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September 18th, 2014

Voice coaches perform Hella Good, Gwen on Fallon, rehearsal

Hello! Gwen and Blake Shelton were the guest lip-syncers on Jimmy Fallon’s “lip sync battle” show segment last night! It was hilarious! Here is video posted by the show:

Tony posted a bunch of photos to his Instagram today of himself practicing for the Global Citizen Festival, including this cute one which he captioned with “In between songs workout” :

tony practice

Tom also posted a few photos to his Instagram, along with a teaser video of their equipment and rehearsal space!

tom rehearsal

Yahoo has posted a sneak-peek video of the Voice coaches performing Hella Good for the upcoming season premiere! I can’t embed it, but you can watch it here!

They also posted a couple screen shots:

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The Voice has posted an interview with Gwen to YouTube, in which she talks about being a coach, her strategy, etc.:

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September 8th, 2014

Happy Birthday to Gabe, Billboard magazine

Hello! I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to the multi-talented Gabrial McNair! I hope it’s a great one!

Gwen will be on the cover of the next Billboard magazine, out on newsstands this Friday, the 12th.  From their web site:

Billboard 2014

“The four superstar coaches from The Voice will grace the cover of Billboard ahead the singing competition show’s upcoming season seven, which premieres Sept. 22 on NBC.

New coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams will join the new season alongside Voice veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Here’s a sneak peak at what the coaches had to say about the popular series, among other things, in Billboard’s upcoming cover story.

Blake Shelton has a few words for TV competition show naysayers: “Miranda Lambert was a contestant on Nashville Star; that’s how she got her record deal. So anybody who calls out people for being on these shows can kiss the asses of some of the most important artists that we’ve seen in all of music, as far as I’m concerned.”

Adam Levine offers a look into his personal musical listening habits: “I live in the past as far as a lot of music that I love. I’m very rooted in the classics. There are 50 records I listen to over and over again, most of them coming before 1985.”

Gwen Stefani on why The Voice is a useful platform for artists: “If you’re Tom Petty, and you want to play your song for the people of America, you would come and you would perform it on The Voice. You don’t play it on MTV. Maybe on the Grammys. But this is music right now. This is where we’re at.”

Pharrell Williams says artists need a good background story: “Ultimately, someone who sings perfectly, with no story, ends up singing background. Someone that really tells their story ends up being the lead singer. You look at The Jackson 5: It’s not that none of the other guys [could] sing. It’s just that you wanted to know what that little boy was thinking. It’s like, ‘That kid is 6 years old, what does he know about that? You know he didn’t write that, but what’s his story?'”

For a larger peek inside the upcoming season of The Voice, read Billboard’s full cover story out Sept. 12.”

Heather :)

September 8th, 2014

Gwen on Ellen today

Hello! Gwen was with her The Voice castmates on the Ellen show today, and it involved a go-cart race! The show has posted a few video clips so far:

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September 5th, 2014

Fashion Week, Late Night, practicing for Global Citizen Festival

Hello! Gwen has returned to Fashion Week with L.A.M.B. after three years! She’s on the runway today! She shared these photos on her Facebook page:

Pharrell revealed today that he and Gwen are working on a song. He said they are actually finishing it tonight. An article on the New York Post web site states:

“Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani will soon reunite as coaches on the new season of “The Voice” — but are the two superstars working on anything in the meantime?

“It’s funny you should [ask], we’re finishing a song tonight,” said Pharrell on Friday at the “Raw for the Oceans” Parley Collaboration Showcase presented by G-Star Raw and Bionic on Wall Street.

Williams and Stefani have collaborated before, most famously on the 2005 massive hit “Hollaback Girl.” Williams is coy on other details but praised Stefani’s chops.

“She sounds amazing, and you’ll really question if she’s really had three children,” said Williams. “And you’ll really question if she’s 44. She’s just young and, like, bangin’ . . . you guys are going to see, Gwen is killing it right now.””

Things We Heart shared a photo of Tony practicing for the Global Citizen Festival with his girls! :
“Bass and shaker lessons while daddy practices for the global citizens fest @nodoubt @tonykanal”

Tom also tweeted that he was practicing a couple of days ago! “Summers almost gone, it’s sunny and breezy out, and I couldn’t be happier -in my cave practicing my guitar today.”

Gwen was interviewed on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday!

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The show posted a couple clips to YouTube:

Maroon 5’s new album is now available for purchase, including their collaboration with Gwen, “My Heart Is Open”! You can buy it in stores, on Amazon, ITunes, etc.

Heather :)

August 27th, 2014

Birthday boys, Gwen on Chelsea Lately

Happy Birthday to Tony Kanal! Also, happy belated birthday to Adrian Young, and Stephen Bradley! I hope you all had awesome birthdays!

Gwen was on the final episode of Chelsea Lately last night! Check out a couple videos posted on E!’s YouTube channel:

I personally loved Chelsea Lately, so it was very cool to see Gwen on there!

No Doubt has updated their official YouTube channel with a rare audio interview with Tony from 1995 in five parts:

Heather :)

August 24th, 2014

The Voice videos, VMAs tonight

Hello! People magazine has released a great new trailer for The Voice. From their web site:

the voice western trailer

“Yee-haw! If only every showdown was like this on The Voice.

PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the season 7 trailer that features Blake Shelton and Adam Levine standing off against new coaches Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani in a classic Western setting.

Just a cotton-pickin’ minute – whose voice is that coming from the saloon?

And guess who host Carson Daly calls good, bad and ugly?”

Here is the trailer:

E! has also shared a great The Voice preview video. Here is the video from their web site:

It’s being said that Gwen is going to be a presenter at tonight’s Video Music Awards, which air at 9pm EST. It’s been rumored, but not confirmed, that Gwen may be performing with Maroon 5.

Heather :)

August 20th, 2014

No Doubt ice bucket challenge videos

Hello! No Doubt posted a video of Adrian participating in the ice bucket challenge in honor of his stepmother Jeanne:

Gwen also posted her own ice bucket challenge video earlier:

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August 7th, 2014

Fabulous Life Of, VMAs, old school photo…

Hello! Gwen was featured in an episode of VH1’s show “The Fabulous Life Of” last night. They have the entire episode on their web site now. I’ve embedded below, as well. Gwen’s portion starts at about 21 minutes into the show.

It’s rumored that Gwen will perform with Maroon 5 at this year’s Video Music Awards! In this ET article, they wrote:

“It was announced today that Maroon 5 will finally make their VMA performance debut during the live broadcast August 24th. ET’s Rocsi Diaz was on site exclusively with Adam Levine while shooting a promo video for the MTV awards show.

The band will be performing their latest single, Maps, but there’s also a rumor going around that Adam’s fellow Voice co-coach Gwen Stefani may be joining them on stage as well.

“I’m not going to tell you, listen, it’s the VMA’s,” Levine told Rocsi. “Would the VMA’s be special if Elton John was like, telling an interviewer I’m doing a song with Eminem? No. Because it was a surprise and it was badass.””

Instagram user zwzzy shared an awesome old-school photo of No Doubt! She wrote “Found this hella old No Doubt photo from a college station I was at in the 90s! Pre bleached Gwen!”

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TV Guide has shared a new promo photo/poster for the upcoming season of The Voice! :

the voice poster

Heather :)

July 24th, 2014

Tony feature article, Gwen photos

Hello!

Tony is featured for his animal activism, and veganism, in an article on the One Green Planet web site! I’ve long been impressed and thrilled with the work Tony has done for animals, and related causes. He’s my hero!

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In a recent Access Hollywood interview, Gwen mentions that she would like to perform with No Doubt on The Voice. From the interview:””That would be amazing,” she said. “That would be really cool because I think that it’s a whole other part of who I am and being in that band for since [I'm] a teenager, it would be really great to have them come on the show.””

Gwen posted some gorgeous photos of herself from the Harajuku Lovers cartoon shoot to her social media accounts!:

Heather :)

July 10th, 2014

No Doubt to play Global Citizen Festival in September!

Hello! No Doubt is going to perform at the  Global Citizen Festival in NY on September 27! This Rolling Stone article has details, and includes quotes from Tony! :

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Jay Z, No Doubt, Tiësto Set to Headline Free Global Citizen Festival
By Matt Diehl
July 9, 2014 12:00 AM ET

It may surprise some to see a hip-hop icon like Jay Z — the rapper who helped personify the idea of ostentatious wealth — go hard to end world poverty, but that’s exactly what you can expect at the upcoming 2014 Global Citizen Festival.

The rapper will headline the annual charity event organized by the Global Poverty Project, taking place this year on September 27th on the Great Lawn in New York’s Central Park. Of course, Jigga has always claimed that his blinged-out persona was in service of inspiring the less fortunate, and S. Carter is committing to these ideals with his Global Citizen Festival appearance. “Change only takes place when and where there is action,” the rapper said in a statement. “I’m joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible.”

But Jay is just one of the megawatt music names slated to perform at this year’s festival, which includes country superstar Carrie Underwood, alt-pop hitmakers fun., hip-hop’s greatest band the Roots, dance music veteran Tiësto and No Doubt, who will be making their first live appearance as a band following an extended hiatus from performing. “Global Citizen will be the first show No Doubt has played together in two years,” bassist/co-founder Tony Kanal tells Rolling Stone. “It’s a great way to get us back on stage. It was such an honor to be asked to play this particular concert. It’s unacceptable that over 1 billion people live in extreme poverty, and it’s got a pretty eclectic lineup, which reflects the event’s true spirit of diversity.”

“Global Poverty Project’s effort to end extreme poverty by 2030 is a cause I strongly support,” Tiësto tells Rolling Stone. “I am incredibly honored to be part of this year’s lineup for the the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park and to add my voice and the voices of my fans to those calling on the world’s leaders to throw their weight behind GPP’s efforts. It’s going to be an amazing show in one of the most unique venues in the world.”

“I love how this year’s lineup brings together the king of hip-hop and the king of EDM,” notes Global Poverty Project co-founder Hugh Evans. “Jay Z and his Shawn Carter Foundation have been with us on the whole journey, and No Doubt were so excited to do it from day one. We also felt like we needed to bring in some country for the first time: Carrie Underwood was the first country artist we reached out to, and she said yes. And personally, I’m such a huge fan of fun. and The Roots, too. The bill truly expresses that Global Citizen is a broad-based, non-partisan movement that crosses cultures and genders. We’ve always had an amazing diversity of artists each year, and 2014 continues that trend.”

As such, the upcoming festival builds on the template established in its previous incarnations of bringing together the most important musicians of the moment with an undeniable cause. The 2013 edition featured John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Elvis Costello and Kings of Leon; likewise, the debut Global Citizen Festival in 2012 offered sets on the same stage from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, John Legend and K’naan. This year’s festival, meanwhile, will add media partners NBC and MSNBC, who will promote the event on flagships like The Today Show and broadcast it to an enormous audience worldwide. “By now, I think we’ve proved we’re not a fluke,” Evans says. “We’ve grown every year. It doesn’t get any easier, but the event does get bigger and bigger.”

That scale accentuates the mission of the Global Poverty Project, which was formed in 2008 to promote awareness and encourage action to end the worldwide scourge of extreme poverty. As in previous years, the festival has been timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, using its high profile to bring the issue of poverty to leaders gathered there to discuss and implement social policy on an international scale. Global Poverty’s literature claims that, since it began the festival two years ago, advocacy demanded by its attendees have encouraged $1.3 billion in new funding, along with 35 commitments from world leaders, to combat world poverty. “We’ve found the power of this movement can create bigger, and more impressive, change,” Evans tells Rolling Stone.

For fun., who haven’t performed live in order to work on their new album, the opportunity was too good to decline. “We couldn’t pass up a chance to play Central Park for such a great cause,” band member Andrew Dost tells Rolling Stone. “Our manager has been pretty protective of our time lately because we’ve been working on a new album. But when he brought this to our attention, we were all excited about it.”

According to Evans, Global Citizen 2014 focuses on three key issues: bringing vaccines to the world’s poor (in particular, working with the Bill Gates-driven GAVI Alliance to raise funds to immunize 300 million children over a five-year period); bringing education to the nearly 60 million youth worldwide who are denied learning; and a new initiative highlighting the importance of adequate sanitation in stemming disease and other social problems.

“Sanitation is not a sexy issue, but we want to bring it to the forefront,” Evans tells Rolling Stone. “The world’s water crisis is always a focus, but you can’t address water without sanitation. And it goes beyond what you’d think: in India, two girls were tragically raped after they’d gone out at night to find a proper toilet to go to the bathroom in. In the wake of that incident, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi made a controversial speech where he said ‘India needs toilets, not temples.’ We’d love Prime Minister Modi to come up on stage at the Global Festival and announce a partnership with the World Bank to fund putting toilets in every house across India.”

The Global Citizen Festival doesn’t just aspire to engage world leaders, but also concertgoers. A key tradition of the event is its unique ticketing system: over 80 percent of the tickets are distributed free, earned by performing activist actions on the Global Citizen online platform. This aspect especially appealed to the members of No Doubt. “To get a ticket, you have to get involved in the cause – that’s amazing,” says Kanal. “Eliminating that barrier of entry is in the spirit of equality that’s at the heart of the whole event. What makes this particular concert special is that it’s not just about raising money, but awareness. That’s a different way of doing this kind of show: awareness is a different form of currency, and with this you can see it rise exponentially.”

In fact, the Global Poverty Project has grown its efforts using music as an awareness tool beyond the Global Festival. In association with Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis and Universal Music executive vice-president Michele Anthony, GPP has expanded its Global Citizen Tickets program to the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand, where artists like Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and One Direction donate proceeds from two tickets from each of their concerts to poverty-ending concerns.

It’s also started Global Citizen Nights, where big names play local concerts across America to pressure local politicians on poverty-related issues. So far this year, The Fray and Aloe Blacc have performed such events in Austin, Texas and Chicago, Illinois. GPP is also harnessing the youth-reaching power of EDM with events like the recent Thank You Festival at Columbia and Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavillion on June 26th, which featured an Electric Daisy Carnival-worthy lineup of Tiësto, Above & Beyond, Krewella and Cedric Gervais.

“EDM is hugely important,” says Evans. “It reaches real millennials – 15-, 17-, 19-year-olds – like nothing else. At the Thank You Festival, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Dr. Rajiv Shah, got up onstage with Tiësto to announce a $2.9 billion realignment to save the lives of 500,000 children. That demonstrates the cause and effect we’ve seen the Global movement have on U.S. policy.”

For the artists, meanwhile, working with the Global Poverty Project’s mission renews ties to the socially conscious music that inspired them to become artists. “One of the first 45s my parents bought me when I was a child was ‘’We Are The World,’ which had a huge impact on my understanding of what artists could do to make a difference,” Aloe Blacc told the Chicago Sun-Times.

For No Doubt’s Kanal, meanwhile, the group’s participation with the Global Citizen Festival recalls the anti-racist foundation of the ska movement, with groups like the Specials releasing protest anthems like “Free Nelson Mandela.” “The Specials made people aware of apartheid, and also made an incredible piece of music,” Kanal says. “Bands like that lead by example, and in that spirit we’re playing Global Citizen. Not only do you get to have a good time playing and hearing music, but together we’re raising awareness of the plight of humanity. We’ve never been a political band, but we’re concerned about human-rights issues, and this was a win-win on all fronts. We just couldn’t say no.””

You can find out even more, and enter to get free tickets at http://www.globalcitizen.org.

Heather :)

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