the singer. Gary tapped into his own musical history to co-write the song with Chris Stapleton and two other young Nashville hitmakers.

Gary says, "I was in rockabilly bands my whole life, and to me it was just a throwback to my youth writing with these guys.  It was a lot of fun.”

"Hangover Tonight" is the lead single from Gary's new studio album, due out later this year.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Carly Rae Jepsen Talks New Single "I Really Like You," Tom Hanks Video Cameo 

Matthew WelchThere's no "maybe" about it: Carly Rae Jepsen is back, with a brand new, super-catchy single, "I Really Like You."  She debuted the tune on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, and she'll perform it again on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 5.  But why was it the perfect song to launch her return to the spotlight? "I liked the joy in it," Carly tells ABC Radio.

The song, with its repetitive chorus, captures that special moment when "like" it just about to become "love."  "I think everyone has been in that place where it’s...you’re not quite ready to call it love, but it’s so much more than like," Carly says. "And you really, really, really like them." 

"There are six 'reallys' [in the chorus],'” she laughs. "'I really like' you times six is one more before love, I figure. Seven gets a little overkill. Six [is] just, just [the] tipping point!"

"It sort of chose itself," Carly says, explaining why it's her first single. "It’s sort of one of those things: you go into the studio, you write handfuls of music and you just kind of come out and show everyone, show friends, show family, show label mates. And this song really raised its hand."

She adds, "It was that song that people could sing right away back to you, and I think coming from such a big break, we wanted to come back with something strong. And I liked the joy in it. I think that that was sort of a good start too." 

"I Really Like You" has a very retro-'80s sound, and Carly says that was sort of her blueprint when it comes to her upcoming album.  "The whole heart and soul of the album is very throwback with, like, a new twist to it," she explains.

Carly co-wrote "I Really Like You" with Peter Svensson from '90s alt-pop band The Cardigans, best known for their super-catchy hit "Lovefool."  Some of her other collaborators on the new album -- with whom she worked in New York City -- include Jack Antonoff of fun.; Canadian pop duo Tegan & Sara; Greg Kurstin, who's worked with Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Sia; and super-producer Max Martin.

"I think the rest of the record will be more of a surprise," she tells ABC Radio. "I think this particular song is a bridge to that and I think that having time in New York was really the reason behind that sort of change in feel and that decision to go pure '80s and to kind of experiment."

The video for "I Really Like You" will premiere in the coming days, and it features a special guest star: Tom Hanks.  Carly explains what the Oscar-winning actor is doing in the clip.

"It’s sort of the day in the life of Tom Hanks. It’s sort of a video inside of a video," she tells ABC Radio. "He’s on his way to my music video -- to participate and just be awesome -- and he just sort of wakes up singing the song. And he’s getting ready for it, and practicing his dance moves and gargling…I don’t know, all the usual, amazing little day-to-day things that make him so awesome!"


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Rascal Flatts' special guest on the hit song, "Easy"? ANSWER: Natasha Bedingfield.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction to Debut on HBO on May 30

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + MuseumWe already knew that the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall, but we now know when and where fans will be able to watch the big event on television.  The show will premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

As previously reported, the latest crop of inductees includes Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day and The "5" Royales.

2015 will mark the fourth straight year that HBO has presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and the network has just signed an agreement to continue covering the event for three more years.

Meanwhile, although tickets to the April 18 ceremony are sold out, the event will be simulcast on a number of giant screens throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  Tickets for the simulcast are available now for $24.50 at Tickets.RockHall.com.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction to Debut on HBO on May 30

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + MuseumWe already knew that the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall, but we now know when and where fans will be able to watch the big event on television.  The show will premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

As previously reported, the latest crop of inductees includes Ringo Starr, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Green Day, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers and The "5" Royales.

2015 will mark the fourth straight year that HBO has presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and the network has just signed an agreement to continue covering the event for three more years.

Meanwhile, although tickets to the April 18 ceremony are sold out, the event will be simulcast on a number of giant screens throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  Tickets for the simulcast are available now for $24.50 at Tickets.RockHall.com.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Robert Plant Releasing Limited-Edition Vinyl EP, "More Roar," on Record Store Day

Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsThis year's Record Store Day is fast approaching, and Robert Plant is among the artists who will be releasing limited-edition vinyl discs as part of the promotion, which takes place on Friday, April 18.

The Led Zeppelin singer will release More Roar, a 10-inch EP featuring live performances recorded during his 2014 tour with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters.  Side A of the record includes renditions of "Turn It Up" and "Arbaden," songs that appear on Robert's latest solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar.  Side B features a medley that combines another Lullaby tune, "Poor Howard," and the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love."  Only 10,000 copies of More Roar will be available.

A full list of Record Store Day releases will be unveiled on March 10.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Robert Plant Releasing Limited-Edition Vinyl EP, "More Roar," on Record Store Day

Nonesuch/Warner Bros. RecordsThis year's Record Store Day is fast approaching, and Robert Plant is among the artists who will be releasing limited-edition vinyl discs as part of the promotion, which takes place on Friday, April 18.

The Led Zeppelin singer will release More Roar, a 10-inch EP featuring live performances recorded during his 2014 tour with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters.  Side A of the record includes renditions of "Turn It Up" and "Arbaden," songs that appear on Robert's latest solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar.  Side B features a medley that combines another Lullaby tune, "Poor Howard," and the Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta Love."  Only 10,000 copies of More Roar will be available.

Other artists who have just confirmed that they will be issuing special discs for the 2015 Record Store Day campaign include The Flaming Lips, Stone Sour, Tegan and Sara and The Used.

Stone Sour's contribution will be a covers EP titled Meanwhile in Burbank… that features the band's take on songs by Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Metallica, KISS and Judas Priest.

A full list of Record Store Day releases will be unveiled on March 10.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

K. Michelle Reveals Which Artists Are on Her Playlist

Image Courtesy JimmyFontaine/AtlanticK. Michelle prides herself on being a fan of all kinds of music. As she continues her My Twisted Mind Tour this week, the R&B singer she tells USA Today which artists she's been listening to while on the road.

Her playlist ranges from her "favorite artist" Anita Baker to French electronic trio Telepopmusik, but Michelle reveals that she's a big fan of Sam Smith's "I've Told You Now."

"Such a great song. Sam makes you really feel the words in his music. This is one of the songs I sing at the top of my lungs," she says.

Another record that Michelle enjoys is Emeli Sandé's "Daddy" featuring Naughty Boy. "I love songs that tell a story. It's like a motion picture but instead of seeing it, you are hearing it," she says.

The singer also enjoys Majid Jordan, who recently guest featured on Drake's "Hold On (We're Going Home)," as well as newcomer Vic Mensa's "Down on My Luck," a song that she listens to in the morning to get her day started.

K. Michelle's My Twisted Mind Tour concludes at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on March 12.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Garbage Schedules 20th Anniversary Shows

A&E RecordsGarbage will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album with two special concerts this November in Paris and London. The Paris show will take place November 7 at Le Zénith, and the London performance will be held November 8 at O2 Academy Brixton.

Garbage the album, released in 1995, featured the hit single "Stupid Girl," which garnered Garbage two nominations at the 1997 Grammy Awards: Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. They also received a nomination for Best New Band.

In other Garbage and Grammy happenings, frontwoman Shirley Manson criticized rapper Kanye West for his near-interruption of Beck when he was awarded Album of the Year at this year's ceremony. In a Facebook post Manson wrote, "It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry. You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK."

Tickets to the 20th anniversary Garbage shows, officially dubbed 20 Years Queer, will go on sale March 6 via Garbage.com.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Paul McCartney Appears on "All Day," Another New Song by Kanye West

PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsPaul McCartney's collaborative relationship with Kanye West continues to be a fruitful one, as the ex-Beatle is featured on yet another song with the rap star.  McCartney sings and whistles on "All Day," West's latest single, which was released on Monday night via iTunes.

The track, which also features a vocal from Theophilus London and a rap from U.K. artist Allan Kingdom, will appear on Kanye's upcoming album, So Help Me God.  The release of the five-minute-long studio version of "All Day" follows West's live performance of the tune at last week's BRIT Awards 2015.

As Rolling Stone notes, the whistling segment McCartney does on "All Day" appears to share the same melody of an unreleased song he wrote back in 1969 that was inspired by a painting of a guitarist by Pablo Picasso.

McCartney also contributed to Kanye's recent ballad, "Only One," on which Sir Paul played keyboards, and the two stars were featured on Rihanna's hit single "FourFiveSeconds."  The latter tune gave McCartney his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 29 years.

A release date for West's album has not been revealed.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Carrie Underwood Welcomes Baby Boy, Isaiah Michael Fisher

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/SonyCongratulations to Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, on the birth of their son, Isaiah Michael Fisher, February 27.

Carrie made the announcement on Instagram, posting a picture of the baby's tiny hand. The caption reads, "Tiny hands and tiny feet…God has blessed us with an amazing gift!"

She adds, "Welcome to the world, sweet angel."

Carrie and Mike were married in 2010. This is their first child.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

My Morning Jacket Announce New Album, "The Waterfall"; Tour Dates 

ATO Records/Capitol RecordsMay 4 looks to be a stacked day for album releases. Following Monday's announcement that Mumford & Sons will release their new album, Wilder Mind, on May 4, My Morning Jacket has revealed they, too, will release their new record on the first Monday of May. Entitled The Waterfall, MMJ's new release will be their first full-length album since 2011's Circuital. The first single from The Waterfall, "Big Decisions," is streaming now on Vevo.

MMJ recorded The Waterfall while staying at Stinson Beach in Northern California.  "For me, every record has the spirit of where we made it," says frontman Jim James in a statement. "Stinson Beach was so psychedelic and focused. It was almost like we lived on our own little moon out there. It feels like you're up in the sky."

Along with the album announcement, MMJ also revealed their touring plans in support of The Waterfall. The band's North American tour will begin May 15 in Athens, Georgia and run through August 14 at Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado. Following their North American stint, MMJ will hit Europe, concluding with an appearance at the inaugural Lollapaolooza Berlin in September. The MMJ fan club pre-sale will happen March 9, with general on sale beginning on March 13. Visit MyMorningJacket.com for all ticket info.

Here's the track list for The Waterfall:

"Believe (Nobody Knows)"
"Compound Fracture"
"Like a River"
"In Its Infancy (The Waterfall)"
"Get the Point"
"Spring (Among the Living)"
"Thin Line"
"Big Decisions"
"Tropics (Erase Traces)"
"Only Memories Remain"

Here are My Morning Jacket's tour dates:

5/15 -- Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre
5/16 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
5/17 -- Gulf Shores, AL, Hangout Festival
5/23 -- Boston, MA, Boston Calling Festival
6/3 -- Cleaveland, OH, State Theatre
6/4 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
6/5 -- New York, NY, Governors Ball Music Festival
6/7 -- Toront, ON, Field Trip Festival
6/9 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
6/10 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
6/11 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
6/12-14 -- Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/16 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore in Detroit, MI 
6/17 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore in Detroit, MI 
6/19 -- Waverly, IA, Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
6/20 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 
6/23 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre
6/24 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre
6/26 -- Minneapolis, MN, Northrup Auditorium  
6/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Northrup Auditorium  
7/17-19 -- Louisville, KY, Forecastle Festival
7/21 -- Charlottesville, VA, nTelos Wireless Pavilion 
7/22 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark Series
7/26 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/28 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheatre 
7/29 -- Charlotte, NC, Uptown Amphitheatre
7/31 -- New Orleans, LA, Champions Square 
8/1 -- St. Augustine, FL, Amphitheatre 
8/3 -- Miami, FL, The Fillmore
8/4 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live 
8/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
8/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
8/10 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Concert Hall
8/12 -- St. Louis, The Peabody Opera House 
8/13 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre 
8/14 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/28-30 -- Paris, FR, Rock en Seine Festival
9/1 -- Antwerp, BE, Rivierenhof Amphitheatre
9/2 -- Koln, DE, Gloria
9/4 -- Dublin, IE, Electric Picnic Festival
9/5 -- Larmer Tree Gardens, UK, End of the Road Festival
9/6 -- Manchester, UK, The Ritz
9/8 -- London, UK, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
9/10 -- Amsterdam, NL, Paradiso
9/12 -- Groningen, NL, Take Root Festival
9/13 -- Berlin, DE, Lollapalooza Berlin


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Kelly Clarkson Announces 36-City Piece by Piece Tour

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson's new album, Piece by Piece, is in stores today -- and starting in July, Kelly will be on the road. 

The singer announced her Piece by Piece Tour 2015 Tuesday morning on ABC's Good Morning America. The 36-date outing begins July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania and wraps up September 20 in Camden, New Jersey.  Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson will open for Kelly on select dates.

If you're a member of Kelly's free online fan club, you'll get an early crack at the tickets, which go on sale to the general public March 14. You can find out more about Kelly's fan club at KellyClarkson.com.  Citi cardmembers also get early access, beginning March 10. 

Here are Kelly's Piece by Piece Tour dates:

7/11 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
7/12 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/14 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/16 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
7/17 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
7/19 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
7/21 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/25 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/26 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/28 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/30 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/1 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
8/2 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/4 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
8/6 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
8/8 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/10 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
8/12 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
8/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
8/16 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
8/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
8/21 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
8/23 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
8/29 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
8/30 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/1 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/3 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
9/5 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
9/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9/12 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts
9/13 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts
9/15 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/17 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
9/19 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
9/20 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tuesday
Mar032015

Kelly Clarkson's Already Designed Baby-Friendly Bus for Summer Tour 

RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson's new album Piece by Piece arrives today, and fans will be happy to hear that she'll be following that up with a world tour.  Her eight-month-old daughter River is coming along with her, of course -- in a custom-designed, kid-friendly tour bus.

Speaking to Billboard, Kelly says, "I already designed my bus -- my bus is already ready, and we have a whole crib on there, a whole kids section for our other two kids. So we're ready for the tour, which is starting this summer, and then we go to the rest of the world after America."  Kelly's "other two kids" are a boy and a girl from her husband Brandon Blackstock's first marriage.

She adds, "I don't think being a mom needs to slow you down. If anything, it just makes you more productive."

Kelly does reveal, though, that she has the help of an "amazing" nanny named Allie, who, she says, "makes it possible for me to be a working mom that gets to stay involved in my child's life."

Kelly appears on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

 

Tuesday
Mar032015

Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon Perform "History of Duets" During "Tonight Show" Appearance

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCKelly Clarkson visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday to plug her new album, Piece by Piece, but she ended up singing a lot more than just one song from the disc.

Fallon noted the recent report in which Clarkson reportedly told BBC Radio she had a problem getting other artists to perform duets with her. Clarkson later tweeted that she was joking.

Nonetheless, Fallon responded by telling the audience he'd love to do a duet with Kelly. She then joined him for a "History of Duets," in which the two performed a medley of the greatest duets of all time, including Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe," Elton John and Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers' "Islands in the Stream."

Later in the show, Clarkson performed "Heartbeat Song," a track off her new album.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Tuesday
Mar032015

"The Voice" Recap: 52-Year-Old Former Chef Becomes This Season’s Oldest Contestant

Trae Patton/NBCThe blind auditions continued on NBC's The Voice Tuesday night. Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams once again sat in their rotating chairs as they listened to more singers and continued to build their teams.

Tuesday’s show included the competition’s oldest contestant so far this season, a 52-year-old former executive chef at the famed Improv comedy club in Los Angeles.

At the conclusion of Tuesday's blind auditions, Blake added three more artists to his team, for a total of seven. Pharrell added three more, bringing his total to eight. Christina tacked on two more artists, bringing the total number of members on her team to seven. Adam picked up five more artists, for a total of eight.

In a lighthearted moment, Adam pretended to deliver a blind audition by singing Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." He got all three coaches to turn their chairs around. He selected Christina.  Blake joked that the only reason he turned his chair around was because he "wanted to see what the freak looked like."

Here are the highlights of Tuesday's blind auditions:

Kentucky native, Kelsie May, a 15-year-old with a throwback sound, noted that she lost one of her friends to cancer. She credits watching his brave battle as her inspiration to pursue her dream of being a country singer. She got Blake, Pharrell and Christina to turn their chairs with her version of Loretta Lynn’s “You’re Lookin’ at Country.” Christina had started singing at the age of seven and she used that experience to try and get the young singer. Pharrell called Kelsie special because she was already so clear on what direction she wanted to take with her music. Blake, predictably, dropped names of The Voice winners he’s coached to victory, including last year’s champ, Craig Wayne Boyd. Kelsie made the obvious choice and went with Blake.

Kimberly Nichole earned the nickname “The Rock Ballerina" for her custom-made tutus. After putting her singing career on the back burner to pursue a career in the fashion industry, she returned to music, landing a hosting gig at a trendy New York City club. She belted out Ike and Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits" and convinced Blake and Pharrell to push their buttons. Pharrell said he felt her soul when she sang, adding her voice was “amazing.” Blake, at a loss for a strong pitch to counter Pharrell’s, noted he’s “not a soul singer,” but “has a soul,” and that he loved her. It wasn’t enough, as Pharrell nabbed Kimberly for his team.

Next up, was Fargo, North Dakota, native, Michael Leier, singing Pearl Jam’s version of the J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers’ classic, “Last Kiss.” Blake and Adam turned their chairs, leading to a “charm fest” starting with Adam, who noted that even though Leier was influenced by Pearl Jam’s lead singer Eddie Vedder, he added his own touch to the song. Blake answered by saying Levine’s pitch seemed to be more about Vedder than Michael. It was futile, as Michael picked Adam. Michael admitted later that before the audition, he was hoping to land on Adam’s team.

Travis Ewing is a professional one-man band from Lafayette, Louisiana. His love of music started in the seventh grade when a teacher helped him overcome his shyness and encouraged him to sing. The teacher then surprised Travis with a taped message to cheer him on. Travis sang Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” and immediately got Christina to turn her chair around. Blake and Pharrell eventually followed suit. Aguilera loved the “silkiness” and “texture” of Ewing’s voice, as well as his arrangement of the song, noting it was “outside the box.” Shelton fired back that he had a good track record coaching non-country artists. Pharrell told Travis that he would be a fan, as well as a mentor and would love a shot at “mixing it up.” Ewing chose Team Pharrell.

Sonic, 23, got a record deal when she was 14 years old, but it never panned out for the San Francisco native. She also revealed that she’s deaf in one ear, but refused to let that become a disability. Her version of Sam Smith’s “Money on My Mind” convinced Aguilera and Levine to push their buttons, even though both acknowledged that the performance “fell apart” somewhere in the middle. However, Adam noted that Sonic recovered quickly and hit some difficult notes. Christina applauded Sonic for taking on a “huge challenge” with the song. Sonic elected to join Christina’s team.

Taking the stage next was 18-year-old Jacob Rummell, who’s been singing his entire life. He’d love to pursue it as a career, but admits he “doesn’t know what [he’s] doing.” Learning from a coach, he adds, would be “an amazing opportunity.” Rummell tackled Bruno Mars’ “Count on Me” and got Levine and Shelton to turn their chairs around. Blake confessed he thought Jacob was a girl before he turned his chair, and added that that's what he likes about the show the most. Adam argued that he had more in common musically with Jacob and compared him to a young Michael Jackson. Rummell surprised all the judges by choosing Shelton.

Barry Minniefield, 52, was an executive chef at the Improv comedy club in Los Angeles who eventually opened up his own catering company called No Laughing Matter. Barry said he became chummy with some of the comedians at the club, and counts Jay Leno among his famous friends. Leno even sent Barry a taped message to wish him good luck. Barry eventually retired from cooking to pursue music. His version of Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones” got Adam to turn his chair around at the last second. He joins Team Adam.

The final act of the night was Brooklyn, New York, native and current UCLA music student India Carney, who took on Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” She got all four coaches to turn their chairs around and received a standing ovation from all of them. An intense battle between the coaches began with Christina noting she needed to have the singer on her team because Carney is a “vocal beast.” Shelton said he fell in love with India’s voice and was a fan, as well as a potential coach. Pharrell begged Carney to join his team, and vowed to try and steal her away from whoever did wind up with her. Adam, noting that even though his team was nearly full, he had to push his button for her Carney, adding, she was “going to the end of this thing and I want to be on that train." India picked Christina.

The blind auditions on The Voice will continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Tuesday
Mar032015

Kix Brooks Honored with First-Ever CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRKix Brooks was honored with the CMA Foundation's first-ever Humanitarian Award Monday night in Nashville. The two-hour gala was held at City Winery with Kix's pal Reba leading the toast in his honor. Chris Young was also in the crowd to honor Kix for his work in growing the CMA Music Festival into a big fundraiser for school music education programs. He spearheaded those changes when he joined the CMA Board of Directors in 1998.

Kix was also recognized for his work on behalf of Nashville's Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Next up for Kix, he's kicking off a run of shows with Reba as one-half of Brooks & Dunn at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting this June.


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

 

Tuesday
Mar032015

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Mickey Guyton will make her national TV debut on ABC's Good Morning America Friday singing her debut single, "Better than You Left Me."

Rascal Flatts will perform the national anthem at the NASCAR race taking place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 8.

George Strait and his Ace in the Hole band played their first gig at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. Kent Finlay owned the club and served as a mentor to George and many other aspiring singer/songwriters. Finlay died Monday, and George issued a statement, "Country music -- and just music in general really -- lost a great friend today. His legend will live forever in Texas, though. We'll never forget our friend Kent Finlay. Sad day."


Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.







ABC News Radio