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Christina Aguilera flaunted her figure for Maxim's October issue. In the magazine's interview she defined sexy; which is definitely not being serenaded.
Christina Aguilera showed off her curves for October's edition of Maxim magazine.
Christina Aguilera at the Time's 100 Most Influential People In The World, held in April at the Lincoln Center in New York.
Aguilera has been criticised for her weight loss and gain - unfairly- since the birth of her son Max in 2008. However, the pop star was not afraid to show some skin and her curves in photographs for the magazine. Accompanying the tasteful pictures was an interview in which Aguilera discussed how she'd define sexy, what turns her on and who she'd prefer Justin Timberlake or Ryan Gosling.
Continue reading: Christina Aguilera Flaunts Curves For October's Maxim
Not exactly a new album, but her new collaboration with Pitbull will do for now.
Ok, The Voice finale happened last night (June 18), there were winners and there were losers, etc, but can we pause for a second to talk about Christina Aguilera and her whole performance? Now, if we’re being honest, Christina Aguilera hasn’t really been around that much since about 2010. Remember when she used to sing about her Candyman’s sweet, sweet love and the deep misery of her heart in skimpy, sequined outfits? Those were the days.
But Ms Aguilera’s stock might still be on the rise, as she so clearly demonstrated with her latest appearance on the reality format. Christina and The Voice go way back, but this time she returned in a whole new light. She sang her single 'Feel This Moment' alongside eternal collaborator to pretty much anyone, Pitbull and ok, 'Feel This Moment' is a remix of a much older tune and a collaboration with Pitbull is often the final refuge of the fading celebrity, but Christina certainly showed that she still has the singing chops needed for the job.
The energy of that performance was pretty impressive – we don’t know what Adam Levine and co. had to say about it, but they probably approved. All in all, it looks like all Aguilera needs are a few good songwriters and a quality producer and her fortunes may just change. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Christina was great, the performance was solid and she looked stunning in that outfit. At this point, that might be all Aguilera fans can hope for.
It's been a pretty busy week in the world of entertainment, though one story dominated and rightly so. Actress Angelina Jolie announced in the New York Times that he had undergone a double mastectomy in order to reduce her risk of breast cancer considerably.
Simply Heroic: Angelina Jolie stunned the world this week after revealing she had undergone a double mastectomy in order to reduce her risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. The Oscar-winning actress lost her mother to cancer and was keen to limit the chances of the same thing happening to her brood.
Darth Hader: After eight years on Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader has announced he is leaving the show when its season ends on Saturday. "It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point," Mr. Hader said in an interview. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it's just time to go." He will certainly be missed!
All change on NBC's successful reality contest
While its rival American Idol has been floundering, NBC’s The Voice has been a triumph with TV critics and audiences alike as it plunders through its fourth season; however even with the show in its currently successful format, there are changes afoot – and they’re changes that will look to the show’s past! It’s been reported by Deadline that Christina Aguilera will return to the show as a coach, coming back to the role which she pulled off with aplomb in the first three seasons of the show.
Aguilera only left the first time round so that she could promote her latest album Lotus, and now that that’s out the way she’s ready to come back, with Shakira set to exit after just one series with the show, not that we suppose that she’ll mind too much, given that she recently gave birth to her first child. That might not be the only change in the shake-up either.
Cee-Lo Green is also rumored to be making a return to the judging panel. The larger than life soul singer also took a sabbatical to concentrate on his music after season three, but could now also be returning. Usher had joined Shakira in coaching alongside Blake Shelton and Adam Levine for this season but Cee-Lo’s come back could pave the way for him to leave. Producer Mark Burnett has said in the past: “Everybody can’t coach for life because when you have people with current recording in the game, this is not their job. Their job is their fans and making music and being live, and so we knew from the beginning that this would happen, and we’ve had six coaches. They all have another life and their schedules.”
Continue reading: Christina Aguilera Set For Sensational NBC Return On 'The Voice'
Original judges could be returning for season 4
There could be another shake up on NBC’s The Voice come the end of the current season, with Christina Aguilera apparently all but confirmed to return the show. Whose place will she be taking? Shakira, the pair reversing the roles they switched when Aguilera left after appearing on the first three seasons of the hit reality singing contest.
There was no acrimonious split between Aguilera and The Voice, with the star only leaving so that she could promote her latest album Lotus, which came out last November. With promotional duties now pretty much done for that, the star can now come back to The Voice judging table and resume duties. Which is probably just as well because Shakira gave birth to her and Gerard Pique’s first child together in January of this year and could do with the time off to help raise him.
There could be another returnee to the show too, according to Deadline, with Cee-Lo Green also rumored to be making a return to the judges panel. Green also took a sabbatical to concentrate on his music after season three, but is now apparently in the frame for a return. In the pair’s absence Usher had joined Shakira in coaching alongside Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Producer Mark Burnett has said in the past: “Everybody can’t coach for life because when you have people with current recording in the game, this is not their job. Their job is their fans and making music and being live, and so we knew from the beginning that this would happen, and we’ve had six coaches. They all have another life and their schedules.”
Continue reading: Is Christina Aguilera Returning To The Voice?
The Kids Choice Awards had a lot of predictable honorees, but they livened things up with a bit of goop every once in a while.
The Kids Choice Awards happened last night and they came with a whole lot of the traditional sliming.
Whether you go home with one of the blimp-shaped trophies or not, everyone’s a winner at the KCA, as long as they manage to avoid the sliming – which most of the A-list attendees didn’t do, as you might imagine. The first person to get a face full of the green goop was none other than rapper Pitbull himself, after he and Christina Aguilera opened the show with their song “Feel This Moment” along with a gang of mini-Me backup dancers. The performance went without a hitch, if you don’t count Aguilera sneakily sliming her co-star at the end of the show.
Johnny Depp and Kristen Stewart were among those honoured with an award – for favorite movie actor and favorite movie actress/female butt-kicker respectively. Remarkably, both of them managed a narrow escape from the sliming (well, almost). When accepting her award, Kristen commented: "Dude, I was too much of a coward to accept this," she exclaimed from the stage at the University of Southern California's Galen Center.
Continue reading: This Year's Kids Choice Awards Dished Out More Slime Than Statuettes
On Saturday (January 19, 2013), 5,000 American kids were treated to a pop spectacle at the Kids Inauguration, at the Walter E Washington Convention Center but will it have any impact on those kids’ future political tendencies? Asides from Usher asserting “the youth matters!” during his aerobically-challenging, dance-heavy performance, the message of the evening seemed to be none more challenging than ‘let’s have fun and celebrate!’
The 5,000 strong crowd, Washington Post reports, was made up primarily of military families, public school kids from DC and a ton of “media folk.” As well as, of course, Sasha and Malia Obama, representing their mom and dad, the First Lady, Michelle Obama and of course President Barack Obama, celebrating the official start to his second term in office yesterday (January 21, 2013). But the evening was low on politics and heavy on pop, with Katy Perry putting in a star turn, in a sparkling, star-spangled onesie and sharing some of her greatest hits for the gathered throng, singing ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘Firework’ “with gusto.”
The cast of Glee were also on hand with the lightweight entertainment, performing ‘Valerie’ (made famous by Amy Winehouse) and ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera. Meanwhile, the California boy band Mindless Behaviour might not have the kind of name that you think would get the White House seal of approval but their highly physical performance got the thumbs up from the Obamas, nonetheless.
The 2013 People’s Choice Awards Ceremony took place in Los Angeles earlier this week, and the numerous categories of awards held few surprises this year.
As expected, one of the big winners of the night was The Hunger Games franchise, winning across the board, in categories like Action Movie, Movie Franchise and winning lead actress Jennifer Lawrence the statuette in the category Face of Heroism - an odd category for any award show to have, but we never object to Lawrence getting more screen time. Other big winners of the night included Nicki Minaj (for Hip Hop Artist), Katy Perry (for Female Artist and Pop Artist). The other stars of the show, even if they weren’t awarded anything, were definitely the performers – Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys, to name a few – and last, but certainly not least, Taylor Swift’s cleavage.
The 23-year-old singer has been gracing headlines non-stop for a few months now, from her new album and new image to her relationship (and subsequent breakup) with One Direction singer Harry Styles. Taylor’s certainly had her ups and downs, but the People’s Choice awards definitely count as a success for her, as she not only managed to win the Country Artist award, but looked fabulous and displayed a pleasant sense of humor while doing it. She and host Olivia Munn referenced Swift’s 2009 MTV VMA debacle, during which Kanye West interrupted Swift mid award acceptance. That awkward moment is long forgotten now, however, and even with her complicated love life, Swift looks set for a lasting musical career.
We know that people get forgetful as they get older but as she celebrated her 32nd birthday, it seemed that Christina Aguilera clean forgot to put her pants on. The Daily Mail have posted snaps of the raunchy popster looking decidedly festive and scantily-clad, as she celebrated at the afterparty for the end of The Voice. And she had plenty to celebrate, as it was her birthday too. We’re hoping that Christina at least had some knickers on under the t-shirt, though they weren’t exactly visible from the shots we’re looking at.
Aguilera has a history of venturing out in daring outfits and she didn’t disappoint on Tuesday night, that’s for sure. As she left the party after a night of celebrating, she was wearing a long black sequinned coat, black boots, fishnets, a glittery bib necklace and a ripped Mickey Mouse t-shirt (a sly reference to her Mickey Mouse club days?) and, er, not much else. Apart from a Santa’s hat. She held onto a friend’s hand for support as she left the party, looking ever so slightly worse for wear after the double celebration.
Christina had something else to celebrate, too. The man who hacked into her personal online accounts, as well as those of Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, was sentenced to 10 years in jail this week. That’s still no reason to forget your pants though.
It’s been drawing solid ratings but The Voice has largely slipped under the radar news-wise this year; nevertheless, the show drew to a close on NBC last night (December 18, 2012) with Blake Shelton’s protégé Cassadee Pope taking the prize.
Pope won the show over Scottish-native Terry McDermott and the bearded wonder Nicholas David, reports CBS, with a two hour marathon finale deciding who would walk off as the winner. Pope was stunned to win, dissolving into tears and getting out a hasty list of thank yous: "I'm feeling amazing, thank you for everyone who voted for me and all the fans and Blake, the producers, wardrobe, Carson, the band, and Christina, everybody” she gushed.
Pope got to perform with one of her idols in Avril Lavigne, and the Canadian was one of several stars who made a turn at the show’s prestigious finale. Rihanna, Bruno Mars, The Killers, Smokey Robinson and Peter Frampton were among the others who made an appearance during the two hours. Though Pope is the winner of this series, she won’t have long to relish her crown, with the fourth season of the show beginning as soon as March 25, 2013; it’ll be all change on the voice coach panel too, with Usher and Shakira replacing Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green.
Christopher Chaney, the man who hacked into the phones and emails of numerous celebrities including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, has been sentenced to TEN years in prison. Some reports had suggested he was facing around SIXTY years, though the sentence passed down this week is still a lengthy one. The photographs of Johansson in particular spread like wildfire and were reposted on numerous websites as well as linked to from Facebook and Twitter.
Though Mr Chaney's actions were clearly perverted and reprehensible, many commentators in Europe and the UK were stunned by the 10 year sentence. Johansson openly wept in court and spoke of feeling "truly humiliated and embarrassed" by having "nude photographs go public," while other victims of Mr Chaney such as Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera also condemned his actions. According to the BBC, gossip website Holy Moly was one of the first UK-based sites to post the images, under the headline, "Scarlett Johansson naked: Either wonderful Photoshop or a very similar lookalike." Its founder Jamie East did little to hide his views on the matter, saying, "It's a celebrity gossip website, if celebrities don't want naked pictures of themselves plastered all over the internet then either don't take them at all or don't have them on your mobile phone."
To put the 10 year sentence into context, Silvio Berlusconi recently had his four year prison sentence cut to just one year for tax evasion.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Phone Hacker Gets TEN Years: Who's Side Are You On?
Christopher Chaney has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after hacking the online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera amongst other women. He revealed intimate photos of these women online and sent them to relatives.
"I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed," Johansson said in a videotaped statement, according to the Associated Press. "I find Christopher Chaney's actions to be perverted and reprehensible." U.S. District Judge S. James Otero sentenced Christopher Chaney in Los Angeles. "It's hard to fathom the mindset of a person who would accomplish all of this," Otero said. "These types of crimes are as pernicious and serious as physical stalking." Chaney, who, if he had been convicted for everything he was accused for - hacking the accounts of 50 victims - could have seen jail time of up to 121 years."I don't know what else to say other than I'm sorry," Chaney said. "I could be sentenced to never use a computer again and I wouldn't care."
The effects of Chaney's actions were so profound on Renee Olstead, that the actress and singer considered committing suicide. "I just really hope this doesn't happen to someone else," she said, crying. "You can lose everything because of the actions of a stranger." Christina Aguilera - another of the high profile, but no more harrowing cases - said, "That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy."
Christopher Chaney - the man convicted of hacking the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera - is facing 60 years in prison. Both Hollywood stars, who knew Chaney, say their lives have been irreparably damaged by his actions with one now suffering from panic attacks and the other depressed and paranoid. Chaney sent nude photos they had taken of themselves to their family members, reports the Associated Press.
Chaney, 35, is due to be sentenced on Monday (December 17, 2012) and faces a huge stretch in prison after pleading guilty to nine felony counts including wiretapping and unauthorized access to a computer - felonies that the U.S. judicial system does not take kindly to. In statement, The Voice mentor Christina Aguilera said, "That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy." Prosecutors said Chaney illegally accessed the email accounts of more than 50 people, including Johansson, Aguilera and the actress Mila Kunis, between November 2010 and October 2011. Nude photographs of Johansson were meant for her then-husband Ryan Reynolds, though Chaney uploaded them to the internet.
Chaney managed to figure out his victims' email passwords and security questions and set a feature to forward a copy of ever email they received to his account. He was finally arrested in October 2011 as part of a year-long investigation into celebrity hacking dubbed 'Operation Hackerazzi'.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson's Phone Hacker Facing 60 Years In Prison
A Christina Aguilera afro was probably the second most impressive feat when the sing debuted her new single, "Make the World Move," on last night’s episode of The Voice.
The New York born singer with Hispanic roots nearly gave the live studio audience a glimpse of her unmentionables, while sporting a rather ridiculous dress. And not even a bright pink Afro wig could distract from her near spillage. On the subject of the talent show, The Voice, Christina had the following to say: "I'm such a lover of unique style and everyone is their own person. [I'm] supporting and appreciating that, so really there are no losers to me at all. How can you compare apples and oranges on certain levels?" Aguilera told Us. "They're all The Voice in their different ways and they'll keep fighting from here and I'm sure this, as I say, this is only the beginning."
Continue reading: Christina Aguilera Afro Fails To Distract From Near Wardrobe Malfunction
Christina Aguilera has really taken her time with albums over the last ten years so it's a nice surprise that her seventh effort 'Lotus' comes only two years after her mediocre record 'Bionic' - which is just as well because there's only so many times you can listen to a record without a single stand out hit to note.
'Lotus' could prove to be different, however, with generally good reviews all round so far (at least compared with 'Bionic'). It was released last week on November 9th 2012 with 13 tracks though the 5-time Grammy winner has already released a deluxe version with four further tracks: 'Light Up the Sky', 'Empty Words', 'Shut Up' and a Martin Garrix remix of first single 'Your Body'; a track which has charted worldwide - it will never be a number one hit, but it is at least one of the most energised songs she has released in recent years.
The album, which was recorded at her home studio, includes collaborations with Cee Lo Green and country singer Blake Shelton (former co-judges on the US version of reality show 'The Voice') as well as input from several new producers such as Mike Del Rio, Jamie Hartman, Aeon Manahan, Chris Braide, Supa Dups and Jason Gilbert.
Still riding high at the top of the US Billboard chart, is Taylor Swift – everybody’s favourite country music princess turned pop star. Her album, Red, is currently enjoying its third week at the top of the US chart but there are some high profile releases coming out this week. We’ve profiled a few of them below but there are others to be considered too, such as Rolling Stones’ Greatest Hits anthology, GRRR! and Susan Boyle’s latest album, Standing Ovation.
Here’s our pick of the best US releases this week… our money’s on One Direction politely asking Taylor swift to leave that seat at the top of the Billboard chart, with their album Take Me Home. And hey, who could resist the charm of those young Brits, eh?
If anyone’s going to challenge Taylor this week, One Direction could well be the act to do it. Their debut album, Up All Night is already sitting respectably at number 23 in the Billboard albums chart and, with a recent appearance on the US X Factor show under their belts, they are surely destined for big things with their sophomore effort. They have already become one of the biggest success stories in chart history, in terms of UK imports. With their debut album, One Direction became the first British band in US chart history to top the Billboard 200 chart with a debut album. Their popularity has grown, even since then and they’re fast becoming one of the biggest bands on the planet. Their last single ‘Live While We’re Young’ was a number 3 hit and they’re our tip for the top this week.
Robbie Williams might be sitting pretty at the top of the UK Album Charts after the weekend, but if said charts have taught us anything, it’s that time makes fools of us all, and we fully expect Mr. Williams – comparatively an elder statesman of the British pop world compared to this week’s leading contender – to fall by the wayside this coming weekend.
Who are these young bucks, Brylcreemed up and smelly freshly of Lynx ready take the crown that Robbie’s new LP told us so explicitly to watch? Why it’s One Direction of course, who’ve graduated to stardom Stateside too since the release of their first album Up All Night last year. The X Factor alumni bring out their follow-up Take Me Home this week, and you’d have to be one of Williams’ family to bet against the youngsters knocking auld Rob off his perch.
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The pop band have also beaten their own record by doubling their previous hit 'Moves Like Jagger' featuring Christina Aguilera which remained at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for just four weeks. South Korean rapper Psy, whose hilarious hit 'Gangnam Style' originally hit the charts at number one has dropped to number two for its seventh week. Last week, the points between the two songs were scarce at just 600, but more and more listeners seem to be enjoying 'One More Night' as this week 2,000 points separate the two tunes. It is also in its fifth week on top of the Radio Songs chart while Psy still stands at the top on the Digital Songs and On-Demand Songs charts. The last seven week run at number one was Rihanna with 'We Found Love' featuring Calvin Harris in November and December 2011.
At number three is Fun.'s 'Some Nights' while 'Diamonds' by Rihanna goes from number five to number four. Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' is now at number five having survived three weeks at number one on its release.
In weeks to come, will young girls be going to the hairdressers and asking for a Christina Aguilera Braid? Well, that remains to be seen, but Christina certainly seems to have caused a bit of a stir with her latest hairdo. She was showing off her new pink dip-dyed look when she appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s chat show on the weekend and that looked pretty neat. On Monday’s episode of the TV news show Extra, she took it one step further and added some elaborate plaits to one side of her head.
With the US election just a day away, Christina was showing her patriotic side, as well, sporting a pair of blue denim jeans with white stars. In fact, she looked every bit the All-American rocker, with a cropped leather jacket and safety-pinned t-shirt to finish off the look. Oh and let’s not forget the snazzy Christian Louboutin heels she had on, too – they were pretty eye-catching. Christina’s style has never exactly been subtle but she’d pulled out all the stops on Monday night to get herself noticed.
After the show, Christina enjoyed a meal with her fellow judge on The Voice, Blake Shelton and her boyfriend Matthew Rutler and frankly, she looked a million dollars in comparison to those two scruffy urchin, if The Daily Mail's pictures are anything to go by.
Continue reading: Christina Aguilera Braids Cause A Stir - Could It Be The Next New Trend?
Christina Aguilera has been out of the spotlight for a number of years while she settles into being a mum, but with her return to the public eye in her role as the voice coach in The Voice and the imminent release of her forthcoming album 'Lotus' the singer has spoken about her distaste for the media in a no-holds-barred conversation.
The 'Can't Hold Us Down' singer reinforces her lyrics, as the Hollywood Reporter writes about her Q&A session at the Billboard/THR Music Conference. She said "Now everyone is a critic," she said "I'm a mother. I'm a businesswoman. I have a zillion and one things going on in my head, on my plate, creatively. I put my son to bed then I go right into my backyard, which is my studio house. It's a lot. I really truly don't have time for the static noise. It's just not real. They're not real magazines. It's trash. It's rumours." Further stating that she simply wants to "stay hungry and stay eager and be the best [she] can be."
Aguilera's sentiments are certainly good advice for the young hopefuls whom she's currently acting as voice coach to on talent show, The Voice. Speaking about that role she criticized Simon Cowell and American Idol."I saw the commercials early on of American Idol of Simon being a d***. I was like, 'Man, that's not what it's about!' I didn't want to treat people like that. I wanted to do The Voice to show that we can be positive. We don't have to knock people down." For all the good advice, it might be worth while to mention not to use quite so many expletives as Aguilera seems to do, dropping F-bombs, S-bombs and D-bombs all over the shop. We at ContactMusic are looking forward to her upcoming album 'Lotus which is set for release on November 13th 2012.
Speaking to reporters at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference, the singer and The Voice judge went off on one against the tabloid press and bloggers, and she didn’t hold back the expletives either. She said: "I don't read blogs. It's just God-knows-who in *** wherever writing hate ***. You can't take it seriously. I'm sure you've all been hated on at some point by *** people."
Just as people were beginning to uncover their ears, her TV talent show rival and The X Factor judge Simon Cowell came into the discussion and the singer was at it again. This time round she said: "I saw the commercials early on of American Idol of Simon being a *****. I was like, 'Man, that's not what it's about!' I didn't want to treat people like that. I wanted to do The Voice to show that we can be positive. We don't have to knock people down."
Christina Aguilera's last album was called 'Bionic'. Did you know that? We'd forgotten it, long lost in the vicissitudes of albums that just didn't quite hit the spot. However, her new album 'Lotus' is considered to be a 'companion piece of sorts', so says Rolling Stone, to her classic album 'Stripped', which thrust her beyond mediocrity and into worldwide stardom. Speaking to Rolling Stone about it, Aguilera makes 'Lotus' sound as though it's going to be an incredible collection of songs.
"[Lotus] really takes me back to that time [of Stripped]," she said. "I was shedding a skin in a sense. I had been pigeonholed as formula-pop driven, or molded or forced to be something I didn't feel was true to me." After her break from her original manager, Steve Kurtz, in 2000, for controlling her life and music, the 'Dirty' singer has made a point of creating music that is important and true to her. "I don't really push myself to have those formulaic commercial successes. It's dishonest and it starts lacking creativity. I embraced being a pop artist, but I like doing it on my own terms, at my own pace." With 'Lotus' she took the approach to draw all sides of her. "It's a very multi-layered, very heartfelt record," she says. "I wanted to share all the different sides of me, as a woman, and as a creator and an artist. Part of that is being a mom. Part of that is sexuality. Part of that is vulnerability. Part of that is aggression and angst. All those pieces make me who I am."
Over the past year, Aguilera has effectively been running three jobs. Firstly as a judge on The Voice, secondly on the creation of her new album, and also being a mother, if she manages to clear her schedule at all she says she'd love to tour with the album. She has collaborated on her new material with a variety of producers and artists including Max Martin, Lucas Secon and Shellback. 'Lotus' is scheduled to be released on November 13th this year.
We guess the headline just about says it all. Yes, while President Obama was debating with Mitt Romney in Denver this week, Hilary Clinton was staring into the deepest darkest depths of Christina Aguilera’s cleavage. Confused? Read on.
The Secretary of State was on hand for the 11th annual George McGovern Leadership Awards ceremony, held at the U.S. Department of State. A pretty swanky soiree. Anyway, Aguilera was one of the honorees for her work as an Ambassador Against Hunger For the United Nations World Food Program. Though an easy target for mocking – and a favorite of the tabloid press – Aguilera has actually helped raise nearly $115 million for the organization. During Wednesday’s ceremony, Christina was honored by Clinton, who seemed to be fixated with the singer’s cleavage as she handed over the award. An image emerging online shows the Secretary of State in a trance like state as she stares at the 31-year-old’s chest. Clinton eventually managed to find the words to thank Aguilera for her efforts, before the pair joined a round table talk with Yum! Brand boss David Novak to discuss how the campaign can go even further to tackle hunger in impoverished nations.
Before the event, ‘The Voice’ coach Christina had tweeted, “In DC for the George McGovern Leadership Awards at the US Department of State. Proud to use my voice for good & help fromhungertohope.com.”
Quotes made by Christina Aguilera relating to her weight have been revealed as fake, according to E! Online. Currently starring as a coach on The Voice and building up to the release of her new album, Aguilera was reported to have said in the print version of Billboard magazine that she was tired of being a skinny white girl, and that she'd told her bosses in the run up to promoting new LP Lotus that they were working with a "fat girl" from now on.
However a rep has completely denied that Aguilera made any such comments about her weight to Billboard. E! Online are claiming that the quotes came from a story written by Us Weekly, who were including them in a supposed preview of the interview. However, Us have since taken down the story.
Aguilera had been quoted as saying "During the promotion of my album Stripped [in 2002], I got tired of being a skinny, white girl," read the supposed sound bite. "I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl." What she'd actually told Billboard was apparently "This album represents a celebration of the new me, and to me the Lotus has always represented this unbreakable flower that withstands any harsh weather conditions in its surroundings, that withstands time and remains beautiful and strong throughout the years."
Psy’s Gangnam Style – with its strange rap lyrics and crazy dance video – has jumped from No.11 to No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100, meaning it’s now truly made the transition from viral sensation to commercial powerhouse. Though the YouTube video has been viewed 285 million times, the single has now been downloaded 301,000 times, skyrocketing it up the chart and proving music fans simply aren’t happy with the video alone.
Its sales this week represented a 69 per increase, and it’s now perilously close to becoming the No.1 song in America (currently held by Maroon 5 with ‘One More Night’.) According to Billboard, the gap between the two songs is so tight that Psy could easily overtake Adam Levine and his gang on next week’s chart. It’s a sensational rise to stardom for the South Korean rapper and proof that an internet viral track (or video) can perform on the official charts too. Last year, Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ became the most talked about song of the moment (thanks to a cringe-worthy video and even worse lyrics) though it only managed No.58 on the U.S. chart. So what’s the difference with ‘Gangnam Style’? Well, it’s probably a variety of factors though it probably boils down to the fact that pop music fans feel slightly less embarrassed about getting up and dancing to the LMFAO-esque ‘Gangnam Style’ then they did grooving along to Black’s “Friday, Friday, kicking back on Friday.”
Elsewhere on the chart this week, Christina Aguilera’s ‘Your Body’ debuted at a relatively poor No.34, having been downloaded 103,000 times.
Will Billie Joe Armstrong’s rehab keep him from appearing as a mentor for Christina Aguilera’s team on ‘The Voice’? This is one of many questions being asked by confused fans of the Green Day singer, who suffered an onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday (September 21, 2012).
The 40-year-old appeared to become irate after claiming the band had been cut short. He yelled, “One minute left, one minute (expletive) left. You're gonna give me (expletive) one minute? ... I'm not (expletive) Justin Bieber, you (expletives)!” Quite what poor old Justin had to do with anything is unclear, though Billie Joe proceeded to smash his guitar into smithereens before being promptly carted off to rehab. In a statement apologizing for the singer’s behavior, Green Day told Facebook fans, “Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologise to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.” The stint in rehab marks a rough couple of weeks for the rocker, who was hospitalized with an undisclosed ailment on September 1, 2012, but recovered to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 6.
According to Deadline.com, Armstrong will still appear as a mentor on ‘The Voice’ as the audition stages were taped earlier this summer. It is not clear whether Armstrong will be available for the live rounds.
The auditions continued for last night’s episode of X Factor USA (September 19, 2012), without Simon Cowell. The music mogul was reportedly under the weather, according to CBS News but he was kind enough to ensure that he sent a replacement, in the form of Louis Walsh. Walsh already helps to judge the UK version of the show was well-versed in what to expect and what the show’s producers were looking for.
Last night’s show was based in Kansas City and the first contestant shown was 18 year old rapper Rizzloe Jones, who surprised the judges with his vocal skills, despite not quite looking the part. He was even challenged to a freestyle and was asked to rap on the topic of “marshmallows” by Demi Lovato, whilst La Reid insisted on “X Factor.” Such was Rizzloe’s confidence, he took on both subjects with ease. Britney Spears even went so far as to compare him to a “young Vanilla Ice,” though we’re not 100% sure if that was a compliment or not. They were equally wowed by 20 year-old CeCe Frey, whose initial rendition of ‘Unchained Melody’ was unremarkable but when she was given a second chance, her version of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Ain’t No Other Man’ practically had Britney Spears scraping her own jaw off the floor in shock at how good it was.
For the latter part of the show, Cowell had evidently recovered from his illness and returned to the judging panel, where he was won over by Jessica Espinoza’s audition. She sang a version of ‘Nobody Knows’ by Pink, which impressed Cowell so much that the usually dour Cowell told her “I didn’t like it. I loved it.”
It’s all go for Shakira, right now! The 35 year-old Columbian singer has just announced on her website that she’s pregnant. And on Tuesday, it was revealed that she will be replacing Christina Aguilera for Season 4 of The Voice. It looks as though 2013 is going to be a pretty busy year for Shakira and her FC Barcelona soccer boyfriend Gerard Pique. Good news for Shakira, then but bad news for fans of the exotic pop star, if they were expecting to see her at the iHeart Radio Music Festival. Shakira has cancelled that particular appearance, after learning that she’s expecting her first child.
On her website, Shakira posted a message to her fans which read “As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At the time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities over the next few days. This means I will not be able to be a part of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, but I’m sure this weekend in Las Vegas will be spectacular and I will be closely following everything that happens there! I’d like to thank Clear Channel and my fans for their constant love and understanding. Big kiss! And will see you very soon! Shakira.”
The Shakira pregnancy rumours have been floating around for some time now. When she was spotted shopping for maternity clothing back in July, that was one of the bigger giveaways!
It seems that motherhood is just days away for Colombian pop star Shakira after she revealed that she's pulling out of an upcoming appearance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and postponing all further work for the next few days in relation to the child that she and footballing other half Gerard Pique are expecting.
In a message on her personal website, the Hips Don't Lie star wrote "As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At this time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities planned over the next few days." Continuing, she added "This means I will not be able to be a part of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, but I'm sure this weekend in Las Vegas will be spectacular and I will be closely following everything that happens there! I'd like to thank Clear Channel and my fans for their constant love and understanding."
Shakira has been dating Pique for two years, although the two only went public last year, and the news of her imminent arrival caps a big month of announcements for the singer, who also confirmed recently that she will replacing Christina Aguilera as a coach on The Voice next season.
Shakira, pregnant? Well, we can’t say we weren’t expecting it. The Columbian pop star – now 35-years-old – has been in a settled relationship with Barcelona star Gerard Pique for some time, and it appears as though they’re ready to start a family.
The singer announced the news in both England and Spanish on her website Wednesday (September 19, 2012), telling fans, “As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At the time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities over the next few days,” before confirming that her scheduled appearances with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull in Las Vegas would now be cancelled. Rumours of the singer’s pregnancy first began doing the rounds in June, when Fox News reported that Gerard and she had bought a plush mansion in Barcelona and the pair were spotted shopping for maternity clothes in Miami. The baby will be the first for both Shakira and Pique, who first began dating in April 2011. Shakira is still considered one of the biggest Latin artists in the world, while roving centre-back Gerard has been integral to his sides’ success in recent years.
It’s certainly shaping up to be a busy year for Shakira, who will be replacing Christina Aguilera on season four of ‘The Voice’ next spring. How will she fit it all in?
R Kelly makes history with 21st nomination for the Soul Train Awards. He is now the most nominated act ever, reports CBS News.
R. Kelly's double nomination at this year's Soul Train Awards, makes him the most nominated act ever at the awards show. Kelly brings his career total to 21 nominations and is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter's award and album of the year. Two was enough to steal the headlines, but it's Usher that leads the way this year with five nominations, whilst Estelle/em>, Nas, Trey Songz and John Legend are also in the running for various awards. Posthumous nominations include Whitney Houston for best gospel inspirational performance and Amy Winehouse for best international performance. New Edition will receive a lifetime achievement award. The Soul Train Awards - hosted by Cedric the Entertainer - will be filmed on Nov. 8 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The show will air Nov. 25 on BET and Centric.
R&B singer Usher will join pop singer Shakira as they fill in for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera during the spring cycle of singing competition series The Voice" NBC says. The move will give Green and Aguilera a break from the show's schedule to focus on other pursuits.
The show, which demolished The X-Factor USA in its season premiere, has also brought in Usher for Cee Lo Green, according to Entertainment Weekly. The new additions are part of NBC’s plan to develop an “on-going tent of talent” for the show, though Aguilera is likely to return after promoting her new album. Executive producer Mark Burnett said of the new line-up, “Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour…Whether in the red chair or on tour, our coaches have their chairs for life. This is exactly why, after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans. Meanwhile, we’re incredibly excited to have singular artists like Usher and Shakira joining the fold.” It’s probably a wise move by show bosses, who will be all too aware of the sinking ratings of The X Factor and American Idol, both of which have failed to come up with original concepts in recent years and relied too heavily on all-star judging names.
A giggling Eva Longoria Parker managed to avoid questions about her private life at the 2012 Alma Awards. According to Latino Fox News, the Desperate Housewives star managed to side-step any questions about her blossoming romance with Mark Sanchez. Eva Longoria has recently been pictured stepping out with yet another toyboy; the New York Jets quarterback, Sanchez. And in the scorching 92 degree heat at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Longoria managed to keep her cool in the face of some tough questioning.
There was no Eva Longoria boyfriend in sight but when she was asked “how did you meet Mark Sanchez and what did you find attractive about him?” she simply “giggled coyly and walked away from the press line.” She may not have answered any questions about her personal life, but Eva’s career has been going from strength to strength, since the end of the long-running Desperate Housewives series. She has already produced the movie ‘The Harvest' and will soon be directing, too. Longoria will be acting as executive producer of new show ‘Devious Maids’ alongside MARC CHERRY and will also be directing a few of the episodes, as well.
Eva was the co-host and producer of the Alma Awards and was particularly enthused about the award that was being given to Christina Aguilera. “Christina does a lot of work philanthropically so we wanted to honor that, she’s awesome,” said Eva, before Aguilera was given her Special Achievement Award that evening. The event was also attended by Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicole Richie and Robert Rodriguez.
If you thought The Voice would rest on its laurels after last season’s huge success, then you thought very, very wrong. Not content with demolishing The X-Factor USA in its season premiere, show bosses have already begun tweaking the judging line-up for the forthcoming spring season.
Christina Aguilera – perhaps the most high profile of the four mentors – is being replaced by Colombian pop princess Shakira, while Cee-Lo Green will make way for R&B star Usher, according to Entertainment Weekly. The new additions are part of NBC’s plan to develop an “on-going tent of talent” for the show, though fans of Christina and Cee-Lo shouldn’t worry too much: they haven’t been sacked. The former is releasing a new album and will go on tour, while Green is developing new music and working on a scripted comedy series based on his life – both are likely to return for a later season. Having a rotational judging line-up is an interesting concept, and executive producer Mark Burnett firmly believes that it’s the way forward, saying, “Having award-winning artists as coaches means they need to be able to tour…Whether in the red chair or on tour, our coaches have their chairs for life. This is exactly why, after three seasons, we needed to allow them to rotate out so they can get on the road amongst their fans. Meanwhile, we’re incredibly excited to have singular artists like Usher and Shakira joining the fold.”
Country singer Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine will continue on the spring season of The Voice – though it’s unclear whether this is through lack of work, or just because they love spinning their mechanical chairs around.
Christina Aguilera - Christina Aguilera signing autographs for fans Los Angeles, California - Christina Aguilera filming a segment for the entertainment television news programme 'Extra' at The Grove Friday 3rd June 2011
Ali is a girl who's desperate to break away from her small-town life. Seeking a new start she buys a one way ticket to LA and lands a job waitressing at a club called The Burlesque Lounge, the club owner and headline act is a lady called Tess, though she was willing to give Ali a break by offering her the cocktail waitress job, all Ali wants to do is perform on stage. Enamoured by the lavish and flamboyant costumes and striking choreography Ali is sure she would be a perfect addition to their troupe. Tess doesn't see her potential but a few other of the club workers know Ali's secret; she can sing - a small girl with a big voice.
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