ADAM LEVINE LEAVING ‘THE VOICE’ – (05/27/2019)
After 16 seasons, Adam Levine is saying so long to The Voice.
Host Carson Daly announced on NBC’s Today Friday morning that the Maroon 5 frontman will not return for Season 17. Instead, past coach Gwen Stefani will fill his seat. Levine and fellow coach Blake Shelton are the only coaches who have been on The Voice from the show’s start in 2011.
Shelton tweeted, “Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore. After 16 seasons that changed both of ours lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn’t set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot.”
A member of Adam’s team has won The Voice only three times in the show’s run: Javier Colon, in season one; Tessanne Chin, in season five; and season nine’s Jordan Smith.
Season 16 of The Voice wrapped up last Tuesday night with Team John Legend’s Maelyn Jarmon voted the champ.
Levine posted a lengthy statement on Instagram after the news broke. He began by thanking the show’s creator, Mark Burnett, and reminisced about the very first season of the show eight years ago.
“We had no idea what we were doing or where it was going,” Adam wrote. “After the first day of shooting, I sat there, stunned. I said to myself ‘there’s some magic here. Something is definitely happening.’”
He continued, “It went on to be a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever. Thank you NBC for signing me up. I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life.”
Adam went on to thank “every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with,” host Carson Daly, the crew, the contestants, and everyone who has supported the show along the way.
He particularly singled out his bromance partner, Blake Shelton. “I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it,” he writes about Blake. “Our friendship is and always will be one for the books.”
He also told returning coaches Kelly Clarkson and John Legend to “take care of the cowboy and I’m sure I’ll be back to say hi very very soon.”
Adam concluded with a message to the fans: “For me, it was time to move on. Your support has meant EVERYTHING…What an amazing ride. Thank you all so much.”
Levine reportedly wasn’t happy with all the rule changes The Voice was undergoing. Due to a rule change after Season 15, each coach didn’t automatically go to the Live Playoffs with the same number of team members, and by the time the semifinals rolled around Levine had zero singers left under his direction. His frustration bubbled over during the taping of these semifinals. Sources told Page Six that Levine was “very difficult” during the taping and offered no feedback to the other judges’ team members.
Though he’s leaving The Voice, Levine isn’t departing the NBC fold entirely. He’s an executive producer of the network’s songwriter competition Songland, which premieres May 28th, and his 222 Productions is developing a drama project at Universal TV.
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KELLY CLARKSON TRIPS AT INDY 500 – (05/27/2019)
Kelly Clarkson narrowly avoided falling in her platform sandals at the Indy 500 on Sunday, where she performed the National Anthem.
A fan caught the mishap on tape and uploaded it to Twitter. In the clip, the star almost tumbles while walking on a red carpet but then recovers with a smile and a curtsy.
After the video got several hundred retweets, Clarkson herself caught wind of it. She took the joke in stride, writing: “best part of my day is always revealing to people that might not know how utterly not cool I am. That damn crack was hidden by the carpet man! #Indy500.”
Fans appreciated her down-to-earth humor, and praised the singer for being real.
“But you are cool! You know how to not take yourself so seriously! That’s why we love you that much more!” one user wrote.
Added another, “This is reason #4,753 that I love you, gurrl!”
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MILEY CYRUS DEBUTS THREE NEW SONGS DURING LIVE CONCERT – (05/27/2019)
Miley Cyrus headlined BBC Radio’s Big Weekend festival over the weekend and treated fans to three new songs off her upcoming album, She Is Coming, due out May 31st.
The new songs are reportedly “Cattitude,” “Dream,” and “Mother’s Daughter.”
Cyrus sang, “I’m nasty, I’m evil. Must be somethin’ in the water. Or that I’m my mother’s daughter,” in “Mother’s Daughter.”
During “Cattitude” Cyrus mentioned Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. “I love you Nicki, but I listen to Cardi.” After her performance, she wrote on Twitter, “I love you Selena (Gomez) but I listen to Demi (Lovato).” That line sparked fans making memes of “I love blank but I listen to blank.” Cyrus retweeted some of her favorite fan creations, including some with her previous characters from Hannah Montana.
Along with the new songs, Cyrus brought out Charli XCX to perform “We Can’t Stop.” Cyrus also sprinkled several of her hits into her set list, including “Party in the U.S.A.” and “Wrecking Ball.”
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TAYLOR SWIFT SHARES NEW PLAYLIST OF SONGS SHE’S ‘LOVING RIGHT NOW’ – (05/27/2019)
Taylor Swift has created a new list for Apple Music of songs she’s loving right now, called “Playlist by ME!”
Included on the list are “What a Time” by Julia Michaels and Niall Horan, “Want You in My Room” by Carly Rae Jepsen, “New Eyes” by Adam Lambert, “Juice” by Lizzo, “Free Spirit” by Khalid, and “Thinkin Bout You,” by Ciara.
Taylor also features the song “Look Ma, I Made It” by her “ME!” duet partner Brendon Urie’s band, Panic! at the Disco, and the song “Chapstick” by her buddy, Todrick Hall.
“These songs are the soundtrack to my story at the moment,” Taylor writes in a description of the playlist. “I love this playlist for kitchen dance parties, long drives home, sun-soaked reflection, or aggressive bopping. All songs have been loved and appreciated by ME!”
Meanwhile, Taylor, who turns 30 this December, recently had to shut down a rather sexist question about the milestone during an interview with a German radio station.
After an interviewer for Germany’s RTL station asked her if turning 30 is a “turning point” for her when it comes to settling down, getting married to boyfriend Joe Alwyn and having kids, Swift pointed out the double standard and quickly moved on. “I really doubt men get asked the same question when they turn 30,” she said. “So I’m not going to answer that question now.”
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