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A Great Big World talks Christina Aguilera, their new album, and the spectrum of sexuality

Like so many other hopeful artists circa 2013, A Great Big World’s Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino raised the money they needed to record a six-song EP the only way they could think of: On Kickstarter.

And while fans of Axel’s solo work came out in droves to support the newly formed duo, easily exceeding their original $15,000 goal, the pair had no idea of the exponential leap they were about to make, thanks to two songs: the first pulled from relative YouTube obscurity to be featured on an episode of Glee and another one on So You Think You Can Dance which led to L.A. Reid signing them to Epic Records, and no less a star than Christina Aguilera asking to collaborate with them.

Now, just over a year later, they find themselves with a certified hit, “Say Something,” released last September and still hovering at the #5 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. But the two friends, who first met at NYU nine years ago, have a lot more to say in their debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, due Jan. 21.

EW caught up with AGBW to find out more about their big break(s), what they learned from Christina Aguilera, and what to expect from their new album (hint: more Chad, more cheer):

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: “This Is The New Year” was featured on Glee and then “Say Something” was showcased on So You Think You Can Dance — were you surprised to get so much recognition so early on in your forming as a band?
IAN: It kind of fell into our laps, and it was just luck and timing. But we always thought that “This Is The New Year” would be the huge breakout song for us and we did not think “Say Something” could ever be a single. Most of our music is upbeat and positive. Also, A Great Big World is mostly about our voices together, so we wanted the song that would break us to feature both of our voices. After So You Think You Can Dance happened and the song started getting some buzz, our label [Epic] said they were pushing it to radio and at first we were like, “No, no that’s not part of our plan!” But we went for it and, people are connecting to it more than we could have ever dreamed. We felt so alone writing that song. READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen, Vampire Weekend, Christina Aguilera, Arcade Fire, more headline New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014

New Orleans knows how to throw a good party. And the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival looks like it will be no exception.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Santana, Phish, Public Enemy, and more will join New Orleans jazz and funk acts like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kermit Ruffins, the North Mississippi Allstars, and Allen Toussaint at the annual music extravaganza, which runs over two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4.

Other highlights include Robin Thicke, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, and Chaka Khan.  In a nod to the indie rock turn the annual event has taken in the past few years, Foster the People and The Head and The Heart have also joined the lineup.

Springsteen last played Jazz Fest in 2012 and Arcade Fire paid a visit to the fairgrounds in 2011. Check out the announcement video below and get the full daily lineup on the festival’s site here.

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Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera release 'Do What U Want' duet

If you liked Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want,” but thought it could use a little more “gold lame, hair, and fearlessness,” then you’re in luck. After a surprise duet performance on The Voice finale, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera officially released a studio version of their “Do What U Want” collaboration on iTunes Tuesday night.

Gaga originally released “Do What U Want” as a duet with R. Kelly, but in the new recording, Aguilera replaces his vocals. “Do What U Want” marks Aguilera’s second launch of a collaboration on The Voice, as she also debuted her rerecording of A Great Big World’s single, “Say Something,” with a performance on the spinning chair stage in November.

Just in time for 2014, Aguilera tweeted the news of her work with Lady Gaga on New Year’s Eve.

Listen to the duet below and cross your fingers for a music video: READ FULL STORY

Christina Aguilera hits No. 1 on iTunes following the AMAs: What a difference one year makes

Let’s flashback to the 2012 American Music Awards for a moment and focus on everyone’s favorite perennially-peroxided diva, Christina Aguilera.

The belty pop star was attending the show after a very bad week. Her supposed comeback album Lotus had just delivered wilting first-week sales of only 73,000 copies. (The poorly-reviewed set would go on to become her worst-selling album ever.) And to make matters worse, she’d given up her highly-coveted chair on NBC’s reality smash The Voice for its upcoming fourth season to focus on her career, though it was already apparent there would be no sold-out tour the following spring. READ FULL STORY

A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera, 'Say Something' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Sometimes you don’t have to audition and hustle and hope and pray for a spot on a TV talent show to get the attention of a superstar. Sometimes the superstar comes to you.

Pop icon and Voice mentor Christina Aguilera has spun her metaphorical red chair around for the New York duo Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, a.k.a. Glee-song alums A Great Big World — asking to sing on a rerecording of their song “Say Something.”

She’ll perform the track with the pair on The Voice on Nov. 5 and the song goes on sale tomorrow on iTunes, but you can hear it here first exclusively: READ FULL STORY

'Catching Fire' soundtrack tracklisting released: Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Lumineers, Lorde, and more

Not too long ago, the most coveted soundtrack slot was for a series of movies about a sullen teenage girl who really wanted to marry a boring vampire. But artists both indie and mainstream are now clamoring for spots attached to the new cool YA franchise (with a way more badass girl at the helm).

Catching Fire, the latest film in The Hunger Games series, has already seen its soundtrack album set in motion with a lead single, Coldplay’s “Atlas,” and now the full tracklisting has been revealed — including new songs from the Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Lorde, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, and Ellie Goulding.

Also on the roster? Former genie in a bottle and current Voice coach Christina Aguilera, who announced via Twitter that she has recorded a brand new song called “We Remain” specifically for Catching Fire:

“Love the underlying message of the Hunger Games,” she wrote. “‘We Remain’ is special new song, its message to my fans & how I connect w/ the movie, alike.”

Find the full tracklisting after the jump:

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Billboard Music Awards: The three most memorable performances from last night

Last night’s Billboard Music Awards featured all sorts of great moments — at least, if you’re not Justin Bieber.

And while the Biebs getting booed may have been the highlight for more than a few schadenfreuders, there were plenty of other water-cooler moments, including Miguel’s accidental pro-wrestling body slam on a fan (don’t worry, she’s recovering), Taylor Swift’s insanely coordinated rendition of “22,” and Pitbull and Christina Aguilera going back to the source of the infamous ’80s sample in their “Feel This Moment.” (We’d love to show you an Afro’d Prince doing “Let’s Go Crazy,” but the Purple One does not allow his performance footage to live on the internets.)

And then, of course, there was EW cover boy Bruno Mars, who put on a reliably dazzling show, opening the broadcast with his newest single, “Treasure” and a whole lot of red satin. Click after the jump for clips of the night’s most memorable moments:

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John Mayer, Christina Aguilera among Rock Hall of Fame performers

John Mayer, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are among the stars set to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

Mayer will perform in honor of Albert King with Gary Clark Jr., then induct the late bluesman. Aguilera and Hudson will salute Donna Summer. Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct Rush and hall of fame member Don Henley will induct Randy Newman at the April 18 ceremony in Los Angeles.

Public Enemy and Heart will also enter the hall of fame, along with lifetime achievement award winners Quincy Jones and Lou Adler. More performers and presenters will be announced later.

Tickets for the ceremony go on sale to the public Feb. 1. It will be broadcast May 18 on HBO.

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Why isn't Christina Aguilera selling more albums?

The release of her new album Lotus was supposed to be a glorious victory lap for Christina Aguilera. After the dual duds of 2010’s critical and commercial failures Bionic and Burlesque, the once-platinum-plated pop star set out to reinvent herself: She divorced her husband of five years, became a coach on the hit series The Voice, and recommitted herself to her music.

Only part of that plan seems to be working for her. While her visibility factor is way up thanks to the big ratings for The Voice, it’s still bad news at the cash register. Final numbers won’t be in until next week, but right now, album sales tracking service Hits Daily Double is currently projecting Lotus will sell somewhere between 75 and 80 thousand copies in its opening week.

Even if that prediction ends up being on the low side, it’ll still be hard to spin those numbers positively. Bionic was considered a commercial debacle but still moved six figures in its opening frame (selling 110,000 copies out of the gate). What’s worse is that Aguilera’s is projected to finish well behind next generation pop stars One Direction (who will sell well over 500,000 copies of Take Me Home, their second album released this year) and indie R&B darling The Weeknd (who is essentially selling a series of albums that were given away for free online a year ago). Any way you look at it, the results are rough.

But if The Voice is such a hit and the material on Lotus is crafted by the same people who send the likes of Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Pink to the top of the charts, what is stopping people from buying this new album?

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Christina Aguilera never made reported comments about her weight, says rep

Christina Aguilera graces the cover of the current issue of Billboard, and the story includes a lot of fun tidbits about her career, her upcoming album Lotus, The Voice, and more.

However, despite many reports to the contrary, one thing she didn’t talk about is her weight.

“She never said them,” Aguilera’s rep tells EW, referring to the suddenly viral body-related quotes that many outlets attribute to the Billboard interview. The misreported quotes include:

“I got tired of being a skinny white girl. I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl… [In 2002,] I had gained about 15 pounds during promotion and during my Stripped tour. They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. Basically, they told me I would effect [sic] a lot of people if I gained weight — the production, musical directors. They claimed people I toured with would also miss out if I gained weight because I would sell no records or tickets for my shows. I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during [2006's] Back to Basics promos and touring.”

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