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'Vampire Diaries' music supervisor: How 'The O.C.' started a trend that could save indie music

If you want to hear about the latest Katy Perry song or find out when Miley Cyrus’ sure-to-offend new album comes out, all you have to do is open the page of any magazine, check out the homepage of any (and every) blog, or just head on over to your favorite form of social media and see what’s buzzing. But how do you discover smaller indie bands anymore? If they’re not creating chaos at an awards show or topping the Billboard charts, it’s not always as obvious as music fans would like it to be. Enter Chris Mollere, music supervisor for hit shows The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars.

Mollere recently spoke to Rolling Stone about how he sees his job as an opportunity to feature great bands, both known and unknown, on a possibly unexpected (but rather large) platform — television — a trend that he credits to the 2003 hit show The O.C.

The O.C. was where music really jumped out at me on TV,” Mollere said. “Easy Rider was one of the first movies to have a song soundtrack, but The O.C. was the show that changed that format on television and showed that you could do things like have a song with lyrics play during a scene with dialogue. Before The O.C., that was not an accepted thing. The O.C. also broke bands like Death Cab and the Killers. A placement on that show took bands to another level.”
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MTV making Miley Cyrus documentary

MTV is turning its documentary lens on Miley Cyrus.

The network announced today they will produce a “revealing” one-hour documentary that will follow the  performer as she works on her new album and “delves deep into the transformation she has experienced over the past few years.” (Guessing they mean this heap of weird.)

The doc is set to premiere this fall.

In the past, MTV has produced documentaries on Lady Gaga, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Britney Spears.

Spice Girl meets 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' in new teaser clip -- VIDEO

Newsflash: Geri Halliwell, a.k.a. Ginger Spice, is making a comedy show in the proud vein of Tori Spelling’s So NoTORIous, Kirstie Alley’s Fat Actress, and Christine Lakin’s Lovin’ Lakin. You know, the “quasi-celebrity plays version of herself for laughs” genre — sort of like Curb Your Enthusiasm, but a little sadder and a lot less funny.

In this first NSFW teaser for the series — evidently titled Geri: Life Sucks — the Girl Power guru lies in bed with a hunky dude. Everything seems perfect… until he reveals that he’s been working toward a certain icky goal ever since seeing Spice World 15 (!) years ago.

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'Agents of SHIELD': Clark Gregg's 'commanding presence' calls the tune for composer Bear McCreary

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At Comic-Con this week in San Diego, Bear McCreary will be introduced as the composer for the ABC pilot for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aims to bring the Marvel Universe into primetime television with a mythology that is tethered somewhat to the silver screen exploits of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., the government agency that answers a world with thunder gods and gamma-green monsters.

McCreary’s new post will surprise exactly no one in San Diego. The classically trained pianist and graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music has been in the ear of discerning genre fans in a big way the past decade as the composer of some truly distinctive themes — among them the unsettling strings that open AMC’s record-setting hit The Walking Dead and the dark tribal exhilaration of the drums that ushered in episodes of the Peabody Award-winning series Battlestar Galactica.

Jeph Loeb, the head of television for Marvel, said McCreary is a collaborator with boundless energy and a gift for finding the “emotional vibrancy” of moments and music and message. We caught up with the 34-year-old McCreary for a quick chat about music, heroes, Joss Whedon, and an old television show about an intergalactic garbage hauler.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: With a project like this there are so many questions from the get-go but is there a place you typically start that investigation? Do you start with pinning down facts or finding feelings?
BEAR MCCREARY: I like to bring something unique to every project I take on, something that can immediately hook the audience and tell them what show or film they’re watching, or game they’re playing. The furious tremolo strings at the beginning of The Walking Dead main title, or the heavy percussion of Battlestar Galactica are great examples. At first glance, I was nervous that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be difficult to approach. … It ties together a cinematic universe that spans years of characters, storylines and scores by talented composers. The instant I saw the pilot, I connected immediately with the characters.
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Cher: If 'The Voice' was around when I was starting out, I wouldn't have played roller rinks

When you’ve been in the business as long as Cher has, you have loads of perspective from more than 40 years of career ups and downs. On Tuesday night’s episode of The Voice, after her first live performance in a decade, Cher took the time to talk to EW from her lofty position as the Goddess of Pop.

She first looked at me and wondered aloud why they were letting 3-year-olds interview her, but she seemed enthusiastic about the new wave of musical TV. Coming from a TV background, thanks to her ’70s variety show with then-husband Sonny Bono, Cher said she would have loved to have had the opportunities afforded by shows like The Voice.

“Going on shows like this, this is an amazing thing. … When I first started, we played bowling alleys and roller rinks,” she recalled. “We didn’t get to go on anything. We got to go on stuff when we were famous, but this is amazing, when you have actual people who have been in the business, been successful and want to help you. You can bypass a lot of trashy stuff.”

If  given the opportunity she would’ve been first in line to audition for a singing competition show. “Oh gosh, yeah, are you kidding? I would’ve been like, ‘Let me in!’”
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'The Voice' finale: Bruno Mars, Florida Georgia Line, Nelly will perform -- EXCLUSIVE

Next week’s Voice finale really will have something for everyone.

NBC has unveiled two of the season 4 finale’s star attractions: Florida Georgia Line and Nelly, an unlikely duo who will tag-team their summer anthem “Cruise,” and Bruno Mars, who will appear with his Hooligans in a pre-taped performance of “Treasure.” Mars and the gang recorded the song in May, shortly before Mars’ mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm.
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Cher to perform on 'Voice' finale

Before The Voice crowns someone who could be the next big superstar it will play host to one of the proven biggest superstars of all time. 

NBC announced today that your mom’s favorite singer Cher will perform on the June 18 finale of the reality show, which Monday airs performances from the show’s five remaining contestants — Danielle Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel, Amber Carrington, Sasha Allen, and The Swon Brothers.

The Oscar- and Grammy-winning performer will perform “Woman’s World,” the new single from her upcoming album of the same name, which drops Sept. 24. The network said the performance marks the singer’s first live TV performance in more than a decade.

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Blake Shelton sets date for Oklahoma tornado victims benefit concert to air on NBC

Things are coming together for the benefit concert that Oklahoma native Blake Shelton announced on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice. On Wednesday, May 29, NBC will air Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert to support victims of the fatal tornado that caused wreckage in central and eastern Oklahoma earlier this week.

The concert will be televised live from Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena at 9 p.m. ET, raising funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' champ Cassadee Pope: Hear her new single and learn who she's really pulling for in season 4 -- VIDEO

Cassadee Pope, the pop-rock singer who embraced her country roots to win season 3 of The Voice for Team Blake, will be returning to The Voice stage on June 4 to debut her new single, “Wasting All These Tears.” But fans will have to wait until fall for Pope’s full not-yet-titled album, which she promises will give fans the same mix of country and rock that she delivered on the show.

“[Fans] can expect a mixture. I grew up singing country music. It’s always spoken to me; it’s always felt natural,” Pope says. “Then I had a band. I did the whole rock thing as a teenager. Now I’m merging both. It’s very relevant to country music now, there’s a lot of country-rock, country-pop going on. What you saw on the show, me covering ‘Cry’ and ‘Stupid Boy,’ that stuff is very similar to my original songs, so they can expect the same kind of vibe.”

And although Pope still keeps in touch with former coach Blake Shelton, she can’t promise that you’ll hear him on her album… but she’s working on it. “I would love that,” she says. “I do have a song that I think would be great for him to sing on and hopefully that will work out. I still have to record that myself, so there’s still time. Hopefully we’ll get him in the studio and he’ll sing a verse or something like that.”

For now, Pope is preparing to open for The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts on the Live and Loud tour, starting May 30 and lasting through October. She’s also teamed up with Outnumber Hunger to help feed those in need. And when she gets a spare moment, which isn’t often, she tunes in to season 4 of The Voice, where she remains loyal to Team Blake. “I’m officially The Swon Brothers’ fan,” she says. “They blew my mind. I love them, and if they won I’d be so excited. But I gotta pull for a girl again. Gotta make it balance. It was two guys; now it’s gotta be two girls. Danielle I think has a real good chance.”

Her advice to the contestants? “Keep doing what they’re doing. Obviously, people love it. Stay true to themselves. To pull something out of a hat at this point when things are going so well and people are loving what they’re doing is just not the best move.”

Catch The Voice on NBC June 4 at 9 p.m.when Pope stops by to perform “Wasting All These Tears,” which you can check out below: READ FULL STORY

Blake Shelton and NBC planning benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims

Oklahoma native Blake Shelton opened last night’s Voice results show with an emotional ballad dedicated to the victims of Monday’s horrific tornado. He sang “Over You” with his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, as the Red Cross’s phone number flashed onscreen.

And the musician isn’t stopping there. Shelton annouced last night that he’s also organizing a benefit concert for tornado victims that will air sometime soon on NBC.

Though details are sparse thus far, Shelton expects the benefit to come together quickly: “We’ll know more about it in the next 24 hours,” Shelton told Billboard Tuesday after The Voice. “I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly.” If this concert follows the model of NBC’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together benefit, it should air by this Friday. (That telethon, too, was thrown together after a natural disaster that occurred on a Monday.)

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Miss America pageant will sing new tune

The next Miss America won’t hear a familiar refrain when she’s crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

The song, “Miss America,” which starts with the words, “There she is, Miss America,” will not be part of the pageant.

Miss American Organization vice president Sharon Pearce tells The Press of Atlantic City the tune, which was first played in 1955, is no longer included. She says no decision has been made on a final song.

The song was replaced by instrumental music at the 2013 pageant in January after the widow of the songwriter filed a licensing lawsuit in federal court in California in 2012. The complaint was dismissed in December following a confidential settlement.

The song was not used for three years in the 1980s after a contract dispute.

Read more:
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'The Show With Vinny': The best 'Jersey Shore' spin-off. (But don't let the word 'best' fool you.)

The best thing you can say about The Show With Vinny — MTV’s latest Jersey Shore franchise extension — is that the concept isn’t half bad. Vinny Guadagnino was the most believable human being on the Jersey Shore cast, the only person on the show who didn’t gradually morph into a cartoonish self-parody. He was also genuinely funny — his riffs with hetero-lifemate Pauly D lent the show a slight air of self-awareness.

And there is a lot of potential in having Vinny interview the celebs in his own house, with his mom and sisters and various other relatives on hand to provide a homey vibe. The whole talk-show format has gotten pretty stale lately. Celebrities are always on their guard inside an overlit studio and in front of an audience. Wouldn’t they feel more comfortable in a family dining room, with the host’s mom serving them broccoli rabe?

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Lady Antebellum, Rod Stewart, and more to perform on 'The Voice'

The Voice will welcome an influx of celebrities in the next few weeks: Rod Stewart, Cee Lo Green, Lady Antebellum, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. will all appear on the show, NBC announced today.

Stewart and Green will perform Wednesday, May 8; Lady Antebellum, along with Thicke, Williams and T.I., will hit the stage Tuesday ,May 14. For many of the artists, this isn’t their first tango with the spinning chairs. Williams was previously an adviser to Team Usher; Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum served as an adviser to Team Adam earlier this season. Thicke dropped by the show last year, and of course, Green was previously a judge on the program.

The Voice has continued to perform well despite a recent ratings dip. Last Tuesday, the show had 12.4 million viewers and a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Read more:
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