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Who Does It Better? Blake Shelton covers “Forget You” by Cee-Lo Green

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Last month at a show in Nebraska, Blake Shelton broke out into a version of his “The Voice” co-star, Cee-Lo Green’s smash single “Forget You”, following a brief little story about the first time they met in a meeting for the NBC talent show. Season Two of the hit show is still in the blind audition phase, so don’t forget to catch it Monday nights on NBC!

In the meantime, you can cast your vote in the poll below for Blake vs Cee-Lo. Who do YOU think does it better?

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VIDEO: Angie Johnson – Sing For You

Angie Johnson.

Former The Voice contestant Angie Johnson has just released her debut country music video! “Sing For You,” the title track from her EP out this week, is a pretty personal and important song for Angie. She was a former active duty service woman, and she believes she couldn’t have released anything better for Memorial Day.

Angie explains:

 “‘Sing for You’ is the most dear song on the EP to me. I wrote it with Catt Gravitt and my producer Josh Leo. I had gotten pitched a lot of military songs about a spouse or a child and their perspective on having their husband deployed or their dad deployed, and I just didn’t feel like I could sing from that place because I am a military member. So when I got with Catt, and we started talking about being entertainers and going overseas and doing morale shows and having troops tell us their stories of losing buddies or PTSD or survivor’s guilt and all these things, it really felt like a story that needed to be told.  And it was my story. So, this song is my way of kind of saying thank you. I acknowledge that I’m not the one out there doing what you do, but here’s what I can do for you. Let me sing for you.”
Check out the music video below and let us know what you think – are you loving this brand new music from Team Cee-Lo Green?

Blake Shelton Album news

Blake Shelton. photo credit: Warner Music Nashville.

Great news for Blake Shelton fans this morning! The Oklahoma superstar announced himself on The TODAY Show with Hoda & Kathy Lee details on his brand new studio album! Blake will be releasing “Based On A True Story” on March 26th. The album will feature his current hot single “Sure Be Cool If You Did.”

Blake’s new album will be released just in time for a new season of NBC’s The Voice, which he’ll be returning for again. There’s been a few changes to the Teams on the fourth season: Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green have taken a single-season break to work on their careers and will be temporarily replaced for a season by Shakira and Usher. Adam Levine will be back once again to challenge Blake. Do you think Blake can win three seasons in a row? The new season of The Voice kicks off March 25th – the day before his album release.

In case you’re just waiting for more television time from the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, you can catch Blake’s guest appearance on Reba McEntire‘s new sitcom, “Malibu Country,” on March 1st. Blake plays Blake, Reba’s brother.

See the full track listing, and album cover, for Blake’s new album below. Will you be picking up a copy when it hits shelves on March 26th?

Team Blake wins second straight season of The Voice

Blake Shelton. photo credit: Joseph Llanes.

Congratulations to Blake Shelton and his finalist, Cassadee Pope! Team Blake has once again, for the second straight season, and second time in 2012, won NBC’s The Voice. Team Blake actually had 2/3 chances to take the title after two of his contestants made the final. Team Blake was both the champion and the runner-up, dominating this season. All three finalists received a brand new KIA from Cee-lo Green, however, as an early Christmas gift!

Blake had it in the bag after it was announced team Cee-lo came in third place. Cassadee, who started off on the show as a pop-rocker, has turned closer to pop/rock-country under guidance from her coach. It isn’t a stretch t o see her coach continue to be a part of her career, if his past involvement in his acts like Dia Frampton, Gwen Sebastian, and Raelynn are anything to go by.

Do you think Team Blake can do it again next season? Season 4 of The Voice kicks off in March, 2013 (and the blind auditions were already filmed before this season ended!). What was your favorite moment from this season?

Scotty McCreery Goes Gold

Scotty McCreery.

Congratulations to 19 Entertainment / Mercury Nashville’s Scotty McCreery! The boy wonder received and early gift this week from the RIAA. His brand new album “Christmas with Scotty McCreery” is now officially a gold album. The American Idol winner has sold more than 500,000 copies since its release on October 16th. Scotty will continue to enjoy the holiday season as he joins Cee-lo Green, Rod Stewart, and Mariah Carey at NBC’s annual Christmas special in New York City’s Rockefeller Center. The special airs tonight starting at 8 pm EST.

Scotty will also appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday, December 11th starting at 7 am EST. Don’t forget to catch him on the Christmas Eve episode of GMA on December 24th too!

What is your favorite Christmas album released by a country star this year?

The Voice Renewed for 2 More Seasons

The Voice. photo: NBC

Looks like Blake Shelton will be staying at home on NBC for a little while longer. NBC announced that The Voice will have a fourth and fifth season this week, but with some big changes… superstars Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green will take a break in the fourth season, but are expected to return for the fifth. Replacing them for a season will be Shakira and Usher. Blake and Adam Levine will remain as coaches throughout the next two seasons.

NBC will be sticking to two seasons a year of The Voice – so it may be some sad news hoping to see Blake on-tour next year.

“With the addition of Usher and Shakira as rotating coaches to join Christina, , Adam and Blake in the next cycle, we know that this incredibly addictive program will remain even more relevant as we move forward through this exciting season,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “My hat is off to John de Mol, Mark Burnett, and everyone who produces this classy and highly entertaining show for us.”

 

The Voice’s third season is on-air now. What team do you think is the strongest so far? Do you think Team Blake has it in them to win the title for the second year in a row?

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With 2 Steel Girls

2 Steel Girls.

Two weeks ago, Blake Shelton picked the first duo of the season on NBC’s The Voice, the mother-daughter team of 2 Steel Girls. It was a big moment for the pair, who have had to hide the secret of being on Team Blake since the episode was taped earlier this year. For country fans who are wondering just who exactly the talented pair are, we sat down for a call last week with the friendly, and sweet, ladies to find out exactly who they were and what fans can expect from them musically. Turns out the second time was the lucky one for one member.

The duo is a family affair: with Allison Steel (mom) and Krystal Steel (daughter). Their son/brother and father/husband are part of their band, and you know they’ll be going places when their first live performance was at the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee.

Get to know the duo before they make it big – because they will. While they earned America’s attention with their blind audition of Carrie Underwood‘s “Before He Cheats,” find out why Krystal isn’t such a fan of the performance (but the coaches were!).

Check out our exclusive interview with 2 Steel Girls from The Voice below and let us know what you think about Team Blake’s chances for a repeat championship this year:

VIDEO: The Voice Coaches Discuss Collaborations

Blake Shelton. photo credit: Joseph Llanes.

Ever wonder who Blake Shelton would love to work with? He sat down with NBC to discuss his perfect collaboration partner, both on and off the show, along with fellow coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee-Lo Green. Watch the video below and let us know who you’d love to see Blake work with:

 

The Voice returns immediately following the Super Bowl on NBC.

Will The Voice Take American Idol’s Crown?

Blake Shelton & Dia Frampton.

Looks like some change is a bit too much for viewers. American Idol, which has been the number one television program on tv for nearly a decade, lost numbers this week during the premiere of its 11th season. They dropped more than 17 percent viewership to 21.6 million viewers on Thursday evening. While that might not make producers nervous, this next stat will: they dropped more than 24 percent in ratings for viewers between the ages of 18 to 49-years old. That’s the audience group that advertisers cater to during the program.

Even with the drop, FOX says that American Idol was still the most-watched program on both nights this week. American Idol lost two of its original judges over the last few seasons – Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul – who now judge the X-Factor.

This leaves the question… will NBC’s The Voice come in to steal the crown? While The Voice only scored 11.78 million viewers during its premiere episode last year; they’re premiering their second season immediately following the Super Bowl on NBC this year. It’s a no-brainer to expect The Voice’s ratings to skyrocket, which will also air an ad during the Super Bowl featuring all four coaches: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo Green.The Voice’s second season will overlap with American Idol: so it’s up to viewers to decide. What’s interesting is that The Voice aired ads in Canada during the American Idol premiere this week on CTV.

Read how FOX reacted to a recent The Voice announcement below:

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Elenowen

Elenowen. photo credit: Monique Porter.

We had the chance to catch up with married music duo Elenowen from The Voice. They were the first group to be a part of Team Blake, but unfortunately were sent home in the battle rounds. We caught up with them to see what they’ve been up to since The Voice, working with Reba McEntire, if they still live in the basement, if Blake Shelton is still in touch with them, and what fans can expect from them the next year.

They’re part three of our “Catching Up With The Voice” feature.