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Christina Aguilera Earning More Than Other 'Voice' Judges: Report
In an extensive look behind NBC's "The Voice," The Hollywood Reporter uncovers a substantial disparity in its judges' earnings. According to a source close to the situation, Christina Aguilera is reportedly raking in more than $225,000 per episode, while the other judges are earning around $75,000. And it also turns out that John Mayer's name appeared on NBC exec Paul Telegedy's original judge wishlist. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Incubus to Put Themselves on Display for 'Incubus HQ Live'
The Incubus members are taking stalking to a new level by offering up their lives to the world for eight hours a day in a new "Incubus HQ Live" experience, running June 30-July 6 in L.A. and on computers everywhere. To celebrate the release of a new album, "If Not Now, When?" and an upcoming world tour, Incubus is opening a storefront gallery in L.A. where the band members will be on display, offering how-to clinics and special performances each day. Each band member even comes equipped with a "life stream" camera, so everyone at home can see what they see, just by accessing IncubusHQ.com. Fans can also pre-order the album for early ticket offers and free MP3 downloads at EnjoyIncubus.com.
Rob Zombie Directs Woolite Commercial
While rocker Rob Zombie may be known for his horror flicks "The Devil's Rejects" and the remake of "Halloween," Zombie takes a detour by directing a Woolite commercial. Titled "Torturer," the TV ad features the slogan, "Don't let detergents torture your clothes. Save them with Woolite." The ad debuted on the company's Facebook page June 16. Watch below. (Woolite's Facebook via Metal Insider)
Dirk Nowitzki Sings 'We Are the Champions': Watch
Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks celebrated their 2011 NBA Finals victory with a raucous parade on Thursday (June 16) that included the German star singing "We Are the Champions" in a deep, rather off-key tone. At least Mavericks owner Mark Cuban seems to appreciate the rendition! (New York Magazine)
Twin Shadow Launches Clean Cuts Tour, Hairdo Presale
For anyone who wonders which hairstyle is associated with a particular city, Twin Shadow is here to tell you. The solo artist behind the Twin Shadow name, George Lewis Jr., is headed out on the Clean Cuts Tour, with a 'do-inspired presale for select dates. The tour kicks off on Sept. 4, with the presale running June 16-21. Purchasing a ticket during those dates also scores the ticketholder a T-shirt and button displaying a city-specific hairdo sketch. There are probably bonus points involved for anyone who actually rocks the style when Twin Shadow is in town. (Beggars)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Jason Lipshutz, Erica Thompson, Sarah Maloy, Carly Wolkoff)