'The Voice' Coach And Contestant Updates

After The Voice, a reality show which features star musicians mentoring a pool of talented vocalists, premiered on NBC in April, the program’s buzz went through the roof. Although there are other singing shows, none have succeeded quite like this, and TV audiences seem to be hooked. The show’s popularity has even carried over to the musical careers of all members involved, from coaches to contestants.

Coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine each brought something different to the table with their own unique voices and experience, which bolstered their personal success before The Voice, but since the show’s first season aired, big things have happened in each of their music careers.

Blake Shelton’s sixth album, Red River Blue, came out shortly after the show ended, and seems to be attracting a whole new mainstream audience, while staying very true to his style.  His single, “Honey Bee”, which he sang on the show with contestants Dia Frampton and Xenia, reached Number 1 on the country charts. Levine’s band, Maroon 5, collaborated with Aguilera on a new single, “Moves Like Jagger”, which debuted on the show. And Cee Lo’s show on Fuze, Talking to Strangers, where he sits down with famous musicians to chat, is having a great deal of success.

While the coaches are working on cool projects, season one contestants are busy with equally exciting ventures. OurStage would like to acknowledge a few artists from the show who are also featured on our site, and are doing exceptionally well. Congratulations to Vicci Martinez, Lily Elise, Nakia, TJE Austin, Justin Grennan, Tim Mahoney, Beverly McClellan, Rebecca Loebe and Casey Desmond for their successes on and off the The Voice.  Each of these artists have incredible voices, and have been using the opportunities given to them by the show to further their musical careers. For Top 8 artists Vicci Martinez, Nakia and Beverly McClellan, this means the chance to tour the nation with The Voice Live On Tour, starting July 27th.

Look out world, these singers are taking the world by storm!

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

EMI’s charity auction for Japan raises $940,000

A jacket worn by Chris Martin on Coldplay’s Viva La Vida Tour, a 1987 Ferrari owned by Daft Punk and a cupcake trampoline from Katy Perry’s current California Dreams Tour were just a few items that raised a chunk of change for EMI’s charity auction for Japan. Held on eBay, the auction raised $470,000, which was matched by EMI to the tune of $940,000. Biggest seller? An original Birkin bag used by Jane Birkin, which fetched a whopping $163,000. Possibly the most irrelevant item up for bid? A day on tour with Simple Minds”which would be great, you know, if it were 1985.

Dude Photoshops Justin Bieber on other dude’s photos

Oh that David Thorne. Always up to something. When his colleague, Simon Dempsey, went to lunch, David snuck into his file of stock images and Photoshopped Justin Bieber’s face onto the lot of them. Heated emails, name calling and a formal complaint ensued. We hope HR called David into the office and gave him a promotion simply for creating Bieber Beans.

The Bad

50 Cent debuts new comedy site

50 Cent launched a new comedy site, ThisIs50Comedy.com, hosted by G-Unit comedian Young Jack Thriller. So, it’s definitely a site, but we’re not sure about the comedy part. The first video is a tour of Thriller’s house, where he points out all the places where he, uh, “has relations” and then shows us where he poops. (Spoiler alert”it was a toilet.) We love NSFW as much as the next guy, but Thriller is crass without being original. Next.

Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex dies from breast cancer

Influential punk icon Poly Styrene, real name Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, succumbed to breast cancer this week. The singer rose to fame in the band X-Ray Spex before embarking on a solo career. She was 53. R.I.P.

The Ugly

Will.i.am says condoms are a turn off

You know what turns Will.i.am off? Finding condoms in a woman’s house. Or not finding baby wipes. So said the Black Eyed Peas front man to Elle Magazine.

You know what turns us off? Most of his lyrics, especially these.

Lil B receives death threats after announcing album title

Bay area rapper Lil B is getting it from both sides after announcing he’ll name his next album I’m Gay. GLAAD is a little ticked because Lil B is not, in fact, gay. Then there are wild homophobes who are ticked at the thought that he might indeed be gay. Lil B told MTV News that he’s received death threats after making his announcement, despite the fact he meant gay as in happy. People, the dude has a song called I’m Miley Cyrus. Isn’t that a more culturally divisive claim?