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Watch Gwen Stefani’s Kaleidoscopic ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Video

The singer has some green-screen fun

Gwen Stefani just released her solo comeback single “Baby Don’t Lie” yesterday, but she’s already delivered the kaleidoscopic video, directed by longtime collaborator Sophie Muller. The clip is appropriately colorful for the stylish pop star, but it must have been a bore to shoot for Stefani, who probably had to spend a couple hours rolling around on the floor and strutting back and forth in front of a green screen. No wonder the singer checks her iPhone halfway through. (Kidding! It’s probably product placement.)

Wisely, Stefani chose not to reunite the Harajuku Girls for the video’s big alleyway dance-off.

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Christina Aguilera’s Return to The Voice Doesn’t Make Sense

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans on Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP) Barry Brecheisen—Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP

The pop star returns home, but her over-the-top image has never fit in on reality TV

There’s nothing like the original. Christina Aguilera, one of the inaugural coaches on NBC’s The Voice, is to return to the show next season following a maternity leave, replacing substitute judge Gwen Stefani. Pharrell Williams is to remain in place as a judge following the departure of Cee Lo Green.

It’s a boon for Aguilera, since a (rotating) seat at the table is a powerful promotional opportunity for any artist; it’s helped Williams, already famous for songs like “Happy,” become better known as a personality, and has further vitalized the careers of fellow coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. But Shelton and Levine’s act was scaled for a reality show. The two of them seem, for all their success and recording-industry experience, like pals that might very well come over for a beer. Something has never quite connected with Aguilera, who in her early years on the show was better known for baroque costumes than for a “likable” personality. Aguilera, pouting and vamping as her co-stars tossed jokes over her head, failed to do what Jennifer Lopez, a female pop star as iconic as Aguilera herself, had managed on American Idol — to seem approachable.

There’s great camp value in Aguilera’s self-consciousness as she fans herself or purses her lips in response in reply to a performance; she has the awareness of the camera’s gaze that befits a pop star who’s been making hits since she was a teen. But her fun staginess isn’t in line with the chill, lo-fi characteristics that tend to make a relatable star. Perhaps that’s why, unlike Shelton and Levine, Aguilera’s been unable to convert her time on a huge hit show into commercial success; she’d previously taken a season off, in 2013, to promote her album Lotus, widely perceived as a commercial failure.

Aguilera has always been a bizarre fit for a show whose very conceit is that vocal performance is more important than image. The pop star’s own performances on the show (contestants aside, the coaches are and always have been the stars of The Voice) were competent if poorly judged in just how much she deployed her signature melisma. They were also reliant on costuming and weird spectacle to the point of incoherence. Aguilera’s Voice performances, like her duet with Lady Gaga, suffer from a labored-over diva act that runs entirely counter to the earthiness and humility of the aspirant singers on The Voice. Perhaps her time away will have brought her back to earth.

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Singing Nun Becomes Winner Of Italy’s ‘The Voice’

Sister Cristina Scuccia has won the final of Italy's version of 'The Voice'

Singing sensation Sister Cristina, who garnered millions of YouTube views, has won the final of The Voice of Italy and a contract with Universal Music.

Dressed in a nun’s habit and wearing a crucifix, 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia said her win was “not up to me, it’s thanks to the man upstairs!” before reciting the Lord’s Prayer, the BBC reports.

The young nun quickly became an Internet superstar after her first appearance on The Voice. Her cover of Alicia Keys’ song “No-One” has attracted over 50 million views on YouTube alone. However, Sister Cristina suggested she wouldn’t let fame go to her head, saying that she was happy to return to singing with children in her chapel in Milan.

Sister Cristina, a reformed rebel who has become incredibly popular in predominantly Catholic Italy, said she was following Pope Francis’ advice to make Catholicism more accessible to ordinary people. In her first audition in March she told judges, “I have a gift and I am giving it to you.”

Her gift wasn’t lost on Whoopi Goldberg, star of comic film Sister Act, who tweeted a link to Sister’s Cristina’s audition writing, “for when you want a taste of sister act!” In subsequent appearances Sister Cristina covered Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer”.

Sister Cristina, a native of Sicily, decided to become a nun after auditioning for a musical about the founder of the Ursuline Order, Saint Angela Medici, the Telegraph reports. She became a novice in 2009 though she has yet to take her final vows.

[BBC]

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Gwen Stefani Confirms She’ll Join NBC’s The Voice

There's No Doubt the singer will make a fine replacement for Shakira on the talent show

Shakira is out and Gwen Stefani is in as coach on NBC’s hit reality singing show The Voice.

Stefani will join veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton along with other newcomer Pharrell Williams, who is stepping in for Usher.

Former coach Christina Aguilera broke the news on Twitter, welcoming Stefani to her “crazy fam.”

Aguilera left the show to give birth to her first child with husband Matthew Rutler. The new coaches will break in their spinning chairs this fall on the show’s seventh season.

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Gwen Stefani Confirms She’s Joining The Voice

The No Doubt frontwoman confirmed the rumors that she'll be taking over for Christina Aguilera on NBC's singing competition show in a very modern way, via Instagram. Aguilera has taken a break from the show while she awaits the birth of her second child

Gwen Stefani confirmed with an Instagram on Tuesday that she will be joining the cast of NBC’s singing competition The Voice.

The No Doubt frontwoman was rumored to take over for judge Christina Aguilera, who is taking a break from the show while she expects the birth of her daughter with fiancé Matt Rutler.

Earlier in the day, Aguilera also confirmed the news on Twitter. “Welcome to our crazy fam!” she wrote to Stefani.

Stefani will be joining judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine as well as fellow newcomer Pharrell Williams, who is taking over for departing judge CeeLo Green. The “Happy” hitmaker and Stefani recently reunited at the Coachella music festival to perform their 2004 hit “Hollaback Girl.”

Now if only she can clear up those rumors about a third solo album.

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Pharrell to Replace Cee Lo Green on The Voice

This news should make some viewers "Happy"

Singer Pharrell Williams will be joining the cast of The Voice as a new coach, NBC announced.

Williams will be replacing Cee Lo Green for the seventh season of the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Green told Ellen DeGeneres that he wants to concentrate on other musical projects.

This year, Williams has made an even bigger name for himself due to the popularity of his Oscar-nominated song “Happy,” and his collaboration with Daft Punk for the Grammy-winning recording of “Get Lucky.”

Williams has served as a guest mentor for Usher in the fourth season of the show. “He has already made a considerable impact as a mentor, drawing on an impressive track record as both a producer and performer,” said president of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment Paul Telegdy. “It is a perfect fit for The Voice as we evolve and reach for new heights with this franchise. It feels like we are welcoming an existing family member home.”

The other coaches on The Voice will be announced at a later date.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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Coldplay’s Chris Martin Joins The Voice

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is the latest celebrity to join the popular singing competition AP

He will be mentoring the contestants and helping out the coaches

NBC’s singing competition show The Voice has recruited the famous frontman of the popular British band Coldplay to join the show.

Chris Martin will participate in three episodes — March 31 and April 1 and 7 — during which he will be advising the contestants on singing techniques and stage presence, the AP reports.

The Voice is the most popular music show in the U.S. this season, drawing in millions of viewers. Coldplay is releasing a new album in May.

[AP]

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