By Meredith Goldberg-Morse
Looks like the recent trend of British pop stars invading our radios, record stores and television screens won’t be ending any time soon — popular English singer-songwriter Olly Murs will release his debut album In Case You Didn’t Know in the U.S. on September 25. Murs’ has already won over our cousins across the pond with his catchy tunes (and perhaps a little assistance from his not-exactly-unappealing physical appearance), already boasting two platinum records and three #1 singles in the UK.
The former soccer player (or footballer, if you want to get sophisticated) had dreams of going pro, but a neck injury forced him to watch games from the pub rather than the field. A few successful Stevie Wonder covers on the pub’s karaoke machine led Murs to audition for the sixth season of the original UK "The X Factor." The runner-up is currently assisting One Direction on their North American tour.
Not bad for a second-choice career, huh?
Murs, who recently released his debut single “Heart Skips a Beat” (below) featuring Chiddy Bang in the U.S., isn’t the only Brit currently captivating American listeners. Check out the other British performers we’re most glad landed on American soil, and vote in our poll below for your favorite!
Justin Bieber's new album Believe finally hit stores today. On the album, we find a more mature Bieber. He's entrusted some of the biggest names in the game to craft his sound, with production credits going to the likes of Max Martin, Rodney Jerkins, Babyface, Diplo and the Messengers. His mentor Usher, who recently released his own album, Looking 4 Myself, serves as the set's executive producer.
The beats are heavy on Believe and the collaborations are top-notch – we get appearances from Drake ("Right Here"), Big Sean ("As Long As You Love Me"), Nicki Minaj ("Beauty and a Beat") and Ludacris ("All Around the World"). Bieber muses on love, serenades the ladies and takes us to the club. It's the pop stars big attempt to be all things to all people … and he pulls it off with aplomb.
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The album is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, which got us thinking about you, Bieber's famously devoted fans.
Which Believe track is your absolute favorite? Vote in our poll below and sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the album and the new, grown up Justin!
Last night on "The Voice," the final four – Jermaine Paul, Juliet Simms, Chris Mann and Tony Lucca – took the stage for their final competitive performances, to duet with their respective coaches (Blake shelton, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine) and once more to perform a tribute/thank you song for their mentor.
>> Who Will Win 'The Voice'? (Poll)
Everyone was uniformly great, which begs the question, just who the heck is going to win this thing?
Watch all four of the competitive performances here and don't forget to vote in our poll for who you think will win the title of "The Voice" – in addition to a fancy recroding contract with Universal Republic Records.
And check back tomorrow to see if we got the winner right! Right now, the voting is split pretty evenly, so it's anyone's guess who is walking away with the big prize tonight (which makes it even more exciting, right?).
Check out Chris Mann and Jermaine Paul's performances below! Read More...
The two-night finale of "The Voice" begins tonight (May 7) on NBC and we're pretty psyched! We've been recapping the show all season and can't wait to find out who America picks as their favorite.
>> Blake Shelton And Adam Levine: Breaking Down Their Love
Though, we have to admit, we're a little personally divided over who we think should be crowned "The Voice." The four contestants remaining are equally talented in different ways and each bring something different to the table.
>> 'The Voice' Closes In On 'American Idol'
Check out our breakdown of the remaining contestants and what we think their chances are below and vote after the jump for who you think will be win it all on tomorrow's finale.
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On last night's Valentine's episode of "Glee," Mercedes (Amber Riley) sang one of the biggest and best love songs ever, "I Will Always Love You," after her conscience forced her to walk away from Sam (Chord Overstreet). It was a high point in the episode and Twitter immediately lit up with praise…
…Much like it did Sunday night when Jennifer Hudson performed the Dolly Parton-penned ballad as a tribute to the late Whitney Houston on the Grammy Awards.
There's no doubt both performers nailed the song, but their interpretations were a little different – Hudson took a bit more ownership of the track, singing in a lower register, while Riley's delivery and the song's arrangement were nearly identical to Houston's.
With two performances of Houston's signature song in one week, it's hard not to compare the two. But which one was your favorite. Vote in our poll below.
>>> "Glee" Recap: "Heart"
The Grammys often offer up some of the best musical performances of the year and this year's awards were no exception.
The impact of Whitney Houston's tragic passing on Saturday was felt throughout the ceremony as many of the evening's performers and presenters took a moment to honor the legendary singer. "Make some noise for Whitney!" Rihanna proclaimed during her high energy take on "We Found Love."
Bruno Mars was equally demanding. During his performance of "Runaway," he declared, "Yo, tonight we celebrate. We celebrate the beautiful Miss Whitney Houston. Get off your rich asses and let's have fun!"
Then, of course, there was Jennifer Hudson's take on "I Will Always Love You," which brought the house down!
But which performance was your favorite? Vote in our poll below and let us know! Read More...
Fourteen years ago, Brandy and Monica made musical magic with "The Boy Is Mine," now the pair have reunited for the slow jam "It All Belongs To Me." Instead of sparring, the fierce twosome are joining forces against to kick the no-good men in their lives to the curb, demanding they return "those clothes, those cars those rings and that Macbook" … because "it all belongs to me."
We learned that Brandy and Monica reunited in early January when the singers began tweeting back and forth about being in the studio together. "We have Both Been Blessed Beyond Measure..14years later.. #TURNTHELIGHTSON,” Monica wrote. “Love @4everBrandy.”
Billboard reports the new track is set to appear on both Monica's latest solo set, New Life, and on Brandy's still-untitled new album, both of which will reportedly drop in March.
What did you think of "It All Belongs To Me"? Let us know in the comments below!
Last night's Super Bowl was, as usual, one of the most-viewed televised events of the year, with football fans from coast to coast tuning in to see the New York Giants and the New England Patriots go head-to-head for the NFL championship. (The Giants won the game 21-17. Go, New York!)
But here in the MTV Newsroom, we've been obsessing for the last week about the half-time show. From the rumored setlist and the stage to the whispers about who would appear and Madonna's love it-or-hate-it new song, we waited with bated breath to see if the Queen of Pop would pull of what was, arguably, the biggest show of her career?
We've already voiced our opinion, so now it's your turn! Vote in our poll below and let us know if you loved or hated Madonna's Super Bowl half-time performance.
If you've been living under a rock all day, you might not know that Madonna's new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin" featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., hit the ground running today.
"Luvin" is a bouncy dance-pop track reminiscent of the pop queen's Grammy-winning "Beautiful Stranger." Driven by glittery synths, marching band drums and claps, the song features guest raps from Minaj and M.I.A. and a deep nostalgia streak. With its simple, impossibly catchy chorus and "dance our lives away" message, the song, which was written and produced by Madonna and dance music master Martin Solveig, feels like classic Madonna re-imagined by the production dynamic that brought her widespread acclaim beginning with her 1998 electro-dance album Ray of Light.
We're luvin' M's new single, but are you? Check it out after the jump and vote in our poll! Read More...
"American Idol" returns to FOX tomorrow night to begin the audition phase of TV's most popular singing competition. The judging team that helped the show win its first season-over-season ratings gain in five years returns intact alongside host Ryan Seacrest to help decide which wannabe singers have what it takes to be national superstars.
Are you ready?
Well, whether you are or not it's coming, so do what you must to prepare. In the meantime, let us know in the poll below what you are most looking forward to as "AI" comes back for its 11th season.