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“I’m With the Band” week kicked off with a bang, as the Top 9 ripped through a medley of rock songs that showed an energy level that has been lacking for much of this season of “American Idol.”
And it, more or less, kept that energy up throughout the show, with some notable exceptions. The show is getting weirder as the season goes on. Harry Connick Jr. stealing Ryan Seacrest’s shoe onstage...Read more »
Just when we thought the battle rounds were over, “The Voice” added a whole new set of battles starting next week. Um, thanks?
Those will likely be the toughest cuts, as they go from 32 to 20 semifinalists, coached by Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
However, the final battle round had its share of rough decisions. Here’s how they stacked up:
TEAM ADAM: Cary Laine vs. Sam...Read more »
This season of “The Voice,” much like the NCAA Tournament, is shaping up to be the season of parity.
There may not be a front-runner yet, but there is definitely a lot of talent spread across all four teams.
Here’s how the battles shaped up Monday night:
TEAM ADAM: Austin Ellis vs. Josh Kaufman, “Happy”: This was the best battle of the season so far -- maybe in years. Austin is...Read more »
Who knows what Lady Gaga will have in store for Roseland Ballroom’s final hurrah, starting Friday?
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LADY GAGA, “G.U.Y.” At Roseland Ballroom...Read more »
Billy Joel is keeping his Madison Square Garden residency interesting, as he really seemed to settle into his new home for the third show Friday night.
The addition of a four-piece string section allowed him to play “Surprises” from 1982’s “The Nylon Curtain” album for what he said was the first-time ever live. Then, after a lovely sing-along for “She’s Always a Woman,” he introduced AC/DC’s...Read more »
Billy Joel plans to play monthly shows at Madison Square Garden for as long as the public is interested. Follow his first year of this groundbreaking music-industry experiment by looking at his shows through a variety of viewpoints -- from critics, musicians, celebrities and fans. This month, it’s singer-songwriter Ryan Star, the Dix Hills native whose album “Angels + Animals” hit stores in January....Read more »
Harry Connick Jr., is admirably trying to educate viewers of “American Idol” on the basics of music theory.
On “Top 10 Night,” where the Top 10 finalists picked songs that reached the Top 10 from the last four years, Connick even sang sharp to show C.J. Harris what he was doing wrong. (C.J. was doing much more than that wrong, though.)
The problem, though, is that Connick sometimes overreaches...Read more »
Eminem and Rihanna are taking their “Monster” collaboration to the next level.
The superstars will launch “The Monster Tour” of stadiums in August, including a stop at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 16.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 28 through Live Nation. However, American Express cardholders will have access to pre-sale tickets starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Both of Eminem and...Read more »
Night Two of "The Voice" Battle Rounds confronts one of life's basic questions: Spread out your chores and balance them with fun stuff or pile them together and just plow through one bad day to finish them? "The Voice" producers apparently went for the latter option last night, cobbling together an afterthought of an episode to deal with some of the lesser competitors.
Here’s how the night...Read more »
So far this season, “The Voice” hasn’t developed a crop of front-runners the way it has in the past. That makes the battle rounds seem that much more important at creating the kind of star they desperately want.
Here’s how Night 1 shook out:
TEAM USHER: Biff Gore vs. T.J. Wilkins, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
“Don’t dial back the emotion,” Usher tells them before the battle, and then...Read more »