Art Streiber/NBCKelly Clarkson likes to spend her downtime participating in her favorite hobby, which sounds like a recipe for disaster: It involves her handling sharp objects while downing alcoholic beverages.
In a video series called Voice Coaches on Blast, posted on People.com, Kelly rattles off a list of firsts and favorites in response to rapid-fire questions. Asked about her favorite hobby, she says, "I love quilting. I love putting on vinyl and having wine and quilting. It’s fun! I’m not great at it, but I like it.”
As People notes, Kelly loves quilting so much that she made blankets for all her fellow The Voice coaches.
Kelly also reveals that her favorite boy band is Boyz II Men, her favorite guilty pleasure is the TV show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, her favorite book is Jane Eyre, and her favorite current superhero is Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman.
Asked if she's an early bird or night owl, Kelly's quick to answer.
"Even with four children, I am not a morning person. I love the night," she laughs. "I am a vampire!"
ABC/Heidi GutmanAlly Brooke has made her own Christmas dreams come true.
The currently-solo Fifth Harmony member will release a Christmas song Friday -- a cover of Wham!’s “Last Christmas.”
“It’s been one of the biggest dreams of mine to release a Christmas song and now I finally get to one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time,” Ally tweeted. “Aaaand I’ll be performing this on the @macys day parade!!! I cannot wait, I’m so happy.”
She also hinted that a full Christmas album is on her 2019 “goals/wish list.”
The 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade -- which will also feature performances by Pentatonix, Bazzi and Rita Ora -- will air Thursday, November 22 at 9:00 a.m. ET on NBC, and will also be streamed online.
ABC/Paula LoboBackstreet Boys’ AJ McLean continues to be open about his struggles with alcohol addition. He admits to People magazine that he's relapsed over the past year.
“You know, it’s interesting about sobriety with family and with kids -- you still have to put yourself first, and that’s been a real big struggle for me,” he says. “Look, I have no shame in saying, I’ve relapsed over the past year. It’s no secret that this is a disease, and that it’s a daily struggle.”
AJ previously entered rehab in 2001 for alcohol addiction. He credits his family -- particularly his two young daughters, Ava and Lyric -- for helping to keep stay on the right track.
“Are my kids and my wife a huge support, and a huge inspiration? Yes, a hundred percent,” he says. “But, at the same time the biggest problem I deal with, with them, is putting myself first, and not my family first.”
AJ says it’s in his nature to be “Mr. People Pleaser,” but “if you do that too often, then you forget about taking care of yourself, and you do tend to get lost in the sauce. And that’s happened to me numerous times.”
“For me, you don’t beat it,” he says of his addiction. “It’s not like, okay, I’m sober, it’s done. I’ll never drink again. No. You have to work at it daily.”
Conor McDonnell Ellie Goulding, Diplo and Swae Lee have debuted the regal music video for their collaboration, “Close to Me.”
The visual mainly features Ellie dressed in couture and sporting different makeup looks as she sings at various stunning locations across Budapest, Hungary. Swae pops up to sing his verse in a field surrounded by trees.
"I don't wanna be somebody without your body/Close to me/And if it wasn't you, I wouldn't want anybody/Close to me/'Cause I'm an animal/like you/And I don't wanna be somebody without your body/Close to me," Ellie sings on the track.
The song was released last month and marks Ellie’s first new release since 2017’s "First Time" with Kygo. Her last album, Delirium, came out in 2015.
ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer and his buddy Dave Chappelle are taking their act to Sin City.
For the past two years, John and Dave have been performing their music/comedy hybrid Controlled Danger at select venues in the U.S. The show is now heading to Las Vegas for a December 30 show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. PT via AXS.com; prices range from $45 to just under $270 apiece.
The first half of Controlled Danger is a solo music set by John and a solo comedy set by Dave. The second half of the show features both stars together onstage -- telling stores, performing songs, dancing and more.
As with previous Controlled Danger shows, don't even think of whipping out your phone and taking photos or video. No cellphones, cameras or smart watches are allowed during the show -- everyone's device will be locked in a special pouch for the duration of the show. If you're caught using your phone, you'll be thrown out.
Dave MeyersFans of the two biggest sci-fi franchises -- Star Wars and Star Trek -- have always had a friendly rivalry, but now there's something they can both get behind: the music of Ariana Grande.
Over the weekend, Star Wars icon Mark Hamill tweeted, "Thank you, next," without being aware that it's the title of Ari's #1 hit -- and reportedly, the name of her upcoming album.
But after presumably being schooled by Ariana's fans, the man known as Luke Skywalker tweeted, "You know you're out of it when someone suggests you tweet what you think is just a random phrase that turns out to be the title of the new album by @ArianaGrande, one of the most popular artists in the history of showbiz."
He added the hashtags #ImSorryAri and #ItsUnotYou.
In response, iconic Star Trek actor George Takei, best known for playing Mr. Sulu in the original series, tweeted to Hamill, "Her popularity is well-earned...She has what feels like the voice of an angel, that @ArianaGrande. One that could fill the vast heavens."
When Ariana saw Takei's praise, she freaked out. Retweeting his comment, she wrote, "hello i am crying."
After tweeting a string of hearts to both Hamill and Takei, Ari then added, "sulu ...... likes my voice i ....... have to go."
Takei responded with an invitation for Ari to become an ambassador for the "50th Anniversary of Stonewall here in NYC" -- referring to the seminal 1969 incident that launched the gay rights movement in the U.S.
Takei, who's openly gay, added, "I could make a recommendation on your behalf. So many in the LGBTQ community adore you."
Sofia Sanchez and Mauro MongielloCamila Cabello is good at singing about heartbreak, but currently, she’s the happiest she’s ever been when it comes to her love life.
In a new cover story with Marie Claire, the singer opens up for the first time about her boyfriend, British dating coach Matthew Hussey.
“He’s so similar to me,” she tells the mag. “In person, we’re just weird and silly and stupid together. He makes me the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”
She says they’ve “been together for kind of a like a long time now” after meeting on the Today show, where Hussey served as the show's resident love expert. But she admits she still gets nervous when he’s in the audience at one of her concerts.
“Any time he’s there, I get super nervous,” she says. “I stutter or my hands are shaky.”
Despite the occasional nerves, Camila says she has confidence now that she's never had before. When asked if she’d consider starring as Maria in Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story, she says she’d rather work on a new album instead.
“I know exactly who I am, and I know what I want to do,” she says. “And I’m just not ready to give up that voice for something else right now.”
Trae Patton/NBCOn Tuesday night’s The Voice, Carson Daly revealed which of the three artists each from Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson‘s teams who performed on Monday would advance to the next round: two based on America’s vote, the other chosen by his or her coach.
At the top of the show, Daly also acknowledged the passing of The Voice season 1 finalist Beverly McClellan, who died on October 30 at the age of 49 from endometrial cancer.
The artists advancing after Tuesday’s show are:
Soulful country singer Kirk Jay and gruff-voiced blues artist Chris Kroeze advanced, based on America’s votes. Blake saved country artist Dave Fenley. Funsho, Michael Lee and Natasia GreyCloud were sent home.
America saved soul artist DeAndre Nico and 14-year-old pop singer Reagan Strange. After agonizing over which of the remaining artists would complete his team, Adam settled on teen heartthrob Tyke James, explaining that there was still more he wanted to see from him. Steve Memmolo, RADHA and Kameron Marlowe went home.
America sent Kentucky native MaKenzie Thomas and Kennedy Holmes -- the youngest artist in the competition at 13 -- to the next round. Acknowledging it was a tough decision for her to make, Jennifer saved R&B singer Sandyredd. Franc West, Colton Smith and Patrique Fortson were sent packing.
America saved 16-year-old country artist Chevel Shepherd and blues singer Sarah Grace, 15. Kelly, known for getting emotional, saved gospel powerhouse Kymberli Joye. Abbie Cates, Keith Paluso and Zaxai were sent home.
Also on Tuesday’s show, Ayanna Joni and Lynnea Moorer, the two finalists from The Voice Comeback Stage -- the show's new digital series in which judge Kelsea Ballerini gave artists who failed to get chair turns during the blind auditions a chance to re-enter the competition -- performed for America’s vote. Joni tackled Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” and Moorer delivered “Boo’d Up,” by Ella Mai. America picked Moorer, who chose Clarkson as her coach and moves on, along with the other 12 contestants. Joni was sent home.
The evening also included Kane Brown performing his latest single “Lose It,” and Backstreet Boys singing their new song, “Chances.”
The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Ruben ChamorroZara Larsson wants to be able to speak her mind through her music without being labelled a “bad feminist.”
In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, the Swedish singer discusses the backlash she received for her latest single, “Ruin My Life,” in which she sings about a toxic relationship. Some accused her of promoting a destructive lifestyle.
"I'm such an outspoken feminist, quite a radical one with my opinions,” Zara tells the mag. “But we've all been there -- at least my friends have and everyone I know -- where you know you shouldn't go back to that person, whatever, I'm still going to text this person at 3 a.m. after three drinks."
Zara wrote the song after walking home from a regrettable night at an ex’s place. “I was a bit obsessed with this guy who was so bad for me,” she admits.
“I get the idea of wanting to only do really powerful, uplifting songs towards women, but I'm a human being and I can get my heart broken,” she says. “I should be able to express my feelings by being me, and hopefully other girls can relate, without that making me a bad feminist."
Zara promises her next song will be a bit more empowering.
"It's called 'Don't Worry About Me' and is kind of like 'Ruin My Life' part two," she teases. "It's the moment when you wake up feeling like, 'I'm so over you right now. Have a good life."
Jono SymondsThey're "Back Here," baby. British boy band BBMAK reunited earlier this year, and last night they played the first of three U.S. shows -- their first in 15 years -- in New York City. At first, the trio admits they weren't sure they still "had it," but just one rehearsal proved their fears were unfounded.
"We were -- not concerned -- but we were like, 'It's been a minute -- I wonder, can we still do it?'" recalls BBMAK's Christian Burns. "But I suppose it's like riding a bike -- just muscle memory."
"Everyone remembered their harmonies as soon as we started to play," adds Stephen "Ste" McNally. And Mark Barry adds, "It was pretty surreal, to be honest."
In addition to playing hits like "Back Here" at Monday's show, BBMAK debuted a song from a brand-new record due out in the spring. Ste explains, "It's a mix of that classic BBMAK sound -- three-part harmony and very guitar-driven tracks -- but we are bringing more modern elements."
The reunion came about when the three men, who remained friendly, were hanging out one day, and decided on a whim to film themselves singing "Back Here" and post it on social media.
"It just went crazy, we had like two million views...it was ridiculous!" laughs Christian. "It went viral. And we were like 'Wow, we should have a chat about this, boys!' I think...all of us...decided, it's time for the Mak."
The trio's fans, and their loved ones, are thrilled about the reunion. Last week, at a show for friends and family in their hometown of Liverpool, England, Mark says, "There wasn't a dry eye in sight...'cause they could see how important it is to us and how it makes us happy. It was quite an emotional night."
ABC/Fred LeeLady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation is launching a new kindness campaign to coincide with World Kindness Day today.
In partnership with Zappos and SoulCycle, the foundation has announced the #MultiplyYourGood Challenge, which invites individuals to volunteer or donate to a nonprofit in their community this holiday season. For every act of kindness performed by December 21, the Born This Way Foundation will “multiply” it by performing a good deed for one of their nonprofit partners.
Participants can share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #MultiplyYourGood and submit their good deeds on the Born This Way website.
For every act of good submitted, you’ll be entered to win a trip to Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga’s new residency, as well as take part in a service event alongside the Born This Way Foundation team.
John Shearer/Getty ImagesA day after Miley Cyrus revealed the Malibu home she shared with fiancé Liam Hemsworth had burned to the ground in the Woolsey fire, Hemsworth shared a photo of the what was left of the house.
There were only charred remnants left, but four stone letters that spelled out “LOVE” remained in intact.
“It’s been a heartbreaking few days,” the Aussie actor wrote on Twitter. “This is what’s left of my house. Love. Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires.”
A rep for Miley tells Billboard the couple is donating $500,000 to the Malibu Foundation through Miley’s Happy Hippie charity.
"These funds will be used for those in financial need, emergency relief assistance, community rebuilding, wildfire prevention and climate change resilience,” the rep says.
Miley previously wrote on Twitter that her home “no longer stands” but she was grateful to make it out safely with Liam and her animals.
ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer reveals Drake is the reason he quit drinking two years ago. More specifically, Drake’s 30th birthday party.
In a new cover story with Complex, John says he “made quite a fool of [himself]” at the 2016 bash and it made him realize he wanted to give up alcohol completely.
“[I] had a conversation with myself,” he says. “I remember where I was. I was in my sixth day of the hangover. That’s how big the hangover was.”
He adds, “I looked out the window and I went, ‘Okay, John, what percentage of your potential would you like to have? Because if you say you’d like 60, and you’d like to spend the other 40 having fun, that’s fine. But what percentage of what is available to you would you like to make happen? There’s no wrong answer. What is it?’ I went, ‘100.’”
John said once he stopped drinking it felt “like boredom” at first, but he stuck with it and now he feels better than ever.
Art StreiberLady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are already cooking up ideas for a potential performance of “Shallow” at next year’s Oscars.
In a new interview with Variety, Gaga said she’s “one hundred percent” on board to sing the A Star Is Born duet with Cooper at the ceremony, should it be nominated for best original song.
Bradley adds, “We talked about that actually, because I’m such a maniac. I started texting [Gaga] the whole pitch of how we should do it. So we’ll see. There might be a cool, unorthodox way we could perform it.”
At this point, a nomination for “Shallow” seems likely as it continues to climb up the charts. Gaga says she believes it’s resonating with people because it’s about a dialogue between a man and a woman.
“To me, that conversation is what makes the song successful and beautiful and why people cry when they hear it,” she says. “It’s because that man and woman connect, and they are listening to each other.”
John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCLorde is calling out Kanye West and Kid Cudi for allegedly copying the stage design from her Melodrama tour.
The two rappers brought their Kids See Ghost project to the live stage over the weekend, and during the show, they performed inside a large, rectangular glass box hanging from the ceiling. On her Instagram Story, Lorde posted pictures of West and Cudi's show alongside photos from her tour earlier this year and her 2017 Coachella show, with nearly the exact set-up.
"I'm proud of the work I do and it's flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves," Lorde wrote in a caption on one of the photos. "But don't steal -- not from women or anyone else -- not in 2018 or ever."
Lorde and Kanye previously collaborated in 2014 on a remix of her Hunger Games song "Yellow Flicker Beat." The "Green Light" singer has also called West her "idol."
Trae Patton/NBCThe live playoffs began on Monday night’s The Voice, with the six artists each from Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson's teams performing for a spot in the top 12.
America had the chance to vote for their favorite artist from each team, with the four top artists earning the most votes advancing to the top 12. The results will be announced on Tuesday’s show, where the remaining artists will get another shot at advancing.
Host Carson Daly opened the show by acknowledging last week’s mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, as well as the wildfires, currently raging in Southern California. “On behalf of everybody at NBC and our Voice family, our thoughts are with everybody affected,“ he said. “And to the first responders, fighting these terrible fires, thank you.”
Daly also told viewers interested in helping that they could go to RedCross.org, or ChristinaGrimmieFoundation.org, which helps victims of gun violence. Christina Grimmie, a season 6 finalist, died in 2016 after being shot while signing autographs following a concert performance in Orlando, Florida.
First up were the six members of Team Blake:
Michael Lee kicked things off with Delbert McClinton's "Every Time I Roll the Dice." He was followed by country singer Dave Fenley with Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground"; Natasha GreyCloud belting out Ariana Grande's "God Is a Woman"; Chris Kroeze, covering Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”; and Funsho, tackling Charlie Puth’s “How Long.” Kirk Jay rounded things out, with Diamond Rio’s "One More Day."
The six artists from Team Kelly were next:
Abbie Cates, 17, was up first with her take on Emeli Sandé’s “Next to Me.” Keith Paluso was next with Adele’s “Someone Like You”; 15-year-old Sarah Grace, playing the organ, covered “When Something Is Wrong with My Baby,” by Sam & Dave. Zaxai followed with Leo Sayer’s “When I Need You”; and 16-year-old Chevel Shepherd tackling “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘bout the Good Old Days)," by The Judds. Powerhouse vocalist Kymberli Joye closed things out with Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.”
Team Adam’s six artists followed:
Steve Memmolo got the ball rolling, singing “More Today than Yesterday,” by Spiral Staircase. Next up, Beaumont, Texas’ DeAndre Nico put his spin on John Legend’s “Ordinary People”; RADHA delivered a powerful rendition of ZAYN’s “Dusk Till Dawn”; blues singer Kameron Marlowe covered Waylon Jennings’ “I Ain’t Living Long Like This”; and 18-year-old surfer from Hawaii Tyke James delivered Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” 14-year-old Reagan Strange wrapped things up for Team Adam with “Worth It,” by The Voice season 4 champ Danielle Bradbery.
Finally, Team Jennifer’s six artists took the stage:
First up, was Atlanta soul singer Patrique Fortson, singing “Ain’t Nobody,” by Rufus and Chaka Khan. He was followed by MaKenzie Thomas with a fiery cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Believe in You and Me” -- which drew two shoes from JHud; Los Angeles worship leader Franc West played piano and sang Timbaland’s “Apologize”; R&B powerhouse Sandyredd belted “No More Drama,” by Mary J. Blige; Colton Smith covered Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa’s “Scared to be Lonely.” This season’s youngest contestant, Kennedy Holmes, closed out the night with Beyoncé’s “Halo.”
The Voice returns with a one-hour episode on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Travis SchneiderMaroon 5's "Girls Like You" spent seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine said they realized the song was a standout, but they had no idea it'd be so big.
"I think this has exceeded everyone's expectations. We definitely knew it was special and it was added at the very last minute," he tells ABC Radio. "We had already passed four or five deadlines that the label had imposed for us on this album, and then this song came along, so we knew we had to cut it and throw it on there."
But James is quick to give credit for the song's success to two people outside the band: Cardi B, who's featured on the track, and David Dobkin, who directed the clip's standout video.
"Cardi B, she really killed it and really took the song to the next level," James says. "And the video, y'know, now that it's passed a billion views, I think it obviously really resonated with people. So it's been this great, very fruitful relationship with David Dobkin that's benefited us so much."
The "Girls Like You" video features cameo appearances by 25 prominent women, from Jennifer Lopez and Ellen DeGeneres to Gal Gadot, Tiffany Haddish and Sarah Silverman. James says the fact all those women were willing to participate was thrilling for the band.
"It was very exciting putting together the list of people that we wanted to reach out to," recalls James. "And then leading up to the video was exciting, being like, 'OK, Tiffany Haddish is in, Sarah Silverman's in,'...it was really amazing."
"At the beginning we didn't know if anybody was gonna show up," he laughs. "So we're so grateful that everybody did!"
BryantEver have that dream where you’re falling? Bazzi is having it in the new music video for his song, “Dreams.”
The clip begins with him falling from space through the clouds. He wakes up on the ground, but the dream-like imagery continues as he finds himself in some Alice in Wonderland-inspired scenarios.
Bazzi walks through the woods and comes upon an empty table set for a tea party. Suddenly, a beautiful woman appears and leads him through a blue door.
Once through it, Bazzi has shrunken in size and finds himself in a dollhouse. Before the woman can grab him, the scene switches to an empty street where Bazzi sees the woman with her back turned toward him. He reaches out but can’t quite touch her.
The clip ends with Bazzi falling through the sky again.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCThe Backstreet Boys will be lending their voices to The Voice.
According to Billboard, the group will appear on Tuesday’s episode of the NBC singing competition to perform their new song, “Chances.”
Monday night’s episode of The Voice will feature the top 24 contestants singing their hearts out for coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Tuesday’s episode will also feature eliminations as the top 24 are chopped down to 13.
Both episodes air at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Last week, BSB not only debuted "Chances" but also announced their new album, DNA, will be released on January 25. The band will kick off a DNA World Tour starting May 11.