Posts by Lyndsey Parker
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks9 hrs ago
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.
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks13 hrs ago
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.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music14 hrs ago
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.
- Lyndsey Parker at Yahoo Music14 hrs ago
If 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!
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks1 day ago
Ah, 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.
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.
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).
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!
- Lyndsey Parker at Our Country4 days ago
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:
- Lyndsey Parker at Reality Rocks5 days ago
This 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.