The end of the calendar year brings colder weather, bigger meals, and the opportunity to gawk at attractive male celebrities all in the name of journalism. Adam Levine of Maroon 5 is People‘s Sexiest Man Alive for 2013. It’s an honor bestowed upon only the most gorgeous of Hollywood royalty, and a no-brainer for any fan of The Voice or Mick Jagger‘s dance moves.
Part of the allure of being a rock star is knowing that you get to live the lifestyle. You get the cars, the houses, the freedom from crippling debt… The thing is some of our favorite famous musicians already had all that before they made it big (and we’re guessing some of them might not want us to know they’re not from the trailer next door).
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine surprised fans this week with the announcement of his engagement to supermodel Behati Prinsloo. The couple split up in March, 2013 after a year of dating, and no one had any idea they were back together, much less ready to walk down the aisle. (In fact, the singer was spotted with model Nina Agdal just a few weeks ago).
No one has ever accused Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine of lacking charisma, but it’s striking how much his profile as a sex symbol has been raised over the course of the last year and change. When the camera cut to Levine walking on stage as his group prepared to duet with Alicia Keys on “Daylight” and “Girl On Fire,” the screams were somehow even louder than anything we heard eminating from NBC’s Studio 8H last night when Justin Bieber hosted Saturday Night Live.
He wasn’t pulling double duty like Bruno Mars did back in October–or like Justin Bieber will do in just two week’s time–but there was still plenty of opportunity for Adam Levine to show off what his day job is like during his first Saturday Night Live hosting gig. He’s been stretching his acting muscles in recent months, but Levine stuck to his musical roots just enough to bust out a catchy hook and taking part in the formation of a brand-new beef, the latter taking place when Pat Monahan of Train (Taran Killam) steps to his own Maroon 5. Employing one of our necessary rules for successful hosting, Levine was not above mocking his own group, and the bands squared off in a battle of harmless guitar riffs and lady-killing stares while the likes of Jason Mraz (Jason Sudeikis) and John Mayer (Bill Hader) looked on.
But the night was not complete without the return of the digital short and the Lonely Island, whom we miss now more than ever. Levine joined Andy Samberg (welcome back!), Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer to hold court along the famous Grease raceway, reminding us that yes, we only live once, and we probably shouldn’t take that for granted with stupid stunts that will make us momentarily Internet-famous.
Les Miz can finally lighten up, even as overall sales suffer a chill. Here’s a look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales:
GOOD NEWS, FANTINE!: The Gloomy Gus movie of the year finally has something to cheer about: The Les Miserables soundtrack hits No. 1 on this week’s sales chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released Wednesday. The album sold 92,000 copies this week, narrowly edging out Mumford & Sons‘ Babel for the chart’s top spot (only 1,439 sales separated the two albums). Babel benefited from a big iTunes sales push, but it wasn’t enough to edge out Jean Valjean and company. For Les Mis, bad times never seemed so good.
In addition to being the first soundtrack to hit No. 1 on the chart since The Hunger Games companion album did so in April 2012, the Les Mis soundtrack —last week’s chart runner-up— gives Russell Crowe his first-ever appearance on a No. 1 album. It’s a feat he could never achieve with his outfits 30 Odd Foot of Grunts or Russell Crowe & the Ordinary Fear of God —which despite sounding made-up were both actual Russell Crowe-fronted bands (!)— although the Oscar winner was name-checked on Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s 2011 chart-topper Watch the Throne.
Ready, set, set your DVRs! On January 26, Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine will return to Saturday Night Live, though this time to play host. The swoon-y frontman has made plenty of visits to studio 8H with his band — four, if your counting, and including once already this season — but this will be his first time acting as master of the ceremonies. Levine’s The Voice gig has provided him plenty of practice on camera, and he’s busted his comedy chops with plenty of cameos on shows like 30 Rock and One Tree Hill and even SNL (remember this?), so probably he’ll be great. And as for musical duties, he’s leaving those to Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose early television performances have proven him more than capable.
Before then, on January 19th, Silver Linings Playbook star and Most Desirable Woman Jennifer Lawrence will warm up the stage as host with the Lumineers performing as musical guest. Grammy nods, chart-topping albums, all up in your radio and now this? Oh how these You Oughta Know artists have grown!
As Times Square gets ready for the influx of hundreds of thousands of revelers here to celebrate the arrival of 2013 Anno Domini, the Korean sensation PSY is plotting to retire his massive YouTube hit, “Gangnam Style.” “Being in Times Square on New Year’s Eve is already special — it’s the biggest stage in the universe — plus it’s my birthday, so, with all that, it may be the ending of ‘Gangnam Style,’” PSY told our friends over at MTV News. “I mean, what better way to do it?”
We couldn’t agree more! As much as we loved “Gangnam Style” when we first saw it appear on YouTube, we have no reservations whatsoever about retiring the song in 2013 because, let’s face it, the song is #PLAYEDOUT. In that spirit, here’s our list of other songs from 2012 that we hope to hear tonight and will always recall fondly, but honestly hope to never hear again once the sun rises tomorrow morning.
12 SONGS FROM 2012 THAT WE HOPE WE NEVER HEAR IN 2013
12. The Lumineers, “Ho Hey” – After thousands of listens, “Ho! Hey!” is starting to turn into “No! Way!”
11. Neon Trees, “Everybody Talks” – It started with a whisper, but when we hear this song on the radio now, it makes us wanna shout “CHANGE THE CHANNEL!”
10. One Direction, “Little Things” – We can’t remember a more passive-aggressive song ever getting this much airplay. #cringeworthy