Blog Posts by Lyndsey Parker

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

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    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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  • The Voice, The Day After: Season 6 Top 12 Show 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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  • 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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  • American Idol, The Day After: Top 7 Results Dish With Lee DeWyze

    Thursday night, Dexter Roberts went home on "American Idol," leaving us with a top six featuring quite a few rockers and singer-songwriters. So who better to give his thoughts on this season than the winner of perhaps the most guitar-troubadour-centric "Idol" season ever, Lee DeWyze?

    The Season 9 champion has been busy as of late, filming an adorable, doll-filled music video for "Fight" and landing his "Blackbird Song" on the "Walking Dead" soundtrack. But he took time this week to swing by "The Day After," to chat about "Idol" Season 13 and give advice to this year's top six from a winner's perspective. Check out what he had to say in the chat above!

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  • Dolly Parton Reunites With Kenny Rogers on 'You Can't Make Old Friends'

    We're very excited for the upcoming release of Dolly Parton's 42nd — that's right, forty-second — studio album, "Blue Smoke." Not only does it feature a song with Willie Nelson and covers of classics by Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi, but it also reunites Dolly with her dear pal Kenny Rogers on a duet called "You Can't Make Old Friends."

    The song reflects the pair's 30-plus years of friendship. Some sample lyrics:

    What will I do when you are gone?
    Who's gonna tell me the truth?
    Who's gonna finish the stories I start,
    The way you always do?
    You can't make old friends
    Can't make old friends
    It was you and me, since way back when.
    But you can't make old friends.

    Dolly gave Yahoo Music an exclusive look at the new record — and here's what she had to say about her musical reunion with Kenny:

    "Kenny is one of my favorite people in the whole wide world and we really are old friends. In fact, when they were putting this song together, I understand that Kenny was talking to the people that were writing this

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  • 'American Idol' Top 7 Results: Not A-Meused

    Jessica Meuse and Dexter Roberts comprise the bottom two on American Idol's top seven results showThis week on "American Idol," Jessica Meuse, one of the few contestants this season who'd never been in the bottom two or three, received such a blatant busing, the show might as well have been sponsored by Greyhound.

    The judges gave Jessica's perfectly fine performance of Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead" an unfairly harsh critique; dug up long-forgotten embarrassing footage of her from Hollywood Week; and even slammed the David Gray song she'd selected for fellow contestant Sam Woolf. I seriously hadn't witnessed such an obvious smear campaign against an "Idol" finalist since the judges inexplicably had it out for Haley Reinhart in Season 10.

    But Haley was a scrappy little fighter, and she fought all the way to third place in her season... and eventually landed a record deal, too. And while this week's busing worked to some degree — Jessica did find herself in the bottom two on Thursday's results show, and the sour look on her face showed that she was as displeased with this

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