Yesterday on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM, Pharrell Williams confessed that Cee-Lo Green actually recorded “Happy” years before he took the song to the top of the charts, but that “the powers that be at the time did not see it fit for” the Goodie Mob rapper turned four-letter-word crooner and star of The Voice. READ FULL STORY
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Rod Stewart, John Travolta, Cee Lo Green, and the best (and best-worst) of the season's new Christmas music
For some of you, the focus on Christmas shifted roughly 20 minutes after swallowing the last bite of Thanksgiving pie and you set out to find the best spot for your Black Friday tent.
One of the great joys (or, depending on who you are, nightmares) of the holiday commerce season is the never-ending stream of Christmas music filling in all the empty airspace in your local shopping malls and department stores. But what if you’re shopping online, and somehow avoiding every other vestige of public-space holiday-music inundation?
To help you, here’s a rundown of some of the new stuff added to the yearly snowpile of Yuletide releases (and at the end of this post, a Spotify playlist to let you try out the wares like so many Costco samples.)
Rod Stewart, Merry Christmas, Baby
The undisputed champ of this season’s holiday music bonanza is Stewart, whose first holiday album is currently doing big business (it narrowly missed preventing Alicia Keys from being the top album in the country this week). His approach is very much “Over-Eggnogged Uncle Croons Hugs ‘Round the Tree,” but it’s still Rod-ily charming, and his original composition “Red Suited Super Man” will be an alternate-universe hit next Yuletide season.
Cee Lo Green, Cee Lo’s Magic Moment
The music world was half-expecting a new album from Green’s old hip-hop group Goodie Mob this holiday season, but instead we got The Voice favorite’s blast of red-velvet funk (and that’s red velvet like Santa’s suit, not the sexy cake kind). Its Motown bounce recalls all the great Stevie Wonder Christmas tracks of yesteryear, and the inclusion of the Muppets (on “All I Need Is Love”) is never not awesome. READ FULL STORY
As we noted in our Christmas in October roundup, the Muppets helped Cee Lo Green’s intergalactically groovy Magic Moment album earn an impressive rating of 3 1/2 trees. Now their collaboration, titled “All I Need Is Love,” has a fancy music video with fun guests of its own.
In the festive new clip, Cee Lo rings his ol’ play’s Kermit’s doorbell after his Rolls Royce convertible breaks down during his drive to Hotlanta. (Bear with us.) Kerm invites him in, where they and the rest of the gang enjoy an evening full singing, mistletoe kissing, and gift opening. And lo, who should show up but Santa himself, played here by The Office‘s Craig Robinson. This leads Walter, the new Muppet from the movie, to say, “So Santa’s my homie!”
Watch the action yourself in the video below, and be sure to stick around to the end for one of Statler and Waldorf’s classic quips:
Like most music awards shows, the Billboard Music Awards are so not about the statuettes that are doled out. The show — which aired live last night on ABC from the MGM Grand Hotel, with hosts, Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell — is typically more about everything but the awards: performances, tributes, collaborations, and other sundry craziness.
Hell, even the fashion — hello to Miley Cyrus’ barely-there suit jacket — is more important than the prizes! And that was no different this year. Just a handful of the 46 awards were actually given out during the show (LMFAO dominated), which was jolted to life with performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Linkin Park; tributes to Robin Gibb, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, and Stevie Wonder; a collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys; and a heartfelt speech by Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.
Here are 20 essential takeaways from the evening:
That Eric Church guy is a wild one.
In a recent Rolling Stone interview with the country star, we learn that the Chief chief’s hobbies include: riding around in four-wheelers while clutching loaded guns and beer, getting cowboy boots thrown at him during shows, and punching security guards.
Oh, and he also likes to talk a lot of smack.
Take, for example, Church’s assessment of today’s music industry:
“It’s become American Idol gone mad. Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f—ing turn around in a red chair, you got a deal. That’s crazy.”
“I don’t know what would make an artist do that,” Church continued. “You’re not an artist.”
Naturally, Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert (whose career began on the reality talent show Nashville Star in 2003 and who also played a part in The Voice this season) were none too pleased.
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