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  • Last night, "The Voice" held its first live results show of Season 6, with Dani Moz and T.J. Wilkins going home, and Tess Boyer narrowly escaping elimination thanks to the controversial #VoiceSave.

    Was this the right bottom three... and the right Instant Save recipient? That, of course, is up for debate. And here to debate all this and more is returning "The Day After" guest co-host Nic Hawk, who you may remember from his "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" and "Blurred Lines" performances on "The Voice" Season 5.

    Full disclosure: Nic is personal pals with Dani, so of course he has plenty to say about her elimination. Check out the video above, and feel free to vent your own feelings in the comments section below!

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: LeToya Luckett attends the ASCAP's 5th annual 'Women Behind The Music' series at Bardot on October 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)

    LeToya Luckett's acting gigs are close to outnumbering her music credits. The original member of Destiny's Child co-stars in "From the Rough," a movie about Dr. Catana Starks, who was both the first woman and the first African-American woman to coach a men's college golf team.

    In the film, which opens on Friday and also stars Taraij Henson and the late Michael Clarke Duncan, Luckett portrays Stacey, a college student dating a player on Coach Starks' team.

    Outside of acting, she hasn't forgotten about music. In February, she released her first single in six years.

    Yahoo Music: Michael Clarke Duncan is in "From the Rough." His character feels like an angel. What is your take?

    LeToya Luckett: Wow. That touches my heart because when you think about it he was an angel figure in this film. He was always uplifting Taraji's character [Coach Sparks]. He was just great. I think people are going to love seeing him in this character because it’s a different side for him. He was funny. It was a joy to

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  • The bad news is, there's no actual Hello Kitty cameo in Avril Lavigne's new "Hello Kitty" music video. And the good news is… well, there is no good news. "Hello Kitty" is mewlingly terrible.

    So terrible, in fact, that it is not even on her official YouTube channel, although it can be viewed on fansites and as a non-YouTube version on her own website.

    (UPDATE: A spokesperson for Avril told MTV the video was never officially posted on YouTube and that it was supposed to go live on Wednesday afternoon; however, as of this writing, the video is still nowhere to be found on Avril's YouTube page. A representative for the singer has not responded to Yahoo's request for comment.)

    Avril's bizarrely bad new clip premiered Tuesday night, and the claws instantly came out on the Internet, with music fans calling out Avril (and by proxy, her husband, Chad Kroeger, who co-wrote the song) for ripping off Skrillex's side-shaved haircut and Gwen Stefani's "Harajuku Girls" shtick from more than a decade

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  • photo: FoxLast year on "American Idol's" rival show "The X Factor," a contestant named Bree Randall claimed she was "literally born to do this! — a semantically incorrect sentence that was ultimately her undoing. But when it comes to the current crop of contestants on "Idol" Season 13, there's actually some truth to that statement. Music truly seems to be in their DNA.

    [Related: Season 11 'Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Premieres New Video]

    Alex Preston has the most famous musical relative of all the contestants: his cousin is country star Jo Dee Messina. "She was my first concert, too," he reminisces. "She's been so supportive of me, and she even let me live at her house in Nashville as I pursued music. She supports me in this 'Idol' journey, too — always tweeting to her fans to watch! She is a big inspiration."

    As for Alex's other musical kin, he says:

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  • photo: Tyler Golden/NBC
    The first results show of "The Voice" Season 6 took place Tuesday, and it aired uneventfully, with no real surprises. Perhaps the only mild shocker was the fact that two Team Shakira contestants were in the bottom three, since Shakira had seemed to have such a strong team going into the top 12.

    So the bottom three comprised Team Shakira's Tess Boyer and Dani Moz, and Team Usher's T.J. Wilkins. The low iTunes sales for T.J. and Dani — the only two contestants that didn't even crack the iTunes top 200 this Monday — obviously sealed/foretold their fates. As for Tess, who I'd predicted would be up for elimination this week, her odd song assignment, Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You," did her no favors; it didn't define the type of artist she is, nor did it tap into any sort of fun '80s nostalgia. Tess was the third-lowest iTunes-charter of the week, at number 176.

    [Related: Season 2 Alum Pip Gives His Thoughts on Season 6]

    Anyway, the "Voice" results shows have a new gimmick twist this

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  • LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Singer Aloe Blacc performs onstage at the City Year Los Angeles Spring Break Fundraiser at Sony Studios on April 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)

    Aloe Blacc reveals that his character in the James Brown biopic "Get on Up" is no fan of late Godfather of Soul. In the Imagine Entertainment film starring Chadwick Boseman, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Jill Scott, Aloe plays Nafloyd Scott, a guitarist in James's pre-fame band, the Famous Flames.

    "He's a bit bitter that James Brown joined the band and took all of the attention," Aloe says of his character in the movie due out Aug. 1. "He didn't really like James Brown, because the band was originally a gospel band but James Brown came in and made them a bunch of heathens. So he quits the band, way before all of the success."

    In real life, the soul singer from Orange County, Calif. (with roots in Panama) has demonstrated much better business savvy than his onscreen persona.

    The rapper-turned-singer, who has scored a number of hit records ("I Need a Dollar," "Wake Me Up" with Avicii, and "The Man," currently No. 9 in the U.S. pop charts), will headline the Suja Rock

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  • The Voice, The Day After: Season 6 Top 12 Show Dish with Pip

    Last night, "The Voice" Season 6 live shows finally kicked off. And today, "The Day After" has a very special guest, bow-tied boy wonder and Season 2 "Voice" finalist Pip, to discuss all of the live, without-a-net performances... including that one big technical glitch.

    What happened to Kristen Merlin's microphone? Why did Tess Boyer get a Bon Jovi song? Who didn't do enough, and who did too much? And who's going home tonight? Watch our chat as we discuss all this and more.

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  • Frankie Knuckles and the Obamas (WireImage/Getty Images)
    Say what you will about the weather, but Chicagoans certainly know how to look out for each other.

    The family and friends of the late Frankie Knuckles, the legendary pioneer of house music who passed away on March 31, received a very special condolence letter recently — from none other than the President and First Lady of the United States, Barack and Michelle Obama.

    Knuckles' close friend DJ David Morales posted the letter to his Facebook page on Tuesday, following Monday night's memorial in Chicago to the godfather of house music. A second memorial to Knuckles will take place Tuesday night in New York City.

    "Frankie's memorial service was emotionally special," David's post read. "To have his friends, family and the Governor speak about Frankie goes to show the impact he has had on people. You know you're a TRUE LEGEND when u get one of these….

                               [Related: 10 of Frankie Knuckles' Best Remixes and Productions]

    "We were deeply saddened to learn of Frankie's

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  • Clearly, puppets are the new rock. Following "American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze's adorably animated "Fight" video and this week's premiere of the trippy clip for Shy Kidx's remix of the "Muppets" theme, Southern scuzz-rockers the Black Lips have now unveiled their all-strings-attached video for "Funny," shot at Los Angeles's famous Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

    The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, one of the oldest such venues in the U.S., was designated an official L.A. landmark in 2009. Its namesake puppeteer, a former animator and animation advisor for Walt Disney and other film studios, has entertained thousands of children there since 1961. But Bob likely never put on a show like the one by the Black Lips. This one's not for kids.

    Directed by Dave Markey (Nirvana, Black Flag, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and of course, the Meat Puppets), "Funny" features some disturbing man-on-puppet action starring fearsome Lips frontman Cole Alexander. But, yes, it's pretty funny. Get highly strung and

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  • The DCONSTRUCTED album cover artIf there are two things "millennials," as they are known in the marketing world, love, it's electronic dance music and puppets. Focus-group research has proven this. So the marketing geniuses over at Walt Disney Records have come up with "DCONSTRUCTED," a compilation of Disney music radically remixed by hot DJs like Avicii, Armin Van Buren, BT, Kaskade, and U.N.K.L.E.

    It's the Happiest Rave on Earth!

    And leading the puppet jams is Shy Kidx's remix for "The Muppet Show Theme." The Muppets really let the fur fly in the track's trippy new video, which features psychedelic spinning Kermit heads, a totally tweaked Beaker, party penguins, and even dyed-in-the-felt rocker Animal getting his groove on.

    It's time to play the music. It's time to light the glowsticks. Check out "The Muppet Show Theme (Shy Kidx Remix)" below!

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