Reagan Strange performs; NBC/Tyler GoldenThe Voice was live on Monday, with the top 13 artists competing for America’s vote, advised by their coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson. Two artists will be sent home on Tuesday, based on America’s vote.
On Monday, each artist took the stage with a special dedication.
Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:
Team Blake’s Chris Kroeze kicked things off with his version of The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” dedicated to Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old from Chris’ hometown of Baron County, Wisconsin, who is missing and presumed kidnapped following the murder of her parents in their home. After the performance, Blake praised Chris for the effort he put into the song.
DeAndre Nico, also from Team Adam, dedicated MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” to his girlfriend Crystal, who suffered a miscarriage while Nico was performing in the knockout rounds. Adam was pleased with the performance, calling DeAndre “an amazing singer” with a sound uniquely his own.
Kymberli Joye, representing Kelly’s team, tackled Rihanna’s “Diamonds” as a message to her younger sister that she could accomplish anything to which she set her mind. During rehearsals, Kelly noted that Kymberli’s strength was not in her range, but her ability to break hearts with her voice. After the performance, Kelly said Kymberli “loves to sing,” and it shows.
Team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes, the youngest contestant in the competition at 13-years-old, delivered a touching cover of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings,” dedicated to her parents, who are “everything” to her. The performance brought all four coaches to their feet, with JHud calling it “beautiful in every way.”
Sandyredd, also from Jennifer’s team, fought back tears as she sang Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” which she dedicated to her mother who died of cancer. During rehearsals, Jennifer urged Sandyredd not to be afraid to let her emotions come out in the song. Hudson was moved by the performance, telling the singer “it took us to the depths of your hurt.”
Team Kelly's, Chevel Shepherd, 16, delivered a feisty version of Little Big Town’s “Little White Church,” which she sent out to her dad. Once again, all four coaches were on their feet, after which Kelley declared, “You are so magnificent!” Even Adam couldn’t contain his excitement over the performance, calling the teen “so awesome and so talented.”
Team JHud’s MaKenzie Thomas -- who made it to the top 13 after failing to get any chair turns last season -- dedicated Monday’s performance to the lady who gave her a second chance: her coach. Her take on Jennifer’s “I am Changing,” from Dreamgirls, earned Hudson’s seal of approval. She called MaKenzie’s voice “crystal clear” and “beautiful,” adding, “I can’t get enough of it.”
Soulful country singer Kirk Jay, representing Team Blake, tackled Lonestar’s “I’m Already There,” which he dedicated to his mom -- who was in the audience watching him perform live for the very first time. Jay earned the night’s third standing ovation from the coaches, including Jennifer, who called him “Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.”
Team Adam’s 14-year-old powerhouse Reagan Strange closed out the show with Lauren Daigle’s “You Say.” dedicated to her grandparents. After noting during rehearsals that she wanted to be “just like [The Voice season 4 winner] Danielle Bradbery,” Strange got to video chat with her idol -- whose song, "Worth It" she sang to make it into the top 13. Danielle told Regan to “Have fun, be yourself and good luck.” Afterwards, Reagan’s coach said she “epitomized everything that this show stands for,” explaining, “The clarity” of what she does is “astounding “and “fills the entire room.”
The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Brooke NiparHalsey's new single, "Without Me," is a huge hit, but so far, we don't have any information about a new album from the singer. But maybe that's because it takes her longer than most artists to create a new project -- as she explains, it's a lot more involved than just writing songs and recording them.
"Right before I make an album I take a couple of months to kinda like collect my thoughts," she tells ABC Radio. "I find the poetry, the movies, the other songs, the colors, the images, all the things that put together a world for me. Because making an album, for me, isn’t just making an album, it’s building a world."
And while building her world, Halsey says she has to come up with all the details of the characters who are going to populate that world and what they're going through, so she can then write about them.
"You know, I have to figure out where does this album exist? Who are these people? What is this about? And more often than not, it’s a metaphor for what I’m going through in my real life," she explains. "So it takes a lot of sitting down and having to like address, y'know, real things going on, so that you’re ready to talk about them."
Via "Without You," Halsey seems to have addressed at least part of what she's "going through in her real life" -- her troubled relationship.
When Halsey's new album does arrive, it'll be the follow-up to 2017's hopeless fountain kingdom, which went platinum and featured the singles "Bad At Love," "Alone," "Now or Never" and "Strangers."
Cabin 24Ingrid Michaelson has debuted the music video for her version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” featuring former Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.
The black-and-white clip features Ingrid and Leslie singing at two separate mics as two dancers perform an interpretive dance around them. It all plays out in one long take.
“The dancers represent our souls and emotions and their interplay, while Leslie and I are separated by distance, really illustrates this longing in a beautiful way,” Ingrid says in a statement.
Her version of the Mariah holiday classic is much more melancholy than the original.
“I’m just such a fan of the song that I had to find some way to cover it that would vibe with the rest of the record,” Ingrid adds. “To me, the song is really about longing for someone who can’t be there with you. We stripped it down, added strings and tried to pull the sentiment and emotion to the forefront.”
The song appears on Ingrid’s holiday album, Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs for the Season, which is out now. She heads out on tour with her vocal trio in support of the album on November 26.
Republic RecordsAriana Grande is marking a second week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "thank you, next," which is presumably the first single from her forthcoming album. The song is the first solo chart-topper of Ari's career.
Ari has promised to release a video for the track, but there's no date yet. Meanwhile, Ariana's current Sweetener single, "Breathin," has reached the top 15. The album has also spun off two top 10 hits: "No Tears Left to Cry" and "God Is a Woman."
Elsewhere on the charts, "Happier" by Marshmello and Bastille has reached #1 on Billboard's Radio Songs chart, unseating Maroon 5's "Girls Like U" after 16 weeks.
Finally, Panic! at the Disco has scored its first top 10 hit since 2006, with "High Hopes." Panic!, which started out as a group but is now essentially singer Brendon Urie's solo project, was last in the top 10 more than 12 years ago with "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."
David NeedlemanAvril Lavigne will perform her new single "Head Above Water" on tonight's Dancing with the Stars finale on ABC.
During the two-hour show, Avril will sing while finalists Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten perform. In addition, Lauren Daigle will perform "You Say," Robin Thicke will sing "Living in New York City," and superstar country duo Dan Shay, who've crossed over to pop with their hit "Tequila," will sing their latest single, "Speechless."
Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider, who was eliminated earlier in the season, will also sing, while another eliminated contestant, R&B star Tinashe, will perform.
The final contestants are Instagram model Alexis and her pro partner Alan; Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch and pro Keo Motsepe; Disney star Milo Manheim and pro Witney Carson; and radio personality Bobby Bones and pro Sharna Burgess.
The fun gets underway tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and the Mirrorball Trophy will be presented at the end of the show.
ABC/Paula LoboAppearing onGood Morning Americaon Monday, Mariah Carey spoke with ABC's Michael Strahan about her new album Caution, and what her fans have been telling her about her new songs.
"The reaction I've been getting from the fans is there's a lot of feel good records, a lot of fun songs," she told Strahan. "I'm in a good place. And then there's some more introspective songs that I think people are responding to as well. So just for me as a songwriter, I'm very proud of it."
Mariah also talked about her delight in the fact that her fans, whom she calls her "lambs," collectively decided to buy her 2001 album, Glitter -- the soundtrack to her movie of the same name -- in droves recently to get it to #1 on iTunes.
"That's the lambs! That's the lambily. Those are my fans, they had this movement, it was called '#JusticeforGlitter,'" Mariah explained. "Which I think was directed at me, 'cause I never really perform those songs, 'cause it almost ruined my life."
You may recall that Glitter was released on September 11, 2001, which doomed it to less-than-successful sales. The fact that it under-performed led Mariah's record company to drop her. The album also was critically derided and the movie flopped. Around the same time, Mariah was hospitalized following a breakdown.
"The truth is, it's like for the nostalgia now, 'cause it's actually a really good album," Mariah said of Glitter. "I can say it, now that they got it to number one, I can say it!"
"I should not have to feel bad about that 'cause it was all the circumstances when the album came out," she added. "So it's exciting!"
On GMA, Mariah also sang her latest hit, "With You."
ABC/Rick RowellLady Gaga says she likely won’t be back in her home until after Thanksgiving, following the devastating Woolsey fire that tore through her Malibu neighborhood.
The singer toldVariety at Sunday night’s Academy Governor’s Awards that thankfully, her house was spared, though parts of her property were damaged. “I am so grateful for the firefighters who put [the fires] out,” she said.
“It’s still so smoky. I’m not sure when we could go back,” she added. “But I’m grateful. So grateful.”
Other houses in her neighborhood were not as lucky and were either damaged or completely destroyed. According to Variety, the fire destroyed approximately 1,400 structures in the Malibu, Agoura and Calabasas areas. It was about 91% contained as of Sunday.
Since being evacuated, Gaga has shown her support for other evacuees by bringing food and supplies to various shelters. She also visited L.A. County Fire Station 27 on Saturday, bringing pasta and meatballs for the firefighters.
“I feel so bad for everyone. People losing everything. I am going to do more, do what I can,” Gaga told Variety.
Dave MeyersSo far, Ariana Grande has only released a lyric video for her #1 smash, "thank u, next" -- but another one is coming.
Ariana tweeted a message to fans on Sunday thanking them for making "than u, next" platinum," and adding a promise. It reads, "Thank u, next" officially platinum. Don't worry...you're still getting a video."
Meanwhile, fans keep asking Ari to release her new album. To the latest plea, she responded, "i love u and i’m working on it she’s on [her] way."
And when fans asked Ariana to release another new song from the project, she responded, "i’m not dropping another song yet i have seven hundred out at once stream thank u next, breathin and god is a woman to celebrate."
There's still no official release date for Ari's new album, which will be her second release of 2018, following Sweetener.
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For the first time since she was 15, Taylor Swift has a new record label home.
The singer's long-time deal with Big Machine Records expired last month, and she's now signed a new multi-year deal with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group. Big Machine has what is described as a "strategic alliance" with Republic Records, which may explain the switch.
In an Instagram post, Taylor celebrated her new deal and revealed two elements. First, she'll own her master recordings from this point forward. In addition, Taylor said that if Universal Music Group sells its shares in Spotify, she wants some of the money to go to their artists. She wrote, "They have generously agreed to this, at what they believe will be much better terms and paid out previously by other major labels.”
Also in the note, Taylor offered her "heartfelt thanks" to Scott Borchetta, who signed her to Big Machine when she was a teenager. To her fans, she wrote, "My biggest goal moving forward is to make you proud. I'm so excited. I can't wait to show you what I'm making next."
You can also see a photo of Taylor posing with UMG Chairman/CEO Sir Lucian Grainge and Republic Records co-founder and CEO Monte Lipman, with the caption, "My new home."
ABC/Paula LoboThis was practically perfect in every way.
The Backstreet Boys joined Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt for a surprise a cappella performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday.
The actress, who sings in Mary Poppins, told Ellen that she's still nervous to sing in front of an audience, but Ellen had a microphone set up for her and pushed her to face her fear. As Emily tentatively approached the mic, she told Ellen, “I just feel a bit exposed.”
To which Ellen replied, “Well, what if we had the Backstreet Boys behind you?”
The Backstreet Boys then emerged from backstage much to the delight of the crowd – and Emily. Then they all launched into a harmonious version of “I Want It That Way,” with Emily going solo on the last line.
BSB later joined Ellen for a game of “Never Have I Ever,” where all of the guys – except Kevin Richardson – revealed they had hooked up with a groupie. All of them also revealed they’ve had to sign a fan’s boob at some point, and every one of them -- except Nick Carter -- admitted to forgetting their own lyrics on stage.
BSB’s 10th studio album, DNA, comes out January 25 and their tour kicks off May 11 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Sølve SundsbøMusic fans Down Under love Pink -- like, they really, really love her. As Billboard reports, she's now the second most successful touring artist of all time in Australia and New Zealand, second only to the Rolling Stones.
The final tallies from Pink's sold-out Beautiful Trauma shows in that part of the world over the summer have come in, Billboard reports: She played 42 shows there and earned just over $80 million. That means that her all-time career box office gross in Australia and New Zealand is a whopping $228 million.
Those numbers make Pink the highest-grossing solo artist, the highest-grossing female artist and the highest-grossing American artist of all time in that part of the world. Only one act -- The Rolling Stones -- has earned more Down Under, with just under $430 million, but they've been touring for decades longer than Pink has.
The "What About Us" singer always makes Australia and New Zealand a big part of her tours -- over the past 11 years, she's played 36, 59, 46 and 42-show engagements there.
Pink has five more North American shows on her Beautiful Trauma tour, all in March of 2019, and she'll spend most of next summer touring Europe, kicking things off June 16 in Amsterdam.
James Devaney/GC ImagesWhile neither Justin Bieber nor Hailey Baldwin have officially confirmed that they secretly married in September, as has been rumored, the two are sending pretty clear signals that they are husband and wife.
First, Hailey changed her Instagram handle to "Hailey Bieber" on Friday, and changed her name on her bio to "Hailey Rhode Bieber" -- "Rhode" being her middle name. This came after Hailey was photographed wearing a jacket with BIEBER written across the back on Thursday night.
Also on Friday, Justin posted a photo of himself and Hailey holding hands on a street and captioned it, "My wife is awesome."
Even if the two did secretly marry, they're expected to have some kind of celebration for friends and family in 2019.
Jade EhlersFirst Justin Timberlake, now MAX. The "Lights Down Low" singer has been forced to cancel a bunch of concerts due to vocal problems.
In a statement on his socials, MAX writes, "I got some s****y news from the doctor yesterday. My vocal injury I've had for a few months has gotten a little worse so I have to cancel the next few months of shows. I'm sorry to all my fans who I'll be letting down at these shows but I need to heal and come back stronger than ever."
He adds, "I've been pretty depressed about all of this for the last few months but I know something great will come out of all of it. Just have to find the positive, I guess. It's gonna be a long road to get back to 100%...but I'll be spending time finishing...my second album which I'm excited to share with you guys when it's done."
MAX signs off with, "Keep slaying."
He also added on Twitter, "I’ll be back better than ever. I believe it all happens for a reason. Gotta stay positive."
While we're waiting for MAX to heal, we can listen to his version of "The Other Side," from the new album The Greatest Showman Reimagined.
Waffle House Tunie AwardsSales and chart positions are one way to measure a song's popularity, but if you want to know just how deeply a song has penetrated the country's consciousness, look no further than Waffle House.
Last night at the first Waffle House Tunie Awards, the list of the most popular songs played over the past 12 months on Waffle House TouchTunes Jukeboxes was revealed. The number one song was "Location" by Khalid, followed by Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road." Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" came in at #3, followed by Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" at #4.
Other songs that made the top 10 include "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes."
Also at the Tunie Awards, Michael Jackson was named most-played artist of 2018 on the Waffle House jukeboxes, while Imagine Dragons won the award for most-played rock song for "Thunder."
"That means the world to us," Imagine Dragons drummer Dan Platzman said of the win. "This is like you basically took our hearts, and you scattered, smothered, double-covered and peppered them."
Epic Records/Black MagneticA Great Big World have unwrapped a brand-new original holiday song.
The horn-laden "Wrap Me Up Under the Christmas Tree" is out now, and finds the duo's Chad King singing about preparing a special present for his loved one.
"Baby, this Christmas I can't afford too many things/I don't have a dollar, fancy shoes or diamond rings," he sings. "But who needs a shopping spree/The best things in life are free/Just wrap me up under the Christmas tree."
A video for the track will be released soon. The duo will release their self-titled third album in early 2019.
Sony Music Masterworks She debuted it last month at the American Music Awards, but now Jennifer Lopez has released her new single.
"Limitless," written by Sia, is from the soundtrack of J-Lo's new movie Second Act, in which she plays Maya, a 40-year-old woman stuck in a low-paying job. When a private finance firm is fooled into thinking she's a high-powered consultant, it hires her to handle a major business deal and she finally gets a chance to shine.
The song is an empowering anthem, as J-Lo sings, "I told myself I had to be a different someone/In order to win at a war I had already won/Yeah, I'd given up on the saying 'I'll never give up'/But look at me now/Yeah, look at me, I'm limitless."
Second Act also stars J-Lo's real life BFF Leah Remini, as well as Vanessa Hudgens and Milo Ventimiglia. It arrives in theaters December 21.
Meredith TruaxMike Posner is a proud Detroit native, and he'll be celebrating Thanksgiving this year in his hometown, rocking the crowd at Ford Field during the Detroit Lion's Thanksgiving game.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Mike will perform during halftime at the game, as the Lions take on the Chicago Bears.
The Lions often feature local talent at their annual Thanksgiving game: In 2015, Big Sean, who's also from Detroit, performed at halftime, and in 2016, the late Aretha Franklin sang the national anthem.
Mike recently released a new track called "Song About You." His new album is due early 2019.
NBCThe guest list for John Legend's holiday special A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy continues to grow.
E! Online reports that Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will all appear on the special, because they'll be working with John on season 16 of The Voice in the spring of 2019. In addition, Kim Kardashian West and her mom Kris Jenner will drop by, as well comedian/actress Awkwafina from Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8.
As previously reported, Meghan Trainor, Stevie Wonder, the Queer Eye Fab Five, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch and Zach Galifianakis will also be joining John and his wife Chrissy Teigen on the special.
A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy airs Wednesday, November 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, with a repeat scheduled for Wednesday, December 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Credit: Jon HoegLovelytheband is giving "Broken" the acoustic treatment. An unplugged version of the hit track is available now for digital download.
The original version of "Broken" -- which appears on lovelytheband's debut album, finding it hard to smile -- previously reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, and currently sits in the top 30 on the Hot 100.
Lovelytheband recently wrapped a headlining tour, and opened for Vance Joy and AWOLNATION this year. They're currently in Europe supporting 5 Seconds of Summer.
ABC/Heidi GutmanAlly Brooke has a Christmas gift for her fans today -- as promised, she's released a cover of Wham!'s yuletide classic, "Last Christmas."
Ally's released the song ahead of her performance on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade next week: She'll be riding aboard the Nickelodeon Shimmer and Shine float.
Meanwhile, Ally has another treat for fans: She'll release a brand-new single called "Vámonos,” a Spanish-language collabo with Kris Kross Amsterdam & Messiah that she debuted at the ALMA Awards earlier this month.
As previously reported, Ally will release her inspirational memoir Finding Your Harmony in April. You can pre-order it on the Harper Collins website now.
Ally's official debut solo single will arrive early next year.