Blog Posts by Lyndsey Parker

  • Wednesday's top six theme on "American Idol" was "A Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll" — because, you know, nothing ropes in those all-important younger viewers like a Donny & Marie reference! The bigger draw was no doubt Internet sensation Grumpy Cat, scowling in a way that could make even Simon Cowell look like a real pussycat, even when Caleb Johnson gave her a cute smooch.

    Forget about Randy "The Dawg" Jackson; can Grumpy Cat just be a regular "Idol" cast member on Season 14?

    Judging from the look on Grumpy's face, she wasn't impressed by any of the night's performances. And yes, there was reason to be grumpy this Wednesday, since a few contestants missed the mark, as they sang one rock song and one country song each. But thankfully, there were some standout moments. Paws up!

    photo: Ben Lashes

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  • The Voice, The Day After: Season 6, Top 12 Results Dish

    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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  • 'Hello Kitty'… Goodbye Avril Lavigne's Cred?

    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 never supposed to go live on Wednesday afternoon. A representative for the singer did not respond 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 ago — not to mention for inappropriately appropriating Japanese culture.

    The video

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  • Born to Do It: The 'American Idol' Top 6 Talk Musical DNA

    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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  • 'The Voice' Top 12 Results: The Edge of Glory

    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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  • Highly Strung: Watch the Black Lips' Marionette-Filled 'Funny' Video

    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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  • EDMuppets! Check Out the Happiest Rave on Earth

    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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  • 'The Voice' Season 6 Goes Live... With One Dead Microphone

    photo: Tyler Golden/NBCAh, the magic of live television. "The Voice" Season 6 finally went live with the top 12 finalists this Monday, and the show was not without its problems. Specifically, during an otherwise lovely performance of Sugarland's "Stay" by Team Shakira's Kristen Merlin, her microphone shorted out, and for more than 20 seconds, there was… silence. On a SINGING COMPETITION, there was no singing.

    Conspiracy theorists may have wondered if NBC's powers-that-be had it out for poor Kristen. After all, she was the only contestant in the top 12 whose two past Battle Rounds performances had been ruthlessly edited, and she was the only performer this Monday who experienced any technical difficulties. If this latest setback had dented (or just plain crushed) Kristen's confidence, not a single viewer would have blamed her if she'd crumbled on live TV.

    But Kristen did not crumble.

    Instead, this scrappy fighter — who's been gigging in bars for years, probably under way rougher circumstances — just kept on

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  • Reports: Gwen Stefani in Talks to Join 'The Voice'

    Gwen Stefani and Pharrell at Coachella [photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images]

    Gwen Stefani recently joined Pharrell onstage at Coachella, and it looks like she'll be joining him again soon, this time for much longer, when she sits next to him in one of "The Voice's" big red chairs.

    Following March 31's official announcement that Pharrell will be a judge on "The Voice" Season 7, TMZ, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Wrap are all reporting that Gwen has also signed on to the singing show. She'll reportedly be filling in for on/off original judge Christina Aguilera — who, by the time Season 7 starts taping in June, will be close to nine months pregnant. Christina is expected to return for the following season, which airs in spring 2015.

    NBC representatives declined to comment at this time.

    At Coachella last Saturday, when Gwen showed up in the middle of Pharrell's cameo-laden Main Stage set for a surprise performance of "Hollaback Girl" — less than two months after giving birth herself — he exclaimed, "I have not seen her in nine months. Look how amazing the queen

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  • First Listen! Jedward Grow Up on New Single 'Free Spirit'

    Although Jedward, aka "double divas of Dublin" John and Edward Grimes, were considered novelty contestants when they placed sixth on "The X Factor U.K." in 2009, they've managed to carve out quite a career for themselves since, with endorsement deals, several television shows, two competitive performances at Eurovision, and three albums to their credit.

    [Related: Exclusive Jedward Interview]

    But now at age 22, they're ready to really be taken seriously, as they prepare to release their fourth album, "Free Spirit" — the first album written and produced by the twins themselves. And Yahoo Music is thrilled to present the online premiere of the album's title track (out on iTunes May 17).

    The song's brooding, mature sound, surprisingly similar to indie-electro bands like Bastille and the Temper Trap, is a massive departure from the kiddie-pop of early Jedward singles like "Bad Behaviour," "Wow Oh Wow," and "Girl Like You"… but it still packs in a lot of Jedwardian fun. Check out the track

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