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Christina Aguilera releases new single 'Your Body' -- Hear it here


It’s a good day to be a reality-show judge–slash–pop star!

On the heels of today’s new track from all-but-confirmed American Idol judge Nicki Minaj, Voice mentor Christina Aguilera got back to fostering her own musical career with “Your Body,” the first single off her upcoming album Lotus, due out November 13.

”This album is about self-expression and freedom,” she told Ryan Seacrest this morning. “There is a lot I have gone through personally over the past few years and this record represents a rebirth for me. The record is about freedom and getting back to the root of who I am and what I love to do.”

You can check out the single, which will be available on iTunes on Monday, in the clip below:


Winners of 'The Sing-Off' outsell 'The Voice' winner Javier Colon

Well, NBC, this is awkward…

Pentatonix, the awesomely futuristic winning group from Season 3 of NBC’s now-canceled a cappella singing competition The Sing-Off, which averaged about 4.5 million viewers in its last season, sold a rather impressive 18,401 copies of their debut PTX, Vol. 1 in its first week, good for 11th place on the chart, according to Hits Daily Double.

That means that Pentatonix’s online-only EP, which is being distributed via iTunes by indie label Madison Gate Records, sold almost twice as many copies as The Voice winner Javier Colon’s Universal Republic-produced Come Through For You did in its first week. Colon’s disc peaked at number 134 with anemic first-week sales of just 9,974 copies in late 2011.

Mind you, Colon’s season of The Voice, which coach Adam Levine called “the platinum standard” earlier this year in response to American Idol‘s assertion that it was the “gold standard” in the singing-competition world, averaged 10.6 million viewers and boasted a much younger demographic than The Sing-Off. NBC is bringing back The Voice for both a fall and spring season this year.

Do you have Pentatnix’s new record? (I do, and it’s absolutely terrific — even the originals!) Will The Voice‘s latest winner, Jermaine Paul, fare better than Colon? And can we all agree that criticizing Idol‘s record sales seems pretty silly when other reality competitions yield numbers like these? (For comparison’s sake, Pentatonix also outsold Season 8 Idol winner Kris Allen’s sophomore disc Thank You Camellia, which started with over 16,000 copies earlier this year. Still they didn’t come close to matching the 198,000 debut of Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day.)

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‘The Sing-Off’ champs Pentatonix talk competition, their future album, and (of course) Nick Lachey’s puns

Eric Church takes aim at Blake Shelton, 'The Voice,' wussy rock music -- UPDATE

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.


TV Jukebox: 'The Secret Circle,' 'The Voice,' 'Switched at Birth,' and more music-on-TV moments

The teens were out in full force this week, music-on-TV fans! From first times to first loves — even first scooters — there were notable songs from The Secret Circle, Switched at Birth, Surburgatory, The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars. Meanwhile, there was beauty in tragedy on One Tree Hill, The Voice makes it first appearance with a knock-out performance, suspicion ruled on Grey’s Anatomy and Grimm (though only one of the above involved fire dancing I’m sorry to report), a serial killer got his groove on in BBC America’s Being Human, and the gang from Happy Endings got gangsta with it on Penny’s birthday. Want more still? We also liked “show tunes” from Ringer, Californication, and The Good Wife. Check out our picks below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!) READ FULL STORY

Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera pay homage to Mick's dancing, longevity in 'Moves Like Jagger' video: Watch it here

When Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera dropped their collaborative single “Moves Like Jagger” last month, did anybody doubt that the video would feature a parade of people shaking, strutting, and dancing like the legendary Rolling Stones frontman?

That’s exactly what the team delivered in the clip that premiered last night.

But the video for “Moves Like Jagger” (directed by Jonas Akerlund, who has also pointed a camera at things for Lady Gaga and Britney Spears) also adds a shirtless Adam Levine (you know, for the ladies) and quite a few women channeling the spirit of Kelly Rowland (because let’s face it, that’s how Mick would have wanted it).

Check out the video after the jump, though be warned that because of the errant nipples, it should probably be considered NSFW (unless, of course, you work for ABC). READ FULL STORY

Adam Levine sues 'Band Hero' for exploiting his likeness, making him sing like a lady

The makers of the video game Band Hero continue to take it in the shorts even though the thing was released almost two full years ago (which, in video game time, is several lifetimes). Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice coach Adam Levine is the latest to file a lawsuit against Activision, the developers of Band Hero, and says that even though he licensed his likeness to be a playable avatar in the game, he was never made aware that his character could perform songs from other bands (which would not have received his stamp of approval).

According to the suit, Levine is suing for fraudulent inducement, breach of contract, violation of the common-law right of publicity, and unfair business acts or practices. He is seeking unspecified damages.

This is exactly like the suit that Activision faced seemingly seconds after the game first hit store shelves in 2009, when No Doubt sued the company for exactly the same thing. READ FULL STORY

Aguilera, Levine, Shelton, and Green return for season two of 'The Voice': Why we're glad

It’s official: Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will all return to The Voice next season.

And that’s good news, because even though Javier Colon walked away with the MVP title, a hit single, and a bunch of confetti stuck to his head, the show was really all about the judges. This season played like a Wizard of Oz for each team leader.

Adam Levine got a heart. Watch the former Voice bully get a little misty-eyed during Javier’s performance with Stevie Nicks!

Christina Aguilera showed some brains. After her national anthem flub and arrest for public intoxication, it was nice to hear her speaking somewhat knowledgeably about pitch. Or when talking quite didn’t work, opening her mouth and letting that powerhouse, pull-that-microphone-away-from-your-mouth-girl! voice do the talking.

Cee Lo Green got a personality. Sure, his hit song “F— You” was already mega-famous, but middle America didn’t really understand who this country-music-loving, electro-soul-singing Liberace of Pop was until the show premiered and he waved his superfreak flag high above his bald head.

And Blake Shelton got a name. Yes, country fans always knew him well. But now maybe pop fans will stop calling him Mr. Miranda Lambert.


The Voice top eight headed out on tour this summer: How can they make the tour amazing without their superstar coaches?

As we reported yesterday, NBC’s The Voice is following the lead of smash singing competition American Idol, planning to send their best and brightest out on the road following the show’s finale Wednesday night.

The eight finalists–Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, Nakia, Xenia, Beverly McClellan, Casey Weston, Frenchie Davis, and Javier Colon–will anchor The Voice Live on Tour. Unfortunately, the show’s esteemed squad of coaches, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton, will not be joining them. Apparently talks broke down because compensating stars of that caliber would be too costly (and also, Blake and Adam have tour and promotional commitments of their own this summer).

That said, the eight finalists have proven they’re ready for the big stage: I could listen to Javier Colon sing his soulful cover of “Time After Time” or “Angel” all day. Same for Beverly McClellan and her headbanging rendition of “I’m the Only One.” These guys are worth seeing, even without Mr. Levine hummingbird vocals or Ms. Aguilera’s sassy theatrics.

The tour’s budget likely won’t be as robust as the millions spent on each episode of the show, so count on there being a lot less Hollywood sheen on this outing. But as they saying goes, good music trumps everything. The key question is, without all the bells and whistles NBC’s production crew provided and sans the guidance of veteran superstar talents, can the final eight give stellar performances nightly? I think so.

Which Voice star are you guys looking forward to seeing hit the stage this summer? And what songs should they sing?Anything or anyone you think would be better left off the setlist?

By the way, whoever wins on tomorrow’s episode will make an appearance The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, July 7.

Read more:
InsideTV Podcast: Picking who should win and will win ‘The Voice.’
Miranda Lambert set to duet in ‘The Voice’ finale
‘The Voice': What you didn’t see on TV

Christina Aguilera's almost-nude magazine cover: Should a human body look like that?

There’s nothing particularly shocking about a magazine cover girl who isn’t exactly a covered girl.

But the photo of Christina Aguilera on the new issue of W Magazine has to be one of the oddest images in her visually eclectic career.

Could this be another example of Photoshop run wild? Truthfully, I kind of hope so: no healthy human body is meant to look like that. Actually, I’m not sure any human body does actually look like this: her elongated, stick-thin body looks more like Modigliani than flesh and blood.

Or perhaps the same people who once famously stretched out Paula Abdul in her “The Promise of a New Day” video have struck again after laying dormant so many years. (For an explanation of that, refer to In Living Color‘s wonderfully illustrative parody.)

Then again, maybe this rubbery, emaciated form is truly what Christina looks like these days (she must really count her carbs—and taking her human growth hormones). Clearly, the crazy amount of money she’s making from The Voice—she reportedly earns as much as the other three judges combined—is not going toward groceries. READ FULL STORY

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo's 'Nasty' duet finds its way online: Hear it here

Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green aren’t just co-judges on the NBC reality show The Voice—they’re partners in song, too.

“Nasty,” a just-leaked song featuring the “F— You” singer and the Bionic woman, has found its way online; the sound quality isn’t great, but you can listen after the jump:


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