Singer Aloe Blacc will join Adam Levine as a mentor on the upcoming sixth season of U.S. TV talent show The Voice. Other star guests include soul singer Jill Scott, who joins Usher, country siblings The Band Perry for Blake Shelton, and Shelton's wife Miranda Lambert, who will aid returning coach Shakira during the 'battle round' phase of the competition.
Bruno Mars is heading back on the road for a second run of his hit Moonshine Jungle tour in North America. Joining him will be Pharrell Williams and Wake Me Up hitmaker Aloe Blacc for the 40-date tour, which includes stops in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii and nights at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl and New York City's Madison Square Garden.
"Suit & Tie," "Get Lucky," "Just Give Me A Reason" – some of this year's biggest hits have featured two, or sometimes three, superstars from different genres pooling their resources together in an effort to conquer the Billboard charts. But while the likes of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, Pharrell & Daft Punk and Pink and Nate Ruess felt like natural hook-ups between artists with a mutual respect for each other, there have been just as many collaborations where the names involved appear to have been plucked randomly out of a hat. Here's a look at five of 2013's most bewildering.
Brad Paisley & LL Cool J – "Accidental Racist"
This "slavery for dummies" lesson may have had honorable intentions but its simplistic and patronizing attempt to promote the idea of harmony ironically left you thinking that country and hip-hop should never mix.
Snoop Dogg & Miley Cyrus – "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks"
Long before she twerked her way to MTV infamy, Miley Cyrus made her first effort to ditch her squeaky-clean Disney past by heading into the studio with marijuana's most high-profile advocate for a surprisingly half-decent slice of rasta-friendly pop.
Phoenix & R. Kelly – "Trying To Be Cool"
A regular on the Phoenix pre-show playlist, R. Kelly then teamed up with the French synth-pop outfit during their Coachella set before lending his soulful croon to a remix of the highlight from their comeback album Bankrupt.
Avicii & Aloe Blacc – "Wake Me Up"
A classic soul singer in the mold of Curtis Mayfield, Blacc didn't seem the most obvious candidate to join the EDM revolution until he shared his talents with superstar DJ Avicii on a bizarre country/house crossover which recalled '90s one-hit wonders Rednex.
Fall Out Boy & Elton John – "Save Rock and Roll"
Later contributing to Queens Of The Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork, Elton John first staked his claim as an unlikely alt-rock hero by joining forces with Fall Out Boy for a stadium-sized ballad hell bent on achieving its title’s objective.
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AmfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS event was held during the famous Cannes Film Festival at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes and featured a cocktail reception, dinner and a money-raising auction.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum started off the bidding by offering up a pricey Cartier watch and the supermodel sparked a bidding war by promising the winner a massage.
Weinstein told the crowd, "If a man buys the watch, Heidi Klum will give that man a massage," before the piece sold for 50,000 Euros ($62,839/£39,274).
Other coveted lots in the auction included a guitar owned by Ronnie Wood and the chance to star in a short film by Karl Lagerfeld, while Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev offered to bite a winning bidder.
The night also included performances from Jessie J, who sang her money-themed hit Price Tag, and Aloe Blacc, who performed the aptly titled I Need a Dollar.
The event raised nearly $11 million (£8.9 million), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Other guests included Alec Baldwin, The Artist's Berenice Bejo, Milla Jovovich and Antonio Banderas.
We're heading towards Summer which means icy boozy beverages, copious movies about super power-laden humans, and lots and lots of outdoor concerts. And in August, there's an explosion of two of those factors: Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival. For three days, August 3 through 5, bands take over the city's Grant Park — the same park that held the jubilant crowd the night President Obama won the 2008 election.
And 2012 is going to fill out the picturesque park with tents, stages and sweaty music fans for the lineup chock full of big name acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Florence + the Machine. Plus, TV fans will be happy to find American Idol alum Haley Reinhart and Community star Donald Glover (as his rapper alter ego Childish Gambino) slated for the fest. So yeah, it's going to be a big one. Fire up the Spotify, crank up your headphones, and start listening because this year's lineup is nothing short of huge.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
THE BLACK KEYS
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
AT THE DRIVE-IN
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
THE TEMPER TRAP
SKREAM & BENGA
THE HEAD & THE HEART
THE BIG PINK
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
TORO Y MOI
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
GARY CLARK JR.
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
AMADOU & MARIAM
BAND OF SKULLS
JJ GREY & MOFRO
DUM DUM GIRLS
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
BEAR IN HEAVEN
THE BLACK ANGELS
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
SHARON VAN ETTEN
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
THE DEVIL MAKES THREE
THE WAR ON DRUGS
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD
FIRST AID KIT
JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND
KOPECKY FAMILY BAND
THE WHITE PANDA
WALK OFF THE EARTH
DRY THE RIVER
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