Tonight Gwen Stefani debuts as a judge on NBC’s hit-singing competition The Voice, and there’s no doubt the platinum blonde singer knows enough about the music business to mentor young hopefuls. She toiled in indie ska-punk circles and paid her dues before finding success in the late 1990s with No Doubt and has reinvented herself during her solo stint in the aughts. But it’s been a minute since she released any new music and that got us wondering, does Gwen Stefani still rock? The answer is a resounding yes.
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If anyone knows what it’s like to attract hate, its musicians. For as much adoration as they receive, there’s a pretty high volume of people looking to tear them down. But the great thing about having music at your disposal is you can release an anti-hate track and have it bounce to number one, putting down the detractors and giving sage advice to us regular people dealing with our own beefs. Taylor Swift is the most recent to jump aboard the anti-hater train with her track “Shake It Off”, but everyone from Beyonce to 50 Cent has a song to sing for the haters.
Nothing’s new. We know this. All of our favorite artists have inspirations, but the genius is in flipping the style and making it their own! Iggy Azalea, formerly Amethyst Amelia Kelly (seriously, she could’ve used this as her stage name), is the queen of “borrowing” from the luminaries that preceded her. Some are obvious; i.e. her Gwen Stefani influence is massive. Others are a bit more surprising — Traci Lords? Really? But the style-shifting Australian emcee has managed to make each of their signature looks her own.
If there is one hit maker who knows how to churn out a Summer Jam, it’s Pharrell Williams. For over 20 years — yes 20! — the singer, songwriter, producer has been cranking out hits for both himself and popular rappers, singers and Daft Punk. Since he has had some many summer hits, we wanted to round up his most successful (as well as our favorites) into one fantastic playlist. All the hits are here, from his first for Wreckx-n-Effect (“Rump Shaker”) to his most recent, “Happy.” But what song was the biggest of his career? We bet you can guess.
There’s no question the trend of nail art is on fire – that shizz is everywhere! From rhinestones to studs to floral decals, manicures have gotten a serious upgrade. Katy Perry has rocked some stellar tips in music videos, Rihanna has sported sexy nails on red carpets, and Gwen Stefani has tweeted some ultra animalistic acrylics. Check out our gallery to see the Singers Who’ve Nailed It With Glamtastic Nails!
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Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale found themselves sharing a stage last night at the KROQ radio’s Almost Acoustic Christmas show in Los Angeles — an event made all the more special by the fact that Almost Acoustic Christmas show is the very show where the rock-star power couple met 17 years ago. Together they performed Bush‘s “Glycerine,” a song that Rossdale correctly figured “would be so powerful, the two of us on stage like that.” The the No Doubt frontwoman — who showed up looking like she probably did that night in 1995 in red-plaid pants and a sheer black top — joined her Bush frontman after the first verse, and the crowd went wild. And we would have done the same, because Aww! There aren’t many songs so good nor rock couples so cute.
Gwen Stefani Joins Gavin Rossdale For ‘Glycerine’ Duet [RollingStone]