April 23, 2013 |
"The Voice" battle rounds entered their second and final week Monday in a night of impressive talent and unpredictable outcomes. With few clear winners and lots of contenders who could be considered worthy of a steal, coaches often seemed to be making their minds up on the fly. Sometimes those choices seemed random (or perhaps opaquely "strategic," as Shakira said at one point), and it was unfortunate to see some solid singers slink away unclaimed. Not to say the talent that made it through was undeserving.
April 10, 2013 |
Justin Timberlake is showing no signs of slowing down. Timberlake's “The 20/20 Experience” has notched a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, moving an additional 139,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “The 20/20 Experience,” Timerlake's first album in nearly seven years, is the first to clutch the pole position for three weeks since Taylor Swift's smash “Red” late last year. Timberlake is also the first male to open and rule the charts this long since Eminem's 2010 disc, “Recovery.” The Band Perry opened at No. 2 with “Pioneer.” The sophomore effort moved 129,000 copies and logged the sibling trio their first No. 1 on the country chart.
March 28, 2013 |
Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Miguel and Demi Lovato are among the chart-toppers slated to perform at KIIS-FM's Wango Tango concert May 11. The annual day-long fan jam at Carson's Home Depot Center stuffs a who's who of current Top 40 (and a few buzzy emerging acts) onto one stage. Mars will open the festival, now in its 16 th year, which will be hosted by pop purveyor Ryan Seacrest. The multi-hyphenate personality is expected to be joined by guest host Britney Spears. Spears is well-versed with the teen-attracting show, having performed at it twice.
March 1, 2013 |
Travis Garland was seated behind the control board at Shortbus Studios in Century City, previewing tracks from his upcoming EP, “Fashionably Late II,” which continues the 23-year-old's reintroduction as a solo artist. He grabbed one of the switches on the sprawling console midway through a lustful R&B jam entitled “Homewrecker” and turned up the volume. As the tempo of the guitar-laden track slowed, the song transformed into a synth-filled futuristic romp that sounded like a formidable pastiche of Drake, Miguel and Justin Timberlake.
February 23, 2013 |
After 28.4 million viewers tuned into the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards, Pop & Hiss had some thoughts on how to improve the show . Some of the suggestions were lighthearted -- no more mimes, for instance -- and others took the Grammys to task for regularly booking familiar faces such as Elton John and Sting. The telecast's longtime executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, wrote a letter to The Times to respond to the criticisms. Ehrlich, a three-decade veteran...
February 20, 2013 |
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center Beyoncé, July 1 (Sat.) L.A. Memorial Sports Arena Green Day, April 18 (Fri.) Nokia Theatre Lupillo Rivera, May 24 (Fri.) Saban Theatre Jewel, June 5 (Fri.) Club Nokia UZ, March 7 (now); Keyshia Cola, April 19; Blackstreet, May 3 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Crystal Fighters, June 4 (now); Mika, March 27 (Wed.) The Echo/Echoplex Amanda Palmer, March 5; the Spits, March 21; Nik Turner, March 10; Aussie BBQ #5, March 10; Zola Jesus, Feb. 21; Flume, March 26 (Fri.)