Celine Dion Covers Adele’s “Hello”

Simon Cowell used to advise his ‘American Idol’ contestants to avoid covers of powerhouse performers because unless a singer is capable of contending with the original, he or she will always be compared. So what happens when one powerhouse performer with the right pipes actually covers another? Watch below to see Celine Dion cover Adele’s “Hello,” which will bring you the first shot at a serious singing match-up. While Dion obviously lacks Adele’s emotional attachment to the performance, it’s extremely interesting to compare the two.

Adam Levine Bashes Record Labels Behind ‘The Voice’

The VoiceAdam Levine visited Howard Stern and the Maroon 5 star slammed the record labels behind ‘The Voice,’ for their inability to produce an actual music star, unlike ‘American Idol,’ who has had massive success with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and more. According to Levine, when the baton is passed post-Voice, the label flounders. He said that though he tries to help by using his own star power to promote his winners, the process is far too complicated to fix.  Per the Washington Post, “Depending on their genre, winners go on to a variety of Universal labels, from Republic Records (Tessanne Chin, Sawyer Fredericks) to Nashville’s Big Machine (Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope).” He also added that ‘American Idol’ released new singles during the finale, followed by a very quick turnout of their debut album. ‘The Voice’ does not.

What’s interesting about Levine’s stance is that Simon Cowell’s true motivation behind ‘American Idol’ was always to produce a music star, not a television show. Cowell felt the labels weren’t doing their job of finding the next sensation, so he’d do it for them.  His planned worked, and he used ‘American Idol’ as a platform to push his find. ‘The Voice,’ is created by powerhouse reality producer Mark Burnett, whose musical expertise doesn’t hold a candle to Cowell. The man can make a show, but he can’t make a music star. Furthermore, the judging panel has zero A&R experience, and while it might be nice to see Gwen Stefani’s outfits atop a big red chair, she’s never found the next big thing. As for Adam Levine himself, my critique holds the same weight.

Hats off to Adam Levine for an honest Howard Stern interview. Hopefully the powers that be will attempt an intervention and take action. Otherwise, you’re just a bunch of big stars on big red chairs with big paychecks. It’s surely a pretty picture, but when the gloss begins to fade, so will the audience.

Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Links

Rosie O’Donnell settled her feud with her ex-wife. Radar Online

‘Saved by the Bell’s’ Lark Voorhies ended her marriage. Contact Music

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are staying together. MTV

Scott Disick went to rehab. The Stir

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are being sued. ICYDK

Raven-Symone and her girlfriend broke up. HUFFPO

Kaley Cuoco’s ex asked for spousal support. Wet Paint

Oscar Pistorius was released from prison. Digital Spy

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale settled their divorce. Just Jared

Selena Gomez has a crush on Chris Evans. E! Online

‘American Idol’s’ Phillip Phillips got married. People

Eddie Murphy impersonated Bill Cosby. Variety

Famed and controversial photographer Terry Richardson is having a baby. DListed

Mick Jagger’s ex Jerry Hall is dating Rupert Murdoch. Wonderwall

A publicist admits to planting the Rihanna/Jay-Z rumors. Jezebel

Tabloid Gossip: Your Weekly Dish

Nicki Minaj’s boyfriend just called her ex gay. The Inquisitr

Mariah Carey and her billionaire boyfriend are going strong. Yahoo

Jon Stewart’s told his writer to fuck off. Vulture

WBNA stars Glory Johnson and Brittney Griner revealed the reason for their breakup. RTWD

RHOA’s Kandi Burruss is pregnant. Wet Paint

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are officially divorce. HUFFPO

American Idol alum Fantasia Barrino got married. JSYK

Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 46th birthday in a smoking hot dress. Just Jared

Brandon Jenner had a baby. Us Magazine

The Kardashians are blowing off those cocaine rumors. Jezebel

Shawn Johnson got engaged. PopSugar

Nina Dobrev and her boyfriend are hot and steamy. People

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello set a wedding date. Newsday

Taylor Swift v. Nicki Minaj: A VMA Twitter War

If you’re going to poke your fork in someone’s side and then run away, don’t be surprised when they come at you with a spatula. Because Taylor Swift won’t take a hit lying down, she directly responded to Nicki Minaj’s subtle twitter-dig in response to the MTV VMA nomations, after Minaj said, “If your video celebrates women with slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” Taylor was swift to respond, saying, “I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.” Minaj seemed flabbergasted by the cantankerous callout, insisting she did not directly mention Swift. Perhaps Nicki felt her hit was more at the process than the person, and in an effort to circumvent a Swiftie revolt, she quickly backtracked. 

Here are the facts: Nicki was in fact nominated, but it was not for the category or video she wanted, and she therefore feels slighted. Is the industry racist? Sure it is. But MTV also sucks, so it’s quite possible their poor taste is responsible for any and all oversights. As for why Taylor Swift gets an insane amount of attention, it’s because her brand is impeccable, she’s kind to her fans, and her music is catchy. If you’re going to be salacious and polarizing (see Nicki Minaj’s bad behavior on American Idol), then you won’t please everyone, and the response will speak for itself. 

Mariah Carey’s New ‘Infinity’ Video: Tit’s Out, High Notes Abound

The tits-out, glitter-fested image is tired, and instead of replacing her idea-men in favor of a fresh, younger focus, Mariah Carey will continue the untouchable diva routine into eternity. And while the melody is mildly satisfying, ‘Infinity’ won’t chart the way a Carey single should.

As a devoted Mariah Carey fan through every phase of her career, my advice is a serious PR, management overhaul with insiders accustomed to the music industry’s new model. Carey recently denounced ‘American Idol,’ in a funny move bringing her closer to a more authentic image, but that’s just the start, and her new video takes many steps back. Joining Match.com inside your new release is an embarrassing, dated move. Couldn’t she at least join Hinge? If you’re going to insert a bad idea, at least make it current. Watch the ‘Infinity’ video below.

Tabloid Gossip Roundup: Get Linked In

Bristol Palin broke her silence on her called-off engagement. Wonderwall

Keira Knightly had a baby. Billboard

Aloha is accused of being racist. Moviefone

Kristin Cavallari is having a third child. US Magazine

Bruce Jenner will pose as a woman for Vanity Fair. USA Today

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson are dating. OK Magazine

Zac Efron and his girlfriend are going strong. Pop Sugar

Another couple from The Bachelor bites the dust. Wet Paint

Eric Balfour is married. Just Jared

‘Teen Mom OG”s Maci Bookout gave birth. TV Guide

American Idol producers HATED Nicki Minaj “with a passion.” Rumor Fix

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed have some crazy fans. Hollywood Life

Colbie Callait is engaged. People

Iggy Azalea canceled her tour. Entertainment Weekly

Kelly Rutherford has a small victory in her child custody case. TMZ

#Tabloid Gossip: Your News Review

Avil Lavigne is not in rehab. ICYDK

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton broke up. Jezebel

‘American Pie’s’ Chris Klein is engaged. People

Kim Kardashian can’t get pregnant. TMZ

Fergie’s son is her clone. Us Magazine

Amy Adams had some Today Show drama. NYDN

Hayden Panettiere debuted her daughter’s first photo. Hello Magazine

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden might be engaged. The Frisky

Nicole Scherzinger’s new video might cause a venereal disease. Celebuzz

‘American Idol’s’ Phillip Phillips is tying the knot. Pop Sugar

Ludacris is getting hitched. Wet Paint

Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy are back together in Aspen. Just Jared

Chelsea Handler showed her huge tatas on twitter. Twitter

Is Chris Brown engaged to Karrueche TranRumor Fix

Tabloid Gossip: Week-in-Review

American Idol alum, Michael Johns, has sadly passed away. USA Today

Cheryl Hines and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. got married. People

Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence split up. HuffPo

Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy ended their engagement. NYDN

Christina Aguilera bared her baby bump for V Magazine. V Magazine

Chris Brown and Karreuche Tran are over. Hollywood Life

Nina Dobrev and Orlando Bloom speak in tongues. Wet Paint

Did Daughtry Disrespect D-Day? — Singer Apologizes

‘American Idol’ alum Chris Daughtry landed in hot water after the folks over at Fox & Friends requested a song to honor the anniversary of D-Day, and Daughtry bailed, claiming to be “off the clock.” While it’s easy jump on the bashing bandwagon, this has clearly been blown out of proportion. First, Fox & Friends is filled with unprofessional hosts who should have planned this request in advance rather than awkwardly standing around the stage in a clumsy silence. Second, it’s obvious that Chris Daughtry freaked out at the request, which has been confirmed via his apology. He was afraid he’d botch the lyrics, and since he’s a professional, he knew that a failed attempt would be widely circulated. Last, can we stop assuming the absolute worst of people? Watch the video below and judge for yourself. I’d have bailed too.