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'The Voice' recap: Josh Kaufman rules Team Adam

Josh Kaufman performs "It Will Rain" in the

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To wrap up “The Voice” playoffs, Usher’s final choices last night were tough ones.

But it didn’t seem that Usher figured in the fact that the public starts voting on who moves ahead in the season next week. Aside from likable underdog dad Josh Kaufman, who was head-and-shoulders above the rest of the team, Usher went with skill over likability in his other choices since the others were all...

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'The Voice' recap: Cierra Mickens survives battle scare

Emily B. and Cierra Mickens battle on Season

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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...

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'The Voice' recap: Sisaundra Lewis rules first battle rounds night

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...

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CeeLo Green leaving 'The Voice'

"The Voice" judge CeeLo Green on the Sept.

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CeeLo Green won’t be turning his chair for “The Voice” any longer.

One of the singing competition’s original four judges, Green told Ellen DeGeneres on a show airing today that he would not be returning for a seventh season of “The Voice." (Green was already sitting out the sixth season, which begins on Monday.)

“I don’t want to wear out my welcome,” Green told DeGeneres, adding that...

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Pharrell corners 'Song of the Summer' market

Pharrell Williams

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Welcome to the Summer of Pharrell!

It’s a rare feat in today’s pop music world to be involved in the Top 2 songs in the country at any given time, the way Pharrell is currently on “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke and T.I. and “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk.

What makes it even rarer is that the singer/songwriter/producer has even more songs already set for release. And that doesn’t even...

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