Billboard Bits: Xtina & Adam Levine Duet, Chris Colfer to Pen Young Adult Novels
Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip.
Christina Aguilera & Adam Levine Bring 'Voices' Together for Duet
In her upcoming Us Weekly cover story, Christina Aguilera reveals that she and fellow "Voice" coach Adam Levine recorded a duet together. "We have a great relationship/ It's a big lovefest," Aguilera said, most likely in response to the playful on-air fighting between the two. This is the second collaboration between coaches on 'The Voice' as Cee Lo Green told Jimmy Fallon in May that he and Aguilera recorded a duet titled "Nasty" for the "Burlesque" soundtrack that was never released. (See photos of the Us Weekly layout here.)
'Glee's' Chris Colfer To Pen Two Novels
Chris Colfer, better known as Kurt on "Glee," has just signed a contract with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. He will be writing two young adult novels, the first of which is set to hit shelves next summer. The real shocker is that 21-year-old Colfer may actually succeed in this endeavor, having recently written a movie script and a pilot episode for the Disney Channel. (EW)
Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of Beatles 'Love'
Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon were among the many celebrators of the Beatles "Love" at the show's fifth anniversary in Las Vegas Wednesday (June 8) night. Before the show started, the Beatles' entourage was introduced and even Ringo Starr, who is currently on tour in Europe, made an appearance via video. Approximately four million people have come by the Mirage Hotel and Casino since the Cirque du Soleil show opened five years ago. (Rolling Stone)
Kelly Rowland Announces 'Here I Am' Release Date
With yet another week atop Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Kelly Rowland released the date of her upcoming third album, "I Am Here," for July 26. The Universal Motown release features work from Dr. Luke, Rico Love, RedOne, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, Jim Jonsin, Ester Dean, amongst others. (Rap-Up)
Gym Class Heroes Drop Single Featuring Adam Levine
Following Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy's successful solo jaunt (led by "Billionaire"), the band returns with a new single, "Stereo Hearts," featuring Adam Levine. The Maroon 5 croons the chorus, "My heart's a stereo -- it beats for you, so listen close," as McCoy raps about serenading that one perfect girl and choosing love over grudges. "Stereo Hearts" is the first single off "The Papercut Chronicles II," which is expected to drop this fall. Listen below. (Idolator)
(Reporting by Jillian Mapes, Sarah Maloy, Jeff Benjamin, and Carly Wolkoff)