For Robin Thicke Mary J. Blige and Method Man’s collaboration on “All I Need” changed his perspective on duets forever. He probably never imagined he’d think of performing it as a judge on ABC’s Duets, which he ultimately decided against. When charged with finding partners for the show, Thicke was looking for some pretty specific requirements. We’ll give you a hint. His partner had to be a woman. We caught up with the R&B singer to find out what the must-haves on his list were. Read more…
It takes two to tango in Robin Thicke’s new gig as a judge on ABC’s new singing competition show Duets. Along with his co-judges Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles, they flew around the country in search of talented singers to become their duet partners. Undiscovered talent singing with veteran singers sounds like a recipe for an assortment of musical pleasantries. With all the pairing up on Duets, we were curious to find out what duets Robin Thicke loves, and what songs he planned to sing on the show. Read more…
ABC has a new talent show in the works, and Kelly Clarkson has signed on to the new project. The TV show, Duets, will be a talent quest in the same vein as American Idol, but will be based on competitors performing duets with all ready famous super stars — enter Kelly Clarkson. The basic premise is that pop stars will trawl the country for the perfect duet partner, with ABC stating that the celebrities “Will individually set out on a journey across America looking for undiscovered talent worthy to be their protégés.” Joining Kelly in the quest will be Robin Thicke, Lionel Richie, and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.
The show will work as most reality talent shows do, with eight separate pairings and a weekly singing battle to the death. Well, not the death, it’s not the Hunger Games, but you know what we mean — contestants will be eliminated (in the most friendly, still living way possible) until there’s a winner. The prize is a contract with Disney-owned Hollywood Records, and depending on the success of the show, probably a charting single with the dueting pop star. Duets is set to debut this summer, so if you still haven’t got your fill of talent quests, then you’re in luck, because this one promises to be pretty fun with the stars getting hands on. We wonder if there will be any uber-fan experiences with contestants?
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Taylor Swift has been blazing across the country on her Speak Now tour, and in her warm, earnest way, she’s been welcoming city-specific guests to share the stage with her while she pays unique tributes to all the towns she visits. And now, on the final leg of her tour, Taylor is in that town, New York City, and the opportunities for tributes and guests are almost endless. For her first New York show last night at Madison Square Garden, Taylor played “one of the greatest songs ever written,” The Goo Goo Dolls‘ “Iris,” with the band’s frontman Johnny Rzeznik. With one last show set to light up the Garden tonight, we’re speculating who of the New York set will join Taylor on stage. Will it be a Strokes affair? Mother Monster? Or a spectral visitor from the afterlife?
Who did we miss? We want to hear your thoughts!
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At last month’s 2011 Video Music Awards, Tony Bennett introduced Bruno Mars‘ outstanding tribute to Winehouse by sharing a short clip of himself and Winehouse in the studio cutting a cover of the jazz standard “Body And Soul.” As of now, it’s one of the last pieces of recorded music that Winehouse contributed to before her tragic and untimely passing, although if the rumors hold up, there may be more Winehouse cuts on the way someday soon.
Aside from being a very pleasant rendition of the song, the thing that strikes us the most about this video is seeing Amy Winehouse in the habitat where she always felt the most comfortable — the studio. Most of the memories that we have of the last few years of her life are paparazzi shots of her strung out on the streets of London, wasting away before our very eyes. This video, in which Winehouse looks both healthy and happy, stands in stark contrast those tabloid images. Sure, she appears a bit fidgety at times, but we attribute that behavior not to drugs, but rather to her uniquely personal method of channeling the ghosts of great jazz singers past, like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday (both of whom not-so-coincidentally recorded versions of “Body And Soul”). We’ll also admit it breaks our heart more than a little bit to watch the way that she coyly batted her mascara-laden eyelashes at the inimitable Bennett, knowing that we’ll never get to see her do that again.
“Body And Soul” can be found on Tony Bennett’s upcoming album, Duets II, which will be available in stores next week. If you can’t wait that long, you can head to the iTunes store and pick it up this duet today; all proceeds will benefit the recently created Amy Winehouse Foundation.
LIL WAYNE SPRINGS A LEAK, THREATENS TO KIDNAP BEYONCÉ
Where’s the beef? On Lil Wayne’s just-leaked Tha Carter IV, that’s where! According to Blackbook, Weezy’s new track “It’s Good” features this bar directed towards Jay-Z: “Talkin? ?bout baby money, I got your baby money/Kidnap your b****, Get that ?how much you love your lady?” This is apparently in retaliation to a verse that Jay sung on “H.A.M.” that dissed Young Money. First Game disses Jay, now Wayne? Sh*t’s about to get real, son! [Blackbook]
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT PAYS HOMAGE TO KURT COBAIN
The 20th anniversary of Nevermind is just around the corner, so Nirvana-mania is clearly in bloom (drum roll). At a concert in Seattle last night, the Inception star played a cover of “Lithium,” which he punctuated with this off-the-cuff dedication: “You know it seems like everytime people bring up Nirvana, people wanna talk about how Kurt Cobain killed himself. But I gotta say, it doesn’t matter to me. It doesn’t matter that he’s dead, it doesn’t matter how he died, his songs are f***ing awesome, that’s what matters.” [Everybody Loves Our Town]